Multimedia Archive 2010

Stories from the School—
in 02139 and around the globe.

2010 Prize Lecture Presentation for Economic Sciences

Peter Diamond's Presentation Lecture in Stockholm | 2010 Nobel Prize for Economics Sciences

Peter Diamond delivered his Prize Lecture in Stockholm, Sweden on December 8, 2010. Institute Professor of Economics Peter Diamond won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Watch

Nobel Price in Economic Science

Nobel Prize Lecture | Peter A. Diamond

Peter A. Diamond, Institute Professor of Economics, delivered his Prize Lecture on 8 December 2010 at Aula Magna, Stockholm University. He was introduced by Professor Bertil Holmlund, Chairman of the Economic Sciences Prize Committee. Diamond won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
  Watch Presentation in Stockholm


Daron Acemoglu selected as a Top Global Thinker for 2010 

In the second of a two-part interview, Daron Acemoglu, Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Economics, talks with Chrystia Freeland of Reuters about the historical roots of economics & political success. Watch

Dr. Paul Farmer with young Haitian patient

Paul Farmer | Rebuilding Haiti

Difficult as it is to look beyond the acute misery of Haiti’s current crisis, Paul Farmer proposes that aid agencies and others concerned with rebuilding focus on the nation’s “chronic problems.” There’s no shortage of recovery ideas, he says, but these will go nowhere if they do not also advance the long-neglected, basic rights of Haitians. Watch

digital shakespeare

Humanities in the Digital Age

Three distinguished scholars engage in sustained conversation about the value, nature, and mission of the humanities disciplines in the digital age. David Thorburn, MIT Professor of Literature and MacVicar Faculty Fellow Director, MIT Communications Forum; Alison Byerly, Provost & Executive Vice President and Professor of English & American Literatures, Middlebury College; and Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor, and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University Watch

Gara LaMarche

CIS Starr Forum | Gara LaMarche
Reclaiming the Moral Life of Philanthropy

Gara LaMarche believes the nation’s charitable organizations have lost “moral clarity,” growing more concerned with “the fix, the intervention, than about reasons for doing or caring about what is right." Introduced by Dean Deborah Fitzgerald. Watch

Evan Ziporyn with gamelan instrument

Evan Ziporyn: Carnegie Hall interview
Balinese Music as Inspiration     

In the first installment of a video interview for Carnegie Hall's Sound Insights series, Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music, speaks about how he immersed himself in Balinese music and culture in his early 20s, and how it influenced his compositions for Gamelan, and his musical direction. Watch


CIS Starr Forum | Bacevich on Washington Rules
America's Path to Permanent War  

According to Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington stubbornly sticks to national security policies that don’t work, are devoid of moral considerations, sap the Treasury, and and rob future generations. In a talk that leads to a candid give and take with his audience, Bacevich describes a national security consensus that has, over time, “thrust us into a situation which is really akin to permanent war.” Watch

Gabriel Lenz

WBUR | Political scientist Gabriel Lenz 
Effects of candidates' appearances on election results 

Associate Professor of Political Science Gabriel Lenz has studied how much a candidate's appearance affects an election’s outcome, and the answer is “a lot.” In this audio clip, Lenz speaks with WBUR’s Deborah Becker.  Listen


Donal Fox Podcast | Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Celebrating 73 summers at Tanglewood in the Berkshire Hills of Lenox, Massachusetts, the 2010 season comes to a close with the Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival, featuring the Donal Fox Quartet with cellist Maya Beiser. In this BSO video podcast, Fox discusses his "Piazzolla to Bach Project," which will premiere at Seji Ozawa Hall, September 5, 2010.  Watch

Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins | Reflections on MIT

In conversation with William Uricchio, Henry Jenkins returns to reflect on his time at MIT and offers insights into MIT culture, the state of digital cultures and new media, and why the humanities are an invaluable part of an MIT education.  Watch

Owen Coté

Coté on Obama's decision to replace McChrystal

Owen Coté, Jr., Associate Director of the Security Studies Program is a guest on Minnesota Public Radio, speaking about President Obama's decision, in June 2010, to fire General McChrystal.    Listen

Center for International Studies assesses the crisis in Kyrgyzstan

Featuring Carol Saivetz and Bakyt Beshimov Watch

Numbers, Words, Colors | Humanities and Data Visualization

Tools developed by Martin Wattenberg and his associate Fernanda Viégas, have changed the way people look at and use visualizations, by empowering and equipping users with the methodology needed to ask different questions. In this lecture hosted by the HyperStudio, Wattenberg (whose background is in math and computer science) asks how the humanities have influenced the evolution of data visualization and then answers with several examples from his own work. This lecture was part of HyperStudio's humanities+digital conference on visual interpretations.   Watch

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Tom Pettitt on the Gutenberg Parenthesis

Presented by the MIT Communications Forum | Hosted by James Paradis with respondent Peter Donaldson. Should we view the last 500 years or so of Western culture as a strange interlude, defined by printed page and other artifacts that once dominated the landscape but are now fading in relevance? Watch

Lunch with a Laureate | Robert Merton PhD '70

As an MIT Museum audience peppers him with queries ranging from the barter system to development, trade relations, and the role of intuition in economics, Nobel Prize-winner Robert Merton steers listeners to his areas of expertise—financial engineering and innovation, and risk management. Watch

abstract circles

The impact of new technologies on education, culture and politics  

From the earliest days of Comparative Media Studies (CMS), there has been discussion about how new media shape learning and catalyze novel forms of expression and engagement. Over the years, as Henry Jenkins and the five panelists in this video attest, the CMS community has refined and broadened its study of the impact new technologies have on education, culture and politics. Watch

Misery's Fiend Frankenstein

Adapted by the Mary Shelley novel by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley with Bill Pett and Jim Brown. Directed by Visiting MLK Artist Ricardo Pitts-Wiley and cast with MIT students. Following the performance, a panel of MIT scholars discussed the novel, addressing questions such as what it is about Frankenstein that fascinates us. Watch

Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel on Music and Social Change

In conversation with MIT music luminaries, John Harbison and Tod Machover, and moderator Maria Hinojosa, Dudamel describes El Systema, the remarkable music education system in Venezuela that set him on his path, and continues to inspire his work in the U.S. and around the world. Watch

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the MIT Symphony Orchestra

2010 McDermott Award winner Gustavo Dudamel conducts an open rehearsal with the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Friday, April 16, 2010. Dudamel is the Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Watch

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Why is the defense budget so big? An Audit of the Conventional Wisdom

This CIS series continues with an analysis of the defense budget—the largest since World War II. Is it a rational response to the threats and the dangers that the United States faces—or not? Benjamin Friedman is a PhD student at the MIT Department of Political Science. He is a member of the Center's Security Studies Program and is a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute.   Watch

Rebuilding Haiti

From MIT World - In the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, four panelists with strong personal and professional ties to Haiti share their insights about the different paths to rebuilding and reconstructing the country. Watch

detail of french horn

Great Performances Music Sampler 

The School's distinguished Music faculty offers MIT students subjects in performance, composition and theory, jazz, world music, and music history.  Listen to a sample of great performances by MIT's student musicians. Listen

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman on the current economics crisis: learn from history to help restore the economy  

Former MIT Professor of Economics, Paul Krugman PhD '77, spoke to a standing-room only audience in the Stata Center on February 5, 2010 about learning from our own history to help fix the current economic crisis.  More

Robert M. Solow on the Global Economic Crisis

...and how can we recover?
Nobel Prize-winning economist, vice chairman of the Urban Institute Board of Trustees, and MIT Professor Emeritus, Robert Solow, explains in a four-part video series why a stateside housing slump turned into a global economic crisis, why the bailout was necessary, and how we can recover.   More

Technology and Enlightenment: Exhibit on Diderot's 18th century Encyclopédie

This MIT Libraries' exhibit explores one of the most important and controversial publications of the eighteenth century, Diderot's Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers. Watch