MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences - Great Ideas Change the World

New exhibit features MIT research and works in the humanities, arts, and social sciences


On the Sesquicentennial

For MIT's 150th anniversary, Dean Deborah Fitzgerald and the School leadership initiated a new exhibition about MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. 

The roots of MIT's strengths in the humanities, arts, and social sciences go back to its founding days, and by mid 20th century, the Institute had created a dedicated School for these disciplines. Today, MIT SHASS is home to research that has a global impact, and to superb graduate programs, all recognized as among the finest in the world. 

The School's mission also includes a core part of an MIT education: the School's faculty help all undergraduates gain a range of critical skills and cultural/historical perspectives that enable MIT graduates to serve as leaders—at home and around the globe.

To celebrate these dimensions of MIT research and education, the new, permanent exhibit presents a portrait of the 20+ fields of study that make up the School, along with an updating gallery of significant research and profiles. An upper wall area is designed to accept curated installations related to the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The exhibit is located in Building 14N, near Killian Hall and Hayden Library.    

Stop by for a look. We hope you enjoy the new exhibit on campus!   


L: Field of Study Wall;  R: Gallery Wall; the print next to the blackboard is a design
by Russian artist Tatiana Plakhova, which is used in the exhibit banners.  


Behind the Scenes

Slide show traces the development of the exhibit from the discovery phase, through design, fabrication, and installation.
Great Ideas Exhibit - Slide Show 


Common Threads: Changing Studies / Changing Students 
This three-minute clip from the exciting "Common Threads" video, produced for MIT 150th anniversary celebration, traces the rise of the sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences at MIT. Winston Churchill makes an appearance.