Said and Done

Communications Digest | December 2009
from the Dean's Office
MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences




Craig Wilder, Professor of History
Craig Wilder's path to becoming a noted historian, scholar, and author included convincing his mother. In this profile he describes why "thinking for a living is a joy."

Robert Muh, SB'59
CEO of Sutter Securities; Chair, Humanities Visiting Committee; Trustee of the MIT Corporation, Bob is also the founder of the biennial Muh Alumni Award which honors distinguished MIT-trained leaders in humanities, arts, and social science fields.

Wyn Kelley, Senior Lecturer in Literature
Recently returned from travels to retrace Melville's journeys to Tahiti, the Galapagos, and the Middle East, Melville scholar Wyn Kelley offers MIT students a sustaining model for work and life. 




Promotions to Tenure
Congratulations to Professors Christopher Capozzola, Ian Condry, Edward Flemming, and Nick Montfort.

Faculty Honors and Awards 

New Faculty Appointments
Photographs and biographical notes

Three MIT students, including two Burchard Scholars, win Rhodes scholarships
Full Story at MIT News

Rewards and Recognition Award Recipients
Congratulations—and warm thanks—to these members of the School staff.
Recipients, photograph, and awards

2010 Burchard Scholars program
For sophomores and juniors 

Washington Post interviews Jonathan Gruber
on health care reform and cost controls

Read the interview

Martin Marks curates music for "Treasures III"
Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934
Review in American Music


Charles Stewart III analyzes Boston mayoral race
"Stewart finds that the demographics of Boston have changed the nature of the political campaign, with pivotal voters now minority residents and younger whites, "less attached to Boston and more committed to specific issues."  
Full story at The Boston Globe

Three of a Kind: Shigeru Miyagawa on universal grammar 
More evidence from English, Japanese, and Bantu 
Full story at MIT News

Fusion happening not only in the labs 
MLK Visiting Artist Donal Fox teaches MIT students to bridge musical genres.
Full story at MIT News

HIV: Jeffrey Harris on what it will take to get a vaccine
Economist Harris encourages governments to help industry create an HIV vaccine by sharing risk.
Full story at MIT News

The Math Gap 
School’s economists find new reason to think that environment determines how well girls do in math class. 
Full Story at MIT News

Economics Department ranked top in the nation
US News and World Report
MISTI 2.0 selects first winners
Three projects receive funding
Full story at MIT News

Angles 2009 | online magazine published
Exemplary writing by MIT students in Introductory Writing Classes
O taste and see!



Four School experts look at root causes of current U.S. health policy, and propose approaches that would be healthier—both for “We, the People,” and for the national pocketbook.  

Tea with a Warlord
Fotini Christia interviews Afghanistan's fierce fighters and reveals the potential for a more succesful U.S. foreign policy — and more stability for the Afghani people.

Travels with Melville
Sharing insights from her literary adventures, including journeys to retrace Melville’s travels to Tahiti, the Galapagos Island, and the Middle East, Kelley's approach to humanities research inspires MIT students and shows why Melville's works remain fully alive for the 21st century. 

Global Community | Events and Outreach
Highlights of the past six months of outreach events and travels
Take a look

Civilization — courtesy of the Literature Faculty 
Tea and sympathy, and conviviality

Soundings Magazine | Fall 2009 
Stories of ideas in action



Be Surprised  
If you like to explore...


Race, Politics, and the American Media
Juan Williams, J. Philip Thompson, and David Thorburn discuss how the collapse of traditional news and the rise of celebrity culture affect reporting about race and society.

Wayne Marshall and the PBS production "Latin Music USA"
Visiting Scholar Wayne Marshall contributes to "Latin Music USA," whose tagline is
"It's gonna move ya"

Tom Levenson on "Newton and the Counterfeiter"
Who knew that one of the world's greatest scientists also worked as a gumshoe in London?  Professor Levenson describes the little known detective career of Sir Isaac Newton.