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This week’s question:

Do MIT students need to know more about world events and cultures?

“You need to know about both. MIT has lots of cultural events. So if people are interested, there are a lot of opportunities to learn about cultures.”

Samitha Samaranayake ’02

“Without question, I think a lot of people here will probably get positions later with a certain amount of influence. So they definitely have to know more about the world today.”

Michael T. Padilla G

“It is absolutely necessary that MIT students know what’s going on in the world, as it is one of our driving missions to be aware of and attempt to provide solutions to problems in other parts of the world. That’s part of being an engineering school.”

Ronojoy Chakrabarti ’02

“I think they’re both very important. To understand the events, you need to understand the cultures too.”

JaNette Kelly ’02

“I think they need to know more about world cultures. They can stay up to date with world events by reading newspapers or on CNN, but you cannot learn about world cultures by reading the news. You have to go and experience it for yourself and talk to someone in that culture. You cannot get knowledge about a culture by reading about it.”

Aaron P. Moronez ’99

“MIT students need to be more politically aware about what’s going on around them. And about other people’s culture and their backgrounds.”

Ricardo Dawkins ’01

Compiled by Andrew J. Maywah