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Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

The MIT Corporation: Reviewing Governance

Suzanne L. Glassburn
The MIT Corporation is the Institute’s governing board and, at full strength, has 78 members. Because it is difficult for such a large body to be nimble, much of the...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Challenging Systemic Racism at MIT

Sally Haslanger, Jonathan Alan King, Helen Elaine Lee, Nasser Rabbat, Warren Seering
Following the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman on May 25, protests erupted across the nation against the grotesque wrongs of anti-black racism and its long, tenacious hold...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Education for Non-Robots

Luis Perez-Breva
I jokingly call what you see in the photo the “derobotizer” setup (more on that below). I made it for my wife after the pandemic forced her to shift to...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Welcome Back: Library Locations Reopen for Fall 2021

Chris Bourg
From March 2020 through August 2021, the dedicated staff of the MIT Libraries were able to provide remote services and ongoing access to both digital and tangible content to support...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Voices from the MIT Community Vigil

Kendyll Hicks, Ramona Allen, Malick Ghachem, Corban Swain
The following four messages speak to the tragic circumstances triggered by racism, the consequent chronic experience of fear, and the need for our community to recognize and address the continuum...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

CMS/W and Racial Justice: A Path Forward

We support Black Lives Matter and other activists protesting racism and police violence, spurred by the killing of George Floyd. We must stand with them, speak out strongly, and act...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Booster Recommendations and the Delta Variant

James C. S. Liu, MD
There has been a great deal of confusion and concern around getting an additional dose of CoViD-19 vaccine. This concern has been driven by the Delta variant, now the dominant...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Lily Tsai New Chair of the Faculty

Newsletter Staff
Lily L. Tsai, Ford Professor of Political Science, will succeed Rick Danheiser as Chair of the Faculty on July 1, 2021. Lily has served as Chair-Elect during the current academic...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Gratitude for our Community’s Commitment to Reinventing MIT in the Era of Covid

Cynthia Barnhart
At the September 16, 2020 Institute faculty meeting, I shared the image below as a way to convey the breadth of Covid-19’s impact on our mission and operations – and...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

The Suri and Fisher Reports on Outside Gifts

Sally Haslanger, Jonathan A. King, Ruth Perry, Nasser Rabbat
The establishment of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Guidelines for Outside Engagements (“Suri Committee”) and the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee to Review MIT Gift Processes (“Fisher Committee”) came as...
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