News + Media

Branden Spitzer

In the News

February 23, 2024

Nourishing the mind, hand, and stomach

Angelina ParrilloMIT News

MIT senior Branden Spitzer explains how his love of food and cooking unlocked his interest in materials science and engineering. Through MISTI, Branden has spent time in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa, and is studying in Denmark this semester.

Fake News illustration

In the News

February 23, 2024

How misinformation and disinformation spread, the role of AI, and how we can guard against them

Taylor McNeilTufts Now

Director of the Seminar XXI program, Kelly M Greenhill, shows how to tell the true from the false, and what it means for politics.

Gautam Mukunda and Carol Savietz

In the News

February 23, 2024

Video: Can Ukraine keep up the fight against Russia, two years after the invasion?

GBH News

Carol Savietz, senior advisor for MIT's Security Studies Program, joined Gautam Mukunda to discuss the state of the war after nearly two years, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and hundreds of billions in foreign aid from the US.

Screenshot of Elizabeth Wood

In the News

February 19, 2024

Video: Navalny's widow to carry on his work in Russia

CTV News

Faculty co-director of MIT-Ukraine program Elizabeth Wood speaks on the future of the Russian president election and European sanctions in the context of Alexei Navalny's death.

View of congested cars on Storrow Drive

In the News

February 15, 2024

New York’s congestion pricing is a good start, but Boston can do better

Carlo RattiBoston Globe

MIT-Italy faculty director Carlo Ratti explains how Boston could adopt and improve on New York's congestion pricing to reduce traffic.

Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 précis


February 15, 2024

précis: Fall 2023/Winter 2024

Center for International Studies

The Fall 2023/Winter 2024 edition of précis features an interview with MENA/MIT, insights on the war in Gaza, a reflection on the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference, and more.

Compass pointed toward excellence


February 14, 2024

End Notes

End Notes features an editor's pick of professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff.

Empowering the Teachers spring 2022 cohort with MIT Professor Tayo Akinwande (center) at Killian Court.


February 14, 2024

Fellowship program empowers Nigerian academics

“Empowering the Teachers” provides an immersive and innovative training experience for young African academics. The program brings talented Nigerian academics at the postdoctoral level to MIT for a semester-long immersive experience, then sends them back out into the field to teach, research, and grow into influential leadership roles in their higher education system.

People wander through the devastated area near the al-Maqoussi towers in the aftermath of an Israeli bombardment in Gaza City on Feb. 3

Analysis + Opinion

February 14, 2024

The devastation of Gaza was inevitable

Barry PosenForeign Policy Magazine

The Israeli offensive in Gaza, the US-led coalition offensives in Mosul and Raqqa, and even the bloody and clumsy Russian siege of Mariupol may not be anomalies. Instead, they are a window into future war. 

Richard Nielsen and David Dolev


February 13, 2024

précis Interview: MENA/MIT

MENA/MIT is a new regional program at the Center for International Studies that houses and connects activities and initiatives across MIT related to the Middle East and North Africa region. In this interview, Richard Nielsen and David Dolev discuss MENA/MIT engagement with the MIT community, its contributions to the Institute's educational and research objectives, and their goals for 2024.