Category Archives: Events

February 8, 2016


MLK Celebration Luncheon, Feb. 10

The MIT community is invited to the 2016 Martin Luther King Celebration Luncheon on Wednesday, February 10 from 11 am – 1 pm, at Walker Memorial (MIT Bldg. 50).
Seating is limited for the Program & Luncheon. Please register for the Program and Luncheon.

This year we have planned a silent march preceding the luncheon program to begin at 10:00 am in Lobby 7. There is no registration needed to attend the march.

The MIT community gathers every February at a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers have included leaders who are prominent both nationally and in the local Boston/Cambridge community, in accordance with Dr. King’s dual emphasis on global and local issues. The 2016 speaker will be Dr. Freeman Hrabowski.

February 5, 2016


IDEAS Global Challenge deadline, Feb. 18th

Working on an innovative project that makes a positive change in the world? Enter it into the IDEAS Global Challenge for a chance to win up to $15k per team to make your idea a reality. Submit today and apply for a Development Grant. All teams must submit at least one Scope Statement by February 18th to be considered for the final round of proposals. Teams who are eligible will be invited to submit a Final Proposal on March 18. Teams must be led by a full-time MIT student and must demonstrate that MIT students have made a significant contribution to the innovation.

February 4, 2016

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European Career Fair, Feb. 6

The 20th European Career Fair (ECF) is once again here and will be on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 in MIT Johnson Athletic Center. Organized by the MIT European Club, the ECF provides opportunities for students at all levels to connect with European employers in the Research, Finance and Technology sector. No matter what you are looking for – from a summer internships to leading management positions – at the ECF you can find it all. Submit your résumé to have it viewed by employers and please email if you have any questions.

February 3, 2016

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 Furry First Fridays, Starting Feb. 5

Take a break from your studies to pet a dog and de-stress. Our popular therapy dog program returns in February. Stop by Hayden Library on the first Friday of each month this term to spend some time with one of our furry friends from Dog BONES: Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts. Open to the MIT community. The event will be held at the Hayden Library, 14S, from 2pm to 4pm on the following days:

Friday, February 5
Friday, March 4
Friday, April 1

February 2, 2016


Breaking The Mold Conference, Feb. 5

Don’t miss the first conference of the Spring semester. Come join us for a half day Breaking The Mold conference on February 5 from 9 am to 2 pm at the MIT Media Lab. We will pivot our focus from what institutions are currently doing to increase diversity in the workforce, to what they should be doing in the future. Hear from leading academic experts in public policy from both HKS and MIT on groundbreaking research they have been doing to increase diversity. Learn more about the conference or purchase tickets now!

February 1, 2016


Girls Day @ the MIT Museum, Mar. 5

The MIT Museum would like to showcase the work of women scientists and engineers during Girls Day. The theme for this event is Formed to Function and will focus on Mechanical Engineering and design for function. If you have a project/prototype/machine that you would like to showcase? If you have developed an activity around engineering design? Everyone is more than welcome to participate as a general volunteer, hands-on activity facilitator, and/or showcase their works! For more information or to participate please email Faith Dukes. You can also check out previous Girls Day events. The event will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.


January 29, 2016


MIT RoboCon: Register to present by Feb. 1

The first annual MIT RoboCon will be held on MIT campus at the Stata Center on February 12 and 13, 2016. MIT RoboCon is a student-organized, student-run conference intended to foster technical cross-disciplinary interactions between students, postdocs, and other roboticists in the community. This is a great opportunity to meet other roboticists at MIT, start collaborations, and present your work to the robotics community. The conference will feature invited keynote talks, sessions for MIT robotics students and postdocs to present research highlights, and intimate breakout sessions to facilitate discussions about topics such as advice on finding a robotics job and the future of robotics. Read more

January 29, 2016


Chain Reaction Building Session, Feb. 1-4

Do you enjoy tinkering? Do you often construct elaborate mechanical contraptions? Are you fascinated with engineering? If so, we are looking for volunteers to help us build a Chain Reaction (Rube Goldberg style machine) for the Cambridge Science Festival. Builders will join local artists Arthur Ganson, Jeff Lieberman, Bruce Rosenbaum, and museum staff for the contraption construction. The contraption will be built between 10 am to 5 pm on February 1 to 4 at the MIT Museum. No experience required – enthusiasm necessary! RSVP to to sign up for 2 hour shifts!

January 29, 2016


Welcome Back Dinner, Feb. 1

Take a break before the semester begins. Christians on Campus is organizing a Welcome Back Dinner. Join for Fellowship, singing, and the Word. Followed by dinner and dessert in the Bush Room (10-105), on Monday, February 1, from 6:30 – 9:30pm. Photo from Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

January 28, 2016


Explore identity: Register for MC^2 by Feb. 1

Have you ever wondered what it would take to help MIT grow in areas of multiculturalism, diversity, or social justice? Are you curious about aspects of identity and what role they play in people’s experiences on campus? Would you like to learn and develop more diversity-related skills and cross-cultural competencies? Do you wish you had more of a voice around issues of Diversity and Inclusion at the Institute? If you answered yes or are curious about these questions, then we invite you to attend this year’s Multicultural Conference (MC^2).

At the conference, we will facilitate an honest, open, and interactive dialogue about the cultural climate at MIT, learn from people’s experiences, and develop plans to cultivate a campus environment that promotes equality, not simply tolerance. The conference offers a provocative day of workshops, speakers, community building, action, and reflection centered on issues of culture, identity, and social justice at MIT and beyond. Join us for a day and a half of breaking the ice, bonding, and reflection at the Endicott House as we discuss diversity, inclusion, and community development at MIT. MC^2  is FREE for all MIT students. Spaces are limited! Registration is due by February 1, 2016.

January 28, 2016


xFair: Career fair, Feb. 1

 xFair is a career fair and expo combined, with a focus on company demos and our very own MIT student projects. Organized by TechX and the MIT Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, xfair joins Techfair and TBP’s career fair. Companies can showcase their products and services to thousands of MIT students in order to build their brand at MIT and give students a better idea of what they could work on during a potential internship or job. The event is on Monday, February 1, 2016, 10am-4pm. Find out more information about other career fairs here at MIT.

January 28, 2016

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Indian Republic Day Celebrations, Jan. 31

Celebrate the Indian Republic Day with friends and family. Join MIT Sangam for flag hoisting at the Students Center, followed by documentary screening in 10-105. The event will be held on January 31, from 11:00am.  Lunch will be provided. Photo from MIT Sangam

January 28, 2016


Two Day Intensive Tango Bootcamp for Complete Beginners, Jan. 30-31

An intensive two-day introduction to Argentine Tango, designed to get you from no dancing to tango in two quick days, will be held on January 30 to 31 at Walker Memorial, Morss Hall. No dance partner or experience needed. Space is limited: the bootcamps have been wildly popular in the past so be sure to sign up now! Light refreshment provided.

January 27, 2016


Negotiating Job Offers, Jan. 28

The Negotiating Job Offers workshop presented by Bob Dolan will examine the many variables that exist during the evaluation and negotiation process of Job Offers. Knowing how, when and why you should negotiate will be reviewed. Salary vs. Total Compensation will be examined. Strategies on the negotiation process will be discussed along with “Should You Negotiate?” and “What Can” and “What Can Not” be negotiated. These strategies can be used throughout your career. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge. The event will be held in 4-149, on January 28, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Illustration By Frits

January 27, 2016

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Join the challenge: Register for getfit@mit by Jan. 28!

Registration is now open for getfit@mit 2016, MIT Medical’s annual fitness challenge. Get your team of five to eight members registered before the end of the day on January 28! Connect with others in the find-a-team forum, if you are looking for teammates. Find more details regarding events, more about the official rules, or read frequently asked questions. Contact with questions. Photograph-

January 27, 2016


Dance Dance Revolution Session, Jan. 27

Do you think you might enjoy throwing your feet around in time to your favorite music, or are you already a pro? Join us in playing StepMania, the leading open-source clone of the classic arcade game of Dance Dance Revolution, and hang out with other fans! Players of all experience levels are welcome, from first time to expert. We’re prepared for a large turnout with 4 dance pads, including a hard dance pad with a bar (great for more difficult songs). The event will be held on January 27 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at 32-G449. Be sure to attend if you are interested, or learn more about other Dance Dance Revolution resources at MIT.

January 26, 2016


The Art of Behavioral Interviewing, Jan. 27

Learn how to develop and enhance your interviewing skills! While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job. This workshop delivered by Bob Dolan will cover topics such as types of interviews, sample interview questions, appropriate dress, and important tips to think about before, during and after the interview. The intended outcome is to help you prepare and develop a strategy for a successful interview. In addition, sample behavioral and academic interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer these tough questions. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge. The event will be held in 4-149, on Wednesday, January 27, from 1:00 – 2:45 pm.

January 26, 2016


Improv Comedy Workshop to Improve Communication and Public Speaking, Jan. 26

Have you had that awkward moment in a presentation where someone asks a really weird question? Has a student in class posed an off-the-wall idea while you are presenting? Do you fear what a committee member may ask in your thesis defense? This improv workshop will help develop skills to respond to such situations. We will be doing improv comedy exercises to develop a comfort with engaging others. Participants should expect to participate in improv comedy exercises with attendees. Fun will be had by all…we hope. This event is open to undergrad and grad students and postdocs. If registration limit has been met, please email Jake Livengood to be added to the wait list. The Event will be held in the Basement Classroom at E39-040, on Tuesday, January 26, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Read more

January 26, 2016

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Arabian Nights reading, Jan. 27

Scheherazade is calling you! Or, to return from Rimsky-Korsakov to her Persian roots, Shahrazad: join the Literature community and friends as we explore her stories from The Arabian Nights during our sixth annual Mobile Reading Marathon. Not a thousand and one nights, just one special day of animated reading of selections out loud. Drop by, listen, join in, or not: no threats of execution for the tongue-tied. Be among the intrepid few who stay from start to finish, or come for just a bit; all are welcome. Books and good fellowship provided. Costumes, props, and other imaginative contributions encouraged. We may even have a lunchtime excursion into the world of music. Join on Wednesday, 27 January 2015 at following locations and times:

14E-304, from 9:30-11:00am 
Lobby 10, from 11:00am-1:00pm
Spofford Room (1-236), from 1:00-3:00pm 
Stella Room (7-338), from 3:00-5:00pm 

and tweet as you participate: #ArabianNightsPhotograph from Chris Boland

January 25, 2016


LinkedIn Lab, Jan. 25

Bring your laptop to explore the many ways LinkedIn can help you in your career exploration and job or internship search. We will begin with an overview of LinkedIn and some of the key areas of a complete LinkedIn profile. We will also cover some ways LinkedIn can be used as job search tool. This will be followed by individual work on your profile, with Career Services staff available to answer your questions. Advanced registration required via CareerBridge. The event will be held in 4-159, on Monday, January 25, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. 

January 25, 2016


MIT Clean Energy Prize Ideas Mixer, Jan. 25

Interested in Clean Energy? No idea what Clean Energy means but want to know? Have you heard (or not heard) of the MIT Clean Energy Prize? Want a chance at winning up to $200,000 for your Clean Energy Idea? Perhaps you’d like to enjoy some wine and appetizers while listening to brilliant Clean Energy entrepreneurs and experts share their views on the importance of supporting entrepreneurs? Then attend the MIT Clean Energy Prize Ideas Mixer! The mixer will be hold on January 25th from 7 to 9pm at Greentown Labs (28 Dane St, Somerville). Read more

January 25, 2016


Graduate Student Open House at MIT Museum, Jan. 26

Do you have a passion for sharing science with others? Are you looking for unique volunteer opportunities to work with children and/or adults? Or, do you just want a chance to explore a world-renowned museum after hours? Come visit the MIT Museum on January 26 from 6 to 7:30 pm to explore the galleries and talk with our staff and volunteers about your outreach interests. This open house is just for MIT grad students! Free food! Hands-on activities! Fun science! Join us!

January 22, 2016


Connect with Alumni, Jan. 25-28

A great opportunity to connect with alumni, chat about shared experiences, and ask for career advice. Volunteer with the Alumni Association for 2 hours over IAP to thank an alum of your department and get a free dinner of your choice. This will take place at W31-110, January 25-28 2016, 7-9PM. To confirm your preferred date, time, and department contact Kim Nguyen (

January 22, 2016


GCF Cookoff, Jan. 23

Graduate Christian Fellowship small group bible studies will engage in a friendly cook-off competition – email if you want to help cook! We are inviting everyone in the graduate community to join us  in the Sidney Pacific Seminar Room on Saturday, January 23, 6:30pm-8pm, to enjoy our cooking and help choose the winner. Plan on sticking around and playing board games with us. Co-sponsored by MIT-GCF and GSC Funding Board. Photograph Scott Shawcroft

January 21, 2016

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Convert Your CV into a 2-Page Resume for Industry, Jan. 22

If you are considering exploring Industry positions, you will need to have a resume that effectively positions you for this path. This workshop presented by Bob Dolan will discuss the process of converting your 4-6 page CV into a 2-page resume for industry, and creating a document that effectively targets the Hiring Manager. Can your resume survive a 15 second scan and still get into the YES pile? Discussions will surround the strategies of effective messaging and how to be “on-point” with your written communication. Actual successful MIT PhD/Postdoc resumes will be provided as handouts. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge. The event will be held on Friday, January 22nd from 1:00 pm to 2:30pm at 4-149Photograph from Matthew G.

January 21, 2016


Cybersecurity: Reducing Your Attack Surface, Jan. 22

Whether you realize it or not, end user cybersecurity plays a major role in everyones’ lives: from your siblings to your grandparents. It affects your family, friends and even your colleagues. It is critical for all to understand how to be safer with today’s online threats. Come to this 1-hour conversation: Cybersecurity – Reducing Your Attack Surface Friday, January 22, from 12:00PM-01:00PM in 3-133 to learn more. Bring your questions to this information security open-ended general session for all. Hear from Roy and Frank Quinn (both security professionals) their thoughts and recommendations regarding the topics below. Read more

January 21, 2016


Women’s Club Hockey Team Ice Hockey Skills Clinic, Jan. 22

Wish you had more ice time to practice and some tips to develop your skills? Here’s your chance to get world-class coaching and extra ice time. The excellent coaching staff of the MIT Women’s Ice Hockey Club run clinics for the MIT community for players to get focused developmental time. The clinic will give you the chance to work on basic skills, do drills, practice team play, and develop game situational awareness. The clinic is $20/person. Sign up now if you are interested. The clinic will be held on January 22 from 7 to 9 pm at the Johnson Ice Rink.

January 20, 2016


Communicating Science to Nonscientists, Jan. 21

Scientists are often perceived as living in their own impenetrable world. Join, Jean-luc Doumont, as he discusses the challenges of communicating with a lay audience, and presents effective strategies for overcoming the challenges. Most of these strategies apply to communicating to scientists as well. They are universal good ideas – heeding the advice becomes more critical when the audience is less specialized. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge. The event will be held at 10-250 on January 21, from 2:00 – 4:00pm. Photograph from Principae

January 20, 2016


Conflict Resolution: Better Communication, Happier life, Jan. 21

Excellent communication skills can enhance your work performance and create more joy in your personal life. The right mindset is key. In addition to communication techniques, learn how to prepare your mind and body for better communication. Our two interactive workshops introduce tools such as recognizing intent, effective listening, positive thinking, and getting to the root of the problem. Workshop is Thursday 1/21, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at MIT Tang Center (70 Memorial Drive), E51-057, Kendall/MIT T Station stop. The entrance to the parking lot is on Amherst St. near Wadsworth St-free parking during the event! Discover ways such as meditation and Shiatsu that can bring our minds and bodies to a centered and balanced state for successful communication. Read more

January 20, 2016


Observing Black Holes, Jan. 21

Black holes are perhaps the most mind-boggling objects ever conceived by physicists and there is hardly any science fiction series today that will not feature them in some capacity. However, black holes are also very much observable and one of the major topics of today’s X-ray astronomy. Join, Dr. Victoria Grinberg of the MIT Kavli Institute for Observing Black Holes, a presentation on the astrophysical black holes, at Marlar Lounge (37-252), on Thursday, January 21, 2:00pm. Photograph from MIT Kavli Institute. 

January 20, 2016

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Slow Looking Art Workshop, Jan. 21

Join the List’s monthly study break on Thursday, January 21, 6 to 7 PM to look closely at Sol LeWitt’s monumental installation Bars of Color within Squares (MIT), and enjoy a guided sketching activity. Visit the List Visual Arts Center signup page to RSVP.

January 18, 2016


Call for Bands: Battle of the Bands Signup

Currently part of a band or ensemble? Interested in showcasing your musical talent? Play at Battle of the Bands! The event will take place early spring semester. Bands should have at least one MIT graduate student member. The winning band will be offered a performance opportunity (with compensation) at the annual Acoustic BBQ in May! Sign up now if you’re interested in performing!

January 15, 2016

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Tang Hall Paint Night, Jan.16

Spend a calming winter evening with friends and take home new artwork at the Tang Hall Paint Night, on Saturday January 16, 6pm-9pm at the Tang Hall 24th floor lounge. Paint, brushes, boards, other required materials as well as inspiration, will be provided. Everyone is welcome to join, no painting skills necessary! Dinner will also be provided. For more information contact, Photograph from Surian Soosay

January 14, 2016


Research Art Night: Submit by Jan. 21!

Share the story of your research through an image or a piece of art! Physical artwork or demos are welcomed too. Join us at the exhibition on February 7, 2016 at Sidney Pacific to mingle amidst research images and artwork over wine, chocolate and hors d’oeuvres. Attractive prizes include phone cases (any model) and 13″ Macbook Air case personalized with your research image, vouchers from UPROSA and more! Submission open until January 21st, 2016.

January 14, 2016

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CityDays, Jan. 19

Join the PKG Center and honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a volunteer with CityDays this January. CityDays is a series of one-time community service events throughout the Greater Boston area. This January we’ll partner with the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Science Club for Girls, Community Servings and the Community Art Center. Dr. King famously said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Sign up to participate in building your community on Tuesday, January 19. For questions, email

January 14, 2016


Make your own hummus, Jan. 14

Make your own hummus and zhug (yemenite hot sauce) with take away results at this hands-on workshop. Hosted by Grad Hillel. January 14, 2016, 7-9pm at W11 Main Dining Room.

January 13, 2016


Careers in Law for STEM Students: A Panel, Jan. 14

Come for the pizza, stay for the career advice. At this panel, you will learn about career opportunities at the intersection of technology and law and the various career paths that panelists have taken to get from their STEM backgrounds into law. Panelists include patent lawyers, MIT alum, and other professionals who use their STEM expertise in the field of law. January 14, 6 to 7:30 pm. Room 3-333. Please register on CareerBridge. Pizza will be served!

January 13, 2016


Art and Lunch with Ann Hirsch, Jan. 14th

Meet artist Ann Hirsch on Jan. 14th, 12:30-2:00 PM,  for lunch and a walkthrough of List Projects: Ann Hirsch, a new exhibition featuring her video and new media works that explore the effects of technology on pop culture, public femininity and feminism, as well as the internet and social media. Advanced sign-up is required, and limited spots are available. Email to sign up. This event is organized by the List Visual Arts Center.

January 12, 2016


Budgeting 101, Jan. 14

As part of MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), the MIT Federal Credit Union will host Budgeting 101 on January 14, from 12 pm-1 pm in MIT Room 56-114. By choosing to educate yourself about money matters, you are already on the path to independence and financial success! Effective planning and budgeting are essential activities you must master in order to remain financially healthy. Registration is required. Photo from

January 12, 2016


Meditation, yoga, anxiety reduction retreat, IAP 2016

Meditation, yoga and breathing techniques for being an effective leader and improving personal well-being will be taught. FREE intro sessions on Thursdays (5 pm, 56-167) and Saturdays (11 am, E51-061). There is also an info session on January 18 from 5-6:30pm in room 56-167. Fill out this RSVP form to communicate your interest in attending! The retreat days are: Thu (21st Jan), Fri (22nd Jan): 6pm-10pm; Sat (23rd Jan), Sun (24th Jan): 10am-4pm; Mon (25th Jan): 3pm-7pm.

January 11, 2016


Outing to Greater Boston Food Bank, Jan. 13

Sign up to help sort donated food at the Greater Boston Food Bank, which supplies all the regional food pantries. This is an fun outing that GAME, SidPac and TBP lead once a month. There will be free pizza for lunch, and if you travel with the group, transportation via the MBTA will be covered! January 13, noon to 4 pm at the Greater Boston Food Bank (70 S Bay Ave, Boston, MA). Photo from Groman123

January 8, 2016


Medical Grand Rounds @ MIT, Jan. 8

Four innovators will present medical problems they are tackling in their labs and you’ll be asked to brainstorm potential solutions. Enjoy a fun evening in which your ideas will spark conversations, and perhaps change the way people think. January 8, 2016 from 5 to 8 pm, MIT Museum.


  • Linda Griffith, PhD, School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, Biological Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • Jeffrey Karp, PhD, Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • David Kolesky, Graduate Student, Lewis Lab, Harvard University
  • Albert Swiston, PhD, Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

January 8, 2016


Introduction to Meditation, Jan. 8

Take advantage of IAP to improve your wellness! In this SMASH IAP Wellness Series session, learn to use breathing exercises and meditation as tools to improve focus, energy, interpersonal relationships and stress management. Dinner and snacks will be provided! January 8, 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the Coffeehouse Lounge (W20 Student Center, 3rd floor).

January 7, 2016


Practicing a Meaningful Elevator Pitch, Jan. 7

Among the greatest missed opportunities are banal responses to questions like “tell me about yourself.” Learn and exercise creative ways to be a successful self-advocate: together, we will strengthen our responses to hallway chatter and use reflection to develop, rehearse, and share an authentic elevator pitch with meaning! January 7, 1:00 – 2:15pm, Room 4-159. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

January 7, 2016


Register to Vote for Primary and Presidential Elections, Jan. 8

Register to vote in Massachusetts for upcoming Primary and Presidential Elections. Learn how to register to vote out of state and how to cast absentee ballots. Event sponsored by GSC Legislative Action Subcommittee. January 8, noon to 1 pm, Student Center (W20, first floor)

January 4, 2016

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IAP Shadow Magicians

Address common obstacles to success this IAP including anxiety, loneliness, stress, procrastination, overcommitment, and relationship challenges with Shadow Magicians. Explore the impact of emotions and early life dynamics on present-day beliefs and behaviors. Learn powerful concepts and exercises for improving self awareness, personal growth, and interpersonal / group dynamics. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3:30pm in 26-168. Questions? Contact

December 28, 2015


Managing Impostor Syndrome and Perfectionism in Your Career, Jan. 8

Join us for a workshop on managing impostor syndrome and perfectionism during your career with Steven Steinke, LICSW and staff clinician: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM at Tufts University – M&V Building Rm. 412 (136 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA). Registration is free, but required. Enter “tuftspda” at the prompt.

December 23, 2015


Learn about home buying, Jan. 6

As part of MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), the MIT Federal Credit Union will host Homebuying 101 on January 6, from 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Stata Center, Room 141. Whether it’s your first time or you’re in the market again, learn what’s involved in buying a house. Come meet the experts from MIT Federal Credit Union and Members Mortgage Company to talk about:

  • Effective property search tips
  • Current area market housing trends
  • Financing options
  • And much more

Registration is required. Photo by Universal Pops.

December 14, 2015


Race & Reality: a Community Dialogue on Race and Diversity at MIT, Dec. 16

To support more open dialogue about the experience of race at MIT, you are invited to join a broad cross section of the MIT community, including students, postdocs, staff and faculty of all races and other identities, to a set of small-group discussions on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, from 11:45 a.m – 1pm. Please RSVP.



December 4, 2015

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Enriching Your Mentoring Relationships, Dec. 7

We all hear the buzzword  “mentoring” in relation to career success, but most of us don’t know how to look for a strong mentor or how to use one effectively once we have found one. How can you maximize your mentoring relationship with your supervisor? How can you go about finding and benefiting from additional mentors? Find out at the Enriching Your Mentoring Relationships event that will take place on December 7 from 3-4:30 pm in Building 46-3002 (the Singleton Auditorium).  Joanne Kamens, Executive Director at Addgene, will offer practical advice on building and maximizing mentoring relationships, and is relevant for those on both sides of a mentoring relationship.  Please register for this event here.  Photo by JD Lasica

December 3, 2015

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Prof. Sherry Turkle on “Reclaiming Conversation”, Dec. 4

On Friday, December 4, at 2 pm in the MIT Student Center (W20-306, Twenty Chimneys ), Professor Sherry Turkle will share her recent research on our relationships with technology and observations on how the digital age is affecting our humanity. The talk will be followed by a reception where you can meet and speak with her directly. Her latest book will also be available for sale. Though the event is free of charge, it is important that all attendees RSVP to

December 3, 2015

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MIT S&PC Career Connect Networking Event, Dec. 3

Come to the Career Connect Networking Event on Thursday, December 3, from 7-8 pm in E25-401 and meet MIT spouses who will share their experiences through an informal conversation. You will learn about their job search process and about their understanding and experience of the American workplace. After the discussion, you will be able to practice networking and make some new friends!  We hope this event will help you feel a sense of community and enhance your networking skills, as well as give you an opportunity to learn from each other, and have a fun time together. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Please register here.

December 3, 2015

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Lewis Music Library Open Mic, Dec. 4

Open Mic will be held on Friday, December 4, from 12-1 pm in the Lewis Music Library (Building 14E-109).  There will be a piano, a free audience, and refreshments.  Sing, bring your own instrument, wear your taps, or sit and enjoy a refreshing musical break in the middle of the day.  Photo by Rich

December 2, 2015

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Bad Auditions by Bad Actors, Dec. 4

For the first time ever MS&PC will be premiering a comedy play on Friday, December 4, at 7:30 pm in Killian Hall (14W). Performed by amateur theater actors from all over the world, “Bad Auditions by Bad Actors” is about a casting director that has one day to find the leads for a community theater production of Romeo and Juliet. But what seems like a simple task will prove to be quite impossible. This comedy will bring you to the last place you’d ever want to be…behind the doors of a casting session. Tickets are available for purchase.

December 1, 2015

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Breaking the Mold Conference, Dec. 5

Breaking the Mold is an initiative to help students develop approaches to managing unconscious biases in the classroom, workplace and board room.  The discussion is split across two conferences: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 8am-5pm and Friday, February 5, 2016 (half day) in the MIT Media Lab. The Conference features interactive panels, workshops and keynote speakers: Former President & CEO of the LA Dodgers and Chief Product Officer of OKCupid. Tickets can be purchased as a bundle (for both conferences) or for the December conference only here.  To learn more about the speakers, the conference and the Breaking the Mold initiative, please visit this site.  Contact:  Photo by Stewart Morris

December 1, 2015

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Supporting Friends and Loved Ones with Cancer, Dec. 2

When a loved one has cancer, you not only face an array of intense emotions, but also the responsibilities that come with being a caregiver. Juggling the care of someone with cancer has a great impact on a caregiver physically, psychologically, socially, and financially. Life can quickly become overwhelming, and caregivers typically put others’ needs before their own to meet the demands of each day. Unfortunately, when caregivers are less able to care for themselves, the care they provide to others suffers. Taking the time to meet your own needs is crucial when caring for a loved one with cancer, but where do you start? In this seminar, which will take place on Wednesday, December 2 from 12-1:30 pm in E19-603, Jill McNamara, LICSW, will discuss:

  • Coping with the issues when caring for someone with cancer
  • Setting realistic expectations and ultimately embracing the positive aspects of caregiving
  • Learning how to approach caregiving in a way that allows for self-care and the resources that are available to you

Please register for the event.  Photo by Thai Jasmine

November 25, 2015

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‘Getting from Here to There’ faculty talk: Prof. Robert Langer, Nov. 30

The final ‘Getting from Here to There’ faculty talk of the semester will take place on Monday, November 30 at 4:15 pm in 6-120.  Come hear David H. Koch Institute Professor Robert Langer talk about how he became “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine,” and how he is developing treatments for cancer and other devastating diseases.

November 25, 2015


Chain Reaction With Arthur Ganson, Nov. 27

Some wait all year to bring their contraptions to this family-oriented event organized by the Museum — and some just love to watch! On the day after Thanksgiving, the Chain Reaction with Arthur Ganson will take place Friday, November 27, 2015, 1 – 4 PM in Rockwell Cage Gymnasium (120 Vassar Street). Tickets needed.

November 20, 2015

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Project Fusion: A Collision of Music & Technology, Nov. 21

On Saturday, November 21 at 8 pm, the Juventas New Music Ensemble will come to Killian Hall at MIT to put on PROJECT FUSION, a performance exploring the intersection between music and technology.  The program will feature works that take the technology we use every day and turn it into music. There will be robotic instruments interacting with live instrumentalists; a cantata that explores genetic engineering; and a piece that invites YOU as audience members to take part in the music-making on your smart phones.  Discounted tickets of $8 for MIT students can be purchased here.


November 19, 2015

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POWER Pizza and Movie Night, Nov. 20

Come join the Postdoc Organization for Women Engaged in Research (POWER) for a showing of Mulan on Friday, November 20, from 7-10 pm in E17-517. The Postdoc Organization for Women Engaged in Research (POWER) aims to support the personal and professional development of women postdoctoral researchers at MIT. For more information about POWER, check out their Twitter.  Photo by jeffreyw 

November 19, 2015

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Organize for cycling, Nov. 20

Want to be part of a vibrant community of active cyclists? Are you entrepreneurial? Do you like helping out others? Join PN2K’s MIT chapter and help grow projects that are meaningful to the community from product design to kids’ education in bike safety. They are a committed bunch that loves having fun and going on bike adventures 3-4 times each month; some of them started biking only a few months ago. Come enjoy some snacks and meet the team in a casual setting; the meetings are conversational, productive, and team/goal-oriented. Learn more and sign up at Don’t forget to join their monthly bike safety events and upcoming bike rides (see calendar at The meeting is on Friday, November 20, from 6-7 pm in 1-132.  


November 18, 2015


Community Service Work-Study, Nov. 19

Take a break for IAP 2016 and earn some extra money. Use your skills for a time-limited project and build your career. Expand your network, serve a community, and have fun in Boston or anywhere else in the U.S.! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to create your own service project. This applies to federal Work-Study eligible undergraduate and graduate students only. The information session is in Room 4-145 on Thursday, November 19, at 7pm. RSVP to

November 18, 2015


GSC ski trip 2016, purchase tickets, Nov. 19–20

The MIT GSC and MIT Snowriders are once again bringing you three amazing days of skiing, boarding, and fun at Jay PeakSki Resort in Vermont!  The Ski Trip will take place from January 8-11, 2016 and is open to all MIT graduate students, post-docs, and alumni. Ticket options include driving yourself ($305) or riding the bus ($365). Ticket sales will occur in two rounds:

  • Round 1: Thursday, November 19, starting at 10am
  • Round 2: Friday, November 20, starting at 10am

Sales will remain open until tickets sell out.  For more information please visit the Ski trip site.  Contact:  Photo by Daniel Hoherd

November 17, 2015


Computing, Cryptography, and the Tape Recorder Novel in Latin America, Nov. 18

In November of 1960 the Argentine writer Rodolfo Walsh decoded a cable accidentally received by a telex machine in the Havana offices of the news agency Prensa Latina, where Walsh worked alongside Gabriel García Márquez. The cable was a communiqué from a Guatemalan military base to the CIA in Washington, D.C. about plans for the Bay of Pigs invasion. Walsh informed Fidel Castro of the news, and the rest of the story is world history. But is it also world literature? This talk examines what led Walsh to decode the telex message in Havana, that event’s consequences on the category of literature, and Walsh’s subsequent creation of a new global form: the tape recorder novel.
Tom McEnaney is assistant professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. His work in media studies, sound studies and Latin American literature has appeared in Cultural Critique, Variaciones Borges, The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies, La Habana Elegante, and elsewhere. He is currently completing his first book Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas. He will be presenting The Art of Reception: Computing, Cryptography, and the Tape Recorder Novel in Latin America on Wednesday, November 18 in 14E-304 at 5pm on behalf of MIT Global Studies and Languages.

November 17, 2015

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CTL Distinguished Speaker Series: Wendy Landman, Nov. 19

Come to the latest talk in the CTL Distinguished Speaker series on Thursday, November 19 from 12-1 pm in 56-114.  Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston, will discuss the critical role walking plays in the overall transportation network.  Lunch will be served.  For more information visit this site.  Contact:

November 16, 2015


Conflict Management Workshop, Nov. 17

Do you find it difficult to talk to your advisor with the challenges you are facing in your research? Do you find it difficult to express the problems you are facing to your roommate? To help you navigate through the various conflict situations, Tang Hall presents a conflict management workshop. Titled “Conflict Styles and Strategies”, it will be conducted by Libby Mahaffy, the assistant director of conflict resolution at MIT. The workshop will be followed by dinner, limited seats, please signup: It will be on Tuesday, November 17, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. It will be in Tang Hall on the 24th floor lounge. Contact to learn more.

November 16, 2015

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A Conversation w/ US Senator William “Mo” Cowan, Nov. 17

Come join us for a conversation with former US Senator William “Mo” Cowan on Tuesday, November 17 at 4:30 pm in 4-270.  Senator Cowan will reflect on his career in politics and public service and discuss the current political landscape.  The event will be moderated by MIT Professor Andrea Campbell of the Political Science Department and refreshments will be served.  Contact:

November 16, 2015

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Challenges Faced by Successful Women in STEM, Nov. 17

Women in STEM are important contributors in today’s society, however they are still surrounded by gender bias on a regular basis. This event is a fantastic opportunity to hear from a panel of powerful women from a multitude of ethnic backgrounds, succeeding in STEM fields, and speaking openly about the obstacles they have faced.  It will be held on Tuesday, November 17, at 5:45-8 pm in the Venture Café, Cambridge Innovation Center 5th floor (One Broadway, Cambridge).  For more information and to register for the event, visit this site.  Photo by ITU Pictures

November 16, 2015


Canadians Club Poutine Night, Nov. 17

Come out and meet your friendly MIT Canadians at the Thirsty Ear Pub! The Thirsty will have all the comforts of a classic Canadian pub, with plenty of free poutine! Poutine is a Canadian delicacy consisting of fries, cheese curds, and hot gravy. The event will take place on November 17, from 8-10PM. Please contact

November 13, 2015

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How to stay in the US after you graduate, Nov. 16

Are you an international student? Do you want to stay in the United States after you graduate?  Come to our presentation about immigration options after graduation on Monday, November 16 from 6-7:30 pm in 4-237.  Dana Bucin, an attorney with Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C., will be covering immigration options for international students.  You must RSVP here for this event.  Contact:  Photo by Bart