Kenda Mutongi’s Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi has been awarded the Hagley Prize in Business History for 2018.  The prize is for the best book in business history (broadly defined) and consists of a medallion and check for $2,500. Mutongi will be awarded at the annual Business History Conference dinner, on Saturday, April 7,

From The Bay State Banner, 1 March 2018 One of only a few African Americans to find success in classical music, violist [and MIT Institute Professor] Marcus Thompson has garnered critical acclaim since the start of his illustrious career. The South Bronx native earned the Juilliard School’s first-ever doctorate in viola performance, and in 1968, he performed

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:

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

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

Garnette Cadogan: The Future of New Writing

The Future of New Writing: Introducing Freeman’s Issue Four Garnette Cadogan is among the 29 writers whose work “will continue to be traveling into the future—perhaps even define it,” according to Freeman’s. The literary journal is a new biannual of unpublished writing by former Granta editor and National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) president John Freeman, which brings together the best

From Truthdig, 9 June 2017:  Although headlines about Russia and James Comey have dominated mainstream media for most of Trump’s presidency thus far, damage to democracy has been going on behind the scenes. Advocates of net neutrality are watching in horror as Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission, works to destroy net neutrality

Former MLK Visiting Professors Christopher Rose and Sylvester James Gates, Jr. are part of Brown University’s diversity and inclusion action plan, which is committed to doubling the number of faculty from historically underrepresented groups, two initiatives are already attracting both early-career and experienced scholars to Brown. From “New programs seek to diversify faculty at Brown and beyond,” News