The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has canceled a prestigious guest lecture after a group of scholars, alumni and activists lambasted the institution for inviting a speaker who has criticized Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Dorian Abbot, an associate professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago, was scheduled to give the John Carlson Lecture in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT on October 21.
But Abbot was told recently by EAPS’ top leadership the event was scrapped.
“EAPS at MIT is a great department full of excellent scientists who I admire and respect. The department chair ultimately made the decision to cancel my Carlson Lecture, not them. The chair is a good person, but made a bad decision under pressure in this case,” Abbot tweeted Saturday.