[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Science Policy Lunch: Lars Friberg
Speaker: Lars Friberg
Location: RSVP to Megan Brewster (mmb6 at mit.edu)
Lars Friberg, Office of Science and Innovation, Swedish Embassy, works
as climate and energy attaché with the office of science and
innovation at the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. a position he has
held since February 2010. He has been engaged in climate and
sustainable development issues on the international level for more
than a decade.
Web site: web.mit.edu/spi
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Science Policy Initiative, GSC Funding Board
For more information, contact:
sciencepolicy at mit.edu
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Foods, Drugs and Neurotransmitters: Mapping Mechanisms in Brain
After forty years of academic endeavor, Richard "Dick" Wurtman will be
retiring from MIT this year. Please join the Department of Brain and
Cognitive Sciences for an afternoon of special lectures honoring
Dick's contributions to science and his many accomplishments
throughout his career. For further details, please visit the event's
web page. ***Please note that RSVP's to Kathleen Dickey (kvdickey at mit.edu
) are required for this event as space is limited.***
Open to: RSVP's are required for this event, please RSVP to Kathleen
Sponsor(s): McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Brain and Cognitive
Sciences, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
For more information, contact:
Kathleen V. Dickey
kvdickey at mit.edu
Online News: Public Sphere or Echo Chamber?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The digital age has been heralded but also pilloried for its impact on
journalism. As newspapers continue their mutation into digital formats
and as news and information are available from a seeming infinity of
websites, what do we actually know about the dynamics of news-
consumption online? What does the public do with online news? How
influential are traditional news outlets in framing the news we get
Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
University. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow,
he spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at the Dallas Morning
News. He has reported from 10 foreign countries, been a Pew Fellow in
International Journalism, and three times been a finalist for the
Livingston Award for International Reporting.
Pablo Boczkowski is a Professor of Communications Studies at
Northwestern University where he leads a research program that studies
the transition from print to digital media. He is the author
ofDigitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (2004) and News
at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance (2010).
Moderator: Jason Spingarn-Koff is a New York-based documentary
filmmaker and journalist, whose work has appeared on PBS (NOVA,
Frontline/World, History Detectives, LIFE360), the BBC, MSNBC,Time and
Wired. Spingarn-Koff is a 2010-2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at MIT.
Co-sponsor: MIT Anthropology Program
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Cape Ann Fresh Catch Seafood Demonstration
Guests from Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the Gloucester-based community
supported fishery sponsored in part by MIT Sea Grant, will be
demonstrating filleting and cooking techniques for the range of
seafood caught locally and delivered to subsribers up and down the
Massachusetts coast. Local fishermen will be on hand to discuss their
Web site: http://www.capeannfreshcatch.org/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Sea Grant
For more information, contact:
nadamsx at mit.edu
Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy
Research Energy Policy Seminar Series
March 21, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS 79 JFK St Cambridge, MA
"Transforming U.S. Energy Technology Innovation." Laura Diaz Anadon,
Matthew Bunn, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Harvard.
Tuesday, March 22, 12 p.m.
"Growing an Online Community." Donna Byrd, publisher of The Root, a
daily online magazine that provides commentary on today's news from a
variety of black perspectives.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street
decolonizing copyright: Jamaican street dances and globally networked
Larisa Mann of Berkeley Law School / Boalt Hall
Tuesday, March 22, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our
site shortly after at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast
My research is on culture, copyright law, technology and power,
grounded in an ethnographic case study of Jamaican music-making
practices. I situate a specific local culture of music-making within
modern global colonial capitalism through examining music-making’s
relationship to copyright law, in the context of increasingly
pervasive globally networked technology. In this presentation I will
show how the street dance, the explosively creative heart of Jamaican
musical practice, suggests several ways that technology can serve as
help or hindrance to people currently excluded from formal systems of
power. I'm interested not only in "innovation" or "creativity" but
innovation and creativity in the service of equality.
Japan in Crisis: Exploring the Consequences of a Cascading Disaster
WHEN Tue., Mar. 22, 2011, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Goodman Classroom, L-140, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and
Innovation, Program on Crisis Leadership, HKS Crisis Management
Student Group, HKS Japan Caucus
CONTACT INFO David Giles: david_giles at harvard.edu, 617.496.4165
A Disaster Management in Asia Seminar Series Event
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the east
coast of Japan, triggering massive tsunami waves that swept away whole
towns and taking the lives of as many as 10,000 people. The earthquake
also caused damage to several of Japan’s nuclear reactors, and
authorities continue to struggle to bring that crisis under control.
In this panel discussion, faculty members, researchers, and guest
panelists will explore the implications of this catastrophic chain of
events and discuss the multifold challenges facing Japan as it
struggles to respond and recover.
5:15pm - 6:45pm
Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge Through Ecological
Waterscapes, Rainwater Harvesting and Participation
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein Building, Floor 2, Room 219)
Harvard Kennedy School 79 JFK St Cambridge, MA
This World Water Day lecture will focus on how "Ecological
Waterscapes" can be used in urban environments to capture rainwater
and re-charge riversheds, thereby improving access to water.
Clean Energy & the Media Seminar
March 23, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Contact Name: Cristine Russell
Cristine_Russell at hks.harvard.edu
Harvard Kennedy School, Bell Hall, Belfer Building, 5th floor 79 JFK
St. Cambridge, MA
"The Seesaw Coverage of Nuclear Power: Promise or Peril?"
Join a conversation with distinguished journalists Matthew Wald,
national energy and environment reporter, The New York Times, and Ned
Potter, science correspondent, ABC News. Discussant is Matthew Bunn,
co-principal investigator of the Belfer Center's Project on Managing
the Atom. Last in a spring seminar series. Sponsors: Belfer Center for
Science and International Affairs and Joan Shorenstein Center on the
Press, Politics and Public Policy. Open to the community.
Webcast: "Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and
March 23, 2011 - 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Contact Name: Portia Gama unuony at unu.edu
Hosted by the United Nations University Office at the United Nations
as part of the UNU Worldwide in New York Series.
Speakers will present the recently published Global Environmental and
Human Security Handbook for the Anthropocene (GEHSHA), which comprises
95 peer-reviewed chapters which were written by 164 authors, and
analyzes concepts of military and political hard security and
economic, social and environmental soft security. Regional focuses
include the Near East, Asia, and North and Sub-Sahara Africa, as well
as addressing hazards in urban centers.
The major focus of this conference will be on coping with global
environmental change - climate change, desertification, water, food
and health - and with hazards and strategies pertaining to social
vulnerability and resilience-building. The speakers will also examine
scientific and political strategies, policies and measures - such as
early warning of conflicts and hazards - and discuss a political geo-
ecology and a "Fourth Green Revolution."
• Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director of the United Nations University,
Office at the United Nations in New York (UNU-ONY).
• H.E. Ambassador Professor Dr. Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of
Nigeria to the United Nations, author of a foreword.
• H.E. Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of
Germany to the United Nations.
• Mr. Jorge Laguna-Celis, Delegate to the Second Committee,
representing thePermanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations.
• Hans Günter Brauch, Adj. Professor, Free University of Berlin;
senior CASA fellow, UNU-EHS (Bonn); chairman of AFES-PRESS, Germany;
• Úrsula Oswald Spring, Professor, Centro Regional de Investigaciones
Multidisciplinarias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CRIM-
UNAM, Cuernavaca, Mexico); first MR Chair on Social Vulnerability, UNU-
EHS; co-editor, author.
Free, registration requried.
Relational Urbanism: Models, Cities and Systemic Utopias
WHEN Wed., Mar. 23, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Lecture
SPEAKER(S) Eduardo Rico
CONTACT INFO Brooke King: events at gsd.harvard.edu
Eduardo Rico studied civil engineering in Spain and graduated from the
AA's Landscape Urbanism program. He is currently an AA Landscape
urbanism studio master and has acted as consultant and performed
research in the fields of infrastructure and landscape in Spain and
the UK. Currently he is involved in the development of infrastructural
strategies for large-scale urban projects within the Arup engineering
team as well as being part of the collective GroundLab.
IOP Study Group
March 24, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Faculty Dining Room Harvard Kennedy School 79 JFK Street Cambridge, MA
Study with IOP fellow and Former U.S. Representative for South
Carolina’s 4th District Bob Inglis. discussing ENERGY and
Discuss the future of American energy and climate policy! Learn and
exchange views on future energy legislation, conservation, and the
economic possibilities of environmentalism.
Open to everyone! *No Homework**No Reading**No Requirements*
Biodiversity, Ecology, & Global Change: Jon Chase
March 24, 2011 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Contact Name: Lisa Matthews lisa_matthews at harvard.edu 617-495-8883
Biolabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge
Professor of Biology; Director, Tyson Research Center
Washington University in St. Louis
Professor Chase works to address some of the most fundamental
principles of community ecology. His specific research interests
currently center around understanding patterns of biodiversity,
relative species abundances, and variation in community composition
from site-to-site (beta-diversity), and how spatial processes, biotic
interactions, abiotic factors, habitat degradation and restoration,
and biogeographic factors, influence those patterns. Although his
research incorporates syntheses from a variety of theoretical and
empirical resources, his primary focus is on both aquatic (e.g., pond)
and terrestrial (e.g., forests and glades) ecosystems on and near the
Tyson Research Center.
Staying on Track: Running — and Hopefully Improving — Public Transit
in Tough Fiscal Times
WHEN Thu., Mar. 24, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Allison Dining Room, 5th floor Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Taubman
Center for State and Local Government
SPEAKER(S) Richard A. Davey, general manager, MBTA and rail and
transit administrator, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
CONTACT INFO Polly O'Brien: 617.495.5091
Since his appointment as general manager of the MBTA in March 2010,
Richard Davey has had to address a variety of problems, including (but
not limited to) a structural budget deficit, underfunding for
important safety-related projects, challenging weather, contentious
labor relations, and pressures to expand and improve service. How has
the T addressed these issues and what will it take to sustain those
Obama's New Deal, Tea Party Reaction, and America's Political Future
WHEN Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 3 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE Tsai Auditorium (S-010), Concourse Level, CGIS South Building,
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Alexis de Tocqueville Lecture on American
Politics, sponsored by the Center for American Political Studies
3-5 p.m. lecture by Theda Skocpol (Harvard) with Q&A
5-6:30 p.m. buffet dinner (rsvp to caps at gov.harvard.edu)
6:30-7:30 p.m. commentary from Larry Bartels (Princeton), Mickey
Edwards (Aspen Institute), Suzanne Mettler (Cornell)
7:30-8 p.m. rejoinder by Skocpol
8:00-8:30 p.m. audience Q&A
CONTACT INFO caps at gov.harvard.edu
AFRICAN DANCE DIASPORA: A Symposium on Embodied Knowledge
WHEN Fri., Mar. 25, 3 p.m. – Sun., Mar. 27, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE Lowell Lecture Hall
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Classes/Workshops, Conferences,
Dance, Film, Humanities, Lecture, Music, Social Sciences, Special
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Committee on African Studies
Ronald. K. Brown (Evidence, A Dance Company), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
(Urban Bush Women), Zab Maboungou (Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata
Nyata), Cynthia Oliver (COCo Dance Theatre), Elizabeth McAlister,
Lovely Nicolas, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Alla Kovgan, Robb Moss, Joan
Frosch, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Yvonne Daniel, Nadine George Graves,
John C. McCall, Carrie Noland, Corinna Campbell, Katherine Hagedorn,
Carla Martin, Ingrid Monson, Patty Tang, Kay Kaufman Shelemay,
Esailama Diouf, Habib Iddrisu, Mecca Zabriskie, Sharon Kivenko, Susan
Manning, Lacina Coulibaly, Sidi Mohammed “Joh” Camara, Deborah Foster,
De Ama Battle, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, Emily Coates, and Grete Viddal
COST Free and open to the public
The Criminalization of Conflict Resolution: The Impact of Holder v.
Humanitarian Law Project on ADR and Human Rights Work
WHEN Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 3:15 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Austin North, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Ethics, Law, Lecture, Social
Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Program on
Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Negotiation and
Mediation Clinical Program, with others
SPEAKER(S) Eileen Babbitt (Tufts), Ralph Fertig (Humanitarian Law
Project), Martha Field (HLS), Philip Heymann (HLS), Robert Mnookin
(HLS), Stephan Sonnenberg (HLS), Ervin Staub (UMass, Amherst), and
Nathan Stock (The Carter Center)
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO hnlrsymposium2011 at gmail.com
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold broad restrictions against
giving aid or training to groups identified as terrorist organizations
by the State Department has significant ramifications for
international conflict resolution and human rights work.
Come hear preeminent scholars and representatives from impacted
organizations such as The Carter Center discuss the case and how such
groups should move forward in the wake of the decision.
A reception in the Austin foyer will follow.
Sponsored by the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Fund.
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR JAPAN: Bach Society Orchestra Concert III
WHEN Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 8 p.m.
WHERE Sanders Theatre
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Concerts
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Bach Society Orchestra
TICKET WEB LINK www.boxoffice.harvard.edu
TICKET INFO 617.496.2222
The Bach Society Orchestra performs works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky,
and Brahms, with violin concerto by Ryu Goto '11. This concert will be
a benefit for the victims of the disaster in Japan, with 50 percent of
profits going to that cause, plus additional donations collected
before, during, and after the concert.
Run or Walk for Solar Empowerment
March 26, 2011 - 9:30am
JFK Park - JFK and Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
Leveraging the power of emerging markets in Mali, Harvard Global
Energy Initiative has teamed up with D.Light Design and the Rural
Energy Foundation to enable villagers outside of Bamako to purchase
affordable solar lanterns, mobile phone chargers, and energy efficient
home improvements that will lead to economic savings, health benefits,
and environmental responsibility. Help us make safe, affordable, clean
energy an option for the rural poor of Mali.
Time: 9:30am registration 11:00 race start 11:15 walk start
Cost: $15 in Advance/$20 on site registration $100 team of 10
discount. All proceeds go to benefit Harvard Global Energy
Initiative’s Village Project in Mali
Make $15.00 check payable to "Harvard Global Energy Initiative" with
"Mali Village Project" in the memo line. Mail registration form,
checks, and pledge sheet to Harvard Global Energy Initiative, c/o
Emily Cunningham, 161 Leverett Mail Center, 28 DeWolfe Street,
Cambridge MA, 02138. Contact Emily Cunningham with questions at
781-626-1016 orecunningham at college.harvard.edu
For pledge sheets, registration forms, and more information, visit www.solarempowerment5k.info/register.php
COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND
In collaboration with The Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface
Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS)
22nd ANNUAL CDSP RESEARCH WORKSHOP
Friday, March 25, 2011
Curry Student Center Ballroom
ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION
8:30 am -- 9:00 am
9:00 AM-- 9:10 AM
Miriam Leeser and Milica Stojanovic, Co CDSP Directors
Mel Bernstein, Vice Provost for Research
9:10 AM – 9:55 AM
Sr. Research Scientist, Philips Research North America
“Intelligent Lighting Technologies and Networks for Smart Cities”
9:55 AM – 10:40 AM
Communications Director, Cape Wind
“Cape Wind gives Massachusetts the 'First Mover' Advantage in Offshore
Wind in U.S.”
10:40 AM – 11:25 AM
Director of Holyoke High-performance Computing Center
“Design of an Energy-Efficient High Performance Computing Center”
11:25 AM- 12:10 PM
Sr.Vice President of Engineering, Ember and Chair for the ZigBee
Architecture Review Committee (ZARC) in the ZigBee Alliance
“Smart Energy and Other Uses of Intelligent Devices in the Home”
12:10 PM -- 1:40 PM
1:40 PM –2:40 PM
University of Washington-Seattle
"Connecting Physical and Digital with Sensor Systems."
Joshua R. Smith is Associate Professor in the departments of Computer
Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University
of Washington in Seattle, where he leads the Sensor Systems research
group. From 2004 to 2010, he was with Intel Labs Seattle, where he
led Intel Labs' Physicality research theme, as well as research
projects in wireless power and robotics. His research interests
include all aspects of sensor systems, including: development of novel
sensor systems; power and communication for sensor systems; and
algorithms for interpreting signals from novel sensor systems. His
research has application in the fields of ubiquitous computing,
security, human-computer interaction, and robotics. Previously he co-
invented an electric field-based passenger sensing system that is used
to suppress unsafe airbag deployment in all Honda cars. He holds Ph.D.
and S.M. degrees from the MIT Media Lab, an M.A. in Physics from the
University of Cambridge, and B.A. degrees in Computer Science and in
Philosophy from Williams College.
CLOSING REMARKS, AWARDS, COFFEE, OPEN DISCUSSION
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM
CDSP Home Page: http://www.cdsp.neu.edu/
Contact information: Joan Pratt, Administrative Coordinator
CDSP Research Center; Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering; j.pratt at neu.edu
Location: Curry Student Center Ballroom, NU Main Campus, Boston
Admission: Open to the public
The single biggest untapped source of energy on the planet: You
The MIT Energy Club and the Yale Center for Business and the
Environment are pleased to present the fourth annual installment of
the Carbon Finance Speaker Series, Blueprint for Efficiency. This
series of free, public webinars will feature the latest developments
in energy efficiency policy, investment, technology, and community
Across the country, states are setting aggressive energy efficiency
mandates -- from 10% to 25% reduction in the coming decade. Smart
meters, retrofits, and more efficient appliances will help us achieve
our goal, but only if we can get a large portion of households to buy
in. Historically, efficiency program participation rates have been low
(less than 5%), but emerging broad-scale, behavior based efficiency
provides the potential to meet those goals through a combination of
small changes in day to day consumption among more than 80% of
households, and improving participation of traditional efficiency
Progressive utilities, including United Illuminating on behalf of the
CT Energy Efficiency Fund, are now incorporating behavior-based
efficiency into their overall energy saving approach. OPOWER is a
leading provider of behavioral efficiency, generating more than 400
GWh of savings in 2011 to 50+ clients across the US. Using a multi-
channel approach, behavioral science, and leading UX, OPOWER helps
households save energy by removing the black box of consumption, and
motivating consumers to act.
Please join us for a live conversation with United Illuminating's
Kirsten Brooks and OPOWER's Barry Fischer and Chris Corcoran to
discuss the application and opportunity of behavioral efficiency in
Title: The single biggest untapped source of energy on the planet: You
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
GotoWebinar URL: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/516104566
Speakers: Kirsten Brooks, Program Administrator, eesmarts & The
SmartLiving Center at United Illuminating, Barry Fischer, Engagement
Management at OPOWER and Chris Corcoran, Marketing and Strategy at
Urban Gardening Book Club
We'll be discussing the book Farm City, by Novella Carpenter, and how
it relates to community and urban food production at Roxbury Community
College on 3/22 at 6:00 pm (Academic Bldg 3). All are welcome! We'll
be selecting the next book at the meeting, but if you're interested
and unable to make it, feel free to send me your suggestions in
advance. Free to contact me with any additional questions.
The event is supported by the Boston Gardener's Council and The
Roxbury Community College Service Learning Garden Project. In
addition, event information is available on the page below:
Thank you very much!
MS in Agriculture, Food & the Environment 2010
Blogging about food and fiber: http://groundcherry.wordpress.com
Hands-on Census class: Finding stories & doing research with Census data
will happen on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
When: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 7:00 PM
Where: Boston Globe - 135 Morrissey Blvd. Dorchester MA
Arthur Bakis from the Boston office of the US Census Dept will conduct
a hands-on class for reporters and others. He will show people how
they can unearth important facts and trends being released by the
Census for the nation and Massachusetts. The Census is in the middle
of releasing decennial data, as well as information from the American
Community Survey (and learn what the difference is). Arthur has been
with the Census Bureau for 11 years. He serves as Information Services
Specialist and is responsible for disseminating census data to the
public and spreading awareness about available demographic and
economic data and data products throughout New England.
Bring your own laptop
Eco-Municipalities Talk - Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 pm, Cambridge Main
Speakers: Peter Britt, Sustainability Coordinator, Portsmouth, NH
John Bohenko, City Manager, Portsmouth, NH; Sarah James from the
Institute for Eco-Municipality Education & Assistance will give a
brief introduction about eco-municipalities.
In November, 2007, Portsmouth, New Hampshire formally decided to
become an Eco-Municipality, when its City Council passed a resolution
declaring that the following four sustainability objectives would
guide its municipal operations:
1. Reduce dependence on fossil fuels, underground metals, and minerals
2. Reduce dependence upon synthetic chemicals and other unnatural
3. Reduce encroachment upon nature.
4. Meet human needs fairly and efficiently
An Eco-Municipality uses a comprehensive, integrated approach to
creating a sustainable city.
Find out how Portsmouth became an Eco-Municipality and how the city
takes the systems approach to sustainability now.
Sponsored by the office of Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis, the Cambridge
Renewable Energy Team (CREATe), and the Cambridge Energy Alliance.
Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk Univesity
“WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and Our Right to Know”
with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (former WikiLeaks staffer) and Herbert
Snorasson (former WikiLeaks staffer); moderator Wendy Ballinger (Ford
Hall Forum Board member)
Thursday, March 24, 8-9:00 am [special breakfast forum]
Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School
Although Herbert Snorasson and Daniel Domscheit-Berg, both former
staffers at WikiLeaks, cannot enter the United States for fear of
arraignment, they join us live by video fromIceland and Germany to
answer questions about the necessity of and danger in leaking state
secrets. With Wendy Ballinger, Treasurer and former Executive
Director of Ford Hall Forum, Snorasson and Domscheit-Berg discuss why
their newest venture, OpenLeaks, is superior to Assange’s WikiLeaks
model and other various “Leaks” sites launching around the world. The
two will tell us how and why they became involved with WikiLeaks,
particularly their idea on the public’s right to know versus global
security. Signed copies of the book will be sold following the
*Compelling Conversation with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
Civil Rights Activist and Former Champion Boxer
Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.*
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a formidable boxer who had won the
European Light Welterweight Championship for two years in a row and
knocked out Emile Griffith in the first round when his promising
career was cut short. In 1966, he was falsely arrested for the murder
of three white people in a bar. Sentenced to a triple life-sentence,
Carter always maintained his innocence. Subjected to a nineteen-year
travesty of justice, he was finally set free in 1985 by a federal
court. His story was immortalized in a Bob Dylan song and made into a
Hollywood movie starring Denzel Washington.
Carter has chronicled his own life in two books, _The Sixteenth
Round_, and 2011?s _Eye of_ _the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to
Freedom_. He now devotes much of his time to speaking out on behalf
of the wrongly convicted.
*Bunker Hill Community College**in A300 Auditorium*
250 New Rutherford Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2995
Free but you need to register for tickets at the website below*
Compelling Conversations Speaker Series
Think Global, Act Local:
A Community Climate Action Roundtable
Thursday, March 24, 6pm-7:30pm, Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St.
All politics are local but many problems are global. How do
neighborhood-based groups form effective partnerships with larger
organizations to bring global issues home and amplify grassroots
voices? Join BostonCAN and representatives from other neighborhood-
based and national sustainability organizations as we discuss stories
of successful collaboration between community-based organizations and
national groups that highlight best practices. Speakers will include
Cindy Luppi from Clean Water Action discussing stopping coal power in
eastern Mass and Mela Bush from Greater Four Corners Action Coalition
onimproving mass transit in Dorchester.
Free and open to the public. Snacks provided. RSVP at on-line https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115453565198269
or by calling 857-544-6846.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
"e" inc. is proud to be the official Boston host of The Wild and
Scenic Environmental Film Festival -- the largest environmental film
festival in the United States. Created eight years ago by a small
group of riverkeepers in California, The Wild and Scenic Environmental
Film Festivalis designed to inspire by showing actions and ideas from
around the globe on a wide array of environmental issues.
Opening Night Reception:
Robin Young leads expert panel on energy's future
Friday Mar 25, 2011
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Come to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival's Opening Event as WBUR's
Robin Young (host of "Here and Now") serves as moderator for a panel
of experts on the future of energy. Panelists include: Howard Herzog
(MIT), Namrita Kapur (Environmental Defense Fund), David Cash (Under
Secretary - EOEEA) and Alexander Taft (National Grid Climate
Officer). Wine and Hors D'oeuvres reception at 6PM. Panel at 7PM.
View shorts MC'd by PRI's Bruce Gellerman
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Come see shorts, documentaries, and animations from around the world.
Learn about inspiring young leaders and about the lives of beings
chronicled by the planet's greatest filmmakers. Walk away with a new
sense of commitment to our Earth.
See Carbon Nation plus locavore tasting and silent auction
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
An evening of wonderful foods and wine from some of our area's great
eateries, followed by a feature documentary just released
“CarbonNation.” Our final Wild and Scenic Film Festival evening is
rounded off with dessert and a silent auction.
Spring into Gardening
Sunday, March 27th, 10 am - 4 pm
Pierce Middle School, 50 School Street, Brookline, MA
Morning intensive workshops (container gardening, seed starting, home
orcharding, and vermiculture) will run from 10am to noon.
Greg Watson will give the keynote address on Sustainable Food Systems
Afternoon workshops and panels will be at 1pm (Black Gold - It's all
about the Dirt, Poultry Raising, Foraging, Local Food, Public Space/
Community Gardening), 2pm (Gardening 101, Season Extension, Plant and
Seed Varieties: Heirlooms, Food Preservation, Food Justice and Food
Politics, Composting throughout Brookline), and 3pm (Garden
Volunteering with Bountiful Brookline, Beekeeping, Permaculture,
Garden Sharing, Schoolyard Gardening).
Demonstration Area open noon - 4 pm with Demonstration Leaders on hand
at certain times to answer questions about Container Gardening,
Vermiculture, Beekeeping, Composting
Children's Activities Scheduled activities 1 - 4 pm: Seed Starting,
Storytelling, Garden Art
Resource Area open 11:15 am - 4 pm Community organizations and local
General admission is $10/person, $20/family. An additional fee of $25
+ materials costs applies to the 2-hour morning intensive workshops.
We need volunteers for the event. General Admission is Free if you
volunteer for 2 hours. Interested volunteers please contact us at bountifulbrooklineevent at gmail.com
Created in the spring of 2009, Bountiful Brookline promotes growing
food and providing access to healthy fresh food throughout our
Forum on new state climate action plan
Cambridge residents can hear about the new, far-reaching Massachusetts
clean energy and climate plan at a community meeting on Tuesday, March
29, 7:00-8:30 PM
Cambridge Senior Center
David Cash, Undersecretary for Policy at the Massachusetts Executive
Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will present the plan.
State Rep. Will Brownsberger and Eugenia Gibbons of the Environmental
League of Massachusetts will comment, and everyone will be able to ask
questions and share ideas about how to help implement the plan and
ensure that the state reaches its goal of 25% reductions in greenhouse
gas emissions below 1990 levels statewide by 2020. The event is
cosponsored by the City and local and state environmental groups.
The Harvard Food Law Society and the Harvard Health Law and Policy
Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity
Wednesday March 30
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pound 101, Harvard Law School
Sign up at http://garytaubes.eventbrite.com
Space is Limited
In his New York Times best seller, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes
argued that our diet’s overemphasis on certain kinds of carbohydrates—
not fats and not simply excess calories—has led directly to the
obesity epidemic we face today. The result of thorough research, keen
insight, and unassailable common sense, Good Calories, Bad Calories
immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics,
journalists, and writers alike. Michael Pollan heralded it as “a
vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food.”
In his lecture “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative
Hypothesis of Obesity,” Taubes explains why he believes the
nutritional science of the last century has been misguided and
damaging, particularly the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we
get fat, and reveals the good science that has been ignored.
For more information visit foodsoc.org or email Nate Rosenberg at
nrosenberg at jd11.law.harvard.edu.
Babson Energy and Environmental Conference
Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future
Register Now at http://beec2011conference.eventbrite.com/
Register now to attend the 5th Annual Babson Energy and Environmental
Conference on March 31st, 2011 at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of
This year’s theme is “Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future”, and
we will explore how innovation and entrepreneurship will play a
pivotal role in shaping the new green economy in the years to come. We
will hear severalexciting keynotes from high profile entrepreneurs:
• Dr. Bart Riley, Co-Founder, A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE)
• Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group
• Nancy Floyd, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power
• Kathy Brown, Senior Vice President – Public Policy Development and
Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
Other featured speakers
• Leonard Schlesinger, President, Babson College
• Mark Donohue, Clean Technology Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Babson
• Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
• Cynthia Curtis, Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies
• Rob Pratt, Chairman & CEO, GreenerU
• Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge & Author, The Clean Tech
• Chuck McDermott, General Partner, Rockport Capital
• Jeramy Lemieux, Head of Climate Savers, Diversey, Inc.
• Greg Dixon, SVP of Marketing, EnerNOC
• Kathy Loftus, Global Leader for Sustainability Engineering,
Maintenance & Energy Management, Whole Foods
• Michael Bakas, Senior Vice President – Renewable Energy, Ameresco
• Robert Gough, Founder, Port Meadow Tech
• Bob Reese, President/ Co-Founder, Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery
• Jonathan Nash, Director of Business Development, NewStream
• Patrick Cloney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
• David O’Connor, Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean
Technology, ML Strategies, LLC
• Kim Stevenson, Manager of New Technologies, CT Clean Energy Fund
And Many More!
Our engaging panel sessions will focus on several main topics:
• Innovations in Cleantech and Renewable Energy
• Sustainable Business Practices
• Financing Strategies
• New Energy Policy & Implications
• Responsible Consumption and Disposal of Food, Water & Waste
Our Entrepreneurs Showcase will give a glimpse of some of the newest
innovators in the industry. Further, you will have the opportunity to
listen to panelists from Enernoc, WholeFoods, Massachusetts Clean
Energy Center, CA Technologies, Diversy and many more. Our goal is to
show that sustainable business practices are not at odds with creating
profit and growing a company.
The world needs more entrepreneurs and leaders focused on preserving
the earth’s resources while building a more sustainable future. We
hope that you will join us for this exciting event, and be inspired to
become part of the next wave of change!
For additional information, please contact Jatin Ahuja (jahuja1 at babson.edu
), Adam Ostaszewski (aostaszewski1 at babson.edu) and Joel Robbins (jrobbins1 at babson.edu
Digital Media and Popular Uprisings
March 31, 2011
University Hall Amphitheater
1815 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Google Map: http://bit.ly/edM4fz
The importance of digital media in building the recent wave of popular
uprisings in the Middle East has been widely heralded in the global
press. But how are social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook,
and digital communication devices like texters, cell phones and PDAs
really being used on the ground to help organize millions of people
towards a common goal - democracy. And is it true that these movements
for democracy in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and beyond are completely
spontaneous and being organized on the fly with the help of modern
technology? Or is there more to the story?
Lesley University and Open Media Boston have invited three experts on
digital media and grassroots organizing to speak to these and related
issues. Each brings a unique perspective to the discussion.
Ethan Zuckerman is co-founder of the citizen media network Global
Voices and senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and
Jillian York is a writer and freedom of expression activist who
studies Internet controls and online activism, with a focus on the
Arab world. She is a project coordinator at the Berkman Center for
Internet and Society.
Suren Moodliar is a coordinator of Massachusetts Global Action and an
organizer of the Majority Agenda Project. He is deeply interested in
networks and social change.
The panel will be chaired by Jason Pramas, Editor/Publisher of Open
Media Boston, www.openmediaboston.org, and introduced by a
representative of Lesley University.
Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. There will be light refreshments served
in the Atrium just outside the Amphitheater. The event is free and
open to the public.
For more information, or press inquiries, please email info at openmediaboston.org
The Sociology Department at Northeastern University is hosting our 2nd
annual globalization symposium on March 31, with a focus on global
commodity chains, neoliberalism, and human rights. The evening
session, in particular, will explore issues related to politics and
activism surrounding global commodities such as coffee, coca cola,
drugs, arms, as well as clothing and apparel.
What: Global Commodities, Chained and Unchained- 2nd Annual Conference
on Globalization at Northeastern University
When: March 31, 2011
Panel 1- 2:45 to 4:30pm (Global Commodity Chains- a Critical Approach)
Panel 2- 6:00 to 8:00pm (Global Commodity Chains and Human Rights)
Where: Northeastern University, 20 West Village F
For more Information, see: http://globalcommodities2011.blogspot.com/
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern
University is pleased to host its 2nd annual conference on
globalization. We are excited to bring together a group of prominent
scholars to discuss their recent research on global commodity chains
and to critically assess the political and cultural implications of
Presenters at the evening session, including Carolyn Nordstrom (Notre
Dame University), Robert Ross (Clark University), Edward Fischer
(Vanderbilt University) and Robert Foster, will discuss the
interconnections between commodity chains and human rights and the
potential paths of resistance available to populations marginalized
within the current neoliberal order.
Presenters at the afternoon session, including Catherine Dolan (Oxford
University), Andrew Schrank (University of New Mexico), Robert Foster
(University of Rochester) and Damla Isik (Western Connecticut State
College), will draw on their ethnographic field work to discuss
critical approaches to global commodity chain research and theory.
This event is free and open to the public. The Department of Sociology-
Anthropology at Northeastern hopes you can join us for what promises
to be an exciting, politically inspirational, and intellectually rich
encounter. For more information on the conference, including times and
location, please visit our blog at http://globalcommodities2011.blogspot.com
Hope to see you there!
Jeffrey S. Juris
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
The MIT Food & Agriculture Collaborative is pleased to announce MITFAC
Celebr-ATE: A celebration of innovations that are building a healthy
April 1 | 5pm-8pm | MIT R&D Pub (4th Floor of Stata Center, 32 Vassar
Join MITFAC and Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts for a
celebration of food! This inaugural MITFAC event will explore the
problems with our current food system and showcase the solutions that
are being developed within the MIT community. Hear sustainable food
pioneer, chef, and author Michel Nishan discuss the role each of us
can play in rebuilding our nation's food system, learn what the MIT
community is doing to address some of the most pressing challenges to
our food system, and watch chefs from Johnson & Wales College of
Culinary Arts demonstrate the art of cooking with sustainable
ingredients, and then taste their creations.
This event is open to everyone interested in improving our food
system! We welcome attendees from both within the MIT community and
Space is limited, so reserve your ticket today! Tickets are free and
can be reserved at http://mitfac.eventbrite.com
Weatherization Barnraising reset for April 3rd! 1230 to 5 pm
The Seventh Day Adventist group had to reschedule the event. They,
and we, apologize. But this gives you all more time to sign up for
the event. This is a building that had a heating bill in February of
over $1,500. This is a great site where we can make a huge
difference. The site is a home where over 20 members of the
congregation want to learn how to steward the planet. Help out one of
the only all-vegetarian churches. We'll teach how to install
programmable thermostats, use less water, reduce drafts and fix old
replacement windows inexpensively. There will be music and food
Sign up here.<https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFpubXVTS0F3UjY5RXNkUTdWNXJMckE6MQ
The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is a Cambridge-based co-op
bringing neighbors together to weatherize our homes and take the
energy future into our own hands.
Tufts Energy Conference
"Best Practices for Local Sustainability"
April 15, 2011 | Holiday Inn | Marlborough, MA
Full Conference Details at www.MaSustainableCommunities.com
Early registration till March 15 at $60, $75 after March 15
"Secret of the Dawn" - film screening, followed by a panel discussion
about female genital mutilation (FGM) and efforts to stop it in Mali,
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Emerson Hall, Harvard U.,
25 Quincy Street, Cambridge.
This documentary shows current attitudes of people in Mali toward FGM,
and Malians struggling to end it, including Healthy Tomorrow's sister
group, Sini Sanuman. Dancer and health educator Wyoma
will perform a dance of hope for a future without FGM. We will end
with a music video that is shown on Malian TV, featuring 17 actual ex-
excisers. This event is co-sponsored by Healthy Tomorrow and the
Harvard Extension International Relations Club. For more info, call
Feel free to call with any questions.
Susan McLucas, director, Healthy Tomorrow, (617) 776-6524, SusanBMcL at gmail.com
Editorial Comment: Susan McLucas is another old friend who has been
working in the US and Mali for many years on the issue of female
Free Monthly Energy Analysis
CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track
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Boston Food System
"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post
announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships,
programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles
or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's
food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take
place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."
The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food
system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food,
farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health,
environment, arts, social services and other arenas. Hundreds of
organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on
week-to-week is not always well publicized.
Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let
everyone know about these activities. Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of
subscribers. Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and
other posting guidelines will be provided as well.
It's easy to subscribe right now at https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs
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
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/
More information about the Act-MA