Inviting you to “Dialogues Across Difference” with Malick Ghachem

October 13, 2023
Cynthia Barnhart, Provost | Mary C. Fuller, Chair of the Faculty | Melissa Nobles, Chancellor |

Dear members of the MIT community,

We invite you to join us for “Dialogues Across Difference: Building Community at MIT,” part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to cultivating forums for our community to constructively and respectfully express ideas and actively listen to others across differences of life experience, opinion, background, and viewpoint.

Featuring a lecture by Professor of History Malick W. Ghachem, a constitutional historian and member of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Free Expression, this event will be hosted in person and via webcast. Professor Ghachem’s lecture will be followed by a conversation moderated by Interim Deputy Institute Community and Equity Officer Tracie Jones-Barrett. All are welcome to join a reception with refreshments following the event.

Dialogues Across Difference: Building Community at MIT
Thursday, October 26
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. EDT
Samberg Conference Center, 6th Floor
In person and webcast, registration not required

  • Featured speaker: Malick Ghachem
  • Talk title: “Neutrality, Diversity, and the University: The Making of the 1967 Kalven Report”
  • Conversation with Deputy Institute Community and Equity Officer Tracie Jones-Barrett

The event will feature ASL interpretation and StreamText captioning. Please let us know if you need anything else to participate fully by emailing

Professor Ghachem asks that you take a few minutes to read the three-page Kalven Report. in preparation for this discussion.

We look forward to seeing many of you on October 26.


Cynthia Barnhart

Mary Fuller
Chair of the Faculty

Melissa Nobles