Said and Done

Humanities, arts, and social sciences digest for August 2010


Said and Done is the monthly digest from MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. For a photo-rich version of current research, news, profiles and kudos, visit Said and Done. Highlights include:

Lively conference honors philosopher Judith Jarvis Thomson
Fundamental ethical questions were up for debate recently as distinguished moral philosophers gathered at MIT for a daylong conference on Normativity — a groundbreaking 2008 treatise by MIT philosophy professor emeritus Judith Jarvis Thomson. “Debate was vigorous, lively and good humored — in all the ways that humor can be good!” said Professor Richard Holton, head of the Philosophy Section.  
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2010 Levitan Awards for Excellence in Teaching announced
The School's Teaching Award Selection Committee has announced the recipients of the 2010 James A. '45 and Ruth Levitan Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations to faculty members Peter Child (music and theater arts); Stephen Ryan (economics); Lily Tsai (political science); and to lecturers Rebecca Faery (writing and humanistic studies); Steve Strang (writing and humanistic studies); Amadou Lamine Touré (music and theater arts); and teaching assistant Omer Preminger (linguistics).
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Drawing the Map of Life | new book from McElheny
Victor McElheny's new book describes how DNA will change our future. Drawing the Map of Life is the story of the Human Genome Project from its origins, through the race to order the 3 billion subunits of DNA, to the surprises emerging as scientists seek to exploit the molecule of heredity.
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Kendall Band Preservation Society merges music and engineering
The Kendall Band Preservation Society is a unique MIT student organization that merges music and engineering on behalf of restoring a major public art installation in the MBTA transportation system. Now you can keep in touch with the group's ongoing progress via their new website, blog and Facebook page. 
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Gamelan Galak Tika teams up with the Kronos Quartet for premiere of 'Super Collider'
Music and Theatre's Gamelan Galak Tika (a Balinese gamelan directed by Professor of Music Evan Ziporyn) teams up with the Kronos Quartet for the world premiere of MIT alum Christine Southworth's composition, "Super Collider." Part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Series, the Aug. 13 concert in Manhattan will also feature a set of new gamelan instruments designed by current and former MIT students.

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Soundings Magazine | Current Edition
Fresh ideas from the School's expansive research portfolio

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Said and Done | Full Edition | August 2010


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