[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - September 30, 2018

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Monday, October 1

11:30am  Jeff Flake and John Kasich address the Forbes Under 30 Summit
12pm  PAOC Colloquium - Robin Wordsworth (Harvard)
12pm  Experiencing and Reporting on Rural America
12pm  Using Big Data to Quantify the Economic Impacts of Climate Change
12pm  The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World
12:15pm  Animals as Patients, Models, and Infrastructure in Precision Bioscience
1pm  Materials Innovation for Better Living
1:35pm  Why Immigration Restrictions are Unjust and Why It Matters
4pm  Compton Lecture by Thomas L. Friedman:  Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
4pm  Surviving the Century
5pm  CEE C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series:  Fear, Greed and Financial Crisis 10 Years Later
5pm  ComMIT and Harvard Science in the News Mixer
5pm  Atelier Ten: Global Perspectives on Sustainability
5:30pm  The Science and Side Effects of Geoengineering
5:30pm  Your Vote Counts: Education, Voting, and the Midterms
6pm  Science Policy Initiative October Discussion: Open Access Research
6pm  Amazon Robotics - Company Presentation
6:30pm  Blazing Your Own Trail in Food: A Conversation with Women Who Know How
7pm  Harvard 2018 Science and Cooking Lecture Series with Clover founder/CEO Ayr Muir
7pm  Heartland:  A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
7pm  The Fame of C.S. Lewis: A Controversialist's Reception in Britain and America
7pm  Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life
7pm  Killing Cancer with Cannabis
7pm  The Knife Edge of Value Alignment in AI: Utopia or Extinction
7pm  Gubernatorial Candidates Environmental Town Hall
7pm  "Generation Wealth" Screening and Discussion with Award-Winning Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, on the Ethics of Wealth

Tuesday, October 2

11am  Fix It Clinic
12pm  Reporting on the Borderlands
12pm  How to Increase Bipartisan Leadership on Climate Change
12pm  Software for the Social Good 
12:30pm  PICS Seminar:  Impact Chemistry and the Origin of Life
12:30pm  Animation in Medical Communication
4:30pm  Current State of U.S. Immigration: Trends, Policy Issues, and Public Opinion
5pm  Tara Oceans: Cells, Embryos, and the Origins of Complexity in Life
5pm  Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup: A Special Evening with Author John Carreyrou
5:30pm  Tech Tour: Fireside Chat with Max Levchin, CEO and Cofounder of Affirm
5:30pm  Careers in Sustainability: The Evolution of the Sustainability Professional
6pm  The Politics of Dignity: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
6pm  Farsighted:  How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most
6pm  AI and Human Augmentation in Healthcare
6pm  Tarun Khanna book talk on Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
6pm  The Future of (Sustainable) Work
6:30pm  Saskia Sassen: Intellectual Commons 
6:30pm  National Trails 50th Anniversary Celebration
6:30pm  Professor Michael Meltsner in Conversation With Daniel Medwed
9pm  People who are changing the world & those who want to help them [video call]

Wednesday, October 3

9am  Symposium: Microbiome in Human Disease
10am  Technology and the Assault on Empathy in Adolescents and Young Adults
10am  Cheater's Dilemma: Iraqi Signals, Reputation, and WMD Disarmament
11am  Massachusetts Farm to School Awareness Day
12pm  Can We Ever Get It Right? Voting Technology in 2018
12pm  Agricultural residue for community cooking in Rural India
12pm  Decoding the Ballot Box: Do You Have Questions About Voting in the U.S.?
12pm  Geostructural Realism and the Return of Bipolarity in International Politics
1pm  Our History with Honeybees (Gonson Lecture)
3pm   In Our Own Voice: Stories of Living with Mental Illness
4pm  Finding Fairness in Computer Science
4pm  Social Order in the Age of Big Data: Exploring the Knowledge Problem and the Freedom Problem
4pm  Is the classroom lecture becoming extinct or simply evolving?
4:15pm  Pass-Through as a Test for Market Power: An Application to Solar Subsidies
5pm  Trade Wars: Much More Than Just Tariffs
5:15pm  Molecular approaches to solar energy conversion
5:30pm  Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World
5:30pm  Screening and Filmmaker Discussion Featuring David Heilbroner '84 on "Traffic Stop”
5:30pm  Digital Health Evening 2018
6pm  Future Forward:  Leadership Lessons from Patrick McGovern, the Visionary Who Circled the Globe and Built a Technology Media Empire
6pm  How the Other Half Lives: Researching Occupations in Early New England
6:30pm  Venezuela Today:  Challenges from Within and Abroad
7pm  How Birds Migrate
7pm  Young Benjamin Franklin:  The Birth of Ingenuity
7pm  Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir 
7pm  The Past and Future of Viral Outbreaks
7pm  What's At Stake -- Separation of Religion and State Today

Thursday, October 4

8:30am  LAUNCH.NANO: AT THE DAWN OF THE NANO AGE - Grand Opening Celebration
11am  Rethinking Malaria: The Role of Faith & Community in Saving Lives
12pm  Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design
12pm  20th-Century Plague: The Spanish Flu of 1918 & How It Changed The World
2:30pm  Social Inequality in a Cross-National Perspective: The Case of the Working Homeless
3:30pm  What Glows Below: New Insights on Biodiversity and Biooptics of Deep-Sea Plankton
3:30pm  A Fossil-Fuel-Free Economy is Entirely Possible
4pm  Following Nature’s Lead – Designing Biomaterials for Nerve Injury
4pm  Flint Mayor Karen Weaver & New Haven Mayor Toni Harp
4pm  International Development: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
4:15pm  Democracy When You Least Expect It: Strong State Democratization in Authoritarian Asia
4:30pm  Starr Forum: Citizenship Under Attack
5pm  new media and civic arts series: daniel bacchieri
5pm  Let's Talk About Water
6pm  Conserving Biodiversity: A Global Priority
6pm  authors at MIT: Leonardo Journal 50th Anniversary
6pm  How to Fight a Nazi
7pm  The Field of Blood:  Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
7pm  Climate Solutions: Drawdown's Chad Frischmann
7pm  Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed The World 
7pm  History VS. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You to Know
8pm  The Climate Mobilization:  Daniel Pinchbeck “How Soon is Now”: Psychedelics, Initiation, and the Climate Crisis

Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 6

BU Global Music Festival

AT&T Entertainment Hackathon - Boston

Friday, October 5 - Sunday, October 7


Friday, October 5

12pm  A Tale of Two Satellites: Estimating carbon dioxide and methane fluxes from OCO-2 and GOSAT
3pm  Bumblebees and Vehicular Networking: Intelligent Connectivity on the Road
3pm  The Increasingly United States:  How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized
5:30pm  Chelsea Democracy School In Action
6:30pm  David Ireland, "Designing for sustainable change”
7pm  Can Democracy Work?:  A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World

Saturday, October 6

8am  MASSdestruction: Maker Faire Boston 2018 (Plastic's Only) 
10am  Go Green!: Sustainability & the Environment
10am  Let’s Talk About Food:  Feeding the Future
1pm  Kip Tiernan Memorial Dedication
4pm  Whither India 01 (WI01):  Rural Distress and Agrarian Crisis in India: Policy Failure or Failure by Policy?
8pm  Dance as if the Earth depended on it!

Sunday, October 7

9:30am  Faith & Life Forum: Dori Hale - Poet on Disorientation and the Weather
4pm  Music for Atmosphere and Ground
7pm  Mothers Out Front National Webinar

Monday, October 8 - Sunday, October 14


Monday, October 8 - Tuesday, October 9

Aerial Futures: The Drone Frontier @ HUBweek - Public Exhibit Hall

Monday, October 8

9:30am  MIT Policy Hackathon: We the Future 
3pm  SnotBot: Drones Democratizing Science
6pm  Drone Solutions to Real World Problems
6:30pm  The Notion of Vision: Dreaming and Seeing
7pm  The Forgotten:  How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America

Tuesday, October 9

7:30am  Technology and the Movement of Food
9:30am  Landing in the Drone Valley:  Entering Switzerland’s Drone Innovation Ecosystem
12pm  Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship:  UNIVERSITIES AT THE PRIVACY FRONTIER
12:30pm  Political Origins of Cybersecurity Capacity: Lessons from Japan and East Asia
1pm  Garage @ NERD 
1pm  Learning Environments & Technology Showcase
4pm  The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
4pm  HILR Convocation 2018 with Samantha Power
4pm  "Travels in Trumpland" with Ed Balls
4:30pm  Leonid Volkov: What is the Future of Russia's Opposition?
5pm  Technology Innovation & Public Purpose - A Hubweek Event
5pm  Film Screening and Q&A: Dark Money
5pm  Decentralizing Power Production with Solar and Blockchain Technology
5:30pm  CHINA Town Hall - Hosted by Suffolk University & WorldBoston
5:30pm  Horizon18 Conference Kick-off @ Greentown Labs
5:30pm  Greenovate Boston Leaders Program Training 1
6pm  Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created
6pm  Distinguished Speaker Series: Terry McAuliffe
6pm  Hammer and Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy
6pm  Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow 
6pm  Demystifying Lobbying
6:30pm  Christopher Hawthorne Lecture
7pm  Success Through Diversity:  Why the Most Inclusive Companies Will Win
7pm  Seaweed Chronicles
7pm  The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating A Life of Sustainable Abundance


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

Personal Power Set

Szenasy, Design Advocate: Writings and Talks by Metropolis Magazine Editor Susan S Szenasy


Monday, October 1

Jeff Flake and John Kasich address the Forbes Under 30 Summit
Monday October 1 
Under 30 Village at City Hall Plaza, Boston

They will talk on "The Future of the Republican Party." Local pro-choice organizations plan to protest. 


PAOC Colloquium - Robin Wordsworth (Harvard)
Monday, October 1
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT,  Building 54-915/923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Robin Wordsworth (Harvard)

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.


Experiencing and Reporting on Rural America
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Sarah Smarsh
DETAILS  Sarah Smarsh is the author of "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard" and "Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth" (Scribner, September 2018). A freelance journalist and former professor of nonfiction writing, Smarsh covers politics and economic inequality for The Guardian, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and others from her home state of Kansas. She contributed to the 2017 book "Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation" and is a frequent speaker on socioeconomic class and related media narratives.
LINK  https://shorensteincenter.org/event/speaker-series-sarah-smarsh/


Using Big Data to Quantify the Economic Impacts of Climate Change
Monday, October 1
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Trevor Houser, Partner, Rhodium Group, and Co-Director, Climate Impact Lab

Lunch will be served.

HKS Energy Policy Seminar


The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World
Monday, October 1
12:00 - 1:30 PM 
Northeastern University School of Law, 250 Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston

On Monday, October 1, 2018, Jennifer Rothman, Professor of Law and the Joseph Scott Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, will visit campus to talk about her new book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World.

Who controls how one’s identity is used by others? This legal question, centuries old, demands greater scrutiny in the Internet age. Jennifer Rothman uses the right of publicity—a little-known law, often wielded by celebrities—to answer that question, not just for the famous but for everyone. In challenging the conventional story of the right of publicity’s emergence, development, and justifications, Rothman shows how it transformed people into intellectual property, leading to a bizarre world in which you can lose ownership of your own identity. This shift and the right’s subsequent expansion undermine individual liberty and privacy, restrict free speech and suppress artistic works.

The Right of Publicity traces the right’s origins back to the emergence of the right of privacy in the late 1800s. The central impetus for the adoption of privacy laws was to protect people from “wrongful publicity.” This privacy-based protection was not limited to anonymous private citizens but applied to famous actors, athletes, and politicians. Beginning in the 1950s, the right transformed into a fully transferable intellectual property right, generating a host of legal disputes, from control of dead celebrities like Prince, to the use of student athletes’ images by the NCAA, to lawsuits by users of Facebook and victims of revenge porn.

The right of publicity has lost its way. Rothman proposes returning the right to its origins and in the process reclaiming privacy for a public world.

Sponsored by the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC)
and the faculty colloquium committee at Northeastern University School of Law 


Animals as Patients, Models, and Infrastructure in Precision Bioscience
Monday, October 1
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Declan Kuch, University of New South Wales, Environmental Humanities
The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.

There has been growing interest among graduate students and postdocs at Harvard in more systematic discussions related to STS. More and more dissertation writers and recent graduates find themselves working on exciting topics that intersect with STS at the edges of their respective home disciplines, and they are asking questions that often require new analytic tools that the conventional disciplines don’t necessarily offer. They would also like wider exposure to emerging STS scholarship that is not well-represented or organized at most universities, including Harvard. Our aim is to try to serve those interests through a series of activities throughout the academic year.

Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

The Harvard STS Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

sts at hks.harvard.edu
STS Circle at Harvard


Materials Innovation for Better Living by Dr. Jiaxing Huang
Monday, October 1
1:00pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Wiesner Building, Bartos Theater (Lower Level E15, 070) 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Curious observations can often inspire people to come up with new hypotheses and define new problems in research. I will share a few such discoveries from my research and teaching, connecting materials innovations to problems observed in ordinary people’s life. (1) Crumpled paper balls in a wastebasket inspired a new form of ultrafine particles that becomes aggregation-resistant and can disperse in arbitrary solvents. This represents a new strategy to achieve colloidal processability without the need for tuning surface chemistry. (2) Nanopatterns in Blu-ray movie discs are found to be suitable for improving the performance of solar cells through light trapping. This suggests a materials/information duality, where the properties of materials are determined by how information is stored in the materials. (3) A problem encountered in water marbling art inspired a new technique of Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of colloidal particles. (4) A recent discovery of using graphene materials for hair dyes. Finally, I will use a few examples from my classroom to illustrate how curiosity-driven enquiry enhances learning experience and empowers students to innovate. These teacher-student interactions in return inspires us to discover and identify new research problems, and provide material-based solutions for better living.

Keywords: Crumpled graphene balls, aggregation-resistant nanoparticles, universal solution processability, lubrication, quasi-random nanopatterns, Langmuir-Blodgett assembly, water-marbling, graphene based pigments

Jiaxing Huang is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Physics from USTC, Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA, and became a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley before joining Northwestern in 2007. In research, his group uses chemical principles and tools to discover new materials, advance materials processing, and make materials innovations for better living. Some recent examples include carbon based nanomaterials, clay minerals, and novel colloidal particles for energy storage, water treatments and even safer cosmetics. Through teaching, they aim to develop intuition, inspire creativity and bring the best out of students and themselves. His work has been recognized by awards from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Vacuum Society, and the International Aerosol Research Assembly. He is included in the lists of Highly Cited Researchers (Thompson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics) and Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering (Elsevier). He is also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the JSPS Fellowship from Japan and the Humboldt Research Award from Germany.


Why Immigration Restrictions are Unjust and Why It Matters
Monday, October 1 
1:35pm to 2:40pm
Northeastern, 909 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Dr. Javier Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
States heavily restrict immigration. Are these immigration restrictions morally acceptable? This paper will give an argument against immigration restrictions. My argument is that states systematically balance the reasons for and against immigration restrictions in the wrong way. They ignore or discount the moral reasons to allow immigration and exaggerate the reasons in favor of restrictions. Because of this bias, states restrict immigration more than they should. We can infer from these claims that actual immigration restrictions are unjust. I’ll also explore some implications of this conclusion for the individual ethics of immigration—how individual actors should respond to the injustice of immigration restrictions.


Compton Lecture by Thomas L. Friedman:  Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
Monday, October 1
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building W16: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Lecture title TBA
Thomas L. Friedman, an internationally known author and journalist, has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity, and energy.

For his coverage of the Middle East, Mr. Friedman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and 1988 for international reporting. He was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary for “his clarity of vision…in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.” In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title, Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Queen Elizabeth II.

Mr. Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won both the National Book and the Overseas Press Club Awards in 1989, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree, winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best non-fiction book on foreign policy. Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, issued in 2002, consists of columns Mr.  Friedman published about September 11. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, issued in April 2005 and updated in 2006 and 2007, received the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. In 2008 he brought out Hot, Flat, and Crowded, which was published in a revised edition a year later. His sixth book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, was released in 2011. Mr. Friedman’s new book, Thank you For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations 2.0, was updated and released 2017.


Surviving the Century
Monday, October 1
Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

HUCE and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics present a lecture and book signing with:
Martin Rees, Former President, The Royal Society; Emeritus Professor of Cosmology & Astrophysics, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Trinity College 

Followed by a discussion with: 
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, HKS
Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, SEAS; Director, HUCE

Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and cosmologist, and the UK's Astronomer Royal. His research interests have included galaxy formation, active galactic nuclei, black holes, gamma-ray bursts -- as well as more speculative aspects of cosmology such as the multiverse. He is based in Cambridge, UK, where he has been Director of the Institute of Astronomy, a Research Professor, and Master of Trinity College. He was President of the Royal Society during 2005-2010, and in 2006 was nominated to the House of Lords. He has received many international awards for his research, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy, the Japan  Academy and the Pontifical Academy. He has served on many bodies connected with education, space research, arms control and international collaboration in science. He lectures, writes, and broadcasts widely for general audiences. He has long has been concerned with the threats stemming from humanity's ever-heavier 'footprint' on the global environment, and with the runaway consequences of ever more powerful technologies. These concerns feature in his new book On the Future: Prospects for Humanity. 

Sheila Jasanoff is the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 120 articles and chapters and is author or editor of more than 15 books, including The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, Designs on Nature, and The Ethics of Invention. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies. She founded and directs the STS Program at Harvard; previously, she was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell. She has held distinguished visiting appointments at leading universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. Jasanoff served on the AAAS Board of Directors and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the University of Ghent Sarton Chair, an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria, and membership in the Royal Danish Academy. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente.

Daniel P. Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology at Harvard University, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. He is particularly interested in how information on climate change from the geologic past can lead to better understanding of anthropogenic climate change in the future. In addition to his work on geochemistry and climatology, Schrag studies energy technology and policy, including carbon capture and storage and low-carbon synthetic fuels. Schrag served on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Among various honors, he is the recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union and a MacArthur Fellowship. Schrag earned a B.S. in geology and geophysics and political science from Yale University and his Ph.D. in geology from the University of California at Berkeley. He came to Harvard in 1997 after teaching at Princeton.

Event is free and open to the public. Rees' new book "On the Future: Prospects for Humanity" will be available for purchase and signing after the event. 

Contact Name: 
Erin Harleman
eharleman at fas.harvard.edu


CEE C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series:  Fear, Greed and Financial Crisis 10 Years Later
Monday, October 1
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 1-190, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Prof. Andrew Lo 
Abstract:  2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the worst financial crisis that we have experienced in our lifetimes. What have we learned? How likely are we to see another crisis? And what can we do to prevent it from happening again? To answer these questions, we need to develop a deeper understanding of the origin of financial crises and this can best be done through the perspective of evolutionary models of human behavior. This perspective points to a critical mismatch between the increasing speed of technological innovation and the much slower pace of human adaptation to such innovation, leading to oscillations between states of financial excess and regulatory over-reach. By recognizing this dynamic and measuring its drivers, we might one day be able to break free from its never-ending cycles to reach a more stable equilibrium.

Bio: Andrew W. Lo is the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the director of MIT’s Laboratory for Financial Engineering, a principal investigator at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, a research associate of the NBER, and an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute.  He received a B.A. in economics from Yale University and an A.M. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.  His most recent research focuses on systemic risk in the financial system, evolutionary models of investor behavior, and applying financial engineering to develop new funding models for biomedical innovation. He has published extensively in academic journals (see alo.mit.edu) and his most recent book is Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought.  His awards include Sloan and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Paul A. Samuelson Award, the Harry M. Markowitz Award, the Eugene F. Fama Prize, teaching awards from Wharton and MIT, and election to Academia Sinica, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the Society for Financial Econometrics.


ComMIT and Harvard Science in the News Mixer
Monday, October 1
5:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 56-154
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfylAOZK12IJbotsd9_uLJk80hL0HVvDfuxEM2c4rpEC5fciQ/viewform
Please RSVP here to help with the food order

Join us for the first-ever joint meeting of Science in the News and Communicating Science at MIT. Dinner will be provided!

Co-sponsored by the MIT Graduate Student Council Funding Board and Science in the News. The MIT and Harvard communities are welcome to attend. 


Atelier Ten: Global Perspectives on Sustainability
Monday, October 1
5:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Nico Kienzl 
As a director of Atelier Ten and leader of its global energy analysis practice, Nico consults on a wide variety of large scale residential, commercial and institutional buildings, as well as on masterplan and renovation work in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Nico has particular experience with the application of advanced building analysis including facade optimization, daylight and shading analysis, and optimization of building systems. Recent work includes the first LEED Platinum condominium high rise in New York City, the sustainability framework for Columbia’s new Manhattanville Campus, and the adaptive reuse of the Horno3 blast furnace for the Museum of Steel in Monterrey, Mexico.

Nico teaches building systems integration at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture Program and the core building systems class at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. He is a LEED Fellow, and serves as a representative member of the U.S. General Services Administrations (GSA) Green Building Advisory Committee. Nico holds a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University in Munich, an M.S. in Building Technology from MIT and a Doctor of Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

MIT Department of Architecture
Fall 2018 Lecture Series / Organized by the Building Technology Group


The Science and Side Effects of Geoengineering
Monday, October 1
5:30 - 6:30 PM
MIT, Building  E19-202, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Professor Daniel Cziczo
The purpose of this forum discussion is to explore the science behind different ideas to deliberately manipulate the Earth’s climate to offset the warming due to the anthropogenic addition of greenhouse gases. The basis for this discussion will be the recent National Research Council reports “Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration” and “Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth”. We will begin with the history of intentional climate manipulation and lessons that have been learned from attempts at weather modification

Presenter Bio 
Daniel J. Cziczo is a professor of atmospheric chemistry in the Departments of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a bachelors in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois and a masters and doctorate in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago. His group develops and deploys instrumentation to determine aerosol phase change (deliquescence and efflorescence) and the chemical composition of particles that nucleate liquid water and ice. 

Dinner will be served. 
Bi-monthly Speaker Series

e4Dev: Energy for Human Development
E4Dev is a student group and discussion forum exploring energy and human development challenges in the developing world. We seek to bring together students, faculty, and practitioners, at MIT and beyond, who are devoted to working on these critical challenges. 


Your Vote Counts: Education, Voting, and the Midterms
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Education, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT	Community Programming, Forum, Question & Answer Session
PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT  Askwith Forum, Students and Alumni
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public.
FEATURED EVENT  Askwith Forums
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
DETAILS  Panelists include:
Meira Levinson, professor of education, HGSE 
Archon Fung, member of the faculty of education, HGSE; Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, HKS 
Moderator: Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE
The panelists will discuss how education may factor in the upcoming midterm election. Topics will include voting rights, civic participation, and how we might use education to help strengthen democracy in these challenging times. 
HGSE is participating in the Harvard Votes Challenge, a university-wide effort that is challenging Harvard schools to do their part to increase voter registration and participation among eligible students.


Science Policy Initiative October Discussion: Open Access Research
Monday, October 1
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT, Building 56-162, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Recently, Open Access has become an increasingly high-profile issue in the global scientific community. Most notably, a group of European research funding organizations announced a plan to require all work funded by public grants to be published in open access journals. Closer to home, MIT has convened an Open Access Task Force, which has just released a white paper with their findings. In light of these calls for more open access, questions emerge about what a better system would actually look like. SPI will be addressing some of these questions at our October meeting with the help of two guest experts. Join us on Monday, 10/1 at 6 pm in Room 56-162 for free dinner and lively discussion.


Amazon Robotics - Company Presentation
Monday, October 1
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT, Building  3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge


Blazing Your Own Trail in Food: A Conversation with Women Who Know How
Monday, October 1
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blazing-your-own-trail-in-food-a-conversation-with-women-who-know-how-tickets-49134825586
Cost:  $30

We Are The Fresh Collective: A Community of Women Food Entrepreneurs in Boston. Join us at our very first event! 

Blazing Your Own Trail in Food:  A Conversation with Women Who Know How
Cookbook author and New York Times contributor Colu Henry
James Beard Award-Winning chef and cookbook author Karen Akunowicz
America's Test Kitchen cast member and food stylist Elle Simone Scott

Fresh Collective founders Maggie Battista and Leigh Belanger will moderate the discussion on women building careers and business in the food industry. Each ticket comes with a free drink from our cash bar--you can buy additional beer and wine, too. There will be plenty of time for mingling, sipping, and chatting both before and after the talk. We will also have Colu Henry's and Karen Akunowicz's cookbooks for sale so you can have them signed.
NEW UPDATE: In addition to a cash bar, several food makers will set up a small makers market and sample their goods just for you. Check out the list of participating makers down below. See you there! 
Monday October 1, 6:30-9:30 pm. The panel begins at 7pm sharp.
Alley Powered by Verizon, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Get tickets and complete info: http://freshcollectiveconvo.eventbrite.com

The Fresh Collective is a community of women food entrepreneurs. If that sounds like something you'd be into, come connect at an event or find us online: thefreshcollective.co


Harvard 2018 Science and Cooking Lecture Series with Clover founder/CEO Ayr Muir
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Conferences, Education, Health Sciences, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
SPEAKER(S)  Ayr Muir, founder/CEO of Clover Food Lab
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2018/08/2018-science-and-cooking-lecture-series-serves-up-smorgasbord-of-innovative-presentations
CONTACT INFO	azewe at seas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Clover Food Lab founder/CEO Ayr Muir joins famed chefs like Massimo Bottura and Wylie Dufresne as part of the 2018 Science and Cooking public lecture series at Harvard University. His focus? Using material science to build more flavorful bread.
Muir, who received degrees in Material Sciences and Engineering from MIT, and went on to found the cult-favorite Clover Food Lab restaurant chain, will speak about innovative approaches to baking more flavorful bread.
Muir's lecture, "Gluten vs Fiber: Innovative Approaches to Baking More Flavorful Bread" will happen Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Science Center.
Muir will follow the lecture by co-hosting a roundtable for local chefs and bakers on Oct. 15, 4 p.m. at CloverFIN (160 Federal St., Boston) with Maine Grains. The purpose of the roundtable will be to educate local chefs about the flavor benefits of local grains. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to press at cloverfoodlab.com
LINK  https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2018/08/2018-science-and-cooking-lecture-series-serves-up-smorgasbord-of-innovative-presentations


Heartland:  A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
Monday, October 1
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridg

Harvard Book Store welcomes journalist SARAH SMARSH—a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government—for a discussion of her debut book, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

About Heartland
During Sarah Smarsh’s turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country and examine the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities, and she explores this idea as lived experience, metaphor, and level of consciousness.

Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experiences growing up as the daughter of a dissatisfied young mother and raised predominantly by her grandmother on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor and working-class Americans living in the heartland. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess.


The Fame of C.S. Lewis: A Controversialist's Reception in Britain and America
Monday, October 1
Trident Booksellers, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

C. S. Lewis, long renowned for his children's books as well as his Christian apologetics, has been the subject of wide interest since he first stepped-up to the BBC's microphone during the Second World War. Until now, however, the reasons why this medievalist began writing books for a popular audience, and why these books have continued to be so popular, had not been fully explored. In fact Lewis, who once described himself as by nature an 'extreme anarchist', was a critical controversialist in his time-and not to everyone's liking. Yet, somehow, Lewis's books directed at children and middlebrow Christians have continued to resonate in the decades since his death in 1963. Stephanie L. Derrick considers why this is the case, and why it is more true in America than in Lewis's home-country of Britain.

The story of C. S. Lewis's fame is one that takes us from his childhood in Edwardian Belfast, to the height of international conflict during the 1940s, to the rapid expansion of the paperback market, and on to readers' experiences in the 1980s and 1990s, and, finally, to London in November 2013, where Lewis was honoured with a stone in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. Derrick shows that, in fact, the author himself was only one actor among many shaping a multi-faceted image. The Fame of C. S. Lewis is the most comprehensive account of Lewis's popularity to date, drawing on a wealth of fresh material and with much to interest scholars and C. S. Lewis admirers alike.

About the author:  Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick is a historian of religion in the modern era, with a special interest in the intellectual and print cultures of British and American Christianity.  She also investigates the ways in which technology and globalization are shaping religious experience in the twenty-first century.  She did her PhD in History at the University of Stirling (Scotland) and now lives in Los Angeles, California.


Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life
Monday, October 1
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-author-andrew-yarrow-tickets-49704090272
Andrew Yarrow, HKS MPA '94
Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life examines the millions of men who are on the periphery of American society. Many of them have been “pushed out” of the mainstream because of an economy and society in which the odds are stacked against them; others have chosen to be on the outskirts of 21st-century America. These men are disconnected from work, personal relationships, family and children, and civic and community life. They may be angry at government, employers, women, and the “the system” in general. Many are unsure what it means to a man today. Many wives or partners reject them; children are estranged from them; and family, friends, and neighbors are embarrassed by them. Many have disappeared into a netherworld of drugs, alcohol, poor health, loneliness, misogyny, economic insecurity, online gaming and pornography, and other off-the-grid corners of the Internet. These men are hurting, and hurting women, children, and our nation. They are not only less educated white working class men, but also are Millennial men, formerly incarcerated men, and over-50 men higher up the socioeconomic ladder.
About The Author: Andrew L. Yarrow, HKS MPA ’94, has been a reporter with The New York Times, a professor of 20th-century American history at American University, and worked in public policy as a speechwriter in the Clinton Administration and with organizations such as the Brookings Institution, Public Agenda, and Oxfam. Yarrow, who has published four prior books, has published in most major U.S. media and consulted to organizations ranging from the World Bank and UNICEF to the U.S. Department of Education and the Aspen Institute.


Killing Cancer with Cannabis
Monday, October 1 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Museum of Science, Cahners Theatre, 1 Museum of Science Driveway, Boston
RSVP at https://www.mos.org/public-events/killing-cancer-with-cannabis

Success stories of cannabis curing cancer are not new, but they’ve often been anecdotal. The precise cannabinoids that kill specific cancer cells have not been identified – until now. David (Dedi) Meiri, PhD, is discovering which combinations of the cannabis compounds are able to destroy which specific cancer types. Find out about Meiri’s game-changing research and the promise that medical marijuana may hold in the battle against cancer. Reception to follow.

In conversation with Kara Miller, host and executive editor of WGBH’s Innovation Hub

This program is for audiences 18+.


The Knife Edge of Value Alignment in AI: Utopia or Extinction
Monday, October 1
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Cafe ArtScience, 650 E Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-knife-edge-of-value-alignment-in-ai-utopia-or-extinction-tickets-50020496652
Cost:  $0 – $15

Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers -- Presentations start @ 7pm
If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will be unlikely to be available due to room size. 
A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Richard Mallah and Lucas Perry, The Future of Life Institute [FLi]
AI: Artificial Intelligence is one of this century’s most misunderstood buzzwords. In Kurzweil's “Singularity”, it represents a glorious future where human toil and suffering is ended. In The Matrix, it conjures a future dominated by malevolent supermachines feeding on the energies of human slaves. In reality, AI is fast becoming the ubiquitous hand-maiden of human invention and ingenuity for much of what we relish in our day to day. From search engines to the energy grid; autonomous vehicles to life support systems; food production to weather forecasting; data security to anti-ballistic missile guidance. The list of AI processes we can no longer get by without grows daily.
AI programming ultimately relies on simple, digital decision chains, but they are at the point where machines can teach themselves. The Intelligence may be artificial and “inhuman”, but is increasingly more capable than our own. In the world of zeroes and ones, a near perfection of logical functioning can be achieved, with AI systems that are free of human foibles and the slowness of biological systems, free of human attributes like emotion, intuition, love, or a sense of right and wrong. Or are they?
What happens when we ask the algorithms to make decisions for us - decisions that may have life and death consequences? And what happens if, or when, their intelligence begins to match or exceed our own - the level of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) where we can no longer tell if an agent is human or machine? Autonomous decision-making and human level agency will require moral and ethical guidance. Do our AI programmers have the perspective — historical, philosophical, moral — to be the arbiters of that guidance? Or do we let the algorithms themselves learn human morality by emulating humans? How do we properly align the values of our inventions, to achieve the goal of a beneficent future for all?
The Long Now Boston Conversation Series hosts the Future of Life Institute's Robert Mallah and Lucas Perry to share their research on the frontiers of Value Alignment and the implications for the future of AI and AGI. 
Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged. 
The Future of Life Institute [FLI] is one of the world’s leading organizations exploring the potential existential challenges and solutions of technology in the fields of AI, Biotech, Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change.
Richard Mallah is the Director of AI Projects, Future of Life Institute. Richard has over fifteen years of experience leading AI research and AI product teams in industry, lending an appreciation for tradeoffs at all AI product lifecycle stages. As Director of AI Projects at the Future of Life Institute, Richard does meta-research, analysis, advocacy, research organization, community building, and technical direction of projects related to the safety, ethics, robustness, and beneficence of future AI systems in order to minimize their risks and maximize their benefits globally. Richard was the lead author of FLI's landmark Landscape of Technical AI Safety Research, and he has given dozens of invited talks on safety, ethics, robustness, and beneficence of advanced AI. Within IEEE's Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Richard is a former chair of the committee on autonomous weapons, a current co-chair of the committee on AGI safety and beneficence, and a member of the executive committee. Richard holds a degree in computer science, AI, and machine learning from Columbia University, and is well read in natural philosophy.
Lucas Perry works as Project Coordinator for the Future of Life Institute. He focuses on enabling and delivering existential risk mitigation efforts ranging from direct interventions, to advocacy, and enabling research. Lucas was an organizer of the Beneficial AI 2017 conference, worked on a nuclear weapons divestment campaign, and has spoken at a number of universities and EA events. His AI activities have included grant making in the field of AI safety, a podcast on AI safety and value alignment, and work on the conceptual landscape of the value alignment problem. He studied philosophy at Boston College and has been working in AI safety and existential risk ever since.
We’re proud and excited to welcome Richard and Lucas to the Long Now Boston community.


Gubernatorial Candidates Environmental Town Hall
Monday, October 1
First Church in Jamaica Plain UU, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

A people’s assembly of several environmental organizations and concerned community memebers are gathering to speak directly to our Gubernatorial Candidates about our state’s crucial environmental issues and the importance of sustainable legislation. Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic candidate, Jay Gonzalez have received invitations to join us.
Hope to see all of my Massachusetts friends there!
Please help spread the word on FB, Instagram Twitter etc to fill the 350+\- seats in the Sanctuary as this is only a week away! 
We need to finally dispel the myth that the environment doesn’t matter to the electorate. 
We can prove them wrong this time at the polls !


"Generation Wealth" Screening and Discussion with Award-Winning Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, on the Ethics of Wealth
Monday, October 1
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
MIT, Building E15, 20 Ames Street, Bartos Theater (Basement), Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/HarvardHumanist/events/254449703/

How much money is enough? Why do so many of us want so badly to be "rich" -- whatever that means? And what should an outstanding education, such as one can receive at MIT or Harvard, teach us about the ethics of wealth?

The Humanist Hub at Harvard and MIT presents a screening and discussion of the provocative and powerful 2018 film, "Generation Wealth," on the second day of a 2-day MIT/Harvard humanist forum, “Capitalism Redefined: A Discussion of Wealth, Inequality & Ethics.”

Lauren Greenfield’s “Generation Wealth” is an extraordinary visual history of our growing obsession with wealth. Weaving two and a half decades of work into an epic narrative, Greenfield has created a revelatory cultural documentation of wealth for viewers to explore through a retrospective film, book and exhibition.

Provoking serious reflection, “Generation Wealth” is not about the rich, but about the desire to be wealthy, at any cost.

Tuesday, October 2

Fix It Clinic
Tuesday, October 2
Cabot Science Library, Harvard University, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

HOW: Register at goo.gl/qTzh9J then
Bring your broken item with all parts necessary to recreate the symptoms (carry-in only: no oversize items)
Bring any parts and tools you already own that might be helpful (e.g. hand tools, sewing supplies)
Come ready to describe what’s wrong and what you’ve tried
Come ready to learn and to share your knowledge with others
WHO: All ages welcome: a family-friendly event: accompanied children are heartily invited! 
COST: Free!
WHY: To make friends, learn and teach how to fix things, and have fun!

Celebrating repair by conveying basic troubleshooting skills, Fixit Clinics are do-it-together hands-on fix-n-learn community-based exploration and discovery workshops staffed by volunteer Fixit Coaches who generously share their time, tools and expertise to consult with you on the disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair of items.

So bring your broken, non-functioning things -- electronic gadgets, appliances, computers, toys, sewing machines, bicycles, fabric items, etc.-- for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. Fixit Coaches (and helpful neighbors) will be available for consultation on broken items: we'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether you fix it or not, you'll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked, ready to share your new-found confidence and insight with your friends, neighbors, and the community at large.


Reporting on the Borderlands
Tuesday, October 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner Building, Room 434AB, Wexner Conference Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Jazmine Ulloa covers California state politics and policy for the Los Angeles Times and is based in Sacramento. A native of El Paso, she covered state and federal courts for the Austin American-Statesman in the Texas capital. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, the Texas Observer and the Boston Globe. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

More information at https://shorensteincenter.org/event/speaker-series-jazmine-ulloa/


How to Increase Bipartisan Leadership on Climate Change
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Online
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Voices in Leadership webcast program
SPEAKER(S)  Representative Bob Inglis and moderator Gina McCarthy, Director of Harvard C-CHANGE
COST  free
CONTACT INFO	Alison Barron - abarron at hsph.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Join us for the next “Voices in Leadership” event of the fall semester, featuring Rep. Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative for South Carolina. Rep. Inglis was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012. In the fall of 2014, E&EI rebranded to become republicEn.org. republicEn is a growing grassroots community of over 5,000 Americans educating the country about free-enterprise solutions to climate change. Gina McCarthy, Director of Harvard C-CHANGE, will moderate. For lottery and live webcast details, visit hsph.me/inglis or contact Alison Barron.
LINK	https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/voices/events/bob-inglis-former-u-s-representative-for-south-carolina/


Tuesday, October 2 
Harvard, BioLabs Building, Room 1080, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Adam Hantman 
Dexterous movements serve the major functions of the brain, perception and manipulation of the world. Considering the range of possible actions and the complexity of musculoskeletal arrangements, control of the hand is an amazing achievement of the nervous system. Dexterous behavior involves understanding objects in the world, developing appropriate plans, converting those plans into appropriate motor commands, and adaptively reacting to feedback. The myriad of these underlying operations is likely performed by a diverse set of neural circuits. By combining anatomy, physiology, and specific (genetic and temporal) manipulations, my lab hopes to identify and understand the neural elements responsible for dexterous motor control. Currently, we focus on the role of the cortico-cerebellar loop in a skilled reach-grab-eat task in the rodent.


Software for the Social Good 
Tuesday, October 2
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Sebastian Diaz
Hal Roberts
The Berkman Klein Center geeks primarily engage in specific project support, software development and data science, and other ad-hoc technology activities at the Center. They also build amazing tools to support projects and center wide goals. Join us to learn more about the types of tools we produce.


PICS Seminar:  Impact Chemistry and the Origin of Life
Tuesday, October 2
12:30pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building 54- 517, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

H. J. Melosh (Purdue)
Abstract: Most discussions of global environmental effects of large impacts focus on changes deleterious to extant life. However, impacts may also produce changes that enhance or even create conditions beneficial to the origin of life. Many other authors have discussed impact delivery of organic molecules, and some have shown the shock synthesis of prebiotic molecules such as amino acids during impact. My former student Abby Sheffer's and my past work on the chemistry of impacts demonstrated that strong chemical reduction occurs in impact melt ejecta (spherules and melt droplets; tektites). Here I focus on the element phosphorus (P), whose role is crucial in biology as the backbone of DNA and RNA, and in metabolic biochemical energy transfer. Matt Pasek previously showed that reduced P readily enters into interesting biological compounds with organic molecules in aqueous solution, and that these reduced P compounds may generate structures similar to sugar phosphates, which are critical to life as we know it. In this talk I argue that impact reduction of P transforms terrestrial and meteoritic phosphates bearing an oxidation state of +5 to the lower redox states of +3 (phosphites) and 0 as an alloy with metal (phosphides). I base this argument on studies of fulgurites—glasses formed by cloud- to-ground lightning—that bear phosphides and phosphites as major carriers of P. Fulgurite chemistry frequently parallels that of impact glasses. Additionally, thermodynamic calculations show that separation of an O-rich vapor from a melt readily results in the transformation of phosphate to phosphites and metal phosphides. These results are confirmed by the presence of metal phosphides within tektites. The impact reduction of phosphates followed by global dispersal of reduced P in the form of glassy droplets likely played a major role in the origin of life on Earth and perhaps on other young planets. 

About the Speaker: H. J. Melosh is a Distinguished Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  He also holds appointments in the departments of Physics and Astronomy and Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering at Purdue. 

He received an AB degree in Physics from Princeton University in 1969 and a PhD in Physics and Geology from Caltech in 1973.  His principal research interests are impact cratering, planetary tectonics, and the physics of earthquakes and landslides.  His recent research includes studies of the giant impact origin of the moon, the K/T impact that extinguished the dinosaurs, the ejection of rocks from their parent bodies and the origin and transfer of life between the planets.  He was a science team member of NASA’s Deep Impact mission that successfully cratered comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005 and flew by comet Hartley 2 on November 9, 2010. He was also a Co-Investigator of the GRAIL mission that returned detailed data on the Moon’s gravity field.

Professor Melosh is a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society, the Geological Society of America the American Geophysical Union and American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He was awarded the Barringer Medal of the Meteoritical Society in 1999, the Gilbert prize of the Geological Society of America in 2001 and the Hess Medal of the American Geophysical Union in 2008.  He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1996-1997 and a Humboldt Fellow at the Bavarian Geological Institute in Bayreuth, Germany, in 2005-2006. Asteroid #8216 was named “Melosh” in his honor.  He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2003 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.  In 2014 he received the McCoy award of Purdue University, Purdue’s highest science award.

He has published approximately 200 technical papers, edited two books and is the author of a major monograph, Impact Cratering:  A Geologic Process and a text “Planetary Surface Processes” with Cambridge University Press.


Animation in Medical Communication
Tuesday, October 2
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
CIC Cambridge, 1 Broadway, Havana, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/animation-in-medical-communication-tickets-49870833004
Whether presenting an idea to stakeholders or selling a finished product to customers, a picture can convey a message in ways that no amount of words ever could. Medical Animation speaks volumes, to convey your message or data in an easily understood visual medium. The process makes your products come alive, in ways reading manuals cannot.

Reading about anatomy is one thing, but seeing it presented graphically is quite another. Traditionally, these concepts would be presented in examination rooms and operating theatres where they would come to life. Now, it can safely be presented via a computer, as 3D data visualizations, minimizing risk and helping the student meet the challenge of learning and retaining complex subjects. Regardless of the course or product, Animation will bring your message across in a way books alone cannot accomplish as easily or painlessly.

In addition, 3D animations are an excellent way to present your ideas to the important and influential people needed for your success. Visualized concepts are far easier to understand and are more persuasive than reading reams of technical/scientific jargon.


Current State of U.S. Immigration: Trends, Policy Issues, and Public Opinion
Tuesday, October 2
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Neil G. Ruiz is associate director of global migration and demography at Pew Research Center. He studies the international movement of people across borders, the impact of migration on sending and receiving countries, high-skilled immigration to the U.S., and comparative immigrant visa systems. Prior to joining the Center, Ruiz was the executive director of the Center for Law, Economics & Finance at George Washington University, and he has also worked as a migration expert at the Brookings Institution, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He received his doctorate in political science with a specialization in political economy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in economic history from Oxford University. Ruiz regularly speaks about U.S. immigration and international migration research with major print and broadcast media.

Free and open to the public | Refreshments will be served
Sponsored by the Inter-University Committee on International Migration

The Inter-University Committee on International Migration
Since its establishment in 1974, the Inter-University Committee on International Migration has been a focal point for migration and refugee studies at member institutions, which include Boston University, Brandeis University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, and Wellesley College. The committee is chaired by MIT as a program of the Center for International Studies (CIS).

Migration Seminar Series
During each academic year, the Committee sponsors a seminar series on international migration, The Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration, held at MIT's Center for International Studies. The seminars explore factors affecting international population movements and their impact upon sending and receiving countries and relations among them. 


Tara Oceans: Cells, Embryos, and the Origins of Complexity in Life
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Eric Karsenti, scientific director of the Tara Oceans expedition and codirector of the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition, Tara Expeditions; visiting group leader, European Molecular Biological Laboratory
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  How do complex living systems arise? Are there self-organizing principles that can explain the evolution from single-celled marine organisms to embryos and beyond? Drawing upon a vast database of plankton collected from the world’s seas by the research vessel "Tara," Eric Karsenti will show how these newly discovered life forms are offering clues about how complex marine organisms emerged over the past 4 billion years. Register online.
This talk coincides with the visit of the research vessel "Tara" to Boston Harbor and is cosponsored by the Consulate General of France in Boston.
LINK	https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-eric-karsenti-lecture


Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup: A Special Evening with Author John Carreyrou
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC (2036), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Ethics, Information Technology, Law, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Please join us for a conversation with John Carreyrou, investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of the New York Times bestseller "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup."
I. Glenn Cohen, James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and faculty director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College; Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Harvard Business School; Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; and faculty dean of Cabot House
Akiko Mikumo - Fellow Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, Retired M & A Partner Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Moderator: Douglas Eby, Senior Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School and CEO, Cambridge Science
Complimentary copies of "Bad Blood" will be available for audience members.
CONTACT INFO	petrie-flom at law.harvard.edu
Please join us for a conversation with John Carreyrou, investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of the New York Times bestseller "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.”
LINK  http://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/bad-blood-secrets-and-lies-in-a-silicon-valley-startup


Tech Tour: Fireside Chat with Max Levchin, CEO and Cofounder of Affirm
Tuesday, October 2
5:30pm to 6:30pm
MIT Building 2-190, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Join MIT for a fireside chat with Max Levchin, CEO and Cofounder of Affirm. The conversation will be moderated by Andrew McAfee, Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Co-sponsored by MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.


Careers in Sustainability: The Evolution of the Sustainability Professional
Tuesday, October 2
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, 2nd Floor, Cascieri Hall, 2nd Floor, Cascieri Hall, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/careers-in-sustainability-the-evolution-of-the-sustainability-professional-tickets-49347629087
Cost:  $0 – $10

The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts are excited to share our next Careers in Sustainability panel discussion at the Boston Architectural College, covering the Evolution of the Sustainability Professional. We will cover the places where young professionals are entering into the sustainability industry today (degree programs and start-ups) and where we see opportunities for the future (entrepreneurial ventures, non-profits, public service). From 10 years ago, we had a rise in CSR professionals and we will discuss what has changed since then and where the future of green jobs are for upcoming graduates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Careers in Sustainability Series: 
The Careers in Sustainability Series began in 2017 by the USGBC MA Chapter’s Emerging Professionals of MA Committee, during the ramp up to GreenBuild in Boston. The goal of the series is to bring professionals of various stages of their careers in sustainability and help provide guidance and insight to students planning on entering a sustainability-related industry. Our series is structured as a panel discussion that we take to a new college every year to broaden our impact across Massachusetts colleges.


The Politics of Dignity: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Ethics, Humanities, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Seminar on Cultural Politics, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Chair: Prof. Panagiotis Roilos
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Rosen, Senator Joseph S. Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government, Department of Government, Harvard University.


Farsighted:  How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most
Tuesday, October 2
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/steven_johnson2/
Cost:  $6 - $29.75 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author STEVEN JOHNSON—host and co-creator of How We Got to Now—for a discussion of his latest book, Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most.
About Farsighted

Plenty of books offer useful advice on how to get better at making quick-thinking, intuitive choices. But what about more consequential decisions, the ones that affect our lives for years, or centuries, to come? Our most powerful stories revolve around these kinds of decisions: where to live, whom to marry, what to believe, whether to start a company, how to end a war.

Full of the beautifully crafted storytelling and novel insights that Steven Johnson's fans know to expect, Farsighted draws lessons from cognitive science, social psychology, military strategy, environmental planning, and great works of literature. Everyone thinks we are living in an age of short attention spans, but we've actually learned a lot about making long-term decisions over the past few decades. Johnson makes a compelling case for a smarter and more deliberative decision-making approach. He argues that we choose better when we break out of the myopia of single-scale thinking and develop methods for considering all the factors involved.

There's no one-size-fits-all model for the important decisions that can alter the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. But Farsighted explains how we can approach these choices more effectively, and how we can appreciate the subtle intelligence of choices that shaped our broader social history.


AI and Human Augmentation in Healthcare
Tuesday, October 2
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
EPAM Continuum, 21 Drydock Avenue, #410w, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-and-human-augmentation-in-healthcare-tickets-50448077558

There is a lot of debate around whether machines will take human jobs. While some people believe that machines will replace human jobs, others are of the opinion that the application of machines will create more jobs than it will replace.
Come and learn with us whether technology and humans can together create robust healthcare solutions. 

Check-in and Networking: 6:00- 6:20 pm
Opening Remarks: 6:20- 6:25 pm
[NEW] Open mic: 6:25- 6:30 pm
Speaker session: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Networking: After 7:30 pm


Tarun Khanna book talk on Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Barker Center 110, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Caroline Elkins, Professor of History and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO	humcentr at fas.harvard.edu, 617-495-0739
DETAILS  Tarun Khanna on his new book, Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries, and in conversation with Caroline Elkins.
Free and open to the public; seating is limited.
LINK  http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/emtrust-creating-foundation-entrepreneurship-developing-countriesem


The Future of (Sustainable) Work
Tuesday, October 2
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Venture Cafe Kendall, One Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-sustainable-work-tickets-49009913972
Cost:  $8 – $12

Our next event is just ahead of the MA Green Careers Conference, so we thought we would take a look at the future of work and the place of sustainability in it. To do this, we have invited three inspiring guest speakers to inform and envision with us what the jobs of the future will be, what skills the future workforce will need, and which companies will attract the best talent with their sustainable concepts and environments. 
Come learn about the evolving job economy from Fernando Montejo of MIT - Solve

Fernando Montejo is the Community Relations Officer for Solve’s Economic Prosperity pillar. In this role, Fernando engages leaders from the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors to identify and support solutions to economic prosperity challenges in cities and regions worldwide. He is passionate about advancing community and economic development through civic innovation, place-based initiatives, and impactful partnerships. He is currently working on the Work of the Future Challenge, the winners of which will be announced in late September.
Prior to joining Solve, Fernando worked with the executive team of the New York City Housing Authority, where he helped implement a portfolio of rigorous initiatives to improve quality of life for more than 400,000 working and low-income New Yorkers. He has also served as a researcher at the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, and was a Global Policy Fellow at the Institute of Technology & Society in Rio de Janeiro, where he investigated the social challenges and innovation opportunities of staging the 2016 Olympic Games. 
Fernando is of Peruvian descent, born and raised in Queens, New York City. He holds a Master in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Studies from Cornell University.
Come hear about the workforce of the future, preparing this and the next generation of leaders, from Drew Bonfiglio, Co-founder of Emzingo

Drew is the co-founder of Emzingo, a social enterprise and Certified B Corp focused on creating the next generation of responsible leaders. He and his colleagues work with businesses, universities, and professionals to design and deliver experiential learning that instills a mindset of Responsible Leadership, drives purpose at work, promotes social innovation and environmental awareness, and creates a culture of collaboration. 
Drew is also co-founder and co-chair of the B Local Boston board (a professional working group of certified B Corps) where he is helping Greater Boston to use "Business as a Force for Good". Drew holds an M.S. in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from IE Business School. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife, two kids and puppy. 
Come hear about B Corps and designing job places of the future with Anne Sherman of STAACH

Anne is a designer and Director of Sustainability & Operations at STAACH, a multidisciplinary design and manufacturing company with a specialty in creating inspired interiors and furniture for commercial spaces. She brings a passion for design, systems thinking, social impact, and management to her work re-imagine the ways in which businesses operate and interact with society. Her mission is to inform businesses how to build lasting value by demonstrating authenticity, integrity, and accountability to all stakeholders while supporting a sustainable future by employing a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis tools with co-operative learning processes. 

Anne is also a champion for the community of Certified B Corps and an advocate for policies supporting sustainable business practices. 
Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Carol, Holly, Tilly and Eric


Saskia Sassen: Intellectual Commons 
Tuesday, October 2
MIT, Building 10-250, Huntington Hall, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Intellectual Commons
At a time when digital communications are growing, the need for direct interaction is all the more vital. At a time when MIT is building bridges across schools and disciplines, we can no longer operate primarily at the scale of micro-units. This reflects neither the interests of the new generation nor the nature of the problems that the world is leaving at our doorstep. 

I invite you to come up with ideas that reflect the values that we hold in common. The vitality of the School—a community invested in shaping better commons for the world, from the environment to cities to public spaces and public art—is the extent in which we can exercise our collective imaginary. —Hashim Sarkis

This fall, SA+P Dean Hashim Sarkis and Architecture's Mark Jarzombek invite you to participate in a series of talks and workshops organized under the theme Intellectual Commons. The series begins on October 2 with a keynote lecture from Saskia Sassen, followed by workshops on October 9 and November 15 with faculty from the School, moderated by Sassen and Jarzombek.

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired until 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering, and digitization three key variables running though her work. Sassen has authored eight books and is the editor or co-editor of three books.

*Free and open to the public. All are welcome.*


National Trails 50th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, October 2
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Appalachian Mountain Club, 10 City Square, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ben-cosgrove-national-trails-50th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-50072826171

Ben Cosgrove, NE Trail Artist-in-Residence
Join AMC in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System! AMC is proud to help manage two of America's eleven National Scenic Trails; the Appalachian Trail and the New England Trail. We'll be honoring the occasion at our Boston Headquarters with a special performance by New England Trail Artist-in-Residence Ben Cosgrove. Composer-performer Ben Cosgrove writes music about place, landscape and environment, and for the last year, he has been serving as the Artist-in-Residence for the New England National Scenic Trail. 
Light refreshments will be served.

More about the artist - http://bencosgrove.com 
More about the trail - http://newenglandtrail.org


Professor Michael Meltsner in Conversation With Daniel Medwed
Tuesday, October 2
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Growing up in a depression battered family, one tangled by a mortal secret, With Passion tells the improbable story of an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who thought of himself as a “miscast” lawyer but ended up defending peaceful protesters, representing Mohammad Ali, suing Robert Moses, counseling Lenny Bruce, bringing the case that integrated hundreds of southern hospitals, and named “the principal architect of the death penalty abolition movement in the United States.” More than a meditation on often frustrating legal efforts to fight inequality and racism, Michael Meltsner—also a novelist and playwright—vividly recounts the life of a New York kid, struggling to make sense of coming of age amid the tumult of vast demographic and cultural changes in the city.

Professor Meltsners will be in conversation with Daniel Medwed. Professor Medwed teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Advanced Criminal Procedure: Wrongful Convictions and Post-Conviction Remedies. His research and pro bono activities revolve around the topic of wrongful convictions. His book, Prosecution Complex: America’s Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent (New York University Press, 2012), explores how even well-meaning prosecutors may contribute to wrongful convictions because of cognitive biases and an overly-deferential regime of legal and ethical rules. His recently published Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent (Cambridge University Press, 2017), discusses the lessons learned from a quarter century of DNA exonerations. Professor Medwed is the legal analyst for WGBH News, Boston’s local NPR and PBS affiliate.


People who are changing the world & those who want to help them [video call]
Tuesday, October 2
9:00 PM
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/people-who-are-changing-the-world-those-who-want-to-help-them-video-calls-tickets-47137797421

This is your opportunity to connect over video with people who are working relentlessly to change the world and those who want to chip in and help.

No matter whether you're working 100's of hours or week or simply have an extra hour or two a week you want to contribute to a worthy cause, this is your chance to connect. After all, as Margaret Mead surmised: 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.'

We're running this event as a Meetaway. For anyone new to the Meetaway format, Meetaways are online events where you can choose who meet for a series of 1:1 video conversations. So, skip the commute and meet people from the comfort of your own home or office!

Don't forget, you'll want to join the event on a laptop or desktop with Chrome or Firefox because having everyone on a laptop or desktop results in a better overall experience for everyone.

If you want to help change the world, then RSVP today.

Wednesday, October 3

Symposium: Microbiome in Human Disease
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE  Joseph B Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Conferences, Education, Health Sciences, Lecture, Research study, Science
SPEAKER(S)  Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MBBS, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital
Emily Balskus, PhD, Harvard University
C. Ronald Kahn, MD, Joslin Diabetes Center
Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Hera Vlamakis, PhD, Broad Institute
Howard L. Weiner, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/microbiome-in-human-disease-symposium-registration-47959806071
TICKET INFO  Reservation Required
CONTACT INFO	Reactor at catalyst.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Human microbiota, the collection of microorganisms living inside and on the surface of our bodies, have been associated with various aspects of numerous diseases. These associations include susceptibility, causation, complications, and even prevention. While the impact of translational microbiological research, most dramatically in the cure and prophylaxis of infectious diseases, has been extraordinary, the relationship of the microbiome to other disease states remains under-investigated, as does the import of microbial ecology in normal and pathological states.
The Microbiome in Human Disease Symposium, sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst Reactor Program, will provide researchers with the opportunity to learn about current human microbiome research and promote a greater understanding of the role(s) microbiomes play in the manifestation and treatment of human disease in its broadest sense. Information about many of the microbiome-related cores and services from across the university and hospitals will be highlighted.
Confirmed Speakers
Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MBBS, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital
Emily Balskus, PhD, Harvard University
C. Ronald Kahn, MD, Joslin Diabetes Center
Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Hera Vlamakis, PhD, Broad Institute
Howard L. Weiner, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Pilot Funding
An announcement will be made during the symposium about an upcoming funding opportunity that focuses on the role(s) microbiomes play in the manifestation and treatment of human disease in its broadest sense.
LINK  https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/reactor/event/microbiome-human-disease-symposium


Technology and the Assault on Empathy in Adolescents and Young Adults
Wednesday, October 3
10 AM- 11:15 AM 
Judge Baker Children’s Center, 53 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston

Sherry Turkle, PhD, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Editorial Comment:  I’m wondering if too many techies are on the autistic spectrum and unconsciously designing autism into our social media.


Cheater's Dilemma: Iraqi Signals, Reputation, and WMD Disarmament
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer Building, Fainsod Room (324), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S)  Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo.
CONTACT INFO	Jacob Carozza
jacob_carozza at hks.harvard.edu
DETAILS  In March 2003 the United States led a coalition to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime believing Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). We now know that the regime secretly destroyed their WMD in the summer of 1991 and disbanded these programs shortly thereafter. Surprisingly, Iraqi officials acted as if they had something to hide, even after Saddam’s August 1995 orders to fully cooperate with the inspectors. This led the United States and other countries to believe Iraq was hiding weapons or programs. Why did the Iraqi regime behave in such an incriminating manner at the risk of their own survival? This seminar examines new primary sources to explain Iraqi signals and behavior between 1991 and 2003.
LINK  https://www.belfercenter.org/event/cheaters-dilemma-iraqi-signals-reputation-and-wmd-disarmament

Editorial Comment:  Of course the more pertinent question remains why the USA was so ready to believe, up to and including lying, that Iraq was an imminent threat to the world after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.


Massachusetts Farm to School Awareness Day
Grand Staircase, Massachusetts State House

We hope you will join Massachusetts Farm to School and other farm to school advocates for the second annual Farm to School Awareness Day. On October 3, 2018 partners from around the Commonwealth will come together at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate Massachusetts Farm to School Month, and all things farm to school! This day will be a great opportunity to meet with your legislators to share the exciting farm to school activities happening in your community, as well as visit with other farm to school organizations and congratulate this year's Kale Blazer Award recipient.

Schedule a meeting with your legislators that day! Check out our website for more information including opportunities to participate even if you can't make it to the event in person. The event is FREE & open to all, but please RSVP here if you plan to attend and let us know if you have any questions.  

Hope to see you there & please share this email widely!          

The Massachusetts Farm to School Team


Can We Ever Get It Right? Voting Technology in 2018
Wednesday, October 3 
12:00 pm-1:00 pm 
MIT, Building 66-168, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Suzanne Mello-Stark, of the University of Rhode Island will address the vulnerabilities of voting technology.  


Agricultural residue for community cooking in Rural India
Wednesday, October 3
MIT, Building 1-242, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Prof. Sanjay Mahajani, Professor-in-Charge Tata Centre for Technology and Design and Professor of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay

The dry garden/agriculture/forest waste may be used for community cooking in rural India. It has a potential to replace wood/LPG, partially or fully. The approach suggested here is pelletization of waste followed by gasification. The waste has relatively high ash content and hence the gasifier to be used for cooking, should be cleverly designed to meet user's expectations. It is also necessary to build an ecosystem that takes care of biomass supply and pelletization facility. The talk would cover the work done by the project team on several such aspects. 


Decoding the Ballot Box: Do You Have Questions About Voting in the U.S.?
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Caitlin Donnelly, Education Director, Nonprofit VOTE; and Pam Wilmot, Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	info at ash.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Join Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Caitlin Donnelly, Education Director, Nonprofit VOTE; and Pam Wilmot, Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts, for a discussion about the nuances of casting a ballot in the U.S. This talk is for everyone from first-time voters to seasoned political professionals and will cover the voting process from voter registration to election day results.
LINK  https://ash.harvard.edu/event/decoding-ballot-box-do-you-have-questions-about-voting-us


Geostructural Realism and the Return of Bipolarity in International Politics
Wednesday, October 3
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Øystein Tunsjø, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College
This presentation first demonstrates that the current international system has returned to bipolarity by pointing to the narrowing power gap between China and the US, the widening power gap between China and any third ranking power, and the similar distribution of capabilities between the contemporary international system and the previous bipolar system. Second, it argues that Waltz's neorealist theory remains unfinished since he did not compare bipolar systems. Since no studies have compared states balancing behavior or examined the relative stability between two bipolar systems, the third objective is to refine Waltz's structural realist theory and present a new geostructural realist theory. 

Bio:  Øystein Tunsjø is Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies at the Norwegian Defence University College. Tunsjø is author of The Return of Bipolarity in World Politics: China, the United States and Geostructural Realism (Columbia University Press, 2018); Security and Profits in China's Energy Policy: Hedging Against Risk (Columbia University Press, 2013), and US Taiwan Policy: Constructing the Triangle (London: Routledge, 2008). Tunsjø holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA from Griffith University, Australia. Tunsjø was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, during spring term of 2010.


Our History with Honeybees (Gonson Lecture)
Wednesday, October 3
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-history-with-honeybees-gonson-lecture-tickets-47477820439
Cost:  $5 

Mark Lewis, Apiculturist
When did our history with honeybees begin? 10,000 years ago? One hundred times that, or more? It is probably most accurate to say our relationship with honeybees was always there and some recent anthropological studies suggest that honeybees may have played a crucial role in some key aspects of human evolution. This talk will endeavor to begin at the beginning and move forward to the present in an effort to understand how it could be that, despite so many advances in both science and beekeeping, we have arrived at a place where honeybees are struggling.


In Our Own Voice: Stories of Living with Mental Illness
Wednesday, October 3
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Monadnock (2001), Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-our-own-voice-stories-of-living-with-mental-illness-tickets-50688340190

BroadLife and The Stanley Center present an event from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) called In Our Own Voice.  The presentation provides a personal perspective of mental illness, as presenters with lived experience talk openly about what it's like to live with a mental health condition.
In Our Own Voice changes attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes about people with mental health conditions as trained presenters humanize the misunderstood, highly stigmatized topic of mental illness by showing that it's possible—and common—to live well with a mental health condition. This presentation also provides:
A chance to ask presenters questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions.
The understanding that every person with a mental health condition can hope for a brighter future.
Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community.
Refreshments will be served.


Finding Fairness in Computer Science
Wednesday, October 3
4:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Lecture by Cynthia Dwork RI '19
Free and open to the public.
Cynthia Dwork’s research focuses on applying computer science theory to societal problems. Examples include developing a theory of and algorithmic tools for privacy-preserving data analysis, developing universal techniques for ensuring statistical validity in exploratory data analysis, and defining and ensuring fairness in classification algorithms.

The three problems of privacy-preserving data analysis, resilience to exploratory data analysis, and fairness in classification are deeply related, but placing fairness on a rigorous foundation is exceptionally challenging. This is due, in part, to the existence of many competing—and mutually exclusive—notions and measures of fairness, ensuring that any model of fairness will fail on some reasonable measures. The task is further complicated by a lack of access to “ground truth.”


Social Order in the Age of Big Data: Exploring the Knowledge Problem and the Freedom Problem
Wednesday, October 3
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Microsoft Research New England, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Nick Couldry
The Microsoft Research Colloquium at Microsoft Research New England focuses on research in the foundational aspects of computer science, mathematics, economics, anthropology and sociology. With an interdisciplinary flavor, this colloquium series features some of the foremost researchers in their fields talking about their research, breakthroughs and advances.

The agenda typically consists of approximately 50 minutes of prepared presentation and brief Q&A, followed immediately by a brief reception* to meet the speaker and address detailed questions. We welcome members of the local academic community to attend.


Is the classroom lecture becoming extinct or simply evolving?
Wednesday, October 3
Harvard, Pfizer Lecture Room B23, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab,12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Cathy Drennan, Professor of Biology and Chemistry and MacVicar Fellow at MIT, Professor and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Abstract:  In the age of online learning, what is the future of the college classroom? Will students be watching taped lectures from their dorm room beds? Will residential campuses even exist in the future? Professor Cathy Drennan has been creating and assessing resources for the large classroom lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the past seven years, and her findings suggest that many of the cons of the big lecture can be addressed through small innovations. In this talk, she will present data that show that the big classroom lecture format retains value in this online world; that the traditional lecture can be evolved to create a positive learning environment for a diverse group of students. These data will be presented in person – come join us for a lively discussion of the future of education.


Pass-Through as a Test for Market Power: An Application to Solar Subsidies
Wednesday, October 3
4:15pm - 5:30pm
Harvard, Room L-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Jacquelyn Pless, University of Oxford, and Arthur van Benthem, University of Pennsylvania.

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged.

casey_billings at hks.harvard.edu
Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy


Trade Wars: Much More Than Just Tariffs
Wednesday, October 3
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT,  Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Tariffs are the tip of a conflict spiral: Actions that trigger powerful  disturbances, and dislocations in culture and society, politics and economics, currencies and exchange, national security and foreign policy, military action, and even war of “last resort” – to note the most obvious.   Forum 1 provides an overall context for the challenges at hand and presents different perspectives on past, present, and alternative futures. Questions that will be considered: Why Trade Wars? What matter most in trade wars and to whom? Who gains? Who loses? 

Join us for a fascinating and substantive discussion on the current trade crisis between China and the United States. Trade Wars: Much More Than Just Tariffs is the first in a series of programs, TRADE WARS AND YOU.

Dr. Nazli Choucri: Chair, Professor of Political Science, MIT
Dr. Min Chen: Speaker on 'Trade Wars – Causes and Consequences’,Professor of Physics, MIT
Dr. Wennie Wu: Speaker on 'War and Peace of World Trade’, Visiting Scientist at MIT, Fall 2017; Director of International Innovative Institute
Dr. Daron Acemoglu: Speaker on 'Trade Wars and the Political Order' and Chair of Q/A, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, MIT
Dr. John Tirman: Panel Chair, The executive director and a principal research scientist at MIT's Center for International Studies. 


Molecular approaches to solar energy conversion
Wednesday, October 3
5:15pm to 6:15pm
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/molecular-approaches-to-solar-energy-conversion-tickets-50459695307

This presentation will describe several projects that look to understand how to capture solar photons to generate charges and then use those charges to carry out energy-demanding reactions. This research includes new approaches to increasing light harvesting efficiency in molecular solids using singlet exciton fission to generate two triplet excitons, which in turn will produce two electron-hole pairs; self-assembled nanostructures that independently transport electrons and holes over long distances; and new super-redox agents that use radical ion excited states to provide the high redox potentials needed to power catalysts that drive energy-demanding chemical reactions.

About the speaker:  Michael R. Wasielewski is currently the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, executive director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, and director of the Center for Light Energy Activated Redox Processes, a US-DOE Energy Frontier Research Center. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. His research has resulted in over 620 publications and focuses on light-driven processes in molecules and materials, artificial photosynthesis, molecular electronics, molecular spintronics, ultrafast optical spectroscopy, and time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.


Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World
Wednesday, October 3
Lesley University, Marran Theater, 34 Mellen Street, Cambridge

Author Suzy Hansen will discuss her book "Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World" — the CLAS Reads selection for this year.

In a time where events seem to spin us too fast to regain our footing, many around the world are seeking firmer ground and rethinking what belonging to a community means. As an American-born journalist who reported in and from Turkey, Hansen’s own experience as an outsider gave her a unique perspective to tackle this issue.

Hansen will be available to sign her book following the lecture.

Suzy Hansen is a journalist and editor living in Istanbul. Her first book, Notes on a Foreign Country, was published in 2017 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. It was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction and the winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award for Best Nonfiction Book on International Affairs.

Hansen is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and has written for the Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, Vogue, The Baffler, The New York Times Book Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Republic, GQ, Bookforum, Bidoun, and other publications. For several years, she was a senior editor at the New York Observer, and before that, an editor in the books section at Salon. In 2007, Hansen was awarded a two year fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs to live in and write about Turkey.


Screening and Filmmaker Discussion Featuring David Heilbroner '84 on "Traffic Stop"
Wednesday, October 3 
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Northeastern University School of Law, 250 Dockser Hall, 66 Forsyth Street, Boston

Join NUSL's Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) for a special screening of Traffic Stop, an Oscar-nominated short film produced by David Heilbroner '84.

Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas, who is stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalates into a dramatic arrest. Nominated for an Academy Award for Docllllentary Short Subject, Traffic Stop illuminates timely, resonant issues of race and law enforcement while offering an intimate portrait of one woman in the wake of her traumatic arrest. 

Presented by the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) & the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Northeastern University School of Law


Digital Health Evening 2018
Wednesday, October 3
5:30 – 9:00pm EDT
Glass House, 450 Kendall Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-health-evening-2018-tickets-49034767309

Across biopharma and healthcare industries, digital health technologies could be the key to unlocking better treatments, patient engagement, real world data collection and improved healthcare overall. However, the big question on everyone’s mind is how?

Don’t miss this market-defining event focusing on the successful development and implementation of digital strategies.

Join us to hear from four industry experts at the forefront of digital health who will be giving their insights into:
The latest and next-gen technologies driving change in the industry
Personalized medicine and improving treatment efficacy
Patient centricity and digital engagement
How to develop your digital strategy and take it from proof of concept to full implementation
These talks will be followed by a panel discussion and open forum for a Q&A session. 
Space is limited so register in advance to secure a spot!

We are pleased to have the following four expert speakers from the worlds of drug development, digital health and patient engagement confirmed to speak at this event.
Please take a look at our website for full speaker bios.
Corey Fowler, PhD – Associate Director, Global Clinical Development in CNS and Digital Medicine, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
Shwen Gwee, PhD – General Manager, Digital Accelerator, Novartis
Sylvain Piquet – Chief Operating Officer, Peak Labs
Jenny Barnett, PhD – Chief Scientific Officer, Cambridge Cognition 

Why you should attend
If you work in the in the biopharmaceutical, health or MedTech industries or have a vested interest in digital health, this event will help you to become a digital leader.
Discover emerging best-practices
Hear from industry experts 
See the latest technologies
Network with peers in the arena
Future-proof your organization 
Our industry is evolving. Don’t get left behind. Get your tickets today!

Who is this event for?
Professionals from biotech, pharmaceutical, CRO, healthcare and technology industries, particularly those working in:
Drug development
Medical affairs
Patient engagement
Digital health

Send any questions about the event or any that you have for our speakers to events at camcog.com

Get your tickets today!
Space is limited so register today to avoid disappointment. Please also let us know if you can no longer attend so that we can offer your place to someone else.


Future Forward:  Leadership Lessons from Patrick McGovern, the Visionary Who Circled the Globe and Built a Technology Media Empire
Wednesday, October 3
6:00 PM
Singleton Auditorium at MIT Building 46, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and Harvard Book Store welcome journalist and author GLENN RIFKIN for a discussion of Future Forward, his new biography of Patrick McGovern.
About Future Forward

Like Steve Jobs, Patrick McGovern built a worldwide multibillion-dollar industry by thinking differently, disrupting old business models, and embracing new technology trends. He drove the future forward and never looked back. With magazines such as Computerworld, PCWorld, and Macworld, his company, International Data Group (IDG), quickly became a global powerhouse with information technology publications in nearly 100 countries.
The story of IDG’s astonishing success has been a source of inspiration for entrepreneurs all around the world. No matter what industry you work in―whether you’re heading up a small startup, expanding a mid-sized company, or running a major global corporation―McGovern’s people-first principles, insights, and integrity will help you lead the way.
Learn how to:
Define a clear mission early in the game―for long-term success.
Identify new markets and stay ahead of the curve.
Expand your business globally but have it managed locally.
Listen to your customers and empower your people.
Hire the best and challenge them to do their best work.
Never stop learning and always remain curious.
Foster a let’s-try-it attitude throughout the company.
Lead with optimism and stay true to your values and vision.

In addition to these timeless lessons, you’ll learn how this future-forward leader broke new ground in the 1980s by opening offices in China, the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and other markets deemed off-limits. You’ll discover how his company thrived in spite of major industry shifts―from mainframe computers to minicomputers to personal computers, from print to digital to smartphones―that upended many rivals. Living at the intersection of these classic disruptions, McGovern never missed a beat. He understood well before most that a revolution in information technology was underway and not only was there money to be made but that this would soon become the world’s largest industry. Most important, he never forgot the human element that is so crucial to any company’s success. His leadership in the creation of one of the world’s leading brain research institutes at MIT only served to cement his legacy.


How the Other Half Lives: Researching Occupations in Early New England
Wednesday, October 3
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-the-other-half-lives-researching-occupations-in-early-new-england-registration-48650119818

How did laborers and tradespeople fit into Puritan society? What did people do for a living and how much respect was accorded to farmers, artisans, blacksmiths and others who did essential work without being in positions of prominence? David Lambert, Chief Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, will discuss the variety of occupations in 17th-century New England, how they were integral to a thriving Puritan society, and how documentary evidence can shed light on their daily lives.

Mr. Lambert’s talk will be followed by refreshments from 7:30-8:00 PM.
An RSVP for this event is required due to limited space at the venue.

About the speaker
David Lambert has been on the staff of NEHGS since 1993 and is the organization’s Chief Genealogist. David is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history. His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England. Lambert has published many articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Rhode Island Roots, The Mayflower Descendant, and American Ancestors magazine. He has also published A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (NEHGS, 2009). David is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass., and a life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He is also the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts.

About the event series
Every fall, in honor of the naming of Boston, the Partnership of Historic Bostons hosts a series of free events exploring an intriguing aspect of Puritan life. This year’s theme is From Theology to Commerce: the First Three Generations of 17th-century Boston.
To see a list of the entire series of FREE events, please visit http://historicbostons.eventbrite.com


Venezuela Today:  Challenges from Within and Abroad
Wednesday, October 3
6:30 to 8:00pm
BU, College of Arts and Sciences, Room B 12, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Steve Ellner, author of numerous books and professor at Universidad De Oriente in Venezuela from 1977 to 2003, is touring the US to give a presentation on the recent events in Venezuela and how people there are coping with hyper-inflation as well as food and medicine shortages.

The Bolivarian Revolution, initiated by Hugo Chavez in 1999 and now led by President Nicolas Maduro, has been in the bullseye of attacks by the Trump administration and the European Union. The US and European sanctions have been an economic stranglehold that has caused the Venezuelan economy to crumble. Economic sanctions prevent the normal flow of payments for goods, causing shortages and hyper-inflation that has reached over 1,000%. Venezuelans have resorted to migration to neighboring countries to look for a better life. The exodus has created a shortage of human talent in Venezuela impairing infrastructure (water, electricity, gas). The main Venezuelan industry, oil, has also suffered due to lack of talented resources and disinvestments, leading to a production decline of over 50%.

The Venezuelan Solidarity Committee is organizing a delegation to Venezuela in November. Information on the delegation will be available at this event.

Steve Ellner earned his Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of New Mexico in 1980. Since 1977 he has taught economic history and political science at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University (2004), Duke University (2005), Universidad de Buenos Aires (2010), Australian National University (2013), and Tulane University (2015) and has taught at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins, all in the field of Latin American history and political science. Among his book publications are:  Venezuela's Movimiento al Socialismo: From Guerrilla Defeat to 
Electoral Politics (Duke University Press, 1988);  Organized Labor in Venezuela, l958-l991: Behavior and Concerns in a Democratic Setting (Scholarly Resources, l993); /Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Polarization and the Ch?vez Phenomenon/. (Lynne Rienner, 2008).

Sponsored by: BU Center for Latin American Studies, Pardee School of Global Studies and US-Venezuelan Solidarity Committee


How Birds Migrate
Wednesday, October 3
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Policies.aspx

Lorna Gibson, PhD, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Young Benjamin Franklin:  The Birth of Ingenuity
Wednesday, October 3
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome author and historian NICK BUNKER—whose book An Empire on the Edge was a Pulitzer Prize finalist—for a discussion of his latest book, Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity.

About Young Benjamin Franklin
From his early career as a printer and journalist to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles: with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of forty-one, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge.

Always trying to balance virtue against ambition, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being, made from the conflicts of an age of slavery as well as reason. With archival material from both sides of the Atlantic, we see Franklin in Boston, London, and Philadelphia, as he develops his formula for greatness. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, this is also a story about Franklin's forebears: the talented family of English craftsmen who produced America's favorite genius.


Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir 
Wednesday, October 3
Trident Books Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

Reading & Signing w/ Sarah Fawn Montgomery
About the Book:  Diagnosed with severe anxiety, PTSD, and OCD in her early twenties, Sarah Fawn Montgomery spent the next ten years seeking treatment and the language with which to describe the indescribable consequences of her mental illness. Faced with disbelief, intolerable side effects, and unexpected changes in her mental health as a result of treatment, Montgomery turned to American history and her own personal history—including her turbulent childhood and the violence she faced as a young woman to make sense of the experience.

Blending memoir with literary journalism, Montgomery’s Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir examines America’s history of mental illness treatment—lobotomies to sterilization, the rest cure to Prozac—to challenge contemporary narratives about mental health. Questioning what it means to be a woman with highly stigmatized disorders, Montgomery also asks why mental illness continues to escalate in the United States despite so many “cures.” Investigating the construction of mental illness as a “female” malady, Montgomery exposes the ways current attitudes towards women and their bodies influence madness as well as the ways madness has transformed to a chronic illness in our cultural imagination. Montgomery’s Quite Mad is one woman’s story, but it offers a beacon of hope and truth for the millions of individuals living with mental illness and issues a warning about the danger of diagnosis and the complex definition of sanity.


The Past and Future of Viral Outbreaks
Wednesday, October 3
7 to 9:00 p.m. 
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Auditorium (in Goldenson Hall), 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston

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


What's At Stake -- Separation of Religion and State Today
Wednesday, October 3
7:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building 2-190, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

From efforts to drop the Johnson Amendment, to FEMA policy changes benefiting houses of worship, to SCOTUS drift jeopardizing women's bodily autonomy, the past few years have presented numerous challenges to American secular governance, threatening to stall or reverse much of the progress made by the historical struggle for separation of religion and state in the US. We at the Secular Society of MIT have brought together representatives from three organizations that have long been standing guard over and advancing secular civil liberties and rights for Americans, to take stock of the situation, and to discuss the question of where to go from here.

Members of the panel:
Ronal Madnick, President, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Massachusetts Chapter
Carol Rose, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts Chapter
Zachary Bos, Co-Chair, Secular Coalition for America, Massachusetts Chapter

Free entry. Free light refreshments.
The event will be photographed and recorded.

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/279877626047187/

Thursday, October 4

LAUNCH.NANO: AT THE DAWN OF THE NANO AGE - Grand Opening Celebration
Thursday, October 4
8:30am - 7pm
MIT, Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.cvent.com/events/launch-nano/registration-14b686e94bbc43cb983b160616bed337.aspx?fqp=true

To harness the power of nanotechnology in service to humanity’s greatest challenges, MIT has spent the past six years constructing, at the heart of the campus, a new center for nanoscience and nanotechnology. MIT.nano is now ready to launch as an advanced facility open to the entire community of faculty, researchers, partners, and students. A convening space to spark collaboration and cross-pollination. A hive for tinkering with atoms, one by one—and for constructing, from these fantastically small building blocks, a future of infinite possibility.  

Join us on October 4, 2018, for a series of celebration events:
8:30AM – 4:00PM  LAUNCH.nano Symposium at Kresge Auditorium 
4:00PM – 7:00PM  Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at MIT.nano. Grand Opening Celebration at MIT.nano, with a ribbon cutting, reception, tours, exhibitions, a poster session, and more.

This event is free and open to the public

Poster Session
Prizes for the top two posters who are able to present the most memorable posters conveying the personality of the researcher as well as the research. More

MIT.nano Grand Opening Agenda
8:30am  WELCOME  MIT President L. Rafael Reif 
9:00am  Session 1 – ENERGY
SESSION CHAIR  Robert Armstrong, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering
SESSION KEYNOTE  John Deutch, Institute Professor and Professor of Chemistry
SPEAKERS  Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering 
Karen Gleason, Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering
9:45am  Break
10:00am  Session 2 – HEALTH AND MEDICINE
SESSION CHAIR  Tyler Jacks, David H. Koch Professor of Biology, Director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
SESSION KEYNOTE  Elazer Edelman, Director of Institute of Medical Engineering and Science, Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Science MIT; Professor of Medicine and Senior Attending Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
SPEAKERS  Katharina Ribbeck, Hyman Career Development Professor of Biological Engineering
Thomas Schwartz, Boris Magasanik Professor of Biology
10:40am  Session 3 – QUANTUM COMPUTING
SESSION CHAIR  Michael Sipser, Dean of Science and Donner Professor of Mathematics
SPEAKER  William Oliver, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Physics and Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT; and Laboratory Fellow, MIT Lincoln Laboratory 
ROUNDTABLE –Quantum Information Science: Nano & Macro
Moderated by:  Isaac Chuang, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning
11:45am   Lunch 
Anantha Chandrakasan, Dean of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE  Eric Evans, Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory
1:20pm   Session 4 – MATERIALS
SESSION CHAIR  Carl Thompson, Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Laboratory
SESSION KEYNOTE  Krystyn Van Vliet, Associate Provost and Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Biological Engineering
SPEAKERS  Markus Buehler, Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering and McAfee Professor of Engineering
Frances Ross, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
2:00pm   Break
2:15pm   Session 5 – THE NEW FRONTIERS OF DESIGN
SESSION CHAIR  Robert Millard, Chairman of the MIT Corporation
SPEAKER  Admir Masic, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
ROUNDTABLE  Moderated by Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning
PANELISTS  Craig Carter, POSCO Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Paul Ha, Director of the List Visual Arts Center
Anette (Peko) Hosoi, Associate Dean of Engineering, Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Carlo Ratti, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Director of SENSEable City Lab
Vladimir Bulović, Director of MIT.nano, Professor of Engineering, MacVicar Fellow, Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Chair in Emerging Technology
3:45pm  Program ends


Rethinking Malaria: The Role of Faith & Community in Saving Lives
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Religion
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Divinity School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Center for the Study of World Religions (HDS), Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe Initiative (HSPH), J.C. Flowers Foundation
SPEAKER(S)  The Right Rev. Andre Soares, bishop of the Diocese of Angola and vice-president of the Council of Christian Churches in Angola; the Right Rev. David Njovu, bishop of the Diocese of Lusaka (Zambia); the Right Rev. Cleophas Lunga, bishop of the Diocese of Matebeleland (Zimbabwe).
CONTACT INFO	Carmen Mejia, cmejia at hsph.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Anglican church leaders in sub-Saharan Africa have a vision of a malaria-free world. Join us for a panel discussion with church leaders from sub-Saharan Africa about the role of faith in the eradication of malaria and learn how religious leaders and communities are working to end the disease for good. HDS Professor of African Religious Traditions Jacob Olupona and HSPH Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases Dyann Wirth will moderate the panel.
LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/321997858607665/


Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design
Thursday, October 4
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

David Buckley Borden, Artist/Designer
Aaron Ellison, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest
Hemlock Hospice is an immersive site-specific science-communication project that tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock wooly adelgid. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests. The talk includes an overview of the Hemlock Hospice project from the complementary perspectives of science, art, and design, and also addresses the practical challenges of realizing such interdisciplinary projects. The authors will share their research-driven creative process, including challenges, and highlight the team’s collaborative approach to science communication at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.
Hemlock Hospice: http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/hemlock-hospice

David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge-based interdisciplinary artist and designer known for his creative practice of making ecological issues culturally relevant to the general public by means of accessible art and design. David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked with Sasaki Associates and Ground before focusing his practice at theintersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event. David’s work now manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-specific landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery. David’s place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena and have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Art Lab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and MASS MoCA. David is an Associate Fellow at the Harvard Forest where he works with scientists to answer the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around
environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making.”

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Senior Ecologist at the Harvard Forest, and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He studies the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances; thinks about the relationship between the Dao and the intermediate disturbance hypothesis; reflects on the critical and reactionary stance of Ecology relative to Modernism, blogs as The Unbalanced Ecologist, and tweets as @AMaxEll17. He is the author
of A Primer of Ecological Statistics (2004), A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (2012; recipient of the 2013 USA Book News International Book Award in General Science, and the 2013 award for Specialty Title in Science and Nature from The New England Society in New York City), and Vanishing Point (2017), a collection of photographs and poetry from the Pacific Northwest). On weekends, he works wood.


20th-Century Plague: The Spanish Flu of 1918 & How It Changed The World
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Global Health Institute
Harvard Library
SPEAKER(S)  Laura Spinney, science journalist novelist, & author
Dr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard alum & author
TICKET WEB LINK  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efpvk5qc1c20d857&oseq=&c=&ch=
TICKET INFO  Registration is free but required!
CONTACT INFO	Ambika Lall: ambika_lall at harvard.edu
DETAILS  Science journalist, novelist, and author of the new book, "Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 & How It Changed The World," Laura Spinney, will talk with Harvard alum and author of "The End of Epidemics," Dr. Jonathan Quick, about the mysteries and lessons of the great 1918 influenza pandemic - and why they matter to all of us today.
LINK  https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/outbreakweek-oct4


Social Inequality in a Cross-National Perspective: The Case of the Working Homeless
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB Berlin);
Chair - Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, Harvard University; Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Harvard University; Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Seminar on Social Exclusion and Inclusion, CES, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO	Stefan Beljean
sbeljean at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  In Germany as in the U.S., homeless people are usually perceived either as lazy, sick, or victims of the social welfare system. By focusing on the working homeless – a severe form of the working poor Allmendinger's work circumvents conventional stereotypes of homelessness and instead brings structural determinants of homelessness to the fore: income determination, housing markets and social security transfers. In the first part of her talk, she will discuss how these factors compare cross-nationally. The second part will then turn to cross-national differences that have not received much attention so far. Focusing on Los Angeles and its sister city Berlin, Allmendinger will look at the visibility of the homeless in inner cities, their sources of financial support, and people’s perceived own likelihood of downward mobility. In all three areas the research reveals differences between the two cities that raise important questions. First, while in Los Angeles the homeless, including the working homeless, are part of the inner city, they are much less visible than in Berlin. Does visibility matter for the self-perception of the homeless and the perception of homelessness by society-at-large? Second, homeless people in Los Angeles receive financial resources through civil society organizations while in Berlin transfer payments are provided by the state. This poses many questions: a) does the source of financial support matter? b) if so, what is its effect? Third, homelessness in Los Angeles is considered just ‘a paycheck away’ by the majority of society, in Berlin this is not the case. Does the perceived risk of downward mobility increase or decrease the compassion for homeless people?
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2018/10/the-working-homeless-in-a-cross-national-perspective---work-in-progress


OEB Seminar Series - "What Glows Below: New Insights on Biodiversity and Biooptics of Deep-Sea Plankton"
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE	Biological Labs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
SPEAKER(S) Dr. Steven Haddock, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
TICKET INFO  Free and Open to the Public
LINK  https://oeb.harvard.edu/event/oeb-seminar-series-steven-haddock


A Fossil-Fuel-Free Economy is Entirely Possible
Thursday, October 4
3:30PM TO 4:45PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment and Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute host a seminar by Prem Shankar Jha, journalist and author; former editor at the Times of India and the Hindustan Times; former information advisor to the Prime Minister of India, V.P.Singh; former member of the energy panel of the World Commission for Environment and Development.

Contact Name:  Tiffany Chan
tiffanychan at seas.harvard.edu


Following Nature’s Lead – Designing Biomaterials for Nerve Injury
Thursday, October 4
4:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker:   Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert (UT Austin)


Flint Mayor Karen Weaver & New Haven Mayor Toni Harp
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein 2036 East C, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, African American Mayors Association, Harvard Law School Urbanists
SPEAKER(S)  Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, CT
Mayor Karen Weaver of Flint, MI
COST  Free
DETAILS  We have all seen the headlines about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and the K2 overdose crisis in New Haven, Connecticut.
What is it like to lead a city already facing major ongoing challenges through such a crisis?
Hear from two dynamic mayors about how they have responded.
LINK  https://charleshamiltonhouston.org/events/twomayorsspeak/


International Development: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Melani Cammett, Chair, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Faculty Associate. Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
David Engerman, Professor of History, Department of History, Yale University.
Stephen Macekura, Assistant Professor of History, Department of International Studies, Indiana University.
Erez Manela, Director, Graduate Student Programs; Faculty Associate. Professor of History, Department of History, Harvard University.
Dani Rodrik, Faculty Associate. Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School.
TICKET INFO  Free and Open to the Public
sarahbanse at wcfia.harvard.edu
DETAILS  This event will bring together leading experts on the politics, economics, and history of international development to share the most exciting developments in their respective fields and to discuss how scholars of development in different disciplines can better talk to each other, and why they should. It will mark the publication of the new book, "The Development Century: A Global History." Edited by Stephen J. Macekura and Erez Manela, this volume offers a cutting-edge perspective on how development has shaped the history of the modern world.
Panel will be streamed on Facebook Live (facebook.com…). If you cannot attend or watch it live, it will be available in the video section of our Facebook page afterward.
LINK  https://wcfia.harvard.edu/event/special-event-international-development-interdisciplinary-conversation-10-4-18


Democracy When You Least Expect It: Strong State Democratization in Authoritarian Asia
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
This event is co-sponsored by the Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs at the Harvard Korea Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Joseph Wong, Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	info at ash.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The conventional wisdom is that democracy emerges from the ashes of a collapsed authoritarian regime. In other words, democratic prospects look most enticing when dictatorships become weak, unstable or fall. Counterintuitively, democracy in Asia has tended to emerge when authoritarian regimes have been relatively strong. We call this democracy-through-strength, and illuminate this model through historical examples in Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia, and assess the prospects of democracy in authoritarian stalwarts like China.
Join Joseph Wong, Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs, a Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, in discussion. Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies, will moderate.
LINK  https://ash.harvard.edu/event/democracy-hard-places-seminar-joesph-wong-university-toronto


Starr Forum: Citizenship Under Attack
Thursday, October 4
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building 3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starr-forum-citizenship-under-attack-tickets-49048786240

A conversation with Peter Spiro, Charles R. Weiner Professor of Law at Temple University, on citizenship issues. Justin Steil joins the conversation as a discussant.

Peter J. Spiro is currently the William & Patricia Kleh Visiting Professor of Law at Boston University and holds the Charles Weiner Chair in international law. Before joining Temple’s faculty in 2006, Professor Spiro was Rusk Professor of Law at the University of Georgia Law School. A former law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, Spiro specializes in international, immigration, and constitutional law. Spiro is the author of Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization (Oxford University Press 2008) and At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship (NYU Press 2016). He has contributed commentary to such publications as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic, and is frequently quoted in the media on international and immigration law issues.

Justin Steil is an assistant professor of law and urban planning at MIT and a steering group member of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration at the MIT Center for International Studies. His research examines the intersection of urban policy with property, land use, and civil rights law.

Co-sponsors: MIT Center for International Studies, the Inter-University Committee on International Migration
Free & open to the public | Refreshments served
Can't attend in person? Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube.
For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact starrforum at mit.edu


new media and civic arts series: daniel bacchieri
Thursday, October 4
5:00pm – 6:00pm
MIT, ACT Cube (Building E15-001), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Daniel Bacchieri is an award-winning Brazilian journalist, documentary film maker and collaborative web developer/curator, whose visually inspiring StreetMusicMap platform has been widely praised for its curation of street performers from across the globe. Combining a documentarian vision with a trans-cultural appreciation of the public art of vernacular musicians, the StreetMusicMap collaborators are exploring the creative possibilities of collective story-telling through performance. The StreetMusicMap Instagram channel has more than 41,000 followers and 1,300 artists documented on videos in 97 countries, all filmed by more than 700 collaborators.

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.

Part of the New Media and Civic Arts Series, hosted with Comparative Media Studies


Let's Talk About Water
Thursday, October 4
East Boston Library, 365 Bremen Streetm East Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-about-water-tickets-49351500667

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), the Office of State Representative Adrian Madaro, and the University of Massachusetts Boston present a free film screening:
A documentary film highlighting the economic, political, and geographical difficulties that stand between Mexico City’s 22 million residents and a safe, reliable water supply.
Followed by a panel discussion exploring climate change and the storm-water management affecting all East Boston residents.

Jerad Bales, Executive Director, CUAHSI
Adrian Madaro, State Representative, 1st Suffolk
Magdalena Ayed, Founder and Director, The Harborkeepers
Gabriela Boscio, Climate Program Manager, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. (NOAH)
Lydia Edwards, City Councilor, District 1
Paul Kirshen, Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Sponsored by:
The Office of State Representative Adrian Madaro
City of Boston
The Office of Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards


Conserving Biodiversity: A Global Priority
Thursday, October 4
Harvard, Geo Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Indianapolis Prize welcome Russell A. Mittermeier, Chief Conservation Officer, Global Wildlife Conservation; Chair, Primate Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, who will examine strategies for setting conservation priorities, highlight successful initiatives from around the world, and demonstrate why biodiversity is so critical to human survival.

Biodiversity is the sum total of life on Earth and a living legacy to future generations. Sadly, it is declining almost everywhere on the planet. Russell A. Mittermeier, recipient of the 2018 Indianapolis Prize, is a biologist and lifelong conservationist who has traveled across 169 countries and discovered more than 20 species in his quest to save biodiversity hotspots. Focusing on nonhuman primates—our closest living relatives—Mittermeier will examine strategies for setting conservation priorities, highlight successful initiatives from around the world, and demonstrate why biodiversity is so critical to human survival. 

Contact Name:  hmnh at hmsc.harvard.edu


authors at MIT: Leonardo Journal 50th Anniversary
Thursday, October 4
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50,  301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

You're invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leonardo/ISAST at the MIT Press Bookstore in Cambridge. Join us for a festive evening of conversation about the journal’s history and its long-standing relationship with MIT.

The event features: Roger Malina, Executive Editor of Leonardo; Danielle Siembieda, Managing Director of Leonardo; Nick Lindsay, Director of Journals and Open Access at the MIT Press; and Leonardo authors Elizabeth Goldring and Joan Brigham.

About Leonardo/ISAST
50 Years of Celebrating the Community
Almost half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time—offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision—to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The result was Leonardo, an academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics.


How to Fight a Nazi
Thursday, October 4
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, 4-270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Christian Picciolini was 14 when he became a Neo-Nazi skinhead. He denounced eight years later and dedicated himself to helping others disengage from extremist groups. Picciolini has done peace advocacy work for more than a decade and in 2018, he founded the Free Radicals Project, a nonprofit dedicated to transitioning former extremists. He has conducted more than 200 interventions with white supremacists, as well as with ISIS members and other types of violent extremists. Now an internationally-renowned speaker, author, and MSNBC contributor, Picciolini joins the MIT Communications Forum to discuss the state of extremism in America and how to combat it.

Christian Picciolini is a peace advocate and the author of White American Youth: My Descent Into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement — and How I Got Out. In 2009, he co-founded Life After Hate, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities and organizations implement long-term solutions that counter racism and violent extremism. Christian currently leads the Free Radicals Project, a global network of extremism preventionists who help people disengage from hate movements and other violent ideologies around the world.

All Communications Forum events are free and open to the general public.


Thursday, 4 October
6:15 – 8:30 pm EDT
Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, Lower Level, Johnson Building, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/spotify-sofar-sounds-present-the-future-of-listening-data-and-music/boston/57803

Michelle Parsons , Product Owner, Recommendations and Personalization, Spotify
Nicole Barsalona , Artist Management & Entertainment Consultant, 525 Entertainment Group
Matt Brooks, Boston Director, Sofar Sounds
Laura Davidson, Eastern Retail Market Development Specialist, Shure Incorporated

About This Event
For this event, GA & the Boston Public Library will welcome Sofar Sounds, Spotify, Shure, and 525 Entertainment Group to speak about the Future of Listening: Data & Music.
Everyday, we enjoy innovation in music through personalised playlists, streaming and live videos accessible at the tap of a screen, and it has all been driven by an unlikely friend - data.
Join us for a series of lightning talks as we explore the intersection of big data with the music industry in a race to the future of musical entertainment. We’ll be featuring speakers from the music industry who have mastered the art of using data and technology to deliver an exciting and unique experience of music en masse. 

We'll learn more about:
The science behind data-driven music services
The challenge posed by big data to the traditional music industry
How data is empowering artists as well as listeners
Where data is taking the future of music
By signing up for this event, you’re giving our partners and sponsors for this event permission to contact you about upcoming events and promotions. Please note seating is on a first come first serve basis.

About the Instructors
Michelle Parsons, Product Owner, Recommendations and Personalization, Spotify
Michelle currently works at Spotify as the Product Owner of the Recommendations and Personalization Platform. She leads a cross-functional team of back-end and machine learning engineers focused on improving the recommendations that power many of the surfaces of Spotify; these include the popular playlists such as “Discover Weekly” and “Daily Mix” as well as features such as Search and Home. Prior to joining Spotify, Michelle spent 2.5 years at KAYAK as the Head of Product for Hotels, where she owned cross-platform product development for the end-to-end user journey from Search to Purchase. She has a passion for design, user experience, and machine learning, specifically as they relate to improving search, discovery and personalization.

Nicole Barsalona, Artist Management & Entertainment Consultant, 525 Entertainment Group
Nicole Barsalona is Director of Everyday Rebellion Entertainment, artist management firm and indie label specializing in North American market development for international artists, including Prateek Kuhad (India), Mark Wilkinson (Australia), and music-tech company Parlour Gigs (Melbourne). Born and raised in the music industry, Nicole graduated from BU's College of Communication and began her career at Steven Van Zandt's media company Renegade Nation, where she eventually became Chief of Staff, Director of Communications & Operations, and Road Manager to Van Zandt on tours with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Highlights of her work include the CBGB Forever campaign, stakeholder development for the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, Super Bowl XLIII, and international affiliate acquisition for the Underground Garage. Nicole has been a featured speaker at SXSW, Grammy Pro, Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University, Boston University, and G-Rock events, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and Mashable. Passionate about non-profit work, she serves on the Board of Directors for Women In Music where she leads Global Chapter Development. Instagram: @nicolebarsalona // Email: nicole at womeninmusic.org.

Matt Brooks, Boston Director, Sofar Sounds

Laura Davidson, Eastern Retail Market Development Specialist, Shure Incorporated
Laura Clapp Davidson is the eastern retail market development specialist for legendary Shure Incorporated. After initially forging her path as a singer/songwriter, Laura’s voice took her all over the world and eventually led her to a career in the MI industry. For the past twelve years she has worked with various manufacturers in product demonstration, global event coordination and marketing management. Since joining Shure last year, Laura has designed and created new initiatives to drive business and awareness in the retail segment and has been tasked with creating regular social media content for the brand. Her expertise is in fostering connections with customers through a focus on solution-based knowledge.


The Field of Blood:  Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Thursday, October 4
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Yale professor of history and American studies JOANNE B. FREEMAN for a discussion of her latest book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War.
About The Field of Blood

Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress in The Field of Blood. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, canings, flipped desks, and all-out slugfests. When debate broke down, congressmen drew pistols and waved Bowie knives. One representative even killed another in a duel. Many were beaten and bullied in an attempt to intimidate them into compliance, particularly on the issue of slavery.
These fights didn’t happen in a vacuum. Freeman’s dramatic accounts of brawls and thrashings tell a larger story of how fisticuffs and journalism, and the powerful emotions they elicited, raised tensions between North and South and led toward war. In the process, she brings the antebellum Congress to life, revealing its rough realities―the feel, sense, and sound of it―as well as its nation-shaping import. Funny, tragic, and rivetingly told, The Field of Blood offers a front-row view of congressional mayhem and sheds new light on the careers of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and other luminaries, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known but no less fascinating men. The result is a fresh understanding of the workings of American democracy and the bonds of Union on the eve of their greatest peril.


Climate Solutions: Drawdown's Chad Frischmann
Thursday, October 4
7:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Chad Frischmann is the VP of Research of the #1 Best Selling Environmental Book of 2017 and New York Times Best Seller, Drawdown. Join MIT Climate Action Team and the Environmental Solutions Initiative to hear about the most comprehensive list of climate change solutions through the perspective of policy issues relevant to keeping our world clean and above sea level.

Come to meet other climate activists and community members to listen, mingle, and enjoy FREE Bertucci's dinner! The talk will be followed by a brief Q&A session.



Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed The World 
Thursday, October 4
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-author-laura-spinney-tickets-49920058238

Laura Spinney
'Both a saga of tragedies and a detective story... Pale Rider is not just an excavation but a reimagining of the past’ Guardian

With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918–1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War I.

In Pale Rider, Laura Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. She shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test.

Laura Spinney demonstrates that the Spanish flu was as significant – if not more so – as two world wars in shaping the modern world; in disrupting, and often permanently altering, global politics, race relations, family structures, and thinking across medicine, religion and the arts.

About The Author: Laura Spinney is a science journalist and a literary novelist. She is the author of two novels and her writing on science has appeared in National Geographic, Nature, The Economist and The Telegraph, among others. Born in the UK, she has also lived in France and Switzerland.


History VS. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You to Know
Thursday, October 4
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anita-sarkeesian-ebony-adams-history-vs-women-tickets-48568454555

Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PHD, have reclaimed the stories of twenty-five remarkable women who dared to defy history and change the world around them. From Mongolian wrestlers to Chinese pirates, Native American ballerinas to Egyptian scientists, Japanese novelists to British Prime Ministers, History vs Women will reframe the history that you thought you knew.

Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Best known as the creator and host of Feminist Frequency’s highly influential series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Anita lectures at universities, conferences and game development studios around the world. Anita dreams of owning a life-size replica of Buffy’s scythe.

Ebony Adams, PhD, is an author, activist, and former college educator whose work highlights the lives and work of black women in the diaspora. She lives in Los Angeles with a steadily increasing collection of Doctor Who memorabilia. She writes widely on film criticism, social justice, and pop culture.

This event is in conversation with author Jaclyn Friedman.


The Climate Mobilization:  Daniel Pinchbeck “How Soon is Now”: Psychedelics, Initiation, and the Climate Crisis
Thursday, October 4
RSVP at https://wevolunteer.openprogress.com/Opportunities/Details/?oId=365210

Please join me NEXT Thursday (10/4) from 8pm-9pm Eastern Time, I will be hosting a live conversation with pioneering author Daniel Pinchbeck. We’ll be talking about his fascinating book How Soon is Now (2017) and discussing the ecological crisis from the angle of consciousness and spirituality. Daniel is an out of the box thinker and brings thought provoking, refreshing insights to the crisis we’re facing. I hope you join us!

Daniel and I will meet in person for this one, so we will be broadcasting straight to Facebook, where you can watch and ask questions. Please RSVP for call in info.

Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 6

BU Global Music Festival
Friday, October 5,7:00 PM – Saturday, October 6, 11:00 PM EDT
BU, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bu-global-music-festival-registration-44225471576

Boston University invites the BU and greater Boston Community for the inaugural BU Global Music Festival on October 5 & 6, 2018. Enjoy extraordinary music, educational events, and a global bazaar – all free and open to the public of all ages with registration.
Easily accessible by MBTA Green B Line, so feel free to drop in on Friday or Saturday. Limited walk-up registration will be available day-of. As many performances are not in English, captioning services will only be available during workshops, not for performances.
Friday, October 5th
Performances from:
- Jupiter & Okwess (D.R. Congo)
- Fendika (Ethiopia)
- Debo Band (Local)
*Schedule subject to change - Additional scheduling details TBA*
Saturday, October 6th
Performances from:
- Zhou Family Band (China)
- Mamadou Diabete (Burkina Faso)
- Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole (Hawaii)
- Dina Elwedidi (Egypt)
- Orquesta El Macabeo (Puerto Rico)
- LADAMA (Pan South America)
- Balla Kouyaté (Local)
- Grooversity (Local)
- Gunk Kwok (Local)
- Palos De Peravia (Local)
- DJ Rekha (Local)


AT&T Entertainment Hackathon - Boston
Friday, October 5,6:00 PM – Saturday, October 6, 9:00 PM EDT
Berklee College, 150 Mass Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/att-entertainment-hackathon-boston-tickets-49627990656

Are you interested in entertainment and love to code? Do you have an idea for an app that will disrupt the way we experience, consume or create content?

Then join us on October 5 - 6 for a special Entertainment-themed hackathon produced by the AT&T Developer Program. This event will bring together developers, designers, and creators to hack innovative and disruptive entertainment solutions. You bring the innovative ideas and designs and we'll bring the tech to help you transform them into apps in just 24 hours.
What is an entertainment hackathon? AT&T invites developers, designers, and creators to up-level the way we create and experience entertainment. That entertainment could be a movie, TV series, creator channel, game, sporting event, or other form of content. How would you innovate on the way that content is experienced? This experience could include an improvement in the mobile app viewing experience, adding a second screen like a tablet, or working with technologies like AI, VR/AR/MR, IoT, and robotics to enhance the experience. Consider all scenarios in entertainment such as monetization, social, accessibility, immersion, virtual assistants, usability, e-sports, or whatever your passion.

You Bring...
Your laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team-focused mindset and/or team-up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ with #atthack. Whether you are a developer, designer, project manager, or just interested in tech, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your skills are needed! This event will not feature an onsite team formation component so it's highly suggest you arrive with a team to work.
We Supply...
Quick presentations and code samples that help kick start your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. We will have technical mentors to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools. We will also have loaner hardware on-site for you to use in your solutions. 

Event Schedule
The following is a list of the weekend's agenda: 
Day 1
5:00PM - Doors open with dinner, networking and developer dating
6:30PM - Kickoff presentation and Featured Speakers (no food in the presentation area)
7:00PM - Pitch idea and form teams
12:00AM - Venue closes for the evening
Day 2
9:00AM - The fun continues with coffee served in the morning! Work with the teams from Day 1 to complete the app spec'd. Mentors will be available throughout the entire day to help you code your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 4PM.
12:00PM - Lunch is served
4PM - Deadline for team registration (information will be provided onsite)
6:30PM - Pitches start promptly at 6:30PM and are limited to three (3) minutes per team. PowerPoint presentations are NOT recommended!

Friday, October 5 - Sunday, October 7

Friday, October 5 - Sunday, October 7
Various neighborhoods throughout Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston.
Rain or shine; free and open to all.
For further information: http://www.honkfest.org, info at honkfest.org, 617-383-HONK (4665).

Time to mark the calendar for the thirteenth annual HONK! Festival (www.honkfest.org), based in Davis Sq. Somerville, with events happening from October 5-7 throughout the neighborhoods of Somerville, as well as in Cambridge and Boston. HONK! is a rousing socio-political music spectacle which features social activist street bands from all over the world, who come together to share their different approaches in merrily instigating positive changes in their communities.

The full list of participating bands, along with an overview of all activities taking place, will be available soon after Labor Day weekend.

Friday, October 5

A Tale of Two Satellites: Estimating carbon dioxide and methane fluxes from OCO-2 and GOSAT
Friday, October 5
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Professor Scot Miller, Johns Hopkins University
Satellite-based monitoring of greenhouse gases has expanded dramatically in the past decade, enabling new insight into greenhouse gas fluxes from regions of the world that were previously difficult to monitor. This talk will focus on insights from two satellites: carbon dioxide observations from NASA's OCO-2 satellite and methane observations from the Japanese GOSAT satellite. 

OCO-2 is NASA's first satellite dedicated to monitoring CO2 from space, and we evaluate the extent to which current OCO-2 observations can constrain monthly CO2 sources and sinks from the biosphere. Our goal is to guide top-down, inverse modeling studies and identify areas for future improvement. We find that a commonly-used version of the OCO-2 retrievals (ACOS version 7) has limited ability to detect or constrain regional carbon budgets, but recent advances in OCO-2 retrievals are are having a potentially transformative effect on the ability of satellite-based observations to constrain regional biospheric carbon balance.

In a separate study, we use GOSAT observations to examine recent trends in emissions of methane from the world's largest anthropogenic emitter of greenhouse gases — China. The largest fraction of China’s anthropogenic methane emissions is attributable to coal mining, but these emissions should be changing; China enacted a suite of regulations for coal mine methane (CMM) drainage and utilization that came into full effect in 2010. Here, we use methane observations from the GOSAT satellite to evaluate recent trends in Chinese emissions and the impact of China's ambitious CMM regulations. We further explore how China could use this CMM for electricity production or home heating and quantify the benefits of these different use cases for air quality and human health.

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar

Contact Name:  Kelvin Bates
kelvin_bates at fas.harvard.edu


Bumblebees and Vehicular Networking: Intelligent Connectivity on the Road
Friday, October 5
3:00pm-4:00pm – Refreshments at 2:45pm
BU, 8 St. Mary’s Street, PHO 211, Boston

Alexander Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Wireless connectivity is quickly becoming a critical element in future transportation systems, especially with respect to self-driving cars and various levels of vehicular autonomy.  Given the complex and highly time-varying environments existing on busy roadways, having each vehicle possessing real-time situational awareness is essential for performing complex functions, such as autonomous lane-changing, traffic intersection management, and platooning. Although there already exists a variety of different sensors that can gather data about the vehicular environment in order to obtain real-time situation awareness, such as LIDAR, RADAR, and vision systems, these sensors can only collect this data via line-of-sight (LOS).  On the other hand, wireless connectivity is not constrained to LOS data gathering and can greatly increase the real-time situational awareness of each vehicle on the road, enhancing its performance and increasing driver/passenger safety. As the number of vehicles on the road become connected to each other, this information sharing will evolve into a Vehicular Internet-of-Things (VIOT) environment. To support the VIOT ecosystem, adequate wireless spectrum is needed to enable this connectivity between vehicles in real-time as they are operating on the road in complex conditions.  To achieve this, Vehicular Dynamic Spectrum Access, or VDSA, can be employed, where unoccupied wireless spectrum is temporarily accessed by non-licensed users in order to support data communications during that time interval.  Compared to conventional DSA techniques, VDSA needs to be capable of handling significant spectral availability variations during a transmission.  Past research has explored the use of VDSA in television white space spectral environments as well as the implementation of VDSA algorithms using machine learning techniques.  However, recently a new approach to VDSA has been proposed where each vehicle performs VDSA using an algorithm based on bumblebee-inspired resource foraging.  In this talk, the fundamentals of how bumblebee-inspired VDSA will be presented, with several examples shown in order to demonstrate the performance of this approach.

Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Professor of Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), as well as Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory (WI Lab, http://www.wireless.wpi.edu/). His research interests are in the area of wireless communications, connected vehicles, cognitive radios, autonomous/self-driving cars, and dynamic spectrum access networks. Dr. Wyglinski received his Ph.D. degree from McGill University in 2005, M.S. degree from Queens University at Kingston in 2000, and B.Eng. degree from McGill University in 1999, all in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Wyglinski is very actively involved in the research community. He currently serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Communications Magazine. He has previously served as the general co-chair of the 82th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC 2015 Fall), co-chair of the Cognitive Radio Symposium of the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC 2015), and general co-chair of the 2013 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (IEEE VNC 2013). Dr. Wyglinski has been or is currently a technical program committee member on numerous IEEE and other international conferences in wireless communications and connected vehicles. Finally, Dr. Wyglinski is serving as the President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (an IEEE VTS Board of Governors position), as well as a speaker for the IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer Series. In addition to authoring/co-authoring over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers, Dr. Wyglinski is the co-author of the first textbook on cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access, entitled Cognitive Radio Communications and Networks: Principles and Practice (Academic Press, December 2009), as well as a co-author of the first textbook on digital communication systems engineering using software-defined radio technology, entitled Digital Communication Systems Engineering Using Software Defined Radio (Artech House, January 2013). Dr. Wyglinski is currently or has been sponsored by organizations such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon, MITRE, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) – Space Vehicles Directorate, The MathWorks, Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A., and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wyglinski is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), as well as a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).


The Increasingly United States:  How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized
Friday, October 5
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes DANIEL J. HOPKINS—a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania—for a discussion of his latest book The Increasingly United States: How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized.

About The Increasingly United States
In a campaign for state or local office these days, you’re as likely today to hear accusations that an opponent advanced Obamacare or supported Donald Trump as you are to hear about issues affecting the state or local community. This is because American political behavior has become substantially more nationalized. American voters are far more engaged with and knowledgeable about what’s happening in Washington, DC, than in similar messages whether they are in the South, the Northeast, or the Midwest. Gone are the days when all politics was local.

In The Increasingly United States, Daniel J. Hopkins explores this trend and its implications for the American political system. The change is significant in part because it works against a key rationale of America’s federalist system, which was built on the assumption that citizens would be more strongly attached to their states and localities. It also has profound implications for how voters are represented. If voters are well informed about state politics, for example, the governor has an incentive to deliver what voters—or at least a pivotal segment of them—want. But if voters are likely to back the same party in gubernatorial as in presidential elections irrespective of the governor’s actions in office, governors may instead come to see their ambitions as tethered more closely to their status in the national party.


Chelsea Democracy School In Action
Friday, October 5
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Chelsea Collaborative, 318 Broadway, Chelsea
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chelsea-democracy-school-in-action-tickets-50617290679

We're still six weeks away from the Nov. 6 election, and we've already seen some amazing things. Bolstered by hard-working grassroots activists, Ayanna Pressley made history as the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Progressive first-time candidates won races from western Mass., to Framingham, to Boston. And across the U.S., campaigns have won against the odds by mobilizing "low-propensity" voters, including immigrants and people of color.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, MIRA doesn't endorse specific candidates. But we do believe passionately in educating and mobilizing voters. The ballot is one of our most powerful tools to effect change, and at this critical time in our country, we can't afford not to use it.

From now until election day, MIRA will be organizing canvasses and phone banks to get out the immigrant vote. And we want to help YOU do the same. 

You came to Democracy School, so we know you want to fight for change. Now let's step it up: are you ready to organize your own canvasses and phone banks? Join us in collaboration with the MA Voter Table and Lowell Votes for a hands-on training on:
Best practices for canvassing and phone-banking
Key do's and don'ts
Effective messaging on the phone and at the door
Planning and using miniVAN
At the end of the session, we'll go canvassing together and put it all into practice.

Time is short to make an impact this year. Come get the training you need to become a leader in mobilizing voters for Nov. 6!


David Ireland, "Designing for sustainable change”
WHEN  Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gund Hall, Room 124, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Master in Design Engineering at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. David Ireland, Chief Innovation Officer at ThinkPlace
Dr. David Ireland is ThinkPlace’s Chief Innovation Officer. Drawing on his two doctorates in innovation and medical science, he has spent the last 15 years creating things that make a difference, from designing anti-cancer drugs to raising venture capital for some of the most innovative startups in Australia. Before joining ThinkPlace, David was CSIRO’s General Manager for International and Innovation Systems. He serves as a World Wildlife Fund Australia Governor, an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland, a board member of Macquarie University’s Research Centre for Smart Green Cities, and as an X-Prize judge for an initiative looking at incentivising new technologies for the renewable extraction of water from the atmosphere. For ThinkPlace, David has worked to drive digital and business model innovation across a wide range of portfolios, in areas relating to science, aid, trade, and intellectual property. David is a co-founder and board members of ThinkPlace’s collaboration with Johns Hopkins University on international public health innovation, ThinkAction. He is also the founder of several other companies in sectors ranging from finance, oil and gas, aquaculture, and digital transformation.
COST  Free
DETAILS  Designing for sustainable change – particularly in complex systems – is, well, complex. The intricate web of [often competing] human behaviors, mixed together with changing technology, environmental, and economic landscapes, means that there isn’t a map that will lead you to success. David will share his thoughts and insights on how to navigate through the complexity and build sustainable value for clients, stakeholders, and yourself.
LINK  https://mde.harvard.edu/david-ireland-designing-sustainable-change


Can Democracy Work?:  A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
Friday, October 5
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed author and politics professor JAMES MILLER for a discussion of his latest book, Can Democracy Work?: A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World.

About Can Democracy Work?
Today, democracy is the world’s only broadly accepted political system, and yet it has become synonymous with disappointment and crisis. How did it come to this? In Can Democracy Work?, James Miller, the author of the classic history of 1960s protest Democracy Is in the Streets, offers a lively, surprising, and urgent history of the democratic idea from its first stirrings to the present. As he shows, democracy has always been rife with inner tensions. The ancient Greeks preferred to choose leaders by lottery and regarded elections as inherently corrupt and undemocratic. The French revolutionaries sought to incarnate the popular will, but many of them came to see the people as the enemy. And in the United States, the franchise would be extended to some even as it was taken from others. Amid the wars and revolutions of the twentieth century, communists, liberals, and nationalists all sought to claim the ideals of democracy for themselves―even as they manifestly failed to realize them.
Ranging from the theaters of Athens to the tents of Occupy Wall Street, Can Democracy Work?is an entertaining and insightful guide to our most cherished―and vexed―ideal.

Saturday, October 6

MASSdestruction: Maker Faire Boston 2018 (Plastic's Only) 
Saturday, October 6
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/massdestruction-maker-faire-boston-2018-plastics-only-tickets-49973784936

Look out everyone! We're bringing MassDestruction to the greatest show and tell on Earth!
Please note that this will also be a free to enter event! There is no registration fee. This will take place on the green way in Boston next to South Station so you dont need to pay to enter the event! 
This event will be 1 pound plastic bots only.

Please see NERC for generic rules (http://www.nerc.us/rules.html). 

MassD Unique Rules:
Plastic Ant: The vast majority of construction elements in your robot must be made of plastic. This goes especially for weapons and armor. Carbon fiber, kevlar, and fiberglass are not plastics so you should not put them in your robot. 3D printing is heavily encouraged, but not required. No fiber or epoxy reinforcing allowed on prints, and no chopped-suey carbon fillament!

Wheel of Misfortune:  We are bringing this back but better this time. If your robot is marginally overweight or somehow offends the Robot Overlords, the judges, or the audience, we will make you spin the "Wheel of Misfortune". 
All standard NERC rules will still apply, and we will try to have a testing box in the pits. Let's keep being safe here!

Tournament Structure:  We will once again be running our modified-Swiss style of competition, ensuring every robot gets to fight at least 4 times. Highest-scoring four robots will be entered into a short double-elimination tournament to crown our winner and King (or Queen) of Denmark!

Tournament structure is subject to change without reason, but time-permitting you will be able to fight your robot at least 4 times if it's up to the task!

Schedule is shamelessly copied from previous events:
8 AM: Gates open, Safety opens
10 AM: Drivers meeting
10:30 AM: First Fights
11:30 AM: Second Fights
1:00 PM Third Fights
2:00 PM Fourth Fights
4:00 PM: Finals for the day

As always, we'd appreciate any help we can get from kind volunteers showing up the night before for arena assembly or who want to serve as judges/staff for the event! We will be sending out a volunteering form in the weeks ahead for you cool people!


Go Green!: Sustainability & the Environment
Saturday, October 6
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
MIT 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/go-green-sustainability-the-environment-tickets-50318303400

Brownie Girl Scout Days is a three session program for Brownie Girl Scouts in the Boston Area. Each hands-on, interactive session focuses on learning about a different topic with your fellow Brownies. These events will consist of science and engineering based activities. 

In our first session, we will learn about green energy and sustainability including solar, wind, and hydro power.
Questions? Contact the MIT SWE Girl Scout Chairs at swe-girlscouts at mit.edu

Check out our other events this semester!
I Have the Power: Electricity and Magnetism: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-have-the-power-electricity-magnetism-tickets-50318390661 
Camp Contraption: Kinetic & Potential Energy: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-contraption-kinetic-potential-energy-tickets-50318404703


Let’s Talk About Food:  Feeding the Future
Saturday, October 6
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
The Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-about-food-feeding-the-future-tickets-50460612049

Food is universal and unifying but also ever-changing. So where is it going next? Join Harvard University Dining Services and Let’s Talk About Food for a fun-filled and inspiring day of cooking, demonstrations, hands-on skills, head-to-head competitions and tastings, innovations and explorations. Join the Greater Boston community of eaters to explore “Feeding the Future.” Bring your culinarians, your kids, your scientists, your adventurers and hear, taste and experience the next generation of dining! The event is free and open to the public. 

On the MainStage:
Featured guests are front-and-center sharing their approach to feeding the future. These conversations and demonstrations, using our TriMark demo kitchen, will inspire and subliminally educate guests on key themes in sustainability, nutrition and the business of food.
10:15am – Down to the Last Peel: Reducing Food Waste
Millions of tons of edible food are lost annually at each stop in the supply chain, from the field to the market, the restaurant to the home. Food waste is a leading contributor to climate change while hunger remains a persistent problem worldwide. What can we do? Join Mei Mei Chef Irene Li, Clover Creative Director Lucia Jazayeri and Author Didi Emmons in the fight against food waste. 
11:15am – The Next Julia Child Contest
Local home cooks audition via YouTube submissions, and finalists share their “show” live! Sponsored by Whole Foods and boston.com
12:15pm – Rice and Beans: from the African Diaspora to the World
From Senegal to Siena, Haiti to Tel Aviv, regional seasonings and cooking methods can transform rice and beans into radically distinct dishes in a range of cuisines. Join Sara Baer‐Sinnott of Oldways Preservation Trust and Senegalese Chef Marie‐Claude Mendy of Teranga, along with Chef Tracy Chang of Pagu and Chef Avi Shemtov of the Chubby Chickpea food truck, as we start in an exploration of the flavors of the African diaspora, and branch out to examine how one simple dish and its many manifestations has transformed our global palate.
1:15pm – Growing Farmers: Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Careers?
In recent years, Americans have demonstrated an increased appreciation for local foods and farmers, embracing a connection to the earth, to funky produce and seasonal eating. But can we make farming a viable career option for generations to come? Jennifer Hashley of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project chats with Sean Cooney of Cornerstalk Farms and Chef Todd Heberlien and Farmer Ryan Conroy of Volante Farms and Chef Mike Pagliarini of Benedetto about how strong relationships and innovative techniques are allowing local farms to thrive today and how we can help them continue to thrive.
2:15pm – Iron Chef Kids – School age chefs with professional chef mentors; sponsored by Revolution Foods
3:15pm – Seafood: Learning to Love the Enemy
We know that overfishing threatens some of our most popular edible sea-dwellers. We want to support local fisheries, reduce our carbon footprint, and eat the freshest fish we can. But if we’re not eating tuna and cod, what are we eating? Led in conversation by Aaron Niederhelman, CEO & co-founder of OneHealthAg and host of Sourcing Matters podcast, Chef Charles Draghi of Erbaluce, Niaz Dorry of Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Arlene Richberg of Harvard University Dining Services and Michael Leviton of Region FoodWorks (former chef of Lumiere, Area 4) discuss how to make use of some of our least utilized and most delicious local seafood while preparing a signature dish. Green crabs, anyone?
4:15pm – The Hole Story: Our Love Affair with Doughnuts
What is it about doughnuts? In our final segment, we’ll hear Rebecca Gullo of Blackbird Doughnuts and Josh Danoff of Union Square Donuts in conversation by Rachel Herz, Adjunct Professor, Brown University and author of “Why You Eat What You Eat”

Crowd favorite/popular vote head-to-head tastings invite visitors to taste our region and the future of food as viewed through our next culinary stars!
Noon – Chili Beanpot – Best Vegan Chili Collegiate Competition (Harvard, BC, Northeastern, BU); sponsored by Bush’s, with Duke in attendance
1pm – Harvard House Better Burger
2pm – Mama’s Modern Meatballs – The meatball, updated for today's world cuisine; sponsored by Mushroom Council & Barilla
3pm – Chowder-fest – Classic New England Clam Chowder from the seafood-elite (Harvard, Legal Seafood, Summer Shack, Whole Foods)

All-Day Activities/Marketplace:
Interactive educational booths that invite passers-by to play with their food (system)!
Readable Feast Cookbooks Store with Author Signings
Commonwealth Kitchen Food Entrepreneurs 101 with Store
One-Minute Skills Center with Chefs (Cambridge Center for Adult Education) 
Kitchen Conversations Storytelling Booth
Science & Cooking ) – test and taste basic scientific principles, including spherification, emulsion and phase transitions, explained through food experiments with the faculty and students of Harvard’s Science & Cooking program. Learn how you can sit in on lectures with famed chefs and take online courses while you TASTE science!
Foodbetter Harvard – sustainability and wellness through food on campus
Introduction to the Herb Garden (Eva’s Garden with Didi Emmon)
HSPH Nutrition Source – throw away nutrition myths and misinformation with this simple approach to eating healthy, based on findings from Harvard researchers. Help kids connect to the simple rules of happy, tasty, healthy food. 
Whole Foods Marketplace - demos, artisans, tastings
And food artisans and thinkers helping to explore where our food is headed!


Kip Tiernan Memorial Dedication
Saturday, October 6
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Dartmouth Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kip-tiernan-memorial-dedication-tickets-49661059566

Kip Tiernan (1926-2011) left an indelible mark on Boston, her adopted city, through her fearless vision and unyielding commitment to social justice. This fall, a memorial in Boston Back Bay will recognize her contributions toward creating better lives for Boston’s poor and forgotten. 

Rosie's Place, the nonprofit women's shelter Kip founded in 1974, will dedicate the memorial with a family-friendly, free community event on Saturday, October 6, from 1:00-4:00 pm. Please join us as we celebrate with an afternoon of food, jazz and Rosie’s Place friends–just as Kip would have done. All are welcome!

The installation in mid-September is the culmination of more than six years of planning. The work was designed by Boston architects Ceruzzi & Murphy Projects, fabricated by Whetstone Workshop and installed by Chapman Construction Design Company.

The sculpture is comprised of three stainless steel arches that people can pass under as they walk on Dartmouth Street between Boylston and Newbury Streets. Passages from Kip’s writings are engraved on the columns holding up the arches, making her voice still heard to all who pass by.

Please contact Michele Chausse at mchausse at rosiesplace.org or 617.318.0210 for more information.


Whither India 01 (WI01):  Rural Distress and Agrarian Crisis in India: Policy Failure or Failure by Policy?- Mr. Niranjan Takle
Saturday, October 6
4.00 pm
MIT, Building 4-163, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In the inaugural seminar of "Whither India?", noted Indian journalist Mr. Niranjan Takle will discuss the Indian agrarian crisis and the role of official policy.

Please see the link for a seminar we are organizing at MIT on 10/6: 


Dance as if the Earth depended on it!
Saturday October 6
Doors: 8:00 PM  Show: 8:30 PM (ends at 12:30 AM)
ONCE Ballroom, 156 Highland Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1764264/
Cost:  $15 - $20

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Boston and ONCE Ballroom in Somerville are hosting an 80’s new wave dance party with DJ Chris Ewen on October 6, 2018.

If you remember dancing your way through the 80's at ManRay & Axis, you need to join us! And, you can feel good about your Saturday night out on the town because net proceeds will be donated to Environmental Defense Fund to help them protect & defend our planet.
Join Boston-area EDF staff and members for a fun night with a great cause.

Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and Medium. Ticket cost is not tax-deductible. However, we are always happy to accept donationshere or at the event, and will provide all the necessary tax information.

Sunday, October 7

Faith & Life Forum: Dori Hale - Poet on Disorientation and the Weather
WHEN  Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Buttrick Room in the Memorial Church, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Memorial Church of Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Dori Hale, poet and author, "Disorientation and the Weather." 
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	The Memorial Church of Harvard University, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
DETAILS  The Faith & Life Forum explores matters of faith and public life. This term, we will explore the theme of "What do we owe the world?" through readings, discussion, interviews, and lectures. Come for coffee at 9 a.m.
LINK  https://memorialchurch.harvard.edu/event/faith-life-forum-dori-hale


Music for Atmosphere and Ground
WHEN  Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Exhibitions, Music, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
COST  Free
DETAILS  Music for Atmosphere and Ground will be presented by composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist Ben Cosgrove. Cosgrove will improvise a musical complement to landscape and create a live soundtrack for Fog × Hill that is as fluid, impermanent, and ethereal as the fog moving across it. Ben’s compositions are guided by his deep interests in landscape and ecology. Two performances, at 4 and 5 p.m.
LINK  https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/news-events/art-shows/


Mothers Out Front National Webinar
Sunday, October 14
7-9 pm (EST) 
RSVP at https://www.mothersoutfront.org/national_meeting_20181013

Join us on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 7-9 pm (ET) for our first national virtual gathering! 

As 2018 draws to a close we will come together for an informative and interactive National Member Webinar featuring our National Leadership Team led by Kelsey Wirth, Co-Founder and Chair of Mothers Out Front. 

The NLT's presentation will be followed by small break out session where you will have the opportunity to meet other members from across our states, share information about your work, and learn strategies for action and success from your fellow Mothers Out Front.

We hope you will join us!

7:00 Welcome and Introduction
7:10 Mothers Out Front 2019 Goals and Strategic Priorities - NLT Presentation and Q&A We will have a short Q&A with questions and ideas shared in the chat. 
7:40 Small Group Break Outs Connect with members from across our states learning and sharing highlights and strategies 
8:20 Report Back: Group Highlights
8:40 Wrap-up
8:50 Plusses and Deltas We will close with sharing feedback about the meeting itself, both good and what can be improved, sharing our excitement and key learnings!

Monday, October 8 - Sunday, October 14

RSVP at https://2018.hubweek.org/page/1343124/register
More information at https://2018.hubweek.org/

Monday, October 8 - Tuesday, October 9

Aerial Futures: The Drone Frontier @ HUBweek - Public Exhibit Hall
Session 1: Monday, Oct. 8, 12pm - 5pm
Session 2: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9am - 1pm
Session 3: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1pm - 5pm
In addition to our public exhibit hall, we will have a networking reception on Monday evening. 
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aerial-futures-the-drone-frontier-hubweek-public-exhibit-hall-tickets-48633869212

Explore the future of drones with Swiss Touch and swissnex Boston
With the support of Swiss Touch, we are bringing the Drone Frontier to Boston’s HUBweek on October 8 and 9. Join us as we showcase some of the most exciting drone technologies and applications. We’ll be bringing a “flying cage” to our exhibition space at District Hall, allowing for visitors to experience live drone demos.
Come see for yourself as some of the most exciting drones and applications from Switzerland and the United States take flight and explore the Drone Frontier at HUBweek 2018. Our space will also include the Swiss Touch table, a collaborative interactive installation that has traveled all over the United States. The table creates space for conversation and exchange as we explore the future together.
Our public exhibit hall will have three sessions available. Please select one session to attend from the below during registration. 

Session 1: Monday, Oct. 8, 12pm - 5pm
Session 2: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9am - 1pm
Session 3: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1pm - 5pm

In addition to our public exhibit hall, we will have a networking reception on Monday evening. 

Monday, October 8

MIT Policy Hackathon: We the Future 
Monday, October 8
9:30am to 4:30pm
City Hall Plaza, Boston
RSVP at https://2018.hubweek.org/page/1343124/register 

Join us for an interdisciplinary hackathon convening people with backgrounds in data science, public policy, urban planning, and more to tackle societal challenges by proposing data-driven policy solutions. 

Please note: all HUBweek Open Doors sessions require either a free or paid pass to HUBweek 2018. You can register for a pass here and add this session to your agenda during the registration process.  If you have already registered, you may add this session to your agenda by clicking here.

HUBweek showcases, celebrates, and convenes the most inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world. 


SnotBot: Drones Democratizing Science
Monday, October 8
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM 
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/snotbot-drones-democratizing-science-tickets-50418960468

Join Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance, for an exploration of how the SnotBot drones are helping us better understand the health of whales and, by extension, the ocean. Following the showing of two breath-taking videos of the SnotBot in action, Iain Kerr will talk in depth about how drones have helped democratize science and, in particular, oceanography. The session will conclude with an audience Q&A. 

SnotBots are custom-built drones created in partnership between Ocean Alliance and Olin College of Engineering. They hover in the air above a surfacing whale and collect the blow (or snot) exhaled from its lungs. SnotBots then return that sample back to researchers a significant distance away. These drones fly well above the surface of the water and into the blow, so the subjects are never touched or approached closely. Dozens of technological hurdles had to be overcome in order to make the drones capable of collecting a physical sample at this distance in an uncontrolled marine environment. 

Ocean Alliance, based in Gloucester MA, is dedicated to the conservationof whales and their marine environment through research and education. They generate innovative, groundbreaking, multi-ocean initiatives and advise educators and policy makers on wise stewardship of the oceans.


Drone Solutions to Real World Problems
Monday, October 8
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drone-solutions-to-real-world-problems-tickets-49451735472

Drone Solutions to Real World Problems: Networking Reception
Today’s world is full of new, complex issues for our society and our environment. Problems like polluted oceans, dwindling bee populations, oversaturated urban areas, insufficient sustainable energy sources, and more challenges for researchers and innovators. Commercial drone technology, a burgeoning global industry, is attempting to solve these real world problems with innovative drone solutions.

Join swissnex Boston and Swiss Touch for an evening of discovery, drones and networking as we explore how drone technology is creatively addressing complex issues. This event is held as part of the overarching series, Aerial Futures: The Drone Frontier @ HUBweek.

The evening will start with a keynote from Iain Kerr, the inventor of SnotBot, a drone that is pushing the frontiers of whale and ocean research.

Problem solving pitches from an international cohort of drone startups will follow, highlighting the many different fields and applications in which drones can make a difference. 

We will conclude with a networking reception featuring drone demos and interactions with the Swiss Touch table – an interactive installation and campaign traveling all over the United States, fostering meaningful conversations about innovation and technology across borders.

Follow our exploration online
#DroneFrontier  #SwissTouch  #HUBweek2018

6:30 pm Opening Keynote
7:00 pm Problem Solving Pitches
7:30 pm Networking Reception & Drone Demos

Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO, Ocean Alliance – Inventor of SnotBot
Dr. Iain Kerr is the CEO of Ocean Alliance (OA), an organization recognized as an international leader in whale research and ocean conservation since its founding in 1971 by renowned scientist Dr. Roger Payne. Ocean Alliance’s programs include a groundbreaking global pollution study termed The Voyages of the Odyssey; the longest continuous study of a great whale species, The Patagonia Right Whale Program; and a number of education initiatives that fall under the heading of Ocean Encounters. Under Iain and Roger’s leadership, OA has also maintained a reputation for developing innovative benign research tools and techniques that engage scientists and conservationists alike. 

Problem Solving Pitches
A selection of drone tech entrepreneurs will pitch investors. 

Skypull is a high-altitude drone able to produce low-cost electricity from more energetic winds in almost any location on the globe. 
Quantifly uses high-resolution aerospatial imagery to observe, measure, and quantify changes in the urban environment.
AirWorks creates highly accurate aerial maps and 3D models to make construction and development projects more efficient and reduce costs.
The foldable PackDrone is Dronistics' last-centimeter human-friendly and safe drone delivery system
Leading expert in aerial pollination technology, Dropcopter, performed the world's first apple pollination with drones in May 2019 [?].


The Notion of Vision: Dreaming and Seeing
Monday, October 8
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Broad Institute 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Catalyst Conversations was founded in late 2012 to open a critical path for dialogue between the arts and sciences. For HUBweek 2018, we are partnering with the Broad Institute to present The Notion of Vision: Dreaming and Seeing. Speakers will discuss both internal and external ways of seeing, perceiving and imagining, among other topics. This promises to be a terrific investigation of how you see what you see by way of a fascinating conversation.

Please note: all HUBweek Open Doors sessions require either a free or paid pass to HUBweek 2018. You can register for a pass at https://2018.hubweek.org/page/1343124/register and add this session to your agenda during the registration process.  If you have already registered, you may add this session to your agenda.

HUBweek showcases, celebrates, and convenes the most inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world. 


The Forgotten:  How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America
Monday, October 8
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed journalist and writer BEN BRADLEE, JR.—former reporter for Boston Globe and author of The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams—for a discussion of his latest book, The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America.

About The Forgotten
In The Forgotten, Ben Bradlee Jr. reports on how voters in Luzerne County, a pivotal county in a crucial swing state, came to feel like strangers in their own land—marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid demographic change, and a liberal culture that mocks their faith and patriotism.

Fundamentally rural and struggling with changing demographics and limited opportunity, Luzerne County can be seen as a microcosm of the nation. In The Forgotten, Trump voters speak for themselves, explaining how they felt others were 'cutting in line' and that the federal government was taking too much money from the employed and giving it to the idle. The loss of breadwinner status, and more importantly, the loss of dignity, primed them for a candidate like Donald Trump.
The political facts of a divided America are stark, but the stories of the men, women, and families in The Forgotten offer a kaleidoscopic and fascinating portrait of the complex on-the-ground political reality of America today.

Tuesday, October 9

Technology and the Movement of Food
Tuesday, October 9
7:30am to 11:30am
EchelonSeaport Sales & Experience Center, 101 Seaport Blvd, 6th Floor, Suite 608, Boston

The Boston Seaport today is a vibrant neighborhood, filled with diverse culture, people, and, of course, food. Farmers markets abound and restaurants tout their local food bonafides, but getting food to people where they need it, when they need it, in an economical way, and avoiding food waste, remains a challenge.

Join us for a discussion with Cynthia Graber, host of Gastropod podcast, about the challenges and opportunities for businesses in the current food landscape.

HOSTED BY: Cottonwood Group and MIT designX 

Please note: all HUBweek Open Doors sessions require either a free or paid pass to HUBweek 2018. You can register for a pass here and add this session to your agenda during the registration process.  If you have already registered, you may add this session to your agenda by clicking here.

HUBweek showcases, celebrates, and convenes the most inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world. 


Landing in the Drone Valley:  Entering Switzerland’s Drone Innovation Ecosystem
Tuesday, October 9
9:30 am to 11:00 am
District Hall 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Join a panel of experts from swiss aeropole, GZA, GGBa, S-GE, and swissnex Boston to learn everything you need to know about the drone ecosystem in Switzerland and how you can take advantage of all it has to offer. Register now to reserve your spot.

Switzerland, Home of Drones
In Switzerland drone researchers, startups, and companies can rely on a welcoming and supporting ecosystem geared towards fostering excellence in the field of drone technology and applications. The country provides exceptional access to world-class education and research institutions with close ties to industry, successful peer companies and business friendly regulations, as well as a pioneering air traffic management and a sizeable pool of experts.

This panel is part of swissnex Boston’s overaching series, Aerial Futures: The Drone Frontier and is hosted in conjunction with our HUBweeek Open Doors Public Exhibit. Tickets to Ladning in the Drone Valley also provides access to our drone exhibit hall.

Massimo Fiorin, Panelist
Director Business Park, swiss aeropole
Massimo Fiorin is responsible for the management and development of the swiss aeropole Business and Technology Park in Payerne, Switzerland. swiss aeropole, which is located next to a 2.8 km runway in the heart of Switzerland’s “Drone Valley”, aims to expand a thriving community of aviation and aerospace companies, with a particular focus on the UAV/UAS sector. With its partners WindShape, INVOLI, RelaSyS and CertX, swiss aeropole is developing the DronePole project. Its objective is to contribute to the safety and security of professional drones by providing testing, certification, and R&D services to drone manufacturers and operators. A trained economist with a keen interest in technology and innovation, Massimo holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Geneva’s Graduate Institute.
Lukas Sieber, Panelist
Executive Director North America, Greater Zurich Area
Lukas Sieber worked at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C., USA and was responsible for all public diplomacy activities and programs for the Swiss government throughout the United States. With a background in political sciences from University of Zurich and postgraduate studies at Georgetown University, USA, he now acts as Executive Director North America of Greater Zurich Area (GZA), the official investment support agency of Zurich and surrounding areas, and is Co-Founder of the Mindfire Foundation, a Swiss based foundation that unites some of the smartest minds to develop human-level AI.
Matt Julian, Panelist
Director US, Greater Geneva Bern area
Matt Julian is Director USA for Invest Western Switzerland, where he represents the economic development interests in the United States of six contiguous Swiss cantons (states), a dense commercial region that ranges from Geneva to Bern. Having spent 25 years working on behalf of international economic development agencies around the world, guiding their investment promotion strategies and managing their cross-border business attraction activities, Matt is responsible for facilitating and supporting relationships between US and Swiss enterprises, and institutions, at the academic, research and commercial levels. Matt is also a drone enthusiast, holds a Part 107 certification, and is the primary contact point within the organization for matters related to the UAV/UAS sector.
Philippe Labouchere, Panelist
Project Leader for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, swissnex Boston
Philippe Labouchere holds a MSc and BSc in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). After having explored the mysteries of quantum cryptography during his master, he did an internship at the Science & Technology office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, Japan, where he got acquainted with the swissnex network. Upon his return home, he started a doctoral program with Prof. Grätzel at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), during which he worked on next-generation dye-sensitized solar cells. After having completed his Ph.D., Philippe moved to London and worked in the field of artificial intelligence applied to online marketing. In 2017, he joined the swissnex Boston team to foster the exchanges between Switzerland and the Greater Boston Area in the fields of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Sean Powers, Moderator
Trade Commissioner for Foreign Direct Investment, Swiss Business Hub USA
Sean Powers is a Trade Commissioner for Swiss Business Hub USA, part of Switzerland’s official trade and investment promotion agency, Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE). Sean promotes Switzerland as a highly attractive business and investment location for US companies looking to grow into Europe. Sean is an experienced economic development professional, previously leading the life science sector efforts for Scottish Development International, Scotland’s economic development agency. Sean is a Boston native and graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

9.30am Welcome remarks by swissnex Boston and S-GE
9.45am Presentation by GZA and GGBa
10.00am Presentation by swiss aeropole
10.15am Testimonials from Swiss startups
10.30am Q&A


Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship:  UNIVERSITIES AT THE PRIVACY FRONTIER
Tuesday, October 9
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard,  Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2018-10-09/open-data-grey-data-and-stewardship

Christine L. Borgman
The growth in availability of digital data resources is changing university practice in more ways than most faculty, administrators, and students are aware. Researchers provide open access to their data as a condition for obtaining grant funding or publishing results in journals, leading to an explosion of available scholarly content. Universities have automated many aspects of teaching, instruction, student services, libraries, personnel management, building management, and finance, leading to a profusion of discrete data about the activities of individuals. Many of these data, both research and operational, fall outside privacy regulations such as HIPAA, FERPA, and PII. Universities see great value of these data for learning analytics, faculty evaluation, strategic decisions, and other sensitive matters. Commercial entities, governments, and private individuals also see value in these data and are besieging universities with requests for access. These conflicts pose challenges in balancing obligations for stewardship, trust, privacy, confidentiality – and often academic freedom – with the value of exploiting data for analytical and commercial purposes. This talk, based on a new article in the Berkeley Law and Technology Journal, draws on the pioneering work of the University of California in privacy and information security, data governance, and cyber risk.

Related reading: Borgman, C. L. (2018). Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier. Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 33(2).


Political Origins of Cybersecurity Capacity: Lessons from Japan and East Asia
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Benjamin Bartlett, Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Moderated by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
COST   Free and open to the public
LINK  https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming


Garage @ NERD 
Tuesday, October 9
1:00pm to 4:00pm
1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

The Microsoft Garage at NERD is built to optimize the connection between Microsoft and the broader community. With nearly 15,000 square feet of space, the new Garage at NERD provides room to congregate, a makerspace, an advance makerspace and a reality room. Join us to tour the space, participate in maker activities and see demos of work recently completed in the Garage.

Please note: all HUBweek Open Doors sessions require either a free or paid pass to HUBweek 2018. You can register for a pass at https://2018.hubweek.org/page/1343124/register and add this session to your agenda during the registration process.  If you have already registered, you may add this session to your agenda.

HUBweek showcases, celebrates, and convenes the most inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world. 


Learning Environments & Technology Showcase
Tuesday, October 9
MIT- Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex, 43 Vassar Street, Atrium, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-environments-technology-showcase-tickets-48616366862

This event is a condensed 1/2 day showcase for Higher Education audiovisual and classroom technologists, interior designers and facilities managers. The partners, Biamp, ERDL and FSR, will illustrate the confluence of technology, aesthetics and usability in a variety of successful, education-focused rooms.

The showcase will include an open discussion between the attendees, with guidance from experts in technology, facilities and interiors groups. The open discussion will allow for sharing of ideas and a better understanding of the challenges and successes of designing classrooms that are functional, comfortable and future-resistant but that also contribute to pedagogical and campus-wide goals and successful student outcomes.

Often, the magic of technology is that it enables engagement, comprehension and retention through impactful classroom experiences. But when designing modern classroom environments, AV technology may not be a consideration until the room layout has already been designated, resulting in questions about functionality and overall effect once technology is then considered. Let’s discuss!

1-2:30pm- showcase open, food and refreshments served
2:30-3:30pm- Roundtable Discussion
3:30- 5pm- showcase open, food and refreshments served
5:30pm- Happy hour- local bar/ restaurant TBD
Add it to your calendar and bring colleagues! Limited Space Available. 


The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Tuesday, October 9
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
UMass Club, Lowell Room, One Beacon St, 32nd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://2018.hubweek.org/page/1343124/register

From Waze and smart speakers to self-driving cars and financial services, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more and more central to our lives. What are some of the moral concerns raised by these new AI technologies?

Join leaders in the fields of ethics and technology as they search for answers to the tough moral questions surrounding the rise of AI. What is the impact AI on economic inequality? On privacy? On our moral development? More speculatively, what happens when machines become as smart as us?

Please note: all Open Doors sessions require either a free or paid pass to HUBweek 2018. You can register for a pass here and add this session to your agenda during the registration process.   If you have already registered, you may add this session to your agenda by clicking here.

Nir Eisikovits, Director of the Center for Applied Ethics, UMass Boston
Giorgos Zacharia, Chief Technology Officer, Kayak
Dan Feldman, Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Ethics, UMass Boston
Lisa Rivera, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UMass Boston
Adam Beresford, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UMass Boston


HILR Convocation 2018 with Samantha Power
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement
SPEAKER(S)  Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power
COST  Free to the public
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=hilr
TICKET INFO  Available September 18
CONTACT INFO	Steven Leon, Administrative Manager, HILR, 617-495-4072
DETAILS  The Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement is pleased to announce the 2018 Robert C. Cobb Memorial Lecture presented by Samantha Power, “Lessons for Dark Times."
Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and professor of practice at Harvard Law School. She also served on President Barack Obama’s cabinet, becoming the public face of US opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, negotiating sanctions on North Korea, lobbying to release political prisoners, and supporting Obama’s actions to end the Ebola crisis.
Now, in a talk sponsored by the Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement, she will draw from her experiences at the forefront of diplomatic crises to offer hard-earned insights on how we can all engage in support of a humane future.
“People are feeling so oppressed, like the odds are stacked against doing what’s smart as well as what’s right, but I think that others have conquered much steeper odds with less company… We can accomplish more. We just have to throw ourselves into the task, mobilize compassion and — let’s say — make America good again,” Power told the Washington Post.
This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be obtained from the Harvard Box Office. Tickets available beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18, at noon.
LINK  https://www.extension.harvard.edu/hilr/2018-robert-c-cobb-sr-memorial-lecture


"Travels in Trumpland" with Ed Balls
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Belfer Building, Bell Hall, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Ed Balls, fellow at M-RCBG
CONTACT INFO	mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Ed Balls, Fellow of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, is hosting a screening of the first of his "Travels in Trumpland" documentary, recently shown on the BBC to great critical and audience acclaim. The show follows Ed as he travels around America's Deep South, where he immersed himself in the lives of those who put Trump in power, to learn how this reality TV businessman won them over. Highlights of Episode One include Ed joining 15,000 working-class Americans in Saint-Jo, Texas, for the wild Rednecks with Paychecks festival; and the return of the “British Bruiser,” as Ed, this time in a leotard, trains with former WWE star Johnny Slaughter of Southern Legacy Wrestling, Alabama.


Leonid Volkov: What is the Future of Russia's Opposition?
Tuesday, October 9
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Tufts, The Fletcher School, Cabot 102, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leonid-volkov-what-is-the-future-of-russias-opposition-registration-50049014951

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School for a talk by Leonid Volkov, former Chief of Staff for Alexei Navalny's campaign for the 2018 Russian presidential election. He will discuss how opposition political parties campaign in Russia and what the future holds for them. Refreshments will be provided. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite.

Since 2016, Leonid Volkov served as Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for the initiative to get Alexey Navalny registered for the 2018 presidential election in Russia. Volkov is the co-founder, with Navalny and Vladimir Ashurkov, and member of the Central Committee of the Progress Party, Russia's leading opposition political party. In 2013, during the Moscow mayor election, Volkov was campaign manager for Navalny, who came in second with 28 percent of the popular vote. From 2009 to 2013, Volkov was elected and served at the Ekaterinburg City Council as its only independent member.


Technology Innovation & Public Purpose - A Hubweek Event
Tuesday, October 9
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
The Harvard Innovation Labs, Batten Hall, 125 Western Avenue, Allston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/technology-innovation-public-purpose-a-hubweek-event-tickets-50368102350

Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, IoT, and gene editing will bring immeasurable benefits and advances to billions around the globe. Yet what happens when things go wrong - or new technologies fall into the hands of bad actors? Join this lively discussion among senior leaders on how business, government, and academia can work together to ensure the next generation of technologies serve overall human good. 

Co-presented by Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project and the Harvard Innovation Labs.


Film Screening and Q&A: Dark Money
Tuesday, October 9
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard, Wiener Auditorium, Taubman G-1, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
RSVP Required at http://forms.shorensteincenter.org/view.php?id=78253

Film screening and Q&A with Director/Producer Kimberly Reed and investigative reporter John Adams.

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).


Decentralizing Power Production with Solar and Blockchain Technology
Tuesday, October 9
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
WeWork St. James, 31 Saint James Avenue. Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/decentralizing-power-production-with-solar-and-blockchain-technology-tickets-50503293711

The era of centralized control over our electricity supply is approaching its end, with the growth of solar microgrids promising a more cost-efficient and reliable energy future.

Photovoltaic solar microgrids are easy to install and operate in small towns, cities, and other locations that have space for solar panel arrays, such as highways, roof tops, parking lots, etc. The Brooklyn Microgrid is one example of a city-based microgrid supplying power to the local community. Elsewhere, community solar farms are also growing in numbers.

Everywhere you look, in public and private sectors alike, interest in clean energy is growing; expanding market caps for companies in renewable energy generation reflect this fact. One new space this demand has helped cultivate is in peer-to-peer energy transaction, particularly via microgrids supported by blockchain-enabled trading platforms.

Energy transaction is an ideal application of blockchain technology: numerous companies are now using blockchain for peer-to-peer transaction of solar power between microgrids and households.

Moreover, the growth of solar microgrids with blockchain-enabled transaction platforms are creating an exciting new energy ecosystem, with decentralized power enabling newfound energy independence in local communities.

We have assembled an amazing panel of experts with decades of experience in the renewable energy sector to share their thoughts both on the growth of solar microgrids, as well as what the future may hold. Be sure to join us for this lively and informative discussion!


CHINA Town Hall - Hosted by Suffolk University & WorldBoston
Tuesday, October 9
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Suffolk University Law School, Faculty Dining Room #495, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/china-town-hall-hosted-by-suffolk-university-worldboston-tickets-50092029609

A national conversation about China that provides Americans the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.

About this Event
Suffolk University and WorldBoston are excited to again partner in hosting CHINA Town Hall 2018!
China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation about China that provides Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.

The twelfth annual CHINA Town Hall will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 95+ venues across the United States and Greater China (our location is Suffolk University Law School), and feature Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor, as the national webcast speaker. Following the webcast are remarks by and a discussion with our Boston-based speaker, Dr. Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University's Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. 

The event is free and refreshments will be provided. 

Schedule of Events: 
5:30 - Doors open, refreshments, introductions
6:00 - Webcast with Secretary Condoleezza Rice
6:45 - Discussion with Dr. Joseph Fewsmith


Horizon18 Conference Kick-off @ Greentown Labs
Tuesday, October 9
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/horizon18-conference-kick-off-greentown-labs-tickets-49225018355

Join us for a Horizon18 kickoff event at the Greentown Labs Global Center for Cleantech Innovation. Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States, along with World Climate Ltd., NECEC, and MassCEC would like to welcome all of the cleantech and climate leaders from around the world to Boston for an exciting few days of discussion, collaboration, innovation, and community.
This event will serve as an entry-point to the conference, helping to facilitate connections, partnerships, and fun! Attendees will hear brief remarks from:
Dr. Emily Reichert, Greentown Labs' CEO
Jens Nielsen, World Climate Ltd CEO 
Peter Rothstein, NECEC President
Stephen Pike, MassCEC CEO
You will also have an opportunity to tour the incubator facility. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.


Greenovate Boston Leaders Program Training 1
Tuesday, October 9
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.greenovateboston.org/greenovate_boston_leaders_program_training_1

The Greenovate Boston Leaders Program aims to increase understanding of the climate impacts in Boston and the actions required to mitigate the impacts. We want to involve Bostonians as part of the collective action needed in advancing the citywide initiatives. Our program gives you the materials and support you need to lead conversations about climate change and climate action.

This program is a great opportunity to network with a wide variety of leaders, learn how to format community discussions around climate change, and to make a positive impact on Boston.

If you are interested in attending this training date, please submit an RSVP below. There are limited spaces left, so sign-up as soon as you can! 

You will be contacted by David Corbie, Greenovate Boston Outreach Manager, once your space at the training is confirmed.

Questions or concerns? Email Greenovate Boston at Greenovate at boston.gov.

CONTACT David Corbie david.corbie at boston.gov


Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Semitic Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
SPEAKER(S)  Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director, Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
COST  $8 members/$10 nonmembers
TICKET WEB LINK  https://reservations.hmsc.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=21
CONTACT INFO	(617) 495-4631, semiticm at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The makers of the earliest fermented beverages must have marveled at the “magical” process by which mixtures of wild fruits, honey, and cereals produced mind-altering drinks. In this special event, Patrick McGovern will venture back to the origins of brewing in the ancient world. Drawing on archaeology, chemistry, and other sciences, he will explore the earliest known fermented beverages and discuss how his research and travels have informed the making of the Ancient Ales and Spirits of Dogfish Head Brewery. Following the lecture, enjoy a tasting of “ancient” beer paired with Mesopotamia-inspired treats.
Lecture, Special Event & Book Signing.
Presented by the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
Advance tickets required: $8 members/$10 nonmembers. You can purchase tickets at https://reservations.hmsc.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=21
Visit hmsc.harvard.edu for event details
Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage
Reception at the Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue
LINK  https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/ancient-brews-rediscovered


Distinguished Speaker Series: Terry McAuliffe
Tuesday, October 9
6 PM 
Tufts, ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Center, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://tischcollege.tufts.edu/content/terry-mcauliffe

Join Tisch College for a conversation with Terry McAuliffe about current events, policy and public service. From 2014 to 2018, McAuliffe served as the 72nd Governor of Virginia, where he significantly improved economic development, functionally ended veteran homelessness, prohibited discrimination against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and fought to restore voting rights to 173,000 previously disenfranchised felons. McAuliffe entered national politics at the age of 23 as the national finance director for President Jimmy Carter, and he was elected Democratic National Committee chairman in 2000, serving until 2005. He co-chaired President Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign for reelection and his 1997 Presidential Inauguration. He was also chairman of the 2000 Democratic National Convention and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 Presidential Campaign.

Cosponsored by the Political Science Department and JumboVote. Follow the conversation live at #McAuliffeAtTufts


Hammer and Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy
Tuesday, October 9
6:00 – 8:00pm EDT
CIC, 101 Main Street, 15th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hammer-and-silicon-the-soviet-diaspora-in-the-us-innovation-economy-tickets-50646916290

Come celebrate the launch of the book & enjoy a conversation with the authors moderated by CIC director, Stas Gayshan!


Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow 
Tuesday, October 9
6:00pm to 8:00pm
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Columbia Point Boston

The Kennedy Library and Discovery partner for an exclusive preview and discussion of Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow, a new documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rory Kennedy. Meghna Chakrabarti, host of NPR and WBUR’s On Point, moderates. This program is presented in conjunction with the 2018 GlobeDocs Film Festival and HUBweek. Register here to see the film.

Please note: all HUBweek sessions require either a free or paid pass to HUBweek 2018. You can register for a pass https://2018.hubweek.org/page/1343124/register and add this session to your agenda during the registration process.  If you have already registered, you may add this session to your agenda.

HUBweek showcases, celebrates, and convenes the most inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world. 


Demystifying Lobbying
Tuesday, October 9
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
WeWork Beacon Hill, 1 Beacon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-lobbying-tickets-50096780820

American citizens are granted a number of rights in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, including free speech and the ability to “petition the government for redress of grievances” — this is lobbying. Advocating for a specific idea, topic, or cause–whether to a local or federal elected official–is something most of us will do at some point in our lives. And this relationship is two-way: elected officials rely on active, knowledgeable citizens to keep them abreast of specific issues. For better or worse, “clicktavisim” –the ability to just click an online petition or tweet at an elected official–is now part of the way we communicate and advocate ideas. But is this the most effective way to get your voice heard in the halls of power? Regardless of what issue you are advocating for, it’s clear that there’s a strategy to be successfully heard and understood–whether you are a lone voice in the street or a massive K Street lobbying firm. This session will help you become a better advocate for your ideas.
Join Civic Series for this special HUBWeek event to better understand lobbying and how you can be more effective communicating to your elected officials. You’ll hear what it’s like to be on the other side of the lobbying and learn how to:
Effectively communicate to elected officials
Become a reliable advocate for your issues
Act and followup when the time is right 
Encourage other citizens to rally around your ideas
This session will feature short presentations, a panel discussion, and plenty of time for your questions. The panelists in this session are:
Stefanie Coxe is an activism trainer and political consultant who worked as a “political insider” for nearly 15 years, including serving as an aide to two Massachusetts state representatives and a Member of Congress. She kept meeting people who couldn’t afford a lobbyist – non-profit leaders, town administrators, and community activists – but earnestly wanted to learn how to navigate the world of politics and effectively advocate for their priorities. She has created the Learn to Lobby series to do just that.
Christie Getto Young is the Chief of Staff for Senator DiDomenico.  Prior to this position, Christie worked for 10 years as Senior Director of Public Policy at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, where she lobbied on behalf of low-income children and their families, managed grant making for policy and advocacy agencies, and authored several policy reports. Before joining United Way’s staff, Christie practiced law, representing low-income parents in family law cases and working as a law clerk for the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court.  Prior to attending law school, she worked as a Research Analyst for the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Human Services & Elderly Affairs.
Rebecca Wolfson is the Executive Director of the Boston Cyclist’s Union. She works with residents, advocates, municipal staff and policymakers to help transform the region’s streets so everyone can feel safe and comfortable riding a bike as transportation. Her experience liaising in local government and community, environmental ethic, and grassroots organizing skills were honed in the six years she spent on Cape Cod working for Barnstable County’s Resource Development Office and environmental AmeriCorps program.
**Stay for snacks from LIFE ALIVE after the event to talk further about the topic with attendees & the speakers!** 


Christopher Hawthorne Lecture
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Christopher Hawthorne
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu.
DETAILS  Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Prior to joining City Hall, Hawthorne was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to early 2018. He is Professor of the Practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility, and demographic change in Southern California. He has also taught at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. A frequent collaborator with KCET-TV, the PBS affiliate in Los Angeles, Hawthorne wrote and directed the hour-long documentary “That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles,” which had its broadcast debut earlier this year, and received an L.A.-area Emmy Award as Executive Producer for the 2016 KCET program “Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne.” He has been a Mid-Career Fellow at Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program and a Resident in Criticism at the American Academy in Rome. Hawthorne grew up in Berkeley and holds a bachelor's from Yale College, where he studied political science and architectural history.
LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/christopher-hawthorne/


Tuesday, October 9
6:30 – 8:30 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/the-future-of-education/boston/57368

Anne Bosman, Senior Regional Director, General Assembly
Heather Wetzler, Co-founder, COO, Cue Career
Helen Adeosun, CEO and President, Co-Founder, CareAcademy.com 

About This Event
Join us for a panel discussion around the changing landscape of education, with those at the forefront of both accredited and non-accredited learning.

These pioneers will share their voices and opinions through a thoughtful discussion on e-learning, bringing technology into the classroom, and teaching new and relevant skills for today's job market, led by our panel moderator.
Afterwards we will open up the floor for questions and networking with panelists and attendees.


Success Through Diversity:  Why the Most Inclusive Companies Will Win
Tuesday, October 9
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning businesswoman CAROL FULP—President and CEO of The Partnership—for a discussion of her debut book, Success Through Diversity: Why the Most Inclusive Companies Will Win.

About Success Through Diversity
In our fast-changing demographic landscape, companies that proactively embrace diversity in all areas of their operations will be best poised to thrive. Renowned business leader and visionary Carol Fulp explores staffing trends in the US and provides a blueprint for what businesses must do to maintain their competitiveness and customer base, including hiring in new ways, aligning managers around diversity, providing new kinds of leadership development, and engaging employees to embrace differences. Using detailed case histories of corporate cultures such as the NFL, Eastern Bank, John Hancock, Hallmark Health, and PepsiCo, as well as her own experiences in the workplace and in advising companies on diversity practice, Fulp demonstrates how people of different races and ethnicities represent an essential asset to contemporary companies and organizations. 


Seaweed Chronicles
Tuesday, October 9
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Susan Hand Shetterly
"Seaweed is ancient and basic, a testament to the tenacious beginnings of life on earth," writes Susan Hand Shetterly in this elegant, fascinating book. "Why wouldn't seaweeds be a protean life source for the lives that have evolved since?" On a planet facing environmental change and diminishing natural resources, seaweed is increasingly important as a source of food and as a fundamental part of our global ecosystem.

In Seaweed Chronicles, Shetterly takes readers deep into the world of this essential organism by providing an immersive, often poetic look at life on the rugged shores of her beloved Gulf of Maine, where the growth and harvesting of seaweed is becoming a major industry. While examining the life cycle of seaweed and its place in the environment, she tells the stories of the men and women who farm and harvest it--and who are fighting to protect this critical species against forces both natural and man-made. Ideal for readers of such books as The Hidden Life of Trees and How to Read Water, Seaweed Chronicles is a deeply informative look at a little understood and too often unappreciated part of our habitat.

Susan Hand Shetterly has written about wildlife and wetlands for more than thirty years, in both articles and books, including Settled in the Wild, acollection of essays. She lives in rural Maine, where she works to save habitat.


The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating A Life of Sustainable Abundance
Tuesday, October 9
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-authors-gina-laroche-jennifer-cohen-tickets-50025867717

Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen
Here is this book in a nutshell: You are enough. You do enough. You have enough, already.
THE 7 LAWS OF ENOUGH is about the most radical kind of change, at the personal, organizational, and societal level: a shift from scarcity to sustainable abundance. These seven principles, pioneered by leadership consultants Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen, guide readers on a transformational journey of self-discovery, towards new leadership strategies and a renewed sense of fulfillment and purpose. It starts with law number one: stories matter. We are all living in the story of scarcity—the story that tells us we don’t have enough. We want more and more, perpetuating a vicious cycle of consumption that lowers our own well-being and irreparably damages the Earth. This book is an invitation to live in another story, the story of sustainable abundance. The ripples from making this shift are profound—it will change your relation to your loved ones, your work, and the planet. Essential for business leaders, executive coaches, spiritual seekers, and environmentalists alike.

About The Authors:
GINA LAROCHE is cofounder of Seven Stones Leadership Group and a leading organizational consultant, executive coach, speaker, author and artist. She is noted for executive programs that challenge leaders, teams and entrepreneurs to accelerate results and develop mindfulness and presence for themselves and their organizations. A popular keynote speaker, Gina is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders Program and a board member of Insight Meditation Society. She holds a BSBA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
JENNIFER COHEN is cofounder of Seven Stones Leadership Group and an engaging speaker and author, well known for coaching world-class leaders from institutions including Harvard Business School and Simmons. Quantum physics, ontology, neuroscience, somatics and systems thinking inform her innovative and embodied approaches to curriculum design and facilitation. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the Antioch New England Graduate School and is certified as a Master Somatic Coach by The Strozzi Institute.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 10

Materials Day 2018
Wednesday, October 10
8:00am - 6:00pm
MIT Campus, Kresge Auditorium (Bldg. W16), 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://mrl.mit.edu/index.php/form/20-materials-day-symposium-registration-2018

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018 the Materials Research Laboratory will host the Materials Day 2018 Symposium & Research Review Poster Session. The symposium will
be held at MIT in the Kresge Auditorium (Bldg. W16). Registration check-in begins
at 8:00am.

The theme of this year’s meeting will largely be focused on imaging-enabled nanoscale research on the structure, properties and processing of materials. Invited speakers will describe new tools and methods for atomic-scale structural and chemical characterization of materials, and application of these methods to optimization of processing and properties of materials for a wide range of applications. Results from imaging-based in situ studies of vapor- and liquid-phase processes for synthesis of nanostructured materials and in situ studies of nano- and micro-scale phenomena that can be used to engineer properties of bulk materials will be presented. Development of compact high-brilliance X-ray sources that can provide synchrotron-level materials analyses with laboratory-scale systems will also be discussed. Studies of nanoscale electronic, photonic, mechanical and catalytic properties of materials will be included and discussion of prospects for development of new state-of-the-art tools and methods for imaging-based and x–ray based materials research will be featured.

Invited Speakers
Keynote:  Application of advanced microscopy to industrial problems: New tools give new insights
Matt Kulzick, Senior Research Scientist, BP
Imaging and controlling nanoscale crystal growth using electron
Frances Ross, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
Compact synchrotron radiation sources enabling advanced x-ray imaging and diffraction methods in a laboratory setting
David Moncton, Director, NRL, MIT
Accelerating the pace of materials characterization at the atomic scale: from machine learning to novel detectors
James M. LeBeau, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
An electron walks into a bar... Electron microscopy beyond imaging
Sylvija Gradecak, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
Nanoscale insights for macroscale solutions: Exploring novel damage-resistance mechanisms in metals
Cem Tasan, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
Using quantum mechanics to hack the electron microscope
Karl Berggren, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT

For additional event information and registration, visit our website at mrl.mit.edu.


IS&T Technology Fair
Wednesday, October 10
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
BU, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Metcalf Hall Grand Ballroom, Boston


Women and the 2018 Elections
Wednesday, October 10 
12:00 pm-1:00 pm 
MIT, Building 66-168, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Mary Anne Marsh, an internationally recognized political analyst, will lead a discussion on the role of women--as both candidates and voters, in this fall's election.


Psychedelic Medicine: From Tradition to Science
Wednesday, October 10
3:00pm Panel;  6:00pm Reception
Broad Institute, Main Auditorium, 415 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://psychedelicmedicine.splashthat.com
Livestreaming available through RSVP

Panel discussion and audience Q+A featuring:
Michael Pollan, Best-selling Author, Professor of Journalism and Practice of Non-Fiction, Harvard & UC Berkeley
Rick Doblin, PhD, Founder & Executive Director, Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD (joining via video link), Head of Psychedelic Research, Centre for Neuropsycho-pharmacology, Division of Brain Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London
Anja Loizaga-Velder, PhD, Director of Research and Psychotherapy & Adjunct Professor, Nierika Institute For Intercultural Medicine &  Faculty Of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico- UNAM
Matthew Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Franklin King, MD, Attending Psychiatrist and Instructor in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School
Moderated by:  Julie Holland, MD, Psychiatrist and Author, Ecstasy: The Complete Guide, The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis
Opening remarks:  Leo Raderman, President, The Grof Holotropic Foundation
Delara Chizari, PhD Candidate, Harvard Medical School & The Broad Institute

This event is presented by The Grof Holotropic Foundation, Harvard Medical School, The Harvard Brain Science Initiative, The Broad Institute, and The Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). 

Learn more at: http://psychedelicmedicine.info


Fall Distinguished Lecture:  "Lessons from Pelicans: Multilevel Theorizing for the Expertise Economy"
Wednesday, October 10
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
BU, 213 Bay State Road (Hillel House), Castle/Bay State Room (4th floor), Boston

Dr. Janet Fulk 
The recent proliferation of multilevel models and research in management-related fields provides a stimulus for enriching our understanding of organizational phenomena that have not previously been conceptualized as primarily multilevel in nature. One such concept is expertise. In an “expertise economy” where crowds are wise and organizational technology such as enterprise social media offer glimpses into how collective knowledge can be a harnessed, what is multilevel expertise? Drawing on evolutionary theory, Dr. Janet Fulk (Professor of Communication in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Professor of Management & Organization in the USC Marshall School of Business) builds a model of multilevel expertise and suggests how research can address the cross-level and multilevel processes involved in the communication and practice of multilevel expertise in organizations.


Audiofuturism: The Transatlantic Circuit of Science Fiction Radio Drama
Wednesday, October 10
4:00 pm
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series
Lecture by andré m. carrington RI '19
Free and open to the public.
The research project andré m. carrington is undertaking as a Radcliffe fellow extends his investigation of the nexus of race and genre to the tradition of science fiction radio drama. This study examines legacies of race thinking in radio plays derived from speculative fiction texts by black diasporic, British, and US authors, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to Kindred. It treats speculative fiction and literary adaptation as transatlantic world-making practices that both influence and respond to the modern sensorium.

Heat and Learning
Wednesday, October 10
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Room L-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Joshua Goodman, Harvard University; Michael Hurwitz, College Board; Jisung Park, UCLA; and Jonathan Smith, Georgia State University. 

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged.

casey_billings at hks.harvard.edu


The Challenges and Opportunities to Address Contaminants in Wastewater
October 10 
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
MIT Stata Center, Room 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Pre-registration is required at http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/water-and-wastewater-technologies/
Cost:  Non-members: $20; Livestream non-members: $20; Members: $10, Livestream Members: $10; Students: $5, livestream students: $5; Student members: Free

Wastewater systems were designed to treat human organic waste. However, as the waste generated by our society has increased in complexity, so have the challenges of handling it. Pathogens, nutrients, metals, pharmaceuticals and microplastics are some of the most threatening contaminants in our wastewaters. This expert panel will address which contaminants are of highest priority, whether treatment options are available, and the trade-offs and opportunities involved. Wastewater treatment is highly varied, reflecting more than a century of solutions developed in response to different geographic settings. Communities along coastlines, on the prairies, in urban settings, and in remote locations face different challenges in addressing this common concern.

Phil Guerin, Director of Water & Sewer Operations, City of Worcester
Marisol Labrecque, President, Technologies ECOFIXE
Dr. Preston McEachern, Founder and CEO, PurLucid Treatment Solutions
John Sullivan, Chief Engineer, Boston Water & Sewer Commission
Michael Murphy, Director of Water Innovation, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

5:30 - 6:00pm Registration
6:00 - 7:15pm Panel discussion
7:15 - 8:00pm Networking Reception


"Rethink Creativity" Book Talk - Boston, MA
Wednesday, October 10
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
BU, Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rethink-creativity-book-talk-boston-ma-tickets-50642777912
Cost:  $0 – $25

Join us for a celebration of creativity and new friends at the Rethink Creativity Book Launch in Boston! 

Have you ever felt stuck at work? You’re not alone.

Monica H. Kang, Founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox®, wrote Rethink Creativity: How to Innovate, Inspire, and Thrive at Work because she knows this feeling all too well. Rethink Creativity proves that by reconnecting with your own innate creativity you can enhance your personal and professional life. Through proven strategies and personal stories, Monica offers tips and tricks on how to enjoy your work more, be a better leader, and find new ways to be creative every day.

After working with various corporations and clients like Facebook, Johns Hopkins University and WBENC (Women Business Enterprises National Council), Monica wrote the book to empower more people outside of the limitations of in-person workshops.

Our Rethink Creativity Book Launch event will consist of an engaging discussion of Rethink Creativity with Author Monica Kang and Dr. Raul Fernandez, Program Director & Lecturer at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Whether you’re a young professional, job seeker, or a senior executive, you’ll learn some valuable insights about your own creativity. 

There will also be time to have your book signed, ask questions, network, and celebrate the great community of creativity in Boston!


Freeman's:  Power
Wednesday, October 10
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer and literary critic JOHN FREEMAN—editor of the literary journal Freeman's—for a discussion of the latest volume, Power
About Freeman's: Power
From the voices of protestors to the encroachment of a new fascism, everywhere we look power is revealed. Spouse to spouse, soldier to citizen, looker to gazed upon, power is never static: it is either demonstrated or deployed. Its hoarding is itself a demonstration. This thought-provoking issue of the acclaimed literary annual Freeman’s explores who gets to say what matters in a time of social upheaval.

Many of the writers are women. Margaret Atwood posits it is time to update the gender of werewolf narratives. Aminatta Forna shatters the silences which supposedly ensured her safety as a woman of color walking in public space. Power must often be seized. The narrator of Lan Samantha Chang’s short story finally wrenches control of the family’s finances from her husband only to make a fatal mistake. Meanwhile, the hero of Tahmima Anam’s story achieves freedom by selling bull semen. Australian novelist Josephine Rowe recalls a gallery attendee trying to take what was not offered when she worked as a life-drawing model. Violence often results from power imbalances―Booker Prize winner Ben Okri watches power stripped from the residents of Grenfell Tower by ferocious neglect. But not all power must wreak damage. Barry Lopez remembers fourteen glimpses of power, from the moment he hitched a ride on a cargo plane in Korea to the glare he received from a bear traveling with her cubs in the woods, asking―do you plan me harm?

Featuring work from brand new writers Nicole Im, Jaime Cortez, and Nimmi Gowrinathan, as well as from some of the world’s best storytellers, including US poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, Franco-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani, and Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, Freeman’s: Power escapes from the headlines of today and burrows into the heart of the issue.


How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
Wednesday October 10
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past… and then broke? How would you survive? Could you improve on humanity’s original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat? Don’t worry: in How to Invent Everything, bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North has figured out the answers to those four questions - and more - just for you. 

Ryan North is the New York Times-bestselling author of two chooseable-path Shakespeare books, Romeo and/or Juliet and To Be or Not to Be. He’s the creator of Dinosaur Comics and the Eisner Award-winning writer of Adventure Time, Jughead, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel Comics, and he has a master’s in computational linguistics from the University of Toronto. Ryan lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.


When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey
Wednesday, October 10
Trident Bookseller, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

Joan Diver
When Spirit Calls is at once an adventure story and meditation on the healing journey that traces Joan Diver's odyssey from Boston foundation executive to spiritual healer. Imbued with the wisdom of great spiritual teachers from both East and West, Joan Diver shares a remarkable journey through urban violence, family crisis, physical pain and spiritual awakening.

Joan Diver’s family is one of three profiled in J. Anthony Lukas' Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families. A national bestseller in 1985, it is still taught in classrooms today. Joan and Colin Diver continue to be treated as celebrities by Boston media and those touched by the pain of their story and the school-busing crisis of the 1970s and '80s.


Altered State of Mind: How Psychedelics Modify the Brain, Behavior, and Perception
Wednesday, October 10
7 to 9:00 p.m. 
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Auditorium (in Goldenson Hall), 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston

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

Thursday, October 11

IBM Community Day
Thursday, October 11
10am-4pm EDT
RSVP at https://ibmaicommunity.bemyapp.com

Mandy Chessell, Master Inventor, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
AI's Elephant in the Room 
AI is driven by data. Where is this data? Is it the right data for the situation and how do we ensure the AI remains true to its purpose as it learns from new incoming data?
In this talk, we will look at the structure of the data ecosystem needed to feed AI and review how the industry efforts around the Egeria Open Source project are aiming to support it.
Animesh Singh, Sr. Technical Staff
AI and Deep Learning Platform
Building a Secure and Transparent ML Pipeline Using Open Source Technologies
The application of AI algorithms in domains such as criminal justice, credit scoring, and hiring holds unlimited promise. At the same time, it raises legitimate concerns about algorithmic fairness there’s now a growing demand for fairness, accountability, and transparency from machine learning (ML) systems. And we need to remember that training data isn’t the only source of possible bias and adversarial contamination. It can also be introduced through inappropriate data handling, inappropriate model selection, or incorrect algorithm design. 

What we need is a pipeline that is open, transparent, secure and fair, and  that fully integrates into the AI lifecycle. Such a pipeline requires a robust set of bias and adversarial checkers,  “de-biasing” and ""defense"" algorithms, and explanations. In this talk we are going to discuss how to build such a pipeline leveraging open source projects such as AI Fairness 360 (AIF360),  Adversarial Robustness Toolbox (ART), and Fabric for Deep Learning (FfDL), and Seldon

Margriet Groenendijk, Developer Advocate
No Data, No AI
AI is rapidly growing, being used to increase sales, make better decisions faster and even potentially safe lives through combining data from a lot of different sources. AI is build with models, but these machine learning or deep learning models are only as good as the data they are trained on. What is good data, and is more data better data? In this talk we will explore what good data is, how to turn bad data into useful data and how to store and access the data when it grows into big data with practical examples.

Zlati Garde, Advisory Software Engineer
Building Custom AI Web Services
Artificial Intelligence turns insights from your data into recommended actions. The AI process consists of a few key steps: preparing data, building and training a model, deploying the model as web services and retraining the model with new data. 

Applications are relying on model predictions to forecast a future behavior. As the incoming data changes its distribution over time, predictions accuracy can suffer. To tackle this challenge, the model needs to be retrained and redeployed. Models can be retrained manually or automatically. Retraining and redeploying the model unlocks continuous learning which is key to AI and AI-based web services. 

This session will explore how to build ready to consume, custom AI based web services. 
Join developers and their advocates as they talk about projects and technologies they contribute to and depend upon

Deepak Rangaroo, Executive IT Specialist, IBM Hybrid Cloud 
Governed Data Science
Move to a digital enterprise requires that we collect more data and use it to help serve our customers better. Whilst this is a great opportunity, it also comes with increased responsibility on how we handle our data/analytics and remain compliant with regulatory requirements. Data science has been rapidly growing over the past few years with organizations using new tools/technologies/algorithms to leverage historical data and make smarter decisions. In this talk, we will walk through the key aspects of establishing a governance framework, the need for governance and how we can apply it in the context of data science. 

Loïc Julien, Software Architect
Fast Data Ingest and Analytics
In this session, we will review an end to end example running on the new IBM Fast Data Platform. Combining multiple open source services: Kakfa, Spark or Grafana, we will expose how IBM and Lightbend joint solutions provide a complete toolchain for Java and Scala developers. You will learn how to easily build and deploy AI and cognitive applications in both on-premises or cloud-based environments.  The IBM Fast Data Platform brings together Lightbend's Fast Data Platform, Db2 Event Store & IBM Data Science Experience Local to enable a new era of event-driven business insight and opportunity. This session is the perfect place to learn how to manage data in motion for your streaming applications.

Chuck Calio, Offering Manager, IBM PowerAI Team
Infrastructure to AI
This is an overview of IBM’s PowerAI  ecosystem. PowerAI makes deep learning and machine learning more accessible to your staff, and the benefits of AI more obtainable for your business. It combines popular open source deep learning frameworks, efficient AI development tools, and accelerated IBM® Power Systems™ servers. Now your organization can deploy a fully optimized and supported AI platform that delivers blazing performance, proven dependability and resilience. IBM PowerAI Enterprise is a complete environment for data science as a service, enabling your organization to bring new applied AI applications into production. We will also spend time discussing client use cases and best practices. 

Rohan Vaidyanathan, Offering Manager, AI OpenScale
Putting AI to Work: Extending Beyond the Lab
Businesses everywhere are exploring AI’s potential. But it’s not as simple as deploying traditional software. Businesses need to overcome a variety of hurdles to scaling their AI, from incorporating new skills and tools, to establishing new methodologies and overcoming a lack of visibility into the decisions AI systems produce. As AI deployment accelerates, compliance and trust are critical. We’ll discuss lessons learned from thousands of AI engagements across 
industries and how to foster collaboration between the teams that operate AI and the users of these applications.

John Morrell, Senior Director
An Agile Data Preparation and Exploration Process for AI and Machine Learning
While advanced AI and machine learning has created the ability to identify even deeper insights than ever, data science processes are still hamstrung by the fact that data science teams spend 80% or more of their time preparing, exploring and managing data.  Eliminating this bottleneck can cut analytic cycles by up to 98%, and reduce the time to go from concept to operational model from months to days or even hours.

Often times the data preparation process is not hindered by transforming data.  The most time-consuming aspects involve getting access to the right datasets, determining if a dataset can contribute to the model, the feature engineering of the dataset for the model, and validating model results in an extremely detailed manner.

Join us for this session where we will examine how to create an agile, iterative data preparation and exploration process using platforms designed to speed up AI and machine learning analytic cycles, and not be a burden on your data scientists.  We will explore:
How to use a data preparation platform to expose more datasets to the data science teams in a secure, well-governed manner
Methods to iteratively explore and model datasets in the data preparation process to determine their applicability to the analytic problem at hand
Easy, advanced transformation functions that can help with feature engineering and creation of the final dataset for the AI and ML models
Ways to explore model test results in an unconstrained manner along any attribute and value to validate results in an agile manner


Trespassing across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and sort of Illegal) Hike along the Keystone XL Pipeline
Thursday, October 11
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Ken Ilgunas, journalist, author, and backcountry park ranger
In 2012 and 2013, Ken Ilgunas walked nearly 2,000 miles across North America, following the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, from Hardisty, Alberta, to the Gulf Coast of Texas. On his journey, he encountered stampedes of cows, charging moose, and climate change deniers. his adventure, which was featured in NYT, Huff Post, Mother Jones, CBC News, Men’s Journal, and more, is the world's first modern journey across private property, on which he trespassed over one of the most ignored, yet beautiful, regions of our continent—the Great Plains. He will talk about the people of the heartland, the right to roam, and the stories that form the basis of his book, Trespassing across America.

Ken Ilgunas has hitchhiked 10,000 miles across North America, traveled 1,000 miles across Ontario, Canada in a birch bark canoe, and worked as a backcountry ranger at national parks in Alaska. He’s written for the New York Times, Time, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and his adventures and book have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the New Yorker, National Geographic, and NPR. His first book, Walden on Wheels, is a travel memoir about student debt and living in a van for two years when he was enrolled at Duke University. His second book, Trespassing across America, is about his 1,700-mile hike following the Keystone XL Pipeline. He has a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo in history and English, and an M.A. in liberal studies from Duke.


Frontiers in Environmental Economics and Policy: A Symposium in Honor of Martin L. Weitzman
Thursday, October 11
3:00PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Room Nye ABC, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://heep.hks.harvard.edu/Weitzman

In honor of Martin L. Weitzman, a symposium will be held with Keynote Speaker, William D. Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University. A reception with refreshments will follow the symposium.

Robert Stavins, Harvard University (Moderator)
Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland
Lawrence Goulder, Stanford University
Michael Greenstone, University of Chicago
Charles Kolstad, Stanford University
Richard Newell, Resources for the Future
Robert Pindyck, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James Stock, Harvard University

Please RSVP online or contact Casey Billings by email at Casey_Billings at hks.harvard.edu or phone (617) 384-8415. 

This symposium is hosted by the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, with support for the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School.

Contact Name:  Casey Billings
casey_billings at hks.harvard.edu


(Why) Reporting the Voices of African Women and Girls Matters (2018–2019 Rama S. Mehta Lecture)
Thursday, October 11
4:15 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-ofeibea-quist-arcton-lecture

An all-purpose Africa reporter, National Public Radio’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is often to be found—in open-air markets, on the front line, in the boardroom, in educational institutions, in urban and village settings, in creative spaces and sacred places—listening to women and girls talk about the continent, the world, and what matters to them. And to us all.
Free and open to the public.
Please register and join us. 

Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Africa correspondent, NPR
Discussant: Marco Werman, host, The World, Public Radio International
The Rama S. Mehta Lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study was established by Catherine Atwater Galbraith, John Kenneth Galbraith, and the Mehta family, in memory of Rama S. Mehta. Each event includes a distinguished woman in public affairs, the sciences, or the arts who has a deep understanding of the challenges of women in developing countries. The Radcliffe Institute is grateful to the Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program of ClassACT HR ’73 and members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Class of 1973 for their leadership support of the 2018–2019 Rama S. Mehta Lecture.

This program is scheduled to complement the reunions of the Harvard and Radcliffe Classes of 1973, 1978, and 1988. We hope to welcome many alumnae/i from these classes to the Radcliffe Institute as part of their reunion activities when they return to Cambridge in the fall.


Greenovate Boston Leaders Program Training 2
October 11
4:30pm - 7:30pm
The Great Hall, 6 Norfolk Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.greenovateboston.org/greenovate_boston_leaders_program_training_2

The Greenovate Boston Leaders Program aims to increase understanding of the climate impacts in Boston and the actions required to mitigate the impacts. We want to involve Bostonians as part of the collective action needed in advancing the citywide initiatives. Our program gives you the materials and support you need to lead conversations about climate change and climate action.

This program is a great opportunity to network with a wide variety of leaders, learn how to format community discussions around climate change, and to make a positive impact on Boston.

If you are interested in attending this training date, please submit an RSVP below. There are limited spaces left, so sign-up as soon as you can! 

You will be contacted by David Corbie, Greenovate Boston Outreach Manager, once your space at the training is confirmed.

Questions or concerns? Email Greenovate Boston at Greenovate at boston.gov.

CONTACT  David Corbie david.corbie at boston.gov


The Red and the Blue:  The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
Thursday, October 11
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/steve_kornacki/
Cost:  $6 - $32.00 (book included) 

Harvard Book Store welcomes national political correspondent STEVE KORNACKI for a discussion of his debut book, The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism. He will be joined in conversation by JON KELLER, political analyst for WBZ-TV.

About The Red and the Blue
In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him Speaker. 
The Clinton/Gingrich battles were bare-knuckled brawls that brought about massive policy shifts and high-stakes showdowns—their collisions had far-reaching political consequences. But the ’90s were not just about them.  Kornacki writes about Mario Cuomo’s stubborn presence around Clinton’s 1992 campaign; Hillary Clinton’s star turn during the 1998 midterms, seeding the idea for her own candidacy; Ross Perot’s wild run in 1992 that inspired him to launch the Reform Party, giving Donald Trump his first taste of electoral politics in 1999; and many others. 

With novelistic prose and a clear sense of history, Steve Kornacki masterfully weaves together the various elements of this rambunctious and hugely impactful era in American history, whose effects set the stage for our current political landscape.


Community Boating, Inc. 
Thursday, October 11
Trident Books Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

Anthony Sammarco
Community Boating, Inc. (CBI), now in its seventh decade as a public community sailing program in Boston, has taught several generations of the city’s youth how to sail on the Charles River Basin. At the start of the program, it was Joseph Lee Jr., a lifelong proponent of outdoor recreation and public service, who espoused the idea that all children, rich and poor, should know how to handle a sailboat not just for their own enjoyment but also for the attainment of useful life skills, like learning to cooperate with others on and off the water and taking responsibility for their work.  This book offers a glimpse at how Community Boating, Inc., is achieving its mission of “Sailing for All.”

Anthony M. Sammarco, author of over 70 books on Boston, has outlined the history of Community Boating, Inc., and with CBI’s help, he has selected many fascinating and never-before-published photographs from the nonprofit organization’s archives, as well as from private collections.


Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
Thursday October 11
6:30 pm
Brookline Village Library, 361 Washington Street, Brookline

Jose Antonio Vargas In conversation with Nicco Mele.
This event is free and open to the public, but please note that there are limited seats available. 

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.

“This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.” —Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America


Lest We Forget: A Doctor's Experience with Life and Death During the Ebola Outbreak 
Thursday, October 11
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Kwan Kew Lai, 
In 2014 after fighting through yards of bureaucratic red tape, leaving her family, and putting her own health at risk in order to help suffering strangers, Kwan Kew Lai finally arrived in Africa to volunteer as an infectious disease specialist in the heart of the largest Ebola outbreak in history. What she found was not only blistering heat, inadequate working conditions, and deadly, unrelenting illness, but hope, resilience, and incredible courage.

Lest We Forget chronicles the harrowing and inspiring time spent serving on the front lines of the ongoing Ebola outbreak--the complicated personal protective equipment, the chlorine-scented air, the tropical heat, and the heartbreaking difficulties of treating patients she could not touch. Dr. Lai interweaves original diary entries to create a gripping narrative about life, death, and human relationships that will leave no reader unmoved.

This book exposes the raw brutality of Ebola, as well as the chaotic nature of the undersupplied and understaffed health infrastructure in the developing world. At once a memoir of triumphs and failures and a memorial, this book will ensure that the victims of Ebola and the fighters who sought to heal them will not be forgotten.


Searching for Ancient Life on Mars
Thursday, October 11
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar?id=107766&view=Detail

John P. Grotzinger, Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology; Ted and Ginger Jenkins Leadership Chair, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology

This is the eighth annual John H. Carlson Lecture presented by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lorenz Center and the New England Aquarium. The registration list will be shared with MIT.

Over the past 20 years, NASA has built and sent to Mars a series of orbiters, landers, and rovers designed to explore the red planet’s earliest history and seek signs of life. These missions discovered that in contrast to its current harsh environment, the ancient surface of Mars was wet, with a warmer climate, and thought to have been habitable by simple microorganisms. Nutrients, sources of energy, and all the key ingredients to sustain life appear to have been present. The remaining question for future missions is now to determine if life ever originated on Mars. The next rover mission, due to launch in 2020, will collect rock samples for return to Earth, where they can be examined with our most technologically advanced scientific instruments, giving us our best chance to date to search for fossils of ancient life.

Friday, October 12 – Saturday, October 13

Boston Book Festival 2018
Friday, October 12, 7:30 PM – Saturday, October 13, 7:30 PM EDT
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-book-festival-2018-tickets-50085234284
Cost:  $10

Join us in Copley Square on October 12-13, 2018, for the tenth annual Boston Book Festival, New England's largest literary event. You can see our full lineup on our website. Most events at the BBF are free and first-come, first-served and do NOT require tickets, but this year we are also offering two paid events:
7:30pm Friday, October 12: Kickoff Keynote with Michael Pollan
3:15pm Saturday, October 13: "On Leadership" with Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Kerry, and Samantha Power
Questions? Email us at info at bostonbookfest.org

Friday, October 12

NE Restructuring Roundtable:  Regional Grid Modernization Developments & The Future of Residential Retail Choice
Friday, October 12
9:00 am-12:30 pm
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSVSP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/regional-grid-modernization-developments-the-future-of-residential-retail-choice-tickets-47959927434
Cost:  $40 - $80
Lifestream available, RSVP at https://signup.clickstreamtv.net/event/raab/events/neer/

Convener/Moderator: Raab Associates, Ltd.
Regional Grid Modernization Developments
Chairman Angie O'Connor, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities 
Chair Katie Dykes, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority 
Chairman Martin Honigberg, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Abigail Anthony, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

Future of Residential Retail Choice
Rebecca Tepper, Energy Chief, MA Attorney General's Office
Chris Kallaher, Senior Director Gov't & Regulatory Affairs, Direct Energy
Janet Gail Besser, Executive VP, Northeast Clean Energy Council 
Paul Gromer, CEO, Peregrine Energy Group


AI, Media and the Threat to Democracy
Friday, October 12
9:00am to 4:00pm
Northeastern, Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-media-the-threat-to-democracy-tickets-49862815022

Join a group of award-winning journalists, innovative scholars and practitioners for a conference on the impact of AI on democracy.

Artificial intelligence is a potent force in media for both good and evil. It is used both to spread disinformation through social media platforms – yet also used to is combat the spread of “fake news” and for more benign purposes, such as connecting readers to content they like.

Yet most people have only the dimmest of ideas what AI is. They may have an inkling it is somehow tied to the spread of Russian disinformation and “fake news.” Commentators talk ominously about its corrosive effect on democracy.

For all that, the influence of AI is growing in fields ranging from journalism to law, from business to teaching. What will its effect be on media and democracy? How much of a threat to democracy does AI represent? Join our distinguished speakers and panelists in a broad-ranging discussion of the issues.

1. AI on the Beat: How journalists are using -- and covering -- bots, algorithms and whatever comes next
2. AI, big data, and bias in sociotechnical systems
3. Legal and Policy Responses to AI and the Media

Matt Carroll, Professor of the Practice, School of Journalism
Aleszu Bajak, Graduate Programs Manager, School of Journalism
Meg Heckman, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism
Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science
David Lazer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science

Sponsored by the School of Law's Center for Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC), Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern’s School of Journalism and the Northeastern College of Computer and Information Science. 

This conference is free but registration is required.


Evolution and ecology in high dimensions.
Friday, October 12
Harvard Medical School, Warren Alpert 563, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston

Daniel Fisher, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University

Can the complexities of possible phenotypes and interactions of organisms with their environments lead to simplicities that enable understanding? Taking advantage of the high-dimensionality of biology and approximate randomness of the net effects of mutations and of small environmental changes, attempts to approach via simple models two basic questions will be outlined. Must evolution in a constant environment continually slow down? Why is there so much coexisting micro-diversity within single bacterial species?


The Big Promise and Harsh Realities of Waste-to-Value: Stories from the Front
Friday, October 12
MIT, Building 26-210, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Matthew Nordan, Managing Director PRIME Impact Fund
Matthew Nordan is co-founder of PRIME Coalition, a pioneering nonprofit focused on breakthrough energy innovation, and Managing Director of the PRIME Impact Fund. The most game-changing energy technologies are often least likely to attract early-stage financing due to long time-frames, large capital requirements, and high risk. PRIME brings a new funding source to these start-ups in the form of philanthropic capital.


Globalization: Strategies and Effects
Friday, October 12
2:30 – 4PM
Tufts, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Prof. Carsten Kowalczyk 
Refreshments will be served.


Committed to Memory:  The Art of the Slave Ship Icon
Friday, October 12
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and Mass Humanities welcome art historian and Cornell associate professor CHERYL FINLEY for a discussion of her latest book, Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon. She will be joined in conversation by HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.—the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center.

About Committed to Memory
One of the most iconic images of slavery is a schematic wood engraving depicting the human cargo hold of a slave ship. First published by British abolitionists in 1788, it exposed this widespread commercial practice for what it really was—shocking, immoral, barbaric, unimaginable. Printed as handbills and broadsides, the image Cheryl Finley has termed the "slave ship icon" was easily reproduced, and by the end of the eighteenth century it was circulating by the tens of thousands around the Atlantic rim. Committed to Memory provides the first in-depth look at how this artifact of the fight against slavery became an enduring symbol of black resistance, identity, and remembrance.

Finley traces how the slave ship icon became a powerful tool in the hands of British and American abolitionists, and how its radical potential was rediscovered in the twentieth century by black artists, activists, writers, filmmakers, and curators. Finley offers provocative new insights into the works of Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, and many others. She demonstrates how the icon was transformed into poetry, literature, visual art, sculpture, performance, and film―and became a medium through which diasporic Africans have reasserted their common identity and memorialized their ancestors.
Beautifully illustrated, Committed to Memory features works from around the world, taking readers from the United States and England to West Africa and the Caribbean. It shows how contemporary black artists and their allies have used this iconic eighteenth-century engraving to reflect on the trauma of slavery and come to terms with its legacy.


Atmospheric surprises: Why is monitoring trace gases so important now?
Friday, October 12
3:30pm to 4:45pm
Harvard, HUCE 440, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jim Elkins
Jim Elkins, Halocarbons and other Atmospheric Trace Species Group Group Chief, Global Monitoring Division/Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Abstract: The speaker will discuss CFC-11, SF6, N2O, and HFC-365mfc with links to probable Chinese and U.S. emissions and transport.


How Fascism Works:  The Politics of Us and Them
Friday, October 12
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes JASON STANLEY—the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale—for a discussion of his latest book, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. He will be joined in conversation by ELIZABETH HINTON, Associate Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard.

About How Fascism Works
As the child of refugees of World War II Europe and a renowned philosopher and scholar of propaganda, Jason Stanley has a deep understanding of how democratic societies can be vulnerable to fascism: Nations don’t have to be fascist to suffer from fascist politics. In fact, fascism’s roots have been present in the United States for more than a century. Alarmed by the pervasive rise of fascist tactics both at home and around the globe, Stanley focuses here on the structures that unite them, laying out and analyzing the ten pillars of fascist politics—the language and beliefs that separate people into an “us” and a “them.” He knits together reflections on history, philosophy, sociology, and critical race theory with stories from contemporary Hungary, Poland, India, Myanmar, and the United States, among other nations. He makes clear the immense danger of underestimating the cumulative power of these tactics, which include exploiting a mythic version of a nation’s past; propaganda that twists the language of democratic ideals against themselves; anti-intellectualism directed against universities and experts; law and order politics predicated on the assumption that members of minority groups are criminals; and fierce attacks on labor groups and welfare. These mechanisms all build on one another, creating and reinforcing divisions and shaping a society vulnerable to the appeals of authoritarian leadership.

By uncovering disturbing patterns that are as prevalent today as ever, Stanley reveals that the stuff of politics—charged by rhetoric and myth—can quickly become policy and reality. Only by recognizing fascists politics, he argues, may we resist its most harmful effects and return to democratic ideals.


The Movement of Movements: Part 1: What Makes Us Move? 
Friday, October 12
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Jai Sen
Our world today is not only a world in crisis but also a world in profound movement, with increasingly large numbers of people joining or forming movements: local, national, transnational, and global. The dazzling diversity of ideas and experiences recorded in this collection capture something of the fluidity within campaigns for a more equitable planet. This book, taking internationalism seriously without tired dogmas, provides a bracing window into some of the central ideas to have emerged from within grassroots struggles from 2006 to 2010. The essays here cross borders to look at the politics of caste, class, gender, religion, and indigeneity, and move from the local to the global.

Jai Sen is an activist/researcher/author on and in movement. Earlier an organiser, then a researcher into popular movement, for the past decade and more he has worked to promote critical engagement with the World Social Forum and emerging world movement - as moderator of the listserv WSFDiscuss and as coeditor of several books including World Social Forum: Challenging Empires and World Social Forum: Critical Explorations. He helped found and remains associated with CACIM and with OpenWord.


Fifty Shades of Green: Tales from the Hothouse
Friday, October 12
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at http://my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.
Cost:  $5 member, $10 nonmember

Terry Huang, MSc, Living Collections Fellow, Arnold Arboretum
Back by popular demand with more content! Terry Huang’s bawdy botanical review delves into the sex lives of plants, dramatically explaining the challenges of courtship and consummation for those rooted in place. Alluring suitors with a pungent rotten odor, promising nectar for the exchange of goods, or going at it alone, plants have evolved interesting strategies to ensure their continued existence. From mutualistic partnerships to deceit-filled ones that would rival the most twisted romance, his vivid pollination stories reveal the ingenious ways flowers deal with one of life’s (most) important needs. Sex. 
(Adult content: Rated PG)

Terry Huang earned a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology at the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and University of Edinburgh. He enjoys sharing his passion for plants with anyone who will listen. He performed Fifty Shades of Green at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017.

Saturday, October 13

The Pendulum: A Granddaughter's Search for Her Family's Forbidden Nazi Past 
Saturday, October 13
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Julie Lindahl & Rachel Kadish
This powerful memoir traces Brazilian-born American Julie Lindahl's journey to uncover her grandparents' roles in the Third Reich as she is driven to understand how and why they became members of Hitler's elite, the SS. Out of the unbearable heart of the story--the unclaimed guilt that devours a family through the generations--emerges an unflinching will to learn the truth.

In a remarkable six-year journey through Germany, Poland, Paraguay, and Brazil, Julie uncovers, among many other discoveries, that her grandfather had been a fanatic member of the SS since 1934. During World War II, he was responsible for enslavement and torture and was complicit in the murder of the local population on the large estates he oversaw in occupied Poland. He eventually fled to South America to evade a new wave of war-crimes trials. The pendulum used by Julie's grandmother to divine good from bad and true from false becomes a symbol for the elusiveness of truth and morality, but also for the false securities we cling to when we become unmoored. As Julie delves deeper into the abyss of her family's secret, discovering history anew, one precarious step at a time, the compassion of strangers is a growing force that transforms her world and the way that she sees her family--and herself.

Julie Lindahl is an author and educator living in Sweden. She is a contributor to WBUR Cognoscenti and has been featured on National Public Radio. Julie holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MPhil in international relations from Oxford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Frankfurt. She is the founder of Stories for Society, a nonprofit organization for renewing the art of story-making among youth for social transformation. WBUR 90.9 won the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation and the 2018 Associated Press Media Editor's Award for innovation in storytelling based on a program series featuring her story.

Rachel Kadish is the award-winning author of the novels The Weight of Ink, From a Sealed Room, and Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story, and of the novella I Was Here. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and Tin House. She lives in the Boston area. 

Sunday, October 14

One cellist, one planet: A fundraiser for Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN)(https://www.jewishclimate.org/) 
A Solo Benefit Recital Presented by Cellist Judith Glixon
Sunday, October 14
3:00 P.M.
Edwards Hall, Open Spirit, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham
RSVP at RSVP:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuksyQ4RCc7xw8rLqH-rNlv1wut3foQ4Wzy2V29qTIYNI6OQ/viewform
Suggested donation: $25 or more

"One Cellist, One Planet" is one woman’s response to climate change and environmental destruction. 
This one hour concert with cellist Judith Glixton will plunge you into the beginnings of life on Earth, carry you through centuries of progress, and drop you off in the present state of affairs. The program includes the music of J. S. Bach (Unaccompanied Suites #1 & 3), Benjamin Britten (final movement of Suite for Cello, Op.72), and Ravel. Glixon has assigned each piece on the program - and every movement of each piece - a subtitle intended to draw you into a story of humanity's relationship with the land, inviting you to answer the question, “Where do we go from here?”
Eighty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Jewish Climate Action Network and the gardens at Open Spirit and Edwards Church.

Please forward to others who may be interested.

Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19

Women Entrepreneurs Boston Week
More information at http://we-bos.com

WE BOS Week 2018 is just around the corner! Register for FREE events, workshops, panels, funding opportunities and more — happening all throughout the week!

iFundWomen x WE BOS: Crowdfunding 101 Boot Camp at WeWork South Station – 10/15/18 at 12:30 PM
WE BOS Week Kick-Off: Mass Innovation Nights 115 at District Hall – 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM
Prototypes & Proofs of Concept for Non-Tech Founders at BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center – 10/16/18 at 8:00 AM
Golden Seeds Boston Office Hours at Nutter, McClennen, & Fish – 10/16/18 at 2:30 PM
City of Boston Open House for Women Entrepreneurs at Boston City Hall – 10/17/18 at 11:00 AM
#AtTheTable Ice Cream Social at JP Licks – 10/17/18 at 5:00 PM
MAKE BREAD Presents "Dream Big" ft. Julissa Calderon of Buzzfeed at Roxbury Innovation Center – 10/17/18 at 6:30 PM

Monday, October 15

The Energy Efficiency Gap, Bounded Rationality, and the Role of Energy-related Financial Literacy
Monday, October 15
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Massimo Filippini, ETH Zurich and Universita della Svizzera Italiana. Lunch is provided.

Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at hks.harvard.edu


Interpretability, or Learning to Listen to Algorithms
Monday, October 15
12:15–2 pm
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Nick Seaver (Tufts, Anthropology)


Venus Fly Traps and Viruses: Exploring the Design and Effectiveness of National Climate Funds
Monday, October 15
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Crowe Room, Goddard 310, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford

CIERP Research Seminar with Rishikesh Bhandary
How successful have the efforts of developing countries been to mobilize climate finance? This study examines the design and use of national climate funds to shed light on the strategies pursued by developing countries to gain access to and channel climate finance. By focusing on the national climate funds as a policy instrument, this study fills a gap in the climate policy literature that has otherwise mostly focused on role of donor agencies and their preferences.
This talk will bring together key findings from field work on the Amazon Fund, Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund, Climate Resilient Green Economy Facility in Ethiopia, and Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund.

Rishikesh Ram Bhandary is a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School and a predoctoral fellow at the Climate Policy Lab at CIERP. His research interests include the architecture of climate finance, climate negotiations, the linkages between governance of climate change and sustainable development.


Can Baby Corals Improve the Reefs of Tomorrow?
Monday, October 15
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Aaron Hartmann, 2017–2018 Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Coral reefs are one of Earth’s most biodiverse and imperiled ecosystems. Corals form the foundation of this ecosystem. Substantial effort is being invested to help adult corals survive environmental degradation, but less attention is paid to their offspring and how they establish themselves on the seafloor. Unlike adult corals, baby corals move about in the water column, perhaps allowing them to find better environments. Aaron Hartmann will highlight the importance of these juvenile corals for the long-term survival and conservation of coral reefs in a changing world.
Free and open to the public.

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel appoximately three weeks after the lecture.


Contemporizing Traditional Water Architecture: Indigenous Ingenuity in Harvesting the Elusive Rain in the Indian Desert
Monday, October 15

A. Mridul 


Mass Innovation Nights 115
Monday, October 15
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://mass.innovationnights.com/events/mass-innovation-nights-115

It's hard to believe that our 5th Annual Women Founders event is just a few weeks away- where does time go? MONDAY, October 15th we are kicking off WeBOS week with Boston Scientific as our main sponsor and Brownmed as our supporting sponsor. It is a night of all medical & combination devices and digital health products from over ten women founders.  Our event #MIN115 will be at District Hall! You will not want to miss it! 

Check out the new PRODUCTS and
VOTE for your favorites - click on the words VOTE HERE (found on this page to the immediate left) and once on the product voting page, click LOVE IT to vote for your favorite product!     
RSVP to attend the event on MONDAY, October 15th (free to attend and open to all)    
See who else is planning on attending (click the ATTENDEES tab)   
Help spread the word - blog, tweet (using the #MIN115 hashtag), like and post!  
Support local innovation -- network and have fun at the same time! 


Invisible:  The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster
Monday, October 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome acclaimed novelist, columnist, and Yale law professor STEPHEN L. CARTER for a discussion of his latest book, Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster.

About Invisible
She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s―and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male.
Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carter’s grandmother, was raised in a world of stultifying expectations about race and gender, yet by the 1940s, her professional and political successes had made her one of the most famous black women in America. But her triumphs were shadowed by prejudice and tragedy. Greatly complicating her rise was her difficult relationship with her younger brother, Alphaeus, an avowed Communist who―together with his friend Dashiell Hammett―would go to prison during the McCarthy era. Yet she remained unbowed.

Moving, haunting, and as fast-paced as a novel, Invisible tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandson’s remarkable book, her long forgotten story is once again visible.


These Truths: A History of the United States 
Monday, October 15
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Jill Lepore
In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.

Written in elegiac prose, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—"these truths," Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?

These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore traces the intertwined histories of American politics, law, journalism, and technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News.

Along the way, Lepore’s sovereign chronicle is filled with arresting sketches of both well-known and lesser-known Americans, from a parade of presidents and a rogues’ gallery of political mischief makers to the intrepid leaders of protest movements, including Frederick Douglass, the famed abolitionist orator; William Jennings Bryan, the three-time presidential candidate and ultimately tragic populist; Pauli Murray, the visionary civil rights strategist; and Phyllis Schlafly, the uncredited architect of modern conservatism.

Americans are descended from slaves and slave owners, from conquerors and the conquered, from immigrants and from people who have fought to end immigration. "A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history," Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden," These Truths observes. "It can’t be shirked. There’s nothing for it but to get to know it."

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her many books include The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a national bestseller, and Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, October 16

Dragonfly Eyes: What Counts as Art Today?
Tuesday, October 16
4:15 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2018-xu-bing-lecture

Xu Bing, Dragonfly Eyes, 2017. 81min, color and sound. 
The world-renowned artist Xu Bing will join in conversation with the Harvard faculty members Eugene Wang RI ’17, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, and Jennifer L. Roberts, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities.

Xu’s work reflects on the simultaneous power and fragility of the visual and textual systems that hold societies together. Working at the forefront of Chinese contemporary art, he has focused with particular intricacy on the challenges of translation between East and West. The discussion will delve into the range of Xu’s art and its multifaceted impact on the global contemporary art world.
The program at the Radcliffe Institute will be preceded by a screening of Xu’s recent film Dragonfly Eyes (2017), a work of fiction composed of surveillance camera footage sourced from streaming websites, at the Harvard Film Archive on Monday, October 15, 2018, at 7 PM.

For further information on the film screening, please see https://library.harvard.edu/film/films/2018sepnov/dragonfly.html.
Please register and join us.
Free and open to the public.


Calamity’s Reward: The Elusive Art of Resilience and Repair
Tuesday, October 16
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Northeastern, Renaissance_Park, 909, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Please join us for a presentation by Jeff Howe, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Founding Director of the Media Innovation Program at Northeastern University, for the second Fall semester event in the Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies speaker series.


Nature vs. Fiction in Sci-Fi Movies
Tuesday, October 16
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Miaki Ishii, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala remind us of how devastating these geological eruptions can be. Popular culture depictions of volcanic disasters found in movies like Dante’s Peak and Volcano can strongly distort the public’s understanding of volcanic activity and its immediate effects. As with many science-fiction films, Hollywood depictions of natural phenomena don’t always align with the scientific facts. Seismologist Miaki Ishii will illustrate this point by looking at popular films that depict both scientifically accurate and inaccurate volcanic events. Her comparison will show how volcanoes really affect our lives.

Free and open to the public.


Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics with Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer
Tuesday, October 16
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer will deliver the 29th annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics.
Jill Abramson is a journalist and the first woman to serve as The New York Times’ Washington Bureau Chief, Managing Editor, and Executive Editor. Before joining the Times, she spent nine years at The Wall Street Journal as the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and an investigative reporter covering money and politics. She is the author of three books including “Strange Justice,” which she co-authored with Jane Mayer. In addition to her current position as a senior lecturer in Harvard’s English Department, Jill Abramson has taught at both Princeton and Yale, where she led undergraduate writing seminars for five years. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and The American Philosophical Society.

Jane Mayer has been a New Yorker staff writer since 1995. She covers politics, culture, and national security for the magazine. Previously, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Gulf War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1984, she became the paper’s first female White House correspondent. She is the author of the 2016 Times best-seller “Dark Money,” which the Times named as one of the ten best books of the year, and which began as a 2010 New Yorker piece about the Koch brothers’ deep influence on American politics. She also wrote the 2008 Times best-seller “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals,” which was based on her New Yorker articles and was named one of the top ten works of journalism of the decade by N.Y.U.’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and one of the ten best books of the year by the Times. She is the co-author, with Jill Abramson, of “Strange Justice,” and, with Doyle McManus, of “Landslide: The Unmaking of the President 1984-1988.” In 2009, Mayer was chosen as Princeton University’s Ferris Professor of Journalism. Her numerous honors include the George Polk Prize, the John Chancellor Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Goldsmith Book Prize; the Edward Weintal Prize, the Ridenhour Prize, two Helen Bernstein Book Awards for Excellence in Journalism, the J. Anthony Lukas Prize, the Sidney Hillman Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the James Aronson Award for social justice journalism, the Toner Prize for political reporting, the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, and, most recently, the Frances Perkins Prize for Courage.

Editorial Comment:  Jane Mayer is one of the best investigative reporters working today.  


Future Politics:  Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech
Tuesday, October 16
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes author, speaker, and practicing barrister JAMIE SUSSKIND for a discussion of his new book, Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech.

About Future Politics
Future Politics confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform politics and society? The great political debate of the last century was about how much of our collective life should be determined by the state and what should be left to the market and civil society. In the future, the question will be how far our lives should be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems—and on what terms?

Jamie Susskind argues that rapid and relentless innovation in a range of technologies—from artificial intelligence to virtual reality—will transform the way we live together. Calling for a fundamental change in the way we think about politics, he describes a world in which certain technologies and platforms, and those who control them, come to hold great power over us. Some will gather data about our lives, causing us to avoid conduct perceived as shameful, sinful, or wrong. Others will filter our perception of the world, choosing what we know, shaping what we think, affecting how we feel, and guiding how we act. Still, others will force us to behave in certain ways, like self-driving cars that refuse to drive over the speed limit.

Those who control these technologies—usually big tech firms and the state—will increasingly control us. They will set the limits of our liberty, decreeing what we may do and what is forbidden. Their algorithms will resolve vital questions of social justice, allocating social goods and sorting us into hierarchies of status and esteem. They will decide the future of democracy, causing it to flourish or decay.

A groundbreaking work of political analysis, Future Politics challenges readers to rethink what it means to be free or equal, what it means to have power or property, what it means for a political system to be just or democratic and proposes ways in which we can—and must—regain.


Cambridge Forum: Rebecca Traister discusses Good and Mad:  The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
Tuesday, October 16
7:00 PM
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Cambridge Forums are free and open to the public.
Cambridge Forum welcomes journalist and author REBECCA TRAISTER for a discussion of her book, Good and Mad, a history of feminism and the #Metoo movement. 

About Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies—whom Anne Lamott called “the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country”—comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement. 

In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women’s March, and before the #MeToo movement, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic—but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded women’s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men.

With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here Traister explores women’s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way women’s collective fury has become transformative political fuel—as is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions.

Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister’s latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.


The Wake of The Whale by Russell Fielding
Tuesday, October 16
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-author-russell-fielding-tickets-50026760387

Despite declining stocks worldwide and increasing health risks, artisanal whaling remains a cultural practice tied to nature’s rhythms. The Wake of the Whale presents the art, history, and challenge of whaling in the Caribbean and North Atlantic, based on a decade of award-winning fieldwork.

Sightings of pilot whales in the frigid Nordic waters have drawn residents of the Faroe Islands to their boats and beaches for nearly a thousand years. Down in the tropics, around the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, artisanal whaling is a younger trade, shaped by the legacies of slavery and colonialism but no less important to the local population. Each culture, Russell Fielding shows, has developed a distinct approach to whaling that preserves key traditions while adapting to threats of scarcity, the requirements of regulation, and a growing awareness of the humane treatment of animals.

Yet these strategies struggle to account for the risks of regularly eating meat contaminated with methylmercury and other environmental pollutants introduced from abroad. Fielding considers how these and other factors may change whaling cultures forever, perhaps even bringing an end to this way of life.
A rare mix of scientific and social insight, The Wake of the Whale raises compelling questions about the place of cultural traditions in the contemporary world and the sacrifices we must make for sustainability.

About The Author:  Russell Fielding is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The University of the South. A Fulbright scholar, he has been awarded fellowships from the Nansen Fund, the Faroese Research Council, the University of Montana Global Leadership Initiative, and the American Geographical Society and has been interviewed by National Geographic, PBS, and 18 Degrees North. He served as a consultant on two documentary films, The Archipelago, by Benjamin Huguet, and Faroe Islands: Message from the Sea, by PBS Frontline/World. Since 2005 Fielding has been studying artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and St. Vincent.


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.

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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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