[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - January 22, 2017

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Monday, January 23
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9am  ClimateX Climate Action Hands On
11am  On Growth and Form
1pm  The Economic State of the World
2pm  New financing models for funding fusion energy
3:30pm  Building Energy Efficiency Regulations in China: Policies and Trends
6pm  King's America or Obama's Post-Racial America?

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Tuesday, January 24 - Wednesday, January 25
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Preparing Urban Forests for Climate Change 

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Tuesday, January 24
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1:30pm  Scientific Communication
2pm  From Zika Virus to Lyme Disease - Integrated Pest Management
4pm  Books at Baker Presents Eugene Soltes, author of "Why They Do It”
4pm  US Communications at a Crossroads
4pm  Scenarios for Organized Labor in the Trump Era
5:15pm  Panel Discussion: Urban History on the Digital Frontier
6pm  Science Club for Girls Showcase
6pm  Data Visualizations that Bring Data to Life
6pm  Daring Democracy

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Wednesday, January 25
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10am  What Should Your Website Strategy Be?
12pm  How Unusual Are Recent U.S. Northeast Coast Mean Sea Level Changes? A Bayesian Hierarchical Perspective
12pm  Financing Global Climate Change Commitments: The Role of Public Finance
1pm  Online Event: Deconstructing the top Internet of Things Attacks of 2016
4:15pm  The Impact of Removing Tax Preferences for U.S. Oil and Gas Production
4:15pm  Population, Generation and Nation: Understanding the Arab World Through Demography
5pm  IAP 2017: Activism, Organizing, and Social Movements
5pm  Shattering the Silence: Unbroken Glass Documentary Screening
5:30pm  Climate Preparedness in Massachusetts - How Systems Thinking Will Drive Technology and Policy
5:30pm  The Neighborhood Series: South Boston 
6pm  Eating Right When Money Is Tight
6pm  How MIT uses Open edX
6pm  Truth, Fact, and the Future of Journalism
6pm  Food for Thought: The Power and Potential of Food as an Educational Tool
6:30pm  Using Behavioral Design for Good
6:30pm  Film screening and discussion: The Age of Consequences

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Thursday, January 26
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7:45am  Rethinking the American Diet: Optimally Unifying Environmental and Nutritional Sciences
8:30am  Introduction to Living Building Challenge
12pm  Free Independent Health Records
12pm  Moving Beyond Conventional Peace Processes in Today's Unconventional Wars
1pm  Data Visualization Done Differently
2:30pm  Violence and the State: Evidence from Rwanda's 'Decade of Atrocities’
3pm  Transportation Night: The Future of Mobility
4pm  Evolution of brains in the light of the fossil record
5:30pm  EnergyBar!
6pm  The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
6pm  RPP Colloquium Series: Healing, Bridge-Building, and Empowerment to Address Gun Violence: Inspiration from Boston's African American Communities
6pm  Civic Science Roundtable: Editing Our Genes: Should We Enhance Ourselves or Not?
6:30pm  Why don’t we all have cancer? Natural immunity against the transformed self
6:45pm  Bike to the Future!
7pm  Age of Consequences Film Screening

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Friday, January 27
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8:30am  STEAM: Rocket Fuel for the Innovation Economy
12pm  Starr Forum: Amour
6pm  Human Trafficking: Myth and Facts

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Saturday, January 28
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10am  Take charge of your energy bills! 

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Sunday, January 29
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2pm  Three-part series: “American History Thru Music™ — 1760s to 1960s-A Musical Portrait of the USA
3:30pm  Hack For 2030: The Final Presentations
5:15pm  Intellectual Snob Meetup: What is Fake News?
6pm  A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea:  One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, & Survival

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Monday, January 30
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12pm  Networked Cultural Knowledge: Cultural Consensus and Cultural Consonance in Social Networks
12pm  Private Foundations: Avoiding Pitfalls of an Election Cycle
4pm  Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development
5pm  Climate Science 101: Fundamentals of Climate Science
6pm  Introduction to Economics and Policy of Climate Change: How Will You Design a Climate Policy?
6:30pm  Premier of film "Birth of a Movement”

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Tuesday, January 31
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8:30am  Get Smaaht: Grid Modernization in Mass
12pm  Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality
12:30pm  A Reporter's Perspective: Assad, Trump, and the Failure of U.S. Syria Policy
1pm  Food Waste Policy: Solutions for People, Planet, Profit
1pm  Housing Recovery - What's Different This Time
1pm  IDEA² Global Finals, Awards, and Reception
4pm  Roman warships in Experiment: Reconstruction and Sailing Tests
5pm  Climate Science 102: The Global Climate System and Climate Modeling
5pm  Thomas Dolby:  The Speed of Sound
6pm  International Climate Governance and the Role of the United States
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - January Happy Hour
7pm  A Conversation with The Prophet, The Professor, and The Journalist
7pm  A reporter's perspective: Islamic State, Assad, Russia, and the failure of
US Policy
7pm  BU Climate Action Plan Public Forum
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My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com

Net Zero Energy - January 18. 2017
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/18/1621987/-Net-Zero-EnergyJanuary-18,-2017#comment_65188456

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Monday, January 23
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ClimateX Climate Action Hands On
Monday, January 23
9am – 1pm
MIT Museum makerspace, 10-150, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Design charettes:
1) Device to measure emissions from semi-excavated gas leaks
2) Playing with mounds of existing gas leak data

Contact:  cjnewton at mit.edu
	
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On Growth and Form
Monday, January 23
11:00a–12:00p
McGovern Auditorium, located in Whitehead Institute, 9 Cambridge Center, Cambridge

Speaker: L Mahadevan

2nd talk in the series "Quantitative Biology"

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Biology

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The Economic State of the World
Monday, January 23
1:00p–2:30p
MIT, Building E51-315, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Olivier Blanchard (IMF)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Economics IAP
For more information, contact: economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 

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New financing models for funding fusion energy
Monday, January 23
2:00p–3:00p
MIT, Building NW17-218, 175 Albany Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Andrew Lo, MIT Sloan School
The idea of fusion energy is nearly half a century old, yet we still seem far away from "ignition." One of the biggest hurdles is lack of funding. However, the recent announcement by Softbank of a $100 billion technology fund suggests that there *is* money available if we can create a financially attractive investment vehicle to commercialize fusion technology. In this talk, Prof. Lo will describe some of the necessary financial ingredients for launching such a fund.

Web site: http://www.psfc.mit.edu/events
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Plasma Science and Fusion Center
For more information, contact:  Paul Rivenberg
617-253-8101
rivenberg at psfc.mit.edu 

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Building Energy Efficiency Regulations in China: Policies and Trends
Monday, January 23
3:30PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, China Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

China Project Research Seminar
http://chinaproject.harvard.edu/2finamore170323
Co-sponsored by the China Project, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Contact Name:  Tiffany Chan
tiffanychan at seas.harvard.edu

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King's America or Obama's Post-Racial America?
Monday, January 23
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Boston University, Law Auditorium, 767 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kings-america-or-obamas-post-racial-america-tickets-30921084797

Join us as Dean Elmore moderates a panel with Dr. Barbara Reynolds, author of the just-released book My Life, My Love, My Legacy: Coretta Scott King, and Roger Brooks, President and CEO of Facing History. The conversation will focus on the cultural, social and political state of the country and will question whether we have truly moved into the vision of America articulated by President Obama.
The Law Auditorium is located behind Marsh Plaza. 
Dr. Reynold's book will be available for puchase and signing at the event.

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Tuesday, January 24 - Wednesday, January 25
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Preparing Urban Forests for Climate Change 
Tuesday, January 24 - Wednesday, January 25
MIT Stratton Student Center & Cambridge City Hall Annex
RSVP at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edim1ux90f2e2fdf&llr=jqfo5obab 

This workshop is aimed at urban and community forestry professionals, planners, and others in the Boston region on how to develop and implement management actions to help urban forests respond to climate change.  The workshop is organized by the US Forest Service Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science with support from MAPC, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation, City of Cambridge, Trust for Public Land, and MIT.  For more information at http://forestadaptation.org/boston-fapp%20  

Small registration fee applies to cover lunch ($20 per day).  Second day is a hands-on session and is optional.

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Tuesday, January 24
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Scientific Communication
Tuesday, January 24
1:30p–3:00p
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge

Joseph Caputo, MSc, Media Relations Manager, Cell Press 
Julie Sollier, PhD, Scientific Editor, Cell Press 
Megan Thielking, Reporter and Lead Writer, STAT 
Lisa Welch, MSc, Medical Writing, DynaMed/EBSCO 

If you enjoy talking about and explaining science, come learn about the diverse career paths in scientific communication including journal editors, medical writers, and journalists. Panelists will explain how a PhD can be advantageous in their field and how to transition from science to science writing.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Biology

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From Zika Virus to Lyme Disease - Integrated Pest Management
WHEN  Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE  Webinar - Follow link to register
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Environmental Protection Agency
SPEAKER(S)  Richard Pollack of Harvard's Environmental Health & Safety group.
TICKET WEB LINK  https://epawebconferencing-events.acms.com/content/connect/c1/7/en/events/event/shared/108310290/event_registration.html?sco-id=108310299
DETAILS  Recent developments in pest-borne diseases, such as the emergence of Zika virus and spread of Lyme disease, signal the need to continually assess the threat of urban pests to public health. Illnesses carried by insects, rodents, and other pests affect all races, ethnicities, ages, and cultures. Vector-borne illnesses are an ever-present threat and efforts to prevent them are critical to protecting public health.
Join us as we discuss the primary pests of public health concern, review control strategies, and describe tactics to reduce exposure in your school district.
LINK  https://epawebconferencing-events.acms.com/content/connect/c1/7/en/events/event/shared/108310290/event_registration.html?sco-id=108310299

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Books at Baker Presents Eugene Soltes, author of "Why They Do It”
WHEN  Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Business School, Cumnock Hall 102, 33 Harvard Way, Allston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Ethics
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Business School Baker Library
SPEAKER(S)  Eugene Soltes
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Harvard Business School professor Eugene Soltes draws from extensive personal interaction and correspondence with nearly fifty former executives as well as the latest research in psychology, criminology, and economics to investigate how once-celebrated executives become white-collar criminals. The product of seven years in the company of the men behind the largest corporate crimes in history, Why They Do It is a breakthrough look at the dark side of the business world. There will be a talk and a Q&A with Professor Soltes and books can be signed (please bring your own copy).

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US Communications at a Crossroads
Tuesday, January 24
4:00 pm
Please join live webcast at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2017/01/Wheeler at 4:00 pm

Join us for a conversation between the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Tom Wheeler, and Harvard Law School Professor, Susan Crawford on US Communications at a Crossroads. 

About Mr. Wheeler
Tom Wheeler became the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 4, 2013. Chairman Wheeler was appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Chairman Wheeler is widely viewed as having been one of the most consequential leaders of the FCC since the agency's creation in the 1930s.

For over three decades, Chairman Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications as a policy expert, an advocate, and a businessman. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless, and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him “The Bo Jackson of Telecom.”

Prior to joining the FCC, Chairman Wheeler was Managing Director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage Internet Protocol (IP)-based companies. He served as President and CEO of Shiloh Group, LLC, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services and co-founded SmartBrief, the internet’s largest electronic information service for vertical markets. From 1976 to 1984, Chairman Wheeler was associated with the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), where he was President and CEO from 1979 to 1984. Following NCTA, Chairman Wheeler was CEO of several high tech companies, including the first company to offer high speed delivery of data to home computers and the first digital video satellite service. From 1992 to 2004, Chairman Wheeler served as President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).

Chairman Wheeler wrote Take Command: Leadership Lessons of the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000) and Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006). His commentaries on current events have been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and other leading publications.Presidents Clinton and Bush each appointed Chairman Wheeler a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he served for 12 years. He is also the former Chairman and President of the Foundation for the National Archives, the non-profit organization dedicated to telling the American Story through its documents, and a former board member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Chairman Wheeler is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and the recipient of its Alumni Medal. He resides in Washington, D.C.

About Professor Crawford
Susan Crawford is John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a co-director of the Berkman Klein Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, and a contributor to Medium.com’s Backchannel. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She also served as a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation and is now a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Broadband Task Force. Ms. Crawford was formerly a (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2008-2010). As an academic, she teaches Internet law and communications law. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. One of Politico’s 50 Thinkers, Doers and Visionaries Transforming Politics in 2015; one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); IP3 Awardee (2010); one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011); and one of TIME Magazine’s Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech (2013). Ms. Crawford received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy. Susan lives in New York City and Cambridge, MA.

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Scenarios for Organized Labor in the Trump Era
WHEN  Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room 2036 B, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School; Harvard Trade Union Program
SPEAKER(S)  Bill Fletcher, Jr., author and Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	john_trumpbour at harvard.edu
DETAILS  A lecture and discussion with labor leader and educator Bill Fletcher on the Trump era as part of the James Green Memorial Forum honoring labor historian Jim Green (1944-2016)

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Panel Discussion: Urban History on the Digital Frontier
Tuesday, January 24
5:15PM - 7:30PM
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at seminars at masshist.org

Vivek Bald, MIT, Jack A. Dougherty, Trinity College, and Marilynn S. Johnson, Boston College
Moderator: Douglas O'Reagan, MIT
Bald is working on a transmedia project aimed at recovering the histories of peddlers and steamship workers from British colonial India who came to the U.S. in the early 20th century. It includes a digital oral history website. Dougherty and his students are writing an open-access book, On The Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and its Suburbs, which features interactive maps and oral history videos. Johnson’s Global Boston is a public history website combining a basic immigration history overview for the region with student research, oral history, and a curated selection of digitized primary sources, images and maps documenting the local immigrant experience.

Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required 
Subscribe to receive advance copies of the seminar papers.

MODERN AMERICAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE SEMINAR

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Science Club for Girls Showcase
Tuesday, January 24
6:00p–7:30p
MIT, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the interns from the Science Club for Girls as they share their research projects from their first semesters in labs.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:  Jennifer Novotney
6173247313
novotney at mit.edu 

Editorial Comment:  I know one of the long-term mentors for Science Club for Girls.  They do remarkable work.

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Data Visualizations that Bring Data to Life
Tuesday, January 24
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-visualizations-that-bring-data-to-life-tickets-30853183703

Through case studies and visuals, Julie Rodriguez and Piotr Kaczmarek, co-author of Visualizing Financial Data, demonstrate methods to communicate financial information in a visual context. The set of case studies provide a fresh take on data visualizations that contrast traditional uses of charts with new methods that provide more effective representations of the data to produce greater insights. Topics include:

How to communicate time-lapsed data to better understand the context of an event (e.g., how to incorporate details into the standard bar chart that provides perspective and creates awareness)
How to display multiple variables to analyze and compare attributes (e.g., how to compare the characteristics of a collection of entities to determine behavior, trends, and outliers)
How to show associations and links between datasets to understand the impact one value has on another (i.e., setting up these displays for better comparison and making them concise)

Rodriguez is Creative Director at Sapient Global Markets. She was previously employed at MathWorks and Fidelity Investments. She received her bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon University and her master’s degree in digital media from Harvard Extension School. She has patented her work in commodities trading and data visualizations for MATLAB and publishes industry articles on user experience and data analysis and visualization.

Piotr is an Associate Creative Director based in Sapient’s Boston office. He joined Sapient Global Markets in 2012 after more than 20 years career in designing of visual systems with a purpose of making abstract concepts and data accessible to users. Piotr has an extensive experience in the field of information architecture. He is experienced in many forms of interactive data visualizations, from elaborate analytical tools to simple but effective ways of delivering dashboard-level summaries. Piotr studied architecture at Warsaw university of Technology and holds a master's degree in industrial design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland.

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Daring Democracy
Tuesday, January 24
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Daring-Democracy/events/236681196/

Please join Frances Moore Lappé and Bob Massie in a discussion about how we can grow the emerging Democracy Movement into a new and thrilling world in which everyone, and the rest of life, thrives.

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Wednesday, January 25
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What Should Your Website Strategy Be?
Wednesday, January 25
10 am - 12 pm
224 Western Avenue, Allston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edjvpencfa17d699  

Description:  All business owners know they need a website, but what can your website do for you? What should your website strategy be? This workshop will help you understand some of the options: lead generation, e-commerce, branding, converting leads to sales. Learn how to prioritize design efforts, and how to measure the success of your website. Suitable for new or established business owners who want to know how to think about their website.

Presenter:  Carol Scalzo, CMO & Founder of Hit-the-Web Marketing, whose tagline says it all: Using Online Marketing as Your Strategic Weapon. Carol has over 20 years hands-on experience developing websites and ten years implementing digital marketing strategies that generate leads and sell products online. She is eager to share her creative passion with you to help you achieve your business goals.

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How Unusual Are Recent U.S. Northeast Coast Mean Sea Level Changes? A Bayesian Hierarchical Perspective
Wednesday, January 25
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Geo Museum Room 310, 24 Oxford Street (former Center for the Environment space), Cambridge

with Christopher Piecuch, Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER)

BiSEPPS Seminar
http://eps.harvard.edu/event/solid-earth-physics-seminar-0

Contact Name:  Sabinna Cappo
scappo at fas.harvard.edu

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Financing Global Climate Change Commitments: The Role of Public Finance
Wednesday, January 25
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
BU, The Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road, Boston

The seminar will include brief presentations by panelists including:Prof. Kevin Gallagher, Pardee School of Global Studies and co-director, Global Economic Governance Initiative; Prof. Henrik Selin, Pardee School of Global Studies; Miquel Muñoz Cabré, Research Fellow, Global Economic Governance Initiative; Irene Monastrello, Post-Doctoral Associate, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future

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Online Event: Deconstructing the top Internet of Things Attacks of 2016
Wednesday, January 25
1:00 PM
ONLINE via Zoom!
Register online via Zoom! here: https://goo.gl/DzLTCF

Hey Security of Things MeetUp members! I wanted to make you aware of an excellent, online event that I'll be moderating on the afternoon of January 25 where we'll be talking with three of the top embedded device and connected infrastructure experts in the country and reviewing some attacks on Internet of Things systems and devices from the past year.  

On January 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET, Bob Baxley, the Chief Engineer at Bastille Networks and I will host Cesar Cerrudo, the Chief Technology Officer at the firm IOActive, and Billy Rios, the Founder of Whitescope LLC. Our discussion will center on real world Internet of Things attacks from the past 12 months, including (of course) the mass compromise of connected webcams by the Mirai malware, as well as incidents like the ransomware attack on the San Franciso MUNI public transit network. 

Our goal will be to help attendees understand the common threads that tie these attacks to each other and steps that device makers and IT professionals can take to defend their products and their environments from IoT-focused threats. 

Our Guests:  Bob Baxley, Chief Engineer, Bastille (@bob_baxley)
Cesar Cerrudo, Chief Technology Officer, IOActive (@cesarcer)
Billy Rios, Founder, WhiteScope (@xssniper)
Paul Roberts, Publisher, Security Ledger (@paulfroberts)

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The Impact of Removing Tax Preferences for U.S. Oil and Gas Production (Gilbert Metcalf)
WHEN  Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Harvard Environmental Economics Program
SPEAKER(S)  Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts University
LINK  https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/16492

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Population, Generation and Nation: Understanding the Arab World Through Demography
WHEN  Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Darman Seminar Rm, 1st floor, Taubman Bldg, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Philippe Fargues, Professor, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute; Associate, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Philippe Fargues is a sociologist and demographer. He is a part-time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute and an Affiliate at Harvard Kennedy School. He was the founding Director of EUI’s Migration Policy Centre and held senior positions at the National Institute for Demographic Studies in Paris and the American University in Cairo and taught at Harvard and various universities in France, the Middle East and Africa. His research interests include migration, population and politics.
Unless otherwise noted, CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES for record-keeping and for use on the CMES website and publications.
LINK	http://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/event/population-generation-and-nation-understanding-arab-world-through-demography

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IAP 2017: Activism, Organizing, and Social Movements
Wednesday, January 25
5pm
MIT, Building 32-144, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://sites.google.com/view/iap2017-activism-training

Are you worried about threats to social justice, a stable climate, and democratic values under President Trump, but unsure what one person can do?
Have you been signing petitions and calling your congresspeople, but wanting more face-to-face interaction with action-oriented people at MIT?
Do you want to learn and share tools for being a more effective activist and find ways to get involved in local organizations?

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, come to our new IAP course on Activism, Organizing, and Social Movements, being jointly organized by student members of Solidarity MIT and Fossil Free MIT. Starting on 1/25, the Wednesday after the inauguration, and continuing throughout the rest of IAP, we're hosting a series of student- and staff-led sessions with the goal of developing together the skills and frameworks to understand and approach activism, organizing, and social movements in strategic and effective ways. The sessions are meant for all skill levels; whether you’re completely new to activism or are a veteran campaigner, come share your questions and knowledge! We’ll finish up with an Activist Open House featuring a number of local activist groups, giving everyone a chance to learn about local organizing opportunities and commit to getting involved.

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Shattering the Silence: Unbroken Glass Documentary Screening
Wednesday, January 25
5:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building E15-070, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dinesh Sabu
When he was six years old, Dinesh Sabu???s parents died. Raised by his siblings, he had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Now as an adult, Dinesh sets out on a journey to piece together their story. Uncovering a silenced family history and disturbing truths, Dinesh and his siblings must finally reconcile the past, confronting the trauma of losing their parents and the specter of mental illness.

Web site: http://misti.mit.edu/shattering-silence-unbroken-glass-documentary-film-screening
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MISTI, MIT India Program
For more information, contact:  Molly Gallagher
617-452-2479
mkgall at mit.edu 

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Climate Preparedness in Massachusetts - How Systems Thinking Will Drive Technology and Policy
Wednesday, January 25
5:30p–8:00p
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/climate-preparedness-in-massachusetts-systems-approach/
Cost:  $0 - $45

Speaker: Professor John Sterman, Director, Systems Dynamics Group, MIT
By the end of this century, the coast of Massachusetts is expected to witness a sea level rise between two and six feet. And superstorms are expected to become more frequent and more powerful. In responding to this threat, policy makers and technologists will need to take a broad and systems-based approach to renewable energy, grid infrastructure and urban de 

Join us for a dive into the: 
Policies that will shape Massachusetts' strategy for future resiliency 
Big data tools and models that will help us cope 
Private sector responses and technologies that will enable us to adapt to the changing climate

Web site: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/climate-preparedness-in-massachusetts-systems-approach/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free for Students; $20 MITEF Members: $45 non-members
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins
617-253-3937
entforumcambridge at mit.edu

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The Neighborhood Series: South Boston 
Wednesday, January 25
5:30-9 pm
Artists for Humanity Epicenter with networking to follow at Coppersmith, 100 W. Second Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-neighborhood-series-south-boston-tickets-31294861774

Join Spark Boston and Artists for Humanity for Open Studios on January 25th. Tour their six creative studios, meet the talented teens, and end with wine and cheese in their Painting Studio. Mention you are attending with Spark Boston and join us on a guided tour starting at 6:00 pm on the 3rd floor/painting studio, enjoy refreshments and proceed from there with studio tours.

Artists For Humanity’s (AFH) mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self- sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. 

After Open Studios join us for networking and drinks at Coppersmith, just across the street from the AFH Epicenter!

THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERIES: SPARK Boston works to help young adults from diverse backgrounds build relationships and strengthen personal and professional networks here in Boston. The Neighborhood Series are social events and activities highlighting unique features of Boston's vibrant neighborhoods, and giving young adults the opportunity to become connected with their community and each other. To learn more about the Neighborhood Series, please visit our website.

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Eating Right When Money Is Tight
Wednesday, January 25
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Xhibition Kitchen, 10 Forsyth Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eating-right-when-money-is-tight-tickets-31172025367

Come join us for a demonstration on how to cook for yourself on a low budget while enjoying some free food! Executive Chef Tom Barton shows how to cook a week's worth of delicious meals without breaking the bank.

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How MIT uses Open edX
Wednesday, January 25
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
edX Office, 141 Portland Street, Floor 9, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Open-edX-Boston/events/236998758/

Peter Pinch from MIT Office of Digital Learning will lead us on an overview of the variety of ways MIT uses edx.org and Open edX.  MIT was one of the original founders of edX, and there are many ways that MIT and edX intersect, from their edx.org courses to their on-campus classes, to professional education.

We'll also have plenty of time for mingling, Q+A, and of course pizza.

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Truth, Fact, and the Future of Journalism
Wednesday, January 25
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect Street, Central Square, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/citizen-futures/events/236100597/

The Big Idea: What "truth" do we want from journalism? How will we define media and journalism going forward? Is the business model broken? Will journalism still have a voice? 

Overview - Follow the money: The media landscape is primarily built on a business model driven by advertising dollars and eye balls. The incentive structure then naturally influences the content that is created. Ad tech, click bait, personalized content, curated News Feeds, Extremistan-style coverage, 24 hour "news"... Where does this lead us? 

Questions
Do we actually care about truth? Or just "our" truth? (Effect of confirmation bias on what we choose to read) 
The medium is the message: How does social media and newer models of distribution impact the content itself? 
What is the future for independent or alt-media?  
Money talks: What are alternative business models and how might this impact things like integrity, trust, readership? 

Speakers 
Chris Faraone (@fara1): Co-Founder of Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ), an incubator for independent media and journalists in Greater Boston, and the News & Features Editor at DigBoston. He has authored several books, including a first-hand account of the Occupy movement, and has been featured in publications such as Fast Company, SPIN, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Agenda
6:30-7PM: Design Activity
7-8PM: Panel Discussion + Q&A
8-8:30PM: Chit chat

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Food for Thought: The Power and Potential of Food as an Educational Tool
Wednesday, January 25
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artscience-talks-le-lab-leah-mennies-panel-discussion-tickets-31076625022

In a time when people are interested in local food, restaurant culture, and food media more than ever, can food be the ultimate tool for engaging the public in topics like science, history, culture, and economics? Our panel – experts with backgrounds in museum programming, the education startup world, and food media – will discuss their experiences answering this question.

Moderator
Leah Mennies, Editor, John Brown Media
Leah Mennies is an editor at John Brown Media, where she oversees Fresh, the house magazine of Hannaford supermarkets. Previously, she covered the Boston restaurant scene as the senior food editor at Boston magazine and as the Boston editor of NBC's The Feast. Her writing has appeared in Bon Appetit, Lucky Peach, The Boston Globe, Gather Journal, Punch, and more. 
Panelists
Emma Boast, Program Director, Musem of Food and Drink
Emma oversees MOFAD's exhibitions and educational content. She led research and production of Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant (2016), Flavor: Making It and Faking It (2015), as well as the pop-up exhibit BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Cereal (2013). She also develops the museum’s educational programming, including MOFAD Roundtable, MOFAD City, public talks, and family and school programming. Prior to joining MOFAD, Emma worked as a writer, editor, and educator at Dokkyo Medical University Koshigaya Hospital in Japan. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Chicago, where she received top honors for her undergraduate thesis on postwar design and architecture in the New York City subway.
Ben Leddy, Director of Curriculum, POLY
Ben Leddy is the Director of Curriculum at Poly, an education venture that brings hydroponic plant-growing to science classrooms across the country. Before Poly, Ben taught middle school social studies in Boston. His original educational songs and animated YouTube videos have received more than 300,000 views from around the world. Ben received his M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Learn more at www.benleddy.com.
Peter Wong, Director of Food STEM, Museum of Science
Peter Y. Wong, Ph.D., is Director of Food STEM Initiative at the Museum of Science, Boston.  The Food Initiative is part of the Museum's long range plans in formal and informal education to engage people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and address topics including sustainability and nutrition. Peter was previously the Museum's Director of University Relations and worked on grant related proposals and also to develop middle school engineering curriculum for schools.  In the past, he has also been a Research Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tufts University (Medford, MA) where he conducted research in heat transfer and materials processing and taught engineering courses, including Gourmet Engineering (Heat transfer in the Kitchen) for undergraduates. He is a co-author of a middle-grade reader book, "The Contaminated Case of the Cooking Contest," which is part of the Galactic Academy of Science series published by Tumblehome Learning, which he co-founded.  He is also founder of a STEM/STEAM workshop, K2 Enrichment Program, in Newton, MA. 
Daniel Souza & Molly Birnbaum, Co-founders/editors, Cook’s Science
Molly bio: Molly is project editor of the New York Times bestseller The Science of Good Cooking and a monthly contributor to NPR’s Splendid Table. She is the author of Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way (Ecco), a personal inquiry into the science and psychology of the sense of smell, which was shortlisted for an IACP award in Literary Food Writing in 2011. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, ARTnews, Modern Farmer, Fast Company, NPR’s Cognoscenti, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.
Dan bio: Dan is a cast member of the top-rated television show America’s Test Kitchen as well as a contributor to NPR’s Splendid Table. A former senior editor of Cook’s Illustrated, Dan is the kitchen editor of the New York Times bestseller The Science of Good Cooking (2012). After graduating first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America, Dan cooked in restaurants Boston and New York before finding his true calling: applying good science to create great recipes for the home cook.

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Using Behavioral Design for Good
Wednesday, January 25
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://boston.aiga.org/event/using-behavioral-design-for-good/
Cost:  $10 - $20

Behavioral science provides a new way to understand how people make decisions and take actions. Join Katy Davis of behavioral design lab ideas42 to explore how our understanding of human behavior can help us design more effective solutions to social problems, in areas ranging from health to finance. This session will review fundamental behavioral principles, identify common "behavioral bottlenecks", and share exciting solutions and case studies from the field.

Speakers:
Katy Davis is a Managing Director at ideas42, where she specializes in economic mobility and education projects. As a student at Yale School of Management, Katy conducted research that applied insights from behavioral science to microfinance and savings products. Previously, she worked at Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC as a mergers and acquisitions analyst. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Okakarara, Namibia. Katy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College with a BA in Mathematics and holds an MBA from Yale School of Management. She enjoys jokes.

Check-in:  You must present a government issued, photo ID to lobby security in order to be allowed access to the building. Please note that doors open at 6:30, and the talk will begin at 6:45pm.

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Film screening and discussion: The Age of Consequences
Wednesday, January 25
6:30–8:30 pm
Harvard, Geology Museum, Haller Hall, Room 102, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard University Center for the Environment invites you for a screening of the film Age of Consequences. Directed by Jared P. Scott, this film investigates the impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Q&A with the film's Executive Producer Sophie Robinson will follow the screening. Co-sponsored with Operation Free. Free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided. 

The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals, and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world. These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy. As in any military defense and security strategy, time is our most precious resource.

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Thursday, January 26
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Rethinking the American Diet: Optimally Unifying Environmental and Nutritional Sciences
WHEN  Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, 7:45 – 9:15 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, Washington Room
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Technology Assessment in Health Care Monthly Seminar Series
SPEAKER(S)  Gidon Eshel, Ph.D., Hrdy Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Research Professor of Environmental Science and Physics, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
CONTACT INFO	Debra Milamed
debra_milamed at hms.harvard.edu
Tel. 617-327-5612
DETAILS  Harvard University Technology Assessment in Health Care Monthly Seminar Series
Continental breakfast served.

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Introduction to Living Building Challenge
Thursday, January 26
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
US Green Building Council MA Chapter HQ, 50 Milk Street, 15th floor "Aristotle" Conference Room, Boston
RSVP at RSVP at 
Cost:  $50 – $65 (Use the code LBC20 for 20% off any ticket)

Join us for an introductory session on the newest and most rigorous standard in high performance buildings today. If you are new to the standard or have a few unanswered questions come visit this session. We will be breifly covering projects in the Commonwealth and will have mediated discussion after the comprehensive presentation. 
The Living Building Challenge is the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the Living Building Challenge - a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including Net Zero Energy, Waste and Water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Participants will learn to describe the key components of the program and discuss the rationale for restorative design principles.

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Free Independent Health Records
Thursday, January 26
12:00 pm
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room
RSVP required at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/digitalhealth/2017/01/Gropper#RSVP
Please bring your own lunch; light refreshments and snacks will be served.

This is a talk in the monthly Digital Health @ Harvard Brown Bag Lunch Series, which is co-hosted by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

featuring Adrian Gropper, MD 
Dr. Adrian Gropper is working to put patients in charge of their health records, arguably the most valuable and most personal kinds of connected information about a person. They encompass elements of anonymous, pseudonymous, and verified identity and they interact with both regulated institutions and licensed professionals. Gropper’s research centers on self-sovereign technology for management of personal information both in control of the individual and as hosted or curated by others. The HIE of One project is a free software reference implementation and currently the only standards-based patient-centered record. The work implements a self-sovereign UMA Authorization Server and is adding blockchain identity as self-sovereign technology to enable licensed practitioners to authenticate and, for example, write a compliant prescription directly into the patient’s self-sovereign health record.

The public interest threads through many aspects of this work. Detailed health records are valuable sources for medical research, social justice, machine learning, big data, as well as directly related to 5-20% of the activity in terms of GDP. Identity and related aspects of this work, including security, are of global importance including refugees and societies with weak government and private institutions.

About Dr. Gropper
Dr. Gropper is a pioneer in patient-centered and patient-controlled health records on the Internet. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School. Early work on telemedicine and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) with Massachusetts General Hospital also introduced him to MIT’s Guardian Angel project that many consider the parent of many of today’s patient-facing technologies. In 1995, Dr. Gropper founded AMICAS (NAS:AMCS) as the first Web-based radiology PACS and the first to provide direct links to diagnostic imaging in electronic health records.

Dr. Gropper founded MedCommons in 2004 to develop software for image-enabled, patient-centered health records supporting all of a patient’s caregivers. Dr. Gropper participated in many early standardization efforts including IHE, HITSP, Liberty Alliance and the Continuity of Care Record steering committee. He also serves on the Massachusetts Health Information Exchange Technology Workgroup, the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee for Information Technology and Markle Foundation panels. Currently he participates as a patient-access advocate in the NwHIN Direct Project, Blue Button Plus health information exchange, and the NSTIC / IDESG cyber ID initiative. His focus is technology that applies fair information practice to our new world of continuous surveillance and predictive analytics.

Dr. Gropper is also CTO of the non-profit Patient Privacy Rights foundation where he represents the interest of physicians and patients in the technology standards and policies that are an ever growing part of our lives. He founded the HIE of One open source reference implementation project and a co-founder of OpenID HEAlth Relationship Trust (HEART). His paper won a prize at ONC’s 2016 Blockchain Health competition.

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Moving Beyond Conventional Peace Processes in Today's Unconventional Wars
Thursday, January 26, 2017
12:00p–1:30p
MIT, Building E51-315, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ram Manikkalingam
Ram Manikkalingam has a notable and varied history in conflict resolution and international diplomacy, including serving as an advisor to former President Kumaratunga to help broker peace in Sri Lanka. In 2014, Ram was deeply involved in negotiating the Basque separatist group ETA's disarmament as senior spokesperson for the International Verification Commission. He is also a founding director of the Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG), an Amsterdam-based nonprofit organization designed to facilitate political dialogue between armed groups, governments and the UN in areas of armed conflict. DAG has been working in Libya, Iraq, the Democratix Republic of the Congo and Northern Ireland. Ram is also an alumnus of MIT political science department with a doctorate in political theory.

Web site: https://cis.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:
617-253-8306
starrforum at mit.edu 

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Data Visualization Done Differently
Thursday, January 26
1:00p–2:30p
MIT, Building E51-325, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jonathan Schwabish (Urban Institute)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Economics IAP
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 

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Violence and the State: Evidence from Rwanda's 'Decade of Atrocities'
Thursday, January 26
2:30p–4:00p
MIT, Building E51-149, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Leander Heldring (University of Oxford)

Web site: http://economics.mit.edu/files/12523
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Economics Job Market Seminars
For more information, contact:  Eva Konomi
evako at mit.edu 

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Transportation Night: The Future of Mobility
Thursday, January 26
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transportation-night-the-future-of-mobility-tickets-31077519698

Join us for ‘Transportation Night’ at Venture Café Kendall to hear more about The Future of Mobility. The evening will feature three talks on the latest business, technology, and regulatory developments in people and goods transport. Local government officials will join us in a dialogue about regional transportation infrastructure plans. Two additional panels will share the state of innovations in smart transportation, ride sharing, logistics, and vehicles. Local startups and transportation organizations will be on hand to share their latest product demos and programs.
SESSIONS
Boston’s North-South Rail Link - A Discussion with Governor Michael Dukakis
Speakers:
Norm Gorim — Chair, North-South Rail Link Steering Committee (Moderator)
Governor Michael Dukakis (via Skype)
Brad Bellows — Architect on the NSRL Project 
Self-Driving Car – From Testbed to Highways
Speakers:
Tom Ryden — Executive Director, MassRobotics (Moderator)
Troy Jones —  Technical Director Automated Driver Systems, DRAPER
Kris Carter — Co-Chair, Office of New Urban Mechanics
Bike to the Future – Paving the Way to Modern Transportation
Speakers:
Mike Burtov  — Founder & CEO, GeoOrbital (Moderator)
Bob Mallon — Director of Product, Zagster
Tivan Amour — Co-Founder & CEO, Fortified Bicycle
Howard Marson — Investor, Launchpad Venture Group
STARTUP DEMOS
Check out these Startup Demos during Transportation Theme Night
Buca Boot
Bonzer Inc
Carla
Flycycle
GeoOrbital
Get Fuel, Inc.
Parkloco
ParkWise
and more....
If you represent a transportation startup and your firm is interested in demoing your product during transportation night, apply here: http://vencaf.org/venture-cafe-kendall-demo-table-application/

If you represent an organization or agency with interests in the transportation space, apply here to set up a complimentary Info Table during this event: http://vencaf.org/venture-cafe-kendall-info-table-request/
For additional information, visit www.vencaf.org

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Evolution of brains in the light of the fossil record
Thursday, January 26
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Harvard, Biological Labs Main Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Nick Strausfeld, The University of Arizona

OEB Seminar Series

http://oeb.harvard.edu/event/oeb-seminar-series-14

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EnergyBar!
Thursday, January 26
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energybar-tickets-30360160056

Event Agenda:
5:00-5:30pm -- Sign-in/Registration
5:30-5:40pm -- Welcoming Remarks from Greentown Labs
5:40-8:30pm -- Celebration & Networking

About EnergyBar!
EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' flagship networking event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community. 
Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems. 

Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. 
Hope to see you there! 

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The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
Thursday, January 26
6:00PM - 7:00PM
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at RSVP at seminars at masshist.org

Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe and Robin Young, Here and Now

How should the United States act in the world? Sometimes we burn with righteous anger, launching foreign wars and deposing governments. Then we retreat—until the cycle begins again. However, these debates are not original. Revealing a piece of forgotten history, Stephen Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the 20th century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. The country’s political and intellectual leaders took sides. Only once before—the period when the United States was founded—have so many brilliant Americans eloquently debated a question so fraught with meaning for all humanity. Their words are amazingly current today.

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning author and foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.” He was Latin America correspondent for The Boston Globe, and then spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, with extended postings in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. 
Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for "The Today Show."
Robin has received five Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as two CableACE Awards, the Religious Public Relations Council's Wilbur Award, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award, and numerous regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

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RPP Colloquium Series: Healing, Bridge-Building, and Empowerment to Address Gun Violence: Inspiration from Boston's African American Communities
WHEN  Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Religion
SPONSOR	Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative; Racial Justice and Healing Initiative at HDS; Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School
CONTACT	Ash Temin
DETAILS	  Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium Dinner Series
Space is limited. RSVP is required at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0TwTuCt8vczBWCh
Speakers
Chaplain Clementina Chéry, founder, president, and CEO, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Stanley Pollack, founder and executive director, Center for Teen Empowerment, presenting with a youth organizer
Monalisa Smith, founder, president, and CEO, Mothers for Justice and Equality
John M. Brown, Sergeant Detective, Boston Police Department
Respondent
David J. Harris, managing director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School
Moderator
Rev. Liz Walker, MDiv '05, pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church; board chair, Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program; award-winning journalist and former television news anchor in Boston

Cosponsored with the Racial Justice and Healing Initiative at Harvard Divinity School and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. With generous support from the Rev. Karen Vickers Budney, MDiv ’91, and Mr. Albert J. Budney, Jr., MBA ’74.
Recommended Readings
Short List
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice:  
http://charleshamiltonhouston.org/
Batts, Valerie "Is Reconciliation Possible? Lessons from Combating Modern Racism" in Ian T. Douglas, ed. Waging Reconciliation: God's Mission in a Time of Globalization and Crisis. New York: Church Publishing, 2002.
Chéry, Clementina, video on race and murder (https://vimeo.com/179222390)
Chéry, Clementina and Dr. Debra Prothrow-Stith, "Homicide Survivors: Research and Practice Implications” in American Journal of Preventative Medicine (Vol 29: Issue 5), pp. 288-295
Curtatone, Joseph A., “Teen Empowerment a model for community and police unity” in The Somerville Times, May 14, 2015
Herndon, Astead W., “For families of murderers, an effort to alleviate the shame,” in The Boston Globe, August 15, 2016
Wilson, Keyon, “Wilson: Cops, youths need to listen, show mutual respect” in The Boston Herald, May 4, 2015
A brief video of a scene from the Center for Teen Empowerment 24th Annual Boston Youth Peace Conference in collaboration with the Boston Police Department
“Surviving Parents of Steven Odom,” http://mothersforjusticeandequality.org/2016/10/20/surviving-parents-of-steven-odom/
“Surviving Parents of Aaron Wornum,” http://mothersforjusticeandequality.org/2016/10/20/surviving-mother-of-aaron-wornum/
“Surviving Parents of Kramo Lavon Curry,” http://mothersforjusticeandequality.org/2016/10/20/surviving-mother-of-kramo-lavon-curry/
“Waiting for Solutions” video from Mothers for Justice and Equality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K2T8Lp07WI
Further Reading
Smith, Monalisa, “Reflections to My Sisters” (Boston: CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014)

This monthly public series, convened by HDS Dean David N. Hempton, brings together a cross-disciplinary RPP Working Group of faculty, experts, graduate students, and alumni from across Harvard University and the local area to explore topics and cases in religions and the practice of peace. A diverse array of scholars, leaders, and religious peacebuilders are invited to present and engage with the RPP Working Group and general audience. A light dinner is served and a brief reception follows the program.

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Civic Science Roundtable: Editing Our Genes: Should We Enhance Ourselves or Not? 
Thursday, January 26
6:00-8:30pm 
Tufts, Dewick Dining Hall Conference Room, 25 Latin Way, Medford
 
Using gene editing to eliminate disease-causing genes from human embryos offers hope for cures to life-threatening diseases. At the same time, as gene editing can eliminate undesirable traits, who will determine which traits should be eliminated? Join us for a dialogue about gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR, where we will consider the compelling social, political and scientific questions they raise for our future. Jonathan Garlick (DDS, PhD, Director of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine) will serve as guest scientist and moderator. Please RSVP to attend. Civic Science Roundtables will continue monthly throughout the Spring Semester and will explore topics such as the opioid epidemic, GMOs, and more.

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Why don’t we all have cancer? Natural immunity against the transformed self
Thursday, January 26
6:30-8:30pm 
Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Dr. Mark Cobbold
Dr. Mark Cobbold is a member of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and leads a research group at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cancer Immunology. His research focuses on understanding how the healthy human immune response is able to recognize and target cancerous cells, and when it fails, how it could be strengthened to recognize this endogenous threat. Our immune system faces a challenge in targeting cancerous cells as they are not “foreign,” yet subtle changes in the cellular proteins exist that nevertheless allow our immune cells (T-cells) to detect them. Cancer cells modify internal proteins in different ways to healthy cells, a process fundamental to a cell becoming cancerous. These abnormal modifications can be recognized by T-cells and might play a role in protecting us against cancer. Come and hear about his work on identifying these modifications, as well as how we can promote the recognition, and ultimately eradication, of cancer by our T-cells.

More information at http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/

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Bike to the Future!
Thursday, January 26
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge

Join Mike Burtov from Geo Orbital as he leads a panel discussion on the how bicycles are paving the way for modern transportation.

Website:  http://www.vencaf.org/calendar

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Age of Consequences Film Screening
Thursday, January 26
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/age-of-consequences-film-screening-tickets-31242296550

Join us at MIT to view the gripping new documentary Age of Consequences, linking critical issues of climate change and national security. Followed by a Q&A session with executive producer Sophie Robinson.
Please RSVP; no ticket required
About the Film:  ‘The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.

These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy.

As in any military defense and security strategy, time is our most precious resource.

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Friday, January 27
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STEAM: Rocket Fuel for the Innovation Economy
Friday, January 27
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EST)
Google, 3 Cambridge Center, 355 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steam-rocket-fuel-for-the-innovation-economy-tickets-29871736167
Cost:  $11.54	

Design Museum Mornings with Steve Vinter, Google
Steve Vinter of Google presents on the relationship between arts and technology and the transition from a STEM to STEAM approach for education. Steve will speak on how the integration of arts to technical education can boost innovation across industries. Join us at Google’s Cambridge office for a morning discussion focusing on innovative approaches to education. Complete with breakfast and coffee, January’s Design Museum Morning is not to be missed!

Doors open at 8:30am; Presentation begins at 9:00am.

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Starr Forum: Amour
Friday, January 27
12:00p–2:15p
MIT, Building E15-070, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

CIS Starr Forum 
A public events series on pressing issues in international affairs, sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies.

Amour is a 2012 French-language romantic drama film written and directed by the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. The narrative focuses on an elderly couple, Anne and Georges, who are retired music teachers with a daughter who lives abroad. Anne suffers a stroke which paralyses her on the right side of her body. 

The film was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards, and was nominated in four other categories: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Emmanuelle Riva), Best Original Screenplay (Michael Haneke) and Best Director (Michael Haneke). At the age of 85, Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role. 

Part of the MIT Independent Activities Period (IAP) 
Co-sponsored by MIT Germany, MIT France, and MIT Language Conversation Exchange (LCE) 

For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact starrforum at mit.edu.

Web site: https://cis.mit.edu/events/starr-forum-amour
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MIT-France Program, MIT-Germany Program, MIT Language Conversation Exchange (LCE)
For more information, contact:617- 253-8306
starrforum at mit.edu 

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Human Trafficking: Myth and Facts
Friday, January 27
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-trafficking-myth-and-facts-tickets-30934183977

Please join Joan V. Barry, awareness speaker and board member of My Life, My Choice, to learn about the tragedy of Human Sex Trafficking in our country. American born and bred children as young as 12 years old are coerced into a life that is unthinkable. Without support of any kind and with abuse of every kind, these children and young women try to survive each day as they are exploited, blamed and often arrested because of the crimes of others. This eye-opening presentation will clear up many myths and misconceptions surrounding this crime and bring you into the invisible world of sex traffickers, pimps and those who purchase.

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Saturday, January 28
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Take charge of your energy bills! 
Saturday, January 28
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
Twelfth Baptist Church (Hester Hall), 160 Warren Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-charge-of-your-energy-bills-join-us-for-a-fun-filled-workshop-with-renew-boston-tickets-30696368665

Join us for a fun-filled Renew Boston workshop and find out ways to lower your energy bills, make your home or apartment a healthier place to live for you and your family and put more money back in your pocket.
We have plenty of seats, bring a family, friend or your neighbor!
Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. Get a chance to win a door prize but you have to show up~
See you there!!

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Sunday, January 29
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Three-part series: “American History Thru Music™ — 1760s to 1960s-A Musical Portrait of the USA
Sunday, January 29
2 to 4 p.m. 
Boston Conservatory, T-401 classroom, 31 Hemenway Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/three-part-series-american-history-thru-musictm-1760s-to-1960s-a-musical-portrait-of-the-usa-tickets-30939052539

Please join Jim Dalton and Maggi Smith-Dalton at upcoming FREE music and history programs at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, Mass. 

This special version of the Daltons’ longest-running program “American History Thru Music™ — 1760s to 1960s-A Musical Portrait of the USA” — 
starts January 29, 2017, with “Causes, Crusades, Campaigns!—Get your energy up!” 
followed on February 26, 2017, with “Good Times and Hard Times—We’ve All Been there!” 
and wrapping up on April 2, 2017, with “Immigration and Migration—Packing Our Bags, Hittin’ the Road!” 

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Hack For 2030: The Final Presentations
Sunday, January 29
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST
HI Boston Hostel, 19 Stuart Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack-for-2030-the-final-presentations-tickets-30888580576

After a 48-hour hackathon, 5 teams will present their concepts to tackle the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Changemakers, creatives, and developers from nearly a dozen countries will present working strategies to address climate change, gender equality, life below water, and quality education, as well as develop an app for the UN World Tourism Organization to help promote its guidelines for responsible travel. 
The event will start promptly at 3:30pm, with 10 minutes for each team to present. An esteemed panel of judges will crown the winner, featuring:
Brian Butler, Tech Breakfast
Peter Robinson, Devpost
John Yonce, Tourism Cares
TBD, UN World Tourism Organization
These globally-dispersed solutions will impact hundreds of thousands of indivdiuals and improve our planet. Come join us as history is made.

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Intellectual Snob Meetup: What is Fake News?
Sunday, January 29
5:15 PM
John Harvard's, 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/events/236401216/

This is about sources, 
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-officials-putin-personally-involved-u-s-election-hack-n696146 

Unbelievable. 

Since I posted this I came across this,  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/us/politics/russia-election-hacking-sanctions.html?_r=0 

Point is what original source is there?  The back up article is based on the Fake News article. 

Coincidentally I came across this the next day, https://www.rt.com/news/372256-putin-diplomats-expulsion-rejects/ 

So what is fake news? 

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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea:  One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, & Survival
Sunday, January 29
6:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes MELISSA FLEMING, Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, for a discussion of her first book, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, & Survival.
About A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

Emotionally riveting and eye-opening, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is the incredible story of a young woman, an international crisis, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Melissa Fleming shares the harrowing journey of Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian refugee in search of a better life. Doaa and her family leave war-torn Syria for Egypt where the climate is becoming politically unstable and increasingly dangerous. She meets and falls in love with Bassem, a former Free Syrian Army fighter and together they decide to leave behind the hardship and harassment they face in Egypt to flee for Europe, joining the ranks of the thousands of refugees who make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean on overcrowded and run-down ships to seek asylum overseas and begin a new life. After four days at sea, their boat is sunk by another boat filled with angry men shouting threats and insults. With no land in sight and surrounded by bloated, floating corpses, Doaa is adrift with a child’s inflatable water ring around her waist, while two little girls cling to her neck. Doaa must stay alive for them. She must not lose strength. She must not lose hope.

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Monday, January 30
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Networked Cultural Knowledge: Cultural Consensus and Cultural Consonance in Social Networks
Monday, January 30
12:00 pm
Northeastern, 177 Huntington Avenue 11th floor, Boston
Please bring your Northeastern ID (or other photo ID) when entering the building

Rosalyn Negron, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UMass Boston
In this presentation I’ll share preliminary findings from Project Aquila, in which we used cultural domain analysis (CDA) to examine the distribution of cultural knowledge within the transnational social networks of Brazilian and Dominican immigrants in Boston. CDA includes a set of methods, developed within cognitive anthropology, that are used to study the content and structure of knowledge domains that are culturally defined. Such methods include consensus analysis (CCA) and cultural consonance analysis (CCO). CCA is used to assess the extent to which members of a community share cultural beliefs. CCO extends this work and posits that external constraints, including discrimination and economic hardship, can limit the extent to which people’s behavior approximates prototypical practices encoded in cultural models. Typically, both CCA and CCO are done with unrelated people who are thought to be members of the same culture. I will demonstrate the utility of embedding cultural consensus and cultural consonance data within a social network as a way to understand the distribution of cultural beliefs and behaviors within a group. I will discuss the ways that conceptualizing culture in terms of shared cultural knowledge within social networks contributes to the study of the relationship between culture and health in a number of ways.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Rosalyn Negrón is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, specializing in urban social anthropology. Broadly, Rosalyn’s research deals with the interpersonal dimensions of ethnicity in diverse cities, with a special focus on social interaction and social networks. With a range of applications, Rosalyn’s work bridges multiple substantive and methodological areas, including social network analysis, sociolinguistics, health disparities, and disparities in STEM participation. She has conducted research in Jamaica, Florida, New York City, and Boston. Rosalyn’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, and the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

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Private Foundations: Avoiding Pitfalls of an Election Cycle
Monday, January 30
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
BU, 765 Commonwealth Ave, Redstone Building, Barristers Hall, Boston

Speaker: Ken Monteiro, General Counsel, The Ford Foundation

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Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development
Monday, January 30
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Harvard, Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, Fifth Floor, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arab-human-development-report-2016-youth-and-the-prospects-for-human-development-in-a-changing-registration-31074208795

A panel discussion on the recently released Arab Human Development Report from the United Nations Development Programme on Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality, featuring Jad Chaaban, Lead Author of the report and Associate Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Ishac Diwan, MEI Visiting Scholar and Chaire D'Excellence Monde Arabe at Paries Sciences et Lettres, and Melani Cammett, Professor of Government, Harvard University.
For more information on the 2016 report, past reports, and UNDP's work in the Middle East and North Africa, visit http://www.arab-hdr.org/.

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Climate Science 101: Fundamentals of Climate Science
Monday, January 30
5:00p–6:00p
MIT, Building E51-325, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Justin Bandoro - Master's Student, School Of Science
This lecture is the first in a series and will begin with the history of climate science and will provide a broad overview of the physics of the climate system. The goal is to allow participants to develop a broad understanding of Earth 's climate system and understand the basic tools of climate science. 

About the Series: "Climate Science and Policy, now more than ever!" The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change provides a fast-paced, accessible introduction to the climate system, linking the social and scientific aspects of Climate change. These sessions aim to contextualize current global and local climate policy and provide an introduction to current research in climate. 

The opening session on Monday, January 30, will be about the fundamentals of climate science, followed by a discussion that will help understand both domestic and international environmental policies in practice. The second day, we will examine how the climate system responds to both natural and human-caused forcings, and how scientists can detect and attribute observed changes in the climate system to human activity, followed by a discussion about what the influence of the United States has been in shaping global climate policy. Finally, on Thursday participants will interact in a mock of international climate negotiation and examine the outcomes in real-time.

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns177.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Center for Global Change Science
For more information, contact:  Dimonika Bray
617-324-7375
dbizi at mit.edu 

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Introduction to Economics and Policy of Climate Change: How Will You Design a Climate Policy?
Monday, January 30
6:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building E51-325, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Minghao Qiu - Master's Student
This lecture is the second in a series. If you are a designer for climate policy, what do you think is important and how will you design a good policy? This session will introduce basic concepts in environmental economics and environmental policy. We will examine the policy options and guide the audience to think about what is important in the process. 

About the Series: "Climate Science and Policy, now more than ever!" The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change provides a fast-paced, accessible introduction to the climate system, linking the social and scientific aspects of Climate change. These sessions aim to contextualize current global and local climate policy and provide an introduction to current research in climate. 

The opening session on Monday, January 30, will be about the fundamentals of climate science, followed by a discussion that will help understand both domestic and international environmental policies in practice. The second day, we will examine how the climate system responds to both natural and human-caused forcings, and how scientists can detect and attribute observed changes in the climate system to human activity, followed by a discussion about what the influence of the United States has been in shaping global climate policy. Finally, on Thursday participants will interact in a mock of international climate negotiation and examine the outcomes in real-time.

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns177.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Center for Global Change Science
For more information, contact:  Dimonika Bray
617-324-7375
dbizi at mit.edu 

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Premier of film "Birth of a Movement"
Monday, January 30
6:30pm
Somerville Theater

There will be a panel of experts from the film available for a discussion following the screening. Henry Louis Gates Jr, Vincent Brown from Harvard, Dolita Cathcart from Wheaton College and Robert Bellinger from Suffolk University will all be on the panel. Barbara Lewis will be the moderator. 

"My name is Susan Gray. We just completed a film for PBS entitled Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster, about William Monroe Trotter’s fight against DW Griffith’s epic film, The Birth of a Nation, produced by Northern Light Productions in Boston and based on a book by former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr that was released last year. Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Sam Pollard are our Executive Producers, and Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, and DJ Spooky are in the film. Michael Curry plays William Monroe Trotter in the film. I am one of the directors with Bestor Cram, and our company, Northern Light Productions, has been making quality programming in Boston for 30 years.
"This is a Boston Story about a great civil rights leader who has been lost to history. It is also a film about the end of the first U.S. period of reconstruction and the battle against the turning tide of racism in this country waged by a newspaperman who was considered a radical in his day. With the election of Donald Trump, we are entering what Professor Gates calls “the end of the second U.S. reconstruction.”

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Tuesday, January 31
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Get Smaaht: Grid Modernization in Mass
Tuesday, January 31
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
50 Milk Street, 18th Floor "Hemingway Room,” Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-smaaht-grid-modernization-in-mass-tickets-29590592258
Cost:  $50 – $65

Join us for a trip into the future. Learn about the electric grid that we see today and opportunities for investment on both the wires’ side and buildings’ side. Where is development is needed, planned, and in process? How do grid modernization technologies stack up against each other? How do smart buildings (green buildings) fit into the grid of the future and what opportunities might there be with time of use metering, energy storage financing, and data management?

Let's talk about electric vehicles and the demand / support that they can provide with a smart grid. How is this energy industry transforming? Is analytics as a service going to be a communication with office managers and facility staff or will a cloud-based service possibly control our building? Will batteries be used to level loads on stressed electricity feeders?

How does what we do in Massachusetts compare to progress in other states? California, Texas and Illinois have the lead but what might happen in MA to make our grid the pacesetter?

This is part of our Market Leadership Series where we encourage the professional in the room to drive the conversation and share their questions and perspective for a robust session.

Advisement: This conversation will be led by Chapter member Ben Pignatelli from the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). Ben's presentation will not reflect the views of the DPU nor will he be able to speak on behalf of the Department. His presentation will outline publically available information and the science supporting it.

About the Speaker - Ben Pignatelli:
As a technical staff member in the Electric Power Division at the DPU Ben works on regulatory and market issues associated with energy efficiency, grid modernization, and competitive electricity supply. He has evaluated the MassSave program, is reviewing public utility grid modernization plans, and reviews municipal electricity aggregation plans. Ben also manages regulatory relations with electricity supply companies through investigations, licensing, and market animation initiatives. He has held previous roles with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the City of Boston. Ben is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and holds an MBA from Boston University and a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in Political Science.

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Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality
Tuesday, January 31
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room B010, Singer Classroom (lower level), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2017/01/Greene#RSVP
Event will be live webcast at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2017/01/Greene at 12:00 pm

featuring Dan Greene, Postdoctoral Researcher with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England 
How did we learn that we need to learn to code—or else? This talk draws on three years of fieldwork among Washington, D.C.’s public libraries, and interviews with librarians and homeless patrons, to explore how poverty comes to be understood as a ‘digital divide’ and how that framework changes the nature and purpose of public institutions in an era of skyrocketing inequality. 

About Dan
Dan Greene is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England. His research focuses on the future of work and its shadow--the future of unemployment. A former social worker, Dan received his PhD in American Studies from the University of Maryland, where he was also a University Flagship Fellow and a member of the EViD (Ethics and Values in Design) Lab. His dissertation (and current book project, tentatively titled The Promise of Access: Hope and Inequality in the Information Economy) draws on extensive ethnographic fieldwork to explore the reproduction of the digital divide and how urban institutions like startups, charter schools, and public libraries make the problem of poverty a problem of technology and remake themselves in the process. At Microsoft Research, he’s beginning his next project: A history of technologies used for hiring and firing, and the automation of human resource management. Dan’s research has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Communication, Surveillance & Society, and TripleC. You can find him online at dmgreene.net.

Dan Greene's research site:  dmgreene.net

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A Reporter's Perspective: Assad, Trump, and the Failure of U.S. Syria Policy
WHEN  Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Middle East Forum, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Reese Erlich, Veteran Foreign Correspondent
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Reese Erlich’s history in journalism goes back over 40 years. He worked as a staff writer and research editor for “Ramparts,” an investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco. Today he works as a full-time print and broadcast, freelance reporter. He reports regularly for National Public Radio, ABC (Australia), and Radio Deutsche Welle. His articles appear in “Vice News” and “Foreign Policy.” His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations nationwide. Erlich’s book, “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You,” co-authored with Norman Solomon, became a best seller in 2003. “The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of US Policy and the Middle East Crisis” was published in 2007. Dateline Havana: The Real Story of US Policy and the Future of Cuba was published in 2009. “Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire,” was published in 2010. The paperback edition of “Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect” came out in 2016.
Unless otherwise noted, CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES for record-keeping and for use on the CMES website and publications
LINK	http://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/event/reporters-perspective-assad-trump-and-failure-us-syria-policy

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Food Waste Policy: Solutions for People, Planet, Profit
Tuesday, January 31
1 pm
Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://fs6.formsite.com/harvardhigh/form154/index.html

As part of the Climate Change and Global Health Seminar series, the Harvard Global Health Institute presents Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic Director Emily Broad Leib. 

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Housing Recovery - What's Different This Time
Tuesday, January 31
1:00p–2:30p
MIT, Building E51-376, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: William Wheaton (MIT)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Economics IAP
For more information, contact:  economics calendar
econ-cal at mit.edu 

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IDEA² Global Finals, Awards, and Reception
Tuesday, January 31
1:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
MIT, Samberg Conference Center, 6th Floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/idea2-global-finals-awards-and-reception-tickets-30955436544

Please join us Tuesday, January 31 at MIT for the final pitches, awards ceremony, and reception for the first edition of IDEA²Global. 
The day will cap seven months of hard work and exciting project evolution for these teams of biomedical technology innovators. You can read about the teams and their new technology ideas on the IDEA² Global website. Since they were selected in July 2016, 14 teams involving over 50 members were connected with over 40 international experts and mentors to develop their technologies, which range from new materials for tissue engineering to data analysis platforms for preventing medical errors.
See the agenda on the IDEA² website at http://idea2.mit.edu/2017/01/09/idea²-global-finals-awards-and-reception-agenda/

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Roman warships in Experiment: Reconstruction and Sailing Tests 
Tuesday, January 31
4:00pm
MIT, Building 37-252, Marlar Lounge, 70 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Hans Moritz Guenther
Warning: This talk is non-astronomical and contains actual videos and possibly sound. After the climax of its power internal struggle weakened the military position of the Roman Empire. A series of attacks in the 2nd and 3rd century AD forced an adjustment of the military strategy in central Europe. Instead of further expansion, the borders of the empire were increasingly fortified. In Germany this lead to the construction of an impressive naval fleet on the rivers Rhine and Danube. Several of the boats have been excavated. Our team has attempted a reconstruction of two types of vessel, the "navis lusoria" and the "Oberstimm" with a level of detail down to the hand-smithened nails with the correct metallurgy. A series of three working boats have been built in original size. I will show pictures of the reconstruction phase, but concentrate on the on-the-water tests we have performed with different teams to access the speed, maneuverability and sailing performance of these boats. Particularly in sailing the possibilities far exceeded the expectations. This result indicates a much larger operating radius of these vessels than previously estimated and thus a much higher flexibility of the river defense scheme which the empire relied on to keep the barbarians at bay. See, e.g.: this movie

No enrollment limit for talk, no advance sign-up required.

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Climate Science 102: The Global Climate System and Climate Modeling
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
5:00p–6:00p
MIT, Building E51-325, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Justin Bandoro - Master's Student, School Of Science
This lecture is the third in a series, and will build on Climate Science 101 (see January 30) and dive into an overview of how the climate system responds to both natural and human-caused forcings, and how scientists can detect and attribute observed changes in the climate system to human activity. 

About the Series: "Climate Science and Policy, now more than ever!" The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change provides a fast-paced, accessible introduction to the climate system, linking the social and scientific aspects of Climate change. These sessions aim to contextualize current global and local climate policy and provide an introduction to current research in climate. 

The opening session on Monday, January 30, will be about the fundamentals of climate science, followed by a discussion that will help understand both domestic and international environmental policies in practice. The second day, we will examine how the climate system responds to both natural and human-caused forcings, and how scientists can detect and attribute observed changes in the climate system to human activity, followed by a discussion about what the influence of the United States has been in shaping global climate policy. Finally, on Thursday participants will interact in a mock of international climate negotiation and examine the outcomes in real-time.

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns177.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Global Change Science, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
For more information, contact:  Dimonika Bray
617-324-7375
dbizi at mit.edu 

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Thomas Dolby:  The Speed of Sound
January 31
5:00pm
MIT, Killian Hall,  182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

A talk and performance demonstration by Thomas Dolby about his experiences in the music and tech industries, the subject of his recently published memoir The Speed of Sound.

“Rapid advances in communications and computing power do NOT always lead to a parallel increase in human innovation. Personal excellence comes from shattering your own boundaries. The best ideas are born out of a scarcity of resources.”

“Need to solve a problem? Begin by switching off your smartphone. Unplug that laptop. Flip through an ancient Rolodex, gather a few great people around a blackboard, make doodles on your yellow pad. Build something out of balsa wood. Fire up that squeaky turntable and dust off your vinyl collection. Break out the Tequila and do some shots!”  –Thomas Dolby

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International Climate Governance and the Role of the United States
Tuesday, January 31
6:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building E51-325, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Arun Singh (Master's Student, TPP) and Michael Davidson (PhD Student, JP - ESD)
This lecture is the fourth in a series. It will focus first on: What is the history and institutional basis of this process of international climate governance? The second part of the lecture will focus on: What has the role of the United States been in shaping global climate policy? What are the achievements and failures of US climate policy? And most importantly, what can we expect post 2016 elections? 

About the Series: "Climate Science and Policy, now more than ever!" The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change provides a fast-paced, accessible introduction to the climate system, linking the social and scientific aspects of Climate change. These sessions aim to contextualize current global and local climate policy and provide an introduction to current research in climate. 

The opening session on Monday, January 30, will be about the fundamentals of climate science, followed by a discussion that will help understand both domestic and international environmental policies in practice. The second day, we will examine how the climate system responds to both natural and human-caused forcings, and how scientists can detect and attribute observed changes in the climate system to human activity, followed by a discussion about what the influence of the United States has been in shaping global climate policy. Finally, on Thursday participants will interact in a mock of international climate negotiation and examine the outcomes in real-time.

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns177.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Center for Global Change Science
For more information, contact:  Dimonika Bray
617-324-7375
dbizi at mit.edu 

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Boston Green Drinks - January Happy Hour
Tuesday, January 31
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-green-drinks-january-happy-hour-tickets-31038812925

Happy New Year! So much is happening in the sustainability world, so let's get together and talk about it.
Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists. Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
Boston Green Drinks builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues. We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.

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A Conversation with The Prophet, The Professor, and The Journalist 
Tuesday, January 31
7:00 pm
First Church in Cambridge, Choir Room, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge

GUEST SPEAKERS 
The Prophet: Sr. Megan Rice - 85 yr. old Roman Catholic nun, who
earned 2 yrs. in prison for breaching the security perimeter of Y-12, the
largest uranium storage facility in the country. "Being an anti-nuclear
activist satisfied my need to do what is just common sense," 
The Professor:  Elaine Scarry  Harvard Professor, author of Thermonuclear Monarchy:
Choosing between Democracy and Doom 
The Journalist: Dan Zak
Find out more at http://masspeaceaction.org/event/nuclear-resistance/

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A reporter's perspective: Islamic State, Assad, Russia, and the failure of
US Policy
January 31 
7:00 pm
First Church in Cambridge, Choir Room, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge

Based on numerous reporting trips to the region, freelance foreigncorrespondent Reese Erlich discusses the growth of Syrian extremist rebelgroups, the status of the Assad regime, foreign intervention and the failure of US policy. He provides up to date analysis and what the new US president will likely face after the November elections. Erlich is a Peabody winning journalist and author of Inside Syria: The Backstory of
Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect 

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BU Climate Action Plan Public Forum
Tuesday, January 31
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
BU, Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, Boston

Come share your input on the University's Climate Action Plan.

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Wednesday, February 1
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Impact of Climate Change and Urbanization Effect on Extremely Heavy Rainfalls in Megacities in China
Wednesday, February 1
3:30PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Ding Yihui, Professor and Special Advisor on Climate Change, China Meteorological Administration; Vice-Chairman, China Expert Panel on Climate Change

Under impacts of natural and anthropogenic climate change as well as urbanization effect, the occurrence frequency, day numbers and intensity of extremely intense rainfalls have demonstrated long-term variations. They have shown an increasing trend, with exceeding thresholds for 60 years, especially for the southern megacities (e.g. Shanghai and Guangzhou ). The detection and attribution study has shown that: the natural climate change (weakening of East Asian summer monsoon ) determines the overall spatial patterns of urban extremely intense rainfall events. The anthropogenic climate change (climate warming) and urbanization effect have enhanced the frequency and intensity of extremely intense rainfall events as well as focusing in urban area, thus leading to increase in disastrous risks caused by urban heavy rainfalls. 

China Project Research Seminar
http://chinaproject.harvard.edu/ding170201

Contact Name:  Tiffany Chan
tiffanychan at seas.harvard.edu

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Under-Writing Beirut—Ouzaï: A Lecture by Lamia Joreige
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Film, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Lamia Joreige, 2016–2017 Rita E. Hauser Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; Visual Artist and Filmmaker
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  In this talk, Lamia Joreige will question the relationship between the state and the diverse communities existing within Lebanon. She will investigate the possibility of mapping an informal space and will look for what images of such places prevail in our imagination. Her research assembles elements from such diverse fields as film, history, and urban and political studies.
LINK	https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2017-lamia-joreige-fellow-presentation

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Can carbon pricing solve climate change: Lessons from climate policy efforts around the world
Wednesday, February 1
5:00p–6:00p
MIT, Building E52-164, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Emil Dimantchev - Master's Student, JP - TPP - ESD
This lecture is the fifth in a series. It will address why politicians and economists are diametrically opposed on the idea of carbon price, and why Secretary Hillary Clinton 's platform didn't feature a carbon price. The talk will draw on real world experience with carbon pricing to derive lessons about its potential to mitigate climate change. 

About the Series: "Climate Science and Policy, now more than ever!" The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change provides a fast-paced, accessible introduction to the climate system, linking the social and scientific aspects of Climate change. These sessions aim to contextualize current global and local climate policy and provide an introduction to current research in climate. 

The opening session on Monday, January 30, will be about the fundamentals of climate science, followed by a discussion that will help understand both domestic and international environmental policies in practice. The second day, we will examine how the climate system responds to both natural and human-caused forcings, and how scientists can detect and attribute observed changes in the climate system to human activity, followed by a discussion about what the influence of the United States has been in shaping global climate policy. Finally, on Thursday participants will interact in a mock of international climate negotiation and examine the outcomes in real-time.

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns177.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Global Change Science, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
For more information, contact:  Dimonika Bray
617-324-7375
dbizi at mit.edu 

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Embracing Uncertainty: How our society deals with not knowing and what we can do to prepare for climate change
Wednesday, February 1
6:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building E52-164, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Christoph Tries
This lecture is the sixth in a series. We will look at the substantial role which uncertainty plays in our economy, politics and science. We will close out with some suggestions how to adequately adapt to climate change and how to communicate uncertainty issues to the public, and then open for a discussion with the audience. 

About the Series: "Climate Science and Policy, now more than ever!" The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change provides a fast-paced, accessible introduction to the climate system, linking the social and scientific aspects of Climate change. These sessions aim to contextualize current global and local climate policy and provide an introduction to current research in climate. 

The opening session on Monday, January 30, will be about the fundamentals of climate science, followed by a discussion that will help understand both domestic and international environmental policies in practice. The second day, we will examine how the climate system responds to both natural and human-caused forcings, and how scientists can detect and attribute observed changes in the climate system to human activity, followed by a discussion about what the influence of the United States has been in shaping global climate policy. Finally, on Thursday participants will interact in a mock of international climate negotiation and examine the outcomes in real-time.

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns177.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Global Change Science, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
For more information, contact:  Dimonika Bray
617-324-7375
dbizi at mit.edu 

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Nurturing the Liberated Landscape - a talk by Larry Weaner, author of 'Garden Revolution'
Wednesday, February 1
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

All too often we think of gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But a more dynamic and rewarding approach takes advantage of the unique characteristics of plant species and communities, working with ecological processes, not against them. Learn how designer Larry Weaner utilizes the natural adaptations and reproductive abilities of plants to create engaging, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature. Using examples from his own property and from client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach results in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need.

Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His work is nationally recognized and has received awards from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Club of America, and others. His new book, Garden Revolution, is a “must read” for all who seek to integrate landscape design with ecological processes.

Presented by Grow Native Massachusetts at the Cambridge Public Library
More information at http://grownativemass.org/programs/eveningswithexperts

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Democracy:  A Case Study
Wednesday, February 1
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard Business School's DAVID A. MOSS, founder of The Tobin Project, for a discussion of his book, Democracy: A Case Study.
About Democracy

To all who declare that American democracy is broken—riven by partisanship, undermined by extremism, and corrupted by wealth—history offers hope. In nearly every generation since the nation’s founding, critics have made similar declarations, and yet the nation is still standing. When should we believe the doomsayers? In Democracy: A Case Study, historian David Moss adapts the case study method made famous by Harvard Business School to revitalize our conversations about governance and democracy and show how the United States has often thrived on political conflict.
Democracy’s nineteen case studies were honed in Moss’s Harvard course, which is among the institution’s most highly rated. Each one presents readers with a pivotal moment in U.S. history and raises questions facing key decision makers at the time: Should delegates to the Constitutional Convention support James Madison’s proposal for a congressional veto over state laws? Should President Lincoln resupply Fort Sumter? Should Florida lawmakers approve or reject the Equal Rights Amendment?

These vibrant cases ask readers to weigh choices and consequences, wrestle with momentous decisions, and come to their own conclusions. They provoke us to rethink which factors make the difference between constructive and destructive conflict, and they provide an opportunity to reengage the passionate debates that are crucial to a healthy society. Democracy: A Case Study invites us all to experience American history anew and come away with a deeper understanding of our democracy’s greatest strengths and vulnerabilities as well as its extraordinary resilience over time.

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Let Them Eat Dirt!
Wednesday February 1
7 PM
3 Church Street, Cambridge

Living in an over sanitized world.
Brett Finlay, microbiologist at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia

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Norm Champ on Going Public: My Adventures Inside the SEC and How to Prevent the Next Devastating Crisis
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall (5th Fl. Belfer Building), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Norm Champ, author, Going Public; and partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
CONTACT INFO	Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu
LINK https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/news-events/event-calendar#nextevent

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How to control the climate
Thursday, February 2
2:00pm
MIT, Building NW17-218, 175 Albany Street, Cambridge

David Keith, Harvard University
What tools exist, or could reasonably be developed, to directly alter the Earth's climate? What are the limits to solar geoengineering? What are the ethics might apply to the development of such tools?

IAP Seminars

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Long-term variability of the Afro-Asian summer monsoon and its possible causes: combined natural and anthropogenic effects.
Thursday, February 2
4:00PM
Harvard, Haller Hall (102), Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Yihui Ding, National Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China
The Afro-Asian summer monsoon is a zonally planetary-scale system, with a large-scale rainbelt covering Africa, South Asia and East Asia both in the past century (1901-2014) and in the last three decades (1979-2014). With concurrent retreat and advance of the Afro-Asia monsoon system in Africa and Asia, a southward shift of the main monsoon rainband has been observed since the 1960s. Since then, a recent inter-decadal abrupt change of the precipitation in these regions occurred in the late 1990s. The entire rainbelt of the Afro-Asia monsoon system is now advancing northward. The increasing precipitation can be synchronously detected over the Yellow River - Huaihe River valley in China and the Sahel in North Africa. The in-phase increase of precipitation in the Sahel and Yellow River - Huaihe River valley since the late 1990s is associated with the teleconnection pattern caused by the AMO.

At the same time, the warm AMO phase resulted in significant warming in the upper troposphere in North Africa and northern part of East Asia, respectively. Consequently, such warming contributed to intensification of the tropical easterly jet (TEJ) through increasing the meridional pressure gradient both in the entrance region (East Asian branch) and the exit region (African branch). The above results indicate that the Afro-Asian summer monsoon has assumed a consistent and holistic inter-decadal change.

Future projection of the Afro-Asian summer monsoon is made based on CMIP5 models with the major monsoon rainbelt located in more northern latitudes, which reflects enhanced anthropogenic effects on the Afro-Asian summer monsoon system. 

Co-sponsored by Harvard University Center for the Environment and the China Project at Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Harvard Climate Seminar 
http://eps.harvard.edu/event/harvard-climate-seminar-6

Contact Name:  Sabinna Cappo
scappo at fas.harvard.edu

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World Climate Negotiations Simulation
Thursday, February 2
6:00p–7:00p
MIT, Building E51-325, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Christoph Tries
This interactive group project is the final session associated with an IAP lecture series. Participant groups will represent regions of the world with various goals for mitigation, adaptation, and economic growth, then participate in a mock international climate negotiation. The computer simulation C-ROADS will be used to examine the outcomes of the mock negotiation in real-time. 

About the Series: "Climate Science and Policy, now more than ever!" The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change provides a fast-paced, accessible introduction to the climate system, linking the social and scientific aspects of Climate change. These sessions aim to contextualize current global and local climate policy and provide an introduction to current research in climate. 

The opening session on Monday, January 30, will be about the fundamentals of climate science, followed by a discussion that will help understand both domestic and international environmental policies in practice. The second day, we will examine how the climate system responds to both natural and human-caused forcings, and how scientists can detect and attribute observed changes in the climate system to human activity, followed by a discussion about what the influence of the United States has been in shaping global climate policy. Finally, on Thursday participants will interact in a mock of international climate negotiation and examine the outcomes in real-time.

Web site: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns177.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Global Change Science, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
For more information, contact:  Dimonika Bray
617-324-7375
dbizi at mit.edu 

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The True Flag:  Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
Thursday, February 2
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning foreign correspondent STEPHEN KINZER—author of All the Shah’s Men, Overthrow, and The Brothers—and STEPHEN M. WALT, the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard, for a discussion of Kinzer's latest book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire.

About The True Flag
The bestselling author of Overthrow and The Brothers brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond.

How should the United States act in the world? Americans cannot decide. Sometimes we burn with righteous anger, launching foreign wars and deposing governments. Then we retreat—until the cycle begins again.

No matter how often we debate this question, none of what we say is original. Every argument is a pale shadow of the first and greatest debate, which erupted more than a century ago. Its themes resurface every time Americans argue whether to intervene in a foreign country.

Revealing a piece of forgotten history, Stephen Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the twentieth century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans. It horrified others. Their debate gripped the nation.

The country’s best-known political and intellectual leaders took sides. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst pushed for imperial expansion; Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, and Andrew Carnegie preached restraint. Only once before—in the period when the United States was founded—have so many brilliant Americans so eloquently debated a question so fraught with meaning for all humanity.

All Americans, regardless of political perspective, can take inspiration from the titans who faced off in this epic confrontation. Their words are amazingly current. Every argument over America’s role in the world grows from this one. It all starts here.

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Friday, February 3
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Can We At Least Agree on Science?
Friday, February 3
3:00 pm, Reception at 2:30pm
Northeastern, 177 Huntington Avenue, 11th floor, Boston
Please bring your Northeastern ID (or other photo ID) when entering the building

Michael Macy, Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences, Cornell; Director, Social Dynamics Lab
Recent surveys show that public confidence in science remains high, yet sizable numbers of Americans reject scientific conclusions regarding evolution (42%), climate change (33%), and even heliocentrism (18%). In an era of deepening political polarization, can science bridge the cultural divide? To find out, we used a co-purchase network of millions of political and scientific books as a behavioral indicator of political differences in exposure to science. We found that science does not bridge the political divide, it deepens it. In addition, books in commercially relevant applied science (e.g., medicine, criminology, and geology) are more likely to be co-purchased with conservative books, compared to books oriented more to basic science (e.g. physics, astronomy, and zoology). Finally, liberal books tend to be co-purchased with a much broader sample of science books, indicating that conservatives have more selective interest in science. We conclude that the political left and right share an interest in science in general, but not science in particular.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Michael Macy left the farm in Tennessee where he grew up to attend Harvard, where he received his B.A. and later Ph.D, along with an M.A. from Stanford. He is currently Goldwin Smith Professor of Arts and Sciences in Sociology and Director of the Social Dynamics Laboratory at Cornell, where he has worked since 1997. With support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and Google, his research team has used computational models, online laboratory experiments, and digital traces of device-mediated interaction to explore familiar but enigmatic social patterns, such as circadian rhythms, the emergence and collapse of fads, the spread of self-destructive behaviors, cooperation in social dilemmas, the critical mass in collective action, the spread of high-threshold contagions on small-world networks, the polarization of opinion, segregation of neighborhoods, and assimilation of minority cultures. Recent research uses 509 million Twitter messages to track diurnal and seasonal mood changes in 54 countries, and telephone logs for 12B calls in the UK to measure the economic correlates of network structure. His research has been published in leading journals, including Science, PNAS, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Annual Review of Sociology. 

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Countering Islamophobia: Organizing as a Unified Force
Saturday, February 4 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Arlington Street Church, Chapel, 351 Boylston Street, Boston

Featured Speakers: Shannon Erwin, Muslim Justice League Hayat Imam, Dorchester People for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace SUPPORT OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS Back the Muslim community which is facing escalating bigotry and hate by building relationships with Muslim individuals and organizations Fight Islamophobia by becoming allies, on an individual and collective level Work with Local Government, Schools and Muslim Organizations to forge institutional backing for tolerance, solidarity, civil liberties, safety and refuge in our cities Interactive sessions at this workshop

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Jimmy Tingle Making Comic Sense
WHEN  Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, 8 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Comedy
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Tingle Productions
COST  Full Price: $35, $30, $25, Students: 10% off, limit of 2 per ID (not available online), Groups of 10 or more: 15% discount
TICKET WEB LINK	www.boxoffice.harvard.edu
TICKET INFO  The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222
DETAILS  Social, political and autobiographical humor from comedian and commentator Jimmy Tingle.
Children age 5 and under prohibited.
LINK	https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=tingle

Editorial Comment:  Ticket promo code:  BINJ to support the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (http://binjonline.org) which wishes to remind you that there is no service charge for in person sales at Harvard Box Office, 10 Holyoke Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge.

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D-Lab Reg Day Open House
Sunday, February 5
1:00p–2:00p
MIT, Building N51-350, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come meet the instructors for all D-Lab spring courses, talk to staff and students! Check out the D-Lab space and workshop! All welcome. Light snacks.

Web site: d-lab.mit.edu/courses
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): D-Lab
For more information, contact:  Nancy Adams

Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies
WHEN  Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center, Lecture Hall E, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Education
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Bureau of Study Counsel
COST  $25 Harvard College and GSAS degree candidates; $150 others
TICKET WEB LINK  http://bsc.harvard.edu/readingcourse
CONTACT INFO	617-495-2581
DETAILS  This 10-hour course (Feb. 6-17, 2017, Monday - Friday, 4 - 5 p.m.) helps you read more purposefully and selectively, with greater speed and comprehension. For more information or to register, visit http://bsc.harvard.edu/readingcourse
LINK	http://bsc.harvard.edu/readingcourse

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From Bacteria to Bach and Back:  The Evolution of Minds
Monday, February 6
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/daniel_c._dennett1/
Cost:  $5 - $29.75 (online only, book-included)

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Tufts University professor DANIEL C. DENNETT—author of Breaking the Spell, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained—and DANIEL GILBERT, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, for a discussion of Dennett's latest book, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds.

About From Bacteria to Bach and Back
One of America’s foremost philosophers offers a major new account of the origins of the conscious mind.
How did we come to have minds?

For centuries, this question has intrigued psychologists, physicists, poets, and philosophers, who have wondered how the human mind developed its unrivaled ability to create, imagine, and explain. Disciples of Darwin have long aspired to explain how consciousness, language, and culture could have appeared through natural selection, blazing promising trails that tend, however, to end in confusion and controversy. Even though our understanding of the inner workings of proteins, neurons, and DNA is deeper than ever before, the matter of how our minds came to be has largely remained a mystery.
That is now changing, says Daniel C. Dennett. In From Bacteria to Bach and Back, his most comprehensive exploration of evolutionary thinking yet, he builds on ideas from computer science and biology to show how a comprehending mind could in fact have arisen from a mindless process of natural selection. Part philosophical whodunit, part bold scientific conjecture, this landmark work enlarges themes that have sustained Dennett’s legendary career at the forefront of philosophical thought.

In his inimitable style—laced with wit and arresting thought experiments—Dennett explains that a crucial shift occurred when humans developed the ability to share memes, or ways of doing things not based in genetic instinct. Language, itself composed of memes, turbocharged this interplay. Competition among memes—a form of natural selection—produced thinking tools so well-designed that they gave us the power to design our own memes. The result, a mind that not only perceives and controls but can create and comprehend, was thus largely shaped by the process of cultural evolution.
An agenda-setting book for a new generation of philosophers, scientists, and thinkers, From Bacteria to Bach and Back will delight and entertain anyone eager to make sense of how the mind works and how it came about.

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Gender and Color in Comics
Monday, February 6
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research welcome JOEL CHRISTIAN GILL, JOHN JENNINGS, and MILDRED LOUIS for a panel discussion on gender and color in comics, followed by a book signing.
Joel Christian Gill is the Chair of Foundations at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and recipient of the 2016 Boston University College of Fine Arts Alumni Award. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black Historyand Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 1.
John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award–winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and the illustrator for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic dark fantasy novel Kindred.
Mildred Louis studied animation at Sheridan College in Canada, and launched her first webcomic series—Agents of the Realm—in March of 2014.

Books by Our Panelists
The following titles by our panelists will be on display and available for purchase this evening!
By Joel Christian Gill:
Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History
Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth, Volume I
Bessie Stringfield: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 2
By John Jennings
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art
Pitch Black Rainbow: The Art of John Jennings
By Mildred Louis
Agents of the Realm, Volume 1

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Boston TechBreakfast: Peddlir, Operation Code, MeetSpace, Microsoft
Tuesday, February 7
8:00 AM
Microsoft NERD - Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-TechBreakfast/events/236589359/

nteract with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations. 
And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them :) 

Agenda for Boston TechBreakfast: 
8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Food & Coffee and chit-chat 
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements 
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs! 
Peddlir: - Ronnie Deaver
Operation Code - Conrad Hollomon
MeetSpace: - Nick Gauthier
Microsoft: HoloLens - Gavin Bauman
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words  Boston TechBreakfast Sponsors: 
ConferenceEdge - EVENTS to the power of Edge
DLA Piper (Boston) - DLA Piper is a global business law firm that provides corporate, IP, capital raising and other legal advice to technology startups and high growth businesses.
G2 Tech Group - Managed DevOps for startups and small businesses
Talener - Talener is the country’s premier, highly specialized, technology staffing agency that matches top developers and engineers to leading start-ups, Fortune 500s, and multi-nationals.
hedgehog lab - hedgehog lab is a technology consultancy that designs and builds great apps for mobile

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Sack Lunch Seminar - Erik van Sebille (Imperial College London)
Tuesday, February 7 
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

The MIT Oceanography and Climate Sack Lunch Seminar Series is an informal student-run seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research concerning climate, geophysical fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, paleo-oceanography/climatology and physical oceanography. The seminars usually take place on Wednesdays from 12:10-1pm in 54-915. The presentations are either given by an invited speaker or by a member of PAOC and can focus on new research or discussion of a paper of particular interest. 

2016/2017 co-ordinator: Brian Green (nmg at mit.edu)

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Bottom-up Constitutionalism: The Case of Net Neutrality
Tuesday, February 7
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2017/02/Graber#RSVP
Event will be live webcast at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/luncheons/2017/02/Graber at 12:00 pm.

with Christoph Graber, Berkman Klein Faculty Associate 
The question is whether we can observe the emergence of a new constitutional right of the Internet, a right that does not only protect individuals in their communication online but a right protecting also the Internet as an institution. What would be the forum where such a process of constitutionalisation is taking place? Can fundamental rights also emerge bottom-up, from civil society rather than from a formally legitimised constitution maker?

About Christoph
Christoph B. Graber, Ph.D. (Law), Professor of Law, studied law at the Universities of Bern and St. Gallen, received his admission to the bar in Switzerland, a Ph.D. from the European University Institute (Florence) and his Habilitation from the University of Bern. He holds the Chair for Legal Sociology with particular focus on Media Law at the University of Zurich, Faculty of Law. He is a member of the executive committee of the Executive Master in Art Market Studies at the University of Zurich.

Prior to joining the law faculty at the University of Zurich, he taught at the University of Lucerne, where he was a founding member of the Faculty of Law. He has been a visiting professor/scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, Institute of International Economic Law, University of Wollongong, Faculty of Law, and University of California, Berkeley, Center for the Study of Law and Society. He is currently Faculty Associate at The Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He teaches in the fields of legal sociology and theory, cyberspace and media law, intellectual property and art law. His main research interests relate to analysing issues of normativity on the internet in relation to technology, intellectual property and freedom of expression and information from a law and society perspective.

Prof. Graber has been a long-time member of the Swiss Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Author’s Rights and Neighbouring Rights (2004-2011), a member of the research commission of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Lucerne (2004-2014) and advisor to various branches of the Swiss Government, as well as OECD on legal issues related to IP, trade and culture. He is the author of numerous publications, editor of medialex, the Swiss journal of media law (2002-2014), and a member of the editorial advisory board of the University of Western Australia Law Review. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Solothurn Film Festival and a member of the council of the Centro Giacometti Foundation.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Electric power grid reliability in a new era of energy development and an introduction to the Pitt Energy GRID Institute
5:30p–7:00p
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Gregory Reed
Energy resources and the supply of electric power are significant, defining global issues and play a critical role in our society on many levels. The impact from a new era of energy resource development and the rapidly evolving mix of diverse energy resource portfolios in the 21st century are creating new challenges and opportunities for electric power grid infrastructure. Over the past quarter of the 20th century, our nation had under???invested in technology, infrastructure, research and development, and education in this important area, which has led to a tremendous need not only for technology and infrastructure advancement, but also in workforce development. In this seminar, Professor Gregory Reed will provide an overview of the electric power and energy sector, along with recommendations on solutions to power grid reliability concerns, including the role of advanced power electronics control technologies and the emergence of direct current (DC) solutions at all levels of the grid, as well as microgrids and other rapidly evolving developments. The discussion will also highlight opportunities for research and development needs, education and training, and future employment in these exciting and dynamic fields. Reed will also discuss the leadership role of the Pittsburgh region, and provide an introduction to the recently established Energy GRID Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.

Web site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/27-seminar-electric-power-grid-reliability-in-a-new-era-of-energy-development-and-an-introduction-registration-31155113784
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/27-seminar-electric-power-grid-reliability-in-a-new-era-of-energy-development-and-an-introduction-registration-31155113784 
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  MITEI Events
miteievents at mit.edu 

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BASG FEB 7: INVITE TO IGNITE
Tuesday, February 7
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
The Venture Cafe - Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge

February can be cold but our plan is to fire us up with the inspirational work happening right here in the Greater Boston Area. We have six slots we’d like to fill with representatives of action-based organizations our membership might join – to hear about the work you’re doing and ways we can get involved. If you’re active in such an organization or know of organizations you’d like to hear more about, send applications to cbaroudi at arrow.com with the Subject: FEB BASG. All applications must be submitted by January 17th. We'll be using the NetImpact ignite format - short and dynamic! Followed by group discussion.

We’re looking for a variety of organizations with a focus on celebrating significant progress or momentum, urgency, innovation and disruption. We look to communities, non-profits, academia, government and industry. Please help spread the word, far and wide. And if you’re ready to register before the organizations are announced, you can take advantage of our early-bird pricing. We promise a lively, inspiring evening. Hope to see you there!

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Discounted Solar for Somerville

As part of the State’s Solarize Mass program, local volunteers and the City of Somerville recently launched the Solarize Somerville campaign to make it easier and cheaper for residents and small businesses to install solar panels.

The program, which is offering information and guidance, free site consultations, and solar panel discounts through November, has set an ambitious goal to inspire at least 200 property owners to sign up for solar —and each of those private solar installations will also benefit the community directly. For every 400 kW in signed private contracts through the program, the program’s solar vendor SolarFlair will donate a system of up to 5 kW for a public or community purpose. All are invited to the program kickoff at a Meet the Installer event on Tuesday, July 26 at 6-7:30 p.m., 167 Holland St. Additional events on topics such as solar basics, financing, and solar for multifamily homes will be announced.

Unique to the program is its neighbor-to-neighbor approach: trained resident volunteers and a designated volunteer Solar Coach are available essentially as mentors. They can, for example, walk anyone through the process, provide general loan program and tax incentive information, and share their own solar experiences. The campaign’s webpage and blog offers useful information, tips, and a link to websites where you can estimate the solar potential of your home and roughly calculate how much solar could save you on your energy bills at www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize.

Somerville is one of the most urban communities ever to participate in Solarize Mass, which makes the neighbor-to-neighbor approach especially helpful due to some of the unique challenges here such as multi-family houses with more than one owner. Winter Hill resident Mary Mangan, the program’s volunteer Solar Coach, went through that process and is ready to share helpful tips.

"I'm excited to work with our eager volunteers to help our neighbors understand the benefits of solar power. As a co-owner of a two-family home with solar, I can also offer some insights about how that process went for us," said Mangan.

Also key to the program is the selection of a designated vendor, which allows the program to offer reduced cost installation through bulk purchasing. Through a competitive process, SolarFlair, based in Ashland, MA, was selected. They were also the selected installer for the communities of Arlington, Hopkinton, Mendon, Brookline, Carlisle-Chelmsford, Newton, and Quincy.

"We're excited to be the selected installer for Solarize Somerville, and look forward to speaking with any home or business owners that are interested in reducing their electric bills while also making a great investment," said Matt Arner, the owner and President of SolarFlair.

Quick facts:
Solar systems can be purchased outright (with a payback of about 4-5 years). The Mass Solar Loan program offers rates of 3.25% or less. 
Or, for no money down owners can choose a power purchase agreement (PPA), where the system is owned and maintained by a third party, and residents buy back the electricity at a discounted price.   
More on-site renewable energy is critical to reducing carbon emissions.  It also saves money for residents.

Tax incentives for solar installations include:
Federal Tax Credit: A 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is available for qualified residential and commercial projects
Massachusetts Personal Income Tax Credit: The lesser of 15% of the total cost of the solar electric system or $1,000, for qualified clean energy projects
Five-year Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS): Business owners can depreciate solar electric systems over a five-year schedule

For more information or to sign up for a free site consultation:

Visit the Solarize Somerville webpage at www.somervillema.gov/sustainaville/solarize for
Helpful information and FAQs
To contact a volunteer or Solar Coach Mary Mangan to discuss solar options and incentives
To set up an appointment for a free site consultation directly with SolarFlair
To find out about events
To volunteer for Solarize Somerville

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Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!
Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.
https://sites.google.com/site/somervilleyogurtcoop/home

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Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images
Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?  With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.
HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.
Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.
Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.
The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.
Go to Sagewell.com.  Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here" to request the report.
That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.
With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).

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Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHhwM202dDYxdUZJVGFscnY1VGZ3aXc6MQ

Solar map of Cambridge, MA
http://www.mapdwell.com/en/cambridge

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Hey Cambridge residents!

Did you know the City of Cambridge is trying to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize? It was created to develop a cleaner and more efficient energy future. Energy efficiency and conservation are the best ways to save energy and minimize environmental impact. In that effort, Cambridge is hoping all residents will get a no-cost energy assessment in order to make their homes more efficient and comfortable. Let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:
Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap

Again, let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment and someone will be in contact with you shortly to give you personally tailored contact information on how you can get your no-cost home energy assessment. Renters are also eligible!

Any action to save energy in the home will help Cambridge win this competition while protecting the environment. For additional ideas on how to save energy, please see the Cambridge Energy Alliance website at http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/interactivehome

Please share with your Cambridge friends and family and ask them to get a free energy assessment!

Want to be more involved? Become a neighborhood Block Captain! Block Captains help their community members sign up for and complete no-cost home energy assessments through the MassSave program. Our team will give you the tools and guidance needed to recruit neighbors to get an assessment and improve the efficiency of their homes. Participation is welcome at whatever level you are able to commit to.
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain, please fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/blockcaptainsurvey and someone from the Cambridge Energy Alliance will be in contact with you shortly. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity!

Questions? Contact jnahigian at cambridgema.gov

Cambridge Energy Alliance
http://www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org/winit
@cambenergy 
http://facebook.com/cambridgeenergyalliance

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Sunny Cambridge has just launched! Sunny Cambridge is the city-wide initiative that makes it easy for all types of residents to get solar power for their homes. Cambridge has lined up local solar installers through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, which helps you request, receive, and compare solar quotes 100% online with support available every step of the way.

The City of Cambridge is working on many levels to reduce energy use and GHG emissions to make the city more sustainable. As a semifinalist in the nationwide competition for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, Cambridge Energy Alliance is encouraging residents to take actions to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Get involved by signing up for a no-cost home energy assessment at the Cambridge Energy Alliance home page (www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org/winit)
and going solar at http://www.sunnycambridge.org 

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Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide
SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!
To view the directory please visit: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha at sbnboston.org

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Boston Food System
"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."
The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.
Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.
It's easy to subscribe right now at https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs

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The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website (BNID.org) that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.
The website contains:
A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development - http://www.bnid.org/events
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily - http://www.bnid.org/jobs
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations - http://www.bnid.org/organizations
Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities -www.bnid.org/sign-up
The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.
Please feel free to email our organization at info at bnid.org if you have any questions!

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Boston Maker Spaces - 27 and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
BASEN / Boston Solidarity Network Economy:  http://ba-sen.tumblr.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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Links to events at over 50 colleges and universities at Hubevents:  http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to
Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:  http://www.BostonScienceLectures.com
MIT Events:  http://events.mit.edu
MIT Energy Club:  http://mitenergyclub.org/
Harvard Events:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/
Harvard Environment:  http://www.environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
Mass Climate Action:  http://www.massclimateaction.net/calendar
Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/
Eventbrite:  http://www.eventbrite.com/
Microsoft NERD Center:  http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:  http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/
Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com
Cambridge Happenings:   http://cambridgehappenings.org
Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 12 PM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.


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