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Keep discussing tough questions

I would like to commend the Tech editors for their editorial on Sept. 6. It reminded me that MIT students are willing to raise difficult questions. Let me offer some resources that may be helpful to you and others wanting to round out their education. The Technology and Culture Forum (TAC) has been asking hard questions for over 40 years. Last year they sponsored, among other programs, a campaign to discover “What are the most important questions ….” Their ethics seminar is offered again this year. It is 24.190J — Doing Right: Ethical Choices in Literature. Over the course of this year they will also sponsor programs addressing tough topics that demand ethical reflection.

The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT is also a resource you might wish to investigate. They bring to campus a variety of programs that try to raise issues of value that may not be discussed in the classroom. Last year I especially enjoyed the Reverend Mpho A. Tutu discussing her book, Made for Goodness. Her thoughts — and those of her famous father Desmond Tutu — offer a bracing contrast to the views presented in Ryan Normandin ’13’s fine opinion piece about SeekingArrangement.com.

Keep up the good work. What we are about here at MIT is too important for us to be allowed to drift into the ditch of irrelevance, and the role of the press as a corrective is critical.

Robert M. Randolph
Chaplain to the Institute
Housemaster, Bexley Hall