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Explore the gamut of MIT life, culture and creativity captured through the decades in films, images and interviews.

MIT2016 Interviews

Anant Agarwal talks about his life and career

Anant Agarwal describes growing up in India, his career at MIT and his work with CSAIL. He also talks about his lifelong goal of educating a billion people.

Cynthia Breazeal talks about her career and her love for robotics

Cynthia Breazeal talks about her childhood love of robots, her career at MIT developing artificial intelligence and the commercial application of robotics in products such as Jibo.

Erich Caulfield

Erich Caulfield talks about growing up in the South, "Nerd Pride" at MIT, and his career in consulting.

Sallie Chisholm

Marine biologist Sallie Chisholm talks about her connection to Wood Holes Oceanographic Institute, the discovery of Prochloroccus, and her experience writing children's books.

Henrietta Davis talks about her many years of service to the city of Cambridge

Henrietta Davis outlines the town/gown relationship between MIT and Cambridge, the history of affordable housing in the city and her experiences in city politics as the former mayor.

Erik Demaine talks about his life and career

Erik Demaine describes his father’s impact on his education, his collaborative style of problem-solving and his love of origami.

MIT150 Interviews

Harold Abelson discusses his life and work related to OpenCourseWare

Harold Abelson speaks about his early life and education, interest in educational technology, and work in founding of OpenCourseWare.

MIT First Lady

Former MIT First Lady Rebecca Vest talks about her early life and her involvement with the MIT community.

Yung Ho Chang talks about his architecture career

Yung Ho Chang speaks about his architecture career in China and the United States.

Wolfgang Ketterle talks about his personal life, career and accomplishments

Wolfgang Ketterle talks about his work in physics and the responsibility a scientist has in today's society.

MIT Architecture

William Mitchell speaks about growing up in the Australian bush and his work in architecture.

Bill Hetcht

Bill Hecht talks about the role of alumni in the MIT community and his experiences with the Institute over the years.

From the Vault

The return of the Apollo Command Module to Earth is explained

This TV program examines the obstacles that face the Apollo Command Module upon its return to Earth and the science that will keep it intact. 

Man holding model of iron

This TV program explains the uses of nuclear reactors in scientific research and its implications for future industry.

A lunar landing simulator at work.

This TV program demonstrates the abilities of the Lunar Excursion Module and the science behind its creation and use.

Runners captured via strobe photography.

This documentary examines the life of Harold "Doc" Edgerton and his work with strobe photography to capture rapid motion on film.

Artillery brought from the frontlines of World War II to MIT.

This video is of the Victory and Science exhibition at MIT, a demonstration of World War II weapons and technology for the general public.

Drinking milk in zero gravity.

This TV program examines the difficulties of astronauts maintaining a healthy diet and the science behind eating in space.

Elemental MIT

A historical photo of one of MIT's early graduating classes

A documentary that presents an exciting overview of MIT's changing public face and the growing diversity of its student body.

A Lego robotics creation for the 2010 competition

Teams of MIT students design robots that must be able to perform different tasks.

A computer generated image of a stream of data flies over people

Public lecture by 2010-11 Abramowitz Artist in Residence, Aaron Koblin.

Close-up of Alan Lightman's face

To celebrate the birthday of Albert Einstein, we turn to Professor Alan Lightman, best-selling author of Einstein's Dreams.

Anish Kapoor sculpture is polished

View the installation and unveiling of acclaimed artist Anish Kapoor's addition to the MIT Public Art collection.

Artificial skin is held up for inspection

This video highlights how an MIT-MGH collaboration in the 1970s led to the creation of artificial skin, a breakthrough in medical practices.

Symposia

Robert Merton delivers a speech on finance

Professor Robert Merton gives a speech about financial planning

Professor David Mindell gives a speech to start off the MIT150 Symposium on Economics

Professor David Mindell opens the MIT150 Symposium on Economics

A panel discussion of modern-day economics

Panel discussion about economic history

Several speakers discuss changes and challenges in modern economic policy and their concerns

Panel discussion about economic policy and macroeconomics

Panel discussion about microeconomics

Panel discussion about microeconomics

Dean David Schmittlein gives opening remarks for the Symposium on Economics

Dean David Schmittlein gives opening remarks for the next segment of the MIT150 Symposium on Economics and Finance

Lecture Series

David Miliband talks about the War in Afghanistan

Former Secretary of State for the UK David Milliband discusses the problems created by the War in Afghanistan and his hopes for its resolution.

Paul Kagame delivers a lecture on the development of Rwanda

His Excellency Paul Kagame delivers this Compton Lecture on Sept. 18, 2008.

Mario Molina delivers a lecture on climate change

Professor Mario J. Molina discusses the need for effective policy and communication to support the scientific studies of climate change.

Valerie Jarrett talks about the importance of education

Valerie Jarrett discusses the importance education, opportunities for all people and the steps needed to positively impact the economy.

Janet Napolitano delivers a lecture about the importance of science in many different fields of study

Janet Napolitano discusses the importance of science in the many branches of public service, including national security, economic resilience, and politics.

Steven Chu talks about how science can be used to solve energy usage problems

Dr. Steven Chu discusses how different kinds of technologies and research are essential to combating future energy problems.

A Slice of "MIT Science Reporter"

A lunar landing simulator at work.

This TV program demonstrates the abilities of the Lunar Excursion Module and the science behind its creation and use.

The return of the Apollo Command Module to Earth is explained

This TV program examines the obstacles that face the Apollo Command Module upon its return to Earth and the science that will keep it intact. 

A model of a "big magnet" to be built at MIT's National Magnetic Laboratory.

This TV program details the future of the National Magnetic Laboratory at MIT in the field of biomagnetics.

Man holding model of iron

This TV program explains the uses of nuclear reactors in scientific research and its implications for future industry.

Interface for Apollo's computer.

This TV program details the equipment necessary to keep a spacecraft going in the right direction and the challenges involved in that task.

Drinking milk in zero gravity.

This TV program examines the difficulties of astronauts maintaining a healthy diet and the science behind eating in space.

Commencement Addresses

Image of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari at podium

President Carlos Salinas de Gortari delivers an address at the 1993 MIT Commencement on the topic of the important role of education in the world.

Karim Aga Khan IV speaking at lectern

His Highness Karim Aga Khan IV delivers an address as at the 1994 MIT Commencement on the topic of the changing world and "creative encounters."

Vice President Al Gore addresses the newest group of MIT graduates.

Vice President Albert A. Gore delivers an address at the 1996 MIT Commencement on the topic of the divide between science and society.

Image of Kofi Atta Annan speaking

Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Atta Annan delivers an address at the 1997 MIT Commencement on the topic of reason.

Bill Clinton delivers the 1998 Commencement.

President William Jefferson Clinton delivers an address at the 1998 MIT Commencement on the topic of the Information Revolution.

Raymond and Thomas Magliozzi at podium

"Car Talk" Hosts Raymond and Thomas Magliozzi deliver an address at the 1999 MIT Commencement on the topic of fulfillment and happiness.

Computers Through The Ages

An image of one of the earliest computer technologies.

Academics discuss whether they believe computers will be able to "think" on their own one day and their hopes for the future of that field of study.

The Whirlwind computer in action.

This video shows a tour of Whirlwind I facilities at MIT, an early computer research center.

Jay W. Forrester sits in the Whirlwind facility.

Jay W. Forrester speaks with Edward R. Murrow about MIT's Whirlwind computer facility.

Turing Award winners discuss their research and accomplishments

Past Turing Award winners discuss their exceptional contributions to the world of computer science.

An image from a presentation about the importance of making computers accessible to as many people as possible

Speakers, including founder of the MIT Media Lab Nicholas Negroponte and director of the World Wide Web Consortium Tim Berners-Lee, talk about the importance of computers in society.

Artificial Intelligence

Marvin Minsky, known as the father of artificial intelligence, speaks about creating an entirely new field of study.

Energy, Environment, and Climate Change

Mario Molina delivers a lecture on climate change

Professor Mario J. Molina discusses the need for effective policy and communication to support the scientific studies of climate change.

Ernest Moniz talks about climate change and energy demands in the world of today

Ernest Moniz explores the difficulties that energy demand creates, and how factors like climate change affect that demand. He also details the timetable and the changes that will need to be made in the energy industry in the interest of sustainability over the course of the next decade, including alternative methods of harnessing energy.

Image of panel

This video is of several speakers giving talks at MIT's 2002 Technology Day on topics including global warming and educational challenges.

Sallie Chisholm gives a lecture on the importance of microbes

Professor Sallie Chisholm talks about microbes and sea organisms.

Logo for MIT Sloan Energy Finance Forum.

Experts in finance and energy talk about how collaboration between the two sectors is neccessary for minimizing global warming.

Steven Chu talks about how science can be used to solve energy usage problems

Dr. Steven Chu discusses how different kinds of technologies and research are essential to combating future energy problems.