[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - March 25, 2017

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Monday, March 26
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9am - 12pm  LET MY PEOPLE GO! Exodus from Fossil Fuels: An Interfaith Witness for Climate Action
10am  March Webinar: Nashua Food Council
10am  Towards Quantification of the Paris Agreement's Social Value of Mitigation Activities
12pm  Glacial Climates and Monsoon Dynamics in Proxies and Models
12pm  Challenges for Getting the Prices Right in PJM's Wholesale Electricity Markets
12pm  Brown Bag Lunch: Ari Daniel
12:10pm  Ecological Transitions during the Evolution of C4 Photosynthesis
12:15pm  Sex in the Age of Medical Jurisprudence: The Law and Science of Hermaphrodites in the 19th century U.S.
2pm  Food for Thought: the Origins of Massachusetts Food and Why it Matters
3pm  Privacy Despite Mass Surveillance
4pm  Family of Man Revisited: Photography in a Global Age
6pm  Old North Speaker Series: Nancy Seasholes - The Changing Shape of Boston
6pm  Movie and Discussion: When the Water Tap Runs Dry
7pm  China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Tuesday, March 27 - Friday, March 30 
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West Roxbury PIpeline Protest Trial

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Tuesday, March 27
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8:30am  Richard Rothstein: The Color of Law & Changing Patterns
12pm  Shorenstein Center Speaker Series: Adam Serwer
12pm  Life in a Box: Growing shapes in plants and algae
12pm  Dividing Lines: Why Is Internet Access Still Considered a Luxury in America?
12pm  Healthy Fathers, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities: Addressing Father Absenteeism as a Public Health Matter
12pm  The Camp and the City: Territories of Extraction
4:30pm  Physical Chemistry Seminar Series:  Photosynthetic Excitons and Charge Transfer
4:45pm  The Cyber Conundrum: How Do We Fix Cybersecurity?
5:30pm  "Theory of Change" workshop for social entrepreneurs
5:30pm  Celebrating Delightful Moments and the Tech Vectors of Happiness
6pm  How Mushrooms Changed the World
6pm  #TimesUp #MeToo and Beyond: Action, Accountability, and a Cultural Reckoning
6pm  The First Amendment: What Are Its Limits?
6pm  WBUR On Tap: Julia Vogl/Pathways To Freedom
6pm  Community of Scholars Celebratory Kick-Off
6pm  Voices of Black Mobilization in Boston: From Busing to Black Lives Matter
6pm  Forgotten Farms Film Screening
6:30pm  Fuckup Nights Boston Vol. VI
6:45pm  Managing Climate Change
7pm  Finding Solutions in a Divisive World:  What We are Learning from the News Gathering Trenches of Solutions Journalism
7pm  Unrest Film Screening | TEDxBeaconStreet Speaker Jennifer Brea
8pm  Never Remember:  Searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia

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Wednesday, March 28
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12pm  Solar Geoengineering Research Reading Group
12pm  MTL Seminar Series: "The Intelligent Tool and the Future of Semiconductor Manufacturing”
12pm  Student Protests in South Africa
3:30pm  Mechanical properties of semiconducting polymers for energy and virtual touch
4pm  The Drama of Celebrity
4pm  The Neurobiology of Helping: Lessons from Order Rodentia
4:15pm  How People Update Beliefs about Climate Change: Good News and Bad News
5pm  Care Tactics: Environmental Practice of Everyday Life
5:30pm  "Death Drive, Organic Pacifism: Reconsidering Freud and Einstein for the Present" William James Lecture 2017-18 presented by Dr. Judith Butler
5:30pm  The Hidden Life of Soil
6pm  Once Upon an Algorithm
6pm  Climate Change, Biodiversity and the Future of Conservation in America
6pm  Data Science for Social Good Career Panel
6pm  The Science of Pain Management
6pm  City Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy:  A Look at the Greater Boston Area
6pm  VR and Art at the ICA
6:30pm  How to Talk So People Will Listen:  The Top 10 Speaking Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them!) 
7pm  Cyborgs, Futurists & Transhumanism: A Conversation
7pm  Citizens Unite! Improve Our City
7pm  Dr Cornel West - Religion and Democratic Soul Craft

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Thursday, March 29
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11:30am  Fake News and Misinformation Series: Deb Roy
11:45am  The Geopolitics of Energy
12pm  Going Beyond Aid:  Off-grid Water and Wastewater Systems in the West Bank
12pm  Shaky Ground: The Untold Story of the Largest Earthquake Surge in Modern History
12pm  Social Issue Talk: Financial Education as a Building Block for Success
12pm  Book Round Table for Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism
1pm  New Financing Options for Solar+Storage in Low-Income Communities
4pm  Google's Project Aristotle: The Five Keys to a Successful Google Team
4pm  "These Classes Equip Me": The Development of Complex Understandings of Race in College Classrooms
4:15pm  The Sleep-Deprived Human Brain
5pm  Ocean Acidification and Marine Phytoplankton
5pm  Boston Environmental Sustainability Meetup
5:30pm  Askwith Debates - Charter Schools and Educational Equity
5:30pm  Are We Ready to Embrace a Future Powered by Offshore Wind?
6pm  Film Screening of “Asmarina”
6:30pm  Science by the Pint: Artificial Memories
6:30pm  Cambridge Carnival Community Forum — Our Vision for the Next 25 Years
7pm  One Life at a Time – Saving Sea Turtles in Ghana

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Friday, March 30
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9am  ArtTechPsyche IV
12pm  Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar:  More than a Greenhouse Gas: Emerging Perspectives for Methane in the Oceanic Carbon Cycle and Ecosystem Dynamics
1pm  Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
4pm  Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict
7pm  Her Own Hero: The Origins of Women's Self-Defense

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Saturday, March 31,10:00 AM – Saturday, June 23, 1:00 PM 
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Building Relationships Across Difference: A Restorative Approach

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Saturday, March 31
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9am  Revitalizing Ecosystems in Greater Boston to Survive Climate Change

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Sunday, April 1
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1:30pm  Equinox Lecture: Lee McIntyre on "Post-Truth: Is Every Day April Fools Day Now?"

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Monday, April 2
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12pm  PAOC Colloquium: Diagnosing change in the ocean carbon sink
12pm  Congressman Keith Ellison at The Harvard Law Forum
12pm  Nuclear Energy in Decarbonizing China's Energy System: Loosening Constraints, Mitigating Risks
12:10pm  Tree selection in the inner city
12:15pm  Alpine Dreams, Earthly Realities: Epochalism, Continuity, and Democracy in Imagining the Fourth Industrial Revolution
1pm  Computational Social Science: Exciting Progress and Future Challenges
2pm  Asian American Solidarity Economies Project presents 2018 Solidarity Economy Webinar Series
4pm  Norton Lecture V, 'Poetry in Motion' by Wim Wenders
5:30pm  Askwith Forums – Protecting Brains, Stimulating Minds: The Early Life Roots of Success in School
6pm  Gardens of Memory: Design Against Amnesia

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Tuesday, April 3
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The Wind Tunnel Model
11:45am  First MIT Food & Agriculture Club Lunch N' Learn 
12pm  Beyond phenological mismatch: community and landscape dynamics of angiosperm reproduction in a warming world
12pm  Talia Buford: Environmental Inequity and Inequality in 2018
4pm  Harvard HouseZero Typology Symposium
4:30pm  Starr Forum: Women's Empowerment: Are Global Development Organizations Helping or Hurting?
4:30pm  Revisiting and Repurposing the Double Helix
5pm  Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Katie Rae
5pm  Facing Death: Images, Insights and Interventions Lecture and Workshop
6pm  Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable
6pm  The Opioid Crisis in New England
6pm  Plunge into Politics
6pm  Our State of Sustainability with ELM
7pm  Return of the Sea Otter America's Cutest Animal
7pm  Climate Change and Cookbooks
7pm  Phoenix Zone 


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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

Memoranda During the War
https://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2018/03/memoranda-during-war.html

King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry
https://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2018/03/king-of-infinite-space-donald-coxeter.html

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Monday, March 26
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March Webinar: Nashua Food Council
Monday, March 26
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Webinar
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-webinar-nashua-food-council-tickets-42318360355#tickets

Grow Nashua provides a backbone for communication among Nashua’s diverse organizations, schools, and residents to support the local food system and positively impact the overall health of the community. This leadership has led to the creation of Nashua Food Council (NFC). The mission of the food council addresses three strategies, improving distribution and production of healthy culturally appropriate foods, providing nutrition education, and using the collective impact model to create and support NFC. 
Join Justin Munroe from Grow Nashua to learn about the work he is doing as a resource and a partner in providing space, fostering neighborhood activities, and hosting nutrition education through collaboration with schools, parks, hospitals, community organizations . Grow Nashua focuses on low-income and immigrant populations to help increase food security and strengthen community ties. Specifically, Justin will share details about why your community needs its own food council, where to find interested stakeholders, what areas could spark interest for those stakeholders, and the skills and resources helpful to facilitating the conversation. We hope you can join us on March 26!

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LET MY PEOPLE GO! Exodus from Fossil Fuels: An Interfaith Witness for Climate Action
Monday, March 26
12:00 noon at the State House in downtown Boston, preceded by an optional training in non-violent civil disobedience (9-11 am), and followed by an opportunity to lobby for clean energy 
RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/KuAQkwHI2aIqhVsG3

We are gathering people of all faiths to witness to climate injustice in our state, and to speak truth to Governor Baker. We have chosen March 26th because it is during Holy Week and right before Passover and Easter celebrations. We will be speaking from the heart of our diverse faiths, demanding that the Governor stop cooperating with fossil fuel interests and do everything in his power to stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Commonwealth. We will confront the governor, as Moses confronted Pharaoh, with the realities of climate change and the very real "plagues" that climate change is bringing and will continue to bring...until we break free from fossil fuels and begin to repair our climate for future generations.

We will have an opportunity for non-violent direct action training just before we gather at the State House on March 26th, from 9:00-11:00 a.m., in the sanctuary of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont St., Boston, opposite the Park Street stop on the MBTA). This NVDA training will focus on a faith-based approach. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/KuAQkwHI2aIqhVsG3

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Towards Quantification of the Paris Agreement's Social Value of Mitigation Activities
Monday, March 26
10:00AM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Drew Shindell, Duke University.

Hosts: Loretta Mickley, Jonathan Moch

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar
https://www.seas.harvard.edu/calendar/event/112211

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

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Glacial Climates and Monsoon Dynamics in Proxies and Models
Monday, March 26
12:00PM
Harvard, Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Tripti Bhattacharya, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona
Monsoons are critical features of the global hydrological cycle, but our understanding of their past and future variability remains incomplete. In this talk, I use proxy indicators of past monsoonal climates and general circulation model simulations to explore the processes that regulate the long-term evolution of these circulations. In particular, I focus on the North American Monsoon (NAM), an iconic feature of the Southwest climate that is the dominant source of rainfall for northwest Mexico and Arizona. Despite its importance, the NAM remains one of the least understood monsoon systems. Novel measurements of the isotopic composition of leaf waxes indicate a regional decrease in monsoon rainfall during the Last Glacial Maximum (21 ka BP), and show that the deglacial trajectory of the NAM closely tracks North American ice cover. GCM simulations reproduce this link between monsoon strength and ice volume, largely as a result of ice-sheet induced changes in the subtropical jet that `ventilate' the monsoon by favoring the mixing of cold, dry air into the NAM region. This work coheres with a growing body of literature that highlights the role of mid-latitude circulations in altering the energetic environment for monsoon convection. It also shows that comparisons of the sensitivity of regional hydroclimates to large-scale forcings across proxies and models can provide unique insights into the dynamical drivers of climate change.

EPS/ESE Joint Colloquium Series
https://eps.harvard.edu/event/epsese-joint-colloquium-series-1

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

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Challenges for Getting the Prices Right in PJM's Wholesale Electricity Markets
Monday, March 26
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Hung-Po Chao, Senior Director & Chief Economist, PJM Interconnection. Lunch will be provided. 

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

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

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Brown Bag Lunch: Ari Daniel
Monday, March 26
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building 10-340, Emma Rogers Room, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is rescheduled following cancellation during the March 13th snowstorm. Please join us!

Ari Daniel, PhD ’08, is dedicating his career to science communication. He is currently a digital producer on Nova, for PBS, and a freelance reporter for a host of beloved public radio shows such as NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. He will be joining the MIT Women’s League for a Brown Bag Lunch to talk about his work and the role of storytelling in the changing landscape of science communication. Please RSVP to attend, and feel free to bring your lunch!

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Ecological Transitions during the Evolution of C4 Photosynthesis
Monday, March 26
12:10PM
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre Street, Boston

Marjorie Lundgren, Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT

Watch live on the Arboretum’s YouTube channel if you are unable to attend in person. The streaming video is visible only when in progress.

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk
https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/research/research-talks/

Contact Name: 
arbweb at arnarb.harvard.edu

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Sex in the Age of Medical Jurisprudence: The Law and Science of Hermaphrodites in the 19th century U.S.
Monday, March 26
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Maayan Sudai, Harvard Law School

Sandwich lunch is provided. RSVP to via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

The Harvard STS Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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

Contact Name:  sts at hks.harvard.edu

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Food for Thought: the Origins of Massachusetts Food and Why it Matters
Monday, March 26
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Public Library of Brookline - Putterham Library, 959 West Roxbury Parkway, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-for-thought-the-origins-of-massachusetts-food-and-why-it-matters-tickets-42651659261

Join us for an afternoon with Stephen Kenney, Director of the Commonwealth Museum as he talks about the history of food in Massachusetts. What foods are native to Massachusetts and what foods arrived with the English colonists?

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Privacy Despite Mass Surveillance
Monday, March 26
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Sebastian Angel, University of Texas at Austin
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.

Computer Science Colloquium Series

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Family of Man Revisited: Photography in a Global Age
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 26, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Lecture
TICKET INFO  The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Seating will begin at 3:30pm.
CONTACT INFO	(617) 495-9400
DETAILS  Family of Man Revisited: Photography in a Global Age
Hailed as the most successful exhibition of photography ever assembled, The Family of Man opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955 as a statement against war and the conflicts and divisions that threatened a common future for humanity after World War II. The unprecedented exhibition featured 503 images by 273 photographers from 69 countries, traveled throughout the United States and to 46 countries, and was seen by more than nine million people. Curator Edward Steichen described it as “a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world. Photographs made in all parts of the world, of the gamut of life from birth to death.” The exhibition catalogue, still in print, is the most commercially successful photobook ever published. Yet many critics have questioned Family of Man for its sentimental messages and its failure to address the challenges of historical, political, and cultural difference and social inequality.
In this talk, Makeda Best, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, will be in conversation with Gerd Hurm, Anke Reitz, and Shamoon Zamir, editors of the recently published text The Family of Man Revisited: Photography in a Global Age (I. B. Tauris, 2017). Together they will discuss the landmark 1955 exhibition and how it shaped the ways we look at photography today; explore new contexts for interpreting the exhibition’s messages; and share recent research on its reception.
Co-sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard and the Harvard Art Museums.
The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Seating will begin at 3:30pm.
Support for the lecture is provided by the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.
Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.
LINK	https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar/family-of-man-revisited-photography-in-a-global-age

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Old North Speaker Series: Nancy Seasholes - The Changing Shape of Boston
Monday, March 26
6:00 pm
Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-north-speaker-series-nancy-seasholes-the-changing-shape-of-boston-tickets-31648597808

Tickets: “pay what you will” donation
Did you know that Boston was once a small peninsula? How did the fact that Boston was located on a peninsula affect the choices made by both the British and the Patriots on April 18, 1775? What happened to that small peninsula afterwards to transform it into the Boston of today? This talk will explore the changes in Boston’s topography from the time of the Revolutionary War to the present.
Nancy S. Seasholes is a historian and historical archaeologist. Her area of expertise is all the filling that’s been done to create the land on which Boston is located. She is the author of Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston (MIT 2003) and its companion book, Walking Tours of Boston’s Made Land (MIT 2006). She’s also the author of a chapter in Krieger and Cobb’s Mapping Boston (MIT 1999). Nancy is an independent scholar and is currently directing a project to produce an historical atlas of Boston. Titled Atlas of Boston History: The Making of a City, it will be published by the University of Chicago Press in fall 2019.

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Movie and Discussion: When the Water Tap Runs Dry
Monday, March 26
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Fresh Pond Water Works Building, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

What’s better than a free movie? Free popcorn!

Water shortages are projected to be one of the greatest impacts of climate change. This documentary will go over how aspects of America’s water infrastructure are unprepared for extreme change in fresh water patterns.
Stay afterward for an optional discussion. [Runtime: 40min. Rated: G]

tpuopolo at cambridgeMA.gov for more information.

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China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
Monday, March 26
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jeff-wasserstrom-and-maura-cunningham-china-in-the-21st-century-what-everyone-needs-to-know-co-tickets-43320936086

In this fully revised and updated third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom and Maura Elizabeth Cunningham provide cogent answers to urgent questions regarding the world’s newest superpower and offer a framework for understanding China’s meteoric rise from developing country to superpower. Framing their answers through the historical legacies – Confucian thought, Western and Japanese imperialism, the Mao era, and the Tiananmen Square massacre – that largely define China’s present-day trajectory, Wasserstrom and Cunningham introduce readers to the Chinese Communist Party, the building boom in Shanghai, and the environmental fallout of rapid Chinese industrialization. They also explain unique aspects of Chinese culture, such as the one-child policy, and provide insight into Chinese-American relations, a subject that has become increasingly fraught during the Trump era. As Wasserstrom and Cunningham draw parallels between China and other industrialized nations during their periods of development, in particular the United States during its rapid industrialization in the 19th century, they also predict how we might expect China to act in the future vis-à-vis the United States, Russia, India, and its East Asian neighbors.

Updated to include perspectives on Hong Kong’s shifting political status, as well as an expanded discussion of President Xi Jinping’s time in office, China in the 21st Century provides a concise and insightful introduction to this significant global power.

Maura Elizabeth Cunningham is a writer and historian of modern China. She is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University (B.A., 2004), Yale University (M.A., 2006), the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (graduate certificate, 2008), and the University of California, Irvine (Ph.D., 2014). Maura was the editor-in-chief of The China Beat, a blog based at UC Irvine, between 2009 and 2012, and associate editor of ChinaFile during a fellowship at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations in 2011-12. From 2014 to 2016, Maura served as a program officer at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, where she co-directed the Public Intellectuals Program; in 2016, she became the digital media manager at the Association for Asian Studies. As a writer, her work has appeared at the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz (B.A., 1982), Harvard (A.M., 1984), and Berkeley (Ph.D.,1989), and he is now Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine. He has written five books, the most recent of which are Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo(Penguin, 2016) and the third edition of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2018). He has also edited or co-edited several other books, including The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China (2016). In addition to writing for academic journals, he has contributed to many general interest venues, among them the New York Times, the TLS, and the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB). He is an academic editor of LARB’s China Channel and the Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies.

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Tuesday, March 27 - Friday, March 30 
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West Roxbury PIpeline Protest Trial
Tuesday, March 27 - Friday, March 30 
West Roxbury District Court, 445 Arborway, Jamaica Plain

More information at http://www.climatedisobedience.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/963730847119074/

Editorial Comment:  Fifteen activists from five different days of protests combined in one trial.  Could be interesting.

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Tuesday, March 27
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Richard Rothstein: The Color of Law & Changing Patterns
Tuesday, March 27
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
MassHousing, One Beacon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richard-rothstein-the-color-of-law-changing-patterns-tickets-42873252051
Cost:  $15

In THE COLOR OF LAW, Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal level.
“The Color of Law is one of those rare books that will be discussed and debated for many decades. Based on careful analyses of multiple historical documents, Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation.” —WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON, author of The Truly Disadvantaged 
Join the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council as Jim Campen, author of Changing Patterns XXIV, presents some key findings from our most recent report and then hear from Richard Rothstein as he explores the role of goverment in contributing to and reinforcing segregation in Boston, Greater Boston and Massachusetts. Richard will take questions from the audience.
THE COLOR OF LAW will also be available for purchase on site, and Richard will be signing copies at the end of the event.
Tickets are limited so please purchase your ticket now to ensure a space.
Agenda:
8:30 - 9:00	Arrival & breakfast
9:00 – 9:05	Introduction of Richard Rothstein 
9:00 – 9:10	Presentation of Changing Patterns XXIV Data
9:10 – 9:45	Richard Rothstein Remarks
9:45 – 10:20	 Audience Q&A 
10:20 – 11:00 Book Signing

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Shorenstein Center Speaker Series: Adam Serwer
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Adam Serwer
DETAILS  Adam Serwer is the Deputy Politics Editor at The Atlantic. He has previously worked for BuzzFeed News, MSNBC, Mother Jones and The American Prospect.
LINK	https://shorensteincenter.org/event/speaker-series-adam-serwer/

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Life in a Box: Growing shapes in plants and algae
Tuesday, March 27
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, 22 Divinity Avenue, Seminar Room 125, Cambridge

Siobhan A. Braybrook, Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA
Abstract:  In multi-cellular walled organisms, the growth of shape and form requires the modification of two physical parameters: the material properties of the cell wall and/or the amount of turgor pressure within the cell. Work in our research group focuses on the balance between these two parameters, with most of our work centering on cell wall mechanics. We have been particularly interested in methods for quantifying shape, and the kinetics of shape growth, and relating shape growth to changes in cell wall biochemistry and biomechanics. Towards this end, we develop methods to test cell wall mechanical properties as they relate to biochemistry in cell walls and cell wall mimics. We have been utilising pectin and alginate gels for these analyses- with an aim at relating our data to changes during development. In this seminar, I will present some of our most recent data on cell shape quantification, mechanical measurement techniques, and the development of the model brown algae-Fucus.

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Dividing Lines: Why Is Internet Access Still Considered a Luxury in America?
Tuesday, March 27
12:00 pm
Harvard Law School campus, Pound Hall Room 101, Ballantine Classroom
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/03/Smith#RSVP
Event will be live webcast at 12:00 pm at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/03/Smith

featuring Berkman Klein Project Coordinator, Maria Smith
The online world is no longer a distinct world. It is an extension of our social, economic, and political lives. Internet access, however, is still considered a luxury good in the United States. Millions of Americans have been priced out of, or entirely excluded from, the reach of modern internet networks. Maria Smith, an affiliate of Berkman Klein and the Cyberlaw Clinic, created a four-part documentary series to highlight these stark divides in connectivity, from Appalachia to San Francisco, and to uncover the complex web of political and economic forces behind them.  

About Maria
Maria Smith is a Project Coordinator working with Professor Susan Crawford in Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic and leading the efforts of the Responsive Communities project within Berkman Klein. She is focused on the intersection of technology deployment and social and economic justice. Maria is also a documentary filmmaker whose productions expose the impacts of and forces behind America's stark digital divides. She made her directorial debut in college with the film One Nation, Disconnected, in cooperation with the Harvard Law Documentary Studio, that details the hardship of a teenager growing up in New York City without internet access at home. Dividing Lines, a four-part series, is in production this year.   

Maria first joined the Berkman Klein and Harvard Law communities as an undergraduate conducting teaching, research, and project support for Professor Susan Crawford. Maria graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Economics. In college she was invested in work with the Global Health and AIDS Coalition and co-chaired the annual Women’s Leadership Conference. She worked as an intern for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Connecting for Good, and Morgan Stanley.  

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Healthy Fathers, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities: Addressing Father Absenteeism as a Public Health Matter
Tuesday, March 27
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Brown Rudnick LLP, 1 Financial Center, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-issue-talk-healthy-fathers-healthy-families-healthy-communities-addressing-father-registration-42998445508

Guest Speaker: Monica Valdes Lupi, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
Featured Innovator: Fathers' Uplift

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The Camp and the City: Territories of Extraction
Tuesday, March 27
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Stubbins (112), Gund Hall, 42 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Urbanization metabolizes territories surrounding cities as well as territories that are located far beyond the centers themselves and provide the needed resources and goods. Landscapes of extraction are probably one of the most evident examples of this: whole regions are exploited for their resources to ensure the development of others. However, while it is becoming evident that these territories could be considered as part of the urbanization process itself, they are still very marginal in the agenda of urban designers, planners, regional administrators, and political institutions. Territories of extraction are not paid enough attention as places for living themselves – they are in a way the negative of cities: they are what ensures the development, prosperity, and consolidation of cities, but are themselves the emblem of deployment and precariousness.

The Camp and the City book aims to articulate a discussion about territories of extraction in order to set up concepts and provide a general overview of their common challenges throughout different landscapes. Calama – the most important mining cluster in Chile and one of the most important hubs for copper extraction in the world – is presented as a case study in order to generate a more specific and evidence-based discussion, offering the ground for the development of a more projective critical view.

Jeannette Sordi
Jeannette Sordi is Associate Professor of Landscape and Urbanism at the Design Lab of Univer­sidad Adolfo Ibanez, Santiago, Chile. She holds a PhD from the Polytechnic School of the University of Genoa (2014) and has been DAAD post-doctoral research fellow at Leib­niz Universität Hannover (2014) and PhD Special Student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2011- 2012). Her research focuses on the investigation of recycling strategies for architecture, landscape, and urbanism and on the development of planning instruments and devices based on recycling, landscape, and ecology. She is the author of the book Beyond Urbanism (List, 2014) that reassembles the origins and the­ories of Landscape Urbanism, and co-editor of Andrea Branzi. Ten Humble Suggestions for a new Athens Chart (Arq, 2015).

Luis Valenzuela
Director for the Center of Territorial In­telligence and academic for DesignLAB at Adolfo Ibañéz University, professor at the school of business at Adolfo Ibañéz Univer­sity and associated researcher at the Center of Conflict and Social Cohesion, COES. He holds an Architecture diploma and a Master in Architecture from Chile’s Catho­lic University and a Doctor of Design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

In 2014 and 2015 he was guest professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In 2011 he founded the Center of Territorial Intelligence and worked as sub-director for the school of design. From 1997 to 2011 he was academic at the School of Architec­ture, Design and urban Studies of Chile’s Catholic University, where he leaded the urbanism department for the School of Ar­chitecture and created the Master in Urban Project program. He was also academic of the Master in Building Administration at the School of Engineer at Chile’s Catholic University. He was executive director of extension and external services at School of Architecture, Design and urban Studies and director of the Cities Observatory, both at Chile’s Catholic University.

Felipe Vera
Architect, Universidad de Chile (2009). MDeS in Urbanism, Landscape & Ecology from Harvard Graduate School of Design (2013). Professor and co-director of the Cen­ter for Ecology, Landscape and Urbanism at the UAI DesignLab in Chile and Member of the Initiative for Sustainable and Emergent Cities at the Inter American Development Bank. He is editor of ‘Kumbh Mela: Mapping The Ephemeral Mega City’ (2014), ‘Andrea Branzi: Ten Recommendations for a New Athens Charter’ (2015) ‘Rahul Mehrotra: Dissolving Thresholds’ (2015), Ephemeral Urbanism (2016) and curator of the ‘Radical Temporalities’ Pavilion at the Shenzhen Bi­ennale of Architecture and Urbanism (2015) awarded with the International Academic Award, and ‘Ephemeral Urbanism Cities in Constant Flux’ Pavilion at the Venice Bien­nale (2016). Felipe Vera was a faculty at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University.

The Camp and the City: Territories of Extraction is edited by Jeannette Sordi, Luis Valenzuela, Felipe Vera, with essays by Pablo Allard, Maria Ignacia Arrasate, Mariana Barrera, Sourav Kumar Biswas, Diane Davis, Agustina González Cid, Rania Goshn, El Hadi Jazairy, Rahul Mehrotra, Flavio Sciaraffia, Jeannette Sordi, Ricardo Truffello, Luis Valenzuela, Felipe Vera.

http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/the-camp-and-the-city-territories-of-extraction/

Contact Name:   events at gsd.harvard.edu

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Physical Chemistry Seminar Series:  Photosynthetic Excitons and Charge Transfer
Tuesday, March 27 
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Prof. Rienk Van Grondelle, University of Amsterdam

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The Cyber Conundrum: How Do We Fix Cybersecurity?
Tuesday, March 27
4:45-6:00 P.M.
Tufts, Cabot Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Join the Department of Computer Science and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on Tuesday, March 27 for a lecture with Peter Chronis, SVP and Chief Information Security Officer at Turner Broadcasting.

Abstract:  Hackers always seem to be one stop ahead of us. What do we do to regain the upper hand?

The 2016 presidential election was chaotic for many reasons. Perhaps the most troubling was the news that a foreign power used new cyber warfare tactics to influence our views and potentially skew the election. These new revelations come to light as many grow weary of a new reality where hackers always seem to be one step ahead of us. Hacking is now a common occurrence in our digital society and makes headlines every day. Major institutions need to make major changes to be successful in this new reality.

In this talk, Peter Chronis will explore the state of U.S. cybersecurity, finding it woefully inadequate to meet the threat. He calls for a "moonshot"--a profound, coordinated effort to bolster cybersecurity to protect our democracy, economy, and individual digital identities.

About Mr. Chronis:  Peter Chronis is Turner’s SVP and Chief Information Security Officer. His team is responsible for Turner’s information security operations, architecture, governance, compliance, and business continuity programs designed to protect the company and its global portfolio of more than 100 brands.

Chronis has more than 15 years of experience using technology to manage risk for telecommunications, retail, media, entertainment, financial, and IT services companies. He is the inventor of several innovative proprietary IT security technologies that together have blocked more than 750 billion threats and prevented $100 million in fraud.

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"Theory of Change" workshop for social entrepreneurs
Tuesday, March 27
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Harvard Innovation Labs, 125 Western Avenue, Classroom, Allston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theory-of-change-workshop-for-social-entrepreneurs-tickets-43860504951

Interested in creating impact and curious about how to prove it, measure it, and enhance it?
The first question you'll receive from any impact investor or donor worth their salt will be "what's your theory of change?"
Don't be caught flat-footed with such a soft-ball.
Come workshop yours tonight with simple, proven frameworks.

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Celebrating Delightful Moments and the Tech Vectors of Happiness
Tuesday, March 27
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-delightful-moments-and-the-tech-vectors-of-happiness-tickets-42155320699

Delightful Moments are part of all human experience: the small, but powerful, separations from the daily humdrum when we feel stronger, calmer, more joyful, more in control, more distant from pain and anxiety.
A range of new technologies has the potential to deliver these experiences. They vary from transforming the human (genetics, neurosciences), to creating new forms of human chemistry (personal pharma), to changing human experience rather than the body (virtual and augmented reality).

This event marks the official launch of Joyance Partners. By investing in these tech vectors of happiness, Joyance Partners is the first venture fund focused on health experience, not process.Young companies with technology that can deliver Delightful Moments can meet face-to-face with partners from the fund. 

Presenters & Panel
David Edwards - Founder and Director, Le Laboratoire & Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation at Harvard University
Nataly Kogan - Founder of Happier
Sara Lazar - Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School
Moderator - Mike Edelhart, Managing Director of Joyance

Panel Description 
Mike Edelhart (Moderator) is the managing partner for the Joyance Partners fund and Social Starts VC Partnership. Mike is a pioneering media and startup executive, consultant, and author.

Nataly Kogan is the founder of Happier, a global technology and learning platform enabling users to discover new methods of pursuing emotional wellbeing. She is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and author passionate about helping people design and live their lives to be what they genuinely want.

Sara Lazar is an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals.

David Edwards is the founder and director of Le Laboratoire and Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation. He invents radically new ways of delivering human health and wellness and creates forums where like-spirited ideas enrich cultural dialog.

Startups will be demonstrating their delightful experiences before and after the event.  The startups participating so far are:
figur8 - Figur8 is building the first real-time and wearable platform that provides a live analysis of body movement control.
Ixcela - Ixcela is a health and wellness company helping individuals improve their internal health.
Droplette - Droplette is a patented, portable, hand-held device that generates an enhanced aerosol which utilizes a fluid physics phenomena to deliver molecules deep into skin, tissue, and cells over short timescales. The platform has broad applications across multiple fields, such as delivery of drugs for inflammatory skin diseases, skin care products for cosmetic applications, inhalation and lower airway delivery, and gene delivery for gene therapy and biomedical research.
oNotes - oNotes pioneers the digitization of scent in all its natural forms for sensory-enriched lives.
Thryve - Thryve helps people learn about the microbes inside their body to improve health - A gut health program that includes microbiome genomics and personalized probiotics.

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How Mushrooms Changed the World
Tuesday, March 27
6:00pm
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

David Hibbett, Professor of Biology, Clark University 2017–2018 Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Fungi receive little attention in mainstream media, but these organisms have an enormous impact on ecosystems and on the production of food and pharmaceuticals. As decomposers, fungi recycle nutrients and are key contributors to the global carbon cycle. David Hibbett will examine the diversity of fungal decay mechanisms and how they have evolved across geologic time. He will also address the controversial hypothesis that fungal evolution contributed to the decline in coal formation at the end of the Carboniferous Period.

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/harvardmuseumsofscienceandculture

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#TimesUp #MeToo and Beyond: Action, Accountability, and a Cultural Reckoning
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Tina Tchen, Mona Charen
CONTACT INFO	IOP Forum Office
617-495-1380
DETAILS	A Conversation with
Tina Tchen, Partner, Buckley Sandler, Leader, Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund
Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
LINK  http://iop.harvard.edu/forum/timesup-metoo-and-beyond-action-accountability-and-cultural-reckoning

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The First Amendment: What Are Its Limits?
Tuesday, March 27
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-first-amendment-what-are-its-limits-registration-43352140419

Susan Benesch, Carol RoseSusan Benesch, director of the Dangerous Speech Project, and Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, discuss contemporary First Amendment issues.

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WBUR On Tap: Julia Vogl/Pathways To Freedom
Tuesday, March 27
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
WBUR, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wbur-on-tap-julia-voglpathways-to-freedom-tickets-43362636814

Join The ARTery‘s Maria Garcia and acclaimed social sculptor Julia Vogl next week for a conversation about immigration and freedom, which will inspire Vogl's latest artwork “Pathways to Freedom" (on display beginning April 27 during Boston Art Week).

This conversation will be one of 1500+ that Vogl will have in Greater Boston. Drawing inspiration from asking people from all backgrounds about their journeys to freedom, Vogl will create a larger than life visual representation around the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand. Incorporating audio recordings, the piece will allow all to share in Boston’s immigrant experience. Come share your story to be part of Vogl's latest creation.

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

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Community of Scholars Celebratory Kick-Off
Tuesday, March 27
6-8 p.m.
Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Massachusetts Avenue
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-of-scholars-kick-off-tickets-44373038954

Gallery exhibits, music, hors d'oeuvres, wine, and mingling

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Voices of Black Mobilization in Boston: From Busing to Black Lives Matter
Tuesday, March 27
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
BU Photonics Center, Room 206, 8 Saint Marys Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voices-of-black-mobilization-in-boston-from-busing-to-black-lives-matter-tickets-43209702383

This round-table discussion will present diverse perspectives on the history of Black mobilization in Boston--bringing together community leaders who have been doing the work, from organizing around civil rights and the school desegregation in the 1960s and ‘70s to today’s struggle for Black empowerment. Our current political climate compels us to reflect on the lessons of past decades of Black mobilization, to be informed about the issues Black Bostonians face in 2018, and to discuss as a community some of the efforts underway to confront those issues.

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Forgotten Farms Film Screening
Tuesday, March 27
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Tufts, Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, 150 Harrison Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forgotten-farms-film-screening-tickets-43991421526

On March 27th, the Tufts Friedman School will host a film screening titled Forgotten Farms, an modern agricultural documentary that details the decline of the dairy economy in New England.
Most people buy their food in supermarkets and don’t have a chance to meet their farmer, as the bumper sticker recommends. But in more affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants, farmer's markets and CSAs are booming and the new farmers are celebrated. There is another farmer who is left out of the local food celebration. New England has lost over 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years; fewer than 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, they tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. In our enthusiasm for the new food movement, we often overlook the farmers at the foundation of the regional agricultural economy.
The documentary shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, highlighting the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding, and find common ground. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Sarah Gardner and a farmer from the film, so the night promises to host lively discussion on the future of New England's regional food economy.

Feel free to email Laura Barley at laurabarley88 at gmail.com or Kelly Kundratic at kelly.kundratic at tufts.edu if you have any questions or insights. The Facebook event can be found here.
Film Website: http://forgottenfarms.org/
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieNQSTc4H3w&feature=youtu.be

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Fuckup Nights Boston Vol. VI
Tuesday, March 27
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
ImpactHub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 15th floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fuckup-nights-boston-vol-vi-tickets-42142187417
Cost:  $10

What is Fuckup Nights?
Fuckup Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to publicly share business failure stories. Hundreds of people attend each event to hear three to four entrepreneurs share their failures.

Each speaker is given 7-10 minutes and is able to use 10 images to illustrate their story.

What to expect in Vol. VI? 
Thank you to ImpactHUB for graciously hosting us at 50 Milk St ! 

Doors open at 6.30pm. First speaker goes on at 7.30pm. We will wrap up all the loveliness by 9.30pm.

There will be a surprise activity at this event...we want to hear about YOUR fuckups. If you've had a spectacular/funny/particularly heartbreaking startup failure we'll give a few audience members 2 minutes to publicly share their own fuckup.

And as always stay tuned for speaker previews.

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Managing Climate Change
Tuesday, March 27
6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
MIT, Building E51(Tang Hall), 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Down the stairs to the left at the round tables
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/BostonGeopolitics/events/248721001/

Last meet we touched on, but deliberately did not elaborate upon, the international implications of climate change. This meet, let's focus on this topic. Discussions about international politics are rooted in geography. Geography is a wonderful contextual tool to explain behavior in international relations, like why the United States has grown exponentially without foreign invasion [as Bismarck noted, the US is "bordered to the north and south by weak neighbors, and to the east and west by fish], why Russia is stuck in a continuous cycle expanding beyond its means [when no natural border separates your capital from Napoleon and Hitler, holding buffer territory is the best remaining option], and why China historically sees little value in foreign intervention [foreign operations are difficult when you're isolated between the Himalayas, the Gobi Desert, and open ocean].

By extension, every aspect of politics is affected by environmental factors. Natural disasters and climate changes can have immediate and lasting effects on political powers. Civilizations from Mesa Verde to Easter Island have collapsed due to environmental degradation. Mongolia's two attempts to invade Japan (1274; 1282) were scuttled by typhoons. The government's poor response to the 1970 Bhola cyclone helped spark Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971. Years of drought and ensuing famine helped prompt unrest in Syria that has since spiraled out of control.

The environment underlies every action in politics, even when it may not seem to be an overwhelming factor. As droughts, famines, heatwaves, hurricanes, snowstorms and wildfires become more common, managing the effects of climate change will be a central topic of the future. Even those that reject the idea of climate change will need to manage increasing migration from increasingly inhospitable land around the equator, funding ballooning rebuilding expenditures for areas devastated by natural disaster, and the subtle but real depletion of necessities like water. While it is currently seen as a "tangential" area of study in relation to international politics, humanity's relationship with the environment will become increasingly important as climate change progresses.

How will climate change's role in international affairs develop over the coming decades? Can international cooperation centered on environmental issues be effective? How will different regions be affected, and what will the repercussions be? Come discuss!

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Finding Solutions in a Divisive World:  What We are Learning from the News Gathering Trenches of Solutions Journalism
Tuesday, March 27
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Dockser Hall (240), Northeastern University Law, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston
Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-solutions-lessons-from-the-trenches-of-solutions-journalism-tickets-44041551466

There are plenty of tough issues confronting you each morning in the news. It is easy to feel information fatigue. But a growing number of journalists are piercing through those dark headlines, discovering people and organizations creating solutions to some of the deepest crises in areas such as poverty, inequality, education, and crime.

Join us on March 27th at Northeastern University for an evening with reporters and editors who have been covering responses to deeply entrenched social challenges, from Baltimore’s historically high murder rate to the opioid epidemic in rural Pennsylvania.

Plus an educator who spends much of her time training newsroom staffs in the field will share best practices drawn from large and small newsrooms all around the US.

These practitioners of solutions journalism are finding small corners of hope and diligence where people are driving meaningful and constructive change.

Mark Sappenfield, Editor of The Christian Science Monitor introduces the panel
Jonathan Kaufman, Dean of Northeastern Universities School of Journalism moderates the panel
Kevin McCorry, education reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia and statewide public media partnership Keystone Crossroads
Harry Bruinius, New York correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor
Liza Gross, Director of Practice Change at Solutions Journalism Network and faculty member at Columbia University
Sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, Northeastern University, and ONA - the Online News Association.

Registering for this event also registers you for a free weekly newsletter of the best stories from the Christian Science Monitor which can be unsubscribed at any time.

FAQs
If you register, but can't come, please cancel your registration so another person can attend. Thanks!
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email Greg Fitzgerald at fitzgeraldg at csps.com or call (617) 450-2439

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Unrest Film Screening | TEDxBeaconStreet Speaker Jennifer Brea
Tuesday, March 27
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
Lincoln School, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unrest-film-screening-tedxbeaconstreet-speaker-jennifer-brea-registration-44237456423

Meet TEDxBeaconStreet Speaker Jennifer Brea!
Join us for an upcoming screening of the Sundance award-winning, Oscar shortlisted documentary film, Unrest, at the Lincoln School in Brookline. Unrest is directed by Jennifer Brea who spoke on our TEDxBeaconStreet stage this last November at the JFK Presidential Library. 
Jennifer will be joining us at the screening along with her husband Professor Omar Wasow. 
Five years ago, Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities and on bad days makes even the rustling of bed sheets unbearable. Brea describes the obstacles she's encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don't fully understand, as well as her mission to document through film the lives of patients that medicine struggles to treat.

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Never Remember:  Searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia
Tuesday, March 27
8:00 PM (Doors at 7:00)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/masha_gessen1/
Cost:  $5.00 - $28.75 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome National Book Award–winning journalist MASHA GESSEN and acclaimed photographer MISHA FRIEDMAN for a discussion of their new book, Never Remember: Searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia. They will be joined in conversation by ALEXANDRA VACROUX, the Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

About Never Remember
The Gulag was a monstrous network of labor camps that held and killed millions of prisoners from the 1930s to the 1950s. More than half a century after the end of Stalinist terror, the geography of the Gulag has been barely sketched and the number of its victims remains unknown. Has the Gulag been forgotten?
Writer Masha Gessen and photographer Misha Friedman set out across Russia in search of the memory of the Gulag. They journey from Moscow to Sandarmokh, a forested site of mass executions during Stalin’s Great Terror; to the only Gulag camp turned into a museum, outside of the city of Perm in the Urals; and to Kolyma, where prisoners worked in deadly mines in the remote reaches of the Far East. They find that in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where Stalin is remembered as a great leader, Soviet terror has not been forgotten—it was never remembered in the first place.

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Wednesday, March 28
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Solar Geoengineering Research Reading Group
Wednesday, March 28
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

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.

Lunch provided. RSVP to contact listed.

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

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MTL Seminar Series: "The Intelligent Tool and the Future of Semiconductor Manufacturing"
Wednesday, March 28
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 34-401 (Grier), 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Keith Wells, Lam Research

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Student Protests in South Africa
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 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)  Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand
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/march-28-2018-1200pm/spring-colloquium-adam-habib

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Mechanical properties of semiconducting polymers for energy and virtual touch
Wednesday, March 28
3:30pm to 4:45pm
3:00 PM REFRESHMENTS
MIT, Building 66-110 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Prof. Darren J. Lipomi (UC San Diego) 

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The Drama of Celebrity
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Poetry/Prose
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Sharon Marcus, 2017–2018 Elizabeth S. and Richard M. Cashin Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  During her fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute, Sharon Marcus is completing “The Drama of Celebrity,” a book that traces the roots of modern celebrity to 19th-century theater and seeks to explain why people find celebrity culture so alluring. Departing from the common view that celebrities and fans alike are dupes of an all-powerful culture industry, Marcus argues that celebrity culture is an evenly pitched struggle in which media workers, publics, and celebrities all vie to define stars.
LINK  https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-sharon-marcus-fellow-presentation

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The Neurobiology of Helping: Lessons from Order Rodentia
Wednesday, March 28
4:00pm - 5:00pm, followed by reception
MIT, Buildling 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Peggy Mason, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Abstract: Among mammals, social interactions are critical for survival of the individual and the species. Moreover, by facilitating safety, food procurement, shelter and well-being, sociality also allows for longer, more rewarding lives. Pro-social behavior, or helping, that is provided between members of a group increases social cohesion of that group. Given the evolutionary advantages of pro-social behavior, it is not surprising that rats help other rats just as primates, including humans, do. Recently, my laboratory has demonstrated that rats deliberately liberate a conspecific trapped within a restrainer. Helping persists even when the free rat is unable to physically interact with the liberated rat. Moreover, helping is socially selective, occurring only for rats of a familiar type but independent of individual familiarity.

A key question is the motivation that drives rats to help another in distress. We have demonstrated that some degree of affective distress within the helper is required for motivating helping. Yet, to our surprise, helper rats help even when the victim rat shows no distress, evidence that cognitive empathy can motivate a rat witness to action. An additional motivating factor for helping is a rat’s assessment of other rats’ assessments of the trapped rat. Reminiscent of the human bystander effect, rats are more likely to help in the presence of naïve rats and less likely to help in the presence of non-helper (confederate) rats. In sum, the conservation of complex motivated helping behavior across divergent mammals raises the exciting possibility that we can learn about the social influences on human mood from rat experiments.

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How People Update Beliefs about Climate Change: Good News and Bad News
Wednesday, March 28
4:15pm
Harvard, Taubman Building 5th floor, Nye B-C, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Cass Sunstein, Harvard University, Sebastian Bobadilla-Suarez, Stephanie Lazzaro, and Tali Sharot, University College London
(Joint with HLS Behavioral Economics, Law, and Public Policy Seminar) 

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Care Tactics: Environmental Practice of Everyday Life
Wednesday, March 28
5:00PM TO 6:00PM
Harvard, CGIS Knafel Bldg, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

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Witnessing a return to longstanding theories of sensation and perception, environmental criticism is reconsidering (or retrofitting) phenomenology for an inventive ethics and aesthetics of quotidian life. Proposing that on the basis of sentience and perception we can fashion an art of the everyday of political mettle, it displaces work of time past into the ecological crises of our moment. Turning historical objects into critical counterparts, Gilles Deleuze, Isabelle Stengers and others concerned about the “state of the world” rethink early 20th century philosophers such as A. N. Whitehead to find an ecology of practices. The aim of this paper is less to excavate or exonerate than to redeploy or redesign ways of thinking into an ethics of care.

Contact Name:   roilos at fas.harvard.edu

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"Death Drive, Organic Pacifism: Reconsidering Freud and Einstein for the Present" William James Lecture 2017-18 presented by Dr. Judith Butler
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture
SPONSOR	Harvard Divinity School 
CONTACT	Dean's Office and Office for Academic Affairs
DETAILS	
Judith Butler, the author of Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity and Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, will present the annual William James Lecture. Butler's talk, "Death Drive, Organic Pacifism: Reconsidering Freud and Einstein for the Present," will take place in the Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School's Austin Hall. View this map for directions from HDS to Austin Hall.
Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984. She is the author of several books, including Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (1993), The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (1997), Excitable Speech (1997), Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2000), Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning (2004); Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009), Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012), Dispossession: The Performative in the Political co-authored with Athena Athanasiou (2013), Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015), and Vulnerability in Resistance (2016).
Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and she is the recipient of nine honorary degrees.
She presently has a Mellon Foundation Grant supporting International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs. She has served on the Executive Council of the Modern Languages Association and chaired its committee on Academic Freedom. Butler is active in several human rights organizations, serving on the board of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace.
She was the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities (2009-13). She is currently the Second Vice-President of the Modern Language Association.

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The Hidden Life of Soil
Wednesday, March 28 
5:30 pm: social time;  6-8 pm: presentation
Community Room, Cambridge Public Library Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Our guest presenter, Didi Pershouse, is the author of The Ecology of Care and has been active with the Soil Carbon Coalition.

Many of us have been learning about the “hidden life of trees” and how they function via underground fungal networks. Didi will be talking with us about how those networks depend on a well-functioning “soil carbon sponge”: a layer of the landscape that keeps the water cycle — and the carbon cycle — going. The health — or ill health — of this soil sponge connects to cycles of drought and flooding, heat waves, algae blooms, and all sorts of other climate-related phenomena. 

So we hope you’ll join us for this informative presentation that promises to deepen our understanding of global environmental systems — and to provide lots of practical tips on how we can support the living soil in our own surroundings.

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Once Upon an Algorithm
Wednesday, March 28
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rescheduled-martin-erwig-once-upon-an-algorithm-tickets-43994560916

Join us in welcoming Martin Erwig, author of Once Upon an Algorithm, to the MIT Press Bookstore. This event is free to attend, and copies of the book will be available at 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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Climate Change, Biodiversity and the Future of Conservation in America
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Edward O. Wilson, Terry Tempest Williams, Jonathon B. Jarvis, Linda J. Bilmes
CONTACT INFO	IOP Forum Office
617-495-1380
DETAILS	A Conversation with
Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology at Harvard University, Author, The Origins of Creativity, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner
Terry Tempest Williams, Writer-in-residence, Harvard Divinity School, Naturalist and Environmental Writer, Author, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks
Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, U.S. National Park Service (2009-2017), Executive Director, Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, University of California, Berkeley, Author, The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water
Linda J. Bilmes (Moderator), Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS, Member, National Park Service Advisory Board
LINK  http://iop.harvard.edu/forum/climate-change-biodiversity-and-future-conservation-america

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Data Science for Social Good Career Panel
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS S010 Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Humanities, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Big Data Club in GSAS
TICKET WEB LINK  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPsbWoKnbmBYbx84ywgEfyD0VNU5jDfuRkI-Y9TrDwmcmtTw/viewform
DETAILS  Data science has far-reaching applications beyond the tech world. Ever wonder what does a data science career in social sciences or public service look like? Come hear from data scientists at the Red Cross, McGrawHill Education, City of Boston - Analytics team, Civis Analytics, and National Fire Protection Association.

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The Science of Pain Management
Wednesday, March 28
6:00-7:30 PM
The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, The New Research Building , 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/longwood-seminars-mini-med-school-program-tickets-42761131696

Clifford Woolf
Bertha Madras
James Rathmell

Longwood Seminars: Mini-Med School Program
The program consists of four science and health educational seminars featuring Harvard Medical School faculty and are open to all. Attend three or more to receive a certificate of completion. Public school teachers earn 10 PDPs for attending all four seminars.

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City Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy:  A Look at the Greater Boston Area
Wednesday, March 28
6:00 - 8:00 PM
WilmerHale, 60 State Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-pathways-to-100-renewable-energy-a-look-at-the-greater-boston-area-tickets-43983517886
*Registration and a valid Photo ID are Required*

Cities across the U.S. and internationally have aggressive renewable energy, climate, and decarbonization targets. The greater Boston area cities are amongst the leaders - Boston: Carbon Neutral by 2050; Cambridge: 80% Emissions Reductions by 2050; Somerville: Carbon Neutral by 2050. Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville also have agreed to meet the targets set forth by the Paris Accord Climate Targets (26% - 28% emissions reductions by 2025). These cities have already taken several actions to create a low-carbon future, however, much work remains to meet both near and long terms goals. What changes are needed in the electricity sector to reach these targets? What steps are needed for these and other cities to meet their goals? Are 100% renewable energy targets necessary and feasible? This panel will explore these questions, as well as the roles, actions, and available pathways cities can pursue to meet their climate and energy goals.

Panel:
Moderator: Jon Crowe - Principal, Meister Consultants Group
Panelist: Oliver Sellers-Garcia – Director of Sustainability and Environment, City of Somerville
Panelist: Cammy Peterson - Director of Clean Energy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Panelist: Benjamin Silverman - Climate and Buildings Program Manager, City of Boston

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VR and Art at the ICA
Wednesday, March 28
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
The Institute Of Contemporary Art/Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-night-at-the-ica-tickets-43105414455

Boston is one of the leading innovation centers in the country, and the ICA is harnessing that energy around the groundbreaking exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today.

For one night only the ICA will be open for just the Greater Boston Tech Community! Experience talks from local innovators and experts including immersive storyteller and AR artist Charity Everett and a General Assembly discussion of ethics in user experience design with Aaron Scott the Founder and Creative Director of Symbolic Design, private access to the exhibition with an introduction from curator Jeff De Blois, tech demos, an interactive VR experience that teaches music as you play, a cash bar, spotlight talks in the galleries, a pop-up shop, and more!
Mingle, get inspired, and enjoy private access to the landmark exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today.

Space is limited. Save your spot today!

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How to Talk So People Will Listen:  The Top 10 Speaking Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them!) 
Wednesday, March 28
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Churchill 103, 805 Columbus Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-talk-so-people-will-listen-darren-lacroix-tickets-42714985672

Featuring World Champion Public Speaker Darren LaCroix, CSP, AS
Do you want to speak? Or be heard? Are you confident enough to hear the truth? Most presenters make crucial mistakes that disconnect their audience. What happens if you make the same mistakes over and over again? They become a habit. They become part of you and your style.

Years ago, Darren LaCroix bombed miserably in a Boston comedy club. Just nine years later he out-spoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to become the World Champion of Public Speaking with a very compelling speech.

Darren admits there is NO WAY he could have won without receiving some coaching to point out his mistakes and bad habits. One coach, a former World Champion Public Speaker, gave Darren the exact opposite advice as everyone else. Champions think differently.

After a decade of coaching speakers and corporate presenters at all levels, Darren has seen it all. Using his coach’s eye he can answer the question, “What are the biggest mistakes most presenters make?” Join us to find out how to become a powerful and effective speaker. Learn tips from World Champion Darren LaCroix that will help further your career and advance your personal goals.

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Cyborgs, Futurists & Transhumanism: A Conversation
Wednesday, March 28
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Museum of ScienceScience Park, Boston, MA
RSVP at https://www.mos.org/public-events/cyborgs-futurists-and-transhumanism

We've all heard of Terminator, Blade Runner, and other science fiction about cyborgs. But how far is reality from fiction? Can scientists transform humans into machine-like creatures — stronger, smarter, and who knows, even immortal? Join us for a unique conversation between a leading neuroscientist, a humanist, and a physicist about our transhumanist future.

Featuring:
Ed Boyden, PhD
Leader of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group and Associate Professor in the Departments of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Mark O’Connell
Journalist and Author of To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
Marcelo Gleiser, PhD
Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy, professor of physics and astronomy, and director of the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College.

Part of the Cyber-Insecurity series.

Reception with light bites, cash bar (21+), and opportunity for intimate dialogue between audience and speakers after the formal program.

Adults 18+ Only.

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Citizens Unite! Improve Our City
Wednesday, March 28
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
WeWork Mass Avenue, 625 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/citizens-unite-improve-our-city-tickets-44280173190

How can we can make an impact in our city as citizens?

There are many exciting places the conversation can take us, from newly-built flourishing city-states like Singapore, to one of Europe’s oldest cities playing unlikely host to digital nomads from all over the world, to science-fictional utopias built on nothing but the vision of a better future. We will then steer back home and offer a platform for fellow citizens to voice and share their values, propose ideas and improvements to the commons, hear from active members of local government, and explore what it might take to set the gears of change in motion.

Some ponderings:
What are our individual and collective values when thinking about a city? How well is our city currently optimizing along those metrics?
How well informed and engaged is the average citizen, and what sort of information is most essential and relevant?
How does/will new technology and data impact cities and the people in them, in positive or dubious ways?
As humanity becomes more connected at scale, how will the concept of a city change altogether?
What are some unexplored improvements that can be experimented with and implemented locally?

A few examples to get the juices flowing:
Local currency to incentivize supporting local businesses
Waste reduction opportunities on personal and local scales
Digital cities: virtual and augmented realities
Commute routes optimizing for metrics other than fastest arrival time (safety, sunlight, scenery, etc)
Equal opportunity free flower offerings!
Hope to see you there!

(This event is free and open to the public.)

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Dr Cornel West - Religion and Democratic Soul Craft
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wexner Commons, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Kennedy School Student Government - Diversity Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  Dr Cornel West
TICKET WEB LINK  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVevNxtvQCIfQDETNEn5drdDgaG7y4rXIuvpXA1wF5kkotHA/viewform
TICKET INFO  Please RSVP requested and not required

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Thursday, March 29
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Fake News and Misinformation Series: Deb Roy
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Wexner 434, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Shorenstein Center
SPEAKER(S)  Deb Roy
DETAILS  Speaker series on fake news and misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University.
Deb Roy is an Associate Professor at MIT where he directs the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM) based at the Media Lab. His lab explores new methods in media analytics (natural language processing, social network analysis, speech, image, and video analysis) and media design (information visualization, games, communication apps) with applications in children’s learning and social listening.
Roy is also co-founder and chairman of Cortico, a not-for-profit media technology company that is developing media technologies and services with the aim of improving the health of discourse in the public sphere. Cortico and LSM collaborate in order to translate MIT research into field-ready scalable technologies, and to inform new research questions at MIT grounded in field experience.
He was co-founder and CEO of Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, which MIT Technology Review named as one of the 50 most innovative companies of 2012. Bluefin was acquired by Twitter in 2013, Twitter’s largest acquisition at the time. From 2013-2017 Roy served as Twitter’s Chief Media Scientist. In this role, he guided Twitter’s product strategy and led the transition of the Bluefin team to become a global data science capability for the platform.
An author of over 130 academic papers, his popular TED talk Birth of a Word presents his research into his own son’s language development that led to new ideas in media analytics. A native of Canada, Roy received a Bachelor of Applied Science (computer engineering) from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.
LINK  https://shorensteincenter.org/event/fake-news-misinformation-series-deb-roy/

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The Geopolitics of Energy
Thursday, March 29
11:45AM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
Energy Policy Seminar
https://sites.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/cepr/seminar.html

Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University. Lunch will be provided. 

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

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Going Beyond Aid:  Off-grid Water and Wastewater Systems in the West Bank
Thursday, March 29
12:00-1:00pm
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Suleiman Halasah, Center for Transboundary Water Management, Arava Institute for Env Studies
Almost half of the world's population lives in rural areas where opportunities for access to large- scale centralized water and sanitation systems is limited. This is due to the high capital cost affiliated with building these networks and the energy required for long distance pumping. Off-grid decentralized wastewater treatment is an alternative solution for these communities and became one of the main targets for development agencies. However, many of these development projects fail soon after their completion by the donor/development agencies. In the Palestinian Territories, both the political and economic conditions prevent the installation of proper centralized wastewater treatment, together with the dependency on financial support for wastewater infrastructure projects from international donors. This talk will discuss a model for long-term sustainability of off-grid wastewater management solutions in the West Bank.

Suleiman Halasah is the co-founder Global Sun Partners, a renewable energy company that works on building solar energy PV power plants in several countries in the world. He established Integrated GREEN Solutions (i.GREENs) which aims to improve the environmental awareness and introduce green solutions in Jordan and the Middle East. He has worked for the Jordan Valley Authority in the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation and has served as a panel member on the topic of water security and climate change at the UN Department of Public Information/NGO Conference in New York in 2007. Mr. Halasah has BSc in electrical engineering the University of Jordan, and a MSc. from Ben Gurion University.

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Shaky Ground: The Untold Story of the Largest Earthquake Surge in Modern History
Thursday, March 29
12pm - 1:30pm
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Conevery Bolton Valencius, Professor of History, Boston University; David Corcoran, Associate Director, MIT’s Knight Science; and Anna Kuchment, Journalist, Dallas Morning News and Scientific American.

The Environmental History Working Group at Harvard University convenes once or twice a month to discuss the many ways in which humans have shared their history with non-human entities and forces. We welcome participants studying all regions and time periods at any stage of their career and from any relevant branch of history or allied fields. 

Environmental History Working Group
https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/envihist

Contact Name:  Daniel Zizzamia
zizzamia at fas.harvard.edu

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Social Issue Talk: Financial Education as a Building Block for Success
Thursday, March 29
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Fiduciary Trust Company, 175 Federal Street #16, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-issue-talk-financial-education-as-a-building-block-for-success-registration-43001007170

Track Partner: MassMutual Foundation
Speaker: Alayna Van Tassel, Deputy Treasurer, Executive Director of the Office of Economic Empowerment, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
2018 Social Innovator: ACT Lawrence

Join the Social Innovation Forum on March 29, 2018 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm for the Social Issue Talk "Financial Education as a Building Block for Success." Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP.

SPEAKER
Alayna Van Tassel, Deputy Treasurer, Executive Director of the Office of Economic Empowerment, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE) is a department within the Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts tasked with supporting, advocating, and facilitating policies that empower all Massachusetts residents. Their programs serve women, families, high school students, veterans, and seniors. The OEE's priorities include closing the wage gap, increasing access to financial education, improving college affordability, and investing in STEM careers and education.

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Book Round Table for Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, Public Gathering Room (S030), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, A Research Cluster on Global Transformations
SPEAKER(S)  Author: Quinn Slobodian, ACLS Burkhardt/WIGH Fellow; Wellesley College
Panelists:  Katrina Forrester , Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University;  Priya Lal, Associate Professor of History, Boston College;  Jamie Martin, Assistant Professor of History and School of Foreign Studies, Georgetown.
CONTACT INFO	jbarnard at wcfia.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Author Quinn Slobodian (ACLS Burkhardt/WIGH Fellow; Wellesley College) will meet with a panel of critics to discuss his new book Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (Harvard University Press, 2018).
LINK	https://wigh.wcfia.harvard.edu/event/book-panel-quinn-slobodian-globalists-end-empire-and-birth-neoliberalism?delta=0

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New Financing Options for Solar+Storage in Low-Income Communities
Thursday, March 29
1-2pm ET 
Webinar
RSVP at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2734650733813011458  

Current clean energy financing models do not sufficiently serve low-income communities. As a result, solar+storage projects are vastly underrepresented in affordable housing and community facilities, meaning that low-income communities are unable to enjoy the benefits of clean, affordable and resilient power.
 
A new paper by Clean Energy Group describes emerging finance models to address the energy equity challenge and to level the financing playing field. The paper, “Owning the Benefits of Solar+Storage: New Ownership and Investment Models for Affordable Housing and Community Facilities,” explores additional ownership and financing options for solar+storage projects and low-income communities beyond direct ownership and conventional leasing models. It makes a simple point: there are ownership and financing strategies that can provide many of the economic and other benefits of direct ownership, while overcoming some of the risks and barriers that direct ownership may entail for many project developers.
 
In this webinar, report co-author Rob Sanders will be joined by guest speakers from National Housing Trust and Urban Ingenuity to discuss ownership and finance models ranging from immediate direct ownership to third party ownership flips to C-PACE financing strategies.
 
Panelists:
Rob Sanders, Senior Finance Director, Clean Energy Group
Jared Lang, Assistant Vice President – Sustainability, National Housing Trust
Bracken Hendricks, President and CEO, Urban Ingenuity

This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group's Resilient Power Project. For more information, please visit www.resilient-power.org.

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Google's Project Aristotle: The Five Keys to a Successful Google Team
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin, G-125, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Learning Incubator (LInc)
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Abeer Dubey, Director, People Analytics, Google
CONTACT INFO	Lisa Frontado, Director, SEAS LInc
lfrontado at seas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Google’s research uncovers surprising insights around why some groups flourish and others falter.
Pod. Work group. Committee. Autonomous collective. Whatever you call it, you’re part of one at Google and probably wherever you work: a team. So, what is it that makes a team effective? Over two years, we conducted 200+ interviews with Googlers (our employees) and looked at more than 250 attributes of 180+ active Google teams to learn the same. The talk describes how we conducted this research, what we found and how we have put this research into action.
LINK  https://learningincubator.seas.harvard.edu/event/science-learning-speaker-series-1

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"These Classes Equip Me": The Development of Complex Understandings of Race in College Classrooms
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard,, William James Hall, Room 105, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mahindra Humanities Center
SPEAKER(S)  Janine de Novais, Harvard Graduate School of Education
DETAILS  What is the relationship between classroom experience in academic courses on race, and students’ understanding of race? To explore this question, I analyzed data from two college courses—one focused on narratives by enslaved people, and one focused on black political thought. I found that students drew from the new knowledge they gained and the experiences they had in the courses to develop a critical and nuanced understanding of race. Students also reported that the courses “equipped them” to better engage with issues of race in their lives. I argue that this relationship between students' classroom experiences and their framing of race has implications for both contemporary higher education and the larger society.
LINK  http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/universities-past-present-and-future

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The Sleep-Deprived Human Brain
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Research study, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Nora D. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  In this lecture, Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institute of Health, will examine the results from two sets of brain-imaging studies done to investigate the effects of sleep deprivation on the human brain. Taken together, these studies suggest a complex picture in which the sleep-deprived human brain may tell us much about addiction and other diseases. Register online.
LINK  https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-nora-d-volkow-lecture

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Ocean Acidification and Marine Phytoplankton
Thursday, March 29
5:00PM
Harvard, Northwest B101, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard University Center for the Environment hosts a special seminar with François Morel, Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences; Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University. 

François Morel is the Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Grenoble, France, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology. He was a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1973 to 1994 and joined the Princeton faculty in 1994. The research in his laboratory focuses on the interaction of trace metals and microorganisms in the environment, with particular emphasis on the role of metals in the global cycles of carbon and nitrogen in marine and terrestrial systems. Morel’s research group discovered the only known cadmium enzyme, a cadmium carbonic anhydrase used by marine phytoplankton to acquire inorganic carbon for photosynthesis. At Princeton, Pr. Morel teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. Morel and his student Janet Hering authored the widely used teaching text: “Principles and Applications of Aquatic Chemistry (Wiley). He directed the Ralph M. Parsons laboratory at MIT from 1991 to 1994, the Princeton Environmental Institute from 1998 to 2006 and the NSF-supported Center for Environmental BioInorganic Chemistry from 1998 to 2007.

Morel is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettre ed Arti. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geochemical Society. He received the Patterson Medal from the Geochemical Society in 2001, the Urey Medal from the American Geophysical Union in 2005, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the California Institute of Technology in 2009, and the Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology from the American Chemical Society in 2010. He is the recipient of the 2010 Eni Environmental Award from the Eni Foundation and of the 2012 Dickson Prize in the Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.

Contact Name:  Erin Harleman
eharleman at fas.harvard.edu

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Boston Environmental Sustainability Meetup
Thursday, March 29
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Harpoon Brewery And Beer Hall, 306 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Sustainability-Meetup/events/247313283/

This is intended to be a kickoff for the group. Ideas are welcome.
This is NOT a protest group.

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Askwith Debates - Charter Schools and Educational Equity
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Forum, Question & Answer Session
PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT  Alumni, Askwith Forum
BUILDING/ROOM  Askwith Hall
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT	Harvard Graduate School of Education
REGISTRATION REQUIRED  No
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP REQUIRED	No
FEATURED EVENT  Askwith Forums
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education
DETAILS   Speakers include:
Cornell Williams Brooks, senior fellow, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University; visiting professor of social ethics, law, and justice movements, Boston University
Eva Moskowitz, founder and chief executive officer, Success Academy Charter Schools
Gerard Robinson, Ed.M.’95, executive director, Center for Advancing Opportunity
Moderator: Martin West, associate professor of education, HGSE and deputy director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School
Rapid growth in the number of public charter schools, which now serve more than three million students nationwide, has sparked debate over their implications for educational equity. Proponents contend that charters provide an escape valve for low-income, mostly minority students in struggling school districts, while critics allege that charters serve a select few, reinforce racial and economic school segregation, and destabilize urban communities. Some prominent organizations within the civil rights community have called for a moratorium on charter growth. Do charter schools enhance or undermine equity in American education? Should their growth be encouraged or curtailed? Join us as leading educators, policymakers, and researchers come together to debate the charter school movement and its future.

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Are We Ready to Embrace a Future Powered by Offshore Wind?
Thursday, March 29
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/are-we-ready-to-embrace-a-future-powered-by-offshore-wind-tickets-43417058591

On August 8, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Act to Promote Energy Diversity which allows for the procurement of up to 1,600MW of offshore wind. This act establishes Massachusetts as a front runner in becoming an industry leader and reaffirms the State’s commitment to clean power. Offshore wind energy has the potential to fulfill all the energy needs of not just Massachusetts but the United States as a whole while simultaneously creating thousands of jobs. But as we’ve seen with projects like Cape Wind, we’re facing several obstacles. What are the lessons learned and how can we ensure the success of offshore wind in MA? Who are the leaders developing technologies and processes needed to turn these energy outlooks into realities? Are we ready to embrace a future powered by offshore wind?
Join us in the new Global Center for Cleantech Innovation at Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States, for an evening of discussion about the future of offshore wind energy from the vantage point of the corporate leaders, startups, and industry experts driving innovation in Massachusetts and around the globe. 

PROGRAM AGENDA: 
5:30pm - 5:35pm: Event begins
5:45pm - 5:55pm: Opening Remarks 
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Offshore Wind Panel (see panelists below) 
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Poster Session + Networking 

PANELISTS INCLUDE: 
Francis Slingsby, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Orsted
Eric Hines, Professor of the Practice, Tufts School of Engineering, and Principal, LeMessurier Consultants
Ravi Paintal, CEO, Autonomous Marine Systems
Bill White, Senior Director for Offshore Wind, MassCEC
Barbara Kates-Garnick, (Moderator) Professor of the Practice, The Fletcher School at Tufts University 

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Film Screening of “Asmarina”
Thursday March 29
6:00 P.M.  Doors will open at 5:30pm
Harvard Art Museum, Menschel Hall, Lower Level (Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway), 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Introduction by Dr. Angela Davis, UC Santa Cruz
Followed by conversation with film director Medhin Paolos and Dr. Angela Davis

This program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at noon on Thursday, March 22, at the Harvard Box Office, located in Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St, Cambridge.

Tickets must be picked up in person and are not available online or by phone.

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Science by the Pint: Artificial Memories
Thursday, March 29
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville
RSVP athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-by-the-pint-artificial-memories-tickets-43168908367

“How to artificially erase, activate, and create memories in the brain”

This Science by the Pint event features Dr. Steve Ramirez. Dr. Ramirez is an Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. 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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Cambridge Carnival Community Forum — Our Vision for the Next 25 Years
Thursday, March 29
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cambridge Public Library Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cambridge-carnival-community-forum-our-vision-for-the-next-25-years-tickets-44077529076

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Central Square Business Association/Cultural District. RSVP desired.

Cambridge Carnival International is a colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions. The festival, in its 26th year is considered a Cambridge Institution and it’s the largest festival in Cambridge. The festival is planned by the people for the people. A volunteer committee of residents, work year-round to plan this special and spectacular event for the Cambridge community that celebrates culture, diversity and community. The highlight of the festival is a grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythmic musicality promoting all types of cultures. Participants can be seen as revelers masquerading through the streets in dazzling handmade costumes accompanied by steel drums, dancing to the beat of the Carnival. The festival is also an opportunity to enjoy international foods and purchase multicultural crafts from around the world.
As the Cambridge Carnival embarks on the next 25 years, we invite the Cambridge community and our stakeholders to be a part of shaping its future. We all want what is best for our community and our City—a fun, safe and successful Carnival. We can’t be successful unless we are all invested and in this together. We borrowed the words from our City Manager, Louis A. DePasquale that he shared at a recent community meeting that also applies to us — “while there will be challenges, by working together we will get there.” We hope you will join us on March 29th to help us get “there.”

Community Forum Agenda
Preserving our legacy—enhancing the programming
Exploring a new venue and festival footprint
Public safety
Community collaboration
Introducing the Cambridge Youth Steel Orchestra initiative

Contact information:
Cambridge Carnival International Inc. P.O. Box 390468, Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-492-2518
cambridgecarnival at gmail.com
www.cambridgecarnival.org
Facebook: @cambridgecarnivalinternational

Editorial Comment:  Last year there was a shooting at the Cambridge Carnival.  Some have called for its end.  Those interested in this event and issue might want to attend this public meeting.

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One Life at a Time – Saving Sea Turtles in Ghana
Thursday, March 29
7pm
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater, One Aquarium Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107465&view=Detail

John Flynn, co-founder and director of Wildseas and New England Aquarium Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow*

During a 2011 visit to the western region of Ghana, Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) Fellow John Flynn and his colleague Neil Davis witnessed the rampant poaching of nesting sea turtles and their eggs. They reached out to local village chiefs, recruited a dedicated team from the community, and began nightly beach patrols to deter poachers. Within a few years, Flynn, Davis, local anti-poaching patrol leader Enock Agyimah, and numerous seasonal staff helped protect thousands of turtle eggs and many nesting turtles from poachers. The conservation mission of the group, known as Wildseas, soon grew beyond protecting sea turtle nesting beaches.

In 2012, Flynn and Davis’ interpreter, Eric Quayson, alerted them to high bycatch rates of sea turtles in offshore fishing nets. Working with Quayson, who served as a liaison to the fishing community, Flynn and Davis secured a commitment from the fishermen to safely release turtles caught in their nets. This collaborative safe-release program has saved nearly 1,000 turtles since 2012. Flynn will speak about the many challenges and successes he and his team have experienced in their efforts to save turtles, collaborate with fishermen, engage local communities, and build local capacity for conservation.

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ArtTechPsyche IV
Friday, March 30
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
Arts @ 29 Garden, 29 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arttechpsyche-iv-tickets-41397875159?

Returning for a fourth year, ArtTechPsyche celebrates human expression at the intersection of technology and the arts through numerous immersive digital experiences, art installations, technology demos, and visionary speakers. This annual symposium run by Harvard’s Digital Futures Consortium is a unique collaboration between Harvard Arts and Humanities Research Computing (DARTH), the Harvard Library, and Arts @ 29 Garden, with additional sponsorship from Academic Technology for Faculty of Arts and Sciences. We invite you to join us for ArtTechPsycheIV on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Arts @ 29 Garden.

Explore the creative process and its impact on emerging technologies. Discover the ways in which technology shapes us, and conversely, how the artist continually challenges and informs technological development. Interact with cutting edge art installations and software demos to experience the world in new ways. Meet like-minded faculty, staff, students, researchers, and colleagues of any skill level while exploring new projects and collaborations on and around campus.

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Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar:  More than a Greenhouse Gas: Emerging Perspectives for Methane in the Oceanic Carbon Cycle and Ecosystem Dynamics
Friday, March 30
12:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

John Pohlman, USGS

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar
https://www.seas.harvard.edu/calendar/event/111771

Contact Name:  Kelvin Bates
kelvin_bates at fas.harvard.edu
206-909-3412

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Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Friday, March 30
1:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 14N-132 (DIRC), 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://libcal.mit.edu/event/4021320

Join the MIT Libraries for our 2018 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, focused on artists’ books and the artists who make them. Join us for a talk about artists' books in the MIT Libraries collection. Then learn about how to edit Wikipedia, the world's largest encyclopedia, and join a global movement seeking to improve coverage of women artists and art. More information at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Boston/MIT_Art%2BFeminism_2018

Schedule 
1-1:30pm: Settle in, introduction to resources, creating Wikipedia accounts
1:30-2pm: Talk by Anna Boutin-Cooper, librarian for SA+P at MIT, about artists’ books in the MIT Libraries collection
2-2:30pm: Wikipedia editing training
2:30-4pm:  Edit Wikipedia! Assistance from experienced editors will be available
Snacks will be provided, and all are welcome.

Registration encouraged, but not required to attend 

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Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict
WHEN  Friday, Mar. 30, 2018, 4 – 5:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Thomas Piketty, Douglas Elmendorf
CONTACT INFO	IOP Forum Office  617-495-1380
DETAILS  Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict
The Inaugural James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality
Thomas Piketty, Professor at EHESS and the Paris School of Economics, Author of the international best-seller, 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'
Douglas Elmendorf (Moderator), Dean, Harvard Kennedy School, Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Join Thomas Piketty as he explores the relationship between rising inequality and changing structures of political conflict, from class-based to identity-based. Why hasn’t democracy slowed rising inequality? He will present new findings from the recently-released World Inequality Report 2018 and his latest work on changing political cleavages to answer this question.
LINK  http://iop.harvard.edu/forum/thomas-piketty

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Her Own Hero: The Origins of Women's Self-Defense
Friday, March 30
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-her-own-hero-the-origins-of-womens-self-defense-tickets-42881587984

Join us as Wendy L. Rouse presents research from her latest book: Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement. At the turn of the twentieth century, women famously organized to demand greater social and political freedoms like gaining the right to vote. However, few realize that the Progressive Era also witnessed the birth of the women’s self-defense movement. Some women were inspired to take up boxing and jiu-jitsu for very personal reasons that ranged from protecting themselves from attacks by strangers on the street to rejecting gendered notions about feminine weakness and empowering themselves as their own protectors. Perhaps more importantly the discussion surrounding women’s self-defense revealed powerful myths about the source of violence against women opening up conversations about the less visible violence that many women faced in their own homes. Through self-defense training women debunked patriarchal myths about inherent feminine weakness creating a new image of women as powerful and self-reliant.

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Saturday, March 31,10:00 AM – Saturday, June 23, 1:00 PM 
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Building Relationships Across Difference: A Restorative Approach
Saturday, March 31,10:00 AM – Saturday, June 23, 1:00 PM EDT
Trinity Church Boston, 233 Clarendon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-relationships-across-difference-a-restorative-approach-tickets-42876759542

In this 6 part workshop we will use a variety of modalities to explore our own racial and cultural identity. Through this exploration, we will begin to identify the ways that our values, beliefs, and experiences impact our relationships with others. We will share tools based on a restorative justice approach that will help participants build and deepen their relationships with others. This offering is part of a series aimed at supporting volunteers working in various settings. Participants can expect to leave this workshop with skills for working through relational challenges, increased self-awareness, and resources for further study. This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves, others, and how to work toward a more just society

Please note: By registering, you're committing to attend the sessions below:
Session 1: March 31, 10am-1pm
Session 2: April 7, 10am-1pm
Session 3: April 28, 10am-1pm
Session 4: May 5, 10am-1pm
Session 5: June 16, 10am-1pm
Session 6: June 23, 10am-1pm

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Saturday, March 31
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Revitalizing Ecosystems in Greater Boston to Survive Climate Change
Saturday, March 31
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/revitalizing-ecosystems-in-greater-boston-to-survive-climate-change-tickets-42952016638
Cost:  $11.42	

Ecosystems across our highly developed region are threatened by climate change. Local ecosystems can help us to weather the coming climate shocks. These ecosystems are our allies, and there is much that we can do to revitalize them in our yards, streets, neighborhoods, parks, wetlands and waters. Come to this conference to be inspired and learn about current efforts and new possibilities for revitalizing ecosystems. You will leave with information on practical ways you can help right now.

Program: Keynote speaker Tom Wessels, author of The Myth of Progress, Toward a Sustainable Future, will address the critical similarities between ecosystems and human society. There will be presentations (in development) on the Ecology of Greater Boston Then and Now and a Survey of Current Ecological Conservation and Restoration Efforts. In afternoon workshops attendees will meet, connect with and learn from organizations that are practicing restoration and conservation of ecosystems in locations around the Greater Boston region: soils, trees, forests and other plants, wetlands, freshwater streams, lakes and ponds, coastal shores and salt marshes.

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Sunday, April 1
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Equinox Lecture: Lee McIntyre on "Post-Truth: Is Every Day April Fools Day Now?"
Sunday, April 1
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Humanist Hub, 30 JFK Street, 4th Floor Harvard Square, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/GreaterBostonHumanists/events/248593921/

Greater Boston Humanists is happy to present a special lecture in the gap in the Hub's programming for Spring. On SUNDAY at 1:30 pm at the Humanist Hub space in Harvard Square, we'll celebrate the Spring Equinox with a lecture and discussion on one of the most important topics of our era, with special guest Lee McIntyre of Boston University: "Post-Truth: Is Every Day April Fools Day Now?"

Are we living in a post-truth world, where "alternative facts" replace actual facts and feelings have more weight than evidence? In this talk I trace out the development of the post-truth phenomenon from its roots in science denial, cognitive bias, and postmodernism through the rise of "fake news," "information silos," and alternative media. The denial of scientific facts about smoking, evolution, vaccines, and climate change paved the way for today's more widespread fact denial. I also discuss ways to fight back against the authoritarian threat posed by the politicization of reality, the first of which is to understand where post-truth comes from.

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. His MIT Press book, Post-Truth, has just been published, and opens our dialogue as we all struggle together with this changed world. Snacks will follow. Parking is available on the street (free in Cambridge on Sundays) or in the JFK Garage (paid). The Harvard Square Red Line T station is just a half block away, as well as bus routes that stop at that station. Join us in the Hub space for this excellent follow-up to Lee McIntyre's previous engaging discussions.

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Monday, April 2
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PAOC Colloquium: Diagnosing change in the ocean carbon sink
Monday, April 2
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Galen McKinley (LDEO)
About the Speaker
Professor McKinley studies the mechanisms of the carbon cycle in the global oceans and Great Lakes, with her research lying at the intersection of physical and chemical oceanography. Her primary tools are numerical models and analysis of large datasets. More specifically, her research addresses the physical drivers of ecosystem and carbon cycle variability in the North Atlantic, global oceans and Great Lakes. Professor McKinley is a member of the faculty at Columbia University and the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory; she was previously at University of Wisconsin – Madison. In addition to research and teaching, Professor McKinley frequently contributes to national and international scientific coordination and offers scientific advice to policy-makers.

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Congressman Keith Ellison at The Harvard Law Forum
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 2, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Langdell Hall North, 225 Vorenberg Classroom, 1545 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Harvard Law Forum
SPEAKER(S)  Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He was the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives.
CONTACT INFO	Pete Davis, PeDavis at jd18.law.harvard.edu, 347-453-3135
DETAILS  Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He was the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives.
He is coming to Harvard Law School to share his thoughts and experience on what the path forward for the Democratic Party is in the Trump era.
Free and open to the public, with lunch provided.
Contact Pete Davis at PeDavis at jd18.law.harvard.edu for more information.
LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/890027284488931/

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Nuclear Energy in Decarbonizing China's Energy System: Loosening Constraints, Mitigating Risks
Monday, April 2
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice, HKS, and Co-Principal Invstigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS. Lunch is 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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Tree selection in the inner city
Monday, April 2
12:10 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Nina Bassuk, Professor, Cornell University

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

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Alpine Dreams, Earthly Realities: Epochalism, Continuity, and Democracy in Imagining the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Monday, April 2
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Kasper Hedegård Schiølin (Harvard, STS Program)

The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.

There has been growing interest among graduate students and postdocs at Harvard in more systematic discussions related to STS. More and more dissertation writers and recent graduates find themselves working on exciting topics that intersect with STS at the edges of their respective home disciplines, and they are asking questions that often require new analytic tools that the conventional disciplines don’t necessarily offer. They would also like wider exposure to emerging STS scholarship that is not well-represented or organized at most universities, including Harvard. Our aim is to try to serve those interests through a series of activities throughout the academic year.

Sandwich lunch is provided. RSVP to via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

The Harvard STS Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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

Contact Name:  sts at hks.harvard.edu

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Computational Social Science: Exciting Progress and Future Challenges
Monday, April 2
1:00 pm
Northeastern, 177 Huntington Avenue, 11th floor, Boston

Duncan Watts, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab
The past 15 years have witnessed a remarkable increase in both the scale and scope of social and behavioral data available to researchers, leading some to herald the emergence of a new field: “computational social science.” In this talk I highlight two areas of research that would not have been possible just a handful of years ago: first, using “big data” to study social contagion on networks; and second, using virtual labs to extend the scale, duration, and complexity of traditional lab experiments. Although these examples were all motivated by substantive problems of longstanding interest to social science, they also illustrate how new classes of data can cast these problems in new light. At the same, they illustrate some important limitations faced by our existing data generating platforms. I then conclude with some thoughts on how CSS might overcome some of these obstacles to progress.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. He is also an AD White Professor at Large at Cornell University. Prior to joining MSR in 2012, he was from 2000-2007 a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review, and has been recognized by the 2009 German Physical Society Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics, the 2013 Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize for Complexity Science, and the 2014 Everett Rogers Prize. He is also the author of three books: Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003); Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999); and Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer (Crown Business, 2011). He holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer’s commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University.

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Asian American Solidarity Economies Project presents 2018 Solidarity Economy Webinar Series
Monday, April 2
2:00-3:00 pm ET
Webinar
RSVP: http://tiny.cc/cooperatives

In our second of five webinars, our speakers will introduce cooperatives, their principles and examples, and the cooperative ecosystem.

Speakers:  Anh-Thu Nguyen, Democracy at Work Institute
Anh-Thu is director of special projects for the Democracy at Work Institute. She develops markets and opportunities for collaboration between cooperatives and cross-sectoral allies, including the development of a value chain within the textile and fashion industries. Born and raised in Tampa Bay, FL to Vietnamese refugee parents, Anh-Thu earned her BA at Georgetown University and JD at University of Texas School of Law.

Mai Nguyen, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Mai serves on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. They own and operate an organic farm and were the cooperative development specialist at the California Center for Cooperative Development. Now, Mai is an organizer for the National Young Farmers Coalition. They specialize in agricultural and worker cooperatives, and primarily work with immigrant and small-scale farmers to create cooperative alternatives to the conventional food economy.

Facilitators:  Yvonne Yen Liu, Solidarity Research Center
Yvonne is the co-founder and research director of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that advances solidarity economies. She serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and was named the 2018 Activist-in-Residence Fellow at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Parag Rajendra Khandhar, Asian American Solidarity Economies Project
Parag is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a law firm focused on legal, policy, and advocacy tools to advance economic justice, racial equity, and social transformation. He teaches at George Washington University Law School. Parag co-founded Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE) and the Asian American Solidarity Economies Network (AASE).

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Norton Lecture V, 'Poetry in Motion' by Wim Wenders
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 2, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Ethics, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Wim Wenders
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, Jan. 29 and Monday, Feb. 5: Frederick Wiseman
The Search for Story, Structure, and Meaning in Documentary Film: Part I and Part II
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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Askwith Forums – Protecting Brains, Stimulating Minds: The Early Life Roots of Success in School
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 2, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Forum, Question & Answer Session
PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT  Alumni, Askwith Forum
BUILDING/ROOM  Askwith Hall
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT	Harvard Graduate School of Education
REGISTRATION REQUIRED  No
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP REQUIRED	No
FEATURED EVENT  Askwith Forums
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education
DETAILS  Speaker: Jack Shonkoff, Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development, HGSE and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Understanding both the biology of adversity and the science of early learning is essential for building a strong foundation for reducing disparities in educational achievement. The benefits of evidence-based curricula in the early childhood years cannot be fully achieved without effective strategies for preventing the consequences of toxic stress.

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Gardens of Memory: Design Against Amnesia
Monday, April 2
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT, Building 3-133, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 

Annalinda Neglia, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Giulia Annalinda Neglia is Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the Department of Civil Engineering Sciences and Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy). She received her Ph.D. in Architectural Design for Mediterranean Countries from Polytechnic University of Bari in 2003 with a thesis on Aleppo (Syria).

For her researches on Mediterranean - Islamic cities and landscapes she has received scholarships from international and national research centers such as the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), Max van Berchem Foundation (Geneve), the Italian Ministry of Education, East-West Nexus / PROTA Institute, and Polytechnic University of Bari.

An author of three monographs on Islamic cities and landscapes and more than 90 articles and essays in books, proceedings of international conferences and peer-reviewed journals, her interest cover basic re­search, applied research, theory and methodology, spanning from sustainable (urban and landscape) design, to analytical work on typo-morphology of Middle Eastern, Balkans and North African landscapes, cities and urban fabric, history of Islamic architecture, and cultural heritage preservation. 

Her recent research has been focused on new regional models for sustainable urban and landscape regeneration of non-core areas, grounded on the relationship between urban fabric, open spaces and gardens.

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

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Tuesday, April 3
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The Wind Tunnel Model
Tuesday, April 3
MIT, Building E15-001, act cube, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Florian Dombois and Haseeb Ahmed (SMACT’10) present their individual and collaborative artistic practices and research on wind tunnels.

Together with the Research Focus in Transdisciplinarity Zurich, led by Dombois, they edited the “Wind Tunnel Bulletin.”

Dombois will present last year’s project Galleria del Vento in Venice, while Ahmed presents excerpts from The Wind Egg, a film shot during an intervention at the von Karman Institute outside of Brussels, screened continually in the Keller Gallery from March 5 – 29.

The artists’ wind research and projects subvert the language and methods of scientific experiment and reportage, using modern wind tunnel technology to engender new narratives and new, fluid speculations about the relationships among science, art and, engineering.

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First MIT Food & Agriculture Club Lunch N' Learn 
Tuesday, April 3
11:45am to 12:45pm
MIT, Building E51-385, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Come join us at the MIT Food and Agriculture Club’s first lunch and learn. This lunch creates the space to catch up with fellow club members and discuss current trends in the industry and drivers that are turning food reality on its head. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Beyond phenological mismatch: community and landscape dynamics of angiosperm reproduction in a warming world
Tuesday, April 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, 22 Divinity Avenue, Seminar Room 125, Cambridge

Ian Breckheimer, Research Fellow, OEB, Harvard University
Abstract:  In the era of accelerating climate change, ecologists are rushing to try and understand how species and ecological communities are responding to altered climates. A central thrust of this research over the past decade has been to examine how warmer temperatures and altered precipitation regimes drive changes in species interactions. Many studies in this field suggest that climate change is dismantling communities by altering the seasonal timing of reproduction and trophic interactions, a phenomenon known as phenological mismatch. In this talk I will examine the case for the importance of phenological mismatch in more detail, and marshal evidence from subalpine plant communities in the Washington Cascades to show that a singular focus on phenological mismatch could obscure our understanding of the complex ecological changes that are occurring as spring comes earlier. My ongoing work explores how lower snowpack and warmer spring temperatures change reproductive synchrony within plant populations, co-flowering patterns in plant communities, and the exposure of plants to risky climatic events such as frost across large landscapes. None of these changes fit under the umbrella of phenological mismatch, but may have dramatic impacts on plant communities as the world continues to warm.

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Talia Buford: Environmental Inequity and Inequality in 2018
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Taubman Building 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Talia Buford
DETAILS  Talia Buford covers disparities in environmental impacts for ProPublica. Previously, she was an environment and labor reporter at The Center for Public Integrity, where her work focused mostly on wage theft and the Environmental Protection Agency’s lackluster enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. She also covered energy for POLITICO Pro, and started her career covering municipal and legal affairs at The Providence (R.I.) Journal. She earned a master’s degree in the study of law from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Hampton University.
LINK   https://shorensteincenter.org/event/speaker-series-talia-buford/

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Harvard HouseZero Typology Symposium
Tuesday, April 3
4:00pm-6:00pm
Harvard, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) retrofitted its headquarters, a pre-1940s house in Cambridge, MA, into a first-of-its-kind test case to demonstrate unprecedented levels of building efficiency and promote substantial shifts in the design and operation of existing buildings. Dubbed “HouseZero,” the project aims to prove that ultra-efficient retrofits can, indeed, be achieved and replicated by coupling current technologies with better design.

All components of HouseZero are highly-sensored to generate data that will allow the building to adjust and reconfigure itself. This data will fuel future CGBC research involving simulated environments and the development of new systems and algorithms that can help to answer pressing questions involving energy efficiency, health and sustainability.

Scheduled to coincide with the completion of the retrofit, the Harvard HouseZero Typology Symposium will gather GSD faculty members to analyze the project. Presentations will discuss the building’s typology, design, and technologies, the collaborative process, historical context and more—resulting in a diverse range of observations that illustrate the complex issues involved in realizing an ultra-efficient retrofit and determining scalability. The program will conclude with a panel discussion.

PRESENTERS
Ali Malkawi, Professor of Architectural Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Founding Director, Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Preston Scott Cohen, Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Antoine Picon, G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Erika Naginski, Professor of Architectural History, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Stephen Gray, Assistant Professor of Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Gary R. Hilderbrand, Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

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Starr Forum: Women's Empowerment: Are Global Development Organizations Helping or Hurting?
Tuesday, April 3
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 2-190, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speakers
Nimmi Gowrinathan, PhD, Visiting Professor, City College New York, Colin Powell School for Global and Civic Leadership, Director, Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative
Kate Cronin-Furman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program, Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served
Can't attend in person? Watch it in real-time on Facebook live (https://www.facebook.com/pages/MIT-Center-for-International-Studies/174031032346) or later at your convenience on our YouTube channel event archive at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo3E2h2KZsZD3S8ThEn_UxA

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

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Revisiting and Repurposing the Double Helix
Tuesday, April 3
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Professor Taekjip Ha, Johns Hopkins University

Physical Chemistry Seminar Series: A. D. Little Lecture  

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Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Katie Rae
Tuesday, April 3
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT,  Building E51-335, 70 Memorial Drive, 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. 

About the Speaker
Katie is the CEO and Managing Partner of The Engine. Previously, Katie was a founder and Managing Director at Project 11 Ventures and Managing Director of Techstars Boston. Katie spent her early career building significant Internet businesses as the Head of Product for Microsoft Startup Labs and SVP of Product at Eons. She learned the ropes of product and business development at AltaVista, RagingBull, Zip2, and Mirror Worlds. Katie currently serves as Chairman of Startup Institute where she is also a founder. She holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Biology from Oberlin College.

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Facing Death: Images, Insights and Interventions Lecture and Workshop
Tuesday, April 3
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
LesleyUniversity, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 3-043, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facing-death-images-insights-and-interventions-lecture-and-workshop-tickets-43621324556

Sandra Bertman will introduce her pioneering work in thanatology and grief counseling using the arts and humanities in international clinical, academic and public settings. In her talk on Facing Death she will draw on materials from the visual arts, excerpts from poetry, fiction, drama, and popular culture to sensitize the audience to important, universal issues confronting the dying, and those responsible for their care.

Following Bertman’s talk, Elaine Fallon will lead a writing workshop Telling The Story to reflect on Facing Death. Using essay and/or narrative writing, participants will "author" their own stories in this different context. When faced with life altering changes we often find that looking for pathways to express our feelings and articulate our emotions are helpful. Drawing upon Fallon’s experience as a professor in physical therapy and communication, this workshop will focus on the role that writing holds in helping us to recover our perspective and bring a balance back to a "new normal."

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Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable
Tuesday, April 3
6:00pm
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Paul Falkowski, Distinguished Professor, Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources, Departments of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. Over time, they transformed the chemistry of our planet, making it habitable for plants, animals, and humans. Paul Falkowski will discuss how microbes made life on Earth possible—and how human life would cease without them today. By examining the inner workings of these miniature “engines” and the processes by which they are built and assembled—like building blocks— within every creature that walks, swims, or flies, he will reveal how microbes are the great stewards of life on Earth.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series

This event will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/harvardmuseumsofscienceandculture

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The Opioid Crisis in New England
Tuesday, April 3
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Partners In Health, 800 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-opioid-crisis-in-new-england-tickets-43728848162
Cost:  $0 – $10

The YANA-New England Public Health Forum will explore the Opioid Crisis in New England with a panel discussion with experts addresseing the crisis from different viewpoints:
Brendan Little, Policy Director, City of Boston Mayor's Office of Recovery Services
Moira O'Neill, Child Advocate for the State of New Hampshire
Dr. Steve Bird, Head of Emergency Medicine at UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester, MA
Juan M. Spinnato, M.D. Candidate, activist/patient advocate
For those interested in staying for the end of the program, special Narcan training will be conducted for an intimate group of 10 people. Tickets for this portion are FREE.

Partners In Health is conveniently located on the 3rd floor of the Prudential Tower in the Prudential Center. *Please bring identification, as you will need to show your ID at the front desk in order to access the elevators.* 
Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

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Plunge into Politics
Tuesday, April 3
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
City Year Inc, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plunge-into-politics-tickets-43939873344
Cost:  $5

AmeriCorps Alums are well-equipped with proven civic leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills. So how can we leverage those skills post-service to make change in government? 

Join us for a panel discussion, in partnership with New Politics, with today's change makers to learn what impact service has had in their current positions in government, and what you can do to help lead the change! We will begin with some networking and light food at 6:00pm, with the programming beginning at 6:30pm. Panelists will discuss how their own service experiences have influenced their careers, and how those with service experience can leverage their leadership on the issues they care about. 
Given the special importance that federal policy has on AmeriCorps policy, there will be a focused discussion towards the end of the event on the current state of funding for service opportunitites and the best way alum can influence this process. We will be giving all service alumni attending an opportunity to write a short letter to a federal representative about their personal service experience and the importance of continued federal funding for service opportunities. 

Confirmed Panelists:
Eli Pimentel- Chief of Staff to Boston City Counselor Andrea Campbell and MPF/VISTA Alum
Kate Lena- STR Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator with the STR Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator and MPF/Peace Corps Alum
Paul Bologna- Digital Director with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, previously worked with MPF 
(more panelists to be added)

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Our State of Sustainability with ELM
Tuesday, April 3
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-state-of-sustainability-with-elm-tickets-44083296326
Cost:  $8 – $12

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization committed to combating climate change and protecting land, water, and public health. By creating diverse alliances and building the power of the environmental community, ELM leverages collective influence to ensure Massachusetts is a leader in environmental and economic sustainability. With resources focused at the state level, ELM advocates for strong environmental laws and regulations on a broad range of issues, including - encouraging adequate funding for state environmental programs, combating climate change, supporting compact, walkable communities, building a 21st century transportation system, creating sustainable management of our water resources, ensuring stewardship of our urban and state parks, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, and increasing recycling and reducing solid waste.

Members of the ELM team join BASG in April to unpack some of the organization's priority areas and share their perspective on critical opportunities facing our region. 
Renewable Wind: After 16 years, Cape Wind couldn't get the blades spinning, but is offshore wind still coming to the Commonwealth? Can Massachusetts build the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm? Will our residents finally benefit from the great promise of this renewable energy and the jobs that go along with it?
Green Budget: Massachusetts' economy depends largely on its natural resources - tourism, agriculture, fisheries - but only 0.5% of the state operating budget supports environmental agencies. How do we reverse a 10-year trend in declining funding and where would it be best to invest?
Smart Development: Boston's hottest real estate opportunity, Widett Circle, is for sale, but can a return to wetlands win out over the city's rising tide of development?
Transportation Emissions: "D" is for our state's disappointing progress on reducing transportation sector emissions. This is also the grade the Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Report Card gives the transportation sector, which is the largest single source of greenhouse gases (37%) of the Commonwealth’s total emissions. What will it take to move from laggard to leader in greener transit solutions?

OUR GUEST SPEAKERS
Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, President, Environmental League of Massachusetts
A proven corporate sustainability leader, she makes the economic case for Massachusetts to lead the nation in environmental quality, innovative policy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Prior to joining ELM, Elizabeth managed climate, energy & environmental programs at the global retailer Adidas.  
She designed the greenENERGY Fund, investing in energy efficiency, renewables and distributed energy. She also advanced the sustainability of new construction, co-led the team that set Adidas’ industry-leading targets for sustainability, and raised Adidas’ voice on national and global climate policy. Elizabeth was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow in 2010. She also consulted to the US Department of Energy, worked as Sustainability Lead for a Massachusetts-based residential construction firm, and led international travel programs to over 30 countries.

Elizabeth has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Colby College. Raised in West Virginia, she now lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two children.

Eric Wilkinson, General Counsel and Director of Energy Policy, Environmental League of Massachusetts
Eric joined ELM in 2016. Prior to joining ELM, Eric served as Senior External Affairs Representative at ISO New England, the entity responsible for managing the wholesale energy grid. Eric’s responsibilities included environmental, climate change and renewable energy issues. Eric served as the lead for External Affairs on both the ISO’s energy-efficiency and distributed generation forecasts. Eric also served as Policy Advisor to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, overseeing implementation of the Board’s smart growth main extension rules and providing guidance on smart growth issues. He was Policy Director at New Jersey Future and a senior contributor to their smart growth and sustainable development policy analysis and initiatives. Eric has also worked as director of the EPA’s Voluntary Standards Network, and as a member of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Eric holds a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in the Study of Environmental Law, cum laude from the Vermont Law School.

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Return of the Sea Otter America's Cutest Animal
Tuesday, April 3
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM:
New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, One Museum Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107546&view=Detail

Todd MacLeish
Sea otters were nearly driven to extinction during the fur trade in the late 1700s and 1800s, but they have recolonized most of their former range and have become one of the most popular–and cutest–animals in America. While their population is growing in many areas, they are still threatened by sharks, killer whales, oil spills, fishermen, and native hunters. Join author Todd McLeish as he shares adorable photos and describes his adventures studying sea otters from California to Alaska. This will be Todd’s first presentation of his new book, Return of the Sea Otter, and he will sign copies of the book in the IMAX lobby following his lecture.

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Climate Change and Cookbooks
Tuesday, April 3
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard, CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-change-and-cookbooks-tickets-43987843825

What do the UNDP and a cookbook have in common? Jennifer Baumwoll is here to tell you, as she describes UNDP's most recent project -- a cookbook -- and how climate change is impacting the food supplies of vulnerable people, and how these people are changing the types of food they grow and eat.

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Phoenix Zone 
Tuesday, April 3
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hope-ferdowsian-md-phoenix-zone-tickets-43914285811

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian
Few things get our compassion flowing like the sight of suffering. But our response is often shaped by our ability to empathize with others. Some people respond to the suffering of only humans or to one person’s plight more than another’s. Others react more strongly to the suffering of an animal. These divergent realities can be troubling—but they are also a reminder that trauma and suffering are endured by all beings, and we can learn lessons about their aftermath, even across species.
About the Author

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian resolved to become a doctor at the age of nine when she first learned about human rights violations like torture. She is a double-board certified fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine who works with organizations worldwide providing healthcare and advocacy for vulnerable individuals in urban and rural settings.

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Wednesday, April 4
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MIT's Aging Brain Initiative and Picower Institute for Learning and Memory's
Brain Rhythms in Heath & Disease Symposium
Wednesday, April 4
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
MIT Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brain-rhythms-in-health-disease-symposium-tickets-42241878596

This symposium is designed to bring together experts in cellular, circuit, systems, and behavioral neuroscience to share and discuss the advances and challenges in the scientific study of oscillations and synchronized activity.
The symposium will allow speakers to present their emerging understanding of the mechanistic role of neuronal oscillations in brain dynamics, cognition, behavior, and in disease.
As part of the knowledge transfer mission of MIT, this symposium will provide opportunities for disseminating knowledge, shaping new areas of scientific interest, and providing fora for discussing the latest research.
Invited speakers and audience will be interdisciplinary in nature and will have the chance to propose, integrate, and communicate research to academic colleagues in order to facilitate close collaborations and shape concrete research directions for all participants.

Speakers:
Marie Carlen, Karolinska Institute
Laura Colgin, UT Austin
Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute
Peter Jonas, IST Austria
Nancy Kopell, Boston University
Earl Miller, Picower Institute, MIT
Christopher Moore, Brown University
Jorge Palop, UCSF
Annabelle Singer, Georgia Tech
Wolf Singer, Ernst Strüngmann Institute
Vikaas Sohal, UCSF

Tentative Program:
8:30 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 AM: Li-Huei Tsai, Opening Remarks
9:10 – 9:40 AM: Peter Jonas, IST Austria, "PV+ interneurons: Speed, energy efficiency and functional connectivity"
9:40 – 10:10 AM: Vikaas Sohal, UCSF
10:10 - 10:40 AM: Annabelle Singer, Georgia Tech, "Decoding Memory in Health and Alzheimer’s disease"
10:40 – 11:00 AM: Break
11:00 – 11:30 AM: Earl Miller, Picower Institute, MIT
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Marie Carlen, Karolinska Institute
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 PM: Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute
1:30 – 2:00 PM: Laura Colgin, UT Austin, "Gamma Oscillations in the Hippocampal Network
2:00 – 2:30 PM: Jorge Palop, UCSF
2:30 – 3:00 PM: Break
3:00 – 3:30 PM: Nancy Kopell, Boston University, "Coordination of Brain Rhythms and Functional Implications"
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Christopher Moore, Brown University
4:00 – 4:45 PM: Wolf Singer, Keynote Speaker, ESI, "Temporal dynamics and information processing in the cerebral cortex"
4:45 – 5:00 PM: Matt Wilson, Closing Remarks
5:00 – 6:00 PM: Reception

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Can Finance Save the World? Regaining Power Over Money to Serve the Common Good
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman), 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at HKS
SPEAKER(S)	Bertrand Badre, Founder and CEO, Blue Like an Orange Sustainable Capital
CONTACT INFO	Lunch will be served, please RSVP to mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu

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Solar Geoengineering Research Reading Group
Wednesday, April 4
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

A weekly reading group, interspersed with more formal seminars, to deepen members' understanding of solar geoengineering research.

Lunch provided. RSVP to contact listed.

Contact Name:  Lizzie Burns
eburns at g.harvard.edu
https://geoengineering.environment.harvard.edu/

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Gutman Library Distinguished Author Series: Slow Looking: The Art and Practice of Learning Through Observation
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gutman Conference Center - Area 3, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Gutman Library
SPEAKER(S)  Shari Tishman
DETAILS  Slow looking is a way of building knowledge. It involves purposefully looking beyond a first glance, and it happens anywhere people take a generous amount of time to observe the world closely—in classrooms and museums, in laboratories and on neighborhood walks. Drawing examples from art, science, and everyday life, this talk explores the history of slow looking as well as its contemporary practices. It makes an argument for the special relevance of slow looking in today’s educational climate, and shows how slow looking is a learnable practice with a distinctive set of skills and dispositions that differ from those involved in other modes of learning. Along the way, the talk shares some surprising research about the appeal of slow looking for today’s youth, and invites audience members to try out some slow looking themselves.
LINK  http://www.pz.harvard.edu/resources/slow-looking-the-art-and-practice-of-learning-through-observation

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Climate Week at HBS: Fireside Chat with David Crane on "The Role of Business in Climate Policy"
Wednesday, April 4
4:00PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Chao 340, HBS, 25 Harvard Way, Allston

As CEO of NRG Energy (2003-2015), Crane attempted to turn the company into a major renewable energy provider. Now a Senior Operating Executive at Pegasus Capital Advisors, Crane will speak about business leaders’ role in affecting climate policy.

Bio: David Crane is a Senior Operating Executive at Pegasus.  Prior to joining Pegasus as an Operating Advisor, David served as President and CEO of NRG Energy from 2003 until 2015.  NRG was a Fortune 250 company and a member of the S&P 500.  David is a global thought leader in the push towards a clean energy economy and sustainable development. During David’s tenure, NRG and David personally won numerous industry, community, and environmental awards. Prior to NRG, David served as Executive Director of London based International Power from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, David was a Senior Vice President of Global Power at Lehman Brothers from 1996 through 2000, where David was responsible for Lehman Brothers’ Global Power business in emerging markets (Latin America and Asia) with a focus on project financing and the privatization of state-owned utilities (Thailand, Brazil).

Contact Name:  Marina Jokic
mjokic at hbs.edu

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Is Higher Ed Worth It?
Wednesday, April 4 
6:00 PM - 8:00PM
WeWork Fort Point, 51 Melcher Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spark-boston-development-series-is-higher-ed-worth-it-tickets-43936233457

Among Boston's thriving millennial scene, many young adults have aspirations to develop their skill sets to be better positioned for long-term success in their organization and community. Join SPARK Boston for a discussion to help answer a burning question: Is higher education worth the time and expense? Our panel of experienced professionals will discuss the benefits and pathways of obtaining an advanced degree, how it helped (or didn't help) their career, the importance of development and how to escalate your career with or without an added diploma.

If you've thought about applying to grad school, have questions about the pros/cons, or not sure how to use your degree to its fullest potential, this event is for you.

Special thanks to WeWork and Level Edu for generously providing the venue and drinks for this event! 

The Rundown:
Meet 75 millennials from various industries asking themselves the same question of higher education. The evening will feature a panel discussion followed by small group topic networking sessions to ask more specific questions with our guests.

Meet Our Panelists: 
Alex de Aranzeta, M.A., J.D.
Alex is the CEO and Founder of Accessity LLC, a consulting firm that advises and trains organizations and startups on diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility strategies. Previously, Alex worked at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, where she investigated, mediated and resolved hundreds of cases of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct; led statewide learning and development; and built a model language access program. She’s also worked in higher ed, scaling diversity programming and leading Title IX investigations. Today, Alex leads Accessity and manages diversity compliance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving 50,000 government employees. 

Andrew Breiter-Wu
Andrew Breiter-Wu is a sustainability propeller, climate leader, and a self-disciplined entrepreneur. He has combined all of his passions and skills, to develop Breiter Planet Properties. The company is a platform that enables him to grow a team focused on addressing the country's energy issues. Andrew volunteers his time to help students and emerging professionals find their career path in the sustainability industry.

Katie Chaput
Katie earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics at Northeastern University in 2005 and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Babson College in 2017. She has 10 years of sales experience across a variety of industries and her expertise lies in building and executing sales strategies in fast-paced growing businesses. Katie is now working in business development at Wayfair and loves the art of deal making. She specifically enjoys working with clients to find the best creative solutions to their business challenges.

Lauren Landry
Lauren Landry is an associate director of content marketing at Northeastern University and affiliated faculty member at Emerson College. Prior to joining Northeastern, she served as a contributing writer at Boston magazine and as an associate editor at BostInno, where she wrote nearly 3,500 articles covering all things education and early-stage tech. Her work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Inside Higher Ed, and more.

Martin Zogran
Martin is a principal and urban designer in Sasaki's Urban Studio. With over 20 years of experience designing urban centers across the globe, Martin's experience with mixed-use districts and large-scale framework plans spans many scales, from small urban infill sites to large scale regional plans. At Sasaki, Martin participates in the leadership of big-picture thinking for the urban design practice in order to foster and maintain Sasaki's unique inter-disciplinary approach to urban design. Martin holds a master of architecture in urban design with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he taught urban design for 10 years. He received a bachelor of arts in architecture and art history at Rice University.

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2018 MIT Water Innovation Prize Final Pitch Night
Wednesday, April 4
6PM - 9PM
MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-water-innovation-prize-final-pitch-night-tickets-43132251726

The finalists in our student innovation competition will pitch for $30,000 in prize grants. We will also hear from speakers across sectors about the world’s water challenges and new innovations to address them.

Come hear student entrepreneurs who are solving global water issues pitch for $30k in grant funding!
Speakers for the event will be:
Minaj Chowdhury - CEO/Co-Founder at Drinkwell
Debra G. Coy - Partner at XPV Water Partners
Dinner will be provided. More info can be found at http://mitwaterinnovation.org

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The Secret to Developing Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday, 4 April
6:30 – 8 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/the-secret-to-developing-emotional-intelligence/boston/46552

Why is there a plethora of business advice focusing on the practical aspects, but so little on how to manage the single most important factor in your success: You.
Are you trying to grow your business but stand in your own way? Find it hard to deal with stress, setbacks or rejection? Struggle to build relationships and influence key partners or clients? Want to learn how to manage yourself better, or understand others?

Research shows that our 'emotional intelligence' is responsible for up to 80% of the factors that determine how 'successful' we are in our business and personal lives. It's not our IQ, education, or family background that are most important, but our ability to recognise, interpret and manage the emotions of ourselves, and those of others.

Join us for an interactive workshop to learn more about how to improve your emotional intelligence and find the success you've always wanted.

Takeaways
Learn what emotions are and why we have them
Understand what emotional intelligence is and why it’s important
Increase your self awareness
Gain better self control
Develop empathy for others
Become a better communicator

About the Speaker
Scott Stolze, Founder, Teaching 2 Lead
Scott Stolze is the Founder of Teaching 2 Lead and the Innovator of the life changing program, “Create Your Great — How To Create Your Dream Career”. Scott believes everyone deserves to have fulfillment and joy in the work they do, and that the way to do that is by owning your career and creating your fulfillment.
“My goal is to help thousands of people take ownership of their career and create fulfillment in the work they do”, says Scott. “I want to help people create a path in which they’re doing what they want to do, not what they feel they have to do or should be doing. Create Your Great, and enjoy what you are doing today and every day.”

Scott also teaches leadership principles and leadership development to individuals, groups and organizations. Inspired to lead a better life, to become a better leader and to be accountable, Scott focuses every day on learning how to lead himself in better and more effective ways, and sharing those experiences and that knowledge with others.

Scott recently spent over 5 years with CVS Health (Fortune 10 company) in Leadership roles in which management skills and personal accountability were essential, and now he wants to expand on and share what he has learned and continues to learn outside of the corporate walls. Scott lives in Boston, MA, but he likes to be known as someone who will travel to and be anywhere where he can provide value.

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A Film about Free Will
Wednesday, April 4
6:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

A screening of the film Ψpsi by Oliver Wright, followed by discussion with Daniel Dennett, Bob Doyle, Robert Kane, Alfred Mele, and Olivier Wright.

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The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King
Wednesday April 4
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Jason Sokol 
A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King’s violent death and lasting influence in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination.

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Revealing a Sense of Place
Wednesday, April 4
7:00 — 8:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Matthew Cunningham, Principal and Founder of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design

Seasonal New England is rich in its unique and dynamic ecological patterns. Join us, as Matthew explores how his observations of these natural systems have influenced his firm’s creation of contextual and native plant-centric projects that grasp the rhythms of everyday life. He will show us a variety of residential landscapes, large and small, that embrace our regional flora, utilize ecologically sustainable principles, and that build connections between interior and exterior spaces to strengthen our relationship with nature. Come be inspired by these beautiful, vibrant landscapes that enhance life for both their human and their wild residents.

Matthew Cunningham is a rising star in the world of landscape architecture. He is passionate about the landscapes of New England and is committed to excellent design with ecologically sustainable principles. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked at the renowned firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates before starting his own practice. Matthew was named “International Designer of the Year” by the APLD in 2017.
This lecture co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects

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Dance Freedoms 50th Birthday
Wednesday, April 4
7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/DanceFriday/events/248539172/

Dance Freedom is a barefoot weekly dance, continuously running for 47 years. In a drug, alcohol, and shoe-free environment, we've been making friends and sharing safe and creative dances for decades. Come join the fun!! Discover the joy of dancing in a totally non-judgmental atmosphere, where anything safe and respectful goes... dance by yourself, in a group, or with a partner. First time visitors are welcomed heartily! You decide what to pay in a range from $10 to $20, (or help with equipment and get in free). Our friendly dancers range from utterly new at it to very skilled dancers in many different styles, but at heart they all love to dance.

This is an improvisational jam for for people who love to dance. The music runs the gamut: funk, latin, world music, soul & r&b, house, trance, hip-hop, jazz or swing, reggae, disco, you name it! Each DJ from our rotating list has a unique style, but we try to include something for everyone in every set.

At 7:50 we Will have opening circle then the dance starts with our first DJ of the evening. 9pm There is a brief break for community announcements and perhaps a short performance From a community member, then cut the rug again with the evening's second DJ, till 10:30.

At the beginning of each half of the evening's music, dancers hold hands, and dance in a winding chain together. (This dance was created from out of a drumming circle on the Cambridge Common in the sixties, after all, and some of that great political and community spirit still lives on here.) Then, it's all dance music, generally building in tempo to a crescendo, slowing down again for some more melodic and slow dance songs for a few minutes, then gradually building to a second crescendo. The second half of the evening's dance follows roughly the same pattern with a different DJ and style, and ends with another circle dance for those who enjoy it.

Dancers can apply help with set-up or take-down, and get in free for doing so! It's a great chance to get to know the community better. Welcome! For more information, E-mail: info at dancefreedom.com

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MTA Playwrights Lab: Weekend-long Festival
Thursday, April 5 - April 7
8:00pm to 9:30pm
MIT, Building W97, 345 Vassar Street, Cambridge

A first-of-its-kind collaboration between MIT students and professional theatre artists, the MTA Playwrights Lab is a weekend-long festival of staged readings of student-written work. Each writer in Senior Lecturer Ken Urban’s Playwrights’ Workshop (21M.785) will be featured in the Lab.

This year’s writers are Alaisha Alexander '18, Crystal Chang ‘20, Ayomide Fatunde ‘18, Amanda Fike ‘19, Fatima Husain (Grad), Alana Lidawer ‘18, Kollin Wasserlein ‘19, Rachel Yang ‘18. The directors are Adam Greenfield (Associate Artistic Director, Playwrights Horizons, NYC), Marti Lyons (The Wolves, Studio Theatre, DC), and LA Williams (founding Artistic Director of the Black Directors Studio).

Director Marti Lyons will also be conducting her “Text as Blueprint” workshop for the MIT community.
SIGN UP HERE: https://doodle.com/poll/euavhqdps9crh2we

Free and open to the public
Reservations not required

Thursday 4/5
Opening Reception @ 7pm
Program A @ 8pm
The Courting at Roya by Alaisha Alexander ‘18
Directed by LA Williams
Fireproof by Fatima Husain (Grad)
Directed by Marti Lyons
Friday 4/6
“Text as Blueprint” Workshop @ 12noon
with Director Marti Lyons
Program B @ 8pm
Sand by Kollin Wasserlein ‘19
Directed by Adam Greenfield
Tactless by Rachel Yang ‘18
Directed by LA Williams
Saturday 4/7
Program C @ 2pm
Ants by Ayomide Fatunde ‘18
Directed by Adam Greenfield
90 Seconds by Crystal Chang ‘20
Directed by LA Williams
Program D @ 8pm
Untitled by Amanda Fike ‘19
Directed by Adam Greenfield
Ideal by Alana Lidawer ‘18
Directed by Marti Lyons

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Thursday, April 5
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RISE EXPO
Thursday, April 5
10AM – 2PM
Northeastern, Cabot Physical Education Center, 400 Huntington Avenue, Boston

RISE is northeastern’s nexus for accelerating innovation.

At RISE, 2000+ industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and technology enthusiasts from diverse sectors engage more than 400 of Northeastern’s solution-focused innovations.

More information at https://www.northeastern.edu/rise/

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Bound to the Fire:  How Virginia's Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine
Thursday, April 5
12:00-1:00pm
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Kelley Fanto Deetz, Research Associate, James River Institute for Archaeology and Visiting Assistant Professor, Randolph College
This talk will discuss archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a nuanced study of the lives of enslaved plantation cooks from colonial times through emancipation and beyond. Dr. Fanto Deetz will talk about how these men and women were literally “bound to the fire” as they lived and worked in the sweltering and often fetid conditions of plantation house kitchens. She will also discuss how these highly skilled cooks drew upon skills and ingredients brought with them from their African homelands to create complex, labor- intensive dishes such as oyster stew, gumbo, and fried fish and how their white owners overwhelmingly received the credit for their creations.

Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz is a Research Associate at the James River Institute for Archaeology and Visiting Assistant Professor at Randolph College. She holds a B.A. in Black Studies from The College of William and Mary, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She specializes in early African Diaspora culture and archaeology, slavery, visual and material culture, and public history. She has worked as a historical consultant for television, museums, and for the film The Birth of a Nation. Deetz partnered with National Geographic to produce the documentary film Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner (National Geographic Channel), and authored the cover story for the National Geographic History Magazine entitled Nat Turner’s Bones: Reclaiming an American Rebel. Her book Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine was released in November.

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Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Mindy Lubber of Ceres
Thursday, April 5
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building E40-160, One Amherst Street, Cambridge

Our next speaker event features Mindy Lubber, founder & CEO of Ceres. Ceres is dedicated to driving sustainability by leveraging capital markets. Mindy will speak on her efforts to integrate sustainability in Fortune 500 companies, as well as her work in building nonprofits. Mindy takes an entrepreneurial lens to her work and will share her lesson as a founder. She'll also help studentssee where opportunities lie and how to use the capital markets to make a positive impact on the world.

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Global Heartland: Displaced Labor, Transnational Lives, and Local Placemaking 
Thursday, April 5
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, City Arena, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Faranak Mifaftab, University of Illinois

International Development Group Series 

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Nanolecture Series: Vulnerability of ground water resources regarding emerging contaminants and nanoparticles
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018, 1 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  665 Huntington Avenue, Building 1, Room 1302, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture
SPEAKER(S)  Thilo Hofmann, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Geosciences, University of Vienna, Austria
COST  Free
DETAILS  Globally, groundwater resources are one of the most important sources for drinking water supply. Combined with techniques like aquifer storage and recovery, they serve as storage and clean up to secure long-term safe drinking water. However, even though often well protected by overlaying sediments, aquifers and groundwater resources are prone to threats from emerging contaminants, including nanoparticles. The production and use of emerging contaminants inevitably leads to the release, among others, of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) into aquatic environments. Concerns, therefore, arise over the possibility that ENPs might pose a threat to drinking water supplies. Investigations into the vulnerability of drinking water supplies to ENPs are hampered by the absence of suitable analytical methods capable of detecting and quantifying ENPs in complex aqueous matrices. Analytical data concerning the presence of ENPs in drinking water supplies is therefore scarce. The eventual fate of ENPs in the natural environment and in processes that are important for drinking water production are currently being investigated through laboratory-based experiments and modelling. Although the information obtained from these studies may not yet be sufficient to allow comprehensive assessment of the complete life-cycle of ENPs, it does provide a valuable starting point for predicting the relevance of ENPs to drinking water supplies. On the other side, emerging contaminants might also be of “benefit” to understanding groundwater flow and infiltration patterns. This talk will address specific aspects of groundwater vulnerability including trace contaminants and nanoparticles. Besides classical hydrogeological approaches, including the usage of emerging contaminants and groundwater modelling to understand subsurface flow, possible threats from nanoparticles will be addressed.
LINK  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nanosafety/events/nanolecture-series/upcoming-nanolecture-series/

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Using Forward and Reverse Genetics Approaches to Understand the Remarkable Phenotypic Plasticity of a Native Plant 
Thursday, April 5
4:00pm
Harvard, Biological Labs Lecture Hall, Room 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Ian T. BaldwinIan T. Baldwin, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Abstract: We have developed a native tobacco plant, Nicotiana attenuata that grows in the Great Basin Desert of the SW USA, into a model system for the study of all types of plant-ecological interactions, particularly those biotic interactions that dominate the agricultural niche. Plants are rooted in both the ground and at the base of most food chains, but have evolved an impressive repertoire of plastic responses that allow them to solve the ecological challenges that they face. This talk will lightly review three decades of reverse genetics based research and releases of transgenic plants into a nature preserve in the plant’s native habitat, that has revealed how the plant recognizes attack from specific herbivore species by the particular chemistry of the herbivore’s saliva, and uses this recognition to tailor a complicated 6-layered defense response that requires a remodeling of the plant’s transcriptome, metabolome and proteome, as well as some of its life history traits. With the recent sequencing and challenging assembly of the plant’s 2.57 Gbp genome that is bloated with LTR repetitive elements, the foundation has been laid for a forward-genetics approach for future field work that will utilize recombinant inbred lines (RILs) and lines silenced in specific components of the plant’s smRNA machinery (specifically, RdRs, Dicers, and Argonauts) to understand how non-coding RNA mediates the plant’s environmental adaptations.

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MIT Cheetah robot: a new design paradigm for physical interaction
Thursday, April 5
5- 6:30pm
Northeastern, 306 Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston
	
Sangbae Kim, Mechanical Engineering, MIT

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Music Fandom and the Shaping of Online Culture
Thursday, April 5
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

From the earliest days of networked computing, music fans were there, shaping the technologies and cultures that emerged online. By the time musicians and industry figures realized they could use the internet to reach audiences directly, those audiences had already established their presences and social norms online, putting them in unprecedented positions of power. Even widely-hailed innovators like David Bowie, Prince, and Trent Reznor were late to the game. This talk traces the intertwined histories of music fandom and online culture, unpacking the fundamental disruption and its broader implications for interacting with audiences.

Nancy Baym is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Research Affiliate in CMS/W at MIT. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Illinois in 1994 and joined Microsoft in 2012 after 18 years as a Communication professor. She is the author of Personal Connections in the Digital Age (Polity Press), now in its second edition, Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community (Sage Press), and co-editor of Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method (Sage Press) with Annette Markham. Her bookPlaying to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection will be published in July by NYU Press.  More information, most of her articles, and some of her talks are available at nancybaym.com

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Screen As Material
Thursday, April 5
6:00pm
MIT, Building E15, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

As one of the concluding events for the Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995 exhibition, this panel of artists and scholars explore the history and impact of monitor based sculpture, share ways in which the term ‘art and technology’ has changed over time, and discuss the potential of the small screen as a medium for artistic expression in this era of smartphones and flat screens. Participants include David A. Ross, and artists Tony Oursler and  Sondra Perry.  The discussion is moderated by Henriette Huldisch.

This program is free and open to all, but RSVP is encouraged. To RSVP click here.

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

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The Recovering:  Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Thursday, April 5
6:30 PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and the Cambridge Public Library welcome LESLIE JAMISON—the bestselling author of The Empathy Exams—for a discussion of her latest book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath. She will be joined in conversation by acclaimed writer and literary critic JAMES WOOD.
Please Note

Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Seating and elevator access to the Lecture Hall (located on level L2) will begin at 6pm.
A 70-car underground parking garage with access from Broadway is available when the library is open.

About The Recovering
With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction--both her own and others'--and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill.

At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace, as well as brilliant lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison's own ordeals, The Recovering also becomes a book about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, "broken spigots of need." It's about the particular loneliness of the human experience-the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are.

For her striking language and piercing observations, Jamison has been compared to such iconic writers as Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, yet her utterly singular voice also offers something new. With enormous empathy and wisdom, Jamison has given us nothing less than the story of addiction and recovery in America writ large, a definitive and revelatory account that will resonate for years to come.

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Tales of an Ecotourist
Thursday, April 5
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mike-gunter-jr-tales-of-an-ecotourist-tickets-44306125815

Mike Gunter Jr.
Combining humor and memorable anecdotes, five famous ecotourist destinations offer a breathtaking backdrop to better understanding climate change. Crossing the far corners of the globe, Tales of an Ecotourist showcases travel, from the hot and humid Amazon jungle to the frozen but dry Antarctic, as a simple yet spellbinding lens to better understand the complex issue of climate change. At its core, climate change is an issue few truly understand, in large part due to its dizzying array of scientific, economic, cultural, social, and political variables. Using both keen humor and memorable anecdotes, while weaving respected scientific studies along the way, Mike Gunter Jr. transports the reader to five famous ecodestinations, from the Galapagos Islands to the Great Barrier Reef, revealing firsthand the increasing threats of climate change. Part travelogue, part current events exposé, with a healthy dose of history, ecology, and politics, these tales of ecoadventure tackle such obstacles head on while fleshing out much-needed personal context to perhaps society’s greatest threat of all.

Mike Gunter Jr. is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty member and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins College where he serves as Professor and Chair of the Political Science department and Director of International Affairs in the Holt School. He is the author of Building the Next Ark: How NGOs Work to Protect Biodiversity.

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The Myth of Democracy? From Pericles’ Athens to Modern Times
Thursday, April 5
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers -- Presentations start @ 7pm
Café ArtScience, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Long-Now-Boston/events/248473009/ or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-myth-of-democracy-from-pericles-athens-to-modern-times-tickets-43806377053
Cost: $15 - $20

Presenter: Professor Loren J. Samons II, Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” — Winston Churchill

Summary:  2500 years ago the people of Athens elected Pericles to lead their city-state. Under his guidance, Athens attained what some have seen as the pinnacle of a democratic society. Greek culture, literature, philosophy and commerce thrived. It was the Peloponnesian War with Sparta that brought it all crashing down. Or so many people think.

In fact, according to Professor Loren J. Samons, this interpretation of Greek history is mistaken. Samons, who draws on Greek antiquity to critique modern democracy, posits that Pericles and democratic practices actually undermined the culture of personal and civic responsibility at the root of Athenian greatness. Democracy was not the determining factor in Athens’ prosperity but rather one product of other, earlier factors. Democracy itself led to profligate government spending and short-term decision-making by Athenian citizens. One could easily say that Athens was great in spite of its democracy.

The United States’ remarkable prosperity and success are often attributed to a democratic style of government that owes something to ancient Athens. What are the implications if this belief, upon which our government is based, misguided? How does this inform the practice of our government today and what does it mean for the future?

Join us, Thursday April 5, as Professor Samons offers his insights from Greek antiquity as a critique of modern democracy. Following the presentation we’ll have an open conversation about the implications for our future and the future of humanity in the long now.

Loren J. Samons II, a Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University since 01993, earned his doctorate at Brown University. Professor Samons specializes in the history of Greece in the fifth and sixth centuries B.C., with particular interests in Athenian politics and imperialism. He is he author, co-author, or editor of six books and numerous articles on ancient Athens.

His current research focuses on the figures of Pericles and Kimon, Athenian foreign policy, the Modern Greek poet Cavafy, and the composition of Herodotus' and Thucydides' histories. His work has often focused on potential lessons about current (and future) government and society derived from the study of ancient Greece and Rome.

We’re proud and excited to welcome him to the Long Now Boston community.

$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.

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Friday, April 6
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Who Belongs? Global Citizenship and Gender in the 21st Century
WHEN  Friday, Apr. 6, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Ethics, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
COST	Free
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS	
The very meaning of citizenship at local, national, and global levels is in flux in most countries and continents. More than 65 million human beings are currently displaced from their homes, while even in countries where armed conflict is not prevalent, separatist and nationalist movements have reshaped policy. Gender—in all its forms—is essential to any analysis of these trends and to our understandings of citizenship around the world, although it is often overlooked in public debate.
April 6 brings a full day of panel discussions, including activists, human rights and immigration practitioners, policymakers, and scholars. Jhumpa Lahiri—Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and professor of creative writing at Princeton University—will deliver the keynote address. Register online.
LINK   https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-who-belongs-conference&utm_source=post_event&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=who_belongs&utm_content=gazette_calendar

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88 Acres: Co-founders' Food Startup Story and Factory Tour
Friday, April 6
10:30am to 12:00pm
88 Acres Factory 196 Quincy Street, Dorchester

Hear from co-founders and husband and wife team Nicole Ledoux and Rob Dalton about their motivations behind starting 88 Acres several years ago. Now their products, a variety of craft seed bars, craft seednola, and seed butters, are distributed in a wide variety of stores, including Whole Foods. 88 Acres’ recipes started in the kitchen. In order to provide the same baked at-home quality and feel of their original creation and safety for those with food allergies, they built out their own small-scale bakery in urban Boston.

They knew they wanted to open their bakery in an area of need to drive job growth. They partnered with a neighborhood economic development group and a local food startup accelerator to make it happen. Their Dorchester-based manufacturing center generates more than a dozen good jobs for the local community. Their four core values drive everything they do: economic development, sustainably minded sourcing, transparent supply chain, and education.

Please plan to arrive at the 88 Acres factory in Dorchester by 10:15 AM and take care of your own transportation.

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THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC: Protecting the Public’s Health
WHEN  Friday, Apr. 6, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Leadership Studio, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  EXPERT PARTICIPANTS
David Hemenway, Harvard Chan
Ted Strickland, Former Governor, Ohio
Jeffrey Swanson, Duke University
Mike McLively, Giffords Law Center
Amy Klinger, The Educator’s School Safety Network
MODERATOR
Scott Malone, Boston Bureau Chief, Reuters
COST  Free webcast
TICKET INFO  https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_57m8RoFlLASfxad
CONTACT INFO	theforum at hsph.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Inspired by students across the country, the gun violence prevention movement has gained new momentum. But can it last or lead to substantive change on the Congressional level? This Forum brings together experts in mental health, violence, and gun policy to discuss a variety of proposed gun violence and school safety measures. What is the status of background check laws? What is an appropriate way to discuss mental health in the conversation -- without creating stigma or a chilling effect on people seeking care? What skills and training should educators have to spot warning signs and respond in crises? And, in light of restrictions around federally funded gun-related research, do policymakers have the information that they need to study these questions effectively? In this time of turbulence, our panelists will look at the evidence for -- and possible unintended consequences of -- today’s hotly debated measures to stop gun violence.
LINK  https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/the-gun-violence-epidemic/

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Remaking Black Power:  How Black Women Transformed an Era
Friday, April 6
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes historian ASHLEY D. FARMER—Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the African American Studies Program at Boston University—for a discussion of her new book, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era.

About Remaking Black Power
In this comprehensive history, Ashley D. Farmer examines black women's political, social, and cultural engagement with Black Power ideals and organizations. Complicating the assumption that sexism relegated black women to the margins of the movement, Farmer demonstrates how female activists fought for more inclusive understandings of Black Power and social justice by developing new ideas about black womanhood. This compelling book shows how the new tropes of womanhood that they created—the "Militant Black Domestic," the "Revolutionary Black Woman," and the "Third World Woman," for instance—spurred debate among activists over the importance of women and gender to Black Power organizing, causing many of the era's organizations and leaders to critique patriarchy and support gender equality.
Making use of a vast and untapped array of black women's artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups such as the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People, Farmer reveals how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, and identity in American life.

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A Complex Dilemma: The Intersections of Poverty, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation
Friday, April 6
3:00PM TO 4:30PM
BU, Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE), 1st floor, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef4k4578b37de981&oseq=&c=&ch=

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University is pleased to announce its annual Distinguished Lecture, "A Complex Dilemma: The Intersections of Poverty, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation" featuring Diana Liverman, Regents Professor of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Prof. Liverman is a leading expert on the human dimensions of global environmental change and the impacts of climate on society. 

Is there evidence that adaptation efforts are actually reducing climate vulnerability? Can pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate poverty and hunger (SDGs 1 and 2) or to achieve gender equality (SGD 5) also help reduce climate risks and vulnerability? Can we find synergies that will provide multiple benefits for the most climate vulnerable places and groups? Prof. Liverman will explore these questions and more, as she evaluates what we know about social vulnerabilities to climate change, especially the intersecting roles of poverty, globalization, gender, and race, and provides a critical assessment of methods such as interviews, vulnerability indices, and mapping.

Registration required. Reception to follow. 
Contact Name:  pardee at bu.edu

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Graduate Lecture Series: David McGee (EAPS)
Friday, April 6
4:30pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
David McGee’s research focuses on understanding the atmosphere’s response to past climate changes. By documenting past changes in precipitation and winds using geochemical measurements of stalagmites, lake deposits and marine sediments and interpreting these records in the light of models and theory, he aims to offer data-based insights into the patterns, pace and magnitude of past hydroclimate changes. His primary tool is measurements of uranium-series isotopes, which provide precise uranium-thorium dates for stalagmites and lake deposits and allow reconstructions of windblown dust emission and transport using marine sediments.

About the Series
The Graduate Lecture Series [GLS] is a weekly lecture featuring EAPS Professors geared towards EAPS Graduate Students, Researchers and Postdocs. Lectures usually take place on Fridays from 4:30-5:30 pm in 54-915 unless otherwise noted (term-time only). For more information please contact: Allison Provaire, provaire at mit.edu

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Saturday, April 7, 10:00 AM – Sunday, April 8, 3:00 PM
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Coding Chemistry: Advancing Sustainable Agriculture
Saturday, April 7, 10:00 AM – Sunday, April 8, 3:00 PM EDT
MIT CSAIL, Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, 4th Floor, R&D Commons, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coding-chemistry-advancing-sustainable-agriculture-tickets-44061224308

As the world’s population grows, farmers need to produce more food on the same amount of land. Farming is the biggest job on earth - this is why BASF is committed to be part of the movement to foster sustainable agriculture.

Bring your image analysis and data science skills to our two day event at CSAIL where you will build an algorithm which distinguishes weeds from crops.

At the end of the weekend the top two teams will win $1,000 and be given 30 days to advance their solutions. The teams will then virtually present their results to BASF and the team with the most accurate results will win $5,000.
Already have a team of 4-5 in mind? Great! Let us know if you want to self-select your team and your teammates' names in the registration form. If you do not have a team or a full team, no problem. We will form teams for you to join when you arrive at the event.
In addition to $8,000 in prizes and a chance to network with experts from BASF, each participant will take home co-branded CSAIL and BASF swag. One team will take home the Fan Favorite Award for having the most creative approach. They will win $1,000 at the end of the weekend and be invited to a special networking event with the BASF team. We look forward to seeing your efforts in creating a better world through sustainable agriculture.

Tentative event schedule:
April 7th
10:00am Registration, breakfast and team formation
9:00pm Competition ends for the day

April 8th
10am Competition resumes
3pm Event ends

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MIT India Conference 2018
Sunday, April 8
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM EDT
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, 6th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-india-conference-2018-tickets-41313698384
Cost:  $35 – $60

The 8th annual MIT India Conference will be taking place on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Each year, the MIT India Conference brings together visionaries from various industries, including technology, finance, social impact, energy, healthcare, media and government.
This year's theme is ‘Pioneering Innovation’. The conference will spotlight India’s biggest innovators and thought-leaders, and explore how they’re transforming the economic, social, cultural and technological landscape of India.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers for MIT India Conference 2018:
Anantha Narayanan, CEO, Myntra, India’s Hottest 40 under 40 Business Leaders, 2014
Ashish Chauhan, CEO & Manager Director, BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange), Former CEO, Mumbai Indians, Former CIO, Reliance Group
Guneet Monga, Co-Founder of Sikhya Entertainment.CEO at Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd., Producer of notable films like Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Peddlers (2012) and The Lunchbox (Dabba) (2013)
Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Founder, Deshpande Foundation, President & Chairman, Sparta Group LLC, Life Member, MIT Corporation
Prithviraj Chavan, Former Chief Minister, Maharashtra
R. Balki, Film Director: Padman, Ki & Ka, Paa, Cheeni Kum, Film Producer: English Vinglish
Rekha M. Menon, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture India, India's Most Powerful Business Women in 2017, Fortune India
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, CEO and Executive Director, HCL Corporation, Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation Director, Forbes - The World's 100 Most Powerful Women In 2017
Kirthiga Reddy, Managing Global Client Partner & Emerging Markets Lead, Global Partnerships, Facebook, Former Facebook India CEO and 1st employee of Facebook India
Vani Kola, Founder & Managing Director, Kalaari Capital
India's Most Powerful Business Women in 2017, Fortune India

Learn about the conference here: http://mit-india-conference.com/

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Strangers in Their Own Land:  Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Sunday, April 8
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Cost:  $5 - $20.25 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome award-winning sociologist and writer ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD for a discussion of the paperback release of her bestselling book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right—a finalist for the National Book Award. She will be joined in conversation by Harvard Kennedy School professor ARCHON FUNG.
About Strangers in Their Own Land

When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a bewildered nation turned to Strangers in Their Own Land to understand what Trump voters were thinking when they cast their ballots. Arlie Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, had spent the preceding five years immersed in the community around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a Tea Party stronghold. As Jedediah Purdy put it in the New Republic, “Hochschild is fascinated by how people make sense of their lives. . . . [Her] attentive, detailed portraits . . . reveal a gulf between Hochschild's ‘strangers in their own land’ and a new elite.” Already a favorite common read book in communities and on campuses across the country and called “humble and important” by David Brooks, Hochschild’s book has been lauded by Noam Chomsky, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and countless others.

The paperback edition will feature a new introduction by the author reflecting on the election of Donald Trump and the other events that have unfolded both in Louisiana and around the country since the hardcover edition was published, and will also include a readers’ group guide in the back of the book.

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Monday, April 9
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PAOC Colloquium: Kakani Katija (MBARI)
Monday, April 9
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
The science theme that drives my research is: As organisms live and develop in a turbulent and changing fluid environment, how do fluid interactions impact their ecology, swimming ability, and behavior, and how can we learn from these strategies for application to bio-inspired design? To address this science theme, my research strives to answer the following questions: What are the tools that we need to study marine organisms and processes in their natural environment? How can we use these tools to inform how systems function, their optimizations (e.g., ecological niches), and how do changes in this system (e.g., morphological and environmental perturbations) impact their ability to function? From the lessons learned, how can we apply these ideas to technology that furthers exploration and discovery of the oceans? I hope to address these questions by using an integrated design, ecological, and engineering approach: (1) bringing the laboratory into the ocean by developing tools and techniques that provide insight on how the marine organism or process functions within its natural environment (e.g., ecological context); (2) bringing the ocean into the laboratory by conducting advanced imaging experiments on live specimens and/or developing mechanical mimics (e.g., models, robotics) to further delineate function and investigate how the system is optimized during controlled experiments; and (3) applying the lessons learned to technology that advance marine research and engineering missions.

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Air Quality and Water Implications of Power Sector Decarbonization in China: Effects of Strengthening Environmental Policies
Monday, April 9
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Wei Peng, Environment and Natural Resources Program Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS. Lunch is 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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The importance of biomes in macroevolutionary and macroecological studies
Monday, April 9
12:10 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Kyle Dexter, Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
Research Associate, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

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

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The Good Seed: Braided Time and Meaning-Making on GM Seeds in India
Monday, April 9
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Ashawari Chaudhuri (MIT, HASTS).
The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.

Sandwich lunch is provided. RSVP to via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7VGUkAvTU655Dub2FTGSNMjpVs6f8Qbu0kpmXh6oz11MgFw/viewform

The Harvard STS Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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

Contact Name:  sts at hks.harvard.edu

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Venus Fly Traps and Viruses: Exploring the Design and Effectiveness of National Climate Funds
Monday, April 9
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Tufts, Cabot 206, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford

Rishikesh Ram Bhandary is a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School and a predoctoral fellow at the Climate Policy Lab at CIERP. His research interests include the architecture of climate finance, climate negotiations, the linkages between governance of climate change and sustainable development.  

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Mediating Local Land Conservation and Development Disputes in the Netherlands
Monday, April 9
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-450, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Frans Evers, former Director-Geneal of the Dutch Building Agency; former Associate Director-General of the Dutch Ministry of the  Environment, former head of Natuurmonumenten, the largest Dutch
environmental NGO will detail his experiences as active mediator involved in working out infrastructure agreements and land conservation/development agreements in many parts of Holland.

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Urban China Seminar Series at MIT China Future City Lab
Tuesday, April 10
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building  9-255, City Arena, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Yue Zhang, University of Illinois at Chicago

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THE 3 Rs of ELECTRICITY:  RELIABILITY, RESILIENCE, & RENEWABLES
 Tuesday, April 10
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Wilmer Hale, 60 State Street, Boston
RSVP at https://members.e2.org/ext/jsp/controller?id=6282936089&sv=NE_3_Rs_Event&reply=yes
 
Featuring
Dale Bryk, Chief Planning & Integration, Officer for NRDC 
State Representative, Jennifer Benson, Massachusetts House of Representatives 
Steve Strong, Founder and President, Solar Design Associates
 
The days of large coal, nuclear, and gas-fired power plants are waning.  More than 100 cities, from Seattle to Nairobi, now receive at least 70 percent of their electricity from renewable energy.
 
One of the leading drivers of this energy revolution is the need for greater resilience. A major part of the answer? Installation of solar + storage systems and interactive microgrids. However, questions remain. Will these new systems be truly reliable?  Are they cost-effective? Will they provide the promised resilience and grid independence? And what are the policy barriers that are inhibiting their deployment?
 
Please join E2 and our panel of experts to discuss these innovative new solutions to power our 21st century grid.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Noah Dubin at noah at e2.org
 
About the Speakers:
Representative Jennifer Benson has represented Massachusetts’ 37th Middlesex District, which includes the towns of Lunenburg, Shirley, Ayer, Harvard, Boxborough, and Acton, since 2009. During her time in the legislature, Rep. Benson has been a leading supporter of clean energy and climate legislation. This session she introduced several important bills that would: promote investment in energy efficiency (H.1724); support local energy investment and grid infrastructure modernization (H.1725); and establish funds for the promotion of green infrastructure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (H.1726).
 
Currently, Rep. Benson serves as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. In addition to her Chairmanship, Rep. Benson is also the co-chair of the Afterschool and Out of School Time (ASOST) Coordinating Council; and she sits on the National Board of Directors for Women in Government.
 
Rep. Benson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Florida Atlantic University, and she holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Rep. Benson resides in Lunenburg with her husband, three children, and her two dogs.
 
Dale Bryk is the Chief Planning & Integration Officer for the Natural Resources Defense Fund (NRDC) In this role she codirects all the work being done under the various program umbrellas within NRDC, leveraging the organization’s talents to bring transformative change that will improve the environment and people’s quality of life. From 2010 to 2014, she was the director of NRDC’s Energy & Transportation program, where she worked to improve energy efficiency in buildings and appliances, commercialize renewable energy technologies, increase vehicle efficiency, and drive investment in low-carbon fuels. Previously, Bryk oversaw NRDC’s climate work at the state level, including the development of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Before joining NRDC, she practiced corporate law in New York and taught an environmental law clinic at Yale Law School. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, a master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a JD from Harvard. She is based in New York City.
 
Steven Strong is the Founder and President of Solar Design Associates, an interdisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to the design, engineering and implementation of renewable energy systems specializing in solar electricity, electrical storage, wind and solar thermal systems in both utility intertied and micro-grid applications. 
 
SDA offer architects, engineers, building owners, government agencies and utilities a single-source of responsibility for all things renewable – including complete design and engineering services from concept design through construction documents, code compliance, utility liaison, permitting and procurement support along with technical support during bidding and construction as well as comprehensive system commissioning. 
 
Steven was appointed by the Clinton Administration to serve for 6 years as the US Representative to the International Energy Agency’s Experts Group on Solar Energy.  He has earned SDA an international reputation with completed work in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and across the US from Maine to Hawaii. 
 
About the Organizer:
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of business people who believe in protecting the environment while building economic prosperity. Working with NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), E2 serves as a champion on the economic side of good environmental policy by taking a reasoned, economically sound approach to environmental issues. E2 works at both the state and national levels through its bipartisan efforts. Please visit our website at: www.e2.org.

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Norton Lecture VI, 'The Visible and the Invisible' by Wim Wenders
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 9, 2018, 2 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  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)  Wim Wenders
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, 617-695-0738
DETAILSWide Angle: The Norton Lectures on Cinema
The Norton Professors in 2018 are Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Frederick Wiseman
Monday, Jan. 29 and Monday, Feb. 5: Frederick Wiseman
The Search for Story, Structure, and Meaning in Documentary Film: Part I and Part II
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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Emile Bustani Seminar: "Unfinished Revolution: The Challenge of Consolidating Tunisia’s Democratic Gains"
Tuesday, April 10
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-335, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development, Columbia University, Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columba University
It has been seven years since the self-immolation of a Tunisian street vendor inspired a nation, and in turn a region, to rise up in defiance of a corrupt and autocratic regime and demand a better future. In the subsequent years since the overthrow of Zine al-Abadine Ben Ali, Tunisia has accomplished much on the political front: it oversaw the region’s first peaceful transition of power between an Islamist and secular party, passed a progressive constitution, and held free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections. But recent protests and strikes across the country remind us of the fragility of Tunisia’s nascent democracy.

The country continues to struggle with high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, rising debt, enduring signs of pervasive corruption, and an age-old problem of regional inequalities. Security breaches, particularly through Tunisia’s porous borders with neighboring Libya, pose a threat and have necessitated a state of emergency that has gripped the country since 2015. Civil society and government priorities clash over issues of security, transitional justice, and economic reform. What reforms might Tunisia’s coalition government seek to introduce to promote greater harmony and equality across the country? How are regional conflicts and rivalries influencing the small North African state? Can and should the international community do more to help Tunisia? 

Drawing on his recent book, Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly (Columbia University Press, 2017), Professor Safwan Masri will examine the factors that have led to Tunisia’s democratic transition and how the challenges facing the country as it attempts to consolidate its democratic gains may be addressed. Focusing on Tunisia’s history of reformism in the domains of education, religion, women’s rights, and civil engagement, Masri will argue that Tunisia stands out not as a model that can be replicated in other Arab countries, but rather as an anomaly.

Professor Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University. As an ambassador for Columbia, he cultivates relationships with Columbia alumni and with international leaders, essential to the continued development of a global Columbia. In this role, he helps coordinate various University-wide global initiatives, and works to extend Columbia’s reach to match the pressing demands of our global society. Masri’s scholarship is focused on education and contemporary geopolitics and society in the Arab world. He is particularly interested in understanding the historic, postcolonial dynamics among religion, education, society, and politics.

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U.S. - Mexico natural resource management partnerships: Tearing down walls
Tuesday, April 10
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Bruno Verdini, Executive Director, MIT-Harvard Mexico negotiation Program
The research underpinning this talk draws upon Verdini’s new book Winning Together: The Natural Resource Negotiation Playbook (MIT Press, 2017), winner of Harvard Law School’s Raiffa Award for best research of the year in negotiation, mediation, decision-making, and dispute resolution. The first fifty pre-registered individuals to arrive at this seminar will receive free copies of the book. 

Speaker Bio:  Bruno Verdini is executive director of the MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program and a lecturer in urban planning and negotiation at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. He teaches “The Art and Science of Negotiation,” one of MIT’s highest ranked and most popular course electives across campus (with over 500 students from 20 different departments pre-registering per year), and leads training and consulting work for governments, firms, and international organizations around the world. As a diplomat, he has been involved with the teams negotiating financial, technical, and scientific cooperation agreements between Mexico and Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, India, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the IEA, IAEA, IRENA, IEF, OPEC, UNIDO, OLADE, and the World Bank.

In this talk, Bruno Verdini outlines an approach by which government, private sector, and nongovernmental stakeholders can overcome grievances, break the status quo, trade across differences, and create mutual gains in high-stakes transboundary water, energy, and environmental negotiations. Drawing on his extensive interviews with more than seventy high-ranking negotiators in the United States and Mexico—from presidents and ambassadors to general managers, technical experts, and nongovernmental advocates—and building upon theoretical and empirical findings, Verdini offers advice for practitioners on effective negotiation and dispute resolution strategies that avoid the presumption that there are not enough resources to go around and that one side must win while the other must inevitably lose.

Please note this is a public event and we will open our doors to unregistered participants 15 minutes before the event start time. To guarantee your seat, we recommend you register and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

If you are not able to attend, note there will be a high-quality recording of this seminar made available on our YouTube channel about a week following the event at https://www.youtube.com/user/MITEnergyInitiative

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MIT Waste Research and Innovation Night
Tuesday, April 10
5:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT, Building 50-140, Morss Hall, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-waste-research-innovation-night-2018-tickets-42049524259

The MIT Waste Alliance is back with its annual Research & Innovation Night! This year with amazing panelists and enthusiastic poster presenters, we will also have an exciting pitch competition. If you are a student, researcher, or a startup who wants to share their work and ideas regarding the waste sector, there is no better place and time to do it than here.  Join us to learn about the trends and happenings in the waste sector.

Stay tuned. More details coming soon.
Tentative Schedule:
Networking: 5-5:30 pm
Panel: 5:30-6:30 pm
Pitches: 6:30-7 pm
Posters and food: 7-8 pm
Prize Announcement: 8 pm

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Shroud of Turin Talk
Tuesday, April 10
5:30pm
MIT, Building 54-100, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Considered one of the greatest mysteries of our time, the Shroud of Turin (the burial shroud of Jesus) continues to amaze scientists, historians, artists, and theologians. Bill Wingard, a speaker for the Shroud who was mentored by two of its principal scientists, will present the history, the science, the Passion, and the case for authenticity. An exact photographic representation of the actual Shroud that currently resides in Turin, Italy will be available for viewing. 

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Combining Livecoding and Real-time Software for Musical Improvisation
Tuesday, April 10
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Jason Levine, musician, performer, and computational artist will discuss his path through computer science and music technology to build his vibrant career and artistic practice. The talk will explore Levine’s ongoing quest to find the most expressive fusion of music and technology along with the obstacles and dilemmas he has encountered along the way.

The evening will include an improvisational mini-concert by Levine and a discussion with Levine and MIT Professor Eran Egozy, co-founder of Harmonix, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Free. No pre-registration required.

Also join us for Livecoding Sinusoidal Traversals through Sound Sorted in Space on April 12.

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Boston New Technology Augmented and Virtual Reality Startup Showcase #BNT88 21+
Monday, April 9, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wayfair, 4 Copley Place, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/248708175/
Price: $12.00 /per person

21+. Join Boston New Technology at Wayfair on April 9th to:
See 7 innovative and exciting local AR & VR technology demos, presented by startup founders and industry experts
Network with 200 attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free professional headshot photo from Kubica & Nguyen (non-intrusively watermarked)
Enjoy dinner with beer, other beverages & more

Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience.

Price increases to $24 during the last 24 hours.

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Smarter in the City Roxbury Investor Meeting
Tuesday, April 10
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roxbury-investor-meeting-tickets-44121112435

Smarter in the City is hosting the first-of-its-kind Investor pitch meeting in Roxbury. There is an important demographic in the tech sector that has been largely ignored, and that is Black and Brown entrepreneurs. To rectify this, Smarter in the City (SitC) is hosting this seed stage Investor meeting highlighting local entrepreneurs of color.
We have selected excellent businesses that are all generating revenue that are actively trying to scale.
Event Details:
Agenda:
Three elevator pitches
Three investor pitches
Networking lunch

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Urban China Seminar Series at MIT China Future City Lab
Tuesday, April 10
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, City Arena, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Yue Zhang, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Emile Bustani Seminar: "Unfinished Revolution: The Challenge of Consolidating Tunisia’s Democratic Gains"
Tuesday, April 10
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-335, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

“Unfinished Revolution: The Challenge of Consolidating Tunisia’s Democratic Gains”
Safwan M. Masri

Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development, Columbia University
Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columba University

It has been seven years since the self-immolation of a Tunisian street vendor inspired a nation, and in turn a region, to rise up in defiance of a corrupt and autocratic regime and demand a better future. In the subsequent years since the overthrow of Zine al-Abadine Ben Ali, Tunisia has accomplished much on the political front: it oversaw the region’s first peaceful transition of power between an Islamist and secular party, passed a progressive constitution, and held free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections. But recent protests and strikes across the country remind us of the fragility of Tunisia’s nascent democracy.

The country continues to struggle with high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, rising debt, enduring signs of pervasive corruption, and an age-old problem of regional inequalities. Security breaches, particularly through Tunisia’s porous borders with neighboring Libya, pose a threat and have necessitated a state of emergency that has gripped the country since 2015. Civil society and government priorities clash over issues of security, transitional justice, and economic reform. What reforms might Tunisia’s coalition government seek to introduce to promote greater harmony and equality across the country? How are regional conflicts and rivalries influencing the small North African state? Can and should the international community do more to help Tunisia? 

Drawing on his recent book, Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly (Columbia University Press, 2017), Professor Safwan Masri will examine the factors that have led to Tunisia’s democratic transition and how the challenges facing the country as it attempts to consolidate its democratic gains may be addressed. Focusing on Tunisia’s history of reformism in the domains of education, religion, women’s rights, and civil engagement, Masri will argue that Tunisia stands out not as a model that can be replicated in other Arab countries, but rather as an anomaly.

Professor Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University. As an ambassador for Columbia, he cultivates relationships with Columbia alumni and with international leaders, essential to the continued development of a global Columbia. In this role, he helps coordinate various University-wide global initiatives, and works to extend Columbia’s reach to match the pressing demands of our global society. Masri’s scholarship is focused on education and contemporary geopolitics and society in the Arab world. He is particularly interested in understanding the historic, postcolonial dynamics among religion, education, society, and politics.

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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U.S. - Mexico natural resource management partnerships: Tearing down walls
Tuesday, April 10
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Bruno Verdini, Executive Director, MIT-Harvard Mexico negotiation Program
The research underpinning this talk draws upon Verdini’s new book Winning Together: The Natural Resource Negotiation Playbook (MIT Press, 2017), winner of Harvard Law School’s Raiffa Award for best research of the year in negotiation, mediation, decision-making, and dispute resolution. The first fifty pre-registered individuals to arrive at this seminar will receive free copies of the book. 

Speaker Bio:
Bruno Verdini is executive director of the MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program and a lecturer in urban planning and negotiation at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. He teaches “The Art and Science of Negotiation,” one of MIT’s highest ranked and most popular course electives across campus (with over 500 students from 20 different departments pre-registering per year), and leads training and consulting work for governments, firms, and international organizations around the world. As a diplomat, he has been involved with the teams negotiating financial, technical, and scientific cooperation agreements between Mexico and Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, India, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the IEA, IAEA, IRENA, IEF, OPEC, UNIDO, OLADE, and the World Bank.

In this talk, Bruno Verdini outlines an approach by which government, private sector, and nongovernmental stakeholders can overcome grievances, break the status quo, trade across differences, and create mutual gains in high-stakes transboundary water, energy, and environmental negotiations. Drawing on his extensive interviews with more than seventy high-ranking negotiators in the United States and Mexico—from presidents and ambassadors to general managers, technical experts, and nongovernmental advocates—and building upon theoretical and empirical findings, Verdini offers advice for practitioners on effective negotiation and dispute resolution strategies that avoid the presumption that there are not enough resources to go around and that one side must win while the other must inevitably lose.

Please note this is a public event and we will open our doors to unregistered participants 15 minutes before the event start time. To guarantee your seat, we recommend you register and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

If you are not able to attend, note there will be a high-quality recording of this seminar made available on our YouTube channel about a week following the event.

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MIT Waste Research & Innovation Night 2018
Tuesday, April 10
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
MIT Morss Hall, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-waste-research-innovation-night-2018-tickets-42049524259

MIT Waste Alliance is back with its annual Waste Research & Innovation Night! If you are a student, researcher, or even a startup who wants to share your work and ideas regarding the waste sector, there is no better place and time to do it than here.
The theme for this year's panel is "Complex Waste Streams." All topics related to waste reuse and resource management will be accepted for poster and pitch presentations.

Join us to learn about the trends and happenings in the waste sector. Please sign up as a Poster or Pitch presenter by Friday, March 30, and we will follow up with details.

Stay Tuned. More details coming soon.

Tentative Schedule:
Networking: 5-5:30 pm
Panel: 5:30-6:30 pm
Pitches: 6:30-7 pm
Posters and food: 7-8 pm
Prize Announcement: 8 pm

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Action and Reaction: A Conversation with Corey Robin
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Andover Chapel, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Religion
SPONSOR	Ministry of Ideas
CONTACT	studentlife at hds.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Join us for a public conversation with Corey Robin about the ideology of conservatism. He argues that it is "not a commitment to limited government and liberty—or a wariness of change, a belief in evolutionary reform, or a politics of virtue." Instead, it is fundamentally a "meditation on—and theoretical rendition of—the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back.”
Corey Robin is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump—hailed by The New Yorker as “the book that predicted Trump”—and Fear: The History of a Political Idea. His articles have appeared in the London Review of Books, Harper’s, The New York Times, The Nation, and the American Political Science Review. His writings have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Latvian, Romanian, and Farsi. Robin has received many grants and awards, including the Best First Book in Political Theory Award from the American Political Science Association, and fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Princeton University’s Center for Human Values. He is currently writing a book on Clarence Thomas and is also at work on a larger project about the political theory of capitalism. Robin is an active blogger, both at his eponymous blog and at Crooked Timber. He is a contributing editor at Jacobin. He and his work have been profiled in the The New York Times (“the quintessential public intellectual for the digital age”), the Chronicle of Higher Education(“one of academe’s most persistent brawlers”), and Tablet (“a Sartre for the social-media age”). Robin has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, and other media outlets. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, and too many cats.

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

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

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 11 AM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.


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