The Friday Seminar

Thinking Across the Disciplines

Fridays 12:00-2:00 PM (16-136) 

The Concourse Seminar is dedicated in the spring to the critical epistemological question of how we can know those things that we think we know.  We will consider what knowledge consists of, how we acquire it, and how we can feel certain enough in it to provide us with a direction forward.  These broad concerns are not all addressed in the same way across the disciplines, as the standard(s) for truth claims can vary considerably depending on the object of one’s inquiry.  Over the course of the semester we will hear from a variety of MIT Faculty from a range of Science, Humanities, and Social Science disciplines about some aspect of their own work.  You will have the opportunity to see how different disciplines think: how they frame questions, how they gather evidence, and how they use that evidence to answer their questions.

Spring 2019 seminar schedule

February 8: Professor Anne McCants, History (Director, Concourse)
“Knowledge and Discovery”

February 15: Professor Kim Vandiver, Edgerton Center
“Who was Doc Edgerton?”

February 22: Professor Will Broadhead, History
Kakopoliteia: when is a republic not a republic?”

March 1: Karin Coonrod, Yale School of Drama
Judith, a new “music/text/chamber/hybrid/opera”

March 8: MIT Libraries
“The Research Lifecycle”

March 15: MIT Council for the Arts

March 29: Spring Break (No seminar)

April 5: Alexander Taylor, Director at Relay Therapeutics
“Rational Drug Discovery”

April 14: MIT Campus Preview Weekend (CPW)

April 19: Professor Stephanie Frampton, Literature

April 26: Professor Bernardo Zacka, Political Science

May 3: Professor Jolyon Bloomfield, Physics
Ballroom dancing.

May 10: Professor Chris Cappazolla, History

Past Friday Seminar Schedules

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Fall 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013