[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - June 10, 2018

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Monday, June 11

9:30am  New England Machine Learning Accessibility Hackathon
5:30pm  Envision Cambridge 
6pm  Chelsea Creek Municipal Harbor Plan
6pm  Boston New Technology Startup Showcase #BNT90 21+
6pm  Storytelling for Technology
6:30pm  Social Venture Partners: Annual Portfolio Spotlight
7pm  The Heritage:  Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism

Tuesday, June 12

2pm  AI & Manufacturing
3:30pm  Books at Baker with Francesca Gino on "Rebel Talent”
4pm  Grid Modernization in Massachusetts: Driving Energy Efficiency Through Residential Scorecards
6pm  Urban Forest Master Plan 
6:30pm  Cerebral Cinema: Inside Out with Professor Kay Tye
6:30pm  Experiencing Personal Genomes
6:30pm  Startup Spotlight
7pm  Brothers of the Gun:  A Memoir of the Syrian War
7pm  Boston chapter of Science for the People
7pm  The Role of AI in Healthcare in the Developing World
7pm  Panel Discussion: Bottom-up Solutions to Financial Inclusion

Wednesday, June 13

8am  1 Million Cups Boston - Food & Beverage Focus
8am  Data-Powered Strategies to Counteract Antibiotic Resistance
1pm  Climate Change Across the City
3pm  Scientist to Scientist: 3D Cell Culture
5pm  From Good Idea to Great Business: Standing out, Innovating, and Making It Big in the Clean Energy Revolution
5:30pm  The Performance is Public: Social Media, Audiences, and the Ethics of Digital Space
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 111
6:30pm  The Great Swamp Legacy Forum 
7pm  Because I Come from a Crazy Family

Thursday, June 14

8:30am  Social Innovator Second Look
11:30am  New Directions in 3D Cell Culture: Novel technologies from substrates to dissolvable microcarriers
4pm  Boston TechJam
5:30pm  Conscious Capitalism
5:30pm  Summer EnergyBar @ Greentown Labs
6pm  Not That Bad
6pm  authors at MIT: Terri Favro, Generation Robot
7pm  Evolutions:  Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World
7pm  Red Pill/Blue Pill: How the Brain Incorporates Experience to Guide Our Actions
7pm  Going Deeper with Solar - Co-ops, Tzedakah, and Advocacy

Friday, June 15 - Saturday, June 16

Stand Up Boston: June 15-16

Friday, June 15

9am  Decarbonizing the Transportation Sector in New England
2pm  Gun Violence Prevention Demo Day
7pm  Crashing the Party: From the Bernie Sanders Campaign to a Progressive Movement

Saturday, June 16

8:30am  Health Communication in the Decade Ahead - Conference & Networking Event
2pm  Unnatural Selection
2:30pm  7th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest
5pm  TEDxBeaconStreet Salon @ Franklin Park Zoo

Sunday, June 17

2pm  Mel King Festschrift
3pm  VRARA @ Liveworx - Chapter Meeting featuring Kaon and Meta

Monday, June 18

6pm  The Soul of America:  The Battle for Our Better Angels
7:30pm  Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Tuesday, June 19

8am  Getting to the Point with Congressman Joe Kennedy III
9am  The 2018 Human Excellence Awards: Featuring Bunker Roy, Barefoot College
12pm  Talks at 12 - What to Eat: The Emerging Field of Culinary Medicine
5pm  ELM Action Fund Political, Polling, and Policy Briefing
5pm  Dealing with North Korea: Insights from U.S. Negotiators
5:30pm  Mellon School Public Lecture: Luke Menand, "Writers and Their Publics”
7pm  The Bone and Sinew of the Land:  America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality
7pm  Right Whales, Right Gear: Finding New Ways to Fish that Avoid Entanglements
7pm  When the Wind Blows:  Predicting How Hurricanes Change with Climate
7pm  Self Employment Survival Guide
7pm  How Do We Protect Our Community as the Climate Changes?
7:30pm  Rev. Mariama White-Hammond on Climate Justice: What It Requires of Us All
7:30pm  Art in AR: Boston Cyberarts and Hoverlay


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

MIT Solve Coastal Communities Challenge

Collected Stories of Eudora Welty


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.


Envision Cambridge 
Monday, June 11
5:30 pm
Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

City Council Roundtable on Envision Cambridge

More information at http://www.cambridgema.gov/citycalendar/view.aspx?guid=10b67193ad5d4a76a1746cf950185567


Chelsea Creek Municipal Harbor Plan
Monday, June 11 
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Chelsea Senior Center (off City Hall Ave, behind Fire Station) 10 Riley Way, Chelsea
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efefx5se344e88f1&oseq=&c=&ch=

Please join the City of Chelsea, MAPC, and Utile for our first public meeting to learn about the upcoming Municipal Harbor Plan! Learn more about the project at https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/chelsea-harbor-plan/


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

AI & Manufacturing
Tuesday, June 12
2:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1187983&tp_key=1ecefe900d

Robots and the Internet of Things are tools that are only as good as the data and business models that support them. How are the factories of the future already using artificial intelligence? Where can deep learning be used to manage operations?

In this webcast, we'll chat with industry experts and practitioners about how AI is transforming manufacturing, from prototyping and production to preventative maintenance. We'll dispel some myths around AI and examine where smart manufacturers can apply the technology now.

Key Takeaways: We'll look at the following topics around AI and manufacturing:
Demystifying buzzwords such as "factories of the future," "IIoT," "Industry 4.0," and "digital transformation"
How government, academia, and industry can work together for competitiveness
Examples of how manufacturers are using machine learning and related technologies today

Audience Benefits: Manufacturers can get a grip on how AI can actually help them and the range of possibilities through partnerships and planning.


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.


Urban Forest Master Plan 
Tuesday, June 12 
6:00-8:00 pm
Cambridge Ringe & Latin School Media Cafeteria, 459 Broadway, Cambridge

Map of Cambridge with city trees identified:  http://gis.cambridgema.gov/dpw/trees/trees_walk.html


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


Experiencing Personal Genomes
Tuesday, June 12
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
IBM Watson Health, 75 Binney Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostonchi-hosts-orit-shaer-at-ibm-watson-health-speaking-about-experiencing-personal-genomes-tickets-45957487081

Share BostonCHI hosts Orit Shaer, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science and director of the Media Arts and Sciences Program at Wellesley College, at IBM Watson Health speaking about Experiencing Personal Genomes

Recent advances in genetic testing and Internet technologies have led to a dramatic increase in the access non-experts have to their own personal genomic data. Such data are complex and sensitive, involve multiple dimensions of uncertainty, and can have substantial implications on individuals’ behavior, choices, and well-being. Future progress in genetic research and technologies is likely to further increase the availability of interactive personal genomic information to non-experts. This trend raises technological and ethical concerns that are not only of paramount importance for health professionals and policymakers, but are also a pressing issue for human–computer interaction (HCI) research. HCI tools, methods, and practices can help make genomic information more accessible and understandable to non-experts.

In this talk, I will explore the roles HCI can play in helping non-experts contribute, understand, engage with, and share their personal genomic information. I will present tools we developed for non-experts to engage with their information and will argue that the complexity, importance, and personal relevance of this type of information makes understanding, informing, and empowering non-experts’ interaction with personal genomics a key challenge that lies ahead for the HCI community.

Orit Shaer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and director of the Media Arts and Sciences Program at Wellesley College. She received her PhD from Tufts University. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of novel human-computer interaction techniques for exploring large amounts of data. She is a recipient of various awards including the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Luce Foundation Professorship, Agilent Technologies Research Award, and Google App Engine Education Award.

Evening Schedule
6:30 – 7:00   Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30   Meeting
8:30 – 9:00   CHI Dessert and more networking!


Startup Spotlight
Tuesday, June 12
6:30pm – 9:00pm
District Hall
RSVP at https://mitefcamb.z2systems.com/np/clients/mitefcamb/eventRegistration.jsp?event=2134&_ga=2.251580097.618817437.1528423806-1895775866.1458499108
Cost: $45 - Student Member $15 - Non-Member $75 - Student Non-Member $25

At the Startup Spotlight, you’ll network your way through a curated group of startup demos with other like-minded tech curious folks.

To be clear, this is not just another demo day / networking event. Yes, we encourage you to grab an adult beverage, eat a tasty treat and chat up the other attendees, but there’s a twist.

You’re required (ok, maybe not required, but strongly encouraged) to stop at each of the 30-ish demo tables to  learn more about the startups and the people behind them.

Meet the 2018 Exhibitors
Why? Because we want you to vote for your favorite company in each of the three categories below and – quite frankly – we like an informed voter.
Company I Want to Have a Beer With
Future Unicorn
Most Likely to Develop a Cult Following

So please, join us to experience what’s next in tech at our capstone event!


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.


Boston chapter of Science for the People
Tuesday, June 12
7:00-8:30 p.m.
BU, Metcalf Science Center SCI 328, "Condensed Matter Theory Lounge”, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Use the back entrance: From Kenmore square, take Beacon St towards Brookline. The entrance is on the right right before the Mass Turnpike overpass. Please note that the doors lock early, so we’ll be holding one open until 7:05 – please be prompt! If you’re running late, text Emily at 774-203-9221 to be let in.

At this meeting, we'll have a short presentation on ideological aspects of artificial intelligence, "AI-deology," by Pankaj Mehta. In addition, we hope to devote a good amount of time to discussing what we want to do as a chapter in the next few months. Ideas that have come up in initial conversations include organizing a 1-day conference or a week of 3-4 lecture-discussions around Boston in the fall, forming a reading and discussion group, and having one or more parties to digitize articles from SftP Magazine and get to know each other. And we welcome other suggestions!

After the meeting, we'll go out for drinks together, whoever's up for it.

We're looking forward to meeting with you and discussing where to go with our chapter.


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


Panel Discussion: Bottom-up Solutions to Financial Inclusion
Tuesday, June 12
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Public Library - Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street, Lewis Room, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-discussion-bottom-up-solutions-to-financial-inclusion-tickets-46689750300

The Boston chapter of Young Ambassadors for Opportunity International invites you to discuss bottom-up approaches to financial inclusion with us as well as a panel of very special guests. The panel will include leaders from S3idf, the Technology Exchange Lab, Foodies without Borders, and will be moderated by Joseph Assan, Professor of Political Economy of Sustainable Development at Brandeis University. 
Below is a brief description of each of the represented groups:

S3IDF is an international non-profit organization that aims to promote economic and social development by working with both public and private entities to create and implement inclusive business models and development strategies. By building inclusive market systems within disadvantaged communities, S3IDF is able to remove the barriers that people in these communities face by leveraging private sector resources and mitigating the risk in business transactions between local players. S3IDF fully embraces a systems-level approach in order to help people in developing countries escape poverty, achieve sustainable growth, and ultimately improve their circumstances. 

Technology Exchange Lab:
The Technology Exchange Lab is a non-profit based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts that emphasizes bottom-up, human-centered development in their fight against poverty. TEL promotes the adoption of innovative solutions for sustainable development in underserved communities. In doing so, they aim to bridge the gap between existing technology-based solutions to problems of poverty and solution seekers such as NGOs and developing world communities. TEL helps these communities leverage appropriate technology solutions to maximize the impact of last-mile development.
Foodies Without Borders:
Foodies Without Borders is a non profit based in Boston, Massachusetts that focuses on empowering youth within under-privileged communities in Kenya through culinary arts and sustainable farming. These youth are taught valuable culinary skillsets to help them find employment so that they may become self-reliant, passing it on to future generations as well. 
Professor Joseph Assan:
Aside from being a board member of the Boston Network for International Development, Joseph Assan is currently an Assistant Professor of International Political Economy of Sustainable Development in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Not only does Professor Assan have extensive field research experience, but his work has also been published in numerous highly respected and well-known international peer reviewed journals including Foreign Affairs and the Journal of International Development. Additionally, Professor Assan has participated in many high level fora on international/sustainable development. Most recently, he was invited to speak on Capitol Hill, discussing how to sustain Africa’s current growth and reduce inequality.

To RSVP or if you have any questions, please contact me at eelshrafi27 at gmail.com. 
Please note that refreshments will be served. 
We hope to see you there!
YAO Boston

Wednesday, June 13

1 Million Cups Boston - Food & Beverage Focus
Wednesday, June 13
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM EDT
MassChallenge, 21 Drydock Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1-million-cups-boston-food-beverage-focus-tickets-45517689635

Join us at MassChallenge on June 13th as entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend a monthly 1 Million Cups event from 8 to 9:30 a.m. 
The theme is Food & Beverage early-stage startups!
Interested in presenting? Apply at https://www.1millioncups.com/present
The program’s model is consistent in each city: Once a month on a Wednesday morning, two early-stage startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.
This monthly series will take place at partner organization locations and will vary by month.

This month's presenters are:
1) Food For All
Food for All makes quality food accessible to all, by stopping perfectly good food from being wasted. An app that allows users to buy unsold food from restaurants for at least 50% off. An easy way to save money, food & the environment! 
2) ChefDazzer LLC 
ChefDazzer LLC is addressing the problem of low wages in the culinary industry. Chef's work long hours, mostly nights, with little time off and very low wages. ChefDazzer is a digital marketplace that connects chefs with users for any dining occassion.
Questions or interested in being a presenter? Email rspekman at bu.edu.
Founded by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The free, monthly gathering helps build startup communities on a grassroots level.


Data-Powered Strategies to Counteract Antibiotic Resistance
Wednesday, June 13
8:00 am – 6:00 pm ET
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-powered-strategies-to-counteract-antibiotic-resistance-tickets-44235508597 

The emergence of antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens is a considerable threat to the way we practice medicine. Patients currently experience significant delays in diagnosing drug resistance, and by the time the resistance is recognized patients may have already suffered considerable disability. Even when it is recognized often the therapies that clinicians can offer are much more limited or have unfavorable side effect profiles. 

This symposium brings together thought leaders from academic to industry pursuing innovative strategies driven by large scale data such as genomics, transcriptomics, phenomics, health-services databases or internet and social media sources. Their common goals are the prevision use and development of antibiotics to counter drug resistance. The day is organized into three main thematic areas focusing on diagnostics, big data, and therapeutics. 


Climate Change Across the City
Wednesday, June 13
1:00-6:00 pm
Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington Street, Boston
RSVP at https://bcmclimatechangeshowcase.splashthat.com

Interaction workshop and lightning presentations.  The keynote speaker is Penn Loh, Senior Lecturer, Tufts University Department of Urban & Envrionmental Policy & Planning.  Sponsored by Boston Civic Media.  For more information, click here.


Scientist to Scientist: 3D Cell Culture
Wednesday, June 13
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
LabCentral, 700 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scientist-to-scientist-3d-cell-culture-tickets-45682782432

Please come join us for a couple of talks focused on 3D cell culture at our ThermoFisher Scientist to Scientist Symposium.ThermoFisher's Scientist to Scientist (S2S) Program features technical and educational content presented worldwide by the research scientists who developed the technologies.
The event is supported by ThermoFisher Scientific and hosted by LabCentral. Speaking from ThermoFisher will be Dr. Nick Dolman and from Beth Israel Deaconnes Medical Center will be Dr. Ling Huang.
We hope you'll join us for some interesting science and stay after for a free networking happy hour.
3:00 - 3:15 - Check in
3:15 - 4:00 
Patient-focused studies on pancreatic cancer using human organoid platform, Dr. Lin Huang
Organoids are advanced cellular models that better recapitulate in vivo biology during embryonic development, tissue regneration, or certain diseases. Tumor organoid cultures offer excellent benefits:
Maintenance of differentiation status, histoarchitecture, and phenotypic heterogeneity of the primary tumor
Retention of patient-specific physiological changes, including hypoxia, oxygen consumption, epigenetic marks, and drug sensitivities
Indications for personalized treatments

4:00 - 4:45
Moving into the third dimension with cell-based models: practical considerations when imaging organoid and tumor spheroids models, Dr. Nick Dolman
In this seminar, we will discuss a powerful toolbox of probes and applications in cell biology using high content imaging and analysis. Topics will include:
Practical considerations for 3D models
Culturing, labeling, and fluorescence microscopy
Imaging biological processes in 3D models
Oxidative stress, apoptosis, mitochondrial function, and cell cycle
4:45 - 6:00 Networking Happy Hour


From Good Idea to Great Business: Standing out, Innovating, and Making It Big in the Clean Energy Revolution
Wednesday, June 13
5 PM - 7 PM
The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2 Center Plaza, Boston 
RSVP at https://members.e2.org/ext/jsp/controller?id=9844782680&sv=NE_MassCEC_Event&reply=yes

Nine out of ten startups fail. Hear from two gurus who know first-hand what the one in ten do to succeed. Join E2 New England as we learn from Stephen Pike - CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) - and David Miller - E2 New England Chapter Director and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Clean Energy Ventures - what it takes to think big, stand out, and thrive in the current clean energy revolution. This will serve as a unique opportunity to network with respected clean energy investors and entrepreneurs over good food, good company, and good ideas.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Noah Dubin at noah at e2.org


The Performance is Public: Social Media, Audiences, and the Ethics of Digital Space
Wednesday, June 13
Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke Street, Room 203, Cambridge

Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin College)

More information at https://mellonschool.fas.harvard.edu/public-lectures


Mass Innovation Nights 111
Wednesday, June 13
6pm - 8:30pm
Thelma D. Burns Building, 575 Warren Street, Boston
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com/node/add/rsvp

Mass Innovation Nights will be returning to Greater Grove Hall for the second time! African and African American tech founders will showcase twelve products at the ABCD's Thelma D. Burns buildingon June 13th from 6-8:30pm!

Check out the new PRODUCTS and
VOTE for your favorites - click on the words VOTE HERE (found on this page to the immediate left) and once on the product voting page, click LOVE IT (only four times)!     
RSVP to attend the event on Wednesday June 13th (free to attend and open to all)    
See who else is planning on attending (click the ATTENDEES tab)   
Help spread the word - blog, tweet (using the #MIN111 hashtag), like and post!  
Support local innovation -- network and have fun at the same time! 
Don't miss it -- WEDNESDAY,  June 13th 6pm-8:30pm for Mass Innovation Nights #111!

Follow us on Instagram! @MassInnovationNights


The Great Swamp Legacy Forum 
Wednesday, June 13
6:30 pm
Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 2-150, Cambridge

Forum on nature-based planning for the Alewife watershed and the Brown zoning petition.  Refreshments will be served after the Forum.  Speakers include Adam Sacks, Biodiversity of a Livable Climate; Eric Grunebaum, Friends of Jerry’s Pond; John Pitkin, Boston Sierra Club; Sarah Slaughter, Built Environment Coalition; Doug Brown & Mike Nakagawa


Because I Come from a Crazy Family
Wednesday June 13
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline  

Edward Hallowell 
From the bestselling author of the classic book on ADD, Driven to Distraction, a memoir of the strange upbringing that shaped Dr. Edward M. Hallowell’s celebrated career.

Thursday, June 14

Social Innovator Second Look
Thursday, June 14  
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Foley & Lardner LLP, 111 Huntington Avenue, #Suite 2600, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-innovator-second-look-registration-45553447588

Join us for our Second Look event, where the 2018 Social Innovators will take the stage again to present their solutions to our community's most challenging social issues. This free event will begin with breakfast and networking and then each of our eight Innovators will deliver a five-minute pitch, telling the story of their organization's work and impact, and inviting potential investors and supporters to become involved.

Meet the 2018 Social Innovators
ACT Lawrence
Establishing Financial Education as a Building Block for Success
Track Partner: MassMutual Foundation
Community Boating Center
Advancing Education in New Bedford
Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust
Fathers' Uplift
Anything Goes: Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to Our Region's Toughest Social Issues
Track Partner: Boston Open Impact
Improving Access to Healthy Living
Track Partner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
PAIR (Political Asylum / Immigration Representation) Project
Promoting the Successful Advancement and Integration for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
Track Partner: Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Supporting Accessibility and Opportunities for Young People with Disabilities
Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance
The Renew Collaborative
Addressing Homelessness in Massachusetts
Track Partner: Highland Street Foundation
Strategies for Youth
Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration
Track Partner: Stifler Family Foundation


New Directions in 3D Cell Culture: Novel technologies from substrates to dissolvable microcarriers
Thursday, June 14
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
181 Massachusetts Avenue, Room: 181, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vwr-technical-seminar-series-new-directions-in-3d-cell-culture-tickets-4644713162

Presented by Dr. Yoshi Shyu, Applications Manager, Americas, Corning Life Sciences
Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture systems have gained increasing interest in recent years due to their advantages in providing more physiologically relevant information and more predictive data compared to convention two-dimensional (2D) cell culture. For specialized cell types such as primary cells and stem cells, a two-dimensional (2D) growth sub­strate may not be sufficient to support complex cellular behaviors such as cell polarity, morphology, spheroid forma­tion, signal transduction, and tissue-specific gene expression. From a production perspective, microcarriers can provide the necessary growth surface area with minimal space requirements. This seminar and discussion will highlight novel applications that rely on the use of 3D growth substrates, microcarriers, and specialized culture systems and the benefits they can provide from basic research to production.



Boston TechJam
Thursday, June 14
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Boston City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-techjam-tickets-44381643691
Cost:  $22

Massachusetts has the world’s greatest concentration of entrepreneurs, emerging and leading tech companies, top-tier academic institutions and students, world-class venture capitalists, incubators, and an eco-system of supporting service providers. There is no better place on earth to launch and scale innovative ideas that tackle the toughest challenges. We’re about real and meaningful innovations that change the world. Boston TechJam is a time when we all come together -from every corner of our innovation economy- to celebrate and accelerate our leading position. It’s a collaboration between local tech companies, leading industry groups, the City of Boston, and you.

Celebrating our 6th year on June 14th, 2018 we are excited to see thousands of members of the community descend on City Hall Plaza once again!


Conscious Capitalism
Thursday, June 14
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ef7ygt7sf3883d2f&llr=pwjaircab

If you're frustrated with the current negative political climate, this workshop will help you see that your business can create the change you want to see in the world. Come and learn about a better, more sustainable, and more effective way of building your business. See how you can upgrade your reason for being in business (whatever your business is) to have a positive impact on the world. Hear how other businesses create value not only for their shareholders but also for their employees, customers, vendors, the community and the environment. Through a combination of presentation and small group discussions, Bob Scoville will lead an engaging and thought-provoking overview to help you evolve your business.


Summer EnergyBar @ Greentown Labs
Thursday, June 14
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-energybar-greentown-labs-tickets-46084286341

Partners, friends, and cleantech champions, please join us for a summer edition of our EnergyBar networking event, co-hosted and sponsored by Xylem! Come network with your fellow cleantech and energy peers and enjoy a beverage on our roof deck! 

Event Agenda:
5:30-6:00pm -- Sign-in/Registration
6:30-6:40pm -- Welcoming Remarks from Greentown Labs & Xylem
6:40-8:30pm -- Celebration & Networking

About EnergyBar!
EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' networking event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community. 
Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems. 
Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. Hope to see you there!  


Not That Bad
Thursday June 14
6:00 pm
Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roxane-gay-614-tickets-45443946066
Cost:  $25

Roxane Gay is editor of the new anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture and author of the bestselling Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body; attendees select a free paperback copy of either book with their ticket purchase. Please read the information at the link carefully before placing your order.


authors at MIT: Terri Favro, Generation Robot
Thursday, June 14
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Terri Favro, author of Generation Robot, to the store for a reading and discussion.

Generation Robot covers a century of science fiction, fact and, speculation—from the 1950 publication of Isaac Asimov’s seminal robot masterpiece, I, Robot, to the 2050 Singularity when artificial and human intelligence are predicted to merge. Beginning with a childhood informed by pop-culture robots in movies, in comic books, and on TV in the 1960s to adulthood where the possibilities of self-driving cars and virtual reality are daily conversation, Terri Favro offers a unique perspective on how our relationship with robotics and futuristic technologies has shifted over time.


Evolutions:  Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World
Thursday, June 14
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned Bar Ilan University professor and author OREN HARMAN for a discussion of his latest book, Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World.

About Evolutions
We no longer think, like the ancient Chinese did, that the world was hatched from an egg, or, like the Maori, that it came from the tearing-apart of a love embrace. The Greeks told of a tempestuous Hera and a cunning Zeus, but we now use genes and natural selection to explain fear and desire, and physics to demystify the workings of the universe.
Science is an astounding achievement, but are we really any wiser than the ancients? Has science revealed the secrets of fate and immortality? Has it provided protection from jealousy or love? There are those who believe that science has replaced faith, but must it also be a death knell for mythology?

Evolutions brings to life the latest scientific thinking on the birth of the universe and the solar system, the journey from a single cell all the way to our human minds. Reawakening our sense of wonder and terror at the world around us and within us, Oren Harman uses modern science to create new and original mythologies. Here are the earth and the moon presenting a cosmological view of motherhood, a panicking mitochondrion introducing sex and death to the world, the loneliness of consciousness emerging from the memory of an octopus, and the birth of language in evolution summoning humankind’s struggle with truth. Science may not solve our existential puzzles, but like the age-old legends, its magical discoveries can help us continue the never-ending search.


Red Pill/Blue Pill: How the Brain Incorporates Experience to Guide Our Actions
Thursday, June 14
7 pm
Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Bernado Sabatini

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


Going Deeper with Solar - Co-ops, Tzedakah, and Advocacy
Thursday, June 14
RSVP to jewishclimateaction at gmail.com

How can your solar project become an environmental justice project as well? How can you share the energy of the Sun you capture with those less well off? How can you effectively advocate for making solar accessible to all? 

To learn the answers to these questions and more, join a webinar at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 14, with Madeleine Barr, Director of Community Partnerships at Resonant Energy, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Associate Minister for Ecological Justice at the Bethel AME Church, and Rabbi Katy Allen, President, pro-tem of the Jewish Climate Action Network, to go deeper with solar. 

Friday, June 15 - Saturday, June 16

Stand Up Boston: June 15-16
MIT Stata Center, R&D Commons 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Stand Up Boston is a free conference dedicated to working with our local community in leveraging information technology and machine learning to combat sexual harassment. It is hosted by the MIT Alumni Association, MIT Critical Data, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Harvard University’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. We will be hosting a series of technical and non-technical workshops centered on the theme Inspiring Bystanders to Act. We challenge participants to produce technical and non-technical work that enables greater conversations around bystander intervention and sexual harassment, and lay the foundation for future work. We will also be featuring speakers including Pierre Berastain (Director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at Harvard University) as well as bystander intervention training by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

More information at https://standupboston.org

Friday, June 15

Decarbonizing the Transportation Sector in New England
Friday, June 15
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
RSVP to attend in person at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/decarbonizing-the-transportation-sector-in-new-england-emerging-state-visions-pathways-policies-tickets-44803715118?utm_campaign=2nd+announce+6%2F15%2F18+RT&utm_medium=email&utm_source=2nd+Announce+-+6%2F15+Roundtable+-+Decarbonizing+Transportation+in+NE
Cost:  $40 - $80
RSVP for live-streaming at https://signup.clickstreamtv.net/event/raab/events/neer/?utm_source=2nd+Announce+-+6%2F15+Roundtable+-+Decarbonizing+Transportation+in+NE&utm_campaign=2nd+announce+6%2F15%2F18+RT&utm_medium=email

Decarbonization of transportation is essential to meeting New England's climate goals, but progress in this sector currently lags behind the electricity and building sectors. Since electrification is recognized as a key strategy for decarbonizing transportation, this topic falls squarely within the wheelhouse of our Electricity Restructuring Roundtable.

This topic is also particularly timely, as New England states consider major policy options, including a RGGI-like cap-and-trade system for transportation fuels. Complicating matters further, is the Trump administration's recently-announced intention to roll back the 2025 54.5 miles per gallon vehicle fuel efficiency standards. Meanwhile, depending on how they are implemented, advances in shared mobility services and the rapid development of autonomous vehicles could either greatly enhance or severely undercut our efforts to decarbonize the transportation sector.

Join us as we explore the emerging state visions and the pathways, policies & best practices for decarbonizing the transportation sector in New England.

Emerging State Visions
We are honored to welcome as keynote speakers the leaders responsible for formulating decarbonization strategies for the transportation sector in New England's two largest states.
Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Commissioner Robert Klee, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection 

Pathways, Policies, & Best Practices
We have assembled a first-rate panel of experts and practitioners to discuss the major pathways, policies, and best practices for decarbonizing the transportation sector in New England. This panel will include presentations on important national and regional modeling and analysis, as well as input from leaders in the utility and shared mobility sectors and from a representative of Québec. 
Ben Haley, Co-Founder of Evolved Energy and formerly with E3, co-authored the Obama Administration's major study, U.S. Pathways to Deep Decarbonization, as well as a just-released study on Deep Decarbonization in the Northeast.
John Heywood, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and an expert on automotive technology, co-authored MIT's study, On The Road to 2050, as well as its current study, Mobility of the Future.
Corey Ershow, Transportation Policy Manager for the Eastern U.S. at Lyft, will share Lyft's vision of the role that shared mobility and autonomous vehicles will play in decarbonizing the transportation sectors while improving the livability of our cities and states.
Évangéline Lévesque, Executive Director of Sustainable Transport and Electrification Policies, Québec Ministry of Transportation, will discuss Québec's ambitious transportation electrification strategy, largely funded by auction proceeds from its cap-and-trade program with California - which includes transportation fuels.
Terence Sobolewski, Chief Customer Officer of National Grid USA, will discuss Grid's electrification interests, insights, and strategies in three Northeastern states.


Gun Violence Prevention Demo Day
Friday, June 15
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
MGH Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gun-violence-prevention-demo-day-tickets-45441757520

Join CAMTech as teams pitch solutions with the potential to curb the gun violence epidemic and improve the lives of survivors.
During the Gun Violence Prevention Demo Day, all teams from the Gun Violence Prevention Hack-a-thon will have the opportunity to compete for the $10K grand prize and six months of acceleration support through the CAMTech Accelerator Program (CAP).


Crashing the Party: From the Bernie Sanders Campaign to a Progressive Movement
Friday, June 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome HEATHER GAUTNEY—Bernie Sanders campaign advisor and Fordham University associate professor—for a discussion of her latest book, Crashing the Party: From the Bernie Sanders Campaign to a Progressive Movement. She will be joined by Massachusetts State Representative MIKE CONNOLLY.

About Crashing the Party
Senator Bernie Sanders shocked the political establishment by winning 13 million votes and a majority of young voters in the 2016 Democratic primary. He emerged from the contest against Hillary Clinton as the most popular politician in the US, despite being a 75-year-old self-professed “democratic socialist.” What lessons can be drawn from this surprising but—in the end—losing campaign?

Vermont resident Heather Gautney was a legislative fellow in Sanders’s Washington office and researcher and organizer for his presidential campaign. The author and editor of several books on social movements and American politics, she brings her academic expertise and left politics to bear on the scenes and conflicts she witnessed during the campaign. In reviewing what enabled Sanders to reach out to an unprecedented number of people with a socialist message—and what stalled his progress and radical punch—she draws lessons about the prospects and perils of building a leftist movement in the United States. Gautney’s reflections on the role that race and class played in this election cycle and analysis of where Democrats stand following Trump’s victory will serve as a useful starting point for many newly aware of the limitations of the Democratic party and the challenges ahead.

Saturday, June 16

Health Communication in the Decade Ahead - Conference & Networking Event
Saturday, June 16
8:30 am to 4:30 pm 
BU, 1 Silber Way -9th floor, Metcalf Trustees Ballroom, Boston
RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/health-communication-in-the-decade-ahead-tickets-44612377823
Register by: 6/10/2018
Cost:  35.00

What forces and trends will shape the work of health communication leaders in the next 10 years...and beyond? What can we imagine the future to hold, and how will we prepare tomorrow's leaders?

Share your ideas and vision, and network with professional health communicators, alumni, journalists, faculty, students and special guests at this one-day event celebrating a decade of leadership in professional health communication studies at Boston University. 

Networking breakfast and lunch included.

Jonathan Peck, President, Sr. Futurist, Institute for Alternative Futures.
"Health Communication Futures, New Media & Messages"
An interactive discussion using forecasts from multiple scenario-based projects from 2030 to 2057 to help us imagine how and what we will communicate in different futures -- and how we might use new media shaped by the convergence of artificial intelligence and neuroscience.

Christie Hager, Senior Fellow, Health Policy, UMass Medical School; Public Health Lawyer; Former HHS Regional Director for New England.
"Breaking Through the Static: What the ACA Rollout Taught Us About Communicating in Uncertain Times"
Ms. Hager, a public health lawyer, was on the frontlines at the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services as President Obama's appointee to lead the New England Region during the ACA rollout. She offers insights and lessons for professional health communicators on how to juggle internal challenges and public-facing communication in times of uncertainty.

Jonathan Woodson, MD, Director, BU Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy; Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine; Professor Health Law, Policy & Management, School of Public Health; Professor in Management, Questrom School of Business; Former Asst. Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense from 2010-2016. 
"Innovation and Leadership in 21st Century Health Care"
Biotechnology. Health technology. Intelligent health system designs. Digital health tools. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, vascular surgeon, MED professor and former Asst. Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs looks at these, and other dynamic forces shaping and disrupting the front lines of health care, and what they mean for 21st Century health communication leaders.

Dr. Pauline Hamel, Associate Clinical Professor, Bouve' College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University; Former Director Clinical Education.
"Mentoring Through Change -- Why it Matters"
Once an afterthought of health care, professional health communication is now a dynamic -- and still emergent -- discipline. In a future shaped by DIY health decisions, risk and uncertainties, Dr. Hamel explores why now is the time to mentor our next generation of health communicators to lead with confidence.

Jeff DelViscio, Director, Multimedia & Creative STAT News
"The Power of Video in Health and Science Storytelling" 
Visual storytelling has the power to engage, inspire, and explain health and science in a way that no other medium can. STAT’s Jeff DelViscio shows us how he and STAT journalists bring complex topics – like climate change – to life through carefully crafted and creative multimedia. Learn his pro tips, and hear why health and science news is hotter than ever.

John R. Carroll, BU Journalism Professor, Media Analyst, NPR's Here & Now, WBUR's Radio Boston.
"Brave News World: Are the Media Evolving or Dissolving?"
Donald Trump and digital technology have taken the media -- from news and advertising to social -- through the looking glass. Boston University journalism professor John R. Carroll leads a guided tour down the rabbit hole.

Contact Name	Leigh Curtin-Wilding
Phone  617-353-2975
Contact Email  metmshc at bu.edu


Unnatural Selection
WHEN  Saturday, June 16, 2018, 2 – 3 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Haller Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Museum of Natural History
SPEAKER(S)  Katrina van Grouw
TICKET INFO  Free with museum admission
DETAILS  When Charles Darwin considered how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to liken it to the selective breeding of domesticated animals, changed by the hand of man. In her new book, Unnatural Selection, marking the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals, The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, Katrina van Grouw explains why this analogy was uncannily appropriate. Artificial selection is, in fact, more than just an analogy for natural selection–it is the perfect example of evolution in action.
Katrina van Grouw, author of The Unfeathered Bird (Princeton University Press), inhabits that no-man’s land midway between art and science. She holds degrees in fine art and natural history illustration, and is a former curator of ornithological collections at a major national museum. She’s a self-taught scientist with a passion for evolutionary biology and its history.
Lecture and book signing.
Free with museum admision.
LINK  https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/unnatural-selection


7th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest
Saturday, June 16
2:30-5:30 PM and 6:30-9:30 PM
University Park, Central Square, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/7th-annual-hyper-local-craft-brewfest-tickets-44348926834
Cost:  $40.00

Our Brewfest will gather nearly one thousand local craft brew fans to celebrate together with unlimited drink samples and fun!

Join us for SBN's Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest on Saturday, June 16th, (2:30-5:30 PM and 6:30-9:30 PM). SBN is excited about our new location in Central Square Cambridge, home of the Taste of Cambridge in University Park, near MIT, 38 SIdney Street. Tickets are $40.00 for general admission and $75.00 for a pair, $65 for VIP, and door sales are $50.00. Our Brewfest will gather nearly one thousand local craft brew fans to celebrate together with dozens of vendors over one day in two sessions, of unlimited drink samples, food, and fun!

Wonder what it takes for a drink to be considered “Hyper-Local?” Not only are the beers, ciders, meads, and artisanal beverages at our festival made by local producers (from New England), they’re local from the start - created with ingredients grown, made, or harvested in New England. Past examples include brews made with local hops, apples, cranberries, grapes and even oysters!

All two of our sessions will provide attendees with the opportunity to chat with the brewers, learn more about making small batches and homebrewing, hear from experts, and taste a selection of local brews, from local makers. In addition, our Friday night session will feature a special Beer on Cask Tasting coordinated by Randy Baril, former Head Cellarman of NERAX (the New England Real Ale eXhibition) and featured brewers. Try unfiltered and unpasteurized beer with no nitrogen or carbon dioxide added!

The Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is an annual tasting fundraiser for the Boston Local Food Program and is presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN). This Brewfest highlights and promotes local brewers of beer, newly established breweries, cider & mead, artisan beverage makers, and local food vendors. SBN’s definition of local starts in Massachusetts and encompasses all of New England.

Come enjoy unlimited beverage tastings, discover new favorites, socialize with other brew fans, and network with dozens of local brewer, vendors, and local food producers, all while supporting a local, fair, and green economy! For more information, call 617-395-7680 or email localcraftbrew at sbnmass.org. Get your tickets at hyperlocalbrew.eventbrite.com.

What’s Included for Festival Attendees?
Cask-conditioned beer from selected local brewers
Small batches and special brews from selected vendors on all sessions
Unlimited tastings from our participating brewers, craft breweries, cideries, meaderies, artisan beverage vendors
Complimentary local food samples and serving sizes for sale for only $6 or less
Free home brewing demos, lectures, and instructions from local homebrew clubs
Live music and entertainment
Festival Guide with listing of all vendors
Compostable tasting cup and utensils

Phone Number:  617-395-7680


TEDxBeaconStreet Salon @ Franklin Park Zoo
Saturday, June 16
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Franklin Park Zoo, Tropical Forest Building, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxbeaconstreet-salon-franklin-park-zoo-registration-45627803990
Cost:  $25 – $100

Join us on June 16th for our next TEDxBeaconStreet Salon where our speakers will be giving their talks in the Tapir Exhibit at the Franklin Park Zoo. All talks from the Tapir Exhibit will be simulcasted to the gorillas across the hall where you can watch their reactions to the talks as they listen.

5:00 - 6:30 pm | Checkin; check out exhibits
6:30 - 7:30 pm | Talks in Tapir Exhibit (Note: these talks will be recorded.)
7:30 - 8:30 pm | Ideas in Action Program (Note: this will not be recorded.)

Opening Speaker
George Church, the Leonardo DaVinci of our time, is a leading pioneer of genetic science. Here's Ben Mezrich's talk about Church's plan to bring back woolly mammoths from our stage last year; watch it here. He will be joining us to speak from inside the Tapir cage.

...And Our Closing Speaker
Abby is a fourteen year old Tapir, who has spent the last nine months preparing for this event. She will be joined alongside her five month old daughter, Ischel.

On-site Registration:
Each of the two Zoo Entrances
Entrance to Tropical Forest Exhibit

Dinner + Drink Tickets:
Boxed dinners + drink tickets included with registration

Sunday, June 17

Mel King Festschrift
Sunday, June 17
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT  Festschrift Sessions 2:00 - 6:00PM Reception 6:00 - 8:00PM
MIT, Building E14, 75 Amherst Street, 6th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mel-king-festschrift-tickets-44310764690

Love is the Question & the Answer...
These are the words of Mel King: poet, writer, politician, adjunct professor, community activist and organizer. He has been a champion for the people of Boston for more than 50 years. His service, intellectual contributions and impact have transformed so many people and institutions in Boston, from his time as State Representative in the Massachusetts Legislature, to founding the Rainbow Coalition Party in Massachusetts, to establishing the Community Fellows Program in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, to establishing the first true Fab Lab in the world, to his ceaseless commitment to youth, affordable and mixed-use housing and community development.
The Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at MIT is organizing a Festschrift to recognize and honor Mel King's intellectual impact in Boston (and beyond).

Mel would only agree to the event if the purpose is to bring long-term support to the South End Technology Center, one of Mel's many great contributions to our community. Your ideas and support are essential to helping this spirit continue to grow.
The Mel King Festschrift is scheduled for the afternoon and evening of Sunday, June 17, 2018. This is a companion event to the Symposium on Computational Fabrication that CBA is hosting at MIT June 17-19: https://scf.acm.org/.
The celebration is an afternoon series of talks, performances and panels all related to Mel and his intellectual contribution not only to politics, but to MIT and community relations, education, youth development, arts and culture and, most importantly, shaping the future. The afternoon sessions will be followed by a combined Festschrift & Symposium evening reception.
Please come and help us celebrate Mel King, his impact in Boston and the future that we envision building together! The event is free, but space is limited, so register today to ensure your place!

Contact:  James Prue
james.prue at cba.mit.edu
617 253 0392


VRARA @ Liveworx - Chapter Meeting featuring Kaon and Meta
Sunday, June 17
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), 415 Summer Street, BCEC Room 154, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/VRARA-Boston/events/251440343/

Join us for our Spring Chapter Meeting and get FREE access to Liveworx!
Speakers Include:
John Werner (VP, Meta)
Gavin Finn (CEO, Kaon)
Mike Festa (CP, VRARA)

Using the code VRARASSOC includes a free Explorer Pass, (an $895 value), which includes access to all Keynotes/LiveTalx, the Xtropolis exhibit hall, meals, and Happy Hours on Monday & Tuesday (it does NOT include breakout sessions). You can also upgrade to an All Access pass for $700 (normal rate $1,395) which also includes all breakout sessions, Welcome Reception and the Mix @ 6 closing party.

Register with code VRARASSOC https://liveworx18.smarteventscloud.com/portal/newreg.ww

3pm - Doors Open
3-3:30 : Networking, Food & Drinks will be served
3:30-4:30 : Main Program
4:30 - 5 : Demos and Networking
5-7pm - Liveworx Opening Reception

Monday, June 18

The Soul of America:  The Battle for Our Better Angels
Monday, June 18
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/jon_meacham/
Cost:  $5 - $30.50 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Pulitzer Prize–winning author and presidential historian JON MEACHAM for a discussion of his latest book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.
About The Soul of America

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history.
Meacham writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women’s rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson’s crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear—a struggle that continues even now.

While the American story has not always—or even often—been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, “The good news is that we have come through such darkness before”—as, time and again, Lincoln’s better angels have found a way to prevail.


Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
Monday, June 18
7:30 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes scientist, musician, writer, and VR pioneer JARON LANIER for a discussion of his latest book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.

About Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
You might have trouble imagining life without your social media accounts, but virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier insists that we’re better off without them. In his important book, Lanier, who participates in no social media, offers powerful and personal reasons for all of us to leave these dangerous online platforms.
Lanier’s reasons for freeing ourselves from social media’s poisonous grip include its tendency to bring out the worst in us, to make politics terrifying, to trick us with illusions of popularity and success, to twist our relationship with the truth, to disconnect us from other people even as we are more “connected” than ever, to rob us of our free will with relentless targeted ads. How can we remain autonomous in a world where we are under continual surveillance and are constantly being prodded by algorithms run by some of the richest corporations in history that have no way of making money other than being paid to manipulate our behavior? How could the benefits of social media possibly outweigh the catastrophic losses to our personal dignity, happiness, and freedom? Lanier remains a tech optimist, so while demonstrating the evil that rules social media business models today, he also envisions a humanistic setting for social networking that can direct us toward a richer and fuller way of living and connecting with our world.

Tuesday, June 19

Getting to the Point with Congressman Joe Kennedy III
Tuesday, June 19
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM EDT
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-to-the-point-with-congressman-joe-kennedy-iii-tickets-44984155821

Congressman Joe Kennedy III will visit the Institute for a wide-ranging conversation on issues facing our communities today. Congressman Kennedy is in his third term representing the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress. He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he focuses on issues like mental health, energy costs, manufacturing, and STEM education.
A breakfast will precede the program.


The 2018 Human Excellence Awards: Featuring Bunker Roy, Barefoot College
Tuesday, June 19
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
Harvard, Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2018-human-excellence-awards-featuring-bunker-roy-barefoot-college-and-sam-vaghar-millennium-tickets-46000915978

The 2018 Human Excellence Awards and Youth Leadership Development Conference
Honoring 5 Top Non Profit and Social Enterprise Leaders from Around the World
Sponsored by Hope Collaborative, Divine Will Foundation, Meketa Investment Group, People's Shores, and Sai Global Federation of Foundations.
Join us for an inspiring conference on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. We are featuring powerful initiatives in education, global healthcare, and psychological health and wellbeing. We are honoring powerful innovators who deliver on a vision of higher civilization and a better society.
This year, the conference is designed to celebrate and promote the powerful leadership capacities of outstanding social entrepreneurs addressing mankind’s critical social mission issues. The day will feature legendary leaders in healthcare, education, essential services, and leadership education for populations living in poverty. The conference seeks to understand, support, and promote the skills and qualities of these leaders who are capable and committed to delivering lasting and durable change.
The conference audience will include youth leaders from youth development programs to participate in the day and discuss their process of becoming impactful, connected leaders making a difference. We expect to have 75 middle school, young adult, and millennial leaders in attendance. We will be broadcasting youth leaders in from the United States and overseas, including top youth advocacy organizations from The Bronx New York, The Bay Area, India, Nigeria, and Mexico, to name several. We expect participants from leading organizations such as The Boys and Girls Clubs, Family Life Charter Schools, Hope Collaborative, Millennium Campus Network, Rancho Cielo, Sai Ashwira, among many others.
We are honoring the power and courage of corporations thatdeploy resources and energies to invest in solutions thatadvance the cause of humanity in solving certain mission-critical problems with Stories of Corporate Courage awards.
Our goals for the day are to 1) Honor leaders and corporationsmaking a difference as a model for a new generation and 2) Empower youth leaders with leadership skills in social impact and conversations that connect youth with companies doing powerful work for mentorship.
The Power of Purpose Workshops
Universal Leadership
Illumination of Self
Service to Humanity by Ending Poverty
Devotion to high principles and the good of all humanity is a central recipe for creating new forms of civilization. These qualities drive fulfillment and satisfaction. They bring us to better selves and energies that researchers have shown can create transcendent capacities and outputs.
The best research on team satisfaction demonstrates that groups and teams that develop a commitment to the common good and high principles overwhelmingly succeed in creatingfulfilled and and committed people connected to purpose,meaning, and each other. The purpose of this conference is to mutually discover for all in attendance those skills, qualities,and mental frameworks that allow people to achieve human excellence. We are, in addition, building relationships between leaders and corporations who have succeeded in driving change, and those getting started in creating change, so that mentorshiprelationships can develop and thrive.
Human excellence in themselves. In their schools and communities. And in their possibilities as leaders and as a people.

Morning Welcome and Keynote Speakers
9:00	Orientation and Light Breakfast
9:30	Kevin Sheehan, conference co-chair: Welcome and Introduction
9:45	Shyam Kamath, conference co-chair: Introduction Bunker Roy, Ending Poverty
10:00 Bunker Roy, founder of Barefoot Campus: Keynote
10:45 Break
Keynote Speakers Continued and Honoring Heroes
11:00 Winthrop Carty, Melton Foundation: Introduction of Sam Vaghar
11:10 Sam Vaghar Presentation: Universal Leadership
11:40 Bunker Roy: Introduction of Honorees
12:00 Film: Life of the Honorees, Corporate Courage
12:15 Lunch
60 Minute Concurrent Development Workshops
1:00	Jay Himmelstein, UMass Medical Introduction to Workshops: Sharing The Wisdom
1:10	Concurrent Workshops
* Nancy Lindborg, President of U.S. Peace Initiative Workshop:Peace Is Possible, Peace Is Practical.
* Eduardo Ochoa, President of California State Monterey Workshop: Achieving Collective Impact Through Collaboration.
* Rev. Ray Rivera, Family Life Academy Charter School Workshop: Leadership Comes From Within Introduction, Vijay Rajimini.
* C. Sreenivas, Sri Sathya Sai Sanjaveeni Hospitals, Workshop: Your Higher Calling.
* Bunker Roy, Founder of Barefoot College Workshop: Grassroots Of Changes And Innovation.
* Kevin Sheehan, Co-Founder of Hope Collaborative Workshop: The Power Of You (The Power of We).
* Steve Stirling, MAP: Overcoming Obstacles: What's Your Story?, Introduction Ethan Lyle.
* Laura Stone, Linkage Leadership Workshop: Thinking Outside the Box: Manifesting Your Potential. 
* Sam Vaghar, Millennium College Network Workshop: Building Networks of Influence.

Corporate Courage and Cultural Presentations
2:30	4 Corporate Courage Honoree Panels: Introduction, Joe Nevin and Shyam Kamath,
Award Winners: Driscoll Berries, Gravity Payments, IBM, and State Street
2:40	Concurrent Workshops
* Peter Fay, Executive at IBM Accessibility, Workshop: Accessibility in Design.
* Kevin Murphy, Driscoll's Berries: Transforming Communities through Entrepreneurship by Local Farmers.
* Richard Curtis, State Street: Human Excellence in the Corporate World.
* Jose Garcia, Gravity Payments: Treating People as People.
3:20 Ethan Lyle, Closing Remarks
3:30	Cultural Presentations Youth Introduction, Ralph Jaccodine
5:00	Depart
Celebration Dinner (Separate Invitation)
6:30	David Cornsweet, Divine Will Foundation Honoring Award Recipients
Harvard Faculty Club

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Talks at 12 - What to Eat: The Emerging Field of Culinary Medicine
WHEN  Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 12 – 1pm
WHERE  Harvard Medical School Armenise Amphitheater, 210 Longwood Avenue, Boston
TOPICS	Education, GI/Nutrition, Wellness/Worklife
EVENT TYPES  Faculty Talk
DEPARTMENT/OFFICE  Office of Communications and External Relations
LOCATION  Harvard Medical School
DETAILS	  Featured speaker: Ran Polak (HMS/Spaulding)


ELM Action Fund Political, Polling, and Policy Briefing
Tuesday, June 19
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Massachusetts Teachers Association, 20 Ashburton Place, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elm-action-fund-political-polling-and-policy-briefing-tickets-46328737501

Who should attend?
Legislators who are running for re-election, candidates for legislature, and their campaign and
policy team members are welcome. The ELM Action Fund is a non-partisan organization and we
welcome all candidates who want to support the environment. The event is not open to the press or
the general public.
Why should you attend?
With the environment under assault in Washington, we know that Massachusetts voters are
concerned about the environment and want politicians to lead on these issues. In our latest poll,
88% of voters think the environment is important in their vote. Of that 88%, 57% said it's very
There are 600,152 environmental voters in Massachusetts. We expect more than 400,000 of them to
vote in 2018. Our polling shows that these environmental voters are ready to vote, donate, and
volunteer for candidates who support environmental progress.
In 60 minutes we will:
Provide a short overview of how to receive our endorsement and the support of our PAC, IE PAC, and 501C4
Share data about environmental voters and provide an individualized report including how many are in your district and compelling talking points to persuade and mobilize them
Present a short summary of polling on how all Massachusetts voters feel about energy, transportation, and other environmental issues
Present a brief review of the state's key environmental policy issues
Provide you with a copy of our new 2018-2019 Legislative Candidate Policy Briefing bookExplain the latest trends in using social media to communicate your support for the environment
Provide an overview of our Legislative Scorecard, including our unique scoring criteria
This event is free. Materials, light appetizers, and soft drinks will be provided.


Dealing with North Korea: Insights from U.S. Negotiators
Tuesday, June 19
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
Harvard, Kennedy School, Land Hall, 4th Floor of Belfer Building, entrance at corner of JFK Street & Eliot Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dealing-with-north-korea-insights-from-us-negotiators-tickets-46620896356

AMB Christopher Hill (Former Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Six-Party Talks)
AMB Daniel Russel (Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs)
Dr. Gary Samore (Former White House Coordinator for Arms Control & WMD) 
Dr. John Park (Moderator, Director of the Harvard Korea Working Group) 


Mellon School Public Lecture: Luke Menand, "Writers and Their Publics”
WHEN  Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Farkas Hall, Room 203, 12 Holyoke Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mellon School of Theater & Performance Research
SPEAKER(S)  Luke Menand, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO	thschool at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research was founded at Harvard University in 2010 to create a forum in which scholars in and around theater studies can gather to exchange ideas and research. The program offers faculty and advanced graduate students who study theater and performance the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the field in an intensive two-week summer seminar. In addition to the daily seminars, the program will include discussions, research workshops, performances, and evening lectures taught by visiting faculty members.
LINK  https://mellonschool.fas.harvard.edu/public-lectures


The Bone and Sinew of the Land:  America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality
Tuesday, June 19
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research welcome award-winning historian ANNA-LISA COX for a discussion of her latest book, The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality.

About The Bone and Sinew of the Land
The American frontier is one of our most cherished and enduring national images. We think of the early pioneers who settled the wilderness as courageous, independent—and white.

This version of history is simply wrong. Starting in our nation's earliest years, thousands of free African Americans were building hundreds of settlements in the Northwest Territory, a territory that banned slavery and gave equal voting rights to all men. This groundbreaking work of research reveals the lost history of the nation's first Great Migration. Though forgotten today, these pioneers were a matter of national importance at the time; their mere existence leading to fierce political movements and battles that tore families and communities apart long before the Civil War erupted.

The Bone and Sinew of the Land is a story with its roots in the ideals of the American Revolution, a story of courageous pioneers transformed by the belief that all men are created equal, seeking a brighter future on the American frontier.


Right Whales, Right Gear: Finding New Ways to Fish that Avoid Entanglements
Tuesday, June 19
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107627&view=Detail

Panel discussion with John Haviland, South Shore Lobster Fishermen’s Association; Laurens Howle, Duke University; Amy Knowlton, Senior Scientist, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium; and Kristan Porter, President, Maine Lobstermen’s Association

Moderated by Tim Werner, Senior Scientist, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium and Director, Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction

Fishing is an important economic mainstay of New England and part of its cultural heritage. North Atlantic right whales are a critical natural component of the region’s coastal waters. Where the two meet, entanglements happen, mainly as whales become wrapped in buoy ropes used to locate and haul pots resting on the seafloor. Two unlikely bedfellows—fishermen and research scientists—are working collaboratively to save whales and pot fisheries alike, studying solutions that include novel designs for ropes that are strong enough for fishing but weak enough for right whales to release themselves. Come listen to members of an expert panel discuss their perspectives on right whale entanglements and ideas for solving them.


When the Wind Blows:  Predicting How Hurricanes Change with Climate
Tuesday, June 19
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-the-wind-blows-predicting-how-hurricanes-change-with-climate-tickets-46539413639

The 2017 hurricane season was the most expensive on record for the United States, inflicting a staggering $268 billion in damage. Areas of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico are still rebuilding after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria made landfall last summer. The occurrence of three devastating hurricanes in a single season highlights the importance of research on the relationship between climate change and the strength of hurricanes. Now that that 2018 hurricane season has begun, scientists are working to predict what's in store for this year and for years to come as sea surface temperature continues to rise.
In this talk, Sydney Sroka, Tom Beucler, and Jonathan Lin, three graduate students studying various aspects of hurricane predictability and atmospheric physics at MIT, will describe how hurricanes intensify, the state-of-the-art technology of hurricane prediction, and the way climate change is expected to influence hurricanes.
WGBH's Boston Public Library Studio. Overflow seating will be located in the Newsfeed Café and is not guaranteed.

Speaker Bios:
Sydney Sroka is a PhD Candidate with Professor Kerry Emanuel at MIT. Her expertise is in computational fluid dynamics and she studies the air-sea transfer of enthalpy and momentum in the hurricane spray layer. She received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship upon entering graduate school and hopes to continue studying air-sea coupling after she graduates.
Tom Beucler is a fourth-year PhD candidate in atmospheric science affiliated with the Lorenz Center at MIT, co-advised by Timothy Cronin and Kerry Emanuel. His expertise is in environmental fluid dynamics and atmospheric physics and is interested in the way radiation influences a hurricane’s growth rate and intensity.
Jonathan Lin is a graduate student with Professor Kerry Emanuel. He graduated from Princeton with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science last year and, for his PhD, is studying hurricane predictability. Jonathan is both an American Meteorological Society and a Rasmussen fellow.


Self Employment Survival Guide
Tuesday, June 19
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jeanne-yocum-self-employment-survival-guide-tickets-45815569602

Jeanne Yocum
Anyone who opts for self-employment quickly learns that succeeding as your own boss is no walk in the park. While professional freedom has many, many joys, it also involves significant risks. If you're considering self-employment, or you're already self-employed, The Self-Employment Survival Guide: Proven Strategies to Succeed as Your Own Boss alerts you to the challenges involved and provides proven strategies for surmounting these obstacles and succeeding. You'll also learn what you need to put in place before taking the leap to being your own boss to help assure your success. Working for yourself offers personal freedoms and rewards, but the road can curve or travel uphill at times. Here, Jeanne Yocum shares eight key behaviors that impede success and provides proven solutions for the various obstacles that might cross your path, including unreasonable client demands, slow payers, unexpected client defections, daily schedules, health and financial planning, and the feelings of isolation that can sometimes accompany working on your own. Unlike many books that provide only a rose-colored view of self-employment, this book gives a full, realistic view of what being your own boss is actually like. By learning about the ups and downs that come with being in charge of your own livelihood, you will be better able to handle the demands of self-employment and succeed on your own terms.

About the author 
Jeanne Yocum has been self-employed as a public relations consultant and ghostwriter since 1989. She is the co-author of New Product Launch: 10 Proven Strategies and Ban the Humorous Bazooka and Other Roadblocks and Speed Bumps Along the Innovation Highway. She has also ghostwritten six other business books. Her blog, www.succeedinginsmallbusiness, provides advice for small business owners.Jeanne Yocum lives in Durham, NC, with her husband, Robert Ickrath, and a puggle named Molly.


How Do We Protect Our Community as the Climate Changes?
Tuesday, June 19
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-do-we-protect-our-community-as-the-climate-changes-tickets-46822947697

Please join us for a community discussion about the Cambridge Climate Safety Proposal.
Free admission. Light food and drink included.
As the climate changes, Cambridge will experience much hotter temperatures and more frequent and severe flooding in larger areas.
Residents from across Cambridge want to protect the health, safety, and property of residents and workers from these threats by requiring new buildings to be climate-ready. They haveproposed changes in how buildings are constructed, how the surrounding open space is landscaped, and how stormwater is handled. 
Come find out about the Cambridge Climate Safety proposal.Discuss how affordable housing can be created while addressing climate challenges. Think about what you want to tell city officials. Give your input to improve the proposal. Get prepared to take action at the City Council's Ordinance committee on June 27.
For more information on the Climate Safety proposal:http://www.cambridgeclimatesafety.info


Rev. Mariama White-Hammond on Climate Justice: What It Requires of Us All
Tuesday, June 19
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Beacon Hill Friends House, 8 Chestnut Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rev-mariama-white-hammond-on-climate-justice-what-it-requires-of-us-all-tickets-46120476587

Climate Justice: What It Requires Of Us All
Putting Equity At the Center Of Our Movement
Join us at the Beacon Hill Friends House on the evening of Tuesday, June 19, to hear the Reverend Mariama White-Hammond speak about climate justice -- the history of the term, what it requires us of all, and concrete suggestions for how we can all shift in a more just direction as we work to act on climate.
Rev. Mariama White-Hammond serves as the Minister for Ecological Justice at Bethel AME Church in Boston and as a fellow with the Green Justice Coalition, a partnership of environmental justice groups. Rev. Mariama is committed to engaging the faith community on social justice issues, and speaks throughout the country and serves on a number of boards and committees including the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, Union Capital Boston and the Moral Movement Massachusetts. In 2017 she was the MC for both the Boston Women’s March and the Boston People’s Climate Mobilization. Rev. Mariama has received numerous awards including the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, and the Boston NAACP Image Award.


Art in AR: Boston Cyberarts and Hoverlay
Tuesday, June 19
7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
The Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Virtual-Reality/events/251044656/

7:30 pm - Doors open, demos begin, snacks are served.
8:00 pm -Announcements and Community information
8:10 PM - George Fifeld of Boston Cyberarts
8:40 PM - Nicolas Robbe and Milan Kovacev, of Hoverlay
8:40 PM - 10:15 Demofest!!
10:30 - After party at

George Fifield, Director of Boston Cyberarts, will discuss the four augmented reality art exhibitions that Boston Cyberarts curated and organized in the last year. The Augmented Landscape was an exhibition of eight very large AR sculptures inspired by National Park Service’s Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem. ARLines of the City, curated by Brazilian artist/curator Giovanna Casimiro, was a vibrant Brazilian public art project at 10 sites within the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. Then the Boston Cyberarts Gallery hosted the exhibit Now You See It… that included works by five prominent and pioneering augmented reality artists. Finally Boston Cyberarts is assisting the Newton Arts Festival in a celebration of its 13 villages with Skywrite Newton, an AR skywriting project over all 13 villages of Newton.

Creating my own AR? Yes, you can
AR has the potential to provide new ways to connect with audiences, and inform, delight and drive action. Yet, the skills required to design, build and share AR content, are daunting to most.
Nicolas Robbe and Milan Kovacev, founders of Hoverlay, will be talking about how non-engineers, artists, creators, event organizers, can create their own AR channel and start ripping the benefits of AR today.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday June 20

Bitter Pills: The Global War on Counterfeit Drugs
Wednesday, June 20
10:00 - 11:30 am 
BU, Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efflegj09e61844c&oseq=&c=&ch=

Muhammad H. Zaman, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and a Pardee Center Faculty Associate
The book, published by Oxford University Press in April 2018, provides a journalistic account of the increasingly common problem of counterfeit pills -- which have long been an issue in developing countries -- in the United States drug supply, resulting from the rise of Internet commerce, along with globalization and increasing pharmaceutical use. In the book, Prof. Zaman aims to raise awareness about counterfeit drugs and examine possible solutions to help people protect themselves. He focuses on the science and engineering behind both counterfeit and legitimate drugs, and explores the potential of a "technological fix" for the counterfeit drug problem.


State of Innovation: Deep Tech
Wednesday, June 20
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Analog Garage, 125 Summer Street, Boston

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostinnos-state-of-innovation-deep-tech-tickets-45144383065?aff=bosmeetup

Join us for networking and conversation about how deep-tech startups thrive.

“Deep Tech” startups are at the forefront of developing technologies that address scientific and technological frontiers in industries as diverse as agriculture, healthcare and energy—technologies that in many cases address the biggest societal and environmental challenges we face today and shape the way we’ll solve our most pressing global issues. These young companies, however, face a unique set of challenges as an innovation ecosystem has typically not yet taken root around them.

A panel of experts will help deep tech startups understand how they can successfully join forces and collaborate with other leaders in the startup ecosystem. Panelists include:

Patrick O'Doherty, VP of Emerging Business at Analog Devices
Natanel Barookhian, Founder of TechU Angels
Leila Pirhaji, Founder and CEO of ReviveMed
Jason Whaley, General Partner at Rhapsody Venture Partners

Matt Duffy, CMO at ClimaCell


Cambridge Forum: “From Trump to the Pope: Inside the Mind of a Political Cartoonist” with Ted Rall presenting Francis, The People's Pope
Wednesday, June 20
7:00 PM
First Parish (Barn Room), 3 Church Street, Cambridge

Join Cambridge Forum to hear political cartoonist Ted Rall discuss his latest graphic biography, Francis, the People’s Pope, presenting the life, ideas, and political impact of the most progressive spiritual leader in the Roman Catholic church’s history.

For sale at the event will be his latest book, Francis: The People's Pope, in addition to his bestselling series of graphic biographies: Trump, Bernie, and Snowden. 

About Francis, The People's Pope
Culminating his bestselling series of graphic biographies (Snowden, New York Times bestseller Bernie, and Trump), Ted Rall's Pope Francis presents the life, ideas, and political impact of the most progressive spiritual leader the world's Roman Catholics have had since Jesus Christ himself. And just in time too!     
Can a reformer, working within an established, conservative, bureaucratic institution make real change? Usually, radical thinker and political cartoonist Ted Rall would be among the first to shout "hell no." But Rall believes that Pope Francis may be the one notable exception. By expressing sympathy and outrage on behalf of the poor and hungry, solidarity with same-sex couples, and righteous anger against the world's banks' use of capital to gain profit at the expense of local communities and on the backs of the middle class, Pope Francis may have already changed the tone and substance of the conversation, Rail believes. As the world's governments persist in ignoring global warming and exporting war and suffering, Rall considers Pope Francis to be the one world leader who might be able to encourage and inspire a new populism to turn the tide.
Raised Roman Catholic himself, Ted Rall is able to bring depth to his latest graphic biography as perhaps no other writer or comics artist could. Rall's art is always attuned to the human comedy, his protagonists funny at the same time as they provide a serious account of some of the most pressing issues and struggles of our times.

Call Me American
Wednesday June 20
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Abdi Nor Iftin
The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America–first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card.

Thursday, June 21

EurekaFest 2018
Thursday, June 21
3:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join the Lemelson-MIT Program for EurekaFest 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to celebrate high school and collegiate inventors from across the country who will showcase their inventions to the public on Thursday, June 21. Visit www.eurekafest.org for details. 


Summer Solstice Celebration 2018
WHEN  Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Exhibitions, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO  Faith Sutter
sutter at hmsc.harvard.edu
(617) 496-1638
DETAILS  On the longest day of the year, explore the world and have fun at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's Summer Solstice Celebration. From 5:00–9:00 pm, enjoy free admission to the four museums: the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Semitic Museum,  the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.
Visit our newest exhibitions (Start off with a visit to our newest exhibitions)
Learn about the microscopic organisms that make life on Earth possible in Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight.
Discover how ancient Near Eastern kings commemorated their military triumphs and civic achievements in From Stone to Silicone: Recasting Mesopotamian Monuments
Admire more then 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas on display in All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology.
Then step outdoors for a host of fun activities
make a summer crown with fresh flowers and greens to wear during the event
Draw South Indian kolams, believed to bring good luck
Marvel at circus performers
Get up close to nature at the animal farm
Find sustenance from the event food trucks
Enter a raffle to win HMSC museum memberships and special gifts from our museum shop.
Join us for this festive community evening! Stay tuned for the complete event program.
The Summer Solstice Celebration is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event will move inside the museums. Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. Please note that Divinity Avenue will be closed to traffic during the Solstice.
The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture are only an 8-minute walk through Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line station.
LINK	https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/summer-solstice


Dinner in Camelot:  The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House
Thursday, June 21
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes historian, writer, and educator JOSEPH A. ESPOSITO for a discussion of his new book Dinner in Camelot: The Night America's Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House.

About Dinner in Camelot
In April 1962, President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy hosted forty-nine Nobel Prize winners—along with many other prominent scientists, artists, and writers—at a famed White House dinner. Among the guests were J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was officially welcomed back to Washington after a stint in the political wilderness; Linus Pauling, who had picketed the White House that very afternoon; William and Rose Styron, who began a fifty-year friendship with the Kennedy family that night; James Baldwin, who would later discuss civil rights with Attorney General Robert Kennedy; Mary Welsh Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s widow, who sat next to the president and grilled him on Cuba policy; John Glenn, who had recently orbited the earth aboard Friendship 7; historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., who argued with Ava Pauling at dinner; and many others. Actor Frederic March gave a public recitation after the meal, including some unpublished work of Hemingway’s that later became part of Islands in the Stream.
Held at the height of the Cold War, the dinner symbolizes a time when intellectuals were esteemed, divergent viewpoints could be respectfully discussed at the highest level, and the great minds of an age might all dine together in the rarefied glamour of “the people’s house.”


Are Sharks Smart? Exploring the Brain of Sharks and Their Relatives
Thursday, June 21
7 pm
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107507&view=Detail

Kara E. Yopak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Selection for cognitive ability has been proposed as a key factor driving the evolution of larger brains and/or the brain structures associated with problem solving, social behavior, and other cognitively demanding tasks. These brain structures are often subject to different selection pressures, resulting in a significant degree of variation in brain size and complexity across vertebrates. Kara Yopak, Ph.D., explores major evolutionary patterns of brain organization in fishes, with particular emphasis on one of the most basal vertebrate groups, the cartilaginous fishes, which includes sharks, skates, rays, and chimaerids. Across a dataset of more than 150 species–including iconic species such as the great white shark to species with extreme morphological specializations, like the filter feeding whale shark–Yopak will explore how the variation in the size and complexity of major brain structures reflect an animal’s ecology, even in phylogenetically unrelated species that share certain lifestyle characteristics. These data may pave the way for predicting cognitive function and/or more complex behavioral repertoires in fishes, with implications for how “intelligence” has evolved across vertebrates.


Drones: Where Are We Now, Where Are We Headed?
Thursday, June 21
7:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building E32-G449, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Shane Clark, Raytheon
Drones have become a fixture in the consumer electronics space, not only for hobbyists, but also for applications such as cinematography and agriculture. At the same time, they have become a cause for concern to privacy advocates, regulators, and military forces worldwide. The promise and risks of drones are often in the news, but the discussion generally fixates on drones as flying cameras or small payload carriers. This view undersells the significance of drones, which are already autonomous computers. Drones present a number of research and application opportunities and challenges, particularly considering their emerging networking and collaboration.

In this talk we will give an overview of the current state of inexpensive, off-the-shelf drone technology and consider some of those coming opportunities and challenges. We are currently conducting research addressing some of these problems including effective coordination, distributed tasking, and, privacy. Much of this work is integrated with a widely deployed tool that integrates drone tasking and situation awareness, allowing us to address practical logistical and operational issues.  We will also talk about our efforts in fielding large numbers of drones. All of this research is part of the broader effort to transform these flying toys into swarms that can operate semi-autonomously far beyond a user's line of sight or direct control.


Screening of documentary film "Ritoma"
Thursday, June 21
7:15pm to 8:30pm
MIT, E51 -115, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

On any given day on the vast Tibetan Plateau, you will find nomads herding their animals and monks reciting their mantras. You will also find them playing one of their favorite sports: basketball.

With the introduction of televised NBA games, the nomads of Ritoma have a new strategy for their court game. And when former MIT Basketball standout Bill Johnson '10 arrives from the USA, slam-dunk becomes their new mantra.

A new tournament has been announced, the first in their region. Can they put together a team that’s good enough to take part? Might they even be able to win?

Friday, June 22

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey
WHEN  Friday, June 22, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Music, Special Events, Theater
SPEAKER(S)  Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller and Performer; Margot Chamberlain, Musician
WRITTEN BY  Diane Edgecomb
COST  $20 thru June 15; $25 after June 15
TICKET WEB LINK  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1024&DayPlannerDate=6/22/2018
TICKET INFO  617-384-5277
DETAILS  Enjoy an enchanting evening of tree myths, songs, and summer solstice legends. Diane and Margot spin tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance travels through the Arnold Arboretum landscape with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants. The program begins under a grand Cedar of Lebanon, moves into the rosaceous collection, to the oaks of Bussey Hill, then onward to Hemlock Hill, culminating with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told amid the birches at sunset. Appropriate for adults and for children 12 and older. In the event of rain, the event will be held in the Hunnewell Building lecture hall. 
LINK  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1024&DayPlannerDate=6/22/2018

Saturday June 23

Praying with Creation, a Laudato Si'  Retreat
Saturday June 23
9:30 am-4:30 pm
Sacred Heart Parish Hall, corner Massachusetts Avenue and Pleasant Street Lexington

The Psalms tell us "The heavens proclaim the glory of God!" How might our faith inspire intimacy and care for our Earth and all its inhabitants? This retreat will include prayer, guided contemplative practices, interactive exercises, reflection, and an opportunity to walk in the Great Meadows, a nearby conservation area.

Cost: Donation suggested of $5 - 30.

Transportation: Bus 62/76 runs from Alewife Station on Saturday at 8 and 9:10 AM. Return at 4:38 PM. Parking behind parish hall or on Follen Rd.

Registration is required. Please register here. Or call Fran at 617-686-8442.

Sponsored by the Boston Catholic Climate Movement, Global Catholic Climate Movement, and the Faith and Environment Group of the Lexington Catholic Community

Facilitator: Christina Leaño serves as the Associate Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, an international network of over 650 Catholic institutions and thousands of individuals turning Pope Francis' Laudato Si' encyclical into action for climate justice. Christina is also a retreat leader and meditation teacher. See more at christinaleano.net


June Solstice Secular Luncheon: Dan Blinn on Humanism in the Age of Trump
Saturday, June 23
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
India Pavilion, 17 Central Square, Cambridge

We invite the secular community in the Boston area to come celebrate the Solstice, and the full arrival of summer, with us. Our annual June Solstice Luncheon will be held at the familiar India Pavilion restaurant in Central Square Cambridge, so that we can easily get together to celebrate the season. Our special guest after-lunch speaker will be Dan Blinn, recent winner of the American Humanist Association President's Award for his organizing and activism with the Hartford Humanist group he co-founded.

The luncheon will be a buffet for which we will only be asked to pay $14 each (does not include drinks -- except water) for a vegetarian-friendly, all-you-care-to-eat buffet setup. Please bring cash or check to pay our Treasurer.

Hartford Humanists President Dan Blinn is a lawyer, and humanist organizer. Dan was recently recognized for his work as a humanist activist when he was presented with the President's Award at the American Humanist Association's annual conference.

Dan's topic will be "The Challenge of our Time: Humanism in the Age of Trump". He will raise and address the following questions:

"What does it mean to be a Humanist during a time when our federal leadership's policies are antithetical to humanist values? How can we find common ground and mutual respect when interacting with Trump supporters?

How should a Humanist respond to Trumpism? How can Humanists find purpose and fulfillment in the face of rising Trumpism?" Dan will give us his views and start a discussion.


In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey
WHEN  Saturday, June 23, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Music, Special Events, Theater
SPEAKER(S)  Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller and Performer; Margot Chamberlain, Musician
WRITTEN BY  Diane Edgecomb
COST  $20 thru June 15; $25 after June 15
TICKET WEB LINK  https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1024&DayPlannerDate=6/22/2018
TICKET INFO  617-384-5277
DETAILS  Enjoy an enchanting evening of tree myths, songs, and summer solstice legends. Diane and Margot spin tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance travels through the Arnold Arboretum landscape with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants. The program begins under a grand Cedar of Lebanon, moves into the rosaceous collection, to the oaks of Bussey Hill, then onward to Hemlock Hill, culminating with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told amid the birches at sunset. Appropriate for adults and for children 12 and older. In the event of rain, the event will be held in the Hunnewell Building lecture hall. 
LINK	https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1024&DayPlannerDate=6/22/2018

Sunday, June 24

Ridge Shinn: New England Feeding Itself with 100% Grassfed, Local, Pastured Beef
Sunday, June 24
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
1 Fayette Park, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Biodiversity-for-a-Livable-Climate/events/251201589/

Join us for a delicious potluck and stimulating discussion with long-time Massachusetts holistic rancher and market innovator Ridge Shinn. His organization, Big Picture Beef, promotes humane treatment of animals, healthy soils, human health, climate-positive regenerative practices, local and regional markets, and a good living for farmers.

Ridge spoke at our first conference in 2014, you can watch the video of his talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch? and read more about his work on his website, https://www.bigpicturebeef.com/.

Ridge will tell us the fascinating story of his journey as a regenerative land management advocate - expect an enlightening and entertaining evening!

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

Monday, June 25, 3:00 PM – Tuesday, June 26, 6:00 PM

Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education
Monday, June 25, 3:00 PM – Tuesday, June 26, 6:00 PM EDT
R. W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/net-positive-symposium-for-higher-education-tickets-43112278987
Cost:  $25 – $150

Please join us at Hampshire College for the Net Positive for Higher Education Symposium—focused on inspiring, educating, and igniting action that creates a Living Future within Higher Education Institutions.
Higher education institutions have long been centers of innovation, research, and leadership, integral in shaping our society and culture. So, what better place than college and university campuses to create the most innovative and forward-thinking communities?
Campuses in Western Massachusetts – Hampshire College, Smith College, and Williams College--are on the forefront of transformation. These institutions, with others in the area, have been early adopters of the Living Building Challenge and the Living Community Challenge. The Net Positive for Higher Education Symposium will highlight these campuses and their holistic, multi-generational approach to sustainability, resiliency, health, innovation, and equity.
Attendees will explore case studies from these campuses to understand the design, development, and implementation of these living laboratories.
This symposium is for campus planners, sustainability directors, faculty, administrators, operations staff, students, and design and construction professionals.
If you are involved in higher education in one of these industries, you should attend!
Facility Managers
Educators/Curriculum Planners
Sustainability Professionals
Campus or Urban Planners

Schedule At-a-Glance
June 25, 2018
3:00-5:00 PM Combined Tours: R.W. Kern Center and Hitchcock Center for the Environment tour available as a separate registration for $25 (not included in Symposium ticket)
6:00-8:00 PM Dinner - At the Red Barn on the Hampshire College campus, featuring remarks by Jonathan Lash. Tickets available for $55 as a separate registration (not included in Symposium ticket) Click this link to see dinner menu
June 26, 2018
7:30-8:15 AM Continental Breakfast in the R.W. Kern Center
8:15-9:00 AM Opening Remarks and Keynote: Amanda Sturgeon + Bill Kern
9:00-9:15 AM Transition Time
9:15-10:30 AM	Break Out Sessions #1 – Three Tracks
10:30-10:45 AM Transition Time
10:45-12:00 PM Breakout Sessions #2 – Three Tracks
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-2:30 PM Break Out Sessions #3 – Three Tracks
2:30-2:45 PM	Transition Time
2:45-4:45 PM	Creating Action Plans – Small Group Working Session 
4:45-6:00 PM	Making Commitments + Defining Next Steps with cocktails and hors d’ouerves in the R.W. Kern Center.

Monday, June 25

Rendezvous with Oblivion:  Reports from a Sinking Society
Monday, June 25
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/thomas_frank2/
Cost:  $5 - $26.25 (online only, book included) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed political analyst and journalist THOMAS FRANK—author of Listen, Liberal and What's the Matter with Kansas?—for a discussion of his latest book, Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society.

About Rendezvous with Oblivion
What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of economic triumph, America’s winners persuade themselves that they owe nothing to the rest of the country?
With his sharp eye for detail, Thomas Frank takes us on a wide-ranging tour through present-day America, showing us a society in the late stages of disintegration and describing the worlds of both the winners and the losers—the sprawling mansion districts as well as the lives of fast-food workers.

Rendezvous with Oblivion is a collection of interlocking essays examining how inequality has manifested itself in our cities, in our jobs, in the way we travel—and of course in our politics, where in 2016, millions of anxious ordinary people rallied to the presidential campaign of a billionaire who meant them no good.

These accounts of folly and exploitation are here brought together in a single volume unified by Frank’s distinctive voice, sardonic wit, and anti-orthodox perspective. They capture a society where every status signifier is hollow, where the allure of mobility is just another con game, and where rebellion too often yields nothing.
For those who despair of the future of our country and of reason itself, Rendezvous with Oblivion is a booster shot of energy, reality, and moral outrage.


Presidential Profiles: Washington to Trump: Enneagram and Myers-Briggs Perspectives
Monday, June 25
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Herb Pearce
This book explores the personalities of all United States Presidents, with the addition of understanding their Enneagram and Myers-Briggs personality types. It's a challenge to discover the real personality of each president due to the abundance of myth and image-making that surrounds the office in general. This includes exaggerated anecdotes and stories, debunking from opposed political parties, inaccurate or contradictory information, patriotic rewriting of history and skewed perspectives. Pearce has gathered and studied in depth a great deal of presidential information. All this research has been combined with my own experience with the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs. In this work he attempts to reflect the basic personality structure of each president with strengths and weaknesses, complexities and contradictions.

Herb Pearce is the author of five other books: Enneagram Basics, Enneagram Beyond the Basics, The Caregiver's Enneagram, Lessons from the River, his zen of canoeing book with hundreds of photographs from his 30 year whitewater canoe/camping trips in Maine, and Herb's Tips for Living, wise tips for daily living in 23 areas of life. Herb lives in Arlington, Massachusetts and is a psychotherapist and personal life coach with 40 years experience working with individuals, couples and families to better understand, respect and communicate to personality differences. 

Tuesday, June 26 - Wednesday, June 27

The US Food Waste Summit
Tuesday, June 26 - Wednesday, June 27
Harvard Law School, Cambridge

Join the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and ReFED to accelerate food waste solutions across the U.S.

The U.S. Food Waste Summit will convene leading food businesses, policymakers, innovators, investors, foundations, and nonprofits to explore emerging opportunities for food waste prevention, recovery, and recycling.
Harvard Law School, Cambridge

Tuesday, June 26

Unbound:  Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity
Tuesday, June 26
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning author, sociologist, and Rutgers professor ARLENE STEIN for a discussion of her latest book, Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity. She will be joined in conversation by Dr. RUBEN HOPWOOD, the Coordinator of the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health.

About Unbound
Award-winning sociologist Arlene Stein takes us into the lives of four strangers who find themselves together in a sun-drenched surgeon’s office, having traveled to Florida from across the United States in order to masculinize their chests. Ben, Lucas, Parker, and Nadia wish to feel more comfortable in their bodies; three of them are also taking testosterone so that others recognize them as male. Following them over the course of a year, Stein shows how members of this young transgender generation, along with other gender dissidents, are refashioning their identities and challenging others’ conceptions of who they are. During a time of conservative resurgence, they do so despite great personal costs. 

Transgender men comprise a large, growing proportion of the trans population, yet they remain largely invisible. In this powerful, timely, and eye-opening account, Stein draws from dozens of interviews with transgender people and their friends and families, as well as with activists and medical and psychological experts. Unbound documents the varied ways younger trans men see themselves and how they are changing our understanding of what it means to be male and female in America.


MIT Solve Coastal Communities Challenge
How can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?
Challenge deadline July 1, 2018

Challenge Overview
Over 30% of humanity lives near coasts, ranging from massive cities to key ports and naval bases to small islands. The effects of climate change – including sea level rise, stronger storms, ocean warming and acidification – are causing increasing negative impacts on these communities’ lives and livelihoods. For the 600 million people supported by the fishing industry, a majority of them women, overfishing, pollution, and acidification threaten their livelihoods and the fragile ecosystems on which they depend. In cities and elsewhere, some communities already face regular flooding due to higher tides, some will see more frequent natural disasters, and others will see tourist-attracting coral reefs or surfing fade.

Further, as 60% of global GDP and 90% of global trade moves through coasts, increased flooding or damage to port infrastructure poses risks for communities and businesses alike, whether or not they are near the ocean. In addition, coastal and ocean ecosystems absorb 25% of our excess CO2, but are often degraded through coastal development, making climate change harder to mitigate.

While facing numerous impacts, coastal communities from Puerto Rico to Dhaka also have the potential to demonstrate resilient and sustainable ways of living near and with the ocean. Doing so will require people to have access to new technological solutions—along with new ways to envision and enact hard decisions about economies, society, and infrastructure. The Solve community aims to find innovative solutions to support and enhance coastal communities, while mitigating and adapting to climate change. To do so, Solve welcomes solutions from innovators around the world that:

Increase the viability and scale of sustainable economic activity from oceans, ranging from fishing to energy production to tourism
Provide cost-effective infrastructure approaches to improve resilience in the face of increased storm-, sea-, and tidewater
Rebuild or replicate mangroves, corals, and other ecosystems to restore historic functions, including storm surge absorption, carbon uptake, and stable fisheries
Enable coastal communities, governments, and corporations to use data to understand and make complex decisions around sustainable and resilient development


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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