[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Feb 20 20:13:50 PST 2011

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most  
Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston  
area that catch the editor's eye.

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Monday, February 21, 2011
Robotics Engineering at the MIT Museum
Time: 10:00a–5:00p
Location: N51, MIT Museum
Celebrate National Engineers Week at the MIT Museum! Visit some of the  
MIT Museum's newest robots and explore MIT's unique contributions to  
innovation and invention through one or more of our scavenger hunts.  
Participate in a hands-on robotic engineering workshop using Lego  
Mindstorms NXT. Workshop space is limited and reserved for students  
ages 10 and above. (Four workshops daily, available on a first-come,  
first-served basis - no reservations accepted)

Web site: http://mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free with museum admission
Tickets: MIT Museum
This event occurs daily through February 25, 2011.
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:
Josie Patterson
museum at mit.edu


Monday, February 21, 2011
Manning: Eight dances for the soldier who brought a helicopter  
massacre in Baghdad to the light of day
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E15-001
By the Lubberland National Dance Company. A Bread and Puppet Theater  
Production directed by Peter Schumann. Presented by the MIT Program in  
Art, Culture and Technology. With funding from the Director's Grant,  
Council for the Arts at MIT.

In The Cube (E15-001)
Wiesner Building
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Mass.
Free and open to the public

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

For more information, contact:
act at mit.edu


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Urbonas Studio: The Learning Machine

Time: 9:00a–5:00p

Location: 7-338

Urbonas Studio's interdisciplinary research program advocates for the  
reclamation of public culture in the face of overwhelming  
privatization. Often beginning with archival research, they develop  
complex participatory works investigating architecture, the urban  
environment, and cultural and technological heritage. The Learning  
Machine explores the symbolic relationship between women and the  
state, taking women's voices as expressions of the psychological  
impact of the Cold War on multiple generations.

Web site: http://sap.mit.edu/resources/galleries/wolk_gallery/
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
This event occurs on weekdays through April 8, 2011.
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning
For more information, contact:
Laura Knott
617 258 9106
lknott at mit.edu

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cultural Action: Frontier or Archipelagos (panel discussion w/ lunch)

Speaker: Prof. Toshiya Ueno (Wako U); Prof. Wayne Marshall (MIT);  
Prof. Ian Condry (MIT)

Time: 12:00a–1:30p

Location: 14E-304

MIT Cool Japan: Cultural Action and Social Media
The MIT Cool Japan research project is planning a series of events for  
2011-12 exploring "Cultural Action and Social Media," a theme aimed at  
understanding new approaches to media activism, social movements,  
civic engagement, and art and culture. Cool Japan is an initiative  
based in Comparative Media Studies. More info at http://mitcooljapan.com

MIT Cool Japan research project presents a PANEL DISCUSSION called  
"CULTURAL ACTION: Frontiers or Archipelagos," which will explore  
questions of media activism and social change, featuring a scholar of  
urban music tribes in Japan, and two MIT scholars of music and  
culture. Light lunch will be served.

Web site: http://mitcooljapan.com
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies, MIT Japan Program, Foreign  
Languages and Literatures
For more information, contact:
Ian Condry
condry at mit.edu


Sep Kamvar: "Search and the Social Web: Organizing the World's People  
and Making Them Accessible and Useful"
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location:  MIT Media Lab, E14-633
Speaker:  Sep Kamvar
Host/Chair:  Mitchel Resnick
In the past few years, we have seen a tremendous growth in public  
human communication and self-expression, through blogs, microblogs,  
and social networks. In addition, we are beginning to see the  
emergence of a social technology stack on the web, where profile and  
relationship information gathered by some applications can be used by  
other applications. This technology shift, and the cultural shift that  
has accompanied it, offers a great opportunity for computer  
scientists, artists, and sociologists to study (and organize) people  
at scale.

In this talk, Sep Kamvar will discuss how the changing web suggests  
new paradigms for search and discovery. Kamvar will discuss some  
recent projects that use web search to study human nature, and use  
human nature to improve web search. He will describe the underlying  
principles behind these projects and suggest how they might inform  
future work in search, data mining, and social computing.

Sep Kamvar is a consulting professor of computational and mathematical  
engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on social  
computing and information management. From 2003 to 2007, he was the  
head of personalization at Google. Prior to Google, he was founder and  
CEO of Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by  
Google in 2003. Kamvar is the author of two books and over 40  
technical publications and patents in the fields of search and social  
computing. His artwork is in the permanent collections of The Museum  
of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and  
has been exhibited in a number of other museums, including the  
Victoria and Albert Musem in London and the National Museum of  
Contemporary Art in Athens. He holds a PhD in scientific computing and  
computational mathematics from Stanford University, and an AB in  
chemistry from Princeton University.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Firms and Global Production

Speaker: Andres Rodriguez-Clare (Penn State)

Time: 4:15p–5:45p

Location: E52-244

Firms and Global Production

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Macroeconomics/International Seminar

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A Not-So-Liberal Leviathan: The End of the Cold War and Its Legacy for  
U.S. Foreign Policy
Speaker: Mary Sarotte, University of Southern California
Time: 12:00p–1:30p
Location: E40-496

SSP Wednesday Seminar
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program
For more information, contact:
valeriet at mit.edu


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Making Sense of Greening Cities
Speaker: Julie Johnson Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture  
University of Washington, College of Built Environments
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: 9-450
Urban Studies and Planning Departmental Speaker Series
Weekly Lecture Series of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

The Spring 2011 DUSP Speaker Series explores how each invited scholar- 
practitioner (or practitioner-scholar) has "made sense" out of a  
complex socio-spatial phenomenon. In addition to conveying the  
substance of their work, the speakers have been asked to reflect on  
how they do what they do, bringing to life the ways that planners and  
designers use qualitative methods in their scholarship and/or practice.

With urban agriculture receiving increased attention in how cities may  
become more sustainable, urban community gardens provide a valuable  
infrastructure for multiple dimensions of sustainability. In their  
book, Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle?s  
Urban Community Gardens (University of Washington Press, 2009;  
recipient of the 2010 EDRA Great Places Book Award), Jeffrey Hou,  
Julie M. Johnson, and Laura J. Lawson provide case-based insights on  
the myriad roles and values that urban community gardens serve among  
varied populations. The book introduces contexts of American urban  
community gardens and examines six distinctive Seattle community  
gardens to identify lessons on urban sustainability, the hybrid nature  
of these spaces, and the expanding contexts that urban community  
gardens can and may better support.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn
eglenn at mit.edu


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Designing Markets for Carbon Offsets: A Field Experiment in Malawi
Speaker: Kelsey Jack (MIT)
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: E51-376
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Development & Environment Seminar

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Finding new solar cells made of plastic: one screensaver at a time
Speaker: Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Associate Professor Harvard University
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: 4-231
In this talk, I will describe our group's effort for high-throughput  
analysis of candidate materials for organic photovoltaic materials by  
means of distributed computing using volunteer donors of CPU time. We  
work with IBM and the World Community Grid on "The Clean Energy  
Project" (http://cleanenergy.harvard.edu). The project is well  
underway, and we have calculated more than a million molecules to  
date. I will give an overview of organic photovoltaic materials, and  
describe the electronic structure calculations of the million  
molecules, as well as on our cheminformatics analysis of 3 million  
candidate molecular structures. A promising molecule was synthesized  
by Zhenan Bao at Stanford, and is currently being characterized. I  
will describe preliminary results of our collaborative work with her  

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT-Mexico Program, CLUBMEX, MISTI

For more information, contact:
Griselda Gomez
gomezg at mit.edu


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WMBR Special Report on Homelessness in the Boston Area

Speaker: David Goodman

Time: 6:00p–7:00p

Location: 88.1 FM

WMBR will present a special one-hour report on homelessness in the  
Boston area, produced by WMBR News Producer David Goodman.

Web site: http://www.homelessnessmarathon.org
Open to: All listeners at 88.1 FM or at wmbr.org.
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): WMBR Radio
For more information, contact:
David Goodman
news at wmbr.org

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

IDEAS and MIT Global Challenge: Spring Generator Dinner!

Time: 7:30p–9:30p

Location: W20, La Sala de Puerto Rico in W20

IDEAS Competition + MIT Global Challenge
We're passionate about supporting innovation as public service and  
encouraging the worldwide MIT community to put their ideas to work  
tackling barriers to well-being faced by underserved communites. This  
series includes a handful of discussions, hands-on activities,  
lectures, deadlines and events to spur discussion and action around  
what can be done and how to enter those ideas into the IDEAS  
Competition and MIT Global Challenge. This year, we're giving away up  
to $150,000 in awards to make ideas a reality.

* Want funding for your innovative community service project?
* Want to recruit new members or mentors for your IDEAS or Global  
Challenge team?
* Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea?

Then come to the IDEAS Generator Dinner, get connected and learn how  
to submit your ideas for up to $25k per team in awards

The evening will feature two recruitment open mic sessions with a  
prize for the best presentation in each category! Pitches must be  
professional, practiced, and to the point.

* Category One: Recruit The IDEAS Dream Team
* Category Two: Get Yourself "Hired"

Participants will each have 60 seconds to pitch their projects to the  
audience. The Generator will include other activities to help everyone  
get connected with the right teammates (you don't have to give a pitch).

Open mic spaces are limited. RSVP by February 22 to globalchallenge-rsvp at mit.edu 
  to sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity.

Web site: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/116
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Public Service Center, IDEAS Competition, MIT Global  
For more information, contact:
Kate Mytty
kmytty at mit.edu

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Evolutionary Biology Lecture: Becoming Human
Time: 11:00a
Location: 4-370
Dr. Ian Tattersall
Dr. Tattersall, Curator Emeritus of Anthropology, the American Museum  
of Natural History in New York, will trace the major events in human  
physical and cognitive evolution over the last 4 million years

Hosts: Profs. Robert C. Berwick & David Bartel

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Biology

For more information, contact:

resteghini at wi.mit.edu


The One-Stop Shop for Energy Efficiency
Removing Barriers to Participation in the Retrofit Marketplace
The Center for Neighborhood Technology

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment and the MIT Energy  
Club are pleased to present the fourth annual installment of the  
Carbon Finance Speaker Series, Blueprint for Efficiency.  This series  
of free, public webinars will feature the latest developments in  
energy efficiency policy, investment, technology, and community  

Please join us for a conversation with Peter Ludwig, Energy Efficiency  
Programs Manager for CNT Energy (a division of the Center for  
Neighborhood Technology) and Patrick MacRoy, Director of Regional  
Retrofits at CNT Energy, on their award winning Energy Savers program,  
a one-stop energy efficiency shop that focuses on affordable,  
multifamily buildings in the Chicago region. Peter and Patrick will  
also touch on how Chicago plans to expand and build on the success of  
the Energy Savers program through the implementation of the Chicago  
Region Retrofit Ramp-up (CR3), with the support of a grant from the  
Department of Energy’s Better Buildings program.

The Energy Savers program helps building owners navigate the  
complexities of investing in energy efficiency by offering energy  
assessments, recommendations for cost-effective improvements,  
assistance finding contractors and quality control.  In the three  
years since the program started, Energy Savers has helped local  
building owners upgrade more than 3,000 housing units, cutting energy  
costs by 30 percent on average.

Title: The One-Stop Shop for Energy Efficiency: Removing Barriers to  
Participation in the Retrofit Marketplace

Date and Time : Thursday February 24th, 2011 from 12pm to 1pm (EST)

GotoWebinar URL: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/282148190

Speakers: Peter Ludwig, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager at CNT  
Energy, and Patrick MacRoy, Director of Regional Retrofits at CNT Energy

Peter Ludwig is the Energy Efficiency Programs Manager for CNT Energy.  
His duties include developing and administering the Energy Savers  
multi-family retrofit program and other efficiency programs including  
CNT’s Whole Home retrofit pilot program.  Mr. Ludwig is a recently  
accredited by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified  
Energy Manager.  He also assists CNT Energy with climate mitigation  
initiatives. Before joining CNT, Mr. Ludwig worked at JLC  
Environmental Consulting, Inc., a private firm in New York City, for  
more than six years. He has extensive experience in hazardous material  
building surveys, abatement design and management, hazardous material  
removal in occupied buildings, indoor air quality, construction safety  
and industrial hygiene applications. When he left JLC, he was  
operations manager for the asbestos consulting and management  
division. Mr. Ludwig graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with a  
B.A. in earth and environmental science.

Patrick MacRoy is the Director of Regional Retrofits at CNT Energy,  
overseeing the implementation of programs designed to create a vibrant  
retrofit marketplace in the Chicago region. Since joining CNT Energy  
in 2010, he has been responsible for developing strategies and systems  
for ensuring smooth implementation of grant funded projects with a  
particular emphasis on reporting systems. Prior to joining CNT Energy,  
Mr. MacRoy was the executive director of the national, nonprofit  
advocacy organization Alliance for Healthy Homes, where he wrote and  
implemented several federally funded grants to increase community  
capacity to identify and address health hazards in housing in  
locations around the country. In the public sector, Mr. MacRoy served  
as the program director for the Chicago Childhood Lead Poisoning  
Prevention program.  Mr. MacRoy holds a M.A. in Environmental Studies  
from Brown University and a B.A in Public Policy and American  
Institutions from Brown University.


CNT Energy Savers - http://www.cntenergy.org/buildings/energysavers/

The Blueprint for Efficiency series is supported by the Emily Hall  
Tremaine Foundation, Yale University and theMassachusetts Institute of  
Technology (MIT) Energy Club.  The series will take place from  
November 2010 through May 2011. It will be free and open to the public  
through online webcasts that will be conducted on a weekly basis from  
12pm to 1pm EST.  Each presentation will be recorded and made  
available to the global community through Yale University on iTunes U.

Funding for the Carbon Finance Speaker Series "Blueprint for  
Efficiency" was made possible by a generous grant from the Emily Hall  
Tremaine Foundation.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing  
information about joining the Webinar

For new users of GoToMeeting, please allow 10-15 minutes before the  
webinar to set-up and download the software to participate.

System requirements for PC-based attendees include required: Windows®  
2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, or Vista.  System requirements for  
Macintosh®-based attendees include required: MacOS X 10.4 (Tiger) or  


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Language Barriers

Speaker: Andreas Blume (Pittsburgh)

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: at MIT E51-151

Web site: http://www.pitt.edu/~ablume/images/MS-03-07-10.pdf
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Theory Workshop
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Thursday, February 24, 2011
Speaker: Robert Pollin (Economist), Ron Blackwell (Chief Economist AFL- 
CIO), Dvid AUtor (MIT) and Thomas Kochan (MIT) - Moderated by Richard  
Locke (Political Science Chair MIT)
Time: 4:30p–6:00p
Location: E14-633, MIT Media Lab Complex

Web site:http://www.bostonreview.net/BR36.1/ndf_employment.php
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Economics Other Events
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Thursday, February 24, 2011
Online News: Public Sphere or Echo Chamber? A presentation by Joshua  
Benton and Pablo Boczkowski
Speaker: Joshua Benton, Pablo Boczkowski, Jason Spingarn-Koff  
Time: 5:00p–7:00p
Location: 3-270
The digital age has been heralded but also pilloried for its impact on  
journalism. As newspapers continue their mutation into digital formats  
and as news and information are available from a seeming infinity of  
websites, what do we actually know about the dynamics of news- 
consumption online? What does the public do with online news? How  
influential are traditional news outlets in framing the news we get  

Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard  
University. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow,  
he spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at the Dallas Morning  
News. He has reported from 10 foreign countries, been a Pew Fellow in  
International Journalism, and three times been a finalist for the  
Livingston Award for International Reporting.

Pablo Boczkowski is a Professor of Communications Studies at  
Northwestern University where he leads a research program that studies  
the transition from print to digital media. He is the author of  
Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (2004) and News  
at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance (2010).

Moderator: Jason Spingarn-Koff is a New York-based documentary  
filmmaker and journalist, whose work has appeared on PBS (NOVA,  
Frontline/World, History Detectives, LIFE360), the BBC, MSNBC,Time and  

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/forums/online_news.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies, Anthropology
For more information, contact:
Amberly Steward
asteward at mit.edu

Thursday, February 24, 2011
 From Brazil to Japan, film screening and Q&A
Speaker: Aaron Litvin, Ana Paula Hirano Litvin
Time: 5:00p–7:00p
Location: 4-163
A film screening of the 2009 documentary From Brazil to Japan. Since  
1990 more than 300,000 Brazilians have gone to Japan to work, forming  
a wave of migration that has had a profound social and economic impact  
on both countries. This documentary accompanies five different  
families of Brazilian migrants over the course of three years, from  
their preparation for departure in Brazil to their adaptation to life  
and work in Japan. The migrants, in expressing their hopes and  
experiences, provide their own narrative. The documentary was filmed  
from May 2006 to May 2009.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/misti

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MISTI, Center for International Studies, MIT Japan  
Program, MIT Brazil Program

For more information, contact:
Michelle Kern
mkern at mit.edu


Thursday, February 24, 2011
MIT Transportation Showcase
Time: 6:00p–8:30p
Location: N51, MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave
Hosted by the student-run MIT Transportation Club, the MIT  
Transportation Showcase will connect students, faculty, alumni, and  
employers in a social environment that facilitates conversations  
concerning leading-edge research and career opportunities.

The event is free and open to the public. Companies will be recruiting  
students and students will be presenting research posters. Alumni are  
invited to reconnect and faculty to make new connections.

Appetizers will be served. Please bring proof of age.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/transportclub/showcase/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): TPSS


Thursday, February 24, 2011
Working Grounds: Recent Projects in Lebanon, by Prof. Hashim Sarkis of  
Speaker: Professor Hashim Sarkis, Harvard University Graduate School  
of Design
Time: 6:30p–8:00p
Location: 7-431
Hashim Sarkis is the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and  
Urbanism in Muslim Societies. He teaches courses in the history and  
theory of architecture, such as Practices in Democracy, Constructing  
Vision: A History and Theory of Perspective's Applications in  
Architecture, Developing Worlds: Planning and Design in the Middle  
East and Latin America After WWII, and Green Modern: A History of  
Environmental Consciousness in Architecture from Patrick Geddes to the  
Present, and design studios: The Architecture of Geography: Istanbul,  
Mixed-Use Development, and the Panoramic Condition; Makina/Madina:  
Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Geography and Event in the City  
of Fez; Intermodal Istanbul; Square One: Martyrs' Square, Downtown  
Beirut, Lebanon; and A Field of Schools: Rethinking the Relationship  
between School and City in San Diego.

Sarkis is a practicing architect between Cambridge and Lebanon. His  
projects include a housing complex for the fishermen of Tyre, a park  
in downtown Beirut, two schools in the North Lebanon region, and  
several urban and landscape projects.


Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE

Sponsor(s): Lebanese Club at MIT , The

For more information, contact:
The Lebanese Club at MIT
617 452 5380
lebanon-exec at mit.edu


Friday, February 25, 2011

NECSI and ESD Seminar: Military Innovation and Complex Systems

Speaker: William G. Glenney, IV, Deputy Director, CNO SSG

Time: 12:30p–2:30p

Location: E51-376

The Strategic Studies Group (SSG) plays a central role in US military  
innovation. I will discuss aspects the relationship of complexity  
thinking to military innovation, including SSG concepts that either  
reflect complexity thinking or demand complexity thinking to achieve.

Web site: http://necsi.edu/events/upcomingevents.html?event=10
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division
For more information, contact:
Stefanie Koperniak

Friday, February 25, 2011
Computation Lecture: City and Maps on the Digital Age
Speaker: Antoine Picon, Professor GSD
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: 7-431
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Computation Group Events

For more information, contact:
Daniela Stoudenkova
danielas at mit.edu


Friday, February 25, 2011
Drumming with Griots: Sabar drumming workshop (beginner level).
Time: 1:30p–3:00p
Location: n52-199, Endicott World Music Room
Drumming with Griots: Sabar drumming workshop (beginner level).
1:30-3:00pm, Rm N52-199 (Endicott World Music Room, 265 Massachusetts  
Ave., Cambridge). Led by members of the Mbaye Family Drum Troupe. No  
previous experience required. Space limited; first-come first-serve  
basis. Free and open to the public.

2nd Biennial MIT Griot Festival:
Celebrating the music, drumming and dance of Africa's culture bearers

In conjunction with Black History Month, Rambax, MIT's Senegalese  
drumming ensemble, hosts a weekend of performances, lectures and  
workshops celebrating the musical traditions of Griots from Africa and  
the Diaspora. Masters of words and music, griots are the hereditary  
musicians and keepers of oral history who have played an important  
role in many African cultures for centuries. The weekend will feature  
the Mbaye Family Drum Troupe from Senegal, including Aziz Seck, a  
pioneer and veteran percussionist in Senegalese popular music.

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE

Sponsor(s): Concerts Office

For more information, contact:
Clarise Snyder
mta-request at mit.edu


Friday, February 25, 2011
Starr Forum: Inside Tahrir Square
Speaker: Iason Athanasiadis, Kristin Fabbe, Fotini Christia
Time: 2:00p–3:30p
Location: E40-496 , Lucian Pye Conference Room
Featured speaker: Iason Athanasiadis
Moderating: Kristin Fabbe, Fotini Christia

Fresh from Cairo, Iason Athanasiadis will share about the 24 crucial  
hours spent inside Tahrir Square on the Wednesday night/Thursday  
morning when the Mubarak loyalists attacked and how it turned the  
entire momentum from one of violent repression to one of negotiations  
and concessions. Athanasiadis is a Farsi-speaking journalist who  
currently resides in Afghanistan. He studied Arabic and Modern Middle  
Eastern Studies at Oxford and was a 2008 Nieman fellow at Harvard. He  
studied for a Masters at the Iranian Foreign Ministry's think-tank in  
Tehran and was imprisoned in Tehran's Evin Prison on espionage charges  
during the 2009 post-election unrest. Joining the discussion will be  
Kristin Fabbe, PhD student, MIT Department of Political Science and  
Fotini Christia, Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Political  

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies

For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu


Friday, February 25, 2011

Drumming with Griots: Sabar drumming workshop (beginner level).

Time: 3:00p–4:30p

Location: n52-199, Endicott World Music Room

Drumming with Griots: Sabar drumming workshop (intermediate level).
3-4:300pm, Rm N52-199 (Endicott World Music Room, 265 Massachusetts  
Ave., Cambridge). Led by members of the Mbaye Family Drum Troupe. No  
previous experience required. Space limited; first-come first-serve  
basis. Free and open to the public.

2nd Biennial MIT Griot Festival:  Celebrating the music, drumming and  
dance of Africa's culture bearers

In conjunction with Black History Month, Rambax, MIT's Senegalese  
drumming ensemble, hosts a weekend of performances, lectures and  
workshops celebrating the musical traditions of Griots from Africa and  
the Diaspora.  Masters of words and music, griots are the hereditary  
musicians and keepers of oral history who have played an important  
role in many African cultures for centuries. The weekend will feature  
the Mbaye Family Drum Troupe from Senegal, including Aziz Seck, a  
pioneer and veteran percussionist in Senegalese popular music.

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE

Sponsor(s): Concerts Office

For more information, contact:
Clarise Snyder
mta-request at mit.edu


Friday, February 25, 2011
Hot Electron Transfer from Semiconductor Nanocrystals: Implications  
for Quantum-Dot Photovoltaics
Speaker: William A. Tisdale, Organic and Nanostructured Electronics  
Lab, MIT
Time: 3:00p–4:00p
Location: 66-110
Chemical Engineering Department Seminar Series
See speakers, talk titles, and dates at http://web.mit.edu/cheme/news/seminar.html

Solar cells have had limited impact in meeting our global energy needs  
because of their high cost and low power conversion efficiencies.  
Semiconductor nanocrystals, or quantum dots, offer some encouraging  
new possibilities because they can be processed with potentially  
inexpensive solution-based techniques and because they are predicted  
to have novel optoelectronic properties that could enable ultra- 
efficient solar power conversion. In this talk, I will demonstrate the  
transfer of hot electrons from PbSe nanocrystals to conduction band  
sates of bulk TiO2 and the concomitant excitation of coherent surface  
vibrational modes associated with this ultrafast process.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cheme/news/seminar.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chemical Engineering Department
For more information, contact:
Melanie Miller
melmils at mit.edu




Tuesday, February 22, 12 p.m.
"From the Frontlines to Online: A Year in Press Freedom." Joel Simon,  
executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge


The Internet, Young Adults and Political Participation around the 2008  
Presidential ElectionsEszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw, Berkman Fellows
Tuesday, February 22, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu 
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
) and archived on our site shortly after.

How are online and offline political activities linked? Using data  
collected soon after the 2008 presidential elections on a diverse  
group of young adults from Obama's home city of Chicago, this  
presentation will look at the relationship of online and offline  
political engagement. Thanks to detailed information about political  
participation, political capital and Internet uses in addition to  
people's demographic and socioeconomic background, we are able to  
consider the relative importance of numerous factors in who was more  
or less likely to vote and engage in other types of political action.

About Eszter
Eszter Hargittai is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and  
Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern  
University where she heads the Web Use Project. She received her Ph.D.  
in Sociology from Princeton University where she was a Wilson Scholar.  
In 2006/07 she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the  
Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and in 2008/09 was in residence at  
Berkman. Her work looks at the implications of differentiated Internet  
uses for social inequality. She is editor of Research Confidential:  
Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have.

About Aaron
Aaron is a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology Department at UC Berkeley.  
His current research examines the effects of institutional variation  
in large-scale collaborative production communities online. In  
particular, he focuses on relations of power within online communities  
that create and share informational resources. Aaron has also  
conducted ethnographic research on political movements to promote  
access to knowledge in Brazil, a project which he plans to continue as  
part of a broader analysis of the global governance of informational  


Understanding Public Protests in Egypt and Iran: What Is Similar, What  
Is Different
WHEN  Tue., Feb. 22, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Room N-262 (the Bowie Vernon Room), Knafel Building, 1737  
Cambridge Street, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International  
SPEAKER(S)  Hoochang Chehabi, professor of international relations and  
history at Boston University, and Nazila Fathi, reporter for The New  
York Times and Nieman Fellow
CONTACT INFO  Donna Hicks: dhicks at wcfia.harvard.edu


Future of Energy: "In Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Spill Disaster and the  
Future of Offshore Drilling in the U.S."

WHEN  Tue., Feb. 22, 2011, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Science Center D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard University Center for the Environment  
with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Cherry A. Murray, dean, Harvard School of Engineering and  
Applied Sciences; John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of  
Engineering and Applied Sciences; professor of physics
Featuring Rich Sears, visiting scientist at MIT
CONTACT INFO  Brenda Hugot: bhugot at fas.harvard.edu, 617.496.1788
On April 20, 2010 the U.S. faced the worst accidental oil spill—and by  
some assessments—environmental disaster in the history of the country.  
The Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig, 41 miles off the coast of  
Louisiana, blew up, killing 11 and leaking millions of gallons of oil  
into the Gulf of Mexico.
As the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizion Oil Spill and  
Offshoring Drilling wraps up its investigative report, commission  
member Cherry A. Murray will offer a rare insider’s look on carrying  
out President Obama’s charge to “follow the facts wherever they led.”
Rich Sears, who served as the senior science and engineering adviser  
on the commission and is a former VP of Deepwater Services at Royal  
Dutch Shell, will then give a primer on such wells are drilled and  
explore the what and why of the blowout that doomed the Deepwater  
Murray will conclude with a summary of the recommendations given by  
the commission to the U.S. Congress and the oil/gas industries. Both  
will answer questions about the lessons learned from the accident and  
suggest ways to move forward.
LINK  http://environment.harvard.edu/indeepwater


The Long Road to Electric Cars: Green Hope or Media Hype
WHEN  Wed., Feb. 23, 2011, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Bell Hall, Belfer Bldg. 5th Floor
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Belfer Center for Science and International  
Affairs ENRP Program & Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics  
and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Alan Boyle, MSNBC.com science editor & Bryan Walsh, Time  
Magazine environment columnist
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  Cristine_Russell at khs.harvard.edu
NOTE  Second in HKS Clean Energy & the Media Seminars


February 23 | Wednesday | Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Can Financial Innovation Reduce the Costs of Weather Shocks?   
Agricultural Investment and Consumption Smoothing in India
  4:10 – 5:30| Littauer 382, Kennedy School of Government
  Shawn Cole, Harvard Business School
  Xavier Gine, World Bank
  James Vickery, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

For a complete schedule of Spring 2011 Business & Government seminars,  
please see www.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/events.htm


What's Next for Health Care Reform?
WHEN  Wed., Feb. 23, 2011, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS South-010 | Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street,  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences,  
Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and  
Social Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Analysis by Theda Skocpol and Paul Starr, with discussion  
from Amitabh Chandra
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  inequality at harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/inequality/Seminar/EventHealthCare2011.html


Collective Bargains: Rebuilding and Repairing Public Sector Labor  
Relations in Difficult Times
WHEN  Wed., Feb. 23, 2011, 5:35 – 7:05 p.m.
WHERE  Allison Dining Room, 5th floor Taubman Building, 15 Eliot  
Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the  
Taubman Center for State and Local Government
SPEAKER(S)  Thomas A. Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of  
Management; professor of engineering systems; and co-director,  
Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT Sloan School of  
Commentary by
Jeffrey Mullen, secretary and CEO, Massachusetts Department of  
Representative Martin J. Walsh, Massachusetts House of Representatives
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Polly O'Brien: 617-495-5091
Do heated disputes on such issues as drug testing for Boston’s  
firefighters, reducing the cost of providing health insurance for  
public employees, and changing the ways that teachers are paid suggest  
that we need to rethink, revisit, and revise the basic structure of  
public-sector labor relations? If so, how might public-sector unions,  
key officials, and civic leaders work together to find equitable and  
politically acceptable ways to make those changes? Drawing on his  
research and activities (which included helping resolve the disputes  
about the Boston firefighters contract and mediating the integration  
various workforces and unions at MassDOT), Kochan will offer his  
thoughts on how to update policies and organizational practices in the  
public sector to bring them into closer alignment with changes in the  
nature of work, the workforce, and the economy that already have  
reshaped private-sector employment and unions.
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/rappaport


The Harvard Food Law Society Presents
The Food Bubble
How Wall Street Starved Millions, Got Away With It And Is Doing It Again

Thursday, February 24th
12 p.m. - 1 p.m in Pound 204
Harvard Law School

Open to the Public

Frederick Kaufman’s February 24th talk will focus on the ongoing  
global food crisis. His groundbreaking Harper’s article,  “The Food  
Bubble: How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It,”  
examined the role investment banks played in the upsurge of food  
prices in 2008 and has been cited by everyone from Marion Nestle to  
the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Read more about his  
work in this Vice interview or visit his website American Stomach.com.

For more information visit foodsoc.org or email Nate Rosenberg at  
nrosenberg at jd11.law.harvard.edu.


Can Sanctions Prevent the Spread of Nuclear Weapons?
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 24, 2011, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman-275, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  International Security Program and Project on  
Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S)  Neerada Jacob, research fellow, International Security  
Program/Project on Managing the Atom
CONTACT INFO  susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5413/


February 24
3:30pm Harvard China Project Seminar
Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA
"The Energy-Water Nexus in China: Trading One Problem for Another?"  
Liu Hengwei, Research Associate, Energy, Climate, and Innovation (ECI)  
Program, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Associate, Energy  
Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) Program, Harvard Kennedy School.


The Politics of Privacy in the U.S., Past and Present: Episodes in the  
History of the “Surveillance Society”
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 24, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Perkins room (Rubenstein 415)
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  HKS Seminar on History and Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Sarah Igo
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  kathleen_schnaidt at harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/groups/harvard-seminar-on-history-and-policy


The American Democratic Tradition
WHEN  Thu., Feb. 24, 2011, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Thompson Room, Barker Center 110
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Committee on Degrees in History and Literature
SPEAKER(S)  James Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American  


Nuclear Negotiations with Russia with Assistant Secretary of State &  
Chief Negotiator of the New START Treaty Rose Gottemoeller
WHEN  Fri., Feb. 25, 2011, 12 p.m.
WHERE  Hauser Hall, Room 105, Harvard Law School Campus
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Law, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Program on Negotiation
SPEAKER(S)  Rose Gottemoeller, assistant secretary of state & chief  
negotiator of the New START Treaty, and Robert Bordone, professor,  
Harvard Law School, director, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation  
Clinical Program
CONTACT INFO  Sarah Whitman: swhitman at law.harvard.edu
NOTE  Gottemoeller will discuss her experiences as the chief  
negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), a  
landmark agreement between the United States and Russia to reduce the  
number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads and long-range missiles.
Bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert will be served.
LINK  http://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/nuclear-negotiations-with-russia/


The Googlization of Everything
Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything &  
Professor at the University of Virginia
Friday, February 25, 12:00 pm
Griswold Hall, Room 110, Harvard Law School
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu 

Google dominates the World Wide Web. There was never an election to  
determine the Web's rulers. No state appointed Google its proxy, its  
proconsul, or viceroy. Google just stepped into the void when no other  
authority was willing or able to make the Web stable, usable, and  
trustworthy. This was a quite necessary step at the time. The question  
is whether Google's dominance is the best situation for the future of  
our information ecosystem. In the early days it was easy to assume  
that the Web, and the Internet of which the Web is a part, was  
ungoverned and ungovernable. It was supposed to be a perfect  
libertarian space, free and open to all voices, unconstrained by the  
conventions and norms of the real world, and certainly beyond the  
scope of traditional powers of the state. But we now know that the  
Internet is not as wild and ungoverned as we might have naively  
assumed back at its conception. Not only does law matter online, but  
the specifics of the Internet's design or "architecture" influence how  
the Web works and how people behave with it. Like Jessica Rabbit in  
the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit,the Internet is not bad-it's just  
drawn that way. Still, architecture and state-generated law govern  
imperfectly. In the People's Republic of China, the state clearly runs  
the Web. In Russia, no one does. States such as Germany, France,  
Italy, and Brazil have found some ways to govern over and above  
Google's influence. But overall, no single state, firm, or institution  
in the world has as much power over Web-based activity as Google does.  
So Google, which rules by the power of convenience, comfort, and  
trust, has assumed control, much as Julius Caesar did in Rome in 48  
B.C. Before Caesar, there was chaos and civil war, presided over by  
weak, ineffective leaders who failed to capture the support of the  
people or to make Rome livable. Like Caesar, Google has found its  
mandate to rule through vast popular support, even in the absence of a  
referendum. And like Caesar's, Google's appeal is almost divine.  
Because we focus so much on the miracles of Google, we are too often  
blind to the ways in which Google exerts control over its domain.

About Siva
Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar, and is  
currently a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.  
 From 1999 through the summer of 2007 he worked in the Department of  
Culture and Communication at New York University. Vaidhyanathan is a  
frequent contributor on media and cultural issues in various  
periodicals including The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York  
Times Magazine, The Nation, and Salon.com, and he maintains a blog,www.googlizationofeverything.com 
. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and to  
MSNBC.COM and has appeared in a segment of "The Daily Show" with Jon  
Stewart. Vaidhyanathan is a fellow of the New York Institute for the  
Humanities and the Institute for the Future of the Book.
In March 2002, Library Journal cited Vaidhyanathan among its “Movers &  
Shakers” in the library field. In the feature story, Vaidhyanathan  
lauded librarians for being “on the front lines of copyright battles”  
and for being “the custodians of our information and cultural  
commons.” In November 2004 the Chronicle of Higher Education called  
Vaidhyanathan “one of academe’s best-known scholars of intellectual  
property and its role in contemporary culture.” He has testified as an  
expert before the U.S. Copyright Office on the Digital Millennium  
Copyright Act.

He is noted for opposing the Google Books scanning project on  
copyright grounds. He has published the opinion, that the project  
poses a danger for the doctrine of fair use, because the fair use  
claims are arguably so excessive that it may cause judicial limitation  
of that right.

Vaidhyanathan was born in Buffalo, New York, and attended the  
University of Texas at Austin, earning both a B.A. in History and a  
Ph.D. in American Studies.


South Asia Initiative Water Seminar
February 25, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Contact Name:  Megan Rajbanshi
mrajbans at fas.harvard.edu
CGIS South, Room S020 (Belfer Case Study) 1730 Cambridge St.  
Cambridge, MA
"Indus River basin Research: Emerging Challenges and Directions." Jim  
Wescoat, Aga Khan Professor of Architecture, MIT.

Chaired by John Briscoe, Professor of the Practice of Environmental  
Health, HSPH, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental  
Engineering, SEAS

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Water Program and the Harvard University  
Center for the Environment




Greenpeace Boston Chapter - Arctic Sunrise Tour

Description: Boston, MA - Coal Free Future Tour
Description: We are very excited to announce that Greenpeace's ship,  
the Arctic Sunrise, is sailing into Boston in February. This is the  
last stop of the Coal Free Future Tour.

Greenpeace is continuing its fight against the coal industry with a  
ship tour to highlight places like Massachusetts, where people across  
the commonwealth are standing up to the coal industry. We are joining  
this fight by raising awareness about the true cost of coal and the  
impacts of burning coal on our planet and the devastating effect on  
people’s health.

Open Boat tours - Come down to Rowes Wharf at the Boston Harbor and  
take a tour of the Arctic Sunrise! - the schedule is as follows:
Mon 2/21 - Open Boat 10 - 4

Let us know if you are interested in attending one of our events, and  
we'll contact you with details.
We are also still looking for volunteers throughout the ship’s stay to  
help with tours and other activities. If you can volunteer some of  
your time please contact David Lands at dlands at greenpeace.org

Please include your full name, phone number, and email address so that  
we can let you know the details of this exciting opportunity!

Location: Rowes Wharf, Boston Harbor



PechaKucha Boston 21
Tue Feb 22
Mantra, 52 Temple Pl, Boston (near Park St T)
Drinks and chit chat at 6pm. 20×20 talks at 7pm.
Free and open to the public. Cash bar.



Start the Presses: News sites of the future, told by the people  
building them
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
7:00 PM

Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd. Dorchester, MA

Wondering what news websites will look like in the future? Find out at  
this panel featuring the people building them from the ground up at  
both the local and international levels.  The panel will dive into how  
the mobile web, HTML 5, Flash, app stores and more impact and change  
what news organizations need from their content management systems,  
and will feature the creator of Drupal, Dries Buytaert, as well as the  
founder of Universal Hub, Adam Gaffin, who has helped build numerous  
community news sites using the platform.  Also on panel: Andrew Phelps  
(@andrewphelps) is the first full-time reporter for wbur.org and the  
host of WBUR’s news blog, Hubbub.  In 2009, Andrew spearheaded the  
design and construction of wbur.org.  He has devoted dozens of hours  
to training journalists in multimedia  production, social media  
engagement and online editorial standards.

Andrew is also a regular on-air contributor to NPR and to the  
Marketplace programs. He is a former reporter and news anchor for KPBS  
in San Diego. His reporting on the October 2007 wildfires was honored  
by a national PRNDI award for outstanding coverage of breaking news.   
Come with questions and curiosity as the architects of tomorrow's news  
systems explain what they see as important to the future of news.   
And: Austin Gardner-Smith is an internet nerd who pushes pixels, code,  
and copy for BostInnovation. "I'm pretty into the internet, design,  
and the future of media, marketing, and advertising. Those all kinda  
go together in my head."
Moderator: Michael Morisy, Muckrock.com
Time: Panel is from 7-8 pm; schmoozing from 6-7 p.m.


The Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) invites you to  
another meeting of the
Climate Emergency Open Forum
February 22, 2011 , from 7 to 9 pm
at the Windsor Street Community Health Center, 119 Windsor St. 2nd  
floor Conference Room.

Focus will be on planning for a week of activities in the month of May  
resembling Brookline's recent week, as discussed at the January 25  
meeting. See notes at


February 23 at the Broad Institute Auditorium
(Main Street - Seven Cambridge Center) from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Timeless Planning Principles for Kendall Square & Environs

Dennis Carlone
Dennis is a well-known architect and urban designer whose work  
includes the East Cambridge Riverfront Project as well as the original  
North Point Urban Design and Broad Canal & Environs Plan. After an  
overview of planning principles, Dennis will moderate the discussion.
Putting Good Design and Planning Together

Richard Heapes
Richard is co-founder and partner of Street Works. His slide  
presentation will illustrate what makes great places work from a  
design perspective and programming standpoint. This slide presentation  
has been shown to city groups all over the country.

New Quincy     Ken Narva
Ken is the other founder of Street Works and his slide-show will  
demonstrate how the timeless planning principles have been  
incorporated into the new Quincy Center transformation.

Kendall Square - a 2020 Vision     Alex Twining
Alex’ slide show will demonstrate how these principles and the  
approach to Quincy Square can be applied to Kendall Square.

Questions & Answers


Refresh Boston in February: Design for Change
Wednesday February 23, 2011 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
Refresh Boston is back in 2011, and we have 2 events planned with more  
in the making. If you're interested in speaking at an upcoming event,  
or know someone who is, let us know.

This month we're proud to announce that Patrick Haney, the person  
behind Refresh Boston, will be presenting Design for Change, It Makes  

We'll meet in our usual location, on the 11th floor of theMicrosoft  
NERD Center in Cambridge, right next to the Kendall Square T stop,  
from 6:30-9PM. For more information, visit theRefresh Boston website.

Patrick's talk, entitled Design for Change, has been presented at Web  
Design World, NXNE Interactive andThe Rich Web Experience, as well as  
a handful of other Refresh events around the country.

Design for Change, It Makes Cents
Changing the world sounds like an impossible task for any one person,  
but we can all use our skills for good rather than evil and make  
progress towards a better planet. We'll talk about the responsibility  
that designers have to make a positive change in the world, how we can  
"go green" as web folk, what to do to gain people's trust and get them  
involved in your cause, and look at actual techniques we can use right  
now in order to "do good" on the web.

About Patrick Haney
Patrick is a designer/developer at Hanerino, a two-person design  
studio that specializes in attractive, accessible interfaces for web &  
mobile. He's also an adjunct instructor at the Center for Digital  
Imaging Arts, a certificate program at Boston University, where he  
teaches classes in both Graphic and Web Design & Web Development.

Our Sponsor
Once again, we need to thank Microsoft for providing us a wonderful  
space, bringing us pizza for attendees, and allowing us access to  
numerous beverages in the coolers on the 10th floor.

Support Refresh Boston
We always keep an eye out for companies and individuals who are  
interested in helping us out by donating things to raffle off or  
providing drinks/appetizers for attendees. If you'd like to sponsor an  
upcoming event, check out our Support page.
Website: http://refreshboston.org


These spaghetti dinners are monthly meals with presentations on a  
theme given at Sprout, an alternative learning center near Davis  
Square. A $10 donation is requested for food and drink.

You're invited to
Food in the City
a sprout spaghetti dinner

This month's spaghetti dinner will be on Wednesday February 23 at  
sprout's studios just outside Davis Square at 339R Summer St.  Food  
Not Bombs will be serving the spaghetti at 730PM with performances and  
presentations starting at 8PM.  The theme for this month's sprout  
spaghetti dinner is Food in the City.

When we think about the origins of food, we might imagine hunter  
gatherers or yeoman farmers or industrial agriculture. As city  
dwellers in the 2010s, what are the politics of the food we eat? Where  
does it come from? How does it get here? How much choice do we have in  
the matter? Who decides where to put grocery stores in urban  
neighborhoods? What happens to the food leftover in cafes and  
groceries after the lights go out? What happens to the wild foods  
growing around the city? Who even knew there were wild foods growing  
around the city?

This month's presenters and performers include ::

+ Tai Dinnan from Groundwork Somerville on maple tree tapping
+ The Millstone Coop on backyard chickens
+ Nick Patch on urban foraging
+ Food Not Bombs
+ The Davis Square Yogurt Making Co-op
+ Keith Simmons on subirrigated gardening

Boston Public Market Vendor Information Workshop

Date: Thursday, February 24th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  - Click for details
Location: State House, Room 437

An open meeting for interested agricultural producers, local  
businesses, fishermen and women, seafood producers, specialty food  
producers and existing or start-up vendors to learn more about the  
proposed year-round, indoor public market in downtown Boston and  
provide feedback regarding the market structure, product mix, selling  
opportunities and activities.

This meeting is a venue to learn and exchange information. All great  
public markets are a reflection of their local people, products and  
personality. Presenters from the Massachusetts Department of  
Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) will  
provide an overview and update of the project and describe ways you  
may be able to participate as a vendor. Most important, we want to  
hear about your expectations and recommendations to make it an  
attractive and viable place to do business.

At the conclusion of the meeting, there will be an opportunity to view  
the proposed site at 136 Blackstone Street, also known as Parcel 7.

More Information:
The mission of the Public Market is to provide a self-sustaining, year- 
round market for the purchase of fresh, local, healthy and high  
quality foods, and to strengthen the region’s farm and fisheries  
economy through the direct sale of fresh and value added products.

The Market location is 136 Blackstone Street, also known as Parcel 7,  
in the Haymarket section of Boston. The ground floor of this building,  
excluding sections already used as the Haymarket T Station and parking  
lot, have been designated for use as a public market. The building is  
owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

If you are interested in the meeting, please contact David Webber at David.Webber at state.ma.us 
  or call 617-626-1754 by Tuesday, February 22.

For more information go to http://www.mass.gov/agr/boston-public-mkt.htm


Thursday, February 24, 4p
Dudley Branch Library
65 Warren Street
Roxbury, MA
We Shall Not Be Moved: A Photo Documentary of the Local Housing Rights  
Movement, presented by Kelly Creedon and City Life/Vida Urbana

Come hear from people fighting back against eviction in their  

City Life/Vida Urbana organizes tenants and former homeowners to  
prevent eviction after foreclosure and protect their families and  
communities. Based in the working-class neighborhoods in and around  
Boston, the group has been effectively using a combination of legal  
defense, collective action, and political protest to stop evictions  
since 2008.

We Shall Not Be Moved is an on-going multimedia documentary project by  
photographer Kelly Creedon, in partnership with City Life/Vida Urbana.  
The project tells the story of this growing movement.

For more information about City Life/Vida Urbana: 617-524-3541 x315,  
x310, 304 (en espa?ol x303)
For more information about the library event: 617-442-6186 or aeneh at bpl.org


Crossing the Crises - with Documentarians Michael Fox & Sílvia  

Friday, February 25, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Join documentarians Michael Fox  
and Sílvia Leindecker for the Boston premiere of their latest work,  
Crossing the Crises: From Collapse to Action - a new feature-length  
documentary into the heart of the economic crisis. Here's their  
summary: On September 15, 2008, the United States fell into the worst  
financial crisis since the Great Depression. The same day, we set out  
on a trip around the country to ask the “American” people what they  
had to say about it. In 2010, we went back to see how things had  
changed. The financial forecasters say the recession is over, but the  
reality is otherwise.

Their stories reveal desperation, indignation, hope, dreams and a  
disastrous economic breakdown; chaos generated by a system of  
inequality. But the financial meltdown is just one of several human
rights crises now shaking the United States—in housing, education,  
health care, etc. The solutions to “Crossing the American Crises” are  
in the hands of the people.

Featuring the Vermont Worker’s Center; LA's Bus Rider's Union; Santa  
Fe's local business Alliance; Oakland's Green Jobs Now; Baltimore’s  
United Workers; New York's Green Worker Cooperatives and “American”  
workers, truck drivers, farmers, homeless, ex-felons, minorities,  
natural disaster survivors, indigenous, immigrants, and residents from  
coast to coast—covering nearly 40 states across the nation.


Film showing
Friday, February 25th, 7:30 p.m., Harvard Square, 3 Church St.

The documentary film “Gasland” by filmmaker Josh Fox.  Learn about the  
domestic natural gas drilling boom sweeping across the US and the  
drilling technology developed by Halliburton called “fracking” or  
hydraulic fracturing. This under-regulated practice has contaminated  
water supplies and destroyed wildlife and property.

“When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he  
embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies  
and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports  
that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is  
just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new  
country called GASLAND. “ www.gaslandthemovie.com/

The filmmaker delivers his alarming message about the consequences of  
“Fracking” in a very entertaining film. Join us for a night at the  
movies, popcorn and discussion.

Sponsored by The First Parish UU Climate Justice Task Force, ClimateJustice at firstparishcambridge.org




Bzzz! Bee Movie + Local Honey Sampling
Sunday, February 27th, 2:30 pm
George Sherman Union, Small Metcalf Hall, 2nd floor, Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Where did all the bees go?? If you've been aware of the news in the  
past few years, we're sure you're familiar with CCD: Colony Collapse  
Disorder. Discovered first in late 2006, hordes of bees  
literally....disappeared. The worker bees leave for the day and never  
return, abandoning the queen, the young, the eggs. Everything.

So maybe the darn queen was crackin' the whip too hard. But maybe not  
-- the theories abound. Was it a virus? Environmental changes?  
Malnutrition? An affect of pesticides?
Want to explore these questions? If so, join us Sunday, February 27th  
at 2:30PM for the filmVanishing of the Bees, which explores the issues  
in greater detail, outlining what led up to the problem and what can  
be done differently going forward in order to prevent it from  
happening again.

We're following the film with a panel of local beekeepers and honey  
makers (Golden Rule Honey,Allandale Honey Co., http://www.eatlocalhoney.com 
  & more!) discussing their work... And then we'll get to taste their  
bounty! It's your chance to learn the nuances of honey and talk to the  
folks that make it. And understand exactly why we need to be informed  
and make changes to prevent honeybees from disappearing again...

This screening is generously co-sponsored by Slow Food Tufts and Slow  
Food BU.

Cost for the afternoon's program is only $5. Reserve your spot today!

Thinking of spring, which brings flowers... And bees!

Social Justice Librarianship: Experiences from the Field

An event sponsored by the Simmons College Chapters of:
The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) and Special Libraries  
Association (SLA)


Tuesday, March 1, 2011
6:30 - 8:30pm
Kotzen Meeting Room
Lefavour Hall
Simmons College
300 The Fenway, Boston

Please join us for a panel discussion on social justice librarianship.  
This discussion seeks to define progressive librarianship, explore how  
social justice values fit in the library, and highlight potential  
career paths. The  panel will be moderated by Susie Husted (Boston  
Radical Reference & CUNY Queens College MLS '02) and will work within  
a format that incorporates story telling as well as audience  
We are fortunate to welcome the following panelists:
Clayton Cheever, Metro Boston Library Network Administrator; Boston  
Public Library Project Manager; Massachusetts Library Association  
Youth Services Section Chair; Boston Workmen's Circle
Heather McCann, Urban Studies & Planning and GIS Librarian, MIT  
Libraries;  Boston Radical Reference Collective; Special Libraries  
Association (SLA)
Tom Blake, Digital Projects Manager, Boston Public Library

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be  

For questions regarding the event, contact the PLG at Simmons College  
via email
at PLG at simmons.edu or through our website: http://plgatsimmons.wordpress.com/

A map of the Simmons College campus can be found here:


*Boston Commons Rising: Reclaim Our Commons and Communities*
*Friday, March 4 at 7PM*
First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
This month's JP Forum features Jay Walljasper, author and editor with  
On the Commons of the new book, *All That We Share: A Field Guide to  
the Commons*along with community speakers profiling commons based  
solutions. Despite the dire ecological and economic conditions in  
today's world, a remarkable phenomenon is emerging. We can see a  
multitude of kindred efforts that explore new or renewed modes of  
human connection and collaboration as a basis for survival and  
sustainability. Many of these efforts involve reclaiming our commons  
"those things that belong to all of us" as a means to shape a just and  
hopeful future for our communities and planet.
*Details:* http://www.sojust.org/events/16533083/

***1st Monday of every month - mark your calendar!***
*Skillshare: Fundraising - Getting Past the Fear of Asking*
*Monday, March 7 from 6PM-8:30PM*
The NonProfit Center by South Station
*Do you want to raise money to support the causes and organizations  
you care about?* **This engaging coaching session, presented by Robbie  
Samuels (SoJust Co-Founder), focuses on getting past the fear of  
asking and how to avoid some common mistakes. Learn an easy way to  
sort through contact lists and build a strong prospect list based on  
the 3 Cs of fundraising: capacity, connection and commitment. Learn  
specific language for how to make a strong ask, based on the  
relationship-building tips shared in *Art of the Schmooze*, and ten  
tips that will make your next fundraising plan a success. "If you are  
afraid to ask for money, kick yourself out of the way and let the  
cause talk."
RSVP: http://www.sojust.org/events/16373242/

*Take Our Survey*
Help guide the planning of SoJust in 2011 as we move toward our 5th  
anniversary in September - take our survey<https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFlSeTN2YUdqLXUwVkZ6UmFoTG50T0E6MA 

**If you are receiving this you are qualified to respond - prior event  
attendance not a requirement**


The Very First Annual
Jamaica Plain Home Energy fair


10:30am-1pm (Registration starts at 10)
at Bella Luna Restaurant in the Brewery Complex
284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain

KNOW which home improvements will save the most energy
Talk with experts on weatherization, insulation and air sealing, and
introducing the DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT, for homeowners who are ready to  
get serious about reducing their energy footprint.

LEARN where to find energy efficiency rebates
Representatives from Utility rebate programs will explain how to  
leverage rebates for energy efficiency work, including up to $42,000  
for Deep Energy Retrofit work!

HEAR about actions you can take to work for climate justice and a  
sustainable future
Local community initiatives will explain how you can work together  
with your neighbors on a healthy planet for everyone.

WIN prizes for the lowest home energy consumption!
Be sure to bring your 2010 home energy bills to compete in our very  
Home Energy Throwdown.

Energy Savings scavenger hunt just for kids!


Prudential Unlimited Realty
Living Structures Home Remodeling for Sustainability
Bella Luna/Milky Way
Cool JP, a project of Boston Climate Action Network
Boston Building Materials Co-op


  Gragger/Noisemaker! The Workmen's Circle's 4th Annual Radical Purim  
Party Celebrating Economic Justice!

Saturday, March 19th, 8pm - midnight
At Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain
Sliding scale $10-20

*Bloco AfroBrazil*
*DJ Annie R U Ok*
*And a unique, never-before-seen Purim shpiel (play)*

We will honor work that is being done locally to protect workers'  
rights and fight back against bad employers. The Gragger, the Jewish  
noisemaker, is traditionally used to drown out the name of our foes -  
join us to make some serious noise in a rowdy call for justice and joy!

Live music! Costume contest! Cash bar! Performance!

Contact Leah for more info: leah at circleboston.org

Leah Madsen
Program and Membership Organizer
Boston Workmen's Circle
leah at circleboston.org


In November, 2007, Portsmouth, New Hampshire formally decided to  
become an Eco-Municipality, when its City Council passed a resolution  
declaring that the following four sustainability objectives would  
guide its municipal operations:

1.       Reduce dependence on fossil fuels, underground metals, and  

2.       Reduce dependence upon synthetic chemicals and other  
unnatural substances.

3.       Reduce encroachment upon nature.

4.       Meet human needs fairly and efficiently

An Eco-Municipality uses a comprehensive, integrated approach to  
creating a sustainable city.

Join us to find out how Portsmouth became an Eco-Municipality and how  
the city takes the systems approach to sustainability now.

Wednesday, March 23
Main Library Auditorium

Peter Britt, Sustainability Coordinator, Portsmouth, NH
John Bohenko, City Manager, Portsmouth, NH

Sarah James from the Institute for Eco-Municipality Education &  
Assistance will give a brief introduction about eco-municipalities.

Sponsored by the office of Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis, the Cambridge  
Renewable Energy Team (CREATe), and the Cambridge Energy Alliance.


NESEA's Building Energy Conference

March 8-10, 2011, in Boston, MA.

BuildingEnergy is the only conference where architects, designers,  
planners, builders, policymakers, manufacturers, and installers work  
together to determine what's possible. Conference sessions range from  
emerging trends in renewable energy to deep energy retrofits of  
commercial and residential buildings.  The Trade Show features 160  
exhibitors with the latest sustainable technologies and products.





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


Artisan Asylum  http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations  http://thesprouts.org/studios

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project  http://www.transformationcentral.org/solidarity/mapping/mapping.html
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation


Links to events at 60 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://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html

Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/











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