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Youth Can Session

In Spring 2014, T&C and Boston Latin School's Climate Action Network (BLSYouthCAN) will host the 8th Annual Youth Summit on Global Climate Change. Last May, nearly 200 students attended this informative, all-day event! The 7th annual Youth Summit on Global Climate Change focused on climate change and global water issues. Guest speakers included Professor Juliette Rooney Varga, Director, Climate Change Initiative, UMASS Lowell; Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy, the City of Boston; and State Senator Jamie Eldridge. Check back for upcoming details!

Youth Can Session 2



Please Empty Your Pockets promotional photo

Moral Tribes Book Cover

ID Fair

ID Fair

Wall Street in context

Iran protest crowd image


A decade Later: Muslim communities and the Post 9/11 Interfaith Landscape

Cairo Demonstration

Teach In


Poster for "Making Waves, Saving Lives: A Film"

Wired for War bookcover

Yoda Patta

A Life Examined Poster


William Kamkwamba and windmill

David Autor

Drone photo

Upcoming Forums

Spring 2014

8th Annual Youth Summit on Global Climate Change

Saturday, May 10
The Stata Center, Building 32 - click here for map


Come to the 8th 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!

Nothing to Hide?
Illusions of Privacy and Security

Friday, June 13
MIT Museum; 265 Massachusetts Avenue

When was the last time you emptied your pockets and stepped through a security scanner? What were the last words you entered into an internet search engine?

Security procedures are more and more common, and with each year they ask us to reveal more about our bodies and our possessions. Data mining programs collect more and more information about our activities and our preferences. How much of ourselves are we sharing with government agencies and with corporations? Is the safety and convenience worth the cost to our privacy?

In this interactive evening, we will explore the questions of privacy and security raised by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's installation Please Empty Your Pockets alongside digital art, documentary footage, short live performances by the Underground Railway Theater, and an opportunity for in-depth discussion with MIT researchers.

"Second Fridays" is a monthly event sponsored by the MIT Museum.  Refreshments will be served. Free with Museum admission and for all MIT community members.

Recent Programs of Interest

Iran and American Foreign Policy: Where the US Went Wrong

Tuesday, May 14
Click here to watch the video.

Attack of the Drones: Ethical, Legal and Strategic Aspects of UAV Use

Tuesday, November 13
Click here to watch the video

MIT Museum's Series on Global Climate Change

Understanding the Arab Uprisings in their Second Year: From National Humiliation to Legitimacy

Tuesday, October 16
Click here to listen to this program