Sunday, October 14, 2018

Energy (and Other) Events - October 14, 2018

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Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19

Women Entrepreneurs Boston Week

Monday, October 15

12pm  PAOC Colloquium - Elizabeth Hunke (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
12pm  The Energy Efficiency Gap, Bounded Rationality, and the Role of Energy-related Financial Literacy
12:15pm  Interpretability, or Learning to Listen to Algorithms
12:30pm  Venus Fly Traps and Viruses: Exploring the Design and Effectiveness of National Climate Funds
3pm  AI Programming by Children
4:15pm  Reporting Indonesia's Green Revolution
5pm  Talk: Can we build a Conscious Machine?
6pm  Can Baby Corals Improve the Reefs of Tomorrow?
6pm  West Wingers: Personal Stories of Public Service
6pm  Contemporizing Traditional Water Architecture: Indigenous Ingenuity in Harvesting the Elusive Rain in the Indian Desert
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 115
7pm  Invisible:  The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster
7pm  These Truths: A History of the United States 

Tuesday, October 16

12pm  Plant hydraulic traits and drought responses: insights from three continents
12pm  World Food Day with Oxfam: Demo and Tasting 
3pm  xTalk with Loic Tallon on:  "If Open is the Answer, What Was the Question?”
4pm  IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar - Can machine learning survive the artificial intelligence revolution?
4:15pm  Dragonfly Eyes: What Counts as Art Today?
4:30pm  Storytelling Power: Art and Media in Activism
4:30pm  Calamity’s Reward: The Elusive Art of Resilience and Repair
4:30pm  Jake Sullivan: Can America Still Lead the World?
5pm  Claude Lévi-Strauss, Our Contemporary
5:30pm  Screening of: Miss Representation Documentary
5:30pm  Network to Freedom 20th Anniversary
5:30pm  Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environmental Film Festival Present - The New Fire: A Documentary by David Schumacher
6pm  Nature vs. Fiction in Sci-Fi Movies
6pm  Public Conversation: David Hogg
6pm   Profiles in Service: President Obama's White House Change Makers
6pm  Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics:  The Press Has Never Been More Vital to the Survival of Democracy
6pm  Schindler's List Holocaust Survivor: Rena Finder 
6:30pm  Election Security: Threats and Solutions
7pm  Future Politics:  Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech
7pm  Cambridge Forum: Rebecca Traister discusses Good and Mad:  The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
7pm  The Wake of The Whale by Russell Fielding

Wednesday, October 17

11:30am Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Semper Fi
12pm  Fairness in Redistricting: What Is a Gerrymander Anyway?  And How Can It Effect the Elections?
12pm  How to Reduce Your Risks of Becoming a Cybervictim (Webinar)
12pm  TransitX: Flying Solar Pods to Replace Cars, Buses, Trains, and Truck
12pm  Achieving Equitable Access to Vaccines:  FROM POLICIES TO PROVISIONS
12pm  Rising Nuclear Threats in a Disrupted World
12:15pm  Artificial Intelligence & The Explosion of Health Data: Global Ethical and Legal Issues
1pm  The Life of Giuseppe Garibaldi (Gonson Lecture)
3pm  Babson Food Day:  Because food is everybody’s business
3:45pm  Gangster for Capitalism: Smedley Butler Abroad in the Age of Empire
4:15pm  Does Clean Air Increase the Demand for the Consumer City? Evidence from Beijing
4:15pm  Book Talk: Reform, Resistance, and Refugees: Jordan and the Arab Uprisings
4:30pm  Mar-A-Lago, Bedminster and Trump Hotels
4:30pm  Do Drones Dream of Electric Sheep? Ethics and War in the 21st Century
5pm  The Mahindra Award for Global Distinction in the Humanities: J.M. Coetzee
5:30pm  Artificial Intelligence in the Oil & Gas Industry
5:30pm  Taproot: Stories of Nature & Restoration
5:30pm  Implicit Bias with Mahzarin Banaji (author of Blindspot)
5:30pm  Whitehead Connects with Richard Foster on Creative Destruction
6pm  Dispatches from Planet 3:  Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond
6pm  Using Electricity: An Evening with Counterpath
6pm  MIT IDEAS Impact Showcase 
6pm  Soap Box Series:  What makes us human? 
6pm  Hamilton: Alexander Hamilton's American Revolution
6:30pm  MAKE BREAD Presents "Dream Big" ft. Julissa Calderon of Buzzfeed
7pm  A Star Trek: A Voyage to Discover Sources of Cosmic Signals in Our Universe
7pm  Science for the People

Thursday, October 18

11:45am  Watch Your Words: How strategic communication can shape sustainability regulation, its reception, and its implementation in organizations
12pm  The Wake of the Whale: Hunter Societies in the Caribbean and North Atlantic
12pm  Transforming Transportation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
12pm  Can Regenerative Agriculture Save our Land & the Planet?
12:15pm  Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict
1:30pm  Sustainability Fair
3pm  Production 3D Printing: Transforming Art, Music, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Healthcare
4pm  Ionospheric Modification Experiments
4:15pm  Book Talk — Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics
4:30pm  Rebuilding Vibrant Communities Among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Societal Reconstruction Amid Intractable Conflict
5pm  The Other Side Speaker Series: Jon McNeill and the Future of Mobility
5pm  new media and civic arts series: marisa morán jahn
6pm  The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist
6pm  Conversations on the Edge: Social Media and Democracy
6pm  What’s So Funny About Oppressive Regimes?
6pm  RPP Colloquium: Urban Alchemy, Post-Conflict Healing: Art Transforms
6:30pm  Conflict Resolution Day Program & Reception
6:30pm  The Great US Security Debate
7pm  Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  A Life
7pm  The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down: Our Belief in Property and the Cost of That Belief 

Friday, October 19 @ 9:00 am - Saturday, October 20 @ 7:00 pm

Diversity Challenge 2018, Making Race and Culture Work in the STEM Era: Bringing All People to the Forefront

Friday, October 19

9am  Voter Suppression, Political Will & the New Civics
10:30am  RPP Interactive Workshop with Lily Yeh: A Hands-On Community Building Experience Through Art
12pm  Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry Seminar
12pm  Conflicts Over Science and Policy at the EPA: Where Are We Headed?
12pm  The New Path to "Yes" - First Steps to Solving Intractable Conflict
3pm  The Hell of Good Intentions:  America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy
5:30pm  Public Lecture by Martha Nussbaum:  Working WIth and For Animals: Getting the Theoretical Framework Right
6:30pm  MIT Energy Night
7pm  We Can't Breathe:  On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 21

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo
The 23rd Annual Boston Veg Food Fest

Saturday October 20

10am  HULL WIND Turbine TOUR
10:30am  Greenovate Boston Leaders Program Training
7pm  Lose Well

Sunday October 21

5:30pm  Digital Colonialism, Domestic Terrorism, & Transformative Justice

Monday, October 22

11:30am  Speaker Series on Misinformation: Claire Wardle
11:45am  xTalk with Josep Planell:  From Distance Universities to Universities Without Distances
12pm  The Case for a Slow and Steady "Tortoise" Approach for US Nuclear Research and Development
12:15pm  A Rational Framework for What? Race and the Ethos of Science from the Modern Synthesis to Genomicsudies
4:15pm  A Political Poetry: Reading and Conversation with Solmaz Sharif
5:30pm  E4Dev Speaker Talk by Mr. Sarmiento of WeGen Philippines 
6pm  Julian Raxworthy: Overgrown
6pm  Screening & Conversation - Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival
6pm  AI for Good
6:30pm  Activating the Massachusetts Electorate
7pm  Gandhi:  The Years That Changed the World, 1914–1948
7pm  Urban Planning Film Series: "Mission Hill and the Miracle of Boston”
7pm  The Magdalene in the Reformation 
7pm  The Injustice of Climate Change — A Call for Action

Tuesday, October 23

11am  The Future of Transportation Showcase
12pm  Models for Drawings; Drawings for Models
12pm  Farm to School as a Catalyst to Local Food System Change
12:30pm  Trump’s Trade Policy: Can Theories of International Political Economy Explain It?
1:30pm  The EU-US Battle for Global Markets: Reflections Facing Trump’s Taxation and Commercial Strategy
4pm  BU Connect
4:30pm  Emile Bustani Seminar: "Erdogan’s Second Republic (2018) compared to Ataturk’s First Republic (1923): Turkey’s 100-Year Journey and its Relationship with the Past”
5:30pm  A Conversation with Morgan Jerkins
6pm  US Foreign Policy and Russia
6pm  Kathryn Firth: Scales of Resilience: From Doorknob to District
6pm  Ben Franklin Circle Launch Event
6pm  DREAM BIG: Justice For All
6:30pm  Boston's New Digital Future: What Should the Priorities Be?
7pm  Food & Entrepreneurship with Claire Cheney, Founder, Curio Spice Co.
7pm   Lincoln's White House
7pm  Science Fair, the movie 
7pm  Cycles of Interest: Boston Bike History Lecture


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

The True Believer:  Notes on the Nature of Mass Movements

Geometry Links - October 7, 2018


Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19

Women Entrepreneurs Boston Week
More information at

WE BOS Week 2018 is just around the corner! Register for FREE events, workshops, panels, funding opportunities and more — happening all throughout the week!

iFundWomen x WE BOS: Crowdfunding 101 Boot Camp at WeWork South Station – 10/15/18 at 12:30 PM
WE BOS Week Kick-Off: Mass Innovation Nights 115 at District Hall – 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM
Prototypes & Proofs of Concept for Non-Tech Founders at BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center – 10/16/18 at 8:00 AM
Golden Seeds Boston Office Hours at Nutter, McClennen, & Fish – 10/16/18 at 2:30 PM
City of Boston Open House for Women Entrepreneurs at Boston City Hall – 10/17/18 at 11:00 AM
#AtTheTable Ice Cream Social at JP Licks – 10/17/18 at 5:00 PM

MAKE BREAD Presents "Dream Big" ft. Julissa Calderon of Buzzfeed at Roxbury Innovation Center – 10/17/18 at 6:30 PM

Monday, October 15

PAOC Colloquium - Elizabeth Hunke (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
Monday, October 15
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915/923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Elizabeth Hunke (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

About this Series

The PAOC Colloquium is a weekly interdisciplinary seminar series that brings together the whole PAOC community. Seminar topics include all research concerning the physics, chemistry, and biology of the atmospheres, oceans and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars generally take place on Monday from 12-1pm. Lunch is provided to encourage students and post-docs to meet with the speaker. Besides the seminar and lunch, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged.


The Energy Efficiency Gap, Bounded Rationality, and the Role of Energy-related Financial Literacy
Monday, October 15
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Massimo Filippini, ETH Zurich and Universita della Svizzera Italiana. Lunch is provided.

Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


Interpretability, or Learning to Listen to Algorithms
Monday, October 15
12:15–2 pm
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Nick Seaver (Tufts, Anthropology)


Venus Fly Traps and Viruses: Exploring the Design and Effectiveness of National Climate Funds
Monday, October 15
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Crowe Room, Goddard 310, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford

CIERP Research Seminar with Rishikesh Bhandary
How successful have the efforts of developing countries been to mobilize climate finance? This study examines the design and use of national climate funds to shed light on the strategies pursued by developing countries to gain access to and channel climate finance. By focusing on the national climate funds as a policy instrument, this study fills a gap in the climate policy literature that has otherwise mostly focused on role of donor agencies and their preferences.
This talk will bring together key findings from field work on the Amazon Fund, Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund, Climate Resilient Green Economy Facility in Ethiopia, and Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund.

Rishikesh Ram Bhandary is a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School and a predoctoral fellow at the Climate Policy Lab at CIERP. His research interests include the architecture of climate finance, climate negotiations, the linkages between governance of climate change and sustainable development.


AI Programming by Children
Monday, October 15
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
MIT, Building 32-G449, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ken Kahn , University of Oxford 
Abstract. The idea of children constructing AI programs is about fifty years old. When Seymour Papert and colleagues designed and implemented the Logo programming language the kinds of example projects by children that they suggested included robotics, natural language processing, and more. In addition to the exposure to the powerful ideas associated with constructing computer programs, the children could become more reflective about their own thinking. Recently Stephen Wolfram added a machine learning chapter to a high school Mathematica textbook and then blogged about how middle schoolers might program machine learning. Dale Lane recently created the Machine Learning for Kids website where children can train a model with texts, images, or numbers and use that model in the Scratch programming language. Stefania Druga at the Media Lab has been developing Cognimates Platform for AI education. As part of the eCraft2Learn project the speaker has enhanced the Snap! programming language with blocks for speech input and output, image recognition, machine learning, and word embeddings. A live demo will be presented.

Bio: Ken Kahn did his doctoral research at the MIT AI Lab where he was first exposed to the ideas of Seymour Papert and Marvin Minsky about how the proper use of computers could change education dramatically.  After 12 years of research in programming languages and AI he returned to research on computational learning environments. He designed and developed ToonTalk - a programming environment for children where programs are created by demonstration in a game-like virtual world. As part of the European eCraft2Learn project, he has returned to his interest in children creating AI programs.


Reporting Indonesia's Green Revolution
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center, B10, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Science and Technology Seminar Series hosted by the Department of History of Science, Harvard University; sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center
SPEAKER(S)  Speaker: Suzanne Moon, Associate Professor, Department of History of Science, University of Oklahoma; Editor-in-Chief, Technology and Culture
Chair: Victor Seow, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, Department of the History of Science


Talk: Can we build a Conscious Machine?
Monday, October 15
5:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This will be an interesting talk on consciousness by a leading professor at IIT Kanpur: Prof Laxmidhar Behera. All MIT students, faculty and visitors are invited to attend this talk. The following is the abstract of the talk.

It is assumed that all living beings are conscious machines. Can we build such a conscious machine that will be as natural as living beings? Applications like Alexa and Siri have made us believe that conscious machines are being built. Artificial Intelligence in its new incarnation is making waves across the world for being able to make machines intelligent. In spite of these progresses, thedebate on ‘what consciousness is’ is very much on. The philosophical deliberations, scientific empirical evidences and first person perspectives are subject matters of such debates. In this talk, I will define the hard problem of consciousness, and will reflect upon the current state of AI machines. Through empirical evidences, I will explain the bottlenecks in solving the hard problem. I will provide an alternate view based on Bhagavata Sankhya to explain different levels of consciousness. Based on these lines, I will propose a method to build an artificial conscious machine.


Can Baby Corals Improve the Reefs of Tomorrow?
Monday, October 15
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Aaron Hartmann, 2017–2018 Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Coral reefs are one of Earth’s most biodiverse and imperiled ecosystems. Corals form the foundation of this ecosystem. Substantial effort is being invested to help adult corals survive environmental degradation, but less attention is paid to their offspring and how they establish themselves on the seafloor. Unlike adult corals, baby corals move about in the water column, perhaps allowing them to find better environments. Aaron Hartmann will highlight the importance of these juvenile corals for the long-term survival and conservation of coral reefs in a changing world.
Free and open to the public.

This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel appoximately three weeks after the lecture.


West Wingers: Personal Stories of Public Service
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Rumana Ahmed, Ned Price, Gautam Raghavan, Raina Thiele, Stephanie Valencia, Aneesh Raman ’01
CONTACT INFO IOP Forum Office 617-495-1380
DETAILS  Rumana Ahmed, Harvard Kennedy School, M.P.A./M.C. ’19, Senior Advisor, Office for Global Engagement and Strategic Communications, National Security Council (2011–16)
Ned Price, Special Assistant to the President, Spokesperson and Senior Director, National Security Council (2016–17), Harvard Kennedy School, M.P.P. ‘10
Gautam Raghavan, White House LGBTQ & AAPI Liaison, White House (2011–14)
Raina Thiele, Liaison for Intergovernmental Affairs, White House, Harvard Kennedy School, M.P.P. ‘09
Stephanie Valencia, Former Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement
Aneesh Raman ’01, Speechwriter to President Barack Obama (2011–13)


Contemporizing Traditional Water Architecture: Indigenous Ingenuity in Harvesting the Elusive Rain in the Indian Desert
Monday, October 15

A. Mridul 


Mass Innovation Nights 115
Monday, October 15
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

It's hard to believe that our 5th Annual Women Founders event is just a few weeks away- where does time go? MONDAY, October 15th we are kicking off WeBOS week with Boston Scientific as our main sponsor and Brownmed as our supporting sponsor. It is a night of all medical & combination devices and digital health products from over ten women founders.  Our event #MIN115 will be at District Hall! You will not want to miss it! 

Check out the new PRODUCTS and
VOTE for your favorites - click on the words VOTE HERE (found on this page to the immediate left) and once on the product voting page, click LOVE IT to vote for your favorite product!     
RSVP to attend the event on MONDAY, October 15th (free to attend and open to all)    
See who else is planning on attending (click the ATTENDEES tab)   
Help spread the word - blog, tweet (using the #MIN115 hashtag), like and post!  
Support local innovation -- network and have fun at the same time! 


Monday, October 15
6:30 - 9. Presentation and comments 7- 9
Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, 838 Mass. Avenue (enter on Sellars Street), Cambridge

Bernardo Belloso, president of CRIPDES (the organization of the Salvadoran popular movement.) and  Zulma Tobar, Salvadoran coordinator for US-El  Salvador Sister Cities will be joined by Elena Letona from Neighbor to Neighbor,  Lena Entin from Toxic Action Center and Mina Reddy from Mothers Out Front

Come and invite others.

If you would like to donate on-line to keep our efforts afloat, we would welcome it.

More information? 


Invisible:  The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster
Monday, October 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome acclaimed novelist, columnist, and Yale law professor STEPHEN L. CARTER for a discussion of his latest book, Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster.

About Invisible
She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s―and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male.
Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carter’s grandmother, was raised in a world of stultifying expectations about race and gender, yet by the 1940s, her professional and political successes had made her one of the most famous black women in America. But her triumphs were shadowed by prejudice and tragedy. Greatly complicating her rise was her difficult relationship with her younger brother, Alphaeus, an avowed Communist who―together with his friend Dashiell Hammett―would go to prison during the McCarthy era. Yet she remained unbowed.

Moving, haunting, and as fast-paced as a novel, Invisible tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandson’s remarkable book, her long forgotten story is once again visible.


These Truths: A History of the United States 
Monday, October 15
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Jill Lepore
In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.

Written in elegiac prose, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—"these truths," Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?

These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore traces the intertwined histories of American politics, law, journalism, and technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News.

Along the way, Lepore’s sovereign chronicle is filled with arresting sketches of both well-known and lesser-known Americans, from a parade of presidents and a rogues’ gallery of political mischief makers to the intrepid leaders of protest movements, including Frederick Douglass, the famed abolitionist orator; William Jennings Bryan, the three-time presidential candidate and ultimately tragic populist; Pauli Murray, the visionary civil rights strategist; and Phyllis Schlafly, the uncredited architect of modern conservatism.

Americans are descended from slaves and slave owners, from conquerors and the conquered, from immigrants and from people who have fought to end immigration. "A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history," Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden," These Truths observes. "It can’t be shirked. There’s nothing for it but to get to know it."

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her many books include The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a national bestseller, and Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, October 16

Plant hydraulic traits and drought responses: insights from three continents
Tuesday, October 16
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard, 22 Divinity Avenue, HUH Seminar Room 125, Cambridge
Dr. Robert Skelton, Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Abstract:  Droughts cause major damage to plant communities, and reduce primary productivity. Since maintaining hydration to a plant’s leaves is essential to maintaining cellular functioning, plant hydraulics are a major determinant of crop growth and yield, and mediate how plants die during drought. Yet our appreciation of these crucial factors is hindered by an incomplete understanding of how and when water transport through xylem breaks down, and what the implications are for plant functionality. I will present insights into key processes involved in plant response to drought, drawing upon detailed physiological observations from diverse plant communities occurring in South Africa, Australia and North America. My goal is to explore the diversity of mechanisms underlying plant hydraulic function and leaf productivity, and how these influence plant water management and growth in diverse natural plant communities. 


World Food Day with Oxfam: Demo and Tasting 
Tuesday, October 16
12:00-1:00 pm
The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston

Did you know that fighting hunger and saving the planet can start right at your kitchen table? Our consumer decisions are powerful. Changes in how we buy, cook, and eat can make a big difference, for people all over the world. This World Food Day, learn how to cook a delicious recipe that also is good for the planet. 

Our bountiful planet produces enough food to feed us all, and yet, more than 800 million people go to bed hungry each night. Why? Because our global food systems are failing. Oxfam and our partners are responding with every tool in our arsenal. We are transforming local, national, and global food systems so that small-scale farmers, food workers, and entrepreneurs realize their rights and capture more value for their work, consumers gain better access to nutritious food, and governments and companies create solutions that help producers and protect the environment.

World Food Day is a day to mark the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Oxfam is global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Our mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions. Join us: 

This event is FREE and everyone is welcome. Please RSVP so we can have enough samples.


Tuesday, October 16
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard,  Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Rachel Gershon
Event will be live webcast and recorded at 12:00 pm on day of event.
This year, several states applied for and received permission from the federal government to implement work requirements in their Medicaid programs.  Policy designs vary by state, but all states build in considerations for people with disabilities. These considerations include exemptions and exceptions from work requirements for individuals unable to work due to a disability.
Due to the nature of disability and the nature of disability determination processes, states will face limitations in identifying all individuals who are unable to work due to a disability.  Medical claims do not necessarily provide enough information to determine a person’s ability to work. Medical diagnoses and disability determinations both can lag symptoms by months or years.  As a result, relying on claims or disability determination data could leave out individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. At the same time, waiting for a diagnosis or a disability determination is a critical time period for individuals with disabilities to be able to access health care.   

This luncheon will discuss the nature of disability and disability determination; the resulting limitations in data availability; and implications for public policy.

About Rachel
Rachel Gershon is a Senior Associate at the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School where she performs legal and policy analysis regarding Medicaid, health reform, and social services. Specific areas of work include health care affordability, Accountable Care Organizations, long-term supports and services, housing supports, language access, and consumer protections.

Gershon brings experience advising and representing individuals who receive public benefits, including Medicaid, Medicare, prescription assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Social Security. While in law school, she worked on Medicaid access issues with the AARP Foundation as a Herbert Semmel Elder Law Fellow. Gershon holds a law degree and a master's degree in public health from Harvard University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Whitworth University.


xTalk with Loic Tallon on:  "If Open is the Answer, What Was the Question?"
Tuesday, October 16
3:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 35-225, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

For 148 years, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been connecting audiences to knowledge, creativity, and ideas through the 5,000 years of human history represented by The Met’s global collection. For the vast majority of those years, this mission-serving work was concentrated to within the walls of the museum’s Manhattan venues. Digital, and the digitization of collections, changed that.

Over the last decade, The Met has developed an ambitious digital program whose goal is to extend the reach and relevance of The Met collection to a global audience. One of the most significant milestones in the development of this program was the museum’s decision, in 2017, make all high-resolution images – approximately 375,000 images – of public-domain artworks available for users to use, share, mix and remix unrestricted, under CC0 (Creative Commons).

In this xTalk, Loic Tallon will review the reasoning for that decision, the impacts of it, and the larger role of open content in helping The Met become one of the most accessible and relevant cultural voices for the world and in the world.

Tallon is Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, where he leads digital transformation and the Digital department for one of the largest cultural institution’s in the world. Each year, The Met serves over 31 million users on its website, reaches over 100 million users on third-party platforms, makes accessible content related to the 440,000 digitized artworks from around the world, and channels over $20M in online transactions.


IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar - Can machine learning survive the artificial intelligence revolution?
Tuesday, October 16
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street,, Cambridge

Abstract:  Data and algorithms are ubiquitous in all scientific, industrial and personal domains. Data now come in multiple forms (text, image, video, web, sensors, etc.), are massive, and require more and more complex processing beyond their mere indexation or the computation of simple statistics, such as recognizing objects in images or translating texts. For all of these tasks, commonly referred to as artificial intelligence (AI), significant recent progress has allowed algorithms to reach performances that were deemed unreachable a few years ago and that make these algorithms useful to everyone. Many scientific fields contribute to AI, but most of the visible progress come from machine learning and tightly connected fields such as computer vision and natural language processing. Indeed, many of the recent advances are due to the availability of massive data to learn from, large computing infrastructures and new machine learning models (in particular deep neural networks). Beyond the well publicized visibility of some advances, machine learning has always been a field characterized by the constant exchanges between theory and practice, with a stream of algorithms that exhibit both good empirical performance on real-world problems and some form of theoretical guarantees. Is this still possible?

Bio:  Francis Bach is a researcher at Inria, leading since 2011 the machine learning team which is part of the Computer Science Department at Ecole Normale Supérieure. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1997 and completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley in 2005, working with Professor Michael Jordan. He spent two years in the Mathematical Morphology group at Ecole des Mines de Paris, then he joined the computer vision project-team at Inria/Ecole Normale Supérieure from 2007 to 2010. Francis Bach is primarily interested in machine learning, and especially in graphical models, sparse methods, kernel-based learning, large-scale convex optimization, computer vision and signal processing. He obtained in 2009 a Starting Grant and in 2016 a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council, and received the Inria young researcher prize in 2012, the ICML test-of-time award in 2014, as well as the Lagrange prize in continuous optimization in 2018. In 2015, he was program co-chair of the International Conference in Machine learning (ICML), and general chair in 2018; he is now co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Machine Learning Research.


Dragonfly Eyes: What Counts as Art Today?
Tuesday, October 16
4:15 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Xu Bing, Dragonfly Eyes, 2017. 81min, color and sound. 
The world-renowned artist Xu Bing will join in conversation with the Harvard faculty members Eugene Wang RI ’17, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, and Jennifer L. Roberts, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities.

Xu’s work reflects on the simultaneous power and fragility of the visual and textual systems that hold societies together. Working at the forefront of Chinese contemporary art, he has focused with particular intricacy on the challenges of translation between East and West. The discussion will delve into the range of Xu’s art and its multifaceted impact on the global contemporary art world.
The program at the Radcliffe Institute will be preceded by a screening of Xu’s recent film Dragonfly Eyes (2017), a work of fiction composed of surveillance camera footage sourced from streaming websites, at the Harvard Film Archive on Monday, October 15, 2018, at 7 PM.

For further information on the film screening, please see
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Free and open to the public.


Storytelling Power: Art and Media in Activism
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 4:30 – 5:45pm
WHERE  Harvard, Institute of Politics, L 140, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow Brittany Packmett 
Symone Sanders, CNN Political Commentator & Former National Press Secretary, Bernie Sanders for President
Sophia Bush, Actor, Storytelling, Activist
DETAILS  Much has been made of the importance social media in modern movements — but it is not the exclusive source of news on social issues for the general American public. Mainstream media and entertainment outlets continue to be primarily responsible for crafting the public's perception of marginalized communities. Those perceptions are poorly informed and have great impact on the traction social change can — or can't — take. Who gets to own the narrative? Who should deliver it? Are there messages and messengers that are off limits? Does politics create lasting change — or does culture? Which comes first? Guests in this session will bring their perspectives as artists, advocates and journalists to answer these critical questions and more.


Calamity’s Reward: The Elusive Art of Resilience and Repair
Tuesday, October 16
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Northeastern, Renaissance_Park, 909, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Please join us for a presentation by Jeff Howe, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Founding Director of the Media Innovation Program at Northeastern University, for the second Fall semester event in the Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies speaker series.


Jake Sullivan: Can America Still Lead the World?
Tuesday, October 16
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Tufts, Cheryl A. Chase Center, 200 Packard Avenue, Medford

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School for a talk by American policymaker Jake Sullivan about U.S. leadership in the world. Can America still lead the world, should it, and how? Refreshments will be provided. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite.

Jake Sullivan is a Senior Fellow Martin R. Flug visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Sullivan served in the Obama administration as national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and director of policy planning at the U.S. Department of State, as well as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He helped lead the secret diplomacy that paved the way for the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. Following his service in government, he was the senior policy adviser on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign. Sullivan also serves as Co-Chair of National Security Action, a leading national security advocacy organization.


Claude Lévi-Strauss, Our Contemporary
Tuesday, October 16
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 14E-304, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Emmanuelle Loyer is Professor of Contemporary History at Sciences-Po, Paris. Her biography of Lévi-Strauss was awarded the Prix Femina essai in 2015.

Academic, writer, figure of melancholy, aesthete – Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009) not only transformed his academic discipline, he also profoundly changed the way that we view ourselves and the world around us. Emmanuelle Loyer’s award winning biography of this fascinating figure tells the story of a true intellectual adventurer whose unforgettable voice invites us to rethink questions of the human and the meaning of progress. Lévi-Strauss was less of a modern than he was our own great and disquieted contemporary.


Screening of: Miss Representation Documentary
Tuesday, October 16
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Alley powered by Verizon, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representationexposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

The film draws back a curtain to reveal a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see – how the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve leadership positions.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message we receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 33rd out of the 49 highest income countries when it comes to women in the national legislature. And it’s not better outside of government. Women make up only 4.6% of S&P 500 CEOs and 17% of directors, executive producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics, like Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Cho, Condoleezza Rice, Rachel Maddow, and Nancy Pelosi, build momentum as Miss Representationaccumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken, but armed with a new perspective.

About Alley powered by Verizon: Alley powered by Verizon locations are developed by Verizon, the world’s leading technology company, in collaboration with Alley, a membership-only community workspace for creators. Each location is a curated community powered by the emerging technologies and thought-leadership of Verizon.


Network to Freedom 20th Anniversary
Tuesday, October 16
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
46 Joy Street, Boston

Over the last two decades, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program has made important gains as a program and has grown collectively to over 600 sites, programs, and facilities that have a verifiable connection to the Underground Railroad.

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, please join the Network to Freedom program for a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the program and a special film screening of, Fighting for Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad. This event will bring together Network to Freedom staff and members of the program. 

The afternoon of the event from 1:30-3:30 PM, Boston African American National Historic Site staff will be conducting a special tour of the Black Heritage Trail. Please meet at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial. 

The evening will consist of a keynote and book signing by David Blight, whose new biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, comes out October 2018; remarks by Robert Stanton, former director of the National Park Service; remarks by Gay Vietzke, director for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service; and, light refreshments. We look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you!


Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environmental Film Festival Present - The New Fire: A Documentary by David Schumacher
Tuesday, October 16
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
BU, Rajan Kilachand Auditorium, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

About the Film: 
What if the solution to climate change is hiding in plain sight?
Nuclear power has been vilified in popular culture and among much of the environmental community. Yet the next-generation reactors currently in development may actually be key to avoiding global catastrophe. The young entrepreneurs heading this energy revolution realize they’re up against more than the climate clock – they need to convince all of us that the new nuclear is safe and achievable.
The New Fire is an independent documentary that introduces audiences to young nuclear engineers who are developing next-generation reactors which they hope will provide clean and safe solutions to the world’s future energy needs. With unprecedented access to key people, places, and events, Emmy-winning director David Schumacher’s film focuses on how the generation facing the most severe impact of climate change is fighting back with ingenuity and hope. The New Fire tells a provocative and startlingly positive story about a planet in crisis and the young heroes who are trying to save it.

Introductions from Peter Fox-Penner
Peter Fox-Penner is a Professor of Practice in the Questrom School of Management and the Director of Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. His research and writing interests are in the areas of electric power strategy, regulation, and governance; energy and climate policy; and the relationships between public and private economic activity. He is the author of Smart Power, a book widely credited with foreseeing the future transformation of the power industry now used and cited all over the world, as well as other books in this area. He also teaches courses on sustainable energy and electric power in the Questrom School of Business. In addition, he is Chief Strategy Officer of Energy Impact Partners, Academic Advisor to The Brattle Group, and on the Advisory Board of EOS Energy Storage.

A Q&A Panel with Conclude the Event
The Panelists:
Lisbeth Gronlund: Senior Scientist and Co-director, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Lisbeth Gronlund has worked on technical and policy issues related to nuclear weapons, ballistic missile defenses, and space weapons for 30 years.
She holds a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University.

David Schumacher, Director and Producer
After receiving his B.Mus. from Berklee College of Music, David Schumacher began his career touring the US and Canada as a rock and jazz guitarist. He entered the world of film and television as a sound recordist, working with such esteemed filmmakers as Barbara Kopple and Ken Burns. Inspired by their example and drawn to environmental issues, he has since gone into producing and directing. THE NEW FIRE marks David’s first turn directing a feature film. David earned a 2010 New York Emmy for creating, producing and directing the TV series NYCMusicShow. He has produced award-winning branding and identity campaigns for leading media companies, and has made documentary, educational and promotional films for clients including Columbia University and The World Economic Forum.

Michael Short, Class ’42 Career Development Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Michael Short is the MIT Class of '42 Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Prof. Short has earned four degrees from MIT, in Nuclear Science and Engineering and Material Science and Engineering. His work covers a broad range of topics where materials and nuclear engineering intersect. He is particularly interested in corrosion in hostile environments, adhesion mechanisms that cause fouling, and the fundamentals of radiation damage. Professor Short's current research is focused on identifying a fundamental and measurable unit of radiation damage, which forms the basis of an LNSP project in which novel methods are being developed to forensically reconstruct the radiation-exposure histories of materials. Prof. Short also works on spectroscopic measurements of uranium particulates for the detection of clandestine nuclear facilities.

Doors at 5:30pm - screening at 6:00pm EST


Nature vs. Fiction in Sci-Fi Movies
Tuesday, October 16
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Miaki Ishii, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala remind us of how devastating these geological eruptions can be. Popular culture depictions of volcanic disasters found in movies like Dante’s Peak and Volcano can strongly distort the public’s understanding of volcanic activity and its immediate effects. As with many science-fiction films, Hollywood depictions of natural phenomena don’t always align with the scientific facts. Seismologist Miaki Ishii will illustrate this point by looking at popular films that depict both scientifically accurate and inaccurate volcanic events. Her comparison will show how volcanoes really affect our lives.

Free and open to the public.


Public Conversation: David Hogg
Tuesday, October 16
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

David Hogg joins BPL President David Leonard to discuss civic activism, gun control, and the impacts of the March for Our Lives movement on communities across the country.

The Co-Founder of March for Our Lives, on February 14, 2018, David Hogg’s life changed forever. As a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, David survived the largest school shooting in American history. Having lost friends, classmates and teachers, David decided to take action, so no other young person would have to experience what he went through on that fateful day. Since then, David’s activism has taken him around the country, meeting with impacted families and diverse communities to deepen his knowledge on gun safety and the politics surrounding the issue.
David is a prolific voice on social media with more than a million followers. He uses his platform to raise the voices of others who have stood up against violence to create an alliance through their shared loss to end gun violence everywhere. With his younger sister, Lauren, also a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he co-wrote #NeverAgain, a New York Times bestseller. David is a proud member of the 2018 graduating class of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. David is a proud member of the 2018 graduating class of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

This discussion is part of the BPL's Public Conversation Series, which features President David Leonard in conversation with academics, writers, and intellectuals to discuss events and issues of the national collective conscience.


Profiles in Service: President Obama's White House Change Makers
Tuesday, October 16
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
John Hancock Back Bay Conference Center, 197 Clarendon Street, Boston

Join the Kennedy Library Foundation's New Frontier Network (NFN) for a conversation with the authors of: "West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House," due out on September 25th. From the triumphs of Obamacare and marriage equality to the tragedy of the Charleston shooting, this book tells the history of the Obama presidency through the men and women who worked tirelessly to support his vision for America.
We’re pleased several of the authors will be able to join us for this event: West Winger's Editor Gautam Raghavan who directed LGBTQ outreach for President Obama at the White House as well as former Muslim American liaison Rumana Ahmed, former NSC spokesperson Ned Price, former Presidential speechwriter Aneesh Raman, former tribal liaison Raina Thiele, and former deputy director of public engagement Stephanie Valencia.


Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics:  The Press Has Never Been More Vital to the Survival of Democracy
Tuesday, October 16
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer will deliver the 29th annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics.
Jill Abramson is a journalist and the first woman to serve as The New York Times’ Washington Bureau Chief, Managing Editor, and Executive Editor. Before joining the Times, she spent nine years at The Wall Street Journal as the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and an investigative reporter covering money and politics. She is the author of three books including “Strange Justice,” which she co-authored with Jane Mayer. In addition to her current position as a senior lecturer in Harvard’s English Department, Jill Abramson has taught at both Princeton and Yale, where she led undergraduate writing seminars for five years. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and The American Philosophical Society.

Jane Mayer has been a New Yorker staff writer since 1995. She covers politics, culture, and national security for the magazine. Previously, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Gulf War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1984, she became the paper’s first female White House correspondent. She is the author of the 2016 Times best-seller “Dark Money,” which the Times named as one of the ten best books of the year, and which began as a 2010 New Yorker piece about the Koch brothers’ deep influence on American politics. She also wrote the 2008 Times best-seller “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals,” which was based on her New Yorker articles and was named one of the top ten works of journalism of the decade by N.Y.U.’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and one of the ten best books of the year by the Times. She is the co-author, with Jill Abramson, of “Strange Justice,” and, with Doyle McManus, of “Landslide: The Unmaking of the President 1984-1988.” In 2009, Mayer was chosen as Princeton University’s Ferris Professor of Journalism. Her numerous honors include the George Polk Prize, the John Chancellor Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Goldsmith Book Prize; the Edward Weintal Prize, the Ridenhour Prize, two Helen Bernstein Book Awards for Excellence in Journalism, the J. Anthony Lukas Prize, the Sidney Hillman Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the James Aronson Award for social justice journalism, the Toner Prize for political reporting, the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, and, most recently, the Frances Perkins Prize for Courage.

Editorial Comment:  Jane Mayer is one of the best investigative reporters working today.  


Schindler's List Holocaust Survivor: Rena Finder 
Tuesday, October 16
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
BC, Devlin Hall 008, 255 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill

The Emerging Leader Program welcomes guest speaker, Schindler's List Holocaust survivor, Rena Finder, to campus for the third year in a row. Space is limited so please RSVP via Eventbrite, and have your confirmation email ready to show at the door.


Election Security: Threats and Solutions
Tuesday, October 16
6:30 p.m. light refreshments, followed by the talk which will begin at 7 p.m.
Wellesley Free Library's Wakelin Room, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley

"As part of its mission to encourage informed and active participation in government and to increase understanding of major public policy issues, The League of Women Voters of Wellesley has invited computer scientist Barbara Simons, to speak at its opening meeting on Oct. 16 where she will share with us her thoughts in a speech entitled Simons was a guest speaker at the cybersecurity conference DEF CON 25 held in Las Vegas last year, and at that event, hacker and tech industry participants succeeded in cracking into four voting machines. Since then, election security efforts have intensified across the nation.

"The DEF CON event sounded like a game, but implications for midterm elections woke up lawmakers to the need for closer examination of the voting machines. After the 2017 event, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified 21 states, including Wisconsin, that “Russian government cyber actors unsuccessfully targeted the state's voter registration system in 2016,” according to a Wisconsin Elections Commission announcement. After this year's DEF CON 26 event where voting machines were again hacked, four U.S. senators jointly wrote to the president of Election Systems & Software, LLC, a provider of voting machine software, asking questions about efforts to shore up the security of its systems. “Some machines that will be used in the upcoming midterms are incredibly vulnerable."

Simons is Board Chair of Verified Voting, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for legislation and regulation that promotes accuracy, transparency and verifiability of elections, and co-authored the book Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?. She has a Ph.D in computer science from U.C. Berkeley.


Future Politics:  Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech
Tuesday, October 16
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes author, speaker, and practicing barrister JAMIE SUSSKIND for a discussion of his new book, Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech.

About Future Politics
Future Politics confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform politics and society? The great political debate of the last century was about how much of our collective life should be determined by the state and what should be left to the market and civil society. In the future, the question will be how far our lives should be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems—and on what terms?

Jamie Susskind argues that rapid and relentless innovation in a range of technologies—from artificial intelligence to virtual reality—will transform the way we live together. Calling for a fundamental change in the way we think about politics, he describes a world in which certain technologies and platforms, and those who control them, come to hold great power over us. Some will gather data about our lives, causing us to avoid conduct perceived as shameful, sinful, or wrong. Others will filter our perception of the world, choosing what we know, shaping what we think, affecting how we feel, and guiding how we act. Still, others will force us to behave in certain ways, like self-driving cars that refuse to drive over the speed limit.

Those who control these technologies—usually big tech firms and the state—will increasingly control us. They will set the limits of our liberty, decreeing what we may do and what is forbidden. Their algorithms will resolve vital questions of social justice, allocating social goods and sorting us into hierarchies of status and esteem. They will decide the future of democracy, causing it to flourish or decay.

A groundbreaking work of political analysis, Future Politics challenges readers to rethink what it means to be free or equal, what it means to have power or property, what it means for a political system to be just or democratic and proposes ways in which we can—and must—regain.


Cambridge Forum: Rebecca Traister discusses Good and Mad:  The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
Tuesday, October 16
7:00 PM
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Cambridge Forums are free and open to the public.
Cambridge Forum welcomes journalist and author REBECCA TRAISTER for a discussion of her book, Good and Mad, a history of feminism and the #Metoo movement. 

About Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies—whom Anne Lamott called “the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country”—comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement. 

In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women’s March, and before the #MeToo movement, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic—but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded women’s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men.

With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here Traister explores women’s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way women’s collective fury has become transformative political fuel—as is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions.

Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister’s latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.


The Wake of The Whale by Russell Fielding
Tuesday, October 16
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Despite declining stocks worldwide and increasing health risks, artisanal whaling remains a cultural practice tied to nature’s rhythms. The Wake of the Whale presents the art, history, and challenge of whaling in the Caribbean and North Atlantic, based on a decade of award-winning fieldwork.

Sightings of pilot whales in the frigid Nordic waters have drawn residents of the Faroe Islands to their boats and beaches for nearly a thousand years. Down in the tropics, around the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, artisanal whaling is a younger trade, shaped by the legacies of slavery and colonialism but no less important to the local population. Each culture, Russell Fielding shows, has developed a distinct approach to whaling that preserves key traditions while adapting to threats of scarcity, the requirements of regulation, and a growing awareness of the humane treatment of animals.

Yet these strategies struggle to account for the risks of regularly eating meat contaminated with methylmercury and other environmental pollutants introduced from abroad. Fielding considers how these and other factors may change whaling cultures forever, perhaps even bringing an end to this way of life.
A rare mix of scientific and social insight, The Wake of the Whale raises compelling questions about the place of cultural traditions in the contemporary world and the sacrifices we must make for sustainability.

About The Author:  Russell Fielding is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The University of the South. A Fulbright scholar, he has been awarded fellowships from the Nansen Fund, the Faroese Research Council, the University of Montana Global Leadership Initiative, and the American Geographical Society and has been interviewed by National Geographic, PBS, and 18 Degrees North. He served as a consultant on two documentary films, The Archipelago, by Benjamin Huguet, and Faroe Islands: Message from the Sea, by PBS Frontline/World. Since 2005 Fielding has been studying artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and St. Vincent.

Wednesday, October 17

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Semper Fi
Wednesday, October 17
11:30am to 2:00pm
Northeastern Crossing 1175 Tremont Street, Boston

Lunch will be provided. Open to the public and all of the NU community. Panel discussion by three prominent speakers on their personal experience with, and knowledge of, the Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in US history: Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. A NU Veteran will moderate the panel. Panel discussion will take place from 11:30-12:15, followed by the 90 minute film. Please join us and help publicize this important event. 


Fairness in Redistricting: What Is a Gerrymander Anyway?  And How Can It Effect the Elections?   
Wednesday, October 17 
12:00 pm-1:00 pm 
MIT, Building 66-168, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Moon Duchin, Associate Professor, Math and Director of the Science, Technology and Society program,Tufts University will discuss gerrymandering and its effect on the 2018 elections.


How to Reduce Your Risks of Becoming a Cybervictim (Webinar)
Wednesday, October 17
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Join us online on October 17, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. ET as Chris Kayser (MET '16), Cybercriminologist, Founder, President, and CEO of Cybercrime Analytics Inc. explores the growing threat of cybercrime and its rise across the globe. 

Did you know that 50% of small and medium businesses have suffered at least one cyberattack in the past 12 months? 60% of small businesses will close within six months of a cybersecurity attack. 

Over the course of 60 minutes, Kayser will tackle these topics: Examining cybercrime risks - malware, ransomware, social engineering, hacking and more;
How to determine if your organization is vulnerable to attack; How to mitigate the risks of a cyberattack; Recovering from a cyberattack, and What to consider when using / implementing the cloud in your business.


TransitX: Flying Solar Pods to Replace Cars, Buses, Trains, and Truck
Wednesday, October 17
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Sophia Gordon Hall, 15 Talbot Avenue, Somerville

Join us for a discussion with Mike Stanley, CEO of TransitX 


Achieving Equitable Access to Vaccines:  FROM POLICIES TO PROVISIONS
Wednesday, October 17
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Harvard, Pound Hall, Room 101, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Julia Barnes-Weise
The series is co-sponsored by the Global Access in Action, a project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. 
In order to achieve the objectives of global health organization policies those policies must be translated into actionable provisions and agreements. The Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance Accelerator endeavors to provide tools and guidance to organizations involved in those efforts. As the founder of GHIAA, Julia Barnes-Weise began consulting for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) over a year ago.
Following the Ebola crisis and the regulatory hurdles faced by the international community for an effective response, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched in 2017. CEPI’s mission is to prevent epidemics by supporting the development of vaccines against diseases with epidemic potential in cases where market incentives fail, and to support the capability to respond to novel pathogens with rapid vaccine development, if needed. CEPI has promoted access to epidemic vaccines to ensure the right vaccines are accessible to all people. CEPI has invited consultation on its revision of its Equitable Access policy paperwith a wide range of stakeholders with the following objectives: accelerate the process from development to delivery of quality vaccines; and establish effective procurement mechanisms for vaccines to all populations, and has very recently published its revised policy.
Julia Barnes-Weise will discuss the challenges of achieving equitable access to vaccines in preparation for and in times of outbreak and CEPI’s approach in working towards its objectives.


Rising Nuclear Threats in a Disrupted World
Wednesday, October 17
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Lori Murray, Council on Foreign Relations
Nuclear Threats are on the rise, as regional state actors proliferate, non-state actors continue to threaten the use of these weapons and great powers modernize with rapidly advancing technologies and destabilizing nuclear policies that could potentially undermine strategic stability. These challenges are among those contributing to the break-down and potential collapse of the global order that sought to control the growth and spread of these weapons. How dangerous are these threats? Is the global arms control and non-proliferation regimes about to collapse? What is the role of the United States in determining that future? These are among the central questions that will be addressed in this seminar.

Bio:  Dr. Murray is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to joining CFR, she held the distinguished national security chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and president emeritus of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to educating and engaging the American public on global issues. 


Artificial Intelligence & The Explosion of Health Data: Global Ethical and Legal Issues
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Global Health Institute
DETAILS  Artificial Intelligence (AI) has huge potential to shape healthcare for the better. However, it also creates ethical and legal challenges that we will discuss in this seminar. How do we ensure that AI technologies are safe and effective? What are the risks of black-box precision medicine? Who will be liable in the case of an incorrect treatment recommendation by an AI? How do we adequately protect health-related data? What is the impact of AI globally?


The Life of Giuseppe Garibaldi (Gonson Lecture)
Wednesday, October 17
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5 

Albert Muggia, MD
Giuseppe Garibaldi was a fascinating Italian general, politician, and nationalist who played a large role in the history of Italy. A great general and one of Italy’s "fathers of the fatherland,” Garibaldi was a hero of the 19th Century, both as a liberator of Italy, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil, and as a sailor for the US. Though he remains unknown to many, Al will discuss the many ways in which Garibaldi was a major influence on the history of Italy and the New World.

This talk is part of the Gonson Daytime Lecture Series at Cambridge Center for Adult Education. To view the full series lineup, go to


Babson Food Day:  Because food is everybody’s business
Wednesday, October 17
3pm - 7pm
Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Babson Park 

Eaters today truly touch every aspect of the food industry. 
Every year, Food Sol's Babson Food Day engages eaters to think about how they select and consume food, and entrepreneurs to learn, connect dots, partner and grow. We gather to fuel the energy, creativity, and generosity of eaters and entrepreneurs working together to build the food future.
Babson Food Day is free to attend. No registration required. Open to all. 

Quick Service Incubator
Crowdsourcing ideas with food entrepreneurs
3–5 p.m. in the Glavin Family Chapel

Melissa Castro (MBA'19), La Conexion
Roz Freeman, CommonWealth Kitchen
Dimpesh Godhwani (MBA'20), home-chef concept
Linh Le (MBA'19), TBK Group
Melissa Martinelli, Superfrau
Megan Pileggi, Clover Food Lab
Kris Bronner, UnReal Brands, Food Sol Hero
Bob Burke (MBA'87), Natural Products Consulting, Food Sol Fellow
Nancy Cushman, o ya, Hojoko, Food Sol Fellow
Patricia Duffy, Community Table NYC & Women You Should Fund
Adam Melonas, Chew, Food Sol Fellow
Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods, Babson Entrepreneur in Residence

Tastemakers Talk
A conversation among those on the frontlines of food culture
5–7 p.m. in the Winn Auditorium (Olin Hall)

Chefs & Owners 
Jody Adams, Saloniki, Porto, Trade
Karen Akunowicz, Myers+Chang, Fox & the Knife
Nancy Cushman, o ya, Hojoko, Covina, Roof at Park South
Tim Cushman, o ya, Hojoko, Covina, Roof at Park South
Carl Dooley, The Table at Season to Taste
Louis DiBiccari, CREATE, Wink & Nod
Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Sofra Bakery & Cafe
Irene Li, Mei Mei
Tatiana Pairot Rosana, Outlook at the Envoy
Derek White (Babson B'2014, M'2014), BISq
Moderated by Andrew Zimmern


Gangster for Capitalism: Smedley Butler Abroad in the Age of Empire
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Robinson Hall, Lower Library (1st floor), 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Education, Humanities
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR U.S. Power in the Global Arena Workshop and the Charles Warren Center
SPEAKER(S)  Joseph Fronczak (Princeton University)


Does Clean Air Increase the Demand for the Consumer City? Evidence from Beijing
Wednesday, October 17
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer 382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Matthew Kahn, University of Southern California; Cong Sun, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; Jianghao Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Siqi Zheng, MIT. 

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy 


Book Talk: Reform, Resistance, and Refugees: Jordan and the Arab Uprisings
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer Building, Malkin Penthouse, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Curtis R. Ryan, Professor of Political Science, Appalachian State University
DETAILS  A seminar with Curtis R. Ryan, Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University, on his recent book, Jordan and the Arab Uprisings: Regime Survival and Politics Beyond the State (Columbia University Press, 2018).
When the Arab Spring protests rocked the Arab world, toppling regimes and changing regional politics, many wondered if Jordan would be next. Since those initial protests, Jordan has seen an influx of almost a million refugees, a rise in terrorism at home and across its borders, a devastating economic crisis, and still more protests. This presentation examines Jordan’s challenges – for state and society, government and opposition – as the kingdom navigates from crisis to crisis.


Mar-A-Lago, Bedminster and Trump Hotels
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Institute of Politics L 166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow Margaret Talev
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy (via Skype)
Photographer Al Drago
DETAILS  International summits, golf, charity events and other interactions the public can’t see. These represent a crucial part of Donald Trump’s presidency. How do these engagements shape President Trump’s agenda?


Do Drones Dream of Electric Sheep? Ethics and War in the 21st Century
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Institute of Politics, FDR L 163, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S) IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow John Noonan
Eric Fanning, Secretary of the Army under President Obama
DETAILS  In this session, we will be joined by Secretary Fanning. We will be having political and ethic debates about the use of new technology in war in the 21st century. Some topics of discussion will be drones, autonomous, robotics, and surveillance. What constitutes an act of cyberwar? What are the dangers of militarized artificial intelligence? How has technology transformed our understanding of morality and ethics in war?


The Mahindra Award for Global Distinction in the Humanities: J.M. Coetzee
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street,  Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
COST  Free and open to the public. Tickets available beginning Wednesday, October 10th. Limit two per person. Tickets valid only until 4:45pm.
TICKET INFO  The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222
DETAILS  The Mahindra Award for Global Distinction in the Humanities celebrates the work and vision of an internationally renowned public figure whose career has contributed significantly to the flourishing of the arts and humanities.


Artificial Intelligence in the Oil & Gas Industry
Wednesday, October 17
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building E51-325, Tang Center, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Nii Ahele Nunoo, New Technologies Design Engineer at National Oilwell Varco.
Time: 5:30 -- 7:00 PM, Wednesday, 10/17/2018
Agenda: 5:30 -- 6:00 Networking and refreshments
6:00 -- 6:45 Presentation
6:45 -- 7:00 Q&A

1) The Society of Petroleum Engineers - New York & New England
2) MIT Sloan Energy Club
3) MIT Mining Oil & Gas Club
4) MIT Energy Club
Abstract: With the industry’s move to digitization, optimization, and efficiency, the oil and gas industry is doing an impressive job of incorporating computers and system to augment human thinking and decision making. This move has played a crucial role in drilling multiple 3-Dimensional wells. This presentation discusses the cultural shift from a manually intensive task during the drilling process and how AI frameworks are continually being implemented to drive productivity, safety, and efficiency.

Bio: Nii Ahele Nunoo is currently New Technologies Design Engineer at National Oilwell Varco. His oilfield career started in 2012 designing and qualifying electronics on projects for high shock, high pressure, and high-temperature downhole drilling tool applications. His focus and expertise are downhole drilling tools used for closed-loop automation and downhole tool development.
He earned his BS in Electronic Engineering from Minnesota State University and has an MBA from Duke University – Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Energy finance.


Taproot: Stories of Nature & Restoration
Wednesday, October 17
5:30PM TO 7:30PM
Harvard, Andover Hall, Sperry Room, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

On October 17, we will feature three unique voices from several different traditions and life experiences — Stacy Bare, an Iraq war veteran, Founder of Adventure Not War, Co-Founder of the Great Outdoors Lab, and National Geographic Adventurer; Prathima Muniyappa, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab exploring the use of space technology to advance issues of social justice; and Andrew Nalani, a Steinhardt Doctoral Fellow at New York University designing and evaluating transformative learning contexts that support positive youth development and multicultural competence — to reflect on their personal relationship with Nature and the role of their experiences in informing that relationship. This event is part of a larger collaboration between the Planetary Health Alliance and the Harvard Divinity School called “The Constellation Project,” led by Dr. Sam Myers and Terry Tempest Williams, which brings together science, faith, arts, and indigenous communities to explore larger questions about our place in the world and imagine a better future.

We see that this is an opportunity to open the dialogue about some of the deeper moral questions about how we connect with the people and places around us and see our role in the world — important considerations for any sort of lasting bottom-up change that addresses our global environmental and health challenges. What is the authority of the awe and reverence we feel in natural settings? How do we support a different narrative about our place in the world that honors an emotional/spiritual relationship to Nature and recognizes that, just as nature takes care of us, we also need to take care of nature?

Co-sponsored by the Planetary Health Alliance, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University Center for the Environment, Center for the Study of World Religions.

Contact Name:   Erika Veidis


Implicit Bias with Mahzarin Banaji (author of Blindspot)
Wednesday, October 17
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, Fitzgerald Theatre, 459 Broadway, Cambridge

The Cambridge Citizens' Committee on Civic Unity with the City of Cambridge Mayor's Office and Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS) is hosting a presentation on implicit bias by Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji, the author of Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People. Blindspot will be available for purchase through Porter Square Books at the presentation.

Dr. Banaji is a pioneer in researching the subject of implicit bias for decades.  Implicit bias is the concept of hidden biases that all individuals carry from a lifetime of experiences with blindspotcover social groups – age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, or nationality. 
We hope you will attend this community event and bring along a guest too. The following is the agenda:
5:30 pm - Refreshments and check-in
6:00 pm - Program with Q&A
8:00 pm - Book signing by Dr. Banaji

Mahzarin R. Banaji was born and raised in India, received her PhD from Ohio State University, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington. From 1986-2001 she taught at Yale University where she was Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Psychology. Since then she has been Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. She also served as the first Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard from 2002-2008, and as the George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Chair in Human Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute from 2011-2015. Banaji was named Harvard College Professor for excellence in undergraduate teaching and previously won Yale’s Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard on Faculty Development and is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.


Whitehead Connects with Richard Foster on Creative Destruction
Wednesday, October 17
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Whitehead Institute, 455 Main Street, Cambridge

Dr. Foster is an Emeritus Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. and member of the executive committee of the W. M. Keck Foundation, where he is Chairman of the Medical Research Committee. Dr. Foster serves as Chairman of the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In addition, he serves on the boards of numerous private healthcare and computing companies and is a member of and lecturer for the China Thinkers Bureau. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008. Dr. Foster is the best-selling author of Innovation: The Attacker's Advantage (1986) and Creative Destruction (2001).

Whitehead Connects is an initiative that brings renowned biology and biotech leaders to Whitehead Institute for an engaging presentation and dynamic networking opportunity for participants. Following the lecture, participants will have the opportunity to meet Whitehead postdoctoral fellows and learn about their latest discoveries.


Dispatches from Planet 3:  Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond
Wednesday,October 17
6:00 PM
Harvard Science Center, (Hall A) 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Harvard's Cabot Science Library and Harvard Book Store welcome award-winning author, journalist, and MIT professor MARCIA BARTUSIAK for a discussion of her latest book, Dispatches from Planet 3: Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond.
About Dispatches from Planet 3
The galaxy, the multiverse, and the history of astronomy are explored in this engaging compilation of cosmological “tales” by multiple award‑winning science writer Marcia Bartusiak. In thirty‑two concise and engrossing essays, the author provides a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe and those who strive to uncover its mysteries. Bartusiak shares the back stories for many momentous astronomical discoveries, including the contributions of such pioneers as Beatrice Tinsley and her groundbreaking research in galactic evolution, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the scientist who first discovered radio pulsars. An endlessly fascinating collection that you can dip into in any order, these pieces will transport you to ancient Mars, when water flowed freely across its surface; to the collision of two black holes, a cosmological event that released fifty times more energy than was radiating from every star in the universe; and to the beginning of time itself.


Using Electricity: An Evening with Counterpath
Wednesday, October 17
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore for a reading to launch Using Electricity, a new series of computer generated books from Counterpath, meant to reward reading in conventional and unconventional ways. Featured readers are Ranjit Bhatnagar, Li Zilles, Milton Läufer, and series editor Nick Montfort.
Ranjit Bhatnagar works in music, installation, and text, with a particular interest in algorithmic techniques and in improvisation at all stages of creation. His book Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron is a book of sonnets written by computer and by the world.

Li Zilles is a language hacker and programmer, and author of two previous computer-generated books, The Seeker and Our Story. Their book, Machine, Unlearning, was created by a computer program that constructs “litanies” of questions. Ranging from obvious to awkward, natural to uncanny, these generated streams of inquiry work to frame the assumptions embedded within the model in a (somewhat) human-interpretable way.
Milton Läufer is an Argentinian writer, journalist and teacher. He has published articles and short stories in Esquire, Vice, Guernica, CIA Revista, and Otra Parte, among others. His novel A Noise Such as a Man Might Makeis based on two iconic American novels, a computer conflation using a well-known algorithm that has been applied to language since the middle of the 20th Century.

Series editor Nick Montfort is professor of digital media at MIT and is an author or editor of fifteen books. The Truelist, the first book in the Using Electricity series, is a book-length poem generated by a one-page, stand-alone computer program.


MIT IDEAS Impact Showcase 
Wednesday, October 17
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
MIT, Building 9-255, City Arena, Samuel Tak Lee Building, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Priscilla King Gray Center at MIT is hosting an event to showcase the progress and impact of some of our recent winners. This event will provide prospective participants with examples of projects that have successfully gone through the IDEAS process. We also invite mentors and supporters from the Boston area to offer support and suggestions for continuing the projects. 

MIT IDEAS is an annual innovation, service, and social entrepreneurship competition which enables students to work collaboratively to tackle quality of life issues for people around the world. During the program, each individual or team participating will talk about their start-up story, the impact the project has had thus far, and lessons learned throughout the process. 
This event is open to both the MIT community and the public. Dinner will be provided!


Soap Box Series:  What makes us human? 
Wednesday, October 10
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

With Amanda Tarullo, Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Director of the Brain and Early Experiences Laboratory at Boston University and Joshua Tenenbaum, Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT


Hamilton: Alexander Hamilton's American Revolution
Wednesday, October 17
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Coinciding with the touring production of Hamilton at the Boston Opera House, historian Margaret Newell explores the life of Alexander Hamilton as portrayed in the musical and in the historical record: his life as an orphan immigrant from a slave colony, student radical, revolutionary soldier, political fighter, and architect of our modern financial system. Newell is vice chair of the History Department at Ohio State University. Her book Brethren by Nature was awarded the 2016 James A. Rawley Prize for best book on the history of race relations in the U.S. as well as the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize from the Massachusetts Historical Society. She also authored From Dependency to Independence: Economic Revolution in Colonial New England.


Wednesday, 17 October
6:30 – 8:30 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston

In October, we are inviting some of Boston's most impressive social entrepreneurs and startups to General Assembly to share how they are leveraging technology to make the world a better place. From platforms that promote civic engagement to tools that help us lower our carbon footprint, we are seeing innovative solutions pop-up everywhere to help solve the world's most complex problems.

Why It Matters:
With the introduction of technology to the social sector, we are starting to see organizations increase efficiencies, cast a wider net of donors, and increase awareness for their cause. It has also empowered entrepreneurs to solve social problems in new and creative ways. The more the tech industry and the social sector intersect, the better our world will be.

By signing up for this event, you're giving our sponsors permission to contact you about upcoming events and promotions.


MAKE BREAD Presents "Dream Big" ft. Julissa Calderon of Buzzfeed
Wednesday, October 17
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Boston

Julissa Calderon is a writer and actor currently bringing her Dominican background and comedic flare to BuzzFeed’s Pero Like. Julissa is passionate about Afro-Latino representation and challenging Latino stereotypes. Recent videos such as “Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo,” “Sammy Sosa’s skin color rant” and “How I Went from Waitress to Buzzfeed Producer” have been featured in numerous news outlets, including The Huffington Post and CNN Español. As an actress, you might recognize Julissa from her guest starring role in ABC’s hit show Revenge- or if you’re a Miami native like her, you might have caught some of her favorite onstage performances, including The Donkey Show (Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts) and Road Through Heaven (New Theater). Julissa currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and its safe to say the Miami native is taking her career in her own hands and carving a lane for herself in Hollywood. Her overall vision for creating content: bringing the Afro-Latino community to the forefront and opening doors that were never meant to be closed.


A Star Trek: A Voyage to Discover Sources of Cosmic Signals in Our Universe
Wednesday, October 17
7 to 9:00 p.m. 
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Auditorium (in Goldenson Hall), 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston


Science for the People
Wednesday, October 17
7-9 PM
MIT, Building E53-208, 30 Wadsworth Street, Cambridge

If you have any additions, feel free to add them or email Mara at <>. 

Note that we are planning a discussion about the state of geoengineering at this meeting, led by Nick Lutsko. There are two suggested readings (also in the agenda document):

And here are a few more details about the discussion from Nick:
I will give a broad introduction to geoengineering, covering the two main options: solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal. For each option I will give some background on the science, especially with regards to open questions, and then discuss policy issues associated with implementing each option.

Thursday, October 18

Watch Your Words: How strategic communication can shape sustainability regulation, its reception, and its implementation in organizations
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.
SPEAKER(S)  Karin Buhmann, Professor, Copenhagen Business School
DETAILS  This event will be a socio-legal presentation with examples from Denmark, the EU and the UN.
Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to


The Wake of the Whale: Hunter Societies in the Caribbean and North Atlantic
Thursday, October 18
Tufts, Room 745B, Dowling Hall, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford

Russell Fielding, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, The University of the South
In the Faroe Islands and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, people hunt pilot whales and other dolphins to produce food for human consumption. This presentation describes whaling activities and cultures in both locations, explores the histories of whaling in these places and worldwide, and addresses the idea of “culturally embedded conservation strategies”—the largely unwritten body of customary rules that develops gradually, through processes of cultural adaptation to a local natural environment, and performs regulatory function in the context of natural resource use and conservation. Newly emerged environmental crises, however, threaten to surpass the ability of these conservation strategies and may even lead to the end of these
traditional methods of subsistence.

Russell Fielding is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
at The University of the South. A Fulbright scholar, he has been awarded fellowships from the Nansen Fund, the Faroese Research Council, the University of Montana Global Leadership Initiative, and the American Geographical Society. Since 2005 Fielding has been studying artisanal whaling traditions throughout the Atlantic, with field sites in the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and St. Vincent.


Transforming Transportation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
Thursday, October 18
12:00–1:00 p.m. EDT

Our transportation system—how we move people and goods from point A to point B—is not working for far too many people. And it is a major source of air pollution and the largest source of global warming emissions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Attend this online opportunity to hear from UCS staff about how we're working with environmental, labor, business, health, and equity organizations to advocate for common-sense policy solutions to clean our transportation system and bring it into the 21st century, and what you can do to take action today.


Can Regenerative Agriculture Save our Land & the Planet?
Thursday, October 18
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Mintz Levin, One Financial Center, 38th Floor, Boston

Imagine a safe, sustainable way to dramatically reduce total annual U.S. carbon emissions from the atmosphere – without any geo-engineering or new technology breakthroughs.  According to the USDA, this is not a fantasy. Using regenerative agriculture techniques, we could sustainably offset much of the country’s carbon footprint— while at the same time making soils healthier, increasing yields, and boosting resilience to climate change. Legislation to incentivize these practices is now pending at both the state and federal level. 

Please join E2 and our experts to discuss this innovative approach to reducing carbon emissions while strengthening the farm economy here and around the world.

This is an invitation-only event, and space is prioritized for E2 members. Registration is required for all guests and must be made prior to the event. 

If have any questions about this event, please contact Noah Dubin at 

About the Speakers:
Ethan Soloviev is a farmer, entrepreneur, and the Executive Vice President of Research at the sustainability data and ratings firm He and his family farm a diversified 32 acres in New York, producing apples, sheep, mushrooms, eggs, and specialty crops. Ethan is the author of Regenerative Enterprise and the Levels of Regenerative Agriculture. As a consultant for multinational and Fortune 100 companies, Ethan has helped transform risk and implement regenerative agriculture systems across thousands of acres in 34 countries. Read his latest articles on regenerative agriculture, business, and life at 

Lara Bryant promotes soil health practices and policies that protect water quality, use water more efficiently, and help farms to be more resilient to climate change. Prior to joining NRDC, she worked on sustainable agricultural policy at the National Wildlife Federation and World Resources Institute and was a chemist at a private environmental laboratory. Bryant holds a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in public administration in environmental science and policy from Columbia University. 


Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict
Thursday, October 18
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Harvard, 1 Brattle Square - Room 350, Cambridge

Speaker: Jacob N. Shapiro, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University; Co-author, Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict

How a new understanding of warfare can help manage today's conflicts more effectively. Small Wars, Big Data provides groundbreaking perspectives for how small wars can be better strategized and favorably won to the benefit of the local population.

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


Sustainability Fair
Thursday, October 18
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

You are invited to our second annual Sustainability Fair. Drop by Bigelow Chapel, meet our staff, and learn about some of our green efforts, including:
Green landscape equipment demos
Walks and talks through the newly renovated Asa Gray Garden
How GIS can support our green initiatives
Green burial demo
Walks and talks through one of the most energy efficient crematories in New England


Production 3D Printing: Transforming Art, Music, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Healthcare
Thursday, October 18
3:00 - 4:15 pm 
Tufts, Nelson Auditorium, Anderson Hall, Science & Engineering Complex, 200 College Avenue, Medford
Reception: Following lecture, in Burden Lounge

We’re on the verge of a third industrial revolution: the revolution of digital manufacturing.

The first industrial revolution was driven by steam engines that transformed textiles and allowed factories to be located anywhere. The second industrial revolution was driven by the assembly line that enabled mass production and scale from iron ore at one end of a factory to cars coming out the other end. 3D printing brings distribution and digital manufacturing with scale and economics that rival injected molded plastics and metals.  

It is expected that 3D printing will disrupt traditional supply chains by reducing the need for warehouses through just-in-time manufacturing and reducing the waste inherent in subtractive manufacturing. In this talk, we’ll discuss additive manufacturing and, more importantly, the new applications enabled by the technology. These applications range from sculptures, to car parts, to dental implants, to surgical guides to personalized orthotics and even to new musical instruments.  

In addition, we’ll discuss the key missing ecosystem pieces, particularly around issues in design tools. This moment in time is the 3D equivalent to the 1980’s desktop publishing moment when programs like Word, Illustrator, WordPerfect, and Lotus 1-2-3 transformed the meaning of cut-and-paste and made it possible to produce documents without scissors and glue. The ability of 3D printing to produce parts without assembly is creating entirely new markets by changing the economics of manufacturing.

About Keith Moore
Keith Moore is an HP Fellow and Vice President of R&D at HP Labs. He has an extensive background in R&D as both an inventor (with over 35 patents) and as a line manager bringing inventions to market. His inventions ship in almost all HP LaserJets and commercial printing products. In his current role, he leads the Print Adjacencies and 3D Lab, where he and his team develop and research the underlying material science and microfluidics for HP’s polymer and metal 3D printing technologies. Prior to his current role, Moore was VP of R&D for all of HP’s LaserJet and Inkjet software (including drivers, management software, and third party solutions). His favorite part of being at HP Labs is the ability to see the future. His favorite part of being at HP is bringing that future to market.

Moore received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Tufts University (go Jumbos, E85) and his M.S. in computer science from Stanford University.


Ionospheric Modification Experiments
Thursday, October 18
4:00 ‐ 5:00 p.m.
BU, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 502, Boston

Natasha Jackson‐Booth, QinetiQ
The ionosphere is a region in the Earth’s atmosphere which is ionised by extreme UV solar radia on and fluctuates in response to events such as solar flares, geomagnetic storms, and lightning. All of these can have a huge, and often adverse, impact on the performance of transionospheric radio systems. Traditionally, investigations into the ionosphere have been focused on measuring and modelling the naturally occurring effects in order to mitigate system impacts. More recently, however, research has been conducted into artificially modifying the ionosphere. Artificial Ionospheric Modification (AIM) attempts to alter a small region of the ionosphere in order to perturb the RF propagation environment. This can be achieved through injecting the ionosphere with aerosols, chemicals or radio signals. The effects of any such modification can be detected through the deployment of sensors, including ground based high‐frequency (HF) sounders and dual‐band Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers. HF sounders allow measurements of the boom‐side of the ionosphere. GNSS receivers offer a convenient means of obtaining information about the ionosphere, including ionospheric disturbances through changes in the derived total electron content information. Recent campaigns have investigated both the chemical approach, such as the Metal Oxide Space Clouds (MOSC) experiment, and RF heating such as The Heating EXperiment (HEX), which used the Arecibo HF facility. This talk will present results from the two campaigns and identify key differences between the two approaches.


Book Talk — Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Maya Sen, Associate Professor of Public Policy, HKS, and Matt Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard
COST  Free
DETAILS  Join authors Maya Sen, Associate Professor of Public Policy, HKS, and Matt Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard, in discussion about their recent book, Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics. Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard, will moderate.


Rebuilding Vibrant Communities Among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Societal Reconstruction Amid Intractable Conflict
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Nadya Hajj, Assistant Professor, Peace and Justice Studies Department, Wellesley College
DETAILS  Nadya Hajj is a political scientist who works on the origins of institutions among marginalized groups in anarchic systems. Her research considers a central theme. What are the origins of institutions in anarchic settings? In particular, how do communities construct institutions without the direction of a state and what is their purpose? Her research examines the origins of institutions, namely property rights and mortuary practices, in Palestinian refugee camps. She conducts in-depth and survey interviews in Palestinian refugee camps located throughout Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. In addition, she interviews Palestinian refugees living in the wider diaspora across North America and Europe. Prof Hajj's teaching interests focus on politics of the Middle East and North Africa, qualitative methods, gender and politics in the Middle East and North Africa, the Palestinian Israeli conflict, conflict transformation, and refugee studies. Outside of the classroom, she serves on Wellesley’s Sustainability Committee, the Ruhlman Conference Committee, and advise the Wellesley Arab Women’s Association (WAWA).
Unless otherwise noted in the event description, 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 for record-keeping and for use on the CMES website and publications.


The Other Side Speaker Series: Jon McNeill and the Future of Mobility
Thursday, October 18
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Harvard Innovation Labs, 125 Western Avenue, Lobby, Boston

Jon McNeill is a serial entrepreneur, an early i-lab mentor, and more recently served as a Global Sales President of Tesla, the CEO of TrueMotion, and now he's the COO of Lyft. TrueMotion is a Harvard i-lab startup that is disrupting the automobile insurance business. Jon will be joined in this Other Side Speaker Series by Joe Adelmann (Harvard Kennedy School) and Brad Cordova, the founders of TrueMotion.

A must-attend event for anyone interested in the future of mobility and how it will transform our lives.


new media and civic arts series: marisa morán jahn
Thursday, October 18
5:00pm – 6:00pm
MIT, ACT Cube (e15-001), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Marisa Morán Jahn is a multi-media artist, writer, educator and activist, whose colorful, often humorous uses of personae and media create imaginative pathways to civic awareness of urgent public issues. Working collaboratively, her projects include a classic American road trip, CareForce One, in a 50-year-old station wagon, advocating issues concerning care workers that became a PBS film series; and Bibliobandido, a story-telling initiative for Honduran children featuring a masked bandit who devours stories. Jahn, winner of numerous awards, is co-founder of Studio REV-, a non-profit organization of artists, technologists, media makers, low-wage workers, immigrants and teens who producing creative media and public art about the issues they face.

The Civic Arts Series, which is part of the CMS graduate program Colloquium, features talks by four artists and activists who are making innovative uses of media to reshape the possibilities of art as a source of civic imagination, experience and advocacy. Using a variety of contemporary media technologies–film, web platforms, game engines, drones–the series presenters have opened up new pathways to artistic expression that broaden public awareness around compelling civic issues and aspirations of our time.


The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist
Thursday, October 18
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Carol A. Stabile to discuss her book, The Broadcast 41: Women and the Anti-Communist Blacklist.
At the dawn of the Cold War era, forty-one women working in American radio and television were placed on a media blacklist and forced from their industry. The ostensible reason: so-called Communist influence. The Broadcast 41 describes what American radio and television lost when these women—among them Dorothy Parker, Lena Horne, and Gypsy Rose Lee— were blacklisted, documenting their aspirations and achievements.

Carol A. Stabile is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon.


Conversations on the Edge: Social Media and Democracy
Thursday, October 18
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Cambridge

Social media influences our world immensely as a means of consuming information and interacting with others. As both a tool for fake news and for civic engagement and organization, this conversation will consider how social media’s rise has changed the ways in which we participate as informed citizens in our democracy.

Dr. Jacob Groshek - Associate Professor, Emerging Media Studies, Boston University
Dr. Groshek’s research focuses on the democratic utility of communication technologies and the ways in which the structure, content and uses of online and mobile media may influence sociopolitical change. He also leads workshops in Making Social Media Matter that are available to the general public to earn a Certificate in Social Media Analysis.
Alexa Hasse - Project Coordinator, Youth and Media Project at Berkman Klein Center
Alexa is the Project Coordinator for the Youth and Media project at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Prior to this position, she worked in a healthcare startup, and in the Personal Robotics Group at the MIT Media Lab. Her research interests include how youth develop a sense of identity on social media, and the intersection of technology use and moral development.
Dr. Charles Nesson - Weld Professor of Law, Harvard University
Professor Nesson charted the early field of Internet law in 1997 when he founded the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, which has since evolved to become the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Once referred to as “Dean of Cyberspace,” he has spent much of his career as a leading expert in technology and its relationship to the law.
CRSL Student Panelist (To Be Announced)
Sasha Costanza-Chock - Associate Professor of Civic Media, MIT
Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar, activist, and media-maker, and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha’s first book, Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement, was published by the MIT Press in 2014.

This event is presented in partnership with Cambridge Community Foundation, Cambridge Community Television, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. For more information on this series, please visit 


What’s So Funny About Oppressive Regimes?
Thursday, October 18
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 3-270, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

As a senior producer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah, Sara Taksler has spent her career taking comedic pot shots at politicians. When she met Dr. Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian satirist who uses comedy to criticize Middle Eastern politics, Taksler witnessed first-hand how laughter thrives, even in terrifying circumstances. Tickling Giants, Taksler’s documentary about Youssef, is a hilarious story about finding comedy in unexpected places. Taksler joins the MIT Communications Forum to discuss the power of free speech and what’s so funny about oppressive regimes. A screening of Tickling Giants will be held at MIT in Room 26–100 on Friday, October 19th at 7pm.

Speaker:  Sara Taksler is a senior producer on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and creator of the documentaries TWISTED: A Balloonamentary and Stop the Ignorance: The Beauty That Is New Jersey. Her latest documentary, Tickling Giants, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

All Communications Forum events are free and open to the general public. This event is co-sponsored by MIT Political Science and the De Florez Fund for Humor.


RPP Colloquium: Urban Alchemy, Post-Conflict Healing: Art Transforms
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Religions and the Practice of Peace and the Racial Justice and Healing Initiative at Harvard Divinity School
CONTACT Laura Krueger
DETAILS  Space is limited. RSVP is required at
This session to inform the Sustainable Peace Initiative will feature artist Lily Yeh. To heal the wounded, to reconnect the broken, and to make the invisible visible have been the goals of her life’s work. Yeh will describe her most important projects in the US, China, Kenya, and Rwanda, demonstrating how art can be used to heal individuals and transform communities. She will discuss the forces and moments that have shaped her life and work, and will show how her work has inspired others to take action.
Speaker  Lily Yeh, MFA, University of Pennsylvania 
Moderator  Melissa W. Bartholomew, MDiv '15 HDS; Racial Justice Fellow and cofounder of the Racial Justice and Healing Initiative student group at Harvard Divinity School; PhD student, and MSW '17 at Boston College School of Social Work; JD’ 97, Howard University School of Law; creator of Healers of the Wound
Discussant  Terry Tempest Williams, Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Divinity School; cofounder of The Constellation Project committed to cross-disciplinary conversations regarding planetary health and environmental justice; resident of Castle Valley, Utah. 

Lily Yeh is an internationally celebrated artist whose work has taken her to communities throughout the world. As cofounder and executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia from 1968 to 2004, she helped create a national model in creative place-making and community building through the arts. In 2002, Yeh pursued her work internationally, founding Barefoot Artists, Inc., to bring the transformative power of art to impoverished communities around the globe through participatory, multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and preserve indigenous art and culture. In addition to the United States, she has carried out projects in multiple countries including Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Syria, Republic of Georgia, Haiti, Germany, and Palestine.
“When I see brokenness, poverty, and crime in inner cities, I also see the enormous potential and readiness for transformation and rebirth. We are creating an art form that comes from the heart that reflects the pain and sorrow of people’s lives. It also expresses joy, beauty, and love. This process lays the foundation of building a genuine community in which people are reconnected with their families, sustained by meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other and will together raise and educate their children. Then we witness social change in action.” -Lily Yeh
Melissa W. Bartholomew, MDiv ’15, is a racial justice and healing practitioner. She has been appointed to serve as the HDS Racial Justice Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year, as well as an Instructor in Ministry. As a student at HDS, Melissa cofounded the HDS Racial Justice & Healing Initiative student group. She is a Christian minister and a lawyer—having practiced public interest law for almost 10 years. She studied restorative justice in Rwanda, which shapes her healing justice work. Melissa holds an MSW degree from Boston College School of Social Work where she is pursuing her PhD in social work, and is a cofounder of the Racial Justice Symposium at BCSSW.
Terry Tempest Williams is Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Divinity School.  Author of seventeen books, she is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award in creative nonfiction and a Simon Guggenheim fellowship in literature. Among her books, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, chronicles the work of peacemaker Lily Yeh and the work of Barefoot Artists in Rwanda with local communities. Ms. Williams’ work has appeared in numerous anthologies worldwide as a voice for social justice and environmental consciousness.
Recommended Readings
Williams, Terry Tempest. Finding Beauty in a Broken World. New York: Vintage Books, 2009.
Doyal, Nan Alexander. Dig Where You Are: How One Persons Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World. Casper Press, 2017.
Moskin, Bill and Jill Jackson. “Warrior Angel: The Work of Lily Yeh.” Virtue Vision, 2004.
Further Reading
Simons, Nina, and Anneke Campbell, eds. Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 2010.
Weintraub, Linda. To Life!: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
Estés, Clarissa Pinkola. “Do Not Lose Heart, We Were Made for These Times.”, The MOON Magazine: A Magazine of Personal and Universal Reflections, 1 Jan. 2017.


Conflict Resolution Day Program & Reception
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Austin Hall North 100, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, New England Association for Conflict Resolution
SPEAKER(S)  Professor Robert Mnookin
COST  Free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided.
DETAILS  Join the MBA Dispute Resolution Section celebrating Conflict Resolution Day at Harvard Law School.
Special guest Robert Mnookin will provide an inside look at DR today, during a Q&A session.
The MBA is bestowing its inaugural MBA Professor Frank E.A. Sander Award in Dispute Resolution to David A. Hoffman.


The Great US Security Debate
Thursday, October 18 
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

With cyber security crimes on the rise, do security engineers have any hope in blocking these attacks?
Join us at to watch two teams of security experts (divided into Hackers vs. Security) battle against each other.

About the Debate
Here's how it goes down: each team will be given a real-world security scenario. Our team of hackers will present how they can penetrate a network, highlighting all vulnerabilities and the security team will need to show how they can defend themselves. At the end of each round our audience will decide if the hackers were able to get through, or if the security team was able to successfully defend. With cyber security crimes on the rise, do security engineers have any hope in blocking these attacks?
6:30PM  Registration   Settle in and grab a drink and some food before the debate begins
8:00PM  Debate  Who will you be cheering for - the red or the blue team? 
8:30PM  Q&A + Final Vote  Vote for the winning team and stay for our awesome raffle drawing
Debate Moderators
Tim Harney, Partner Solutions Architect, AWS
Ryan Lockard, VP, Consulting, Contino


Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  A Life
Thursday, October 18
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome JANE SHERRON DE HART—professor emerita of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara—for a discussion of her latest book, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life.

About Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs—her Jewish background. Tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to “repair the world,” with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust and World War II. We see the influence of her mother, Celia Amster Bader, whose intellect inspired her daughter’s feminism, insisting that Ruth become independent, as she witnessed her mother coping with terminal cervical cancer (Celia died the day before Ruth, at seventeen, graduated from high school).

From Ruth’s days as a baton twirler at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, to Cornell University, Harvard and Columbia Law Schools (first in her class), to being a law professor at Rutgers University (one of the few women in the field and fighting pay discrimination), hiding her second pregnancy so as not to risk losing her job; founding the Women's Rights Law Reporter, writing the brief for the first case that persuaded the Supreme Court to strike down a sex-discriminatory state law, then at Columbia (the law school’s first tenured female professor); becoming the director of the women’s rights project of the ACLU, persuading the Supreme Court in a series of decisions to ban laws that denied women full citizenship status with men.
Her years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, deciding cases the way she played golf, as she, left-handed, played with right-handed clubs—aiming left, swinging right, hitting down the middle. Her years on the Supreme Court . . .

A pioneering life and legal career whose profound mark on American jurisprudence, on American society, on our American character and spirit, will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond.


Thursday, October 18
Trident Books Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

with Courtenay Hameister
OKAY FINE WHATEVER is the chronicle of Courtenay finally taking charge of the anxiety that had ruled her for so long. She embarked on a year-long quest of seeking out (and writing about) the kind of uncomfortable experiences she’s spent her life avoiding. The result is a poignant, empowering, and laugh-out-loud funny book for women of all ages who struggle with the anxiety exacerbated by our impossible cultural standards. So, what
did Courtenay do that year?
Here is a sample:
Spent 90 minutes in a sensory deprivation tank
Went on 28 first dates
Took a fellatio class
Spent an hour with a professional cuddler
Went to a sex club (spoiler alert: it was Build-Your-Own-Burrito night and they ran out of tortillas)

Whether you remember being eight years old at the edge of a diving board afraid to jump or are forty years old and creating an online dating profile, OKAY FINE WHATEVER is a book for anyone who has ever been afraid of
trying something new. With each page and adventure, you’ll root for Courtenay to succeed. Courtenay writes, “The book is proof for anyone who fights complacency that we can beat it when we realize that awkward, scared,
and humiliated are temporary, but boredom lasts a lifetime. It’s a clarion call to anyone who’s lost faith in their own ability to change: grand gestures aren’t necessary. The tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery.” At a time when strong women are sharing their personal stories more than ever before, I urge you to dip into the world of OKAY FINE WHATEVER and immerse yourself in Courtenay’s own story of strength, awkwardness, and tortilla-less sex club burritos (also known as beans and rice).

About the author:
Courtenay Hameister is a professional nervous person. During her 12 years as host and head writer for Live Wire, a nationally syndicated public radio show, she interviewed over 500 intimidating people and wrote 200 personal essays in bursts of anxiety-fueled inspiration at midnight the night before each show. Her work has also been featured in McSweeney’s, APM’s Marketplace, More magazine, and some scathing emails to the customer service department at Macy’s.


The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down: Our Belief in Property and the Cost of That Belief 
Thursday, October 18
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Howard Mansfield
While reporting on citizens fighting natural gas pipelines and transmission lines planned to cut right across their homes, Howard Mansfield saw the emotional toll of these projects. "They got under the skin," writes Mansfield. "This was about more than kilowatts, powerlines, and pipelines. Something in this upheaval felt familiar. I began to realize that I was witnessing an essential American experience: the world turned upside down. And it all turned on one word: property.

Howard Mansfield is the author of nine books about preservation, architecture, and history, most recently Summer over Autumn. He has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Historic Preservation, and Yankee. He and his wife, writer Sy Montgomery, live in a 130-year-old house in Hancock, New Hampshire.

A PSB Be the Change event 

Friday, October 19 @ 9:00 am - Saturday, October 20 @ 7:00 pm

Diversity Challenge 2018, Making Race and Culture Work in the STEM Era: Bringing All People to the Forefront
October 19 @ 9:00 am - October 20 @ 7:00 pm
Boston College Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture
Boston College,  140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill

The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) at Boston College invites you to be a part of the Institute’s 18th Annual Conference. Join our interdisciplinary forum in which researchers, practitioners, educators, government officials, and social activists explore a variety of perspectives and issues and interact with each other while addressing mutual concerns related to race, ethnic culture, and STEM defined in various ways.
Friday, October 19

Voter Suppression, Political Will & the New Civics
Friday, October 19
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard, Safra Center for Ethics, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 520N, Cambridge

With Guest Speakers:
Chloe Cotton (Harvard Law School & Kennedy School, 2020)
Hannah Klain (Harvard Law School, 2019) 
And ECSP Scholar Krista Goldstine-Cole (HGSE, 2019)

Breakfast/Refreshments Included

While voter rights have steadily expanded, voter suppression and vote dilution have also increased. Requiring voter ID, gerrymandering, felony disenfranchisement and other limitations on voters make it difficult for communities to develop and sustain political will, particularly with respect to local issues like school finance. A number of strategies, formal and informal, have emerged to right this trend. In addition to the critical issues, discussion will focus on challenges in researching new civics initiatives intended to engage the citizenry and build political will.


RPP Interactive Workshop with Lily Yeh: A Hands-On Community Building Experience Through Art
WHEN  Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Braun Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Religions and the Practice of Peace
CONTACT Laura Krueger
DETAILS Space is limited. RSVP is required at
In this workshop, Lily Yeh will lead the attendees in a series of activities for developing a nurturing space for people from diverse backgrounds to share dialogue and create together on equal footing. Whether you are looking to create a community, foster exchange and mutual learning in the classroom, involve your members more deeply in your organization’s planning and decision-making, increase their participation in your programs, or build stronger relationships among your friends, staff, and board, this workshop will provide fun and unique ways to build community by honoring and cherishing each person’s creativity, listening attentively, and fostering collaboration through play.
Lily Yeh is an internationally celebrated artist whose work has taken her to communities throughout the world. As cofounder and executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia from 1968 to 2004, she helped create a national model in creative place-making and community building through the arts. In 2002, Yeh pursued her work internationally, founding Barefoot Artists, Inc., to bring the transformative power of art to impoverished communities around the globe through participatory, multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and preserve indigenous art and culture. In addition to the United States, she has carried out projects in multiple countries including Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Syria, Republic of Georgia, Haiti, Germany, and Palestine.
“When I see brokenness, poverty, and crime in inner cities, I also see the enormous potential and readiness for transformation and rebirth. We are creating an art form that comes from the heart that reflects the pain and sorrow of people’s lives. It also expresses joy, beauty, and love. This process lays the foundation of building a genuine community in which people are reconnected with their families, sustained by meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other and will together raise and educate their children. Then we witness social change in action.” -Lily Yeh


Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry Seminar
Friday, October 19
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Professor Kerri Pratt, University of Michigan, will give a talk. Title TBA.

Contact Name:   Kelvin Bates


Conflicts Over Science and Policy at the EPA: Where Are We Headed?
Friday, October 19
Noon-1pm ET
Webinar at,, Harvard Chan YouTube

What is the status of evidence-based environmental policy in the U.S.? Sweeping policy shifts, regulatory rollbacks, and decisions such as the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement prompt questions. This Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing environmental science today. Panelists will explore areas potentially or already impacted by change, such as the Clean Power Plan, methane rules, and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) implementation -- and their public health implications. Experts will describe how the EPA and other agencies are responding and will share ideas for steps forward to nurture and protect the principles of peer-reviewed environment science.

Wendy Jacobs, Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law, and Director, Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
Gina McCarthy, Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard Chan School, and 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
William Ruckelshaus, Strategic Director, Madrona Venture Group, and First and Fifth Administrator of the EPA
Tom Udall, U.S. Senator, New Mexico
Carolyn Beeler, Environment Reporter, PRI’s The World

Spread the word:
Send our panelists questions in advance to
We'll be conducting a live chat on The Forum's Conflict Over Science and Policy at the EPA website at

Tweet us @ForumHSPH #EPA


The New Path to "Yes" - First Steps to Solving Intractable Conflict
WHEN  Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Austin Hall North 100, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and Abraham's Path Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  William Ury and James Sebenius
COST  Free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided.
DETAILS  About the Event:
Ten years ago William Ury and James Sebenius launched a cross-cultural bridge building effort through a multi-country network of walking trails tracing the ancient journey of Abraham. Join them as they share their experiences and unlikely accomplishments.


The Hell of Good Intentions:  America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy
Friday, October 19
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed author STEPHEN M. WALT—the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University—for a discussion of his latest book, The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy.

About The Hell of Good Intentions
In 1992, the United States stood at the pinnacle of world power and Americans were confident that a new era of peace and prosperity was at hand. Twenty-five years later, those hopes have been dashed. Relations with Russia and China have soured, the European Union is wobbling, nationalism and populism are on the rise, and the United States is stuck in costly and pointless wars that have squandered trillions of dollars and undermined its influence around the world.

The root of this dismal record, Walt argues, is the American foreign policy establishment’s stubborn commitment to a strategy of “liberal hegemony.” Since the end of the Cold War, Republicans and Democrats alike have tried to use U.S. power to spread democracy, open markets, and other liberal values into every nook and cranny of the planet. This strategy was doomed to fail, but its proponents in the foreign policy elite were never held accountable and kept repeating the same mistakes.
Donald Trump won the presidency promising to end the misguided policies of the foreign policy “Blob” and to pursue a wiser approach. But his erratic and impulsive style of governing, combined with a deeply flawed understanding of world politics, are making a bad situation worse. The best alternative, Walt argues, is a return to the realist strategy of “offshore balancing,” which eschews regime change, nation-building, and other forms of global social engineering. The American people would surely welcome a more restrained foreign policy, one that allowed greater attention to problems here at home. This long-overdue shift will require abandoning the futile quest for liberal hegemony and building a foreign policy establishment with a more realistic view of American power.

Clear-eyed, candid, and elegantly written, Stephen M. Walt’s The Hell of Good Intentions offers both a compelling diagnosis of America’s recent foreign policy follies and a proven formula for renewed success.


Public Lecture by Martha Nussbaum:  Working WIth and For Animals: Getting the Theoretical Framework Right
WHEN  Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics & The Graduate Conference in Political Theory
SPEAKER(S)  Martha Nussbaum
CONTACT INFO Vickie Aldin,
DETAILS  Working WIth and For Animals: Getting the Theoretical Framework Right
Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department. She is an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She received her BA from NYU and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. From 1986 to 1993, while teaching at Brown, Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She has received honorary degrees from sixty colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. She is an Academician in the Academy of Finland, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Among her awards are the Grawemeyer Award in Education (2002), the University of Chicago Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2001), the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University (2010), the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences (2012), the American Philosophical Association's Philip Quinn Prize (2015), the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy (2016), and the Don M. Randel Prize for Achievement in the Humanities from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018).
The 12th Annual Harvard Graduate Conference in Political Theory


MIT Energy Night
Friday, October 19
6:30-9:30 pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

More information at


We Can't Breathe:  On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival
Friday, October 19
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes JABARI ASIM—author, poet, playwright, and associate professor at Emerson College—for a discussion of his latest book, We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival.

About We Can't Breathe
In We Can’t Breathe, Jabari Asim disrupts what Toni Morrison has exposed as the “Master Narrative” and replaces it with a story of black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. In eight wide-ranging and penetrating essays, he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body. What emerges is a rich portrait of a community and culture that has resisted, survived, and flourished despite centuries of racism, violence, and trauma. These thought-provoking essays present a different side of American history, one that doesn’t depend on a narrative steeped in oppression but rather reveals black voices telling their own stories.

Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 21

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo 
Saturday, October 20 ato Sunday, October 21
Lesley University, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo was established in 2010 to create a showcase space for artists and writers in the greater-Boston area working in the field of comics. The event is produced by the Boston Comic Arts Foundation and hosted by Lesley University College of Art and Design. Unlike traditional comics shows, which emphasize commerce and memorabilia, MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics. We connect local creators with local audience. We also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. We’ll be featuring several special guest creators, along with an expanded line-up of programming.
When & Where is MICE?

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The 23rd Annual Boston Veg Food Fest
Saturday, October 20 at 11 AM to Sunday, October 21 at 4 PM
Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Roxbury

Saturday October 20

Saturday, October 20
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
100 Main Street, Hull

You are cordially inivited by HESEC for a guided HULL WIND TURBINE TOUR.
Please joinAndrew Stern for a tour of Hull’s first wind turbine – Hull Wind 1 on Saturday October 20th from 10am-2pm. Tours start at the top of the hour and last about 45 minutes with an opportunity for Q&A and an inside look at wind energy. Groups are encouraged to sign-up for a 1 hour block.
Please contact Andrew Stern 510.673.2440


Greenovate Boston Leaders Program Training
Saturday, October 20
10:30am - 1:30pm
East Boston Public Library, 365 S Bremen Street, Boston

The Greenovate Boston Leaders Program aims to increase understanding of the climate impacts in Boston and the actions required to mitigate the impacts. We want to involve Bostonians as part of the collective action needed in advancing the citywide initiatives. Our program gives you the materials and support you need to lead conversations about climate change and climate action.

This program is a great opportunity to network with a wide variety of leaders, learn how to format community discussions around climate change, and to make a positive impact on Boston.

If you are interested in attending this training date, please submit an RSVP below. There are limited spaces left, so sign-up as soon as you can! 

You will be contacted by David Corbie, Greenovate Boston Outreach Manager, once your space at the training is confirmed.

Questions or concerns? Email Greenovate Boston at
CONTACT  David Corbie ·


Lose Well
Saturday October 20
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Chris Gethard
Let’s face it: we all want a seat at the cool table, a great job, and loads of money. But most of us won’t be able to achieve this widely accepted, black-or-white, definition of winning, which makes us feel like failures, that we’re destined to a life of loserdom. That’s the conventional wisdom. It’s also crap, according to comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard, who knows a thing of two about losing. Failing is an art form, he argues; in fact, it’s the only the way we’re ever going to discover who we are, what we really want, and how to live the kind of life we only dreamed about.

Chris Gethard is a comedian and creator of The Chris Gethard Show and host of the popular weekly podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People. His Judd Apatow-produced one-man show, Career Suicide, premiered on HBO and was nominated for the Lucille Lortel award for its off-Broadway run. He lives in Queens, New York.

Sunday October 21

Digital Colonialism, Domestic Terrorism, & Transformative Justice
Sunday October 21
5:30 PM
City School, 614 Columbia Road #R, Dorchester

Please Save the Date! On , we will have three amazing speakers, music, and break out
groups for discussion
on repression and self determination in our communities.

"Digital Colonialism" Mike Vincent
"When the Wars Come Home: the Domestic Front of the War on Terror"
Michael Prentice
"We are the ones we've been waiting for: Transformative Justice and
Community Self-Determination" Dara Bayer

Please spread the word and save the date!

"Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom
by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing
them." -- Assata Shakur

Monday, October 22

Speaker Series on Misinformation: Claire Wardle
Monday, October 22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner Conference Room, Wexner Building, Room 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker Series on Misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University.

Claire Wardle is a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center, leading First Draft, a non-profit working on solutions to challenges associated with trust & truth in the digital age. Previously, she was the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, head of social media for the UN Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She is an expert on user-generated content, and has led two substantial research projects investigating how it is handled by news organizations. She also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment.


xTalk with Josep Planell:  From Distance Universities to Universities Without Distances
Monday, October 22
11:45am to 12:30pm
Marriott Hotell, Kendall Square, 2nd floor 50 Broadway, Cambridge

The Open University of Catalonia (UOC), an educational institution that delivers all of its content online, is present at every site where there are students. President Josep Planell's talk will focus on the capacity technology has to change the teaching methodology to transform the student into a “real learner" at the center of the learning process. A second focus is the opportunity for universities to become global -- reaching a large numbers of students globally and to define what it means to be global.

Josep Planell is President of the Open University of Catalonia


The Case for a Slow and Steady "Tortoise" Approach for US Nuclear Research and Development
Monday, October 22
12:00pm to 1:30pm 
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Michael J. Ford, Ph.D., French Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment

Lunch will be served.

HKS Energy Policy Seminar


A Rational Framework for What? Race and the Ethos of Science from the Modern Synthesis to Genomicsudies
Monday, October 22 
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Tito Brige de Carvalho (Harvard, STS).
The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.

There has been growing interest among graduate students and postdocs at Harvard in more systematic discussions related to STS. More and more dissertation writers and recent graduates find themselves working on exciting topics that intersect with STS at the edges of their respective home disciplines, and they are asking questions that often require new analytic tools that the conventional disciplines don’t necessarily offer. They would also like wider exposure to emerging STS scholarship that is not well-represented or organized at most universities, including Harvard. Our aim is to try to serve those interests through a series of activities throughout the academic year.

Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

The Harvard STS Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

STS Circle at Harvard


A Political Poetry: Reading and Conversation with Solmaz Sharif
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Poetry/Prose, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Solmaz Sharif, poet; lecturer, Stanford University
Evie Shockley, poet; associate professor of English, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
COST  Free
DETAILS  Award-winning poet and Radcliffe Institute visiting scholar Solmaz Sharif will read selected poems and participate in a moderated discussion. Her work has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. She has also received a 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship, the 2017 Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize from the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, and the 2017 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. Register online.


E4Dev Speaker Talk by Mr. Sarmiento of WeGen Philippines 
Monday, October 22
5:30pm to 6:30pm
MITEI Large Conference Room, E19-319, 40 Ames Street, Cambridge

Join e4dev for the next installment of our bimonthly speaker series on 10/22 in E19-319 from 5.30 - 6.30 pm. Mr. Sarmiento is an attorney and entrepeneur and will present the WeGen business model. WeGen’s vision is to eradicate energy poverty utilizing distributed renewable energy, battery energy storage and intelligent software in the Philippines and Southeast Asia in partnership with credible social institutions such as the Church, interfaith groups, civil society organizations and grassroots communities. 


Julian Raxworthy: Overgrown
Monday, October 22
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Julian Raxworthy to discuss his book, Overgrown, which calls for the integration of landscape architecture and gardening. Each has something to offer the other: Landscape architecture can design beautiful spaces, and gardening can enhance and deepen the beauty of garden environments over time. Growth, says Raxworthy, is the medium of garden development; landscape architects should leave the office and go into the garden in order to know growth in an organic, nonsimulated way.

Julian Raxworthy is a landscape architect from Australia. He convenes the Landscape Architecture and Urban Design programs in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town.


Screening & Conversation - Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival
Monday, October 22
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT,  Building E15-70, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Organized by Rania Ghosn as part of 'Earth on Display: The Anthropocene Museum of Natural History', Experiments in Pedagogy

Donna Haraway is a prominent scholar in the field of science and technology, a feminist, and a science-fiction enthusiast who works at building a bridge between science and fiction. She became known in the 1980s through her work on gender, identity, and technology, which broke with the prevailing trends and opened the door to a frank and cheerful trans species feminism. Haraway is a gifted storyteller who paints a rebellious and hopeful universe teeming with critters and trans species, in an era of disasters. Brussels filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova visited Donna Haraway at her home in California, living with her – almost literally, for a few weeks, and there produced a quirky film portrait. Terranova allowed Haraway to speak in her own environment, using attractive staging that emphasised the playful, cerebral sensitivity of the scientist. The result is a rare, candid, intellectual portrait of a highly original thinker.

Fabrizio Terranova with Rania Ghosn
A filmmaker, activist, playwright and lecturer at the École de Recherche Graphique (ERG) in Brussels where he coordinates a postgraduate course in experimental narrative, he is also one of the founding members of DingDingDong, an institute devoted to informing the public about Huntington’s disease. In the field of audiovisual experimentation he has made two documentaries, Josée Andrei, An Insane Portrait (2010) and Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016).


AI for Good
Monday, October 22
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
Cost: $6.00 /per person

How one company is using AI for good.

More information at


Activating the Massachusetts Electorate
Monday, October 22
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

The Institute and WBUR will gather local political organizers, data experts and advocacy organizations for a conversation about how we can activate and expand the Massachusetts electorate. The program will reflect on the results of September’s primaries, discuss what we can learn from the methods and efforts that drove new communities of voters to the polls, and analyze how Massachusetts can make voting easier and more accessible. This is the second of two conversations the Institute and WBUR are partnering on to explore current issues facing the Commonwealth.
Speakers include:
Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, @MassVOTE, Executive Director, MassVOTE
Wilnelia Rivera, @RiveraConsults, @wilnelia_rivera, Founder, and Principal, Rivera Consulting, Inc.
Nancy Thomas, @NancyThomasIDHE, Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
Moderated by:
Richard Chacón, @chaconrichard, Executive Director of News Content, WBUR


Gandhi:  The Years That Changed the World, 1914–1948
Monday, October 22
7:00 PM  (Doors at 6:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,
Cost:  $8 - $42.50 (book included) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer and professor RAMACHANDRA GUHA—the award-winning author of India After Gandhi—for a discussion of his latest book, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948. 

About Gandhi
The second and concluding volume of the magisterial biography that began with Gandhi Before India, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World is the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential—and controversial—men in world history.

This volume opens with Mohandas Gandhi's arrival in Bombay in January 1915 and takes us through his epic struggles over the next three decades: to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India's Hindu and Muslim populations, to end the pernicious Hindu practice of untouchability, and to develop India's economic and moral self-reliance. We see how in each of these campaigns, Gandhi adapted methods of nonviolence—strikes, marches, fasts—that successfully challenged British authority, religious orthodoxy, social customs, and would influence non-violent, revolutionary movements throughout the world.

In reconstructing Gandhi's life and work, Ramachandra Guha has drawn on sixty different archival collections, the most significant among them, a previously unavailable collection of papers belonging to Gandhi himself. Using this wealth of material, Guha creates a portrait of Gandhi and of those closest to him—family, friends, political and social leaders—that illuminates the complexity inside his thinking, his motives, his actions and their outcomes as he engaged with every important aspect of social and public life in the India of his time.


Urban Planning Film Series: "Mission Hill and the Miracle of Boston"
Monday, October 22
MIT, Building 3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join us Monday 10/22 for the next installment of the Urban Planning Film Series, with special guest Karilyn Crockett.

Special Guest: Karilyn Crockett, Lecturer, MIT

Once a predominantly Irish neighborhood of houses, churches, and small stores, after World War II Boston's Mission Hill began to change:  thousands of units of public housing were built---and allowed to decay there; nearby hospitals expanded, displacing people from their homes;  developers and speculators bought and sold property and built twenty-story apartment buildings. A new, poor population and an affluent professional population arrived to compete for parts of the old neighborhood.  Through the voices of the people of Mission Hill, the film tells the story of urban renewal, racial conflict, and the struggle of a neighborhood to survive through changing times. Special award winner, Boston Society of Film Critics, 1984.


The Magdalene in the Reformation 
Monday, October 22
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Margaret Arnold
Prostitute, apostle, evangelist—the conversion of Mary Magdalene from sinner to saint is one of the Christian tradition’s most compelling stories, and one of the most controversial. The identity of the woman—or, more likely, women—represented by this iconic figure has been the subject of dispute since the Church’s earliest days. Much less appreciated is the critical role the Magdalene played in remaking modern Christianity.

In a vivid recreation of the Catholic and Protestant cultures that emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, The Magdalene in the Reformation reveals that the Magdalene inspired a devoted following among those eager to find new ways to relate to God and the Church. In popular piety, liturgy, and preaching, as well as in education and the arts, the Magdalene tradition provided both Catholics and Protestants with the flexibility to address the growing need for reform. Margaret Arnold shows that as the medieval separation between clergy and laity weakened, the Magdalene represented a new kind of discipleship for men and women and offered alternative paths for practicing a Christian life.

Where many have seen two separate religious groups with conflicting preoccupations, Arnold sees Christians who were often engaged in a common dialogue about vocation, framed by the life of Mary Magdalene. Arnold disproves the idea that Protestants removed saints from their theology and teaching under reform. Rather, devotion to Mary Magdalene laid the foundation within Protestantism for the public ministry of women.

About The Author:  Margaret Arnold is Associate Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University and was awarded the 2017 Duke Divinity Innovation Grant for the development of Episcopal curriculum material. She blogs at, and she has written about faith and women’s lives in the work of Jane Austen and L. M. Montgomery for the literary website


The Injustice of Climate Change — A Call for Action
Monday, October 22
7-9 pm
Plymouth Church in Framingham, 87 Edgell Road, Framingham

Climate change is caused by carbon pollution. And carbon pollution causes and worsens asthma and chronic lung disease. It hurts children, the elderly and the poor most of all. Those who have done the least to cause it and have the least resources to adapt suffer the most. That's unjust and our faith calls us to act now!

MA Interfaith Power & Light Annual Conference
Keynote speaker: Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator; Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Children's Health: The Front Line in Battling Carbon Pollution

Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project
Environmental Politics: The Importance of Voting in Every Election

Recommended donation $20. For more information contact Vince Maraventano at or 617-244-0755. Advance registration required at so we can plan properly.

Tuesday, October 23

The Future of Transportation Showcase
Tuesday, October 23
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
510 Kendall Street, Cambridge

The KSA is working with our members to find Kendall solutions for Kendall transportation problems. To start the conversation and our learning journey, we're launching the Future of Transportation Showcase on October 23rd. Touch, feel, and ride micro-mobility products such as electric scooters/bikes, wheelchairs, and smart cars. Also, learn more from local organizations about programs, policies, and initiatives aimed to improve transportation in our city.
Be the first to try out tech from companies like:
Lime Bike
Montague Bikes

This is a public event for Kendall Square employees and residents. Must be 18+ to ride a vehicle and sign a personal liability release form. Helmets will be provided.

This is a demonstration and learning event only, and do not represent any endorsements from the Kendall Square Association
By RSVPing, you are agreeing to the following media release: I give the Kendall Square Association the right to copyright and/or publish, reproduce, or otherwise use my name, voice, and likeness and/or photographs, and audiovisual recordings for instruction, advertising, program website, research proposals, publications or brochures, or any other lawful purpose. I hereby agree to relinquish all rights, title and interest I may have in the finished product and waive all rights to any compensation thereof.


Models for Drawings; Drawings for Models
Tuesday, October 23
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, HUH Seminar Room 125, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Gretchen Kai Halpert, Illustrator, Educator, Scientific Illustration Distance Program,
Abstract: Scientific illustrators employ whatever means help accomplish their goals. They design models to help visualize and draw their subjects, and they make careful observational drawings in order to create models. This presentation explores both, with a focus on the historic drawings and glass models of marine invertebrates and botanical specimens by Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka. Examples of maquettes, plaster and paper models, and glass flame-working techniques may inspire you to add drawing or model-making to your repertoire.

Herbaria Seminar

Contact Name:   Claire Gallagher


Farm to School as a Catalyst to Local Food System Change
Tuesday, October 23

Since October is National Farm to School Month, we thought it was fitting to have an opportunity to learn about the New Hampshire Farm to School(NHFTS) Program here in the Granite State, and how they are facilitating connections between food producers, K-12 schools, and the broader community as a whole. NHFTS began in 2003 and has found tremendous success in bringing local food into over half of the public schools in the state! 

NHFTS launched the Beacon Community project a few years ago, an effort to align community members around one shared vision - to bring healthy, local food choices to schools and the community. This webinar will not only share the approach and results of this project, but also practical examples for how YOU can use Farm to School programs to bring together community members to enact change.  Stacey Purslow from NHFTS and Beth Tener from New Directions Collaborative will be sharing their ideas on the subjects - both are experienced community change-makers, bringing with them knowledge of facilitation, effective teamwork, and leadership. 

We hope you can join us - as always our webinars are FREE and will be recorded and posted to our website. If you cannot attend, please still register through Eventbrite so that we can send you a reminder and link when the webinar is available to view!


Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Virginia Eubanks
Event will be live webcast and recorded at 12:00 pm on day of event.
In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile. "This book is downright scary,” says Naomi Klein, “but with its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the ‘digital poorhouse,’ you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.” Join us for a rousing conversation about this timely and provocative book.

About Virginia
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor; Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, Harper’s and Wired. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. Today, she is a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.


Trump’s Trade Policy: Can Theories of International Political Economy Explain It?
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Keisuke Iida, Academic Associate, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo
Moderated by Christina Davis, Professor of Government and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public


The EU-US Battle for Global Markets: Reflections Facing Trump’s Taxation and Commercial Strategy
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S) Paolo Arginelli – IPBS MIM Master, Fculty, Catholic University, Italy;
Pasquale Pistone – Academic Chairman; Jean Monnet Ad Personam Chair in European Tax Law, IBFD; WU Vienna;
Yariv Brauner – Professor, Alumni Research Scholar, Levin College of Law, University of Florida;
Ana Paula Dourado – Professor of Tax Law and European Tax Law, School of Law, University of Lisbon;
Stephen Shay – Senior Lecturer, Harvard Law School;
Chair-José Manuel Martinez Sierra – Jean Monnet ad Personam Professor in EU Law and Government, Real Colegio Complutense & CES Local Affiliate, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO José Manuel Martinez Sierra
The event intends to analyze the impact of corporate taxation on E.U.-U.S. relations in light of global competition. In particular, the focus is on the E.U.'s reaction to Trump’s taxation and commercial strategy and on global competition in the digitized economy. The seminar will also discuss the technical implications of U.S. tax reform and current E.U. law developments (such as anti-avoidance, state aids and bilateral investment treaties), including those occurring at the level of E.U. member states.


BU Connect
Tuesday, October 23
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT 
BU, George Sherman Union, Metcalf Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

A research and innovation showcase designed to "connect" BU faculty and students with like-minded people in the local industrial/entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The event will include:
Innovator of the Year: One exceptional faculty member will be presented the award by the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research of Boston University Gloria Waters.
Innovation Showcase: Representatives from the Boston University research community will display the latest advancements and technologies in their field.
Problem-Solution Think Tanks: Join the conversation in our breakout sessions where thought leaders will address both pressing challenges and solutions to unmet needs in a given field.
Student Ventures: Organized by Innovate@BU. Learn about the problems that BU students are working to solve through formation of new enterprises! 
...And More! Lively conversations, great music, appetizing food and a special appearance by our favorite mascot Rhett the Terrier.


Emile Bustani Seminar: "Erdogan’s Second Republic (2018) compared to Ataturk’s First Republic (1923): Turkey’s 100-Year Journey and its Relationship with the Past"
Tuesday, October 23
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-376, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Taner Akçam, Professor of History and Kaloosdian/Mugar Chair in Armenian History and Genocide, Clark University
On July 9, 2018, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took his oath for office and became the first President of Turkey’s new presidential system, called “the Republican System of Government,” marking the death of the First Republic established by Ataturk in 1923. With his election and oath as president, Erdoğan demolished the old and replaced it with a new, Second Republic. 

Those who set up the Second Republic claim that the current developments in the Middle East are very similar to those in the region during and after the First World War. They believe that as Turks, they have encountered a great siege and are in the midst of a new, existential war of life and death. Does the Middle East really live in a revived Post-World War I condition? Could this be one of the reasons for Turkey's gradual breaking from the West and its turn to Russia and the East? 

If both the first and second republics were born as a product of similar conditions, what are the differences and similarities between them? How do these two republics face and confront their pasts, and is there is a possibility of a democratic Third Republic?

Historian and sociologist Taner Akçam received his doctorate in 1995 from the University of Hanover, with a dissertation on The Turkish National Movement and the Armenian Genocide Against the Background of the Military Tribunals in Istanbul Between 1919 and 1922. Akçam was born in the province of Ardahan, Turkey, in 1953. He became interested in Turkish politics at an early age. As the editor-in-chief of a student political journal, he was arrested in 1976 and sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment. Amnesty International adopted him as a prisoner of conscience. A year later, he escaped to Germany, where he received political asylum. In 1988 he started working as Research Scientist in Sociology at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. His first research topic was the history of political violence and torture in the late Ottoman Empire and early Republic of Turkey. Between 2000 and 2002 Akçam was Visiting Professor of History at University of Michigan. He worked also as Visiting Associate Professor at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at University of Minnesota. He has been a member of the history department at Clark University since 2008.


A Conversation with Morgan Jerkins
Tuesday, October 23
Tufts, Fletcher School, ASEAN Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Only in her twenties, Morgan Jerkins is one of the most insightful, brutally honest cultural critics writing today. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”-to live as, to exist as-a black woman today?


US Foreign Policy and Russia
Tuesday, October 23
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston

Panelists including Tom Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College, and Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, examine US foreign policy issues in Russia with Alexandra Vacroux, executive director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.


Kathryn Firth: Scales of Resilience: From Doorknob to District
Tuesday, October 23
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

We live in a rapidly urbanizing world which is undergoing extensive change that is impacting on every part of our lives. Our cities are characterized globally by a growing population that is older, more ethnically and socially diverse.  Changes in technology are transforming the way we communicate and relate, as well as the way we manage resources, shop and travel. Changes in technology are also changing the way, where and when we work.  Our ecological systems and climate are changing. 

Resiliency (rəˈzilyəns):
1.  the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
2.  the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.

Our building typologies and urban morphologies need to be responsive to these changes if we are to create physically and socially resilient cities. 

This talk will focus on projects associated with the London Olympic Legacy and other urban initiatives that are exploring how intensification, diversification and understanding local strengths can begin to accommodate growth while delivering resilient places.

Kathryn Firth, NBBJ Urban Environments / Harvard GSD
Kathryn Firth, an urban designer with more than 25 years of international public- and private-sector experience, oversees NBBJ’s Urban Environments practice in Boston. Originally from Toronto, Kathryn spent 20 years in London, where she worked as a private consultant and as chief of design at the London Legacy Development Corporation, directing the transformation of the 2012 Olympic Games site into a piece of city.

Kathryn has led international master planning and urban regeneration projects, working both in sensitive heritage contexts such as Covent Garden and on former industrial sites in complex urban environments, including Le Parc des Portes de Paris and Meridian Water in northeast London. Her ongoing research interests include the spatial and social dynamics of main streets, the New London Vernacular, urban density and neighborhood perception, and investigations into typologies and morphologies that support intensification and urban growth.

Kathryn holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. She ran the MSc City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economic Cities Programme for six years, and is an external examiner at the Architectural Association, London. She is currently a Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at the GSD.


Ben Franklin Circle Launch Event
Tuesday, October 23
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 20th Floor, Lighthouse West, Boston

Impact Hub Boston is joining a 21st-century community-building initiative inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s “club for mutual improvement,” launched more than 200 years ago. Ben Franklin Circles gather people in conversation about shared values and common goals. Participants discuss 13 civic virtues championed by Ben Franklin—qualities like justice, humility, moderation and order—as a lens into self-improvement and civic engagement.

Impact Hub Boston will hold its first Ben Franklin Circle meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00pm, and we welcome any who are interested in exploring this format for conversation and self-improvement. We'll be forming groups of 8-12 people looking to improve themselves and the world around them. Feel free to bring your along own dinner and ideas to our casual first gathering to see who wants to join this circle.

How Ben Franklin Circles Work
Ben Franklin Circles meetings are dedicated to exploring the 13 virtues identified by Franklin: Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity and Humility. The suggested size for a group is 5-12 individuals. Together, they engage in conversations on what each of these virtues means today on both a personal and societal level. Circles meet regularly, often on a monthly basis, and use toolkits and guidelines developed by 92Y, Hoover Institution and Citizen University.

Ben Franklin Circles are now running around the country in public libraries, community centers, cultural institutions and individual homes. The Circles initiative was started by world-class, nonprofit cultural and community center 92nd Street Y, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Citizen University. “At 92Y, we are committed to thinking about new and creative ways to foster community and renew our values for the globally connected, digital world in which we live,” said Henry Timms, Executive Director of 92Y. “We are all inundated with information, but what people crave are meaningful interactions and real connections. We hope the Circles will allow diverse groups of people to come together, to listen and better understand each other, and to create new connections that will enrich both their personal lives and their communities.”

Ben Franklin Circles is a program within the Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Initiative at the Hoover Institution, Educating Americans in Public Policy, which seeks to equip citizens with accurate facts, information, and a discerning analytical perspective, so they can better perform their civic duties, hold their elected leaders accountable, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

“Ben Franklin Circles offer people a chance to discuss their vital concerns and aspirations with fellow citizens,” said William Damon, a professor at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. “Research has shown that people from all walks of life, young and old alike, can benefit from opportunities to talk face-to-face about meaningful issues with others from their communities, and such opportunities have become all too rare at this time in our society.”

To learn more about The Ben Franklin Circles, visit:


DREAM BIG: Justice For All
Tuesday, October 23
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Main Library, 499 Broadway, Cambridge

6PM - Reception | 7PM - Public Program
Join Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries, and Board members of the Cambridge Public Library Foundation for this special evening. 
Our guests will be the Honorable Leslie E. Harris, Associate Justice, Dorchester Juvenile Court, Suffolk County (retired); Elizabeth Hinton, author, historian, Associate Professor, Department of History & Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University; and Michelle Kuo, author of Reading with Patrick, Assistant Professor in the History, Law and Society Program, American University in Paris.
Kim McLarin, Associate Professor, Emerson College, author and regular guest on WGBH-TV's Basic Black, will moderate the panel discussion and guide the community discussion that follows.


Boston's New Digital Future: What Should the Priorities Be?
Tuesday, October 23
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
GSVlabs, 2 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston
Cost:  $10 – $20

Meet up in downtown Boston for a talk by Dr. Jerry Mechling, retired Lecturer in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Mechling will discuss how digital development has impacted the Boston metropolitan area- and what critical choices it now raises for entrepreneurs. Light food and drinks will be provided. 

Boston's New Digital Future: What Should the Priorities Be? 
While increases in computing power are not new -- computer productivity has doubled roughly every two years for more than a half century -- impacts on life and the division of labor have grown far more disruptive in just the past few years. What critical (yet often ignored) choices do digital developments now raise for the Boston metropolitan area?

Jerry Mechling
Dr. Mechling is a retired lecturer in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he taught degree and executive education courses for 28 years and was Founding Director of the Program on Strategic Computing in the Public Sector (subsequently the Program on Leadership for a Networked World). Prior to that, he was director of the office of management and budget for the City of Boston and assistant to the mayor and assistant administrator for environmental protection for the City of New York.

Dr. Mechling is also a retired vice president at Gartner Research, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and a former Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics. He was National Technology Champion of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and four-time winner of the Federal 100 Award. He was a Harvard National Scholar, 3-year letterman on the football team, and a Class Marshal. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Master’s and Ph.D from Princeton University.


Food & Entrepreneurship with Claire Cheney, Founder, Curio Spice Co.
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building - K354, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Lecture, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S)  Claire Cheney, Founder, Curio Spice Co.
COST  Free
DETAILS  Founded by Claire Cheney in 2015, Curio Spice Co. is a woman-owned benefit corporation that specializes in directly sourced, sustainably produced spices from around the globe. Claire has traveled to over a dozen spice farms and communities over the past decade to build relationships with farmers and share their stories. Find out what motivated Claire to start a spice business, how she learned the art of spice blending, and how direct sourcing allows for a premium product and improved farmer livelihoods.


Lincoln's White House
Tuesday, October 23
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge 

James Conroy
LINCOLN’S WHITE HOUSE: THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE IN WARTIME is the first book devoted to the look, feel, and scent of the Civil War White House. Going behind the scenes through the keen eyes and ears of its residents, servants, guards, and aides and the constant stream of generals, celebrities, and ordinary citizens who passed through its open doors, the book brings the house to life, unveils its military, political, and domestic operations, and explores Lincoln’s use of the Executive Mansion as a rallying point for the war and an engine for social change.

“Gripping, atmospheric, and at times spellbinding, Conroy’s masterful work does much more than recollect the fraught public and private lives that Lincoln and his family endured in the Civil War White House. Not only are Conroy’s research and analysis impressive, but with the flair of a novelist or playwright, he brings the story alive by skillfully evoking its anxiety-riven characters and its grand but dilapidated locale. I know of no other book since the original recollections of Lincoln’s White House secretaries that does a better job of re-imagining America’s most famous landmark during the war for the nation’s soul.” - HAROLD HOLZER, author of Lincoln and the Power of the Press, winner of the Lincoln Prize

About The Author:  Jim Conroy practices law in Boston as a co-founder of Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, LLP, one of the city’s leading litigation firms. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in recognition of his first book, Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865, the only book ever devoted to Lincoln’s little-known peace negotiations with Confederate leaders on a riverboat in Virginia near the end of the Civil War. Our One Common Country was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, awarded to the author of the best book of the year on Lincoln, a Civil War soldier, or the Civil War era. Conroy’s second book, Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime, won the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s annual book award.

Conroy is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and served for six years in anti-submarine aviation units in the United States Navy Reserve. While working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as a speechwriter and a press secretary in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, he earned a master’s degree in international relations at George Washington University and a law degree, magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Conroy has lived in Hingham, Massachusetts with his wife, Lynn since 1982.


Science Fair, the movie 
Tuesday, October 23
7:00pm to 9:30pm
 MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

Movie from 7:00 pm - 8:30 followed by a panel of ISEF (Intel International Science and Engineering Fair) from 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

Sponsored by MIT Edgerton Center and MIT Admissions
Hailed by critics as “immensely likeable,” “brilliant and quirky” and an “ode to the teenage science geeks on whom our future depends,” and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films’ SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. The film, from Fusion and Muck Media and directed by the duPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team of Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.


Cycles of Interest: Boston Bike History Lecture
Tuesday, October 23
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street, Boston
Cost:  $5 – $10

A Loring Greenough House “Tuesdays in the Parlor” presentation
Bike riding is especially popular today, not only as recreation and sport but also as a serious mode of commuting around town. The activity has enjoyed varying phases of enthusiasm since its advent in the late 19th century. Cycling historian Lorenz J. Finison will give a presentation on the place of bicycling in Boston's culture from 1879 to present day, as well as special look at its historical presence in Jamaica Plain and a sneak preview of his upcoming book on the bicycling renaissance. Join us at Loring Greenough House for this installment of our “Tuesdays in the Parlor” lecture series. Light refreshments will be served.
Lorenz J. Finison is author of the award-winning book, Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society.
Tickets: $10 general admission and $5 for LGH members* plus a small processing fee.


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

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

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

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


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

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Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


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


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


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website ( 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 -
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily -
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area 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
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 if you have any questions!


Boston Maker Spaces - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:
Solidarity Network Economy:'s Guide to Boston:


Links to events at over 50 colleges and universities at Hubevents:

Thanks to
Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:
Sustainability at Harvard:
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Cambridge Civic Journal:
Cambridge Happenings:
Cambridge Community Calendar:

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