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MIT HASTS program celebrates 25 years

Alumni return to campus to present their work at anniversary symposium.
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Deborah K. Fitzgerald
Deborah K. Fitzgerald
Photo: Donna Coveney

The MIT PhD program in History, Anthropology, Science, Technology & Society (HASTS) hosted a symposium recently to celebrate the program’s 25th anniversary.

Deborah K. Fitzgerald, the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, who also holds the title of longest-serving director of graduate studies of the HASTS program, gave an opening talk at the November event.

Remarking later on at the gathering, she said, “The anniversary symposium was a wonderful occasion to come together to celebrate the significance of this unparalleled program. Our mission in SHASS is to empower our students with the perspectives and skills needed to serve the nation and the world with distinction. The impressive work displayed by our HASTS alumni is a surpassing example of how well that goal is being achieved.”

Alumni research featured at symposium

The event featured presentations by 15 distinguished HASTS alumni, who gave talks on their current research in one of four categories: the environment; health and biology; technology; and infrastructure and communications. A précis of each presentation is included in the full story at the MIT SHASS News site.


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