[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Oct 2 14:14:14 PDT 2011

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Report from the Conference for a Constitutional Convention

Why Occupy Boston Might Have National Significance

"The University of Massachusetts will offer a new online course during  
our January term called:
Urban Agriculture:  Innovative Farming Systems for the 21st Century
For information on the course, please see:  http://www.justfoodnow.org/urbanfarm.htm
Please share this with anyone who might be interested.


HONK! Pedagogy Symposium
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Gutman Conference Center Lower Level, Appian Way – Cambridge,  
TYPE OF EVENT  Conference/Symposium
CONTACT NAME  HGSE Arts in Education
CONTACT EMAIL  honkfest.org…
CONTACT PHONE  617-495-9068
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Concerts, Education, Music
More than 350 musicians will converge in Davis Square, Somerville,  
from Friday, September 30, at sundown, through Monday, October 3, for  
the sixth annual HONK! Festival, a grassroots, non-profit, volunteer- 
supported street spectacle. (See http://honkfest.org for more  
information.) Several of the musicians behind the planning of the  
spectacle will participate in this symposium by leading interactive  
workshops and panel discussions. Sponsored by the HGSE Arts in  
Education program. Free of charge. No rsvp necessary. Musical  
instruments welcome. See schedule below--and call 617-495-9068 with  
10:00-11:30am: Learning, HONK!-Style: An Alternative Model for Music  
(BYOI: bring your own instruments)
11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch Break (BYOL: bring your own lunch)
12:30-2:00pm: The Roots and Routes of HONK!: A History of HONK!  
Through Music
12:30-2:00pm: HONK! Activism: Experiential Education in Action
LINK  http://honkfest.org


October 3, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund, louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu
Fainsod Room, Room 324, Littauer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
Energy Technology Innovation Policy/ Consortium for Energy Policy  

Energy Policy Seminar Series:  "Renewable energy on the coast of Maine  
and beyond" with George Baker, Harvard Business School.

NB:  George Baker helped establish the community wind project serving  
the island of Vinalhaven in ME.  He's very informative.


The Harvard Food Law Society Presents
Larry Soler
“Partnering with Industry to Help Solve the Childhood Obesity  

Monday, October 3rd
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Pound 101, Harvard Law School, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Larry Soler heads The Partnership for a Healthier America, an  
organization devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the  
health of our nation's youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis.  
Just over a year old and created in conjunction with – but  
independent from – Let's Move!, PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that  
is led by some of the nation's most respected health and childhood  
obesity advocates.

Prior to joining PHA, Mr. Soler was Chief Operating Officer for the  
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a $200 million voluntary health  
organization. During his tenure leading JDRF Government Relations, the  
program was recognized by the National Journal as one of the most  
powerful interest groups in Washington, D.C. The Wall Street Journal  
said, "not since AIDS activists stormed scientific meetings in the  
1980s has a patient group done more to set the agenda of medical  
research." Time magazine called JDRF “one of the nation's most  
forceful disease advocacy groups."

Mr. Soler received his J.D. from George Washington University and is a  
member of the Maryland and D.C. Bar Associations.


Oct. 3
12:15–2 pm
Harvard, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 100, Room 106
Please RSVP to sts at hks.harvard.edu by Thursday noon the week before  
(should be OK to attend if you don't eat lunch)

Daniel Barber (Barnard College)
Phase-Change: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Solar Energy, 1946-

Contact http://sts.hks.harvard.edu/events/


Monday, October 03, 2011
Speaker: Anna Heringer, Architect, Austria
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: MIT, Building 7-431, The Long Lounge (AVT), 77 Massachusetts  
Avenue, Cambridge
This lecture presents recent work at the intersection of architectural  
design, sustainable development, and building technology, with a  
particular emphasis on low-cost school construction in developing  

Austrian architect Anna Heringer has won several international design  
awards, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the AR  
Emerging Architecture Award (2006 and 2008). She is currently a Loeb  
Fellow at Harvard University.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, Building Technology  

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


Monday, October 03, 2011

Nuclear Power after Fukushima: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

Speaker: Jacopo Buongiorno, MIT

Time: 3:45p–5:00p

Location: MIT, Building 26-414, Kolker Room

Nuclear is a high-intensity energy source with a practically unlimited  
fuel availability and a long record of excellent safety. However, the  
3/11/11 accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan  
has changed the perception of nuclear as a safe energy source. In this  
presentation we will (a) provide a brief description of the accident,  
(b) review the lessons learned from the accident, and (c) discuss  
their regulatory/design implications on the current reactor fleet as  
well as the next generation of Light Water Reactors. We will also  
discuss the future prospects of nuclear power, in particular a new  
paradigm in which nuclear energy can be used to displace large amounts  
of fossil fuels (and their related CO2 emissions) from the  
transportation sector, thus helping to combat climate change and curb  
the growth of energy product imports.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/lns/news/nuclear.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Laboratory for Nuclear Science Colloquia and Seminars
For more information, contact:
Randyn Miller
randyn at mit.edu

When Do Americans Vote for Tax Increases? The Politics of Tax  
Initiatives Since 1970
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Room K-354, CGIS Knafel Building, 3rd floor, 1737 Cambridge  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Boston Area Research Workshop on History,  
Institutions, and Politics (HIP) co-sponsored by the Center for  
European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Vanessa Williamson, Ph.D candidate, Government Department,  
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Joan Cho: joancho at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  Please note that because we will move immediately to discussion,  
those interested in participating should read the paper in advance. It  
is available at hip.fas.harvard.edu as is the schedule for this  
workshop for the rest of the semester.
LINK  http://hip.fas.harvard.edu


The Three Waves of Political Messianism: From Colonialism to Communism  
to Humanitarianism
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at  
Cabot Way
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Seminar on French Politics and Society , Center  
for European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Tzvetan Todorov, directeur de recherche honoraire, Centre  
National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Mary Lewis: mdlewis at fas.harvard.edu; Arthur Goldhammer: art.golhammer at gmail.com
LINK  http://ces.fas.harvard.edu/studygroups/sg23.html


Economics, Culture, and Attitudes Towards Immigration: New Evidence  
from a Survey Experiment
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Center for Population and Development  
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Hiscox, Clarence Dillon Professor of International  
Affairs, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University


"Islam and Peace-Building in West Africa"
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Sackler Museum Lecture Hall, 485 Broadway
SPONSOR  The Center for the Study of World Religions and the Women's  
Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School and the  
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Committee on  
African Studies at Harvard University
CONTACT  Megan Countey
NOTE  His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of  
Sokoto, delivers the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture.  
Introduced by Beth Simmons, Clarence Dillon Professor of International  
Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University, and director of  
the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.


Monday, October 03, 2011
Starr Forum: "Hidden Battles"
Speaker: Victoria Mills
Time: 4:30p–6:00p
Location: MIT, Building 6-120
"Hidden Battles"
Film screening and Q&A with Director
"Hidden Battles," a documentary about the psychological impact that  
killing has on soldiers cross-culturally and globally, offers a  
humanistic perspective on how soldiers make a life for themselves  
after war. Following the film there will be a Q & A with the film's  
director, Victoria Mills.

Victoria Mills is a full-time practicing psychoanalyst with more than  
twenty-five years of experience. The award-winning documentary,  
For more information and to see a trailer, visit www.hiddenbattles.com.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies

For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu


Monday, October 3 at 7:00 PM
Jack Persekian
In the Meantime
Bartos Theater at MIT, Wiesner Building (E15), Lower Level, 20 Ames  
Street, Cambridge

Keynote: Jack Persekian, Curator (Jerusalem)
Respondent: Nitin Sawhney, Assistant Professor, The New School (USA)

In 1992 Jack Persekian founded Anadiel Gallery, the first and only  
independent gallery for Palestinian artists in Jerusalem. Persekian  
later founded the Al-Ma’mal Foundation to continue the gallery’s  
mission and to further promote, instigate, and disseminate the  
production of art in Palestine. In his talk, Persekian will share his  
experience – the challenges and the outcomes – of creating a space  
for Palestinian artists in Jerusalem. Have the methods for working in  
contested spaces, such as Israel, changed over the years? Does art  
have the potential to engage a zone of conflict in a different way  
than politics? Persekian was Head Curator of the Sharjah Biennial  
(2004–2007), Artistic Director of the Sharjah Biennial (2007–2011),  
and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation (2009–2011). Al-Ma’mal  
Foundation: www.almamalfoundation.org

MIT Bartos Theater, Wiesner Building (E15)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Free and open to the public.

For more information:  act.mit.edu
act at mit.edu


Science and Cooking Lectures:  Food Texture and Mouth Feel
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Science Center C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Grant Achatz (Alinea)
COST  Free. All are welcome to attend.
LINK  https://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking


Nuclear 101: Uranium Enrichment and Plutonium Production
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School, 79  
JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S)  R. Scott Kemp, associate research scholar, Program on  
Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and  
International Affairs, Princeton University; and David Nusbaum,  
research fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security  
CONTACT INFO  susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5579/nuclear_101.html


The Harvard Food Law Society Presents
Baylen J. Linnekin, J.D.
“Defending Culinary Freedom:  Why Keep Food Legal and the Bill of  
Rights Protect Your Right to Make Your Own Food Choices”

Tuesday, October 4th
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Pound 100, Harvard Law School, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Baylen J. Linnekin, a lawyer and food writer who holds an LL.M. in  
agricultural and food law, is the founder and executive director of  
Keep Food Legal, a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan grassroots  
nonprofit. Baylen’s talk will address food bans and food’s  
fundamental influence on the language and spirit of both the Bill of  
Rights and the Declaration of Independence. In addition, he will  
discuss Keep Food Legal, the first nationwide membership organization  
devoted to culinary freedom—the right of every American to grow,  
raise, produce, buy, sell, cook, and eat the foods of their own  

Baylen's writing on food regulation has appeared in the Chapman Law  
Review, the Journal of Wine Economics, Reason magazine, and elsewhere.  
He is co-author of a chapter on food and the law in the Routledge  
International Handbook to Food Studies, a forthcoming academic  
textbook; author of the entry on “food bans” in the forthcoming  
second edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in  
America; and author of a forthcoming Northeastern University Law  
Journal article on the efficacy of various food safety regulations.

Baylen's current research interests include the interplay of social  
media, street food, and regulation; the foodie origins of the  
Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, including the  
fundamental link between the First Amendment's Assembly Clause and  
colonial American taverns; and regulation of local foods.

To learn more about the Harvard Food Law Society, please visit www.foodsoc.org 

Cosponsored by the Food Law Society, the Federalist Society, HLS  
Republicans, and the Harvard Health Law and Policy Clinic.


Tuesday, October 4, 12 p.m.
"HuffPost, the Web and the Campaign of 2012."
Speaker Series with Howard Fineman, senior politics editor at the  
Huffington Post and an NBC News analyst, contributing reports to the  
network and its cable affiliate MSNBC.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge


Nonproliferation Strategy in the Centrifuge Age
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School,  
708 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S)  R. Scott Kemp, associate research scholar, Program on  
Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and  
International Affairs, Princeton University
CONTACT INFO  susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5585/nonproliferation_strategy_in_the_centrifuge_age.html


islawmix: content and context for Islamic law in the news
Intisar Rabb, Berkman Center Fellow / Boston College Law School &  
Umbreen Bhatti, islawmix Co-Founder
Tuesday, October 4, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2011/10/rabb#RSVP
This event will be webcast live (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
) at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Recent years have seen an uptick in coverage of Islamic law (sharīʿa)  
in American news media, policy, and academic circles—typically  
producing more questions than answers.  What are the rules that  
dictate how Muslims in America conduct themselves?  How do or should  
our legal institutions respond?  When reporting on issues involving  
Muslims, how can journalists or academics distinguish individual  
preference or culture from Islamic law?  What available, authoritative  
resources can best inform interested readers, from the casual to the  
scholarly? In short, Islamic law now seems to matter for issues of  
American law and policy; and it has long been a subject ripe for  
comparative law.  But there is no reliable source of information on  
just what Islamic law is.  Depending on the source, definitions of it  
can be vague, confusing, and even contradictory.

islawmix aims to fill the information gap in this important area.  In  
this talk, we will walk through “why islawmix” and explore how  
islawmix aims to accomplish the rather ambitious task of providing  
accessible resources for parsing such complex information and  
developing resources for the aggregation and contextualization of  
significant trends in Islamic law.

About Intisar
Intisar A. Rabb is on the law faculty at Boston College Law School— 
where she teaches comparative Islamic law and legal history, advanced  
constitutional law, and criminal law—and is a faculty affiliate in  
research at Harvard Law School in the Islamic Legal Studies Program.   
As a Berkman Fellow, she is working with a team to develop islawmix, a  
project aimed at connecting news readers, media producers, and legal  
scholars with credible, authoritative information about trends in  
Islamic law.

Her research in comparative law and legal history combines an  
assessment of public values with analyses of methods of legal  
interpretation in different systems of law. Her articles include  
studies of legal maxims and interpretive methods in Islamic law,  
Islamic constitutionalism and the role of the jurists in Muslim- 
majority countries, and the early history of the Qur'anic text. She is  
also a 2010 Carnegie Scholar, awarded a grant for her research on  
"Islamic Law and Legal Change: The Internal Critique," which examines  
criminal law reform in the Muslim world.

Rabb received a BA with honors from Georgetown University, a JD from  
Yale Law School, an MA and a PhD from Princeton University, where her  
dissertation on Islamic law won the Princeton NES Bayard and Cleveland  
Dodge Memorial Thesis Prize for Best PhD Dissertation. She served as a  
law clerk to the Hon. Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for  
the Third Circuit, and subsequently worked with members of the bench  
and bar in the U.K. as a Temple Bar Scholar through the American Inns  
of Court. Rabb has traveled for research to Egypt, Iran, Syria, and  
elsewhere. She speaks Arabic and Persian and has reading proficiency  
in French, German, and Spanish.

About Umbreen
Umbreen Bhatti is a co-founder of islawmix and a lawyer with  
experience in civil rights and constitutional law.  Ms. Bhatti is a  
Staff Attorney in the Civil Rights Litigation Program at the  
Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Prior to joining  
DRLC, Ms. Bhatti practiced at the American Civil Liberties Union of  
Delaware, where she engaged in litigation and non-litigation advocacy  
on a broad range of civil liberties issues, including free speech,  
religious liberty, racial justice, prisoners' rights, and police  
misconduct. To support her work, Ms. Bhatti received the Roxana C.  
Arsht Fellowship from the Delaware State Bar Association. Ms. Bhatti  
has also been an associate in the Washington, DC office of Latham &  
Watkins, LLP, an adjunct faculty member at Widener University School  
of Law, and the co-director of the Drexel Social Theory Institute. Ms.  
Bhatti is a graduate of Barnard College and the University of Michigan  
Law School.

Links  http://islawmix.org


Tuesday, October 04, 2011
*Tuesday* Lunch: "Empowering Culture and Context"
Speaker: Featuring guest Ramesh Srinivasan, Assistant Professor in the  
Department of Information Studies at UCLA
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: MIT, Building E15-344
Civic Media Lunch
The Civic Media Thursday (although in this case Tuesday) lunch series  
welcomes those working in the civic media field, who share food and  
company with staff, researchers, and visitors at the Center's  
headquarters in the MIT Media Lab.


The power of culture and context dramatically shape technology's  
influence on networks and power worldwide. Having just spent a month  
in the field in and around Egypt, and building on earlier work in  
Kyrgyzstan, I will describe how 'social media' shapes and impacts but  
one limited set of networks within the many that characterize everyday  
life. I will discuss in both cases how social movements are fueled by  
layers of networks, and that digital networks tend to directly speak  
to those of higher economic and educational class, indirectly  
influencing poorer masses though not unproblematically. From these  
critical perspectives, I will try to tell a story how technologies can  
be re-envisioned and sociotechnically deisgned to better empower  
diverse cultural ontologies and value systems by presenting fieldwork  
done in India and with a group of Native Americans.

Web site: http://civic.mit.edu/event/tuesday-lunch-empowering-culture-and-context
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Civic Media
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre


Tuesday, October 04, 2011
The Control of Politicians in Normal Times and Times of Crisis: Wealth  
Accumulation by U.S. Congressmen, 1850-1880
Speaker: Pablo Querubin (MIT Ph.D.)
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: MIT, Building E62-650
The Control of Politicians in Normal Times and Times of Crisis: Wealth  
Accumulation by U.S. Congressmen, 1850-1880

Web site: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k82766&pageid=icb.page450594

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Development Workshop
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu

NB:  261 of the 535 members of the House and Senate today are  
millionaires.  Might be good to have some historical perspective on  
the issue.


The Ethical Responsibility of Scientists
Speaker: Dr. Charles D. Ferguson, Federation of American Scientists,  
When: October 4, 2011 (Tue), 03:30PM to 04:30PM
Location: Boston University, Metcalf Science Building, SCI 109, 590  
Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.  
Refreshments will be served at 3:15 in the 1st Floor Lounge.
I will argue that scientists, as subject matter experts and citizens,  
have the ethical obligation to understand the potential for misuse of  
science and technology and to educate the public and decision makers.  
But unfortunately, scientists have usually not been trained to  
consider the societal consequences of the applications of science and  
technology. I will thus also argue that there is an urgent need for  
ethics and policy education for scientists and for science education  
for policy makers. To illustrate the necessity for these actions, I  
will discuss relevant examples from the science of climate change,  
energy policy, nuclear weapons, and missile defense.

  Charles D. Ferguson is the President of the Federation of American  
Scientists and the author of Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to  
Know (Oxford University Press, 2011). He has worked on nuclear policy  
issues for the past two decades for non-governmental organizations and  
government agencies. Trained as a nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy,  
he graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a  
Ph.D. from the Department of Physics at Boston University.


Tuesday, October 04, 2011
A Climate for Change? Science, values, and politics in the run-up to  
the Durban and Rio+20
Speaker: Cynthia Scharf serves on the UN Secretary-General's Climate  
Change Support Team and also works for the Secretariat of the UN's  
High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: MIT, Building E62-450
The 2010 UN climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico, were a modest but  
much-needed step forward in addressing what the UN Secretary-General  
has called the "defining challenge of our time." Unfortunately, global  
greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, with extreme weather and  
other climate impacts affecting millions of people. Nearly twenty  
years after the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was  
established in Rio, there remains a yawning gap between what the  
science tells us is needed to minimize climate risks, and the  
political response to that challenge.

How can we move beyond the current stalemate as we approach the next  
UNFCCC meeting at Durban in 2011 and the Rio+20 summit in 2012? What  
are the underlying values and principles that shape the climate  
discourse? If science alone fails to persuade, what other arguments  
and allies are needed to help strengthen a consensus for action? What  
do young people bring to the discussion?

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Campus Events

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energy-events at mit.edu


Tuesday, October 04, 2011
The Federal Budget Deficit: Causes, Consequences and Potential  
Remedies - A Panel Discussion
Speaker: Moderator: James M. Poterba: Panel: Peter A. Diamond (MIT),  
Jeffrey B. Liebman (Harvard), Deborah J. Lucas (MIT), N. Gregory  
Mankiw (Harvard), Robert M. Solow (MIT)
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: MIT, Building 10-250
The Federal Budget Deficit: Causes, Consequences and Potential  
Remedies - A Panel Discussion

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/institute-events/events/2011-federal.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Economics Special Events
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Boston University Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th  
Floor, Boston, MA 02215
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Award Ceremonies, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  A.C. Thompson, staff reporter for ProPublica; Ann Marie  
Lipinski, Nieman Foundation curator; Tom Fiedler, dean of BU's College  
of Communication
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/newsitem.aspx?id=100171
CONTACT INFO  RSVP: hope_reese at harvard.edu; 617.496.0998
NOTE  Join the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Boston  
University in honoring reporter A.C. Thompson with the 2011 I.F. Stone  
Medal for Journalistic Independence. Thompson is being recognized for  
his courage, resourcefulness and reporting that frequently exposes  
social injustice and the abuse of power. Thompson will deliver a  
keynote address during which he will discuss his work.
LINK  http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/newsitem.aspx?id=100171


Opening Reception for "With Hiroshima Eyes: The Hibakusha Art of Junko  
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Education, Monroe C. Gutman Library,  
6 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Exhibitions, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Graduate School of Education  Monroe C.  
Gutman Library
CONTACT INFO  Jennifer Marsh: jem394 at mail.harvard.edu, 617.495.4225
NOTE  Exhibit on view Oct. 1-31
Opening reception: Tuesday, Oct., 4, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery talk with the artist: Oct. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
When the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima City on August 6, 1945,  
Junko Kayashige had just entered elementary school. A Hiroshima City  
native, she was in a home one mile from where the A-bomb hit.  
Kayashige survived, badly injured, but lost several close members of  
her family.
Throughout and beyond a 38-year career as a public junior high school  
art teacher in Hiroshima City, Kayashige has created haunting  
paintings of her experience and memories as a Hibakusha – an A-bomb  
survivor. She writes, “I wanted to depict the foolishness of humans  
who attempt to solve problems with war and destruction. It is hard for  
me to revisit and recount my experience, but nuclear weapons are still  
threatening our lives.”
With support from the American Friends Committee, Junko Kayashige has  
shipped her paintings from Japan for display at the Monroe C. Gutman  


Could crowdsourced news replace professionals?
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA

Andy Oram, a top editor at editor at O'Reilly Media, will go through a  
"thought experiment" designed to design a social networking and rating  
system that tries to reproduce the benefits of professional news  
sources, benefits that he divides into the categories of reach,  
authority, and filtering.
After identifying where crowdsourcing falls short, he will suggest  
ways journalists could incorporate more crowdsourcing into their work.  
Audience interaction will be encouraged throughout.

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book  
publisher and technology information provider.
An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in  
open source, networking, and software engineering, but his editorial  
output has ranged from a legal guide covering intellectual property to  
a graphic novel about teenage hackers.
His work for O'Reilly includes the influential 2001 title Peer-to- 
Peer, the 2005 ground-breaking book Running Linux, and the 2007 best- 
seller Beautiful Code.
Andy also writes often for O'Reilly's Radar site (http://radar.oreilly.com/ 
) and other publications on policy issues related to the Internet and  
on trends affecting technical innovation and its effects on society.

Print publications where his work has appeared include The Economist,  
Communications of the ACM, Copyright World, the Journal of Information  
Technology and Politics, and Internet Law and Business. His web site ishttp://www.praxagora.com/andyo/

RSVP at http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/


Wednesday, October 05, 2011
The Shifting Balance of Power and U.S. Grand Strategy in Asia
Speaker: Mike Green, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 12:00p–1:30p
Location: MIT, Building E40-496
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:
valeriet at mit.edu


Morocco: The Path to Democracy?
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
Innovation, Middle East Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  Aboubakr Jamaï, publisher of Le Journal Hebdomadaire and  
Assahifa al-Ousbouiya
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  617.495.7548, bruce_jackan at hks.harvard.edu
NOTE  Has Morocco found the magic formula? The right path to  
democracy, that is a reformist path without the vagaries of  
revolutionary upheaval? On July 1, 98 percent of Moroccans approved a  
new constitution said to give more prerogatives to elected  
institutions at the expense of the monarchy. The regime and its allies  
have hailed the process as a model of consensual and peaceful change.  
This idyllic depiction does not withstand the check of reality. The  
constitutional process was hurried and no serious monitoring took  
place during the voting period. More fundamentally, the monarchy  
reluctantly initiated the constitutional reform process.
LINK  http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/Morocco-The-Path-to-Democracy


Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Time: 2:00p–3:00p
Location: MIT, Building 35-225, 127 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Greg Chamitoff, NASA Astronaut and MIT Alum

Completing Assembly of the International Space Station: the final  
mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): AeroAstro, Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium
For more information, contact:
Bill Litant
wlitant at mit.edu


Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School Room Littauer-382
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Kenneth Gillingham: How Do Consumers Respond to Gasoline  
Price Changes? Heterogeneity in Vehicle Choice and Driving Behavior
LINK  http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k82245&pageid=icb.page443881


Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Energy 101 : Japan's Energy Policy after Fukushima
Speaker: Tsuyoshi Segawa
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: MIT, Building 3-133
Energy 101 session on Japan's Energy Policy after Fukushima

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Aziz Abdellahi
aziz_a at mit.edu


Wednesday, October 05, 2011
The International Energy Outlook
Speaker: Howard Gruenspecht, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Energy  
Information Administration (EIA)
Time: 4:00p–5:15p
Location: MIT, Building E15-070
The International Energy Outlook 2011 (IEO2011) recently issued by the  
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides projections of  
world energy demand and supply by region and primary energy source  
through 2035; electricity generation by fuel type; and energy-related  
carbon dioxide emissions. Unlike many other long-term outlooks, which  
usually incorporate at least the expected value of policy changes that  
can significantly influence energy outcomes, IEO2011 is based on  
existing laws and regulations. Among other topics, Dr. Gruenspecht  
will discuss EIA's view on long-term petroleum and other liquids fuel  
supplies, prospects for global natural gas markets, and energy demand  
growth in developing nations. He will also address recent developments  
that have compounded the uncertainty associated with the long-term  
energy outlook.

Web site: http://mit.edu/mitei/news/seminars/gruenspecht.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu


Collaboration Paradox with John Abele, Founder of Boston Scientific
We often claim to work collaboratively—but do our collaborative  
initiatives realize their potential and drive innovation?
OCTOBER 5, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Boston Scientific Founder John Abele—drawing from his 30+ years  
experience at the intersection of science and industry—will discuss  
what it takes to facilitate successful collaborations and why the most  
productive collaborations often arise unexpectedly. Citing Whitehead  
Institute’s Founder Jack Whitehead as an example, Abele will discuss  
the key ingredients for accelerating the development of new  
technologies and ideas through collaborative behavior, including  
leadership, community building and harnessing the “wisdom of  



Thursday, October 6, 12 p.m.
"The Divided States of America: What the Voters Think."
Speaker Series with Peter Hart, chairman of Peter D. Hart Research  
Associates. Co-sponsored with the Institute of Politics.
Harvard, Littauer 166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge


Compellence and Accommodation in Counterinsurgency Warfare
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 6, 2011, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School, 79  
JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Jacqueline L. Hazelton, former research fellow,  
International Security Program, 2009–11, visiting assistant  
professor, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester
CONTACT INFO  susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5577/compellence_and_accommodation_in_counterinsurgency_warfare.html


Thursday, October 06, 2011
The Message Against The Medium: Oliviero Toscani, 45 Years of Image  
Speaker: Oliviero Toscani
Time: 5:30p–7:30p
Location: MIT, Building 26-100
MIT-Italy Program Artist in Residence Series
Once or twice a year lectures and talks by oustanding Italian writers  
or artists organized by the MIT-Italy Program in order to showcase  
Italian culture

Oliviero Toscani is a world renowned photographer whose portfolio  
spans from fashion photos for Vogue to controversial ads for Benetton  
and other famous brands centered on controversial subjects--from  
diversity, death penalty and AIDS to anorexia.
Toscani will discuss the relationship between creativity and power  
drawing from his extensive experiences.

Open to: the general public

Cost: none

Sponsor(s): MISTI, MIT-Italy Program, Center for International Studies

For more information, contact:
italy at mit.edu


Thursday, October 06, 2011
Energy Discussions : Policy Changes after Fukushima
Speaker: Lara Pierpoint
Time: 6:00p–7:00p
Location: MIT, Building 4-149
Six months ago, an earthquake and tsunami caused the worst nuclear  
disaster since Chernobyl. Now we need to figure out what will and what  
should change about our relationship to nuclear power here in the U.S.  
We also need to better understand how that is the same or different  
from what will/should happen elsewhere. Join members of the MIT Energy  
Club for a round-table discussion in which we will try to compile a  
set of policy and technology recommendations for the path forward, and  
to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of different options.

You can prepare for the discussion by attending the Energy 101 on the  
aftermath of Fukushima on Wednesday, 5 Oct.
A light dinner will be served

Web site: http://www.mitenergyclub.org/events-and-programs/discussion-series/policy-changes-after-fukushima
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
Rebecca Dell


Harvesting the Wind: Interactions Between Wind Energy Deployment and  
Atmospheric Dynamics
Julie K. Lundquist , Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at  
When:  Oct 07, 2011 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Where:  Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Speaker Biography:  http://atoc.colorado.edu/~jlundqui/index.html
Host:  Xi Lu
Contact:  Brenda Mathieu
bmathieu at seas.harvard.edu, 617-495-5745


Friday, October 07, 2011
Architecture Lecture Series - Design and Computation
Speaker: Jeff Lieberman
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: MIT, Building 7-431
Title: It's Not What You Think: An Evolutionary Theory of Spiritual  

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Computation Group Events

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


Friday, October 07, 2011
After Fukushima, Nuclear Energy 2.0: Environmental Benefits and Risks
Speaker: Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno, Dr. Charles Forsberg, Dr. Jacquelyn  
Time: 3:00p–5:00p
Location: MIT, Building 4-163
Energy & Environment Community Lecture Series

Can nuclear energy mitigate global warming and prevent fearful energy  
wars threatening the future of humanity? What about the limits of our  
ability to build plants robust to natural disasters? Come and hear  
what the experts tell us and engage in a lively debate.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Energy & Environment Community @ MIT Energy Club
ece at mit.edu


Thursday, October 6, 2011
5:30 pm
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology presents the free  
lecture, "Garbage: The Archaeologist's View of Trash."
The lecture will be followed by a public reception at the Peabody  
Museum (11 Divinity Ave.).

The speaker is Richard H. Meadow, Director of the Peabody Museum's  
Zooarchaeology Laboratory and Senior Lecturer on Anthropology, Harvard  
This illustrated lecture will look at ancient trash through an  
archaeological lens, discussing trash generation, deposition, and  
preservation, and how recycling and redeposition can cause problems  
for the study of the past. Dr. Meadow will use examples from his own  
fieldwork at the urban site of Harappa in Pakistan (3600-1500 BC) and  
other projects that have involved Harvard faculty and students to show  
how the trash of the past can be the treasure of today.


Friday, October 07, 2011
Considering Cities: Time, Size, Environment
Speaker: Javier Quintana da Una, Jose Ma Churtichaga, Ricard Frigola,  
Nader Tehrani, Yung Ho Chang, Alexander D'Hooghe
Time: 4:00p–9:00p
Location: MIT, Building 7-431
Architecture Lecture Series

IE-MIT Symposium: In a collaborative symposium, designers from both  
sides of the Atlantic take on emerging questions of Urbanism by way of  
three categories: Time, Size, Environment.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:




The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future public hearing

October 12, 2011
Harvard Medical School Conference Center, 77 Louis Pasteur, Longwood,   
Boston, MA

BRC Draft Report to the Secretary of Energy  http://www.brc.gov

The Blue Ribbon Commission On America’s Nuclear Future is a  
Presidentially-mandated group composed of 16 people to make  
recommendations for national radioactive waste policy. The record of  
the work the Commission has done over the last year--available on-line  
in video form, transcript, written testimony, and public comments all  
posted at http://www.brc.gov

These additional meetings in September and October are to collect  
public comments on the Commission's draft recommendations. The full  
draft report is available here: http://www.brc.gov/index.php?q=announcement/brc-releases-their-draft-full-commission-report

The Commission website states: All public are welcome to attend. Pre- 
registration is strongly encouraged but not required.  Information  
about registration will be available in the near future. The meetings  
will not be video webcast. Transcripts of the meetings will be  
available on the website, along with all written comments anyone  
chooses to offer. Comments can either be made directly to the website  
at  www.brc.gov or by email to:CommissionDFO at nuclear.energy.govand via  
US postal mail:

Mr. Timothy A. Frazier
Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585

Comment deadline is October 31, 2011. NIRS will share a more complete  
set of comments for sign-on in October.


Zero Net Energy Housing Workshop
Thursday, October 13
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
33 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA

A review of building techniques for high energy-efficient homes that  
produce as much energy as they consume. Enjoy a tour of Zero Net  
Energy homes already under construction in Devens and engage in a  
question and answer period with Carter Scott, one of the state's pre- 
eminent sustainable developers.

There is no cost to attend but space is limited. To register, contact scorbeil at massdevelopment.com

Editorial Comment:  Carter Scott does great work and is well worth  


October 13th
BASEA Forum:  Ken Ward, Apeiron Institute/350.org
A reception begins at 7:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m.
1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge


Hands-on work to weatherize a great organization!
Save the date: Oct 15th
BostonCAN is partnering with HEET again to organize a "barnraising."  
We won't be raising any barns at this neighborhood weatherization work  
day, but we will be helping a Jamaica Plain community anchor,  
Spontaneous Celebrations, to lighten its ecological footprint and save  
much needed funds for its wonderful programming, such as the Lantern  
Festival and Wake Up the Earth.

Barnraisings are great opportunities to get hands-on experience making  
old windows more weather-tight, air sealing in a basement, and weather- 
stripping doors. Both skilled and untrained volunteers are needed.

Contact Information
Boston Climate Action Network


Oct 21-23, 2011: Social Movements/Digital Revolutions - Conference for  
Organizers & Activists

SM/DR is being called to look at new developments in technology,  
social media, journalism and the creative world* from the perspective  
of grassroots movements for social justice. *We?re also interested to  
discuss and debate some of the key issues facing creators and  
progressive organizers today.

The conference will kick off on Friday Oct. 21st at MIT Room 10-250  
with a Town Hall Meeting on Media and Democracy. The event will  
feature an expert panel - including New York Times' Brian Stelter and  
Free Press' Craig Aaron - that will reflect on the future of  
journalism, media and democracy through the lens of the new  
documentary Page One.

With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and  
newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, Page One chronicles  
the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest  
turmoil. A number of clips from the film will be shown, each will be  
discussed by the panel in turn, then the floor will be turned over to  
the audience to help determine what this development means for our  
democracy - and for grassroots social movements working to revive it.

The conference proper will begin on Saturday Oct. 22nd at Lesley  
University's Doble Campus, and will feature panels focusing on our  
Social Movements/Digital Revolutions theme. The rest of the weekend  
will be filled out with a number of workshops on related topics and  
practical tutorials on social media and digital media.

 From activists looking for an introduction to our crucial  
technologies to experience electronic campaigners, the conference will  
have many opportunities to learn and grow. It will also feature  
plenaries involving activists from Madison, WI, from England's student  
movement and Egypt's democracy movement; among our workshops will be  
sessions on Wikileaks and its local implementations, the use of  
Facebook to challenge deportations, hands-on privacy exercises, and  
the like.

Join in on October 21, 22 and 23!

Conference website: http://digitalmediaconference.org
Download conference flyers here: http://bit.ly/oLQdOu


TEDxCambridge Presents: Thrive
November 19, 2011, Harvard University
You have to apply to attend at http://www.tedxcambridge.com/thrive/




Free Solar Panels for Houses of Worship

 From a recent Mass Interfaith Power & Light (http://mipandl.org/) email
"We've recently been talking with DCS Energy (http:// 
www.dcsenergy.com/) who has an unbeatable offer: if your site  
qualifies, they design and install the panels at no cost, don't charge  
you for any electricity, and donate the system to your house of  
worship after five years. Your only costs will be for a building  
permit, possibly a structural engineer to verify that your roof can  
support their weight, and any preparatory work such as roof work or  
tree removal. If solar panels are so expensive how can anyone give  
them away for free? First, there is a federal grant program that is  
only available until November that pays for 30% of the cost of the  
system. Then there is an accelerated depreciation option that gives  
certain kinds of investors another tax advantage. Finally, the state  
awards a special allowance called a "Solar Renewal Energy  
Credit" (SRECs) to owners of solar electricity systems which are sold  
at auctions to utilities who buy them to meet their requirements under  
the Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard. DCS is betting that  
the price of these SRECs will remain high.  Jim Nail, president of MA  
IP&L, has talked to DCS Energy and is currently having them prepare a  
proposal for his church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal in Dover.  Jim says,  
"The references I've talked to have been quite positive about the  
program and the company has been very responsive.  "If you think your  
site might qualify, contact Peter Carli, pete at dcsenergy.com, with the  
address of your house of worship and your contact information. He'll  
take a preliminary look at your site and advise you if it meets their  


Young World Inventors Success!

Young World Inventors (http://yinventors.wordpress.com/) finished  
their Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1036325713/youngworldinventorscom 
) to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in  
collaboration successfully.

New contributions, however, will be accepted.




Massachusetts Attitudes About Climate Change – An opinion survey of  
Massachusetts residents conducted by MassINC and sponsored by the Barr  
Foundation found that 77% of respondents believe that global warming  
has “probably been happening” and 59% of all respondents see see it  
as being at least partially caused by human pollution.  Only 42% of  
the state’s residents say global warming will have very serious  
consequences for Massachusetts if left unaddressed. The 18 to 29 age  
group is more likely to believe global warming is appearing and caused  
by humans compared to the 60+ age group.  African-American (56%) and  
Latino residents (69%) are more likely than white residents (40%) to  
believe global warming will be a very serious problem if left  
unaddressed.  The MassINC report, titled The 80 Percent Challenge:   
What Massachusetts must do to meet targets and make headway on climate  
change (http://www.massinc.org/Research/The-80-percent- 
challenge.aspx), contains many other findings.


The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home  
Performance Conference are available online at

Lots of good information from what some call the best energy  
conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy  
Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering,  
ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics.  If you are a  
practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.


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


Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/


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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