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  • Letter to the Community

    Edward B. Roberts (1935–2024)

    Dear members of the MIT community,

    I write to let you know of the passing of an MIT icon: Professor Ed Roberts '58, SM '58, SM '60, PhD '62, who died Tuesday morning after an illness.

    As an academic, Ed set records for speed – at 33, the youngest person…

  • Transcript

    Video transcript: Actions related to a student organization

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    Good afternoon, everyone.

    Before the start of this semester, in a letter to the whole community and one directly to students, we were very clear about the rules of the road regarding campus demonstrations.…,

  • Letter to the Community

    Announcing the Climate Project at MIT

    Dear members of the MIT community,

    At my inauguration, echoing a sentiment I heard everywhere on my campus listening tour, I called on the people of MIT to come together in new ways to marshal a bold, tenacious response to the run-away crisis of climate…

  • Letter to the Community

    Reminder: Feb. 12 Dialogues Across Difference – Pamela Nadell

    Dear members of the MIT community,

    Next Monday, we begin this spring’s Dialogues Across Difference series with a talk and discussion with Pamela Nadell, an expert on American Jewish history and antisemitism in the US.

    Understanding…

  • Letter to the Community

    Karl Reid ’84, SM ’85 named vice president for equity and inclusion

    Dear members of the MIT community,

    Today, I’m delighted to share the news that Karl Reid ’84, SM ’85 will join us as vice president for equity and inclusion (VPEI), beginning March 4. He enters this office…

  • Letter to the Community

    New steps for a new year

    Dear members of the MIT community,

    Seeing MIT up close for a year now, I’ve come to value something I could not fully appreciate from the outside: the matter-of-fact problem-solving ethos, the willingness to…