Standing Together Against Hate: Register for upcoming events and activities

January 24, 2024
Melissa Nobles, Chancellor |

Note: This letter was updated on 1/26/24 to reflect a change in the title of Erwin Chemerinsky's talk and bio, as well as an update to Murad Idris' bio.


Dear members of the MIT community,

I’m pleased to invite you to several upcoming events designed to build understanding and foster respectful dialogue as part of Standing Together Against Hate.

Dialogue & Action panel series

Through a new joint effort, MIT and eight other Massachusetts universities are launching an online speaker series, Dialogue & Action in an Age of Divides, to foster constructive dialogue and help participants tackle difficult issues. Join us for the first event in the series:

Hate and Free Speech (register)
Monday, January 29
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET

MIT Dialogues Across Difference speaker series

This spring, our ongoing speaker series, Dialogues Across Difference: Building Community at MIT, will feature four in-person lectures and community conversations, each followed by a reception. These events are open to current MIT students, staff, postdocs, and faculty and will be held at the Schwarzman College of Computing. Registration for each individual event is required. All four will feature ASL interpretation. Please email if you need any additional accommodations.

Understanding Antisemitism: Enduring Hatred (register)
Monday, February 12
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET, Room 45-801

Pamela S. Nadell is the director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University. Her research focuses on American Jewish history and antisemitism in the United States.

Campus Freedom of Expression: Antisemitism and the Current Controversies (register)
Monday, February 26
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET, Room 45-801

Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law. A free speech scholar who has recently written about antisemitism on college campuses, he specializes in constitutional law, criminal procedure, and federal jurisdiction.

Islamophobia: A Threat to All (register)
Monday, March 18
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET, Room 45-801
This event falls during Ramadan, and accommodations will be made for those who are fasting.

Dalia Mogahed is the director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. She is a Muslim studies scholar, specializing in issues of gender, identity, and Islamophobia in America.

What Hinges on Anti-Palestinian Racism? (register)
Thursday, April 18
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET, Room 45-801

Murad Idris is an associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan. His research and teaching explores political theory, the history of political thought, and political theology

I hope you will consider participating in these community conversations. I look forward to seeing many of you in person for our Dialogues Across Difference events.


Melissa Nobles