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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.

Countdown to Zero Poster

Continuing its partnership with MIT Global Zero, T&C hosted a film screening of Countdown to Zero on October 3. Professor R. Scott Kemp hosted a discussion following the film.



Miss Representation: A Sundance Film

Barbed Wire Image

Youth CAN May 2009

bullying image

Women without Men

Gene Patenting

Malalai Joya

Caytie Campbell-0rrock

ID Fair

Wired for War bookcover

American and Chinese Flag

Radical Abundance - a theology of sustainability

Recent Forums - Spring 2013

Persia: The Pertinent History of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Wednesday, April 2
3-133 - click here for map

John Tirman, Executive Director; MIT Center for International Studies

Read a recent interview with Professor Tirman about US-Iran misperceptions.

Click here for a timeline of Iran's nuclear program.

The Ides of April: The Presidential Succession Crisis and the Dilemmas of the Algerian Oligarchy

Edward Keller, Professor, North African and Middle Eastern History and Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program at Tufts University

Tuesday, April 1
E51-057 - click here for map

Co-sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar

The Cold War Hangover: Nuclear Risks and Political Realities in the 21st Century

Thursday, February 20
Speaker: James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Refreshments at 3:30pm in 4-349

PLEASE NOTE: You are invited to an informal conversation with James Acton prior to his main talk in 10-250 at 4pm. We will be hosting a discussion at 2:00 - 3:15 PM in the LNS conference Room 26-528. Please email Aron Bernstein to RSVP.

Sponsored by MIT's Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Global Zero.

Getting Beyond Us and Them: Our Brains and the Possibility of Peace

Tuesday, February 4
Click here to watch a video of this program.

Emile Bruneau, Researcher, Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Saxelab, MIT

Joshua Greene, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University and author of "Moral Tribes"

New brain imaging studies show us that our instincts and assumptions can set us up to experience greater conflict, especially between groups that have differing moral codes or unequal access to power. Dr. Joshua Greene and Dr. Emile Bruneau will share insights from their research into why we encounter conflict and the strategies we can use to overcome our brains' automatic responses and create new opportunities for compromise, coexistence and peace.

Emile Bruneau is interested in the psychology of human conflict. He is working with Saxe to figure out why empathy - the ability to feel compassion for another person's suffering - often fails between members of opposing conflict groups. Bruneau is also trying to locate patterns of brain activity that correlate with empathy, in hopes of eventually using such measures to determine how well people respond to reconciliation programs aimed at boosting empathy between groups in conflict.

Joshua Greene's research focuses on moral judgment and decision-making, primarily using behavioral experiments and functional neuroimaging (fMRI). The goal of the research is to understand how moral judgments are shaped by automatic processes (such as emotional "gut reactions") and controlled cognitive processes (such as reasoning and self-control). Much of the research is aimed at understanding these automatic and controlled processes in more detailed functional terms. Recent work examines related phenomena such as cooperation, punishment, and belief in God.

Click here to read a recent book review of "Moral Tribes".

Click here to listen to a recent radio program, "Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them", on WYNC featuring Professor Joshua Greene.

Click here to listen to a BBC panel discussion, "Why Do We Tell Stories?", featuring Dr. Emile Bruneau.

Click here to read an MITnews story featuring the research of Dr. Emile Bruneau.

The Origins of Freedom
The Continuing Debate Over Equality
Lincoln and Darwin @ 204

Wednesday, February 12
Check back here for a video of this program.

David E. Housman, "Human Evolution and Human Disease"; Biology, MIT
Jonathan King, "Darwin's Contribution to Views of Human Equality"; Biology, MIT
Helen Elaine Lee, "Voices from Slavery and Abolition"; School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science, MIT
John Stauffer, "Lincoln, Douglas and Emancipation"; Program in the History of American Civilization, Harvard University

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born hours apart on the same day, in the same year: February 12, 1809. Although born to differing circumstance, both men played a huge role in the struggle for human equality. Our panel of speakers will offer insights ranging from the voices from slavery and abolition; Lincoln, Douglas and Emancipation; and Darwin's contribution to human equality.

To learn more about Darwin and Lincoln, their similarities and differences, and how they shaped the world, read this Smithsonian article.

UNCOVERING IRAN: A Lunch Discussion on the World's Most Talked About Nuclear Program

Wednesday, January 22: Persia: The Pertinent History of the Islamic Republic of Iran; John Tirman, Executive Director, Center for International Studies:

Friday, January 24: Diplomacy in Danger: The Nuclear Build-up and Interim Deal with Iran; Jim Walsh, Research Associate, Security Studies Program

Please Note: Professor Tirman's postponed program will be re-scheduled as soon as possible. Please check back soon.

Check out the MIT Global Zero website for additional IAP programming.

Small Risk, Catastrophic Consequence:

The Challenge of Nuclear Terrorism
Wednesday, November 20

Speaker: James Walsh, Security Studies Program, MIT

Click here for a video of this program

Listen to Jim Walsh on NPR’s “Here and Now”

Follow Jim Walsh on Twitter

Co-sponsored with MIT Global Zero

Was the Arab Spring Just a Moment?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dr. Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
A political scientist and Middle East specialist, Dr. Masoud's research focuses on political development in countries that are poor and unfree. He is the author of a forthcoming book on Islamic political parties, and is the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (Cambridge, 2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge, 2008).


October 25-November 3

Design and submit your awesome, progressive costume design to this internet-wide costume PHOTO CONTEST!
Top 5 costumes will be awarded $20 Amazon gift cards.

Send your photos to this Tumblr site or to feministhalloween@gmail.com

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).
Co-Sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar


Film Screening: Countdown to Zero

Thursday, October 3

Join us for the film and a conversation immediately following. Co-sponsored by MIT Global Zero