A panel discussion by MIT’s own historians about how the Institute has reflected and shaped the history of science and technology in America, from the antebellum period through the Cold War and into the 21st century.

Moderated by David Mindell, chair of the MIT150 Steering Committee and head of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, the panel included

  • Karen Arenson '70, former Alumni Association president and education reporter for The New York Times
  • Deborah Douglas, curator for science and technology at the MIT Museum
  • John Durant, director of the MIT Museum
  • David Kaiser, associate professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and author of Becoming MIT: Moments of Decision
  • Merritt Roe Smith, Cutten professor of the history of technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society

President Susan Hockfield offered closing remarks.