MIT SHASS News https://shass.mit.edu/news/rss Recent news from the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences en <![CDATA[MIT's Covid-19 Info Center]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-mit-covid-19-response All the latest MIT updates, guidance, and resources to help support you during this challenging time

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Mon, 31 Aug 2020 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2685 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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Sat, 15 Aug 2020 08:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2744 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[COVID-19 Research Working Papers from MIT Economics]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-economics-covid-working-papers As research continues into Covid-19 and its impact on many facets of life, MIT Economics has collected all the faculty's working papers on one page. 

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Tue, 28 Jul 2020 10:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2750 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Conditions needed to reopen the U.S. economy]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-conditions-needed-reopening-economy Here’s what economists say the U.S. needs in order to start returning to normal amid the coronavirus outbreak — and how the economy can survive in the meantime.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2780 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Europe has kept down pandemic unemployment — and the U.S. hasn’t. Here’s why.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-european-unemployment-thelen Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science, examines disparities in US and European unemployment rates in the face of Covid-19

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2774 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Faculty Reflections | Anne McCants, Professor of History]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-education-faculty-mccants An ongoing series of notes from the Director of the MIT Concourse Program for her students and others during the pandemic

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2726 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Life Under Quarantine]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-harris-blog-site MIT economist Jeffrey E. Harris reflects on the economics of quarantine in a series of articles.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2852 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Undark magazine | Covid-19 coverage]]> https://undark.org/tag/covid19/ Undark, the acclaimed magazine from our Knight Science Journalism Program, provides ongoing, in-depth journalistic coverage by science writers on SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2689 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Unearthing the stories of yesterday’s George Floyds]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-just-society-dean-melissa-nobles-know-their-names "When we call the victims’ descendants to share our findings, they tell us ‘I never thought I’d get this call.’ The scars remain, and luckily, because we have found documents, so does proof." — Melissa Nobles, MIT Kenan Sahin Dean and Professor of Political Science, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

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Fri, 17 Jul 2020 06:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2848 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The Stanford-MIT Health Elections project]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-mit-stanford-healthy-elections-project Working together to promote integrity, safety, and equal access in the 2020 U.S. election.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2847 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Nationwide experts make 14 urgent recommendations for the 2020 elections. Learn what citizens can do to help.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-14-recommendations-fair-2020-elections This is an historic American document. "Fair Elections During a Crisis" outlines 14 urgent recommendations by a nationwide team of U.S. election experts, including MIT Professor Charles Stewart III, founder of the MIT Election Data and Science Lab.

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Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2807 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Voting by mail in the U.S. is safe, honest, and fair. Let's put the vote-by-mail 'fraud' myth to rest.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-voting-mail-safe-honest-and-fair-stewart In The Hill, election experts Charles Stewart III of MIT and Amber McReynolds write that claims by some politicians that voting-by-mail would lead to massive voter fraud are "simply not true. Vote fraud in the United States is exceedingly rare, with mailed ballots and otherwise."

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Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2809 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[3Q with Charles Stewart III: How to make the November elections safe and secure]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-3-questions-charles-stewart-iii-2020-elections MIT-SHASS News "Will the November 2020 election be delayed? The answer is, 'no.' There is no statutory or constitutional authority to do that. Even if the asteroids are raining on our heads and the zombies are roaming the streets on November 3, we will be voting."

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Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2727 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The Stanford-MIT Project on a Healthy Election]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-mit-election-lab-healthy-elections-project This project addresses the unprecedented and ongoing threat that the Covid-19 pandemic poses to the 2020 elections, bringing academics and election administration experts together to assess and promote best practices to ensure the election can proceed with integrity, safety, and equal access.

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Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2760 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MAKING A JUST SOCIETY]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/research-impact-making-just-society Resources from the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

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Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2845 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Ten recommendations for conducting a healthy and trustworthy 2020 election]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-stewart-recommendations-voting-mail In Lawfare, ten recommendations from MIT election expert Charles Stewart III and Nathaniel Persily of Stanford Law. "The Covid-19 pandemic...requires an extraordinary commitment at all levels of government, and from the media, political parties, campaigns and voters. The country can meet this challenge if Americans begin to prepare immediately."

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Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2718 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Everyone's work]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-racial-equity-and-social-justice-helen-elaine-lee Professor of Writing Helen Elaine Lee calls for more engagement in creating racial justice.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2826 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[3 Questions: Heather Hendershot on media coverage of the pandemic]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-hendershot-media-coverage MIT comparative media expert discusses the stark differences in pandemic reporting and coverage across US media platforms.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2821 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Data suggest younger cohorts transmit their infections to less socially mobile older adults]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-harris-young-transmission Economist Jeffrey Harris delivers his findings in a preprint paper

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2833 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The mask is a badge of honor | Eric Klopfer Comparative Media Studies]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-masks-cmsw-eric-klopfer "In this pandemic era, what a mask really says is, ‘I care about YOU.’ The mask indicates that you are protecting the health of others during a crisis."

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2831 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A collective cry for justice | Graham M. Jones Anthropology]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-masks-anthropology-graham-jones "The mask is one of the most important human artifacts in all of anthropology. It is a tool of transformation that allows its wearers to transcend themselves, taking on timeless roles in ritual dramas, and as actors in a broader social drama."

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 01:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2830 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A Path Forward]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-racial-equity-and-social-justice-cmsw-faculty-statement Statement from the faculty of the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing program

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2829 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Voices from the MIT Community Vigil]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-racial-equity-and-social-justice-ghachem Historian Malick Ghachem delivers remarks on a divided moment.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2828 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Words + Words + Words]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-racial-equity-and-social-justice-alexandre Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature, honors and thanks all of the justice-seeking words that came before our 2020 ones.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2827 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT Community Wellness]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-community-wellness-medical Community Wellness at MIT Medical has compiled numerous resources to help individuals reduce stress, build routine, and find connection. MIT community members can register for free virtual wellness classes, parenting resources, and more. 

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2716 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A responsible path to computing advances]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-computing-and-ai-kaiser-and-shah-lead-ethics-initiative Professor David Kaiser and Julie Shah lead initiative to embed ethical and social responsibilities in MIT's computing and advanced tech education, research, and community engagements.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2825 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Arts from Anywhere]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-arts-mit-art-anywhere During this time of physical distancing to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Arts at MIT offer ways to stay connected to the MIT Arts Community from wherever you are.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2745 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Solving Climate | Humanistic Perspectives from MIT]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-climate-spotlight-humanistic-perspectives-mit In this ongoing series, MIT faculty, students, and alumni in the humanistic fields share perspectives that are significant for solving climate change and mitigating its myriad social and ecological impacts.

 

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2670 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Research + Resources for the Pandemic]]> https://shass.mit.edu/research/impact/pandemic Research and commentary from the MIT SHASS faculty and graduate students to inform policy and increase public understanding about the complex pandemic landscape. Content areas include the impacts of the pandemic on healthcare, the economy, education, the 2020 elections, daily life, and democracy. There is also a channel with music and other creative works that offer contemplative space, meaning, and uplift.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 04:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2754 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Said and Done]]> https://shass.mit.edu/magazine_july20 July 2020

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Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2823 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Stephen Morris named the inaugural Peter A. Diamond Professor of Economics]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-stephen-morris-receives-inaugural-diamond-professorship MIT Department of Economics establishes new professorship honoring Institute Professor and Nobel Laureate.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2822 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The Listening Room]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-arts-music-mit A curated collection of outstanding works from MIT's Music Program

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Tue, 23 Jun 2020 11:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2724 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[An ode to the humble balcony]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-zacka-ode-balcony In The New York Times, Bernardo Zacka writes: "[A balcony] is private, yet public; exposed, yet secluded. It offers company without the demands of intimacy, and we should never take it for granted again."

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Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2788 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Taking refuge in the kitchen]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-paxson-taking-refuge-kitchen Heather Paxson talks with the Radcliffe Institute on how the pandemic is changing the ways we eat.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2819 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Honoring Juneteenth 2020]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-honoring-juneteenth-2020 Juneteenth, the earliest known public celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S. took place on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. The day is now observed annually across the country as a day of celebration, reflection, remembrance of ancestors — and dedication to helping the nation fulfill its ideals. In 2020, the day will include demonstrations to call for an end to systemic racism. 

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Thu, 18 Jun 2020 08:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2818 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Salute to Seniors | Class of 2020]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-salute-seniors-bilinguals-2020 35 of the many outstanding MIT 2020 students who have focused on both humanistic and scientific/technical fields reflect on their MIT education — and their visions for the future.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2020 05:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2805 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Voices from Global Languages]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meet-bilinguals-gl-2020-grads Members of the Class of 2020 on their language studies

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Wed, 17 Jun 2020 08:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2815 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Salute to the 2020 Literature graduates]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meet-bilinguals-2020-literature-grads This year’s Literature majors received degrees from two MIT Schools.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2020 08:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2814 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Salute to the 2020 MIT Political Science graduates]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meet-bilinguals-political-science-grads Leveraging unique undergraduate opportunities, MIT political science majors pursue bright post-graduation prospects.

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Wed, 10 Jun 2020 08:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2813 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Voting by Mail is honest and fair — and essential for safe 2020 elections]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-voting-mail-safe-honest-and-fair The Brennan Center for Justice find that "Mail ballots are essential for holding a safe election amid Covid-19, and security concerns can be easily addressed."

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Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2810 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Kathryn Jiang ’20 | Literature + Mathematics]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meet-mit-bilinguals-kathryn-jiang-20-literature-and-mathematics “Literature and math both try to explain how the world works; literature through stories and math through patterns," and these different perspectives are needed to solve today’s complex problems. “So much of this world is messy," Jiang says, "and MIT’s humanistic subjects give you a way to think about messy data, qualitative data. That’s really valuable.”

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Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2806 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Partiing advice from MIT historian Eric Goldberg to the students in his Vikings class]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-pandemic-education-vikings-parting-advice Based on the advice from Odin in the Old Norse poem Hávamál (Sayings of the High One)

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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2794 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA["An Index for the Time Being" | Poetry by Jia Hui Lee]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-arts-poetry-jia-hui-lee In 21W.771 (Writing Poetry Workshop), taught by acclaimed poet Erica Funkhouser, Lee creates a work for this moment of isolation.

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Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2791 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Quaranteen | by Kyle Markland '22]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-quaranteen-music-video-kyle-markland-22 A pandemic anthem written and produced by scientist/engineer/musician/composer Kyle Markland '22, who also plays in the MIT Symphony Orchestra.

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Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2773 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Emily Soice ’20 | Environmental Engineering + Music]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meet-mit-bilinguals-emily-soice-20-engineering-and-music "I came to MIT to be an environmental engineer. I've always loved the environment and wanted to protect it. We also need leadership, which is what I've learned the most in music." 

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Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2804 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Can the economy recover in parts of the country as early as May 2020? (No.)]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-gruber-economic-recovery In an interview with ABC News, professor of economics Jonathan Gruber discusses the benefits of the stimulus package, and says that social distancing and economic measures “won’t end until we have a vaccine.”

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Sat, 30 May 2020 15:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2764 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A Conversation: Alan Lightman and Oprah Winfrey]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-conversation-alan-lightman-and-oprah-winfrey In this conversation, part of Winfrey's 2020 Vision Tour, Oprah talks with MIT physicist and writer Alan Lightman about the presence, authenticity, and meanings of spiritual experience. 

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Thu, 28 May 2020 12:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2803 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The biggest distance-learning experiment in history]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-justin-reich-distance-learning-experiment On NPR's All Things Considered, Justin Reich, CMS/W Assistant Professor, and director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab reflects on best practices for remote learning.  Plus a link to collection of all Reich's recent public commentaries. 

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Wed, 27 May 2020 10:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2705 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT Reads]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-arts-mit-reads-pandemic MIT Reads is an all-MIT reading experience that aims to build community and foster understanding. Events and discussions are open to the entire MIT community.

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Wed, 20 May 2020 22:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2711 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Claudia Chen ’20 | Comparative Media Studies + MechE]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meet-mit-bilinguals-claudia-chen-20-cms-and-meche “As a MechE student, I think about technical solutions to our world’s biggest problems. As a CMS student, I think about the effects and implications these technical solutions have on our society and our media ecosystems."

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Tue, 19 May 2020 16:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2798 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Course Profile: Data and Society]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-data-and-society-course-profile A new course in the Computing and Society Concentration, taught by Eden Medina and Sarah Williams, engages MIT students in the ethics and societal implications of data. 

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Tue, 19 May 2020 15:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2797 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT Anthropologist Amah Edoh receives Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-amah-edoh-baker-teaching-award This Institute-wide award is given every year to an MIT faculty member, recognizing an “exceptional interest and ability in the instruction of undergraduates.” It is the only teaching award in which the nomination and selection of the recipients is done entirely by students.

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Tue, 19 May 2020 14:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2796 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[J-PAL North America | Covid19 Evidence Portal]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-jpal-north-america-covid19-research-portal The new Covid19 Evidence Portal synthesizes rigorous research across health, education, and the social safety net to provide recommendations to state and local leaders responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tue, 19 May 2020 10:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2795 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT economist Parag Pathak shares a new research paper about ventilator rationing schemes.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pathak-health-economics-pandemic New Paper: In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rationing of medical resources has become a critical issue. Nearly all existing triage protocols are based on a priority point system, in which an explicit formula specifies the order in which the total supply of a particular resource, such as a ventilator, is to be rationed for eligible patients.

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Tue, 19 May 2020 02:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2728 at https://shass.mit.edu
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Wed, 13 May 2020 13:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2672 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[What the pandemic tells us about personal identity]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-setiya-personal-identity Kieran Setiya writes in The New Statesman: "We have become more used to seeing others through screens and software, but we are embodied beings and digital communication can feel lacking. What effect will this have on us?" 

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Mon, 11 May 2020 10:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2789 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit "With a sense of promise and urgency, we are embarked at MIT on an accelerated effort to more fully integrate the humanistic and technical forms of discovery in our curriculum and research, in our institutional structure, and in our habits of mind and action."

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Sat, 09 May 2020 19:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2585 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Foreword | Dean Melissa Nobles]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-foreword-dean-melissa-nobles "With a sense of promise and urgency, we are embarked at MIT on an accelerated effort to more fully integrate the humanistic and technical forms of discovery in our curriculum and research, in our institutional structure, and in our habits of mind and action. Together, the commentaries in this series offer a guidebook to myriad productive ways that humanistic, scientific, and technical fields can join forces at MIT and elsewhere."

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Sat, 09 May 2020 18:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2614 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A Call To Unite, by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/video-2020-pandemic-alvin-ailey The finalé of Ailey's "Revelations" ballet transformed for the pandemic era; performed and published by the Alvin Alley Dance Foundation

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Fri, 08 May 2020 09:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2787 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Ethics, Computing, and AI | Perspectives from MIT]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-ethics-computing-and-ai-perspectives-mit To support ongoing planning for the Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, Dean Melissa Nobles invited faculty from all five MIT schools to offer perspectives on the societal and ethical dimensions of emerging technologies. This series presents the resulting commentaries — practical, inspiring, concerned, and clear-eyed views from an optimistic community deeply engaged with one of the most consequential questions of our time.

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Wed, 06 May 2020 23:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2475 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Foreword | Melissa Nobles]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-ethics-and-ai-foreword-melissa-nobles "These commentaries implore us to be collaborative, foresighted, and courageous as we shape the new Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, and to proceed with judicious humility. Rightly so. We are embarking on an endeavor that will influence nearly every aspect of the human future."

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Wed, 06 May 2020 23:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2504 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Profile: Talia Khan '20 | Materials Science + Music]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meet-bilinguals-music-and-materials-science-talia-khan-20 “When I was looking for a university, I wanted one with access to top-quality music teachers and top-quality science. MIT really fit the bill. At MIT, we have the same quality of music education as conservatories, and you also have the rest of the MIT education.”

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Wed, 06 May 2020 14:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2785 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Why we need humor at a time like this]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-oup-why-we-need-humor At Oxford University Press blog, William Costanzo explores the social and medicinal aspects of humor.

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Mon, 04 May 2020 09:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2783 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA["Ode to Joy" online]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-ode-joy-online-musical-performance Beethoven’s "Ode to Joy" performed by members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra while keeping #StayAtHome protocols. 

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Fri, 01 May 2020 15:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2691 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Connecting with voters in a time of social distancing]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-donald-green-scientific-american In Scientific American, J-PAL affiliate Donald P. Green shares research on a powerful way to get out the vote without having to canvas in person.

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Fri, 01 May 2020 12:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2707 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Camus on the Coronavirus]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-elective-affinities-revisiting-camus Writing in The New York Times, philosopher Alain de Botton says that Camus "reminds us that suffering is random, and that is the kindest thing one can say about it."

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Thu, 30 Apr 2020 18:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2739 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Will the Covid-19 pandemic change national security strategy?]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-national-security-cis At MIT’s Starr Forum, experts consider if the coronavirus crisis will catalyze savvier 21st C. security strategies: e.g., to include health care, aid for workers and communities, protection for democracy, and increased international collaboration to manage novel pathogens.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2020 16:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2776 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA["The Longest Time" (quarantine edition)]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-arts-longest-time-quarantine-edition Members of Canadian choirs perform a new version of Billy Joel's "The Longest Time."

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Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2782 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Rolling out remote learning at MIT]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-remote-learning MIT News — Meghan Perdue, MIT-SHASS digital learning fellow, catalyzes MIT’s plans to shift to online teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2020 10:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2687 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The tension between privacy and coronavirus contact-tracing]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-privacy-ksj KSJ Fellow Anil Ananthaswamy writes in The Boston Globe that "We have to ensure that contact-tracing methods that compromise our privacy don’t become the norm."

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Thu, 30 Apr 2020 10:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2781 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The truth about Isaac Newton’s productive plague]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-levenson-newton-plague In The New Yorker, MIT Professor of Science Writing Tom Levenson writes that the idea that the plague woke the brilliance in Newton is both wrong and misleading.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2020 09:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2731 at https://shass.mit.edu