MIT SHASS News https://shass.mit.edu/news/rss Recent news from the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences en <![CDATA[20 October 2020 Doomsday scenarios abound, but the next president will be decided by the voters. Not the courts, not congress]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-voter-decisions-stewart Despite how tempting it will be for President Trump’s team to use all the tools at its disposal to hold onto power, writes Charles Stewart III, in the end, the election will be decided at the ballot box.

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Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2896 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Profile | Nasir Almasri '21]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-profile-nasir-almasri-21-political-science Political science PhD candidate studies conflicts that emerge at the intersection of politics and religious traditions, with a focus on humanizing those involved.

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<![CDATA[3 Questions: Adam Berinsky on the responsibilities of political leadership and how to assess election polls]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-3q-adam-berinsky-polls-leadership "It's the job of our leaders to stand up and challenge unsubstantiated rumors and outright falsehoods. Politicians have tremendous power to lead and to shape information, and voters need to remember this when they head to the polls — in this and every election."

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Fri, 09 Oct 2020 23:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2890 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[3 Questions: Ariel White on voter rights and re-enfranchisement]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/three-questions-ariel-white-voter-rights-and-us-criminal-justice-system "The problems in the Florida case have drawn our attention to how widespread, how life-disrupting, and how racially-disparate the experience of legal debt is for people who have passed through the criminal legal system."

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Tue, 06 Oct 2020 18:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2889 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Darya Guettler ’21 | Mechanical Engineering + Political Science]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meet-mit-bilinguals-darya-guettler-21 Combining degrees in mechanical engineering and political science, MIT senior Darya Guettler '21 advocates for climate policy, sustainable technologies, and equitable, inclusive processes.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2020 09:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2887 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[115 graduating MIT seniors inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pbk-115-new-mit-members-inducted-class-2020 A remarkable cohort of graduating seniors in the Class of 2020 were honored for excellence in the liberal arts.

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Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2883 at https://shass.mit.edu
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Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2775 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[At-A-Glance | List of external media publications]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-collected-experts-news-pandemic Research-based insights, for policy and public understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic, from the MIT-SHASS academic community

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Fri, 11 Sep 2020 08:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2744 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[CNN and Sesame Street team up on Town Halls for kids]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-media-coverage-hendershot-and-gubar MIT media scholar Prof Heather Hendershot and children's literature scholar Prof Marah Gubar discuss the programs, which focus on both the pandemic and racism.

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Thu, 10 Sep 2020 15:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2859 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Professors Heather Hendershot and Marah Gubar discuss CNN/Sesame Street Town Halls for children on the pandemic, racism]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-media-coverage-hendershot-and-gubar-town-halls-kids "I'm interested in thinking about the town halls as media events and, more specifically, as political media events. Cable news is so polarized right now, and when you deal with kids and anything with political dimensions, it’s sort of inherently a hot potato situation."

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Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2858 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Series | The Meanings of Masks]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-meanings-masks-series As The Washington Post has reported, "at the heart of the dismal US coronavirus response" is a "fraught relationship with masks." In this series of short commentaries, MIT faculty delve into the historic, creative, and cultural meanings of masks, offering new ways to think about, appreciate, and practice protective masking — currently a primary way to save lives and to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Thu, 10 Sep 2020 12:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2832 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Saving Iñupiaq]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-annauk-denise-olin-linguistics-saving-alaska-native-language Annauk Denise Olin, a graduate student in linguistics, is working to help her Alaska Native community preserve their language and navigate the severe impacts of climate change on their coastal village. 

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Wed, 09 Sep 2020 12:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2880 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Venetian Masks | Jeffrey S. Ravel]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-meanings-masks-venetian-masks-historian-jeffrey-s-ravel Masks for Carnival — and for finessing an archaic political order: "By the eighteenth-century in Venice, people had grown accustomed to wearing masks in public perpetually, not for health reasons but for social and cultural ones. Furthermore, the Venetian state actually required its citizens and visitors to the Republic to don masks in many public spaces."

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Mon, 07 Sep 2020 15:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2878 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Persona: Masks in the Graeco-Roman World | Stephanie Ann Frampton]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-meanings-masks-classical-literature-stephanie-ann-frampton "In Latin, one of the words for mask is persona, thought to have meant 'something through which sound passes' (per- 'through,” sono 'to make a sound')... Even in the time of Cicero, persona was already being used to describe the 'part' or 'character that one sustains in the world' — in other words, the role or roles we play in society."

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Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2855 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT Now]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-mit-now-covid-19-response Adapting to Covid. Staying Connected. Together, we’re committed to tackling Covid-19 the MIT way – by standing with the science, working the problem, and modeling the solution for our community and beyond. Our minds, hands, and hearts can make a difference.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2020 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2685 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The Masks of Empire, Art, Politics, and War | Catherine Clark]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meaning-masks-history-catherine-clark "Ultimately, history reminds us that masks can produce meaning whether they sit on our faces or our kitchen tables."

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Sun, 30 Aug 2020 11:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2870 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT SHASS welcomes new faculty.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-new-faculty-fall-2020 The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences warmly welcomes six new professors to the MIT community. They arrive with diverse backgrounds and vast knowledge in their areas of research, which include technology and identity; imperial and modern China; musical ensembles; immigration and voting law;  cyber warfare; and the history of environmental management.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2873 at https://shass.mit.edu
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Tue, 25 Aug 2020 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2877 at https://shass.mit.edu