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.

Tim Fielder Talks about Afrofuturist Comics Apr. 27th

afrofuturistArtist/Illustrator and creator of the Afrofuturist comic Matty’s Rocket, Tim Fielder joins us for a live presentation this Wednesday, 4/27, 2-4pm 14E -304. Tim is a New York City based cartoonist and the founder of Dieselfunk Studios. Matty’s Rocket is a galaxy spanning tale about the adventures of space pilot, Matty Watty.  This animatic series is based in an alternative past where the pulp stylings of Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis collide with the real world events of World War 2, FDR, Nazis, the Harlem Renaissance and the oppressive Jim Crow era:

Hailing from the rural Mississippi Delta, Matty is a very strong young black woman with the charm and beauty of the girl next door. Through her ability to be forthright, honest, and hardworking she manages to get her space pilots license and eventually her own rocket ship.  Of course this doesn’t come without stress, as illustrated by Matty’s prematurely grey hair.

Attached is an electronic copy of the first issue, courtesy of the artist. Come meet Tim Fielder in person Wednesday!

The Film Experience on MIT Open Courseware

In a blog article about The Film Experience, Curt Newton’s article, “A Closer Look at The Film Experience,” talks to Literature Prof. David Thorburn. Prof. Thorburn says, “One of the ways that the study of literature and the study of film differs from the study of technical things, and the reason I teach it, is that it belongs to everyone, that it’s valuable for everyone. Not everyone needs to know about quantum mechanics. But I believe everyone should know how to read a good story, enjoy plays, know how to enjoy the movies.”


To read full article.