September 24, 2020
Letter from the Director: “Vote as if _______ Depends on It – Because It Does,” September 2020

ESI Director John E. Fernández on the 2020 election, the climate crisis, justice and democracy.


June 12, 2020
Letter from the Director: “Welcome to an Extraordinary Individual During Extraordinary Times,” June 2020

ESI Director John E. Fernández welcomes MLK Visiting Scholar Luis G. Murillo-Urrutia and introduces ESI's Principles of Conduct and Engagement.


April 17, 2020
Letter from the Director: “The Exquisite Science,” April 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ESI Director John Fernandez addresses public trust in science and how deep and active engagement with scientific knowledge can save us from our intertwined crises.


September 16, 2019
Letter from the Director: September 2019

John Fernández ushers in the new academic year by urging a stronger focus on climate change and the value of a deliberate education in ethics - for students and the Institute alike.


September 13, 2018
Letter from the Director: September 2018

John Fernández welcomes the new class of MIT undergraduates and provides updates on ESI's seed grants program and Environment & Sustainability Minor.


June 1, 2018
Letter from the Director: June 2018

John Fernández addresses a period of transition for ESI, with new hires and new program areas.


April 16, 2018
Letter from the Director: April 2018

John Fernández introduces four new program areas for concerted ESI research efforts.


February 1, 2018
Letter from the Director: February 2018

John Fernández shares the long view of ESI's international partnerships.


December 1, 2017
Letter from the Director: December 2017

A brief note from John Fernández with more news to come.


November 9, 2017
Letter from the Director: November 2017

John Fernández reports from the annual UN Conference of the Parties on climate change in Bonn, Germany.


September 1, 2017
Letter from the Director: September 2017

John Fernández previews ESI's headline People & the Planet lectures for the new academic year.


April 1, 2017
Letter from the Director: April 2017

John Fernández celebrates three years of accomplishments at ESI and notes how much work is still to come.

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