Friday Seminars

The Concourse of Core Questions and Ideas
Friday 12:45-2:45
Concourse Lounge, 16-128

Thinking Across the Disciplines

The Concourse Seminar is dedicated this 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 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.

Feb 7 — Anne McCants, History, Director, Concourse; “Discovery, Explanation, Evidence and Rhetoric.”

Feb 14 — Christoph Reinhart, Architecture

Feb 21 — Will Broadhead, History

Feb 28 — Knighthorse Theater Co., “ Shakespeare’s Henry V; Leadership and Courage in Literature and Life.”

March 7 — Adam Boyles, Music

March 14 — Chris Capozzola, History

March 21 – Steve Yablo, Philosophy

March 28 — Spring break

April 4 — Mary Fuller; Noel Jackson, Literature; “Poems and Readers”

April 11 — CPW

April 18 — Peter Dourmashkin, Physics

April 25  – TBD

May 2 — Melissa Nobles, Political Science

May 9 — Year End Celebration

fall 2013 seminar schedule