[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - February 9, 2020

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BU Professor Nathan Phillips is on a hunger strike by to get Governor Baker and DEP’s Commissioner Suuberg to obey the laws and environmental regulations in the current construction happening at the North Weymouth gas compressor site.

His three demands are
"All dump trucks leaving the site abide by the decontamination procedures described on page 27 of the Release Abatement Measures Plan of November 25, 2019, which require a decontamination pad/station, and other measures to clean tires and exterior vehicle surfaces of site residue. https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/EEA/fileviewer/Default.aspx?formdataid=0&documentid=525509
"The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection commences comprehensive testing for asbestos in furnace bricks and in the coal ash matrix, across and throughout the vertical profile of the North Parcel.
"The Baker Administration commits to a date certain, no later than two weeks from today, for the installation and operation of an air quality monitor, as Governor Baker pledged action on “within a couple of days” on Radio Boston on Thursday, January 23, 2020."

He asks people to call Baker at 617-725-4005 and Suuberg at 617-292-5500 and simply say:

“I am calling to urge you to meet the 3 demands that will allow the ongoing hunger strike of Nathan Phillips to cease.”

More at https://twitter.com/nathanpboston/status/1223988206229692416 and http://bluemassgroup.com/2020/01/a-request-for-your-help-prof-nathan-phillips-goes-on-hunger-strike/

Editorial Comment:  I know Nathan through his work on mapping fugitive methane emissions throughout the Boston area.  He is a true scholar who knows what he’s doing. His activism is on behalf of us all.  As of Saturday, February 8, Nathan’s first demand is being met and they are working on the second demand but his hunger strike continues and phone calls are still useful.


Details of these events are available when you scroll past the index


Monday, February 10

9:30am  Transportation/Climate Forum
11:45am  Decarbonized Electric Power Systems: Some Preliminary Results
12:10pm  Arnold Arboretum Research Talk
12:15pm  Black Carbon, Climate, and Air Quality: An Unwinnable 'Win-Win’ Solution
12:30pm  Climate ******* Design | CDD Forum 2020
4pm  The Age of Oil and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
4:30pm  Thomas Pickering: U.S.-Russia Relations: What Can We Do About It?
4:30pm  Jill Magid | The Proposal
5pm  Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Gene Editing and Disability
5:30pm  We Didn't Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us
5:30pm  Public Servants: Race, Gender, and the Roots of Public Employee Unionism
5:30pm  Green Solutions for Responsible Business
5:30pm  Cleantech Startups: Navigating the Mass Cleantech Landscape 2020
6pm  Moral Leadership in Foreign Policy – FDR to Trump
6:30pm  The Aerospace Corporation:  Reinventing America's Space Program -- Show and Tech Event
6:30pm  MIT $100K Accelerate Finale 2020

Tuesday, February 11

12pm  Keeping Public Media Relevant In a Time of Vast Change
12pm  Systems Thinking Webinar: Nicholas A. Ashford, "Sustainable Development at a Crossroads”
12pm  Once Upon a Neighborhood: A History of the South End from Alison Barnet
12pm  The State of Recycling: Changing Standards, Facts, and Fallacies!
12pm  Telling Stories with The Smartphone Orchestra
3:30pm  Documentary Screening and Panel: The Game Changers
4pm  Air Pollution and Population Growth
4pm  2019-2020 Killian Award Lecture:  Resilience of Law: Stories from Everyday Life 
4pm  The Future of China's Foreign Relations
4:30pm  A Europe Fit for the Digital Age
4:30pm  Comedy or Leadership? A Conversation with Activist-Turned-Comedian Noam Shuster-Eliassi
5pm  CLIC Panel: Privacy Law Around the World
5:30pm  Documentary Screening and Panel: The Game Changers
6pm  Becoming the Beloved Community in the Midst of Domestic Terror
6pm  Entering a New TECHade - Expert Panel
6pm  Light Electric Vehicle Builders
6:30pm  Amy Zhang - Systems to Improve Online Discussion
6:30pm  Climate Change, the Pentagon  & the Costs of War

Wednesday, February 12

11:45am  Steps Forward, Steps Back: The Struggle Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sogi an Overview of the Findings of the United Nations Independent Expert
12pm  Fighting for Tyranny: How State Repression Shapes Military Performance
12pm  Can media literacy reduce belief in false news? Evidence from the United States and India
2:30pm  Regional Transportation Advisory Council
4:15pm  Using Machine Learning to Target Treatment: The Case of Household Energy Use
5pm  Remaking Globalization
5pm  From JD to Data Science: A Case Study in AI and Law
5pm  Lev Rubinstein: Readings, Conversations about Russia Today
6pm  Book Talk: City on a Hill with Alex Krieger
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 131
6:30pm  Science for the People General Meeting
6:30pm  Code Red:  How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country
7pm  The Last Negroes at Harvard
7pm  Darwin Day: The Plausibility of Life

Thursday, February 13

9:30am  Our Shared Work: Lifting up Democracy from Grassroots to Grass Tops
11:45am  Sustainability Lunch Series: Corporate Political Responsibility
11:45am  Solutions Journalism: Expanding the Climate Change Narrative, from the Arctic to Australia
11:45am  "The Luxury of Supposing": Black Power & U.S. History
11:45am  For People and Planet: A Company on a Mission to Improve Lives with Plant-based Foods
12pm  Vicious and Virtuous Cycles in Global Climate Policy
12pm  The Internet and AI: Security, Safety and Governance
12:15pm  Burning (Atlantic) Bridges? U.S. Grand Strategy and the Rise of China in Europe
1pm  The Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium
3pm  xTalk: Nataliya Kosmyna on Physiological Sensing in Learning Environments
3pm  The Data + Feminism Lab hosts Joana Varon
3:30pm  Understanding Drivers and Consequences of Plant Diversity Across Temporal and Spatial Scales in an Era of Rapid Global Change
4:30pm  Love Songs for the Planet  
4:30pm  CES 50th Anniversary Events Series — The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk: Crossroads of History, Memory and Politics
5pm  Restoring Democracy: Lessons from Offender Re-enfranchisement
5pm  Matthew Berland, “Creative Agency: Making, Learning, and Playing towards Understanding Computational Content”
5:30pm  The Intelligence Revolution and the New Attention Economy: An Ethical Singularity
6pm  Covering 2020
6pm  Fight of the Century : Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
6pm  JP Community Conversation: Climate Change
6pm  A Red, Black & Green New Deal? / ¿Un nuevo acuerdo rojo, negro y verde?
6pm  Cybersecurity: Here’s what you need to know
6pm  MBTA Public Engagement Plan Meeting (Boston)
6pm  Cross-pollination between the Arts, Academia and the Market
6:30pm  Senator Markey’s Green New Deal Town Hall
7pm  Author in Chief:  The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote
7pm  Pavel Kanygin: Russian Media and the War in Ukraine

Friday, February 14

12pm  Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry: Climate and Air Quality
12pm  The Vaping Debate and Health: Evidence and Unknowns
1:30pm  ES 50th Anniversary Events Series — The Soccer Stadium: Europe’s Unfettered Ugly Space
3pm  Miyazakiworld:  A Life in Art
3pm   What role for solar geoengineering in climate policy?

Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 16

India Conference at Harvard - 2020
Sunrise Boston February Orientation Training

Saturday, February 15

9am  IDEA Conference 2020: Embrace Your Impact
11am  Extinction Rebelllion [XR] NVDA Training (for all roles)

Sunday, February 16

1:30pm  Rethinking Interspecies Relationships: Non-Human Rights

Tuesday, February 18

12pm  Speaker Series with April Glaser
12pm  "Everything is better with better broadband”:  Broadband Deployment in Rural America
12:30pm  Robert Scher: The New Eurasia Energy Landscape
2pm  Less is More… The New BRI in Central Asia
4:30pm  Women Leaders as Conveyors of Change in Saudi Arabia
6pm  Considering the Last Mile Problem in Food System Resilience
6pm  The State of Transportation in Massachusetts
6:30pm  Taste The Future: Gas is the Past!
7pm  The Triumph of Doubt:  Dark Money and the Science of Deception
7pm  Bright Lights: American Factory with Panel Discussion


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

Net Zero Energy Buildings at the Poles


Monday, February 10

Transportation/Climate Forum
Monday, February 10
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST 
Acton Town Hall, 472 Main Street Acton
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egt067n3d4271d68&oseq=&c=&ch=

Join us to learn about what municipalities and schools can do to reduce carbon emissions in the transportation sector. The forum will focus on opportunities to electrify vehicle fleets, and also introduce the Transportation and Climate Initiative.


Decarbonized Electric Power Systems: Some Preliminary Results
Monday, February 10
11:45AM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Richard Schmalensee, MIT. Lunch provided. 

HKS Energy Policy Seminar
Contact Name:  Isabel Feinstein
isabelfeinstein at hks.harvard.edu


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


Black Carbon, Climate, and Air Quality: An Unwinnable 'Win-Win' Solution
Monday, February 10
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge 

Jonathan Moch, Earth and Planetary Sciences (Harvard)

Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to via the online form at https://mailchi.mp/1251861a7c87/harvardstseventslist by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

STS Circle
sts at hks.harvard.edu


Climate ******* Design | CDD Forum 2020
Monday, February 10
12:30pm to 2:00pm
More dates through April 15, 2020
Monday, February 24, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Urban design tools and methods can contribute meaningfully to climate action, both in promoting decarbonization and in adapting cities to shifting landscape hazards. However, climate change is also challenging some underlying assumptions and practices of urban design and raising crucial questions, including: 
How can design interventions accommodate the deep uncertainty of climate change? 
How can designers address the enormously uneven impacts of climate change when dominant models of practice are limited by their dependence on state actors and private clients? 
How can urban designers simultaneously respond to demands for urgent action and enable the pluralistic deliberations necessary for equitable climate action?

The CDD Forum will address these and other questions through five public lectures by contemporary practitioners and scholars. Except where otherwise noted, the sessions will take place 12:30-2pm in the City Arena (9-255).

*This series is linked to this semester's Urban Design Seminar (11.333/4.244). If you are interested in enrolling in the seminar, please email zlamb at mit.eduand/or come to the first meeting Wednesday, 9am-11am in 10-401.


The Age of Oil and the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
Monday, February 10
4 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Robinson Hall, Conference Room 125, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Mandy M. Izadi, Postdoctoral Fellow, WIGH; Broadbent Junior Research Fellow in American History, University of Oxford
Graduate Student Commentators:
Ione Barrows, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Harvard University
Franco Paz, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Harvard University
Faculty Commentator:
Philip Deloria, Professor of History, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO	wigh at wcfia.harvard.edu
DETAILS  Precirculated paper available by request to wigh at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK  https://wigh.wcfia.harvard.edu/event/global-history-seminar-mandy-m-izadi-tba


Thomas Pickering: U.S.-Russia Relations: What Can We Do About It?
Monday, February 10
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Tufts, ASEAN Auditorium, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thomas-pickering-us-russia-relations-what-can-we-do-about-it-registration-70521871817

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School for a conversation with Ambassador Thomas Pickering about the current state of U.S.-Russia relations. The event will be followed by a reception in the Hall of Flags. Refreshments will be provided.

Thomas Pickering has served as Vice Chairman of Hills and Company since 2016. He served as the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York under President George H.W. Bush. Pickering led the U.S. effort to build a global coalition in the UN Security Council during and after the first Gulf War. He also was the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President Bill Clinton. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Pickering was Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Executive Secretary of the Department of State, and Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William P. Rogers and Henry A. Kissinger.
After serving in government, Pickering was Senior Vice President International Relations of The Boeing Company and was briefly President of the Eurasia Foundation. In 2012, Pickering chaired the Benghazi Accountability Review Board at the U.S. State Department. Pickering holds a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a master's degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He received the Distinguished Presidential Award and the Department of State’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. He speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili and has some fluency in Arabic, Hebrew, and Russian.


Jill Magid | The Proposal
Monday, February 10
MIT, Building E15, Lower Level, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Film screening and discussion
Schedule of Events
4:30 – 6:00pm | Screening of The Proposal
6:00 – 7:30pm | Discussion
8:00 – 9:30pm | Second Screening of The Proposal

Known as “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view. In an attempt to resurrect Barragán’s life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid (SMVisS ’00) creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself—a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.

Executive produced by Laura Poitras, ​The Proposal premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to receive numerous awards and a nationwide theatrical release via Oscilloscope Laboratories. It has screened at the Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou and is in the Pompidou’s permanent collection.

Following the screening, Professor Caroline Jones will moderate a discussion on the subjects of copyright, architecture, activism, and performance with Jill Magid, Professor Ana Miljacki, and Professor Timothy Hyde.

Free and open to the public. Registration encouraged; Walk-ins are welcome.

Bio:  Jill Magid is an artist, writer and filmmaker. Solo exhibitions include Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; San Francisco Art Institute; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands. She has participated in Manifesta, the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, Gothenburg, Oslo and Performa Biennials. Magid is the recipient of the 2017 Calder Prize.

Part of the ACT Spring 2020 Lecture Series: The Allegorical Resonance of Alchemical Affect


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
RSVP at https://radcliffe-nenmf.formstack.com/forms/2020_fixed_film_screening_and_discussion

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


We Didn't Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us
Monday, February 10
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Harvard, Rubenstein-414AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
DETAILS  Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a 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.
Sushma Raman, Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, will give a talk titled, "We Didn't Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us."
A light dinner will be served.
LINK  https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/we-didnt-cross-border-border-crossed-us?admin_panel=1


Public Servants: Race, Gender, and the Roots of Public Employee Unionism
Monday, February 10
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room 2036, Milstein East A, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  William P. Jones, Professor of History, University of Minnesota
CONTACT INFO	john_trumpbour at harvard.edu
DETAILS  This history lecture is part of the annual James Green Memorial Forum in honor of the labor historian who taught for over 25 years in the Harvard Trade Union Program
LINK  https://hls.harvard.edu/calendar/


Green Solutions for Responsible Business
Monday, February 10
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 20th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-solutions-for-responsible-business-tickets-88567958147

How can businesses advocate for smart environmental solutions and promote a more responsible, sustainable, and prosperous economy?

Green Solutions for Responsible Business: Carbon Pricing and Collective Action
In 2019, top business leaders from across the country — including Microsoft, Levi’s, and Tesla— lobbied Capitol Hill to put a price on carbon pollution and transition to a sustainable future. These businesses represent more than 2.8 million employees globally! Businesses, big and small, are beginning to recognize that an economy-wide price on carbon is the most efficient and cost-effective tool to move towards a low-carbon green economy that values consumers, communities, workers and our shared environment. 
Join leaders from Climate Action Business Association (CABA), B Corps from across New England, and Impact Hub Boston for a workshop to:
Learn about the landscape of current policy and discover new avenues your business can take to support the progress being made in carbon pollution pricing and its benefits in promoting clean energy, emissions reductions, and climate adaptation at the local, state, and federal levels. 
Walk away with effective tools for engaging your company and employees in socially conscious and just climate advocacy and the ability to leverage your brand in the fight against climate change. 
Network with the presenters and other forward-thinking business owners and leaders.


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


Moral Leadership in Foreign Policy – FDR to Trump
Monday, February 10
6 – 7:15 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus and former Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Wendy R. Sherman, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
DETAILS  A conversation with Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at Harvard Kennedy School, and Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, Director of the Center for Public Leadership, examining the role of ethics in foreign policy from FDR to Trump.
jlin at hks.harvard.edu
LINK  https://iop.harvard.edu/forum/moral-leadership-foreign-policy-fdr-trump


The Aerospace Corporation:  Reinventing America's Space Program -- Show and Tech Event
Monday, February 10
6:30pm to 8:00pm
MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics, Building 33-116, 125 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge


MIT $100K Accelerate Finale 2020
Monday, February 10
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-100k-accelerate-finale-2020-tickets-90896214023

Join us for an action-packed evening as we highlight some of MIT's most exciting student entrepreneurs and their startups!
This event is the culmination of MIT $100K's second competition of the school year: ACCELERATE. Our semi-finalist teams have worked with dedicated mentors to get ready for the main event. Don't forget - the audience gets to pick our $10K grand prize winner!
Doors will open at 6:30pm. Ticketed attendees are guaranteed seats until 6:45pm, at which point we will allow waitlisted attendees to be seated. Presentations start promptly at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, February 11

Keeping Public Media Relevant In a Time of Vast Change
Tuesday, February 11
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 
Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Don Baer is a Spring 2020 Walter Shorenstein Fellow. He has had a career that spans roles as a media and communications executive for a range of business, government, political and non-profit enterprises. Since 2014 he has been the Chair of PBS’s Board of Directors. He is also the lead independent director and member of the Board of Directors of the Meredith Corporation, a publicly held media company that owns magazines, television stations and online services.

From 2012-18, Baer was Worldwide CEO and Chair of the strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller, and was Global Chair of its successor firm BCW from 2018-19. Previously he was White House Communications Director and Chief Speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, and helped lead his 1996 re-election campaign. Baer is also a former journalist covering national affairs and politics, a media executive at Discovery Communications, and a lawyer.

While at the Kennedy School, Baer will lead a series of study groups on the potential intersection between public media and the private sector in the national conversation, as well as participate in other activities at the Shorenstein Center, the Center for Public Leadership, and HKS. His fellowship is co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership.


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. 


The State of Recycling: Changing Standards, Facts, and Fallacies!
Tuesday, February 11
12–1:30 pm
Harvard, WCC Milstein East A, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Presented by the Harvard Law School Green team, this is a talk with Gretchen Carey, Recycling and Organizs Coordinator for Republic Services, Recycling Vendor for Harvard University about The State of Recycling: Changing Standards, Facts, and Fallacies!

Dessert will be served


Telling Stories with The Smartphone Orchestra
Tuesday, February 11
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E15-318, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Open Doc Lab Talk: Steye Hallema
Developed by creative director Steye Hallema and WildVreemd, The Smartphone Orchestra is an orchestra in which anywhere from ten to thousands of smartphones are synchronised to potentially form the biggest orchestra in the world. An orchestra in which every participant’s smartphone plays a unique part. The technology opens up numerous possibilities to tell stories or share experiences with mass audiences. In his presentation, he will conduct a Smartphone Orchestra performance with the audience and discuss with the group how to use the Smartphone Orchestra as a tool to create group experiences — to tell stories with the audience instead of to them.

Steye Hallema is a seasoned digital storyteller/director. His masterpiece VR music video What do we care4 was nominated for an UK music award in 2015 and was a worldwide hit amongst virtual reality early adopters. This project landed him a job as creative director for Jaunt VR, a Disney-backed VR startup in Silicon Valley. The cinematic VR experience “Ashes to Ashes” which Steye co-directed won Gold at the Dutch VR Awards and was nominated for the Dutch Oscars. “Weltatem”, a virtual reality opera game which Steye directed, won two Dutch Game Awards. At this moment Steye works as Creative Director for his own company WildVreemd and as artistic leader for the Smartphone Orchestra.


Documentary Screening and Panel: The Game Changers
Tuesday, February 11
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Harvard Business School, 500 Soldiers Field Road, Spangler Auditorium, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/documentary-screening-and-panel-the-game-changers-tickets-90468414463

Featured screening and panel for the award-winning Netflix documentary, The Game Changers.

Please join us for a curated screening and panel discussion of the Netflix documentary The Game Changers, produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, and Chris Paul. Vegan refreshments will be provided.
Moderator - Chris Green, Executive Director, Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program
James Wilks (Producer of The Game Changers, Winner of The Ultimate Fighter, and Combatives Trainer for the US Marines, US Army Rangers and US Navy SEALs)
Joseph Pace (Producer and Writer of The Game Changers)
Scott Jurek (Legendary Ultramarathoner who has won the 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times.)
David Goldman, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS (Chief Science Advisor to The Game Changers who also works as Sports Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist for a wide range of collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes)
Nimai Delgado (IFBB Pro bodybuilder and Co-Founder of Vedge Nutrition who has been featured on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine)
Zdeno Chara (Captain, Boston Bruins)
Paresh Patel (CEO Sandstone Capital, Executive Producer, The Game Changers)
James Loomis, MD: Former Team Physician for the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Cardinals, current Medical Director at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C. 
The screening will take place on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 3:30pm in Spangler Auditorium.


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


The Future of China's Foreign Relations
Tuesday, February 11
4:00 - 5:30 pm 
BU, Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road, Boston
RSVP at https://www.bu.edu/pardee/2020/02/04/upcoming-seminar-the-future-of-chinas-foreign-relations/

The seminar will feature a panel discussion including Michele Geraci (Former Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development - Italian Government), Jorge Heine (Research Professor, Pardee School of Global Studies), and Min Ye (Associate Professor, Pardee School of Global Studies). The panel will be moderated by Pardee School Dean Adil Najam. 

This event is free and open to the public.


A Europe Fit for the Digital Age
Tuesday, February 11
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Lower Level Conference room, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Kasia Jakimowicz, Edward S. Mason Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Programme Advisor, European Innovation Council, European Commission (2018-2019)
Julia Reda, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University; Member of the European Parliament (2014-2019)
Álvaro Renedo Zalba, Rafael del Pino-Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fellow, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School
Chair Karl Kaiser, Fellow, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School; CES Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
DETAILS  As Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies change the way societies work and live, Europe's future economic prosperity will hinge on digital transformation and innovation.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Union (EU) has set a global benchmark to guide the use of data while preserving privacy, security and ethical standards.
This discussion will center on key questions, including: What are the new initiatives that will allow the EU to lead the way in grasping the opportunities of the digital revolution and artificial intelligence while at the same time maintaining technological sovereignty in critical areas? How will investments in disruptive research and breakthrough innovation support this ambition?

CONTACT INFO	apopiel at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2020/02/digital-age-europe


Comedy or Leadership? A Conversation with Activist-Turned-Comedian Noam Shuster-Eliassi
Tuesday, February 11
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Noam Shuster-Eliassi, Comedian; Visiting Fellow, Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative, Harvard Divinity School
DETAILS  Noam Shuster-Eliassi is a freelance comedian, performer, peacebuilder and activist. A graduate of Brandeis University, she grew up in Neve Shalom Wahat Al Salam (“Oasis of Peace”), the only community where Jews and Palestinians live together by choice, and she performs in three languages - Hebrew, Arabic and English. In 2018, she was named the “New Jewish Comedian of the Year” in London. That same year, she was also the first Jewish performer in the Palestine Comedy Festival and her content went viral in the Arab media.
Now Noam is at Harvard Divinity School's Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative developing her one-woman show in Hebrew, English and Arabic, entitled "Coexistence My Ass". Recently, Public Radio International's (PRI) "The World" did an excellent profile of Noam and her work:  https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-09-05/how-comedian-noam-shuster-eliassi-became-woman-who-proposed-mbs
Note: CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES.

CONTACT INFO	elizabethflanagan at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  https://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/event/comedy-or-leadership-conversation-activist-turned-comedian-noam-shuster-eliassi


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 


Documentary Screening and Panel: The Game Changers
Tuesday, February 11
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard Law School, Ames Courtroom, 2nd Floor, Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/documentary-screening-and-panel-the-game-changers-tickets-92254603001

Full documentary screening of the groundbreaking documentary, The Game Changers, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and featured athletes.

Please join the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program for a full screening of The Game Changers, produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, and Chris Paul.
After the screening there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the filmmakers and athletes.
James Wilks (Producer of The Game Changers, Winner of The Ultimate Fighter, and Combatives Trainer for the US Marines, US Army Rangers and US Navy SEALs)
Joseph Pace (Producer and Writer of The Game Changers)
Zdeno Chara (Captain, Boston Bruins)
Nimai Delgado (IFBB Pro bodybuilder and Co-Founder of Vedge Nutrition who has been featured on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine)
Scott Jurek (Legendary Ultramarathoner who has won the 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times.)
David Goldman, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS (Chief Science Advisor to The Game Changers who also works as Sports Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist for a wide range of collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes)
James Loomis, MD: Former Team Physician for the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Cardinals, current Medical Director at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Paresh Patel (CEO Sandstone Capital, Executive Producer, The Game Changers)
Moderated by Chris Green, Executive Director of the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program. 
The screening will take place on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 5.30pm at Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, and is co-sponsored by the Harvard Animal Law Society. A plant-based dinner will be provided.


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.


Entering a New TECHade - Expert Panel
Tuesday, February 11
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
PAN Communications, 255 State Street, #floor 8, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entering-a-new-techade-expert-panel-tickets-89436098779
Cost:  $15 – $25

Learn about technology industry trends and topics in the coming years

Join PRSA Boston and PAN Communications as we look ahead at the trends and topics that will impact the technology industry in the coming years. 
The expert panel will include brand marketers, reporters, analysts and other tech industry experts to offer a variety of perspectives on the topic.
You will learn: How technology is permeating new markets like insurance, retail and legal? What role will AI play in technology in the next 5-10 years?
Moderator: Nikki Festa (PAN)
Hiawatha Bray, Tech Reporter at The Boston Globe
Steve Kraus, Senior Vice President at Cogito, 
Rowan Walrath at Bostinno


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.


Amy Zhang - Systems to Improve Online Discussion
Tuesday, February 11
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
IBM, One Rogers Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amy-zhang-systems-to-improve-online-discussion-registration-91545482001

The internet was supposed to democratize discussion, allowing people from all walks of life to communicate with each other at scale. However, this vision has not been fully realized—instead online discourse seems to be getting worse, as people are increasingly drowning in discussion, with much of it unwanted, unpleasant, or downright harmful. In this talk, I present new systems that empower discussion participants to work collectively to bring order to discussions through a range of collaborative curation tools. These systems enable the following new capabilities: 1) recursive summarization of threaded forums using Wikum, 2) teamsourced tagging and summarization of group chat using Tilda, 3) fine-grained customization of email delivery within mailing lists using Murmur, and 4) friendsourced moderation of messages against online harassment using Squadbox.

In a world of abundant discussion and mass capabilities for amplification, the curation of a social space becomes as equally essential as content creation in defining the nature of that space. By putting more powerful techniques for curation in the hands of everyday people, I envision a future where end users are empowered to actively co-curate every aspect of their online discussion environments, bringing in their nuanced and contextual insights to solve social issues.

Amy X. Zhang is a fall 2020 incoming assistant professor at University of Washington's Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. She is currently doing a 1-year postdoc in the Computer Science Department of Stanford University after just finishing her Ph.D. at MIT CSAIL. She is also a current affiliate and 2018-19 Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She is a founding member of the Credibility Coalition, a group dedicated to research and standards for information credibility online. She has interned at Microsoft Research and Google Research. Her work has received a best paper award at ACM CSCW, a best paper honorable mention award at ACM CHI, and has been profiled on BBC's Click television program, CBC radio, and featured in articles by ABC News, The Verge, New Scientist, and Poynter. She received an M.Phil. in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge on a Gates Fellowship and a B.S. in Computer Science at Rutgers University, where she was captain of the Division I Women's tennis team. Her Ph.D. research was supported by a Google PhD Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

6:30 - 7:00 Networking over food and beverages
7:00 - 8:30 Meeting
8:30 - 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!


Climate Change, the Pentagon  & the Costs of War
Tuesday, February 11
Refreshments and networking: 6:30 PM.  Program: 7:00
Central Square Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://masspeaceaction.org/event/climate-change-pentagon-fuel-use-and-the-costs-of-war/

A talk by Neta Crawford, professor and chair of the Political Science Department at B.U. and co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University. Comments following talk by members of the Sunrise Movement,  Extinction Rebellion, and 350.org.  
Organized by Massachusetts Peace Action <info at masspeaceaction.org>.  

Editorial Comment:  My notes on a previous talk by Neta Crawford on a similar topic from November 2019 are at https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/5/1903844/-The-Pentagon-Greenhouse-Gases-Climate-Change

Wednesday, February 12

Steps Forward, Steps Back: The Struggle Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sogi an Overview of the Findings of the United Nations Independent Expert
Wednesday, February 12
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman 102, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Victor Madrigal-Borloz, United Nations independent expert for the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)
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.
Victor Madrigal-Borloz, United Nations independent expert for the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), will give a talk titled, "Steps Forward, Steps Back: The Struggle Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sogi an Overview of the Findings of the United Nations Independent Expert.”
LINK  https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/steps-forward-steps-back-struggle-against-violence-and-discrimination-based-sogi-overview


Fighting for Tyranny: How State Repression Shapes Military Performance
Wednesday, February 12
12:00pm to 1:30am
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

SSP Wednesday Seminar series with speaker Yuri M. Zhukov, University of Michigan
How does mass repression affect the military performance of soldiers in battle?  Past research has highlighted trade-offs between the loyalty and competence of military personnel in authoritarian regimes, suggesting that some autocrats can sacrifice expected military performance by purging competent, yet potentially disloyal officers. Yet officer purges and ``coup-proofing'' represent only a fraction of the state violence to which soldiers in such regimes are potentially exposed. We know very little about how mass repression in broader society affects individual behavior on the battlefield. To address this question, we employ a unique dataset containing millions of individual records on Soviet conscripts in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 and millions of arrests and political killings during the Soviet Great Terror in the 1930's.  We link the two data sources at the level of individual family and birth location to study how experiences of repression at the individual and community level impacted the battlefield resolve and loyalty of soldiers during the Great Patriotic War.  Our preliminary findings suggest that Red Army soldiers more exposed to pre-war repression were less likely to flee the battlefield, more likely to die, and less likely to receive awards for their war efforts.  While repression may have helped resolve some collective action problems associated with fighting, it ultimately produced conformity and a crippling lack of initiative.


Can media literacy reduce belief in false news? Evidence from the United States and India
Wednesday, February 12
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST 
Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Part of the speaker series on misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University.

Andrew Guess (Ph.D. Columbia University) is an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political communication, public opinion, and political behavior.

Via a combination of experimental methods, large datasets, machine learning, and innovative measurement, he studies how people choose, process, spread, and respond to information about politics. Recent work investigates the extent to which online Americans’ news habits are polarized (the popular “echo chambers” hypothesis), patterns in the consumption and spread of online misinformation, and the effectiveness of efforts to counteract misperceptions encountered on social media. Coverage of these findings has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications.

His research has been supported by grants from the Volkswagen Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and the American Press Institute and published in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis.


Regional Transportation Advisory Council
Wednesday, February 12
2:30 pm
State Transportation Building, Conference Room 4, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

More information at https://www.ctps.org/calendar/day/2020-02-12


Using Machine Learning to Target Treatment: The Case of Household Energy Use
Wednesday, February 12
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer Buildingm Room L-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Christopher Knittel, MIT, and Samuel Stolper, University of Michigan

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


Remaking Globalization
Wednesday, February 12
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Northeastern, Alumni Center, Pavilion Room, 716 Columbus Place, 6th Floor, Boston

Dani Rodrik is Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has published widely in the areas of economic development, international economics, and political economy. His current research focuses on employment and economic growth, in both developing and advanced economies. He is the recipient of the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Sciences Research Council and of the Leontief Award for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. Professor Rodrik is currently President-Elect of the International Economic Association. His newest book is Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy(2017). He is also the author of Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science (2015), The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (2011) and One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (2007).

This lecture is part of the 2019-2020 "Challenging the Liberal World Order" Speaker Series.


From JD to Data Science: A Case Study in AI and Law
Wednesday, February 12
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM ET
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B (Room 2019, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/industry-seminar-zac-kriegman-thomson-reuters-tickets-85779730483

Thomson Reuters Westlaw has long integrated machine learning and AI into its product offerings. In the last few years, deep neural networks have been responsible for a sea change in Natural Language Processing capabilities, making possible what, until recently, would have been considered science fiction. 

Zac Kriegman will describe his path from a Harvard JD to a data science career focused on deep learning, and demonstrate a case study illustrating how some of these new techniques were applied to a legal annotation task to produce legal summaries on par with human annotators, allowing Thomson Reuters to “improve quality, expand coverage and reduce costs.”

This event is co-hosted with the Harvard Data Science Initiative. It is part of the HDSI Industry Seminar Series. It will not be webcast or recorded


Lev Rubinstein: Readings, Conversations about Russia Today
Wednesday, February 12
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Harvard, Knafel Building, Room K262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Lev Rubinstein, Russian poet, essayist, and social activist
DETAILS  Moscow writer Lev Rubinstein will read from his work and engage in a wide-ranging conversation in a special Davis Center seminar. Rubinstein’s poetry and prose exemplify a striking aesthetic response to life in repressive times, one that emphasizes the artist’s freedom of expression and the power of humor and irony.
CONTACT INFO	For more information, please call 617-495-4037. Email daviscrs at fas.harvard.edu for general inquiries.
LINK  https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events/lev-rubinstein-readings-conversations-about-russia-today


Book Talk: City on a Hill with Alex Krieger
Wednesday, February 12
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Boston Athenæum, 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-city-on-a-hill-with-alex-krieger-tickets-91064473291

Alex Krieger will talk about his narrative "Castle on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present"

To Register for this event: https://bbd.bostonathenaeum.org/register
About: Join us for a sweeping historical account of American cities and towns and the utopian aspirations that shaped them--with one of America's leading urban planners and scholars.
Visitors: This event is $15
BA Members: This event is $10
Learn more at: https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/events/6903/city-hill-urban-idealism-america-puritans-present
Questions? Call us at 617-720-7600 or email us at events at bostonathenaeum.org


Mass Innovation Nights 131
Wednesday, February 12
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Jobcase, 201 Broadway, #6th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-innovation-nights-131-tickets-87333104667

Mass Innovation Nights is a monthly showcase that helps local entrepreneurs gain visibility.

Mass Innovation Nights #131 will be a night focusing on small businesses with social impact. This event will be hosted and sponsored by Jobcase. Join us for a night of networking, tabletop demos, and innovation!


Science for the People General Meeting
Wednesday, February 12
BU, Metcalf Science Center, room SCI 32890,  Condensed Matter Theory Lounge, Commonwealth Avenue (If you have issues finding the room, call or text me at 720-468-0762.)

Remember that for the foreseeable future, our meetings will be every other Wednesday -- so Feb 26, March 11, March 25, etc...

We'll be discussing engagement and recruitment, the magazine's business plan, and Ed Markey's town hall on the Green New Deal the very next day, Thursday Feb 13 at Somerville HS. 

Full agenda at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iRB97faykRhMdLh7egVpEpk4ZK1gzwmQWKyZ93YEcoU/


Code Red:  How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country
Wednesday, February 12
6:59 PM (Doors at 6:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/e.j._dionne_jr2/
Cost:  $8 - $29.75 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes E.J. DIONNE, JR.—Washington Post columnist and professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University—for a discussion of his latest book, Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country. He will be joined in conversation by renowned legal scholar MARTHA MINOW.

About Code Red
Will progressives and moderates feud while America burns? Or will these natural allies take advantage of the greatest opportunity since the New Deal Era to strengthen American democracy, foster social justice, and turn back the threats of the Trump Era?
The United States stands at a crossroads. Broad and principled opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency has drawn millions of previously disengaged citizens to the public square and to the ballot boxes. This inspired and growing activism for social and political change hasn’t been seen since the days of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies and the Progressive and Civil Rights movements. But if progressives and moderates are unable—and unwilling—to overcome their differences, they could not only enable Trump to prevail again but also squander an occasion for launching a new era of reform.

In Code Red, award-winning journalist E. J. Dionne, Jr., calls for a shared commitment to decency and a politics focused on freedom, fairness, and the future, encouraging progressives and moderates to explore common ground and expand the unity that brought about Democrat victories in the 2018 elections. He offers a unifying model for furthering progress with a Politics of Remedy, Dignity, and More: one that solves problems, resolve disputes, and moves forward; that sits at the heart of the demands for justice by both long-marginalized and recently-displaced groups; and that posits a positive future for Americans with more covered by health insurance, more with decent wages, more with good schools, more security from gun violence, more action to roll back climate change.
Breaking through the partisan noise and cutting against conventional wisdom to provide a realistic look at political possibilities, Dionne offers a strategy for progressives and moderates to think more clearly and accept the responsibilities that history now imposes on them. Because at this point in our national story, change can’t wait.


The Last Negroes at Harvard
Wednesday, February 12
7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Kent Garrett
Jeanne Ellsworth
DETAILS  The untold story of the Harvard class of ’63, whose Black students fought to create their own identities on the cusp between integration and affirmative action. In the fall of 1959, Harvard recruited an unprecedented eighteen “Negro” boys as an early form of affirmative action. Four years later they would graduate as African Americans. Some fifty years later, one of these trailblazing Harvard grads, Kent Garrett, would begin to reconnect with his classmates and explore their vastly different backgrounds, lives, and what their time at Harvard meant.
Part memoir, part group portrait, and part narrative history of the intersection between the civil rights movement and higher education, this is the remarkable story of brilliant, singular boys whose identities were changed at and by Harvard, and who, in turn, changed Harvard.
TICKET WEB LINK	harvard.eventbrite.com
CONTACT INFO	hbooks at bncollege.com
LINK	www.thecoop.com


Darwin Day: The Plausibility of Life
Wednesday, February 12
7:00pm to 9:30pm
MIT, Building 2-190, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

"but the old saying of 'Vox populi, vox Dei', as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science"
-- Charles Darwin, Origin of Species

In celebration of Charles Darwin Day 2020, the Secular Society of MIT presents a special talk by Harvard University cell biologist Marc W Kirschner. Dr Kirschner is known for major discoveries in cell and developmental biology, and for co-authoring "The Plausibility of Life: Resolving Darwin’s Dilemma", a seminal book presenting the scientific case for how living organisms on Earth developed with such astounding variety and complexity. He will discuss his solutions to this puzzle, reflect on the book's relevance 15 years on, and respond to criticism of his ideas by intelligent design advocates.

Free entry. Darwin's birthday party with cake, beverages, and themed games follows talk.
The event will be photographed and recorded.

Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/459452284933486/
More about Darwin Day: http://darwinday.org

Funded by the MIT Association for Students Activities and the Greater Boston Humanists

Join us the following Sunday afternoon for a winter conifer nature walk outing. Details and (required) registration for the walk portion at https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=2140&DayPlannerDate=2%2f16%2f2020
We then meet at Darwin's Ltd Cafe in Harvard Square at 4pm.

Thursday, February 13

Our Shared Work: Lifting up Democracy from Grassroots to Grass Tops
Thursday, February 13
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
UMassachusetts Boston, Campus Center 2nd Floor Alumni Lounge, 100 William T Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-shared-work-lifting-up-democracy-from-grassroots-to-grass-tops-tickets-84650406645

During challenging times in the socio-economic and political landscape, how does and can the university work with communities to engage individuals in efforts to lift-up democracy through grassroots organizing, public policy and institutional reforms, and civic engagement? How do we work together to ignite activism and support activists looking to build a stronger, more just and equitable democracy that also addresses the needs of our most vulnerable communities? 
The fireside chat will be an opportunity to deepen the dialogue about community based partnerships, the role of the university in the greater community and how we can engage in lifting up our democracy with integral partners. 
From UMass Boston:
Susan Crandall, professor in Public Policy and Director of the Center for Social Policy
Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, interim director for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy
Eduardo Siqueira, associate professor in the School for the Environment 
Organizational leaders: 
Diana Hwang, founder and executive director, Asian-American Women's Political Initiative
Maria Elena Letona, executive director, Neighbor to Neighbor
Kevin C. Peterson, founder and executive director, The New Democracy Coalition
Julia Mejia, Boston City Councilor-at-Large
The discussion will be facilitated by special guest Imari K. Paris Jeffries, executive director, Parenting Journey and UMass Trustee.


Sustainability Lunch Series: Corporate Political Responsibility
Thursday, February 13
11:45am to 12:45pm 
MIT, Building E62- 262 100 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://sloangroups.mit.edu/sustain/rsvp_boot?id=627986

What is the role of NGOs in raising awareness of corporate political activity? Join Bethany Patten of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and Chris Fox of CERES as they discuss how corporations impact climate policy for better, or worse. 


Solutions Journalism: Expanding the Climate Change Narrative, from the Arctic to Australia
Thursday, February 13
11:45am - 1:00pm
Harvard, Rubenstein Building, Room 306, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9CL6b2hFBUGtQy461HJpVzp_Ur2GHBlIuINW5gdrSXJUQ0VTUkM2V1dORzUySktQMFdMTVlaVE5EMS4u

Elizabeth Arnold, Chair and Professor of Journalism, University of Alaska, and former NPR national correspondent, will address new ways to improve climate change coverage. The national media continue to sound the alarm about climate change, but the gloom and doom narrative may fail to engage the public in a meaningful way.  A former fellow at the Shorenstein Center, Arnold documented a pattern of reporting that conveys a catastrophic vision with little in the way of how individuals, communities and governments are responding. After a decade of reporting from some of the most remote areas of the Arctic, Arnold advocates a solutions-focused approach to more effectively communicating climate change around the world.

The seminar will be moderated by Cristine Russell, ENRP Senior Fellow & HKS Adjunct Lecturer. It is sponsored by the Belfer Center's Environment & Natural Resources Program (ENRP), Arctic Initiative & SEE PIC: the HKS student interest group for Sustainability, Energy & Environment.

Please submit RSVPs via the link below.

Refreshments will be served. 


"The Luxury of Supposing": Black Power & U.S. History
Thursday, February 13
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM EST
MIT Room W20-307 (Stratton Student Center), 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlk-visiting-scholar-luncheon-with-dr-rhonda-y-williams-tickets-90804694285

The celebrated novelist, essayist, and activist James Baldwin wrote in 1968 that “Americans” allowed “themselves the luxury of supposing” that Stokely Carmichael “coined the phrase ‘black power’” in June 1966. In actuality, maintained Baldwin, Carmichael "simply dug it up again from where it’s been lying since the first slaves hit the gangplank.” 

This lunchtime presentation emerges out of Dr. Williams’ book-in-progress titled A Black Power History of the United States, which treats struggles over black power (or lack thereof) and white power as a dialectic.

Focusing on the centuries before the United States formally existed, Dr. Rhonda will discuss how white power and race, class, and gender oppression are not aberrations or mere flaws of the country; they are in its DNA. Indeed, the early colonizing imperatives and building blocks of white power in the “New World” – racial capitalism, patriarchal privilege, and the dehumanization of human beings – provided the economic, political, and social foundations for the nation. The tyrannical state of affairs, set in motion before the 19th century (and still with us even today), not only compelled, but also necessitated, black people’s struggles for self-determination.

Please join us as Dr. Rhonda invites us to release our own luxury of supposing in order to think more intentionally about how U.S. history is told and how that impacts us now.​


For People and Planet: A Company on a Mission to Improve Lives with Plant-based Foods
Thursday, February 13
11:45AM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Bell Hall (B-500), Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Upfield is the largest plant-based consumer product company in the world with products sold in over 95 countries. Blue Band, one of its flagship brands, has been around since 1923 and is considered an iconic brand in many countries across Africa and Asia. Blue Band is on a mission to drive awareness around the importance of a nutritious breakfast for all school-going children across its markets starting in Africa where a quarter of the world’s children live. On February 13, Dr. Jeanette Fielding and M-RCBG Senior Fellow Myriam Sidibe will talk about this multi-award-winning program, the lessons learned and how it is having a positive impact on people, the planet and profit; the only true sustainable business model.  

Fielding joined Upfield after twenty years at some of the world's largest consumer products and healthcare companies. She has a reputation for building corporate reputation, managing reputational risks, building stakeholder relationships, and developing strategy and policies for the most critical issues facing business. She has served in senior leadership roles covering global public affairs and policy, corporate communication, and issues management for companies including Bayer, Mars and Pfizer. Prior to those roles she led Health Strategy for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Australia and New Zealand and was Head Nutritionist for Wyeth Nutrition, Australia and New Zealand.


Vicious and Virtuous Cycles in Global Climate Policy
Thursday, February 13
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Since 1992, the global climate change negotiations have experienced numerous booms and busts. What causes the momentum to change? What induces countries to come together at times and why do they splinter apart at other times? Most importantly, how can progress be sustained and ambition enhanced through virtuous policy cycles so that global climate policy actually works to bend the upward trend of global emissions down to net zero.

Dr. Kelly Sims Gallagher is Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She directs the Climate Policy Lab and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher. From June 2014-September 2015 she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. Gallagher is a member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and she also serves on the board of the Energy Foundation.

Broadly, she focuses on energy innovation and climate policy. She specializes in how policy spurs the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of Titans of the Climate (The MIT Press 2018), The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies: Lessons from China(MIT Press 2014), China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development (The MIT Press 2006), and dozens of other publications.

* This talk will NOT be live-streamed or recorded.


The Internet and AI: Security, Safety and Governance
Thursday, February 13
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Harvard, Taubman Building, Room 401, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
RSVP REQUIRED at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhfMzOLOL7XzphezBB3hV2CAwtpXY2tOVaH9hS8hTxs0JpbA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Homeland Security Project
Join Belfer's Homeland Security Project for a discussion on "The Internet and AI: Security, Safety, and Governance" with Steve Johnson, Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. 


Burning (Atlantic) Bridges? U.S. Grand Strategy and the Rise of China in Europe
Thursday, February 13
12:15 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Thomas Cavanna, Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for Strategic Studies, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
DETAILS  Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
CONTACT INFO	susan_lynch at harvard.edu
LINK  https://www.belfercenter.org/event/burning-atlantic-bridges-us-grand-strategy-and-rise-china-europe


The Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium
Thursday, February 13
1:00PM TO 5:00PM
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
RSVP at https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/c-change/events/the-climate-crisis-and-clinical-practice-symposium/

Join C-Change for the first symposium to bring together the leading health institutions around Greater Boston to tackle the effects of the climate crisis on clinical practice. Reception to follow. 

Contact Name:  Skye Flanigan
flanigan at hsph.harvard.edu


xTalk: Nataliya Kosmyna on Physiological Sensing in Learning Environments
Thursday, February 13
3:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 3-270 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Lessons Learned from Physiological Sensing in Learning Environments

Knowledge work has become increasingly complex and demanding.

Given the magnitude of information surrounding us, our never-ending connection to the Internet and the constant shifting between increasingly complex tasks, it is no surprise many of us suffer from low attention span, engagement issues, cognitive overload and increased fatigue. All these may negatively affect our performance on cognitively demanding tasks. Despite several recent research efforts which investigate the measurement of attention, cognitive load, fatigue and engagement, few of these projects have made it to the real world.

In this talk, Dr Nataliya Kosmyna will present a novel platform to help tackle these problems in real-world scenario of learning environment. The platform consists of an improved version of an existing smart glasses research prototype called AttentivU, which measures physiological data of a person: their brain activity using Electroencephalography (EEG) and their eye movements using Electrooculography (EOG).

In her talk Kosmyna will share the results of the interventions she has performed using the glasses; challenges of such projects; ethical concerns related to using physiological data; and possible future use cases of technology involving physiological monitoring like brain signals in the learning environments and scenarios.

Nataliya Kosmyna is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the MIT Media Lab, helping MITili evaluate the real-time biofeedback of learners to monitor and improve their ability to sustain attention. Most of her projects are focused around EEG-based BCIs in the context of consumer grade applications.  In 2016 Nataliya also created her first start-up, Braini, for consulting in the domains of Artificial Intelligence for Cognitive Enhancement as well as Neuroscience. She has also participated in two TEDx talks. 


The Data + Feminism Lab hosts Joana Varon
Thursday, February 13
3:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 7-337, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speculative TransFeminist Futures: from imagination to action
From consent to profound debates around intersectionalities, feminist theories and approaches to daily life have a lot to guide us towards developing technologies that might help us to expose power imbalances and promote human rights and social justice. After a brief presentation about the work that Coding Rights has been doing towards materializing this bigger assumption, our gathering will be a group discussion to collectively brainstorm different paths to start envisioning transfeminist technologies to help us craft better futures.

About Joana Varon
Joana is Executive Directress and Creative Chaos Catalyst at Coding Rights, a women-run organization working to expose and redress the power imbalances built into technology and its application, particularly those that reinforce gender and North/South inequalities. Current affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and former Mozilla Media Fellow, she is co-creator of several creative projects operating in the interplay between law, arts and technologies, such as transfeministech.org, chupadados.com, #safersisters, protestos.org and freenetfilm.org. Brazilian, with Colombian ancestry, she is engaged in several privacy and security networks, such as Privacy International Network, the feminist hackers collective DeepLab and the Advisory Council of Open Technology Fund, always focused on bringing Latin American perspectives in the search of feminist techno-political frameworks for design and usages of technologies.

About the Data + Feminism Lab
The Data + Feminism Lab uses data and computational methods to work towards gender and racial equity, particularly as they relate to space and place. Our work is based on the intersectional approach outlined in Data Feminism (D'Ignazio & Klein, MIT Press, 2020). This approach includes analyzing power against the backdrop of the "matrix of domination" (Collins, 2000), valuing lived experience, committing to co-liberation, and using participatory methods of co-design and knowledge production. We are proud members of the Design Justice Network. The Data + Feminism Lab is based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and directed by Catherine D'Ignazio.


Understanding Drivers and Consequences of Plant Diversity Across Temporal and Spatial Scales in an Era of Rapid Global Change
Thursday, February 13
3:30 pm
Harvard, BioLabs Lecture Hall (1080), 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Jeannine Cavendar-Bares, Professor, University of Minnesota


Love Songs for the Planet  
Thursday, February 13
4:30 p.m. Optional Rehearsal 4:30pm-5pm Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston
5pm-5:30, Singing at Downtown Crossing T Stop on Summer Street
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/love-songs-for-the-planet/

Join us Thursday, February 13 to sing a few modified love songs urging climate action! 
4:30pm - 5pm: Rehearsal (optional) at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston.
5pm - 5:30pm: Sing outside the Downtown Crossing T stop on Summer St in the pedestrian plaza near the T entrance.
5:30ish: Head into the T, likely riding the Red Line toward Harvard and singing on platforms and trains. Probably finish up around 6:30. 

Here are the songs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w_32ZrqAmbQv0J_f4-_8tsCfp_jscLQiZY7oCUAQcys/edit?usp=sharing. Song sheets will be provided. 

Not a singer? We are also looking for a couple people to focus on handing out flyers and interacting with T staff. Let @merylb know if you'd like to do that. Bring flags and wear red/hearts, etc if you can. No signs, too unwieldy. This is going to be fun!


CES 50th Anniversary Events Series — The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk: Crossroads of History, Memory and Politics
Thursday, February 13
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Pawel Machcewicz, Professor of History, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences; Director of the Museum of the Second World War (2008-2017)
David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts & Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Chair Grzegorz Ekiert, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; CES Director, Harvard University
DETAILS  Paweł Machcewicz was the founding director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk from 2008-2017.
CONTACT INFO	apopiel at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2020/02/harvard-pawel-machewicz


Restoring Democracy: Lessons from Offender Re-enfranchisement
Thursday, February 13
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Harvard Law School, Milstein East C, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Abstract: Karlan explores what the recent success of the offender re-enfranchisement movement tells us about both constitutional and popular approaches to democracy. Why has this movement succeeded even during a time when restrictive voting practices have been introduced elsewhere? What is the relationship between offender re-enfranchisement and criminal justice more broadly.

Pamela Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and a founder and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School. She has argued nine cases before the Court.

Karlan’s primary scholarship involves constitutional litigation, particularly with respect to voting rights and antidiscrimination law. She has published dozens of scholarly articles and is the co-author of three leading casebooks as well as a monograph on constitutional interpretation—Keeping Faith with the Constitution (Oxford University Press). She has received numerous teaching awards.

Karlan’s public service including clerking for U.S Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, a term on California’s state Fair Political Practices Commission, and an appointment as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. There, she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (the Department’s highest award for employee performance) for her work in implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor and the John Marshall Award for Providing Legal Advice for her work on Title VII and gender identity.


Matthew Berland, “Creative Agency: Making, Learning, and Playing towards Understanding Computational Content”
Thursday, February 13
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building E15-318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

People often learn complex computational content most easily and deeply when they have “creative agency” – the social network, ability, skills, resources, and support to collaboratively and playfully make creative computational content in feedback-rich environments. This talk will present a lens on how we can create environments where learners are supported in developing creative agency, and how we might assess or evaluate success. Matthew Berland will cover his projects in museums, computer science classrooms, after-school clubs, and universities, showing how we can use design-based research, learning analytics, and games to enable creative agency towards more equitable outcomes and better understand how, why, and when people make and learn complex computational content together.

Matthew Berland is an Associate Professor of Design, Informal, and Creative Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, spending 2019-2020 as a visiting scholar in CMS/W at MIT. In addition, he is the director of the UW Games Program and the Complex Play Lab and Affiliate Faculty in Computer Sciences, Information Studies, STS, and the Learning Sciences. He uses design-based research and learning analytics to design, create, and study learning environments that support students’ creativity in learning computational literacies, systems literacies, and computer science & engineering content.


The Intelligence Revolution and the New Attention Economy: An Ethical Singularity
Thursday, February 13
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Harvard,  Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

DETAILS  Considerable attention has been directed to the possibility of a technological singularity when artificial intelligences “wake up” and start acting in their own self-interest. Long before then, however, humanity will confront an ethical singularity—a point at which the evaluation of values systems acquires infinite value. The computational factories and intelligence-gathering infrastructure of the global attention economy have begun to function as karmic engines, perfecting values-reinforcing feedback loops that are transforming everything from the dynamics of social interaction to geopolitics. Drawing on Buddhist resources, this talk will make the case that our prospects of realizing more humane global futures depends on changing how we are present and developing both capacities-for and commitments-to compassionate ethical creativity.
Peter D. Hershock is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books on Buddhism, most recently Philosophies of Place: An Intercultural Conversation (edited, 2019). His current project, initiated as a 2017-2018 Fellow of the Berggruen Institute in China, is a monograph on The Intelligence Revolution: The Challenges of Humane Presence in an Era of Artificial Agents and Smart Services—a reflection on the personal and societal impacts of the attention economy and artificial intelligence.
CONTACT	CSWR, 617.495.4476


Covering 2020
Thursday, February 13
6 – 7:15 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Sean Sullivan, National Politics Reporter, The Washington Post
Astead W. Herndon, National Politics Reporter, The New York Times
Arlette Saenz, National Politcs Reporter, CNN
Josh Lederman, National Politics Reporter, NBC News
Moderator: Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent, The Washington Post; IOP Senior Fellow
DETAILS  This IOP event is the second Forum in our 2020 Election series featuring embedded reporters sharing stories from the presidential campaign trail. We will reflect on the outcome of the New Hampshire primary with national political reporters who are covering Democratic primary candidates: Astead W. Herndon (The New York Times), Josh Lederman (NBC News), Arlette Saenz (CNN), and Sean Sullivan (The Washington Post) in conversation with IOP Senior Fellow and The Washington Post chief correspondent Dan Balz.
jlin at hks.harvard.edu
LINK  https://iop.harvard.edu/forum/covering-2020


Fight of the Century : Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
Thursday February 13
6:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ayelet-waldman-michael-chabon-213-tickets-84652127793
Cost:  $8 - $30 9 (book included)

Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman
In conversation with Carol Rose, Executive Director of ACLU of Massachusetts.

In collaboration with the ACLU, prize-winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays about landmark cases in the ACLU’s 100-year history. In Fight of the Century, bestselling and award-winning authors present unique literary takes on historic decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, the Scopes trial, Roe v. Wade, and more. Contributors include Geraldine Brooks, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Groff, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Morgan Parker, Ann Patchett, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, Elizabeth Strout, Jesmyn Ward, Meg Wolitzer, and more.

Fight of the Century shows how throughout American history, pivotal legal battles, fought primarily by underdogs and their lawyers, have advanced civil rights and social justice. The ACLU has been integral in this process. The essays range from personal memoir to narrative history, each shedding light on the work of one remarkable organization as it shaped a country.

Chabon and Waldman are donating their advance to the ACLU and the contributors are forgoing payment.
Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of many books, including The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue, Moonglow, Pops, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. He is the editor, with Ayelet Waldman, of Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation.

Ayelet Waldman is the author of the memoir, A Really Good Day, as well as of novels including Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons, and with Michael Chabon, of Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation.


JP Community Conversation: Climate Change
Thursday, February 13
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


A Red, Black & Green New Deal? / ¿Un nuevo acuerdo rojo, negro y verde?
Thursday, February 13
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Hamill Gallery of African Art, 2164 Washington Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-red-black-green-new-deal-un-nuevo-acuerdo-rojo-negro-y-verde-tickets-89784972269

Join us for the next event in Ujima's #BlackTrust: Chuck Turner Arts & Lecture Series! / Acompáñenos en el próximo evento #BlackTrust!

Habrá interpretación al español disponible. Descripción en ESPAÑOL ABAJO.
Join us for the next event in Ujima's #BlackTrust: Chuck Turner Arts & Lecture Series.
PLEASE RSVP. The event is free and open to the community. Light food provided. Email info at ujimaboston.com if you are interested in childcare! 
As we continue to grieve the loss of beloved Boston community member and longtime activist Chuck Turner, we are very honored to continue remembering Chuck's legacy and continuing in his footsteps through our #BlackTrust Chuck Turner Arts & Culture Series. This series began with Chuck's blessing in December, 2017, and featured Chuck himself as a speaker in February, 2018. Chuck's love and leadership shaped the foundation and vision of the Boston Ujima Project in countless ways, and we will strive to honor him through our collective action. 

We are thrilled to welcome speaker ESTEBAN KELLY, Executive Director of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Co-Founder/ Worker-Owner at the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Collective, and Sculptor & Textile Artist/ Archive Director JOANNE PETIT-FRÉRE to Boston for the next event in Ujima's ongoing #BlackTrust: Chuck Turner Arts & Lecture Series.

Drawing from his vast experience working in movements for food sovereignty, solidarity economy & cooperative business, gender justice & queer liberation, and racial justice, Esteban will speak about the intersection of economic democracy, Black liberation and the climate crisis, and the overlap with political moments. Esteban will explore the questions: How is consciousness shifting? What is emerging on the horizon around economic democracy? What does it mean that Black, brown and indigenous communities are at the center of living through dystopias that to others feel like hypotheticals? Within all of this, Esteban will share why he is still an optimist in thinking about ways forward. 

Firmly rooted in his home of West Philly yet connected to international movements and deeply engaged in work on the ground with a background in social theory and Marxist Geography, Esteban will connect the dots between local and global; theory and action; past, present and future.


Cybersecurity: Here’s what you need to know
Thursday, February 13
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Avenue, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cybersecurity-heres-what-you-need-to-know-tickets-91873282461

Join us for our first Somerville Entrepreneur Network of 2020! This month, hear from Recorded Future's General Counsel and VP of Policy, and Senior Director, Globlal Communications talk about cybersecurity. 

Practical cybersecurity advice for business owners and entrepreneurs
Join Recorded Future’s legal and communications leaders for a presentation on how to develop a cybersecurity strategy as a small and growing business – and how to handle the fall out if you’re the victim of a breach. This session will cover tips for securing your business, crisis response, customer notification, and how to better understand the regulatory environment that apply to your business when it comes to compliance. Attendees are invited to bring existing plans for workshopping* if time allows.
*Recorded Future will not provide legal advice as part of this session.

Fred Wolens is General Counsel and VP of Policy and Communications at Recorded Future, the global leader in security intelligence. Fred oversees Recorded Future’s Legal department, compliance programs, and the internal policies that guide the company’s intelligence efforts.
Rachel Adam is Senior Director, Global Communications at Recorded Future, the global leader in security intelligence. Rachel leads Recorded Future’s Communications team, responsible for media relations, public branding, and community engagement.

All entrepreneurs, small business owners, and aspiring founders are welcome to this event. Dinner will be served, and there will be plenty of time for networking and discussion.
For more information about this event, contact Daniela Carrillo from the City of Somerville's Economic Development Department


MBTA Public Engagement Plan Meeting (Boston)
Thursday, February 13
6 PM - 8 PM
State Transportation Building, 2nd Floor, Board Room,10 Park Plaza, Boston,

The public has influence over MBTA projects and decisions. We want to hear what you think about our process, from planning and design to construction and policy.

We are developing a new Public Engagement Plan (formerly the 2014 Public Participation Plan) that governs our standards and goals for customer outreach. The plan is designed to ensure that public engagement on mass transit is inclusive and effective across our diverse rider base.

This event is part of a series of meetings we’re holding to see what you think about the draft plan. Your feedback will help us make revisions to improve the plan and carry out comprehensive and inclusive public engagement efforts at the MBTA.


Cross-pollination between the Arts, Academia and the Market
Thursday, February 13
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cross-pollination-between-the-arts-academia-and-the-market-tickets-91044619909

Join our conversation about the intersection of art, academia and the market.

swissnex Boston and the FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel are pleased to invite you to join our conversation about the intersection of art, academia and the market. Together, we will speak with teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs about the interactions between their ventures. 
What conditions do we want to foster at art schools and universities to promote sustainable entrepreneurial endeavors? How do current social and ecological challenges affect such programs? And what should we expect from the incubators of tomorrow? The event will approach these questions from the perspectives of teaching, research, business, and the individual artistic process.
Projects and initiatives from the metaLAB (at) Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University, Parsons School of Design at The New School, RISD, and FHNW Academy of Art and Design will be presented and discussed in this evening event with three keynote speeches and a panel discussion.
6:00pm	Doors Open
6:30pm	Program Begins: 
Keynote Conclusion
8:15pm	Networking Reception With Food and Drinks
9:00pm	Doors Close
Keynote Speakers

Jerome Arul
Jerome Arul is an industrial designer and assistant professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he teaches advanced studios on digital fabrication, appropriate technology and sustainability. He applies product design to international development, with an emphasis on design, experimentation, and prototyping processes. Jerome has taught design methodology at the Emeritus Institute of Management and at the MIT D-Lab, during which the latter received a National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in 2019. 

Michael Renner
Michael Renner is ad interim director of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel and chairman of the Visual Communication Institute where he has been teaching since 1990. He has his own design Studio in Basel with corporate and cultural clients. A former member of “eikones” , the Swiss National Center of Competence in Iconic Research and the European research network «What Images Do», he now serves on the advisory board of Visible Language and member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). Research and reflection on the meaning of images in the context of digital tools have become the central theme of Renner’s practical and theoretical design activities. His approach to developing research activities in the field of design is based on the aim to further develop existing competencies of image creation. With this approach of gaining knowledge through the creation of images the design process becomes the central research theme and a methodology at the same time. He has lectured and taught workshops in Europe and abroad.

Selena Savić
Selena Savić is an architect and researcher, currently the Head of ECAM Graduate School study and a researcher at the Critical Media Lab, IXDM, Basel. She was previously a Postdoc fellow at ATTP TU Vienna. She is interested in the architectonics of communication and materiality of information, the use of machine learning in design and humanities, digital literacy and digital citizenship. Her work has been the object of numerous exhibitions, festivals and research symposia, as well as publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and edited volumes (Ghosts of Transparency: Shadows Cast and Shadows Cast Out, 2019 and Unpleasant Design, 2013). She holds a dual PhD from the Federal Technical Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL) and the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal (IST) and received grants from the FCT, Portugal and SNSF, Switzerland.

Jana Eske
Jana Eske combines artistic and curatorial practices in her research and development projects that deal with the politics of aesthetics and illuminate phenomena in which ideas of living together express themselves. This includes the critical examination of exhibition architectures as well as places of work and education as bearers of cultural representations. She has realized many international projects in spaces such as the Tokyo Arts and Space and the Design Museum in Helsinki. At the University of Art and Design FHNW in Basel, she heads the platform Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship, which includes research and development. She is responsible for supportive projects for young artists and designers such as the initiative Swiss Cultural Challenge and manages grants and internships worldwide in cooperation with swissnex Boston, Atelier Mondial Basel and Junge Akademie, Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

Rebekah Moore
Dr. Rebekah E. Moore is committed to understanding how music and all forms of expressive culture can integrate community values and facilitate empathy, tolerance, and equality. She has recently returned to the United States and American academe after a decade-long career in international public and private sectors. Her professional scope has included performance production, band and tour management, media and sponsor relations, and social justice work in Asia. She has produced hundreds of music workshops, art exhibitions, concerts, and festivals featuring artists from six continents and ranging in size from intimate, indoor events to multi-day, outdoor festivals attended by thousands. Dr. Moore has published articles in the Asian Journal of Communication, Asian Music,Collaborative Anthropologies, and Inside Indonesia on Indonesia’s music industries and indie scenes, artists’ employment of digital technologies to disseminate creative and activist projects, and community-engaged work as an essential domain of scholarly practice. She has also published more than two dozen articles in Indonesia’s popular tourism and entertainment magazines. Dr. Moore is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Graduate Program Coordinator in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University.

Shannon Rose McAuliffe
Ms. McAuliffe graduated from BU’s Arts Administration program in 2017, and was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies. She comes to MIT from the Handel and Haydn Society, the longest continually-running performing arts organization in the United States. Prior to her work with the Handel and Haydn Society, she served as the Interim Development Manager at Emmanuel Music, and worked as a Senior Faculty and Student Support Administrator in the BU College of Fine Arts online programs in Music Education and Art Education. She also co-instructs graduate-level courses in Arts Policy/Advocacy and Grantwriting through Boston University. Ms. McAuliffe earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Voice from the University of Massachusetts, and completed graduate studies in Historical Performance and Musicology at Boston University. She maintains an active freelance career, including operatic and choral engagements with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, Kontrabande Baroque Orchestra, Nahant Music Festival, Boston Opera Collaborative, Helios Early Opera, Cappella Clausura, Music at Marsh Chapel, the University of Massachusetts Bach Festival, and the Hans Zimmer Live tour. She currently sings as a staff chorister at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, and is the founder and co-director of Festina, an all-professional vocal chamber music ensemble.

Andrew Shea
Andrew Shea is an educator, writer, and designer. He is the principal and creative director at MANY Design, a studio that designs strategies and artifacts that support progressive social agendas, sustainable economic endeavors, and the environment. His work has been featured by Fast Company, Slate, Print, How, 99% Invisible, and Communication Arts, among others. Andrew is also the Associate Director and Assistant Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design. He wrote Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design, was an editor of LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation, and is an editor of the forthcoming Global LEAP: New Frontiers in Design for Social Innovation. His design writing has also appeared in numerous outlets, including Design Observer, who selected one of his essays from among 6,700 articles to be included in their respective book, Culture Is Not Always Popular: Fifteen Years of Design Observer. Andrew regularly speaks about design at conferences, schools, and events like TEDx Transmedia in Rome. He has served as an advisor for various organizations and on juries for competitions organized by AIGA, Worldstudio, Design Ignites Change, Archinect, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and Sappi, who has awarded him three Ideas That Matter grants.

Alexandra Müller-Crepon
Alexandra Müller-Crepon is the head of the Arts+ department at swissnex Boston, where she fosters the exchange between Switzerland and the US at the intersection of art, design, science, and Innovation through a vast variety of projects and exhibits. Prior to the position she was project manager at the “Engagement Migros” innovation fund in Zurich, Switzerland. . Between 2014 and 2016 she participated in bringing the 11th edition of the european biennial for contemporary art, Manifesta to life. She studied International Relations at the University of St.Gallen and graduated with an MA in Cultural Policy and Management at Maastricht University in the Netherlands with a major in cultural policy in urban development. 
Conclusion Keynote

Jeffrey Schnapp
Jeffrey Schnapp is the founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He holds the Carl A. Pescosolido Chair in Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and is on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and is also affiliated with the Critical Media Practice program in Visual and Environmental Studies. Originally trained as a medievalist, his recent publications concern the modern and contemporary eras with a focus on media, technology, architecture, design, and the history of the book. After three years of service as co-founder and CEO at Piaggio Fast Forward, Schnapp assumed the new position of Chief Visionary Officer effective June 2018. Jeffrey Schnapp has spoken at some of the world’s most prestigious venues: TED, the United Nations, World Frontiers Forum, the Royal Academy of Sweden, the Global Leaders Forum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Volkswagenstiftung, SXSW, Fondazione Corriere della Sera, MEET, and the US National Archives.


Senator Markey’s Green New Deal Town Hall
Thursday, February 13
6:30 - 7:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
Somerville High School, 81 Highland Avenue, Somerville

Last year, Senator Ed Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the historic Green New Deal resolution, a bold set of goals that calls for a national mobilization to transform the economy, fight climate change, and create millions of new jobs. In Congress, Senator Markey is fighting for the action we need to avert climate catastrophe. 

Central to the Green New Deal resolution is ensuring a democratic, inclusive process for determining how we move forward as a nation. Senator Markey invites you to join him in Somerville on Thursday, February 13th for a town hall discussion on the Green New Deal and more.  

If you have any question about the event or woiuld like to request an accomodation, please call our Boston office at 617-565-8519


Author in Chief:  The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote
Thursday, February 13
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes author CRAIG FEHRMAN for a discussion of his book, Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote.

About Author in Chief
Most Americans are familiar with Abraham Lincoln’s famous words in the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation. Yet few can name the work that helped him win the presidency: his published collection of speeches entitled Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln labored in secret to get his book ready for the 1860 election, tracking down newspaper transcripts, editing them carefully for fairness, and hunting for a printer who would meet his specifications. Political Debates sold fifty thousand copies—the rough equivalent of half a million books in today’s market—and it reveals something about Lincoln’s presidential ambitions. But it also reveals something about his heart and mind. When voters asked about his beliefs, Lincoln liked to point them to his book.

In Craig Fehrman’s groundbreaking work of history, Author in Chief, the story of America’s presidents and their books opens a rich new window into presidential biography. From volumes lost to history—Calvin Coolidge’s Autobiography, which was one of the most widely discussed titles of 1929—to ones we know and love—Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father, which was very nearly never published—Fehrman unearths countless insights about the presidents through their literary works.

Presidential books have made an enormous impact on American history, catapulting their authors to the national stage and even turning key elections. Beginning with Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, the first presidential book to influence a campaign, and John Adams’s Autobiography, the first score-settling presidential memoir, Author in Chiefdraws on newly uncovered information—including never-before-published letters from Andrew Jackson, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan—to cast fresh light on the private drives and self-doubts that fueled our nation’s leaders.

We see Teddy Roosevelt as a vulnerable first-time author, struggling to write the book that would become a classic of American history. We see Reagan painstakingly revising Where’s the Rest of Me?, a forgotten memoir in which he sharpened his sunny political image. We see Donald Trump negotiating the deal for The Art of the Deal, the volume that made him synonymous with business savvy. Alongside each of these authors, we also glimpse the everyday Americans who read them.

Combining the narrative felicity of a journalist with the rigorous scholarship of a historian, Fehrman delivers a feast for history lovers, book lovers, and everybody curious about a behind-the-scenes look at our presidents.


Pavel Kanygin: Russian Media and the War in Ukraine
Thursday, February 13
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Tufts, Isobe Room, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pavel-kanygin-russian-media-and-the-war-in-ukraine-registration-93388813455

Please join the Fletcher Eurasia Club for a dinner conversation with Pavel Kanygin about the media landscape in Russia and his reporting on the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite. Dinner will be provided. Please only register if you know you will be able to attend, as spaces are limited.

Pavel Kanygin is a correspondent for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, where he has worked since 2005. He has covered the Russian-Georgian and Russian-Moldovan conflicts and published a series of reports on the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster. Kanygin also has reported on the Ukrainian crisis since it began. He previously worked at the daily Moskovsky Komsomolets and the weekly Moscow News. In 2017, he won the Andrei Sakharov Prize for journalism and twice received the Redkollegia Award for Journalism Excellence, which recognizes independent journalism in Russia. He is currently a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University studying the ways mass media can counter misinformation in social networks and how to strengthen truly independent media outlets in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

Friday, February 14

Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry: Climate and Air Quality
Friday, February 14
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

An Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar with Douglas R. Worsnop, Aerodyne Research, Inc., INAR (Physics), University of Helsinki.
Abstract: Despite much effort in the past decades, uncertainties in both climate impacts and health effects of atmospheric aerosols remain large.  During the last twenty years, aerosol mass spectrometry (AMS) has shown that sub-micron aerosol chemical composition is roughly 50:50 inorganic and organic worldwide, with secondary highly oxidized organics dominating the latter.  Parallel application of chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS) has provided the first observation of molecular cluster ions involved in atmospheric nucleation, including detection of highly oxidized multifunctional (HOM) organics in the gas phase. These results will be discussed in the context of their impact on atmospheric aerosols, air quality and climate; from the boreal forest to Chinese megacities.

Douglas R. Worsnop is a leading expert in the chemistry and heterogeneous reactions of atmospheric aerosols. He has pioneered the development of laboratory and field measurement techniques for investigating chemical interactions between atmospheric trace gases and aerosols, including water droplets. His expertise extends to the mechanisms of the formation of polar stratospheric clouds, and to measurements of the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols. Dr. Worsnop is a recipient of the 2004 Benjamin Y. H. Liu Award (American Association for Aerosol Research) for his achievements in atmospheric composition measurement with the Aerodyne mass spectrometer system (AMS).  He received the 2010 Yoram Kaufman (AGU Atmospheric Sciences) for Unselfish Cooperation in Research and is a Fellow of AAAS and AGU.

Contact Name:  cyiu at seas.harvard.edu


The Vaping Debate and Health: Evidence and Unknowns
Friday, February 14
12 – 1 p.m.
The Leadership Studio, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston

SPEAKER(S)  Joseph Allen, Harvard Chan
Howard Koh, Harvard Chan
Vaughan Rees, Harvard Chan
Anne Schuchat, CDC
Moderator: Michele Gershberg, Reuters
DETAILS  Increasingly popular, vaping is hotly debated in healthcare and policymaking. On the one hand, advocates for e-cigarettes argue that they are a safer alternative to tobacco, which causes millions of deaths around the world every year. But with youth vaping rates skyrocketing, critics fear that a new generation is becoming addicted to nicotine, which is often found in vaping products and sometimes at higher concentrations, with little evidence for the devices’ long-term safety. Meanwhile, a spate of vaping-related illnesses and deaths has demonstrated how far the growth of vaping has outpaced regulation and research. While CDC scientists traced most of the deaths to an additive in black-market THC vaping cartridges, confusion persists over what products are safe for consumers. This Forum will weigh the pros and cons of vaping from a public health and policy perspective, looking at both legal and illicit uses of vaping devices, and examining the impact of vaping-related illnesses on the future of e-cigarette regulation.
TICKET WEB LINK  https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/the-vaping-debate-and-health/
CONTACT INFO	theforum at hsph.harvard.edu
LINK  https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/the-vaping-debate-and-health/
Also Webcast see LINK


ES 50th Anniversary Events Series — The Soccer Stadium: Europe’s Unfettered Ugly Space
Friday, February 14
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Hoffmann Room, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Andrei Markovits, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies, University of Michigan
Chair: Bruno Carvalho, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
DETAILS  During soccer season in Europe hardly a week goes by without acts of overt racism, homophobia, and other hostilities to players and fans.
While all sports are by nature agonistic – meaning that victory is based on the weakening of the opponent – expressions of intolerance and hatred are especially prominent in soccer matches in Europe and Latin America.
This lecture will explain the causes and manifestations of this situation and will draw on examples from sports beyond soccer.
CONTACT INFO	apopiel at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2020/02/soccer-racism-europe


Miyazakiworld:  A Life in Art
Friday, February 14
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome SUSAN NAPIER—the Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric and Professor of Japanese Studies at Tufts University—for a discussion of her book Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art.

About Miyazakiworld
A thirtieth‑century toxic jungle, a bathhouse for tired gods, a red‑haired fish girl, and a furry woodland spirit—what do these have in common? They all spring from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki, one of the greatest living animators, known worldwide for films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Wind Rises.

Japanese culture and animation scholar Susan Napier explores the life and art of this extraordinary Japanese filmmaker to provide a definitive account of his oeuvre. Napier insightfully illuminates the multiple themes crisscrossing his work, from empowered women to environmental nightmares to utopian dreams, creating an unforgettable portrait of a man whose art challenged Hollywood dominance and ushered in a new chapter of global popular culture.


What role for solar geoengineering in climate policy? 
Friday, February 14
3:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge

David Keith, Harvard University
I will review the science and technology of solar radiation modification. Estimates of the risks and efficacy of solar geoengineering are deeply uncertain. Accurate physically-based models along with laboratory and in situ experiments will be needed to improve estimates of the efficacy and risks of proposed solar geoengineering methods. As an example, I will discuss out laboratory experiments and plans for perturbative outdoor experiments. Governance poses the greatest challenge for solar geoengineering. Finally, I will sketch how solar geoengineering might fit together with emissions cuts, carbon removal, and adaptation in a coherent climate strategy.

Prof. David Keith
Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University's Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Professor of Public Policy for the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University

Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 16

India Conference at Harvard - 2020
Saturday, February 15, 8:00 AM – Sunday, February 16, 6:00 PM EST
Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/india-conference-at-harvard-2020-tickets-83546095621
Cost:  $50 – $195

‘India Conference’ is one of the largest student-led conferences focusing on India in USA. It is organised by the students of Harvard.

At the 17th edition of India Conference at Harvard, we aim to bring together India’s thought leaders for a weekend of discussions and brainstorming sessions to unravel opportunities that lay ahead for our country.

The theme of the conference is – ‘Foresight 20/20’. Some of the esteemed speakers this year include Aroon Purie, Suresh Prabhu, Arvind Subramanian, Mahua Moitra, Milind Deora, Ritesh Agarwal, Uday Shankar, Keshav Suri, Kabir Khan and many more!

The conference has a strong legacy of bringing together government officials, business leaders, academics, artists, athletes, philanthropists, and many other leaders to meaningfully discuss key issues, solutions and opportunities in the context of India's path to global leadership. 

Please see our website: http://www.indiaconference.com/ to look at the entire list of speakers, updated schedules, ticket links etc.
Day 1: Harvard Kennedy School
Day 2: Harvard Business School
Ticket includes :
Access to keynote speeches and all panels
Lunch on both days
Small-group networking events with speakers
Refund Policy: Tickets once purchased cannot be refunded.


Sunrise Boston February Orientation Training
Saturday, February 15 - Sunday, February 16
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-4SU8ETa4gh9R1gaC4_joybYINN-CxNvSwwqq-CoO3nh6AA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2Xw8jM4U5XTELLJcbx_KUWei2J5vzP7fo1L_AL0fKw4A7koFhLRkMWowQ

Training Overview: 
*For Sunrise Boston's Training on Saturday, February 15th and 16th. More logistics info below.* 

Get to know Sunrise!  Get HYPED! The training will be capped at 30 PARTICIPANTS SO REGISTER ASAP!! Registration does not guarantee a spot but we will try our best to take in everyone!

If you can't make it to this training or the training is full, you can do Sunrise 101 online (https://www.sunrisemovement.org/trainings)

This is a Youth Climate Organizing Training by Sunrise Boston, a local chapter of the youth-led organization, Sunrise. Our mission is to build a movement of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.  

Sunrise Boston has a powerful strategy to make climate change an urgent political priority, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel money on our politics, and elect true progressive climate champions for our state and country. During the training, we will discuss strategies to ending corruption in politics and learn why we have gotten to this point in society, specifically calling out the oppressive forces of colonialism, capitalism, and white supremacy for disenfranchising many in the name of profit and hate. We will then dive into workshops on mastering the tools necessary to make our plan happen, including bird-dogging, storytelling, and action design.

This training is for any young person (millennials and younger) looking for a meaningful way to protect our climate, our homes, and our values during this critical election year. The training has been designed to be engaging for all levels of background or experience, so whether you're brand new to taking action or a veteran organizer, you'll get a lot out of this experience. 

1.) Gain a deep understanding of Sunrise Movement's DNA (our strategy, structure, story, political analysis, principles and culture) and theory of change.
2.) Develop and practice key organizing skills for growing our movement and winning real change.
3.) Make lasting friendships and build community with other youth leaders who share your progressive values and vision for climate justice.
4.) Leave ready to take bold action, armed with the resources, network and support you need to hit the ground running.

Specific Topics Covered:  
What's the problem (Climate Background & Political Analysis)
How We Go Here (Political Alignments, Anti-Oppressive Organizing & Progressive Populism)
Our Plan to Win (Sunrise's Strategy, Social Movement Theory)
Strategic Messaging (Sunrise's Story, Messaging Our Movement)
Decentralized Movements (Sunrise Structure & Principles)
Creative Action Design 101, Song in Movements,  Storytelling as a practice of leadership, 
Sunrise's 2019 organizing strategy (Green New Deal & #ChangeTheDebate)
Bringing it Home (How you can take action post training).   

Plus: There will be lots of time built in for getting to know each other and having fun -- including a hilarious no-talent talent show!

It's for you - whether you've come to Sunrise Boston events and meetings before and want to get the big picture of the Sunrise vision, you're involved with other climate organizations and want to hone your skills/build your network or whether you're just starting out and want to learn more about climate justice, we'd love to have you! 

This is a movement of young people – that means we have members of our hub who are high school students, college students, working young people, and more. We love our diversity of ages and experiences and we are committed to supporting people of all identities so they feel welcome and supported in this space. Please reach out to the Sunrise Boston coordinator (email at the bottom) if you have any concerns or questions about this. 

DATE: Saturday, February 15th 10-8pm and Sunday February 16th  10-4pm
DO I HAVE TO STAY THE WHOLE TIME?: You are highly encouraged to attend the full day training if you're able, as the training curriculum builds on itself and you will have more opportunities to learn, grow and bond with other attendees.  However, if you aren't able to commit to the full day, you are still invited to attend (as long as you commit to coming to as much of the training as you are able).
FOOD: We will provide vegetarian and vegan breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday and Sunday
HOUSING: If you are coming from out of town or need to stay closer to the training venue, we will help match you to Sunrise Boston hosts! You are also welcome to reach out to friends/family of your own and commute from there.
COST:  Sunrise is a new organization run by young people (read: we don't have a lot of money). As such, we ask all participants to pay a suggested registration fee of $20-50 to help us cover the costs of this training (including meals, space, materials, etc.). That said, we do not want cost to be a barrier to anyone -- so ultimately, we just ask people to pay what they can. You can pay the registration fee/donation in person or via venmo (@SunriseBoston) or paypal (paypal.me/SunriseBoston). 

For any questions, reach out to Katie Gilmore, Sunrise Boston Trainings Lead, at Katherinegilmore39 at gmail.com

Saturday, February 15

IDEA Conference 2020: Embrace Your Impact
Saturday, February 15
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
BU, Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/idea-conference-2020-embrace-your-impact-tickets-78657511735
Cost:  $15 – $20

The annual IDEA Conference is a one-day event for college students and young alumni across New England to explore innovation and entrepreneurship of every kind. Whether it’s through technology, social impact, or arts and culture, we empower all students to embrace their passions and use them to create meaningful impact.

From start to finish, attendees will be inspired by world-class innovators, engage with strategies and useful tools for developing new ideas, and connect with resources and people from across Boston University and beyond.

The IDEA Conference is organized and hosted by Boston University's Innovate at BU initiative and is generously sponsored by Lou Volpe, Questrom’78, Managing Partner, Kodiak Venture Partners


Extinction Rebelllion [XR] NVDA Training (for all roles)
Saturday, February 15
11 a.m.
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/2020-02-15-nvda-training/

Learn how to take part in XR actions at this NVDA training! This training is for people who are interested in potentially doing civil disobedience as well as people who want to play support roles.

You will learn how to engage in non-violent civil disobedience and have the opportunity to form an affinity group, which is your creative team and support system for Extinction Rebellion actions. Bring people who you would like to form an affinity group with! You can also make one with fellow rebels that you meet while you're here.

Event logistics
Time: Saturday February 15, 11AM-5PM. Please arrive at 10:50AM so that you have time to settle before the training starts.

Location: TBA. We think it will be the Community Church of Boston.

We recommend that you attend an 'Heading for Extinction' talk and an XR orientation before you attend our NVDA training. You can find these events on our calendar. We recommend these because understanding the climate science and more about XR will help you figure out how you'd like to be involved. 

If you cannot attend these events, you are still welcome to attend the training. Instead of the in-person events, you may want to watch a version of the Heading for Extinction talk online (e.g. here). 

What to bring
wear comfortable clothes
your own plate, cup, and cutlery to minimize waste. We will provide snacks and drinks during a short break.
if you have them, people who you would like to form an affinity group with. Don't worry if you can't, there will be amazing fellow rebels for you to build community with at the training! 

This training is free. If you would like to and can bring a contribution, we will collect cash donations to cover our costs at the end of the session. 

Preparation for Civil Disobedience. Honoring the movements we stand on. Building community for action.

Contact action.care.xrmass at gmail.com with questions.

Sunday, February 16

Rethinking Interspecies Relationships: Non-Human Rights
Sunday, February 16, 2020
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Harvard, Phillips Brooks House, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/GreaterBostonHumanists/events/268216104/

Our follow-up to the Darwin Day talk and party at MIT, on the 12th, will focus on other species we share the world with. Amy Hambidge will speak on "Rethinking Interspecies Relationships: Non-Human Rights"

Humans, in the Western patriarchal tradition, have long considered themselves to have dominion over Earth. While humans are a minority of total individuals who share the planet, they have expanded and claimed the majority of the limited resources available here. What has the self-proclaimed dominion meant for non-humans? What purpose does, or did, the dichotomy of human versus animal serve? Why should we, as humans, care about the well-being of non-humans? In this talk, we will look at speciesism – what it is, the harm it causes to all species, what humans can do to protect non-humans, and what happens when it interconnects with human oppressions such as ableism, racism, and sexism.

About the speaker
Hailing from Western Massachusetts, Amy Hambidge graduated from Hampshire College with a bachelor of the arts, with concentration in positive psychology and agriculture. After working on organic farms in the Pioneer Valley, they now make wheelchairs and other mobility equipment for disabled animals at Eddie's Wheels for Pets. There, they can enhance the well-being of non-humans while also confronting the ableism and speciesism that occur in ordinary life. They share their home with a French bulldog in wheels and two guinea pigs, and enjoy reading about veganism, studying dance, and crocheting ears for earless pigs.

About Lu
Lumiere is a 5 year old French Bulldog with a past unknown to his current family. His previous family took excellent care of him when he became disabled and unable to walk on his own. Lu now lives with Amy and works at Eddie's Wheels. He is fearless, feisty, and friendly. His favorite activities are rolling over the toes of humans (and non-humans) and eating literally anything.

Tuesday, February 18

Speaker Series with April Glaser
Tuesday, February 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST 
Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

April Glaser is a Spring 2020 Joan Shorenstein Fellow, and an investigative journalist at NBC News, covering the technology industry and labor and workplace culture in Silicon Valley. Previously, she worked at Slate, Recode, and Wired, reporting on AI, disinformation and hate online, and social media platforms. Before journalism, Glaser worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and various other nonprofits focusing on technology policy. She has appeared on NPR, BBC, MSNBC, and elsewhere. While at the Shorenstein Center, Glaser will study new frameworks for approaching internet policy and keeping users safe online and will report on how data profiling, algorithmic targeting, and weak privacy protections harms specific communities of users.


"Everything is better with better broadband”:  Broadband Deployment in Rural America
Tuesday, February 18
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A (Room 2019, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0R50p3j78NYnErFfHiLv-b5JNArE3bBvX1sJ85yl9n8brZA/viewform

Christopher Ali
Rural broadband is currently having a moment in American political discourse. No less than 5 presidential candidates have released plans to connect the country’s rural places, and the FCC has recently announced a $20billion funding program for fixed broadband and a $9billion program for 5G deployment in rural America. Despite these initiatives and interests, however, rural America remains woefully disconnected from a digital world that the urban and wealthy take for granted. Worse yet, the digital divide is growing, not shrinking despite billions of dollars of yearly investment and dozens of legislative proposals.

This talk will explain the policies that help and hinder broadband deployment in rural America. Christopher Ali argues that our current policy architecture grossly over-privileges incumbent telephone companies and systematically discourages new entrants from offering broadband, and demonstrates how the largest telecommunication companies have an economic incentive to keep the digital divide alive. “To rectify this imbalance, we need to democratize our approach to rural broadband policy and funding. This begins with the FCC and USDA, and spreads to state and municipal governments. For the United States to realize universal connectivity of high speed, high quality broadband, policymakers must recognize the crucial role played by municipalities, cooperatives, and local ISPs in connecting the rural unconnected,” says Ali.

Event will be live webcast at https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/everything-better-better-broadband-featuring-christopher-ali at 12:00pm on February 18, 2020.


Robert Scher: The New Eurasia Energy Landscape
Tuesday, February 18
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Tufts, Cabot 102, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robert-scher-the-new-eurasia-energy-landscape-registration-88706005049

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program and the Energy and Environment Club at The Fletcher School for a lunch conversation with Robert Scher of BP America. He will discuss the new dynamics of pipeline politics in Eurasia. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite. Lunch will be provided.

The Honorable Robert M. Scher is the Head of International Affairs for BP America. In this position, Bob tracks and analyses U.S. foreign policy as it affects BP’s businesses around the world. Bob has close to 25 years of experience in senior global affairs and national security roles in the U.S. government, most recently serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities in the Pentagon from 2014 to 2017. In that role, he directly advised the U.S. Secretary of Defense on a wide range of global defense, security, strategy, and budgeting matters. Prior to that, Bob held a series of progressively more senior roles at the Departments of Defense and State focused on defense strategy and Asian foreign policy, including as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for South and Southeast Asia, DASD for Plans, and as a member of the Policy Planning Office at State. He also served in the private sector as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton on defense and foreign affairs issues. Bob received his Bachelor’s degree with high honors from Swarthmore College and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


Less is More… The New BRI in Central Asia
Tuesday, February 18
2 – 4 p.m.
Hrvard, CGIS South Building, Room S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Dirk van der Kley, Program Director for Policy Research, China Matters
DETAILS  Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative has changed significantly in Central Asia in the last few years. In particular, direct Chinese government lending through Eximbank to Central Asian states has completely dried up. Instead the focus has shifted to smaller investment projects that create jobs for Central Asians and exports for Central Asian states, while also providing benefits for Chinese companies. This is a much tougher task than just building infrastructure. It forces Chinese companies to operate in challenging business environments in Central Asia in key sectors. This presentation will systematically examine how these changes are paying out in each Central Asian state. It will demonstrate that Chinese companies have their own agency. For example, they still try to shift debt burdens onto recipient states through hidden means or joint ventures with Central Asian state-owned enterprises.
CONTACT INFO	Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Phone: 617-495-4037
Fax: 617-495-8319
LINK  https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events/less-more…-new-bri-central-asia


Women Leaders as Conveyors of Change in Saudi Arabia
Tuesday, February 18
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-376, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Hala Aldosari, Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT Center for International Studies, Former Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi Fellow
In Saudi Arabia, gender politics has been carefully constructed by the state to promote a specific national identity for women as citizens. In the recent years, and concurrent with the ascent of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to power, women appointment in leadership positions have been significantly increased and widely promoted in local and international media as a symbol of change. The newly appointed women leaders emerge within a hyper-nationalist political environment that has shifted from a previously religious one. It commands an unconditional support to the new political leadership and its version for state feminism. The new state feminism will be explored as reflected by the public positions of the appointed women leaders on gender reforms. It invites caution in evaluating the influence of women leaders under authoritarianism. In fact, the appointments can be ineffective, if not detrimental, in advancing rights when women leaders reproduce the restrictive norms of the existing status quo, while other forms of organic feminism are severely repressed.

Hala Aldosari is a scholar and activist from Saudi Arabia, now based in the United States. Her research and writings explored the social determinants of women’s health, violence against women, legal reforms and the civil societies of Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf States.  She is currently the Robert E. Wihlem fellow at MIT Center for International Studies. She serves as an advisory board member for Human Rights Watch for the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf Center for Human Rights and the “Every Woman” global initiative to prevent violence against women and girls. She has previously worked as a medical scientist and a consultant for health research and policies in Saudi Arabia. In addition, she worked as visiting scholar in leading think tanks and universities. Her advocacy for women's rights has been recognized with various awards; including the 2018 Alison Des Forge award from human rights watch and the 2016 Freedom award from Freedom House. As an op-ed writer, her analysis was featured in prominent media outlets. In 2009, she became the inaugural fellow of the Washington Post, Khashoggi fellowship.


Considering the Last Mile Problem in Food System Resilience
Tuesday, February 18
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Northeastern, Renaissance_Park, 909, 9th floor, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Talk by Christopher Bosso,  Professor and Associate Director, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

Each academic year, the Northeastern University’s Center for International Affairs and World Cultures, the Northeastern Humanities Center, and the Department of Political Science host a lecture series focused on “Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience” (formerly “Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience”).


The State of Transportation in Massachusetts
Tuesday, February 18
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
BU, Kilachand Honors College, 91 Bay State Rd #115, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-state-of-transportation-in-massachusetts-tickets-92136636159

Jim Aloisi and Ari Ofsevit of TransitMatters discuss the state of transportation in Massachusetts.
Join TransitMatters at the Boston University Kilachand Honors College for a discussion with Jim Aloisi and Ari Ofsevit. 
Aloisi is a Boston-based strategic consultant and former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation in the Administration of Governor Deval Patrick, where he led a landmark transportation restructuring initiative and made a strong effort to secure new revenue to fund our transportation needs.

Ofsevit is TM's Technical Advocacy Director. He has worked extensively with advocacy organizations interested in how small changes and data analysis can bring change and equity to transportation and development projects.

Are you wondering about the what, why, and how of Massachusetts transportation? This will be a great event get your questions answered and network with fellow transportation enthusiasts and advocates.

Admission is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted. 

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Taste The Future: Gas is the Past!
Tuesday, February 18
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
JP Green House, 133 Bourne Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-the-future-gas-is-the-past-tickets-91944627857

Compared to gas, electric induction cooking is safer, healthier, more precise, and is better for the planet. Come see for yourself!

We mix good food, friends, and fun with a little bit of education on the exciting possibilities of the future Beyond Gas. 
While many people are attached to their gas stoves, the new generation of electric induction cooking delivers so many benefits, and avoids the health and planetary damage caused by gas. 

We'll have hands-on demonstrations of induction cooking, and also highlight the latest efficient electric heat-pump appliances for heating homes, heating water, and drying clothes. 

Presented by HEET and the JP Green House.


The Triumph of Doubt:  Dark Money and the Science of Deception
Tuesday, February 18
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and the Union of Concerned Scientists welcome DR. DAVID MICHAELS—celebrated author and former Assistant Secretary for Labor of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—for a discussion of his book, The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception. He will be joined in conversation by author and Harvard Law professor LAWRENCE LESSIG.

About The Triumph of Doubt
America is a country of everyday crises—big, long-spanning problems that persist, mostly unregulated, despite their toll on the country's health and vitality. And for every case of government inaction on one of these issues, there is a set of familiar, doubtful refrains: The science is unclear. The data is inconclusive. Regulation is unjustified. It's a slippery slope.
Is it?

The Triumph of Doubt traces the ascendance of science-for-hire in American life and government, from its origins in the tobacco industry in the 1950s to its current manifestations across government, public policy, and even professional sports. Well-heeled American corporations have long had a financial stake in undermining scientific consensus and manufacturing uncertainty; in The Triumph of Doubt, former Obama and Clinton official David Michaels details how bad science becomes public policy—and where it's happening today.
Amid fraught conversations of "alternative facts" and "truth decay," The Triumph of Doubt wields its unprecedented access to shine a light on the machinations and scope of manipulated science in American society. It is an urgent, revelatory work, one that promises to reorient conversations around science and the public good for the foreseeable future.


Bright Lights: American Factory with Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 18
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bright-lights-american-factory-with-panel-discussion-tickets-92145432469

Directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, documentary, English, and Mandarin with English subtitles, 115 minutes, USA, 2019.

All Bright Lights screenings are free and open to the pubic. Seating is on a first come basis, no tickets or RSVPs. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Co-presented with SEIU Local 888 Emerson staff union, the Boston Asian American Film Festival and the United Nations Association of Greater Boston and Globe Docs.

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. Panel discussion on the state of labor to follow. Selected by guest curator Herbert Nipson, Office of the Arts Screening Room Manager.

Editorial Comment:  This is the first film produced by the Obamas for Netflix.  One thing I saw was that there was no mention that Obama could have made demands of GM and Chrysler that might have made the union workers more secure when he bailed the companies out.


Wednesday, February 19

Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, February 19
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM EST
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-72997402195

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


Self-Efficacy for Communication
Wednesday, February 19
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM EST
MIT, Building E62-350, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-efficacy-for-communication-tickets-92259272969

How much does MIT students’ self-efficacy for communication grow over four years?

Engineering educators have long recognized the importance of excellent communication skills, and they have created effective instructional and assessment practices. Yet teaching communication remains a challenge.

This talk will report on the results of surveys administered at four institutions (two in the Northeast U.S. and two in Singapore) that asked students to report on their self-efficacy for professional communication.

The surveys were composed of questions on four types of communication —writing, oral presentation, visual literacy, and teamwork—which were then broken down into 44 sub-skills. Students were asked to respond to the survey in their first semester and again in the semester before they graduated. The analysis examined the deltas between first and last semesters, as well as differences that take into consideration gender and first language. We also found variations in students’ self-efficacy among the sub-skills. Growth in self-efficacy in communication was strongest at MIT in comparison to the other three institutions. We will offer our hypothesis as to why the MIT results were so robust, and we hope audience members will explore these findings with us.

Learning outcomes:
Gain an appreciation for the advantage of a systemic approach to the teaching and learning of communication skills.

Discuss the potential role of communication in bolstering women’s self-confidence for engineering.

Further an understanding of how to implement a multi-institutional, cross-cultural study of communication.

Seminar Speakers
Daniel Hastings
Professor Hastings is the Department Head of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. From 2014-2018, he was the CEO and Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). He joined the MIT faculty in 1985. With over 30 years’ experience in academia, Professor Hastings was MIT’s Dean of Undergraduate Education from 2006 to 2013, head of the MIT Technology and Policy Program, and director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division. He served on the National Science Board (2002-2008) where he championed engineering education and was a member of the influential Engineer of 2020 study authored by the National Academy of Engineering.

Professor Hastings is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA0, the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He served on the NASA Advisory Council, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the Defense Science Board, and several ad hoc committees on space technology, as well as on science and technology management and processes. He has published over 120 papers, written a book on spacecraft environment interactions, and won five best papers awards. His recent research is focused on Complex Space System Design.

Lori Breslow
Dr. Breslow founded the Teaching + Learning Lab (TLL) and served as its director for eighteen years. As director, she set strategy and priorities for TLL; developed and managed the research agenda, resulting in over 80 studies of educational innovation at MIT; and contributed to initiatives in STEM teaching and learning nationally and internationally.

Besides the current study on communication, she does research on digital learning and on academic and social belonging. Her research has been cited by American Education Research Association, the American Society of Engineering Education, the Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education. Her paper on MOOCs, co-authored with MIT and Harvard colleagues, is one of the top two most-cited papers on the topic.

She has discussed her research at the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), spoken at The New York Times’s Schools for Tomorrow symposium, and presented keynotes at leading universities globally. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI). Her latest book, co-edited with international colleagues, is Strengthening Teaching and Learning in Research Universities. She is currently a senior lecturer at the Sloan School.

Christina White
Dr. White recently completed her postdoctoral engineering education research with Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. During that time, she explored communication development in undergraduate engineering programs within the context of global competencies. She completed her doctoral degree at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied curriculum and teaching. Upon graduation, Dr. White became the founding director of the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars & K12 Partners Program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. White consults globally with universities for interdisciplinary program development. She is a curriculum developer for the Museum of Science in Boston involved in designing the latest edition of the Engineering is Elementary curriculum. She is the Director of Programs for 3 Day Startup and leads initiatives to activate entrepreneurial potential in students through experiential education and a global entrepreneurship ecosystem. Her current research includes global competencies, entrepreneurship education, design-based pedagogy, and ways to attract and retain traditionally underrepresented groups in engineering.


The ‘Nudgability’ Model for More Ethical Clinical Research
Wednesday, February 19
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Room 4059, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egvm60qwa7594cda&oseq=&c=&ch=

SPEAKER(S)  Miriam Bentwich
DETAILS  Miriam Bentwich, 2019-2020 Visiting Scholar at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, will introduce an enhanced nudging model specifically oriented to the clinical research context, including (1) exploring and explaining why and how nudging may occur in the clinical research domain and in what respect(s) it may pose an ethical challenge to autonomy; (2) explaining how the ‘nudgability’ model may better address at least some of the illuminated ethical challenges entailed in nudging within the clinical research domain; and (3) explaining why the ‘nudgability’ model may have further positive implications for clinical research ethics, particularly with respect to the application of social justice from a legal perspective (i.e., the “Common Rule” regarding research in human subjects).
LINK  https://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/nudgability-model-for-more-ethical-clinical-research
CONTACT INFO	Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics
petrie-flom at law.harvard.edu


Collaborative society: how technology amplifies on natural cooperative tendencies
Wednesday, February 19
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Northeastern, Curry Student Center, 440, 346 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Join us on Wednesday, February 19th at 1–2:30 pm in 440 Curry Student Center for an exciting talk by NULab visiting speaker, Dariusz Jemielniak (Kozminski University)

Dariusz Jemielniak is a Professor of Organization Studies at Kozminski University and chair of the Management in Networked and Digital Societies department (MINDS). He is also a Berkman Center for Internet and Society fellow at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. Jemielniak also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Wikimedia Foundation.


Lectures by Esra Akcan RI '20, “Right to Heal: Architecture in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Societies” 
and Sawako Kaijima RI '20, “Representation and Materialization of Interdisciplinary Matter”
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020
4:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
During her time at Harvard, Esra Akcan is researching her next book project, which will explore architecture’s role in transitional justice after intense upheavals and internal conflicts, such as state violence, environmental disasters, civil wars, ethnic cleansing, and economic meltdown. This book will both critically examine opportunistic responses to crises that foreclose the right to heal and pinpoint best practices that move toward a more meaningful reconstitution.

Sawako Kaijima is working on two projects: one looking at traditional crafts in light of digital technologies in collaboration with craft artists, and the other a volumetric data representation project in collaboration with neuropsychiatrists. Both projects utilize technology as a vehicle for knowledge integration that could influence contemporary design thinking and its materialization.

Starr Forum: From Principles to Implementation: The Challenge of AI Policy Around the World
Wednesday, February 19
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

A conversation with Luis Vildegaray, director of MIT AI Policy for the World Project and former foreign minister of Mexico

About the speaker:
Luis Videgaray is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the director of MIT AI Policy for the World Project. Prior to coming to MIT, he served as the foreign minister and finance minister of Mexico. As foreign minister (2017-18) he led Mexico’s relationship with the Trump White House, including the successful renegotiation of the NAFTA (now USMCA). He is one of the founders of the Lima Group, created to promote regional diplomatic efforts towards restoring democracy in Venezuela, and conducted Mexico’s leading role in the UN towards an inclusive debate on AI and other new technologies. He holds a PhD in Economics from MIT.

Discussant:  Kenneth Oye is a professor of political science (School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences) and data systems and society (School of Engineering) and director of the Program on Emerging Technologies (PoET) at the Center for International Studies. His work focuses on on international relations, political economy and technology policy. He is a faculty affiliate of the MIT Synthetic Biology Center, the Center for Biomedical Innovation, and the Internet Policy Research Initiative. He chairs biosafety committees for iGEM and the Broad Institute Biofoundry and has served as an invited expert to the UN BWC, WHO, PCAST and NRC. 


Reducing the cost of decarbonization through cutting-edge carbon capture innovation
Wednesday, February 19
5:15pm to 6:20pm
MIT, Building 6-120, Eastman Laboratory Building, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Brian Anderson, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
Anderson will highlight state-of-the-art carbon capture R&D and discuss crosscutting scientific and technological initiatives underway at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to meet some of the nation’s most important energy challenges—delivering reliable, low-cost, and low-carbon energy.

About the speaker:
Brian J. Anderson SM ’04 PhD ’05, is director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He is a recipient of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2011, the DOE recognized him with an Honor Achievement Award for his role on a team that responded to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at West Virginia University and his master's and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from MIT


Sunrise Boston Full Hub Meeting
Wednesday, February 19
6 PM – 8 PM
Old South Church in Boston, 645 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/792629841216505/

Join us to learn more about Sunrise, get involved in one of our teams, and work towards stopping climate change! Come get to know the Boston Hub and hear what's next for Sunrise Boston! All are welcome! 

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


Feminisms Unbound: Cyborg Manifestations
Wednesday, February 19
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 4-270, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

This panel invites scholars to consider the confluences between science and technology studies and gender and sexuality studies in their own research. Feminist, queer, and trans studies scholars attending to science, technology, environment, and disability are dismantling the rubrics of gender and body at the core of our fields in order to think more critically about the material conditions of living inside racial capitalism. For example: Donna Haraway’s cyborg troubles the distinctions between body and technology; Sylvia Wynter asks who can access categories of “man” and “human” under ongoing conditions of captivity; Kim Tallbear discusses indigenous epistemologies that trouble hegemonic distinctions between what is and is not alive; and Jasbir Puar implicates technological warfare in imperialist projects that disable nations and bodies. Science and technology studies not only turns us toward materiality, but also offers analytics to think through social and aesthetic phenomena: virtual, viral, cellular, toxic, and nuclear. Thinking at the interstices of machine and myth, flesh and data, and human, animal, plant, land, and spirit exposes more ways that bodies are governed, and imagines more possibilities for minoritarian subjects to steal away from surveillance. How are science and technology working to liberate and delimit gender and sexuality? How do empiricism and imagination work together? How do we facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship across the silos of the neoliberal campus?

Roundtable Participants:
Banu Subramaniam, Professor and Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst

Eli Nelson, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Williams College

Eli Nelson (Mohawk) is an Assistant Professor in American Studies at Williams College and Director of Fellowships at the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies. He got his PhD in History of Science at Harvard University in 2018. He works on the history of Native science, critical Indigenous theory, Indigenous science fiction and futurism, and gender and sexuality.

Jina Kim, Assistant Professor of English Language & Literature and of the Study of Women & Gender, Smith College

Jina B. Kim is Assistant Professor of English and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. Her research and teaching interests emerge from the intersection of critical disability studies, feminist-of-color/ queer-of-color critique, and contemporary ethnic U.S. literature, and her manuscript-in-progress examines the discourse of public dependency in the literary-cultural afterlife of 1996 US welfare reform. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, Disability Studies Quarterly, Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities (University of Nebraska Press), and Asian American Literature in Transition (Cambridge University Press).

Kiran Asher, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst

Mel Chen, Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Director for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, University of California, Berkeley

Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Director for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at U.C. Berkeley. In Spring 2020, they are in residence as F.O. Mathiessen Visiting Professor of Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University, and in 2018-19 served as Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College. Since their 2012 book, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, Chen has been working toward completing a book project concerning intoxication’s role in the interanimation of race and disability in histories and legacies of the transnational 19th century as well as in current schemes of securitization. Elsewhere, Chen has published writing on slowness, agitation, gesture, inhumanisms, and cognitive disability and method. Chen co-edits the “Anima” book series at Duke, and is part of a small and sustaining queer-trans of color arts collective in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Moderator: Kareem Khubchandani, is the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in theDepartment of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University. He is currently working on a book project titled Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife (U. Michigan Press), a performance ethnography of queer social spaces in Bangalore and Chicago. He has published in Scholar and Feminist Online; Transgender Studies Quarterly; Journal of Asian American Studies; The Velvet Light Trap; Theater Topics; Theatre Journal; The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies; Queer Dance (Oxford UP); and Queering Digital India(Edinburgh UP).


MIGRATING TO PRISON:  America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants
Wednesday, February 19
First Parish (UU), 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

For much of America’s history, we simply did not lock people up for migrating here. Yet over the last thirty years, the federal and state governments have increasingly tapped their powers to incarcerate people accused of violating immigration laws. As a result, roughly 400,000 people a year now spend some time locked up pending civil or criminal immigration proceedings.

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández‘s new book takes a hard look at the immigration prison system’s origins, how it currently operates, and why. It tackles the outsized presence of private prisons and how those on the political right continue, disingenuously, to link immigration imprisonment with national security risks and threats to the rule of law.

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a professor of law at the University of Denver and an immigration lawyer. He runs the blog Crimmigration.com.

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


Until the End of Time:  Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
Wednesday, February 19
7:00 PM
Harvard Science Center, Hall B, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge,
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/brian_greene/
Cost:  $32.00 (book included)

Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, the Cabot Science Library, and Mass Humanities welcome BRIAN GREENE—renowned physicist and director of Columbia University's Center for Theoretical Physics—for a discussion of his latest book, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe.

About Until the End of Time
Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe's beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. He explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience: in narrative, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and our longing for the eternal.

Through a series of nested stories that explain distinct but interwoven layers of reality—from quantum mechanics to consciousness to black holes—Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed. With this grand tour of the universe, beginning to end, Brian Greene allows us all to grasp and appreciate our fleeting but utterly exquisite moment in the cosmos.

Thursday, February 20

A Conversation with Tom Barkin, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President
Thursday, February 20
1:10 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard, Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building), 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Tom Barkin, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President 
Megan Greene, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
DETAILS  This seminar will include a conversation between Tom Barkin, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President and Megan Greene, M-RCBG Senior Fellow. Lunch will be served.
CONTACT INFO	mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu
LINK  https://knet.hks.harvard.edu/my.policy


Anticipating the Future Built Environment
Thursday, February 20
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Northeastern, ISEC, 102 805 Columbus Avenue, Boston

In celebration of national Engineers Week, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University will host American Society of Civil Engineers Chief Operating and Strategy Officer Gerald Buckwalter for a Distinguished Seminar. The seminar, titled "Anticipating the Future Built Environment," is detailed below.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Boston Association of Structural Engineers (BASE), Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES), and the Structural Engineers Association of Massachusetts (SEAMass).

ABSTRACT: From climate change to autonomous vehicles, engineers are confronting a variety of environmental challenges, demographic shifts and technological changes that will require a drastic rethinking of how we build, operate, and maintain our infrastructure systems. Planning for the future is difficult for nearly every organization. ASCE decided to launch the Future World Vision project to help meet this challenge. We compiled and winnowed more than 100 global macrotrends to examine six important sociopolitical, economic, environmental, and technological trends as key drivers of change for future built infrastructure. Our desire is that the Future World Vision project will establish ASCE and civil engineers as bold thought leaders, provide a platform to envision the future built environment and ultimately optimize future system performance and the benefit to society, and be a next-generation tool that interacts and resonates with those who will create the future built environment—the next generation of civil engineers. The Future World Vision platform is an immersive computer model, using gaming engines, that will create virtual future worlds with evocative visuals, multiple characters and rich narratives that explore holistic city, community and neighborhood systems, including the cultural, social, economic, political, ethical and environmental aspects at different scales. This platform will enable engineers to ask the right questions about a future built environment that doesn’t exist yet, contemplate solutions, postulate the resulting benefit to society – well in advance of starting to design those solutions. This will enable us to better prepare engineers today for possible future needs and challenges.

BIO: Gerald (Jerry) E. Buckwalter has more than 35 years of varied executive leadership in general management, business development, strategy and innovation, program operations and policy development spanning military, government, international, and commercial domains. He is the Chief Operating and Strategy Officer of ASCE, overseeing all aspects of internal operations including Finance, Administration, Engineering, Lifelong Learning and Human Resources. Prior to joining ASCE, Mr. Buckwalter was a Northrop Grumman Corporate Director of Strategy. His responsibilities included reshaping the company’s business portfolio, mergers and acquisitions, long-term strategies, innovation initiatives and professional development. Among many distinguished service positions, Mr. Buckwalter was a member for the National Infrastructure Advisory Council reporting to the White House from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Buckwalter earned a degree in Physics from Monmouth University and has extensive continuing education at George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Desmond Upton Patton, “Contextual Analysis of Social Media: The Promise and Challenge of Eliciting Context in Social Media Posts with Natural Language Processing”
Thursday, February 20
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building E15-318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

While natural language processing affords researchers an opportunity to automatically scan millions of social media posts, there is growing concern that automated computational tools lack the ability to understand context and nuance in human communication and language. Columbia University's Desmond Upton Patton introduces a critical systematic approach for extracting culture, context and nuance in social media data. The Contextual Analysis of Social Media (CASM) approach considers and critiques the gap between inadequacies in natural language processing tools and differences in geographic, cultural, and age-related variance of social media use and communication. CASM utilizes a team-based approach to analysis of social media data, explicitly informed by community expertise. The team uses CASM to analyze Twitter posts from gang-involved youth in Chicago. They designed a set of experiments to evaluate the performance of a support vector machine using CASM hand-labeled posts against a distant model. They found that the CASM-informed hand-labeled data outperforms the baseline distant labels, indicating that the CASM labels capture additional dimensions of information that content-only methods lack. They then question whether this is helpful or harmful for gun violence prevention.


"Holy War: Latin America’s Right-Wing Resurgence in Historical Perspective"
Thursday, February 20
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Kirsten Weld, Professor of History at Harvard University
DETAILS  Kirsten Weld is Professor of History at Harvard University. A historian of modern Latin America, her research explores 20th-century struggles over inequality, justice, historical memory, and social inclusion. Professor Weld's first book, Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala, won the 2015 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award and the 2016 Best Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association's Recent History and Memory Section.
CONTACT INFO	histlit at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  https://histlit.fas.harvard.edu/event/spring-lecture


Thursday, 20 February
6:30 – 8:30 pm EST
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/intro-to-the-boston-startup-community/boston/95760

Join us for a panel discussion with Boston's top community organizers and get an exclusive inside look into the startup culture that’s rapidly growing in the city.

Why it Matters?
In Boston, new tech solutions are emerging every day to improve our lives, spanning industries from biotech and real estate to wellness-tech and social impact. This has opened up countless opportunities for jobs and career development in the city, but breaking in is not always easy.

What You'll Take Away?
This free event is an orientation to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the Boston ecosystem. We will give you the inside scoop on key events/ meetups to attend, people, companies, VCs, blogs, incubators, programs, hot issues, and more.

By signing up for this event, you’re giving our partners and sponsors for this event permission to contact you about upcoming events and promotions. Please note that seats are available on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to arrive on time. We will not be able to let attendees in once we have reached maximum capacity. Thank you for understanding.


The Internet in Everything:  Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch
Thursday, February 20
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes author and globally-recognized internet governance scholar LAURA DENARDIS for a discussion of her book, The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch.

About The Internet in Everything
The Internet has leapt from human-facing display screens into the material objects all around us. In this so-called Internet of Things—connecting everything from cars to cardiac monitors to home appliances—there is no longer a meaningful distinction between physical and virtual worlds. Everything is connected. The social and economic benefits are tremendous, but there is a downside: an outage in cyberspace can result not only in a loss of communication but also potentially a loss of life. Control of this infrastructure has become a proxy for political power, since countries can easily reach across borders to disrupt real-world systems.

Laura DeNardis argues that this diffusion of the Internet into the physical world radically escalates governance concerns around privacy, discrimination, human safety, democracy, and national security, and she offers new cyber-policy solutions. In her discussion, she makes visible the sinews of power already embedded in our technology and explores how hidden technical governance arrangements will become the constitution of our future.

Friday, February 21 - Saturday, February 22

Hack for Inclusion
Friday, February 21, 11:30am - Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm
Microsoft NERD Center 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://bit.ly/h4i2020

MIT Sloan's Hack for Inclusion will bring together some of the brightest minds -- both technical and non-technical -- to build solutions that address 14 of today's biggest problems related to bias, diversity, and inclusion in business and society.

NOTE: $20 ticket fee will be refunded upon attendance on both days. All meals during the event will be served free of charge.

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

Winning teams will receive prize money!

1st place: $5,000
2nd place: $3,000
3rd place: $1,000
Crowd Choice: $1,000

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

Friday, February 21

Starr Forum: The Philosophy of Human Rights
Friday, February 21
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

A book talk with Anat Biletzki, Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy, Quinnipiac University

About the author:  Anat Biletzki is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy, Quinnipiac University; research affiliate and co-director of the Human Rights and Technology Fellowship Program, MIT Center for International Studies. Her publications include: Talking Wolves: Thomas Hobbes on the Language of Politics and the Politics of Language (1997), and(Over) Interpreting Wittgenstein (2003). She served as chairperson of B’Tselem―the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (2001–2006) and was nominated among the “1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize―2005.” Her most recent book is Philosophy of Human Rights: A Systematic Introduction.

Joining the discussion will be:
Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT
Serena Parekh, Associate Professor of Philosophy and the director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program, Northeastern University 


Animal City: Remaking Human and Animal Life in Nineteenth-Century America
Friday, February 21
2:30PM TO 4:30PM
MIT, Building E51-095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Andrew Robichaud,  Boston University


Game of Thrones in Russia and Kazakhstan: What Is Going On?
Friday, February 21
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS South Building, Room S354, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Stanislav Stanskikh, Research Fellow, The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Vitali Shkliarov, Visiting Scholar, Davis Center
Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center
DETAILS  Two consolidated personalistic authoritarian regimes in Eurasia are being reformatted to provide for continuity and change. Last year Kazakhstan saw its First President Nursultan – Leader of the Nation Nursultan Nazarbayev’s resignation. It took place suddenly, yet following decade-long preparations that included changes in the Constitution and constitutional legislation. This year the political life in Russia was shaken by the proposal of a constitutional reform by President Putin, broadly perceived as a reconfiguration of power structures to fit Putin’s future position. While top decision-making responsible for these changes is highly opaque, it is possible to speculate on the incentives, mechanisms and implications of these changes. This roundtable aims to shed some light on and compare the ongoing processes in Russia and Kazakhstan by addressing the questions: What has happened? Why now and why the rush? What are the implications?
CONTACT INFO	Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Phone: 617-495-4037
Fax: 617-495-8319
LINK  https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events/game-thrones-russia-and-kazakhstan-what-going


Danish Technology with a Real IMPACT
Friday, February 21
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Innovation Centre Denmark, Venture Café 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://news.copcap.com/networking-event-cambridge-2020#register

Never before has the world faced such a need for new technological advancement. Renewable energy, water management, heating systems, transparent and user-based digital solutions. We need to further develop solutions sustainable in the long run that benefit the whole society. It is what we are good at in Denmark. But it is not something we do alone. We succeed by collaborating with the best and the brightest.

If strong collectivist culture, great collaboration skills and untamed creative minds are attractive to you, join us at the Innovation Center to meet three innovative companies – and learn how you can join them.


Race Against Time:  A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era
Friday, February 21
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed journalist JERRY MITCHELL—known for his tireless investigation of Civil Rights era murder cases which put Klansmen behind bars decades later—for a discussion of his memoir, Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era.

About Race Against Time
On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers. The killings, in what would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the civil rights movement. And even though the killers’ identities, including the sheriff’s deputy, were an open secret, no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed.
It took forty-one years before the mastermind was brought to trial and finally convicted for the three innocent lives he took. If there is one man who helped pave the way for justice, it is investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell.

In Race Against Time, Mitchell takes readers on the twisting, pulse-racing road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement, decades after the fact. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham and the Mississippi Burning case. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, building up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. He takes us into every harrowing scene along the way, as when Mitchell goes into the lion’s den, meeting one-on-one with the very murderers he is seeking to catch. His efforts have put four leading Klansmen behind bars, years after they thought they had gotten away with murder.

Race Against Time is an astonishing, courageous story capturing a historic race for justice, as the past is uncovered, clue by clue, and long-ignored evils are brought into the light. This is a landmark book and essential reading for all Americans.


Film Screening: Disobedience (and more!)
Friday, February 21
7 p.m.
Beacon Hill Friends House, 6-8 Chestnut Street, Boston
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/film-screening-2020-02-21/

Extinction Rebellion Massachusetts is proud to present a special free screening of the documentary Disobedience + 2 Environmental Short Films! Join us Friday, Feb. 21, 7:00 pm at the Beacon Hill Friends House. Free popcorn and beverages! Doors at 6:30pm. 

Disobedience tells the David vs Goliath tales of front line leaders around the world risking life and limb in the fight for a liveable climate. After decades of political inaction and an accelerating climate emergency, local groups following the model of Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr., using non-violent civil disobedience and direct action to stop corporations from destroying their environment, homes and way of life. 

This event is part of our monthly screening series of films about the environment so stay tuned for more screenings soon!

Saturday, February 22

Women in Business Conference at HBS
Saturday, February 22
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall, Soliders Field Road, Boston
SPEAKER(S)	4 keynotes and 20+ panels, collectively from 60+ companies!
TICKET WEB LINK  http://bit.ly/2020wsaconference
COST:  $45 - $75
DETAILS  Join the HBS Women’s Association annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference coming up on February 22nd. The conference, Driving Change Together, will be an engaging day of keynote speeches, 20+ panels, a networking lunch, and a post-conference reception. You don’t want to miss out on the amazing lineup of speakers — including women from organizations like Girls Who Code, Dia&Co, Toast, and many others — not to mention panels covering topics ranging from ‘Leading Global Businesses’ to ‘#FemaleFounders.’ Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2020wsaconference  Hope to see you there!
LINK  https://www.wsahbsclub.com/2020conference


"Chase Earns, Australia Burns" Demonstration
Saturday, February 22
10 a.m.
Chase Bank, Jamaica Plain Branch, 701 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/chase-earns-australia-burns-demonstration/

Join us from 10am to 11:30am for "Chase Earns, Australia Burns" a joint action with Climate Courage (a 350 project) at the Chase Bank branch in Jamaica Plain.

Sunday, February 23

Be the Change Community Action: Voter Suppression
Sunday, February 23
3:00pm to 5:00pm 
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Join Porter Square Books for a screening of the documentary Suppressed: The Fight to Vote.

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, the new documentary by Robert Greenwald (Director of Outfoxed, Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, & the NRA) weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. The issues Georgians faced included polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and a host of voter ID issues – all of which disproportionately prevented many students and people of color from casting their ballots. Suppressed: The Fight to Vote features experts, poll watchers and everyday Georgians speaking to the reality of voter suppression and the threat it poses in 2020. In a race that was ultimately decided by 54,723 votes, the film exposes that the basic constitutional right to vote continues to be under siege in America.

Take action at https://www.bravenewfilms.org/suppressed_act?utm_campaign=screenings_launch_day&utm_medium=email&utm_source=bravenew

20% of sales from 3-5PM will be donated to Spread the Vote.

Learn more about Be the Change at https://www.portersquarebooks.com/announcing-be-change

Monday, February 24

Wearable Tech & Healthcare: What's Next?
The Future of Biosensing in Wearables and the Point of Care: The Inaugural Precision Diagnostics Center Symposium
Monday, February 24
9:00 am to 5:30 pm
BU, Photonics Center, Room 906, 8 Saint Marys Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-biosensing-in-wearables-and-the-point-of-care-pdc-symposium-tickets-87245506659

The symposium will focus on cutting edge applications in disease screening and monitoring, treatment management and adherence, and the direct to consumer space for prevention and health maintenance. Talks will center on emerging technologies with the most potential to impact personal and public health in the near future.

Confirmed Speakers:
Trisha Andrew, PhD, UMass Amherst
Edward Damiano, PhD, Boston University
James Galagan, PhD, Boston University
Wei Gao, PhD, Caltech
Andrew Jajack, PhD, Amplify Sciences
Nanshu Lu, PhD, UT Austin
Koji Sode, PhD, UNC Chapel Hill
Joseph Wang, PhD, UCSD

Agenda and Livestream will be available on our website
Contact Email	lenais at bu.edu


Energy and Environmental Policy in the 21st Century: Who will decide, Congress or the Administrative State?
Monday, February 24
11:45am - 1:00pm
Harvard, Belfer Building, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Join us on February 24th in Bell Hall to hear from Mike Catanzaro, Partner at the CGCN Group and former Special Assistant to President Trump for Domestic Energy and Environmental Policy. Mike will be speaking on "Energy and Environmental Policy in the 21st Century: Who will decide, Congress or the Administrative State?"

The Energy Policy Seminar Series is free and open to the public; no RSVPs required. Buffet-style lunch will be served.


Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Speaker: Dan Jaffe
Monday, February 24
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge


Climate ******* Design | CDD Forum 2020
Monday, February 10
12:30pm to 2:00pm
More dates through April 15, 2020
Monday, February 24, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Urban design tools and methods can contribute meaningfully to climate action, both in promoting decarbonization and in adapting cities to shifting landscape hazards. However, climate change is also challenging some underlying assumptions and practices of urban design and raising crucial questions, including: 
How can design interventions accommodate the deep uncertainty of climate change? 
How can designers address the enormously uneven impacts of climate change when dominant models of practice are limited by their dependence on state actors and private clients? 
How can urban designers simultaneously respond to demands for urgent action and enable the pluralistic deliberations necessary for equitable climate action?

The CDD Forum will address these and other questions through five public lectures by contemporary practitioners and scholars. Except where otherwise noted, the sessions will take place 12:30-2pm in the City Arena (9-255).

*This series is linked to this semester's Urban Design Seminar (11.333/4.244). If you are interested in enrolling in the seminar, please email zlamb at mit.eduand/or come to the first meeting Wednesday, 9am-11am in 10-401.


The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: A Conversation with Shoshana Zuboff
Monday, February 24
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Harvard, Rubenstein 414-AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Steet, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration
DETAILS  The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation welcomes Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, as part of the Towards Life 3.0 talk series. Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a 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.
In this conversation, Professor Zuboff will offer insights from her latest book, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.”
A light dinner will be served.
LINK  https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/age-surveillance-capitalism-conversation-shoshana-zuboff?admin_panel=1

Tuesday, February 25

An Open Dialogue with Amb. Samantha Power
Tuesday, February 25
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Kresge G1, 655 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3abVOMnKGQa6HnT

SPEAKER(S)  Samantha Power
DETAILS  Please join us for an open dialogue with Amb. Samantha Power. Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. From 2013-2017, Power served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and as a member of President Obama’s cabinet. From 2009-2013, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School. Power’s book, “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Chasing the Flame: One Man’s Fight to Save the World (2008) and The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (2019), which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, NPR, and TIME. Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
The event will be loosely based on her new book. However, most of the time will be reserved for questions from the audience. Amb. Power will sign books immediately following the event.
CONTACT INFO	Emily Coles, efcoles at hsph.harvard.edu
LINK  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/takemi/home/events/


Japan's Global Moment in the G-Zero World
Tuesday, February 25
12 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Joshua Walker, President and CEO, Japan Society
Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO	astockton at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK  https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/event/joshua-walker-2-25-20


The Climate-Neutral City: Views from Athens, Vienna & New York City
Tuesday, February 25
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Adam Freed, Principal, Bloomberg Associates; Deputy Managing Director, Global Water Program, The Nature Conservancy (2012-2014)
Eleni Myrivili, Loeb Fellow 2020, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Deputy Mayor for Urban Nature, Resilience, and Climate Change Adaptation, City of Athens (2018-2019)
Maria Vassilakou, Deputy Mayor and Deputy Governor, City of Vienna (2010-2019)
Chair: Nicolas Prevelakis, Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University; Assistant Director of Curricular Development, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University; CES Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
DETAILS  What is a climate-neutral city, and how can it be achieved?
In this discussion, the speakers will share their experiences to make carbon neutrality a priority in their cities.
CONTACT INFO	Anna Popiel, apopiel at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2020/02/climate-neutral-city-europe


Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: How will we do mathematics in 2030?
Tuesday, February 25
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof. Michael Douglas, Stony Brook University
Abstract: We make the case that over the coming decade, computer assisted reasoning will become far more widely used in the mathematical sciences. This includes interactive and automatic theorem verification, symbolic algebra,
and emerging technologies such as formal knowledge repositories, semantic search, and intelligent textbooks.

After a short review of the state of the art, we survey directions where we expect progress, such as mathematical search and formal abstracts, developments in computational mathematics, integration of computation into textbooks, and organizing and verifying large calculations and proofs. For each, we try to identify the barriers and potential solutions.

Prof. Douglas's research website:http://scgp.stonybrook.edu/people/faculty/bios/michael-r-douglas


China, Russia, and Europe’s Authoritarian Challenge
Tuesday, February 25
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Harvard, Center for European Studies

Please join the Project on Europe and the Center for European Studies for an event with Jessica Brandt, Head of Policy and Research, Alliance for Securing Democracy, and Torrey Taussig, Research Director, Project on Europe, on Europe's counter-strategy against Russia and China's assaults on free and open societies across the continent. Sebastián Royo, Professor of Government at Suffolk University, and José Manuel Martinez Sierra, Jean Monnet ad Personam Professor in EU Law and Government at Real Colegio Complutense, will chair the discussion.

This conversation will highlight a spectrum of Russian and Chinese overt and covert activities in Europe, ranging from benign state tools, such as public diplomacy, to more malevolent efforts, including direct interference in electoral processes. Moving forward, it will be incumbent on European policymakers to avoid looking any one vector in isolation and to close vulnerabilities across their political systems, economies and societies.


Humanizing Drug Discovery
Tuesday, February 25
5:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://radcliffe-nenmf.formstack.com/forms/2020_david_altshuler_lecture

Gene Editing Science Lecture Series
In the past 30 years, genetics and genomics have exponentially expanded our understanding of human biology and disease. That understanding has the greatest potential benefit for society when it catalyzes the discovery and development of new medicines with the potential to transform the lives of patients in need.
David Altshuler will discuss two recent examples of the combination of genetic insights into human biology and the invention of new treatment modalities. Specifically, he will focus on protein-folding correction for cystic fibrosis and investigative CRISPR-based gene-editing approaches for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia.

Free and open to the public.


Economy-wide Deep Decarbonization – Beyond Electricity!
Tuesday, February 25
5:00–8:00 pm
MIT, Building E51, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-action-symposia-series-economy-wide-deep-decarbonization-tickets-76075214013

2019-2020 MIT Climate Action Symposia Series

The fourth of MIT's six Climate Action Symposia, Economy-wide Deep Decarbonization, will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Topics will include:

pathways to scalable, affordable low- to no-carbon fuels;
the role of biofuels, hydrogen, and long-term energy storage; and
large-scale capture of carbon dioxide and gigaton-scale utilization.
The Climate Action Symposia series aims to advance our community’s understanding and expand our capacity to generate solutions for the urgent global challenge of climate change. Over the 2019-2020 academic year, the six symposia examine the current state of climate science and policy, as well as pathways for decarbonization of the global economy. We will also look at how universities can and should contribute solutions, including MIT’s efforts under our Plan for Action on Climate Change.

Speaker bios, livestream, and more will be available at climatesymposia.mit.edu.

Can't attend in person? Watch the livestream. 

5:00 pm Framing remarks: Net carbon neutrality by mid-century?
Ernest Moniz, MIT
5:15 pm Decarbonizing transportation and industry
Panel I: Electrification of transportation
Moderator:  Ernest Moniz, MIT
Yang Shao-Horn, MIT
John Wall, Cummins (retired)

Interactive discussion with audience questions

Panel II: Low-carbon fuels
Moderator:  Ernest Moniz, MIT
Kristala Prather, MIT
Francis O'Sullivan, Ørsted Onshore North America and MIT
Interactive discussion with audience questions
6:35 pm Break
6:45 pm Large-scale carbon management and negative carbon
Moderator:  Kristala Prather, MIT
Howard Herzog, MIT
Ruben Juanes, MIT
Arun Majumdar, Stanford
Interactive discussion with audience questions
7:45 pm Closing perspectives
Susan Hockfield, MIT


Founding Martyr: Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero
Tuesday, February 25
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-north-speaker-series-founding-martyr-joseph-warren-tickets-89160101263
Cost:  $0 - $18.88 with book, “Pay what you will” donation

Speaker: Christian Di Spigna
Hear author Christian Di Spigna provide a fresh take on an unsung hero of the American Revolution. One of the most important and active revolutionaries in Colonial America, Dr. Joseph Warren helped spearhead the patriot movement against Great Britain that led to independence. By voice, pen, and sword, Warren was involved in every major insurrectionary event in the Boston area between 1765-1775. Killed at the battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, Warren’s decade of resistance activities became overshadowed by his martyrdom. Newly uncovered research discoveries highlight Warren’s importance as one of America’s first founding fathers.

Afterwards, join us for a book signing with the author and reception in Old North’s gift shop.

Christian Di Spigna is an author and historian. He holds a degree in History from Columbia University, where his research on Warren began more than two decades ago. Di Spigna volunteers at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and gives lectures about early American history.


The Affirmative Action Puzzle:  A Living History from Reconstruction to Today
Tuesday, February 25
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome MELVIN I. UROFSKY—professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of the acclaimed biography, Louis D. Brandeis—for a discussion of his latest book, The Affirmative Action Puzzle: A Living History from Reconstruction to Today.

About The Affirmative Action Puzzle
From acclaimed legal historian, author of a biography of Louis Brandeis, comes a history of affirmative action from its beginning with the Civil Rights Act of 1866 to the first use of the term in 1935 with the enactment of the National Labor Relations Act (the Wagner Act); from 1961 and John F. Kennedy’s Executive Order 10925, mandating that federal contractors take “affirmative action” to ensure that there be no discrimination by “race, creed, color, or national origin” to contemporary American society.

Melvin Urofsky explores affirmative action in relation to sex, gender, and education and shows that nearly every public university in the country has at one time or another instituted some form of affirmative action plan—some successful, others not.
Urofsky traces the evolution of affirmative action through labor and the struggle for racial equality, writing of World War I and the exodus that began when some six million African Americans moved northward between 1910 and 1960, one of the greatest internal migrations in the country’s history.

He describes how Harry Truman, after becoming president in 1945, fought for Roosevelt’s Fair Employment Practice Act and, surprising everyone, appointed a distinguished panel to serve as the President’s Commission on Civil Rights, as well as appointing the first black judge on a federal appeals court in 1948 and, by executive order later that year, ordering full racial integration in the armed forces.

In this important, ambitious, far-reaching book, Urofsky writes about the affirmative action cases decided by the Supreme Court: cases that either upheld or struck down particular plans that affected both governmental and private entities. We come to fully understand the societal impact of affirmative action: how and why it has helped, and inflamed, people of all walks of life; how it has evolved; and how, and why, it is still needed.


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.

For more information and details on how to apply see https://www.environmentalvoter.org/jobs/intern


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 
mbm-SUBSCRIBE at missionbasedmassachusetts.net

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

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