MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXX No. 4
March / April 2018
MIT Should Not Be Supporting
the Saud Monarchy
The Erosion of Social Norms Guiding
the Government-University Relationship
Improving the Urgent Care Experience
Through Student-Informed Care
Naming the MIT Intelligence Quest
Nuclear Weapons Education Project
MIT Students and Deep Learning:
Perspectives and Suggestions
MIT Day of Action
Higher Ed in the Era of #MeToo:
A Symposium for Faculty
and Graduate Students
Suicide and Sexual Harassment at MIT
MIT Research Expenditures 1940–2017
MIT Research Expenditures 1940–2017
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MIT Day of Action












Roger Levy, Sally Haslanger, Ceasar McDowell
for the MIT Day of Action Organizing Team

We are delighted to announce MIT’s second annual Day of Action, to be held on the ground floor of the Stata Center on Tuesday, April 17, from 10 am to 8 pm. The Day of Action is a large-scale grass-roots civic engagement and action event devoted to the political, economic, and social challenges facing us today. Please join us as we act together to fulfill MIT’s mission “to bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges,” seeking open-minded dialogue with peers and colleagues of diverse backgrounds and views. All of us, regardless of political affiliation, can contribute to identifying and seeking out the roots of the greatest challenges facing our society, and to planning for actions addressing these challenges in the present day and in times to come. The Day of Action is open to all, representing the full diversity of our society. We are made stronger by open, respectful dialogue and the exchange of ideas from the widest variety of intellectual, religious, class, cultural, and political perspectives. We invite you to join us, to share your concerns and questions, your hopes and ideas, and your knowledge and skills.

Last year’s Day of Action drew an estimated 1,000+ participants from MIT and the broader local communities; we hope to see a strong turnout again this year. Sessions provide opportunities to learn from experts, build skills, and connect with community. This year’s sessions, continually updated at, include:

Learn from Experts:

Perils for Democracy; with Daron Acemo?lu and Daniel Ziblatt;
Confidence at the Ballot Box: Russian Bots, Midterm Elections and Cybersecurity; by Suzanne Mello-Stark
Language, Bias, and Power; by Justin Khoo and Roger Levy
Black Panther: Call for Liberation or Repressive Desublimation?; with Michel DeGraff, Grégory Pierrot, and M. Amah Edoh
Conflict on the Korean Peninsula Today: History, Technology, Politics; by Arissa Oh and Vipin Narang
Coming Out Faithful: A Multi-Faith Conversation with LGBTQ Religious Leaders; by The Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT
How Not To Be Evil: Tech Workers Against Racism, Sexism, and Surveillance; by Moira Weigel and Ben Tarnoff
Remote Activism in Electoral Politics Workshop with Sister District Project & Indivisible Somerville; by Graham Jones and Patrick Joyce
Experiences from prison: Incarceration, education, and rehabilitation; by Joli Sparkman-Bayron, Reentry Coordinator at Bethany House
The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women: a screening of the documentary STEP, with Q&A by Visiting Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown
Who Are We Talking To? The Humanities, the Public, and the Streets; by Darien Pollock and Myisha Cherry
Transforming Education Across the Globe: How MIT Open Learning is Improving Access and Quality of Education; by Brandon Muramatsu, Anna Schrimpf, Sarah Hansen, Robert Fadel, Eryn Heying, and Vijay Kumar (moderator)
Demystifying the MIT Corporation; by Paul Kominers
Asmarina: A film screening and discussion about Race, Immigration, Citizenship and the Habesha Community in Milan; by Medhin Paolos (director) and Lorgia Garcia Peña
Korea: The Forgotten War, a documentary screening and discussion
If You Care About Truth, Fight for Justice: Universities and the Communities They Interact With; by Naomi Scheman, Ceasar McDowell, and Libby Hsu
The History (and Present State) of Student Activism at MIT; by Steven Penn and Tanya Llanas

Build your Skills:

Organizing for Radical Inclusion: Stories From Hackathons; by Elaine Harris, Fahad Punjwani, Steven Max Patterson, and Hildreth England
Open access: How you can help make the world’s scholarly works available to all; by Katharine Dunn, Herng Yi Cheng, Ellen Finnie, Roger Levy, Nick Lindsay, and Jeff Rosenberg
Science Advocacy 101: From interest to action; by Ortal Ullman of the Union of Concerned Scientists
Corrupting the Public: Philosophy for the People; by Brianna Toole and Alex Hargroder
Reimagine Education Through Design Thinking; by Ela Ben-Ur, Jared Cosulich, and Julian Serrao
Everyday action: Solidarity investment; by Ryan Harrison

Connect with Community by meeting and discussing with local representatives of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Center for Science and Democracy, Mass Peace Action, and the Green Century Fund.

The Day of Action is free and open to the general public; RSVP is appreciated but not required. There are also opportunities to volunteer to help with day-of event logistics. Please visit to learn more – we hope to see you there!

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