During the spring of 2011, a series of symposia designed and developed by teams of MIT faculty explored issues and topics of interest to MIT’s community of scholars, students, and staff.
Each symposium focused on large, synthetic questions, crossed multiple schools and departments, and undertook to be a significant, watershed moment in the intellectual history of its subject. The six symposia in no way covered the full range of research and activity on campus. Rather, as select examples, they epitomized the crossdisciplinary nature of MIT: economics and finance; integrative cancer research; women’s leadership in science and engineering; the age of computation; exploration of earth, air, ocean, and space; and brains, minds, and machines.
We honored our past and imagined the future of MIT, its research, and its people. All symposia in the series were open to the public, taking place in Kresge Auditorium.