Events – 2020

Catherine D'Ignazio

Catherine D’Ignazio, “Data Feminism”

February 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Building E15 - 318

Catherine D’Ignazio (@kanarinka | is a scholar, artist/designer and hacker mama who focuses on feminist technology, data literacy and civic engagement. She has run women’s health hackathons, designed global news recommendation systems, created talking and tweeting water quality sculptures, and led walking data visualizations to envision the future of sea level rise. Her forthcoming book from MIT Press, Data Feminism, co-authored with Lauren Klein, charts a course for more ethical and empowering data science practices.

MLK Visiting Scholar Luncheon with Dr. Rhonda Y Williams

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Stratton Student Center, W20-307

Professor Rhonda Y. Williams is a historian of low-income black women’s and marginalized people’s experiences, everyday lives, politics, and social struggles. Her research contributes to the rethinking of gender, political identity, citizenship, civil rights, black liberation struggles, and interactions with the U.S.

For this event, join Dr. Rhonda as she explores how white power and systemic opression were woven into the foundations of the United States even before it formally existed.

Annual MLK Celebration

February 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Morss Hall, Walker Memorial.

The MIT community gathers every February at a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Speakers have included leaders who are prominent both nationally and in the local Boston/Cambridge community, in accordance with Dr. King’s dual emphasis on global and local issues.

Please keep an eye on this events calendar for further details as they become available.

Panel Discussion: Colored People Time Examined

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Building E15, Bartos Theater

In conjunction with the exhibition Colored People Time: Mundane Futures, Quotidian Pasts, Banal Presents this panel of artists and scholars explore the history and impact of how the history of slavery and colonialism has shaped our country and impacts our present and futures through examining their respective contributions to the exhibition Colored People Time. 

Open Borders, Local Closures

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Building 9, 451

Part of the Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration with guest speaker Lama Mourad. With the largest refugee population per capita in the world, Lebanon now hosts at least 1.1 million refugees alongside a local population of approximately four million.

MITSSS Lunar New Year 2020 Celebration dinner

Saturday, February 01, 2020 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Building W20: Stratton Student Center, Twenty Chimneys (W20-306)

Happy 2020 everyone! Join MITSSS as we kick off the semester with a Lunar New Year dinner celebration, with delicious food catered from Royal East.

From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Building 4, 370

A rookie NPR reporter on his first assignment, covering the armed occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota in 1973, is treated as the enemy and ultimately arrested by the FBI for defying a government news blackout to embed with militant Indians. Forty years later, he meets a Yurok Indian fisherman in California, a man he unwittingly had photographed during the 10-week occupation.

MIT List Visual Arts Center: Becca Albee

Friday, January 24, through Sunday, February 9, 2020

12:00pm to 6:00pm - Building E15, MIT List Visual Arts Center

Becca Albee (born Portland, ME) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose photo-based installations often emerge from her encounters with historical materials, whether from a personal archive, official repositories, or the public realm.

AI Latin American SumMIT 2020

January 21, 22, 23, 2020

E-14, Media Lab; 75 Amherst St, Cambridge

The Artificial Intelligence -AI- Latin America SumMIT seeks to bring together leaders from government, industry, academia, and the non-profit sector from across Latin America and the Caribbean, to identify opportunities and risks their countries might face as they move towards increasing the adoption of AI technologies.

Robin DiAngelo, Author of White Fragility

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1:00pm
W16: Kresge Auditorium

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.