[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - February 17, 2019

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Monday, February 18 - Monday, March 4

February School

Monday, February 18

12:15pm  Strategies of Conflict: Performing Responsibility in the Missile Age
6pm  Engineers Week: The Citizen Engineering Movement
7pm  Spider's Canvas / Arachnodrone
9pm  Healing Voices // Online Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, February 19

10:15am  The Energy Transition in India—Towards Climate Change Mitigation
12pm  WEBINAR: AI for Good 
12pm  Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium: Matto Mildenberger (UCSB)
12pm  The Politics of Health in the Trump Era
12pm  BISG Lunch with Professor Cass Sunstein
12pm  From Me to We: Searching for the Genetic Roots of Sociality
12pm  The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future
12pm  Disability and the Social Implications of Communication Technology
12:30pm  Democracy and Inequality: Learning Through Sound in Tokyo, Boston, and Berlin
3pm  Microrobots as the Future of Tools: Designing Effective Platforms and Collaborative Swarms
4pm  xTalk with Michael Ioffee:  Text Messages and the Future of Digital Education
4:15pm  Book Talk: "The Future is Asian”
5:30pm  Feminist Economics
5:30pm  Elizaveta Osetinskaya: Understanding the Russian Media Landscape
6pm  Free Speech, Open Minds and the Pursuit of Truth
6pm  Conscious Conversation: An Inconvenient Act: How you can be a part of the climate crisis solution
6pm  Reparations for Slavery: The Role of Repentance in Politics
6:30pm  Donna Brazile
6:30pm  Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture: “The Invention of Rivers”
6:30pm  Generation Citizen Bar Night: Beyond the Ballot
7pm  Merchants of Truth:  The Business of News and the Fight for Facts
7pm  FLP Open Meeting: Feed The Resistance with Author, Julia Turshen
7pm  Unpacking White Feminism: Boston

Wednesday, February 20

7:30am  Boston Sustainability Breakfast
10am  Nuclear Waste Management in the Near Long-Term
12pm  'Goodbye Congress, Don't Get Rolled’
12pm  Book Talk: Will China Save the Planet?
12pm  Narrative Events: Slavery, Testimony, and Temporality in the Afro-Atlantic World
12:30pm  Constitutional Crises in Central and Eastern Europe: A Legal Analysis
1pm  Bioethics on the Margins: Vulnerable Populations and Health Outcomes
1:30pm  Symposium on Contemporary Design Practice in Historic Chinese Cities
4pm  El Niño as a Topological Insulator: A Surprising Connection Between Climate, and Quantum, Physics
4pm  Henry L. Pierce Laboratory Seminar Series:  The Science Behind Understanding Attributes That Make a Community Disaster-Resilient
4pm  Algorithms and data structures in the brain
5pm  Civic Arts Series, “Bringing the War Home”: Visual Aftermaths and Domestic Disturbances in the Era of Modern Warfare
5:30pm  Promise and Perils of the Public Humanities Pivot
5:30pm  The Subversive Politics of Sentient Places: Climate Change, Collective Ethics, and Environmental Justice in Northern Peru
5:30pm  Chat & Chowder: Plagues and the Paradox of Progress with Thomas Bollyky
5:30pm  College Freedom Forum in Boston 2019
5:45pm  A Revolutionary Harbor: Boston's Maritime Underground Railroad
6pm  The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes
6pm  MIT Transportation Showcase 2019
6pm  Boston New Technology Business and Workforce Solutions Startup Showcase #BNT98
6pm  Innovation in Digital Health: Swiss and US Perspectives
6:30pm  Bernard-Henri Lévy
7pm  Practical Equality:  Forging Justice in a Divided Nation
7pm  "Lest We Forget: A Doctor’s Experience with Life and Death During the Ebola Outbreak”

Thursday, February 21

8:30am  Intro to Passive House
11:45am  The Purpose and Future of the Corporation
12pm  Pursuing a Career in Global Anti-Corruption
12pm  Patents and Market Concentration:  Measuring the Impact on Global Access to Medicines
12pm  Book Talk -- Playing by the Informal Rules: Why the Chinese Regime Remains Stable despite Rising Protests
12pm  Building Healthier Communities Through Environmental Justice
12:15pm  Islamizing Rebel Governance: Jihadi Insurgencies and Symbolic Power
1pm  Fresh Pond: Vacation Week: Ecology Hike through an Urban Woods
3pm  Climate Change in Boston: Preparing for Impacts
3:30pm  It’s a Fluid Situation: Adaptive Strategies for Feeding and Moving in Marine Environments
3:30pm  Tech News & Tech PR: It's not just tech anymore
4:15pm  Women and the Holy City: Gender and Contested Sacred Space in Jerusalem
6pm  Possible Minds:  Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI
6pm  The Future of the Book and Digital Access
6pm  Design as Protest: Building Power
6pm  Relevance: The Critical Role of Community Voice for Nonprofits
6pm  Sustainable Peace Café
6:30pm  The Lasting Influence of Early Adversity on Children's Brain Development
6:30pm  Water: The Global Crisis and What Must Be Done Now
6:30pm  Mass Incarceration : A Youth Film Screening and Community Conversation
7pm  Grabbing Pussy

Friday, February 22 – Saturday, February 23

Hack for Inclusion
8th Annual Conference on Advancing Human Progress

Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24

Tech for Truth Hackathon

Friday, February 22

9am  Community Engagement Training
9am  NULab: Climate Change/Crisis/Creativity Conference
10am  BU Questrom TechConnect 2019: Disrupt
12pm  Global Change and the Ecology of Vector-Borne Disease
12:15pm  From the Pacific Into the Anthropocene: Japanese-U.S. Research on Floating Structures, the Metabolist Movement, and Rising Sea Levels
6pm  #BUcityplanning Movie Screening: Paris To Pittsburgh
7pm  BetterMIT Innovation Across Disciplines Speaker Series

Saturday, February 23 - Sunday, February 24

BetterMIT Innovation Challenge

Saturday, February 23

8am  2019 Conference on Poverty and Inequality
9am  World IA Day Boston 2019
9:30am  The Every Voice Advocacy Summit
12pm  Identity In Industry 

Sunday, February 24

10am  Biophilia Series: Walking Meditation and Fellowship in the Spirit of Longfellow

Monday, February 25

12pm  Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium: Julien de Wit (MIT)
12pm  Waking Up to the Internet Platform Disaster
12pm  The Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
12pm  Sociology Department Seminar: Down Out and Under Arrest: How Policing Shapes Everyday Life in Urban Poor Communities
12:15pm  American Geomimesis: The Earth's Past and Engineering Environments
5:30pm  Opioid Epidemic & Harm Reduction: Social Work, Public Health & Emergency
Services Approaches
6pm  CDD Forum - Nerding-out Over Design and Social Justice
6:30pm  Social Media 101 - How to Make the Most of Your Digital Presence w/ AIMC
6:30pm  Design for Augmented Intelligence
7pm  The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai

Tuesday, February 26

7:30am  EBC Climate Change Program: The Challenge of Designing Systems for an Uncertain Climate Future
12pm  Speaker Series: James Bennet
12pm  Fighting fake science: Barriers and solutions
12pm  Goodbye California? The New Tech Worker Market
12:30pm  Japan's Antiracism Movements: Gendered Negotiations of Violence and Vulnerability
1pm  Technology, Science, and Frontiers in the Arts
4pm  Coded Computing: A Transformative Framework for Resilient, Secure, and Private Distributed Learning
4:30pm  Focus on Russia: Putinism
6pm  Public Program:  Artist Talk by Olafur Eliasson
6pm  Yemen: The Human Cost of War, a conversation with Abby Maxman, CEO & President of Oxfam America
6pm  MIT Water Night
6:30pm  WHERE DOES THE PATH OF VIRTUE LIE ON ENGINEERING HUMAN GENOMES?:  Faculty Lecture with Professor Louis M. Guenin
6:30pm  Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: David Hartt, “Urban Futures of the Recent Past”
6:30pm  An Introduction to Conscious Language
7pm  The Shape of a Life:  One Mathematician's Search for the Universe's Hidden Geometry


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

A Just Transition to Zero on Climate Change


Monday, February 18 - Monday, March 4

February School

In the month of February, the MIT Program in Art, Culture, Technology will set up a temporary school in the Wiesner Gallery, Student Center (W20). 

Initiated in 2018, February School is an experiment in peer-to-peer learning which aims to intervene and critically reflect on the institutional and pedagogical structures of MIT. The School is a subsystem of education where students and the general public are invited to organize and attend classes, cinema cycles, exhibitions, community discussions, workshops, and construction projects throughout the month. Operating ‘within and against’ the structures and conventions of the Institute, February School explores other ways of learning, sharing, and building knowledge and community.

Schedule and Events:
Instruments of Protest: Speaker Tower
Nicolás Kisic Aguirre (SMACT ’18)
Wiesner Gallery (W20-209)
Pt 2: February 19th, 1-4pm
Pt 3: February 27th, 5-7pm

During the month of February, a series of protests are being held in the Boston area against Raytheon, a major US weapons contractor and war profiteer with strong ties to MIT. Raytheon seeks talent in local universities, sponsors different programs and has strong partnerships with the Institute. Throughout this workshop, participants will research the connection between MIT and Raytheon and collaborate on a sound piece to explore new ways of occupying the sonic space to manifest and strengthen a collective voice.  

Participants will engage with the Speaker Tower, a portable and autonomous instrument of protest developed by artist Nicolás Kisic Aguirre, in a series of workshops culminating in a performance and protest.

Giant Inflatables Workshop
Agnes Cameron and Gary Zhexi Zhang (SMACT ’19)
Wiesner Gallery, (W20-209)
February 23rd | 11am-4:30pm 

Over 2 sessions, we will collaboratively make a giant inflatable! No experience required. First session: intro to sewing and designing inflatables. Second session: make a room sized inflatable/an inflatable room. There will be food. 

An Analog Interface in a Digital World
Kalli Retzepi
Wiesner Gallery (W20-209)
Opening February 18th, 6pm 

Branden Hookway describes the interface as a “form of relation”. As interfaces increasingly work by inserting themselves in our subconscious ways of being, this short photographic exploration probes the nature of our encounters with them by creating a dialogue between digital and analog interfaces, and asks, given our techno-cultural context, what the consequences of these momentary mediations are. 

Kalli Retzepi is a graduate student at the Media Lab. She uses technology, design and images in order to explore the politics of digital interfaces, the narrative of the user and to imagine new metaphors for the Web. 

Traditional Dyeing Workshop
Elizabeth James Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag), weaver
Wiesner Gallery (W20-209)
February 21st, 1-5pm

Participate in this fun hands-on workshop to learn how to dye with natural materials and traditional techniques. Through the process, learn about local plant ecology and textile arts traditions in the Northeast Algonquian Tribal Nations from Wampanoag culture-bearer and master weaver, Elizabeth James Perry. Make a dyed item to take away with you.

Elizabeth James Perry will also be speaking about her work on Wednesday February 20, 2019 7pm in the Bartos Theater.

 Skip Read Open Studio
Billy Foshay
Wiesner Gallery (W20-209)
February 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm

Skip reading is an adaptation of William Borough’s “cut-up method” that allows readers to skip freely around different portions of a text to create new non-linear interpretations. The goal is to surpass the linearity of reading by rearranging words through the readers’ discretion to composite a new text. Participants are encouraged to bring in a text of their choosing they wish to be skip read. This could be writing of their own or of another – a textbook, a poem, a paper, an online review, an email, etc. Each skip read text will require three readers, and therefore 3 electronic copies of the text. The readers will take turns reading a selected portion of the text – the next reader picking up where the previous left off and continuing the cycle until the group feels the composite is complete. The audio will be captured with microphones and recording devices. 

Billy Foshay is an MFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Sultan Sharrief
Wiesner Gallery (W20-209)
February 23rd-24th, 1-6pm

A mixed reality performance piece in which a group comes together, develops a script that fits into an existing VR structure, and puts on an event for their peers. The narrative involves a message that has been sent back from the future and encourages people to come together and join in a compassion dance that is rooted in spiritual traditions from around the world. The event is creative with performance, set design, hair and makeup design, cosplay, live action role playing elements, as well as use of new technology like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in a communal setting. At the end of the experience, there is a curriculum that was developed with the transformative justice project in Detroit where the event partners facilitate discussions with the attendees. The goal is to use creative practice as a means of fostering collaboration across difference and creating safe space for sensitive but in depth dialog about race and class. 

Sultan Sharrief is a trans-media activist, filmmaker, educator and social entrepreneur. His interest lies at the intersection of art, business, and community impact.

Cybernetics Library: The Anti-Canonizer (working title)
Wiesner Gallery (W20-209)
February 25th, Time TBD

The Cybernetics Library, a collective of artists, architects and designers who have created a physical library around the history of cybernetics, as well as organizing events like the Cybernetics Conference in 2018, will be hosting a workshop as part of February School exploring connections between their work and collection and MIT. They will also bring some great books. More details to come!

Gardening Workshop
Laura Knott
Wiesner Gallery (W20-209)
February 27th, 10am-1pm 

It may seem that gardeners are growing tomatoes, or zucchini, or pumpkins, corn and beans. But the best gardeners are growing soil. And, in the meantime, they’re growing communities of bacteria and fungi and, sometimes, of neighbors and friends. This workshop brings together textual references and a little dirt, to think together about food, seeds, and gardening as a generative and regenerative action. 

Laura Knott is an artist, curator, editor and author, specializing in work at the intersection of art and technology. She is also an alumna of the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. 

Ecosystem: The Sentence Versos the Line and the Line Verses the Sentence
Kevin McLellan
Wiesner Gallery (W20-209)
February 27th, 2-4pm

We must consider that each line of poetry is an independent division of information that has the ability to accommodate both separation and wholeness, yet each line also informs or speaks to the abutting lines, thus challenging: the sentence, the sentence’s preoccupations, and the reader’s expectations. In this seminar we will contemplate the sentence and the line; participate in a relevant writing prompt; and then engage in discussion. 

Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), Ornitheology (The Word Works, 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems appear in numerous literary journals including: American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, and Witness. Kevin is a Financial Assistant in MIT’s Program in Art, Culture, and Technology. 

Closing Party
Wiesner Gallery (W20-209)
Thursday February 28th, 8pm

Come celebrate the end of the February School 2019!

Mutual Pictures #6: November Actions
Hosted in collaboration with MIT Radius and MIT KSA
Bartos Theater (E15-070)
March 4th, 6pm

Film screening of excerpts of “November Actions”, a powerful documentary by Ricky Leacock following the protests of MIT students, faculty and staff against the war in Vietnam and MIT’s complicity in that war. Followed by a moderated conversation with a panel to provide focused discussion on three pressing issues/crises facing the MIT community: Ethics of AI and the #techlash movement of tech workers; MIT and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and Local Impact of MIT: Housing and physical operations (sustainability/environmental issues?). We will invite one local expert on each of these issues to serve as panelist.

This event provides not only historical information but also inspiration and a strong sense of “what’s next” amongst the community for actions we can take now (letter signing re: KSA and MIT, lunches to talk about how to work in the tech industry within an ethical framework, how to learn more about MIT’s real estate dynasty and how that is impacting our area of Cambridge).

Editorial Comment:  This is an echo of what the Independent Activities Period at MIT used to be, an experiment in peer-to-peer learning.

Monday, February 18

Strategies of Conflict: Performing Responsibility in the Missile Age
Monday, February 18
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7VGUkAvTU655Dub2FTGSNMjpVs6f8Qbu0kpmXh6oz11MgFw/viewform
Please RSVP via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before. 

Benjamin Tyler Wilson, Harvard, History of Science

STS Circle at Harvard 


Engineers Week: The Citizen Engineering Movement
Monday, February 18
Tufts, Room 253, Robinson Hall, 212 College Avenue, Medford

As part of Tufts' celebration of Engineers Week (February 15-22), the School of Engineering and the Tisch College of Civic Life are pleased to welcome Cathy Leslie, executive director of Engineers Without Borders USA, to deliver a talk on the story of a citizen engineering movement that creates a mission-driven, highly-skilled professional who knows how to combat global poverty.


Spider's Canvas / Arachnodrone
Monday, February 18
MIT Theater Building W97, MIT Theater 345 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 

Spider’s Canvas / Arachnodrone (US Premiere) is an immersive, synesthestic performance/installation that allows audience members to experience ‘life in the web.’

A co-creation of composer and MIT CAST Faculty Director Evan Ziporyn, composer/visual artist Christine Southworth, sound artist Ian Hattwick, spider researcher Isabelle Su, and based closely on a tent-web made by a South American cyrtophora citricola spider, the work is not simply interdisciplinary, but quite literally an interspecies collaboration.

Spider’s Canvas was inspired and commissioned by visual artist Tomas Saraceno, and was premiered in November as part of Saraceno’s acclaimed exhibition at Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

To see excerpts of the Paris performances, please visit http://arachnodrone.com


Healing Voices // Online Screening & Discussion
Monday, February 18
9:00 PM EST
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-voices-online-screening-discussion-tickets-55382906765

As a social action documentary, "HEALING VOICES" has made a meaningful impact in communities around the world with regard to how we think about and talk about mental health.

Join the Producers of "HEALING VOICES" and organizers of "REAWAKEN AUSTRALIA" Monday, February 18th for a free online screening and panel discussion intended to promote the upcoming "REAWAKEN" conference and Digital Eyes Film's next social action documentary "RECOVERING ADDICTION: A PUBLIC HEALTH RESCUE MISSION.”

Registrants will receive a private link to watch "HEALING VOICES" starting at 9:00pm EST, followed by a live panel discussion including questions from the audience. *Please note that this screening begins at 12:30pm February 19th Australian Central Daylight Time.

Tuesday, February 19

The Energy Transition in India—Towards Climate Change Mitigation
Tuesday, February 19
10:15AM TO 12:00PM
Harvard, Rubenstein Building,Room 414 A/B, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge 

Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India
Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi; India
Prof. Johannes Urpelainen, Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
Mr. Ranjit Bharvirkar, Principal and India Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project, Vermont
Moderated by Professor John P. Holdren,  Co-Director,  Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
The seminar will begin with an introduction of the Science, Technology, & Public Policy Program and its focus on India's energy decarbonization and then each speaker will present for 15 minutes. This will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session moderated by Prof. John P. Holdren.

Coffee & Tea will be provided.
Co-sponsored by the Consortium of Energy Policy Research.

Contact Name:  Kaveri Iychettira
kaveri_iychettira at hks.harvard.edu


WEBINAR: AI for Good 
Tuesday, February 19
RSVP at https://www.re-work.co/events/webinar-ai-for-good



Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium: Matto Mildenberger (UCSB)
Tuesday, February 19
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About this Series
The PAOC Colloquium [PAOCC] 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 take place on Monday from 12-1pm in 54-923. Lunch is provided after the seminars 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. Contact the 2018/2019 Coordinators: paoc-colloquium-comm at mit.edu.


The Politics of Health in the Trump Era
Tuesday, February 19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner Conference Room, Wexner Building, Room 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Rachana Pradhan is a health care reporter for POLITICO Pro. Before coming to POLITICO, she spent more than three years at Inside Health Policy focusing on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that, Pradhan worked at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., and spent most of her time covering city government (with the occasional foray into stories on urban chicken-keeping and the closure of neighborhood pools).

Pradhan is a rare local of the Washington, D.C., area and graduated from James Madison University. She was also news editor of JMU’s student newspaper, The Breeze.


BISG Lunch with Professor Cass Sunstein
Tuesday, February 19
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Harvard, Taubman Building, 5th floor, 520 NYE A, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Launched in 2013 and directed by faculty chair Todd Rogers, the Behavioral Insights Group (BIG) brings together Harvard’s outstanding group of decision research scholars, behavioral economists, and other behavioral scientists to focus their energies on improving how decisions are made, both by leaders, and by individuals. The Behavioral Insights Student Group (BISG) is the student arm of the Behavioral Insights Group (BIG). Run by students, for students, BISG brings together students from across Harvard who are interested in the application of behavioral science to policy challenges.


From Me to We: Searching for the Genetic Roots of Sociality
Tuesday, February 19
Harvard, BioLabs Building, Room 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Gene Robinson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

Studies of genes and social behavior, aided by new genomic resources, are coming of age. Here, I highlight three of the insights that have emerged from these studies that shed light on the evolution and mechanisms governing social life: 1) Nature builds diverse social brains from common genetic blocks in insects and vertebrates, including those related to metabolism and transcriptional regulation; 2) Changes in the wiring of gene regulatory networks are involved in the operation and evolution of insect societies; and 3) The social brain is addicted to altruism.


The Smart Enough City:  Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future
Tuesday, February 19
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B (Room 2019, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTu1vpM2URUvwlVYwdQGZiNJujB7t70mCqsiv29L-SEnbPBA/viewform

Ben GreenSHARE TOSmart cities, where technology is used to solve every problem, are hailed as futuristic urban utopias. We are promised that apps, algorithms, and artificial intelligence will relieve congestion, restore democracy, prevent crime, and improve public services. In The Smart Enough City, Ben Green warns against seeing the city only through the lens of technology; taking an exclusively technical view of urban life will lead to cities that appear smart but under the surface are rife with injustice and inequality. He proposes instead that cities strive to be “smart enough”: to embrace technology as a powerful tool when used in conjunction with other forms of social change—but not to value technology as an end in itself.
The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future By Ben Green, MIT Press 2019

This event will be live webcast on https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2019-02-19/smart-enough-city at noon on the event date.


Disability and the Social Implications of Communication Technology
Tuesday, February 19
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
BU, Castle Room, 213 Bay State Road, 4th Floor, BU Hillel House, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-sciences-speaker-series-meryl-alper-tickets-55357757543

While the field of communication increasingly addresses the role of new media in the lives of marginalized populations—spanning race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and diaspora—disability and its relationship with social, cultural, and political life is little understood. Meanwhile, people with disabilities are the largest minoritized group in the U.S.—nearly 20% of the population according to the Census. This exclusion not only masks the multifaceted ways that disability and specific disabilities intersect with other dimensions of difference, but also dislocates disability from important theoretical and conceptual debates. In this talk, I will present an overview of my on-going research on disability, youth, and communication technology in three respects: exploring the shifting nature of learning, voice, and most recently, sociality. My work aims to fundamentally alters how we conceive of the “human” in mediated human communication by incorporating insights learned from and alongside young people with disabilities.


Democracy and Inequality: Learning Through Sound in Tokyo, Boston, and Berlin
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Ian Condry, Professor of Japanese Culture and Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Moderated by Theodore Bestor
Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK  https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming


Microrobots as the Future of Tools: Designing Effective Platforms and Collaborative Swarms
Tuesday, February 19,
MIT, Building 36-462, Allen Room, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Daniel Drew
Abstract: In the near future, swarms of millimeter scale robots will be vital and common tools in industrial, commercial, and personal settings. With applications ranging from distributed chemical sensing to tangible 3D interfaces, providing mobility platforms to low-power sensing and actuation nodes will push us that much closer to the dream of ubiquitous computing. In this talk I will present my efforts to develop a flying microrobot, the “ionocraft”, which uses atmospheric ion thrusters to move completely silently and with no mechanical moving parts. Spanning from development of novel MEMS actuators to incorporation of onboard sensor packages for control, I will discuss system design at the resource-constrained edge of robotics. Even given a working mobility platform, a bevy of interdisciplinary challenges remain to make microrobots useful tools; I will further discuss strategies for enabling future autonomous swarm deployments as well as for studying human-robot interaction outside the context of traditional social robotics.

Bio: Daniel Drew received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley under the supervision of Professor Kris Pister. His research focused on the design and fabrication of centimeter-scale robotic systems and human-computer interaction in the context of novel debugging and development tools. He recently began as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, working with Professor Sean Follmer on human-swarm interaction and swarm platform development. Daniel received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2013 and an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2019.


xTalk with Michael Ioffee:  Text Messages and the Future of Digital Education
Tuesday, February 19
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In early 2018, Babson College and USC worked together to create the first text message course for students trapped in the Yemeni conflict. The resulting initiative, Arist, is now building the first text message university, designed to serve the 2 billion students worldwide without regular internet access.

In this talk, Michael Ioffe, the 19-year-old founder of Arist (and the social entrepreneur behind TILE.org, the world's largest conversation series, and Energy.org, a student-led environmental advocacy organization), explains why text messages are the next frontier in digital education, and how SMS can be a more scientific, relevant, and novel approach to learning for students of all kinds.


Book Talk: "The Future is Asian”
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South (S250, Second Floor), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Sponsored by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute and the Harvard University
Asia Center
SPEAKER(S)  Parag Khanna, Author; Managing Partner of FutureMap
Chair, Professor Tarun Khanna
Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute


Feminist Economics
Tuesday, February 19
5:30 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Boston Seminar Series on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
These papers begin a conversation on the intersection of the study of the women’s liberation movement with the history of capitalism. Danielle Dumaine’s paper “Sisterhood of Debt: Feminist Credit Unions, Community, and Women’s Liberation” examines the role of feminist credit unions in the women’s liberation movement. Julie Enszer’s paper, "'a feminist understanding of economics based on a revolutionary set of values': Feminist Economic Theories and Practices" looks at the feminist organizations that created the feminist economic network.
Danielle L. Dumaine, University of Connecticut
Julie R. Enszer, University of Mississippi
COMMENT: Juliet B. Schor, Boston College

The Boston Seminar Series on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality—cosponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—offers scholars and students an opportunity to discuss new research on any aspect of the history of women and gender in the United States, without chronological limitation.

To RSVP and for more information: e-mail seminars at masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.
Registered participants may access the papers online at the Massachusetts Historical Society website.


Elizaveta Osetinskaya: Understanding the Russian Media Landscape
Tuesday, February 19
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Tufts, Fletcher School, Cabot 702, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elizaveta-osetinskaya-understanding-the-russian-media-landscape-tickets-56222138931

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School for a dinner conversation with Russian journalist Elizaveta Osetinskaya about the Russian media landscape. Dinner will be provided. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite. Please only register if you know you can attend, as spaces are limited.

Elizaveta Osetinskaya graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Lomonosov Moscow State University and received an MBA from the joint program of the Academy of National Economy and Kingston University. She began her career as a correspondent for the economic department of the RosBusinessConsulting information agency. In 1997, she became a columnist for the newspaper Segodnya. In 1999, she began working for the newspaper Vedomosti. Working nearly 12 years for the publication, she was the head of the department of the fuel and energy complex and industry, the deputy editor-in-chief, the editor-in-chief of the publication, and the editor-in-chief of the website vedomosti.ru. In 2011, she took the lead of the Russian version of Forbes magazine. In 2013, she became the chief editor of RBC projects. In 2016, Elizaveta became a scholar of the prestigious international program at Stanford University "Innovations in Journalism." In 2017, Elizaveta launched her own media project for business people The Bell. She also received a scholarship to the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley.


Free Speech, Open Minds and the Pursuit of Truth
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University
Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University.
CONTACT INFO	IOP Forum Office, 617-495-1380
LINK  https://iop.harvard.edu/forum/free-speech-open-minds-and-pursuit-truth


Conscious Conversation: An Inconvenient Act: How you can be a part of the climate crisis solution
Tuesday, February 19
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
ImpactHub, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at http://consciouscapitalismboston.org/event-3140778
Cost:  $5 - $20

The reality about climate change is somewhere in between doomsday scenarios and science denialism. This presentation and group discussion will clear up the uncertainties about climate change today, and outline clear steps that you can take tomorrow to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.  

You'll learn: 
What is the reality behind the climate crisis?
What solutions are at hand to solve the climate crisis?
How can you and your business contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation?

Larry Yu, Thought leadership consultant
Larry Yu is a business writer and consultant specializing in thought leadership. He is Managing Editor of the Milken Institute Review and was formerly Managing Director of Kite Global Advisors, Executive Editor of strategy+business and Global Thought Leadership Fellow for PwC. Larry trained as a speaker with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project in 2017.

About the Conscious Conversations series  Our Conscious Conversations are designed to facilitate peer exchange about a specific aspect of Conscious Capitalism. Each event consists of a short panel discussion, followed by small group discussions to allow participants to share ideas, challenges and solutions. We leave plenty of time to make new connections with other conscious capitalists.

Who we are  Our mission is to connect, educate and inspire leaders and workers to consciously build businesses that positively impact the world. Members of the Boston chapter of Conscious Capitalism are diverse individuals who recognize the power of capitalism to improve the human condition and create enduring value for all stakeholders. We come from organizations large and small, at different stages of our careers, from CEO to student. We’re bound by our common curiosity about these ideas and the desire to create change in organizations and society.


Reparations for Slavery: The Role of Repentance in Politics
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Student-Initiated Event
CONTACT	studentlife at hds.harvard.edu 
DETAILS  United States presidential candidate, spiritual lecturer, and number one New York Times best selling author of A Return to Love will offer a lecture at Harvard Divinity School titled "Reparations for Slavery: The Role of Repentance in Politics" with an opening talk by HDS student Kassi Underwood, MDiv '19.
Tickets are required. Get yours at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/marianne-williamson-at-harvard-divinity-school-tickets-55483686199


Donna Brazile
Tuesday, February 19
6:30 PM
Tufts, ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Intercultural Center, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://tischcollege.tufts.edu/content/donna-brazile

Join Tisch College for a conversation about contemporary politics, and about past and future presidential elections, with Donna Brazile, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee and one of the most astute political strategists in America. A veteran of Democratic politics and campaigns, Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 to 2000, when she was the first African American woman to run a presidential campaign when she served as campaign manager for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential bid. Known for her candor, she is a sought-after political commentator who has appeared on CNN and ABC; she is also a best-selling author of Hacks, which tells the inside story of Democratic Party machinations during the 2016 presidential election. Her recent book which she co-wrote, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, was released last fall.  The recipient of numerous awards including the Congressional Black Caucus’ highest award for political achievement, Brazile moonlights as an actress and has made cameo appearances on CBS’s The Good Wife, Netflix’s House of Cards, and BET’s Being Mary Jane. Follow the conversation live at #BrazileAtTufts.

Sponsored by Tisch College, the Africana Center, the Political Science Department, and the Tufts Democrats.


Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture: “The Invention of Rivers”
Tuesday, February 19
6:30PM TO 8:00PM
Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 42 Quincy Street, Cambridge 

Separating land and water is not just an act of division; it is also an act of creation. It creates land and water from ubiquitous wetness, defining them on either side of a line. It is one of the first acts of design, setting out a ground of habitation with a line that has largely been naturalized in features such as the coastline, the riverbank, and the water’s edge. These features are subjected to artistic representations, scientific inquiry, infrastructural engineering, and landscape design with little awareness of the act that brought them into being. Today, however, with the increasing frequency of flood and, not unrelatedly, sea-level rise attributed to climate change, the line of separation has come into sharp focus with proposals for walls, levees, natural defenses, and land retirement schemes. These responses raise questions on where the line is drawn, but they also raise questions on the separation that this line facilitates. Is this separation found in nature or does nature follow from its assertion? Are there other beginnings to design and consequently, other possible natures and grounds of habitation?

Dilip da Cunha is an architect and planner based in Philadelphia and Bangalore. He is co-director of the Risk and Resilience program at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and Adjunct Professor at the GSAPP, Columbia University. He is author with Anuradha Mathur of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001); Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (2006); Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009); and Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). His new book, The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent, was just published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15913.html). In 2017, da Cunha along with Anuradha Mathur received a Pew Fellowship Grant in recognition of their collaborative work. They are currently working on a multimedia exhibition titled The Ocean of Rain. http://www.mathurdacunha.com


Contact Name:  events at gsd.harvard.edu


Generation Citizen Bar Night: Beyond the Ballot
Tuesday, February 19
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
TripAdvisor, Inc. Boston Office, 226 Causeway Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/generation-citizen-bar-night-beyond-the-ballot-registration-54648412874

Hosted by the Generation Citizen Associate Board of Young Professionals, our annual bar night is focused on going ‘Beyond the Ballot’ and the ways that Greater Boston community members can impact their communities and engineer change beyond voting. We will be hosting three amazing local changemakers who epitomize modern civic engagement for a casual Q/A and networking session. 

Join us at 6:30 on February 19th at the TripAdvisor Boston space for our annual bar night! Come grab a drink, hear about some of the amazing work of your peers, and find out more about how to drive more change in 2019!


Merchants of Truth:  The Business of News and the Fight for Facts
Tuesday, February 19
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome renowned journalist JILL ABRAMSON—Harvard University senior lecturer and former executive editor of the New York Times—for a discussion of her latest book, Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts.

About Merchants of Truth
Merchants of Truth is the groundbreaking and gripping story of the precarious state of the news business told by one of our most eminent journalists.

Jill Abramson follows four companies: The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and VICE Media over a decade of disruption and radical adjustment. The new digital reality nearly kills two venerable newspapers with an aging readership while creating two media behemoths with a ballooning and fickle audience of millennials. We get to know the defenders of the legacy presses as well as the outsized characters who are creating the new speed-driven media competitors. The players include Jeff Bezos and Marty Baron (The Washington Post), Arthur Sulzberger and Dean Baquet (The New York Times), Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), and Shane Smith (VICE) as well as their reporters and anxious readers.

Merchants of Truth raises crucial questions that concern the well-being of our society. We are facing a crisis in trust that threatens the free press. Abramson’s book points us to the future.


FLP Open Meeting: Feed The Resistance with Author, Julia Turshen
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel K050, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Lecture, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S)  Julia Turshen
COST  Free
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feed-the-resistance-with-author-julia-turshen-tickets-55293812281
CONTACT INFO	foodliteracy at harvard.edu
DETAILS  Whether you know her as the first host of Radio Cherry Bombe, the current host of Keep Calm and Cook On, a podcast, or the bestselling author of cookbooks Feed The Resistance, Small Victories or most recently, Now & Again, Julia Turshen brings a breadth of experience to the table that is deeply inspiring. Julia will be joining us via Skype, highlighting her book about advocacy through food, Feed The Resistance, as well as a project she founded called Equity At The Table (EATT): the inclusive digital directory of women and non-binary individuals in food. EATT is inspired by the aphorism that it’s better to “build a longer table, not a higher fence.”


Unpacking White Feminism: Boston
Tuesday, February 19
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unpacking-white-feminism-boston-tickets-52876415783
Cost:  $30

Join Rachel Cargle in Boston for an exclusive presentation of her Unpacking White Feminism lecture. 
This lecture explores the history of feminism through the lens of race. Unpacking the problematic effects that white centered activism has had on the past and present of the feminist movement and our collective mission.
An opportunity for all self-proclaimed feminists to learn, digest and take actions toward a more inclusive feminism.

Wednesday, February 20

Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, February 20
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM EST
Pret a Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-50422433857

Join us every month for Net Impact Boston's informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals for networking, discussion, and moral support. It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good! Feel free to drop by Pret a Manger any time between 7:30 and 8:30 AM.


Nuclear Waste Management in the Near Long-Term
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, 324, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Katlyn Turner
Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom
CONTACT INFO	Jacob Carozza
jacob_carozza at hks.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Nuclear waste is a toxic, radioactive, and long-lasting byproduct to the generation of nuclear energy. It must be disposed of safely and ethically, ensuring that it will be isolated from the biosphere for millennia. Although burying nuclear waste in an underground repository has been extensively researched since the concept was proposed in the 1950s, the safe and ethical disposal of nuclear waste has not been successfully demonstrated anywhere in the world. There are two sets of challenges: 1) the technical difficulties involved in emplacing these radioactive materials underground and ensuring that they will remain there trapped for millennia, and 2) the social barriers arising from communities opposing the burial of nuclear wastes in their vicinity. Most of the technical research conducted thus far has been concerned with the behavior of the waste thousands to millions of years into the future, after it has been permanently emplaced underground. Social science research has largely focused on getting communities to accept repositories. Neither stream has studied the challenges of the near long-term, the period that could last several decades, between the start of construction of a hypothetical repository and its sealing off, when wastes are being transported and placed underground. How the challenges of the near long-term are addressed could affect both public perceptions and the longer term performance of nuclear waste repositories.
Katlyn Turner is a postdoctoral research fellow with the International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom. She earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an MS in Earth & Environmental Sciences from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Stanford University. Her dissertation examined the atomic structures of nuclear materials in extreme pressure environments. Her research interests include how emerging technologies to reprocess spent nuclear fuel affect nuclear security, waste management, and the fuel cycle. She grew up in Granger, Indiana.
LINK  https://www.belfercenter.org/event/nuclear-waste-management-near-long-term


'Goodbye Congress, Don't Get Rolled'
Wednesday, February 20
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Olin Center, Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://tischcollege.tufts.edu/content/goodbye-congress

Join Tisch College for a special screening of “Goodbye Congress, Don’t Get Rolled,” the newly released short film from documentarian Alexandra Pelosi that is a farewell to departing members of congress and a window into the inner workings of the institution itself. Pelosi sits down for a series of insightful, honest, and highly entertaining exit interviews that offer a unique look at congress as it is seen from within its own walls. A short Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.


Book Talk: Will China Save the Planet?
Wednesday, February 20
Harvard, Lewis 214A, HLS, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A Harvard Law School Library Book Talk with Barbara Finamore '80, Senior Attorney and Asia Senior Strategic Director, Natural Resources Defense Council; author of Will China Save the Planet?. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library; Environmental Law Society and East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; and China Project, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Light lunch will be served. 


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


Narrative Events: Slavery, Testimony, and Temporality in the Afro-Atlantic World
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Nicholas Rinehart, Doctoral Candidate, English, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  A Q&A will follow the colloquium
LINK  https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/event/colloquium-nicholas-rinehart


Constitutional Crises in Central and Eastern Europe: A Legal Analysis
Wednesday, February 20
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm (Lunch served at 12:15. Talk begins at 12:45)
BU School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 410 (Redstone Building), Boston
RSVP tgabs at bu.edu

Speakers: Dominika Harasimiuk, PhD (Faculty of Law and Administration, Lazarski University, Warsaw), Vlad Perju, Professor of Law and Director of the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy (Boston College)

Convener: Daniela Caruso, Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair (Boston University School of Law)


Bioethics on the Margins: Vulnerable Populations and Health Outcomes
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Braun Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Women's Studies in Religion Program
CONTACT	617.495.5705
DETAILS  Wylin D. Wilson, 2018-19 WSRP Visiting Associate Professor, will deliver the lecture "'Bioethics on the Margins: Vulnerable Populations and Health Outcomes." Lunch will be served.


Symposium on Contemporary Design Practice in Historic Chinese Cities
Wednesday, February 20
1:30pm to 5:00pm
Northeastern, Curry Student Center, 333, 346 Huntington Avenue, Boston

The symposium will focus on contemporary architectural design works, urban planning, and historical preservation projects in historic cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Ningbo, Xi’an and Kashgar.

More information at https://camd.northeastern.edu/event/symposium-on-contemporary-design-practice-in-historic-chinese-cities/


El Niño as a Topological Insulator: A Surprising Connection Between Climate, and Quantum, Physics
Wednesday, February 20
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915/923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

EAPS Department Lecture Series - Brad Marston, Brown University
Symmetries and topology play central roles in our understanding of physics. Topology, for instance, explains the precise quantization of the Hall effect and the protection of surface states in topological insulators against scattering from disorder or bumps. However discrete symmetries and topology have so far played little role in thinking about the fluid dynamics of oceans and atmospheres. In this talk I show that, as a consequence of the rotation of the Earth that breaks time reversal symmetry, equatorially trapped Kelvin and Yanai waves emerge as topologically protected edge modes. Thus the oceans and atmosphere of Earth naturally share basic physics with topological insulators. As equatorially trapped Kelvin waves in the Pacific ocean are an important component of El Niño Southern Oscillation and other climate processes, these new results demonstrate that topology plays a surprising role in Earth’s climate system. [See Science 358, 1075 (2017).]

About this Series
Weekly talks given by leading thinkers in the areas of geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, atmospheric science, oceanography, climatology, and planetary science. Lectures take place on Wednesdays from 3:45pm in MIT Building 54 room 915, unless otherwise noted.


Henry L. Pierce Laboratory Seminar Series:  The Science Behind Understanding Attributes That Make a Community Disaster-Resilient     
Wednesday, February 20
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 1-131, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Prof. Bruce R. Ellingwood 
Abstract:  Community resilience depends on the performance of the built environment and on supporting social, economic and public institutions which, individually and collectively, are essential for immediate response and long-term recovery within the community following a disaster.  A community’s social needs and objectives (including post-disaster recovery) are not reflected in the codes, standards and other regulatory documents applied to design of individual facilities.  Furthermore, science-based measurement tools to evaluate performance and resilience at community scales, fully integrated supporting databases, and risk-informed decision frameworks to support optimal life-cycle technical and social policies aimed at enhancing community resilience are in a rudimentary state of development.  A new approach is required, one that reflects the complex inter-dependencies among the physical, social and economic systems on which a healthy and vibrant community depends and involves engineering, social sciences, and information sciences. The Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, headquartered at Colorado State University, was established by The National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2015 to advance the measurement science for understanding the factors that make a community resilient, to assess the likely impact of natural hazards on communities, and to develop risk-informed decision strategies that optimize planning for and recovery from disasters.  This presentation summarizes the approach taken by the Center management and research teams to advance the science underlying community resilience assessment and provides an illustration of how physical, social and infrastructure models can be integrated in a risk-informed decision context.

Bio:  Dr. Ellingwood is Co-Director of the NIST-sponsored Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning at Colorado State University.  His teaching, research and professional interests center on the application of methods of probability and statistics to structural engineering.  He is internationally recognized as a leading authority on structural load modeling, reliability and risk analysis of engineered facilities and as the seminal figure in the technical development of probability based codified standards for design of structures.   He has authored more than 400 research papers and reports, is Editor of Structural Safety, and serves on five other editorial boards.  He is recipient of numerous prizes and recognitions, is a Distinguished Member of ASCE and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Algorithms and data structures in the brain
Wednesday, February 20
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
MIT, Building 32-G499, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Saket Navlakha , Salk Institute for Biological Studies 
Abstract: A fundamental challenge in neuroscience is to understand the algorithms that neural circuits have evolved to solve computational problems critical for survival. In this talk, I will describe how the olfactory circuit in the fruit fly brain has evolved simple yet effective algorithms to process and store odors. First, I will describe how fruit flies use a variant of a traditional computer science algorithm (called locality-sensitive hashing) to perform efficient similarity searches. Second, I will describe how this circuit uses a variant of a classic data structure (called a Bloom filter) to perform novelty detection for odors. In both cases, we show that tricks from biology can be translated to improve machine computation, while also raising new hypotheses about neural function. I will conclude by arguing that the search for "algorithms in nature" is not limited to only the brain and could include many other areas of biology, including plant biology.

Bio: Saket Navlakha is an assistant professor in the Integrative Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He received an A.A. from Simon's Rock College in 2002, a B.S. from Cornell University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland College Park in 2010. He was then a post-doc in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University before starting his lab at the Salk Institute in 2014. His lab studies algorithms in nature, i.e., how collections of molecules, cells, and organisms process information and solve computational problems. In 2018, he was named a Pew Biomedical Scholar, and in 2019, he was awarded an NSF CAREER award.

Contact: Mary McDavitt, 617-253-9620, mmcdavit at csail.mit.edu


Civic Arts Series, “Bringing the War Home”: Visual Aftermaths and Domestic Disturbances in the Era of Modern Warfare
Wednesday, February 20
MIT, Building 4-270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

At the close of the First Gulf War, feminist architectural historian Beatriz Colomina wrote that “war today speaks about the difficulty of establishing the limits of domestic space.” That conflict of 1990-91 is most often cited as the first to pull the waging of war fully into the digital age and therefore into a blurring of boundaries of all kinds. Yet, most modern wars have introduced technological innovations that transform social relations and modes of communication and representation. In this paper Caren Kaplan focuses on a period that includes the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and extends into the “War on Terror” through a consideration of Martha Rosler’s photo collage series “House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home” (1967-2004). The technique of collage reinforces the artist’s emphatic effort to bring together seemingly incommensurable elements—images of exquisite domestic interiors, glamorous consumer commodities, and landscapes and bodies damaged by warfare. Literally bringing wars waged by the United States throughout this long durée into the hyper commodified environment of fashion layouts and magazine advertisement, Rosler demonstrates the impossibility of limiting domestic space, an impossibility that challenges representation across genres and practices—televisual, photographic, cinematic, social media, analogue, digital, etc. Such disturbances of “here” and “there,” “now” and “then,” resonate as powerful “aftermaths” of wars visible and invisible, always already underway.

Caren Kaplan is Professor of American Studies at the UC Davis. Her research draws on cultural geography, landscape art, and military history to explore the ways in which undeclared as well as declared wars produce representational practices of atmospheric politics. Recent publications include Aerial Aftermaths: Wartime from Above (Duke 2018) and Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Duke 2017).


Promise and Perils of the Public Humanities Pivot
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Houghton Library, Edison and Newman Room, Quincy Street and Harvard Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Houghton Library, the Mahindra Humanities Center, and he Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
SPEAKER(S)  Mariët Westermann, Executive Vice President, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  humcentr at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  At a time when the humanities appear to be losing prestige — as measured by declining enrollments and skeptical views expressed by public officials, parents, and students — humanists and their institutions are seeking to highlight the worldly utility of the humanities to societies and individuals under the rubric of the Public Humanities. This talk describes some of the most promising current efforts to bring humanities research into wider worlds, and also considers the potential risks that might arise when universities channel their commitment to the humanities in the direction of immediate and evident public value.
LINK  http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/promise-and-perils-public-humanities-pivot


The Subversive Politics of Sentient Places: Climate Change, Collective Ethics, and Environmental Justice in Northern Peru
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT	CSWR, 617.495.4476
DETAILS  Poor mestizos in northern Peru offer a new way to theorize humanism and sentient landscapes that interact with humans in terms of environmental justice, collective ethics, and health. This model transcends the limits of ontological cosmopolitics and political ecology. Mestizos respond to climate change and environmental devastation and challenge the governance of late liberalism by engaging indigenous sentient landscapes as leaders of environmental movements and co-creators of an interethnic world. They attach moral agency to the natural world for social and environmental transformation and open up a new kind of political debate. By defining “community” and “well-being” as humans-in-relationship-to-places-as-persons, poor mestizos resignify “nature” itself as an anchor for social justice.
Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York-Buffalo, has worked with Mapuche shamans in Southern Chile and shamans on the north coast of Peru. She has authored 5 books and over 55 articles. Her most recent books are Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Patagonia (University of Texas Press, 2016) and Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power and Healing Among the Chilean Mapuche (University of Texas Press, 2007). Bacigalupo’s work has been funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Max Planck Institute, the Radcliffe Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, the School of Advanced Research, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, the Divinity school and the Center for World Religions at Harvard University, and the Henry Luce Foundation.


Chat & Chowder: Plagues and the Paradox of Progress with Thomas Bollyky
Wednesday, February 20
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST
McDermott, Will & Emery, 28 State Street, Suite 3400, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chat-chowder-plagues-and-the-paradox-of-progress-with-thomas-bollyky-tickets-54996469922
Cost:  $15 – $25

How are there consequences of improved global health? Thomas Bollyky presents contemporary case studies!
About this Event
Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. The recent decline of pestilence has led to incredible improvements, but it has also created unintended consequences. In Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, Thomas Bollyky interweaves a grand historical narrative about the rise and fall of plagues in human societies with contemporary case studies of the consequences.

Thomas J. Bollyky is director of the Global Health program and senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Mr. Bollyky has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate and has served as a member of committees on strengthening food and drug regulation in developing countries and on the role of science, technology, and innovation in the future of the U.S. Agency for International Development.


College Freedom Forum in Boston 2019
Wednesday, February 20
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/media-pass-college-freedom-forum-in-boston-2019-tickets-55535874295

Join the global movement!
We are excited to welcome you to the College Freedom Forum in Boston, hosted by the Human Rights Foundation in partnership with Harvard University's International Relations Council. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome at this event. Join us for a unique opportunity to learn from world-renowned activists about the state of human rights globally!
The College Freedom Forum (CFF) 

The College Freedom Forum (CFF) is a series of one-day events produced by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) and designed to educate and enlighten students about the state of individual liberty and freedoms around the world. The program brings dissidents and human rights advocates from dictatorships and authoritarian societies to college campuses to share their stories and inspire students to protect freedom at home and advance it abroad.

Featured speakers include nonviolent resistance expert Jamila Raqib,Venezuelan violinist and pro-democracy activist Wuilly Moises Arteaga, Chinese human rights advocate Ti-Anna Wang, and Syrian citizen journalist Abdalaziz Alhamza. Information about additional speakers will be released soon.

We will be collecting flash drive donations to support HRF's Flash Drives for Freedom Program. 

About the Human Rights Foundation (HRF)
Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF's work includes effective campaigns to free political prisoners, world-class events such as the Oslo Freedom Forum and College Freedom Forum, and programs such as 'Flash Drives for Freedom' that directly support human rights defenders at risk, as well as the Oslo Scholars Program that connects activists to students through a summer internship.
Do you have questions about CFF or HRF? Contact college at hrf.org!
About Harvard University's International Relations Council (IRC)
The Harvard International Relations Council (IRC) is one of the oldest and largest student-run organizations at Harvard College. Our mission is simple: promoting awareness of international issues and using the resources available to us to educate ourselves and our peers, at Harvard and around the world. Serving more than 500 members with an annual budget of over $750,000 and assets exceeding $1 million, the IRC forms an integral part of its members’ college experience, with an extensive network of alumni around the world. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and an accredited NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information, and we were first incorporated in Massachusetts in 1974.
Do you have questions about IRC? Go to https://www.harvardirc.org. 


A Revolutionary Harbor: Boston's Maritime Underground Railroad
Wednesday, February 20
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-revolutionary-harbor-bostons-maritime-underground-railroad-tickets-55665548153

Join the National Park Service and Boston Harbor Now in the second of three winter lectures exploring our Revolutionary Harbor.
During the years preceding the American Civil War, Boston served as one of the most important stops on the Underground Railroad. Did you know that many of the fugitives escaping from enslavement came to Boston by stowing away on ships from southern ports? Join NPS Ranger ShawnQuigley as we explore the untold stories of men and women making daring escapes to freedom through Boston Harbor. 

Light refreshments and drinks provided. 

Funded in part by Boston Harbor Now.


The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Amazon Conservation Team and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
SPEAKER(S)  Mark Plotkin, Co-Founder and President of the Amazon Conservation Team
Brian Hettler, GIS and New Technologies Manager of the Amazon Conservation Team
Mark Plotkin is an ethnobotanist and conservationist who has focused on the plants and peoples of the Amazon since the late 1970s. A former student of the renowned ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, Plotkin is well known for his bestselling book, Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice and the Academy Award-nominated IMAX film Amazon. Plotkin is President and a board member of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT). He previously served as a vice president of Conservation International and as U.S. Director of Plant Conservation at the World Wildlife Fund. Previously, he was a research associate in ethnobotanical conservation at the Harvard University Herbaria. He received his education at Harvard, Yale, and Tufts universities.
Brian Hettler is a cartographer with the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) who works with Indigenous communities in South America on participatory mapping initiatives that support Indigenous land rights and rainforest conservation. For the past six years, Brian has been leading ACT’s efforts to map and monitor isolated Indigenous tribes in the Amazon rainforest—and the many threats facing these vulnerable communities—using high-resolution satellite imagery provided by DigitalGlobe. When not in the field, Brian partakes in a range of projects including monitoring forest covering using remote-sensing techniques, designing maps in both static and interactive digital formats, and supporting ACT’s field staff and Indigenous partners in the innovative use of spatial data collection and monitoring tools.
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO	617-496-1027
DETAILS  Richard Evans Schultes — ethnobotanist, taxonomist, writer, photographer, and Harvard professor — is regarded as one of the most important plant explorers of the twentieth century. In 1941, Schultes traveled to the Amazon rainforest on a mission to study how Indigenous peoples used plants for medicinal, ritual, and practical purposes. A new interactive online map, produced by the Amazon Conservation Team, traces the landscapes and cultures that Schultes explored in the Colombian Amazon. Plotkin and Hettler will share this map and discuss the relevance of Schultes’ travels and collections for science, conservation, and education in the twenty-first century.
Lecture. Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.
This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on the HMSC Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.
Link to HMSC Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/harvardmuseumsofscienceandculture/
Link to HMSC Youtube page:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjjvYQF81TLWObF7RqpHIlA
LINK  https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/Amazonian-travels


MIT Transportation Showcase 2019
Wednesday, February 20
6:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Transportation Showcase is the MIT Transportation Club's flagship event, and is widely attended by the students, alumni, faculty, and professionals that make up the MIT transportation community. As the only transportation-specific career fair in the Boston area, the Showcase is a great way to meet representatives from a wide variety of transportation organizations ready to recruit, including public sector transportation agencies, private sector service providers, consultants, software developers, and much more! The event also showcases the transportation research carried out at MIT, strengthening the connections among the MIT transportation community, particularly between industry and academia.


Boston New Technology Business and Workforce Solutions Startup Showcase #BNT98
Wednesday, February 20
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/258278292/
Cost: $15.00 /per person

Join us to:
See 7 innovative and exciting local Business and Workforce Technology - Solution demos, presented by partners and startup founders
Network with attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free professional headshot photo from The Boston Headshot (non-intrusively watermarked)
Enjoy pizza, salad and beverages

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

Please follow @BostonNewTech and support our startups by posting on social media using our #BNT98 hashtag. We'll retweet you!

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

Brought to you by:
Microsoft New England was founded with the recognition that the greater Boston area is home to the world’s leading universities, cutting edge technology and the vibrant investment and emerging growth company community. http://bit.ly/BNTmsftne

From the travel innovators who brought you KAYAK comes Lola.com, a super easy, completely stress-free and fun — yes, fun! — way to manage corporate travel.

DigitalOcean provides the easiest cloud platform to deploy, manage, and scale applications of any size, removing infrastructure friction and providing predictability so developers can spend more time building what they love. Try DigitalOcean for free with a $100 credit: do.co/boston

Cape Ann Development - Enterprise-class software, app and web development for startups! We offer the best value for early-stage companies who are not ready to hire full-time technical staff or need to quickly augment their existing IT staff. Contact Chris Requena at Chris "at" CapeAnnDevelopment.com.

TRBdesign - WordPress Maintenance, Development and Website Marketing from experts! Contact Reiko Beach at reiko "at" trbdesigns.com

Your Profile Video is a full-service video production agency, specializing in content creation strategies and digital marketing. Call or email us today for a free strategy consultation! www.YourProfileVideo.com

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The Yard: Back Bay - Coworking, dedicated desks, and private offices in the Hancock. The Yard offers flexible, month-to-month memberships for entrepreneurs and creatives. High-tech conference rooms, lounges, monthly events and hundreds of amenities. Sign up for a tour and get a FREE week trial: http://bit.ly/BNTyard

Chuck Goldstone | Strategies and Stories - It's about your story. Getting audiences to listen. Like you. Do what you want. www.ChuckGoldstone.com

Climbing The Success Ladder helps you with Goal Setting. Positivity. NLP Coaching. Change. Getting Unstuck. Tom Maloney trains entrepreneurs to be successful! www.ClimbingTheSuccessLadder.com

Products & Presenters:
1. Lola.com - Agile Travel Management is a quick, dynamic and flexible way to create a corporate policy that enables employees to do what's right for the business. Happy employee travel experiences within a policy can be set up in five minutes.
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3 - 7. Sign up to present: http://bit.ly/bntdemo

6:00 to 7:00 - Networking with pizza, salad and beverages served and free headshot photos (non-intrusively watermarked)
7:00 to 7:10 - Welcome & BNT Partner Introductions
7:10 to 8:30 - Business and Workforce Technology Solution Presentations, Q&A
8:30 to 9:00 - More Networking and free headshot photos


Innovation in Digital Health: Swiss and US Perspectives
Wednesday, February 20
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway,  Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.swissnexboston.org/event/innovation-in-digital-health-swiss-and-us-perspectives/

The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) & swissnex Boston invite you to a panel discussion featuring Swiss and American experts from the connected healthcare ecosystem.

What are the key components to innovate in today’s highly competitive digital health industry? CSEM (The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology) & swissnex Boston invite you to a panel discussion featuring Swiss and American experts from the connected healthcare ecosystem to highlight some of the crucial points that will enable the development of tomorrow’s connected solutions.

Switzerland as a leader in medical innovation
Just like the Greater Boston Area, Switzerland hosts some of the most innovative organizations in the field of medical technologies. As a leader of the industry, CSEM is committed to developing solutions that will pave the way for the future of healthcare. Come meet some of the executives and companies using their disruptive algorithms and sensors.

6:00 pm: Doors open
6:30 pm: Welcoming remarks, swissnex Boston
6:35 pm: Lightning talks
CSEM – Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology
Biospectal – optical blood pressure monitoring through ubiquitous connected devices
MyStetho – connected stethoscope for telemedicine
7:10 pm: Panel discussion
Jens Krauss – VP of Systems, CSEM
Eliott Jones – CEO, biospectal
Josie Elias – Program Manager, Brigham Digital Innovation Hub
Cris De Luca – Global Director, Digital Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Moderator: Mary Ann Picard, Director of Operations, M2D2
7:45 pm: Networking reception & demos


Bernard-Henri Lévy
Wednesday, February 20
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, filmmaker and author of more than thirty books including The Genius of Judaism, American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face, and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? His writing has appeared extensively in publications throughout Europe and the United States. His documentaries include Peshmerga, The Battle of Mosul, The Oath of Tobruk, and Bosna! Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplomatic missions for the French government.


Practical Equality:  Forging Justice in a Divided Nation
Wednesday, February 20
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome constitutional law expert and American University professor ROBERT L. TSAI for a discussion of his latest book, Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation. He will be joined in conversation by Harvard Law School professor NOAH FELDMAN.

About Practical Equality
Equality is easy to grasp in theory but often hard to achieve in reality. In this accessible and wide–ranging work, American University law professor Robert L. Tsai offers a stirring account of how legal ideas that aren’t necessarily about equality at all―ensuring fair play, behaving reasonably, avoiding cruelty, and protecting free speech―have often been used to overcome resistance to justice and remain vital today.
Practical Equality is an original and compelling book on the intersection of law and society. Tsai, a leading expert on constitutional law who has written widely in the popular press, traces challenges to equality throughout American history: from the oppression of emancipated slaves after the Civil War to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II to President Trump’s ban on Muslim travelers. He applies lessons from these and other past struggles to such pressing contemporary issues as the rights of sexual minorities and the homeless, racism in the criminal justice system, police brutality, voting restrictions, oppressive measures against migrants, and more.

Deeply researched and well argued, Practical Equality offers a sense of optimism and a guide to pursuing equality for activists, lawyers, public officials, and concerned citizens.


"Lest We Forget: A Doctor’s Experience with Life and Death During the Ebola Outbreak"
Wednesday, February 20
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-doctor-kwan-kew-lai-tickets-54175510410

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.

About the Author
Kwan Kew Lai is an infectious disease specialist. More than a decade ago, after first volunteering in the aftermath of the South Asian tsunami, she left her position as a full-time professor of medicine and now divides her time between practicing clinical medicine and aiding with disaster relief in various parts of the world. Seeing the horrific effects of the Ebola outbreak on the people of West Africa, she felt a moral obligation to be both a participant and a witness of the efforts to stamp out this epidemic.

Thursday, February 21

Intro to Passive House
Thursday, February 21
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EST
Hercules, Floor 17, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-passive-house-tickets-55780727658
Cost:  $30

PassivHaus, Passive House or PH for short: we know you have been hearing about it, if you subscribe to high-performance building. This well-known standard has made its way to the Americas and now is growing roots in Massachusetts. Come connect with the leaders at Passive House Massachusetts and learn the basics of the system.
Passive House comprises a set of design principles used to obtain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency and building comfort. Where did the Passive House standard come from and how has it evolved over the years? In this session, participants will learn the history of Passive House as a building concept and the differences between the national and international standards as well as how they relate to LEED and other building standards. A great opportunity to learn the basics of Passive House and get your questions answered.
Learning Objectives:
Learn the basics of Passive House principles
Introduce yourself to Passive House Massachusetts and how you can learn more in upcoming sessions
Find out how Passive House is being integrated into code in different areas nationally and internationally
Network with other Passive House practitioners and those interested in the practice


The Purpose and Future of the Corporation
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer Building, Fainsod Room (Third Floor), 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at the Harvard Kennedy School.
SPEAKER(S)  Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the University of Oxford.
Moderated by John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, HKS
DETAILS  Lunch will be served. RSVPs are helpful: mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu
LINK  https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/news-events/event-calendar#nextevent


Pursuing a Career in Global Anti-Corruption
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Austin Hall (308), Morgan Courtroom, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Huneke, ’05, Partner, Hughes Hubbard and Reed
Rayhan Asat, LL.M. ’16, Visiting Specialist, Hughes Hubbard and Reed
LINK  http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/eals/events.html


Patents and Market Concentration:  Measuring the Impact on Global Access to Medicines
Thursday, February 21
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room 2009 (Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIZqaxiG4m45_9TIsfwkzCy2FnlKJNZZfTYzLVPft_MxC_MA/viewform

Padmashree Gehl Sampath
Mark Wu
Please join us for an event featuring Padmashree Gehl Sampath, a leading expert on trade policy, innovation policy and economic development, in conversation with Mark Wu, Henry L. Stimson Professor at Harvard Law School.

Despite the vigorous strengthening of the global patent system in recent years, not only in industrialized economies like the USA, but also in the developing world, there have been limited attempts to measure the rise in concentration levels due to the patent system.  This talk provides a first empirical assessment showing that concentration of patents results in market concentration in the pharma sector in the USA and contributes to greater returns for affiliates of U.S. companies in developing country markets of India, China and Brazil. A number of questions for intellectual property policy and competition policy are examined. 

Padmashree Gehl Sampath is a leading expert on trade policy, innovation policy and economic development. She works at the United Nations in Geneva and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark, and is currently a 2018-2019 fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University. She has worked on issues of IP and access to medicines for over two decades, as an academic and in the UN system, serving first as an expert to WHO’s Committee on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Public Health in 2005 and then leading WHO’s work on local production, technology transfer and access to medicines in 2009-2010. She has coordinated large inter-agency projects of the UN on local production and access to medicines, authored several white papers on the topic, as well as been as consultant to various donor UN agencies on the topic of promoting capacity building in African and Asian countries to improve drug pricing, access to medicines and health innovation.  She is the author of five books, several journal publications and book chapters. 

Mark Wu is an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a Director of the Berkman Klein Center. His work focuses on international trade and international intellectual property matters. Prior to joining HLS the faculty in 2010, Mark Wu was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School and a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has served as the Director for Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he led negotiations on the IP chapters of various free trade agreements. In addition, he worked as an engagement manager for McKinsey & Co., as an economist and operations officer for the World Bank in China, and as an economist for the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia.

This event is a brown-bag luncheon and we encourage you to bring lunch to enjoy during event. Please note this event is not being live webcast and we encourage you to attend in person.


Book Talk -- Playing by the Informal Rules: Why the Chinese Regime Remains Stable despite Rising Protests
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, Second Floor, Suite 200N, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Yao Li, China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center, author of "Playing by the Informal Rules: Why the Chinese Regime Remains Stable Despite Rising Protests”
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	info at ash.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Join us and Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies for a discussion with Yao Li, China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center, author of Playing by the Informal Rules: Why the Chinese Regime Remains Stable despite Rising Protests. Elizabeth Plantan, China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center, will serve as a respondent. Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, HKS, will moderate.
Lunch will be served.
LINK  https://ash.harvard.edu/event/book-talk-playing-informal-rules-why-chinese-regime-remains-stable-despite-rising-protests


Building Healthier Communities Through Environmental Justice  
Thursday, February 21
Brown Rudnick, 1 Financial Center, Boston
RSVP at https://www.socialinnovationforum.org/event/building-healthier-communities-through-environmental-justice

Panel: Cassandria Campbell, Co-founder of Fresh Food Generation, Kalila Barnett, Program Officer of Climate Resilience at the Barr Foundation, and Lead Innovator Patricia Spence, Executive Director of The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Inc.
Facilitated by: Greg Watson, Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.
Featured Innovator: The Urban Farming Institute of Boston


Islamizing Rebel Governance: Jihadi Insurgencies and Symbolic Power
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 1 Brattle Square (Room 350), Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Christopher Anzalone, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program
CONTACT INFO  susan_lynch at harvard.edu
DETAILS  Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come, first served basis.
LINK  https://www.belfercenter.org/event/islamizing-rebel-governance-jihadi-insurgencies-and-symbolic-power


Fresh Pond: Vacation Week: Ecology Hike through an Urban Woods
Thursday, February 21
1 to 2:30pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower), 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge 

Ready your winter boots and venture off-trail with Ranger Tim! Take a close look at some of the things that make the woods habitable even in winter and learn about what animals call Cambridge home. Bundle up! Great for families.  Questions: Ranger Tim at tpuopolo at cambridgeMA.gov/ 


Climate Change in Boston: Preparing for Impacts
Thursday, February 21
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex, 805 Columbus Avenue, Room 102, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-change-in-boston-preparing-for-impacts-tickets-55719622892

Coastal cities face unique challenges from the effects of a warming planet. What issues are most likely to impact Boston, and how can our city best prepare itself? In this panel discussion hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, we bring together premier experts from industry and academia to examine our vulnerabilities to climate change and how civil and environmental engineers can help build a more sustainable, resilient Boston.

Moderator: Dr. Matthew Eckelman, Associate Professor, Northeastern University
Panelists: Dr. Auroop Ganguly (Professor, Northeastern University), Dr. Jim Chen (Professor, Northeastern University), Dr. Paul Kirshen (Professor UMass Boston), and Dr. Indrani Ghosh (Technical Leader, Kleinfelder)

About the Panelists
Dr. Matthew J Eckelman is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair For Research at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. He is an affiliated Faculty member with the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Marine and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Yale University in 2009. His research interests include energy efficiency and emissions modeling, life cycle assessment, material and energy use in urban buildings and infrastructure, nanotechnology, and environmental engineering and health.
Dr. Paul Kirshen is a Professor of Climate Adaptation at the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is an expert in water resources, coastal zone management and climate variability and change. Kirshen has worked on several projects for the EPA, US NOAA, US Army Corp of Engineers and the Union of Concerned Scientists studying the impact of climate change on the greater Boston area. He is the Director of the UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab, which assesses the impact of climate change on underserved populations and investigates solutions to these complex issues. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975.
Dr. Indrani Ghosh is the Technical Leader for climate change science at Kleinfelder. She models the impacts of climate change on future flooding and heat to identify risks and evaluate adaptation strategies at the local scale. Dr. Ghosh has published several papers which describe how cities and municipalities can translate the uncertainty of climate change into engineering design criteria. She has worked on several projects predicting flooding impacts in the greater Boston area, including climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation plans, sea level rise modeling for coastal towns, and the Disaster and Infrastructure Resiliency Plan for Boston’s Logan International Airport. She was the recipient of the 2014 Clemens Herschel Award from The Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975.
Dr. Qin Jim Chen is an expert in coastal engineering and science, particularly in the development of state-of-the-art numerical models to address coastal resiliency and sustainability. He leads the Coastal Hydrodynamics Lab out of the Nahant Marine Science Center at Northeastern University, where he is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, interdisciplinary with the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Through grants from the National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey, US Army Corp of Engineers and the Department of Treasury, Chen conducts research into the effects of extreme weather and climate change on coastal regions. Chen received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University, in collaboration with Danish Hydraulic Institute.
Auroop R. Ganguly, Ph.D., is a hydrologist and a civil engineer, and currently a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, USA, where he is the Director of the Sustainability and Data Sciences Laboratory (SDS Lab). He is also Professor by courtesy of multiple NU departments and colleges, specifically, Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences, Marine and Environmental Sciences, Political Science, and Public Policy and Urban Affairs, as well as a Visiting International Professor of Computer Science and Environmental Science at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. He is a member of the United Nations Environmental Program review panel and the lead author of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) section of the Sustained National Climate Assessment of the United States. He is the Chief Specialty Editor for water and built environment of the upcoming Frontiers in Water journal and serves on the editorial board of the journal PLOS ONE and Scientific Reports published by Nature, as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Ganguly received his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from MIT in 2002.


It’s a Fluid Situation: Adaptive Strategies for Feeding and Moving in Marine Environments
Thursday, February 21
Harvard, Room 1080, Biological Labs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge 

Bradford Gemmell, University of South Florida, Tampa

OEB Special Seminar


Tech News & Tech PR: It's not just tech anymore
Thursday, February 21
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
BU, COM- 209, 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Speakers	Dr. Nirit Weiss-Blatt (Visiting Research Fellow at Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California)
What is tech news today? And consequently, what is tech PR? Research by Dr. Weiss-Blatt discovered a major turning-point in both practices. Her previous study examined “Who sets the technological agenda?” by analyzing millions of articles/posts, and deploying time-series and network analyses. Her current research focuses on the role of tech PR due to the accumulating tech scandals. Her talk will summarize the rapid changes in the tech news ecosystem and provide preliminary conclusions, both theoretical and practical.

Contact Name	Susannah Blair
Contact Email	susieb at bu.edu


Women and the Holy City: Gender and Contested Sacred Space in Jerusalem
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wexner Building, Room 434A, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Lihi Ben Shitrit, MEI Research Fellow and Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia
DETAILS  A seminar with Lihi Ben Shitrit, MEI Research Fellow and Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia. Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, HKS and MEI Faculty Chair.
LINK  https://www.belfercenter.org/event/women-and-holy-city-gender-and-contested-sacred-space-jerusalem


Possible Minds:  Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI
Thursday, February 21
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/john_brockman/
Cost:  $6 - $29.75 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes one of the nation’s leading science editors JOHN BROCKMAN—founder of The Edge Foundation, Inc. and editor of Know This, This Idea Must Die, This Explains Everything, and other volumes—for a discussion of his latest book, Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI.

About Possible Minds
"Artificial intelligence is today's story—the story behind all other stories. It is the Second Coming and the Apocalypse at the same time: Good AI versus evil AI."  —John Brockman

More than sixty years ago, mathematician-philosopher Norbert Wiener published a book on the place of machines in society that ended with a warning: "We shall never receive the right answers to our questions unless we ask the right questions . . . The hour is very late, and the choice of good and evil knocks at our door." 

In the wake of advances in unsupervised, self-improving machine learning, a small but influential community of thinkers is considering Wiener's words again. In Possible Minds, John Brockman gathers their disparate visions of where AI might be taking us.

The fruit of the long history of Brockman's profound engagement with the most important scientific minds who have been thinking about AI—from Alison Gopnik and David Deutsch to Frank Wilczek and Stephen Wolfram—Possible Minds is an ideal introduction to the landscape of crucial issues AI presents. The collision between opposing perspectives is salutary and exhilarating; some of these figures, such as computer scientist Stuart Russell, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, and physicist Max Tegmark, are deeply concerned with the threat of AI, including the existential one, while others, notably robotics entrepreneur Rodney Brooks, philosopher Daniel Dennett, and bestselling author Steven Pinker, have a very different view. Serious, searching, and authoritative, Possible Minds lays out the intellectual landscape of one of the most important topics of our time.


The Future of the Book and Digital Access
Thursday, February 21
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-the-book-and-digital-access-tickets-55660310487
RSVP required

The ebook landscape is rapidly changing for both libraries and publishers.  While recently published materials are readily available in ebook form, older books often have no ebook equivalent or digital access.  Book scanning projects have made strides in bringing public domain literature online, but materials published after 1923 are still not widely available due to US copyright restrictions. The Internet Archive has developed a controlled digital lending service that enables libraries to lend a digital version of a non-circulating book stored on their shelves. Through controlled digital lending, libraries can make twentieth century scholarship available that is largely absent from their digital holdings in a way that respects the rights of authors and publishers. Publishers, too, can participate in controlled digital lending; projects between Internet Archive, MIT Press, and other university presses are digitizing backlist and out-of-print books and making them available through controlled digital lending. Facilitated by Boston Public Library’s David Leonard, this panel will bring together leaders from the library and publishing communities to discuss the future of the book and digital access, including Amy Brand from MIT Press, Brewster Kahle from Internet Archive, and Maria McCauley from Cambridge Public Library.

Amy Brand, Director, MIT Press
Amy Brand was named Director of the MIT Press in July 2015. Previously, she served as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America at Digital Science. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communication and then as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef. Brand serves on the Boards of Directors of Creative Commons, Crossref, Duraspace, the Board on Research Data and Information of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and, was a founding member of the ORCID Board. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard College and a PhD in cognitive science from MIT.

Brewster Kahle, Founder & Digital Librarian, Internet Archive
A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 20 petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 400 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

David Leonard, President, Boston Public Library
David Leonard is President of the Boston Public Library, a thriving 170-year-old institution and one of Boston’s great educational, cultural, and civic treasures. David began working at the BPL in 2009, bringing with him a wealth of experience from the technology, management, and consulting fields. Appointed President by the Library’s Board of Trustees and Mayor Martin J. Walsh in June 2016, David’s focus is on developing the BPL as a twenty-first-century institution that provides dynamic library experiences to the residents of Boston, of Massachusetts, and beyond. David’s prior experience spans academia and the nonprofit sector as well as the IT consulting world, with roles in business development, management, and technology consulting. David is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Library Information Science at Simmons College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University College Dublin. He did further graduate work in philosophy at Boston College and was a member of the 2010 Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries, City of Cambridge
Maria McCauley has served as Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge since August 2016 where she oversees seven libraries. She began her library career 18 years ago at the Cambridge Public Library in Circulation and Reference Services. Before returning to Cambridge, Maria served as the Director of Libraries in Santa Monica, Director of Libraries for the City of Somerville, and held several library positions at Northeastern University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from Simmons. She is an American Library Association (ALA) Councilor-At-Large and has recently been elected to ALA’s Executive Board. Her research has been published in College & Research Libraries, Library Management and portal.


Design as Protest: Building Power
Thursday, February 21
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Bryan Lee & Sue Mobley
Design as Protest explores the privilege and power structures that have defined injustice from America's inception. Like all institutions, Design imposes its power through policies, procedures, and practice and is subject to its own inherited biases. We look at the history of the design justice movement and how the theory of practice continually advocates for the dismantling of power ecosystems that use architecture and design to create injustice throughout the built environment. The lasting permanence of our professional decisions requires us to pay particular attention to the residual impact of our work in and to seek Design Justice wherever possible. Architecture has the power to speak to the language of the people it serves, we as designers, are at our best when we are willing to serve the people denied power.

Bryan Lee is an Architect, educator, and Design Justice Advocate. He is the founder/Design Director Colloqate Design in New Orleans LA, a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to expanding community access to design and creating spaces of racial, social and cultural equity.  Architect and Design Justice Advocate. Founder/Director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice. Founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and organized the Design As Protest National day of Action. Bryan has led two award-winning architecture + design programs for high school students and has received multiple national awards and fellowships most recently noted as one of the 2018 Fast Company Most Creative People in Business.

Sue Mobley is Director of Advocacy at Colloqate Design. She comes to Colloqate with over a decade of experience in New Orleans non-profit and policy sectors. Mobley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans in Anthropology and a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. Her primary research interests are in urban studies, public history, and design ethnography with a focus on race, class, and gender. She is the author of Human Rights, Human Wrongs, Observation of Human Rights Law and Norms in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.


Relevance: The Critical Role of Community Voice for Nonprofits
Thursday, February 21
WeWork One Beacon,1 Beacon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://learningbygivingfoundation.org/events/relevance-the-critical-role-of-community-voice-for-nonprofits/

Are you an emerging leader hoping to learn how to make your donations of time, talent, and treasure more impactful?

Please join Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation on Thursday, February 21 for the first event of a four-part series: Relevance: The Critical Role of Community Voice for Nonprofits. We will host an in-depth conversation about the critical influence of the community on nonprofit work.

The four-part series will dive into each attribute of the RISE framework developed by the Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University, which is used by nonprofit leaders as a dashboard for assessing and building their organizational capacity, and by donors seeking to support the work of high-performing organizations. The series is hosted by Learning by Giving's
Emerging Leaders Council .

This event is free but attendees are encouraged to support LxG classes with a donation of $25. Free drinks and food will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

Christina Haines, Volunteer Manager, Silver Lining Mentoring
Mario Hines, Chief Program Officer, InnerCity Weightlifting
Peter Ducharme, Director of Program Services, Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Amy Kingman, Executive Director, Learning by Giving Foundation
Shanna O’Berry, Director of Academic Programs, Learning by Giving Foundation


Sustainable Peace Café
Thursday, February 21
6 – 8:30pm
Harvard, Braun Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80V7MEEEdSOgj1r
Space is limited. RSVP is required.

What forms of nourishment bring you inner peace and comfort? Is there a particular food or drink that brings you closer to the people around you, your home, your community, or your identity?

Join us as we explore these questions, surrounded by food, stories, fireplace, and companions. You are welcome to bring a recipe, sample of a dish, or a story to share.

Sustainable Peace Cafés welcome Harvard students and alumni from across the University and friends and colleagues from the local area to come connect with new companions aspiring to advance sustainable peace.  Together, we will nurture our commitment to the practice of peace; contemplate our visions of peace and how to make peace in our communities substantive, shared, and sustainable; and share insights and practices from our spiritual and cultural traditions and life experiences.

Each session features a new theme and activities, touching upon six dimensions of holistic peace practice to which we attend in the emerging “One Harvard” Sustainable Peace Initiative (SPI):
sharing inspiration and wisdom
self-cultivation and virtue-cultivation
friendship-building and bridge-building
leveraging resources of culture
leveraging resources of institutions and communities
practical projects for shared flourishing

Attendees are encouraged to explore ways to advance the SPI global trend in their own contexts.  A light dinner is served, and informal networking time follows.


The Lasting Influence of Early Adversity on Children's Brain Development
Thursday, February 21
Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Katie A. McLaughlin

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


Water: The Global Crisis and What Must Be Done Now
February 21
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Central Square Library, 45 Pearl Street, Central Square, Cambridge

There is a global water crisis — increasing drought, desertification, floods, migrations, and social justice stressors. This forum will focus on the connection between the unfolding climate catastrophe and the water crisis; outline a global view of the ecological  problems; focus on places that serve as case studies of resource scarcity and conflict; and point toward possible solutions.

Adam Sacks, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
Nancy Murray, Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine
Dorotea Manuela, Color of Water, Encuentro 5
6:30 snacks and socializing
7:00 Panel presentation/slide show 
Sponsored by the Mass. Peace Action Peace and Climate Working Group, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate and the AFSC
For information call 617-354-2169

Mass Incarceration : A Youth Film Screening and Community Conversation
Thursday, February 21
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
100 Warren Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-incarceration-a-youth-film-screening-and-community-conversation-tickets-55406186395

Join us for a youth film screening and community conversation about mass incarceration in the state of Massachusetts. Joining us is the Emancipation Initiative, who will be conducting their "Struggle Sessions"! 
Programming includes:
Two youth produced short films/ documentaries
A panel conversation about mass incarceration
Resources on incarceration in MA, citizen rights and anti-incarceration organizations
*Light Refreshments provided!*
This is a youth centered event but open to all ages! We want to foster inter-generational community conversation.


Grabbing Pussy
Thursday, February 21
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated performance artist and NYU professor KAREN FINLEY for a discussion of her latest book, Grabbing Pussy.

About Grabbing Pussy
Based on her widely praised performance piece Unicorn Gratitude Mystery ("Wickedly funny," as described by The New York Times), Karen Finley’s Grabbing Pussy explores the Shakespearean dynamics that surface when libidos and loyalties clash in the public and private personas of Donald Trump, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, and now Harvey Weinstein.

Standing in the tradition of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, Finley’s words jolt the reader into new insights about the ways the darkly private can drive the public realm in dizzying twists and turns. The aggression of intimacy, the disparity of gender, and the vital importance of hair are all encompassed in Finley’s exhilarating canter.

Friday, February 22 – Saturday, February 23

Hack for Inclusion
Friday, February 22, 11:00 AM – Saturday, February 23, 8:00 PM EST
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack-for-inclusion-tickets-52842264636
Cost:  $20

Hack for Inclusion will bring together some of the best and brightest minds from surrounding communities to build solutions that address some of today's biggest problems related to bias, diversity, and inclusion. This event will bring together both technical and non-technical backgrounds to address 15-20 different challenges related to diversity and inclusion. Key topic areas will range from racial bias, gender bias, and culture bias. 

The event will take place at the MIT Media Lab on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. All meals during the event will be served free of charge. 

Full list of challenges will be sent to participants in January. At that point, participants will be asked to rank challenges by interest for team formation purposes. 

For additional information, please visit: mitbreakingthemold.com, where challenges, speakers, agenda, and sponsors are being updated regularly!

NOTE: $20 ticket fee will be refunded upon attendance.


8th Annual Conference on Advancing Human Progress
Friday, February 22,6:30 PM – Saturday, February 23, 5:00 PM EST
BU, Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-conference-on-advancing-human-progress-tickets-55314218316

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Pardee Graduate Council's 8th Annual Pardee Conference on Advancing Human Progress. The event will be hosted at Boston University on February 22nd and 23rd. We want to invite you to our dinner in honor of Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie who will be speaking on “Choosing Its [African] Own Partners: Navigating “Infantilization” and Agency in a Post-Liberal World.” We hope to see you the next day at the conference as well. 
This is an excellent opportunity to see both Pardee students and students from the greater Northeast present their research and hard work. We will have panels based on the topic area such as public diplomacy, the role of civil society, and the political economy of war.
We kindly ask that you RSVP here by February 18th.
Please contact pardeegc.bu at gmail.com with any questions.

Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24

Tech for Truth Hackathon
Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24
MIT, Building E70, 12th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://innovation.mit.edu/event/tech-for-truth-hackathon/

How will we use technology to find and communicate truth in the 21st century?

Theme areas:
Track 1: Using technology to understand the impact of climate change to enable and support aid and humanitarian efforts
Track 2: Truth in a digital world (i.e. combatting fake news, social media bots, and deep fakes)
Track 3: Ensuring supply chain integrity
Prize:  The winning team in each track will receive Platinum passes to SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, TX with roundtrip airfare and lodging.

Hosted by: MIT Innovation Initiative
Sponsor: Lockheed Martin

Friday, February 22

Community Engagement Training
Friday, February 22
9:00am - 4:00pm
MAPC, Conference Room, 60 Temple Place, Boston
RSVP at https://melkinginstitute.org/events/community-engagement-0
Registration fee: $100 Regular, $50 Student/Americorps/Intern

Instructors:  MAPC Community Engagement Division
Are you kicking off a community planning process and beginning to think about outreach and engagement? Are you feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Have you had little success in engaging more than the usual suspects?

This hands-on interactive training proposes 5 Steps that break down the process of creating a public participation strategy. Learn best practices for thoughtful community engagement including examples of meeting design and engaging ways of getting public participation outside of the traditional public meeting format.

Done right, community engagement builds trust – even when consensus is out of reach. It brings fresh thinking, new voices, and creates a more informed, involved public. It brings people into the process, and brings the process to them. That means new ideas, new participants – and plans with wider support.

This training is for anyone who wants to enhance their outreach practices, including municipal staff and others doing similar work.  It includes a Community Engagement Guide, a Strategy Chart, example activities and more! 

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Our mission is promoting smart growth and regional collaboration. Making sure we are working for the best interests of everyone in the Metro Boston Region is a critical component of MAPC’s mission. Therefore, effective community outreach and civic engagement is at the core of our success!


NULab: Climate Change/Crisis/Creativity Conference
Friday, February 22
9:00am - 5:30pm
Northeastern, Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston 
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHKFzno2u4VwgBwiK-ZAO2vbIwAG_jgQc9x_foRgf5M0bUYw/viewform

Join us for a one-day conference, “Climate Change/Crisis/Creativity,” featuring lightning talks by Northeastern faculty and staff, presentations by artists whose work engages with climate change, a hands-on workshop session, and a keynote lecture by Bethany Wiggin, University of Pennsylvania.

Space is limited and registration is required; please RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHKFzno2u4VwgBwiK-ZAO2vbIwAG_jgQc9x_foRgf5M0bUYw/viewform

This all-day conference will begin with lightning talk presentations by a range of Northeastern faculty and staff whose research relates to climate change:
Daniel Aldrich, Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Joan Fitzgerald, Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Brian Helmuth, Marine and Environmental Sciences
Laura Kuhl, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and International Affairs
Kyla Van Maanen, Global Resilience Institute
Dietmar Offenhuber, Art + Design and Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Jennie Stephens, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy
John Wihbey, Journalism
Sara Wylie, Sociology and Health Science

Following these talks will be a keynote address by Bethany Wiggin, co-founder of the Data Refuge project. After lunch, there will be a hands-on workshop session and then a panel of presentations by artists whose creative works intersects with climate change:
Carolina Aragón, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst
Geoffrey Hudson, Composer, creator of “A Passion for the Planet”
Sarah Kanouse, Art + Design, Northeastern University

9:am: Breakfast and registration
9:15am: Welcome
9:30 to 11:15am: Lightning talks by Northeastern faculty and staff
11:30am to 12:45pm: Keynote: Bethany Wiggin
2:45 to 2pm: Lunch
2 to 3:30pm: Hands-on workshop session
4 to 5:30pm: Artist presentations: Carolina Aragón, Geoffrey Hudson, and Sarah Kanouse


BU Questrom TechConnect 2019: Disrupt
Friday, February 22
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
BU, Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bu-questrom-techconnect-2019-disrupt-tickets-55787588178
Cost:  $25 – $35

Please join us for Questrom’s 5th Annual TechConnect Conference, an event that brings together a diverse audience of students and professionals. This year's conference will highlight the impact that disruptive technologies are having on the business landscape. Featured breakout panels will cover a variety of topics including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Cybersecurity, and Internet of Things (IoT). 
10:00am - 10:30am Registration 
10:30am - 11:15am Opening Keynote 
11:30am - 12:00pm Oracle Drone Product Demo 
12:00pm - 1:30pm Networking Lunch 
1:45pm - 3:00pm Breakout Panels
3:15pm - 4:00pm Closing Keynote 
4:00pm - 5:00pm Networking Reception
Keynote Speakers
Madge M. Meyer -- Former EVP, CIO, and Technology Fellow at State Street Corporation
Paul Krasinski -- CEO and Founder of Epicenter Experience
Participating Companies
CVS Health/Aetna 
Dell EMC 
State Street Corporation
Buoy Health
If purchasing a student ticket please bring a student ID to validate your affiliation with a univeristy.


Global Change and the Ecology of Vector-Borne Disease
Friday, February 22
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Parsons Laboratory, 48-316, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Prof. Erin Mordecai, Biology Department, Stanford University
Global anthropogenic changes in climate, land use, species invasions and extinctions, and population growth and movement are rapidly transforming the Earth's ecosystems and with them, the landscape of human health. Vector-borne diseases spread by mosquitoes and other biting arthropods are particularly prone to responding to global change because transmission depends on climate and habitat and how humans interface with them. In this talk, I present our work on how changing climate and land use affect a range of diseases including malaria, dengue, and Zika, and how humans can respond to that changing risk. Our work shows that understanding vector ecology is critical for predicting changes in disease burden because many responses are nonlinear and complex. By taking a mechanistic approach we show that intermediate temperatures (25-29°C) are optimal for transmission of malaria, dengue, and other pathogens, suggesting that warming climate will shift, rather than expand, the seasonal and geographic burden of disease. At a local scale, climate interacts with land use to determine vector abundance, biting rate, and infection rates in humans. Urban and sub-urban vectors like Aedes spp. do not occur in forests or forest edges, suggesting that intact forest might prevent dengue and Zika spread. By contrast, Amazonian malaria vectors thrive in forest edge habitats, and incidence is highest at edges created by deforestation. Finally, we show evidence that human behavior responds to malaria risk by reducing deforestation in the highest-incidence sites. Better understanding the complex and often nonlinear ecology of vector transmission is critical for predicting how future anthropogenic changes will affect human health—and for mitigating their impacts.


From the Pacific Into the Anthropocene: Japanese-U.S. Research on Floating Structures, the Metabolist Movement, and Rising Sea Levels
WHEN  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, S153, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Asia Center; Co-sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Stefan Huebner, Visiting Scholar (SSRC), Harvard University Asia Center; Research Fellow, National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute
Chair: Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Department of History; Acting Director, 2018-2019, Harvard-Yenching Institute


#BUcityplanning Movie Screening: Paris To Pittsburgh
Friday, February 22
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
BU, College of Arts and Sciences, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, CAS-B36, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bucityplanning-movie-screening-paris-to-pittsburgh-tickets-54954390060

Join the Boston University City Planning and Urban Affairs Program for a screening of Paris to Pittsburgh.
"From coastal cities to America's heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren't waiting on Washington to act." -paristopittsburgh.com
Open to the public. 


BetterMIT Innovation Across Disciplines Speaker Series
Friday, February 22
7:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT, Building W20: Stratton Student Center, La Sala, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come here from great leaders across different fields!

Free Food!!

Chandra Briggman -- Director Venture Cafe
Prof Martin Culpepper -- MIT Project Manus
Dr. Joel Salinas -- Harvard Med School & MGH
Anantha Chandrakasan -- Dean of Engineering
Susan Silbey -- MIT Prof of Anthropology

Saturday, February 23 - Sunday, February 24

BetterMIT Innovation Challenge
Saturday, February 23 - Sunday, February 24
9:00am to 10:00pm
MIT, Building W20: Stratton Student Center, La Sala, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come work on projects to better MIT & the world! Work with great resources & mentors and compete for awesome prizes! Great workshops on the innovation process, designing majors, making change happen!
Food, workshops, prizes!
Register at goo.gl/iC2o51

Saturday, February 23

2019 Conference on Poverty and Inequality
WHEN  Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 79 John F Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Students for the Alleviation of Poverty and Social Inequality
Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Philip Alston, Keynote Speaker
See website for other speakers
COST  $30 - $35.00
TICKET WEB LINK  https://conferenceonpovertyandinequality.org/registration/
CONTACT INFO	Maya Kiel  mkiel at hsph.harvard.edu
Zina Noel  zinanoel at gse.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The Conference on Poverty and Inequality is a student-run conference at the Harvard Kennedy School that focuses on social issues, public policy, and community activism relating to social and economic inequality in the United States. The conference strives to reduce poverty and inequality in the United States by creating a platform to increase dialogue, highlight effective policies, and cultivate a community of current and future practitioners.
This year, the conference will be based on the report on the United States authored by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston. Our sessions are broadly aligned to the sections of the report, and we are excited that Professor Alston will be delivering the Keynote Address.
You can learn more about the Conference and register here: conferenceonpovertyandinequality.org
LINK	 http://conferenceonpovertyandinequality.org


World IA Day Boston 2019
Saturday, February 23
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-ia-day-boston-2019-registration-54130377416
Cost:  $20 – $50

With Richard Saul Wurtman, Moshe Sadie, Abi Jones, Mahima Pushkarna, Heather O’Neill, Alba Villamil, Dan Klyn
World IA Day Boston 2019 is a one-day event celebrating information architecture and this year's global theme, "Design for Difference."

Your registration includes:
An amazing program with a rare opportunity to learn from major design leaders like Richard Saul Wurman, Moshe Safdie, Abi Jones, and more, all in one place. (Visit the WIAD website for speaker bios.)
Morning coffee/tea
Giveaways & raffles
Most importantly, this event relies on community support—your contribution helps provide necessary resources for the success of this non-profit, volunteer-run event.
For information about volunteering or to discuss corporate sponsorship, contact boston at worldiaday.org.
Design for Difference involves designing through conversation. Diverse points of view come together in dialogue, giving us a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. For this year’s World IA Day, we’ve planned a series of conversations and talks with a varied list of speakers, special guests, and you (the audience).
8:00 am – 9:15 am: Registration, Coffee, Networking
9:15 am – 9:30 am:  Opening Remarks
9:30 am – 10:30 am:  A Conversation with Richard Saul Wurman and Moshe Safdie. An on-stage conversation between life-long friends and fellow students of Louis Kahn.
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm:  A Conversation with Richard Saul Wurman and Special Guests (to be announced)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm:  Lightning talks and discussion with Abi Jones, Mahima Pushkarna, Heather O’Neill, Alba Villamil, and Dan Klyn
To help shape the day's conversations, send your questions for our speakers to boston at worldiaday.org or tweet them to @WIADBOS.
Visit the WIAD website for the location, directions, and other details.
This is a rain or shine event. We'll see you on February 23rd!
This year's celebration is hosted by MassArt.


The Every Voice Advocacy Summit
Saturday, February 23
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM EST
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-every-voice-advocacy-summit-registration-53419820120

This summit is an opportunity to bring together activists and students from across Massachusetts working to pass sexual violence reforms.

For far too long, university administrators and lawmakers have failed to implement solutions that create communities free of sexual violence afflicting schools across the country. In Massachusetts — home to over 114 universities and 250,000 students — legislators have a particular duty to take action. The Every Voice Summit is an exciting opportunity to build, galvanize, and mobilize our intercollegiate network of activists and affiliated organizations for passing long-overdue legislation at the statehouse. 

Guided by the Every Voice Coalition mission to fight sexual violence on campuses across Massachusetts, the Summit will be student-centered & action-focused. Attendees will be briefed on the law & legislative priorities, develop advocacy skills to use from campus to Congress, and hear from experienced perspectives in the field. Through both plenary panels and training sessions, students will gain the tools needed for holding institutions accountable.

For more information please visit our website: http://everyvoicema.org/
You can also donate at our GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/supporting-massachusetts-survivors
Or venmo: @Every-voice


Identity In Industry 
Saturday, February 23
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Wentworth Institute of Technology - Center for Engineering, Innovation & Science Commons, 555 Parker Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/identity-in-industry-tickets-55320617456

Gallery Walk | Alumni Panel | Professional Panel | & More 
This event is designed to challenge the minds of individuals, to understand how intersectionality impacts the daily work life of professional and students.

Learning Outcomes: 
Dive deep to strengthen understanding of intersectionality, systemic issues regarding race & ethnicity based on perspective. 
Learning through curiosity, discussion and sticky notes to spark conversations of how to create an inclusive space for all. 
Building strong conversations that seeks diverse perspectives and include the voices of racially diverse people to ensure positive dialogue is protected and sustained in the workplace. 

Increase understanding of the climate of various institutions, racial climate of the united states and the lack of progression with increasing diversity in the tech industry.

Sunday, February 24

Biophilia Series: Walking Meditation and Fellowship in the Spirit of Longfellow
Sunday, February 24
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST
Mt Auburn Cemetary, Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biophilia-series-walking-meditation-and-fellowship-in-the-spirit-of-longfellow-tickets-54923057343

We will enter the environment of Mount Auburn in a contemplative walk from Bigelow Chapel with guided meditation incorporating the Poems of Longfellow.

After a 30 minute walk we return to Bigelow Chapel for hot cocoa, and a brief welcome followed by a 45 minute session of sitting meditation with meditation guidance based on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. All are welcome, regardless of experience or religious background.

Chairs will be provided along with a limited number of meditation cushions. Feel free to bring a cushion if you prefer to sit on the floor.

Rich Snow has been a meditation instructor with Rigpa Fellowship for 26 years, and currently hosts weekly meditation sessions in Waltham. Rich has studied with teachers in the Nyingma and Drikung Kaygu Buddhist traditions as well as the indigenous Bon tradition of Tibet.

Program runs rain or shine, we will adapt to the weather.
Registration required, limited Enrollment

Monday, February 25

Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium: Julien de Wit (MIT)
Monday, February 25
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

About this Series
The PAOC Colloquium [PAOCC] 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 take place on Monday from 12-1pm in 54-923. Lunch is provided after the seminars 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. Contact the 2018/2019 Coordinators: paoc-colloquium-comm at mit.edu.


Waking Up to the Internet Platform Disaster
Monday, February 25
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Harvard, Austin Hall, Austin Hall North Room 100, 1515 Massachusetts AVenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczE_BtlKPPBpzmxkCNa_m0bkSBvYjdRJo20RhxY3c7CSDRqg/viewform

Roger McNamee
Lawrence Lessig
Join us for a conversation with Roger McNamee, author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook and Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School.

Facebook, Google and other internet platforms employ a business model – surveillance capitalism – that is undermining public health, democracy, privacy, and innovation in unprecedented ways. They use persuasive technology to manipulate attention for profit.  They use surveillance to build data sets with the goal of influencing user behavior. The negative externalities of internet platforms are analogous to those of medicine in the early 20th century and chemicals in the mid-20th century, situations that required substantial regulatory intervention. 

This event will be live webcast at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2019-02-25/waking-internet-platform-disaster at noon on event date.


The Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Monday, February 25
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

Jim Stock, Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University
Lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public. 

HKS Energy Policy Seminar


Sociology Department Seminar: Down Out and Under Arrest: How Policing Shapes Everyday Life in Urban Poor Communities
Monday, February 25
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm 
BU, Room 241, 100 Cummington Mall, Boston

Forrest Stuart, Associate Professor of Sociology, Stanford University, will present his work “Down Out and Under Arrest: How Policing Shapes Everyday Life in Urban Poor Communities.”Since the 1990s, American cities have embraced hyper-aggressive policing policies. Drawing on over 7 years of in-depth, ethnographic fieldwork alongside police and residents in Los Angeles’s Skid Row and on Chicago’s South Side, Dr. Forrest Stuart analyzes how the omnipresent threat of harmful police contact reshapes the cultural contexts and patterned behaviors in criminalized neighborhoods. In the hope of reducing such police contact, residents adopt a particular cognitive schema—which he refers to as “cop wisdom”—that transforms the way residents understand and interact with physical environments, peers, and strangers. He traces how cop wisdom leads to new and potentially troubling forms of behavior and social interaction.


American Geomimesis: The Earth's Past and Engineering Environments
Monday, February 25
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7VGUkAvTU655Dub2FTGSNMjpVs6f8Qbu0kpmXh6oz11MgFw/viewform
Please RSVP via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

Daniel Francis Zizzamia, Harvard, Solar Geoengineering, will discuss "."

STS Circle at Harvard


Opioid Epidemic & Harm Reduction: Social Work, Public Health & Emergency
Services Approaches
Monday, February 25
5:30 – 7:00 pm
BU, Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opioid-epidemic-and-harm-reduction-social-work-public-health-and-emergency-services-approaches-tickets-55482136564

This event will feature diverse perspectives of individuals working at the forefront of the opioid epidemic. Panelists will discuss care for people who use opioids (or other substances), and opportunities for prevention, harm reduction, and inter-professional collaboration.

Chief Scott Allen, Chief of Police, East Bridgewater; Member of the PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative) National Advisory Police Council
Caitlin Clark, MSW, Social Worker, Project RESPECT Clinic, Boston Medical Center
Tyshaun Perryman, Recovery Coach, Project RECOVER, Boston Medical Center
Clare Schmidt, MPH, Program Coordinator, AHOPE Needle Exchange, Boston Public Health Commission
Christopher Salas-Wright, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Social Work, moderator

The first half will be focused on panelists’ experiences in the field and the second half will be a moderated panel discussion with Q&A from the


CDD Forum - Nerding-out Over Design and Social Justice
Monday, February 25
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Jason Schupbach, Director of the Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU
Nerding-out Over Design and Social Justice: Insights from a recovering Federal employee who tried to help the designers working to make America better. Come hear an inside view on how the Federal government supports good urban design, and to hear about the people and projects across the country that are building more equitable communities.

Jason Schupbach is the Director of the Design School at Arizona State University. Previous to this position he was Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw all design and creative placemaking grantmaking and partnerships, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA's Federal agency collaborations. Previously, Jason served Governor Patrick of Massachusetts as the Creative Economy Director, tasked with growing creative and tech businesses in the state. He formerly was the Director of ArtistLink, a Ford Foundation funded initiative to stabilize and revitalize communities through the creation of affordable space and innovative environments for creatives. He has also worked for the Mayor of Chicago and New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. He has written extensively on the role of arts and design in making better communities, and his writing has been featured as a Best Idea of the Day by the Aspen Institute.


Social Media 101 - How to Make the Most of Your Digital Presence w/ AIMC
Monday, February 25
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Microsoft Store Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St #27, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-101-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-digital-presence-w-aimc-tickets-54039512637

You hear it all the time from social media and marketing professionals to your own children, that you need to be active daily on all of the social media platforms for your personal brand or business to survive in today's digital world. It can get confusing and overwhelming managing your time on social media and understanding what works and what doesn't. 
The purpose of this presentation is to review the major social media platforms and their purpose as well as some tips/techniques to make the most of your time on the social platforms whether it is for personal growth or to build your business & career.
Jeffrey DeSocio, Owner/Principal of AIMC Business Solutions, will be the guest speaker and will provide a great overview of the "A Social Media 101 - How to Make the Most of Your Digital Presence"
The event will take place on Monday, February 25th from 6:30pm - 8pm at the Microsoft Store in the Prudential Center, Boston.

Our event is a combination of networking and presentation. Here is the agenda:
6:30pm - 6:45pm: Introductions and Networking
6:45pm - 7:30pm: "A Social Media 101 - How to Make the Most of Your Digital Presence"
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Q/A and More Networking
More details to follow.

This event is being run by AIMC Business Solutions. We look forward to meeting you.


Design for Augmented Intelligence
Monday, February 25
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
IDEO Cambridge, 80 Prospect Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-for-augmented-intelligence-tickets-56119818889
Cost:  $17 – $22

Data is shaping how we live and consume digital services today. Design has long been about creating tools that augment human experiences. Now with the development of artificial intelligence, we are faced with new possibilities. How can we use AI to make things better for people?

Join us for a conversation about “augmented intelligence.” IDEO believes that data science and machine learning can help us design intelligent products, services, and systems that improve people’s everyday lives. In order to have a truly positive impact, AI-powered technologies must be grounded in human needs and work to extend and enhance our capabilities, not replace them.


The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai
Monday, February 25
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Elizabeth Flock in conversation with Min Jin Lee
Elizabeth Flock has observed the evolving state of India from inside Mumbai, its largest metropolis. She spent close to a decade getting to know these couples—listening to their stories and living in their homes, where she was privy to countless moments of marital joy, inevitable frustration, dramatic upheaval, and whispered confessions and secrets. The result is a phenomenal feat of reportage that is both an enthralling portrait of a nation in the midst of transition and an unforgettable look at the universal mysteries of love and marriage that connect us all.

Elizabeth Flock is a reporter for PBS NewsHour. She began her career at Forbes India magazine, where she spent two years as a features reporter in Mumbai, and has worked for U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Post. She has also written for major outlets, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Hindustan Times, and The Hindu. She lives in Washington, DC. The Heart Is a Shifting Sea is her first book.

Tuesday, February 26

EBC Climate Change Program: The Challenge of Designing Systems for an Uncertain Climate Future
Tuesday, February 26
Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pierce Atwood LLP, 100 Summer Street, 2nd Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-climate-change-program-the-challenge-of-designing-systems-for-an-uncertain-climate-future/?instance_id=
Cost:  $50 - $185

This EBC Climate Change program explores the design and liability issues associated with designing resilient systems that are able to withstand increased demands due to climate change impacts. Traditionally, design professionals rely on historical data to design systems that have a 50 to 100 year timeframe. Due to the impacts of climate change, historical data may not be the appropriate basis of design for future systems. This EBC program will explore the dilemma that design professionals have in designing systems with uncertain design parameters. It will also explore the potential exposures and liabilities associated with designing for an uncertain future.

Ample time is provided for discussion with program speakers during the moderated panel discussion.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Chair:
Scott Turner, Director of Planning, Nitsch Engineering
Sandy Brock, Chief Engineer, Nitsch Engineering
Barbara Landau, Counsel, Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP
Deanna Moran, Director, Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts
Ellen Watts, President & Co-Founder, Architerra, Inc.


Speaker Series: James Bennet
Tuesday, February 26
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner Conference Room, Wexner Building, Room 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The New York Times, is in charge of the Opinion department. He oversees the editorial board and the Letters and Op-Ed sections. Mr. Bennet became editorial page editor in May 2016. Before this role, Mr. Bennet was the president and editor in chief of The Atlantic. Under Mr. Bennet, who was named editor in 2006, The Atlantic substantially increased its editorial reach and impact while returning to profitability for the first time in recent history. Adweek named Mr. Bennet editor of the year in 2012 and Ad Age did the same in 2009. The Atlantic was honored with the National Magazine Award four times during his tenure, including Magazine of the Year and best website, for TheAtlantic.com.

Before joining The Atlantic, Mr. Bennet worked for The Times for 15 years in several roles, including Detroit bureau chief, White House correspondent and Jerusalem bureau chief. He also served as a staff writer for The Sunday Magazine. Before joining the Times, Mr. Bennet was an editor with The Washington Monthly. He and his wife have two sons.


Fighting fake science: Barriers and solutions
Tuesday, 26 February
12 noon
RSVP at https://view6.workcast.net/register?pak=6681945816224095

Ivan Oransky, M.D., New York University and  Richard Harris, B.Sc.
It is no secret that science has come under increasingly derisive attacks in recent years. There are those who view science as being inconsistent, untrustworthy, and even unethical. The findings by some researchers revealing that many published experiments cannot be easily repeated—prompting the so-called reproducibility crisis—have further fueled this narrative and led to serious concerns about wasteful spending on bioscience research. Recent media reports about the gene-editing experiments performed on human embryos by rogue Chinese scientist He Jiankui have given rise to fears that science operates with lax ethics. On the flip side, scientists face overwhelming pressure to publish and win grants, creating an atmosphere in which ethical and scientific standards are being squeezed to the breaking point. Although science provides enormous value to society, this message is often drowned out by the negative press, a situation made more critical when solid science is depicted as fake and fake science as real.

This webinar attacks the issue of fake science head-on, examining what can be done to combat bad science and how good science can be encouraged and promoted. The expert panel will discuss solutions to counteract fake science and explore how the scientific community can better communicate truth over falsehood.


Goodbye California? The New Tech Worker Market
Tuesday, February 26
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard,  Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B (Room 2019, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Moira Weigel
Yarden Katz
The past several months have seen a wave of worker actions at major tech firms. Tech workers have challenged their company's contracts with the Pentagon, ICE, and other government agencies. They have organized for safe and equitable workplaces, free from sexual harassment and discrimination. They are demanding better wages, benefits, and working conditions for both white and blue collar contractors. My talk will place these actions in context, drawing on several years of research and writing on the movement and my work as an editor of Logic magazine and publisher of the book Tech Against Trump (2017). In addition, I will propose that these actions point to the need for new frameworks for interpreting the culture or world view of the tech industry--frameworks beyond "The Californian Ideology" that has dominated since the 1990s. To this end, I visit several recently proposed alternatives for thinking about "tech work" (e.g. platform capitalism, surveillance capitalism, data colonialism) that members of tech worker organizations themselves have studied and drawn on. 

Join us for a presentation by Moira Weigel, followed by a conversation with recent Berkman Klein Fellow, Yarden Katz.

This event will be live webcast at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2019-02-26/goodbye-california at noon on event date.


Japan's Antiracism Movements: Gendered Negotiations of Violence and Vulnerability
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Vivian Shaw, Postdoctoral Fellow, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
Moderated by Christina Davis, Acting Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK	https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/calendar/upcoming


Technology, Science, and Frontiers in the Arts
Tuesday, February 26
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
MIT, Wong Auditorium, Tang Center, Building E51, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frontiers-in-science-technology-and-the-arts-registration-55030609033

A symposium at MIT exploring the intersection of the frontiers of science and technology with artistic practice.

Co-organized by MIT.nano and the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), this afternoon symposium will examine art forms and expressions enabled by the emergence of new materials and by advances in computing paradigms. The program will showcase artistic collaborations and innovations from across disciplines. The four sessions are:

1. Frontiers: Art and Computing
2. Frontiers: Art and Materials
3. Frontiers: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the Arts
4. Collaborations in Art, Science, and Technology at MIT

Each session will feature lightning talks, panels, and presentations from an interdisciplinary array of MIT faculty, visiting artists, and other researchers, practitioners, and innovators.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.


Coded Computing: A Transformative Framework for Resilient, Secure, and Private Distributed Learning
Tuesday, February 26
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Salman Avestimehr, University of Southern California 
ABSTRACT:  This talk introduces "Coded Computing”, a new framework that brings concepts and tools from information theory and coding into distributed computing to mitigate several performance bottlenecks that arise in large-scale distributed computing and machine learning, such as resiliency to stragglers and bandwidth bottleneck. Furthermore, coded computing can enable (information-theoretically) secure and private learning over untrusted workers that is gaining increasing importance in various application domains. In particular, we present CodedPrivateML for distributed learning, which keeps both the data and the model private while allowing efficient parallelization of training across untrusted distributed workers. We demonstrate that CodedPrivateML can provide an order of magnitude speedup (up to ~30x) over the cryptographic approaches that rely on secure multiparty computing.

BIOGRAPHY;  Salman Avestimehr is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and co-director of Communication Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 and M.S. degree in 2005 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that, he obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2003.  His research interests include information theory and coding, distributed computing, and machine learning. Dr. Avestimehr has received a number of awards, including a Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Young Investigator Program (YIP) award from the U. S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and several best paper awards. He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and a General Co-Chair of the 2020 International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT).


Focus on Russia: Putinism
Tuesday, February 26
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

What is Vladimir Putin up to? Drawing on his new study, Brian Taylor will argue that we can only understand Putin’s Russia if we understand the set of ideas, emotions, and habits that influence how Team Putin views the world.

Each semester the MIT Security Studies Program, together with the MISTI MIT-Russia Program, and the MIT Center for International Studies, presents a speaker series entitled “Focus on Russia,” which considers a number of current issues in Russian domestic and foreign policies. The public is welcome to attend.

About the Speaker:  Brian Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Taylor is the author of three books on Russian politics: The Code of Putinism (Oxford University Press, 2018); State Building in Putin’s Russia: Policing and Coercion after Communism (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Politics and the Russian Army: Civil-Military Relations, 1689-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2003). He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Copies of Taylor's latest book The Code of Putinism will be available for purchase for purchase at the event.


Public Program:  Artist Talk by Olafur Eliasson
Tuesday, February 26
MIT,  Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join us for the dedication of Northwest Passage by Olafur Eliasson. This program is in celebration of one of the newest additions to MIT’s Public Art Collection. Olafur Eliasson works through multiple mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installation. This piece is a site-specific work for the ceiling of the breezeway of Building 12, MIT.nano.

Please note: this event is SOLD OUT. Additional tickets will be made available 2 weeks before the event. Please stay tuned for more information.

About MIT’s Percent-for-Art Program
The MIT List Visual Arts Center maintains one of the most active Percent-for-Art programs in the country.  Over the years MIT’s campus public art collection has continued to grow with new commissions by important and critically acclaimed contemporary artists.

All programs are free and open to the general public.
Please note RSVPs are required. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sold-out-artist-talk-olafur-eliasson-tickets-53700194728 


Yemen: The Human Cost of War, a conversation with Abby Maxman, CEO & President of Oxfam America
Tuesday, February 26
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Northeastern, Renaissance_Park, 909, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Abby Maxman is the president and CEO Oxfam America, a global non-profit dedicated to ending the injustice of poverty. Abby brings more than twenty five years of experience in international humanitarian relief and development to her role. In this talk, she will discuss her recent trip to Yemen and the ongoing humanitarian crisis there.


MIT Water Night
Tuesday, February 26
6:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building 50: Walker Memorial, 50-140, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Come join the MIT Water Club for its annual Water Night, a family-friendly event to celebrate water on the evening of Feburary 26 with research posters, art exhibits, interactive demos, and more. Researchers at MIT, local universities and industries will present their water-related work. In addition to a research showcase, we will feature artistic and experimental displays, as well as company and NGO tables! Open to everybody -- attendance is FREE and food will be provided. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to interact with the local water community!

Call for Presenters: Are you working on a great water-related topic? Do you have an experiment that you'd like to show the world? Do you have cool artistic items - pictures, paintings, displays, etc - related to water? Are you a company or organization working in the water space? Then hesitate no more and come present at the MIT Water Night by filling out the form on ourwebsite! Over $1000 in prizes available to the top presenters.

Volunteering Opportunities are available with the MIT Water Night organizing team. If you are interested in artistic and scientific content development, or gaining experience in PR, fundraising, or event organizing, please send an email to water-night at mit.edu expressing your interests and our team will get in contact with you.


WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
SPEAKER(S)  Professor Louis M. Guenin
COST  Complimentary with registration
CONTACT INFO  To register, contact Matt Hegarty at mghegarty at post.harvard.edu
Advances in molecular biology have yielded efficient laboratory maneuvers by which to select components of a human genome. Philosopher Louis M. Guenin, Lecturer on Ethics in Science in the Department of Microbiology, Harvard Medical School, who works in moral philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophy of science, will discuss how fundamental moral reasoning may be brought to bear on whether and how it is virtuous to practice human genetic engineering.

Concerning a related controversial practice, embryonic stem cell research, his book The Morality of Embryo Use (Cambridge University Press), named Outstanding Academic Title for 2009, presents a justification, constructed within an overlapping moral consensus, for the use of donated embryos in service of humanitarian ends. He has served as a consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services on research ethics and as co-chair of the Ethics Committee, International Society for Stem Cell Research. In other writings he has discussed issues in distributive justice, the patentability of human life forms, and the theory of social choice.

On the one hand, genetic engineering poses the prospect of curing and preventing diseases of known genetic origin. On the other hand, such interventions pose the risk of errors. We shall hear how these prospects, joined with concerns of propriety even if risk can be minimized, pose a challenging question for collective resolution.


Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: David Hartt, “Urban Futures of the Recent Past”
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Conferences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  David Hartt
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/david-hartt-urban-futures-of-the-recent-past/
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu.
DETAILS  This talk borrows the sub-title from Reyner Banham’s seminal book Megastructure, published in 1976.  As a reference, Banham’s text critiques the failure of translating the energy and optimism of 60’s era civic projects into lasting institutions; thus creating fertile conditions for the seeds of our own post-ideological crisis to germinate in the capitalist restructuration of the mid 70’s.  Hartt will focus on the relationship between the speculative and documentary aspects of his practice and, in particular, works that continue this narrative forward into our own age of fiction.
David Hartt (b. 1967, Montréal) lives and works in Philadelphia where he is an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His work explores how historic ideas and ideals persist or transform over time.
LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/david-hartt-urban-futures-of-the-recent-past/


An Introduction to Conscious Language
Tuesday, February 26
6:30 pm
Impact Hub Boston, Edison Room, 15th floor, 50 Milk Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-introduction-to-conscious-language-tickets-55291704978

This February, EFA Boston will be having Jill Campbell come talk about conscious language.
Often without our realizing it, our word choices can make the difference between presenting a biased, potentially stigmatizing message and a respectful, inclusive one. This talk will cover some language categories in which unconscious bias is common and suggest alternatives to problematic terms so that we can all ensure we are being mindful of a variety of readers’ perspectives.
Jill Campbell is the senior copy editor at America's Test Kitchen, where she has edited the nationally distributed magazines Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country as well as the recent New York Times best seller The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs. She has earned editing certificates from the University of Chicago and Emerson College and has been a member of ACES: The Society for Editing since 2014. She tweets about editing, mental health, and the frustrations of the MBTA @jillysull and Instagrams too many cat photos @jillybeansoup (just kidding—there's no such thing as too many cat photos).

The entrance to the building is on Devonshire Street. Please check in at the desk with a photo ID.


The Shape of a Life:  One Mathematician's Search for the Universe's Hidden Geometry
Tuesday, February 26
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned mathematician and Harvard professor SHING-TUNG YAU and science writer STEVE NADIS—contributing editor to Astronomy and Discover magazines—for a discussion of their new book, The Shape of a Life: One Mathematician's Search for the Universe's Hidden Geometry.

About The Shape of a Life
Harvard geometer and Fields medalist Shing-Tung Yau has provided a mathematical foundation for string theory, offered new insights into black holes, and mathematically demonstrated the stability of our universe. In this autobiography, Yau reflects on his improbable journey to becoming one of the world’s most distinguished mathematicians. Beginning with an impoverished childhood in China and Hong Kong, Yau takes readers through his doctoral studies at Berkeley during the height of the Vietnam War protests, his Fields Medal–winning proof of the Calabi conjecture, his return to China, and his pioneering work in geometric analysis. This new branch of geometry, which Yau built up with his friends and colleagues, has paved the way for solutions to several important and previously intransigent problems. With complicated ideas explained for a broad audience, this book offers readers not only insights into the life of an eminent mathematician, but also an accessible way to understand advanced and highly abstract concepts in mathematics and theoretical physics.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 27

Spies and Lies: Covert Action in World Politics
Wednesday, February 27
all day
BU, 121 Bay State Road, Boston


Telemedicine: Promise vs. Reality
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 12 – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School Webinar
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Medical School Executive Education
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy and Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Hospitalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
TICKET WEB LINK  https://executiveeducation.hms.harvard.edu/webinar-series/telemedicine-promise-vs-reality
DETAILS  There’s a widespread interest in telemedicine, which has the potential to transform health care by facilitating an effective long-distance encounter between a physician and a patient using technology. Despite much excitement about telemedicine’s potential, payers and providers are struggling to identify the best ways to implement it: How and where should this approach be applied to maximize quality, health outcomes, and access to care while controlling spending? People often think those who will benefit most from telemedicine are those in rural and underserved communities, but is this assumption correct?
This webinar will focus on both the potential of telemedicine and the pitfalls. How can quality of care be achieved, where and how telemedicine could be problematic and what this all means for health care costs and telemedicine’s real-world applicability.
LINK	https://executiveeducation.hms.harvard.edu/webinar-series/telemedicine-promise-vs-reality


Simulating midlatitude circulation changes: what might we gain from high resolution modelling of air-sea interactions?
Wednesday, February 27
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Sack Lunch Seminar (SLS) Series: Arnaud Czaja (Imperial College London)
An important strategic question for climate modelling centres worldwide is to decide whether or not to invest in costly high resolution coupled (ocean+atmosphere) modelling. It is indeed not clear at present that this would systematically improve the representation of climate phenomena (see for example the persistent issues with blocking over Northern Europe) and it is also in conflict with the need to increase statistical confidence via an increase in the size of the ensemble used for predictions. Nevertheless, missing physics owing to poor resolution of air-sea interactions over the midlatitude oceans is emerging as a possible candidate to explain recent exciting discoveries: that variations in the Jet Stream path are more predictable in nature than in models (Dunstone et. al., 2016); and that models systematically underestimate the multi-decadal variability of weather patterns in the Atlantic sector (Simpson et al., 2018). In this talk I will critically review the progresses made on the impact of midlatitude SST anomalies on the Jet Stream – storm track system since the review published in 2002 by Kushnir et al., with an emphasis on the North Atlantic sector. I will highlight the development of parameterizations of midlatitudes air-sea interactions on scales of ~10km as a most needed and exciting new area of research for climate modelling.

About this Series
The Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Sack Lunch Seminar Series is an informal seminar series within PAOC that focuses on more specialized topics than the PAOC Colloquium. Seminar topics include all research concerning the science of atmosphere, ocean and climate. The seminars usually take place on Wednesdays from 12-1pm in 54-915. The presentations are either given by an invited speaker or by a member of PAOC and can focus on new research or discussion of a paper of particular interest.


Some Welfare Economics of the Termination Problem in Climate Engineering
Wednesday, February 27
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Timo Goeschl, Heidelberg University

Lunch provided

Solar Geoengineering Research Seminar


Simulating midlatitude circulation changes: what might we gain from high resolution modelling of air-sea interactions? 
Wednesday, February 27
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Sack Lunch Seminar (SLS) Series: Arnaud Czaja (Imperial College London)
An important strategic question for climate modelling centres worldwide is to decide whether or not to invest in costly high resolution coupled (ocean+atmosphere) modelling. It is indeed not clear at present that this would systematically improve the representation of climate phenomena (see for example the persistent issues with blocking over Northern Europe) and it is also in conflict with the need to increase statistical confidence via an increase in the size of the ensemble used for predictions. Nevertheless, missing physics owing to poor resolution of air-sea interactions over the midlatitude oceans is emerging as a possible candidate to explain recent exciting discoveries: that variations in the Jet Stream path are more predictable in nature than in models (Dunstone et. al., 2016); and that models systematically underestimate the multi-decadal variability of weather patterns in the Atlantic sector (Simpson et al., 2018). In this talk I will critically review the progresses made on the impact of midlatitude SST anomalies on the Jet Stream – storm track system since the review published in 2002 by Kushnir et al., with an emphasis on the North Atlantic sector. I will highlight the development of parameterizations of midlatitudes air-sea interactions on scales of ~10km as a most needed and exciting new area of research for climate modelling.


Triadic Coercion: Israel's Targeting of States that Host Nonstate Actors
Wednesday, February 27
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496 (Pye Room), 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Boaz Atzili (American University)
"Triadic coercion," is a situation in which one state targets another state for allowing or assisting violent nonstate actors operating from its territory. The talk will explore both the conditions under which such triadic coercion might be successful, and the reason why some states, and Israel in particular, adopt a triadic coercion strategy even when it is unlikely to succeed. This talk is based on a recently published book co-authored with Wendy Pearlman.

Dr. Boaz Aztili is an Associate Professor and the Director of Doctoral Studies at the School of International Service of American University in Washington DC. He holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT and a BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His research focuses on territorial conflicts and peace, the politics of borders, and deterrence and coercion, with a Middle East focus. He has published three books, Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict (University of Chicago Press, 2012), Territorial Designs and World Politics: Inside-out and Outside-in (Routledge, 2017, edited with Burak Kadercan), and Triadic Coercion: Israel's Targeting of States that Host Non-State Actors (Columbia University Press, 2018, with Wendy Pearlman). Dr. Atzili has published articles in journals such as International Security, Security Studies, International Studies Review, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Territories, Politics, Governance. His work has won the American Political Science Association's Kenneth N. Waltz prize for the best 2006 dissertation in the area of security studies, the Edgar S. Furniss 2014 Award for the best first book in international security, and the A. Leroy Bennett Award for the best paper presented at IS Northeast, 2015.


A Safe Way to School? Black Caribbean Youth Negotiating Police Surveillance in London and New York City
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Derron Wallace, Assistant Professor, Education and Sociology, Brandeis University
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  A Q&A will follow the colloquium
LINK  https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/event/colloquium-derron-wallace


RPP Special Event: The Role of Reconciliation, Memory, and Theology in Shaping the Public Stage
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard,, Braun Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Religions and the Practice of Peace (RPP) and Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
DETAILS	  Space is limited. RSVP is required at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9HbQfSQ1YWspBsN
Much has been written about the Northern Ireland peace process, particularly on securing the peace.  However, as Senator George Mitchell commented in relation to the Good Friday agreement, “If you think getting this agreement was difficult, implementing it will be even more difficult.”  Twenty-one years after the signing of the Good Friday agreement, those have proven to be prophetic words.  Dr. Mason will explore what reconciliation looks like in a contested space, the power of memory and story in keeping the pain of the past alive, and how theology can move into that contested narrative in a way that brings about dialogue, honesty, and healing.  He will also address the current Brexit situation, exploring how Brexit has been a very difficult experience for these two islands.
Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, director of Rethinking Conflict; senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland; Adjunct Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University; faculty advisor and partner to the Negotiation Strategies Institute, a Harvard University program on negotiation
Moderator and Discussant
David N. Hempton, Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason is a Methodist minister and directs a conflict transformation organisation based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict." Prior to this he spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy person in parish ministry in Belfast and has played an integral role in the Northern Irish peace process. He played a key role in establishing the Skainos project which is a world class urban centre developed in a post conflict society as a model of coexistence and shared space; it is acknowledged as the largest faith-based redevelopment project in Western Europe. Mason is a close advisor to Protestant ex-combatants on the civilianisation efforts of paramilitaries. He was instrumental in facilitating negotiations with paramilitaries and government officials, and in 2007 his contribution was formally recognised by the Queen. In 2009, Mason’s church was the stage from which Loyalist paramilitaries announced their weapons decommissioning. Mason has lectured in political and academic forums throughout Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the USA on lessons from the Irish peace process. He has been interviewed on CNN, BBC, ITV and various radio programs. He holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Ulster, completed his theological studies at Queens University, and a Bachelor’s in business studies from the University of Ulster. Gary also holds an honorary doctorate from Florida Southern College for his role in peace building in Ireland. 
Gary is a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta lecturing on reconciliation, peace building, the history of the Northern Ireland conflict, racism, sectarianism and conflict transformation. Gary is a faculty advisor and partner to the Negotiation Strategies Institute, a Harvard University program on negotiation.
Recommended Readings
Brewer, John D., Gareth I. Higgins, and Francis Teeney. Religion, Civil Society, and Peace in Northern Ireland. Oxford University Press, 2014.
English, Richard. Does Terrorism Work? A History. Oxford University Press, 2016.
McKittrick, David, and David McVea. Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict. Viking, 2012.
Moloney, Ed. Voices from the Grave: Two Men’s War in Ireland. PublicAffairs, 2010.
Rowan, Brian. Unfinished Peace: Thoughts on Northern Ireland’s Unanswered Past. Colourpoint, 2016.
Further Readings
Barlow, Kari C. “We must disagree well.” The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church, 2018. https://www.flumc.org/newsdetail/we-must-disagree-well-11441761.
Belfast: Faith in the City. Veritas Books, 2001. 
Berti, Bernadetta, Ariel Heifetz Knobel, and Gary Mason. “The Role of Intra-Group Consensus-Building in Disarming Militant Groups in Northern Ireland.” Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis, 2 (1). pp. 232-241, 2015. https://www.mediate.com//articles/intragroupconsensusireland.cfm.
Bourke, Richard. Peace in Ireland: The War of Ideas. Random House UK, 2003.
Brewer, John D., David Mitchell, and Gerard Leavey. Ex-Combatants, Religion, and Peace in Northern Ireland: The Role of Religion in Transitional Justice. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Elliott, Marianne. When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Irish History. Oxford University Press, 2009.
English, Richard. Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA. Oxford University Press, 2004.
“Faith & Society: Lessons from Northern Ireland.” Audio blog post. Three Wise Guys. 2017. http://twgradio.com/podcast/s10e17-dr-mason-n-ireland-42517/.
Henderson, Michael. Forgiveness: Breaking the Chain of Hate. Kumarian Press, 2002.
Hoge, Warren. “In Northern Ireland and Beyond, Peace Takes Time: Q&A with Gary Mason.” International Peace Institute, 2015. https://theglobalobservatory.org/2015/04/northern-ireland-peace-process-belfast/.
Jones, L Gregory. Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis. Eerdmans, 1995.
Lederach, John Paul. The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace. Oxford University Press, 2010.
Leichty, Joseph and Cecelia Clegg. Moving Beyond Sectarianism: Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Columbia Press, 2001.
Marshall, Ellen Ott. Conflict Transformation and Religion: Essays on Faith, Power, and Relationship. Palgrave Macmillian, 2016.
Martin, Ralph P. Reconciliation. Wipf and Stock, 1997.
Powell, Jonathan. Great Hatred, Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland. Vintage Books USA, 2009.
Rieff, David. In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies. Yale University Press, 2017.
Taylor, Peter. Brits: The War Against the IRA. Bloomsbury Pub Ltd, 2002.
Taylor, Peter. Loyalists. Bloomsbury Pub Ltd, 1999.
Taylor, Peter. Provos: The IRA & Sinn Fein. Bloomsbury UK, 1998.
With generous support from the Rev. Karen Vickers Budney, MDiv ’91, and Mr. Albert J. Budney, Jr., MBA ’74, as well as the Once Here Foundation.


Cultures of Science Seminar: “Earthrise: Nature vs. Planet in the Nineteenth Century”
Wednesday, February 27
2:00PM TO 4:00PM
BU, Room 200, College of Arts and Sciences Building, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Boston University hosts Laura Dassow Walls, author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life (Chicago, 2017) and Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (Chicago 2009). She is the 2019 Silas Peirce Lecturer at Boston University and will lead this seminar on the rise of nineteenth-century earth sciences and the changing concepts of nature.

We will read Alexander von Humboldt’s chapter “Concerning the Steppes and Deserts” from his Views of Nature; the essay is 13 pages long and the notes 73 pages, so feel free to dip into the notes (more like nested essays) as you wish. We will also read a recent essay by Laura Walls et al, “Introduction: Reclaiming Consilience” from their edition of Humboldt’s Views of Nature.


Contact Name:  Adriana Craciun
acraciun at bu.edu


The Built Environment: State Presence at Border Crossings in the Modern World
Wednesday, February 27
4:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Lecture by Beth A. Simmons RI '19
Beth Simmons is working on a project that attempts to document and explain the paradox of hardening international borders between states in an era of globalization. She uses satellite imagery to document evidence of state presence at international border crossings and the location in time and space of border walls and fences round the world. Her goal is to write a book probing the politics, economics, and social anxieties behind international border “thickening.”

Free and open to the public.


Does Solving Energy Poverty Help Solve Poverty? Perspectives from Kenya and Ghana
Wednesday, February 27
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Tufts, Cabot 702, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford
Reception to follow

Catherine Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She is also Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas and of The E2e Project, a research organization focused on energy efficiency. She is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliated faculty member in the Agriculture and Resource Economics department and the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley. 

Wolfram has published extensively on the economics of energy markets. She has studied the electricity industry around the world and has analyzed the effects of environmental regulation, including climate change mitigation policies, on the energy sector. She is currently implementing several randomized controlled trials to evaluate energy programs in the U.S., Kenya and India.


The American City: Promoting Inclusion or Sowing Division?
Wednesday, February 27
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
BU, Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/research/the-american-city-promoting-inclusion-or-sowing-division-rsvp/

Hosted by Graham Wilson, Professor, Political Science, and Director, Initiative on Cities; and Katharine Lusk, Executive Director, Initiative on Cities.U.S. cities are places of tremendous diversity that can provide paths to prosperity, promote inclusion and improve well-being. Yet cities must also confront a countervailing narrative as they continue to struggle with discrimination, segregation, addiction and violence. The American City brings together scholars from across Boston University devoted to the study of urban populations, policies and leadership. They will share their latest comparative research on the benefits and consequences of housing, health, public safety, education and inclusion policies and priorities.


Decompositions and Policy Consequences of an Extraordinary Decline in Air Pollution from Electricity Generation
Wednesday, February 27
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Stephen Holland, University of North Carolina; Erin Mansur, Dartmouth College; Nicholas Muller, Carnegie Mellon University; and Andrew Yates, University of North Carolina

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

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


ACTUALITY AND REALITY IN THE AR/VR WORLD: Perspective from a Zen Buddhist Priest
Wednesday, February 27
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Rev. Takafumi Zenryu Kawakami travels the world giving talks about the zen & mindfulness, and how these practices can help improve our everyday lives. His discussions shine light on the opportunity to diffuse modern day chaos while improving creativity - which can in turn leave us more satisfied in our work. During this talk, Rev. Kawakami will specifically highlight the difference between the actuality and reality as well as the importance of the practice of self-cultivation.

Rev. Takafumi Zenryu Kawakami is the Vice Abbot/ International Affairs Coordinator and Deputy Head Priest at Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan. He will lead us in a thoughtful discussion and practice of mindfulness


What Should Cities Do?
Wednesday, February 27
5:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-should-cities-do-tickets-56349187938

Avoiding the impacts from global warming by 1.5 degrees Celsius, as outlined in the 2018 IPCC special report, would require shifts on a global scale similar to the industrial and societal changes the United States experienced as it entered the second World War. With sea-level rise, global health, and vulnerable ecosystems at risk - what are we doing now to change our trajectory?

‘What Should Cities Do?’ organized by DUSP Climate and featuring Noelle Selin (MIT STS and EAPS), Kerry Emanuel (MIT EAPS), and Dan Kammen (Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley) is the first in a series of events exploring possible changes that could enhance climate education, advocacy, and action. 


Climate Resilience Zoning Task Force 
Wednesday, February 27
5:30 pm
Citywide Senior Center Ballroom, 806 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

For more information, see the task force webpage at https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/Projects/detail.aspx?path=%2Fsitecore%2Fcontent%2Fhome%2FCDD%2FProjects%2FZoning%2Fclimateresiliencezoning


Askwith Forums – Still Separate and Unequal: Reducing Poverty, Inequality, and Racial Injustice in the U.S.
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Education, Ethics, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
SPEAKER(S)  Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, and Member of the Faculty, HGSE
Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration and Founding Director of the Education Redesign Lab, HGSE; former Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
William E. Spriggs, Professor of Economics, Howard University; Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO
Moderator: E.J. Dionne, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institute; syndicated columnist, The Washington Post; University Professor, Georgetown University
Remarks by: Alan Curtis, President and CEO, The Eisenhower Foundation
Bridget Terry Long, Dean and Saris Professor of Economics, HGSE
PLEASE NOTE: Regrettably, Linda Darling-Hammond is unable to participate in this panel.
COST  This event is free and open to the public. First come, first seated.
CONTACT INFO	askwith_forums at gse.harvard.edu
DETAILS  In 1968, the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders — known as the Kerner Commission — issued a report with a stark warning: The United States was becoming two societies, one white, one black, separate and unequal. Critics observed that the nation was already separate and unequal. The Commission called for sweeping investments in jobs, education, and housing to reduce poverty, inequality, and racial injustice.
Fifty years later, a new report from the Eisenhower Foundation finds that things aren’t much better — and in some cases, things have gotten worse. Schools are more segregated, income and wealth inequality has dramatically increased, opportunity gaps remain, and poverty and incarceration rates are unacceptably high. Society is more unequal.
Yet one thing has changed: we know what works — and what doesn’t. The question is, do we have the will to use that knowledge? Can we build the will to take what works and bring it to scale? Can we create the multiracial, multi-class economic justice coalition that Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were advocating when they were assassinated in 1968?
In this essential Askwith Forum, an all-star panel of scholars, educators, media experts, and practitioners will explore the Eisenhower Foundation’s newly released update, Healing Our Divided Society. Panelists will discuss the economic investments, the education policy changes, the electoral and criminal justice reforms, and other commitments we need to significantly reduce poverty and racial injustice in order to fulfill the promise of equality in the United States.
LINK	 https://www.gse.harvard.edu/calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D131164403


Faith and Faustian Bargains: Compromise, Complicity, and Courage in Leadership
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Center for the Study of World Religions, Department of African and African American Studies, Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School
CONTACT	CSWR, 617.495.4476
DETAILS  The Annual Greeley Lecture for Peace and Social Justice
Race and religion are among the best predictors of how Americans choose a president. Race and religion are also bases for political compromises that call into question our moral credibility on issues ranging from voting rights to police brutality. How do we demonstrate courage when we decline or choose to compromise?
Cornell William Brooks is Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also Director of The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the School’s Center for Public Leadership, and a visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School. Brooks is the former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a civil rights attorney, and an ordained minister.
Todne Thomas is a socio-cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor of African American Religions at Harvard Divinity School. Her current research examines the familial and spiritual experiences of black evangelicals and the neoliberal displacement of black sacred space.
This event will be livestreamed and can be viewed at https://hds.harvard.edu/news/live-stream at 5:30pm EST on Wednesday, February 27th.


Energy Storage: New Business Models Fuel Rapid Growth
February 27 
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
MIT Weisner Building, Bartos Theater 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/energy-storage-new-business-models-fuel-rapid-growth/
Cost:  $10 Members; $10 Livestream Members; $30 Non-Members: $30 Livestream Non-Members; $10 Students; $10 Livestream Students; $5 Student Members; $5 Livestream Student Members

This event will be live streamed - select the live stream ticket option @ checkout if you would like to watch the event online.

If you registered for the live stream, you'll be emailed a link & password between 5:30PM & 6:00PM on the day of the event

There’s Room for Start-ups
Energy storage has always been a part of the power system, but mainly at the edges - think uninterruptible power system storage, flywheels, ice-based storage, and pumped hydro. Research and development efforts spawned many new ideas, but markets were not ready for widespread adoption of the technology. Now, energy storage is poised to become a central piece of a rapidly growing clean power system, helping to displace fossil fuel generation, reduce emissions and provide power during outages caused by frequent weather events.  

According to Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, the US energy storage market will be a $4.5 billion market in 2023.  Behind-the-meter energy storage will account for more than half of the annual market in dollar terms by 2021. Growth has been largely driven by storage initiatives and demonstration projects in state policy, rate-setting and incentives. Changes in federal rules for energy storage markets requiring equal treatment of energy storage with other power sources are likely to drive even more adoption. Given this impressive growth, there will be tremendous opportunities for start-ups, especially in the commercial, industrial and residential markets.

The price of energy storage technology is still relatively high and there are barriers to entry. Players in this market need to be creative in developing viable business models to attract investment and achieve success. Join us to explore what startups need to know to participate:

What government incentives and policies (local, state, federal) are in place to encourage greater adoption of energy storage in the commercial, industrial and residential markets?

What storage technologies and services produce revenue streams now? What markets will become valuable in the next five years?

How have investors and utilities influenced the development of new business models for both established companies and startups? Which of these models are most likely to be successful?

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, Northbridge Energy Partners
Dan Berwick, General Manager, Energy Storage, Borrego Solar
Alicia Barton, CEO and President, NYSERDA
Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association
Charlotte Ancel, Director, Strategic Development, Eversource

5:30 PM to 6:00 PM - Registration and networking
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Panel discussion
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Audience Q&A
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Networking @ Mead Hall on second level


Who We Are and How We Got Here:  Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
Wednesday, February 27
6:00 PM
Harvard Science Center, Hall D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard University Division of Science, Cabot Science Library, and Harvard Book Store welcome eminent geneticist DAVID REICH—Harvard Medical School professor and one of the world’s leading pioneers in analyzing ancient human DNA—for a discussion of his latest book, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past.
About Who We Are and How We Got Here

Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry. 
In Who We Are and How We Got Here, Reich allows readers to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.
Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind—where we came from and what that says about our lives today.


Silas Peirce Lecture: Henry David Thoreau’s Legacy of Resistance and Hope
Wednesday, February 27
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
BU, Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Laura Dassow Walls, English, University of Notre Dame

More information at http://bostonu.imodules.com/s/1759/2-bu/2col.aspx?sid=1759&gid=2&pgid=6330&cid=11675&ecid=11675&crid=0&calpgid=1050&calcid=2086


Documentary Night at Harvard Business School - "Bending the Arc"
Wednesday, February 27
6:00-7:30 pm Film clips, panel discussion and audience Q&A  7:30 pm	Reception
Harvard, Klarman Hall, Allston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/documentary-night-at-harvard-business-school-bending-the-arc-registration-53181446137

Please join us for the winter installment of Harvard Business School’s Documentary Night, featuring scenes from Bending the Arc, the story of Partners In Health, Dr. Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl and their fight for global health equality. A panel of the film's protagonists will discuss the film and their experiences finding novel ways to address global public health challenges with co-moderators Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, and Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

This event is free and open to the Harvard community. Partners and friends of Harvard are welcome. Registration required.
Free event parking is available next door to Klarman Hall in the Soldiers Field Park Garage, Kresge Way, Allston, MA 02163
Panelists:  Dr. Paul Farmer, a noted physician and anthropologist, chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Ophelia Dahl, advocate for the health and rights of poor people for nearly 30 years. In 1983, she volunteered at the small Eye Care Haiti clinic in Haiti’s impoverished Central Plateau. There she met Paul Farmer, and they have been working ever since to deliver high-quality health care to the destitute sick.

About Bending The Arc:  The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. They bent it faster. In 1983, three young people barely out of their teens began a public health revolution by treating patients who had been abandoned by the health establishment. The community health model they developed to treat diseases like tuberculosis & HIV/AIDS has saved millions of lives in the developing world. Their fight for universal health equity became a global battle in the highest halls of power for the right to health for all.

Reaching far beyond the issue of health care, Bending the Arc shows how moral imagination, strategy, and sheer will together can change the trajectory of the world, bending the arc of the moral universe closer to justice. Bending The Arc was screened at Sundance Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, and the San Francisco Film Festival. It earned the "Best Documentary Feature Film" award at the Greenwich International Film Festival in 2017.


Whose University Is It?
Wednesday, February 27
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whose-university-is-it-tickets-55089471091

Universities are rolling out the red carpet for war criminals like Mohammad bin Salman and taking money from profit-hungry corporations - all behind closed doors and without any say from students, faculty, staff, and local communities.
Please join us in this effort to imagine a university that’s for the people - not for corporations, foreign governments, or the military. We'll hear from a variety of speakers, including:
Shireen Al-Adeimi (Assistant Professor at Michigan State University & Harvard graduate)
Quinton Zondervan (Cambridge City Councilmember)
Sally Haslanger (MIT Professor of Philosophy)
And many others, including students, faculty, and activists from BU, Harvard, Mass Peace Action, MIT, and Tufts.
After a series of short presentations, we'll host a town hall-style session where everyone is invited to share their thoughts. Afterwards, pizza will be served and there will be time for informal discussion.

What else can I do?
Help us publicize the event by retweeting and sharing these flyers with your friends and colleagues: bit.ly/whoseuniversity-promo
Join our mailing list: bit.ly/whoseuniversity-mailinglist
Explore our reading list and add your contributions: bit.ly/whoseuniversity-readinglist
Visit our website for more information: https://whoseuniversityisit.github.io/


Join Us for the Next I-90 Public Meeting
Wednesday, February 27
Fiorentino Community Center, 123 Antwerp Street, Brighton 

Join the conversation about MassDOT's next public meeting regarding the I-90 Allston Interchange Multimodal Project.


The Making of a Community Garden Film
Wednesday, February 27 
More Than Words Bookstore, 242 East Berkeley Street, Boston
RSVP at https://events.thetrustees.org/tickets/ItemShow.aspx?Dep=x58rDrwgvC26UOja8STjdA==&Cat=7It89CgdTM2YvOriNJS4MQ==&It=YdJTb5Fgzpw=&d=02-27-2019
Cost:  $12 - $20

Meet the gardeners and filmmaker who are working together on a documentary about Boston’s community gardens. Filmmaker Mark Gardner will show clips from the work in progress, and a few of the film's stars will share their stories and answer your questions. You can help us make the movie by dreaming up a title and maybe even recording your own community garden story! Enjoy locally sourced appetizers, beer, and wine. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets include food and one drink, and all proceeds support Trustees Boston Community Gardens. Food, drinks and mingling start at 6pm; the program begins at 6:30.

We're pleased to partner with More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore in the South End for this event. More Than Words is a job training and youth development program that empowers nearly 350 youth each year to take charge of their lives by taking charge of their $4M bookselling business. 

The bookstore, which doubles as a beautiful event space, will be open until 8pm so come early if you'd like to browse! Donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games are most welcome (please no encyclopedias, VHS tapes, audio cassettes, or magazines/periodicals). The bookstore is a brick building next to the Troy residential complex, accessible by the Silver, Red, and Orange lines as well as other MBTA buses.

617.542.7696 x2115
mdelima at thetrustees.org 

Thursday, February 28

FIX MY ROAD: What can YOU do (with your smartphone) to make OUR Infrastructure Great Again while addressing Climate Change?
Thursday, February 28
RSVP at https://cshub.mit.edu/news/public-webinars

In this webinar, we propose a new, crowdsourced way to assess the state of infrastructure. Using acceleration data from a smartphone mounted inside of a vehicle, we have developed a method to assess road roughness properties. Together with speed and GPS data, this technique permits continuous access to road roughness (such as IRI) and vehicle properties and can, in turn, monitor the aging of both infrastructure and vehicle. 

In other words, we utilize smartphones to offer “a heart-monitoring device” for roads and vehicles and hence to pavement distress and deterioration mechanisms. If crowdsourced, this technology can replace expensive roughness measurements by providing a strong statistical basis for reliable road condition assessment. It can also be used to map the aggregated excess fuel consumption, associated environmental footprint, and health impact due to these road conditions. This is critical for a fiscally responsible, socially equitable and climate change conscious asset management framework for our 21st-century road infrastructure—be this at a city, state or federal scale.

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Franz-Josef Ulm, MIT Professor, and Faculty Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub and was developed in collaboration with Jacob Roxon (MIT & Carbin); Shahd Nara (Harvard & Carbin); Meshkat Botshekan (UMass Dartmouth); Erfan Asaadi (UMass Dartmouth); Arghavan Louhghalam (UMass Dartmouth); and Mazdak Tootkaboni (UMass Dartmouth). 

The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) webinar series offers information of general interest to members of the building, paving, and construction communities, as well as to educators, students, journalists, and law and policy-makers interested in the environmental and economic impacts of decision-making concerning infrastructure. Videos of past webinars are archived to the CSHub YouTube Channel.

Webinars are free and open to the public. Presentations are geared toward a lay audience.


Climate change and development: An analysis of global adaptation finance
Thursday, February 28
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Laura Kuhl, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the International Affairs Program, Northeastern University
Through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and reaffirmed in the Paris Agreement, the world has committed to supporting developing countries in meeting their urgent adaptation priorities. Climate change presents a risk to development progress, and many of the advances in the past decade could be stalled or even reversed unless urgent action is taken to adapt. Global adaptation funding, however, is quite limited, and significant debates exist on appropriate criteria for funding. Approaches to adaptation can range from those that address specific climate impacts to those that address broader drivers of vulnerability. This talk looks at the funding criteria of global adaptation funds and the implications for the relationship between adaptation and development.

Dr. Laura Kuhl is assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the International Affairs Program. Her research examines climate adaptation and resilience in developing countries. Prior to Northeastern, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for International Environment and
Resource Policy at the Tufts University Fletcher School, where she helped establish a new research partnership with the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) on climate policy in developing countries. She has studied innovation, technology transfer and adoption for adaptation as well as mainstreaming adaptation in development policy in East Africa and Central America. Current projects also address climate information and early warning systems, coastal resilience, adaptation finance, and national adaptation plans. She has conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and New England and has collaborated with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UNDP. She has a PhD and MALD in international affairs from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a BA in environmental studies and anthropology from Middlebury College.


Study Group: Human Rights Advocacy in Polarizing Times — Where Are We Going? And How Will We Know When We Get There?
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
WHERE	Harvard, Littauer 324, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Classes/Workshops, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
DETAILS	  The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy invites you to join a study group on human rights advocacy! The study group, which will meet three times this semester, is convened and moderated by Elisa Massimino, Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
This is an open study group. No registration is required.
The study group will meet from 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. on three occasions this semester:
- Thursday, Feb. 28 in room Littauer-324
Topic: Where Are We Going? And How Will We Know When We Get There?
- Thursday, April 4 in room Littauer-324
Topic: Writing to Persuade
- Thursday, April 25 in room Littauer-324
Topic: Building Coalitions that Work
Description:  Human rights advocacy can often seem a bit quixotic. But progress is possible. The problems we tackle need serious, hard-nosed strategies and activists with the skills to execute them. In this study group, we’ll explore key elements of successful human rights advocacy campaigns — goal-setting, communications, coalition-building — and practical skills advocates need, especially in today’s politically polarized environment, to win.
LINK  https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/study-group-human-rights-advocacy-polarizing-times-where-are-we-going-and-how-will-we?delta=0


Books at Baker with Sunil Gupta
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Business School, Aldrich Hall 210, Soldiers Field Road, Boston
SPEAKER(S)  Sunil Gupta, Edward W. Carter of Business Administration
Author of "Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business"
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	schurch at hbs.edu
DETAILS  Digital transformation is no longer news – it’s a necessity. Despite the widespread threat of disruption, many large companies in traditional industries have succeeded at digitizing their businesses in truly transformative ways.
The New York Times, formerly a bastion of traditional media, has created a thriving digital product behind a carefully designed paywall. Best Buy has transformed its business in the face of Amazon's threat. John Deere has formed a data-analysis arm to complement its farm-equipment business. And Goldman Sachs and many others are using digital technologies to reimagine their businesses.
For over a decade, Professor Sunil Gupta has studied digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies. Filled with rich and illuminating case studies of companies at the forefront of digital transformation, Driving Digital Strategy is the comprehensive guide you need to take full advantage of the limitless opportunities the digital age provides.
LINK  https://www.library.hbs.edu/Articles/Books-Baker


OEB Seminar Series - "Mosaics, Megabases, and Matryoshki: A Leaf-to-Landscape Perspective on the Symbiotic Renaissance"
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Biological Labs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Betsy Arnold, The University of Arizona
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK  https://oeb.harvard.edu/event/oeb-seminar-series-betsy-arnold


Climate conversation: Setting the DUSP research agenda
Thursday, February 28
MIT, Building 9, 6th Floor ‘Skylounge’, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-conversation-setting-the-dusp-research-agenda-tickets-56343195013

In October of 2018 the IPCC released a special report on the potential to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change after the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The report identified numerous advantages from limiting sea-level rise, improving health outcomes and protecting vulnerable ecosystems.

However, achieving the goal will require radical transformations in energy use, and the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions by 45% below 2010 levels by 2030. In line with these targets, MIT has committed to reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2014 levels by 2030.

DUSP's Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) faculty are hosting a conversation to begin a dialogue about what DUSP can do to help meet MIT’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Additionally, this discussion will help shape research agendas to put forward in DUSP. For example, please see the recent article from Fazey et al at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17565529.2017.1301864


Starr Forum: Abolish ICE?
Thursday, February 28
4:00pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Building E51, 115 Wong Auditorium, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Please Note: This event will now start at 4:00pm, 30-minutes earlier than previously advertised.

Experts discuss US immigration policies
Main speaker: Juliette Kayyem is the faculty director of the Homeland Security Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she is also the Robert and Renee Belfer Lecturer in International Security. Previously, she served as President Obama’s assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. She also serves as CEO of Zemcar, a lifestyle company focused on connecting busy parents with qualified drivers to solve their family’s transportation needs. Her memoir Security Mom: My Life Protecting the Home and Homeland, tells stories of her professional life in homeland security and her personal life as a mother.  

Co-sponsors:  MIT Center for International Studies

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.


Digital Transformation Summit: AI, Ethics, and Business Decisions
Thursday, February 28
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall, 117 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-transformation-summit-ai-ethics-and-business-decisions-registration-53657199127

Summit is an open forum on tech, organizations, and markets.
About this Event
The aim of Digital Transformation Summit is simple: to help leaders gain new and informed perspective on the intersection of technology and business.
This year, we focus on AI, ethics, and the implications for business decision makers.
While the benefits of AI can reduce costs and improve efficiency and even accuracy, many AI tools lack transparency and have inherent biases. So where does this leave business leaders facing unknown consequences? In order to evaluate opportunities and risks, you will likely rely on experts that sit at the intersection of several fields. We’re here to connect you.
TED Talk-style presentations from three rare experts bridging the worlds that collide around digital transformation. Speakers include: Cansu Canca, AI Ethics Lab; Rana el Kaliouby, Affectiva; Matthew Wansley, nuTonomy
Q&A with each speaker.
A reception to continue the conversation.
Join students from HBS and beyond, scholars, practitioners, and alumni in this open event to dig deeper on a topic that impacts current and future business leaders.


Cambridgeport Social Event
Thursday, February 28
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge

The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association is hosting another social event. This is a chance to meet people and catch up with your neighbors. Refreshments will be provided, and families and friends are welcome. 

We had a great time last year and are looking forward to doing it again. We hope you’ll drop by and say hello!

More information at https://nextdoor.com/events/2736427/


Cambridge Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force 
Thursday, February 28
6:00 pm
CRLS Media Cafeteria, 359 Broadway, Cambridge

For more information, see the UFMP website at https://www.cambridgema.gov/Departments/publicworks/urbanforestmasterplan


Evolution Matters: David Quammen and Carl Zimmer
Thursday, February 28
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

David Quammen, Author and Journalist
Carl Zimmer, Author and New York Times Columnist
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Evolution Matters Lecture Series, two of the world’s best-known science writers will engage in a lively and wide-ranging conversation. From a discussion of their latest books on heredity and the history of life on Earth to the story of how two English majors became award-winning practitioners of scientific non-fiction, they will explore the most important idea in biology—evolution.


Marc Mauer: “The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences”
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Marc Mauer, Executive Director, Sentencing Project
Rachel Corey, Emancipation Initiative
Sean Ellis, exoneree
MA State Rep. Jay Livingstone, 8th Suffolk District
Radha Natarajan, Executive Director, New England Innocence Project
A family member of a prisoner serving LWOP
COST  free
DETAILS  A book talk by co-author Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, followed by a conversation with Massachusetts experts about life sentencing. Free and open to the public
LINK	 https://charleshamiltonhouston.org/events/marc-mauer-meaning-life/


WORKac: Dan Wood
Thursday, February 28
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

What is architecture in our age of the anthropocene, uncertainty, and polarization? What agency do we have to address big issues through design? As WORKac enters its fourth five-year plan, Dan Wood will discuss the merits of pop, whimsey and optimism as the firm gets real in in the scale and ambition of its work. 

Dan Wood, FAIA, LEED AP, is a co-founder of WORKac and a principal of the firm with extensive experience leading large scale and complex US and international projects. Wood was the 2017 Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto Daniels School of Architecture as well as the 2013-14 Louis I. Kahn Chair at the Yale School of Architecture. He is currently an adjunct associate professor at Columbia GSAPP and has taught at the Princeton University School of Architecture, Penn Design and the UC Berkeley School of Environmental Design, where he was the Friedman Distinguished Chair. Wood is a licensed architect in the State of New York and Rhode Island. His publications include 49 Cities and Above the Pavement the Farm! Co-authored with Amale Andraos. He is currently the Vice President for Design Excellence on the board of the New York AIA chapter.

WORKac creates architecture and strategic planning concepts at the intersection of the urban, the rural and the natural. Embracing reinvention and collaboration with other fields. The practice strives to develop intelligent and shared infrastructures and to achieve a more careful integration between architecture, landscape and ecological systems. WORKac holds unshakable lightness and polemical optimism as a means to move beyond the projected and towards the possible.

WORKac was the #1 design firm in Architect magazine’s 2017 Architect 50 and the 2015 AIA NYS Firm of the Year. The firm has achieved international acclaim for projects such as the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn, the Kew Gardens Hills Library in Queens, and the Stealth Building in New York. Current projects include a masterplan for 60 villas on a waterfront site in Lebanon, a new student center for Rhode Island School of Design, a public library in Boulder, CO and a new office building in San Francisco.


Psychiatric Diagnosis: The First Cause of Everything Bad in the Mental Health System
WHEN  Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wexner 102, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Paula J. Caplan:
Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist, currently an Associate at the DuBois Institute of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard, and she is a former Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program. She served for two years on the Task Force that was revising the manual of psychiatric diagnosis before she resigned on moral, ethical, and professional grounds when she learned the truth about the dangerous myths related to the diagnoses and found that those in charge resisted becoming open about the truth. She wrote an exposé of all this called They Say You're Crazy: How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal, followed by her edited book, "Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis." Her stage play, "CALL ME CRAZY," won one of the top prizes in the Arlene and William National Playwriting Contest for Women and had a rave-reviewed Off-Off-Broadway production. She is the author of 10 other books and an award winning documentary filmmaker.
DETAILS  Psychiatric diagnosis is completely unregulated and is widely — and unjustifiably — believed to be solidly grounded in science, to help reduce human suffering, and to expose psychiatrically labeled people to no harm. Dr. Paula J. Caplan resigned from two committees involved in revising the diagnostic manual when she learned that none of the above was true. Over the decades, she became aware of thousands of stories of people whose lives were destroyed, including through loss of a vast array of their human rights, by events that began with and were "justified" by their being diagnosed. Her activism to prevent such harm takes a variety of forms, ranging from advising labeled individuals and their therapists about what they can do to advocating for massive systemic changes.
LINK  https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/psychiatric-diagnosis-first-cause-everything-bad-mental-health-system


Do Your Garden Plants Have a Backstory?
Thursday, February 28
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277
Cost:  $0 - $10 

Michael Dosmann, PhD, Keeper of the Living Collections, Arnold Arboretum
Museums assign value to their collections by understanding each piece’s backstory – for instance, where did it come from, who created/collected it, what does it represent, what feeling does it elicit from a visitor? The plants in our own gardens can and should do the same, but too often have become generic and mundane because we have forgotten their backstories. Perhaps even worse, we may be losing our own personal connections to what we grow. Michael Dosmann will provide his own perspective on how to re-engage with our garden plants in ways that make it personal.

Friday, March 1

The "R" Word: Retreat, Relocation and Climate Resilience
Friday, March 1
8 AM - 11:30 AM registration starts at 7:15 AM
UMass Club, One Beacon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://climateadaptationforum.org/event/the-r-word-retreat-relocation-and-climate-resilience/
Cost:  $15 -45

Climate adaptation efforts are often focused on armoring the built environment against climate risks. But given dire climate projections and the costs associated with retrofits and rebuilding, retreat and relocation should be part of the conversation as well. Join the Climate Adaptation Forum for a discussion about retreat, relocation, and climate resilience. Speakers will touch on the financial, legal and human hurdles to retreat. We will hear stories from around the country of communities and individuals that have successfully moved or are currently grappling with the need to relocate due to climate change and sea level rise.

Forum Co-Chairs
Nasser Brahim, Technical Leader, Kleinfelder
Jason Hellendrung, Vice President, Planning and Design, TetraTech
Deanna Moran, Director of Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation

Confirmed Speakers
Rosetta Elkin, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Carri Hulet, Senior Associate, Consensus Building Institute, Climigration Network
Katie Spidalieri, Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center
Robert S. Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
Western Carolina University


Italy and the Origins of Capitalism
WHEN  Friday, March 1, 2019, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Business School, Chao Center, Room 340, 25 Harvard Way, Allston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	HBS Business History Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  Daniel Lord Smail (Harvard University)
Sophus Reinert (Harvard Business School)
Robert Fredona (York Management School)
Christine Desan (Harvard Law School)
Elizabeth Mellyn (University of New Hampshire)
William Caferro (Vanderbilt University)
Jeffrey Miner (Western Kentucky University)
Francesca Trivellato (Institute for Advanced Studies)
Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter)
Corey Tazzara (Scripps College)
John Brewer (Caltech, emeritus)
Niall Atkinson (University of Chicago)
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	bhi at hbs.edu
DETAILS  Early historians of business, including N.S.B. Gras and Raymond de Roover at HBS, located the origins of modern capitalism in a commercial revolution that occurred in the late medieval Mediterranean. Before the Great Divergence which is the focus of much current scholarship on capitalism, there were earlier and smaller divergences: first Italy (perhaps as early as the eleventh century), then Holland, and then England experienced modern economic growth. Historical accounts of the global economy have been, since the very beginning, structured around “catching up”, a process we now see unfolding in China and other emerging economies. But Italy did not play catch up. It was first. Why? Why did Italy diverge first? How did Europe first develop and become rich? This workshop, bringing together scholars of the Italian and Mediterranean economies, seeks to answer these questions and consider ways that premodern economic history and business history can and should matter to us today.
LINK  https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/conferences/italy-and-the-origins-of-capitalism/Pages/schedule.aspx


Cryptography and the Politics of Decentralization
Friday, March 1	
Tufts, Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room, 15 Talbot Avenue, Medford

Gili Vidan

More information at http://sites.tufts.edu/stslunch/


Friend or foe? Microbial cross-feeding and viral predation in the engineered deep subsurface
Friday, March 1
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 48-316, Parsons Laboratory, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Prof. Kelly Wrighton, Colorado State University
In this seminar, shewill discuss the establishment and persistence of microbial communities that colonize 2,500-meter-deep energy-rich shales after drilling and hydraulic fracturing. She will review how surface microorganisms adapt to this newly created extreme environment, as well as inventory what these microorganisms feed on and what feeds on them. She will focus on the importance of methylamine cycling to microbial persistence, as well as the critical role for viruses in mediating this ecosystem. It is our belief that long-term energy extraction from shale will require management of the beneficial and detrimental impacts of microbial growth in this economically important, engineered ecosystem. 

Environmental Science Seminar Series


Managed Retreat Workshop: Legal and Policy Tools for States and Local Communities
Friday, March 1
Registration | 1:45 PM
Program | 2 PM - 4:30 PM
UMass Club, One Beacon Street, Boston 
RSVP at https://climateadaptationforum.org/event/managed-retreat-workshop-legal-and-policy-tools-for-states-and-local-communities/
Cost:  $15 -45

Organized by the Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) and the Climate Adaptation Forum, this workshop will offer participants the opportunity to engage in a facilitated discussion on managed retreat (i.e. relocating development from vulnerable coastal areas) and the legal and policy considerations impacting land-use decisions and human and natural resources movements in response to sea-level rise.

Participants will share their own work and learn from other experts across disciplines confronting questions about managed retreat as one strategy for adapting to rising seas and increased flooding. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to inform ongoing work by the GCC to create an online Managed Retreat Toolkit which is being designed to support state and local government decisions about how to adapt to rising sea levels (forthcoming in Fall 2019).


Unmuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice
Friday, March 1
3:00pm to 4:00pm 
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In collaboration with the Harvard Book Store, we are thrilled to welcome Myisha Cherry, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside and former Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, to discuss her new book, UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice.

About Unmuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice: 
Why do people hate one another? Who gets to speak for whom? Why do so many people combat prejudice based on their race, sexual orientation, or disability? What does segregation look like today? Many of us ponder and discuss urgent questions such as these at home, and see them debated in the media, the classroom, and our social media feeds, but many of us don't have access to the important new ways philosophers are thinking about these very issues. Enter UnMute, the popular podcast hosted by Myisha Cherry, which hosts a diverse group of philosophers and explores their cutting-edge work through casual conversation. 

This book collects 31 of Cherry's lively and timely interviews, offering an accessible resource through which to encounter some of philosophy's most socially and politically engaged, public-facing work. Its original illustrations, depicting the interview subjects up close, show just how broad a range of philosophers--black, white, and brown, male and female, queer and straight, abled and disabled--are at the center of crucial contemporary conversations. Cherry asks philosophers to talk about their ideas in ways that anyone can understand, explaining how they got interested in philosophy, and why the questions they investigate matter urgently. 

Along with the interviews, the volume provides a foreword by Cornel West, a section in which all the interviewees explain how they got into philosophy, and a "Say What?" glossary defining terms that might be new to some readers. Like the podcast that inspired it, the book welcomes in those new to these philosophical questions, those captivated by questions of race, class, gender, and other issues and looking for a new lens through which to examine them, and those well-versed in public philosophy looking for a one-stop guide.

Saturday, March 2

2019 Environmental Justice Conference:  Equitable Solutions to an Inequitable Food System
Saturday, March 2
9:00 AM – 6:30 PM EST
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue (FXB entrance), Kresge Building, G1 Auditorium (ground 1 floor), Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-environmental-justice-conference-equitable-solutions-to-an-inequitable-food-system-tickets-54304701825

About: This is the 2nd annual student-run Environmental Justice Conference to raise awareness about environmental inequities in our various communities. We will work together to identify ways we can address them and harness our collective power to build more equitable, sustainable, and just communities. This year, we are focusing on environmental justice through the lens of food sovereignty to develop more equitable food system solutions.

Plenary sessions will focus on the following topics: (1) toxic exposures in our food and water and the ways people are taking action to reduce them; (2) the health, wellbeing, and rights of food chain workers, many of whom belong to immigrant and migrant communities; and (3) strengthening our collective power and agency to gain food and land access and sovereignty for our various communities.

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Monica White, Professor of Environmental Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Pastor at New Roots AME Church

Plenary sessions are as follows:
Plenary 1: Food and Water Contamination
Plenary 2: Justice for Food Chain Workers
Plenary 3: Food and Land Sovereignty
Plenary speakers include: Andrea Schmid (Pioneer Valley Workers Center), Chris Bolden-Newsome (Sankofa Farm of Philadelphia), Claudia Quintero (Central West Justice Center), Elizabeth Wills O'Gilvie (Springfield Food Policy Council), Lan Dinh (Vietlead and Soil Generation), Marcella Thompson (University of Rhode Island), Mea Johnson (Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Boston), Neftali Duran (I-Collective), Niaz Dorry (Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance), Shaina Kasper (Toxics Action Center) and more!

For a full schedule and speaker list, please visit our website at https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/environmental-justice-so/conference-schedule-and-speakers/

Join us and contribute to the dialogue! Everyone is welcome, regardless of background or experience.


Observe the Ocean; Secure the Future - 22nd Annual Blue Lobster Bowl
Saturday, March 2
10:00am to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 32-123, Kirsch Auditorium, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Eighteen teams from 10 Massachusetts schools will face off in the regional component of the 22nd annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), an interdisciplinary ocean science education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. The quiz-bowl style academic competition tests students’ knowledge of ocean-related topics, including cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology.

The competition theme is Observe the Ocean; Secure the Future. The majority of the global ocean remains unexplored, yet it’s changing at a time when its role in supporting life on our planet is becoming more transparent every day. As these changes impact every aspect of society, the need for information on ocean patterns, conditions, and processes is growing exponentially. High-quality data is critical for understanding ecosystem health, biodiversity, climate change, pollution, human health, maritime safety, and food, water, and energy security. Some of the competition questions will focus on this theme.

Around the nation, young scholars will be competing in 23 other ocean science bowls through early March. The winner of each regional bowl will compete in the national Finals competition April 11-14 in Washington, DC.

2019 competing high schools:
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton
Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton
Cape Cod Academy in Osterville
Fitchburg High School in Fitchburg
Lexington High School in Lexington
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury
Nauset Regional High School in Eastham
Newton North High School in Newton
Newton South High School in Newton
Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley

National Ocean Sciences Bowl
The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership based in Washington, D.C. Now in its 22nd year, the NOSB seeks to interest students in pursuing a college degree and a future career in the ocean sciences. Through this educational forum, the NOSB strives to encourage and support the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates, and informed citizens to consider and appreciate the ocean. Most high school students do not have the opportunity to study ocean science as part of their formal coursework, which makes the NOSB one of the only ways students gain exposure to this field. Many past NOSB participants have moved on to pursue college degrees and careers in ocean science, helping to solve the growing environmental, economic and security issues facing our ocean and planet.


Wolf-PAC MA Strategy Meeting
Saturday, March 2
1:00 - 3:00 PM
encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston
RSVP at http://bit.ly/wolfpacboston

We need your help to make Massachusetts the historic 6th state to demand a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to fix our broken campaign finance system.  Join our strategy meeting to learn about our current efforts to build positive relationships throughout the state, strengthen the MA team, and take part in the Ballot Question 2 proceedings.

We welcome both new and veteran volunteers! Have you ever said to yourself that you want to get involved in the fight to remove the corrupting influence of money in our political system but don?t know how? Well, this meetup will be a great opportunity to learn how you can get involved in right here in MA. We will have our seasoned Volunteers, Organizers and
Directors share their experiences and work with you hands on to provide the skills needed for our big push to pass MA this session.

Afterwards, we'll walk over to a nearby restaurant for food and drinks.  This will be a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who care about saving our representative democracy while enjoying some good food, good people, and great conversations.

Remember to bring a friend!

Contact:  Bo Ye at indelibo at gmail.com

Monday, March 4

Smoke and Mirrors: Did China's Environmental Crackdowns Lead to Persistent Changes in Polluting Firm Behavior?
Monday, March 4
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

Valerie Karplus, Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Lunch will be served. This event is free and open to the public. 

HKS Energy Policy Seminar


Aga Khan Program Lecture: Rania Ghosn
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Stubbins Room, Gund Hall 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard University Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Rania Ghosn
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/rania-ghosn/
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu.
DETAILS  Rania Ghosn is Associate Professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and founding partner of DESIGN EARTH with El Hadi Jazairy. Her research engages the geographies of technological systems to address the aesthetics and politics of the environment. The work of DESIGN EARTH has been exhibited internationally, including Venice Biennale (2018, 2016), Oslo Triennale (2017), Seoul Biennale (2017), Sharjah Biennale (2016), and MAAT (Lisbon, 2018), Sursock Museum (Beirut, 2016), Times Museum (Guangzhou, 2018) and collected by MoMA. Her honors include Architectural League Prize for Young Architects, Boghossian Foundation, and ACSA Faculty Design. Rania is co-author of Geographies of Trash (2015) and Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment (2018), which has received support from the Graham Foundation. She is founding editor of the New Geographies journal and editor-in-chief of NG 2: Landscapes of Energy (Harvard GSD, 2010). Rania holds a Bachelor of Architecture from American University of Beirut, a Master in Geography from University College London, and Doctor of Design from Harvard GSD.
This event is supported by the Aga Khan Program at the GSD and is organized as part of the activities celebrating International Women's Day 2019.
LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/rania-ghosn/


USA Slavery in a Global Context:  From the Bible to Today
Monday, March 4
7 p.m. 
Parlor of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington Center

Lori Kenschaft
I would like to invite you to a talk I'm giving that will put U.S. slavery in a global context, from the Bible to today.  I realize that this is a rather grim topic, but the historian in me thinks that it is both interesting and important to understand the past -- and slavery and its effects are not only in the past.  Slavery is one of the (many) topics where Americans tend to think just about the history of the U.S., which means we're missing most of the picture and the images we have are distorted in important ways. 

I'd be delighted if you can join us.  And please feel free to share this invitation with anyone else you think might be interested.


Decoding, Leveraging and Protecting Our DNA in The Age of Personal Genomics
Monday, March 4
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/decoding-leveraging-and-protecting-our-dna-in-the-age-of-personal-genomics-tickets-55840285798
Cost:  $0 – $25

Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers -- Presentation starts @ 7pm
A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Preston Estep CSO and co-founder, Veritas Genetics and Dennis Grishin CSO and co-founder, Nebula Genomics

In the 21st century, propelled by groundbreaking technologies that enable quick and easy reading and editing of DNA molecules, the fields of genetics, genomics and synthetic biology have exploded.

Two biotech scientists and entrepreneurs, Preston Estep, co-founder and CSO of Veritas Genetics and Dennis Grishin, co-founder and CSO of Nebula Genomics, will share their stories and their views on the future role of DNA to human health and human thriving.
Veritas Genetics is dedicated to the goal of making whole-genome sequencing available to anyone. Whole-genome sequencing is far more extensive than the more common, and less expensive “genotyping” process now commonly available. Veritas was the first company to offer whole genome sequencing and interpretation for under $1,000.

Nebula Genomics tackles a different problem. How can consumers retain control over the data from their own genomes, protecting both the privacy of the data and the potential economic benefits of making it available for research? Using advanced blockchain technology and other cryptographic techniques, Nebula promises to do both: make anyone’s DNA sequences available for medical and research purposes while protecting their privacy and making sure the economic value of the data accrues to the individual.

The questions we'll explore may include:
What benefits and new ideas might the sciences of genetics and genomics spawn in the coming century?
What are the current barriers to achieving these benefits in terms of basic science, technology development, culture or policies?
What are the long term implications of using blockchain and other cryptographic techniques to increase personal privacy and control of information?
How do you think societal views on reproduction, genetic screening and selection, or cloning might change over time?
What are you most excited by? What are you most afraid of?
What might it be like to live in the distant future with fully mature bio-sciences in place?
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.

Tuesday, March 5

Program on Atmosphers, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium: Aditi Sheshadri (Stanford)
 Monday, March 4
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge


Privacy’s Blueprint:  The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies
Tuesday, March 5
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B (Room 2019, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevC2NdgcAMc7Re4UjVr8QC00bRHsIuhao9RxYgMQ1BjwbXHg/viewform

Woodrow Hartzog
Every day, Internet users interact with technologies designed to undermine their privacy. And the law says this is okay because it is mainly up to users to protect themselves—even when the odds are deliberately stacked against them. In this talk, Professor Hartzog will argue that the law should require software and hardware makers to respect privacy in the design of their products. Current legal doctrine treats technology as though it is value-neutral: only the user decides whether it functions for good or ill. But this is not so. Popular digital tools are designed to expose people and manipulate users into disclosing personal information. Against the often self-serving optimism of Silicon Valley and the inertia of tech evangelism, privacy gains will come from better rules for products, not users. The current model of regulating use fosters exploitation. We must develop the theoretical underpinnings of a new kind of privacy law responsive to the way people actually perceive and use digital technologies. The law can demand encryption. It can prohibit malicious interfaces that deceive users and leave them vulnerable. It can require safeguards against abuses of biometric surveillance. It can, in short, make the technology itself worthy of our trust.
This event will be live webcast at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2019-03-05/privacys-blueprint at noon on event date.


Trust & Innovation with Tarun Khanna
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard i-lab, Batten Hall, 125 Western Avenue, Allston
Harvard i-lab
SPEAKER(S)  Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor
Author of "Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries”
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	schurch at hbs.edu
DETAILS  Entrepreneurial ventures often fail in the developing world because of the lack of something taken for granted in the developed world: trust. Over centuries, the developed world has built customs and institutions such as enforceable contracts, an impartial legal system, and credible regulatory bodies.
This is not the case in the developing world. In "Trust," Professor Tarun Khanna shows that rather than become casualties of mistrust, smart entrepreneurs can adopt the mindset that, like it or not, it's up to them to weave their own independent web of trust. Using vivid examples from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and elsewhere, Khanna's stories show how entrepreneurs can build on existing customs and practices instead of trying to push against them. He highlights the role new technologies can play (but cautions that these are not panaceas) and explains how entrepreneurs can find dependable partners in national and local governments to create impact at scale.
LINK  https://www.library.hbs.edu/Articles/Books-Baker


Emile Bustani Seminar: "No country for young men (and women): Education, employment, and inequality in the Middle East and North Africa"
Tuesday, March 5
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-325, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Professor of Economics, Virginia Tech, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Research Affiliate, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Research Fellow, Economic Research Forum (ERF), Cairo
Worldwide, education offers better employment prospects and upward social mobility. These benefits have been the two pillars of the social contract in the post-independent Middle East between authoritarian governments, who promised education and government jobs, and the people they ruled. In the last two decades this “authoritarian bargain” has come largely undone as ever larger cohorts of university educated youth compete for a shrinking number of governments jobs.  The failure of education in the Middle East in securing employment is well known: everywhere in the region, educated youth suffer from the highest rates of unemployment. Less well known is its failure as the main path to upward social mobility. In this talk, Salehi-Isfahani draws on a growing body of evidence on equality of opportunity in education in the Middle East to document and explain the twin failures of education to modernize Middle Eastern societies.

Djavad Salehi‐Isfahani received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1977.  He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania till 1984, before moving to Virginia Tech, where he is currently Professor of Economics. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Global Economy and Development, the Brookings Institution, Research Affiliate of the Iran Project at the Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, and Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. He has held visiting positions at the University of Oxford, the Brookings Institution, Harvard University, and Princeton University. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, the Middle East Economic Association, the International Iranian Economic Association, and as Associate Editor of the Middle East Development Journal. His current research is on economic inequality and economics of the family in the Middle East.  His opinion pieces have appeared in Al Monitor, Brookings, Foreign Affairs, LA Times, Lobelog.com, the New York Times, and the Project Syndicate.


The Past, Present & Future of Truth 
Tuesday, March 5
5:00 - 6:30 pm (reception to follow) 
BU, Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg11hw59485c3ef8&oseq=&c=&ch=

Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences

What is truth? A scientist might tell you that something is true if it is verifiable by the scientific method. Courts have their own standards of truth. And until recently we believed that if an event was captured on video, we were assured of its veracity. But now the very foundations of what is truth are crumbling. Scientific studies are irreproducible. There is no scientific basis underpinning forensic science. Even videos are easily manipulated. Some say we are living in a "post-truth" era. There are several futures we can imagine given the current situation, but the one that we should most staunchly support is one in which we empower people and institutions to rebuild a stronger basis for distinguishing truth from falsehood. 


Hospitality Now!
Tuesday, March 5
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 14e-304, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Benjamin Boudou examines anti-migration discourse and policies in France and the US. and makes a case for why we should make hospitality a principle of our democracies.

Benjamin Boudou is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Germany. He is author of Le dilemme des frontières : Ethique et politique de l’immigration [The Boundary Dilemma] and Politique de l’hospitalité [Politics of Hospitality].

Global France Seminar


Stepping Up: Business In The Era Of Climate Change Part 1 (Open for Business)
Tuesday, March 5
6:30 pm
WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.wbur.org/events/445123/stepping-up-business-in-the-era-of-climate-change
Cost:  $15.00

A five-part WBUR series in collaboration with Harvard Business School and Boston University Questrom School of Business

Business is the main source of the greenhouse gases that are causing the Earth’s climate to change. Business is also the main source of new products, services and business models that may save us from wholesale climate calamity. This 5-part series, featuring leading thinkers from business, environmental advocacy groups and area universities, will explore what businesses are doing, can do and should do to confront climate change.

Part 1: Open for Business?
In deciding where to locate, managers take into account proximity to workers, customers, and infrastructure. But climate change—and associated sea level rise, extreme weather, drought, wildfires, and political and security risk—is changing the calculus of where businesses set up shop and how they manage their supply chains. What new costs is climate change posing for large manufacturers that buy inputs and sell products in a global marketplace? Will businesses of the future retreat from the coast to areas less prone to climate disruption? What will those shifts mean for coastal cities like Boston?

David Cash, Dean, School of Public Policy, UMass Boston
Bryan Koop, Executive VP, Boston Properties
Rachel Cleetus, Policy Director Climate and Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists
Moderator, Barbara Moran, WBUR Senior Producing Editor, Enviroment
Click the links below to purchase tickets to other events in this series.

Part 2: Food, Diet, and Climate, April 2
Part 3: Climate Politics and Business, April 22
Part 4: The Road Map of the Future: Transportation, May 7
Part 5: Energy Transitions, June 4


Native Bees in the Hood
Tuesday, March 5
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
Cost:  $15
Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Nick Dorian, PhD student, Tufts University
Perhaps surprisingly, urban environments support a high diversity of native bee species. But where are they living and what are they eating? In this workshop, you will first learn about the biology and diversity of native bees and why they are important pollinators. We’ll dive into the city lifestyles of bees and the strategies they employ to be successful in these anthropogenic landscapes. In the second part of the workshop, we’ll focus on native bee decline and conservation, and learn answers to common questions such as: Why are bees dying? Do all bees need saving? What can I do to help bees at home? You’ll also learn the fundamentals of gardening for bees, and at the end of the workshop, have the opportunity to build and leave with a mason and leafcutter bee hotel. This workshop will extend your interest in native pollinators and equip you with the knowledge essential to supporting populations of native bees.


MIT Energy Conference: Tough Tech & The 2040 Grid, scheduled for April 4th & 5th, are once again offering a generous discount for subscribers to our NE Roundtable listserv. Just enter the discount code NEERR when you purchase your ticket for 15% off the price of admission.

If you purchase your ticket before February 1st, this discount will stack on top of the Early Bird discount, for a total of 35% off! 

RSVP at https://mit.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=950&p=1&utm_source=MIT+Energy+Conference+Discount&utm_campaign=MIT+Energy+Conference+Discount&utm_medium=email


Announcing Destination 2040: The next long-range transportation plan for the Boston region

How would you improve the Boston region’s transportation system? That’s the question at the heart of the MPO’s preparations for Destination 2040, which the MPO expects to adopt in the spring of 2019.

Every four years, the MPO identifies the system’s strengths and weaknesses; forecasts changes in population, employment, and land use; and creates a plan to address existing and future mobility needs. The resulting long-range transportation plan (LRTP) allocates funding for major projects in the Boston region and guides the MPO’s funding of capital investment programs and studies.

Use the new Destination 2040 website at http://ctps.org/lrtp-dev to explore the state of the system; learn how the MPO will identify needs, revisit its vision and goals, and prioritize its investments; and share your own interests, concerns, and ideas.


Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!
Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide
SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!
To view the directory please visit: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha at sbnboston.org


Boston Food System
"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."
The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.
Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.
It's easy to subscribe right now at https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website (BNID.org) that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.
The website contains:
A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development - http://www.bnid.org/events
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily - http://www.bnid.org/jobs
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations - http://www.bnid.org/organizations
Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities -www.bnid.org/sign-up
The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.
Please feel free to email our organization at info at bnid.org if you have any questions!


Boston Maker Spaces - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
Solidarity Network Economy:  https://ussolidarityeconomy.wordpress.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/


Links to events at over 50 colleges and universities at Hubevents:  http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to
Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:  http://www.BostonScienceLectures.com
MIT Events:  http://calendar.mit.edu
Harvard Events:  http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/harvard-events/events-calendar/
Harvard Environment:  http://environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/
Eventbrite:  http://www.eventbrite.com/
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:  http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/
Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com
Cambridge Happenings:   http://cambridgehappenings.org
Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 11 AM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.

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