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Debate looks at national security

The Stratton Lecture, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Tang Center, will feature a debate about balancing national security with constitutional rights. President Lawrence Bacow of Tufts University (formerly chancellor of MIT), an expert on non-adjudicatory approaches to dispute resolution, will moderate the discussion. Panelists will be Juliette Kayyem of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; Andrew McCarthy, who specializes in the analysis of militant Islamic terror groups; and Robert M. O'Neil, professor of law and founding director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression at the University of Virginia.

Economic questions addressed

A special series of seminars on "Technology, the Economy, and the American Elections" has been arranged by MIT's Industrial Performance Center to highlight fundamental questions voters may have about the American economy and what can be done to strengthen its foundations. Both lectures will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoons.

On Oct. 21 Professor Ed Steinfeld of political science will speak on "China's Economic Rise and American Electoral Politics" in Room 4-237. Professors Suzanne Berger of political science and Charlie Sodini and Tayo Akinwande of electrical engineering and computer science will speak Oct. 28 on "Made All Over--What Globalization Means for Productivity, Innovation, and Jobs" in Room E51-395.

Faculty to meet today

A regular meeting of the faculty will be held today (Oct. 20) at 3:30 p.m. in the Kirsch Auditorium of the Stata Center. Agenda items are an update on the Cambridge-MIT Institute, by Professor Ed Crawley; a proposal for a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, by Professor David Hardt; a report on the Department of Nuclear Engineering name change, by Professor Ian Hutchinson; a report on the admissions, enrollment, housing and financial aid for the Class of 2008, by deans Larry Benedict, Marilee Jones and Robert Redwine; and a report from the Committee on Student Life, by Professor Hazel Sive.

Environmental fair planned

The Environment, Health and Safety Office at MIT will hold a fair tomorrow to increase awareness of environmental, health and safety issues at MIT. The EHS Fair will be held in La Sala de Puerto Rico in the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 21.

L2L program changes schedule

The Leader to Leader (L2L) program, which in its first three years provided leadership development to nearly 60 members of the Institute community, has been shifted to a biennial program. The next L2L will begin in January 2006. In the off-years, the program will hold L2L alumni activities.

Program staff shifted the schedule in order to conduct a thorough evaluation of all components; consider revisions suggested by the evaluation; strengthen the L2L alumni network and leverage the increased leadership capacity its graduates embody; consider ways to provide other types of leadership programs; and spread the cost of the 12-month program across two fiscal years.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 20, 2004 (download PDF).

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