21st CENTURY DEMOCRACY

Inside the Classroom + Student Voices

 

In classes in many of the Institute's humanistic disciplines, MIT students learn about — and contribute to — measures to assess and strengthen democratic practices.

Democracy Homepage
   

Painting, Navajo cultural heritage

MAKING A JUST SOCIETY

Exploring cultural inheritance
 

In a unique IAP workshop, MIT students explore and honor their personal histories

Brian Williams, MIT Class of 22

MEET THE MIT BILINGUALS

Brian Williams ’22 | Biological Engineering + Black Studies
 

Williams is using bioengineering and black studies as a launchpad to combat racism in public health, to use "the toolbox of social justice, pulling the levers of activism, advocacy, democracy, and legislation to improve our social institutions at the root.”

Sophia Gibert, MIT Philosophy

MEET OUR STUDENTS | PHILOSOPHY

Ethics in action: Sophie Gibert
 

Gibert, a PhD student in philosophy, discusses applying the tools of philosophy to ethical questions, in particular the ethics of health and healthcare.

people interacting an with immersive media installation

STEAM

Transformative truth-telling at the MIT Open Documentary Lab
 

The lab's artists and technology scholars are exploring representation and reality — and shaping the future of storytelling.

portrait of Natasha Jogkelar

MEET THE MIT BILINGUALS

A Framework for Understanding the World: Natasha Joglekar '21
 

A CS + Biology major with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, Joglekar found that her WGS coursework gave her powerful insight into the human factors that drive so many societal outcomes. “WGS studies helped give me a framework for understanding the world," she says, "in the same way my Physics and Math classes did."

March for Science, signs

INSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Scientists as engaged citizens 
 

In a new intersectional class from MIT Women's and Gender Studies, (WGS.160/STS.021) students explore how STEM researchers bring their knowledge to bear on behalf of major societal and global issues.

Portrait of Nasir Almasri '21

MEET OUR STUDENTS

Profile | Nasir Almasri '21
 

Political science PhD candidate studies conflicts that emerge at the intersection of politics and religious traditions, with a focus on humanizing those involved.

detail, data visualization

IN THE CLASSROOM

Course Profile: Data and Society
 

A new course in the Computing and Society Concentration, taught by Eden Medina and Sarah Williams, engages MIT students in the ethics and societal implications of data. 

Detail, Delacroix painting, Liberty guiding the people

INSIDE THE CLASSROOM

How to Stage a Revolution: History 21H.001
 

MIT history class explores the roots and complexities of revolutions across the globe. From early printing presses to changing fuel sources to the reach of global social media, the technological contexts of revolutions are intrinsic to understanding them.

Marc Aidinoff

VOICES OF MIT SHASS GRADUATE STUDENTS

Meet Marc Aidinoff, PhD candidate
 

"What does it mean when civil rights become about access to computers and the Internet? When lack of Internet access is considered a form of poverty? These questions were getting under my skin. I wanted to know how social and economic policy were tied to changing ideas about technology."

spheres of justice - chalk on blackboard

MAKING A JUST SOCIETY

Looking at justice through the lens of political theory
 

In Bernardo Zacka's 17.01 class, MIT students explore human values and competing theories of the just society