Thursday, February 22 11:45am-1pm MIT Room W20-202 (La Sala de Puerto Rico) Abstract How do the public spaces we move in shape us and help determine the kind of people we want to become? We know more and more about the world around us, thanks to a deluge of data, but blind spots abound–too often,

MIT Black History Project launches new website

Digital archive features never-before-published image of MIT’s first black woman student Cambridge, MA – February 14, 2018– The MIT Black History Project has launched a new website that documents evidence of the role and experience of the black community at MIT since the Institute opened its doors in 1865. “Look at this project to get a better sense

Findings show founder William Barton Rogers possessed enslaved persons before coming to MIT; research, community dialogue to ensue. Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office February 12, 2018 MIT’s first president, William Barton Rogers, possessed enslaved persons in his Virginia household until the early 1850s, roughly a decade before he founded the Institute, according to new

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,