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2019 MLK Luncheon Seminars

RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty at  sfenty@mit.edu and let her know of any dietary restrictions

Featuring lectures by MLK visiting faculty and other members of the MIT community that enhance scholarship and enrich intellectual life on campus. Click here for additional Institute events that honor the spirit of Dr. King.


Our 2019 Luncheon Seminars will feature 5 MLK Visitors, whose information you can find at https://mitmlkscholars.wpengine.com/.  Please mark the following date(s) on your calendars:

December 4, 2019
End of Semester MLK Visiting Scholar Celebration
6-7:30pm​ | Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA 02142

December 11, 2019: Dr. Jamie Macbeth
A Non-linguistic Representation System for Language Understanding

January 13, 2020: Dr. Tina Opie

February 13, 2020: Dr. Rhonda Williams

March 12, 2020: Dr. Ben McDonald

April 9, 2020: Dr. Matthew Schumaker

April 23, 2020: Dr. Kasso Okoudjou

May 22, 2020: Farewell Luncheon

MLK Math: Massey’s Mentorship

Princeton's William Massey (foreground) gathered with mentees--and former MIT MLK Scholars.
From left: Robert Hampshire, William Massey, Arlie Petters, and Otis Jennings. (Photo: Steve Exum)

In decades of mentoring minority and women mathematicians, Princeton engineering professor William Massey has done more than foster a new, more diverse generation of mathematical scholars. He has created a community of colleagues who support and inspire each other’s research, including Massey’s own.

Above: Massey gathered with mentees and former MLK Scholars. From left: Robert Hampshire, William Massey, Arlie Petters, and Otis Jennings
Credit: Steve Exum

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