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

 

Collections include: 

 

*  ELEMENTAL MIT  *  MIT2016 INTERVIEWS  *
*  SYMPOSIA & CONFERENCES  *  FROM THE VAULT  *  
*  MIT COMMENCEMENT ADDRESSES  *  MIT150 SYMPOSIA  * 
*  MIT150 INTERVIEWS  *  MechE AT MIT  *
*  COMPUTERS THROUGH THE AGES  *  
*  THE MOON AND MIT  * 
*  ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE  *
*  NOBEL LAUREATES AT MIT *
*  Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. BREAKFAST CELEBRATION  *
*  MIT COMMENCEMENTS - FULL PROGRAMS  * 
*  PROJECT ATHENA  * LECTURE SERIES  *
*  MIT150 FILM SHORTS (Elemental MIT)  *
*  A Slice of “MIT SCIENCE REPORTER”  *
*  INSTITUTE EVENTS & CEREMONIES  *  

Elemental MIT

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, one of the computer industry’s foremost entrepreneurs, gives a wide-ranging talk to a group of MIT Sloan School of Management students in the spring of 1992.

Winston Churchill

At MIT's Mid-Century Convocation held in 1949—described as "an intellectual festival of monumental proportions"—Sir Winston Churchill gave a rousing keynote address titled Mid-Century Convocation on the Social Implications of Scientific Progress.

Ted C. Landsmark at MIT - The Black Architect's Journey 2007

MIT Dept. of Architecture conference features keynote speaker Dr. Ted Landsmark on the position of black architects in the U.S., and also celebrates its own Robert R. Taylor, first black graduate of MIT (SB 1892).

Mildred Dresselhaus

Institute Professor Millie Dresselhaus provides an engaging introduction to the complex world of nanostructures, nanowires and thermoelectrics.

Gwen Ifill - 31st MLK Jr. Celebration MIT 2005: Justice & Equality for All: America's Moral Dilemma

Pioneering political commentator, journalist and author Gwen Ifill delivers the event's keynote address, titled “Justice and Equality for All: America's Moral Dilemma." 

Philip Morrison

Institute Professor Philip Morrison, renowned nuclear physicist, astronomer, filmmaker and public science figure, delivers a magical talk to MIT alumni during Technology Day in June 1994.

The Moon and MIT

Neil Armstrong & Robert Seamans Jr., MIT 1994 - Engineering Aspects of a Lunar Landing

Neil Armstrong and Bob Seamans recount experiences and challenges working on the Apollo Program, at the 25th annual Gardner Lecture on aeronautical history.

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.

Rocket beginning to launch off pad

This footage is a home movie taken by Major Alexander P. de Seversky of the Apollo 11 launch and of those who were present at the event.

Looking at Earth from outer space.

This film depicts the preparation, launch and recovery of the Apollo spacecraft.

Giant Leaps Symposium at MIT - Apollo: Reflections & Lessons - AeroAstro 2009

Apollo program participants reflect on the legacy and lessons of the Moon landing, forty years later.

Joe Gavin Lunar Module Design & Apollo Program - MIT Lecture 1996

MIT alum Joseph Gavin recounts his experiences as director of the Apollo Lunar Module program.

 

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.

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.

MIT150 Symposia

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

Two MIT alumni deliver opening words for MIT150's Economics and Finance Symposium

MIT150 Symposium 2011: Evolution of Economic Science - Macroeconomics, Growth and Development

The MIT150 symposium discussion on macroeconomics includes Esther Duflo, Peter Diamond, Robert Hall, Robert Solow and Daron Acemoglu.

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

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.

MIT MechE Symposium: Mechanical Engineering and the Information Age, April 2000

MIT MechE & the Information Age, 4/2000 (1/6): der Torossian, Lloyd, Suh

Prof. Nam Suh, head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, opens the two-day symposium.

MIT MechE & the Information Age, 4/2000 (2/6): Asada, Siu, Lloyd

Mechanical engineers at MIT discuss topics including robotics, internet technologies and quantum computers as they relate to the information age.

 

MIT MechE & the Information Age, 4/2000 (3/6): Hart, Patera, Lloyd

Mechanical engineers at MIT discuss topics including quantified imaging, bio-informatics, IT in bioengineering and the Auto ID Center at MIT.

 	MIT MechE & the Information Age, 4/2000 (4/6): Wallace, Patera, Lloyd & Panel

Mechanical engineers at MIT discuss topics including IT in engineering education, and the MIT-Singapore Alliance.

A. Neil Pappalardo, “MEDITECH: Using Communication Technology to Eliminate the Middleman in Medicine” - MIT MechE Symposium: Mechanical Engineering and the Information Age 4/8/2000

A. Neil Pappalardo ’64, founder and CEO of Medical Information Technology (MEDITECH), offers insights into the evolution and vision of his ground-breaking company that specializes in integrated clinical software for hospitals.

MIT MechE & the Information Age, 4/2000 (5/6): Hunter, Jacobson, Barbastathis

Mechanical engineers at MIT discuss topics including the MIT BioInstrumentation Lab, the NanoMedia Lab at MIT, and 3D optical imaging.

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.

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.

MIT Commencement Addresses

Virgilio Barco, MIT 1990 Commencement Address

The 27th President of the Republic of Colombia, addressing the 1990 graduating class, speaks about global movements for change and protecting the environment.

Walter Massey, MIT 1991 Commencement Address

Dr. Massey, Director of the National Science Foundation, delivers the 125th MIT Commencement Address on June 3, 1991.

Image of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari at podium

President Carlos Salinas de Gortari delivers the address at the 126th 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, Spiritual Leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, delivers the address at the 1994 MIT Commencement on the topic of the changing world and "creative encounters."

Hanna Gray, MIT 1995 Commencement Address

Prof. Hanna Gray, President Emeritus of the University of Chicago, delivers the 129th commencement address at MIT, on the role of higher education and the complexities of change.

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

Vice President Albert A. Gore delivers the 130th MIT Commencement Address, on the topic of the divide between science and society.

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

Series of talks for visiting MIT alumni on global politics, climate change, science and education, by Ronald G. Prinn, Daniel Charles, Shirley Malcom and John Deutsch.

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.

MIT150 Elemental MIT Shorts

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.

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.

Nobel Laureates at MIT

Robert Solow describes his career in economics

Nobel Laureate Robert Solow reexamines his career in economics as both a professor and a policy adviser.

David Baltimore talks about his lifelong love of biology and his involvement in the Whitehead Institute

David Baltimore details the experiences in his youth that drew him to biology, the many medical applications of his research he has conducted, and his involvement in the Whitehead Institute and some of the challenges associated with its creation.

Samuel C.C. Ting

A conversation with the 1976 Nobel Laureate in Physics.

Paul Samuelson

Paul Samuelson, often called the "Father of Modern Economics," was an Institute Professor at MIT, an economic adviser to President John F. Kennedy, and the author of one of the most influential economics textbooks of all time.  

Chemistry

Richard Shrock talks about his personal contributions to experimental physics, some of the people he has worked with along the way and the usefulness of filmmaking for educational purposes.

Frank Wilczek talks about his work that earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics

One of the world's most eminent theoretical physicists, Frank Wilczek covers his upbringing in New York, his work that earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics and some of the benefits and drawbacks that come with such an accomplishment. He also discusses his time at MIT and his current projects.

Symposia and Conferences

LNS Symposium 46 On the Matter of Particles - “Opening Remarks”

The MIT Dean of Science, the LNS director and the conference chair open the anniversary symposium.

LNS 46 On the Matter of Particles - Victor Weisskopf, “My Life at LNS”

Victor ('Viki') Weisskopf, renowned for his contributions in the area of quantum electrodynamics, offers personal reminiscences on his life and work at MIT's LNS since its founding in 1946.

William Wallenmeyer, “LNS Through the Eyes of the Funders”

Bill Wallenmeyer, former director of the Division for High Energy Physics (HEP) at the U.S. Department of Energy, talks about working at the interface of science and government.

LNS Symposium 46 On the Matter of Particles - Alan Guth, “Inflationary Cosmology”

On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Prof. Alan Guth ofers a presenation on inflationary cosmology.

LNS Symposium 46 On the Matter of Particles - Jerome I. Friedman, “New Horizons in Particle Physics”

Institute Professor and Nobel Laureate Jerome I. Friedman offers a presentation on cutting-edge research in physics.

 

LNS Symposium 46 On the Matter of Particles - Henry W. Kendall, “Finding Quarks With Electron Beams”

Prof. Henry Kendall presents a talk on his Nobel-prizing-winning work using electron beams to locate quarks.

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.

MIT Commencements - Full Programs

Commencement MIT 2007

The 141st MIT graduation ceremonies held on June 8th, 2003 are shown in their entirety, including processions, speeches, conferral of degrees, and dispersal. MIT President Emeritus Charles M. Vest delivers the address.

Commencement MIT 2006

The 140th MIT graduation ceremonies held on June 9th, 2006 are shown in their entirety, including processions, speeches, conferral of degrees, and dispersal. The address is delivered by MIT alum Ben Sholom Bernanke PhD ’79, 14th Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Commencement MIT 2005

The 139th MIT graduation ceremonies are shown in their entirety, including processions, speeches, conferral of degrees, and dispersal. MIT alum Irwin M. Jacobs delivers the address, on his experiences as an engineering entrepreneur.

Commencement MIT 2004

The 138th MIT graduation ceremonies held on June 3rd, 2004 are shown in their entirety, including processions, speeches, conferral of degrees, and dispersal. 

Commencement MIT 2003

The 137th MIT graduation ceremonies held on June 9th, 2003 are shown in their entirety, including processions, speeches, conferral of degrees, and dispersal. 

Project Athena

Project Athena - X Windows Conference (1988) - 1 of 4

Session speakers include Joe Bowbeer, Branko J. Gerovac and David C. Carter, moderated by Bob Scheifler.

Project Athena - X Windows Conference (1988) - 2 of 4

Session speakers include Peter Doyle and Philip Gust. 

Project Athena - X Windows Conference (1988) - 3 of 4

Session speakers include Andrew J. Palay, Ann Mei Chang, Hania Gajewska and Kurt Hoyt. 

Project Athena - X Windows Conference (1988) - 4 of 4

Session speakers include Richard Carling, Michael Urban and C. Douglas Blewett.

Project Athena - X Windows Conference (1987) - 1 of 6

Session speakers include Steve Lehrman (opening remarks), Jim Gettys, Dan Dikeman and Christopher Burdorf.

Project Athena - X Windows Conference (1987) - 2 of 6

Session speakers include Lawrence A. Rowe and Greg Coleman.

Institute Events & Ceremonies

Paul E. Gray and Susan Hockfield shake hands.

Susan Hockfield becomes MIT's 16th president and announces a global energy initiative, on May 6, 2005.

Inauguration of 15th MIT President Charles M. Vest 5/10/1991

MIT's 15th president is formally inaugurated on May 10th, 1991, with several former Institute presidents in attendance.

Paul Gray

Paul Edward Gray SB '54, SM '55, ScD '60 shares a sober, humane and challenging vision for MIT in his inaugural speech as MIT’s 14th President, on Sept. 26, 1980.

Jerome Wiesner

This undated b-&-w video compilation, likely prepared in conjunction with Jerome Wiesner’s inauguration as MIT’s 13th president, touches on Wiesner’s life as humanist, scientist and statesman.

The MIT Corporation recommends Susan Hockfield as the Institution's next leader.

Susan Hockfield is announced as the institution's next leader.

Susan Hockfield New MIT President Announcement 2004

Dr. Hockfield — the first woman, and first life scientist, to helm the Institute — is introduced by the MIT Corporation.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration at MIT

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The 2nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration features a prayer, a musical performance and a speech by Walter J. Leonard.

Charles S. Brown, “The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the New Movement for Justice”

Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, jurist and legal scholar, presents the keynote address at MIT's annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil rights leader Benjamin Hook is the featured speaker at 1991's Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration.

Four students talk about the youth perspective on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Benjamin Hooks delivers the keynote speech.

18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - Margaret Burnham

The Honorable Margaret A. Burnham, renowned civil and human rights attorney, delivers the keynote address at MIT's 18th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - William H. Gray III

Rev. William H. Gray III, Democratic congressman, minister and President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, presents the keynote address at the 1993 celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coretta Scott King - 20th MLK Jr. Celebration (1994) - The Movement for Economic and Social Justice

Mrs. Coretta Scott King delivers a powerful and inspiring speech on the legacy and future of Dr. King’s vision for social and economic justice.