Wednesday, December 17th at 12-1:30 pm at Sloan E62-350

Refreshments will be served before the seminar.
Please contactShauna Bush-Fenty at sfenty@mit.edu with any questions.

Understanding Security Threats in Modern Web Browsers

Web browsers are the user-facing gateway to important online services like email, video streaming, e-commerce, and social networking. Unfortunately, as web browsers become more complex, their threat surface increases, making the browser (and the pages that it displays) attractive targets for cyber-criminals. This talk will describe some specific threats to web security, and introduce several technologies that make it easier for developers to create safe web applications. These technologies preserve the rich interactive nature of modern web pages, while providing developers with better abstractions for reasoning about security.


Kimani Toussaint  presents at MIT’s MECHANICAL ENGINEERING COLLOQUIUM SERIES 2014-2015

Friday, November 14th at 4:00pm in 3-370

Refreshments will be served before the seminar.
Please contact Tony Pulsone at pulsone@mit.edu with any questions.

Development of Multifunctional Plasmonic Nanoantenna Arrays

Plasmonic nanoantennas continue to be attractive for a variety of potential applications in nanotechnology, biology, and photonics due to their ability to tightly confine and strongly enhance optical fields. In recent years, the PROBE Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has made significant developments in plasmonic nanoantenna technology by more closely exploring the rich parameter space associated with these structures. This talk will discuss our work with arrays of Au bowtie nanoantennas (BNAs) with an emphasis on harnessing their field enhancement properties for improved transport and manipulation of microparticles. In addition, recent efforts to introduce the mechanical degree-of-freedom by placing the BNAs on silicon dioxide pillars will also be discussed. Aside from the particle manipulation features that these pillar-supported BNAs (pBNAs) share with their substrate-bound counterparts, the use of pBNAs to record the optical near field will also be presented. The talk will conclude with a brief discussion on some of the future work pursued by the PROBE lab, including adapting BNAs for lab-on-achip applications and nanoscale acoustic generation.


Do you have questions about Africa that you want answered or are just curious about the continent? The “Ask Me Anything” series of events provides first-hand personal perspectives on diversity issues. We encourage faculty members, staff, and students to attend these events to learn more about the issues and about how to be effective allies and leaders, both within the MIT community and beyond. Sponsored by Africa Business Club, SWIM Breaking The Mold, and the Student Life Office.

Food will be served, please RSVP here.

Confirmed panelists include:Prof. Calestous Juma  – Panelist
MIT MLK Visiting Professor from Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project
WebsiteProf. Simon Johnson – Moderator
Professor of Entrepreneurship and of Global Economics Management at MIT Sloan

Tuoyo Ebigbeyi – Panelist
MBA 2016

David Machingaidze – Panelist
Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership

Perihan Abou-Zeid – Panelist
MBA 2015

You’re Invited: MLK Lunch Seminars

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars welcomed its newest cohort with a luncheon on Wednesday, September 24 at the Sloan School. You are cordially invited to attend our ongoing MLK Luncheon Seminar Series featuring talks by the 2014-2015 Scholars and other speakers. We look forward to you joining us!

Please contact Shauna Bush-Fenty at sfenty@mit.edu or 617-715-2066 to RSVP and note any dietary restrictions.


OCTOBER 22, 2014
Freedom to Innovate: Science, Technology and Engineering in African Development
Dr. Calestous Juma
12:00 PM- 1:30 PM
​MIT E62-350

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The Revolution Recodified: Social Media and Independent Culture in Cuba Today

In this Civic Media Lunch talk, Coco Fusco will discuss how independent journalists, activists, artists and musicians are using social media in Cuba to create an autonomous public sphere. Fusco is currently working on Dangerous Moves: Performance and Political Conduct in Cuba, a book about performance and activism in Cuba, to be published by Tate Publishing in 2015.  REGISTER HERE

Thursday, October 2, 2014 – 12:00pm
MIT Center for Civic Media
MIT Media Lab, 3rd Floor

Fall 2014 Seminar Series

October 8, 2014
Dr. Coco Fusco
October 22, 2014
Dr. Calestous Juma
November 5, 2014
Dr. James Mickens

MIT’s MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program welcomed its newest scholars with a luncheon on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Organized by the Institute Community and Equity Office, the event kicked off a series of monthly lectures that showcase the research of these outstanding scholars. Invited members of the MIT community include colleagues, departmental hosts, and key Institute administrators.

2013-14 MLK Lunch Seminar Series

Temporal Distance and Discrimination: An Audit Study in Academia
Modupe Akinola, Management

Enhancing Genomic Research Through a Native Lens
LeManuel Lee Bitsoi, Harvard

Between The World and Me:
The Case for Reparations
Ta’Nehisi Coates, Writing

Storing Energy in Plastics
Julio M. D’Arcy, Chemical Eng.

Comparing The Legacies of MLK and Mahatma Gandhi
Miloon Kothari, DUSP

Past, Present, and Future of Antibiotics
Jason K. Sello, Biology

ET Might Write
Christopher Rose, EECS

Ebony and Ivy: A Survey of the History of Colleges and Slavery
Craig Wilder, History Chair

Visualizing Blackness
Sandy Alexandre, Literature
Ta’Nehisi Coates, Writing
Nelly Rosario, Writing
Craig Wilder, History Chair