[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events - February 23, 2020

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Monday, February 24

9am  Wearable Tech & Healthcare: What's Next?
The Future of Biosensing in Wearables and the Point of Care: The Inaugural Precision Diagnostics Center Symposium
11:45am  Energy and Environmental Policy in the 21st Century: Who will decide, Congress or the Administrative State?
12pm  Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Speaker: Dan Jaffe
12pm  The Impact of AI and Digitalization on Social Cohesion
12:30pm  Climate ******* Design | CDD Forum 2020
1:30pm  China and the Rise of AI and Mass Surveillance Technology
3pm  Illuminating the Dark Fungi
4pm  Special Seminar: Josh McDermott
4:30pm  Study Group with Gov. Bill Walker: Bridging the Partisan Divide
5pm  SPACE10: An Introduction to IKEA's Independent Innovation Lab
5:30pm  The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: A Conversation with Shoshana Zuboff
5:30pm  NEWIEE Boston Chapter -- Carbon Capture and Sequester Expert Panel
5:30pm  Solutions 2020: Third Annual Series
6pm  A Conversation with James Comey
6:30pm  Sustainability in Design
7pm  Jirga:  A film about searching for peace in Afganistan

Tuesday, February 25

8:30am  Emerging Trends Series: Interconnection Challenges and Solutions 
12pm  An Open Dialogue with Amb. Samantha Power
12pm  Opportunity Zones: Changing the Community Resilience Landscape
12pm  Opportunity Zones: Changing the Community Resilience Landscape
12pm  What VR teaches us about reality – and what journalists and educators should do with VR
12pm  Neoliberalism and Social Protest Waves in Latin America: The Chilean Case in Comparative Perspective
12pm  Japan's Global Moment in the G-Zero World
2:30pm  The Climate-Neutral City: Views from Athens, Vienna & New York City
2:45pm  25 Free Tools for Managing Your Website, a Workshop with Ken Gagne, Technical Account Manager, Wordpress VIP
3pm  Blacks in Science, Engineering and Medicine:An Imperative to Accelerate Achievement and Optimize Opportunity
4pm  Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: How will we do mathematics in 2030?
4pm  The Failed Accession of Turkey to the European Union and the Migrant Crisis
4pm  The Future of the Republican Party
4pm  Book Launch for Above the Fray
4pm  AgConnect: Science and Society - February Gathering
4:30pm  Study Group with Mark Harvey: Defending Democracy:  How Much is Too Much? Establishing Red Lines and Responses for Foreign Influence in Campaigns
4:30pm  China, Russia, and Europe’s Authoritarian Challenge
5pm  Humanizing Drug Discovery
5pm  Economy-wide Deep Decarbonization – Beyond Electricity!
5:30pm  Stopping Sex Trafficking: The Role for Health and Social Services
6pm  An Evening of Offshore Wind
6pm  Zero Plastic: Creating a Zero Waste Boston
6:30pm  Plants in the Design Imagination
6:30pm  Cambridge Mothers Out Front Community Meeting
6:30pm  Founding Martyr: Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero
6:45pm  A Culinary Chemistry Celebration For Your Community: The Future of Food!
7pm  The Affirmative Action Puzzle:  A Living History from Reconstruction to Today
7pm  Un-Trumping America:  A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again
7:30pm  Heading for Extinction (And What to Do About It)
7:30pm  We Were There Too: African American Women who Advocated for Suffrage
8pm  Stop the Money Pipeline webinar

Wednesday, February 26

9am  Arctic Worlds: A Symposium on the Environment and Humanities
12pm  The Next Frontier of Neuroscience and Juvenile Justice
12pm  Speaker Series on Misinformation with Yochai Benkler:  Don’t panic. It’s just the collapse of neoliberalism
12pm  A Sensitive Past: Slavery as historical trauma in Brazil
12pm  New Technologies and Norms of War: Submarines and Poison Gas in World War I
1pm  If Not Us, Who? When Researchers Become Activists, or Vice Versa
3:30pm  Books at Baker with Rosabeth Moss Kanter
4pm  Listening to Singapore:  Harvesting Urban Noise for Space, Water, and Geohazard
4pm  The Future of Food Panel Discussion
4pm  Geopolitical Implications of a Rapidly Accelerating Energy Transition
4:15pm  Market Expectations About Climate Change
4:30pm  Study Group with Tara Setmayer: Principle vs. Party
4:30pm  Book talk: "The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity”
4:30pm  Distinguished Speaker Series - Global Trade & Security
6pm  How Language Began:  The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention
6pm  Olfaction in Science and Society
6:30pm  Science for the People
6:30pm  How did the Globe do it? The backstory behind "At the Edge of a Warming World”
7pm  Tech Talk: The Applications of Machine Learning in Software Engineering, Autonomous Robot Localization and Mapping Research 
7pm  Seats at the Table - Film Screening and Panel Discussion
7pm  Naomi Klein - Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism

Thursday, February 27

11am  CSHub Public Webinar: Lowering the Embodied Environmental Impacts of Cement and Concrete
11:45am  Next Generation Compliance: Environmental Regulation for the Modern Era
12pm  MINE: A Family History of Carbon, Race, Place, and Planetary Health 
12:15pm  Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs
4:15pm  The New Geopolitical Order:  2019–2020 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Social Sciences
4:30pm  Michael Sandel: A Conversation with Michael Rosen
6pm  Border Inhumanities
6pm  State of Cybersecurity: Current Landscape & 2020 Forecasting
6pm  The Ancient Maya Response to Climate Change: A Cautionary Tale
6:30pm  Saving America’s Cities: The Past, Present, and Future of Urban Revitalization
6:30pm  Sunrise Boston Men's Caucus Gathering
7pm  From the Border to Boston - Making Sense of Immigration Today 
7pm  Jewish Climate Action Network meeting

Friday, February 28 - Saturday, February 29

Tufts Energy Conference

Friday, February 28

7:15am  Underwater Underwriting: Flood Insurance in the Age of Climate Change
9am  Nature+ Hackathon
10am  Realistic solutions to reducing CO2 emissions from cement production
12pm  Cooperation, resource exchange, and stability
1:30pm  What Do Models of Natural Language "Understanding" Actually Understand?
2pm  Urban Science in Practice 
3pm  Virtue Politics:  Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy
4:30pm  EAPS Active Talk Series (EATS): Amazon Rivers and Quarternary Climate Change
7pm  Prejudential:  Black America and the Presidents

Saturday, February 29

9am  Clean Energy and Transportation in Massachusetts
9am  Planning the Green New Deal
9:30am  Carbon Countdown
10:45am  Walking meditation for the Earth
11am  Climate Swarm
2pm  National Security and Civil Liberties: Past Injustices, Current Immigration and Refugee Issues
2pm  Fight Voter Suppression: Film, Discussion and Action with Reclaim Our Vote
4:30pm  Rebel Voice Workshop

Sunday, March 1

4pm  An Intergenerational Conversation Circle on The Spiritual Roots of Environmental Justice

Monday, March 2

11:45am  Four Strategies to Address Climate Change and Reduce Damage: A Conceptual Model
12pm  Bowling Together: Crenshaw and the Rise of Polycultural Los Angeles
12pm  The Coronavirus Outbreak: Tracking COVID-19
12pm  Elizabeth Hoover, “Seed Sovereignty and ‘Our Living Relatives’ in Native American Community Farming and Gardening”
12pm  Resonance: Keizo Myochin
12:10pm  Drivers of Adaptation and Diversity in Plant Populations
3:30pm  The Pursuit of Happiness
4pm  Brave Women of Color in Academics
5:30pm  Can AI Solve Gun Violence or Is It a Part of the Problem?
6:30pm  Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation
7pm  Upending American Politics:  Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance
7pm  Marching Toward Coverage
7pm  Long-Term Thinking—a Short-Term Priority

Tuesday, March 3

9am  Talking Trash to Save Money:  A Guide on Planning Efficient Waste Streams
9am  A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps - Boston
9am  DOER/MassCEC Offshore Wind Transmission Technical Conference
11:45am  Human Rights Challenges & the Heroes Who Are Creating Change
12pm  Associates' Panel: Japan in the World Order: Power Shifts and Domestic Contestation
4pm  IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar: Does Revolution Work? Evidence from Nepal (Rohini Pande, Yale University)
4pm  Healthcare in the US: A Conversation with Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD
6pm  Who Discovered Evolution?
6:30pm  International Womxn’s Day Lecture: Dr. Vandana Shiva
6:30pm  Wicked High Tides
7pm  Spirit Run:  A 6,000 Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Lands
7pm  Preview Screening and Discussion of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story


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


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


The Impact of AI and Digitalization on Social Cohesion
Monday, February 24
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Northeastern, Renaissance Park, Room 909, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-impact-of-ai-and-digitalization-on-social-cohesion-tickets-92718903737

The Boston Warburg Chapter, Northeastern University, and the ZEIT-Stiftung will host a discussion with Dr. Gesche Joost.

Join the ACG's Boston Warburg Chapter, Northeastern University, and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius for a discussion and luncheon with Dr. Gesche Joost, Professor of Design Research at the Berlin University of the Arts. 

“The Impact of AI and Digitalization on Social Cohesion”
Dr. Gesche Joost is a Professor of Design Research at the Berlin University of the Arts and has headed the Design Research Lab since 2005. She conducts research and development projects with international partners in the areas of human-computer interaction, wearable computing, as well as user-centered design and participation. Dr. Joost is Germany’s Digital Champion on the European Commission’s Digital Agenda initiative. She advises the Commission on implementing the Digital Agenda for Europe, focusing on digital skills, the digitalization of work, and support for startups.

Up until 2010, she was a junior professor for Interaction Design & Media at the Technical University of Berlin in cooperation with Telekom Innovation Laboratories. As a visiting professor, she taught Gender and Design at the HAWK Hildesheim. In 2009, she received the Young Talent Award for Science from the Mayor of Berlin. She is the Chairwoman of DGTF e.V. (German Society for Design Theory and Research) and a Board member of the Technologiestiftung Berlin. She is also a Board member of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), an appointed member of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), as well as a full member of the Goethe Institute.


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.


"China and the Rise of AI and Mass Surveillance Technology" with Buzzfeed's Megha Rajagopalan
Monday, February 24
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Megha Rajagopalan
DETAILS  Join Megha Rajagopalan, international correspondent and former China bureau chief for Buzzfeed News for a discussion on China and the rise of artificial intellegence and mass surveillance technology. David Eaves, Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS will moderate.
Megha Rajagopalan is an award-winning international correspondent for BuzzFeed News, based in London. Previously, she was BuzzFeed News' China bureau chief and a political correspondent for Reuters in Beijing. In August 2018, she was forced to leave China by the Chinese government. She has reported from 23 countries in Asia and the Middle East on stories ranging from the North Korean nuclear crisis to the peace process in Afghanistan and is a recognized expert on the subject of mass surveillance in authoritarian contexts. Rajagopalan was the first journalist to find and visit an internment camp for Uighur Muslims in China's far west province of Xinjiang — work for which she won the Human Rights Press Award in 2018. In 2019, she won a Mirror Award for an investigation uncovering the links between Facebook and religious violence in Sri Lanka.
LINK  https://ash.harvard.edu/event/china-and-rise-ai-and-mass-surveillance-technology-buzzfeeds-megha-rajagopalan


Illuminating the Dark Fungi
Monday, February 24
Harvard, BioLabs Lecture Hall (1080), 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Catherine Aime, Professor and Director of the Purdue Herbaria, Purdue University

OEB Special Seminar
Contact Name:  Wendy Heywood
wheywood at oeb.harvard.edu


Special Seminar: Josh McDermott
Monday, February 24
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Perceptual scientist Josh McDermott operates at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and engineering to study how people hear and interpret sound.


SPACE10: An Introduction to IKEA's Independent Innovation Lab
Monday, February 24
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/space10-an-introduction-to-ikeas-innovation-lab-tickets-93569856961

SPACE10 is an independent research and design lab, entirely dedicated to IKEA and its vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people. SPACE10 creates new models and solutions to enable people to live better and more sustainable lives, while at the same time enabling IKEA to gain new perspectives and uncover new opportunities above and beyond their current business model.

Lead Creative Producer, Mikkel Christopher, will share some of SPACE10’s experiences and insights from the 4-year-long journey of ideating for concepts that could shape the future we hope to see.

Please RSVP


Study Group with Gov. Bill Walker: Bridging the Partisan Divide
Monday, February 24
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Politics L-163, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Bill Walker, IOP Resident Fellow; Governor of Alaska, Independent (2014-2018)
Charlie Wheelan, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College; former Correspondent, The Economist
DETAILS  This week Governor Walker will be joined by Charlie Wheelan, Senior Lecturer at Dartmouth's Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and author of "The Centrist Manifesto." Together they will discuss plurality voting, gerrymandering, the influence of money on politics, the deterioration of social discourse, and the role of Independents in electoral politics, and more.
LINK  https://iop.harvard.edu/calendar/events/study-group-gov-bill-walker-bridging-partisan-divide


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


NEWIEE Boston Chapter -- Carbon Capture and Sequester Expert Panel
Monday, February 24
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST
The Brattle Group, 1 Beacon Street #2600, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newiee-boston-chapter-carbon-capture-and-sequester-expert-panel-registration-91468732441

NEWIEE’s Boston Chapter -- Expert Panel and Networking Event. Come learn about carbon capture and sequester and carbon capture incentives.

If the world is going to meet the critical target of 1.5 to 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, carbon capture and sequester will be a necessary part of tackling climate change
Learn from expert panel members:
Dr. Jennifer Wilcox is the James H. Manning Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Howard J. Herzog is a Senior Research Engineer in the MIT Energy Initiative
Facilitator: Denny Dart, NEWIEE member. She is an environmental engineer with 30 years of regulatory experience.


Solutions 2020: Third Annual Series
Monday, February 24
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Center, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solutions-2020-third-annual-series-registration-86353931935

Join BECMA, in partnership with Roxbury Community College, for "Solutions 2020," its third annual "Solutions Series" event during Black History Month.
BECMA is proud to work once more with RCC to bring the community together for a conversation that seeks to highlight successful models that business and non-profit entities can replicate in addressing many of the systemic issues that impact communities of color.

Our event will follow a familiar format: several TedX style presentations, followed by a Q&A session with presenters and the audience. We look forward to announcing the list of speakers closer to the date of the event!

History of the Solutions Series
In December 2017, the Boston Globe ran a weeklong series describing the racial and economic climate in the city. The facts showed what many in communities of color already knew to be true: that Boston has not yet shrugged off its racist treatment and policies towards Black Americans.
As a response to the series, BECMA hosted an event -- "Solutions to Address Race and Economic Inequality in the Commonwealth" -- that saw over 400+ community members in attendance, and that included several interactive presentations from groups who are working to solve these age-old problems followed by a robust question and answer period with audience members.
In 2019, BECMA held its 2nd annual event at Roxbury Community College with over 150 attendees. The event saw presentations from leaders at the Foundation for Business Equity, the Boston Foundation, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and WeWork.


A Conversation with James Comey
Monday, February 24
6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  James Comey
Eric Rosenbach
DETAILS  A conversation with James Comey, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on his career in law and public service moderated by Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.
LINK  https://iop.harvard.edu/forum/james-comey
jlin at hks.harvard.edu


Sustainability in Design
Monday, February 24
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
HI Boston Hostel, 19 Stuart Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-in-design-tickets-93708967043
Cost:  $7 – $12

Join AIGA for a presentation and dialogue on sustainable design practices.

Learn how you can take action toward a more sustainable future and more vibrant neighborhood.
AIGA Boston is celebrating 35 years of design and community. As we look back, we are also looking forward to what lies ahead in the next few decades.

Join us for a presentation and open dialogue focused on understanding and implementing sustainable design practices. We'll dive into case studies from Merge Architects and Offshoots Productive Landscapes, learning what exactly 'productive landscaping' means, how we might better engage multiple mediums, and how we can work together to make more socially responsible design decisions.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Jirga:  A film about searching for peace in Afganistan
Monday, February 24
Community Church of Boston, Lothrop Auditorium, 565 Boylston Street, Boston

Film will be followed by a discussion led by Tom Lasser, U. S. Army 
Veteran who served in Afghanistan, and Mitch Manning, Associate Director 
of William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences 
at U Mass, Boston.

Please forward to others who you feel may be interested.

William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, 
Warrior Writers Boston, Veterans for Peace, Mass Peace Action
Community Church of Boston

Tuesday, February 25

Emerging Trends Series: Interconnection Challenges and Solutions 
Tuesday, February 25
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST
Greenberg Traurig, One International Place Suite 2000, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emerging-trends-series-interconnection-challenges-and-solutions-tickets-90242580989
Cost:  $0 – $50

Across the Northeast, there are signs of an electric grid that isn’t keeping up with the needs of the clean energy transition. As deployment of distributed energy resources like solar and storage increases, developers, utilities, and regulators are grappling with how to reliably interconnect them. NECEC has been closely involved in interconnection proceedings across the region. NECEC’s Emerging Trends Series panel discussion, featuring business leaders and regulatory experts, will explore the barriers to improving the interconnection process and the potential near- and long-term solutions. If the Northeast is going to achieve its clean energy targets, the challenges facing interconnection must be overcome. 

8:30am - 9:00am: Registration and Networking
9:00am - 9:15am: Welcome Remarks and Regulator’s Perspective on Interconnection in Massachusetts
Peter Rothstein, President, NECEC 
Matt Nelson, Chair, Massachusetts Department of Public Utitlities
9:15am - 10:00am: Panel Discussion 
Michelle Carpenter, Managing Director of Development, Turning Point Energy 
Kat Cox-Arslan, Director, Interconnection Policy, Borrego Solar
John DeTore, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig 
Jeremy McDiarmid, Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, NECEC (moderator)
10:00am -10:30am: Audience Questions


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/


Opportunity Zones: Changing the Community Resilience Landscape
Tuesday, February 25
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Northeastern, Egan Research Center Room #440, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opportunity-zones-changing-the-community-resilience-landscape-tickets-91205493085

The Opportunity Zone program was created in 2018 to spur economic development in underserved communities and census tracts. The Global Resilience Institute (GRI) provides an assessment that supports advancing mitigation and resilience best practices and achieving long-term economic development goals, thus providing the basis for productive and inclusive investments in Opportunity Zone communities. During this lecture, Robin White and Warren Edwards will discuss how Opportunity Zones shift the paradigm of community resilience, starting with the fundamental tenets and expanding the lens to include the Global Resilience Institute's specific approach to this program. 

Dr. Robin White is the Executive Director for Research at the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She previously served as Executive Director at the Community and Regional Resilience Institute and as Senior Mediator and Program Director at Meridian Institute. Prior to her time at GRI, she has led multi-organizational and multidisciplinary teams in exploring collaborative solutions to improved disaster recovery; and has been extensively involved with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's work. 

Warren Edwards is a Senior Fellow at the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) with offices in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Washington, DC. After retiring as a Major General from the United States Army, Mr. Edwards served as the Chief Operating Officer for Oak Ridge Technology Connections (TechConnect), LLC. Prior to TechConnect, Mr. Edwards was a Senior Director for CACI, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. In that capacity, he established the Atlanta operations office for CACI and managed a series of programs throughout the Southeast supporting the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. 

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


What VR teaches us about reality – and what journalists and educators should do with VR
Tuesday, February 25
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E15-318, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Open Doc Lab Talk: Eva Wolfangel
Science journalist Eva Wolfangel specializes in investigating the effects of future technologies on society by studying people who already make intensive use of these technologies today. She spent weeks under a VR headset researching social virtual reality, and she finally visited her new “virtual” friends in their real lives in Kuwait, Israel and various US states. This research taught her a lot about our misconception of reality. She researched what we can learn from these realities, about our reality, and what that means for future use cases of VR, especially when it comes to communication and journalism. In her opinion, journalists and communicators are too attached to the current genres and try to copy them into virtual reality, but these new realities have much more to offer. In this talk, Eva Wolfangel will be speaking about her research, her learnings, future use cases of VR for journalism and communication and her recent project: a journalistic social VR meeting and communication space.

Eva Wolfangel is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. In 2018, she was named European Science Writer of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers. She focuses on new technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, computer science, data journalism, interaction between digital and real worlds, and space travel. Eva’s specialty is to combine creative writing and technical topics in order to reach a broad audience. She writes for major magazines and newspapers in Germany. As a VR journalist, she reports from virtual worlds as part of the journalistic cooperative RiffReporter.


Neoliberalism and Social Protest Waves in Latin America: The Chilean Case in Comparative Perspective
Tuesday, February 25
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Kenneth Roberts, Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government, Cornell University
DETAILS  Waves of social protest have increasingly challenged Chile's neoliberal economic model and the constitutional order that sustains it. Chile's most recent protest cycle belongs to a broader pattern of resistance to neoliberalism in Latin America, but it has a number of distinctive characteristics that reflect the singular breadth, depth, and duration of market liberalization in the country, as well as its authoritarian political origins.
LINK  https://drclas.harvard.edu/event/neoliberalism-and-social-protest-waves-latin-america-chilean-case-comparative
CONTACT INFO	drclas at fas.harvard.edu


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


25 Free Tools for Managing Your Website, a Workshop with Ken Gagne, Technical Account Manager, Wordpress VIP
Tuesday, February 25
2:45 – 4 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School, Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building, B4 (across from Weil Town Hall), 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Ken Gagne. Technical Account Manager, WordPress VIP
DETAILS  Learn how to start a web site, and keep it running whether you use WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly.
Learn tips from finding a domain name to troubleshooting a slow page to creating attractive social media posts.
Learn 25 free, online tools that will complete your toolkit, equipping you to solve any problem in and around your site.
LINK	www.hkscommprog.org
CONTACT INFO	alison_kommer at hks.harvard.edu


Blacks in Science, Engineering and Medicine:An Imperative to Accelerate Achievement and Optimize Opportunity
Tuesday, February 25
3 – 4 p.m.  recpetion to follow
Countway Library of Medicine, Minot Room, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston

SPEAKER(S)  Charles R. Bridges, MD, ScD, HMS '81; Global Chief Technology Officer; Pulmonary Hypertension Therapeutic Area; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Research and Development, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals

2020 Alvin F. Poussaint, MD Visiting Lecture
CONTACT INFO	teresa_carter at hms.harvard.edu
LINK  https://mfdp.med.harvard.edu/events/2020/poussaint-lecture


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


The Failed Accession of Turkey to the European Union and the Migrant Crisis
Tuesday, February 25
4:00pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Part of the Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration with guest speaker Mario Zucconi
About the speaker:  Mario Zucconi
Princeton Faculty, Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School
Mario Zucconi studied at the universities of Perugia and Palermo, Italy. In 1968-1970 was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University with a Harkness Fellowship. He then taught or was a guest/research fellow, among other places, at Naples University, Urbino University, Johns Hopkins’ SAIS (Bologna Center), NATO Defense College, Columbia University, University of Maryland (College Park), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He taught (as visiting professor and later lecturer) at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs first in 1987 and then regularly from 2003-04 to 2017-18. He led research projects for the Italian Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs and was, on several occasions, expert witness at hearings of the European Parliament and at UN’s consultations. His research has focused on transatlantic relations, East-West relations, the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East and, most recently, on democratic transition.

Free and open to the public | Refreshments will be served


The Future of the Republican Party
Tuesday, February 25
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST
Northeastern, Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex, 805 Columbus Avenue, First floor auditorium, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-the-republican-party-tickets-94154415391

As the nation’s demographics continue to shift, hear from Republican leaders about how the party can build a broad, sustainable coalition.

George P. Bush, Texas Land Commissioner
Evan McMullin, executive director, Stand Up Republic and former Policy Director for House Republicans
Mark Sanford, former governor and congressman from South Carolina
Betsy Woodruff, political reporter, Daily Beast


Book Launch for Above the Fray
Tuesday, February 25
4 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Shai M. Dromi, Lecturer on Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Commentators:  Jacqueline Bhabha, Faculty Associate. Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population; Director of Research, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Jocelyn Viterna, Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Chair:  Charlotte Lloyd, Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program; Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. PhD, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
DETAILS  "Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian Relief Sector"
Drawing on archival research, Dromi traces the genesis of the Red Cross to a Calvinist movement working in mid-nineteenth-century Geneva. He shows how global humanitarian policies emerged from the Red Cross founding members’ faith that an international volunteer program not beholden to the state was the only ethical way to provide relief to victims of armed conflict. By illustrating how Calvinism shaped the humanitarian field, Dromi argues for the key role belief systems play in establishing social fields and institutions. Ultimately, Dromi shows the immeasurable social good that NGOs have achieved, but also points to their limitations and suggests that alternative models of humanitarian relief need to be considered. 
CONTACT INFO	Sarah Figge Hussain
sfiggehussain at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK  https://wcfia.harvard.edu/event/special-event-book-launch-above-the-fray-02-25-20


AgConnect: Science and Society - February Gathering
Tuesday, February 25
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Bayer LifeHub Boston, 610 Main Street (Entrance near 10 Portland Street), Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agconnect-science-and-society-february-gathering-registration-90849530391

It's called the death of expertise, skepticism, denial, and science-blindness, but at its base, it's distrust in science. Entering the new decade, we're coming face to face with a new age of science denial. Wikipedia, personal blogs, and social media have made the spread of misinformation rampant, and harder than ever to keep track of. At LifeHub Boston, we're looking to 2020 as a new start, and a way to take on misinformation against tested and scientifically proven fact. 
That's why AgConnect is coming back for a new series focused on Science and Society. By taking on societal mistrust in science toward modern agriculture, we're looking to tackle a wide range of questions with the rest of the Boston Ag community at this event.

There will be drinks, networking time, talks from speakers, as well as our Open Mic, which allows community members to get up and share their own projects and ideas with the group. We can't wait to see you there!


Study Group with Mark Harvey: Defending Democracy:  How Much is Too Much? Establishing Red Lines and Responses for Foreign Influence in Campaigns
Tuesday, February 25
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Politics (L-163), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Mark Harvey, ​​IOP Resident Fellow; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy, National Security 
DETAILS  Understanding our adversaries’ goals, how do we better anticipate disruptions and adapt our security strategy to counter them? The 2017 National Security Strategy states that, “no external threat can be allowed to shake our shared commitment to our values, undermine our system of government, or divide our Nation.” How do we bring this to life as we work with allies to warn our adversaries and take decisive action that disrupts malign influence? What conduct of candidates could invite foreign interference? Mark Harvey leads a discussion on when, where, and how to hold nations accountable.
LINK  https://iop.harvard.edu/calendar/events/study-group-mark-harvey-defending-democracy


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


Stopping Sex Trafficking: The Role for Health and Social Services
Tuesday, February 25
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
BU, Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stopping-sex-trafficking-the-role-for-health-and-social-services-tickets-93343351477

80% of human trafficking survivors report being seen in some form of health care, while only 6% of health care providers report treating a victim of human trafficking. Health care and social service providers play a crucial role in disrupting the cycle of trafficking. This cycle starts at an early age with children in the child welfare system being disproportionately
affected by sex trafficking. It is important for these agencies and social services to collaborate in order to identify trafficked persons and support survivors.

Speakers:  Nikki Valila, Director of Training, My Life My Choice, Justice Resource Institute
Jennifer Martin, LICSW, Staff Clinician, Project Reach, The Trauma Center, Justice Resource Institute
Additional panelists to be announced

**1.5 free Social Work CEUs available**

Space is limited; please register


An Evening of Offshore Wind
Tuesday, February 25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
MIT Sloan School of Management, Building E62-233, 100 Main Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-of-offshore-wind-tickets-93208253395

Please join the MIT Sloan Energy club and the Boston chapter of WRISE for an engaging evening of learning about offshore wind.

Serene Hamsho, Offshore Wind Senior Project Manager at DNVGL, will present on the current state of the industry and what can be expected in coming years. Presentation will be followed with an opportunity for Q&A for attendees. 
Event begins at 6:00 PM, with the presentation starting at 6:30 PM. Hors d' ouvres and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served. 

Signs will also be posted to guide attendees to the location.


Zero Plastic: Creating a Zero Waste Boston
Tuesday, February 25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Hostelling International (HI) Boston, 19 Stuart Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zero-plastic-creating-a-zero-waste-boston-tickets-91340518951

Learn from Victoria Phillips and Casella from Zero Waste Boston about the Boston Trash App and how recycling in your community works!

The United Nations Association of Greater Boston, Hostelling International Boston , and UNICEF USA invite you to attend this event as part of the “Zero Plastics” workshop series. The goal of these events is to inform the public on the implications of plastic use and to provide solutions to reducing one’s plastic consumption. 
For the second event, Victoria Phillips and Casella from the City of Boston's Zero Waste Boston Program, will be sharing how Boston manages waste, how we can learn to be part of this zero waste movement with 21st century tools like the Boston Trash App, and even learn more about Materials Recovery Facilities, otherwise known as MRF's.


Plants in the Design Imagination
Tuesday, February 25
6:30PM TO 8:00PM
Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Join Harvard GSD for the Sylvester Baxter Lecture featuring a discussion by landscape architects Ron Henderson, Julian Raxworthy, and Douglas Reed, and moderated by Danielle Choi.
Ron Henderson is Professor and Director of the Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program at Illinois Institute of Technology and has held prior appointments at Harvard, Penn State, Tsinghua, and RISD. As founding principal of L+A Landscape Architecture, he has designed the Lynch Courtyard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), City Walk (Providence), Grounds of the Elizabethan Theater at Chateau d'Hardelot (France), Landfill Garden (Providence), and Jiuzhou Qingyan garden at the China Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai Expo (Shanghai), among many projects. He writes and lectures frequently on Asian gardens and cities, including The Gardens of Suzhou published in 2013 by University of Pennsylvania Press. An exhibition of fifteen of his Japanese cherry tree sketchbooks is currently exhibited at the US National Arboretum where he is also collaborating with master gardener, Fujimoto Kurato, on the restoration of the arboretum's venerable Japanese cherry trees.

Julian Raxworthy PhD is a landscape architect based in Dubai. He is an Honorary Associate Professor with the ATCH Research Centre (Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History) at the University of Queensland, where he completed his doctorate entitled “Novelty in the Entropic Landscape: landscape architecture, gardening and change”. He has been a Registered Landscape Architect in Australia, where he was Design Manager for Aspect Studios, and Principal Landscape Architect for Donovan Hill Architects (now part of Bligh Voller Nield) and was also a Registered Landscape Architect in South Africa, where he was Convenor of the Master of Landscape Architecture & Master of Urban Design programs at the University of Cape Town, and Principal Landscape Architect for Wolff Architects. A graduate of RMIT University, Melbourne, he was a founder of Kerb: journal of landscape architecture, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, and at the École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage (ENSP) Versailles. His most recent book is Overgrown: practices between landscape architecture and gardening, published in fall 2018 by The MIT Press, which was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Douglas Reed, MLA '81, is recognized nationally for design leadership and for his tireless advocacy of culturally significant landscapes. Through his diverse projects and non-profit work, he passionately promotes the wise and creative treatment of our cultural patrimony. Known for his cultivated eye and relentless focus on contemporary design expression, Reed garnered broad critical acclaim two decades ago for the innovative Therapeutic Garden at the Institute for Child and Adolescent Development. That project received the President’s Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Reed is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2011 he was recognized as a Resident of the American Academy in Rome. He was selected in 2005, with Gary Hilderbrand, for the Emerging Voices program of the Architectural League of New York City, and for the Thaler Memorial Lectureship at the University of Virginia in 2013. He lectures widely and participates as a critic on reviews for design schools nationwide. He co-authored the firm’s 2012 monograph, Visible | Invisible, which received the ASLA’s Award of Excellence in Communication.

Danielle Choi, MLA '08, is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She teaches in the MLA-I core studio sequence and leads design research seminars.

Choi’s research concerns infrastructure, technology, and the synthetic role of landscape architecture in American urbanization. Current research projects concern the environmental history of 20th-century interior landscapes, and also water infrastructure and the invention of public nature. Archival work is used as a critical component of design research methodology as the cultural legacy of these projects is maintained through present-day projects of preservation, conservation, and restoration.

Choi’s research has been published in Journal of Architectural Education, Harvard Design Magazine, and Landscape Architecture. Prior to joining the GSD, Choi taught studio in urban design at Columbia University. She is a licensed landscape architect, and has practiced with Topotek in Berlin and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) in New York; as a senior associate at MVVA, she led strategy and design of complex urban landscapes and managed large, multi-disciplinary teams. She holds a degree in art history from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the GSD, receiving the Jacob Weidenmann award for excellence in design.

events at gsd.harvard.edu


Cambridge Mothers Out Front Community Meeting
Tuesday, February 25
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cambridge-mothers-out-front-community-meeting-tickets-93864068957

Learn about the remarkable benefits of vegetation and solar panels on urban roofs and how we are advocating for green roofs in Cambridge.
Want to know more about the City Council's proposed ban on natural gas infrastructure for new buildings and major renovations? Learn about the benefits of an all electric building! Bring your questions and get answers on this important city ordinance.
Get connected to climate change work while you connect with friends . . . old and new!

All are welcome. Child care available.

Mothers Out Front Cambridge


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.


A Culinary Chemistry Celebration For Your Community: The Future of Food!
Tuesday, February 25
Northeastern, ChemCentral-Hurtig 115, 334 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-culinary-chemistry-celebration-for-your-community-the-future-of-food-tickets-92802094563

Bring your friends for a fun, educational night! Trivia and raffle prizes! So much fun! Wow! So cool!
!!! Special GRAND PRIZE for the attendee with the best judged food costume !!!
You won't want to miss it!!!

Join thousands of students and early career chemists from around the world to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Food impacts major problems facing humanity—health, sustainability, global warming, poverty and inequality. Learn how the chemistry community can work to address these challenges through food science in this interactive online video event hosted by the American Chemical Society.

A live interactive video webcast hosted by Kerri Jansen, Assistant Editor at C&EN, featuring presentations and Q&A with experts in food chemistry.
Professor Joseph “Jody” Puglisi, Stanford professor and head scientific advisor to Beyond Meat, will discuss the chemistry behind new plant-based alternatives to animal meat and how these innovations could help address the major challenges facing humanity.
Be the first to bust our “Food Myths Trivia” on Twitter with #ACSPIB to win a prize and get a shout out live on-air!
Meet thousands of fellow students and professionals around the world on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by posting with the event hashtag #ACSPIB
Raffle prizes, handouts, and other ACS resources to share.
and much much more!

Questions? Contact: annasromek at gmail.com


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.


Un-Trumping America:  A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again
Tuesday, February 25
7:00 PM EST
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dan-pfeiffer-at-first-parish-church-tickets-90010460711?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Cost:  $8 - $29.75

Harvard Book Store welcomes DAN PFEIFFER—bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can and cohost of beloved podcast, Pod Save America—for a discussion of his latest book, Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again. He will be joined in conversation by renowned author and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations SAMANTHA POWER.

Tickets are available online only. All tickets for this event include a $5 coupon for use in the bookstore. Pre-sale tickets include a copy of Un-Trumping America. Books bundled with pre-sale tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.
Learn more at http://www.harvard.com/event/dan_pfeiffer/.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.


Heading for Extinction (And What to Do About It)
Tuesday, February 25
7:30 p.m.
Mass College of Art, 621 Huntington Avenue, The Sustainability Lab, Room D110
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/heading-extinction-and-what-do-about-it-MassArt/

(Ask the guard at the desk for the room location. It is at the back of the big atrium down the hall on the right.)
Join us at the Mass College of Art for a Heading for Extinction talk co-sponsored by MassArt Action for the Planet. 
We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it: record atmospheric carbon levels, global temperature rise, deforestation, plastic pollution, mass extinction of species. Join us to hear the latest information on the state of our planet, and learn how to become part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future.


We Were There Too: African American Women who Advocated for Suffrage
Tuesday, February 25
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-were-there-too-african-american-women-who-advocated-for-suffrage-tickets-92803753525
Cost:  $5 – $10

The face of the Suffragette Movement in the United States is, all to often, that of a middle-class white woman in a white dress but that’s only part of the story. I will share with you the stories of some of the African American women who participated in the movement for universal suffrage. That participation came with a heavy dose of societal protests to, “stay in their lane,” some of which came from their white, female counterparts.

Rosalyn D. Elder is a registered architect, entrepreneur, and author. She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Memphis, her M. Arch. from the University of Washington, and her M. Arch. in Urban Design degree from Harvard University. Ms. Elder founded and operated Treasured Legacy, an African American cultural boutique at Copley Place from 1992 to 1998. From 1998 until 2012, she co- founded and operated Jamaicaway Books, a multi-cultural bookstore. Ms. Elder recently authored Exploring the Legacy, a book on the contributions of African Americans to both our state’s history and our country’s history.

Rosalyn will have copies of her book for purchase as well.


Stop the Money Pipeline webinar
Tuesday, February 25
8 p.m.
RSVP at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QDWOMzkPQx-2iL6tyLJ6zQ

In January, a coalition of over a dozen groups launched Stop the Money Pipeline—a major new mobilization, targeting the financial sector’s funding of climate chaos.

Our message to banks, insurance companies, asset managers, and institutional investors: - Stop funding fossil fuels and deforestation. - Start respecting human rights and Indigenous sovereignty.

Join us to learn about the National Day of Finance Mobilization on April 23 during the 3 days of deep climate strikes and actions.

Our targets are JPMorgan Chase, BlackRock, Liberty Mutual, and other institutional investors. These powerful corporations are all sensitive to public opinion with brands to protect and customers to retain. When we unveil their complicity in the destruction of our climate, we threaten their profits and their ability to attract customers. The more we increase their reputational risk, the more we increase the financial risk of continuing to finance new fossil fuel projects and deforestation.

Join us to learn: - How fossil fuel finance affects front-line communities like Weymouth fighting the compressor station - How targeting the financial sector is moving corporate giants to change business as usual - How finance campaigns address climate justice - How you can join actions in March and April and contribute to this powerful movement

Panelists include: Bill McKibben, Founder 350.org
Randi Mail, Finance Organizer, Rainforest Action Network / Insure Our Future & Political Director, MassDivest
Alice Arena, FRRACS, Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station, Weymouth MA
Jane Donohue, Divest Ed, Simmons College
Mary Cerulli, BlackRock's Big Problem
Paul Shorb, 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future leader and Climate Courage Working Group Co-Chair

Wednesday, February 26

Arctic Worlds: A Symposium on the Environment and Humanities
Wednesday, February 26
9:00 am – 5:00 pm 
BU School of Law, Barristers Hall, 1st Floor, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Center for the Humanities invite you to attend “Arctic Worlds: A Symposium on the Environment and Humanities” on Wednesday, February 26 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Barristers Hall, BU School of Law 1st Floor.

This all-day symposium will include a series of panel discussions featuring leading Arctic experts, as well as a keynote address by Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary for Greenland at the Royal Danish Embassy.The symposium is being convened by Adriana Craciun, Pardee Center Faculty Associate and Professor & Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Chair of Humanities at Boston University. Other confirmed speakers include:Barbara Bodenhorn – Emeritus Fellow, Social Anthropology, University of CambridgeMichael Bravo – Senior Lecturer, Geography, University of CambridgeLauren E. Culler – Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Dartmouth CollegeMary C. Fuller – Professor, Literature, MITCatherine West – Research Assistant Professor, Anthropology & Archaeology, BU Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellow

More information at https://www.bu.edu/pardee/2019/12/20/arctic-worlds-a-symposium-on-the-environment-and-humanities/


The Next Frontier of Neuroscience and Juvenile Justice
Wednesday, February 26
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West (2019), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egt04yic1d041c24&oseq=&c=&ch=

SPEAKER(S)  Marsha Levick, Chief Legal Officer and co-founder of Juvenile Law Center
Leah Somerville, Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology, Harvard University and faculty, Center for Brain Science
Judith Edersheim, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; and attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
DETAILS  In the 15 years since the United States Supreme Court referred to developmental science in ruling the death penalty unconstitutional for juveniles in Roper v. Simmons, state and federal courts have seen a wave of neuroscience-informed juvenile justice litigation. Advocates have come to see neuroscience as a powerful tool, and the Supreme Court has cited to neuroscience research in subsequent cases further restricting harsh punishments for juveniles in Graham v. Florida and Miller v. Alabama.

But the full potential of neuroscience in juvenile justice has yet to be reached. Advances in neuroscientific understanding of the developing brain, including development in emerging adulthood from ages 18 to 25, are only beginning to enter legal cases. Moreover, advocates are recognizing that to make a more direct and profound impact, group-averaged neuroscience evidence must be complemented by individualized clinical assessments. This panel will discuss scientific and legal developments, and the new innovations they suggest at the intersection of neuroscience and juvenile justice.
LINK  https://petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/events/details/next-frontier-of-neuroscience-and-juvenile-justice
CONTACT INFO	Petrie-Flom Center:  petrie-flom at law.harvard.edu


Speaker Series on Misinformation with Yochai Benkler:  Don’t panic. It’s just the collapse of neoliberalism
Wednesday, February 26
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST 
Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Since the 1990s he has played a role in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. His books include The Wealth of Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom (Yale University Press 2006), which won academic awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the McGannon award for social and ethical relevance in communications. In 2012 he received a lifetime achievement award from Oxford University in recognition of his contribution to the study and public understanding of the Internet and information goods. His work is socially engaged, winning him the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for 2007, and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2006. It is also anchored in the realities of markets, cited as “perhaps the best work yet about the fast moving, enthusiast-driven Internet” by the Financial Times and named best business book about the future in 2006 by Strategy and Business. Benkler has advised governments and international organizations on innovation policy and telecommunications, and serves on the boards or advisory boards of several nonprofits engaged in working towards an open society. His work can be freely accessed at http://www.benkler.org

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


A Sensitive Past: Slavery as historical trauma in Brazil
Wednesday, February 26
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS South, S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Hebe Mattos, Professor of History, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (Minas Gerais, Brazil); Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University
DETAILS  Mattos´ presentation will discuss the production of racial silence in Brazil as a historical process related to the trauma of slavery and the construction of the monarchical nation-state in 19th century Brazil. She will also discuss the sensitive memorialization of slave descent in contemporary Brazil.
LINK  https://drclas.harvard.edu/event/sensitive-past-slavery-historical-trauma-brazil
CONTACT INFO	drclas at fas.harvard.edu


New Technologies and Norms of War: Submarines and Poison Gas in World War I
Wednesday, February 26
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496, Lucian Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge02142

SSP Wednesday Seminar with speaker Jennifer Erickson, Boston College
New defense technologies often challenge existing international laws and norms, raising complex questions about whether new weapons should normalized or banned. This paper examines how great powers have sought to manage the adoption of new weapons. It compares the introduction of submarines and poison gas to battle in World War I and the consequences for postwar regulations. In both cases, the new weapons were condemned as barbaric and inhumane, even as belligerents sought to manipulate existing rules of war to justify or condemn their use. Yet, after the war, only attempts to ban poison gas succeeded, while the submarine has become an accepted defense technology. What explains this variation? I argue that differences in weapons use and rhetoric during World War I had long-term and unexpected consequences for norm creation. Wartime rhetorical strategies and sustained postwar domestic campaigning about poison gas, in particular, inadvertently raised and prolonged public fears that were not sustained in the case of submarines. The paper also suggests lessons for current policy debates, as well as insights into the political processes behind the development of norms of war.


If Not Us, Who? When Researchers Become Activists, or Vice Versa
Wednesday, February 26
1 – 1:50 p.m.
Harvard, Kresge 502, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston

SPEAKER(S)  Miguel Hernán, Kolokotrones Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
DETAILS  The Department of Epidemiology Seminar Series:
If Not Us, Who? When Researchers Become Activists, or Vice Versa
Open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
LINK  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/epidemiology/epi-seminar-series/
CONTACT INFO	Coppelia Liebenthal
cliebent at hsph.harvard.edu
(617) 432-6477


Books at Baker with Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Wednesday, February 26
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Harvard Business School, Aldrich Hall 210, Soldiers Field Road, Allston

SPEAKER(S)  Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor
DETAILS  In working with hundreds of successful professionals, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, Rosabeth Moss Kanter has identified the leadership paradigm of the future: the ability to "think outside the building" to overcome paralysis and produce significant innovation for a better world. In her book Think Outside the Building, Kanter shares the success stories of purpose-driven men and women, including former Trader Joe's executive who worked to address poor nutrition in inner cities while reducing food waste, as well as a concerned European banker who used the power of persuasion to find novel financing for improving the health of oceans. The book shows how people everywhere can find creative solutions to cultural, social, and political challenges and innovate for a brighter.
LINK  https://www.library.hbs.edu/Articles/Books-Baker


Listening to Singapore:  Harvesting Urban Noise for Space, Water, and Geohazard
Wednesday, February 26

Henry L. Pierce Laboratory Seminar Series - Prof. Elita Li
Abstract:  Today, over half of the world's population lives in urban areas, with a projected growth to over two-thirds in 2050. The city-state of Singapore faces the challenges of supporting a sustainable urban system with growing population in a limited land, sea, and air space. The only direction to develop is towards the subsurface. Conventional geophysical methods are not applicable because of their disruptions to urban activities, deteriorated performance due to strong anthropogenic interference, and unsatisfying spatial and temporal resolution. In this seminar, we present recent advances in passive sensing to harvest the urban noise from traffic, construction, and ocean waves with small, dense arrays. We design novel signal processing techniques that turn urban hum to rich information of the urban system, both above and below surface. The resulting meter-scale spatial resolution and minute-scale temporal resolution are the cornerstones to meeting engineering demands in urban environments. We present newly developed fiber sensing technology using existing dark fiber infrastructure that has the potential to enable a million-sensor system underneath each major city around the globe. Applications of these techniques in shallow bedrock mapping, deep aquifer identification, and near-surface monitoring for geohazards provide the opportunity for geophysicists to contribute directly to urban society in planning, managing, and monitoring its space, water, infrastructure and other resources.

Bio:  Dr. Elita Li joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore as an assistant professor in 2016. Before coming to Singapore, Dr. Li did her postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holding a joint position in the Earth Resources Laboratory and the Department of Mathematics. Dr. Li received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2014 and 2010, respectively. She obtained her B.S. degree in Information and Computational Science from China University of Petroleum, Beijing in 2008. At NUS, Elita’s research group works on geophysical applications in urban environments for smart city developments. By integrating ambient noise imaging and distributed sensor networks, the research efforts are focused on the development of a noninvasive, high-resolution, and real-time listening system to solve pressing urban challenges in space, water, and society. Elita was the recipient of the J. Clarence Karcher Award from SEG in 2018.


The Future of Food Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 26
4–5:30 pm
Harvard, 54 Dunster Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1448075285353129/

Alternative protein promises to shift our food supply away from its dependence on conventional animal agriculture and its consequences on climate change, global food insecurity, public health, and animal welfare. But transforming the food system is a vast, multidisciplinary effort that requires thinkers from all different disciplines ranging from synthetic biology and chemical engineering to economics and data science. Join this panel of scientists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and movement-builders as they discuss the case for rethinking meat, illuminate diverse career pathways into the burgeoning field of alternative protein, and share their ideas on how you can make a positive impact. 


Geopolitical Implications of a Rapidly Accelerating Energy Transition
Wednesday, February 26
4:00PM to 6:00PM
Tufts, The Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall, 1 The Green, Medford
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gql7g7zRRmOXLZnDow_gRRmZFeHgVvPRzSGVo_Mup5g/viewform?edit_requested=true

Adnan Amin, Senior Fellow, HKS
Adnan Amin is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center where he works on the Geopolitics of Energy Project. Following a distinguished career at the United Nations which included leading UN reform for system wide coherence and as head of the UN System Chief Executives Board Secretariat in New York, he was elected as the first Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency. IRENA is the first universal treaty-based multilateral organization headquartered in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and which participates regularly in the work of institutions such as the G7, G20 and the United Nations. As DG, Adnan led the building of a new institution to support the international community in the transition to a sustainable energy future, turning the agency into a leading player in the global energy transition based on its cutting edge analytical, technical, and advisory services to member countries. He will bring the insights gained over the last 8 years at the forefront of international efforts to advance renewable energy and the analysis of the geopolitical implications of the global energy transition to advance the work of the center in this field. 

With costs continuing to fall and as technology innovation, together with market design innovation, overcome issues of intermittency, renewable energy is reaching a tipping point that is reinventing the global energy system. This has major economic, social and financial implications that will reorder global energy geopolitics. Major opportunities, as well as risks, lie ahead for countries and private sector actors, and their responses will not only determine our climate future, but also the economic and social future of millions and the geopolitical map of our world.

RSVP required. Reception to follow. 

Contact Name: cierp at tufts.edu


Market Expectations About Climate Change
Wednesday, February 26
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Litter Building Room L-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Wolfram Schlenker and Charles Taylor, Columbia University

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


Study Group with Tara Setmayer: Principle vs. Party
Wednesday, February 26
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Politics (L-163), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Tara Setmayer, IOP Resident Fellow; CNN, ABC Political Commentator and GOP Congressional Communications Director, 2006-2013
Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College; Author of "The Death of Expertise”
DETAILS  Why do so many Americans reject factual information and vilify the experts who provide it? What happens when the electorate can no longer agree on what is fact vs fiction? How does this impact voter behavior?
LINK	https://iop.harvard.edu/calendar/events/study-group-tara-setmayer-principle-vs-party


Book talk: "The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity"
Wednesday, February 26
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Darryl Li, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences in the College, and Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago
DETAILS  Darryl Li is an anthropologist and attorney working at the intersection of war, law, migration, empire, and race with a focus on transregional linkages between the Middle East, South Asia, and the Balkans.
Li is the author of "The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity" (Stanford University Press 2019), which develops an ethnographic approach to the comparative study of universalism using the example of transnational "jihadists" -- specifically, Arabs and other foreigners who fought in the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia Herzegovina. Drawing on ethnographic and archival research conducted in Bosnia and a half-dozen other countries, the monograph situates transnational jihads in relation to more powerful universalisms, including socialist Non-Alignment, United Nations peacekeeping, and the U.S.-led "Global War on Terror." He is at work on a second project on migrant military labor (frequently called "mercenaries" or "military contractors") across the Indian Ocean.
Li has participated in litigation arising from the "War on Terror" as party counsel, amicus, or expert witness, including in Guantánamo habeas, Alien Tort, material support, denaturalization, immigration detention, and asylum proceedings. He is a member of the New York and Illinois bars.
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/book-talk-universal-enemy-jihad-empire-and-challenge-solidarity


Distinguished Speaker Series - Global Trade & Security
Wednesday, February 26
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51, Wong Auditorium, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://ctl.mit.edu/events/wed-02262020-1630/distinguished-speaker-series-global-trade-security

Join us in welcoming Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the former German Federal Minister for Economics and Technology and Federal Minister of Defense. This will be an interview-style session hosted by Professor Yossi Sheffi and cover everything from general business to politics, global trade, security, and economics.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg served as the German federal minister of defense from 2009 to 2011 and as federal minister of economics and technology from February 2009 to October 2009. As minister of defense, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr’s founding in 1955. In particular, he spearheaded the effort of transforming the Bundeswehr from a conscription-based army to an all-professional military.

As a distinguished statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., Baron zu Guttenberg leads a new high-level transatlantic dialogue initiative focused on global trends and current political, economic, financial, and technology issues. Since December 2011, he has served as a senior adviser to the European Commission’s “No Disconnect Strategy,” providing strategic counsel on how to give ongoing support to Internet users, bloggers and cyber-activists living under authoritarian regimes. 

At this time we aren't allowing press and media to attend. Questions? Email us at ctl_comm at mit.edu


How Language Began:  The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention
Wednesday, February 26
6:00 PM
Harvard Science Center, Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, the Cabot Science Library, and Mass Humanities welcome DANIEL L. EVERETT—celebrated linguist and author of Dark Matter of the Mind: The Culturally Articulated Unconscious—for a discussion of his latest book, How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention.

About How Language Began
Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species: we talk to one another. But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth? Daniel L. Everett, a “bombshell” linguist and “instant folk hero” (Tom Wolfe, Harper’s), provides in this sweeping history a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary story of language, from the earliest speaking attempts by hominids to the more than seven thousand languages that exist today.

Although fossil hunters and linguists have brought us closer to unearthing the true origins of language, Daniel Everett’s discoveries have upended the contemporary linguistic world, reverberating far beyond academic circles. While conducting field research in the Amazonian rainforest, Everett came across an age-old language nestled amongst a tribe of hunter-gatherers. Challenging long-standing principles in the field, Everett now builds on the theory that language was not intrinsic to our species. In order to truly understand its origins, a more interdisciplinary approach is needed—one that accounts as much for our propensity for culture as it does our biological makeup.

How Language Began ultimately explains what we know, what we’d like to know, and what we likely never will know about how humans went from mere communication to language. Based on nearly forty years of fieldwork, Everett debunks long-held theories by some of history’s greatest thinkers, from Plato to Chomsky. The result is an invaluable study of what makes us human.


Olfaction in Science and Society
Wednesday, February 26
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVp at https://reservations.hmsc.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=13

SPEAKER(S)  Dawn Goldworm, President and Chief Creative, 12.29
Venkatesh Murthy, Raymond Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

TICKET WEB LINK	reservations.hmsc.harvard.edu…
DETAILS  The sense of smell plays a critical role in human behavior, from warning us of potential dangers to attracting us to certain foods, places, and people. Harvard scientists Catherine Dulac and Venkatesh Murthy study the molecules, cells, and brain circuits that underlie olfaction and the social behaviors that aromas can elicit. In this program, they will engage in a conversation with internationally recognized olfactive expert Dawn Goldworm to discuss how neurobiological research on olfaction relates to our everyday experiences.
LINK  https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/olfaction-science-and-society


Science for the People
Thursday, February 26
MIT, Building E53-208, Dewey Library, 30 Wadsworth Street, Cambridge 

Among other things, we'll be discussing the Radical Science Fair we're aiming to host later this spring with other radical science groups in the area. Full agenda at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p-OhRsQFbNV2skDjWuTM0XfnlD23b4OWxXmL0BSXIDw/edit

If you won't be able to make it to the meeting in-person, there will be a way to call in remotely, specifics TBA. 


How did the Globe do it? The backstory behind "At the Edge of a Warming World"
Wednesday, February 26
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Boston Globe, Exchange Place, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/ONA-Boston/events/268613713/

Want to learn how the Boston Globe created one of the news organization’s most engaging series and picked up new subscribers along the way?

Join Globe editors, writers, producers, and engagement pros as they share how they produced the blockbuster series "At the Edge of a Warming World." (http://bit.ly/37cKDe3) Enjoy some early evening refreshments, network with members of the Globe team along with members of the Online News Association and the New England Science Writers.

Limited seating is available for this event at the Globe headquarters, so be sure to sign up now.

Steve Wilmsen, narrative editor
Nestor Ramos, deputy metro editor
Heather Ciras, senior editor for audience engagement
Caitlin Healy, senior video producer
Moderator, Noelle Swan, science & environment editor and deputy editor for The Christian Science Monitor

Bring plenty of questions for the Globe team. They'll be happy to discuss how they approached reporting the series, what went into the production of the series, and how they boosted engagement for the series. There will also be time before and after the program to chat one-on-one with the team.

Great reads before the event:
"At the Edge of a Warming World" http://bit.ly/37cKDe3
12-minute video documentary "Everything is changing: Climate change on Cape Cod" http://bit.ly/37kpRcA
"7 things we learned researching climate change on Cape Cod" http://bit.ly/37ngybL

Note: if you reserve a ticket and decided not to come, please cancel so that others may attend. Please also note, guests must be registered separately.


Wednesday, February 26
6:30 – 8:30 pm EST
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/tech-and-diversity/boston/95768

Diversity is a topic of conversation when mentioning many of today's flourishing tech companies. From leadership positions to employees overall, we'll explore where diversity stands today and where it is headed.

Join the discussion along with GA and a panel of trailblazers in tech. We'll learn their stories and hear what they're doing about diversity in the industry.


Tech Talk: The Applications of Machine Learning in Software Engineering, Autonomous Robot Localization and Mapping Research 
Wednesday, February 26
7:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 4-149, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

The MISTI MIT-Russia Program invites you to the tech talk by the renowned software company, JetBrains. It will cover applications of machine learning in software engineering, autonomous robot, and localization and mapping research.

Agenda:  The Applications of Machine Learning in Software Engineering
Machine learning algorithms have already proven to be of great practical value and can be applied in a variety of domains. The field of software engineering is no exception. Several recent research papers have even argued that software is natural in the sense that it is created by humans in a way that resembles the creation of texts in natural languages: It is repetitive and predictable. Because of that, they argue that it can and should be modeled using statistical and machine learning methods, and that those models could prove valuable to software engineers. This talk explores these ideas, provides an overview of recent projects carried out as a collaboration between JetBrains Research and several universities in Russia and the Netherlands, and discusses current challenges in this area.

Autonomous Robot Localization and Mapping Research
How do robots understand the space and environment around them? Autonomous cars and drones have many sensors, but is this enough for them to understand their immediate surroundings? This talk will discuss the current state-of-the-art methods, tools, and algorithms that robots can use to explore their environments. We discuss why robots are far from achieving human-level perception and what should be done to bring us closer to attaining this goal.

 JetBrains creates professional software development tools for coding in Java, Kotlin, C#, C++, Ruby, Python, PHP, JavaScript, and more languages, as well as advanced team collaboration tools. Today, more than 1000 JetBrains employees work out of Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, and the USA.


Seats at the Table - Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 26
7 – 9 p.m.
Harvard Law School, Langdell Hall South, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Chris Farina, Director
Kelsey Bowman, LCSW and Film Subject
Samantha Lakin, PON Graduate Research Fellow
DETAILS  "Seats at the Table" is a feature documentary film by Chris Farina (Rosalia Films) portraying a remarkable college class that connects university students with prisoners of a maximum security juvenile facility as they discuss classic works of Russian Literature.
University of Virginia Lecturer Andrew Kaufman created the course, Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature and Leadership, and has been teaching it since 2010. The literature provides a point of reference whereby they can discuss their lives openly and honestly and learn from each other. Each group’s stereotypical views are replaced by a much more nuanced understanding of the other set of students as they form strong relationships which belie their original preconceptions. Both sets of students come away transformed by this singular educational experience, empowered to pursue lives of greater purpose and inspired by the discovery of their shared humanity. Through the power of film this seminal classroom experience has become an inspiration for educators, policy-makers and general audiences.
Email ID: dlong at law.harvard.edu
Ph: 617-496-5541
LINK  https://www.pon.harvard.edu/events/seats-at-the-table-2/


Naomi Klein - Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism
Wednesday, February 26
7:00 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist, 1446 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/HarvardHumanist/events/268684435/

The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard and the Harvard College Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics (HCHAA), along with the American Humanist Association, are delighted to announce that Naomi Klein is the 14th annual winner of our Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Culture: the ‘Rushdie Award,’ after first winner Sir Salman Rushdie.

Klein currently serves as the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. An award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and international New York Times bestselling author, Klein’s most recent work, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, tackles the climate crisis in a novel way. Hailed by critics as a clarion call to courage and ambition, the book is an impassioned and evidence-based plea for a Green New Deal that would avert climate catastrophe while creating a more just and equitable society. Published worldwide in September 2019, the book became an instant New York Times bestseller, and #1 Canadian bestseller.

Among Klein’s many other award-winning books are The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists (2018), No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007), and No Logo (2000). Films based on Klein’s work have been chosen as official and prizewinning selections at leading film festivals around the world.

The student-led committee of members of the Humanist Community at Harvard who selected Klein for this year’s ‘Rushdie Award’ noted the extraordinary depth and breadth of her lifelong work. “Her voice has amplified the crucial political, economic and social actions required for the preservation of our planet,” said Harvard College student and committee member Adelle Goldenberg. “Her writing and advocacy have made an outstanding contribution to the development of secular altruistic communities around the world, including on Harvard’s campus.” Klein will join a list of past awardees including author Anand Giridharadas, Steven Pinker, the late Carrie Fisher, Stephen Fry, and more.

The award ceremony, including a talk on Klein’s book On Fire and an extended Q&A, will be free and open to the public. It will take place at First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist (1446 Mass Ave.) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26th. For updates see www.harvardhumanist.org and for questions contact info at harvardhumanist.org.
Thursday, February 27

CSHub Public Webinar: Lowering the Embodied Environmental Impacts of Cement and Concrete
Thursday, February 27
RSVP at https://mit.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=mit&service=6&rnd=0.8121682168091076&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmit.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004be908769a2e92f5c78ecab20a1ab785af706c98d3db85a254870ce08ba63a6b9%26siteurl%3Dmit%26confViewID%3D153081847659674011%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAR4ogQiWH54qBGWsSbl_dtqBMaBaJKDiSImEf8O1Ek3Ew2%26

Concrete is uniquely positioned to contribute to society’s sustainability challenges including durable infrastructure, affordable housing, and resilient buildings. As the most used building material in the world, there are significant opportunities to lower the environmental footprint of concrete and the structures that use them. This presentation will highlight strategies to lower the embodied impacts (of the materials) of cement and concrete, including the use of captured carbon to create concrete with a negative carbon footprint, and performance-based specifications. Combining these strategies with operational reductions in concrete structures will enable concrete to contribute to net-zero goals, along with other sustainability targets.

This webinar will be presented by MIT Research Scientist and CSHub Executive Director Jeremy Gregory.  

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

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

CONTACT EMAIL:  alogan at mit.edu


Next Generation Compliance: Environmental Regulation for the Modern Era
Thursday, February 27
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Cynthia Giles, Former Assistant Administrator, Office of Environment and Compliance Assurance, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
DETAILS  This seminar will be given by Cynthia Giles, former Assistant Administrator, Office of Environment and Compliance Assurance, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is part of the Regulatory Policy Program's lunch seminar series.
LINK  https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/news-events/event-calendar
CONTACT INFO	mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu


MINE: A Family History of Carbon, Race, Place, and Planetary Health 
Thursday, February 27
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Amy Moran-Thomas, Associate Professor of Anthropology, MIT
The growing polarizations and divides of our present often get framed as a separate story from American fossil fuel extraction and its environmental and atmospheric effects. This talk focuses on crucial moments when these material inheritances intersect. It offers a "relational ethnography" building outward from one family’s trajectories moving across a divided swing state. Following the various ways carbon gets embodied across scales of bodies, towns, homes, infrastructures, times, atmospheres, and landscapes, these intergenerational stories uneasily probe larger questions of "slow violence" and segregation, by populating broad terms like settler colonialism and hydrocarbon toxicity with the jarring intimacy of a kinship story.

Amy Moran-Thomas is Hayes Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT, interested in questions of ecological change and ethnographic approaches to science, technology, and medicine. She received a PhD in Anthropology from Princeton in 2012, and taught courses about the anthropology of health and environmental humanities as a postdoc at Brown University before coming to MIT in 2015. Her ethnographic account of the rise of diabetes across the Caribbean, Traveling with Sugar: Chronicles of a Global Epidemic (University of California Press, December 2019), was completed during a fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. Her next book project again picks up questions about the entwined global economies and afterlives of "carbohydrates and hydrocarbons," this time focusing on health between people and places across generations in her own home state of Pennsylvania.

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


Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs
Thursday, February 27
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge

Speaker: Peter Andreas, John Hay Professor of International Studies, Brown University; Author, Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs
There is growing alarm over how drugs empower terrorists, insurgents, militias, and gangs. But by looking back not just years and decades but centuries, Peter Andreas reveals that the drugs-conflict nexus is actually an old story, and that powerful states have been its biggest beneficiaries.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.


The New Geopolitical Order:  2019–2020 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Social Sciences
Thursday, February 27
4:15 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://radcliffe-nenmf.formstack.com/forms/2020_zeid_raad_al_hussein_lecture

The new geopolitical environment taking shape in many parts of the world tends toward increasing authoritarianism and nationalistic competition. Inwardly focused governments are pursuing individual agendas, and eventually, these differing agendas will collide.
In this talk, the career diplomat and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will argue that the world’s people deserve better. Despite the demagoguery and isolationism that some leaders are pursuing, he believes it is possible to pursue thoughtful diplomacy and a system of connectivity, coalitions, and partnerships to reform institutions and change policies. Through the power of alliances and leadership working together to solve the planet’s problems, there is great potential for success.

A longtime advocate for the protection of fundamental human rights, Al Hussein will show that threats to global stability posed by racism, xenophobia, nationalism, and authoritarian leaders can be countered through vision, energy, and generosity of spirit.

Cosponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Free and open to the public.


Michael Sandel: A Conversation with Michael Rosen
Thursday, February 27
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Harvard, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Michael Sandel
Michael Rosen

DETAILS  Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 27 for an event featuring political philosophers Michael Sandel and Michael Rosen, as part of a series in which Professor Rosen interviews other prominent philosophers. This far-ranging conversation will cover Sandel's life and work, touching on matters of philosophical and practical importance.
CONTACT INFO	ejsafraevents at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  https://ethics.harvard.edu/event/conversations-michael-rosen-featuring-guest-michael-sandel


Border Inhumanities
Thursday, February 27
6 – 8 p.m.
Harvard, Emerson 210, 29 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Tania Caballero, Pediatrics Research and Clinical Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 
Yolanda Chávez Leyva, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at El Paso
Sarah Lopez, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin
Moderated by Bruno Carvalho, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
DETAILS  A conversation about detention camps on the southern U.S. border.
According to the 2018 World Migration Report, there will be 405 million international migrants by 2050. Amid climate change, geopolitical instabilities, and authoritarian nationalism, borders have become crucial sites of both proliferating cruelty and outpourings of solidarity. Many of us are asking: How did we get here? And what can we do? This series brings together scholars and activists from multiple fields who can help us confront these questions with humanistic sensibility and depth of knowledge.

Editorial Comment:  How many immigrant children still separated from their parents by the USA?


State of Cybersecurity: Current Landscape & 2020 Forecasting
Thursday, February 27
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Industrious Boston Seaport, 22 Boston Wharf Road F7, Boston
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/TechinmotionBoston/events/268095106/

Join Tech in Motion as we gather at Industrious in Seaport to hear top industry leaders discuss the state of cybersecurity; identifying trends, outlining top risks and forecasting the impact of new laws and regulations.

Being secure is not an option, in fact it’s the number one priority for many companies right now. With new data collection legislation in place, and more on the way, you’ll want to be in the front row for this deep dive conversation.

Hear from experts ranging from CISOs, security engineers and testing specialists who will offer their experience tackling our biggest security challenges.

Brian Arnold - DevSecOps Engineer, AiRXOS
Brian is a DevSecOps engineer at AiRXOS, an unmanned aircraft traffic management company. Previous to AiRXOS Brian was at MITRE, a government research and development company where he served as the information systems security manager for the New England area. Prior to that he served in the US Army as a signal office.

Mike Lemire - CISO, Quick Base
Mike is the CISO at Quick Base, the leading low-code cloud platform. Previous to Quick Base Mike led the Information Security and Compliance programs at Yesware, Acquia, Pearson Higher Education and RiskMetrics and has held technical and management positions at JPMorgan and Time,Inc. Mike earned his B.S. from New York Institute of Technology and has attended postgraduate education at Columbia and Boston University. Mike was certified as a CISSP in 2006 and CCSK in 2013.

More speakers coming soon!!


The Ancient Maya Response to Climate Change: A Cautionary Tale
Thursday, February 27
6–8 pm
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://green.harvard.edu/events/ancient-maya-response-climate-change-cautionary-tale

Gordon R. Willey Lecture and Reception. Free Public Lecture.

Billie L. Turner II, Regents Professor and Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Ancient Maya civilization suffered a major demise between the tenth and eleventh centuries. The causes continue to be investigated and debated. Paleoenvironmental research over the past twenty years has revealed that the demise coincided with a prolonged, intensive drought that extended across the region, providing compelling evidence that climate change played a key role in the collapse of the Maya. Billie Turner will examine this evidence and the complex social and environmental conditions that affected Maya societies.

This event will be live-streamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on the HMSC Lecture Videos page approximately three weeks after the lecture.


Saving America’s Cities: The Past, Present, and Future of Urban Revitalization
Thursday, February 27
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Liz Cohen
Shaun Donovan
Sarah M. Whiting

DETAILS  Can past efforts to revitalize America’s cities inform contemporary strategies to address the problems of economic inequality, unaffordable housing, segregated neighborhoods, and deteriorating infrastructure?
That question, in part, informs Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age, a new book by Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies at Harvard University and former Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Logue, a New Deal liberal who made skillful use of once-plentiful federal funding for urban revitalization, was widely hailed – and sometimes sharply criticized – for his ambitious approaches to planning and architecture to revitalize New Haven, Boston, and a host of cities in New York State.
Cohen will discuss this history and will be joined in conversation by former HUD Secretary and OMB Director Shaun Donovan and GSD Dean Sarah M. Whiting. Together they will reflect on what Logue’s career suggests about the ways in which policy, planning, and design can address current urban challenges, including how these efforts might succeed without the substantial federal funding of Logue’s day.

CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu
LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/saving-americas-cities-the-past-present-and-future-of-urban-revitalization-with-lizabeth-cohen-shaun-donovan-and-sarah-whiting/


Sunrise Boston Men's Caucus Gathering
Thursday, February 27
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/212039953309131/

This is the first ever gathering of the Sunrise Boston Men's Caucus! This gathering is open to all members of Sunrise that either identify as a man or have been socialized as masculine at some point in their life. This is a space for men to learn and grow and support each other.

There are other gender based caucuses being launched as well so if this is not for you there will be other options!

We will be meeting in the Rosa Parks room at the Democracy Center. Once you enter through the front door you will turn right and go straight through the smaller room to the larger, back room. 


From the Border to Boston - Making Sense of Immigration Today with Sr. Norma Pimentel and Mohamad Ali 
Thursday, February 27
WBUR City Space, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.ccab.org/speaker-series-presents-an-evening-with-sister-norma-pimentel
Cost;  $5 - $15

Please join Catholic Charities of Boston for the "This is My Community" Speaker Series: From the Border to Boston – Making Sense of Immigration Today, featuring Sister Norma Pimentel, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and Mohamad Ali, President and CEO of IDG.

Pimentel and Ali are two of the nation’s strongest champions of immigrants.
A religious sister of the Missionaries of Jesus, Pimentel served as point person for organizing the emergency response to the surge in Central Americans crossing the border to seek asylum. Born in Texas and raised along the Mexico-U.S. border, she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, but grew up crossing back and forth from Brownsville to Matamoros, Mexico - the very location where she now dedicates her life’s work. Pope Francis has called her "my favorite nun.” 

Ali is President and Chief Executive Officer of IDG, one of the world’s leading technology media, data and marketing services companies. Born in Guyana, Ali immigrated to the United States at the age of 11, becoming a US citizen in 1991. With a passion for social justice, he focuses on ensuring education is more accessible to underprivileged children. He and his family opened several gender violence prevention centers in El Salvador and Guatemala, and have built girls’ schools in Somalia and Pakistan. He also establised an arts scholarship for children in Massachusetts.

WBUR radio host Tiziana Dearing will moderate a conversation with Pimentel and Ali on February 27, 2020 at WBUR's CitySpace.


Jewish Climate Action Network meeting
Thursday, February 27
7:00 PM (Please join us for an informal BYO dinner at 5:30ish PM)
Congregation Beth El, 105 Hudson Road. Sudbury
Please RSVP if you can make it by email to janet.intern at gmail.com


Friday, February 28 - Saturday, February 29

Tufts Energy Conference
Friday, February 28 - Saturday, February 29
Tufts, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
RSVP at https://environment.tufts.edu/tec/
Cost:  $5 - $100

Hosted by Tufts Institute of the Environment, this year's conference will seek to answer key questions around energy policy, technology in financing necessary for such a transition to take place under the theme "Climate Emergency: Solutions for a Clean Energy Transition." Registration required.

The Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) is an annual event that brings together professionals, students, and experts from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to discuss critical global energy issues. The conference is organized by students from a broad range of backgrounds including engineering, international affairs, urban planning, and economics. From a two-panel event in 2006, TEC has grown into one of the largest entirely student-run energy conferences in the region, attracting nearly 300 attendees each year.

Contact Name:  jill.parlee at tufts.edu

Friday, February 28

Underwater Underwriting: Flood Insurance in the Age of Climate Change
Friday, February 28
7:15 am - 11:45 am
UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon Street, Boston
Cost:  EBC Member: $35;  Non-members: $45;  Government/Nonprofit: $15
RSVP at https://climateadaptationforum.org/event/underwater-underwriting/

More than 50 million people in the U.S. are at risk from flooding either along rivers and streams or in coastal areas. This number is only rising as climate change causes more extreme precipitation, hurricanes and nor’easters, sea level rise, and more. However, current publicly available flood risk assessment tools are not sufficient to quantify future flood risk and federal flood insurance programs and policies are not yet equipped to address the growing threat.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through its flood insurance, flood mapping, and floodplain management requirements plays a critical role in state and local climate adaptation efforts. Yet, the NFIP’s flood maps are often outdated and do not consider future risks from climate change. While many agree reforms are necessary, attempts to better reflect current and future risks could also impose significant costs on low income communities and communities of color, exacerbating existing patterns of racial inequality in the housing market.

Join us for this EBC/UMass Boston Climate Adaptation Forum to learn about the intersection of flood insurance, risk management, and environmental justice. Speakers will discuss approaches to addressing the shortcomings of NFIP programs and policies, ongoing efforts to better incorporate climate change into the industry, and the unintended consequences that flood insurance reform could have for low income communities and communities of color.


Nature+ Hackathon
Friday, February 28
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
Suffolk, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guest-sign-up-for-nature-hackathon-tickets-93719249799 (guests and observers)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-hackathon-tickets-93220481971 (participants)

Suffolk Center for Innovation and Change Leadership (CICL), Suffolk MBA Program, and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) are jointly organizing the Nature+ Hackathon, a full-day app development contest at Suffolk on Feb. 28.

Note: The challenge theme of the app development contest is "Climate and Me", which was voted by Suffolk students in Fall 2019 as the favorite theme for the hackathon. The goal of the event is to increase the awareness of climate change and use business concepts and app technology to help addressing some climate challenges.


Realistic solutions to reducing CO2 emissions from cement production
Friday, February 28
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
MIT Energy Initiative, 400 Main Street, Building E19-319, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/realistic-solutions-to-reducing-co2-emissions-from-cement-production-tickets-94654846193

with Karen Scrivener, EPFL
The production of cement is well-recognized as one of the hardest industrial processes to decarbonize. Since concrete, the final product of cement production, is a material that is already very low in carbon dioxide (CO2) , it is difficult to further reduce the CO2 emissions associated with concrete because most of the emissions come from the chemical decomposition of limestone. Nevertheless, because concrete (and cementitious materials, in general) makes up more than half of all materials we produce, the associated CO2 emissions are around 8% of man-made emission annually. 

In this talk, Scrivener will look at the prospects for reducing CO2 related to cement production, taking into account the practical realities of resources available and solutions that can be adopted at scale in developing countries, where the demand for cement production is highest. In particular, she will discuss one of the best technologies capable of real implementation—limestone calcined clay cement (LC3).

About the speaker 
Karen Scrivener obtained her PhD at Imperial College London in 1984. She worked for Lafarge in France for six years, before being appointed professor and head of the laboratory of construction materials, at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland in 2001. Her research focuses on understanding the chemistry and microstructure of cement-based materials and improving their sustainability. She was editor-in-chief of the leading academic journal Cement and Concrete Research for 15 years and was made a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.


Cooperation, resource exchange, and stability
Friday, February 28
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Prof. James O'Dwyer, University of Illinois

Environmental Science Seminar Series


Friday, February 28
12 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, S010, Tsai Auditorium, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Barry Bloom, Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations; Professor, Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Howard Markel, George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine; Director, Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan
Elanah Uretsky, Assistant Professor, International and Global Studies and Anthropology, Brandeis University
Winnie Chi-Man Yip, Professor of the Practice of International Health Policy and Economics, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Moderator: Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology; Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
LINK  https://asiacenter.harvard.edu/events/going-viral-the-coronavirus-and-its-regional-and-global-implications-858


What Do Models of Natural Language "Understanding" Actually Understand? | Ellie Pavlick, Brown University
Friday, February 28
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard SEAS Campus, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Ellie Pavlick, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Brown University
DETAILS  Natural language processing has become indisputably good over the past few years. We can perform retrieval and question answering with purported super-human accuracy, and can generate full documents of text that seem good enough to pass the Turing test. In light of these successes, it is tempting to attribute the empirical performance to a deeper "understanding" of language that the models have acquired. Measuring natural language "understanding", however, is itself an unsolved research problem.
LINK	iacs.seas.harvard.edu


Urban Science in Practice 
Friday, February 28 (More dates through April 3, 2020)
2:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 9-451, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

These debates are part of the 11.S953 Urban Science in Practice class this spring, but open to public. We hold bi-weekly panels/debates on how technology is disrupting different areas of planning and city development. 


Virtue Politics:  Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy
Friday, February 28
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard Professor of History JAMES HANKINS for a discussion of his latest book, Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy.

About Virtue Politics
Convulsed by a civilizational crisis, the great thinkers of the Renaissance set out to reconceive the nature of society. Everywhere they saw problems. Corrupt and reckless tyrants sowing discord and ruling through fear; elites who prized wealth and status over the common good; military leaders waging endless wars. Their solution was at once simple and radical. “Men, not walls, make a city,” as Thucydides so memorably said. They would rebuild their city, and their civilization, by transforming the moral character of its citizens. Soulcraft, they believed, was a precondition of successful statecraft.

A dazzlingly ambitious reappraisal of Renaissance political thought by one of our generation’s foremost intellectual historians, Virtue Politics challenges the traditional narrative that looks to the Renaissance as the seedbed of modern republicanism and sees Machiavelli as its exemplary thinker. James Hankins reveals that what most concerned the humanists was not reforming laws or institutions so much as shaping citizens. If character mattered more than constitutions, it would have to be nurtured through a new program of education they called the studia humanitatis: the humanities.

We owe liberal arts education and much else besides to the bold experiment of these passionate and principled thinkers. The questions they asked—Should a good man serve a corrupt regime? What virtues are necessary in a leader? What is the source of political legitimacy? Is wealth concentration detrimental to social cohesion? Should citizens be expected to fight for their country?—would have a profound impact on later debates about good government and seem as vital today as they did then.


EAPS Active Talk Series (EATS): Amazon Rivers and Quarternary Climate Change
Friday, February 28
4:30pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Title: Amazon Rivers and Quarternary Climate Change
Title:  Building a New Climate Model
Speaker #1: Sam Goldberg
Speaker #2: Raffaele Ferrari

EAPS Active Talk Series (EATS) is a space where members of our community share their science, prepare for conferences, practice communication skills, and engage in multidisciplinary conversations. EATS meets weekly on Fridays, at 4:30p, with two 15 minutes talks (12 minutes lecture + 3 minutes questions) by undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, research scientists and professors.


Prejudential:  Black America and the Presidents
Friday, February 28
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome MARGARET KIMBERLEY—editor and senior columnist for Black Agenda Report—for a discussion of her book, Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents.

About Prejudential
Prejudential is a concise, authoritative exploration of America’s relationship with race and black Americans through the lens of the presidents who have been elected to represent all of its people.

Throughout the history of the United States, numerous presidents have left their legacies as slaveholders, bigots, and inciters of racial violence, but were the ones generally regarded as more sympathetic to the plight and interests of black Americans—such as Lincoln, FDR, and Clinton—really much better? And what of all the presidents whose relationship with black America is not even considered in the pages of most history books? Over the course of 45 chapters—one for each president—Margaret Kimberley enlightens and informs readers about the attitudes and actions of the highest elected official in the country. By casting sunlight on an aspect of American history that is largely overlooked, Prejudential aims to increase awareness in a manner that will facilitate discussion and understanding.

Saturday, February 29

Clean Energy and Transportation in Massachusetts
Saturday, February 29
9:00AM TO 4:00PM
MIT Building 4, 182 Memorial Dr. (Rear), Cambridge
RSVP at https://secure.ucsusa.org/onlineactions/Sj3hpCN7z0yXuESkvbR0TA2?utm_source=MIT%20Environmental%20Solutions%20Initiative%20News&utm_campaign=d20db01e2a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_20_05_01_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e72bab4498-d20db01e2a-239053105&mc_cid=d20db01e2a&mc_eid=42a938dcf7

Join the Union of Concerned Scientists for a science advocacy summit focused on exploring the statewide landscape of clean energy and transportation and teaching communication and advocacy tools to shift policy toward stronger climate action. 

The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to participate in our first-ever Massachusetts science advocacy summit—an opportunity for young professionals in the fields of science, public health, economics, engineering, and planning to gain a deeper understanding of how to translate research and science into advocacy and action. The summit will have a particular focus on equitable clean energy and clean transportation in Massachusetts—our two largest sources of global warming emissions. 

We will:
deepen participants' knowledge of the state's clean energy and transportation landscape;
hone science communication and advocacy skills so that participants can take strategic action; and
look at ways for scientists and experts to partner with local organizations on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

If you're interested in attending the summit, please submit the short application on the website. Participants will be informed of their acceptance by early February. Due to size and resource constraints, around 50 participants will be accepted.

Contact Name:  (617) 547-5552


Planning the Green New Deal
Saturday, February 29
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planning-the-green-new-deal-tickets-91082653669

Design and Planning often wax poetic about collectively transforming the future, but realizations are harder to come by. How can activism, policy and design work together to bring about the societal transformations needed to ensure a just and habitable future?

Planning the Green New Deal is a student organized conference at the Harvard Graduate School School of Design that will focus on how to bring about these necessary transformations in the form of a Green New Deal. The Conference will feature talks by Elizabeth Yeampierre, (Executive Director of UPROSE) and Varshini Prakash, (Executive Director of Sunrise Movement), plus panel discussion with leading activists, academics, and practitioners. Additionaly there will be multiple workshops, group tables, and a book signing for A Planet to Win with co-athor Alyssa Battistoni.

9:15 Welcome, Announcements, Acknowledgements 
9:30 Opening
James Fernandes, (Mattakeeset Tribe Environment Manager) 
10am Plenary
Elizabeth Yeampierre, (Executive Director, UPROSE)
11:30 Panel: International Dimensions of the Green New Deal
Lenio Myrivilli (Former Deputy Mayor of Athens for Urban Nature, Resilience, and Climate Change)
Suraj Yengde (Author, Caste Matters)
Moderator: Bruno Carvalho (Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard)
2:00 Panel: Planning and Design
El Hadi Jazairy (Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan)
Elisa Iturbe (Critic, Yale School of Architecture)
Karen Abrams, (Program Officer, Equitable Development, Heinz Endowments)
Billy Fleming (Director, The McHarg Center, University of Pennsylvania)
Moderator: Abby Spinak (Lecturer in Urban Planning, Harvard)
3:45 Panel: Organizing Strategy 
Erik Loomis (Associate Professor, URI, Author, History of America in Ten Strikes)
Kannan Thiruvengadam (Director, Eastie Farm)
Julian Brave NoiseCat (Data for Progress)
Moderator: Alyssa Battistoni (Co-Author, A Planet to Win)
5:30 Closing Remarks
6:00 Reception


Carbon Countdown
Saturday, February 29
9:30 AM – 11:30 PM EST
Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Road, Winchester
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carbon-countdown-tickets-91911155741

Hear from key proponents about the status of climate change legislation in Massachusetts. Registration is highly recommended.

Senator Mike Barrett will talk about the status of legislation in the Senate to put a price on carbon and on the Transportation Climate Initiative.
Representative Tami Gouveia will talk about the status of putting a price on carbon in the House.
Representative Christina Minicucci will talk about the status of the FUTURE Act. 
Ricki Pappo will present the results of the 2020 climate action survey, summarizing what's going on in our towns. Ricki is the Chair of the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition (LexGWAC) and a steering committee member of Sustainable Middlesex.
Kathleen Scanlon, Diane Sokal and Tracie Burns, members of the Brookline team that recently passed a prohibition on new gas piping in major construction, will present a brief overview of their inspiring success, a first in Massachusetts.

More info:  This is a follow-up to last year’s event "Putting a Price on Carbon." Find out how you and your networks can help move critical legislation through to passage in 2020. We will also learn about powerful successes in individual towns. 
Although Sustainable Middlesex was initiated in Middlesex County, all are welcome. The event is FREE, however space is limited. Please register. 

Doors will open at 9:00 am for snacks and networking. Meeting will commence at 9:30 and end at 11:30 to allow for additional networking until noon.

We would like this to be a Zero-Waste event. Please bring your reusable beverage container.

A Special Thanks to:  Food Link https://www.foodlinkma.org/ for thoughtful the donation of food


Walking meditation for the Earth
Saturday, February 29
on the steps of Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Extinction Rebellion Meditators will join the XR Swarm in Central Square, Cambridge, on Saturday, February 29th. 

Meditators will perform a walking meditation for the earth adjacent to the XR members who will be disrupting traffic and passing out flyers. Meditators are requested to wear all black and bring bells, chimes, and sounding bowls, if you have them. Signs will be provided. No meditation experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome. 


Climate Swarm
Saturday, February 29
11 a.m.
Central Square - meet in front of city hall (795 Massachusetts Avenue), Cambridge
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/central-swarm-feb-2020/

While general awareness of climate change is increasing, most people still don't talk or think about it on a regular basis. We'll be holding a swarm in Central Square, Cambridge to cause (a small) disruption and raise awareness about the climate crisis. 

We will meet in front of City Hall and swarm the general area from 11 to 1pm. Our swarms will stick to pedestrian crosswalks where we have right of way and we'll only be holding them for a couple minutes at a time. We will not risk arrest. We have some banners and flyers that apologize for the short minutes of inconvenience on peoples' Saturdays.
Please join us. Bring flags and signs if you would like :)


National Security and Civil Liberties: Past Injustices, Current Immigration and Refugee Issues
Saturday, February 29
2:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Carl Takei, Senior Staff Attorney at ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality will begin with a brief remembrance of the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War II followed by a panel dission with Paul Watanabe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Asian American Studies at UMass Boston,. Margie Yamamoto (formerly WGBH community affairs). Moderated by Professor Kenneth Oye, Director of Program on Emerging Technology, Dept. of Political Science, MIT.


Fight Voter Suppression: Film, Discussion and Action with Reclaim Our Vote
Saturday, February 29
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
8 Essex Street, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fight-voter-suppression-film-discussion-and-action-with-reclaim-our-vote-tickets-93581481731

WATCH + DISCUSS Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, about the 2016 GA election and WRITE postcards to NC voters purged from voter rolls

MANY HELPING HANDS 365 is partnering with RECLAIM OUR VOTE and the VOTER PROTECTION CORPS to host this event! We are building on the enthusiasm of volunteers who wrote postcards or attended the Voter Suppression Workshop on MLK Day. 
2-3pm We will watch the movie, Suppressed: The Fight to Vote. The film will be followed by discussion with Quentin Palfrey, Founder and Director of Voter Protection Corps
3-5pm We will write 600 postcards to voters in in North Carolina who have been purged from the voter rolls providing them with information about how to to re-register and inviting them to reclaim their vote for the November 2020 election! 
Please come for some or all of the afternoon!
Questions? email info at manyhelpinghands365.org


Rebel Voice Workshop
Saturday, February 29
4:30 p.m.
Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Avenue, Boston
RSVP by email: info at wholetonestudios.com for Venmo information to reserve a spot
Cost:  $5 - $30 Sliding Scale 

Join Extinction Rebellion Music Co-Coordinator and Whole Tone Music Academy Director Nora Maynard for a 90min workshop (4:30pm - 6:00pm) learning how to not lose your voice while voicing your dissent! We will build skills for belting out chants, using a megaphone or mic, and singing protest songs to keep our spirits up. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Attendance will be capped at 30 participants, so RSVP early!

Sunday, March 1

An Intergenerational Conversation Circle on The Spiritual Roots of Environmental Justice
Sunday, March 1
4 - 7pm
Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve Street, Newton
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-spiritual-roots-of-environmental-justice-conversation-circle-dinner-tickets-92291693941

Sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Initiative and community partners
We will be engaging in group interactive exercises, facilitated dialogue, and a community meal.

We hope this space will provide an opportunity for Greater Boston youth and all ages to experience and practice healthy and constructive dialogue with people across various differences. The Interfaith Youth Initiative exists to create such spaces and learn in community about important topics such as these that require our attention for true change.

We look forward to this unique night of partnership, highlighting youth perspectives, critical reflection, conversation, active listening, dinner and sacred curiosity!

For more information on IFYI, please visit: coopmet.org/ifyi/
Cost: No cost, but please RSVP here or at IFYI at coopmet.org
Please let us know if you have any dietary needs.
BRING FRIENDS! This is an open, inclusive and welcoming space.
Who: All youth, leaders or educators of youth, parents, or anyone interested in empowering the voices of young people on issues of justice. A special invite to IFYI Fellows, Alumni, and Staff Mentors.

Monday, March 2

Four Strategies to Address Climate Change and Reduce Damage: A Conceptual Model
Monday, March 2
11:45am - 1:00pm
Harvard, Belfer Building,  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Join us to hear from John Deutch, Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT's Department of Chemistry, and former U.S. Director of Central Intelligence (1995-1996). Professor Deutch will discuss "Four Strategies to Address Climate Change and Reduce Damage: A Conceptual Model."

It is very unlikely that climate damages can be reduced to an acceptable level by the end of the century relying only on emissions reduction. A conceptual model is presented that includes four climate change control strategies: emissions reduction, carbon dioxide (CO2) removal from the atmosphere, adaptation to climate change, and geoengineering to optimally reduce climate damage subject to a control budget constraint.

As always, this event is free and open to the public; no RSVPs required. Buffet-style lunch will be served.


Bowling Together: Crenshaw and the Rise of Polycultural Los Angeles
Monday, March 2
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard, 124 Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Scott Kurashige, Professor of American & Ethnic Studies, University of Washington Bothell
DETAILS  Scott Kurashige, professor of American & Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, will give the second lecture in the 2020 Critical Conservation Colloquium. His topic “Bowling Together: Crenshaw and the Rise of Polycultural Los Angeles,” supports issues raised by the Graduate School of Design’s “Power & Place” course which is looking at exclusionary practices and multi-ethnic histories that are evident along LA’s Crenshaw Boulevard. Professor Kurashige’s work has been shaped by his own experiences as a Japanese American in Los Angeles and by his encounters, first with Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014) political activist and colleague in Harlem of Malcolm X and then with Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015), a philosopher/activist based in Detroit. His books include The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (2008) and most recently The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit (2017).


The Coronavirus Outbreak: Tracking COVID-19
Monday, March 2
12 – 1 p.m.
Leadership Studio, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0cZlVdPREaeb0xv

SPEAKER(S)  Paul Biddinger, Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice Program, Harvard Chan
Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard Chan
Winnie Chi-Man Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard Chan, and Faculty Director, Harvard China Health Partnership
Moderator: Elana Gordon, Reporter and Producer, The World
DETAILS  With more than 75,000 cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 now confirmed, policymakers and researchers continue to grapple with the outbreak’s impact. In this Forum, experts will take on pressing questions about COVID-19. What do we know about the virus itself? How likely is a future vaccine? How is China’s stressed health system coping, and how are U.S. hospital systems preparing for cases? What happens if COVID-19 emerges forcefully in areas of the world lacking infrastructure, and what does an effective global response look like? These and other key issues will be unpacked during this dynamic discussion, which will include timely insights from the Harvard China Health Partnership.
CONTACT INFO	theforum at hsph.harvard.edu
LINK  https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/the-coronavirus-outbreak/


Elizabeth Hoover, “Seed Sovereignty and ‘Our Living Relatives’ in Native American Community Farming and Gardening”
Monday, March 2
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Stubbins Room 112, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Elizabeth Hoover
DETAILS  Native heirloom seed varieties, many of which have been passed down through generations of Indigenous gardeners or re-acquired from seed banks or ally seed savers, are often discussed by Indigenous farmers as the foundation of the food sovereignty movement, and as helpful tools for education and reclaiming health. This presentation explores how Native American community-based farming and gardening projects are defining heirloom or heritage seeds; why maintaining and growing out these seeds is seen as so important, and how terms like seed sovereignty should be defined and enacted. Many of the definitions seed keepers provided highlight the importance of heritage seeds for connecting them to previous generations of seed keepers; as a symbol of how tribal governments and citizens needed to better protect their cultural property; and as a token of the “relationality” that many Indigenous people feel towards aspects of their food systems. Seeds are described almost as intergenerational relatives– both as children that need nurturing and protecting, and as grandparents who contain cultural wisdom that needs guarding. For these reasons, a growing network of Indigenous seed keepers is coalescing to not only provide education to tribal people around seed planting and saving, but also to push for the “rematriation” of Indigenous seeds from institutions who have collected or inherited them, back to their communities of origin.
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu
LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/elizabeth-hoover-seed-sovereignty-and-our-living-relatives-in-native-american-community-farming-and-gardening/


Resonance: Keizo Myochin
Monday, March 2
12:00am to 12:00am
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

DMSE Metal Arts Lecture Series 
The Myochin family is an unbroken line of master armorers and blacksmiths who have produced forged works since the late Heian Period (784–1185 CE) in Japan.

Ever adapting to the changing needs of society,  the Myochin family continues to hone their traditional forging skills while incorporating new materials in their forge. The results of their focused labor are both aesthetically harmonious and functional. 52nd‑generation master blacksmith Keizo Myochin will discuss the traditional smelting of tamahagane (jewel steel). He will also explain the forging process behind the Myochin hibashi and the unique acoustical properties of the hibashi, which Sony, Seiko, and composer Isao Tomita have utilized.


Drivers of Adaptation and Diversity in Plant Populations
Monday, March 2
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Rebecca Y. Kartzinel, Director, Brown University Herbarium

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk
arbweb at arnarb.harvard.edu


The Pursuit of Happiness
Monday, March 2
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall, Soldiers Field Road, Allston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pursuit-of-happiness-tickets-91682343357

SPEAKER(S)  Arthur C. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson 
DETAILS  Are there any real secrets to happiness? Can we control our own happiness? Social scientist Arthur Brooks will weave together ancient wisdom and recent research to answer these questions and explain how we can make ourselves, and our society, happier.
This talk's opening act features the Harvard Business School Faculty Band playing Indie folk rock.
CONTACT INFO	connects at hbs.edu
LINK  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pursuit-of-happiness-tickets-91682343357


Brave Women of Color in Academics
Monday, March 2
4:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 4-370, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

The new co-edited anthology, Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance contains essays and creative works by 28 women of color academics who redefine what it means to be successful in academia, who stand up against injustice in academia despite the risks, and who leverage their positions in university to advance diversity and inclusion in higher education. 

Academic bravery challenges the status quo, crosses boundaries and breaks new ground. In essence, being a brave academic entails refusing to prioritize self-serving interests at the expense of knowledge production and social justice. Rather than avoiding risky endeavors to protect one’s position and status, a brave academic uses her position, status and expertise to effectively advance knowledge and equity, despite the risks.

The anthology, and this panel, seeks to counter the discourse that women of color are solely tokens and victims of marginalization in academe. Women of color academics have leveraged their professional positions to challenge the status quo in their scholarship, teaching, service, activism, and leadership. By presenting reflexive work from various vantage points within and outside of the academy, contributors document the cultivation of mentoring relationships, the use of administrative roles to challenge institutional leadership, and more.

This panel will feature the co-editors of the anthology: Eric Grollman (University of Richmond) and Manya Whitaker (Colorado College) in addition to two contributors: Alessandra Bazo Vienrich (Davidson College) and Robbin Chapman (Harvard University). 

For additional information on this anthology, please see the press release and recent blog post.

Cosponsored by: Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development; MIT Women's and Gender Studies; Tufts Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Boston University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; UMass Boston Africana Studies Department; UMass Boston Department of Anthropology; UMass Boston Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Alessandra Bazo Vienrich, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Davidson College
Eric Grollman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Richmond
Manya Whitaker, Associate Professor and Chair of Education, Colorado College
Robbin Chapman, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Harvard Kennedy School
Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University


Can AI Solve Gun Violence or Is It a Part of the Problem?
Monday, March 2
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School, Rubenstein-414AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Desmond Patton, Former Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the 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.
Desmond Patton, Former Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, will give a talk titled, "Can AI Solve Gun Violence or Is It a Part of the Problem?"
A light dinner will be served.
LINK  https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/can-ai-solve-gun-violence-or-it-part-problem?admin_panel=1


Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation
Monday, March 2
6:30 p.m.
Central Square, Cambridge
RSVP at https://xrmass.org/action/new-member-orientation-2020-03-02/

If you are new to Extinction Rebellion or would just like to learn more about how it works, please join us! We will cover the following:
What is XR? What is civil disobedience & direct action?
What do we want?
What are our principles and values?
How are we organized? 
Come out and learn how you can get involved!
The session will run for around 90 minutes. Exact address will be provided to those who sign up.


Upending American Politics:  Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance
Monday, March 2
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes THEDA SKOCPOL—Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University—and Harvard research coordinator CAROLINE TERVO for a discussion of their co-edited book, Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance.

About Upending American Politics
The election of Barack Obama in 2008 was startling, as was the victory of Donald Trump eight years later. Because both presidents were unusual and gained office backed by Congresses controlled by their own parties, their elections kick-started massive counter-movements. The Tea Party starting in 2009 and the "resistance" after November 2016 transformed America's political landscape.

Upending American Politics offers a fresh perspective on recent upheavals, tracking the emergence and spread of local voluntary citizens' groups, the ongoing activities of elite advocacy organizations and consortia of wealthy donors, and the impact of popular and elite efforts on the two major political parties and candidate-led political campaigns. Going well beyond national surveys, Theda Skocpol, Caroline Tervo, and their contributors use organizational documents, interviews, and local visits to probe changing organizational configurations at the national level and in swing states. This volume analyzes conservative politics in the first section and progressive responses in the second to provide a clear overview of US politics as a whole. By highlighting evidence from the state level, it also reveals the important interplay of local and national trends.


Marching Toward Coverage
Monday, March 2
7:00 PM
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

A lively, clear explanation of the American healthcare reform movement from a noted expert--giving women the tools they need to demand fair and affordable coverage for all people

Healthcare is one of America's most dysfunctional and confusing industries, and women bear the brunt of the problem when it comes to both access and treatment. Women, who make 80 percent of healthcare decisions for their families, are disproportionately impacted by the complex nature of our healthcare system--but are also uniquely poised to fix it.

Founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies Rosemarie Day wants women to recognize their trouble with accessing affordable care as part of a national emergency. Day encourages women throughout the country to share their stories and get involved, and she illustrates how a groundswell of activism, led by everyday women, could create the incentives our political leaders need to change course.

Marching Toward Coverage gives women the clear information they need to move this agenda forward by breaking down complicated topics in an accessible manner, like the ACA (Affordable Care Act), preexisting conditions, and employer-sponsored plans. With more than 25 years working in healthcare strategy and related fields, Day helps the average American understand the business of national health reform and lays out a pragmatic path forward, one that recognizes healthcare as a fundamental human right.

Rosemarie Day is the founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies, which helps to implement national health reform. She's been working in healthcare and related fields for more than 25 years, including as the founding deputy director and chief operating officer of the Health Connector in Massachusetts, where she helped launch the award-winning organization that established the first state-run health insurance exchange in the state. She also served as the chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Medicaid program. Rosemarie lives in Somerville, MA; this is her first book. Connect with her @Rosemarie_Day1 or at rosemarieday.com


Long-Term Thinking—a Short-Term Priority
Monday, March 2
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Venture Cafe at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Kendall Square, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-term-thinkinga-short-term-priority-tickets-92385470429
Cost:  $0 - $15

“If no one else seems to care about the future, why should I?”

Short-term thinking can lead to disillusionment and cynicism. Author and Boston Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkatarman provides a refreshing counterpoint to negative thinking in her 2019 book, The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, named a top business book by The Financial Times and one of the year’s best books by Amazon, Science Friday, and National Public Radio.

Through research, anecdotes, and case studies drawn from her background in public policy, climate change strategy, and journalism, Bina builds the case for long-term thinking, and shares practical tactics for employing it. Bina will lead a Long Now Boston conversation, moderated by author and scholar William Powers, on March 2 on topics such as:
How can we sharpen our own long-term thinking?
What are some key ways to build a culture of long-term thinking?
How can we encourage long-term thinking in business, media, and government?

Join Bina, William, and other Long Now thinkers at the Cambridge Innovation Center and be part of the solution.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; conversation begins at 7 p.m.

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.

[Obtain tickets here at Meetup, or click to Eventbrite for more options: https://optimiststelescope.eventbrite.com
Long Now Boston Charter members use your discount code at Eventbrite
CIC members use your discount at Eventbrite
If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will likely be unavailable due to room size.

About the speakers:
Bina Venkataraman is a journalist, author, and policy expert, and editorial page editor of The Boston Globe. Bina served as senior advisor for climate change innovation in the Obama White House and was director of global policy initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. A frequent public speaker, she has appeared at the TED mainstage and Aspen Ideas, on NPR and MSNBC, and at university campuses around the world. Bina is an alumna of Brown University and the Harvard Kennedy School and has received a Fulbright scholarship, a Princeton in Asia fellowship, a Metcalf fellowship, and a James Reston fellowship. Bina’s book, The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, was published in September 02019.

William Powers is a technologist, a journalist, and author of the New York Times’s 2010 bestseller Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age. He is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. William has served as a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab and as a staff writer for the Washington Post. A frequent speaker and award-winning journalist, he has held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Japan Society.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Bina Venkataraman and William Powers to the podium at this Long Now Boston community conversation.

Tuesday, March 3

Talking Trash to Save Money:  A Guide on Planning Efficient Waste Streams
Tuesday, March 3r
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT) 
50 Milk Street, Room Edison on the 16th floor, Boston
RSVP at https://usgbcma.org/event/talking-trash-to-save-money-the-guide-on-planning-efficient-waste-streams/
Cost:  $35

When architects fail to plan for several waste streams, that building manager can expect to pay up to three times as much in sorting, disposal, and hauling fees, as well as workers’ compensation. In this course, Gretchen Carey, the Recycling and Organics Coordinator of New England for Republic Services, will walk participants through a variety of planning strategies to ensure that they understand the space and electrical requirements necessary for dock space, and the internal storage of trash, recycling, organic food waste, and special materials.

Meet Our Speaker
Gretchen Carey is the Recycling and Organics Coordinator of New England for Republic Services. She is also a LEED Green Associate and Zero Waste TRUE advisor, and has been in the solid waste field for 13 years. Gretchen is also the President of the statewide non-profit, MassRecycle.


A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps - Boston
Tuesday, March 3
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Boston Society for Architecture, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-new-path-forward-for-tall-wood-construction-code-provisions-and-design-steps-boston-tickets-90954650809
Cost:  $20

Onsite Check-in:  8:30 am 
Workshop begins:  9:00 am 
Workshop concludes:  12:00 pm
Lunch:  Included in the price
Parking: Self parking located at the Atlantic Wharf Parking Garage, 280 Congress Street, and is $42 per day so we encourage you to ride share or use public transportation.  Click here for more information.
We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. Concurrently, mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber have opened the door to many new opportunities for construction, one of which is tall wood. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). This presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth. Starting with a review of the technical research and testing that supported their adoption, it will then take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include fire-resistance ratings and allowances for exposed timber, penetrations, sprinklers, connections, exterior walls and much more. Designers can expect to take away the knowledge they need to start exploring tall wood designs on their projects.
Speaker: Marc Rivard, WoodWorks
Questions? Contact: Courtney Rouse: Email: Courtney.Rouse at woodworks.org


DOER/MassCEC Offshore Wind Transmission Technical Conference
Tuesday, March 3
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST
Federal Reserve Plaza, 600 Atlantic Avenue, New England Room, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doermasscec-offshore-wind-transmission-technical-conference-tickets-91141473601

This event is at full capacity. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket to allow those on the waitlist to attend. Livestreaming of conference audio and slides will be made available as a courtesy using GoToWebinar. To register for the livestream, please use the following links:
Morning session livestream: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5521877541957678347
Afternoon session livestream: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6331040034783510285

The preliminary agenda for the conference is now available at https://www.mass.gov/doc/ma-offshore-wind-transmission-preliminary-technical-conference-agenda/download 

In 2018, Massachusetts passed An Act to Advance Clean Energy, Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018 (the “Act”), which required the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to 1) investigate the necessity, benefits and costs of requiring the electricity distribution companies (EDC) to conduct solicitations and procurements for up to 1,600 MW of additional offshore wind and 2) evaluate previous solicitation and procurement processes and make recommendations for any improvements.

Additionally, the Act allows DOER to require the EDCs to jointly and competitively solicit and procure proposals for offshore wind energy transmission sufficient to deliver energy generation procured under the Act.

DOER has solicited written comment and will hold a technical conference to gather data on whether and/or how a solicitation for independent transmission should occur and, if warranted, issue a separate contingent solicitation for independent transmission prior to additional solicitations for offshore wind. This effort will be undertaken in partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

Further information on offshore wind is available on DOER's Offshore Wind Study page.
If you have any questions, please email DOER at marian.swain at mass.gov


Human Rights Challenges & the Heroes Who Are Creating Change
Tuesday, March 3
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Allison Dining Room, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
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.
Kerry Kennedy:  Kerry Kennedy is the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. She is the author of New York Times best-seller, Being Catholic Now ( Random House 2005), Speak Truth to Power ( Random House 2000) and Robert F. Kennedy; Ripples of Hope ( Hachette 2018). For more than thirty years, Ms. Kennedy has devoted herself to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She has worked on a range of issues, including children’s rights, child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, and the environment. She has concentrated specifically on women’s rights, exposing injustices and educating audiences about women’s issues, particularly honor killings, sexual slavery, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, sexual assault, abuse of prisoners, and more. She has led hundreds of human rights delegations.
LINK  https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/human-rights-challenges-heroes-who-are-creating-change


Associates' Panel: Japan in the World Order: Power Shifts and Domestic Contestation
Tuesday, March 3
12 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Tomoki Kuniyoshi, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Associate Professor, Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
Claudia Junghyun Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University. PhD, Political Science, Boston University
Tatsuki Onda, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Associate Director and Economist, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC
Discussant: Jennifer Lind, Dartmouth College
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	eduncan at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK  https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/event/associate-panel-3-3-20?delta=0


IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar: Does Revolution Work? Evidence from Nepal (Rohini Pande, Yale University)
Tuesday, March 3
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building E18-304, 50 Ames Street, Cambridge

The last half century has seen the adoption of  democratic institutions in much of the developing world. However, the conditions under which de jure democratization leads to the representation of historically disadvantaged groups remains debated as do the implications of descriptive representation for policy inclusion. Using detailed administrative and survey data from Nepal, we examine political selection in a new democracy, the implications for policy inclusion and the role of conflict in affecting political transformation. I situate these findings in the context of the political economy literature mapping institutional choice to power and inequality. 

About the speaker: Rohini Pande is the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center, Yale University. She is a co-editor of American Economic Review: Insights.

Pande’s research is largely focused on how formal and informal institutions shape power relationships and patterns of economic and political advantage in society, particularly in developing countries. She is interested the role of public policy in providing the poor and disadvantaged political and economic power, and how notions of economic justice and human rights can help justify and enable such change. Her most recent work focuses on testing innovative ways to make the state more accountable to its citizens, such as strengthening women’s economic and political opportunities, ensuring that environmental regulations reduce harmful emissions, and providing citizens effective means to voice their demand for state services. In 2018, Pande received the Carolyn Bell Shaw Award from the American Economic Association for promoting the success of women in the economics profession. She is the co-chair of the Political Economy and Government Group at Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a Board member of Bureau of Research on Economic Development (BREAD) and a former co-editor of The Review of Economics and Statistics. Before coming to Yale, Pande was the Rafik Harriri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, where she co-founded Evidence for Policy Design.

Pande received a PhD in economics from London School of Economics, a BA/MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a BA in Economics from Delhi University.


Healthcare in the US: A Conversation with Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD
Tuesday, March 3
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Harvard, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Amitabh Chandra, HKS and HBS faculty member 
FScott Gottliebormer, FDA Commissioner and American Enterprise Institute Fellow 
DETAILS  A fireside chat between HKS and HBS faculty member, Amitabh Chandra, and former FDA Commissioner and American Enterprise Institute Fellow, Scott Gottlieb on the state of healthcare in the United States, including the Affordable Care Act, access to Medicare, drug pricing, the opioid epidemic, and more.
The discussion will occur from 4-5 p.m., immediately followed by a reception.
CONTACT INFO	claire_byrne at hks.harvard.edu
LINK  https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/news-events/event-calendar


Who Discovered Evolution?
Tuesday, March 3
6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  William Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
DETAILS  Charles Darwin is commonly cited as the person who “discovered” evolution. But, the historical record shows that roughly seventy different individuals published work on the topic of evolution between 1748 and 1859, the year that Darwin published On the Origin of Species. William Friedman will discuss the ideas of these pre-Darwinian evolutionists, place Darwin in a broader historical context, and examine the nature of scientific discovery and attribution.
LINK  https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/who-discovered-evolution


International Womxn’s Day Lecture: Dr. Vandana Shiva
Tuesday, March 3
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Vandana Shiva
DETAILS  Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. In 1982, she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. In 2004 she started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.Dr. Shiva combines the sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia.Forbes magazine in November 2010 has identified Dr. Vandana Shiva as one of the top Seven most Powerful Women on the Globe. Dr. Shiva has received honorary Doctorates from University of Paris, University of Western Ontario, University of Oslo and Connecticut College, University of Guelph.Among her many awards are the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award, 1993), Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of UN and Earth Day International Award. Lennon ONO grant for peace award by Yoko Ono in 2009, Sydney Peace Prize in 2010, Doshi Bridgebuilder Award, Calgary Peace Prize and Thomas Merton Award in the year 2011,the Fukuoka Award and The Prism of Reason Award in 2012, the Grifone d’Argento prize 2016 and The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016, Veerangana Award 2018, The Sanctuary Wildlife Award 2018 and International Environment Summit & Award 2018.
This event is co-sponsored by Womxn in Design and is organized as part of the 2020 International Womxn's Day activities taking place from March 2 – 6, 2020 at the GSD.
CONTACT INFO	Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events at gsd.harvard.edu
LINK  https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/international-womxns-day-lecture-dr-vandana-shiva/


Wicked High Tides
Tuesday, March 3
6:30PM TO 9:00PM
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston
RSVP at https://www.mos.org/public-events/wicked-high-tides

Join the Museum of Science for an evening devoted to the social, economic, and environmental effects of sea level rise in Boston.

In this forum event, you'll explore the social, economic, and environmental impacts of sea level rise, work with others to recommend resilience strategies, and learn about how participating in community science can help inform scientists about how communities are at risk for flooding. Light refreshments will be provided.

How should communities build resilience for dealing with sea level rise in the coming decades? Nuisance flooding, or sunny day flooding, is increasing in the US. This is caused by sea level rise, which increases the risk to coastal communities with regular tidal flooding and higher storm surges during coastal storms.

In this program you will explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of sea level rise, work with others to recommend resilience strategies, and learn about how participating in community science can help inform scientists about which communities are at risk for flooding. Join us for a fun and interactive evening where you can discover how communities around Boston can be more resilient to sea level rise!

Featured Speaker:
Julie Wormser – Deputy Director of Mystic River Watershed Association
Table event of local organizations working to mitigate and educate the public about sea level rise:
Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)
New England Aquarium
Northeastern University Marine Science Center
And more!
Want to get involved in community science now? Go to http://SciStarter.org/NOAA to get started.

Due to limited space, RSVP is required. 

Contact Name:  FORUMRSVP at MOS.ORG
(617) 723-2500


Spirit Run:  A 6,000 Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Lands
Tuesday March 3
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

An electrifying debut memoir from the son of working-class Mexican immigrants, Noé Álvarez fled a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in an Indigenous marathon from Canada to Guatemala. Running through mountains, deserts, cities, and the territory his parents left behind, Álvarez forges a new relationship with the land, and with the act of running, carrying with him the knowledge of his parents’ migration, and–against all odds, in a society that exploits his body and rejects his spirit–the dream of a liberated future.

Noé Álvarez was born to Mexican immigrant parents and raised working-class in Yakima, Washington. He holds degrees in philosophy and creative writing from Whitman College and Emerson College, respectively. He studied conflict analysis, peacemaking, and conflict resolution at American University and in Northern Ireland, received a fellowship at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and researched U.S. drug policy, military aid, and human rights issues in Colombia’s Putumayo jungles. He lives in Boston, where, until recently, he worked as a security officer at the Boston Athenæum.


Preview Screening and Discussion of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story
Tuesday, March 3
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
MIT Kresge Little Theater, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, w16, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preview-screening-and-discussion-of-east-lake-meadows-a-public-housing-story-tickets-94837221683

WGBH invites you to a special preview and discussion of the new PBS documentary from Executive Producer Ken Burns, East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story, with filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon. 
East Lake Meadows chronicles a public housing community in 1970s Atlanta, giving voice to some of the most marginalized people in our society and raising critical questions about how we have created concentrated poverty and limited housing opportunity for African Americans, and what can be done to address it. 
This is free and open to the public, but we appreciate you letting us know if you plan to attend. Please RSVP.


Wednesday, March 4

SBN's Local Food & Specialty Crop Trade Show
Wednesday, March 4
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Northeastern, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://bostonlocalfood.com/our-events/buy-local-trade-show/
Cost:  $0 - $30

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is offering our 9th Local Food Trade Show. The 2020 Local Food Trade Show is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts.

This event is intended for commercial buyers, not individual consumers.


The Revolution That Failed: Nuclear Competition, Arms Control, and the Cold War
Wednesday, March 4
12:00pm to 1:30am
MIT, Building E40-496, Lucian Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

SSP Wednesday Seminar Series with speaker Brendan Green
Brendan Green is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. His most recent writing is on the dynamics of nuclear weapons and arms races during the Cold War and today, especially in his book The Revolution that Failed: Nuclear Competition, Arms Control, and the Cold War(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). Brendan has been published at The Journal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, International Security, and other outlets for international affairs research and commentary.


Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown: What Does It Tell Us About Authoritarian Populism Today
Wednesday, March 4
4 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Wojciech Sadurski, Challis Professor in Jurisprudence, University of Sydney
Jacek Zakowski, Director, Department of Journalism, Collegium Civitas; Journalist and Author
Vlad Perju, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College
Chair: Grzegorz Ekiert, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; CES Director, Harvard University
DETAILS  Since 2015, Poland’s populist Law and Justice Party (PiS), has been dismantling the major checks and balances of the Polish state and subordinating the courts, the civil service, and the media, to the will of the executive. Political rights have been radically restricted, and the Party has captured the entire state apparatus. The speed and depth of these antidemocratic movements took many observers by surprise. Until recently, Poland was widely regarded as an example of a successful transitional democracy. Poland’s anti-constitutional breakdown poses three questions that this book sets out to answer: What exactly has happened since 2015? Why did it happen? And what are the prospects for a return to liberal democracy?
Professor Wojciech Sadurski will discuss his new book: "Poland's Constitutional Breakdown," Oxford University Press, 2019
CONTACT INFO	Anna Popiel, apopiel at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2020/03/poland-harvard-ces


The Decadent Society:  How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success
Wednesday, March 4
6:00 PM  (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/ross_douthat/
Cost:  $6 - $28.75 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes ROSS DOUTHAT—New York Times op-ed columnist and author of Bad Religion—for a discussion of his latest book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success.

About The Decadent Society
Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think.

Ranging from our grounded space shuttles to our Silicon Valley villains, from our blandly recycled film and television—a new Star Wars saga, another Star Trek series, the fifth Terminator sequel—to the escapism we’re furiously chasing through drug use and virtual reality, Ross Douthat argues that many of today’s discontents and derangements reflect a sense of futility and disappointment—a feeling that the future was not what was promised, that the frontiers have all been closed, and that the paths forward lead only to the grave.

In this environment we fear catastrophe, but in a certain way we also pine for it—because the alternative is to accept that we are permanently decadent: aging, comfortable and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer confident in the future, spurning both memory and ambition while we wait for some saving innovation or revelations, growing old unhappily together in the glowing light of tiny screens.

Correcting both optimists who insist that we’re just growing richer and happier with every passing year and pessimists who expect collapse any moment, Douthat provides an enlightening diagnosis of the modern condition—how we got here, how long our age of frustration might last, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, our decadence might ultimately end.


The Power Worshippers:  Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism
Wednesday March 4
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Katherine Stewart shows that the real power of the American religious right lies in a dense network of think tanks, policy and legal advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations, embedded in a growing network of international alliances with like-minded religious nationalists around the world. The Power Worshippers is a brilliantly reported book of warning and a wake-up call.

Katherine Stewart is one of the leading authorities on the political aspects of the Religious Right. The author of The Good News Club, she contributes to the New York Times, the American Prospect, the Washington Post, the Nation, the Guardian, the Advocate, Slate, and the Atlantic. In 2014, she was named Person of the Year by the national civil liberties group Americans United for Separation of Church and State.


Climate Change, Conservation, and the Role of Native Plant Horticulture
Wednesday, March 4
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

A free lecture by Jesse Bellemare on Mar 4 at 7:00pm, presented by Grow Native Massachusetts at the Cambridge Public Library.

Grow Native Massachusetts is proud to present our 2020 Evenings with Experts lecture series! These talks are free and open to all.

Join us for this talk with Jesse Bellemare, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Smith College.

As our world warms, the distributions of many native plant species are shifting with the climate. But not all species will keep pace with modern climate change, and some could face extinction. This poses a dilemma— what role should we take in helping native plant populations migrate? How do we balance our instinct for preservation with the risk of a relocated plant species disrupting the ecology of its new region? Jesse Bellemare will explore these questions in the context of the constant evolution of plant ranges over time, and the current insights we can gain from native plant horticulture.

Jesse Bellemare’s research focuses on the ecology and biogeography of forest plants in the eastern United States. He has authored numerous scientific articles about the impacts of climate change, invasive insects, and land-use history on plant populations. He is currently the president of the New England Botanical Club.

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

Continuing education credits will be available.

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


Beers and Climate Change
Wednesday, March 4
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Arlington-Climate-Change-Meetup-Group/events/268526296/

Come join us for a drink and learn about Extinction Rebellion. This will be a casual meeting to discuss climate change and upcoming actions. Come, have a drink, have a laugh, and join the movement.

You don't need to bring anything, just a rebellious spirit.

Thursday, March 5

The Future of Regulatory Deference
Thursday, March 5
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building), 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
DETAILS  This seminar will be given by Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School as part of the Regulatory Policy Program's weekly seminar series. Lunch will be served.
CONTACT INFO	mrcbg at hks.harvard.edu
LINK  https://www.hks.harvard.edu/events/rpp-seminar-future-regulatory-deference


How Science Diplomacy Can Result in Effective Climate Policy: Lessons From State and Local Climate Policy Initiatives
Thursday, March 5
Tufts, Room 745B, Dowling Hall, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment

Environmental challenges are transboundary issues that affect all institutions and levels of government. Science diplomacy is a practice that makes science accessible to local and state governments, taking into account placed-based issues and challenges. Universities and the scientific community understand that environmental issues know no boundaries and therefore must be addressed through informed policymaking. Effectively managing impacts on ecosystem services including the effects of climate change presents an increasingly urgent imperative for state and local governments to keep their communities safe, resilient and informed. The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) works with universities, to facilitate access to, and use of, science by state and local policymakers. Through science diplomacy, policies are more durable and resilient to political changes and the sways of politics.

Michelle Wyman is currently the Executive Director at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a nonprofit organization to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. For over 20 years, Ms. Wyman has worked with government at all levels domestically and internationally, and decision-makers on energy, sustainability, and environmental policy development and implementation. She previously served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In that role, she worked directly with the Energy Secretary and led the Department's engagement activities with state, regional, and local governments on issues across the DOE complex, including renewable energy, science, fossil energy, and environmental clean-up. Ms. Wyman's experience includes founding Applied Solutions - Local Governments Building a Clean Economy, an organization that provides resources and connects local governments and decision-makers to a national network of leading scientists and academics engaged in research and scholarship. She also led ICLEI USA, a nonprofit that works directly with cities and counties to advance climate mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development. She has also served in a wide variety of leadership capacities at the World Bank, United Nations, and other multilateral institutions. She has served as the Natural Resources Director for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, and established a public-sector law practice focused on the environment and sustainable development working with states, local governments, and related national nonprofits based in Washington, D.C.


Allies’ Contributions to America’s Wars: Free Rides or Shared Burdens?
Thursday, March 5
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch will be available beginning at 11:30 am)
BU, Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road, Boston
RSVP at https://www.bu.edu/pardee/allies-contributions-to-americas-wars-free-rides-or-shared-burdens/

Critics of the United States’ allies—including President Donald Trump—argue that they underspend on defense, free-riding off of the United States’ relatively large defense budget. What the critics miss is that alliance burden-sharing is about more than just defense spending. America’s allies have made significant contributions of troops and materiel to U.S.-led wars from the Persian Gulf War onward. Jason Davidson, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington, will provide a detailed look at the contribution major U.S. allies have made to U.S.-led military operations in the post-Cold War era, and the significant costs they have incurred. He will also discuss varying motives that lead allies to contribute, noting that allies sometimes contribute primarily because the U.S. has asked them to. Other motives include the allies’ national interest, prestige, or social norms. Finally, Prof. Davidson will discuss explanations for why allies vary in the level of contribution they make to a particular conflict.


Superhuman AI for Multiplayer Poker
Thursday, March 5
MIT, Building  E51-325, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Tuomas Sandholm, Professor, Carnegie Mellon
Abstract: In recent years there have been great strides in AI, with games often serving as challenge problems, benchmarks, and milestones for progress. Since the 1950s, poker has served as such a challenge problem in AI, game theory, and OR. Past successes in such benchmarks, including poker, have been limited to two-player games. However, poker in particular is traditionally played with more than two players. Multiplayer games present fundamental additional issues beyond those in two-player games, and multiplayer poker is a recognized AI milestone. In this paper we present Pluribus, an AI that we show is stronger than top human professionals in six-player no-limit Texas hold’em poker, the most popular form of poker played by humans. To our knowledge, this is the first superhuman AI for a multiplayer game. It is based on our new techniques such as depth-limited lookahead for imperfect-information games and equilibrium-finding algorithms that are significantly more scalable than prior approaches. This is joint work with my PhD student Noam Brown.

Bio:Tuomas is Angel Jordan Professor of Computer Science at CMU and Co-Director of CMU AI. He holds appointments in the Computer Science Department, Machine Learning Department, Ph.D. Program in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO), and CMU/UPitt Joint Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology. He is the Founder and Director of the Electronic Marketplaces Laboratory. In parallel with his academic career, he was Founder, Chairman, and CTO/Chief Scientist of CombineNet, Inc. from 1997 until its acquisition in 2010. During this period the company commercialized over 800 of the world's largest-scale combinatorial multi-attribute sourcing auctions with $60 billion in volume and over $6 billion in generated savings. His CMU algorithms run the UNOS national kidney exchange, which includes 173 transplant centers, that is, 73% of the transplant centers in the US. Since the founding of the exchange in 2010, his algorithms make the life-and-death kidney exchange decisions autonomously for those centers together each week. He is Founder and CEO of Optimized Markets, which is bringing a new optimization-powered expressive market paradigm to advertising campaign sales, scheduling, and pricing—in linear and nonlinear TV, Internet display, video and audio streaming, mobile, game, radio, and cross-media advertising. He is Founder and CEO of Strategic Machine, which is fielding his game-solving techniques to business, recreational gaming, and finance applications. He is Founder and CEO of Strategy Robot, which is fielding his game-solving techniques to defense and intelligence applications. Among his honors are the IJCAI Minsky Medal, Computers and Thought Award, inaugural ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award, Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence, Edelman Laureateship, Sloan Fellowship, Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence, and NSF Career Award. He is Fellow of INFORMS, ACM, and AAAI. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich.


The Infrastructure of the U.S. Comic Book Industry and the Long History of Superheroes in Hollywood
Thursday, March 5
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building E15-318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

This talk will discuss the history of the American comic book industry during the 20th century. This medium has dominated the film and television landscape in recent years, and has come to define contemporary corporate transmedia production. But before moving to the center of mainstream popular culture, comic books spent half a century wielding their influence from the margins and in-between spaces of the entertainment business. Dr. Kidman will argue that the best way to understand the immense influence of this relatively small business is through a political economic analysis. Specifically, she will discuss industrial infrastructure—the aspects of our media environment that often lack public visibility, including distribution, copyright and contract law, and financing. These systems channeled the industry’s growth and ultimately gave the medium its shape. Accordingly, a closer look at the everyday intricacies of the business yields a very different kind of narrative about what comic books are and how they came to be. It also helps explain why comic books and comic book strategies became so central to media production in the 21st century, and why these trends are likely to persist well into the future.

Shawna Kidman is an Assistant Professor of Communication at UC San Diego where she teaches courses in media studies. Her research on the media industries has been published in Velvet Light Trap, the International Journal of Learning and Media, and the International Journal of Communication. She is the author of Comic Books Incorporated: How the Business of Comics Became the Business of Hollywood (UC Press, 2019), a history of the U.S. comic book industry’s convergence with the film and television business. Before earning her PhD in Critical Media Studies at USC, Shawna worked in the media business, including as a creative executive at DC Comics.


Gods and Robots: Myths and Ancient Dreams of Technology
Thursday, March 5
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

DETAILS  Who first imagined robots? As early as Homer, Greek myths envisioned automated servants, self-moving devices, and AI—and grappled with ethical concerns about technology. This talk explores how some of today’s most advanced innovations in robotics and AI were foreshadowed in classical antiquity.
Adrienne Mayor is a research scholar in the Classics Department and the History and Philosophy of Science Program, Stanford University. Her most recent book is Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology. Other books include The First Fossil Hunters; Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World; The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women; and a biography of Mithradates, The Poison King (National Book Award finalist).
CONTACT	CSWR, 617.495.4476


The Second Kind of Impossible:  The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter
Thursday, March 5
6:00 PM
Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Cabot Science Library welcome PAUL J. STEINHARDT—renowned physicist and the Albert Einstein Professor of Science at Princeton University—for a discussion of his latest book, The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter.

About The Second Kind of Impossible
When leading Princeton physicist Paul Steinhardt began working in the 1980s, scientists thought they knew all the conceivable forms of matter. The Second Kind of Impossible is the story of Steinhardt’s thirty-five-year-long quest to challenge conventional wisdom. It begins with a curious geometric pattern that inspires two theoretical physicists to propose a radically new type of matter—one that raises the possibility of new materials with never before seen properties, but that violates laws set in stone for centuries. Steinhardt dubs this new form of matter “quasicrystal.” The rest of the scientific community calls it simply impossible.

The Second Kind of Impossiblecaptures Steinhardt’s scientific odyssey as it unfolds over decades, first to prove viability, and then to pursue his wildest conjecture—that nature made quasicrystals long before humans discovered them. Along the way, his team encounters clandestine collectors, corrupt scientists, secret diaries, international smugglers, and KGB agents. Their quest culminates in a daring expedition to a distant corner of the Earth, in pursuit of tiny fragments of a meteorite forged at the birth of the solar system.

Steinhardt’s discoveries chart a new direction in science. They not only change our ideas about patterns and matter, but also reveal new truths about the processes that shaped our solar system. The underlying science is important, simple, and beautiful—and Steinhardt’s firsthand account is an engaging scientific thriller.


Women Take the Reel film: "Fear No Gumbo"
Thursday, March 5
6:30pm to 9:00pm
MIT< Building E15, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Kimberly Rivers-Roberts, known from the Academy Award nominated documentary Trouble the Water (2008) turns her video camera on herself and her community years after Hurricane Katrina (which she calls "America's worst man-made disaster"), giving her viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at how some of the residents of New Orleans recovered and are still trying to recover from the storm.

co-sponsored by the LIST Visual Arts Center
6:30pm Pizza
7pm Screening
Followed by Q&A with Director Kimberly-Rivers-Roberts
Part of the Women Take the Reel film festival.


Lurking:  How a Person Became a User
Thursday, March 5
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes debut author JOANNE MCNEIL for a discussion of her book, Lurking: How a Person Became a User. She will be joined in conversation by KENDRA ALBERT, clinical instructor and lecturer at Harvard Law School.

About Lurking
In a shockingly short amount of time, the internet has bound people around the world together and torn us apart and changed not just the way we communicate but who we are and who we can be. It has created a new, unprecedented cultural space that we are all a part of—even if we don’t participate, that is how we participate—but by which we’re continually surprised, betrayed, enriched, befuddled. We have churned through platforms and technologies and in turn been churned by them. And yet, the internet is us and always has been.

In Lurking, Joanne McNeil digs deep and identifies the primary (if sometimes contradictory) concerns of people online: searching, safety, privacy, identity, community, anonymity, and visibility. She charts what it is that brought people online and what keeps us here even as the social equations of digital life—what we’re made to trade, knowingly or otherwise, for the benefits of the internet—have shifted radically beneath us. It is a story we are accustomed to hearing as tales of entrepreneurs and visionaries and dynamic and powerful corporations, but there is a more profound, intimate story that hasn’t yet been told.

Long one of the most incisive, ferociously intelligent, and widely respected cultural critics online, McNeil here establishes a singular vision of who we are now, tells the stories of how we became us, and helps us start to figure out what we do now.


The Velvet Rope Economy
Thursday, March 5
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

From New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz comes a gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in every arena of life, creating a friction-free existence for those with money on one side and a Darwinian struggle for the middle class on the other side.

In nearly every realm of daily life--from health care to education, highways to home security--there is an invisible velvet rope that divides how Americans live. On one side of the rope, for a price, red tape is cut, lines are jumped, appointments are secured, and doors are opened. On the other side, middle- and working-class Americans fight to find an empty seat on the plane, a place in line with their kids at the amusement park, a college acceptance, or a hospital bed.

We are all aware of the gap between the rich and everyone else, but when we weren't looking, business innovators stepped in to exploit it, shifting services away from the masses and finding new ways to profit by serving the privileged. And as decision-makers and corporate leaders increasingly live on the friction-free side of the velvet rope, they are less inclined to change--or even notice--the obstacles everyone else must contend with. Schwartz's "must read" book takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this new reality and shows the toll the velvet rope divide takes on society.

NELSON SCHWARTZ has worked as a business reporter at The New York Times since 2007 and currently covers economics.


Wilding (March Eco Book Club)
Thursday, March 5
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Cambridge-Eco-Book-Club/events/267177653/

The Cambridge Eco Book Club reads books (both fiction and non-fiction) about eco and sustainability related topics.

Book Club Guidelines
First and foremost: please read the book! Book clubs work best when we're all on the same page (eh? eh?) and have done the reading.

Discussion questions will be sent out 48 hours before the event to help stimulate your thoughts. Feel free to ignore them if you've already got plenty you want to talk about!

Everyone is welcome. Enthusiastic discussion, debate, and disagreement is welcome, but respect for other participants is required.

If we are meeting at a cafe or other local business, please try to purchase something to support the venue that has been gracious enough to host us.

Meetups are limited to 12 people. As such, an accurate RSVP is much appreciated.

Friday, March 6

Managing the drinking water microbiome:  challenges and opportunities
Friday, March 6
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Ralph M Parsons Laboratory, 15 Vassar Street, Room 316, Cambridge 

Prof. Ameet Pinto, Northeastern University

Environmental Science Seminar Series


Working Session with Adrienne Mayor on "Tyrants and Robots" for Ancient Modern AI: Interfaith Working Group on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Friday, March 6
12 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, Conference Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

DETAILS  Facilitated by Andre Uhl (G-5, Art, Film, and Visual Studies)
Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence research have evoked great hopes and fears in anticipation of a new era in human history. While the industry has been invested in the acceleration of statistical machine learning to optimize autonomous operating systems, a rising number of ethicists have responded with questions and concerns about the role of human agency within these systems. Some expect that we are going to merge with machines and upgrade ourselves into god-like beings with divine abilities of creation and destruction. Others fear that machines will overpower their human creators and take control of our world.
In spring 2020, the Center for the Study of World Religions will host a working group to explore the different cultural and religious assumptions that shape our thinking about Artificial Intelligence, and that limit or enable our ethical reflection on it. Do different religious imaginaries offer different options for thinking about AI, and the ethical questions contemporary research raises? For example, might Christian, Buddhist, or indigenous belief systems offer different models for understanding the emergence of AI? Are there models we wish to avoid, or models we wish to embrace? And how do we reconcile competing models, and work together across differences for ethical AI?
Set in a peer-to-peer co-learning environment, the working group will offer a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners of world religions to leverage their expertise in an interdisciplinary setting, and to collectively raise awareness for the significant role that world religions play in today’s cultures, economies, and political structures.
Schedule:  Introductory Session: Friday, January 31, 2-5 pm, CSWR Conference Room
Working Session with Peter Hershock (East West Center Hawaii): Friday, February 14, noon-2pm, CSWR Conference Room
Working Session with Adrienne Mayor (Stanford University) on "Tyrants and Robots": Friday, March 6, noon-2pm, CSWR Conference Room
Wrap-up Session: Friday, April 3, 2-5 pm, CSWR Conference Room
Please RSVP to Andre Uhl.


Climate Change and Cities: Mitigation and Adaptation
Friday, March 6
1:00pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

'Climate Change and Cities' is an Environmental Policy and Planning Group lunch series in the Spring 2020 term. 


Bird Love:  The Family Life of Birds
Friday, March 6
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes WENFEI TONG—research associate in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University—for a discussion of her book Bird Love: The Family Life of Birds.

About Bird Love
Bird Love looks at the extraordinary range of mating systems in the avian world, exploring all the stages from courtship and nest-building to protecting eggs and raising chicks. It delves into the reasons why some species, such as the wattled jacana, rely on males to do all the childcare, while others, such as cuckoos and honeyguides, dump their eggs in the nests of others to raise. For some birds, reciprocal promiscuity pays off: both male and female dunnocks will rear the most chicks by mating with as many partners as possible. For others, long-term monogamy is the only way to ensure their offspring survive.

The book explores the wide variety of ways birds make sure they find a mate in the first place, including how many male birds employ elaborate tactics to show how sexy they are. Gathering in leks to display to females, they dance, pose, or parade to sell their suitability as a mate. Other birds attract a partner with their building skills: female bowerbirds rate brains above beauty, so males construct elaborate bowers with twig avenues and cleared courtyards to impress them.

Looking at the differing levels of parenting skills across species around the world, we see why a tenth of bird species, including the fairy-wrens of Australia, have helpers at the nest who forgo their own reproduction to assist the breeding pair; how brood parasites and their hosts have engaged in evolutionary arms races; and how monogamous pairs share—or relinquish—their responsibilities.

Illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs, Bird Love is a celebration of the global diversity of avian reproductive strategies.


The Boston Massacre:  A Family History
Friday, March 6
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes SERENA ZABIN—professor of history at Carleton College and author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York—for a discussion of her latest book, The Boston Massacre: A Family History.

About The Boston Massacre
The story of the Boston Massacre—when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political.

Professor Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. And she reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these armies. We see these families jostling with Bostonians for living space, finding common cause in the search for a lost child, trading barbs and and sharing baptisms. Becoming, in other words, neighbors. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human, now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution.

Serena Zabin’s The Boston Massacre delivers an indelible new slant on iconic American Revolutionary history.


Rebel Cinderella
Friday, March 6
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge 

From the best-selling author of King Leopold's Ghost and Spain in Our Hearts comes the astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who married an heir to a great American fortune and became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time.

Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Jack London, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Rose stirred audiences to tears and led strikes of restaurant waiters and garment workers. She campaigned alongside the country’s earliest feminists to publicly defy laws against distributing information about birth control, earning her notoriety as “one of the dangerous influences of the country” from President Woodrow Wilson. But in a way no one foresaw, her too-short life would end in the same abject poverty with which it began.

By a master of narrative nonfiction, Rebel Cinderella unearths the rich, overlooked life of a social justice campaigner who was truly ahead of her time.

ADAM HOCHSCHILD is the author of ten books. King Leopold’s Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.


Friday March 6 
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Jenny Offill
For years Lizzie Benson has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She’s become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls.

Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Last Things (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award), and Dept. of Speculation, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Pen Faulkner Award and the International Dublin Award. She lives in upstate New York and teaches at Syracuse University and in the low residency program at Queens University.

Editorial Comment:  A novel about climate change that is getting some buzz.

Saturday, March 7

MIT Robo-AI Exchange 2020
Saturday, March 7
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
MIT Samberg Conference Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-robo-ai-exchange-2020-tickets-72790762129

Join us for the MIT Robo-AI Exchange ( https://robo-ai.org/ ) at the Samberg Conference Center on March 7! Boston Robotics Meetup Group members should use code "MIT_Boston_Robotics" for 10% off professional tickets (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-robo-ai-exchange-2020-tickets-72790762129)

This exciting conference was established to foster discussion around successful strategies for adopting robotics and AI in commercial organizations. The subject matter will include automation in operations, enterprise analytics, emerging solutions, and ethics/regulation.

Hear from 15+ senior leaders from companies including BMW, iRobot, 3M, John Deere, Fortive, Eckhart, Manifold, Brainrobotics, and more. This is a phenomenal opportunity to network with over 250 industry professionals, students, and faculty that you do not want to miss!

Please visit https://robo-ai.org for more information. This is a student-led event at MIT Sloan School of Management.


Local Environmental Action 2020
Saturday, March 7
9 a.m.
Northeastern, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://tpin.webaction.org/c/72/t/12705/shop/shop.jsp?storefront_KEY=14 
Cost:  $15 - $45

Extinction Rebellion is cosponsoring this event by Toxics Action Center, MCAN, and 350 Mass! It is the 33rd annual!

From their event listing: We believe that change happens when people come together, form a plan, and take action. That’s why we bring together hundreds of activists from across the region to share the skills you need to make change, learn more about the problems facing our world today, and be inspired to keep up the fight.

For the past 33 years, we’ve brought together hundreds of community leaders for the biggest gathering of environmental and public health activists in our region.

Monday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 10

Biotechnology and the Future of Medicine: Harvard Medical School Annual Bioethics Conference
Monday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 10
Harvard, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

SPEAKER(S)  View presenter bios online:  https://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/events/annual-bioethics-conference/abc-2020-conference-presenters
COST  $50, includes two days programming and refreshments.
TICKET WEB LINK  https://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/events/annual-bioethics-conference
CONTACT INFO	Center for Bioethics
ABC2020 at hms.harvard.edu
DETAILS  The 2020 Annual Bioethics Conference will explore the potential of biotechnology to drive and shape the future of clinical care and research.
The practice of medicine over the course of the last fifty years has changed dramatically. Novel technological developments will continue to generate new discoveries, therapies, and patient outcomes. Recent advances in intertwined areas, such as stem cell-based bioengineering, organoid technology, low-cost personal genome sequencing, machine learning, and human genome editing have the potential to create more effective, personalized medical treatments. But as we progress toward this biotechnologically-driven medical future, we must consider how ethical values can shape these advancements and vice versa. This conference will examine how ethics interacts with biotechnology in medicine, and consider multiple approaches to how we might ensure that biotechnology continues to evolve ethically.
LINK  https://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/events/annual-bioethics-conference

Monday, March 9

Geopolitical Implications of the Rapidly Changing Arctic
Monday, March 9
11:45am - 1:00pm
Harvard, Rubenstein Building, David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Fran Ulmer, HKS Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow

Please note that this week's seminar will take place in the David Ellwood Democracy Lab, not Bell Hall.

As always, this event is free and open to the public; no RSVPs required. Buffet-style lunch will be served.


Water Limitation and Vegetated Ecosystem Responses
Monday, March 9
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Daniel Short Gianotti, MIT

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk
arbweb at arnarb.harvard.edu


Code Work: Hacking Across the Techno-Borderlands
Monday, March 9
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge 

Héctor Beltrán, MIT

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


An Environmental History of the Late Ottoman Frontier
Monday, March 9
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Chris Gratien, Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia
DETAILS  Chris Gratien is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, as well as Assistant Professor of History at University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on environmental history and the modern Middle East. He is also co-creator of Ottoman History Podcast, an internet radio program about history and society in the Ottoman Empire and the broader Islamic world.
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/environmental-history-late-ottoman-frontier


Total Costs of Domestic Violence
Monday, March 9
4:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-151, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Katrine Vellesen Løken, University of Bergen


Kelman Seminar: The Fog of Victory | Gabriella Blum
Monday, March 9
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Pound Hall 100, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Gabriella Blum, Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School
DETAILS  Though much progress has been made in recent decades to flesh out the rules on how we fight, much less progress has been made in answering the question, what we fight for. Liberal democracies who wage war today often fail to articulate a coherent vision of what they aim to achieve or how their interests would be satisfied through war. In other words, while the means of war have become more constrained and subject to strict regulation, the goals of war are as malleable and varied as they ever were. Exacerbating matters are substantial financial and business interests in political decision-making about armed conflicts. These observations help explain the phenomenon of ‘forever wars,’ as well as illuminate the challenges for conflict resolution.
dlong at law.harvard.edu
LINK  https://www.pon.harvard.edu/events/fog-of-victory/


Humane Warfare: An Ancient Perspective on Ethics in War
Monday, March 9
MIT, Building E51-275, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Presented by Linda R. Rabieh, Concourse and Political Science, MIT
What are the ethics that should guide our soldiers in war?  Although this is an old question, it must be revisited in light of the peculiar situations in which our soldiers are called to act in the 21st century.  Do the same  principles apply when we engage in war through automated drones or cyber warfare?  How is it possible to maintain ethical principles when confronted with the brutality of those who refuse to distinguish between combatants and civilians?  For guidance, this talk returns to ancient political thought, which grappled with questions both of war and of character, and in particular to Plato’s Republic, where Socrates outlines an education for warriors and the nature of a healthy soul that suggests different grounds for ethical actions, grounds that may provide a superior model for our complex times.


Reimagining Reality: Human Rights & Immersive (AR/VR) Technology
Monday, March 9
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School, Rubenstein-414AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Brittan Heller, Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the 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.
A light dinner will be served.
LINK  https://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/reimagining-reality-human-rights-immersive-arvr-technology?admin_panel=1


Boston New Technology AI & Data Startup Showcase #BNT111 (21+)
Monday, March 9
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Foley Hoag, LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at 
Cost:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-new-technology-ai-data-startup-showcase-bnt111-21-tickets-93920732439
$0 – $99

Join us to:s
See 6 innovative and exciting local Artificial Intelligence and Data product demos, presented by startup founders
Network with attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free headshot photo (non-intrusively watermarked) from The Boston Headshot!
Enjoy dinner with beer, wine and more
Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience for 5 minutes.
Limited free tickets for Investment Firms and local C-Level Founders!
Register at least 2 days prior to save 50%. Only $15!


The Tyranny of Virtue:  Identity, the Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies
Monday, March 9
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes ROBERT BOYERS—professor of Arts and Letters at Skidmore College—for a discussion of his latest book, The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, the Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies.

About The Tyranny of Virtue
Written from the perspective of a liberal intellectual who has spent a lifetime as a writer, editor, and college professor, The Tyranny of Virtue is a precise and nuanced insider’s look at shifts in American culture—most especially in the American academy—that so many people find alarming. Part memoir and part polemic, an anatomy of important and dangerous ideas, and a cri de coeur lamenting the erosion of standard liberal values, Boyers’s collection of essays is devoted to such subjects as tolerance, identity, privilege, appropriation, diversity, and ableism that have turned academic life into a minefield. Why, Robert Boyers asks, are a great many liberals, people who should know better, invested in the drawing up of enemies lists and driven by the conviction that on critical issues no dispute may be tolerated? In stories, anecdotes, and character profiles, a public intellectual and longtime professor takes on those in his own progressive cohort who labor in the grip of a poisonous and illiberal fundamentalism. The end result is a finely tuned work of cultural intervention from the front lines.

Tuesday, March 10

Associates' Panel: Challenges of Democracy in the U.S. and Japan
Tuesday, March 10
12 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Masahito Watanabe, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Associate Professor, Political Science, Hokkaido University
Yuji Endo, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Staff Writer, Asahi Shimbun
Taishi Muraoka, Postdoctoral Fellow, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University. PhD, Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis
Discussant: Mary Alice Haddad, Professor of Government, East Asian Studies, and Environmental Studies; Wesleyan University
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	eduncan at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK  https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/event/associate-panel-3-10-20?delta=0


The US-Iran Crisis: A Reporter’s Firsthand Perspective
Tuesday, March 10
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Reese Erlich, Freelance Foreign Correspondent, Peabody Award winner
DETAILS  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/calendar/upcoming


Extra Time: 10 Lessons For An Ageing World
Tuesday, March 10
1:30 PM – 2 PM
Harvard Coop, Harvard Square, Two Brattle Square, Mezzanine, Cambridge

Risa Mednick
In Extra Time, Camilla Cavendish embarks on a journey to understand how different countries are responding to
these unprecedented challenges. Travelling across the world in a carefully researched and deeply human
investigation, Cavendish contests many of the taboos around ageing.

Interviewing leading scientists about breakthroughs that could soon transform the quality and extent of life, she
sparks a debate about how governments, businesses, doctors, the media and each one of us should handle the
second half of life. She argues that if we take a more positive approach, we should be able to reap the benefits of a
prolonged life. But that will mean changing our attitudes and using technology, community, even anti-ageing pills, to
bring about a revolution.

About the Author:  Camilla Cavendish is an award-winning columnist and broadcaster, whose campaigns have changed the law. She was the head of the Downing Street Policy Unit and now sits in the House of Lords. She writes the high-profile weekly Saturday op-ed column in the Financial Times, is a contributor to the Sunday Times, appears regularly on programmes like Today and Question Time, and is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Extra Time is her first book.


A Screening of ‘Dark Waters’: The Business and Societal Impacts of Drinking Water Contamination
Tuesday, March 10
3–6:30 pm
Harvard, Spangler Auditorium, 117 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-screening-of-dark-waters-the-business-societal-impacts-of-drinking-water-contamination-tickets-94654390831

Harvard Business School’s Student Sustainability Associates and the Harvard Office for Sustainability are co-hosting the event: “A Screening of ‘Dark Waters’: The Business and Societal Impacts of Drinking Water Contamination”. The event aims to make the Harvard community aware of the impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in our drinking water and how organizations can move away from the use of PFAS as a part of their operations. 

The first hour will include a panel discussion featuring Dr. Joseph Allen from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Heather Henriksen from Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, and Jason Jewherst from Bruner/Cott Architects. After the panel, we will be screening the movie Dark Waters to highlight ways in which industry may be impacted and why they should be proactive in removing PFAS from their operations.
The panel will highlight the following:
The latest science on the health & environmental impacts of PFAS;
Examples of what different organizations are doing to remove PFAS from their operations and why they have made this switch;
Recommendations for what leaders could do to make a meaningful impact in the reduction of PFAS in our waterways;
Other chemicals that are contaminating our drinking water; and
What you can do to make proactive changes in your personal life.
The event will be held on March 10th in the Spangler Auditorium. The panel will run from 3-4 pm followed by the screening of the movie. If you’re planning to attend, please register for the event. Questions? Please email sustainability at hbs.edu. 


Biology Colloquium Series:  Underground Networks
Tuesday, March 10
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Philip Benfey, Duke University, "Underground Networks."  Hosted by Mary Gehring. The Biology Colloquium is a weekly seminar held throughout the academic year, featuring distinguished speakers in many areas of the biological sciences, from universities and institutions worldwide. More information on speakers, their affiliations, and titles of their talks will be added as available. 

The Colloquium takes place at the Stata Center's Kirsch Auditorium, 32-123, at 4:00PM on most Tuesdays during the school year. Contact: Linda Earle lkn at mit.edu


Ill Winds Against Liberal Democracy
Tuesday, March 10
4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Harvard, Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building, 4th Floor, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Larry Diamond, Senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University
Moderator: Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School
DETAILS  Join us for a discussion with Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate.
About the Democracy in Hard Places Initiative
This discussion is part of the Ash Center's Democracy in Hard Places Initiative, a program directed by Tarek Masoud, Professor of Public Policy and Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations. Democracy in Hard Places aims to foster social science research on democratic experiments—both successful and failed—throughout the developing world to learn how democracy can be built and maintained in a variety of terrains. The initiative's seminar series brings to campus distinguished scholars and practitioners to analyze the conditions, institutions, and behaviors that enable democracy to survive in hard places.
LINK  https://ash.harvard.edu/event/democracy-hard-places-seminar-ill-winds-against-liberal-democracy


Emile Bustani Seminar: "Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Forty-year Rivalry that Undid the Middle East"
Tuesday, March 10
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-325, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Kim Ghattas, Senior Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
“What happened to us?” For decades, the question has haunted the Arab and Muslim world, heard across Iran and Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Was it always so? When did the extremism, intolerance and bloodletting of today displace the region’s cultural promise and diversity? Drawing on her recent book, BLACK WAVE (Henry Holt and Company, 2020) Ghattas identifies the year 1979 as the turning point for the wider Middle East with the confluence of three events that year: the Iranian revolution, the siege of the Holy Mosque in Mecca and the invasion of Afghanistan. Nothing was ever the same again—not for the region and not for the rest of the world, as the dynamics unleased that year had far reaching consequences for the US and the West, paving the way for 9-11, the birth of groups like Hezbollah and ISIS. Before 1979, Saudi Arabia and Iran had been working allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region – but the radical legacy of these events made them mortal enemies, competing for leadership of the Muslim world, a dynamic that transformed culture, society, religion and geopolitics across the region. This lecture explores key moments and trends from the last four decades to help shatter accepted truths about the Arab and Muslim world, sectarianism and the role that Saudi Arabia and Iran each played in shaping the Middle East we know it today.

Kim Ghattas is an Emmy-award winning journalist and a New York Times best-selling author who covered the Middle East for twenty years for the BBC and the Financial Times.  She has also reported on the U.S State Department and American politics, and is the author of The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power. She has been published in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy and is currently a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.  She sits on the board of trustees of the American University of Beirut. Born and raised in Lebanon, she now lives between Beirut and Washington.


Advocacy Summit: Passive House as the Platform for Net-Zero, Electrification, and Carbon-Free Buildings
Tuesday, March 10,
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, 2nd Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advocacy-summit-passive-house-as-the-platform-for-net-zero-electrification-and-carbon-free-buildings-tickets-95699922043

Citizen groups across Massachusetts are pushing for local bans on new fossil fuel infrastructure, policies to encourage building electrification, and create a Net Zero Stretch Code in an effort to dramatically reduce the climate impact of buildings. 

With a little over 2 million existing buildings and 500,000 new buildings anticipated before 2050, (with most of those in the next 10 years) Massachusetts has a difficult task ahead to address the ~40% of state greenhouse gases from our buildings.  

To get to net zero by 2050, we need to ensure new buildings are built to the highest energy efficiency standard, use all efficient electric heat pumps for heating, and add as much renewable energy on site as possible. We will also need to dramatically improve insulation and air sealing in existing buildings, get fossil fuels out of heating in existing homes, get the electric grid to 100% renewables and on-site solar added to suitable sites.

So how do we get there, and how does Passive House- the most energy efficient standard in the world- play into the transformation we need to make in Massachusetts buildings? Passive House is the foundation for net zero buildings. 

Passive House Massachusetts (PHMA), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) are co-sponsoring a meeting at the next PHMA monthly meeting on March 10th at 5:30 at the Boston Society of Architects Space. 

Come learn what is different about Passive House buildings, how local and state policies can be used to promote Passive House, how Passive House complements electrification efforts, and how Passive House fits into a concept of net zero stretch code. Gather with other community groups to explore the synergies and potential partnerships between groups when focusing on dramatic reduction in climate impacts of new construction and existing buildings.


Race and the Unruly Delights of 1960s American Film
Tuesday, March 10,
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Harvard, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Wendy Allison Lee, Skidmore College
Scott Poulson-Bryant, Fordham University
LINK  https://histlit.fas.harvard.edu/event/distinguished-lecture-wendy-lee-and-scott-poulson-bryant?delta=0


Closing The Environmental Voting Gap in 2020!
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Venture Cafe - Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/closing-the-environmental-voting-gap-in-2020-tickets-91890351515
Cost:  $8

2020 is here and the Environmental Vote will matter more than ever. Tonight is about a massive effort to get it done, and how you can help.

Primary elections are happening now and the presidential election is less than 10 months away. This is a particularly important time for us, as a sustainability community, to step up and help ensure that the environment is front and center in political discussions, locally and nationally. For that to happen, people that care about the environment need to show up at the polls and, well, many of them unfortunately don’t. The current administration’s abysmal track record in addressing climate change and protecting the environment magnifies that issue many times over.

To teach and also inspire how to fix this, we invited the expert on this topic back to BASG for an update and are super excited to hand the floor and mike to Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project (EVP).

According to the EVP, polls show that while tens of millions of Americans strongly prioritize progressive environmental policies, these people do not vote. It is fact that over 15 million individually identifiable environmentalists stayed at home on Election Day during recent nationwide elections.

Since Nathaniel presented at BASG three years ago, his team has been working hard right here in Massachusetts and across many other states to get more environmentalists to vote in every election.

Here's what you can expect from Nathaniel:
A quick general refresher of EVP’s mission and work
A data-driven explanation of why the environmental vote is key
An updated view of environmental voters and non-voters
Reminder of what is at stake in state and federal elections
Perspectives why 2020 is especially critical for the next 10 years
Thoughts on the chances of a green wave happening
Nathaniel is a data-driven, passionate, knowledgeable, impactful speaker, and has thankfully accepted the environmental vote as his calling. We are so lucky that he did.

About Nathaniel Stinnett
Nathaniel founded the Environmental Voter Project in 2015 after over a decade of experience as a senior advisor, consultant, and trainer for political campaigns and issue-advocacy nonprofits. Hailed as a "visionary" by The New York Times, and dubbed "The Voting Guru" by Grist magazine, Nathaniel is a frequent expert speaker on cutting-edge campaign techniques and the behavioral science behind getting people to vote. He has held a variety of senior leadership and campaign manager positions on U.S. Senate, Congressional, state, and mayoral campaigns, and he sits on the Board of Advisors for MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Formerly an attorney at the international law firm DLA Piper LLP, Nathaniel holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two daughters.

About the Environmental Voter Project
The Environmental Voter Project is a new, powerful concept that (1) uses big-data analytics to identify inactive environmentalists and then (2) applies cutting-edge behavioral science to turn them into more consistent voters. Using a new generation of Get-Out-The-Vote techniques, the EVP is dramatically increasing voter turnout while precisely measuring its impact.

EVP is a non-partisan nonprofit organization and does not endorse candidates or tell people how to vote. Their goal is much bigger: instead of trying to influence particular elections, EVP aims to fundamentally change the electorate so that policy makers respond accordingly. This steady, movement-building approach is using proven techniques to bring environmental voter turnout to a tipping point of overwhelming demand for progressive environmental policies.


'The Need to Grow' Film + Conversation
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-need-to-grow-film-conversation-tickets-89709037145
Cost:  $10

Join Mothers Out Front/Healthy Soils and Farmers To You for the first local screening of The Need To Grow - an award-winning documentary. The film offers an intimate look into the pioneering work of climate activists and innovators in the regenerative soil and healthy food movements.

The Need To Grow presents evidence about the importance of healthy soil. It also reveals the potential of localized food production - without the use of chemicals - to enhance the health of a community. It shows how we can improve the nutrition of our food and increase the capacity of the soil to drawdown carbon from the atmosphere.

Doors open at 6:00, movie starts at 6:30. A conversation with urban/organic farmers and green roofers will follow.
Bring your questions for Boston's Eastie Farm, Farmers To You and Somerville's Recover green roofs.


Tuesday, March 10
6:30 – 8:30 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston
RSVP at https://generalassemb.ly/education/augmented-virtual-reality-expo/boston/95848

Join us at GA to see innovative and exciting local AR & VR technology demos, presented by startup founders and industry experts. Network with 100+ attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community.

If you would like to showcase your products or company at this event, please contact bospartnerships at generalassemb.ly
Please note that entry will be available based on a first come, first served basis and that registration for this event does not ensure you a seat. We encourage you to arrive on time to ensure your entry.

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.

Boston New Technology
Boston New Technology is a tech and startup community whose mission is to help local startups succeed through free publicity, education, business connections, resources and live presentation opportunities at monthly events.


A Very Stable Genius
Tuesday, March 10
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join Porter Square Books at First Parish Church in Cambridge to hear from Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, authors of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America! This event begins at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm. This is a ticketed event, and tickets are valid for $10 towards your book purchase at the event itself. Your ticket can be purchased at the bottom of this page.

“This taut and terrifying book is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date." - Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, both Pulitzer Prize winners, provide the definitive insider narrative of Donald Trump's unique presidency with shocking new reporting and insight into its implications.

“I alone can fix it.” So went Donald J. Trump’s march to the presidency on July 21, 2016, when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, promising to restore what he described as a fallen nation. Yet over the subsequent years, as he has undertaken the actual work of the commander in chief, it has been hard to see beyond the daily chaos of scandal, investigation, and constant bluster. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump’s first term for one of pure and uninhibited chaos, but there were patterns to his behavior and that of his associates. The universal value of the Trump administration is loyalty - not to the country, but to the president himself - and Trump’s North Star has been the perpetuation of his own power, even when it meant imperiling our shaky and mistrustful democracy.

Leonnig and Rucker, with deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., tell of rages and frenzies but also moments of courage and perseverance. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with some of the most senior members of the Trump administration and other firsthand witnesses, the authors reveal the forty-fifth president up close, taking readers inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as well as the president’s own haphazard but ultimately successful legal defense. Here for the first time certain officials who have felt honor-bound not to publicly criticize a sitting president or to divulge what they witnessed in a position of trust tell the truth for the benefit of history.

This peerless and gripping narrative reveals President Trump at his most unvarnished and exposes how decision making in his administration has been driven by a reflexive logic of self-preservation and self-aggrandizement - but a logic nonetheless. This is the story of how an unparalleled president has scrambled to survive and tested the strength of America’s democracy and its common heart as a nation.

Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000 and covers Donald Trump's presidency and other subjects. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service. She also was part of the Post teams awarded Pulitzers in 2017, for reporting on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, and in 2014, for revealing the U.S. government's secret, broad surveillance of Americans. Leonnig is also an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of President Trump and his administration. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rucker joined the Post in 2005 and previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.


Artists & Archives: Robert Dell on Environmental Alchemy
Tuesday, March 10
MIT, Building E15, The Cube (E15-001), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

The Artists & Archives series presents Environmental Alchemy, a talk by Robert Dell. A geothermal engineer, progenitor of sustainable art, and 1993-97 CAVS Fellow Dell will speak about aesthetics and engineering and his work in geothermal sculpture and energy reclamation. Dell is the founding director of the Center for Innovation and Applied Technology and the Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation and professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Artists & Archives brings guests from the art community to explore MIT’s collections as a living resource that inspires creative work as well as traditional research.


The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court w/ LOE
Tuesday, March 10
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rule-of-five-making-climate-history-at-the-supreme-court-w-loe-tickets-93361118619
A live interview about the most important environmental case ever brought before the Supreme Court (w/ Richard Lazarus & Living on Earth)

Join the nationally-syndicated radio show & podcast Living on Earth and Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus for a live interview about his new book, The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court.

Please note that registration is required.
When the Supreme Court announced its ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA, the decision was immediately hailed as a landmark. But this was the farthest thing from anyone’s mind when Joe Mendelson, an idealistic lawyer working on a shoestring budget for an environmental organization no one had heard of, decided to press his quixotic case.
The Rule of Five tells the story of an unexpected triumph. We see how accidents, infighting, luck, superb lawyering, and the arcane practices of the Supreme Court collided to produce a legal miracle. An acclaimed advocate, Richard Lazarus reveals the personal dynamics of the justices and dramatizes the workings of the Court. The final ruling, by a razor-thin 5–4 margin, made possible important environmental safeguards which the Trump administration now seeks to unravel.

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

This event is sponsored by Living on Earth, The Cambridge Public Library, the UMass Boston School for the Environment, & the UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School.
This is a free event open to the public. Please register.
Books will be available for sale and signing
Contact comments at loe.org for questions.


William Belden Noble Lecture 2: Voter Suppression
Tuesday, March 10
7 – 9 p.m.
Harvard, The Memorial Church Sanctuary, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
DETAILS  “Voter Suppression: An Assault on the Soul of our Democracy,” presented by the 2019-2020 William Belden Noble Lecturer in Residence, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock. Dr. Warnock is Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A national voice on social justice issues such as voting rights and criminal justice, Dr. Warnock will deliver four lectures over the course of the academic year on March 10 & 11, and April 22.
CONTACT INFO	617-495-5508
LINK  https://memorialchurch.harvard.edu


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
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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

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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/

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