JPat Brown, B.C.D. Lipton, and Michael Morisy: Scientists Under Surveillance @ MIT Press Bookstore
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

MIT Press Bookstore and Cambridge Science Festival welcome editors JPat Brown, B.C.D. Lipton, and Michael Morisy for a discussion of their book, Scientists Under Surveillance: The FBI Files.

When the Cold War was at its hottest, the FBI cast a suspicious eye on scientists working in a wide range of disciplines. Scientists Under Surveillance gathers FBI files on some of the most famous scientists in America–including Neil Armstrong, Albert Einstein, Vera Rubin, and Richard Feynman–and reproduces them in their original typewritten, teletyped, hand-annotated form.



JPat Brown is Executive Editor of MuckRock.

B. C. D. Lipton is Senior Reporter at MuckRock.

Michael Morisy is cofounder of MuckRock.

For more information about the Cambridge Science Festival, visit

James and Deborah Fallows: Journey Into the Heart of America @ MIT Wong Auditorium (Building E51)
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

James and Deborah Fallows traveled to dozens of towns and small cities across America – places like Duluth, MN and Demopolis, AL – and from their interviews and experiences crafted their best-selling book “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America.” In a conversation with Barbara Dyer, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan and Executive Director of the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT Sloan, the Fallowses will discuss what they’ve learned about the surprising reinvention going on in many American communities. The discussion will be followed by questions from the audience. After the event, there will be a book signing in the Ting Foyer outside the auditorium.


JAMES FALLOWS has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and across the United States. He is the author of eleven previous books. His work has also appeared in many other magazines and as public-radio commentaries since the 1980s. He has won a National Book Award and a National Magazine Award.
DEBORAH FALLOWS is a linguist and writer who holds a PhD in theoretical linguistics and is the author of two previous books. She has written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, and The Washington Monthly, and has worked at the Pew Research Center, Oxygen Media, and Georgetown University.

Thresholds 47: Repeat @ MIT Press Bookstore
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join MIT Press Bookstore, in partnership with the MIT Department of Architecture, for a discussion of Thresholds 47: Repeat.

Thresholds is the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture. Each independently themed issue features content from leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of architecture, art, and culture. Thresholds 47: Repeat is edited by Walker Downey and Sarah Rifky.

From Sarah Rifky and Walker Downey’s introduction:

“In Thresholds 47: Repeat, we ask under which circumstances works of art and architecture are reiterated between publics, presentations, and networks of discourse, and what we might learn from their trajectories of repetition. We consider the ‘afterlives’ of sites and structures driven forward through conflicting histories, reuses, and renewals. We are interested in reconceptualizing repetition as an idea that allows us to compose non-linear histories, while reconsidering the ethics of repetition, politically and aesthetically, beyond the value hierarchy of originals and future copies. In sum, we are interested in tracing the life of repetition as method, as an act lived by authors, agents, characters, and artworks.”

Thresholds is the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture. Each independently themed issue features content from leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of architecture, art, and culture. Thresholds 47: Repeat is edited by Walker Downey and Sarah Rifky.

This event will feature a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience.