The Power of Protest

The Power of Protest

On March 4, 1969, there was an extraordinary mass meeting of MIT faculty, students and staff to protest MIT’s complicity in the Vietnam War.

Monday, March 4
5:30 – 7:30pm

E15 Bartos Theater

On March 4, 1969, there was an extraordinary mass meeting of MIT faculty, students and staff to protest MIT’s complicity in the Vietnam War. This was considered a “positive protest” and included plans for positive action. Included in the storied panel of speakers were Noam Chomsky, Lionel Trilling and Nobel Laureate George Wald. Wald’s speech “A Generation in Search of a Future”became known world-wide. In addition, the day marks the founding of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Join us for an exploration of the power of protest at MIT, focusing on this momentous moment in MIT’s history. What can we learn from previous protests and how can we use that knowledge and energy to spur the Institute to create ethical policies?

We will screen excerpts of November Actions: Defiance at MIT,1969, a powerful documentary following the protests of MIT students, faculty and staff against the war in Vietnam and MIT’s complicity in that war-protests that lead to the historic March 4th event.

The film will be followed by a moderated panel discussion focused on three pressing issues facing the MIT community:

The Ethics of AI: Abby Everett Jaques, a philosopher at MIT, is the Ethics lead for MIT’s Quest for Intelligence, and a Research Fellow in Digital Ethics at the Jain Family Institute

MIT’s on-going relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Ryan Costello, a local anti-war activist organizing against the war in Yemen

Local Impact of MIT-Housing: Rose Lenehan, MIT PhD student in philosophy and tenant organizer

Moderator: David Wright, PhD, Senior Scientist and Co-Director, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

Introductory Remarks: Deborah G. Douglas, Director of Collections and Curator of Science and Technology at the MIT Museum, and Research Associate in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society

This event will be a starting point for additional programs, lunches, panels later on in spring 2019focusing more specifically on these issues. Participants at the MIT March 4 @ 50 Years event will be able to sign up for follow-up programming.

The MIT Press has recently published March 4, Anniversary Edition: Scientists, Students, and Society, edited by Jonathan Allen and foreword by Kurt Gottfriend,co-founder of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Refreshments will be served.

Co-Sponsored with the February School,  MIT Faculty Newsletter, and the MIT Day of Action Committee