[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - July 22, 2018

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Monday, July 23
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5:30pm  Comics and Medicine: An Introduction
5:30pm  Perspectives on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
6pm  Public Space Invitational 2018: Community Gardens
6pm  AR & VR in Museums: Cuseum and Lightning Talks

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Tuesday, July 24
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10am  Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing
11am  CBMM Special Seminar: What information dynamics can tell us about ... brains 
3pm  Learning to transform 2D nanomaterials for medicine using imaging and pharmacology
6pm  Digital Endpoints
6:30pm  History Café 4: City People and Old Cambridge People
6:30pm  Alone Through Iran: 1144 Miles of Trust

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Wednesday, July 25
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8:30am  Boston Harbor Now Harbor Use Public Forum
12pm  New Hampshire Eat Local Month
6pm  Perspectives on New Media in Museums
6:30pm  Pediatric brain cancer
7pm  Old in Art School:  A Memoir of Starting Over

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Thursday, July 26
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1pm  Rally for Union Rights for Public Defenders
1pm  2018 Babson Summer Venture Showcase 
3pm  Greentown Labs BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE: Ideation Event
7pm  The Remarkable Life and Work of Ellen Swallow Richards and Her Role in Shaping Public Health at the Chestnut Hill Water Station and Beyond

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Friday, Jul 27 - Saturday, July 28
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Circular Navigation in the Vast Cyberspace- Hackathon

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Friday, July 27
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6pm  The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

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Sunday, July 29
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12pm  5th Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival
3pm  Be the Change: Massachusetts Bail Fund

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Monday, July 30
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6pm  Shadow Libraries

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Tuesday, July 31
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10am  Introduction to Virtual Reality
12pm  US Solidarity Economy Network presents: "Solidarity Economy: Resist & Build in Jackson, Mississippi”
2pm  Picking Robots – Ready for Primetime?
2pm  The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour:  Julie Pryor, Director of Communications,McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT 
6pm  SBN on Tour at ReVision Urban Farm
7pm  Eager:  The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
7pm  Crop Diseases That Threaten Global Food Security (and Your Breakfast)

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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

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume I
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2018/07/autobiography-of-mark-twain-volume-i.html

The Presidential Con Game and the All-American Bust-Out
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/17/1781473/-The-Presidential-Con-Game-and-the-All-American-Bust-Out

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Monday, July 23
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Comics and Medicine: An Introduction
Monday, July 23
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Harvard Medical School, Countway Library, 5th Floor Minot Room, 10 Shattuck Street #3, Boston
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSertRyZOHvA9DPguBA5_a5-4ObyXap5zGARWwulbQlDq3K4fg/viewform
Light Refreshments Provided

Graphic medicine is a growing interdisciplinary field that explores the intersection of comics and medicine. Join Matthew Noe, Collection Outreach Librarian and co-editor of GraphicMedicine.org to learn about this exciting field, do some doodling of your own, and explore how you can use comics at Harvard!

This event is a partnership between the HMS Arts and Humanities Initiative (https://artsandhumanities.hms.harvard.edu/) and Countway Library (https://www.countway.harvard.edu). 

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Perspectives on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Monday, July 23
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Ropes & Gray, 800 Boylston Street, Prudential Tower, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/perspectives-on-the-un-sdgs-tickets-47687498592
Cost:  $25

In partnership with the Boston Chapter of WISE, NEIII and the Boston Chapter of BASIC, we welcome you to our third Group Impact Event!
About this Event
This third convening will focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with issue expert speakers presenting TED-style talks on the UN SDGs from multiple sector perspectives.
We are very pleased to welcome guest speakers Geoff Chapin, Co-Founder of SDG Engine; Carly Greenberg, Senior ESG Analyst at Boston Trust/Walden Asset Management; and Suraj Kripalani, Co-Founder of BonBillo; and to welcome back Graham Sinclair as our Moderator for this special event. See speaker bios below.
Speaker presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A.
Event Schedule
5:30-6:00pm – Registration, Light Refreshments and Networking
6:00-7:00pm – Program and Q&A
7:00-8:00pm – Networking Reception
We look forward to seeing you there!

Speaker Bios
Geoff Chapin is an entrepreneur and investor for several different companies. SDG Engine is a nonprofit working with the United Nations, SAP, universities and incubators around the world to create a global platform that will accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by bringing many actors onto one platform. This global platform will intelligently and specifically match companies providing sustainable solutions with the countries and NGOS that need to implement those solutions in order to meet the SDGs. The platform will also allow accredited and non-accredited investors to invest in companies that help solve these goals, unlocking billions in financing. Solution provider companies will also be able to find professional services firms such as banks, consultants, recruiting, accounting, HR, and manufacturing firms on the platform to help them grow as they earn contracts. The nonprofit will also have substantial on the ground help for countries and cities who are working to find and implement these solutions.

Geoff is also the founding investor in Phoenix Revolution Inc. Phoenix Revolution has a patented solution that reduces the power requirements and cost for reverse osmosis by over 70% each while also boosting recovered fresh water to 90% versus about 50%. Currently the product is at work in Uttar Pradesh, India, cleaning effluent water for agricultural use and in cleaning high toxicity water in the U.S. energy sector. More pilots and expansion is planned in Vietnam, Singapore, and in rural areas in Asia and Africa bringing clean water to communities most in need.

Carly Greenberg, CFA, is a Senior ESG Analyst at Boston Trust/Walden Asset Management, a Boston based investment management firm serving individual and institutional clients. She is responsible for assessing the ESG performance of current and potential portfolio companies, and works on shareholder engagement initiatives related to a range of sustainability issues. Carly also oversees Walden's community investing service and contributes to traditional securities research. She leads Walden's efforts to apply the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework to the firm's investment decision-making and active ownership processes and is a member of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment SDGs Advisory Committee. She earned a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics and International and Global Studies from Brandeis University and an MA in International Economics and Finance (MAIEF) from the International Business School at Brandeis University. From 2015-2017, Carly served as the President of the Boston Chapter of Building a Sustainable Investment Community (BASIC), a sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investing professionals group.

Suraj Kripalani is a co-founder of BonBillo, a social impact incubator helping university students launch startups contributing towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He also serves as a mentor at Startupbootcamp Cape Town, a leading accelerator program focused on high-growth technology startups in the African continent. From 2015 to 2017, Suraj mentored management teams of Indian businesses with total revenues exceeding $400 million to execute transformation plans to deliver a material improvement in performance. His passion for social ventures led him to help launch the Nalanda Education Technology Program, a blended-learning program using an offline version of Khan Academy in low-income Indian schools, in 2013. The non-profit program has since grown across 3 Indian cities, and shown a positive impact on students’ learning outcomes and engagement levels. Suraj began his career at BlackRock in 2004 and held several roles in fixed income risk and portfolio management over 8 years in New York and London. Suraj holds an M.S. in Financial Engineering from Columbia University, a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and attended MIT’s flagship Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2017.

Graham Sinclair [@esgarchitect] works at the intersection of investment, strategy and sustainability. His first decade was running pension funds for Old Mutual and Alexander Forbes, investment banking at Nedcor and front office for global multi-managers SEI Investments with US$281bn AuM. His second decade was focused on sustainable investment, firstly managing research products at KLD in Boston before launching @SinCoESG in 2006. Client engagements in the global institutional investment ecosystem have ranged from AIG Global Investors on Wall St. to the UN Environment Programme in Geneva for the Principles for Responsible Investment to benchmarking the impact of 32 private equity funds for the African Development Bank portfolio. Recent projects have ranged from executive seminar series for EY Europe on the SDGs in finance sector, to ESG listings guidelines for exchanges with WFE and SSEi, and mapping impact investing models for the Freedom Fund fighting modern slavery.

Graham has degrees in law and business, earned his MBA on scholarship at Villanova University, and holds professional certifications in investment and sustainability, including the inaugural cohort of the WWF One Planet Leaders Programme in Switzerland. He has written for professional and academic media, most recently for “Research Handbook of Finance and Sustainability” (Edward Elgar, 2018) and as industry influencer @esgarchitect is followed by 4,987. His TEDx "Investing As If The Future Matters" was ranked top 5 in ESG by the global investment industry’s CFA Institute. On any day he would rather be cycling a mountain pass.

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Public Space Invitational 2018: Community Gardens
Monday, July 23
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Nightingale Community Garden, 512 Park Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-space-invitational-2018-community-gardens-tickets-47954141127

Earlier this year, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and The Trustees launched the third Public Space Invitational, an open call for creative minds to reimagine civic spaces in Boston.
This year's focus was on innovative design installations at three community gardens in Boston: The Trustees' Nightingale Community Garden in Dorchester, Chilcott & Granada Community Garden in Jamaica Plain, and the Fenway Victory Gardens, owned by Boston Parks and Recreation and administered and maintained by the Fenway Garden Society.

Please join Mayor Walsh, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, and The Trustees to celebrate the three winning design teams! The event will also feature Afro-Latin music from award-winning musician Cornell Coley, theatre troupe Red Sage Stories, and food from Raphael’s Caribbean Cuisine.

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AR & VR in Museums: Cuseum and Lightning Talks
Monday, July 23
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Alley powered by Verizon Cambridge, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Virtual-Reality/events/251684580/
Cost: $6.00

Join us for an evening of lighting talks and demonstrations on VR and AR for Museums. We'll have a big crowd from the museum professionals community and VR/AR makers.

We have the lineup, now, with details coming soon. If you have a talk or demonstration you'd like to contribute, let us know!

(KEYNOTE) EXPERIMENTATION WITH AR IN MUSEUMS
Dan Sullivan is a the Head of Growth & Partnerships at Cuseum, a company that works with museums and cultural institutions to help them better engage visitors using digital tools. One of the core components to Cuseum's approach revolves around experimentation. Dan will be discussing some of their experiments in the museum space using augmented reality to challenge the traditional museum experience.

ENVRMNT BY MICHAEL SULLIVAN
AR and VR technology innovation at Verizon.
From advertising, to wayfinding to curating a digital experience. Enrvmnt offers a virtual world that excites visitors with new ways to explore, discover and learn.

HOLOMUSE AND ARTLENS BY ORIT SHAER
We will present two AR applications, HoloMuse and ARtLens, developed by the Wellesley HCI Lab in close collaboration with the Davis Museum. Our goal is to allow users to engage with museum artifacts in novel ways and to enhance object-based learning. We will also present findings from investigating the impact of these applications on learning and engagement with college-level art history and archeology students. Orit Shaer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and director of the Media Arts and Sciences Program at Wellesley College. She found and directs the Wellesley College Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab.

LOREBOOKS BY ALAN FOSTER
Alan Foster will discuss the biggest problems facing libraries and archives, and how augmented reality can be used to solve them.
His talk will include the results of MIT Media Lab research into the use of terahertz radiation scanning to scan rare books into holograms, and discuss how head-mounted displays can make mixed collections easier to navigate.

ROTU BY JASON PARKS
ROTU Entertainment and Media, Ltd., (“ROTU”) is a VR content development start-up focused on new VR game mechanics and audio implementation techniques to deliver realistic immersion. Our flagship products are musically inspired episodic VR games called, Rhythm of the Universe. We will discuss how immersive media and haptic technologies are reinventing art and museum exhibits to attract future generations. ROTU will discuss the use of its existing content to create a compelling exhibit.

VR & AR FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE IN MUSEUMS BY JEFFREY JACOBSON
For centuries, museums have provided as much context as possible for their historical artifacts. Physical devices are helpful, like writing a good plaque, grouping the objects, building visual dioramas, and later, audio tours have become popular. Augmented Reality (AR) is a way to provide an interactive and radically more informative context for the physical objects. With AR we can see "inside" them, see them situated in recreations of their cultural context, and click-though to the entire internet's worth of information about it. Similarly, Virtual Reality (VR) can re-create lost or distant cultural environments, which we can interact with. Dr. Jacobson will survey what is possible and briefly introduce his own work in this area.

DEMONSTRATIONS
Each one of the talks, above will be accompanied by a demonstration.

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Tuesday, July 24
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Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing
Tuesday, July 24
10:00am to 12:00pm
MIT, Building 7-238, GIS Lab, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://libcal.mit.edu/event/4271828

Come learn about satellite remote sensing, and get an overview of the many ways to process satellite imagery. There will be demos in ENVI and ArcGIS software, both of which are available in the Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab.

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CBMM Special Seminar: What information dynamics can tell us about ... brains 
Tuesday, July 24
11:00am to 12:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Joseph T. Lizier, The University of Sydney
Abstract:  The space-time dynamics of interactions in neural systems are often described using terminology of information processing, or computation, in particular with reference to information being stored, transferred and modified in these systems. In this talk, we describe an information-theoretic framework -- information dynamics --  that we have used to quantify each of these operations on information, and their dynamics in space and time. Not only does this framework quantitatively align with natural qualitative descriptions of neural information processing, it provides multiple complementary perspectives on how, where and why a system is exhibiting complexity. We will review the application of this framework in computational neuroscience, describing what it can and indeed has revealed in this domain. First, we discuss examples of characterising behavioural regimes and responses in terms of information processing, including under different neural conditions and around critical states. Next, we show how the space-time dynamics of information storage, transfer and modification directly reveal how distributed computation is implemented in a system, highlighting information processing hot-spots and emergent computational structures, and providing evidence for conjectures on neural information processing such as predictive coding theory. Finally, via applications to several models of dynamical networks and human brain images, we demonstrate how information dynamics relates the structure of complex networks to their function, and how it can invert such analysis to infer structure from dynamics.

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Learning to transform 2D nanomaterials for medicine using imaging and pharmacology
Tuesday, July 24
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Harvard, Wyss Institute, 60 Oxford Street, room 330, Cambridge

Kostas Kostarelos, University of Manchester, UK
The use of nanomaterials in medicine is growing at an unprecedented rate for a variety of therapeutic, diagnostic or combinatory applications. Graphene and other 2D materials possess properties that make them attractive materials for biomedical applications, however, their impact on the physiology of live organisms is still unexplored. To further explore graphene’s potential for diagnostic and therapeutic applications as a substance and a 2D biomedical material, it is important to determine its potential toxicological profile and adverse reaction it might cause in the body following administration or implantation.

In his presentation, Dr. Kostarelos will highlight how biological-grade graphene oxide (GO) sheets interact with tissues in living animals (in vivo). The pharmacological and toxicological profiles exhibited by GO sheets in correlation with physicochemical characteristics such as their thickness, and lateral dimensions, and including their half-life in circulating blood, tissue biodistribution, excretion rates, and kinetics of biodegradation, allow the determination of critical parameters that can assist in the future development of graphene-based applications towards the clinic.

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Digital Endpoints
Tuesday, July 24
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, Havana Room, One Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Helbling-Visionary-Series/events/252192232/

Details
The Visionary Series is back after a 6 month hiatus! On July 24th we're extremely excited to welcome Melissa Ceruolo, VP of Software Engineering and Data Products for MC10. She's going to show us what MC10's newly 510k approved BioStamp nPoint system is all about!

The advent of medical grade wearable sensing technology is on the verge of driving significant change in pharmaceutical development and health care innovation. Traditional clinical trials are being redesigned to incorporate digital biomarkers that are collected longitudinally, outside of the clinic. New data and insights will empower clinical decision making, lower trial costs, and ultimately shorten the cycle of bringing new therapeutics to market. BioStamp nPointTM has been specifically designed to enable this path, through the remote capture of annotated, high-fidelity signals paired with analytics and cloud services for data integration into clinical trial management systems.

Refreshments provided by Helbling (6pm-8pm).

Agenda:
6:00-6:30 Refreshments (Swiss Bakers) and Networking
6:30-7:30 Melissa, Intro and Q&A
7:30-8:00 Networking Then join us for the after party at Glass House!

IMPORTANT: Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) is a secured facility, so you will need to check in at the security desk on the first floor. Please bring a photo ID. The CIC can be busy after work with events like these, so we suggest arriving early in case there is a line at the security desk. Your security check-in experience will be faster if your meetup.com account name matches the full name on your ID.

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History Café 4: City People and Old Cambridge People
Tuesday, July 24
6:30pm
Cambridge Historical Society, Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, 159 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://citypeopleoldcambridgehistcafe.eventbrite.com
Cost:  $10

CHS will host a History Café @ Hooper-Lee-Nichols House about the history and identities of City People and Old Cambridge People. 

A conversation with author Katherine Howe and Society board member Ed Rodley, 4th generation Cambridge Irish-American, about two defining Cambridge types—Brahmins and City People—at the heart of where Cambridge is from.

Also featuring a peek into the Society’s archives with a brief look at the Susan Nichols’ journals from the late 1800s, with Archivist Maggie Hoffman and Intern Lydia MacKay. Susan raised her family in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House on Brattle Street and was a member of the West Cambridge community for all of her adult life.

Light refreshments included.

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Alone Through Iran: 1144 Miles of Trust
Tuesday, July 24
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall, Cambridge

Kristina Paltén, a lone Swedish woman, began her run through Iran on September 5th 2015 becoming the first woman to ever run across Iran. Kristina was inspired to run across Iran for three main reasons: the beautiful topography, the long-distance journey and her own prejudices against the country which she only knew about through western news coverage. The film follows Kristina before, during and after her run and capturing the physical as well as psychological journey as she challenges her fears and prejudices by meeting the people she has heard so little about, the people along the road in Iran. 

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Wednesday, July 25
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Boston Harbor Now Harbor Use Public Forum
Wednesday, July 25
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Leventhal Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-harbor-now-harbor-use-public-forum-tickets-31583777930

Boston Harbor Now now holds monthly Harbor Use Public Forums in order for interested stakeholders to learn about and provide feedback to waterfront developers and public agency planners on projects affecting Boston Harbor, its waterfront and islands. 

This month join us for a conversation with Jim Aloisi about his latest book: "Massport at 60". Stay for a brief reading and signed copies!

These meetings are meant to provide opportunities for the frank, open discussion needed to optimize both private and public amenities as Boston's waterfront undergoes redevelopment. For more information, including opportunities to present your proposal at one of these meetings, please contact Jill Valdes Horwood, watefront policy director, at jvhorwood at bostonharbornow.org.

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New Hampshire Eat Local Month
Wednesday, July 25
12:00-1:00PM
Webinar
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/august-is-nh-eat-local-month-tickets-46852210222

The NH Food Alliance is so excited to have our next webinar about New Hampshire Eat Local Month, celebrated annually in August! 
Our presenter on this topic is Jen Risley, the Executive Director of Monadnock Buy Local since 2009. She has long-term experience promoting local food and farms, and also has worked for the Monadnock Food Co-op in marketing. We can’t wait to learn from her experience. 

This webinar is completely free, and you can register easily using Eventbrite. Although this month’s topic is about NH Eat Local Month, participants from other areas of the country can expect to gain valuable insight into how to promote their own area’s local products! NH Eat Local Month is all about creating inspiration to eat more local food throughout the year, and to help people gain knowledge about where their food comes from. All of our webinars end with an interactive Q&A session so you can get more involved. 

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Perspectives on New Media in Museums
WHEN  Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE	Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Exhibitions
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Art Museums
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.
Support for Nam June Paik: Screen Play and related programming was provided by the Rosenblatt Fund for Post-War American Art, the Agnes Gund Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, the José Soriano Fund, and the M. Victor Leventritt Fund. In addition, 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.
COST  Free admission, but seating is limited.
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar/perspectives-on-new-media-in-museums
TICKET INFO  Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.
CONTACT INFO  (617) 495-9400
DETAILS  Perspectives on New Media in Museums
Kate Lewis, the Agnes Gund Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, will discuss the challenges of caring for time-based media art. Conservators must grapple with technical obsolescence, navigate complex hardware and software, and satisfy unusual installation demands. Lewis will focus on works by Nam June Paik, Nalini Malani, Tania Bruguera, and others.
Following her talk, Lewis will be joined by Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Marina Isgro, the inaugural Nam June Paik Research Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, for a conversation about new media in museums.
This lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Nam June Paik: Screen Play, which celebrates a recent gift from Paik’s nephew and Harvard alumnus Ken Hakuta (M.B.A. ’77). Hakuta donated nine works by Paik to the museums and established the Nam June Paik Research Fellowship, making the Harvard Art Museums an important repository of the artist’s work for exhibition, study, and research.
The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30 p.m at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.
After the talk, guests are invited to view the Nam June Paik: Screen Play exhibition on Level 3 until 8 p.m.
Complimentary parking is available in the Oxford Street Garage.
LINK  https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/visit/calendar/perspectives-on-new-media-in-museums

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Pediatric brain cancer
Wednesday, July 25
6:30 - 7:30pm
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Pratiti (Mimi) Bandopadhayay

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Old in Art School:  A Memoir of Starting Over
Wednesday, July 25
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed historian and artist NELL PAINTER for a discussion of her latest book, Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. She will be joined in conversation by bestselling author, curator, and Harvard Assistant Professor SARAH LEWIS.

About Old in Art School
Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school―in her sixties―to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived.

How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, “You will never be an artist”? Who defines what “An Artist” is and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference?

Old in Art School is Nell Painter’s ongoing exploration of those crucial questions. Bringing to bear incisive insights from two careers, Painter weaves a frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art.

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Thursday, July 26
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Rally for Union Rights for Public Defenders
Thursday, July 26
1:00pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

Join employees of the Massachusetts public defender agency, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, at a rally in support of pending legislation which would grant them the right to collectively bargain and seek the protections of a contract. We are hoping for support from the progressive activist community. Thank you!

MORE INFO:  Join us at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, July 26th to support employees of the Massachusetts Public Defender agency (the Committee for Public Counsel Services) as we continue our struggle to pass House & Senate Bill 1426.

For the past decade we have been actively fighting to win the right to collectively bargain and seek the protections of a contract - rights the employees of other Massachusetts state wide agencies have had for decades.

Why support public defenders?

Public defenders ensure that poor people?s constitutional rights are protected. They embody a commitment to justice shared by both liberals and conservatives. They are on the front lines of the fight to reduce the
number of people warehoused in our state prisons and county jails, including those awaiting trial, legally innocent, but too poor to post bail.

Public defenders ensure that our Constitution is not just an empty promise, by standing up for the rights of poor people the government seeks to incarcerate. Our clients are disproportionately people of color, and too often people struggling with mental illness, addiction, or both.

We are asking for fairness - the same right to collectively bargain as all other state workers have. We have been building a movement which includes not only attorneys, but ALL employees of the Massachusetts Public Defender agency, called the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS).

How can you help?
Right now we have two bills pending on Beacon Hill - Senate Bill #1426 and House Bill #1426:
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H1426
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S1426

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2018 Babson Summer Venture Showcase 
Thursday, July 26
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-babson-summer-venture-showcase-tickets-47166279612

1 p.m. Registration begins
2 p.m. Opening remarks/presentation
4 p.m. Networking

15 startups will share their stories and present their business ventures.

The Summer Venture Program is a 10-week intensive experience that builds entrepreneurial skills and accelerates the development of student ventures. This year 15 teams, ranging from consumer products, fashion, and tech industries, were chosen among the most promising graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurs.

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Greentown Labs BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE: Ideation Event
Thursday, July 26
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greentown-labs-bold-ideas-challenge-ideation-event-tickets-45478061105

Greentown Labs BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE is a 6-month accelerator program housed at Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States and focussed on connecting entrepreneurs with the mentors, team members, business and technical resources they need to launch successful ventures all with support and collaboration from Schneider Electric.
Join Greentown Labs and Schneider Electric to celebrate the launch of the Greentown Labs BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE program. At this event attendees will:
Pitch their Ideas within Energy Management and Automation
Hear from Schneider Electric’s Business Unit leaders on how startups can disrupt energy management and automation
Meet other entrepreneurs and mentors interested in working on venture creation within the energy space
Check out the Greentown Labs BOLD IDEAS CHALLENGE Landing Page for more information on this accelerator APPLICATIONS DUE JULY 20, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

Event Program:
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Reception
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Opening Remarks
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Schneider Tech Teams Talk
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Tech Break-Outs
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Idea Lightning Pitches
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Networking
Schneider Electric Attendees:
Heriberto Diarte, Responsible for Corporate Ventures & External Innovation
Kevin Self, SVP of Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations
Barry Coflan, SVP - Chief Technology Officer of EcoBuilding Division
Andy Haun, SVP, Chief Technology Officer of the Microgrids Division
Kevin Brown, SVP of Innovation & Chief Technology Officer of the IT Division
Makarand Joshi, Director of Product Strategy & EcoStruxure Technology Platforms
Mark Feasel, VP of Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid
Jean-Louis Stasi, SVP of New Products & Innovation

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The Remarkable Life and Work of Ellen Swallow Richards and Her Role in Shaping Public Health at the Chestnut Hill Water Station and Beyond
Thrusday, July 26
7:00PM
Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Boston

Public Lecture by Susan Murcott
Ellen Swallow Richards (1842 – 1911), a pioneer in public health, chemistry, microbiology,
environmental science and engineering, graduated Vassar with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 1870 and MIT with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1873. In a period when women were not permitted to obtain PhDs or work with men in their laboratories, she founded the Women’s Laboratory at MIT in 1876. The year after MIT built its first coeducational chemistry laboratory in 1883, she was appointed instructor in sanitary chemistry, a position she held for the next 27 years, the only woman to teach at MIT during those early decades. Her student William T. Sedgwick the biologist who became known as the “Father of Public Health” and of the discipline of environmental engineering, spoke of Ellen Swallow Richards, in his 1911 eulogy, as his “great teacher.” George C. Whipple, MIT graduate in 1889 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, was a protégé of William Sedgwick. Whipple was the first to establish the water laboratory at Chestnut Hill. Together with Prof. Sedgwick and Prof. Milton Rosenau, they founded the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers in 1911, which later became the Harvard School of Public Health. The talk will cover ESR’s role in shaping the public health at Chestnut Hill Water Station and beyond.

Editorial Comment:  Ellen Swallow Richards was one of the founders of the whole subject of ecology and Susan Murcott is an indefatigable advocate and organizer of clean water for people around the world who don’t yet have such access.

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Friday, Jul 27 - Saturday, July 28
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Circular Navigation in the Vast Cyberspace- Hackathon
Friday, July 27, 5:00 PM – Saturday, July 28, 7:00 PM EDT
CIC, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/circular-navigation-in-the-vast-cyberspace-hackathon-tickets-47553073523

Internet navigation refers to the process of navigating a network of information resources in the World Wide Web which if organized as hypermedia or hyperlinks. Central to internet navigation is the development of a navigation interface that maximizes usability and ease of finding information in a plethora of hypermedia and hyperlinks. 

A website navigation is analogous to a road map, which enables webpage visitors to explore and discover different areas and information contained within the website. Sometimes navigation design makes it cumbersome to find specific information depending on the device from which search occurs. With the advent of mobile devices in the last decade, information discovery needs to be addressed and looked at closely to ensure that visitors can still discover information with ease. 

The navigation design in most modern vehicles are circular with options to find addresses, play music, make phone calls, etc. Circular navigation through a nob which drivers can circle through while not losing attention on the road while driving is central to ensure information can be retrieved in a fast and easy process. Imagine a web navigation interface similar to the circular navigation in modern vehicles used for information discovery and retrieval. In the case of an ecommerce website, navigation is often hierarchical with pages and pages of products and a search bar, which is used to enter phrases to search for. Often visitors have their own categorization in mind to look for in a plethora of products and most websites often categorize and sub-categorize through hyperlinks, which are used in combination with the search bar.

Instead of a hierarchical navigation that forces visitors to follow a map-route on websites, a circular navigation can be immensely useful and more personalized for the visitor to use a nob for cycling through products and turning on/off product features to ensure information can be retrieved faster and easier and more importantly resembling interfaces which they have used before as in the circular navigation in their vehicles. 

Berkshire Hathaway Shoe Holdings presents this Circular Navigation Hackathon in collaboration with CIC Boston. 

Join us on the 27-28 of July to participate in the hackathon with fellow designers, developers and product owners to create circular navigation interfaces for the vast cyberspace to envision how navigation will look in the present and future!

Navigation of web sites are radically being re-done and re-aligned with visitors input, be a part of history in making this happen and a peek into the future of navigation!

If you have any queries, you can contact us at innovativedesignhack at gmail.com

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Friday, July 27
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The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Friday, July 27
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett to the bookstore to discuss their book, The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Times of Stanford R. Ovshinsky.

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow is the first full-length biography Stanford R. Ovshinsky, a brilliant, self-taught inventor whose discoveries in materials science and innovations in information technology continue to shape our world, from rechargeable batteries to solar panels.

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Sunday, July 29
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5th Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival
WHEN  Sunday, July 29, 2018, 12 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Danehy Park, 99 Sherman Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Music
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Cambridge Jazz Festival
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Join us for the 5th Annual Free Cambridge Jazz Festival! Our Headliner, three time Grammy Winner, Terri Lyne Carrington will perform a Tribute to Geri Allen. In addition, other performers include: Gabrielle Goodman, Recetia de Samba feat. Anna Borges & Bill Ward, The Toth Bros. and The ron Savage Trio. Come out for a fun-filled event which will include some of the best food trucks, face painting, merchandise vendors and a jazz museum!
LINK  http://www.cambridgejazzfestival.org

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Be the Change: Massachusetts Bail Fund
Sunday, July 29
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

At any given time, more than 450,000 people nationwide are imprisoned pre-trial because they cannot afford to pay bail. The majority of the more than 7,500 people in Massachusetts jails are being held on bail before they’ve been convicted - for weeks, months, and years, some for as low as $25.  

The Massachusetts Bail Fund, an all volunteer non-profit in Cambridge, posts up to $500 bail for people throughout Massachusetts.  We have posted bail for over 1000 of our neighbors and have spent almost half a million dollars. Our volunteers have met some of the people whose bail we have posted and heard their stories: a mother who had infant twins in the NICU; a daughter who needed to drive her mother to chemo treatment; a granddaughter who needed to get to her grandfather’s funeral; a man who was recovering from heart surgery; people who needed drug treatment and mental health care.

Come learn how the Bail system works in MA, how bail is posted at jails, courts, and police stations, the impact elected District Attorneys have on creating and maintaining this unjust system, and what you can do in your community to help further our work abolishing this unjust system.

Atara Rich-Shea is a prison abolitist and the Director of Operations for the Massachusetts Bail Fund where she manages the daily bail operations and larger ongoing projects aimed at ending the unjust system of pretrial incarceration and supervision in Massachusetts.  She was previously a Staff Attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services( MA Public Defender's Office). She defended indigent clients in both District and Superior court where she first noticed the drastic difference in the way her jailed clients were treated.  She has worked with and court involved youth and survivors of sexual violence. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in 2001 and her J.D. from Suffolk University.  

20% of sales from 3-5PM will be donated to The Massachusetts Bail Fund.

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Shadow Libraries
Monday, July 30
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50,  301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Joe Karaganis and Evelin Heidel to the bookstore to discuss their book, Shadow Libraries: Access to Knowledge in Global Higher Education.

Shadow Libraries explores how students get the materials they need as opportunities for higher education expand but funding shrinks. From the top down, the book’s contributors examine the institutions and policy battles that have shaped the provision of educational materials. From the bottom up, the contributors to Shadow Libraries explore how students get the materials they need–from informal student networks and Facebook groups to downloading from unauthorized sources and the ubiquitous practice of photocopying.

Joe Karaganis is Vice President of The American Assembly, a public policy institute at Columbia University, and editor of Media Piracy in Emerging Economies.
Evelin Heidel (aka scann) is a teacher and open knowledge advocate from Argentina with deep experience in DIY digitization.

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Tuesday, July 31
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Introduction to Virtual Reality
Tuesday, July 31
10:00am to 12:00pm
MIT, Building 7-238, GIS Lab, Rotch Library, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://libcal.mit.edu/event/4271833

Come hear an overview of VR hardware and software, and learn different ways to get started with this technology. There will be demos of current applications ongoing in the GIS Lab using an HTC Vive.

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US Solidarity Economy Network presents: "Solidarity Economy: Resist & Build in Jackson, Mississippi"
Tuesday, July 31
12 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Webinar
RSVP at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vfF6tjqlQeyPhewC_BjFfg

Speakers:  Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson
Description:  Resist and Build, Fight and Build, Oppose and Propose, Resist and Insist - whatever the wording, there is great convergence about the need to connect these dimensions. Even if the lines are a bit blurry, we can broadly distinguish between resist work that seeks to fight back against an oppressive, unjust and unsustainable social/economic system, and the build work of the solidarity economy that seeks to build 'another world' beyond capitalism to one that puts people and planet, equity, justice and sustainability front and center. Resistance without knowing where you're going is likely to lead only to reform of the current system. Building a solidarity economy without being grounded in grassroots organizing runs the risk of losing touch with the struggle that impels the need for a solidarity economy in the first place. 

Kali Akuno brings a powerful vision and deep analysis that is changing the social and economic fabric of Jackson, Mississippi. Activists are bringing together resist and build through three spheres of organizing: 1) Cooperation Jackson is building the solidarity economy through cooperative and community controlled enterprises and initiatives, 2) People's Assemblies are used to organize the community, as well as to 3) engage in a political/electoral strategy to take power through local government and grassroots organizing.

Event details via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/790891094453521/

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Picking Robots – Ready for Primetime?
Tuesday, July 31
2:00 PM EDT
Webinar
RSVP at https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1201317&tp_key=e70bd16dd6

Supply chain automation has experienced impressive growth in the past few years, particularly among mobile platforms. Could pick-and-place robots be far behind?In this webcast, Robotics Business Review looks at various approaches to machine manipulation, the pros and cons of each, and major providers in this space.When combined with collaborative robot arms, sensors, and the right software, picking systems offer new levels of flexibility and productivity to small and midsize enterprises. Use cases include e-commerce order fulfillment, food processing, and healthcare. We also speak with a leading supplier about example end users, new developments and remaining challenges, and the competitive landscape.

Presented By: 
Eugene Demaitre, Senior Editor, Robotics Business Review
Carl Vause, CEO, Soft Robotics Inc.

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The Beautiful Brain Spotlight Tour:  Julie Pryor, Director of Communications,McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT 
Tuesday, July 31
2:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Spotlight Tours
Explorations led by local and Spanish scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs who will share their unique perspectives on particular aspects of the exhibition. (2:00 pm on select Tuesdays and Saturdays)

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SBN on Tour at ReVision Urban Farm 
Tuesday, 31 July
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
ReVision Urban Farm, 38 Fabyan Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/sbn-on-tour-at-revision-urban-farm-tickets-48016024221

What image comes to mind when you think of a farm? Is it fruitful plots of land in the middle of the city? Join SBN as we tour ReVision Urban Farm, an urban farm that works to make healthy, culturally appropriate food accessible to the community. Since 1990 ReVision Urban Farm has been growing food for homeless families and the community, while also offering job training and working to support a food system that is inclusive and diverse.

Join us at 5:00pm for casual networking with SBN members and others engaged in the local food system.
A farm tour will follow and highlight the work that ReVision Urban Farm is doing with food production, food access, and job training.

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Eager:  The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
Tuesday, July 31
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning environmental journalist BEN GOLDFARB for a discussion of his latest book, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.

About Eager
In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts.

Eager is a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it’s about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travelers on this planet.

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Crop Diseases That Threaten Global Food Security (and Your Breakfast)
WHEN  Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Exhibitions, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Museum of Natural History, presented in collaboration with the American Phytopathological Society (Teaching Committee and Office of Professionalism and Outreach) and the International Society for Plant Pathology Task Force on Global Food Security, as part of the 2018 International Congress of Plant Pathology.
SPEAKER(S)  Jacques Avelino, Plant Pathologist, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), Meghan Dewdney, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Citrus Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Gary Foster, Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology, University of Bristol, Randy C. Ploetz, Professor of Plant Pathology, Tropical Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, and Angela Records, International Agricultural Research Advisor, United States Agency for International Development. Moderated by Jean Beagle Ristaino, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security, North Carolina State University.
CONTACT INFO  (617) 495-3045, hmnh at hmsc.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Coffee, oranges, bananas, and potatoes are among the most widely-consumed breakfast foods in the United States. What if these morning staples were to become scarce or unavailable? In this panel discussion, specialists in plant pathology and agriculture will discuss the emerging diseases that pose serious threats to these and other crops, and to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people involved in their cultivation. The panelists will highlight approaches to understanding the evolution of plant pathogens, tracking how they spread around the globe, and developing strategies to combat plant diseases that are threatening global food production. Panel Discussion. Free and open to the public. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.
LINK  https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/crop-diseases-threaten-global-food-security-and-your-breakfast

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Wednesday, August 1
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TEDxBeacon Street Salon: Emerging Technology
Wednesday, August 1
5-9 pm:
Kendall Square, Cambridge
RSVP at https://tedxbeaconstreet.com/tedxbeaconstreet-salon-kendall-square-at-ey/

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Editing our Evolution - a Building with Biology forum
Wednesday, August 1
6 PM
Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/editing-our-evolution-a-building-with-biology-forum-tickets-47769785715

As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. What should we do with this power? Many in the scientific community are calling for strict regulations on the use of this technology, while others are excited about the possibilities. How can we maximize benefits from these scientific advances while minimizing the harm that might come from them?

Join BosLab (www.boslab.org), a community lab in Somerville, and local experts in a conversation about how we should handle the power of gene editing techniques.

A light dinner will be served.

Sponsored by:
Warehouse XI
Cuisine en Locale

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Humans & Virtual Reality
Wednesday, August 1
6 - 9pm 
Metro Meeting Centers, 101 Federal Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/81-6-pm-free-humans-virtual-reality-att-workshops-boston-registration-46620758945

See why over 6,300 people have attended AT&T workshops!

“Without a clear understanding of the human side of virtual reality, the experience will always fail.” (Jason Jerald)
Designing for virtual reality is an incredibly complex challenge. When done well, these experiences can be brilliant and pleasurable, but when done badly, they can result in frustration and sickness. In this free 3-hour workshop Jason Jerald, author of The VR Book: Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality and Co-Founder & Principal Consultant of NextGen Interactions, through a combination of use cases and demonstrations will show how users perceive and intuitively interact with various forms of reality, discuss the causes of VR sickness, and demonstrate how to employ useful and pleasing content to create an immersive experience.
When you leave the workshop, you will understand virtual reality from the human experience perspective, allowing you to better create – or simply appreciate – powerful VR applications, whether for entertainment, education, science, healthcare, or the myriad of other uses of this new and exciting technology.
This workshop is for everyone, whether a developer, content creator, filmmaker, or simply someone interested in knowing more about VR.

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Genetic-guided development of therapeutics
Wednesday, August 1
6:30 - 7:30pm
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Jesse Boehm

More information at https://www.broadinstitute.org/midsummer-nights-science/midsummer-nights-science-2018

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90s Bitch:  Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality
Wednesday, August 1
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning journalist ALLISON YARROW for a discussion of her latest book, 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality. 

About 90s Bitch
To understand how we got here, we have to rewind the VHS tape. 90s Bitch tells the real story of women and girls in the 1990s, exploring how they were maligned by the media, vilified by popular culture, and objectified in the marketplace. Trailblazing women like Hillary Clinton, Anita Hill, and Marcia Clark were undermined. Newsmakers like Monica Lewinsky, Tonya Harding, and Lorena Bobbitt were shamed and misunderstood. The advent of the 24-hour news cycle reinforced society's deeply entrenched sexism. Meanwhile, marketers hijacked feminism and poisoned girlhood for a generation of young women.

Today, there are echoes of 90s “bitchification” nearly everywhere we look. To understand why, we must revisit and interrogate the 1990s—a decade in which female empowerment was twisted into objectification, exploitation, and subjugation.
Yarrow’s thoughtful, juicy, and timely examination is a must-read for anyone trying to understand 21st-century sexism and end it for the next generation.

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Carceral Capitalism
Wednesday, August 1
7:00pm 
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

In this collection of essays in Semiotext(e)'s Intervention series, Jackie Wang examines the contemporary incarceration techniques that have emerged since the 1990s. The essays illustrate various aspects of the carceral continuum, including the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, cybernetic governance, and algorithmic policing. Included in this volume is Wang's influential critique of liberal anti-racist politics, "Against Innocence," as well as essays on RoboCop, techno-policing, and the aesthetic problem of making invisible forms of power legible.

Wang shows that the new racial capitalism begins with parasitic governance and predatory lending that extends credit only to dispossess later. Predatory lending has a decidedly spatial character and exists in many forms, including subprime mortgage loans, student loans for sham for-profit colleges, car loans, rent-to-own scams, payday loans, and bail bond loans. Parasitic governance, Wang argues, operates through five primary techniques: financial states of exception, automation, extraction and looting, confinement, and gratuitous violence. While these techniques of governance often involve physical confinement and the state-sanctioned execution of black Americans, new carceral modes have blurred the distinction between the inside and outside of prison. As technologies of control are perfected, carcerality tends to bleed into society.

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From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler's Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation
Wednesday,  August 1
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
 
Michael P. Ross, Glenn Frank & Brian Wallace 
Steve Ross’s son and co-authors speak about the survivor of ten Nazi concentration camps who went on to create the New England Holocaust Memorial and pen this inspiring memoir of strength in the face of despair.

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Humans & Virtual Reality
Thursday, August 2
1 - 4pm 
Metro Meeting Centers, 101 Federal Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/81-6-pm-free-humans-virtual-reality-att-workshops-boston-registration-46620758945

See why over 6,300 people have attended AT&T workshops!

“Without a clear understanding of the human side of virtual reality, the experience will always fail.” (Jason Jerald)
Designing for virtual reality is an incredibly complex challenge. When done well, these experiences can be brilliant and pleasurable, but when done badly, they can result in frustration and sickness. In this free 3-hour workshop Jason Jerald, author of The VR Book: Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality and Co-Founder & Principal Consultant of NextGen Interactions, through a combination of use cases and demonstrations will show how users perceive and intuitively interact with various forms of reality, discuss the causes of VR sickness, and demonstrate how to employ useful and pleasing content to create an immersive experience.
When you leave the workshop, you will understand virtual reality from the human experience perspective, allowing you to better create – or simply appreciate – powerful VR applications, whether for entertainment, education, science, healthcare, or the myriad of other uses of this new and exciting technology.
This workshop is for everyone, whether a developer, content creator, filmmaker, or simply someone interested in knowing more about VR.

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Friday, August 3 - Sunday, August 5
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Boston Greenfest
1 City Hall Plaza, Boston

More information at http://www.bostongreenfest.org

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Friday, August 3
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The Performance Cortex
Friday, August 3
7:00pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Why couldn't Michael Jordan, master athlete that he was, crush a baseball? Why can't modern robotics come close to replicating the dexterity of a five-year-old? Why do good quarterbacks always seem to know where their receivers are?

On a quest to discover what actually drives human movement and its spectacular potential, journalist, sports writer, and fan Zach Schonbrun interviewed experts on motor control around the world. The trail begins with the groundbreaking work of two neuroscientists in Major League Baseball who are upending the traditional ways scouts evaluate the speed with which great players read a pitch. Across all sports, new theories and revolutionary technology are revealing how the brain's motor control system works in extraordinary talented athletes like Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, and Lionel Messi; as well as musical virtuosos, dancers, rock climbers, race-car drivers, and more.

Whether it is timing a 95 mph fastball or reaching for a coffee mug, movement requires a complex suite of computations that many take for granted--until they read The Performance Cortex. Zach Schonbrun ushers in a new way of thinking about the athletic gifts we marvel over and seek to develop in our own lives. It's not about the million-dollar arm anymore. It's about the million-dollar brain.

Zach Schonbrun has been a contributing writer for The New York Times since 2011, covering primarily sports and business. Six of his articles have appeared on the newspaper's front page. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in economics in 2009 and earned a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 2011. His work has also appeared in ESPN magazine, Newsday, The Washington Post, Yahoo! Sports, VICE, and SB Nation Longform. He currently lives in New York City with his wife.

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Monday, August 6
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Tumor Metabolism:  How cancer cells fuel their growth
Monday, August 6
6:30 - 8pm
Burden, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Scientists from Dr Marcia Haggis' group

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

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The GIANT Consortium
Monday, August 6
6:30pm
Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Joel Hirschhorn
(GIANT = The Genetic Investigation of ANthropometric Traits consortium seeks to identify genetic loci that modulate human body size and shape, including height and measures of obesity.)      

More information at https://www.broadinstitute.org/midsummer-nights-science/midsummer-nights-science-2018

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You Can Stop Humming Now:  A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and In Between
Monday, August 6
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome physician and writer DANIELA LAMAS—pulmonary and critical care doctor at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School—for a discussion of her debut book, You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and In Between.

About You Can Stop Humming Now
Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with new technology and cutting-edge research. To the public eye, medical stories often begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. But these are only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest, Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story: what comes after for those whose lives are extended by days, months, or years as a result of our treatments and technologies?
In You Can Stop Humming Now, Lamas explores the complex answers to this question through intimate accounts of patients and their families. A grandfather whose failing heart has been replaced by a battery-operated pump; a salesman who found himself a kidney donor on social media; a college student who survived a near-fatal overdose and returned home, alive but not the same; and a young woman navigating an adulthood she never thought she'd live to see—these moving narratives paint a detailed picture of the fragile border between sickness and health.

Riveting, gorgeously told, and deeply personal, You Can Stop Humming Now is a compassionate, uncompromising look at the choices and realities that many of us, and our families, may one day face.

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Tuesday, August 7
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Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing
Tuesday, August 7
10:00am to 12:00pm
MIT Building 7-238, GIS Lab, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://libcal.mit.edu/event/4271828

Come learn about satellite remote sensing, and get an overview of the many ways to process satellite imagery. There will be demos in ENVI and ArcGIS software, both of which are available in the Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab.

Editorial Comment:  This is for the MIT Community but one of the categories for registration is “Visitor” so if you’re interested, give it a shot.

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"Forgotten Farms" Film Screening
Tuesday, August 7
5:30pm
The Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/cabot-presents-forgotten-farms-screening-qa-tickets-47453735400

As part of Eat Local Month, Cabot, in partnership with SBN and MDAR, is presenting a screening of Forgotten Farms followed by a question and 

As part of Eat Local Month, Cabot, in partnership with SBN and MDAR, is presenting a screening of Forgotten Farms followed by a question and answer session with the directors. 

Forgotten Farms examines class divides in our farm and food communities. 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. Only 100 years ago, New England produced most of its own food on 16 million acres of farmland. Climate change will demand that more of our food is grown closer to where we live. As we strive to revive local production, we have much to learn from dairy farmers who have been managing most of the farmland and sustaining the farm economy all along. Through conversations with farmers and policy experts, the film reconsiders the role of these vital but forgotten farmers. 

Forgotten Farms gives us a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system. 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. A truly sustainable local food system that benefits everyone will rely on all of our farmers. 

“You build your farm over generations and you lose your farm in an hour.” – Vic Ziemba, Dairy Farmer

Editorial Comment:  When we talk about “agriculture,” usually people mean fruits and vegetables, the food we see at the local farmers’ market but there are other kinds of agriculture like dairy farming, animal farming for meat, and commodity farming for beans and grains.  Each of these operates at a different scale and has vastly different problems.  When we talk about “agriculture,” we should be thinking of all of them.

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You Can Stop Humming Now
Tuesday, August 7
7:00pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Daniela Lamas discusses her book with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich.

Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with new technology and cutting-edge research. To the public eye, medical stories often begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. But these are only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest, Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story: what comes after for those whose lives are extended by days, months, or years as a result of our treatments and technologies?

In You Can Stop Humming Now, Lamas explores the complex answers to this question through intimate accounts of patients and their families. A grandfather whose failing heart has been replaced by a battery-operated pump; a salesman who found himself a kidney donor on social media; a college student who survived a near fatal overdose and returned home, alive but not the same; and a young woman navigating an adulthood she never thought she'd live to see -- these moving narratives paint a detailed picture of the fragile border between sickness and health.

Riveting, gorgeously told, and deeply personal, You Can Stop Humming Now is a compassionate, uncompromising look at the choices and realities that many of us, and our families, may one day face.

Daniela Lamas is a pulmonary and critical care doctor at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School. Following graduation from Harvard College, she went on to earn her MD at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where she also completed internship and residency. She then returned to Boston for her subspecialty fellowship. She has worked as a medical reporter at the Miami Herald and is frequently published in the New York Times. This is her first book. 

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MIT Solve Coastal Communities Challenge
How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?
https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/coastal-communities
Challenge deadline July 1, 2018

Challenge Overview
Over 30% of humanity lives near coasts, ranging from massive cities to key ports and naval bases to small islands. The effects of climate change – including sea level rise, stronger storms, ocean warming and acidification – are causing increasing negative impacts on these communities’ lives and livelihoods. For the 600 million people supported by the fishing industry, a majority of them women, overfishing, pollution, and acidification threaten their livelihoods and the fragile ecosystems on which they depend. In cities and elsewhere, some communities already face regular flooding due to higher tides, some will see more frequent natural disasters, and others will see tourist-attracting coral reefs or surfing fade.

Further, as 60% of global GDP and 90% of global trade moves through coasts, increased flooding or damage to port infrastructure poses risks for communities and businesses alike, whether or not they are near the ocean. In addition, coastal and ocean ecosystems absorb 25% of our excess CO2, but are often degraded through coastal development, making climate change harder to mitigate.

While facing numerous impacts, coastal communities from Puerto Rico to Dhaka also have the potential to demonstrate resilient and sustainable ways of living near and with the ocean. Doing so will require people to have access to new technological solutions—along with new ways to envision and enact hard decisions about economies, society, and infrastructure. The Solve community aims to find innovative solutions to support and enhance coastal communities, while mitigating and adapting to climate change. To do so, Solve welcomes solutions from innovators around the world that:

Increase the viability and scale of sustainable economic activity from oceans, ranging from fishing to energy production to tourism
Provide cost-effective infrastructure approaches to improve resilience in the face of increased storm-, sea-, and tidewater
Rebuild or replicate mangroves, corals, and other ecosystems to restore historic functions, including storm surge absorption, carbon uptake, and stable fisheries
Enable coastal communities, governments, and corporations to use data to understand and make complex decisions around sustainable and resilient development

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Announcing Destination 2040: The next long-range transportation plan for the Boston region

How would you improve the Boston region’s transportation system? That’s the question at the heart of the MPO’s preparations for Destination 2040, which the MPO expects to adopt in the spring of 2019.

Every four years, the MPO identifies the system’s strengths and weaknesses; forecasts changes in population, employment, and land use; and creates a plan to address existing and future mobility needs. The resulting long-range transportation plan (LRTP) allocates funding for major projects in the Boston region and guides the MPO’s funding of capital investment programs and studies.

Use the new Destination 2040 website at http://ctps.org/lrtp-dev to explore the state of the system; learn how the MPO will identify needs, revisit its vision and goals, and prioritize its investments; and share your own interests, concerns, and ideas.

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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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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
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/
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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