The Power of Protest: MIT March 4th @ 50 Years

Monday, March 04, 2019 at 4:00pm

Building E15, Bartos Theater
20 AMES ST, Cambridge, MA 02142

Join us for an exploration of the power of protest at MIT, particularly during the Vietnam era. What can we learn from previous protests and use that knowledge and energy to spur the Institute to create ethical policies? 

We will screen excerpts of November Actions: Defiance at MIT,1969--a powerful documentary following the protests of MIT students, faculty and staff against the war in Vietnam and MIT's complicity in that war.

This will be followed by a moderated conversation with a panel to provide focused discussion on three pressing issues/crises facing the MIT community:

The Ethics of AI: Abby Everett Jaques, a philosopher at MIT, is the Ethics lead for MIT’s Quest for Intelligence, and a Research Fellow in Digital Ethics at the Jain Family Institute

MIT's on-going relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Ryan Costello, a local anti-war activist organizing against the war in Yemen

Local Impact of MIT: Housing: Rose Lenehan

Moderator: David Wright, PhD, Senior Scientist and Co-Director, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

Introductory Remarks: Deborah G. Douglas, Director of Collections and Curator of Science and Technology at MIT Museum, and Research Associate in MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society

This event will be a starting point for additional programs, lunches, panels later on in spring 2019focusing more specifically on these issues. Participants at the MIT March 4 @ 50 Years event would be able to sign up for follow-up programming. 

This program will provide not only historical information but can provide inspiration and a strong sense of "what's next". We will discuss direct actions we can take now to help create a more equitable society for all. 

Please check back for updated information regarding speakers.

Refreshments will be served.

Co-Sponsored with the February School. 

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