[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Apr 10 18:34:09 PDT 2011

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Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston  
area that catch the editor's eye.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Legatum Lecture : Practical Entrepreneurship Tips from a Pro

Speaker: John Chisholm

Time: 5:00p–6:00p

Location: 32-141, Stata Center

John Chisholm will offer practical advice on how to bring an idea to  
market, while also touching on the enormous humanitarian benefits of  
creating for-profit enterprises.

Web site: http://legatum.mit.edu/chisholmlecture
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 11, 20112011

Annual Freeman Lecture: Closing the Water Cycle, Recovering Energy and  
Resources in Future Sustainable Communities

Speaker: Dr. Vladimir Novotny

Time: 6:00p–9:00p

Location: E51-115, Ting Foyer for Reception

Freeman Lecture

Reception at 6 p.m. Lecture begins at 7 p.m.
This lecture will present an up-to-date, integrated and  
interdisciplinary perspective on the role of urban water design and  
management in advancing urban sustainability goals.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/freeman-bsces/2011FreemanLecture.pdf
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering, Boston Society of  
Civil Engineers Section
For more information, contact:
Lauren M
laurenm at mit.edu

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The MIT Sustainability at Sloan Speaker Series and MIT Sloan NetImpact co- 
Corporate accountability through the Global Reporting Initiative:  
Past, Present, and Future
Bob Massie and Allen White, co-founders, GRI

Tuesday, April 12th, 12-1PM
MIT Building E51, Room 325
70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Lunch will be served starting at 11:45AM

The Global Reporting Initiative has emerged as gold standard for  
reporting of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices by  
corporations and other organizations since its launch at the UN in  
2002. Bob Massie and Allen White, as founders of this ground breaking  
initiative, will share with us their journey as leaders of the  
movement for corporate transparency, accountability, and  
sustainability. GRI is an exemplar of a growing number of  
collaborative global governance initiatives aimed at balancing the  
rights and freedom of organizations with their duties and obligations  
in a globalizing world. Since its conception, GRI's commitment to  
inclusiveness, transparency, technical rigor and continuous learning  
have propelled the initiative to the forefront of a new generation of  
non-governmental, multi-stakeholder initiatives that helping to shape  
transnational governance in the 21st century.

Open to: the general public

Cost: 0

Sponsor(s): Net Impact, Sustainability at MIT, Sustainability at Sloan  
Speaker Series

For more information, contact:
Jason Jay
jjay at mit.edu


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Conversation with Sherry Turkle

Speaker: Sherry Turkle

Time: 7:00p–9:00p

Location: 66-110

MIT Communications Forum

The eminent MIT professor, author most recently of Alone, Together,  
discusses her darkening view of our digitizing world, her sense of the  
culture of MIT and its students, and her own career with  
Communications Forum Director David Thorburn, a longtime colleague.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open
Sponsor(s): Communications Forum, The Technology and Culture Forum at  
For more information, contact:
Brad Seawell
seawell at mit.edu

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Future of Pakistan

Speaker: David Miliband, British Labor Party, MP - Round table  
discussion with Fotini Christia, Vipin Narang and Sameer Lalwani

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, April 13, 2011


Speaker: Prof Karan Venayagamoorthy, Colorado State

Time: 2:30p–3:30p

Location: 48-316

Environmental Fluid Mechanics / Hydrology Seminar series
Weekly presentations from local and international researchers in the  
fields of hydrology and environmental fluid mechanics.

Environmental fluid mechanics can be defined succinctly as the study  
of naturally occurring fluid flows in the earth's atmosphere and  
hydrosphere. The key questions in this broad and important area in  
fluid mechanics focus on how fluids move constituents through our  
natural environment. A defining characteristic of many environmental  
flows is density stratification which arises due to temperature and/or  
salinity variations. Understanding how turbulence and stratification  
interact with each other is a fundamental issue and provides the key  
to enhancing our ability to predict how mixing and transport occurs in  
the natural environment. In this talk, an overview on the application  
of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in environmental flows will be  
presented. Three different research problems will be discussed to  
highlight the use of direct numerical simulations (DNS) and large-eddy  
simulations (LES) in studying research problems ranging from the  
laborarory scale to the field scale. The examples will focus on the  
following topics:
1.Stably stratified turbulent flows
2.Internal waves in the coastal ocean
3.Plume dispersion in coastal and estuarine flows.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, contact:
Sheila Anderson
sherah at mit.edu


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Targeting the Hard-Core Poor: An Impact Assessment

Speaker: Jeremy Shapiro (Yale)

Time: 2:30p–4:00p

Location: E51-376

Targeting the Hard-Core Poor: An Impact Assessment

Open to: the general public

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

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


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Starr Forum- Afghanistan: Mending it Not Just Ending It

Speaker: Rt Hon David Miliband MP

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: 34-101

Please join us for a public lecture that jointly celebrates MIT's  
150th anniversary and the Center for International Studies' 60th  

CIS is delighted to feature as our guest speaker a prominent MIT  
alumnus, Rt Hon David Miliband MP.

Miliband was the Foreign Secretary for the United Kingdom from 2007 to  
2010. He will join CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow in residence from  
April 11 through 15, 2011. He is an alumnus of the Department of  
Political Science Department at MIT, and he delivered the MIT Compton  
Lecture ( http://compton.mit.edu/ ) in spring 2010. Miliband will  
discuss the war in Afghanistan followed by a Q&A with the audience.  
Sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies. Free and open  
to the public.

Web site:http://web.mit.edu/cis/eventposter_041311_miliband.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: Electrode Materials for  
Next Generation Lithium Ion Batteries

Speaker: Arumugam Manthiram, Materials Science and Engineering Program  
& Texas Materials Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

Time: 4:00p–5:15p

Location: 66-110

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series
Sponsored by CMSE, DMSE, and MPC. To receive announcements about this  
series and other events of interest to the MIT materials community,  
subscribe to the matseminars mailing list at http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/matseminars

Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized the portable electronics  
market, but their adoption for transportation and stationary  
electrical energy storage applications is hampered by high cost and  
safety concerns. The success of lithium-ion technology for these  
applications relies heavily on the development of low-cost, safe  
cathode and anode materials with high energy and power densities as  
well as long cycle life. After providing an overview of the pros and  
cons of the existing cathode and anode materials, this presentation  
will focus on (i) high-capacity, high-voltage layered and spinel oxide  
cathodes, (ii) microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of  
nanostructured phosphate and silicate cathodes, (iii) high-energy  
density sulfur-carbon nanocomposite cathodes, and (iv) high-capacity  
nano-engineered alloy anodes. Particularly, the advantage of surface  
modification of cathodes and anodes with nanostructured materials in  
enhancing the energy and power will be emphasized.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for  
Materials Science & Engineering, Materials Processing Center,  
Materials at MIT


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Word of Mouth Advertising, Credibility and Learning in Networks

Speaker: Kalyan Chatterjee (Penn)

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: at Harvrd Littauer M16

Word of Mouth Advertising, Credibility and Learning in Networks

Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/6586
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Theory Workshop
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sloan Automotive Laboratory Spring 2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Valerie Karplus

Time: 4:15p–5:30p

Location: 37-212

Sloan Automotive Laboratory Spring 2011 Seminar Series
Seminar on topics related to engines, fuels, vehicle behavior, broader  
transportation energy questions presented by graduate students,  
faculty, researchers, and special guest speakers of the Sloan  
Automotive Laboratory.

Topic: Climate and Energy Policy for U.S. Passenger Vehicles: A  
Technology-Rich Economic Modeling and Policy Analysis

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/sloan-auto-lab/seminars/thisweekseminar.pdf
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Mechanical Engineering Dept.
For more information, contact:
Janet Maslow
jsabio at mit.edu

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Climate Fix

Speaker: Prof. Roger A. Pielke, Jr.

Time: 5:00p–6:00p

Location: E51-325

MIT Energy Club Lecture Series

The world's response to climate change is deeply flawed. The  
conventional wisdom on how to deal with climate change has failed and  
it's time to change course. To date, climate policies have been guided  
by targets and timetables for emissions reduction derived from various  
academic exercises. Such methods are both oblivious to and in  
violation of on-the-ground political and technological realities that  
serve as practical "boundary conditions" for effective policy making.  
Until climate policies are designed with respect for these boundary  
conditions, failure is certain. Using nothing more than arithmetic and  
logical explanation, this talk provides a comprehensive exploration of  
the problem and a proposal for a more effective way forward.

Bio:  Roger A. Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University  
of Colorado since 2001 and is a Professor in the Environmental Studies  
Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in  
Environmental Sciences (CIRES). At CIRES, Roger served as the Director  
of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research from  
2001-2007. Roger's research focuses on the intersection of science and  
technology and decision making. In 2006 Roger received the Eduard  
Brueckner Prize in Munich, Germany for outstanding achievement in  
interdisciplinary climate research. Before joining the University of  
Colorado, from 1993-2001 Roger was a Scientist at the National Center  
for Atmospheric Research.

Web site: http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events-and-programs/lecture-series/the-climate-fix

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, EAPS Graduate Student Advisory Council,  
Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, Science Policy Initiative
For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu

April 14: Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail book talk
5:30pm, Sever 213, Harvard Yard
Chasing Chiles is both a rollicking travelogue from three guys on the  
hunt for authentic food and cultural experience and an adventure with  
a larger, sobering mission: to understand the effects of climate  
change by zeroing in on one critical crop and the people whose lives  
are most deeply intertwined with it. Chef Kurt Michael Friese is  
author of A Cook’s Journey: Slow Food in the Heartland and owner and  
founding chef of Devotay, a restaurant in Iowa City that is a  
community leader in local and sustainable cuisine. He is owner and  
publisher of Edible Iowa River Valley magazine, a board of directors  
member for Slow Food USA and the Iowa Food Systems Council, and a  
graduate and former chef-instructor at the New England Culinary  
Institute. Free and open to the public.


Energy Industry Panel Featuring Chevron, Exxon, Schlumberger, & DC  

April 14, 2011


Meet with representatives from the world's top energy firms and learn  
the direction the energy industry is taking as well as opportunities  
available for both undergrad and grad students.
Dinner will be served, please RSVP at the website.

Category: lectures/conferences: business/entrepreneurship career  

Location:  4-163

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Campus Events, Sloan Business Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:  Contact Christie

cko at mit.edu



Friday, April 15, 2011
HyperStudio-Talk: "Learning Through Play"

Speaker: Prof. Eric Klopfer and Scot Osterweil (Education Arcade)

Time: 12:00p–2:00p

Location: E15-335

Play has no agenda. Children play for their own reasons, and even  
though their play can exhibit fierce determination, persistence, and a  
will to mastery, it does so only in the service of goals that children  
set for themselves. Even as we celebrate the learning that occurs in  
children?s play, and specifically in digital games, we must  
acknowledge that such learning looks dramatically different from the  
world of school. Though starkly different on the face of it, we  
nevertheless believe the ecologies of play and school can be  
successfully integrated, something we have witnessed through our own  
experience as educators and game designers. We will examine these  
issues through concrete examples of existing best practices, and  
speculative designs currently under development at MIT?s Education  
Arcade, and elsewhere.
Please RSVP to hyperstudio at mit.edu

Web site: http://hyperstudio.mit.edu/blog/studiotalk-learning-through-play/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
cms at mit.edu

Friday, April 15, 2011

11th Annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture and Reception

Speaker: Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, United States Environmental  
Protection Agency

Time: 3:00p–4:00p

Location: W20-202, Reception held in Twenty Chimneys W20-306 following  
the talk.

The Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory of  
Professor Henry W. Kendall (1926-1999) who was the J.A. Stratton  
professor of physics at MIT.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cgcs/www/kendall-lecture.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0.00
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Center for  
Global Change Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:
Jacqui Taylor
jtaylor at mit.edu

Friday, April 15, 2011

Renewable Electrical Power: Wind, Wave, and Tidal (Mechanical  
Engineering Lecture in Energy)

Speaker: Professor James A. Fay

Time: 3:30p–5:00p

Location: 3-270

Mechanical Engineering Colloquium

Web site: http://mechecolloquium.scripts.mit.edu/home/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MechE Seminar Series
For more information, contact:
Harris Crist
bhcrist at mit.edu




Monday, April 11, 12pm-1:30pm
Richard Vietor, HBS
Low-carbon energy options
Weil Hall, Ground Floor, Belfer Building, HKS


Harvard Green Carpet Awards

WHEN Mon., Apr. 11, 2011, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Award Ceremonies, Special Events,  
Working at Harvard
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Office for Sustainability
NOTE Reception to follow, 5-6 p.m., at Cambridge Queen's Head Pub.
This University-wide event supports the achievements of Harvard's  
sustainability goals – including the greenhouse gas/energy reduction  
goal – and recognizes the many dedicated and hard-working staff,  
faculty, and students involved in campus sustainability initiatives.  
Features distinguished presenters, live student performances, and  
award presentations. Don't miss the sustainability event of the year!
LINK http://www.green.harvard.edu/greencarpet


Tuesday, April 12
12 p.m.
"Did Dodd-Frank Fix the Mess?" Gretchen Morgenson, assistant business  
and financial editor and a columnist at The New York Times.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275


Mediactive: Using Media in a Networked Age
Dan Gillmor of ASU & Berkman Center Faculty Associate
Tuesday, April 12, 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 
This event will be webcast live at 12:00 pm ET and archived on our  
site shortly after at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast

Mediactive: Using Media in a Networked Age

We're in an age of information overload, and too much of what we  
watch, hear and read is mistaken, deceitful or even dangerous. Yet  we  
can take control and make media serve us -- all of us -- by being  
active consumers and participants. In a networked age, we are fully  
literate only if we are creators as well as active consumers, and the  
Internet has given us the tools to be both.

As Berkman Fellow Clay Shirky, a renowned scholar of information and  
the Internet's influence on our modern world, says in a foreword to  
Mediactive: "Dan doesn’t make upgrading the sources, or the  
gatekeepers, or the filters—or any other 'them' in the media ecosystem— 
his only or even primary goal. Dan wants to upgrade us, so we can do  
our own part. He wants us to encourage media to supply better  
information by helping us learn to demand better information. And he  
wants us to participate as creators."

Dan's method starts with bedrock principles, for consumers and  
creators. He offers tactical advice as well, and looks at key modern  
issues surrounding policy, law and social norms. At every step he  
encourages an ethical and honorable approach, because trust is part of  
the foundation for useful and reliable information.

Mediactive is more than a book. It's a project designed in part to  
explore what a book should be in an interactive, networked age. it  
exists on paper, on the Web and in several e-book versions, with more  
to come. Dan will be updating all versions on a regular basis.


Politics, the Brain, and Human Nature
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 12, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  This event is organized by the Program on  
Science, Technology, and Society, at the Harvard Kennedy School and co- 
sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the  
Graduate School of Design, and the Harvard University Center for the  
SPEAKER(S)  David Brooks, columnist, The New York Times; commentator,  
PBS NewsHour
CONTACT INFO  Lisa Matthews: lisa_matthews at harvard.edu, 617.495.8883
NOTE  For decades we have tried to increase high school graduation  
rates and college completions rates. We've tried to reduce the  
achievement gaps. We've tried to depolarize our economy and moderate  
the financial cycles. These and many other public policy efforts have  
produced disappointing results. This is in part because the policies  
were based on a partial view of human nature and a simplistic view of  
human capital. Neuroscientific research over the past few years has  
pointed toward a richer view, one in which our emotions and  
unconscious play a far more important role in everyday decision- 
making. It is time to apply the findings of science to the world of  
policy, morality, and practice.
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/sts/


Wars and Budget Wars: Managing the Pentagon
WHEN Tue., Apr. 12, 2011, 6 p.m.
SPEAKER(S) A public address by Ashton Carter, under secretary of  
defense for acquisition, technology & logistics

Moderated by Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science  
and International Affairs


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 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.


Lunch Seminar: Crisis Response and Crisis Management: Gulf Spill and  
Japan Nuclear Disaster
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE Fainsod Room, 3rd floor, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences,  
Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for  
Business & Government and the Belfer Center for Science and  
International Affairs
SPEAKER(S) Ben Heineman, senior fellow, Belfer Center for Science and  
International Affairs
NOTE Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to MRCBG at ksg.harvard.edu


Advance Screening: Under Rich Earth
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 3 – 7:40 p.m.
WHERE Austin Hall West (111), Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Conferences, Environmental Sciences,  
Ethics, Film, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Andes  
Initiative, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Human  
Rights Program; International Legal Studies; International Law  
Students Association; La Alianza; Advocates for Human Rights
DIRECTED BY Malcolm Rogge
CONTACT INFO businessandbullets at gmail.com
NOTE This is an advance screening of "Under Rich Earth" (Ecuador/ 
Canada 2008) for the panel discussion "Business & Bullets: Litigating  
Human Rights Claims against Transnational Corporations," taking place  
on April 14 at 5 p.m. in Austin West.


The Scientific Basis of Conflicts of Interest: The Role of Implicit  
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 3 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Ropes Gray Assembly Room (Pound 212), Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Ethics, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Organized by David Korn & Max H. Bazerman
David Korn
Max H. Bazerman
Mahzarin Banaji
P. Read Montague
Francesca Gino
Don Moore
Sunita Sah
CONTACT INFO ethics at harvard.edu
NOTE Free and open to the public.
LINK http://ethics.harvard.edu/component/content/article/40-general-content/166-korn-symposium


Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series: "Science, the Private Sector and  
the Public Good"

WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge Building, Auditorium G3
Boston, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Office of the Dean, Harvard School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S) Gerald L. Chan, CEO, Morningside Group
Additional remarks by: Gokhan Hotamisigil, J.S. Simmons Professor of  
Genetics and Metabolism, chair, Department of Genetics and Complex  
Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health
Julio Frenk, dean of faculty, Harvard School of Public Health, T&G  
Angelopoulos Professor of of Public Health and International  
Development, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School
NOTE With a background in engineering and radiobiology, Gerald Chan is  
a co-founder and CEO of Morningside, the privately held investment  
group that has a global range of activities in the arenas of media,  
life science, and education as well as a strong commitment to social  
responsibility inclusive of supporting philanthropy and scientific  
research. Gökhan Hotamisligil will present content expertise and join  
Chan in discussion with the audience, moderated by Frenk.
Reception to follow, 5-6 p.m., Kresge Atrium.
LINK http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/administrative-offices/deans-office/distinguished-lecture-series/


John Merrow Book Talk: The Influence of Teachers
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Monroe C. Gutman Library first floor reading area
TYPE OF EVENT Lecture, Presentation, Reception
CONTACT NAME Jennifer Marsh
CONTACT EMAIL jem394 at mail.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE 617-495-4225
NOTE John Merrow will present his fourth book, The Influence of  
John Merrow is the education correspondent for PBS NewsHour and  
President of Learning Matters, Inc. His many accomplishments include  
two George Foster Peabody Awards, three Emmy nominations, and dozens  
of awards from the Education Writers Association.
In The Influence of Teachers, John Merrow paints a vivid picture of  
what goes on in our schools and what needs to change. The book  
addresses such hot topics as teacher training, merit pay, tenure,  
unions, charter schools and leadership. As one of the most respected  
education journalists in America, the author talks frankly with  
leaders such as Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein, walks the halls with  
students of all ages, and forces us all to think about the challenges  
of today’s education system.


"Louder Than a Bomb" - Film Screening and Discussion
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE Askwith Lecture Hall, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge  
- HGSE campus
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Education, Film, Lecture, Poetry/ 
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HGSE Arts in Education program and several local  
literacy organizations
SPEAKER(S) With Louder Than a Bomb alumni Jose Oliverez, Amanda  
Torres, and Alice Costas, plus Louder Than a Bomb co-founder and HGSE  
Arts in Education student Anna West
CONTACT INFO 617.495.9068, scott_ruescher at harvard.edu
NOTE "Louder Than a Bomb" is a film that chronicles the stereotype- 
confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in  
the 2008 youth poetry slam competition that annually features more  
than 600 teenagers from more than 60 Chicago-area schools.


Lunch Seminar: Causes and Solutions to the Financial Crisis

WHEN Thu., Apr. 14, 2011, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE Bell Hall, 5th floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special  
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government  
SPEAKER(S) John Haigh, co-director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for  
Business & Government, and executive dean of the Harvard Kennedy School
NOTE Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to MRCBG at ksg.harvard.edu


Business & Bullets: Litigating Human Rights Claims against  
Transnational Corporations
WHEN Thu., Apr. 14, 2011, 3 – 6:45 p.m.
WHERE Austin Hall West (111), Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Conferences, Environmental Sciences,  
Ethics, Film, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Andes  
Initiative, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Human  
Rights Program; International Legal Studies; International Law  
Students Association; La Alianza; Advocates for Human Rights
SPEAKER(S) Chris Jochnick, director, Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam  
Malcolm Rogge, director and producer, "Under Rich Earth"
Grahame Russell
Co-Director, Rights Action (USA/Canada/Guatemala)
Carlos Zorrilla
Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag / Intag Ecological Defense  
and Conservation (Santa Rosa, Ecuador)
CONTACT INFO businessandbullets at gmail.com
NOTE A film screening & panel discussion with documentary filmmaker  
Malcolm Rogge.
3-4:40 p.m.: Screening, Under Rich Earth (92 minutes)
5-6:45 p.m.: Panel discussion
*Movie snacks & light supper will be served
** There will be an advance screening of "Under Rich Earth" on April  
13 at 5 p.m. in Austin West.
The critically acclaimed documentary "Under Rich Earth" (Ecuador/ 
Canada 2008) chronicles the grassroots resistance of Ecuadorian  
farmers who refuse to be forced off their land to make way for a  
massive open pit copper mine. This film gives a rare insider  
perspective on corporate violations of human rights by privatized  
security forces operating in weak governance zones. The film will be  
followed by an international panel discussion on the legal, ethical  
and practical issues at stake in litigating transnational claims  
against corporations for human rights abuses.
Panelists will consider the role of private law litigation in  
constructing an effective overall corporate accountability strategy  
for environmental degradation and human rights violations. Violations  
perpetrated by corporate security forces often involve serious violent  
crimes, including death threats, assaults, gang rape and murder. Each  
panelist has extensive on-the-ground experience working with  
communities that have spearheaded transnational lawsuits in Ecuador,  
Guatemala, the United States and Canada. The panelists are uniquely  
placed to comment both on the specifics of the case portrayed in Under  
Rich Earth and other issues of particular concern to affected  
individuals and communities.

For more information, see http://www.underrichearth.com


The Nile Revolution: Constitutional Promises and Challenges
WHEN Thu., Apr. 14, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Law School, Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Islamic Legal Studies Program (HLS), The  
Provost's Fund for Interdisciplinary Researcher, CMES Workshop on the  
Social Sciences in Egypt, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach  
Center, International Law Journal, and the Middle East Legal Studies  
SPEAKER(S) Adel Omar Sherif, deputy chief justice, the Supreme  
Constitutional Court of Egypt,
with chairs and respondents: Nazim Ali, Vicki Jackson, Baber Johansen,  
Chibli Mallat, Frank Michelman, and Roger Owen
CONTACT INFO Leonard Wood: lwood at jd13.law.harvard.edu
LINK http://cmes.hmdc.harvard.edu/node/2477


Economics of the Third Way: Bioeconomics
WHEN Thu., Apr. 14, 2011, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE RCC conference room, 26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Real Colegio Complutense
SPEAKER(S) Manssur Mohammadian
COST Free, open to the public
CONTACT INFO rcc_info at harvard.edu
NOTE in English
LINK http://www.realcolegiocomplutense.harvard.edu


Does radiation from cell phones cause cancer?
April 14, 2011 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
dpr at dropeik.com
Sever Hall 113 Harvard Yard Cambridge, MA
A talk by Dr. Devra Davis, author of Disconnect.

Do you want to learn more about concerns that radiation from mobile  
phones may cause brain cancer? A growing number of environmental  
advocates contend the risk is real, though many experts say there is  
no known biological way this form of electromagnetic radiation can  
damage DNA in ways that lead to cancer. The National Cancer Institute,  
the World Health Organization, and the International Agency for  
Research on Cancer cite epidemiological evidence that says there is no  
link. Advocates offer different interpretations of the same research,  
and other studies, as proof not only that the link is real, but that  
radiation from cell phones may have caused the brain cancer that  
killed Senator Edward Kennedy and O.J. Simpson attorney Johnny  
Cochran, and many others.

Dr. Devra Davis, Founder and President of Environmental Health Trust  
and author of Disconnect,argues that the link exists and that the cell  
phone industry may be trying to do with this issue what the tobacco  
industry did to hide the health risks of smoking. Dr. Davis will be  
presenting as part of the course “Critical Thinking About Issues of  
Public and Environmental Health” (ENVR 160), an offering of the  
Harvard Extension School’s Environmental Management Program. You are  
invited to attend. The 175 seats will be available on a first-come,  
first-seated basis.


“Something in the Air: Climate Change, Science and Policy”

WHEN Fri., Apr. 15, 2011, 8 am to 5 pm
WHERE Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Environmental Sciences, Lecture,  
TICKET INFO Registration is required. Register at www.rsvpbook.com….
CONTACT INFO Debra Smith: 617.495.8600
LINK http://www.radcliffe.edu/events/calendar_2011climate.aspx




Want to learn about sustainable agriculture sourcing and what it takes  
to work in this field? Tufts Food Works is hosting Jeff Allar, Vice  
President of Human Resources at Stonyfield Farms at the Tufts Friedman  
School of Nutrition.

About Stonyfield: Started in 1983 as a farming school that taught  
sustainable agriculture practices to other local farmers in Wilton,  
NH, Stonyfield has become one of the largest all-organic and  
sustainable yogurt companies- and it’s a philanthropic one too! Truly  
dedicated to its’ sustainable practices, Stonyfield gives 10% of its’  
annual  revenue to individuals and organizations working to restore  
and protect the environment.

Who: Jeff Allar, Vice-President of Human Resources, Stonyfield Farms
When: Thursday, April 14th, 6:30-8 pm
Where: Jaharis Auditorium, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition 150  
Harrison Ave. Boston

Questions, comments, or thoughts:  Tuftsfoodworks at gmail.com

Or visit Tufts Food Works:  http://sites.tufts.edu/foodworks/




Pardee Distinguished Lecture
April 15, 2011 - 10:45am
Barrister's Hall, BU School of Law Boston, MA

Dr. Mehmood Khan, the Chief Scientific Officer and CEO of the Global  
Nutrition Group of PepsiCo, will deliver the 2011 Pardee Distinguished  

Lecture and luncheon is free and open to public but requires RSVP and  
reservation. Because of limited seating, we request that an RSVP  
message with your full name and affiliation be sent to pardee at bu.edu  
to reserve space.

The Karbank Symposium in Environmental Philosophy:

The Science, Ethics, and Politics of Climate Change
Friday, April 15th, 2011, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Barristers Hall, Law School, 765 Commonwealth Ave.

“Scientifically Flawed Solutions to Climate Change”
Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Dept of Philosophy and Dept of Biological  
Sciences, University of Notre Dame

“What Humanists Need to Know About the Science of Climate Change”
Robert K. Kaufmann, Department of Geography and Environment & Center  
for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University

“International Climate Ethics in a Time of Uncertain Climate Policy”
Andrew Light, Dept of Philosophy, George Mason University and Center  
for American Progress




FILM SCREENING: GASLAND, Oscar-nominated documentary
Followed by a discussion with Denise Hart, New England Director, Food  
and Water Watch
Monday April 11th, 6:30 pm
Cornerstone Cohousing, 175 Harvey St, Cambridge

Sponsored by:
State Representative Denise Provost, Food and Water Watch  
(foodandwaterwatch.org), and Somerville Climate Action  

The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept  
across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling  
technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudi  
Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? 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. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part  
mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.

Cornerstone is a 6-minute walk from Alewife T or from #77 Mass. Ave.  
N. Cambridge terminal (or at Cameron St. for the #77 Arlington-bound  
bus). Parking on street.


PechaKucha Boston 22
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 11, 2011, 7 p.m.
WHERE  Oberon, 2 Arrow St., 02138
COST  Free
NOTE  PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an  
event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in  
public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events  
happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives  
worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of  
"chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a  
simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes  
presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.
LINK  http://www.cluboberon.com


Tuesday, April 12, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

2400 JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury St., Boston, MA

Called by Beyond Coal Massachusetts

Take 30 minutes of your time and bring a handwritten note in support  
of clean air to drop by Senator Brown's office. We will be greeting  
people outside his office form 2-5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 12th before  
you go upstairs to Senator Brown's office to let him know  
Massachusetts wants him to vote for clean air.

You will meet volunteers outside before going through security inside  
and ultimately upstairs to the Senator's office. We strongly recommend  
you bring a handwritten letter in support of clean air initiatives.  
Ideas for letters and clean air facts can be found at www.sierraclub.org/coal/ma


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


Science by the Pint: SITN is hosting an all new Science by the Pint on  
Tuesday, April 12th at 7pm at the Tavern in the Square in Porter  
Square.   Come meet Chris Reddy and his colleagues, who will talk  
about marine ecology and how oil spills affect the flora and fauna of  
the ocean. Chris will briefly introduce his research and take some  
questions before he and his colleagues mingle from group to group  
answering your questions about his work and science in general.


Dorkbot on April 12, 7:30 p.m., Sprout

This month's Dorkbot will feature two speakers.  Eric Smith has  
entered the final stages of building a working wind turbine from the  
ground up, and he will present the turbine at the meeting.  Also,
Chris Korda will join us in a second presentation on his pipelined  
parallel-processing technique, which he calls ganging.  Useful in  
video processing, Korda finds a way around Amdahl's law and improves
parallel computing speeds.
Bring your projects and beverages to share with the crowd for this  
spring's first Dorkbot.

Directions to Sprout here: http://thesprouts.org/studios.


Empires of Food
WHEN Wed., Apr. 13, 2011, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences,  
Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S) Andrew Rimas
CONTACT INFO Cambridge Forum: 617.495.2727
NOTE Rimas looks at the relationships among food, food availability,  
and developing human civilizations.
LINK http://cambridgeforum.org


Cool tools: Members of Hacks/Hackers Boston share some favorite tools

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
7:00 PM
Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester

Sharon Machlis will present Zoho Creator, a drag-and-drop database.  
Sharon is the Online Managing Editor at Computerworld, where she  
helped lead the transition from a print- to online-focused newsroom.
Matt Carroll will show how to create professional-looking,  
sophisticated data visualizations using Many-Eyes.com, an online  
database tool. Matt is a reporter at the Boston Globe, specializing in  
data analysis.
Saul Tannenbaum is presenting ""Where Not To Walk in Cambridge: One  
Citizen Journalist's Journey Through Snow, Bureaucracy, and Google  
Fusion Tables Maps." He recently gave a talk on this at an Ignite  
Boston session.
Michael Morisy will do MuckRock, which files, tracks and publishes  
Freedom of Information requests on your behalf. A freedom of  
information request is a formal way to ask the government to show you  
it's documents. Michael is an award-winning journalist who has had  
worked featured in Business 2.0, the New England Center for  
Investigative Journalism, ITKnowledgeExchange and many other national  
and local publications.

Have something to share? E-mail me at smachlis at gmail.com
Note: T accessible. Red Line. Get off at JFK/UMass. Step out to  
Morrissey Blvd exit; go right. 5-7 min walk.



“Never Say Die: Immortality and Overpopulation”
with John Seager (Population Connection) and Dr. Michael Fossel  
(Rejuvenation Research); moderator Sally Jackson (Ford Hall Forum  
Board member)
Thursday, April 14, 6:30-8 pm
Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School

Michael B. Fossel, MD, Ph.D., founder of Rejuvenation Research and  
author of The Immortality Edge, draws on Nobel Prize-winning genetic  
research to advise us on slowing the aging process.  John Seager,  
President and CEO of Population Connection and former staffer at the  
Environmental Protection Agency, tempers the excitement over  
lengthening life spans by discussing effects including overpopulation  
and increased competition for already-scarce resources.  They join  
Sally Jackson, a Vice President of Ford Hall Forum, to debate the  
critical issues facing a population nigh on a significantly extended  
life expectancy.

For more information on Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, visit www.fordhallforum.org 
.  Information about Suffolk University’s partnership with the Ford  
Hall Forum can be obtained by contacting Mariellen Norris, (617)  
573-8450, mnorris at suffolk.edu.


Thursday, April 14th
A reception begins at 7:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m.
BASEA Forum:  Solar Decathlon -- Europe 2010 Overview and DC 2011  
Massachusetts Preview
1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge

Join us for a free introduction to nonviolent communication
Date/Time: Thursday, April 14th from 7:00-9:00 pm (we ask that you  
arrive 10 minutes early so we can get started right at 7pm)
Location: Whole Foods Community Room on River Street in Cambridge, MA.  
We will begin promptly at 7pm. Please arrive prior to that time so you  
do not miss important information and to contribute to everyone’s  

In this two-hour format we want help you to determine how NVC can  
enrich your life, and whether you’d like to deepen your learning in a  
way that fits your unique path. You’ll witness tools and techniques  
(four ways to hear any message, an experience of empathy) that help  
transform lifelong habits of how we experience the world through our  
thinking, speaking and listening.
Bring your personal examples and questions. Gain insight into  
improving your relationships, discover how to hear what someone is  
longing for in their heart (even when they use language that makes it  
hard for you to hear), and learn about the possibilities for nurturing  
peace in your life, work, and community. Led by Bonnie Mioduchoski.

This is offered primarily to people new to NVC and looking to find out  
if it fits.  People familiar with NVC are also welcome to explore our  
approach of focusing on inspiration and using the tools with personal  
authenticity. FREE PARKING.
Registration: Although the session is free of charge, we request pre- 
registration to help us have clarity about how many people will attend  
so we can be most effective in our preparations. Please contact Bonnie  
<bonnie at speakingoflistening.com> with any questions about the class or  
What to bring: Your energy and aliveness, your emotions (up or down),  
your personal experiences, are all welcome!  You may wish to bring a  
notepad and pen or pencil if you enjoy taking notes to help you  
remember new ideas.
More info and other events at http://www.speakingoflistening.com/

Tufts Energy Conference
April 15

Two-Day Conference with Keynote Speakers Michael Eckhart, Managing  
Director and Global Head, Environmental Finance, Institutional Clients  
Group, Citigroup and Former Founding President, American Council On  
Renewable Energy (ACORE); Suedeen Kelly, Partner, Patton Boggs LLP and  
Former Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).



"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


April 15, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:

Smart Power and the Future of Electric Utilities; & Transforming the  
Electric Grid with Storage and Electric Vehicles

Raab Associates presents:
  The 122nd NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, April 15, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

The Restructuring Roundtables are free and open to the public.  
Advanced registration is not required.
  The Restructuring Roundtable has been meeting bimonthly since 1995,  
to discuss current topics related to revolutionary changes in the  
electric power industry in Massachusetts and throughout New England.  
It is supported by over 25 generous sponsors.
  Jonathan Raab, Ph.D, moderator of the Roundtable, is president of  
Raab Associates, Ltd, a Boston-based mediation and facilitation firm  
specializing in energy and environmental issues. He also teaches the  
sustainable energy policy class at MIT.

Raab Associates, 118 South St. 3A, Boston, MA 02111
tel. 617-350-5544 fax 617-350-6655


saturday april 16th and sunday april 17th at Simmons!
A weekend of sharing skills! All day saturday and sunday!
	• when: april 16th and 17th from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm both days
	• where: 300 fenway, boston, MA
	• donation: we request a $3-$10 sliding scale donation which covers  
the entire weekend of workshops, but you don''t have to pay anything  
if you wish!
	• Check out all our awesome workshops this year! Over 80 of them! Wow!
hosted by the Simmons Progressive Librarians Guild
The Progressive Librarians Guild is a group of radical library  
students at Simmons that helps out the Skillshare in a major way by  
providing the space for all our awesome workshops! Check 'em out!
spread the word
	• RSVP to our event on Facebook and invite your friends!


12th Annual Earth Day
Charles River Cleanup
Saturday, April 16, 2011
9am - 12pm
At sites all along the Charles River and its tributaries


JP Shopping Spree
Eat Local. Shop Local.
April 16, 10am - 4pm
Jamaica Plain
It's All Here!
When:  Saturday April 16th, 10am-4pm
Where:  Kick-off @ 12pm @ Crystal Fruit, 278 Centre Street, Jamaica  
Why:  Shop Locally to support JP's local markets, meet your neighbors,  
get great specials, enter to win a raffle, and celebrate our great  
How:  Visit a participating market, bodega or grocery store, get a  
"passport," visit the businesses on the passport and enter the raffle!


"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 an old friend who has been  
working in the US and Mali for many years on the issue of female  
genital mutilation.


Museum of Science, Boston
Now through May 12 (except for April 19 - 21), the Museum is  
celebrating Neighborhood Days and offering free admission 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.



GreenPort Forum

Street Trees in Cambridgeport
With David Lefcourt, City Arborist, Ellen Coppinger, DPW Landscape  
Administrator, and Carolyn Shipley from the Cambridgeport Neighborhood  
Please join us for a neighborhood discussion on street trees and  
plantings in Cambridgeport. How do street trees contribute to  
sustainability? What is the city’s approach to planning for trees in  
our neighborhood? How can neighbors help take responsibility for  
maintaining and improving street trees, and help in identifying areas  
that could benefit from more planting, or better care? This is your  
chance to learn from the experts, and ask questions of the leaders in  
street tree planning and implementation in Cambridge as a whole, and  
more specifically in Cambridgeport.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Av, Cambrige (corner of  
Magazine St. and Putnam Av)

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable  
Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Morr-Wineman at swineman at gis.net

For more information on street trees, see these links, courtesy of  
Carolyn Shipley:

Recommended city trees:  http://www.arborday.org/Shopping/Trees/Treelist.cfm?Categories=6

Trees and tree care: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/uf/plant_trees/planting_trees.htm

Link to state law that the city uses as a guideline.  http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter87
If you want to have the city plant a tree on your front lawn:


The next Choose to Reuse event, MIT's bi-annual swapfest will take  
place on April 21st, Thursday 8am-2pm.  At the event, you will be able  
to drop off reusable items (electronics, clothing, odds and ends,  
etc.) and also claim other goods as your own.

If you would like more information or would like to be involved in any  
reuse activities at MIT please email me.

Cordially Yours,
Nancy Kim
nancykim at mit.edu


Thursday, April 21, 2011
Rethinking Climate Change: The Past 150 Years and the Next 100...
A panel discussion looking back at the last 150 years of climate  
research and rethinking the way forward. This event is sponsored by  
the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, in  
celebration of the 20th anniversary of this interdisciplinary research  
program on issues of global environmental change, the 40th anniversary  
of Earth Day, and in coordination with the MIT150. Professor Ernest  
Moniz will be among the panelists.
Time: 4-6pm
Tang Center, E51-115 (Wong Auditorium)


Registration for the MIT Sustainability Summit 2011 is now open! We  
are offering an early bird discount, so please register before April  

This year's Summit will take place on Friday, April 22nd at the  
Microsoft NERD center. Our topic this year is “Bridging Thought and  
Action: Creating a Sustainable Organization.” Come to the summit to  
hear what experts think, share your ideas, network with others working  
in sustainability, and celebrate Earth Day with us. We are preparing a  
wide range of panels, including Bending the Water Cost Curve:  
Innovations to Avert Water Crisis, The Economic Case for  
Sustainability and Beyond Microfinance. We are also hosting two  
exciting keynote speakers:

Academic: Dr. John Ehrenfeld, the “Grandfather of Sustainability”
Dr. Ehrenfeld currently serves as Executive Director of the  
International Society for Industrial Ecology. He retired in 2000 as  
the Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and  
Environment, an interdisciplinary educational, research, and policy  
program. He holds a post as Senior Research Scholar at the Yale School  
of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In October 1999, the World  
Resources Institute honored him with a lifetime achievement award for  
his academic accomplishments in the field of business and environment.  
He received the Founders Award for Distinguished Service from the  
Academy of Management’s Organization and Natural Environment Division  
in August 2000.

Practitioner: Gary Hirshberg, “CE-YO” of Stonyfield Yogurt
  Gary Hirshberg has overseen the growth of the organic yogurt company  
Stonyfield Farm from its infancy as a seven-cow organic farming school  
in 1983 to its current $300 million in annual sales. This growth has  
been built with innovative marketing techniques that often combine the  
social, environmental, and financial missions of the company. One of  
the company's five missions is "to serve as a model that  
environmentally and socially responsible businesses can also be  
profitable" and Gary has realized this vision in every aspect of the  

Want to learn more? Check us out at:
MIT Sustainability Summit on facebook

We look forward to seeing you there!
-- The MIT Sustainability Summit Organizing Team

Editorial Comment:  Both John Ehrenfeld and Gary Hirshberg are well  
worth listening to.  They are skilled sustainability practitioners of  


Earth Day 2011

Make Your Voice Heard on Earth Day
Thursday, April 21
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Educational Fair
12:30 pm- Lobby Training
1:00 pm- Lobby Visits

This year's event will feature both an educational tabling as well as  
lobby training.  We anticipate that more than 20 different  
environmental organizations from around the Great Boston Area will  
come out in support.  Sponsors for this event include Senator Marc  
Pacheco and Representative Frank Smizik.  Additionally, Michael  
Dukakis has graciously agreed to come speak at the event in support of  
1% for the Environment in the budget, an issue that should be a major  
concern to all residents of Massachusetts.  We encourage participants  
of all ages and walk to life to come join us in making our voices  
heard-whether it be Bottle Bill, E-Waste or Safer Alternatives.  
Participants are welcomed to interject their local issue as well! We  
hope to see you all there!! If you have any questions, please contact  
Phil at phil at mlev.org.

Supporting organizations: Sierra Club, Clean Water Action,  
Environmental League of Massachusetts, Mass Audubon, The Alliance for  
a Healthy Tomorrow, The Trustees of Reservations.

RSVP at https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dERkampkcno0aXh0SGUzODFCdDNFN3c6MQ


This Earth Day:

Three Great Violinists
Come Together to Beat Climate Change!

Mimi Rabson, Tara Bangalore, Beth Bahia Cohen

Friday, April 22 — 7:00 pm

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

Tickets Are Available Online.

Regular Admission: $20 — Buy Now From CCNow http://www.ccnow.com/cgi-local/sc_cart.cgi?7768419881412979
Student/Senior Admission: $15  — Buy Now From CCNow http://www.ccnow.com/cgi-local/sc_cart.cgi?7768419881412979

Advance Ticket Orders Are Accepted Until 3 pm on April 22.

Orders received after Tuesday, April 19 will be held at the door.

One of the most exciting concerts this year! Enjoy an evening of  
dazzling virtuosity, daring improvisation and exquisite melody as  
three great violinists from different world traditions join together  
to celebrate Earth Day while drawing attention to the global climate  
crisis. Featured artists include: the great South Indian violinist  
Tara Bangalore, Eastern European and Middle-Eastern perspectives from  
Beth Bahia Cohen and her ensemble, and the vibrant jazz-rock of the  
Mimi Rabson quartet.  The music begins at 7:00 pm, at Emmanuel Church,  
15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20; $15 students/seniors.  
All proceeds will go to the environmental organization www.350.org.   
For information, please call 781-396-0734 or go to the event website.

“Playing For The Planet: World Violins Against Climate Change” was  
conceived as a way for these creative musicians to contribute to the  
urgent struggle against global warming. Because the climate problem  
recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical  
styles from three different parts of the globe. Rabson, Bangalore,  
Cohen and their accompanists may present different melodic and  
rhythmic concepts, but they share key musical values: listening,  
honesty, creativity, and respect. And, of course, all these artists  
are committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating  
effects of global warming. Their choice of beneficiary, 350.org, is  
focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2  
levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid  
catastrophic outcomes. It’ll be an incredible evening of powerful  
music — from some of the finest musicians in New England and the world.


April 25: Fred Kirchenmann on Sustainable Agriculture

4pm, Sever Hall 113, Harvard Yard

Join farmer, agrarian philosopher, author, and sustainable food  
advocate Fred Kirchenmann for a lecture and discussion about the  
future of sustainable agriculture. Free and open to the public.


April 27: Maria Speck book talk (Ancient Grains for Modern Meals)
5:30pm, Emerson 210, Harvard Yard
Food writer Maria Speck’s passion for propelling Old World staples  
such as farro, barley, polenta, and wheat berries to the forefront of  
new American cooking is beautifully presented in Ancient Grains for  
Modern Meals. In this inspired and highly personal book, Maria Speck  
draws on food traditions from across the Mediterranean and northern  
Europe to reveal how versatile, satisfying, flavorful, and  
sophisticated whole grains can be.  Free and open to the public.

April 27 – “How to Organize a Common Security Club” Informational  

Please join us for an interactive online webinar about Common Security  
Clubs, an approach to building individual and community resilience  
during difficult economic times.

We’ll talk about how to start a club for your community or  
congregation, including:

	• finding an organizing partner
	• how to share the idea of a club with others
	• how to find a facilitator (if it’s not you)
	• some notes on the curriculum
Wednesday, April 27 at 7 PM EDT (4 PM Pacific)Register for the free  
webinar here:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/976173790
You will receive a confirmation email after registering with  
information about how to join the webinar.

Before the webinar, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself  
with the Common Security Club six-session curriculum, which can be  
downloaded in Word or PDF format at these links:



Greetings Green Friends,

The Green Neighbors and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc.

Mayday Spring Planting

May 1, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jamaica Pond, meet us by the Boathouse and Bandstand.

Come learn how you can prepare for the world food crisis by learning  
how to grow food at your house in the yard, on the porch and indoors.

Find out about Raised Bed Gardening from the Food Project

Get tips on Container Gardening from some BNAN volunteers

Check out more information from other friends

At the same time, join us to welcome springtime by trying Maypole  
dancing and watching the Maypole Dance Contest.

Enjoy the music

Make flags for Boston GreenFest 2011

Take walking tours of the area

The Food Project will have a workshop - A Garden of one's Own: a  
practical how-to about growing food.

The purpose of this workshop is to help aspiring gardeners  
successfully grow food in a small space. We'll talk about how to build  
a raised bed or use containers, as well as how to how to evaluate a  
site, what grows well in a small space, timing and spacing.

You must register in advance for this class by sending email to the  
address below.

For more information

To sign up for the Maypole dance Contest

To register for the Food Project workshop

Or to volunteer

Contact Owen Toney at:

Otoney at comcast.net

(617) 427-6293

Saturday, May 21, 2011, join the Green Neighbors and the Foundation  
for a Green Future, Inc. for a Green Entrepreneur Small Business Forum  
at the Second Church in Dorchester, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Stay tuned In¡

Owen Toney

Green Neighbors Education 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.


Save the date: 150th Barnraising!Sunday, May 1, 9:30 am - 2 pm
Boston Community Boathouse

Technically it is in Boston, but you can see it from our side of the  
river! Our next event will be at the Boston Community Boathouse.   
Check out the beautiful view from its dock, and help this nonprofit  
that offers so much to the Boston and Cambridge communities.

This will be our 150th building that we have worked on (either on our  
own or with another barnraising group).  Come sign up to volunteer at


Save some money? Spare some money?Have you put the skills learned at a  
HEET event to good use? Have you saved money by doing so? It would be  
great if you could help “pay it forward” with even a small gift to  
HEET at http://newgenerationenergy.org/node/130

Matching Grant:
Right now we have a matching grant - for every one dollar you donate,  
we’ll make another from a generous donor. The deadline for the  
matching grant is fast approaching (the end of April), so please take  
a few moments to donate today!

Matching Donations:
Many corporations and businesses have a matching grants program and  
will give grants to
organizations their employees support or volunteer for. Please help us  
to sustain our work by asking your employer if they have a similar  




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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