Said and Done

Humanities, arts and social sciences digest for July/August 2011.


Said and Done is the monthly, photo-rich publication from MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, integrating feature articles with news, research and events to give you a distilled overview of the school's endeavors. For the complete edition, visit Said and Done. This month's highlights include:

Interview at Slate: MIT economist Jonathan Gruber's ideas shape health reform at state and national levels
Good health care — and health care delivery systems — are crucial to our personal, national and global well-being. Slate magazine interviews MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the world's leading health economists, whose ideas animate both the U.S. and Massachusetts health care models.
Interview at Slate
Q&A at Slate

MIT economists demonstrate the benefits of Medicaid
Landmark study shows the effects of the health insurance program: better health and fewer financial shocks for the poor, more bills paid for hospitals and doctors. Economics professors Amy Finkelstein (a principal investigator) and Jonathan Gruber contributed to the study.
Stories at the The New York Times and MIT News

John Tirman explores the fate of civilians in America's wars
Americans are greatly concerned about the number of our troops killed in battle, and rightly so. But why, Tirman asks, are we often oblivious to the far greater number of casualties suffered by those we fight and those we fight for? Tirman is a principal research scientist and executive director at the MIT Center for International Studies. His new book is The Deaths of Others.
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Bookshelf
The research of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences appears principally in the form of books and publications, as well as music and theater productions. These gems of the school provide new knowledge and analysis, innovation and insight, guidance for policy, and nourishment for lives.
Take a look

2011 Infinite Mile Awards recipients honored at luncheon

Congratulations to Jacqueline Breen, Literature; Margo Collett, History; Mabel Chin, History; Andrew Dorner, Economics; Kristen Ferry, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Richard Eberhardt, Comparative Media Studies; Harlene Miller, Center for International Studies; Peter Weise, German Lecturer in Foreign Languages and Literatures; and Marc Shotland, JPAL.
More + Photogallery

Tea with The Economist
The Economist magazine interviews MIT Professor of Economics Abhijit Banerjee on his transformative ideas for reducing poverty.
Video interview

MIT report cites arts as essential to mission

Rooted in experimentation, risk taking and imaginative problem solving, the arts at MIT connect creative minds across disciplines and encourage a lifetime of exploration and self-discovery. Artistic knowledge and creation strengthen MIT's ability to realize the aesthetic, human and social dimensions of research and innovation, and to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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Award-winning game, "Symon," available to play

Developed by the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, "Symon," the Best Browser Game from the 2010 Indie Game Challenge, has been updated with new features and is now free to play at Kongregate.
Story and links to game

Said and Done | August 2011 Edition



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Topics: Arts, Awards, honors and fellowships, Books and authors, Economics, Ethics, Faculty, Foreign policy, History, Humanities, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), Japan, Linguistics, Music, Poverty, Research, Social sciences, Game design

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