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Communications Digest | February 2010
Office of the Dean
MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences




Andrea Wirth | Administrative Assistant, Foreign Languages and Literatures 
“I love my job," Wirth says, "I work with some of the most creative people on campus." Off campus, the creativity continues: for 20 years, Wirth has donned a Revolutionary War musician’s uniform and marched in a 45-member Fife and Drum Corps.  More

Hillary Kolos | Graduate Student, Comparative Media Studies
Hillary Kolos joined the CMS program to learn how to incorporate video games and other new media into education. She's found her own education much enhanced by the Workshop for Dissertation Writers in the School's Women’s and Gender Studies program. More



Bookshelf | Spring 2010 Edition 
New knowledge and analysis, guidance for policy, and nourishment for lives. 
Take a look

Knight Science Journalism Fellowships
Who needs to understand science?
In a word Everyone. The School’s Knight Science Journalism Fellowships help outstanding journalists contribute powerfully to the public understanding of science.
Learn more

Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies
Who are the South Asian Americans?  
Documentary filmmaker Vivek Bald explores a rich, nuanced, and nearly unknown story of identity in his current project, “In Search of Bengali Harlem.”  
Follow the search



"Hat's off" for Marcus Thompson and the Winter Festival Concert Series 
The Winter Festival series, which presented three concerts in January, brought together two music powerhouses. The Music and Theater Arts faculty of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences teamed up with the Boston Chamber Music Society for an exploration of musical time that earned glowing reviews."

35 new Burchard Scholars for 2010 are announced
The Burchard Scholars Program brings together distinguished members of the faculty and MIT sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated excellence in some aspect of the humanities, arts, or social sciences. 35 new Scholars have just been announced. Congratulations!

All or Nothing
MIT experts on the future of health-care reform: Congress should still think big. 
by Peter Dizikes at MIT News


Joe Haldeman receives science fiction community's highest honor   
Joe Haldeman, Adjunct Professor in the School's Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, has received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. 
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The Economist cites Brendan Foley's research for deep sea archaeology
Modern robotics is developing a new generation of automatic underwater vehicles (AUVs) that are helping answer many first-order archaeological questions. A leader in AUV marine archaeology is Brendan Foley, a PhD graduate of the School's Program in Science, Technology, and Society. 
Dive in

The Reluctant Traveler
For several years, Jay Keyser, Professor of Linguistics Emeritus, has been writing a blog about travel. Listen as he reads the first chapter of A Traveling Man. Bon voyage


Ricardo Caballero in Time Magazine: Did Foreigners Cause America's Financial Crisis?
"Much of the fault of the financial crisis has been heaped on Wall Streeters, unscrupulous mortgage lenders, and weak regulators. But in a new research paper, economist Ricardo Caballero [MIT Professor of Economics] says there is another major group of contributors to America's monetary mess."  
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Noam Chomsky Honored in Musical Tribute Series
MIT professor Noam Chomsky, who inspired the creation of several compositions by Edward Manukyan, was the spotlight of the MIT concert held January 22, 2010. 

Harris authors WSJ commentary on US-Japan alliance  
Tobias Harris, a doctoral student in the School's Department of Political Science, says that while the recent election unsettles US-Japan relations, there is a potential silver lining. 

Poverty's Researcher 
MacArthur Foundation "genius" Esther Duflo, PhD '99, has not just tweaked conventional wisdom but helped revitalize global antipoverty efforts.
by Peter Dizikes at Technology Review

Making Unemployment Work 
MIT economist Ivan Werning suggests some better ways to make unemployment insurance operate.  
by Peter Dizikes at MIT News




Soundings | Current Issue 
The Magazine of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 
Stories of ideas in action

Soundings goes greener
The School gets greener this Spring as Soundings Magazine shifts towards a more online publication. School faculty, alums, and friends will receive email notice of publication as usual. All others, stay tuned for information on how to subscribe. See all issues of Soundings at Magazine




Nobel laureate Robert Solow on the economic crisis — and how we can recover
Nobel Prize-winning Economist, vice chairman of the Urban Institute Board of Trustees, and MIT Professor Emeritus, Robert Solow, explains why a stateside housing slump turned into a global economic crisis, and how we can recover.  

PBS: Professor Ellen Harris on Handel's Messiah
When 18th century composer George Frideric Handel wrote his timeless "Messiah" oratorio, he not only penned a classic holiday composition, he established a foundation for a new business approach to opera. Paul Solman reports and interviews Ellen Harris. A must-see moment: when Harris playfully but pointedly notes that Handel's "Messiah" is really about something, well, other than financial strategies. 



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