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A Celebration of Jerry Wiesner, 13th President of MIT

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.

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.

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. It opens with a clip of Woody Guthrie singing the ballad of John Henry along with Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcgee– a reference to WIesner’s early work as engineer at the folk music collection of the Library of Congress, and where he first met Archibald MacLeish, librarian and national poet. Still photos of Jerry’s family life, friends and university work throughout the film are accompanied by the voice of MacLeish reciting his powerful poem “Speech for an Occasion,” composed for his long-time friend for his inauguration on Oct. 7, 1971. Additional film clips show Wiesner negotiating the challenging campus protests of the time, and in conversation with MIT students seeking redress. The last few minutes present excerpts of the inauguration itself, as former MIT President Howard W. Johnson formally inaugurates the next university president, and as Wiesner shares a few words of deep gratitude at the end of his address.

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