Category Archives: Events

October 31, 2014

spicy crabb

Kopitiam: A celebration of Singaporean food Nov. 1

On Saturday, November 1st join a celebration of Singapore-style food, proudly prepared by Singaporean students at MIT, at Kopitiam 2014! From 12PM to 3PM in the Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence Multi-Purpose Room, savor some “shiok”, flavorful and delectable Singaporean delights such as Chilli Crab, Chicken Rice, and Pandan Cake in a  festive Kopitiam setting! “Kopitiam” means “Coffee Shop”, where a huge variety of dishes are sold. “Kopi” means “Coffee” in Malay and “Tiam” is the Hokkien term for “shop”. This event is presented by MIT Singapore Students Society and sponsored by GSC Funding Board and LEF/ARCADE. Cash only! Come while stocks last! Open to entire MIT Community. Photo by Aaron Olaf.

October 31, 2014


Chongyang Festival Celebration Nov. 1

On Saturday, November 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in W20-307, join the festivities and celebrate Chongyang! Chongyang, also known as Double Ninth Festival, is a traditional Asian festival for driving away danger. Come taste the special Chinese Chongyang cake and play some exciting games from another culture. All MIT students and employees are welcome! This event is organized by MIT CAST and sponsored by GSC funding board. Photo by Francis Chung.

October 31, 2014


Cupcake Wars Nov. 1

Show off your decorating skills and meet with other pastry chefs at the grad dorm-wide Cupcake Wars!  The event will take place on Saturday, November 1st at 7:00pm in Tang Hall on the 24th floor.  A judging panel consisting of representatives from each dorm will decide which team made the best MIT Hack-themed cupcake.  Open to families and children.  Inspired by Food Network.  Contact for more information.

October 30, 2014


16 teams compete in 2014 Hacking Arts fest

The Hacking Arts festival and hackathon returned to MIT for a second year October 3rd–5th, creating a unique opportunity for artists, engineers, business people, and entrepreneurs to collaborate. Its purpose, according to student organizers, is to foster new thinking that may spur advances in creative industries. The event featured multi-disciplinary panels, musical performances, presentations, exhibits, and a hackathon. “I don’t think there’s any event that brings together artists, people in business, and engineers in this way,” said Michael DiBenigno, MBA ’15, who attended last year’s inaugural Hacking Arts event and was one of the student organizers this year. “I think that combination is what makes it special. There’s that technology piece that you may not find anywhere else.” Continue reading on MIT Sloan.

October 30, 2014


Turning Agricultural Waste into Fuel Pellets in India Oct. 30

Do you want to learn how to turn unmanaged agricultural waste into valuable fuel? On Thursday, October 30th 3 – 4 PM, listen to Mukund Deogaonkar, CEO of First Energy, speak about how he took his company to half a million customers in India. First Energy is an alternative energy company based in Pune, India that applies biomass and gasification technology to heating applications. Their alternative fuel, Oorja, offers an integrated solution that delivers efficiency & value higher than conventional LPG and diesel cooking devices. This event will take place in the MITei Large Conference Room (E19-319). RSVP is requested. Photo by Jes.

October 30, 2014


Joan Jonas on her Venice Biennale exhibition Oct. 30

Celebrate Profesor Emeritus Joan Jonas and her upcoming exhibition in the 2015 Venice Biennale.  The Lavine Lecture featuring Joan Jonas will take place on Thursday, October 30th at 6:00pm in Bartos Theater (E15-070).  Hear from art critic Gregory Volk about Jonas’s work, including performance, photography, and video.  Discover how Jonas will represent the US in Venice.  The lecture is free and open to everyone!  Contact for more information.

October 30, 2014

let's boogie pumpkin

Murder Mystery Halloween Party Oct. 31

Get your spook on with the MIT graduate community this Friday, October 31! Enjoy appetizers and pumpkin carving at Edgerton from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, followed by dinner at Ashdown and the Warehouse from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Come to Sidney Pacific after dinner for an all-grad dance party from 9:30 PM – 1 AM. Remember your ID if you’d like to drink (21+). Prizes will be awarded to the top costumes! Get creative! Photo by PumpkinWayne.

October 29, 2014


GEMS Training Program info session Oct. 29

Are you interested in learning about medicine and how your work may have relevance to medicine? Do you want first-hand clinical experiences to see where engineering and science meet real world health care? Do you want to build a professional network that includes physicians and physician-scientists from the Harvard Medical community? Are you early in your program and interested in ideas for medically-relevant thesis research?Are you near graduation and interested in post-doc opportunities in a medical setting? Do you aspire to create a biomedical business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) Training Program Information Session on Wednesday, October 29 from 1PM to 2PM in E25-101! RSVP to For more information on the GEMS Program and to download an application visit the program website. The application deadline for the program is Friday, November 14, 2014. Photo by RajivShah.

October 29, 2014

latte art

Sign up to perform at Warehouse Coffee House by Nov. 5

Looking for a place to showcase your performance talent? The Warehouse Coffee house (NW30), is currently calling for performers to enliven the atmosphere on Sunday, November 16th, 5PM-6:30PM. All types of performers are welcome, from instrumentalists and singers to comedians and magicians. Sign up by November 5th! For more information contact Joy Louveau, The Warehouse Arts Chair. This is sponsored by the GSC Funding Board. Photo by zpeckler.

October 28, 2014


Intellectual Forum with T.L Taylor Oct. 29

Women and Gender Studies will host an Intellectual Forum on Wednesday, October 29th from 12PM to 1:30 PM in 14N-417. Associate Professor T.L. Taylor will present “Athletes, Geeks and Gamers: Exploring Gender and Professional E-Sports.” With an introduction by Professor Jing Wang, T.L. Taylor will discuss her research in the areas of the internet and game studies and how they relate to gender identity. Lunch will be served. RSVP to and note any dietary restrictions.

October 28, 2014

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Fall Soap Box: Life Beyond Earth Oct. 28

On Tuesday, 10/28: 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, discuss life beyond earth. Discover what we know about the possibility of life in the rest of our solar system and beyond, and join a discussion about what that means for humanity in the future. Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. For more information, visit the MIT museum. Photo by Kabsik Park.

October 27, 2014


Compton Lecture: Dr. Francis S. Collins Oct. 28

On Tuesday, October 28 at 3:30 PM in 10-250, attend the next segment of the Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series with Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Collins will present on Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research. The event is free and all are welcome to attend! For more information, visit the Compton Lecture Series webpage.

October 27, 2014


Coastal Resilience Science Cafe Oct. 27

Interested in climate change and how it’s affecting the oceans and coastlines? Stop by the Coastal Resilience Science Cafe on Monday, October 27th, 6:30PM-8:30PM in Meadhall (Cambridge, MA)! COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) and GrOE (Graduate Students for Ocean Education) are hosting this science cafe to bring attention to climate change in New England. There will be three great speakers, free food, a cash bar, and a fantastic funding opportunity! For more information check out COSEE and like GrOE on Facebook! Photo by Scott Smithson.

October 27, 2014


Pre-Halloween Pumpkin Carving Oct. 27

Join the Engineering Systems Division for pumpkin carving on Monday, October 27th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in MIT Room E40-380.  Kids and families are welcome!  Contact for more information.

October 25, 2014


Jeremy Huw Williams in concert Oct. 26

A recital of new music by Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams with pianist Paula Fan will take place on Sunday, October 26th at 4:00pm in Killian Hall.  They will be performing music of composers Peter Child, Edward Cohen, John Harbison, Elena Ruehr, and Charles Shadle.  Admission is free.

October 24, 2014

lobster boat

Climate Change on Trial Panel & Discussion Oct. 27

Last summer, Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward anchored their lobster boat in the path of a coal freighter on its way to the largest coal plant in the Northeast. At their trial last month, they argued that their actions were necessary to prevent the greater danger of climate change. This led District Attorney Sam Sutter to drop their criminal charges because “climate change is one of the gravest crises the planet has ever faced.” At this panel discussion featuring Jay O’Hara, Ken Ward, DA Sam Sutter, and Marla Marcum, hear the story and take part in the conversation about the role of civil disobedience in defense of the climate. The panel will take place in 6-120 on Monday, October 27, 6 PM-7:30 PM. Photo by Thomas.

October 24, 2014


Family Day at the List Oct. 25

Discover art exhibitions at the List Visual Arts Center through events just for families!  As part of the Family Day series, the List will host the Everyday Objects Sculpture Workshop on Saturday, October 25th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in the Upper Atrium of MIT Building E15.  Make an abstract sculpture from simple materials to take home!  Also, explore “Thea Djordjadze” and view the artist’s clean, modern sculptures.  Take a family-friendly tour of the exhibition at 2 PM.  This event is free and open to all.  No registration is required.  Contact for more information.

October 24, 2014


Cena a las Seis Oct. 25

Cena a las Seis, “Dinner at Six,” is an annual semi-formal event hosted by the Latino Cultural Center and its affiliated organizations.  This dinner is going to be held on Saturday, October 25th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Walker Memorial.  Students, families, staff, faculty, and alumni are all invited during Family Weekend to experience a showcase of MIT’s Latino community.  Enjoy some delicious Latino cuisine, become inspired by our special guest speaker, Junot Díaz, and watch some amazing performances!  RSVP here.  Contact for more information.

October 23, 2014


Service Breakfast on Oct. 25

Come to the GAME Service Breakfast on Saturday, October 25th from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  The group will leave from Sidney Pacific Dorm for the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge (125 S Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA).  Activities include cooking breakfast for cancer patients residing temporarily at the Hope Lodge, conversing with them over the aforementioned breakfast, and hopefully performing an array of musical pieces.  All graduate students are welcome, although there are limited spots.  Sign up online!  Non-graduate students will be considered if there is space available, so please sign up regardless.  Contact for more information.

October 22, 2014


GWAMIT Leadership Conference Oct. 27-31

The 2014 Annual GWAMIT Leadership Conference will take place from Monday, October 27th to Friday, October 31st:

Opening Keynote: Jenn Gustetic
Monday, October 27, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Jenn Gustetic is MIT TPP ’07, Assistant Director for Open Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the former Head of Challenges and Prizes at NASA.

Education Panel
Tuesday, October 28, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Featuring Wedy Cebula, President/COO of EdX; Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code; and Maureen Alphonse-Charles, SVP/COO of The Partnership

Implicit Bias Workshop
Wednesday, October 29, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Led by Carlee Hawkins, Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago and researcher with Project Implicit; Co-hosted by SWIM (Break the Mold) and the MIT Institute Community and Equity Office

Keynote Address: Susana Malcorra
Thursday, October 30, 5:30pm
MIT Room 32-155
Susana Malcorra is  Chef de Cabinet to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Status of Women: Past, Present, Future
Panel and film screening
Friday, October 31, 12pm
MIT Room W20-307
Featuring MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart; MIT Dean for Graduate Education Christine Ortiz; Kamilla Tekiela; and Carline Chin ’16

Read more about these events and register on the Leadership Conference website.

October 22, 2014


authors@mit presents Ellen Harris: “Handel: A Life with Friends” Oct. 22

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm in the Lewis Music Library (160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge), attend the inaugural lecture of the revitalized authors@mit series welcoming Ellen Harris. A professor emeritus at MIT, Harris is also an internationally recognized scholar in Baroque opera and a performing soprano. In this lecture, Harris will discuss her latest book, an intimate investigation of the life and work of the Baroque composer George Frideric Handel.

George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends, is the consummation of Ellen Harris’s long professional life with Handel. It is the work of a wise scholar who views musicians as social beings and music as social activity. That outlook, and the author’s fresh and supple prose, make this a most appealing, finally endearing, book.” — Richard Taruskin, University of California, Berkeley

This event is open to the public, free, and wheelchair accessible. For more information call (617) 253-5249, email, or visit the event web page. This event is sponsored by authors@mit, a lecture series cosponsored by MIT Libraries and the MIT Press Bookstore.

October 22, 2014


Euro Club Coffee Hour Oct. 22

Take a short break from work and join the European Club for coffee on Wednesday, October 22nd at 3:00pm in Stata Cafe.  Pay for your coffee, and the Euro Club will provide delicious snacks!  The break will be held at the low tables around the MIT libraries cubicle.  This is a perfect opportunity to meet the current executive team and learn how to get involved.  Visit the website for more information.

October 21, 2014


MLK Lunch Seminar: Juma on “Freedom to Innovate” Oct. 22

The next luncheon seminar in the MLK Visitors program series is Wednesday, October 22nd from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PMat the MIT Sloan School (E62-350). Dr. Calestous Juma, MLK Visiting Professor, Urban Studies and Planning Department will be presenting on “Freedom to Innovate: Science, Technology and Engineering in African Development.” Juma is an internationally recognized authority on the application of science and technology to sustainable development. He is Professor of the Practice of International Development, Faculty Chair of the Innovation for Economic Development Executive Program and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The lecture examines the evolution of Africa’s vision for technological innovation, outlines the main features of the vision, maps emerging patterns of technology-oriented cooperation between Africa and the rest of the world, and identifies potential areas of cooperation between MIT and African science and technology universities. Lunch will be served. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at For more information about the MLK Visitors program and the current scholars visit the program web page.

October 21, 2014


MIT Medical walk-in flu shots clinic Oct. 22

MIT Medical wants to help you stay healthy this fall and winter with a walk-in flu-shot clinic on Wednesday, October 22, from 10 AM to 4 PM, in the Walker Memorial Lobby! This clinic is open to MIT Medical patients (age 10 and up), MIT retirees, and all MIT employees, students, and affiliates. Please bring your MIT ID if you have one! Even if you got a flu shot last year, each year’s active influenza strains are different, so you need to get the 2014 shot to be protected. For information about how to get a flu shot at one of the campus-wide clinics, eligibility questions, and more details about the flu vaccine, check out the Flu FAQ page. After that, take some time to browse the information and resources available on the rest of MIT Flu Central to learn more about how to protect yourself from influenza. Check in at the MIT Medical homepage periodically to find up-to-date health and medical information for the MIT community. Photo by Claus Rebler.

October 20, 2014

why life got big

Fall Soap Box: Why Life Got Big Oct. 21

On Tuesday, 10/21: 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, discuss “Why Life Got Big.” For much of the earth’s history, microbes were the only living organisms on the planet. What spurred the evolution of larger-sized and more diverse animals? Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. For more information, visit the MIT Museum. Photo by Jon Rawlinson.

October 20, 2014


SEEK dinner and conversation Mondays

SEEK welcomes you to kick start your spiritual journey Mondays at 7PM in W20-303. Have dinner and informal conversation with similarly curious people. Explore faith in Jesus and connection with God. This is for those new to faith or anyone looking for a fresh start with faith and desire a practical and experiential approach to connection with God. Visit here for more details and for questions, contact

October 17, 2014

Jupiter Quartet

Jupiter Quartet Oct. 17

Visiting artists Jupiter Quartet will be performing the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. Featured compositions include Beethoven, C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4; F Minor, Op. 135; C# Mino, Op. 131. This event will be on Friday, October 17 at 8PM in Kresge Auditorium. Admission: $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Buy tickets online or at the door.

October 17, 2014


Tang Japanese Theme Sushi and Origami Social Oct 18

Like folding origami or eating sushi? Come to the Japanese themed social event at Tang Hall (W84) in the 24th Floor Lounge to learn how to fold swans and prepare sushi rolls! On Saturday, October 18 starting at 8PM, take in the beautiful skyline of Boston at night in the company of friends and delicious sushi. Take a break, socialize, and learn some more about Japanese culture. Please bring plates and utensils to help Tang go green. This event is open to all MIT graduate students. Photo by Barron Fujimoto.

October 17, 2014


Gatsby Boat Party on Oct. 18

Join MIT, Harvard, and Wellesley students at the ISA Gatsby Boat Party with breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold in Lobby 10 or online.  Partners and spouses are welcome, but this event is not suitable for children.  The boat will leave Long Wharf, Boston Harbor at 8:30pm, and you will not be able to board after this time!  Contact for more information.

October 16, 2014

color bias

Dark is Beautiful Campaign Discussion and Reception Oct. 16

On Thursday, October 16 at 6 PM in E62-223, come to a discussion and reception held by Nandita Das on the topic of color bias in India. Das, currently a Yale World Fellow, has received accolades in India for her work in cinema and theatre. She is a strong advocate of social justice and human rights and has come to discuss her Dark is Beautiful campaign fighting against color bias that is present in different areas of Indian life.

October 16, 2014


MIT Energy Night on Oct. 17

The MIT Energy Night will take place on Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the MIT Museum.  Hosted annually at the MIT Museum and organized entirely by students, the MIT Energy Night is a celebration of ingenuity, innovation, and imagination that features over 70 interactive poster presentations from every energy affiliated department at MIT as well as early stage start-ups based on MIT technologies.  Presentation topics span conventional energies, renewable energies, energy storage, energy efficiency, and other areas.  Complimentary food and soft beverages will be provided.  The event is free and open to the general public.  No registration is required.  See the website for more information.

October 16, 2014

Samantha Sutton

Career Engineering 101: How to find the career you really want… and have the guts to go get it! Oct 16

Do you ever wish you could find a career that you are truly passionate about or doubt you are “good enough” to make your dream career happen? Then on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 attend Career Engineering 101, an interactive seminar featuring speaker Dr. Samantha Sutton that dares you to step outside of your current mindset to see yourself and your passions from a new and exciting perspective. You will learn the tools to cultivate a mindset that works for you, not against you. Using principles of neuroscience, positive psychology, and life coaching, find a “you” that you can believe in whole-heartedly and confidently pursue the career that is right for you. A well known life coach, Sutton also holds a Ph.D. in science and engineering from MIT. With her unique combination of science and coaching, she has created a ‘life engineering’ methodology to teach you how to achieve a career you love, build great relationships, master your time, and overcome negative emotions like anxiety and anger that have you paralyzed. Register and learn more about this free event open to everyone. The seminar takes place on the 5th floor of Venture Café in the Cambridge Innovation Center (One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142). Visitors must comply with Venture Cafe attendance policies. The event is cosponsored by GW@MIT, GECD, Brain and Cognitive Science, the Venture Cafe.

October 16, 2014


Children’s Diwali Party Oct. 18

Come celebrate the Indian festival of light at the Children’s Diwali Party on October 18th at 4PM in Westgate lounge. There will be an Indian dance class, snacks, crafts, painting with colored salt, and lantern making. For questions, contact Register here. Photo by sowrirajan s.

October 14, 2014

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Galston featured in new exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum

Beth Galston (SMVisS’81) is featured in a new show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA called Branching Out: Trees as Art. Galston is a sculptor who builds architectural-scale environments based on a interest in light and the quality of space. Using delicate materials such as metal mesh, resin, and plants, she creates multilayered spaces through which viewers move and interact. For this exhibition, Galston created a 300-foot rope made of acorn caps she collected from under a single red oak in Boston’s Arnold Arboretum. The exhibit will be on view through September 20, 2015.

October 14, 2014

Ken Reid

Comedy Night with Ken Reid Oct. 14

Join us for another MIT Comedy Night, with headliner Ken Reid (Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, Riot LA Festival) on Tuesday, October 14 at 8PM at the Thirsty Ear Pub, Ashdown House (NW35). Snacks and soda provided. 21+ govt ID & MIT ID required for entry. Please have ID ready to show at the door. If you have questions, please contact

October 13, 2014

path of professorship

Path of Professorship 2014: Deadline EXTENDED to Oct. 18

Path of Professorship will have its annual 1.5 day workshop on Friday, November 1th and Saturday, November 16th. This workshop provides women who are considering academic careers in science, technology, engineering and math with insights, tools, strategies and insider information that will help them to be successful in their job search and on the tenure track. Over the course of the workshop, participants will hear from more than 20 extraordinary women faculty from diverse institutions, and they will have an opportunity to network with approximately 70 women with similar aspirations. Preference is given to graduate students who are within 2 years of degree completion. Applications are due by October 18. For more information and to apply, visit here.

October 13, 2014

invisible majority

Fall Soap Box: The Invisible Majority Oct. 14

On Tuesday, 10/14: 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, join us on a discussion about “The Invisible Majority.” Most fossils are too small to see since most of life’s history is microbial. However it is possible to identify signatures of microbial life in rocks. Find out what they tell us, and how might we use them to recognize life elsewhere. Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. For more information, visit the MIT Museum.

October 13, 2014

de florez fund

De Florez Fund for Humor deadline Oct. 13

Think you’re funny? Prove it!  Apply for a grant from the de Florez Fund for Humor. That’s right, at MIT you can be funded for being funny. Each year, the de Florez Fund supports projects that pass the hilarity test. Are you funny enough to meet the challenge? MIT students, staff, and faculty can all apply for funding. Proposals for grants under $500 are considered on a rolling basis, throughout the year. Proposals for larger amounts are accepted once a semester, in fall and spring of each academic year. The 2014 fall due date is October 13, 2014. Get more information or apply now.

October 11, 2014

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Ballroom Social: Dancing through the Decades Oct. 11

Join us for Ballroom Social: Dancing through the Decades on October 11 at 7:30PM at the Sala de Puerto Rico. Come dressed as your favorite decade and participate in our costume contest! Free foxtrot lesson with admission at 7:30PM and general dancing begins at 8PM. This event is free for MIT students, $6 for other students, $8 for MIT affiliates, and $10 for others.

October 10, 2014

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CODE @ MIT on Oct. 10-11

Come to the Conference on Digital Experimentation at MIT (CODE) on Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th, 2014 at MIT Sloan.  The purpose of the conference is to bring together leading researchers conducting and analyzing large scale randomized experiments in digitally mediated social and economic environments, in various scientific disciplines including economics, computer science and sociology, in order to lay the foundation for ongoing relationships and to build a lasting multidisciplinary research community.  The Fireside Panel from 6 – 7:30pm on Friday is free and open to the public.  Visit the website for more information.

October 10, 2014

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One and One Less live Performance Oct. 10

MIT List Visual Arts Center presents One and One Less: A Spoken Word and Percussion Performance Installation featuring David Grubbs and Eli Keszler. This performance is part of the Open Tunings exhibition series. Join us on October 10 at 6PM at the List Visual Arts Center (E15). This event is free and open to all. For questions, please contact Visit here for more information about the show.

October 10, 2014

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La Scala Chamber Orchestra Oct. 10

The La Scala Chamber Orchestra presents “The Eight Seasons,” a program featuring the music of Vivaldi and Piazzolla, on Friday, October 10th at 7PM in the Kresge Auditorium. All are invited but free tickets are required. Please register via Eventbrite. This program is presented by eni and MIT. MIT has a strategic alliance with the Italian energy company eni, a relationship forged when eni became a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative, and it is through eni’s position as a corporate ambassador for the La Scala Chamber Orchestra that we are fortunate to host this concert. Please join on October 10 for a wonderful celebration of our partnership, our community, and the arts at MIT.

October 10, 2014


Take Back the Night Oct. 10

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in an effort to give voice to the survivors of violence, their stories will be read on the steps of the Student Center on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 7:00pm.  If you would like to submit your story to be read, visit this page.  If you would like to read someone’s anonymous story, sign up here.

October 9, 2014


FACTS Climate and Economy Conference Oct. 9

The FACTS Climate and Economy Conference will be held on October 9th at 4PM at the Wong Auditorium. Building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21-Paris Climate 2015), the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States are organizing events with the goal of promoting Canadian and American public engagement with climate challenges. Theses conferences are open to a general public and aim at raising awareness about COP21, bringing new ideas and promote innovations to fight Climate Change. FACTS is a public conference series that will take place in seven cities in the United States and Canada involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and leaders of the cleantech industry. For more information, visit here or register for this free event here.

October 9, 2014


Dussehra Celebration on Oct. 9

Join MIT Sangam on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Lobdell Dining Hall to celebrate Dussehra amidst fun activities, Indian snacks, and chai!  Auditions for Sangam’s flagship event, Diwali Night, will also be held in parallel.  Sign up is available here.  Contact for more information.

October 9, 2014

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Opening Reception at List Visual Arts Center Oct. 9

Enjoy an opening reception for the List Visual Arts Center’s fall shows: “Thea Djordjadze” and “Opening Tunings” on October 9 at 5PM at E15.  Get to know your friendly, on-campus contemporary art museum! Enjoy free food and drinks while meeting art lovers from across Boston. Visit here to discover more about the exhibitions. For more information, please contact

October 8, 2014

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Cleantech Entrepreneurs Panel Oct. 8

Four entrepreneurs with varying backgrounds will discuss their paths to entrepreneurship, their experiences starting companies, and their advice for those thinking about pursuing entrepreneurship on Wednesday, October 8th at 7PM at E40-160. Panelists: Melinda Sims founded Loci Controls and has a PhD and SM from MIT in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Sarah Haig founded Silverside Detectors and has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University. Eliza Becton founded Refresh Water and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and a Master of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Emily Reichert is the CEO of Greentown Labs and has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and an MBA from MIT. RSVP here.

October 8, 2014


Technology and Policy Student Society Pizza Night Oct. 8

Come join the Technology and Policy Student Society for pizza and conversation on October 8 at 4:30 PM at the Muddy Charles Pub (MIT Building 50). This event is co-sponsored by the GSC Funding Board and is open to all in the MIT community. For questions, please contact Photo by Robert Duncan.

October 7, 2014

Susan Solomon

Prof. Susan Solomon: How We Learned to Love Environmental Challenges Oct. 8

The MIT Sidney Pacific/Presidential Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series presents A Brief History of How We Learned to Love Environmental Challenges and Why We Will Again by Professor Susan Solomon on Wednesday, October 8th at 6PM at the Mark Multipurpose Room at the Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence. This event is open to all students. RSVP here. For questions, please contact

October 7, 2014

life on earth

Fall Soap Box: Origins of Life on Earth Oct. 7

Discover the origins of life on earth and how life itself can drastically alter the landscape of our planet. Then learn what prospects lie ahead of finding habitable planets and even other types of life outside of the Earth. Come with questions, share your thoughts, and leave with new knowledge and understanding. On Tuesday, October 7, from 6:00-7:30pm at the MIT Museum, discuss the Origins of Life on Earth. Discover what we can we infer about the origin of life from the genomes of living organisms and what the geological record tell us about the Earth’s environments during life’s beginnings. What does this mean for the search for life beyond Earth? For more information, visit here. Photo by Peter.

October 7, 2014


MLK Luncheon Series: Dr. Coco Fusco “Dangerous Moves” Oct. 8

The Institute Community Equity Office (ICEO) invites you to attend the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Seminar Series presentation of the term:  Dr. Coco Fusco, MLK Visiting Scholar-Comparative Media Studies & Writing Department, will present “Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba” on Wednesday, October 8th from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in the Chipman Room (6-104). Lunch will be served. The ICEO is delighted to coordinate the hosting of these distinguished MIT’s MLK, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars who representing a broad range of academic disciplines. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at  More information is available about the MLK Visitors program and the current scholars.

October 6, 2014


Celebrating Youth Leadership in Bangladesh Study Break Oct. 6

Bangladeshi Students Association will be hosting Ejaj Ahmad, founder of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center on October 6 at 6PM in West Lounge, Student Center (W20-201). Learn about internship opportunities in Bangladesh and enjoy delicious Bangladeshi snacks!

October 3, 2014

iron chef

Edgerton Iron Chef Competition Oct. 4

Are you ready to show off your cooking/baking skills? The Iron Chef Competition is returning to Edgerton House on Saturday, October 4 at 1PM at Edgerton Large Lounge (NW10)! Cooking will be from 1-5 PM and the public tasting will be from 5-6 PM. Three gift certificate prizes of up to $50 will be offered to the winning teams! Teams can consist of MIT graduate students from ANY residence hall. Each team will get a reimbursement for ingredients used up to $30, and should prepare to make food that can be shared among 3-6+ people. A special theme ingredient will be announced at the competition, and entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges. For questions, please contact

October 3, 2014

stage beauty

Free screening of ‘Stage Beauty’ and popcorn Oct. 4

The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble presents Stage Beauty. See a free movie with popcorn on Saturday, October 4th at 8PM at the Kresge BBQ Pits and Lawn. The movie is set in 17th-century England, and – with only male actors allowed on stage – Ned Kynaston is London’s best “female” performer. But when Ned’s pride gets the best of him and he insults an aspiring actress (who happens to be the King’s mistress), the King decrees that only female actresses can play female parts. Ned is rejected by the new London stage. The only person willing to help him is Maria, Ned’s former assistant…who also took his role as Desdemona. Can Ned swallow his pride long enough to accept her help? For questions, email For more details, visit here.

October 3, 2014

Fall Fest! 2014

Fall Fest Comedy Show feat. HBO’s Silicon Valley stars Oct. 4

Come take a break and treat yourself to some laughter and good times at the Fall Fest Comedy Show on Saturday October 4th at 8 PM in Kresge Auditorium! This year’s fest will feature standup from HBO’s Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani.  Tickets are on sale now for $10 for MIT students and for $15 for the whole MIT community. Doors open at 7pm.

October 2, 2014

2014 Hackathon

Hacking Arts Oct. 3-5

The 2nd Annual Hacking Arts will be October 3 – 5. Hacking Arts is the MIT festival and hackathon that explores the intersection of arts & entertainment, technology and entrepreneurship. Hosted at MIT’s Media Lab, Hacking Arts is designed to inspire new advances in the creative industries by fostering collaboration among entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and engineers. Hacking Arts 2014 is even bigger than last year! The event has grown from two to three days and now includes a live kick-off performance by Grammy-nominated artist Ryan Leslie; a Hackathon ideation session led by Kiran Gandhi, M.I.A.’s lead drummer; incredible panelists such as Benji Rogers, CEO of Pledgemusic; Elliot Lum, VP of Strategic Marketing at Columbia Records; and Marco Tempest, cyber illusionist; virtual reality demos and insights from panelists like Laird Malamed from Oculus Rift; amazing APIs to hack on and fantastic prizes. Visit here for a full schedule and to register.

October 2, 2014


Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions Oct. 3

On October 3, 2014, 9 am-3:30 pm, at the Best Western Royal Plaza (181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752), attend a day-long workshop about teaching at regional comprehensives, community colleges, and liberal arts schools. Free and open to all PhD students, adjunct faculty members, recent PhDs, and anyone interested in a faculty position at a teaching-intensive institution, this event will provide guidance, information, and skills necessary to a profession of enlightening the minds of others. In addition to job counseling, there will also be sessions on Work-Life Balance, Teaching-Research Balance, What You Need to Know About Community Colleges, Engaging Your Inner Entrepreneur as a Junior Faculty Member, Giving Student Feedback, and more! Photo by Forty Two.

October 2, 2014

Work Life Seminar

Work-Life Center’s Fall Seminar Series

MIT Work-Life’s Center is proud to launch its Fall Seminar Series. Its presenters, who are experts in their fields, will share research-based strategies, tips, and information on more than 25 topics, including eldercare; grief and loss; adoption; parenting black children, teens and LGBTQ youth; parenting teens and young adults with mental illness; paying for college; mindfulness to reduce stress and maintain focus; and navigating life as a young professionals. All seminars are free of charge and open to the entire MIT community and their families; however, registration is required.

October 1, 2014

Future of Research

Future of Research Symposium Oct. 2-3

The Future of Research Symposium is a postdoc-organized meeting on October 2-3rd at Boston University’s CGS Auditorium. We will focus on factors shifting the landscape of scientific research: tight budgets, evolving models of both publishing and evaluation, and questions about training and workforce stability. Talks and panel discussions will be followed by highly interactive workshops designed to give students and postdocs a voice in the ongoing dialog about policies that shape our scientific future. After the symposium, we will generate a consensus opinion to be published and circulated to administrators, journals, and policy-makers. Register here!

October 1, 2014

Silent Technical Privilege

Challenging Technical Privilege Oct. 3

Challenging Technical Privilege: How Race and Gender Matter will be on Friday, October 3 from 12-2 PM in W20-307 (Mezzanine Lounge). Silent Technical Privilege occurs when those who “look the part,” or conform to society’s stereotype of what a tech-savvy, number-crunching programmer or engineer looks like, receive the benefit of the doubt or implicit endorsement in technical settings. The flipside of Silent Technical Privilege is Stereotype Threat, and other hidden obstacles that those who do not fit the profile often experience in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education or technical careers. Women, particularly women of color, have been largely marginalized and underrepresented in STEM. This interactive symposium will ask how Technical Privilege, Stereotype Threat and other forms of Implicit Bias contribute to this underrepresentation. We aim to highlight, elaborate, and develop strategies to address these issues. Register here.

September 30, 2014

active minds

QPR Suicide Prevention Training Oct. 1

In honor of Suicide Prevention Month – please join Active Minds@MIT for their upcoming QPR training session on Wednesday, October 1 at 11:45 AM in the Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307). QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Register here.

September 30, 2014


Cultrunners Workshop, Symposium & Lecture Oct. 1-6

CULTURUNNERS is an artistic expedition seeking to promote empathy across borders. Private workshops on October 1-3. Public symposium is on October 5 and a public lecture on October 6. Over the next three years, artists and curators from MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), the Freer & Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institute, and Edge of Arabia (EOA), in partnership with Art Jameel, will set out to explore, communicate, and archive interconnected cultural histories between the Middle East and the United States.  These artistic journeys and institutional collaborations will allow for grassroots encounters, linking creative individuals across physical and psychological borders. The development of innovative cultural technologies to support artists in exploring and communicating alternative, and often unofficial, histories across cultures will be at the heart of the project. For more details, visit here.

September 30, 2014

word press

Introduction to Creating Websites Using WordPress Oct. 1

Learn the basics of WordPress and build your own website in 3 hours on October 1st at 7:30 PM at E62-250. Bring your laptops — this session is interactive. This introduction is best suited for people with little or no programming experience. A MIT Kerberos account required. If you do not already have a WordPress account through MIT, please come at 7:00 and we will help you set this up. RSVP here. If you have questions, please contact


September 30, 2014

Community Picnic

Community Picnic for Mary Rowe Sep. 30

Come help us honor Ombusperson Mary Rowe for more than 40 years of service to the Institute on Tuesday, September 30th at noon in Killian Court. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a picnic celebrating MIT’s culture of service. Donations of non-perishable food, school supplies, and books will be accepted at the picnic and will benefit our neighbors in Cambridge. For questions, please contact Rebecca Tyler at

September 29, 2014


MIT Community: All Doors Open Sep. 29

Over the last six months, our community has experienced many painful losses, at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels. MIT is a big, busy, distributed place, and there is no hall that will hold all 23,000 of us. So we invite you to participate in something that we have never tried before. We are calling it All Doors Open: Monday, September 29th at noon, we ask that everyone at MIT stop what they are doing and take 15 minutes or so to remember those we have lost, reflect on how their deaths have affected us and think broadly about how we as a community should respond. We urge you to open your doors, literally. Gather together – or get up, walk around and engage the people nearby, those you know already and those you don’t. If you prefer, we hope you will take the time for focused private reflection. If you wish, Community Wellness at MIT Medical is offering a special session of Meditation for Your Wellbeing; a guided meditation will focus on reconnecting with each other and finding balance in our busy lives. All are welcome. So that we can capture the wisdom, ideas and energy of the whole community, we also encourage you to share your insights at the following address:

September 29, 2014


Teach for America IAP Info Session Sep. 30

The MIT Public Service Center and Teach For America have teamed up to offer MIT students an exciting opportunity for IAP 2015. Spend your IAP solving problems that matter, learn about America’s education system, and make a difference for kids — all expenses paid. Please join us for an info session September 30, 7-8 pm, Building 4-231. Ever wonder what it is like to teach in a small, rural school or a big inner-city classroom? Want to inspire kids about science and math? Want to learn about educational change and policy? Or, have you wondered what Teach For America is like, and do not want to wait to find out? If you have questions, please contact

September 26, 2014

Jeffrey Grossman

Student-Faculty Dinner with Prof. Grossman Oct. 1

The GSC proudly hosts a student-faculty dinner which will be held on Wednesday, October 1st featuring Professor Jeffrey C Grossman. The dinner will be at 6PM, location TBD. Professor Grossman is in Department of Materials Science and Engineering and working on theoretic physics and energy applications.  He has appeared on a number of television shows recently to discuss new materials for energy including the Fred Friendly PBS series and the Ecopolis program on the Discovery Channel. This will be an excellent chance to talk with Professor Grossman about his research, your interests, employment, or MIT matters in general in an informal setting. As seating will be limited, we will need to restrict attendees to those meeting several of our qualifications. Sign up here! If you have any questions, please contact

September 26, 2014

Indian Dance

MITHAS presents Poetry in Motion Sep. 28

MITHAS presents: Poetry in Motion, an array of Indian Dance forms with dancers from the Greater Boston Area, on Sunday, September 28 at 3PM in the Kresge Auditorium. Free for MITHAS members and MIT students. Admission: $30, students & seniors: $10. Please check here or contact us at for final listings as changes may occur. Photo by Brendan.

September 26, 2014


2014 European Short Film Festival Sep. 26 – 28

Please join us for the 10th Anniversary of the European Short Film Festival at MIT from September 26 to 28 in Room 10-250. There is a good reason to celebrate: For the past 10 years, the European Short Film Festival at MIT has offered a unique selection of recent short films from all over Europe – most of them screened for the first time in the US. Whether it’s ground-breaking cinematic experiments, unconventional comedies, imaginative animation, original documentaries or tense dramas, it’s all part of the wide-ranging programming for the ESFF’s much-anticipated weekend with screenings starting on Friday at 7:00 pm, an all-ages program on Saturday at 3:00 pm, adult themes on Saturday night at 7:00 pm and experimental films on Sunday at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit here.

September 25, 2014

ODL open house 2014

MIT Office of Digital Learning Open House Sep. 29

Join the MIT Office of Digital Learning for their Open House on September 29th from 11AM to 1PM in the Bush Room (10-105). Stop by to explore MITx and OCW, meet the Director of Digital Learning and the ODL team, and learn how to get involved. For more information, visit here.