Starr Forum: Innovation and Its Enemies A Book Talk by Calestous Juma 2014-2015 MLK Visiting Professor in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) Professor of the Practice of International Development Director, Science, Technology, Globalization Belfer Center for Science and International AffairsWHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 5-6:30pm CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE WHERE: 33 Massachusetts

Calestous Juma‘s new book bears a compelling cover image: a modern lightbulb shattering a traditional one from within. Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies, forthcoming in July 2016 by Oxford University Press, shows that many debates over new technologies are framed in the context of risks to moral values, human health, and environmental safety. But it argues that behind these

MLK 2014-2015 Visiting Professors & Scholars Farewell Luncheon Friday, June 12, 2015 Noon-1:30pm MIT Chipman Room (6-104) Please contact Shauna Bush-Fenty at to RSVP The Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO) is proud to host a farewell luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of MIT’s seven 2014-15 Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars. The MLK Faculty Committee, partners/friends

Calestous Juma: Africa rebooting

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 by

Calestous Juma‘s latest opinion piece in the April 2015 issue of NewAfrican Magazine: We all know Africa is a continent full of innovation. Now policy makers at all levels must put this strength, along with scientific and technical development, at the centre of economic strategies. Fortunately, the African Union has recently adopted a strategy that seeks to

STARR FORUM: SCIENCE & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY Thursday, April 09, 2015  6:00 pm–7:30 pm MIT Room 54-100, Green Building Free and open to the public For more information and to RSVP, please contact   Calestous Juma will moderate a Starr Forum panel on Science & Innovation Diplomacy, with welcoming remarks by Professor Fiona Murray, Faculty Director at the Martin

Among the judges for this year’s Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was Calestous Juma (pictured with Brian Cox, fellow panelist and professor at University of Manchester ). The Queen Elizabeth Prize, designed to become a “Nobel” for engineering, was set up with cross-party backing and industry support to celebrate innovators with global impact. The verdict is in: Professor

Calestous Juma on how Nigeria defeated ebola

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 by

Calestous Juma‘s latest article in The Guardian observes that the key to Nigeria’s successful containment of ebola is the strength of the public sector: state governments, universities and hospitals. “A brief look at the news suggests African countries aren’t stepping up their support to the affected countries,” writes Juma. “This view, however, ignores three important lessons from Africa’s response to the

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You’re Invited: MLK Lunch Seminars

Sunday, 28 September 2014 by

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 or 617-715-2066 to RSVP

MIT News Q&A with Calestous Juma

Sunday, 28 September 2014 by

How can Africa find new ways to spark economic growth? That was the focus of “Africa Rebooted,” a wide-ranging public symposium hosted by the Center for International Studies moderated by Calestous Juma on Sept. 24 at the Whitehead Institute. MIT News: You have worked with the African Union as a high-level advisor to develop its new 10-year Science, Technology