Category: Featured

Dr. Andrew West

January 29th, 2014 0 comments


Lunch with Andrew West

Assistant Professor, Astronomy

Thursday, February 6, 2014
1:00 p.m.
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.

1/27 – The Extinction of Man

January 21st, 2014 0 comments

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.


1/17 – Does Power Corrupt?

January 17th, 2014 0 comments

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.

Common Thread Episode 18 – Disaster Relief

December 9th, 2013 0 comments

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.

Common Thread Episode 17 – Pornography Part 1

December 6th, 2013 0 comments

Common Thread Episode 16 – Government Shutdown

December 6th, 2013 0 comments

12/6 – Advertising Unity

December 3rd, 2013 0 comments

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.


Dr. Ruha Benjamin

December 3rd, 2013 0 comments


Lunch with Dr. Benjamin

Friday, January 31, 2014
12:00 p.m.
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.

11/22 – We Are Family

November 22nd, 2013 0 comments

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.

11/8 – Turning the World Upside Down

November 6th, 2013 0 comments

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.Zheng_He_map