[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events
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Public Hearing Schedule for "America's Nuclear Future"
Editorial Comment: My policy is zero emissions, 100% recycling for
all wastes, including low level and high level radioactive waste, and
my immediate concerns for "America's Nuclear future" are 1) how
quickly we can move commercial spent fuel from wet storage, which
requires a constant supply and circulation of cooling water, to dry
cask storage which does not; and 2) how many of the 35 US boiling
water reactors like Fukushima have spent fuel pools on the top floors
of buildings outside the radiation containment structures and how soon
can that be remedied? Neither of these issues are top priorities in
the present Blue Ribbon Commission report as they are looking at a
different scale and timeframe.
FAS Freecycle and Sustainability Fair
WHEN Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Science Center Overpass
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Special Events, Wellness/Work Life,
Working at Harvard
CONTACT INFO Gosia Sklodowska: gosia_sklodowska at harvard.edu
NOTE Late summer cleaners and scavengers, unite! Don’t trash your
office and home leftovers, freecycle them! File folders, cabinets,
printers/cartridges, books, movies, music, housewares, games, sports
equipment, art supplies, clothes are all welcome. Please, NO: TVs,
computers, large electronics, or large furniture. Save big items for
Craigslist, the ReuseList or Harvie. Please bring items to donate on
the day of the event (9-10.30am), or contact us at energy at fas to
arrange a pick up ahead of time. All leftover items will be donated to
Celebrate the new academic year in a green and festive atmosphere!
Come to learn about environmentally friendly living, working, catering
and transportation services and products offered by local businesses.
Taste delicious food from Stone Hearth Pizza, get your bike tuned up
by Quad bikes and learn about greening your home opportunities from
Next Step Living. Many more attractions, including more tastings and
raffles at the Fair!
The event is sponsored by the FAS Green Program, a partnership between
the FAS Office of Physical Resources and Planning and Harvard’s Office
Live Webcast — Disaster Response: A Decade of Lessons Learned Post 9/11
WHEN Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health in
collaboration with Reuters
Julio Frenk, dean, Harvard School of Public Health
Aaron Pressman, correspondent, Reuters
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of
Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, associate
professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and co-founder of the
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Isaac Ashkenazi, former surgeon general, Home Front Command, Israel;
director of the Urban Terrorism Preparedness Project, National
Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health
and Harvard Kennedy School, and professor of disaster medicine, Ben-
Gurion University, Israel
Stefanos Kales, associate professor in the Department of Environmental
Health, Harvard School of Public Health, associate professor, Harvard
Medical School, Division Chief, Occupational and Environmental
Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, and principal investigator of a
study of cardiovascular risk among firefighters
Stephanie Kayden, international emergency physician, Brigham and
Women's Hospital, instructor in medicine, Harvard Medical School, and
faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
CONTACT INFO theforum at hsph.harvard.edu
NOTE Email questions before or during the live webcast to theforum at hsph.harvard.edu
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Thermal Transport and Thermoelectric Conversion in Nanostructured and
Speaker: Dr. LI SHI, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials
Science and Engineering University of Texas, Austin
Location: MIT 32-144
DOE-EFRC S3TEC SEMINAR SERIES
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MechE Seminar Series
For more information, contact:
bhcrist at mit.edu
Ecologies of Human Flourishing Book Event
WHEN Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 5:15 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Religion
SPONSOR Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity
CONTACT Lexi Gewertz, 617.495.4476
NOTE This event will celebrate the publication of the CSWR's latest
volume in its Religions of the World and Ecology Series: Ecologies of
Human Flourishing. The event will feature David Eckel, Professor of
Religion at Boston University, as a discussant of the volume. Editors
Donald K. Swearer, former director of the CSWR, and Susan Lloyd
McGarry, former assistant director for planning and special projects
at the CSWR, will respond to Professor Eckel's remarks.
I hope you can join us for the TROMP Benefit at Flatbreads to take
place in 3 weeks on Tues, 9/6/11. A portion of the proceeds of all
pizzas sold (eat in or take out) from 5pm - 11pm will be donated to
TROMP. This is a great time for you to be available to talk to, bowl
with, and eat with our supporters!
Bowl & Eat Pizza to benefit TROMP on Tues, 9/6/11
Flatbread & Sacco’s Bowl Haven
45 Day Street, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
EAT & TAKE-OUT: 5pm to 11pm
BOWL: 7pm to 11pm
Berkman Center Fall 2011 Open House
Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 pm
Ropes Gray Room, Pound Hall, Harvard Law School Campus (Map: http://bit.ly/poundmap)
Free and Open to the Public
Please tell us if you plan to attend: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/09/openhouse#RSVP
Come to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Open House to meet
our faculty, fellows, and staff, and to learn about the many ways you
can get involved in our dynamic, exciting environment.
As a University-wide research center at Harvard University, our
interdisciplinary efforts in the exploration of cyberspace address a
diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. If you're interested in
the Internet’s impact on society and are looking to engage a community
of world-class fellows and faculty through events, conversations,
research, and more please join us to hear more about our upcoming
Paid part-time research positions will be available in the fall, and
you can visithttp://cyber.law.harvard.edu/getinvolved/internships to
see the current available openings.
People from all disciplines, universities, and backgrounds are
encouraged to attend the Open House to familiarize yourself with the
Berkman Center and explore opportunities to join us in our research.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Historical Context and Demos Illustrating the Relationship of Food and
WHEN Tue., Sep. 6, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Science Center C
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Dave Arnold (Food Arts magazine's contributing editor for Equipment &
Food Science), Harold McGee (author of "On Food and Cooking: The
Science and Lore of the Kitchen" and columnist for The New York Times)
and David Weitz (Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied
Physics at Harvard)
COST Free. All are welcome to attend.
ROOT CAUSE'S SOCIAL INNOVATION FORUM SEMIFINALIST INFORMATION SESSION
Date: Wednesday, 9/7/2011
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Audience: Root Cause's 2011-2012 Social Innovation Forum semifinalists
Description: The Semifinalist Information Session is an optional, but
recommended session for all 2011-2012 semifinalists as we want to make
sure that organizations understand both the process going forward and
the expectations for those chosen as Social Innovators. We will focus
on what we’re looking for in the second-round application and how
those applications are evaluated. We will also bring in a 2011 Social
Innovator to speak for a few minutes about his/her personal experience
with the Social Innovation Forum.
Register at http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/RootCausesSocialInnovationForumSeptember2011/tabid/821/Default.aspx
Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events,
Support/Social, Working at Harvard
Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of
thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come
remember, mourn, and protest.
Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Kennedy School Room L-382
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences
SPEAKER(S) Charles Kolstad: Public Goods Institutions with Other-
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE Pierce Hall Room 209, Harvard SEAS, 29 Oxford Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Education, Environmental Sciences,
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired
Engineering at Harvard University/Harvard School of Engineering and
SPEAKER(S) Ned Kahn
NOTE Ned Kahn, an artist who has a background in environmental
science, explores natural phenomena through his art. His works
typically incorporate fluid dynamics, optics, acoustics, and other
features of physics. During the 1980s, he was an apprentice to
physicist Frank Oppenheimer at San Francisco's Exploratorium, which
Oppenheimer founded. Kahn's works include Tornado, a simulation of
chaotic phenomenon, and Gaussian Melody, whose pin array, related to
the Gaussian distribution, produces a random tune. Converting abstract
principles into tangible representations, Kahn's work is accessible to
a vast and diverse audience, attracting and holding the attention of
children, adults, artists, and physicists alike.
Herbert Sherman Memorial Lecture: Health Information Technology and
the Medical Home
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Kresge Cafeteria, Harvard School of Public Health
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Department of Health Policy and Management/HSPH
SPEAKER(S) David W. Bates, chief quality officer, BWH; chief of the
Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, BWH
Harvard EPS Dissertation Defense
September 7, 2011 - 4:00pm
Haller Hall - Geo Museum 102 24 Oxford St Cambridge, MA
"Atmospheric pollution in the Arctic: Sources, transport, and chemical
processing." Jenny Fisher, Harvard University.
Refreshments to follow in the Student Lounge, Hoffman 4th floor
WHEN Wed., Sep. 7, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
TYPE OF EVENT Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
BUILDING/ROOM Askwith Hall
CONTACT NAME Amber DiNatale
CONTACT EMAIL askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE 617-384-9968
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT Harvard Graduate School of Education
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Lecture, Special Events
Moderator: Meira Levinson, associate professor of education, HGSE
• Thea Abu El-Haj, associate professor, Rutgers Graduate School of
• Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and
cultures; chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and
Civilizations, Harvard University
• Beverly Gage, associate professor of history, Yale University
• Diane L. Moore, senior lecturer on religious studies and education,
Harvard Divinity School
• Christopher Ougheltree, social studies teacher, Cranston High School
East, Cranston, R.I.
Teaching 9/11 brings together participants from the fields of
education, history, government, religion, and politics for a
roundtable discussion about how, why, and what we should teach young
people about September 11, 2001. The forum provides a powerful and
timely opportunity to reflect on questions such as: How should we
teach the recent past? What are some of the complexities in teaching
highly emotional and contentious issues? Is location of the classroom
significant in teaching 9/11? What should the goals of teaching 9/11
To listen to the Harvard EdCast: Teaching 9/11 podcast please visit, http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2011/09/harvard-edcast-teaching-911/
This week's Harvard EdCast features Associate Professor Meira
Levinson, political philosopher at HGSE, reflecting on the challenges
of teaching 9/11 in the classroom and how to explain these events as
both a mother or teacher to children born after September 12, 2001.
For more information on Askwith Forums, please visit our Frequently
Connect with Us:
Tweeting at an Askwith Forum? Use the #Askwith hashtag.
Attending a Forum? Check in on Foursquare (www.foursquare.com/hgse)
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Affordable Hydrogen Infrastructure from New Approaches to Hydrogen
Delivery and Renewable Hydrogen
A special seminar featuring Edward F. Kiczek, the Global Business
Director of Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
Web site: web.mit.edu/mitei
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Renegotiation-Proof Contracts with Moral Hazard and Persistent Private
Speaker: Bruno Strulovici (Northwestern/Visiting MIT)
Location: at Harvard Location TBA
Renegotiation-Proof Contracts with Moral Hazard and Persistent Private
Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/6934
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Theory Workshop
For more information, contact:
theresa at mit.edu
10th Anniversary of 9/11 Campuswide Panel Discussion
WHEN Thu., Sep. 8, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach
Center, Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, Prince
Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Duncan Kennedy, Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law
Jocelyne Cesari, director, Islam in the West Program, CMES;
Charlie Clements, executive director, Carr Center for Human Rights
Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO Anna Mudd: cmesoc at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE As part of Harvard programming in response to the 10th
anniversary of 11 September 2001, this campuswide panel discussion
will feature talks by several Harvard scholars engaging with questions
of how to engage dialogue on 9/11 in America.
HUCE Special Seminar: "The Boundary Politics of Sustainability Science"
WHEN Thu., Sep. 8, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment
Tim Forsyth, reader in environment and development, London School of
Economics and Political Science
Lisa Matthews: matthew at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE In recent years, there has been growing trend towards so-called
'problem-oriented science' as a way to address urgent social problems.
For example, 'sustainability science' seeks to address questions of
long-term sustainable development, and 'adaptation science' analyzes
adaptation to climate change. This presentation will talk supportively
of these ventures, but argue that the transition to 'problem-oriented
science' still lacks a sufficient political analysis of which problems
are addressed, and how problem definition relates to scientific
investigation. In response, the presentation proposes to use the
concept of 'boundary politics' from related work in science and
technology studies as a way to analyze the boundaries between
scientists and policymakers / users, and the implications of
boundaries for different forms of scientific explanation.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Northrop Grumman Corporation: Future Technical Leaders Program
Speaker: David Rahn and Lori Daly
Future Technical Leaders Information Session.
Thursday, 8 Sept. 2011
PhD/M.S. Student Recruitment
Northrop Grumman is looking for Future Technical Leaders. Launching an
advanced surveillance satellite to monitor the environment. Creating a
citywide high-speed wireless network. Designing more effective
navigation systems for commercial aircraft. Achievements like these
are the lifeblood of working with Northrop Grumman, and as we continue
to grow, we remain committed to addressing the national and local
issues that affect the communities in which we operate and live. We
believe in preparing for the future, which is why we sponsor community
outreach programs with such goals as inspiring students to pursue
careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
By partnering with universities like MIT and offering company-wide
mentoring, NGC is fostering a breadth of perspectives to power its
world-class aerospace and defense projects. Perspectives like yours,
as a new graduate, beginning your career with NG affords you the
exciting opportunity to join an organization with diverse
technologies, customers and locations across the country. Primary
focus is on recruiting graduates of the 2011-2012 academic year.
Please visit http://www.is.northropgrumman.com/ftlprogram/ for more
information about the program.
Achievement never ends.
For current opportunities, please visit:
Web site: http://www.is.northropgrumman.com/ftlprogram/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Industrial Liaison Program
For more information, contact:
"The Empire State ReBuilding: The Powerful Lessons from Reawakening
the World's Most Famous Office Building"
WHEN Thu., Sep. 8, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Business, Environmental Sciences,
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Real
Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S) Anthony E. Malkin, president of Malkin Holdings, New York
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO events at gsd.harvard.edu
Malkin will discuss how the $550 million "Empire State ReBuilding"
program transformed this iconic building into a 21st century trophy,
serving the needs of tenants, broadcasters, and visitors with restored
grandeur and the latest technology. Groundbreaking energy efficiency
work integrated in the building has proven to be a disruptive model
challenging the accepted definition of "green."
Wyss Seminars Environmental Science and Engineering Seminars
A plan for powering the world for all purposes with wind, water, and
Mark Jacobson , Professor, Stanford University
When: Sep 09, 2011 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Where: Harvard, Pierce 100F
Speaker Biography: http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/
bmathieu at seas.harvard.edu 495-5745
"The New Majority? The Past, Present, and Future of Women in the
WHEN Fri., Sep. 9, 2011, 1 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10
Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,
Welcome by Drew Faust, Harvard University president
Remarks about Clara Schiffer by Lois Schiffer
Marsha S. Berzon ’66, Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Ellen Bravo, Former Director, 9 to 5, and current Director, Family
Values @ Work Consortium
Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Nancy MacLean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Professor of
History, Duke University
Lynn Rhinehart, General Counsel, AFL-CIO
Kris Rondeau, Founder, Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical
Workers; Union Organizer
CONTACT INFO 617.495.8600
Women's increasing employment for pay has transformed households,
workplaces, and social life over the past half-century. Now women
workers make up half the labor force. While women are the breadwinners
in their families more and more often, have their jobs, their pay
scales, and their opportunities for advancement gained parity with
men's? At this symposium, speakers with a wide range of involvement in
the labor movement, labor law, and social policy will discuss what has
changed, what has not, and what lies ahead.
September 9, 2011
3:00pm-8:00pm (Schedule below)
Visions of War
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we gather for talks by MARIANNE
HIRSCH and ANDREA GEYER. Our speakers will address a set of
interrelated questions: What is the role of art and the humanities in
the work of social justice? What is the role of feminism? How does it
provide a site of intervention? How do we critique what some critics
are arguing is a permanent state of war or perpetual war? To address
the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the symposium also asks how visuality
has been instrumental in the conduct of war, and in critiques of it.
Marianne Hirsch "Postmemory, Art and Archive"
Andrea Geyer "Memory Now. A poetic challenge to Pasts, Presents and
Andrea Geyer, "Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb (2009; 42 min) and
"Comrades of Time" (2010)
Coco Fusco "Operation Atropos" (2006; 59 min)
6:15pm-8pm: Speakers with Q&A by Emma Teng
Sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Office of the Dean,
MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; additional support from
MIT Foreign Languages and Literatures, Women's and Gender Studies
Program, and The Technology and Culture Forum.
For additional information, please go to the the MIT Foreign Languages
and Literatures website: http://web.mit.edu/fll/www/news/events.shtml
Friday, September 09, 2011
Starr Forum: Top Secret America
Speaker: Dana Priest
Location: MIT E14-674
Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State
Book Talk with Dana Priest, Washington Post
The top-secret world that the government created in response to the
9/11 terrorist attacks has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so
secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people
it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done
elsewhere. In TOP SECRET AMERICA, award-winning reporters Dana Priest
and William Arkin uncover the enormous size, shape, mission, and
consequences of this "invisible universe."
About the speaker/co-author: Investigative reporter Dana Priest has
been The Washington Post's intelligence, Pentagon and health-care
reporter. She has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer
Prize for public service for "The Other Walter Reed" and the 2006
Pulitzer for beat reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and
counter-terrorism operations overseas. She is author of the 2003 book,
"The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military,
Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cis/eventposter_090911_priest.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Second Fridays, monthly free evening
MIT Museum Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Featured Program: Starbound with Joe Haldeman
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join MIT author Joe Haldeman and other members of MIT's Program in
Writing and Humanistic Studies an evening of literature and
conversation at the MIT Museum. Professor Haldeman will read from his
latest work, Starbound, and discuss what it takes to become an award-
winning science fiction author. Haldeman is a five-time recipient of
both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards, the two most prestigious science
fiction honors; in 2010 he received the Damon Knight Grand Master
award from the Science Fiction and Science Fantasy Writers of America.
Saturday, Sept. 10th, from 8:30 am (bright and early) until 1 pm, you
can help the Cambridge Zen Center lower its energy bill while you
learn about energy efficiency and maybe a bit about Buddhism. Every
hour a bell will ring to remind us to be mindful for a moment, while
we help steward the planet.
This HEET (http://www.heetma.com) event will be at the Zen Center in
Central Square, Cambridge, which is sure to put you in a better state
of mind by the end of the day.
Sign up here at https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGdQcmxQNHhwU04wYzd2cV9iRDQxdlE6MQ
The Fall 2011 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
will be on
Saturday September 10
NOON to 2 pm
Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Sunday, Sep. 11, 12-2
at Fayette Park
(off Fayette St., across from the former Longfellow School and
library, near corner with Broadway)
Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden.
Elegant packaging not required, but please write down plant names.
We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, houseplants,
catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever."
Contact Helen Snively at HMSnively at aol.com
SOMERVILLE GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE is on Sat., Sep. 17, starting at 9,
in Davis Sq. Right—a week after our swap. In fact, our nice
leftovers go to their sale. They have great stuff, at good prices,
and lots of advice. Great event—Mark your calendar!
Cambridge Carnival International
Kendall Square, Cambridge
12- 7 pm
RI Maker Faire, Providence, RI
• September 10, 2011 Steeple Street at WaterFire. 2pm-10pm.
• Support Maker Faire RI: http://makerfaireri.com/
The Art of Survival: A Tenth Anniversary Observance of 9/11 in Words,
Music, and Dance
WHEN Sun., Sep. 11, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Dance, Humanities, Music, Poetry/
Prose, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center and
the Office of the President of Harvard University.
TICKET WEB LINK https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/default.asp?menu_id=E441BC2D-00F1-4719-B831-62D65C9C9BEA
TICKET INFO Free and open to the public.Tickets required and
available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Harvard Box Office or by
phone (service charge applies to phone orders). Limit two tickets per
CONTACT INFO humcentr at fas.harvard.edu, 617.495.0738
Harvard’s observance of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon will reflect on the local,
national, and global ramifications of 9/11. Through musical and dance
performances, images, and readings, the observance will explore themes
of anxiety and security, imagination and empathy, survival and
solidarity. It takes place in conjunction with an installation in
Harvard Yard: a series of poles bearing flowers and poems that connect
with the themes of the observance.
Monday, September 12, 2011
MIT Energy Club Information Session
Passionate about energy? Come learn about MIT's largest and most
active student club with over 3000 members and more than 100 events a
year. We will cover all the ways the MIT student energy community is
working to tackle the energy challenge and how you can get involved.
Representatives from the Energy Night, Energy Conference, Clean Energy
Prize, and Energy Finance Forum will also be available. Pizza will be
Web site: www.mitenergyclub.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu
News and Entertainment in the Digital Age: A Vast Wasteland Revisited
Monday, September 12, 5:00pm ET, Harvard Law School. This event will
be webcast live. Co-sponsored by the Dean's Office at Harvard Law
In 1961, Newt Minow – then Chairman of the Federal Communications
Commission – delivered a landmark speech to the National Association
of Broadcasters on “Television and the Public Interest,” in which he
described television programming as a "vast wasteland" and advocated
for public interest programming. Fifty years later, we aim to reflect
upon the changed landscape of television and dramatic shifts in the
broader media ecosystem, and identify lessons learned that may help to
offer insight into the next 50 years of media and public discourse.
This event will feature Newt Minow (Former Chairman of the FCC /
Sidley Austin),Dean Martha Minow (Harvard Law School), Ann Marie
Lipinski (Nieman Foundation), Jonathan Alter (Bloomberg View), Terry
Fisher (Harvard Law School), Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School), John
Palfrey (Harvard Law School),Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard Law School),
and many more. Special guests include Susan Crawford (Cardozo School
of Law), Perry Hewitt (Harvard University), Ellen Goodman (Rutgers
University School of Law - Camden), Reed Hundt(Former Chairman of the
FCC), Kevin Martin (Former Chairman of the FCC), Nicholas Negroponte
(One Laptop per Child), Tim Wu (Columbia Law School), Ethan Zuckerman
(C4/Berkman Center), and more. Photo via Rantes. RSVP Required. more
information on our website> http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2011/09/vastwasteland
Tuesday, September 13, 12 p.m.
"Political Reporting in a Bare-Knuckled, Bare-Shouldered Media Culture."
Speaker Series with Jessica Yellin, chief White House correspondent
Nye AB, Taubman Building, 5th Floor, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
One of the most important elements of success in our sustainability
initiatives is people. This month's Growing GIBN call focuses on the
people instrumental in any business -- its employees.
September Growing Green Innovators in Business Network Conversation
Employee Engagement in Sustainability Efforts
Date: September 13, 2011
Time: 2pm ET
Call-in information: (760) 569-9000, Code: 160031#
Please join us by sending your RSVP to info at digin.org
We will be joined by Asheen Phansey of Quaking Aspen LLP who will
share thoughts and recent research on employee engagement for
sustainability, and Randi Braunwalder of HP who will provide case
studies of HP's work on employee engagement. We look forward to your
MIT Energy Club Opening Social
September 13, 2011 5:00p–7:00p
Come kick off the semester right at the MIT Energy Club Opening Social
and get to know all the outstanding people that are making a
difference in meeting the energy needs of tomorrow today. Hosted on
the 6th floor of the Media Lab with refreshment, drinks (cash bar) and
a gorgeous view of the Charles River, this is one event you do not
want to miss.
Location: MIT E14-648
Sponsored by: MIT Energy Club
Admission: Open to the public
For more information:
Contact MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu
NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (NFC) / SMART MCOMMERCE
Definitive NFC / Near Field Communication and Smart mCommerce News
Isobar Create 48 NFC Hackathon Boston Event
If you are an Android app dev,like the sound of NFC capabilities and
want to get the low down from those in the know,you will make sure you
are in Boston on September 13th –15th for Isobar Create 48.
If you live somewhere round the Boston area or can get there between
September 13th and the 15th, you can take part in a unique experience
the guys and gals from FutureM are calling Isobar Create 48. The point
of the get n’code together event is to explore the possibilities of
Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is going to be built into
products,services and marketing from here on out and for those with
some solid knowledge of managing NFC developments,the future will
likely be bright. The Isobar Create 48 NFC Hackathon will be the first
of its kind to explore the NFC chip inside the Google Nexus S and find
greater uses for this NFC. The Isobar Create 48 organizers are
inviting local developers,programmers and hackers to create what they
see as their visions for uses of NFC technology.
They’ve lined up some incredible speakers,trainers,judges and sponsors
for the event,including Damien Balsan,who is the Director of NFC
Business Development at Nokia and the Co-Chair of the Boston NFC Hub.
He will be sharing his thoughts on the future of NFC and demoing some
applications,and we’ll have some trainers on hand to teach
participants how to program for NFC (ie,what can be done,what can’t be
done,etc.) They have also lined up an esteemed panel of judges from
Google,Where.com and Nokia,who will vote on the top 3 apps created
during the hackathon and hand out prizes. Who knows,you may even pick
up some important connections.
Other than that,we are going to hand over to details we took straight
from the Isobar Create 48 website,as it says it all!
Isobar Create 48 NFC Hackathon.
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will let us make
transactions,exchange digital content,and connect electronic devices
like never before. Your phone will be your credit card,boarding
pass,hotel room key,coupons at the supermarket. You’ll buy only the 3
minutes you need on the parking meter.
It’s an amazing future that can continue to emerge. Or it can bust
through the door now,screaming your name for all eternity.
Isobar Create 48 is the first hackathon of its kind to explore the NFC
chip inside the Google Nexus S,as well as other potential
applications. This is an open invitation to developers and designers
to define the future of NFC and find greater uses for this exciting
Around the clock: Tuesday, September 13 at 3:00pm – Thursday,
September 15, 2011, 3:00pm
Where: Space with a Soul,281 Summer Street,Boston,MA
Who: Created by Isobar, with an esteemed panel of judges from Google
and WHERE.com, Isobar Create 48 is for developers and designers who
have big ideas,the skill to bring them to life,and no fear of a little
How can I participate?
Isobar’s first “Create 48” is part of FutureM that draws hundreds of
digital community creators and creatives every year. It’s FREE if you
follow the steps and use the promo code below:
• Go to bit.ly/futurempass
• On the first page,fill out your first name,last name and email
• Choose “FutureM Pass – MITX Members Rate” and click the “Continue.”
NOTE:The $99 fee will be waived for you if you follow the next step.
• Fill out contact information &a few demographic questions. Then, in
the Promo Code field,enter the discount code HACK. Click “Continue.”
• Select Isobar Create 48,starting on Tuesday,September 13th.
What types of applications can I develop?
During the Hackathon,participants will have the ability to write five
types of applications:
• Phone to phone: Nexus S ‘talking’ to another Nexus S,transferring
something meaningful using the technology.
• Phone to tag: Using tags where the device (or a reader) can read
data and react to it. Sometimes the data is a URL;other times it is
just the ID of the device.
• Phone to reader: Having the phone act as a tag (or a card) and
‘speak’ to a computer with a tag reader attached to it.
• Tag to reader: Similar to phone to tag,only that a computer with a
reader ‘responds’ to reading the tag.
• Phone to simulator: We will create ‘simulators’ of real-world
machines we envision using NFC and how they can exchange data with
smartphones. Examples include a gas pump and a cash register.
Participants will be able to create apps that ‘talk’ to these
How can I prepare?
Attendees should be prepared to bring their laptop,power cables (and
any other tools they need to create and develop with). Isobar will
provide the facilities,power,connectivity,food,and refreshments,and
experts will be on-hand to help you think through your idea,answer
questions and give advice. We’ll also have the following equipment on
hand,including:Nexus S phones,NFC Tags to make real-world objects
‘machine readable,NFC Readers (SCM 3711),and Demo code.
In the meantime,here are some links to documentation and technical
resources that may help you prepare:
• NXP introduction to NFC – NXP is a pioneer of NFC technology,a bit
• Radio-Electronics – Introduction to NFC: http://goo.gl/XXuhF
• Google I/O presentation featuring the Nexus S: http://goo.gl/qzHXY
• White papers from the NFC Forum: http://goo.gl/Se6LO
• The Android NFC Demo App: http://goo.gl/fdutp
• Slideshare presentations about NFC (some good overview here): http://goo.gl/Ai88Z
• Touchatag Developer site: http://www.touchatag.com/developer/docs/index
• NFC FAQ on TagStand: http://www.tagstand.com/pages/faq
If you need more inspiration,just read through posts here on
NFCRumors.com there should be something to cook your noodle.
Who are the judges?
When coding ends at 3:00pm on Thursday 9/15,each team will have 5
minutes to present their work to the audience and our esteemed panel
of judges,which so far includes:
• Dan Koulomzin,Software Engineer,Google
• Mike Lockwood,Engineer,Google Android Team
• David Chang,VP of Product &Strategy,WHERE.com
• Damien Balsan,Director of NFC Business Development,Nokia,and Co-
Chair,Enterprise Forum/Boston NFC Hub
What can I win?
Do we need to give you something other than the admiration of your
peers? A place in the history books? Exposure to our friends and
judges from Google and MIT Media Labs?
Fine. Everybody gets an awesome gift bag. We’ll have door prizes
(random,sure,but cool stuff). We’ll be giving out cash prizes to
winners,a trophy we’re designing as we speak,and Google Nexus S phones
for the winning team. But if you’re just in it for the
admiration,that’s okay too. Who isn’t?
Can you hook me up with collaborators if I show up alone?
Isobar Create 48 is for designers,developers,and marketers. We
encourage you to team up and work in ad-hoc development teams. If you
have a good idea but you’re not sure you can build it on your own,or
if you’re a coder who wants a designer and a marketer to work with,you
can coordinate with others on our blog to share ideas and build a
team. Don’t fret if you don’t have a team before you get there – we’ll
do our best to match people up when you arrive.
Who owns the code I write?
You do,unless you’re using something that belongs to someone else.
We’d like to make a few screenshots of promising projects,and we’ll be
video taping certain parts of the event for public relations and
marketing communication purposes;we assume that’s okay.
What’s the schedule?
Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect:
• If you’re looking for a team to develop something with,arrive by
3:00pm so you have time to mingle and hook up or ask us to help you.
• We’ll get started at 3:30pm sharp. We’ll present some new details
on NFC technology and the Gingerbread OS,and you’ll get to work.
• We’ll feed you and water you and Red Bull you. We’ll also have a
couple of couches if you need a nap.
• At 3:00pm on Thursday 9/15,everyone stops coding. Each team will
have ten minutes to present their work to the audience — and the
judges. Then we’ll go our separate ways for a few hours. We think
you’ll go home and clean yourselves up!
• At 7:00pm on Thursday 9/15,we’ll regroup for the afterparty. We’ll
have food,drink and a band,open to all FutureM attendees.
• At the afterparty,we’ll reveal the top 3 apps created during the
hackathon and hand out prizes and respect to the winners.
Read more: http://nfcdata.com/blog/2011/09/02/isobar-create-48-nfc-hackathon-boston-event/#ixzz1Wr5SraLA
Energy 101 : Biofuels
September 14, 2011 12:30p–1:30p
Energy 101 lectures on biofuels. FREE FOOD.
Category: lectures/conferences: science/engineering
Speaker: Mark Wright
Location: MIT 3-133
Sponsored by: MIT Energy Club
Admission: Open to the public
For more information:
Contact MIT Energy Club
aziz_a at mit.edu
September 14 and 15
Current TV 24 Hours of Green Programming
WHAT IS 24 HOURS OF REALITY?
24 Presenters. 24 Time Zones. 13 Languages. 1 Message. 24 Hours of
Reality is a worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate
crisis. It will consist of a new multimedia presentation created by Al
Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, in every time zone
around the globe. Each hour people living with the reality of climate
change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events —
including floods, droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that
is changing our climate. We will offer a round-the-clock, round-the-
globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The deniers may
have millions of dollars to spend, but we have a powerful advantage.
We have reality.
Venture Cafe Night with Microsoft Bing! Findable and Fundable #SEO
Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
The Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 4th Floor, 1
Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
Come for a fun night of learning, mingling, food and swag! Microsoft
Bing will be on-site at Venture Cafe with a special visit from Duane
Forrester, Bing's SEO expert and author of two books: How To Make
Money With Your Blog and Turn Clicks Into Customers. Shasta Ventures'
Jacob Mullins (investors in Mint.com), will kickoff the evening by
talking with startups about how to become fundable.
Visit the swag table to obtain your own Bing startup love kit (neat
gadgets inside) and learn about Microsoft Bing's startup program from
Bing Senior Program Manager Betsy Aoki.
5-6 p.m: Jacob Mullins of Shasta Ventures talks with startups
about being fundable
6-8 p.m: Mingle with Duane Forrester, Microsoft Bing and Jacob
Mullins, Shasta Ventures to ask your questions, gain answers over food
Duane Forrester, Microsoft Bing
Duane Forrester is a Sr. Product Manager with Bing’s Webmaster
Program. Previously, he was an inhouse SEM running the SEO program
for MSN in the US &
Americas. He's also the founding co-chair of SEMPO's In-House SEM
Committee, was formerly on the Board of Directors for SEMPO and is the
author of two books: How To Make Money With Your Blog & Turn Clicks
Into Customers. Duane was a moderator at www.searchengineforums.com
and maintains his own blog at www.theonlinemarketingguy.com. When
writing for Search Engine Land, Duane's main focus was on in-house
search marketing, both what it took to manage it, and who folks were
in the industry.
Jacob Mullins, Shasta Ventures
Jacob joined Shasta Ventures in the summer of 2011 bringing with him a
wealth of experience from many sides of the modern day startup
industry. Before Shasta, Jacob joined Microsoft to help design and
launch the BizSpark program, Microsoft’s first initiative tailored
specifically for early-stage startups. As US program lead, his focus
was working with all constituents of the startup ecosystem, from early-
stage incubators, investors, service providers, and more, to
help align mutual interests for the startup’s success. At the time of
his leaving, BizSpark had over 35,000 members in over 100 countries.
Prior to Microsoft, Jacob was the “business guy” at VentureBeat.com
leading all non-editorial efforts including revenue generation,
advertising relationships and strategic partnerships with companies
like The New York Times and IDG. During college, Jacob co-founded a
nutraceutical company with significant international operations in
South Africa. As CEO, he led this startup to become a publicly traded-
OTC company that manufactured and distributed three product lines: a
dietary supplement, gum, and energy drink, in retail, online, and
direct marketing channels. Jacob is the co-founder and Chairman of
the Beverly Mullins Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship at UC Berkeley
that offers financial assistance to non-traditional aged single
parents who are defying all obstacles in the pursuit of education.
Jacob has a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.
Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents
THE REAL PAPER: JOURNALISM THEN & NOW
with Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark
moderator Monica Collins
September 15, 6:30-8 pm
C. Walsh Theater
(Boston, MA 02114) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “The
Real Paper: Journalism Then & Now” with Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman,
Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark Zanger; discussion moderated by
Monica Collins. Thursday, September 15, 6:30-8 pm. Admission is free
and open to all. C. Walsh Theater at Suffolk University, 55 Temple
Street, Boston, MA. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located
near the Park St. MBTA Station. For more information, call the Ford
Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or visitwww.fordhallforum.org.
Ford Hall Forum Vice President and former The Real Paper journalist
Monica Collins assembles this riveting The Real Paper reunion
withHarper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark
Zanger. Hear how this free alternative weekly newspaper’s laudable
format of an employee-run collective was, ironically, its undoing as
the opportunity to sell arose, as did interpersonal conflict. Their
experience with The Real Paper yields surprising views on modern-day
journalism, including sustainable and fair business models, the future
of free newspapers in a world of internet media, and whether
journalists in today’s economy should strike out on their own.
Further background information on participants:
Harper Barnes is a longtime editor and cultural critic for the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch and has written for Rolling Stone and the
Washington Post. He is the author of the novel Blue Monday and
Standing on a Volcano: The Life and Times of David Rowland Francis, a
biography of Woodrow Wilson's ambassador to Russia.
Monica Collins created and writes “Ask Dog Lady,” a humor/lifestyle
column about dogs, life, and love that is syndicated to 400+
newspapers nationwide. Collins also hosts the radio program, “Ask Dog
Lady,” on 980 WCAP in the Merrimack Valley. She is a regular guest on
“The Callie Crossley Show” on WGBH-FM in a continuing series called
“Pup Culture.” Collins is also a communications consultant and media
strategist for non-profit organizations. A former staff writer and
media critic for USA Today and the Boston Herald, Collins has written
for the Boston Globeand various magazines, such as USA Weekend,
ForbesLife Executive Woman, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, and, of
course, The Real Paper.
Since 1997, Jan Freeman has been writing the Boston Sunday Globe's
weekly language column "The Word". She worked as an editor at The
Real Paper, Boston and Inc. magazines, and the Boston Globe, where she
was a science news editor until she launched her weekly column on
English usage. She is the co-author of Ambrose Bierce's Write It
Right: The Celebrated Cynic's Language Peeves Deciphered, Appraised,
and Annotated for 21st-Century Readers.
Laura Shapiro currently writes as a columnist for Gourmet.com, Gourmet
magazine’s website. Formerly, Shapiro worked as a columnist at The
Real Paper and after that worked for sixteen years as a writer for
Newsweek. There, she covered food, women’s issues and the arts and
won several journalism awards for her work. Her work has also
appeared in the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet, Granta,
The American Scholar, Gastronomica, Slate and many other
publications. Her first book was Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking
at the Turn of the Century. She is also the author of Something from
the Oven: Revinventing Dinner in 1950s America and Julia Child.
Since 1985, Paul Solman has been a business and economics
correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. A business
reporter for WGBH Boston since 1977, Solman was the co-originator and
executive editor of PBS's business documentary series, ENTERPRISE.
Solman was also the founding editor of The Real Paper as well as the
East Coast editor of Mother Jones magazine. Solman began his career
in business journalism as a Nieman Fellow at the Harvard Business
School in 1976. His reporting has won him several Emmys and two
Peabody Awards. Solman has also served as a Professor at the Harvard
Business School, teaching media, finance and business history. He
also co-authored the book, Life and Death on the Corporate
Battlefield. In addition, Solman is the presenter and author of
Discovering Economics With Paul Solman, a series of videos that
accompany McGraw-Hill introductory economics textbooks. Solman also
lectures on college campuses and has written for numerous articles
including for Forbes magazine.
Since 2007, Mark Zanger has worked as the Director of Communications
for the Coalition of Families and Advocates for the Retarded. Also, a
seasoned journalist, Zanger has worked as a freelance writer and
restaurant critic for the Boston Phoenix since 1981. Zanger has
published five books most of which are related to his work as a
restaurant critic. He has previously served as chief editor of
delphiforums.com, op-ed editor ofMetroWest News, and Public
Information Officer for Oxfam America, Inc. Before that he served as
Editor-in-Chief of The Real Paper from 1975 through 1980. Zanger
studied English at Yale University.
September 16, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:
Two Timely Topics:
FERC Order 1000 (Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation
The Future of Solar in New England
Raab Associates presents:
The 124th NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
On July 21, FERC issued Order 1000, its long-anticipated, 600-plus
page rule on the future of transmission planning and cost-allocation
in the United States. According to Chairman Wellinghoff, "The Final
Rule will profoundly affect the development of our nation's
transmission system in coming decades." One of the many unique
features of this Order is the requirement for integrating federal and
state energy policies (e.g., RPS) in transmission planning and
Please join us at our next Restructuring Roundtable as we learn
aboutFERC Order 1000 and discuss its ramifications and implications
for New England transmission and non-transmission alternatives. The
panel will begin with a succinct synopsis by Mason Emnett, Associate
Director of FERC's Policy Office, and a lead FERC staffer on Order
1000. Mason will be followed by a panel of three discussants who will
reflect on how this order will likely impact transmission, renewables,
and other resource planning and implementation in New England.
Heather Hunt, Executive Director of the New England States' Committee
on Electricity (NESCOE), will lead off the panel with reflections
garnered from the six New England State PUCs on Order 1000 and an
update on NESCOE's coordinated competitive renewable procurement and
new interstate transmission siting collaborative. Peter Flynn,
President of FERC Regulated Businesses at National Grid, will provide
a transmission owner's perspective, and Seth Kaplan, VP of Policy and
Climate Advocacy at Conservation Law Foundation, will offer an
Our second panel focuses on the Future of Solar in New England. With
photovoltaic prices continuing to drop due to technology breakthroughs
and increasing economies of scale, coupled with new solar-related
state policies, PV installations in New England are on the rise. Our
panel starts off with international solar expert, ChrisPorter, Lead
Downstream Analyst, Photon Consulting, who will talk about the
international technology and price progressions and how they may
impact solar supply and demand in New England. DOERCommissioner Mark
Sylvia will then discuss the evolution of solar-related policies in
Massachusetts, including the Commonwealth's unique SREC market and net
metering rules. We round out the panel with two leading solar
developers as they discuss both the opportunities and on-going
challenges of developing solar projects throughout New England: Dan
Leary, President, Renewable Energy Solutions, Nexamp and President of
the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and
Bryan Miller, VP of Energy Policy/Sustainable Energy at Constellation
THE THIRD ANNUAL URBAN-AG FAIR
CELEBRATING LOCAL GARDENS, GROWERS AND FOOD
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
MT. AUBURN STREET AND WINTHROP PARK (between Eliot and JFK)
The Urban-Ag Fair will showcase incredible locally grown fruits and
vegetables in a judged competition. Visitors may sample recipes
prepared using local ingredients and get tips from local experts on
gardening topics like composting, container gardening, and raising
chickens and bees.
The entire event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly.
Cooking demonstrations by local chefs and Cambridge school student
growers will be held throughout the day, along with talks on gardening
topics. Prizes will be awarded for fruits, vegetables, flowers,
honey, eggs, baked goods, preserves/pickles, and beverages, in the
categories of tastiest, biggest, prettiest/most creative, most
interesting/funny-looking, and student grower (under 17).
For basic info and application forms: http://www.harvardsquare.com/Home/Articles/The-Third-Annual-Urban-Ag-Fair.aspx
Please return the forms by September 8. You can also download forms
Questions? hsba at harvardsquare.com or 617-491-3434
For more info/updates: http://www.urbanagfair.com/index.html
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Sustainability and
Portland's 5 Ecodistricts: A Discussion with Garry Sotnik
Join us for a a round table discussion with sustainability economist,
Garry Sotnik,visiting from the hub of environmental innovation,
Portland, Oregon. Presenting his paper on Portland's five
ecodistricts, an initiative launched in 2009 in Portland, OR, to
catalyze the city’s transition process towards sustainable
development, Garry will also share his analysis on adaptability: What
does it mean to adapt? What is required for adaptation? And what can
be done to assist human systems (e.g. households, communities,
regions, etc.) in adapting? He will then open the floor for an open
discussion on the role of community organizing within the
environmental movement, the ideas of connectedness and resiliency in
the face of climate change, what could movements in Boston learn from
the large-scale and well-subsidized efforts in Portland, similarly,
what can the Ecodistrict Initiative learn from grassroots and multi-
focus social change organizing?
33 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Close to Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, and Boylston T stops
Join us for the Greater Boston Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase!
Thursday, September 22
6pm – 9pm
89 South Street, Boston
South Street Conference Center
We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs
and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn
about investment opportunities and how you can participate in
rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility,
sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and
For investors: The Entrepreneur Showcase will provide access to
sustainable food and farming businesses at different stages of
development from start-up to expansion of existing businesses. The
businesses and initiatives are also seeking different levels of
financing — from small loans to major capital, as well as donations.
Greater Boston Slow Money encourages investors of all resource levels
to attend including institutional, individual, accredited, and
unaccredited investors. This showcase event is not an offer to sell
securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.
For Entrepreneurs: The Showcase is a tightly produced event. Each
entrepreneur will have five minutes and 6 slides to tell their
stories, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience. Presenters
will also benefit from the networking opportunity specifically
designed to encourage and elevate investor dialog. Throughout the
event, your collateral will be available for attendees, and you will
be mentioned in all promotional materials for the event.
The Entrepreneur Showcase offers all the advantages of a traditional
venture fair and many more. Because of the shared vision that brings
us all together, it is an unparalleled opportunity for you to build
relationships with investors and entrepreneurs from all over the
region. We are confident that, if chosen to participate, you will have
opportunities to make important connections that add value to your
Given the relatively short time horizon, please submit your
application no later than Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Demand for
participation in the Showcase is high; spots will fill up.
To apply: send an email to gbslowmoney at gmail.com and we will send you
the application. It is free to apply, but costs $25 to present and
take advantage of this exciting opportunity.
Moving Planet: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels
On Sept. 24th, 2011, on the streets of Boston, join a worldwide event
– Moving Planet – calling on our elected leaders, businesses and
communities to get serious about moving beyond fossil fuels. Come on
bike or on foot, by boat, carpool or public transportation! Come with
your community, your organization, or simply yourself to help make one
big, bold, beautiful statement:
We have the power to build a secure, healthy, just and sustainable
future for our children and our planet!
Cambridge Community Center Winter Market
Cambridge's first Winter Market is coming to the Cambridge Community
Center. The market is expected to run every Saturday from January 7th
to April 28th 2012. The market will take place inside the gym of the
community center. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with
setup and breakdown of the market.
We are also holding advisory committee meetings where we will be
discussing the details of the market.
The first meeting will take place on September 27th 2011.
If you would like to attend please request an invitation by emailing
Jose Mendez the Director of Marketing and Outreach at josem at cambridgecommunitycenter.org
HEET is organizing a workshop on reducing energy bills in larger
buildings on Oct. 1st. It's being run by Marc Rosenbaum, an award-
winning building systems analyst, and sponsored by Mass. Interfaith
Power and Light. People-in-the-know murmur Rosenbaum's name with
awe. Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister fame will moderate.
The workshop will take place in the First Church in Cambridge, a large
historical building being used in a wide variety of ways such as a
homeless shelter, childcare center and office space.
During the workshop we will be guided through the church to examine
its problems, then in small groups design a longterm plan going
forward to reduce the church's energy use. Rosenbaum will comment on
each of the plans to help us learn.
We're assembling a star-studded cast of guides to teach folks about
how the building systems work and what can help.
We will also have a NSTAR representative explain available rebates,
and the president of New Generation Energy talk about a great new
financing mechanism for raising money through a community for energy
We want to leave people with the practical knowledge about buildings
and financing to reduce their building's energy use.
The workshop itself is on Sat. Oct 1st from 9 am to 5 pm. Lunch will
be provided and the cost is only $75. Normally Rosenbaum's classes
cost 3 times that.
Here's more info https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OVgK56hrB7m2roHQ2KW9cUysRnbMzJNi5e1HCf_rueI/edit?hl=en_US
, and the sign up form https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dDljTHE3V0VGcnFEWWZlU3pTTGtVUXc6MQ
Please post the info wherever you can or mention it to all who might
be interested. I think it will be a very helpful workshop.
We only have room for 100 attendees, so people might want to sign up
ENDING THE ENDLESS WARS AND OCCUPATIONS
Saturday, October 1, 2011 9am to 5pm Suffolk University, Boston
Register Online Now! 
2011 from Egypt to Libya: Triumph and Turmoil in the Arab world
Fall 2011 marks ten years since 9/11, the War on Terror, the
Afghanistan War, and the founding of UJP. The US/NATO bombing of
Libya is the latest in the
series of wars. Domestically, greed is rampant and serious problems
are getting worse. Few peace and justice activists can remember a
more troubling time.
How did we get here and how can we change things?
What can we learn from the historic events in Egypt, where the people
triumphed against huge odds, and the workers of Wisconsin?
How can the peace movement continue its work to end the wars and cut
the military budget while also building cooperation with the economic
We want a peaceful foreign policy based on democracy to focus on the
pressing economic and human problems that must be solved.
Featuring Presentations by:
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Report from Afghanistan and Iraq
former U.S. Army Colonel
Report on the Gaza Flotilla and Palestine
National Coordinator, United for Peace and Justice
Connecting to the War at Home
Iraq Veterans Against the War and New Hampshire Peace Action
The crisis and youth today
War Times/Tiempo de Guerras
Fighting for Peace Against an Empire in Decline
How the wars affect immigrant rights at home
Registration Fee: $15, includes morning coffee and pastry. Free for
Suffolk University students and faculty with ID. ?No one turned away.
Register online at http://justicewithpeace.org/ten-years-after-registration
Lunch: $10 - pizza, salad and drink, served in Donahua Building
Directions: Take the T to Park Street or Government Center.
Suffolk University, Donahue Building, 41 Temple St.
Do not confuse Temple Street with Temple Place.
Registration opens at 9am at the Donahue Building, 41 Temple St.
Sessions will be held in Donahue and in the C. Walsh Theatre next door.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future public hearing
October 12, 2011
Harvard Medical School Conference Center, 77 Louis Pasteur, Longwood,
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.
AC Swap – The Cambridge Energy Alliance’s window air conditioner swap
program is in progress. Residents can obtain a voucher for $125 if
they swap an inefficient window AC unit for an Energy Star rated
model This is a limited time offer. Go to the CEA website for
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
New contributions, however, will be accepted.
What you need to know: The Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur (YSE)
Competition is a global competition created by Staples Foundation and
Ashoka to recognize exceptional young people using innovation and
technology to advance social change and improve their community and
Who’s eligible?: Young people (age 12-24), living anywhere in the
world, are eligible to apply.
Dates and details: Apply online between June 22 and September 19, 2011.
For more information: http://ashokayouthcompetition.org/
MIT International Development Initiative
77 Mass Ave, 10-110
Cambridge MA 02139
Sign up for the 2011 Yunus Challenge Facebook page: yunus2011 at groups.facebook.com
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
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
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