Series of events apply MIT know-how to civic engagement with political, economic, and social challenges facing the U.S.

A broad network of faculty, students, and staff at MIT are hosting a Day of Action, today, April 18, in response to the political, economic, and social challenges currently confronting society. The Day of Action is free and open to the public and will continue until 9pm.

Held in and around the MIT Stata Center, the Day of Action features over 60 events covering a diverse range of topics including: the possibility of nuclear war; the ambiguous fate of truth in modern media; climate change; growing wealth disparity; polarization of political discourse; inequalities in education and economic opportunity; expanding executive power dominance in the federal government; recent policies threatening vulnerable populations in the U.S. and abroad; and many more.

The day features a diverse range of organizers from across MIT, from student groups to academic powerhouses from the faculty. Events will focus on expanding participants’ awareness and reflection upon their own positioning and practice, deepening their knowledge to gain greater insight into pressing issues of the times, building skills so they can engage with difficult topics and situations effectively, and taking action—doing what MIT does best, innovating to solve problems in the moment.

The day draws precedence from the successful Princeton University Day of Action held on March 6, 2017, and the historic leadership demonstrated in MIT’s March 4 Movement of 1969. The Day of Action is open to all, representing the diversity of the campus community and driven by a commitment to open, respectful dialogue and the exchange of ideas from the widest variety of intellectual, religious, class, cultural, and political perspectives. For more information about today's events check out the schedule here.