Our department administers several of MIT's prestigious lecture series:
Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series
The Compton lectures were established in 1957 to honor the late Karl Taylor Compton, who served as president of MIT from 1930 to 1948 and as chairman of the MIT Corporation from 1948 to 1954. The lecture series gives the MIT community direct contact with the important ideas of our times and with people who have contributed much to modern thought. Visit the Compton lecture site.
James R. Killian Faculty Achievement Award and Lecture Series
The purpose of the Killian Award is to recognize extraordinary professional achievement by MIT faculty members and to communicate their accomplishments to members of the Institute community. The recipient of the Killian Award holds the title of Killian Award Lecturer for the following academic year and presents, during that time, one or more lectures to the MIT community on his or her own professional activities. The Killian Award selection is made by faculty members elected by vote of the Faculty from a slate prepared by the Faculty Nominations Committee. Visit the Killian Award and Lecture site.
Ford/MIT Nobel Laureate Lecture Series
In 1997, the Ford Motor Company engaged MIT in a strategic partnership to address a set of 21st century challenges facing the automotive industry. Through this innovative program, the Nobel Laureate Lecture Series was introduced in 2000 and featured local and international Nobel Laureates leading provocative discussions in economics, physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, and peacemaking. These seven lectures, held from 2000 to 2005 at MIT, were organized by MIT's Community Services Office, Lecture Series Committee, Graduate Student Council, Industrial Liaison Program, Undergraduate Association, and the Office of the Chancellor.
For information about other lectures, panels, and academic events on campus, please visit the MIT Events Calendar.
Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist at The New York Times, delivered the fall 2018 Karl Taylor Compton Lecture.
Photo: Jake Belcher
Ernest Moniz, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems Emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President, delivered the fall 2017 Karl Taylor Compton Lecture.
Photo: Jake Belcher
Tyler Jacks, the David H. Koch professor of biology and director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, delivered the 2016 James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award Lecture on February 11, 2016.
Photo: Sham Sthankiya