Said and Done

Humanities, arts, and social sciences digest for May 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:

Esther Duflo awarded the Clark Medal
Esther Duflo PhD '99, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics, has won the 2010 John Bates Clark medal, which is considered an indicator of future Nobel consideration. Duflo's research has prompted new ways of fighting poverty around the globe.
Kudos at Said and Done

Wilder and DeRobertis awarded Fulbright grants
Craig Wilder, Professor of History, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant to collaborate with colleagues in Israel. Charles DeRobertis ’10, a double major in Spanish and biology, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to work in Spain next year. 
Kudos at Said and Done

Howe charts anthropology's shift to collaborative model
In Chiefs, Scribes, and Ethnographers, James Howe, professor of anthropology, illuminates the dialogue at the heart of ethnography, and charts the Kuna's role in their own ethnography — a position that puts them at the forefront of anthropology's ongoing shift from an observational to a collaborative model. 
Research at Said and Done

Are we hard-wired for a basic moral sense?
If a runaway trolley is destined to hit a group of five people but can be diverted onto a track where it will hit only one, is it right to divert it? What if it can only be stopped by throwing somebody in front of it? 
Research at Said and Done

Profile: Edward Hoyt '57 | Founder, Hoyt Humanities Fund; Member of the Visiting Committee
Ed Hoyt, who directed Morgan Guaranty Trust's business in parts of Central and South America and its office in Singapore, says, "A grounding in the arts, humanities and social sciences develops the capacity to communicate ideas and manage solutions — skills that are necessary to making great ideas work in the world.”
Profiles at Said and Done

Why is the U.S. defense budget so big?
The "Audits of Conventional Wisdom" — a CIS publication — explores the answer.
Multimedia at Said and Done

Memorial service for Paul Anthony Samuelson
In a career that spanned seven decades, Nobel laureate and Institute Professor Paul Samuelson transformed his field, influenced millions of students and turned MIT into an economics powerhouse. This video and slideshow records the memorial gathering, held at MIT on April 10, 2010, to celebrate his life and career.
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Topics: Anthropology, Arts, Awards, honors and fellowships, Books and authors, Economics, Humanities, Philosophy

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