17.908 Reading Seminar in Social Science: Race, Crime, and Citizenship in American Law (MIT)
This course surveys the relationship between race and crime in the United States, with a special emphasis on the role this relationship has played in the development of American ideas about citizenship and nationhood.
17.506 Ethnic Politics II (MIT)
This course is designed mainly for political science graduate students conducting or considering conducting research on identity politics. While 17.504 Ethnic Politics I is designed as a primarily theoretical course, Ethnic Politics II switches the focus to methods. It aims to familiarize the student with the current conventional approaches as well as major challenges to them. The course discusses definition and measurement issues as well as briefly addressing survey techniques and modeling.
21L.003-2 Reading Fiction (MIT)
Reading Fiction is designed to sharpen your skills as a critical reader. As we explore both short stories and novels focusing on the theme of "the city in literature," we will learn about the various elements that shape the way we read texts - structure, narrative voice, character development, novelistic experimentation, historical and political contexts and reader response.
17.906 Reading Seminar in Social Science: The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy (MIT)
This course focuses on strategic and political implications of ongoing trends in global energy markets, particularly markets for crude oil and natural gas. The course examines the world's major oil and natural gas producing regions: the Middle East, the Caspian Region, Russia, Venezuela, and the North Sea. Producer-consumer relationships are considered for China, India, Japan, and the United States. United States foreign policy implications, especially with respect to China, are discussed.
11.233 Research Design for Policy Analysis and Planning (MIT)
This course develops skills in research design for policy analysis and planning. The emphasis is on the logic of the research process and its constituent elements. The course relies on a seminar format so students are expected to read all of the assigned materials and come to class prepared to discuss key themes, ideas, and controversies. Since the materials draw broadly on the social sciences, and since students have diverse interests and methodological preferences, ongoing themes in our discus
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nov. 2, 2001
Former Harvard professor and White House fellow under Lyndon Johnson, Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of bestsellers The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson & the American Dream. Her articles on political issues have appeared in leading national publications, and she is a regular panelist for “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.” In 1995, she received a Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Goodwin has receiv
Professor Paul Franco, Sep. 8, 2006
Mr. Franco is a Professor of Government with teaching responsibilities in the history of political philosophy and contemporary political theory. Mr. Franco is the author of The Political Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott, Hegel’s Philosophy of Freedom, and most recently Michael Oakeshott: An Introduction.
Henry Laurence, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture, Common Hour September 12, 2008
"You Can't Say That! Keeping Terrorists, War Crimes and Gay Marriage off TV." Henry Laurence is an associate professor of government with a joint appointment in Asian studies at Bowdoin. He teaches courses in Japanese and comparative politics, media and politics, and international political economy. In 2007–2008 he was a research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. He is currently writing a book on broadcasting politics that compares the BBC, PB
China Lecture Series: "Elections and Chinese Understanding of Democracy"
Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University, Tianjian Shi specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on political culture and political participation in Chinese politics. He is the author of Political Participation in Beijing (Harvard University Press, 1997).
China Lecture Series: "China's Real Energy Crisis"
Associate Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Edward S. Steinfeld specializes in the political economy of reform in socialist and post-socialist systems. His book, Forging Reform in China (Cambridge University Press, 1998), explores the process of state enterprise restructuring in China and attempts to illuminate the institutional drivers of economic behavior in the Chinese system.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering '53: Priorities for the Next President of the United States in Foreign a
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering '53 holds the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He served as U.S. ambassador and representative to the United Nations in New York from 1989 to 1992, a period that saw an international coalition move effectively against Saddam Hussein's invasion o
McKeen Center Adam Weinberg '87: "Educating for Democracy" A former professor of sociology and dean of the college at Colgate University, Weinberg is currently executive vice president and SIT provost of World Learning. Weinberg has garnered national attention from major foundations for his work on civic education and promoting youth political engagement. Weinberg's talk is presented in conjunction with the opening and dedication of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin. The mission of the McKeen Center is to enable students
A former professor of sociology and dean of the college at Colgate University, Weinberg is currently executive vice president and SIT provost of World Learning. Weinberg has garnered national attention from major foundations for his work on civic education and promoting youth political engagement.
Weinberg's talk is presented in conjunction with the opening and dedication of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin. The mission of the McKeen Center is to enable students
Highland Park Free School. Program focuses on education as an 'equalizer' in America. Through segments that discuss the educational needs of the African American community, desegregation in public schools, and job discrimination, Program 112, illustrates the problems African Americans have had obtaining a good education. Program includes interview footage with Jim Cooper, a teacher at the Highland Park Free School, 'Commentary' by Sarah-Ann Shaw (in which she discusses Black thought in education
Historical justifications for the institution of slavery. Program focuses on the surgical and psychotropic research being proposed (and in some cases, implemented) to curb violent tendencies via the testing of prison inmates. Host Topper Carew speaks with inmates of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk and two groups of professionals in two separate interviews: the first with Rev. Edward Rodman (of the Episcopal Diocese of Boston) and Professor Stephan L. Chorover (of the MIT Ps
The 2006 Governor's Race: An Inside View
The Primary Election: November 2005 -- June 2006 Campaign managers, media experts and other top officials for all three major candidates discuss the campaign, from the underlying structure of the electorate to the day-to-day strategy to the outcome. Moderators: Scott Shafer, KQED Public Broadcasting; Randy Shandobil, KTVU News Schwarzenegger — Laying the Groundwork Opening Remarks: Bruce Cain, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies Panelists: Matthew Dowd; Susan Kennedy; Reed Galen; Adam
Rus United: State Mercantilism or Imperialism?
Speaker: Kenneth Jowitt, Pres and Maurine Hotchkis Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley Professor Jowitt examines the current Russian regime and tries to characterize it using a more apt comparative historical model of reference than the overused democracy-autocracy polemic. The Annual Colin Miller Memorial Lecture honors the memory of a journalist and radio and TV producer who was devoted to the Center
Building Nature: Topics in the Environmental History of Seattle and Spokane
This project shows how certain documents—business records, booster brochures, newspaper articles, city plans, engineering surveys and political campaign literature, to name a few—testify to the environmental history of urban places. The documents in this packet focus on trade, city boosters, urban design and planning.
The Perseus Digital Library
Perseus is an evolving digital library, engineering interactions through time, space, and language. Our primary goal is to bring a wide range of source materials to as large an audience as possible. We anticipate that greater accessibility to the sources for the study of the humanities will strengthen the quality of questions, lead to new avenues of research, and connect more people through the connection of ideas.
From molecules to physiology, PLoS Pathogens publishes important new ideas on bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions, and viruses that contribute to our understanding of the biology of pathogens and pathogen-host interactions.
"Music Can Make You Feel Like You're Not Quite So Helpless:" Pete Seeger on People's Music
Pete Seeger, folksinger, songwriter, and activist, provides a remarkable link between the radical culture of the 1930's and the protest culture of the 1960's. In 1940 Seeger met Woody Guthrie and the two formed the Almanac Singers, a leftist singing group that recorded pacifist and pro-union songs. After the war, Seeger formed the Weavers, a popular folk music group, but his successful career was hurt by Cold War red-baiting. While he lived and worked under siege for his political views during t