Cultural Politics of Language

Cultural Politics of Language

Discussions for a More Understanding and Informed MIT

WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019

WHERE: Bldg. 32-124 (Stata Center)

TIME: 5:00-7:00pm

In today’s popular culture (e.g., music, movies, videos, etc.), entertainers, rappers, and even actors will often use language in a way that is not always okay in our regular interactions with one another. The problem is that we don’t always know what is appropriate, nor do we always understand why some ‘words’ are appropriate for one group and not for others. This interactive session will address these questions and also examine our individual and collective role in creating a more inclusive, respectful, and empathetic MIT community. Come out and hear special talks on the ‘Cultural Politics of Language’ by MIT Professors Sandy Alexandre and Phil Clay ‘75. In addition, three MIT undergraduates and two graduate students will serve as panelists and share their views on the topic. Participants will also discuss the topic more intimately in small groups. This is a unique opportunity to educate and inform ourselves about a very sensitive issue that is often not discussed until a major national or local incident occurs. Feel free to just listen or you may choose to add your voice to the discussion. Either way, this promises to be an exciting and informative session that you do not want to miss. Join us!

Sponsored by the BSU, LCC, The Standard, and the OME

Target Audience is MIT Undergraduate and Graduate Students; however, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Rooms seats 60.