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"Finding solutions to climate change will require the collective expertise of many fields. And the more our research institutions can invent practical ways for these various forms of knowledge to become mutually informing, the more quickly we can generate effective climate solutions.”
— Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
MIT CLIMATE SYMPOSIUM
Universities can lead the way on climate action | Dean Melissa Nobles
Nobles highlighted examples of MIT's wide-ranging, climate-related work in the humanistic fields, including projects in development economics, moral philosophy, political science, public communications, and the arts — and advocated for increasing multidisciplinary approaches to the climate crisis.
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MIT CLIMATE GRAND CHALLENGES
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RESEARCH | GOVERNANCE
Global democracy index rates, 2019. Tracks electoral process; pluralism; civil liberties; government functioning; political participation, and political culture. Via The Economist
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Democracy in distress
"Today democracies die at the hands not of generals, but of elected leaders, presidents, prime ministers who use the very institutions of democracy to subvert it.” At an MIT CIS Starr Forum, experts analyze democracies that collapse from within while maintaining a veneer of legitimacy.
Story by Peter Dizikes
MIT TOWN HALL ON THE 2020 ELECTION
Dean Melissa Nobles interviews Charles Stewart III, head of the MIT Election Lab
In the midst of a complex national election, Stewart discussed: the importance of fact-based analysis when dealing with election uncertainties; the success of the U.S. electoral administration system; and the current challenges to American democracy.
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MIT ELECTION LAB | HEALTHY ELECTIONS PROJECT
Administrators, ordinary citizens together made a fair, safe, secure election possible
Leading election experts Charles Stewart III of MIT and Nathaniel Persily of Stanford, co-founders of the Healthy Elections Project, cite the smooth administration of the 2020 Election, suggest updates for the mail-in balloting process, and give thanks for "the heroic and successful efforts of election administrators around the country."
MIT GOV/LAB unveils new tools for engaged scholarship
To support their work to inform policies with citizen input and scientific data, the GOV/LAB team introduces new tools, including a Risk & Equity Matrix and materials on How to Have a Difficult Conversation.
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J-PAL | ABDUL LATIF JAMEEL POVERTY ACTION LAB
Governance, Crime, and Conflict Initiative funds 98 projects, across 33 countries
The funding partners summarize the lessons to be learned from their innovative research portfolio. The map below features locations of GCCI-funded research that identifies policies that effectively promote good governance and peace, reduce crime, and support recovery from conflict.
RESEARCH | IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY
MIT TASK FORCE ON THE WORK OF THE FUTURE
Final report outlines route toward better jobs, wider prosperity
The task force report, led by Elizabeth Reynolds, David Autor, and David Mindell, identifies ways to align new technologies with durable careers — presenting six conclusions and a set of policy recommendations that would enable more people to enjoy good careers even as innovation transforms workplaces.
Story | Final Report | Related: Don't fear the robots | Congress on AI & Work of the Future
The impact of technology on health care workers | John Van Reenen
A key question in healthare is if advances in information technology might automate away the jobs of health workers. Van Reenen reports that "Our work, consistent with a small literature, finds no significant job displacement effects or falls in wages."
A new world of warcraft | Erik Lin-Greenberg
Greenberg, an assistant professor of political science, explores how a burgeoning high-tech arsenal is shaping military conflict, and assesses "factors that may determine whether there’s war or peace.”
Erik Lin-Greenberg, assistant professor of political science
MEDIA + AWARDS DIGEST, NOV 2020
MIT's humanistic community in the limelight
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NEW BOOKS AND CREATIVE WORKS
Salle Richelieu, which became the home of the Comédie-Française in 1799;
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Mimi Wahid '21, majors in writing and urban studies
WRITING + URBAN STUDIES
Meet the MIT Bilinguals: Mimi Wahid
A storyteller dedicated to environmental justice. Exploring her identity through writing has clarified senior Mimi Wahid’s desire to serve rural Southern communities like her hometown.
POLITICAL SCIENCE | MIT GOV/LAB
Finding patterns in the noise | Shiyao "Sean" Liu
Using novel computational approaches, political science doctoral candidate Liu develops better tools for analyzing data. Through statistical methods he has devised, Liu can detect and eliminate random-seeming answers that make for a noisy data set.
Story | Political Methodology Lab
DATA, ECONOMICS, AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY | MICRO-MASTERS
Does increased women’s employment/wages reduce domestic violence?
Isadora Frankenthal, a young Brazilian economist, is answering this question via our online MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy.
Story | Related: First cohort earn masters degrees in DEDP
“I want to continue working on this, to understand the underlying mechanisms," says Isadora Frankenthal. Her research aims to reduce domestic violence, which remains a pervasive problem globally, with heavy costs to individuals and economies.
PERSPECTIVES FOR THE PANDEMIC
COMPARATIVE MEDIA STUDIES | TEACHING LAB
Teaching Lab steps up during the pandemic | Justin Reich
CMS Assistant Professor Reich and colleagues help guide schools in remote learning. In an ideal situation, Reich says, the entire way we think about education during this unprecedented time would be overhauled.
World premiere of "Quiet Streets" by MIT composer Elena Ruehr
Ruehr's new work is an ode to our silenced cities during the time of shelter in place, capturing the unexpected beauty and tranquil melancholy of a deserted cityscape.
About Quiet Streets | Elena Ruehr | Evan Ziporyn
ECONOMICS | FACULTY FORUM ONLINE
Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz PhD ’66 discusses the economics of Covid-19
“We have learned a lot about the importance of social cohesion, trust, the role of science….the weaknesses associated with inequality, lack of resilience,” Stiglitz says. “If we take the lessons the pandemic has provided, we will emerge with a stronger economy.”
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Ethics, Computing, and AI: Perspectives from MIT
Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT
Published by SHASS Communications
Office of the Dean, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Editor and Designer: Emily Hiestand
Publication Associate: Alison Lanier
Published 18 November 2020