Former NFL player Wade Davis gives keynote talk at annual event, reflects on his life as a gay black athlete. David L. Chandler | MIT News Office  February 9, 2018 When former NFL player Wade Davis, as a teenager, first told his mother that he was gay, he wasn’t prepared for the response he got:

African, Black, American, Caribbean (ABAC) ERG Organizer of Of Thee I Sing: African Americans, Nationhood, and Flag Imagery   11:45am-1:30pm EG&G Education Center 50 Vassar Street, 34-401 Cambridge, MA 02139 A talk by Dr. Kimberly Brown, visiting Assistant Professor in Women’s & Gender Studies and Literature at MIT and MLK Scholar, 2017-2018. ABAC @MIT strives

In Memoriam: Calestous Juma (1954-2017)

From Quartz Africa, 15 December 2017 Africa’s leading innovation scholar, Calestous Juma, has died   Calestous Juma [MIT MLK Visiting Professor 2014-15 in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning], the luminary Kenyan scholar who championed the cause of innovation and technology in transforming African countries, and whose books and papers about the environment, biotechnology, education, artificial

From The Journal of Transport History, 1 December 2017 Book Review by Gordon Prie of Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi by Kenda Mutongi READ MORE    

Nomination deadline: 11:59 pm on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017 The MLK Jr. Leadership Awards are given annually to students, alumni, staff, groups, and faculty who embody the spirit of Dr. King’s work. “Service to the community” is defined in the broadest sense and includes academic, research, religious, and secular contributions in which integrity, leadership, creativity, and

Plantation Weddings and the Arc of Antebellum Desire Kimberly J. Brown, MLK Visiting Assistant Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies and by Literature at MIT Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 12-1:30 pm MIT Room E51-095 Lunch provided, please RSVP to wgs@mit.edu Plantations wedding venues, particularly in the US South, spatially reconstruct antebellum slave mansions as serene sites of joy. This

From Williams Magazine, Fall 2017 Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi by Kenda Mutongi The University of Chicago Press, 2017   Kenda Mutongi was walking along a street in Nairobi, thinking about what she’d like to research for her second book, when she realized the answer was right in front of her. “Matatus are everywhere,

Double Elegy: African American Cultural Production and the Poetics of Loss Kimberly J. Brown, MLK Visiting Assistant Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies and by Literature at MIT Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 5-6:30 pm MIT Room 14N-417 This talk considers the elegy as the doubling mechanism of African American cultural engagement. At once firmly situated within and excluded from

The Gender/Race Imperative: The Future of Title IX Anita Hill participated in CNN’s town hall titled “Tipping Point: Sexual Harassment in America” on November 9, 2017. In light of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in the media and government, Hill said that the strong focus on sexual misconduct is like nothing she’s ever seen and

Undoing ‘Generations of Rank Discrimination’: Inclusive Communities and the Future of Anti-Bias Forensics Anita Hill, MLK Visiting Professor of Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE)  Tuesday, October 17 11:45am-1pm MIT Room 6-104 (Chipman Room) In June, in a decision that promises to energize American desegregation efforts, the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed a broad interpretation of the 1968 Fair