[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Mar 4 20:15:22 PST 2012

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

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Integrated Urban Agricultural Systems:  on the thought experiment of  
making Cambridge, MA 100% food self-reliant


Monday, March 5

"Are Current Electricity Markets Suitable to Integrate Non- 
dispatchable (Renewable) Producers?"
Monday, March 5
12:00pm - 1:30pm Energy Policy Seminar
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Antonio Conejo, University of Castilla - La Mancha
Contact Name: Louisa Lund louisa_lund at harvard.edu


Rio+20 and Cairo+20: What Now?
Monday, March 5, 2012
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Building 1,  
Room 1208, Boston
The HSPH Department of Global Health and Population presents a  
Frontiers in Global Health Seminar:

Donald Sawyer
Professor, Center for Sustainable Development, Universidade de Brasília
Associate Researcher, Institute for Society, Population and Nature
Lemann Visiting Scholar, DRCLAS (2011-2012)

With remarks by
Marcia Castro, Assistant Professor of Demography, Department of Global  
Health and Population

contact agallant at hsph.harvard.edu


"Layers of Uncertainty in Science Policy"
Monday, March 5
Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Rear Admiral Ali Khan, Director of Health Preparedness and Response,  
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Panel discussion with  
Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School; Dan Hastings, MIT Dean for  
Undergraduate Education; Eli Kintisch, MIT Knight Science Journalism  


"Are Abrupt Climate Changes Predictable?"
Monday, March 5, 2012
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Haller Hall (Geo Museum 102), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Peter Ditlevsen, Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark. Hosted by Peter Huybers.
Abstract: It is taken for granted that the limited predictability in  
the initial value problem, the weather prediction, and the  
predictability of the statistics are two distinct problems. Lorenz  
(1975) dubbed this predictability of the first and the second kind  
respectively. Predictability of the first kind in a chaotic dynamical  
system is limited due to the well-known critical dependence on initial  
conditions. Predictability of the second kind is possible in an  
ergodic system, where either the dynamics is known and the phase space  
attractor can be characterized by simulation or the system can be  
observed for such long times that the statistics can be obtained from  
temporal averaging, assuming that the attractor does not change in  
time. For the climate system the distinction between predictability of  
the first and the second kind is fuzzy. On the one hand, the  
predictability horizon for a weather forecast is not related to the  
inverse of the Lyapunov exponent of the system. These are rather  
associated with the much shorter times in the turbulent boundary layer  
and so on. These time scales are effectively averaged on the time  
scales of the flow in the free atmosphere. Thus, when forecasting,  
say, showers in the afternoon, this is really a forecast of the second  
kind giving a statistical probability of convection and precipitation  
at a specific location at a specific time as a function of a large  
scale flow pattern predicted from initial conditions. On the other  
hand, turning to climate change predictions, the time scales on which  
the system is considered quasi-stationary, such that the statistics,  
say mean surface temperature, can be predicted as a function of an  
external parameter, say atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration, is  
still short in comparison to slow dynamics such as the oceanic  
overturning. On these time scales the state of these slow variables  
still depends on the initial conditions. This fuzzy distinction  
between predictability of the first and of the second kind is related  
to the lack of scale separation between fast and slow components of  
the climate system.

The non-linear nature of the problem furthermore opens the possibility  
of multiple attractors, or multiple quasi-steady states. As the  
paleoclimatic record shows, the climate has been jumping between  
different quasi-stationary climates. Such a jump happens very fast  
when a critical tipping point has been reached. The question is: Can a  
tipping point be predicted? This is a new kind of predictability (the  
third kind). If the tipping point is reached through a bifurcation,  
where the stability of the system is governed by some control  
parameter, changing in a predictable way to a critical value, the  
tipping is predictable. If the sudden jump occurs because internal  
chaotic fluctuations, noise, push the system across a barrier, the  
tipping is as unpredictable as the triggering noise. In order to hint  
at an answer to this question, an analysis of the Dansgaard-Oeschger  
climate events observed in ice core records is presented. The result  
of the analysis points to a fundamental limitation in predictability  
of the third kind.

Contact Name:  Sabinna Cappo
scappo at fas.harvard.edu


Physical and Chemical Modeling of Thermochemical Biomass Conversion to  
Monday, March 05, 2012
MIT, Building 3-333, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Addison Killean Stark, Department of Mechanical Engineering,  
Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

Thermochemical conversion of biomass to liquid fuels offers an  
attractive option to satisfy the need to produce drop-in ready  
biofuels to meet national mandates designed to displace petroleum  
consumption for transportation. There are different conversion  
technologies and schemes under development from fluidized bed  
pyrolysis reactors for the production of bio-oil to entrained flow  
gasifiers coupled with Fischer-Troepsch synthesis. The aim of this  
talk is to give an introduction to the different thermochemical  
conversion pathways currently under development for ligno-cellulosic  
fuel production and to give an overview of modeling approaches for  
these processes. Particular attention will be paid to the modeling  
approaches for the physiochemical conversion of the solid biomass - 
pyrolysis, gasification and combustion- as this complex first step is  
shared between the various conversion technologies.

Addison Stark joined the RGD Lab in February 2010 after receiving  
Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology and Public  
Policy from MIT. For his Master's research, Addison analyzed  
thermochemical biofuel production using a life-cycle methodology.  
Addison graduated from the University of Iowa in 2007 earning  
Bachelor's Degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry. Outside of the lab  
Addison has been engaged with the MIT Energy Club and Conference,  
formerly serving as Co-President of the Energy Club, and Content Co- 
Director for the 2010 Energy Conference.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Jeff Hanna


The Geometry of Molecules
Monday, March 05, 2012
MIT, Building 2-132

D.W. Weeks Lecture Series
Women in Mathematics Lecture Series
Speaker: Julie Mitchell (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Web site: http://math.mit.edu/wim/events/seminars.php

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Mathematics, Department of

For more information, contact:
Avisha Lalla
avisha at math.mit.edu


Learning Through Noticing: Theory and Experimental Evidence in Farming
Monday, March 05, 2012
Harvard, Littauer M16, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Josh Schwartzstein (Dartmouth)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Applied Theory Workshop

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


CDD Forum - Shrinking Cities
Monday, March 05, 2012
MIT, Building 10-485, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Justin Hollander, Tufts University

City Design and Development Lecture Series focusing on Shrinking Cities

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Department of  
For more information, contact:
Sandra Elliott
sandrame at mit.edu


The Last Mountain - film showing
Monday, March 5, 2012
Nye BC (5th Floor, Taubman Building), Harvard Kennedy School, 5 Eliot  
Street, Cambridge

First screening  of the 2012 Environmental Film Series:  The Last  

Q & A with the filmmaker, Bill Haney, to follow

Open to the public
Refreshments will be served

Film synopsis:
In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a  
mountain.  It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every  
American, regardless of their social status, economic background or  
where they live.  It is a battle that has taken many lives and  
continues to do so the longer it is waged.  It is a battle over  
protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of  
Big Coal.

The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s  
struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns.   
Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West  
Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are  
trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from  
continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.

David, himself, never faced a Goliath like Big Coal.

The citizens argue the practice of dynamiting the mountain’s top off  
to mine the coal within pollutes the air and water, is responsible for  
the deaths of their neighbors and spreads pollution to other states.   
Yet, regardless of evidence supporting these claims, Big Coal  
corporations repeat the process daily in the name of profit. Massive  
profit allows Big Coal to wield incredible financial influence over  
lobbyists and government officials in both parties, rewrite  
environmental protection laws, avoid lawsuits and eliminate more than  
40,000 mining jobs, all while claiming to be a miner’s best friend.   
As our energy needs increase, so does Big Coal’s control over our  
future. This fact and a belief that America was founded on the  
democratic principal that no individual or corporation owns the air  
and water and we all share the responsibility of protecting it, drives  
these patriotic citizens and their supporters from outside of  
Appalachia, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to keep fighting.

A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of  
ordinary Americans who fight for what they believe in, THE LAST  
MOUNTAIN shines a light on America’s energy needs and how those needs  
are being supplied.  It is a fight for our future that affects us all.
Written, directed and produced by Bill Haney, an award-winning  
documentary filmmaker and founder and president of the eco-housing  
start-up, Blu Homes, THE LAST MOUNTAIN was co-written and edited by  
Peter Rhodes and produced by Clara Bingham and Eric Grunebaum.   
Narrated by William Sadler, the film features original music by  
composer Claudio Ragazzi and includes the song “Your Control” by  
Crooked Fingers and Neko Case.

Speaker Info:
Bill Haney has written, produced and directed award winning  
documentary and narrative features for ten years. He is co-founder of  
Uncommon Productions.
His most recent feature documentary, The Price of Sugar, which he  
wrote, produced and directed, was short-listed for an Academy Award,  
nominated for the NAACP’s Image Award and was the recipient of  
numerous other honors, including the Gabriel Award and the Audience  
Award at South by Southwest.

In addition to filmmaking, Haney is founder of the eco-housing startup  
Blu Homes, using advanced technology to make housing greener,  
healthier and more affordable.  He is also chairman of World Connect,  
a non-profit supporting programs to help women and children in 400  
developing world villages.

More information about the film, which premiered at Sundance in 2011,  
can be found atthelastmountainmovie.com

Contact Name:  Amanda Swanson Sardonis
amanda_sardonis at harvard.edu


Web Innovators Group 33 (WebInno33)
Monday, March 5, 2012
6:30 PM (ET)
Royal Sonesta Cambridge, 40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge

WebInno is an informal gathering of people interested in internet and  
mobile innovation - open to all in the community.
We'll begin with the doors officially opening at 6:30pm in the  
Cambridge Royal Sonesta Hotel.

7PM: Main Dish Presentations
MediaMob - Matt Snyder
GatherEducation - Pano Anthos, Chris Mortonson, & Shonak Patel
Lifeables - Jeremy Daly, Karen Macumber & Greg Czarnowski
6:30-9pm: Side Dish Demos
Abroad101 - Adam Miller, Mike Stone, Jamie Davidson, & Jenna Lashley
Zoora - Aubrie Pagano & Chirag Nirmal
Mosaic Storage Systems - Gerard Murphy & Andy Young
OnTheBar - Ian Stanczyk
Cangrade - Michael Burtov, Gershon Goren & Steve Lehr

Register at http://webinno33.eventbrite.com/


8pm: Steve Papa, Founder and Chairman of Endeca, which was sold to  
Oracle for a rumored $1B+, will share his founding stories in session  
where Fred Shilmover of InsightSquared leads the discussion.
9pm: Co-Hosting AngelHack Hackathon Grand Prize Awards Ceremony (more  
info - use discount code "WebInno" to register as a participant).


ACT Lecture | Bruce Yonemoto - Re-representations and Simulations
Monday, March 05, 2012
MIT, Building E15-001

Speaker: Bruce Yonemoto, Professor of Studio Art in Video,  
Experimental Media, Film Theory, University of California, Irvine

Part of the ACT Spring 2012 Monday Nights Lecture Series: Experiments  
in Thinking, Action and Form

In conversation with Stephen Prina, Professor of Visual and  
Environmental Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge

Bruce Yonemoto works within the overlapping intersections of art and  
commerce, and the gallery world and cinema screen. Yonemoto juxtaposes  
cultural material from different international communities, such as  
those of the Japanese Americans, Nipo-Brasiliero, Peruvian Quechua and  
Hollywood communities. The photographic series North South East West  
focuses on the erased history of American Civil War soldiers of Asian  
descent. Yonemoto's collaboration with Dr. Juli Carson deals with the  
discovery of the real and poetic convergence between two distinct  
phenomena in Argentina: the site of one of the few growing glaciers in  
the world and one of the last regions where Lacanian psychoanalysis is  
practiced. Most recently, Yonemoto's work was exhibited at the ICC in  
Tokyo, the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, and the St. Louis Museum of  

Web site: http://act.mit.edu/projects-and-events/lectures/2012-spring/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and  
Planning, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:
Laura Anca Chichisan
act at mit.edu, clauraa at mit.edu


"From the Math Department to the Art Department: Larry Gonick on Being  
an Overeducated Cartoonist"
WHEN  Mon., Mar. 5, 2012, 8 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Hall C
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Statistics Department
SPEAKER(S)  Larry Gonick, author of "The Cartoon History of the  
Universe," numerous cartoon guides, and the new "Cartoon Guide to  

Tuesday, March 6

NESEA's BuildingEnergy 12
March 6-8, 2012
Boston Seaport World Trade Center
As a special offer to Energy (and Other) Events readers, the promo  
code BE12NOW reduces the day pass for all activities, normally $150,  
by $20
Free trade show passes for Thursday at http://bit.ly/BE12TradeShowGuest


MRCBG Seminar. "The Necessary Framework for Economic Reforms — A  
Comparative Analysis"
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School,  
70 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Humanities, Lecture, Social  
Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Francesco Giavazzi, professor of economics, Bocconi  
University, Milan and visiting professor of economics, MIT
NOTE  Please RSVP to mrcbg at ksg.harvard.edu


Behind the Smart Grid, A Backbone of Regulations and Standards
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Wasserstein 2012, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Environmental Sciences, Information  
Technology, Law, Science, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Environmental Law Society
SPEAKER(S)  Joel Eisen, energy lawyer professor
NOTE  The Smart Grid can be a profound transformation of the current  
electricity system. However, how is it put together? Like the  
Internet, where familiar standardized protocols such as TCP/IP enabled  
revolutionary growth, the same is also possible in the Smart Grid.  
There is a complex process under way to set these standards. Eisen,  
writer of a leading energy law text Energy, Economics and the  
Environment, is taking a key role in this effort. He has consulted for  
numerous utilities, companies, and federal and state regulators on  
these issues. Come and learn about this exciting new area of work.  
Lunch (non-pizza) will be served!


Super Tuesday
Tuesday, March 6
12 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Melinda Henneberger, political reporter and blogger, The Washington Post


Enterprise Resilience: Turning Large Scale Disruptions into  
Competitive Advantage
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan  
Relations; co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of  
Japanese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering  
Systems, and director, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics,  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Moderator: Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Lee Folger Fund Professor of  
History, and director, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese  
Studies, Harvard University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  xtian at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/schedule/schedule.htm


Question Asking: The One Most Essential Skill for Learning and Democracy
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Gutman Library, 13 Appian Way (Harvard Graduate School of  
Education), Gutman Conference Center (Library basement)
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The Civic and Moral Education Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, The Right Question  
Institute; Amy Shine Jones, teacher, Haverhill High School
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Akw158 at mail.harvard.edu
NOTE  Food provided.
Followed by reception.
A participatory workshop and discussion about the fundamental  
importance of the skill of question-asking for both learning and  
democracy. Rothstein and Santana will talk about lessons from the  
innovative skill building work of the Right Question Institute in low  
and moderate income communities around the country and beyond.  
Participants will also be introduced through an active learning  
process to the Question Formulation Technique™ which is featured in  
Rothstein and Santana’s new book, Make Just One Change: Teach Students  
to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011). Amy Shine  
Jones will offer a teacher's perspective along with others from the  
area who are using the Right Question Strategy in their classrooms.


The Political Economy of Sovereign Default and Market Reaccess
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
MIT, Building E52-244
Speaker: Guido Sandleris (UTDT)

Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/7626
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Macroeconomics/International Seminar
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Award Ceremonies, Social Sciences, Special  
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Joan Shorenstein Center
SPEAKER(S)  Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief, Guardian News and Media
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK  http://www.shorensteincenter.org


Remember Fukushima
Tuesday, March 6
6:00pm until 9:00pm
Friends Meeting At Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

One year after the Nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi  
Nuclear Facility the situation is far from under control. Dangerous  
levels of radioactivity are still being found hundreds of miles from  
the site of the accident. More than 80,000 people have been forced to  
leave their homes with little hope of returning. In addition to the  
incalculable health costs, the decades-long process of clean-up and  
decontamination of almost 1,000 square miles of land may cost as much  
as 250 billion dollars with limited prospects for success.

Meet participants in a nineteen-day walk from Seabrook Nuclear Power  
Plant in NH to Plymouth Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, MA on the  
anniversary of the catastrophe at Fukushima, Japan and ending in  
Vernon, VT at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. The group will stop  
on the night of March 6th for this event at the Cambridge Friends  
Meeting House near Harvard Square. There will be a discussion on the  
dangers of nuclear power and current issues regarding the Plymouth and  
Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plants.


Jamaica Plain Seed Swap potluck
Tuesday, March 6th
6:30pm at Nate Smith House
155 Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain

As we move into Spring, and prepare our gardens, it is a good time to  
share seeds and learn how to start seedlings. You do not have to bring  
seeds, but that makes it more fun, we will have plastic bags to  
facilitate sharing.

For a $5 donation, Andree will provide plastic trays and soil for seed  
starts, so if you want to go home with some seedlings please RSVP and  
so she knows approximately how many to get.

Bring your own plate, cup, fork, if you can. There is a sink for  
washing dishes.

Invite your friends — and forward widely to folks in JP.


The Secret Talks That Led to the Fall of Apartheid
WHEN  Tue., Mar. 6, 2012, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Langdell North, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Ethics, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The Program on Negotiation, Harvard Negotiation  
& Mediation Clinical Program
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Young, specialist in conflict resolution and  
strategic evaluation, chairman, Michael Young Associates Ltd.
CONTACT INFO  mhamlen at law.harvard.edu
NOTE  In the 1980s, Michael Young was head of communications for  
Consolidated Gold Fields, a British mining company with significant  
assets in South Africa. At the request of African National Congress  
(ANC) President Oliver Tambo, Young initiated a series of covert  
negotiations between representatives of the exiled ANC and powerful  
Afrikaner elite between 1986 and 1990, which led to the end of the  
apartheid system and the release of Nelson Mandela.
Refreshments will be provided.
LINK  http://www.pon.harvard.edu

Wednesday, March 7


NESEA's BuildingEnergy 12
March 6-8, 2012
Boston Seaport World Trade Center
As a special offer to Energy (and Other) Events readers, the promo  
code BE12NOW reduces the day pass for all activities, normally $150,  
by $20
Free trade show passes for Thursday at http://bit.ly/BE12TradeShowGuest

Goldsmith Seminar. "The Present and Future of Investigative Reporting"
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
WHERE  Fifth Floor, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Joan Shorenstein Center
SPEAKER(S)  Panel discussion with the Goldsmith Award finalists for  
investigative reporting
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  Panel discussion with reporters from:
ABC News 20/20
The Associated Press
Center for Public Integrity and NPR
New York Times
Bloomberg News
LINK  http://www.shorensteincenter.org

Lighting Up Tightly Confined Photon Modes in Plasmonic Nanostructures

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


MIT, Building 36-428

Speaker: Prof. Nicholas Fang, M.I.T.

Optics & Quantum Electronics Seminar Series

Web site: http://www.rle.mit.edu/oqe/seminar/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Optics & Quantum Electronics Seminar Series
For more information, contact:
Donna Gale
dgale at mit.edu


Climate change comes to Thoreau's Concord: Impacts on plants, birds,  
and butterflies
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
11:00am - 12:00pm
BioLabs Main Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
Richard Primack, Boston University

All are welcome to attend.



Du Bois Institute Colloquium Series: Calypso Blues: Black Music,  
Diaspora and the Search for Community
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 12 p.m.
WHERE  Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Humanities, Lecture, Music
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and  
African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Joshua Guild, assistant professor of history and African  
American studies, Princeton University
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  dbievent at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.
Please feel free to bring a lunch.
LINK  http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu

Poverty, Growth and the Demand for Energy

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


MIT, Building E51-376

Speaker: Catherine Wolfram (Berkeley)

Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/7591

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Development and Environmental Economics Workshop

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


Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy: "The Political Economy  
of Deforestation in the Tropics"
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S)  Benjamin Olken
LINK  http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k82245&pageid=icb.page443881


"Inside Job" Film Screening with an Introduction by Professor Lawrence  
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Austin Hall, 100 North, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Film, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
SPEAKER(S)  Lawrence Lessig, Harvard
COST  Free and open to the public, please reserve a seat at  
TICKET WEB LINK  insidejob.eventbrite.com
TICKET INFO  Please reserve a seat at: insidejob.eventbrite.com
CONTACT INFO  ethics at harvard.edu, 617.495.1336, www.ethics.harvard.edu
NOTE  Come watch a free screening of the documentary film "Inside  
Job." Lawrence Lessig will introduce the film, which is being screened  
in advance of a public lecture to be given the following day (March 8)  
by the film's director, Charles Ferguson.
LINK  http://ethics.harvard.edu/news-and-events/lectures-and-events/detail/240


Future of Energy. “Bringing Back America: How Reviving Our  
Manufacturing Sector Is the Big Issue in the 2012 Election”
WHEN  Wed., Mar. 7, 2012, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S)  Carl Pope, former chairman, The Sierra Club
CONTACT INFO  Lisa Matthews: matthew at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  Why advanced, green-tech and clean energy technologies are the  
key to the America that most of us want, and what the federal  
government needs to do.
LINK  http://environment.harvard.edu/events/2012-03-07/future-energy-carl-pope
Thursday, March 8

NESEA's BuildingEnergy 12
March 6-8, 2012
Boston Seaport World Trade Center
As a special offer to Energy (and Other) Events readers, the promo  
code BE12NOW reduces the day pass for all activities, normally $150,  
by $20
Free trade show passes for today at http://bit.ly/BE12TradeShowGuest


“Ending Violence Against Women: Pathways to Power, Resilience &  
Thursday, March 8
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston

Panelists include Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Purnima Mane,  
CEO and President Pathfinder International, Audrey Porter, Assistant  
Program Director and Coordinator of Survivor Services, My Life, My  
Choice, and moderator Ann Fleck-Henderson, Simmons College Professor  
of Social Work, Emerita

RSVP by Monday, March 5 to http://iwd2012.eventbrite.com


Regulatory Uncertainty and Corporate Responses to Environmental  
Protection in China
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

A Harvard China Project seminar featuring Christopher Marquis,  
Associate Professor of Business Administration and Marvin Bower  
Fellow, Harvard Business School
China's rapid industrialization and economic development in the past  
three decades has been accompanied by extreme environmental  
degradation. However, as development has progressed, there has been  
increasing awareness among the Government, business community and  
general public of the importance of environmental protection. The  
Chinese Central Government in particular has been paying increasing  
attention to these issues as environmental security is seen to be  
essential for China to continue its future growth trend. The 11th and  
recent 12th Five-Year Plans focus on energy efficiency and the  
enhancement of environmental protection are prominent examples of this  
recent commitment. While this change in governmental policy and action  
has been widely supported by the general public and global business  
community, it has created extreme uncertainties regarding the priority  
and goals among key business actors, both Chinese firms and  
multinationals. The talk will focus on questions of how have, and  
should, businesses operating in China respond to these changes?

Sponsored by the China Project, Harvard School of Engineering and  
Applied Sciences

Contact Name:  Chris Nielsen
nielsen2 at fas.harvard.edu

Microbial Facebook: Probing Bacterial Social Networks
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 8, 2012, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  HUCE (Harvard Center for the Environment) at 24 Oxford St, 3rd  
Floor, Room 310
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI)
SPEAKER(S)  Marvin Whiteley (University of Texas at Austin)
CONTACT INFO  alenco at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  MSI Monthly Thursday Seminar. Please join us for a wine and  
cheese reception at 5:30, followed by the seminar at 6 p.m.
LINK  http://www.msi.harvard.edu/events/thursdays.html


Thursday March 8th
The Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street, Union Square, Somerville

Come meet the folks who grow your foods!  We're bringing more than 20  
local farms to the city to help folks sign up for local, fresh, weekly  
farm shares.
A farm share (CSA share) is a weekly box of fresh/delicious/natural  
veggies (and sometimes meat/fish) delivered by local farms to  
convenient pickup spots within our community.  We'll offer special  
kids activities, delicious/responsible pizza for sale, and farm share  
options for low-income households.

Presented by theMOVE  |  more info @ http://www.farmsharefair.org
Sponsored by Rafiki Bistro + Craigie on Main + Stone Hearth Pizza
Co-sponsored by Somerville Climate Action + NOFA/Mass + Groundwork  
Somerville + Somerville Community Health Agenda + Union Square Main  

PRIZES: You can support theMOVE's great work and get in on the amazing  
prizes we're offering in our raffle, to some of Boston's most  
distinguished restaurants, bybuying online presale (attendance not  
required): Dinner for 2 at Henrietta's Table, $100 at Hungry Mother,  
$50 at Rendezvous, $50 at Upstairs on the Square


New Directions in EcoPlanning Annual Lecture A Great Green Cloud: The  
Rise and Fall of the City Elms
WHEN  Thu., Mar. 8, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Environmental Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Museum of Natural History
SPEAKER(S)  Thomas J. Campanella, associate professor of urban  
planning and design, University of North Carolina
COST  Free and open to the public
NOTE  Decades before Olmsted park, Yankee villagers planted elm trees  
on their streets and commons to forge a union of rus and urbe, i.e.  
the rustic and the urban. The trees brought about “a kind of  
compromise between town and country,” observed Charles Dickens, as if  
each had met the other halfway and shaken hands upon it. The result  
was that lost masterpiece of American urbanism, “Elm Street.”
Campanella will explore elm culture in the U.S., and how our love  
affair with this giant nearly brought it to the edge of disappearance.  
Reception to follow, free and open to the public.

Free parking available in the 52 Oxford Street garage. Supported by a  
gift from Michael Dyett ’68, M.R.P. ’72 and Heidi Richardson.


Noam Chomsky on Arab Spring
Thursday, March 08, 2012
MIT, Building 26-100
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Amnesty International

For more information, contact:
Yiping Xing
mitai-exec at mit.edu


Past Climate and Sea-Level Changes: Looking Back to Our Future

Thursday, March 8

7 pm

NE Aquarium, Harborside Learning Lab, 1 Central Wharf, Boston

Stephen Pekar, Ph.D, Queens College, City University of New York

Carbon dioxide levels are predicted to rise during this century to  
levels not seen in over 25 million years. Recently, the Integrated  
Ocean Drilling Program traveled to Antarctica to recover sedimentary  
cores that go back to that period. Cores from this time interval are  
rare, and they can show us what an Earth with elevated CO2 looks like.  
Dr. Pekar will provide an overview of Antarctic climate changes when  
CO2 levels were similar to what is predicted for this century and also  
provide some of the early results from IODP Wilkes Land Expedition.

Register at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=103701&view=Detail


Working Group on Co-operation
Thursday, March 8
7:30 - 9:30 PM in Newton Lower Falls (email rwayneclark at igc.org for  

William Coughlan, author of several books on Co-ops – including Small  
Groups: the Process of Change and Co-operative Internet Learning – and  
other subjects, will be joining us for a wonderful and wide-ranging  
discussion.  We will have his books available for sale then, and I  
have copies of his two books available now, if you want to read them  
before he arrives.

Editorial Comment:  This is a weekly meeting for those interested in  
cooperatives in this international year of cooperatives.


Friday, March 9


"Designing Deception in the Magician Craft"

Friday, March 09, 2012


MIT, Building 7-431

Speaker: Graham Jones - Assistant Professor of Anthropology, MIT

Design and Computation Lecture Series, Department of Architecture

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Architecture, Computation Group Events

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


Histories of Now: Art, Digital Media + Contemporary Social Movements  
March 9, 2012

1-7 pm

Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Attendees must obtain free tickets from a kiosk/ticket desk at an MFA  
entrance to gain admittance.*

1 pm  Welcome, overview, logistics

1:15-2:30 pm. The Contested Present*
It is widely acknowledged that we are in a moment of global social  
transformation. This is a moment in which experiences of the world and  
modes of representing that world are changing. From actual physical  
libraries in places of protest and mobile citizen journalism to  
architecturally-scaled imaging projections and remote-controlled  
quadcopter drones, participants and allies of social movements are  
finding new ways to gather, relay and interpret information about the  
transformations underway. Often, these strategies are produced under  
urgent and temporary conditions with no centralized message or medium.  
There are multiple and contested experiences and representations. What  
currents of meaning are flowing through global audio-visual circuits?  
What cultural visions are embodied through emergent social protest  
movements? How do contemporary art and digital media makers work  
variously to negate, sharpen, or resolve contradictions?

2:45-4 pm. Condense/Disperse*
In February 2011, protesters dispersed word across their networks in  
Cairo and beyond?by friend, family, neighborhood and through globally- 
connected electronic media to take the uprising to the president's  
door. On the 11th, people made their way in twos and threes to the  
Heliopolis Palace, condensing by the thousands at the palace, an  
instance of a pattern of condensation and dispersal through which  
recent protest movements have expressed themselves in space and in  
effects. What are people condensing around, in digital and non-digital  
spaces? How are these condensations being evoked? What are the forms  
of dispersal, strategic or reactive? How are individual artists and  
mediamakers negotiating these movements? What new condensations and  
dispersals do artists and mediamakers initiate? How does the work of  
artists and digital media makers reflect, produce or problematize the  
claims of contemporary social movements in Cairo, Boston, and in  

4:15-5:30 pm. Future Tellings*
Social movements both attract and produce storytellers: ordinary  
people, bloggers, tweeters, Occupy librarians, independent filmmakers  
and witness-participants, all breaking into storytelling in their own  
distinctive ways. What kinds of storytelling practices are emerging  
from movements to critique the present and project equitable futures?  
What are their new forms and routes of exchange? How do they embody  
new theories of justice and provoke visions of thriving, connected  
communities and societies? To what extent do they help justice,  
community, and global awareness to take root? How do stories travel  
from place to place, and what new forms does connected global culture  
take as a result?

5:30 pm Closing comments *

*5:45-7 pm**Reception at "Histories of Now:* Six Artists from  
Cairo" (SMFA's Grossman Gallery) In conjunction with the "Histories of  
Now: Six Artists from Cairo" exhibition at the School of the Museum of  
Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), co-organized by metaLAB(at)Harvard.


DUSP GIS Symposium: Future Directions in Geocomputation,  
Georepresentation and Geovisualization in Urban Studies and Planning

Friday, March 09, 2012


MIT, Building 9-354

Addressing Complexity in the Urban Design and Planning Process
Mei-Po Kwan

Abstract: Cities around the world are undergoing significant  
transformation as the social, political and geographic processes  
underlying these changes become more complex. In turn, explaining  
urban change has also become more challenging given a) recent advances  
in geospatial technologies (such as GPS, GIS and remote sensing); b)  
the availability of new GIS-based analytical tools; and c) the  
burgeoning amounts of heretofore unavailable geographic data of urban  
areas. Taken together, these developments offer new opportunities for  
the analysis and theoretical understanding of cities and the people  
who live in them. My presentation explores recent developments in GIS,  
and discusses how these developments are likely to transform the  
fields of urban studies and planning.

Beyond the Buildings: Using GIS to see the Human City
Amy Hillier

Amy Hillier will discuss ways to use GIS that illuminate past and  
present patterns of racial and income disparities in cities. She will  
present examples from her work on historical mortgage redlining,  
W.E.B. Du Bois' classic 1899 book, The Philadelphia Negro, access to  
supermarkets and exposure to outdoor advertising as well as examples  
from her students.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn
eglenn at mit.edu


Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters
WHEN  Fri., Mar. 9, 2012, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer Case Study Room (S020), Japan Friends of Harvard  
Concourse, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences,  
Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Reischauer Institute Japan Forum Special Series  
on Post-Disaster Japan presentation co-sponsored by the Weatherhead  
Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of  
History, and director, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK  http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~rijs/programs/forum.html

The Veritas Forum @ MIT - Will Technology Save the World?

Friday, March 09, 2012


MIT, Building W-16, Kresge

Speaker: Rosalind Picard, Jose Gomez-Marquez, Susan Silbey, George  
Barbastathis, Ian Hutchinson

"However far modern science and technics have fallen short of their  
inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson:  
Nothing is impossible."
Lewis Mumford, Technics and Civilization, 1934. (Columbia)

"Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes  
life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs:  
Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it."
Albert Einstein, in an address at Caltech, 1931. (Harper)

"Technology shapes society and society shapes technology."
Robert S. White, Environmental Science and Technology, 1990. (S&S)

Two atheist and two Christian MIT professors weigh in on the question,  
"Will Technology Save the World?" Come to The Veritas Forum to hear  
their reactions, thoughts, and conversations on this memorable night.

Web site: http://veritas.org/MIT
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Asian Baptist Student Koinonia, Asian Christian  
Fellowship, Baptist Student Fellowship, Graduate Christian Fellowship,  
Campus Crusade for Christ, Cross Products, MIT Gospel Choir, MIT  
Intervarsity, Tech Catholic Community, Victory Campus Ministries,  
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Large Event Fund (LEF),  
Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, Innovations in  
International Health @ MIT, The Veritas Forum
For more information, contact:
Diana Jue
dmjue at mit.edu

Saturday, March 10

The Massachusetts Pirate Party will be hosting our first conference -  
*Politics: share, remix, reboot*.
It will be all day on March 10th at the Democracy Center in Cambridge.
More details and registration at:  http://www.masspirates.org/blog/conference/

So far we have the following talks:
*David House*, a researcher at MIT who helped set up the Bradley  
Manning Support Network, will be giving a talk entitled: *Going toe-to- 
toe with the state: navigating the challenges of a digital activist*.

*Shauna Gordon-McKeon*, organizer for the Boston Sunlight Foundation,  
will talk about some of the programming projects transparency  
activists are using to open up government data.

Writer and publisher *Cecilia Tan*, and *Shane Bugbee* will be on the  
*Tales from the Net: Making a living at being creative* panel.

*Michael Anderson* will give a talk called *Fight Ridiculous With  
Ridiculous: The Guerrilla Tactics of Fair Use*.

Also, *Conor Sherman* will give a talk called *Stranger Danger: Don't  
Click that Link Even If They Offer Puppies and Candy*.

Finally, we will have a number of talks by Pirate Party members,  
Exploring Kopimism* by *Lauren Pespisa*
Patents Upending* by *Erik Zoltan*
Fair Use for Activists* by *Chris Walsh*
How to Run for Office* by *James O'Keefe*

We will also have time for open discussion of where the Pirate Party  
should go and what issues we should focus on.

We will be showing open or public domain films in the evening.

We hope you can join us on March 10th.


Alewife Wildlife Walk Series
Saturday, Mar. 10, 9 – 11am
Sunday, Apr. 15, 1 – 3pm

Sponsored by The Friends of Alewife Reservation

Spring Migration, bringing songbirds and more through the coastal  
Northeast, will be in full swing for the best bird viewing  
opportunities of the year so bring your field glasses and guide books  
to join expert tracker naturalist David Brown in search of wildlife  
signs in this small but vital river floodplain forest in Belmont,  
Cambridge and connecting Arlington woodlands as we visit the precious  
local resource used to rest and refuel for the flight
Dress warmly and wear sturdy boots; terrain is rugged. Please note  
that this is an adult activity, but interested children are welcome  
with their parents. Little ones may need to be carried. Wetness  
requires boots. There is no cost; a donation is requested.

Meet at: The Alewife Reservation parking lot, Acorn Park Drive, off  
Rt. 2 Cambridge.
For additional information visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.friendsofalewifereservation.org 
" \t "_blank" www.friendsofalewifereservation.org or call 617 415 1884
Sign up at  HYPERLINK "mailto:info at friendsofalewifereservation.org" info at friendsofalewifereservation.org
Brown, an expert naturalist, has been giving walks for years at the  
Alewife Reservation and has published a professional assessment of the  
area "Biodiversity of the Alewife Reservation Area", available from FAR.




Feeding Boston, Changing the World: International Women’s Day 2012
Mar 10, 2012
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ballroom, Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, Boston

This International Women’s Day, Boston’s Oxfam Action Corps invites  
you to honor women who work the land, feed their families, and plow  
the way forward to more sustainable agricultural economies here and  
abroad.  Worldwide, millions of women engage in small scale farming  
and are leaders in the fight against hunger, yet they face  
discrimination in access to resources like land and credit.  Here in  
Boston, women are innovators in building a better food system that  
provides healthy and sustainable choices.  Come together with Oxfam  
America, the GROW campaign, and our Host Committee organizations to  
celebrate women’s achievements here and worldwide in changing the way  
we grow, eat, and share food so that everyone has enough to eat, always.

Anna Oloshuro Kalaita, Masaai farmer from Tanzania
Ashley Stanley,Founder, Lovin’ Spoonfuls Inc., Boston
Molly Anderson, College of the Atlantic, Partridge Chair in Food &  
Sustainable Agriculture Systems
Melanie Hardy, Farm Manager, Land’s Sake Farm, Weston
Keely Curliss, Youth Intern, The Food Project, Boston
Moderator: Jennifer Hashley, Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming  
Project, Tufts University

Host Committee:
Boston Oxfam Action Corps, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Massachusetts Climate  
Action Network, Oxfam America, Science Club for Girls, Slow Food  
Boston, United Nations Association of Greater Boston

2012 Boston GreenFest, Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women,  
Foundation for a Green Future, GreenDorchester/the Dorchester  
Community Food Co-op, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, Microloan  
Foundation, MIT Fighting World Hunger, Northeastern University’s  
Women’s Law Caucus, Science Club for Girls, Slow Food Boston, Small  
Planet Institute, United Nations Association of Greater Boston,  
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Zonta Club  

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Curtis  
International Council Fund of the Boston Foundation.

Register at http://bostoniwd2012-esearch.eventbrite.com/?srnk=26

Monday, March 12

Borders, Geography, and Oligopoly: Evidence from the Wind Turbine  
Monday, March 12, 2012
MIT, Building E62-650
Speaker: Paul Grieco (Penn State)

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): IO Workshop (Sponsored by Analysis Group)

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


Legatum Lecture ~ Standing on the Sun: The Emerging Economies Drive  
the Evolution of Capitalism

Monday, March 12, 201


MIT, BuildingE62-262, Sloan School, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Christopher Meyer

For half a century the US has sat at the center of the global economic  
system, and Western-style capitalism has dominated. Now, it's no  
secret that the center of gravity is shifting. The advanced economies  
that in 2000 consumed 75% of the world's output will, by 2050, consume  
just 32%. Meanwhile, the emerging economies of the world--Brazil,  
India, China, and others--will surge forward. As these fast-growing,  
low-income economies mature, will they adopt the practices of the old  
guard? Or will they make their own way, and create the next prevailing  
version of capitalism? What new opportunities will that create for  
firms around the world?

Copernicus saw the true shape of the solar system by realizing he was  
not at it's center, in effect, by standing on the sun. Chris Meyer  
will be at MIT to discuss today's deeply held assumptions about  
capitalism, and the world of other possibilities in emerging economies.

Web site: http://legatum.mit.edu/content/1174
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker
legatum at mit.edu


ACT Lecture | Taru Elfving - Archipelago Logic: Towards Sustainable  

Monday, March 12, 2012


MIT, Building E15-001

Speaker: Taru Elfving, Artistic Director, Contemporary Art Archipelago  
(CAA), Finland

ACT Spring 2012 Monday Nights Lecture Series:
Experiments in Thinking, Action and Form

In conversation with:
Renee Green, Associate Professor, MIT Program in Art, Culture and  
Gediminas Urbonas, Associate Professor, MIT Program in Art, Culture  
and Technology
Nomeda Urbonas, ACT Fellow, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Taru Elfving, curator and director of Contemporary Art Archipelago  
(CAA), calls into play the curatorial notion of the "dysfunctional"  
exhibition and its role within the larger concept of sustainability.  
CAA, a trans-disciplinary, cross-cultural exhibition spread across the  
isles of the Turku Archipelago (Baltic Sea), included over 23  
international artists who researched the area's environment and ways  
of life, and worked with the local community and institutions. Elfving  
will elaborate on the modes of collaboration between artists and  
curators, the ecological system as a potential generator of thinking  
and cultural production, and as a site of pilgrimage, as well as the  
potential of contemporary art as a force in cross-disciplinary  
research and action. Her presentation will be followed by a  
conversation with CAA artists Renee Green, and Gediminas & Nomeda  

Web site: http://act.mit.edu/projects-and-events/lectures/2012-spring/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and  
Planning, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:
Laura Anca Chichisan
act at mit.edu, clauraa at mit.edu


Tuesday, March 13


Awakening the Arab Spring - Lecture and Demonstration
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (ET)
Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
This event is free and open to the public but tickets must be reserved  
online by visiting:

Professor Philip Khoury, Ford International Professor and Associate  
Provost at MIT
Jamshied Sharifi, MIT Visiting Artist and Composer-In-Residence
Obaidah Abuhashem '12, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and  
President of the MIT Arab Students’ Organization
Emily Jackson ‘13, Chemical Engineering, President of the MIT Wind  

MIT Ford International Professor of History and Associate Provost  
Philip Khoury will discuss the Arab Spring, a revolutionary wave of  
demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab World that began in  
December 2010. Professor Khoury is joined by MIT Visiting Artist and  
Composer-In-Residence, Jamshied Sharifi, who will discuss Awakening,  
his new composition inspired by the events of the Arab Spring. The  
piece, which uses Arabic maqam as source material, was commissioned by  
and for the MIT Wind Ensemble.

Also joining the panel is Obaidah Abuhashem, president of the MIT Arab  
Students’ Association and a native of Gaza Strip in Palestine. Musical  
excerpts of Awakening will be presented by MIT Wind Ensemble president  
and flute player, Emily Jackson, ‘13.

Mr. Sharifi will be composer-in-residence at MIT March 12-17.  
Sponsored by the MIT Visiting Artist Program and Music and Theater Arts.

Professor Philip S. Khoury was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and  
educated at the Sidwell Friends School, Trinity College, and Harvard  
University. He joined the MIT History Faculty in 1981 and is currently  
the Ford International Professor of History. He served as Dean of the  
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences between 1991 and 2006,  
became Kenan Sahin Dean in 2002, and Associate Provost in 2006.
Professor Khoury is a political and social historian of the Middle  
East. Among his publications areUrban Notables and Arab Nationalism  
(Cambridge University Press); Syria and the French Mandate(Princeton  
University Press), which received the George Louis Beer Prize of the  
American Historical Association; Tribes and State Formation in the  
Middle East (University of California Press); The Modern Middle East:  
A Reader (Palgrave/MacMillan); and Recovering Beirut: Urban Design and  
Post-war Reconstruction (Brill).
Professor Khoury is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and  
Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of  
Science, and a past president of the Middle East Studies Association.  
In 1985, he established the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar at MIT,  
a leading public forum for the examination of contemporary Middle  
Eastern affairs. He is chairman of the American University of Beirut  
Board of Trustees, chairman of the World Peace Foundation, and vice  
chairman of the Trinity College Board of Trustees. He is also an  
overseer of Koç University in Istanbul.

Jamshied Sharifi is a New York-based composer, producer, and  
He was born in Topeka, Kansas to an Iranian father and an American  
mother. Sharifi graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of  
Technology with a degree in humanities, and Summa Cum Laude from  
Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Sharifi has composed the scores for the feature films Harriet The Spy,  
Down To Earth, Clockstoppers, The Thomas Crown Affair,Muppets From  
Space, Footsteps in Africa, 14 Women, and for many other films and  
television shows.  As a producer, he has made records for Mamak  
Khadem, Yungchen Lhamo, Susan McKeown, and Mirabai Ceiba.  As an  
arranger, he has written for Ray Charles, Paula Cole, Dream Theater,  
Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Mis-teeq, Matthew Morrison, Sam Moore,  
Smokey Robinson, and Jordin Sparks.  His world-inspired debut CD, A  
Prayer For The Soul Of Layla, was named ‘Best World Album’ by New Age  
Voice magazine, and ‘Best Album of the Year’ by critic and radio host  
John Diliberto.  In 2009 he served as an arranger for the Inaugural  
Concert for President Obama at the Lincoln Memorial.
Sharifi recently completed the score for the second season of On The  
Road In America, an unscripted documentary about four young Arabs  
traveling in the United States. The show is currently airing in many  
Arab markets, and will come to the States later this year.

Obaidah Abuhashem, ’13, is an international student at the  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology from Gaza Strip, Palestine. He  
is currently a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer  
Science, and minoring in Economics. Obaidah’s interest in spreading  
awareness about the Arab World at MIT led him to join the MIT Arab  
Students’ Organization during his freshman year. He has served as vice  
president and a president for the organization. Next year, he will be  
pursuing his Masters of Engineering in Electrical engineering and  
Computer Sciences at MIT.

Emily Jackson, ’13, is a Southern California native and a senior at  
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying chemical-biological  
engineering and minoring in music. As a flautist, she enjoys playing  
in MIT’s Wind Ensemble and, occasionally, with the MIT Festival Jazz  
Ensemble. She has served as the president of the MIT Wind Ensemble for  
the past two years. As an Emerson Scholar, she studies flute with Sue- 
Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin. Next year, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in  
chemical engineering.




Statewide Farm to School Convention
March 15, 2012
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA!

Come hear how inspiring food service directors, educators, students,  
parents, and community members are building connections between  
schools and farms in Massachusetts - and learn what you can do to  
further those connections.

This year's convention will feature Curt Ellis, Executive Director of  
FoodCorps, and Abbie Nelson, Vice President of the SNA in VT and  
Director of VTFEED, as well as six workshop tracks:
New Ideas for Locally Grown in School Cafeterias
Farm to School for Very Young Students
New Strategies for Expanding Farm to School Sales
Models for Successful Agriculture-Based Education
Community Connections
New Initiatives in Colleges and Other Institutions

Register at http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103105356625-127/Convention+Registration+Form.pdf


MIT Energy Conference
March 16 and 17

Every year, thought-leaders in energy descend on MIT for one primary  
reason: to formulate powerful, productive ideas in the face of a  
rapidly changing industry.

This year's MIT Energy Conference will explore the challenge, and  
promise, of Insight and Innovation in Uncertain Times.

 From the failure at Fukishima to the fall of Solyndra, the past year  
has been witness to several destabilizing events across the known  
energy landscape. However, despite the ambient sense of uncertainty  
around the globe, a different spirit animates MIT, where the pace of  
research discovery carries on,  students and faculty of wide-ranging  
discipline interact, and critical new concepts, collaborations, and  
ventures emerge year after year.



6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA  

Description: Boston + New England have an impressive number of  
companies creating tools and technologies to help promote and fund  
music projects. We also have a vibrant and diverse music community.  
Music 2.0 keeps connecting the two for the benefit of both.

With 200+ attendees, at both the 2010 and 2011 events, they were  
terrific evenings, pulling together many of the music, tech, and event  
companies from Greater Boston.

For 2012, we are going to have more music-related companies present,  
quick updates from some companies that presented in years past, and  
more time to meet friends new and old (read: networking!) and a chance  
for companies that are hiring to press the flesh with folks who are  
job hunting.

Music 2.0 is a terrific event for:
Musicians of every genre (rock, hip hop, jazz, folk, classical,  
electronic, opera, etc.)
Marketing folks from venues, arts organizations, etc.
Managers and agents
Members of the media
Promoters and presenters that work at venues, music organizations, etc.

Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2870380385


GreenPort Forum:  How Can We Prepare for Climate-Related Emergencies?

Tuesday, March 20


Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge

Extreme weather events have escalated in recent years – floods,  
droughts, and storms.  Progressive climate change, rising ocean  
levels, and depletion of basic resources such as land and water make  
future emergencies more and more likely.  We need to find ways as a  
community to prepare for these threats.  Hear about practical steps we  
can take, and share your ideas.  Our panel will include:

Sam Lipson from the Cambridge Public Health Department [invited]
Helen Kobek, community activist and co-leader of Do-It-Ourselves  
George Mokray, Cambridgeport resident and longtime solar activist

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

Editorial Comment:  Your editor will be presenting on Solar IS Civil  
Defense:  http://solarray.blogspot.com/2008/05/solar-is-civil-defense-illustrated.html


Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents
Strategery:  SNL’s Remarkable Influence Over Politics Through Satire
the Annual Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award presented  
to James Downey
with moderator Bill Murray

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30-8:00 pm
C. Walsh Theater at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston

preceded by a special First Amendment Award Reception, fundraiser held  
from 4:00-5:30 pm at the
Offices of Prince Lobel Tye LLP (Boston, MA 02114) , MA. Wheelchair  
accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station.  
For more information, contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University:  
617-557-2007, http://www.fordhallforum.org.


Babson's 6th Annual Energy, Environment and Entrepreneurship Conference
March 30th, 2012

This year’s theme is “Energy, Environment & Entrepreneurship:  
Challenging Assumptions, Changing Perceptions.”  We believe there are  
some tough questions to be addressed and our panels are designed  
around real challenges and exciting opportunities in energy,  
alternative transportation, sustainable development, and several other  
topics within the energy and environmental space.
We have two exciting key note speakers:
Mark Rodgers - Director of Communications, Cape Wind
T.I. (Tahmid) Mizan, Senior Technology Planning Advisor, ExxonMobil  

More information on our strong list of speakers and event details can  
be found at http://babsonenergy.com/
Early bird ticket pricing ends on March 5


Wild and Scenic Film Festival EcoFest

March 31st, 11 AM-4 PM
290 Congress Street, Boston

The national Wild and Scenic Film Festival tour is coming to Boston,  
beginning with EcoFest, an afternoon of films and environmental  
activities at Atlantic Wharf in Fort Point. The Wild and Scenic Film  
Festival combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and  
first-rate storytelling. The event will include international short  
films, puppet-making, a kids’ matinee at 11 AM, environmental  
activities, an eco-marketplace, and a cinematic tribute to Kenyan  
Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai. Be prepared to be inspired!

Admission to EcoFest is free. Admission to the films is $5, payable  
online or at the door. More information about the program, including  
tickets and the complete film lineup, is posted on the “e” inc.
website, http://www.e-action.us/, and on the Facebook page for the  
event - https://www.facebook.com/events/244742755593954/.

This festival is a fundraiser for “e” inc., an environment science  
learning and action center whose pairing of science education with  
community action leads to environmental change in urban communities.


The Finale: Locavore Tasting and Environmental Film Night

March 31st, 6-10 PM
290 Congress Street, Boston

A fundraising locavore tasting supper for “e” inc. will offer  
delicious local food samples from Boston vendors such as Cabot  
Creamery, Green Gal Catering, and Channel Café.

This will be followed by two films – With My Own Two Wheels and The  
Work of 1000.  “e” inc. will present The Children’s Planet Protector  
Award to the two featured activists, Marion Stoddart, who led the  
struggle to regain clean rivers, and David Branigan, who used the life- 
changing value of bicycles to create opportunities in Ghana.  After  
the films, the activists and filmmakers will answer audience  
questions. A silent auction and dessert will round out the evening.

Early bird admission discounts are available. Boston Globe subscribers  
can receive a Globe-sponsored discounted admission. To reserve your  
seats, please visit http://www.e-action.us/. More information about  
the program is posted at http://www.e-action.us/ and on the Facebook  
event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/244742755593954/.

“e” inc. is an environment science learning and action center whose  
pairing of science education with community action leads to  
environmental change in urban communities.


It is with a sense of gratitude and deep joy that we announce the Art  
and Soul program at Wellesley College will be hosting three of the 13  
Indigenous Grandmothers this spring.  The Grandmothers will give a  
talk at Houghton Chapel on Thursday, April nineteenth at seven p.m.  
The theme of their talk will be Planting Seeds for Seven Generations:   
Making Change.  The Grandmothers will share their cultural treasures  
and life experience, in support of our community’s exploration of an  
ethics of wholeness, which can bring about a sustainable future for  
the generations to come.

Originating from all four corners of the world, these 13 wise women  
elders and medicine women first came together in 2004 at a peace  
gathering. They represent a global alliance of prayer, education and  
healing for our Earth, all her inhabitants and the next seven  
generations. We are honored to host, as representatives of this  
Grandmothers’ Council, Grandmothers Rita and Beatrice Long- Visitor  
Holy Dance of the Lakota tribe and Grandmother Mona Polacca of the  
Hopi/ Havasupai/Tewa tribe. This event is open to all, as an offering  
to our circles of community.  For more information about this event,  
contact Ji Hyang at 781.283.2793




Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by  
having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?   
With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more  
comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the  
cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer  
Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a  
hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every  
building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or  
buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal  
images of their property and an analysis online. The information is  
password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images  
and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building  
owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their  
images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to Sagewell.com.  Type in your address at the bottom where it says  
"Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here"  
to request the report.

That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will  
be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help  
you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to  
do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money,  
not to mention comfort).


Cambridge Energy Alliance is kicking off a brand new pilot project to  
make Cambridge more energy efficient and install more renewable energy  
one neighborhood at a time. Live Better Porter Square will  
simultaneously engage every sector in Porter Square; bringing together  
churches, schools, community gardeners, business leaders,
students and more!

The goals of this four month campaign are to promote community  
involvement, support the local economy, and highlight Porter Square as  
a model for the rest of the city.

Neighborhood Liaison volunteers will assist with planning and  
implementing outreach efforts, as well as community events. We are  
looking for individuals with an interest in community organizing,  
outreach, and event planning.

If you are interested in volunteering please sign up to attend the  
information and interview session on February 14th.

We’ll be offering an interactive and fun half-day training session for  
Neighborhood Liaison volunteers on March 3rd.

Questions? Email Meghan at outreach at cambridgeenergyalliance.org


*J e s t e r*
**Facebook Profile <https://www.facebook.com/jester.ronin> **¦**
P a r a n o i d Z e n
jes... at paranoidzen.com*

Hi All,

I am sending this out to a bunch of lists I'm on, so apologies for  
cross posting effects.

Our new forums are up and running, and they are free for all!  We are  
aiming for this to become a place where Boston area collaborations,  
discussions and skill shares in audio, video, lighting, programming,  
hacking, and other various forms of 'making' happen.

Find them here:  http://cemmi.org/index.php/forum/index

Since its early, I imagine they will go through some serious  
evolutions in terms of organization but we hope you will stop by and  
check them out.  The forums even work on most mobile platforms :)

You can sign in using your Gmail, Google app, or Facebook credentials  
so there is no need to create a new account (we'll be adding a button  
to make that more obvious soon).

If you have any suggestions or changes, let us know, and if you are up  
for helping moderate, please reach out!

Many thanks, and I hope to see you there!




Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green  
Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for  
sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha at sbnboston.org


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


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

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


Free Monthly Energy Analysis

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



Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post  
announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships,  
programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles  
or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's  
food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take  
place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food  
system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food,  
farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health,  
environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of  
organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on  
week-to-week is not always well publicized.

Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let  
everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of  
subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and  
other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs


Artisan Asylum  http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project  http://www.transformationcentral.org/solidarity/mapping/mapping.html
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation,  
contact jmatthaei at wellesley.edu


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


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents   http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the  
Boston Area  http://www.BostonScienceLectures.com

Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/

Arts and Cultural Events List  http://aacel.blogspot.com/










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