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April 15, 2014


AeroAstro Centennial Seminar Series: General Janet Wolfenbarger Apr. 16

The year 2014 marks 100 years of aerospace studies at MIT, and the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is celebrating through a Centennial Seminar Series.  The first seminar will take place on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10:00am in the Stata Center, Room 123.  The speaker will be General Janet Wolfenbarger, a Course 16 alum and Commander of the Air Force Material Command.  Breakfast will be available prior to the talk.

April 15, 2014


Climate Change Speaker Series with James Hansen TODAY

Calling all youths (and those young at heart) to action!  As part of the Climate Change Speaker Series, world-famous climate scientist James Hansen will be giving a talk Combatting the Climate Crisis: The Path from Science to Action at MIT on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm in MIT Room 10-250.  Hansen is a former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.  He was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006.  Contact for more information.

April 15, 2014


SpringFest Concert on Apr. 26!

Tickets are now on sale for MIT Students for the SpringFest Concert, to be held on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 8:00pm in the Z-Center (Johnson Athletic Center).  The doors will open at 7:00pm and will close at 9:30pm.  The concert features Capital Cities and Flosstradamus!  Tickets are $15 for MIT students and $20 for MIT affiliates.  If you’d like to volunteer, register online.  Contact for more information.

April 14, 2014


Share your interview experiences on Apr. 15

Interview season is coming to an end.  Did you enjoy talking to people in various positions about your skills, experiences, and personalities?  Did you suffer solving problems with time slowly running out?  Share your interview experiences with fellow students over dinner on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in MIT Room 32-144.  Three recent graduates are invited to talk about their interviewing experiences for academic, engineering, and finance jobs.  Ask questions and get more skills!  No registration is required, but spots and food are limited, so please come on time.  Contact for more information.

April 14, 2014


5000 Moving Parts at MIT Museum (through Nov. 30)

Melding art, science, history and technology, 5000 Moving Parts features sculptures by Anne Lilly, John Douglas Powers, Takis, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Arthur Ganson in collaboration with sound artist Christina Campanella.

The exhibition looks at the wide range of kinetic art being made now: from work that’s concerned entirely with motion and unpredictability, to sculptures that engage with contemporary political topics, to work that brings ancient myth into contemporary life.

Learn more about the artists and the exhibition at the MIT Museum page.

April 11, 2014


Exploring Reality from a Baha’i Perspective on Apr. 14

Explore reality from a Baha’i perspective on Monday, April 14th. 2014 at 6:00pm in MIT Room W20-303.  Discover scientific faith and empirical religion, and discuss quotations from historic thinkers and passages from Baha’i writings.  This is part of an ongoing series through May.  Contact or visit the website for more information.

April 11, 2014


April Social Science Happy Hour TODAY

Come to the April Social Science Happy Hour on Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 5:30pm in MIT Room E18-202.  Join the discussion on social science research while enjoying food, beverages, and the company of social science researchers.  All are welcome!  Contact for more information.

April 10, 2014


MIT Africa Innovate Conference Apr. 11-12

Join the MIT Africa Innovate Conference to hear from amazing speakers and learn more about the emerging ideas that are shaping Africa’s future.  The conference will take place on Friday, April 11th, and Saturday, April 12th, 2014 in the MIT Media Lab.  There will be panels on energy, healthcare innovations, investment, technology, women, and venture incubation.  There will also be a business plan competition, a hackathon, vision talks, and keynotes.  Buy tickets and find out more about the conference by visiting the website.  Email questions to

April 10, 2014


SIAM & CCE Student Seminar: Topological Microfluidics TODAY

Come to the SIAM & CCE Student Seminar on Thursday, April 10th, 2014, at 4:00pm in MIT Room 4-237.  The topic for this seminar will be Topological Microfluidics: Exploring anisotropic fluids in microfluidic environment, with speaker Anupam Sengupta, Roman Stocker group, CEE.  Light refreshments will be served.

Liquid crystals (LCs) are complex anisotropic fluids, well-known for display applications. Their properties are in contrast to the isotropic fluids which we typically encounter in state-of- the-art microfluidic science and technology. This allows us to explore LCs as a suitable functional material for developing a microfluidic technology which harnesses the coupling interactions between the flow, the molecular orientation, and the ordering or topology of the system.

The MIT chapter of The Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIAM) is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in applied mathematics, computational science and mathematical applications in an engineering field.  Visit their website for more information.

April 9, 2014

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2014 Legatum Conference on May 10

Come to the 2014 Legatum Conference Elements of Entrepreneurship on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in the MIT Media Lab.  This year’s conference will have four panels.  One panel discussion will focus on businesses created from the earth, agri-business in Africa.  We will explore Latin American technology ventures conducting business through the air.  Fire being the oldest form of energy used by man, we will look at some of Asia’s newest innovations in energy production.  Finally, we will learn about successful entrepreneurs and the investment in innovation springing up by the water of the Persian Gulf.  The experts and entrepreneurs speaking at this year’s conference will ground us, breathe life into new ideas, ignite our passion for innovation, and sustain us.  The speakers will include Jeff Hoffman, Founder & CEO, Priceline,, Colorjar; David Auerbach, Co-Founder, Sanergy, Legatum Fellow, MIT 2011; and Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Ad Astra Rocket Company, MIT 1977.  Register online.

April 9, 2014


Nautical Night at the MIT Museum on Apr. 11

Dive into a variety of exciting ocean-related activities ranging from marine biology to nautical design at Nautical Night in the MIT Museum on Friday, April 11th, 2014 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  Learn how metalwork and 3D printing are used in nautical engineering, and then explore a fascinating world of undersea microbes.  Try your hand at both traditional and modern shipbuilding techniques, and get a firsthand look at objects from the MIT Museum’s Hart Nautical Collection.  Explore activities by the MIT Foundry and Forge, Oceans at MIT, Sea Perch, and more!  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  MIT cardholders and alumni have free admission to the event.

April 8, 2014


GWAMIT Spring Empowerment Conference Apr. 10-17

Come hear established women speak about secrets of their professional and personal success at the GWAMIT Spring Empowerment Conference, taking place from Thursday, April 10th to the 17th, 2014, in the Stata Center and Student Center.  The opening keynote will feature Debora Spar, author and President of Barnard College, speaking about “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and The Quest for Perfection.”  Mentoring discussion will include Eve Marder of Brandeis University and Kay Tye of MIT; they will discuss the keys to finding great mentors, as well as the secrets to becoming one yourself.  Judy Shen-Filerman, CEO of Dreambridge Partners, will speak about becoming a storyteller of your best self.  Ruha Benjamin of Boston University will conclude the event with the closing keynote, a talk entitled, “Playing the game or hacking the system: A talk and discussion on subverting systems of power.”  Register for the event online.  Contact for more information.

April 8, 2014


MIT Comedy Night TONIGHT

Come to MIT Comedy Night, featuring headliner Erin Judge from Comedy Central!  The event will take place on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, at 8:00pm in the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House.  The host is Thom Crowley, and featured comedians include Ian Blau, Bryce Hanson, Adam Langois, Emma Willmann, and Jeff Young.  Snacks and soda will be provided!  Keep in mind that a 21+ government ID and an MIT ID are required for entry.  Please have your ID ready to show at the door.  Contact for more information.

April 7, 2014


MLK Visiting Scholar Luncheon on Apr. 9

The Institute Community and Equity Office invites you to attend their next luncheon seminar series presentation with LeManuel Lee Bitsoi, Ed.D. of Harvard University.  The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in MIT Room E51-372.  This series highlights the work of MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars, other MIT community members, and those connected to the program whose work honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Information about the MLK Visitors program and the current scholars is available online.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at

April 7, 2014


Interfaith Dialogue on Apr. 8

Please join MIT’s Addir Fellows at Reaching for the Heights: The role of women in Catholicism, Islam and Orthodox Judaism, an interfaith dialogue and panel on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30 PM in W11 (The Main Reading Room). The panelists will discuss their connection to the theology, spirituality and/or culture of their religion and talk about how the role of women is (or is not) changing. Dessert will be available. Photo by Dima Konsewitch.

April 4, 2014


The Meaning of Suffering with Peter Kreeft TODAY

If there is a God who is all-powerful and all-loving, why is there suffering in the world?  Come join philosopher Dr. Peter Kreeft in the TCC Friday Night Supper The Meaning of Suffering on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Burton Connor Porter Room.  Listen, ask questions, and share your opinions.  All are welcome!  A free community dinner will be provided, and vegetarian options are available.  Contact for more information.

April 4, 2014


Keeril Makan performance Apr. 5

On Saturday, April 5th from 8 – 9 PM in Killian Hall, Either/Or presents works of MIT composer Keeril Makan. It will be the world premiere of Letting Time Circle Through Us. Jennifer Choi will be playing violin, Russel Greenber percussion, Taka Kigawa the piano, Wendy Law the cello, Dan Lippel the guitar, and David Shively the cimbalom. This is a free event! Check out other music and theater arts events happening in April.

April 3, 2014


Tax Workshop TODAY

PricewaterhouseCoopers (pwc) will be returning to the MIT campus this week and speak at the tax workshop on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in the Student Center, Room 491.  The workshop is for domestic (US Citizens and US Permanent Residents) graduate students.  There was a separate tax workshop for international students back in February.  Please note that they will not provide individual tax advice to students.  The purpose of the workshop is to present general guidelines and resources that would be helpful for students to file their tax returns.  If you have any questions, please contact Keiko Tanaka at

April 3, 2014


Dr. Pamela Bush to speak about diversity on Apr. 3

Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush, Ph.D., will be speaking at the True Diversity: A Multiplier in Global STEM Innovation event on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in MIT Room 1-190.  Dr. Bush will address the critical importance of holistic diversity in STEM education, leadership, and innovation.  She will present statistics, best practices, and practical examples to validate the impact of incorporating diversity into organizations.  Dr. Bush will offer implementable strategies for communities, organizations, and individuals to integrate diversity and achieve optimal outcomes for the next generation of global innovators.

April 2, 2014


Enjoy a Spring Interlude on Apr. 3

Come to the Spring Interlude, a special concert event to be held on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, at 12:00pm in Kresge Auditorium.  This event will feature performances by the Lavrova-Primakov Piano Duo, Cellist Adrian Daurov, and Pianist Amanda von Goetz.  The played music includes works by Scriabin, Brahms, Poulenc, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff.  Enjoy this cultural celebration where the gifts of international music and friendship combine, and the past meets the present at the home of the future, MIT.  Admission is free, but attendees are asked to register online.  For more information, visit the website. Sponsored by an ODGE Graduate Student Life Grant.

April 2, 2014


Ebony Affair 2014 is on Apr. 5

Ebony Affair is an elegant and formal event that will include a cocktail hour, dinner, musical performance by the MIT Gospel Choir, keynote speaker Chris Jones (SM ’01, SM ’02), and an open dance floor.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 5th, 2014, at 6:00pm in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial.  This year’s theme, “Essence of Excellence,” allows reflection on the contributions and achievements of the community throughout the years as well as the recognition of the people who pave the way for future success and innovation.  All members of the MIT community are both welcome and encouraged to attend.  Reserve your ticket online.  Ticket prices are $15 for MIT students in advance, $20 at the door for all students, $35 for MIT faculty and staff, BAMIT members, and MIT alumni, and $45 for non-MIT guests.  If you’d like to pay in cash, there will be a booth in Lobby 10 during the week of March 31st through April 4th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  Formal attire is required.  Contact with any questions.

April 1, 2014


Transportation Camp New England on Apr. 5

Join the MIT Transportation Club and transport professionals from around New England for Transportation Camp New England.  This event will take place on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Stata Center (Opening Session in 32-123).  This is not a traditional conference, it’s an unconference!  The organizers don’t plan sessions ahead of time. Instead, you plan and lead the sessions!  Registration is required to attend ($10 for students).  Visit the website for details and registration information.

April 1, 2014


Perform at Warehouse Coffeehouse! Register by Apr. 2

Do you want to perform at Warehouse Coffeehouse?  The event takes place on Sunday, April 13th, 2014, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in The Warehouse (NW30, 224 Albany Street).  All performance arts are welcome, including instrumentalists, singers, comedians, solos, ensembles, etc…  If you’d like to perform, please register online by Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014.  Contact Samantha Dale Strasser, the Warehouse Arts Chair, at with any questions.

March 31, 2014

The Red Curtain

Calling all comedians, storytellers, and improvisers! Register by Apr. 1

An on-campus comedy show will center around funny and absurd stories from MIT researchers of all disciplines.  The show needs comedians, storytellers, and improvisers to come and share their experiences!  The focus is on the MIT community, so while comedic performance is a plus, novices and amateurs are encouraged to sign up.  The show will be held in April.  Please fill out the registration form, and the coordinators will contact you regarding the next steps in getting the show together.  Submit the form online by Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 12:00pm.  Contact for more information.

March 28, 2014


Get CPR certified on Apr. 1!

Get CPR certified with MIT EMS on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the Stratton Student Center.  Learn how to help a victim on cardiac arrest!  Upon completion, you will receive an official AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED Certification.  This is free for MIT undergraduates and only $5 for everyone else.  For more information and to register, visit the MIT EMS website.

March 26, 2014


Creating Culture in Virtual Worlds (Mar. 27)

On Thursday March 27th, from 6 to 7:30 PM at the MIT Museum, join a conversation with MIT Professor D. Fox Harrell and MIT researcher Todd Harper as they discuss ways in which cultural values are both created and represented in digital media. Explore how online communities and computer code both give rise to shared values – through the interactions between people online, as well as the underlying computational structure of video games, websites, and other online communities. D. Fox Harrell is an Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT in the Comparative Media Studies Program and in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Todd Harper is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the MIT Game Lab. This is a free event part of the TalkBack 360 program series.

March 26, 2014

Buddhist Meditation

Silent Meditation on Thursdays

Are work and studies becoming too overwhelming? Get away from the stress and pressures of daily life every Thursday from 6 to 7 PM with Silent Meditation in the MIT Chapel. Sponsored by the Buddhist Student Club, it is open to all. Cushions are provided. Photo by holisticgeek.

March 25, 2014


Screening of Fuel on Mar. 27

Come to the first-ever monthly green movie event to watch Fuel, a movie that “shows us the way out of the mess we’re in by explaining how to replace every drop of oil we now use, while creating green jobs and keeping our money here at home.”  The screening will take place on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 in the Sidney-Pacific Seminar Room.  Environmentally-friendly food will be served at 7:00pm and the movie will start at 7:15pm.  Fossil Free MIT will also join in to explain their petition for MIT to divest from fossil fuels during the film.  Contact for more information.

March 21, 2014


Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner TONIGHT

Come enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with your MIT graduate student friends at the Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner!  The dinner will take place on Friday, March 21st, 2014, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm in the Sidney Pacific Multipurpose Room.  RSVP by sending an email to

March 21, 2014


Celebrate Norouz on Mar. 22

Come celebrate Norouz, the beginning of both spring and the Persian new year!  The celebration will take place on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, from 7:30pm to 12:00am in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial, MIT.  Persian dinner and desserts will be served, and there will also be a range of musical and dance performances.  There will even be a dance party at the end!  Contact for more information.

March 20, 2014

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Computation Lecture with Debra Weisberg on Mar. 21

Come to the MIT Computation Lecture Material Drawing: Exploration and Creativity with Debra Weisberg on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 5:00pm in MIT Room 7-429.  The Computation Lectures seek to explore the correlation between our active being and computing.  Weisberg’s works are in numerous collections such as the Sonesta Hotel, General Hardware Manufacturing Company in NYC, Simmons College and Meditech.  She has also done private commissions in Mass Power and Electric and in private homes.  Weisberg has exhibited nationally: Gallery Kayafas, Boston; Art in General in NYC; the DeCordova Museum; Mills Gallery and Rose Museum in the Boston area; East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art.  Debra Weisberg teaches at Boston College and at New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University.  She is artist in residence at Meditech Corporation where she teaches creativity workshops.  Her practice includes creating large scale collaborative drawing installations as a visiting artist at schools and universities.  For more information, visit the website.

March 20, 2014


Authentic Movement Wellness Class: Fridays Mar. 21-Jun. 6

Come to the Authentic Movement Wellness Class on Fridays from March 21st to June 6th in MIT Room E23-297.  This is an opportunity to slow down and listen to what you body has to say.  The class is inspired by Carl Jung’s practice of Active Imagination.  It uses movement as a medium to discover and express your whole self.  The class takes place in a safe, non-judgmental place.  You will learn to listen deeply to your body’s wisdom, develop compassion for yourself and others, and gain personal insights, as well as access your potential for creativity and mindfulness.  Contact for more information.

March 20, 2014


Turkish Tea TODAY

It’s time for Turkish Tea!  Enjoy ruby red tea on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Bush Room (MIT 10-105).  Ruby red tea is produced in the eastern Black Sea coast of Turkey.  There will also be traditional Turkish bagels (simit).  Contact for more information.

March 20, 2014


Choose to Reuse on Mar. 20!

Choose to reuse on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, from 8:00am to 1:00pm in the Stata Center TSMC (white lobby) on the corner of Main and Vassar Streets.  Come pick up free, gently-used items, or donate your own.  Bring in clean, reusable things like clothing, dishware, household items, and anything else you don’t need anymore.  Drop-off begins at 8:00am.  Pick-up starts at 11:00am.  Everything that remains will be donated or recycled.  Sign up to volunteer!  Contact for more information.

March 19, 2014


MIT Water Night Mar. 20

Come to MIT Water Night on Thursday, March 20th from 5-8 PM in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial (Building 50). MIT Water Night is an annual research event that connects members of MIT community and beyond who work on water-related issues. Over 40 members and industries will be presenting their research at this event. Come see the leading topics in the water field! There is free admission to the community. Light refreshments and alcohol will be served, and a 21+ Government ID is required for alcohol consumption. Register for this event. Photo by Chris Nuzzaco.

March 19, 2014


MLK Luncheon Seminar TODAY

The Institute Community and Equity Office invites you to attend the next MLK luncheon seminar series presentation with Professor Craig Wilder.  This series highlights the work of MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars and other MIT community members whose work honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in MIT Room E62-262.  Please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at
Professor Craig Wilder is the MIT History Section Head in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  More than a decade ago, Craig Wilder began exploring the journeys and struggles of black youth in the antebellum United States, an era when colleges almost universally barred African American students.  He intended to write an article about the paths that these young men and women took into the professions and into the leadership of the abolitionist campaign, but found himself increasingly drawn to the more complicated and longer story of the relationship between American colleges and American slavery.  Professor Wilder will be discussing the history beneath his latest book, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (Bloomsbury, 2013).  For more information, visit the Visiting Professors and Scholars program website.

March 19, 2014


Third Thursdays at the List Visual Arts Center Mar. 20

Come to Third Thursdays at the List Visual Arts Center every third Thursday of the month! The next event will be Thursday, March 20th 6-8 PM at the List Visual Arts Center (E15). Mingle with fellow graduate students at the List while exploring contemporary art. There will be free guided tours of 3 current exhibitions and free pizza, beer, and wine. Visit the List Center site for more information about the Center.

March 18, 2014


IMES Seminar with Bradley Bernstein TODAY

As part of the IMES Distinguished Speaker Series, Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD, will discuss ”Epigenetic Regulation and Heterogeneity in Cancer” on Tuesday, March 18th,  at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard Amphitheater, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142. The seminar will begin at 4:30 PM, preceded by a pre-seminar reception at 4 PM.

Dr. Bernstein will discuss emerging concepts and methods in epigenomics, and the application of emerging technologies to characterize the nature and functional significance of gene regulatory programs and epigenetic states in stem cells and human cancers. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scientist, who also is a professor of pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and an associate member at the Broad Institute. He is also affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Systems Biology and Center for Cancer Research, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. See the IMES website for more information.

March 17, 2014


Migration Inside-Out: Contemplate, Imagine, Act… TODAY

On Monday March 17th 7-9 PM at the lower level of the Wiesner Bldg (E15-001), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA, come to the second installment of the Spring 2014 Cinematic Migrations lecture series: Migration Inside-Out: Contemplate, Imagine, Act… with art curator and professor Kazue Kobata. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

Kobata will explore themes of political and personal transformation in connection with aspects of technology, medium, and experience as they unfold in Japanese cinema. In 1982, Kobata opened Plan B in Nakano, Tokyo, Japan’s first alternative art space run by artists. Her expansive career includes working as an adjunct curator and producer at MoMA PS1 (New York) and De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam). She has translated numerous books on philosophy, science, contemporary art, photography, music, performance, and fashion by authors including Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, Issey Miyake, Eiko Ishioka, Tony Godfrey, and Lyall Watson. Kobata has also worked with a number of established and experimental artists in film, video, and TV, including multimedia artist and film essayist Chris Marker. Currently she is Dean and Professor in the Department of Intermedia Art at the Tokyo National University of the Arts and she serves as a juror for a number of contemporary art awards, grants, and programs.

March 17, 2014


MIT Snowriders Quarterly Eat ‘n’ Greet Mar. 18

Come to the MIT Snowriders Quarterly Eat ‘n’ Greet on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Muddy Charles Pub.  The food is free; just be sure to bring a valid state 21+ ID.  Learn more about getting involved with the MIT Snowriders and discuss plans for next season.  Contact for more information.

March 14, 2014


Special Workshop with Artist Pauline Curnier Jardin Mar. 15

Join artist Pauline Curnier Jardin for a special workshop exploring film and performance to celebrate her exhibition List Projects: Pauline Curnier Jardin.  The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the Stratton Student Center, and will include a private screening of Curnier Jardin’s films followed by a participatory exploration of her method of “trans-narrative.”  Participants will mix sound, action, and ideas to create new stories, characters, objects, and environments.  Students with interests in film, narrative storytelling, theater and performance arts, French history and culture, or women’s and gender studies are encouraged to attend.  This is open to the MIT community only, and pre-registration is required.  Email to sign up.  For more information, visit the website.

March 14, 2014


CAMTech-IMES Global Health Tech Hackathon on Mar. 14-16

H@cking Medicine is working in collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation on the CAMTech-IMES Global Health Technology Hack-a-thon this Friday through Sunday, March 14th through 16th, 2014 in MIT’s Media Lab.  The Global Health Technology Track at Healthcare’s Grand H@ckfest will bring the world’s brightest minds together to develop innovative health technologies for low-resource settings.  Clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs and end-users from low- and middle-income countries will co-create to solve pressing health challenges from the field.  In 48 hours, teams will move from ideas to prototypes that have the potential to transform healthcare around the world.  More information is available hereApply to participate.

March 14, 2014


Conflict Resolution Book Discussion TODAY

Conflict Resolution@MIT, in collaboration with the New England Association for Conflict Resolution, will hold a Brown Bag Book Discussion of Staying with Conflict by Bernie Mayer on Friday, March 14th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in the Student Center, PDR4 (W20-308a).  Refreshments and dessert will be served.  In the book, Bernard Mayer, a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution, offers a new paradigm for dealing with long-term disputes.  Mayer explains that when dealing with enduring conflict, mediators and other conflict resolution specialists need to move past the idea of how quickly they can resolve the conflict.  Instead, they should focus on how they can help people prepare to engage with an issue over time.  Once their attention is directed away from a speedy resolution to a long-term approach, new avenues of intervention become apparent.  The book is filled with illustrative examples from a broad variety of conflicts, from the interpersonal to the international.  Sign up here.

March 14, 2014


Boston Trio in Jordan Hall on Mar. 16

Come see the Boston Trio on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 8:00pm in Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory of Music, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts).  The event is free.  The trio consists of Irina Muresanu on the violin, Astrid Schween on the cello, and Heng-Jin Park on the piano.  The selected compositions include Elena Ruehr’s Scarletti Effect, Beethoven’s Piano Trio in Eb Major, Opus 70, #2, and Arensky’s Piano Trio in D minor.

March 14, 2014


Twelfth Night Shakespeare Ensemble performance Mar. 14-22

The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble presents Twelfth Night on Friday, March 14th, Saturday the 15th, Thursday the 20th, Friday the 21st, and Saturday the 22nd at 8:00pm, and on Sunday, March 16th at 4:00pm, all in La Sala de Puerto Rico.  Admission is $5 for MIT, Wellesley, and Harvard students.  For other students, seniors, and members of the MIT community, admission is $9.  General admission is $12.  Reserve tickets online.  If you want free admission, consider volunteering for the event as an usher, board operator, or cameraman.  Email for details and questions.


March 13, 2014


Valerie Jarrett, Obama Senior Advisor, gives lecture TODAY

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, will visit the MIT campus on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 to deliver the Karl Taylor Compton lecture “Built to Last: Opportunity, and the Economics of Empowerment.”  The lecture, which will be hosted and moderated by President L. Rafael Reif, will be held at 3:30pm in Kresge Auditorium.  Since their inception in 1957, the Compton lectures have brought to our campus leaders who are noted for their universality of thought and their influence on human values.  Students, faculty, and staff from other institutions are welcome to attend.  No tickets are required, but attendees are asked to be prepared to present a photo ID at the entrance (college/university ID preferred).

March 13, 2014


MIT CCE Student Symposium 2014 TODAY

Come to the 2014 Center for Computational Engineering Student Symposium on Thursday, March 13th, 2014.  Cleve Moler, the chief mathematician, chairman, and cofounder of MathWorks, will examine the mathematics at the heart of some MATLAB and Simulink functions that affect, and possibly save, lives every day (at 4:00pm in 26-100).  Students who have carried out original research involving computationally intensive methods are invited to present a poster highlighting their research.  The poster session will take place at 5:00pm in 34-401B, and will be an opportunity to learn about cutting edge research on computational science and applied mathematics.  There will also be a dinner at 5:45pm.  Please fill out the registration form on the website if you plan to attend any part of the event.

March 13, 2014


YesPlus: Stress Mgmt. & Happiness Workshop Mar. 14-18

The YesPlus: Stress Mgmt. & Happiness Workshop will take place from Friday, March 14th to Tuesday the 18th, 2014 with timings 7:00pm to 10:00pm (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday) and 10:00am to 5:00pm (Saturday and Sunday).  The first day’s workshop will take place in MIT Room 4-261.  This is an opportunity to learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and to get closer to achieving one’s full potential.  Participants will de-stress and learn powerful breathing techniques like the Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation, and practical wisdom through fun games.  Trained faculty from the international non-profit organization, The Art of Living Foundation, will run the workshop.  Tuition is $250.  Register online.  To attend an information and experience session, visit this website.  Contact for more information.

March 13, 2014


TPSS iAmbassador – Nigeria on Mar. 14

Join the Technology Policy Students Society for a lunchtime presentation on Nigeria on Friday, March 14th, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in MIT Room E40-380.  It’s a great excuse to get together, have fun, and learn a little something about each other.  Contact for more information.


March 12, 2014


Feminist Pedagogies symposium; RSVP by Mar. 12

Come to the half-day Feminist Pedagogies symposium and workshop on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 12:00pm to 6:30pm in Asean Auditorium, Cabot Hall, and Olin Hall, at Tufts University.  This event is for graduate students developing a professional teaching profile in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and for faculty wishing to explore teaching and syllabus development strategies with colleagues.  This event is free and open to graduate students and faculty from the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies member institutions (Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Simmons, Tufts and the University of Massachusetts Boston).  Space is limited, and RSVP is required to by Wednesday, March 12th, 2014.  For more information, visit the website.