[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Apr 3 17:15:28 PDT 2011

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Monday, April 04, 2011
Building Technology Lecture Series: Understanding Thermal Performance  
of Building Shell Components Containing Blown Fiber Insulations  
Enhanced with Phase Change Material (PCM)
Speaker: Jan Kosny, Ph.D., Building Enclosure Program Lead, Fraunhofer  
Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: 7-431, AVT
Today, continued improvements in building envelope technologies  
suggest that throughout Southern and Central US climates, residences  
may soon be routinely constructed with PCM in order to maximize  
insulation effectiveness and maintain low heating and cooling loads.  
Different types of Phase Change Materials (PCMs) have been tested as  
dynamic components in buildings during the last 4 decades. Most  
historical studies have found that PCMs enhance building energy  
performance. Some PCM-enhanced building materials, like PCM-gypsum  
boards or PCM-impregnated concretes have already found their limited  
applications in different countries. The proposed presentation will  
describe experimental and numerical results from thermal performance  
studies. These studies focus on blown fiber insulations modified with  
pre-mixed or spray-applied microencapsulated PCMs. Experimental  
results are reported for both laboratory-scale and full-size building  
elements tested in the field.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Building Technology Program, Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:
Kathleen Ross
617 253 1876
kross at mit.edu


Monday, April 04, 2011
Defending Against Environmental Insults; Drugs, Emergencies, Mortality  
and Emissions Markets (Host Workshop - Public Economics Seminar)
Speaker: Michael Greenstone (MIT)
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: E51-376
Sponsor(s): Energy & Environmental Economics at MIT

For more information, contact:



Monday, April 04, 2011
Legatum Lecture: The Role of Economics in Peacemaking
Speaker: Sir Ronald Cohen
Time: 5:00p–6:00p
Location: E62-276, Reception to follow
Sir Ronald Cohen is a founding partner and former chairman of Apax  
Partners,one of the world's leading private equity investment groups.  
He will be at MIT on April 4th to talk about promoting peace and  
stability through economic development.

Web site: http://legatum.mit.edu/CohenLecture
Open to: the general public
Cost: none
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker
agnesh at mit.edu


Monday, April 04, 2011
Urban Narratives: Civic Design through Media Technology
Speaker: Sarah Williams, Director Columbia Spatial Information Design  
Lab Dietmar Offenhuber, architect and media artist, MIT
Time: 5:45p–7:30p
Location: 10-485
City Design & Development Forum

The talk will explore the connections, opportunities and limitations  
between digital media technology, urban design and community engagement.

Light refreshments will be served

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Eran Ben-Joseph
ebj at mit.edu


Monday, April 04, 2011
Collision 2 Lecture Series: Attila Csorgo
Speaker: Attila Csorgo
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E15-070, Bartos Theater
Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet
The ACT Monday night lecture series Collision 2: When Artistic and  
Scientific Research Meet draws together artists and scientists from  
different disciplines to discuss artistic methodologies and forms of  
inquiry at the intersection of art, architecture, science and  

This series is part of AR - Artistic Research, a yearlong  
collaboration between the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology  
and Siemens Stiftung, Munich, co‑curated by ACT Director Ute Meta  
Bauer and Siemens Stiftung Curator of Visual Arts Thomas D. Trummer.  
The lecture series is also part of the related ACT course 4.365/4.366  
 From Bauhaus to Our House.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.


MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology presents its Monday night  
lecture series, Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet

Turning Out the Space
Attila Csorgo, artist, Budapest, Hungary
Respondent: Thomas D. Trummer, Siemens Stiftung Curator of Visual Arts

Attila Csorgo uses fruit peels to demonstrate problems of space and  
plane geometry in his work Peeled Spaces. Another piece, Distorted  
Spaces, is focusing on the photographic representation of our  
surroundings; by using hand-made cameras the images have unusual  
properties and become spatial entities. The Platonic Geometry is a  
series of kinetic sculptures dealing with the metamorphosis of a  
regular polyhedron. Cs?rg? applies the language of geometry and  
physics to traditional, pre-digital-age materials like sticks, strings  
and small electric motors to describe and reconfigure spatial  
relationships between objects. Cs?rg??s work has been exhibited in  
Europe and the United States. Attila Cs?rg? received the Nam June Paik  
Award in 2008.

Web site: http://visualarts.mit.edu/about/lecture.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:
Laura Chichisan Pallone
clauraa at mit.edu


Monday, April 04, 2011
Charity Dinner for Japan & Special Talk on Exercising Compassion in  
Contemporary Life
Speaker: HH Romapada Swami
Time: 7:30p–8:45p
Location: 56-154
Special seminar on the 24x7 concept for "complete well-being" by HH  
Romapada Swami.
Charity Dinner for Japan will follow the talk. Please attend and  
contribute generously.

Compassion like many other virtues such as honesty, gratitude and  
respect is more relevant and critically needed in our current world  
than ever before. Every thoughtful person is compelled to contribute  
his or her mite to make this world a better place, and therefore the  
expression of compassion has taken on various forms. Non-violent  
communication and social activism are two contemporary examples."Teach  
a man to fish and you feed him for life" ? so goes the proverb. How  
then to extend compassion that is for the ultimate good of the  
beneficiary? What is self-compassion - is it real compassion, or is it  
covered narcissism? How do spiritualists engage with the world in a  
compassionate way? We will explore these topics and more from the  
perspectives of the Vedic texts (India's timeless wisdom) and the  
sages, both ancient and contemporary.

Web site: mit.yoga24x7.org
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Bhakti-Yoga, Undergraduate Association
For more information, contact:
Prakash Govindan
yoga-exec at mit.edu


Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Humanitarian Speaker Series
Alex Markowski, MA, CBCP, Director of Logistics, Office of Emergency  
Management, NYC
Erin Rampe, MPH, CPH, Logistics Coordinator, Office of Emergency  
Management, NYC
“Disaster Logistics: How do we Plan, Stockpile, and Coordinate on an  
Inter-Governmental Level”
Time: 12-1pm
Location: E62-450

Alex Markowski is Director of Logistics at NYC OEM and Logistics  
Program Lead for the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Catastrophic Planning Grant  
Program. As Director of Logistics, Alex is responsible to deliver the  
right stuff in the right place at the right time in support of  
emergency operations. Since joining NYC OEM in 2003 Alex has led a  
number of significant disaster logistics projects including the  
nationally-recognized NYC Strategic National Stockpile Plan and the  
NYC Coastal Storm Plan Logistics Strategy. Alex led a project to  
conceive, design and build the City’s emergency stockpile program  
that can support up to 70,000 people for 7 days in 90 locations  
throughout the City. During emergencies Alex manages the NYC Emergency  
Operations Center and has coordinated the City response during planned  
and no-notice events including the 2003 Northeast Blackout, the 2004  
Republican National Convention and the 2005 Transit Strike. Alex  
supported the Harris County Office of Emergency Management in its  
Logistics Section following Hurricane Ike in 2008. Alex holds a  
bachelor of arts in political science and history from Loyola  
University in Maryland and a master of arts in national security  
studies from Georgetown University.

Erin is a Logistics Coordinator at the NYC Office of Emergency  
Management (OEM). Erin manages the Logistics Center program for NYC  
OEM, along with the intern, budget, and grants programs.  She works  
with City partners to develop the procurement requirements for  
supplies to support various logistics planning efforts including the  
Logistics Center, Logistics Staging Area, Emergency Supply Stockpile,  
and Commodity Distribution Points. Erin managed the Emergency Supply  
Stockpile program including oversight of the 3PL vendor. Erin has  
served as NYC EOC Logistics Section Chief during several major events,  
including H1N1 outbreak of 2009, 2010 tornadoes, several other major  
weather events, and was detailed to the Southwest Incident Management  
Team in July 2008. Erin also leads the NYC Emergency Operations Center  
(EOC) Logistics Section and Admin/Finance Working Group to develop  
better policies and procedures for staff during EOC operations. Erin  
holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio  
State University and a Master of Public Health degree from New York  


Engineering Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage

April 05, 2011  12:00p–1:00p

Advanced nanoscale materials play significant roles for energy  
conversion and storage. In this lecture, I will use three examples  
from different views to illustrate how the nanomaterial properties can  
be tuned through careful design and fabrication for energy  
applications. The first example is the significant enhancement in  
power conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells when the  
photoelectrodes are made of submicron-sized aggregates of  
nanocrystallites, without change of chemistry or crystal structure.  
The second one is nanostructured electrodes for lithium-ion batteries  
with much greater specific power and specific energy than that of bulk  
materials. The third one is the control of dehydrogenation temperature  
by confining the hydride inside nanopores of porous carbon scaffold.  
Inside nanopores, the hydride possesses different initial state and  
goes through different decomposition reactions.

Category:  lectures/conferences

Speaker:  Guozhong Cao, Department of Materials Science and  
Engineering and Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Location: 4-270

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information: Contact Edward Young

eyoung.tsai at gmail.com


Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Cultural Resistance
Speaker: Steve Kurtz, Critical Art Ensemble
Time: 12:00p–2:00p
Location: E14-633
Civic Media Sessions

A talk about models and techniques for public interventions and soft  
subversions aimed at undermining authoritarian tendencies in a time of  
neo-liberal domination.

Known for his work in Electronic Civil Disobedience and BioArt, Steve  
Kurtz is a founding member of the Critical Art Ensemble, a collective  
of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations  
including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography,  
text art, book art, and performance.

Formed in 1987, Critical Art Ensemble?s focus has been on the  
exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory,  
technology, and political activism.

Web site: http://civic.mit.edu/event/civic-media-session-cultural-resistance
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Future Civic Media
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
(617) 324-0490
awhit at mit.edu


Tuesday, April 05, 2011
National Teach-In on Austerity, Debt, Corporate Greed & What YOU Can  
Do About It
Time: 2:00p–5:00p
Location: 1-190
Local Teach-In
Watch the Webcast and Join a Faculty and Community Discussion

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): History Office

For more information, contact:
Margo Collett
history-info at mit.edu


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Science, Technology and the Future of International Development: A  
Conversation With USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah

Time: 3:00p–4:00p

Location: 10-250

Moderated by Robert Stoner, Associate Director, MIT Energy Initiative

Dr. Rajiv Shah was sworn in as the 16th Administrator of the United  
States Agency for International Development (USAID) on December 31,  
2009. USAID, a U.S. Government agency, has provided economic and  
humanitarian assistance worldwide for almost 50 years. Under Dr Shah?s  
leadership USAID has launched its Grand Challenges for Development to  
focus global attention on specific development outcomes based on  
transformational, scalable, and sustainable change. The philosophy  
behind using Grand Challenges for Development is that defining the  
problem well and facilitating innovative approaches will encourage a  
wide array of solvers to focus their attention on developing  
sustainable, effective solutions.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, D-Lab Innovators, MIT Public  
Service Center, MIT150 Office, IDEAS2011 and the MIT Global Challenge

For more information, contact:
Lars Hasselblad Torres
lhtorres at mit.edu


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Ethics and Forensics in the age of Photoshop Photojournalism

Speaker: Hany Farid and Santiago Lyon

Time: 4:00p–6:00p

Location: E15

There is new technology that can detect altered photographs, and even  
identify the camera that took them---like a ballistics test.
Come hear about the history of faked photos and what news  
organizations can do about them.

Hany Farid, mathematician and digital forensics specialist at  
Dartmouth University.
Santiago Lyon, director of photography for Associated Press.

Jointly sponsored by MIT's Knight Science Journalism Program and the  
Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/knight-science/seminars/current.html

Open to: the general public

Cost: no charge

Tickets: n/a

Sponsor(s): Knight Science Journalism Program, Nieman Foundation for  
Journalism at Harvard

For more information, contact:
Debbie Meinbresse
meinbres at mit.edu


Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Revisiting the Dove's Dilemma: Conventional Arms Transfers and Nuclear  
Weapons Development
Speaker: Jennifer Erickson, Boston College
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:


Date and Time : Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 12pm to 1pm (EST)

Drinking from an Open Hydrant:
Early Lessons on Driving Demand for Building Energy Efficiency Programs

The MIT Energy Club and the Yale Center for Business and the  
Environment 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  

The Southeast Community Retrofit Ramp-Up Consortium is a partnership  
established to create or expand building energy efficiency improvement  
programs in 13 communities across 8 states and territory. The  
Consortium is led by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)  
which is the primary recipient of a $20M BetterBuildings grant from  
the US Department of Energy to improve 10,000 buildings units by June  
2013.  SEEA is uniquely employing a pay-for-performance approach to  
allocations to sub-recipients, and supporting customized programs  
designed to reflect local communities in an effort to identify and  
develop models best suited for the region.Please join us for a  
conversation with Tamara Jones, Director of the SEEA who will provide  
an overview of the program designs and early lessons from the 13  
participating communities.

Title: Drinking from an Open Hydrant: Early Lessons on Driving Demand  
for Building Energy Efficiency Programs

GotoWebinar URL: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/321302334

Speaker: Tamara Jones, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Tamara Jones serves as Director of Municipal Energy Efficiency  
Programs at the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA). Her  
primary responsibility is administering a $20 million grant from the  
US Department of Energy under its BetterBuildings Program. SEEA leads  
a consortium of 13 cities in the Southeast using the grant to expand  
programs that result in market-driven energy efficiency improvements  
made to existing buildings. Prior to joining SEEA, Ms. Jones served as  
Director of Program Development and Government Relations at Southface,  
an Atlanta-based nonprofit that promotes environmentally sustainable  
building practices. Ms. Jones has also served as Director of Policy &  
Management Analysis in both the Mayor’s Office and the Department of  
Finance at the City of Atlanta, and as Deputy Director of Grants  
Development for Houston Mayor Bill White. Ms. Jones holds a Master of  
Arts degree in Political Science from Yale University and a Bachelor  
of Arts degree in Political Science from Long Island University.


Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Between Daedalus and Icarus - New Applications for the City

Speaker: Giandomenico Amendola, Professor of Architecture and  
Sociology, University of Florence

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 9-450

DUSP Speaker Series
Weekly lunchtime speaker series for the Department of Urban Studies  
and Planning. Light lunch provided.

Giandomenico Amendola, Professor of Architecture and Sociology,  
University of Florence

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning


Wednesday, April 06, 2011
The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics
Speaker: Ben Olken (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


The Lessons of Ancient Crowdsourcers
Speaker: David Alan Grier, George Washington University
Date: Thursday, April 7 2011
Time: 10:00AM to 11:00AM
Refreshments: 9:45AM
Location: 32-G449 (Patil Conference Room)
Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL
Contact: Rob Miller, x4-6028, rcm at mit.edu
Relevant URL:
Far from being a modern phenomenon, crowdsourcing actually has ancient  
roots that can be traced to the mid 18th century. In looking at  
ancient examples of this form of labor, we find that the organizers of  
these groups struggled with the same problems that we see it is modern  
instantiation. At the same time, we see patterns that better  
understand this kind of labor, notably the foundation of this work in  
economic hardship and the constant push to move this form of work into  
more conventional structures.

Bio: David Alan Grier teaches the cornerstone course in the  
International Science & Technology Policy Program. He has a B.A. in  
Mathematics from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the  
University of Washington in Seattle. He has published extensively on  
the development of computation and the institutions that support  
computation in publications ranging from the American Mathematical  
Monthly to The Washington Post. He has been the Joseph Henry Lecturer  
at the Washington Philosophical Society. He currently writes the  
column and blog "The Known World" for IEEE Computer and has served as  
the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.  
His first book, When Computers Were Human, was published by Princeton  
University Press in spring 2005. His second, Too Soon to Tell, was  
published in the spring of 2009 by John Wiley.


Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Japan Crisis: Commercial and Humanitarian Supply Chain Challenges

Speaker: Center for Transportation & Logistics Senior Researchers

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: 32-123

The Disaster in Japan is creating supply challenges all over the  
world. On Thursday, April 7th, the MIT Center for Transportation and  
Logistics (CTL) will provide a community briefing about the  
challenges. The focus of the discussion will be on the following:

Corporate supply chains
What are supply chains and why there is a problem?
What can we expect as consumers in days to come?
How should companies think about supply chain disruptions?
What can companies do about this?

The humanitarian logistics challenge
Why is it all about logistics?
What are the issues in humanitarian efforts?
What can we learn from past disasters (Indonesia, Haiti, Katrina)?

CTL researchers have been involved in many past disaster responses,  
both on the corporate side and on the humanitarian side and will share  
their experience and lessons with the audience.

Web site:http://ctl.mit.edu/events/japan_crisis_commercial_and_humanitarian_supply_chain_challenges
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Transportation & Logistics
For more information, contact:
Tara Faulkner


Date: Friday, April 8, 2011
Location: Lunch: 1-249 // Lecture: 1-390
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Complimentary lunch served at 12:30 pm
Lecture begins at 1:00 pm
Topic: Prospects for Surface Transport Authorization:  Can We Go Up  
the Down Escalator?
Mortimer Downey, Senior Advisor to Parsons Brinckerhoff.
For more information, please Janet Choi (jichoi at mit.edu) an e-mail.   


Friday, April 08, 2011
Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History
Speaker: Jonathan Harwood, University of Manchester
Time: 2:30p–4:30p
Location: E51-095
"Can Agricultural Biotechnology Alleviate Third World Poverty?  
Reflections on Green Revolutions Past and Present"

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/history/www/nande/modTimes.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): History Office
For more information, contact:
Margo Collett
history-info at mit.edu


Friday, April 08, 2011
Pecha Kucha Presentations by the MIT Program in Art, Culture and  
Time: 3:30p–4:30p
Location: E15-070
Part of the 2011 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts  
presented by TransCultural Exchange and the MIT Program in Art,  
Culture and Technology

Moderator: Ute Meta Bauer
Participants: Nitin Sawhney, Pelin Tan, John Bell, Jae Rhim Lee, Wendy  
Jacob, Elizabeth Goldring

Web site:http://www.transculturalexchange.org/conference_2011/overview.htm
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:
Laura Anca Chichisan Pallone
clauraa at mit.edu




Monday, April 4, 12 p.m.
"Making the Digital Fourth Estate: Redefining the Role of a Free Press  
for the 21st Century." Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for  
Digital Journalism, Columbia University; former director of digital  
content for Guardian News and Media.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge


Energy Technology Innovation Policy
Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series
"Is an Electric Car in Your Future?" Henry Lee, HKS

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS 79 JFK St
Contact Name: Louisa Lund Louisa_Lund at harvard.edu


Autonomous Flying Robots: from Biology to Engineering

WHEN  Mon., Apr. 4, 2011, 2 – 3 p.m.
WHERE  Maxwell-Dworkin, Room G-135 (ground floor of the building),  
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 33 Oxford Street,  
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired  
Engineering at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S) Dario Floreano, professor and director of Swiss National  
Center of Robotics, EPF Lausanne, School of Engineering, LIS Lab  
Abstract: Most unmanned aerial vehicles developed so far are  
relatively large machines that fly high in the sky with GPS guidance  
and far from obstacles. Therefore, they cannot be used in cluttered  
environments, such as cities, forests, and buildings, or even in open  
environments at low altitude. In this talk, Dario Floreano will  
describe his current research in small flying platforms that can  
autonomously operate in cluttered environments and in swarm formation  
to augment their capabilities.
LINK  http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewevent/133/


Monday, April 4, 2011
2010–2011 Dean’s Lecture Series
“Sundance Institute Reports: Global Trends in Documentary and Human  
Cara Mertes, Director, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Institute
4 p.m., Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard,  


Regions and Redistribution: The Political Geography of Inequality
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 4, 2011, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Cabot Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Iberian Study Group, Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Pablo Beramendi, Oxford University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Sofia Perez: sofiap at bu.edu
NOTE  Speaker bio:  http://www.univ.ox.ac.uk/whos_who/academic_staff/fellows_1/pablo_beramendi/
LINK  http://www.ces.fas.harvard.edu/studygroups/sg19.html


Celebrate National Garden Month with a screening of Dirt! the movie.

Tasting of "dirt" starting at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Rock Cafe, Divinity School Harvard University


Join Barton Seaver, Esquire Magazine's 2009 Chef of the Year and  
National Geographic Fellow, for a talk on sustainable seafood. Barton  
is also the author of the forthcoming book, For Cod and Country. Watch  
his TED talk here:  http://www.ted.com/talks/barton_seaver_sustainable_seafood_let_s_get_smart.html

April 4, 2011
5:30 PM, Harvard Hall 103
Cambridge, MA
More background on Barton Seaver:
Chef and author Barton Seaver is on a mission to restore our  
relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through  
dinner. He believes food is a crucial way for us to connect with the  
ecosystems, people and cultures of our world.
Seaver explores these themes through healthful, planet-friendly  
recipes in his first book, For Cod & Country (Sterling Epicure, May  
2011), and as host of both the National Geographic Web series Cook- 
Wise and the three-part TV series In Search of Food (Ovation Network,  
May 2011).


The Swiss Economic Miracle: How Switzerland Achieved 'The Greatest  
Good for the Greatest Number,' and Will It Continue?
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 4, 2011, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  The Consulate of Switzerland in Boston (Swissnex), 420  
Broadway, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Co-sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for  
European Studies, consulate of Switzerland in Boston (Swissnex), the  
American Swiss Foundation, and the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce
SPEAKER(S)  James Breiding, managing director, Naissance Capital Ltd.
Doulas Sears, Boston University
Tobias Schulze-Cleven, CES visiting scholar
Horst von Buttlar, CES Bucerius Fellow and Financial Times Deutscheland
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.swissnexboston.org/activities/events%20inhouse/a-discussion-on-the-swiss-economic-miracle-from-the-roots-of-industry-science-giants-to-the-innovative-economy-of-tomorrow
CONTACT INFO  Marie-Charlotte Bagnoud: marie-charlotte at swissnexboston.org
NOTE  Event followed by a Swiss style-reception.
Seats are limited, please RSVP online at the event website.
LINK  http://www.swissnexboston.org/activities/events%20inhouse/a-discussion-on-the-swiss-economic-miracle-from-the-roots-of-industry-science-giants-to-the-innovative-economy-of-tomorrow


Tuesday, April 5, 12 p.m.
"Digital Citizens: The Internet and Politics." Caroline Tolbert,  
professor of political science, University of Iowa; co-author of  
Digital Citizenship: The Internet, Society, and Participation.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge


berkman luncheon series >
apr 5 2011
Cybercrimes in Taiwan -- Experiences and challenges we faceDoreen Tu,  
Berkman Fellow
Tuesday, April 5, 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 http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
  at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

This talk is part of a lens on privacy and security, which will  
highlight various talks this semester that focus on issues related to  
privacy and security in digitally networked environments.

In the past decade, Taiwan has been one area of Asia that has had very  
high levels of Internet penetration. With the rapid growth of Internet  
usage came an increase in cybercrime, such as online fraud, copyright  
infringement, and access offenses. These newly-developed crimes have  
brought impacts on law enforcement agencies,  legislation, and  
Taiwanese society. In this talk, Doreen Tu, prosecutor of Taipei  
District Court Prosecutors' Office, will discuss Taiwan's experiences  
and challenges of combating cybercrimes.

About Doreen
Doreen Tu comes from Taiwan’s District Prosecutors Office in Taipei,  
and is conducting research on botnets, the impact of cross-border  
cybercrimes, and strategies to combat them.

About the Privacy and Security Lens
In spring 2011, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard  
University and the Center for Research on Computation and Society  
(CRCS) at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences  
(SEAS) will highlight a series of talks that will focus on issues  
related to privacy and security in digitally networked environments.  
Events associated with this “lens” will seek to foster discussion  
and explore novel solutions to digital security and privacy issues,  
and aim to surface and engage with some of the technological, legal,  
political, economic, and behavioral tensions at work within these  
topics. This cross-disciplinary initiative will build on current CRCS  
and BCIS collaborative efforts, and seek to bring multiple  
perspectives and approaches to these issues.


The Future of Global Food Security
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 5, 2011, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737  
Cambridge Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
Co-sponsored by the Center for International Development and the  
Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE)
SPEAKER(S)  Robert Paarlberg. Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944  
Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College, and associate,  
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Xiao Tian: xtian at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/schedule/schedule.htm


Deliberative Democracy and Climate Governance
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 5, 2011, 4:10 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture, Social  
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
SPEAKER(S)  John Dryzek, Australian National University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Bruce Jackan: 617.495.7548, bruce_jackan at hks.harvard.edu
NOTE  John Dryzek is a professor of political science and Australian  
Research Council Federation Fellow at the Australian National  
University. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in  
Australia, former head of the Departments of Political Science at the  
Universities of Oregon and Melbourne and the Social and Political  
Theory program at ANU, and former editor of the Australian Journal of  
Political Science.
Working in both political theory and empirical social science, he is  
best known for his contributions in the areas of democratic theory and  
practice and environmental politics. One of the instigators of the  
'deliberative turn' in democratic theory, he has published five books  
in this area with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press,  
and Polity Press. His work in environmental politics ranges from green  
political philosophy to studies of environmental discourses and  
movements, and he has published three books in this area with Oxford  
University Press and Basil Blackwell.
LINK  http://ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/Deliberative-Democracy-and-Climate-Governance


Brazil Studies Program Seminar. "The Expulsion of Drug Gangs from Rio  
Slums: The View of the Electric Utility"
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 5, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS South, S-020, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  David Rockefeller Center for Latin American  
SPEAKER(S)  Jerson Kelman, president, Light Group; president,  
Administrative Council of AD-Rio (Economic and Social Development  
Agency of the State of Rio de Janeiro)
Moderated by John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of  
Environmental Engineering, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied  
Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Kennedy School.
CONTACT INFO  Aaron Litvin: brazil at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/brazil/events/jerson_kelman


Future of Energy with Jeffrey Sachs: "Hurrying History: Can the World  
Adopt a Fast Path to Low-Carbon Energy?”
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 5, 2011, 5 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Science Center D, One Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science,  
Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S)  Jeffrey D. Sachs, director, The Earth Institute, Columbia  
University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; professor  
of health policy and management, Columbia University
CONTACT INFO  Brenda Hugot: bhugot at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  The world will eventually transit from the fossil-fuel age to a  
post-carbon economy. That is inherent in the finite reserves of fossil  
fuels. Yet the normal transition will be far too slow to avoid ruinous  
interference in the climate system. Twenty years after the signing of  
the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change the existing political- 
diplomatic processes have failed to create the needed breakthrough.  
Jeffrey Sachs will discuss new strategies for large-scale systems  
change that aim to correct the deep weaknesses of the current  
framework. His thesis states that new transnational networks of key  
actors – scientists, engineers, businesses, and civic leaders –  
must take the lead from governments and diplomats. He will explain how  
this can be done, with reference to past cases of large-scale systems  
LINK  http://environment.harvard.edu/jeffrey-sachs


Responding to the Revolution: Examining Newly Heard Voices for  
Political Change in the Arab Middle East
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 6, 2011, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School
Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Nahdet El-Mahrousa, Mercy Corps, The Outreach  
Center at the Center for Middle East Studies, Middle East Initiative
•	Paul Beran, The Egypt Forum, Center for Middle East Studies
•	Hilary Rantisi, The Middle East Initiative
•	Ehaab Abdou, Nahdet El-Mahrousa, Egypt
•	Ruth Allen, Mercy Corps
•	Members of the Global Citizen Corps program in Iraq (by video  
COST  Free


The Changing Role of the Media — A View from Buckingham Palace and 10  
Downing Street
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 6, 2011, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Education, Humanities, Lecture,  
Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Simon Lewis, chief executive, Association for Financial  
Markets in Europe
NOTE  Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to MRCBG at ksg.harvard.edu.
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/events.htm#nextevent


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 6, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE  John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events,  
Support/Social, Working at Harvard
NOTE  Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of  
thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come  
remember, mourn, and protest.


Green Conversations: “What Americans and Massachusetts Residents  
Think About Climate Change – Attitude Formation and Change in  
Response to a Raging Scientific Controversy”

WHEN  Wed., Apr. 6, 2011, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S)  Jon Krosnick, the Frederic O. Glover Professor in  
Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of communication,  
political science, and pyschology, is a social psychologist who does  
research on attitude formation, change, and effects; the psychology of  
political behavior; and survey research methods.
DISCUSSANTS:  Stephen Ansolabehere, professor, Harvard Department of  
Andrew Hoffman, Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, University  
of Michigan; MIT visiting professor of management
CONTACT INFO  Lisa Matthews: 617.495.8883
NOTE  During the past two decades, many scientific experts have been  
frustrated by the American public's apparent indifference to climate  
change and the threats it may pose. And even during the two years,  
headlines on newspapers across the country have proclaimed:  
"Scientists and the American Public Disagree Sharply Over Global  
Warming" and "Public Concern About Climate Waning." Is it really true?  
Do Americans really not accept the opinions of scientific experts on  
climate change? In this presentation, Jon Krosnick will describe  
findings from a series of national surveys that he has designed and  
conducted since 1996, as well as a recent survey of Massachusetts  
residents, tracking what people do and do not believe on this issue  
and what they do and do not want to have done about it. Surprising  
results challenge many widely held presumptions about public opinion,  
illuminate the increasing politicization of the issue, and provide a  
context for watching and understanding future efforts to pass (and  
block) legislation on climate change.
LINK  http://environment.harvard.edu/jon-krosnick


The Betrayal of American Prosperity: Free Market Delusions, America's  
Decline, and How We Must Compete in the Post-Dollar Era
WHEN  Thu., Apr. 7, 2011, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Education, Humanities, Lecture,  
Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr., president of the Economic  
Strategy Institute
NOTE  Please RSVP to MRCBG at ksg.harvard.edu.
Lunch will be served.


Thursday, April 7, 12 p.m.
"Undermining Our Own Security: U.S. Policies in the Middle East and  
Beyond." A discussion with Glenn Greenwald, constitutional lawyer;  
contributing writer at Salon.com, where he writes one of the most  
widely read political and legal blogs on the Internet. Co-sponsored  
with the Middle East Initiative and the Harvard Kennedy School  
Progressive Student Caucus. More info at http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5474/undermining_our_own_security.html
Starr Auditorium, Belfer Building, Fourth Floor, Kennedy School of  


Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict  
Dynamics in Indonesia

WHEN  Thu., Apr. 7, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  HKS Indonesia Program at the Ash Center
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Woolcock, World Bank
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Trisiawati Bantacut: 617.384.8156, trisiawati_bantacut at hks.harvard.edu
NOTE  After the fall of the New Order government in 1998, Indonesia  
faced a momentous challenge: responding to an economic crisis worse  
than the Great Depression while attempting to nurture the emergence of  
democratic governance in the lives of more than 200 million citizens.  
International agencies faced their own serious problems, given their  
explicit support of the New Order regime. Into this space a bold  
experiment in participatory development was undertaken by the  
government of Indonesia and the World Bank. Launched as a pilot but  
quickly scaled up as a national flagship, the Kecamatan Development  
Program (KDP) was in no small part “a democracy project disguised as  
a development project”—an attempt to meet the immediate economic  
needs of everyday villagers by harnessing their local knowledge and by  
requiring full transparency and accountability of competitive  
selection mechanisms used to allocate grants to community groups. Via  
these procedures, KDP sought to instill deliberative civic skills, to  
enhance the legitimacy of new democratic service delivery models at  
the local level, and to minimize the serious conflict that necessarily  
accompanies institutional change.
Did it work? Deploying an extensive mixed methods approach, Michael  
Woolcock finds that the answer is yes, but. Governance effects were  
net positive but highly variable across different contexts and  
unfolded along nonlinear trajectories. There was no pure "KDP effect,"  
and as such one should be highly cautious in responding to powerful  
imperatives to replicate this (or any other) apparent "best practice"  
LINK  http://ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events2/Contesting-Development-Participatory-Projects-and-Local-Conflict-Dynamics-in-Indonesia


Thursday, April 7
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Sever 110 Harvard University
Altaeros will speak about the airborne turbine that they are in the  
process of developing and its potential for producing abundant, low  
cost renewable energy while operating at higher altitudes than  
conventional wind turbines.
Contact Name: Kamilia Kaczor kkaczor at fas.harvard.edu


Linking Food Production, Nature Conservation, & Sovereignty
WHEN  Thu., Apr. 7, 2011, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  RCC conference room
26 Trowbridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Real Colegio Complutense
SPEAKER(S)  Cristina Herrero
COST  Free, open to the public
CONTACT INFO  rcc_info at harvard.edu
NOTE  In English. Case example of the Chaco region of northern Argentina
LINK  http://www.realcolegiocomplutense.harvard.edu


2011 Preparedness and Emergency Response Speaker Series

WHEN  Fri., Apr. 8, 2011, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Health
Kresge Building, G2
677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The Division of Policy Translation and  
Leadership Development and the Preparedness and Emergency Response  
Learning Center at HSPH
SPEAKER(S)  Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and  
RADM, U.S. Public Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Giulia Del Guercio Green: gdelguer at hsph.harvard.edu,  
NOTE  Q&A to follow. To submit your questions for Nicole Lurie, please  
send an email to gdelguer at hsph.harvard.edu.
*A light lunch will be provided*
All Harvard students, faculty, and researchers are invited to the  
LINK  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/hperlc/announcements/2011-perlc-speaker-series-nicole-lurie.html


Revolution and Reform: The Historic Transition in the Middle East  
Open to the Public
April 8, 2011 - April 9, 2011

R. Nicholas Burns, Faculty Chair, Dubai Initiative
Tarek Masoud, Faculty Advisor, Dubai Initiative
Stephen M. Walt, Faculty Advisor, Dubai Initiative
Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Dubai Initiative
Vali Nasr, Former Senior Fellow, Dubai Initiative
Diana Buttu, Fellow, Dubai Initiative
Karam Dana, Fellow, Dubai Initiative
Justin Dargin, Fellow, Dubai Initiative
Mehrangiz Kar, Fellow, Dubai Initiative
David Mednicoff, Fellow, Dubai Initiative
Hussam Salama, Fellow, Dubai Initiative
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Research Associate, Dubai Initiative
Related Project: The Dubai Initiative
Description:  REVOLUTION & REFORM:  The Historic Transition in the  
Middle East
The Dubai Initiative
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Youth Movements • Political Transformation
Foreign Policy • Energy • Urbanization

The first conference on the Middle East’s political transformation.  
Featuring plenary sessions with leading scholars and policymakers,  
panel discussions moderated by Dubai Initiative Fellows, and a  
pioneering workshop on Arab urbanization.
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/HarvardArabConf
Twitter: http://twitter.com/HarvardArabConf
The Charles Hotel
April 8 & 9, 2011
Free; no registration required
Meals & refreshments provided




Please join us for the inaugural Vannevar Bush Dean’s Medal lecture  
given by Dr. Richard A. Meserve (A’66), President of the Carnegie  

Dr. Meserve will speak on “The Fukushima Nuclear Accident and Its  

Monday, April 4, 2011
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Nelson Auditorium
Anderson Hall
Reception to follow in Burden Lounge

Tufts University School of Engineering will name Richard A. Meserve,  
president of the Carnegie Institution and Tufts University alumnus,  
the first recipient of the Vannevar Bush Dean’s Medal.

The Vannevar Bush Dean’s Medal is awarded to an internationally  
recognized technology leader who has contributed substantially to the  
betterment of society through not only extraordinary technical  
achievement but also significant contributions at the intersection of  
engineering and other fields.

In collaboration with the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, the  
Dean’s Medal was recently renamed to honor another distinguished  
alumnus, Vannevar Bush. Dr. Bush earned his B.S. and M.S. from Tufts  
in 1913. Bush was elected President of the Carnegie Institution in  
1938 and was instrumental in the establishment of the National Science  

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Richard A. Meserve (A’66) is the ninth president of the Carnegie  
Institution. He arrived in April 2003, after stepping down as Chairman  
of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. With his Harvard law degree  
and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford, Meserve has served on  
numerous legal and scientific committees over the years, including  
many established by the National Academies of Sciences and  
Engineering. In February 2010, Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy,  
appointed Meserve to President Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on  
America’s Nuclear Future. He currently serves as chairman of the  
International Nuclear Safety Group, which is chartered by the  
International Atomic Energy Agency, and he is a member of the Board of  
Overseers of Harvard University. Among other affiliations, Dr. Meserve  
is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American  
Philosophical Society, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of  
Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of  
Science, the American Physical Society, and Phi Beta Kappa. Meserve  
serves on the board of directors of PG&E Corporation, the Universities  
Research Association, Inc., and on the Council of the American Academy  
of Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the National Commission  
on Energy Policy.


Tufts STEM Education Lecture Series
Monday, April 04, 2011 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)
Medford, MA

Tufts STEM Education Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and  
Outreach and Dept. of Education
Open to the public.  All are welcome.

Chris Dede
Professor in Learning Technologies
Harvard University

How Immersion in Virtual Worlds Helps Students in the Real World
Abstract: Many people of different ages now participate in immersive  
virtual environments, from Club Penguin and Webkins through World of  
Warcraft, America's Army, and Second Life. The 2010 National  
Educational Technology Plan identifies immersive media as among the  
most powerful emerging technologies for learning. This session  
describes our research in designing and studying immersive virtual  
worlds as curriculum (digital ecosystems) and summative assessments  
(science inquiry).
Bio: Professor Dede’s fields of scholarship include emerging  
technologies, policy, and leadership.  His funded research includes  
four grants from NSF and the US Department of Education Institute of  
Education Sciences to explore immersive simulations and transformed  
social interactions as means of student engagement, learning, and  




Urban Agriculture, the City, and Perceptions of Public Space
Rachel Eden Black, assistant professor and coordinator, Gastronomy  
Program, Boston University
Free Admission
Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m.
Register at http://www.bu.edu/foodandwine/register/index.html




*Skillshare: Leveraging Social Media for Social Justice**** - Monday,  
April 4
The NonProfit Center by South Station
*Do you want to master integrating your media message across multiple  
channels (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, email)?* We're very excited that  
Amanda Johnston, integrated media guru at GLAD, has agreed to  
facilitate this training. Go beyond social media 101 and get some tips  
and tricks on using social media tools to further your organization?s  
mission.  We?ll talk about how using social media for your  
organization differs from personal use (and in what ways it?s the  
same); negotiating resistance and barriers to social media use in your  
organization; and thoughts on creating a
constructive social media policy.*
Learn more and RSVP: *http://www.sojust.org/events/16961382/ (bring  
your own dinner)


Smart Building Workshop – High performance homes, Stretch Energy  
Code, MA Base Code

Tuesday, April 5, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344  
Broadway, Second Floor Meeting Room

In this workshop you will learn how to build homes that are durable,  
healthy, comfortable, energy efficient, less costly to operate, are  
compliant with base and stretch energy codes, and discuss how to cost  
effectively go beyond the codes.  The workshop is free for building  
code officials and $25 for other attendees, but please register with  
the Center for EcoTechnology athttps://www.123signup.com/servlet/SignUp?PG=1533104182300&P=153310400 
.  Co-sponsored by the MA Department of Energy Resources, Center for  
EcoTechnology, Conservation Services Group, and the City of Cambridge.


*The Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Boston  
invite you to an open rehearsal, a reception and a panel discussion  
with acclaimed chorus conductor **Maria Guinand**, titled "Social  
Action through music". **Ms.Guinand is also Associate Conductor and  
Advisor for Choral Symphonic Performances and Activities for the   
National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela,  
commonly known as **'El Sistema'**, a government-funded organization,  
founded by maestro **Jos? Antonio Abreu*, aimed at systematizing music  
education and promoting the collective practice of music through  
symphony orchestras and chorus as a means of social organization and  
community development.

* Program: *
* Wednesday, April 6, 2011*
* Villa Victoria Center for the Arts*
* 85 West Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118*

* 4:30pm Open Rehearsal with the Premier Choir and the Young Men's  

* 5:30pm Reception hosted by the Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of

* 6:00pm Panel Discussion: "**Social Action **through** Music " *

* *

* The admission is free. For more information contact our office  
(617)266-9368 ext 200 or by email **consulate at boston.embavenez-us.org**.


Please Join us at the MassChallenge Headquarters for “MassChallenge  
Date: April 6, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Location: One Marina Park Drive, 14th Floor (use 55 Northern Avenue  
for GPS directions)
Boston, MA 02210
6:00-6:30 Welcome/Overview
6:30-6:45 FAQs
7:00- Drinks & Mingling

We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions. We've got  
some great things in store for 2011 and can't wait to share them!  
Please come with comments, questions, suggestions, and more. Welcome  
to anyone interested in being a participant, sponsor, mentor, or judge.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions?
Salimah Nooruddin - salimah at masschallenge.org or @masschallenge


Cleantech Open Northeast Kick-off Party
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)
Microsoft New England R&D Center
One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142

Event Details
Come check out the Electric Tesla RoadsterOne lucky winner will win an  
extended Tesla Roadster test drive!Kick-off Party Of ICE / Cleantech  
Open Northeast
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us if you are a student, scientist, entrepreneur, savvy  
technologist, or just interested in learning more about how you can be  
a part of Cleantech Open Northeast 2011.
At the launch party you'll be able to:
	• Connect with Boston's top innovators, supporters, and thought  
leaders in the cleantech space
	• Listen to past competitors such as OnChip Power as they share  
their experience with Cleantech Open
	• Give your 1 min pitch in front of a panel of judges and potential  
teammates (optional)
The launch party is a great venue to build a team, mingle with  
cleantech leaders, gain exposure and feedback on your ideas, and  
Ready to enter the Northeast competition? Submit your application  
here. Learn morewww.cleantechopen.com.

Hosted By
Cleantech Open Northeast
Fostering Entrepreneurship and Clean technology, Worldwide
The mission of the Cleantech Open is to find, fund, and foster the big  
ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and  
economic challenges.
Find out more at www.cleantechopen.com.
RSVP at http://cleantechopenne.eventbrite.com/

Editorial Comment:  The cost of this event is $10-$20.  It ain't free  
(the price the editor likes) but it may be of interest.


Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University

Ford Hall Forum:  The Weather at War

The Pentagon has declared our dependence on fossil fuels a security  
threat; their primary planning document acknowledges the instability  
and conflict that climate change will create. In response, the CIA has  
opened a new Center for Climate Change, the Navy and Marines have  
committed reducing carbon use, and the Army is creating carbon-neutral  
bases. Rachel Kleinfeld, Ph.D., CEO and President of the Truman  
National Security Project, Carl Ferenbach, Chairman of the Board of  
the Environmental Defense Fund, and MA State Rep. Harold Naughton,  
Iraq War veteran, join Ford Hall Forum board member Jack Wrobel to  
discuss why the weather is suddenly a national security issue.

Free and Open to the Public


Thursday, April 7, 7 pm
Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St., Boston
Understanding and Reforming Today's Media
An evening with Robert McChesney, co-founder of Free Press
Sponsor: The Action Coalition for Media Education
Co-sponsor, Arlington Street Church Social Action Committee


Museum of Science, Boston Hi, now through May 12 (except for April 19  
- 21), the Museum is celebrating Neighborhood Days and offering  
freeadmission to view
RACE: Are We So Different? for residents of Boston, Cambridge,  
Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, Somerville, and Quincy on Tuesday,  
Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.




Marketing Massachusetts Agriculture: Farmers' Markets, Public Markets,  
and More
David Webber, program coordinator, Massachusetts Department of  
Agricultural Resources, and Don Wiest, chair, Boston Public Market  
Free Admission
Tuesday April, 12, 6 p.m.
Register at http://www.bu.edu/foodandwine/register/index.html


BASEA Forum:

Thursday, April 14th
Solar Decathlon -- Europe 2010 Overview and DC 2011 Massachusetts  


Tufts Energy Conference
April 15


"Best Practices for Local Sustainability"
April 15, 2011 | Holiday Inn | Marlborough, MA
Full Conference Details at www.MaSustainableCommunities.com

Early registration till March 15 at $60, $75 after March 15


"Secret of the Dawn" - film screening, followed by a panel discussion  
about female genital mutilation (FGM) and efforts to stop it in Mali,
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Emerson Hall, Harvard U.,  
25 Quincy Street, Cambridge.

This documentary shows current attitudes of people in Mali toward FGM,  
and Malians struggling to end it, including Healthy Tomorrow's sister  
group, Sini Sanuman.  Dancer and health educator Wyoma
will perform a dance of hope for a future without FGM.   We will end  
with a music video that is shown on Malian TV, featuring 17 actual ex- 
excisers. This event is co-sponsored by Healthy Tomorrow and the  
Harvard Extension International Relations Club.  For more info, call  
(617) 776-6524.

Feel free to call with any questions.

Susan McLucas, director, Healthy Tomorrow, (617) 776-6524, SusanBMcL at gmail.com

Editorial Comment:  Susan McLucas is another old friend who has been  
working in the US and Mali for many years on the issue of female  
genital mutilation.




Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track  
your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while  
controlling for how cold the weather is).  You get a short friendly  
email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.



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,  
contact jmatthaei at wellesley.edu


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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