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Humanities, arts, and social sciences digest for February 2011
Books | The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture; Eveylyn Fox Keller (Duke University Press)
Books | The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture; Eveylyn Fox Keller (Duke University Press)
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George Frideric Handel

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 — in Cambridge and around the globe. For the complete February 2011 edition, visit Said and Done. A few highlights include:

Pesetsky elected a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
David Pesetsky, Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics, was chosen for “his innovative and critical research on syntactic theory, connecting it to issues in phonology, morphology, reading, language acquisition and neuroscience, and for his contributions to linguistic education at many levels.”
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Bartusiak Awarded the Davis Prize
The History of Science Society has awarded the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize to Marcia Bartusiak for The Day We Found the Universe, calling it "a beautifully written, informative book on a critical topic in the history of science" and a "rich, complex, yet crystal-clear narrative" that depicts a seminal moment in history.
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MIT150 | FAST | Festival of Arts + Technology + Science
The school's renowned music and theater sections are producing major events for FAST: Festival of Art + Technology + Science — a five-month series celebrating MIT's distinctive culture of creativity and invention. This month Hydriotaphia, a play by Tony Kushner, directed by Janet Sonenberg, head, Music and Theater Arts at MIT; and the Handel & Hayden Society's performance of Handel's Israel in Egypt.
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Fuller to lead NEH Summer Seminar at MIT
"English Encounters with the Americas, 1550-1610" is an NEH seminar for college professors to be held July 5-29, 2011 at MIT. Led by Mary Fuller, professor of literature, 16 selected seminar participants will explore primary sources on Anglo-American contact using evidence and methods from several disciplines.
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Is new media technology making us Alone Together?
“There is a real state of confusion about whether or not we have each other’s attention in our always-on connectivity culture,” says Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, in her new book. Story by Peter Dizikes, MIT News.
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Tracing the escape from poverty
Economist Robert Townsend's research shows how the poor in developing countries become wealthier. Story by Peter Dizikes, MIT News.
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Economists converge at MIT for major symposium
An array of stars in economics and finance, including seven Nobel Prize winners, prominent policymakers and influential public intellectuals, convened for “Economics and Finance: from Theory to Practice to Policy” — one of six academic symposia taking place to celebrate MIT’s 150th anniversary. Story by Peter Dizikes at MIT News.
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Opera News calls Ziporyn's new opera 'colossally imaginative'
"Ziporyn's West-meets-East adventure is a grand kaleidoscopic success that no one else could have dreamed up." — Opera News
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Paul Farmer on the path to real recovery in Haiti
Difficult as it is to look beyond the acute misery of Haiti’s current crisis, physician/anthropologist Paul Farmer proposes a focus on the nation’s “chronic problems.” There’s no shortage of recovery ideas, he says, but these will go nowhere if they do not also advance the long-neglected, basic rights of Haitians.
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