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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

Youth Can Session

On Saturday, May 10, T&C hosted the 8th Annual Youth Summit on Global Climate Change, co-sponsored with the Boston Latin School's YouthCAN and ACE (Alliance for Climate Education). It was a great day with fabulous speakers, workshops and presenters. Go to acespace to see all the photos!

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

The Islamic State and the Future of Iraq:
Terrorism, Sectarianism, and Democracy

Tuesday, September 23
E51-376 - click here for map

Speaker: Professor Eric Davis, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

Co-sponsored with the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar

Film Screening: Countdown to Zero

Thursday, September 25
4-163 - click here for map

Professor Francis Gavin, Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science

Gordon Kohse, Principal Research Enginner, MIT Nuclear Reactor

Read about Professor Gavin in a recent MIT News Office article.

Co-sponsored with MIT Global Zero

Refreshments will be served!

Understanding the Call for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Tuesday, September 30
32-155 - click here for map

Co-sponsored with Massachusetts Peace Action
Held in honor of International Day for the Complete Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Dr. Jim Walsh, MIT Security Studies Program

Why Nuclear Weapons Still Matter:
Conventional War and Nuclear Escalation

Wednesday, October 1
4-163 - click here for map

Keir Lieber, Associate Professor
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service &
Department of Government, Georgetown University

Co-sponsored with MIT Global Zero
Refreshments will be served!

Work on Purpose
A Joint Program with the MIT Public Service Center
A Series of Workshops and Dinner

Mondays; October 20, 27 and November 3
Maseeh Hall

This fall, Radius and the Public Service Center are offering three modules from Echoing Green's Work on Purpose. Work on Purpose is designed to help people who want to find meaningful work to create careers that are right for them and have positive impact in the world. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to run a non-profit or have the next brilliant social enterprise idea (although those are good too!). It could mean identifying an industry or field that needs your skills to do better from a social or environmental perspective.

Dinner will be included with each session.

Maximum of 15 participants per class. First come, first served via RVSP.  Please email weinmann@mit.edu to reserve your spot!

Finding Courage: The Roots of our Moral Choices
T&C's 50th Anniversary Forum

Thursday, November 6
32-123 - click here for map

Kristen Renwick Monroe, Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality; Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, University of California at Irvine

When faced with a grave injustice, some people risk their lives to help those in danger. Others do nothing, passively allowing harm to occur, or join in, actively participating in the wrong. When asked why they acted as they did, rescuers, bystanders and perpetrators alike will often answer that they had no choice: they just did what they had to do.

Why do some people see an act of great moral courage as the only possible option, while others find it unthinkable? Political psychologist Kristen Renwick Monroe uses in-depth interviews with rescuers, bystanders and perpetrators of genocide to uncover the ways that our perceptions of moral choice are shaped by our social identities – who we think we belong to, and what we think we owe to them.

Additional speakers to be announced.

Recent Programs of Interest

Nothing to Hide?
Illusions of Privacy and Security

Friday, June 13
MIT Museum; 265 Massachusetts Avenue
Read about recent research here at MIT

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

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

Small Risk, Catastrophic Consequence:
The Challenge of Nuclear Terrorism

Jim Walsh
Wednesday, November 20
Click here for a video of this program
Listen to Jim Walsh on NPR’s “Here and Now”
Follow Jim Walsh on Twitter