MIT SHASS News https://shass.mit.edu/news/rss Recent news from the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences en <![CDATA[Said and Done]]> https://shass.mit.edu/magazine_sept20 xxx

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Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2775 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[At-A-Glance | List of external media publications]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-collected-experts-news-pandemic Research-based insights, for policy and public understanding of the Covid-19 pandemic, from the MIT-SHASS academic community

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Fri, 11 Sep 2020 08:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2744 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[CNN and Sesame Street team up on Town Halls for kids]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-media-coverage-hendershot-and-gubar MIT media scholar Prof Heather Hendershot and children's literature scholar Prof Marah Gubar discuss the programs, which focus on both the pandemic and racism.

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Thu, 10 Sep 2020 15:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2859 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Professors Heather Hendershot and Marah Gubar discuss CNN/Sesame Street Town Halls for children on the pandemic, racism]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-media-coverage-hendershot-and-gubar-town-halls-kids "I'm interested in thinking about the town halls as media events and, more specifically, as political media events. Cable news is so polarized right now, and when you deal with kids and anything with political dimensions, it’s sort of inherently a hot potato situation."

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Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2858 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Series | The Meanings of Masks]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-meanings-masks-series As The Washington Post has reported, "at the heart of the dismal US coronavirus response" is a "fraught relationship with masks." In this series of short commentaries, MIT faculty delve into the myriad historic, creative, and cultural meanings of masks, offering new ways to think about, appreciate, and practice protective masking — currently a primary way to save lives and to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Thu, 10 Sep 2020 12:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2832 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Saving Iñupiaq]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-annauk-denise-olin-linguistics-saving-alaska-native-language Annauk Denise Olin, a graduate student in linguistics, is working to help her Alaska Native community preserve their language and navigate the severe impacts of climate change on their coastal village. 

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Wed, 09 Sep 2020 12:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2880 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Venetian Masks | Jeffrey S. Ravel]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-meanings-masks-venetian-masks-historian-jeffrey-s-ravel Masks for Carnival — and for finessing an archaic political order: "By the eighteenth-century in Venice, people had grown accustomed to wearing masks in public perpetually, not for health reasons but for social and cultural ones. Furthermore, the Venetian state actually required its citizens and visitors to the Republic to don masks in many public spaces."

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Mon, 07 Sep 2020 15:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2878 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Persona: Masks in the Graeco-Roman World | Stephanie Ann Frampton]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-meanings-masks-classical-literature-stephanie-ann-frampton "In Latin, one of the words for mask is persona, thought to have meant 'something through which sound passes' (per- 'through,” sono 'to make a sound')... Even in the time of Cicero, persona was already being used to describe the 'part' or 'character that one sustains in the world' — in other words, the role or roles we play in society."

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Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2855 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT Now]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-mit-now-covid-19-response Adapting to Covid. Staying Connected. Together, we’re committed to tackling Covid-19 the MIT way – by standing with the science, working the problem, and modeling the solution for our community and beyond. Our minds, hands, and hearts can make a difference.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2020 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2685 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The Masks of Empire, Art, Politics, and War | Catherine Clark]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meaning-masks-history-catherine-clark "Ultimately, history reminds us that masks can produce meaning whether they sit on our faces or our kitchen tables."

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Sun, 30 Aug 2020 11:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2870 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT SHASS welcomes new faculty.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-new-faculty-fall-2020 The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences warmly welcomes six new professors to the MIT community. They arrive with diverse backgrounds and vast knowledge in their areas of research, which include technology and identity; imperial and modern China; musical ensembles; immigration and voting law;  cyber warfare; and the history of environmental management.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2873 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Kathryn Tso ’22 combines history and materials science]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meet-mit-bilinguals-kathryn-tso-22 Tso, who is earning a double major in history and in materials science, finds that materials science enables her to explore environmental chemistry and issues related to waste and pollution, while history provides her with context — revealing the interplay of technology with society and illuminating the key roles that government often plays.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2020 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2872 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[15 August 2020 Which way of casting a ballot is best for you this year? Latest news and research on the 2020 election administration.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-election-lab-updates The non-partisan MIT Election Lab conducts research and collaborates with other election experts and administrators across the country to help make voting in the U.S. safe, secure, trustworthy, and effective.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2869 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[$25 million gift launches ambitious new effort tackling poverty and climate change]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-solving-climate-j-pal-initiative The King Climate Action Initiative at J-PAL will develop large-scale climate-response programs for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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Thu, 13 Aug 2020 14:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2868 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[13 August 2020 The Stanford-MIT Project on a Healthy Election]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-mit-election-lab-healthy-elections-project This project addresses the unprecedented and ongoing threat that the Covid-19 pandemic poses to the 2020 elections, bringing academics and election administration experts together to assess and promote best practices to ensure the election can proceed with integrity, safety, and equal access.

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Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2760 at https://shass.mit.edu
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Wed, 12 Aug 2020 02:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2844 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[31 July 2020 Research predicts a wave of “lost votes” this fall, further complicating the 2020 election]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-lost-votes-stewart A new study by MIT election expert Charles Stewart III shows that mail-in-voting has a higher rate of "lost" or uncounted votes than voting in person, further complicating the 2020 election.  "If I were advising someone at lower health risk, I would say think about early in-person voting," said Stewart. "But go early...don't wait until the last minute."

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Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2860 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Louis Kampf, distinguished professor emeritus of literature and women's and gender studies, dies at 91]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-memoriam-louis-kampf-1929-2020 Brilliant scholar, progressive activist, educational innovator, jazz connoisseur, Kampf is remembered as, above all, an unsurpassed friend. He leaves behind an enormous number of people who deeply miss him and will carry his memory into the future.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2857 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Masks can reveal new possibilities Manduhai Buyandelger | Anthropology]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-meanings-masks-anthropologist-manduhai-buyandelger "In shamanic rituals and in computer-mediated virtual reality, a mask conceals one identity to reveal new possibilities. Seen in this light, virus protection masks offer an opportunity to replace a visage of fear with a public expression of strength as a community." — Manduhai Buyandelger, MIT Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2854 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The Mask as Public Spiritedness - 公德心 Emma Teng | History]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-meanings-masks-history-emma-teng "Norms in East Asian countries support the notion that 'doing something for the community good is good for me also.' It would be unthinkable to discuss sacrificing older people to the pandemic using a cost-benefit analysis. It is also considered a social responsibility to do one’s part in controlling the pandemic to ensure that schools remain open for the younger generation."

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Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2853 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[COVID-19 Research Working Papers from MIT Economics]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-economics-covid-working-papers As research continues into Covid-19 and its impact on many facets of life, MIT Economics has collected all the faculty's working papers on one page. 

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Tue, 28 Jul 2020 10:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2750 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Conditions needed to reopen the U.S. economy]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-conditions-needed-reopening-economy Here’s what economists say the U.S. needs in order to start returning to normal amid the coronavirus outbreak — and how the economy can survive in the meantime.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2780 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Europe has kept down pandemic unemployment — and the U.S. hasn’t. Here’s why.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-european-unemployment-thelen Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science, examines disparities in US and European unemployment rates in the face of Covid-19

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2774 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Faculty Reflections | Anne McCants, Professor of History]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-education-faculty-mccants An ongoing series of notes from the Director of the MIT Concourse Program for her students and others during the pandemic

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2726 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Life Under Quarantine]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-harris-blog-site MIT economist Jeffrey E. Harris reflects on the economics of quarantine in a series of articles.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2852 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Undark magazine | Covid-19 coverage]]> https://undark.org/tag/covid19/ Undark, the acclaimed magazine from our Knight Science Journalism Program, provides ongoing, in-depth journalistic coverage by science writers on SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2689 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The expressive power of masks | Sara Brown]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-meanings-masks-theater-designer-sara-brown MIT professor and theater designer on masks as archetypes, protection, the performance of self, and care for others

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Sun, 26 Jul 2020 16:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2851 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Unearthing the stories of yesterday’s George Floyds]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-just-society-dean-melissa-nobles-know-their-names "When we call the victims’ descendants to share our findings, they tell us ‘I never thought I’d get this call.’ The scars remain, and luckily, because we have found documents, so does proof." — Melissa Nobles, MIT Kenan Sahin Dean and Professor of Political Science, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

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Fri, 17 Jul 2020 06:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2848 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[16 July 2020 The Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections project]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-mit-stanford-healthy-elections-project Working together to promote integrity, safety, and equal access in the 2020 U.S. election.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2847 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[14 July 2020 3Q with Charles Stewart III: How to make the November elections safe and secure]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-3-questions-charles-stewart-iii-2020-elections MIT-SHASS News "Will the November 2020 election be delayed? The answer is, 'no.' There is no statutory or constitutional authority to do that. Even if the asteroids are raining on our heads and the zombies are roaming the streets on November 3, we will be voting."

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Tue, 14 Jul 2020 12:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2727 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MAKING A JUST SOCIETY]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/research-impact-making-just-society Resources from the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

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Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2845 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[13 July 2020 Ten recommendations for conducting a healthy and trustworthy 2020 election]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-stewart-recommendations-voting-mail In Lawfare, ten recommendations from MIT election expert Charles Stewart III and Nathaniel Persily of Stanford Law. "The Covid-19 pandemic...requires an extraordinary commitment at all levels of government, and from the media, political parties, campaigns and voters. The country can meet this challenge if Americans begin to prepare immediately."

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Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2718 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[10 July 2020 Nationwide experts make 14 urgent recommendations for the 2020 elections. Learn what citizens can do to help.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-14-recommendations-fair-2020-elections This is an historic American document. "Fair Elections During a Crisis" outlines 14 urgent recommendations by a nationwide team of U.S. election experts, including MIT Professor Charles Stewart III, founder of the MIT Election Data and Science Lab.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2807 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Everyone's work]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-racial-equity-and-social-justice-helen-elaine-lee Professor of Writing Helen Elaine Lee calls for more engagement in creating racial justice.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2826 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[3 Questions: Heather Hendershot on media coverage of the pandemic]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-hendershot-media-coverage MIT comparative media expert discusses the stark differences in pandemic reporting and coverage across US media platforms.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2821 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Data suggest younger cohorts transmit their infections to less socially mobile older adults]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-harris-young-transmission Economist Jeffrey Harris delivers his findings in a preprint paper

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2833 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The mask is a badge of honor | Eric Klopfer Comparative Media Studies]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-masks-cmsw-eric-klopfer "In this pandemic era, what a mask really says is, ‘I care about YOU.’ The mask indicates that you are protecting the health of others during a crisis."

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2831 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A collective cry for justice | Graham M. Jones Anthropology]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-masks-anthropology-graham-jones "The mask is one of the most important human artifacts in all of anthropology. It is a tool of transformation that allows its wearers to transcend themselves, taking on timeless roles in ritual dramas, and as actors in a broader social drama."

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 01:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2830 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A Path Forward]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-racial-equity-and-social-justice-cmsw-faculty-statement Statement from the faculty of the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing program

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2829 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Voices from the MIT Community Vigil]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-racial-equity-and-social-justice-ghachem Historian Malick Ghachem delivers remarks on a divided moment.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2828 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Words + Words + Words]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-racial-equity-and-social-justice-alexandre Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature, honors and thanks all of the justice-seeking words that came before our 2020 ones.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2827 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT Community Wellness]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-community-wellness-medical Community Wellness at MIT Medical has compiled numerous resources to help individuals reduce stress, build routine, and find connection. MIT community members can register for free virtual wellness classes, parenting resources, and more. 

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2716 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A responsible path to computing advances]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-computing-and-ai-kaiser-and-shah-lead-ethics-initiative Professor David Kaiser and Julie Shah lead initiative to embed ethical and social responsibilities in MIT's computing and advanced tech education, research, and community engagements.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2825 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Arts from Anywhere]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-arts-mit-art-anywhere During this time of physical distancing to limit the spread of Covid-19, the Arts at MIT offer ways to stay connected to the MIT Arts Community from wherever you are.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2745 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Solving Climate | Humanistic Perspectives from MIT]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-climate-spotlight-humanistic-perspectives-mit In this ongoing series, MIT faculty, students, and alumni in the humanistic fields share perspectives that are significant for solving climate change and mitigating its myriad social and ecological impacts.

 

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2670 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Research + Resources for the Pandemic]]> https://shass.mit.edu/research/impact/pandemic Research and commentary from the MIT SHASS faculty and graduate students to inform policy and increase public understanding about the complex pandemic landscape. Content areas include the impacts of the pandemic on healthcare, the economy, education, the 2020 elections, daily life, and democracy. There is also a channel with music and other creative works that offer contemplative space, meaning, and uplift.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 04:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2754 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Said and Done]]> https://shass.mit.edu/magazine_july20 July 2020

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Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2823 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Stephen Morris named the inaugural Peter A. Diamond Professor of Economics]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-stephen-morris-receives-inaugural-diamond-professorship MIT Department of Economics establishes new professorship honoring Institute Professor and Nobel Laureate.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2822 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The Listening Room]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-arts-music-mit A curated collection of outstanding works from MIT's Music Program

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Tue, 23 Jun 2020 11:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2724 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[An ode to the humble balcony]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-zacka-ode-balcony In The New York Times, Bernardo Zacka writes: "[A balcony] is private, yet public; exposed, yet secluded. It offers company without the demands of intimacy, and we should never take it for granted again."

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Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2788 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Taking refuge in the kitchen]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-pandemic-paxson-taking-refuge-kitchen Heather Paxson talks with the Radcliffe Institute on how the pandemic is changing the ways we eat.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2819 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Honoring Juneteenth 2020]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2020-honoring-juneteenth-2020 Juneteenth, the earliest known public celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S. took place on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. The day is now observed annually across the country as a day of celebration, reflection, remembrance of ancestors — and dedication to helping the nation fulfill its ideals. In 2020, the day will include demonstrations to call for an end to systemic racism. 

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Thu, 18 Jun 2020 08:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2818 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Salute to Seniors | Class of 2020]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-salute-seniors-bilinguals-2020 35 of the many outstanding MIT 2020 students who have focused on both humanistic and scientific/technical fields reflect on their MIT education — and their visions for the future.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2020 05:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2805 at https://shass.mit.edu