Chris Peterson SM '13
Dec 9 2016
As many of you know, there has been a lot of uncertainty in the United States since the election last month, with many students sharing their hopes and fears regarding the new administration, and many faculty articulating and affirming values they share as educators. In President Reif's letter to the community on November 9, the day after the election, he wrote that "Whatever may change in Washington... it will not change the values and mission that unite us."
One subject of uncertainty since the election has been the educational prospects of undocumented students, including (but not limited to) those who are registered for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Since 2012, when the program was launched, we have admitted and enrolled students with DACA; in 2014, the Tech profiled Jose G. '17, the current President of DreaMIT, the student group for undocumented students at MIT.
Because DACA (like immigration enforcement overall) is essentially a practice of executive... read the post »
Dec 7 2016
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Dec 4 2016
Longtime readers (i.e., those of you who didn't first tune into the blogs around the time the application went up) may recall Ceri, our prolific blogger/vlogger who graduated in June with a double-major in 7A/CMS and now writes for SciShow.
Mostly Ceri works behind the scenes, writing and editing science content for the show, but a few days ago she went in front of the camera to nerd-fight SciShow creator Hank Green as part of a science quiz series. I watched it and found equal parts educational and adorkable so I thought I would post it here too as a little window into (her) life after MIT.
Fun fact: Ceri doesn't know I'm posting this! At least she won't until it's up. So, hi Ceri!! I'm proud of you!!!!
Oct 28 2016
Earlier today I realized I haven't blogged since my hack documentation more than a month ago. There are a bunch of long, thoughtful, well-considered posts I've been meaning to write, but, like Phoebe, I'm a bit hosed right now, and I don't have the time or headspace to write them. But, like I tell our bloggers, not every blog post needs to aspire to being among the best of the blogs. As they used to tell us in grad school, done is better than good.
So here are some things I've been up to over the last few weeks. It's taking sort of list form because I'm a big fan of lists as practical and theoretical devices. Perhaps you did not know that lists are theoretical devices! As Ian Bogost writes in Alien Phenomenology,
Faced with such a situation, the first reaction we might have is that of the registrar, taking note of the many forms of being. Let’s adopt ontography as a name for a general inscriptive strategy, one that uncovers the repleteness of units and their interobjectivity.... read the post »
Sep 8 2016
As you probably know, we've taken to sending our acceptance letters out in little silver tubes. Every year we enclose something different. A few years ago, for example, we challenged students to hack their tubes; one aeronautical adMIT sent hers into space.
This past spring, for the Class of 2020, we enclosed the following note in the tube:
Yesterday, the Class of 2020 responded with a hacked eye-chart of their own:
(thanks Catherine Z. '20 and Shannon P. '20 for the pictures)
I strongly suspect the Class of 2020 is trying to tell us something. Can you guess what it might be?