[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - April 15, 2018

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Monday, April 16

11:30am  An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
11:45am  Superbugs Attack! How the World Can Contain the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance
12pm  Energy Policy in India: A Research Agenda
12:15pm  Becoming a Pathogen: On the Topology of Soil Disease in California’s Strawberry Industry
4pm  Force of Nature:  Celebrating 20 Years of the Laws of Cyberspace 
4:30pm  Conflict, Culture and the Art of Peacemaking in the 21st Century
5pm  Scales of Environmental Justice: Building a Transformative Politics
6pm  Artificial Intelligence at the Edge (50-min technical)
7pm  Post-Truth

Tuesday, April 17

9am  Territories of Water Symposium
10am  MIT Day of Action
11am  Global Disruptors: Lightning Talks on International Innovations
12pm  Book Talk: “Has the West Lost it?” with Kishore Mahbubani
12pm  Shorenstein Center Speaker Series with Jelani Cobb
12pm  Honoring All Expertise: Social Responsibility and Ethics in Tech
12:30pm  Skyglow, Documenting the Effects of Light Pollution
12:30pm  Public Broadcasting in the Age of Fake News: Can NHK, NPR, or the BBC Save Democracy?
12:30pm  The Conflict Over Natural Gas Reserves in the Mediterranean: Political Risks vs. Economic Opportunities
1pm  Climate Change and Global Health Seminar: Christopher Golden
2pm  Terrestrial Climate during the Cenozoic Era, the Development and First Applications of Novel Biomarker Proxies
2pm  Bifacial PV Tracking: the Simulation and Optimization of Yield Gain
3pm  Making Collective Intelligence Work: Learning, Liquidity, and Manipulation in Markets
4pm  Getting sustainability done: A panel of Chief Sustainability Officers
4pm  Globalization, Innovation, and Inequality: The 2018 Leontief Prize
4pm  Circle Up: Film Screening and Discussion
5pm  The Art of Energy Revolution: From Ultra High Voltage Power Grids to Global Energy Interconnection
6pm  Becoming Invisible in the Ocean: The Story of a Hawaiian Squid
6pm  Wrestling with the Devil:  A Prison Memoir
6pm  New Venture Competition Finals
7pm  The Road to Unfreedom:  Russia, Europe, America
7pm  Urban Farming: A Conversation with Nataka Crayton
7pm  Food, Feelings, & Cookbook Conversations
7pm  Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome
7pm  Staying Human in Times of War: A Conversation with Anthony Marra and Khassan Baiev
7:45pm  Climate Ready Boston Leadership Event: Port Norfolk Civic Association

Wednesday, April 18

7:30am  Boston Sustainability Breakfast
9:30am  Face-off: Facial Recognition Technologies and Humanity in an Era of Big Data
11am  Get Organized and Go Green
12pm  Neurotechnology: Biomedical, Biomimetic, and Beyond
12pm  Tropically Excited Arctic warMing (TEAM) Mechanism: A Theory Based on a General Circulation Perspective
12pm  Counter-Geoengineering: Basic Concepts and Modeled Outcomes
1:10pm  The Rate and Direction of Innovation-Led Growth: A Mission-Oriented Approach
2pm  Community-based and Peer-to-peer Electricity Markets
2pm  From Cambridge to the Universe: Explorations of Locally Designed Spacecraft
3:30pm  Discovering Vulnerabilities in a Sociotechnical Society
4pm  Separating Signal and Noise: The Case of Tropospheric Temperature
4pm  The Incredible Foods’ Story 
4pm  Overcoming Thermodynamic and Biosynthetic Limitations at the Origin of Life
4:15pm  Driving Down Demand for Diesel: Does a Bus Driver Training and Incentive Program Increase Fuel Efficiency?
4:15pm  A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance - a Book Talk
4:15pm  Making Germany Great Again? Responses to Berlin's Populist Revolt
5:30pm  Science Research Public Lecture: The Fruit Fly as Human Disease Research Tool
6pm  authors at MIT: Science Not Silence -- Voices from the March for Science Movement
6pm  Harvard Business School New Venture Competition Finale 2018
6pm  Unseen Connections: A Natural History of Cell Phones
6pm  Mens et Manus America: The Truth about Fake News
6pm  Movies That Matter: Decoding the Weather Machine
6:30pm  Open House at BosLab: Cambridge Science Festival
7pm  April Tzedek Salon: Climate Resilience and Equity
7pm  Approximating Intelligence: Machine Learning Driven AI

Thursday, April 19 - Friday, April 20

Gender Equality: It's About Time

Thursday, April 19

10am  BU AR/VR Festival
11am  The 8th annual Earth Day Festival 
11:45am  The Disruption in Autonomous Vehicles Disruption: Implications for Policy Makers
12pm  The Road to Food Waste is Paved with Good Intentions
12pm  An American Colony in 18th-century France: Les Nantuckois of Dunkirk and the Spread of Enlightened Illumination
12pm  Lunch and Learn with Greenovate
12pm  Harvard Celebrates Earth Day
12pm  Secure and Sustainable Electronics Recycling
12:15pm  Authoritarian Resurgence: Power, Politics, and the Making of Foreign Policy in Russia and China
2pm  Thinking with the Body
2pm  New Tools for Tracking Infectious Disease, Cancer and Beyond
2pm  Through Fish Eyes: Dance Exploring Marine Life
3pm  Earth Night at Venture Café
4pm  Physics Colloquium:  What Drives Weather Changes?
4pm  Stories in Translation: Reporting on the contemporary Middle East
4pm  Data and Decision Sciences for Mobility Services
4:15pm  Algorithmic Accountability: Designing for Safety
4:30pm  The Paris Agreement: Thoughts of a Negotiator on its Significance and Future with Sue Biniaz
5pm  Climate Cafe
5pm  Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi: "Forging a New Moral Vision in an Age of Crisis”
5pm  Suffolk University Center for Entrepreneurship Expo 
5:30pm  Cleantech Open Information Session Boston
5:30pm  Solveathon + Sustainable Connections
6pm  The Opposite of Hate:  A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity
6pm  A Dive into the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
6pm  Climate change adaptations of wild populations from corals to fish: the power of deep genomic
6pm  authors at MIT: Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, in conversation with Malcolm Harris
6pm  The Future of Capitalism Is Feminine
6pm  Designing for a more equitable world: Introducing MIT D-Lab Innovation Practice
6pm  Talk: Aerocene and the Future in a Fossil-Free World
6pm  BostInno's State of Innovation: Food Inno
6pm  Steps to a Sustainable World
6:30pm  Sustainability Collaborative
6:30pm  Net Neutrality: The Path Forward
6:30pm  Yvonne Cagle:  NASA Astronaut and Family Physician
6:30pm  Healthcare and Medicine in the 21st Century: What lies ahead?
7pm  Shark Stories
7pm  Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21

Climate Changed Symposium

Friday, April 20

8am  Changing the Climate : How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions
11am  Climate Ready Boston 
11am  Aerocene Explorer Performance & Interactive Display with MIT Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno and EAPS Scientists
1pm  Nuclear Abolition: Claiming Your Right To Live
1pm  The Fletcher Food Symposium: Food and Conflict
2:15pm  CES Special Event How Democracies Die - A Book Discussion
2:30pm  Remaking Meat: A Place for Livestock
2:30pm  How do Waste Pickers Save their Money? Financial Inclusion and the Informal Sector.
3pm  Flunking Democracy:  Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation
3pm  xTalk with Natalia Kucirkova:  A New Paradigm in Engineering Education Using Two Disruptive Technologies: Simulations & Online Learning.
4pm  Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: Accelerating Bio Discovery with Machine Learning
4:30pm  Friday Fun with Greenovate
7pm  Renaissance Woman:  The Life of Vittoria Colonna

Saturday, April 21

8am  TransportationCamp NE 2018
9am  ESI Earth Day Celebration
9am  MITxMake
12:30pm  MIT IDEAS Innovation Showcase + Awards 2018
1:45pm  Boston’s Robotics Revolution
2:30pm  Rally to Resist the Back Bay Billionaires' Pipeline  

Sunday, April 22

Earth Day
9:30am  The 4th Boston Sino Entrepreneurial Summit 2018
10am  Agricultural Festival
12pm  Harvard EAC Earth Day Festival 

Monday, April 23

9am  Decentralized Newsrooms, Music & Entertainment, and Cyberpunk Storytelling 
9:30am  Arts and Culture Discussion Series Session 3: Arts and Public Health
11:30am  Fake News and Misinformation Series: Brendan Nyhan
12pm  PAOC Colloquium: Ryan Abernathey (LDEO)
12pm  Creating Soil in the pre-Columbian Amazon
12pm  Air Quality and Health Implications of Energy Strategies
12:15pm  Once and For Now: The Science and Art of Ex Post Environmental Regulation
12:30pm  Edge of the Knife
3pm  Dionysus Stardust: Theater, Masks, and the Spectacle of Rock
3:30pm  Building the biosphere: Reconciling evolution and ecosystems in an ever-changing world
4pm  xTalk with Robert Sedgewick:  A 21st Century Model for Disseminating Knowledge
4pm  Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code 
5pm  Making Mobility Smart Again
5pm  The Alzheimer Enigma: The Causes of the Dementia Epidemic
5pm  Gubernatorial Forum on Energy and the Environment
5pm  Chef Hero Matt Jennings at the Boston Public Market
6pm  The Floral Archive: Climate, Empire, and the Problem of Scale
6pm  Climate Ready Boston Leadership Event: A Funny Thing About Garbage
6pm  Manuelle Gautrand | Re-inventing Cities
6pm  Urban Studies Capstone: Showcase + Presentations
7pm  The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind:  My Tale of Madness and Recovery
7pm  Native Plants for New England Gardens
8pm  The Remarkable Gamble the National Science Foundation took with LIGO

Tuesday April 24

11am  LAB-O-RAMA 2018
12pm  Webinar: Balancing Usability and Cybersecurity in IoT Devices
12:30pm  Marketcraft: How Governments Make Markets Work
4pm  A tale of mosquitoes and worms: why is DEET so repellent
4pm  Research on Tap | War and Peace: Causes, Consequences, and Alternatives
4:15pm  How Can Europe and Social Democracy Overcome their Crises Together?
5pm  Be Careful What You Set Your Heart Upon
6pm  Projecting Climate Change into the Future: What We Know and How Well We Know It
6pm  Boston Green Drinks
6pm  Film Screening - Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
6:30pm  Infinite Hope
6:30pm  Perceptions, Myths and Identity in US-Russian Relations: A “Third Side” Approach to Dealing Constructively with Our Differences
6:30pm  GSD Lecture with Stig Andersson
7pm  The Golden Age of Boston Television
7pm  Soulfull Speaker Series at Boston University
7:30pm  Fact and Faith: A Meditation on Science and Religion with  Alan Lightman


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

Geometry Links - April 10, 2018


Monday, April 16

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Monday, April 16
11:30 am–1:30 pm
Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Join the Harvard Divinity School Green Team for this film screening. 


Superbugs Attack! How the World Can Contain the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance
Monday, April 16
11:45AM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Allison Dining Room, 5th floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Abstract: Antimicrobial resistance has been estimated to cause 700,000 deaths annually and is spreading at an alarming rate predicted to cause 10 million deaths annually by 2050. The effective containment of antimicrobial resistance is hindered by many complex factors, including inappropriate medicines use, poor surveillance, limited treatment options, and a lack of good governance to address these issues. Steven Hoffman, Director of the Global Strategy Lab, a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health, and an Adjunct Professor of Global Health & Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health , will address the global actions that must be taken to address this urgent threat to global health security.

Bio: Professor Steven Hoffman, Director of the Global Strategy Lab, a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health, and an Adjunct Professor of Global Health & Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. He holds a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, and a doctorate in law from Sciences Po Paris.

Light lunch will be served. To reserve your lunch and seats, RSVP to nathan_ramsayer at hks.harvard.edu

Contact Name:  Nathan Ramsayer 
nathan_ramsayer at hks.harvard.edu

Energy Policy in India: A Research Agenda
Monday, April 16
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Kaveri Iychettira, Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS. Lunch is provided. 

Energy Policy Seminar

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


Becoming a Pathogen: On the Topology of Soil Disease in California’s Strawberry Industry
Monday, April 16
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Julie Guthman (Radcliffe Institute and UC Santa Cruz)

STS Circle at Harvard


Force of Nature:  Celebrating 20 Years of the Laws of Cyberspace 
Monday, April 16
4:00 pm 
Harvard, Austin Hall West, Room 111
Reception immediately following event
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018//04/Lessig#RSVP
Event will be webcast live at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018//04/Lessig

Celebrating 20 years of the Laws of Cyberspace and how it laid the groundwork for Berkman Klein Center's field of study.
Please join us as we recognize the 20th anniversary of the paper The Laws of Cyberspace (Taipei March '98) by Professor Lawrence Lessig. Join Professor Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, along with Professor Ruth L. Okediji, the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center, and Dr. Laura DeNardis, Professor in the School of Communication at American University, with moderator, Professor Jonathan Zittrain, the George Bemis Professor of International 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, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and Faculty Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. 

About Professor Lessig
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Lessig serves on the Board of the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.

About Professor Okediji
Ruth L. Okediji is the Jeremiah Smith. Jr, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center. A renowned scholar in international intellectual property (IP) law and a foremost authority on the role of intellectual property in social and economic development, Professor Okediji has advised inter-governmental organizations, regional economic communities, and national governments on a range of matters related to technology, innovation policy, and development. Her widely cited scholarship on IP and development has influenced government policies in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America. Her ideas have helped shape national strategies for the implementation of the WTO's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). She works closely with several United Nations agencies, research centers, and international organizations on the human development effects of international IP policy, including access to knowledge, access to essential medicines and issues related to indigenous innovation systems.

About Dr. DeNardis
Dr. Laura DeNardis is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar and a Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. She also serves as Faculty Director of the Internet Governance Lab at American University. Her books include The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press 2014); Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009); Information Technology in Theory (Thompson 2007 with Pelin Aksoy), and a new co-edited book The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance (Palgrave 2016). With a background in information engineering and a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS), her research studies the social and political implications of Internet technical architecture and governance. 

She is an affiliated fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2011. She is an adjunct Senior Research Scholar in the faculty of international and public affairs at Columbia University and a frequent keynote speaker at the world’s most prestigious universities and institutions. She has previously taught at New York University and Yale Law School. 

About Professor Zittrain
Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International 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, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder of the Berkman Klein 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.

He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia, and as part of the OpenNet Initiative co-edited a series of studies of Internet filtering by national governments: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering; Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace; and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American.  He has served as a Trustee of the Internet Society and as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader. He was a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, and previously chaired the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee. His book The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop Itpredicted the end of general purpose client computing and the corresponding rise of new gatekeepers.  That and other works may be found at <http://www.jz.org>.


Conflict, Culture and the Art of Peacemaking in the 21st Century
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 16, 2018, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie Vernon Room, K-262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict
SPEAKER(S)  Mark Muller Stuart, Mediator for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs
CONTACT INFO	Donna Hicks, dhicks at wcfia.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Free and Open to the Public


Scales of Environmental Justice: Building a Transformative Politics
Monday, April 16
Harvard, Room 110, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Robin Kelsey
Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Moderator, Ajantha Subramanian

Indira Garmendia Alfaro, Chelsea GreenRoots
Kalila Barnett, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Trina Jackson, Mission Works
Tenbit Mitiku, Alternatives for Community and Environment
Ami Zota, Environmental and Occupational Health, The George Washington University

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center is convened by Robin Kelsey (Dean of Arts and Humanities, Harvard University) and Ian Jared Miller (Professor of History, Harvard University).


Artificial Intelligence at the Edge (50-min technical)
Monday, April 16
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) - 5th Floor - Havana Room, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Accelerate-AI-Meetup/events/249030480/

Speaker: Jameson Toole
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameson-toole/

6:00pm - 6:30pm - Intro, Dinner & Refreshments.
6:30pm - 7:20pm - Talk
7:20pm - 7:35pm - Q&A
7:35pm - 8:00pm - Networking

Bio:  Dr. Jameson Toole is the CEO and co-founder of Fritz—building tools to help developers optimize, deploy, and manage machine learning models on mobile devices. He holds undergraduate degrees in Physics, Economics, and Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan as well as an M.S. and PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT. His work in the Human Mobility and Networks Lab centered on applications of big data and machine learning to urban and transportation planning. Prior to founding Fritz, he spent time building analytics pipelines for Google[X]’s Project Wing and running the data science team at Jana Mobile, a Boston technology startup.

Topic discussion:  Machine learning and AI models now outperform humans on tasks ranging from image recognition to language translation. However, sending video, audio, and other sensor data up to the cloud and back is too slow for apps like Snapchat, features like “Hey, Siri!”, and autonomous machines like self-driving cars. Developers seeking to provide seamless user experiences must now move their models down to devices on the edge of the network where they can run faster, at lower cost, and with greater privacy.

This talk outlines why developers should be deploying deep learning models to the edge, common roadblocks they will face, and how to overcome them. I begin by describing two major technological trends pushing machine learning out to the edge of the network: the rise of deep learning and the ubiquity of mobile sensors. I then discuss how developers can use these tools like Core ML and TensorFlow Lite to solve problems at 60 frames-per-second and create smooth, real-time experiences for users, all while securing data and reducing cloud costs.

Despite these benefits, transitioning to the edge can be difficult. Tech stacks used by machine learning specialists and mobile developers are mismatched, and it’s rare to find engineers fluent in both. Processing power, storage, and memory are all constrained, and developers need to ensure their models can run on hundreds of different devices. This talk offers advice to developers on how to deal with these challenges so their migration to the edge is as simple and painless as possible.

Don't forget to Register for ODSC EAST - https://odsc.com/boston


Monday, April 16
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lee-mcintyre-post-truth-tickets-44306681477

Are we living in a post-truth world, where “alternative facts” replace actual facts and feelings have more weight than evidence? How did we get here? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Lee McIntyre traces the development of the post-truth phenomenon from science denial through the rise of “fake news,” from our psychological blind spots to the public’s retreat into “information silos.”

What, exactly, is post-truth? Is it wishful thinking, political spin, mass delusion, bold-faced lying? McIntyre analyzes recent examples—claims about inauguration crowd size, crime statistics, and the popular vote—and finds that post-truth is an assertion of ideological supremacy by which its practitioners try to compel someone to believe something regardless of the evidence.

About the Author: Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. He is the author of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior (MIT Press).

Tuesday, April 17

Territories of Water Symposium
Tuesday, April 17
9:00am to 11:30am
MIT, Building 9-451 105 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

"Territories of Water" is a SPURS-DUSP symposium that will address the disparate rural-urban landscapes arising out of such city-centered water planning policies and design mandates. Through the projects presented, the symposium will propose new models to replace traditional rural-urban spatial concepts and will discuss tools and methods for collaboration between the two realms. Rural and urban are conceived as opposing ends of the civilizational continuum. Despite complimentary coexistence, this divisive conception is reflected in the contrasting policy and planning tools serving these areas. 

Please RSVP to alka at mit.edu and ranu at mit.edu to confirm your presence.

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM 
Welcoming Remarks 
9:10 AM – 9:20 AM 
Symposium Introduction 
9:20 AM – 10:00 AM 
Cities and Rivers 
Inaki Alday, Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia 
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM 
Rurban Water Planning in Maharashtra: Political Ecology of Panchyati Raj 
James Wescoat, Professor of Landscape Architecture & Director, Urbanism Group, MIT 
10:20 AM – 10:40 AM 
The Imaginations of Water and a City - Bengaluru, India 
S Vishwananth, Biome Environmental Solutions 
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM 
Colorado Landscape Planning 
Sourav Biswas, Sasaki Associates 
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM 
Panel Discussion 
11:20 AM – 11:30 AM 
Closing Remarks 
Bishwapriya Sanyal, Professor of International Development and Planning & Director, SPURS, MIT 


MIT Day of Action
Tuesday, April 17
10:00am to 8:00pm
MIT, Ray and Maria Stata Center 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

On April 17, 2018, members of the MIT and broader local community will pause everyday activities and devote the day to engaging with the political, economic, environmental, and social challenges facing us today — through learning, discussion, reflection, and planning for action.  We will hold a coordinated set of activities on the MIT campus, including lectures, town-hall sessions, film screenings, and workshops.

Together, we act to fulfill MIT’s mission “to bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges”, seeking open-minded dialogue with peers and colleagues of diverse backgrounds and views.  All of us, regardless of political affiliation, can contribute to identifying and seeking out the roots of the greatest challenges facing our society, and to planning for actions addressing these challenges in the present day and in times to come. We intend this Day of Action to be open to all, representing the full diversity of our society. We are made stronger by open, respectful dialogue and the exchange of ideas from the widest variety of intellectual, religious, class, cultural, and political perspectives.  We invite you to join us, to share your concerns and questions, your hopes and ideas, and your knowledge and skills.


Global Disruptors: Lightning Talks on International Innovations
Tuesday, April 17
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
BU, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-disruptors-lightning-talks-on-international-innovations-tickets-44806746184

Join us for Boston University’s Innovation Week launch event, Global Disruptors: Lightning Talks on International Innovations! Come be inspired by some of BU’s most innovative and disruptive STEM-based research and ventures. Leading faculty and researchers from across the university with delivering Lightning Talks (5min. TED-style talks), to wow our audience with cutting-edge ideas being transformed into global impact.

Light refreshments will be served.

11:00 – Intro to BUild Lab and Innovation Week
11:10 – 11:30 – STEM Lightning Talks
11:30 – 12:00 – Q&A/Networking
12:00 – 12:15 – Tour of the BUild Lab


Book Talk: “Has the West Lost it?” with Kishore Mahbubani
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wexner 434-AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Kishore Mahbubani
CONTACT INFO	info at ash.harvard.edu
DETAILS  You're invited to a seminar featuring Kishore Mahbubani, Ash Center Senior Visiting Scholar, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and author of forthcoming book, Has the West Lost It?. Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, will moderate.


Shorenstein Center Speaker Series with Jelani Cobb
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Taubman 275, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Jelani Cobb
DETAILS  Jelani Cobb is the current A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence at the Shorenstein Center. He is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he writes about race, politics, history, and culture. Previously, Cobb was Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut where he specialized in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and Cold War history. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations, and winner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analysis. Cobb is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, and The Devil and Dave Chappelle and Other Essays. While at the Shorenstein Center, Cobb will write, teach student workshops, and interact with the Harvard community.
LINK  https://shorensteincenter.org/event/speaker-series-jelani-cobb/


Honoring All Expertise: Social Responsibility and Ethics in Tech
Tuesday, April 17
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B, Room 2019, Second Floor, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/04/ethicaltech#RSVP
Event will be live webcast at 12:00 pm at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/04/ethicaltech

featuring Kathy Pham & Friends from the Berkman Klein Community 
The Ethical Tech working group at the Berkman Klein Center will host a series of lighting talks about social responsibility and ethics in tech from cross functional perspectives featuring social scientists, computer scientists, historians, lawyers, political scientists, philosophers, and architects across industry and academia. The Ethical Tech working group meets weekly to discuss and debate current tech events, experiencing the deep value of different expertise in the room to discuss the issues from different angles. Calling all to join us and bring your expertise and experience for discussion.  

Doaa Abu-Elyounes
Doaa Abu-Elyounes is a second year S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, where she researches the effect of artificial intelligence algorithms on the criminal justice system. Before starting her S.J.D, Doaa Completed an LL.M at Harvard Law School. Doaa is originally from Israel, where she completed an LL.B and LL.M in the University of Haifa with a special focus on law and technology. After law school, Doaa worked at the Supreme Court of Israel as a law clerk; and at the Israeli Ministry of Justice as an advisor to the Director General of the Ministry. During her time in the Berkman Center, Doaa will focus on algorithmic accountability and governance of AI in criminal justice. In particular, she will analyze the impact of risk assessment tools involving AI on the criminal justice system.

Joanne Cheung
Joanne K. Cheung is an artist and designer. Her work focuses on how people, buildings, and media contribute to democratic governance. She enjoys thinking across scales and collaborating across differences. 

She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, M.F.A. from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and is currently pursuing her M.Arch at Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

Mary Gray
Mary L. Gray is a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. She chairs the Microsoft Research Lab Ethics Advisory Board. Mary maintains a faculty position in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with affiliations in Anthropology, Gender Studies and the Media School, at Indiana University. Mary’s research looks at how technology access, social conditions, and everyday uses of media transform people’s lives.  Her most recent book, Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America, looked at how youth in the rural United States use media to negotiate their identities, local belonging, and connections to broader, political communities. Mary’s current project combines ethnography, interviews, and survey data with large-scale platform transaction data to understand the impact of automation on the future of work and workers’ lives. Mary’s research has been covered in the popular press, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian. She served on the American Anthropological Association’s Executive Board and chaired its 113th Annual Meeting. Mary currently sits on the Executive Board of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). In 2017, Mary joined Stanford University’s “One-Hundred-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence” (AI100), looking at the future of AI and its policy implications.

Ben Green
Ben Green studies the intersections of data science with law, policy, and social science, with a focus on cities. He is a PhD Candidate in Applied Math at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Ben's research focuses on the uses of data and technology by city governments; the intersection of data, algorithms, and social justice; and the impacts of algorithms and technology on society. He is currently writing a book about the politics and sociology of smart cities. Outside of academica, Ben has extensive experience working in municipal government. He recently spent a year working for the Citywide Analytics Team in the City of Boston, where he developed analytics to improve public safety operations and civic engagement strategies for the City’s new open data program. Ben previously worked as a Fellow at the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship, and partnered with the City of Memphis, TN using machine learning to identify blighted homes. He also worked for a year at the New Haven Department of Transportation, Traffic, and Parking. Ben completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics & Physics at Yale College. His graduate work has been funded by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Herbert Winokur SEAS Graduate Fellowship.

Jenn Halen
Jenn Halen is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center. She works on research and community activities for the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative. Jenn is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota and a former National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her research broadly focuses on the ways that new and emerging technologies influence, and are influenced by, politics. She will study the complex social and political implications of advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence, especially as it relates to issues of governance. She also works on issues of cyber security, human rights, and social justice. Jenn enjoys ballet, almost everything geek-related, and good vegan food.  She makes excellent vegan mac and cheese, and she will probably tell you about it.

Jenny Korn
Jenny Korn is an activist of color for social justice and scholar of race, gender, and media with academic training in communication, sociology, theater, public policy, and gender studies from Princeton, Harvard, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She will examine identity and representation through online and in-person discourses, focusing on how popular concepts of race and gender are influenced by digital interactions, political protest, and institutional kyriarchy.

Kathy Pham
Kathy Pham is a computer scientist, cancer patient sidekick, product manager, and leader with a love for developing products, operations, hacking bureaucracy, building and and leading teams, all things data, healthcare, and weaving public service and advocacy into all aspects of  life.  As a 2017-2018 fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, Kathy will explore artificial intelligence, and the ethics and social impact responsibility of engineers when writing code and shipping products. Most recently, Kathy was a founding product and engineering member of the of the United States Digital Service, a tech startup in government at the White House, where she led and contributed to public services across the Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Talent, and Precision Medicine. She sits on the advisory boards of the Anita Borg Institute local, and the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” initiative. Previously, Kathy held a variety of roles in product, engineering, and data science at Google, IBM, and Harris Healthcare Solutions. In the non-work world, Kathy founded the Cancer Sidekick Foundation to spread Leukemia knowledge and build a cancer community, started Google's First Internal Business Intelligence Summit, founded Atlanta United For Sight, placed first at the Imagine Cup competition (basically the World Cup but for tech geeks) representing the United States with a news Sentiment Analysis engine, spoke at the White House State of STEM 2015, and invited as of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Guest at the 2015 State of the Union address. She has also been spotted at the gaming finals for the After Hours Gaming League for StarCraft II, speaking at tech conferences, and hosting food themed Formula 1 Racing hangouts. Kathy holds a Bachelors and Masters of Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and from Supelec in Metz, France.

Luke Stark
Luke Stark is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College, and studies the intersections of digital media and behavioral science. Luke’s work at the Berkman Klein Center will explore the ways in which psychological techniques are incorporated into social media platforms, mobile apps, and artificial intelligence (AI) systems — and how these behavioral technologies affect human privacy, emotional expression, and digital labor. His scholarship highlights the asymmetries of power, access and justice that are emerging as these systems are deployed in the world, and the social and political challenges that technologists, policymakers, and the wider public will face as a result. Luke holds a PhD from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and an Honours BA and MA from the University of Toronto; he has been a Fellow of the NYU School of Law’s Information Law Institute (ILI), and an inaugural Fellow with the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Technology, Society, and Policy (CTSP). He tweets @luke_stark; learn more at https://starkcontrast.co.

Salome Viljoen
Salome is a Fellow in the Privacy Initiatives Project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Salome’s professional interest is the intersection between privacy, technology and inequality. Before coming to the Berkman Center, Salome was an associate at Fenwick & West, LLP, where she worked with technology company clients on a broad variety of matters. She has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MsC from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Economy from Georgetown University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and hanging out with her cat.


Skyglow, Documenting the Effects of Light Pollution
Tuesday, April 17
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The second EPP lunch of the Spring 2018 term. Featuring guests Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan in a conversation with Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes. Lunch will be served.


Public Broadcasting in the Age of Fake News: Can NHK, NPR, or the BBC Save Democracy?
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Henry Laurence, Associate Professor of Government, Bowdoin College
Moderated by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming


The Conflict Over Natural Gas Reserves in the Mediterranean: Political Risks vs. Economic Opportunities
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Sema Kalaycioglu, Professor, Department of Economics, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Unless otherwise noted in the event description, CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES for record-keeping and for use on the CMES website and publications.
LINK  https://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/event/conflict-over-natural-gas-reserves-mediterranean-political-risks-v-economic-opportunities


Climate Change and Global Health Seminar: Christopher Golden
Tuesday, April 17
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church Street, Cambridge

Please join us for an exciting Climate Change and Global Health seminar with Harvard School of Public Health reseracher, Dr. Christopher Golden

More information at https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/event/climate-change-and-global-health-seminar-christopher-golden


Terrestrial Climate during the Cenozoic Era, the Development and First Applications of Novel Biomarker Proxies
Tuesday, April 17 
Harvard, Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with David Naafs, Research Fellow, Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU), School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.
The terrestrial realm is a crucial-component of Earth’s climate system. Over the last century relatively small changes in land temperature had a direct influence on food security, natural disasters, and have been linked to human conflict. In order to accurately predict future changes in terrestrial temperature, it is crucial to constrain terrestrial temperatures during past periods of natural climate change. However, despite decades of research, the majority of our understanding of past temperature is based on marine records. The lack of understanding of past terrestrial temperatures is one of the largest uncertainties in predicting the impact of anthropogenic climate change and understanding the sensitivity of the terrestrial realm to manmade climate change provides a major challenge for the scientific community.

This major gap in paleoclimate research has motivated my research of the recent years. I will present results from my ongoing research on the development of novel terrestrial temperature proxies, based on molecular fossils (biomarkers) of archaea and bacteria in peat. I will show that the distribution of various biomarkers in peat depends on temperature, especially isoprenoid and branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (GDGTs). I will then apply these proxies to ancient peat and lignite (fossilized peat) deposits to provide new insights into the dynamics of terrestrial temperatures during key periods of the Cenozoic Era; the greenhouse world of the early Paleogene (~50 Myr) and the last natural change in pCO2 during last deglaciation (20-0 kyr).

Paleobiology Seminar 

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


Bifacial PV Tracking: the Simulation and Optimization of Yield Gain
Tuesday, April 17
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
RSVP at https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&partnerref=Promo1&eventid=1645047&sessionid=1&key=AD2E8C6A6F9EE1741E857D18A8C38C77&regTag=&sourcepage=register

Bifacial solar PV tracking exhibits the potential to increase PV energy yield compared to standard-module tracking under identical conditions. The PV applications industry is performing diligent investigations to quantify bifacial yield gain expectation as a function of environmental and application factors that influence bifacial solar tracking performance. This webinar will explore those influencing factors and their impact on bifacial PV tracking, demonstrate optimization techniques in application alternatives, and present simulation results in terms of yield gain expectation.

Event Contact
hello at greentechmedia.com


Making Collective Intelligence Work: Learning, Liquidity, and Manipulation in Markets
Thursday, April 17
MIT, Building 32-D463,Star Conference Room, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Sanmay Das, Washington Univ. in St. Louis
Abstract: Collective intelligence systems, from prediction markets to Wikipedia, have the capacity to provide useful information by aggregating the wisdom of the crowd. Yet the mechanisms that govern how individuals interact in these forums can substantially affect the quality of information produced. I will discuss this issue in the context of two specific problems in prediction markets: ensuring sufficient liquidity and mitigating manipulation. The accuracy of the information reflected in market prices depends on the market´s liquidity. In a liquid market, arriving traders have someone to trade with at a "reasonable" price, so they are willing to participate and contribute their information. Liquidity provision can be framed as a reinforcement learning problem for a market-making agent, complicated by the censored nature of observations. I will describe an algorithm for solving this problem using moment-matching approximations in the belief space, and discuss theoretical results and empirical evaluation of the algorithm in experiments with trading agents and human subjects, showing that it offers several potential benefits over standard cost-function based approaches. In markets where participants influence the outcome of the events on which they are trading, concerns over manipulation naturally arise. I will present a game-theoretic model of manipulation, which gives insight into the question of how informative market prices are in the presence of manipulation opportunities, and also into how markets can affect the incentives of agents in the outside world. In addition, I will describe our experience with a field experiment related to manipulation, the Instructor Rating Markets. Time permitting, I will also briefly discuss work in my group on related issues in other types of collective intelligence systems, for example, information growth, user engagement, and manipulation in social media like Wikipedia and Reddit.


Getting sustainability done: A panel of Chief Sustainability Officers
Thursday, April 17
4–5:30 pm
Harvard Business School, Aldrich 207, 35 Harvard Way, Allston

Come hear from a panel of Chief Sustainability Officers about the front-line challenges and lessons from implementing sustainability practices at a variety of corporations.

Heather Henriksen - CSO, Harvard University
Dr. Neil Hawkins - CSO, Dow Chemical
Amanda DeSantis - VP, Sustainability & Innovation, Starwood Capital Group


Globalization, Innovation, and Inequality: The 2018 Leontief Prize 
Tuesday, April 17
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Tufts, Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall 2nd floor, 1 The Green, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/globalization-innovation-and-inequality-the-2018-leontief-prize-tickets-41427085528

On April 17, 2018, the Global Development And Environment Institute (GDAE), affiliated with Tufts University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, will award its 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to Mariana Mazzucato and Branko Milanovic. This year's award recognizes Dr. Mazzucato for her path-breaking research on the positive role of governments in fostering innovation and Dr. Milanovic for his vital contributions to measuring and responding to global income inequality. As part of the ceremony, awardees will lecture on the theme of "Globalization, Innovation and Inequality." A light dinner reception at 5:30 will follow the ceremony. This event is free and open to the public.


Circle Up: Film Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, April 17
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Lesley University, Sherrill Library Room 251, Brattle Campus, 89 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/circle-up-film-screening-and-discussion-tickets-44853383678

**Event is free and open to the public; walk-ins welcome
After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reaches out to her son’s killer to offer a chance for forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge. Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability. 
Janet Connors is a long-time community and social justice activist in Boston's neighborhoods. She brings over 45 years’ experience working with youth and families in community-based organizations. Janet is a frequent public speaker and has participated on many panels at various forums locally and nationally. She was presented a Leadership in Community and Restorative Justice Award by Howard Zehr, the Chomsky Peace and Justice Award by the Justice Studies Association, and the Mothers of Courage award by Mothers for Justice and Equality. Janet works in schools, local and federal courts, prisons, and community settings as a circle keeper, restorative justice practitioner, and trainer.
Sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences Committee on Social Justice, the Multicultural Affairs and Student Inclusion Office, the Graduate Student Association, and the Lesley University Violence Against Women Initiative
Any questions, please contact Beth Tallett at etallett at lesley.edu


The Art of Energy Revolution: From Ultra High Voltage Power Grids to Global Energy Interconnection
Thursday, April 17
5 pm
Harvard, Milstein East B/C, / Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Harvard-China Project (SEAS), in conjunction with the Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Program and Harvard Global Institute, will host a University-wide public talk with Liu Zhenya, former Chairman and President of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility company.

During his talk on "The Art of Energy Revolution: From Ultra High Voltage Power Grids to Global Energy Interconnection,” Mr. Liu will discuss China’s innovative and ambitious idea of connecting electric grids within regions and across the world, as a means to balance variability of renewable energy resources and combat climate change. 

Mr. Liu formerly served as the Chairman and President of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility company. He is currently the Chairman of GEIDCO, a United Nations-endorsed and SGCC-affiliated organization that promotes grid interconnection worldwide to facilitate development of renewable energy. In this public lecture, Mr. Liu will focus on low-carbon energy transition through innovative strategies that help to integrate energy systems across regions and the world.

The event will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese and English. Simultaneous Mandarin Chinese and English interpretation will be available. Please plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes early and bring a government- or University-issued photo ID if you would like to check-out a headset to listen to the interpretation.

This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment; the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School; the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences; and the Harvard Global Institute.


Becoming Invisible in the Ocean: The Story of a Hawaiian Squid
Tuesday, April 17
Harvard, Geo Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Until recently, biologists considered bacteria to be pathogens that negatively affected the health of humans and other animals. Over the last decade, however, scientists have discovered
that most animals live with bacteria in mutually beneficial relationships. Using the Hawaiian bobtail squid and its bioluminescent bacterial partner as a model, Margaret McFall- Ngai, Professor and Director,  Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, will address how animals select their bacteria—sometimes thousands of species—and how they maintain “diplomatic relations” with these microbial organisms.

More information at https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/becoming-invisible-ocean-story-hawaiian-squid

Contact Name:  hmnh at hmsc.harvard.edu


Wrestling with the Devil:  A Prison Memoir
Tuesday, April 17
6:00 PM  (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5 - $27.00 (online only, book included) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research welcome renowned Kenyan writer and scholar NGŨGĨ WA THIONG'O—author of the acclaimed novel Wizard of the Crow—for a discussion of his latest book, Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir.

About Wrestling with the Devil
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s powerful prison memoir begins literally half an hour before his release on December 12, 1978. In one extended flashback, he recalls the night, a year earlier, when armed police pulled him from his home and jailed him in Kenya’s Kamĩtĩ Maximum Security Prison, one of the largest in Africa. There, he lives in a prison block with eighteen other political prisoners, quarantined from the general prison population.

In a conscious effort to fight back the humiliation and the intended degradation of the spirit, Ngũgĩ—the world-renowned author of Weep Not, Child; Petals of Blood; and Wizard of the Crow—decides to write a novel on toilet paper, the only paper to which he has access, a book that will become his classic, Devil on the Cross.

Written in the early 1980s and never before published in America, Wrestling with the Devil is Ngũgĩ’s account of the drama and the challenges of writing fiction under twenty-four-hour surveillance. He captures not only the excruciating pain that comes from being cut off from his wife and children but also the spirit of defiance that defines hope. Ultimately, Wrestling with the Devil is a testimony to the power of imagination to help humans break free of confinement, which is truly the story of all art.


New Venture Competition Finals
Tuesday, April 17
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
BU Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-venture-competition-finals-tickets-44189474909

In the annual Innovate at BU New Venture Competition, early-stage startups from all walks of life are given the chance to practice and perfect their pitch, meet with expert mentors, and compete for funding between $500 and $25,000! The Competition consists of three rounds begining in the fall semester. 
On Tuesday, April 17th, join us for the final round where $25,000 in prize money is up for grabs! Six finalist teams present their final pitch to a panel of investors and audience.
Networking and appetizers
Hear six teams make their final pitch to a panel of judges
Vote in the Peoples Choice Award
Find out who takes first place!
Meet the venture teams:
CauseEDU provides a common app for scholarships & an education crowdfunding platform, streamlining the giving process for students & donors.
CompanyWide is an online platform for construction industry career planning and hiring.
Flux Marine aims to develop electric boat motors that transform the marine industry
GrowPro: Home cultivation is tricky. GrowPro solves this with a hardware and software system composed of smart sensors paired to your mobile phone.
Levio Travel is a diverse community of LGBTQ travelers who swap homes to feel welcomed and accepted, get relevant recommendations and save money.
Umbilizer is a low-cost, accurate and portable device that delivers consistent air and oxygen to the patient until they can find a ventilator in low and middle income countries.

This event is part of Innovation Week at BU! http://www.bu.edu/innovate/innovationweek/


The Road to Unfreedom:  Russia, Europe, America
Tuesday, April 17
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:00)
Alley Cambridge, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5 - $28.00 (online only, book included)Harvard Book Store welcomes TIMOTHY SNYDER, the award-winning author of On Tyranny and Bloodlands, for a discussion of his latest book, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America.

About The Road to Unfreedom
With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be final. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. This faith was misplaced. Authoritarianism returned to Russia, as Putin found fascist ideas that could be used to justify rule by the wealthy. In the 2010s, it has spread from east to west, aided by Russian warfare in Ukraine and cyberwar and information war in Europe and the United States.
Russia found allies among nationalists, oligarchs, and radicals everywhere, and its drive to dissolve Western institutions, states, and values found resonance within the West itself.  The rise of populism, the British vote against the EU, and the election of Donald Trump were all Russian goals, but their achievement reveals the vulnerability of Western societies and the uncertain character of Western political order.

This fundamental challenge to democracy presents an opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, based on vast research as well as personal reporting, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy and law. By revealing the stark choices before us--between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood--Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.


Urban Farming: A Conversation with Nataka Crayton
Tuesday, April 17
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard, CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-farming-a-conversation-with-nataka-crayton-tickets-43989027365

Join Food Literacy Project in welcoming Nataka Crayton -- Operations Manager for the Urban Farming Institute, based in Roxbury, MA. Nataka will discuss the benefits of urban farming as a commercial sector that creates green collar jobs for residents, and engages communities in building a healthier and more locally based food system.


Food, Feelings, & Cookbook Conversations
Tuesday, April 17
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
The Food Loft, 35 Albany Street, Floor 5, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-feelings-cookbook-conversations-tickets-44332096494
Cost:  $15

Cookbook authors Jerrelle Guy (Black Girl Baking), Maggie Battista (Food Gift Love), and Lindsey Smith (Eat Your Feelings) are teaming up for an evening around food, feelings, and cookbook conversations.

The panel will discuss their food philosophies and how their feelings about food have grown, evolved or changed over the years. They will also be sharing insights about their journey to book publishing and will be sure to answer any of your burning questions during our audience Q&A.
We’ll also be serving snacks and drinks, including some samples from the books. 
Authors books will be available for purchase and signing!

Jerrelle Guy
Jerrelle Guy, founder of the popular food blog Chocolate for Basil, is a foodscholar, award-winning food photographer, recipe contributor and Tastemade Tastemaker. She has been featured in Vogue, The Boston Globe, Food52 and more. Jerrelle currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
Maggie Battista
Maggie Battista is a cookbook author, writer, and shop maker. She founded Eat Boutique, an award-winning online food shop and story-driven recipe site. After creating pop-up food markets for 25,000 guests, she’s currently working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique, a food retail concept space that provides a new way to shop for the very best food. Maggie’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Eater, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Financial Times, and Refinery29. Her second cookbook, "A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry and Made Me Love Me, At Last” will be published by Roost Books in spring 2019.
Lindsey Smith
Lindsey Smith is a nationally recognized author, health coach, speaker, wellness icon, and the blogger behind Food Mood Girl. Best known for her books Junk Foods & Junk Moods and Food Guilt No More, Lindsey has reached thousands of people looking to enhance their mood, decrease their anxiety and learn to love themselves just a little more. When not helping others, Lindsey is typically spending time in her hometown with her husband and dog, Winnie Cooper. Lindsey lives in Pittsburgh, PA.


Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome
Tuesday, April 17 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Museum of Science, 1 Museum of Science Driveway, Boston
RSVP at https://www.mos.org/public-events/editing-our-evolution-rewriting-the-human-genome

The possibility of editing our own genomes is moving from science fiction to reality. Join us to discuss drawing the line between therapy and enhancement, ensuring access to life-saving treatments, and making changes that will affect generations.

Funding for this program has been provided by the National Science Foundation. Presented as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.


Staying Human in Times of War: A Conversation with Anthony Marra and Khassan Baiev
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Boylston Hall, Fong Auditorium, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Anthony Marra is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and The Tsar of Love and Techno. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he received his MFA.
Khassan Baiev is the author of The Oath: A Surgeon Under Fire, which recounts his harrowing experiences as a surgeon during the Second Chechen War. During the conflict, Dr. Baiev was the only surgeon practicing in Grozny, where he treated both Russians and Chechens. While his commitment to upholding the Hippocratic Oath was lauded by the international community, his equal treatment of patients on both sides of the war drew death threats that eventually drove him and his family from his home country. Dr. Baiev has returned to Chechnya to begin practicing once more.
COST  Free admission with registration
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/staying-human-in-times-of-war-tickets-44686327007
CONTACT INFO	1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-4037
Fax: 617-495-8319
DETAILS  In the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, Chechnya, a Connecticut-sized republic located in the North Caucasus, staged a rebellion with the intent to secede from Russia. Between December 1994 and April 2009, Russia carried out two military campaigns against Chechnya to prevent secession, resulting in an estimated 150,000 deaths, well over 10 percent of the pre-war population. Human rights groups observing the conflict noted a number of atrocities, including disproportionate violence against civilians, refusal of Russian forces to create safe camps or routes away from the conflict for refugees, and kidnapping and hostage-taking on the part of Chechen fighters during and between the two wars.
Staying Human in Times of War is a discussion on the social, health, and economic costs of conflict and how we deal with trauma in the aftermath. Our goal is to promote better understanding of challenges faced by ethnic and other minority groups affected by conflict and to form ideas on how multi-disciplinary action can be taken to confront those challenges.
This conversation brings together the American writer Anthony Marra, whose books have been set in Chechnya and feature both Chechen and Russian characters, and Dr. Khassan Baiev, the Chechen surgeon who treated wounded parties on both sides of the conflict. Guiding the conversation will be Professor Rawi Abdelal, Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
LINK	https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu


Climate Ready Boston Leadership Event: Port Norfolk Civic Association
Tuesday, April 17
7:45 – 8:15 p.m.
Port Norfolk Yacht Club, 79 Walnut Street, Dorchester

Following the Port Norfolk Civic Association’s April Meeting, Maria Lyons and Aksel Allouch, Climate Ready Boston Leaders, will present about Climate Change in Boston and how citizens can be a part of preparedness and mitigation. Pizza will be provided.

Wednesday, April 18

Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, April 18
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM EST
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-41704907501

Join us every month for Net Impact Boston's informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals for networking, discussion, and moral support. It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good! Feel free to drop by any time between 7:30 and 9:00 am.


Face-off: Facial Recognition Technologies and Humanity in an Era of Big Data
Wednesday, April 18
9:30am - 4pm
BU, Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/com/2018/01/11/face-off-facial-recognition-technologies-and-humanity-in-an-era-of-big-data/#reg-form

As facial recognition technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, and the presence of such devices proves ubiquitous in both public and private spheres, it is critical for researchers to examine the potential effects on both individuals and society as a whole. To this end, the Division of Emerging Media Studies of Boston University’s College of Communication is holding an international symposium to bring together diverse perspectives from social scientists, philosophers, policy-makers, and computer scientists to explore the social, behavioral, and psychological dimensions of this new technological terrain. This unique collection of voices intends to illuminate the various and often competing dimensions of a challenging, complex area of research. Ultimately, it hopes to trace out the implications for society, and the choices that we must collectively and individually make.

Organized and chaired by:  James E. Katz, Boston University
Speakers include:
Alvaro Bedoya, The Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown Law
Margrit Betke, Boston University
Derek Christensen, Accenture
Mark Frank, University at Buffalo
Jonathan Frankle, MIT
Clare Garvie, The Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown Law
Daniel Halpern, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Gina Neff, University of Oxford
Vanessa Nurock, UCLA, University of Paris 8
Pierre Piazza, Cergy-Pontoise University
Laura Specker Sullivan, Harvard Medical School
Luke Stark, Dartmouth College
Vanessa Nurock, Epidapo CNRS-UCLA & Université Paris 8


Get Organized and Go Green
Wednesday, April 18
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gonson-daytime-lecture-series-tickets-43092099630

Kristine Acevedo | Founder, Neat-N-Green
Green organizing means working to minimize the environmental impact of your organizing projects; Kristine works with you to discard unwanted items in an environmentally- friendly way. She’ll help you donate or sell used clothing and other belongings you no longer want and show you how to properly recycle unwanted electronics that contain toxic materials, such as televisions, computers and monitors. In addition to being good for the environment, donations may qualify as tax deductions. She will suggest environmentally-friendly items when it’s time to buy something new.


Neurotechnology: Biomedical, Biomimetic, and Beyond
Wednesday, April 18
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 34-401 (Grier), 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

MTL Seminar Series


Tropically Excited Arctic warMing (TEAM) Mechanism: A Theory Based on a General Circulation Perspective
Wednesday, April 18
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Sukyoung Lee, Professor of Meteorology, Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Penn State University
Records of past climates show a wide range of values of the equator-to-pole temperature gradient, with an apparent universal relationship between the temperature gradient and the global-mean temperature: relative to a reference climate, if the global-mean temperature is higher (lower), the greatest warming (cooling) occurs at polar regions. Understanding this equator-to-pole temperature gradient is fundamental to climate and the general circulation. Here, a general-circulation-based theory for polar amplification is presented. Recognizing the fact that most of the zonal available potential energy (ZAPE) in the atmosphere is untapped, this theory states that La-Niña-like tropical heating can help tap ZAPE and warm the Arctic by exciting poleward and upward propagating Rossby waves that reinforce the climatological stationary waves.

This theory is supported by observation-based data and idealized model experiments. The theory is also supported by the ongoing multi-decadal trend in the convective precipitation which shows a steady increase over the western tropical Pacific. In contrast, most climate models predict an El-Niño-like response to greenhouse-gas warming. Discrepancies between climate models and the observations are often attributed to internal variability. However, evidence will be presented wherein the models are predicting an El-Niño-like response to greenhouse-gas warming at least in part because the convective parameterizations in climate models overpredict warming in the tropical upper troposphere. The climate models also predict Arctic warming, but the models’ Arctic warming is impacted by the warm bias in the models’ tropics.

It is widely accepted that the primary mechanism for Arctic amplification is ice-albedo feedback and resultant sea-ice decline, but observations lend little support to this mechanism. Instead, energy flux from lower latitudes by Rossby waves plays the key role in warming the Arctic and melting the sea ice.

Harvard Climate Seminar: Sukyoung Lee

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


Counter-Geoengineering: Basic Concepts and Modeled Outcomes
Wednesday, April 18
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

A weekly reading group, interspersed with more formal seminars, to deepen members' understanding of solar geoengineering research. Joshua Horton, Research Director, Geoengineering, Science Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS, and Aseem Mahajan, PhD Student, Dept. of Government, will lead a discussion on "Counter-Geoengineering: Basic Concepts and Modeled Outcomes." Lunch provided. RSVP to contact listed.

Solar Geoengineering Research Reading Group

Contact Name:  Lizzie Burns
eburns at g.harvard.edu


The Rate and Direction of Innovation-Led Growth: A Mission-Oriented Approach
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018, 1:10 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 414AB Rubenstein, Ellwood Democracy Lab, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Mariana Mazzucato, Professor, Economics of Innovation and Public Value; Director, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London
CONTACT INFO	Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu


Community-based and Peer-to-peer Electricity Markets
Wednesday, April 18
2:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Building E18-304, 50 Ames Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER NAME  Pierre Pinson, Technical University of Denmark 
ABSTRACT  The deployment of distributed renewable generation capacities, new ICT capabilities, as well as a more proactive role of consumers, are all motivating rethinking electricity markets in a more distributed and consumer-centric fashion. After motivating the design of various forms of consumer-centric electricity markets, we will focus on two alternative constructs (which could actually be unified) consisting in community-based and peer-to-peer electricity markets. The mathematical framework for these markets will be described, with focus on negotiation and clearing algorithms in a distributed and decentralized setup. Opportunities and challenges related to these markets, both mathematical and related to real-world applications, will be discussed. Especially, we will look at fairness aspects, product differentiation, as well as the design of network charges to account for 'actual' usage of a network.

BIOGRAPHY   Pierre Pinson is a Professor at the Centre for Electric Power and Energy (CEE) of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU, Dept. of Electrical Engineering), also heading a group focusing on Energy Analytics & Markets. He holds an M.Sc. In Applied Mathematics from INSA Toulouse and a Ph.D. In Energy Engineering from Ecole de Mines de Paris (France). He acts (or has acted) as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, the International Journal of Forecasting and Wind Energy. His main research interests are centered around the proposal and application of mathematical methods for electricity markets and power systems operations, including forecasting. He has published extensively in some of the leading journals in Meteorology, Power Systems Engineering, Statistics and Operations Research. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford (Mathematical Institute) and the University of Washington in Seattle (Dpt. of Statistics), as well as a scientist at the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF, UK) and a visiting professor at Ecole Normale Superieure (Rennes, France). In 2019 he will be a Simons Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Isaac Newton Institute ("The mathematics of energy systems"). He is leading a number of initiatives aiming to profundly rethink electricity markets for future renewable-based power systems and with a more proactive role of consumers. This focus on consumer-centric and community-driven electricity markets translates into proposals for peer-to-peer energy exchange, from mathematical framework to actual demonstration in Denmark.


From Cambridge to the Universe: Explorations of Locally Designed Spacecraft
Wednesday, April 18
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Harvard, Cabot Science Library, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-cambridge-to-the-universe-explorations-of-locally-designed-spacecraft-tickets-43273101010

There are few things that excite the human imagination more than the exploration of space. Space exploration relies on the building of next generation spacecraft and instruments that extend our reach and our understanding of the universe we live in. Many of those cutting edge spacecraft and instruments are built right here in Cambridge, MA at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics! In this talk Dr. Henry “Trae” Winter, a veteran astrophysicist of 8 NASA missions, will share how the Center for Astrophysics is partnering with NASA and others to touch the Sun, explore the outer reaches of our universe, and search for life around distant planets.

Henry "Trae" Winter 
Bio:  Dr. Henry "Trae" Winter III is an astrophysicist working for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Dr. Winter has worked on eight NASA missions observing the Sun with varied duties such as designing optics, analyzing complex data sets, instrument calibration, planning observations, and designing software to automatically detect features in big data streams. His primary research focus is improving computer simulations to explore how energy is released in the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, and in other stars. Doctor Winter also designs video wall exhibits that bring the wonder and beauty of the Sun and the universe to public. His exhibits have been featured at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library, and the Harvard Art Museums’ Lightbox Gallery. His latest project, Eclipse Soundscapes (EclipseSoundscapes.org), designed and built unique tools that brought the awe and wonder of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse to people who are blind and visually impaired.

This event is part of the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival. It is open to the public but preregistration is required. For more information:


danah boyd presents "Discovering Vulnerabilities in a Sociotechnical Society" (Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture)
Wednesday, April 18
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
BU, Photonics Center, Room 206, 6-8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston

Data-driven and algorithmic systems increasingly underpin many decision-making systems, shaping where law enforcement are stationed and what news you are shown on social media. The design of these systems is inscribed with organizational and cultural values. Often, these systems depend on the behavior of everyday people, who may not act as expected. Meanwhile, adversarial actors also seek to manipulate the data upon which these systems are built for personal, political, and economic reasons. In this talk, danah boyd (Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Founder and President of Data & Society, and a Visiting Professor at New York University) will unpack some of the unique cultural challenges presented by “big data” and machine learning, raising critical questions about fairness and accountability. She will describe how those who are manipulating media for lulz are discovering the attack surfaces of new technical systems and how their exploits may undermine many aspects of society that we hold dear. Above all, she will argue that we need to develop more sophisticated ways of thinking about technology before jumping to hype and fear.


Separating Signal and Noise: The Case of Tropospheric Temperature
Wednesday, April 18
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915/923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ben Santer (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
In recent Senate and Congressional hearings, satellite estimates of tropospheric temperature change have been the focus of sustained political attention. In such fora, satellite temperature records are frequently used to advance claims that global-scale warming "leveled off" over the past two decades, that models are too sensitive (by a factor of 3 to 4) to human-caused increases in greenhouse gases, and that scientists cannot estimate the relative sizes of human and natural effects on climate. My talk will describe how scientists have addressed these claims and shown them to be incorrect. The message from this body of research is that changes in both tropospheric and stratospheric temperature support findings of a “discernible human influence” on global climate. This support is strong: a recent pattern-based study indicates that there is high confidence in the positive identification of an human fingerprint in satellite tropospheric temperature records. In climate science, anthropogenic signal identification is already beyond the canonical "five sigma threshold" that is often used for assessing the statistical significance of discoveries in particle physics (e.g., the discovery of the Higgs boson).

About the Speaker
Ben Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). His research focuses on such topics as climate model evaluation, the use of statistical methods in climate science, and identification of natural and anthropogenic “fingerprints” in observed climate records. Santer’s early research on the climatic effects of combined changes in greenhouse gases and sulfate aerosols contributed to the historic “discernible human influence” conclusion of the 1995 Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His recent work has attempted to identify anthropogenic fingerprints in a number of different climate variables, such as tropopause height, atmospheric water vapor, the temperature of the stratosphere and troposphere, ocean heat content, and ocean surface temperatures in hurricane formation regions.

Santer holds a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of East Anglia, England. After completion of his Ph.D. in 1987, he spent five years at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, where he worked on the development and application of climate fingerprinting methods. In 1992, Santer joined LLNL’s Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison. Santer served as convening lead author of the climate-change detection and attribution chapter of the 1995 IPCC report. His awards include the Norbert Gerbier–MUMM International Award (1998), a MacArthur Fellowship (1998), the U.S. Department of Energy’s E.O. Lawrence Award (2002), a Distinguished Scientist Fellowship from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (2005), a Fellowship of the American Geophysical Union (2011), and membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2011).


The Incredible Foods’ Story 
Wednesday, April 18
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Martin Trust Center Garage, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge 
RSVP: http://cglink.me/r378223 

Join us to hear Pat Maguire, Director of Marketing, and Marty Kolewe, Director of Research & Development, from Incredible Foods to discuss the business side and unique properties of their manufacturing process. We will also be sampling their new “Nufruit” fruit snack bites. The company has developed, and owns patents for, the novel manufacturing processes and machinery to scale their platform, and have commercialized their first product line, a dairy and allergen-free frozen bite under the "perfectlyfree" brand name. Incredible Foods' "perfectlyfree" frozen bites utilize proprietary encapsulation technology that mimics nature- just like the skin of a grape or other fruit.


Overcoming Thermodynamic and Biosynthetic Limitations at the Origin of Life
Wednesday, April 18
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Harvard, Haller Hall, Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Professor Eric Boyd (Montana State University) 
Abstract:  Hydrogen (H2) serves as a key point of interface between the geosphere and the biosphere and has likely done so since early in the history of Earth. Indeed, many of the most well accepted origin of life scenarios involve autotrophic microbial metabolisms that are fueled by redox reactions involving H2, including the processes of acetogenesis and methanogenesis. Acetogens and methanogens use the iron sulfur (Fe-S) protein ferredoxin (Fd) to facilitate key electron transfers between H2 and carbon reduction. However, the redox potential of H2 (E0 = -420 mV) is not of sufficiently negative potential to drive reduction of Fd (E0 = -500 mV). Here we will examine mechanisms that allow for the reduction of Fd with H2 in primitive cells, with a focus on the process of electron bifurcation (EB). EB involves the simultaneous reduction or oxidation of two electron acceptors in an enzyme complex, whereby a thermodynamically favorable exergonic reaction drives a thermodynamically unfavorable endergonic reaction. Along with substrate level and oxidative phosphorylation, EB has been proposed as the third fundamental mechanism by which energy can be conserved in biological systems. Phylogenetic analyses, combined with taxonomic distribution data, are used to evaluate the ancestry of EB enzyme complexes and their role in life’s earliest metabolisms. Environmental conditions that putatively supported the earliest evolving organisms and their EB complexes are proposed. Finally, we briefly examine novel pathways that acetogens and methanogens may have used to acquire iron and sulfur to meet Fe-S biosynthetic demands in these environments.


Driving Down Demand for Diesel: Does a Bus Driver Training and Incentive Program Increase Fuel Efficiency?
Wednesday, April 18
Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Janhavi Nilekani, Harvard University 

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Contact Name:  Casey Billings
casey_billings at hks.harvard.edu


A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance - a Book Talk
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Steve Goldsmith
CONTACT INFO	info at ash.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Join Professor Steve Goldsmith, the Innovations in Government Director at the Ash Center for a discussion of his latest book, "A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance." Goldsmith will be joined by Ash Center Director Tony Saich and Emily Rueb, a reporter for the New York Times and a 2018 Nieman Fellow. Reception to follow.


Making Germany Great Again? Responses to Berlin's Populist Revolt
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE  Haravard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Bröning
Head of the International Policy Analysis Department, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow, CES, Harvard University
brown4 at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Now that the Alternative für Deutschland has established itself as a parliamentary party, what lessons can be drawn from its journey there? What facilitated its rise as a party, and what can be learned from the response of the established political system to the populist challenge? Dr. Michael Bröning, director of the international political analysis unit at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, takes a look at the AfD's trajectory, from its rise to its role in Parliament since the September 2017 elections and its possible future(s).
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2018/04/event-with-michael-broning


Science Research Public Lecture: The Fruit Fly as Human Disease Research Tool
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Hall D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Department of Physics
SPEAKER(S)  Stephanie E. Mohr, HMS
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	werbeloff at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has been used in biological research studies for more than 100 years. We have a deep understanding of how fruit fly genes function to control growth, behavior, and many other processes. You might ask, so what? Stephanie Mohr explains how commonalities between genes in fruit flies and humans can be put to use in disease-related studies. Drawing on examples from her book, First in Fly, as well as work from her research group, Mohr describes the contribution the fruit fly has made — and can make in the future — to the goal of understanding human health and developing treatments for diseases such as cancer, rare genetic disorders, and Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.
LINK	https://www.physics.harvard.edu/node/823


authors at MIT: Science Not Silence -- Voices from the March for Science Movement
Wednesday, April 18
MIT, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us as we welcome Stephanie Fine Sasse and Lucky Tran to the MIT Press Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of Science Not Silence. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.

About Science Not Silence:
In January 2017, an idea on social media launched the global March for Science movement. In a few short months, more than 600 cities, 250 partners, and countless volunteers banded together to organize a historical event that drew people of all backgrounds, interests, and political leanings. On April 22, 2017, more than one million marchers worldwide took to the streets to stand up for the importance of science in society and their own lives—and each of them has a story to tell. Through signs, artwork, stories, and photographs, Science Not Silence shares some of the voices from the March for Science movement.


Harvard Business School New Venture Competition Finale 2018
Wednesday, April 18
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Harvard, Shad Auditorium, 70 North Harvard Street, Allston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-venture-competition-finale-2018-tickets-41976842867

The Flagship Event for Entrepreneurship at HBS: New Venture Competition Finale 
Open to HBS students, faculty, staff and the broader entrepreneurship community.
LIVE Pitches by the NVC Finalists of three separate tracks (student business, student social enterprise, and alumni)
Award Ceremony - A total of $315,000 in cash prizes are awarded across 3 tracks: $75K for the grand, $25k for runner up, and $5k for crowd favorite... that's right, YOU get to vote!
Limited seating available. Reserve your tickets now! Doors will open at 5:30.
To share and follow updates, use #HBSNVC


Unseen Connections: A Natural History of Cell Phones
WHEN  Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Harvard, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Information Technology, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Cambridge Science Festival
SPEAKER(S)  Joshua A. Bell, Curator of Globalization, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO	(617) 496-1027
DETAILS  Cell phones are among people’s most prized possessions. They play an important role in daily life, facilitating everything from communications with others to the recording of social experiences and emotions. Despite the importance and ubiquity of cell phones, few people know how these devices are made or what happens to them after they are discarded. Using an anthropological lens, Joshua Bell will discuss the international network of relations that underpins the production, repair, and disposal of cell phones and the emerging social implications of this network at both global and local levels in this free and public lecture.
LINK	https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/Unseen-Connections


Mens et Manus America: The Truth about Fake News
Wednesday, April 18
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://sloangroups.mit.edu/MMA/rsvp_boot?id=379009

At this event, Sinan Aral (MIT Sloan) and Soroush Vosoughi (MIT Media Lab) will be discussing their path breaking research (with Deb Roy, MIT Media Lab) recently published in Science, entitled  “The Spread of True and False News Online.”  Presentation of the research will be followed by opportunity for discussion of the implications and the problem of fake news more generally.

Please register via this link to help us plan.


Movies That Matter: Decoding the Weather Machine
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 20th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movies-that-matter-decoding-the-weather-machine-tickets-44580778308

Impact Hub Boston presents our next Movies That Matter event in partnership with Earthwatch, NOVA, and the Cambridge Science Festival. 

Climate Conversations: What We Know & How We Can Shape Our Future
Climate change is arguably the defining challenge of our time. Join us for the screening of "Decoding the Weather Machine," a brand new NOVA film with the quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth, and discover how we can be resilient—even thrive—in the face of enormous change. Following the film join the conversation as we explore different perspectives on climate change and how we can shape our future. The panel of experts includes: Caitlin Saks, science editor for NOVA; Nicole St. Clair Knobloch, project leader at the New England Forestry Foundation; and Zoe Foster, local high school student and former Earthwatch volunteer. Lively discussion will be moderated by journalist, policy expert, MIT educator, and Earthwatch Board of Directors member Bina Venkatarman. For more information about this event, including panelist bios and a trailer of the NOVA film, please visit our Climate Conversations Event Page.
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Program starts at 6:30 pm.

Film Synopsis: Decoding the Weather Machine
Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Pervasive heat. And extreme rainfall. It is hard not to conclude that something’s up with the weather. And many scientists agree this trend in our weather is not just a coincidence. It’s the result of the weather machine itself – our climate – changing, becoming hotter, more erratic. Climate change is arguably the defining challenge of our time, yet widespread misunderstanding and misinformation has hampered the public’s ability to understand the science and address the issue. In this 2-hour documentary, NOVA will cut through the confusion and help define the way forward. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and that human activity is causing it? How will it affect us through the weather we experience, and when? 
And what will it take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes? Join scientists around the globe on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth, and discover how they are finding that we can be resilient—even thrive—in the face of enormous change.


Open House at BosLab: Cambridge Science Festival
Wednesday, April 18
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
BosLab, 339R Summer Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/BosLab/events/249518802/

Join us for a special open house for the Cambridge Science Festival!

Meet with the BosLab members and citizen scientists at our lab space to socialize, talk about current hot topics in science, participate in lab demos, discuss potential class or project ideas, and more!


April Tzedek Salon: Climate Resilience and Equity
Wednesday, April 18
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
LIR, 903 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/april-tzedek-salon-climate-resilience-and-equity-tickets-44607222403

Join JALSA for our April Tzedek Salon! 
We bring young people, in their 20's and 30's, together with activists and policy experts at local bars to explore the issues facing our society.
This month, we will host a discussion with Rebecca Herst,Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab, an interdisciplinary center at UMass Boston focused on the intersection of climate change and social equity. 

As we have seen recently, Boston is vulnerable to flood damage caused by storms and sea level rise due to climate change. Without coordinated action, the existing stresses faced by low-income communities will be dramatically intensified by heat, stronger storms, rising seas, and disrupted food production. Cities and towns across Massachusetts and around the world need to find ways to protect their residents, prepare for the future, and seize the opportunities of a clean energy economy.

Our discussion with Rebecca will include learning about how Boston is preparing for climate change, how we can expect climate change to impact the city and each of our lives, and the finance and equity challenges of creating a city-wide plan to improve our climate resilience.
A former community organizer (and alumna of the JOIN for Justice training program) focusing on economic and racial justice issues, Rebecca got interested in climate adaptation when she realized how disproportionately climate change will impact low income communities and communities of color. Before coming to UMass Boston, Rebecca worked at Boston Harbor Now, Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability and the Urban Land Institute on various climate resilience projects. She has a B.A. from Carleton College and an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. 


Approximating Intelligence: Machine Learning Driven AI
Wednesday, April 18
7pm - 9pm
Harvard, Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Labs, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

More information at http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/seminar-series/

Thursday, April 19 - Friday, April 20

Gender Equality: It's About Time
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 19, 1 p.m. – Friday, Apr. 20, 2018, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality
COST  Free and open to the public
Thursday, April 19
Setting the Stage: How Time Is Used
1–3 p.m.
Maria Stanfors, Lund University, Sweden
Melinda Mills, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Identifying Impacts: Family and Work
3–5 p.m.
Pablo Gracia, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Jennifer Hook, University of Southern California
Friday, April 20
Addressing the Problem: Public Policy
9 a.m.–noon
Monika Queisser, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, France
Maya Rossin-Slater, Stanford University School of Medicine
Christopher Ruhm, University of Virginia
Claudia Olivetti, Boston College
Addressing the Problem: Organizations
1–4 p.m.
Olivier Thevenon, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, France
Amanda Pallais, Harvard University
Erin Kelly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Claudia Goldin, Harvard University
LINK  https://wigi.wcfia.harvard.edu/event/gender-equality-its-about-time-4-19-18

Thursday, April 19

BU AR/VR Festival
Thursday, April 19
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
BUild Lab Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/BU-AR-VR-Meetup/events/248595680/

The AR/VR Festival is Boston University’s first and largest AR/VR exposition event. Our event aims to connect heads of the industry, startups, scholars, and students at BU’s newest innovation hub, the BUild Lab. There will be an assortment of promising students who have created projects and will be displaying them at individual tables in the hall, while each company will get their own room where they can showcase to attendees, as well as receiving stage time to do presentations.


The 8th annual Earth Day Festival 
Thursday, April 19
BU, GSU Plaza, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 

This year we are focusing on actions at all scales; Global, Local, Personal, the global steps taken to address climate change are built on incremental improvements in local communities, where individuals get involved and make personal choices to live sustainably.


The Disruption in Autonomous Vehicles Disruption: Implications for Policy Makers
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Information Technology, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.
SPEAKER(S)  Mark Fagan, Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
CONTACT INFO	Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu


The Road to Food Waste is Paved with Good Intentions
Thursday, April 19
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Norbert Wilson, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Tufts University
In the U.S., estimates suggest that we waste upwards of 40% of food along the supply chain, with the bulk of that waste at the hands of consumers. What triggers this waste? We find that date labels such as “Use by” and “Best by” may shape future valuation of waste but not the actual premediated waste rate. In another experiment, we find that respondents predict that they will waste less food compared to past experiences but intentions fail to match past experiences. One path to reduce consumer food waste is to address discrepancies caused by external and internal cues.

Dr. Norbert Wilson is a Professor of Food Policy in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. His research centers on food choice, especially among individuals living with low incomes, and food waste. Concerning food waste, Norbert uses experimental economics to explore how date labels influence future food waste. Additionally, he has worked on food safety and quality issues in international trade and domestic food systems. Norbert earned his doctorate in 1999 in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis. He earned his MSc. in Agricultural Economics from Wye College, University of London, UK in 1994. He was a Rotary International Fellow while in the UK. In 1993, Norbert earned a BSA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia.


An American Colony in 18th-century France: Les Nantuckois of Dunkirk and the Spread of Enlightened Illumination
Thursday, April 19
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Darrin M. McMahon, Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History, Dartmouth College. 

The Environmental History Working Group at Harvard University convenes once or twice a month to discuss the many ways in which humans have shared their history with non-human entities and forces. We welcome participants studying all regions and time periods at any stage of their career and from any relevant branch of history or allied fields. 

Environmental History Working Group

Contact Name:  Daniel Zizzamia
zizzamia at fas.harvard.edu


Lunch and Learn with Greenovate
Thursday, April 19
12 - 1:30 pm
Boston City Hall, Piemonte Room, 1 City Square Hall, Boston
RSVP at http://www.greenovateboston.org/lunch_and_learn_with_greenovate


Harvard Celebrates Earth Day
Thursday, April 19
12–2 pm
Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Celebrate Earth Day at Harvard’s Sustainability Fair on the Science Center Plaza!

Explore how the University and our community partners can help green your scene while enjoying activities such as a Freecycle, compost tea demonstration, games, live music, samplings, and giveaways.

We’ll also have secure and safe electronics recycling on site, so bring your old laptops and phones. You can also learn more about food and food systems, health and wellness, sustainable transportation options, organic landscaping and gardening, green cleaning, recycling, and more!

The event is sponsored by the Office for Sustainability and Common Spaces. Rain date: Friday, April 20


Secure and Sustainable Electronics Recycling
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Information Technology, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Information Technology and the Harvard Office for Sustainability
COST  Free
DETAILS  Safely recycle your personal and University electronics for free!
No limits. Any location. Certificate of Secure Destruction available.
Bring your personal or Harvard University devices that are no longer in use and in need of safe, secure recycling to one of the events happening across campus. As part of Harvard's commitment to responsibly disposing of electronic waste, Harvard University Information Technology and the Office for Sustainability have teamed up for this community offering.
DataShredder is a Harvard approved service provider and offers secure, compliant and R2 RIOS certified recycling of electronics. By request, a certificate of secure destruction for devices containing confidential information (e.g. research or financial or institutional info) can be provided.
LINK	https://green.harvard.edu/campaign/secure-and-sustainable-electronics-recycling


Authoritarian Resurgence: Power, Politics, and the Making of Foreign Policy in Russia and China
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Torrey Taussig, Research Fellow, International Security Program
CONTACT INFO	susan_lynch at harvard.edu
DETAILS  An International Security Brown Bag Seminar. Coffee & Tea Provided.
LINK	https://www.belfercenter.org/event/authoritarian-resurgence-power-politics-and-making-foreign-policy-russia-and-china


Thinking with the Body
Thursday, April 19
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Building E15, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thinking-with-the-body-tickets-43364332887

Catalyst Conversations, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and MIT Office of Government and Community Relations are pleased to present a STEAM conversation: Thinking with the Body. This is an interactive conversation for all ages exploring and experiencing creativity through the intersection of science and dance.

This program is free and open to all.  To attend this event RSVP here.


New Tools for Tracking Infectious Disease, Cancer and Beyond
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018, 2 – 3 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, CLS Room 512, 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
SPEAKER(S)  Shana Kelley, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering; University of Toronto
CONTACT INFO	events at wyss.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Please join Dr. Shana Kelley as she discusses how her group uses aspects of biophysical and materials chemistry to create new systems that permit biomolecular analytes and rare cells to be tracked and profiled. Nanomaterials play a central role in these efforts, as the unique properties of materials engineered at the nanoscale allow previously unreachable levels of sensitivity and specificity to be realized.
LINK  https://wyss.harvard.edu/event/new-tools-for-tracking-infectious-disease-cancer-and-beyond/


Through Fish Eyes: Dance Exploring Marine Life
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Dance, Environmental Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with Cambridge Science Festival.
SPEAKER(S)  Prakriti Dance, Performing Company, Bethesda, Maryland
COST  Standard Museum Admission. Visit hmnh.harvard.edu… to plan your visit.
CONTACT INFO	(617) 495-3045
hmnh at hmsc.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Using the versatile movement vocabulary of the classical Indian dance form, Bharata Natyam, Prakriti Dance will perform representations of marine creatures and their underwater interactions. Through dance, the group will bring to life ecosystems that exist beneath the surface of the ocean and will involve museum visitors in the process of developing the piece.
April 19 Work-in-Progress Showings in the Marine Life Gallery: 2–2:30 p.m. and 3–3:30 p.m.
LINK	https://hmnh.harvard.edu/Fish-Eyes-Second-Day


Earth Night at Venture Café
Thursday, April 19
1 Broadway, 14 Floor Cambridge

The annual sustainability-themed Earth Night at Venture Cafe Kendall. As has been done for the past four years around Earth Day, Coalesce, Venture Cafe Foundation and a growing network have committed to convening the sustainability community in Boston to provide a dynamic sandbox for changemakers to connect, conspire, and co-create innovative solutions for the healthier world. We believe Boston has the unique potential to model the change we collectively wish to see, so come be apart of it this Earth Day!  Opportunities include:

You can register to participate in our interactive Sustainable Connections workshop from 6-7:30pm at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-connections-tickets-43819383957
Host an unConference-like Session on your area of expertise/interest between the hours of 3-8:30pm. Take part, propose, and invite your network to join you in the inspiring CIC space. Application deadline is Friday, April 6 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1odywXwBTGR8-4Jojo95jxb0DBkaLvymy_KOyAILPkJo/viewform?ts=5ab515d4&edit_requested=true
Demo/showcase your solution with an active call to action between 5:30-7:30pm. Application deadline is Friday, April 6 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenjsfDRRIAthuNjjQMZ49oi72POYVYZVWoTFxMVeaZSDWkHg/viewform
Share your insights/skills via Office Hours. Apply here to offer sustainability-related expertise. Application deadline is Friday, March 28th.
If you wish to provide general or specific support, volunteers are always welcome.
Bring your friends and enjoy yourself over locally brewed beverages amongst a swarm of inspiring and mission-aligned movers and shakers (everyone is welcome!)

**We ask that each contribution is interactive with "non-salesy" call to action.
***Don't forget to BYOC(up) and help us keep the evening Zero Waste!


Physics Colloquium:  What Drives Weather Changes?
Thursday, April 19
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Huntington Hall, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Gregory Falkovich, Weizmann Institute of Science
Abstract: Winds are driven by the gradients of solar heating. Vertical gradients cause thermal convection on the scale of the troposphere depth (less than 10 km). Horizontal gradients excite motions on a planetary (10000 km) and smaller scales. Weather is mostly determined by the flows at intermediate scale (hundreds of kilometers). Where do these flows get their energy from? The puzzle is that three-dimensional small-scale motions cannot transfer energy to larger scales while large-scale planar motions cannot transfer energy to smaller scales. In the talk, I will describe experimental and observational data that suggest one possible resolution to this puzzle. I will also describe some puzzling properties of two-dimensional turbulence including conformal invariance of statistics.

The David and Edith Harris Physics Colloquium Series
The MIT Department of Physics hosts a weekly colloquium on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:00pm during the spring and fall semesters.  A pre-colloquium social is held at 3:30 in room 4-349.


Stories in Translation: Reporting on the contemporary Middle East
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sever Hall, 113, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies
The Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Petrou, Jonathan Guyer, Izzy Finkel, and Sharaf al-Hourani
DIRECTED BY  Mohamad Saleh, Anna Boots, and Blaire Byg
CONTACT INFO	msaleh at g.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Coverage of The Middle East in the American media is often biased and harmful. Why? What are the specific challenges that journalists who write about the Middle East face in translating -- literally and metaphorically -- stories for American and anglophone audiences? How do journalists respond to these challenges -- and how should they? What are their moral responsibilities? Join us and four journalists Michael Petrou, Jonathan Guyer, Izzy Finkel, and Sharaf al-Hourani for a conversation about the task of translating and covering news on the Middle East in an age of misinformation.
LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/1643003112444572/


Data and Decision Sciences for Mobility Services
Thursday, April 19
4:00pm to 5:15pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Pascal Van Hentenryck - University of Michigan
The availability of massive data sets, combined with progress in communication technologies, data and decision sciences, and connected and automated vehicles has the potential to transform mobility for entire population segments.  This talk reviews this opportunity, from its potential societal impact, to the development of new mobility services, and the science and technology powering them.  In particular, the talk presents recent developments in on-demand multimodal transit systems and community-based trip sharing on real case studies, as well as the optimization and privacy mechanisms underlying them.

Speaker Bio:  Pascal Van Hentenryck is the Seth Bonder Collegiate Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan.  He is a professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a core faculty in the Michigan Institute of Data Science.  Van Hentenryck is a fellow of AAAI and a fellow of INFORMS.  He is co-chair of AAAI-2019, teaches a MOOC on Discrete Optimization, and runs the Seth Bonder Summer Camp in computational and data science for middle- and high-school students.

Computer Science Colloquium Series

Contact: Gioia Sweetland
Phone: 617-495-2919
Email: gioia at seas.harvard.edu


Algorithmic Accountability: Designing for Safety
Thursday, April 19
4:15 pm
Harvard, Science Center, Auditorium D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://radcliffe-nenmf.formstack.com/forms/algorithmicaccountability

Ben Shneiderman, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
Vital services such as communications, financial trading, health care, and transportation depend on sophisticated algorithms. Some rely on unpredictable artificial intelligence techniques, such as deep learning, that are increasingly embedded in complex software systems. As high-speed trading, medical devices, and autonomous aircraft become more widely used, stronger checks are necessary to prevent failures. Design strategies that promote comprehensible, predictable, and controllable human-centered systems can increase safety and make failure investigations more effective. Social strategies that support human-centered independent oversight during planning, continuous monitoring during operation, and retrospective analyses following failures can play a powerful role in making more reliable and trustworthy systems. Clarifying responsibility for failures stimulates improved design thinking.
Free and open to the public.

Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the founding director (1983–2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland, where he is also a member of the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Network Advertising Initiative and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. His contributions include the direct manipulation concept, clickable highlighted weblinks, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders, development of treemaps, novel network visualizations for NodeXL, and temporal event sequence analysis for electronic health records.

Shneiderman is the lead author of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, 6th ed. (Pearson, 2016). He coauthored, with Derek Hansen and Marc A. Smith, Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World (Morgan Kaufmann, 2010) and, with Stuart K. Card and Jock Mackinlay, Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (Morgan Kaufmann, 1999). Shneiderman’s book The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations (Oxford University Press, 2016) has an accompanying short book, Rock the Research: Your Guidebook to Accelerating Campus Discovery and Innovation (independently published, 2018).

This event is cosponsored by the Harvard Data Science Initiative.


The Paris Agreement: Thoughts of a Negotiator on its Significance and Future with Sue Biniaz
Thursday, April 19
4:30–5:45 pm
Harvard, Wexner 434, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP) is excited to be hosting Sue Biniaz at the Harvard Kennedy School in an open seminar.

A reception with light refreshments will take place following the seminar.

Sue Biniaz served for over thirty years in the State Department's Legal Adviser's Office, where she was a Deputy Legal Adviser, as well as the lead climate lawyer and a lead climate negotiator from 1989 until early 2017.  She is a Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation and is on the adjunct faculty at Columbia Law School. During the winter 2017 quarter, she was a Distinguished Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute of  Chicago and taught at the University of Chicago Law School. She attended Yale College and Columbia Law School, and clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. 


Climate Cafe
Thursday, April 19
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Lesley University Porter Campus, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor Cafe, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-cafe-tickets-41093904976

What do you want to know about climate change? Hear what children in grades 1-6 enrolled in the Lesley WonderLab STEAM program have to share. Families are invited to learn more about climate change through a panel presentation by children, followed by an open discussion with climate scientists and educators. Learn more about climate change and what you can do as you share questions, ideas and concerns.


Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi: "Forging a New Moral Vision in an Age of Crisis"
Thursday, April 19
5:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT Building E14: Media Lab, MPR-674 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

MIT Global Studies and Languages is launching the T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series.

This distinguished lecture series engages the rich history of Buddhist thought and ethical action to advance critical dialogues on ethics, humanity, and MIT’s mission “to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.” 

April 19, 2018
5-6:30 pm
followed by reception
Building E14, Room 674, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

OPEN and FREE to the public

About the speaker:
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972).

Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk of recent times.

He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (in Sri Lanka) in 1984 and its president in 1988. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (co-translated with Ven. Bhikkhu Nanamoli (1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha — a New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000), and In the Buddha’s Words (2005).


Suffolk University Center for Entrepreneurship Expo 
Thursday, April 19
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Suffolk University, Sargent, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ef9vk24v5b2aa1f2&llr=calh9odab

Please join us for our annual Entrepreneurship Expo! Enjoy a night of networking, food, and fun, pitch competition. Meghan Maupin, owner of Atolla Skincare and MIT masters student, will be speaking about her company and how she got where she is today. 

Look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Victoria Parisi, Program Coordinator, Center for Entrepreneurship 
vparisi at suffolk.edu 


Cleantech Open Information Session Boston
Thursday, April 19
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Muckley Building, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cleantech-open-information-session-boston-tickets-44636962356

Want to learn how to kickstart a cleantech startup? Come join us at Cleantech Open Northeast to learn about our annual cleantech accelerator program! Entrepreneurs, students, savvy technologies, investors, professionals and other interested parties all welcome! 
Hear from the northeast region of the Cleantech Open business accelerator program and competition to learn more about how the program can help you grow your cleantech venture, or mentor other entrepreneurs looking to solve our biggest environmental and energy challenges.
Come ask questions to Cleantech Open staff and explore what the Cleantech Open can offer you! 


Solveathon + Sustainable Connections
Thursday, April 19
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
5th floor Havana room, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solveathon-sustainable-connections-tickets-43819383957

MIT SOLVEATHON: Help Find the Next Big Solution for MIT Solve
This interactive session will walk attendees through a human-centered design thinking process and help MIT Solve answer our 2018 Challenges:
Coastal Communities and Resilience: How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?
Teachers & Educators: How can teachers and educators provide accessible, personalized, and creative learning experiences for all?
Frontlines of Health: How can communities invest in frontline health workers and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care?
Work of the Future: How can those left behind by the technology-driven transformations of work create meaningful and prosperous livelihoods for themselves?
By joining this session, you will participate in rapid ideation, refinement, and prototyping to crowd-solve solutions and join a global community making a change in sustainability, health, learning, and economic prosperity.
This Earth Day join us for an interactive workshop to build a connected community by sharing your sustainability knowledge, exploring new areas that peak your interest, and taking collective action to create bigger impact!
In the this workshop, you will get to work in small groups of like-minded people and discover how to get involved in various initiatives around Boston.
Our goal is to help you connect with other people and organizations who share your interests, such as sustainable fashion, circular economy, composting, zero-waste lifestyle or sustainable gardening.
In this interactive workshop we will try to answer these questions:
What sustainability topics do you want to learn more about?
What sustainability know-how can you share with others?
What super awesome organizations can you volunteer with?
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro


The Opposite of Hate:  A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity
Thursday, April 19
6:00 PM  (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street , Cambridge
Cost:  $5 - $28.75 (online only, book included)
Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed CNN commentator SALLY KOHN for a discussion of her new book The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity. She will be joined in conversation by strategist and CNN commentator SYMONE SANDERS.

About The Opposite of Hate
As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. Famously “nice,” she even gave a TED Talk about what she termed emotional correctness. But these days, even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies.

It was time, she decided, to look into the ugliness erupting all around us. In The Opposite of Hate, Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers, investigating the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how simple incivility can be a gateway to much worse. She travels to Rwanda, to the Middle East, and across the United States, introducing us to terrorists, white supremacists, and even some of her own Twitter trolls, drawing surprising lessons from these dramatic examples—including inspiring stories of those who left hate behind. As Kohn boldly confronts her own shameful moments, whether it’s the girl she bullied as a child or her own deep partisan resentment, she points the way toward change.

No one is more poised to lead us out of this wilderness of hate than Sally Kohn. Her engaging, fascinating, and often funny book will open your eyes and your heart.


A Dive into the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
Thursday, April 19
6 pm
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Scott Kraus, Vice President, Senior Adviser, and Chief Scientist of Marine Mammals, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, located just 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is home to endangered whales, 1,000-year-old deep-sea
coral communities, and a plethora of fish and seabird species. Designated on September 15, 2016, by President Barack Obama, this is New England’s only marine monument and the only marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Scott Kraus will provide a tour of this biologically rich area and discuss its scientific and ecological importance, while also highlighting what needs to be done to ensure its continued protection.

Free Public Lecture
Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Conservation Law Foundation and the Cambridge Science Festival

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page.


Climate change adaptations of wild populations from corals to fish: the power of deep genomic
Thursday, April 19
6:00 PM
BU Law Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 

Please join the BU Marine Program for our annual Lang Lecture. This year, Stephen Palumbi will be speaking on climate change adaptations among marine organisms.
Steve Palumbi is the Director of Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, Professor in Marine Sciences and Senior Fellow at theSteve and AcroporaStanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Steve has long been fascinated by how quickly the world around us changes. Work on the genomics of marine organisms tries to focus on basic evolutionary questions but also on practical solutions to questions about how to preserve and protect the diverse life in the sea. Steve has lectured extensively on human-induced evolutionary change, has used genetic detective work to identify whales, seahorses, rockfish and sharks for sale in retail markets, and is developing genomic methods to help find ocean species resistant to climate change. Work on corals in American Samoa has identified populations more resilient to heat stress. Work at the Hopkins Marine Station focuses on how sea urchins, abalone and mussels respond to short term environmental changes and to environmental shifts over small spatial scales.


authors at MIT: Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, in conversation with Malcolm Harris
Thursday, April 19
MIT, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us as we welcome Jackie Wang to the MIT Press Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of Carceral Capitalism, in conversation with Malcolm Harris (Kids These Days). Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off.

About Jackie Wang and Carceral Capitalism:
In this collection of essays in Semiotext(e)’s Intervention series, Jackie Wang examines the contemporary incarceration techniques that have emerged since the 1990s. The essays illustrate various aspects of the carceral continuum, including the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, cybernetic governance, and algorithmic policing. Included in this volume is Wang’s influential critique of liberal anti-racist politics, “Against Innocence,” as well as essays on RoboCop, techno-policing, and the aesthetic problem of making invisible forms of power legible.

Jackie Wang is a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, performer, library rat, trauma monster and PhD student at Harvard University. She is the author of a number of punk zines including On Being Hard Femme, as well as a collection of dream poems titled Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb.

About Malcolm Harris and Kids These Days:
In brilliant, crackling prose, early Wall Street occupier Malcolm Harris gets mercilessly real about the maligned Millenial generation. Examining trends like runaway student debt, the rise of the intern, mass incarceration, social media, and more, Harris gives us a portrait of what it means to be young in America today that will wake you up and piss you off. Millennials were the first generation raised explicitly as investments, Harris argues, and in Kids These Days he dares us to confront and take charge of the consequences now that we are grown up.

Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Bookforum, the Village Voice, n+1, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia.


The Future of Capitalism Is Feminine
Thursday, April 19
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
WeWork St. James, 31 Saint James Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-capitalism-is-feminine-tickets-44273178268

An inexorable shift is happening that is recasting the fundamental role of capitalism. Companies, per Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world with $6 trillion under management, must focus on generating “sustainable” and “ethical” returns. Aside from being the “right” thing to do, copious amounts of research reveal it is the most profitable and can materially impact your income statement, balance sheet, and cost of capital.

We contend women’s influences, from leadership style and its impacts on engagement, having a different perspective on “risk,” to taking a more active role in integrating initiatives that focus on sustainable and ethical practices is at the core of this multi-faceted movement. Data from 3,000 listed firms with 50% female front office executive positions reveals 60+% better returns than the market index, and companies whose boards include more women are more likely to take on sustainable initiatives.

Drawing in part on research from his second book, The E Ticket, join Lawler Kang, founder of League of Allies, as he presents a scientific and data-rich case why it is in all of our best interests ––from hiring managers/team leaders, CEOs and executives, and investors, to our families and our planet––to become actively involved in supporting gender parity, balance and inclusion.

Thanks to WeWork for hosting this event! Please note that registrants' names and email addresses will be shared with WeWork.


Designing for a more equitable world: Introducing MIT D-Lab Innovation Practice
Thursday, April 19
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT Stata Center, Building 32-G410 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

6:00 - Speaker Program
Amy Smith, D-Lab Founding Director: Opening remarks introducing MIT D-Lab Innovation Practice
Innovation Ecosystem Builder Fellow: Lightning Talk 1
D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow: Lighting Talk 2
Practical Impact Alliance member: Lighting Talk 3
Livelihood Innovations Speaker: Lighting Talk 4
Kofi Taha, D-Lab Associate Director: Closing remarks
Saida Benhayoune, D-Lab Program Director: Host/MC
6:30 - Discussion
Guided discussion groups
7:00 - Reception
Cosponsored by:  Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)


Talk: Aerocene and the Future in a Fossil-Free World
Thursday, April 19
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Huntington Hall, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aerocene-and-the-future-in-a-fossil-free-world-tickets-43127210648

MIT Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno, MIT Senior Lecturer in Meteorology Lodovica Illari, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry Daniel Cziczo and Morningstar Professor of Physics Robert Jaffe discuss how the solar-powered sculptures of the Aerocene project inspire us to think of a different way to interact with the environment. A panel discussion will be moderated by Professor John Fernández, director of MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Reception to follow in Lobby 10.


BostInno's State of Innovation: Food Inno
Thursday, April 19
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
The Food Loft, 535 Albany Street, Floor 5, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostinnos-state-of-innovation-food-inno-tickets-44034526454
Cost:  $20 – $35

Over the last decade, a food innovation community has been established in Boston’s greater startup and tech ecosystem. Think of ezCater, which was founded in 2007 and it's now a nationwide marketplace for corporate catering. Think of Toast, which raised a total of $134 million for its restaurant point of sale and management system. Think of our very own Drizly, aka "Amazon for liquor," which started when two Boston College students were curious why they couldn't get beer delivered via app.
But the story doesn't end here. In Boston, food startups have the resources and the access to talent to thrive. BostInno has compiled a list of the early-stage food tech companies you need to know right now.
Plus, mix and mingle with local innovators over food and drink!
Chris Buck, Co-Founder of Nomsly
Jan Leife, CEO of Just Add Cooking
*Other panelists to be announced shortly
Hannah Martin, Manager of Community Development at The Food Loft

6:00 - 6:30pm: Check-in and networking
6:30 - 7:15pm: Panel discussion on the food innovation happening in Boston
7:15 - 7:30pm: Q&A
7:30 - 8:00pm: Networking


Steps to a Sustainable World
Thursday, April 19
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
BU, BUild Lab, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steps-to-a-sustainable-world-tickets-44692753228

BU STEAM is hosting this event to showcase student and community-driven initiatives that highlight environmental issues and steps that we're taking to combat them. From the impact of climate change on corals to reducing plastic waste, we are creating a platform for student groups and other organizations to share their work and talk about these issues with other passionate people. Each participating group will give a short overview of their project or topic and these presentations will be followed by breakout sessions for more in-depth conversations.
Participating groups include:
Marine Science Association, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Bring Your Own Plastics, Tidal-Shift, DivestBU, BU Gardening Committee
This event is part of Innovation Week at BU! April 17-20, 2018 is an entire week dedicated to recognizing and celebrating novel ideas and endeavors across Boston University and the community! Celebrate with us and check for the full schedule here: http://www.bu.edu/innovate/innovationweek/


Sustainability Collaborative
Thursday, April 19 
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Sustainability Collaborative was spurred as an outgrowth of the Sustainability unConference and aims to provide an ongoing platform for collaboration, connections, and solutions generation. Rotating sustainability advocates are given the chance to facilitate group discussion around central sustainability themes ranging from hunger alleviation to impact investing. The goal is to raise awareness within the innovation community while strengthening the social impact ecosystem.
Hosted monthly as part of The Venture Café Foundation’s Café Night at Kendall gathering.

Please reach out to Sierra Flanigan:  sierra at coalesce.earth


Net Neutrality: The Path Forward
Thursday, April 19,
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard, Kirkland House, 95 Dunster Street, Cambridge

Join digital HKS and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy for a discussion on net neutrality and the socioeconomic benefits of a free, open and inclusive internet.

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) will lead a conversation about his efforts to overturn the Trump Administration’s repeal of Net Neutrality. The Senator is seeking to restore a free and open internet to ensure a level online playing field for all internet users. Senator Markey will be joined in conversation with the following panelists:

Tom Wheeler, former Chairman of the FCC, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Invented the World Wide Web in 1989, Director, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Director, World Wide Web Foundation
Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Mohamed Ali, President and CEO, Carbonite

The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.


Yvonne Cagle:  NASA Astronaut and Family Physician
Thursday, April 19
6:30PM TO 8:00PM
Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 42 Quincy Street, Cambridge

In 2008, Cagle retired as a Colonel in the USAF where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon prior to her selection to the NASA Astronaut Corp in 1996. In 2005, Cagle was assigned to the NASA/ARC as the lead ARC Astronaut Science Liaison and Strategic Relationships Manager for Google and other Silicon Valley Programmatic Partnerships. Cagle’s groundbreaking work is preserving historic NASA space legacy data while, simultaneously, galvanizing NASA’s initiatives in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives, and disaster preparedness. Cagle is advisor for the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program (CRuSR). Previously, Cagle served on faculty as the NASA liaison and VP for space exploration and space exponential technologies with Singularity University.

Cagle was a Brussels TEDx Speaker for 2012. Historically holding adjunct professorships with Stanford University, UC Davis, and UTMB, Galveston. Dr. Cagle is currently in collaboration with NASA, and is a Visiting Professor at Fordham University.

GSD Lecture with Yvonne Cagle

Contact Name:  events at gsd.harvard.edu


Healthcare and Medicine in the 21st Century: What lies ahead?
Thursday, April 19
Aeronaut, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

A panel discussion.

More informationi at http://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html


Shark Stories
Thursday, April 19
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theater, One Aquarium Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107505&view=Detail

Brian Skerry, National Geographic Photographer and New England Aquarium Explorer In Residence

This lecture is specifically for children and families.

Brian Skerry saw his first shark in the wild in 1982 and was hooked. During the last three and a half decades, he has spent countless hours underwater in locations worldwide photographing these enigmatic animals.

In this presentation, Brian will share his personal journey with sharks, from the ways that he’s been inspired by them to his approach with photography and what he has learned along the way. Among the species to be highlighted will be tiger sharks, makos, oceanic whitetips, and great whites. His latest book for children is entitled The Ultimate Book of Sharks. 


Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet
Thursday, April 19
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/megan-epler-wood-sustainable-tourism-tickets-44307169938

This book helps all those involved in international tourism develop the new skills, tools and investments required to protect irreplaceable global resources from the impacts of escalating tourism demand over the next 50 years. It documents how technology and the growing global middle class are driving a travel revolution which requires a new paradigm in managing tourism destinations. Travel and tourism supply chains and business models for hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, airlines and airports are analysed and environmental management techniques are proposed for each sector. A pragmatic set of solutions are offered to support the transition to lower impact tourism development worldwide.
About the Author: Megan Epler Wood founded and led The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) from 1990 to 2002. She is the Director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, an instructor of online courses in sustainable tourism at Harvard Extension’s Graduate School of Sustainability, and a Senior Project Associate at the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Her consulting practice, EplerWood International, fosters sustainable tourism development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21

Climate Changed Symposium
Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21
MIT Media Lab (Building E14), 6th Floor, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-changed-unearth-model-design-tickets-38780368125
Cost:  $0 - $15

More information at http://climatechangedmit.com/#symposium

Friday, April 20

Changing the Climate: How Public Health, Cities, and the Media Can Advance Climate Solutions
Friday, April 20
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
BU, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-programs/deans-symposia/changing-the-climate-how-public-health-cities-and-the-media-can-advance-climate-solutions/#rsvp
Livestreaming Available During Event

Climate change will have enormous impacts on human health and well-being throughout the world. In response, many cities are developing farsighted policies to reduce carbon emissions while also adapting to ongoing changes. However, high-level political support for climate action remains weak, and policymakers need to be able to articulate the benefits of their climate policies. Public health researchers are documenting how urban climate solutions can directly benefit the health of local residents, but this research has not yet been communicated in a manner that has motivated effective action. This symposium will bring together thought leaders from public health, cities, and journalism to develop strategies that bring greater attention to and produce visionary actions addressing the global climate challenge.

Co-hosted with the Pulitzer Center. Additional partners include the Boston University Initiative on Cities and the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment.
8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Informal Greetings
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Patrick Kinney, Beverly Brown Professor of Urban Health, Boston University School of Public Health
Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center
8:40 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health
9:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Key Lecturer
Patrick Kinney, Beverly Brown Professor of Urban Health, Boston University School of Public Health
Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston
Hannah Fairfield, Climate Editor, The New York Times
Barbara Ferrer (SPH’88), Director, Los Angeles County Public Health Department
Joanne Silberner, Independent Journalist and Artist-in-Residence, University of Washington
Kathy Fallon Lambert, Science & Policy Integration Project Director, Harvard Forest
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
10:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Key Lecturer
David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto and North America Regional Director and C40 Ambassador, Inclusive Climate Action
Stacie Paxton Cobos, Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing, The Climate Reality Project
Carlos Dora, Coordinator, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organization
Jon Levy, Chair and Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
Nathaniel Rich, Author and Writer-at-Large, The New York Times Magazine
12:20 p.m. – 1 p.m.
1 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Key Lecturer
Edward Wile Maibach, Professor, Director; Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
Jack Cushman, Managing Editor, InsideClimate News
Howard Frumkin, Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Sabrina McCormick, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center
2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Patrick Kinney, Beverly Brown Professor of Urban Health, Boston University School of Public Health
Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Climate Ready Boston 
Friday, April 20
11am - 12:30pm
East Boston Branch of the Public Library, 365 Bremen Street, Boston

Bilingual presentation in English  - refreshments will be provided, habra refrescos

Ruth Nieves, a Climate Ready Boston Leader, will lead a climate conversation, in English and Spanish, to talk about what it means to be “climate ready”. Meet neighbors and learn how climate change will affect your neighborhoods and the possibilities for your community to benefit from climate action.

Note: This is a community-led and organized event. Please note that presenters represent themselves and are not climate policy experts. If you have specific questions that Leaders are unable to answer, please direct them to greenovate at boston.gov. 


Aerocene Explorer Performance & Interactive Display with MIT Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno and EAPS Scientists
Friday, April 20 (More dates through April 21)
11:00am to 2:00pm 
MIT, Killian Court, Lobby 10, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Take part in flights of solar sculptures that become buoyant and lift off the ground powered only by the heat of the sun. Use them to take measurements of weather variables and pollutants in the atmosphere’s boundary layer.  Learn more about atmospheric winds that make sustainable flight possible through an interactive display. Bring a picnic lunch!


Nuclear Abolition: Claiming Your Right To Live
Saturday, April 21
1:00pm - 4:00pm (doors at 12:30pm)
Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue, 396 Harvard Street, Cambridge

Join the Ikeda Center on April 21st for our first-ever student-led peace dialogue discussing Nuclear Abolition. Free admission + food! 

Do you care about peace, but feel you lack knowledge or experience to take action? Do you want a world free of nuclear weapons, but don’t know how to get involved? 

Join us on Saturday, April 21st, 1-4 pm (doors open at 12:30 with free food/refreshments), for our first-ever student-led peace dialogue, “Nuclear Abolition: Claiming Your Right to Live.” Admission is free and open to the public with a special invitation to students and young professionals. Knowledge on the issue is not a requirement. 

Together with peace education pioneer Betty Reardon and Zeena Zakharia, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education at UMass Boston, students from Boston-area universities will present their learnings from our recent Student Peace Seminar on Nuclear Abolition, as well as a video project featuring young people’s views on nuclear weapons. Through small group discussions, the students and event attendees will explore action possibilities that engage the energies and creativity of youth. 

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and having conversations on how to engage civil society on one of the world’s most pressing issues.

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/2009098546079644/


The Fletcher Food Symposium: Food and Conflict
Friday, April 20
1:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Tufts, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-fletcher-food-symposium-food-and-conflict-tickets-44669188746

The Fletcher Food Symposium seeks to provide a forum to deepen the Fletcher approach to food studies, contextualized through a conversation on culinary diplomacy and tailored to Fletcher disciplines and specializations: food boundaries and identity shaped by security, human security, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. This year’s symposium aims to enhance the discussion on food’s connection to conflict, peacebuilding, and cultural identity. Our panels will discuss why and how food can: i) be drivers in situations of conflict as well as be central to survival and community resilience within zones of conflict; ii) catalyze peace and build community across borders in the ever-globalizing world; and iii) promote cultural identity through refugee, migrant, and diaspora communities.


CES Special Event How Democracies Die - A Book Discussion
WHEN  Friday, Apr. 20, 2018, 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S) Daniel Ziblatt – Professor of Government and CES Resident Faculty, Harvard University; Steven Levitsky – Professor of Government, Harvard University; Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government and CES Director, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO	Elaine Papoulias
epapoulias at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of Americans never thought they would be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. In this presentation, they will discuss their best-selling book How Democracies Die. According to their studies, democracy no longer ends with a bang – in a revolution or military coup – but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one.
LINK	https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2018/04/how-democracies-die---a-book-discussion-1


Remaking Meat: A Place for Livestock
Friday, April 20
2:30-4:30 PM
MIT, Building E51-Room 095, Corner of Amherst and Wadsworth Streets, Cambridge

What is local food? What makes food so resolutely bound up with place? Place has been shown to be a way of organizing attachments that are felt to derive from, and in some ways also to generate, feelings of connection to particular locales But place is never simply about social membership – it can also be endowed with a sense of historical depth, and a set of particular possibilities. There are false starts, ambitious aspirations, intractable participants, material affordances – all of which transcend the mere condition of being located in space. I bring attention to these potentials drawing on field research in more- than human places, by considering living and working landscapes laden with concerns and caring for cattle in communities across central North Carolina.

This event is part of the MIT Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History Series sponsored by the History Faculty and the Program in Science, Technology and Society. For more information contact kalopes at mit.edu


How do Waste Pickers Save their Money? Financial Inclusion and the Informal Sector.
Friday, April 20
2:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT D-Lab, MIT N51-350, 265 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd floor, Cambridge

Data Collection Presentation & Panel Discussion
In January 2018 four students from MIT D-Lab Gender and Development traveled to Accra, Ghana where they teamed-up with five Ashesi University D:Lab students and ran focus groups with waste pickers to understand the financial management tools they use to manage their money. On Friday April 20th they will present their findings. Afterwards, a panel of experts will address videotaped questions posed by Accra waste pickers, providing financial management advice suitable for informal sector workers.

2:30 - 4:00 PM: Students from D-Lab: Gender and Developmentand Ashesi University D:Lab students present their findings on data collected and the results of a financial inclusion design workshop with waste pickers from the Accra municipal landfill and the streets of Tema New Town.
4:00 - 4:30 PM: Reception
4:30 - 6:00 PM: A panel of experts address videotaped questions posed by Accra waste pickers.
Joyce Lehman: A financial inclusion consultant, Joyce was one of the architects of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation savings groups.
Dr. William Derban: Co-Founder and Chair of Financial Inclusion Africa and Director for E banking and Strategic Partnerships at Fidelity Bank Ghana Ltd.
Kim Wilson: Lecturer and researcher on markets and development at the Tufts University Fletcher School.
Daryl Collins: Co-author of Portfolios of the Poor and Managing Director of BFA.
Julio Del Valle: Founder of Poupa Certo and MiBolsillo, two digital PFMs in Brazil and Peru focused on low-income and microentrepreneur customers.


Flunking Democracy:  Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation
Friday, April 20
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics welcome Columbia Law professor MICHAEL A. REBELL for a discussion of his latest book Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation.

About Flunking Democracy
The 2016 presidential election campaign and its aftermath have underscored worrisome trends in the present state of our democracy: the extreme polarization of the electorate, the dismissal of people with opposing views, and the widespread acceptance and circulation of one-sided and factually erroneous information. Only a small proportion of those who are eligible actually vote and a declining number of citizens actively participate in local community activities.

In Flunking Democracy, Michael A. Rebell makes the case that this is not a recent problem, but rather that for generations now, America’s schools have systematically failed to prepare students to be capable citizens. Rebell analyzes the causes of this failure, provides a detailed analysis of what we know about how to prepare students for productive citizenship, and considers examples of best practices. Rebell further argues that this civic decline is also a legal failure—a gross violation of both federal and state constitutions that can only be addressed by the courts. Flunking Democracy concludes with specific recommendations for how the courts can and should address this deficiency, and is essential reading for anyone interested in education, the law, and democratic society.


xTalk with Natalia Kucirkova:  A New Paradigm in Engineering Education Using Two Disruptive Technologies: Simulations & Online Learning.
Friday, April 20
3:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, 3-370, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge

The ubiquity of handheld digital technologies, dramatic rise in digital book reading across the world and broader socio-cultural and economic phenomena (e.g., increased urbanization, globalization and multiculturalism), have led to a heightened commercial interest in personalixed products for young children.

This talk focuses on personalized books, apps and toys developed for children aged 2-8. How does this form of personalization affect children’s learning experience and how might it impact on children’s sense of self? Early findings from the ESRC-funded project "Children’s Personalised Stories" will be shared to illustrate the potential and limits of current personalization models.

Dr Natalia Kucirkova is Senior Research Fellow at the Department for Learning & Leadership, UCL Institute of Education, London, UK. Her book, The Selfie Generation: Digital Personalization and Children’s Development, published by Harvard University Press, is due out in 2019.


Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: Accelerating Bio Discovery with Machine Learning
Friday, April 20
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Phil Nelson, Google Research | Google Accelerated Science team
Abstract: Google Accelerated Sciences is a translational research team that brings Google's technological expertise to the scientific community.  Recent advances in machine learning have delivered incredible results in consumer applications (e.g. photo recognition, language translation), and is now beginning to play an important role in life sciences.  Taking examples from active collaborations in the biochemical, biological, and biomedical fields, I will focus on how our team transforms science problems into data problems and applies Google's scaled computation, data-driven engineering, and machine learning to accelerate discovery.

Speaker Bio: Philip Nelson is a Director of Engineering in Google Research. He joined Google in 2008 and was previously responsible for a range of Google applications and geo services. In 2013, he helped found and currently leads the Google Accelerated Science team that collaborates with academic and commercial scientists to apply Google's knowledge and experience running complex algorithms over large data sets to important scientific problems. Philip graduated from MIT in 1985 where he did award-winning research on hip prosthetics at Harvard Medical School. Before Google, Philip helped found and lead several Silicon Valley start ups in search (Verity), optimization (Impresse), and genome sequencing (Complete Genomics) and was also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Accel Partners.


Friday Fun with Greenovate
Friday, April 20
4:30 - 6 pm
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.greenovateboston.org/friday_fun_with_greenovate


Renaissance Woman:  The Life of Vittoria Colonna
Friday, April 20
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Brandeis University professor RAMIE TARGOFF for a discussion of her latest book Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna.

About Renaissance Woman
Ramie Targoff’s Renaissance Woman tells of the most remarkable woman of the Italian Renaissance: Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara. Vittoria has long been celebrated by scholars of Michelangelo as the artist’s best friend―the two of them exchanged beautiful letters, poems, and works of art that bear witness to their intimacy―but she also had close ties to Charles V, Pope Clement VII and Pope Paul III, Pietro Bembo, Baldassare Castiglione, Pietro Aretino, Queen Marguerite de Navarre, Reginald Pole, and Isabella d’Este, among others. Vittoria was the scion of an immensely powerful family in Rome during that city’s most explosively creative era. Art and literature flourished, but political and religious life were under terrific strain. Personally involved with nearly every major development of this period―through both her marriage and her own talents―Vittoria was not only a critical political actor and negotiator but also the first woman to publish a book of poems in Italy, an event that launched a revolution for Italian women’s writing. Vittoria was, in short, at the very heart of what we celebrate when we think about sixteenth-century Italy; through her story, the Renaissance comes to life anew.

Saturday, April 21

TransportationCamp NE 2018
Saturday, April 21
8am - 4:30pm
MIT, Stata Center, Main Floor, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://transportationcamp.org/events/new-england-2018/
Cost:  $15 - $30

TransportationCamp New England is back! It’s not your traditional conference. In addition to talks and presentations from big names in the field, the heart of TransportationCamp is sessions and activities led by attendees themselves. It is a high-energy, exciting day of presentations, panels, and networking opportunities—all created and led by the diverse innovators who attend.

Our goal is to assemble planners, dreamers, programmers, students, and professionals for an exciting day of “un-conferencing.” Unlike a traditional conference, the specific session topics are determined by participants, which provides each attendee an opportunity to lead and shape the event. Therefore, we want to see what you are doing; we want to ask how it will impact our lives; and we want to help you to find answers.

Things To Know
If you’re joining us at TransportationCamp NE 2018, here are a few things you’ll want to know about the event:

Dress code: It’s an unconference—tasteful casual is fine!
Internet access: Free Wi-Fi will be available in all event spaces—we’ll have more information when you check in.
Presentation pointers: Many of the breakout rooms are equipped with a projector, so if you’re thinking of proposing a session and you’d like to present, bring a laptop. We’ll supply a VGA cable; we will bring as many adaptors as possible, but you sould bring an adaptor for VGA if your laptop needs one just in case. Most breakout rooms will also have a chalkboard.

Interested in helping to make TransportationCamp NE possible? Sponsorship opportunities are available.. Please review and let us know if you are interested!

Follow @TranspoCampNE for updates. More information at facebook.com/TranspoCampNE.

If you have any questions, reach us at transpocampne at gmail.com.

8:00AM-9:00AM - Doors open & Registration
9:00AM-10:30AM - Welcome Session (Stata 32-123)
10:45AM-11:45AM - First breakout session (in classrooms)
12:00PM-1:00PM - Second breakout session (in classrooms)
1:00PM-2:00PM - Lunch
2:15PM-3:15PM - Third breakout session (in classrooms)
3:30PM-4:30PM - Fourth breakout session (in classrooms)
4:30PM - Closing and adjourn to our happy hour. Location TBD.


ESI Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21
9:00am to 12:00pm
MIT, McDermott Court, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Get outside and celebrate Earth Day with MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative! Learn about the environment and how we impact our planet through hands-on, interactive activities for all ages.

Activities are designed and led by MIT students. You can view the earth through virtual reality, make and take a terrarium, play an energy-use card game to win great prizes, make a cloud, touch marine critters, and much more!

This event is part of the fantastic Cambridge Science Festival, and is open to everyone.

We'll be there rain or shine: drop by, have some fun, and appreciate the earth!


Saturday, April 21
9am - 4pm
MIT Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.mitxmake.com
Cost:  $5 - $15

MITxMake is a student-organized festival that celebrates the maker culture of MIT and the surrounding community. We showcase the makers who pursue projects with purpose; focused on the hardware hackers, do-it-yourselfers, committed craftsmen, and the first-time fixers who drive society forward with experiential learning and world-shaking innovation.

CALL FOR MAKERS: MITxMake provides an opportunity to showcase your project, test drive with users, and build a valuable network of makers with similar passions. Apply now to be a Maker at the 2018 festival.


MIT IDEAS Innovation Showcase + Awards 2018
Saturday, April 21
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
MIT, Samberg Conference Center, 7th Floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-ideas-innovation-showcase-awards-2018-tickets-41284980488

Come join the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge for a celebration of the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and public service!
Join us on Saturday, April 21st to meet the teams competing in the final round, celebrate their work, check out prototypes, and hear which teams will be awarded up to $15,000 to make their ideas a reality. This is where ideas come to life!
This is one of the best chances to hear many ideas that have the potential to make substantial impact around the world. We'll have light snacks to enjoy as you peruse, discover and learn.
12:30 – 2:30pm Innovation Showcase
2:30 – 3:30pm Awards Ceremony


Boston’s Robotics Revolution
Saturday, April 21
1:45 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Innovation Center, Havana Conference Room, 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostons-robotics-revolution-tickets-44364721075

Robots coupled with AI are already permeating our lives in a variety of ways: from consumer robots that clean our houses to industrial robots that make our cars; from robots that take care of our elderly to drones that fight our wars. Should we fear them? Probably not. But we need to better understand their impact on our work and future.
Boston is the second fastest growing robotics technology cluster in the US. Join us for an afternoon with a panel of leading experts and robotics practitioners who will educate you on the state of the technology and what the future holds.
Tom Ryden, Executive Director, MassRobotics
Sangbae Kim, Director of the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT.
Shiraj Sen, Lead scientist, GE Global Research, GE Robotics
Krishna Srikrishna, Sr. Member of Technical Staff, iRobot
Vivek Badami, Consulting Engineer at General Electric (Panel Moderator)


Rally to Resist the Back Bay Billionaires' Pipeline  
Saturday, April 21
2:30 - 4:00
Belvidere Street & Huntington Avenue, Boston*

National Grid is constructing a mile long pipeline through the heart of downtown Boston to supply fracked gas to a new high rise luxury development, One Dalton.  Resist the Pipeline and allies invite you to come experience Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, and let National Grid and Mayor Walsh know that we do not accept any expansion of fracked gas infrastructure.  It is past time to go green.  With your help we can make one heck of a statement. Please respond to the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/606665073020596/, and spread the word.  

* site of construction, which could change

Sunday, April 22

Earth Day


The 4th Boston Sino Entrepreneurial Summit 2018
Sunday, April 22
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM EDT
BU Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-4th-boston-sino-entrepreneurial-summit-2018-tickets-43182203132

The Boston China-US Innovation Summit was designed to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to display and exchange talents, and to learn from each other. This year’s summit will feature eight themes of panel discussions to talk over trending topics in innovation and hot-debated fields of entrepreneurship. The innovation competition is another highlight of this year’s summit. We are now open for applications across the United States. This year, we will continue the “Mentorship Plan” tradition inherited from past competitions. The final 12 teams will be able to receive professional guidance and advice from senior investors and industry experts. Participating teams will also be able to enjoy in-depth communication with investors, judges, famous incubators and innovation parks. Prize award 1st $30,000, 2nd $10,000, and 3rd $5,000.


Agricultural Festival
Sunday, April 22
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agricultural-festival-tickets-44888329201

Celebrate Earth Day and the start of the spring growing season with all things agriculture! This FREE Market-wide festival will feature something for everyone:
Baby Chicks "Meet & Greet" with Chestnut Farms
Cider Pressing with Red Apple Farm
Beekeeping 101 with Boston Honey Company
DIY Flower Crowns with Field & Vase
Container garden planting with Stillman's Farm
Composting workshop with Bootstrap Compost
Pepper seed planting and drying with FoodCaresBOSTON
Pop-up vendors
Face painting
Live music
Cash bar
...and so much more!

Come learn, eat, explore, and kick off the spring season with us! FREE and open to the public.


Harvard EAC Earth Day Festival 
Sunday, April 22
12–3 pm
Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Join the Environmental Action Committee in celebrating the Earth at our annual Earth Day festival! The theme this year is "Take Action!" Come to the plaza and learn from groups around campus and the Boston area about ways in which YOU can start helping the environment TODAY!

The festival will have games, giveaways and music throughout. Visit 12 tables and get a free EAC Earth Day Water Bottle! Stop by and help us celebrate the Earth!

Monday, April 23

Decentralized Newsrooms, Music & Entertainment, and Cyberpunk Storytelling 
Monday, April 23
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
Harvard iLab, Batten Hall, 125 Western Avenue, Allston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/decentralized-newsrooms-music-entertainment-and-cyberpunk-storytelling-tickets-44448763448

Join us to kick off Boston Blockchain Week with a panel on how blockchain is creating new business models across the media landscape. We'll talk decentralization, digital rights, peer-to-peer distribution and content creation over coffee and breakfast.
Featuring Cellarius, Civil, SingularDTV and Ujo, all of which are affiliated with ConsenSys, a venture production studio building decentralized applications on Ethereum.
Panelists:  Maggie Love, strategy & operations for Cellarius, an original transmedia cyberpunk franchise that leverages blockchain to create a collaborative, fan-curated universe.
Dan Kinsley, co-founder of Civil, a decentralized marketplace for sustainable journalism using open governance and cryptoeconomics.
G. Thomas Esmay, business development for SingularDTV, a blockchain entertainment studio laying the foundation for a decentralized entertainment industry.
Jesse Grushack, co-founder of Ujo, a digital rights management platform enabling fairness, transparency and profitability in music and creative works.
Moderator:  David Beard, contributing editor at The Poynter Institute and formerly The Washington Post, Boston.com and the Associated Press.


Arts and Culture Discussion Series Session 3: Arts and Public Health
Monday, April 23
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), 145 Tremont Street 7th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-and-culture-discussion-series-3-art-and-public-health-42318-registration-43904801443

A collaboration between the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

Featuring guest speakers Gina Rodriguez, Valerie Tutson, and Vatic Kuumba

Breakfast and Registration start at 9:00 AM
Registration is Required!

Please register ASAP, space is limited.
Click here to register

Sowing Place artist facilitators Laura Brown-Lavoie and Vatic Kuumba
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is presenting a discussion series that exploring how public art can address a range of planning goals and objectives related to green infrastructure, community building, economic development, and public health.

Our guest speakers for our April discussion on Art and Public Health are:
Gina Rodriguez, Cultural Affairs Manager from the Department of Arts Culture and Tourism (ACT), instrumental in helping the City secure Kresge FreshLo funds for the Sowing Place project
Valerie Tutson, Director of Rhode Island Black Storytellers, artist facilitator for Illuminating Trinity (a previous ACT project), and a member of the statewide Arts and Health Advisory Group
Vatic Kuumba, poet, theatre artist, artist facilitator for the Sowing Place

We are excited have these three join us to share about their work and to lead us in this discussion on art and public health. 

Although this event is FREE, space is limited and may fill up quickly. 


Fake News and Misinformation Series: Brendan Nyhan
Monday, April 23
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner 434, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker series on fake news and misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University.

Brendan Nyhan is a Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Duke University in 2009 and served as a RWJ Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan from 2009-2011. His research focuses on political scandal; misperceptions about politics and health care; social networks; and applied statistical methods. Previously, he was co-editor of Spinsanity, a non-partisan watchdog of political spin that was syndicated in Salon and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also a co-author of All the President’s Spin, a New York Times bestseller that Amazon.com named one of the ten best political books of 2004. He is a contributor to The Upshot blog at The New York Times (March 2014-) and a co-founder of Bright Line Watch (January 2017-). He previously served as a media critic for Columbia Journalism Review (November 2011-February 2014).


PAOC Colloquium: Ryan Abernathey (LDEO)
Monday, April 23
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
My primary research interests are:
The role of ocean circulation (particularly the Southern Ocean) in the climate system
Dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and its overturning circulation
Mixing and transport by ocean eddies


Creating Soil in the pre-Columbian Amazon
Monday, April 23
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 6-104, The Chipman Room, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Speaker: Taylor Perron
Archaeological evidence suggests that humans built thriving societies in the pre-Columbian Amazon, in part by creating unusually rich soils that remain fertile even today. South American tectonics and river systems created a template for this successful strategy. Along the way, the ways in which dynamic rivers shape landscapes, the role of Earth materials from bedrock to soil carbon, and some lessons from ancient peoples about sustainable tropical agriculture.  

2018 Archaeological Materials Seminar


Air Quality and Health Implications of Energy Strategies
Monday, April 23
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Denise Mauzerall, Professor of Environmental Engineering and International Affairs, Princeton University. Lunch is provided. 

Energy Policy Seminar

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


Once and For Now: The Science and Art of Ex Post Environmental Regulation
Monday, April 23
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard 100F Pierce, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Gregg Macey (Brooklyn Law School/Harvard STS)
The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.

Sandwich lunch is provided. RSVP to via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7VGUkAvTU655Dub2FTGSNMjpVs6f8Qbu0kpmXh6oz11MgFw/viewform

STS Circle at Harvard

Contact Name:  sts at hks.harvard.edu


Edge of the Knife
Monday, April 23
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255,  City Arena, 105 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Leonie Sandercock, University of British Columbia

SPURS Seminar 


Dionysus Stardust: Theater, Masks, and the Spectacle of Rock
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 23, 2018, 3 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CSWR Common Room, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT	Shawn Higgins
DETAILS  The HDS Theosophical Society presents Peter Bebergal (Harvard Div. '96), author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll, who will discuss the relationship between theater, ritual, and popular music, with a look at the influence of ancient religious practice, turn of the century art, and occult lodge rites on the performance and culture of rock. From Robert Plant's Dionysian swagger to Bowie's alchemical transformations, Bebergal will reveal the gods under the masks of rock's most arresting moments.


Building the biosphere: Reconciling evolution and ecosystems in an ever-changing world
Monday, April 23
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Monday, April 23
BU, CAS 132, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Lars Hedin, Princeton University 

// Biogeosciences Seminar Series // Departments of Biology and Earth & Environment


xTalk with Robert Sedgewick:  A 21st Century Model for Disseminating Knowledge
Monday, April 23
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 4-149, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

"Are you still trying to teach and learn with large live lectures? Why?"
In the early years of the third millenium, most professors are still teaching in virtually the same way they were taught and their teachers were taught, stretching back centuries. As we all know, this situation is ripe for change. University students seeking to learn a topic who now have little if any choice are about to be presented with a vast array of choices. What student would not want to swap a tired professor writing slowly on a chalkboard for a well-produced series of videos and associated content, given by a world leader in the field? We are on the verge of a transformation on the scale of the transformation wrought by Gutenburg. This imminent change raises a host of fascinating and far-reaching questions. In this talk, Princeton University Professor Robert Sedgewick will describe a scalable model for teaching and learning that has already enabled us to reach millions of people around the world.

Robert Sedgewick is the founding chair and the William O. Baker Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton and served for many years as a member of the board of directors of Adobe Systems. He previously served on the faculty at Brown University and has held visiting research positions at Xerox PARC, IDA, INRIA, and Bell Laboratories. Prof. Sedgewick's research interests include analytic combinatorics, algorithm design, the scientific analysis of algorithms, curriculum development, and innovations in the dissemination of knowledge. He has published widely in these areas and is the author of twenty books, which have sold nearly one million copies. He has also published extensive online content (including studio-produced video lectures) on analysis of algorithms and analytic combinatorics and (with Kevin Wayne) algorithms and computer science. Their MOOC on algorithms has been named one of the "top 10 MOOCs of all time" and their online content draws millions of pageviews each year.


Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code 
Monday, April 23
4:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B, Room 2019, Second Floor, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Reception immediately following at HLS Pub
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018//04/DeFilippi#RSVP
Event will be webcast live at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018//04/DeFilippi

A book talk featuring author, Primavera De Filippi 
This talk will look at how blockchain technology is a dual-edge technology that could be used to either support or supplant the law. After describing the impact of this new technology on a variety of fields (including payments, contracts, communication systems, organizations and the internet of things), it will examine how blockchain technology can be framed as a new form of regulatory technology, while at the same time enabling the creation of new autonomous systems which are harder to regulate. The talk will conclude with an overview of the various ways in which blockchain-based systems can be regulated, and what are the dangers of doing so.

About Primavera De Filipi
Primavera obtained a Master degree in Business & Administration from the Bocconi University of Milan, and a Master degree in Intellectual Property Law at the Queen Mary University of London. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, where she explored the legal challenges of copyright law in the digital environment, with special attention to the mechanisms of private ordering (Digital Rights Management systems, Creative Commons licenses, etc). During these years, she spent two months at the University of Buffalo in New York and one year as a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. Primavera is now a permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS), where she founded the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research on Internet & Society (www.iriis.fr). Primavera was a former fellow and current faculty associate at the Berkmain-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Visit here for additional bio information for Primavera including her online activities, research interests, recent publications, and online videos.


Making Mobility Smart Again
Monday, April 23
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 1-390, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

CEE C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series:  Prof. Serge Hoogendoorn
In many countries, cities are expanding in terms of size, number of residents and visitors, etc. The resulting increase in concentration of people, with their mobility needs, causes major traffic and transportation problems in and around our cities. Next to the economic impacts due to delay and unreliability of travel time, concerns regarding safety and security, emissions and sustainability become more and more urgent. 

Smart Mobility holds the potential to reduce these issues. In the lecture, we will show some examples of successful deployments and the traffic engineering principles that underlie these, for car traffic, but also for managing pedestrian flows and crowds, and even bicycles. 

These recent examples show how current technology can be put to more effective use, but also how emergency technology can be effectively incorporated into the future. 

That said, there are many uncertainties surrounding the development of Smart Mobility in the near and distant future. In this talk, we will show several scenarios along which the future may unfold toward a fully connected and automated situation. In doing so, we will identify different dilemmas which will be pivotal in how the situation will develop.

Bio:  Since over fifteen years, Prof. dr. Serge Hoogendoorn has aspired to provide contributions in the fields of pedestrian and vehicular flow modelling, with special attention to data collection using innovative experimental and empirical methods. His current research focusses on furthering theories and methods to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and transport, involving advanced data collection, fusion, modelling, simulation, and active mode traffic management. Serge is full professor Traffic Operations & Management (since 2009)and distinguished professor Smart Urban Mobility(since 2016). He holds an honorary professorship from South-East University (Nanjing) since October 2013 and an honorary professorship position at Swinburne University (Melbourne). He is a member of the highly esteemed International Advisory Committee of the ISTTT, and of several committees of the US National Academies Transportation Research Board (one of which he is leading). As a result of his work he is often asked for professional advice. As such, he has been involved in the design assessment of the future Al Mataf mosque in Mecca, the centre point of the annual Muslim pilgrimage (2 mln / year), the Hajj. He participates in the AMS (Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions; collaboration of TUD, TNO, WUR and MIT), in which he acts as the PI Urban Mobility. Hoogendoorn has (co-) authored over 300 scientific publications. 

More information on this talk and other DSS upcoming talks at http://dss.mit.edu


The Alzheimer Enigma: The Causes of the Dementia Epidemic
Monday, April 23
5:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://radcliffe-nenmf.formstack.com/forms/radcliffe_institute_alzheimer_enigma_hofman

Epidemics Science Lecture Series
Lecture by Albert Hofman, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Clinical Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
If we live into our nineties, and many of us do and more will, we have a 1-in-2 chance to have Alzheimer’s disease. Is this an unavoidable consequence of aging? Do we know specific causes of Alzheimer’s and dementia? Is it perhaps all in the genes? Albert Hofman will address these questions using findings from the large international Alzheimer Cohorts Consortium. And it may well be that the picture is a bit less bleak than thought: the incidence of Alzheimer’s may be on the decline.
Free and open to the public.


Gubernatorial Forum on Energy and the Environment
Monday, April 23
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Suffolk University Sargent Hall Function Room, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gubernatorial-forum-on-energy-and-the-environment-tickets-44143426176

Join us and hear the candidates discuss their ideas and positions on the critical environmental issues we face. Democratic candidates Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie, and Setti Warren have confirmed and Governor Baker has been invited.
Participating Organizations:
350 Mass for a Better Future
Acadia Center
Charles River Watershed Association
Conservation Law Foundation
Clean Water Action
Environment Massachusetts
Environmental League of Massachusetts
Mass Audubon
Massachusetts Sierra Club
Metropolitan Area Planning Council


Chef Hero Matt Jennings at the Boston Public Market
Monday, April 23
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chef-hero-matt-jennings-at-the-boston-public-market-tickets-45070350632

We are thrilled to debut our "Chef Hero" program with the one and only Matt Jennings of Townsman! Chef Jennings will spend an evening at the Boston Public Market demoing a dish from his first cookbook Homegrown: Cooking From My New England Roots (recently nominated for a James Beard Award). 

Featured dish: Smoked Bluefish Pate, Celery-Rhubarb Relish & Whipped Honey on Brown Bread

Stop by to see one of Boston's best culinary talents at work, using local ingredients from Boston Public Market vendors. Enjoy a free sample, ask questions, and grab one of Matt's cookbooks to bring home for inspiration. 

The Boston Public Market's Chef Hero program invites local chefs to partner with BPM vendors and engage with customers during monthly pop-up sampling events using BPM-sourced ingredients. The program also includes onsite sales of cookbooks and other restaurant merchandise, and an Instagram takeover to give BPM fans a look behind the scenes in each chef’s respective kitchen.


The Floral Archive: Climate, Empire, and the Problem of Scale
April 23
6 pm
Harvard, Barker Center, Room 133, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Deborah R. Coen, Professor of History and Chair of History of Science and Medicine, Yale University
Among all the sophisticated new tools introduced in the nineteenth century for scaling the climate—for understanding the weather of the here-and-now in relation to large-scale, long-term processes—none proved quite as effective as nature’s own climatic indicators: plants. The achievement of botanist Anton Kerner von Marilaun (1831-1898) was to grasp that radical climatic shifts might be a part of the Earth’s future as well as its past, and to offer his contemporaries, scientist and non-scientist alike, the tools to imagine how familiar living things might react to a more or less radical shift in climate.

The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center is convened by Robin Kelsey (Dean of Arts and Humanities, Harvard University) and Ian Jared Miller (Professor of History, Harvard University).

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.


Climate Ready Boston Leadership Event: A Funny Thing About Garbage
Monday, April 23
6pm - 8pm
Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library, 27 Richmond Street, Dorchester
RSVP at http://www.greenovateboston.org/mugeundemir/crb_leader_organized_event_a_funny_thing_about_garbage

Suzanne S. Meyer of Garbage to Garden, and a trained Climate Ready Boston Leader, is presenting a light-hearted and entertaining talk about climate change and composting. 

Doors open at 6:00pm. 
6:00 - 6:45pm: Light refreshments and networking
6:45 - 7:15pm: A Funny Thing About Garbage talk
7:15 - 7:45pm: Q & A with local experts


Manuelle Gautrand | Re-inventing Cities
Monday, April 23
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

MANUELLE GAUTRAND ARCHITECTURE is a Parisian based architecture firm founded by Manuelle Gautrand in 1991. Manuelle Gautrand is the principal architect and director of the agency. Marc Blaising, partner, financial and administrative director has been involved in the general management of the agency since 1992.

The team of over 15 architects develops projects for public contracting authorities as well as private firms both in France and abroad. Under the leadership of Manuelle Gautrand, each architect-project manager is in charge of a project. The two-level 300 sqm office is located in the Bastille neighborhood of Paris.

The firm’s poetic architecture embraces the endless variety of forms and colors, using the most contemporary methods of planning in a variety of areas ranging from cultural facilities to residential, commercial and office buildings.

To “Re-enchant the City” and thus to bring emotion, to reinvent, to renew, to innovate and to propose the unexpected answers, to be bold and plural are the founding principles of the architecture of Manuelle Gautrand. The architecture, her architecture is what poetry was to Saint John Perse: “the luxury of being unaccustomed”. At the core of the process of creativity lies the approach to each new project through the spirit of “blank page”, with no à priori. Yet all her projects express a specific relationship to the site: a desire to revive it and enchant; a deep commitment to working on the programs entrusted to the firm, make them even more efficient, more malleable and more unexpected… The project must each time become a unique and symbolic encounter between the site and the program.

MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series


Urban Studies Capstone: Showcase + Presentations
Monday, April 23
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
BU, CILSE Colloquium Room, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

City Planning and Urban Affairs’ Urban Studies Capstone course will be presenting their final presentations. This two-part event is open to the public.


The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind:  My Tale of Madness and Recovery
Monday, April 23
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned neuroscientist BARBARA K. LIPSKA—director of the Human Brain Collection Core at the National Institute of Mental Health—for a discussion of her new book The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery.

About The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind
As a deadly cancer spread inside her brain, leading neuroscientist Barbara Lipska was plunged into madness—only to miraculously survive with her memories intact. In the tradition of My Stroke of Insight and Brain on Fire, this powerful memoir recounts her ordeal and explains its unforgettable lessons about the brain and mind.
In January 2015, Barbara Lipska—a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness—was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers. But miraculously, just as her doctors figured out what was happening, the immunotherapy they had prescribed began to work. Just eight weeks after her nightmare began, Lipska returned to normal. With one difference: she remembered her brush with madness with exquisite clarity.

In The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, Lipska describes her extraordinary ordeal and its lessons about the mind and brain. She explains how mental illness, brain injury, and age can change our behavior, personality, cognition, and memory. She tells what it is like to experience these changes firsthand. And she reveals what parts of us remain, even when so much else is gone.


Native Plants for New England Gardens
Monday, April 23
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Mark Richardson & Dan Jaffe
The essential gardener's guide to growing native in New England Plants native to New England evolved to thrive in local conditions and survive harsh seasons. Native Plants for New England Gardens culls the expertise of the New England Wild Flower Society to help anyone create lovely, hardy gardens that will tolerate drought, resist disease and encourage biodiversity. This handy guide to 100 great native flowers, ground covers, shrubs, ferns, and grasses that will thrive in New England gardens features practical information accompanied by beautiful color photography. Find and nurture the native plants that your garden is missing--the planet will thank you.

New England Wild Flower Society Director of the Botanic Garden Mark Richardson studied ornamental horticulture at the University of Rhode Island and holds a master's degree from the University of Delaware's Longwood Graduate Program. Native Plants for New England Gardens is a product of his passion for public horticulture. Photographer and author Dan Jaffe earned a degree in botany from the University of Maine, Orono, and has years of nursery and plant sales experience. He is the official propagator and stock bed grower of the New England Wild Flower Society.


The Remarkable Gamble the National Science Foundation took with LIGO
Monday, April 23
Harvard, Jefferson 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Rainer Weiss, MIT 
Despite the fact that no one had ever measured motions as small as 1/1000 of a nuclear radius or that there was certain evidence for gravitational radiation let alone hard knowledge of gravitational wave sources, in the 1970’s the NSF began to support a new program in gravitational wave astrophysics. The visionary responsible for this was Richard Isaacson then Program Director for Gravity at the NSF. The talk in part is about how he organized and guided the process to make LIGO a reality - in good measure it is about the history of LIGO.

Prof. Weiss has given a similar talk at the New York State American Physical Society meeting at Union College in 2017.

Tuesday April 24

Tuesday, April 24
11:00am to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E32, Stata Center, TSMC Lobby, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The LABORAMA celebrates research that uses the MIT Campus as a Test Bed for sustainability and climate related research. Participants discover the story  of campus-based research with teams of diverse stakeholders and with live demos, models, props and simulations.  Living Lab learning bridges between academics and operations while amplifying outcomes and engagement. Bring your curiosity and ideas to this showcase of campus-based research.

FREE Eats, Cool Demos, Juggling and Fun.


Webinar: Balancing Usability and Cybersecurity in IoT Devices
Tuesday, April 24
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual https://sdm.mit.edu/balancing-usability-and-cybersecurity-in-iot-devices/#reg

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing fast, with web-enabled devices now helping people to monitor their health, upgrade their cars, and control home heating—remotely. Yet, these advances come with increasing security risks. The technology research firm Gartner predicts that by 2020, more than 25 percent of identified enterprise attacks will involve IoT.

In this webinar, cybersecurity experts will discuss how to use systems thinking and related methodologies to reduce IoT risk while preserving usability. Attendees will learn:
what cybersecurity risks are common to IoT devices;
measures that can be taken to minimize those risks; and
how to weigh the tradeoffs between usability and security.
A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!


Marketcraft: How Governments Make Markets Work
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Steven Vogel, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Discussant: Peter Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University
Moderated by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Studies and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK  https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming


A tale of mosquitoes and worms: why is DEET so repellent
Tuesday, April 24
4:00pm to 5:15pm
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Leslie Vosshall, Rockefeller 
This is also the Francis O. Schmitt lecture.  The Biology Colloquium is a weekly seminar held throughout the academic year, featuring distinguished speakers in many areas of the biological sciences, from universities and institutions worldwide. More information on speakers, their affiliations, and titles of their talks will be added as available. The Colloquium takes place at the Stata Center's Kirsch Auditorium, 32-123, at 4:00PM on most Tuesdays during the school year. 

Biology Colloquium Series

Contact: Linda Earle lkn at mit.edu


Research on Tap | War and Peace: Causes, Consequences, and Alternatives
Tuesday, April 24
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 
BU, Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering Colloquium Room, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/research/war_and_peace/

Hosted by Neta C. Crawford, Professor, Political Science, CAS</p>William Tecumseh Sherman said “War is hell.” It is also an enormously complex process and problem which calls for multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches. Sherman also said, “You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war.” What are the causes of war and peace? What are the consequences of war on governments and individual soldiers and civilians? How can cutting edge research on conflict prevention and resolution make war less likely or shorten its duration? Faculty from across the University will discuss their research on war, peace, and related topics.


How Can Europe and Social Democracy Overcome their Crises Together?
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies 27 Kirkland Street, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Joaquín Almunia
European Commissioner for Competition (2010-2014); Visiting Professor in Practice, London School of Economics and Political Science; Chair: José Manuel Martinez Sierra
Jean Monnet ad Personam Professor in EU Law and Government, Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO	José Manuel Martinez Sierra
jose_martinez at harvard.edu
DETAILS  In his new book, Winning the Future. How Europe and Social Democracy Can Overcome their Crises Together, Joaquín Almunia analyzes the causes and consequences of the European Union’s economic and political crisis and its parallels with the challenges Social Democracy has faced. The grave crisis that Europe endured was not met with the appropriate policy response and led to the growth of inequality, hitting the middle-class and youth especially hard. Today, one in five Europeans are at the risk of social exclusion and job insecurity seems to be the only alternative to chronic and widespread unemployment. Almost ten years after the start of the crisis, the European Union struggles with weak economic growth, unsatisfactory unemployment levels and low-quality jobs, a flux of migrants and refugees in need, and the threat of terrorism. All of this has resulted in a disaffected population that distrusts its democratic European and national institutions. In turn, Social Democracy was not able to provide answers during Europe’s time of crisis and it has remained incapable of providing viable progressive solutions in education, fiscal policy, employment, productivity and immigration. As a result, its proposals have not been met with support from voters. During this event, Almunia will point the way forward for both European Integration and Social Democracy.
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2018/04/how-europe-and-social-democracy-can-overcome-their-crises-together


Be Careful What You Set Your Heart Upon
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Larsen 203, 14 Appian Way, Cambridge
TOPIC  Equity and Access
CONTACT NAME  Meredith Lamont
CONTACT EMAIL  meredith_lamont at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-495-3401
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public.
DETAILS  Speaker: Michael McAfee, president and co-director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute, PolicyLink.
Dr. McAfee will share his journey discovering what his heart desires – to advance equity and just and fair inclusion into a society in which all are participating, prospering, and reaching their full potential. He’ll reveal how he translates this desire into a powerful vision and course of action for transforming the lives of more than 100 million people in America.


Projecting Climate Change into the Future: What We Know and How Well We Know It
Tuesday, April 24
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Daniel Cziczo


Boston Green Drinks
Tuesday, April 24
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warehouse Bar & Grille, 40 Broad Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-green-drinks-april-2018-happy-hour-tickets-45080485947

LOCATION CHANGE!! Well I'm excited about this one! We will be at The Warehouse Bar & Grille.

Why Warehouse? They are currently in the process of updating their food & beverage menu, as well as their business practices, to put a focus on more sustainable and ethical items! And we ought to be applauding & supporting such efforts however we can.
What are they trying?
1.  Recycling food waste in partnership with Agri Cycle Clean Energy.  They essentially turn the food waste & packaging scraps into energy - www.agricycleenergy.com
2.  Adding all sorts of vegan options, including the Impossible Burger https://www.impossiblefoods.com/burger/.  As Cliff, their owner, puts it: The movement towards a plant-based diet is here and we're trying to meet the demands of our customers.  There's no denying the detrimental impact that animal agriculture has on the environment so we're attempting to shift our menu to food that is more sustainable.
3.  Growing their own herbs in house, cutting down on transportation & packaging costs of having them delivered.  Basil, cilantro and oregano are their first three and the hope is to start to grow their own salad greens as well.
4.  Continuing best efforts to minimize utility consumption by using low flow toilets, LED light bulbs and energy star rated cooking & refrigeration equipment.  They were lucky enough to build our space brand new so took advantage of some energy efficient programs the state offers restaurants.
5.  In partnership with our trash provider - Used cardboard boxes are recycled.
6.  In partnership with our beer distributors - Glass bottles & alumni cans are recycled.
7.  They've begun to think about ways to eliminate using plastic straws.  Over the next month or so they'll be trying out new eco-friendly straws. I am going to request they have some available for Green Drinks!

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
Boston Green Drinks builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


Film Screening - Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
Tuesday, April 24
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
MIT Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/film-screening-happening-a-clean-energy-revolution-tickets-44882662251

BlueWave Solar and MIT's Sloan Energy Club invite you to join us and our energy industry colleagues for an evening of energy revolution entertainment and networking.

The film screening will feature an intro from the filmmakers along with light refreshments and an informal resume drop for attending students.

About the film
Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James’ discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, “Happening” explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival


Infinite Hope
Tuesday, April 24
6:30 PM
Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Anthony Charles Graves – known as United States Death Row Exoneree #138, spent 18 ½ years behind bars; 16 of those years in solitary confinement. Mr. Graves spent 12 years of his sentence on death row, and had 2 slated execution dates – for a horrific crime he didn’t commit. He is the author of Infinite Hope. This event is part of the Our Path Forward series.


Perceptions, Myths and Identity in US-Russian Relations: A “Third Side” Approach to Dealing Constructively with Our Differences
WHEN  Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Langdell Hall South, 272 Kirkland and Ellis Classroom, 1585 Mass. Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Bruce Allyn, Senior Fellow, Harvard Negotiation Project
and Cynthia Lazaroff, Filmmaker and Founder, US-Russian Exchange Initiatives
CONTACT INFO	Julie Barrett, jbarrett at law.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Bruce Allyn and Cynthia Lazaroff will share insights and show video highlights from their recent interviews with top Russian and American experts and officials.
LINK	https://www.pon.harvard.edu/events/perceptions-myths-identity-us-russian-relations-third-side-approach-dealing-constructively-differences/


GSD Lecture with Stig Andersson
Tuesday, April 24
6:30–8 pm
Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall,  48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Stig L. Andersson founded SLA Architects in 1994. Having studied nuclear physics, Japanese culture and chemistry before becoming an architect, Andersson graduated from The Royal Danish School of Architecture in 1986. From 1986-1989 Andersson moved to Japan with Japanese ministerial research funds. Andersson was particularly interested in Japanese culture’s relationship with substance, space and changeability – fields he has integrated and developed in his own practice since 1994.

Stig L. Andersson is SLA’s founding partner. Beginning as a (purely) landscape architectural practice, SLA has developed into an international interdisciplinary organization working with city nature, urban design and nature-based solutions. Renowned for his sensuous and poetic work, Andersson combines unique amenity values based on the aesthetics of nature with cutting-edge sustainable city solutions and ecosystem services.

Stig L. Andersson is a professor in aesthetic design at the University of Copenhagen and is a much sought-after lecturer and teacher at universities and architecture schools in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Stig L. Andersson has received numerous national and international awards for his work, including The European Landscape Award, The RIBA Award, The World Landscape Architecture Award, and in 2014 the C.F. Hansen Medal – the highest national honour given to a Danish architect awarded by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Free and open to the public


The Golden Age of Boston Television
Tuesday April 24
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Terry Ann Knopf 
There are some two hundred TV markets in the country, but only one—Boston, Massachusetts—hosted a Golden Age of local programming. In this lively insider account, Terry Ann Knopf chronicles the development of Boston television, from its origins in the 1970s through its decline in the early 1990s.


Soulfull Speaker Series at Boston University
Tuesday, April 24
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
BU, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing Seminar Room, 111 Cummington Mall, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soulfull-speaker-series-at-boston-university-tickets-43573503522

Hear from a Soulfull Project executive about how business can address acute needs such as food insecurity in our community, food deserts and access to wholesome food, partnerships with local food banks, and other intiatives bridging city planning, business, and food distribution!

The Soulfull Project is a subsidiary of the Campbell Soup Company that works to deliver nourishing and wholesome food to all Americans by using the buy-one, give-one model. For every serving of The Soulfull Project’s hot cereal purchased, they donate a serving of their 4 Grain cereal to a food bank in that region.


Fact and Faith: A Meditation on Science and Religion with  Alan Lightman
Tuesday, April 24
MIT, Building  6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join acclaimed author and notable MIT personality Alan Lightman as he discusses his newest book Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine. This lyrical meditation on religion and science explores the tension between our yearning for permanence and certainty, in a material world that science shows to be impermanent and uncertain. Lightman will weave in his own experience of this dissonance as someone who is simultaneously drawn to the empirical, testable realm of physics while also feeling the allure of being connected to a larger and transcendent eternal reality.

Followed by refreshments and book signing with Alan Lightman. Copies of Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine will be available for purchase.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 25

Pardee Research Seminar: Building Militaries in Fragile States
Wednesday, April 25
10:00 am to 11:15 am 
BU, 154 Bay State Road, Eilts Room, Boston

Mara Karlin, of SAIS/Brookings
The presentation of book followed by comment by Prof. Rosella Cappella Zielinski.
The Pardee School of Global Studies is proud to launch its Research Seminar Series as a forum for faculty and students to discuss and receive feedback on ongoing research. The series is a mix of presentations, works-in-progress sessions, and research workshops.Faculty and students based at BU and elsewhere are invited to present and attend the Research Seminar Series. This seminar is open to the public; due to space constraints, however, admittance will be on a first come–first serve basis. If you would like to present, please send an e-mail with your name, affiliation, and a description of your presentation, with “Pardee Seminar” in the subject line, to: Mahesh Karra (mvkarra at bu.edu).


Computing Reimagined: Ubiquitous Computing with the Smallest Computer
Wednesday, April 25
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 34-401 (Grier), 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

MTL Seminar Series


Building Militaries in Fragile States
Wednesday, April 25
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496 (Pye Room), 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Since the end of World War II, U.S. administrations of both parties have relied on a time-honored foreign policy tool: training and equipping foreign militaries. Seeking to stabilize fragile states, the United States has adopted this approach in nearly every region of the world over the last 70 years. And yet, the record for success is thin. Mara Karlin, a scholar-policymaker, examines when, why, and under what circumstances the United States can be more successful in doing so.

Short Bio
Dr. Mara Karlin is Associate Director and Associate Professor of the Practice of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins-SAIS and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She has served in national security roles for five U.S. Secretaries of Defense, advising on policies spanning strategic planning, defense budgeting, future wars and the evolving security environment, and regional affairs involving the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Her first book, Building Militaries in Fragile States: Challenges for the United States, will be publishing by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2017. Karlin has been awarded Department of Defense Medals for Meritorious and Outstanding Public Service, among others. 

SSP Wednesday Seminar
All Welcome


BU Program in Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health Spring 2018 Symposium
Wednesday, April 25
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
BU, Kilachand Center, Room 101, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://sites.bu.edu/urban/rsvp/

Join the BU Program in Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health for its Spring 2018 Symposium, co-sponsored by the Pardee Center. The event will feature lightning talks by BU faculty about urban research themes in water, air, climate, noise pollution, and land use.


Grid Modernization in Massachusetts: International Insights to Meet 2050 Goals
Wednesday, April 25
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Fraunhofer CSE, 5 Channel Center Street, Boston 

“International Insights to Meet 2050 Carbon Goals” is the first event in a series of Roundtable Speaker Sessions on Grid Modernization in Massachusetts. It will feature two speakers and a roundtable discussion, focused on pathways to 2050 which are currently being considered in Massachusetts and in Germany—two leaders in research and energy innovation. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Germany, and other state and federal governments around the world, have committed to cutting their carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050. It is a massive undertaking to accomplish this goal and yet, there is no agreement as to how to accomplish it. MassCEC CEO Steve Pike will be a panelist at this event.  

Event Contact
awilliams at cse.fraunhofer.org


The Neurobiology of Need
Wednesday, April 25
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speakers:  Scott Sternson, HHMI, Janelia

Phil Sharp Lecture in Neural Circuits
Public welcome


Variances: Regulatory Flexibility for Good or for Ill
Wednesday, April 25
Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Dietrich Earnhart, University of Kansas; Sarah Jacobson, Williams College; Yusuke Kuwayama, Resources for the Future; and Richard Woodward, Texas A&M University

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Contact Name:  Casey Billings
casey_billings at hks.harvard.edu


Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Suzanne Berger
Wednesday, April 25
6:00pm to 7:00pm, MA 02142

[NOTE: This event has been postponed until April 25th due to incliment weather. Our apologies.]

This lecture series, which includes imminent researchers and innovators from a wide variety of fields across MIT, will showcase the numerous forms that innovation takes and the pathways it can take from ideation to implementation. 

Title: Making in America
Topic Summary
My talk will focus on two MIT initiatives on production and innovation: Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge (1989) and Making in America:  From Innovation to Market (2013). Over the thirty years that separate the two projects, globalization, the rise of new rival economies, and transformative technological changes have created huge new opportunities and painful challenges of adjustment for society.  On each of the two projects researchers fanned out into companies across the United States and to Japan, China, Germany, and France to try to understand from the bottom up how innovation moves into production and into the market; how and where new good jobs are created; how and where new industries come to life.    Even after thirty years of profound technological, political, and social change, some of the problems we identified in the first study still remain basically unresolved—how, for example, to educate people for a lifetime of changes in the workplace; how to move innovation from the lab into society more rapidly.    At MIT where we have a track record of carrying out research that brings together faculty and students from departments across the Institute to study complex problems that spill over disciplinary boundaries, we have the resources to make headway on these big questions. 

About the Speaker
Suzanne Berger is Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science. Her current research focuses on politics and globalization. She recently co-chaired the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy project, and in September 2013 published Making in America: From Innovation to Market. She created the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, and participated in the 1989 Made in America project at MIT. She wrote Made By Hong Kong and Global Taiwan (with Richard K. Lester). She is the author of Notre Première Mondialisation and How We Compete. Her earlier work focused on political development (Peasants Against Politics) and the organization of interests (Dualism and Discontinuity in Industrial Societies and Organizing Interests in Western Europe.)

Suzanne Berger served as Head of the MIT Department of Political Science, founding chair of the SSRC Committee on West Europe, and Vice President of the American Political Science Association. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The French government has awarded her the Palmes Academiques, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite and the Légion d'Honneur.


Community Growing: Youth Efforts to Increase Multicultural Access to Food
Wednesday, April 25
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM EDT
Groundwork Somerville, 337 Somerville Ave, #2B, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-growing-youth-efforts-to-increase-multicultural-access-to-food-tickets-44566311036

The cultural relevancy of food options is an important factor in improving access to healthy food and health outcomes in our communities. By engaging local mentor farmers, Groundwork Someville grows multicultural crops that reflect the needs of our multicultural community. Green Team youth members will present their work growing and distributing crops using inter-generational and cross-cultural approach to urban farming, food access and cultural food connections.
Join us to learn and have fun (*_*)


"What is Truth?/Role of the Media and Facts and the Rule of Law" — Myra Kraft Open Classroom
Wednesday, April 25
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Northeastern, West Village F, 20, 40A Leon Street, Boston

Speakers:  David Shribman, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist; Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Laurel Leff, Associate Professor of Journalism, Northeastern University
The Spring 2018 Open Classroom will explore the definition of the Rule of Law, what it requires, what happens in its absence, and how it has declined and emerged globally. We will also explore some of the tensions between the Rule of Law and Democratic Governance, focusing on the Rule of Law in time of polarization and technological upheaval (as in the United States but also abroad).

The Spring 2018 Myra Kraft Open Classroom is co-sponsored by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Northeastern’s School of Law.


The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace
Wednesday, April 25
6:30 PM
Cambridge Main Library, Lecture Hall, 442 Main Street, Cambridge

Join Professor David Woolner in a discussion about his recent book, The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace. Introduction by Jim Roosevelt.This is part of the Our Path Forward series.


Robot Sex: Connection, Privacy & Ethics in the 21st Century
Wednesday, April 25
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Museum of Science, Museum of Science Driveway, Boston
RSVP at https://www.mos.org/public-events/robot-sex

Part of the Cyber Insecurity series.
Probe the difficult questions that we will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Explore the nuances of our future and prepare for the complex problems that will rise as our lives become more A.I. dependent.

Adults 18+ Only.

Thursday, April 26

Accelerating the Discovery of New Antimicrobial Compounds
Thursday, April 26
RSVP at http://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=4048391927538205&referrer=EMI_0418_Labcyte

If you’ve already registered, please click here to log in to the webcast.
The increasing occurrence of multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria is driving an urgent demand for the discovery of new antibiotics. The incidence of MDR bacteria is becoming a serious problem, especially in the hospital setting. High-throughput screening methodologies are important to speed up the discovery of new antibiotics.  Automation and miniaturization are important components in this process, since they significantly decrease the amount of drugs and reagents needed. 

During this webcast we will present some of the main assays used in the early stages of the antimicrobial compound discovery:
1. Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) assay,
2. synergy assay among 2 or 3 antimicrobial compounds,
3. determination of the concentration of bacteria in liquid cultures,
4. cytotoxicity assay
5. bacterial growth/killing curves.

During the webcast we will discuss why and how we developed, and optimized protocols for the miniaturization and automation of these assays using the Echo Liquid Handler. The protocols developed have increased our capacity for screening new antimicrobial compounds by 400%, decreased the time for the preparation of several assays from several hours to minutes and allowed to routinely run assays that were not possible with a large number of compounds due to time and labour constrains.

This webcast has been produced on behalf of the sponsor who retains sole responsibility for content. 
Riccardo Russo, Senior Research Associate. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Jersey Medical School, Center for Biodefense
Iain Russell, Senior Product Manager, Labcyte, Inc.
Dr. Jayshan Carpen, Moderator, Nature Research


Environmental Justice in the City of Chelsea
Thursday, April 26
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford 

Judith Garcia, City of Chelsea Councilor
As the City Councilor of District 5, Judith Garcia is the first Honduran American woman to serve on the Chelsea City Council. She has been recognized as Top 10 Latinas Think Big Innovators to Watch in 2016 by the Huffington Post and as one of El Mundo Boston's 30 Under 30 influential leaders. Most recently, she received an official Proclamation from the New York State Senate for her relentless commitment to helping the growing Honduran diaspora. In recognition of her exceptional leadership and devoted service, El Centro de MARIAS awarded her Leader of The Year 2017. In addition, she was recognized nationally by Eva Longoria's Latino Victory Project, where tribute is paid to the achievements of Latinos who are pioneers in their fields.

She attended Wheaton College where she received a BA in Urban Studies. During her years at Wheaton, she was a strong advocate of women's rights and took part in many initiatives against gender based violence. While pursuing her degree, she interned at Chelsea's Planning and Development department where she focused on improving housing conditions for residents. She also worked with the Trash Task Force to help recreate a sustainable method to dispose of trash and enforce a recycling program in Chelsea.
In 2015, at the age of 23, Judith decided to run for office at Chelsea's City Council. She garnered 60% of the vote and increased voter turnout by 101%. Her victory garnered local, national, and international recognition.


Environmental Poetry Pop-Up @ ARTS FIRST
Thursday, April  26
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard University Center for the Environment and Poetry in America invite you to a poetry share as a part of Harvard's ARTS FIRST festival. We invite you to join us for a reading and the opportunity to read your own poem or other "nature writing" that addresses the theme:  WILDERNESS, CONSERVATION, & ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM – What is wilderness and what does it mean to conserve it? 


The Other Side of Terror: Blackness and the Culture of US Empire
Thursday, April 26
4:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Erica R. Edwards is currently at work on her book “The Other Side of Terror: Blackness and the Culture of US Empire,” which argues that the making of US empire as a way of life throughout the long war on terror has transformed contemporary black writing. Mapping the transformations of African American literature against campaigns of counteterrorism both at home and abroad—beginning in 1968 with the FBI’s covert COINTELPRO war against black radicalism and proceeding through the war in Vietnam, the Iran hostage crisis, the first Gulf War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq—Edwards argues that poetry, fiction, television, and film have exposed what she calls the imperial grammars of blackness while also marking out minor grammars of subsistence, survival, and black radical undoing.


Who Rules Iraq? Iraq's Political Transition Since 2003
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Muhamed Almaliky, Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Director, Iraqi American Institute
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Unless otherwise noted in the event description, CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES for record-keeping and for use on the CMES website and publications.
LINK  https://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/event/who-rules-iraq-iraqs-political-transition-2003


Walter Jehne: New Climate Solutions - Water Cycles and the Soil Carbon Sponge
Thursday, April 26, 2018
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Harvard, Haller Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street,Cambridge

A talk by Australian climate scientist and soil microbiologist Walter Jehne, Director of Healthy Soils Australia

An internationally-recognized Australian climate scientist and soil microbiologist, Walter Jehne was one of the early researchers on glomalin, mycorrhizal fungi, and root ecology. He will describe how quickly, affordably and naturally we can reverse global warming and its effects by working with the water cycle and the soil sponge.

Walter worked for three decades at CSIRO – the Australian government’s scientific research organization, with the UN and with NGOs to create global change in food systems and climate response.

Walter is a leader in the grassroots movement to educate farmers, industry and policymakers on the crucial role of soil ecosystems in global climate change. In 2017, he was part of an invitation-only UN FAO conference in Paris looking at bringing soil into the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

Note: This event is not a Harvard University program or activity. Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is not affiliated with Harvard University.


Askwith Forums - Education, Democracy, and Human Rights
WHEN  Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard,Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Forum, Question & Answer Session
PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT  Alumni, Askwith Forum
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
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, Social Sciences
DETAILS  Panelists:
Roger Brooks, president and CEO, Facing History and Ourselves
Maureen Costello, Teaching Tolerance director, Southern Poverty Law Center
Melissa Garlick, civil rights national counsel, Anti-Defamation League
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, HBS; chair and director, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative
Meira Levinson, professor of education, HGSE
Moderator and panelist: Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and director, International Education Policy Program and Global Education Innovation Initiative, HGSE; co-chair, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative
In the past weeks in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, our nation has seen a wave of student activism on the rise, with teenagers at the forefront of advocating for gun control and safer schools. Engaged and civically minded youth do not just spring up out of nowhere – they need to be cultivated. A recent Slate article described the students at the forefront of this wave of student activism as being the "beneficiaries of the kind of 1950s-style public education that has all but vanished in America." When we think about how schools today are preparing the next generations of citizens to engage with human rights, civic action, and working for change in our democracy, a number of questions arise:
To what extent are schools in the United States preparing students for active democratic engagement and to advance human rights? Given the documented increase in overt expressions of hatred and intolerance in American society, what role should schools play in responding and combating those narratives? How are civic education and civil rights organizations assisting educators as they prepare their students to stand for human rights, and what challenges do they face?
This forum is held in conjunction with the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative.


Between Participation and Control: A Long History of CCTV
Thursday, April 26
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) has become synonymous with surveillance society and the widespread use of media technologies for contemporary regimes of power and control. Considered from the perspective of television’s long history, however, closed-circuit systems are multifaceted, and include, but are not limited to sorting and surveillance. During the media’s experimental phase in the 1920s and 1930s, closed-circuit systems were an essential feature of its public display, shaping its identity as a new technology for instantaneous communication. With the emergence of activist video practices in the 1970s, closed-circuit TV became a core feature for alternative experiments such as the Videofreex’ Lanesville TV, where it offered access to community-based media making. This use of CCTV as a tool for participatory media took place simultaneously with the rise of CCTV as a surveillance technology, which had been promoted under the label of “industrial television” already from the early 1950s on. Based on war-driven technological developments, industrial TV implemented televisual monitoring in industrial, educational, and military spheres decades before the global spread of surveillance cameras in public space.

This talk by Anne-Katrin Weber explores the politics of CCTV as they unfold in different institutional and ideological settings. Examining television’s history beyond broadcasting and programs, it focuses on television’s multiple applications and meanings in public space – from the early presentation of television at World’s Fairs to community-based initiatives – and thus highlights the adaptability of closed-circuit technologies, which accommodate to, and underpin variable contexts of media participation as well as of surveillance and control.

Anne-Katrin Weber is a postdoctoral fellow supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and is a visiting scholar at MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing. Her research examines the history of television outside broadcasting institutions. Currently preparing her first monograph titled Television on Display: Visual Culture and Technopolitics in Europe and the USA, 1928-1939, she is the editor of La télévision du téléphonoscope à Youtube: pour une archéologie de l’audiovision (with Mireille Berton, Antipodes, 2009) and an issue of View: Journal of European Television History and Culture (“Archaeologies of Tele-Visions and –Realities,” with Andreas Fickers, 2015).


Future of Nutrition
Thursday, April 26
6:00 - 8:30PM
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Lighthouse, 20th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/branchfood-presents-the-future-of-food-panel-series-tickets-39173251249
Cost:  $20 - $75.95


Climate Resilience on the Mystic
Thursday, April 26
6:30 pm  8:00 pm
Somerville High School Library Auditorium, 81 Highland Avenue, Somerville

Join the City of Somerville, City of Medford, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and the Mystic River Watershed Association in a panel discussion about climate change vulnerabilities and resilience opportunities along the Mystic River. 

More information at https://mysticriver.org/calendar/2018/4/26/climate-resilience-on-the-mystic


MIT Undergraduate Energy Research Fair
Thursday, April 26
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MIT, Stratton Student Center, 84 Masachusetts Avenue W20 Twenty Chimneys, Cambridge

The Undergraduate Energy Research Fair is an opportunity for undergraduate students in energy research to present their work to the public in addition to a panel of distinguished MIT energy faculty. The event is open to the public, so all are welcome to attend!

Event Contact
energyclub at mit.edu

Friday, April 27 - Saturday, April 28

Zooetics+ Symposium
Friday, Apr 27, 2018, 9:00 AM – Saturday, Apr 28, 2018, 11:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building e15-001, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zooetics-symposium-tickets-44842193207

The Zooetics+ Symposium commences Friday, April 27, 2018 with the sessions “What Does Ecosystemic Thinking Mean Today” and “Knowledge Production Through Making and Living with Other Species,” discussing the habits of thought associated with cybernetics and the transition towards new thinking, inspired by sympoietics. The day will be finalized with a session speculating on what non-human imagination could look like in the session “The Radical Imagination: Toward Overcoming the Human.”

On Saturday, April 28, the program will explore further devices for ecosystemic thinking, discussing relevant artistic methods and practices in the panel “Artistic Intelligence, Speculation, Prototypes, Fiction.” “Creating Indigenous Futures” will be explored through bringing Indigenous values together with science and technology. The need for other, alternative vantage points—of species, of time, of traditions, of beings will be addressed in the session “Futures of Symbiotic Assemblages: Multi-naturalism, Monoculture Resistance and “The Permanent Decolonization of Thought.”
The symposium will conclude with a roundtable and launch of a new artistic research program “Sympoiesis: New Research, New Pedagogy, and New Publishing in Radical Inter-disciplinarity.”

Zooetics+ will be accompanied by a program of performances and installations by Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa, Allora and Calzadilla, Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits, Rikke Luther and NODE Berlin/Oslo.

Detailed Schedule and Description of Program Sessions:
9:30 AM Registration
10:00 AM Opening Ceremony by Erin Genia
10:15 AM Introduction to Zooetics+ Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM What Does Ecosystemic Thinking Mean Today?
Genealogy, impact and legacy of ecosystematic thought since the dawn of cybernetics. How have the infrastructures changed today since the publication of “Limits to Growth” or “Whole Earth Catalogue”? What tools are there to attune ourselves to perceive the interconnections of natural and man-made systems and to be able to make ethical, political, aesthetic decisions? This session is engaged with the question of how to transition from the habits of thought associated with cybernetics towards new thinking… perhaps sympoietics?
Cary Wolfe and Sophia Roosth
Respondent: Lars Bang Larsen
12:00 PM -1:30 PM Lunch break and Banner Tow Flight by Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Knowledge Production Through Making and Living with Other Species
Visions for species equality. Conviviality. Accessing other-than-human ways of knowing. Learning from other species (vis-a-vis biomimicry of other species)
Scott Gilbert and Stefan Helmreich
Moderator: Caitlin Berrigan
Respondent: Caroline A Jones
3:10 PM – 4:30 PM The Radical Imagination: Toward Overcoming the Human
Often reduced to a capacity of either a subject or consciousness, imagination could be thought as a way of opening up to the future and the unknown. Simultaneously being a sphere of change and transformation, it invents the directions of its own development and acts as a link between a human and the powers of the world. However, is it possible transcend human imagination? What would a non-human imagination look like? The field of imagination enables the exposure of radically impossible possibilities, introduces the perspectives of their development, and overcomes predetermined articulations and representations.
Chiara Bottici, Richard Kearney and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Respondent: Kristupas Sabolius
9:30 AM Registration
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Artistic Intelligence, Speculation, Prototypes, Fiction. Learning Through Artistic Methods.
Artistic methods of speculation, prototype making, modelling and fiction as pedagogical devices for ecosystemic thinking.
Jennifer Allora, Heather Davis, and Sheila Kennedy
Respondents: Larissa Harris and Laura Serejo Genes
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Creating Indigenous Futures: Indigenous artists discuss their work in relationship to futurity and creative reclamation
Looking ahead to future generations, sustained by the strength of our ancestors and wise to the challenges of living in fraught times, how do we bring our values as Indigenous people to our work in creating Indigenous futures? As artists, how do we apply Indigenous science and technology to creating these futures?
Courtney Leonard (Shinnecock), Jackson Polys (Tlingit), Kite (Oglala Lakota)
Respondent: Mario Caro
1:30 PM -2:30 PM Lunch break
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Futures of Symbiotic Assemblages: Multi-naturalism, Monoculture Resistance and “The Permanent Decolonization of Thought”
In the age of post-truth, peak oil, alternative facts, and the alternative right, it has never been more urgent to defend the need for the coexistence of other, alternative vantage points – of species, of time, of traditions, of beings.
Emmanuel Alloa, Kim TallBear, with Nuno Gomes Loureiro (Physics Department MIT), ACT graduate students
Respondents: Gediminas Urbonas, Laura Knott, and Nolan Dennis
4:30PM – 5:30PM Closing remarks and future plans:
Sympoiesis: New Research, New Pedagogy, and New Publishing in Radical Inter-disciplinarity
Florian Schneider, Corinne Diserens, Lars Bang Larsen, Gediminas Urbonas, Nomeda Urbonas, Judith Barry, Gary Zhang
8:30 PM RASA SMITE and RAITIS SMITS, BIOTRICITY, at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics


Translating Destruction: Contemporary Art and War in the Middle East
Friday, April 27
10:00am to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 6-120, 182 Memorial Drive (REAR), Cambridge

MIT Department of Architecture
Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture

War ravages countries, cities, communities, and individuals.  Its destructive effects linger in the collective consciousness for generations.  Artists have been at the vanguard of societal responses to war and violence, recording and reflecting on its causes, impacts, meanings, and traumatic consequences and exploring means to deal with them. This symposium will probe the different ways in which contemporary artists are engaging the wars and upheavals afflicting the Middle East today and explore the formal, conceptual, and theoretical dimensions that underpin their work.


The Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon
Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.makethebreastpumpnotsuck.com/participate/

Our team is thrilled to produce a weekend with the leading innovators in breastfeeding and postpartum health, along with many mamas, papas, babies, students, and newcomers. This time around we have a focus on equity and inclusive innovation in breastfeeding. We want to catalyze the development of tech, products, spaces, clothing, programs and services that have an eye on affordability and access as well as cultural diversity.


Friday, April 27 - Monday, April 30
RSVP at http://www.zoonewengland.org/protect/here-in-new-england/boston-area-city-nature-challenge

Join us for the Boston Area City Nature Challenge, a fun competition across the world — 65 cities, 17 countries, and 5 continents — to document the most species from April 27 - 30!

Citynaturechallengemap BoxWe need people (i.e. you) to help us take observations (e.g. taking photos with your phone) of as many species as possible to record nature in and around Boston. All species count! This information will help create a more accurate picture of the Boston area's biodiversity, focusing within the I-495 corridor and out to Stellwagen Bank. Any observation of plants, animals, fungi, even microbes, in the greater Boston area made during these days will count for the challenge. Scroll down for tips and resources on how you can help.

Friday, April 27

Our Aging Brains: Decision-making, Fraud, and Undue Influence
Friday, April 27
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM 
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC (2036), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/our-aging-brains?utm_source=Newsletter+-+March+16%2C+2018&utm_campaign=10%2F13%2F17&utm_medium=email

With over 70 million Baby Boomers retiring, elder financial exploitation has been labeled the “Crime of the 21st Century.” In this half-day event, we will explore the neuroscience, psychology, and legal doctrine of financial decision-making in older adults. How does the aging brain make financial decisions, and when is it uniquely susceptible? How can courts best use science to improve their adjudication of disputes over “competency”, “capacity”, and “undue influence”? Is novel neuroimaging evidence of dementia ready for courtroom use? This conference will bring together experts in medicine, science, and law to explore these important questions and chart a path forward for dementia and the law.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register online now!


Confronting Inequality and Economic Mobility: Data-Driven Lessons From Boston, For Boston
Friday, April 27
8:45am to 6:00pm
BU, Photonics Center, Colloquium Room 8 St. Marys Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baris-spring-conference-tickets-39836812980

Rising income inequality and decreasing economic mobility are among the most pressing issues facing cities today, impacting all aspects of urban life, from education and health to transportation and housing. Boston is no exception.

The Boston Area Research Initiative’s 2018 conference, Confronting Inequality and Economic Mobility: Data-Driven Lessons From Boston, For Boston, will explore how the region can be a leader in dealing with these issues—understanding inequality and its consequences, and designing and implementing informed solutions to counteract them.

Over the course of the day, the conference will include: sessions composed of short talks by faculty, students, policymakers, and practitioners describing their work within the Boston civic data ecosystem; a keynote on the big-picture implications of this work; and other programming to facilitate the sharing of ideas. The goal of the event is two-fold: 1) provide a platform to highlight cutting-edge work in the region; and 2) catalyze new connections and synergies across institutions and disciplines. 

Join us April 27th at Boston University to be a part of the conversation.


Radical Skepticism and the Shadow of Doubt:  A Philosophical Dialogue
Friday, April 27
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes ELI HIRSCH, Charles Goldman Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University, for a discussion of his latest book, Radical Skepticism and the Shadow of Doubt: A Philosophical Dialogue.

About Radical Skepticism and the Shadow of Doubt
Radical Skepticism and the Shadow of Doubt brings something new to epistemology both in content and style. At the outset, we are asked to imagine a person named Vatol who grows up in a world containing numerous people who are brains-in-vats and who hallucinate their entire lives. Would Vatol have reason to doubt whether he himself is in contact with reality? If he does have reason to doubt, would he doubt, or is it impossible for a person to have such doubts? And how do we ourselves compare to Vatol? After reflection, can we plausibly claim that Vatol has reason to doubt, but we don't? These are the questions that provide the novel framework for the debates in this book. Topics that are treated here in significantly new ways include the view that we ought to doubt only when we philosophize; epistemological “dogmatism”; and connections between radical doubt and “having a self.”

The book adopts the innovative form of a “dialogue/play.” The three characters, who are Talmud students as well as philosophers, hardly limit themselves to pure philosophy but regale each other with Talmudic allusions, reminiscences, jokes, and insults. For them, the possibility of doubt emerges as an existential problem with potentially deep emotional significance. Setting complex arguments about radical skepticism within entertaining dialogue, this book can be recommended for both beginners and specialists.


Red Sox Nation: Exploring Sports and Citizenship
Friday, April 27
7:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://radcliffe-nenmf.formstack.com/forms/redsoxnation

Sports and community identity are deeply linked. What happens on the field and in the stands draws attention to larger issues confronting society and compels athletes and teams to think about their roles and responsibilities in their communities.
As the 2018 Major League Baseball season gets under way, Boston Red Sox executives and a former player will discuss how the Red Sox organization endeavors to engage with the community and to support good citizenship by the team and all of Red Sox Nation.

Sam Kennedy, president and CEO, Boston Red Sox
Rebekah Salwasser, executive director, Red Sox Foundation
Moderated by Shira Springer, sports and society reporter, WBUR


Friday, April 27
First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States; it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated in practices since the end of the American Civil War through such actions as criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weigh more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. 

Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series
As persons of faith living in 21st century America, we feel called to question how we might work, take action, do our part, to dismantle white supremacy. We seek to deepen our understanding of the role white supremacy has played in the development of our modern day society, take some inventory, and identify opportunities for collective action.  We are inspired by the words of Rev. Mary Margaret Earl, Executive Director and Senior Minister of UU Urban Ministries in Roxbury:
“We must continue the work that many of us have been engaged with, to dig deeper into the ways that racism has infiltrated our subconscious, our hearts, and our educational, prison and government systems since our country was founded. The hate on display in Charlottesville, as grotesque as it was, is not disconnected from the rest of us. It is the most egregious, visible outgrowth of the racism we have all breathed in, like polluted air, our whole lives.”
We are all caught in that web. For those of us who identify as white, we work to become unstuck through listening and learning. Listening nondefensively to people of color who are willing to share their experiences and viewpoint.  Learning about the history of racism in our nation.

Co-sponsored by 
First Church Unitarian Universalist in Jamaica Plain, Social Justice Action Committee, and The Racial Justice Task Force of the Theodore Parker Church

Saturday, April 28

Join Earthwatch for a fun Boston Area City Nature Challenge
Saturday, April 28
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Cambridge Water Department, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway,Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/City-Nature-Challenge-Fresh-Pond-Cambridge/events/248662372/

What we'll do
Join Earthwatch scientists for our kickoff event for the Boston Area City Nature Challenge at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, MA! Drs. Stan Rullman and Mark Chandler will guide us through an exploration of the urban wildlife of Fresh Pond Reservation’s Black’s Nook and Lusitania Meadow.

Along the way, we will document our findings on the iNaturalist app as part of the City Nature Challenge (CNC), an international competition comprised of 65 cities competing to document the most biodiversity from April 27–30. Your observations help local scientists monitor local biodiversity, and also count as entries to help Boston win the City Nature Challenge 2018!

Schedule of Events
8:30–9:00 a.m.: Meet in front of Cambridge Water Department for an Earthwatch meet and greet! Learn about the CNC with other Earthwatch volunteers and staff.
9:30–10:15 a.m.: Meet at Lusitania Meadow for a nature walk led by local naturalists.
10:00–11:00 a.m.: Meet at Alewife Pond for a nature walk led by Earthwatch Research Director Dr. Stan Rullman.
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Meet at Black’s Nook Pond for a nature walk led by local naturalists.

Sunday, April 29

A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies, and Leadership
Sunday, April 29
4:00 PM (Doors at 3:00)
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston
Cost:  $35.00 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes former FBI director JAMES COMEY for a presentation of his highly anticipated new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership—discussing his role in some of the highest-stakes situations in the past two decades of American government. The afternoon's discussion will include Q&A with the audience.

About A Higher Loyalty
In his forthcoming book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.
Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.

Monday, April 30, 7:30 AM to Wednesday, May 2, 3:30 PM 

2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference
Monday, April 30, 7:30 AM to Wednesday, May 2, 3:30 PM 
Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown, 700 Elm Street, Manchester
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eeig9umpc6fbcdaa&oseq=&c=&ch=
Cost:  $135- $345

Join Antioch University New England and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference on April 30-May 2, 2018. Please visit localsolutions2018.org for session descriptions and visit www.radisson.com/climate to book your hotel room. See you in Manchester!

Monday, April 30

Road Safety For All: Innovations in Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Response
Monday, April 30
8:30 am–1 pm
Harvard, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://fs6.formsite.com/harvardhigh/form149/index.html

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams will kick off the program at 9:00 am with opening remarks. The symposium will feature two keynotes, delivered by Piyush Tewari, MPA and Adnan A. Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD,  and two panels of experts on Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Response. Continental Breakfast will be provided at 8:30 am and lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the program at 12:45 pm.

More information at https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/RTI


PAOC Colloquium: Mary-Louise Timmermans (Yale)
Monday, April 30
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
I am a physical oceanographer with a research focus in the Arctic Ocean. I use a combination of theory, numerical modeling and geophysical observations (from icebreaker surveys and an ice-based network of drifting ocean-profiling instruments) to investigate how the ocean relates to Arctic sea ice and climate. This includes such topics as ocean mixing, eddies and waves, and ocean heat and freshwater transport.


Digital Advertising: A View from the Inside
Monday, April 30
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 
BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge (1503), 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

BU Law’s IP & Innovation Speaker Series is an important element of BU Law’s comprehensive IP Program. In partnership with BU’s Hariri Institute for Computing & Computational Science & Engineering, the Speaker Series gives students and faculty the opportunity to interact with leading thinkers from around the world in an exciting workshop setting. <br /><br />This talk on digital advertising will be given by BU Computer Science's Prof. John Byers. Please RSVP to Tyler Gabrielski at tgabs at bu.edu.


Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 30, 2018, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Cambridge
Lower Level Conference Room
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Department of History, Brown University
CONTACT INFO  Alex Sagan, alex at sagan.org
DETAILS  This lecture will discuss how the East Galician town of Buczacz was transformed from a site of coexistence, where Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews had lived side-by-side for centuries, into a site of genocide. Between 1941, when the Germans conquered the region, and 1944, when the Soviets liberated it, the entire Jewish population of Buczacz was murdered by the Nazis, with ample help from local Ukrainians, who then also ethnically cleansed the region of the Polish population. What were the reasons for this instance of communal violence, what were its dynamics, and why has it been erased from the local memory?
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2018/04/anatomy-of-a-genocide-the-life-and-death-of-a-town-called-buczacz


Technoecologies: The Interplay of Space and its Perception
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 30, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Room 133, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ludics Seminar, sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center
SPEAKER(S)  Zenovia Toloudi, Dartmouth College
CONTACT INFO  Vassiliki Rapti, vasiliki_rapti at emerson.edu
DETAILS  Based on the current Technoecologies exhibition at the Storrs Gallery, College of Arts + Architecture, UNC Charlotte, this talk reconceives the relationship between humans and their environment in architecture through prototypes and models that explore emerging forms of bioarchitecture, living systems, and evolving environments. Technoecologies exhibition proposes a metabolic architecture as a provocative alternative approach, being manifested by speculative yet tangible ways. Metabolic architecture is contemplated here both literally, and metaphorically. Literally, it deals with material transformations caused by either growth or decay of organic matter. Metaphorically, it relates to immaterial transformations of light or sound caused by environmental or artificial stimuli. Through these processes, metabolism within architecture becomes an apparatus that produces constant changes in form, space, and in user perception.
By bridging the gap between technophilia and technophobia, Technoecologies projects root into tradition and society to reinterpret in contemporary terms past history, culture, and traditional habits. With examples ranging from artificial sonic gardens and living wall prototypes to interactive models of seed banks, Technoecologies projects examine processes of material transformation, eventually generating a series of themes for architecture to consider, such as laboratory experimentation, objectification of nature, temporality and theatricality, the vernacular and cultural, modular and infrastructural elements, vulnerability and voyeurism, autonomy and complexity, as well as user participation. This exploration forms both a theory and a design approach, which subsequently advocate how art, technology, and architecture might progressively transform the environment, society, and culture.
LINK  http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/ludics


Women at War
Monday, April 30
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vera-hildebrand-women-at-war-tickets-44307551078

On 3 July 1943, Subhas Chandra Bose stepped off a Japanese military plane in Singapore, pledged to finally free India from British rule, and created what was perhaps the first female infantry fighting unit in military history, the Rani of Jhansi Regiment (RJR). His young recruits were from Indian families of the diasporas in Singapore, Malaya and Burma, and consisted entirely of civilian volunteers lacking any prior military training. These women soldiers, deployed to the steamy jungles of Burma during the two last years of World War II, were determined to follow their commander to victory and to the liberation of India. More than seven decades later, their history has been forgotten, and their service and the role played by Bose himself unexplored with true rigour. Through in-depth interviews with the surviving Ranis – now in their late seventies and nineties – and meticulous archival research, historian Vera Hildebrand has uncovered extensive new evidence that separates the myth of the Bengali hero and his jungle warrior maidens from historical fact. The result is a wholly fresh perspective on the remarkable women of the RJR and their place in Indian and world history. The truth is every bit as impressive as the myth.

About the Author
Vera Hildebrand has a doctorate in Indian history and culture from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She is a senior research fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously, she taught at Harvard University and University of Copenhagen.

Tuesday, May 1

MAPC's 2018 Peak Electricity Demand Program Webinar
Tuesday, May 1
12:00 to 1:00 pm	
RSVP at https://mapcevents.webex.com/mw3200/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=mapcevents&service=6&rnd=0.22929644133786176&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmapcevents.webex.com%2Fec3200%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b000000043267bcef38c1b10ce01601ede1634f774d21a28e5a2c99c09f814b3b2401bf55%26siteurl%3Dmapcevents%26confViewID%3D91285456920018628%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAASA-zo3lQGEzV_U7UOxg5YrcRnRPKOHmOWp0aEiJv_Eow2%26
The Clean Energy Department will be hosting a webinar to discuss MAPC’s peak electricity notification program as well as new and exciting demand management opportunities provided by National Grid, Eversource, and ISO-New England.

To join the online event, please register here.
To join the audio conference only, please use this provided number: +1-415-655-0002
Access code: 667 515 351


Landfills, Waste to Energy, Recycling and the Leap to Zero Waste
Tuesday, May 1
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Cambridge Innovation Center Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/landfills-waste-to-energy-recycling-and-the-leap-to-zero-waste-tickets-44839731845
Cost:  $8 – $12

If you’re reading this, you likely consider yourself sustainability-minded, probably recycle, perhaps even compost, and may even have already adopted a zero-waste perspective. But the data suggests that most of us don’t know all that much about what happens “down stream” from our use, don’t make the connection with climate change, and haven’t ventured far in the direction of inconvenience.
Even as municipalities roll out big, single-stream recycling bins, markets for the collected commodities face ever more intense pressure. In January, China, a major consumer of post-consumer waste plastic, shut its doors. Where is the plastic going now? What happens to collected glass that finds no buyer? The significant proliferation of corrugated cardboard with the widespread penetration of Amazon deliveries is making it difficult to find a buyer for many a would-be recycler of cardboard. Some say there’s nothing wrong with landfilling and we’ll never run out of landfill space. Is that true? What’s the environmental impact of simply hauling overflowing trash from metropolitan areas to rural sites – and what are we doing to those rural sites? And is “Waste to Energy” something we should be bragging about? Do people really do Zero Waste? Here to help us navigate we welcome:

Dawn Quirk has been working for the MassDEP Municipal Waste Reduction Branch for the past 3.5 years. She spent her first year conducting Waste Ban inspections at landfills, incinerators, and transfer stations across the state. During that year, she issued close to a hundred Notices of Noncompliance and eight Administrative Consent Orders with Penalties to Massachusetts businesses and government agencies for various waste ban violations.
Dawn spent the previous decade managing zero waste efforts for Tufts University as a Waste Reduction Program Manager. During Dawn's tenure, the school's recycling rate reached 45% of waste recycled, via a combination of waste reduction, composting, and reuse. 
While working at Tufts, Dawn served as a member of Boston Recycling Coalition's Zero Waste Task Force, a ten-month process resulting in a policy paper for Boston; Don't Waste This Opportunity: Policy Recommendations for a Path to Zero Waste and Good Jobs for Boston. The policy paper was the precursor to a MassDEP funded grant administered by Dawn, to Toxics Action: Zero Waste Leaders' Summit: Moving Boston to Zero Waste. The multi-year grant produced: Guiding Principles for Implementing, prepared for Mayor Marty Walsh. The Leader's Summit and resulting Guiding Principles formed a framework for the City of Boston's current zero-waste planning initiative.
Dawn's began her recycling career working as a Recycling Specialist at the Cambridge Department of Public Works.

Claire Galkowski has been the Executive Director of the 15-town South Shore Recycling Cooperative since 1998. Prior to that, she worked as a microbiologist, running a teaching lab at MIT. Parenthood sparked her concern about our unsustainable waste practices. 
Her volunteer work with the Boston Recycling Coalition led to a position as Boston’s Recycling Block Captain Coordinator. After moving to the suburbs she was hired by the SSRC. She served on the Board of MassRecycle for ten years, and as President for two of them. 
Claire now serves on the Mass. Product Stewardship Council and the Westwood Environmental Action. She lives in Westwood with her husband and 3 cats.

Ed McGrath is the Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Bedford, MA. Ed also serves on the North Reading Recycling Committee and on the Board of Directors of MassRecycle. His career in recycling began with NYNEX Yellow Pages back around the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. Ed has worked on recycling programs and sustainability efforts in the public sector and private sector. In addition, Ed is a volunteer with the North Reading Food Pantry. Ed and his wife, Lori, still reside in North Reading. They have one son serving in the U.S. Navy and another still in college. 

Kirstie Pecci is the director of the Zero Waste Project and a Senior Fellow at Conservation Law Foundation. Kirstie is a former MASSPIRG Staff Attorney actively engaged in waste reduction and opposing the expansion of landfill and incinerator capacity. Kirstie is part of the Zero Waste Boston coalition, which advocates for zero waste solutions such as reuse, recycling, redesign and composting/anaerobic digestion in the City of Boston. She also founded the central Massachusetts group Residents for Alternative Trash Solutions to oppose a regional landfill expansion in her community and promote zero waste principles. Kirstie started her legal career as an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Real Estate/Environmental Practice Group. A graduate of Boston College Law School and Harvard University, she lives in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Brian Balukonis retired from Raytheon Company in 2018 after a 32+ year career where he worked as the Solid Waste Process Owner for the Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business segment in Tewksbury, MA. As the Zero Waste Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Raytheon, he focused on Zero Waste planning and helped develop a unique resource management program which lead to six MA sites achieving zero waste certification (one Platinum and five Gold). He also contributed to the establishment of the Enterprise 5-year sustainability goals that focused on zero waste and was their core environmental regulatory compliance specialist. Since 2017, he is a member of Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI) advisory council for the Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) zero waste certification program. 
Brian is a founding member of the Town of Littleton Sustainability Committee which was established in 2013. He introduced the concept of zero waste to the town by establishing the Towns first zero waste event in 2014. Based on it`s success, it is now an annual event. He has assisted and volunteered to help other towns to establish similar events. He also helped to establish a Repair Café in Littleton. He graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from North Adams State College. He is planning to do zero waste consulting in the future.

Come join us for a rousing evening and help us close our season with a bang…. And BYOQ (bring your own questions) - Carol, Holly & Tilly


A Gut Feeling:  How Microbes Impact Human Health
Tuesday, May 1
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Newsfeed Cafe, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-gut-feeling-how-microbes-impact-human-health-tickets-44595513381

The one-pathogen-one-disease paradigm – the focus of infectious disease research for more than a century – has been complicated by the discovery of the human microbiome (i.e. the bacterial communities that reside in and on our bodies). The gut microbiome is intimately tied to the development of our immune system, our physiology, and even our psychology. A breakdown in the ecological structure of our gut has been associated with inflammatory disorders, metabolic syndromes, and cancer.
In this talk, Dr. Gibbons will discuss how disturbances of the gut ecosystem can make us sick and how restoration of the microbiome back to a healthy state can potentially alleviate many complex diseases.

Seating is first-come, first-serve in WGBH's Boston Public Library Studio. Overflow seating will be located in the Newsfeed Café and is not guaranteed.

Speaker bio:  Sean Gibbons received his Ph.D. in biophysical sciences from the University of Chicago in 2015. His graduate work focused on using microbial communities as empirical models for testing ecological theory. He completed his postdoctoral training in Eric Alm’s laboratory in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT from 2015-2018. His postdoctoral work focused on eco-evolutionary dynamics within the human gut microbiome. Gibbons recently joined the faculty at the Institute for Systems Biology, in Seattle. His lab will investigate interactions between ecology, evolution and ecosystem function in the gut, applying these insights to develop personalized interventions for improving human health and well-being.


Misdemeanorland:  Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing
Tuesday, May 1,
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Yale law and sociology professor ISSA KOHLER-HAUSMANN for a discussion of her debut book, Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing.
About Misdemeanorland

Felony conviction and mass incarceration attract considerable media attention these days, yet the most common criminal-justice encounters are for misdemeanors, not felonies, and the most common outcome is not prison. In the early 1990s, New York City launched an initiative under the banner of Broken Windows policing to dramatically expand enforcement against low-level offenses. Misdemeanorland is the first book to document the fates of the hundreds of thousands of people hauled into lower criminal courts as part of this policing experiment.

Drawing on three years of fieldwork inside and outside of the courtroom, in-depth interviews, and analysis of trends in arrests and dispositions of misdemeanors going back three decades, Issa Kohler-Hausmann argues that lower courts have largely abandoned the adjudicative model of criminal law administration in which questions of factual guilt and legal punishment drive case outcomes. Due to the sheer volume of arrests, lower courts have adopted a managerial model--and the implications are troubling. Kohler-Hausmann shows how significant volumes of people are marked, tested, and subjected to surveillance and control even though about half the cases result in some form of legal dismissal. She describes in harrowing detail how the reach of America's penal state extends well beyond the shocking numbers of people incarcerated in prisons or stigmatized by a felony conviction.

Revealing and innovative, Misdemeanorland shows how the lower reaches of our criminal justice system operate as a form of social control and surveillance, often without adjudicating cases or imposing formal punishment.


Announcing Destination 2040: The next long-range transportation plan for the Boston region

How would you improve the Boston region’s transportation system? That’s the question at the heart of the MPO’s preparations for Destination 2040, which the MPO expects to adopt in the spring of 2019.

Every four years, the MPO identifies the system’s strengths and weaknesses; forecasts changes in population, employment, and land use; and creates a plan to address existing and future mobility needs. The resulting long-range transportation plan (LRTP) allocates funding for major projects in the Boston region and guides the MPO’s funding of capital investment programs and studies.

Use the new Destination 2040 website at http://ctps.org/lrtp-dev to explore the state of the system; learn how the MPO will identify needs, revisit its vision and goals, and prioritize its investments; and share your own interests, concerns, and ideas.


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. 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.

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Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


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


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


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website (BNID.org) that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.
The website contains:
A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development - http://www.bnid.org/events
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily - http://www.bnid.org/jobs
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations - http://www.bnid.org/organizations
Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities -www.bnid.org/sign-up
The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.
Please feel free to email our organization at info at bnid.org if you have any questions!


Boston Maker Spaces - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
Solidarity Network Economy:  https://ussolidarityeconomy.wordpress.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/


Links to events at over 50 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
MIT Events:  http://calendar.mit.edu
MIT Energy Club:  http://mitenergyclub.org/
Harvard Events:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/
Harvard Environment:  http://environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/
Eventbrite:  http://www.eventbrite.com/
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:  http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/
Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com
Cambridge Happenings:   http://cambridgehappenings.org
Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 11 AM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.

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