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

March 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

On March 4, 1969, there was an extraordinary mass meeting of MIT faculty, students and staff to protest MIT’s complicity in the Vietnam War. This was considered a “positive protest” and included plans for positive action. Included in the storied panel of speakers were Noam Chomsky, Lionel Trilling and Nobel Laureate George Wald. Wald’s speech “A Generation in Search of a Future” became known world-wide. In addition, the day marks the founding of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

We will screen excerpts of November Actions: Defiance at MIT,1969a powerful documentary following the protests of MIT students, faculty and staff against the war in Vietnam and MIT’s complicity in that war–protests that lead to the historic March 4th event.

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
Refreshments will be served.


March 4, 2019
5:30 pm
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