MIT SHASS News https://shass.mit.edu/news/rss Recent news from the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences en <![CDATA[Said and Done | October 2019]]> https://shass.mit.edu/magazine_oct19 News, Research, Kudos from the School community

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2616 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee win the Nobel Prize]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-economists-esther-duflo-and-abhijit-banerjee-win-nobel-prize Duflo and Banerjee, whose work has helped transform poverty alleviation, are co-winners of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, along with another co-winner, Harvard University economist Michael Kremer. 

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Mon, 14 Oct 2019 23:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2632 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[3 Questions: Ariel White on the impact of incarceration on voting]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-3-questions-ariel-white-impact-incarceration-voting "The story here is not just about whether people are legally allowed to vote, but about whether they are practically able to vote, whether they know they're allowed to vote, and whether they think they have any reason to do so."

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Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2629 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A look at Japan’s evolving intelligence efforts]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-special-duty-samuels New book by Richard Samuels examines the past and future of Japanese intelligence services in a rapidly shifting world.

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Fri, 11 Oct 2019 10:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2630 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[An interdisciplinary approach to accelerating human-machine collaboration]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-human-machine-collaboration-mindell Professor’s startup brings millimeter-scale location tracking to factories, ports, and other industrial environments.

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019 15:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2628 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[A new act for opera]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-zero-hour-opera-pollock Emily Richmond Pollock’s book examines creative attempts to refashion postwar opera after Germany’s “Year Zero.”

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019 15:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2627 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[The permanent struggle for liberty]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-struggle-liberty-acemoglu Daron Acemoglu’s new book examines the battle between state and society, which occasionally produces liberal-democratic freedom.

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2626 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Graduate Student Profiles Meet Marc Aidinoff, PhD candidate]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-graduate-student-profiles-meet-marc-aidinoff "What does it mean when civil rights become about access to computers and the Internet? When lack of Internet access is considered a form of poverty? These questions were getting under my skin. I wanted to know how social and economic policy were tied to changing ideas about technology."

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Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2623 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI Humanistic Perspectives from MIT]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit "With a sense of promise and urgency, we are embarked at MIT on an accelerated effort to more fully integrate the humanistic and technical forms of discovery in our curriculum and research, in our institutional structure, and in our habits of mind and action."

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Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2585 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[3 Questions with historian and Russia expert Elizabeth Wood]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-human-factor-historian-elizabeth-wood-us-russia-relationship How do we understand Russia’s multi-layered interference in the 2016 Elections? MIT historian and Russia expert Elizabeth Wood analyzes Russia’s motives.

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Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2621 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT Economist Parag Pathak honored by Science News]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-mit-economist-parag-pathak-honored-science-news Pathak, the Jane Berkowitz Carlton and Dennis William Carlton Professor of Microeconomics at MIT, has been named by Science News as one of 10 early- and mid-career scientists with great potential to shape the future of their field.

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Tue, 01 Oct 2019 10:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2622 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Looking under the surface of politics in Latin America]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-latin-american-politics-hidalgo Associate Professor Danny Hidalgo’s work reveals some difficult truths about money, elections, and political influence.

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Thu, 26 Sep 2019 15:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2620 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[How Christopher Weaver transformed video games and game studies]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-video-game-studies-weaver Weaver revolutionizes video games with physics, design, virtual reality, storytelling, and games for social change.

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Thu, 26 Sep 2019 10:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2619 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Women and Gender Studies | Ruth Perry, Sally Haslanger, Elizabeth Wood]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-wgs-perry-haslanger-wood "The Schwarzman College of Computing presents MIT with a unique opportunity to take a leadership role in addressing some of most pressing challenges that have emerged from the ubiquitous role computing technologies now play in our society — including how these technologies are reinforcing and even exacerbating social inequalities."

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2605 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[COMPUTING AND AI: HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVES FROM MIT Music | Eran Egozy]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-music-eran-egozy "Through the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, our responsibility will be not only to develop the new technologies of music creation, distribution, and interaction, but also to study their cultural implications and define the parameters of a harmonious outcome for all."
 

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 14:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2600 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Science, Technology, and Society | Eden Medina and Dwai Banerjee]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-sts-dwai-banerjee-and-eden-medina "A more global view of computing would demonstrate a broader range of possibilities than one centered on the American experience, while also illuminating how computer systems can reflect and respond to different needs and systems."

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2599 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Philosophy | Alex Byrne and Tamar Schapiro]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-philosophy-alex-byrne-and-tamar-schapiro “The new College of Computing presents an opportunity for MIT to be an intellectual leader in the ethics of technology. The Ethics Lab we propose could turn this opportunity into reality."

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2598 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Literature | Shankar Raman with Mary C. Fuller]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-literature-shankar-raman "At least three priorities of current literary engagement with the digital should be integrated into the SCC’s research and curriculum: democratization of knowledge; new modes of and possibilities for knowledge production; and critical analysis of the social conditions governing what can be known and who can know it."

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 13:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2597 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Linguistics | Faculty of MIT Linguistics]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-linguistics-faculty “Crucially, nearly all transformative new tools have come from researchers at institutions where linguists work side-by-side with computational researchers who are able to translate back and forth between computational properties of linguistic grammars and of other systems.”

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2596 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[COMPUTING AND AI: HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVES FROM MIT History | Jeffrey S. Ravel]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-history-jeffrey-ravel "The nuanced debates in which historians engage about causality provide a frame of reference for considering the issues that will inevitably emerge from new computing technologies. We may not be doomed to repeat the past if we do not study it. But we certainly miss an opportunity to imagine our way out of today’s existential threats if we do not appreciate the complexity of past crises."

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2595 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Global Languages | Emma Teng, with colleagues]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-global-languages-emma-teng "Language and culture learning is a gateway to international experiences and an important means to develop cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity. Such understanding is essential to addressing the social and ethical implications of the expanding array of technology affecting everyday life across the globe."

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:15:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2594 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Comparative Media Studies | William Uricchio]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-cms-william-uricchio "Given our research and practice focus, the CMS perspective can be a key one for understanding the implications of computation for knowledge and representation, as well as computation’s relationship to the critical process of how knowledge works in culture — the way it is formed, shared, and validated."

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2593 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Political Science | Faculty of the Department]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-political-science-faculty "The advance of computation gives rise to a number of conceptual and normative questions that are political, rather than ethical, in character. Political science and theory have a significant role in addressing such questions as: How do major players in the technology sector seek to legitimate their authority to make decisions that affect us all? And where should that authority actually reside in a democratic polity?"

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2604 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Economics | Nancy L. Rose and David Autor]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-economics-nancy-rose-and-david-autor "The affinity between economics and computer science traces back almost a century, to the founding of game theory in 1928. Today, the practical synergies between economics and computer science are flourishing. We outline some of the many opportunities for the two disciplines to engage more deeply through the new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing." 

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2603 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Anthropology | Heather Paxson]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-anthropology-heather-paxson "Incorporating anthropological thinking into the new College of Computing promises to help students become more effective and responsible coders, designers, and engineers. The study of anthropology can prepare students to live and work effectively and responsibly in a world of technological, demographic, and cultural exchanges."

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2602 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Writing | Thomas Levenson]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-writing-thomas-levenson "Computation and its applications in fields that directly affect society cannot be an unexamined good. Professional science and technology writers are a crucial resource for the mission of the SCC, and they need to be embedded within its research apparatus."

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019 01:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2589 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[COMPUTING AND AI: HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVES FROM MIT Foreword | Dean Melissa Nobles]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-foreword-dean-melissa-nobles "With a sense of promise and urgency, we are embarked at MIT on an accelerated effort to more fully integrate the humanistic and technical forms of discovery in our curriculum and research, in our institutional structure, and in our habits of mind and action. Together, the commentaries in this series offer a guidebook to myriad productive ways that humanistic, scientific, and technical fields can join forces at MIT and elsewhere."

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Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2614 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT reshapes itself to shape the future]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/2018-news-mit-announces-college-computing Gift of $350 million establishes the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, an unprecedented commitment to world-changing breakthroughs and their ethical application. "Faculty in a range of departments have a great deal to gain from new kinds of algorithmic tools," says Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, "and a great deal of insight to offer their makers.”

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Sat, 14 Sep 2019 16:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2423 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Provost's letter to the faculty about the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2018-new-college-provost Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2434 at https://shass.mit.edu <![CDATA[FAQ on the newly established MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing This set of FAQs offers information about the founding of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, announced today, and its implications for the MIT community and beyond.]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2018-faq-college-computing Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2433 at https://shass.mit.edu <![CDATA[GALLERY | NEWLY TENURED FACULTY 2019 Five MIT SHASS faculty members receive tenure]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-gallery-newly-tenured-faculty-2019 Dean Melissa Nobles and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences are delighted to announce that five members of the MIT SHASS faculty have received tenure. Their extensive research and writing investigates a wide variety of topics, from the history of western thought to electoral behavior in low-income areas.

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Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2611 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[VOICES OF MIT GRADUATE STUDENTS Meet Carolyn Stein: MIT Economics PhD student researches the economics of science]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-voices-mit-students-meet-carolyn-stein-economics "Scientists are often motivated by factors other than wages, but many insights from labor economics still help us understand how the field of science functions."

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Sun, 08 Sep 2019 21:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2609 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[GALLERY | NEW FACULTY 2019 Seven new faculty members join MIT SHASS]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-new-faculty-gallery Dean Melissa Nobles and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences are pleased to welcome the newest members of the MIT SHASS faculty. They come with diverse and broad research interests, from environmental economics to language formation to the history of the Chernobyl disaster.

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Fri, 06 Sep 2019 12:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2608 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[MIT Linguistics comparing primate vocalizations]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-linguistics-old-world-monkey Study shows Old World monkeys combine items in speech — but only two and never more, unlike humans.

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Wed, 04 Sep 2019 11:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2607 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Does cable news shape your views?]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-political-science-new-study MIT Political Science study finds partisan news coverage has a bigger impact on viewers without strong media preferences.

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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:45:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2606 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT Theater Arts | Sara Brown]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-computing-and-ai-humanistic-perspectives-mit-theater-arts-sara-brown "As a subject, artificial intelligence (AI) problematizes what is means to be human. There are an unending series of questions posed by the presence of an intelligent machine. The theater, as a synthetic art form that values and exploits liveness, is an ideal place to explore the complex and layered problems posed by AI and advanced computing."

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Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:30:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2601 at https://shass.mit.edu
<![CDATA[3 Questions with media historian Heather Hendershot On U.S. political discourse]]> https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-3-questions-heather-hendershot-political-media Media historian and expert on conservatism discusses the current state of political discourse and media in the U.S.

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Thu, 08 Aug 2019 23:00:00 -0400 MIT SHASS 2592 at https://shass.mit.edu