The MIT Mathematics Department gathered together on June 10, 2020 as part of the #ShutDownSTEM movement. This page provides materials from that event for those who were not able to attend, as well as resources for those who want to learn more and take action.
The plenary session began with opening remarks from Michel Goemans followed by three readings: Langston Hughes’ Harlem, read by Tom Mrowka; Maya Angelou’s Caged Bird, read by Haynes Miller; and Ross Gay’s A small needful fact, read by Elise Brown. We then observed 8 minutes and 46 minutes of silence in memory of George Floyd, with a preface from Henry Cohn. During this time a scrolling list of some recent victims of anti-Black violence was shown. We then heard an excerpt from Ijeoma Oluo’s book So you want to talk about race, read by Peter Haine.
We then split into five breakout sessions (slides are linked below):
After rejoining the plenary session, we heard summaries of the discussions from representatives of each session, followed by final remarks and calls to action from Drew Sutherland and Michel Goemans.
Links to resources related to each of the breakout sessions are listed below. You may also find this glossary of terms useful.
Anti-Racism for Newcomers
Mathematics and Policing
Race and Incarceration in the U.S.
The Economics of Racism
Anti-Blackness at MIT