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Senior Cara Lai cites MIT Literature studies as key to her preparation for medical practice.

MIT News features Literature major Cara Lai. “The body is in many ways a machine; it experiences wear and tear, has complex systems coupled together in specific interactions, and occasionally needs parts replaced,” says Lai. “But, in very obvious ways humans are not machines, and that’s where the humanities come in. The study of literature is about the experience of being human, and that’s inseparable from the practice of medicine.”

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Congratulations to our graduating seniors

Professors Mary Fuller, Arthur Bahr, Diana Henderson, and Wyn Kelley, and Undergraduate Academic Administrator Daria Johnson celebrated with graduating Literature Majors at the Senior Dinner on May 18, 2016.

Literature faculty and graduating seniors at the Senior Dinner on May 18, 2016. L-R: Anna Walsh ’16, Margery Resnick, Cara Lai ’16, Mary Fuller, Arthur Bahr, Diana Henderson, Daria Johnson, Cathleen Nalezyty ’16, Elizabeth Berg ’16, Wyn Kelley, and Joshua Hernandez ’16.

Joshua Hernandez, Wyn Kelley, Elizabeth Berg, Diana Henderson, and Mary Fuller

Wyn Kelley, Anna Walsh, Kathleen Nalezyty, and Daria Johnson

Wyn Kelley, Anna Walsh, Kathleen Nalezyty, and Daria Johnson

2016 Literature Prize Winner Anna Walsh

Literature Section Head, Mary Fuller, and Prize Winner, Anna Walsh

Literature Section Head, Mary Fuller, and Prize Winner, Anna Walsh

Congratulations Anna Walsh on winning the Peter S. Donaldson Prize for Excellence in Literary Studies—Awarded to a literature major each spring who excels academically and is an engaging participant in the literary community at MIT. Anna was awarded the prize on May 9, 2016 at the Literature Tea.

She’s the Man: A Drag Queen Performance by Miss Shuga Cain on May 10, 2016

She’s the Man: A Drag Queen Performance by Miss Shuga Cain
Sponsored by The de Florez Fund for Humor

Comedy_Miss Shug Poster

“She’s a little wisp of love!” as one drag queen put it. Hailing from New York City, and winner of NYC’s Ultimate Drag Off, Miss Shuga Cain arrives at MIT in all her extravagant glory. Live-singing, a fabulous showgirl, and laugh-out-loud funny, she’s just a little Latin boy in drag tryna make it in this world!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 6:00PM
Kresge Little Theatre
FREE – and open to MIT students, faculty, and staff

*Donations still welcome for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which Miss Shuga Cain represented at the 2016 Boston Marathon!

Courtney Fullilove “The Ethics of Collecting in International Agricultural Biodiversity Preservation Projects”

“The Ethics of Collecting in International Agricultural Biodiversity Preservation Projects”

Courtney Fullilove

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 4-5:30 pm

Room 2-135

2011-08-18 at 02-37-55Climate change and the globalization of the food supply have renewed concern about food security and justified projects for the preservation of global agro-biodiversity. The Svalbard Seed Vault and numerous national and international gene banks aim to collect the world’s seeds for immediate and future research, and as a safeguard against manmade and natural disaster. Is collecting ethical? How do these projects engage the communities from which they collect? In a vocabulary increasingly shared by international development theory, history of science, and environmental studies, “local knowledge” describes perceptions, practices, and ideas apparently particular to a given community. How has this category been applied to biodiversity preservation projects in the late 20th and 21st centuries? What is its relationship to traditional and indigenous knowledge? Are these usable concepts? What are their implications for the ways we understand and organize global biodiversity? My examples will be drawn from my fieldwork on agro-biodiversity collecting expeditions in the former USSR.