[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - May 27, 2018

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Monday, May 28

12pm  Moral Monday Poor People’s Campaign
2pm  Global Challenges Foundation Mini-Hackathon: Tech & Global Risk 

Tuesday, May 29

11am  Who Doesn't Want Another Arm?
12pm  Internataional Committee of the Red Cross Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - May 2018 Happy Hour
6pm  The Heart of America
6:30pm  Teen Panel on Gun Violence
7:30pm  Dreaming of Puerto Rico: A Portrait of the Island in Images, Sound, and Stories

Wednesday, May 30

9:30am  Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Annual Council Meeting
11am  Community Choice Energy - Boston City Council Hearing
5:30pm  Blockchain Technology: Patents vs. Open Source
6pm  Better Bus Project
7pm  The Life of Yogananda
7pm  There Are No Grown-Ups
7pm  She Has Her Mother's Laugh:  The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
7:30pm  Paper Lanterns

Thursday, May 31

5pm  DesignX Pitch and Demo Night
6pm  Tech in Motion 10k Member Celebration & Networking Mixer
7pm  Distance Vision and the Early Origins of Awareness
7pm  We Rise to Resist
7pm  A Girl Stands at the Door:  The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools
7pm  Talk to Yourself Like a Buddhist

Friday, June 1

8am  2018 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference: Beyond Disadvantage: Disability, Law, and Bioethics
9am  Pathway to Sustainability by MIT: Incubation, Transformation, and Mobilization
2:30pm  The Leader and the Led:  How the Nature of the Leader Affects Organizations and Societies
6pm  Love Fest Boston
6:30pm  Gay Priori
7pm  Damnation Island:  Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York

Saturday, June 2

10am  Boston 2018 Sci-Ed Innovators STEM Expo
10am  DayCon 2018: “Tomorrow’s Tech, Today”
7pm  Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change

Monday, June 4

8:30am  Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, how to find the perfect balance between efficiency and ethics
5pm  Nurse SharkTank - Disruptive Solutions for Home Health
7pm  Playing with Light at the Nanoscale: Finding Photons in Unusual Places
7pm  Making Sense of Brexit:  Democracy, Europe, and Uncertain Futures

Tuesday, June 5

8am  CEM Symposium on "Rise of Asia: How should US companies respond?”
6pm  authors at MIT: Wade Roush, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Liu, S L Huang discuss Twelve Tomorrows


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

Mister Franklin’s Folks:  How to Cahnge USA Energy Policy in One Growing Season

First Day of Tyranny


Monday, May 28

Moral Monday Poor People’s Campaign
12 pm 
Boston Common, Boston


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

Who Doesn't Want Another Arm?
Tuesday, May 29
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
MIT, Building 32-G449 Patil / Kiva, Cambridge

Speaker: Kenneth Salisbury , Computer Science and Surgery Stanford University 
Abstract: Our laboratory has been developing wearable robot arms. They are designed to augment your capabilities and dexterity through physical cooperation. These "Third Arms" are typically waist-mounted and designed to work in the volume directly in front of you, cooperating with your arms' actions. We are not developing fast or strong robots, rather we focus on the interaction design issues and variety of task opportunities that arise.

Putting a robot directly in your personal space enables new ways for human-robot cooperation. Ours are designed to contact the environment with all their surfaces. This enables "whole-arm manipulation" as well as end-effector-based actions. How should you communicate with such a robot? How do you it teach it physical tasks? Can it learn by observing things you do and anticipate helpful actions?

In this talk I will describe our work on wearables and discuss the design process leading to current embodiments. Be prepared to tell me what your favorite 3rd arm task is!!

Bio: Professor Salisbury received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1982. That fall he arrived at MIT for a one year post-doc. He says he was having so much fun that he ended up spending the next 16 years at the 'tute. He then spent four years at Intuitive Surgical helping develop the first-gen da Vinci robot. He then returned to Stanford to become a Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Surgery. He and his students have been responsible for a number of seminal technologies including the Salisbury Hands, the PHANToM Haptic Interface, the MIT WAM/Barrett Arm, the da Vinci Haptic Interface, the Silver Falcon Medical Robot, implicit surface and polyhedral haptic rendering techniques, the JPL Force Reflecting Hand Controller, and other devices. Kenneth is inventor or co-inventor on over 50 patents on robotics, haptics, sensors, rendering, UI and other topics. His current research interests include arm design, active physical perception, high fidelity haptics. In his spare time, he plays the flute a lot and makes things.


Internataional Committee of the Red Cross Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities
Tuesday, May 29
12:00 - 1:00 PM
MIT, Building E40-210, 

Please join the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Working Group at MIT for a lunch seminar with Christophe Hambÿe the Head of Logistics Division, ICRC Geneva. The ICRC operates worldwide, responding quickly and efficiently to help people affected by armed conflict and armed violence. ICRC also responds to disasters in conflict zones. Come learn how the Red Cross manages logistics across 16,000 people deployed in more than 80 countries.


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.


Teen Panel on Gun Violence
Tuesday, May 29
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Cambridge Public Library announces panel featuring youth from area high schools, joined by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

The Main Library is honored to host a “Youth Panel on Gun Violence” on the evening of Tuesday, May 29. There will be a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A, with local youth leaders. The panel will also feature students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – the school affected by the February 14th mass shooting. 

“It is our privilege to host these passionate student leaders in the Cambridge Public Library,” said Director of Libraries, Dr. Maria McCauley. “I believe these students will educate and inspire youth and adults in our community. Their voices will be heard on a topic in which discussion is very much needed.” 

Panelists include local teens from the Cambridge Ridge and Latin School, Somerville High School and the Cambridge Community Charter School. In addition to local youth, students from Parkland volunteered their time to take part in this panel while on a school trip to the area with their English teacher. 

Panelists will discuss the gun violence epidemic. It will be moderated by Tony Clark, former Educational Policy Advisor in the Mayor’s Office and current Associate Professor at Bunker Hill Community College. The event is in partnership with the Office of Mayor Marc McGovern and Cambridge Youth Programs. Opening remarks will be given by the Mayor. 

“It is vital that our community comes together to discuss the epidemic spread of gun violence in this nation and in our schools, and as our student activists have so powerfully and effectively reminded us, their voice is critical in that conversation,” said Mayor Marc McGovern. “Our student leaders continue to inspire change and demand accountability from their policymakers, ensuring that we never lose sight of our responsibility to their, and future generations.” 

The “Youth Panel on Gun Violence” will take place on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM in the Main Library Lecture Hall. Seating will be limited, doors will open at 6:00 PM. For more information or updates please visit our website at www.cambridgepubliclibrary.org. 


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.

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


Community Choice Energy - Boston City Council Hearing
Wednesday, May 30
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-choice-energy-boston-city-council-hearing-tickets-46126911835

Last October, the Boston City Council voted to authorize Community Choice Energy (CCE) in order to increase renewable energy, add local jobs, clean up our air, and stabilize prices. Seven months later, the Boston Environment Dept has made requests for information but has not started implementation. 

Let's send the message that Bostonians want CCE and more renewable energy!
Email Andy at BostonCAN.org or call 617-971-8568


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


Better Bus Project
Wednesday, May 30
6:00-8:00 pm
CRLS, 459 Broadway, Cambridge

The MBTA’s Better Bus Project is hosting public meetings to collect feedback on how to improve their bus service.


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.


Paper Lanterns
Wednesday, May 30
7:30 PM to 9:15 PM
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $11 admission

Directed by Barry Frechette and Max Esposito (USA, 2016, 60 min.). Digital.

On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, Japan. Among the estimated 140,000 casualties that day were 12 American prisoners of war, held since July 28 at the Hiroshima Military Police Headquarters after being shot down during a bombing raid. For decades, the families of these 12 Americans were never informed about the fates of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Shigeaki Mori, himself a hibakusha (A-bomb survivor), the names of the 12 Americans are now included in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and their relatives have learned the truth. Paper Lanterns documents Mr. Mori’s story and his dream of reaching out to the families of these lost airmen.

Followed by a discussion with director Barry Frechette, the families of POWs, and the film’s subject Shigeaki Mori, who is making a very special appearance in the United States for the first and only time.

Co-presented with the Japan Society of Boston and the United States-Japan Council.

Watch the trailer

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. 


Tech in Motion 10k Member Celebration & Networking Mixer
Thursday, May 31
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Industrious, 22 Boston Wharf Road 7th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/TechinmotionBoston/events/246746575/

The Tech in Motion community has been growing fast and just reached 10,000 members! To celebrate this incredible milestone, we will be hosting a massive celebration on May 31st at 6 PM. Mark your calendar and join us at Boston's newest co-working space, Industrious! Industrious Boston is a premium workplace platform for established professionals, blending five-star service and stunning design to provide an unparalleled workplace experience. With private glass-walled offices, beautiful common areas, and amazing hospitality that make people excited and proud to go to work, Industrious caters to freelancers, SMBs and Fortune 500 companies.

More event details are TBA. In the meantime, if you are interested in a new role that will take your career in technology to the next level, apply here: http://www.techinmotionevents.com/jobs


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.


Love Fest Boston
Friday, June 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
CIC Kendall, Venture Cafe 5th floor, One Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-fest-boston-tickets-45599549480
Cost:  $0 – $50

Love Fest Boston will bring together entrepreneurs, artists, and changemakers committed to building an economy grounded in love. We invite you to join us Friday, June 1st at the Venture Cafe Kendall for a very special evening of "non-sexual love-making" as we connect with love for ourselves, one another and our work. 

What to Expect:
Mindfulness & collective grounding guided by Lori Hanau of Global Roundtable Leadership
Heart connection and networking through intimate dialogue & a facilitated Give-Ask 
Love stories from inspiring heart-focused social entrepreneurs
Delicious wine, beer, oysters, and other locally sourced delectables
Doors open at 6:00 PM and close at 7:00 PM. Guests are encouraged to either bring a dish or beverage to share, trade with a talent or contribute financially, which goes directly to expenses associated with the event. We hope you can join us as we explore what it means to leverage love in our economy.

Please consider the environment in planning and reach out to sierra at coalesce.earth with any questions.
WIth Love,
Sierra, Julie, Lori & Greg


Gay Priori
Friday, June 1 
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

Boston 2018 Sci-Ed Innovators STEM Expo
Saturday, June 2
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
Florence and Chafetz Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-2018-sci-ed-innovators-stem-expo-tickets-45555405444

The Sci-Ed Expo is an event exhibiting exciting STEM projects from students and teachers grades K-12 representing urban schools from the Boston area. In addition to student and teacher projects, the event will feature presentations by leading STEM organizations in the Boston area.

Come check out a group of great Boston students and their teachers who will tell you what democratic science and math teaching is all about!

Our 2018 Expo Keynote Speaker:  Fabienne Mondesir, M.A.T.
Director of Community Engagement at The Personal Genetics Project
Fabienne Mondesir is a veteran Boston Public School biology teacher, who is currently on leave to help pgEd launch a new community-centered initiative in the Boston area. Fabienne earned her BA in Psychobiology/animal behavior from Wheaton College and a Masters in the Art of Teaching Biology (M.A.T) from Tufts University. Fabienne has been very passionate about incorporating race science including the biology of skin, Eugenics, and pseudo-scientific practices that have influenced and shaped policies and practices from the 14th century to the present, into her curriculum. Fabienne strongly believes that “it is the right of every student to see themselves in the content they learn everyday.” Fabienne is also 2012 Fund for Teachers Fellow, having been awarded a grant to visit Haiti and the Dominican Republic to research scientific and historical practices of colonization that lead up to the current practice of apátrida, or citizenship denial of Dominican citizens of Haitian decent in the Dominican Republic.

Interested in having a FREE exhibit table at our STEM Expo? Fill out the registration form to tell us about your organization! 
About us Sci-Ed!

The Sci-Ed Innovators Fellowship Program is a year long experience, designed to engage and support New York City and Boston science and math teachers.. Through regular monthly workshops, dialogue with peers and mentors, and a critical examination of their practice, fellows learn to transform their students’ experience by applying and further developing the Democratic Science Teaching Framework, initially conceived by Professor Sreyashi Jhumki Basu. The Fellowship experience challenges participants to examine their teaching practices through the lens of the framework. For any given learning experience, Sci-Ed Innovators ask the following questions:
Where in this learning experience is there room for student choice?
Where in this learning experience can I enhance my students' voice and learn more about their ideas?
How am I helping my students to build on their pre-existing funds of knowledge?
In what ways can I personalize this learning experience for my students?
How and when are my students investigating science in an authentic way, becoming subject matter experts who leverage their knowledge for small- and large-scale change?

Fellows who are selected for the program participate in a year-long community of practice with a mixture of first and second year participants. Twice over the course of the year, Fellows publish a 3-5 minute digital story demonstrating a new democratic science teaching practice. Fellows and a group of their students participate in the annual Sci-Ed Innovators Expo and Symposium.


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

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, how to find the perfect balance between efficiency and ethics
Monday, June 4
8:30 AM – 10:15 AM EDT
The Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Ballroom IV, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artificial-intelligence-in-healthcare-how-to-find-the-perfect-balance-between-efficiency-ethics-tickets-45880940127

On the occasion of BIO 2018, Business France give you the opportunity to discuss about the impact of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and all the questions it raises. For several years, AI has impacted the healthcare economy, the process of drug development and the management of diseases for patients. 

This new approach raise many questions in term of ethics and use of patients data to improve and accelerate drug development and public health policies. 

France has made Artificial Intelligence a priority to, and we are pride to have this open discussion with our experts : 
Stéphane Verguet, Professor of Global Health at Harvard University, USA
Alexis Normand, Head of business at Withing, USA
More speakers to come ...
In case of any question you could have, please contact Alexandre Blanchot at alexandre.blanchot at businessfrance.fr


Nurse SharkTank - Disruptive Solutions for Home Health
Monday, June 4
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Northeastern, East Village, 17th Floor 291 St. Botolph Street, Boston
RSVP at https://events.attend.com/f/1383784640#/reg/0/

Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University in conjunction with AARP Innovation Labs presents... Disruptive Solutions for Home Health Pitch Competition https://www.northeastern.edu/nurseinnovation/nurse-sharktank-2018/

Calling All Products, Prototypes, Apps and Ideas - This year’s Nurse Shark Tank will be a Pitch Competition event in partnership with AARP Innovation Labs and with support from the American Nurses Association.

This event is designed to bring together early stage startups to address opportunities to optimize solutions for independent living.

We welcome startups & entrepreneurs who have created solutions using disruptive technologies (artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, IoT & other devices) to assist caregivers or nurses who empower individuals to live longer & more independently. If you are or know someone working in this space please direct them to our page (https://www.northeastern.edu/nurseinnovation/nurse-sharktank-2018/).

For the best solutions we will give out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes:
1st Place Prizes sponsored by Medline: $5,000
2nd Place Prize sponsored by BD.com: $3,000
3rd Place Prize: $1,000

AARP People’s Choice Awards: AARP’s people’s choice award will be chosen by the audience. This winning team will go on to the final AARP Innovation Hatchery Pitch Event in Washington DC in October 2018!

All winning teams will also include:

Private 1:1 meetings with top leadership of AARP Innovation Labs, BD.com and Medline
Winner’s Blog on Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Website – and blog will be shared across all our social media and in 1 Newsletter!
Private 1 hour meeting with Dr. Kevin Scanlon, experience Venture Capitalist and Professor at Northeastern University
All teams will be invited back to serve as “Mentors” in our 2019 Hackathon – to further expand their networks…
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE PITCHES FROM LAST YEAR HERE (https://www.northeastern.edu/nurseinnovation/sharktank/)


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

CEM Symposium on "Rise of Asia: How should US companies respond?"
 Tuesday, June 5
8:00am to 2:00pm
Northeastern, Raytheon, Amphitheater (1st Floor) 120 Forsyth Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/events/2018/05/02/12/11/center-for-emerging-markets-8th-annual-symposium

Hear from CEOs and senior executives about how they are leveraging Asia, the world's fastest growing region, given technological change and rising protectionism.


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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 6

Passive House Site Tour and Presentation - Cambridge
Wednesday, June 6
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
North Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/passive-house-site-tour-and-presentation-cambridge-tickets-46416223173

Join us for a site tour of a pre-certified Passive House home in Cambridge with Tagore Hernandez, CPHC and Architect Principal with Group Design Build; and John Rodenhizer, QA/QC Rater with JSR Adaptive Energy Solutions.
In addition to a tour of the building, special guest Jens-Luder Herms from Pro Clima will give a presentation on:
Combining Wood Framing, Airsealing and Woodfiber Insulation: Marrying Carbon Sequestering Enclosures with Airsealing Technology to Create Healthy, Durable Buildings

This presentation will focus on the latest developments in delivering the highest specification for diffusion open, healthy, low energy and sustainable buildings using more natural materials and cutting-edge building technologies, including the challenges and benefits of airsealing and waterproofing full wood assemblies

Jens-Luder Herms supports product research and technology at Pro Clima and develops new export markets. His intimate knowledge of Pro Clima products, expertise in building science, degree in structural engineering and experience with carpentry give him a unique perspective on the integration of these new building components with one of the oldest building materials: wood.

Please note that this is a "boots on the ground" tour of a current construction site.


Art&Tech//Show&Tell Series : Lani Asuncion & Special Guest on Video Art and Digital Storytelling
Wednesday, June 6
Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/552770

Lani Asuncion uses her body and her camera to navigate landscapes and recall personal stories that transform into abstract narratives that are used to explore her identity as a multicultural, biracial American woman. Through new media, she communicates with a digital language that transcends race and class enabling the creation of a new mix of a place, memory, and a reconstructed past.

On June 6th , this unique artist and a special guest will come to CCTV to discuss their work and the role that video has played in making their ideas come to life.

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.

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


What Truth Sounds Like:  Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America
Wednesday, June 6
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/michael_eric_dyson/
Cost:  $5 - $26.25 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome acclaimed writer and Georgetown professor MICHAEL ERIC DYSON for a discussion of his latest book, What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America.

About What Truth Sounds Like
In 2015 BLM activist Julius Jones confronted Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with an urgent query: “What in your heart has changed that’s going to change the direction of this country?” “I don’t believe you just change hearts,” she protested. “I believe you change laws.”

The fraught conflict between conscience and politics—between morality and power—in addressing race hardly began with Clinton. An electrifying and traumatic encounter in the sixties crystallized these furious disputes.

In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and a valiant activist, Jerome Smith. It was Smith’s relentless, unfiltered fury that set Kennedy on his heels, reducing him to sullen silence.

Kennedy walked away from the nearly three-hour meeting angry—that the black folk assembled didn’t understand politics, and that they weren’t as easy to talk to as Martin Luther King. But especially that they were more interested in witness than policy. But Kennedy’s anger quickly gave way to empathy, especially for Smith. “I guess if I were in his shoes…I might feel differently about this country.” Kennedy set about changing policy—the meeting having transformed his thinking in fundamental ways.

There was more: every big argument about race that persists to this day got a hearing in that room. Smith declaring that he’d never fight for his country given its racist tendencies, and Kennedy being appalled at such lack of patriotism, tracks the disdain for black dissent in our own time. His belief that black folk were ungrateful for the Kennedys’ efforts to make things better shows up in our day as the charge that black folk wallow in the politics of ingratitude and victimhood. The contributions of black queer folk to racial progress still cause a stir. BLM has been accused of harboring a covert queer agenda. The immigrant experience, like that of Kennedy—versus the racial experience of Baldwin—is a cudgel to excoriate black folk for lacking hustle and ingenuity. The questioning of whether folk who are interracially partnered can authentically communicate black interests persists. And we grapple still with the responsibility of black intellectuals and artists to bring about social change.
What Truth Sounds Like exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy—of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. The future of race and democracy hang in the balance.


Harvey Milk:  His Lives and Death
Wednesday, June 6
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes distinguished scholar and award-winning author LILLIAN FADERMAN for a discussion of her latest book, Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death.

About Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk—eloquent, charismatic, and a smart-aleck—was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, but he had not even served a full year in office when he was shot by a homophobic fellow supervisor. Milk’s assassination at the age of forty-eight made him the most famous gay man in modern history; twenty years later Time magazine included him on its list of the hundred most influential individuals of the twentieth century.

Before finding his calling as a politician, however, Harvey variously tried being a schoolteacher, a securities analyst on Wall Street, a supporter of Barry Goldwater, a Broadway theater assistant, a bead-wearing hippie, the operator of a camera store and organizer of the local business community in San Francisco. He rejected Judaism as a religion, but he was deeply influenced by the cultural values of his Jewish upbringing and his understanding of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. His early influences and his many personal and professional experiences finally came together when he decided to run for elective office as the forceful champion of gays, racial minorities, women, working people, the disabled, and senior citizens. In his last five years, he focused all of his tremendous energy on becoming a successful public figure with a distinct political voice.

Thursday, June 7

Thursday, JUNE 7
3:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge

Website:  http://www.vencaf.org/calendar
Phone:  6177584100


Emergency Meet for Climate Justice
Thursday, June 7
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
José Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emergency-meet-for-climate-justice-tickets-46234406354

Dance for World Community presents:  EMERGENCY MEET FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE
Calling all dancers, activists and concerned citizens of Greater Boston and beyond to join us for refreshments, a kick-off performance and an important discussion about climate change, its potential threat to our communities and the implication of its effects on particularly vulnerable populations.

Meet Paul Kirshen, Professor at UMass Boston's School for the Environment and learn about the latest findings in the SCIENCEof climate change.

Meet Director Rebecca Herst, of Sustainable Solutions Lab and hear about creative ADVOCACY by various local organizations to combat climate-related social inequities.

Meet Director Marsha Parrilla, of Danza Organica and be inspired by a DANCE performance and discussion with artists address important issues through the power of dance.

Meet Program Manager Gabriela Boscio of NOAH and Vice President Salvador Cartagena of Eastie Farms and learn aboutdeliberate ACTION you can take to mitigate climate change effects and combat climate injustice.


Intelligent Lives: Shattering expectations. Opening minds.
Thursday, June 7
6:45 PM – 9:15 PM EDT
University Hall Gallery, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intelligent-lives-shattering-expectations-opening-minds-tickets-43884996205

Thank you for your interest in this screening. As of May 15, we have reached capacity for the reception, but you are still able to register for the film screening. If attending the screening only, please arrive at University Hall by 6:45 - remember to allow time for the shuttle bus that will bring you from the parking lot to the hall.

Think College and the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston are thrilled to announce our partnership on the world premiere of award-winning director Dan Habib’s new film, Intelligent Lives. The film acts as a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. We are honored to collaborate with Dan(creator of "Including Samuel") to raise awareness, engage communities, and create positive change.

Intelligent Lives follows the stories of three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – as they challenge perceptions of intelligence while navigating high school, college, and the workforce. Learn more about the film, connect on social media and view a clip at http://www.intelligentlives.org.

Please join us for screening of the full film which will begin at 7 pm, and will be followed by a post-viewing panel discussion and audience Q & A, featuring the filmmaker and stars.

What do the two ticket types represent?
If you have a ticket for Reception and Screening, you should arrive by 6 pm to participate in a pre-screening reception with the film-maker and staff from the Institute for Community Inclusion and Think College who will share resources and answer questions.

If your ticket is for the screening only, arrive by 6:45 pm to be seated in the auditorium for the film that will start at 7 pm. 
Who is the intended audience for this film?

We encourage all who are interested in the challenges of determining what "intelligence" means and how to measure it, and believes in the rights of all people to be fully included in school, work and community to come see this film. It is intended to challenge and inspire all who see it to think deeply about how narrow definitions of intelligence have impacted our society.


Marine Mammals in the Anthropocene: Keeping Endangered from Becoming Extinct
Thursday, June 7
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107606&view=Detail

Scott Kraus, Ph.D., Vice President and Senior Science Advisor, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium

Recent marine extinctions suggest that humanity does not have a good record of coexisting with marine mammals. Given continuing human population growth, ocean industrialization will expand, raising questions about the balance between human needs and wildlife. This is a battle that marine mammals are currently losing, but there are actions we can take to change the outcome.

First, we scientists should get better at telling our story—why wildlife matters, how marine mammals are a critical part of a functioning ecosystem, why human activities continue to threaten both marine mammals and the oceans, and no, the whales are not saved yet. Endangered species need constituencies and public support, and most don’t have enough. Second, assessment methods for rare species need improvement. Elegant population and viability models may be of limited utility in small populations because inherently small sample sizes yield large variances with little ability to detect trends. Other robust biological signals can be better at predicting impending changes in small populations. Third, small populations of marine mammals require more protected habitat, better definitions of what that means, and prohibitions on harmful activities in those areas. In some marine mammals this may mean protecting migratory corridors, from breeding to feeding grounds, across international boundaries. Fourth, the permitting and funding of rare population conservation and recovery efforts are inadequate, partly because of limited public support. Finally, although counterintuitive, scientists should work with all stakeholders, including the oil, gas, and seismic industry, the fishing industry, wind utilities, and aquaculture facilities, to help them make their activities less detrimental. We do not yet have a collective view of how marine mammals will survive in an industrialized ocean, but if we take these steps, the next generation of scientists will be able to bring a vision of coexistence closer to reality.

Friday, June 8

CLIMATE ADAPTATION FORUM - Design World Views on Adaptation and Resiliency
Friday, June 8
UMass Club, One Beacon Street, Boston
7:30 a.m. - 11:30am Includes continental breakfast and networking break.
RSVP at https://www.cvent.com/events/design-world-views-on-adaptation-and-resiliency/registration-904d45d1d1834b929c618d9386f2b506.aspx
EBC Member: $35;  Non-members: $45;  Government/Nonprofit: $15  This rate is available for those employed by Government, Municipal, or Nonprofit organizations and students

Design leaders and urban design exemplars from around the world offer a wealth of inspiration and instruction for climate adaptation and carbon neutrality. This fourth installment in the series of quarterly Climate Adaptation Forums, organized jointly by the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at UMass Boston, will focus on design on an international, regional, and local scale.

To begin this Forum Jurgen Bruns-Berentelg, President and CEO of HafenCity, will discuss what is arguably the most innovative flood-protection development in Europe. This climate adaptation development has resulted in the transformation of Hamburg, Germany’s old port into a vibrant new commercial, residential, and civic district. Through bold public investment in raised streets and infrastructure together with competitive selection used the development was able to attract massive private investment and leading architecture.

Herbert Dreiseitl, the leader of Ramboll’s Living Cities Lab, will follow with a global review of inspiring design solutions for living with water – including examples from Germany, Denmark, Singapore, and the United States. He will highlight how technical innovation and aesthetic strategies are integrated to achieve exemplary climate adaptations at urban scales.

After a networking break, a rapid-fire panel discussion will energize the audience. The focus will be on planning and design challenges and successes for climate adaptation projects from around New England.

Forum Co-Chairs:
Jason Hellendrung, Vice President, Planning & Design, Tetra Tech
Ellen Watts, Principal, Co-Founder, Architerra Inc.

Speaker Agenda
From Good City Form to Urban Transformation – Co-development of Urbanity, Sustainability and Resilience
Inspirations from HafenCity Hamburg, Germany
Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
Livable Cities Thriving with Water: Artful, Technically Innovative, Integrated – Design Strategies That Work
Herbert Dreiseitl, Director, Liveable Cities Lab, Ramboll

Panel Presentation
Rapid Fire – Projects and Programs Taking Action
Panel Moderator: David W. Cash, Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, Sustainable Solution Lab, University of Massachusetts Boston

Alexander Felson, Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture; Director and Principal Investigator, Yale F&ES + YSOA
Mia Mansfield, Climate Ready Boston Program Manager, City of Boston’s Office of Environment, Energy, and Open Space
Thomas N. O’Brien, Founding Partner, Managing Director, The HYM Investment Group, LLC
Meghan Venable-Thomas, Cultural Resilience Fellow, Enterprise Community Partners
Alex Wilson, President, Resilient Design Institute; Founder, Building Green, Inc.

Email: ebc at ebcne.org
Phone: 617-505-1818


Toward a Fair & Equitable Massachusetts Economy
Friday, June 8
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Northeastern, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/toward-a-fair-equitable-massachusetts-economy-tickets-46146090198
Cost:  $15 – US$50

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is excited to host our 29th Annual Conference: Toward a Fair & Equitable Massachusetts Economy: Practical Steps for a Diverse & Inclusive Entrepreneurial Community. Please join us on June 8 from 9am until Noon at Northeastern's Curry Student Center in Boston. 
Conversation leaders of the Conference include: 
Derek Peebles: Director of Cincinnati Independent Business Alliance & Economics of Compassion Initiative
Irene Li: Co-Founder of Mei Mei Restaurant
Justin Kang: Vice President of Economic Growth for the Boston Chamber of Commerce
Ed Dugger: Founder & President of Reinventure Capital


Walk the Talk on Climate!
Friday, June 8
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Copley Square, 560 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-the-talk-on-climate-tickets-46020776381

On Thursday June 7, Mayor Walsh will hold an International Mayors Climate Summit. The following day, on June 8th, he will kick off the US Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting.
Join the rally Friday morning in Copley Square to call on Mayor Walsh and all mayors to turn their climate promises into climate action! They must 'walk the talk' on climate.

Call 617-971-8568 with any questions.


Historical Narrative, Urban Space, and a New Cast to Urban Economics
Friday, June 8
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes economist and historian MICHAEL TURK for a discussion of his latest book, Historical Narrative, Urban Space, and a New Cast to Urban Economics.

About Historical Narrative, Urban Space, and a New Cast to Urban Economics
A rethinking of urban economics involves transforming time from a metronomic parameter to an assaying of connection, separation, and memory. Accordingly, what should be the proper weighting of history in analyses of the urban economic environment, and how might differing takes on the nature of urban space figure in reimagining such analyses?

From this conceptual turn, mathematical, social, and historical challenges to conventional treatments of urban economics follow. These challenges, though, are hardly discrete.

The social and the historical come together, as collective experience may be manifested in acts by historical agents and be built around governmental laws and rules as well as customary practices. One might also see the social consequences of the assumption of mathematical continuity, implicitly accepting the axiom of mobility, in that the mathematics employed translates into a lack of recognition of the virtues of immobility, namely housing security for the broader community, a social consideration contributing to why housing markets are different.

What emerges is a critique of many of the standard models in urban economics. For, however abstracted models based upon location theory or implicit framing devices, like the imperative of technology or the tension between concentration and dispersal, may be, they must be comprehended as narratives. These economic narratives do not stand alone but must be grounded in history. In the process, one may well find counter-narratives leading to markedly different conclusions, as in the case of rent control or depictions of the role of land speculation in urban development.


Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School, and at Work
Friday June 8
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline  

Stuart Ablon 
With illuminating scientific evidence, remarkable success stories, and actionable insights, Changeable gives a roadmap for healthy growth to parents, teachers, CEOs, and anyone interested in learning.

Monday, June 11

New England Machine Learning Accessibility Hackathon
Monday, June 11
9:30 AM – 7:00 PM EDT
Microsoft New England R&D, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-england-machine-learning-accessibility-hackathon-tickets-44982439688

Join us on Monday, June 11th for a day of Machine Learning for Accessibility! The goal will be to create solutions that promote accessibility and inclusion. 
Please register to attend and note if you are interested in leading a team. Topics are being collected through the month of May to form teams. Current projects include:
Data Analytics Tool for parents and therapists using Pathfinder Health Innovations which tracks multi-year behaviors and skill acquisition for children in autism therapy and special education. Led by Leo Junquero & Brent Samodien, Microsoft.
Neurodiversity Social Chatbot. Led by Dr. Joel Salinas, Harvard Medical School/MGH and Dr. Jordi Albo-Canals, NTT Data/Tufts University. How do we learn to relate with another person? How do we communicate so we both feel heard, honored, and respected for who we are? How--despite so many barriers--can we connect better? We all struggle with these questions. But for some, these questions feel unanswerable and insurmountable. While there is still no replacement for the all benefits of face-to-face interaction with others, we can begin to overcome this challenge through the thoughtful application of machine-learning to make face-to-face connections easier, better. As featured in this New York Times Modern Love essay, Gus, a 13-year-old on the autism spectrum, learned how to connect better with other people on his own terms with some unexpected help: Siri. Yes, Siri on his iPhone. BIG challenges don't have easy solutions. But if that gets your blood pumping, then let's work together and tackle this epic problem head on!
American Sign Language: Fact or Opinion Quiz. Led by Danielle Bragg, University of Washington/Microsoft Research, and Dr. Naomi Caselli, Boston University. The ability to distinguish between facts and opinions is an important skill taught in K-12 education. Exercises used in schools are all in English, which is not the primary language of the Deaf community -- American Sign Language (ASL) is. Help us build a tool entirely in ASL that quizzes students on whether content is fact or opinion. The system will both display content in signed ASL, and evaluate answers signed to a camera. 
ASL Scattergories. Led by Danielle Bragg, University of Washington/Microsoft Research, and Dr. Naomi Caselli, Boston University. Sign language translation lags far behind spoken language translation in large part due to a lack of proper training data. Help us build an online American Sign Language (ASL) scattergories game to help collect a large, labelled corpus of signs executed by diverse signers to boost translation efforts.
Seeing AI App - improving UPC barcoding identification, particularly on non-flat surfaces. Led by Accessibility Engineers. 
Learning Differences
Other topics being added through end of May.
• 9:30am: Doors Open, Check-In, Coffee
• 10am: Kick-Off & Team Orientations/Hacking
• 12pm: Idea Exchange & Lunch
• 4:30pm: Team Submissions due
• 5pm - 7pm: Team Presentations, Dinner, Prizes and Awards
JUDGES:  to be announced
PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded. Top prizes include Xbox One S.


Boston New Technology Startup Showcase #BNT90 21+
Monday, June 11
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/250425848/
Price: $15.00 /per person

See 7 innovative and exciting local technology demos, presented by startup founders

Network with 200 attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community

Get your free professional headshot photo from The Boston Headshot (non-intrusively watermarked)

Enjoy dinner with beer, wine, other beverages & more

Purchase 2 days in advance to save 50% (only $15). Price increases to $30 during the last 48 hours.

Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience.

Please follow @BostonNewTech and support our startups by posting on social media using our #BNT90 hashtag. We'll retweet you!

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


Storytelling for Technology
Monday, June 11
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
CIC Cambridge, 1 Broadway, Venture Cafe 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/storytelling-for-technology-tickets-46373086149
Cost:  $25 – $30

Creative agencies and productions teams are tasked to tell stories for clients with new products and services, and help express the mission and values of a company. What’s behind the magic companies use to apply the message in media and content with information and emotion that ultimately makes the connection with the consumers and targeted audiences?
With the goal to captivate viewers and make a complex or unseen technology compelling, desirable, or the missing link to a solution – or even just explain how something works, storytelling and execution is key. We’ll tackle how these intersect with real examples and a range media from unique perspectives.

6:00 - 7:00 pm Check In & Social (Venture Cafe)
7:00 - 9:00 pm Speakers & Panel Discussion (Havana Room)
Beer & Wine + Food served during the social hour!

Chris Pollara - Founding Partner, Convertiv
Allison Kramer, Executive Producer / Evan Sussman, Creative Director, Hero4Hire Creative
Sam Pitino - Creative Director, Small Army
Justin McCahill - Creative Technologist, Bose

Storytelling for Technology is generously supported by Cambridge Innovation Center.


Social Venture Partners: Annual Portfolio Spotlight
Monday, June 11
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
The NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-venture-partners-annual-portfolio-spotlight-tickets-45352228737

Please join us for SVP's Annual Portfolio Spotlight on Monday, June 11th as we welcome our Spring 2018 Grantee (to be announced), and bid farewell to Grantee Families First after three great years.
Stick around for the second half of the event to hear from three of our Grantees, all at various stages in their relationship with SVP, and learn more about their important work.

Evening's Program
6:30 - 7:00pm: Social Hour - light bites and cash bar
7:00 - 7:30pm: Families First Farewell & Introducing SVP's Spring 2018 Grantee
7:30 - 8:45pm: Highlighting 3 Grantees: My Life My Choice, Union Capital Boston, and our newest Grantee (TBA)


The Heritage:  Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
Monday, June 11
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes ESPN writer and NPR sports correspondent HOWARD BRYANT for a discussion of his latest book, The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.

About The Heritage
It used to be that politics and sports were as separate from one another as church and state. The ballfield was an escape from the world's worst problems, top athletes were treated like heroes, and cheering for the home team was as easy and innocent as hot dogs and beer. "No news on the sports page" was a governing principle in newsrooms.

That was then.

Today, sports arenas have been transformed into staging grounds for American patriotism and the hero worship of law enforcement. Teams wear camouflage jerseys to honor those who serve; police officers throw out first pitches; soldiers surprise their families with homecomings at halftime. Sports and politics are decidedly entwined.

But as journalist Howard Bryant reveals, this has always been more complicated for black athletes, who from the start, were committing a political act simply by being on the field. In fact, among all black employees in twentieth-century America, perhaps no other group had more outsized influence and power than ballplayers. The immense social responsibilities that came with the role is part of the black athletic heritage. It is a heritage built by the influence of the superstardom and radical politics of Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos through the 1960s; undermined by apolitical, corporate-friendly "transcenders of race," O. J. Simpson, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods in the following decades; and reclaimed today by the likes of LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, and Carmelo Anthony.

The Heritage is the story of the rise, fall, and fervent return of the athlete-activist. Through deep research and interviews with some of sports' best-known stars—including Kaepernick, David Ortiz, Charles Barkley, and Chris Webber—as well as members of law enforcement and the military, Bryant details the collision of post-9/11 sports in America and the politically engaged post-Ferguson black athlete.

Tuesday, June 12

Books at Baker with Francesca Gino on "Rebel Talent"
WHEN  Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Business School, Aldrich Hall 210, Soldiers Field Road, Allston
SPEAKER(S)  Francesca Gino, Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration (HBS)
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  schurch at hbs.edu
DETAILS  Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, and contrarians. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us.
In Rebel Talent, Professor Francesca Gino (HBS) argues that the future belongs to the rebel — and that there’s a rebel in each of us. We live in turbulent times, when competition is fierce, reputations are easily tarnished on social media, and the world is more divided than ever before. In this cutthroat environment, cultivating rebel talent is what allows businesses to evolve and to prosper. And rebellion has an added benefit beyond the workplace: it leads to a more vital, engaged, and fulfilling life.
Q&A with the author; books available for signing.
LINK  https://www.library.hbs.edu/Articles/Books-Baker


Grid Modernization in Massachusetts: Driving Energy Efficiency Through Residential Scorecards
Tuesday, June 12
4:00-6:00 PM
Fraunhofer CSE, 5 Channel Center Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grid-modernization-in-ma-driving-energy-efficiency-through-residential-scorecards-tickets-45973320439?aff=eac2
Massachusetts’ Baker-Polito Administration recently announced their intention on becoming the first state in the nation to require residential energy scores. The ‘scorecards’ would be made available to potential homebuyers after January 1, 2021 for any 1 to 4 unit homes publicly listed for sale in the state.

Fraunhofer CSE is hosting a Grid Modernization speaker series, with its second event entitled “Driving Energy Efficiency through Residential Scorecards,” taking place on June 12, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00pm at 5 Channel Center Street in Boston.
The event kicks off with an introduction to the topic from a Massachusetts State Official (TBA),followed by a presentation by Hans Erhorn, Head of the Department of Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate at the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics (Fraunhofer IBP) in Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Erhorn worked on the addition of ‘energy performance certificates’ in 2007 to the existing German ‘Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV)’ implemented in 2002. He currently works with the European Union to develop the next generation of Energy Passes (Cards) for residential and commercial buildings.

After the presentation, an in-depth panel discussion will follow. Panelists will include energy scorecards practitioners from federal, state and municipal organizations. 
The topics we want to discuss are:
What challenges and concerns have been raised about home energy scorecards at the city and state level in the U.S.?
What has been the German experience with energy score cards? What are the major lessons learned?
How can lessons learned in the U.S. and Germany be applied to help make the Massachusetts initiative successful?

Featured speaker:
Hans Erhorn, Head of Department of Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate, Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics (Fraunhofer IBP), Stuttgart, Germany
Alison Brizius, Director of Climate and Environmental Planning at the City of Boston
Ian Finlayson, Deputy Director, Energy Efficiency Division of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 
Joan Glickman, Senior Advisor Program Manager, Home Energy Score Program, Building Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy
Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite, Director of Buildings & Community Solutions at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

More participants to be announced soon!
Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Please note that space is limited.


Cerebral Cinema: Inside Out with Professor Kay Tye
Tuesday, June 12
6:30pm to 9:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for the first part in our Cerebral Cinema series, where you'll hear from researchers and then compare real science to depictions on the big screen.

Learn how the brain processes emotions as Kay Tye, MIT Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, describes her research. Then enjoy Inside Out, the very popular animated film starring Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness!

This event is presented in conjunction with The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. 


Additional Events in this Series:
July 10, Cerebral Cinema: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Dr. Asaf Marco
August 14, Cerebral Cinema: Inception with Dr. Steve Ramirez


Brothers of the Gun:  A Memoir of the Syrian War
Tuesday, June 12
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning artist and writer MOLLY CRABAPPLE—author of Drawing Blood—for a discussion of her new co-authored book Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War. She will be joined in conversation by journalist JONATHAN GUYER, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

About Brothers of the Gun
In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends—fellow working-class college students Nael and Tareq—joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria, in response to a recent massacre. Arm-in-arm they marched, poured Coca-Cola into one another’s eyes to blunt the effects of tear gas, ran from the security forces, and cursed the country's president, Bashar al-Assad. It was ecstasy. A long-bottled revolution was finally erupting, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, at last, imminent. Five years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now an Islamist revolutionary, another dead at the hands of government soldiers, and the last, Marwan, now a journalist in Turkish exile, trying to find a way back to a homeland reduced to rubble.
Brothers of the Gun is the story of a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, from its inception to the present. Marwan watched from the rooftops as regime warplanes bombed soldiers; as revolutionary activist groups, for a few dreamy days, spray-painted hope on Raqqa; as his friends died or threw in their lot with Islamist fighters. He became a journalist by courageously tweeting out news from a city under siege by ISIS, the Russians, and the Americans all at once. He watched the country that ran through his veins—the country that held his hopes, dreams, and fears—be destroyed in front of him, and eventually joined the relentless stream of refugees risking their lives to escape.
Illustrated with more than eighty ink drawings by Molly Crabapple that bring to life the beauty and chaos, Brothers of the Gun offers a ground-level reflection on the Syrian revolution—and how it bled into international catastrophe and global war. This is a story of pragmatism and idealism, impossible violence and repression, and, even in the midst of war, profound acts of courage, creativity, and hope.


The Role of AI in Healthcare in the Developing World
Tuesday, June 12
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center), 1 Broadway, Floor 5, Room Havana, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-role-of-ai-in-healthcare-in-the-developing-world-tickets-46096969276

Come learn about the impact of AI on Global Public health and how AI can be used to bridge the healthcare gap between the developed and the developing nations.

Check in begins: 7 pm
Speaker session: 7.30-8.30 pm
Networking: After 8.30 pm


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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