Science at MIT: From the Cold War to the Climate Crisis

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:00pm


Noam Chomsky

Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus)

Subrata Ghoshroy

Research Affiliate, Program in Science, Technology and Society


READ SUBRATA GHOSHROY'S PAPER: "The “Star Wars” Project - My struggle as a participant and my decision to blow the whistle"

Subrata Ghoshroy and Noam Chomsky will be discussing how scientific research at MIT has been affected for the past 50+ years by its relationship with outside funding agencies, in particular the US military.

Since the end of the World War II the federal government has largely funded scientific research at US universities. MIT has been receiving millions of dollars annually and a large part of the federal funding comes from the military.

Scientific research is driven by the passion of students and scholars. But what else shapes and influences our research? And what are the social and economical consequences of our research? At the height of the Vietnam War in 1969, in a campus wide protest, MIT students raised these very questions.

Today, the US government is engaged in a  "war against terrorism" which has undermined the scope of our civil liberties. We also face social and political threats from climate change and an energy crisis. What should be the role of MIT in fighting these global challenges?  

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