Through public lectures, the Technology and Culture Forum presents speakers of diverse viewpoints who come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. In planning programs, the Technology and Culture Steering Committee, made up of MIT faculty, students and alumni, seek to address critical issues and raise important questions.
Recent Forums - Spring 2013
Small Risk, Catastrophic Consequence:
The Challenge of Nuclear Terrorism
Speaker: James Walsh, Security Studies Program, MIT
Co-sponsored with MIT Global Zero
Was the Arab Spring Just a Moment?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
TAKING BACK HALLOWEEN
October 25-November 3
Design and submit your awesome, progressive costume design to this internet-wide costume PHOTO CONTEST!
Sponsored by MIT End Violence, MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies, GWAMIT and MIT Stop Our Silence
Is Syria Being 'Lebanized' or is Lebanon Being "Syrianized"?
Tuesday, November 5
Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine
Mr. Ibish is a regular contributor to many American and Middle Eastern publications, including NOW Lebanon, and was the Washington, DC correspondent for the Daily Star (Beirut).
Thursday, October 3
Join us for the film and a conversation immediately following. Co-sponsored by MIT Global Zero
Iran and American Foreign Policy: Where the US Went Wrong
Tuesday, May 14
Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, Authors of "Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Flynt Leverett served at the National Security Council, State Department, and CIA and is currently a professor of international affairs at Penn State. Hillary Mann Leverett served at the National Security Council and State Department and negotiated for the US government with Iranian officials. She is now senior professorial lecturer at American University.
Read a recent New Yorker blog posting about Professor Chomsky.
Read the Leverett's blog.
7th Annual Youth Summit on Global Climate Change
Saturday, May 4
7th Annual Youth Summit on Global Warming hosted by The Technology and Culture Forum and organized by the Boston Latin School's Youth Climate Action Network (YouthCAN) The day will be filled with informative and fun workshops, free food and prizes. Last year's summit was a big success and this year's promises to be even better!
Cities for Sale: The Right to Housing vs Corporate Real Estate
Friday, May 3
Wednesday, April 24
“In Between” is a semi-autobiographical show that portrays the complexities and contradictions inherent in Palestinian-Israeli identity. On the precipice between two cultures stands Ibrahim Miari. His play recalls his childhood in Acco, memories of his Jewish and Palestinian grandmothers, of war, and of the struggle to shape and understand his own multi-faceted identity as he sits being interrogated by Israeli police and contemplates marriage to a Jewish American woman.
"In Between" is an educational, riveting and provoking show written and performed by Mr. Miari. With deft and charm, he transcends today’s political distractions and reminds us of the deeper inner struggles that link all of humanity.
Co-sponsors: Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue, Muslim Student Association, MIT Hillel, Technology and Culture Forum, Office of Chaplain to the Institute
Free and open to the public.
International Development Night at MIT
Saturday, April 13, 2013
IDNight at MIT occurs each spring in collaboration with the Harvard International Development Conference (IDC). The event brings together a diverse audience to share ideas and learn about MIT international development technologies and projects. IDNight is an opportunity to build relationships between groups of people who bring many different perspectives to international development. It also promotes social awareness about pressing global issues such as poverty, public health, education, and mobility. IDNight at MIT is a unique opportunity for MIT students and staff to showcase their projects to a wide range of audiences. The IDNight draws hundreds of attendees, including a large number of Harvard and MIT students, local scientists, engineers and participants from the Harvard IDC that runs in conjunction with the IDNight.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
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SOCAP events are produced by Social Capital Markets.
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This program was sponsored by the Episcopal City Mission of Massachusetts, the Chaplain to the Institute at MIT and the Technology and Culture Forum at MIT and was held in conjunction with Village Capital's Boston.
The Environmental Crisis and Capitalism
Monday, March 11
Fred Magdoff, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont
Lawrence Susskind, Department of Urban Studies and Planning; Director, MIT Science Impact Collaborative; Co-Director, Water Diplomacy Workshop
Daniel Fireside, Equal Exchange
The environmental damage being done to the earth has reached crisis proportions. Many causes have been proposed: too many people; industrial society; human ignorance or inability to control themselves; human nature (greed); and a "perpetual growth philosophy." Discussion will be focused on how the inner logic and normal functioning of our economic system is contributing to this crisis.
Read an article by Professor Magdoff: Global Resource Depletion: Is Population the Problem?
Read Professor Susskind’s blog.
Syria, Two Years into the Revolution
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Speaker: Christina Markus Lassen, Danish Ambassador to Syria and Jordan; Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
The Syrian uprising broke out more than two months into the Arab Spring and took everyone by surprise. For a number of reasons, the prospect of an uprising taking place in Syria at this point was deemed to be low, but the resilience and bravery of the Syrian people facing the regime’s brutality defied all expectations. Starting out as peaceful protests for reform and democratic change, the situation in Syria has after two years developed into a full scale conflict between opposition forces and regime loyalists. Based on her experience as a diplomat in Syria during the first year and a half of the uprising, Ambassador Lassen will analyze the development and major turning points of the crisis, the power bases of the regime and the role of minorities, the changing nature of the opposition, the role of the international community and the potential regional consequences of the current crisis.
Christina Markus Lassen is a current Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Ambassador Lassen came to Harvard directly from Damascus, where for the last three years she has served as Denmark’s ambassador to Syria and to Jordan. Previous assignments include: Head of Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Executive Secretariat; Special Advisor to the Prime Minister (Middle East and Transatlantic Affairs); and Embassy Secretary for Political Affairs at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Lassen has a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree (Business and International Relations) from Copenhagen Business School. While at Harvard, she is conducting research on the Arab uprisings, and their implications and consequences for relations between the Arab world and the EU/US.
Co-Sponsored with the Bustani Middle East Seminar. The Bustani Middle East Seminar is organized under the auspices of the MIT Center for International Studies, which conducts research on contemporary international issues and provides and opportunity for faculty and students to share perspectives and exchange views. Each year the Bustani Seminar invites scholars, journalists, consultants, and other experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to MIT to present recent research findings on contemporary politics, society and culture, and economic and technological development in the Middle East.
Dying to Forget: The Foundation of US Policy in the Middle East
February 26, 2013
Co-sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar is organized under the auspices of the MIT Center for International Studies, which conducts research on contemporary international issues and provides an opportunity for faculty and students to share perspectives and exchange views. Each year the Bustani Seminar invites scholars, journalists, consultants, and other experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to MIT to present recent research findings on contemporary politics, society and culture, and economic and technological development in the Middle East. This Bustani Seminar talk is co-sponsored by the Technology and Culture Forum at MIT.
Why Lincoln and Darwin?