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Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

A High Bar in Hard Times

Mary C. Fuller
This column is being written in late November, into a future of several weeks from now that seems especially unpredictable. This has been a chaotic semester, as we’ve all experienced...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

Sending MIT Students to War with Water Pistols

James H. Williams, Jr.
I am strolling along my wormhole – a hypothetical cylinder from the theory of general relativity that is a topological shortcut between different points in spacetime, say a tunnel that...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

The Academic Well-Being Initiative

John Gabrieli, Pawan Sinha
Dear Faculty Community, We invite you to be a part of our mission to cultivate engaged undergraduate students who emphasize their well-being. The Academic Well-Being Initiative (AWI), led by John...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

Thanking the Protesting Students

An MIT Faculty Member
As the administration has repeatedly noted, the MIT Statement on Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom reserves the right to limit “the time, place, and manner of protected expression, including...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

An Open Letter From Faculty & Staff Regarding Freedom of Expression and Student Safety at MIT

November 14, 2023 Dear President Kornbluth, We, MIT faculty and staff[1] are writing to you to voice our growing concerns about the safety of the MIT community. We have watched...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

Engaging Constructively with Israel/Palestine

Daniel Jackson, David Dolev
In response to: “Gaza: What Have We Learned from the bin Salman Scandal?” Sally Haslanger, Jonathan A. King, Ceasar McDowell, Nasser Rabbat and Balakrishnan Rajagopal note that the war in...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

Antisemitism on Campus

MIT Israel Alliance
Social movements come in many forms and have different purposes. Some serve to advance the collective welfare of humanity by bringing us together. Others dehumanize their opposition to advance their...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

What I Learned

Yossi Sheffi
I was asked by a group of students to provide a response to the FNL “Editorial Subcommittee” article titled “What Have We Learned . . . .” The article paints...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

Standing Together Against Hate: From the River to the Sea, From Gaza to MIT

Michel DeGraff
First things first: Thanks to the students at MIT’s Coalition for Palestine (MIT C4P), especially MIT’s Coalition Against Apartheid (MIT CAA), for the courage and moral clarity in their protests...

Vol. XXXVI No. 2November/December 2023

The Nomination Process for Faculty Officers and Faculty Committee Membership

Rodrigo Verdi, Tami Kaplan
Our aim in this article is to provide a description of the work done by the faculty Committee on Nominations in order to increase transparency as well as inform faculty...
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