Radius (and the Technology and Culture Forum) has a long tradition of partnering with a wide array of departments and programs here at MIT. These partnerships have enriched our programming and widen our reach to members of the MIT community and beyond.
One of our most robust partnerships is with the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. From encouraging MIT community members to volunteer locally to assisting in creating programs that help students think about ethical frameworks in their lives, our relationship with the PKGCenter is rich one.
Finding Your Way
Thursday, October 13, 2016
When I look back on college and my twenties, I remember feeling sometimes like I was stuck in the transit system of a strange city and I couldn’t find the map. I made my way because I had good people in my life, people who were willing to go out of their own way to help me find my path.
Hack Your Mind is Back!
Monday, October 3, 2016
Greetings! My name is Paul McAlister and I am a 3rd year divinity student at the Episcopal Divinity School in Harvard Square. As an intern for Radius and the Episcopal Ministry at MIT, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many MIT community members, particularly professors and staff who are involved in program ideas for Radius.
From A Different Perspective
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Considering different perspectives from various lenses can be eye-opening and fascinating. Last Thursday, we hosted a "Radius Goes to the Theater" event at the Central Square Theater. The Return to Morality was a thought-provoking play about the underbelly of politics, media and greed. I'm still thinking about the issues that the play raised, particularly after watching the presidential debate last evening.
Happy New Year!
Monday, September 5, 2016
I love this time of year! A new academic year is beginning and with that comes the wonderful sense of new beginnings, possibility and adventure, accompanied by the normal concerns of time, workload and fatigue. Although my life centers around an acadmemic schedule, I haven't been an official student for many years. However, that exciting sense of a "new year beginning" never fades.
Monday, May 16, 2016
This past Saturday, May 14, we co-hosted the 10th Annual Youth Summit on Climate Change with over 200 junior high and high school students in attendance. What started out as a grassroots effort by a group of high school students at the Boston Latin School and Radius ten years ago has grown to a large network of students and schools in the Boston greater area and beyond. When programming the keynotes and the workshops, we endeavor to educate and inspire the students and create a spirit of activism.
The Power of Uni-tasking
Monday, May 2, 2016
For over a year now, Radius has been co-sponsoring Hack Your Mind, a popular lunchtime series on technology and mindfulness with topics ranging from stress reduction to Facebook (and other media) addiction to helpful apps for meditation initiates. Over the year, two themes have been at the forefront: distractedness and a sense of being overwhelmed, both with technology and our reliance on it. People talk of having to multi-task in order to get things done, but research is now proving that multitasking is an illusion.
CityDays MIT 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
When I was growing up, volunteering in a concrete, organized way--except for our church--was not part of my life. In addition to church volunteering, my mother would readily help neighbors and family members--a drive to the doctor's office or the market, a meal delivered. We were always exhorted to help those who were less fortunate than ourselves, but organized, community volunteering was not part of our family's life.
Being. Doing. Thinking. Or Not!
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Each spring semester, Radius co-hosts an undergraduate ethics seminar with the Philosophy Department. Departing from a more academic-styled class, the seminar, Being. Thinking. Doing. (Or Not!): Ethics in Your Life, is a free-wheeling, relaxed dinner with ample opportunity for exploration and discussion. Held every Tuesday evening, we usually host an expert in a field (activism, the environment, sustainable economies, gentrification, bio-ethics, military spending) who shares his/her expertise and then we open it up to questions and discussion.
Martin Luther King: Beyond Vietnam
Monday, January 18, 2016
On April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City, Martin Luther King delivered a speech, "Beyond Vietnam", meticulously outlining the reasons for his public protest against the United State's war in Vietnam. The speech was to create a furor and many, who had previously supported MLK's work, turned against him. He stated that he realized that "silence is betrayal" and that he had to speak out, even against the very administration that had been supporting his causes.
I don’t know how much we’ll ever really know each other, different as we are. But I do know that mass incarceration has already stopped being an abstract issue and become something that’s happening right now to my friend.