[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - September 2, 2018

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Tuesday, September 4

10am  Linking (Social) Cognition and Perception to Understand (Face) Recognition
1pm  Meet the SMART Community
4pm  Measurement And Control Of Dynamic Anatomy In The Lung And Brain With Smart Medical Devices
6pm  Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know
6pm  BASG:  Food, Soil, Carbon, Regenerative Agriculture & H:3713
6:30pm  The Monarchy of Fear:  A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis
7pm  Amateur:  A True Story About What Makes a Man

Wednesday, September 5

1:30pm  Global Climate Action Summit Preview:  How the International, Subnational, and Business Communities Are Taking the Lead on Climate Action
4:30pm  Science for a Sustainable Planet: The Critical Role of Science and Technology in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
6pm  Exhibition Opening: "Treading the Borders: Immigration and the American Stage”

Thursday, September 6

12pm  Translating Research into Better Policy
1pm  Generation Citizen Info Session
3:30pm  The Role of Ecosystem Diversity and Heterogeneity in the Resilience of Terrestrial Ecosystems to Climate Change
4:30pm  A Conversation on Being Mortal with Dr. Atul Gawande
4:30pm  International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is Israel Still a Lawful Occupier?
5pm  Author Talk Back Series featuring Vita Ayala
6pm  Mathematics of Big Data: Spreadsheets, Databases, Matrices, and Graphs
6pm  IOP Fellows Unpack Politics: Congress, the Candidates & Catalyzing Civil Discourse
6pm  Arctic Warming & Weather Whiplash: A Conversation with Dr. Judah Cohen
6pm  EBC 2nd Annual End-of-Summer-Bash – Hosted by the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee (and friends!)
6:30pm  "Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative" with Eve Blau, Laura Kurgan, Lev Manovich, Robert Pietrusko, and Jeffrey Schnapp
7pm  The Fighters:  Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq
7pm  John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him
7pm  Cirque du Science: The Innovators Summer Spectacular
7pm  The Fighters:  Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

Friday, September 7, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 9, 12:00 PM EDT

Northeast Global Surgery Hackathon

Friday, September 7

8:30am  Were there innovators in Utopia? – Creating environments and infrastructures that foster innovation and entrepreneurship
4pm  Fracking and Physics
5:30pm  GreenRoots 3rd Annual Evening on the Chelsea Creek Fundraiser
6pm  "The Great Clarinet Summit” Screening
7:30pm  Every Day Is Extra

Saturday, September 8

8am  Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
9am  Tour de Streets 2018
10am  Harvest Festival & Plant Sale
12pm  Annual fall plant swap
4pm  2018 Boston Night Market 

Sunday, September 9

10am  The 8th Asian American Festival: Asian American Day Gala
11am  Sustainable Belmont Green Garden Tour (and small plant swap)
12pm  Annual Boston Urban Arts Festival and Battle of the Arts
12pm  Cambridge Carnival
1pm  Survival: Boston 1630 – A Walking Tour

Monday, September 10

12pm  The Impact of Fine-Scale Processes on Large-Scale Dynamics
12pm  Tracking "Ghost Glaciers" Using Cosmogenic Nuclides
12:10pm  The mystery of Smith’s aspen: uncovering the genetic identity and climate change vulnerability of a hybrid Pleistocene relic
3pm  Are There Too Many Farms in the World? Labor-Market Transaction Costs, Machine Capacities and Optimal Farm Size
3pm  The Quest Brainstorm Workshop
3:30pm  Anatomy of Extreme Pollution Event in a Megacity, Delhi
5:30pm  Get Smart on Crowdfunding
6pm  authors at MIT: Cass R. Sunstein
7pm  Relevance of Spirituality in the Age of Technology
7pm  Food and Nutrition:  What Everyone Needs to Know
7pm  The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond

Tuesday, September 11

11:45am  How the Rise of Public-Private Partnerships is Changing International Governance
12pm  Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
3:30pm  Arne Duncan former Secretary of Education and Harvard Alum
4pm  IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar - Policy 2.0
4pm  How does a 1-Dimensional Sequence of DNA become a 3-Dimensional Tissue, and what happens when the Cell forgets and becomes Malignant?
4:30pm  Is Cyber Resilience Possible?
5:30pm  Documentary: The S Word
5:30pm  HUBweek Semi-Finals: Annual Demo Day Pitch Competition
6pm  Education & the State of Affairs in Washington: A conversation with Arne Duncan & David Gergen
6pm  Click Here to Kill Everybody:  Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World
6:30pm  Implicit User Interfaces
7pm  The Person You Mean to Be:  How Good People Fight Bias
7pm  If You Love Me
7pm  Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy


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

City Agriculture - August 30, 2018

Hierarcheology:  The Peter Principle, The Peter Prescription, and The Peter Plan


Tuesday, September 4

Linking (Social) Cognition and Perception to Understand (Face) Recognition
Tuesday, September 4
10:00am - 11:00am
MIT, Building 46-3189, McGovern Seminar Room, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Galit Yovel, Tel Aviv University


Meet the SMART Community
Tuesday, September 4
1:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Stata Center, Student Street Building 32, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

SMART:  A major research enterprise established by MIT in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore. Areas include Antimicrobial Resistance, BioSystems and Micromechnics, Distruptive and Sustainable Technoligies for Agriculture Presicion, Future Urban Mobility, Low-Energy Electronic Systems, Innovation Centre.


Measurement And Control Of Dynamic Anatomy In The Lung And Brain With Smart Medical Devices
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wyss Institute, Room 330, 60 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Wyss Institute at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  David Camarillo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, Neurosurgery and of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
CONTACT INFO	events at wyss.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Dr. Camarillo’s laboratory combines mechanics, medicine, and technology to solve clinical problems with medical devices. In this talk, he will describe his lab’s work on two clinically relevant problems of: 
Measuring dynamic movements in the lung using the camera image of a bronchoscope, and 
Measuring dynamic impact to the head using an instrumented mouthguard. 

The ultimate goal in the lung is to autonomously drive a robotic bronchoscope, thereby increasing global access for cancer screening.  The ultimate goal in the brain is to uncover the mechanism of mild traumatic brain injury and to prevent injury through protective equipment.

The device solutions to both of these problems leverage soft robotic technologies: a soft flexible bronchoscope in the lung and a soft folding shock absorber for the head.

The computational solution to the lung problem involves deep learning of anatomical images, and in the brain finite element models of the soft tissue. These technologies are mostly at the pre-clinical phase but Dr. Camarillo intends to translate his lab’s scientific findings to clinical use in the future.
LINK	https://wyss.harvard.edu/event/measurement-and-control-of-dynamic-anatomy-in-the-lunch-and-brain-with-smart-medical-devices/


Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know
Tuesday September 4
6:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

P.K. Newby 
From gluten-free to pile-on-the-meat Paleo, GMOs to grass-fed beef, our newsfeeds abound with nutrition advice. Whether headlines from the latest scientific study or anecdotes from celebrities and food bloggers promulgating today’s diet du jour, we are bombarded by “superfoods” and “best ever” diets promising to help us be healthier, smarter, happier, fight disease, lose weight, or live longer. At the same time, we live in an over-crowded food environment filled with tasty, convenient, and cheap fare that makes it easy to eat, all the time. The result is an epidemic of chronic disease amid a culture of nutrition confusion-and copious food choices that challenge everyday eaters trying to eat a healthy meal.

About the Author

P.K. Newby is a scientist, foodie, and author with more than twenty years of experience researching diet-related diseases, studying how people make food choices, and teaching students and the public about why what we eat matters. She was one of the “best undiscovered cooks” on Nigella Lawson’s team on ABC’s The Taste (2014-2015). Today, P.K. spends most of her time writing, speaking, cooking, and consulting to help build a healthier, more sustainable world. She is a regular contributor at Zester Daily, an online publication promoting dialogue about what we eat and drink, and communicates with the public on her own blog, Cooking & Eating the PK Way. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition at Harvard University, and the author of Superfoods: Eat Your Way to Health and Longevity and Foods for Health: Choose and Use the Very Best Foods for Your Family and Our Planet.


BASG:  Food, Soil, Carbon, Regenerative Agriculture & H:3713
Tuesday September 4 
6:00 - 8:30PM 
CIC Kendall Square Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-soil-climate-regenerative-agriculture-h3713-tickets-48872238180
Cost:  $8 -$12

Current levels of atmospheric carbon are so dangerously high that we cannot chose between reducing emissions and sequestering carbon. We must do both. Agriculture is the only sector that has the ability to transform from a net emitter of CO2 (producing about 10% of U.S. Emissions) to a net reducer of CO2. 

If the world's agricultural land were managed so that it were to gain soil carbon rather than lose it, an increase of only 0.4% soil organic carbon woud effectively offset 20-35% o global anthropgenic greenhouse gas emissions http://bit.ly./Miinasny .
Come learn about the science from Bill Moomaw

Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy and Founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School. He currently serves as Co-Director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts, which he co-founded. He received his BA degree in chemistry from Williams College and PhD in physical chemistry from MIT. Following a 26-year career in chemistry and environmental studies at Williams College, where he directed the Center for Environmental Studies. He served as AAAS Science Fellow in the US Senate, where he worked on legislation that successfully addressed ozone depletion, and on legislation responding to the 1973 energy crisis. He began working on climate change in 1988 as the first director of the climate program at World Resources Institute in Washington. He has been a lead author of five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. The IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize for its climate work in 2007. 
He serves on the boards of directors of The Nature Conservancy of Massachusetts, the Consensus Building Institute, Earthwatch Institute, and on the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He chairs the boards of The Climate Group North America and Woods Hole Research Center. 
He and his wife, Margot, completed a zero net energy home in Williamstown MA in 2007 that produces sufficient solar electricity to meet all of its heating, lighting and appliance requirements while exporting surplus power to the grid.
Come hear about regenerative agriculture from Northeast Organic Farmer Caro Rozell who has over ten years experience working in farming and food security. Her farming experience includes full- time apprenticeships on mechanized tillage farms, assistant managing a 30-acre organic farm, and, for the past three years, starting and running her own no-till, small-scale CSA farm. She also manages the Soil Carbon Technical Assistance program for NOFA/Mass as well as the organization’s three-year Conservation Innovation Grant, the curriculum for the NOFA Winter Conference and the year-round Education Events. 

Come hear about pending legislation and how you can get involved

As we kick off BASG's 10th year, please join us to connect with old friends, meet new ones and learn what you can do to help. September 4th is the Massachusetts state primary and special election day for some - be sure to vote!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Carol, Holly, Tilly and Eric


The Monarchy of Fear:  A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis
Tuesday, September 4
6:30 PM  (Doors at 6:00)
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome distinguished philosopher and professor MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM for a discussion of her new book The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis.

About The Monarchy of Fear
For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her attention to the current political crisis that has polarized America since the 2016 election.

Although today’s atmosphere is marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalization has produced feelings of powerlessness in millions of people in the West. That sense of powerlessness bubbles into resentment and blame; blame of immigrants, blame of Muslims, blame of other races, blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame is exemplified by the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues it can be found on all sides of the political spectrum, left or right.
Drawing on a mix of historical and contemporary examples, from classical Athens to the musical Hamilton, The Monarchy of Fear untangles this web of feelings and provides a roadmap of where to go next.


Amateur:  A True Story About What Makes a Man
Tuesday, September 4
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning writer THOMAS PAGE MCBEE—author of Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Man—for a discussion of his latest book, Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man.

About Amateur
In this groundbreaking new book, the author, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience boxing—learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body—McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes, and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a new way forward, a new kind of masculinity, inside the ring and outside of it.

In this graceful, stunning, and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting, and healing, we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

Wednesday, September 5

Global Climate Action Summit Preview:  How the International, Subnational, and Business Communities Are Taking the Lead on Climate Action
Wednesday, September 5
1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern
RSVP at https://members.e2.org/ext/jsp/controller?id=9519069650&sv=Tele_GCAS_Preview&reply=yes

Matthew Rodriquez, California Secretary for Environmental Protection
On September 12-14, the world will converge on San Francisco for the first-of-its-kind Global Climate Action Summit. Hosted by California Governor Jerry Brown and others, the Summit will gather international, subnational, business and other private sector leaders from around the world to discuss solutions to the world's most pressing climate issues.

Please join E2 for this special webinar featuring one of the state officials directly responsible for organizing the event – California Secretary for Enviromental Protection Matt Rodriquez – who will discuss the purpose and goals of the Summit and why it's so important, especially given the United States' plans to pull out of the international Paris climate agreement.

We'll also get an overview from NRDC International Program Director Jake Schmidt on the state of international climate policies and how the international community will be integrated into the Summit.

Lastly, E2 Executive Director Bob Keefe will provide details about an official business-focused affiliate event that E2 and its partners are organizing as part of the Summit, as well as other events that E2 and our partners at NRDC are hosting throughout the week.

Matthew Rodriquez, California Secretary for Environmental Protection
Jake Schmidt, International Program Director, NRDC

Moderated by Bob Keefe, Executive Director, E2


Science for a Sustainable Planet: The Critical Role of Science and Technology in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
Wednesday, September 5
4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
BU, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-programs/public-health-fora/science-for-a-sustainable-planet-the-critical-role-of-science-and-technology-in-achieving-the-sustainable-development-goals-by-2030/
Live-Streaming Available During Event

Speaker:  Ellis Rubinstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, The New York Academy of Sciences
In 2015, the United Nations established the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a “plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity.” Included in this agenda is the commitment to protecting the planet from degradation. But how will this be achieved? Ellis Rubinstein will address the role of science and technology in accomplishing this goal to ensure a sustainable planet for present and future generations.

Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided
Cohosted with Boston University College of Engineering


Exhibition Opening: "Treading the Borders: Immigration and the American Stage”
WHEN  Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Houghton Library, Edison and Newman Room, Quincy Street & Harvard Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Exhibitions, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library
TICKET WEB LINK  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiAW5u0_aEkomHP3qSlcLe5iFpEFyeMrcNXQ5gRCRhyYhorw/viewform
TICKET INFO  Free and open to the public. RSVP.
DETAILS  Join us for the opening of our major fall exhibition "Treading the Borders: Immigration and the American Stage"
Much of the richness and vitality of the performing arts in the United States derives from creative talent originating elsewhere. This exhibition explores how successive waves of immigration transformed the American stage, highlighting the virtuosity and resilience of a diverse group of actors, artists, and entertainers from the colonial era to the present day.
This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP: bit.ly/2JsvzNG
LINK  https://library.harvard.edu/events/treading-borders-immigration-and-american-stage

Thursday, September 6

Translating Research into Better Policy
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 6, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Healt, Kresge Building Leadership Studio, 677 Huntington Avenue, 10th Floor, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Voices in Leadership webcast program
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Patricia Garcia, former Minister of Health of Peru
COST  free
TICKET WEB LINK  https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2u7MoNmgV0mDjJr
TICKET INFO  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/voices/events/patricia-garcia-former-minister-of-health-of-peru/
CONTACT INFO	Alison Barron - abarron at hsph.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Join us for the first “Voices in Leadership” event of the fall semester, featuring Dr. Patricia García, current Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow and former Minister of Health of Peru. During her appointment as Minister, she introduced new public health policies in sexual and reproductive health, HPV vaccination, food labelling, cervical cancer, electronic medical records, telemedicine etc. Prior, Dr. García served as Dean of the School of Public Health at UPCH (2011-16), and as chief of the Peruvian National Institute of Health (2006-08). She will be interviewed by Dr. Rifat Atun. Please join us online or in-person for this dynamic event! For lottery and live webcast details, please visit www.hsph.me/Garcia.
LINK  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/voices/events/patricia-garcia-former-minister-of-health-of-peru/


Generation Citizen Info Session
Thursday, September 6
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Hyde Park Branch Library, 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/generation-citizen-info-session-tickets-49312483967

Join us for our Generation Citizen Information Session for adults age 50+. Learn about our organization and why believe older adults make great civic role models. We'll tell you how our action civics model works and how we inspire and prepare young people to actively participate in the democratic process. 

You’ll get to talk to teachers who have worked with Democracy Coaches, learn about Another Course to College High School, and get details about the flexible volunteer commitment and modest compensation. There will also be time for Q&A to get any other questions answered.

If you have questions about the event, can’t make it, or are interested in future info sessions, contact Cynthia Lewis, Recruitment Specialist, at cmlewis563 at gmail.com.


The Role of Ecosystem Diversity and Heterogeneity in the Resilience of Terrestrial Ecosystems to Climate Change
Thursday, September 6
Harvard, Biological Labs Lecture Hall, Room 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Paul Moorcroft, Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Abstract: Amazon Forests, which comprise approximately 40% of world’s remaining tropical forests and play a vital role in global water, energy and carbon cycling, are predicted to experience both longer and more intensive dry seasons by the end of the 21st century, However, the climate sensitivity of this ecosystem remains uncertain: several studies have predicted large-scale die-back of the Amazon, while several more recent studies predict that the biome will remain largely intact. In this study, we use an individual-based terrestrial ecosystem model to explore the sensitivity and ecological resilience of Amazon forests to changes in climate. Our results show that water stress operating at the scale of individual plants, combined with spatial variation in soil texture, strongly influence the ecosystem’s resilience to changes in dry season length. In contrast to existing predictions of either stability or catastrophic biomass loss, our analyses indicate that, as a result of ecosystem diversity and heterogeneity, the Amazon forest’s response to a drying regional climate is likely to be an immediate, graded, heterogeneous transition from high biomass moist forests to transitional dry forests and woody savannah ecosystems. Further analyses show that two key characteristics influencing the climatic sensitivity of individuals within the plant canopy are their leaf phenology and plant hydraulic architecture. Finally, I discuss the prospects for remote sensing measurements to improve predictions how changes in climate will affect composition, structure and functioning of forest ecosystems.

OEB Seminar Series


A Conversation on Being Mortal with Dr. Atul Gawande
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 6, 2018, 4:30 – 5:50 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Memorial Hall, Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Special Events
SPONSOR	 Harvard Divinity School
CONTACT	Margie Jenkins, HDS Academic Affairs, 617.496.8508
DETAILS  Surgeon, writer, and public health leader Dr. Atul Gawande will deliver the 99th Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality during Harvard Divinity School's 203rd Convocation ceremony in September. 
Gawande, MD, MPH, is CEO of the non-profit-seeking health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to deliver better outcomes, satisfaction, and cost efficiency in care. He is author of the bestselling book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
For tickets, please visit the Harvard Box Office page at the below link.
LINK  https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=divinity


International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is Israel Still a Lawful Occupier?
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 6, 2018, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel, Room 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  S. Michael Lynk, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967; Associate Professor of Law, Western University, London, Ontario
CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Professor S. Michael Lynk is Associate Professor of Law at Western University in London, Ontario, where he teaches labour law, constitutional law and human rights law. Before becoming an academic, he practiced labour law and refugee law for a decade in Ottawa and Toronto. As well, he worked for the United Nations on human rights and refugee issues in Jerusalem. Professor Lynk has written widely on labour law and human rights issues in Canada, and he has also published articles on the application of international law to the Middle East conflict. He has regularly acted as a labour arbitrator in Canada, he speaks frequently at labour law and industrial relations conferences and he has advised governments and international organizations on labour law and human rights issues. Professor Lynk received his B.A. (with honours) and his LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and completed his LL.M. at Queen's University in 2001.
Unless otherwise noted in the event description, CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES for record-keeping and for use on the CMES website and publications.
LINK  https://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/event/international-law-and-israeli-palestinian-conflict-israel-still-lawful-occupier-0


Author Talk Back Series featuring Vita Ayala
Thursday, September 6
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-talk-back-series-ft-vita-ayala-tickets-49485767262

Join Finesse Lit for our first Author Talk Back featuring comic book writer Vita Ayala! 
Vita Ayala is a queer Afro-Latinx writer out of New York City, where they live with their wife and cat sons. They have written for DC, Dark Horse, Image, Marvel, and Valiant Comics, and have creator owned work through Black Mask Studios (THE WILDS) and Vault Comics (SUBMERGED). They’re non-stop, like Hamilton!

Event is free. Check in table opens at 5pm, the talk kicks off around 6pm. Please arrive on time- space is limited!


Mathematics of Big Data: Spreadsheets, Databases, Matrices, and Graphs
Thursday, September 6
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Jeremy Kepner to the bookstore to discuss his book, Mathematics of Big Data: Spreadsheets, Databases, Matrices, and Graphs. Thisis the first book to present the common mathematical foundations of big data analysis across a range of applications and technologies.

Jeremy Kepner is an MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow, Founder and Head of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center, and Research Affiliate in MIT’s Mathematics Department.


IOP Fellows Unpack Politics: Congress, the Candidates & Catalyzing Civil Discourse
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 6, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Amy Dacey, Congressman Joseph J. Heck, John Noonan, Brittany Packnett, Margaret Talev, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayor Michael Nutter (by video message), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (by video message), Mark D. Gearan ’78 (Moderator)
CONTACT INFO	IOP Forum Office, 617-495-1380
Amy Dacey, Former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Former Executive Director, EMILY’s List
Congressman Joseph J. Heck (NV-03), Member of Congress (2011 to 2017), 2016 Republican Nominee, U.S. Senate in Nevada
John Noonan, Senior Counselor for Military & Defense Affairs, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), National Security Advisor, Presidential Campaigns of Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Mitt Romney
Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances and Engagement, Teach for America, Co-founder, Campaign Zero
Margaret Talev, Senior White House Correspondent, Bloomberg News and CNN Political Analyst, Past President, White House Correspondents' Association
IOP Visiting Fellows
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans (2010 to 2018)
Mayor Michael Nutter (by video message), Philadelphia (2008 to 2016)
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (by video message), Los Angeles (2005 to 2013)
Mark D. Gearan ’78 (Moderator)
Director, Institute of Politics
LINK  http://iop.harvard.edu/forum/iop-fellows-unpack-politics-congress-candidates-catalyzing-civil-discourse


Arctic Warming & Weather Whiplash: A Conversation with Dr. Judah Cohen
Thursday, September 6
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Reed Hilderbrand, 130 Bishop Allen Drive, Floor 3, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arctic-warming-weather-whiplash-a-conversation-with-dr-judah-cohen-tickets-49455639148

Judah Cohen, Ph.D., will present his research on the Polar Vortex, which is intended to provide researchers and practitioners real-time insights on one of North America’s and Europe’s leading drivers for extreme and persistent temperature patterns. Dr. Cohen’s work has shown that in a surprising twist as the globe has warmed, especially the Arctic, winters have become more severe across the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes including the Eastern United States. He will discuss the strong relationship between a warm Arctic and severe winter weather in the Eastern US, which may explain the recent trend to colder winter temperatures and heavier snowfall in this region over the past two decades. Similar increases in severe winter weather have also occurred across Northern Europe and East Asia. A general warming trend punctuated by increased outbreaks of severe winter weather has resulted in what is colloquially termed “weather whiplash.”

Reed Hilderbrand is excited to welcome Dr. Cohen as part of our series of public events focusing on the interdisciplinary inspirations and factors influencing landscape architecture in the twenty-first century.


EBC 2nd Annual End-of-Summer-Bash – Hosted by the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee (and friends!)
Thursday, September 6
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
District Hall Lounge

An Annual Gathering of Young Professionals in the Energy and Environmental Sector With Co-Hosts: Construction Management Association of America – New England Chapter LSP Association – [...]


"Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative" with Eve Blau, Laura Kurgan, Lev Manovich, Robert Pietrusko, and Jeffrey Schnapp
WHEN  Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Exhibitions, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Eve Blau, Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and Design and Co-Principal Investigator of the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative; Laura Kurgan , Associate Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University; Dr. Lev Manovich, Professor of Computer Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab; Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Associate Professor in the department of Landscape Architecture
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu.
DETAILS  Please join us for a conversation among the curators, Eve Blau and Robert Pietrusko, and invited media theorists, Laura Kurgan, Lev Manovich, and Jeffery Schnapp about new methods of urban research that bring together design, scholarship, and critical media practice.
Focusing on Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative – the exhibition, research project, and methodological experiment currently on display in the Druker Design Gallery – the panel will explore a range of questions related to the use of archival materials and time-based media that were developed in the project: How are the materials and methods of urban research— and by extension the stories we tell with them—being transformed by new media formats and technologies?  In this context, what constitutes an archive, and how might physical archival materials be incorporated into digital forms of urban scholarship? Is it possible to tell stories and construct arguments that speak across disciplinary boundaries through a shared media language?  And, how would such a “shared media language” challenge the dominant conceptual frameworks of urban research?
The panel discussion will be immediately followed by a reception in the Druker Design Gallery for the exhibition Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative.
HARVARD-MELLON URBAN INITIATIVE is a multiyear cross-Harvard research and teaching project supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It brings together scholars and designers to develop new visual and digital methods and cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of urban environments, societies, and cultures. Four city-based research projects in Berlin, Boston, Istanbul, and Mumbai, along with related courses and programming, form the core of the project. Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative, the capstone project of the Initiative, presents the findings of the research and the media-rich methods of exploring the disciplinary ‘blind spots’ of urban research developed in the project.
For more information, please visit the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative.
Co-Principal Investigators:
Eve Blau, Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form, GSD
Julie Buckler, Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, FAS
LINK  http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/urban-intermedia-city-archive-narrative/


The Fighters:  Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq
Thursday, September 6
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist C.J. CHIVERS for a discussion of his latest book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. 
About The Fighters

More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. The Fighters vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant.
Chivers captures their courage, commitment, sense of purpose, and ultimately their suffering, frustration, and moral confusion as new enemies arise and invasions give way to counterinsurgency duties for which American forces were often not prepared.

The Fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare that parts from slogans to do for American troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of World War II and Michael Herr for the grunts in Vietnam. Told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran, The Fighters presents the long arc of two wars.


John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him
Thursday September 6
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

E. Lawrence Abel 
Before he shot the president of the United States and entered the annals of history as a killer, actor John Wilkes Booth had quite a way with women. There was the actress who cut his throat and almost killed him in a jealous rage. There was the prostitute who tried to kill herself because he abandoned her. There was the actress who would swear she witnessed him murdering Lincoln, even though she was thousands of miles away at the time. John Wilkes Booth was hungry for fame, touchy about politics, and a notorious womanizer. But this book isn’t about John Wilkes Booth—not really. This book is about his women: women who were once notorious in their own right; women who were consumed by love, jealousy, strife, and heartbreak; women whose lives took wild turns before and after Lincoln’s assassination; women whom have been condemned to the footnotes of history… until now.


Cirque du Science: The Innovators Summer Spectacular
Thursday, September 6
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Museum of Science, Washburn Pavilion, Museum of Science Driveway, Boston
RSSVP at https://www.mos.org/public-events/cirque-du-science
Cost:  $35

Come one, come all: to the greatest party on Earth! Join the Museum’s Innovators on the riverfront Washburn Pavilion for an end-of-summer spectacular that is sure to leave you and your guests talking. Featuring acts from the Boston Circus Guild, an exclusive performance by Niki Luparelli and The Gold Diggers, street magic by Dezrah the Strange, and so much more, Cirque du Science will test your understanding of what a modern circus spectacular at the Museum of Science can be.

This event is free when you purchase tickets to any Summer Thursdays program, or if you are a member of the Museum’s Innovators. Tickets include carnival cuisine, a welcome gift, cash bar, complimentary parking, and more. The Innovators will receive complimentary drink tickets. Please remember to register early – you won’t want to miss an evening under the big top!

This event is for audiences 18+.


The Fighters:  Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq
Thursday, September 6
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist C.J. CHIVERS for a discussion of his latest book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

About The Fighters
More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. The Fighters vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant.

Chivers captures their courage, commitment, sense of purpose, and ultimately their suffering, frustration, and moral confusion as new enemies arise and invasions give way to counterinsurgency duties for which American forces were often not prepared.
The Fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare that parts from slogans to do for American troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of World War II and Michael Herr for the grunts in Vietnam. Told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran, The Fighters presents the long arc of two wars.

Friday, September 7, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 9, 12:00 PM EDT

Northeast Global Surgery Hackathon
Friday, September 7, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 9, 12:00 PM EDT
TMEC, Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-global-surgery-hackathon-tickets-47623610501
Cost:  $10

The Northeast Global Surgery Hackathon is happening this September 7th - 9th! We are bringing together multidisciplinary skill sets from graduate schools, health care facilities and companies across Boston and the Northeast. We will tackle relevant and imminent challenges in the delivery, access and infrastructure of global surgery.

Friday, September 7

Were there innovators in Utopia? – Creating environments and infrastructures that foster innovation and entrepreneurship
German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH)
Friday, September 7
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Boston Marriott Copley Place, Room “Simmons”, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/were-there-innovators-in-utopia-creating-environments-and-infrastructures-that-foster-innovation-registration-48416634457

The days, when San Francisco and Silicon Valley were the only viable places for young entrepreneurs to try their luck are long gone. In the US and Germany many cities and regions compete to become the next hot spot for innovators and thought leaders. Moreover, new players like Tel Aviv and Beijing are claiming their place in the startup economy. 

But what, indeed, makes a city or a region so suitable for innovation and entrepreneurship? What constitutes an effective innovation ecosystem? What would the innovators’ Utopia look like? What can regional and national administrations do to create such an environment? What is the role of the academe and what is the role of the private sector? Why are some places more successful than others?
This GAIN TEN event will pursue these questions by facilitating a dialogue between experienced entrepreneurs, policy makers, and other experts from both the US and Germany. Guests from other countries active in the Boston area will offer additional perspectives.
Featured Speakers
Industry and Research Initiative, USA: Dr. John Hallinan, Chief Business Officer, MassBio
Industry and Research Initiative, USA: Dr. Lucie Rochard, Liaison for Scientific & Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Innovation Services, MassBio
Government Initiative, Switzerland: Dr. Christian Simm, CEO, Swissnex Boston
State Government, USA: Dr. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Institutional Perspective, Public Research Institution, Germany: Dr. Duska Dragun, Director of Biomedical Innovation Academy, Berlin Institute of Health
Institutional Perspective, Public Venture Program, Germany: Dr. Thorsten Lambertus, Fraunhofer Venture, Company Building and Venture Incubation, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.
Government Initiative, Germany: Dr. Gerrit Rößler, Program Manager, DWIH


Fracking and Physics
Friday, September 7
4:00pm to 5:15pm
Harvard, Pierce 209, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Michael Marder, Department of Physics, UT Austin
Prospects for the future of US energy supply have changed because of a combination of horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing that was found economical 20 years ago, and has produced the fastest rise in the production of oil and gas in US history. The basic physics of fracked wells somewhat differs from wells in conventional reservoirs, and this has implications for the way that fields are being developed. Interesting physics problems arise when one tries to understand the transport mechanisms that make these wells function.


GreenRoots 3rd Annual Evening on the Chelsea Creek Fundraiser
Friday, September 7
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
GreenRoots, Inc., 227 Marginal Street, Suite 1, Chelsea
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greenroots-3rd-annual-evening-on-the-chelsea-creek-fundraiser-tickets-49093491956
Cost:  $25

Join us for our 3rd Annual Evening on the Chelsea Creek Fundraiser, featuring live music, food and lots of dancing.
Friday, September 7th at 5:30 pm at our Chelsea Creek Headquarters where we will celebrate this years accomplishments. 
Live Music by Clave & Blues
Tickets: $25 (cash bar)
GreenRoots is a resident-led organization that works to engage the most vulnerable residents and to empower them to become vocal and strong leaders. Together, we implement innovative campaigns through which residents can see a tangible difference in our health, quality of life and environment.


"The Great Clarinet Summit" Screening
Friday, September 7
MIT, Building 10-250, 222 Memorial Drive, Cambridge,

A documentary film world premiere!

Following the screening, join WGBH’s jazz host and “Dean of Boston Jazz Radio,” Eric Jackson, for a brief discussion with, and live performances by, renowned clarinetists featured in the film: Don Byron, Evan Ziporyn, Billy Novick, and Eran Egozy.

The 90-minute program will conclude with an “all play” clarinet jam led by Byron and Ziporyn!   All clarinet players are invited to bring their instruments and join in!

“The Great Clarinet Summit”
Last May, MIT’s Wind and Jazz Ensembles invited five renowned clarinet soloists to perform a concert celebrating the illustrious instrument. Don Byron, Anat Cohen, Eran Egozy, Billy Novick, and Evan Ziporyn shared the stage for a program spanning multiple musical genres from classical to jazz to world to pop. This extraordinary concert culminated with Ornament of the World, composed by MIT alumnus and Tony award-winner Jamshied Sharifi, featuring the entire cast of musicians and 100 clarinetists of all ages drawn from the Boston area.

The documentary, produced by MIT Video Productions, goes behind the scenes to show how this musical extravaganza was achieved and tells the story of the creative endeavors of the featured soloists and their special relationship with this highly versatile and distinctly sounding woodwind instrument

Co-sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts and MIT Video Productions


Every Day Is Extra
Friday, September 7
7:30 PM (Doors at 6:30)
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/john_kerry/
Cost:  $40.00 (book included)

Harvard Book Store is honored to welcome JOHN KERRY—five-term United States senator from Massachusetts, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and Secretary of State for four years—for a moderated discussion of his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra. This event is co-sponsored by the Cambridge Community Foundation.
Book Signing Guidelines

Those joining the signing line should have a copy of Every Day Is Extra in order to have additional titles signed by the author. Due to limited time for the book signing: no personalization, no photography, and no memorabilia. Thank you for your understanding!
About Every Day Is Extra

John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life—a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history.

Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war.

Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state—Ohio—of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the important Foreign Relations Committee, and succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East; dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

Every Day Is Extra is Kerry’s passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington.

Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for fifty years. Every Day Is Extra shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.

Saturday, September 8

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
Saturday, September 8
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The weekend before San Francisco’s Global Climate Action Summit, the Peoples Climate Movement will lead a national mobilization for climate, jobs, and justice.

September 8th will be a moving demonstration of the breadth and depth of the climate movement. Across the country, tens of thousands of people will show our power by hitting the streets, holding community forums, and educating voters about the issues – all to ensure that elected and private sector leaders make action on climate a priority.

From Seattle to Miami – and everywhere in-between – activists and non-activists alike will come together to demonstrate to the world that on this day, and every day, climate matters. Like the National Day of Action in 2015, September 8th is about more than just numbers; it’s about telling the story of climate, jobs, and justice; it’s about showing that to change everything, it takes everyone – including you; and it’s about committing to make climate action a part of the national dialogue in November, in the months that follow, and well into 2019 and 2020.


Tour de Streets 2018
Saturday, September 8  (rain date Sunday, September 9)
Lingo at Education First & DCR's North Point Park
@ Two Education Circle, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.livablestreets.info/tourdestreets

Tour de Streets is LivableStreets' biggest annual fundraiser held each September. The event brings people of all ages together for a day of bike riding, walking, live music, and barbecue. Join a team or create your own -- register now!

Double your impact -- take part in our 10 Day $10K Challenge! Thanks to an anonymous donor, every Tour de Streets donation will be matched up to $10K between August 21 - 30. Event registration also counts, so encourage family and friends to sign up before August 30!


Harvest Festival & Plant Sale
Saturday September 8
10 to 2pm
City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan

Great selection of cold-hardy seedlings and native plants well-suited to fall planting. Also: cover crop seed, soil amendments, season extension supplies, kids’ activities, and advice. Trustees of Reservations event.


Annual fall plant swap
Saturday September 8
12 to 2pm
Fayette Park, near the corner of Broadway and Fayette Street, Cambridge

All gardeners welcome.  We generally have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, indoor plants, catalogs, pots, and more. Rain date (in case of downpour): Sun Sep 9, 12 to 2.  Nice leftovers go to the SGC sale. More info: Hmsnively at aol.com


2018 Boston Night Market 
Saturday, September 8
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Boston City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-boston-night-market-tickets-47083425794
Cost:  $10 – $40

Delicious IG-worthy food? LIT Beer Garden with alcohol and lawn games? Adorable teddy bears and other amazing carnival and raffle prizes (such as A ROUND TRIP TICKET TO ICELAND)!? 
Inspired by night markets in Asia, the inaugural Boston Night Market will be a spectacular evening of lights, food, games, and entertainment. Ignite the night with us at City Hall Plaza on September 8th, 2018!

*Kids ages 6 and under gets in for FREE

Sunday, September 9

The 8th Asian American Festival: Asian American Day Gala
Sunday, September 9
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Boston Common, 139 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-8th-asian-american-festival-asian-american-day-gala-tickets-48824897583

This summer, theming BOUNDLESSNESS, the Asian American Festival is back to Boston for the 8th year. With a whole new concept and the next-level experience! Recognized and supported by Governor Charles D. Baker, the Festival is the largest Asian American event in the Greater Boston Area. Partnering with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau this year, the Festival is going to break boundaries and celebrate the endless possibilities!

Come and join us at Boston Common on September 9th, treat yourself with great food, drink, non-stop live performances and super fun art activities! Don’t forget to grab your FREE coupon book at the entrances to unlock your deals to local restaurants and stores. There’s also a chance to win a free night of hotel stay or a free flight to Asia or Europe! No admission fee!

About 8th Asian American Festival & Asian American Day
With the resolution of Boston City Council and the proclamation of Boston City, Asian American Day has become an official holiday which is celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of September every year. Collaborating with over fifteen regional ethnical groups, we celebrated the 7th Asian American Day in Boston Common in 2017, which attracted over 35,000 people. As we greet the 8th Asian American Festival and the 3rd Asian American Day, we feature the theme of BOUNDLESSNESS and symbolize endless possibilities and limitless boundaries.


Sustainable Belmont Green Garden Tour (and small plant swap)
Sunday, September 9
11 to 3pm, rain or shine.
Pick up a map at Belmont Library, 366 Beech Street, Belmont or on line at  https://wp.me/p3YMGy-sC or http://sustainablebelmont.net


Annual Boston Urban Arts Festival and Battle of the Arts
Sunday, September 9
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park and Moynihan Recreation Area, 1015 Truman Parkway, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-boston-urban-arts-festival-and-battle-of-the-arts-tickets-44087014447

Come to the annual Urban Arts Festival and Battle of the Arts.
Local artists will celebrate Hyde Park's 150th Birthday with an Arts Festival at the Martini Hatch Shell 
This day-long, outdoor, family-friendly arts celebration features:
Battle of the Arts: artists compete against each other in a timed creation of artwork for cash prizes. Talented local artists aged 16 and up will create original works of art right before your eyes. 
Local musicians, singers, dancers, poets and spoken word artists live on stage.
Steam-roller Mega Printing: Artists and their teams will ink pre-carved relief blocks and then roll over them with an industrial steamroller to create their oversized prints.
Art Vendors and Graffiti Artists
Art and poetry creation tables for children and adults.
Free and Open to All 
Brought to you by: 
The Hyde Park Art Association, The Hyde Park 150 Arts Committee, Save our Streets-Boston, and Artists At Large
Please visit our website: http://www.hpaa-mac.org/events/hp150-arts/


Cambridge Carnival
Sunday, September 9
12pm - 6pm
Kendall Square, Cambridge

More information at http://cambridgecarnival.org


Survival: Boston 1630 – A Walking Tour
Sunday, September 9
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Boston Common Founders Memorial, 50 Beacon Street (inside Boston Common), Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/survival-boston-1630-a-walking-tour-registration-48604900566

“When you are once parted with England you shall meet neither with taverns, nor alehouse, nor butchers, nor grocers, nor ….”
In the summer of 1630, 800 Puritans with dwindling supplies of food and medicine stepped off their boats into a wilderness. During that first year in Massachusetts, "home sweet home” might be a burrow dug into the side of a hill – or if you were lucky, a tent or ramshackle lean-to. There was no time to plant crops and no supply ships for seven months; food was a meager diet of acorns, nuts, and whatever seafood could be found. Their welcome to the infamous New England climate was highlighted by the Boston Harbor being frozen solid for two straight months. 

Learn about that first, dangerous year of 1630, where half of the original Puritans either died or fled back to England, leaving just 400 survivors to build up the Town of Boston. This 90-minute walking tour will immerse you in the world of Boston 1630: the water from one clean spring, the makeshift shelters, the struggle to find food, and the English settlers starting from scratch to gain a foothold in a new land. 
An RSVP is required for this tour due to limited space.
Prior to the tour, please consider attending the Boston Charter Day service at:
First Church Boston (established 1630)
66 Marlborough Street
11:00 AM – noon
Sermon title: "Seeing (and Being) God's Annointed" - Rev. Stephen Kendrick, Senior Minister

Monday, September 10

The Impact of Fine-Scale Processes on Large-Scale Dynamics
Monday, September 10
12:00pm to 1:00pm 
MIT, Building 54-915/923, 1 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Naomi M. Levine, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences 
About the Speaker
My research focuses on the interactions between climate and ecosystem composition and function. By combining biological, chemical, and physical observations with ecosystem models, I aim to elucidate the underlying mechanisms responsible for biogeochemical cycling in microbial ecosystems, and to identify climate-ecosystem feedback loops. An overarching theme of my research is the impact of fine-scale processes on large-scale dynamics and how changes at the fine-scale may impact global carbon cycling.

About this Series
The PAOC Colloquium is a weekly interdisciplinary seminar series that brings together the whole PAOC community. Seminar topics include all research concerning the physics, chemistry, and biology of the atmospheres, oceans and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars generally take place on Monday from 12-1pm. Lunch is provided to encourage students and post-docs to meet with the speaker. Besides the seminar and lunch, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged.


Tracking "Ghost Glaciers" Using Cosmogenic Nuclides
Monday, September 10
Harvard, Haller Hall Geo Museum 102, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Dr. Lee Corbett from the University of Vermont
Abstract: The traditional view of glaciers is that they are highly erosive, efficiently move large amounts of material, and significantly sculpt and shape the underlying landscape. But in certain situations, the base of the glacier remains below the pressure melting point and frozen to the bed, inhibiting the glacial ice from abrading or plucking the underlying material; such "ghost glaciers" leave no physical evidence of their presence on the landscape once they have disappeared in a warmer climate. Finding evidence for now-vanished cold-based, non-erosive glacial ice has long represented a challenge, particularly in high-latitude and/or high-altitude environments. Because of the dearth of physical evidence, I use cosmogenic nuclides to study the burial of rock surfaces by "ghost glaciers" in the past. The use of multiple cosmogenic nuclides with different half-lives allows me to quantify when and for how long surfaces have been buried beneath ice, even though the ice did not physically alter those surfaces. Gaining a better understanding of now-vanished glacial ice, including elusive non-erosive ice, provides insight about past climates, sediment transport, and landscape formation over long timescales.

Bio: Dr. Lee Corbett is the manager of the Community Cosmogenic Facility at University of Vermont; she collaborates with and hosts visitors from around the world to learn methods and prepare their own samples for studying a diverse array of Earth surface processes using cosmogenic nuclides. Lee's own research interests are focused on understanding how glacial landscapes evolve over long timescales, how glaciers move sediment, and how glacial sediment can be used as an archive of climate information. Because of her role managing the laboratory, she works on a wide range of projects including quantifying erosion rates, studying river and hillslope systems, dating recent tectonic activity, and investigating glacial history and retreat rates.


The mystery of Smith’s aspen: uncovering the genetic identity and climate change vulnerability of a hybrid Pleistocene relic
Monday, September 10
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill, 1300 Centre Street, Boston

Jake Grossman, Arboretum Putnam Fellow

More information at https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/research/research-talks/


Are There Too Many Farms in the World? Labor-Market Transaction Costs, Machine Capacities and Optimal Farm Size
Monday, September 10
3:00pm to 4:15pm
Harvard, Harvard Hall 104, 1465-1483 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Andrew Foster (Brown University)


The Quest Brainstorm Workshop
Monday, September 10
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-quest-brainstorm-workshop-tickets-49626521261

Join The Quest and help us shape the future of intelligence research at MIT!
Are you interested in exploring what algorithms can explain the development and emergence of human intelligence? Do you have ideas for applying AI to address different learning styles in the classroom, identify disease or create more useful personal devices? Do you want to learn more about intelligence research currently being done at MIT, and where it hopes to go next?

MIT's Quest for Intelligence is seeking ideas for transformative projects that go above and beyond business as usual and could lead to the next big breakthrough in intelligence research or how to use intelligence to create a better world and we want to hear from you!. Bring your ideas to The Quest Brainstorm Workshop, an interactive informational session followed by a reception with refreshments provided!
The Quest Brainstorm Workshop will also feature a brief overview of The Quest and its two components, The Core and The Bridge, presented by Antonio Torralba, Director of the Quest, James DiCarlo, Director of The Core, and Nicholas Roy, Director of The Bridge. Then, we will open the floor to the audience to answer questions, discuss your ideas for the future of intelligence research and how The Quest can help!


Anatomy of Extreme Pollution Event in a Megacity, Delhi
Monday, September 10
3:30pm to 4:45pm
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge,

Dr. Gufran Beig
Megacities are engines of growing pollution. Delhi is cursed by its geography to be prone to various meteorological phenomena acting in different times of the year that contribute to high pollution levels. Climate change is poised to worsen air quality and by the end of the century, more than half of the world’s population will be exposed to increasingly stagnant atmospheric conditions, with the tropics and subtropics bearing the brunt of the poor air quality. India’s capital, Delhi, is reported to be one of the megacities in the world that are worst affected by asthma. Delhi experienced an environmental emergency in early November 2017 when levels of toxic PM2.5 particles surpassed WHO guidelines by 25 times for a prolonged period of time (a week). In this talk, we will demonstrate the role that monsoon dynamics played in linking and mixing dust emitted from a large, natural dust storm, 3000km away in the Middle East, with smoke from agriculture fires in northwest India. Understanding the multi-scale nature of such events is important for improving our abilities to forecast these events and developing effective air quality management strategies.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director, System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India; Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences; World Meteorological Organization Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award

China Project Seminars Series
Host: Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment
Contact: Tiffany Chan
Phone: 617-495-3972
Email: tiffanychan at seas.harvard.edu


Get Smart on Crowdfunding
Monday, September 10
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
MIT Tang Center, E51-149m 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/get-smart-on-crowdfunding/
Cost:  $20; Members: $10: Students: $5; Student members: Free

Startups - come and learn the ins-and-out of product crowdfunding (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc…) and equity crowdfunding (Wefunder, StartEngine, etc…)

If you have a product or service, now you can pitch it to millions of people and build a community of investors and early adopters. Learn how for many companies product crowdfunding is replacing traditional sales channels and equity crowdfunding is replacing traditional sources of start-up capital.

You will learn:
What is equity crowdfunding? What is product crowdfunding?
Is crowdfunding the best path for your startup?
What kind of resources you will need to create a campaign?
What do you need to present yourself as a professional company?
Which crowdfunding platform should you select for your industry and approach?

Speaker:  Michael Burtov, Founder & CEO,  GeoOrbital
Mike has been the founder and CEO of 4 companies (2 failed, 2 thrived) and has over 15 years' experience in starting-up and seeing companies through their lifecycle. For his companies he has raised millions in startup funding in almost every possible way including angel investors, angel groups, incubators/accelerators, VC, customers/strategic investors, crowdfunding (leading the first company to have raised $1M+ with product crowdfunding AND $1.07M [the legal maximum] with RegCF equity crowdfunding), and even appeared on ABC's SHARK TANK to pitch to celebrity investors. He has also raised money in the non-profit world though his work as a Peace Corps volunteer and with the Bill Clinton foundation and has spent years as an investment banker in Credit Derivatives trading. Mike is a winner of a 2018 Edison Award and was named one of the Top Inventors of 2016 and one of the "most dynamic and creative people shaping business today," by the Upstart Business Journal.

Event Schedule
5:30-6:00pm Registration
6:00-8:00pm Crowdfunding workshop


authors at MIT: Cass R. Sunstein
Monday, September 10
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore,  Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

MIT Press Bookstore welcomes Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walsmley University Professor at Harvard Law School, to the bookstore to discuss his latest book, The Cost-Benefit Revolution. Drawing on behavioral economics and his well-known emphasis on “nudging,” he celebrates the cost-benefit revolution in policy making, tracing its defining moments in the Reagan, Clinton, and Obama administrations (and pondering its uncertain future in the Trump administration). He acknowledges that public officials often lack information about costs and benefits, and outlines state-of-the-art techniques for acquiring that information. Policies should make people’s lives better.

Cass R. Sunstein is one of the most cited legal scholars in the world. He was recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize and was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama Administration.


Relevance of Spirituality in the Age of Technology
Monday, September 10
MIT, Buildling 4-270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

MIT Origins Distinguished Speaker Series

Speaker: Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa is the Senior Vice-President of ISKCON, Bangalore and Vice-Chairman of the Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa was born in 1963 in Bengaluru, India. While an undergraduate student in PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, he became interested in the message and mission of Srila Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON. Later he joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore for a Masters program in Electrical Communication Engineering. In 1984 he became a full-time dedicated member of ISKCON, Bangalore and soon became the Vice President. He has been involved in the implementation of the various programs of ISKCON, Bangalore and the Akshata Patra program.

Program: Human society has made rapid advances in modern science, technology, material comforts, education and economic development throughout the world. Despite these advancements, modern society is encountering newer challenges in tackling food & water security, world peace, health issues, climate change and many more. On the individual front, the humans are getting more disconnected from themselves and struggling to balance body, mind and spirit.

We see advancement through science & technology while at the same time we see increasing complexities in modern man's life. So where lies the disconnect?

Are there principles or values which can help both individuals and society at large to come together in peaec and harmony for a better living with higher purpose? Is there a way by which human society can coexist and make progressive advancement with people leading a life full of happiness, good health and peace of mind? In short, is there a science of life which could transform the way we live in this world and beyond?

Join us to find the way to fill this need, through a talk based on the science for the respiritualization of the entire human society.


Food and Nutrition:  What Everyone Needs to Know
Monday, September 10
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dr-pk-newby-harvard-trained-scientist-and-health-expert-discussing-food-nutrition-what-everyone-tickets-48599745146

Dr PK Newby
From gluten-free to all-Paleo, GMOs to grass-fed beef, our newsfeeds abound with nutrition advice. Whether sensational headlines from the latest study or anecdotes from celebrities and food bloggers, we’re bombarded with “superfoods” and “best ever” diets promising to help us lose weight, fight disease, and live longer. At the same time, we live in an over-crowded food environment that makes it easy to eat, all the time. The result is an epidemic of chronic disease amidst a culture of nutrition confusion—and copious food choices that challenge everyday eaters just trying to get a healthy meal on the table. But the exhilarating truth is that scientists know an astounding amount about the power of food. A staggering 80% of chronic diseases are preventable through modifiable lifestyle changes, and diet is the single largest contributing factor. And we also know the secrets to eating sustainably to protect our planet. In Food & Nutrition, Harvard- and Columbia-trained nutrition scientist Dr. P.K. Newby examines 134 stand-alone questions addressing “need to know” topics, including how what we eat affects our health and environment, from farm to fork, and why, when it comes to diet, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts—and one size doesn’t fit all. At the same time, Newby debunks popular myths and food folklore, encouraging readers to “learn, unlearn, and relearn” the fundamentals of nutrition at the heart of a health-giving diet. Her passion for all things food shines through it all, as does her love of the power of science, technology, and engineering to help create healthier diets for ourselves, and a more sustainable future for the planet we share.

About the Author
Dr. P.K. Newby (“The Nutrition Doctor”) is a scientist and author whose newest book is Food & Nutrition:What Everyone Needs to Know. She has been forging connections between the biological, behavioral, and environmental aspects of nutrition and food technology for more than two decades with her mantra “From farm to fork, what we eat matters!” Dr. Newby is known for her infectious enthusiasm, keen intellect, sharp wit, and contagious passion, inspiring people to live their healthiest, most delicious lives today while building a more sustainable world for tomorrow. She consults regularly and has served as a science advisor to several companies. She holds a doctorate from Harvard, two master’s degrees from Columbia, and served on the faculties at Tufts University (Research Scientist & Assistant Professor) and Boston University (Associate Professor). She’s currently an Adjunct Associate Professor and award-winning educator at Harvard and dedicates most of her time to fighting anti-science in all ways that she can.


The Future of Housing in Boston and Beyond
Monday, September 10
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Café ArtScience, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-housing-in-boston-and-beyond-tickets-48535579224
Cost: $15.00 /per person;  $20 at the door

Doors open @ 6pm --Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers-- Presentations start @ 7pm

Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Barry Bluestone, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Tamara M. Roy, Principal with Stantec, Boston, and past President of the Boston Society of Architects and
Peter Rose, FAIA, FRAIC, Rose and Partners Architects, Boston

Summary:  The housing infrastructure of human communities has evolved across the centuries in response to economic, technological and demographic forces as well as artistic and social preferences.

Boston offers an invaluable historical record on the evolutionary trends in housing in recent centuries and is now becoming a test-bed for housing innovations to better serve human needs and aspirations in the centuries to come.

Three of Boston’s pre-eminent leaders in housing and urban design will guide this Long Now Boston conversation on the future of housing.

Some of the questions to be addressed include:

How did we get here?
What factors drive housing design and innovation? What evidence can we see for historic housing innovations in the Boston area?
Where are we now?
How well is our present housing infrastructure dealing with current economic and demographic conditions?
What problems do we need to address?
What are the key barriers to successful innovation?
What are the most promising innovations in the short term?
The longer term?
What might Boston look like in 100 years?
What action plan is needed to get where we want to go?

Join the conversation and become part of the solution.

$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.

Barry Bluestone, Ph.D., is a Professor of Political Economy in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. He served as founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy from 1999 to 2015, and founding dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs from 2006 to 2012. Author of 11 books, including The Deindustrialization of America (1982), Growing Prosperity: The Battle for Growth with Equity in the 21st Century (2000), and The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis (2000), and The Urban Experience: Economics, Society, and Public Policy (2008). Bluestone is also a founding member of the Economic Policy Institute.

Tamara Roy, BA, MA, AIA Leed AP, is a principal with Stantec Architects and past President of the Boston Society of Architects. She is an architect and urban designer specializing in residential, academic, and mixed-use master planning projects and a passionate advocate for compact living spaces. Tamara became one of the earliest promoters of compact living when she advocated for changing the policy of minimum unit sizes at a 2010 Innovation District housing symposium. Tamara received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon, and her Masters of Urban Design and Architecture from the Berlage Institute, an international think-tank in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she lived in a 300 square foot apartment with her husband and baby.

Peter Rose, FAIA, FRAIC, is a recognized leader in the architectural design profession. Since beginning his practice in 1978, Rose has received numerous awards for residential, institutional, and urban design projects. The scale of his projects has varied from large urban design projects, such as the Old Port of Montreal Waterfront Master Plan, to smaller renovations and additions. Rose received the Master in Architecture degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.

Tuesday, September 11

How the Rise of Public-Private Partnerships is Changing International Governance
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Nye BC (5th Floor Taubman), 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Liliana Andonova, Professor, International Relations and Political Science, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
CONTACT INFO	Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu


Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
Tuesday, September 11
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Taubman 5th floor, Allison Dining Room, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Siva Vaidhyanathan


Arne Duncan former Secretary of Education and Harvard Alum
Tuesday, September 11
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arne-duncan-former-secretary-of-education-and-harvard-alum-tickets-48599002926

Arne Duncan will sign copies of his new book How Schools Work before his duscussion at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School at 6:00pm.
From the Secretary of Education under President Obama, an exposé of the status quo that helps maintain a broken system at the expense of our kids’ education.
“Education runs on lies. That’s probably not what you’d expect from a former Secretary of Education, but it’s the truth.” So opens Arne Duncan’s How Schools Work, although the title could just as easily be How American Schools Work for Some, Not for Others, and Only Now and Then for Kids. 

Drawing on nearly three decades in education—from his mother’s after-school program on Chicago’s South Side to his tenure as Secretary of Education in DC—How Schools Work follows Arne (as he insists you call him) as he takes on challenges at every turn: gangbangers in Chicago housing projects, parents who call him racist, teachers who insist they can’t help poor kids, unions that refuse to modernize, Tea Partiers who call him an autocrat, affluent white progressive moms who hate yearly tests, and even the NRA, which once labeled Arne the “most extreme anti-gun member of President Obama's Cabinet.” Going to a child’s funeral every couple of weeks, as he did when he worked in Chicago, will do that to a person. 

How Schools Work exposes the lies that have caused American kids to fall behind their international peers, from early childhood all the way to college graduation rates. But it also celebrates the countless everyday heroes Arne has encountered along the way: teachers, principals, reformers, staffers, business people, mayors, and presidents.

About the Author:  Arne Duncan was one of the longest serving members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet and among the most influential Secretaries of Education in history. He has spent nearly three decades across all levels of education, from his mother’s afterschool program on Chicago’s Southside to CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. He currently sits on the board of Communities in Schools.


IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar - Policy 2.0
Monday, September 11
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

We live in an increasingly polarized present, looking to a complex and uncertain future while basing our legislative decisions on systems of the past. We need the processes and structures that underpin our political decision-making to be aligned with the complexities of the 21st century. Such changes cannot be undertaken by a technocratic elite, potentially disenfranchising citizens further from their governing institutions. Rather, political institutions must seek to improve transparency, openness, and accountability. The great divide between science and policy must be bridged, not through advisers and external counsel but through involvement in a co-creation process that would from the outset, allow interested parties, experts and policymakers to work together to gain a shared understanding of a specific issue, clarity of the objectives of regulatory action as well as alternative regulatory measures. Yet we know that knowledge is not the only driver of political decision-making, emotion, self-interest, power relations and values all play their role in decision-making and political discourse. Through co-creation, interested parties, experts, and policymakers could potentially compare and weigh the risks, costs, and benefits and their distribution against self-declared biases.
As the European Commission's in-house science service providing independent scientific advice and support to EU policy, the Joint Research Centre is at the forefront of such research and seeking innovative opportunities to implement such measures.

About the Speaker:
Vladimír Šucha is Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service. He was Deputy Director-General of the JRC between 2012 and 2013. Prior to that, he spent 6 years in the position of director for culture and media in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission, he held various positions in the area of European and international affairs. Between 2005 and 2006, he was director of the Slovak Research and Development Agency, national body responsible for funding research. He was principal advisor for European affairs to the minister of education of the Slovak Republic (2004-2005). He worked at the Slovak Representation to the EU in Brussels as research, education and culture counselor (2000-2004). In parallel, he has followed a long-term academic and research career, being a full professor in Slovakia and visiting professor/scientist at different academic institutions in many countries. He published more than 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.


How does a 1-Dimensional Sequence of DNA become a 3-Dimensional Tissue, and what happens when the Cell forgets and becomes Malignant?
Tuesday, September 11
Jimmy Fund Auditorium, 35 Binney Street, Boston

Mina J. Bissell, PhD, Distinguished Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

For more information, please email: claudia_steele at dfci.harvard.edu


Is Cyber Resilience Possible?
Tuesday, September 11
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Northeastern, Renaissance Park, 909, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Please join us for a presentation by John Manferdelli, Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern University, for the first Fall semester event in the Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies speaker series.

More information at https://cssh.northeastern.edu/internationalcenter/event/is-cyber-resilience-possible/


Documentary: The S Word
Tuesday, September 11
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Harvard Longwood Campus, Countway Floor 5: Ballard Room, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston

Join us to watch this candid and emotional film that follows a suicide attempt survivor on her mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, pain and humor. Along the way, she discovers a national community rising to transform personal struggles into action. This film weaves stories of survivors from a cross section of America including LGBT, African American and Asian American communities, who candidly share their profoundly personal stories of trauma, mental health challenges, survival and advocacy. Visit our website https://libcal.library.harvard.edu/calendar/countway_classes to see all our events.

A mental health professional will be onsite for support.


HUBweek Semi-Finals: Annual Demo Day Pitch Competition
Tuesday, September 11
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hubweek-semi-finals-annual-demo-day-pitch-competition-tickets-49050954726

It's that time of year again! HUBweek presents the Semi-Finals of our annual Demo Day Pitch Competition.

For the third consecutive year, HUBweek has engaged startups from the Boston area — and this year we extended our reach across the Commonwealth — to bring together some of the most impactful, rising startups across a range of industries. Join us for the Semi-Final Pitch Competition to hear from the Top 24 companies, who will present speed pitches before a panel of judges and live audience. 
You won't want to miss this great teaser leading up to HUBweek's annual Startup Showcase and Pitch Competiton Finale this fall, or the chance to hear and meet 24 of Massachusetts' most innovative rising companies. 
Don't forget to join us for HUBweek's Demo Day, scheduled for Saturday, October 13th during the festival.
Networking with startups, judges, and attendees to follow the pitch competition. 
5:30 PM - Doors Open
6:00 PM - Semi-Finals Pitch Competition!
7:30 PM - Networking
8:30 PM - Event Ends


Education & the State of Affairs in Washington: A conversation with Arne Duncan & David Gergen
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Arne Duncan, David Gergen (Moderator)
CONTACT INFO	IOP Forum Office, 617-495-1380
DETAILS  Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective, U.S. Secretary of Education, Obama Administration
David Gergen (Moderator), Public Service Professor of Public Leadership and Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
Former Senior Advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan
LINK  http://iop.harvard.edu/forum/education-state-affairs-washington-conversation-arne-duncan-david-gergen


Click Here to Kill Everybody:  Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World
Tuesday, September 11
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $6 - $29.75 (book included, online only)

Harvard Book Store welcomes internationally renowned security technologist BRUCE SCHNEIER for a discussion of his latest book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World.

About Click Here to Kill Everybody
Everything is a computer. Ovens are computers that make things hot; refrigerators are computers that keep things cold. These computers―from home thermostats to chemical plants―are all online. The Internet, once a virtual abstraction, can now sense and touch the physical world.

As we open our lives to this future, often called the Internet of Things, we are beginning to see its enormous potential in ideas like driverless cars, smart cities, and personal agents equipped with their own behavioral algorithms. But every knife cuts two ways.

All computers can be hacked. And Internet-connected computers are the most vulnerable. Forget data theft: cutting-edge digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. In Click Here to Kill Everybody, renowned expert and bestselling author Bruce Schneier examines the hidden risks of this new reality.

After exploring the full implications of a world populated by hyperconnected devices, Schneier reveals the hidden web of technical, political, and market forces that underpin the pervasive insecurities of today. He then offers common-sense choices for companies, governments, and individuals that can allow us to enjoy the benefits of this omnipotent age without falling prey to its vulnerabilities.

From principles for a more resilient Internet of Things, to a recipe for sane government regulation and oversight, to a better way to understand a truly new environment, Schneier’s vision is required reading for anyone invested in human flourishing.


Implicit User Interfaces
Tuesday, September 11
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
IBM Watson Health, 75 Binney Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bostonchi-hosts-robert-jk-jacob-at-ibm-watson-health-speaking-about-implicit-user-interfaces-tickets-48886657308
Cost:  $5 - $15

BostonCHI hosts Robert J.K. Jacob at IBM Watson Health speaking about Implicit User Interfaces
Implicit user interfaces obtain information from their users by direct observation, typically in addition to mouse, keyboard, or other explicit inputs. They fit into the emerging trends of physiological computing and affective computing. Our work focuses on using brain input for this purpose, measured through functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), as a way of increasing the narrow communication bandwidth between human and computer. Most previous brain-computer interfaces have been designed for people with severe motor disabilities and use explicit signals as the primary input; but these are too slow and inaccurate for wider use. Instead, we use brain measurement to obtain more information about the user and their context directly and without asking additional effort from them. We have obtained good results in a number of systems we created, as measured by objective task performance metrics. I will discuss our work on brain-computer interfaces and the more general area of implicit interaction.

Robert Jacob is a Professor of Computer Science at Tufts University, where his research interests are new interaction modes and techniques and user interface software; his current work focuses on implicit brain-computer interfaces. He has been a visiting professor at the University College London Interaction Centre, Universite Paris-Sud, and the MIT Media Laboratory. Before coming to Tufts, he was in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the Naval Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and he is a member of the editorial board for the journal Human-Computer Interaction and a founding member for ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. He has served as Vice-President of ACM SIGCHI, Papers Co-Chair of the CHI and UIST conferences, and General Co-Chair of UIST and TEI. He was elected as a member of the ACM CHI Academy in 2007 and as an ACM Fellow in 2016.
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!


The Person You Mean to Be:  How Good People Fight Bias
Tuesday, September 11
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning social psychologist DOLLY CHUGH for a discussion of her latest book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias. This event is cosponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

About The Person You Mean to Be
Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? The Person You Mean to Be is the smart, "semi-bold" person’s guide to fighting for what you believe in.

Dolly reveals the surprising causes of inequality, grounded in the "psychology of good people". Using her research findings in unconscious bias as well as work across psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and other disciplines, she offers practical tools to respectfully and effectively talk politics with family, to be a better colleague to people who don’t look like you, and to avoid being a well-intentioned barrier to equality. Being the person we mean to be starts with a look at ourselves.

She argues that the only way to be on the right side of history is to be a good-ish—rather than good—person. Good-ish people are always growing. Second, she helps you find your "ordinary privilege"—the part of your everyday identity you take for granted, such as race for a white person, sexual orientation for a straight person, gender for a man, or education for a college graduate. This part of your identity may bring blind spots, but it is your best tool for influencing change. Third, Dolly introduces the psychological reasons that make it hard for us to see the bias in and around us. She leads you from willful ignorance to willful awareness. Finally, she guides you on how, when, and whom, to engage (and not engage) in your workplaces, homes, and communities. Her science-based approach is a method any of us can put to use in all parts of our life.

Whether you are a long-time activist or new to the fight, you can start from where you are. Through the compelling stories Dolly shares and the surprising science she reports, Dolly guides each of us closer to being the person we mean to be.


If You Love Me
Tuesday, September 11
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Fast-paced and heartwarming, devastating and redemptive, Maureen's incredible odyssey into the opioid crisis--first as a parent, then as an advocate--is ultimately a deeply moving mother-daughter story. When Maureen and her ex-husband Mike see their daughter Katie's needle track marks for the first time, it is a complete shock. But, slowly, the drug use explains everything--Katie's constant exhaustion, erratic moods, and all those spoons that have gone missing from the house. Once Mike and Maureen get Katie into detox, Maureen goes to sleep that night hoping that in 48 hours she'll have her daughter back. It's not that simple.

Like the millions of parents and relatives all over the country--some of whom she has helped through her nonprofit organization--Maureen learns that recovery is neither straightforward nor brief. She fights to save Katie's life, breaking down doors on the seedy side of town with Mike, kidnapping Katie outside a convenience store, and battling the taboo around substance use disorder in her picturesque New England town. Maureen is launched into the shadowy world of overcrowded, for-profit rehabilitation centers that often prey on worried parents. As Katie runs away from one program after another, never outrunning her pain, Maureen realizes that even while she becomes an expert on getting countless men and women into detox and treatment centers, she remains powerless to save her own daughter. Maureen's unforgettable story brings the opioid crisis out of the shadows and into the house next door.

Maureen Cavanagh is the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a nonprofit peer-support group for those living with or affected by substance use disorder. She has been recognized by The New York Times, CNN, and other outlets for her work fighting the opioid crisis and the stigma that surrounds it.


Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
Tuesday, September 11
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/siva-vaidhyanathan-will-discuss-antisocial-media-how-facebook-disconnects-us-and-undermines-tickets-48671181815

Antisocial Media explains how Facebook devolved from an innocent social site hacked together by Harvard students into a force that, while it may make personal life just a little more pleasurable, makes democracy a lot more challenging. It discusses how “social media” has fostered the deterioration of democratic culture around the world, from facilitating Russian meddling in support of Trump’s election to the exploitation of the platform by murderous authoritarians in Burma and the Philippines.

Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and the Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He produces a local public-affairs television program and several podcasts, and he directs the publication of Virginia Quarterly Review. A former professional journalist, he has published five previous books on technology, law, and society, includingThe Googlization of Everything. He has also contributed to publications such as The Nation, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, BookForum, The New York Times Book Review, and The Baffler.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 12

The Future of Wellbeing: A Conversation with Deepak Chopra
WHEN  Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018, 9 – 10 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Deepak Chopra, M.D., New York Times Bestselling Author, and Founder, The Chopra Foundation
Carol Hills, Senior Producer and Reporter at PRI’s The World
Michelle A. Williams, SM ’88, ScD ’91, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
COST	RSVP Required
TICKET WEB LINK	  https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_39NaJLyb2PZOruB
CONTACT INFO  https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/the-future-of-wellbeing/
DETAILS	  Globally, people are living longer. What are the most compelling ways to ensure a sustainably healthy life? In this exciting live-streamed event, world-renowned author and speaker, Deepak Chopra, will discuss the important connections between mind, immunity, genes and body. Dr. Chopra will explore how chronic stress and inflammation can undermine immunity and health, ultimately seeking to empower people who wish to nurture their wellbeing over their lifetimes. He also will discuss how these insights play out within public health, particularly as individuals and societies cope with epidemics, environmental threats, superbugs, aging and other challenges. He will include takeaways from his new book, The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life, co-authored with esteemed Harvard neurology professor Rudolph Tanzi.
This special Forum presentation will feature Dr. Chopra in conversation with The World’s Carol Hills, following some brief remarks. Dr. Michelle Williams, Dean of the Harvard Chan School, will welcome the audience and introduce the speaker.
LINK  https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/the-future-of-wellbeing/


How to Stay Safe & Secure Online
Wednesday, September 12
11:00am - 12:30pm
BC, Digital Studio (Rm. 205), Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill
RSVP at http://libcal.bc.edu/event/4540656

Feeling freaked out by all the cyber breaches lately? Want to plan an activist movement but want to stay safe? Or do you simply want to use online dating services without getting stalked? Join us in this workshop to learn about digital privacy. We'll go over how to use tools to protect yourself online, as well as what to do if you've been hacked, harassed, or otherwise victimized on ye olde World Wide Web.


Entrepreneurship & Innovation Resource Roundup
Wednesday, September 12
11:30am to 1:30pm
MIT Stata Center, Student Street, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

As part of t=0, MIT’s campus-wide celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation, the MIT Innovation Initiative will be hosting an in-person version of the resource guide on Wednesday, September 12, 11:30 am–1:30 pm at MIT Stata Center (student street). 

Come by to learn about the many entrepreneurship and innovation resources available on campus this fall: classes, sources of funding, mentoring programs, makerspaces, prize competitions and more. 

The Innovation Initiative will also be on hand to help answer questions about the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor.

As an added bonus, free food will be provided!

While normally spread across campus, all of fall’s entrepreneurship and innovation resources will be in one location: 

MIT Innovation Initiative
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Arts at MIT
Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL)
Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship
Lemelson-MIT Program
Machine Intelligence Community
MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
MIT Biotech Group
MIT Clean Energy Prize
MIT Fintech Club
MIT Global Startup Workshop
MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
MIT I-Corps 
MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program
MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team
MIT Venture Mentoring Service
MIT Waste Alliance
MIT Water Innovation Prize
PKG Center: IDEAS Global Challenge
Project Manus
Technology Licensing Office


Longwood Bike Fair
Wednesday September 12
11:30am to 1:30pm 
Harvard Medical School Quad Promenade, Longwood Avenue and Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

Free basic bike tuneups and giveaways
Mini classes on maintenance and safety
Bike vendors and information for area cyclists


Social Transmission of Stress
Wednesday, September 12
4:00pm - 5:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002 Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Jaideep Bains, Ph.D.


Libya's 2011 Uprising: What Really Happened?
Wednesday, September 12
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, E40-496, Pye Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

SSP Wednesday Seminar

Alan Kuperman (University of Texas at Austin)

As part of the "Arab Spring," Libya's 2011 uprising was portrayed as initially peaceful and secular, which is why the Qaddafi regime's forceful response was condemned internationally and gave rise quickly to a NATO-led military intervention. A deeper inquiry, however, reveals that the initial uprising was neither peaceful nor secular, which has important implications for news reporting, intelligence gathering, national security policymaking, and humanitarian intervention. This study relies on both primary and secondary sources -- in English, French, and Arabic -- including contemporaneous videos and retrospective interviews with Libyan revolutionaries.


CSAIL Hot Topics in Computing - Muddied Waters: Online Disinformation During Crisis
Wednesday, September 12
4:30pm to 5:30pm
MIT Stata Center, 32-123/Kirsch Auditorium, MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Recent public attention and debate around “fake news” has highlighted the growing challenge of determining information veracity online. This is a complex and dynamic problem at the intersection of technology, human cognition, and human behavior—i.e. our strategies and heuristics for making sense of information may make us vulnerable, especially within online spaces, to absorbing and passing along misinformation. Increasingly, it appears that certain actors are exploiting these vulnerabilities, spreading intentional misinformation—or disinformation—for various purposes, including geopolitical goals. This talk explores some of the motivations and tactics of disinformation, explaining how geopolitical actors use social media and the surrounding information ecosystem to sow doubt and division.

Kate Starbird is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington (UW). Kate's research is situated within human-computer interaction (HCI) and the emerging field of crisis informatics—the study of the how information-communication technologies (ICTs) are used during crisis events. One aspect of her research focuses on how online rumors spread—and how online rumors are corrected—during natural disasters and man-made crisis events. More recently, she has begun to focus on the propagation of disinformation and political propaganda through online spaces. Kate earned her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Technology, Media and Society and holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Digital Health Launch Smart Clinic with Multisensor Diagnostics and WatchRx
September 12 
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor Havana Room, One Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/digital-health-launch-smart-clinic-9-12-18/
Cost:  $5 - $30 

See Who Is Registered
At the Digital Health Themed Launch Smart Clinic, 2 startups present a 20-minute pitch for feedback from our panel of experts + the audience.

Launch Smart Clinics are a great place for startups to get constructive feedback on their pitch from a board-of-directors-level panel of experts and thoughtful audience members. The focus on early stage ventures encourages a sympathetic and supportive atmosphere. Audience and panel feedback often helps presenters understand their problems and offers useful tips and solutions.

Even if you’re not quite ready to present, we encourage entrepreneurs to attend the clinics to see what our panel of experts (investors and others) are looking for in a pitch, what kind of questions they ask and their suggestions for refining the business plan.

Presenting Companies
Multisensor Diagnostics (MDx) is a Digital Health company enabled by an innovative device and supported by proprietary software and telehealth services. The MouthLabTM system gathers and integrates multiple vital health parameters through a simple-to-use, cloud- connected handheld rapid medical assessment device, with an AI-powered assessment engine to guide triage decisions. The result is a longitudinal series of daily snapshots of the patient’s digital biomarkers to give caregivers and care providers an early warning system for timely and effective intervention.

The end-to-end solution enables payers, providers, and pharmaceutical companies to better manage their high-cost, high-acuity chronic disease patients using MouthLab. This proactive approach towards care management enables improvements in engagement and adherence, and helps detect early signs of acute exacerbation and disease progression Ultimately, we aim to reduces the overall cost of healthcare, improves care delivery, patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
Presenter: Sathya Elumalai, CEO

WatchRx  is a smartwatch health solution featuring medication reminders, drug adherence reports, caregiver / family alerts, GPS tracking to “Take Me Home", built-in phone, that helps people with chronic conditions stay independent & healthy at home.
Presenter: Jayanthi Narasimhan, CEO

Confirmed Panelists:
Laura T. Housman, MPH, MBA is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Tufts University School of Medicine, an Executive in Residence at the Boston University School of Public Health, and Founder of Access Solutions Consulting (ASC)
Dr. Airong Li,  Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Neuroscience, Massachusetts General Hospital
Elizabeth Steele,  Vice President of Programs and Global Affairs, MassBio
Moderator:  Anthony DeOrsey, Deputy General Manager, TechCode Boston

Launch Smart Schedule
5:30-6:00 pm – Networking + Pizza
6:00 -6:15 pm – Industry Overview (Expert Presentation)
6:20-6:40 pm – Startup 1 Presents
6:40-7:00 pm – Small Breakouts: Audience + Experts
7:00-7:15 pm –  Experts Share Consolidated Feedback From Breakouts
7:15-7:30 pm – Networking Break
7:30-7:50 pm – Startup 2 Presents
7:50-8:10 pm – Small Breakouts: Audience + Experts
8:10-8:25 pm – Experts Share Consolidated Feedback From Breakouts


Writing and the Art of Attention
WHEN  Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT	CSWR, 617.495.4476
DETAILS  Please join us for our first event of the 2018–19 academic year: Writing and the Art of Attention. Religious traditions insist on the importance of cultivating our faculty of attention, whether it be attention to ourselves, others, our environment, or the presence of the divine in any of these three. This panel will explore whether and how the practice of writing, especially fiction writing, helps us cultivate this art of attention. What is it about writing, and the imagination and patience required, that helps us learn how better to attend?
The panelists are: Stephanie Paulsell, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies, HDS; C.E. Morgan, author of the novels All the Living and The Sport of Kings, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Chris Adrian, novelist, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.


Collaborative Robotics in Practice: Opportunities and Challenges
Wednesday, September 12
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Northeastern, Room #140, 805 Columbus Avenue, Boston

Collaborative robots that work in close coordination with humans in the same work environments have the potential to transform processes in many application areas including manufacturing, healthcare and logistics. This talk will provide an overview of our ongoing work in this area and discuss both opportunities and challenges to accelerate research and development in collaborative robotics.

Taskin Padir is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University. He received his PhD and MS degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. He holds a BS in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He is the Director of Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab). He is also the co-founder of the Robotics Collaborative at Northeastern. His research interests include supervised autonomy for humanoid robots, shared autonomy for intelligent vehicles, and human-in-the-loop control systems with applications in exploration, disaster response, personalized in-home care, and nuclear decommissioning. His projects have been sponsored by NSF, NASA, DOE-EM, DARPA, Mass Seaport Economic Development Council and many industry partners. Professor Padir led project teams for the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge, SmartAmerica Challenge and the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). Padir currently leads one of two research groups selected by NASA to develop autonomy for humanoid robot Valkyrie.


President Carter: The White House Years
Wednesday, September 12
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvard-alum-stuart-eizenstat-will-discuss-president-carter-the-white-house-years-tickets-48209251168

Stuart Eizenstat
The definitive history of the Carter Administration from the man who participated in its surprising number of accomplishments―drawing on his extensive and never-before-seen notes.Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter’s side from his political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House, where he served as Chief Domestic Policy Adviser. He was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as in many foreign policy ones. Famous for the legal pads he took to every meeting, he draws on more than 5,000 pages of notes and 350 interviews of all the major figures of the time, to write the comprehensive history of an underappreciated president―and to give an intimate view on how the presidency works.

About the Author
STUART E. EIZENSTAT has served as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and Deputy Secretary of both Treasury and State. He is also the author of Imperfect Justice. He is an international lawyer in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, September 13

Sustainability/Bike/Light Fair
Thursday, September 13
11:00am to 2:00pm
Northeastern, Snell Library Quad, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Please join us for the annual Sustainability/Bike/Light Fair! Sustainable food & giveaways, over 15 information tables. Free bike registration/minor repairs/safety training/information thanks to Northeastern University Police Department. Purchase energy efficient LEDs! 

More information at https://www.facebook.com/SustainabilityatNortheastern/photos/gm.507499466364686/400051220522680/?type=3&theater


President Carter: The White House Years
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Stuart E. Eizenstat, former Chief White House Domestic Policy Advisor to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
CONTACT INFO	Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu


OEB Seminar Series - "What 5 Insects Told Us About How A Native Plant Copes With Real-World Problems"
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Biological Labs Lecture Hall (1080), 16 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Ian T. Baldwin, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
TICKET INFO  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  Dr. Ian T. Baldwin of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology will describe what five native insect herbivores have taught us about traits that are essential for plant survival.
LINK  https://oeb.harvard.edu/event/oeb-special-seminar-baldwin


MIT Colloquium on the Brain and Cognition featuring Jessica Sommerville, Ph.D.
Thursday, September 13
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The virtuous baby? The limits and limitations of infants’ socio-moral cognition and behavior

Recently, twin narratives have arisen in both the scholarly literature and in the popular press that depict infants as a. moral judges and b. inherently altruistic. Each of these narratives has a set of corollaries or associated claims: that moral knowledge is built in, thorough, and relatively impervious to experience, and that infants’ moral behavior is unlearned, virtuously motivated, prolific and indiscriminate. In my talk, I will examine these narratives and claims in the context of my laboratory’s research on infants’ sensitivity to distributive fairness norms and infants’ prosocial behavior. Our results contextualize and temper these narratives and claims. First, infants’ socio-moral knowledge emerges over the course of development, is marked by individual differences, and may lack some components of a mature moral response. Second, infants’ prosocial behavior is influenced by experience, and impacted by variables that affect the personal costs and interpersonal benefits of acting prosocially. Together, these findings reveal the limits and limitations of infants’ socio-moral cognition and behavior.

Dr. Sommerville is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington and Associate Director for the Center for Child and Family Well-being. She directs the Early Childhood Cognition Lab at UW. Her research focuses on social cognition and behavior in infancy and early childhood.

The MIT Colloquium on the Brain and Cognition is a lecture series held weekly during the academic year and features a wide array of speakers from all areas of neuroscience and cognitive science research. The social teas that follow these colloquia bring together students, staff, and faculty to discuss the talk, as well as other research activities within Building 46, at MIT, and around the world. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT. Colloquia are open to the community, and are held in MIT's Building 46, Room 3002 (Singleton Auditorium) at 4:00PM with a reception to follow.


Feminisms Now!
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Fatima Asghar, Poet & Screenwriter
Dana Bolger, Cofounder of Know Your IX
Melissa Febos, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University
Kimberly Foster, Cultural Critic and Founder of For Harriet
Emi Koyama, Activist, Writer, Rogue Intellectual
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  What do millennial feminists want? This panel invites rising artists, thinkers, and organizers to share their visions of gender equality for the 21st century. Panelists will reflect on their art and activism in the service of intersecting and sometimes competing feminisms. They’ll also discuss the ways they do — and don’t — engage the legacy of their 19th- and 20th-century foremothers as they work to move society forward. Please register and join us.
LINK  https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-feminisms-now-panel-discussion


Civic Arts Series: Erik Loyer
Thursday, September 13
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT,  Building E15-001, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

From his best-selling Strange Rain story-playing iPad/iPhone app, to his visually stunning digital fiction The Lair of the Marrow Monkey (powered by Shockwave software animation), and his interactive explorations of post-Katrina racial politics in Blue Velvet, Loyer’s interactive artistic hybridizations of music, new narratives and algorithmic play have won numerous awards, been exhibited widely, and found their way into permanent museum collections.

Co-hosted with the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology.

The Civic Arts Series, which is part of the CMS graduate program Colloquium, features talks by four artists and activists who are making innovative uses of media to reshape the possibilities of art as a source of civic imagination, experience and advocacy. Using a variety of contemporary media technologies–film, web platforms, game engines, drones–the series presenters have opened up new pathways to artistic expression that broaden public awareness around compelling civic issues and aspirations of our time.


A book talk on Entrepreneurial Negotiation
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, WCC 2012, 1585 Mass. Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT and Samuel Dinnar, Mediator and Consultant
WRITTEN BY  Samuel Dinnar and Lawrence Susskind
CONTACT INFO	dlong at law.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Join us for a book talk on "Entrepreneurial Negotiation" by MIT Professor Lawrence Susskind, and Samuel Dinnar, mediator and negotiation consultant. The authors build on decades of research and practice accumulated in the real world and with the Program on Negotiation, to help entrepreneurs and those who deal with them create more value.


Reception; Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge
DETAILS  By the time of his death, essay collections such as "The Fire Next Time" (1963) and novels like "Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone" (1968) earned the prolific African American novelist, playwright, poet, and essayist James Baldwin (1924–1987) an international reputation as one of the most consequential American cultural critics. This exhibition of photographs made during Baldwin’s lifetime is both biographical and thematic. It works to visualize and explore the places, the personal, and historical events that framed Baldwin’s life and themes in his writing, including: the history of racism and the role of race in American history and life, sexuality, personal transformation, family, music, religion, violence, and the function of the artist in society and art, and social change. Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America charts the nation’s transformative cultural moment alongside the life of one of its most influential figures, interweaving the two narratives through the lens of the American documentary tradition.
Photographers include: Diane Arbus, Richard Balzer, Dawoud Bey, Peter Campbell, William Carter, Bruce Davidson, Roy DeCarava, Frank Espada, Robert Frank, Leonard Freed, Joanne Leonard, Ken Light, Danny Lyon, Marion Palfi, Ben Shahn, Steve Schapiro, John Simmons, Francis J. Sullivan, and Marion Post Wolcott.
Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America charts a second interwoven narrative as well. All of the exhibition’s photographs are drawn from the permanent collections of the Harvard Art Museums, a third of which were originally part of the Carpenter Center’s renowned teaching collection of more than 10,000 prints, 40,000 negatives, and related materials, which were transferred to the museums in 2002. A unique resource for the study of fine art, social documentary, and professional photography, the collection was established in the mid-1960s to consolidate some of Harvard University’s holdings of significant historical photographs and to support teaching of the history and aesthetic practice of photography by challenged existing paradigms about the meaning and function of photography through innovative exhibitions, publications, programs, and teaching.
This exhibition marks the continuation of an ongoing series of collaborations between the Harvard Art Museums and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and is timed to coincide with artist Teresita Fernández’s Harvard Yard installation, Autumn (...Nothing Personal), which references Baldwin’s essay Nothing Personal (1964). Commissioned by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA), Autumn (…Nothing Personal) is a site-specific work for Tercentenary Theatre that will unfold as both a physical site and as a space for public dialogue and performance, requiring the presence and agency of Harvard students, faculty, staff, and local communities.
Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America is co-organized by the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the Harvard Art Museums, and is curated by Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums.
LINK  https://carpenter.center/program/time-is-now-photography-and-social-change-in-james-baldwin-s-america

Editorial Comment:  James Baldwin is increasingly important these days.  He collaborated with his high school schoolmate Richard Avedon on a photo essay book called Nothing Personal.  My notes on that book are available at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2018/07/james-baldwin-fire-next-time-and.html


The Past of Politics: How We Got Here
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Jill Lepore
CONTACT INFO	IOP Forum Office, 617-495-1380
DETAILS  Featuring Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History and Harvard College Professor, Harvard University
LINK  http://iop.harvard.edu/forum/past-politics-how-we-got-here


Winners Take All:  The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Thursday, September 13
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/anand_giridharadas/
Cost:  $6 -$28.75 (book included) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning writer and political analyst ANAND GIRIDHARADAS for a discussion of his latest book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. He will be joined in conversation by acclaimed political philosopher MICHAEL SANDEL.

About Winners Take All
Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can—except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors, and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity.

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world.


The 28th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony & Lectures
Thursday, September 13
RSVP at https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=ignobel

The 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will introduce ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners. Each has done something that makes people laugh then think. Winners travel to the ceremony, at their own expense, from around the world to receive their prize from a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates, in Harvard's historic and largest theater. All speeches will be kept delightfully brief, with time limits enforced by eight-year-old Miss Sweetie Poo. Additional info will appear in the Improbable Research blog.

Pre-ceremony concert and ceremony webcast begin at 5:35pm (US Eastern Time). The ceremony proper begins at 6:00pm.

Free Parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton St., Cambridge, MA

Ticket Prices: Ig Glorious: $150*; Full Price: $75, $65, $55, $35; Discounts: $5 off for students.
*Ig Glorious tickets include TBD.


One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Thursday September 13
6:30 pm
Brookline Library, 361 Washington Street, Brookline Village

Carol Anderson 
In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.

Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.


Rage Becomes Her:  The Power of Women's Anger
Thursday, September 13
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning writer and activist SORAYA CHEMALY for a discussion of her new book Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger. She will be joined in conversation by journalist, editor, and author E.J. GRAFF.

About Rage Becomes Her
Women are angry, and it isn’t hard to figure out why.

We are underpaid and overworked. Too sensitive, or not sensitive enough. Too dowdy or too made-up. Too big or too thin. Sluts or prudes. We are harassed, told we are asking for it, and asked if it would kill us to smile. Yes, yes it would.

Contrary to the rhetoric of popular “self-help” and an entire lifetime of being told otherwise, our rage is one of the most important resources we have, our sharpest tool against both personal and political oppression. We’ve been told for so long to bottle up our anger, letting it corrode our bodies and minds in ways we don’t even realize. Yet our anger is a vital instrument, our radar for injustice and a catalyst for change. On the flip side, the societal and cultural belittlement of our anger is a cunning way of limiting and controlling our power.

We are so often told to resist our rage or punished for justifiably expressing it, yet how many remarkable achievements in this world would never have gotten off the ground without the kernel of anger that fueled them? Rage Becomes Her makes the case that anger is not what gets in our way, it is our way, sparking a new understanding of one of our core emotions that will give women a liberating sense of why their anger matters and connect them to an entire universe of women no longer interested in making nice at all costs.

Following in the footsteps of classic feminist manifestos like The Feminine Mystique and Our Bodies, Ourselves, Rage Becomes Her is an eye-opening book for the twenty-first-century woman: an engaging, accessible credo offering us the tools to re-understand our anger and harness its power to create lasting positive change.


Up Close with the Northern Fur Seal
Thursday, September 13
NE Aquarium,
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107645&view=Detail

Roger L. Gentry, Ph.D., Director, ProScience Consulting, LLC
In 1974, Roger Gentry started gathering detailed information about the lives of the individual fur seals on land and at sea. This talk focuses on the social behavior of this species as seen from observation blinds, some laboratory experiments using captive adults to study their mating system, and pioneering work on their diving behavior at sea. The first-ever Time-Depth Recorders, invented by Gentry’s colleague Jerry Kooyman, will be shown.


Leading with Dignity
Thursday, September 13
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-donna-hicks-conflict-resolution-specialist-associate-at-the-weatherhead-center-for-tickets-47823112216

Donna Hicks conflict resolution specialist & Associate at the Weatherh...
This landmark book (Leading with Dignity) from an expert in dignity studies explores the essential but under-recognized role of dignity as part of good leadership. Extending the reach of her award-winning book Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, Donna Hicks now contributes a specific, practical guide to achieving a culture of dignity.

Most people know very little about dignity, the author has found, and when leaders fail to respect the dignity of others, conflict and distrust ensue. She highlights three components of leading with dignity: what one must know in order to honor dignity and avoid violating it; what one must do to lead with dignity; and how one can create a culture of dignity in any organization, whether corporate, religious, governmental, healthcare, or beyond. Brimming with key research findings, real-life case studies, and workable recommendations, this book fills an important gap in our understanding of how best to be together in a conflict-ridden world.

About the Author
Donna Hicks is an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. As a conflict resolution specialist, she has facilitated diplomatic efforts in the Middle East and other high-conflict regions and conducted numerous training seminars worldwide. She lives in Watertown, MA.


A Tale of Two Governors (Or, Are we in for another 'solarcoaster' ride?) 
Thursday, September 13
7:30 p.m (Doors open at 7:00 p.m)
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square

It's a tale of two governors, Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker. It's got good, bad and ugly. It's our essential story of solar in Massachusetts, a history we are living in and one we can and must shape.

The good - flourishing solar under Deval Patrick's administration. Job growth, avoided emissions, community engagement and technological, financial and conceptual innovation.

Then Charlie Baker comes along and has no trouble letting in the bad and ugly - a customer charge from the utility called the "MMRC". It's the latest sharp turn on the "solarcoaster" of energy policy and is seen to be putting the brakes on the growth of distributed energy. Seems to be a likable guy, but what is he up to?

New charges from utilities in Massachusetts are unlike anywhere else (except somewhere in Arizona). They are also very unlike Massachusetts, long a leader in renewable energy and efficiency programs. Understandably, this move by the Department of Public Utilities is being challenged, and is currently under judicial appeal and legislative review. 

Can one governor undo the good of another? Can people who want progressive energy policy keep the pressure on during the lead-up to the November 2018 gubernatorial election, and make this a top issue in voters' minds?

Join us on September 13th for the Boston Area Solar Energy Association (BASEA.org) Forum Series. Mark Sandeen of MassSolar (solarisworking.org) will lead us through this tale, our recent and significant energy policy history of what has been and what we are now in. 
Refreshments served, Q & A to follow the presentation.
Mark Sandeen is President of MassSolar is Working, Inc. ("MassSolar"), a 501(c)(3) organization working to establish a renewable energy economy, ensure fair compensation for solar owners and provide access to solar for everyone in the Commonwealth. Also founder of RePower Partners, LLC, he is responsible for their portfolio of solar energy projects. Mark has had the privilege of building and leading many high-growth, high-tech teams at Avidyne, Object Design and Intel. He is Chair of the Sustainable Lexington Committee and a member of Lexington's Better Buildings, Community Choice and Solar Energy Task Forces. Mark also writes the monthly column, "All Things Sustainable," for the Colonial Times Magazine.  

Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum  


The Buddhist DNA : Traces of Your Spirituality
Thursday, September 13
7:30pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building W15: MIT Chapel, 48 Massachusetts Avenue (rear0, Cambridge

We are inviting a buddhist monk, Venerable Hsin Ting from Fo Guang Shan, for a lecture in MIT titled "The Buddhist DNA : Traces of Your Spirituality". We welcome attendees of different beliefs and we will not hold any religious ceremonies during the event. The event is free and open to public.

Friday, September 14 - Sunday, September 16

Boston Juggling Festival 2018
Friday, September 14 at 5:00pm through September 16
MIT, Building 50: Walker Memorial, Morss Hall (50-140), 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

The 5th Annual Boston Juggling Festival (formerly JuggleMIT) is an inclusive, 3-day celebration of juggling, flow arts, and object manipulation of all sorts. Founded at MIT in 2014, BJF is now the premier juggling festival in Massachusetts, attracting professional and aspiring circus artists from across the country. BJF is also a welcoming festival, where students, casual jugglers, and flow artists can share their talent and build their skills. This year's festival includes 3 days of workshops, 2 juggling shows, a 1-trick contest, a dedicated sand-court volleyclub play area, and juggling games. Get tickets while they last! We look forward to seeing you at BJF 2018!

More information at https://www.bostonjuggling.org

Note: Tickets from this link are full festival passes that include access to all BJF shows, workshops, and associated events. For tickets to just the Saturday BJF Circus Show, please see "Boston Juggling Festival 2018 Circus Show".

Friday, September 14

Sustainability 101: From Foundations to the Future
Friday, September 14
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
50 Milk Street, Room Edison, Floor 16, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-101-from-foundations-to-the-future-tickets-49359317046
Cost:  $15 – $40

At USGBC MA, we want to help the green building community redesign the built environment to be more sustainable. As climate change becomes a pressing issue for Boston, professionals are going to need to work together to meet this goal.
But where do you start?
Sometimes, it is good to start with the basics. At our course Sustainability 101: From Foundations to the Future, attendees will learn about the basics of sustainability in the built environment. From the three E’s of sustainability from USGBC, from what the laws of thermodynamics have to do with sustainability, attendees will leave this course with a broader appreciation and understanding of sustainability.
About the instructor, Meredith Elbaum
As a sustainability advocate and educator, I joined the USGBC MA, as Executive Director, in November 2017. Before becoming ED, I was developing climate action plans, master plans, design guidelines and green buildings as President of the Elbaum Group, LLC. Fueled by an interest in materials transparency I launched the Health Product Declaration as its Interim Executive Director. For almost a decade I was Director of Sustainable Design at Sasaki. During that time I helped in the USGBC MA Chapter’s creation and served as a founding board member. I also co-created the Architecture and Design Sustainable Design Leaders Network. I earned a BArch from Rice University and a MSArch from MIT and I currently teach architecture students at Wentworth Institute of Technology. I’m looking forward to advancing net positive communities in Massachusetts and beyond.


Photochemical and Dark Ageing of Organic Aerosols
Friday, September 14
Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Professor Sergey Nizkorodov, UC Irvine
Atmospheric aerosols significantly affect air quality, visibility, and global climate. Organic compounds make up a significant, and often dominant, fraction of the atmospheric particulate matter. Primary organic aerosol is emitted in the atmosphere by various sources, and secondary organic aerosol is produced directly in the atmosphere as a result of a complex sequence of reactions that start with the oxidation of volatile organic compounds and end with the condensation of the low-volatility products into particles. What makes the representation of organic aerosols in climate and air quality models challenging is their astonishingly high degree of chemical complexity. Furthermore, the chemical composition of organic aerosols continuously changes as a result of various “ageing” processes, such as photolysis, hydrolysis, oligomerization, oxidation, and other reactions involving aerosol constituents and atmospheric gases. This presentation will examine the role of condensed-phase photochemical processes in the aerosol ageing, i.e., processes initiated by absorption of solar radiation by an organic compound within a particle or cloud/fog droplet. If time permits, we will also discuss “dark” ageing processes, which occur without any involvement of solar radiation and free radicals, and result in the formation of compounds with unusual properties, such as organic compounds capable of absorbing visible radiation (so called “brown carbon”).


The U.S. Opioid Epidemic: Where Do We Go From Here?
Friday, September 14
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM EDT 
Harvard Medical School, 10 Shattuck Street, Countway Library, Minot Room, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eficwg98290c183d&oseq=&c=&ch=


Partly Green: The Past and Future of Sustainable Business
Friday, September 14
2:30pm to 4:30pm
MIT, Building E51-095, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Presented by Adam Rome, Professor, University at Buffalo, SUNY

MIT Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History Series


Haunted by Chaos:  China's Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping
Friday, September 14
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes SULMAAN WASIF KHAN—Assistant Professor of International History and Chinese Foreign Relations at Tufts—for a discussion of his latest book, Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping.

About Haunted by Chaos
Before the Chinese Communist Party came to power, China lay broken and fragmented. Today it is a force on the global stage, and yet its leaders have continued to be haunted by the past. Drawing on an array of sources, Sulmaan Wasif Khan chronicles the grand strategies that have sought not only to protect China from aggression but also to ensure it would never again experience the powerlessness of the late Qing and Republican eras.

The dramatic variations in China’s modern history have obscured the commonality of purpose that binds the country’s leaders. Analyzing the calculus behind their decision making, Khan explores how they wove diplomatic, military, and economic power together to keep a fragile country safe in a world they saw as hostile. Dangerous and shrewd, Mao Zedong made China whole and succeeded in keeping it so, while the caustic, impatient Deng Xiaoping dragged China into the modern world. Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao served as cautious custodians of the Deng legacy, but the powerful and deeply insecure Xi Jinping has shown an assertiveness that has raised both fear and hope across the globe.

For all their considerable costs, China’s grand strategies have been largely successful. But the country faces great challenges today. Its population is aging, its government is undermined by corruption, its neighbors are arming out of concern over its growing power, and environmental degradation threatens catastrophe. A question Haunted by Chaos raises is whether China’s time-tested approach can respond to the looming threats of the twenty-first century.


Race, Media & Politics
WHEN  Friday, Sep. 14, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Don Lemon, Margaret Talev (Moderator)
CONTACT INFO	IOP Forum Office, 617-495-1380
DETAILS  A conversation with Don Lemon, Anchor, CNN's Tonight with Don Lemon
Margaret Talev (Moderator), Fall 2018 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics, Senior White House Correspondent, Bloomberg News and CNN Political Analyst, Past President, White House Correspondents' Association
LINK  http://iop.harvard.edu/forum/race-media-politics


Good Without God
Friday, September 14
6:15pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building 2-190, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

As a blogger, spokesperson, adviser, community organizer, and university chaplain, Greg Epstein has served the country’s rapidly growing population of nonreligious people for nearly two decades. The author of the New York Times best-seller and landmark secular humanist book, Good Without God, will join us at our Fall kickoff social to speak about his secular moral ideals, and his vision for his new role as MIT’s first humanist chaplain.
Free refreshments served at start, audience Q&A after talk, ice cream social follows.
Free entry. The event will be photographed and recorded.
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/306256490135722/


Doctor’s Dozen
Friday, September 14
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Catherine Florio Pipas in conversation with Susan E. Farrell 
Burnout affects a third of our population and over half of our health professionals. For the second group, the impact is magnified, as consequences play out not only on a personal level, but also on a societal level and lead to medical errors, suboptimal care, low levels of patient satisfaction, and poor clinical outcomes. Achieving wellbeing requires strategies for change.

In this book, Dr. Pipas shares twelve lessons and strategies for improved health that she has learned from patients, students, and colleagues over her twenty years working as a family physician. Each lesson is based on observation and research, and begins with a story of an exemplary patient whose challenges and successes reflect the theme of the lesson. Along with the lessons, the author offers plans for action, which taken together create the framework for a healthy life. Each lesson concludes with resources and a “health challenge.

About the Author
Catherine Florio Pipas is a professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.


Not Quite Not White:  Losing and Finding Race in America
Friday, September 14
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes SHARMILA SEN—executive editor-at-large at Harvard University Press—for a discussion of her debut book, Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America.

About Not Quite Not White
At the age of 12, Sharmila Sen emigrated from India to the U.S. The year was 1982, and everywhere she turned, she was asked to self-report her race—on INS forms, at the doctor's office, in middle school. Never identifying with a race in the India of her childhood, she rejects her new "not quite" designation—not quite white, not quite black, not quite Asian—and spends much of her life attempting to blend into American whiteness. But after her teen years trying to assimilate—watching shows like General Hospital and The Jeffersons, dancing to Duran Duran and Prince, and perfecting the art of Jell-O no-bake desserts—she is forced to reckon with the hard questions: What does it mean to be white, why does whiteness retain the magic cloak of invisibility while other colors are made hypervisible, and how much does whiteness figure into Americanness?

Part memoir, part manifesto, Not Quite Not White is a searing appraisal of race and a path forward for the next not quite not white generation—a witty and sharply honest story of discovering that not-whiteness can be the very thing that makes us American.

Saturday, September 15

Somerville Garden Club Plant Sale
Saturday, September 15
9 to 1pm
Davis Square, Somerville


The 2018 Ig Informal Lectures
Saturday, September 15
1:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Building 10-250, Huntington Hall, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join us for some improbably funny, informative, and high-spirited public lectures, in which the new Ig Nobel Prize winners will attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it. 

On September 13, The Ig Nobel Prize Committee will award ten prizes to people who have done remarkable things, some of them admirable, some perhaps otherwise. On the following Saturday, we invite the winners to MIT and give them five minutes to describe and/or defend their work, then respond to insightful and amusing questions from the audience. Here's your chance to chat with an Ig Nobel Laureate!

All Ig Nobel Prize activities are organized by the Annals of Improbable Research. <http://www.improbable.com>
The Ig Improbable Lectures are hosted by The MIT Press Bookstore. <http://mitpressbookstore.mit.edu>
For more information about the Lectures, call (617) 253-5249, email books at mit.edu, or visit https://www.improbable.com/ig/2018/#informallectures

Sunday, September 16

Boston Local Food Festival
Sunday, September 16
Rose Kennedy Greenway, 185 Kneeland Street, Boston

More information at http://bostonlocalfoodfestival.com

Monday, September 17

The Harvard Law School Project on Disability Open House In honor of Special Olympics, with guest Tim Shriver
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 17, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Austin Hall, Room 101 East, 1515 Mass. Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Athletic, Award Ceremonies, Law
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Harvard Law School Project on Disability
SPEAKER(S)  Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D., Chairman, Special Olympics International
Melissa Joy Reilly, Athlete, Board Member, Special Olympics, Massachusetts
CONTACT INFO	hpod at law.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The Harvard Law School Project on Disability Open House
With special guests Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D., Chairman, Special Olympics International
And Melissa Joy Reilly, Athlete, Board Member, Special Olympics, Massachusetts
In celebration of The Special Olympics 50th Anniversary
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, noon
Catered lunch available at 11:30 a.m.
LINK  http://hpod.law.harvard.edu/events/event/hpods-open-house-in-honor-of-special-olympics-at-50-save-the-date


Aligning Production Methods & Urban Tree Planting Objectives
Monday, September 17
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill, 1300 Centre Street, Boston

Rick Harper, Extension Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

More information at https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/research/research-talks/


Global Maternal Health Symposium
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 17, 2018, 2 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Health, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Maternal Health Task Force, a project of the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  Aparajita Gogoi, National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance India
Christy Turlington-Burns, Founder and CEO, Every Mother Counts
Nina Martin, Reporter, ProPublica
Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Margaret Kruk, Associate Professor of Global Health, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Jigyasa Sharma, Doctor of Science Candidate, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Mary Mwanyika-Sando, CEO, Africa Academy of Public Health
Richard Adanu, Dean of the School of Public Health, University of Ghana
DIRECTED BY  Maternal Health Task Force
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-maternal-health-symposium-tickets-47067851210
TICKET INFO  RSVP required. Seating is limited.
CONTACT INFO  mhtf at hsph.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The symposium will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Maternal Health Task Force, showcase achievements in global maternal health and chart a course forward for critical steps to end preventable maternal mortality and optimize maternal health around the world. A reception will follow. At the symposium, we will also announce the recipients of the inaugural Maternal Health Visionary Awards.
LINK  https://www.mhtf.org/global-maternal-health-symposium/


Monday, September 17
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB (Room 2019), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join us to learn about the Berkman Klein Center, our amazing community and digital Harvard friends at the Fall 2018 Open House. Our faculty, fellows, and staff look forward to meeting you!

5:00-6:00 pm - Project Showcase Session: Select Berkman Klein projects (as well as projects from our friends at the Harvard) will be present with information about their current activities. Staff working with each of these projects are eager to share information about the big research questions they are considering, meet potential future collaborators, and solicit ideas. In addition to the project tabling, there will be space and opportunity to connect with new Berkman Klein community members and Berkman Klein Center Staff and Faculty. You may come for any portion of time during this session.
6:00-7:00 pm - Reception: Keep the conversations going with the help of light snacks and drinks!
Spoiler alert: check out the current open research positions with our teams!
As a University-wide research center at Harvard, our interdisciplinary efforts in the exploration of cyberspace address a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. If you're interested in the Internet’s impact on society and are looking to engage a community of world-class fellows and faculty through events, conversations, research, and more please join us to hear more about our upcoming academic year.
People from all disciplines, universities, organizations, and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the Open House. We look forward to seeing you there!


Saving Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys
Monday, September 17
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

James W. Porter, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
Coral reefs support more than a quarter of all marine life, yet many are critically endangered. In the Florida Keys, the once common elk horn coral (Acropora palmata) has experienced steep declines since the 1970s. Preliminary blame was attributed to  global warming and coral bleaching, but in fact, a human bacterial pathogen associated with a wide range of serious infections was the culprit. James Porter will discuss how Key West residents are saving these reefs and he will highlight the intricate links among conservation, medicine, public health, economics, and politics.


Sport Matters: On Art, Social Artifice, and Athletics, or, the Politics of Sport
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 17, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Room 133, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Ludics seminar, the Mahindra Humanities Center
SPEAKER(S)  Louis A. Ruprecht Jr., Georgia State University
CONTACT INFO  vasiliki_rapti at emerson.edu
DETAILS  This lecture will explore three interrelated topics. First, I will examine the moral implications of viewing sport as an example of social artifice, that is, arbitrary norm-and-boundary-creation which makes certain complex social rituals possible. Second, I will examine the history of the Modern Olympic Revival as an example of Neohellenism, one which emphasized the moral meaning of such athletic artifice. This will set the stage for the third and longest portion of the talk, a discussion of what is arguably the finest book on the moral and political meaning of organized sport, C. L. R. James’s Beyond a Boundary.
LINK  http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/ludics


The MIT Forum: Robert Lustig
Monday, September 17
6:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT, Samberg Conference Center, 7th Floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://alumic.mit.edu/s/1314/17form/interior.aspx?sid=1314&gid=13&pgid=44518&content_id=46952

Join fellow MIT alumni and friends for a special MIT Forum event featuring Robert Lustig '77, bestselling author, physician, and consumer advocate. 

Lustig, a Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, has spent his academic career exposing the role sugar has played in contributing to poor health in America. His books Fat Chance and The Hacking of the American Mind, Sugar Has 56 Names, and Obesity Before Birth have effected significant change in the way food companies, governments, and consumers view the American diet.

Lustig's talk will be by a fireside chat with and audience Q&A. The event includes a reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. MIT alumni and guests are welcome.

Space is limited—register today.

The MIT Forum is a quarterly series, produced by the MIT Alumni Association, that spotlights thought leaders from around the world.


Role of Clouds and Particles in Climate... with a Dash of Fog
Monday, September 17
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Policies.aspx

Daniel Ciczo, PhD, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


When History Is Personal
Monday, September 17
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

When History Is Personal contains the stories of twenty-five moments in Mimi Schwartz's life, each heightened by its connection to historical, political, and social issues. These essays look both inward and outward so that these individualized tales tell a larger story--of assimilation, the women's movement, racism, anti-Semitism, end-of-life issues, ethics in writing, digital and corporate challenges, and courtroom justice.

A shrewd and discerning storyteller, Schwartz captures history from her vantage as a child of German-Jewish immigrants, a wife of over fifty years, a breast cancer survivor, a working mother, a traveler, a tennis player, a daughter, and a widow. In adding her personal story to the larger narrative of history, culture, and politics, Schwartz invites readers to consider her personal take alongside "official" histories and offers readers fresh assessments of our collective past.

Mimi Schwartz is a professor emerita in the writing program at Stockton University. She is the award-winning author of Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village and Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed and is the coauthor of Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. Her essays have been widely anthologized, and ten of them have been listed as Notables in the Best American Series.

Tuesday, September 18

Intro to WELL Building Standard
Tuesday, September 18
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
50 Milk Street, 16th Floor, "Edison" Room, 17th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-well-building-standard-tickets-48618031842
Cost:  $45 – $60

The Introduction to the WELL Building Standard provides an overview of the WELL Building Standard ideology, structure, and certification process. The medical basis for the concept categories is introduced along with design and construction strategies to create healthy buildings. This training will introduce how to reinvent buildings that are better for both people and the planet using the WELL Building Standard as the framework.
Articulate the financial, societal, and environmental benefits of WELL certification
Identify the role of the International Well Building Institute and the WELL Building Standard
Recognize the structure of the WELL Building Standard
Explain the 7 concepts of the WELL Building standard, the strategies to achieve them, and the health impacts they address
Summarize the certification process of the WELL Building Standard
If you are interested in having this session count towards your LEED credential, please self-report at USGBC.org and use GBCI: 0920003583 when referring to the session.

About the Instructor: Jen Taranto
Jenn Taranto, WELL AP, has over 15 years experience in the commercial real estate and construction industry. Jenn serves as Structure Tone’s Director of Sustainability, a key component of the team on any project. Her ability to manage and lead subcontractors through the LEED and WELL process comes from her previous background as a superintendent and a project manager. Jenn understands the importance of creating awareness at the early stages of the project with the subcontractor’s in order to succeed in meeting the client’s sustainability goals. Additionally, she understands the importance of being an active partner during the preconstruction integrated design process on projects that have sustainable goals.


Setti Warren
Tuesday, September 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Taubman 5th floor, Allison Dining Room, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge


EBC Energy Resources Webinar: Public Perception of Power in New England	@ WEBINAR
Tuesday, September 18
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
RSVP at http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-energy-resources-webinar-public-perception-of-power-in-new-england/

Utilities and product companies are undergoing unprecedented change driven by climate policy, innovative smart-grid technologies, customer adoption of distributed energy, and new customer expectations. The stakes are high, and so is the price tag. Are customers really looking for an energy revolution – akin to how smart phones have changed the telecom industry? Or are they just looking for more affordable, resilient, reliable, clean power from their trusted utility? What are the barriers and opportunities for adapting to a shifting energy marketplace and how do utilities and customer adapt? We have asked customers directly what they expect and need from their utility and how they see the future. Join us for an information presentation to illuminate public opinion on this topic.

Program Chair:
Dale Knapp, MSc, CSS, LSE, CEP, PWS, Senior Environmental Consultant, Tetra Tech

Webinar Presentation:
Utility of the Future: The Customer’s Perspective
Harrison Grubbs, Director of Strategic Partnerships, KSV Company
Following the Speaker Presentation will be time for a Q&A session.


Sexual Harassment of Women - A Consensus Study Report of NASEM
Tuesday, September 18
3:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 10-250, Huntington Hall, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. A Consensus Study Report of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Welcome by MIT President L. Rafael Reif 

Panel discussion by: 
Sheila Widnall (Report Co-Chair), aerospace researcher and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paula Johnson (Report Co-Chair), President, Wellesley College
Anita Hill, MIT Research Affiliate, Professor, Brandeis University


Reinforcement Learning Systems at DeepMind
Tuesday, September 18
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Refreshments: 3:45 PM
MIT, Building 32-D463, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: David Budden , DeepMinds 
Abstract: The many recent successes of deep reinforcement learning have resulted from innovation not just in algorithm design, but the co-development of systems capable of scaling to thousands of machines and leveraging specialized hardware.

In this seminar I will cover three topics:
A brief introduction to off-policy reinforcement learning and policy gradient methods
Recent algorithmic improvements underlying the D4PG agent for continuous control and robotics, e.g. distributional RL and prioritized experience replay
Architectures and open research questions in distributing agents across many machines

Constant iteration between algorithm design and systems engineering is a hallmark of the Research Engineering role at DeepMind, and through this seminar I also hope to give a flavor of what this entails day-to-day.

Bio: David Budden is a Research Engineering Team Lead and Tech Lead for DeepMind's Machine Learning team. Before joining DeepMind, he worked as a postdoc in CSAIL with Prof Nir Shavit.

David's research interests include generative models, few-shot imitation and self-supervised learning. His main passion however is the intersection of machine learning research and systems engineering. David prepared and teaches DeepMind's internal training courses on distributed machine learning, and helped develop many of their engineering systems (e.g. Control Suite, ApeX) and state-of-the-art reinforcement learning agents (e.g. D4PG, DQfD).

Contact: Joanne Talbot Hanley, 617-253-6054, joanne at csail.mit.edu


Impostor Syndrome: Why Capable People Suffer and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Tuesday, September 18
4:30–6 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
BU, Bakst Auditorium, 72 East Concord Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-programs/diversity-inclusion/impostor-syndrome-why-capable-people-suffer-and-how-to-thrive-in-spite-of-it/

Speaker  Valerie Young, Author and Speaker
From CEOs to PhDs to acclaimed actors, millions of people secretly worry they’re not as bright or as capable as they are perceived to be. This is known as the “Impostor Syndrome.” Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, will discuss the reasons why accomplished individuals feel as though they are “faking it,” and will provide insight and tools on how to eliminate this thought pattern.

Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided


Blockchain Technology: Patents vs. Open Source
Tuesday, September 18
5:30pm to 8:30pm
MIT Stata Center, Building 32-124, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/blockchain-technology-patents-vs-open-source/
Cost:  $0 - $20

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

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

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

Sam Abbasi, Partner, The BUSHIDO Lab
Evan Schwartz, Engineer at Ripple, Co-Inventor of the Interledger Protocol
Tom Serres, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Animal Ventures
Christian Wentz, Founder/CEO, Stealth Mode Startup

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

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


Boston New Technology Startup Showcase
Tuesday, September 18
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-new-technology-startup-showcase-bnt93-21-tickets-48881981322
Price: $15 - $30

21+. Join Boston New Technology on September 18th at law firm Foley Hoag to:
See 7 innovative and exciting local technology demos, presented by startup founders
Network with 200 attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Enjoy dinner with beer, wine and more
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 #BNT93 hashtag. We'll retweet you!


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
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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