[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - February 18, 2018

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Monday, February 19
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10am  Feb Fest

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Tuesday, February 20
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12pm  Advancing Justice in Global Trade: Lori Wallach at the Harvard Law Forum
12pm  PAOC Colloquium: Kristen Corbosiero (U Albany)
12pm  Speaker Series: Elizabeth Bruenig
12pm  Nearly 6,000 Species of North American Lichens: Distributions, Traits, Ecologies, and New Syndromes
12:30pm  Geographies of Justice: Japan, Germany, and the Allied War Crimes Program
1pm  Communicating Climate Change to People of Faith
3:30pm  The Science of a “Healthy Mind”
4pm  Industrial Agriculture and the Humble Strawberry
4pm  Privacy Despite Mass Surveillance
4pm  Mellon Seminar- Open Access and Research into History: Issues of Copyright
4:10pm  Israel's Democratic Slippage and its Implications
4:30pm  Emile Bustani Seminar: “Donald Trump's Generous Offer on Jerusalem”
5pm  Urban Farming Institute + Olio: Farmers x Chefs Meet n Greet Potluck
6pm  The Future of Humanity
6pm  Belief, Skepticism, and Touch: Some Thoughts on Saint Thomas the Apostle in Italian Renaissance Art
6pm  Big Data Justice
6:30pm  Mayor Rahm Emanuel
7pm  With Passion, an Activist Lawyer's Life
7pm  Directorate S:  The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
7pm  Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming

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Wednesday, February 21
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7:30am  Boston Sustainability Breakfast
10am  The Elite Taboo Against Using Nuclear Weapons: Evidence from Wargames
12pm  Protest the Back Bay Billionaires’ Pipeline
12pm  Solar Radiation Management: A Proposal for Immediate Polycentric Governance
12pm  MTL Seminar Series: "Innovations in Semiconductor to Empower More Intelligent Things”
12pm  Obama and Kenya: Contested Histories and Politics of Belonging
12:30pm  Resilience, Risk, and Reinforcements for Arctic Communities on the Edge
4pm  Origins of Life Initiative Forum:  Mechanisms of Life-like Fine-tuning in Driven Matter
5pm  A Conversation with David Brooks: Populism, Politics, and the Future of Democracy in America
5:15pm  The End of White Christian America: A Conversation with E.J. Dionne and Robert P. Jones
5:30pm  Harvard Science Research Public Lecture: Marcus du Sautoy, "The Great Unknown”
7pm  Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction
7pm  Blue Dreams:  The Science and the Story of the Drugs That Changed Our Minds

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Thursday, February 22
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7:45am  Overcoming the Challenges of Expanding Advanced Therapy Medical Products to a Global Population
11:45am  MIT Energy Club Seminar Series: Generating Energy from Thin Air
12pm  Take it Like a Man
12pm  Urban Farming & Food Justice: Karen Washington at the Harvard Law Forum
12:30pm  Bruno Verdini: Winning Together 
12:30pm  On the Political Meanings of the Transformation of Property and Ownership in the United States
1pm  Solar+Storage for Public and Affordable Housing 
2pm  Why Flexibility is Critical in Residential Energy Storage 
4pm  Re-engineering Photoprotection to Improve Crop Productivity
4:15pm  Book Talk: "Democracy in America?”
4:30pm  The Edge of the Petri Dish: Wizards and Prophets
4:30pm  Radical Imaginings: How can contemporary art reshape civic education?
5pm  ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons
5:30pm  Preparing Our Grid for an E-Mobility Revolution: Can We Do it?
6pm  A Conversation with David Miliband
6pm  Tufts Engineering Dean's Lecture: Mr. Dean Kamen
6pm  A Five Point Plan for the 21st Century
6pm  Ananya Roy | Plans for Freedom: Sanctuary, Abolition, and Reconstruction in the Age of Trumpism
6pm  Branchfood Presents: The Future of Agriculture
6:30pm  Bayesian Hierarchical Models and Voting Rights
7pm  John Adams’s Republic
8pm  Strategy and Politics Call: Engineering the (Climate) Mobilization

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Friday, February 23
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12pm  Jane Kirk, Environment Canada
12pm  The Job Guarantee: Fighting Poverty, Empowering Workers, and Advancing Public Purpose
1pm  Raisin' Hell: Narrative Constructions of a Useful Enemy in Religious Right Fundraising Matters
3pm  The Republic of Arabic Letters:  Islam and the European Enlightenment
6:30pm  Swiss Sciences Night 2018
7:30pm  I Am Not Your Negro

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Saturday, February 24
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Urban Environmental Justice Conference
9am  2018 Conference on Poverty and Inequality
10am  Food as Medicine:  the New Farmacy
10am  Careers in Conservation 2018
1pm  Citizen Science Fair
1pm  Challenging The Complex
5pm  X Position with James Asher: Post Truth
6:30pm  MIT Chasing Coral Screening and Q&A

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Sunday, February 25
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3pm  Be the Change Community Action: Immigration
6pm  The Mysteries of Climate Modeling Unveiled - with Eddie Robins

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Monday, February 26
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12pm  PAOC Colloquium: Dan Chavas (Purdue University)
12pm  Creating Markets for Wind Electricity in China: An Analysis of Grid and Institutional Causes of Curtailment
12pm  Hurricane Variability and Change
12:15pm   Vaccine Criticism in France: Scientific Credibility and the Fragmentation of Social Movements
12:30pm  Energy for Africa, Prioritizing Investments Under Climate Change
2:30pm  Machine Learning from Schools about Energy Efficiency
4pm  Norton Lecture III, 'The 7th Art and Me' by Agnès Varda
5:30pm  The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Danielle Allen - The War on Drugs and Human Rights
5:30pm  F.E.W. Seminar: Unpacking Popular Trends in Food & Finance
6pm  #BUcityplanning Lecture: The Development of Boston’s Metropolitan Park System
6pm  Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi | Learning from Dadaab: An Architectural History of Forced Migration
6:30pm  Starr Forum: Is Democracy Dying? Panel discussion on the current state of democracy
6:30pm  Solutions to Address Race and Economic Inequality in the Commonwealth
6:30pm  Fifty Years Since MLK
7pm  #metoo: Truths and Consequences

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Tuesday, February 27
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12pm  Speaker Series: Tom Wheeler
12pm  The Global Lives Project: Meet the makers
4pm  Negotiating with New Technology: Shaping the Third Digital Revolution
4pm  Pardee Center Special Lecture: “Why Forests? Why Now?” Featuring Frances Seymour
4pm  The Future of Everything
4pm  Norton Lecture IV, 'Crossing the Borders' by Agnès Varda
5:30pm  Housing in Boston - Civic Innovation Conversation Series
6pm  As the Seas Rise, Can We Restore Our Coastal Habitats?
6pm  Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Phillip Sharp on Convergence in Biomedicine
6pm  Silas Peirce Lecture: Black Liberation & White Supremacy
6pm  Talking about capitalism: Making sense of our economy
6pm  authors at MIT: Marie Hicks, Programmed Inequality
6pm  Cristina Goberna Pesudo | Epic Architecture: The Book of Sins
6:30pm  "On Monuments: Place, Time, and Memory”
7pm  Big Chicken:  The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats
7pm  Lost Kingdom

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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

The Best Speech by a Politician on the Future of the Grid I’ve Ever Read
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/11/1740594/-The-Best-Speech-by-a-Politician-on-the-Future-of-the-Grid-I-ve-Ever-Read

CDC Guidelines on Reporting Suicide (and Violence)
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/17/1742375/-CDC-Guidelines-on-Reporting-Suicide-and-Violence

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2018/02/perpetual-war-for-perpetual-peace-how.html

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Monday, February 19
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Feb Fest
Monday, February 19
10:00am to 5:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for Feb Fest, our annual celebration of National Engineers Week, during February school vacation, with daily hands-on activities, workshops, and more. Check back for more information, including how to register for our fabulous Feb Fest workshops! 

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Tuesday, February 20
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Advancing Justice in Global Trade: Lori Wallach at the Harvard Law Forum
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Campus Center, Room 1015, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The Harvard Law Forum
SPEAKER(S)  Lori Wallach, Founder of Global Trade Watch
COST  Free, open to the public
CONTACT INFO	Pete Davis, PeDavis at jd18.law.harvard.edu, 347-453-3135
DETAILS  Lori Wallach (HLS Class of 1990) is the founder of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. She is a 25-year veteran of congressional trade battles, from the 1990s NAFTA fight to the TPP fight this past year. Named a “Politico 50” thinker, doer and visionary, she is one of the nation’s leading advocates of the public interest within the global trade regime.
She is coming to Harvard Law to share with students how they can advance justice and the public interest within the all-too-corporatized global trade system.
Free and open to the public, with pizza served.
Contact Pete Davis at PeDavis at jd18.law.harvard.edu for more information.
LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/1783608245006639/

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PAOC Colloquium:  Diagnosis of Secondary Eyewall Formation Mechanisms in Hurricane Igor (2010)
Tuesday, February 20
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Kristen Corbosiero (U Albany)
Despite being a common feature of major hurricanes and exhibiting a strong relationship with storm intensity change, there exists no unified theory explaining secondary eyewall formation (SEF) in tropical cyclones. In recent years, a number of hypotheses have been proposed for SEF with the most substantive difference among them being the relative roles of internal dynamics and external, environmental forcing. Examples of the former involve vortex Rossby wave-mean flow interaction, anisotropic upscale energy cascade, and unbalanced boundary layer spinup, while examples of the later include wind-induced surface heat exchange being triggered by external forcing and environmental humidity controlling storm size and rainband structure. This last factor, the moisture distribution and rainband activity outside the tropical cyclone core, appeared to be important in our previous research examining ensemble forecasts of Hurricane Igor (2010): ensemble members that undergo SEF exhibit a more uniform moisture distribution relative to the members that do not, with the moisture originating in active outer rainband convection upshear of the center. The rainbands flood the boundary layer with low moist static energy air, which propagates cyclonically around the center as a cold pool. We hypothesized that enhanced convergence between the cold pool and low-level inflow reinvigorated the rainband convection that became the secondary eyewall.

To test our rainband reinvigoration hypothesis, as well as the other SEF hypotheses noted above, we will analyze the 16 (out of 96) ensemble members of the NCAR Advanced Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting model that exhibited SEF in Hurricane Igor (2010) at high spatial (1.33 km) and temporal (10 min) resolution. Specifically, we will: 1) diagnose the role of vertical wind shear in determining the distribution and evolution of moisture and outer rainbands, 2) calculate moist static energy and angular momentum budgets, 3) investigate the existence of vortex Rossby waves and whether they interact with the mean vortex at their stagnation radius, and 4) look for the hallmarks of the unbalanced spinup paradigm, e.g., the generation of supergradient winds in the boundary layer, strengthening of the low-level inflow, and an eruption of air from the boundary layer to support convection.

About the Speaker
My research focuses on the interaction between tropical cyclones and the environments in which they are embedded, with an emphasis on storm structure, the intensity and duration of convection, and the properties of clouds that comprise the storm.

I have tackled these problems using both observational data and numerical modeling, and my work has documented the critical role of storm asymmetries on both intensity and track.

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Speaker Series: Elizabeth Bruenig
Tuesday, February 20
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner 434, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Elizabeth Bruenig is a columnist at The Washington Post, where she writes about ethics, politics, theology, and economics from a progressive point of view. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and daughter.

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Nearly 6,000 Species of North American Lichens: Distributions, Traits, Ecologies, and New Syndromes
Tuesday, February 20
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, HUH Seminar Room 125, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge 

with Erin Tripp, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder

Herbaria Seminar
https://huh.harvard.edu/event/huh-seminar-erin-tripp
huh-requests at oeb.harvard.edu

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Geographies of Justice: Japan, Germany, and the Allied War Crimes Program
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Franziska Seraphim, Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies, Boston College
Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming

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Communicating Climate Change to People of Faith
Tuesday, February 20
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Webinar
RSVP at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8178005148248632322

Join us on Feb. 20th at 1:00 pm (Eastern) for a one-hour webinar featuring renowned atmospheric scientist and Christian leader, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and Dr. Dan DiLeo, Catholic Climate Covenant consultant and Assistant Professor at Creighton University.

In this webinar Dr. Hayhoe and Dr. DiLeo will explore:
1) How to communicate successfully about climate change within our own faith 
communities. 
2) Key narratives/messaging strategies that work. 
3) The unique challenges and strengths within the Catholic community for successful climate change communication.

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The Science of a “Healthy Mind”
Tuesday, February 20
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Amphitheater, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-science-of-a-healthy-mind-tickets-42615546246

Speakers: Ashwin Srisailam & Diane Bacchus-Quddus, Ahhaa Founders
The Mind is a Journey -Learn the two states of the mind "Conflict and Clarity" that either control or free the mind.
The science of a "Healthy Mind" is knowing & practicing a movement from conflict to clarity
The Dynamics of a Clear Free Mind
Insights on Problem Vs Suffering
3P’s for a mind shift in mins
Transition from “Me” to “We”

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Industrial Agriculture and the Humble Strawberry
Tuesday, February 20
4PM (note time) 
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington Street, Belmont

Julie Guthman, Ph.D. and UCSC), Professor of Social Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz; Radcliffe Fellow 2017-2018. Dr. Guthman is also a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow.

Dr. Guthman discusses the worrisome features of Big Agriculture in the U.S., with the example of one of America's favorite fruits, the strawberry. Industrialized agriculture produces massive crops, but this process requires plant breeding that sacrifices flavor and nutritional quality. Big Ag also depends on extensive use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that destroy the soil and cause serious environmental pollution. Dr. Guthman's forthcoming book will examine how efforts to manage a single soil pathogen ( Verticillium dahliae) gave rise to the modern strawberry industry --and the impact in California.

Dr. Guthman will also discuss her other studies of Big Agriculture in America and its impact on both the environment and human health. She is the author of the widely praised Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism, a book that is a must-read for anyone interested in the relationship between public health and modern food production.

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations 

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Privacy Despite Mass Surveillance
Tuesday, February 20
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Refreshments: 3:45 PM
MIT, Building 32-D463 Star, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Sebastian Angel 
Abstract:  In the past decade there has been a significant increase in the collection of personal information and communication metadata (with whom users communicate, when, how often) by governments, Internet providers, companies, and universities. While there are many ongoing efforts to secure users' communications, namely end-to-end encryption messaging apps and E-mail services, safeguarding metadata remains elusive.

I will present a system called Pung that makes progress on this front. Pung lets users exchange messages over the Internet without revealing any information in the process. Perhaps surprisingly, Pung achieves this strong privacy property even when all providers (ISPs, companies, etc.) are arbitrarily malicious.

I will also present several improvements to a general cryptographic building block called private information retrieval (PIR) that underlies many privacy preserving systems including Pung. Among these improvements, I will discuss SealPIR, a new PIR library that achieves orders of magnitude more network efficiency than the state-of-the-art. Finally, I will briefly touch on some of my work on verifiable computation and interfacing with malicious USB devices.

Bio:  Sebastian Angel is a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin and a visiting academic at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. His research interests are in systems, security, and networking.

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Mellon Seminar- Open Access and Research into History: Issues of Copyright
Tuesday, February 20
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm 
BU, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Casey Westerman, Chief Librarian, Institute for Advanced Studies on the Gödel MaxPhil Notebooks, joined by Peter Suber (Harvard Library and Berkman Klein Center).

More information at http://www.bu.edu/calendar/?day=2018-2-20&category=lectures&uid=201676@17.calendar.bu.edu

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Israel's Democratic Slippage and its Implications
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, Fifth Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Naomi Chazan, Professor Emerita of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; former Member of Israeli Knesset (1992-2003)
DETAILS  A public address by Naomi Chazan, Professor Emerita of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; former Member of Israeli Knesset (1992-2003).
Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Affairs, HKS.
For close to a decade, Israel has been undergoing a process of democratic recession which is transforming it into a country which is divesting itself of many of its democratic trappings. This lecture will address the causes for this transition, its dynamics, its most recent manifestations and, on this basis, its key implications both domestically and internationally.
LINK	https://www.belfercenter.org/event/israels-democratic-slippage-and-its-implications

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Emile Bustani Seminar: “Donald Trump's Generous Offer on Jerusalem”
Tuesday, February 20
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-325, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Salim Tamari, Director, Institute of Palestine Studies, Adjunct Prof., Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, Prof. of Sociology, Birzeit University

As Israel celebrates, and the rest of the world condemns, Donald Trump’s declaration of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it is pertinent to recall on this issue Arthur Koestler’s famous quip, made a century ago in reference to the Balfour Declaration, that “one nation solemnly promised to a second nation the country of a third.”

The new U.S. position has clearly placed the United States outside of the international consensus with regard to any future peace process over the status of the city, or indeed within the Arab-Israeli conflict. This has opened the door to other global and regional actors, particularly Europe, Russia, and Turkey, as future mediators.

Underlying the objections of the majority of countries, including the United States until Trump’s election, to Israel’s control of Jerusalem has been UN General Assembly resolution 181, which affirmed the partition plan for Palestine and the creation of an international zone in Jerusalem known as the corpus separatum. That notion established in the city a special international regime in which both Palestinians and Israelis would have a dual national identity in the city. Given the slow death of the peace process and the de facto withdrawal of the United States from a mediating role, is it time – seventy years later – to revive this plan for Jerusalem?

Salim Tamari is IPS senior fellow and the former director of the IPS-affiliated Institute of Jerusalem Studies. He is editor of Jerusalem Quarterly and Hawliyyat al Quds. He is professor of sociology at Birzeit University and an adjunct professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.  He has authored several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Recent publications include: Year of the Locust: Palestine and Syria during WWI(UC Press, 2010) Ihsan's War: The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier (IPS, Beirut, 2008); The Mountain Against the Sea (University of California Press, 2008); Biography and Social History of Bilad al Sham (edited with I. Nassar,2007, Beirut IPS); Pilgrims, Lepers, and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem's Cultural History (edited, with I. Nassar, IJS, 2005) and Essays on the Cultural History of Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem (editor, IJS, 2005).

The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar is organized under the auspices of the MIT Center for International Studies, which conducts research on contemporary international issues and provides an opportunity for faculty and students to share perspectives and exchange views. Each year the Bustani Seminar invites scholars, journalists, consultants, and other experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to MIT to present recent research findings on contemporary politics, society and culture, and economic and technological development in the Middle East.

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Urban Farming Institute + Olio: Farmers x Chefs Meet n Greet Potluck
Tuesday, February 20
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-farming-institute-olio-farmers-x-chefs-meet-n-greet-potluck-tickets-43146226525

The Urban Farming Institute (UFI) + Olio are hosting this casual meet 'n greet potluck to bring Boston's local farmers into talks with local chefs. 

We think there's a good opportunity for collaboration, and would like to open up dialogue around seed catalog planning, exploring questions like: What do chefs deal with when they're trying to source locally? What challenges do farmers face when trying to develop vendor relationships? 

UFI and Olio will be bringing food, but we would also appreciate your homemade food and/or alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverage contributions.

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The Future of Humanity
Tuesday, February 20
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michio-kaku-22018-tickets-41316318220
Cost:  $29.95

Michio Kaku
The #1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man’s future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.

Formerly the domain of fiction, moving human civilization to the stars is increasingly becoming a scientific possibility—and a necessity. Whether in the near future due to climate change and the depletion of finite resources, or in the distant future due to catastrophic cosmological events, we must face the reality that humans will one day need to leave planet Earth to survive as a species.

World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, intimate detail the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He reveals how cutting-edge developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology may allow us to terraform and build habitable cities on Mars. He then takes us beyond the solar system to nearby stars, which may soon be reached by nanoships traveling on laser beams at near the speed of light. Finally, he brings us beyond our galaxy, and even beyond our universe, to the possibility of immortality, showing us how humans may someday be able to leave our bodies entirely and laser port to new havens in space. With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes readers on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars.

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Belief, Skepticism, and Touch: Some Thoughts on Saint Thomas the Apostle in Italian Renaissance Art
Tuesday, February 20
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Adrian Randolph
Few of us can ignore contemporary discourses on truth and falsity. How are we to verify information about some of the most pressing issues of the day? With this presentation, I open up discussion about a subject in art—the “incredulity” of St. Thomas—that thematized such matters in pre-modern Europe. Focusing on late medieval and Renaissance paintings and sculptures, I explore the ways in which visual artists pointed to the tactile as a way of enhancing the truth-value of their works. Along the way, I hope to raise some questions about key works of art, including Andrea del Verrocchio’s extraordinary Christ and St. Thomas, produced for the oratory of Orsanmichele in Florence.

Adrian Randolph is dean of the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Art History. He joined Northwestern University on July 1, 2015.

Prior to joining Northwestern, Randolph served as the associate dean of the faculty for the Arts and Humanities at Dartmouth College. He also served as chair of the Department of Art History at Dartmouth, as well as director of the college’s Leslie Center for the Humanities. 

Randolph’s research focuses on the art and architecture of medieval and Renaissance Italy. His scholarship emphasizes the blending of visual analysis with other contextual information, from fields as varied as science, literature, social history and gender studies. Throughout his career, he has successfully forged connections across disciplinary boundaries to build programming, lectures and conferences on topics as diverse as humor and race, Native American art, and science and visualization.

Randolph has authored, co-authored or edited eight books and numerous articles, essays and reviews. He also has served on the international advisory board of the journal Art History as well as the University Press of New England. Randolph completed his B.A. at Princeton University, his M.A. at the University of London and his Ph.D. in fine arts and the history of art and architecture at Harvard University.

MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series
History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art (HTC) Forum, organized by PhD students Caroline Murphy and Sarah Rifky

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Big Data Justice
Tuesday, February 20
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Numbers can be overwhelming, powerful, manipulative, intriguing ... and what about Big Data? Join a conversation between Jose Luis de Vicente of Sonar+D, curator of the Big Bang Data exhibition; Catherine D’Ignazio, data literacy researcher and artist; and Joy Buolamwini, poet of code and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League.

Explore how data is a powerful tool that should be carefully considered as it can be biased, manipulated, and used for good or other purposes.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, Room 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Design, Co-presented by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Office of Communications.
SPEAKER(S)  Mayor Rahm Emanuel
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu.
DETAILS  Please join us for a conversation between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design.
Rahm Emanuel is the 55th Mayor of the City of Chicago and has served since 2011. During that time he has made the tough choices necessary to secure Chicago’s future as a global capital. The Mayor lengthened the school day and added more than 200 hours to the school year, taking Chicago from having the least educational time of any large school district in the country to being on par with its peers. He implemented full-day kindergarten for every Chicago child, and fought for and won new accountability measures to ensure that every teacher and principal had the necessary resources to succeed. The Mayor’s comprehensive public safety strategy is focused on expanded prevention programs for at-risk youth, smarter policing strategies, and empowering parents and communities to reduce violence in their neighborhoods. He attracted numerous companies to Chicago and helped to build the next generation of start-ups, while investing in the infrastructure, public transportation, open space and cultural attractions that make Chicago a great place to live, work, and play. And he has worked to make our government more effective, to deliver better services at a more competitive price, and to open government to the public.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Emanuel served as the White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago’s 5th District. He previously served as a key member of the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998, rising to serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.
Mayor Emanuel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981 and received a Master's Degree in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. He is married to Amy Rule, and they have three children.
LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/mayor-rahm-emanuel/

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With Passion, an Activist Lawyer's Life
Tuesday, February 20
7:00pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Growing up in a Depression-battered family, one tangled by a mortal secret, With Passion tells the improbable story of an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who thought of himself as a “miscast” lawyer but ended up defending peaceful protesters, representing Mohammad Ali, suing Robert Moses, counseling Lenny Bruce, bringing the case that integrated hundreds of southern hospitals, and named “the principal architect of the death penalty abolition movement in the United States.”

More than a meditation on frustrating legal efforts to fight inequality and racism, Michael Meltsner—also a novelist and playwright—vividly recounts the life of a New York kid, struggling to make sense of coming of age amid the tumult of vast demographic and cultural changes in the city.

Hired by Thurgood Marshall, Michael Meltsner argued major civil rights cases for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and authored Cruel and Unusual, the widely praised history of the attack on the death penalty. Winner of many awards, including a Guggenheim and an American Academy of Berlin Prize Fellowship, he teaches constitutional law at Northeastern University School of Law.

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Directorate S:  The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Tuesday, February 20
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed journalist, New Yorker staff writer, and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism dean STEVE COLL—author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Ghost Wars—for a discussion of his latest book, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
About Directorate S

Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation, although often in direct opposition, with I.S.I., the Pakistani intelligence agency. While the US was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of I.S.I., known as "Directorate S," was covertly training, arming, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban, in order to enlarge Pakistan's sphere of influence. After 9/11, when fifty-nine countries, led by the U. S., deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the U.S. was set on an invisible slow-motion collision course with Pakistan.

Today we know that the war in Afghanistan would falter badly because of military hubris at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the drain on resources and provocation in the Muslim world caused by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and corruption. But more than anything, as Coll makes painfully clear, the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United States to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I.S.I.'s "Directorate S". This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions, which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama administrations, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, a litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players, including some of the most prominent military and political figures. A sprawling American tragedy, the war was an open clash of arms but also a covert melee of ideas, secrets, and subterranean violence. 

Coll excavates this grand battle, which took place away from the gaze of the American public. With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking. 

This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in South Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, Directorate S is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism.

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Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming
Tuesday, February 20
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Eastern Bank, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (You can see into the conference room from the street.)
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Green-Tech-and-Energy/events/247480677/

The Agenda is:
You can give a 5 to 10 minute elevator speech about your startup if you would like. (We will divide the 1st hour by # of people.)
Review Entrepreneur & Green Tech Opportunities in Cambridge and Boston.
Discuss and What stage is your ideas or startup? What is your goal?
Tell what personnel or additional expertise, funding, etc. you are seeking,
ideas for viable moneymaking startups, methods of collaboration, networking, forming teams & partnerships etc.
marketing, media, social media, ideas that have worked well for publicity
Agencies, websites, companies that assist startups
Boston Greenfest & Gov't opportunities.
What would ou like to see in future meetups?
We will introduce ourselves and tell about our interest, expertise or work (1st hr):
Discussion and Brainstorming on (2nd hr)

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Wednesday, February 21
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Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, February 21
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM EST
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-41704782126

Join us every month for Net Impact Boston's informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals for networking, discussion, and moral support. It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good! Feel free to drop by any time between 7:30 and 9:00 am.

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The Elite Taboo Against Using Nuclear Weapons: Evidence from Wargames
Wednesday, February 21
10:00am - 11:30am
Harvard, Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324, 79 Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Reid Pauly, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
Is there a normative prohibition on the use of nuclear weapons? Recent scholarship has cast doubt on the existence of a norm of nuclear non-use among the American people. But the public does not make decisions about using nuclear weapons. In this presentation, Pauly investigates the willingness of American policymakers to use nuclear weapons through the history of political-military wargaming. He tests competing theories about the use and non-use of nuclear weapons by examining both whether strategic elites were willing to use nuclear weapons in different scenarios and how they explained those decisions.

More information at https://www.belfercenter.org/event/elite-taboo-against-using-nuclear-weapons-evidence-wargames

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Protest the Back Bay Billionaires' Pipeline
Wednesday, February 21
12 PM - 12:30 PM
Belvidere Street/Huntington Avenue, Boston

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/882032688643330/

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Solar Radiation Management: A Proposal for Immediate Polycentric Governance
Wednesday, February 21 
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Sam Weiss Evans, Visiting Research Fellow, Program for Science, Technology, and Society, HKS.

Lunch provided. RSVP to contact listed.

Solar Geoengineering Research Reading Group
https://geoengineering.environment.harvard.edu/
A weekly reading group, interspersed with more formal seminars, to deepen members' understanding of solar geoengineering research.

Chair: David Keith, Faculty Associate; Chair, Weatherhead Initiative on Climate Engineering. Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Contact Name:  Lizzie Burns
eburns at g.harvard.edu

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MTL Seminar Series: "Innovations in Semiconductor to Empower More Intelligent Things"
Wednesday, February 21
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 34-401, (Grier), 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Ahmad Bahai, Texas Instruments
Progress in electronics for the past 5 decades has been driven by the1,000,000x reduction in the cost of a CMOS transistor.  This dramatic cost reduction, together with increasingly sophisticated computation and security paradigms, has enabled ever more powerful computers.   But, for a variety of reasons, opportunities for continued growth in the decades ahead are quite different.  They lie in ultra-low-power and high efficiency heterogeneous electronics to make the things around us smarter:  Human Body electronics to monitor and regulate respiratory, pulmonary and digestive functions: Automotive electronics to “see” and avoid oncoming traffic and to avoid automotive accidents:  Industrial Factory electronics to monitor and report the production status of manufacturing equipment.  Making things smarter requires integrating Si CMOS together with Photonics, MEMS, magnetics, piezo-electric materials and wide-bandgap materials to give a few examples.  In the decades ahead, the technology roadmap will be an exhilarating combination of innovative technologies together with sophisticated artificial intelligence, communication and security paradigms to make the things around us smarter.  And the products that will emerge will be things that we interact with on a daily basis. 

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Obama and Kenya: Contested Histories and Politics of Belonging
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Kate Luongo and Matt Carotenuto, authors of Obama and Kenya: Contested Histories and Politics of Belonging
COST	Free & open to the public
CONTACT INFO	hutchinscenter at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  A Q+A session will follow the talk.
LINK  http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events-lectures/events/february-21-2018-1200pm/spring-colloquium-reading-and-discussion-kate-luongo

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Resilience, Risk, and Reinforcements for Arctic Communities on the Edge
Wednesday, February 21
12:30PM TO 1:45PM
Harvard, Darman Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

The Environment and Natural Resources Program's Arctic Initiative hosts a seminar with Joel Clement, former Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Policy Office, discussing risk and resilience of Arctic communities in the face of climate change.

While the causes and solutions for the climate crisis remain a political flashpoint, adapting to and building resilience in the face of evident impacts are a more politically safe means to address the slowly unfolding disaster. Until now. In shutting down scientific conversations about climate change, the Trump Administration is endangering Americans. Alaska Native villages on the Arctic coast are in an extremely vulnerable position due to the degradation of the permafrost and lack of protective sea ice during storm season – several communities are one storm away from being washed off the map. Unfortunately, this Administration has focused on reversing all recent federal efforts to improve the resilience of these communities, and in doing so is adding to their level of risk. This is important beyond the Arctic as well, where coastal communities elsewhere in the U.S. are faced with sea level rise projections that put them at the same level of risk in the coming decades. It is essential to better understand the risk calculations for Arctic communities and for the private sector to act immediately, in the absence of federal will, to relocate Americans in peril.

Is there a role for private enterprise? Could Amazon or Google underwrite a full village relocation and link to tech opportunities in the north? Moving one or two villages would be enormous undertakings but could pay off in terms of establishing governance and funding models for sensitive cultural and physical relocation worldwide. Is it tenable to support such an effort with private resources when federal and state resources are unavailable? What level of ongoing investment would be required? How can local leadership be assured

Speaker Bio: Joel Clement is a science and policy consultant with a background in resilience and climate adaptation, landscape-scale conservation and management, and Arctic social-ecological systems.As Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Policy Office he led a talented team of policy analysts and economists, provided advice and analysis for White House leadership and two Interior Secretaries, developed innovative policies to address landscape conservation needs, and was appointed as the Department of the Interior’s principal to the US Global Change Research Program. On behalf of the US Government he co-chaired the Arctic Council’s groundbreaking Arctic Resilience Report. Joel was awarded The Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage in September, 2017, for blowing the whistle on the Trump Administration, and resigned from public service on October 6th of that year.

Before serving in the federal Government, Joel was the Conservation Science Program Officer for a private foundation in Seattle where he focused on climate change adaptation strategies, landscape-scale conservation, and improving geospatial data-sharing capacity in the North American West. Prior to his career in philanthropy, Joel spent a decade as a field biologist, developing and contributing to research and conservation science programs in temperate and tropical ecosystems around the world. Throughout his career, Joel has remained focused on the critical need to bridge gaps between science and policy. He is currently an Associate with the Stockholm Environmental Institute and a Senior Fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Contact Name:  Julie Gardella
julie_gardella at hks.harvard.edu

More information at https://www.belfercenter.org/event/resilience-risk-and-reinforcements-arctic-communities-edge

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Origins of Life Initiative Forum:  Mechanisms of Life-like Fine-tuning in Driven Matter
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Haller Hall, Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Origins of Life Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  Professor Jeremy England (MIT)
CONTACT INFO	Kelly Colbourn-Moreno, kelly.moreno at cfa.harvard.edu
LINK  https://origins.harvard.edu/event/professor-jeremy-england-mit

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A Conversation with David Brooks: Populism, Politics, and the Future of Democracy in America
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  David Brooks
CONTACT INFO	info at ash.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The Ash Center invites you to join New York Times columnist and political commentator David Brooks for a conversation on politics, populism, and the future of democracy in America. The conversation will be moderated by HKS Academic Dean Archon Fung, the Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government.

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The End of White Christian America: A Conversation with E.J. Dionne and Robert P. Jones
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, 5:15 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Religion
SPONSOR	HDS Dean's Office
CONTACT	Paul Massari
DETAILS	  America is no longer a majority-white-Christian nation. Join journalist, author, commentator, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and Dr. Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America, for a conversation on this seismic change, its impact on the politics and social values of the United States, and its implications for the future.

E.J. Dionne is a distinguished journalist, author, political commentator, and longtime op-ed columnist for The Washington Post. He is also a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, a government professor at Georgetown University, and a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, ABC’s “This Week,” and MSNBC. His most recent book, co-authored with Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, is One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.

Dr. Robert P. Jones is the founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy. Dr. Jones serves as the Co-Chair of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion and is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and for Politics and Religion.
This event is free and open to the public and will stream live from the HDS website.

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Harvard Science Research Public Lecture: Marcus du Sautoy, "The Great Unknown”
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall D, One Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard FAS Division of Science
and Harvard Department of Physics
SPEAKER(S)  Marcus du Sautoy (Oxford)
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	werbeloff at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Marcus du Sautoy, the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, will talk about his new book, "The Great Unknown." Book signing at Cabot Science Library at 7 p.m.
LINK  https://www.physics.harvard.edu/node/813

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Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction
Wednesday, February 21
7:00pm 
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Nothing "goes viral." If you think a popular movie, song, or app came out of nowhere to become a word-of-mouth success in today's crowded media environment, you're missing the real story. Each blockbuster has a secret history--of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. Even the most brilliant ideas wither in obscurity if they fail to connect with the right network, and the consumers that matter most aren't the early adopters, but rather their friends, followers, and imitators -- the audience of your audience.

In his groundbreaking investigation, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like and reveals the economics of cultural markets that invisibly shape our lives. Shattering the sentimental myths of hit-making that dominate pop culture and business, Thompson shows quality is insufficient for success, nobody has "good taste," and some of the most popular products in history were one bad break away from utter failure. It may be a new world, but there are some enduring truths to what audiences and consumers want. People love a familiar surprise: a product that is bold, yet sneakily recognizable.

Every business, every artist, every person looking to promote themselves and their work wants to know what makes some works so successful while others disappear. Hit Makers is a magical mystery tour through the last century of pop culture blockbusters and the most valuable currency of the twenty-first century--people's attention.

From the dawn of impressionist art to the future of Facebook, from small Etsy designers to the origin of Star Wars, Derek Thompson leaves no pet rock unturned to tell the fascinating story of how culture happens and why things become popular.

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, where he writes about economics and the media. He is a regular contributor to NPR's "Here and Now" and appears frequently on television, including CBS and MSNBC. He lives in New York City.

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Blue Dreams:  The Science and the Story of the Drugs That Changed Our Minds
Wednesday, February 21
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning psychologist and writer LAUREN SLATER for a discussion of her latest book, Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds.

About Blue Dreams
Although one in five Americans now takes at least one psychotropic drug, the fact remains that nearly seventy years after doctors first began prescribing them, we still don't know exactly how or why these drugs work—or don't work—on what ails our brains. Blue Dreams offers the explosive story of the discovery, invention, people, and science behind our licensed narcotics, as told by a riveting writer and psychologist who shares her own intimate experience with the highs and lows of psychiatry's drugs.
Lauren Slater's account ranges from the earliest, Thorazine and lithium, up through Prozac and other antidepressants, as well as Ecstasy, "magic mushrooms," the most cutting-edge memory drugs, and even neural implants. Along the way, she narrates the history of psychiatry itself, illuminating the imprint its colorful little capsules have left on millions of brains worldwide, and demonstrating how these wonder drugs may heal us or hurt us.

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Thursday, February 22
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Overcoming the Challenges of Expanding Advanced Therapy Medical Products to a Global Population
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 7:45 – 9:15 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard Faculty Club, MA Room 225, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard University Technology Assessment in Health Care Monthly Seminar Series
SPEAKER(S)  Gary C. du Moulin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Adjunct Associate Professor of Drug Regulatory Affairs, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Health Sciences University
CONTACT INFO	Debra Milamed
Tel. 617-327-5612
debra_milamed at hms.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Harvard University Technology Assessment in Health Care Monthly Seminar Series. Continental breakfast served.

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MIT Energy Club Seminar Series: Generating Energy from Thin Air
Thursday, February 22
11:45am to 12:45pm
MIT, Building E52-164, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/W0bMwfMt6kWRF4x03 

Professor Karthish Manthiram is an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley. He was recently named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Examples of Prof Manthiram’s research include providing farmers with fertilizer by manufacturing it out of thin air “literally” by using air, water and solar power. His lab is also working to mitigate climate change by turning carbon dioxide into fuel and creating polymers that can capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Karthish's research and teaching have been recognized with several awards, including the Dan Cubicciotti Award of the Electrochemical Society, DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship, Dow Excellence in Teaching Award etc. 

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Take it Like a Man
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Hauser Hall, Room 104, Harvard Law School Campus, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Law, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Andrea Kupfer Schneider, Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Julie Barrett, jbarrett at law.harvard.edu
DETAILS	 Much research has been done to show the gender differences in negotiation. Advice up to this point has primarily focused on women—how to be more assertive or how to be more like men. On the other hand, more recent research shows that, in fact, men are punished even more severely for aggressive or bullying behavior in negotiation. In addition, while research often celebrates the perceived advantage that women have in terms of empathy or trustworthiness, the same research has not yet been used to provide more specific advice for what men need to do better in negotiation. This talk will bring these strands of research together in order to show not only the general differences between behaviors labeled as masculine and feminine in negotiation but also to outline lessons for effectiveness.
Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
LINK  https://www.pon.harvard.edu/events/take-like-man/

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Urban Farming & Food Justice: Karen Washington at the Harvard Law Forum
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Campus Center, Room 1023, 1585 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Harvard Law Forum
SPEAKER(S)  Karen Washington, co-founder of Black Urban Growers and co-creator of Rise & Root Farm
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  Pete Davis, pedavis at jd18.law.harvard.edu, 347-453-3135
DETAILS  Karen Washington is a New York City community activist, community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens. She has worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens, helped launched a City Farms Market, is a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, is a Just Food board member, is a board member and former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition and is the co- founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS). She is also the co-creator of Rise & Root Farm, a cooperatively run farm in the black dirt region of Orange County, New York.
She is coming to Harvard Law School to share her insights and experience on what lawyers can do to promote urban farming and food justice.
Free and open to the public, with pizza served.
Contact Pete Davis at PeDavis at jd18.law.harvard.edu for more information.
LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/366481750464684/

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Bruno Verdini: Winning Together 
Thursday, February 22
12:30pm to 12:00am
MIT, Building 9-450, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

Join the Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) Group for the first EPP lunch of the Spring 2018 term. The lunch will feature a talk by Bruno Verdini, Lecturer of Urban Planning and Negotiation and Executive Director of MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program.

Verdini will lead a discussion on his best selling new book, Winning Together: The Natural Resource Negotiation Playbook. Lunch will be served.

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On the Political Meanings of the Transformation of Property and Ownership in the United States 
Thursday, February 22
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT,  Building 9-255, City Arena, 105 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

with James DeFilippis
Presentation Overview: 
The last decade has seen significant growth in the numbers of, and interest in, forms of ownership that have been variously called, "solidarity economies" or "alternative economies" or "non-capitalist economies." While there is a lot written about these efforts, there is relatively little that has explored the lived meanings for those involved in such endeavors. The paper will ask how participation in forms of ownership that are different from the norm in American society impacts the political understandings and meanings that are attached to those forms of ownership. In short, does being part of such a form of ownership have political meaning to participants? If so, what are the meanings and how can they be properly understood by those looking to these forms of ownership to be part of a larger socially transformative movement? Drawing on scores of interviews with community land trust (CLT) residents, staff and board members, foundation and government funders, and others, this paper will discuss and analyze the reality that for most of the participants in such endeavors, the political meanings are muted, under-explored, and often fairly minor. It is this contradiction; between the significance of the change in the ownership form and the relatively insignificant political meanings attached to that changed ownership that this paper will probe. It will do so in order to better understand the political potential and limitations of "solidarity economy" forms of ownership, and to realistically assess what can be expected of these forms by those who aspire to have a more just political economy.

James DeFilippis is a Professor of Urban Planning at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is the author or editor of six books, and has written more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports on issues of community development, community organizing, urban politics and policy, affordable housing, labor, and immigration. He has a PhD in Geography from Rutgers. 

This lunch talk is sponsored by the Housing City and Economic Development group.

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Solar+Storage for Public and Affordable Housing 
Thursday, February 22
1-2pm ET 
Webinar
RSVP at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/751024004264862721

This webinar will provide an overview of the technology, value proposition, and financing options for projects that pair solar with battery storage (solar+storage) for public and affordable housing. 

Clean Energy Group Vice President Seth Mullendore will present on how combining solar+storage can yield value for multifamily properties, including how it can reduce demand and cut energy expenses. Clean Energy Group Senior Finance Director Rob Sanders will discuss how solar+storage projects for public and affordable housing can be financed. Andy Mannle will discuss Promise Energy’s experience developing a solar+storage project for net zero energy affordable housing property in Los Angeles, California.

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Why Flexibility is Critical in Residential Energy Storage 
Thursday, February 22
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Webinar
RSVP at https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&partnerref=Promo1&eventid=1588790&sessionid=1&key=A16B1D1A324EEBAC3000A2B4C2B5D85E&regTag=&sourcepage=register

IHI Energy Systems and Tucson Electric Power will present interim results from their joint research project, which investigates the efficacy and economic viability of solar + storage combined with advanced autonomous dispatch algorithms for controlling peak load on the distribution network. The project compares the performance of several dispatch algorithms and systems sizes using both engineering and economic metrics, while accounting for the constraints of this real-world use case (including live real-world data feeds and limited historical data).

Event Contact
hello at greentechmedia.com

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Re-engineering Photoprotection to Improve Crop Productivity
Thursday February 22
4:00 PM EST
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker:   Kasia Glowacka (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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Focus On Russia: "Russia and Turkey: Strategic Alliance or Partnership of Convenience?"
Thursday, February 22
4:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E40-496, Lucian Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dimitar Bechev, research fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sponsored by the Security Studies Program, Center for International Studies, and MIT Russia

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Book Talk: "Democracy in America?”
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Benjamin I. Page and Martin Gilens
CONTACT INFO	info at ash.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Join us for a book talk with Benjamin Page and Marin Gilens, the authors of "Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It." Archon Fung, HKS Academic Dean and Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, will moderate. Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, will serve as a respondent. 
Benjamin I. Page, the Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University, is the author of several books, including Who Gets What From Government.
Martin Gilens is professor of politics at Princeton University. He is the author of Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy and Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America.

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The Edge of the Petri Dish: Wizards and Prophets
Thursday, February 22
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Presented by Charles C. Mann
In 2050, the world will have about ten billion people. How will we feed them all? Provide everyone with freshwater? Ensure that there is enough energy--and avoid the worst effects of climate change? For decades the discussion of these subjects has been dominated by two clashing schools: Wizards, who believe that science and technology, properly applied, can let us produce our way out of our dilemmas; and Prophets, who believe that the world has fundamental ecological limits that we transgress to our peril. Prophets look at the world as finite, and people as constrained by their environment. Wizards see possibilities as inexhaustible and humans as wily managers of the planet. Is growth the lot and blessings of our species; or should stability and preservation be our goal? If the history of the last century has been one of explosive growth, the history of this coming century will be the choice we make, as a species, between these two paths

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Radical Imaginings: How can contemporary art reshape civic education?
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Larsen Hall G01, 13 Appian Way, Camrbidge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Civic and Moral Education Initiative, Harvard Graduate School of Education
SPEAKER(S)  Lydia Ross
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	Bryan McAllister-Grande
bwm561 at mail.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Lydia Ross (HGSE 2013) directs the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago ‘s School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement (SPACE), a collaboration with Chicago public high schools that uses contemporary art to empower Chicago teens to create positive change in their communities. Named Illinois’ Museum Art Educator of the Year (2017), she works with artists, teachers and museum colleagues to develop education programs.
LINK  https://cmei.gse.harvard.edu/event/radical-imaginings-how-can-contemporary-art-reshape-civic-education

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ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons
Thursday, February 22
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Carleen Maitland
Expanding use of information and communication technology (ICT) together with the humanitarian reform agenda are changing both the experience of being a refugee as well as humanitarian response. These forces are giving rise to the digital refugee and a new form of humanitarian operations, digital humanitarian brokerage. In this talk, Carleen Maitland presents these two concepts, evidence of their emergence and differences in the role information plays in each. The concepts emerge from a synthesis of scholarship from international law, information and organization science, GIS, computer and data science as presented in her upcoming edited volume Digital Lifeline? ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons. The talk culminates in an analysis of the implications of these trends for information policy as well as the research necessary to insure both technologies and policies evolve to mitigate potential harms and amplify potential benefits for refugees.

Carleen Maitland is co-Director of the Institute for Information Policy and Associate Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University. Her expertise includes analyses of ICT use in international organizations, particularly those involved in fostering economic and social development as well as humanitarian relief. Her work, reported in over 100 refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, and presentations, has influenced scholarship in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD), communications, information systems and human computer interaction fields. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation, USAID, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and IBM, among others. She has held several leadership positions in both the ICTD and policy communities, currently serves as Associate Editor of the open access journal Information Technology & International Development (USC Annenberg Press). Also, from 2010-2012 she served as a Program Manager in the U.S. National Science Foundation, both in the Office of International Science and Engineering and the Office of Cyberinfrastructure.

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Preparing Our Grid for an E-Mobility Revolution: Can We Do it?
Thursday, February 22
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preparing-our-grid-for-an-e-mobility-revolution-can-we-do-it-tickets-42464517515

What will the passenger experience be like in 2050? How will electric vehicle adoption change our transportation reality? What technology advances are shaping the future of electric mobility? Over the last 7 years, the number of zero emissions vehicle commitments from cities and states have skyrocketed, the price of batteries has dropped 80% and industry incumbents from automotive manufacturers to electric utilities have started blueprints for a whole new transportation reality.  

Join us for an evening of discussion about the future of electric mobility and transportation from the vantage point of the corporate leaders, startups, and policy experts driving innovation in Massachusetts and around the globe.
Program Agenda: 
5:30pm - 5:35pm: Welcome
5:35pm - 5:45pm: Opening Remarks 
6:00pm - 7:00pm: E- Mobility Panel (see panelists below) 
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Networking
Panelists Include:
Gerhard Walker: Director of Grid Evolution, Opus One Energy Corps
Francis O’Sullivan: Director of Research, MIT Energy Iniative
Alan White: Chief Business Officer, eMotorWerks
Hilary Flynn: Director of External Innovation, National Grid
Tod Hynes: CEO & Founder, XL Hybrids

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A Conversation with David Miliband
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvrad, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, UK (2007-2010)
Nick Burns (Moderator), Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, HKS
Faculty Director, Future of Diplomacy Project; Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative, HKS
CONTACT INFO	IOP Forum Office
617-495-1380
DETAILS  A Conversation with
David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, UK (2007-2010)
Nick Burns (Moderator), Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, HKS
Faculty Director, Future of Diplomacy Project; Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative, HKS
LINK  http://iop.harvard.edu/forum/conversation-david-miliband

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Tufts Engineering Dean's Lecture: Mr. Dean Kamen
Thursday, February 22
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Tufts, Cohen Auditorium, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tufts-engineering-deans-lecture-mr-dean-kamen-tickets-42914069136

Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. As the founder of DEKA Research and Development Corporation, Kamen led development of technologies for health and human mobility, including the iBOT™ mobility device, and the Segway® Human Transporter. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000 by President Clinton, and elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1997.
Kamen’s talk will address the two grand challenges faced by nationwide partnership BioFabUSA: leveraging the promise of tissue engineering to meet the medical needs of wounded soldiers, and helping to reinvigorate U.S. advanced manufacturing capability. BioFabUSA was established to make practical the large-scale manufacturing of tissues and tissue-related technologies, for the benefit of existing industries and growing ones.
Admission is free - Please register

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A Five Point Plan for the 21st Century
Thursday, February 22
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Twelfth Baptist Church, 150 Warren Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-five-point-plan-for-the-21st-century-tickets-43026193503

#BlackTrust: 2018 Chuck Turner Arts & Lecture Series
A Five Point Plan for the 21st Century
A Lecture with Chuck Turner
w/ an Opening Custom Mix by DJ Dee Diggs 
Thursday, February 22, 6:00pm

Join the Boston Ujima Project community for the second lecture in our #BlackTrust: 2018 Chuck Turner Arts & Lecture Series!
Former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner will share his Five Point Plan For the 21st Century, covering:
Housing
Income
Education 
Public safety 
Industrial hemp in the new economy 

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Ananya Roy | Plans for Freedom: Sanctuary, Abolition, and Reconstruction in the Age of Trumpism
Thursday, February 22
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Trump presidency has brought to sharp light the enduring racial inequalities through which liberal democracy is constituted and lived.  In this talk, I examine imaginations and practices of resistance, from sanctuary cities to professional refusal, against regimes of white nationalism.  But I also place the present historical conjuncture in the broader history of racial capitalism and return to the “freedom dreams” of black reconstruction and the project of abolitionism.  I argue that our disciplines and professions have a role to play in such plans of freedom.

Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography and founding Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles where she holds the Renee and Meyer Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy.  Previously she was on the faculty at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.  Ananya’s research and scholarship has a determined focus on poverty and inequality and lies in four domains: how the urban poor in cities from Kolkata to Chicago face and fight eviction, foreclosure, and displacement; how global financialization, working in varied realms from microfinance to real-estate speculation, creates new markets in debt and risk; how the efforts to manage and govern the problem of poverty reveal the contradictions and limits of liberal democracy; how new programs of welfare and human development are being demanded and made in the global South. Ananya is the author of several books including Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge, 2010), which received the Paul Davidoff book award from ACSP.  Her most recent book is Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World (UC Press, 2016).  During the last year, Ananya’s public scholarship has challenged white supremacy and white power.  From the short video, “3 Truths About Trumpism,” to the organization of a nationwide day of Teach.Organize.Resist, her work mobilizes the power of knowledge to divest from whiteness.

MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series
Organized with MIT Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

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Branchfood Presents: The Future of Agriculture
Wednesday, February 22
6:00 – 8:30PM
CIC Boston, Lighthouse 20th Floor, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/branchfood-presents-the-future-of-food-panel-series-tickets-39173251249
Cost:  $20- $70

The Future of Food is a 4-part series exploring topics surrounding the Future of Food. The series is jointly hosted by Branchfood andCIC in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets are available to purchase for individual events or an all-access series pass. Join the Branchfood mailing list to receive updates and learn more about this and future events! 

Series Dates and Topics:
February 22nd – The Future of Agriculture
March 22nd – The Future of Food Products
April 26th – The Future of Nutrition
May 24th – The Future of Grocery

FUTURE OF FOOD SERIES: THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE
THE WORLD POPULATION IS PROJECTED TO REACH 9.8 BILLION BY 2050. HOW WILL WE FEED ALL THOSE PEOPLE!?

Local Boston startups have been developing new tools to advance current agriculture practices including seed innovation, hydroponics, satellite imagery and robotics. Join Branchfood and members of Boston’s agriculture technology sector to discuss the latest products on the market, how to launch and grow a successful business and how technology innovation is driving change in agriculture. At this event you’ll get to connect with commercial agriculture technology leaders, advisors, entrepreneurs, and get to check out the latest products and technologies at our showcase.

PRESENTERS
Vijay Somandepalli, Co-Founder and CTO at American Robotics
Vijay is the CTO and Co-Founder of American Robotics. Dr. Somandepalli has a keen interest in applying robotics and automation to enhance sustainability, efficiency and value across all sectors of technology and industry. At American Robotics, he oversees the development and application of their aerial robotics technology to agriculture.

Lawrence Wang, Digitalization and Analytics Strategy Lead Cargill
Lawrence Wang has over 21 years as a technology professional with experience across a variety of industries. He has held positions with Accenture, IBM, ING Group, Target, Medtronic, and is now with Cargill. Lawrence is a native of Minnesota, and loves Minnesota-ey things like hockey, camping, fishing and the State Fair.

Lauren Moores, VP Data Strategy and Data Sciences at Indigo Agriculture 
Lauren Moores comes to Indigo as a self-described “digital data geek” with a passion for transforming data into products, insightful analytics, and relevant stories. She has over 25 years in interdisciplinary fields, from data and technology strategy to science and data creation. Lauren’s past executive roles have focused on the creation of big data platform solutions, competitive intelligence products, and emerging data usage. Most recently, she ran data analytics and data strategy at Tala, a global fintech startup that transforms mobile behavioral and transactional data to provide financial identities to the underserved in emerging economies.

Brett Brohl, Managing Director at Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator
Brett is the Managing Director of the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator, partnered with Cargill and Ecolab. He is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and mentor, driven by making a difference in the world through helping entrepreneurs succeed. Prior to the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Brett served as Director of the inaugural Techstars Startup Next Food & Ag in Partnership with Land O’Lakes and as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars Retail Accelerator in Partnership with Target.

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Bayesian Hierarchical Models and Voting Rights
Thursday, February 22
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Bayesians/events/247360932/

Our February meeting will feature a talk by Dr. Karin Knudson, of Phillips Academy, about Bayesian hierarchical models applied to political science. Join us to learn more about this interesting topic and share your story with fellow Bayesians.

Abstract
We will discuss a hierarchical Bayesian approach to the problem of ecological inference in the context of its relevance to issues of voting rights and districting. Ecological inference methodology gained prominence since the United States Supreme Court deemed it an appropriate tool of analysis in certain cases related to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We will explore ecological inference by considering relevant hierarchical Bayesian model(s), an implementation using PyMC3, and examples and applications with voting data.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Karin Knudson is Instructor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. She earned her doctorate in Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin, studying compressive sensing and Bayesian statistics in the context of computational neuroscience. This year she is teaching a course on the mathematics of gerrymandering.

Agenda:
6:30: Networking
7:00: Talk by Karin Knudson and Q&A
8:00: Networking
9:00 pm End of the event.

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John Adams’s Republic
Thursday, February 22
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richard-alan-ryerson-john-adamss-republic-tickets-41883990142

Richard Alan Ryerson 
Scholars have examined John Adams’s writings and beliefs for generations, but no one has brought such impressive credentials to the task as Richard Alan Ryerson in John Adams’s Republic. The editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Adams Papers project for nearly two decades, Ryerson offers readers of this magisterial book a fresh, firmly grounded account of Adams’s political thought and its development.

About the Author:
Richard Alan Ryerson, the former academic director and historian of the David Library of the American Revolution, was the editor-in-chief of the Adams Papers from 1983 to 2001.

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Strategy and Politics Call: Engineering the (Climate) Mobilization
Thursday February 22
8 pm ET
RSVP at https://wevolunteer.openprogress.com/Opportunities/Details/?oId=345845

This call is for Mobilizer Backers-- people who commit to donating $30/mo or more to The Climate Mobilization. (Or $5/mo or more low income option.) To become a Mobilizer Backer, please sign up at: https://www.theclimatemobilization.org/mobilizer-backers

TCM's Lead Engineer John Mitchell will discuss his draft implementation plans and the kind of cities they would create. 

Topics will include: “Government owned, contractor operated” solar factories, autonomous vehicles, composting, victory gardens, retrofits, and more.

Peter Carter,  founder of the Climate Emergency Institute 2014, expert IPCC reviewer, and fellow Mobilizer Backer offered this rave review, “The John Mitchell plan and breakdown is absolutely tremendously superb. This has got to be the most important document in the world on climate change today. Absolutely fantastic job.”

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Friday, February 23
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Jane Kirk, Environment Canada
Friday, February 23
12:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar
https://www.seas.harvard.edu/calendar/event/111756

Contact Name:  Kelvin Bates
kelvin_bates at fas.harvard.edu

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The Job Guarantee: Fighting Poverty, Empowering Workers, and Advancing Public Purpose
WHEN  Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, WCC 1010, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Women's Law Association, American Constitution Society, Harvard Law Forum, Tax Law and Financial Regulation Students Association, Labor and Employment Action Project
SPEAKER(S)  Pavlina Tcherneva
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	dsufranski at jd18.law.harvard.edu
630-772-7223
DETAILS  Despite the labor market recovery, millions remain unemployed, working part-time involuntarily, in precarious employment situations, or have dropped out of the workforce entirely. Now, as always, the economy fails to create enough jobs for all those who want to work. The costs of this failure – poverty, mental and physical illness, loss of social cohesion, lack of meaningful participation in community life – are enormous and disproportionately borne by vulnerable groups. For decades, advocates called for full employment in the form of a job guarantee, and those calls are sounding louder once again. Pavlina Tcherneva, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at Bard College will discuss her job guarantee research, why such a policy is needed, and how it would work, from funding to implementation. In addition, she will discuss how this policy would benefit those who are often excluded from full participation in economic and social life, and why a job guarantee is superior to an income guarantee alone.
Professor Tcherneva conducts research in the fields of modern monetary theory and public policy. She frequently speaks at Central Banks around the world and has collaborated with policymakers from different countries on developing and evaluating various job-creation programs. She is a two-time recipient of a grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking for her research on the impact of alternative fiscal policies on unemployment, income distribution, and public goods provisioning.
More information about the job guarantee is available here: www.pavlina-tcherneva.net…
Lunch will be provided.
LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/1436152566510795

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Raisin' Hell: Narrative Constructions of a Useful Enemy in Religious Right Fundraising Matters
Friday, February 23
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
BU, 10 Lenox Street, Boston

CURA Colloquium with Chad Moore, Graduate Division of Religious Studies

Phone  353-9050
Contact Email  cura at bu.edu

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The Republic of Arabic Letters:  Islam and the European Enlightenment
Friday, February 23
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Assistant Professor of History at Williams College ALEXANDER BEVILACQUA for a discussion of his new book, The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment.
About The Republic of Arabic Letters

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters reconstructs this process, revealing the influence of Catholic and Protestant intellectuals on the secular Enlightenment understanding of Islam and its written traditions.

Drawing on Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, and Latin sources, Alexander Bevilacqua’s rich intellectual history retraces the routes―both mental and physical―that Christian scholars traveled to acquire, study, and comprehend Arabic manuscripts. The knowledge they generated was deeply indebted to native Muslim traditions, especially Ottoman ones. Eventually, the translations, compilations, and histories they produced reached such luminaries as Voltaire and Edward Gibbon, who not only assimilated the factual content of these works but wove their interpretations into the fabric of Enlightenment thought.
The Republic of Arabic Letters shows that the Western effort to learn about Islam and its religious and intellectual traditions issued not from a secular agenda but from the scholarly commitments of a select group of Christians. These authors cast aside inherited views and bequeathed a new understanding of Islam to the modern West.

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Swiss Sciences Night 2018
Friday, February 23
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
The Visual Arts Center at MIT, Building E15, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/swiss-sciences-night-2018-tickets-42359585661?aff=es2

On the eve of the annual MIT European Career Fair, join swissnex Boston for its 8th annual Swiss Sciences Night. During this exclusive evening event, you will have the opportunity to network with leading research and private sector institutions from Switzerland, global leader in research and innovation.

Program
6:30pm Doors open
7:00pm Networking reception*
9:00pm Doors close

Albert Einstein once said, “Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.” Luckily, times have changed quite a bit since then, and careers in research and science have become more lucrative, with the potential for international travel and exchange. On February 23rd, come learn about opportunities at universities and companies located all over Switzerland. Representatives from many institutions will be in attendance to answer your questions, and well over 100 job openings and research positions will be posted for your perusal.

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I Am Not Your Negro
Friday, February 23
7:30PM
First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson.  Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series
As persons of faith living in 21st century America, we feel called to question how we might work, take action, do our part, to dismantle white supremacy. We seek to deepen our understanding of the role white supremacy has played in the development of our modern day society, take some inventory, and identify opportunities for collective action.  We are inspired by the words of Rev. Mary Margaret Earl, Executive Director and Senior Minister of UU Urban Ministries in Roxbury:
“We must continue the work that many of us have been engaged with, to dig deeper into the ways that racism has infiltrated our subconscious, our hearts, and our educational, prison and government systems since our country was founded. The hate on display in Charlottesville, as grotesque as it was, is not disconnected from the rest of us. It is the most egregious, visible outgrowth of the racism we have all breathed in, like polluted air, our whole lives.”

We are all caught in that web. For those of us who identify as white, we work to become unstuck through listening and learning. Listening nondefensively to people of color who are willing to share their experiences and viewpoint.  Learning about the history of racism in our nation.

Co-sponsored by 
First Church Unitarian Universalist in Jamaica Plain, Social Justice Action Committee, and The Racial Justice Task Force of the Theodore Parker Church

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Saturday, February 24
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Urban Environmental Justice Conference
Saturday, February 24
ALL DAY
Kresge Building, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-environmental-justice-conference-registration-42010619895

The Urban Environmental Justice Conference at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with keynote address given by Mustafa Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization at the EPA and current Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice, and Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus.

The conference will serve to bring awareness to the impact of environmental injustice, even in our local community, and to highlight the importance of collaborative works to bring forth solutions to complicated environmental injustice issues by learning different perspectives and initiatives from various stakeholders such as community organizations, policymakers, and researchers. Through this approach, we will focus on community-relevant issues surrounding environmental injustice and provide an example of how Harvard graduate students from all schools can work synergistically to foster communication and collaboration across disciplines that work directly or indirectly on areas related to urban environmental injustice. 

The focus of the conference is on community-relevant issues surrounding the theme of urban environmental injustice, particularly the issue of public space. Topics that would be covered include access to space redevelopment and health impacts around physical activity, mental health, and safety of redeveloped space. With this conference we hope to create a platform for discussing solutions with interactions among students and different expertise and local community leaders from a multidisciplinary lens.

The intended audience includes students from all disciplines from Harvard as well as neighboring universities and members of the local community.

Hosted by the Harvard Chan Environmental Justice Student Organization, Healthy Places GSD, and Harvard GSAS Action Coalition, with help from HKS Health Policy PIC, the conference aims to promote collaborative work towards solving complicated environmental injustice issues by engaging different perspectives.

Detailed programing and registration will open in January.

More information at https://urbanenvironmentaljustice.fas.harvard.edu

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2018 Conference on Poverty and Inequality
WHEN  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Conference on Poverty and Inequality, A Student Conference at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Our keynote speaker this year is Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund. Other featured speakers include Saru Jayaraman, President of ROC United; Maurice Jones, Former Deputy Secretary of the HUD; Beth Babcock, President and CEO of EMPath; and Edward J. Dolan, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Service.
COST  $20 (with $5 discount code valid until Feb 18: PovCon2017_5Off)
TICKET WEB LINK  http://bit.ly/povertyconference18
TICKET INFO  $20 (with $5 discount code valid until Feb 18: PovCon2017_5Off)
CONTACT INFO	maggie_ji at hks18.harvard.edu
DETAILS  You’re invited to attend this year’s Conference on Poverty and Inequality at the Harvard Kennedy School on Saturday, February 24! This year’s theme, Uniting Against Poverty: New Alliances and Partnerships, highlights non-traditional partnerships that bring fresh solutions to the country’s longstanding fight against poverty.
Our keynote speaker this year is Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund. Other featured speakers include Saru Jayaraman, President of ROC United; Maurice Jones, Former Deputy Secretary of the HUD; Beth Babcock, President and CEO of EMPath; and Edward J. Dolan, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Service.
**Tickets include breakfast, lunch, and access to a closing reception.**
Learn more and register at bit.ly/povertyconference18.
We hope to see you there!
LINK  https://sapsiconference.wixsite.com/povertyconference18

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Food as Medicine:  the New Farmacy
Saturday, February 24
10AM-3PM
Youth Center at Bethel AME Church, 84 Wachusett Street, Jamaica Plain
To register, call 617.989.9920 or email ldpalm4 at gmail.com

Discover healthier food choices and ow to incorporate common foods and herbs into diets to maximize health benefits.
Activities include:  Food demonstration, panel discussion, interactive displays, resources, and much more.

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Careers in Conservation 2018
Saturday, February 24
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/careers-in-conservation-2018-tickets-41402867090

Careers in Conservation is HCCS's annual conference, aimed at equipping college students with a passion for conservation work to pursue a career in this field. Our conference features inspiring keynote speakers and panelists, engaging workshops on different aspects of conservation, and networking opportunities with local professionals, organizations, and other students. Come to learn more about the fascinating, multidisciplinary field of conservation work, network with other conservationists - both aspiring and professional - and get excited about this crucial work!
The preliminary schedule is as follows:
9:30 – Registration Opens
10:00 – Welcome and Keynote Address
11:00-11:45 – Workshops Session 1
11:50-12:35 – Workshops Session 2
12:30-1:30 – Networking Lunch (lunch will be provided for all attendees)
1:40-2:25 - Interdisciplinary Panel of Conservation Professionals: Preparing for a Conservation Career in a Challenging Political Environment
2:30-3:15 – Closing Address

Workshop options will include sessions on The Science of Conservation, Environmental Law, Engaging in Advocacy, Conservation Finance, and The Role of Government in Conservation. Representatives from various conservation-focused organizations, as well as some of our speakers, will be available to chat with attendees during the networking lunch. Stay tuned for a complete list of speakers and organizations coming soon!

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Citizen Science Fair
Saturday, February 24
1:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Maassachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Meet researchers from a number of local organizations, and discover how you can participate in “citizen science,” research projects that enlist the public’s participation in data collection, analysis, and reporting. This form of crowd-sourced science has the potential to lead to discoveries that would be nearly impossible to achieve alone. 

Included with Museum Admission

Partners:
Arnold Arboretum
bloomWatch
Boston Harbor Islands
City Nature Challenge
CoCoRaHS 
Exoplanet Explorers 
EyeWire 
Fathom 
ISeeChange 
Mass Audubon Society 

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Challenging The Complex
Saturday, February 24
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Harvard Divinity School, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/challenging-the-complex-registration-42663877807

You are welcome to share space, learn, and teach with members of the Harvard University community and greater Boston community on Saturday, February 24th, from 1-6pm in Andover Hall, at the student-organized teach-in Challenging the Complex: Creating Coalitions for Prison Abolition, Reform, and Education at Harvard and Beyond. This event, which is free and open for all (Harvard affiliation not required), emerges from the desire of students to be connected with local grassroots organizers and fellow Harvard community members whose praxis, activism, or research revolves around the prison-industrial complex.
The teach-in provides a space where community members, students, staff, and faculty can forge lasting connections, form meaningful coalitions, and gain a great deal of knowledge from sharing ideas, experiences, and resources. Refreshments will be provided!
While registration is not required, it will help the student organizing team to plan for food and space accommodations for the workshops. Please direct any questions about the teach-in to picatharvard at gmail.com.
We encourage you to engage with fellow attendees and others on social media using #challengePIC

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X Position with James Asher: Post Truth
WHEN  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Harvard Hall 104, 1465-1483 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Humanities, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Extension Student Association
SPEAKER(S)  James Asher
DIRECTED BY  Benjamin Basseri
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/xposition-with-james-asher-post-truth-tickets-43072361593
CONTACT INFO	Benjamin Basseri: benjamin.basseri at hesa.dce.harvard.edu
DETAILS	
Journalist James Asher will discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning work on the Panama Papers and his current work as the editor of the AP's new investigative news bureau. His team is currently investigating the Trump/Russia 2016 controversy and the Mueller probe.
The discussion will also stream on Facebook Live.
LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/1909723402394713/

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MIT Chasing Coral Screening and Q&A
Saturday, February 24
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
MIT,  Building 32-123, Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-chasing-coral-screening-and-qa-tickets-43022585712

The MIT Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability and Fossil Free MIT are working together to host a screening of Chasing Coral at the MIT Kirsch Auditorium in Stata at 6:30pm on Saturday, February 24. We have invited executive producers Linda and David Cornfield, the same producers of Chasing Ice, to participate in a Q&A session following the screening. We would be delighted if you would be interested in attending!

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Be the Change Community Action: Immigration
Sunday, February 25
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Simmering underneath immigration policy debates today are deep moral questions about who “we” are and who gets to decide what is “just.” So too in health care policy debates. In her book Communities of Health Care Justice, Cambridge author Charlene Galarneau argues that communities - inclusive of all persons present, are critical moral actors in defining and creating just communities. Three justice standards: inclusive communities, whole person care, and participation as effective voice, are relevant to both health policy and immigration policy.

At this Be the Change Sunday, Charlene Galarneau and a representative of the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition will speak briefly to issues of current immigration policy, community, and justice leading to a discussion among attendees. Our one-hour event (3:00pm-4:00pm) ends with several opportunities for those present to take timely action related to immigration policy.

Twenty percent of all in-store sales from 3:00pm-5:00pm will be donated to The Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition (CISC). Comprised of 11 Cambridge congregations, minyans, and interfaith groups, CISC is committed to community engagement with immigrant refugee communities, to advocacy at local, state, and federal levels for just immigration policies, and to support community members who are under threat of deportation. More information about CISC is available here.

Charlene Galarneau is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College, and teaching faculty at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. Her academic work on justice and health policy is informed by her earlier work with community and migrant health centers in rural Colorado.

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The Mysteries of Climate Modeling Unveiled - with Eddie Robins
Sunday, February 25
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
One Fayette Park, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Biodiversity-for-a-Livable-Climate/events/247786268/

Everything you never realized you really wanted to know about how we know what we know about global warming!

Do you wish you could understand the factors behind climate change—and how they interact—but find it all overwhelming? You’re not alone. It’s an enormous challenge to pull together the vast array of interacting elements—from the subnuclear to the cosmic—that influence the climate. But for 40 years Eddie Robins has been rising to challenges like that: as a physicist, working to understand the nature of complex problems and build complex simulations. That thinking has led him to crucial breakthroughs and solutions in many different jobs in multiple industries and tech fields. And now he’s applying that thinking to the climate. At this meetup, he’ll explain some basic principles of modeling and climate science, with slides, and open it up to questions fairly quickly—because we’ll have lots of them. He’s an engaging story-teller, so this should be fun—and illuminating. Come stretch your mind!

Eddie Robins is an ace physicist, inventor, businessman and enthusiastic explorer of the universe - with a sense of humor!

What to bring
An item of food or drink to share, tending to the healthy and organic.

Important to know
Biodiversity for a LIvable Climate is a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested.

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Monday, February 26
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PAOC Colloquium: Dan Chavas (Purdue University)
Monday, February 26
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
Dr. Chavas' research areas include natural hazard physics, tropical cyclones, weather and climate variability, climate change, risk analysis, and societal impacts.

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Creating Markets for Wind Electricity in China: An Analysis of Grid and Institutional Causes of Curtailment
Monday, February 26
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Michael Davidson, Environment and Natural Resources Program Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS. Lunch is provided.

Energy Policy Research
https://sites.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/cepr/seminar.html

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu

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Hurricane Variability and Change
Monday, February 26
12:00PM
Harvard, Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Gabriel Vecchi, Professor, Princeton University.

Speaker Bio: Gabriel Vecchi is Professor at the Princeton University Department of Geosciences and at the Princeton Environmental Institute. Prior to coming to Princeton University in 2017, he was a Research Oceanographer and the Head of the Climate Variations and Predictability Group at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was since 2003. The focus of his research is the interactions between the atmosphere and oceans on timescales from weeks to centuries, including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation phenomenon, tropical cyclones and the Asian-Australian monsoon. Gabriel’s recent efforts concentrate on understanding short- and long-term changes to tropical circulation and variability, including characterizing the impact of climate change on tropical cyclones and hurricanes, and global patterns of rainfall and drought.

Gabriel is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the American Meteorological Society’s Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, the Ascent Award from the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union, the Daniel L. Albritton Outstanding Science Communicator Award, the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal (twice), the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal, the NOAA-OAR Outstanding Paper of the Year Award, the NOAA Administrator’s Award, the American Geophysical Union’s Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters (twice), and the Cook College, Rutgers University Marine Sciences Student of the Year. He was listed in Thompson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers” List, in recognition for ranking among the top 1% of researchers for most cited documents in the area of geosciences. Gabriel earned a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington, as well as M.S. degrees in Oceanography and Applied Mathematics. His undergraduate degree in Mathematics is from Rutgers University.

EPS Colloquium
https://eps.harvard.edu/event/department-colloquium-series-49

Contact Name:  Summer Smith
summer_smith at fas.harvard.edu

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Vaccine Criticism in France: Scientific Credibility and the Fragmentation of Social Movements
Monday, February 26
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Jeremy Ward (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Sociology)

STS Circle at Harvard
http://sts.hks.harvard.edu/events/sts_circle/

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Energy for Africa, Prioritizing Investments Under Climate Change
Monday, February 26
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Tufts, Cabot 702, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford

Dr. Richard Swanson (GLS Group) is a strategy consultant, focusing on energy sector assets and project development. He helps his clients prioritize their infrastructure investments, and with project design. His clients include private developers, multilateral agencies, and infrastructure investment banks. He has degrees from the Fletcher School (’08) and the University of Colorado (’88 and ’17), and he lives near Boston, MA.

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Machine Learning from Schools about Energy Efficiency
Monday, February 26
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Harvard, Littauer M-16, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

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Norton Lecture III, 'The 7th Art and Me' by Agnès Varda
WHEN  Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Film, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Agnès Varda
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK	www.boxoffice.harvard.edu…
TICKET INFO  Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available in person at Sanders Theatre or online (handling fees apply). Limit of two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45pm.
CONTACT INFO	humcentr at fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-0738
DETAILS  Wide Angle: The Norton Lectures on Cinema
The Norton Professors in 2018 are Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Frederick Wiseman
Monday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27: Agnès Varda
The 7th Art and Me and Crossing the Borders
Monday, April 2 and Monday, April 9: Wim Wenders
Poetry in Motion and The Visible and the Invisible
LINK  http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/norton-lectures

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The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Danielle Allen - The War on Drugs and Human Rights
Monday, February 26
5:30pm to 6:45pm
Location: Wexner 434AB, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/calendar

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F.E.W. Seminar: Unpacking Popular Trends in Food & Finance
Monday, February 26
5:30pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building NE48, MIT Federal Credit Union Branch, 700 Technology Square, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/few-seminar-unpacking-popular-trends-in-food-finance-tickets-42989751504

Popular Food Trends - Are They Worth the Investment?

To kick off the 2018 Financially Empowered Women Series, we’re welcoming back Catherine Smart of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street to talk about the 5 most popular food trends we’re seeing now (think: meal service plans and the instant pot) and to discuss – is it worth the investment? What are the pros and cons?

Rachel and Tyler of Society of Grownups will also join us for a discussion on the personal finance side of these trends. We’ll talk about how to build them into your budget along with your other financial goals such as buying a home, planning for a major expense, or adding to your emergency fund. We'll also touch on some of the major financial trends to keep an eye on for 2018 such as budgeting apps, energy efficient loans and more.

As always, our events are open to all, members, non-members, men, women, and anyone else interested in joining the conversation!

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#BUcityplanning Lecture: The Development of Boston’s Metropolitan Park System
Monday, February 26
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
BU, PSY B53, 64 Cummington Mall, Boston

City Planning and Urban Affairs’ course UA 510: Special Topics: The Planning and History of Metropolitan Boston will host guest speaker Karl Haglund, Planner, Massachusetts Department of Conversation & Recreation (DCR) and author of Inventing the Charles. Mr. Haglund lecture will focus on The Development of Boston’s Metropolitan Park System. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

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Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi | Learning from Dadaab: An Architectural History of Forced Migration
Monday, February 26
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MITm Building 3-133, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

What do we see, when we see a refugee camp? States providing asylum are often unwilling to integrate refugees into the economy or social structure, and maintain them in remote camps in undeveloped areas, served by parallel systems or foreign aid. Refugees in camps inhabit edge conditions, surviving between competing entities and interests. The casual images of precarity that ensue form the dominant visual archive.

Yet, a narrative of refugees as superfluous humanity and theorization of camps as extraterritorial may be dispelled by an exercise in close looking at architecture and history. Thinking with the Somali refugees in the camp complex at Dadaab, Kenya, offers purchase on a set of questions: of the relationship between the camp and the city, of shared humanitarian, colonial, and territorial histories, and of architecture as spatial politics. As the largest ever field site administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in operation since 1991, Dadaab offers an anchor point for many histories—of Africa, Islam, migration, urbanism, humanitarianism, development, war, heritage—and also offers a historiographic model: for architectural history in a refugee camp.

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is an architectural historian and postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center, and joins Barnard College, Columbia University in 2018. Her research stems from two book projects, Architecture of Humanitarianism: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Emergency Urbanism in History and Vocal Instruments: Minnette De Silva and an Asian Modern Architecture, with articles in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The Journal of Architecture, Architectural Theory Review, Grey Room, and the volume Spatial Violence (Routledge, 2016, special issue co-editor). She received a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and practiced architecture in Bangalore and New York.

MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series
Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture

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Starr Forum: Is Democracy Dying? Panel discussion on the current state of democracy
Monday, February 26
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
MIT Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speakers:  Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, MIT.  His most recent book is Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Politics (Crown Business, 2012).
Maria Ramirez a 2018 Nieman Fellow, is a reporter and entrepreneur from Spain who covers U.S. politics for Univision. She is the co-founder of Politibot.
Yascha Mounk Lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University's Government Department, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund, and a Nonresident Fellow at New America's Political Reform Program.  Mounk’s most recent book - The People Versus Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It (Harvard University Press, 2018) - will be available for purchase at the event.
Moderator:  Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, MIT
Nobles is the author of Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics (Stanford University Press, 2000) and The Politics of Official Apologies (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served

Can't attend in person? Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube.
For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact starrforum at mit.edu.

Email:  starrforum at mit.edu
Website:  http://calendar.mit.edu/event/starr_forum_democracy_dying

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Solutions to Address Race and Economic Inequality in the Commonwealth
Monday, February 26
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Federal Reserve Bank Building, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solutions-to-address-race-and-economic-inequality-in-the-commonwealth-tickets-42850802905

In December 2017, the Boston Globe ran a weeklong series describing the racial and economic climate in the city. The facts showed what many in communities of color already knew to be true: that Boston has not yet shrugged off its racist treatment and policies towards Black Americans.
As a response to the series, BECMA is hosting an event that will include several interactive presentations from groups who are working to solve these age-old problems, followed by a robust question and answer period with audience members where all will learn how they can address the racial and economic inequality issues facing communities of color in their own fields of work.

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Fifty Years Since MLK
Monday, February 26
6:30 PM (Doors at 6:00)
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store, Boston Review, Mass Humanities, and the Cambridge Public Library welcome acclaimed educators BRANDON M. TERRY, TOMMIE SHELBY, ELIZABETH HINTON, and CORNEL WEST for a panel discussion on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This discussion will feature Fifty Years Since MLK, the latest Boston Review issue, edited by Brandon M. Terry; and To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. from Harvard University Press, edited by Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry.
Please Note:
Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Seating will begin at 6pm.

About Fifty Years Since MLK
Martin Luther King's legacy for today's activists, fifty years after his death.
Since his death on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King's legacy has influenced generations of activism. Edited and with a lead essay by Brandon Terry, this volume explores what this legacy can and cannot do for activism in the present.
King spent the months leading up to his death organizing demonstrations against the Vietnam War and planning the Poor People's Campaign, a "multiracial army of the poor" that would march on Washington in pursuit of economic justice. Thus the spring of 1968 represented a hopeful albeit chaotic set of possibilities; King, along with countless other activists, offered both ethical and strategic solutions to the multifaceted problems of war, racism, and economic inequality. With a critical eye on both the past and present, this collection of essays explores that moment of promise, and how, in the fifty years since King's death, historical forces have shaped what we claim as a usable past in fighting the injustices of our time.
About To Shape a New World

Martin Luther King, Jr., may be America’s most revered political figure, commemorated in statues, celebrations, and street names around the world. On the fiftieth anniversary of King’s assassination, the man and his activism are as close to public consciousness as ever. But despite his stature, the significance of King’s writings and political thought remains underappreciated.

In To Shape a New World, Tommie Shelby and Brandon Terry write that the marginalization of King’s ideas reflects a romantic, consensus history that renders the civil rights movement inherently conservative―an effort not at radical reform but at “living up to” enduring ideals laid down by the nation’s founders. On this view, King marshaled lofty rhetoric to help redeem the ideas of universal (white) heroes but produced little original thought. This failure to engage deeply and honestly with King’s writings allows him to be conscripted into political projects he would not endorse, including the pernicious form of “color blindness” that insists, amid glaring race-based injustice, that racism has been overcome.
Cornel West, Danielle Allen, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Gooding-Williams, and other authors join Shelby and Terry in careful, critical engagement with King’s understudied writings on labor and welfare rights, voting rights, racism, civil disobedience, nonviolence, economic inequality, poverty, love, just-war theory, virtue ethics, political theology, imperialism, nationalism, reparations, and social justice. In King’s exciting and learned work, the authors find an array of compelling challenges to some of the most pressing political dilemmas of our present and rethink the legacy of this towering figure.

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#metoo: Truths and Consequences
WHEN  Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE   Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Jeannie Suk Gersen, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, professor of African and African American studies, and chair of the department of the history of science, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
David Laibson, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics and chairman of the department of economics, Harvard Faculty of  Arts and Sciences
Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Harvard College Professor, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and staff writer, the “New Yorker”
Moderated by Ann Marie Lipinski, curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Is #metoo radical or reactionary, a watershed or merely a flood? How can employers, campuses, and courts fully and fairly respond to the court of public opinion?
Coined in 2007 by the activist Tarana Burke, the hashtag #metoo became a global media tsunami in late 2017. As what some scholars are calling the “first wave” of the #metoo movement crests, Harvard faculty experts will explore the movement’s causes and project its consequences—intended and unintended. Reflecting from vantage points of history, African American studies, economics, and law, this event will deepen difficult interdisciplinary and intergenerational conversation around a topic that often generates more heat than light. Register online.
LINK  https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-metoo-panel-discussion

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Tuesday, February 27
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Speaker Series: Tom Wheeler
Tuesday, February 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Tom Wheeler served as the Chairman of the FCC from 2013 to 2017 under President Obama. For more than three decades, Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications as a policy expert, advocate, and businessman. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering cable, wireless, and video communications services. He is currently the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year. While at the Shorenstein Center, Wheeler will conduct research and teach study groups on the intersection of public policy and transformational technology.

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The Global Lives Project: Meet the makers
Tuesday, February 27
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A, (Room 2019, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/02/GlobalLivesProject#RSVP
Event will be live webcast at 12:00 pm at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/02/GlobalLivesProject

featuring founder and Executive Director, David Harris 
The Global Lives Project's latest exhibit, Lives in Transit, is featured this month at the Harvard Science Center. The exhibit showcases unedited footage of the daily lives of transportation workers from around the world, including Vietnam, Nepal, Turkey, China, India, South Korea, Colombia, Spain and Canada. This exhibit is the latest fruit of a 15-year online and real-world collaboration between thousands of filmmakers, photographers, translators and everyday people from around the world.

The Global Lives Project presents 24-hour-long videos of daily lives of individuals from around the world both online at GlobalLives.org and in exhibits. Lives in Transit premiered at Lincoln Center for the New York Film Festival, and previously showed at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the CITRIS Tech Museum, and will show later this year at the Smithsonian.

David Evan Harris, Global Lives Project Founder, and Daniel Dennis Jones, Producer/Director of the first Global Lives shoot (2004) and Digital Media Producer at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, will speak about the evolution of their effort over the past 15 years.  David is also Chancellor’s Public Scholar at UC Berkeley and Research Director at the Institute for the Future.

About David
David Evan Harris is Founder and Executive Director of the Global Lives Project and Research Director at the Institute for the Future. David is a cross-disciplinary mediamaker, working at the intersection of art, activism and academic inquiry on the politically charged questions surrounding globalization and social justice.

A cross-disciplinary mediamaker, David wrote and directed newscasts for CurrentTV; and penned articles and shot photos for the BBC, the Guardian, Adbusters, Focus on the Global South, AlterNet, and Grist. He has spoken publicly about his work to audiences at the Smithsonian, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, United Nations University, Apple, Google, Adobe, and numerous other venues around the world. He speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. David founded the Global Lives Project in 2004 and holds a BA in the political economy of development and environment, with a minor in forest science, from UC Berkeley and an MS in sociology from the University of São Paulo.

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Negotiating with New Technology: Shaping the Third Digital Revolution
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Pound Hall, Room 102, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Editor, Negotiation Journal
Neil Gershenfeld, Professor and Director, Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	Julie Barrett, jbarrett at law.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The first two digital revolutions — in communication and computation — began a half-century ago and have transformed markets and society. The third digital revolution — in fabrication — is still in its early stages, when things are still negotiable. The technology road map points to individuals and communities being increasingly self-sufficient and generative in new ways — literally owning the means of production.
This talk builds on the newly published book, "Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution" (Basic Books, 2017), co-authored by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Neil Gershenfeld and Alan Gershenfeld.
Realizing the full potential of the technology depends on choices we make now — tacit and explicit negotiations at the individual, community, and societal levels. Come learn about the technology and join the conversation as we shape our shared future.
LINK  https://www.pon.harvard.edu/events/negotiating-new-technology-shaping-third-digital-revolution-book-talk-joel-cutcher-gershenfeld/

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Pardee Center Special Lecture: “Why Forests? Why Now?” Featuring Frances Seymour
Tuesday, February 27
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
BU Hillel House, 4th Floor, 213 Bay State Road, Boston

Special lecture featuring Frances Seymour, lead author of "Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change."

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The Future of Everything
Tuesday, February 27
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-everything-lightning-talks-showcases-tickets-41437357251

Tech? Healthcare? Arts? At this speaking event, get inspired by insights on the future of everything.

Contact Name	Ahlea Isabella
Phone	66173538702
Contact Email	aisabel at bu.edu
Contact Organization	Innovate at BU

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Norton Lecture IV, 'Crossing the Borders' by Agnès Varda
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Film, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Agnès Varda
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/default.asp
TICKET INFO  Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available in person at Sanders Theatre or online (handling fees apply). Limit of two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45pm.
CONTACT INFO	humcentr at fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-0738
DETAILS  Wide Angle: The Norton Lectures on Cinema
The Norton Professors in 2018 are Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Frederick Wiseman
Monday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27: Agnès Varda
The 7th Art and Me and Crossing the Borders
Monday, April 2 and Monday, April 9: Wim Wenders
Poetry in Motion and The Visible and the Invisible
LINK	http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/norton-lectures

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Housing in Boston - Civic Innovation Conversation Series
Tuesday, February 27
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/housing-in-boston-civic-innovation-conversation-series-tickets-42155159216

In Boston, we are experiencing tremendous growth in our economy.  Whether it is big companies like GE and Reebok moving to Boston, or startups emerging from our entrepreneurial ecosystem, all of these businesses are creating jobs.  This growth also results in secondary businesses and jobs that support industry like delivery and food services.  But where do all of these people live? 

As a relatively small city, housing is limited.  Many people commute great distances to work in Boston.  There is a growing need for diverse housing options in Boston. Please join us for a discussion about Housing in Boston where we will explore:
How is Boston doing on the MA housing report card?
When does the cost of commute outweigh the benefit of lower cost housing?
Can we use data and technology to inform and plan?
What housing innovations could be relevant for Boston?
How do we begin to address equity in housing in Boston?

Speakers
Jen Corcoran, Corcoran Jennison, One Charlestown
Anda French, Principal of French 2D
Karina Milchman, Chief Housing Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Marcy Ostberg, Director, Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab, City of Boston
Moderator: Bianca Sigh Ward, ACLU
More speakers to be announced shortly.  #civictechbos

Schedule:
5:30 – 6 PM – Registration and networking
6:00 – 7:00 – Panel Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 – Q&A
7:30 – 8:30 – Post event networking

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As the Seas Rise, Can We Restore Our Coastal Habitats?
Tuesday February 27
6 pm
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

As sea levels rise, the potential loss of coastal habitats is a threat across the globe. This is of particular concern in the eastern United States, where coastlines are largely developed and offer few open spaces for habitats to move inland if present natural lands are lost. Considering the current conditions of coastlines, as well as future development scenarios, Steven Handel will discuss strategies to help maintain our coastal character and the ecological services of coastal habitats that are critical to the social, cultural, and environmental well-being of our region.

Steven Handel, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Lecture. Free and open to the public.

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Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Phillip Sharp on Convergence in Biomedicine
Tuesday, February 27
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building E51-335, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

This lecture series, which includes imminent researchers and innovators from a wide variety of fields across MIT, will showcase the numerous forms that innovation takes and the pathways it can take from ideation to implementation. 

Title: Convergence in Biomedicine
Summary
Recent professionalization and expansion of the sciences has isolated investigators in different fields such as physics, mathematics, biology and engineering. There is no longer a set of renaissance individuals who have mastered the important frontiers of these diverse fields and can creatively find connections—the heart of new transformative breakthroughs. Our societal structures, such as departments of science and engineering, and our governmental agencies, such as National Institute of Health and the Departments of Energy and Defense, each have specific sciences they nurture and different scientific cultures that re-inforce the silo nature of science in the United States. Introduction of the term “Convergence” over ten years ago highlighted this fragmentation and the benefits for society of more integration of different sciences into biomedical research. Convergence arises when multi-disciplinary teams are supported, collaborations rewarded, and environments made available for training.

Modern biological sciences originated with the discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in 1953. This discovery was a convergent event as Crick as a physicist and Watson a biologist. From this discovery, molecular biology arose leading to the amazing development of genetic engineering in the mid 70s and the sequencing of the human genome around the end of the century. These revolutions in biological sciences gave rise to the biotechnology industry, a re-design of medical education, and advances in healthcare. However, these successes in effect isolated much of biomedical science from other areas of sciences such as computational mathematics, engineering, and physical sciences. In 2010, conversations with faculty and officials at MIT led to a public policy initiative to increase the visibility of the promise of an increased convergence of biomedical sciences with computational, physical, and engineering sciences, for meeting society’s challenges. This began with a report from the National Academy of Science, “A New Biology for the 21st Century” in 2010; a MIT White Paper on Convergence in 2011, and an article in Science in 2011 authored with Robert Langer “Promoting Convergence in Biomedical Science” Science 333:527. MIT’s leadership encouraged this public policy initiative and embraced convergence, with the most obvious example being the founding of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Convergence in biomedical science is reality at MIT and becoming a reality across the country, but more slowly than many had hoped. One of its major promises is the integration of large data with other technologies and advances, thereby creating new opportunities for increasing the quality of healthcare at a sustainable cost.

About the Speaker
Phillip A. Sharp is an Institute Professor (highest academic rank) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and member of the Department of Biology and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. He joined the Center for Cancer Research (now the Koch Institute) in 1974 and served as its director for six years, from 1985 to 1991, before taking over as head of the Department of Biology, a position he held for the next eight years. He was founding director of the McGovern Institute, a position he held from 2000 to 2004. His research interests have centered on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing. His landmark work in 1977 provided the first indications of “discontinuous genes” in mammalian cells. The discovery fundamentally changed scientists’ understanding of gene structure and earned Dr. Sharp the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Sharp has authored over 410 papers. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Royal Society, UK. Among his many awards are the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, and the National Medal of Science. His long list of service includes the presidency of the AAAS (2013) and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the SU2C Project, AACR. A native of Kentucky, Dr. Sharp earned a B.A. degree from Union College, Barbourville, KY, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Sharp is a co-founder of Biogen and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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Silas Peirce Lecture: Black Liberation & White Supremacy
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 
BU, Photonics 206, 8 St. Mary's Street, Boston
RSVP at http://bostonu.imodules.com/s/1759/2-bu/2col.aspx?sid=1759&gid=2&pgid=4610&cid=8287&ecid=8287&crid=0&calpgid=1050&calcid=2086

Since the 1980s, Southern localities have erected increasing numbers of monuments that commemorate the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the longer black freedom struggle more generally. However, the forms, locations, and sometimes even the existence of these memorials have been affected and deflected by assumptions about the nature of civic space and public commemoration. As a result Southern civic spaces often present an odd juxtaposition of monuments celebrating opposite sides of the black freedom struggle. Periodic incidents such as those in Charleston in 2015 and in Charlottesville in 2017 provoke public debate about the appropriate fate of monuments celebrating the Confederacy and the longer white supremacist tradition more generally. This talk will explore some of these constraints and paradoxes of the Southern civic landscape. Presenter: Dell Upton, Professor of Architectural History & Chair, Department of Art History, UCLA

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Talking about capitalism: Making sense of our economy
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Room: Commonwealth Salon, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talking-about-capitalism-making-sense-of-our-economy-tickets-37670052140

Since the global economic crisis of 2007-2008, people have debated the reasons for this collapse. Many economists have dismissed these views as ill-informed due to a lack of economic literacy, and some have implied that this ‘illiteracy’ is a major factor in people’s own misfortunes. Dr. Chun in his important new book, “The Discourses of Capitalism” discusses how everyday people view and make sense of capitalism and its role in their work and personal lives.

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authors at MIT: Marie Hicks, Programmed Inequality
Tuesday, February 27
6:00pm
The MIT Press Bookstore, MIT Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us as we welcome Marie Hicks to the MIT Press Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of Programmed Inequality. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.

About Programmed Inequality:
In 1944, Britain led the world in electronic computing. By 1974, the British computer industry was all but extinct. What happened in the intervening thirty years holds lessons for all postindustrial superpowers. As Britain struggled to use technology to retain its global power, the nation’s inability to manage its technical labor force hobbled its transition into the information age. 

In Programmed Inequality, Marie Hicks explores the story of labor feminization and gendered technocracy that undercut British efforts to computerize. That failure sprang from the government’s systematic neglect of its largest trained technical workforce simply because they were women. Women were a hidden engine of growth in high technology from World War II to the 1960s. As computing experienced a gender flip, becoming male-identified in the 1960s and 1970s, labor problems grew into structural ones and gender discrimination caused the nation’s largest computer user—the civil service and sprawling public sector—to make decisions that were disastrous for the British computer industry and the nation as a whole.

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Cristina Goberna Pesudo | Epic Architecture: The Book of Sins
Tuesday, February 27
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Masschusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Cristina Goberna Pesudo is a practitioner architect, educator and critic. She is founder partner of Fake Industries, Architectural Agonism (FKAA), an architectural practice of horizontal structure and colaborative nature based in Barcelona, New York and Sydney. Cristina completed a 7 years Bachelor Degree in Architecture at the University of Seville, Spain. As a Fulbright Fellow she was awarded an MS. in Advance Architectural Design (AAD) and an Advance Architectural Research (AAR) certificate by GSAPP in Columbia University. In 2010 she was a visiting scholar at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts thanks to a Caja Madrid Fellowship. She is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture of Barcelona where she develops her dissertation about the construction of the EU Urban Imaginary though the PAN and Europan competitions. After five years being an Adjunct Professor in GSAPP at Columbia University in New York, she is currently also a Senior Lecturer Professor at Sydney UTS and recent juror in EUROPAN 13 Norway. Cristina’s work has been exhibited internationally and her projects and writings have been published widely. 

Fake Industries Architectural Agonism was awarded with the 2009 Young Architects Forum Prize by the Architectural League of New York and the 2014-15 American Institute of Architects New Practices Prize. FKAA won the EUROPAN competition in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2012 and the international competition to build the New Velodrome for Medellin, currently under construction. In 2014 they were finalist in the Design Basel/Miami Pavilion contest and in MOMA PS1 Young Architects Program. FKAA was one of the 6 shortlisted teams in the Guggenheim Helsinky Museum competition. In 2015 the Chicago Art Institute acquired models and images from FKAA+MAIO’s PS1 Young Architects Program finalist entry for its Architecture permanent collection and The Pompidou Center in Paris acquired models and drawings of the Velodrome for the City of Medellin for its permanent collection. In 2015 FKAA was invited to participate in the Chicago Architecture Art Biennial and in 2016 it was invited to particiateat the Spanish pavilion in the Venice Biennial (recipient of the Golden Lion Prize), in the Oslo Architectural Triennial and the Istanbul design Biennial.
	
MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series

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"On Monuments: Place, Time, and Memory”
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium Room 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  President Drew Faust, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Robin Kelsey, Sarah Lewis, Jennifer Roberts, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Homi K. Bhabha, Erika Naginski
COST  Free and open to the public.
TICKET INFO  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu.
DETAILS  This event is co-organized by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Opening Remarks by:
Drew Faust - President of Harvard University, Lincoln Professor of History
Introduction by:
Mohsen Mostafavi - Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design
Presentations by:
Robin Kelsey - Dean of Arts and Humanities Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, Harvard University
Sarah Lewis - Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Jennifer Roberts - Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
Krzysztof Wodiczko - Professor in Residence, Art, Design & the Public Domain, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Following their presentations, participants will engage in a panel discussion and will be joined by:
Homi K. Bhabha - Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English, the Director of the Humanities Center and the Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost at Harvard University
Erika Naginski - Professor of Architectural History and Director of Doctoral Programs, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/on-monuments-place-time-and-memory/

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Big Chicken:  The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats
Tuesday, February 27
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed health and food policy journalist and Brandeis University Senior Fellow MARYN MCKENNA for a discussion of her latest book, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. She will be joined in conversation by UMass Lowell philosophy professor NICHOLAS EVANS.
About Big Chicken

This eye-opening exposé documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity—and human health threat—uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again. 

What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: from the farm where it's raised directly to your dinner table. Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today's mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. Tracing its meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, McKenna reveals the astounding role of antibiotics in industrial farming, documenting how and why "wonder drugs" revolutionized the way the world eats—and not necessarily for the better. Rich with scientific, historical, and cultural insights, this spellbinding cautionary tale shines a light on one of America's favorite foods—and shows us the way to safer, healthier eating for ourselves and our children.

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Lost Kingdom
Tuesday, February 27
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/serhii-plokhy-lost-kingdom-tickets-41884522735

Serhii Plokhy
In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea and attempted to seize a portion of Ukraine. While the world watched in outrage, this blatant violation of national sovereignty was only the latest iteration of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries and create a pan-Russian nation.

In Lost Kingdom, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues that we can only understand the confluence of Russian imperialism and nationalism today by delving into the nation's history. Spanning over 500 years, from the end of the Mongol rule to the present day, Plokhy shows how leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Joseph Stalin to Vladimir Putin exploited existing forms of identity, warfare, and territorial expansion to achieve imperial supremacy.
About the Author

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. An award-winning author, Plokhy lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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Wednesday, February 28
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MAPC Winter Council Meeting and New Mayors Forum!
Wednesday, February 28
9:00AM - 11:30AM
Metro Meeting Centers Boston, Lincoln & Concord Rooms, 75 - 101 Federal Street, 4th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef266x2yd9a49877&oseq=&c=&ch=

We hope that you will be able to attend our upcoming Winter Council Meeting!

Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell will provide opening remarks before we launch into a New Mayors Forum! Newly-elected mayors have agreed to speak:
Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor of Newton
Gail Infurna, Mayor of Melrose
Thomas M. McGee, Mayor of Lynn
Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, Mayor of Framingham (invited)

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SLS Seminar: Edward Dorridge (MIT)
Wednesday, February 28
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
Edward Doddridge is a Postdoctoral Associate working in the Marshall Group. His research focuses on improving our understanding of the fundamental dynamics of the ocean, and the ocean’s role in the climate system. He is currently working on the Southern Ocean, examining the interactions between the atmosphere, sea ice, and the ocean.

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Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
Wednesday, February 28
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Summary
Drawing on unheard White House tapes and declassified documents, Gary Bass uncovers the first full account of Nixon and Kissinger’s secret support for Pakistan as it committed shocking atrocities in Bangladesh. This led to war between India and Pakistan and had major strategic consequences for Asia—as well as implications for today’s debates about the role of human rights in international relations.

Short Bio
Gary Bass, a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton, is the author of The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (Knopf); Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention (Knopf); and Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals (Princeton University Press). The Blood Telegram was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in general nonfiction and won the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bernard Schwartz Book Award from the Asia Society, the Lionel Gelber Prize, the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, and the Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. It was a New York Times and Washington Post notable book of the year and a best book of the year in The Economist, Financial Times, and The New Republic.

SSP Wednesday Seminar
All Welcome.

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Digital Disobedience
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Zelalem Kibret Beza, Scholar, Activist
COST  Free & open to the public
CONTACT INFO  hutchinscenter at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  A Q+A session will follow the talk.
LINK  http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events-lectures/events/february-28-2018-1200pm/spring-colloquium-zelalem-kibret-beza

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How Democracies Die - A Book Discussion
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS Knafel K262, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Weatherhead Cluster on Global Populism, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Daniel Ziblatt, Professor of Government and CES Resident Faculty, Harvard University;  Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Bart Bonikowski, Professor of Sociology and CES Resident Faculty, Harvard University; Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
CONTACT INFO	Bart Bonikowski
bonikowski at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky will discuss their new book How Democracies Die.
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2018/02/how-democracies-die---a-book-discussion

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The Marginalization of Experience: African American Women in STEM
Wednesday, February 28
1:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Building 36-428, RLE Haus and Allen Conference Room, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Evelynn Hammonds - Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Chair, Department of the History of Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

THE GENDER/RACE IMPERATIVE—A Series of Presentations and Workshops moderated by Anita Hill

Hosted by:  Muriel Medard - Cecil H. Green Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT, amd Anita Hill - MIT Martin Luther King Fellow, University Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies, Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management, Brandeis University

The Gender/Race Imperative aims to revive awareness of the broad capacity of Title IX, the crucial law mandating equal education opportunities for women. We hope it will kick start inquiry to foster legal, policy, and social reforms that enable success in schools and workplaces for girls and women of all races and economic backgrounds. To engage and educate MIT and the broader Boston area community on the role of Title IX in education, particularly for STEM, MIT brings engineers and other scientists together in conversation with lawyers and social scientists to develop multidimensional strategies for promoting equity in STEM.

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“Memories from Resistance”: Women, War, and the Forgotten Work of Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, 1919–1989
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Sophie Hochhäusl, 2017–2018 Frieda L. Miller Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; Assistant Professor of Modern Architecture, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  While at the Radcliffe Institute, Sophie Hochhäusl is working on an interdisciplinary architectural history that will make architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky’s 1980s German-language book “Erinnerungen aus dem Widerstand” available to English-speaking audiences. Alongside an in-depth discussion of the architect’s design work, the project explores Schütte-Lihotzky’s engagement in the resistance movement against the Nazi regime and her postwar activism in the Austrian women’s and peace movements. By charting an inclusive history of Schütte-Lihotzky’s work, including her political activism, the project highlights new networks of exchange and expertise among women, along with the agency of social movements in design histories.
LINK  https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-sophie-hochhausl-fellow-presentation

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Evaluating a Discretionary Safety Valve: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Waiving Fuel Content Regulations in Response to Supply Shocks
Wednesday, February 28
4:15pm
Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Joseph Aldy, Harvard University

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/30064

Contact Name:  Casey Billings
casey_billings at hks.harvard.edu

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Initiative on Cities Guest Lecture: Bruce Katz and The New Localism
Wednesday, February 28
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
BU, Trustee Ballroom, 9th floor, 1 Silber Way, Boston

Join City Planning and Urban Affairs and the Initiative on Cities to welcome to campus Bruce Katz, inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, for a lecture on his most recent book, The New Localism, which focuses on the shift of power from national governments and states to cities and metropolitan communities.A light reception will follow the lecture.

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Addiction, Neuroscience, and the Criminal Law: Commonwealth vs. Julie Eldred
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room 1023, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Law, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.
DETAILS  Is addiction a disease? And does it matter for the criminal law? The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court now faces these questions in the potentially landmark case, Commonwealth vs. Julie Eldred. The Court must decide if it is constitutional for the criminal justice system to require addicted offenders to remain drug free. Is this requirement like asking a patient in cancer remission not to get cancer again? Or is it simply requiring someone to make better decisions? As the country faces an opioid epidemic, the case has drawn national attention.
Join us at Harvard Law School for a conversation with key legal and scientific experts involved in the case. Confirmed participants include: defense attorney Lisa Newman-Polk, and psychologist Dr. Gene Heyman, scientific expert in support of the Commonwealth.
Learn more here: petrieflom.law.harvard.edu…
LINK  http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/addiction-neuroscience-and-the-criminal-law

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The Drama of Celebrity
Wednesday, February 28
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
BU, 213 Bay State Road, Bay State Room, Boston

Please join us on February 28, 2018, for a lecture by Prof. Sharon Marcus (Columbia University): “The Drama of Celebrity.”The talk will be held at 6pm at Boston University Hillel, 213 Bay State Road (the Bay State Room, on the 4th floor). All are welcome.Sharon Marcus is Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute. The event is sponsored by Boston University’s Department of English, the Center for the Study of Europe, the American & New England Studies Program, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Department of World Languages and Literatures.

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MA Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) Listening Session
Wednesday, February 28
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Great Hall @ Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington Street, Dorchester

MA EEAC will receive Public Comments on Energy Efficiency  Plans for 2019-2021 at Listening Session @ Great Hall at Codman Square Health Center, Boston

More information at https://www.mass.gov/event/ma-energy-efficiency-advisory-council-eeac-listening-session-2018-02-28t180000-0500-2018-02

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Boston VR and Boston Ed Tech Present: VR in Education
Wednesday, February 28
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Alley, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Virtual-Reality/events/247299015/

Join us at this free event co-hosted by the Boston EdTech Meetup Group and BostonVR!

This month, we'll feature a panel of industry experts discussing new virtual and augmented reality technology and its impact on education. Guests panelists for this event include:

Chris Dede (https://www.gse.harvard.edu/faculty/christopher-dede)
Kathy Trogolo (https://fasility.com/)
Scott Greenwald (http://fluid.media.mit.edu/people/scott-w-greenwald)

Chris Dede is currently conducting funded studies at Harvard University to develop and assess learning environments based on virtual worlds, augmented realities, transformed social interaction, and online teacher professional development. Dede is a leader in mobile learning initiatives and has developed a widely used framework for scaling up educational innovations. From 2001 to 2004, he served as chair of the Learning & Teaching area at HGSE.

Kathy Trogolo was a founding board member and subsequently Assistant Head of the Tremont School in Weston, MA, collaborating with professionals and families to establish a new progressive school focused on student ownership of learning through an engaging individualized curriculum in an environment that celebrates academic, social and emotional growth. She brings her startup experience, marketing and technical backgrounds, strategic planning skills, and love of teaching and co-creating to the Fasility team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University.

Scott Greenwald is a research scientist working on learning and education in virtual reality. He is investigating how spatial knowledge and intuition in areas of science such as physics, biology, and chemistry can be acquired through room-scale, motion-tracked virtual interaction. Scott's work has been featured by Games for Change at the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Times and the Augmented World Expo. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and German from Northwestern University, a master's in Scientific Computing from the Free University of Berlin, and a master's in Media Arts and Sciences from the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT.

Agenda
6:00 - Networking with Dinner
7:00 - Announcements and Introductions
7:05 - Panel Discussion
7:30 - Audience Q&A
7:55 - Closing Remarks and Networking
8:00 - AfterParty

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Enlightenment Now:  The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Wednesday, February 28
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:00)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/steven_pinker2/
Cost:  $5 - $34.75 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store, WBUR, and Mass Humanities welcome acclaimed linguist, cognitive scientist, and award-winning author STEVEN PINKER for a discussion of his latest book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. He will be joined in conversation by Radio Open Source's CHRISTOPHER LYDON.

About Enlightenment Now
The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.
Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature—tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking—which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation. 

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

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The Space Between Us
Wednesday, February 28
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ryan-enos-the-space-between-us-tickets-42499920406

Ryan Enos
By going into the neighborhoods of real cities, Enos shows how our perceptions of racial, ethnic, and religious groups are intuitively shaped by where these groups live and interact daily. Through the lens of numerous examples across the globe and drawing on a compelling combination of research techniques including field and laboratory experiments, big data analysis, and small-scale interactions, this timely book provides a new understanding of how geography shapes politics and how members of groups think about each other.

About the Author
Ryan Enos is Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is a leading expert on the intersection of geography, psychology, and politics. His research has appeared in top scholarly publications, such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Political Science Review,and in worldwide news outlets, such as the New York Times. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he was a high school teacher on the South Side of Chicago, an urban space which inspired much of his research. This is his first book.

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Fake News and Misinformation Series: Kate Starbird
Thursday, March 1
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner 434, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker series on fake news and misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University. 

Kate Starbird is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington, and Director of the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) Laboratory. Her research sits at the intersection of computer science and social science and falls within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). One major focus of her work examines the use of social media during crisis events, specifically looking at how the converging audience (aka, the “crowd”) can contribute—and is already contributing—to crisis response efforts.

Using a combination of empirical methods, including qualitative, computational and network analysis, Starbird examines both small group and large scale interaction online within the context of disasters and other mass disruption events, studying how digital volunteers and other members of the crowd work to filter and shape the information space.

The emCOMP Lab examines the dynamics of and applications for massive interaction facilitated by social media and other online platforms. The lab also considers how connected, collective intelligence manifests and can be supported within contexts of emergency and humanitarian response, political disruption, and other events of large-scale interest (e.g. major news, sporting, and entertainment events).

Dr. Starbird received her PhD in Technology, Media and Society from the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado in 2012, where she examined both large-scale and small group online interaction during crisis events, studying how digital volunteers and other members of the connected crowd work to filter and shape the information space. As part of that research, she co-created and developed the infrastructure to support the “Tweak the Tweet” project, an innovation for using Twitter more effectively as a channel for reporting actionable information during crisis. She was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her PhD studies.

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Standing Rock:  Indigenous Futures in an Age of Apocalyptic Climate Change
Thursday, March 1
12:00-1:00pm
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Nick Estes, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University
In our past era of irreversible climate change, visions for a socially just and sustainable future look bleak. Yet, those most affected by environmental catastrophe and resource extraction, Indigenous peoples, enacted a vision of the future embodied in the months-long encampment at Standing Rock to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This talk explores the historical and political context of the camps and their visions of a future that drew from centuries of what I call traditions of Indigenous resistance.

Dr. Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and holds a doctorate in American studies from the University of New Mexico. He is currently the American Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. His forthcoming book, Our History is the Future: Mni Wiconi and the Struggle for Native Liberation, which places the Indigeneous-led resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline in historical context, will be published by Verso in 2019.

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Combating Wall Street Lawlessness: Jesse Eisinger at The Harvard Law Forum
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Campus Center, Room 1019, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Harvard Law Forum
SPEAKER(S)  Jesse Eisinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives."
CONTACT INFO	Pete Davis, PeDavis at jd18.law.harvard.edu, 347-453-3135
DETAILS  Jesse Eisinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior investigative reporter for ProPublica. He is the author of "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives," a widely praised book that takes its name from what insiders call the group of prosecutors "who were too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments" to do their jobs well.
He is coming to Harvard Law School to tell students the real story of the legal response to the financial crisis — and point the way toward the restoration of the rule of law on America's most crime-ridden Street.
Free and open to the public, with lunch provided.
Contact Pete Davis at 347-453-3135 or pedavis at jd18.law.harvard.edu for more information.
LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/549792262054727/

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Breaking the Cycle of Youth Incarceration by Increasing Equitable and Appropriate Policing
Thursday, March 1
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-issue-talk-breaking-the-cycle-of-youth-incarceration-by-increasing-equitable-and-appropriate-registration-42998932966

Panel: Leonard DiPietro, Deputy Superintendent, Cambridge Police Department, and Dr. Richard Dudley, MD, private practice psychiatrist
Facilitated by: Representative James Cantwell, MA State Legislature
Featured Innovator: Strategies for Youth

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Promising Solar PV Financing Strategies for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers
Thursday, March 1
1-2pm ET
Webinar
RSVP at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4260972983971568898
 
Some states have adopted financing programs to help provide low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents with access to solar photovoltaics (PV), but the applicability and effectiveness of financing strategies can vary, depending on the type of housing, the customer’s homeownership status, and whether the resident receives federal housing assistance.
 
This webinar will provide an overview of a 2018 NREL report exploring the effectiveness of different financing strategies for LMI solar customers under different housing scenarios. Report authors Jeff Cook and Lori Bird will discuss the most promising strategies state policymakers might consider using to finance solar PV for LMI customers across three housing types: single family, multi-family, and manufactured housing.

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How to Study War? Insights from Syria
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar
SPEAKER(S)  Jennifer Leaning, MD, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Unless otherwise noted in the event description, 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  https://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/event/title-be-announced-11

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Learning from Oceania
Thursday, March 1
4:15pm to 5:15pm
MIT, Building E51-345, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Bill Lovejoy, Raymond T. J. Perring Family Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business 
Abstract: This talk is motivated by work in some economically challenged urban neighborhoods, and whether one can design a self-generated and self-sustained social safety net. How would one organize a small scale (in population and geographic footprint), self-sufficient society for the basics of food and housing? What happens when you embed such a society into the global economy with all of its temptations and constraints? There are natural models for answering some of these questions in the political-economic history of Oceanic island nations. Many of the islands were the last places settled on earth outside Antarctica, evolved in relative isolation, were self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable for millennia, and were largely undisturbed by western influences until the 19th century. While traditional memories are still strong, Oceanic societies are now facing serious challenges being embedded in a global economy, with many of their issues (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, teen pregnancy) similar to those facing many marginalized communities. This talk will outline some organizational lessons that we can take from the Oceanic experience for potential transplantation into modern urban neighborhoods.

Bio:  Professor William S. Lovejoy is the Raymond T. Perring Family Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Technology and Operations in the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and holds a joint appointment in the School of Art and Design. Professor Lovejoy received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.E. in Nuclear Engineering from Cornell University, and a Ph.D in Operations Research from the University of Delaware. He has worked in the private and public sectors (for General Electric and the National Marine Fisheries Service), and since starting his academic career he has been on the business school faculties at Georgia Tech, Stanford University and now the University of Michigan. Professor Lovejoy has worked with companies on new product development, the management of innovation, and process assessment and improvement; and with hospitals and clinics on health care operations. He has taught courses at all levels from bachelors to Ph.D. and Executives, and his new product development course (which he teaches jointly with the College of Engineering and the School of Art and Design) has enjoyed coverage by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Businessweek. He is currently the faculty co-director for the University of Michigan’s Master of Entrepreneurship degree.

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The (Non)Americans: Tracking and Analyzing Russian Influence Operations on Twitter
Thursday, March 1
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

In late 2017, Twitter and Facebook revealed that agents backed by the Russian government had infiltrated American political conversations for years. Posing as concerned citizens from across the ideological spectrum, these agents surreptitiously spread propaganda disguised as home-grown political chatter. Two challenges, one theoretical and the other methodological, confront researchers interested in studying this campaign of information warfare. First, the fields of communication and political science offer little theoretical guidance about how to study such tactics, which are known as influence operations in military studies and dezinformatsiya in Russian and Slavic studies. Second, Twitter and Facebook removed all such propagandistic content from public view upon confirming their existence, which makes obtaining the data difficult (but not impossible). In this talk, the University of North Carolina’s Deen Freelon will explain how he and his collaborators are addressing these challenges and present key preliminary findings from their ongoing project focused on this campaign.

Deen Freelon is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism. His research covers two major areas of scholarship: 1) political expression through digital media and 2) data science and computational methods for analyzing large digital datasets. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 journal articles, book chapters and public reports, in addition to co-editing one scholarly book. He has served as principal investigator on grants from the Knight Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has written research-grade software to calculate intercoder reliability for content analysis (ReCal), analyze large-scale network data from social media (TSM), and collect data from Facebook (fb_scrape_public). He formerly taught at American University in Washington, D.C.

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EnergyBar March 2018: Cleantech Intern Fair
Thursday, March 1
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energybar-march-2018-cleantech-intern-fair-tickets-42718489151

Please join us for a special edition of our recurring EnergyBar networking event with a special focus on helping rockstar interns and innovative cleantech startups find each other!
Our annual Cleantech Intern Fair is a great resource for connecting with bright and eager talent from the Boston-area colleges and universities. HERE are some of the companies you will meet!
Reminder to students: be sure to bring your resume to EnergyBar!
Event Agenda:
5:00-6:30pm -- Sign-in / Intern Fair 
6:30-7:00pm -- Welcoming Remarks from Greentown Labs 
7:00-8:30pm -- Networking & Celebrating the Cleantech Ecosystem! 

About EnergyBar!
EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' recurring 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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Patton Oswalt in conversation with Robin Young - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Thursday, March 1
6:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline
RVSP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patton-oswalt-3118-tickets-41319206860
Cost:  $27.99

From Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case, comes I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. The masterful account reopens the case of an elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade. Michelle’s husband Patton Oswalt discusses his late wife’s work as a true crime pioneer with Here & Now host Robin Young.

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Designing for a Neurodiverse World
Thursday, March 1
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The world is a neurologically diverse place, but the resources, workspaces and technologies we use often don’t reflect that. Sometimes simple changes can significantly expand accessibility to people who have neurological differences like autism, dyslexia, ADHD, or epilepsy, but designers and policymakers frequently aren’t aware of issues affecting this neurodiverse community. Rosalind Picard, director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, joins neuroscientist Ned Sahin, Empowered Brain Institute CEO Rafiq Abdus-Sabur and disability advocate Finn Gardiner to explore what it means to be non-neurotypical, barriers to inclusion, and how creators can make their work more accessible.

Speakers: 
Dr. Ned Sahin is a neuroscientist and CEO of Brain Power LLC, a company that makes wearable artificial intelligence systems to aid people with brain-related challenges. He is also a founding board member of The Empowered Brain Institute.
Rafiq Abdus-Sabur is president and CEO of The Empowered Brain Institute, a nonprofit disability advocacy and support organization for individuals with autism and their families. Rafiq is a board member for Brain Power LLC, a company that builds wearable technologies for individuals with autism, and founder of the education technology firm, Edgewise Education.
Finn Gardiner is a disability advocate and policy analyst specializing in intersectional disability justice and accessible technology. He is a research assistant at The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University where his work focuses on public policies for autistic individuals.
Moderator: Rosalind Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at MIT, co-director of the Media Lab’s Advancing Wellbeing Initiative, and faculty chair of MIT’s MindHandHeart Initiative. She co-founded the technology companies Empatica, Inc., which creates wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, Inc., which delivers technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

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Vittoria Di Palma | Architecture and the Climatic Imaginary
Thursday, March 1
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT,  Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

In recent years, an increasing interest in systems, processes, and performance has challenged the status of the architectural object, dissolving distinctions between figure and ground, object and field.  This talk investigates an earlier moment of challenge by exploring connections between weather and architecture in eighteenth-century England. Focusing on intersections between medicine, weather observation, and aesthetics, this talk will explore how changing notions of climate gave rise to a new conception of the architectural object as contingent and changeable rather than determined and fixed.

Vittoria Di Palma is Associate Professor of Architectural History and Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Architecture of the University of Southern California. Before joining USC in 2012, she taught in the Department of Art History at Columbia University, in the Department of Art History at Rice University, and in the Histories and Theories of Architecture graduate program of the Architectural Association in London.   She is a co-editor of Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City (Routledge: 2009), and the author of Wasteland, A History (Yale: 2014), which was awarded the AHA Herbert Baxter Adams Prize, the SAH Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award, the ASECS Louis Gottschalk Prize, and a Foundation for Landscape Studies J. B. Jackson Book Prize.

MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series
History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art (HTC) Forum, organized by PhD students Caroline Murphy and Sarah Rifky

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Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture: Aaron Sachs, “A Common Treasury for All”: Toward a Deeper History of Environmental Justice”
Thursday, March 1
6:30PM – 8:00PM
Harvard, GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

In recent years, environmental justice scholarship has exploded.  But virtually every relevant piece of work has understood the history of environmental justice as dating only to the late 20th century.  This talk goes back to the 17th century, seeking to trace and analyze the evolution of a positive environmental rights discourse in European and American history.  Having established our opposition to environmental injustice, we might want to ask: what exactly are we aiming for, in positive terms?  What are the components of environmental justice?  Is there any common ground left to stand on?  And how might a deeper historical perspective help us answer these questions?

Lecture
Free and open to the public

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Science by the Pint: Viruses to the rescue: How gene therapy with viruses can preserve vision
Thursday, March 1
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-by-the-pint-viruses-to-the-rescue-tickets-43166547305

This Science by the Pint event features Dr. Constance L. Cepko. Dr. Cepko is a Bullard Professor of Genetics & Neuroscience and a Professor of Opthamology at Harvard Medical School. Check back later for a more detailed description of the topic covered!

Science by the Pint is a free science café in which we invite a Boston-area research lab out to a pub or brewery to chat science over a cold one. The events are geared toward a general audience – all are welcome and no experience is necessary! To learn more about our Science by the Pint series, visit:
http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/

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The future of clean energy jobs in America
Thursday, March 1
8:00 p.m. ET
RSVP at https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=1611418&sessionid=1&key=53D67FC827C676D800FB0599CF5545B1%AETag=&sourcepage=register&partnerref=EDAN1&autologin=true

Featuring:
Ellen Shenette, EDF Climate Corps manager
Ben Metcalf, former EDF Climate Corps fellow

I hope you'll be able to attend this exciting member event offering a close-up look at the work your donations make possible. The event has limited capacity, so please 

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Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3
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MIT Energy Conference:  Transformational Technologies
March 2 & 3
RSVP at https://mit.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=737&cid=35&p=1
Cost:  $60 - $500

As the largest student-led energy conference in the U.S., the MIT Energy Conference has become a premier event to connect professionals, policymakers, academics, and students in the energy industry.

More changes have occurred in the global energy sector in the past decade than in the 100 years prior. In its 13th edition, the MIT Energy Conference will be exploring enabling technologies for the future of clean energy, energy digitization, and existing energy infrastructure.

We will bring together leaders and visionaries from industry, government, the scientific community, and the private sector that are looking at the entire value chain in a holistic way and can speak about and debate the development of these complex changes, which are redefining the future of energy worldwide.

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Friday, March 2
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Mass. Marijuana Summit II: New regs, federal threat, financial hurdles
Friday, March 2
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Center, 10 Winter Place, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-marijuana-summit-ii-new-regs-federal-threat-financial-hurdles-tickets-42277590411
Cost:  $20

Join us for a keynote address by Cannabis Control Commissioner Shaleen Title, followed by expert panel discussions on the future of the Marijuana Business in Massachusetts:

A dynamic and controversial industry is only months from launching in the Bay State. The regulations are complex and the barriers to entry formidable. How can we make sense of the arrival of recreational marijuana, an industry that may soon exceed $1 billion annually? 

The State House News Forum will hold its second Massachusetts Marijuana Summit on March 2, bringing together entrepreneurs, thought leaders and regulators to explain the opportunities and challenges of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. Once again, we're assembling expert panel discussions on the nuances of this soon-to-bloom industry. The Summit will provide an in-depth examination of the core issues of emerging regulations, the potential consequences of a new federal enforcement posture, and the divergent approach of various municipalities as they weigh the pros and cons of legalization.

We’ll also explore the operational difficulties faced by cannabis business professionals, including accessing capital, banking, accounting and acquiring and training talent.

Keynote Address:  Shaleen Title, Commissioner, MA Cannabis Control Commission
Panel 1 
State Regulations and Federal Threats: Pushing Forward Locally in Uncertain Times
Moderator:  Jim Borghesani
Panelists:  Aaron Bluse, Altitude Organic
Jim Smith, Smith, Costello & Crawford
Joe Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville
Meg Sanders, Revolution Clinics

Panel 2 
Financial Hurdles: Cash, Credit and the Obstacles for Business Creation
Moderator:   Adam Fine, Vicente Sederburgh
Panelists:  Mitzi Hollenbeck, Citrin Cooperman 
Kim Napoli, NETA 
Andrew Thut, Mission Partners
Mike Dundas, Sira Naturals

Entrepreneurs face many challenges as they look to enter the industry, including finding credit and operating within an ambiguous regulatory landscape. How are entrepreneurs navigating the new complexities of the law – cash management, accounting, and leasing – all while finding the necessary personnel?

Over 250 people attended our first Massachusetts Marijuana Summit in November, and we expect a larger turnout as recreational legalization nears. The Massachusetts Marijuana Summit 2.0 will once again bring together leaders in the cannabis industry to provide critical detail and perspective on this exciting new era.

The State House News Forum, the events division of the State House News Service, is the state’s leading event series on public policy and politics. For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact Alex Dalsey at ADalsey at StateHouseNews.com

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Mark Joseph and Amy Khare, "Succeeding Where Mixed-Income Transformation Falls Short: A Path to Equity and Inclusion in Our Cities”
WHEN  Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Ethics, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112
SPEAKER(S)  Mark Joseph and Amy Khare
COST  Free and open to the public.
TICKET INFO  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu.
DETAILS  Co-presented by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Office of Communications.
Drawing on their work examining the costs and consequences of racial segregation and the concentration of poverty and affluence as well as the promise and pitfalls of past efforts at mixed-income development in Chicago, San Francisco, and other markets, Drs. Joseph and Khare will introduce the next frontier of efforts to promote inclusionary housing.
Mark Joseph (LLB '63) is the Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor in Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University; the Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC); and a Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His general research interests are urban poverty and community development. His current research focuses on mixed-income development as a strategy for addressing urban poverty, with particular attention to transforming public housing developments. He is the co-author of “Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation”.
Amy T. Khare, Ph.D. is a Research Affiliate with NIMC. Her general research interests aim to shape solutions to urban poverty, with a focus on affordable housing and community development. Her dissertation project investigates how Chicago’s public housing reforms shifted after the 2008 economic recession and suggests implications for market- oriented housing policies. She currently consults for Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council on a project to address racial and economic segregation in the region. Most recently, Khare worked at the Urban Institute on the national evaluation of HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. In 2015, she received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association. Khare has ten years of non-profit practice experience in the field of housing development and community change. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/mark-joseph-and-amy-khare-succeeding-where-mixed-income-transformation-falls-short-a-path-to-equity-and-inclusion-in-our-cities/

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Saturday, March 3
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Local Environmental Action 2018
Saturday, March 3
Northeastern University
RSVP at http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org

Registration is open for Local Environmental Action 2018!
Register today and get the early-bird discount.

Join community leaders, environmental justice advocates and activists from across the region to build skills, discuss new ideas, and be inspired for the work ahead. 

This is a fragrance free event.
Thanks for bringing your own water bottle and coffee mug.

Have questions about the event? Email us at info at toxicsaction.org

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2018 MIT Latin American Conference
Saturday, March 3
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
MIT, Building E15, Atrium level,   Bartos Theater (Wiesner Building), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-mit-latin-american-conference-tickets-42997970086
Cost:  $30 – $40

Our goal is to showcase some of the most notable and inspiring stories of success that have contributed to enhance development and generate value in Latin America. We want to share leadership stories from a variety of fields including business, politics, sports, entertainment, and all kinds of life experiences to inspire members of our community to pursue business opportunities in the region.
Visit our website for agenda and speaker information: www.mitlatinamericanconference.com

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authors at MIT: Martin Erwig, Once Upon an Algorithm
Saturday, March 3
4:00pm
The MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Martin Erwig to discuss and sign copies of Once Upon an Algorithm on Saturday, March 3, 4:00 p.m. Copies of the book will be on sale for a 20% discount.

About Once Upon an Algorithm:
Picture a computer scientist, staring at a screen and clicking away frantically on a keyboard, hacking into a system, or perhaps developing an app. Now delete that picture. In Once Upon an Algorithm, Martin Erwig explains computation as something that takes place beyond electronic computers, and computer science as the study of systematic problem solving. Erwig points out that many daily activities involve problem solving. Getting up in the morning, for example: You get up, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast. This simple daily routine solves a recurring problem through a series of well-defined steps. In computer science, such a routine is called an algorithm.

Erwig illustrates a series of concepts in computing with examples from daily life and familiar stories. Hansel and Gretel, for example, execute an algorithm to get home from the forest. The movie Groundhog Day illustrates the problem of unsolvability; Sherlock Holmes manipulates data structures when solving a crime; the magic in Harry Potter’s world is understood through types and abstraction; and Indiana Jones demonstrates the complexity of searching. Along the way, Erwig also discusses representations and different ways to organize data; “intractable” problems; language, syntax, and ambiguity; control structures, loops, and the halting problem; different forms of recursion; and rules for finding errors in algorithms.

This engaging book explains computation accessibly and shows its relevance to daily life. Something to think about next time we execute the algorithm of getting up in the morning.

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Steven Pinker: Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism
Sunday, March 4
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Harvard Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Hall B, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steven-pinker-outstanding-lifetime-achievement-award-in-cultural-humanism-tickets-42918418144
Cost:  $0 - $5

The Humanist Hub, in partnership with HCHAA (the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics) is delighted to present our 2018 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism to Steven Pinker. Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications. His tenth book, to be published in February 2018, is called Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

Pinker is a longtime friend of the Humanist Hub and the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, and sits on its advisory board. ***
The Humanist Hub, the US’s first “Center for Humanist Life” serving atheists and agnostics on and around a campus, has hosted similar award ceremonies with physicist Lisa Randall (2017) actress Carrie Fisher (2016) comedian Eddie Izzard (2013) author Mary Roach (2012) Seth MacFarlane (Fall 2011) Stephen Fry (Spring 2011) Discovery Chanel’s MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (2010) director Joss Whedon (2009) Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin (2008) and Sir Salman Rushdie (2007).

More information at https://www.meetup.com/HarvardHumanist/events/247386050/

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Monday, March 5
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PAOC Colloquium: Elizabeth Barnes (Colorado State)
Monday, March 5
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
My primary research objective is to understand the variability of the atmosphere to better interpret and predict its behavior over a range of timescales and climates. My research focuses include large-scale atmospheric dynamics, subseasonal-to-seasonal prediction of extreme events, atmospheric mixing/transport, and the influence of atmospheric circulations on air quality and human health.

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Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
Monday, March 5 
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Varun Sivaram, Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology, Counil on Foreign Relations. Lunch will be provided.

Energy Policy Seminar
https://sites.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/cepr/seminar.html
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu
617-495-8693

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Improving the drought tolerance of crop and timber species:  physiological and evolutionary perspectives
Monday, March 5
12:10 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Sean Gleason, Research Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS Water Management Research Unit

More information at https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/research/research-talks/

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Governing the Future: Cancer Viruses and the Growth of American Biomedicine
Monday, March 5
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Robin Scheffler (MIT, HASTS)

STS Circle at Harvard
http://sts.hks.harvard.edu/events/sts_circle/

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The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Jacqueline Bhabha - The Human Rights of Non-Citizens under Trump
Monday, March 5
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/fierce-urgency-now-speaker-series-jacqueline-bhabha-human-rights-non-citizens-under-trump?delta=0

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Building Radical Products: How you can pivot less and build more
Mon, March 5
6:30day PM – 9:00 PM EST
Hubspot HQ, 2 Canal Park, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-radical-products-how-you-can-pivot-less-and-build-more-tickets-42990643171

As a startup you pivot till you can find product-market fit, right? The reality is that very few startups survive a series of pivots. Both Agile and Lean Startup are great for smart, feedback-driven execution — but they can't replace the foundation of product vision and strategy. How do you reduce the number of iterations and increase your runway by building your product in a more capital efficient way? Join the creators of the Radical Product Toolkit to learn how to create a powerful, far-reaching vision for your product, develop a clear product strategy, and prioritize product decision making. You’ll also learn how to balance long-term strategic considerations with the day-to-day needs of your company. Join us for this event hosted by HubSpot and Founder Institute.

Bios of speakers: 
Kim Walsh
Kim Walsh serves as Vice President of HubSpot for Startups, a program designed to help startups grow and scale. She was formally the Head of Enterprise Sales, where she launched the GTM strategy, built the operating model and expanded the team from 3 to 28 employees and increased revenue by 200%. Prior to joining HubSpot, Kim led global sales for a technology-based footwear company, SpringBoost. Kim has an MBA from Babson College and was a finalist in the MIT 100K business challenge. 

Nidhi Aggarwal
Nidhi is an entrepreneur who co-founded cloud configuration management startup qwikLABS (acquired by Google and used by AWS worldwide). Previously, Nidhi led Product, Strategy, Marketing and Finance at Tamr and worked at McKinsey & Company on Big Data and Cloud Strategy. Nidhi holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and holds 6 US patents. Follow Nidhi on the Medium publication, Radical Product and on Twitter @aggarwalnidhi.

Radhika Dutt
Radhika has started companies and built products in several different industries. Her first startup, Lobby7 (acquired by Scansoft/Nuance), created an early version of Siri in 2000, while Likelii (acquired by Drync), offered consumers “Pandora for wine”. Previously she worked at Avid, growing their broadcast product suite and led strategy at the telecom startup, Starent Networks (acquired by Cisco). Recently she led Product Management at Allant to build a SaaS product for TV advertising (acquired by Acxiom). Radhika holds an SB and M.Eng in EE, and speaks 9 languages. You can follow her on the Medium publication, Radical Product and on Twitter @radhikadutt.

Geordie Kaytes
Geordie is a digital product design leader who has designed 15 SaaS products across verticals including healthcare, IT, education, and finance. After receiving his BA from Yale in Political Science, he did his obligatory tour of duty in management consulting before joining Boston-area UI/UX studio Fresh Tilled Soil in 2012. He is now a partner at Heroic, a design leadership coaching firm that helps growing companies scale their digital product capabilities. Follow Geordie on the Medium publication, Radical Product and on Twitter @didgeoridoo.

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Public Program | Catalyst Conversations | Immersed: Video. Art. Technology
Monday, March 5
7:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building E15, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

New media, multi-faceted artist Judith Barry and Cyberarts founder George Fifield  will look at how the arc of new media changed the visual landscape from the 1960s forward. Their conversation will mirror the exhibit Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974 – 1995  which is presented as part of a citywide partnership of arts and educational institutions organized to recognize the outsized role greater Boston has played in the history and development of technology.

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston initiated this partnership to link concurrent exhibitions and programs related to the themes of the ICA exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. Visit  aiai.icaboston.org for more information on the partnership and all of the area exhibitions and programs being offered.

To learn more and to attend this event RSVP at http://www.catalystconversations.org/upcoming-events/

For more information, contact:
Emily Garner
eagarner at mit.edu

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Asteroid Futures: Decades, Centuries, Millennia
Monday, March 5
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Café ArtScience, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asteroid-futures-decades-centuries-millennia-tickets-43059607445
Cost:  $15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.

Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers -- Presentations start @ 7pm
Presenter: Dr. Martin Elvis, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Summary:
Space exploration in the 21st century has begun a transition towards commercial exploration and development. What factors will be critical to the success of these efforts in the long term? According to Dr. Martin Elvis, asteroids are the key that will unlock a future extraterrestrial economy. Asteroids are plentiful, accessible and resource rich. They will serve as convenient platforms for deep space exploration, industrial fabrication and solar system expeditions. 
For example, the resources contained in asteroids are huge. The accessible iron in asteroids is estimated to be a million times greater than proven iron reserves in the Earth’s crust. Technologies being researched and tested today are likely to make asteroid mining a practical industry within two decades. The industry will require new professional labor categories: applied astronomers and extraterrestrial engineers.
Looking one century out, this industry will be able to bring huge amounts - a million tons or more - of iron and other industrial materials from their native orbits to an orbit high above Earth. This will enable massive-scale industrial development using economical space-based solar power and space cities constructed according to designs such as the O’Neill cylinders on the drawing boards today. Enormous telescopes will be built, probing the universe for life as well as insights on the origins of the universe. Sufficient industrial capacity will also be in place to redirect potential killer asteroids, such as the one that caused the massive Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event 66 million years ago.
As we approach a millennium in the future history of the space economy, we may begin to reach the limits of solar system resources. Will depletion of solar system resources trigger existential questions for humanity, in the same way the depletion of terrestrial eco-system resources is challenging us today? Should we begin now to ask ourselves: how much of the solar system should we leave as wilderness?
Dr. Martin Elvis is an Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In addition to his significant contributions to the science of deep space objects, Dr. Elvis has a passion for near earth objects and the opportunities they offer for future space exploration and development. He is convinced that the commercial potential of asteroids will transform our space endeavors to a truly large-scale, and will, in the process, make access to space cheap and routine. Dr. Elvis has published over 400 journal papers and is one of the 250 most highly cited researchers in astronomy and space physics, with more than 28,000 citations.

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The Accuracy, Fairness, and Limits of Predicting Recidivism
Tuesday, March 6
12:00 pm
Harvard, Pound Hall, Ballantine Classroom, Room 101
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/03/Dressel#RSVP
Event will be live webcast at 12:00 pm at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/03/Dressel

featuring Julia Dressel 
Algorithms for predicting recidivism are commonly used to assess a criminal defendant’s likelihood of committing a crime. Proponents of these systems argue that big data and advanced machine learning make these analyses more accurate and less biased than humans. However, our study shows that the widely used commercial risk assessment software COMPAS is no more accurate or fair than predictions made by people with little or no criminal justice expertise.
 
This event is supported by the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. In conjunction with the MIT Media Lab, the Initiative is developing activities, research, and tools to ensure that fast-advancing AI serves the public good. Learn more at https://cyber.harvard.edu/research/ai.
 
About Julia
Julia Dressel recently graduated from Dartmouth College, where she majored in both Computer Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is currently a software engineer in Silicon Valley. Her interests are in the intersection of technology and bias. 

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Investing in the Grassroots to Achieve Environmental and Social Justice

Tuesday, March 6
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Foley & Lardner LLP, 111 Huntington Ave Suite 2600
Boston 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-issue-talk-investing-in-the-grassroots-to-achieve-environmental-and-social-justice-registration-42997032281

Guest Speaker: Mariella Puerto, Co-Director of Climate, Barr Foundation
Featured Innovator: GreenRoots
Track Partner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

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Investigative Reporting: Making an Impact on Policy and Governance
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building, 4th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Award Ceremonies, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Shannon Mullen, Staff Writer, Asbury Park Press; Melissa Segura, Investigative Reporter, BuzzFeed News; Carol Marbin Miller, Investigative Reporter, Miami Herald;  Emily Steel, Reporter, The New York Times;   Nina Martin, Reporter, ProPublica;  David Armstrong, Senior Writer, STAT;  Rosalind Helderman, Staff Writer, The Washington Post
COST  Free
DETAILS  A panel discussion with the finalists and special citation awardees for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Panelists will discuss the making of their stories, which include coverage of the Russia investigation, injustice in the Chicago legal system, opioid addiction, sexual harassment and assault, and other pressing issues. Open to the public.
Panelists:
Shannon Mullen, Staff Writer, Asbury Park Press
Melissa Segura, Investigative Reporter, BuzzFeed News
Carol Marbin Miller, Investigative Reporter, Miami Herald
Emily Steel, Reporter, The New York Times
Nina Martin, Reporter, ProPublica
David Armstrong, Senior Writer, STAT
Rosalind Helderman, Staff Writer, The Washington Post
The winner will be announced at the Goldsmith Awards Ceremony on March 6, 6pm, in JFK Jr. Forum.
LINK	https://shorensteincenter.org/event/goldsmith-seminar-2018/

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Panel Discussion: Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Study of Early America
Tuesday, March 6
5:15PM - 7:30PM
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP required at seminars at masshist.org or (617) 646-0579

Christopher Pastore, State University of New York at Albany; Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut at Storrs; Conevery Valencius, Boston College
Moderator: Matthew McKenzie, University of Connecticut at Avery Point
This panel takes the opportunity to bring the fields of environmental and early American history into closer conversation. Environmental historians are concerned with concepts such as ecological imperialism and non-anthropocentric empires, built and natural environments, controlling and organizing space, and the relationship between borders and frontiers. How does or might this influence scholarship on early America? How can work on early American history enrich environmental historians’ understanding of empire, metropoles and borderlands, movement and colonization?
To RSVP: email seminars at masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism—Author Discussion
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CSWR Common Room, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Religion
SPONSOR	Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT	CSWR: 617.495.4495
DETAILS  Please join us as Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity (HDS), discusses his recent publication, Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism.
Terry Tempest Williams (HDS) and Rebecca Kneale Gould (Middlebury College) will serve as respondents.

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Launch Smart Clinic – Internet of Things (IoT)
Tuesday, March 6
5:30pm to 8:30pm
MIT Tang Center, Building E51-145, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/launch-smart-clinic-internet-of-things/
Cost:   $10 - $30

At the Internet of Things (IoT) Themed Launch Smart Clinic, startups present a 20-minute pitch for feedback from our panel of experts + the audience.
Presenting Companies
Steam IQ, Peter Owens, CEO
Steam is an awesome source of energy, it’s used to power cities like Paris and New York, run refineries, brew beer, sterilize instruments and heat colleges.  Testing steam traps that regulate the flow of steam is a labor-intensive process, done manually once per year.  There are millions of steam traps in the United States and very few are monitored due to cost. SteamIQ provides an IoT based ultrasonic steam trap monitor that installs easily for a fraction of the cost, addressing an underserved $500MM market. 
Vata Verks,  Alex Cheimets, CEO
Vata Verks has developed a cheap and simple non-invasive water usage Smart Sensor for buildings which leverages the fluctuating magnetic fields inside a building’s utility meters. The sensor installs without skill, tools or plumbers and without cutting pipes or dripping a drop.  Simply straps on, detects anomalies and leaks, tracks usage and costs, and analyzes and optimizes building performance. Vata Verks is targeting an aggregate North American market valued at $2B and made up of 3rd party building service providers such as security, building automation, building analytics & optimization all in support of building owners, as well as other niche sectors. 
Expert Panelists
Scott Miller, CEO / Co-Founder, Dragon Innovation
Chris Rezendes, Executive Staff, Context Labs BV
Mitch Tyson, Principal at Tyson Associates
Moderator
Nadia Shalaby, CEO, ITE Fund

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metaLAB + friends openLAB
Tuesday, March 6
5:30-7:30
29 Garden Street, Cambridge

Please join us for metaLAB’s 2018 openLAB, showcasing work by metaLAB and friends.

March 6, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Arts @ 29 Garden, 29 Garden St. in Cambridge. Refreshments will be served!

For more information, get in touch at daniel at metalab.harvard.edu

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Goldsmith Awards Ceremony 2018 with Martha Raddatz of ABC News
Tuesday, March 6
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambrid

The winner of the 2018 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting will be announced, followed by a keynote speech by Goldsmith Career Award winner Martha Raddatz. This event is open to the public, and will also be streamed online. The ceremony will be preceded by a panel discussion, from 3:30-5:00 p.m., in which finalists and special citation awardees will discuss the reporting behind the stories.

Martha Raddatz is ABC News chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She has covered national security, foreign policy, and politics for decades – reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and conflict zones around the world, including Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, and numerous countries in Africa and Asia. In 2012, Raddatz moderated the Vice Presidential debate, and received the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political journalism with a special commendation for debate moderation. During the 2016 election, Raddatz co-moderated the Democratic and Republican primary presidential debates on ABC, as well a presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. From 1993-1998, Raddatz was the Pentagon correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR, she was the chief correspondent at the ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. Raddatz has received four Emmys and numerous other awards. She is the author of The Long Road Home—A Story of War and Family, which made both The New York Times and The Washington Post bestseller lists and was made into a mini-series for TV.

The six finalists for the 2018 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting are:
Asbury Park Press
Shannon Mullen and Payton Guion
Renter Hell
This investigation exposed the hazardous living conditions of thousands of tenants in New Jersey’s government-supported housing. As a result, the state issued more than 1,800 violations, and two state senators introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at fixing many of the issues brought to light in the series.
BuzzFeed News
Melissa Segura
Broken Justice In Chicago
BuzzFeed News investigated a Chicago detective accused by the community of framing more than 50 people for murder. The findings from the series led to the freeing of an innocent man from prison after 23 years, and authorities reviewed the cases of other prisoners.
Miami Herald
Carol Marbin Miller, Audra D.S. Burch, Emily Michot, and the Miami Herald digital team
Fight Club: An Investigation into Florida Juvenile Justice
This investigation found widespread beatings and brutality, sexual exploitation, and medical neglect in Florida’s juvenile detention centers. As a result, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice overhauled its hiring practices and created an Office of Youth and Family Advocacy to investigate complaints.
NPR and ProPublica
Nina Martin and Renee Montagne
Lost Mothers
The United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths in the developed world; NPR and ProPublica found at least half could be prevented with better care. This series tracked maternal deaths, saved lives by raising public awareness of complications, and prompted legislation in New Jersey and Texas.
STAT and The Boston Globe 
David Armstrong and Evan Allen
The Addiction Trade
STAT and The Boston Globe exposed treatment centers, middlemen, and consultants that exploited people seeking addiction treatment, and has led to criminal and congressional probes. Stories ranged from insurance fraud schemes, to poor care at Recovery Centers of America, to patient health put at risk on the TV program Dr. Phil.
The Washington Post
The Washington Post staff
Russia
The Washington Post examined Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible links between the Trump campaign and Kremlin agents, and the United States’ response throughout 2017. The Post’s reporting contributed to the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Special citation:
The New York Times
Emily Steel, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Michael S. Schmidt, and New York Times staff
The Harassment Files: Enough Is Enough
By revealing secret settlements, persuading victims to speak, and bringing powerful men across industries to account, such as Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, and Louis C.K, New York Times reporters spurred a worldwide reckoning about sexual harassment and abuse.

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Beyond the Gates: The Past and Future of Prison Education at Harvard
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
COST	  dmission is free. Tickets required. Limit of 4 tickets per person. Tickets valid until 5:45PM. Tickets available by phone and online (for a fee) and in person at the Harvard Box Office – Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St., Cambridge.
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu
TICKET INFO  The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222
DETAILS  This capstone event will bring together representatives from the most innovative and dynamic programs in the country to testify to the range, scope, and depth of prison education. It will also consider the work that has been done at Harvard, what we can draw inspiration from, and where we can go from here.

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Brownfields: Rewriting Industrial Legacy from Brown to Green
Tuesday, March 6
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brownfields-rewriting-industrial-legacy-from-brown-to-green-tickets-43062575322
Cost:  $8 – $12

New England has an important industrial legacy, but one that has left behind the bad with the good. Many former bustling commercial centers bear a burden of manufacturing pollution and contaminated land parcels and water resources, or brownfields, that impede their ability to grow and prosper as healthy communities.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. In Massachusetts alone there are more than 1,000 registered brownfield sites and over 40,000 reported releases of oil or hazardous material.

The successful clean up and reinvestment in a brownfield site promises to increase the local tax base, spur economic growth, reactivate existing infrastructure, remove pressure from undeveloped, open land, and both improve and protect the environment.
Through presentation and conversation with guest subject matter experts, we will explore:
The current state of brownfields in Massachusetts and beyond
How communities can get educated about brownfields
Where to find funding and technical assistance to support redevelopment initiatives
The correlation between brownfields and racial inequity
The public health, environmental and economic benefits of brownfields revitalization
Lessons learned and success stories from community brownfield projects

OUR GUEST SPEAKERS
Kate O’Brien, Director of Capacity Building, Groundwork USA
Kate leads Groundwork USA's EPA-funded brownfields and equitable development technical assistance program as well as efforts to strengthen the organizational sustainability of Groundwork Trusts.
Kate has been part of the Groundwork USA network for over 15 years, starting as a program coordinator for Groundwork Lawrence in Massachusetts before transitioning to deputy director in 2004, and then executive director in 2007. Under her leadership, the organization leveraged $1.5 million to support design and construction of two riverfront brownfield-to-park projects and pre-development of the now complete $2.6 million Spicket River Greenway. More recently in her own community, Kate secured grant funds for a citywide open space planning process she then designed and led in partnership with a coalition of nonprofits, local government leaders, and stakeholders.
Kate holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA from Kalamazoo College. She lives and works in Portland, Maine with her husband and two young sons.
André Leroux, Executive Director, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance
André has been the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance since 2007, where he established the Great Neighborhoods program to help local residents transform their communities through smart growth projects. He helped found Transportation for Massachusetts, which is a statewide coalition that advocates for increasing funding for walking, biking, and public transportation.
Prior to that, André was the Director of Planning and Policy at Lawrence CommunityWorks, where he coordinated the Reviviendo Gateway Initiative (RGI), an award-winning community revitalization effort in Lawrence, MA. He also led the creation of two smart growth zoning districts in the city, helped to found a cultural economic development initiative, and coordinated a community-university partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology called MIT at Lawrence.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Andre completed two years of graduate studies at El Colegio de México in Mexico City studying urban development and environmental impact assessment. He has worked at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts State Senate. André co-authored a PolicyLink report in 2007 with MIT Professor Lorlene Hoyt called Voices from Forgotten Cities: Innovative Revitalization Coalitions in America’s Older Small Cities. He is fluent in Spanish.
Paul Locke, Assistant Commissioner, MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
Paul directs the MassDEP site cleanup programs, including emergency response activities, marine oil spills, natural resource damage assessment & restoration and the Brownfields Program.
Paul started working as a risk assessor with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Research and Standards in 1987, where he participated in environmental policy development, review of site-specific reports, and provided technical assistance to DEP staff and the regulated community. In 1993 he helped develop the state’s semi-privatized cleanup program – including the rules that determine “how clean is clean enough?” – that facilitates the redevelopment of Brownfields sites.
Since 2004, Paul has worked in the Waste Site Cleanup Program as Director of Policy Development, Director of Response & Remediation and as Assistant Commissioner. Recent initiatives include the development of a comprehensive soil management strategy, updating and streamlining the cleanup regulations, and the implementation of DEP’s vapor intrusion initiatives.
A former chemist (Harvard College) and fairly civil engineer (Tufts University), Paul has also taught (West Africa), developed photos (Cambridge), cross-matched blood (Boston) and scooped ice cream (Brighams).

We hope you’ll join us in learning more about our shared industrial legacy and efforts to turn brown to green. – Carol, Holly & Tilly

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There Is More Than Enough Renewable Energy
Tuesday, March 6
7:00 PM
Belmont Library (Assembly Room), 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont

Mara Prentiss, Ph.D., Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Harvard University. Prentiss Research Lab Dr. Prentiss is author of Energy Revolution: The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology  

On average renewable energy can supply more than 100% total current and future US energy consumption, but at each moment we need the actual supply to meet the actual demand. Moving toward an all electrical energy economy can make this dream a reality.

The Citizen Literacy Series: science-media-civic literacy for an informed, engaged public 
Science for the Public, Belmont Media Center, and Belmont Public Library

More information at http://www.scienceforthepublic.org/coming-events/mar-06-there-is-more-than-enough-renewable-energy

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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. 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://somervilleyogurtmakingcoop.wordpress.com

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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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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 - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
Solidarity Network Economy:  https://ussolidarityeconomy.wordpress.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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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
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