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A snapshot into mindfulness for wellness
Jan/04 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–02:00PM

Are you interested in learning how to slow the hustle and bustle of the day? Want to learn techniques for managing anxiety and stress? Do you simply want some time to be still and just be in the present moment? Join this workshop! 

This course will consist of four one-hour sessions designed to provide a brief introduction to the benefits of mindfulness-based practices for overall wellness. Each session will consist of an overview of mindfulness approaches and will incorporate the practice of mindfulness exercises.  

Open to: undergraduate and graduate sstudents 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 
Prerequisite: None 
Registration: email Englann Taylor, Ph.D. etaylor@med.mit.edu

Registration deadline: 12/30/21

Ceramic Pitchers
Jan/06 Thu 07:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 07:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 07:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 07:00PM

In this four-week long intermediate and advanced level clay class, we will learn several pitcher forms. With an emphasis on handles and spouts, we will learn composition as well as the functionality of one of mankind’s earliest functional forms. With time permitting, several surface decorating techniques will also be introduced before bisque firing.

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes, and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square.  

Day/Time: 4 Thursdays starting January 6, 7:00-9:30pm

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Darrell Finnegan

 

Composite forms
Jan/04 Tue 04:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 04:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 04:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 04:00PM

This four week workshop will focus on composite forms; forms created from the combining of two or more wheel thrown parts. Learn the ‘how to’s’ of making a Moon Jar, graceful compote, or multi-sectioned vase. Intermediate wheel skills are a prerequisite.

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes, and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square. 

Day/Time: 4 Tuesdays starting January 4, 4:00-6:30pm

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Darrell Finnegan

 

 

Drawing to Paint A and B (2 sessions)
Jan/04 Tue 04:30PM
Jan/04 Tue 07:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 04:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 07:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 04:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 07:30PM
Jan/25 Tue 04:30PM
Jan/25 Tue 07:30PM

This four-week painting intensive begins with a simplified drawing—no need for expertise—of a subject of the student’s choosing. The under-drawing guides the painting; the fast-drying acrylic paint allows the works to be completed within the duration of course.

Any level of experience is welcome; all participants will complete a number of works, including one on canvas and several on paper. Practice your intuitive artistry while working with expansive ideation, and enjoy an insightful and modern historical overview with instructor artist Nancy Hart.

Materials you will need to bring to the first class:

  • Acrylics in primary colors: Yellow (chrome or cadmium-free), Blue (cerulean or cobalt), and Red (primary or cadmium-free)
  • Acrylics in Black and White
  • Optional Acrylics: Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Sap Green
  • Four brushes: Filbert, Bright, Flat, Round (Optional 1 1/2″)
  • Watercolor pad, minimum of 9 1/2 x 13″
  • Bristol, mixed media, or any heavy paper pad (any size)
  • Canvas 18 x 12″ notepad
  • Pencils: #2, HB, #7, and/or mechanical pencils
  • Ball-point or black pen
  • Erasers
  • Assorted Color Pilot pens, pencils, markers
  • 1-2 printed images that you may consider painting

Day/Time: 4 Wednesdays starting January 4, 4:30-7:00pm Session A; 7:30-10pm Session B

Location: SAA 2D Studio (W20-425)

Instructor: Nancy Hart

 

 

Groupflow - Leveraging AI to untangle the surprising link between ethics, happiness, and business success
Jan/25 Tue 02:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 02:00PM–04:00PM

This IAP course will teach you how to measure and increase individual happiness and wellbeing, team collaboration and performance, and organizational culture and values, by leveraging the latest advances in AI, NLP, machine learning, and social network analysis to reach groupflow. Groupflow extends the flow concept coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to teams. Groupflow enables teams to reach their highest productive and creative state, cooperating above and beyond of what each team member is capable of. Research has clearly shown what creates happy and motivated employees – giving them respect, empower them to take their own decisions, and be an empathic, humble leader – but it is awfully hard to actually lead by those principles.

Our approach consists of analyzing individuals’ communication patterns and making them self-aware by mirroring their behavior back to them in a privacy-respecting way.  This method is based on 20 years of research from our MIT Collaborative Innovation Networks (COIN) project on leadership, creativity, team building, and positive psychology.

The course is based on the forthcoming book “Groupflow - Leveraging AI to untangle the surprising link between ethics, happiness, and business success

Enrollment: advance signup required by January 23, limited to 25 participants

Attendance: first session teaches basic concepts; second session is small group discussion about use cases and potential projects

Prereq: Basic statistics skills and computer literacy

Instructor: Peter Gloor, pgloor@mit.edu

E-Mail instructor to sign up.

Introduction to Change Ringing - Virtually
Jan/05 Wed 07:00PM–08:30PM
Jan/10 Mon 07:00PM–08:30PM
Jan/12 Wed 07:00PM–08:30PM
Jan/19 Wed 07:00PM–08:30PM
Jan/24 Mon 07:00PM–08:30PM
Jan/26 Wed 07:00PM–08:30PM

Join the MIT Guild of Bellringers for an introduction to the art of change ringing.  Change ringing is a way of ringing bells with teams of ringers working together to create music in mathematical permutation form.  These sessions will be virtual, with some explanation then we'll use an online virtual platform, developed by a former MIT student, to practice change ringing.  We'll meet on google meetup then move to a Discord server.  Headphone are recommended for virtual ringing.

Come to any or all sessions.  If Covid allows, we may add in-person sessions at the local bell towers later in the month.

Mighty Mugs A and B (2 sessions)
Jan/03 Mon 12:00AM
Jan/10 Mon 12:00AM
Jan/24 Mon 12:00AM

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the mug. Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a mug fit for you, a family member, or even a friend! If you drink coffee or tea and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes, and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square. 

Day/Time: 4 Mondays starting January 3, 4:30-7:00pm

There is no class January 17.  

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Marc Mancuso

Momentum 2022 Competition Day
Jan/27 Thu 02:30PM–05:00PM

The Office of Minority Education (OME) invites all Institute members to our annual Momentum Competition Day on Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Each year, the OME collaborates with one industry partner to introduce a collaborative design course, 16.682 (Momentum). This year, we partnered with Lockheed Martin this year for a fully-virtual IAP and had students solve one of two challenges: This group was tasked to use drone flight simulation software and generate mission plans which task a virtual aircraft to either retrieve water and suppress wildfires, or go on a virtual search-and-rescue mission and identify lost people on a map. The competition day is a culmination of four weeks of work among our first-and-second year participants, and our 9 groups will be presenting their IAP final projects. 

 

To join our meeting, click the Join Stream button appearing on the right-hand side or enter https://mit.zoom.us/j/97544762011?pwd=UjQvTnZiZXRLbEFpd21TbHZTQ2VnQT09 in your search bar. The passcode for this meeting is 517059.

Sewing: Introduction to Apparel Construction
Jan/07 Fri 01:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 01:00PM

Explore the basics of clothing construction by creating a simple garment such as a tank top, skirt, or sweatshirt. Learn to use a sewing machine and serger, explore principles of fit, customize basic patterns, and make finish modifications. This class is intended for beginners interested in building a foundation; but more experienced sewists are also welcome and encouraged to bring their ideas. 

The Voxel Lab space will be available for students for the duration of the course; plan to spend time outside of class working on your projects if possible. Plain grey sweatshirt fabric and binding will be available; other materials will be provided by students. Thrifted garments or old clothes can be cut apart and used as fabric, please contact the instructors if you have questions.

 

Day/Time: 4 Fridays starting January 7, 1:00-3:30pm

Location: Voxel Lab (MIT Building E38, Room 391)

Instructors: Sarah Hirzel and Heidi Erickson

 

 

 

 

Super Bowls A and B (2 sessions)
Jan/05 Wed 12:00AM
Jan/12 Wed 12:00AM
Jan/19 Wed 12:00AM
Jan/26 Wed 12:00AM

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the bowl. Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a bowl fit for you, a family member or even a friend!  If you like cereal, soups and salads and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square.  

Day/Time: 4 Wednesdays starting January 5, A: 4:30-7:00pm and B: 7:30-10pm

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Marc Mancuso

 

Totally Teapots
Jan/04 Tue 07:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 07:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 07:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 07:00PM

Oval, wavy, stretched, or crazy, the teapot is a wonderful subject that will show us a balance between functionality and creativity. In this four week intermediate and advanced level IAP workshop, we will explore unusual forming techniques and surprising surface treatments that take us beyond the “round”. Would you like one lump or two?

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes, and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square.

Day/Time: 4 Tuesdays starting January 4, 7:00-10:00pm

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Darrell Finnegan

 

 

 

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. 

WCC Consultations are open during IAP 2022. Don’t wait -- schedule today!
Jan/03 Mon 09:00AM–06:00PM
Jan/04 Tue 09:00AM–06:00PM
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Jan/19 Wed 09:00AM–06:00PM
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Jan/21 Fri 09:00AM–06:00PM
Jan/24 Mon 09:00AM–06:00PM
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Jan/26 Wed 09:00AM–06:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 09:00AM–06:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 09:00AM–06:00PM

The Writing and Communication Center offers free one-on-one professional advice from communication experts with advanced degrees and publishing experience. The WCC can help you learn about all types of academic and professional writing and further develop your oral communication skills. You can learn more about WCC consultations at the WCC website and register with the online scheduler to make a remote appointment through https://mit.mywconline.com. Please note that the WCC hours are offered Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and fill up fast.