[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - April 29, 2018

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Monday, April 30

8:30am  Road Safety For All: Innovations in Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Response
9am  Pierce-Hichborn House Archaeological Survey
12pm  PAOC Colloquium: Mary-Louise Timmermans (Yale)
12:30pm  Digital Advertising: A View from the Inside
12:30pm  Machine Generated Culpability
1:15pm  What in the world is happening in Hungary? A look at the continued rise of an authoritarian democracy
1:30pm  Community Dialogues on Inclusion: Diversity's Value and Challenges
2pm  Evaluating Civic Technology Design for Citizen Empowerment
4pm  Exiting Slavery, Entering Reconstruction, and Enduring Jim Crow: Understanding Mental Illness and Mental Health in Black Communities from the Civil War to World War II
4pm  Guppy Tank: Innovating the Essentials, Food and Sleep
4:15pm  Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz
4:30pm  Crises, Calamities, and Chaos: How Public Health Can Improve Response to Emerging Threats Wherever They Arise
5pm  U.S. Infrastructure, Transportation, and Energy Policy in 2018: A Conversation with Former Obama National Economic Council Deputy Director Jason Miller
5:30pm  $15K Creative Arts Competition Pitch Finale Event
6pm  Speaking Up and Out: Reshaping the Media Narrative through Grassroots Movements
6pm  MIT Grad Student Research Lightning Talks at the MIT SP Graduate Student Dinner Seminar Series 
6pm  The Rita E. Hauser Forum for the Arts: Emanuel Ax
6pm  Screening of This Ain't Normal
6pm  "Clinica de Migrantes": Documentary Screening & Discussion
6:30pm  Technoecologies: The Interplay of Space and its Perception
7pm  Women at War

Tuesday, May 1

7:30am  Enlightened Leadership During This Cultural Reckoning
12pm  MAPC's 2018 Peak Electricity Demand Program Webinar
12pm  The Law and Ethics of Digital Piracy: Evidence from Harvard Law School Graduates 
12:30pm  Just Innovations in Post-Disaster Housing
12:30pm  Conceptual Framework for Sharing Unearned Land-value Increments in Urban China
1pm  The (Speculative) Futures of Libraries and Archives
2pm  Future Proofing Energy Storage Investments
3pm  New England Food Vision Prize 
3pm  The Constant Atlas: Mapping Public Data for Individuals and Their Cities
4pm  Dean's Distinguished Lecture: Cara Drinan on The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
4pm  Exiting Slavery, Entering Reconstruction, and Enduring Jim Crow: Understanding Mental Illness and Mental Health in Black Communities from the Civil War to World War II
4:30pm  Who Wants to Go to War with Iran, Why, and to What End?
5pm  Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Inclusive Entrepreneurship
5:30pm  Film Screening: Power to Heal
6pm  Landfills, Waste to Energy, Recycling and the Leap to Zero Waste
6pm  The Industrious City: Rethinking Urban Industry in the Digital Age
6pm  Evening of SolidARiTy
6:30pm  Meet Gov. Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts' most senior past Governor
7pm  A Gut Feeling:  How Microbes Impact Human Health
7pm  Misdemeanorland:  Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing
7pm  Solar for Synagogues: Learn from Experience

Wednesday, May 2

11:45am  Cory Doctorow
12pm  East Asia's Surprising Stability
12pm  Shrinking Cities in Japan: Takefumi Kurose & Kenishi Yabuki
12:30pm  Andrey Kortunov: Russian Foreign Policy and Putin's Fourth Term
3pm  Designed Chemical Synthesis and Assembly of Inorganic Nanomaterials for Medical Applications
4pm  New insights into dissolved organic nitrogen driven by novel analytical techniques
4pm  167th Cutter Lecture 'Public Health, Science and Society: Are we at a Crossroads?’
4pm  Why Populism?
4pm  Exiting Slavery, Entering Reconstruction, and Enduring Jim Crow: Understanding Mental Illness and Mental Health in Black Communities from the Civil War to World War II
4:30pm  Tim Berners-Lee, Dertouzos Distinguished Lecture: From Utopia to Dystopia in 29 Short Years
5pm  BU Spark! Tech Innovation Speaker Series: Civic Tech Case Study with NGPVan
5pm  "Green Energy" - Designer Spotlight!
5pm  Building Resiliency and Well-Being by Effectively Managing Stress
5:30pm  Vision Lab Final Workshop, Hackathon, SkyDance, & Celebration
6pm  EDF and the 4th Wave of Environmentalism
6pm  Radionavigation and the Politics of Geographic Knowledge
6pm  Art for Social Impact Panel
6pm  Slow Money Boston Spring Entrepreneur Showcase
6:30pm  Rabobank-MIT Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize Final Pitch Event NEW!
7pm  War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
7pm  Reimagining Musical Instruments: The Sound of Impossible Objects in My Music
7pm  Evoking Nature: Form and Function on the High Line
7pm  “Super Black” Birds, Spiders, and Snakes

Thursday, May 3,  12:00 PM – Friday, May 4

Conference: Creating Civic Competence; the Critical Challenges

Thursday, May 3

11am  Liquid, crystal, or glass? A new approach to city resilience
11:45am  6th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum
2pm  RampUp Boston III: Collective Impact to End Youth Homelessness
2:30pm  Can Nuclear Energy Thrive in a Carbon-Constrained World?
4pm  Understanding the Many Length Scales of Ion Insertion Solids
4pm  Ecological Principle for Sustainable Crop Production: Insights from Pollination Studies
4pm  Bioengineered Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine
4pm  "Cooperative Controversy: When Criticism Enhances Creativity in Brainstorming and Negotiation" with Dr. Jared Curhan
4:30pm  Focus on Russia: "Cold War 2.0”
4:30pm  Stratton Lecture: Adapting to Aging with Confidence and Connection
5pm  Ordinary Violence and Network Form: On #blacklivesmatter
5pm  Deeper Dive: Design Thinking Tools & Strategies
5pm  The Task of History: An MIT Community Dialogue
5:30pm  Starr Forum: Mexico-USA Relations
6pm  Apples: A New England History
6pm  authors at MIT: Bruno Verdini Trejo, Winning Together
6pm  An Introduction to Scenario Planning for Climate Change (and other long-term issues)
7pm  The Great Stain: Witnessing American Slavery
7pm  TEDxCambridge

Friday, May 4

8am  The Power of Influencers | BostonSpeaksSeries, May Edition
9am  The Return of Famine
12pm  Fred Astaire Movie Festival
12pm  Self-Driving Cars:  Pros and Cons for the Public's Health
2pm  Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: Learning representations of the visual world
2pm  A Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
3pm  Science for the People:  Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists
4pm  Inspiring Engineering Lecture: GM's Vision for Autonomous Vehicles
5pm  MIT D-Lab Spring Student Showcase
5pm  BU Spark! Demo Day
5:30pm  Book Launch for Kevin McLellan's Ornitheology and Short Films by Jessica Sarah Rinland
7pm  Redemption:  Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours
7pm  The Greenhouse Playlab: A Climate Change Theatre Incubator

Saturday, May 5

Wake Up the Earth Festival
12pm  The Spring 2018 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP

Sunday, May 6

11am  Meet Your Oyster Farmer: Zack Dixon, Justin Dalby & Jacob Dalby
6pm  Let's Talk About Drawdown, by Paul Hawken

Monday, May 7

12:45pm  The Medical Response to Climate Change
3pm  Responsibility Sensitive Safety of Self-Driving Cars
4:30pm  Bridging Communities through the Arts 
6pm  Nine Irish Lives: The Fighters, Thinkers, & Artists Who Helped Build America
6:30pm  Trust, but Verify:  Using blockchain technology to derisk financial eluding in emerging markets
7pm  Chasing New Horizons:  Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
7pm  The Influence of Technology on our Moral Norms: Who Decides? What is Right? What is Wrong? How Do We Know?

Tuesday, May 8

8:30am  The Trump Administration and the Health of the Public
8:30am  Natural History Collections in the Anthropocene
12pm  Renewable Energy Integration Opportunities in Chile
3:30pm  Imagining a World Without Disease – Moving from Disease Management to Strategies Aimed at Interception, Prevention and Cure
5pm  Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) Project Showcase
5:30pm  Finding New Opportunities in the Circular Economy
6pm  Nanotechnology Advances for Healthcare and Environment
6pm  The MIT Forum: Whitfield Diffie ‘65
6pm  Boston New Technology IoT and eCommerce Startup Showcase #BNT89 21+
6pm  M.C. Escher: The Art of Perception
6:30pm  Can We Save Our Democracy?
7pm  Edge of Chaos:  Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth—And How to Fix It


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


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


Pierce-Hichborn House Archaeological Survey
Monday, April 30 (daily until May 14)
9am - 4pm
19 North Square (next door to the Paul Revere House), Boston
RSVP at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d44acae2faaf94-piercehichborn2
Please read this ENTIRE sheet before signing up. 

We are set to return to the Pierce-Hichborn house on Monday, April 30, for 2+ weeks of survey!  


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.


DSI Colloquium/Cyber Alliance Speaker Series, Ahmed Ghappour - "Machine Generated Culpability"
Monday, April 30
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
BU, Hariri Institute for Computing, 111 Cummington Mall, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/hic/2018/01/08/bu-cyber-alliance-to-host-111-seminar-featuring-ahmed-ghappour/

*This talk has been postponed from its originally scheduled date of Thursday, January 11, 2018. Join the Data Science Initiative and Cyber Alliance for a special colloquium, featuring BU associate professor of law, Ahmed Ghappour. The talk, titled "Machine Generated Culpability: Inscrutable Machine Evidence in the Criminal Legal Process" considers the question of whether and to what extent fact-finders in the criminal legal process should defer to factual outcomes generated by “opaque” algorithms whose form or functionality cannot readily be digested by human-scale observation and reasoning.


What in the world is happening in Hungary? A look at the continued rise of an authoritarian democracy
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 30, 2018, 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, L-1-Weil Town Hall, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Carr Center for Human Rights
DETAILS  A discussion with András Kádár, Co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), a human rights NGO and currently an HKS Mason Fellow
Miklós Lévay, Justice of the Constitutional Court of Hungary from 2007-2016 and currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Moderated by HKS faculty member, Douglas Johnson
LINK	https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/what-world-happening-hungary%C2%A0-look-continued-rise-authoritarian-democracy


Community Dialogues on Inclusion: Diversity's Value and Challenges
Monday, April 30
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Broad Institute, Monadnock, 415 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-dialogues-on-inclusion-diversitys-value-and-challenges-tickets-44915730158

At the second Community Dialogue on Inclusion, “Diversity’s Value and Challenges,” Broadies will reflect on the meanings and impact of diversity in our personal and professional lives, engage with scientific literature exploring the value and challenges of diversity in working together, and hear from fellow Broadies about efforts to promote inclusion within their own teams.
Facilitated by Madison (Matt) Thompson, Interaction Institute for Social Change


Evaluating Civic Technology Design for Citizen Empowerment
Monday, April 30
2:00pm — 4:00pm
MIT Media Lab, E15 - 050, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Erhardt Graeff Dissertation Defense
Ethan Zuckerman, Associate Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences,  Director of the Center for Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Peter Levine, Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
Evan Lieberman, Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Winter Mason, Data Scientist, Facebook

Civic technology should empower us as citizens. Unfortunately, civic technology often takes its lead from Silicon Valley companies that espouse design goals potentially hazardous to participatory democracy. Facebook, for example, has been used to help organize social movements, such as the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, but it has also allowed actors like Russian trolls to organize and promote fake organizations that inflame partisanship and hate in the United States. In this dissertation, I explore the question: How might we design civic technologies for citizen empowerment and evaluate their impact on this goal?

With their increasingly important role as architects of the spaces for democracy, it is insufficient for civic technology designers to evaluate their designs in terms of ease of use and increased engagement with their platform. Research from political and developmental psychology shows the importance to lifelong civic engagement of learning experiences that cultivate a citizen's sense of empowerment, including their perception that they can make change (political efficacy) and their belief in having certain civic roles and responsibilities to the public good (civic identity). To achieve these positive feedback loops, we need a framework for civic technology design that goes beyond efficiency and engagement. 

This dissertation proposes two solutions: 1) a set of design principles for civic technology aimed at empowering citizens, and 2) a prototype toolkit for evaluating the impact of civic technology on political efficacy. Because empowerment is contextual, the proposals here focus on tools and platforms built to support "monitorial citizenship," an increasingly popular form of civic engagement aimed at holding institutions accountable. To see these solutions in action, I report on a case study of SeeClickFix, a small but successful civic technology company that builds tools for monitoring local infrastructure and reporting problems to local governments. Two surveys of political efficacy and a randomized experiment with active users of SeeClickFix, followed by interviews with SeeClickFix staff, indicate the validity and utility of evaluating political efficacy as a measure of empowerment and the limitations of testing for incremental improvements in empowerment.


Exiting Slavery, Entering Reconstruction, and Enduring Jim Crow: Understanding Mental Illness and Mental Health in Black Communities from the Civil War to World War II
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 30, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, 104 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Earl Lewis, Professor of History and African American and African Studies, University of Michigan, Former President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
COST  Free & Open to the Public
CONTACT INFO	hutchevents at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  A lecture in three parts:
Monday, April 30, 4 p.m.
"When The Demons Are From Within"
Tuesday, May 1, 4 p.m.
"When Is It Ever Safe?"
Wednesday, May 2, 4 p.m.
"When Humor Is The Answer"
A Q+A and reception will follow each lecture.
LINK	http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events-lectures/events/april-30-2018-400pm/earl-lewis-nathan-i-huggins-lectures-1-3


Guppy Tank: Innovating the Essentials, Food and Sleep
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 30, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, LabCentral, 700 Main Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Health Sciences, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Office of Technology Development and LabCentral
SPEAKER(S)  Prof. James Mitchell (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Prof. Dragana Rogulja and Alex Vaccaro (Harvard Medical School)
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guppy-tank-episode-11-tickets-44709871429
TICKET INFO  Open to all; please register
CONTACT INFO	otd at harvard.edu
DETAILS  No sharks in these waters!
Harvard's Office of Technology Development and LabCentral invite you to the latest event in the Guppy Tank series, where two teams of Harvard life-science innovators will pitch their super-early-stage concepts to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors for constructive, in-depth feedback.
Please join us on April 30 from 4–6 p.m. to learn from experts on startup formation and participate in giving audience feedback. The event is accompanied by a networking reception.
Presenters will include projects from the labs of Prof. Dragana Rogulja at Harvard Medical School and Prof. James Mitchell at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Innovation Team 1:
I can’t believe it’s not CR!
James Mitchell, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Calorie restriction (CR) is well established as a means to improve health, but it is difficult for most people to abide. This prevents CR from being meaningfully applied by patients to access the numerous clinical benefits that have been demonstrated in prospective human trials including reduced aging rate, prevention of neurodegenerative disorders, and improved glucose and lipid homeostasis. Recent findings demonstrate that many benefits of CR are due to a decreased intake of protein or essential amino acids (EAA), not necessarily a reduction in overall calories consumed. For the general public interested in weight loss and improved metabolic health, without CR, we envision a total replacement diet in the form of individual daily meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) that alternately eliminates individual EAAs to induce the beneficial low-protein metabolic state.
The team is seeking input regarding the relative value of various clinical approaches, product strategy, and potential partnership priorities.
Innovation Team 2:
I don’t want to go to bed!
Dragana Rogulja and Alex Vaccaro, Harvard Medical School
Sleep is an ancient and conserved behavior, common to most complex organisms and required for survival and health. Surprisingly, to date, little has been known about the biological processes associated with sleep deprivation. Our innovation team conducted exhaustive studies to identify and characterize sleep deprivation damage and, importantly, demonstrated that it can be readily prevented. Drawing on these striking findings, we are developing nutritional supplements and foods to minimize the negative health impact in those individuals who cannot sleep more or choose to sleep less.
The team is seeking input regarding the ideal commercialization and product strategy, and potential partnership opportunities.
LINK  https://otd.harvard.edu/events/guppy-tank161


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


Crises, Calamities, and Chaos: How Public Health Can Improve Response to Emerging Threats Wherever They Arise
Monday, April 30
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm 
BU School of Public Health, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-events/public-health-fora/crises-calamities-and-chaos-how-public-health-can-improve-response-to-emerging-threats-wherever-they-arise/

Speaker: Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Rear Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service
From Ebola to Zika, from hurricanes to opioids, threats to health make headlines and challenge our public health response. Lessons learned from CDC’s engagements around the world, and in our backyard, suggest a role for everyone in mitigating risk and building resilience.

Lecture 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Door open at 4 p.m. Please register at link provided. 

#PHForum2018. LIVE STREAMING AVAILABLE at www.bu.edu/sph/live
CONTACT EMAIL:   eventsph at bu.edu
Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided

Notes: This event will be recorded (videotaped, audiotaped, and/or photographed) and the recording may be reproduced and distributed on public-facing websites like YouTube and BUniverse. If you prefer not to appear in the recording, please sit in the area designated. If you have questions about where to sit, please speak to the videographer or photographer.


U.S. Infrastructure, Transportation, and Energy Policy in 2018: A Conversation with Former Obama National Economic Council Deputy Director Jason Miller
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 30, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, IOP Faculty Dining Room (FDR), L-163, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Yohannes Abraham, former IOP Fall 2017 Resident Fellow and Belfer Center Fellow
Jason Miller, former Obama Deputy Assistant and National Economic Council Deputy Director.
DETAILS  Come to a discussion with Jason Miller, former Obama Deputy Assistant and National Economic Council Deputy Director. Miller will draw on his experiences leading White House policy-making related to infrastructure, transportation, and energy. The conversation will be moderated by Yohannes Abraham, Fall 2017 IOP Residential Fellow and Belfer Center Fellow.
LINK  http://iop.harvard.edu/calendar/events/us-infrastructure-transportation-and-energy-policy-2018-conversation-former-obama


$15K Creative Arts Competition Pitch Finale Event
Monday, April 30
MIT, Building W20, Lobdell, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

2018 Creative Arts Competition


Visit, the website at https://arts.mit.edu/start/entrepreneurship/creative-arts-competition/ or email the 15K team at sammagee at mit.edu for details.

5:30- Live pitches
7:00- Senior House Mural Show, Jazz performance, Ice cream, and Audience Choice
7:30- Winners announced

Finalists competing are:
Hapticomix / team lead, Daniel Levine
Hapticomix makes VR for the blind using 3D radio-dramas with motion simulation via a worn vestibular-affecting device.
Helm / team lead, Mitchell Gu
Helm is a wearable low-cost and easy to use 3D scanner that preserves large scale artworks by taking snapshots of our world.
Imaginarium of Technology / team lead, Barmak Heshmat
iMT is an intellectual illustration service providing creative and elegant concept art.
Kalani / team lead, Attia Kalani
Kalani preserves century-old artisan crafts through the development and sale of customizable textiles.
Meanwise / team lead, Joseph Wolk
Meanwise is an app based networking platform for creatives.
Part / team lead, Aurora Anubhav
Making art accessible, contextual, and relevant by leveraging AR and art historical information to exhibit art pieces in their geographical and historical context.
Piccles / team lead, Shakti Shaligram
Piccles is a collaborative coloring application that lowers anxiety, relieves boredom, and fosters connection by engaging people in the cathartic act of coloring. 
Spaceus / team lead, Ellen Shakespear
Spaceus transforms vacant storefronts into artists studios, enlivening streets and fostering connections between creatives and neighbors.

The MIT Creative Arts Competition is an annual contest designed to encourage arts-focused startups at the Institute. The $15,000 prize is offered as a grant to help launch the winning enterprise and enable the recipient(s) to join the ranks of MIT’s successful startup founders.

This event is free and open to the public, all are welcome to watch the pitch!


Speaking Up and Out: Reshaping the Media Narrative through Grassroots Movements
Monday, April 30
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Industrious Boston, 22 Boston Wharf, 7th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speaking-up-and-out-reshaping-the-media-narrative-through-grassroots-movements-tickets-45102157768
Cost:  $28.25 – $44.28

Grassroots movements are springing up everywhere - and they are spreading mainly through social and traditional media. As public relations professionals, we need to be experts on how best to shape the media narrative to maximize impact. Join our expert panelists for a discussion on grassroots organization and media attention, from those on the front line.

You’ll hear from:
Leonard Lee, Senior Manager, Mass. Dept. of Public Health
Christina Maryland, Director of Communications, Natick Public Schools
Jen Maseda, President & Founder, MetroWest Conference for Women
Experience Industrious Boston - A Unique New Venue!

Industrious Boston is a premium workplace platform for professionals, blending five-star service and stunning design to provide an unparalleled workplace experience. With private glass-walled offices, beautiful common areas, and amazing hospitality, Industriouscaters to freelancers, SMBs and Fortune 500 companies. 

This is an event you won’t want to miss!  Tickets are limited so get yours today!


MIT Grad Student Research Lightning Talks at the MIT SP Graduate Student Dinner Seminar Series 
Monday, April 30
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building NW86, MP Room, Sidney Pacific, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge

Join us for the Grad Student Research Lightning Talks at the MIT SP Graduate Student Dinner Seminar Series. This initiative aims to close the gap between graduate and undergraduate research community. 

Network with summer/fall UROP candidates
Pitch your research, get feedback, and initiate cross-departmental collaborations
Grad students: send an email to sign up for the speaking slots (gaikwad at mit.edu)
Undergraduate students: send an email to sign up (gaikwad at mit.edu)
Dinner Served

Sponcers: ODGE Office of the Dean for Graduate Education 
Event: In a partnership with MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Office (UROP)

Goals of the SP General Audience Graduate Seminar Series:

The MIT SP Graduate Student Dinner Seminar Series provides the institute wide platform for students to communicate their research and passion to a large audience outside of their own field, in low-pressure, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative environment.  

Help students communicate STEM, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Arts Teaching and Research
Give graduate students an opportunity to practice public speaking in a low-pressure environment of peers. 
Help graduate students think about presenting their work to experts, non-expert, and UROPs. 
Create a bridge to close the gap between graduate and undergraduate research community. 
Inspire Collaboration & Foster Inclusive Environment 
Embrace diversity and creates an inclusive and supportive scientific environment 
Help inspire interdisciplinary collaborations, as students learn about problems in other fields that could be attacked using their own expertise. 
Help potential UROPs to connect with graduate students and mentors. 
Help students learn, grow, and Network
Increase students' comfort levels with unfamiliar research topics and provide them exposure to fields and opportunities outside of their primary area of research. 
Provide a networking platform to students and bring them together to talk about the work that they love and learn a bit more about what their fellow graduate students in different departments do in their everyday life. 
Join us for the seminar and dinner at MIT's Sidney Pacific graduate residence! 

Contact: Neil Gaikwad, gaikwad at mit.edu for more information 


The Rita E. Hauser Forum for the Arts: Emanuel Ax
WHEN  Monday, Apr. 30, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
COST  Free and open to the public. Tickets are required and available beginning Tuesday, April 24th at the Harvard Box Office. Tickets will also be available by phone (617-496-2222) and internet (www.boxoffice.harvard.edu) for a fee. Limit two tickets per person.
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu
TICKET INFO	The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222
LINK	mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu…


Screening of This Ain't Normal
Monday, April 30
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-this-aint-normal-at-the-cambridge-public-library-tickets-45211503825

This documentary feature film humanizes the stories of gang-involved youth, entangled in the intractable violence of inner-city Boston and the Social and Street Workers tasked with helping to transform their lives. This Ain't Normal examines the individual circumstances behind the violence, thereby gaining a deeper insight and understanding into the issue of youth violence.


"Clinica de Migrantes": Documentary Screening & Discussion
Monday, April 30
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
BU Law Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clinica-de-migrantes-documentary-screening-discussion-tickets-44698863504

Clinica de Migrantes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Clinica de Migrantes is a medical drama about a year in the life of Puentes, one of the only health clinics in the U.S. involved in the politically controversial practice of providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. By law, illegal immigrants cannot obtain health insurance, and receive no regular medical treatment. At Puentes, a team of volunteers led by Dr. Steve Larson attend to an ever-growing population of housekeepers, prep cooks, and construction workers. Many come to Puentes after being turned away at other hospitals. Full of unforgettable patient-doctor interactions and human portraits, Clinica de Migrantes tells the story of America's true untouchable class and of the heroic few who reach out to help them.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.


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

Enlightened Leadership During This Cultural Reckoning
Tuesday, May 1
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM EDT
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/enlightened-leadership-during-this-cultural-reckoning-tickets-43669779486

#MeToo. #TimesUp. LGBTQ+. DEI. Leaders are navigating uncharted territory when responding to today's changing societal norms that impact everything from hiring to promotions to pay equity. Organizations must demonstrate cultural awareness and encourage diversity and inclusion within the workplace. When they fail to do so the brand is held responsible.

Join us the morning of May 1st for our 27th SM& Presents Panel to hear visionary leaders discuss how their organizations navigate this complex landscape and work constructively towards meaningful change. Panelists include:
Ebony Amoroso, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Endeavor
Roger Brown, President, Berklee College of Music
Allyson Schiller, Northeast Diversity Leader, PwC
Ashley McCown, President, Solomon McCown & Company
The panel will be moderated by T.J. Winick, Vice President, Solomon McCown & Company.


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


The Law and Ethics of Digital Piracy: Evidence from Harvard Law School Graduates 
Tuesday, May 1
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B, Room 2019, Second Floor
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/05/Jemielniak_Herguex#RSVP
Event will be live webcast at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/05/Jemielniak_Herguex at 12:00 pm

Featuring Dariusz Jemielniak and Jérôme Hergueux 
Harvard Law School is one of the top law schools in the world and educates the intellectual and financial elites. Lawyers are held to the highest professional and ethical standards. And yet, when it comes to digital piracy, they overwhelmingly perceive file sharing as an acceptable social practice – as long as individuals do not derive monetary benefits from it. So should digital files be considered a commons? In this talk, Dariusz and Jerome will identify and discuss the social and economic contexts in which file sharing is considered more or less acceptable by law practitioners. In the process, they will foster a conversation on the possible changes in regulation that would allow to catch up with the established social norm. 

About Dariusz
Dariusz Jemielniak is a Wikipedian, Full Professor of Management at Kozminski University, and an entrepreneur (having established the largest online dictionary in Poland, ling.pl, among others). 

Dariusz currently serves on Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. In his academic life, he studies open collaboration movement (in 2014 he published "Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia" with Stanford University Press), media files sharing practices (among lawyers and free knowledge activists), as well as political memes' communities. 

He had visiting appointments at Cornell University (2004-2005), Harvard (2007, 2011-2012), and University of California, Berkeley (2008), where he studied software engineers' workplace culture.

About Jérôme
Jerome is an Assistant Research Professor at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), a Fellow at the Center for Law and Economics at ETH Zurich, and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. From 2011 to 2014, Jerome spent three years as a Research Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, where he did most of his Ph.D. work.

Jerome is a behavioral economist operating at the boundaries between psychology, economics and computer science. In his research, he typically couples experimental methods with the analysis of big data to uncover how psychological and cognitive traits shape our behavior over the Internet, with a particular focus on online cooperation, peer production and decision making. He is strongly involved with Professor Yochai Benkler in the Cooperation project. He is also involved with the Mindsport Research Network, which he helped launch together with Professor Charles Nesson.

Jerome completed a Ph.D. in Economics at Sciences Po and the University of Strasbourg. He holds Master’s degrees in both International Economics and International Affairs from Sciences Po, and a B.A. in Economics & Finance from the University of Strasbourg.

Jerome originates from the French region of Alsace. He has lived in France, Egypt, the U.S., Jordan and Switzerland. Jerome speaks French, English and Arabic and is heavily interested in public policy and international affairs.


Just Innovations in Post-Disaster Housing
Tuesday, May 1
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-450 A, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Please join us for the final EPP Spring 2018 lunch talk, featuring Justin Steil, DUSP


Conceptual Framework for Sharing Unearned Land-value Increments in Urban China
Tuesday, May 1
12:30 pm-2:00 pm
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Lunch will be provided. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-1st-mit-cfc-urban-china-seminar-yu-hung-hong-tickets-45148934679

Yu-Hung Hong
The conventional wisdom of land-value sharing focuses on three approaches: (1) taxation, (2) negotiated fees, and (3) co-development of public goods. There is a fourth, yet less-discussed, approach that is: no action. When the social and economic costs of land-value sharing outweigh its benefits, a society may be better off not to take any action to internalize unearned land-value increments. Although there are ample empirical examples on how these approaches work around the world, there is no conceptual framework for guiding their applications. Using a modified Coase Theorem, our research team is designing a set of guiding principles to assist policymakers and other stakeholders in China to ascertain which of these methods should be adopted in accordance with local contexts for allocating land-value increments during land lease renewal. Methods of applying these principles to Shenzhen as an example will be discussed at the presentation.

Prof. Hong’s bio:  Yu Hung Hong is the founder and executive director of the Land Governance Laboratory where he studies the use of land tools to facilitate open and inclusive decision-making processes for land resource allocation in developing countries. Specifically, he is interested in investigating how governments can recoup land-value increments generated by public investment, regulatory changes, and community collaboration for financing local infrastructure and durable shelters for the poor. He was the director of the Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Laboratory that promotes social responsibility among entrepreneurs and academics in the real estate profession worldwide, with a particular focus on China. He also served as a senior fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, assisting the president on interdepartmental and international programs. Between 2006 and 2017, Dr. Hong taught urban public finance and land policies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his Ph.D. in Urban Development and Masters in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research focuses on property rights and obligations, land leasing, land readjustment, and local public finance.

May 1st MIT-CFC Urban China Seminar 


The (Speculative) Futures of Libraries and Archives
Tuesday, May 1
1:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 1-242, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://libcal.mit.edu/event/4133280

With the emergence of new technologies and seeming digital access to the world's entire catalog of knowledge, what is the role of a library or an archive in tomorrow's world? What will it mean to collect, store, access, and curate knowledge in five, ten, twenty years? How will we, as individuals, and as an MIT community, relate to knowledge and artifacts of knowledge? 

This three hour workshop will dig into the nitty gritty of the current reality of libraries and archives and create a space to collaboratively create new visions of their roles in our lives (and our roles in theirs). The future of libraries and archives will be best ideated by librarians, library staff, and the communities they serve, so we hope you’ll join us!


Future Proofing Energy Storage Investments
Tuesday, May 1
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Online (Webinar) 
RSVP at https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&partnerref=Promo1&eventid=1655786&sessionid=1&key=CE1A76D3A60BC5BC59CD92C4F35C6A9B&regTag=&sourcepage=register

To future-proof energy storage, storage developers must employ technology and project engineering specifically designed for flexibility. Future-proofing also requires commercial agreements and analytical expertise to optimize the operational value of energy storage. Andy will describe the requirements involved in future-proofing energy storage and Greensmith’s approach to future-proofing energy storage projects in two significant markets: the United Kingdom and California. With changing dynamics in these markets and others, storage owners will be successful only if they future-proof their energy storage investments.

Event Contact  hello at greentechmedia.com


New England Food Vision Prize 
Tuesday, May 1 
3:00 PM EDT
RSVP at http://www.kendall.org

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation announced the launch of the New England Food Vision Prize. Up to six prizes of $250,000 each will be awarded to New England-based campus and university dining programs to support collaborative, transformative ideas to source, menu, and serve more regional foods. Potential partners for prize proposal teams may include non-institutional entities. See details of the prize on the Kendall Foundation’s website: http://www.kendall.org

Farm-to-Institution New England (FINE) is partnering with the Henry P. Kendall Foundation to host an informational webinar about the . Interested parties are invited to RSVP for the webinar via the above link.


The Constant Atlas: Mapping Public Data for Individuals and Their Cities
Tuesday, May 1
3:00pm — 5:00pm
MIT Media Lab, E14 - 493, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Jia Zhang Dissertation Defense
Ethan Zuckerman, Thesis Supervisor, Associate Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, Director of the Center for Civic Media
Sarah Williams, Member, Thesis Committee, Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning, Director of the Civic Data Design Lab
Sepandar Kamvar, Member, Thesis Committee

Over the past ten years the ability of institutions and businesses to capture, aggregate, and process individual data has grown significantly as digital technology has increasingly integrated into our daily lives. In the urban informatics context and in computational social science, projects use data collected about our behavior in the urban environment to solve problems from traffic congestion and public safety, to the creation of targeted advertising and the development of entire neighborhoods. Although some projects using aggregate data may ultimately benefit individuals by making improvements to their environment at large, an individual citizen often does not directly engage with the data collected about them. 

The research contained in this dissertation explores a series of visualization experiments concerning direct engagement between citizens and public datasets such as the U.S.Census. In order for such visualizations to be effective, they not only have to efficiently communicate data, but must also be intuitive, evocative, and utilize narratives presented from the user’s perspective. In this dissertation I address the question: How can we design visualizations which inform daily interaction between individuals and public data about their environment, in ways that extend beyond efficiency?

To answer this question, the dissertation introduces 4 sets of maps: (1) the “Powers” map which contextualizes Census data by invoking dramatic changes in scale, (2) the “Sightline” and “Cross Section” map which use a person’s physical experiences to orient Census data, (3) the “Filtered Satellite” maps which gives qualitative comparisons of conditions described by Census tables, and (4) the “Personal History” map which leverages a individual’s geospatial history to filter Census data. These 4 map groups share the goal of allowing us, as individuals, to use public data to design our own experiences within our environments and to make use of public data directly on our own behalf.


Dean's Distinguished Lecture: Cara Drinan on The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
WHEN  Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Health, Kresge G3, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Chan Office of the Dean
SPEAKER(S)  Keynote: Cara H. Drinan, JD, Professor of Law, Catholic University Columbus School of Law
Welcome by: Michelle A. Williams, SM, ScD, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Introduction by: Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC, Professor of the Practice of Human Rights, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Faculty Presenter: Dehlia Umunna, MC, JD, Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
DETAILS  Join us for a discussion of Prof. Drinan's new book The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way.
Reception to follow.
LINK   https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/deans-office/deans-distinguished-lecture-series-3/


Exiting Slavery, Entering Reconstruction, and Enduring Jim Crow: Understanding Mental Illness and Mental Health in Black Communities from the Civil War to World War II
WHEN  Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, 104 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Earl Lewis, Professor of History and African American and African Studies, University of Michigan, Former President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
COST  Free & Open to the Public
CONTACT INFO	hutchevents at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  A lecture in three parts:
Monday, April 30, 4 p.m.
"When The Demons Are From Within"
Tuesday, May 1, 4 p.m.
"When Is It Ever Safe?"
Wednesday, May 2, 4 p.m.
"When Humor Is The Answer"
A Q+A and reception will follow each lecture.
LINK	http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events-lectures/events/april-30-2018-400pm/earl-lewis-nathan-i-huggins-lectures-1-3


Who Wants to Go to War with Iran, Why, and to What End?
WHEN  Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, room S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution
SPEAKER(S)  Ali Banuazizi, Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies
DETAILS  Free and Open to the Public


Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, May 1
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-335, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

This lecture series, which includes eminent 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. 

Topic Summary
Between 1980 and 2005, the dominant share of the jobs created in the US were created by companies that were less than 5 years old.  Innovation-driven entrepreneurship is not just a driver of jobs and economic prosperity but it is seen as one of the most efficient and effective tools to deal with society’s intractable problems in areas like healthcare, energy, climate change, education and many other areas.  As we look forward, the challenge of how we produce more and better entrepreneurs is an important one.  MIT has been a leader in entrepreneurship education and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship is recognized for its leading edge work in this area.  This talk will describe the approaches that have proven successful and unsuccessful and what the future looks like for “inclusive entrepreneurship” that will go beyond the physical boundaries of MIT to educate millions in the future as opposed to thousands today.

About the Speaker
Bill Aulet is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and Professor of the Practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is changing the way entrepreneurship is understood, taught, and practiced around the world. Bill is an award-winning educator and author whose current work is built off the foundation of his 25-year successful business career first at IBM and then as a three-time serial entrepreneur. During this time, he directly raised over a hundred million dollars and, more importantly, created hundreds of millions of dollars of shareholder value through his companies. Since 2009, he has been responsible for leading the development of entrepreneurship education across MIT at the Martin Trust Center. Bill's first book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, released in August 2013, has been translated into over 18 languages and has been the content for three online edX courses which have been taken by hundreds of thousands of people in 199 different countries. The accompanying follow-on book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship Workbook, was released in April 2017. Bill has widely published in in places such as the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, the Boston Globe, the Sloan Management Review, the Kauffman Foundation, Entrepreneur Magazine, MIT Sloan Experts and more. He has been a featured speaker on shows such as CNBC’s Squawk Box, BBC News, Bloomberg News as well as at events and conferences around the world.


Film Screening: Power to Heal
WHEN  Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC) Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Film, Health Sciences, Humanities, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	co-sponsors: HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Museum of African American History, Arts and Humanities Initiative, Project on Race and Gender in Science and Medicine at the Hutchins Center, MGH Disparities Solution Center, Countway Center for the History of Medicine
CONTACT INFO	Ying Wang at 617-432-2313 or ying_wang at hms.harvard.edu
DETAILS  POWER TO HEAL is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.
LINK  https://mfdp.med.harvard.edu/power-to-heal


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


The Industrious City: Rethinking Urban Industry in the Digital Age
Tuesday, May 1
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-industrious-city-rethinking-urban-industry-in-the-digital-age-tickets-45382556448

Many cities worldwide are rethinking their policies towards urban industry. When industry was heavy, polluting and required large-scale logistics, it was banned from cities by zoning laws and environmental regulations. Today, in a time of industry 4.0, knowledge-intensive industrial jobs, near-shoring, deep-tech innovation, a rise of maker culture and an interest of an urban clientele to be more closely related again to how their products are made, industry is returning to the city.

In its wake, it brings new forms of digitally enabled logistics, vertical factories, food production, experience retail, circular economy, even city branding. Having been known for decades as a financial center, Zurich now entertains the idea of a “Made in Zurich” label.

The option studio “Industrious City” at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University taught by Hiromi Hosoya and Markus Schaefer, was working for a semester on a large site in Zurich developing a range of projects each with a unique starting point.

Markus Schaefer and Hiromi Hosoya will present the studio’s findings and projects, related to the work of their office and their thoughts on urban industry and the role it plays in the unfolding renaissance of the cities.
Doors open at 6:00. Talk begins at 6:30.


Evening of SolidARiTy
Tuesday, May 1
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Z-Gallery, 391 Dudley Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-of-solidarity-tickets-43303502943

During ArtWeek, join artists from Z Gallery and Boston GreenFest/Foundation for a Green Future for an evening of ecoArt, wine & cheese, and good company! Using egg cartons, wine bottles, plastic bottles and other sundry items, turn "trash into treasure" together. Discover how to upcycle used wine bottles and plastic bottles; find out how egg cartons can make amazing 3D art canvases; recycle and upcycle various materials. Work collaboratively or independently. Meet other artists and see the wonderful work they do.
We consider that everyone has creative ability. Come let your "inner artist" surface! (Please note that the gallery is not ADA accessible.)


Meet Gov. Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts' most senior past Governor
Tuesday, May 1
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Athem Kitchen, 101 S Market Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-gov-michael-dukakis-massachusetts-most-senior-past-governor-tickets-45388302635
Cost:  $0 – $20

Meet Gov. Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts' Most Senior and Longest-Serving Governor and Democratic Party Nominess for President in 1988.

Get the ultimate insider perspective on Massachusetts and around the United States with the 50-year veteran of politics.

Governor Dukakis is a living legend. As a 3-term Governor of Massachusetts 1975-1979 and 1983-1991 he has been credited with helping create the "Massachusetts Miracle."  He served as governor during a high-tech boom and a period of prosperity in Massachusetts.  He then ran as the Democratic Party Nominee in 1988 against eventual winner President George H.W. Bush. Since then he has served on the Board of Amtrak, as a professor at Northeastern, and been keenly involved in getting younger people involved in politics.

This is a rare and special opportunity to meet Governor Dukakis and to ask questions.


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 Avenue, 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.


Solar for Synagogues: Learn from Experience
Tuesday, May 1
7:00 pm
Temple Aliyah, 1664 Central Avenue, Needham
RSVP by 4/30 at http://www.synagoguecouncil.org/going-solar-reg

Going solar can be straightforward and fiscally beneficial. Reducing our carbon footprint is critical for protecting the planet we all share. Haven't yet gone solar? Sign up for this unique opportunity to hear from synagogues that have successfully installed solar and to meet with select solar vendors who are actively working with congregations like yours.

All Houses of Worship are welcome.

Solar for Synagogues is part of an ongoing initiative, Sustainable Synagogues, a collaboration between Synagogue Council and JCAN.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Climate Action Network, Synagogue Council of MA, Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light, and Temple Aliyah

Wednesday, May 2

Wednesday, May 2
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
Cost:  $5

Louisa Kasdon | Founder, Let's Talk About Food
Ilene Bezahler | Publisher, Edible Boston
The Boston food scene has shifted from being a poor relation to New York and California's vibrancy to becoming one of the best food regions in the world. With great chefs, great restaurants, there has been a major shift to top-quality local food and artisanship. What and who sparked Boston's food vigor? Join The Food Voice co-founders Ilene Bezahler of Edible Boston and Louisa Kasdon of Let's Talk About Food for a delicious discussion.


Cory Doctorow
Wednesday, May 2
MIT, Building E62-450, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://ide.mit.edu/events/ide-lunch-seminar-series-spring-2018


East Asia's Surprising Stability
Wednesday, May 2
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40, 496 (Pye Room), 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Although North Korea continues to be a destabilizing element in East Asia, the rest of the region is far more stable than is often realized. China has already managed a head-stunningly fast regional power transition. Countries are rapidly increasing their economic ties to China and each other. And, East Asian countries have steadily reduced their defense spending, which suggests these countries think most of the region's unresolved issues are not worth fighting over.

Short Bio
David. C. Kang is Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Souther California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. He is director of both the USC Korean Studies Institute and the USC Center for International Studies. Kang's latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

SSP Wednesday Seminar
All Welcome.


Shrinking Cities in Japan: Takefumi Kurose & Kenishi Yabuki
Wednesday, May 2
12:00pm to 2:30am
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Professor Kurose from Kyushu University and Kenichi Yabuki from Urban Design Center Sakai bring the most updated revitalization cases of shrinking city in Japan to MIT. They will also discuss about recent changes of related national policy and its impact on practices.


Andrey Kortunov: Russian Foreign Policy and Putin's Fourth Term
Wednesday, May 2
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Tufts, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Murrow Room, Goddard 210, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
Attendance is by registration only.
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/andrey-kortunov-russian-foreign-policy-and-putins-fourth-term-tickets-45450013213

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program for lunch and a lecture by Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). He will discuss “The Fourth Term: What does Vladimir Putin have in stock for the world?” and answer questions about Russian foreign policy. 

Andrey Kortunov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relaitons (MGIMO University) in 1979 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1982. He holds a PhD in History. Dr. Kortunov completed internships at the Soviet embassies in London and Washington, and at the Permanent Delegation of the USSR to the UN. In 1982–1995, Dr. Kortunov held various positions in the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies, including Deputy Director. He taught at universities around the world, including the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he led several public organizations involved in higher education, social sciences and social development, such as the Moscow Public Science Foundation (1993–2001); the Information, Scholarship, Education Center (2002–2017); and the New Eurasia Foundation, (2004–2017). Dr. Kortunov has been the President of the New Development Technologies Autonomous Non-profit Organization since 2015. Since 2011, Andrey Kortunov has been the Director General of RIAC. He is a member of expert and supervisory committees and boards of trustees of several Russian and international organizations. His academic interests include contemporary international relations and Russian foreign policy.


Designed Chemical Synthesis and Assembly of Inorganic Nanomaterials for Medical Applications
Tuesday, May 2
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Wyss Institute, Room 330, 60 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Taeghwan Hyeon, Ph.D., Director, Center for Nanoparticle Research, Institute for Basic Science, Seoul National University, Korea 
Please join Dr. Hyeon as he discusses recent advances in the fabrication of ultraflexible and stretchable electronic and optoelectronic devices integrated with various functional nanomaterials, and their application to wearable and implantable healthcare devices. 

With particular emphasis on graphene-hybrid electrochemical devices integrated with thermo-responsive micro-needles for the sweat-based diabetes monitoring and feedback therapy; the designed fabrication of multifunctional wearable electronic devices for sensing, data storage, and drug-based feedback therapy of motion-related neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease; and the introduction of electromechanical cardioplasty using an epicardial mesh made of electrically conductive and mechanically elastic silver nanowire-rubber composite material to resemble the innate cardiac tissue and confer cardiac conduction system function.

Contact events at wyss.harvard.edu


New insights into dissolved organic nitrogen driven by novel analytical techniques
Wednesday, May 2
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 48 , Room 316 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Brittany Widner, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
for the Microbial Systems Seminar


167th Cutter Lecture 'Public Health, Science and Society: Are we at a Crossroads?’
WHEN  Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Health, Snyder Auditorium (Kresge G1), 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Department of Epidemiology
SPEAKER(S)  Margaret A. Hamburg, MD
President, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine
COST  Free
Open to the public.
LINK	https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/epidemiology/cutter-lecture/


Why Populism?
WHEN  Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South Building, Room S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Weatherhead Center for international Affairs, Seminar on Cultural Politics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, co-chairs Prof. P. Roilos, D. Yatromanolakis
SPEAKER(S)  Rogers Brubaker, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles.
CONTACT INFO	roilos at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  https://wcfia.harvard.edu/event/cultural-politics-seminar-5-2-18


Exiting Slavery, Entering Reconstruction, and Enduring Jim Crow: Understanding Mental Illness and Mental Health in Black Communities from the Civil War to World War II
WHEN  Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, 104 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Earl Lewis, Professor of History and African American and African Studies, University of Michigan, Former President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
COST  Free & Open to the Public
CONTACT INFO	hutchevents at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  A lecture in three parts:
Monday, April 30, 4 p.m.
"When The Demons Are From Within"
Tuesday, May 1, 4 p.m.
"When Is It Ever Safe?"
Wednesday, May 2, 4 p.m.
"When Humor Is The Answer"
A Q+A and reception will follow each lecture.
LINK	http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events-lectures/events/april-30-2018-400pm/earl-lewis-nathan-i-huggins-lectures-1-3


Tim Berners-Lee, Dertouzos Distinguished Lecture: From Utopia to Dystopia in 29 Short Years
Wednesday, May 2
4:30pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Building 32-123, Kirsch Auditorium 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

This year marks a milestone in the history of the World Wide Web: more than half of the world's population will be online. However, threats to the web are real and many; from misinformation and questionable political advertising to a loss of control over our personal data.

If a future web were to empower the hopes we had for the original web, what would it look like? A new web is possible in which people have complete control of their own data; applications and data are separated from each other; and a user's choice for each are separate. Let's assemble the brightest minds from business, technology, government, civil society, the arts and academia to build a new web which will again empower science and democracy.


BU Spark! Tech Innovation Speaker Series: Civic Tech Case Study with NGPVan
Wednesday, May 2
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
BU Hariri Institute for Computing, Room 180, 111 Cummington Mall, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bu-spark-tech-innovation-speaker-series-civic-tech-case-study-with-ngpvan-tickets-44927219523

Learn about the software platform that has fueled the campaigns of President Barack Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and other candidates across all 50 states. NGPVan will be featured as part of the Spark!'s spring guest speaker series on technology product innovation across different sectors. 

Join us, as we learn what it takes to bring a technology product from idea to launch in the Civic Tech Sector.


"Green Energy" - Designer Spotlight!
Wednesday, May 2
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
27 Madison Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-energy-designer-spotlight-tickets-45555088496

Join the Women's Council of Realtors in partnership with the Cambridge Community of Real Estate Professionals for a "Green Energy" learning session with the Developer - Good Energy Construction. 
Enjoy networking with friends, refreshments and an introduction to Green Energy!



Building Resiliency and Well-Being by Effectively Managing Stress
Wednesday, May 2
5:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3189, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Presenter: Gretchen Ki Steidle, M.B.A.; Founder and President, Global Grassroots and the Conscious Social Change Initiative

Dinner will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the seminar presentation will run from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a seminar on stress management, well-being, and self-awareness. Throughout this discussion, you will learn about current research in neuroscience, interpersonal biology, psychology, and the ancient traditions of breathing, as they pertain to coping with stress and practices for mental, emotional, and physical well-being. During this seminar, you will:
Explore burnout and identify negative coping mechanisms and unconscious patterns of behavior that can negatively affect work
Develop proactive strategies for resiliency and reconnect with your deeper intentions
Identify ways to enhance your capacity for self-care
Recognize the relevance of well-being and mindful leadership on effective social change


Vision Lab Final Workshop, Hackathon, SkyDance, & Celebration
WHEN  Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Braun Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Dance, Exhibitions, Lecture, Religion, Special Events
CONTACT	studentlife at hds.harvard.edu 
DETAILS  This final celebration and culmination of Vision Lab activities over the course of spring semester will involve our final session of member presentations on the Arts, Social Justice, and Technology, including an interactive dance session based on cosmological principles, tech and spirituality demos from MIT Media Lab, and a Hackathon event for those interested in the intersections of spirituality with the Arts, Justice work, and technology.


EDF and the 4th Wave of Environmentalism
Wednesday, May 2 
EDF’s Boston Office, 18 Tremont Street, Suite 850, Boston
RSVP at aperez at edf.org

Environmental progress doesn’t just happen. It has been propelled by successive waves of ingenuity, each wave unleashing a powerful new set of tools: Land conservation. The Force of Law. The Power of Market-Based Solutions. Now, we are entering an new era of remarkable progress: meet the Fourth Wave of environmental innovation, driven by cutting edge technologies that give people the power to scale up solutions to our most urgent environmental challenges. And EDF is at the forefront of this revolution in environmentalism. 

Join us for a lively discussion on how EDF’s work has evolved since EDF ushered in Third Wave corporate-NGO partnerships, and how Fourth Wave innovations are supercharging our ability to empower people to take action.

Wine and cheese will be served. Please RSVP to be added to the list. Space is limited.


Radionavigation and the Politics of Geographic Knowledge
WHEN  Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  TBD. Please visit the event website for up to date information.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Information Technology, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Presented by the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  William Rankin, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, Yale University
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO	617-495-2779
chsi at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  For most of the twentieth century, maps were indispensable to governments’ understanding, management, and defense of territory, but by century’s end, a decisive transition occurred toward electronic navigation systems. In this free public lecture and book signing, William Rankin, author of After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century, argues that this shift radically changed our experience of geographic space, from the bird’s-eye view of the map to the embedded subjectivity of GPS. The adoption of radionavigation offers crucial insight into the history of twentieth-century territoriality and the broad geopolitical shift from internationalism to globalization.
LINK  https://chsi.harvard.edu/event/radionavigation-and-politics-geographic-knowledge


Art for Social Impact Panel
Wednesday, May 2
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Impact Hub Boston, 20th Floor - Lighthouse, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-for-social-impact-panel-tickets-44554716356

Over the past few years, art has been a powerful medium for driving social change in the U.S. and globally. This event will explore art and social impact in Boston through a panel discussion featuring perspectives from both the public and private sectors. We’ll explore current trends, opportunities for collaboration, and predictions for the future. Hosted at Impact Hub Boston, a co-working community made up of social businesses addressing challenges both locally and globally, and moderated by Natalie Lemle, Founder of art_works, a Boston-based art strategy consultancy.

Jason McCool - Head of arts/culture partnerships, Aeronaut
Jason McCool comes from a long line of Irish Americans who have been asked "Is that your real last name?" He is a doctoral candidate at Boston University writing a dissertation on the musical Hamilton, and works as the Arts & Culture Liaison for Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville, where he runs the pindrop sessions classical series and this summer's Aeronaut Allston beer garden. He formally ran Solas Nua in Boston, which staged new Irish plays and Boston Irish Poem Day, and he remains active in Boston's Irish culture scene. In 2015, Jason was invited to sit on the Mass Creative Leadership Council as one of 50 arts leaders in Massachusetts. He is a jazz trumpet graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and a member of Actors' Equity. Most important, he is the steadfast companion of Fenway, the good luck terrier.
Jason Talbot, Co-Founder, Artists for Humanity
Jason Talbot’s undying passion for utilizing the talents of inner-city youths and his ability to see art in everything around him, both helped in his development of Artists For Humanity. As one of the cofounders and current special projects director of the organization, Talbot works daily to bring art into the lives of underprivileged high school students. Artists For Humanity is an organization that provides under-resourced youths with employment and experience in entrepreneurial work, as well as connecting them with mentors in art-related fields.
Jennifer Leclerc, Community Relations, MFA Boston
Jennifer Leclerc is the Manager of Community Engagement at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She holds a B.A. in art/art studies from Northeastern University.
Kara Elliot-Ortega, Office of Arts and Culture, City of Boston
Kara Elliott-Ortega is an urban planner in the arts focusing on the role of arts and creativity in the built environment and community development. As the Director of Planning and Policy for the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, she works on implementing Boston Creates, Boston’s ten-year cultural plan. She also works at the intersection of arts and planning around the City, including supporting cultural districts, creative placemaking, and the development of cultural spaces for artists. 
L'Merchie Frazie, Artist and Director of Education and Interpretation at Museum of African American History Boston/ Nantucket. 
L'Merchie Frazier is a public fiber artist, innovator, poet and holographer, and Director of Education & Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket. She is resident artist of African American Artst in Residence Program (AAMARP) at Northeastern University and at Fairmount Innovation and Southend Technology Center, MIT FabLabs in Boston. L'Merchie was one of the inaugural Artists in Residence for the City of Boston.

This event is part of a collection of CICArtsWeek events for the week of 4/30-5/4.


Slow Money Boston Spring Entrepreneur Showcase
Wednesday, May 2
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Venture Cafe, 5th Floor, Cambridge Innovation Center Building, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Greater-Boston-Slow-Money/events/247962653/
Price: $25.00 /per person

Join us on Wednesday, May 2nd for the Slow Money Boston Entrepreneur Showcase at the CIC, Cambridge (http://vencaf.org/). We will provide a light supper, wine, beer, and water.

We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn about investment opportunities and how you can participate in rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility, sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and biological diversity.

The Entrepreneur Showcase offers all the advantages of a traditional venture fair and many more. Because of the shared vision that brings us all together, it is an unparalleled opportunity for you to build relationships with investors and entrepreneurs from all over the region. Even if you are not an investor or presenting entrepreneur, we welcome and encourage your participation in the event!

For Entrepreneurs: If you are seeking financing for your food system‐changing business, please consider applying to present via the application here (https://goo.gl/forms/b9t7JkiRWWhoEB3w1). Deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 28. If you previously applied to the Slow Money Boston Entrepreneur Showcase we would be delighted to have you re-apply. Whether your business is still in the startup phase or has expanded considerably, or if you are currently pursuing a brand new venture, the Slow Money Boston team is excited to see how your ventures have changed and/or grown. Applying to the Showcase for a second time gives you the chance to highlight your successes and learning experiences.

For investors: The Entrepreneur Showcase will provide access to sustainable food and farming businesses at different stages of development from start-up to expansion of existing businesses. The businesses and initiatives are also seeking different levels of financing — from small loans to major capital, as well as donations. Slow Money Boston encourages investors of all resource levels to attend including institutional, individual, accredited, and unaccredited investors.

This showcase event is not an offer to sell securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

For questions, email info at slowmoneyboston.org


Rabobank-MIT Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize Final Pitch Event NEW!
Wednesday, May 2
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Samberg Conference Center, MIT Building E52, 6th Floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP  at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rabobank-mit-food-agribusiness-innovation-prize-final-pitch-event-tickets-43355671982?aff=eac2

Join us for the final pitch competition for the third annual Rabobank-MIT Food & Agribusiness Prize. The judges have narrowed down our initial set of competitors to eight finalist teams. On May 2nd, our finalists will pitch to compete for first and second place prizes of $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. Come hear the pitches, enjoy a brief reception with drinks and bites, then see the winners awarded!


War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
Wednesday, May 2
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30)
Harvard, Memorial Church, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/ronan_farrow/
Cost:  $5.00 - $28.75 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store and WBUR welcome investigative journalist and former State Department official RONAN FARROW for a discussion of his new book War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. He will be joined in conversation by journalist and radio producer MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI, of WBUR's Radio Boston.

Please Note
This event does not include a book signing. Books available for purchase and pickup at the event are pre-signed editions of War on Peace, specially bound by the publisher.

About War on Peace
American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We’re becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later.
In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience in the State Department affords a personal look at some of the last standard-bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Farrow’s narrative is richly informed by interviews with whistleblowers, policymakers, and a warlord, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, short-sightedness, and outright malice―but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.


Reimagining Musical Instruments: The Sound of Impossible Objects in My Music
WHEN  Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Camilo Mendez, 2017–2018 Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music, Radcliffe Institute; Independent Composer
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  During his time at the Radcliffe Institute, Camilo Mendez is composing two new chamber works using prepared musical instruments. One will be part of the compositional cycle “BURSZTYN,” and the other will be part of “Cartography of Convoluted Spaces.” The works will be performed by Yarn/Wire. This concert is an excellent opportunity to hear an innovative composer’s newest work.
LINK  https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-camilo-mendez-fellow-presentation


Evoking Nature: Form and Function on the High Line 
Wednesday, May 2
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

- a talk by Andi Pettis, Friends of the High Line
The High Line in Manhattan was born of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Built on a mile-and-a-half long elevated railroad, this dynamic landscape was inspired by the tenacity of plants in its industrial setting, and it uses a matrix of perennial and woody plants to evoke a natural landscape. Wildly successful and overwhelmingly popular, caring for this garden in the sky poses unique challenges. Andi will describe how her team uses traditional and innovative horticultural techniques, how they work to promote the park’s biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and how they foster an emotional connection to nature in this challenging urban environment.

As Director of Horticulture for the Friends of the High Line, Andi Pettis leads a world-class team of gardeners who care for this beloved elevated park in Manhattan. Andi’s horticulture career in New York City spans nearly two decades, including work in both private and public garden settings, park management, and teaching at the New York Botanical Garden.

More information at http://grownativemass.org/programs/eveningswithexperts


“Super Black” Birds, Spiders, and Snakes
Wednesday, May 2
7pm - 9pm
Harvard, Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Labs, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

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

Thursday, May 3,  12:00 PM – Friday, May 4

Conference: Creating Civic Competence; the Critical Challenges
Thursday, May 3,  12:00 PM – Friday, May 4, 5:30 PM EDT
Harvard Graduate School Of Education, Larsen Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conference-creating-civic-competence-the-critical-challenges-tickets-44990792672

More information at https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/harvardconference

There is, worldwide, rapidly increasing interest in preparing youth for effective civic engagement, and growing attention to civic challenges locally and globally. The definition of civic participation is expanding. Where can rich civic education be found, how can it be promoted and developed? This Conference draws on the innovative work of the HGSE community of civic researchers, with commentaries from distinguished senior scholars in the field.

Some questions the Conference will address:
How do young people become motivated and gain civic identity?
How does early experience develop the skills for later civic and moral responsibility?
How do digital media reshape civic participation?
How can we use art to enlarge and innovate civic education?
How involved should higher education be in fixing civic problems?
How do cultural narratives and institutional structures, in the US and internationally, frame civic identity, competence and global moral responsibility?
How should we sensitively define and measure civic education outcomes in different cultural and social contexts?What can we learn from critical and participatory pedagogy among marginalized, dispossessed and conflict-ridden populations?
Full program available at https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/harvardconference
The Conference welcomes researchers, practitioners and interested members of the public. 
Registration is free and includes a welcome reception Thursday evening (May 3).

Thursday, May 3

Liquid, crystal, or glass? A new approach to city resilience
Thursday, May 3
Webex (Online) at https://mit.webex.com/mw3200/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=mit&service=6&rnd=0.036257787659354945&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmit.webex.com%2Fec3200%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004ad558ec12e5e6dc4214588d0fa70b0b94b4d405ddfcb554e316405cd587ec864%26siteurl%3Dmit%26confViewID%3D89925250247044913%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAREdOojsAQu0G8-ccHPGr-1a1lIzCpi6ZegffnYrplslg2%26

Some cities are laid out on a precise grid where the arrangement of buildings resembles the ordering of atoms in a crystal, while others are arranged more chaotically like the disordered atoms in a liquid or glass—this “texture” reveals a lot about how a city will respond to high winds in a big storm, or to a major environmental event like a hurricane or earthquake. More recently, texture was shown to be the most important determinant of an area’s urban heat island effect.

In this webinar, MIT Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Faculty Director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub Franz-Josef Ulm will discuss his "Urban Physics” approach, which uses data from familiar programs like Google Maps to capture the internal structure of city environments then simplifies complicated city conditions to identify patterns like those seen in more complex materials and link those patterns to descriptions of city texture. Once a city's texture is known, the information can be used to improve city energy management strategies and to increase building, city, and community resilience.

The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) webinar series offers information of general interest to members of the building, paving, and construction communities, as well as to educators, students, journalists, and law and policy-makers interested in the environmental and economic impacts of decision-making concerning infrastructure. Videos of past webinars are archived to the CSHub YouTube Channel.

Webinars are free and open to the public. Presentations are geared toward a lay audience.


6th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum
Thursday, May 3
11:45 am - 1:45 pm
State House, Room 428, Boston

We hope you will be able to join us. More information at karen at bostongreenfest.org


RampUp Boston III: Collective Impact to End Youth Homelessness
Thursday, May 3
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Liberty Mutual Insurance, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rampup-boston-iii-collective-impact-to-end-youth-homelessness-tickets-45220822698

The Boston Youth Service Network and The Liberty Mutual Foundation have a long history of collective impact collaboration. This year we are partnering to host a series of convenings for youth-service providers in Boston focusing on ending youth homelessness. 
Join us on Thursday, May 3rd for our final convening. Check out some photos from previous RampUp Convenings below!


Can Nuclear Energy Thrive in a Carbon-Constrained World?
WHEN  Thursday, May 3, 2018, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 1 Brattle Square #350, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Jacopo Buongiorno, TEPCO Professor and Associate Department Head, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Director, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
DETAILS  MIT has recently completed a multi-disciplinary study, to assess the prospects for new nuclear technologies, policies, business models, and regulatory governance to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon global energy system in the U.S. and around the world. In this seminar, we will present a set of findings from the MIT study that are focused on (a) cost competitiveness of nuclear in various markets with and without carbon constraints, (b) technology innovations that could substantially reduce the capital cost of new nuclear plants, and (c) regulatory pathways to accelerate the deployment of advanced reactors.
Jacopo Buongiorno is the TEPCO Professor and Associate Department Head of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in thermo-fluids engineering and nuclear reactor engineering. Jacopo has published over 80 journal articles in the areas of reactor safety and design, two-phase flow and heat transfer, and nanofluid technology. For his research work and his teaching at MIT he won several awards, including, recently, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award (MIT, 2015), and the Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award (American Nuclear Society, 2011). He is the Director of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES), which is one of eight Low-Carbon-Energy Centers (LCEC) of the MIT Energy initiative (MITEI), as well as the Director of the MIT study on the Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World. Jacopo is a consultant for the nuclear industry in the area of reactor thermal-hydraulics, and a member of the Accrediting Board of the National Academy of Nuclear Training. He is also a member of the Naval Studies Board (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine), a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (including service on its Special Committee on Fukushima in 2011-2012), a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a participant in the Defense Science Study Group (2014-2015).
LINK  https://www.belfercenter.org/event/can-nuclear-energy-thrive-carbon-constrained-world


Understanding the Many Length Scales of Ion Insertion Solids
Thursday, May 3
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 6-104 Chipman Room, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The availability of low-cost but intermittent renewable electricity (e.g., derived from solar and wind) underscores the grand challenge to store and dispatch energy so that it is available when and where it is needed. Redox-active materials promise the efficient transformation between electrical and chemical energy and are at the heart of carbon-neutral energy cycles. Understanding design rules that govern materials chemistry and architecture holds the key toward rationally optimizing technologies such as lithium-ion batteries and solid oxide fuel cells. Electrochemical reactions involved in these technologies span diverse length and time scales, ranging from Ångströms to meters and from picoseconds to years. As such, establishing a unified, predictive framework has been a challenge. The central question that motivates our research is, “can we understand and engineer redox reactions at the levels of electrons, ions, molecules, particles and devices using a bottom-up approach?”

In this talk, Prof. William Chueh from Stanford University will discuss how he and his group integrate synthesis, fabrication, characterization, modeling and data analytics to understand molecular pathways and interfacial structure, and to bridge fundamentals to energy storage and conversion technologies by establishing new design rules.


Ecological Principle for Sustainable Crop Production: Insights from Pollination Studies
WHEN  Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard University Center for the Environment, Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Research study, Science, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Planetary Health Alliance, Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Lucas Garibaldi
CONTACT INFO	pha at harvard.edu; (617) 998-2626
DETAILS  A third of all crops, and more than 85 percent of flowering plants, depend on animal pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds. Declining pollinator populations therefore pose a significant threat to biodiversity, crop yields, and human health across the globe. Conservation and management of pollinator populations represents a critical intervention that could have mutually beneficial outcomes for biodiversity and agricultural productivity. In this lecture, Dr. Lucas Garibaldi will describe his research on the role of pollinators in food systems across the globe, and discuss the implications for ecological principles of sustainable crop production more broadly. Dr. Garibaldi is Director of the Institute of Natural Resources, Agroecology, and Rural Development at the National University of Río Negro. This event is co-sponsored by the Planetary Health Alliance and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.


Bioengineered Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine
Thursday, May 3
4:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Andrés García (Georgia Institute of Technology)


"Cooperative Controversy: When Criticism Enhances Creativity in Brainstorming and Negotiation" with Dr. Jared Curhan
WHEN  Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Belfer Building, Bell Hall (5th floor), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Center for Public Leadership
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Jared Curhan, Associate Professor of Work and Organization Studies at MIT Sloan School of Management
TICKET WEB LINK  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdico2FFUe6q9FvrelW-qUUEz31Kp52G2ztm4EhDsVRfjDF_w/viewform
TICKET INFO  Please follow the ticket link to RSVP
DETAILS	CORRAL: Colloquium on Research Results Advancing Leadership, with Jared Curhan
The CORRAL speaker series provides an opportunity for scholars to share and learn about cutting edge research related to the topic of leadership, broadly defined. You are invited to the fifth installment of CORRAL, with Dr. Jared Curhan, Associate Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management, on Thursday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. 


Focus on Russia: "Cold War 2.0"
Thursday, May 3
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT,  Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Lucian Pye Conference Room, Cambridge


Stratton Lecture: Adapting to Aging with Confidence and Connection
Thursday, May 3
4:30pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building E-51, The Tang Center, Wong Auditorium, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

A collaborative project of MIT’s Medical Department, AgeLab and Women’s League, the 2018 Catherine N. Stratton Aging Successfully Lecture brings together panelists from MIT’s Medical Department and AgeLab whose work addresses fundamental issues facing older adults. This lecture will highlight three of these issues: household management, loneliness and isolation, as well as new and assistive technologies. 

Maureen Johnston, Chief of Nursing at MIT Medical

Carley Ward, Research Associate, MIT AgeLab
Samantha Brady, Research Specialist, MIT AgeLab
Chaiwoo Lee, Research Scientist, MIT AgeLab

This event is free to attend, no sign up is required. Open to the public. 


Ordinary Violence and Network Form: On #blacklivesmatter
Thursday, May 3
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Co-hosted with MIT Literature.
This talk addresses the hashtag #blacklivesmatter as a network form: a network (counter)infrastructure for the circulation and visualization of the ordinary state and quasistate violence visited upon Black bodies and populations in the United States. The University of Toronto’s Scott C. Richmond argues that #blacklivesmatter as a hashtag–but specifically neither the videos of violence and death that have circulated under it, nor the penumbra of political movements grouped under the moniker Black Lives Matter–can be productively theorized as a Black, feminist, and queer infrastructure of mourning and care on the network. In Christina Sharpe’s terms, #blacklivesmatter is a form of wake work–a digital and networked form of Black annotation that makes visible Black lives and the violence to which they are subject. It does so outside of the logics of melodrama and white identification that have organized so much of the history of figurations of Black suffering in American life. Reading with Sharpe, Saidiya Hartman, Nicole Fleetwood, Shaka McGlotten, Eyal Weizman, and others, Richmond argues that what is at stake in #blacklivesmatter is a Black political form that is also an emphatically network form, operating below, beyond, and to the side of what can be practiced, grasped at the level of the individual, of intention, and of representation.

Scott C. Richmond is assistant professor of cinema and digital media at the University of Toronto, where his teaching and research focus on avant-garde cinema and experimental media, film theory and media theory, and phenomenology and critical theory. His work has appeared, among other places in World Picture, Discourse, and the Journal of Visual Culture. He is coeditor, with Elizabeth Reich, of a special issue of Film Criticism entitled “New Approaches to Cinematic Identification.” His first book, Cinema’s Bodily Illusions: Flying, Floating, and Hallucinating, is published by the University of Minnesota Press. He is currently completing a second book entitled Find Each Other: On Encountering Others in Media.


Deeper Dive: Design Thinking Tools & Strategies
Thursday, May 3
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
BU, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/deeper-dive-design-thinking-tools-strategies-may-tickets-43487749028

Part of InnovateBU's workshop series: Designing Solutions - Local to Global, a workshop series that explores design thinking to build solutions that matter.
In this two-part workshop series, you'll learn how to start solving challenges and developing new ideas with design thinking, and learn how to apply these tools and strategies towards social challenges in your own world.

Workshop 1: Intro to Design Thinking (also offered on April 12th)
Curious about design thinking but have no idea what it really means or how it works? Join us for this introductory workshop to gain a better understanding of the process and mindset, as well as apply the framework towards a specific design challenge through a hands-on partner activity.

Workshop 2: Deeper Dive, Tools & Strategies, offered on March 29th and May 3rd)
Want to expand your design thinking toolbox and learn tips and strategies from design experts? Our Deeper Dive workshops zoom in on a specific design thinking principle, tool or strategy through fun and hands-on exercises. 

“What we need is an approach to innovation that is powerful, effective, and broadly accessible, that can be integrated into all aspects of business and society, and that individuals and teams can use to generate breakthrough ideas that are implemented and that therefore have an impact...that approach is design thinking” - Tim Brown, CEO and President of IDEO and author of Change by Design


The Task of History: An MIT Community Dialogue
Thursday, May 3
5:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

You are warmly invited to join Dean Nobles  for a special MIT Community Dialogue event and a reception following.

Responding to questions that MIT community members have asked about the "MIT and Slavery" project, four MIT historians — Lerna Ekmekcioglu, Malick Ghachem, Tanalis Padilla, and Craig Steven Wilder — will share insights on how understanding the past can be a powerful tool for shaping the future. Bring your questions and thoughts for a Q&A and audience discussion! Moderated by Melissa Nobles, Professor of Political Science and Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

About the MIT & Slavery project


Starr Forum: Mexico-USA Relations
Thursday, May 3
5:30pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building E15-070, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, MIT Economics PhD ’98
Dr. Videgaray was born in Mexico City in 1968. He holds a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a PhD in Economics with a specialization in public finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

He has more than 25 years of experience in public administration. The many positions he has held include: advisor to the Secretaries of Energy and Finance and Public Credit; Director of Public Finance at Protego, SA; Finance Secretary of the State of Mexico; and Federal Deputy in the 61st Legislature, where he served as Chairman of the Budget and Public Accounts Commission. He was campaign manager for the PRI presidential candidate and he led the presidential transition team. 

In President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration, he has served as Secretary of Finance and Public Credit (2012-2016) and as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, since January 4, 2017. 

Co-sponsors:  MIT Center for International Studies, MIT-Mexico

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served
Can't attend in person? Watch it in real-time on Facebook live or later at your convenience on our YouTube channel event archive.
For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact starrforum at mit.edu.


Apples: A New England History
Thursday, May 3
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://reservations.hmsc.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=13

Rowan Jacobsen, Author; Knight Science Journalism Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
No other fruit embodies the horticultural and cultural range of the apple. Originally from the mountains of Kazakhstan, apples have seduced bees, intoxicated monks, nourished colonists, and inspired artists, from Paul Cézanne to Rudolf Blaschka, who created Harvard’s collection of botanically precise glass apples (now on view in the Glass Flowers gallery). James Beard Award- winning author, Rowan Jacobsen, will discuss his book, Apples of Uncommon Character, and will explore the surprising ways in which the apple has shaped New England history. A tasting of heirloom ciders from Vermont’s Eden Specialty Ciders will follow the talk.


authors at MIT: Bruno Verdini Trejo, Winning Together
Thursday, May 3
MIT, Building N50, MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachuseetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Bruno Verdini Trejo, author of Winning Together, to the store. Bruno is Executive Director of the MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Negotiation, and Founder of MIT’s Concentration in Negotiation and Leadership. He created and teaches MIT’s popular courses on The Art and Science of Negotiation, and leads training and consulting work for governments, firms, and international organizations around the world.

About Winning Together:
Transboundary natural resource negotiations, often conducted in an atmosphere of entrenched mistrust, confrontation, and deadlock, can go on for decades. In this book, Bruno Verdini outlines an approach by which government, private sector, and nongovernmental stakeholders can overcome grievances, break the status quo, trade across differences, and create mutual gains in high-stakes water, energy, and environmental negotiations.

Building upon the theoretical and empirical findings, Winning Together offers advice for practitioners on effective negotiation and dispute resolution strategies that avoid the presumption that there are not enough resources to go around, and that one side must win and the other must inevitably lose.


Sustaining Peace: The Role of Ethics, Law, and Policy in Promoting a New International Security Paradigm, a conversation with Ben Ferencz, International Peace Advocate and Former Nüremberg Prosecutor
Thursday, May 3
Harvard, Andover Hall, Sperry Room (116), 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP is required at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ljPyYUHlxViLCl

The promotion of more just and peaceful societies is a fundamental goal of the United Nations (UN). In response to the spike in violent conflict worldwide and unparalleled levels of forced displacement, the UN broke new ground in 2016 with two “peacebuilding resolutions,” which set forth a new UN approach to “sustaining peace” that addresses “all stages of conflict” and “all its dimensions.” Join us as we explore what law, policy, and ethics can teach us about “sustaining peace” and how the UN can be assisted in forging a more coherent vision of this new paradigm. Co-sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
Read here about how Ben Ferencz is inspiring the international law and human rights work of HDS fellow and RPP adviser Federica D’Alessandra, who will moderate the event.

Benjamin B. Ferencz, JD ’43, Harvard Law School; Harvard Law School Medal of Freedom 2014; former United States Prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal at Nüremberg
Gabriella Blum, LLM '01, SJD '03, Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; Faculty Director of the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC); and member of the Program on Negotiation (PON) Executive Board, Harvard Law School
J. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Secretary for Social Services, Archdiocese of Boston
Federica D’Alessandra, LLM, 2013-16 Fellow and 2010-12 Associate, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; 2016-17 Visiting Scholar/Researcher Program, Harvard Law School; 2017-18 Fellow and 2016-18 Religions and the Practice of Peace Adviser, Harvard Divinity School


An Introduction to Scenario Planning for Climate Change (and other long-term issues)
Thursday, May 3
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard , University Hall, 4th Floor, Room 4140, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/organizations-and-social-change-masterclass-series-scenario-planning-for-climate-change-tickets-45384801162

Nardia Haigh, Associate Professor of Management, UMass Boston
Come and learn how to use scenario planning to develop long-term strategies tailored for any organization.
Traditional strategic planning processes produce strategic plans with a rolling 5-year time horizon. These are necessary for giving decision-makers a view of what may emerge during their tenure; however, are not adequate to understand large-scale issues, such as climate change, because they focus only on known trends and competition. Most significant investments, assets, opportunities and challenges will outlive a 5-year strategy.

In this masterclass, you will learn about scenario planning as a method for long-term strategic management. Scenario planning is a powerful strategic planning method that develops multiple potential futures 10, 15, 25 or more years from now, based on identifying and analyzing the driving forces that will shape the future.

Nardia Haigh is a leader in teaching professionals and students how to use scenario planning to address the long-term implications of climate change. She has a forthcoming book on scenario planning for climate change, to be published with Routledge. Nardia is also teaching a full online course on scenario planning at UMass Boston in Fall 2018: Enroll in MBAMGT 689-01C Strategic Management (class 9953).

Organizations and Social Change Masterclass Series


Thursday, May 3
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Boston Society of Architects (BSA), 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
RSVP at https://civicseries.org/event/autonomous-vehicles-city-streets-greenways-or-gridlock/?mc_cid=10c2e2c3c6&mc_eid=f1cb278a6c

We have all seen autonomous vehicles in the news quite a bit lately. Do they make you nervous? Or are you counting the days until they are deployed? Either way, the effect they will have on our cities and streets will be huge. On one hand, autonomous vehicles may bring new opportunities as a more efficient form of transportation and less people traveling. On the other hand, if everyone has their own autonomous vehicle we may face even worse gridlock. 

You might also wonder how will cities regulate and plan for these vehicles? How will cities charge for parking? Will their be fees for driving without a passenger? Additionally, industries may welcome some regulation to guarantee there is space for pick up and drop off. Or industry may fight new licensing requirements.

The Boston Society of Architects and Civic Series are joining forces to present the scenarios and choices we will face as consumers and voters with the continued roll out and experimentation of autonomous vehicles in our communities. What do you want to see? What questions do you still have?

Join us for an engaging dialogue and debate between our speakers about the future of autonomous vehicles in Boston and beyond, followed by extensive Q&A and discussion.

**Stay for snacks after the event to talk further about the topic with attendees & the speakers!**

Speakers (and more to come!): 
Alison Felix, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner & Emerging Technologies Specialist
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Alyhkan Mohamed, Planner and Urban Designer, Sasaki
Vineet Gupta, Director of Policy and Planning, City of Boston Transportation Department
Kris Carter, City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics


The Great Stain: Witnessing American Slavery
Thursday, May 3
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/noel-rae-the-great-stain-witnessing-american-slavery-tickets-45301656474

“Through adept use of historical documents and artful storytelling, Rae examines nearly 300 years of American slavery and attempts to answer the question: ‘What was it like?’ . . . To allow narrative voices, black and white, to come through, Rae draws on a remarkable assemblage of documents . . . as well as oral histories of former slaves and excerpts from the writings of free persons who lived in the South . . . The result is a uniquely immediate, multi-voiced, specific, arresting, and illuminating look at life under slavery in America.”
About the Author

Historian Noel Rae received an honors degree in history from Oxford University. His books include The People’s War: Original Voices of the American Revolution, Witnessing America: The Library of Congress Book of Firsthand Accounts of Life in America, and This is Berlin: Radio Broadcasts from Nazi Germany. He lives in Westchester, NY.


Thursday, May 3 
Boston Opera House, Boston
RSVP at https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/01005441D215673C
Cost:  $70 - $150

Editorial Comment:  I have become extremely skeptical of the TED format.  It is an event designed to hype an audience up in 10 or 15 minute increments, one talk after another, to no great purpose.  The audience is usually at least as accomplished as those speaking from the stage but there is no effort made to direct that expertise.  From my aged, bitter, cynical perspective, TED is intellectual Muzak.  But I could be wrong.

Friday, May 4

The Power of Influencers | BostonSpeaksSeries, May Edition
Friday, May 4
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
BostonSpeaks, 50 Milk Street, 20th FL, Lighthouse, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-influencers-bostonspeaksseries-may-edition-tickets-45175770947

BostonSpeaks invites you to join our monthly panel breakfast series for entrepreneurs! Learn, network and get inspired every month as we invite some of the most exciting entrepreneurs and top thought leaders in Boston to discuss tricks-of-the-trade in their fields and the success principles they gained along the way! 
Secrets To Gaining An Engaging Following
How Does One Become An Influencer or Micro-Influencer?
Network With The Community And Like-Minded Individuals
Q/A with Panelists
8:00-8:10 AM: Breakfast, Networking, Chit-Chats
8:10-8:20 AM: Introductions
8:20-8:45 AM: Break Out Sessions!
8:45-9:45 AM: Panel Discussion
9:45-10:00 AM: Closing, Shout-outs, Networking
Special Shoutout to ArtWeek Boston!
JACQUELINE NEVES - Founder of J.Q. Louise, a travel and lifestyle brand.
Jacqueline is a travel and lifestyle influencer based in Boston. Her blog, JQLouise.com, offers personal travel stories, curated itineraries, and tips for the globetrotting foodie. In addition to her blog and social channels, Jacqueline has contributed to outlets such as Teen Vogue, The Food Network, NESN TV, among others. www.instagram.com/jqlouise
JOSH DREAN - Social Media Influencer...? Ruggedly handsome young man? Co-founder of Forgeant!
Josh is a social entrepreneur, business consultant, and keynoter on entrepreneurship, social media marketing, and effective communication. 
His internationally-acclaimed YouTube channel has millions of views and his high quality videos have been used in game shows and by brands like Converse Shoes. 
He has provided consulting services to local and international businesses and academic institutions and leads workshops and training on leadership development, getting paid to speak, persuasion, and public speaking. 
ELISSA GARZANIOR - Blogger & Social Media Consultant
Elissa Garza is a Texas native, an Emerson College alumni, and the founder and creative force behind Style-Wire.com. What started a creative outlet while working a mediocre finance job soon transformed into a growing passion and lucrative business with an organic social following of over 20,000. Armed with little more than her camera and some pocket change, Elissa has established one of the premier fashion and lifestyle blogs in the Boson area and now provides freelance social media and photography services throughout greater Boston. http://www.instagram.com/style_wire/
TONY MOZE - The RHYMING Book Reviewer
Tony is a United States Army veteran and social worker. After receiving his bachelors and masters in psychology, Tony worked 10 years with children, adolescent and adult psychiatric patients. Today he fuses his passions of books, acting and music to make rhyming book reviews. This is a business that digitally markets books and authors in a unique and entertaining way. For more information, check out his Youtube channel, podcast featured on Apple iTunes, and the social media platforms listed on here. http://www.instagram.com/tony_moze5
Kit Pang is a Communication Expert, TEDx and Keynote speaker and the Founder of BostonSpeaks. He started this monthly breakfast series in order to build a community where entrepreneurs, business professionals, workaholics and individuals could come together to get motivated, learn the latest tips and discover new insights.
Kit is on a mission to help individuals become exceptional speakers and communicators. His seminars and talks have been credited as super fun, engaging, soul-searching and insightful. His happy clients include individuals from organizations such as Dell, Delta, RE/MAX, Harvard or MIT. Learn more about how you can improve your communication, leadership or business skills at http://www.bostonspeaks.com


The Return of Famine
Friday, May 4
9:00 AM 
Tufts, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Asean Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-return-of-famine-registration-44374555490

Between 2000 and 2011 there were no famines, and deaths in humanitarian emergencies had been much reduced. Yet today famine has returned to the world stage. In 2017, the United Nations identified four situations of acute food insecurity that threatened famine or breached that threshold—in north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Drawing on Tufts University’s distinguished record of scholarship and public engagement on the subject of famine, this conference will bring together faculty and researchers from across the University, in conversation with outside experts. Panels will address why famine has returned, today’s humanitarian challenges, legal and political issues related to criminalizing famine, and the most pressing famine of today, Yemen.
This event is hosted by the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Feinstein International Center, and Tufts University.
9:00- 9:30am Welcome and Introductions
Welcome and introductions: Greg Gottlieb, Feinstein International Centre and Alex de Waal, World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School
9:30-11:00am Panel One: Why has Famine Returned?
Panelists will address the multi-causal nature of famine, including looking at climatic, food production, economic and political causes of famine, and how these contributed both to the spectacular decline in famines and to new and emergent famine risks.
Chair: Diana Chigas
Panelists: Dan Maxwell
Bill Moomaw	
11:30-1:00pm Panel Two: Challenges of Humanitarian Action
Panelists will address the way in which humanitarian action has become more extensive, ambitious, complex and professional than ever before, with a wider than ever number of actors. They will examine the nutritional, public health, logistical, informational, coordination and security challenges of mounting humanitarian responses.
Chair: Dan Maxwell
Panelists: Jennifer Leaning
Patrick Webb
Erin Boyd
1:00-2:00pm Lunch based on standard humanitarian aid rations will be served
2:00-3:30pm	Panel Three: The Politics and Law of Starvation 
Panelists will address the question of starvation as a war crime or crime against humanity, and as a political failure, and the measures that could be undertaken to enhance political will to prevent famine and legal and political actions to ensure accountability for starvation crimes.
Chair: Bridget Conley
Panelists: Alex de Waal
Luka Kuol
Tom Dannenbaum
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann 
4:00-5:30pm	Panel Four: The Crisis in Yemen
The humanitarian crisis is the biggest disaster of food crisis, health crisis and the massive destruction of livelihoods of our time. It is largely a man-made disaster, perpetrated on a civilian population as a byproduct of the conduct of war—a war in close western allies have a leading role. Panelists will discuss the Yemen crisis and what should be the international response.
Chair: Greg Gottlieb
Panelists: Martha Mundy
Monica Toft
Dyan Mazurana

Alex de Waal, Executive Director, World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 
Bill Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Bridget Conley, Research Director, World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 
Dan Maxwell, Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University 
Diana Chigas, Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Senior International Officer and Associate Provost, Tufts University
Dyan Mazurana, Research Director, Gender, Youth, and Community, Feinstein; Associate Research Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Director, Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) program; Senior Fellow, World Peace Foundation
Erin Boyd, Adjunct Instructor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Greg Gottlieb, Director, Feinstein International Center, Irwin H. Rosenberg Professor in Nutrition and Human Security, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University 
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University 
Luka Kuol, Professor of Practice for Security Studies, Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Martha Mundy, Professor Emeritus Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science
Monica Toft, Professor of International Politics, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Patrick Webb, Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Rhoda E. Howard - Hassmann, Professor, School of International Policy and Governance, and Department of Political Science; Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, Wilfred Laurier University
Tom Dannenbaum, Assistant Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 

Read our statement on ending famine, and sign the petition at Change.org. 


Fred Astaire Movie Festival
WHEN  Friday, May 4, 2018, 12 – 10 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Dudley House Common Room, Lehman Hall, 53 Dunster Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Dance, Film, Humanities, Lecture, Music, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Dudley House Classic Films
SPEAKER(S)  Chris Bamberger @ 6:30 p.m. "Fred Astaire: Beyond the Cliches”
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	zawalich at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Fred Astaire Festival
12:15 p.m. A Damsel in Distress 
2 p.m. The Gay Divorcee 
4 p.m. Refreshments 
4:30 p.m. Top Hat 
6:30 p.m. Fred Astaire: Beyond the Cliches 
8 p.m. Royal Wedding 
LINK  http://www.dudley.harvard.edu


Self-Driving Cars:  Pros and Cons for the Public's Health
Friday, May 4
Noon-1pm ET
Webinar at http://ForumHSPH.org

No longer the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars already are being tested in numerous U.S. markets. These autonomous vehicles may revolutionize the automotive world, potentially reducing human error, reshaping transportation systems and transforming the country’s roadway infrastructure. However recent deaths linked to self-driving technology have caused concern about safety and have raised questions about whether the field is moving too quickly. In this Forum, experts will review current technology, regulation, realistic long-term plans, and the risks and benefits of a driverless future.


Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: Learning representations of the visual world
Friday, May 4
2:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jon Shlens, Google Brain
Abstract: Recent advances in machine learning have profoundly influenced our study of computer vision. Successes in this field have demonstrated the expressive power of learning representations directly from visual imagery — both in terms of practical utility and unexpected expressive abilities. In this talk I will discuss several contributions which have helped improve our ability to learn representations of images. First, I will describe recent advances for constructing models for extracting semantic information from images by leveraging transfer learning and meta-learning techniques. Such learned models outperform human-invented architectures and are readily scalable across a range of computational budgets. Second, I will highlight recent efforts focused on the converse problem of synthesizing images through the rich visual vocabulary of painting styles and visual textures. This work permits a unique exploration of visual space and offers a window on to the structure of the learned representation of visual imagery. My hope is that these works will highlight common threads in machine and human vision and point towards opportunities for future research.

Speaker Bio: Jon Shlens is a senior research scientist at Google since 2010. Prior to joining Google Research, he was a research fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley. His research interests include machine perception, statistical signal processing, machine learning and biological neuroscience.

Event website: https://cbmm.mit.edu/news-events/events/brains-minds-machines-seminar-series-learning-representations-visual-world


A Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Friday, May 4
2:00pm — 3:30pm
MIT Media Lab, E14, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

In Stamped from the Beginning, award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi shows that while many Americans believe that we are living in a post-racial society, and that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism, racist thought is alive and well in America—more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. If we have any hope of grappling with this reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.
In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

Contrary to popular conceptions, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Instead, they were devised and honed by some of the most brilliant minds of each era. These intellectuals used their brilliance to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial disparities in everything from wealth to health. And while racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them--and in the process, gives us reason to hope. 
Ibram X. Kendi is an award-winning scholar and a New York Times best-selling author. He is Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, he was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. Stamped was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and it was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and an NAACP Image Award.

Ibram X. Kendi 
Kendi is also the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. He has published essays in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, Salon, Time, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has provided commentary on a host of local, national, and international radio and television outlets, and he has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the Library of Congress, National Academy of Education, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Brown University, and Princeton University. He was named to The Root 100 2017, and recognized as the most 29th most influential African American between the ages of 25 and 45. His next book, which will be published by One World/Random House, is tentatively titled, How to Be an Antiracist: A Memoir of My Journey


Science for the People:  Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists
Friday, May 4
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes UMass Amherst history professor SIGRID SCHMALZER, UMass Amherst history lecturer DANIEL S. CHARD, and Harvard MD/Ph.D. candidate ALYSSA BOTELHO for a discussion of their co-edited book, Science for the People: Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists.
About Science for the People

For the first time, this book compiles original documents from Science for the People, the most important radical science movement in U.S. history. Between 1969 and 1989, Science for the People mobilized American scientists, teachers, and students to practice a socially and economically just science, rather than one that served militarism and corporate profits. Through research, writing, protest, and organizing, members sought to demystify scientific knowledge and embolden "the people" to take science and technology into their own hands. The movement's numerous publications were crucial to the formation of science and technology studies, challenging mainstream understandings of science as "neutral" and instead showing it as inherently political. Its members, some at prominent universities, became models for politically engaged science and scholarship by using their knowledge to challenge, rather than uphold, the social, political, and economic status quo.

Highlighting Science for the People's activism and intellectual interventions in a range of areas―including militarism, race, gender, medicine, agriculture, energy, and global affairs―this volume offers vital contributions to today's debates on science, justice, democracy, sustainability, and political power.


Inspiring Engineering Lecture: GM's Vision for Autonomous Vehicles
Friday, May 4
MIT, Building 35-225, 127 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join GM’s Amanda Damman and MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering for an Inspiring Engineering Lecture on Autonomous Vehicles!

Hear from Amanda about her path to Chief Engineer, GM’s vision for autonomous vehicles, and the latest innovations incorporated in the AV Bolt.

A display vehicle will be on the lawn outside Building 35 all day.


MIT D-Lab Spring Student Showcase
Friday, May 4
5:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT D-Lab, N51-310 265 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd flr, Cambridge

Students from D-Lab: Design, D-Lab: Education and Learning, D-Lab: Energy, D-Lab: Field Research, D-Lab: New Economies, D-Lab: Smallholder Agriculture, D-Lab: Water and Climate Change, and Health, and Humanitarian Innovation: Design for Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding, in addition to fellows and UROPs will present projects and protoypes from the semester! Instructors will give brief presentations and attendees viewed all the posters and working prototypes on display throughout the D-Lab space! 


BU Spark! Demo Day
Friday, May 4
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
BU, BUild Lab, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bu-spark-demo-day-tickets-44859419732

Demo Day is an end of semester ritual where Spark! Fellows, X-Lab Teams, and CS student clubs show off the technology projects they have been working on. 

Spark! Fellows are creating new basketball tracking analytics using machine learning, generating smart playlists for DJs from the shared music streaming services of their party attendees, developing a free stock picking and education platform for beginner investors. And many more projects conceptualized and built by BU's talented computer science and engineering students.

The X-Lab will feature Apps and data Science projects completed on behalf of local partners from the startup and social innovation community including a fitness and wellness app called Global Joy, data visualizations of Brasilian across America, and an online activity tracker for the small screen addict for LatchMobile.

come see whats in the Github of your computer science classmates!


Book Launch for Kevin McLellan's Ornitheology and Short Films by Jessica Sarah Rinland
Friday, May 4
5:30pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building e15-001, ACT Cube, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Please join us for the launch of ACT's Financial Assistant, Kevin McLellan's latest work, Ornitheology, plus screenings of short films by Jessica Sarah Rinland (SMACT'18).

The reading, performance, and screenings will be followed by a book signing and reception.


Redemption:  Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours
Friday, May 4
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning journalist JOSEPH ROSENBLOOM for a discussion of his debut book, Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours.

About Redemption
At 10:33 a.m. on April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., landed in Memphis on a flight from Atlanta. A march that he had led in Memphis six days earlier to support striking garbage workers had turned into a riot, and King was returning to prove that he could lead a violent-free protest.

King's reputation as a credible, non-violent leader of the civil rights movement was in jeopardy just as he was launching the Poor People's Campaign. He was calling for massive civil disobedience in the nation's capital to pressure lawmakers to enact sweeping anti-poverty legislation. But King didn't live long enough to lead the protest. He was fatally shot at 6:01 p.m. on April 4th in Memphis.

Redemption is an intimate look at the last thirty-one hours and twenty-eight minutes of King's life. King was exhausted from a brutal speaking schedule. He was being denounced in the press and by political leaders as an agent of violence. He was facing dissent even within the civil rights movement and among his own staff at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In Memphis, a federal court injunction was barring him from marching. As threats against King mounted, he feared an imminent, violent death. The risks were enormous, the pressure intense.


The Greenhouse Playlab: A Climate Change Theatre Incubator
Friday, May 4
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Museum of Science, 1 Museum of Science Driveway, Boston
RSVP at https://www.mos.org/public-events/greenhouse-playlab

In collaboration with the Museum of Science, Flat Earth Theatre has commissioned several new plays from premier Boston playwrights, including MJ Halberstadt (The Launch Prize, That Time the House Burned Down), Flat Earth co-founder Kevin Mullins (A Southern Victory, Citizens of the Empire: a Space Opera), Nina Louise Morrison (Born Naked, Google Doll), and Francisca Da Silveira (Heritage Hill Naturals) that focus on issues of climate change. Over the course of Flat Earth Theatre's 2017 – 2018 season, the playwrights will be matched with climate change scientists and experts to study, learn, and understand the issues present in their plays.

The project culminates Friday, May 4 with an evening of excerpt readings of the finished plays for the public at the Museum of Science, followed by a conversation between the creative teams and experts to illuminate how artists and their work can contribute to the important conversation and debate around climate change advocacy and policy-making. Book signing to follow.

Adults 18+ Only.

Saturday, May 5

Wake Up the Earth Festival
Saturday, May 5
Jamaica Plain

More information at http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/festivals-events

Editorial Comment:  Always a great party!


The Spring 2018 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
Saturday, May 5 
NOON to 2 pm )Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Sunday May 6, 12-2)
at Fayette Park (near the corner of Broadway and Fayette Street), Cambridge

Bring anything you’d like to share. Elegant packaging not required, but please do write down the names of plants.  We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, indoor plants, catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever."  Feel free to just come, chat with neighbors, talk gardening. 


Saturday, May 5
2 to 4
Somerville Community Growing Center, Vinal Avenue, Somerville

Welcome spring: maypole dance, Morris dancers, garden info

Sunday, May 6

Meet Your Oyster Farmer: Zack Dixon, Justin Dalby & Jacob Dalby
Sunday, May 6
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Red's Best Fish Market & Eatery, 100 Hanover Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-your-oyster-farmer-zack-dixon-justin-dalby-jacob-dalby-tickets-44997384388

Do you know your fisherman? Join Red's Best for our monthly tradition where the first Sunday of every month is $1 Buck Shuck at the Boston Public Market! $1 oysters are available from 11 am until we run out y’all!

But this month we have an added bonus - a chance to meet the grower! Eat and talk. Eat and talk. Wellfleet oyster growers Zack Dixon, Jacob Darby and Justin Darby visit for a free information table to better understand the Massachusetts oyster process and what makes Wellfleet unique. #fishermenfirst #eatlocalseafood #weloveoysters


Let's Talk About Drawdown, by Paul Hawken
Sunday, May 6
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
1 Fayette Park, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Biodiversity-for-a-Livable-Climate/events/250033043/

Last year Paul Hawken and his research team published Drawdown, a remarkable collection of climate solutions from the high-tech to the amazing lowly biological. What are the implications for climate and biodiversity?

Join the conversation with Bio4Climate staff, including scientist Jim Laurie, executive director Adam Sacks, and associate director Paula Phipps. We'll explore the possibilities that Hawken describes - some of the whys and wherefores, the good and the not-so-good - it's a smorgasbord, there's something for everyone to love or despise. If you have a copy of Drawdown bring it along, propose your favorites for animated discussion. BTW, it's very browse-able, beautifully designed too, and affordable.

Even if you've never seen Drawdown before, come anyway. We'll have a few extra copies to peruse - and you will surely have an opinion!

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is a small non-profit so a minimum donation of $10 is requested.

Editorial Comment:  My notes on Drawdown are available at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2017/09/drawdown.html

Monday, May 7

The Medical Response to Climate Change
Monday, May 7
12:45pm - 2:15pm
Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood, Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://fs6.formsite.com/harvardhigh/form171/index.html

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring Paul Farmer, Gina McCarthy, Aaron Bernstein, Mary Rice and Ashish Jha.

Registration is free, but required.


Responsibility Sensitive Safety of Self-Driving Cars
Monday, May 7
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
MIT, Building 32-G449 (Stata Center - Patil/Kiva Conference Room), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Shai Shalev-Shwartz , Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mobileye 
Abstract: In recent years, car makers and tech companies have been racing towards self driving cars. It seems that the main parameter in this race is who will have the first car on the road. The goal of the talk is to add to the equation two additional crucial parameters. The first is standardization of safety assurance --- what are the minimal requirements that every self-driving car must satisfy, and how can we verify these requirements. The second parameter is scalability --- engineering solutions that lead to unleashed costs will not scale to millions of cars, which will push interest in this field into a niche academic corner, and drive the entire field into a "winter of autonomous driving". In the first part of the talk I will show why statistical guarantees give a very weak safety and will propose instead a white-box, interpretable, mathematical model for safety assurance, which we call Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS). Time permitting, the second part of the talk will involve reinforcement learning techniques for scalable driving policy.

Joint work with Shaked Shammah and Amnon Shashua.

Bio:  Shai Shalev-Shwartz is a VP Technology at Mobileye, a Senior Fellow at Intel, and a professor in the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Shalev-Shwartz is the author of the book “Online Learning and Online Convex Optimization,” and a co-author of the book “Understanding Machine Learning: From Theory to Algorithms”. His research is around the theoretical foundations of machine learning as well as crafting theoretically justified optimization algorithms that make learning more efficient. He received several best paper awards, was listed in the Aminer top 100 most influential scholar list of 2016, and was listed at the 17'th place in The-Marker's top 100 most influential people in Israel, under the title “the brain behind artificial intelligence”, acknowledging his contributions to Mobileye's technology.

Contact: Marcia G. Davidson, 617-253-3049, marcia at csail.mit.edu


Bridging Communities through the Arts 
Monday, May 7
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
BU School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bridging-communities-through-the-arts-tickets-44115642073

There are many paths to pursuing peace among divided communities. In this workshop-style symposium, we will engage with artists who use their gifts to cross divides in areas of conflict.

Arts workshop with Deborah Nathan, Executive Director of Artsbridge, Inc. Engage in artistic exercises and dialogical techniques designed to attend productively to conflict and trauma from violence. Deborah will draw from her work bringing together teens from each side of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.

Musical Workshop with Jewish Israeli recording artist Achinoam Nini (Noa), and Arab-Israeli singer, songwriter, and actress Mira Awad. Be part of a conversation with the two acclaimed performers who will share their journey of creative collaboration and peace activism through story and song.

The program will include an interactive text study session on pluralism facilitated by Rabbi Or Rose, Director of The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership.
This event is FREE, but RSVPs are required.


Nine Irish Lives: The Fighters, Thinkers, & Artists Who Helped Build America
Monday, May 7
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nine-irish-lives-the-thinkers-fighters-artists-who-helped-build-america-registration-45196267252

Screenwriter and author Mark Bailey and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan discuss their new book, Nine Irish Lives: The Fighters, Thinkers, & Artists Who Helped Build America.  Dr. Robert Mauro, director of the Boston College Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute, moderates.


Trust, but Verify:  Using blockchain technology to derisk financial eluding in emerging markets
Monday, May 7
Aeronaut, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Mark Weber, MIT Digital Currency Initiative


Chasing New Horizons:  Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
Monday, May 7
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning scientists ALAN STERN and DAVID GRINSPOON for a discussion of their new book, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto.

About Chasing New Horizons
On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than 3 billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, just as quickly, continued on its journey out into the beyond.

Nothing like this has occurred in a generation―a raw exploration of new worlds unparalleled since NASA’s Voyager missions to Uranus and Neptune―and nothing quite like it is planned to happen ever again. The photos that New Horizons sent back to Earth graced the front pages of newspapers on all 7 continents, and NASA’s website for the mission received more than 2 billion hits in the days surrounding the flyby. At a time when so many think that our most historic achievements are in the past, the most distant planetary exploration ever attempted not only succeeded in 2015 but made history and captured the world’s imagination.

How did this happen? Chasing New Horizons is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission: of their decades-long commitment and persistence; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly the mission; and of the plans for New Horizons’ next encounter, 1 billion miles past Pluto in 2019. Told from the insider’s perspective of mission leader Dr. Alan Stern and others on New Horizons, Chasing New Horizons is a riveting story of scientific discovery, and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal.


The Influence of Technology on our Moral Norms: Who Decides? What is Right? What is Wrong? How Do We Know?
Monday, May 7
7pm (doors @ 6)
Le Laboratoire, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.lelaboratoirecambridge.com/may-7-the-influence-of-technology
Cost:  $15/advance / $20 at door / students free

a Long Now Boston conversation with Loren J Samons II, Professor, Classical Studies at Boston University and Juan Enriquez, Futurist, Educator, Author, Venture Investor 

Juan Enriquez, renowned futurist, best-selling author and venture investor will lead Long Now Boston in an interactive conversation on the structure and formation of moral norms and the profound influence technology exerts on those norms. Join the conversation and become part of the solution.

Audience participation will be a key part of this conversation.

Tuesday, May 8

The Trump Administration and the Health of the Public
Tuesday, May 8
8:30 am - 3:00 pm 
BU School of Public Health, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-programs/deans-symposia/the-trump-administration-and-the-health-of-the-public/

The day will bring together public health scholars, journalists, thought leaders, and the wider public health community to discuss how we can view Trump-era policies and their impact on health more than a year into the new administration. The day is very much nonpartisan, and we do not approach this with any preordained answers. We hope that speakers will use the best available data to inform their presentation, or—recognizing that it is still too early for many definitive studies—to ground their comments in the state-of-the-science. 
Cosponsored with Lancet Commission on Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era

#BUSPHSymposia. LIVE STREAMING AVAILABLE at www.bu.edu/sph/live
breakfast, 8 a.m., doors open, 7:30 a.m.
CONTACT EMAIL:  eventsph at bu.edu
Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided

Notes: This event will be recorded (videotaped, audiotaped, and/or photographed) and the recording may be reproduced and distributed on public-facing websites like YouTube and BUniverse. If you prefer not to appear in the recording, please sit in the area designated. If you have questions about where to sit, please speak to the videographer or photographer.


13th Annual Plant Biology Initiative Symposium:  Natural History Collections in the Anthropocene
Tuesday, May 8
8:30am - 5pm
Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

More information at https://pbi.oeb.harvard.edu/symposium


Renewable Energy Integration Opportunities in Chile
Tuesday, May 8
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual https://sdm.mit.edu/renewable-energy-integration-opportunities-in-chile/#reg

Chile was one of fewer than 15 countries worldwide that had solar and wind energy production levels above 10 percent in 2017. Rapidly integrating these renewable sources into the power system has created significant challenges and opportunities for regulators, system operators, and market entities.

This webinar will explain how both public and private entities can take advantage of the transition now under way in Chile’s power system. It will cover:
challenges and opportunities created in the operation of the power system;
elements driving the need for flexibility to support renewable energy integration in the power system; and
key regulatory and policy challenges to incentivize a more flexible power system in the future.
A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!


Imagining a World Without Disease – Moving from Disease Management to Strategies Aimed at Interception, Prevention and Cure
Tuesday, May 8
3:30 PM – 7:45 PM EDT
AlixPartners, 200 Clarendon Street, 49th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imagining-a-world-without-disease-focus-on-interception-and-prevention-registration-45148796265

Imagine a paradigm shift from disease care to health care through novel approaches aimed at prevention, interception, and cure.
Advances in science and technology have brought us closer to a world in which we can look beyond treating the symptoms of disease to a more holistic health care model that leverages areas such as genomics, diagnostics, digital health technologies, and behavioral science to detect disease at the earliest stage possible and then stop, reverse or inhibit progression in an individual.
Through two interactive panel discussions, thought leaders from industry and academia will provide insights on how a variety of tools can be leveraged or combined to create potentially transformative solutions for patients. Panelists will highlight their ongoing efforts to prevent, intercept, and cure disease, including lung cancer, and present their vision for future opportunities. This program’s focus spans across all sectors of the healthcare and life sciences industries, including biotechnology, life sciences, medical devices, consumer healthcare, and digital health.

How can we collaborate to prevent and intercept disease?
What tools do we need to prevent and intercept disease?
How can “Big Data” (including molecular data and imaging data) be leveraged to prevent and intercept disease?
How can digital health products be used to prevent and intercept disease?
What role can imaging play in diagnosing and intercepting disease?
How can we build a better understanding of the underpinnings of disease to develop approaches to prevent, intercept, and cure disease?
How can behavioral science contribute to efforts to prevent and intercept disease?
3:30 PM: Check in and registration
4:00 PM: Welcome
4:15 PM: Panel Discussion - Interception: Collaborating to intercept disease
5:30 PM: Panel Discussion - Prevention: What tools do we need to prevent disease?
6:45 PM: Networking Reception
7:45 PM: Program End

Panel Discussion: Interception – Collaborating to intercept disease
Cris De Luca | Global Director, Digital Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Bruce Rosengard, M.D., FRCS | Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Global External Innovation, Medical Devices
Ivan Salgo, M.D., M.S., MBA | Associate Chief Medical Officer; Monitoring, Analytics & Therapeutic Care - Business Group, Philips
Alex Waldron | Chief Commercial Officer, Pear Therapeutics, Inc.
[Moderator] Kristina Isakovich | Director, Alix Partners
Panel Discussion: Prevention – What tools do we need to prevent disease?
Stefanie Dhanda | Senior Director, Consumer Scientific Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Consumer
Manolis Kellis, Ph.D. | Professor of Computer Science, MIT and Head, MIT Computational Biology Group
Bernat Olle, Ph.D. | Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta Biosciences, Inc. 
Kevin Wildenhaus | Behavioral Science Leader, Johnson & Johnson World Without Disease Accelerator
[Moderator] Sarah Hogan | Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

If you have any questions relating to the event, please contact Samantha Lifson at slifson at its.jnj.com.


Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) Project Showcase
Tuesday, May 8
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Harvard, Pierce Hall, Room 301, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2aU7Ial0RVh2jnLdrrGwiiABg_OcFB3Dw37kK_92PyDzHNw/viewform?usp=send_form

Mingle with IACS faculty and friends while learning about the cutting edge research done by master's students in Harvard's Computational Science and Engineering program.

These are some of the projects students will present:
Deep learning, with its potential to revolutionize fields, raises concerns of model interpretability and reliability. How do we ensure that Google Brain's models are not fooled by adversarial examples?
How do we make use of machine learning algorithms to improve the effectiveness of algorithmically curated Spotify playlists and to analyze what audio features contribute to the popularity of playlists?
Working with Square Capital, can we find robust models for predicting business trends that also have qualitatively desirable properties?
How can we use machine learning methods to analyze the nematode life cycle from light microscopy images and movies for BASF Corporation?


Finding New Opportunities in the Circular Economy
Tuesday, May 8 
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
MIT, Building 32-124, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://mitefcamb.z2systems.com/np/clients/mitefcamb/eventRegistration.jsp?event=2139&_ga=2.184111014.1247927425.1524104999-1895775866.1458499108
Cost:  Non-members: $30; Livestream Non-members: $30; Members: $20; Livestream Members: $20; Students: $10; Livestream Students: $10; Student members: $5; Livestream Student Members: $5

“What if the goods of today become the resources of tomorrow?”

“Looking beyond the current take-make-dispose extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital.”     Ellen McArthur Foundation

The circular economy is huge. Accenture estimates that the circular economy represents a $4.5 trillion opportunity, according to its 2015 Waste to Wealth study. Those companies that have not already embraced circular practices are facing pressure from shareholders and consumers to ensure that products and materials are recovered and regenerated at the end of their service life. For many companies this signifies a seismic shift -- a daunting but necessary -- business model transformation, replete with risks and opportunities.

Join us to learn:
Where are the opportunities in this transition, especially for start-ups?
What makes the circular economy supply chain different from traditional supply chains?
How do we design products that can be ‘made to be made again’?
What new technologies will be required?
What are key criteria investors look for?
How best to drive growth from a market or regulatory perspective?

Moderator:  Kim Knickle, Manufacturing Lead, Blue Metal, an Insights Company
Speakers:  Danielle Joseph, Investment Officer, The Closed Loop Fund
TBD, Jabil
Nicholas Tétreault , Senior Consultant, Sofies
Ned Bartlett, VP, Government Markets, Veolia, North America
For a quick look at the concept: https://youtu.be/zCRKvDyyHmI

5:30 - 6:00pm - Registration and Networking
6:00 – 7:30pm – Panel Discussion with Audience Q&A
7:30 - 8:30pm - Networking


Nanotechnology Advances for Healthcare and Environment
Tuesday, May 8
6:00 PM
MIT, Building 56-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge 

Sameer Sonkusale, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Professor of Biomedical Engineering (adjunct); Director, Nano Lab, Tufts University

The answers to the grand challenges facing the society may lie in going small....really small. I will introduce nano-scale science and engineering where we can design and manipulate matter bottom-up with precision of less than one thousandth the thickness of human hair into life-size devices. While the promise of nanotechnology is endless, I will concern ourselves with democratizing this science for the public. I will address ways we can make such nano-enabled devices to sense our environment, food and health using low cost environmentally friendly techniques.

Prof. Sonkusale's teaching and research interests are in the area of flexible bioelectronics, biomedical micro- and nanodevices, lab-on-chip systems, nanoscale sensors, low power integrated circuits, analog to information converters, and active metamaterials for terahertz applications. His current research on "smart threads" to use engineered smart nano-infused threads for surgical sutures, wound dressings and wearable diagnsotics has been featured prominently by leading news organizations like the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, Inc.com, National Public Radio (WBUR), IEEE Spectrum, The Telegraph (UK) to name a few.

The Science for the Public 2018 Science Lecture Series at MIT 


The MIT Forum: Whitfield Diffie '65
Tuesday, May 8
6:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building E52, Samberg Conference Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Join fellow MIT alumni and friends for a special MIT Forum event featuring Whitfield Diffie '65, cryptographer, internet pioneer, and scholar. Diffie, a consulting professor at The Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, won the 2015 A.M. Turing Award for "inventing and promulgating both asymmetric public-key cryptography, including its application to digital signatures, and a practical cryptographic key-exchange method."

Diffie's talk will be by a fireside chat with Wade Roush PhD '94, producer and host of Soonish, and audience Q&A. The event includes a reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

MIT alumni and guests are welcome. Space is limited—register today.

About Whitfield Diffie '65
Whitfield Diffie is a former Vice President and Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems, where he became a Sun Fellow. As Chief Security Officer, Diffie was the chief exponent of Sun’s security vision and responsible for developing Sun’s strategy to achieve that vision. 

Diffie received the 1996 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award (with Leonard Adleman, Martin Hellman, Ralph Merkle, Ronald Rivest and Adi Shamir), and received the 2010 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (with Martin Hellman and Ralph Merkle). He is a Marconi Fellow, a Fellow of the Computer History Museum, and received an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

 Diffie has authored more than 30 technical papers, and has testified several times to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on the public policy aspects of cryptography. 


Boston New Technology IoT and eCommerce Startup Showcase #BNT89 21+
Tuesday, May 8
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WeWork, 625 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://bit.ly/BNT89
Price: $15.00 /per person
Price increases to $30 during the last 48 hours. Refunds requested more than 24 hours in advance will be honored.

21+. Join Boston New Technology at WeWork on May 8th to:
See 7 innovative and exciting local IoT and eCommerce technology demos, presented by startup founders
Network with 200 attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free professional headshot photo from Kubica & Nguyen (non-intrusively watermarked)
Enjoy dinner with beer, other beverages & more
Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience.

Please click here to share/tweet this event: https://ctt.ec/pND1m

Please follow @BostonNewTech and support our presenters by posting on social media using our #BNT89 hashtag. We'll retweet you!

To save on tickets and enjoy exclusive benefits, purchase a BNT VIP Membership. Learn more: http://bit.ly/bNtvip


M.C. Escher: The Art of Perception
Tuesday, May 8
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Abbey Room, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mc-escher-the-art-of-perception-tickets-45116882811

Are you an M.C. Escher fan? Titillated by tessellations? Warmed by woodcuts? 
Join the Associates of the Boston Public Library on Tuesday, May 8th to learn more about M.C. Escher and his works, with Museum of Fine Arts curator, Roni Baer. The Associates recently funded the digitization of 90 Escher prints owned by the Boston Public Library, four of which are currently on display in the MFA’s exhibition, M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimension. 

A wine and cheese reception will begin at 6:00 PM in the Abbey Room, Boston Public Library Copley Square, followed by the lecture at 6:30 PM. Seating is first come, first serve. 

In this talk, Ronni Baer, Elfers Senior Curator of European Painting at the MFA, will introduce the exhibition M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions, on view at the museum until May 28. Considering Escher’s choice and mastery of printmaking techniques, she will trace the development of the artist’s work, from his self-portraits, landscapes, and still lifes grounded in Dutch pictorial tradition; through his obsession with tessellations, or interlocking forms; to his experiments with optical illusions and perceptual games.
M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was a Dutch printmaker whose preferred techniques were woodcut, wood engraving, and linoleum cut. Escher was fascinated with geometry and symmetry, and how those abstract design elements could be incorporated into his representations of the physical world, or world from within his mind. He explored how to represent people, animals, and objects rising from the flat page and then returning, as well as how to represent the endlessness of infinity. As a result, Escher’s work has been recognized both in the art world and in the scientific community.

Ronni Baer received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Before coming to the MFA in 2000 as senior curator of European painting, she taught art history at the undergraduate and graduate levels and worked in curatorial departments at major museums in New York and Atlanta. She was curator of a monographic exhibition devoted to the paintings of Rembrandt’s first pupil, Gerrit Dou, that was shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. She has published widely in the fields of Dutch, Flemish, and Spanish art and in the history of collecting. In Boston, Ronni has spearheaded numerous acquisitions and gallery installations, including the recent promised gift to the MFA of 113 Dutch and Flemish paintings, and was curator of, among other exhibitions: The Poetry of Everyday Life (2002); Rembrandt's Journey (with Cliff Ackley) (2004); El Greco to Velázquez (2008); and Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer (2016). For her work in furthering knowledge and the appreciation of art and culture, Ronni was knighted by King Juan Carlos of Spain in 2008 and by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in 2017. Her most recent project is M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions, the subject of tonight’s lecture, currently on view in the Rabb Gallery at the MFA until May 28.


Can We Save Our Democracy?
Tuesday, May 8
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/can-we-save-our-democracy-tickets-44983469769

A conversation with the authors of How Democracies Die
Many Americans have been troubled by recent political rhetoric about rigged elections and locking up political rivals, including Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, who have studied the demise of other democracies around the world, and their research has become increasingly relevant to the United States, as outlined in their book, How Democracies Die. 
Levitsky and Ziblatt will visit the Institute for a discussion of what lessons can be gleaned from other nations, and share a roadmap for how we can save our democracy.
A book signing will follow. Two ticket options are available, including general admission (free) and general admission + book. Additional copies of the book will be available for sale at the Institute's gift shop.


Edge of Chaos:  Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth—And How to Fix It
Tuesday, May 8
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning international economist DAMBISA MOYO—author of Winner Take All and Dead Aid—for a discussion of her latest book, Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth and How to Fix It.

About Edge of Chaos
Around the world, people who are angry at stagnant wages and growing inequality have rebelled against established governments and turned to political extremes. Liberal democracy, history's greatest engine of growth, now struggles to overcome unprecedented economic headwinds—from aging populations to scarce resources to unsustainable debt burdens. Hobbled by short-term thinking and ideological dogma, democracies risk falling prey to nationalism and protectionism that will deliver declining living standards.

In Edge of Chaos, Dambisa Moyo shows why economic growth is essential to global stability, and why liberal democracies are failing to produce it today. Rather than turning away from democracy, she argues, we must fundamentally reform it. Edge of Chaos presents a radical blueprint for change in order to galvanize growth and ensure the survival of democracy in the twenty-first century.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 9

Grand Opening of Greentown Labs' Global Center for Cleantech Innovation
Wednesday, May 9
444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greentown-labs-global-center-grand-opening-demo-day-2018-tickets-43449997111
Cost:  $54.84

Greentown Labs moved into its new Global Center for Cleantech Innovation in late 2017, enabling the community to grow to more than 70 member companies! The 60,000 sq. ft., 100-year-old retrofitted building has expanded the incubator into a 3-facility campus which provides its members with prototyping lab space, a wet lab, a machine shop, office space for more than 450 entrepreneurs, a 500-person event space, and a variety of flexible membership options including a new ecosystem coworking space.
Our community has settled in, acclimated to the new facility, and welcomed many new members which means now its time to celebrate!
Please join us on May 9 to explore our Global Center, meet our growing startup community, hear from impressive keynote speakers including Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, and see how the space not only "talks the cleantech talk" but "walks" it too.
We "walk the cleantech walk" by incorporating many of Greentown Labs member and sponsor technologies into the facility! Some of these technologies include Saint-Gobain's decoustic materials and SageGlass windows, Ivys Energy Solutions' hydrogen refueling station, Crowd Comfort's Human Sensor Network(C), and more! We'll reveal more technology installations at the Grand Opening. 
The celebration will begin with Greentown Labs' annual DEMO Day which is a showcase of cutting-edge technology and innovation from across the cleantech and energy sectors. DEMO Day brings together entrepreneurs, investors, strategic partners, and VIPs from around the world to view and discuss solutions to our global environmental challenges.

We hope you'll join us and help make this official opening one for the books! `11``````````````````````````````````````````````
Event Program: 
1:00-3:00 — DEMO Day Lab Showcase 
3:30-4:30 — Grand Opening Programming + Ribbon Cutting 
Speaking Program featuring:
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone
Greentown Labs CEO, Dr. Emily Reichert
Senior leaders from Shell, Saint-Gobain, and BASF, and
"Popcorn pitches" from 10 of Greentown Labs member companies! 


Biological Motion
WHEN  Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Janina Wellmann, 2017–2018 Maury Green Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; Historian, Leuphana University of Luneburg (Germany)
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  During her fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute, Janina Wellmann is completing a book on biological motion, presenting a comprehensive history of concepts, images, and ways of moving in biology from the 18th century to today. The book examines motion in the living world not as a simple given, but as a quality in relation to how we produce the knowledge about motion in a specific historical and cultural setting. Studying concepts and visualizations of motion in history, then, reveals changing notions of what it means to be alive, past and present.
LINK  https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-janina-wellmann-fellow-presentation


Deep reinforcement learning: Recent developments and some implications for psychology
Wednesday, May 9
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Harvard, William James Hall - Room 1, Basement Auditorium, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Matthew M. Botvinick, MD, PhD, Director of Neuroscience Research, Google DeepMind, London, UK
Honorary Professor, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London


Tyrant:  Shakespeare on Politics
Wednesday, May 9
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/stephen_greenblatt4/
Cost:  $5 - $23.75 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize–winning author STEPHEN GREENBLATT for a discussion of his latest book, Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics.
About Tyrant

As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution.

Cherished institutions seem fragile, political classes are in disarray, economic misery fuels populist anger, people knowingly accept being lied to, partisan rancor dominates, spectacular indecency rules―these aspects of a society in crisis fascinated Shakespeare and shaped some of his most memorable plays. With uncanny insight, he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues―and the cynicism and opportunism of the various enablers and hangers-on who surround them―and imagined how they might be stopped. As Greenblatt shows, Shakespeare’s work, in this as in so many other ways, remains vitally relevant today.


How Capitalism Fails
Wednesday, May 9
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us on Wednesday May 9 to hear Yanis Varoufakis, a former finance minister of Greece, fierce EU critic, and Professor of Economics at the University of Athens as he considers the need for a radically new way of thinking about the economy, finance and capitalism.

More information at http://www.cambridgeforum.org


Rebel Talent:  Why It Pays to Break the Rules in Work and in Life
Wednesday, May 9
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning researcher and Harvard Business School professor FRANCESCA GINO for a discussion of her latest book, Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life.

About Rebel Talent
Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us.
Francesca Gino, a behavioral scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy’s fashion capital to the World’s Best Restaurant, to a thriving fast food chain, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify “rebel talent,” and whose examples we can all learn to embrace.

Gino argues that the future belongs to the rebel—and that there’s a rebel in each of us. We live in turbulent times, when competition is fierce, reputations are easily tarnished on social media, and the world is more divided than ever before. In this cutthroat environment, cultivating rebel talent is what allows businesses to evolve and to prosper. And rebellion has an added benefit beyond the workplace: it leads to a more vital, engaged, and fulfilling life.

Whether you want to inspire others to action, build a business, or build more meaningful relationships, Rebel Talent will show you how to succeed—by breaking all the rules.

Thursday, May 10

The Greentown Labs E-Capital Summit
Thursday, May 10
10:00 AM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
444 Somerville Ave., Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greentown-labs-earthx-e-capital-summit-tickets-43450563806

The Greentown Labs E-Capital Summit, co-created with EarthX, will convene mission-driven investors to provide information about how they can continue—or begin—to have a positive impact on profit, people, and planet through investment into cleantech startups. This invite-only event will feature a variety of success stories, lessons learned, organizations at the forefront of impact investing, and a curated group of startups from the Greentown Labs community who will share how their innovations are impacting our clean energy future. 

Event Program:
10:00am — Breakfast + Mingling 
10:30am — Welcoming Remarks from Greentown Labs and EarthX
Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs
Trammell Crow, Founder, EarthX
11:00am —  Impact 2.0 Presentation and TED-style Talks about How to be an Investor in the Cleantech Space
Liqian Ma, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates 
Adam Rein, Food & Agriculture Investing 
Julianne Zimmerman, Investing in Female and Diverse Funders 
Mike Phillips, Digital and Retail Energy Innovation 
Pieter Wolters, Strategies for Corporate Innovation
12:00pm —  Lunch + Investing for Impact: A Case Study of Success 
Matthew Nordan,  Co-founder and Investment Committee Chairman, PRIME Coalition
Joe Zhou, Quidnet Energy 
1:15pm — Panel: Leading Efforts by Foundations and Angel Investors
Moderated by Mitch Tyson, Co-Founder & Chair, Northeast Clean Energy Council; Principal, Tyson Associates
Gail Greenwald, Clean Energy Venture Group, Launchpad Angel Group 
Johanna Wolfson, Principal, PRIME Impact Fund 
David Buzby, Private Investor, Various Impact Investments 
Temple Fennell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Fund
2:15pm — Afternoon Break + Transition Time 
2:45pm — Startup Pitches by Sector 
5:30pm — Closing Remarks + Networking Reception 
7:30pm — Event Concludes 
Pitching Startups:
Energy, Water, and Agriculture: OffGridBox, PV Pure, C16 Biosciences, Electrona Robotics, Promethean Power Systems, Exact-Lux 
Digital Energy and Automation: TagUp, Palmos, Carbontec Worldwide, MultiSensor Scientific, Embr Labs, Trace Matters
Energy Storage and New Energy: Eden GeoPower, Pecos Wind Power, Dynamo Micropower, Halo Energy,Green Gas, Heila Technologies


Humans Need Not Apply: Reflections on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work 
Thursday, May 10
MIT, Building 32-123; Stata Center; 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speakers: Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT Sloan
Andrew McAfee, Co-Founder, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; lecturer on Innovation and Economic Development; Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Join us for a substantive and lively program on AI and the future of work. 

Moderating the program will be Professor Lucas Stanczyk of Harvard University. Professor Stanczyk works on topics at the intersection of political philosophy and political economy. His book manuscript develops a theory of justice in production. His other research and teaching is focused on ethical problems in global energy policy, and the ethics of growing inequality. He has been assistant professor of political science and affiliated faculty of philosophy at MIT. In 2017 he joined the philosophy department at Harvard.

Dr. McAfee is a well-known scientist who studies how technological progress relates to business and society and he is the co-founder of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. He speaks frequently on the topic of AI and society. Here is a sample TED Talk. He is also the recent co-author, along with MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, of Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future.

Professor Thomas Kochan, an esteemed economist, is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research and the Co-Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  He is the co-author (along with Lee Dyer) of Shaping the Future of Work: A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract.  Here is a video of a recent talk Professor Kochan gave at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Dr. Elisabeth B Reynolds works on issues related to systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She has focused in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations in this area. Her current research focuses on the pathways that U.S. entrepreneurial firms take in scaling production-related technologies, as well as advanced manufacturing, including the globalization of the biomanufacturing industry.


Spirituality and Psychiatry: A Global Perspective
WHEN  Thursday, May 10, 2018, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, TMEC 209 Mini Amphitheater, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Health Sciences, Lecture, Religion, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality
SPEAKER(S)  Alexander Moreira-Almeida, M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, as well as the Founder and Director of the Research Center in Spirituality and Health at Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) School of Medicine, Brazil. He is also the Chair of the Sections on Spirituality of the World Psychiatric Association and the Brazilian Psychiatric Association.
COST  Free
DETAILS  This talk will present a brief overview of the impact of spirituality on mental health and its implications for psychiatric practice. It will also discuss the recently-released World Psychiatric Association (WPA)’s Position Statement on Spirituality and Religion in Psychiatry, which calls for psychiatrists to acknowledge the role of religion/spirituality within the full ecology of patient experience and to incorporate patients’ religion/ spirituality into treatment plans as appropriate.


Farm Share Fair 2018
Thursday, May 10
5:30-8:30 pm
The Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at http://www.farmsharefair.com

Do you love local, fresh food? Maybe you’ve been thinking about joining a CSA – a Farm Share? A Farm Share program allows you to receive a fabulous box of great stuff every week direct from a Massachusetts farm. Join us at THE ARMORY on MAY 10th and meet the fantastic farmers and home delivery companies from across this state, which bring local produce to the Boston area. Compare and learn about all the various options: veggies, fruit, flowers, meat, fish eggs, dairy, and specialty products. Over 40 vendors will be at the fair, including some wonderful sustainable food product companies and service providers. Spend your food dollars on locally grown, and sign up at the Farm Share Fair!


Mass Innovation Nights 110
Thursday, May 10
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Draper, 555 Technology Square, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-innovation-nights-110-tickets-42505187159

THURSDAY, May 10th we are back at Draper's Sembler Office for Startup Engagement, in their new super cool location. 10 robots, AI and wearable products will be showcased at MIN #110! Sembler is Draper's way to foster the development of technology entrepreneurs by leveraging their extensive resources and 80+ years of expertise in solving the world's toughest engineering problems.
Check out the new PRODUCTS and
VOTE for your favorites - click on the words VOTE HERE (found on this page http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-110 to the immediate left) and once on the product voting page, click LOVE IT (only four times)!
RSVP to attend the event on THURSDAY, May 10th (free to attend and open to all)
See who else is planning on attending (click the ATTENDEES tab)
Help spread the word - blog, tweet (using the #MIN110 hashtag), like and post!
Support local innovation -- network and have fun at the same time!
Don't miss it -- THURSDAY, May 10th 6 pm - 8:30 pm for Mass Innovation Nights #110!


Sustainability Collaborative
Thursday, May 10
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM	
RSVP to sierra at coalesce.earth

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.


The Perfectionists:  How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
Thursday, May 10
6:30 PM (Doors at 6:00)
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed author and journalist SIMON WINCHESTER for a discussion of his latest book, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World.

Please Note
Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Seating and elevator access to the Lecture Hall (located on level L2) will begin at 6pm. A 70-car underground parking garage with access from Broadway is available when the library is open.

About The Perfectionists
The revered New York Times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools—machines that make machines. Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras—and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider.

Simon Winchester takes us back to origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production: John Wilkinson, Henry Maudslay, Joseph Bramah, Jesse Ramsden, and Joseph Whitworth. It was Thomas Jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Winchester moves forward through time, to today’s cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia.

As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions. Why is precision important? What are the different tools we use to measure it? Who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, art, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be? And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society?


Atlantic Salmon Lost at Sea
Thursday, May 10
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Simons IMAX Theatre New England Aquarium< Museum Wharf Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107506&view=Detail

Introduction by the film’s producer, Deirdre Brennan, followed by a question-and-answer session with Jonathan Carr, Vice President of Research and Environment, Atlantic Salmon Federation 

Narrated by Irish actor and films director Gabriel Byrne, Lost at Sea takes the viewer on an epic journey through the oceanic kingdom of the Atlantic salmon–king of fish–in an attempt to unravel the mystery of their life at sea. Populations of salmon are plummeting to critical levels, even going extinct in some southern rivers. Despite conservation efforts worldwide, populations continue to fall. The cause is mortality at sea.

For the first time, scientists, using the latest DNA technology, are able to track the salmon from the rivers, through the estuaries, and into the vast North Atlantic Ocean and back again, in hopes of finding an answer before it is too late.


The Order of Time
Thursday, May 10
7:30 PM (Doors at 6:30)
Alley Cambridge, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/carlo_rovelli/
Cost:  $5 - $22.00 (online only, book included)
Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned theoretical physicist CARLO ROVELLI—author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Reality Is Not What It Seems—for a discussion of his latest book, The Order of Time.

About The Order of Time
Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.

For most readers, this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science, and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe.

Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made Seven Brief Lessons on Physics so appealing, The Order of Time offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.

Friday, May 11

Physics of Cybersecurity: Sensors, Acoustics, Cuba
Friday, May 11
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
MIT, Building E32-G882, Hewlett, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Kevin Fu, University of Michigan 
Abstract: Medical devices, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet of Things depend on the integrity and availability of trustworthy data from sensors to make safety-critical, automated decisions. How can such cyberphysical systems remain secure against an adversary using intentional interference to fool sensors? Physics-based cybersecurity risks can bubble up into operating systems as bizarre, undefined behavior. Transduction attacks using audible acoustic, ultrasonic, and radio interference can manipulate sensors found in devices ranging from fitbits to hard drives to implantable medical devices with implications to file system integrity and human safety. Defenders can fight back with physics and more trustworthy software APIs. I’ll wrap up by explaining how ultrasonic exfiltration could have caused the symptoms experienced by diplomats harmed in Cuba.

Biography: Kevin Fu enjoys early-stage, interdisciplinary research where there are still many par-baked problems to define and solve. Kevin was recognized as an IEEE Fellow, Sloan Research Fellow, and MIT Technology Review TR35 Innovator of the Year. He serves as chair of the CCC Cybersecurity Task Force. His students received some best paper awards. Kevin earned a certificate of artisanal bread making from the French Culinary Institute. 

Contact: Deborah Goodwin, 617.324.7303, dlehto at csail.mit.edu

Monday, May 14

Cyber Alliance Speaker Series: Robot Lawyers: Automating Legal Compliance for Transferring Private Data
Monday, May 14
12:30 pm-  2:00 pm
BU School of Law (Room 203), 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/hic/2018/04/25/bu-cyber-alliance-chong-harvard/

Stephen Chong, Harvard
Join the Cyber Alliance for a talk featuring Stephen Chong, Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University. In this talk, Prof. Stephen Chong and Harvard Berkman Center's Alexandra Wood will present work-in-progress on expert system support to automate data deposit and release decisions within a repository, and generate custom license agreements for data transfers.

Tuesday, May 15

Experts Meeting: Humanitarian Drones
Tuesday, May 15
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway,  Cambridge

A discussion of pivotal issues facing the international humanitarian community with respect to the deployment of drones in disaster situations.

swissnex Boston, WeRobotics, and MIT Solve present Experts Meeting addressing pivotal issues facing the international humanitarian community with respect to the deployment of drones in disaster situations.

The development of protocols and guidelines to inform the safe, responsible and effective use of drones in disaster zones started in earnest in 2014 through the work of the Humanitarian UAV Network. The Experts Meeting will review the latest developments around the Code of Conduct and specific guidelines, particularly those on conflict sensitivity and the draft guidelines around the use of humanitarian cargo drones. A key goal of the Experts Meeting will be to address the implementation challenges of said Code of Conduct and formulate corresponding strategies for implementation contexts, including the encouragement of formal institutional endorsements.

Next, we’ll focus on Aerial Artificial Intelligence in order to take stock of the very latest developments, opportunities and challenges in the application of AI, machine learning and computer vision to automatically analyze aerial imagery with respect to features of direct interest to the international aid and development community. The Experts Meeting will seek to identify synergies in existing and planned research as well as projects to formulate a common roadmap in the development of AI solutions for aerial imagery.

Tuesday, May 15
6pm to 7:30pm
Cambridge public library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Part of series sponsored by Cambridge Conservation Commission, with lecturers from New England Wildflower Society.  Other sessions this summer, all at the library: Rain gardens, 6/30,10:30; Lawn alternatives, 7/28,10:30; native plants book talk, 8/18, 10:30. Much more info: http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/our-programs/  


The Efficiency Paradox:  What Big Data Can't Do
Tuesday, May 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer, speaker, and scholar EDWARD TENNER for a discussion of his latest book, The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can't Do.

About The Efficiency Paradox
Algorithms, multitasking, the sharing economy, life hacks: our culture can't get enough of efficiency. One of the great promises of the Internet and big data revolutions is the idea that we can improve the processes and routines of our work and personal lives to get more done in less time than we ever have before. There is no doubt that we're performing at higher levels and moving at unprecedented speed, but what if we're headed in the wrong direction?

Melding the long-term history of technology with the latest headlines and findings of computer science and social science, The Efficiency Paradox questions our ingrained assumptions about efficiency, persuasively showing how relying on the algorithms of digital platforms can in fact lead to wasted efforts, missed opportunities, and above all an inability to break out of established patterns. Edward Tenner offers a smarter way of thinking about efficiency, revealing what we and our institutions, when equipped with an astute combination of artificial intelligence and trained intuition, can learn from the random and unexpected.


The List:  A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year
Tuesday, May 15
7:30 PM (Doors at 6:30)
Alley Cambridge, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge,
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/amy_siskind/
Cost:  $5 - $28.75 (online only, book included) 

Harvard Book Store welcomes AMY SISKIND—spokesperson, writer, and president and co-founder of The New Agenda—for a discussion of her new book The List:  A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year. She will be joined in conversation by historian and Boston College professor HEATHER COX RICHARDSON.

About The List
In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive and the founder of The New Agenda, began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Under the headline “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember,” Siskind's “Weekly List” began as a project she shared with friends, but it soon went viral and now has more than half a million viewers every week.

Compiled in one volume for the first time, The List is a first-draft history and a comprehensive account of Donald Trump's first year. Beginning with Trump's acceptance of white supremacists the week after the election and concluding a year later, we watch as Trump and his regime chip away at the rights and protections of marginalized communities, women, and us all—via Twitter storms, unchecked executive action, and shifting rules and standards. The List chronicles not only the scandals that made headlines but also the myriad unprecedented acts that otherwise fall through the cracks.

For everyone hoping to #resistTrump, The List is a must-have guide to what we've lost as a country in the wake of Trump's election.


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.

For more information checkout.


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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