MIT Spotlight 20 January 2020 MIT is closed today to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Multiple other programs at the Institute also work to honor and advance Dr. King’s legacy. History MIT began its annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1975, seven years after his assassination. The memorial activities featured a breakfast

From MIT News, 14 January 2020 School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Kenda Mutongi [MIT MLK 2017-18] discusses the connection between Kenyan widows and the #MeToo movement, myths of African entrepreneurship, and the wider implications of her research. MIT Professor Kenda Mutongi teaches courses in African history, world history, and gender history. She is

  From Boston Globe, 9 December 2019: More than 200 academics from across the United States and other countries denounced Harvard University’s decision to deny tenure to a professor of Latinx Studies, in a letter sent to the university’s president on Monday. Harvard’s decision on Lorgia García Peña [2018-19 MIT MLK Visiting Professor]— who teaches Latinx literatures

UPDATE: The deadline for the MLK Leadership Awards has been extended by one week to Friday, December 6th . We strongly encourage you to nominate a deserving member of the MIT community.  You still have time! Tips on writing a nomination can be found at https://diversity.mit.edu/mlk-leadership-award/nomination-tips/ . Kindly,Acia Adams-HeathCo-lead, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning Committee To

  Terrence Blackman, 2012-13 MIT MLK Visiting Assistant Professor in Mathematics, has been appointed as a new Executive Council member of The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences (“Math Alliance”)—Building a New American Community in the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. Math Alliance is a community of math sciences faculty and students with

To the members of the MIT community, Each year, as we consider the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we are newly inspired by the values that defined his leadership: dignity, integrity, selflessness and moral vision. Rather than fading with time, Dr. King’s influence serves as a constant reminder of the need to keep striving

From MIT News, 8 October 2019: Founded in 1990, the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Visiting Professors and Scholars Program honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King by increasing the presence of, and recognizing the contributions of, underrepresented minority scholars at MIT. MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars enhance their scholarship through intellectual engagement

From The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 30 September 2019: Sean B. Seymore [MIT MLK Visiting Professor 2011-12] was named to the New York Alumni’s Chancellor’s Chair. He is a professor of law and a professor of chemistry at the university. Professor Seymore’s research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to

2019 PEN Courage Awardee: Anita Hill

PEN America will honor professor, lawyer, and equal rights advocate Anita Hill with the PEN Courage Award at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala on May 21, 2019 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment and advancing equity in the

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