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Humanities, arts and social sciences digest for April 2011
How the Hippies Saved Physics, David Kaiser (W.W. Norton & Company, 2011)
How the Hippies Saved Physics, David Kaiser (W.W. Norton & Company, 2011)
Tahrir Square
Tahrir Square

Said and Done is the monthly, photo-rich publication from MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, integrating feature articles with news, research and events to give you a distilled overview of the school’s endeavors. For the complete edition, visit Said and Done. Highlights include:

Jay Scheib, associate professor of theater, wins 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship
The prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship is an award for advanced, mid-career professionals, who are chosen from among thousands of distinguished artists, scholars and scientists, for having "demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Pauline Maier's Ratification is Washington Book prize finalist
The Washington Book Prize, one of the largest book awards in the U.S., is given annually to the best book on America's founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.
More on Ratification by Pauline Maier

Japan's nuclear crisis and governmental response
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT experts discuss Japan's nuclear past, present and future from a political and engineering perspective. The presentation includes an eyewitness account of the crisis and the Japanese government's response.
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3 Questions: Liquidity lessons
Economist Bengt Holmstrom on the problems of borrowing and lending in a post-crash world, and the role of government in responding to crises.
By Peter Dizikes at MIT News

Research portfolio
Research is the engine for MIT's humanities, arts and social science disciplines to effect positive change around the world. The school's research and creativity helps reduce global poverty, safeguard elections, understand the past and present, improve health policy, articulate human morality, steer economies, plan space policy, assess the impact of new technologies, preserve endangered languages and create new forms at the juncture of art and science. 
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Suzanne Berger leads a team to re-think what it means to be "made in America."
MIT President Susan Hockfield has enlisted political science professor Suzanne Berger to undertake a game-changing study of America’s industrial economy. Berger and Phil Sharp, Nobel laureate in biology, are chairing a new interdisciplinary team called Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE).

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Saturday, April 30
MIT Open House | Great Ideas Event at Kresge Auditorium
Discover MIT’s creativity and research in the humanities, arts and social sciences. All day at Kresge Auditorium and surrounding courtyard, enjoy videos, great live music, interactive panels, and readings — as well as idea stations on anthropology, comparative media, economics, languages, history, international studies, linguistics, literature, music and theater, political science, philosophy, science, technology and society, women’s studies and writing. Performances by the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and more.
Open House information

Thursday, April 21-Saturday, April 23
Dance Technology and Circulations of the Social, V. 2.0
A dozen dance technology researchers will be at MIT to present media-focused research.
Full information

Lightman on art and science
A video interview with Alan Lightman, best-selling author of Einstein's Dreams, and the first professor at MIT to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and the humanities.
Watch at TechTV

Acemoglu on inequality and the financial crash
This podcast interview with Daron Acemoglu, Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Economics, examines the role of income inequality in the financial crash.

Inside Tahrir Square | CIS Starr Forum
Greek journalist Iason Athanasiadis presents an intimate photographic portrait of the Egyptian revolt from its epicenter in Tahrir Square, following the attacks by government loyalists on protesters on Jan. 25. David Weinberg provides perspectives on U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Said and Done | April 2011 edition

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