MIT's Moments of Decision: An Historical Retrospective


A panel discussion by MIT's own historians — taking place from 4-6 p.m. today in E14, the Media Lab Complex — will examine how the Institute has reflected and shaped the history of science and technology in America, from the antebellum period through the Cold War and into the 21st century.

Moderated by David Mindell, chair of the MIT150 Steering Committee and head of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, the panel includes

  • Karen Arenson '70, former Alumni Association president and education reporter for The New York Times;
  • Deborah Douglas, curator for science and technology at the MIT Museum;
  • John Durant, director of the MIT Museum;
  • David Kaiser, associate professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and author of Becoming MIT: Moments of Decision;
  • Merritt Roe Smith, Cutten Professor of the History of Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

MIT President Susan Hockfield will deliver the closing remarks.

The event is open to the public, with a reception to follow. For more information, visit the MIT150 website


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