Hello,

We noticed you're browsing in private or incognito mode.

To continue reading this article, please exit incognito mode or log in.

Not a subscriber? Subscribe now for unlimited access to online articles.

Hopes and Fears

The day after the presidential election, the MIT community began processing the outcome in Lobby 7.

  • December 20, 2016

It became clear in the early hours of November 9 that the MIT community would need a way to process an election outcome few had expected. So Caroline Mak ’18 and her friends wrapped Lobby 7’s six columns in paper and invited people to share their hopes and fears. The columns quickly filled with fears of deportation, police brutality, loss of rights. Fears of more misogyny, racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Fears for the environment. Fears by Trump supporters that peers would never understand why they voted for him. The columns also filled with hopes: America can be great again, we can learn from this election, and it “will bring forth the toughest, smartest generation of ass-­kicking women the world has ever known.” One person hoped to understand the 48 percent of American voters who made the opposite choice.

“We do some of our best work when we turn outward to the world,” President Reif wrote to the MIT community. “Let’s continue to do that now. And, following our students’ lead, let us find ways to listen to one another—with sympathy, humility, decency, respect, and kindness.”

Next in MIT News
Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to All Access Digital.
  • All Access Digital {! insider.prices.digital !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    The digital magazine, plus unlimited site access, our online archive, and The Download delivered to your email in-box each weekday.

    See details+

    12-month subscription

    Unlimited access to all our daily online news and feature stories

    Digital magazine (6 bi-monthly issues)

    Access to entire PDF magazine archive dating back to 1899

    The Download: newsletter delivered daily

/3
You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. This is your last free article this month. for unlimited online access. You've read all your free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for more, or for unlimited online access. for two more free articles, or for unlimited online access.

MIT News = for alumni only.

Are you an MIT alum?
Sign in now to read all MIT alumni news and class notes— or to manage your magazine subscription.

Sign in and read on