Events – 2020

Brave Women of Color in Academics

Monday, March 2, 2020 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Building 4, Room 370

The anthology, and this panel, seeks to counter the discourse that women of color are solely tokens and victims of marginalization in academe. Women of color academics have leveraged their professional positions to challenge the status quo in their scholarship, teaching, service, activism, and leadership.

Crisis at our Borders: National Security vs. Civil Liberties

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Building E25, Room 111

Panel discussion with ACLU Staff Attorneys Paul Watanbe and Carl Takei and Harvard Professors Jacqueline Bhaba and Adriana LaFaille. 

Joan Kane

Joan Naviyuk Kane: The William Corbett Poetry Series

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Building 32, Room 155

Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island (Ugiuvak) and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. A 2019-2020 Hilles Bush Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Kane was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

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Tunisian Film Screening: As I Open My Eyes

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Building 3, Room 333 

A hymn to freedom - and to the Tunisian youth.

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Hack for Inclusion

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 11:30 am - Saturday, February 22nd @ 7:30 pm
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02142

MIT Sloan's Hack for Inclusion will bring together some of the brightest minds -- both technical and non-technical -- to build solutions that address 14 of today's biggest problems related to bias, diversity, and inclusion in business and society.

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Feminisms Unbound: Cyborg Manifestations

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Building 4, Room 270

This panel invites scholars to consider the confluences between science and technology studies and gender and sexuality studies in their own research. Feminist, queer, and trans studies scholars attending to science, technology, environment, and disability are dismantling the rubrics of gender and body at the core of our fields in order to think more critically about the material conditions of living inside racial capitalism. 

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.