From University of Texas at Arlington News Center, 8 February 2019 Dr. Dereje Agonafer [MIT MLK Visiting Professor 2007-08, Mechanical Engineering], Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering – and is one of only two

From MIT News, 15 February 2019 In one of the less-remembered passages of Martin Luther King Jr.’s celebrated “I have a dream” speech in 1963, he spoke eloquently about the large debt owed by this country to its black citizens after centuries of oppression — which he described as a bad check that was being

SNAPSHOT: MLK Scholars Celebrate Community

From ICEO News, 12 February 2019 Graduate students had a lively evening [on December 14, 2018] socializing with the 2018-2019 MLK Visiting Scholars [Duane Lee, Kasso Okoudjou, Lorgia Garcia-Peña, and Matthew Schumaker] over scrumptious pizza.  In typical MIT style, interesting discussions related to research and beyond filled the room. It was an enjoyable and educational experience for all.

Recalling MLK’s Time in Cambridge

From Slice of MIT, 22 January 2019 On February 14, 2019, MIT will host its 45th annual Martin Luther King Celebration Luncheon, an MIT community event that celebrates King’s legacy and the Institute’s commitment to diversity. Past luncheons have featured a traditional silent march that travels from Lobby 7 to Kresge Auditorium and past speakers have included King’s

Nomination deadline: 11:59 pm on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 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,

News from Brown, 20 August 2018 Renowned Brown University physicist S. James Gates Jr. has been elected to lead the premier physics society in the U.S. PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University physics professor S. James Gates Jr. has been elected to the presidential line of the American Physical Society, a nonprofit that represents more than 55,000 physicists

Tracing the Ancestry of Our Stars Thursday April 19th 11:45am – 1pm MIT Room W20-306 MLK Visiting Scholar Duane Lee, Physics Please register:  https://tinyurl.com/yb3pljxk The question about our ancestral origins has always been a preoccupation of humans beings. Today that question receives even greater attention as advancements in genomics have allowed us to map out the likely origins

Sonic/Scenes Symposium Saturday April 21st 9:30am – 5:30pm W20-307 (Mezzanine Lounge), Student Center Keynote speakers: Tina Campt & Roshini Kempadoo Organized by MLK Visiting Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown Please register: tinyurl.com/sonicscenes This symposium is the sixth iteration of a continuing conversation with and between members of the Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Studies Seminar. The Dark Room is

  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