Past Events

Martial Arts Documentary & Demonstration: Capoeira!
Patricia Carvalho
Hosting Scholar:
Patricia Carvalho
Martial arts and dance meet in exciting Afro-Brazilian art form of Capoeira! Experience Capoeira first-hand at the Simmons Resident Scholar event. The interactive program will include a Capoeira documentary, an interactive class, a roda by advanced Capoeira performers, and brazilian food. Come dressed in white to complete the authentic capoeira experience! Something for all tastes: action, grace, history, exercise, and food! It’s definitely a must-see event.
2008
Fall
Talk: The Presidential Election of 2008: Historic Moment, or More of the Same?
Guest Speaker: Charles Stewart
Hosting Scholar:
Steve Hall
Professor Charles Stewart (MIT, Department of Political Science) will be leading a discussion that takes a look at the contours of the 2008 presidential election. To what degree did the election (and its outcomes) represent something fundamentally new in American politics? What was unchanged? What do we make of the controversies that swirled around the conduct of the election, such as charges of voter fraud and suppression, extra-long lines at the polls, and voting machine malfunctions?
2008
Fall
Panel Discussion: Media's Mind Tricks
Guest Panel: Callie Crossley, Gabriel Lenz, Henry Jenkins
Hosting Scholar:
Carol Espy-Wilson
Do you watch TV? Have you picked up the paper ... ever? Did you know there is an ELECTION going on? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you might enjoy exploring media's role in politics and in your minds with a panel of experts. Simmons Hall Resident Scholar program presents an evening of excellent discussion with: CALLIE CROSSLEY - Journalist, Documentary Producer, 20/20 Producer, and Emmy award winner for her documentary Eye on the Prize GABRIEL LENZ - MIT professor of media and politics - Research testing the effects of the media in elections at home and abroad HENRY JENKINS - MIT Professor of comparative media studies (and Senior House Housemaster!) - Author of The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture
2008
Fall
Film Screening & Discussion: The Departed
MIT Guest Presenters: Cheryl Vossmer and Andrew Turco
Hosting Scholar:
Carol Espy-Wilson
Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover within the Boston State Police department and the Irish mafia. Each has sworn to take the other side down, but when it becomes apparent to both sides that there is a traitor in their midst, will each turn on friends they've made during their long stints undercover? Violence and bloodshed are inevitable in this star studded crime thriller. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg. Directed by Martin Scorsesse. Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer and Officer Andrew Turco of MIT Police discuss scenes from Martin Scorsesse's film The Departed. Come be fed and learn what is real police work and what is Hollywood embellishment. Following dinner and discussion the film will be shown its entirety.
2008
Fall
Talk & Film Screening: Bollywood Night!
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
Hosting Scholar:
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
Introduction to Bollywood by Tenzin Priyadarshi, and a viewing of the 'vibrantly entertaining' movie full of song and dance: Aaja Nachle!! An ancient civilization, a major contender in engineering and invention, an emerging power in the world's economy, and a cultural treasure trove, India is a diverse and complex nation of a billion people. India is also the home of Bollywood, the world's largest film industry. These commercial films, produced in Mumbai in the Hindi language, are a consumed all over India and the Indian diaspora, shared by people belonging to 22 official language groups and speaking countless dialects. The common themes of romance and melodrama are universal, and watching Bollywood films is an excellent, if somewhat surreal, introduction to the richness Indian culture, the dynamics of Indian multi-party politics, and the fabric of India's multiethnic society.
2008
Fall
Talk: Cheat Sleep! Or: How to Get Quality when You Can't Get Quantity
Guest Speaker: Zan Barry
Hosting Scholar:
Steve Hall
Too busy with work to get 8 hours of sleep every night? Did you know that sleep deprivation is one of the oldest forms of torture? Come hear Zan Barry, Program Manager at MIT's Center for Health Promotion and Wellness, talk about how to make the most of the time you do have to get quality sleep. You'll be more energetic, do better in classes, and feel happier!
2008
Fall
Culinary Arts: Portuguese Cooking Lessons
Patricia Carvalho
Hosting Scholar:
Patricia Carvalho
Patricia Carvalho, a visiting scientist from the Technical University of Lisbon, will be hosting Portuguese cooking lessons. The evening will be relaxing, interactive, and delicious. Come and enjoy a fun evening with tasty cod cakes and sweet rice. Learn how to cook using the two spoon method and enjoy the sounds of Fado.
2008
Fall
Talk & Instruction: An Evening of Comedy Improv
Aseem Inam
Hosting Scholar:
Aseem Inam
Do you love to laugh? Do you love comedy that's spontaneous, edgy, and hilarious? Join us in the Multipurpose Room of Simmons Hall for an evening for food, fun, and even learning a thing or two about the techniques of comedy! Aseem Inam, 2008-2009 Residential Scholar at Simmons Hall, will be showing a DVD of some of the funniest improvisational comedy in the country and answering your questions. Dr. Inam teaches in MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, is trained in comedy improv, and has performed in Hollywood.
2008
Fall
2014 Mandala @ MIT - The Medicine Buddha: Harmony, Healing, and Well-Being
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery, and Guest Speakers
Hosting Scholar:
Robert Randolph and Ellen Essigmann
A mandala is a representation of positive qualities in an ideal world in the form of an artistic pattern. Mandala @ MIT is a visionary and reflective exercise that hopes to encourage young minds to visualize and meditate about the positive qualities that they would like to see manifested in the world. During this 10 day exercise, members of the MIT community and outside visitors will be able to view the monks at work as they create the Mandala using colored sand made from pulverized marble. An opening ceremony with prayers, music and a reception are planned for the first weekend. Upon completion of the Mandala, there will be a number of related events, including talks by guest speakers and film screenings. A dissolution ceremony is planned for the final weekend. Co-sponsored by MIT Office of Religious Life and the Prajnopaya at MIT.
2014
Fall
Film Screening and Director Q&A: I am Nasrine
Nelly Rosario and Guest Speaker, Director Tina Gharavi
Hosting Scholar:
Nelly Rosario
Screening of the first feature film by Tina Gharavi, a director and visiting fellow at MIT's Open Docs Lab. I am Nasrine is a film about love, finding oneself, and the search for home. Nasrine’s world is thrown into turmoil by circumstances beyond her control, and events that change her life forever. In this coming-of age story we meet a young woman trying to understand herself and the complex politics that surround her as she attempts to find a better world. Set in modern-day Iran and England, this BAFTA-nominated film addresses immigration, family, gender, and sexuality. Director Q&A after screening.
2014
Fall

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