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September 2021 Edition
Ethics, Computing, and AI
Faculty from all five MIT schools offer perspectives on the societal and ethical implications of emerging technologies.
Transformative truth-telling at MIT's Open Documentary Lab
The lab's artists and tech scholars are exploring representation and reality—and shaping the future of storytelling.
The Bluest Eye
In a marvelous new essay, MIT literary scholar Sandy Alexandre shows how Toni Morrison’s exquisite language renders structural racism comprehensible.
The moral calculus of climate change
In a "mathy" philosophy class, students explore the ethical implications of living in a warming world.
The Virus & The Vote
How—amidst a pandemic—did the 2020 US election become the most secure in American history? Answers in a remarkable report from the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project.
The Musical Institute of Technology
Music and the MIT Mission
Agustín Rayo, Professor of Philosophy, is the Interim Dean of MIT SHASS
"As part of this role, I want to make sure that staff, faculty, and students have the support they need as we continue our transition to a post-pandemic normal."
Fast Forward: MIT's Climate Action Plan for the Decade
"Given MIT’s distinctive strengths, the work before us is to help humanity gain the tools and concepts to solve the existential problem of global warming, and the will and capacity to use them."
Meet the MIT Bilinguals
Some of the many MIT graduates who focus on both humanistic + sci/tech fields reflect on their MIT education — and their visions for the future.
On planetary change and human health
MIT anthropologist Amy Moran-Thomas reflects on the deep connection.
Undergrads, take a virtual tour of MIT's Humanities, Arts, and Social Science fields. Discover which options are the most meaningful for your goals.
Tour the Fields of Study
100% of MIT undergraduates study the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
Mens et Manus in the History Workshop
"The past is an excellent laboratory," says Anne McCants, Professor of History. In a hands-on history class (21H.343), MIT students gain insights about human systems by building a handset printing press — the kind of press on which the documents of the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution were printed.
Video + Story
Shaping public policy in the nation's capital
With an education in the humanities, engineering, and political science, Samuel Rodarte Jr. '13 joined generations of alumni who have put their MIT skills to work in Washington, DC. "Laws are written here," says Rodarte. "One detail is changed and millions of lives are transformed."
Impact: Making A Better World
Discover how MIT's social sciences, arts, and humanities help solve the political, cultural, and economic dimensions of major global issues.
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Help solve the political, cultural, and economic dimensions of climate change.
MIT Climate Portal: Humanistic Research and Perspectives