Lunch with Andrew West
Assistant Professor, Astronomy
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Marciano Commons at 100 Bay State Rd.
About Dr. West
Andrew West is an outstanding observational astrophysicist who joins us from a postdoctoral position at MIT. Dr. West earned his B.S. with honors at in Physics and Astronomy at Haverford College, and then his Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Washington in 2005. Dr. West is using the vast Sloan Digital Sky Survey to help assign ages to old stars by using measurements of their velocities. Older stars will have had more chance encounters with other stars, and because of these encounters are boosted to higher speeds. This technique is a novel approach that may solve a long-standing problem. Dr. West also is committed to increasing the diversity in the sciences. Although he is white, Dr. West is a member of the National Society of Black Physicists and routinely participates in mentoring programs for underrepresented high school students.
A recent viral story is about research on the decaying Y chromosome, even though this was known as far back as 2008.. It might take 5 million years, but what would our world be like today if men just…disappeared? Come talk about a world without men at this week’s Agora.
Kelly Thomas. Chris Christie. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Stanford prison experiments. Issues of power are ubiquitous. But how does power corrupt and what is actually happening when power does corrupt people? Come discuss today at Agora.
Greg, Amanda and Howard sit down to discuss disaster relief. Whether it’s Haiti, the Philippines, or New Orleans, disasters get people to open their wallets and give whatever they can. But are our philanthropic efforts made in vain? Where does the money go once the hype has gone away? Listen, and share your opinions in the comment section.
With the recent news of the Gap responding to racist vandalism over its ad, we’re wondering about what role advertising plays. Do advertising and media overall reflect social values or do they impact them? For Agora this week, we’ll talk about media’s influence and whether corporations have some moral responsibility to wield their power for social change.
Lunch with Dr. Benjamin
Friday, January 31, 2014
Warren Dining Hall
About Dr. Benjamin
Dr. Benjamin received her B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Spelman College, her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Center for Society and Genetics. Her teaching and research interests include the social studies of science, medicine, and biotechnology; racial and ethnic formations; the sociology of knowledge; gender and biopolitics.
Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and spend some quality time. In this special Agora, participants from the HTC’s Family History Project will join us to share what they found as they went digging into their families’ pasts.
What if someone told you that everything you know about the world is wrong? Well, not everything, but a few important things. Come discuss the impact of maps on our lives and how they shape our worldview.