Recent events involving MIT and its relationship to certain individuals, institutions and even nation-states, have brought attention to the ethical challenges of accepting largesse from the wealthy and powerful.
MIT Students in Action
Friday, April 5, 2019
Recently, a new student group has formed and has quickly become a galvanizing force on campus. The initiative took hold during Henry Kissinger's visit while the College of Computing's hosted three days of festivites in late February. The group, MIT Students Against War (SAW), has been continuing to organize events and raise the conscienceness of MIT students and the wider community.
The Half-Way Point
Monday, March 25, 2019
Embarking on spring break allows us some slight breathing room to assess how the semester is going, as well as allowing us to continue planning for our up-coming programs. We have had some excellent, thought-provoking events thus far, including the on-going initiative encouraging the MIT community to consider MIT's relationship to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Voicing Your Concern
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Over the past few months, concern has been increasing regarding MIT's decision-making process and the lack of transparency and community input. The recent events leading up to the three-day celebration for the "ethically centered" College of Computing and the invitation of Henry Kissinger to our campus created a storm of protest, led by a concerned group of MIT students, staff and faculty.
The Semester Begins!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
The semester has begun and with it the undergraduate ethics seminar that we co-host with MIT Philosophy. We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Abby Everett Jaques teaching the class this semester. Dr. Jaques received her PhD in Philosophy from MIT and is now teaching for the department. Her area of interest and research is the ethics of AI--certainly a timely and provocative issue.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Does human life have to be driven by the urge to grow and consume and dominate? Or is it possible that we could make room for other forms of life?
#MeToo and Worker Power
Sunday, December 9, 2018
On Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm in Room 6-120, we will be hosting a conversation about #MeToo and worker power. It'll focus on last month's walkout at Google, and we'll be joined by one of the leading organizers of the walkout at the Google Cambridge office.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
On Thursday, December 6 at 5:15pm in Room 1-190, we will be hosting, along with the MIT Faculty Newsletter, a panel discussion on MIT’s relationship with the Saudi Arabian government and monarchy. The horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has spurred MIT to reassess its engagement with Saudi Arabia. This is good news and a good start. However, much needs to be done if MIT is to seriously consider the ethical demands on any relationship the Institute nurtures—whether individual, corporate or with a nation-state.
Looking Forward and Reflecting Back
Monday, November 26, 2018
As we return to campus following the Thanksgiving break, we here at Radius are grateful to have been able to catch our collective breath before heading into the last of the semester. As we enjoyed a few days to reflect and express gratitude for all we have and for the people in our lives, that circle includes the amazing array or speakers we've hosted this semester. In particular, the speakers for our series on the 2018 Elections provided invaluable insights into the election.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Without hope, there is no reason to vote. No reason to protest, nor to stand up against daunting challenges like climate change. Hope is the only thing that makes it rational to participate in any of these actions, because hope is the binding agent of all of our greatest efforts to actualize justice in a world which continually manifests injustice. Hope finds us in our Apocalypses.