[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - May 19, 2019

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Monday, May 20

2:30pm  Open Doors: A HUBweek Series
4pm  The New Kilogram
6pm  Developing an Ethical Food Statement
5:30pm  Technology, Mining, Violence, and Alternatives:  Global Lessons from the Amazon for a Green New Deal
5:30pm  Communication Design Portfolio Night 2019
6pm  Great Decisions | The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
6pm  Developing an Ethical Food Statement
6pm  Winner Takes All, a conversation with Christopher Lydon
6pm  Boston New Technology EdTech & CareerTech Startup Showcase #BNT101
6pm  PINT OF SCIENCE Spotlight on the Brain: Myths, Measurements & Mysteries
6:30pm  Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times
6:30pm  Book Launch for UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye's Book 'Speech Police’
7pm  A Socialist Defector:  From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee
7pm  JP Solar Happy Hour - May 2019

Tuesday, May 21

8:30am  Elemental Series: Accelerating Science through Innovation
11am  On the Brink: Saving our Right Whale, Saving our Ocean
12pm  Auditing for Bias in Resume Search Engines
1pm  Askwith Forums – Behind the Numbers: The Boston Globe's Valedictorians Project
2pm  A Dose of Reality Around AI and Manufacturing
2pm  Ethics and Design Thinking: A 21st Century Craftsman
4:30pm  AI Talks: Next Generation AI – Memory, Causation and Adaptability
6pm  Pint of Science:  The Future of Health: Science or Science Fiction?
6:30pm  Getting to the Point with Governor Bill Weld
7pm  What My Mother and I Don't Talk About
7pm  Ghost Work:  How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass

Wednesday, May 22 – Friday, May 24

Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility Across the Atlantic

Wednesday, May 22

8am  2019 BSLA CONFERENCE on Landscape Architecture 
8:30am  Emerging Trends Series: Where Real Estate and Cleantech Converge
2pm  Household Giving: How Donors Responded to 2017 & 2018 Disasters
5:30pm  Conversation in Civic Innovation: The Role of Apprenticeships in the MA Innovation Economy
6pm  Author Talk W/ Jack Kelly & Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu
6:30pm  Fintech, Small Business & the American Dream
6:30pm  Ecology of a changing planet - from Borneo to Boston
7pm  Yes She Can
7pm  Furious Hours:  Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
7pm  The Pioneers:  The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
7pm  Columbine Flowers: Bringing Petals to the Third Dimension
7pm  Pint of Science: Our Planet

Thursday, May 23

8am  Conscience, Abortion Care, and the Battle for the Soul of Medicine
8am  Sixth Annual Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Policy Summit
10am  Creating Connection: Creating Change - Mentoring In Massachusetts
12pm  Indigenous New Hampshire Food Ways & History
12pm  Aging Well in the 21st Century: Preventing Falls and Mobility Issues in Older Adults
12:15pm  Foreign Skeletons in Nuclear Closets: Implications for Policy and Verification
6pm  I-90 Allston Interchange Multimodal Project Public Meeting
6pm  #Metoo Panel
6pm  Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute exhibition reception
6pm  American Experience: Chasing the Moon
6:30pm  Tiny Fossils: What Microbes + Minerals Reveal about the Environment
7pm  American Cipher:  Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan

Friday, May 24

7:30am  Global STEM Education: What's next?
9am  Paying for the Green New Deal
9:30am  Global Earth Strike For Future
3pm  The science and programs of the High-Energy-Density Science Center at LLN

Saturday, May 25

1pm  Futurefood

Sunday, May 26

1pm  The Satanic Temple and 'Hail Satan?’
3pm  Be the Change Community Action: Music, Mental Health, & Recovery

Monday, May 27

7pm  Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead w/ Bill Griffith

Tuesday, May 28

8:30am  Setting the Stage For Tomorrow with the Innovation of Today
1pm  TEDxMIT:  Computing the future
2:15pm  Climate, Faith, and Texas: A Conversation with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech
5:30pm  Eco-Efficiency: Improving Efficiency, Unlocking Returns
6pm  Judith B. Tankard, Gardens of the Arts & Crafts Movement
7pm  Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia:  A Graphic Biography
7pm  Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
7pm  A Life in History


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

City Agriculture - May 15, 2019

Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Monday, May 20

Open Doors: A HUBweek Series
Monday, May 20
2:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Various locations in the North Station neighborhood, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-doors-a-hubweek-series-tickets-61503961003

Open Doors is a celebration of the innovation happening in different corners of this city – places where new ideas are percolating, businesses are emerging, and communities are growing.

North Station is a neighborhood that has undergone an incredible transformation. To see it today, reimagined as a bustling technology hub, is proof of the momentum in the Boston innovation scene. Trip Advisor, Converse, CBT, and Rapid 7 all call this neighborhood home – companies who not only understand the power of data, but are using it to guide decisions across products, services, spaces, culture, and people.

On May 20th, get a close-up view of these North Station trailblazers at the first of HUBweek’s 2019 Open Doors events. We’ll be taking over the neighborhood for a series of panel discussions, gallery tours, and activities followed by a meet-up at the brand new Night Shift Brewing taproom.

The schedule at a glance:
Staying Human in the Era of Big Data
2:30 - 3:30 PM | Panel | Trip Advisor - 126 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114
Once a byproduct and now a coveted commodity, big data is transforming all aspects of business and innovation. But how can we unlock the potential of our data and ensure that it’s helping us make the best decisions when it comes to our work, health, safety, and privacy? 
Jana Eggers, CEO, Nara Logics
Bob Rudis, Chief Data Scientist, Rapid7
Kim Lucas, Open Data Manager, Analytics Team, Department of Innovation & Technology, City of Boston
Gregory Sorensen, CEO, DeepHealth
The Art + Science of Climate Change
2:30 - 3:30 PM | Panel | CBT Architects - 110 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114
We know data is useful, but it can be beautiful, too. Two Boston-based artists are integrating astronomic, ecological, and meteorological data into their works, pushing the boundaries of creative production and asking what happens when art, science — and the weather — collide.
Nathalie Miebach, Artist
Georgie Friedman, Artist
Creating a Culture of Innovation: Nurturing Employees for a Dynamic Workplace
4:00 - 5:00 PM | Panel | Converse - 1 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA 02114
How do you attract — and retain — top-quality talent? Hear from professionals who are part of innovative, data-driven organizations and who have made a living answering questions around how company culture is identified, refined, and scaled as a company grows.
Christina Luconi, Chief Operating Officer, Rapid7
Stuart Teale, HR Business Partner, Converse
Moderated by: Danielle Sandars, Director, Employee Communications & Engagement, Converse
Meditation and Mindfulness Session with the Benson-Henry Institute of Mind Body Medicine
4:00 - 5:00 PM | Talk + Activity | Trip Advisor - 126 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114
Calm your mind, energize your body, and reset for the evening with De-Stress Boston, a program of mindfulness, meditation, and stress reduction hosted by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital.
Darshan Mehta, MD
The Story Behind the Ellipse
4:00 - 5:00 PM | Talk + Activity | CBT Architects - 110 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114
Designed by CBT with collaborating partners Skanska and PTC, this immersive, interactive gallery experience in their street-level lobby will explore the inventive design process behind 121 Seaport, CBT’s new, elliptical-shaped, and highly sustainable tower in the Seaport neighborhood. Through augmented and virtual reality and data analysis, explore the innovation of the design, construction, and current use of this space.
Converse Archive Tour
3:30 - 4:00 PM or 5:00 - 5:30 PM | Talk + Activity | Converse - 1 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA 02114
We all know about the iconic Chuck Taylors, but have you ever seen Converse’s military shoes? Or their first foray into weatherized footwear in the early 1900s? Meet the Converse archivist and grab a peek at this historical collection.
Sam Smallidge, Archivist, Converse
Night Shift Taproom Meetup
5:30 - 7:30 PM | Meetup | Night Shift Brewing - 1 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA 02114
Come wind down, meet up, and check in at the brand spankin’ new Night Shift Brewery experimental taproom at Lovejoy Wharf. Grab a brew with someone new to recap the day’s discussions and celebrate with the HUBweek community. Your attendance at one of these events provides access to our afterwork meet-up.


The New Kilogram
Monday, May 20
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 10-250, Huntington Hall, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Wolfgang Ketterle 
On May 20, the definitions for the units of mass, charge, temperature and mole will change.  This is a major change in the international system of units, eliminating all man-made objects from these definitions.  This talk will provide some historical background and motivation for defining fundamental base units.  However, the main focus of the talk is:  How do we, as scientists or engineers, explain these units to the general public?  For the redefinition of charge, temperature and mole, this is rather straightforward, but even physicist struggle to explain how fixing the numerical value of Planck’s constant h provides the new definition of the kg.  Conceptually, the explanation is that 1 kg is now the mass of a defined number of photons, 1.4755214*10^40, at the frequency of the cesium atomic clock.  However, this gets us into questions like:  Does a photon have mass? Is a mole of carbon still exactly 12 g?  How accurately can you count a huge number of photons or atoms, and finally, how do you realize this conceptual definition in practice (by using the Watt or Kibble balance, or a single-crystal silicon sphere)?


Technology, Mining, Violence, and Alternatives:  Global Lessons from the Amazon for a Green New Deal
Monday, May 20
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
MIT, Building E19-319, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Professor Julie Klinger (Boston University)
Abstract:  Any possible future we wish to build requires technology metals such as rare earth elements, niobium, and lithium. These elements are essential for the technologies of modern life, including the renewable energy technologies central to the Green New Deal. Projected demand increases have driven mining interests to protected areas and Indigenous lands, particularly in Latin America. This new gold rush is generating violence against the people and environments essential to long-term climate stability.  Drawing on extensive fieldwork in China, Brazil, and the US, this talk provides a background of the global technology metals situation, examines case studies from Latin America, and presents proposals to clean up the lifecycles of our technologies.

Bio: Dr. Julie Michelle Klinger (PhD Geography) is an Assistant Professor in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and the Associate Director of the Global Development Policy Center Land Use and Livelihood Initiative. Dr. Klinger’s research focuses on the dynamics of global resource frontiers, with a particular focus on social and environmental sustainability.  In particular, she examines how diverse forms of violence and strategies for survival shape land use, environmental conservation, and livelihood security. Some of Dr. Klinger’s research experience includes rural development in the Himalayas; Brazil-China relations; the impacts of rare earth mining around the world; and the role of international outer space cooperation in global development. Her research uses qualitative and quantitative methods combined with extensive fieldwork. She often works in local languages with diverse stakeholders to uncover the root causes of environmental degradation and livelihood insecurity. Her recent book, Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes won the 2018 Meridian Award for its “unusually important contribution to the art and science of geography.” She is committed to finding collaborative solutions to the most pressing sustainability issues of our time.


Communication Design Portfolio Night 2019
Monday, May 20
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communication-design-portfolio-night-2019-tickets-57349145839

Join us as graduating seniors from the MassArt Communication Design department and Graphic Design Certificate Program present their portfolios to prospective employers and the public at large. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by public transportation. Green Line E train to Longwood Medical or public buses 39 or 66. Free and open to the public, but registration is required.


Great Decisions | The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
Monday, May 20
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-decisions-the-united-states-and-mexico-partnership-tested-tickets-61173084342

Join us to discuss the future of partnership between the United States and Mexico!

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership

Roberto Dominguez is Professor of International Relations at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He was Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and Researcher at the European Union Center of Excellence of University of Miami. His current research interest is on comparative regional security governance, security governance in Latin America, European Union-Latin American Relations and Mexican external relations. Some of his publications include: Security Governance and Regional Organizations (with Emil Kirchner, Routledge, 2011); EU Foreign Policy Towards Latin America (Palgrave, 2015); “Global Governance in the United States” (in Global Governance from Regional Perspectives: A Critical View, Anna Triandafyllidou, Oxford University Press, 2017). “External Powers in Asia” (with Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson, for EU-Asia Security and Trade, forthcoming in 2020); and Regional Security Governance in Latin America (with Andrea Oelsner forthcoming in 2020). Professor Dominguez has also contributed as consultant for projects for the European Parliament and the European Commission. Currently is Senior Editor of the upcoming Encyclopedia of European Union Politics (Oxford University Press).



Developing an Ethical Food Statement
Monday May 20 
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Tremont Street Shul, 8 Tremont Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/developing-an-ethical-food-statement-tickets-60786038678
Cost:  $10

When we gather in community, what we eat has the potential to promote animal welfare, slow down the negative effects of climate change, and build healthier food systems. Over the last few years, more Jewish communities than ever have committed to improve their food sourcing and leverage their buying power to promote more sustainable practices. These transitions come in parallel to larger institutional and corporate commitments.

Join us to hear from David Havelick, Sustainability Manager at Harvard University, who recently  implemented Sustainable Healthful Food Standards and is part of a growing wave of schools and businesses aligning their values with their food practices.

In this workshop, you’ll gain a better understanding of food sourcing strategies and engage in discussion around how to develop an ethical food statement with your institution. We will share our experiences, ask questions, and brainstorm with fellow participants around ways to bring these tools back to our respective communities.

If two people from the same community register together, the third person is free! **

Light kosher snacks will be served.


Winner Takes All, a conversation with Christopher Lydon
Monday, May 20
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT 
Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg6yhl0t57fc7fdb

Join us for a thought provoking conversation moderated by Chris Lydon, WBUR Radio Host of Open Source about WINNER TAKES ALL, a book by Anand Giridharadas.


Boston New Technology EdTech & CareerTech Startup Showcase #BNT101
Monday, May 20
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Hult International Business School, 1 Education Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/61008979500
Cost:  $0 – $99

Join us to:
See innovative and exciting local EdTech & CareerTech technology demos, presented by startup founders
Network with attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free headshot photo (non-intrusively watermarked) from The Boston Headshot!
Enjoy pizza, salad, beverages and more
Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience.


PINT OF SCIENCE Spotlight on the Brain: Myths, Measurements & Mysteries
Monday, May 20
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://pintofscience.us/event/spotlight-on-the-brain-myths-measurements--mysteries
Cost:  $5

Pint of Science is an annual science festival that takes place every May and brings researchers to your local pub or bar to show you the latest happenings in the world of science. 

Join researchers from the McGovern Institute at MIT for some brainy talk.

LOU BEAULIEU-LAROCHE, PhD candidate, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
"How are human brains cells special?"

RACHEL ROMEO, Postdoc Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital and MIT
"How do differences in our early childhood experiences change our brain development?"

KRISTINA KITKO, Postdoc Associate, Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
"What's it useful for? What we can (and can't) learn about disease from developing new methods to study model systems"

BEN BARTELLE, Research Scientist, Neurobiological Engineering, MIT
"Molecular fMRI: Creating the means to see the unseeable"


Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times
Monday, May 20
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scott-pelley-520-tickets-60841715208
Cost:  $5 – $27

Scott Pelley will appear at Coolidge Corner Theatre from 6:30-7:30pm (ticket required) to discuss his new book, Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times. He will sign books afterward at Brookline Booksmith, across the street.

Please read the following information carefully before making your purchase:
Every attendee must have a ticket.
Present your on-screen or printed ticket at the Coolidge for entry.
Tickets are valid until 6:25pm, at which point unfilled seats may go to the standby line.
In the case of a sold out event, a standby line will form at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Standby tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Scott's talk will begin at 6:30pm and last one hour.
A book signing at Brookline Booksmith (across the street from the theatre) will follow Scott's talk at 7:30pm.
If your ticket includes a book, you may pick it up at Brookline Booksmith on the day of the event or before the end of June 2019.
All tickets are nonreturnable and nonrefundable.


Book Launch for UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye's Book 'Speech Police’
Monday, May 20
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM ET
Cambridge Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://cambridgepl.libcal.com/event/5358851

David Kaye
Ellery Roberts Biddle
Join the Cambridge Public Library for the next Horizons lecture, where UN Special Rapporteur on Free Expression David Kaye will be discussing the issues raised in his new book Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet.
Ellery Biddle of Global Voices will engage Mr. Kaye in conversation about the substance of the book and moderate audience questions.
The social media platforms are a major part of most significant public debates from the Christ Church attack to the Brazilian elections. The platforms have made their own rules so far, but countries around the world are now taking action to regulate them. David Kaye, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on free expression, has been at the center of the discussions of these issues for years. He has been a part of closed door meetings with companies, governments, activists, journalists and others. In this event, he will discuss the social media platforms and how we can start to cope with the complicated problems that they present.
Presented as part of Horizons: Exploring Breakthroughs in Science & Technology and Their Impact on Society, a lecture series of the STEAM Initiative at the Cambridge Public Library. 


A Socialist Defector:  From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee
Monday, May 20
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes journalist and Harvard alumnus VICTOR GROSSMAN for a discussion of his new memoir, A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee.

About A Socialist Defector
The circumstances that impelled Victor Grossman, a U.S. Army draftee stationed in Europe, to flee a military prison sentence were the icy pressures of the McCarthy Era. Grossman—a.k.a. Steve Wechsler, a committed leftist since his years at Harvard and, briefly, as a factory worker—left his barracks in Bavaria one August day in 1952, and, in a panic, swam across the Danube River from the Austrian U.S. Zone to the Soviet Zone. Fate—i.e., the Soviets—landed him in East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic. There he remained, observer and participant, husband and father, as he watched the rise and successes, the travails, and the eventual demise of the GDR socialist experiment. A Socialist Defector is the story, told in rare, personal detail, of an activist and writer who grew up in the U.S. free-market economy; spent thirty-eight years in the GDR’s nationally owned, centrally administered economy; and continues to survive, given whatever the market can bear in today’s united Germany. 

Having been a freelance journalist and traveling lecturer—and the only person in the world to hold diplomas from both Harvard and the Karl Marx University—Grossman is able to offer insightful, often ironic, reflections and reminiscences, comparing the good and bad sides of life in all three of the societies he has known. His account focuses especially on the socialism he saw and lived—the GDR’s goals and achievements, its repressive measures and stupidities—which, he argues, offers lessons now in our search for solutions to the grave problems facing our world. This is a fascinating and unique historical narrative; political analysis told with jokes, personal anecdotes, and without bombast.


JP Solar Happy Hour - May 2019
Monday, May 20
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
The Jeanie Johnston Pub, 144 South Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/60843428332

Come join other solar professionals for a few drinks and chit chat on May 20th.

Tuesday, May 21

Elemental Series: Accelerating Science through Innovation
Tuesday, May 21
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
LabCentral, 700 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elemental-series-accelerating-science-through-innovation-tickets-58395217668

We would like to invite you to the inaugaral Element Summit Series: Accelerating Science through Innovation.  Learn about new Technologies for the Laboratory including:
Internet of Things (IoT)
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML)
Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)
Learn from industry leaders.  Hear case studies from your peers on adapting new technologies. Network with the who’s who of Boston’s biotech scene.
8:30 - 9:00am  Welcome and Coffee
9:00 - 9:30am  Johannes Freuhauf, President Lab Central     
9:30 - 10:15am  Sridhar Iyengar PhD, CEO Elemental Machines
10:15 - 10:30am  Networking Break
10:30 - 11:15am  Steve Morandi, OneSource Leader, Perkin Elmer
11:15 - 12:30pm  Panel Discussion: Adapting New Technologies in the Lab
12:30 - 1:30pm  Lunch + Networking
1:30 - 2:15pm  Timothy Gardner, CEO Riffyn
2:15 - 3:00pm  Bob Coughlin, President and CEO MassBio
3:00 - 3:15pm  Networking Break
3:15 - 3:45pm  Robert Ranville, Business Development, RealWorld One
3:45-4:30pm  Wrap-up/Tour/Networking
4:30 pm  After-hours Networking, Sulmona Restaurant and Bar, 608 Main Street

Invite your colleagues to join us at Sulmona (two minute walk from LabCentral)

Who would benefit the most from attending this event?
This event is especially geared for lab operations managers/directors, data and bench scientists, automation engineers, or related job functions that work in the life sciences field. 
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
While there are a few parking garages in the vicinity of LabCentral, parking is extremely limited.  You may be able to reserve a parking spot through SpotHero.  We highly recommend taking the MBTA Red Line to the Kendall Square stop.  It is a short ten minute walk directly along Main Street to reach LabCentral.
How to do I find the entrance to the event?
Walk along Main Street until you reach Osborn Street as the cross street. Turn onto Osborn Steet and continue walking about 1/2 block until you see a walkway on your left.  Turn left at the walkway and continue for about 100 feet until you see the main entrance for LabCentral.

I am a student.  Can I attend?
Unfortunately not.  This event is specially geared for experienced professionals.  If you are a student, please sign up at www.elementalmachines.ioforinfo on our upcoming event for job seekers and industry overview.


On the Brink: Saving our Right Whale, Saving our Ocean
Tuesday, May 21
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Simon's IMAX Theater, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/60879656692

Our planet needs us now. We’ve all been hearing the heartbreaking news about recent North Atlantic right whale deaths. They are on the brink of extinction, BUT with our help this species can be saved.

Join us W2O’s signature event ON THE BRINK: Saving Our Right whale.Saving Our Ocean. This year we are honored to feature Dr. Scott Kraus. Dr. Kraus has been a leader in ocean conservation and has worked tirelessly for over 30 years to save this beloved species.


Auditing for Bias in Resume Search Engines
Tuesday, May 21
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard Law School Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXcl4cbqrZMfyvkA_T-YF4lrD-E_REtFOIlnqhTV-gNRzE2Q/viewform
Live webcast at noon on event date at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2019-05-21/auditing-bias-resume-search-engines

Christo Wilson, Northeastern
Amar Ashar
There is growing awareness and concern about the role of automation in hiring, and the potential for these tools to reinforce historic inequalities in the labor market. In this work, we perform an algorithm audit of the resume search engines offered by several of the largest online hiring platforms, to understand the relationship between a candidate's gender and their rank in search results. We audit these platform with respect to individual and group fairness, as well as indirect and direct discrimination. 
Christo Wilson's homepage here
Investigating the Impact of Gender on Rank in Resume by Le Chen, Ruijun Ma, Anikó Hannák and Christo Wilson


Askwith Forums – Behind the Numbers: The Boston Globe's Valedictorians Project
WHEN  Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
WHERE  The Charles Hotel, Ballroom - 3rd floor, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
TYPE OF EVENT	Community Programming, Forum, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT EMAIL  askwith at gse.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE	This event is free and open to the public.
FEATURED EVENT  Askwith Forums
DETAILS  Location: The Charles Hotel, Ballroom - 3rd floor, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
*Note the special mid-afternoon time of this Askwith Forum. The forum will take place at the Charles Hotel in conjunction with the Strategic Data Project (SDP) 10th anniversary convening.

Please join convening attendees in person for this post-lunch session, or join via livestream. If you plan to attend, please register.
Moderator: Bridget Terry Long, dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, HGSE
Madelyn Disla, program coordinator, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Center; 2007 valedictorian 
Malcolm Gay, arts reporter, The Boston Globe
Joshua Goodman, associate professor of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School 
Meghan Irons, social justice and race reporter, The Boston Globe
Abadur Rahman, economic development director, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation; 2006 valedictorian 

Graduating from high school at the top of your class is the ultimate indicator of academic success, but for many of Boston's valedictorians their paths after high school have not necessarily gone as planned.

Meet the journalists behind The Boston Globe’s recent investigationinto the outcomes of valedictorians from Boston high schools. Hear the team discuss its troubling findings with researcher Joshua Goodman and moderator Dean Bridget Terry Long, and learn from the valedictorians themselves about the barriers to success and what we can do to help our best and brightest students graduate from college and go on to flourish.

Please note that seating is first come, first seated.
This forum is held in conjunction with the Strategic Data Project’s 10th anniversary convening, “Strength in Numbers.”


A Dose of Reality Around AI and Manufacturing
Tuesday, May 21
2:00 PM EST
RSVP at http://rbr.ehmedia.co/rbr-webinar-lw19/

The artificial intelligence hype machine is in full swing, promising a science-fiction future in fields far and wide, from healthcare to financing to agriculture and the supply chain. Even manufacturing isn't immune to the promises and allure of intelligent machines making us more productive.

Getting from the present to this future is when reality sets in, and we see real challenges ahead of us. In this webinar, author and consultant Joe Barkai will discuss the current state of AI and machine learning in the manufacturing industry, weeding through the hype to give you a dose of reality.

The webinar will give you a sneak preview of Barkai's session at LiveWorx, "Future Perfect? How Intelligent Machines Are Shaping the Future of Manufacturing", to be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Boston


Ethics and Design Thinking: A 21st Century Craftsman
Tuesday, May 21
2:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Building E14, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Conversations with Miklu Silvanto


AI Talks: Next Generation AI – Memory, Causation and Adaptability
Tuesday, May 21
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Fidelity Investments, 245 Summer Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/261105264/
Cost: $10.00 /per person

21+. Join BNT and FCAT AI Club members to:
Hear experts from Fidelity & Massachusetts General Hospital discuss "Next Generation AI."
Ask our experts your questions on AI.
Network with AI enthusiasts and developers over appetizers, drinks & more at our reception.

Sharad Shandilya and Dr. Rahul Mahajan will present an overview of the recent evolution of Artificial Neural Networks with a focus on memory mechanisms – what memory means and the role these mechanisms play.

Then, they will review the requirements for model interpretability and determination of causality.

To end, they will briefly review relevant analogies to neuroscience which may lend themselves to extrapolation, and entertain a few ideas on how AI could become even more adaptable in the future.

Register at least 48 hours prior to save 50%.

About the Speakers:
Sharad Shandilya is VP / Head of A.I. CoE Practice for Fidelity Institutional at Fidelity Investments.
Rahul Mahajan is Neuroscience Innovation Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Third Rock Ventures


Pint of Science:  The Future of Health: Science or Science Fiction?
Tuesday, May 21
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Kinsale, 2 Center Plaza, Boston
RSVP at https://pintofscience.us/event/the-future-of-health-science-or-science-fiction
Cost:  $5

Frankenfish: The Salmon we have been waiting for?
Sheldon Krimsky (Lenore Stern Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences) 
Soon we will see genetically modified salmon in the supermarkets throughout the United States. It was recently approved for distribution and sale by the Food and Drug Administration after a review period that began in 1989. How confident can we be that it is safe to eat and safe for the environment? Why do we need it? Will it be more nutritious than ocean-caught salmon or other farmed salmon? What is the genetic modification do to the salmon? Will it be labeled?

Restoring a Sense of Feeling
Shriya Srinivasan (Doctoral Researcher, Biomechatronics Research) 
Shriya’s research in the Biomechatronics group at the MIT Media Lab synthesizes her medical and engineering training to redesign the surgical paradigm for amputation. 
Shriya has developed a method that improves signaling with advanced bionic devices and returns sensory feedback from prostheses. Notably, her methods can be applied to people who have already undergone amputation, restoring lost function to severed nerves.

Accelerating Drug Discovery with Machine Learning
Kyle Swanson (Graduate Researcher at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)) 
Drug discovery is a slow and expensive process. On average, it takes at least 10 years and costs $2.6 billion to design a new drug and bring it to market. But what if we could use data about the properties of previous drug candidates to help us predict the properties of new molecules without performing any experiments in the lab? In this talk, I’ll discuss how I’m using machine learning to build a molecular property prediction model that is helping chemists filter through vast molecular libraries to more rapidly find viable drug candidates.

Using Tumor Targeting Nanoparticles to Deliver Combination Therapies to Brain Tumors
Fred Chiu-Lai Lam (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Yaffe Lab) 
Glioblastoma is the most common and aggressive brain tumor in adults with very few effective treatments. One of the reasons is the inability of new therapies to cross the blood-brain barrier, therefore finding innovative technologies to enhance delivery of these therapies could help improve survival for patients with glioblastoma. We designed nanoparticles that can package two different therapies with the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. We were able to show that our nanoparticles could deliver combination therapies to patients with brain tumors.


Getting to the Point with Governor Bill Weld
Tuesday, May 21
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/61154699352

Governor Bill Weld will visit the Institute for a moderated Getting to the Point conversation to discuss his vision for a better America and share his policy platform for his candidacy for President of the United States. Governor Weld’s appearance is part of a series of Kennedy Institute programming in conjunction with the 2020 election cycle. 

Governor Weld is a former two-term Governor of Massachusetts, first elected in 1990. Prior to being elected, Governor Weld served in President Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division and as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. He also served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations, served for five years as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and is an associate member of the InterAction Council, an elected group of former heads of state from throughout the world, which convenes to consider and report on global issues.


What My Mother and I Don't Talk About
Tuesday, May 21
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Anthology editor Michele Filgate reads from  and discusses What My Mother and I Don't Talk About, in conversation with Laura van den Berg.

As an undergraduate, Michele Filgate started writing an essay about being abused by her stepfather. It took her more than a decade to realize what she was actually trying to write: how this affected her relationship with her mother. When it was finally published, the essay went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others. The outpouring of responses gave Filgate an idea, and the resulting anthology offers a candid look at our relationships with our mothers.

While some of the writers in this book are estranged from their mothers, others are extremely close. Leslie Jamison writes about trying to discover who her seemingly perfect mother was before ever becoming a mom. In Cathi Hanauer’s hilarious piece, she finally gets a chance to have a conversation with her mother that isn’t interrupted by her domineering (but lovable) father. André Aciman writes about what it was like to have a deaf mother. Melissa Febos uses mythology as a lens to look at her close-knit relationship with her psychotherapist mother. And Julianna Baggott talks about having a mom who tells her everything.

As Filgate writes, “Our mothers are our first homes, and that’s why we’re always trying to return to them.” There’s relief in breaking the silence. Acknowledging what we couldn’t say for so long is one way to heal our relationships with others and, perhaps most important, with ourselves.

Contributors include Cathi Hanauer, Melissa Febos, Alexander Chee, Dylan Landis, Bernice L. McFadden, Julianna Baggott, Lynn Steger Strong, Kiese Laymon, Carmen Maria Machado, André Aciman, Sari Botton, Nayomi Munaweera, Brandon Taylor, and Leslie Jamison.

Michele Filgate’s work has appeared in Longreads; The Washington Post; the Los Angeles Times; The Boston Globe; The Paris Review Daily; Tin House; Gulf Coast; O, The Oprah Magazine; BuzzFeed; Refinery29; and many other publications. Currently, she is an MFA student at NYU, where she is the recipient of the Stein Fellowship. She’s a contributing editor at Literary Hub and teaches at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and Catapult. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About is her first book.

Laura van den Berg’s most recent novel, The Third Hotel, was an ABA IndieNext Pick, named a best book of 2018 by over a dozen outlets, and is currently a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award. She is also the author of one previous novel, Find Me, and two story collections. Laura currently lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband and dog, and is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard. Her next story collection, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, is forthcoming from FSG in 2020. 


Ghost Work:  How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass
Tuesday, May 21
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
8:30 pm Celebratory Reception
@ PARK Restaurant & Bar, 59 JFK Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJD9WhjUIq34_XJLIbmhQ4uPoRZZvwpoWnV3U6BG1ew-DylQ/viewform

Harvard Book Store welcomes anthropologist and Microsoft Senior Researcher MARY L. GRAY for a discussion of her latest book, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, co-authored by Siddharth Suri. She will be joined in conversation by GIDEON LICHFIELD, editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review.

About Ghost Work
Hidden beneath the surface of the web, lost in our wrong-headed debates about AI, a new menace is looming. Anthropologist Mary L. Gray and computer scientist Siddharth Suri team up to unveil how services delivered by companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Uber can only function smoothly thanks to the judgment and experience of a vast, invisible human labor force. These people doing "ghost work" make the internet seem smart. They perform high-tech piecework: flagging X-rated content, proofreading, designing engine parts, and much more. An estimated 8 percent of Americans have worked at least once in this “ghost economy,” and that number is growing. They usually earn less than legal minimums for traditional work, they have no health benefits, and they can be fired at any time for any reason, or none.

There are no labor laws to govern this kind of work, and these latter-day assembly lines draw in—and all too often overwork and underpay—a surprisingly diverse range of workers: harried young mothers, professionals forced into early retirement, recent grads who can’t get a toehold on the traditional employment ladder, and minorities shut out of the jobs they want. Gray and Suri also show how ghost workers, employers, and society at large can ensure that this new kind of work creates opportunity—rather than misery—for those who do it.

Wednesday, May 22 – Friday, May 24

Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility Across the Atlantic
Wednesday, May 22, 2:00 PM – Friday, May 24, 12:30 PM EDT
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conference-on-corporate-social-responsibility-across-the-atlantic-tickets-58323234364

UMass Boston and EM Normandie partnered together to host a conference that will feature recent research and developments in CSR.

Wednesday, May 22

2019 BSLA CONFERENCE on Landscape Architecture 
Wednesday, May 22
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM EDT
Northeastern, College of Arts, Media and Design, School of Architecture, Ruggles Center, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-bsla-conference-on-landscape-architecture-tickets-61213559404
Cost:  $0 – $175

The Boston Society of Landscape Architects is pleased to welcome all to the fourth annual BSLA Landscape Architecture Conference.

The all-day Conference features a lively mix of workshops and panel discussions around themes of design and planning, horticulture and technology, SITES, and the business of practice. Join thought leaders from landscape architecture practice and academia, architecture and planning, horticulture and engineering, municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations and other industry experts for 20 different seminars! 
Click here for the full list of SESSIONS and SPEAKERS.
New this year -- the conference is hosted at Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design, School of Architecture, and co-sponsored by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. A special thank you to returning collaborating partner Victor Stanley.
New this year -- the Conference day will conclude with the 2019 BSLA Design Awards GALA, held that same evening -- Wednesday, May 22 -- also at Northeastern University.
The GALA is ticketed separately, with new, lower pricing overall and special discount pricing for those attending the Conference.  Click here for GALA tickets.

8:00am coffee and registration
8:30am session 1
10:00am break
10:15am session 2
12:00pm luncheon featuring guest speaker Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy
1:15pm session 3
2:45pm break
3:00pm session 4
4:30pm break
4:45pm session 5
6:30pm Next Gen Lightening Talks
7:00pm Design Awards GALA (separate GALA tickets)

LA CES credit is offered for all sessions; AIA CES will be offered for many. The full day promises 7.5 credit hours, 1.5 hours per course, with at 20 choices of courses to choose from.
SPECIAL PRICING is available for emerging professionals (up to 5 years after graduation), as well as nonprofit and government employees. Full time STUDENTS of any high school, college, or graduate program are FREE, including the graduating class of 2019. (Please register for planning purposes, and please bring a valid student ID). As always, there is special pricing available to firms or groups purchasing three or more tickets at once.
All Day tickets admit to 5 workshops plus lunch; Half Day tickets admit to 2 workshops plus lunch. Those 2 workshops may be taken in any order, at any time throughout the day.


Emerging Trends Series: Where Real Estate and Cleantech Converge
Wednesday, May 22
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
Mintz, 1 Financial Center, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emerging-trends-series-where-real-estate-and-cleantech-converge-tickets-59854717070
Cost:  $0 – $50

As the real estate boom continues in Boston and cities throughout the US, how can clean technology be integrated into the office spaces of our future to meet clean energy and climate goals? This panel will explore how the commercial and corporate real estate sectors and cleantech can work together to create business opportunities, ensure that new properties are resilient and energy efficient, and meet the needs of tenants concerned about climate and sustainability, while also serving the workforce of the future with growing interest in amenities from electric vehicle charging stations, a lower carbon footprint, and the advancement of clean energy.

Eric Macaux, Member, Mintz (moderator)
Robyn Beavers, CEO and Co-Founder, Blueprint Power
Eric Graham, Founder and CEO, Crowd Comfort
Brad Mahoney, Sustainability and Technology Director, MP Boston
Marc Margulies, Architect, Margulies Peruzzi


Household Giving: How Donors Responded to 2017 & 2018 Disasters
Wednesday, May 22
2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT
RSVP at https://disasterphilanthropy.org/event/household-giving-how-donors-responded-to-2017-2018-disasters/

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations UH-60 Black Hawk flight crew conduct a flyover of the Florida panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael as the storm left a swath of destruction across the area near Panama City, Florida, October 11, 2018. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo by Glenn Fawcett)
In 2017 and 2018 combined, the U.S. was affected by 30 natural disasters that each caused more than $1 billion in damage. How did Americans respond to these disasters? How many Americans donated to disaster aid and how much? What are the main motivators for disaster giving?

To help answer these questions, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Candid and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will be releasing a new report on American household disaster giving.

Join us Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET for a free webinar to hear key findings from the report, which will be released on May 21, 2019, and explore patterns of giving and factors that drive individuals to donate after disasters.


Conversation in Civic Innovation: The Role of Apprenticeships in the MA Innovation Economy
Wednesday, May 22
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-in-civic-innovation-the-role-of-apprenticeships-in-the-ma-innovation-economy-tickets-58927446579

There are 7.3 million fewer jobs in the U.S. today for people with a high school degree or less than in 1989. Meanwhile, 6 million jobs go unfilled due in large part to a shortage of skilled workers. The growing number of jobs in the computing field far outpaces how many students are earning bachelor’s degrees in computer science and similar fields,” based on the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine report. And Massachusetts added 8,600 technology jobs last year, the fourth-largest growth of any state. Despite this shortage, a college degree remains the primary path to careers in the innovation economy. Is there another path to preparing candidates for tech careers? 

Apprenticeships have served as a thoughtful method of workforce development in the US for decades. In Europe apprenticeships have evolved to support careers in the innovation economy. Some states in the US – South Carolina and Washington state – are thinking about how apprenticeships can help prepare more candidates for tech jobs.
As the Commonwealth launches registered apprenticeships in technology, this event will foster a conversation about the role of apprenticeships in developing the workforce for the innovation economy. Please join us for a discussion about apprenticeships in Massachusetts.
Guest Speakers:
Moderator: Alysia Ordway, Employer Engagement Director at Boston Private Industry Council, Boston Private Industry Council
Rainer Gawlick, Board Chair, Apprenti Massachusetts 
Dr. Joanne Kamens, Executive Director of Addgene
Deborah Kobes, Deputy Director of JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning
Marina Zhavoronkova, Assistant Secretary for Programs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Exec Office of Labor & Workforce Development
5:30 – 6 PM – Registration and networking
6:00 – 7:00 – Panel Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 – Q&A
7:30 – 8:30 – Post event networking

About the Organizers:
Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center New England aims for Microsoft to be “of” the community, not just exist within it. Through the Innovation and Policy Center, we are extending beyond the tech community to:
Connect stakeholders from tech to the broader business, academic and government communities;
Catalyze important technology and public policy discussions, and;
Contribute more directly to the health and vitality of greater New England.


Author Talk W/ Jack Kelly & Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu
Wednesday, May 22
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Boston Health Care for the Homeless, 780 Albany Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-talk-w-jack-kelly-boston-city-councilor-michelle-wu-tickets-60302045040

Please join BHCHP's Emerging Leaders Board and other young professionals throughout Greater Boston for an engaging conversation with Jack Kelly, the author of Sharp Needle - a memoir about his addiction to heroin and his ongoing recovery. City Councilor Michelle Wu will moderate.

Jack Kelly lives in Boston. He is the author of Sharp Needle - a memoir about his addiction to heroin and recovery. Jack has advised and served on various boards for political figures, companies and non-profits regarding public health policy and substance use disorder. He was also a founder of a mobile app tech startup, connecting people in recovery to one another from their phones. Jack remains a vocal leader on issues surrounding mental health, addiction and recovery. Additionally, Jack holds a political science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He is an avid runner and has completed the Boston and New York City Marathons and over 20 half-marathons. Recently, Jack successfully trekked to Mount Everest base camp in Nepal.

Michelle Wu is an At-Large Councilor for the City of Boston. She spoke as part of BHCHP's Emerging Leaders Speaker Series in June of 2018.


Fintech, Small Business & the American Dream
Wednesday, May 22
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore, 242 East Berkeley Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-karen-mills-harvard-business-school-professor-former-administrator-of-the-us-tickets-61004890269
Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-will basis and are not tax deductible donations.

More Than Words welcomes author, Harvard Business School professor, and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Karen G. Mills for a discussion of her new book, Fintech, Small Business & the American Dream. The book details how big data and artificial intelligence have the potential to revolutionize financial services in the traditional banking landscape. Mills takes a comprehensive look at how technology is transforming small business lending, creating new opportunities for small business owners, and energizing this critical segment of the economy.


Wednesday, May 22
6:30pm to 8:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come to the unveiling of the 2019 Hyperloop II pod at the MIT Museum.

Before the team travels to California for the 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition, meet and mingle with the student engineers who are transforming the future of transportation and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Hyperloop II. Light refreshments served. Light refreshments served.


Ecology of a changing planet - from Borneo to Boston
Wednesday, May 22
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Trident Booksellers , 338 Newbury Street, Boston 0
RSVP at https://pintofscience.us/event/ecology-of-a-changing-planet---from-borneo-to-boston
Cost:  $5.00	

25 Years in the Bornean Rain Forest
Cheryl Knott (Professor, Boston University) 
Dr. Knott will talk about the lessons she's learned in her longterm research on critically endangered Bornean orangutans in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. She will focus on the importance of longterm research in illuminating orangutan life history strategies, ecology, and reproduction. In addition, she will discuss conservation implications of palm oil, effects of climate change in Indonesia, and unique approaches to protecting the Bornean rain forest through her NGO, the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Project.

New England: Local Life on a Changing Planet
Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie (Postdoc, University of Maine) 
Lucy Hutyra (Professor, Boston University) 
Nathan Phillips (Professor, Boston University) 
It's easy to think of climate change as something happening on a global scale. Here, we bring together three experts who study the effects of climate change on New England and Boston specifically. They will discuss their research in Maine, around Boston, and at Walden Pond to illuminate how climate change is visible around us, and ways we might act within our local communities to mitigate these challenges.

Disappearing Forest, Disappearing Water: How Studies of Primate Ecology Illuminate Global Climate Change
Alicia Rich (Postdoc, Boston University) 
Dr. Rich will discuss her research on overlapping primate and human health in South and East Africa in the context of global climate change. She will focus on two case studies. First, she will explain what vervet monkey responses to drought in South Africa tell us about ecological flexibility and species' limitations - and what these monkeys can tell us about epigenetics and obesity. Next, she will discuss her ongoing research in Uganda examining how wild chimpanzees respond to forest loss and environmental toxins.


Yes She Can
Wednesday, May 22
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

"Young women can run the world. These are the stories of those who did..." @hillaryclinton

"An excellent guide to the how and why of a life of public service." --Amy Poehler

Join us for an event with contributors to Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House!

Return to President Obama's White House in this New York Times bestselling anthology for young women by young women, featuring stories from ten inspiring young staffers who joined his administration in their 20s with the hope of making a difference. Includes a foreword by actress (Grown-Ish) and activist Yara Shahidi! Shahidi is the creator of Eighteen x '18, a platform to empower first-time voters.

They were teens when Barack Obama announced he was running for president.
They came of age in the Obama Era.
And then they joined his White House. Smart, motivated, ambitious--and ready to change the world.

Kalisha Dessources Figures planned one of the biggest summits held by the Obama White House--The United State of Women. Andrea Flores fought for the president's immigration bill on the Hill. Nita Contreras traveled the globe and owned up to a rookie mistake on Air Force One (in front of the leader of the free world!).

Here are ten inspiring, never-before-told stories from diverse young women who got. Stuff. Done. They recall--fondly and with humor and a dose of humility--what it was like to literally help run the world. 

Yes She Can is an intimate look at Obama's presidency through the eyes of some of the most successful, and completely relatable, young women who were there. Full of wisdom they wish they could impart to their younger selves and a message about the need for more girls in government, these recollections are about stepping out into the spotlight and up to the challenge--something every girl can do.

With contributions from Jenna Brayton, Eleanor Celeste, Nita Contreras, Kalisha Dessources Figures, Molly Dillon, Andrea R. Flores, Vivian P. Graubard, Noemie C. Levy, Taylor Lustig, and Jaimie Woo.


Furious Hours:  Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
Wednesday, May 22
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes debut author CASEY CEP for a discussion of her new book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. She will be joined in conversation by renowned author and Harvard University professor JAMAICA KINCAID.

About Furious Hours
Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country's most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.


The Pioneers:  The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
Wednesday, May 22,
7:00 PM  (Doors at 6:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/david_mccullough2/
Cost:  $8 - $32.00 (pre-signed book included) -

Harvard Book Store and Cambridge Forum welcome two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author DAVID MCCULLOUGH for a discussion of his latest book, The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West.
Please note: This event will not include a book signing. Books for sale on-site and included in pre-sale ticket purchases are pre-signed copies specially bound by the publisher. 

About The Pioneers
As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River.

McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler’s son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of McCullough’s subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them.
Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough’s signature narrative energy.


Columbine Flowers: Bringing Petals to the Third Dimension
Wednesday, May 22
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Harvard, Pfizer Hall, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Labs 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Molly Edwards

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


Pint of Science: Our Planet
Wednesday, May 22
Trident Books Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston
RSVP at http://pintofscience.us/event/ecology-of-a-changing-planet---from-borneo-to-boston

Pint of Science is a non-profit organization that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local bar or cafe to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of sience (and have a pint with them!) Our festival runs over a few days in May every year, but we occasionally run events during other months.

May 22nd's Pint of Science at Trident is entitled: Ecolocy of a Changing Planet - From Borneo to Boston. It will highlight local researchers' work on Planet Earth. 

About the Speakers
Cheryl Knott is a professor of anthropology at Boston University who has been studying wild orangutans in Borneo, Indonesia for the past 25 years. Dr. Knott earned her PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University, where she also served as an Associate Professor until 2008, when she joined the BU faculty. She has been studying wild orangutans in Indonesia's Gunung Palung National Park, on the island of Borneo, since 1992. She is the founder and director of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project, one of the longest running primate research projects in the world. Her work reveals how orangutan adaptations, such as teh longest inter-birth interval of any mammal and the evolution of two adult male morphs, are shaped by their ecology. She is well known for pioneering the use of non-invasive methods in the wild as a way to study animal physiology without physical contact. 

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie is an ecologist and alpine zone enthusiast. She studies ecology above the treeline in New England, with an emphasis on understanding changes in plant communities over multiple time scales--from the recent Anthropocene to the last 15,000 years. Caitlin studied Environmental Science and Publicy Policy as an undergraduate at Harvard University; she received an MS in Ecological Planning at the University of Vermont and a PhD in Biology at Boston University. She's currently a David H. Smith Conservation Research postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maine and Second Century Stewardship fellow at Acadia National Park. Her research explores the history of alpine plant communities and their vulnerability to climate change. When she is not combing through the archives for historical ecological data, combing through the Vaccinium angustifolium on Cadillac Mountain for the first flower of the season, or combing through ancient lake sediments for plant microfossils, she enjoys running, backpacking, and naping with her daughters.

Nathan Phillips is a profesor of Earth and the Environment at Boston University. He received his PhD from Duke University, and a BS in physics from California State University, Sacramento. Water loss is closely coupled to carbon gain by plants and ecosystems. Dr. Phillips studies the physiological mechanisms and processes by which plants and ecosystems regulate water loss and carbon gain, and how such processes may be altered under global environmental change.

Lucy Hutyra is a professor of Earth and the Environment at Boston University. She received her PhD from Harvard University. Her research uses principles from a number of different scientific fields to understand the terrestrial carbon cycle and the impact of humans on carbon pools and fluxes. Through integration of atmospheric, biometric, and climatological information, she is focused on understanding the characteristics and drivers of atmosphere-biosphere exchange of carbon.

Alicia Rich is a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University. Her work uses genetic and genomic methods to pinpoint the shared environmental factors affecting polyspecific primate community health. She currently addresses this problem through postdoctoral research in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Schmitt of the Departments of Anthropology and Biology and the Sensory Morphology and Genomic Anthropology Lab at Boston University in South Africa on vervet monkeys. For her PhD at Indiana University she studied savanna chimpanzees in the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve in Uganda.

Thursday, May 23

Conscience, Abortion Care, and the Battle for the Soul of Medicine
Thursday, May 23
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
MGH, Center for Bioethics, 641 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg6ui0bc03717319&oseq=&c=&ch=

Katie L. Watson, JD, Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Medical Education and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
The Lawrence Lader Lectureship on Family Planning and Reproductive Rights at The Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School was established by a gift from advocate and author Lawrence Lader. The Lader Lecture creates an annual public forum to spotlight the broad range of medical, ethical, social, and scientific issues surrounding human reproduction. The series began in 1997 when Faye Wattleton, former head of Planned Parenthood, delivered the lecture "Reproductive Freedom for the 21st Century". Currently the lectureship is managed by the Center for Bioethics and organized by a committee representing the Harvard teaching hospitals. The lecture is held at one of the Harvard teaching hospitals.

Lawrence Lader has been described by Betty Friedan as the "father of abortion rights."  A 1941 graduate of Harvard College, he was the founding chair of NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League. Mr. Lader is a journalist and author of eleven books including "Abortion," which was quoted nine times in the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision; "The Margaret Sanger Story: The Fight for Birth Control," the first published biography of Margaret Sanger; and most recently "A Private Matter: RU-486 and the Abortion Crisis." In 1975, he founded Abortion Rights Mobilization, which today is at the center of the struggle to make the French abortion pill RU-486 available to American women.


Sixth Annual Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Policy Summit
Thursday, May 23
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
UMass Club, 1 Beacon Street, 32nd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sixth-annual-massachusetts-criminal-justice-reform-coalition-policy-summit-tickets-60576454807
Cost:  $25

Please join us for the Sixth Annual Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Policy Summit
This year’s theme is Learning from Early Accomplishments in Young Adult Justice. Our featured speakers will reflect on nascent efforts to increase public safety by improving outcomes for justice-involved young adults in Massachusetts. Space is limited. Please follow this link to reserve your seat today.
8:00 am - Networking Breakfast
8:30 am - Welcome & Special Address 
Sheriff Koutoujian, Middlesex County 
9:00 am - Conversation: Early Victories and First Impressions
Anthony Gulluni, Hampden County District Attorney
Gregg Croteau, CEO, UTEC
Ed Dolan, Commissioner of Probation 
Erin Freeborn, Executive Director, Communities for Restorative Justice
Moderated by Sarah Betancourt, CommonWealth magazine 
9:40 am - Presentation: Recidivism Outcomes for High-Risk Young Adults in Massachusetts 
Sarah Jalbart, Principal Associate, Abt Associates 
9:50 am - Conversation: Rethinking Systems and Reinvesting in Young Adult Justice 
Carole Cafferty, Director, The Educational Justice Institute at MIT 
Leon Smith, Executive Director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice
Yotam Zeira, Director of Strategy & External Affairs, ROCA
Moderated by Nahir Torres, Hyams Foundation
10:30 am - Presentation: Finding Direction from the Latest Trends
Ben Forman, MassINC & Steve Koczela, MassINC Polling Group
11:00 am - Remembering Jenny Phillips: Finding Inspiration from a Remarkable Leader


Creating Connection: Creating Change - Mentoring In Massachusetts
Thursday, May 23
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Bank of America, 225 Franklin Street, 5th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-connection-creating-change-in-ma-registration-59969937698

Release of the 2018 Mass Mentoring Counts Survey
10:00am - 12:00pm with additional optional lunch and activities from 12:00pm -2:00pm
Join us in celebrating as we release the 2018 Mass Mentoring Countssurvey data from programs across the state. A rich analysis, conversation and deep dive into the cultural responsive practices of our programs will spur discussion from an esteemed panel of local and national experts.  We look forward to seeing you there!
10:00am - 12:00pm
Jill Capitani, Research Manager, from Donahue Institute will present the result of the Mass Mentoring Counts Data Our data on cultural responses practices is extremely important to explore as we strive to place equity at the forefront of the field. A panel of national and local experts, will provide their perspective of where we are today and how to move the field forward.
12:00pm - 2:00pm
We invite you to join us for lunch and interactive discussion, action planning and networking opportunities.


Indigenous New Hampshire Food Ways & History
Thursday, May 23
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-new-hampshire-food-ways-history-tickets-60826348245

The Indigenous NH Collaborative Collective is a collaboration between the University of New Hampshire’s Anthropology Department, Paul and Denise Pouliot of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook Abenaki People, historians, students and archeologists. This long-term project intends to reframe New Hampshire’s history from an Indigenous perspective. In this webinar, hear from leaders of the collective about current projects and the story map, learn about Indigenous Food Ways from Paul Pouliot and a school garden project that integrates Indigenous food and history. 

As always, this webinar will be recorded for future viewing. If you cannot attend the webinar but are still interested, please register so that we can notify you when the recording is ready!
Zoom link: https://unh.zoom.us/j/294085510


Aging Well in the 21st Century: Preventing Falls and Mobility Issues in Older Adults
Thursday, May 23, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
RSVP at http://rsvp.tufts.edu/events/tufts-faculty-webinar-series-aging-well-in-the-21st-century-preventing-falls-and-mobility-issues-in-/event-summary-8b5d1fecbf9e437591e65f62d315867a.aspx

Around the world, people are living longer, but having to manage chronic disease as well as loss of bone and muscle mass. This webinar will explore some proven intervention solutions through proper nutrition and physical activity. Whether you are an older adult facing these issues or you’re a caregiver of an older adult, you won’t want to miss this informative session presented by some of the leading researchers in the country on this topic!

Presented by:
Sarah L. Booth, Ph.D., Director of the HNRCA, senior scientist and director of the Vitamin K Laboratory
Roger A. Fielding, Ph.D., Director and senior scientist of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory
Bess F. Dawson-Hughes, M.D., Director and senior scientist of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory


Foreign Skeletons in Nuclear Closets: Implications for Policy and Verification
WHEN  Thursday, May 23, 2019, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 1 Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Sébastien Philippe, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom
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/foreign-skeletons-nuclear-closets-implications-policy-and-verification


I-90 Allston Interchange Multimodal Project Public Meeting
Thursday, May 23
6:00 p.m.
Fiorentino Community Center, 123 Antwerp Street, Brighton, MA

MassDOT's next public meeting regarding the I-90. The conversation will address environmental permitting, including MEPA/NEPA, 106, 4f, WPA and more.

More information at https://www.mass.gov/event/allston-multimodal-project-task-force-meeting-may-23-2019-2019-05-23t180000-0400-2019-05


#Metoo Panel
Thursday, May 23
6-7:30 p.m.
Modern Theatre, 525 Washington Street, Boston

#MeToo. Shirley Leung, interim editorial page editor, The Boston Globe, will serve as the evening’s moderator and will be joined by prominent Boston business leaders and academics. This panel will explore how this cultural movement has changed the rules of engagement in the workplace.


Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute exhibition reception
Thursday, May 23
6 to 8 p.m.
Gallery 344, 344 Broadway, Cambridge

featuring music by Gap Dynamics and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s poem "Earthrise" read by Toni Bee beginning at 6:30 p.m. plus tastings of foods for our warmer future, including kvass, Japanese knotweed sorbet, honey toffee, oat-based ice cream, and Impossible Meat prepared by Clover Food Lab. Free. 


American Experience: Chasing the Moon
Thursday, May 23
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-experience-chasing-the-moon-tickets-58376821645

The Kennedy Library and WGBH partner for an exclusive preview and discussion of the new American Experience series, Chasing the Moon. American Experience senior producer Susan Bellows, director Robert Stone, George Washington University professor emeritus of political science and international affairs John Logsdon, and Fordham professor of history Asif Siddiqi discuss the series and the "Space Race," from the early years to the lunar landing and its legacy. WGBH radio and television host Callie Crossley moderates.


Tiny Fossils: What Microbes + Minerals Reveal about the Environment
Thursday, May 23
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Tanja Bosak, Associate Professor, MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

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


American Cipher:  Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan
Thursday, May 23
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes political and environmental journalist MICHAEL AMES for a discussion of his new book, American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan, co-authored by Matt Farwell.

About American Cipher
Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl left his platoon's base in eastern Afghanistan in the early hours of June 30, 2009. Since that day, easy answers to the many questions surrounding his case—why did he leave his post? What kinds of efforts were made to recover him from the Taliban? And why, facing a court martial, did he plead guilty to the serious charges against him?—have proved elusive.

Taut in its pacing but sweeping in its scope, American Cipher is the riveting and deeply sourced account of the nearly decade-old Bergdahl quagmire—which, as journalists Matt Farwell and Michael Ames persuasively argue, is as illuminating an episode as we have in seeking the larger truths of how the United States lost its way in Afghanistan. The book tells the parallel stories of a young man's halting coming of age and a nation stalled in an unwinnable war, revealing the fallout that ensued when the two collided: a fumbling recovery effort that suppressed intelligence on Bergdahl's true location and bungled multiple opportunities to bring him back sooner; a homecoming that served to deepen the nation's already-vast political fissure; a trial that cast judgment on not only the defendant, but most everyone involved. The book's beating heart is Bergdahl himself—an idealistic, misguided soldier onto whom a nation projected the political and emotional complications of service. 

Based on years of exclusive reporting drawing on dozens of sources throughout the military, government, and Bergdahl's family, friends, and fellow soldiers, American Cipher is at once a meticulous investigation of government dysfunction and political posturing, a blistering commentary on America's presence in Afghanistan, and a heartbreaking story of a naïve young man who thought he could fix the world and wound up the tool of forces far beyond his understanding.

Friday, May 24

Global STEM Education: What's next?
Friday, May 24
7:30 AM – 12:45 PM EDT
Harvard Graduate School of Education: Larsen Hall, Auditorium G-08, 14 Appian Way, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-stem-education-whats-next-tickets-56649038800
Cost:  $65

Please join leaders and practitioners of Global STEM education for the 11th Annual Global STEM Education Center Symposium. National and Global educational leaders will address Global STEM Education and the 21st Century Global Workforce and the challenges of preparing students for the innovation-driven, globally competitive workforce in their future. 
7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
8:00 am - 8:05 am Welcome by Isa Zimmerman, Ed.D, Board of Directors, Global STEM Education Center, Inc.
8:05 am - 8:35 am  Keynote Talk I: Professor Paul Arthur Berkman, Science Diplomacy Director of the Science Diplomacy Center, Tufts University Fletcher School of Diplomacy 
8:35 am - 9:05 am Keynote Talk II: Frank Martin, Martin Consulting, Inc - independent reviews for NASA and NOAA Spaceflight Projects; performance enhancement for NASA and NOAA teams; The Chair of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) External Council (2015); National Research Council's Committee on Human Spaceflight; Science Mission Operations for Apollo 16 and Apollo 17; Director, Solar Terrestrial & Astrophysics at NASA HQ; Goddard Space Flight Center Director for Space & Earth Science; 
9:05 am - 9:20 am Q&A, Coffee Break and Networking
9:20 am - 9:35 am Global STEM Education: What's next? - Larisa Schelkin, CEO & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc. 
9:35 am - 10:45 am Global Education: Views from the Classroom
Bella Wong, Superintendent, Global Scholars Program at Lincoln-Sudbury High School 
Carol Woodbury, Superintendent, Global STEM Program at Dennis-Yarmouth High School
Anthony Bent, Chairman, Global Skills 21 (GS21 "Oasis") at Massachusetts Superintendents Association
Art Bardige, CEO, What If Math, Non-profit & Lesley University
Moderator: Isa Zimmerman, Ed.D, Board of Directors, Global STEM Education Center, Inc.
10:45 am -11:00 am Coffee break, Networking
11:00 am - 12:20 pm Moving Forward: Global Education Reflection of Policy & Research
Dr. Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies; Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Anne DeMallie, Computer Science and STEM Integration Specialist at MA Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE)
Dr. Robert J. Monson, Department of Education, Policy and Social Analysis, Columbia University, NY
Ryan H. Mudawar – Senior Director, Academic & Workforce Programs, MA Life Science Center
Moderator: Dr. Robert J. Monson, Department of Education, Policy and Social Analysis, Columbia University
12:20 pm - 12: 40 pm Q&A, Dr. Isa Zimmerman
12:40 pm- 12:45 pm Wrap up and Adjournment
We look forward to seeing you at Harvard on Friday, May 24, 2019!


Paying for the Green New Deal
Friday, 24 May
9:00am – 5:30pm EDT
Harvard, Wasserstein Center Room 1010, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/60318118115

A 1-Day Workshop at Harvard Law School on May 24, 2019, featuring leading progressive economists and lawyers.


Global Earth Strike For Future
Friday, May 24
9:30am - Pre rally at the Hatch Shell. 
10am - March for Our Future: walk from Hatch Shell via Arthur Fiedler Footbridge to the MA Statehouse (distance is less than 1 mile)
11am - Main Rally at the MA Statehouse! 
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/337489243582926/

Join Massachusetts youth in Boston to strike from school and ask our political leaders to take action on the climate crisis. Youth are DECLARING a #ClimateEmergency! On Friday, May 24th, youth around the world will strike from school as part of the Fridays for Future Movement, supporting Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. 

On March 15th, the first Global Youth Climate strike rallied 1.6 million students on all 7 continents, in more than 125 countries, and over 2000 locations. Boston showed up and made our voice heard: this time, we will show up even bigger and louder! 

Want to VOLUNTEER or SPEAK at the strike? Sign up here: https://forms.gle/BJZbRmLktWm3u6JC7  

Info on Fridays for Future: 
"#FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral." See https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/about for more information. 

Global Map of events: https://www.fridaysforfuture.org/events/map


The science and programs of the High-Energy-Density Science Center at LLN
Friday, May 24
3:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building NW17-218, 175 Albany Street, Cambridge,

Frank Graziani, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
High energy density physics (HEDP) is the study of matter at extreme conditions where energy densities are in excess of 10^12 ergs/cc  or equivalently, pressures are in excess of 1 Mbar.  HEDP spans a wide range of phenomena, from the deep interiors of the giant planets to the hot plasmas typical of stellar interiors. Matter in the HEDP regime can involve some combination of the following phenomena, collective effects, electron degeneracy, radiation, atomic kinetics, strong particle-particle correlations, non-equilibrium and hybrid quantum-classical behavior. In this talk I focus on an important component of executing experiments at any HEDP facility-simulation. I discuss the spectrum of computational approaches HEDP scientists use to model their experiments, from hydrodynamics, to kinetic theory to particle based methods. I discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the various computational approaches and briefly touch on two recent advances that may hold promise to enhancing the current weaknesses. The talk ends with a discussion of the High Energy Density Sciences Center, which is an outreach organization at LLNL that is building a HEDP community through interactions of LLNL scientists withacademic collaborators.

Saturday, May 25

Saturday, May 25
1pm - 4pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Matthew Battles, Keith Hartwig, and Jessica Yurkofsky of metaLAB offer “FUTUREFOOD” interactive culinary encounter. Sample Japanese knotweed sorbet prepared by Gus Rancatore of Toscanini’s. Free. 

Sunday, May 26

The Satanic Temple and 'Hail Satan?'
Sunday, May 26
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Phillips Brooks House, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/GreaterBostonHumanists/events/261472763/

Join us on Memorial Day weekend for something seemingly out of the ordinary, but actually a great honor. Lucien Greaves of The Satanic Temple, an atheistic religious organization based in Salem MA, but with chapters worldwide, will speak on the group, its programs and activism, and the new film 'Hail Satan?' currently in release throughout the US (and which recently screened in Cambridge and Beverly, but no doubt coming back soon to this area).

What is The Satanic Temple?
Advocating for acceptance of non-theistic religious exemption and privilege, The Satanic Temple (TST) has proven to be one of the nation’s most effective counter-balances against theocratic encroachments. The organization is best known for its ongoing efforts to place a Satanic monument next to Ten Commandments monuments on public grounds, and its ongoing legal efforts to oppose reproductive rights restrictions nationwide (including federal and state lawsuits in Missouri against the state’s mandatory 72-hour abortion waiting period). Their activism is ambitious and continuing, and they now have chapters throughout the world, as well as exhibits, lounge and library, shop and Salem Art Gallery at their headquarters in Salem Massachusetts. TST’s Grey Faction, a program of the organization, leads the fight in mental health care reform, confronting licensed propagators of ‘Satanic Panic’ conspiracy theories and fighting to end the debunked practice of 'Recovered Memory Therapies’.

Lucien Greaves is an internationally recognized activist who has appeared in numerous high-profile media outlets including NPR, CNN, MS-NBC, Harpers Monthly, Newsweek, Fox News, Salon, Rolling Stone and more.

Snacks and socializing will follow the talk.


Be the Change Community Action: Music, Mental Health, & Recovery
Sunday, May 26
3:00pm to 5:00pm 
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge 

Tunefoolery, a Boston non-profit for musicians in mental health recovery, for a presentation and discussion about music, mental health and the many roads to recovery.

Theresa Thompson, co-founder
Theresa Thompson is a psychotherapist, musician, and teacher. Inspired by the talents and stories of people in mental health recovery, and struck by the focus on symptoms and pathology in the mental health system, Theresa co-founded Tunefoolery Music with Mark Irwin in 1994. A Fulbright scholar, Theresa holds a BA from The Ohio State University and a Masters Degree from Lesley University. She also studied viola performance at The Longy School of Music.

Jens Rybo, Executive Director
Jens Rybo has directed Tunefoolery since 2000, but started working with the program in 1994, as an intern. Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, he spent his twenties playing in rock bands and managing a record company. Jens is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has a B.A in Psychology and a M.A in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College. In addition to working with Tunefoolery, he has a private practice as a psychotherapist and plays guitar and sings in the band Tail.

kev g mor, musician
Kevin started performing as a singer/songwriter in coffeehouses at about 14 years old. He considers guitar and voice his primary instruments, but also plays drums, bass, banjo, and mandolin. He began playing at Folk Coffeehouses at age 14, and played throughout Boston and the North Shore during his teen years. In his twenties, he additionally started busking on the streets and subways, as well as playing in many rock bands. From 1998-2008, Kevin lived in Alaska, where he performed solo – as well as with bands – in bars, clubs, coffeehouses and festivals. In 2008 he returned to the Boston area and got back into playing acoustically throughout New England and New York. Kevin joined Tunefoolery in September of 2016.

20% of all sales from 3-5PM will be donated to Tunefoolery.

Monday, May 27

Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead w/ Bill Griffith
Monday, May 27
Trident Books Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

Join us for a talk and visual presentation with Bill Griffith, the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip Zippy. Griffith’s prolific output has been included in such publications as the VillageVoice, National Lampoon, and the New Yorker. Griffith coined the popular phrase “Are we having fun yet?”

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and signing.

About the book:
Nobody’s Fool follows the story of Schlitzie’s long career—from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros. Circus to small-town carnivals and big-city sideshows—which is one of legend. Today, Schlitzie is most well-known for his appearance in the cult classic Freaks. The making of Freaks and Schlitzie’s role in the film is a centerpiece of the book. In researching Schlitzie’s life (1901–1971), Griffith has tracked down primary sources and archives throughout the country, including conducting interviews with those who worked with him and had intimate knowledge of his personality, his likes and dislikes, how he responded to being a sideshow “freak,” and much more. This graphic novel biography provides never-before-revealed details of his life, offering a unique look into his world and restoring dignity to his life by recognizing his contributions to popular culture.

About the Author:  Bill Griffith is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip Zippy and the critically acclaimed graphic memoir Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist. Griffith’s prolific output has been included in such publications as the Village Voice, National Lampoon, and the New Yorker. According to Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Griffith is credited with coining the phrase “Are we having fun yet?” He lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

Tuesday, May 28

Setting the Stage For Tomorrow with the Innovation of Today
Tuesday, May 28
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM EDT
CIC Cambridge, 245 Main Street, 3rd Floor Mosaic Room, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/setting-the-stage-for-tomorrow-with-the-innovation-of-today-tickets-61278393324

Propelling Technology Evolution through the Maker Space: Breakfast Briefing; Lunch and Learn

SiliconExpert and the MIT Edgerton Center are collaborating to bring together a panel of technologists and entrepreneurs. Join us in the morning for breakfast or for lunch, whatever works best for your schedule.
The MIT Edgerton Center provides a home for MIT students to design, fabricate, and test their out-of-the-classroom projects. Join us to learn about the history of the Edgerton Center maker spaces and how they serve as a hub for technology ideation at MIT. 

We’ll also unveil design sneak peeks about SpaceX’s annual Hyperloop Pod competition. Both events will be moderated by Professor J. Kim Vandiver, Forbes Director of the Edgerton Center and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering. Joining him will be others from the MIT Edgerton Center as well as members of the MIT Hyperloop team. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. RSVP today for this free event.


TEDxMIT:  Computing the future
Tuesday, May 28
MIT, CSAIL, Building E-32, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyyfawEaM4Cc9UhCKHPTephaxD1YTM4OvuilF7wMh5teJlIQ/viewform

The conference will include talks given by Turing Award winner Professor Barbara Liskov, Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative at the World Wide Web Consortium Judy Brewer, and Professor and ACM Fellow Ronitt Rubinfeld. Joining them will be Dava Newman, Apollo Professor of Astronautics and former Deputy Administrator of NASA; Hamsa Balakrishnan, Associate Dept. Head and Transportation at MIT Director; LIGO expert Nergis Mavalvala, and Boeing Associate Professor Julie Shah. 

TEDxMIT will also feature talks given by Associate Professor Vivienne Sze, recent winner of the Edgerton Faculty Award; head of CSAIL’s Computation and Biology group Bonnie Berger; roboticist and Director of CSAIL Daniela Rus; and SMART Professor Krystyn van Vliet, whose interests in material chemomechanics, biophysics, and nanostructures have aided the development of new tools and models.

Music will be provided by Hane Lee, pianist and master’s student in Opera of the the future at the MIT Media Lab.


Climate, Faith, and Texas: A Conversation with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
2:15-3:15 p.m. EDT
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffvI-UKRWvf1gMZaSdcOQkuPCcn-tS2pvUT1oUK4NE5diDTA/viewform?entry.1278384149=George&entry.1762032870=Mokray&entry.326432028=gmokery%40gmail.com
Cost: Free (but space is limited)

On Tuesday, May 28, Dr. Hayhoe joins republicEn for an interactive webinar entitled Climate, Faith, and Texas.
An evangelical Christian and a Texan, Dr. Hayhoe will discuss how her faith drives her passion for science and how climate change is impacting her home state. Join us!


Eco-Efficiency: Improving Efficiency, Unlocking Returns
Tuesday, May 28
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Unitarian Universalist Association, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eco-efficiency-improving-efficiency-unlocking-returns-tickets-56289292790

Join us in a lively discussion on ways leading companies globally are overcoming barriers to improve their Eco Efficiency – reducing energy and water use and eliminating wastes - plus boosting bottom lines. In 2018 the International Energy Agency concluded: “Energy efficiency alone could cause greenhouse gas emissions to peak before 2020”. We will explore Eco Efficiency best practices globally and how Eco Efficiency is a key enabler for Boston becoming more climate resilient.

For background download new report: http://news.bostoncommonasset.com/improving-efficiency
Discussion from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with networking before and after.
Discussion hosted by:
Steven Heim, Managing Director at Boston Common Asset Management
Dan Seligman, Senior Manager, Energy Efficiency at Ceres
Amy Longsworth, Director at Boston Green Ribbon Commission


Judith B. Tankard, Gardens of the Arts & Crafts Movement
Tuesday, May 28
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 Newbury Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/judith-b-tankard-gardens-of-the-arts-crafts-movement-tickets-60473763655
Cost:  $15 – $20

In this illustrated lecture, landscape scholar Judith B. Tankard surveys the inspiration, characteristics, and development of garden design during the Arts & Crafts Movement. Tankard presents a selection of houses and gardens of the era from Britain and the United States, with an emphasis on the diversity of designers who helped forge a truly distinct approach to garden design. Her lecture is the first event in a series of exhibition programming for The Gardens of Rose Standish Nichols, 1890-1935 opening May 16, 2019 at the Nichols House Museum.
Judith B. Tankard is a landscape historian, award-winning author, and preservation consultant. She taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University for more than twenty years. She is the author or coauthor of ten books on landscape history, including Gardens of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Ellen Shipman and the American Garden and Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes. A popular lecturer in the United States and Britain, Judith is a speaker at symposia and conferences devoted to the preservation of historic landscapes.


Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia:  A Graphic Biography
Tuesday, May 28
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes cartoonist, author, and illustrator NICK THORKELSON for a discussion of his latest book, Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A Graphic Biography. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

About Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
Herbert Marcuse was one of the twentieth century’s most unlikely pop stars: a celebrity philosopher. In the 1960s, his argument for a “principled utopianism” catalyzed the idealism of a rebellious generation, and Marcuse became an intellectual guide for activists and revolutionaries around the world.

From his early studies with Martin Heidegger, to his flight from Nazi Germany with Frankfurt School colleagues, to his status as a countercultural icon, readers are introduced to the development of Marcuse's philosophical theories and the political realities that shaped his work.

Marcuse's advocacy for a more humane, sustainable world was grounded in a personal knowledge of authoritarianism's violence, and the risk of its resurgence. Perennially relevant, radical, and inspiring, Marcuse’s concept of a "Great Refusal"—the protest against that which is—is a guide for our times.


Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
Tuesday, May 28
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, comes Bitcoin Billionaires–the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’s big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off. From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future.

Ben Mezrich has authored Bringing Down the House, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Timesbestseller list. His book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal debuted at #4 on the New York Times list and hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network, nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of four Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture.


A Life in History
Tuesday, May 28
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-harvard-alum-david-kaiser-69-tickets-60136794772

Discussion & Signing 
A Life in History is a probing, sometimes searing, look at the professional life of an intellectual during the past half century. . . . In these reflections, Kaiser offers a personal answer to how to sustain the life of the mind and to ensure a public presence for bold thinking."
About the Author:
David Kaiser taught history at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, the Naval War College and Williams College from 1976 through 2012. His nine books include American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War, and Politics and War: European Conflict from Philip II to Hitler. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts, and writes the blog historyunfolding.com.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 29

MAPC's 2019 Annual Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 29
9:30AM - 12:00PM (Registration and continental breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m.
BU, Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg9zwyr2044b4ce9&oseq=&c=&ch=

Preparing for 2020 Census:  Panel Discussion and Q&A
Moderated by Data Services Director Tim Reardon
Featuring representatives from:
U.S. Census Bureau
City of Chelsea
Massachusetts Voter Table
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Census Program

Charles Eliot Scholarship Award
Mann Award to Wellesley Fire Chief Rick DeLorie
Business meeting, including adoption of FY2020 budget
Election of officers
Election of Executive Committee


Selling without selling out: How to communicate your science
Wednesday, May 29
12:00 p.m. ET
RSVP at https://www.sciencemag.org/custom-publishing/webinars/selling-without-selling-out-how-communicate-your-science

Science is relevant to every person—it is just that many people don’t realize it. The volume and complexity of modern science, and the speed at which nonsense (nonscience) is transmitted, make the dissemination of accurate scientific concepts a challenge. Add fake science to the mix and one can understand why the public is confused. This confusion can have dire consequences—mistrust of vaccinations resulting from discredited and retracted scientific publications has caused unnecessary suffering and thousands of deaths, while misrepresentation of climate science has devalued the impact of global warming and its perilous implications. The most attention-grabbing headlines in the media are often about scientists who have dubious motives or have committed ethical atrocities—whether it’s DNA editing of humans, a wholly unscientific chocolate diet, or debunked cold nuclear fusion. To counter such misinformation, scientists need to take the initiative and proactively communicate their science in an accurate and understandable manner. This webinar provides guidance on how to best communicate science to your peers and the public. Stand up and tell the world about what you do. Help everyone understand how science makes society better.

Speaker bios
Laura Lindenfeld, Ph.D., Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook, NY
Dr. Lindenfeld is executive director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and interim dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis. As the Alda Center’s executive director, she oversees a dynamic organization that has trained over 12,000 scientists worldwide and introduced over 40,000 to the Alda Method. The center provides international leadership in conducting and connecting research and practice to advance clear, vivid science and medical communication. As a communication researcher, her work draws inspiration from the idea that we can make better, more informed decisions about how we shape our collective future. She is passionate about supporting scientists to communicate their work in more direct and engaging ways. Her work focuses on how we can advance meaningful, productive interactions with communities, stakeholders, and decision-makers by strengthening linkages between knowledge and action. Dr. Lindenfeld’s work has appeared in a range of journals, including Science Communication, Ecology and Society, Environmental Communication, Sustainability Science, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Food and Foodways. She coauthored the book Feasting Our Eyes: Food Films and Cultural Identity in the United States (2016) with Fabio Parasecoli.

Alexia Youknovsky, Agent Majeur, Paris, France
Ms. Youknovsky is founder and CEO of Agent Majeur, a science communication agency based in Paris, France. Eleven years ago, she had the foresight to create a company providing specific communication services for stakeholders in research and innovation. A chemical engineer by training, with experience in both research and consulting, she identified with the constant pressure on scientists to publicize their activities, seek out funding, forge partnerships, and invest in public outreach. Now, she leads a team of science communication professionals with the objective of helping scientists promote their work through strategic planning, event production, communication training, graphic design, and more.

Matthew S. Savoca, Ph.D., Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, Pacific Grove, CA
Dr. Savoca is a postdoctoral researcher at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University. He completed his Ph.D. in ecology at the University of California, Davis, where his research focused on why marine animals mistake plastic debris for prey items. This work received international media attention from venues including NPR, BBC, The New York Times, and National Geographic. He earned a Science & SciLifeLab 2018 Prize for Young Scientists for an essay describing his doctoral work. He currently studies the foraging behavior of baleen whales and their possible interactions with microplastics. Dr. Savoca is also passionate about science communication and maintains an active science blog (https://matthewsavocaecology.weebly.com/blog). In addition, his popular science writing has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, and The Washington Post.

Sean Sanders, Ph.D., Science/AAAS, Washington, DC
Dr. Sanders did his undergraduate training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, UK, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University, Dr. Sanders joined TranXenoGen, a startup biotechnology company in Massachusetts working on avian transgenics. Pursuing his parallel passion for writing and editing, Dr. Sanders joined BioTechniques as an editor, before joining Science/AAAS in 2006. Currently Dr. Sanders is the Senior Editor for Custom Publishing for the journal Science and Program Director for Outreach.


Chase Bank is Funding the Sixth Mass Extinction” Protest (Climate Courage from 350 Mass Action)
Wednesday, May 29
Chase Bank opening, 1364 Beacon Street, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
Back up if Coolidge Corner is not open: Chase Bank, 425 Washington Street, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

More than any other bank in the world, JPMorgan Chase is continuing to bury its head in the tar sands, to quadruple down on the oil and to choose short-term profits over all life on Earth. 


Lester D. Gardner Lecture with guest Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO, SpaceX
Wednesday, May 29
3:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 10-250,Huntington Hall, Cambridge 

The Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics is pleased to announce that Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX, will present the 2019 Lester D. Gardner Lecture.

Lester D. Gardner Lectures are made possible by a bequest of the late Major Lester D. Gardner to sponsor presentations on aeronautical history.

Major Gardner was a member of MIT's Class of 1898.  As president of the Gardner Publishing Co., Major Gardner published the magazine Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering, the predecessor of Aviation Week, for more than 10 years.  He was a founder of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and its chief executive for four years.  An air officer in World War I, Major Gardner was the recipient of numerous aeronautical awards, including the Daniel Guggenheim Medal.


Lowell Lecture: Angela Davis "Frameworks for Radical Feminism in the 21st Century"
Wednesday, May 29
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5c30d9fb39612f3e00713706

Angela Davis, through her activism and scholarship over many decades, has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator—both at the university level and in the larger public sphere—has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently, she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness— an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program—and of Feminist Studies.

Angela Davis is the author of nine books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years, a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender, and imprisonment. Her recent books include Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete?, about the abolition of the prison industrial complex, and a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. In 2012, she published a new collection of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom.

Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.

Funding for this series was generously provided by the Lowell Institute. Founded in 1836 with a mission to inform the populace regardless of gender, race, or economic status, the Lowell Institute has reached thousands of Boston-area residents by sponsoring free public lectures and other educational programs. 


Cass Sunstein Discussing " Conformity: The Power of Social Influences "
WHEN  Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Cass Sunstein
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Karen Porter
hbooks at bncollege.com
DETAILS	  Bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein reveals the appeal and the danger of conformity. We live in an era of tribalism, polarization, and intense social division — separating people along lines of religion, political conviction, race, ethnicity, and sometimes gender. How did this happen? In Conformity, Cass R. Sunstein argues that the key to making sense of living in this fractured world lies in understanding the idea of conformity — what it is and how it works — as well as the countervailing force of dissent.

Thursday, May 30

Thursday, May 30
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
New England Institute of Technology, 1 New England Tech Boulevard, Room S330, East Greenwich, RI
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paris-to-pittsburgh-community-action-event-tickets-60972280733

The climate for change is now. We invite you to join us at the New England Institute of Technology for a Community Action Event, Paris to Pittsburgh to New England. Let us explore together what states, cities, towns, and organizations are doing throughout New England when it comes to climate change: Do we accept climate change as being inevitable and begin to adapt...if so, how? Or is there still a way to reduce the impact of climate change...and if so, how?

This special event begins with a public forum made up of leaders in their respective fields from across New England. The leaders will share their perspectives and current actions. During this discussion, the audience will be encouraged to participate. Following this discussion, there will be time to network along with a special screening of the National Geographic/Bloomberg Philanthropies' film, PARIS to PITTSBURGH. Refreshments will be provided by our host, the New England Institute of Technology, and organizing partners.

Editorial Comment:  May be a little out of range but perhaps applicable for an important event like this.


Stories in Science: Vessels of Power and Possibility
Thursday, May 30
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Simons IMAX Theatre New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston
RSVP at http://support.neaq.org/site/Calendar/1265937834

Ari Daniel, Senior Digital Producer, NOVA; Senior Producer, Story Collider; Independent Science Reporter


George Lakey: How We Win
Thursday, May 30
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Church JP, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

George Lakey has been active in direct action campaigns for six decades. Recently retired from Swarthmore College, where he was the Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change, Lakey’s first arrest was at a civil rights demonstration in March 1963, and his most recent was March 29, 2018 in the Power Local Green Jobs Campaign.

Some high points of his movement experience were sailing into Vietnam with medical supplies in defiance of the U.S. war, participating in the first mass sit-down at the Supreme Court as part of his LGBT activism, founding the collective Men Against Patriarchy and the Movement for a New Society, and coordinating a statewide cross-class, cross-race coalition against the Reagan counter-revolution.  He led over 1500 training workshops on five continents and co-founded Training for Change.

HOW WE WIN  is his tenth book; his ninth was VIKING ECONOMICS: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too. 

George Lakey’s  Manual for Direct Action was literally a life-saver for many during the height of the struggle for Black freedom and dignity in the 1960s.  How We Win  has arrived to us at another key moment in our human journey. . — Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Lakey shows us how nonviolent tactics and brilliant organizing win enduring changes.
— Rebecca Solnit, Harper’sContributing Editor, National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, author of Hope in the Dark.

Friday, May 31

EBC Energy Resources Program:  Carbon Capture & Sequestration
Friday, May 31
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Brown Rudnick LLP, One Financial Center, Boston 
RSVP at http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-energy-resources-program-carbon-capture-sequestration/
Cost:  $50 to $185

This EBC Energy program will define the scale and dimension of how Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) can contribute to a successful clean energy transition. Experienced practitioners will provide an overview of the four major elements of CCS; CO2 Capture, its Compression, Transport and Storage. The speakers will offer views on the current state of the art, cost and safety issues, future deployment and environmental impact.

Background – Carbon Capture and Storage
Carbon Capture and Sequestration/Storage is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from large point sources, such as fossil fuel power plants, and transporting it to an underground geological formation for long term containment. The aim is to prevent the release of large quantities of CO2 from fossil fuel use in power generation and other industries as a means of mitigating the contribution of fossil fuel emissions to global warming and ocean acidification. Although CO2 has been injected into geological formations for several decades for various purposes, including enhanced oil recovery (EOR), the long-term storage of CO2is a relatively new concept that can mitigate the continued use of fossil fuels at scale as we transition to renewable energy.

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 & Moderator:
Peter Baldwin, President, base-e

Speaker Agenda:
Overview: Problem Definition & Dimensions 
Howard J. Herzog, Senior Research Engineer ,MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

CO2 Compression Technology – Operating Issues and Cost/tonne

Kevin Kisor, Application Engineering Manager, MAN Energy Solutions

Geologic Storage and CO2 Pipeline Network Issues – Safety and Cost/tonne
Timothy C. Grant, Senior Fellow, Geologic and Environmental Systems, U.S. DOE/National Energy Technology Laboratory

Subsurface Requirements, Issues and Cost/tonne
Dr. Grant Bromhal, Research Engineer, Predictive Geosciences Division, National Energy Technology Laboratory

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Peter Baldwin of base-e.


SBN's 30th Annual Conference: Building a Local, Green, & Fair Economy Now!
Friday, May 31
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM EDT
Natixis Investment Management, 888 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/sbns-30th-annual-conference-building-a-local-green-fair-economy-now-tickets-59952797431
Cost:  $75 – US$95

For the 30th time, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) invites businesses, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations to share ideas and make plans for how we can take the next concrete steps to create a more just and sustainable Massachusetts.

It's an opportunity to join SBN and like-minded allies in a collaborative effort to make practical and positive changes in our community and local economy. We believe that all of us are stronger through partnerships and collaborations! Please join us for a day of conversations leading to action!
This year's theme is Building a Local, Green, and Fair Economy Now!
The Conference includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, ignite- five minute presentations, networking, catered lunch (as part of the cost of the Conference), and a tour of one of the greenest buildings in Massachusetts.

Keynote Speakers:
Nicola Williams, founder and owner, The Williams Agency
"Why an Ownership Economy is Essential for Sustainable Communities?"
Glynn Lloyd, co-founder, BECMA
"Three `Must Do's' for Economic Inclusion to Have Traction in Greater Boston and MA"
Daniel M. Flannery, CFA, Balanced Rock Investment Advisors
"How to Leverage Your Personal Investments to Build a Local, Green and Fair Economy"
Segun Idowu, Executive Director for BECMA
"Can't We Do Better Than 1%? Achieving True Equity in City of Boston Contracting"
Kristin Kelleher, Programs Director for Climate Action Business Association
"Pricing Carbon: the Cutting Edge Approach to Climate Action"
Karen Spiller, Principal, KAS Consulting
"Racial Equity and Sustainability in Action: What Does Food Have to Do with it?"

Speakers Include:
Tim Cronin, Policy & Partnerships Manager, Climate Action Business Association, Co-facilitating workshop with Kristin Kelleher
Edward Dugger III, President, Chief Executive Officer, UNC Partners Inc., Co-facilitating workshop with Glen Lloyd
Myrna Greenfield, Founder of Good Egg Marketing
Laury Hammel, Executive Director of Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and CEO of Longfellow Health Clubs, Master of Ceremonies
Jim Roach, Senior Vice President of Retirement Strategies for Natixis Investment Managers

Agenda for Collaboration and Action:
8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30	Introductions
8:45	Keynote Speakers
9:15	Breakout Sessions
10:00	Break
10:15	Breakout Sessions
11:00	Ignite Session--Five different Five-Minute Presentations
11:30	Small Group Conversations
12:00pm	Catered Lunch (included in cost of Conference)
12:40	Keynote Speakers
1:10	Breakout Sessions
1:40	Making Plans and Closing Process
2:00	Conference Ends
2:00	Tour of one of the greenest building in Massachusetts
2:30	Tour Complete

Speaker Bios:
Tim Cronin, Policy & Partnerships Manager, Climate Action Business Association
Tim manages CABA’s policy program by analyzing climate & energy policies, developing legislative strategies, and engaging member businesses in the policymaking process. He is also founding author of the weekly ‘Massachusetts Policy Roundup‘ newsletter, assists in CABA member business recruitment, and co-chairs the grassroots committee for the Massachusetts carbon pricing coalition. A life-long resident of Weymouth Massachusetts, Tim is a member of Weymouth Rotary, his local Eagles chapter, and the Weymouth Energy Advisory Committee. He also serves on the MetroCommon Scenario Advisory Committee, which is helping to develop MAPC’s 2050 regional plan. Tim has a B.A. in Economics from Stonehill College and spent his junior year of undergraduate studies at Oxford University.

Ed Dugger, President, Reinventure Capital
As a prominent business and civic leader, Ed served as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and is currently a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of Boston Community Capital, one of the largest regulated Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) in the United States. He is the Chair of the Board of Boston Community Ventures and serves on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. Most recently, he has guided growth companies to launch initiatives that: 1) anticipate the impact on business of rapid demographic and environmental changes in the United States and 2) develop new business models transforming these changes into competitive advantages for businesses. Based in Boston, Ed is a graduate of Harvard College and Princeton University (MPA-UP, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs).
Dan Flannery, CFA - President and Founder, Balanced Rock Investment Advisors
Dan is a lifelong investor and founder of SBN member company Balanced Rock Investment Advisors. Balanced Rock's mission is to make personalized fee-only advice and values-based investing affordable and accessible to everyone, no matter their net worth. In particular, Dan has made local investing in positive social and environmental opportunities a priority for the firm and their clients. Prior to founding Balanced Rock, Dan spent more than eight years with Cargill Investment Group Ltd., an asset manager of private tax credit real estate equity funds for institutional investors. In his spare time, Dan serves on the Steering/Finance Committees of JP Local First, Roslindale Porch Fest, Roslindale Village Main Streets and volunteers at the local Mozart Elementary School. He lives and works in Roslindale with his wife Meredith, their 6-year-old son Alden and 1-year-old daughter Sienna.

Myrna Greenfield, President and 'Top Egg', Good Egg Marketing
Myrna Greenfield has worked in the food and beverage, marketing, health care, and hi-tech industries. Greenfield was employee #1 at Equal Exchange, a Fair Trade coffee and food cooperative. She’s the former director of Communications and Campaigns at Oxfam America and served at many other non-profits, including the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Fenway Community Health, and the Child Care Resource Center. Greenfield is also a frequent speaker and trainer at conferences, events, and meetings. She’s presented for a wide variety of groups, including Jamaica Plain business owners, Cambridge corner stores and restaurant owners, Boston area non-profits, New England farmers and food producers, and business trainers. Her topics include product development, branding, sales and marketing strategies, website, and social media.

Laury Hammel, Executive Director of SBN and CEO of Longfellow Health Clubs
Laury founded the Sustainable Business Network (SBN was originally New England Business Association for Social Responsibility (NEBASR)) in 1988, and has been leading the sustainable business movement in Massachusetts ever since. He is the owner and president of Longfellow Health Clubs – a group of health and recreation clubs in the Greater Boston area- considered to be among the greenest health clubs in the U.S. Laury has been the Executive Director of SBN since 2008 and provides overall leadership and visioning for the organization and its programs. Laury has been instrumental in founding numerous additional regional and national networks including Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).

Segun Idowu, Executive Director, Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc.
A lifelong resident of Boston, Segun is a proud product of the Boston Public Schools. Following his graduation from Boston Latin Academy, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and honors from the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Societies. In 2018, Segun was elected to serve as the 1st Vice President for the Boston chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the first chapter of the oldest civil rights advocacy organization in the nation. In this role, Segun managed the much heralded and research intensive report card project that assessed the city’s efforts and results in addressing systemic racial disparities. Segun was recently recognized as an “Influential Millennial of Color” in the city of Boston, and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc. (BECMA).

Kristin Kelleher, Programs Director, Climate Action Business Association
Watching sea level rise affect her hometown of Newburyport inspired Kristin on her journey in the environmental field. She knows communication is key in adapting to our changing climate, and so she is always working to develop strong and reliable communication channels with CABA’s member businesses, with key stakeholders in our legislature, and within vulnerable communities. Kristin enjoys adding new skills to her arsenal and her ultimate passion is to act as an advocate for businesses, ensuring they have the tools to be resilient and sustainable. Kristin is the lead author of the Businesses Acting on Rising Seas Report. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Updated Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Projections for Metro Boston Project, she is an Agenda Setter for the Climigration Network, and she serves on the American Society of Adaptation Professionals Registry Project Working Group. Kristin has a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and an M.A. in Environment, Politics, & Globalization from King's College London. 

Glynn Lloyd, Executive Director, Foundation for Business Equity
Glynn Lloyd has been a pioneer in the field of transformative urban economic development for over 25 years. He is the President and Founder of City Fresh Foods and is currently the Executive Director of the Foundation for Business Equity. The Foundation’s first Initiative: The Business Equity Initiative has designed and is executing a unique approach to truly scaling up our local Black and Latino enterprises in Eastern MA. Glynn has extensive experience assisting some of region’s prominent nonprofits, including the transition of Commonwealth Kitchen to new leadership. As previous board chair of Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, Glynn assisted in the transition of leadership at both the board and management level, at a critical time of this African-American led community institution’s life cycle. He was also selected and appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as a Trustee for Roxbury Community College, as part of the college’s pivot into its best possible future. Most recently, he helped found the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, a coalition of black business, community, religious and labor leaders working together to improve economic indicators in the Black community.

Jim Roach, Senior Vice President of Retirement Strategies for Natixis Investment Managers
In this role, he represents Natixis Sustainable Future Funds®, the first and only open-ended mutual fund target date offerings that are broadly ESG in the marketplace. Mr. Roach has over 17 years of investment industry experience and has spent the majority of his career in sales leadership roles. He served most recently as Head of Sales for Natixis Canada and previously as Sales Desk Manager at Natixis US headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Roach holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut.

Karen Spiller, Principal, KAS Consulting
Karen Spiller is dedicated to supporting the sustained health and equity of our communities. As Principal of KAS Consulting, she provides mission-based consulting with a focus on resource matching, board development and strategic planning for health and equity-focused initiatives. Karen works with diverse stakeholders, including community residents and businesses, state and local agencies, policy makers, corporations, foundations, community-based organizations and healthcare providers.She serves on national and regional committees and leads teams committed to creating equitable public health and sustainable food systems. Karen’s current board member contributions include Boston Food Forest Coalition, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. Involved in state-wide and regional food system work, Karen is an engaged process team member of the Food Solutions New England network. She serves as its Massachusetts Ambassador making connections between FSNE’s New England Food Vision and its racial equity commitment leading to action and movement building across the New England states. Karen is a Thomas W. Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems at University of New Hampshire, Durham NH.

Nicola Williams, Founder and Owner, The Williams Agency
Nicola Williams is founder and owner of The Williams Agency she founded 24 years ago to focus on social issues and causes. She is an entrepreneur, activist, organizer, localvore, environmentalist, and a passionate gardener who lives in Cambridge. She is a Jamaican immigrant, who relocated to Cambridge via Brooklyn for its livability, history, culture and diversity. The Williams Agency offers marketing, communications, and strategic planning services and have won local and national awards for her work. Nicola's commitment to community is demonstrated in her company’s values that include sustainability, diversity, localism, and respect for the people and the environment. Nicola currently serves on the board of directors of three non-profit organizations including Sustainable Business Network, and Community Art Center and Harvard Square Neighborhood Association and has led the organizing of the Cambridge Carnival for 26 years and the Boston Local Food Festival since 2013. She was recognized as a 2015 Cambridge Food Hero for her work with sustainable food. Prior to The Williams Agency, she served as a consultant for Cambridge Business Development, whose mission was to assist businesses stages through start-up, development, and growth.


GANocracy: A Tutorial and Workshop on Deep Generative Modeling
Friday, May 31
9:00am to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 46, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join the MIT Quest for Intelligence and MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab for a workshop and tutorial on the promise of generative adversarial networks, or GANs. Learn how we can exploit the benefits of GANs while minimizing their potential harm. Topics will include the nuts and bolts of generative models, their applications, generative art, and the science and theory of GANs. 


Radcliffe Day 2019:  Food and Justice
Friday, May 31
Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://huevents.harvard.edu/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x60079abcd
The event will be webcast live on this page on May 31. Registration is not required to view the webcast:  https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/how-to-watch-live-webcast

On Radcliffe Day 2019, Friday, May 31, we will award the Radcliffe Medal to Dolores Huerta.
Please register and join us.

Dolores Huerta has spent the past 60 years fighting to secure the rights of marginalized people and communities. She is a living civil rights icon who, despite the obstacles she has faced, has held fast to her belief that political organizing and engagement can produce meaningful change.
In 1962, Huerta cofounded what would become the United Farm Workers of America. Although her name is not as recognizable as that of her partner in that endeavor, Cesar Chavez, her contributions are no less significant. She worked tirelessly to build a nationwide coalition that fought for the rights of farmworkers.

Huerta played a critical role in California’s legendary grape strike, which began in Delano in September of 1965, when Filipino pickers walked out of the fields to protest years of poor pay and desperate working conditions. They were joined by Mexican workers two weeks later. The strike continued for five years, until California table-grape growers signed their first labor contracts in 1970, granting workers better pay, benefits, and protections.
As David Bacon wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle on the 50th anniversary of the strike, it “was a watershed struggle for civil and labor rights, supported by millions of people across the country. It helped breathe new life into the labor movement, opening doors for immigrants and people of color.”
President Barack Obama awarded Huerta the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, saying, “Dolores helped lead a worldwide grape boycott that forced growers to agree to some of the country’s first farmworker contracts. And ever since, she has fought to give more people a seat at the table. ‘Don’t wait to be invited,’ she says. ‘Step in there.’”
Design based on Dolores movie poster, artwork courtesy PBS Distribution
Design based on Dolores movie poster, artwork courtesy PBS Distribution

Our program has been designed to honor Huerta’s critical work to secure the rights of marginalized people by examining the issue that first sparked her activism: the intersection of food and social justice.
On Radcliffe Day 2019 we will explore the shortcomings and challenges of the US food system through social, ecological, and health policy lenses. These issues are far from new, but they have received considerable attention in recent years and they remain vitally important to our nation’s well-being.
In many affluent communities, healthful, ethically produced food is increasingly available to those who seek it. Meanwhile—in our era of growing income disparity—many other Americans lack access to such food. And food production and policy in the United States continue to enable inhumane working conditions, environmental degradation, and products that undermine our health.
To repair what is broken in the US food system, it is crucial to understand and address systemic issues rather than focus exclusively on consumer behavior. Our choices are important: As consumers, we may assume that the healthful foods we buy are also sustainably and ethically produced with reasonable social protections for laborers. But all too often that is not the case. Ultimately, we must address the structural failures in the system that affect social, ecological, and health issues on a societal scale. The key question is how we can create a system that ensures just labor practices and equitable access to ethical, sustainable, and healthful food.
Our audience will have an opportunity to hear from Huerta herself as well as a panel of experts. The panel discussion, "Nourishing America: Exploring the Intersection of Food and Justice,” moderated by the renowned journalist Soledad O’Brien ’88, will feature leading activists and scholars with diverse and important perspectives on food, food production, and policy. In reflecting on their own work at the intersection of food and justice, they will challenge and broaden our understanding of these critical issues. The panelists will include:
health policy expert and Harvard public health professor Sara Bleich PhD ’07 RI ’19 
immigration and employment activist, lawyer, and professor of law Jennifer Gordon ’87 JD ’92 
writer, activist, and Food First cofounder Frances Moore Lappé
expert in agricultural and economic policy Daniel A. Sumner
renowned chef and food activist Alice Waters
Soledad O'Brien ’88 is an award-winning journalist, author, philanthropist, and founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group. She anchors and produces Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien and has anchored or reported for ABC, Al Jazeera, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NBC, among others. In 2006, Newsweek named her one of the “15 People Who Make America Great." Follow her on Twitter: @soledadobrien
Sara Bleich PhD ’07, RI ’19 is a professor of public health policy at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Radcliffe. Her research informs policies to prevent obesity and diet-related diseases, particularly among vulnerable populations. A White House fellow in 2015–2016, Bleich served as a senior policy advisor to the Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.
Jennifer Gordon ’87, JD ’92 is a professor at Fordham University School of Law. Earlier in her career, she founded the Workplace Project, a pioneering immigrant workers’ center. Gordon has received a MacArthur Fellowship and was named an “outstanding womanlawyer” by the National Law Journal.
Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 19 books, including the landmark Diet for a Small Planet. She cofounded the Small Planet Institute and is the recipient of 18 honorary degrees and the Right Livelihood Award, often described as the “alternative Nobel.”
Daniel A. Sumner is the director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and the Frank H. Buck Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. Sumner studies economic impacts of food sustainability trends and policy. He was raised on a fruit farm in Suisun Valley, California.
Alice Waters is a chef, the author of 16 books, a food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, California. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2015 for celebrating eating as a political act and the table as a powerful means to pursue social justice.


MLTalks—Inventive Minds: Marvin Minsky on Education
Friday, May 31
1:00pm — 2:00pm
MIT Media Lab, - 3rd-floor atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Xiao Xiao and Cynthia Solomon in conversation with Hal Abelson
All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
This talk will be webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter: #MLTalks
Inventive Minds: Marvin Minsky on Education is a collection of six essays by artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky on how education can foster inventiveness, paired with commentary by Marvin's former colleagues and students. Co-edited by Cynthia Solomon, who worked with Marvin at the MIT AI Lab, and Media Lab alum Xiao Xiao, who also illustrated the book.
In this talk, hosted by Hal Abelson (a longtime colleague of Minsky's and a contributor to the book), Xiao and Cynthia  will share their experiences of editing the book and  working with so many of the people who share in Marvin's legacy.  They'll offer their insights on Marvin's ideas about mentorship, the potential of technology in schools, and the shortcomings of conventional education. 
Xiao Xiao is a multimedia artist and music technology researcher. As multimedia artist, Xiao has presented at venues such as TEDxBoston and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Recent interactive artworks are on permanent exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection. As researcher, Xiao has published at academic conferences around the world, including CHI, TEI, SIGGRAPH, and NIME. Xiao received a BS in computer science from MIT and a PhD from the MIT Media Lab, where she is a research affiliate. In her spare time, Xiao practices yoga, paints, and teaches herself how to play the theremin. 
Cynthia Solomon created Logo, the first programming language for children, along with Dan Bobrow, Wally Feurzeig, and Seymour Papert at Bolt, Beranek and Newman in 1966. She and Papert continued Logo research at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, where the Logo environment was extended to music, turtle graphics, and robotics with the collaboration of Marvin Minsky and other Lab members. Her seminal book Computer Environments for Children was the first comprehensive reflection on computers in education, and her paper with Seymour Papert, “Twenty Things to do with a Computer,” is a classic in the field. She received an MA in Computer Science from Boston University (1976) and an EdD from Harvard University (1985). She serves on the program committee of Constructing Modern Knowledge and in 2016 was awarded both the National Center for Women & Information Technology Pioneer Award and the Constructionism Lifetime Achievement Award. She also received the 2019 FabLearn Lifetime Achievement Award.
Harold (Hal) Abelson is the Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, a fellow of the IEEE, and is a founding director of both Creative Commons and the Free Software Foundation. Abelson holds an AB degree from Princeton University and a PhD degree in mathematics from MIT. In 1992, Abelson was designated as one of MIT's six inaugural MacVicar Faculty Fellows, in recognition of his significant and sustained contributions to teaching and undergraduate education. Abelson was recipient in 1992 of the Bose Award (MIT's School of Engineering teaching award). Abelson is also the winner of the 1995 Taylor L. Booth Education Award given by IEEE Computer Society, cited for his continued contributions to the pedagogy and teaching of introductory computer science.

Saturday, June 1

Cambridge River Festival 
Saturday,June 1
11am - 6pm
Central Square Cultural District, Massachusetts Avenue between Prospect & Sidney Streets, Cambridge

This year is the 40th anniversary of the River Festival. Themes for this year include climate change and sustainability. A climate change pavilion will be located on Sidney Street. Details forthcoming at https://www.cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/riverfestival

Monday, June 3

Dissecting the Human Microbiome in Health and Disease
Monday, June 3
The Burren:  247 Elm Street, Somerville

Alex Kostic

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

Tuesday, June 4

How Science Fiction Inspired Science
Tuesday, June 4,
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center,  9 Lexington Street, Belmont

David Toomey, Ph.D., Professor of English Literature, UMass-Amherst and co-director of the English Department’s Professional Writing and Technical Communication Program.
In this presentation via distance (from UMASS-Amherst) Dr.Toomey examines the relationship between science and science fiction. In particular he explains how science fiction often anticipates discoveries in science.

This presentation will be recorded at Belmont Media Center, but after the presentation visitors will be able to ask Dr Toomey questions in the studio.

In addition to his research, Professor Toomey has written a number of science books for lay audiences. His book Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own (W.W. Norton, 2013) was longlisted for the 2014 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, shortlisted for Physics World Book of the Year for 2013, and named an “Editor’s Choice” by the New York Times Sunday Book Review. It appeared in Spanish translation from Biblioteca Buridán in 2015 and Japanese translation from Hakuyosha Publishing in 2016. His book The New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics (W.W. Norton, 2007) was among ten nonfiction books named “new and notable” by Scientific American in 2007, and listed among the “Best Sci-Tech Books 2007” by Library Journal.


Stepping Up: Business In The Era Of Climate Change Part 5 (Energy Transitions)
Tuesday, June 4
6:30 pm
WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.wbur.org/events/446278/stepping-up-energy-transitions-part-5
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 5: Energy Transitions 
We cannot confront climate change without wholesale changes in our sources of energy. What companies are leading the transition to fossil-fuel-free energy, what barriers are they facing, and how are they tackling those barriers? How are traditional electric utility shifting their business strategies to accommodate or even promote new, cleaner sources of energy? And how are new entrants to this old sector distrupting the electricity industry with clean energy innovations?

Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business
Abigail Ross Hopper, President & CEO at Solar Energy Industries Association
Francis Slingsby, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Orsted
Moderator, WBUR Environmental Reporter Bruce Gellerman

Click the links below to purchase tickets to other events in this series.
Part 1: Open for Business?, March 5
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


Envision Cambridge citywide plan


Climate Resilience Workbook


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.


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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