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Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

The Problem with Philanthropy

Sally Haslanger
Charitable giving is one of the few things in the world that seems to be wholly good. Philanthropy, often characterised as private action for the public good, appears to earn...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Mens, Manus et Cor

James H. Williams, Jr.
In 2004, to honor retiring MIT President Charles M. Vest, I published an MIT Faculty Newsletter (FNL) article entitled “A Formal Recommendation to the MIT Corporation.” To celebrate the transcendent...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Push the Pause Button on Teleconference Interviews for New Faculty Hires

W. Craig Carter, Amy K. Glasmeier, Susan S. Silbey
Teleconference interviews are unfair to all faculty candidates, especially those with children at home. Evidence is mounting – the brunt of this unfairness falls upon female candidates. Working and Zooming...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Nominate a Colleague as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Provost Martin Schmidt is calling for nominations of faculty as 2022 MacVicar Faculty Fellows. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Elimination of Early Sophomore Standing Was a Step in the Right Direction; Eliminating Advanced Standing Credit is the Next Step

W. Craig Carter
In spring 2021, the Faculty passed a change in the rules and regulations which – among other things – eliminated Early Sophomore Standing (ESS). The argument was “Because it depends...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Actions We Can Take to Address Misinformation and Safeguard the Freedom of Speech

Nicholas A. Ashford
Following on my March 29, 2021 op-ed in the NYTimes, I have given much thought to addressing the societal challenge presented by misinformation and disinformation. Faulty information and outright lies...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Nationwide Unemployment Insurance Fraud Scheme

During the pandemic, an unemployment insurance fraud scheme has been targeting unemployment assistance programs across the country. Those who are committing the fraud are believed to be using stolen personal...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Don’t Renew the ICBM Force, Eliminate It

Robert P. Redwine, Jonathan A. King
A pressing issue that is currently under consideration in Washington, DC is whether to replace the aging deployment of InterContinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) with a new fleet of missiles. The...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

Anonymity, Liquidity, Mobility: A Quandary

Kenneth R. Manning, Lisa Parks
Since last fall, we and many others at MIT have been thinking about the question of fundraising – grants and gifts – and the circumstances surrounding them. We also have...

Vol. XXXIII No. 2November/December 2020

MIT Volpe Construction Plan Will Damage Faculty Housing Initiative

We are writing to bring to your attention an issue that has deeply troubled us. For the many years we have been at MIT there has been concern about the...
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