Debate: Is STEM Systemically Racist?
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Eastern
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MIT Free Speech Alliance Event
Event Description
The MIT Free Speech Alliance and the MIT Sloan Adam Smith Society are proud to co-host the second in its Great Debate series on the evening of Thursday, November 2. In our upcoming debate, two teams will debate the resolution "STEM is Systemically Racist." 

Arguing for the affirmative are Dr. Chad Womack, Vice President of National STEM Programs at the United Negro College Fund and guest editor of a series of special issues in Nature on racism in science, and Dr. Jaret Riddick, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University.

Arguing the Negative will be Dr. Luana Maroja, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program at Williams College, and Dr. Erec Smith, Associate Professor of Rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania and President and Co-founder of Free Black Thought.

The debate will be held on the MIT Campus in Wong Auditorium (Tang Center, Building E51) at 8:00 p.m., and will be livestreamed on MFSA's YouTube channel. Registration is encouraged for those planning to attend the event in person, as pre-registered attendees will be given first priority in case the event is filled to capacity. 

Light refreshments will be served in the lobby beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Instructions for registering:
  • On going to the registration page, you will be asked to either sign in with an existing MIT account or else create a guest account. If you create a guest account, you will be asked to provide your name and email address, and will then be provided a PIN to complete your registration for the event.
Note: The MIT Free Speech Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded and supported by MIT alumni, and is independent of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Setting: In-Person
Wong Auditorium (Tang Center, Building E51)
70 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, MA 02142

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