[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - May 20, 2018

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Monday, May 21

12pm  Book Launch: Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers 
2:30pm  Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community
5pm  VRHealth presents Virtual treatment and exercise rooms
6:30pm  Health Benefits of Going Green
7pm  The Guide to Walden Pond
7pm  New Tools for Local Clean Energy Webinar
7pm  The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love

Tuesday, May 22

11am  Modeling Common Ground for Multimodal Communication
12pm  Jessica Fjeld and Mason Kortz, Cyberlaw Clinicians at Harvard Law 
Art that Imitates Art: Computational Creativity and Creative Contracting
12pm  Film Screening: The Chinese Exclusion Act
1pm  Biophilic Design & Connecting to Place
6pm  Globalization and Voting Behavior in Western Countries
6pm  How Can Trees Mitigate Climate Change?
6pm  People before Highways:  Book Party + Activists’ Reunion
6pm  The Changing Energy Landscape in Massachusetts – Annual Banquet
6:30pm  To End a Presidency:  The Power of Impeachment
6:30pm  In Community: Money Talks
7pm  A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant’s Labyrinth
7pm  New World, Inc.

Wednesday, May 23

8:30am  Harbor Use Public Forums Monthly Meeting
6:30pm  Ecology and Sonic Practice
6:30pm  Toward an Unfractured Future: Science, Civil Disobedience, and Feminism in the Fight Against Fossil Fuel Expansion
7pm  Inside the Combat Zone

Thursday, May 24

8am  Innovation in Sports Tech
10am  Massachusetts Clean Energy Day
11am  Launching a network approach to electoral redisticting
1pm  Nanolecture: Rapid In Vivo Assessment of the Nano/Bio Interface to Help Develop Safer Nanomaterials
4pm  Little Big Data in Infectious Disease Research
5:30pm  Boston Harbor for All: The Mayors’ Perspective
5:30pm  Net Positive Energy
6pm  EDF Climate Corps' Training Reception & Celebration
6pm  Future of Grocery
6pm  Art&Tech Show&Tell - Video Installation
7pm  Live Crowd Investigation: Will AI Take Over The World?

Friday, May 25 

6:30pm  A lecture in "Preservation and Promoting of Chinese Culture and Arts through Film Making Producing and Directing the Ip Man Series”
6:30pm  Fuck Up Boston Volume VIII

Saturday, May 26

11:30am  Tesla: Inventor of the Modern" -- presentation and book signing
12pm  Drone Warfare Protest
4pm  Standing Waves #12: Aki Onda, Lecture and Concert Series

Sunday, May 27

2pm  A Putative Life of Hannah Arendt
7pm  Survivor's Village: Reclaiming the Body as Home

Monday, May 28

2pm  Global Challenges Foundation Mini-Hackathon: Tech & Global Risk 

Tuesday, May 29

6pm  Boston Green Drinks - May 2018 Happy Hour
6pm  The Heart of America
7:30pm  Dreaming of Puerto Rico: A Portrait of the Island in Images, Sound, and Stories


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

The Global Plutocracy Story


Monday, May 21

Book Launch: Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together
Monday, May 21
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building E62-276 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Join Thomas Malone, Joi Ito, Patrick Winston, and Kathleen Kennedy for the launch of the book Superminds: The Surprising Power and People and Computers Thinking Together, and an exciting discussion around the power of superminds.

Lunch will be provided, and the book will be available for sale and signing by the author.


Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community
Monday, May 21
2:30pm — 4:00pm
MIT Media Lab, E14 - 3rd Floor Atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Drawing on stereotype threat and social identity threat research, this talk will address the why, what and how of diverse learning communities: why they are important, a working hypothesis about what is critical to their success and what research reveals about how to achieve that success. The talk’s practical aim is to identify features of diverse learning communities—schools, universities and academic disciplines—that while good for all students, are especially helpful for minority students generally, and for women in STEM fields. The talk will also explore the psychological significance of community and its role in learning.
Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.
He holds B.A. in Psychology from Hiram College, an M.A. in Social Psychology from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Statistical Psychology from Ohio State University.

He is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the
National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society.

He currently serves as a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and as a Fellow for both the American Institutes for Research and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

He has served in several major academic leadership positions as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley, the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University, and as the 21st Provost of Columbia University. Past roles also include serving as the President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, as the President of the Western Psychological Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Society.

Professor Steele holds Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, DePaul University and Claremont Graduate University.

Event Contact:  Andrea Porras
(617) 253-1631
andreapb at media.mit.edu


VRHealth presents Virtual treatment and exercise rooms
Monday, May 21
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
MIT 5th floor Conference room, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Neuroscience-for-Society/events/249586170/

We get inspiration and find beauty in Art. Let's find out the brain mechanisms of it.

6:00pm - Doors open, demos begin, snacks are served.
6:50pm -Announcements and Community information
7:00 - Erran Orr from VRHealth talk begins
8:30pm - 8:30 - 9:45 Demofest!!
9:45 - After party at the Glasshouse

VRHealth creates "Virtual Treatment & Exercise Rooms" by developing breakthrough medical and wellness applications using Virtual Reality (VR) to deliver an enhanced experience and real-time data analytics, for use in clinics and at home, where users can analyze and quantify performance through a digital experience. VRHealth is the first certified virtual reality medical company in the world and all its medical products are FDA authorized.


Health Benefits of Going Green
Monday, May 21
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston
RSVP at https://edportal.harvard.edu/event/faculty-speaker-health-benefits-going-green

Join the Harvard Ed Portal and Ari Bernstein of the Harvard University Center for the Environment for a faculty speaker presentation, Health Benefits of Going Green. Bernstein will discuss how actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as burning less coal, can create immediate and local health benefits. This event is free and open to the public.


The Guide to Walden Pond
Monday, May 21
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Robert Thorson
This is the first guidebook to Henry David Thoreau's most defining place, visited by half a million people each year and widely known as the fountainhead of America's environmental consciousness.

Using this guide, both armchair readers and trail-walkers alike can amble around the pond's shoreline, pausing at fifteen special places to learn about people, historic events, and the natural world. Thoreau will be a constant companion via quotes from Walden. Stop by stop, the place of his book will merge with the book of his place. 

Abundantly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and maps, this guide is a must-have for a meaningful, engaging tour of Walden Pond as well as a souvenir of a visit.


New Tools for Local Clean Energy Webinar
Monday, May 21
7:00 - 8:15 PM
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCGwXX9yY2wHkGpnj6hAdu5S3l_Z9fbDGNEZVo0UQYfC-4cw/viewform

A webinar featuring resources to help move your community toward 100 percent renewable energy and net zero carbon.

Presented by Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center, Massachusetts Climate Action Network, 350 Mass for a Better Future, and Massachusetts Sierra Club.

A growing number of cities and towns are committing to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and making comprehensive plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions community-wide. Local officials and ordinary residents, working together at the municipal level, are proving that we can take big steps forward on clean energy no matter what's happening in Washington, D.C.

The Tools:
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Local Energy Action Dashboard (LEAD) provides a snapshot of a city or town's energy usage and carbon emissions from homes and businesses, helping local leaders prioritize where to take action in order to have the biggest impact. Community Action Planning for Energy Efficiency (CAPEE), developed by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, is an online platform that helps communities identify actionable steps to achieve energy and carbon reduction goals.

RSVP here to attend the webinar.You will receive a link to join the webinar 1-2 days prior to the event.

Megan Aki, Clean Energy Analyst, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
John Balfe, Senior Buildings and Community Solutions Associate, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Ben Hellerstein, State Director, Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center
Carol Oldham, Executive Director, Massachusetts Climate Action Network
Alan Palm, Director of Organizing, 350 Mass for a Better Future
Jacob Stern,  Clean Energy Organizer, Massachusetts Sierra Club

We hope you can join us!

Jacob Stern, Clean Energy Organizer, Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter 


The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love
Monday, May 21
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marilyn-yalom-the-amorous-heart-an-unconventional-history-of-love-tickets-45532110769

Marilyn Yalom
An eminent scholar unearths the captivating history of the two-lobed heart symbol from scripture and tapestry to T-shirts and text messages, shedding light on how we have expressed love since antiquity.

Tuesday, May 22

Modeling Common Ground for Multimodal Communication
Tuesday, May 22
11:00 AM
Seminar Room, Gordon Institute, 200 Boston Ave.

Speaker: James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University

The demand for more sophisticated human-computer interactions is rapidly increasing, as users become more accustomed to conversation- like interactions with their devices. In this talk, we examine this changing landscape in the context of human-machine interaction in a shared workspace to achieve a common goal. In our prototype system, people and avatars cooperate to build blocks world structures through the interaction of language, gesture, vision, and action. This provides a platform to study computational issues involved in multimodal communication. In order to establish elements of the common ground in discourse between speakers, we have created an embodied 3D simulation, enabling both the generation and interpretation of multiple modalities, including: language, gesture, and the visualization of objects moving and agents acting in their environment. The simulation is built on the modeling language VoxML, that encodes objects with rich semantic typing and action affordances, and actions themselves as multimodal programs, enabling contextually salient inferences and decisions in the environment. We illustrate this with a walk-through of multimodal communication in a shared task. 

James Pustejovsky is the TJX Feldberg professor of computer science at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. His expertise includes theoretical and computational modeling of language, specifically: Computational linguistics, Lexical semantics, Knowledge representation, temporal and spatial reasoning and Extraction. His main topics of research are Natural language processing generally, and in particular, the computational analysis of linguistic meaning.


Jessica Fjeld and Mason Kortz, Cyberlaw Clinicians at Harvard Law 
Art that Imitates Art: Computational Creativity and Creative Contracting
Tuesday, May 22
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room 1015, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/05/Fjeld_Kortz#RSVP
Event will be recorded and posted at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018/luncheon/05/Fjeld_Kortz
Complimenary Lunch Served

Computational creativity—a subdomain of artificial intelligence concerned with systems that replicate or assist human creative endeavors—has been the  subject of academic inquiry for decades. Now, with recent improvements in machine learning techniques and the rising popularity of all thing AI, computational creativity is a medium for critically and commercially successful works of art. From a 2016 Rembrandt to Jukedeck’s instant music (or muzak?), AI-assisted and AI-driven works are a reality. This raises mind-bending questions about the nature of creativity, the relationship between the artist and the viewer, even the existence of free will. For many lawyers, it also raises a more immediate question: who owns all of this art?

Join Cyberlaw Clinicians Jess Fjeld and Mason Kortz for a discussion about copyright in AI-generated works, the need for a shared understanding of what is and isn’t up for grabs in a license, and how forward-thinking contracts can prevent AI developers and artists from having their rights decided by (often notoriously backwards-looking) legal system.

About Jessica
Jessica Fjeld is a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic. She works in diverse areas including intellectual property, media and entertainment (particularly public media), freedom of expression, and law and policy relating to government and nonprofit entities. Before joining the Clinic, Jessica worked in Business & Legal Affairs for WGBH Educational Foundation, and as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP focused in corporate transactions. She received a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar and Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts; an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts; and a BA from Columbia University.

About Mason
Mason Kortz is a clinical instructional fellow at the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic, part of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His areas of interest include online speech and privacy and the use of data products (big or small) to advance social justice. Mason has worked as a data manager for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a legal fellow in the Technology for Liberty Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, and a clerk in the District of Massachusetts. He has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in Computer Science and Philosophy from Dartmouth College. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and game design.


Film Screening: The Chinese Exclusion Act
Tuesday, May 22
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building 14N-132 (DIRC), 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Please join the MIT Libraries' Committee for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion (CPDI) for a preview screening of The Chinese Exclusion Act. This film was created by award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films and draws on the work of many historians, activists, and cultural experts. It examines the American prohibition of Chinese immigration in 1882, its causes, effects, and reverberations in the present political climate. It also examines what defines an “American” identity.

Light refreshments will be available, but please feel free to bring lunch as well. 

If you are unable to attend, this film will have its broadcast premiere on the acclaimed PBS series American Experience on May 29. To learn more about the film, please visit www.caamedia.org/CEA.


Biophilic Design & Connecting to Place
Tuesday, May 22
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-webinar-biophilic-design-connecting-to-place-tickets-45957303532

All too often our buildings and cities disconnect us from nature and diminish both our own health as well as that of the ecosystem. Biophilic design is an approach that can help us reconcile with nature, and apply our evolved love of nature to the built environment.
Join us for a conversation with Amanda Sturgeon and Tim Beatley where they will explore how biophilic design connects and nourishes us mentally, physically, and socially at multiple scales. In this inherently fun and creative conversation, they will share a few case studies and answer questions from the live audience.
Learning Objectives
Learn about successful implementation projects of biophilic design at multiple scales
Become familiar with the issues surrounding biophilic design and connecting to place
Discover tools and resources for engaging in biophilic design at multiple scales
Understand the overlaps between Biophilic Cities and the International Living Future Institute

Amanda Sturgeon
Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), a leading organization that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. She is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings (November 2017), the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative and is a sought-after expert on biophilic design around the world. Amanda is an award-winning architect who enjoyed a successful 15-year career working to harmonize the relationship between people and nature on projects such as Islandwood on Bainbridge Island, Washington. In 2013 she was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in recognition for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement, for which she has been a visionary leader. She was named one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.
Tim Beatley
Dr. Tim Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years. Much of Beatley’s work focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. Beatley believes that sustainable and resilient cities represent our best hope for addressing today’s environmental challenges. Beatley is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books on these subjects, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (recently translated into Chinese), Habitat Conservation Planning, Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age, and Planning for Coastal Resilience.


Globalization and Voting Behavior in Western Countries
Tuesday, May 22
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Harvard, Littauer Center of Public Administration, 1805 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/globalization-and-voting-behavior-in-western-countries-tickets-44579053148

Prof. Colantone investigated the impact of globalization on electoral outcomes in fifteen Western European countries, from the 1980s onwards. He will explain the results of his research, and especially how the exposure to increased imports in those countries leads to an increase in support for nationalist and radical-right parties. He will also illustrate a number of findings on the recent Italian election of March 2018.

About Italo Colantone
Italo is Assistant Professor of Economics at Bocconi University. He works in the Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management, and teaches "European Economic Policy", "Macroeconomics“, and "Economics of European Integration". His research focuses on International Trade, Political Economy, and Applied Industrial Organization.
He is currently in Boston as visiting Professor at Harvard University, in the Department of Economics.


How Can Trees Mitigate Climate Change?
Tuesday, May 22
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
The Nature Conservancy, 99 Bedford Street, Suite 5, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-can-trees-mitigate-climate-change-tickets-44995100557

New Engladers have a special relationship with trees. We mark our changing seasons with the cycling of their leaves and each year, their turnover encompasses the majority of small talk in the region. But beyond their aesthetic value, trees hold the potential to sequester sizable amounts of the carbon we emit into the atmosphere and provide tangible ecosystem services in suburban and urban areas.

Join CABA and The Nature Conservancy for an evening where trees become more than small talk. Learn about the tangible benefits they offer our communities and your business with a panel featuring experts who tackle the subject from the public and private sectors.


People before Highways:  Book Party + Activists’ Reunion
Tuesday, May 22
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT 
6:00 pm Reception & Book signing 6:30pm Program
Roxbury Community College, Building 3, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Student Commons, Roxbury Crossing, Roxbury
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/people-before-highways-book-party-activists-reunion-tickets-45009715270

Please join us for a community book party celebrating the activist leaders who stopped a highway and transformed the City of Boston! 

People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City Making - Karilyn Crockett


The Changing Energy Landscape in Massachusetts – Annual Banquet
Tuesday, May 22
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Holiday Inn Boston - Brookline, 1200 Beacon Street, Brookling
RSVP at https://ieee-pes-boston-annual-banquet-2018.eventbrite.com
Cost: $35 per person or $270 per table of eight. $10 per student
*A small convenience fee will apply to online ticket transactions

Come and join us for an evening of fun and networking!!! 

The Changing Energy Landscape in Massachusetts
Speaker: Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts – Department of Energy Resources 
Featuring: Buffet style dinner, cash bar and live music by “Jazz in the Air” 

Checks are also acceptable. Please make the check payable to IEEE PES Boston Chapter and mail it to: 
c/o Martin
50 Church Street
Westwood, MA 02090

Registration Closing Date and Time: 3PM on Friday, May 18, 2018 

Visit IEEE PES Boston Chapter’s website for details!  http://www.ieeepesboston.org/


To End a Presidency:  The Power of Impeachment
Tuesday, May 22
6:30 PM (Doors at 6:00)
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes constitutional scholar and Harvard professor LAURENCE TRIBE and attorney, publisher, and author JOSHUA MATZ for a discussion of their latest co-authored book, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.
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 To End a Presidency
To End a Presidency addresses one of today's most urgent questions: when and whether to impeach a president. Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz provide an authoritative guide to impeachment's past and a bold argument about its proper role today. In an era of expansive presidential power and intense partisanship, we must rethink impeachment for the twenty-first century.

Of impeachments, one Constitutional Convention delegate declared, "A good magistrate will not fear them. A bad one will be kept in fear of them." To End a Presidency is an essential book for all Americans seeking to understand how this crucial but fearsome power should be exercised.


In Community: Money Talks
Tuesday, May 22
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
SPACE, 423 W Broadway, 300, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-community-money-talks-tickets-46065299551
Cost:  $5

Money is power.
Money is the root of all evil.
Money is a means to an end. 
I think it's fair to say we have a complex relationship with money. Whether we fear it, loathe it, feel guilty for wanting it or just never feel like we have enough of it, it's rare to feel completely at peace in regards to our bank accounts. 
This night is dedicated to beginning to heal our relationship with money in community. There will be a roundtable discussion of personal experiences and resources, opportunity to connect with and support one another and challenge our views on what money is and can represent in our lives.


A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant’s Labyrinth
Tuesday May 22
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline 

Gazmend Kapllani in conversation with Laura Tavares 
An exhilarating and darkly comical exploration of migration and borders from an Albanian who grew up in Hoxha’s madhouse, longing to cross to Greece, only to find another seam of absurdities and disappointments on his eventual arrival.


New World, Inc.
Tuesday, May 22
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

John Butman
Some seventy years before the Mayflower sailed, a small group of English merchants formed "The Mysterie, Company, and Fellowship of Merchant Adventurers for the Discovery of Regions, Dominions, Islands, and Places Unknown," the world's first joint-stock company. Back then, in the mid-sixteenth century, England was a small and relatively insignificant kingdom on the periphery of Europe, and it had begun to face a daunting array of social, commercial, and political problems. Struggling with a single export-woolen cloth-the merchants were forced to seek new markets and trading partners, especially as political discord followed the straitened circumstances in which so many English people found themselves.

At first they headed east, and dreamed of Cathay: China, with its silks and exotic luxuries. Eventually, they turned west, and so began a new chapter in world history. The work of reaching the New World required the very latest in navigational science as well as an extraordinary appetite for risk. As this absorbing account shows, innovation and risk-taking were at the heart of the settlement of America, as was the profit motive. Trade and business drove English interest in America, and determined what happened once their ships reached the New World.

The result of extensive archival work and a bold interpretation of the historical record, New World, Inc. draws a portrait of life in London, on the Atlantic, and across the New World that offers a fresh analysis of the founding of American history. In the tradition of the best works of history that make us reconsider the past and better understand the present, Butman and Targett examine the enterprising spirit that inspired European settlement of America and established a national culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that continues to this day.

John Butman is an author, editor, and collaborative writer. His writing has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the Nation, and other publications and his work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, and media venues around the world. His books include Trading Up: The New American Luxury, a BusinessWeek bestseller, and Breaking Out: How to Build Influence in a World of Competing Ideas. John divides his time between Portland and Bailer Island, Maine, not far from one of the earliest English settlement sites in America. 

Wednesday, May 23

Harbor Use Public Forums Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 23
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Norman Leventhal Room at Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harbor-use-public-forums-monthly-meeting-tickets-38059708613

Harbor Use Public Forums are regular public discussions on hot topics from the Boston's waterfront development scene.

Boston Harbor Now is hosting The HYM Investment Group for a presentation and discussion of their latest project: the redevelopment of Suffolk Downs. Current plans of this 161-acre site is to "transform the land into a highly-resilient, transit-oriented, mixed-use development with commercial office, retail, housing, and open space". A brief Q&A to follow.

This monthly event is open to all with a special interest in the waterfront and related topics. Please RSVP to reserve your spot and stay up-to-date on our upcoming speakers and events.


Ecology and Sonic Practice
Wednesday, May 23
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecology-and-sonic-practice-tickets-45691776333

with D. Edward Davis & Jennie Gottschalk
Curated by: Susanna Bolle (Non-Event)
Davis and Gottschalk will share examples of sonic practice that deal with ecological issues. They will explore various approaches, including field recording, text scores, and technological interventions, in which art and science interact. 

Jennie Gottschalk writes, composes, talks, listens, and transcribes. Experimental music is the most consistent focus of these actions. Some of the results can be found on soundexpanse.com, jenniegottschalk.com, and in Experimental Music since 1970 (Bloomsbury, 2016). She got her doctorate in composition from Northwestern University in 2008 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

D. Edward Davis is a composer whose work engages with the sounds of the environment, exploring processes, patterns, and systems inspired by nature. He holds composition degrees from Duke University, Brooklyn College, and Northwestern University. He is currently a Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of New Haven.


Toward an Unfractured Future: Science, Civil Disobedience, and Feminism in the Fight Against Fossil Fuel Expansion
Wednesday, May 23
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
First Church In Jamaica Plain UU, 6 Eliot Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sandra-steingraber-toward-an-unfractured-future-science-civil-disobedience-and-feminism-in-the-tickets-45950142112

Co-sponsored by Mothers Out Front, Our Bodies Our Selves and 350 Mass For A Better Future
Fracking is a shock and awe operation that turns drinking water into a poisonous club that is used to smash apart our nation’s bedrock in order to extract inherently leaky fossil fuels: oil and gas.

Fracking's infrastructure extends to the shale deposits of Pennsylvania, Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, where the wells are drilled, to the hills of Wisconsin and Minnesota, where frack sand is mined, to the spiderweb of pipeline, compressor stations, storage depots, power plants, and LNG terminals that have industrialized our farmlands, harbors, wild lands, and urban neighborhoods far from the well pads—including those in densely populated New England.
All along the way, air is polluted, water contaminated, toxic waste generated, and public health imperiled—with the health and safety of women and children at particular risk. And greenhouse gases are added to the atmosphere, deepening the climate crisis. 
This talk examines the science behind the social movement to secure an unfractured future for our children and the role that civil disobedience and feminist activism are playing in opening a space in the culture for that science to speak. 
The award-winning documentary film Unfractured tells the story of the successful fight for a ban on fracking in New York State. Steingraber’s public lecture, which will immediately be followed by a screening of the film, will explore the science behind the scenes, women’s leadership within the movement, and ongoing tactics and strategies—with special focus on current issues here in Massachusetts. 
Biologist Sandra Steingraber is co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, co-author of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings on the Risks and Harms of Fracking, and science advisor to Americans Against Fracking.

If you are interested in learning more, contact: Anny Martinez, anny at ips-dc.org


Inside the Combat Zone
Wednesday, May 23
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Stephanie Schorow
Upscale restaurants, majestic theaters, and luxury condos line the streets of downtown Boston today. Students, office workers, doctors, and shoppers navigate the busy sidewalks along Washington and Boylston Streets, giving little thought to the historical significance of their surroundings. The bustle distracts passersby from what may be the city’s dirtiest little secret: these blocks were once home to Boston’s most notorious neighborhood. The Combat Zone, a five-plus-acre, city- sanctioned adult entertainment district, was as sordid and alluring as anything found in Amsterdam or Vegas. Indeed, Boston’s now tony neighborhood once resembled the set of HBO’s The Deuce, all with the blessing of city officials.

In her provocative new book, Inside the Combat Zone: The Stripped Down Story of Boston’s Most Notorious Neighborhood, veteran reporter Stephanie Schorow recounts the stories that made the Zone infamous. Meet the dancers who stripped to punk rock, the cops who tried to keep order on the streets, and the hookers who turned tricks and slipped wallets from gullible tourists. Go beyond the enticing marquees promoting all-nude revues to discover how the Zone—in an era dogged by miserable economics— remained one of Boston’s most profitable neighborhoods.

With Inside the Combat Zone, Schorow examines the constitutional and societal issues that led Boston to engineer an audacious social experiment, heralded across the nation as the solution to the pornography epidemic. She introduces the players who made it all possible and the antics and tragedies that unfolded as a result of their decisions. The streets come alive through interviews with former city planners, strippers, and porn merchants. Some nostalgically recall the Combat Zone as a seductive adult playground where men and women alike found the freedom to express themselves; others remember it as a dangerous, crime-ridden neighborhood. Schorow deftly captures a moment in Boston’s history that helped shape the city today—and that will likely never be seen again.

Schorow is the author of six books on Boston history, including Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, The Cocoanut Grove Fire, and The Crime of the Century: How the Brink’s Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston. She has worked as an editor and reporter for the Boston Herald, the Associated Press, and numerous other publications.

Thursday, May 24

Innovation in Sports Tech
Thursday, May 24
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-in-sports-tech-tickets-44769560962
Innovation in Sports Tech presented by Cantina Consulting brings together leaders, technologists, entrepreneurs, and innovators to discuss product innovation in the sports tech industry.
You’ll hear from Founders/Executives from NormaTec, SyncThink, Your Call Football and NOBULL about their journeys designing and building innovative sports products, including their challenges, insights and key lessons learned along the way. Panelists will also share their thoughts on the future of sports innovation for athletes and fans. George White, Chief Innovation Officer at Cantina, will moderate the discussion. 
Please join us for what will be an interesting and thought-provoking morning.
8:00 AM - Coffee / breakfast / networking
8:30 AM - Welcome message / trends in sport tech
8:40 AM - Introduce panelist & products / moderated panel discussion 
9:40 AM - Q&A 
11:00 AM - Networking / wrap-up  
Dan Beeler - Chief Technology Officer, SyncThink
Dan joined SyncThink in 2010 and serves as CTO. He was recruited for his expertise in image analysis and carries three patents. Dan has worked closely with Dr. Ghajar for over five years to invent and implement new technologies for SyncThink.
Julie Meringer - President, Your Call Football
Julie is a 25-year veteran of the technology industry. She has vast experience building companies, products, and teams as she was one of the original members of Forrester Research. She is responsible for the strategy and day-to-day operations of Your Call. 
Gilad Jacobs, CEO, NormaTec
Gilad serves as CEO of NormaTec and leads the organization’s effort to be the leader in rapid recovery to the world’s elite athletes, coaches, and trainers. He completed an undergraduate degree in Communications at the University of Pittsburgh.
Michael Schaeffer - Co-founder, NOBULL
Michael has 20+ years of experience in product design and creative direction. Prior to founding NOBULL he was VP & Global Creative Director at Reebok and led creative for the Performance categories at Puma. Originally from Austria, Michael holds a Master’s in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute, as well as a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. He has a passion for sport, innovation, design and entrepreneurship.
George White, Chief Innovation Officer, Cantina (moderator)
George is responsible for guiding innovation efforts as well as working with clients on building game-changing products at Cantina. With 25 years of experience, his role is to support the efforts of others, sharing experiences and knowledge to continue to do exciting and amazing work.


Massachusetts Clean Energy Day 
Thursday, May 24
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Massachusetts State House, Boston

Massachusetts Clean Energy Day will showcase the growing vitality of the clean energy industry and the importance of consistent policy support as a means of catalyzing the state’s - and our region’s - economy.

Event Contact
spereira at necec.org


Launching a network approach to electoral redisticting
Thursday, May 24
11:00 am
Northeastern, 177 Huntington Avenue, 11th floor, Boston

Computational (especially MCMC) approaches to redistricting are starting to get substantial traction in courts, and all of them start by modeling a state as a graph to be partitioned.  But what is the right graph to represent the voters of a state in a way that makes it possible to consider all of the principles and values that matter to redistricting?  And what are the properties of these networks of voters?  I'll describe some of what is known and pose a lot of open questions.

Moon Duchin is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University. Her mathematical research concerns geometric topology, geometric group theory, and Teichmüller theory. Moon earned her PhD at University of Chicago in Mathematics, under the supervision of Alex Eskin. In 2016, she was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to geometric group theory and Teichmüller theory, and for service to the mathematical community”. Moon was a Mathematical Association of America Distinguished Lecturer for that year as well, speaking on the mathematics of voting systems. Moon is also interested in the history of science, and is one of the core faculty members of Tufts's Science, Technology, and Society program.


Nanolecture: Rapid In Vivo Assessment of the Nano/Bio Interface to Help Develop Safer Nanomaterials
WHEN  Thursday, May 24, 2018, 1 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Building 1, Room 1302, 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture
SPEAKER(S)  Robert Tanguay, Professor of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
DETAILS  While nanotechnology has significant potential to address numerous societal needs, innovators, policy makers and the public have concerns that the novel properties of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) may cause harm. The number of new ENMs continues to outpace efforts to understand their impacts on biological systems. To keep pace, we have advanced the use of the zebrafish model to interrogate the interactions between ENMs and biological systems. Early developmental life stages are often uniquely sensitive to environmental insults, due in part to the enormous changes in cellular differentiation, proliferation and migration required to form the required cell types, tissues and organs. Thus, this life stage is the ideal life platform to determine if precision-engineered nanomaterials can target biological pathways. With small quantities of test materials, we broadly assess the impacts of ENM exposures on growth, organ development, cardiovascular function, and complex neurobehavior using high throughput screening (HTS) methods. Through automation, we use a systematic and iterative strategy to elucidate the nanomaterials properties that drive biological responses. To date, we have assessed hundreds of unique nanomaterials from a number of sources that span diverse classes of materials. This talk will discuss the detailed approaches, advantages, challenges and examples using HTS in vivo approaches to assess the biocompatibility of ENMs.
LINK  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nanosafety/events/nanolecture-series/upcoming-nanolecture-series/


Little Big Data in Infectious Disease Research
Thursday, May 24
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT,  Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Kristian G. Andersen, The Scripps Research Institute

Biological Engineering Seminar 
Hosted by Prof Douglas A. Lauffenburger

For more information about this event, please contact:
617-253-1712 or be-acad at mit.edu


Boston Harbor for All: The Mayors’ Perspective
Thursday, May 24
5:30 p.m.
Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-harbor-for-all-mayors-perspective-tickets-44641111767

Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston
Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem
Mayor Thomas McGee of Lynn


Please join us for a discussion with Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, Mayor Thomas McGee of Lynn, and other leaders on Boston Harbor’s role in the regional economy, climate resilience, public access and open space, water transportation, and public health and well-being. Boston Harbor is at a critical moment in history. In an era of climate change and a building boom, how do we work together to create a waterfront that is accessible and resilient – truly a harbor for all?

Our collective success in cleaning up the harbor has created a new set of opportunities and urgent challenges. The planning and design decisions we make today will impact our waterfront for decades to come. Only by collaborating and breaking down silos will we get it right.


Net Positive Energy
Thursday, May 24
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Fort Point Room, Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at http://usgbcma.org/btf18/
Cost:  $53.55 - $69.31

Join green technology firms and building product companies to discuss cutting-edge research and products to support net positive energy buildings. Start the night off by catching up with your colleagues with drinks and networking. Presenters will discuss advances in building technologies during education tracks, including case studies, equipment, products, renewable energy innovations and more. Paired with networking opportunities and exhibition tables, companies and vendors will present the newest products that contribute massive improvements to net positive structures.
Our Building Tech Forum will also feature a display floor where companies and vendors will present the newest products and improvements in structures for sustainability.
Interested in presenting? See how to get involved.
Are you a member of the media or would like to share this event? See our media pack.
5:30-5:45: Networking and Bar Opens.
5:45-6:00: Opening Remarks
6:00-7:00: Multi-Session Educational Presentations
7:00-8:15: Networking and Expo Tables
8:15-8:30: Final Remarks


EDF Climate Corps' Training Reception & Celebration
Thursday, May 24
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Intercontinental Hotel in the Abigail Adams Ballroom, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edf-climate-corps-training-reception-celebration-tickets-45114471599

To mark the 11th season of EDF Climate Corps, please join us in celebrating our 2018 EDF Climate Corps fellows and the powerful network of sustainability leaders we are building in Boston, across the U.S. and in China. 
Welcoming remarks by program alumni Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, President, Environmental League of Massachusetts 
Keynote remarks by Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, U.S. EPA
Refreshments will be served.


Future of Grocery
Thursday, May 24
6 - 8:30pm
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Lighthouse - 20th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/branchfood-presents-the-future-of-food-panel-series-tickets-39173251249
Cost:  $25

Future of Food Panel Series


Art&Tech Show&Tell - Video Installation
Thursday, May 24
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arttech-showtell-video-installation-tickets-45211776641

New!! Art&Tech // Show&Tell Series: This spring, CCTV will be starting a new series of seminars that will bring in local art/film/makers to discuss the innovative ways they are using new media and technology to share their unique stories.

Video Installation with Keaton Fox + Cheyenne Harvey
Tuesday, April 24th, 6-8pm

Artists Keaton Fox and Cheyenne Harvey both use video installation to create meaningful moments in 3D spaces. Harvey uses video to challenge people to understand a perspective that is not their own. She likes exploring danger and domesticity. Fox uses video as way to playfully explore the varied realities of our time. She enjoys putting mirrors, water, and video together to create distorted reflections of the modern world. The two artists will come to CCTV to discuss their work and the role that video has played in making their ideas come to life.

Register Today!
contact Keaton Fox at 617-661-6900 or email keaton at cctvcambridge.org


Live Crowd Investigation: Will AI Take Over The World?
Thursday, May 24
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Reviving-Investigative-Journalism-Meetup-Group/events/250426067/

Join us in person or online (link to be shared soon) to conduct a live investigation to determine the validity of evidence provided to us by the media. This week, we will be discussing the narrative around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it will "take over the world."

The current narrative we have been given is that AI is going to take away people's jobs, livelihoods, and could even be the end of the human race. In this meetup, we will ask these questions: Where did this narrative come from? Is there any validity to these claims? What evidence has been provided?

By focusing on evidence, we distinguish between Fake News narratives which lack evidence from Real News narratives which have evidence to back up their claims. Inevitably, we will come to discover which news narratives have unanswered questions that need to be further investigated to have a true and accurate account of the story. Together, we decide how deep we want to look into any particular lead before we are satisfied with our results.

Food and drinks will be provided, this event is sponsored by District Hall.

Friday, May 25 

A lecture in "Preservation and Promoting of Chinese Culture and Arts through Film Making Producing and Directing the Ip Man Series”
WHEN  Friday, May 25, 2018, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center - Hall B.Oxford Street,Harvard University
Cambridge, MAGAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Wellness/Work Life
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Tai Chi Club - Master Yon Lee.
In Association with the US Dragon & Lion Dance Federation present: Ilya Chalik Memorial Lecture on Shaolin Culture. Keynote by: Master Checkley Sin Kwok Lam (Producer, Screenwriter & Director)SPEAKER(S)Master Checkley Sin Kwok Lam (Producer, Screenwriter & Director)
CONTACT INFO Master Yon Lee yonlee at fas.harvard.eduDETAILS
LINK  http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~htctc/


Fuck Up Boston Volume VIII
Friday, May 25 
6:30 am - 9:30 pm
CIC Cambridge, One Broadway, Havana Room, Fl 5, Cambridge
Cost:  $10

What is Fuckup Nights? Fuckup Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to publicly share business failure stories. Hundreds of people attend each event to hear three to four entrepreneurs share their failures. Each speaker is given 7-10 minutes and is able to use 10 images to illustrate their story.

Saturday, May 26

Tesla: Inventor of the Modern" -- presentation and book signing
Saturday, May 26
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Boston Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center Stage, Blue Wing, Level1, Boston
RSVP  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tesla-inventor-of-the-modern-presentation-and-book-signing-tickets-46020603865

W.W. Norton is publishing Richard Munson's "Tesla: Inventor of the Modern." Come hear about the mastermind who brought us the electric motor, radio, robots, and remote control.

Kirkus, in a starred review, calls the book: "A lucid, expertly researched biography. Readers will absolutely enjoy (Munson’s) sympathetic, insightful portrait.”

Learn a bit about this under-appreciated genius. Get your book signed by the author.


Drone Warfare Protest
Saturday, May 26
Central Square, Cambridge

Join us to protest the US drone warfare program around the world Saturday,
May 26 at noon in Central Square, Cambridge.  We will display a drone
replica, hold signs of drone victims in Pakistan and speak out against this
deadly new form of war, that terrorizes people in many countries.
Organized by the Eastern Massachusetts Anti-Drones Network, a task force of
UJP.  For info, call (617) 776-6524 or write info at justicewithpeace.org

Editorial Comment:  Drone warfare is only one aspect of the technology available today.  Tanzania and Rwanda are using drones for medical supplies and emergency services. Personal, group, and corporate drone usage is already here.  We should take a moment or two to think about it.


Standing Waves #12: Aki Onda, Lecture and Concert Series
Saturday, May 26
4:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore for Standing Waves #12: a lecture and concert series, featuring Aki Onda.

Aki Onda is a New York-based artist and composer. He is particularly known for his “Cassette Memories” — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last quarter-century. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories. Onda often performs in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers, including Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Raha Raissnia, Akio Suzuki, and Takao Kawaguchi. Onda’s work has been presented numerous institutions such as MoMA, The Kitchen, documenta 14, Pompidou Center, Louve Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Bozar, and many others.

Standing Waves is a monthly music, sound, and artist talk series with a concentration on one artist in the performance of and presentation about their work. Standing Waves is given over to a single artist for each event that allows for the performance and auditioning of their work as well as a presentation to the audience about it that makes for an intimate as well as rigorous experience, with the integrity and intention of the artist and work aligned and revealed. A distinguishing element of the series will also be a document in the form of a book that includes critical writings and photographs from the events. This comprehensive approach will elucidate the music, sound art and practices that overlap and comprise the artists’ works.

The Standing Waves lecture and concert series is offered with support from Cambridge Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Suggested donation at the event in support of Standing Waves: $5-10.

Sunday, May 27

A Putative Life of Hannah Arendt
Sunday, May 27
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM  2pm Venue opens for viewing;  3pm Symposium;  5pm Reception
BU, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, 147 Bay State Road, 2nd floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-putative-life-of-hannah-arendt-opening-symposium-tickets-45242813473

A salon of works by Miriam Shenitzer
Joni Doherty, Philosopher and Public Scholar
Jennifer Hall, Curator, Artist-Philosopher
Thomas Meyer, Arendt-scholar and Philosopher
Miriam Shenitzer, Artist
Moderation: Michael Zank, Director,Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
Concept: Pnina Lahav, Professor of Law

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
For more information about the participants and the exhibit, please visit http://www.bu.edu/jewishstudies/calendar/a-putative-life-of-hannah-arendt-salon-by-miriam-shenitzer/
Exhibition (by appointment): May 30-June 25, 2018 
Contact: Dr. Theresa Cooney Tel 617.353.8096 or ewcjs at bu.edu


Survivor's Village: Reclaiming the Body as Home
Sunday, May 27
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/survivors-village-reclaiming-the-body-as-home-tickets-45788299035
Cost:  $25
Ages 18+ welcome. (Not suitable for children)

The Survivor's Village is an interactive ritual theatre experience designed and facilitated by survivor artists, Jacey and Ankana, with direction by Sarvenaz Moshfegh Asiedu. 

This interactive experience will take sentients on a journey of integration, creativity, and healing by combining 
process, theatre, and body-based healing. While this is a survivor-centered experience, we welcome allies as well who choose to respectfully participate in the ritual. This ritual is participatory in nature; we invite your full-embodied self to this first-ever ritual theatre experience co-created in community!

For the full healing experience, we also welcome:
Rebecca LaRose offering healing medicinal herbs! www.wisewomenrise.com 
Jamila Capitman & Raw Food Arts offering healthy, fresh juices! www.rawfoodarts.com
*If you need financial assistance in order to attend this event, please contact programs at survivortheatreproject.com 

Survivor Artist Bio's
Ankana (she/her. shadow worker) is a self taught, visual artist, born in Assam, India. Her family immigrated to the USA in the late 80s and set roots in Massachusetts. She finds home and is inspired by the feminine energy, and in nature. For the past few years, Ankana has been doing self healing, shadow work. Her hope is that one day she will be able to share her shadow work practices with the community, and help others in their healing journey. 
Jacey is a facilitator/educator, creative movement artist, and poet living and building community in the Boston area. They have been practicing popular education in the public schools, exploring the intersections of arts, sports, and critical theory. Jacey is currently studying/practicing somatic movement and integrated dance in service of healing and deepening collective visions of a sustainable world and living an embodied social justice. Jacey graduated from Pitzer College with a self-designed major in Rhetoric, Consciousness, and Power.
Sarvenaz Moshfegh-Asiedu
Touring Company Director
Moshfegh-Asiedu has been a part of Survivor Theatre Project since 2014 as the Touring Company Director and as a theatre program facilitator. She directed and guided the 2015 Touring Company in creating Called to Speak and the 2016 Touring Company in creating The Survivor's Circus; Journey Through the Fog. Moshfegh-Asiedu is passionately involved in developing modalities, curricula, and rituals to support the healing of the collective consciousness of our shared reality. Moshfegh-Asiedu is a DEEPROGRAMMER and author of www.deeprogramming.com.

Monday, May 28

Global Challenges Foundation Mini-Hackathon: Tech & Global Risk 
Monday, May 28
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-challenges-foundation-mini-hackathon-tech-global-risk-tickets-46092671421

** Calling all those interested in Global Risk, Cooperation, or Technology! **

Develop new systems to change the world.

Join The Future Society us for a mini-hackathon in collaboration with the New Shapes Prize, with the opportunity to have your ideas presented at the Paris Peace Forum. The New Shape Prize was a USD 5 million competition launched by the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF) in November 2016, examining what a new system of international cooperation capable of tackling the most pressing threats to humanity could look like.

This hackathon will be one of many held across the world at the end of May, where you will have the first-hand opportunity to gather and discuss 6 finalist proposals of the New Shapes Prize, emerging out of 2,700 entries from 122 countries. During the hackathon you will develop finalist ideas further into more concrete proposals where they intersect with emerging technologies - from machine learning and big data, to biotechnology and sustainable tech, to blockchain and AI.

With a mission to reshape global decision-making, the Global Challenges Foundation will present your best-developed proposals at the Paris Peace Forum in November 2018 as this mission’s next milestone.

Through this hackathon you can also put yourself forward to be one of the Ambassadors in charge of advocating for your ideas with governing bodies, together with other thought leaders, from July to October. 
Food and drink will be provided

Tuesday, May 29

Boston Green Drinks - May 2018 Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 29
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Warehouse Bar & Grille, 40 Broad Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-green-drinks-may-2018-happy-hour-tickets-45782184747

Free Ultimate Burger Samples!
We had a successful event in April at Warehouse, and very much appreciate the efforts they are undertaking to improve the sustainability of their operations! They also liked us. So much so, that they will provide some free samples of the "Ultimate Burger" for May's Happy Hour (See Item #2, below).
Why Warehouse?
They are currently in the process of updating their food & beverage menu, as well as their business practices, to put a focus on more sustainable and ethical items! And we ought to be applauding & supporting such efforts however we can.
What are they trying?
1.  Recycling food waste in partnership with Agri Cycle Clean Energy.  They essentially turn the food waste & packaging scraps into energy - www.agricycleenergy.com

2.  Adding all sorts of vegan options, including the Impossible Burger https://www.impossiblefoods.com/burger/.  As Cliff, their owner, puts it: The movement towards a plant-based diet is here and we're trying to meet the demands of our customers.  There's no denying the detrimental impact that animal agriculture has on the environment so we're attempting to shift our menu to food that is more sustainable.

3.  Growing their own herbs in house, cutting down on transportation & packaging costs of having them delivered.  Basil, cilantro and oregano are their first three and the hope is to start to grow their own salad greens as well.

4.  Continuing best efforts to minimize utility consumption by using low flow toilets, LED light bulbs and energy star rated cooking & refrigeration equipment.  They were lucky enough to build our space brand new so took advantage of some energy efficient programs the state offers restaurants.

5.  In partnership with our trash provider - Used cardboard boxes are recycled.

6.  In partnership with our beer distributors - Glass bottles & alumni cans are recycled.

7.  They've begun to think about ways to eliminate using plastic straws.  Over the next month or so they'll be trying out new eco-friendly, compostable straws.
Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
Boston Green Drinks builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


The Heart of America
Tuesday, May 29
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-heart-of-america-registration-43410122846

Panelists including James and Deborah Fallows, authors of Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America, and Hillary Frey, executive editor of HuffPost, shed light on contemporary issues facing the heart of America.


Dreaming of Puerto Rico: A Portrait of the Island in Images, Sound, and Stories
Tuesday, May 29
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
PRX Podcast Garage, 267 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dreaming-of-puerto-rico-a-portrait-of-the-island-in-images-sound-and-story-tickets-46083037606

Join us for a night of storytelling from Puerto Rico, hosted by Bethany Van Delft (The Moth, 2 Dope Queens).
WBUR's Simón Rios shares his reporting of the devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. His multimedia presentation integrates live music, audio cuts, and photographs by WBUR Photographer Jesse Costa. Audience members are welcome to put their names in a hat to share a personal story about Puerto Rico during the evening.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 30

Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Annual Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 30
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Colonnade Hotel, Huntington I & II Ballroom, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Registration and continental breakfast starts at 8:30AM
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efcau9720d92a92d&oseq=&c=&ch=

You are invited to attend MAPC's 2018 Annual Council Meeting! 

Meeting activities...
Charles Eliot Scholarship Award
Approval of FY 2019 Budget
Election of Officers
Election of Executive Committee
Regional Plan Process Design Update
Interactive Activity


Wednesday, May 30
12:30 pm
BU, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 132, Boston

GRS Dissertation Defense of Sarah Farron

Contact Name	Tyler Wasson
Phone	617-353-2696
Contact Email	grsrec at bu.edu


Blockchain Technology: Patents vs. Open Source
Wednesday, May 30
5:30pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building E32, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/blockchain-technology-patents-vs-open-source/
Cost:  $20; Livestream non-members: $20; Members: $10; Livestream Members: $10; Students: $5; Livestream Students: 5; Student members: Free for both

A new frontier of innovation has arrived with the advent of cryptocurrencies and the myriad of blockchain use cases. Some folks believe open source and patents have no place together. However, both are integral to the commercialization of blockchain technology.

As blockchain continues to be disruptive in a variety of industries, protecting these innovations value becomes essential. However, value means different things to different people. Some value blockchain technology based on the amount of money it can generate or save. Others value the broad adoption of successful blockchain technologies.

Join us and learn from our panel of innovators in the blockchain technology community as they examine the strategies they use to protect the value of their technologies.

Christian Wentz, Technology Entrepreneur, MIT
Sam Abbasi, Partner, The BUSHIDO Lab

Keegan M. Caldwell, Managing Member and Founder, Caldwell Intellectual Property

Event Schedule
5:30 - 6:00 pm - Registration & networking (light refreshments served)
6:00 - 7:30 pm - Welcome & panel discussion
7:30 - 8:30 pm - Beer, wine & networking @ Meadhall, 90 Broadway, Cambridge


The Life of Yogananda
Wednesday, May 30
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Philip Goldberg
He was called "the 20th century's first superstar guru" (Los Angeles Times), and today, nearly a century after he arrived in the United States, he's still the best known and most beloved of all the Indian spiritual teachers who have come to the West. Now, finally, Paramahansa Yogananda has the authoritative biography he deserves.

Yogananda, considered by many to be the father of modern yoga, has had an unsurpassed global impact thanks to the durability of his teachings, the institutions he created or inspired, and especially his iconic memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Since its publication in 1946, that book has sold millions of copies and changed millions of lives. But it doesn't tell the whole story.

Much of Yogananda's seminal text is devoted to tales about other people, and it largely overlooks the three vital decades he spent living, working, and teaching in America. Huge chunks of his life--challenges, controversies, and crises; triumphs, relationships, and formative experiences--remain unknown to even his most ardent devotees. In this captivating biography, scholar and teacher Philip Goldberg fills the gaps, charting a journey that spanned six decades, two hemispheres, two world wars, and unprecedented social changes. The result is an objective, thoroughly researched account of Yogananda's remarkable life in all its detail, nuance, and complex humanity.

But this is more than a compelling life story. "Yogananda would, I believe, want any book about him to not only inform but transform," Goldberg writes. "It is my hope that readers will be enriched, expanded, and deepened by this humble offering." That is sure to be the case for both Yogananda enthusiasts and those who discover him for the first time in these illuminating pages.

Philip Goldberg grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in Los Angeles. A professional writer for more than 40 years, he is author or co-author of some 25 books published in more than a dozen languages. He is also a skilled public speaker, a workshop leader, a spiritual counselor, and the co-host of the popular podcast Spirit Matters. He blogs at Huffington Post and Spirituality & Health, and contributes to other publications.


There Are No Grown-Ups
Wednesday May 30
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline 

Pamela Druckerman
The best-selling author of Bringing Up Bébé investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face.


She Has Her Mother's Laugh:  The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
Wednesday, May 30
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning science writer CARL ZIMMER for a discussion of his latest book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.

About She Has Her Mother's Laugh
She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to distant ancestors, to ethnic identities, etc.

But, Zimmer writes, "Each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, but most of our DNA influences who we are—our appearance, our height, our penchants—in inconceivably subtle ways." Heredity isn't just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors—using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates—but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer's lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it.

Weaving historical and current scientific research, his own experience with his two daughters, and the kind of original reporting expected of one of the world's best science journalists, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, but also long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations.

Thursday, May 31

DesignX Pitch and Demo Night
Thursday, May 31
5:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building E14-648, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

The startups of designX are developing incredibly innovative products and services at an amazing pace this Spring. 

With the support of customized design thinking workshops, mentoring from a team of dediciated professionals, business and financial coursework, and strong engagement with cities and industry, 10 new ventures are emerging from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning in May intent on making the world a better place.

On May 31, we are excited to give them the spotlight and opportunity to present their new ventures to you!

This will be an evening of demonstrations, experiences, and interaction as you engage with the startups, test out their new ideas and technologies, and hear their dynamic pitches.

You will see new innovation in design, real estate, urban agriculture, health, infrastructure management, aerial data collection and more. 


Distance Vision and the Early Origins of Awareness
Thursday, May 31
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Simons IMAX Theatre New England Aquarium, Museum Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107525&view=Detail

David Edelman, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College
The ability to resolve distant objects within a complex visual scene probably emerged more than 500 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion, a period characterized by the appearance of diverse new sensory innovations, including every major type of eye found in living vertebrates and invertebrates today. David Edelman, Ph.D., argues that distance vision and its underlying neural circuitry provided the first critical substrates for sensory consciousness. Seeing objects from afar engendered a new sort of neural faculty that effectively linked space and time. Animals equipped with this faculty were able to not only monitor their environment for salience (e.g., identify and track predators or prey), but also make predictions about future outcomes on which their survival likely hinged. Making such predictions must necessarily have relied on an ongoing linkage between perception and memory: a connection that, some suggest, is a critical requisite for conscious experience. He makes the case that, as a capable predator with acute vision, the octopus provides a striking test case for subjective experience in an animal quite distant from the vertebrate line. Indeed, probing the octopus visual system could conceivably help identify neuroanatomical and neurophysiological properties of conscious states that are universal among animals with sophisticated sensory faculties and complex nervous systems, regardless of profound morphological differences and divergent evolutionary histories.


We Rise to Resist
Thursday, May 31
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Anthology contributors Michelle Bowdler and Ari Belathar share their pieces from We Rise to Resist and discuss the book with editor Paula Dail.

"I’m not giving up – and neither should you," became the mantra for women everywhere who were deeply disappointed in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.  Taking these words to heart, on January 21, 2017 millions of women – and men – across America, angry that a misogynist had been elected President of the United States, marched in protest.  This was the first mass action of an emerging women’s political resistance movement.  This book, written in the unique voices of 36 political resisters who are participating in a growing, women-led, effort to "make America great again" on their terms, represents the first chapter in the emerging story of this movement.

Speaking truth to power on widely diverse topics, essayists and interviewees include a former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice; an award-winning feminist theologian; a New Mexico assistant Attorney General; a naturalized Muslim-American; warhorse activists who previously fought for reproductive, civil and immigrant rights; first time protestors; and ordinary women of good will who, frightened about the political environment their daughters and granddaughters will inherit, decided to take action. Their voices echo the sisterhood of determined women, and men, everywhere who love America and stand in solidarity over their concern for its future.


A Girl Stands at the Door:  The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools
Thursday, May 31
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning historian and Rutgers professor RACHEL DEVLIN for a discussion of her latest book, A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools. She will be joined in conversation by Harvard Law School professor KENNETH W. MACK.

About A Girl Stands at the Door
The struggle to desegregate America’s schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools.

In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers. She also explains why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the difficult work of reaching across the color line in public schools. Highlighting the extraordinary bravery of young black women, this bold revisionist account illuminates today’s ongoing struggles for equality.


Talk to Yourself Like a Buddhist
Thursday May 31
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline 

Cynthia Kane
Talk to Yourself Like a Buddhist can teach you how to turn off the enemy in your mind simply by noticing, investigating, and changing the words you use to speak to yourself.

Friday, June 1

2018 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference: Beyond Disadvantage: Disability, Law, and Bioethics
WHEN  Friday, June 1, 2018, 8 – 9 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC (2036), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. This year’s conference is organized in collaboration with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. Cosponsored by the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.
DETAILS  Historically and across societies people with disabilities have been stigmatized and excluded from social opportunities on a variety of culturally specific grounds. These justifications include assertions that people with disabilities are biologically defective, less than capable, costly, suffering, or fundamentally inappropriate for social inclusion. Rethinking the idea of disability so as to detach being disabled from inescapable disadvantage has been considered a key to twenty-first century reconstruction of how disablement is best understood.
Such ‘destigmatizing’ has prompted hot contestation about disability. Bioethicists in the ‘destigmatizing’ camp have lined up to present non-normative accounts, ranging from modest to audacious, that characterize disablement as “mere difference” or in other neutral terms. The arguments for their approach range from applications of standards for epistemic justice to insights provided by evolutionary biology. Conversely, other bioethicists vehemently reject such non-normative or “mere difference” accounts, arguing instead for a “bad difference” stance. “Bad difference” proponents contend that our strongest intuitions make us weigh disability negatively. Furthermore, they warn, destigmatizing disability could be dangerous because social support for medical programs that prevent or cure disability is predicated on disability’s being a condition that it is rational to avoid. Construing disability as normatively neutral thus could undermine the premises for resource support, access priorities, and cultural mores on which the practice of medicine depends.
The “mere difference” vs. “bad difference” debate can have serious implications for legal and policy treatment of disability, and shape strategies for allocating and accessing health care. For example, the framing of disability impacts the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, and other legal tools designed to address discrimination. The characterization of disability also has health care allocation and accessibility ramifications, such as the treatment of preexisting condition preclusions in health insurance. The aim of the conference is to construct a twenty-first century conception of disablement that resolves the tension about whether being disabled is merely neutral or must be bad, examines and articulates the clinical, philosophical, and practical implications of that determination, and attempts to integrate these conclusions into medical and legal practices.
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Register now!
LINK  http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/2018-petrie-flom-center-annual-conference


Pathway to Sustainability by MIT: Incubation, Transformation, and Mobilization
Friday, June 1
MIT, Building E51, Wong Auditorium 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pathway-to-sustainability-leadership-implementation-design-forum-tickets-44683888714 
Register by May 25th

This forum is open to the entire MIT community. The purpose is to capitalize on the excitement of the MIT community to inform and advance our commitment to a sustainable future – at the level of the campus, the city and the globe - by leveraging our collective intelligence and imagination. This document sets the stage for schools, departments, centers, offices and individuals to contribute to both a centralized plan for implementation and design localized plans that advance MIT’s commitment. The forum will be designed to develop strategies, recommend specific goals and lay out a plan for implementation. The results of the forum will be synthesized during the summer and be announced in September 2018. 


 Friday, June 1
11:00 am
BU, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 54, Boston

GRS Dissertation Defense of Anandita Mukherji

Contact Name	Tyler Wasson
Phone  617-353-2696
Contact Email  grsrec at bu.edu


The Leader and the Led:  How the Nature of the Leader Affects Organizations and Societies
WHEN  Friday, June 1, 2018, 2:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, William James College of Graduate Education in Psychology
1 Wells Avenue, Newton
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	William James College of Graduate Education in Psychhology
in cooperation with McLean Hospital Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, and The North Suffolk Mental Health Association Board of Directors
SPEAKER(S)  Ervin Staub, Ph.D.: Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Founding Director of the Doctoral Program in the Psychology of Peace and Violence, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Elena Cherepanov, Ph.D., LMHC: Senior Instructor, Cambridge College; Lead for Refugee Behavioral Services, Lynn Community Health Center
DIRECTED BY  David G. Satin, M.D., DLFAPA Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Chairman, Erich Lindemann Memorial Lecture Committee
COST  none
CONTACT INFO  David G. Satin, M.D.: david_satin at hms.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Many factors affect the character and direction of society. The commitment and character of leaders is influential. What determines the values and style of leaders, the choice of leaders, and how they affect the society? In all eras, ours not the least, leaders stand out for study and criticism. This Lindemann Lecture seeks to understand more clearly leaders and their effects on those they lead — an issue of community mental health.


Gay Priori
Friday, June 1 6:30pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Libby Adler, 
In Gay Priori Libby Adler offers a comprehensive critique of mainstream LGBT legal agendas in the United States and a new direction for LGBT law reform. Adler shows how LGBT equal rights discourse drives legal advocates toward a narrow array of reform objectives—namely, same-sex marriage, antidiscrimination protections, and hate crimes statutes. This approach means that many legal issues that greatly impact the lives of the LGBT community's most marginalized members—especially those who are transgender, homeless, underage, or nonwhite—often go unnoticed. Such a narrow focus on equal rights also fixes and flattens LGBT identities, perpetuates the uneven distribution of resources such as safety, housing, health, and wealth, and limits the capacity for advocates to imagine change. To combat these effects, Adler calls for prioritizing the redistribution of resources in ways that focus on addressing low-profile legal conditions such as foster care and other issues that better meet the needs of LGBT people. Such a shift in perspective, Adler contends, will serve to open up a new world of reform possibilities that the law provides for.

Libby Adler is Professor of Law and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University and coeditor of the fourth edition of Mary Joe Frug's Women and the Law.


Damnation Island:  Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York
Friday, June 1
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome STACY HORN—author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others and founder of social network Echo—for a discussion of her latest book, Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

About Damnation Island
Today it is known as Roosevelt Island. In 1828, when New York City purchased this narrow, two-mile-long island in the East River, it was called Blackwell’s Island. There, over the next hundred years, the city would build a lunatic asylum, prison, hospital, workhouse, and almshouse. Stacy Horn has crafted a compelling and chilling narrative told through the stories of the poor souls sent to Blackwell’s, as well as the period’s city officials, reformers, and journalists (including the famous Nellie Bly).

Damnation Island re-creates what daily life was like on the island, what politics shaped it, and what constituted charity and therapy in the nineteenth century. Throughout the book, we return to the extraordinary Blackwell’s missionary Reverend French, champion of the forgotten, as he ministers to these inmates, battles the bureaucratic mazes of the Corrections Department and a corrupt City Hall, testifies at salacious trials, and in his diary wonders about man’s inhumanity to man.

For history fans, and for anyone interested in the ways we care for the least fortunate among us, Damnation Island is an eye-opening look at a closed and secretive world. In a tale that is exceedingly relevant today, Horn shows us how far we’ve come—and how much work still remains.

Saturday, June 2

DayCon 2018: “Tomorrow’s Tech, Today”
Saturday, June 2
10 AM – 4:30 PM (complimentary lunch will be served)
Harvard, Northwest Building, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdi7P1FQYm-mAXLiIBhtQeRbczR5JMqAVTLI9AC15rUqURwTQ/viewform

Technology: it’s everywhere, from the medicine that keeps you healthy to the computer you’re using to read this message. Undoubtedly, it impacts every aspect of our lives and is only expected to become more ubiquitous. But is more progress always better? Join us to learn more about the excitement – and ethical debates – surrounding the major innovations of our time at DayCon 2018: Tomorrow’s Tech, Today!

DayCon is a free, daylong science conference consisting of talks and interactive demonstrations given by graduate student scientists. This year’s topics include artificial intelligence, CRISPR gene editing, engineering the microbiome, virus-based technologies, quantum computing, and more!

DayCon is generously supported by Harvard Integrated Life Sciences, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Council, and Addgene.


Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change
Saturday, June 2
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/playing-for-the-planet-world-music-against-climate-change-tickets-45833094018
Cost:  $15 - $20

Mark your calendars for one of the year’s most exciting musical events!
On Saturday, June 2, the seventeenth “Playing For The Planet” benefit concert showcases master musicians from three different musical traditions, in a benefit for the environmental advocacy group 350MA.org.

Come and hear Mal Barsamian and Charles Dermenjian performing Armenian and Turkish music, Gus LaCasse’s Acadian & Cape Breton fiddling, and a Hindustani performance by vocalist Ramchandra Joshi.

Monday, June 4

Playing with Light at the Nanoscale: Finding Photons in Unusual Places
Monday, June 4
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Evelyn Hu

More information at http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/


Making Sense of Brexit:  Democracy, Europe, and Uncertain Futures
Monday, June 4
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes VICTOR J. SEIDLER—Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London—for a discussion of his latest book, Making Sense of Brexit: Democracy, Europe, and Uncertain Futures.

About Making Sense of Brexit
After the shock decision to leave the EU in 2016, what can we learn about our divided and unequal society and the need to listen to each other? This engaging and accessible book addresses the causes and implications of Brexit. Seidler argues that we need new political imaginations across class, race, religion, gender, and sexuality to engage in issues about the scale and acceleration of urban change and the time people need to adjust to new realities.


Tuesday, June 5
8:00am to 6:30pm
Broad Institute 415 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://sense.mit.edu/symposia
Cost:  $25 - $75

This full-day symposium will highlight the needs for new SENSE technologies, showcase research and innovations, and present the impact of these technologies on Water, Environment and Agriculture systems. SENSE includes sensors, new instrumentation, remote sensing, and other measurements solutions.

Technical, business, and visionary leaders from MIT, industry, and society will share their experiences and insight via a series of invited technical talks, presentations by MIT-launched startups, posters, and a panel discussion.


authors at MIT: Wade Roush, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Liu, S L Huang discuss Twelve Tomorrows
Tuesday, June 5
The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us in welcoming Wade Roush, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Liu, and SL Huang to the MIT Press Bookstore for a discussion and reading from Twelve Tomorrows. This event is free, and books will be on sale at the event for a 20% discount.

About Twelve Tomorrows:
In this book, edited by Wade Roush, new and established voices in science fiction come together to offer original stories of the future. Ken Liu writes about a virtual currency that hijacks our empathy; Elizabeth Bear shows us a smart home tricked into kidnapping its owner; we encounter metal-melting viruses, vegetable-based heart transplants, search-and-rescue drones, and semi-automated sailing ships. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening, and always relevant, Twelve Tomorrowsoffers compelling visions of potential futures.

Originally launched in 2011 by MIT Technology Review, the Twelve Tomorrows series explores the future implications of emerging technologies through the lens of fiction. Featuring a diverse collection of authors, characters, and stories rooted in contemporary real-world science, each volume in the series offers conceivable and inclusive stories of the future, celebrating and continuing the genre of “hard” science fiction pioneered by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein. Twelve Tomorrows is the first volume of the series to be published in partnership with the MIT Press.


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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