MIT SHASS' Top 10 articles of 2023
What captured your attention in 2023? From artificial intelligence to civil discourse, this year saw SHASS faculty and students investigate and expand views of what's possible in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. We've compiled a list of the 10 most-read articles from the past year about what's happening in SHASS.
In a campus talk, MIT Economics professor Daron Acemoglu offers a vision of “machine usefulness,” rather than autonomous “intelligence,” to help workers and spread prosperity.
MIT economist and Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu (left) presented the case for using AI to produce shared prosperity by supplementing workers, rather than replacing them, in a campus talk at MIT's Starr Forum. At right is Fotini Christia, Ford International Professor of the Social Sciences at MIT, who was a discussant after Acemoglu's remarks. Photo: Michelle English
MIT's Game Lab uses games as a way for students to play, explore, and learn to think critically about the role of games in society.
Director and MIT professor Jay Scheib speaks about his widely heralded production of Wagner's "Parsifal" opera at the Bayreuth Festival, which features an apocalyptic theme and augmented reality headsets for the audience.
Production of Wagner’s “Parsifal” opera at the Bayreuth Festival, which features an apocalyptic theme and augmented reality headsets for the audience. Photo: Enrico Nawrath. Courtesy of the Bayreuther Festival
PhD candidate Lisa Ho ’17 studies barriers that limit women’s participation in the labor force.
A new MIT initiative designed to encourage open dialogue on campus kicked off with a conversation focused on how to address challenges related to climate change.
MIT History professor and director of the Women's and Gender Studies program Lerna Ekmekcioglu investigates marginalized women, social systems that create barriers to advancement, and potential empowerment.
A three-week course - WGS.247/21L.592 (Race, Place, and Modernity in the Americas), offered jointly by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences' Women’s and Gender Studies, Literature, and Writing programs, provides students opportunities to study how American and Brazilian Black and Indigenous writers, artists, and filmmakers’ art and cultural activism — particularly women’s — can impact racial justice and environmental issues.
The 2023 cohort of Race, Place, and Modernity in the Americas with Joaquin Terrones (left) poses at the Jabaquara Black Cultural Center. Started in 2019, the ongoing program has seen numerous benefits for students and faculty alike. Photo: Jabaquara Black Cultural Center staff.
An historic delegation of 10 Indigenous artists and advisors gathered on MIT's campus to share their work with each other and with the MIT community.
Held annually at MIT, the PIKSI-Boston program brings together students from groups underrepresented in the field of philosophy.
10. Finding the heat
Poet Joshua Bennett invites MIT students to gather around Black American poetry.
Clockwise from left: Joshua Bennett, Margaret Yu, Lyne-Nicole Odhiambo, Alissa Kopylova, Ella Trumper, Yasmeen Shabazz, Stephen Andrews, Diego Swaddipong, Elizabeth Zhang, and Matt Caren, who is making a point in discussion about Stevie Wonder. Photo: Allegra Boverman