Past Events

Talk: Reconciling Peace-Making: A Transformative Ethic
Guest Speaker: Robert V. Taylor, Chair, Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation
Hosting Scholar:
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
His lecture will address the way in which reconciling peacemaking is a grounding transformative ethic in our personal lives and in society reorienting how we perceive ourselves and others. He will explore the ways in which technology and social media offer ground breaking opportunities for creating a new normalcy to local and global peace-making and reconciliation, and how this expands our understanding of the inter-connectedness of all people with implications for reframing the landscape of power dynamics among diverse peoples. He will draw on his own involvement in creating an open source peace platform with its potential for a transformative ethic of human engagement.
2010
Fall
Talk: Integrity and Inner Transformation
Guest Speaker: Don Morrison, CFO Research in Motion
Hosting Scholar:
Muriel Medard
A talk by Don Morrison, CFO of Research in Motion
2010
Fall
Culinary Arts & Culture: A Taste of Poland
Michael & Irene Podowski
Hosting Scholar:
Michael Z Podowski
Make and taste traditional Polish dishes with a hands-on experience: Pierogi, butter cookies, and other Polish sweets. Slide show about the geography, history, science and culture of Poland and a short film.
2010
Fall
Craft Activity: Pinch Some Pottery
Guest Instructor: Ingrid Bathe
Hosting Scholar:
Katharina Ribbeck
Ingrid Bathe makes unique pottery by hand using pinch techniques. You can learn how, and create a cup, bowl, or plate in the process!
2011
Fall
Talk & Discussion: Bringing the Social into STEM
Guest Lecturer: Jenni Case
Hosting Scholar:
Andra Gillespie
Why should scientists and engineers care about social issues like diversity? Isn't that the purpose of liberal arts schools? How do such considerations make one a better scientist or engineer? A fascinating discussion with Professor Jenni Case, Associate Professor of Engineering Education at the University of Cape Town. Organized by Simmons Hall Residential Scholar Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University.
2011
Fall
Gaming Lab: Board Games
Scott Nicolson, Simmons GRTs, MIT Gaming Lab
Hosting Scholar:
Scott Nicolson
Scott is a published game designer visiting MIT this year to work with the MIT Gaming Lab. The evening will be full of all kinds of games from active to strategy to creative! Each set of games will be hosted by a Simmons GRT or one of Scott's Gaming Lab colleagues. A list of a few of the games available this Friday: Telestrations Wits and Wagers Skulls and Roses Time's up! (also known as Celebrity) Say Anything! Dixit ** Ticket to Ride ** Dominion ** Incan Gold
2011
Fall
Talk & Demonstration: Slime Time
Katharina Ribbeck and Research Team
Hosting Scholar:
Katharina Ribbeck
Slime is an often overlooked, but ubiquitous and mysterious substance. Learn about the myriad uses for mucus in your own body. MIT Biological Engineering Professor and Simmons Hall Residential Scholar, Katharina Ribbeck, will talk about this amazing substance and its role in biology, with the assistance of her graduate students who will perform demos and skits.
2011
Fall
Film Screening & Talk: The Departed
Guest Lecturer: John DiFava
Hosting Scholar:
Steve Hall
Screening of The Departed, the academy award wining crime thriller, with characters based loosely on Boston mobster James Whitey Bulger and disgraced FBI agent John Connolly. Chief of MIT Police and former State Police Superintendent, John DiFava, will share his insight into the Bulger case.
2011
Fall
Demonstration: Yoga
Guest Instructor: David Emerson
Hosting Scholar:
Katharina Ribbeck
Before we learn to stand, we must learn to sit. Learn the basics of “mindful sitting” and yoga. The event will be led by Black Lotus Yoga instructor, David Emerson.
2011
Fall
Student Participation: Simmons Hall Game Show @ SIM Dining
Scott Nicolson & Simmons GRTs
Hosting Scholar:
Scott Nicolson
A chance to win some FAAAAABULOUS prizes with the Simmons Hall Game Show! Hosted by Dr. Scott Nicholson, your resident game scholar, and Hans Rinderknecht, one of your gaming GRTs, this will be a chance for you to complete in trivia, puzzles, construction, and physical challenges. Over $300 in prizes will be available to the winning individuals and teams! Every 15 minutes, there will be a different game and another chance to win. Some games will be individual events and some will be team challenges. Things could even get a little messy for a lucky few!
2011
Fall

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