Mid-Century Convocation on the Social Implications of Scientific Progress (1949 : Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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The inauguration of James R. Killian as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's tenth president on April 2, 1949, was preceded by the two-day "Mid-Century Convocation on the Social Implications of Scientific Progress" on March 31 and April 1. The idea for the convocation originated in the wish of the MIT Corporation to examine the role MIT was to play in the post-war era, after the Institute had become a leader in government scientific research during World War II. The convocation and inauguration were the occasion of a gathering to listen to Winston Churchill, Harold E. Stassen, and prominent scholars who examined the role of science and technology in addresses that included the following themes: The State of Science; The Twentieth Century; Men against Nature; Men against Men; Science, Materialism and the Human Spirit; The Role of the Individual in a World of Institutions; The Problem of Specialization in Twentieth Century Education; The State, Industry, and the University; The Store of the Future; and The Obligations and Ideals of the Institute of Technology.

Large numbers of MIT alumni were invited as guests and since almost 18,000 persons attended, Churchill's speech was given in Boston Garden with television signals sent back to the MIT campus. Convocation program events were held in Rockwell Cage on the MIT campus. Representatives from institutions of higher learning and learned societies took part in the inauguration of President Killian on the third day of the convocation. Verbatim accounts of the convocation discussions were published in Mid-Century: The Social Implications of Scientific Progress, edited by John Ely Burchard (Cambridge, 1950).

From the guide to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mid-Century Convocation on the Social Implications of Scientific Progress records, 1949, 1999, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections)

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associatedWith Baker, Everett Moore, 1901-1950 person
associatedWith Barker, James M. person
associatedWith Bell, Laird person
associatedWith Bissell, Richard M. (Richard Mervin), 1909- person
associatedWith Bixler, Julius Seelye, 1894- person
associatedWith Bridgman, P. W. (Percy Williams), 1882-1961 person
associatedWith Brown, Douglass V. (Douglass Vincent), 1904- person
associatedWith Bush, Vannevar, 1890-1974 person
associatedWith Canham, Edwin D. person
associatedWith Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965 person
associatedWith Contreras, Carlos person
associatedWith DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901- person
associatedWith Flanders, Ralph E. (Ralph Edward), 1880-1970 person
associatedWith Golden, Clinton S. (Clinton Strong), 1888-1961 person
associatedWith Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989 person
associatedWith Hovde, Brynjolf Jakob, 1896-1954 person
associatedWith Killian, James Rhyne, 1904-1988 person
associatedWith Kindleberger, Charles Poor, 1910-2007 person
associatedWith Lilge, Frederic person
associatedWith Livingstone, Richard Winn, Sir, 1880-1960 person
associatedWith Maclaurin, W. Rupert (William Rupert), 1907-1959 person
associatedWith Malcolm, William person
associatedWith Maritain, Jacques, 1882-1973 person
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Office of the President corporateBody
associatedWith Mudaliar, Ramaswami, Sir person
associatedWith Notestein, Frank W. (Frank Wallace), 1902- person
associatedWith Odegard, Peter H., 1901-1966 person
associatedWith Osborn, Fairfield, 1887-1969 person
associatedWith Padelford, Norman Judson, 1903- person
associatedWith Potter, A. A. (Andrey Abraham), b. 1882 person
associatedWith Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 person
associatedWith Rubon, Phillip J. person
associatedWith Russell, John Dale, 1895- person
associatedWith Russell, Robert P. (Robert Price) person
associatedWith Sherwood, Thomas Kilgore, 1903-1976 person
associatedWith Stace, W. T. (Walter Terence), 1886- person
associatedWith Stassen, Harold Edward, 1907-2001 person
associatedWith Stratton, Julius Adams, 1901-1994 person
associatedWith Thomas, Charles Allen, 1900-1982 person
associatedWith Tizard, Henry Thomas, Sir, 1885-1959 person
associatedWith Toohey, J. Thomas person
associatedWith Tuve, Merle Antony, 1901-1982 person
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