A year ago, a group of MIT students, faculty and staff joined together to create a day of learning focused on critical issues of our times. The day provided a full calendar of lectures, panels and information sessions on topics ranging from nuclear disarmament, sustainabiilty, foreign, national and economic policy, climate change, social justice issues, activism and many more. The day was an incredible success with over 1500 people participating throughout the day and evening.
The Monsters We Create
Saturday, February 24, 2018
One of the gems of our community is the MIT Press which publishes 220 books yearly, primarily focusing on science, technology and invention. It’s a special moment, however, when one book becomes a bit of a sensation.
Government Shutting Down
Monday, January 29, 2018
The federal budget is meant to be a reflection of the priorities of our nation. From February to the beginning of a new fiscal year in October, our shared budget is supposed to be first proposed by the President, then fleshed out by Congress, where each area of spending is debated openly through the passage of 12 distinct appropriations budgets.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Although 2018 has begun, early January remains a time for us here at Radius to reflect on the past semester and do some "catch-up"--on administrative work, reading, and assessment of what worked well during the Fall semester and what we can improve and/or adjust. January is also the time for intense planning for the semester. This current blizzard, though, is giving us an additional day of quiet: just the kind of day to catch up on podcasts.
Ryan Higgins, Radius and Episcopal Ministry Intern
Monday, November 13, 2017
Throughout much of our lives, we engage with symbols, big and small. Symbols are a source of depth and often tell stories in fewer words or no words at all. Examples vary from written or spoken metaphors to images heavy with historical weight.
The Power of Storytelling
Monday, October 23, 2017
My lunch hour today was unlike any I’ve ever had at MIT. I attended the first—of what I hope will be many—storytelling events as part of the Women’s League new initiative, MITell, lead by Staff Associate, Kirsty Bennett. MITell invites all members of the MIT community to come together and share stories. A group of approximately 25 community members of all ages gathered to listen and and to tell stories.
The Magic of Words
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
It's only Wednesday and the week has already been a rich and busy one with the importance of words taking center stage—the power of words, the magic of words, the need to use just the right words. Our undergraduate seminar, Language, Information and Power, continues to be filled with fascinating and thoughtful reading and conversation. Last evening, we grappled with the difference between intentionally or non-intentionally using words to harm others. If one has good intentions, but the outcome is negative, are we culpable nonetheless?
Day 1: Language, Information, and Power
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Last evening, Radius co-hosted the first session of our fall undergraduate philosophy seminar, Language, Information, and Power. Justin Khoo, Professor of Philosophy, has created a thoughtful syllabus and class roadmap to help the class navigate the complex topics for future discussion. Students sat through the inevitable awkward moments of silence and small talk before the seminar began. Once he began the class, Justin exhibited a type of enthusiasm and care that allowed students from all levels of engagement with philosophy to participate.
Are we ready?
Thursday, September 7, 2017
I remember it so clearly: I was sitting outside during my first weekend of college, a book open in my lap. It was my first assignment, from my first religion course. Problems of Religious Thought sounded like it would be fun, based on what I knew from my high-school World Religions course. And then I tried to read Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling. After I puzzled my way through perhaps ten of the 200 pages we were assigned, I looked up and thought: Oh no. I’m not ready for this.
Words to Live By
Monday, June 12, 2017
It's very quiet on campus today. Now that the semester is over and graduation festitivies have come to an end, a peaceful, calm atmosphere prevails. There is almost a palable sense of an expansive exhalation. We here at Radius are exhaling as well. We would like to thank all of our friends, colleagues, partners, collaborators and advisors for a fascinating, inspiring year. We will be taking some time off for the summer months; however, the planning, reading, and researching will continue as we gear up for the coming academic year.