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Cooking with Antoinette
Jan/20 Thu 12:00PM–01:30PM

Antoinette’s cooking sessions are always open to the entire MIT community, and you are welcome to cook with us or just observe!

Please join us for the IAP cooking session on Thursday, January 20 from 12noon to 1:30pm.

This month, Antoinette will be showing us how to cook a Caribbean dish, Stew Curry Chicken Pelau (*can be made without meat), as well as a Quick Coleslaw. 

*Note: For the stew curry chicken pelau, if possible please marinate the chicken overnight before we meet on Zoom.

Recipes for 2021-2022 are found here.

Recurring Zoom link:  https://mit.zoom.us/j/92402061745

Sign up for reminders: https://forms.gle/7wbCKwvNeU4yiTbe6 

Emergency Preparedness for Your Home
Jan/26 Wed 11:00AM–12:00PM

People and families that plan for emergencies will:

  • Help keep people safe;
  • Limit property damage;
  • Know what to do during and after a disaster;
  • Better manage their savings;
  • Support community preparedness; and
  • Help their community get back up and running after a disaster.

Taking simple actions to protect against disaster helps you, your family, your community, and your country in important ways.  This training will help guide you through the initial stages for developing your own resposne plans for your home and loved ones.

Flipping Failure IAP 2022 Workshop Series
Jan/12 Wed 10:00AM–02:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 10:00AM–12:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 10:00AM–12:00PM

Have you ever faced an academic challenge and wished you could share what you learned with peers?

Craft and share your story by joining the Flipping Failure IAP Workshop Series

The workshop series will be a guided process of reflection and discovery to capture and transfigure your unique story. Participants will work with a media artist and a storyteller coach (and past winner of The Moth StorySLAM) to craft their stories into creative audio narratives to be featured in the Flipping Failure website.

To apply, click here

Who should participate

Any undergraduate and graduate student interested in sharing their story of academic challenge, particularly through a creative lens. 

Please note that to establish a close-knit cohort and provide adequate coaching;

  • space is limited to 6 participants.
  • attendance is required for all workshops.

Admitted participants will be notified on a rolling basis. 

We welcome stories of ALL academic challenges. We are also particularly interested in stories that address challenges in navigating professor/advisor relationships, searching for internships and academic jobs, deciding among different career paths (example, industry vs. academia), or balancing work and life. These themes recently emerged as particularly relevant to current MIT undergraduate and graduate students and are ones that are not as well represented on the Flipping Failure site.

 

Duration and time commitment: 

Approximately 9 hours of remote workshop time (over Zoom):

  • WED, 1/12 | 10-2 pm (with lunch break)
  • FRI, 1/14 | 10-12 pm 
  • WED, 1/19 | 10-12 pm 
  • 1-hour individual meeting scheduled at a time that works for you during week of Jan 20-27 (over Zoom)

For more information about this series navigate HERE.

IAP: (Closed) Introduction to American Sign Language
Jan/05 Wed 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/06 Thu 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/07 Fri 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/10 Mon 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/11 Tue 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/12 Wed 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/13 Thu 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/14 Fri 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/17 Mon 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/18 Tue 10:00AM–11:30AM
Jan/19 Wed 10:00AM–11:30AM

Global Languages is happy to offer a non-credit class, Introduction to American Sign Language, during IAP 2022. Ten sessions will be held from January 5 to January 19, 10:00 – 11:30 am. This is a virtual / Zoom class. 

This non-credit IAP class is an introduction to elementary aspects of American Sign Language and to Deaf culture for those with no prior experience. Sessions will focus on gaining specific areas of basic understanding/competency which can be applied to later introductory studies of ASL. Participants will also interact with topics including the role of ASL in Deaf history, current culture, and others.

Sessions will be led by Andrew Bottoms. Andrew Bottoms was born and raised in a Deaf family from North Carolina and American Sign Language (ASL) is his native language. Bottoms graduated from Gallaudet University with two bachelor degrees, one in American Sign Language (ASL) and the other in Deaf Studies.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants with the expectation of attendance at all 10 sessions. Open to members of the MIT community.

Registration is required. All registrants will be contacted by December 23 with confirmation of enrollment or information on placement in a wait list (in the event of over-enrollment).

Registration closed!
Please sign interest form for future activities!

Due to interest well exceeding capacity, Global Languages has closed registration for ASL in IAP. Those who submitted a registration form will be contacted regarding enrollment or placement on the wait list.

If you are interested in future activities related to American Sign Language and Deaf culture, please submit your name and email at this Interest Form.

Global Languages is appreciative of the great show of interest in ASL and we hope we can bring such opportunities to the MIT community again soon.

 

IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge Virtual Proposal Writing Workshop
Jan/12 Wed 12:30PM–02:00PM

Do you have an idea addressing social and environmental challenges of our day? Then, join the IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge proposal writing workshop to help you formulate a proposal that you can submit to the annual challenge by the deadline on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 6 PM EST. 

It Must Be Now! Terri Lyne Carrington, Braxton Cook, and Sean Jones: renowned jazz artists on composing with a social justice lens
Jan/13 Thu 05:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 05:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 05:00PM

Three Thursday conversations with renowned jazz artists on composing with a
social justice lens

IAP 2021: It Must Be Now!— Advancing social justice actions through music and media

January 13, 20, and 27: 5:00-6:30pm

Attend individual conversations or the full series as a whole: these events are remote and will be live-streamed on Zoom. This event was previously scheduled for the Lewis Library but will now be a virtual event, register for event link.

Join Terri Lyne Carrington, Braxton Cook, and Sean Jones, the composers for It Must Be Now! (IMBN!) as they each discuss their process for composing new music on themes of racial and social injustice.

IMBN! is a multi-year project culminating in a large-scale work for MIT musicians on May 7th, 2022. These conversations over IAP aim to provide an opportunity for the composers to share the behind-the-scenes of their creative process, and for the MIT/Greater Boston community to engage in open dialogue about how these themes take hold across the MIT campus and beyond.

Attend individual conversations or the full series as a whole. Light refreshments served after each event.

Register here.

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Between the Light and the Dark

Thursday, January 13th — 5:00-6:30pm

Braxton Cook’s composition dives into the juxtaposition between the light and the dark as he questions where we find ourselves as a society facing the collective trauma of the pandemic and police brutality while attempting to adjust our perspective to emphasize what we have instead of what we’ve lost. The audience conversation will be facilitated by Tracie D. Jones, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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The Resilience of Black Women

Thursday, January 20th — 5:00-6:30pm

Terri Lyne Carrington’s composition investigates the common struggles, inherent truths and sheer resilience of Black women, born into a world of injustice and tasked with navigating the overt and subliminal burdens placed on them while claiming the right to be free and whole. Carrington’s piece reflects on the legacy of creativity and invention of enslaved Africans and their descendants and aims to find a path forward to abolition, self-determination, and justice.

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What if we were all connected?

Thursday, January 27th – 5:00-6:30pm

Sean Jones’ composition explores the concept of Pangea (an ancient supercontinent) as an Afrofuturism vehicle, probing the question of whether a more geographically linked world would still cause such deep rifts and misunderstandings of who we are as human beings?

These conversations are sponsored by the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, the MIT Lewis Music Library, and MIT Music and Theater Arts.

It Must Be Now! Performance
Saturday, May 7, 2022
More details coming soon

Restorative Justice: ICEO Community Dialogues
Jan/19 Wed 12:00PM–01:00PM
Transforming Communities, Classrooms and Conflict
 
Restorative justice challenges us to hold ourselves and our communities accountable to cultivating and maintaining the relationships and systems that deeply center our humanity and align with our core values. How can restorative practices be used to not only address interpersonal harm but transform the ways in which we live, work and learn together in service of a more just and equitable society?
 
In this interactive presentation and discussion, participants will be introduced to the indigenous origins and core tenants of restorative justice; its contemporary practices and applications on college campuses, and how it can help us realize our vision for equity, inclusion and belonging. 
 
The session will be led by Nina Harris, Restorative Resolutions Coordinator (Institute Discrimination Harassment & Response).
 
Seminar: Innovation and Social Justice
Jan/12 Wed 11:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/19 Wed 11:00AM–12:30PM
Jan/26 Wed 11:00AM–12:30PM

Whether you are seeking inspiration or already committed to making the world better and just, this series will give you indispensable insights and the tools you need. It draws from the speaker’s experience at the frontline, and from philosophy, history and sociology to address the nature of justice, injustice and paths to justice.

Manish Bhardwaj is a Fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values. He is the James Wei Visiting Professor at the Keller Center at Princeton where he teaches idealism, and entrepreneurship in the service of justice. He is the co-founder of Innovators In Health (IIH) which delivers healthcare to the rural poor in India. IIH works through accompaniment, addressing the particular barriers of a particular person in a particular place. Over the past 11 years, IIH has served more than 100,000 patients. Partnering with more than 800 female community healthcare workers, the organization has doubled access to TB treatment, and cut neonatal mortality by more than a third. Manish has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stretch Your Impact - Using Social Media for Good
Jan/27 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Join the PKG Center for our last “Stretch Your Impact” session of IAP. 

For this season finale, we are thrilled to be joined by Pabel Martinez and Adán Chávez. Currently, Pabel serves as Founder and CEO of Plurawl and Global Account Director at Tik Tok. Adán is U.S. Politics and Global Outreach Manager for Meta, previously know as Facebook.

Learn more about our speakers here. 

On Zoom - RSVP to get link.

Stretch Your Impact - social impact tech in education
Jan/13 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Looking to learn more about education, technology, and entrepreneurship?

Do you love music? 

Join the PKG Center and Rhymes with Reason to learn more about using education entrepreneurship to innovate.

We will be joined by Founder & CEO of Rhymes with Reason, Austin Martin. Rhymes with Reason is a "web-based educational platform that uses popular music to help students learn standardized, literacy-related topics, including vocabulary." Austin founded the organization while an undergraduate at Brown University as a means of making education more equitable and culturally inclusive of minority youth. Want to learn more? Watch Austin’s TED Talk learn more about his social innovation in education.  

On Zoom - RSVP to get link 

Thursday, January 13th, at noon ET

Summer Internships with Coding it Forward - info session
Jan/06 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

Looking for a meaningful tech internship for next summer?

Want to innovate at the intersection of tech and public service?

Join the PKG Center and Coding it Forward to learn about paid tech internships in government in the US. 

 

On Zoom - RSVP to get the Zoom link

Thursday, January 6th, noon ET

 

In 2017, a group of Boston-area technology students found themselves frustrated by the lack of mission-driven technical internships - so they decided to do something about it! Today, Coding it Forward offers paid internships for innovative technology students to work with federal, state, and local government offices. Applications for the summer programs open in January.

 

  • As a Civic Digital Fellow, you can spend the summer deepening your understanding of the technology behind federal government services and applying your skills to develop solutions that will serve everyday Americans.
  • Or, apply to the Civic Innovation Corps for the opportunity to collaborate with a host office at the state or local level to make government more effective and efficient for all.

 

Hear from MIT students who’ve participated recently and bring your questions for Coding it Forward’s Deputy Director, Ariana Soto.

The Future is Flexible: MLK Scholar Kristen Dorsey
Jan/27 Thu 12:00PM–01:00PM

MLK Visiting Scholar Kristen Dorsey talks about developments in soft mechanical sensors, 3D printed textiles, and more; the need for culture change in academic to support a more diverse generation of engineers.

UNBOXING RELIGION: Christian History: A Quick Trip Through 2,000 Years
Jan/25 Tue 02:00PM–03:00PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

Christian History: A Quick Trip Through 2,000 Years

Fr. Michael Medas (Catholic Chaplain), Pastor Andrew Heisen (Lutheran Chaplain) and Deacon James Wilcox (Saint Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: Jews and Judaism 101
Jan/26 Wed 12:00PM–01:00PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

 

Jews and Judaism 101

Rabbi Menachem Altein (Jewish Chaplain, Chabad)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: The Bahá’í Faith
Jan/27 Thu 07:00PM–08:30PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

The Bahá’í Faith

Brian Aull (Bahá’í Chaplain)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: Understanding Hinduism
Jan/28 Fri 02:00PM–03:00PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

Understanding Hinduism

Swami Tyagananda (Hindu Chaplain)

Registration Link

UNBOXING RELIGION: Understanding Islam and Muslims
Jan/26 Wed 04:00PM–05:30PM

In this series of virtual classes, ORSEL chaplains and guests will introduce you to the world’s religious traditions. Attend one session, or as many as you like.

Learn about the diversity of human beings -- the questions they ask and the answers they find. Better understand history and current events. And get to know your neighbors in a new way.

Understanding Islam and Muslims

Sister Nada El-Alami (Muslim Chaplain)

Registration Link

(also offered: Thurs. 1/13 12:00-1:30 and Tues. 1/18 2:00-3:30)

Understanding Islam and Muslims
Jan/13 Thu 12:00PM–01:30PM

Islam is frequently talked about in the media, but continues to be a mystery to most people. What is the Muslim's concept of God? The afterlife? Who was prophet Muhammad? What do Muslims say about Abraham, Moses, and Jesus? What are the core beliefs and practices of Islam? This session offers an opportunity to get to know our Muslim students a little bit better, see beyond common misconceptions, and learn from Muslims about their fourteen-century old faith, professed by 1.8 billion people worldwide. This is a 90 minute interactive workshop with participation from students and time allotted for Q&A. 

Understanding Islam and Muslims
Jan/13 Thu 12:00PM–01:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 02:00PM–03:30PM
Jan/26 Wed 04:00PM–05:30PM

Islam is frequently talked about in the media, but continues to be a mystery to most people. What is the Muslim's concept of God? The afterlife? Who was prophet Muhammad? What do Muslims say about Abraham, Moses, and Jesus? What are the core beliefs and practices of Islam? This session offers an opportunity to get to know our Muslim students a little bit better, see beyond common misconceptions, and learn from Muslims about their fourteen-century old faith, professed by 1.8 billion people worldwide. This is a 90 minute interactive workshop with participation from students and time allotted for Q&A.