Category Archives: Events

November 28, 2014


ART21 Screening: Fiction Dec. 2

Come to a free screening on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00pm in Bartos Theater (Weisner Building, E15, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts) to celebrate the newest season of ART21: Art in the 21st Century, the award-winning documentary series that showcases contemporary art and artists. The episode “Fiction” examines how artists tell compelling stories.  How do artists disrupt everyday reality in the service of revealing subtler truths?  This episode features Joan Jonas, Katharina Grosse and Omer Fast who explore the virtues of ambiguity, mix genres, and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.  We are pleased to screen this presentation featuring MIT Professor Emerita Joan Jonas, who will represent the United States in the 2015 Venice Biennale.  Curated by Paul C. Ha, Director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center and commissioner for the project; and Ute Meta Bauer, currently the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and previously the Founding Director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) at MIT, Jonas’s installation for the U.S. Pavilion in May 2015 will be an exceptional moment in her longstanding career.

November 26, 2014


Thanksgiving Movie Night: Xiu Chun Dao Nov. 29

Staying at school this Thanksgiving weekend? Going to be exhausted after Black Friday shopping? Take a break and chill on Saturday, November 29th by watching a kungfu movie called Xiu Chun Dao! The screening will be in 4-231 at 7:30pm and will have English subtitles. Snacks and drinks will be provided! Check out the trailer!

November 26, 2014


ISA Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 28

Join the International Students Association (ISA) for a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, November 28th! The feast will begin at 7pm in W4 (McCormick Dining Room). It will be the real deal. There will be Turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and all of the other delicious components that make up the classic Thanksgiving feast, and there will be plenty. Come and stuff your belly! An entrance fee of $5 will be charged at the door. Photo by David Goehring.

November 25, 2014

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Apply for the Caltech Space Challenge 2015 by Dec. 15

The Caltech Space Challenge 2015: Design the Next Human Spaceflight Mission will be from March 22-27, 2015 at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. Applications are due December 15, 2014. Design a human mission to extract resources from a redirected asteroid in lunar orbit! Thirty-two students, split into two teams, will be invited to Caltech to participate in a 5-day mission design competition supported by JPL scientists, Caltech faculty, and industry professionals.  Undergraduates and graduate students from universities around the world are encouraged to apply.  Expenses will be covered during the competition, and partial travel reimbursement will be provided. For more details, visit here. Please email questions to

November 25, 2014


ART21 Screening: Secrets Nov. 25

Come to a free screening on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00pm in Bartos Theater (Weisner Building, E15, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts) to celebrate the newest season of ART21: Art in the 21st Century, the award-winning documentary series that showcases contemporary art and artists.  The episode “Secrets” examines how artists make the invisible visible.  What hidden elements persist in artists’ work?  Is it the artist’s role to reveal them, or not?  Featured in this episode is artist Trevor Paglen, who completed a residency project at the List in 2011 which culminated in the project The Last Pictures.  Discover the work of artists Elliot Hundley and Arlene Shechet as well.

November 24, 2014


“Bike Lights, Camera, Action!” Nov. 25

Like bikes? Like lights? Like parties? Come to the bike lights dance party on Tuesday, November 25th! From 4pm to 6pm in front of the MIT Student Center, dress up in lights and party before the Thanksgiving break. Have a good time with friends learning about bike safety, brought to you by MIT PN2K, as you enjoy refreshments and jam out to music. This event is in partnership with Planet Bike.

November 21, 2014


Food Drive at the Animal Rescue League Nov. 23

Would you like to help animals in the Boston area?  Sort food for feral cat colonies and get a our of the Animal Rescue League…as well as cupcakes!  We will be sorting donated food and handing it out to colony caretakers on Sunday, November 23rd from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street.  Following the event, we will go to South End Buttery for a snack!  There is also an opportunity to distribute flyers in the South End area with an ARL dog helper on November 15.  Please contact Brandy Dixon ( for more information or to volunteer!  Also, visit the website.

November 20, 2014

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Falzonic Research Ensemble and Grammar Nov. 20

Come to the next showcase in the Ampersand Concert Series on Thursday, November 20th, at 8:00pm (door open at 7:30pm) in Bartos Theater, Wiesner Building E15, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Falzonic Research Ensemble, featuring members of the band Vio/Mire, will perform a live score for the absurdist short film “For Reasons Unknown” by Providence/LA filmmaker Mike Formanski.  Local Somerville band Grammar will open the night with mellow pop and calming visuals created specifically for the performance.  Tickets are available for purchase at the door.  Only cash will be accepted, at $3 with an MIT ID and at $5 for general admission.  Ampersand, a collaborative concert series presented by WMBR and the List Visual Arts Center, showcases contemporary music in Bartos Theater on MIT’s campus.

November 20, 2014


Online Adaptive Model Reduction for Nonlinear Systems Nov. 20

On Thursday, November 20th at 4pm, come to 56-114 for the next segment of the MIT SIAM-CCE Seminar Series: Online Adaptive Model Reduction for Nonlinear Systems. Benjamin Peherstorfer of MIT AeroAstro will be discussing his work and experience with the subject.

This work presents a nonlinear model reduction approach for systems of equations stemming from the discretization of partial differential equations with nonlinear terms. The approach constructs a reduced system with proper orthogonal decomposition and the discrete empirical interpolation method (DEIM); however, whereas classical DEIM derives a linear approximation of the nonlinear terms in a static DEIM space generated in an offline phase, our method adapts the DEIM space as the online calculation proceeds and thus provides a nonlinear approximation. The online adaptation uses new data to produce a reduced system that accurately approximates behavior not anticipated in the offline phase. Interested? For more, attend to the seminar!

November 20, 2014


“We Are One” Community Mixer Nov. 21

On Friday, November 21st, student health groups will put on a mixer called We Are One: Building a Better MIT Through Conversation in the Bush Room from 11 to 2pm to encourage discussion about wellness and promote empathy and understanding within the community. Many conversations about the tragedies over the last few months and our reactions have occurred behind closed doors—in administrative offices, at student club meetings or on dorm room floors—and the purpose of this mixer is to bring the conversation out in the open for those who have things to say. It will be a safe space and environment where students, faculty and staff alike can talk with each other about stress and mental health and think about how MIT can better support community members who are struggling.

By breaking down the barriers to interaction, MIT community members will gain a better understanding of each other. Please join as everyone comes together to share experiences and find the similarities that define us all. Finding these common threads is the first step in rebuilding a stronger, healthier, and more united MIT. If you are available on November 21st anytime between 11 and 2, please stop by the Bush Room to chat! It’s fine to come for just a little while if you can’t stay the whole time. Additionally, if you are aware of any other MIT community members who would like to be part of this conversation, please feel free to pass the information along! Photo by Jesslee Cuizon.

November 19, 2014


Immigration Law Workshop with Start-up Focus Nov. 19

Are you an international student working on a start-up?  Would you like to know more about visa and immigration options that would allow you to work on your venture?  Come to the Immigration Law Workshop on Wednesday, November 19th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Stata Center, MIT Room 32-155.  Boston’s best law firms will be in attendance to share tips and insights on immigration law for start-up co-founders.  Food and desserts from Boston’s North End will be provided.

November 19, 2014

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True Bread Sound Installation & Neil Leonard Concert Nov. 19

From 7 to 9:30 PM on Wednesday, November 19, attend an auditory experience presented by ACT research affiliate Neil Leonard. The night begins with “True Bread”, a 10-channel sound installation based on Leonard’s collaboration with a category of Cuban street vendors known as pregoneros. The piece, on display from 7pm to 8pm in the Wiesner Building’s Lower Atrium, explores aspects of exile, censorship, and the onset of global capitalism with video footage of the vendors at work in Matanzas, Cuba, highlighting a series of interventions that began as informal field recordings. It is then followed by a concert in Bartos Theatre from 8pm to 9:30pm celebrating the release of Leonard’s new albums, For Kounellis and Mil ManerasFor Kounellis is a meditative, evocative electronic work featuring samples from Jannis Kounellis’ sculpture, voice, live electronics, and soprano saxophone works. Mil Maneras showcases the work that Leonard has developed since he broke with musical convention and began collaborating with visual artists thirty years ago. These pieces are known widely through exhibitions and performances at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, and Venice Biennale. This concert is free and open to the public. To find out more about the event, visit the event page.

November 18, 2014


Christian Faiths: Responding to Social Change Movements Nov. 18

On Tuesday, November 18, the Addir Fellows group welcomes you to attend a panel/discussion: Christian Faiths: Responding to Social Change Movements. This event will take place in W11, the Main Dining Room, and will start at 7:15 pm. Catholic, Lutheran, Mormon and Evangelical Clergies will give individual reflections. Speakers of the panel include Father Richard Clancy, Rev. Kari Jo Verhulst, Dr. Barbara Morgan, and Adam Reynolds. All are welcome. Dessert will be provided! Photo by Sharon.

November 18, 2014

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Transportation Trivia Night Nov. 18

You think you know some things about transportation? Join the MIT Transportation Club and Young Professionals in Transportation Boston for an evening of transportation-themed trivia in Lir Irish Pub and Restaurant (903 Boylston Street, Boston)! Meet local professionals and help MIT defend its transportation trivia title! Take part in the fun starting at 6pm for free appetizers. Trivia will begin at 6:30. Photo by Kevin Zolkiewicz.

November 17, 2014

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MIT Water Innovation Prize Idea Pitch and Dinner on Nov 17

Come to the launch for the MIT Water Innovation Prize on Monday, November 17th, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the MIT Media Lab, 6th floor.  Registration ends at 6:30pm!  The Water Innovations Prize is a new solutions-to-market competition for water start-ups.  Pitch your water-related idea/research/project at this event, find team members, and learn about the exciting water innovation happening at MIT.  Space is limited, so RSVP online!  Learn more at or contact for more information.

November 17, 2014


Developing Analytics for the Healthcare Safety Net Nov. 17

As part of the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series, there will be a webinar featuring David Hartzband, D.Sc., Research Affiliate, Engineering Systems Division, MIT, on Monday, November 17th from 12pm to 1pm. The title of the webinar is Developing Analytics for the Healthcare Safety Net: A Systems Approach. The main focus will be on the idea that no matter which area receives more attention–big data, small data, or both–analytics is transforming healthcare by enabling better decision-making in both clinical and operational areas. This online event is free and open to all. For more details and registration visit the event page.

November 17, 2014

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Lalage Snow: Modern War Gardens – Paradise Lost Nov. 18

On Tuesday, November 18th at 5:30 PM, come hear photographer Lalage Snow speak about her current photo project Paradise Lost. Snow contends that images of war have ceased to shock viewers, so instead of photographing the atrocities of 21st-century war zones, she photographs gardens: spaces of permanence, longevity, hope, and growth. Gardens provide food and peace, and their cultivation becomes both an act of resistance and a form of therapy. These photos brings to light what life is like for those living in the shadows of war. Presented by MIT Global France Seminar, this event is free, open to the public, and located in 2-105.

November 17, 2014

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Grad Coffee Hour Nov. 17

Like free food? How about free coffee and hot chocolate? On Monday, November 17th, start the week off right by coming to Grad Coffee Hour at 7PM in Forbes Cafe (Stata)! Enjoy an array of healthy snacks as you hang out with good friends and make new ones. Take that well deserved break from research and/or studying to relax and take in the goodness of free warm drinks and nourishment with those that are close to you. Photos by Stephanie BondSusanne Nilsson, and Henry Zbyszynski.

November 14, 2014


Being Great Partners: Creating a Mutually Satisfying Life Together Nov. 15

On Saturday, November 15th, a three-hour workshop dedicated to providing MIT couples with tools for connecting with each other and communicating effectively will be held from 1 to 4pm. Located in the Stata Star Room (32-D463), this workshop is titled Being Great Partners: Creating a Mutually Satisfying Life Together. It is open to everyone (both couples and individuals) and is helpful for all types of relationships (spouses, partners, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.). Space is limited and registration is required, so sign up now! Refreshments will be provided.

November 13, 2014

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Infinite Record: Archive, Memory, and Performance Nov. 14-15

On November 14th and 15th come to an Infinite Record conference on theater and performance for a variety of artistic performances, presentations, and dialogues. Bridging the sciences and the arts, this seminar features lectures, panels, and performances by an array of notable artists and scholars including: Joan Jonas, Anna Kohler, Jay Scheib, Serge von Arx, Bunky Echo-Hawk, with panels and lectures by John Jesurun, Arnold Dreyblatt, Ingrid Jungermann and Maiya Geddes, Eleonora Fabião, John Gabrieli, Rebecca Schneider, Julie Tolentino, Dr. Karmenlara Ely, Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann, and more! Located at Rinaldi (34 Carleton St, Cambridge) and Killian Hall (160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge), this event is free, but registration is required. For more information visit the event website.

November 12, 2014


“It’s on Us MIT” campus-wide kick-off Nov. 12-14

The “It’s On Us MIT” Kick-Off is your chance to learn more about sexual assault prevention and pledge to be a part of the solution. Part of the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign to promote awareness about sexual assault on college campuses, this three day event from Wednesday, November 12th through Friday, November 14th focuses on empowering individuals to lead by example and commit to being active bystanders. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come by Memorial Lobby on the first floor of building 10 anytime from 9AM to 5PM to take the campaign pledge.
For more information on the Kick-Off, please visit the campaign website. This event was developed by the Title IX Working Group consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and staff working to promote a safe, inclusive and supportive MIT.

November 12, 2014


Learn about Turkey, Pakistan, Kazakhstan Nov. 12

Join TPSS in celebrating the international cultures represented by our classmates! On Wednesday, November 12 at 4:30 PM in E40-380 come get an inside look at Turkey, Pakistan, and Kazakhstan by learning from students who call these places home. Each country will have its own presentation. Open to the MIT community, this event will also provide lunch. iAmbassador presentations are co-sponsored by the GSC Funding Board. Photo by Mark Heard.

November 11, 2014


Chancellor’s forum on sexual assault survey results Nov. 12

Have questions about the survey results on sexual assault at MIT? Come to the forum Chancellor Barnhart is hosting next Wednesday, November 12th in 10-250! She will discuss the results of the survey as well as the multitude of ways to get involved and what’s already being done here on campus. This forum will also have food provided. Photo by Tom Woodward.

November 10, 2014


A Founder’s Orientation to Startup Law Nov. 12

Should I do an LLC? (Most likely not.) Should I split the equity evenly? (Oof!)  There are some key legal secrets in starting a company that can save you headaches down the road.  Come get a founder’s orientation to startup law on Wednesday, November 12th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in MIT Room E40-160.  Martin Trust Center program coordinator Sam Breen, a trained lawyer, will discuss several key topics in startup law.  Non-pizza lunch will be provided.  RSVP here!  Contact for more information.

November 10, 2014

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Service outing at Greater Boston Food Bank Nov. 12

Want to donate some time on Wednesday, November 12th for a good cause? From 5PM to 8PM, give back to your community and help end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts by sorting donated food at the Greater Boston Food Bank (70 S Bay Ave, Boston, MA)! MBTA transportation will be provided from 77 Mass Ave and back. There will be a free pizza dinner prior to a brief orientation. Funded by the GSC-PSC Service Fund, all grad students welcome. There are limited spots, so sign up now! Participants will be notified. Photo by Deval Patrick.

November 8, 2014


Chinese Mahjong Night Nov. 9

Want to have some fun playing a special game this long weekend? Come to Chinese Mahjong Night on Sunday, November 9th, 7-10PM in W20-301! If you haven’t learned how to play this very famous Chinese table game, there are 101 tutoring slots for everyone who wants to give it a try! If you already know how to play Mahjong, register (required) and come play some games! We have limited slots for China Standard, Japanese, US, and many other styles! English tutoring is available. Basic Chinese skills will help with learning but is not necessary. Drinks will be provided. This event is open to all MIT, hosted by MIT CSSA, and sponsored by MIT GSC. Photo by Sandro Lacarbona.

November 8, 2014

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Tech Show Time: A brief history of Chinese Food Nov. 8

China is a country of splendid food culture. For over 2000 years, Chinese people have not stopped creating and developing their way of preparing and eating food. On Saturday, November 8th, from 2 to 4 PM, come to the Edgerton Large Lounge (143 Albany St.) to hear the event speaker, Zhaohong Han, give a brief history of Chinese food. Chinese tea and refreshment will be provided. Sign up now! Photo by Chewy Chua.

November 6, 2014


Bill Aulet Lecture: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Nov. 6

On Thursday, November 6th, 5:30PM – 6PM, the MIT Sidney Pacific / Presidential Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series presents: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a Lecture by Bill Aulet. Aulet is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. This event is open to all students and will be in the MIT Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence Mark Multipurpose Room. Refreshments will be served at 5:30, followed by the lecture at 6:00. Please RSVP for this event. Photo by Daniel Foster.

November 6, 2014

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Thai & Malay Horror Movie Night Nov. 7

The Thai Students at MIT (TSMIT) and the MIT Malaysian Students Association (MASA) invite you to enjoy a night of Southeast Asian excitement on Friday, November 7th, from 7-9:30 PM in 4-237. “Body,” a 2007 critically-acclaimed Thai horror movie will be screened for free! For those that aren’t fluent, don’t worry for there will be English subtitles. Free delicious Malaysian dinner and drinks are also included for those who come to watch the movie. For more information visit the Facebook event pagePhoto by Kenneth Lu.

November 6, 2014

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French Wine and Cheese Tasting Nov. 7

The Club Francophone invites you to an evening of… Wine and Cheese Tasting! On Friday, November 7th, 5-7 PM in Walker Memorial (50-140) come sample fantastic food and drink. Relax with friends, appreciate great cheese, and enjoy the music: live acoustic guitar with Ilya, and Sp1n playlists. All are welcome. No French descent or connection with France is required, just a love of great food, music, and company! Cheese-tasting tickets is $5 per person. Get your ticket now! Email with your name to reserve a ticket and pay at the door. Hurry, only 99 tickets available! Photo by Kelly Dustin.

November 5, 2014

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“Life in the Age of the App” career workshop Nov. 6

You’re smart, motivated, and hungry to make an impact on the world.  But at times, the pressure of where you’re heading after graduation and how to get there can feel unrelenting.  When given the choice, should you put in another hour studying for finals, try to land a killer internship, take a much-needed social break or catch up on sleep?  The answer isn’t always cut and dry; the pressure to succeed can weigh heavily, and you fear making a “wrong” move.  In this workshop you’ll learn from Millennial expert and bestselling author, Jenny Blake, a new approach to career-building that will allow you to create a customizable, sustainable, dynamic career that you love – whether you’re still in school or preparing for life after graduation.  Rather than think of your education and career linearly, like a ladder, you’ll learn how to embrace life as a smart phone: fully customizable to your skills and interests.  The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 6th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in MIT Room 1-190.  The event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.  Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.

November 5, 2014

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Public School Info Session Nov. 5

On Wednesday, November 5th 6 PM – 7:30 PM come to the Westgate Lounge to hear the staff of the Family Resource Center present on the various public school programs and the lottery. Connect with graduate families who have children in the different programs. Translators will be available at no cost, and dinner will be served.  Please register for this event! Photo by Phil Roeder.

November 5, 2014

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5th of November study break

Do you remember the 5th of November? On Wednesday, November 5th, come remember by watching the film V for Vendetta from 8 PM to 10:30 PM in 1-190. Take a break from classes and relax with the ISA. There will be free food! Photo by Dominic Alves.

November 4, 2014


Anita: Speaking Truth to Power Film Screening on Nov 5

There will be a film screening of Anita: Speaking Truth to Power on Wednesday, November 5th at 7:00pm in MIT Room 4-370.  The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring: Dr. Evelynn Hammonds, Professor of the History of Science and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, and Leena Akhtar, Doctoral Candidate, History of Science, Harvard University.  “Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice.”  The event is free and open to the public.  Contact for more information.

November 4, 2014


Midterm Elections Night Viewing Event Nov. 4

Want a chance to look and see what’s happening outside of the MIT bubble? Come to the Thirsty Ear Pub for an evening viewing event for the U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday, November 4th at 7:30 PM! Find out who will be in the next House of Representatives and part of the Senate with commentary and a live discussion! This event is co-sponsored by ODGE, TPSS and TEEC. This event is open to the MIT community. Photo by Tom Bridge.

November 4, 2014


Mexican Day of the Dead Nov. 4

Come find out about Mexico’s traditional celebration of the “Day of the Dead” on Tuesday, November 4th from 9:00am to 4:00pm in Lobby 10.  The day will begin with the setup of the “Altar de Muertos” – an altar to honor the lives of those who have passed.  There will also be traditional “bread of the dead.”  Contact for more information.

November 3, 2014


David Ku: The Fastest Bond in Biology Nov. 3

The Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) Distinguished Speaker Series invites you to attend David Ku’s lecture on blood clotting entitled The fastest bond in biology – can save you or kill you! on Monday, November 3rd in MIT Room E25-111, with a reception at 4:00pm and the seminar at 4:30pm.  David Ku, PhD, MD has been working in the fields of hemodynamics and medical devices for 30 years.  Trained in Vascular Surgery and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Ku identified the critical role of low and oscillatory shear stress as a causative factor for atherogenesis.  His work has defined the role of turbulence in magnetic resonance imaging, and created fluid mechanic devices to selectively sample lung aerosols to detect TB superspreaders.  Dr. Ku’s recent studies have quantified the primary role of very high shear in heart attack and strokes using microfluidics, potentially leading to new clinical pathways for preventing fatal thrombosis.  Dr. Ku has patented and commercialized new medical devices for knee cartilage, spinal disk, and venous valves.  He has raised venture capital and started four companies, one of which has gone public.

November 3, 2014


Reading of Brecht’s “The Mother” & other short plays Nov. 3

The next installment of the “It’s Alive!!!” play reading series will take place on Monday, November 3rd at 7:30pm in Killian Hall.  Anna Kohler and MIT students will perform a reading of Brecht’s “The Mother” and other short plays.  Direction, design, and dramaturgy for this reading were done by students of the MIT class 21M.711 Epic Theater.  Attendance is free.

October 31, 2014

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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

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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

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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.