MIT Mid-Century Convocation (1949) - Winston Churchill Keynote Address

At MIT's Mid-Century Convocation held in 1949--described as "an intellectual festival of monumental proportions"--Sir Winston Churchill gave a rousing keynote address titled "Mid-Century Convocation on the Social Implications of Scientific Progress." The speech was considered one of his most renowned speeches on the emerging Cold War. The convocation was held at the Boston Garden with an estimated audience of 13,000. The film opens with Karl T. Compton (outgoing MIT President) and Bernard M. Baruch, who introduces Churchill. Read the full text of Churchill's speech at the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections. Film to HD transfer courtesy of MIT150. MIT Museum Collections. [MIT Museum catalog # UNNUMBERED-602]