Second annual Day of Action encourages public service, engagement with local community

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Black Lives Matter activists discuss racial discrimination in Boston as part of a panel held at the MIT Day of Action 2018 that took place Apr. 17 at the Stata Center.

The second annual MIT Day of Action, which took place April 17, saw interaction between MIT and the larger community to work on common political, economic, environmental and social issues. Day of Action seeks to fulfill MIT mission “to bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges” and is also inspired by the March 4 movement at MIT in 1969 that brought together scientists to discuss how their research should be used for socially constructive purposes.

Free and open to the public, the event included lectures, town-hall type sessions, film screenings, workshops, and booths where student groups and community organizations conducted outreach. Topics discussed included malicious technology use ranging from nuclear weapons to AI, incarceration reform, science advocacy, and immigration, with the goal of promoting open dialogue “from the widest variety of intellectual, religious, class, cultural, and political perspectives.”