[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - January 26, 2020

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Monday, January 27

10am  Strength in the Struggle - Faith-based Action in Weymouth
11am  Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: Lessons from Randomized Evaluations
11:45am  China's Belt and Road Initiative: A Clean Energy Paradox
4pm  Mergers and Monopolies: Does U.S. Policy Do Enough to Protect Consumers?
5:30pm  Towards Life 3.0 - Drafted into the Meme Wars: Disinformation in US Elections
6:30pm  Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus
7pm  Black Wave:  Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East
7pm  Memories of a Child Holocaust Survivor
7pm  Urban Planning Film Series: Containment!
7:30pm  Tightrope:  Americans Reaching for Hope

Tuesday, January 28

12pm  Book Talk: Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow
12:30pm  Democratic Decline and the Evolution of Autocracy
1pm  Contemporary Military Topics: The Maritime Fight-- Redefining the Navy and Marine Corps Fighting Partnership
2pm  Coaching Well-Trained Fleas: How to become aware of the limiting beliefs that keep away possibilities
3pm  First Annual “Patient Safety in a Digital World” Symposium
3:30pm  GCI Colloquium - Exceptional Investments: Analyzing the Relative Environmental Performance of China's Overseas Coal Plants
4pm  M-RCBG's Annual Davos Debrief
4:30pm  Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia
4:30pm  Student Led Civics in Action: youth & educator perspectives
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - January 2020 Happy Hour
6pm  She+ Geeks Out January Geek Out: Civic Engagement for Introverts
6:30pm  Botany Blast: What is Biodiversity and Why Does It Matter?
6:30pm  Resilience: Part 2 - Understanding the Neuroscience of Stress
7pm  How to Bentshmark Webinar
7pm  Australia Wildfires: Decoding the impact on Nature and Human Ecosystem

Wednesday, January 29 - Friday, January 30


Wednesday, January 29

9am  Intergenerational Climate Lobby Day - MA
12pm  Measuring Social Change: A Strategic Perspective for Leaders
12pm  Rasmus Dahlberg on "Resilience - The Danish Version”
12:30pm  Responding to the Climate Emergency:  Technology or Ecosystem Based Approaches?
1pm  IAP 2020: Writing to Fund Social Change Projects/Community Service
1pm  Contemporary Military Topics: The Age of the F-35 and Autonomy on the Modern Battlefield 
4:15pm  Abandoned by Coal, Swallowed by Opioids?
4:30pm  From Theory to Practice: What It Takes to Permanently Exit an Individual from Homelessness
5pm  Artist Reception: In Wilderness Is the Preservation of the World, Photographs by Dan Wells
5:30pm  A Conversation with Tawakkol Karman
7pm  The Puritans: A Transatlantic History

Thursday, January 30

9am  Residential & Commercial Energy Code Training
10am  Addressing Violence Against Women: Encouraging Reporting, Shifting Norms
10am  How To Speak: a video of Professor Patrick Winston
10am  Building a Movement: The Organizer's Toolkit:  Conflict Resolution in a Democracy
12pm  Metropolis Makerspace Open House
12pm  Impacts of Air Pollution on Health: Assessment and Challenges
3pm  2020 Olympic Sports & Innovation
3:15pm  Research Presentation by Dr. Edson Filho: Psychophysiological Markers of Peak Performance in Expert Individuals and High-performing Teams
4pm  Meaningful Inefficiencies:  Civic Design in an Age of Digital Expediency
4:30pm  Starr Forum film screening:From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey
5pm  Science Communication Mixer
6pm  Harvard Science Book Talk by Donna Jackson Nakazawa & Dr. Beth Stevens, "The Angel and the Assassin”
6pm  JP Community Conversation: Climate Change
6:30pm  Networking with a Twist: Envision Your New Year
6:30pm  Erosion: A Conversation of Undoing —Terry Tempest Williams & Living On Earth
7pm  Set Climate Goals Webinar

 Friday, January 31 

11am  Spiritual Capital: Islamic Education and Social Change in a Zanzibari Madrasa
12pm  Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar
12:15pm  A Woman's Place: US Counterterrorism Since 9/11
6pm  A Night of Philosophy and Ideas
7pm  Public Launch of the New Centre for Faith, Art, & Justice
7:30pm  Why We're Polarized

Sunday, February 2

9am  Moving the Future

Monday, February 3

9:30am  Climate Change: The View from Massachusetts
12pm  Program on Atmosphers, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium
12:10pm  Adventures in the uttermost part of the Earth: Fungi, plants and biogeography
5pm  Industry Seminar: Dan Svirsky, Uber
5:30pm  Forms of Grief
6:30pm  Coral reefs in a changing world
6:30pm  Conscious Capitalism – A Radical Transformation of Business Culture
7pm  Full Dissidence:  Notes from an Uneven Playing Field

Tuesday, February 4

11:45am  Human Rights and the Crossroads - Where Does Activism Go Next?
12:30pm  Open Borders, Local Closures: Municipal Curfews and the Lebanese Response to the Syrian Refugee Influx
1pm  Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Lecture on the Role of the Scientific Community in Furthering Dr. King's Dream
6pm  Unmaking the Presidency:  Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office
6pm  From Inspiration to Monetization: Making Tech Transfer Work for Innovators, Universities, and Their Partners
6:30pm  Believe Me:  How Trusting Women Can Change the World
6:30pm  “Harvard in Allston: Perspective and Next Steps” with Marika E. Reuling and Thomas Glynn
7:30pm  Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming


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


Monday, January 27

Strength in the Struggle - Faith-based Action in Weymouth
Monday, January 27
Quincy Point Congregational Church, 444 Washington Street, Quincy
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd644mVDFZT1Rt2iU8K0K1hv8oIK1DHsr9jWRVEOfZfa0kFTw/viewform

Enbridge has begun work in Weymouth, in preparation for building its proposed 7700 hp fracked-gas compressor station. Help raise public awareness and build opposition that slows these projects down while the court cases proceed.

In cooperation with Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station, there will be an interfaith presence at the site on Monday, January 27, with a snow date of Monday, Feb. 3. Meet at Quincy Point Congregational Church (444 Washington Street, Quincy) for a spiritual witness for climate justice. Coffee, community building, orientation, and prayer/meditation. Then we will carpool to 50 Bridge St., Weymouth for a procession and multi-faith prayer/expressions, and conclude on the Fore River Bridge, holding signs and banners in support of FRRACS.

Dress warm and bring signs (see instructions)


Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: Lessons from Randomized Evaluations
Monday, January 27	
MIT, Building E51-376, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Arielle Rawlings, Policy Associate, Jacob Binder, Policy Associate
In the United States, more than 500,000 people experience homelessness on a given night and 1.4 million people pass through emergency shelters in a given year. How can rigorous evaluation drive improvements to policies and services aimed at fighting homelessness? This presentation highlights key research findings on programs to help people access and maintain stable, affordable housing and identifies research questions that remain to be answered. The publication synthesizes results from forty rigorous evaluations of eighteen distinct programs related to homelessness prevention and reduction in North America.

Sponsor(s): Economics
Contact: Krista Moody, E52-539A, 617 324-7651, KRISTAMO at MIT.EDU


China's Belt and Road Initiative: A Clean Energy Paradox
Monday, January 27,
11:45AM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, Belfer Building 5th floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Cecilia Han Springer, HKS
China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative will have major implications for the global energy sector and climate change. While China is increasingly promoting clean energy domestically, coal-fired power plants are a large part of China's overseas investment portfolio. There is increasing media scrutiny of coal power plants and their climate impacts. This presentation will bring empirical data and analysis to the debate about China's role in coal power around the world by examining the environmental performance of China's overseas coal plants and investigating the uniqueness of Chinese investment. Lunch will be served. 

HKS Energy Policy Seminar
Contact Name:  Amanda_Sardonis at hks.harvard.edu
amanda_sardonis at hks.harvard.edu


Monday, January 27
12 – 1 p.m.
Leadership Studio, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Speakers:  Robert Blendon, Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School
Ichiro Kawachi, Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Katherine Newman, Interim Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston
Ben Spoer, Manager of Metrics and Analytics, City Health Dashboard Project
COST  Free webcast
TICKET WEB LINK  RSVP:  https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pc4ZuSUHmwmsxD
CONTACT INFO	theforum at hsph.harvard.edu
DETAILS  As stark income inequalities among American households increase, a poignant picture has emerged of the differences in life experiences between middle- and lower-income households and the wealthiest households. From paying medical bills, to affording housing, to coping with unexpected expenses, and other needs, Americans face very different realities — and the scope of these choices carry profound implications for the country’s health and for society at large. This Forum will examine these differences, as well as consider approaches, such as taxation, that could narrow the income gaps. As background, The Forum will draw on results from a unique recent poll that reveals the viewpoints not only of middle- and lower-income respondents, but also of a group not typically captured in polls — those households earning annually at least $500,000 a year (the top 1percent). The poll was done by NPR, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard Chan School and covers areas such as financial stress, health care, and life satisfaction.
LINK  https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/life-experiences-and-income-inequality-in-the-u-s/


Mergers and Monopolies: Does U.S. Policy Do Enough to Protect Consumers?
Monday, January 27
MIT, Building E51-376, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Nancy Rose, Department Head and Professor of Applied Economics
Competition policy, long the domain of dusty academics and legal practitioners, is attracting increased attention from mainstream media, popular books, presidential campaigns, think tanks and government commissions.  What should we make of reports of rising concentration in U.S. industries? Should big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon be broken up or regulated? How do enforcers decide whether to try to block mergers like Sprint/T-Mobile or Facebook/WhatsApp?  This talk will discuss evidence on the state of competition in U.S. industries and describe the role of antitrust enforcement in preserving competitive markets, drawing on Professor Rose's leadership experience in the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. 
Sponsor(s): Economics
Contact: Krista Moody, E52-539A, 617 324-7651, KRISTAMO at MIT.EDU


Towards Life 3.0 - Drafted into the Meme Wars: Disinformation in US Elections
Monday, January 27
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Harvard, Rubenstein 414AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Joan Donovan, Director and Lead Researcher of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
DETAILS  "Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century" is a new talk series organized and facilitated by Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.
Joan Donovan, Director and Lead Researcher of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy will give a talk titled, "Drafted into the Meme Wars: Disinformation in US Elections."
A light dinner will be served.
LINK	 https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/towards-life-30-drafted-meme-wars-disinformation-us-elections


Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus
Monday, January 27
6:30 pm  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://ci.ovationtix.com/35123/production/1023001?performanceId=10491249
Cost:  $5.00-$20.00

Carey Goldberg, editor of CommonHealth, interviews Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan about their groundbreaking book, "Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus," which looks at sexual assault as a public health problem. Their study was profiled in the New Yorker last year.

Copies of "Sexual Citizens" will be on sale via Porter Square Books. Hirsch and Khan will sign books following the discussion.

About "Sexual Citizens"
A groundbreaking study that transforms how we see and address the most misunderstood problem on college campuses: widespread sexual assault.

The fear of campus sexual assault has become an inextricable part of the college experience. And for far too many students, that fear is realized. Research has shown that by the time they graduate, as many as one in three women and almost one in six men will have been sexually assaulted. But why is sexual assault such a common feature of college life? And what can be done to prevent it? "Sexual Citizens" provides answers. Drawing on the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT) at Columbia University, the most comprehensive study of sexual assault on a campus to date, Hirsch and Khan present an entirely new framework that emphasizes sexual assault’s social roots, transcending current debates about consent, predators in a “hunting ground,” and the dangers of hooking up.

"Sexual Citizens" is based on years of research interviewing and observing college life―with students of different races, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Hirsch and Khan’s landmark study reveals the social ecosystem that makes sexual assault so predictable, explaining how physical spaces, alcohol, peer groups, and cultural norms influence young people’s experiences and interpretations of both sex and sexual assault. Through the powerful concepts of “sexual projects,” “sexual citizenship,” and “sexual geographies,” the authors offer a new and widely-accessible language for understanding the forces that shape young people’s sexual relationships. Empathetic, insightful, and far-ranging, "Sexual Citizens" transforms our understanding of sexual assault and offers a roadmap for how to address it.


Black Wave:  Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East
Monday, January 27
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning journalist and author KIM GHATTAS for a discussion of her latest book, Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East.

About Black Wave
Kim Ghattas seamlessly weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture to deliver a gripping read of the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by American policy.

With vivid story-telling, extensive historical research and on-the-ground reporting, Ghattas dispels accepted truths about a region she calls home. She explores how Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, once allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region, became mortal enemies after 1979. She shows how they used and distorted religion in a competition that went well beyond geopolitics. Feeding intolerance, suppressing cultural expression, and encouraging sectarian violence from Egypt to Pakistan, the war for cultural supremacy led to Iran’s fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, the assassination of countless intellectuals, the birth of groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS.
Ghattas introduces us to a riveting cast of characters whose lives were upended by the geopolitical drama over four decades: from the Pakistani television anchor who defied her country’s dictator, to the Egyptian novelist thrown in jail for indecent writings all the way to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Black Wave is both an intimate and sweeping history of the region and will significantly alter perceptions of the Middle East.


Memories of a Child Holocaust Survivor
Monday, January 27
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Northeastern, Shillman Hall, 420, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
You must RSVP (https://tinyurl.com/ihrdrsvp) to attend this free and open to the public event. Please bring ID to check in.


Last year, Ms. Auerbacher shared her account as a child survivor of Theresienstadt at the UNITED NATIONS for International Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial ceremony. This year, she will be speaking at Northeastern University.

Following the event there will be a signing of Ms. Auerbacher’s Book, “I Am A Star- Child of the Holocaust”. The book can be purchased for $7 – cash or check only.

This event is co-sponsored by Together Restoring Their Names, Huskies for Israel, Chabad at Northeastern, and Northeastern Hillel.

#WeRemember #NeverAgain#NortheasternAgainstAntisemitism

“We must speak out against evil and injustice. Let us build bridges of understanding and love to join mankind in every land. My hope, my wish, and prayer is for every child to grow up in peace without hunger and prejudice.”

From “I Am A Star” published by Penguin Putnam, Inc.

INGE AUERBACHER was born on December 31, 1934 in Kippenheim, Germany as the last Jewish child born in the village. She remained an only child.

In 1942, at the age of seven, she was imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp in what is now known as the Czech Republic. In 1946, she emigrated to the United States of American and has lived in New York City ever since.

Inge graduated from Queens College with a B.S. degree in chemistry, and continued with post-graduate work in biochemistry. She worked for over thirty-eight years as a chemist with prominent scientists in research and clinical work.

In addition to being a chemist, world traveler, travel writer, and avid photographer, Inge is also a writer. More than fifty of her poems and numerous articles have been published. She wrote the lyrics “We Shall Never Forget,” the only original song presented at the first World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Jerusalem (1981).

Since 1981, Inge has been lecturing on the Holocaust, and has spoken to thousands of people all over the world. She has also appeared on many radio and television programs, and her story is the subject of the award-winning documentary film The Olympic Doll, directed by Gloria Gerzon.

Inge Auerbacher is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award.

Find out more about Inge Auerbacher at http://ingeauerbacher.com


Monday, January 27
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spark-social-allston-edition-tickets-90018585011

Join us for our Allston Neighborhood Social! Bring your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors for a drink at Wonder Bar's downstairs!

Join us for our Allston Neighborhood Social! Bring your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors for a drink at Wonder Bar's downstairs!
If you're interested in getting more involved in Allston, want to meet your elected officials and civically engaged neighbors, and want to learn about SPARK Boston, join us! City officials and the SPARK Boston Council are delighted to meet you.

The neighborhood SPARK Social is a monthly meet up celebrating each unique community in Boston and educating folks about the resources and amenities that each neighborhood holds. The SPARK Social is a fun, laid back way for SPARK members (plus their friends and family) to get out and explore the neighborhoods of Boston.

Never been to Wonder Bar before? The B line and 66 and 57 buses are your friend! They'll drop you off about a block (or closer) away from Wonder Bar.


Urban Planning Film Series: Containment!
Monday, January 27
MIT, Building 3-133, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge

Ezra Glenn, Lecturer
For IAP, the department's ongoing Urban Planning Film Series will presents three science fiction films -- all from the same decade at the start of the 21st century -- exploring themes of fear, prejudice, and containment in a chaotic post-Apocalyptic world.

All films start following brief remarks at 7:00PM, MIT Room 3-133; everyone welcome.  Come to one or come to all!

Children of Men (2006)
The human race has become mysteriously sterile, and no babies have been born in 18 years. A dictatorship has arisen, but a group of revolutionaries discover they must protect the only pregnant woman in the world. Director by Alfonso Cuaron.

Sponsor(s): Urban Studies and Planning
Contact: Ezra Glenn, EGLENN at MIT.EDU


Tightrope:  Americans Reaching for Hope
Monday, January 27
7:30 PM (Doors at 6:30)
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/nicholas_d._kristof_and_sheryl_wudunn/
Cost:  $34 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes Pulitzer Prize–winning authors NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF and SHERYL WuDUNN for a discussion of their latest book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.

All books included with tickets are pre-signed editions of Tightrope, personally signed by the authors. This event does not include a public book signing. (Additional pre-signed copies will be available for purchase at the event, while supplies last.)

About Tightrope
With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope draws us deep into an “other America.” The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children on Kristof’s old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. And while these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia.

But here too are stories about resurgence, among them: Annette Dove, who has devoted her life to helping the teenagers of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as they navigate the chaotic reality of growing up poor; Daniel McDowell, of Baltimore, whose tale of opioid addiction and recovery suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation’s drug epidemic. Taken together, these accounts provide a picture of working-class families needlessly but profoundly damaged as a result of decades of policy mistakes. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore.

Tuesday, January 28

Book Talk: Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow
Tuesday, January 28
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Boston Athenæum, 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-plymouth-colony-first-lady-penelope-winslow-tickets-91044054217

Book Talk: Michelle Marchetti Coughlin - Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow: Reconstructing a Life Through Material Culture

To register for this event, visit:https://bbd.bostonathenaeum.org/register
A member of the English gentry and wife to governor Josiah Winslow, Penelope Winslow was one of the most powerful women in the Plymouth Colony. But like many of her female contemporaries, she was largely forgotten. Though she authored few surviving documents, she left behind a trove of physical evidence-- homes, possessions, and archaeological artifacts--that offer insight into her world.

Visitors: There is a $10 admission fee to enter the Boston Athenæum. This will give you free access to the event and most of the first floor.
BA Members: This event is free.
Questions? Please call 617-720-7600 or email events at bostonathenaeum.org


Tuesday, January 28
MIT, Building 26-152, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

For more information, and to sign up to compete as an individual or in a team – https://researchcomputing.mit.edu/superai 
Come learn how to start using MIT's newest and greenest AI supercomputers Satori (available now) and TX-Gaia (coming soon to MIT).
Compete in a speed-up & green-up hackathon on Satori and get access to Hundreds of GPUs.
$1000 Cash Prizes! Prizes will be awarded for performance, innovation and efficiency improvements.

Show up for part or all, bring your own code or use some of ours, compete or spectate!

Main Intro session: January 28 — 12 noon
Tutorials on Satori and TXGaia - Exotic food

Hack and more food: January 29-30
Building 26-152, tutors available 9AM– 5PM


Democratic Decline and the Evolution of Autocracy
Tuesday, January 28
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST
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Tufts, Cabot 102, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/andrea-kendall-taylor-democratic-decline-and-the-evolution-of-autocracy-registration-88690139595

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School for a lunch conversation with Andrea Kendall-Taylor about the evolution of autocracy and democratic decline in Europe and Eurasia. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite. Lunch will be provided.

Andrea Kendall-Taylor is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, focusing on Russia, populism and threats to democracy, and the state of the Transatlantic alliance. Previously she was Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to that, Andrea was a senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she worked on Russia and Eurasia, the political dynamics of autocracies, and democratic decline. Andrea is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Andrea received her B.A. in politics from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Contemporary Military Topics: The Maritime Fight-- Redefining the Navy and Marine Corps Fighting Partnership
Tuesday, January 28
1:00pm to 2:30pm
MIT Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

The Navy and Marine Corps are working thru operational concepts for high-end warfare and have developed a Maritime Fight plan outlining how applying the concepts of Distribute Maritime Operations and Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment would play out in actual operations, and how the naval force in partnership with its USMC counterpart would distribute/concentrate power in an anti-access/area-denial environment.

Presented by Evan Wright, Commander, US Navy; and Jonathan Riggs, Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps


Coaching Well-Trained Fleas: How to become aware of the limiting beliefs that keep away possibilities
Tuesday, January 28
2:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building  E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge
RSVP requested but not required: https://forms.gle/JgFCXxYKQCaTWZ62A

Inspirational TEDx Speaker, Comedian & Professor Shayla Rivera
Funny Rocket Scientist, Inc.

The most important subject to study for anyone seeking true success is the one subject usually given the least amount of study, that subject is the self.  I realized that I was going on through my existence feeling many times like I was dragging a great bag filled with some discomfort that I wasn't quite sure what it was.  This affected my daily life in negative ways, the most common of which was keeping me from my best.  I have made it my business to get to understand me and through that I have gotten to understand most others. Through paying attention, I can report that I found a way to get 'clear' about why I do what I do and this has opened the door to me changing the things I need to and want to change.  Humor has been my saving grace and combining humor with respectful contemplation I can share ways to become clear and then free from what holds us back.  However, I only point the path to the water and sometimes lead the horse there, ultimately the horse must decide to drink.

Self-exploration and contemplation have never been given importance in our modality of education, however, they are paramount to success. This workshop will offer tools and guidance to help find our way through the cobwebs of our own limiting beliefs. 


Co-sponsored by De Florez Humor Fund, Latino Employee Resource Group, Hermanas Unidas, Institute Community and Equity Office, & International Students Office


First Annual “Patient Safety in a Digital World” Symposium
Tuesday, January 28
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute , 1 Jimmy Fund Way, Smith Building, 3rd Flr., Rooms 308 & 309, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-patient-safety-in-a-digital-world-symposium-tickets-84769312295

International Symposium Series explores the intersection of digital technology and patient safety. Join us at DFCI on January 28th 2020!
About this Event
The Foundation for the Innovation and Development of Health Safety (FIDHS) is pleased to convene our 1st Annual International Patient Safety Symposium at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. In an effort to move the needle on patient safety, the symposium will convene thought leaders in digital health innovation, hospital CEOs and their pharmacy leaders, and patient safety executives from across the U.S. and Europe to address the latest digital strategies that ensure patient safety for hospitals, insurers, and pharma manufacturers. The symposium provides a global platform for medical professionals and innovators to collaborate on a vision of patient safety in a digital world, providing insights and recommendations based on real world digital programs.

Agenda Outline
3:00 – 3:15 PM Welcome/Refreshments
3:15 – 3:30 PM Opening Remarks
3:30 – 4:15 PM Executive Panel Discussion: "Patient Safety, International Considerations & Lessons Learned"
4:15 - 4:45 PM Special Guest Speaker
4:45 – 5:30 PM Executive Panel Discussion: "Safety in a Digital World, Opportunities for Disruption"
5:30 – 6:00 PM Closing Remarks
6:00 – 8:00 PM Cocktail/Networking Reception


GCI Colloquium - Exceptional Investments: Analyzing the Relative Environmental Performance of China's Overseas Coal Plants
Tuesday, January 28
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm 
BU, 53 Bay State Road, Boston

Cecilia Springer is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. Cecilia studies the economic and environmental impacts of China's energy policies. At the Belfer Center her research focuses on the Belt and Road Initiative. Cecilia holds a PhD and MS in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in environmental science from Brown University.

More information at http://www.bu.edu/gdp/files/2020/01/Cecilia-Springer-GCI-Indivi-Poster.pdf


M-RCBG's Annual Davos Debrief
Tuesday, January 28
4 – 5 p.m.
Harvard, Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building), 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School
Carmen Reinhart, Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at the Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO	mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu
DETAILS  M-RCBG's annual Davos Debrief includes commentary and takeaways from Harvard leaders who attended the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. This year's panelists include Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School; and Carmen Reinhart, Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at the Harvard Kennedy School.
LINK  https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/news-events/event-calendar


Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia
WHEN Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South Building, Room S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
SPEAKER(S)  Joshua Yaffa, Journalist and Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker
Moderator: Timothy Colton
Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	For more information, please call 617-495-4037.
Email for general inquiries: daviscrs at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Joshua Yaffa, Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker, presents his first book, "Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia" (Tim Duggan Books, January 2020), in conversation with Professor Timothy Colton.
"In this rich and novelistic tour of contemporary Russia, journalist Joshua Yaffa introduces readers to some of the country’s most remarkable figures — from politicians and entrepreneurs to artists and historians — who have built their careers and constructed their identities in the shadow of the Putin system. Torn between their own ambitions and the omnipresent demands of the state, each walks an individual path of compromise. Some muster cunning and cynicism to extract all manner of benefits and privileges from those in power. Others, finding themselves to be less adept, are left broken and demoralized. What binds them together is the tangled web of dilemmas and contradictions they face.
LINK	http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu


Student Led Civics in Action: youth & educator perspectives
Tuesday, January 28
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Longfellow Hall, Eliot Lyman Room, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
CONTACT INFO	Civic and Moral Education Initiative
cmei at gse.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Join us for an exciting discussion on Massachusetts' new civic education standards from the perspectives of the students and teachers who piloted the curriculum.

In November of 2018, Massachusetts enacted new legislation to strengthen civic education, requiring all students to complete two student-led civic action projects, one in 8th grade and one during high school. This new state mandate has great potential to renew civic education, but uncertainties and anxieties run deep, too. Educators will have to wrestle with many issues around authenticity, student choice, teacher guidance, project management, and assessment. Targeted at a wide range of practitioners who would run, or be involved in running, student-led civics initiatives, this session presents two student civic action project cases. Teachers and students in the panel will share their experiences with their own civic action projects. They will discuss what they learned from their work, what they might envision for future projects, and how educators might respond successfully to the urgent call for new civic education. The session encourages active audience participation.  Session attendees will have opportunities to talk with students and educators in breakout sessions to make connections to their own projects. 

LINK  https://cmei.gse.harvard.edu/event/student-led-civics-action-youth-and-educator-perspectives


Boston Green Drinks - January 2020 Happy Hour
Tuesday, January 28
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Warehouse Bar & Grille, 40 Broad Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-green-drinks-january-2020-happy-hour-tickets-90816804507

Special For January's Green Drinks
In our spirit of thinking sustainably, and gathering around a pint, a representative from Maine Beer Company will be joining us this month. He'll bring along some swag, and more importantly, will be available for us all to discuss and explore their experience as a sustainably minded business. To whet your whistle on MBC's stance, here is their take on their role in this realm: 
Maine Beer Company, as dictated by our motto of "Do what's right." is constantly committed to three tenants: taking care of our Earth and the creatures that live on it, taking care of our staff, and continuing to make better beer.  With that, we are always working to make major strides to improve not only how we impact the environment around us, but help those around us do the same as well.  Through massive undertakings in solar initiatives, water consumption, waste management and charitable givings as a proud 1% For the Planet member, we consider our sustainable work equally as important as the beer we put into the world.

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community! Boston Green Drinks builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.



She+ Geeks Out January Geek Out: Civic Engagement for Introverts
Tuesday, January 28
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Impact Hub/CIC Lighthouse, 50 Milk Street, 20th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/she-geeks-out-january-geek-out-civic-engagement-for-introverts-registration-86560453647

It's 2020, people, let's do this! But, you know, not necessarily in the knocking-on-doors or calling-people kind of way. Have you ever wanted to get more involved in shaping your community's, your country's, your world's future, but felt unsure how to do it, or overwhelmed by options? Great, us too! Good news, you'll get to meet three fabulous women+ who will share their experiences getting involved in a variety of ways and point you in the right direction if you're interested in doing it yourself!

Sam Hammar, Co-Founder, Run En Mass
Kimberly Lucas, Open Data Manager, Citywide Analytics Team, Dept of Innovation & Technology, City of Boston
Tacita O. Morway, VP of Engineering, ActBlue 
This event is a woman-focused event that intends an inclusive definition of women. We are welcoming and respectful of women, including trans women and those who are nonbinary, gender non- conforming,and anyone who identifies as a woman in a way that is significant to them. We also welcome allies who are committed to creating environments that are supportive of people who are typically underrepresented in the workplace and beyond.

Please make sure to read our code of conductbefore coming to our event!


Botany Blast: What is Biodiversity and Why Does It Matter?
Tuesday, January 28
6:30PM TO 8:00PM
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=2118&DayPlannerDate=1/28/2020

Join Jake Grossman, Putnam Postdoctoral Fellow, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, for an exploration of the world of biodiversity research. 

Most of us have an intuitive sense of what counts as "biodiversity" and why it is important to live in a biodiverse world, but these questions have also powered decades of revelatory and complex ecological research. Join Putnam Postdoctoral Fellow Jake Grossman for an exploration of the world of biodiversity research. Our focus will be on how scientists define and quantify biodiversity and how biodiversity loss affects the way that ecosystems work. Jake will share highlights from his dissertation research, which entailed the use of experimentally planted "forests" to study the role of biodiversity in supporting tree growth, health, and nutrient use.

Free, but registration is requested at my.arboretum.harvard.eduor 617-384-5277.

Contact Name:  Adi Shafir
adi_shafir at harvard.edu


Resilience: Part 2 - Understanding the Neuroscience of Stress
Tuesday, January 28
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston

DETAILS  Today’s times can be incredibly turbulent and stressful be it a career transition, relocation, family dynamics or changes in health. How can you keep your cool during these highs and lows? You can build your resilience by shifting some of your attention to your well-being. Our 2-part series will provide you with tools and practices to help you improve your self-awareness, manage your stress, help you with important decision making, and keep you motivated.
Can stress harm your everyday actions and reactions? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. When our nervous system goes into a fight, flight, or freeze state, we see fewer options, which can compromise our problem-solving abilities.
By shifting a little focus to your well-being, you can enter a calmer, clear-headed, optimal place. This mindset shift can help give you the necessary perseverance and motivation to keep going.
During this workshop, you will learn about the neuroscience of stress. Our goal is to help you be at your best, even during times of uncertainty and change.
LINK  https://edportal.harvard.edu/event/resilience-part-2-understanding-neuroscience-stress


How to Bentshmark Webinar
Tuesday, January 28 
RSVP by email to janet.intern at gmail.com

Benchmarking energy consumption is nothing more than figuring out the current use of energy: oil, natural gas, propane, and electricity. It entails filling in a spreadsheet. Taking this step will be the start of devising a serious plan for multi-year modifications to produce deep reductions. Led by Fred Davis, VP pro tem of JCAN.


Australia Wildfires: Decoding the impact on Nature and Human Ecosystem
Tuesday, January 28
7:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Seminar Room Sidney-Pacific Graduate Residence, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge
RSVP Required: https://tinyurl.com/CoSI-AustraliaFires

Join the Committee on Scholarly Interactions (CoSI) for a dinner discussion about the Australian wildfires!

Climate change is impacting our planet in various forms. Currently, we are witnessing wildfires across Australia. The impact of these wildfires is enormous. According to an NY Times article on January 11, "25,000 koalas feared dead on an island being consumed by flames. Ten thousand feral camels expected to be shot and killed. And claims that a whopping one billion animals estimated to have perished across Australia. These are a few of the numbers that have emerged in recent days to capture the toll of the extreme heat and raging fires on Australian animal life. They add to the already staggering scope of the fires, which have killed at least 24 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched more than 15 million acres." 

Several questions have emerged:
(1) what caused these wildfires?;
(2) what scientific and policy framework will help in investigation and prevention of wildfires;
(3) can indigenous knowledge help prevent the spread of wildfires? If yes, what would be the engagement process will look like?
(4) what can we learn from this disaster?

In light of these questions and more questions, we will host the dinner discussion on the topic "Australia Wildfires: Decoding the impact on Nature and Human Ecosystems." Join us for an engaging discussion among residents!

For more information contact sp-cosi-chair at mit.edu

Wednesday, January 29 - Friday, January 30

Wednesday, January 29 - Friday, January 30
MIT, Building 26-152, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://researchcomputing.mit.edu/superai

SPEED UP GREEN UP AI HACKATHON is an event focussed on making machine learning more efficient. Hackathon participants will make use of MIT's most green AI supercomputer (Satori) which has 256 Volta GPUs. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest efficiency gains during the hackathon. The event will kick off with tutorial sessions that will introduce particpants to machine learning on Satori and prepare teams for the hackathon.
Participants may bring their own projects to work on, or they can opt to work on problems that will be provided. Participants will be 
Tutorials and warmup:  January 28th
Hackathon:  January 29th-30th
Location:  Building 26-152, MIT
Prizes:  $1000 cash 1st prize, 2 x $500 cash runner up prizes, multiple $100 cash heroic scale-up effort awards.
It is a machine learning hackathon that will look at optimizing energy efficiency of machine learning codes on a 256 Volta GPU cluster.
Who can participate
The hackathon is open to all members of the MIT community.
When and where is the hackathon
The hackathon will run from January 28th - January 30th and will be held in building 26 room 152. A tutorial session will introduce the hack
What will I get out of it
You will get to try out one of the largest modern GPU clusters on campus and run your machine learning training and inference codes on it. You will learn about running state of the art ML training and inference algorithms like BigGAN on hundreds of GPUs, and about the latest techniques, such as lottery ticket, for compressing giant networks to make them efficient. Cash awards will be given out after presentations for teams with the most efficiency gains and for teams with impressive scale-up and innovative approaches. Mentors will be available to help teams with advice and assistance. 
Will there be food.
Who is hosting the hackathon.
The hackathon is part of a series of events run by the MIT Research Computing Project and the MIT IBM Watson AI Lab.
What can I do to get started.
You can find out about the AI platform we will use at https://mit-satori.github.io. If you want to get a head start please feel free to contact Chris Hill ( cnh at mit.edu ) or John Cohn ( johncohn at us.ibm.com ) to get early access to the system! 
What else do I need to know.
Access to  https://mit-satori.github.io will require a laptop (or similar device) with a browser and a keyboard! If you want to haave access after the hackathon you will need to use your MIT (i.e. @mit.edu ) credentials. You will need to have Touchstone access configured for your device (see - https://ist.mit.edu/duo ).
Hackathon Schedule	
Jan 28	9-12	sign-up, onsite registration, on-boarding	Breakfast 
12-1:30	Welcome and hello 	Lunch 
Intro to the Hackathon - C. Hill, J. Cohn 	
Greening your AI and computing - C. Hill 	
Intro to Satori - J. Cohn 	
Intro to TX-GAIA and other general MIT resources - L. Milechin 	
Mentor intros 	
Participants intros 	
1:30-3 	Hands on tutorials 	
3-5 	Mentors available, hackathon time 	Snacks 
Jan 29	9-11	Mentors available, hackathon time 	Breakfast 
11-12	Progress check in, green metrics check in 	
12-1	Mentors available, hackathon time 	Lunch 
1-4	Mentors available, hackathon time 	
4-5	Progress check in, green metrics check in 	
Jan 30	9-1	Mentors available, hackathon time 	Breakfast 
1-3	Team presentations 	Lunch 
3-4	Judging and voting 	
4-5	Awards 	Snacks 

Wednesday, January 29

Intergenerational Climate Lobby Day - MA
Wednesday, January 29
9 AM – 5 PM
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

In a year of unprecedented youth climate action, our legislators must hear directly from us exactly what we need to secure a livable planet. Join forces with leaders from across MA on 1/29/20 to ask our representatives to pass science-based, equitable climate policy. Join Our Climate, Citizens' Climate Higher Education, Sunrise Movement Boston, Massachusetts Climate Strike, MASSPIRG Students, Elders Climate Action - Massachusetts Chapter, Clean Water Action and more as we hold our representatives accountable for the legislation that will protect our future:
Rep Benson's Carbon Fee and Rebate Bill (H.2810)
Rep. Garballey's 100% Renewables Bill (H.2836)
Rep. Meschino's 2050 Roadmap Bill (H.3983), and
Rep Miranda's Environmental Justice Bill (H.761)

Check out the agenda here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PeRJTm09LbBa7yTgyCmN4P0kyMYz3qUjPG2bVSTiKWA/edit?usp=sharing

Then, complete our RSVP form so we can help you maximize your impact and meet with your legislator. Direct any questions to Our Climate's New England Field Coordinator eben at ourclimate.us.


Measuring Social Change: A Strategic Perspective for Leaders
Wednesday, January 29
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Sophia Gordon Hall Multipurpose Room, 15 Talbot Avenue, Medford

Light lunch provided.

More information at https://tufts.app.box.com/v/uep-colloquiumSpring2020
Contact:  chelsea.alexander at tufts.edu


Rasmus Dahlberg on "Resilience - The Danish Version”
Wednesday, January 29
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Northeastern, Raytheon Amphitheater 120 Forsyth Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rasmus-dahlberg-on-resilience-the-danish-version-tickets-88162962795

Safe from natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes and populated with mostly nice and peaceful people, Denmark is often seen as what Danes would call “the melted butter ind the center of of the sweet porridge”. However, the concept of resilience has also found its way to this tiny Scandinavian country in recent years. Denmark is now building more resilient cities to cope with climate change, the Danish national crisis management system has been transformed into an all-hazards resilient approach relying on flexible response from cross-sectorial coordinating bodies, and volunteer organizations play an increasingly important role in emergency management and pre-hospital health services in Denmark.

Rasmus Dahlberg is an assistant professor at the Royal Danish Defence College where he teaches and researches civil-military relations, military history and war theory. He has a background in history and a PhD in Disaster Research from the University of Copenhagen. As a co-founder of the Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE), he has written extensively on disaster history, disaster phenomenology and Danish and international disaster and emergency management history. Rasmus Dahlberg is a visiting scholar at NEU in January and February 2020. Co-author of the “Oxford University Press Online Dictionary of Disaster Management” and Disaster Research: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, published by Routledge in 2015. Forthcoming: Defining Disaster: Disciplines and Domains, co-edited with Marie Aronsson-Storrier at Edvard Elgar.

Kindly register if you are able to attend and please share with colleagues, students, and peers who may be interested. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Direct all questions to gri at northeastern.edu.


Responding to the Climate Emergency:  Technology or Ecosystem Based Approaches?
Wednesday, January 29
12:30pm to 1:45pm
Tufts, Mugar 235, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jf69DzCRS0DmlWHkzHH-FCGs2cn6my_P-_2GOE1fYcU/viewform?edit_requested=true
Bill Moomaw, CIERP Founder, Professor Emeritus at The Fletcher School

Contact Name:  Sara Rosales

sara.rosales at tufts.edu


IAP 2020: Writing to Fund Social Change Projects/Community Service
Wednesday, January 29
1:00pm to 2:30pm
MIT, Building 56-191, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Individuals and organizations often struggle with the issue of how best to raise funds for social action and community service projects on campus and in the community. 

This workshop reviews different types of fundraising writing, such as grant proposals, crowdsourcing approaches and donation appeal letters. We will distribute a list of relevant local and MIT grant opportunities and examples of effective proposals and review common crowdsourcing approaches. We will discuss things to consider before putting pen to paper to ensure your plans are a good match for community needs.  In addition, we will provide time for participants to work on fundraising plans for their own projects. Bring a laptop and ideas for projects to fund!

Number of Participants: 20 (first-come, first served day of program)


Contemporary Military Topics: The Age of the F-35 and Autonomy on the Modern Battlefield 
Wednesday, January 29
1:00pm to 2:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

A discussion on F-35 capability and potential; focusing on the implications of autonomous systems and the way in which they will shape the modern battle space. 

Presenter: Tucker Hamilton, Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force


Abandoned by Coal, Swallowed by Opioids?
Wednesday, January 29
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts University, and Qitong Wang, University of Southern, California

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics and the Department of Economics is gratefully acknowledged.

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Contact Name:  Casey Billings
casey_billings at hks.harvard.edu 


From Theory to Practice: What It Takes to Permanently Exit an Individual from Homelessness
Wednesday, January 29
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
BU School of Medicine, Instructional Building, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-programs/public-health-fora/from-theory-to-practice-what-it-takes-to-permanently-exit-an-individual-from-homelessness/#rsvp
LIvestreaming available at https://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/sph-live/

Speakers	Anahaita Kotval
Kotval will discuss her observations from the front lines of what it takes to provide care for homeless populations. This lecture will explore some of the key challenges faced in serving homeless populations and the promising approaches to solving these problems, such as partnerships with non-traditional entities or utilizing social service navigators. Livestreaming will be available during the event. 

Contact Email	sphevent at bu.edu


Artist Reception: In Wilderness Is the Preservation of the World, Photographs by Dan Wells
Wednesday, January 29
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
BU, STH Community Room, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/sthlibrary/engage/

Please join us for an artist reception for trail hiker, photographer, and divinity student Dan Wells. His photography explores the intersections between ecology, sustainability, theology, and disability. Sponsored by ThEocology and Cross-Disability Clubs. Light refreshments will be served. 


A Conversation with Tawakkol Karman
Wednesday, January 29
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman Building, Nye B & C, 5th Floor, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Tawakkol Karman
DETAILS  A conversation with Tawakkol Karman, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate and Hauser Leader, Center for Public Leadership, moderated by Amb. Wendy Sherman, Director, Center for Public Leadership and Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, HKS.
LINK  https://www.belfercenter.org/event/conversation-tawakkol-karman


The Puritans: A Transatlantic History
Wednesday, January 29
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/david-d-hall-harvard-faculty-tickets-83397888329

This book is a sweeping transatlantic history of Puritanism from its emergence out of the religious tumult of Elizabethan England to its founding role in the story of America. Shedding critical new light on the diverse forms of Puritan belief and practice in England, Scotland, and New England, David Hall provides a multifaceted account of a cultural movement that judged the Protestant reforms of Elizabeth's reign to be unfinished. Hall's vivid and wide-ranging narrative describes the movement's deeply ambiguous triumph under Oliver Cromwell, its political demise with the Restoration of the English monarchy in 1660, and its perilous migration across the Atlantic to establish a "perfect reformation" in the New World.

About the Author:  David D. Hall has taught at HDS since 1989, and was Bartlett Professor of New England Church History until 2008, when he became Bartlett Research Professor. He writes extensively on religion and society in seventeenth-century New England and England.

Thursday, January 30

Residential & Commercial Energy Code Training
Thursday, January 30
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST
Hayes Conference Room, 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/residential-commercial-energy-code-training-tickets-83908234789

Residential Stretch Code & 2018 IECC Sneak Peek + Commercial Solar-Ready & 2018 IECC Sneak Peek Training

Many believe that the current Massachusetts energy code is one of the hardest building code sections to keep up with. To help building code officials stay current with the ever changing energy code, Mass Save has partnered up with the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department to offer this free energy code training for code officials in the Greater Boston area.

This six-hour long course will cover many important residential and commercial energy code topics that include: an overview of the Massachusetts residential stretch code, residential stretch code documentation requirements, the commercial solar-ready requirements, as well as residential and commercial sneak peeks into the 2018 IECC with MA amendments.

Editorial Comment:  Changing building codes for higher energy efficiency is a relatively quick way to reduce energy use and the emission of more greenhouse gases.  CA is now building new low-rise residential buildings to net zero energy standards and the EU is building to a “near net zero standard” and the first legislation of the Green New Deal will make all public housing net zero within the next decade.


Addressing Violence Against Women: Encouraging Reporting, Shifting Norms
Thursday, January 30
10:00am to 11:30am
MIT, Building E51-372, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Isabela Salgado, Sarah Baum and Akshare Gopalan (J-PAL Global)


How To Speak: a video of Professor Patrick Winston
Thursday, January 30
10:00am to 11:30am
MIT, Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Somewhere around 1980, griping about the quality of most presentations, Professor Patrick Winston was convinced to give a talk on How to Speak. That started an IAP tradition that proceeded annual for about forty years, with the scope and insights in the talk steadily growing, along with the size of the audience.

Unfortunately Professor Winston passed away this summer. But in his honor, and for those who would like a chance to share in that trove of wisdom, we will still have the talk., presenting a video of one of his most recent presentations. Following the video, two of his colleagues will offer live their own brief (~10 min) additional insights about How to Speak, with time for audience questions and discussion.


Building a Movement: The Organizer's Toolkit:  Conflict Resolution in a Democracy
Thursday, January 30
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In this last session, we will begin by having organizing conversations with seasoned local activists; learning from their experiences and sharpening our own skills. We will then address the organizational side of organizing: how do we build democratic institutions? how do we deal with divisions within the movements we build? how do we prevent burnout? and how do we create anti-oppressive communities?
Madeleine Daepp, Gabriel Nahmias, Jeff Rosenberg

While the fight for women’s suffrage is remembered for its picket lines and parades, it was first won in living rooms across the country, where women talked one another into action. Before the sit-ins and freedom rides of the civil rights movements, there were thousands of conversations in church basements and campus classrooms where people who had suffered injustice for generations were mobilized to act. And, before unions built America’s middle-class, labor organizers had to convince their fellow workers that if they united they could win.

The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but justice isn’t what bends it. It takes people willing to do the work of convincing others that, together, they can make change. History is made by organizers.

In four one-day workshops, we will learn why organizing is critical to building effective campaigns for social change. We will develop a “tool-box” of organizing strategies including power mapping, campaign planning, and ladders of engagement. And most importantly, we will offer hands-on practice and critical feedback on the foundational task of activism, the organizing conversation: how to talk to someone, not simply to convince them you are right, but to get them to join with you in working for a better world.
Please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/organize-iap-signupor contact Gabriel Nahmias (gnahmias at mit.edu) with any questions.
Sponsor(s): Urban Studies and Planning, Political Science
Contact: Gabriel Nahmias, gnahmias at mit.edu


Metropolis Makerspace Open House
Thursday, January 30
12:00pm to 1:00pm
5:00pm to 7:00pm
More dates through February 5, 2020
MIT, Building 6C-006B, Metropolis, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Metropolis is a new Project Manus makerspace - a sister space to The Deep and the new home of the MakerLodge program. We are open to all MIT students for any work you want to do! We run trainings and open hours and are welcoming new users and mentors. Join us for our extended Open House event to check out the space and attend an orientation, the only training you need to get in the door. We will have snacks and swag! You do not have to attend the entire event in order to get an orientation. 


Impacts of Air Pollution on Health: Assessment and Challenges
Thursday, January 30
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Curtis Hall,  474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Laura Corlin, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University
Most of the research on air pollution focuses on how individual air pollutants affect health outcomes. From this research, it is known that air pollution is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality globally. Yet, people are routinely exposed to pollutant mixtures – not individually pollutants. Therefore, we need to develop better methods to assess people's exposures to air pollutant mixtures and to understand the health effects of this exposure. This talk will introduce concepts related to the exposure assessment of air pollution mixtures and the epidemiologic challenges in relating these pollutant mixtures to chronic health outcomes. It will also be discussed how expertise in environmental engineering, health sciences, statistics, and environmental policy is used. Dr. Corlin will touch on her path through Tufts as well and how students may be able to leverage the substantial resources of the university to pursue their own research.

Dr. Laura Corlin is an Assistant Professor in Public Health and Community Medicine. She earned her MS and PhD in Environmental Health through the Tufts School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on developing and applying new methods to assess the chronic health effects of environmental mixtures in observational studies. Through her exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology research, Dr. Corlin seeks to mitigate environmental health disparities.

More information at https://as.tufts.edu/environmentalStudies/lecture/#jan30


2020 Olympic Sports & Innovation
Thursday, January 30
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Venture Café Cambridge, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-olympic-sports-innovation-tickets-84787316145

Venture Café’s Innovations of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will go behind the scenes with a selection of Tokyo 2020 Olympic sponsors to examine just how multi-national companies and local New England companies are using technology to expand human boundaries.

For more information, please visit our website: https://venturecafecambridge.org/olympics2020/

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM   OFFICE HOURS
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM   KICK-OFF & WELCOME (Havana Room)
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM   DEMOS


Research Presentation by Dr. Edson Filho: Psychophysiological Markers of Peak Performance in Expert Individuals and High-performing Teams
Thursday, January 30
3:15 pm to 4:45 pm
BU, 2 Silber Way, Room 411, Boston

Abstract: Dr. Filho’s research agenda centers on peak performance and performance optimization at both the individual and team levels of analyses. In his research, he examines expert performance across domains of human interest using neuroscientific methodologies, advanced multivariate statistics, and qualitative analysis. In this presentation, he will first discuss his research on peak performance in individual sports, as informed by the individual zones of optimal functioning framework and flow-feeling theory. In particular, he will present on performers “in the zone”, including experimental and applied research with an Olympic athlete, Formula 1 drivers, elite archers, professional cyclists, and elite youth swimmers. He will then present on high-performing teams, including qualitative, quantitative, and brain imaging analyses with collegiate sports teams, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League teams, a Nobel Peace Laureate, e-sport athletes, and Cirque du Soleil performers. Dr. Filho will conclude by outlining his vision for a research program aimed at developing interventions to promote expert performance among individuals and teams in sport, exercise and performance settings.

About Dr. Filho: Dr. Filho is currently an Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire (England). He received his PhD in Sport Psychology from Florida State University and completed a postdoc in Neuroscience in Italy. His research agenda revolves around expert individuals and high-performing teams. Dr. Filho has authored over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters in the field of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology and has worked as a consultant for college and amateur athletes.


Meaningful Inefficiencies:  Civic Design in an Age of Digital Expediency
Thursday, January 30
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Emerson College Library, 120 Boylston Street, 3rd floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-and-talk-tickets-88836196455

Join Eric Gordon and Gabriel Mugar as they talk about their new book.

Public trust in the institutions that mediate civic life —from governing bodies to newsrooms—is low, and many organizations assume that greater efficiency will build trust. As a result, these organizations are quick to adopt new technologies to enhance what they do. However, efficiency, in the sense of charting a path to a goal with the least amount of friction, is not always built on a foundation of trust. Meaningful Inefficiencies is about the practices that challenge the normative applications of "smart technologies" in order to build or repair trust with publics.Based on over sixty interviews with change makers in public serving organizations throughout the United States, as well as detailed case studies, co-authors Eric Gordon and Gabriel Mugar provide a practical and deeply philosophical picture of civic life in transition. Meaningful Inefficiencies describes an emergent approach to creating civic life at a moment when smart and efficient are the dominant forces in social and organizational change.
More information about the book can be found on the Oxford University Press site.
Refreshments will be served.


Starr Forum film screening:From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey
Thursday, January 30
MIT, Building 4-370, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Boston premier screening and conversation with director-writer Kevin McKiernan.
About the film: A rookie NPR reporter on his first assignment, covering the armed occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota in 1973, is treated as the enemy and ultimately arrested by the FBI for defying a government news blackout to embed with militant Indians. Forty years later, he meets a Yurok Indian fisherman in California, a man he unwittingly had photographed during the 10-week occupation. The two become friends, traveling back to the Dakotas and later to the pipeline protests at Standing Rock, to investigate the legacy of 1970's activism in Indian Country.

About the speaker: Kevin McKiernan is a veteran foreign correspondent, photographer and filmmaker. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, McKiernan has covered some of the world's most troubled regions, from El Salvador to Iraq, from West Africa to Afghanistan and Syria. His feature documentary, "From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey", premiered in October 2019 at the Mill Valley Film Festival (mvff), before continuing on the festival circuit.

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
Contact: Michelle English, starrforum at mit.edu


Science Communication Mixer
Thursday, January 30
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Sulmona, 608 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJNtiKoGi7U3U1QRVTteqWC9bxQLY4nS6WOedQskP92G__kw/viewform 

Join members of the Knight Science Journalism program, the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing, and other Boston/Cambridge-based science communicators in an informal meet-and-greet. Appetizers will be provided, cash bar available. All members of the MIT community are welcome.  


Harvard Science Book Talk by Donna Jackson Nakazawa & Dr. Beth Stevens, "The Angel and the Assassin"
Thursday, January 30
6 – 7:15 p.m.
Harvard, Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Beth Stevens
CONTACT INFO	science_lectures at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  In her new book, "The Angel and the Assassin," Donna Jackson Nakazawa tells one of the most paradigm-shifting stories in the history of medicine — the tale of a tiny, powerful, enigmatic cell, microglia, in determining brain health, and their potential to transform human well-being, including breathtaking discoveries by MacArthur Fellow Beth Stevens, Ph.D, at Harvard, who first unveiled the true role of these long-ignored cells. Carey Goldberg, host of CommonHealth, WBUR, Boston, will moderate the conversation between Ms. Jackson Nakazawa and Dr. Stevens.
LINK  https://science.fas.harvard.edu/book-talks


JP Community Conversation: Climate Change
Thursday, January 30
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jp-community-conversation-climate-change-tickets-86354088403

Join fellow Bostonians for a Local Voices Network conversation on the critical topic of climate change.

What are your hopes and concerns for your community when it comes to climate change? What are the most important issues in a conversation about our climate - infrastructure, race, socioeconomic disparity, government regulation?
The Boston Public Library (BPL) is teaming up with the Local Voices Network (LVN) and local media partners for a project that seeks to record neighborhood conversations on important local topics. These recordings will be shared on a searchable website for journalists, decision-makers, and other local stakeholders to tune into the community’s real concerns.

We need the participation of local community members to make this a success.
Here's how it works:
Step one: You'll join a 4 - 6 person recorded conversation with fellow Bostonians in your community, facilitated by BPL staff or volunteer hosts. You'll share real concerns, stories, and ideas connected to your experience living in Boston.
Step two: Our recorded conversation will then be transcribed, keyworded and posted on a website to be shared with media outlets, local decision-makers, and other neighborhood stakeholders with the goal of offering a new window into issues that are important to our community.
Together, we'll create a platform where everyone is invited to be heard.
Space is limited. RSVPs are necessary for this program. Refreshments will be served.

About the Local Voices Network:
The Local Voices Network project aims to bring the perspectives and concerns of everyday Bostonians to light through facilitated community conversations that invite anyone and everyone to the table to share and listen. Conversations are recorded and transcribed with the goal of offering media, local leadership, and the greater public a new window into the most important community issues. Learn more at our website here: http://lvn.org


Networking with a Twist: Envision Your New Year
Thursday, January 30
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
WeWork, One Beacon Street, 15th Floor, Boston
REGISTER  http://www.ynpnboston.org/

Do you need some inspiration or are you still wanting to set an intention for the New Year? Join YNPN Boston for our first Networking with a Twist event of 2020! Join us at the WeWork at One Beacon Street to contribute to a community vision board, set goals with fellow nonprofit professionals, and make some new connections. This event is free and open to everyone so please invite your friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pre-registration is required and you must bring a photo ID to check-in at One Beacon Street. This is a free event, but a small donation is encouraged to support YNPN Boston and help provide light appetizers for event attendees. One Beacon Street is a short walk from several T stops including Park Street (Red/Green) and State (Orange/Blue).


Erosion: A Conversation of Undoing —Terry Tempest Williams & Living On Earth
Thursday, January 30
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/erosion-a-conversation-of-undoing-terry-tempest-williams-loe-tickets-86407793035

Join best-selling author Terry Tempest Williams (author of "Refuge") and nationally syndicated environmental radio show Living on Earth for a discussion for Williams’ new book, “Erosion: Essays of Undoing.”

Williams' fierce, spirited, and magnificent essays are a howl in the desert. She sizes up the continuing assaults on America's public lands and the erosion of our commitment to the open space of democracy. She asks: "How do we find the strength to not look away from all that is breaking our hearts?"

We know the elements of erosion: wind, water, and time. They have shaped the spectacular physical landscape of our nation. Here, Williams bravely and brilliantly explores the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, and trust. She examines the dire cultural and environmental implications of the gutting of Bear Ears National Monument—sacred lands to Native Peoples of the American Southwest; of the undermining of the Endangered Species Act; of the relentless press by the fossil fuel industry that has led to a panorama in which "oil rigs light up the horizon." And she testifies that the climate crisis is not an abstraction, offering as evidence the drought outside her door and, at times, within herself.

This event is part of Good Reads on Earth, a series of events where public radio program Living on Earth holds live radio interviews with authors of the latest environmental books. To learn more about Living on Earth, please visit http://loe.org

This event is sponsored by Living on Earth, The Cambridge Public Library, the Harvard Center for the Environment, the Harvard Divinity School, The Center for the Study of World Religions, the UMass Boston School for the Environment, & the UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School.

This is a free event open to the public. 
Books will be available for sale and signing. 


Set Climate Goals Webinar
Thursday, January 30 
RSVP by email at janet.intern at gmail.com

Any step forward needs a goal. How far is your congregation going to go? How long should that take? Surprisingly, there is a very Jewish way to think about this. In this workshop, you will learn how to craft bold targets as a way to guide your community. Test your climate chutzpah, learn to set climate goals. Led by Fred Davis, VP pro tem of JCAN.

 Friday, January 31 

Spiritual Capital: Islamic Education and Social Change in a Zanzibari Madrasa
WHEN  Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE  Room 117, Rockefeller Hall, 47 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR	Harvard Divinity School, Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, Center for African Studies, Hutchins Center, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Department of African and African American Studies
CONTACT	Jennifer Conforti
DETAILS  As part of the Islam in Africa Lecture Series, Caitlyn Bolton of the City University of New York will present the talk "Spiritual Capital: Islamic Education and Social Change in a Zanzibari Madrasa."
This event is free and open to the public. The full lecture series schedule can be found online.
Islam in Africa Lecture Series: Critical Perspectives on the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa
Islam in Africa has become an important and increasingly vibrant sub-field in Islamic Studies, attracting numerous extremely talented students who are conducting fine studies that have great impact in all fields in the humanities and social sciences. Dozens of books are published yearly including through major university presses, and so the goal of Critical Perspectives in the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa lecture series is to provide a platform for the discussion of cutting edge research in the field of Islam in Africa and to tap into the best of such new work for Africanists and Islamicists at all schools at Harvard. Every academic year, the Islam in Africa lecture series brings authors of newly published books and advanced PhD students to campus to discuss their work.
LINK  https://scholar.harvard.edu/ousmanekane/2019-2020-academic-year


Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar
Friday, January 31
12:00pmto 1:00pm
Harvard, Pierce Hall (100F), 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Alex Guenther, University of CA Irvine
Contact Name:Yang Li
yli at seas.harvard.edu


MIT Humanitarian Speaker Series - UNICEF: Supply Chain in Service – Improving Results for Children
Friday, January 31
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building E51-325, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://ctl.mit.edu/events/fri-01312020-1200/mit-humanitarian-speaker-series-unicef-supply-chain-service-improving

MIT CTL regularly hosts a Humanitarian Speaker Series throughout the academic year. All MIT students, staff, affiliates and alumni are invited to attend.

This talk, hosted by the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab will feature Ryan McWhorter, Manager, Supply Chain Design and Practice Unit at the Supply Chain Strengthening Centre, UNICEF. Ryan will be speaking to the role that the supply chain plays within the larger institution at UNICEF as well as presenting specific projects that his center is currently involved in. 

His main topics of discussion will be:
Emergency Preparedness and Response Immunization Supply Chain design Nutrition Supply Chain design and monitoring HR aspects of in-country managers

Ryan is also an MIT Supply Chain Management Masters Program alum and will discuss taking lessons learned at MIT into practice. 


A Woman's Place: US Counterterrorism Since 9/11
Friday, January 31
12:15 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, Belfer Building, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Joana Cook, Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation,  Department of War Studies, King's College London; Author, "A Woman's Place: US Counterterrorism Since 9/11"
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  The 9/11 attacks fundamentally transformed how the United States approached terrorism and led to the unprecedented expansion of counterterrorism strategies, policies, and practices. While the analysis of these developments is rich and vast, there remains a significant void. The diverse actors contributing to counterterrorism increasingly consider, engage, and impact women as agents, partners, and targets of their work. Yet, flawed assumptions and stereotypes remain prevalent, and it remains undocumented and unclear how and why counterterrorism efforts have evolved as they did in relation to women.
Please join us! Coffee, tea, and light refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
LINK  https://www.belfercenter.org/event/womans-place-us-counterterrorism-911


A Night of Philosophy and Ideas
Friday, January 31
6 – 11 p.m.
Harvard, William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-night-of-philosophy-and-ideas-at-harvard-tickets-89910246969
CONTACT INFO	Nicolas Prevelakis (prevelak at fas.harvard.edu)
DETAILS  Originally from France, a night of philosophy and ideas is a marathon of philosophical debate, performances, readings, and music happening overnight.
Boston’s first Night of Philosophy & Ideas at Harvard University will bring together academics from various disciplines, as well as artists, activists, and public intellectuals to address a variety of timely questions around this year’s central theme: Being Alive. What is the good life? What does life mean for us but also for other living creatures? What do we owe to each other? How have recent technological changes affected the ways in which we understand ourselves? By diving into topics as diverse as physics, sex, greek heroes, police shootings, Darwinism, zombies, gender equality, migration, subjectivity, slavery, and pull-ups, we will explore life in the 21st century. The event will also feature an art exhibition, a magic performance, poetry reading, dance shows, art classes, meditation, screenings and a book swap. 
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
LINK	http://nightofphilosophyandideas.info


Public Launch of the New Centre for Faith, Art, & Justice
Friday, January 31
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-launch-of-the-new-centre-for-faith-art-justice-tickets-87993401633

Don't miss this special occasion. Celebrate 15 years of persistence and service as we launch our new Centre for Faith, Art, & Justice with three nights of spoken word, live music from local artists, food, and more. 

Enjoy performances by: 
Porsha Olayiwola, current poet laureate for the city of Boston
Kaleigh O'Keefe, current MC for the award winning First Friday's Open Mic
Cole F.A., local teenage hip hop artist
Jenny & the Bets, a Rhythm & Groove band from Somerville/Cambridge area
DRuff & SublimeLuv, Barefoot Chandy, Tony Williams Dance Studio, Simon Chernow & crew 
And much more!


Why We're Polarized
Friday, January 31
7:30 PM EST
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ezra-klein-at-back-bay-events-center-tickets-82919186519
Cost:  $25- $35

Ezra Klein in conversation with Lawrence Lessig
Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated writer, podcaster, and producer EZRA KLEIN—Vox co-founder and editor–at–large—for a discussion of his highly anticipated book, Why We're Polarized. He will be joined in conversation by renowned author and Harvard Law professor LAWRENCE LESSIG.
Learn more at http://www.harvard.com/event/ezra_klein/

Sunday, February 2

Moving the Future
Sunday, February 2
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST
Harvard Business School, 117 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-the-future-tickets-83366693023
Cost:  $20 – $50

Tickets are now available for the annual ‘Moving the Future’ conference at Harvard Business School. This year, the conference will be held on February 2nd, 2020.

Co-organized by the Transportation, Infrastructure & Logistics Club, and the Aerospace & Aviation Club at Harvard Business School, this conference brings together business, government, and technology leaders in the infrastructure and mobility arenas. This conference is a focal point for discourse investment, public policy, product development, market strategies, and more.

Our keynote speakers this year are Joel Szabat (Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, US Department of Transportation), Horace Dediu (renowned industry analyst + Founder, Asymco), and George Mathew (CEO, Kespry). Our panelists include Andrew Salzburg (ex-Director for Transportation Policy, Uber), Eleanor Joseph (Director of Strategy & Business Development, Via), Christopher Kauffman (Investor, Softbank), Tess Hatch (Investor, Bessemer Venture Partners), and more.

For the full list of speakers and detailed schedule of events, please visit http://mtfcon.org/

Monday, February 3

Climate Change: The View from Massachusetts
Monday, February 3
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM EST
University of Massachusetts Club, 1 Beacon Street, #32nd floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-change-the-view-from-massachusetts-tickets-89778934209

The MassINC Polling Group presents findings on how Massachusetts residents feel about the present and future impacts of climate change.

Climate Change: The View from Massachusetts
Keynote:  Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides
Elizabeth Turnbull Henry. President, Environmental League of Massachusetts
Jay Ash. CEO, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership
Marcos Marrero. Director of Planning and Economic Development, City of Holyoke
Moderator: Tracy Corley. Transit-Oriented Development Fellow, MassINC
With a presentation of new poll results from Steve Koczela, President of The MassINC Polling Group.

In the past decade we've watched as the impacts of a warming planet make their mark in climate events around the world, from droughts to fires to floods. As we brace for more to come, the question inevitably arises: what specific effects will we face here in Massachusetts? How prepared are Bay Staters to respond to the dangers of climate change when they occur? What effects are they already experiencing? The MassINC Polling Group in partnership with the Barr Foundation asked these very questions of residents across the Commonwealth, from Western Massachusetts to the South Coast and everywhere in between. Join us as we unpack the results of this poll and share insights into what members of our state think about climate change, what impacts they currently feel, and what they believe the future may bring. 

The event will begin with a presentation of the poll results, followed by a keynote address from the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides, and finally a panel moderated by Tracy Corley of MassINC. Panelists include  Elizabeth Turnbull Henry from the Environmental League of Massachusetts,Marcos Marrero of the City of Holyoke, and Jay Ash of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership.
Please join us at the University of Massachusetts Club at 1 Beacon St., 32nd floor, in the Boston room. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Libby Gormley at lgormley at massincpolling.com.


Program on Atmosphers, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium
Monday, February 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Mike Pritchard


Adventures in the uttermost part of the Earth: Fungi, plants and biogeography
Monday, February 3
12:10 p.m.
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Boston

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


Industry Seminar: Dan Svirsky, Uber
Monday, February 3
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Harvard, Sever Hall 213, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Dan Svirsky
TICKET WEB LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/industry-seminar-dan-svirsky-uber-tickets-82988531933
CONTACT INFO	datascience at harvard.edu
DETAILS   Fighting Discrimination on Tech Platforms: An Insider and Outsider Account
The rise in online market platforms creates new challenges in the fight against discrimination. While in theory, online markets can help prevent discrimination by obscuring users' demographic traits, the opposite is also possible. This talk covers a range of projects aimed at combating discrimination on tech platforms. The talk focuses equally on projects conducted as an outsider -- as an academic, or as part of public interest lawsuits -- and as an insider -- as a data scientist within a major tech platform.
LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/industry-seminar-dan-svirsky-uber-tickets-82988531933


Forms of Grief
Monday, February 3
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

CONTACT	CSWR, 617.495.4476
DETAILS  This talk will meditate on the forms that grief can take, in the work of Zoe Leonard, Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz, and John Constable.
Kate Zambreno is the author of several acclaimed books, including Screen Tests, Heroines, and Green Girl. She has recently published a collection of talks and essays, Appendix Project, in the shadow of Book of Mutter, her meditation on grief. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, VQR, and elsewhere. A novel, Drifts, is forthcoming in May 2020. She teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.


Coral reefs in a changing world
Monday, February 3
Saloon, 255 Elm Street, Somerville

Dr. Sarah Davies, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Boston University
Changing climates and ongoing anthropogenic habitat modifications threaten natural ecosystems worldwide. In response to these threats, a species has four choices: i) remain in the natal habitat but suffer reduced fitness, ii) acclimate to current conditions by modifying their physiologies, iii) adapt to the local environment through natural selection on standing genetic variation, or iv) disperse to new, more favorable environments. Research in my lab studies the potential roles of acclimation, adaptation, and dispersal in an organism’s response to rapid climate change.

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


Conscious Capitalism – A Radical Transformation of Business Culture
Monday, February 3
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
CIC Venture Cafe, 1Broadway , Venture Cafe 5th floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conscious-capitalism-a-radical-transformation-of-business-culture-tickets-88664426687

Raj Sisodia will review the history of capitalism and its challenges and explore the concept of “conscious capitalism”.

On February 3, 2020, Professor Raj Sisodia will review the history of capitalism and its challenges and explore the concept of “conscious capitalism” focused on higher purpose, long-term thinking and collaborative, enduring and empathic relationships among all stakeholders.

Rajendra Sisodia, PhD, is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business at Babson College and author of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (2014, with John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market), and The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World (2019, with Michael Gelb), as well as nine other books. He is co-founder and co-chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc.

Join Raj and other Long Now thinkers at this Long Now Boston Conversation Series event at the Cambridge Innovation Center. 
Doors open at 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers – Presentation starts at 6:30pm. 

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation.
Description:  Over the past two centuries, free-enterprise capitalism has delivered immense benefits to human civilization. The adjusted standard of living worldwide has increased by over 1,500 percent since 1800, while population increased more than 8,000 percent. Thanks to business activity, global trade and technological innovations, vastly more people are living longer and much more comfortable lives.

Yet capitalism faces significant challenges today and its reputation is in severe decline. According to Raj, the key problem is with the ideology that capitalism gets good results through the self-interested choices of market participants and that success is due to the “survival of the fittest.” This ideology planted the seeds that led to an increasingly short-term focus for businesses and investors in recent decades. The idea that businesses should focus on long-term goals and on the overall welfare of customers, employees, communities as well as investors, has been increasingly diminished.

The solution, which Raj and his colleagues have carefully laid out, is to rebuild a business culture based on enlightened “conscious capitalism.” Businesses designed and led on the basis of conscious capitalism understand that success is a function of healthy, mutually beneficial relationships in the business ecology, including customers, suppliers, investors, employees, unions, communities, regulators, government and, critically, the natural environment on which we all rely.

Among the questions Raj will address:
What are the key features of conscious capitalism and how is it working?
How does a business operating under the principles of conscious capitalism deal with success and failure?
How does conscious capitalism get enforced and reinforced in the real world?
What would the world look like, in terms of well-being, relative inequality, poverty, health and personal fulfillment, under a fully conscious capitalist economy in a century? In a millennium?
Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
We’re proud and excited to welcome Raj Sisodia to the podium at this Long Now Boston community conversation.


Full Dissidence:  Notes from an Uneven Playing Field
Monday, February 3
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

Harvard Book Store welcomes ESPN writer and NPR sports correspondent HOWARD BRYANT for a discussion of his latest book, Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field.

About Full Dissidence
Whether the issues are protest, labor, patriotism, or class division, it is clear that professional sports are no longer simply fun and games. Rather, the industry is a hotbed of fractures and inequities that reflect and even drive some of the most divisive issues in our country. The nine provocative and deeply personal essays in Full Dissidence confront the dangerous narratives that are shaping the current dialogue in sports and mainstream culture. The book is a reflection on a culture where African Americans continue to navigate the sharp edges of whiteness—as citizens who are always at risk of being told, often directly from the White House, to go back to where they came from. The topics Howard Bryant takes on include the player-owner relationship, the militarization of sports, the myth of integration, the erasure of black identity as a condition of success, and the kleptocracy that has forced America to ask itself if its beliefs of freedom and democracy are more than just words.

In a time when authoritarianism is creeping into our lives and is being embraced in our politics, Full Dissidence will make us question the strength of the bonds we think we have with our fellow citizens, and it shows us why we must break from the malignant behaviors that have become normalized in everyday life.

Tuesday, February 4

Human Rights and the Crossroads - Where Does Activism Go Next?
Tuesday, February 4
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Allison Dining Room, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA
DETAILS  The Carr Center’s Human Rights in Hard Places talk series offers unparalleled insights and analysis from the frontlines by human rights practitioners, policy makers, and innovators. Moderated by Sushma Raman, the series highlights current day human rights and humanitarian concerns such as human rights in North Korea, migration on the US-Mexico border, Myanmar, and the dismantling of democracy.
Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, will give a talk titled, "Human Rights and the Crossroads: Where Does Activism Go Next?”
LINK  https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/human-rights-hard-places-speaker-series-human-rights-and-crossroads-where-does-activism


Open Borders, Local Closures: Municipal Curfews and the Lebanese Response to the Syrian Refugee Influx
Tuesday, February 4
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-451, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-borders-local-closures-tickets-90677901043

Part of the Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration with guest speaker Lama Mourad

With the largest refugee population per capita in the world, Lebanon now hosts at least 1.1 million refugees alongside a local population of approximately four million. Up until late 2014, the Lebanese government maintained what has been called a policy of “no policy”: maintaining de facto open borders, little regulation of Syrians within its territory and refusing to build any formal camps to house the population. In light of this apparent state absence, municipalities emerged as the "frontline" actors in the governance of Syrians on Lebanese territory. Most prominently, municipalities across the country adopted restrictive curfews targeting Syrians. 

This talk will explore her paper which seeks to explain why certain municipalities adopted curfews, while others did not?  Drawing on evidence from an original dataset of spatial, demographic, electoral, and budgetary data on over 1000 Lebanese municipalities and 120 interviews and ethnographic evidence from a year of fieldwork, she finds that the variation in the implementation of municipal curfews targeting Syrians is explained not by factors related to the presence of Syrians themselves, such as demographic pressure and inter-ethnic dynamics, but rather by local electoral competition and the the spill-over effect of this competition on neighbouring areas. Contrary to much of the expectations in the literature on host-refugee dynamics and ethnic politics, she argues that local responses are driven primarily by local leaders’ need to project a sense of order to residents. In areas where neighbouring towns and villages have recourse to discriminatory curfews, mayors and municipal leaders faced greater pressure to act, and curfews present a relatively low cost policy mechanism through which to alleviate fears and project authority.

About the speaker:
Lama Mourad is a postdoctoral fellow at Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania, and a SSHRC-postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. In 2018-2019, she was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  She specializes in comparative politics and the politics of migration, with a regional focus on the Middle East.


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Lecture on the Role of the Scientific Community in Furthering Dr. King's Dream
Tuesday, February 4
1 – 3 p.m.
Harvard, Jefferson Labs 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  John Silvanus Wilson, Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President
benita_wolff at fas.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The FAS Division of Science is proud to host a lecture in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President, will share remarks on “The Role of the Scientific Community in Furthering Dr. King’s Dream.” A light reception will be held immediately following the lecture in Jefferson 450 (Physics Library).
NOTE: We are not able to offer a live stream but the lecture will be recorded.


Unmaking the Presidency:  Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office
Tuesday, February 4
6:00 PM EST
The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/susan-hennessey-and-benjamin-wittes-at-the-brattle-theatre-tickets-86609702953
Cost:  $6 – $29.75

Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes present Unmaking the Presidency:  Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office
in conversation with JACK GOLDSMITH
Pre-sale tickets (book included) on sale December 19
General entrance tickets on sale January 2 at 9am

Harvard Book Store welcomes Brookings Institution fellows and Lawfare co-founders SUSAN HENNESSEY and BENJAMIN WITTES for a discussion of their co-authored book, Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office. They will be joined in conversation by author and Harvard Law professor JACK GOLDSMITH.

Tickets are available online only. All tickets for this event include a $5 coupon for use in the bookstore. Pre-sale tickets include a copy of Unmaking the Presidency. Books bundled with pre-sale tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

Learn more at http://www.harvard.com/event/susan_hennessey_and_benjamin_wittes/


From Inspiration to Monetization: Making Tech Transfer Work for Innovators, Universities, and Their Partners
Tuesday, February 4
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT Stata Center, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.mitforumcambridge.org/event/26750/

Tech transfer offices (TTOs) bridge the divide between the market and innovators at universities and non-profit organizations.  TTOs help to promote the adoption of technology by matching technologists and scientists with industry that can bring that technology to market.  TTOs can also generate revenue to support development and to demonstrate its value.

Yet, TTOs face numerous challenges.  Curating a marketable patent portfolio on a limited budget is difficult, especially where technology in development often takes years to come to market.  Additionally, some TTOs receive inadequate buy-in from their universities and faculty, complicating the invention harvesting and portfolio curation processes.  TTOs, in the course of monetizing, must also bear in mind partnerships and other business relationships their parent organizations have or may wish to pursue.

This program will discuss the roles TTOs can and should play in research organizations, best practices, key trends, and upcoming challenges.

Major topics
Invention harvesting
Creating a virtuous cycle – incentivizing your innovators to disclose inventions and to participate in the harvesting process
Best practices – optimizing your invention harvesting process
Useful metrics – statistics that may be useful in understanding ways in which your process is succeeding and ways in which it could improve
Portfolio curation
Marketable portfolio composition – understanding circumstances under which foreign equivalents and continuations can drive portfolio value
Shepherding limited resources – spotting, as early as possible, the technologies in which you should invest heavily
Potential transaction partners – identifying and approaching prospective partners
Patents-plus – selling know-how and ongoing partnerships as part of a larger deal
Presentation to market – generating marketing materials, including evidence of use or claim charts
Valuation – pricing your assets and/or articulating the business objectives you wish to achieve in an IP transaction

Moderator:  Robert J.L. Moore, Patent Attorney, Caldwell IP
Speakers:  Ian McClure, Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization at University of Kentucky
Roger Ross, CEO and Founder, Commonwealth Licensing Services LLC
Michael Gulliford, Managing Principal, Soryn IP Group, LLC


Believe Me:  How Trusting Women Can Change the World
Tuesday, February 4
6:30 PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes writer, performer, and activist JACLYN FRIEDMAN for a discussion of her new co-edited anthology, Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World. She will be joined in conversation by contributor and Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center STACY MALONE.
About Believe Me

Harvey Weinstein. Brett Kavanaugh. Jeffrey Epstein. Donald Trump. The most infamous abusers in modern American history are being outed as women speak up to publicly expose behavior that was previously only whispered about—and it's both making an impact, and sparking a backlash. From the leading, agenda-setting feminist editors of Yes Means Yes, Believe Me brings readers into the evolving landscape of the movement against sexual violence, and outlines how trusting women is the critical foundation for future progress.

In Believe Me, contributors ask and answer the crucial question: What would happen if we didn't just believe women, but acted as though they matter? If we take women's experiences of online harassment seriously, it will transform the internet. If we listen to and center survivors, we could revolutionize our systems of justice. If we believe Black women when they talk about pain, we will save countless lives.
With contributions from many of the most important voices in feminism today, Believe Me is an essential roadmap for the #MeToo era and beyond.


“Harvard in Allston: Perspective and Next Steps” with Marika E. Reuling and Thomas Glynn
Tuesday, February 4
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Marika E. Reuling
Thomas Glynn

CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu.
DETAILS  Join us for a conversation between Marika E. Reuling, Thomas Glynn and Alex Krieger, Interim Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. Reuling is the Managing Director for Allston Initiatives at Harvard University, where she oversees the team focused on planning, development and placemaking strategy in Allston. Glynn is the Chief Executive Officer of the Harvard Allston Land Company, overseeing Harvard University’s non-institutional development of its Enterprise Research Campus in Allston.
LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/harvard-in-allston-perspective-and-next-steps-with-marika-e-reuling-and-thomas-glynn/


Green tech Entrepreneur Forum & Brainstorming
Tuesday, February 4
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (Every 2 weeks on Tuesday)
Eastern Bank, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Boston-Green-Tech-and-Energy/events/clfnfrybcdbgb/

The Agenda is:
You can give a 5 to 10 minute elevator speech about your startup if you would like. (We will divide the 1st hour by # of people.)

Review Entrepreneur & Green Tech Opportunities in Cambridge and Boston.
Discuss and What stage is your ideas or startup? What is your goal?
Tell what personnel or additional expertise, funding, etc. you are seeking, ideas for viable moneymaking startups, methods of collaboration, networking, forming teams & partnerships etc. marketing, media, social media, ideas that have worked well for publicity
Agencies, websites, companies that assist startups
Boston Greenfest & Gov't opportunities.
What would you like to see in future meetups?
We will introduce ourselves and tell about our interest, expertise or work (1st hr):

Discussion and Brainstorming on (2nd hr)
Seminars - We will have seminars by Sustainable Energy engineers and other tech experts often.


Wednesday, February 5

Environmental Science Seminar Series
Dammed or damned: Five open challenges in sustainable river basin development
Wednesday, February 5
10:45am to 12:00pm
MIT, Building 48-316, Ralph M Parsons Laboratory, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Andrea Castelletti, Matteo Giuliani, Marta Zaniolo, Environmental Intelligence Lab, Politecnico di Milano

Large storage systems play a key role for securing water, energy, and food, and thus increasing socioeconomic development and reducing poverty worldwide. This is leading developing countries and international agencies to undertake major investments in dam construction, primarily to produce hydropower. Globally, about 3,700 new major dams are planned or under construction. Dam booming has multiple reasons. Hydropower is generally regarded as a valuable renewable and clean energy resource. Additionally, hydropower reservoirs provide important ancillary services to the electric system as well as non-energy services like flood control and water supply for food production.  Despite these many potential benefits, dams can create substantial negative environmental externalities that are commonly underestimated in single large dam developments as well as in the development of multi-dam schemes in large river networks. This talk will analyse the main challenges and barriers to internalizing such externalities, and explore the potential role of Artificial Intelligence and optimal control in supporting a paradigm shift in modern river basin development. A particular focus will be devoted to investigating the potential value of the unprecedent torrent of information that today is available, but still rarely used, for supporting water resources planning and management. We show how machine learning tools can be employed to synthetize global datasets of climate oscillations (e.g., sea surface temperature) into a valuable source of predictability of local hydro-meteorological anomalies, and how sustainable dam planning, initial dam filling, and regime operations can benefit from it.


Being Seen, Feeling Heard: Designing Intimate-Scaled Spaces on Urban College Campuses
Wednesday, February 5
12 – 1pm
Tufts, Sophia Gordon Hall, 15 Talbot Avenue, Somerville

Verna DeLauer, UEP Visiting Scholar, Franklin Pierce University

Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) Spring 2020 Colloquium Series
Light lunch provided.

Contact:  chelsea.alexander at tufts.edu


We Keep Us Safe
Wednesday, February 5
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline 

Zach Norris
A groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment.

We Keep Us Safe is a blueprint of how to hold people accountable while still holding them in community. The result reinstates full humanity and agency for everyone who has been dehumanized and traumatized, so they can participate fully in life, in society, and in the fabric of our democracy.

Zach Norris is the executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which creates campaigns related to civic engagement, violence prevention, juvenile justice, and police brutality, with a goal of shifting economic resources away from prisons and punishment and towards economic opportunity. He is also the cofounder of Restore Oakland and Justice for Families, both of which focus on the power of community action. He graduated from Harvard and took his law degree from New York University.


Nature's Best Hope
Wednesday, February 5
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Harvard Science Center, Hall B, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Grow Native Massachusetts is proud to present our 2020 Evenings with Expertslecture series! These talks are free and open to all.

Join us for this talk with Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Biology at the University of Delaware.

Recent headlines about global insect declines, the impending extinction of one million species worldwide, and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our present-day standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can— and must take— to reverse declining biodiversity and to explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy is the nationally acclaimed author ofBringing Nature Home, and the co-author of The Living Landscape. In 2013, he was awarded the Garden Club of America’s Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation Education. His newest book,Nature’s Best Hope,is being released the day before this event, and copies may be purchased at the lecture.

Thank you to our community partners— the Cambridge Public Library, Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects— for their support of this series.

Continuing education credits will be available.

More information is available on our website:https://grownativemass.org/Our-Programs/evenings-experts

Thursday, February 6

Pictures from an Expedition: A Search for a Personal Relationship with Wilderness
Thursday, February 6
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall,  474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Ralph Robinson, Photographer
The book "Pictures from an Expedition" explores our connection to the unspoiled, natural places around us, and how we see our role in protecting our distressed planet. The basis for the book, and the focus of this talk, will be the story of a tragic accident, which occurred during a photographic expedition to eastern Siberia, in which a park ranger lost his life when he surprised a Russian brown bear in the woods. However, beyond the simple documentation of a loss of life, the story is also a personal search for a spiritual and emotional relationship with the wilderness, the risks we take in life, and the impact we have on the world whenever we step outside to explore it. The speaker joins a long tradition of wildlife photography in which a sense of awe and respect for the animals emerges from the encounters, and at the same time explores the potential dangers which are inherent when trekking in remote areas. In its totality, the book goes beyond one tragedy or one species at risk, and points to a broader recognition that, just as nature takes care of us, we also urgently need to take care of nature.

Ralph Robinson creates imagery focused on the importance of preserving remaining wilderness areas, and protecting endangered species, drawing attention to the increasing degree to which that wilderness, and the entire planet, is threatened by human activities. His sense of urgency about the plight of our planet has driven him to use his art to inform and encourage others to act now, before it becomes too late. Primarily working in photography, he often brings his images into woodblock, screen, and other forms of printmaking as a way to further explore these themes. He is currently a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts at SMFA at Tufts.


National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence
Thursday, February 6
2:00pm to 3:30pm
MIT, Building 32-882, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Please join the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) for a conversation on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) on national security and research. How the United States adopts AI will have profound ramifications for our immediate security, economic well-being, and position in the world.

The Commission’s Interim Report to Congress provides an initial assessment on AI’s relationship to national security, preliminary judgements on areas where the United States can do better, and suggests interim actions the government can take today.  The Commission looks forward to hearing from the MIT community on the types of recommendations that must be considered to prepare for an AI future.

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence was established by the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act as an independent Commission to consider ways to advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security needs of the United States.  The NSCAI is composed of 15 Commissioners appointed by Congress, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Commerce. It is led by Chairman Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, and Vice Chairman Bob Work, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense.

The panel will have their Executive Director, Yll Bajraktari, the lead writer for their Interim Report, and the Commission’s Directors of Research and Analysis for each of the primary lines of effort.


Books at Baker with Laura Morgan Roberts and Anthony J. Mayo
Thursday, February 6
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Harvard Business School, Aldrich Hall 210, Soldiers Field Road, Boston

SPEAKER(S)  Laura Morgan Roberts
Anthony J. Mayo
DETAILS  At a time when there are fewer African Americans in corporate leadership roles, the compilation of essays in "Race, Work & Leadership" illuminate the present-day dynamics of race in the workplace.
What does it mean to be black in corporate America today? How are racial dynamics in organizations changing? How can organizations support the advancement of African Americans?
Developed in conjunction with the research and programming for Harvard Business School’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the HBS African American Student Union, the book's contributions by researchers and practitioners should act as an indispensable reference for leaders who are intent on addressing the challenges of building inclusive organizations.
There will be a Q&A session and copies of the book will be available for signing.
LINK  https://www.library.hbs.edu/Articles/Books-Baker


Circularity Challenge Final Showcase
Thursday, February 6
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greentown-labs-circularity-challenge-final-showcase-tickets-84641736713

Join Greentown Labs for the final showcase of the Circularity Challenge, a six-month accelerator program for startups to advance innovative ideas to disrupt the plastics, energy storage, and recycling value chains to enable and circular economy. 

The Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge is a six-month accelerator program for startups developed in partnership with BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical companies. The program intends to advance innovative ideas to disrupt the plastics, energy storage and recycling value chains to enable a circular economy. The Circularity Challenge is focused on connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, team members, business, and technical resources they need to launch successful ventures with partnership from BASF and support from Stanley Black and Decker.

Contact:  888-954-6836


Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture: Günther Vogt, “The Imprint of the Landscape”
Thursday, February 6
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Günther Vogt
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu.
DETAILS  Please join us for the Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture delivered by landscape architect Günther Vogt. Vogt's lecture will also mark the opening of the exhibition 'Günther Vogt: First the Forests,' which is on view in the Druker Design Gallery from Jan. 21 – March 8, 2020. A reception in the gallery will take place immediately following the lecture.
What is the relevant scale for operating with the landscape of the city?
Since the Industrial Revolution at the latest, humans have become the determining factor for global ecosystems. This fact becomes apparent when we look at sediment displacement influenced by human activity, for example. There is thirty times more of it today than what natural processes cause. Due to our massive intervention in the Earth system, not just new landscapes are formed, however, but the conditions for cohabitation in our cities are also fundamentally changed.
Against this backdrop, solutions proposed by the current ‘green movement’ seem to have little viability. Green facades, vertical gardens or planted bridges deal primarily with esthetic aspects and are neither sustainable nor do they work as part of a network of lived public space. Vegetation is applied onto a construction framework, demoted to the ‘new ornament’ of landscape architecture.
Set against these neatly composed images, Günther Vogt applies a systematic design approach with his projects. Their success is measured not just by their design qualities, but primarily by their consequences for the environment. In the spirit of Friedrick Law Olmsted, who met the changing environmental conditions of his time with a holistic view of space, thinking in systems like this requires incorporating highly diverse scale levels and leads us from the miniature to the panorama of the city landscape.
LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/gunther-vogt-the-imprint-of-the-landscape/


The Longing for Less
Thursday, February 6
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Porter Square Books welcomes Kyle Chayka for a reading and discussion of his new book The Longing for Less, in conversation with novelist Miranda Popkey (Topics of Conversation)!

"More than just a story of an abiding cultural preoccupation, The Longing For Less peels back the commodified husk of minimalism to reveal something surprising and thoroughly alive." -Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing

“Less is more”: Everywhere we hear the mantra. Marie Kondo and other decluttering gurus promise that shedding our stuff will solve our problems. We commit to cleanse diets and strive for inbox zero. Amid the frantic pace and distraction of everyday life, we covet silence-and airy, Instagrammable spaces in which to enjoy it. The popular term for this brand of upscale austerity, “minimalism,” has mostly come to stand for things to buy and consume. But minimalism has richer, deeper, and altogether more valuable gifts to offer.

Kyle Chayka is one of our sharpest cultural observers. After spending years covering minimalist trends for leading publications, he now delves beneath this lifestyle's glossy surface, seeking better ways to claim the time and space we crave. He shows that our longing for less goes back further than we realize. His search leads him to the philosophical and spiritual origins of minimalism, and to the stories of artists such as Agnes Martin and Donald Judd; composers such as John Cage and Julius Eastman; architects and designers; visionaries and misfits. As Chayka looks anew at their extraordinary lives and explores the places where they worked-from Manhattan lofts to the Texas high desert and the back alleys of Kyoto-he reminds us that what we most require is presence, not absence. The result is an elegant new synthesis of our minimalist desires and our profound emotional needs.

"Thoughtful and absorbing . . . A superb outing from a gifted young critic that will spark joy in many readers." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Kyle Chayka is a freelance writer and critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, the New Republic, Rolling Stone, n+1, Vox, the Paris Review, and other publications. He has contributed chapters to Reading Pop Culture: A Portable Anthology and A Companion to Digital Art. Chayka is cofounder of Study Hall, a newsletter and digital community for journalists. He began his career as a visual art critic for Hyperallergic in Brooklyn, and now lives in Washington, D.C.

Miranda Popkey was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1987. She graduated with a BA in Humanities from Yale in 2009 and with an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. She has written for, among other outlets, The New Republic, The New Yorker‘s Page-Turner blog, the Paris Review Daily, The Hairpin, The Awl, GQ, and New York magazine’s The Cut.


When Time Stopped:  A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
Thursday, February 6
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes writer ARIANA NEUMANN for a discussion of her debut memoir, When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains. She will be joined in conversation by Tufts professor of theatre BARBARA WALLACE GROSSMAN, former member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

About When Time Stopped
In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in a stretch of river forbidden to Jews. He was transported to Auschwitz. Eighteen days later his prisoner number was entered into the morgue book.
Of thirty-four Neumann family members, twenty-five were murdered by the Nazis. One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who, to escape the German death net, traveled to Berlin and hid in plain sight under the Gestapo’s eyes. What Hans experienced was so unspeakable that, when he built an industrial empire in Venezuela, he couldn’t bring himself to talk about it. All his daughter Ariana knew was that something terrible had happened.
When Hans died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries, and other memorabilia. Ten years later Ariana finally summoned the courage to have the letters translated, and she began reading. What she discovered launched her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning, and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined.

When Time Stopped is an unputdownable detective story and an epic family memoir, spanning nearly ninety years and crossing oceans. Neumann brings each relative to vivid life. In uncovering her father’s story after all these years, she discovers nuance and depth to her own history and liberates poignant and thought-provoking truths about the threads of humanity that connect us all.


Cured: The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing
Thursday, February 6
7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Jeffrey Rediger
TICKET WEB LINK  http://harvardcoop.eventbrite.com
CONTACT INFO	hbooks at bncollege.com
DETAILS  What do miraculous cures tell us about the way we treat certain diseases? What might be discovered in those stories that could offer hope to others facing terminal diagnoses? "Cured" offers a deeply researched argument for shifting the medical focus from the “silver” bullet approach to certain diseases and to give more support and power to something more individual and far-reaching. What if these remarkable stories of healing gave us new insights into root causes of disease and could show us how we can realign our lives before we receive a deadly diagnosis?
LINK	http://www.thecoop.com


Arguing with Zombies:  Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
Thursday, February 6
7:30 PM (Doors at 6:30)
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/paul_krugman1/
Cost:  $25 - $35.00 (book included) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome Nobel Prize–winning economist PAUL KRUGMAN for a discussion of his latest book, Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future. He will be joined in conversation by PBS NewsHour correspondent PAUL SOLMAN.
Please Note

This event does not include a book signing. Books included with tickets are pre-signed editions of Arguing with Zombies. (Additional pre-signed copies will be available for purchase at the event, while supplies last.)
We will not be able to accommodate requests for personalized inscriptions.

About Arguing with Zombies
There is no better guide than Paul Krugman to basic economics, the ideas that animate much of our public policy. Likewise, there is no stronger foe of zombie economics, the misunderstandings that just won’t die.

In Arguing with Zombies, Krugman tackles many of these misunderstandings, taking stock of where the United States has come from and where it’s headed in a series of concise, digestible chapters. Drawn mainly from his popular New York Times column, they cover a wide range of issues, organized thematically and framed in the context of a wider debate. Explaining the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, and so much more with unrivaled clarity and precision, Arguing with Zombies is Krugman at the height of his powers.

Arguing with Zombies puts Krugman at the front of the debate in the 2020 election year and is an indispensable guide to two decades’ worth of political and economic discourse in the United States and around the globe. With quick, vivid sketches, Krugman turns his readers into intelligent consumers of the daily news and hands them the keys to unlock the concepts behind the greatest economic policy issues of our time. In doing so, he delivers an instant classic that can serve as a reference point for this and future generations.

Friday, February 7 - Saturday, February 8

Global Health in a Changing World: People, Planet, and Technology
Friday, February 7, 7:30 am - Saturday, February 8, 6:30 pm
Northeastern, East Village, 17th floor, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.nughi.org/event-details/global-health-in-a-changing-world-people-planet-and-technology/form

GHCW: People, Planet, and Technology is a joint venture that spans across the Northeastern University Global Campus. We invite anyone from any campus, organization, age, and discipline to attend the conference for free.

The face of global health is undeniably changing. GHCW is a seamlessly integrated research and experiential learning forum that explores this changing landscape in a nuanced, multifaceted way. Attendees will develop new research and industry relationships, learn how to advocate for change on a local, national, and international level, and ultimately be prepared to take meaningful steps in their own lives.

Join us for plentary pillars, poster sessions, research sessions, tech talks, networking sessions, and workshops. View full schedule and live stream at https://web.northeastern.edu/nuglobalhealth/

Friday, February 7

Book Talk: When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles for Health and Social Equality
Friday, February 7
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East (2036), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Alicia Ely Yamin, Senior Fellow, The Petrie-Flom Center
Sue Goldie, Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health and Director, Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Director, Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University
Michael Ashley Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
Lucie White, Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
TICKET WEB LINK  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egnr1auk8a3d68f3&oseq=&c=&ch=
CONTACT INFO	Petrie-Flom Center:
petrie-flom at law.harvard.edu
DETAILS  "When Misfortune Becomes Injustice" tells a story of extraordinary progress with respect to health-related rights over the last few decades, in both conceptual frameworks and diverse people's lived realities. However, Yamin shows that over these same years economic reforms at global and national levels shrank the political space necessary to realize a robust agenda in health and other social rights. In the face of ballooning inequality, a loss of confidence in democratic institutions and multilateralism, and existential threats posed by climate change today, Yamin proposes a re-energized human rights praxis to promote health, gender equality, and social justice.
At this event, Yamin will be joined by expert panelists to discuss both the progresses and the challenges that she describes in the book, as well as her proposals for a re-energized human rights praxis.
LINK  https://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/book-talk-human-rights-struggles-for-health-and-social-equality


The Supreme Court's Threat to Civil Society
Thursday, February 7
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Harvard Law School, Langdell North - 225 Vorenberg, Cambridge

Annual Kissel Lecture in Ethics with Linda Greenhouse
Abstract: Greenhouse looks critically at recent decisions including Janus v. AFSCME; Masterpiece Cakeshop; Hobby Lobby; and the Little Sisters of the Poor Litigation, in which the Supreme Court empowered -- indeed, invited -- individuals to opt out of the rules by which the rest of us have agreed to be governed. Respecting claims of conscience is of course an essential element of civil society. But honoring such claims selectively, while failing to give weight to the foreseeable burdens on third parties, can accelerate the descent into the tribalism with which American society is threatened today.

Linda Greenhouse is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School. She assumed this position in 2009 after a 40-year career at the New York Times, including 30 years covering the United States Supreme Court. At Yale, she is a member of the faculty of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and teaches other Supreme Court-related courses. She writes a bi-weekly op-ed column on the Supreme Court and law for the New York Times web site as a contributing columnist. In her extracurricular life, she is president of the American Philosophical Society and serves on several nonprofit boards. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College, Harvard, and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School.

She received numerous journalism awards for her reporting, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 (beat reporting); the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association in 2002 for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics”; and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2004. Her newest book, published in October 2017 by Harvard University Press, is a brief memoir, Just a Journalist. Other books include The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right (with Michael J. Graetz), The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press); a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun; and Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel).


LASER Boston – Sensory Overload
Friday, February 7
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway,  Cambridge
RSVP at https://events.swissnexboston.org/LASERBostonSensoryOverload

What do multi-sensory perception and synesthesia reveal about our perceptual realities? Answering these questions and more as we hear from three speakers across the arts and sciences.

How does multi-sensory perception function in the brain? What does synesthesia reveal about our perceptual realities? Can software-driven music change our perception of time, place, and space?

On February 7th, LASER Boston will explore these questions and more as we hear from three speakers across the arts and sciences. With the ultimate goal of fostering cross-disciplinary discovery and dialogue, this event will feature Neoperceptions co-founders Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Brodi Elwood, psychology and neuroscience researcher Psyche Loui, and musician and performance artist Marcel Zaes.

Presented by swissnex Boston and SciArt Initiative.

6:00 pm – Community Networking
Speakers and audience members are welcome to join in a pre-talks networking session.
6:30 pm – Talks
Three 12 min segments followed by a Q&A
7:30 pm – Networking Reception
Stick around to continue the discussion over drinks and snacks.

Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Brodi Elwood
Thomas Sanchez Lengeling is a scientist, artist, and engineer and is currently a researcher at the City Science Group at the MIT Media Lab and at the MIT Physics Department. His research is in the intersection between science, art, and technology. He works in mobility, urban planning, artificial intelligence, wearable technology, immersive experiences, music, and educational outreach. His interest in creating experiences that will allow people to change their perspective about the world by blending an extra perceptual experience in digital information. His education works focus on inspiring and mentoring the future generation of scientists and innovators in Latin America through international scientific networks.

Brodi Elwood graduated from MIT Physics Department with a focus on dark matter and axions. He is also a researcher at the MIT nuclear science department.

Psyche Loui
“Music as a Window into Emotion and Creativity”
Psyche Loui is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, with a focus in psychology and neuroscience, where she is also the Director of MIND Lab. Loui earned her PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, after earning her BA in Psychology and Music, and certificate in Neuroscience from Duke University. She has since held faculty positions in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Integrative Sciences at Wesleyan University, and in Neurology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. When not doing research on how music can be used to understand the brain, Loui performs as a violinist in the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a Boston-based orchestra that strives to heal the community through music, and in Folie a Quatre, a string quartet with mental health professionals.

Marcel Zaes
“Music, Time, Place and Space”
Marcel Zaes is an artist and artistic researcher, holding degrees from University of the Arts in Bern and Zurich University of the Arts, and has studied composition with Alvin Curran in Rome and with Peter Ablinger in Berlin. Zeas’ artistic practice explores the ways in which rhythm forms the basis for community, that is, rhythm affords the sociality that is traditionally called “making music together,” or “dancing together,” even if no such action is involved at all. He investigates mechanical time, its politics and its socio-cultural contexts with an interdisciplinary framework that encompasses sound and media studies, new technologies, critical race studies, and performance and dance studies. HIs work has been showcased at the at ISEA Hong Kong, the Center for New Music San Francisco, Goethe Institute New Delhi, Biennial of Contemporary Arts Lisbon, Cabaret Voltaire Zurich, and at Columbia University in New York. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in Music & Multimedia Composition at Brown University.


A Planet to Win: Why We Need A Green New Deal
Friday, February 7
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Please join us at Porter Square Books to welcome Alyssa Battistoni and Thea Riofrancos, co-authors of A Planet to Win, for a reading and discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America, Boston chapter.

In the twenty-first century, all politics are climate politics.

The age of climate gradualism is over, as unprecedented disasters are exacerbated by inequalities of race and class. We need profound, radical change. A Green New Deal can tackle the climate emergency and rampant inequality at the same time. Cutting carbon emissions while winning immediate gains for the many is the only way to build a movement strong enough to defeat big oil, big business, and the super-rich—starting right now.

A Planet to Win explores the political potential and concrete first steps of a Green New Deal. It calls for dismantling the fossil fuel industry and building beautiful landscapes of renewable energy, guaranteeing climate-friendly work and no-carbon housing and free public transit. And it shows how a Green New Deal in the United States can strengthen climate justice movements worldwide. We don’t make politics under conditions of our own choosing, and no one would choose this crisis. But crises also present opportunities. We stand on the brink of disaster—but also at the cusp of wondrous, transformative change.

Alyssa Battistoni is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and an Editor at Jacobin. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, n+1, The Nation, Jacobin, In These Times, Dissent, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

Thea Riofrancos is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College and the author of Resource Radicals. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, n+1, Jacobin, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Dissent, and In These Times. She serves on the steering committee of DSA’s Ecosocialist Working Group.


Fights:  One Boy's Triumph Over Violence
Friday, February 7
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed cartoonist JOEL CHRISTIAN GILL—author of the beloved Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History—for a discussion of his graphic memoir, Fights: One Boy's Triumph Over Violence.

About Fights
Fights is the visceral and deeply affecting memoir of artist/author Joel Christian Gill, chronicling his youth and coming of age as a Black child in a chaotic landscape of rough city streets and foreboding backwoods.

Propelled into a world filled with uncertainty and desperation, young Joel is pushed toward using violence to solve his problems by everything and everyone around him. But fighting doesn’t always yield the best results for a confused and sensitive kid who yearns for a better, more fulfilling life than the one he was born into, as Joel learns in a series of brutal conflicts that eventually lead him to question everything he has learned about what it truly means to fight for one’s life.


Screening of 1200+ Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls
Friday, February 7
7 PM
First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

Join us for a screening and fundraiser to support the film entitled, ‘1200+’, which focuses on a region in Canada where the Indigenous community has been tragically impacted by women and girls being victims of violence and murder. The documentary was created and produced by journalist Sheila North, former Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, and filmmaker Leonard Yakir.

This screening is part of the 2019-2020 Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series sponsored by the Social Justice Action Committee of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist. Proceeds will benefit a trust fund for Cherisse Houle, the film's producers, and United American Indians of New England (UAINE). Tickets may be purchased in advance using the link on this page. No one will be turned away based upon ability to pay.

Saturday, February 8

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar
Saturday, February 8
12pm - 1pm
Harvard, Pierce Hall (100F), 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Randall Martin, Washington University in St. Louis, will give a talk. 

Contact Name:  Yang Li 
yli at seas.harvard.edu


Sunrise Boston Full Hub Meeting
Saturday, February 8
1 PM – 3 PM
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston

All are welcome! Come join us, get to know the Boston Hub, and hear what's next for Sunrise Boston! 

Questions? Email: SunriseMovementBoston at gmail.com or message our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2586044595007305/

Monday, February 10

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk
Monday, February 10
Arnold Arboretun Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Boston

Brook Moyers, University of Massachusetts, Boston, will give a talk. 

arbweb at arnarb.harvard.edu


Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Gene Editing and Disability
Monday, February 10
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Lydia X. Z. Brown, Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
Joseph A. Stramondo, San Diego State University
Michael Ashley Stein, Harvard Law School
CONTACT INFO	events at radcliffe.harvard.edu
DETAILS  From Botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more upgradable than ever. But how much can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process?
The award-winning documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement explores the social impact of human biotechnologies. Haunting and humorous, poignant and political, Fixed rethinks “disability” and “normalcy” by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.
Join us for a discussion about the ethics of gene editing and disability. Register online.
LINK  https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2020-fixed-film-screening-and-discussion


Cleantech Startups: Navigating the Mass Cleantech Landscape 2020
Monday, February 10 
5:30 pm –  9:00 pm
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Seaport West, Boston
RSVP at https://mitefcamb.z2systems.com/np/clients/mitefcamb/eventRegistration.jsp?event=3524&%20&_ga=2.233099095.872740243.1579825045-1895775866.1458499108
Pre-registration is required
Cost:  $10 Members; $30 Non-Members; $5 Student Members, $10 Non Member Students

Over 200 institutions in New England provide support for Cleantech research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Many of these organizations offer help to startups at all stages of development and provide critical resources like business and marketing support, mentorship, and more.

We are lucky to have so many support organizations in the area, but we know it can be hard for an entrepreneur in Cleantech to navigate all of them.

That's why we're bringing together concept/early stage startup founders and startup support organizations specializing in Cleantech for this special event where we'll help founders:
CONNECT with experts who can guide you in your journey from idea to commercialization
DISCUSS ideas and challenges with other entrepreneurs and learn from their experiences

ACCESS a guide showcasing resources at the inflection points along the path to entrepreneurial success
Hear from people who have participated in these startup support organizations, prepare your questions regarding where you are in your journey. They will be there to help you succeed and have provided some great offers for attendees to help guide you along your journey.

5:30 - 6:00 pm: Registration
6:00 - 6:15 pm: MITEF intro, event overview, and purpose
6:15 - 7:50 pm: Startup and supporting organizations presentations
7:50 - 8:50 pm: Networking and tabletop discussions between entrepreneurs and Supporting organizations
8:50 - 9:00 pm: Wrap Up

Tuesday, February 11

Systems Thinking Webinar: Nicholas A. Ashford, "Sustainable Development at a Crossroads"
Tuesday, February 11
12:00pm to 1:00pm
RSVP at https://sdm.mit.edu/webinar-nicholas-a-ashford-sustainable-development-at-a-crossroads/

Join us for a free webinar with Nicholas A. Ashford, MIT Professor of Technology and Policy and Director of the MIT Technology and Law Program. 

About the Talk: "Sustainable Development at a Crossroads: Challenges for Industrial Growth, Economic Welfare, Employment, and Environment"

The most important barrier to achieving a transformation to a more sustainable industrial system is lock-in or path dependency due to (1) the failure to envision, design, and implement policies that achieve co-optimization, or the mutually reinforcing – rather than compromising – of societal goals (increasing economic welfare, environmental quality, and employment/earning capacity) and (2) entrenched economic and political interests that game (and gain from) the present system and advancement of its current trends. System-wide change requires system-wide thinking and action -- and direct confrontation of wrong-headed policies.

About the Speaker: Nicholas A. Ashford is Professor of Technology & Policy and Director of the Technology & Law Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses in Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics; Law, Technology, and Public Policy; and Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development.  Dr. Ashford is a Faculty Associate of the Center for Socio-technical Research in the School of Engineering; the Institute for Work and Employment Research in the Sloan School of Management; and the Environmental Policy Group in the Urban Studies Department.  He holds both a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a Law Degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received graduate education in Economics.


Once Upon a Neighborhood: A History of the South End from Alison Barnet
Tuesday, February 11
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Northeastern, Snell Library 90, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Join the Archives and Special Collections in learning about the history of the South End from Alison Barnet, a local author who will be sharing from her book Once Upon a Neighborhood: A Timeline and Anecdotal History of the South End of Boston. Learn about events big and small that took place not far from Northeastern's campus from 1600 to 2015. Get to know the South End both as a place and as its own character. 
Part of the Neighborhood Matters series.
Lunch will be served. 


Air Pollution and Population Growth
Tuesday, February 11
4:00PM TO 5:00PM
Harvard School of Public Health, Room G2, Kresge Building, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston

with Neal Fann from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The benefits of improved air quality are often expressed as deaths averted in a single year, which obscures the impact on population longevity and risks over-counting the number of attributable deaths. In this seminar, Neal Fann (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) will illustrate an alternative approach that uses a life table model, relying on data from the U.S. and Chile. The seminar will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Kresge G-2. Registration is needed to access the building; please contact Christine Bell (cbell at hsph.harvard.edu) to sign-up.

More information at https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/hcra/events/
Contact Name:  Christine Bell
cbell at hsph.harvard.edu


2019-2020 Killian Award Lecture:  Resilience of Law: Stories from Everyday Life 
Tuesday, February 11
4:00pm to 5:15pm
MIT, Building 10-250, Huntington Hall, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 

Professor Susan Silbey
Susan Silbey, an MIT sociologist whose pathbreaking work has examined the U.S. legal system as experienced in everyday life, has been named the recipient of the 2019-2020 James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award.

Silbey is the Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology, and Anthropology in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and professor of behavioral and policy sciences at the Sloan School of Management.

Official James R. Killian, Jr. Award and Lecture Series website:  http://killianlectures.mit.edu/susan-silbey


CLIC Panel: Privacy Law Around the World
Tuesday, February 11
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Northeastern University School of Law, 220 Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston

Featuring Fumio Shimpo
Commissioner for International Academic Exchange of the Personal Information Protection Commission and Associate Professor, Institute of Library and Information Science, University of Tsukuba (Japan) 

Moderated by Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law, Northeatern University School of Law; Professor of Computer Science, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University 


Becoming the Beloved Community in the Midst of Domestic Terror
Tuesday, February 11
6 – 8 p.m.
Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

CONTACT	CSWR, 617.495.4476
DETAILS  This event is part of a year-long series titled Theological Bioethics Within Marginalized Communities.
This lecture is a womanist critique of a longstanding racist campaign of domestic terror in the United States. It will investigate the intersectionality of racism, in particular the racist acts condoned by religious communities and by the health care system. It will give special attention to the 40-year Syphilis Study at Tuskegee conducted by the United States Public Health Service.
The Rev. Dr. Joan R. Harrell is a womanist practical theologian and journalist committed to social justice. Her scholarship investigates the intersectionality of racism, sexism, xenophobia, religion, politics, media and public health inequities in marginalized communities. She is a Journalism Lecturer and the inaugural Diversity Coordinator for the Auburn University School of Communication and Journalism and Associate Pastor at the historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Al.


Light Electric Vehicle Builders
Tuesday, February 11 (and vvery 2nd Tuesday of the month)
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Light-Electric-Vehicle-Builders/events/cpjbnrybcdbpb/

This is a monthly get together of area LEV builders, converters, enthusiasts, DIY-ers, modders (with wrenching breakout sessions in between)

Thanks for coming out to our informal summer kickoff EV meetup. Now that winter build season is upon us, the group is gearing up for some serious building and learning. Hub motors, mid-drives, programmable controllers, batteries, balancers, gearing, and on and on.

We officially have monthly meetup space at the Artisan’s Asylum on the second Tuesday of every month 6-9pm. For non-Artisan's Asylum members we kindly suggest a $10 donation.


Environmental Voter Project's Spring Internship Program is now accepting applications at https://www.environmentalvoter.org/jobs/intern

Can you help us spread the word by forwarding this email to anybody who might be interested in joining us this winter/spring?

Located in our Boston office, our Spring Internship Program is great for anybody who's interested in learning more about environmental politics, cutting-edge voter turnout techniques, and data analytics.

All interested parties are encouraged to apply.

Click here for more information and details on how to apply.


Science for the People seeks proposals for articles, art, and other content for the upcoming issue, “A People’s Green New Deal” (Volume 23, Number 2, Summer 2020).   Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 10, 2020.

More information at https://magazine.scienceforthepeople.org/submissions/


Living With Heat - Urban Land Institute report on expected climate impact in Boston


Solar bills on Beacon Hill: The Climate Minute Podcast


Envision Cambridge citywide plan


Climate Resilience Workbook


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
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
Boston Science Lectures:  https://sites.google.com/view/bostonsciencelectures/home
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
Adam Gaffin’s Universal Hub:  https://www.universalhub.com/
Extinction Rebellion:  https://xrmass.org/action/
Sunrise Movement:  https://www.facebook.com/SunriseBoston/events/

Mission-Based Massachusetts is an online discussion group for people who are interested in nonprofit, philanthropic, educational, community-based, grassroots, and other mission-based organizations in the Bay State. This is a moderated, flame-free email list that is open to anyone who is interested in the topic and willing to adhere to the principles of civil discourse. To subscribe email 
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