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Dear Colleagues,


We write to invite you to attend our next MLK luncheon on Thursday, February 22nd featuring:

Garnette Cadogan, MLK Visiting Scholar, Urban Studies and Planning.

Thursday, February 22, 11:45am-1pm in MIT Room W20-202 (La Sala de Puerto Rico)

Title: Walking to New Sounds

Abstract: How do the public spaces we move in shape us and help determine the kind of people we want to become? We know more and more about the world around us, thanks to a deluge of data, but blind spots abound--too often, we remain unaware of far too people who are right before us. Yet close attention to the way we move in public space--specifically, the freedom to walk and, more so, the various limitations and obstacles that hamper that freedom--can be a litmus test for the health and vitality our public spaces. Attention to an act so simple and mundane as walking can illuminate our understanding of some of our most contentious issues about public space--for instance, the role and place of Confederate monuments. To explore the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other, then, is to examine our attempts to create an open and pluralistic public space.

This talk will be a invitation, aided by the voices of poets, essayists, novelists, stand-up comedians, and other close noticers of our world, to be better listeners in public space. And, in listening, to offer a richer public discourse. "Let the new sound in our streets be the patient sound of your discourse," Richard Wilbur encouraged. He was wise to do so. We live in embattled times with an urgent demand that we understand those around us. What, then, if we began to think of our public spaces as teachers? Places that instruct us how to be attentive to the hidden, the neglected, the repressed? Places, indeed, in which we discover our capacity to listen and create new sounds.

This discussion will be accessible to a general audience. We ask that you register here.

If you are able to attend, please reply to Shauna Bush-Fenty (sfenty@mit.edu) with any dietary restrictions, accessibility considerations or other needs.

If tickets are sold out, please contact Shauna Bush-Fenty (
sfenty@mit.edu) to be added to the waitlist.

Warm best regards,
Ed and Beatriz

Edmund Bertschinger
Professor of Physics and
Institute Community and Equity Officer
Pronouns: he, him, his

Beatriz Cantada
Program Director
Institute Community and Equity Office

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