[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - March 31, 2013

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Event Index - full Event Details available below the Index

Monday, April 1

8:45am  Civics Education: Why it Matters to Democracy, Society and You
9:30am  Mobilizing Innovation, Promoting Entrepreneurship in Pakistan and Beyond
12pm  "Decision-Making Under Scarcity: Navigating the Water-Energy Nexus in the Yellow River Basin, People's Republic of China"
12pm  "Li-Ion Battery - Lithium Ion Battery and Its Role in the Transportation Sector"
12pm  What can natural variability tell us about the Antarctic's response to climate change? 
12:15pm  "A Common European Space? Harmonizing the Sustainability of European Biofuels"
12:30pm  Entrepreneurship as a Force for Good
4pm  Protecting Communities from Disaster: A Proactive Public Health Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction (the case of Iran and MENA region)
4pm  What Can Neuroscience Tell Us About Conflict and Its Resolution?
6pm  April Social Enterprise Lecture Series: Growing Rural Prosperity, featuring Root Capital
6pm  "The Traditional Architecture of Libya's Nafusah Mountains: Types of Dwellings and Evolution of Urban Settlements"
6pm  Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral City
8pm  Science Art Blender

Tuesday, April 02

8am  The Boston Green Business Networking Group:  Show up with Enthusiasm
12pm  California Schemin’:  Innovative Financing for Energy Efficiency 
12pm  Dana Bash, chief congressional correspondent, CNN
12pm  Divest Harvard Teach-in: The Student Movement to Stop Climate Change
12:30pm  The Web We Lost
4pm  "Brave Neuro World? Reality and Hype in Neuroethics" 
4pm  Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture Series: Conflict, Climate, and African Development
4pm  Art of Communications: Public Diplomacy and the Role of Technology and Broadcasting in America's Communications with the World
4pm  "Technoscientific Challenges, Future Making, and Narrative Geographies"
5pm  Geoengineering Lecture Series:  "Contesting Geoengineering Governance"
5pm  Innovating for the Connected TV, Living Room and Home

Wednesday, April 3

12pm  TEDxBeaconStreetChange 2013
12pm  Food-Themed TED Talks
12:30pm  China Urban Development Discussion Series: "China-Africa Cooperation in the Age of Globalization: Natural Resources, Technology, and Economic Diplomacy"
12:30pm  Neighborhood Recovery Efforts in New Orleans: A Book Talk by Tom Wooten
4:10pm  The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy
4:30pm  Media Lab Conversations Series: Kickstarter's Yancey Strickler
5pm  Profiles in Innovation: The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone
5:30pm  Askwith Forum: Advice for Living from the Oldest (and Wisest) Americans
6pm  Small Cities, Big Issues: Why Small Cities Matter in Debates on Urban Poverty and Inequality
7pm  The Richer Sex
7pm  Landscaping with Climate in Mind 
8pm  Improvisation and Electronics with Neil Leonard and Robin Eubanks

Thursday, April 4

11am  Food Access & Health Impacts: Trends and New Research
11:45am  Who Gains and Who Loses? Assessing the Distributional Effects of Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulations
5:30pm  Legatum Lecture: Can Incubators Really Work in Emerging Markets?
6pm  IT, Security, and Power
7pm  Pecha-Kucha:  20 Slides, 20 Seconds Each
7pm  "The House I Live In"
7pm  The Last Crop Film Screening

Friday, April 5

8am  Community Engaged Obesity Prevention Research:  Opportunities and Challenges
8am  Babson Energy + Environmental Conference
8am  Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: The Future of Water and Food Production
10am  “Bitter Truths, Sweet Lies: the Taboo around Climate Change”
12pm  Boston Cleanweb Hackathon and Challenge
4pm  Paleoecology of Upper Triassic reefs and the collapse of the carbonate system at the Triassic-Jurassic, a potential ocean acidification event

Saturday, April 6

Boston Cleanweb Hackathon and Challenge
RootsCamp MA - For Organizers, By Organizers
Waltham Barnraising 
10am  Hacking Arts: Ideate
10am  Open Web Wikipedia Editathon and Hackathon
2pm  Occupy Boston Strike Debt: You Are Not A Loan!
7pm  Jimmy Tingle - 'The Battle for the Bottle Bill'

Sunday, April 7

11am  "Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror"

Monday, April 08

12pm  Environmental Justice in China: A Case Study in the Complexities of Law & Social Change
6pm  "The Genius of Jobs, Einstein, and Franklin"
7pm  ACT Lecture | Nora Alter: Listening to Marker

Tuesday, April 9th

12:15pm  The Devouring Dragon: How China’s Rise is Reshaping the Physical World
6pm  The MassChallenge Sampler: Episode VIII: Entrepalooza
6:30pm  Kitchen Gardeners Get-Together


Event Details

Monday, April 1

Civics Education: Why it Matters to Democracy, Society and You
Monday, April 1, 2013 
8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Harvard Law School, WCC 2036 Milstein East, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 

On Monday, April 1, Harvard Law School and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools present an all-day conference on Civics Education, including a noon-time conversation with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice David Souter, and other special guests. The conference will include moderated discussions throughout the day. 

We will recognize the extraordinary work led by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in iCivics and explore ways to advance the way we prepare young people to participate in democracy.

Please note: This event is open to the press, however, videography and photography will not be permitted inside the conference room. Media requests for interviews with panelists must be made in advance through Mavis Baah at mbaah at washingtonmedia.com  or at (O) 202-628-1280  or (C) 703-625-3379.

Bags will be prohibited; please plan accordingly.

Civics Education: Why it Matters to Democracy, Society and You
Co-sponsored by: HLS Dean’s Office, The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, and Harvard Graduate School of Education
8:45 a.m.
Martha Minow (Dean, Harvard Law School)
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (former Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States)
Gene Koo (Executive Director, iCivics)
9:00- 10:15 a.m.
Knowledge: What should young Americans know about democracy?
State Senator Richard Moore (Massachusetts State Senator)
Howard Gardner (Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Peter Levine (Professor, Tufts University and Director of CIRCLE)
Robert Gallucci (President, MacArthur Foundation)
Romero Brown (Vice President of Program & Youth Development Services, Boys and Girls Club)
Moderator: Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Professor, Harvard Law School)
10:30-11:45 a.m.	 	
Practice: What barriers stand in the way of better civic learning?
Under Secretary Martha Kanter (Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education)
David Hiller (President & CEO, McCormick Foundation)
Gene Koo (Executive Director, iCivics)
Kathleen McCartney (Dean of the Faculty of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Mabel McKinney-Browning (Director, Division for Public Education at American Bar Association)
Moderator: Chief Justice Margaret Marshall (former Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court)
12:00- 1:00 p.m.  	 	
What’s at stake? Why civic matters to me, and to you
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (former Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States)
Justice David Souter (former Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States)
Judge Kenneth Starr (President, Baylor University)
Larry Tribe (Professor, Harvard Law School)
Moderator: Martha Minow (Dean, Harvard Law School)
1:00- 2:00 p.m.	 	
Brown Bag Discussions 
For those who registered for the lunch discussions and received a ticket at check in, please pick up your brown bag lunch outside of Milstein 2019 West. The discussions will take place inside the Milstein West Conference Room.
If you did not register for lunch, please feel free to purchase lunch at the Harkness Cafe located on the second floor of the Caspersen wing in the WCC. 

Discussion Moderators:
Paul Baumann (Director, National Center for Learning & Citizenship, Education Commission of the States)
Chuck Baumberger (American Board of Trial Advocates)
Erin Braun (Outreach Director, iCivics)
Gregg Croteau (Executive Director, United Teen Equality Center)
Jon Gould (HLS Student, Member Steering Committee, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools)
Trey Grayson (Director, Harvard’s Institute of Politics)
Susan Griffin (Executive Director, National Council for the Social Studies)
Helen Haste (Visiting Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Diana Hess (Spencer Foundation)
Joe Kahne (Professor, Mills College & Research Director, Civic Engagement Research)  
Dr. Sheila Kennedy (Professor, Indiana University)
Carline Kirksey (Intern, United Teen Equality Center)
Gene Koo (Executive Director, iCivics)
Ted McConnell (Executive Director, Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools)
Mabel McKinney-Browning (Director, Division for Public Education at American Bar Association)
Elisabeth Medvedow (Executive Director, Discovering Justice)
Cheryl Miller (American Enterprise Institute)
Fernando Reimers (Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Molly Schen (Director of Program and Growth Operations, Facing History and Ourselves
Sue Sieter (American Board of Trial Advocates)
Scott Warren (Generation Citizen)
Connie Yowell (Director of Education, MacArthur Foundation)
2:15-3:30 p.m.  	 	
Engagement: How can we encourage youth to participate in democracy?
Meira Levinson (Professor & Co-convener, HGSE Civic and Moral Education Initiative, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Diana Hess (Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Scott Warren (Executive Director, Generation Citizen)
Justin Reich (Director of Online Community, Practice and Research at Facing History and Ourselves, Harvard University)
Richard Freeland (Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts)
Carlos Rojas (Education Policy Associate, Youth on Board)
Moderator: Richard Weissbourd (Lecturer in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education)


Mobilizing Innovation, Promoting Entrepreneurship in Pakistan and Beyond
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 1, 2013, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
WHERE  K354 CGIS South, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	South Asia Institute; co-sponsored with the Harvard Pakistan Student Group
SPEAKER(S)  Imran Sarwar, co-founder, Rabtt; MPP Class of 2013, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
LINK	http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/event/muslim-societies-in-south-asia-video-conference/


[MIT Energy Club] Energy 101: "Li-Ion Battery - Lithium Ion Battery and Its Role in the Transportation Sector"
Monday, April 01, 2013
MIT, Building 5-233, 55 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Aziz Abdellahi
This introductory level talk will give an overview of the working principles of Li-ion batteries as well as its current applications in the transportation sector. Future technologies, economics considerations and lithium resource availabilities will also be discussed.

Energy 101 Lectures series 
The Energy 101 lectures aim at presenting an overview of various topics in the energy field. These lectures are open to everyone and require no prior knowledge.

Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  Jonathan Mailoa; Michelle Park
jpmailoa at mit.edu; mpark15 at mit.edu 


What can natural variability tell us about the Antarctic's response to climate change? 
Monday, April 01, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Karen Smith (LDEO)
The dominant driver of recent multi-decadal change in Antarctic climate has been the depletion of stratospheric ozone. The associated changes in the extratropical Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation are characterized by a positive trend in the Southern Annular Mode (SAM). In this seminar, the extent to which interannual relationships between the SAM and the Antarctic climate system can be extrapolated to interpret the multi-decadal response to anthropogenic forcing in this region will be examined. This question is addressed in two recent studies about the effect of stratospheric ozone changes on the Antarctic climate. In the first study, the effect of stratospheric ozone recovery on Antarctic sea ice in the next half-century is investigated, by comparing two ensembles of WACCM4 (The Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model, Version 4) integrations, from 2001 to 2065. Second, the effect of past ozone depletion and future recovery on the energy budget of the Antarctic atmosphere is examined using satellite data, reanalyses and WACCM4. In both cases, the sea ice and horizontal energy transport respond differently to SAM anomalies on interannual and multi-decadal time scales. Reasons for this behaviour will be discussed.

MIT Atmospheric Seminar Series (MASS) 
The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) is a student-run weekly seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Monday from 12-1pm followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and post docs certainly participate.

Web site: http://eaps-www.mit.edu/paoc/events/calendars/mass
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC), Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee
mass at mit.edu 


"Decision-Making Under Scarcity: Navigating the Water-Energy Nexus in the Yellow River Basin, People's Republic of China"
Monday, April 1, 2013 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Scott Moore, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Harvard Belfer Center
ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu


"A Common European Space? Harmonizing the Sustainability of European Biofuels"
Monday, April 1, 2013 
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Pierce Hall, Room 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Brice Laurent, Ecole des Mines, Paris and Harvard, STS
Abstract: The challenges that European actors face in building functioning markets and legitimate political institutions are numerous, especially as these objectives relate to calls for responsible innovation, sustainable development and economic stability. This presentation focuses on the making of the economic and political European space, and argues that the construction of technical entities is an entry point for the analysis of the democratic challenges at the heart of the project of European integration. The case of “sustainable biofuels” is particularly considered. Describing initiatives aimed to define a European market of “sustainable” biofuels through certifications, I discuss the practical (and contested) meanings of such terms as “harmonization” and “subsidiarity”. I consider in particular the issue of the calculation of greenhouse gases emissions, and the implementation of a semi-material accounting system expected to ensure the stability of the “sustainable” qualification throughout Europe. Eventually, this perspective is a way of accounting for the fragile construction of a common European identity, and for the democratic issues that it raises.

Biography: Brice Laurent is a researcher at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI) of the Ecole des Mines de Paris. Using approaches based on Science and Technology Studies, his work studies the construction of political spaces through the analysis of sites (within regulatory, standardization or expertise arenas) where scientific objectivity and democratic legitimacy are questioned. Brice Laurent graduated from the Ecole des Mines and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and was hired as a State engineer by the French public administration in 2005. He joined CSI in 2008, where he wrote his PhD dissertation on nanotechnology (Democracies on trial. Assembling nanotechnology and its problems).

STS Circle Lecture
sts at hks.harvard.edu


Entrepreneurship as a Force for Good
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 1, 2013, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Pierce Hall 213, Brooks Room, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Larry Sullivan, chairman, COINS Global and COINS Foundation
CONTACT INFO	617.496.6579
NOTE  Sullivan will speak on his career path and entrepreneurial journey, from selling ice-cream as a student in Chicago to founding six niche market software houses, and the social responsibility that comes with any form of privilege.
LINK	www.coinsfoundation.org


Protecting Communities from Disaster: A Proactive Public Health Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction (the case of Iran and MENA region)
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 1, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Health, Longwood Campus, Kresge 502, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Humanitarian Academy at Harvard, Department of Global Health and Population
SPEAKER(S)  Hani Mowafi, Ali Ardalan, Mark Keim, Qudsia Huda
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	617.496.1355
LINK	http://ems.sph.harvard.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?data=hHr80o3M7J7jYu%2bb9SouQ7Y%2bYXKzLY3Gsqtcm7VoueHMo2CU%2bLz4UiFf5avsCPZX


What Can Neuroscience Tell Us About Conflict and Its Resolution?
WHEN Mon., Apr. 1, 2013, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, CGIS South, Room S-030, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict
SPEAKER(S) Emile Bruneau, research scientist in brain and cognitive sciences at MIT and Tim Phillips, founder and chairman of the board of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	dhicks at wcfia.harvard.edu


April Social Enterprise Lecture Series: Growing Rural Prosperity, featuring Root Capital
Monday, April 1, 2013 
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
716 Columbus Place, 6th Floor, Alumni Center, Boston
RSVP: http://ruralprosperity.eventbrite.com 
Join the Social Enterprise Institute as we welcome Brian Milder, Vice President of Strategy, Knowledge, and Innovation at Root Capital, for the April Social Enterprise Lecture Series, Growing Rural Prosperity. Root Capital is an innovative social enterprise that provides financing for rural SMEs in the “missing middle” – businesses that are too big for microfinance, but too small for commercial loans. Root Capital also provides financial advisory services coupled with market access to help grow rural prosperity for businesses in their value chain. By 2016, Root Capital aims to increase their lending portfolio to $190m in order to reach 650 businesses to improve livelihoods for over two million families. In this lecture, Mr. Milder will provide an overview of the organization, answer questions from the audience, and discuss Root Capital’s innovative growth strategy for the future. 

Contact: sei at neu.edu


"The Traditional Architecture of Libya's Nafusah Mountains: Types of Dwellings and Evolution of Urban Settlements"
Monday, April 01, 2013
MIT, Building 3-133, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Beniamino Polimeni, Universita Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy - AKPIA at MIT Fellow 2012-13

Lectures by the 2012-2013 AKPIA at MIT Post-Doctoral Fellows
Web site: http://web.mit.edu/akpia/www/lecturescurrent.htm
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
For more information, contact:  Jose Luis Arguello
akpiarch at mit.edu 


Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral City. Presentation of a work in progress
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 1, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Business, Environmental Sciences, Film, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University "Mapping the Kumbh Mela" Team
SPEAKER(S)  Diana L. Eck, Gregg Greenough, Satchit Balsari, Tarun Khanna, and the GSD Urban India team led by Rahul Mehrotra
NOTE  The presentation will include the many schools and teams from Harvard University that participated in the interdisciplinary mapping project at the Kumbh Mela 2013. Their research analyzes this ephemeral city from different perspectives. Being the largest public gathering in the world, the Kumbh Mela deploys a pop-up city comprised of roads, pontoon bridges, tents of different sizes and an array of social infrastructure like clinics, hospitals, and social centers – all replicating the functioning of an actual city. The disposition of the city seamlessly articulates various layers of infrastructure and urban flows, serving apron 3 million people who gather for fifty five days and an additional 10 to 20 million people coming for cycles of twenty four hours on the main bathing dates. From the Kumbh Mela, we can learn about planning and design, reflect on flow management and infrastructural deployment but also about cultural identity and adjustment or elasticity in an urban condition of flux.
LINK	http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/kumbh-mela/


Science Art Blender
Monday, April 01, 2013
Harvard, Grad School of Design, Stubbins room, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Science Art Blender will feature a program of minitalks by artists, scientists and designers exploring collaborative efforts in this fertile nexus. Presenters include: 
Tangible Topography: Data visualizer Kyuha Shim 
Multinatural Histories: GSD's Marcus Owens 
Synergy: MIT Oceanographer Whitney Bernstein 
Here After Now: RISD Journalist in residence Eli Kintisch 
CO2 pryamid: physicist Russell Seitz 
Plotform: artist Andi Sutton 
And more! 

A lively networking session over drinks will follow. 
Speaking spots still available: Contact Eli Kintisch on fb. Other projects will be presented with posters.

Web site: http://www.facebook.com/events/504839179551562/
Open to: the general public
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Sponsor(s): Graduate Student Life Grants, Broader Impacts Group, Climate Art Pizza, Nonhuman at GSD,
For more information, contact:  Eli Kintisch
elikint at gmail.com

Tuesday, April 02

The Boston Green Business Networking Group:  Show up with Enthusiasm
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
8:00 AM
Allston Diner, 431 Cambridge Street, Allston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/entrepreneur-1402/events/111804122/

The tables grouped together
I know that many in our group have suggested Fri mornings as a good meeting day, and I will try to arrange a few of those in the near future. However, for now, Tuesday morning at the Allston Diner can work.

We have a few new developments to discuss that will allow our members to get involved with new energy products and placement within the Boston area, (Thanks to Art for the kick off of that idea). Several local communities have expressed an interest in wind and solar installations for Libraries, Fire and Police Complexes and even some Town Halls.

Some funding is governmental, some is on the level of gifts and donations and a good portion of the labor will be of volunteers that want to contribute and learn.


California Schemin’:  Innovative Financing for Energy Efficiency 
Tuesday, April 2
12-1PM EST
Webinar - register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/882528870

Featuring David Nemtzow, Nemtzow & Associates
and Frank Spasaro, Southern California Gas Company

Please join Blueprint for Efficiency for the second webinar in our new series on energy efficiency initiatives in the state of California.
A key challenge to energy consumers adopting energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings and operations is a lack of available financing to overcome the first cost barrier that often stops larger EE projects in their tracks, even when there is a compelling return on investment. Recognizing this barrier, California is tackling energy efficiency financing on multiple fronts, including innovative utility-sector policies and programs that are being developed and implemented by the state’s investor-owned utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission for various end-use sectors. This Webinar will review recent developments in the field and (while following Casey Stengel’s admonition to “never make predictions, especially about the future”) will explore potential solutions to the energy efficiency financing gap in California and beyond, including those involving credit enhancements, non-utility capital sources, on-bill mechanisms, and others, some of which are described in “ Recommendations for Energy Efficiency Finance Pilot Programs” (http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Efile/G000/M031/K735/31735747.PDF)


Divest Harvard Teach-in: The Student Movement to Stop Climate Change
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 
12:00pm - 1:00pm
WCC 3019, Harvard Law School, 1585 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

What does Harvard's $32 billion endowment have to do with the climate crisis? How could divestment possibly advance the goals of the environmental movement? Come grab some free lunch, learn about the history of divestment at Harvard, and discover what you can do as a Harvard Law student to tackle the most important humanitarian issue of our generation.

shamidi at jd14.law.harvard.edu


Dana Bash, chief congressional correspondent, CNN
Tuesday, April 2
12 p.m.  
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge


The Web We Lost
April 2nd
12:30pm ET
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2013/04/dash#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET.

Anil Dash will present at the Berkman Center Luncheon Series. 

About Anil
Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, technologist and writer acknolwedged as a "blogging pioneer" by the New Yorker for having started his site Dashes.com in 1999 as one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. Today his work focuses on applying the techniques and technologies of the startup world to the transformation the major institutions of society and culture.

Dash is cofounder of Activate, the strategy consulting firm which helps the world's major media and technology companies reinvent their businesses, and cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, a new app which helps people get more meaning out of the time they spend on social networking. In addition, Dash is an active advisor to several of the most prominent and innovative technology startups and non-profit organizations and has been a columnist for Wired magazine.


"Brave Neuro World? Reality and Hype in Neuroethics" 
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
MIT, Building E14-674, Media Lab, 6th Floor, MultiPurpose Room, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

2013 Arthur Miller Lecture
Speaker: Martha Farah, University of Pennsylvania
Advances in neuroscience have increased our ability to understand, predict and influence human behavior. In principle such advances can be applied to any field of endeavor that depends on human behavior, for example economics, education, law and warfare. In this talk I will raise, and attempt to answer, the following questions: How are these advances being used in practice? Which ethical problems have so far occupied the field of neuroethics, and which are relevant to current and plausible near-term uses of neuroscience? Does contemporary neuroscience raise any new ethical issues, not already familiar to scholars of bioethics or STS?

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/sts/news/index.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): SHASS Dean's Office, HASTS
For more information, contact:  Randyn Miller
randyn at mit.edu 


Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture Series: Conflict, Climate, and African Development
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 2, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Hall 201, Harvard Yard
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Department of Economics
SPEAKER(S)  Edward Miguel, University of California Berkeley
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	edepuy at fas.harvard.edu
LINK	http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k40863&pageid=icb.page192615


Art of Communications: Public Diplomacy and the Role of Technology and Broadcasting in America's Communications with the World
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 2, 2013, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics, Littauer 166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics' Fellows & Study Groups Program
SPEAKER(S)  Karen Hughes, Spring 2013 IOP Fellow; Jim Glassman, former chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors
CONTACT INFO	eric_andersen at hks.harvard.edu
LINK	http://www.iop.harvard.edu/art-communications-led-karen-hughes-4


"Technoscientific Challenges, Future Making, and Narrative Geographies"
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Littauer 382, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Ulrike Felt, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna
Abstract: Over the past decades, we have witnessed increasing attention devoted to anticipating, transforming, and/or controlling technoscientific futures. More than ever, these futures play a politically strategic role, not only in arguing for and justifying technoscientific choices but also in requesting compliance and support from citizens. With futures becoming a key-actor in contemporary governance of technoscience, the production and circulation of these scenarios play a pivotal role in power relations and in ordering contemporary societies. My talk will explore future-making practices related to three different technoscientific areas in the Austrian context: obesity, nanotechnology, and sustainability. Using this comparative lens and developing the notion of “narrative geographies” will allow us to capture (1) how, in each “socio–epistemic region” the future gets imagined, narrated and practiced quite differently; and (2) how place matters, as different technopolitical cultures draw upon different narrative repertoires and traditions.

Biography: Ulrike Felt is Professor of Science and Technology Studies, head of the STS Department at the University of Vienna, and Vice-Dean for Research of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her research interests gravitate around issues of governance, democracy and public participation in technoscience, changing research cultures, and the role of time in science and society issues. She has published widely in these fields. Her work is often comparative between national contexts and between technological or scientific fields (especially life sciences, biomedicine and nanotechnologies). She has been invited professor at numerous universities and has been involved in policy advice to the European Commission as well as to national bodies. From July 2002 to June 2007 she was editor-in-chief of the international peer-reviewed Journal Science, Technology, & Human Values.

STS Circle Special Event
Contact Name:  Shana Rabinowich
Shana_Rabinowich at hks.harvard.edu


Geoengineering Lecture Series:  "Contesting Geoengineering Governance"
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 
MIT, Building 66, Room 110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

with Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science & Civilization and Director, Institute for Science, Innovation & Society, Oxford University.

Rayner will consider various alternative framings of geoengineering (broadly defined to include both solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal techniques) and explore the "definitional politics" of including or excluding various kinds of technology under the "Geoengineering" heading, its relationship to mitigation and adaptation, and whether the category itself is helpful, robust, etc. His talk will also explore some of the emerging social science characterisations of geoengineering, particularly solar radiation management which may prematurely close down debate. The presentation will conclude with consideration of a range of alternative approaches to "next steps."

Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization and Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at Oxford University from where he also Co-directs the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship and the Oxford Geoengineering Programme. He is a Professorial Fellow of Keble College. He is also Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Society at the University of Copenhagen and Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute of Oakland, California. He previously held senior research positions in two US National Laboratories and has taught at leading US universities.

Contact Name:  Lisa Matthews
matthew at fas.harvard.edu


Innovating for the Connected TV, Living Room and Home
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Cambridge Innovation Center, 4th Floor, One Broadway Cambridge

What can you do with 100+mpbs downloads and houses where just about everything that can be connected is connected? 

Are you an entrepreneur, developer, investor, tech executive or other professional with a brilliant idea, product or service for the digital living room or smart home? Bring your best ideas to one of the only events focused on how to build and roll out new products and services for today's high-speed IP-connected home. 

Please note that we will have senior Verizon executives in attendance to talk to you about your service or app (yes, including connected TV apps) and innovating for the future. Invited guests also include venture capitalists and strategic investors. Mingle with executives and fellow entrepreneurs to share your experiences, exchange ideas, and build your professional network. Enjoy some snacks, drinks and networking! 

Are you interested in presenting your idea at our event? To be considered to showcase a demo highlighting connected TV, second screen and smart home apps/services please email VerizonFiOSEvent at mww.com

Web site: http://mitvzfios2013.eventbrite.com/#
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins
agoggins at mit.edu 

Wednesday, April 3

TEDxBeaconStreetChange 2013 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
12:00-1:30 PM
BATV, 46 Tappan Street, 3rd Floor, Brookline (Next to the Brookline Hills MBTA Stop) 

Themed Positive Disruption, speakers will challenge preconceived ideas, spark discussion, engage leaders and shed light on new perspectives.
Interested in attending? RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OSv2KL4Mk5Th1SDcRw1Rd-aZDr5uJ0vRgfoNmx4xqyw/viewform

Convened by Melinda French Gates.

Theme: Positive Disruption
Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger. We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and our societies, often favoring passivity and compliance. But disruption can be a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. It can challenge old assumptions, ignite conversations, activate authorities and expose new possibilities. Disruption can shed a unique light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges of our global community. To solve the most intractable challenges in health and development, we need positive disruption. It is the path to true progress.

Melinda Gates: Host
Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Melinda will host TEDxChange from the Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, Washington.

Cathleen Kaveny: Religion, tradition, and modernity
Cathleen Kaveny is an American legal scholar and theologian. She is a John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Notre Dame Law School, and is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University.

Halimatou Hima: Investing in girls
Halimatou Hima is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Following an internship in the Women & Population Division at the United Nations Foundation, she worked in the Child Protection Division at the United Nations in her home country of Niger (UNICEF).

Roger Thurow: Shifts in agriculture
Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council in January 2010 after three decades at the Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa.

Julie Dixon: Social change
Julie Dixon is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), an academic initiative that examines the critical role of communication in fostering engagement in social change.

David Fasanya: Youth poet
David Fasanya is a Nigerian-American performance artist and award-winning youth poet residing in Brooklyn, NY.

Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra: Vaccine advocates
We will show a trailer from the feature film Revolutionary Optimists, about how children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. We will then invite Salim and Sikha, two of the children featured prominently in the film, to join onstage for Q&A.


Food-Themed TED Talks
Thursday, April 4
12–1:30 pm
Hauser 102, Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Food-themed TED Talks, hosted by the HLS Green Team. Stop by to see and discuss one or all of these short films (each is no longer than 20 minutes): What’s Wrong With What We Eat, Cooking as Alchemy, How Food Shapes Our Cities, and A Plant’s-eye View, at this event hosted by The HLS Green Team Events Committee. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” The online TED Talks—which began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world and quickly attracted a global audience in the millions—are designed to give the public on-demand access to influential stories by the world’s most inspiring voices. Lunch provided.


China Urban Development Discussion Series: "China-Africa Cooperation in the Age of Globalization: Natural Resources, Technology, and Economic Diplomacy"
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
MIT, Building 9-354, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School. Discussant: Dr. Gabriella Y. Carolini, Assistant Professor at MIT DUSP

China Urban Development Discussion Series
China recently overtook the United States as Africa's leading trading partner. There are nearly 2,000 Chinese firms operating in Africa in agriculture, telecommunications, energy, mining, manufacturing, banking, catering, and other services. It is estimated that there are over 1 million migrants working in Africa. These developments have sparked considerable debate in international circles and are used to illustrate not only the ascendancy of China as an economic superpower, but also the challenge that China poses to the United States and the Europe in the arena of economic diplomacy. 

The aim of this lecture is to explore the origins, dynamics and future trends in relations between Africa and China. The lecture places the evolution of Africa-China relations in the context of economic diplomacy. The lecture explores: (1) current partnerships surrounding issues such as access to natural resources by China; (2) demand for infrastructure services by Africa; and (3) future convergence of interest in advances in science, technology and innovation. It concludes with a discussion of how Africa-China economic diplomacy is likely to reshape the international development cooperation regime through new resource and trade alliances. Special attention is paid to the growing interest in the global growing recognition of the role of science, technology and innovation as drivers of economic transformation. 

Lunch will be served at 12 pm in room 9-555; talk starts at 12:30 pm in 9-354.

Web site: http://mit.edu/dusp/cud/cud_series.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Graduate Student Life Grants, China Urban Development
For more information, contact:  Shan Jiang
shanjang at mit.edu 


Neighborhood Recovery Efforts in New Orleans: A Book Talk by Tom Wooten
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Hauser Center Conference Room, Room  L-4, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

A book about collective resilience, We Shall Not Be Moved (http://nolarecovers.com/) tells the stories of five New Orleans neighborhoods—Broadmoor, Hollygrove, Lakeview, the Lower Ninth Ward, and Village de lest—as residents rebuild in the years after the levee failures. In this presentation, Harvard author Tom Wooten will focus on the potential and limits of community-based recovery efforts. He will also highlight the role that Kennedy School students and faculty played to support Broadmoor's recovery effort.

Refreshments served. 

Organized by the Social and Urban Policy PIC and co-sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership, the Black Policy Caucus, the Crisis Management Student Group, and the Regional, State, Local and Tribal Governance PIC.

For more, please visit http://www.hks.harvard.edu/programs/crisisleadership/events  


The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 3, 2013, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)  David Karpf, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	bruce_jackan at hks.harvard.edu
NOTE  Online politics is neither limited to "clicktivism" nor comprised of "organizing without organizations." In David Karpf's new book, he presents evidence that the new media environment has given rise to a new generation of political advocacy groups. These organizations have redefined membership and fundraising regimes. They have established novel tools for gauging supporter opinion and pioneered nimble mobilization tactics that keep pace with the accelerated media cycle. These tactical innovations have not spread equally to older interest groups. Nor have they spread equally across the political spectrum—"netroots" political organizations are much stronger on the left than the right. In Karpf's research presentation, he will highlight key findings and ongoing puzzles regarding the nature and scope of the "MoveOn Effect" in American politics.
LINK	http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/Democracy-Seminar/The-MoveOn-Effect-The-Unexpected-Transformation-of-American-Political-Advocacy


Media Lab Conversations Series: Kickstarter's Yancey Strickler
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
MIT, Building E14-300, MIT Media Lab, Third-Floor Atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Yancey Strickler (Kickstarter)
Yancey Strickler is co-founder and head of communications at Kickstarter. Prior to Kickstarter, Strickler was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications. He co-founded the eMusic Selects record label in 2007. 

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.

MIT Media Lab Conversations Series
All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public. 
This talk will be webcast. 
Join us on Twitter: #MLTalks 

Web site: http://www.media.mit.edu/events/2013/04/03/media-lab-conversations-series-kickstarters-yancey-strickler
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Media Lab
For more information, contact:  Jess Sousa
events-admin at media.mit.edu 


Profiles in Innovation: The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone
Wednesday, April 3 
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Northeastern, Egan Research Center, Raytheon Ampitheater 120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA, Boston

Daphne Koller is co-founder of Coursera, a leading platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that is revolutionizing delivery of higher education to millions around the world.
Koller—a distinguished computer science professor, researcher, and pioneer in machine learning at Stanford University—originated many of the ideas that propelled that institution’s online education efforts. Now, with Coursera, she is helping to drive MOOCs’ game-changing potential to transform higher education as we know it.

Join us for a discussion with President Aoun and this eminent education entrepreneur, who, in her TED talk last spring, emphasized the importance of education as a human right, and is using MOOCs as an opportunity to discover how we learn best in the digital age.
Reception to follow.


Askwith Forum: Advice for Living from the Oldest (and Wisest) Americans
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 3, 2013, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Forum, Lecture, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Amber DiNatale
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Lecture, Special Events
NOTE  Speaker: Karl Pillemer, director, Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA), Cornell University, College of Human Ecology; and author of 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
Can our elders serve as “experts” on how to live our lives? To answer this question, Dr. Karl Pillemer, gerontologist and Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, decided to seek advice on how to live from the oldest Americans. In the Cornell Legacy Project, in several related studies he surveyed over 1200 elders, asking them for their most important lessons for living –  on topics like marriage, career, parenting, aging, regrets, happiness, and overcoming loss. In this talk, he highlights some of the key findings from the project, focusing on practical advice from the “Greatest Generation” for living a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. The findings were published in the book 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans.

Please note: Seating for all Askwith Forums is on a first-come, first-serve basis unless otherwise noted. It is recommended you arrive early in order to obtain a seat as seats cannot be saved.


Small Cities, Big Issues: Why Small Cities Matter in Debates on Urban Poverty and Inequality
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 3, 2013, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS South, S020 Belfer, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Neema Kudva, associate professor, City & Regional Planning, Cornell University
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/event/urbanization-seminar-series-12/


The Richer Sex
Wednesday, April 3 
Cambridge Forum
First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Liza Mundy
Are women really "the richer  sex"?  In her book The Richer Sex:   How the New Majority of Female  Breadwinners Is Transforming  Our Culture, journalist and author Liza Mundy predicts that in the coming decades, women will overtake men as primary breadwinners and become the most financially powerful generation of women in history.  She comes to this conclusion after reviewing current trends and interviewing hundreds of women.

Is society prepared for this dramatic change?  How will this revolution transform our lives?



Landscaping with Climate in Mind 
April 3
7:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Sue Reed, Author of Energy-Wise Landscape Design.  
Learn how to manage your landscape to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint—essential actions in this era of climate change.  

Sponsored by Grow Native Massachusetts


Improvisation and Electronics with Neil Leonard and Robin Eubanks.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
MIT, Building 14W-111, Killian Hall, Hayden Library Building, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Neil Leonard is a sound artist/composer/saxophonist. His work includes jazz performance, composition for orchestra with computer-generated video/sound, sound/music for dance, theater, installation, film and collaborations with visual artists featured at MoMA, the Whitney Biennial, the Havana Biennial, and the Cuban Pavilion of the Venice Biennial (forthcoming). Robin Eubanks is the premier jazz trombonist of his generation and a prolific composer/arranger whose work has been featured with his own groups and in association with Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, the San Francisco Jazz Collective, and the M-Base Collective. ??Leonard and Eubanks will perform solo works from their repertoires and new duo compositions written for this concert. Their work creates a discourse that explores the implications of emerging technologies and their impact on jazz improvisation. Presented in conjunction with the subject "Musical Improvisation" and made possible by Music and Theater Arts and the Alumni Class Funds Program. 8pm, Killian Hall. Free.

Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts
For more information, contact:  Clarise Snyder
mta-request at mit.edu 

Thursday, April 4

Food Access & Health Impacts: Trends and New Research
Thursday, April 4
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific / 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Webinar - register at https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=3s1ufdgf51lm

Limited retail access to healthy foods affects the dietary patterns and health outcomes of many Americans.  Join us to learn how new research and evaluation practices are helping to generate innovative solutions that stimulate change in local communities.    

Presenters Include:
Allison Karpyn, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, The Food Trust 
Erin Hagan, PhD, Senior Associate, PolicyLink
Giridhar Mallya, MD, Director of Policy and Planning, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago


Who Gains and Who Loses? Assessing the Distributional Effects of Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulations
WHEN  Thu., Apr. 4, 2013, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Regulatory Policy Program (RPP) at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government (MRCBG) at HKS
SPEAKER(S)  Lisa Robinson, Senior Fellow at M-RCBG
CONTACT INFO	Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu


Legatum Lecture: Can Incubators Really Work in Emerging Markets?
Thursday, April 04, 2013
MIT, Building E51-345, Tang Center, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Tarun Khanna
The first 15 guests to arrive will receive a free copy of "Winning in Emerging Markets: A Roadmap for Strategy and Execution".

Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:  Agnes Hunsicker
agnesh at mit.edu 


IT, Security, and Power
April 4
6:00pm ET
Langdell Hall South, 1545 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2013/04/schneier#RSVP
Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Computation and Society

Bruce Schneier & Jonathan Zittrain in conversation

From Bruce Schneier:  What I've Been Thinking About
I have been thinking about the Internet and power: how the Internet affects power, and how power affects the Internet. Increasingly, those in power are using information technology to increase their power. This has many facets, including the following:
1. Ubiquitous surveillance for both government and corporate purposes -- aided by cloud computing, social networking, and Internet-enabled everything -- resulting in a world without any real privacy.
2. The rise of nationalism on the Internet and a cyberwar arms race, both of which play on our fears and which are resulting in increased military involvement in our information infrastructure.
3. Ill-conceived laws and regulations on behalf of either government or corporate power, either to prop up their business models (copyright protections), enable more surveillance (increased police access to data), or control our actions in cyberspace.
4. A feudal model of security that leaves users with little control over their data or computing platforms, forcing them to trust the companies that sell the hardware, software, and systems.

On the one hand, we need new regimes of trust in the information age. (I wrote about the extensively in my most recent book,Liars and Outliers.) On the other hand, the risks associated with increasing technology might mean that the fear of catastrophic attack will make us unable to create those new regimes.

It is clear to me that we as a society are headed down a dangerous path, and that we need to make some hard choices about what sort of world we want to live in. It's not clear if we have the social or political will to address those choices, or even have the conversations necessary to make them. But I believe we need to try.

About Bruce Schneier
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a "security guru," he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.

His first bestseller, Applied Cryptography, explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works, and was described by Wired as "the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published." His book on computer and network security, Secrets and Lies, was called by Fortune "[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use." Beyond Fear tackles the problems of security from the small to the large: personal safety, crime, corporate security, national security. Schneier on Security, offers insight into everything from the risk of identity theft (vastly overrated) to the long-range security threat of unchecked presidential power. His latest book, Liars and Outliers, explains how societies use security to enable the trust that they need to survive.

Regularly quoted in the media -- and subject of an Internet meme -- he has testified on security before the United States Congress on several occasions and has written articles and op eds for many major publications, including The New York Times,The Guardian, Forbes, Wired, Nature, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post.

Schneier also publishes a free monthly newsletter, Crypto-Gram, and a blog, Schneier on Security, with a combined 250,000 readers. In more than ten years of regular publication, Crypto-Gram has become one of the most widely read forums for free-wheeling discussions, pointed critiques, and serious debate about security. As head curmudgeon at the table, Schneier explains, debunks, and draws lessons from security stories that make the news.

About Jonathan Zittrain
Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.


Pecha-Kucha:  20 Slides, 20 Seconds Each
April 04, 2013
Doors at 6pm.  Talks at 7pm.
OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge 
RSVP at https://tickets.americanrepertorytheater.org/Online/default.asp

Subscribe to PechaKucha Boston email list: http://eepurl.com/kAhVv

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pechakucha_bos
Free and open to public


"The House I Live In" -- a prize-winning documentary about the failure of the war of drugs
Thursday, April 4
7 p.m. for film, followed by an optional discussion 
First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington
630 Mass. Avenue in Arlington Center

Although people of all races use and sell drugs at very similar rates, the war on drugs targets people of color.  The results are devastating not only for individuals, but also for their families and communities.  From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, this powerful film shows the impact of our criminal justice policies on the lives of real people.  Please join us!  Questions?  Email end-mass-incarceration at firstparish.info.


The Last Crop Film Screening (and meet the filmmaker!)
Thursday, April 04, 2013
MIT, Building E51-315, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Join our panelists and filmmaker for a screening and discussion of The Last Crop 

Within the next 20 years, 70% of our nation's farmland will change hands. Set in California's Central Valley, Jeff and Annie Main's struggle to ensure their farm's future personalizes a nationwide crisis. Development looms. Children leave. Ideals are questioned. Their legacy uncertain. 

Admission Free | Brought to you by MIT Food and Agriculture Collaborative 
WATCH THE TRAILER www.vimeo.com/60610218/ 
RSVP @ http://tinyurl.com/lastcroprsvp
Web site: http://tinyurl.com/lastcroprsvp
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Food & Agriculture Collaborative
For more information, contact:  Patricia Dodson
pdodson at mit.edu 

Friday, April 5

Community Engaged Obesity Prevention Research:  Opportunities and Challenges
April 5, 2013
8:00am – 1:00pm
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University
Mezzanine Conference Room, Second Floor, 711 Washington Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/bnorc/community-engaged-obesity-prevention-research-opportunities-and-challenges/

8:00am – 8:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30am – 8:45am Welcome: Aviva Must, PhD, Tufts University, Core Director, Clinical and Community Research Core, BNORC
8:45am – 9:30am Keynote Address: Karen Hacker, MD, MPH
Cambridge Health Alliance, Institute for Community Health
9:30am – 10:15am Case Study I
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:15am Panel Discussion:
Moderator, Elizabeth Goodman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Co-Director, Clinical and Community Research Core, BNORC
Virginia Chomitz, PhD, Tufts University
Nicolas Oreskovic, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Flavia Peréa, PhD, Tufts University
Alex Pirie, Immigrant Service Providers Group/Health
Heidi Stanish, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston
11:15am – 12:00pm Case Study II
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch & Presentation (Systems Science and Obesity Prevention): Christina Economos, PhD, Tufts University


Babson Energy + Environmental Conference
Friday, April 5
8am to 5pm
Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Wellesley
Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5459300916/

Keynotes by Michael Brune - Executive Director, Sierra Club;  Claire Broido Johnson, Next Step Living;  Stephen Ritz, Green Bronx Machine
More information at http://babsonenergy.com/

Editorial Comment:  This event costs from $25 to $75 but may very well be worth it.


Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: The Future of Water and Food Production
Friday, April 5, 2013
8:00am - 6:00pm
Cohen Auditorium at the Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Ave, Medford
Register at http://www.tufts.edu/water/symposium/register.html
free for students, $20 for others

4th annual student-organized Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) Interdisciplinary Water Symposium
8:00 – 9:00 am	Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 am	Welcoming Remarks
9:10 – 9:55 am	Keynote Address: Craig Cox
10:00 – 10:55 am	Panel 1: Approaches for Mitigating Agricultural Water Contamination in the United States
10:55 – 11:15 am	Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:10 pm	Panel 2: Water, Food, and Conflicting Resource Demands
12:10 – 1:20 pm	Lunch and Poster Session
1:20 – 1:35 pm	Alternative Perspectives: Food and Water Practices of the Mashpee Wampanoag
1:40 – 2:35 pm	Panel 3: Solutions for Sustainable Water Resource Management
2:35 – 2:55 pm	Coffee Break
2:55 – 3:40 pm	Keynote Address: Dr. Roberto Lenton
3:45 – 4:15 pm	Closing Remarks and Student Awards
4:15 – 6:00 pm	Cocktail Hour with Live Music by Cold Chocolate


“Bitter Truths, Sweet Lies: the Taboo around Climate Change”
 Friday, April 5    
10 a.m.
Grossman Common Room, 2nd floor, 51 Brattle Street, Harvard Extension School

The Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement Green Committee is pleased to announce
Dianne Dumanoski
Author and journalist who has reported on a wide range of environmental and energy issues for four decades; former Globe reporter
Dianne Dumanoski’s books: Our Stolen Future and The End of the Long Summer


Boston Cleanweb Hackathon and Challenge
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 12:00am
Cost:  $20/general; $10/students
Register at http://boston.cleanwebhack.com/wp/

The Boston Cleanweb Hackathon is a weekend event that demonstrates the impact of applying information technologies to energy and resource constraints, known as the cleanweb. We bring together developers, designers, and business professionals and help the create web and mobile applications to solve some of our biggest energy and sustainability problems.

Last year’s roundup: $11,000 to the winning team, 150 total participants, 75 hackers, 18 presenting teams, the launch of several companies, and talented participants who were recruited to local, high- profile companies -- all of which helped spawn a cleanweb movement worldwide. This year, we expect more than 200 participants to gather, share knowledge, develop applications, network with peers, discover new business opportunities, and launch more new companies. The Hackathon is hosted again at Greentown Labs, Boston’s first clean technology incubator.

Kicking off with challenge presentations and a team formation mixer, participants will have 30 hours to create an application that addresses energy, waste, water, transportation, food or other energy and sustainability issues using web, data analytics, and mobile technologies. From allowing homeowners to monitor and reduce energy usage, to giving people a way to price comparison shop for solar panels, the apps that participants create address energy, waste, water, and other sustainability issues utilizing data analytics and web and mobile technologies.

This year, the most promising teams from the Hackathon will be invited to keep working on their applications for sixty to ninety days in a Challenge Competition. At the end of this, your team will have the chance to win even more prize money and maybe even turn your work into a startup company. Check our website for more details.

There is no energy expertise required! This event is designed to introduce you to a whole new world of opportunities available in clean energy.


Paleoecology of Upper Triassic reefs and the collapse of the carbonate system at the Triassic-Jurassic, a potential ocean acidification event
Friday, April 05, 2013
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

Speaker: Dr Rowan Martindale, Organismic and Evolution Biology, Harvard University
Web site: http://eapsweb.mit.edu/events/2013/special-lecture/rowan-martindale

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jacqui Taylor

Saturday, April 6

Boston Cleanweb Hackathon and Challenge
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 12:00am - Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 12:00am
Cost:  $20/general; $10/students
Register at http://boston.cleanwebhack.com/wp/

The Boston Cleanweb Hackathon is a weekend event that demonstrates the impact of applying information technologies to energy and resource constraints, known as the cleanweb. We bring together developers, designers, and business professionals and help the create web and mobile applications to solve some of our biggest energy and sustainability problems.

Last year’s roundup: $11,000 to the winning team, 150 total participants, 75 hackers, 18 presenting teams, the launch of several companies, and talented participants who were recruited to local, high- profile companies -- all of which helped spawn a cleanweb movement worldwide. This year, we expect more than 200 participants to gather, share knowledge, develop applications, network with peers, discover new business opportunities, and launch more new companies. The Hackathon is hosted again at Greentown Labs, Boston’s first clean technology incubator.

Kicking off with challenge presentations and a team formation mixer, participants will have 30 hours to create an application that addresses energy, waste, water, transportation, food or other energy and sustainability issues using web, data analytics, and mobile technologies. From allowing homeowners to monitor and reduce energy usage, to giving people a way to price comparison shop for solar panels, the apps that participants create address energy, waste, water, and other sustainability issues utilizing data analytics and web and mobile technologies.

This year, the most promising teams from the Hackathon will be invited to keep working on their applications for sixty to ninety days in a Challenge Competition. At the end of this, your team will have the chance to win even more prize money and maybe even turn your work into a startup company. Check our website for more details.

There is no energy expertise required! This event is designed to introduce you to a whole new world of opportunities available in clean energy.


RootsCamp MA - For Organizers, By Organizers
April 6-7, 2013
1199 SEIU, 150 Mt Vernon St #300, Dorchester

Attendees Call the Shots at Progressive “Un-Conference” 

Calling all progressive organizers! RootsCamp MA shakes up the traditional conference model. No need to submit workshop proposals in advance. Instead attendees decide an agenda together each morning of the conference. This allows participants to have meaningful and in-the-moment conversations about their work.

This is progressive cross-issue movement building, where all attendees bring what they know and what they are curious about. They establish lasting new partnerships with other organizers from all over the state. This model builds on the success of 2012 RootsCamp National,  2010 RootsCamp MA and “unconferences” dating back to 2006.

“Unconferences take advantage of the fact that we all have ideas and talents to contribute, as well as things to learn,” said Jessica Critcher, co-organizer of Socializing for Justice, one of several lead sponsors of the conference. 

Organized in just a couple of months, this event has gained the support of many including Gold Sponsors: ACLU of Massachusetts, Socializing for Justice, Third Sector New England, Tufts Peace and Justice Studies; Silver Sponsors: Echo Ditto, Future Boston Alliance, Mass Vote; and Bronze Sponsors: Boston NAACP, Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee, New Leaders Council Boston Chapter, Political Research Associates and The Definition Of Nyce. Partner organizations include: Common Cause Massachusetts, Drinking Liberally Boston Chapter, MIRA Coalition, and the New 
Organizing Institute.

With the help of these sponsors, RootsCamp organizers are committed to making this an accessible event for a diverse group of attendees. 
Tickets are priced on a sliding scale of $10-$20, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks for two days. Children are welcome to attend. Bilingual presentations are encouraged. Transportation and housing assistance provided to attendees outside of metro Boston area.

More information about the event, as well as the most up to date list of sponsors and partner organizations, may be found at www.bit.ly/rootscampma. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased at www.rootscampma13.eventbrite.com. 

Contact:  Robbie Samuels
RootsCamp MA Lead Organizer
Robbie at RobbieSamuels.com 

Waltham Barnraising 
Saturday, April 6
A home in Waltham needs some weatherization. 
Email organizer at watchcdc.org to learn more.

Saturday, April 6
10 am – 2 pm
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street, Cambridge

Want to grow your own fresh food? Even in a tiny space? Come learn how!
Get tips on composting, improving your soil, container gardens, and starting seedlings.
Swap seeds.  Meet a chicken. Watch the bees.  Fall in love with mushrooms.
No space of your own? You can work with neighbors: harvest local fruit and veg, spruce up city spaces, share a garden space.  Come find out how!  And LOTS more!
www.facebook.com/Cambridge WinterFarmersMarket


Hacking Arts: Ideate
MIT Sloan Entertainment, Media, & Sports Club
Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
MIT Sloan School of Management, Building E62, Room 233, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://hackingarts-es2005.eventbrite.com

Presented by MIT Sloan’s Entertainment, Media, and Sports Club
In partnership with the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, New England Conservatory of Music, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
In a world that increasingly values sensory experiences over physical things, interactions between the arts and technology are producing moving, interactive, and immersive experiences as never before. To extend these capabilities and inspire new advances in the creative industries, join us for a cross-disciplinary idea-generation event at one of the world's centers for technological innovation.
Let's produce entrepreneurial visions for technology-based projects and ventures in music, film/tv, performing arts, visual arts, and fashion. No preparation necessary... Just show up!

Featuring talks and idea-generation mentoring from:
Nadeem Mazen - Artist and Entrepreneur - Co-Founder, danger!awesome
Panos Panay - Music Industry Innovator - Founder, SonicBids
Bruce Brubaker - Entrepreneur Performer - Piano Chair, New England Conservatory of Music
Katarina Miljkovic - Entrepreneur Composer - Music Theory Professor, New England Conservatory of Music
Brian Kalma - E-Retail Entrepreneur and UX Guru - Ministry of Supply
Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, designers, engineers, developers
Prizes, including free entry into our upcoming two-day conference and hackathon in the fall: Hacking Arts
Attendance is limited!
10:00am - Check-in and mingle
10:30am - Short talks by 5 technology entrepreneur-mentors in the creative industries
12:00pm - IdeaStorms, supported by mentors
1:00pm  - Team formation, pitch generation, lunch
2:30pm  - Pitch!
3:45pm  - Prizes awarded and closing

Nadeem Mazen is CEO of NimbleBot, a Boston-based design and consulting firm specializing in interactive software, UI/UX, viral marketing, and design. Mazen is also co-founder of danger!awesome, a laser-cutting studio and community art storefront at the heart of Central Square, Cambridge. He is engaged in ongoing pedagogy, experiential learning, and education-software research, and is currently teaching a course on creative entrepreneurship at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Panos Panay is the founder and CEO of Sonicbids, a Social Music Marketing platform that connects bands, promoters, consumer brands and fans. Panos is widely credited for spotting and capitalizing early on three distinct emerging trends in the music business over the last decade: the shift to a primarily online means of marketing; the emergence of an "artistic middle class;” and the shift from a record label-funded industry to a consumer brand-funded music business. Panos speaks regularly about entrepreneurship at universities including MIT, Harvard, Berklee, Tufts and Northeastern, as well as at industry events like SXSW, MIDEM and CMJ. He is the co-founder of Boston Young Entrepreneurs, a City Hall-backed group that mentors local start-ups; a founding director of Boston World Partnerships, which facilitates collaboration between innovators & entrepreneurs in the community; and the Chair of Berklee College of Music’s Presidential Advisory Council.


Open Web Wikipedia Editathon and Hackathon
Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Bocoup Loft, 355 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/wikipedia-5/events/109596252/

Join us at the Bocoup Loft for a fun day of improving Wikipedia's coverage of the open web and hacking on Wikipedia's API, javascript and Mediawiki extensions.

Our editing focus will be on topics relevant to the open web, open source software, open data and many others. But we welcome anyone who wants to come and improve Wikipedia articles. If you're new to Wikipedia or to programming, drop by and we'll be happy to help you contribute.

Developers in any language are welcome to come. Mediawiki extensions are written in PHP, the new template system is designed to interpret Lua, the user styles and actions are Javascript and CSS and the API has bindings in Python and a number of other languages. So everyone is welcome!

If you'd like to sign up on Wikipedia you may do so here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Boston/Bocoup


Occupy Boston Strike Debt: You Are Not A Loan!
Saturday April 6th, 2013 
Upstairs at The Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Avenue (Central Square), Cambridge 

FREE ADMISSION and Refreshments provided.

Debt is a tie that binds the 99%.  Occupy Boston-Strike Debt present an afternoon of music, food, serious discussion and strategic resistance around the growing student debt bubble.  New York Strike Debt spearheaded The Rolling Jubilee and so far has bought and paid off over $1 million in medical debt as a new tactic for emancipation of citizens from debt peonage.  Boston Strike Debt joins New York Strike Debt and Oakland Strike Debt to actualize realistic approaches to fighting and eliminating debt.

Rick Berlin and A Few Nickels and Dimes and Licious featuring Kelsey Brown will provide entertainment along with DJ Ultratumba.

Professor Dan Clawson of the University of Massachusetts Sociology Dept and co-author of The Future of Higher Education will present on the growing student debt crisis.  Join us for activism, music, community collaboration and solid solutions to student loan debt. Together we can break the shackles of debt.  You Are Not A Loan.

If you would like more information about this event or to schedule an interview please contact strikedebt at occupyboston.org


Jimmy Tingle - 'The Battle for the Bottle Bill'
Saturday, April 6
7pm, doors open at 6:30pm
The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington
Tickets available at http://tickets.jimmytingle.com

Join Jimmy Tingle
With the Sierra Club, MASSPIRG, MassAudubon, Environmental League of Mass., Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Surfrider Massachusetts Chapter, Mass Climate Action Network, South Shore Recycling Cooperative, the League of Women Voters - Mass., and the Charles River Conservancy, for "THE BATTLE FOR THE BOTTLE BILL" Comedy, Conversation, Music, and ACTION!
A Rally to Increase Recycling!

"Here's my empty water bottle- give me a nickel!!!"

Hi Folks,
We need action on this issue!! The Bottle Bill Update legislation has been stalled and blocked by some of our elected officials for some 16 years! World War II only took 4 years!
Join us!  Sat. April 6th at 7pm for some great comedy, music and conversation as we rally to push for passage of an updated Bottle Bill. Click here for tickets.
What is the "Updated" Bottle Bill, you ask?
The Bottle Bill refers to the state's 5¢ deposit on bottles, and has been around for 30 years. It is by far the state's most effective recycling and litter control program. It's a great bill, BUT it doesn't cover water, tea, or other non-carbonated beverages. That's what we're pushing for on April 6th - an updated Bottle Bill!
Featuring Your Comedic Host & Producer
Jimmy Tingle
The Music of Hornography
Interviews & conversation with
Phil Sego of the Sierra Club
Janet Domenitz of MASSPIRG
State Senator Bob Hedlund, (R-Weymouth)
State Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington)
State Representative Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)
Revere Activist Christine Pierannunzi
Audience Q&A
Saturday, April 6th, 2013 7:00PM - 9:00PM
The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. Arlington, MA
$15 General Admission ($20 day of) 
$10 Students & Seniors
$25 Meet & Greet with cash bar
and complimentary appetizers at "Not Your Average Joe's"
This show will be filmed for airing on access television and various online sources.
Tickets at http://tickets.jimmytingle.com

Sunday, April 7

"Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror"
Sunday, April 7
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street (Copley Square), Boston

11:00am Sunday Speakers' Service/Forum (2nd floor)
12:30pm Luncheon (2nd floor)
On Sunday after our morning programs, we have lunch with one another, prepared by our cook Luis Alonso Guzman. Enjoy a delicious lunch with friends! A small contribution is requested to help cover lunch expenses.

Monday, April 08

Environmental Justice in China: A Case Study in the Complexities of Law & Social Change
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 8, 2013, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, The Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall Room 308, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture
SPEAKER(S)  Zhang Jingjing, Edward S. Mason Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO	mzaisser at law.harvard.edu
LINK	http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/eals/events.html


"The Genius of Jobs, Einstein, and Franklin"
WHEN  Mon., Apr. 8, 2013, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Gymnasium, 18 Mason Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Humanities, Information Technology, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The History of Science Department at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Walter Isaacson
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	rothschildlecture at gmail.com
NOTE  The History of Science Department at Harvard is pleased to welcome its 2013 Robert and Maurine Rothschild presenter, Walter Isaacson. Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, former president and CEO of CNN, former managing editor of TIME, and author of the recent biography, Steve Jobs, in addition to biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Henry Kissinger.
LINK	http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hsdept/news.html


ACT Lecture | Nora Alter: Listening to Marker
Monday, April 08, 2013
MIT, Building E15-001, ACT Cube, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Nora Alter
Chair and Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University
Nora M. Alter's teaching and research focus on twentieth and twenty-first century cultural and visual studies from a comparative perspective, and she published the first English-language study of director Chris Marker in 2006. In her talk, Alter investigates Marker's complex use of sound, paying particular attention to how music operates on multiple registers in order to expand the cinematic frame both temporally and spatially. 

Her other publications include Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (1996) and Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (2002). She co-edited Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (2004) with Lutz Koepnick. Alter also published essays on German and European studies, film and media studies, cultural and visual studies, and contemporary art. She is currently completing a new book on the international essay film and has begun research for a new study devoted to sound.

Spring 2013 Lecture series 
Experiments in Thinking, Action & Form 

Web site: http://act.mit.edu/projects-and-events/lectures-series/2013-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 

Tuesday, April 9th

The Devouring Dragon: How China’s Rise is Reshaping the Physical World
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 9, 2013, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS Building, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Craig Simons, journalist
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	lkluz at fas.harvard.edu
NOTE  Craig Simons will chart how China’s rebirth has raised our planetary metabolism and why its impacts are almost certain to spike before they plateau. Simons will address the roots of China’s environmental crisis and examine how China’s rise fits into the larger global history of environmental change and what its near-certain continued economic growth could mean for the physical planet and efforts to stem the rising damage caused by deforestation, biodiversity loss, and climate change.
LINK	http://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/event/craig-simons


The MassChallenge Sampler: Episode VIII: Entrepalooza
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Second Floor Rotunda at The Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston
RSVP at http://mcsamplerentrepalooza.eventbrite.com

A showcase of startup resources and community in Massachusetts!
The finale of the MassChallenge Sampler highlights the most important component for any entrepreneur- Access to resources!

We welcome all companies, organizations, and individuals with a vested interest in supporting entrepreneurs to showcase their resources they are providing. Startups are welcome to browse the extensive market and identify which resources are best for their ventures.


Kitchen Gardeners Get-Together
Tuesday, April 9th
6:30 - 8:30pm
Central Square Branch of the Cambridge Public Library, 45 Pearl Street (off Massachusetts Avenue), Cambridge
Free and Open to the Public
April Topic: getting ready for spring planting

As spring approaches, many of us are thinking about starting our gardens.  Some of us are beginners with a lot of questions.  Some of us have a lot of experience to share.  A lot of us would love the opportunity to talk to other gardeners about our common interest.

Jules Kobek of DIO Skillshare will be facilitating a monthly get-together of kitchen gardeners to discuss informally our practices, problems, and successes as vegetable gardeners.  Each monthly meeting will have a specific topic for general discussion, but there will also be time set aside for individual questions.

Topics can include:  deciding what vegetables to grow for your specific situation and needs; soil fertility; insects, good and bad;  plant diseases; and succession planting.

Topics will be limited to kitchen gardening: growing food for yourself, family, and friends.  

Participants will be sharing from their own experience.  There will be no formal presentations.

Not covered: commercial growing, fruit and nut trees, beekeeping, chickens, or other animals.  These are all specialized areas that requires a different set of skills and knowledge.

This will be a pilot project of three months.  If there is sufficient interest, we'll continue year-round.

Call Jules at 617-492-2340 for more information


An American Jobs and Growth Agenda to Revitalize Our Economy
Thursday, April 11, 2013
MIT, Building E51-345, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Tom Donahue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Description: In an era of economic and fiscal challenges, Donohue has aggressively advanced The American Jobs and Growth Agenda, a plan that includes expanding trade and domestic energy production, rebuilding America's infrastructure, combating an avalanche of new regulations, protecting intellectual property, revitalizing capital markets, and reforming entitlements and the tax system. This session will be followed by a Q&A.


"A Better Future for A Better Cambridge"
Thursday, April 11th
7:00 P.M.
Cambridge College, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

How can we plan for urban growth in Cambridge to promote a more diverse, livable, and sustainable city for all residents?

An esteemed panel will address the coming demographic shifts that will put further pressure on the Cambridge's housing market and our transportation systems, and talk about solutions that can make Cambridge a leader in defining a new urban America in the age of climate change.
Frederick Salvucci, Former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation and current MIT Professor of Civil Engineering
Barry Bluestone, Founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University
Andre Leroux, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

All are welcome! Please register Online to let us know you'll be participating in the discussion: http://abettercambridge.org/register-forum

Sponsored by A Better Cambridge | Working to build a more diverse and dynamic Cambridge on the path toward sustainable growth.
web: http://abettercambridge.com | facebook: http://facebook.com/ABetterCambridge | twitter: @ABetterCambMA


Crisis Management Workshop and Simulation with Amb. Christian Dussey
Friday, April 12, 2013
9:00 AM
Harvard, Suite 160, Room 105, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

Crises are sudden and disruptive. They are complex and characterized by uncertainty as well as high velocity. In this workshop, Amb. Christian Dussey, most recently head of the Crisis Management Center of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will present several instruments leaders can use to bring a sense of order and lead his/her team through these challenging events. He will then facilitate a crisis simulation during which participants will work in groups of 3 or 4. The last hour will be dedicated to discussing the results of the group work. Space is limited! To participate, please enroll here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QNHLTHT.

Sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership and the Crisis Management Student Group at HKS.

For more, please visit http://www.hks.harvard.edu/programs/crisisleadership/events  


Cultivating a New Food Economy: Putting People and Planet First
Tufts New Economy
Saturday, April 13, 2013 
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)
Tufts University Chase Center, 10 Winthrop Street, Medford
RSVP at http://tuftsneweconomy.eventbrite.com

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the barrage of negativity surrounding our food systems?  Daily we are made aware of food-related problems damaging our economy, our health, and our earth.The new economy framework, defined as an economic system that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet, offers a different lens to view the food system: one that is cooperative, environmentally friendly, socially just, and sustainable. This summit will engage participants in critical analysis, cooperation, and innovation through a day-long series of speakers, workshops, and community connectivity. This interactive and engaging event will take place on April 13th at Tufts University, presented in conjunction with the Tufts UEP Practical Visionaries Workshop and the New Economics Institute. The summit will showcase Boston-based leaders, organizations, and businesses that are leading the way. Please join us for a day of discussion about our food, our economy, and our planet.
Keynote Speaker: Francis Moore Lappe.
For more details about the event see the event website.

Event Cost: We are happy to offer this event free of charge so that all can participate. We will be collecting donations on the event day to help cover event costs such as food and speaker fees. Please consider supporting this event financially. 


Cambridge Mini Maker Faire 
Saturday, April 13 
Noon - 4pm
Tennis courts outside Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School/Cambridge Public Library

Tumblehome Learning Science Book Fair & Book Talk Series 
Monday, April 15th, Patriots Day
First Parish Church, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge
A “Best Science Writers” discussion panel will feature three Boston area writers & educators; amongst them are two Pulitzer Prize winners and two National Medal of Science award winners.These writers will discuss how they translate complex research for the general public and other topics of interest to them.
Dr. Edward O. Wilson is one of the world’s most distinguished scientists. He is aHarvard Biology Professor Emeritus, researcher, theorist, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winnerand someone who has turned his passion for insects into a best-selling novel, The Ants. He won the National Medal of Science in 1976 and was named one of “America’s 25 Most Influential People” by TIME Magazine in 1996. Dr. Wilson will release a new book in mid-April, Letters to a Young Scientist.
Amy Dockser Marcus, lives in the Boston area and is a health and science reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She writes frequently about the challenges that patients with rare diseases face in driving research and drug development, citizen science, and collaborations between scientists, and patients. Her work has won many awards, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting for a series of stories about cancer survivors.
Dr. Sallie (Penny) Chisholm is an MIT Environmental Sciences professor best known for her research on ocean phytoplankton and how it influences marine policy & management. She received the National Medal of Science in a White House ceremony in February 2013, and has co-authored two award-winning picture books including Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life in the hopes that it will educate people, both young and old, about photosynthesis and its crucial importance to our world.
The panel will be moderated by the first Pakistani woman string theorist, Dr. Tasneem Zehra Husain. She will soon be releasing her first book, Only The Longest Threadswhere each chapter is written in the voice of a scientist as he/she reflects on a groundbreaking theoretical development which has recently led (or is leading) to a paradigm shift in Physics
The “Writing a Science Mystery Adventure” panel features both local and national writers and educators in a discussion about the art of writing a science mystery adventure.
Ben Carey is a journalist and reporter on psychology and science for the New York Times. In his two mystery adventures for middle schoolers, Poison Most Vial and The Unknowns, kids use science or mathematics to solve the mystery and save those they love.
Gary Braver is the pen name of Dr. Gary Goshgarian, an award-winning professor of English at Northeastern University where he teaches courses in fiction writing and popular culture. He has taught fiction-writing workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe. Gary is the author of eight critically acclaimed suspense novels including Tunnel Vision andFlashback.
Michael Erb is a PhD candidate in atmospheric science at Rutgers University. His middle-grade weather mystery, Kelvin McCloud and the Seaside Storm, recounts the story ofa13-year and his uncle who investigate a wealthy banker’s death in a hailstorm.
The panel will be moderated by physician, educator and author Dr. Pendred (Penny) Noyce, co-founder of Tumblehome Learning, a transmedia publishing company that helps kids imagine themselves as young scientists or engineers through exciting mystery and adventure tales. Her books include The Desperate Case of the Diamond Chip and The Vicious Case of the Viral Vaccine.
The “Science in Science Fiction” panel also features local and national writers and educators in a discussion about topics such as the accuracy, nature, and kinds of science portrayed in science fiction and how science fiction can motivate interest in science.
Maria Sosa is the Project Director for the Science & Literacy for Health Project and the Editor-in-Chief of Science Books & Films at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Education Programs in Washington, D.C.  She serves on several advisory boards related to libraries and children's science books.
Dr. Sidney Perkowitz, professor of physics at Emory University, GA has pursued research on the properties of matter and has written more than 100 scientific papers and books. He has conducted many presentations about science to non-scientists and haswritten for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and the Encyclopedia Britannica. His book Hollywood Science discusses the portrayal of science in more than one hundred films, including science fiction, scientific biographies, and documentaries.
Dr. Debbie Chachra is an Associate Professor of Materials Science at Olin College of Engineering, where she teaches and does research in a range of fields, including engineering design, education and materials science (including studying plastic made by bees). She writes and speaks widely on materials science, design and the future, including participating in the transatlantic Thrilling Wonder Stories event, writing for Warren Ellis’s site, and being interviewed for the New Inquiry. She also is behind the “Daily Idioms, Annotated” Tumblr of words and ideas.
The panel will be moderated by semiconductor inventor/entrepreneur and Tumblehome Learning co-founder Barnas Monteith. Monteith is the most recent Chair of the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair and a member of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, as well as an author for Tumblehome Learning’s inaugural Galactic Academy of Science series including The Furious Case of the Fraudulent Fossil.
All in one place, all on one day: extraordinary panel discussions, author book signings, sciencepicture book read-alouds for children in a room of their own, science books for all ages and kits for sale, and on-going Augmented Reality (AR) demonstrations.  AR is an exciting new interactive computer-generated view of a physical, real-world environment on your iPad, iPhone or other hand-held device with graphics, sound and video.
Tumblehome Learning is a Massachusetts transmedia company that helps kids imagine themselves as young scientists or engineers and encourages them to experience science through adventure and discovery. This is donewith exciting mystery and adventure tales as well as fun experiments carefully designed to engage students from ages 8 and up. Each book comes with a set of physical and ultimately online activities that allow readers to reproduce and extend the science they read about. Tumblehome Learning was formed in 2010 by a group of dedicated STEM activists, writers, and software and curriculum developers. More information athttp://tumblehomelearning.com
The Cambridge Science Festival – April 12-21, 2013 Be Curious! The Cambridge Science Festival is an annual celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. A multifaceted, multicultural event every spring, the CSF makes science accessible, interactive and fun! Ten days and nights of events during public school vacation week means there’s something for everyone. Check out the Robot Zoo at our Family Science Carnival; “Party for the Planet” at the Franklin Park Zoo on Earth Day; tour bridges spanning from Cambridge to Boston (and wear comfortable shoes!); laugh along with us as comedians try to guess what experts are researching in some of the more obscure scientific fields. Learn more at www.CambridgeScienceFestival.com.

​Contact: Pat Monteith 617-438-3145
​pat at tumblehomelearning.com

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://refreshboston.org/rsvp/

Description: Refresh Boston welcomes the founders of Design Museum Boston for our April event.
Sam Aquillano & Derek Cascio, founders of Design Museum Boston, will talk about what it takes to create and run a decentralized collection of exhibits across the Boston area, why they started the museum, and where it's going next. They'll also show some behind the scenes planning for Street Seats, an exhibit opening in late April.


Grassland Restoration:  Reversing Global Warming While Meeting Human Needs
Tuesday, April 16 
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Avenue (corner of Magazine Street and Putnam), Cambridge

Allan Savory, an internationally known restoration ecologist, recently gave an electrifying talk to a packed lecture hall at Tufts. People were on their feet after hearing how grazing animals can restore grasslands while pulling carbon out of the atmosphere, replenishing scarce water resources, and increasing global food supply.  Now local climate activists Adam Sacks and Jim Laurie are bringing this work to the Northeast. Come hear about our best chance to address the climate emergency and what we can do to promote this effort. Join us!

Jim Laurie  is a restoration ecologist, nature philosopher, and teacher.  Some of his best friends are dung beetles, methanotrophs (ask him), worms and fungi.

Adam Sacks has been a climate activist since the turn of the millennium. He's been studying Holistic Management since Jim introduced it to him in 2007, and sees it as the only thing that has a reasonable chance of turning our excess carbon into new life.

Information about the Savory Institute at http://www.savoryinstitute.com

Greenport Forum:  GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Wineman at steven.wineman at gmail.com



Empowering Youth Through Education: An Intergenerational Objective
Wednesday, April 17th 
Community Change, 14 Beacon Street #605, Boston

The second event of our Anti-Racist Leadership in Action! Series

KENDRA LARA AND BOB MOSES will be continuing our series with a conversation about the effects of racial inequalities in the education system. Collaborating across generations, they will discuss the impact of their work in education and what they have learned about empowering youth to make systemic change.

BOB MOSES, recipient of our Lifetime Achievement award, was director of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) where he revitalized and led several organizations in their efforts to eliminate Jim Crow in the 1960's. Bob also has a PhD from Harvard in W.V.O. Quine's philosophy of mathematics and is founder and President of the Algebra Project, Inc., which uses mathematics as an organizing tool for a Quality Public School Education (QECR) for all students.

KENDRA LARA, recipient of our Emerging Leader award, is a young activist engaging in self-directed studies at Goddard College, focused on developing alternative curriculum for young people who are affected by the trauma of community-based violence and structural oppression. She is also a co-founder of the Beantown Society, a youth program based in Jamaica Plain, with a mission to unite youth in Boston across race, class, culture, and neighborhood to end youth violence.

A $5 donation to benefit Community Change is suggested.

*Please RSVP** by email to kelly at communitychangeinc.org*


Shadow Lives
Wednesday, April 17 
Cambridge Forum
First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

British journalist and playwright Victoria Brittain reveals the unseen side of the "9/11 wars:" their impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison or under house arrest in Britain and the US.  Her newest book, Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror,  shows how these families have been made socially invisible and a convenient scapegoat for the state in order to exercise arbitrary powers under the cover of the "War on Terror".  What is our unquenchable thirst for security doing to our tradition of human rights and civil liberty?



Community Gardens:  Turning Vacant Lots into Urban Assets
Thursday, April 18, 2013      
1pm EST; 12pm CST; 11am MST; 10am PST
FREE WEBINAR:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/559250846?utm_source=SCN+InBox+e-Newsletter

Eileen Horn, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Lawrence, Kansas
This free one-hour webinar features the Common Ground Program, a community gardening and urban agriculture program created by the city of Lawrence, Kansas 

In the winter of 2011, the city surveyed its vacant and underutilized properties, identified appropriate sites for agriculture and made these sites available through an application process for citizens. During the 2012 growing season, five pilot sites were opened to the public through partnerships with neighborhood associations, nonprofit organizations and schools. The five sites include two neighborhood community gardens, a youth-focused garden in a city park, a community orchard for free picking, and a market farm coordinated by college and middle school students. In exchange for receiving a free license for use of city property, each applicant created a community benefit plan for their project.

In this webinar, Eileen Horn, sustainability coordinator for the city of Lawrence, will describe the project goals, community benefits, lessons learned, funding sources and partnerships that went into the Common Ground Program.


Thursday, April 18
6:30-8 pm
Suffolk University Law School, Main Function Room, 120 Tremont Street, Boston

w/ Guy Maytal, M.D. and Marcia Angell, M.D.
moderator Jack Wrobel

With the vote on the physician-assisted suicide initiative coming down to a slim margin this past November, voters of Massachusetts appear torn. Is this dignity or playing God? Mercy or giving up too soon? 

Does it give people who are suffering a way to control their own destinies, or people with hidden agendas a way to do away with the vulnerable? And how soon will this issue arise again in our state? 

Jack Wrobel, Ford Hall Forum Vice President, moderates a debate that elucidates the issue from each side. Marcia Angell, M.D. (supporter for “Prescribing Medication to End Life” initiative) and Guy Maytal, M.D. (opponent to “Prescribing Medication to End Life” initiative) discuss facts, feelings, and unintended effects while the audience decides for themselves whether physician-assisted suicide should ever be Massachusetts law.

Further background information on the participants:
Marcia Angell, M. D., is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine on June 30, 2000. A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, she trained in both internal medicine and anatomic pathology and is a board-certified pathologist. She joined the editorial staff of the New England Journal of Medicine in 1979, became Executive Editor in 1988, and Editor-in-Chief in 1999. Angell is a member of the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of the Sciences, the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, and is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Guy Maytal, M.D. is an attending psychiatrist and director of the Psychiatry Urgent Care Clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital as well as Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his M.D. at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at MGH. Maytal also completed a fellowship in Psycho-oncology and Psychosomatic Medicine at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He has been an active member of the MGH Optimum Care Committee since 2008 and cares for patients with cancer and life-threatening illnesses. His interest is in investigating the tension between medical paternalism and patient autonomy as well as ethical issues surrounding resource allocation.

Jack Wrobel is a retired Air Force officer and a retired Vice President at the consulting firm Shipley Associates. He holds a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Space Physics. Wrobel has served as a Selectman in Westford for nine years and is a is trustee of the J. V. Fletcher Library. He currently is a pro-bono Consultant for nonprofits. An advocate of “life long learning,” Jack has been member of the Ford Hall Forum since 1991 and now serves as a Vice President of the Forum.

Admission is free and open to all. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station. 
For more information, contact Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University: 617-557-2007, www.fordhallforum.org.

Bitter Seeds - a documentary on GM seeds and farmers' suicides in India
Thursday April 18 2013
MIT, Building 4-163, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Followed by Q&A with director Micha Peled

Bitter Seeds explores the future of how we grow things, weighing in on the worldwide debate over the changes created by industrial agriculture. Companies like the U.S.-based Monsanto claim that their genetically modified (GM) seeds offer the most effective solution to feeding the world’s growing population, but on the ground, many small-scale farmers are losing their land. Nowhere is the situation more desperate than in India, where an epidemic of farmer suicides has claimed over a quarter million lives. Every 30 minutes one farmer in India, deep in debt and unable to provide for his family, commits suicide.

Bitter Seeds is the final film in director Micha X. Peled’s Globalization Trilogy, following Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town and China Blue. The films won 18 international awards, aired on over 30 television channels and screened in more than 100 film festivals.

Presented by the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia and Association for India's Development (MIT-Boston chapters)
Facebook page  - http://www.facebook.com/events/310885985704788/
Bitter Seeds - http://teddybearfilms.com/2011/10/01/bitter-seeds-2/
Alliance - http://southasiaalliance.org/index.htm
AID Boston/MIT - http://www.aidboston.org/drupal/

Free and Open to all

If anyone wishes to co-sponsor, please write to me - Umang Kumar - umkumar at gmail.com


Connecting the Dots: Pathways to a New Economy
Clark University New Economy Summit Team
Friday, April 19, 2013 
8:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester
RSVP at http://neiclarkuniversity.eventbrite.com

We are pleased to announce that Clark University is one of fourteen university partners selected by the New Economics Institute (NEI) to host a free student-led summit. The NEI is supporting Clark graduate and undergraduate students to host a conference that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet using new economy models and approaches. The New Economics Summit themed, “Connecting the Dots: Pathways to a New Economy” will be hosted Friday, April 19th, 2013 at Clark University.
The aim is to address how to develop pathways to a new economy for the City of Worcester by highlighting organizations and contributing stakeholders who are leading the way for this movement. This summit will provide an opportunity to engage the Clark and Worcester community of students, faculty, practitioners, and experts in an exchange of ideas, evidenced-based practices, and available resources.
The outline for the summit will include workshop sessions, panel discussions, and poster session display.

New Economy themes/workshops include:
The New Economy 101
Transforming Money, Alternative Banking Practices
Food and Environmental Justice
Buying Local, The Importance of a Thriving Local Economy
Alternative Business Ownership and Model for a New Economy
The Art of Documentary Filmmaking

Schedule of New Economy Summit - Clark University
8:00am-9:00am: Registration/Light-Breakfast
9:00am-9:55am: Introduction/Keynote Speaker Juliet Schor
10:00am-10:55am: Workshop Session 1
11:00am-11:55am: Workshop Session 2
12:00pm-1:15pm: Lunch/Poster Presentations
1:30pm-2:15pm: Moderated Panel Discussion
2:30pm-3:30pm: Closing/Keynote Speaker Karen Washington
3:45pm-4:30pm: Tea & Social Hour
6:00pm-7:30pm:  Film: Bitter Seeds  followed by Q&A with Filmmaker Micha Peled

What is the New Economics Institute?
The mission of the New Economics Institute is to build a New Economy that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet. More information can be found here:http://neweconomicsinstitute.org/
Is the summit free?
Yes, it absolutely is! Register today and bring along your friends for a full day of discussions and presenters!



Save the Date: Friday 19 April, 2013
20th Anniversary Celebration of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP)
Convened in Honor of CIERP’s Director, Professor William Moomaw

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

On the afternoon of Friday, April 19, the Fletcher community will host a symposium on campus celebrating CIERP’s 20th Anniversary and honoring the distinguished career of William "Bill" Moomaw,Professor of International Environmental Policy and CIERP’s Founder and Director. The event will be themed around scaling renewable energy. 

Please mark your calendars! More details to follow. All are welcome.

The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), established in 1992 at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, develops innovative approaches to shifting global development onto an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable path. We analyze how economic and social activities impact the environment, and design strategies for meeting human needs without straining the planet’s resources. CIERP advances theory, turns it into practice, educates the international community, and prepares students for careers as global leaders and citizens.


Singing For The Planet: Songs Against Climate Change
Friday, April 19 
7:00 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

Warren Senders / Toni Lynn Washington / Dean Stevens
Three Of New England's Most Creative Singers Join Voices Against Climate Change

On Friday, April 19, three singers from diverse musical traditions will join together to draw attention to the global climate crisis. Featured artists are: singer-songwriter Dean Stevens, Hindustani classical vocalist Warren Senders, and Boston's "Queen of the Blues," Toni Lynn Washington. The music begins at 7:00 pm, at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20; $15 students/seniors. All proceeds will go to the environmental organization www.350.org. For information, please call 781-396-0734, visit "Singing For The Planet" on Facebook, or go to the event website.

"Singing For The Planet" is the seventh concert in the "Playing For The Planet" series, conceived as a way for creative musicians to contribute to the urgent struggle against global warming. Because the climate problem recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical styles from three different parts of the globe. While Stevens, Senders and Washington sing in different languages and genres, all are virtuoso performers sharing the core values of expression, emotion and honesty. And, of course, all three artists and their accompanists are committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating effects of global warming. Their choice of beneficiary, 350.org, is focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels - action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes. It'll be an evening of great vocal music, full of exquisite melody, rhythm, emotion and expression - from three singers who are genuine masters of their craft.
Friday, 19 April, 2013
07:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Cost:  $20 regular, $15 students & seniors

Event Contact Info Warren Senders
Email:  warvij at verizon.net 
 Phone: 781-396-0734 
Website: http://www.warrensenders.com/journal/?page_id=5725


3rd Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference
2nd Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses Conference
April 24, 2013
8am - 4pm 
DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Conference details at http://masustainablecommunities.com
Register early and save at http://masccc.eventbrite.com
Cost:  $45 to $75


Lesley University Forum: Three Towns, One Forest
Imagine The Silver Maple Forest Forever
April 25, 2013
Lesley University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Home to 20 mammal and 90 bird species.
Environmental education center for youth.
Important floodplain forest in the Mystic River watershed.
Unique Boston area urban wilderness.
Forest is integral to largest city wetlands.
Provides balance against 1700 new housing units
Flood, storm, and climate change protection.
Conservation of Alewife herring spawning run.
Protects new, costly Cambridge storm water project.

Convened by Friends of Alewife Reservation, Green Cambridge and Lesley University

Expert speakers, a call to action!


MIT Sustainability Summit
Saturday, April 27 and Sunday April 28
MIT Media Lab (E14), 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

The fifth annual MIT Sustainability Summit has the theme of “empowering action” towards sustainability. This reflects the urgency of innovation, leadership, and change at numerous scales, from the individual to the firm and from the city to the world, in light of global environmental threats. 

We intend for our attendees to leave feeling empowered to take action towards a sustainable future, either in their existing personal or professional context or in a new one. This is the motivation for showcasing multiple domains of action. We hope that germs of company, product, or project ideas spring from the panels and charettes, and new communities of action emerge out of the formal and informal conversations over the weekend. 

Editorial Comment:  A paid event ranging from $45 to $150 but may very well be worth it.  Sunday is a design charette.


Boston Quantified Self & IDEO: Health & Wellness Innovation Night
Thursday, May 2, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Allston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BostonQS/events/111251842/
These events fill up fast!

Boston Quantified Self & IDEO: Health & Wellness Innovation Night will feature researchers, entrepreneurs and companies who are leading the way to more personalized health and wellness using self-tracking systems. The evening will start with live product demonstrations showcasing cutting-edge innovation that is transforming health and wellness, followed by world-class speakers and finally a compelling panel discussion moderated by IDEO's Life Sciences Chief Strategist Rodrigo Martinez.

Jonathan Farringdon - Director of Informatics, BodyMedia
Jaqueline Thong - Co-founder & CEO, Ubiqi Health
John Moore, MD - Doctor & Technologist, New Media Medicine (MIT)

If you are a designer, tech inventor, entrepreneur, journalist, scientist, health professional or user, please join us for an evening of inspiration packed with great speakers, demos, networking and more!

Boston Quantified Self would like to thank our event partner Harvard Innovation Lab for hosting this event at their amazing facility.




Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


Boiler Rebate
If your boiler is from 1983 or earlier, Mass Save will give a $1,750 to $4,000 rebate to switch it out for a new efficient boiler that uses the same fuel (i.e. if you have oil, you have to continue to use oil) so long as it is installed by July 31, 2012.

Call Mass Save (866 527-7283) to sign up for a home energy assessment or sign-up online at  www.nextsteplivinginc.com/HEET  and HEET will receive a $10 contribution from Next Step Living for every completed assessment.

This is a great way to reduce climate change emissions for the next 20 or so years the boiler lasts, while saving money.


CEA Solar Hot Water Grants
Cambridge, through the Cambridge Energy Alliance initiative, is offering a limited number of grants to residents and businesses for solar hot water systems.  The grants will cover 50% of the remaining out of pocket costs of the system after other incentives, up to $2,000.

Applications will be accepted up to November 19, 2012 and are available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out.  The Cambridge grant will complement other incentives including the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center solar thermal grants.  For more information, see


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).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on your energy bills.  You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at http://nextsteplivinginc.com/heet/?outreach=HEET or call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)




Cambridge Solar Challenge
We're working to get 100 solar-panel installations on residential roofs in Cambridge this summer.
Because of the scale of the project, we've managed to bargain with Next Step Living (the solar installer) to get a:
20% discount for Cambridge residents from May 1st until August 1st. (That's 20% below the state average price per watt installed.)  The discount applies whether the solar is purchased outright or leased.

$300 donation to any nonprofit for any solar installations that result from their referral.  So, if your church, preschool or other nonprofit persuades a family in its community to sign up for a solar evaluation, and the family ends up installing solar, the nonprofit will earn $300 for its sustainability needs (such as adding insulation, installing efficient lighting, creating a garden, etc.). In this way we double the amount of good we are doing.

You can easily look up your home's solar potential through MIT's solar map (http://www.cambridgema.gov/solar/). Then email us (heet.cambridge at gmail.com) to sign up for a free solar assessment with an expert.
If you are associated with a nonprofit and want to help sign up solar assessments to increase the renewable energy  in Cambridge as well as earn money for your nonprofit, email us with questions or to get started.
We will happily attend events at your nonprofit in order to explain how solar works, figure out who has good solar potential and explain how it can save residents money.

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


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/

Cambridge Civic Journal  http://www.rwinters.com











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