Faculty News

This page lists some of the activities our staff have gotten up to of late. Some are rather academic, and some are of the more fun variety.

2019

Anne McCants

  • President, International Economic History Association, 2018(-21).
  • “Polygamy, the Commodification of Women and Long-Run Economic Development.” Yale (April 2019).
  • “Institutions Are Not the Rules of the Game.” Baltic Connections Conference, Helsinki, Finland (March 2019).
  • “Social Entropy and Economic History.” Oxford University Seminar in Economic and Social History, Oxford, UK (November 2018).

Diana Henderson

  • “Romancing King Lear: Hobson’s Choice, Life Goes On, and Beyond,” for a King Lear on Screen. Eds. Sarah Hatchuel, Nathalie Vienne-Guerin, and Victoria Bladen, Cambridge University Press (2019).

2018

Anne McCants

  • Host, World Economic History Congress at MIT (August 2018).
  • “Global History and the History of Consumption: Congruence and Divergence,” in Global History and New Polycentric Approaches: Europe, Asia and the Americas in a World Network System (2018).
  • Q&A: Anne McCants on ‘Waves of Globalization,’ the 2018 World Economic History Congress at MIT” (Summer 2018).
  • “Social Entropy and Economic History.” World Economic History Congress, Boston, MA (August 2018).
  • “The Origins of Disorder: Why do Nations Fail to Thrive?” Economic and Business History Society, Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • “Polygamy, Social Institutions and Long Run Economic Growth.” European Social Science History Conference, Belfast, UK.
  • “Economic History and the Historians.” Invited panelist for The Future of Economic History at the Allied Social Science Association meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Linda Rabieh

  • “Fellow Travelers or Frenemies: Socrates and the Eleatic Stranger on the Knower’s Need to Rule in Plato’s Statesman.” Northeast Political Science Association annual meeting, Montreal, Canada (November 2018).
  • Panelist, Professors Professing Publicly: Embracing a Religious Identity in Academia, MIT (September 2018).

Diana Henderson

  • “‘This Distracted Globe’: Broadcasting Copiousness and Commonality in the Global Shakespeare Video and Performance Archive.” Broadcast Your Shakespeare: Continuity and Change Across Media, ed. Stephen O’Neill. Bloomsbury Publishing [Arden], 2018: 67-85.

2017

Linda Rabieh

  • “Yes, We Can! The Eleatic Stranger’s Political Education in Plato’s Statesman.” Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Eros: You Can’t Live With It; You Can’t Live Without It.”  New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Providence, RI.
  • Review of Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras’ Challenge to Socrates, by Robert C. Bartlett. Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 43.3 (2017).
  • “Ancient Insights on Morality and War in an Age of Drones and Cyber Warfare.” Speaker, Leading Jewish Minds @ MIT, Cambridge, MA.
  • Co-leader, Concourse/History, IAP in “ancient Greece” (January 2017).

Diana Henderson

  • Scholar Social @ Central Square Theatre, following Bedlam’s What You Will (June 2016).
  • “The Merchant in Venice: Shylock’s Unheimlich Return,” Shakespeare in Cross-Cultural Spaces, special issue of Multicultural Shakespeares. eds. Varsha Panjwani and Robert Sawyer 14.2 (2017): 165-180.
  • “Reflections on Shakespeare 2016, Part One: Elsinore,” blog for the MIT Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive, March 31, 2017, at: http://globalshakespeares.mit.edu/blog/2017/03/31/reflections-on-shakespeare-2016-part-one-elsinore/
  • “Genre and Modernity in Hobson’s Choice and Life Goes On.” Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture 26, no. 52, December 2016 [published March 2017], “Versions of King Lear.” Eds. Martin Procházka, Michael Neill and David Schalkwyk: 49-57.

Anne McCants

  • “History and Social Science in an Age of Uncertainty.”  Keynote speaker, Southwestern Social Science Association annual meeting, Austin, TX (April 2017).
  • “Growth, Inequality, and Well-Being: Lessons from Economic History for Uncertain Times.”  Burchard Scholars Lecture, MIT (March 2017).
  • “Engaging History with the Beaver Press.”  MacVicar Day Symposium on Pushing Boundaries: A Legacy of Learning Through Exploration and Discovery (March 2017).

2016

Jolyon Bloomfield

  • “Tools for Digital Learning.” xTalk (March 2016).
  • “Predicting Primordial Black Hole Formation”, Astrophysics Lunch Seminar at Cornell University (January 2016).

Anne McCants

Linda Rabieh

  • Co-leader, Concourse/History: IAP in ancient Rome.
  • Infinite Mile Award

Diana Henderson

  • “The Importance of Being Hawkes,” and “Star Wars and Shakespearean SpaceTime: On Mentors and Our Collective Future,” for “The Importance of Being Hawkes” Forum, Shakespeare Studies vol. 44 (2016): 17-21, 137-148.
  • “Magic in the Chains: Othello, Omkara, and the materiality of gender across time and media.” The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment. Ed. Valerie Traub. Oxford UP, 2016: 673-693.
  • “Tempestuous Transitions and Double Vision: from early to late modern gendered performances on stage, film, and in higher education.” Rethinking Feminism in Early Modern Studies: Gender, Race, and Sexuality. Eds. Ania Loomba and Melissa Sanchez. Routledge, 2016: 59-71.
  • “Pluralizing Performance.” Shakespeare in Our Time: Critical Perspectives; the Shakespeare Association of America Companion. Eds. Dympna Callaghan and Suzanne Gossett. Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016: 311-319.
  • “Shakespeare Into Fiction.” The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (print and online editions). Ed. Bruce Smith. Cambridge University Press. 2016: 1707-1715.

2015

Anne McCants

  • “The liberal studies curriculum as the basis for an engineering education.” Engineering Studies: Journal of the International Network for Engineering Studies, (Special Issue: Liberal Studies in Engineering).
  • “Historical Demography,” in the Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, edited by Hamish Scott, Oxford University Press.
  • Public Lecture, Boston Museum of Fine Arts: “Town Dwellers and Market Sellers: Economy and Society in the Dutch Golden Age” in conjunction with Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer exhibition.
  • “Making Global Consumers: The Social Reach of 18th Century Trading Companies.”  Keynote speaker at VI Jornadas Uruguayas de Historia Económica, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Linda Rabieh

  • “Leo Strauss on the Politics of Plato’s Republic.” In Companion to Leo Strauss’ Writings on Classical Political Thought. Brill Academic Publishers.
  • “Humane Warfare: An Ancient Perspective on a Modern Dilemma.” In Search of Humanity. Lexington Books.
  • “Ancient Political Philosophy and Ethics in War.” Invited lecture for the Charles Carroll Program, Department of Political Science, College of the Holy Cross.
  • “Ancient Insights on Morality and War in the Age of Drones, Cyber Warfare, and Stateless Terrorism.” Invited lecture for the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas. Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Co-leader, Concourse/History: IAP in ancient Greece.

Elizabeth Vogel Taylor

  • Faculty guest speaker, MIT KEYs Program, Keys for Empowering Youth.
  • Keynote speaker at the CSIE UM 2015 Symposium, University of Michigan.
  • Video host for Unit 5: Making Molecules, in Annenberg Learner’s Chemistry Modules. Produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Media Group.
  • Faculty profile, in MIT’s The Techhttps://thetech.com/2011/04/26/taylor-v131-n22

Diana Henderson

  • “Shadow Soldiers and Precarious Unions: the Legacies of Shakespeare’s History Play.” Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Vol. 151 (2015), ed. Sabine Schuelting: 38-52.

Jolyon Bloomfield

  • “Technological Advances in Physics Pedagogy”, MITx Significant Interest Group presentation, 5/15/2015
  • “Formalism for Primordial Black Hole Formation in Spherical Symmetry”, Jolyon Bloomfield, Daniel Bulhosa and Stephen Face, 2015. http://arxiv.org/abs/1504.02071