Said and Done

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences digest for April 2010


Said and Done is the monthly communications digest from MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. For the complete current review, visit Said and Done.

Highlights include:

RESEARCH PORTFOLIO

Literature + HyperStudio
Why was the Victorian serial novel such a success?
Released in serial format, these novels appealed to Victorians of all classes, who read them aloud in groups and passed the pages from hand to hand. What would it be like to read novels this way today? HyperStudio and the Literature section have teamed up to find out.

Linguistics
Why do questions take the form they do?
In Uttering Trees, published this month by MIT Press, linguist Norvin Richards presents research that explains how the noises we make help to shape the sentences we speak. Of Uttering Trees, linguist Elena Anagnostopoulou writes, "A brilliant book by one of the most creative minds in the field."

Bookshelf | Current Edition
New knowledge and analysis

NEWS

Norvin Richards, Professor of Linguistics, named MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Making the announcement, Rafael Reif said, “Appointment as a MacVicar Fellow recognizes professors who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and complete education of MIT undergraduates.”

Memorial gathering for Nobel laureate Paul Samuelson
Family, friends, and colleagues of the late Paul Samuelson will celebrate the MIT economist’s extraordinary life and legacy during a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, in Kresge Auditorium.

Premiere of Harbison work to honor Institute Professor Peter Diamond
On Friday, April 30, the retirement of Institute Professor Peter Diamond will be honored with the premiere of a work by composer John Harbison, another of MIT's Institute Professors. The piece, drolly titled "Diamond Watch," was commissioned by Priscilla (Kate) Myrick Diamond.

Migrations
The Dean's Office has moved to Building 4. Dean Fitzgerald and Associate Dean von Fintel are located in 4-212, and the rest of the Dean's Office staff is located in 4-240. All of us look forward to welcoming you to our new quarters.

Greener Online
Starting this season, the spring edition of Soundings becomes an online publication. School faculty and staff are automatically subscribed; all others can sign up to stay in touch with leading MIT research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Sign up for Soundings Online

MULTIMEDIA

Rebuilding Haiti
Four MIT panelists with strong ties to Haiti share their ideas and insights about the country's future.


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