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MIT Reads

To build community and foster understanding

MIT Reads

MIT Reads is an all-MIT reading experience that aims to build community and foster understanding. Events and discussions are open to the entire MIT community.

Dawn cover

Fall 2018 book selection: Dawn

This fall we are partnering with the MIT Black Students’ Union to read Dawn, by Octavia Butler. Learn more and find out how to get the book. Visit our Dawn research guide for more information on the author and topic.


The Awakening: An Afrofuturism Inspired Multimedia Art Show, will be held Monday, Nov. 5th from 6-8pm in the SPXCE Intercultural Center (W31-110).

Participants may view, share, and interact with artistic pieces inspired by themes discussed in the book Dawn by Octavia Butler, as well as themes associated with Octavia Butler’s body of work as a whole and how those themes resonate today.

Call for Art

Submit your 2D and 3D art, costume art, performance art, music, and multimedia, and more by Oct. 29, 2018.  We’re looking for work inspired by themes such as transhumanism and human evolution, gender construction, Afrofuturism, multi-ethnic and multi-species futures, LGBTQ+ identities, nuclear warfare, and colonization. Prizes will be awarded, including a $50 grand prize.

Submit your artwork

This event will be held in partnership with the Black Students’ Union, and is co-hosted by the MIT Libraries and the Office of Multicultural Programs.

Community discussions

Our MIT community-wide discussions will take place:

Wednesday, 11/14
SPXCE (W31-110)
Dinner will be provided

Friday, 11/16
Lewis Music Library (14E-109)
Dessert will be provided

MIT Reads is sponsored by the MIT Libraries and the MIT Press Bookstore.