Sunday, February 16, 2020

Energy (and Other) Events - February 16, 2020

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Tuesday, February 18
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11:45am  Social Media basics for Government Agencies and the Public Sector, a Digital Communications Workshop
12pm  Speaker Series with April Glaser
12pm  "Everything is better with better broadband”:  Broadband Deployment in Rural America
12pm  Sound, Learning & Democracy:  Dissolve Music and Spatial Sound Experiments in Tokyo, Boston, and Berlin
12:30pm  Robert Scher: The New Eurasia Energy Landscape
2pm  Less is More… The New BRI in Central Asia
4:30pm  IOP Study Group with Mark Harvey on Who Is Challenging Us and What Do They Want? Threats to the 2020 Election
4:30pm  Women Leaders as Conveyors of Change in Saudi Arabia
6pm  Considering the Last Mile Problem in Food System Resilience
6pm  The State of Transportation in Massachusetts
6:30pm  Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Gathering
6:30pm  James Mann, The Great Rift
6:30pm  Taste The Future: Gas is the Past!
7pm  The Triumph of Doubt:  Dark Money and the Science of Deception
7pm  U.S. Senate Primary Debate Watch Party at the BPL
7pm  Bright Lights: American Factory with Panel Discussion

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Wednesday, February 19
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7:30am  Boston Sustainability Breakfast
8am  Mass Protest at the Compressor Station Site
10:15am  Self-Efficacy for Communication
10:15am  The Return of the Right in Brazil: Politics and Society
12pm  The ‘Nudgability’ Model for More Ethical Clinical Research
1pm  Collaborative society: how technology amplifies on natural cooperative tendencies
4pm  Lectures by Esra Akcan RI '20, “Right to Heal: Architecture in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Societies” 
and Sawako Kaijima RI '20, “Representation and Materialization of Interdisciplinary Matter”
4:30pm  Starr Forum: From Principles to Implementation: The Challenge of AI Policy Around the World
5:15pm  Reducing the cost of decarbonization through cutting-edge carbon capture innovation
5:30pm  Diversity by Design: Achieving Equity for Minorities in the AEC Industry
6pm  Great Decisions | Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking
6pm  Sunrise Boston Full Hub Meeting
6pm  Feminisms Unbound: Cyborg Manifestations
6:30pm  Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Cambridge Town Hall
7pm  MIGRATING TO PRISON:  America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants
7pm  Until the End of Time:  Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe
9pm  Nevada Debate Watch Event

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Thursday, February 20
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7:30am  Reshaping the World 2020: Financial Inclusion & Social Impact Conference
11am  20/20 Vision: Reframe Your Future Youth Justice Rally
12pm  Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State
1pm  How to Use "Primer of Ecological Restoration" in Your Class
1:10pm  A Conversation with Tom Barkin, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President
3pm  Anticipating the Future Built Environment
3:30pm  OEB Special Seminar - "Fossil Plants and Global Change: The Past Can Save the Future”
3:30pm  China's Coal-to-Gas Policy for Residential Heating: Between the Shadow and the Light
4pm  Architected materials with adaptive energy absorption & bioinspired self-adaptable materials
4pm  Collective problem solving by social insects: physics, physiology and behavior
4:30pm  The Origins of Professionalism in the US Military: Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy
5pm  Contextual Analysis of Social Media: The Promise and Challenge of Eliciting Context in Social Media Posts with Natural Language Processing
6pm  Does Truth Have a Future?
6pm  Holy War: Latin America’s Right-Wing Resurgence in Historical Perspective
6pm  Eco Fashion Workshop:  LEARN HOW TO MEND AND SPRUCE UP YOUR FAVORITE CLOTHING ITEM!
6pm  Nature is Calling: A Lady-led Eco-educational Tour (Boston) 
6:30pm  Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal with Living on Earth Radio
6:30pm  Author Bernard-Henri Lévy
6:30pm  INTRO TO THE BOSTON STARTUP COMMUNITY
7pm  The Internet in Everything:  Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch
7pm  Sierra Club Plant-based Planet Team - Promote Plant-based Food to Fight Climate Change

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Friday, February 21 - Saturday, February 22
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Hack for Inclusion

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Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23
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Empowering Humanity

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Friday, February 21
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9am  Restorative Justice and Societal Repair: A Symposium on Global Racism and Reparations
11am  BU TechConnect 2020: Future Ready
12pm  Starr Forum: The Philosophy of Human Rights
1:30pm  Preparing and Optimizing Scientific Applications for Exascale Computing
2:30pm  Animal City: Remaking Human and Animal Life in Nineteenth-Century America
4:30pm  Game of Thrones in Russia and Kazakhstan: What Is Going On?
5:30pm  Danish Technology with a Real IMPACT
6pm  Heading for Extinction (and What to Do About It)
6:30pm  Swiss Sciences Night 2020
7pm  Race Against Time:  A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era
7pm  Film Screening: Disobedience (and more!)

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Saturday, February 22 – Sunday, February 23
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ConflictxDesign - The 8th Annual HarvardxDesign Conference

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Saturday, February 22
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9am  Women in Business Conference at HBS
10am  "Chase Earns, Australia Burns” Demonstration

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Sunday, February 23
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9:30am  The Next Edition: Boston Student Journalism Conference 2020
11am  W. E. B. Du Bois Address
3pm  Extinction Rebellion People's Assembly - Input on National Structure
3pm  Be the Change Community Action: Voter Suppression

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Monday, February 24
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9am  Wearable Tech & Healthcare: What's Next?
The Future of Biosensing in Wearables and the Point of Care: The Inaugural Precision Diagnostics Center Symposium
11:45am  Energy and Environmental Policy in the 21st Century: Who will decide, Congress or the Administrative State?
12pm  Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Speaker: Dan Jaffe
12pm  The Impact of AI and Digitalization on Social Cohesion
12:30pm  Climate ******* Design | CDD Forum 2020
4pm  Special Seminar: Josh McDermott
5pm  SPACE10: An Introduction to IKEA's Independent Innovation Lab
5:30pm  The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: A Conversation with Shoshana Zuboff
5:30pm  Solutions 2020: Third Annual Series
6:30pm  Sustainability in Design
7pm  Jirga:  A film about searching for peace in Afganistan

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Tuesday, February 25
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8:30am  Emerging Trends Series: Interconnection Challenges and Solutions 
12pm  An Open Dialogue with Amb. Samantha Power
12pm  Opportunity Zones: Changing the Community Resilience Landscape
12pm  Japan's Global Moment in the G-Zero World
2:30pm  The Climate-Neutral City: Views from Athens, Vienna & New York City
3pm  Blacks in Science, Engineering and Medicine:An Imperative to Accelerate Achievement and Optimize Opportunity
4pm  Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: How will we do mathematics in 2030?
4pm  The Failed Accession of Turkey to the European Union and the Migrant Crisis
4pm  The Future of the Republican Party
4pm  AgConnect: Science and Society - February Gathering
4:30pm  China, Russia, and Europe’s Authoritarian Challenge
5pm  Humanizing Drug Discovery
5pm  Economy-wide Deep Decarbonization – Beyond Electricity!
5:30pm  Stopping Sex Trafficking: The Role for Health and Social Services
6pm  An Evening of Offshore Wind
6pm  Zero Plastic: Creating a Zero Waste Boston
6:30pm  Cambridge Mothers Out Front Community Meeting
6:30pm  Founding Martyr: Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero
6:45pm  A Culinary Chemistry Celebration For Your Community: The Future of Food!
7pm  The Affirmative Action Puzzle:  A Living History from Reconstruction to Today
7pm  Un-Trumping America:  A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again
7:30pm  Heading for Extinction (And What to Do About It)
7:30pm  We Were There Too: African American Women who Advocated for Suffrage

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

City Agriculture - February 13, 2020

Notes on Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments

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Tuesday, February 18
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Social Media basics for Government Agencies and the Public Sector, a Digital Communications Workshop
Tuesday, February 18
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Bell Hall, Belfer Building, 5th Floor, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Yael Bar-tur, Former Digital Strategist for the New York City Police Department, HKS MPP 2012
DETAILS  Come learn the basics of the social media platforms and how you can use them effectively to achieve your goals. Whether you're a TikTok influencer or just learned that this symbol # Isn't called a "pound sign," this workshop is open to all levels!

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

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

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"Everything is better with better broadband”:  Broadband Deployment in Rural America
Tuesday, February 18
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A (Room 2019, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

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

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

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

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Sound, Learning & Democracy:  Dissolve Music and Spatial Sound Experiments in Tokyo, Boston, and Berlin
Tuesday, February 18,
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E15-318, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge,

Open Doc Lab Talk: Ian Condry
This talk will explore new approaches to sonic creation that focus on immersive, spatial, surround sound experiments in Tokyo, Boston and Berlin. What are some of the social, political and pedagogical opportunities for spatial sound? In Fall 2019, Ian Condry founded MIT’s Spatial Sound Lab with a goal of building a community of folks interested in creating immersive sound works, whether as music, sound art, sensory ethnography, data sonification, disability studies, field recordings, or teaching modules. For him, spatial sound is less about the technology, and more about creating new kinds of social spaces and interactions, specifically, moving away from unidirectional communication — the screen, the stage, the podium — and instead creating sonic, social experiences that highlight multiperspectivity, immersion in face-to-face situations, and attention to voices from the margins.

Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist who has been teaching at MIT since 2002. He is the author of two books, Hip-Hop Japan and The Soul of Anime, both of which explore how cultural movements go global. He is the founder of the MIT Spatial Sound Lab and the organizer of Dissolve Music @ MIT: Spatial Sound Festival, Feb. 19-21, 2020, 7-9pm each night, to be held in building W97 black box theater. He is working on a book and creating sound experiments exploring the diverse potentials of spatial sound.

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Robert Scher: The New Eurasia Energy Landscape
Tuesday, February 18
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Tufts, Cabot 102, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

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

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

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

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

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IOP Study Group with Mark Harvey on Who Is Challenging Us and What Do They Want? Threats to the 2020 Election
Tuesday, February 18
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Harvard, Institute of Politics, Littauer-163, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge 

SPEAKER(S)  Guest: Shelby Pierson, Intelligence Community Election Threats Executive
Mark P. Harvey, IOP Resident Fellow; former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council Staff
Description: Revelations of Russian influence efforts illustrated how a small investment by a skilled adversary can cause chaos in the American political system. As other adversaries have learned from Russia’s actions in the 2016 election, how has the threat of malign influence proliferated in 2020? Who else is attempting to influence American politics and how has the threat evolved in four short years? Mark Harvey is joined by Shelby Pierson, the Intelligence Community Elections Threat Executive, to examine the landscape of influence operations.
IOP Resident Fellow Mark P. Harvey is the former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council Staff, and over the past 15 years, has helped author a wide variety of plans, policies, and doctrine to foster resilience through effective risk management. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The State of Transportation in Massachusetts
Tuesday, February 18
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
BU, Kilachand Honors College, 91 Bay State Rd #115, Boston

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

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

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

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

Like these events? Volunteer or join as a member and help us keep the conversation going!

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Gathering
Tuesday, February 18
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Lena Park Community Development Corporation, 150 American Legion Highway, Boston

Join our child friendly meeting (with food) to hear what we can do together to take action to reduce gun violence in Boston.

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James Mann, The Great Rift
Tuesday, February 18
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall, Cambridge

The Great Rift is a sweeping history of the intertwined careers of Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, whose rivalry and conflicting views of U.S. national security color our political debate to this day.

In a wide-ranging, deeply researched, and dramatic narrative, James Mann explores each man’s biography and philosophical predispositions to show how and why this deep and permanent rupture occurred. Through dozens of original interviews and surprising revelations from presidential archives, he brings to life the very human story of how this influential friendship turned so sour and how the enmity of these two powerful men colored the way America acts in the world.

James Mann is a Washington-based author who has written a series of award-winning books about American foreign policy and about China. He is a former newspaper reporter, foreign correspondent and columnist who wrote for more than twenty years for the Los Angeles Times.  He is now an author-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Taste The Future: Gas is the Past!
Tuesday, February 18
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
JP Green House, 133 Bourne Street, Jamaica Plain

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

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

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

Presented by HEET and the JP Green House.

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Senate Primary Debate Watch Party at the BPL
Tuesday, February 18
7:00 PM – 8:45 PM EST
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

WGBH U.S. Senate Primary Debate Broadcast: 7 – 8 pm & Facebook Live Analysis: 8:15 – 8:45 pm

Join fellow voters at WGBH’s Boston Public Library Studio on Tuesday, February 18, for a remote broadcast of the U.S. Senate Primary Debate!

WGBH News hosts the first 2020 U.S. Senate Primary Debate between U.S. Senator Edward Markey and Democratic challenger U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III. The hour-long U.S. Senate Primary Debate is moderated by Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in front of a fully-booked live studio audience at WGBH’s Brighton Studio.

The face-off will also broadcast remotely to WGBH’s Boston Public Library Studio, where engaged citizens can grab a beer or a snack, hear expert political analysis and mingle with other engaged citizens.
WGBH News Senior Political Editor Peter Kadzis and Political Reporter Adam Reilly will be onsite at the Boston Public Library to offer analysis of the debate following the broadcast. Kadzis and Reilly are the hosts of the WGBH News politics podcast, “The Scrum.”

Come to the Boston Public Library for the U.S. Senate Primary Debate Watch Party or catch the debate live on 89.7 WGBH Radio, WGBH 2 television or on WGBHNews.org.

This is free and open to the public, but we appreciate you letting us know if you plan to attend. Please RSVP.
Very limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Bright Lights: American Factory with Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 18
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street, Boston

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, February 19
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Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, February 19
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM EST
Pret A Manger, 101 Arch Street, Boston

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

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Mass Protest at the Compressor Station Site
Wednesday, February 19
8:00 AM  2:00 PM
50 Bridge Street, Weymouth

As Enbridge continues their rogue construction of the compressor station we will be holding space at the site on 02/19/2020 to collectively witness the injustice firsthand. All opponents of this short-sighted project are invited to gather for a mass demonstration calling on officials to shut the project down.

Enbridge has a long track record of violating state law and Indigenous sovereignty. This project would export fracked-gas to Europe, by way of so-called Nova Scotia where a gas storage cavern would illegally violate Mi’kmaq treaty rights.

We will be gathering from 8am until 2pm when the weekly Wednesday standout on the bridge will take place. There will be coffee tables and food available. Parking is available at 352 Bridge Street or the Quincy Point Congregational Church.


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Self-Efficacy for Communication
Wednesday, February 19
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM EST
MIT, Building E62-350, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Return of the Right in Brazil: Politics and Society
Wednesday, February 19
10:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS South, S030, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S) UNICAMP Participants:
Bárbara Castro, Department of Sociology
Michel Nicolau Netto, Department of Sociology
Mariana Miggiolaro Chaguri, Department of Sociology
Nashieli Rangel Loera, Department of Anthropology
Oswaldo E. do Amaral, Department of Political Science
Ronaldo R. M. de Almeida, Department of Anthropology

Harvard Participants:
Bart Bonikowski, Associate Professor of Sociology
Fernando Bizzarro, Ph.D. Candidate in Government
Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government
Jessie Bullock, Ph.D. Candidate in Government
Reed Rasband, Ph.D. Candidate in Government

DETAILS  Jair Bolsonaro is the first far-right leader to be directly elected in Latin America. How did he come to power and what were the consequences of his election? In this event, scholars from the Brazilian university of Unicamp and Harvard will explore the social and political processes currently transforming Brazil.

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The ‘Nudgability’ Model for More Ethical Clinical Research
Wednesday, February 19
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Room 4059, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Miriam Bentwich
DETAILS  Miriam Bentwich, 2019-2020 Visiting Scholar at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, will introduce an enhanced nudging model specifically oriented to the clinical research context, including (1) exploring and explaining why and how nudging may occur in the clinical research domain and in what respect(s) it may pose an ethical challenge to autonomy; (2) explaining how the ‘nudgability’ model may better address at least some of the illuminated ethical challenges entailed in nudging within the clinical research domain; and (3) explaining why the ‘nudgability’ model may have further positive implications for clinical research ethics, particularly with respect to the application of social justice from a legal perspective (i.e., the “Common Rule” regarding research in human subjects).
CONTACT INFO Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics
617-496-4662

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

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

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

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Lectures by Esra Akcan RI '20, “Right to Heal: Architecture in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Societies” 
and Sawako Kaijima RI '20, “Representation and Materialization of Interdisciplinary Matter”
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020
4:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

During her time at Harvard, Esra Akcan is researching her next book project, which will explore architecture’s role in transitional justice after intense upheavals and internal conflicts, such as state violence, environmental disasters, civil wars, ethnic cleansing, and economic meltdown. This book will both critically examine opportunistic responses to crises that foreclose the right to heal and pinpoint best practices that move toward a more meaningful reconstitution.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diversity by Design: Achieving Equity for Minorities in the AEC Industry
Wednesday, February 19
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Autodesk BUILD Space, 23 Drydock Avenue, Boston

Celebrate Black History month with NSBE Boston & Autodesk Black Network. Meet other diverse professionals from Boston's AEC sector.

DIVERSITY BY DESIGN - ACHIEVING EQUITY FOR UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES IN THE AEC SECTOR
Are Boston’s AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) companies equipped and ready to address diversity and inclusion challenges within the industry? And what is the risk of not acting now - to customers, employees and the general public? Is diversity becoming business-critical? 
Our panelists will discuss challenges, opportunities and initiatives related to implementing and achieving greater diversity in the AEC sector. 
The evening will include:
A tour of the Autodesk BUILD Space
Networking, dinner & complimentary adult beverages
Keynote Address by Dr. Robert Livingston
Dr. Robert Livingston, Lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, will deliver the keynote focusing on developing an actionable “roadmap” for moving the needle on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and providing a useful conceptual and practical framework for how to think about and plan around this mission.
CONFIRMED PANELISTS
Dr. Robert Livingston, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Kenn Turner, MassPort
Nicole Edmonds, HNTB
Troy Depeiza, Dream Collaborative
Shelley Webster, InOrder Business Solutions
Moderated by Queen Denchukwu 
AGENDA
5.30pm Arrivals/Networking
6pm - 7pm Keynote address
7pm - 8:30pm Panel discussion/ Audience Q&A/ Networking

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Great Decisions | Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking
Wednesday, February 19
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

The 2020 Great Decisions series will start with Kristen Leanderson Abrams on "Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking."

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

Kristen Leanderson Abrams is the senior director of combatting human trafficking at the McCain Institute. In this capacity, she provides strategic leadership and operational management for the Institute’s program to combat all forms of human trafficking. Abrams is also the director of Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery, a multi-disciplinary effort to address forced labor and labor exploitation in the agricultural sector.
Prior to joining the McCain Institute, she ran a consulting practice providing advice to non-profits working to end exploitation and promote human rights. She also served as the acting director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST). Earlier in her career, Abrams led international pro bono programs at DLA Piper. In that capacity, she developed and implemented interdisciplinary anti-human trafficking, rule of law, economic development, access to justice, and women’s rights projects in under-resourced regions in the United States and throughout Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. She holds a juris doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

PLEASE NOTE: this Great Decisions event will be held in the Commonwealth Salon NOT Rabb Hall. 
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments will be provided!

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Sunrise Boston Full Hub Meeting
Wednesday, February 19
6 PM – 8 PM
Old South Church in Boston, 645 Boylston Street, Boston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Cambridge Town Hall
Wednesday, February 19
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Address Provided Upon RSVP, Cambridge

Congresswoman Pressley deeply believes that in order to build lasting and sustainable solutions, we must bring the voices of those most impacted by the issues to the decision making tables. She believes that we must be intentional about creating spaces to lift unheard voices and unheard narratives -- which is exactly why Congresswoman Pressley is excited to hear directly from friends and neighbors across the 7th Congressional District. 

We are thrilled to invite you to our Cambridge Town Hall! This event will be an opportunity to highlight the things that make you proud to call Cambridge home as well as a chance to elevate and discuss the issues that impact your life. 
Join Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on Wednesday, February 19 to make your voice heard and to learn more about the Congresswoman’s federal priorities. 

We welcome all guests of all abilities. Contact Erina Colombo at erina.colombo@mail.house.gov to discuss the accessibility and adaptations necessary to fully participate in this event. This event is wheelchair accessible and will provide priority seating. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. 

Questions? Please email Erina at erina.colombo@mail.house.gov

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MIGRATING TO PRISON:  America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants
Wednesday, February 19
7:00pm
First Parish (UU), 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nevada Debate Watch Event
Wednesday, February 19
9 – 11 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

DETAILS  Join us in the JFK Jr. Forum for a live screening of the final Democratic Debate before the Nevada caucus. Watch the candidates live from the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, NV. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m.
CONTACT INFO Jason Lin jlin@hks.harvard.edu


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Thursday, February 20
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Reshaping the World 2020: Financial Inclusion & Social Impact Conference
Thursday, February 20
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST
BU, Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, 4th Floor Conference Room, Boston

This collaborative conference will bring together policy makers, researchers, industry practitioners, and Fintech to explore ways in which financial inclusion can promote poverty reduction, economic growth, and gender equality.

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Welcome Remarks from Susan Fournier, Allen Questrom Dean, Questrom School of Business
Keynote Speaker: Ivo Jenik, Financial Sector Specialist at CGAP
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Panel Discussion - Current Issues in Financial Inclusion
Panelists:
Ashley Eknaian, Chief Digital Strategist, Head of Eastern Labs at Eastern Bank
Sujeev Shakya, Humphrey Alumnus, Founder & CEO at Beed Management
Dora Perjesi, Humphrey Fellow, Chief International Advisor at Central Bank of Hungary
Moderator: Dilip Mookherjee, Professor and Director of the Institute for Economic Development, Economics Department, College of Fine Arts
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM: Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM: EO Score - A Financial Inclusion Credit Model
Presenter: Mark Williams, James E. Freeman Lecturer Chair, Finance Department, Questrom School of Business
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Improving the Governance of Non-profit Organizations to Increase Their Social Impact
Presenter: Caroline Flammer, Associate Professor, Strategy & Innovation Department, Questrom School of Business
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Industry Panel on Governance & Social Impact
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: Coffee Break
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Financial Innovation - FinTech and Social Impact Roundtable
Panelists:
Brian Clarke, Senior Business Strategy Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Brian Gilmore, Director at Commonwealth
Ivo Jenik, Financial Sector Specialist at CGAP
Moderator: Mark Williams, James E. Freeman Lecturer Chair, Finance Department, Questrom School of Business
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Poster Presentation and Networking Reception

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20/20 Vision: Reframe Your Future Youth Justice Rally
Thursday, February 20
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST
Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common, Tremont Street & Winter Street, Boston

At the 12th Annual “20/20 Vision: Reframe your Future” Youth Justice Rally, powerful youth leaders have come together to shape our laws and learn about the different ways youth are fighting for change in their cities across Massachusetts. We are coming together because we recognize there isn’t a single issue that stands alone as a “youth” issue. On this day, we are lobbying at the Statehouse in order to communicate our passion for youth jobs, juvenile justice reform, preventing gun violence, housing reform and climate change. Our passion emphasizes the need for lawmakers and youth to work together. We are coming together to change the structure of what determines the direction of our lives as we become adults. 

Our Demands:
1. Youth Employment - increase the number of jobs available and school-to-career support
2. Juvenile Criminal Justice Reform - raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 21 and broaden the eligibility for engagement of juvenile records
3. Safe Gun Control - limit firearm purchases to 1/month
4. Housing - clear minors' names from eviction cases
5. Climate Change & Environment - consult communities of color (using multiple languages) and assess the impact on their lives before construction.

If you are 18+ and interested in volunteering as a marshal, please email meredith@mcan.us.

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Those Who Know Don’t Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State
Thursday, February 20
12 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Garrett Felber, University of Mississippi

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How to Use "Primer of Ecological Restoration" in Your Class
Thursday, February 20
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EST
Webinar

"Primer of Ecological Restoration" offers accessible, practical information on recent trends in the field, perfect for introductory classes. In twelve brief chapters, the book introduces readers to the basics of restoration project planning, monitoring, implementation, and adaptive management, as well as ecological principles to guide ecosystem recovery. 

In this webinar, author Karen Holl will guide educators on how to use the book in courses, and share complementary resources, such as case studies, discussion questions, and multimedia materials, from her over 20 years of teaching ecological restoration.

Interested in supporting Island Press webinars? After registering you'll be automatically directed to our donation page. Giving to Island Press helps ensure we can continue to provide these webinars as a public service into the future. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OEB Special Seminar - "Fossil Plants and Global Change: The Past Can Save the Future"
Thursday, February 20
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Harvard, Biological Labs Lecture Hall (1080), 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Peter Wilf, Pennsylvania State University


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China's Coal-to-Gas Policy for Residential Heating: Between the Shadow and the Light
Thursday, February 20
3:30PM TO 4:45PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

A Harvard-China Project Research Seminar with Xi Yang, Visiting Scholar, Harvard-China Project; Associate Professor, China University of Petroleum Beijing.
Abstract: Under the pressure of improving its environmental governance, China has strengthened its coal substitution policy known as “coal-to-gas” in residential heating in the Northern region. This bold policy sets strict gas replacement targets for “26 + 2” key cities. However, China suffered from severe gas shortages in the 2017-2018 winter, which aroused widespread concern. Maintaining the natural gas balance became thus a challenging task for China, especially with the policy extended nationwide. Also, the contribution of gas substitution to air quality improvement remains uncertain. In the context of the Paris Agreement, the feasibility of China’s gas substitution policy is vital not only for the accomplishment of its NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions), but also to global decarbonization. Based on scenario analysis with the bottom-up MAPLE (China Multi-pollutant Abatement Planning and Long-term benefit Evaluation) model, this talk will address current debates and discuss the potential impact of the coal-to-gas policy.

Xi Yang, a research scholar in the Harvard-China Project, is an associate professor at the China University of Petroleum. She earned degrees from Tsinghua University and Mines ParisTech. Her work contributed to the World Bank China energy model project, DDPP project, and Europe Commission Horizontal 2020 Project. Her research focuses on energy system modeling, technology trade-offs and co-benefits of deep decarbonization.

Sponsored by China Project, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Contact Name:  Cody Yiu

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Architected materials with adaptive energy absorption & bioinspired self-adaptable materials
Thursday, February 20
4:00pm
MIT, Building 3-370, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge

Professor Sung Hoon Kang, Johns Hopkins University
In my presentation, I will first briefly introduce research projects in my group and focus on two studies about how we can realize materials/structures that can adapt to loading conditions by changing their mechanical properties. 

An architected material (or metamaterial) is a class of materials that provide new properties that are not observed in natural materials or from a bulk material that the “material” is made of. I will present adaptive energy-absorbing “materials” with extreme energy dissipation and improving energy absorption with increasing strain rate by the interplay of nonlinear behaviors of materials and structures. We utilize energy dissipation mechanisms across different length scales by utilizing architected liquid crystalline elastomers (LCEs). As a result, our energy-absorbing materials show about an order of magnitude higher specific energy dissipation at quasi-static condition compared with the previous studies and even higher energy dissipation at faster strain rates with power-law relation, whose exponent can be tuned by controlling the mesoscale alignment of molecules using a simple strain control-based approach. The findings from our study can contribute to realizing extremely lightweight and high energy dissipating materials, which will be beneficial for various applications, including automotive, aerospace, and personal protection.

Nature produces outstanding materials for structural applications such as bones and woods that can adapt to their surrounding environment. For instance, bone regulates mineral quantity proportional to the amount of stress. It becomes stronger in locations subjected to higher mechanical loads. This leads to the formation of mechanically efficient structures for optimal biomechanical and energy-efficient performance. However, it has been a challenge for synthetic materials to change and adapt their structures and properties to address the changes in loading conditions. To address the challenge, we are inspired by the findings that bones are formed by the mineralization of ions from blood onto scaffolds. I will present a material system that triggers mineral deposition from ionic solutions on organic scaffolds upon mechanical loadings so that it can self-adapt to mechanical loadings. For example, the mineralization rate within the material system could be modulated by controlling the loading condition and a 30-180% increase in the modulus of the material was observed upon cyclic loadings whose range and rate of the property change could be modulated by varying the loading condition. We envision that our findings can open new strategies for making synthetic materials with self-adaptable mechanical properties. 

Sung Hoon Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is an associate faculty of Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute and Institute for NanoBioTechnology. He earned a PhD degree in Applied Physics at Harvard University and MS and BS degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and Seoul National University, respectively. Sung Hoon has been investigating bioinspired solutions to address the current challenges in synthetic materials and mechanical systems with applications including safety, healthcare, sensing, and energy. His research has been supported by NSF, AFOSR, NIH, ARO, and ONR. Throughout his career, Sung Hoon has co-authored 42 papers, has given ~120 presentations (including over 70 invited talks) and has three patents. His honors include 2019 China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Alumnus, 2019 Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering Research Lab Excellence Award, FY 2018 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award, 2016 National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Alumnus, and 2011 Materials Research Society Graduate Students Gold Award. He has been co-organizing ~30 symposia on mechanical metamaterials, bioinspired materials, and 3D printing at international conferences. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Engineering Science (SES), American Physical Society (APS), and Materials Research Society (MRS). He serves as the Chair of the ASME Technical Committee on Mechanics of Soft Materials

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Collective problem solving by social insects: physics, physiology and behavior
Thursday, February 20
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 10-250,  Huntington Hall, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: L. Mahadevan | Harvard
Super-organisms such as social insects solve complex physiological problems collectively, sans plan or planner, on scales much larger than the individual. Motivated by observations in the field and in the lab, I will describe our attempts to understand how insects build and use active architectures to regulate their micro-environment in such contexts as termite mound morphogenesis and physiology, and active ventilation, mechanical stabilization and thermoregulation in bee clusters. These everyday examples of functional collective action link physics, physiology and behavior on multiple scales and suggest approaches to homeorhesis (non-equilibrium steady states) using local sensing and action mediated by global physics, that might be of relevance beyond the world of social insects.

The David and Edith Harris Physics Colloquium Series
The lecture will take place in 10-250, starting at 4pm.
Pre-Colloquium Social in room 4-349 will begin at 3:30pm, refreshments will be served.

For questions, contact Ryan Higgins at higginsr@mit.edu
See future Physics Colloquium lectures at: https://web.mit.edu/physics/events/colloquia.html

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The Origins of Professionalism in the US Military: Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy
Thursday, February 20
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Harvard, Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building, 4th Floor, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Gary L. Gregg, Director, McConnell Center, University of Louisville
DETAILS  Though few today know it, George Washington faced a rebellion in his ranks during the closing days of the American Revolution. Had he mishandled this rebellion, or been ambitious for power, America’s trajectory over the coming centuries would have changed dramatically. In this talk, Dr. Gary Gregg will tell the story of the dramatic end of the American Revolution and how Washington’s actions at Newburg continue to be felt even today in our tradition of civilian control of the military.


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

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

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Does Truth Have a Future?
Thursday, February 20
 6 – 7:15 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Michael Sandel
Gwyneth Williams
DETAILS  Join Professor Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, and Gwyneth Williams, Shorenstein Center Fellow, for a discussion covering the competition of ideas in today’s polarized environment.
Speaker(s):
Michael Sandel, Gwyneth Williams

CONTACT INFO Jason Lin  jlin@hks.harvard.edu

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

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

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Eco Fashion Workshop:  LEARN HOW TO MEND AND SPRUCE UP YOUR FAVORITE CLOTHING ITEM!
Thursday, February 20
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
19 Stuart Street, Boston

*Bring something to be altered* *FREE*
*IF YOUR'E BRINGING A FRIEND LET US KNOW, RSVP*
This will be a workshop dedicated to teaching participants the variety of ways clothing waste can be re-used from swapping items, to mending items, to creating totally new items with their own "old" clothing - With a focus on fixing an old favorite (*that you must bring with you*).
February 20th 2019, 6-8:30 pm limited spots available, FREE, materials provided, light snacks, recommended for ages 17+ all ages are welcomed with adult supervision, "just watching" permitted but you must be active in helping participants.
Event Outline:
Guests arrive and sign in (5:50pm)
Mingle and enjoy light snacks (6:07pm)
Workshop begins
introductions (6:15pm)
Ways to re-use clothing "waste" - brief lesson on pattern cutting (6:20pm)
Participants work with each other and instructor to create new vision for clothing item and draw it out ( 6:30pm)
New fabrics and materials are chosen / patterns cut (6:50 - 7:00 pm)
Assembly completed by instructor ( 7:00 - 8:20 pm)
Clean up (8:20 - 8:30pm)

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Nature is Calling: A Lady-led Eco-educational Tour (Boston) 
Thursday, February 20
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Fjällräven Boston, 304 Newbury Street, Boston
Cost:  $15

Join The Lady Alliance and our friends at Fjällräven for an evening of inspirational speakers, a documentary viewing, and fun games and giveaways at our Nature Is Calling eco-educational tour. 

Whether you're already passionate about saving our planet, looking for a fun and unique evening out with friends, or just curious about this whole "climate change" thing you keep hearing people mention- this event is a MUST for you.
Our evening is broken down into three activities. First we will hear from local speakers about climate change, then we will see a riveting documentary and finish the night off with games and giveaways, plus an in-store discount for all attendees of the event. This will be an evening full lof valuable information and fun for the whole family! 

Plus, net proceeds go to Power To Be, a non-profit organization helping women - and everyone - break down barriers and get outside! 

Not in the area? Don't worry! Our members can LIVE STREAM this event - no matter where you are in the world!
Ready to ignite your passion for protecting our incredible playground, and to meet other like-minded locals? Join us and Fjällräven for our Nature is Calling Eco-eduational tour! 
See you soon!

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Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal with Living on Earth Radio
Thursday, February 20
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge

Join author Ronnie Cummins as he discusses his new book Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal with Living on Earth Radio host Steve Curwood.

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Author Bernard-Henri Lévy
Thursday, February 20
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
Cambridge Library, Main Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall, Cambridge

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, filmmaker and author of more than 30 books including his latest, The Empire And The Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World. His writing has appeared extensively in publications throughout Europe and the United States. His documentaries include Peshmerga, The Battle of Mosul, The Oath of Tobruk and Bosna. Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplomatic missions for the French government. Lévy will be joined in conversation with Professor Stephanie Ravillon. 

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INTRO TO THE BOSTON STARTUP COMMUNITY
Thursday, 20 February
6:30 – 8:30 pm EST
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sierra Club Plant-based Planet Team - Promote Plant-based Food to Fight Climate Change
Thursday, February 20
7:00pm-8:30pm
Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter Office, 50 Federal Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

The Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter's Plant-based Planet Team does outreach on the environmental impact of meat, dairy, and egg production.  We encourage people to reduce or eliminate their consumption of animal foods by eating a healthy, plant-based diet.  We are working on several projects, including a vegan cooking show, lectures, and plant-based potluck dinners.  If you would like to volunteer with us, please come to our next meeting.

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Friday, February 21 - Saturday, February 22
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Hack for Inclusion
Friday, February 21, 11:30am - Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm
Microsoft NERD Center 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

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

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

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

Winning teams will receive prize money!

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

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

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Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23
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Empowering Humanity
Friday, February 21, 7:00 PM – Sunday, February 23, 5:00 PM EST
Harvard, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Create a space for people to learn about issues preventing access to education, engage with ideas, and explore innovative solutions.

The 1st annual Harvard Undergraduate UNICEF Club Conference: Empowering Humanity aims to create a space for high school and college students from diverse backgrounds to learn about issues preventing equitable access to education, engage with existing ideas and explore innovative solutions for children globally.

Empowering Humanity is a three-day conference starting Friday evening until Sunday evening, and consists of lectures, panels, and action items that discuss how children’s access to education is limited by conflict, gender inequality, and failing health and hygiene infrastructures, and provides direction as to how to tackle those issues. Participants will assemble health kits for a global non-profit, meet and network with local and national service/humanitarian non-profits, discuss solutions in workshops, and pitch ideas about an innovative solution for a problem with the winner receiving a stipend. We seek to educate others about past and current problems, so they can design and innovate solutions for the future.

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Friday, February 21
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Restorative Justice and Societal Repair: A Symposium on Global Racism and Reparations
Friday, February 21
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
BU, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline

Please join us on February 21 for this symposium, "Restorative Justice and Societal Repair: Global Racism and Reparations,” which invites academics, students, community activists, cultural artists, theorists, philosophers, and others interested in the ongoing problem of global racism and injustice and the debate over reparations/repair and redress for enslavement, genocide, and colonization of African-descended people. The overall aim is to provide a forum for exchange which might lead to specific outcomes that elaborate recommendations for restitution for past harms, cognitive justice, repair, and transformation of the global community in this UN Decade of African-Descended People. 

Speakers:
Keynote: Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, President of   CARICOM (organization of the Caribbean Community & Common Market)
Dr. Paula Austin, Asst. Professor of History African American Studies Boston Univ.
Dr. Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Associate Professor of Music, Musicology & Ethnomusicology, Boston University
Dr. Nicola Frith, University of Edinburgh (Scotland/UK), Co-Founder/Co-Director of the International Network of Scholars and Activists for Afrikan Reparations (INOSAAR)
Dr. Jemadari Kamara, Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Centre for African, Caribbean, and Community Development (CACCD) Umass/Boston.
Dr. Kris Manjapra, Associate Professor of History, Tufts University
Ms. Yvette Modestin, Poet/Activist and Founder/Executive Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston
Ms. Sophia Parnell, MA Student, Boston University
Dr. Daivi Rodima-Taylor, Research Associate and Lecturer, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University & Associate of Africans in Boston
Ms. Esther Stanford-Xosei, Juris consult and Vice Chair of the Pan-African Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE)
Dr. John Thornton, Professor African American Studies, Boston University

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BU TechConnect 2020: Future Ready
Friday, February 21
11:00 AM EST
BU, Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $25 – $35

Join us for BU Questrom’s 6th Annual TechConnect Conference, an event that brings together a diverse audience of students & professionals.

How will mixed reality affect the consumer experience? How can we help prepare our workforce for increasing automation? Is Boston ready for self-driving vehicles? 
The Graduate Biz Tech Club at Boston University's Questrom School of Business is pleased to bring you TechConnect 2020: Future Ready. This year’s conference will focus on how technology is shaping the future of multiple industries, which we will explore through three lenses: as an individual, as a business, and as a society. Panels will cover a variety of topics including the Future of: The Consumer, Work, Gaming, and Mobility. Featuring speakers and demos from Amazon, Dell, Wayfair, City of Boston, MBTA, ADOREZ, Healthy Gamer, VYVID, and more. 
Schedule (subject to change)
10:30am - 11:00am Registration
11:00am - 11:45am Opening Keynote
12:00pm - 12:45pm Future of the Consumer Panel
12:45pm - 1:30pm Networking Lunch
1:30pm - 2:15pm Future of Gaming Panel
2:30pm - 3:15pm Future of Work Panel
3:30pm - 4:30pm Future of Mobility Panel
4:30pm - 5:00pm Closing Remarks
5:00pm - 6:00pm Networking Reception
Keynote Speaker
David Taieb -- Principal Engineer, Amazon
Panelists
The Future of the Consumer
Michael Campbell -- EVP & GM, Augmented Reality, PTC
Nina Keshavarzi -- CEO and Co-Founder, ADOREZ TECH
Michael Maloney -- Head Of Engineering - XR, Computer Vision, 3D Visualization, Wayfair
Hakan Satiroglu -- Founder, XR InLearning
The Future of Work
Jim French -- Former Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Hill Holliday Advertising
Bin Gu -- Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Professor and Department Chair, Boston University
Azadeh Keivani -- Frontiers of Science Fellow, Columbia University
The Future of Gaming
Kruti Kanojia -- Co-Founder, Healthy Gamer
Joseph Kwan -- VP, BU Gaming Club
Stephanie Orme -- Chair of the Game Studies Division, National Communication Association
The Future of Mobility
Eugene J. Berardi -- Visiting Fellow, Decarbonization & Infrastructure Modernization, BU Institute for Sustainable Energy 
Kris Carter -- Co-Chair of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Dave Graham -- Director of Global Messaging for Emerging Technologies, Dell Technologies
Sydney Levine -- Postdoctoral Scholar, MIT
Diogo Lousa -- Director Of Technology - Paratransit, MBTA
AR/VR Technology Showcase
ADOREZ TECH
Wayfair 
VYVID XR

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

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

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

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

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Preparing and Optimizing Scientific Applications for Exascale Computing
Friday, February 21
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Nicholas Malaya, Research scientist at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
DETAILS  The largest computers in the world are an essential tool for key scientific simulations, spanning a wide range of applications across fundamental science, in areas such as cosmology or turbulent flows, and applied engineering, such as material science and storm surge modeling. Historically, Moore's law has driven rapid expansion of computational capability, with the largest computers following an exponential growth in FLOPs.

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

Andrew Robichaud,  Boston University

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

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

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Danish Technology with a Real IMPACT
Friday, February 21
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Innovation Centre Denmark, Venture Café 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge

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

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

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Heading for Extinction (and What to Do About It)
Friday, February 21
6 p.m.
291 St Botolph Street, Boston

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it: record atmospheric carbon levels, global temperature rise, deforestation, plastic pollution, mass extinction of species. Join us to hear the latest information on the state of our planet, and learn how to become part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future.
The canaries are dead. You know, those small songbirds brought into mines to detect levels of toxicity in the air. When poisonous gases accumulate, killing the canary, the miners know they are in trouble and have to act fast.
Today our “canaries” take many forms, from the billion (yes, billion) animals killed by Australian wildfires, to the crops dying from African droughts and floods in the Midwest, to the 23 million (yes, million) human beings forcibly displaced from their homes in 2017 by extreme weather events (the Brookings Institute.) Make no mistake: the climate crisis is under way and we ignore it at our peril.
Our situation is dire, but is it hopeless? No, say the articles and letters this paper runs each week that describe our neighbors’ efforts to get out the word and to do something about the climate emergency. We are not alone in our concern; from this we can take heart. Together we might just be able to “pull it off” and bequeath a habitable planet to our children.
What this will take is courage (from the Latin word for “heart”), the courage first to face our situation and the courage to then take effective action. We invite you to begin or continue this journey by attending “Headed for Extinction (and What to Do about It”), an Extinction Rebellion presentation at Northeastern University, East Village 024, on Friday, February 21, at 6:00pm. Together we will examine the science behind the urgent warnings and explore the kinds of action that may yet divert us from our current, catastrophic course.
May we hearten one another with our care for our one and only Planet Earth.

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Swiss Sciences Night 2020
Friday, February 21
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
MIT Media Lab, Building E14-6, 75 Amherst Street, 6th Floor, Cambridge

Have you ever considered studying or working in Switzerland? For a small country with roughly the population of New York City and the size of Massachusetts, the Alpine nation is flush with opportunity. Switzerland offers a rich and diverse ecosystem of research, innovation and technology, as well as world-famous landscapes and a central location in the heart of Europe. Join swissnex Boston and representatives from Switzerland’s top universities, research institutions and companies for the 10th annual Swiss Sciences Night - an evening of conversation, science and opportunities.

Why Switzerland?
Switzerland has established an empowering environment for academics, researchers and innovators alike. With top-ranking institutions, 28 Nobel Laureates associated with the country and an above-average quality of life, Switzerland is an attractive destination for the world’s best talent.
This is your chance to chat in-person with representatives of top Swiss academic institutions and companies and discover opportunities in your field.

Who is the event for?
The Swiss Sciences Night is aimed at students, researchers, and professionals who are interested to pursue a career in Switzerland and wish to network with the various organizations present and learn more about the opportunities they offer. If you are interested in the work of swissnex Boston, but not in career opportunities in Switzerland, we ask that you please join our other activities, starting with the Basel Night on Wednesday, February 26th.

Who will be there?
The following institutions have confirmed their attendance. Check back for more exhibitors as they are announced!
ABB
Aurora Flight Sciences
CSEM
Disney Research
EPFL 
ETH Zurich
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
University of Basel (UniBas)
University of Zurich (UZH)
More to be announced!

Program
6:30 pm Doors open 
Networking reception
9:00 pm Doors close

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

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

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

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

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

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Film Screening: Disobedience (and more!)
Friday, February 21
7 p.m.
Beacon Hill Friends House, 6-8 Chestnut Street, Boston

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

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

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

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Saturday, February 22 – Sunday, February 23
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ConflictxDesign - The 8th Annual HarvardxDesign Conference
Saturday, February 22, 5:00 PM – Sunday, February 23, 6:00 PM EET
Harvard Graduate School Of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $27 – $65

The xDesign Conference is an annual exploration of all things design – a student conference at Harvard University
About this Event
The 8th Annual HarvardxDesign conference is fast approaching! This year's conference - held Sunday, February 23rd at the Graduate School of Design - explores the theme ConflictxDesign. 

Now more than ever we see existing conflicts further divide and incite us, and new conflicts arise and confound us. We will explore how design has provoked and reconciled different themes of conflict. We'll engage with thinkers, artists, creators, and leaders from across disciplines and sectors.

Featured speakers include Mona Hakky (Design Director, Wayfair), Kaave Pour (Founder, SPACE10 / IKEA), Brian Ho (Designer, Sidewalk Labs), Andrew Lu (Design Lead, Co-Star), and Charles Broskoski (Co-founder, Are.na), and many many more exciting speakers and activities…

Our schedule will include:
/ Saturday (2/22) 5pm - 7pm open-bar (!) happy hour social and kick-off event 
/ Sunday (2/23) 9am - 5pm all-day conference, panels, and discussions (breakfast + lunch included from companies we love including Bluestone Lane, Clover, and Milk Bar)

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

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"Chase Earns, Australia Burns" Demonstration
Saturday, February 22
10 a.m.
Chase Bank, Jamaica Plain Branch, 701 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

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

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Sunday, February 23
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The Next Edition: Boston Student Journalism Conference 2020
Sunday, February 23
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST
WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $15

Attend The Daily Free Press' third annual student journalism conference, The Next Edition, on Feb. 23rd.

The Daily Free Press, Boston University's independent, student-run newspaper, invites you to attend its third annual networking conference, The Next Edition, at WBUR's CitySpace. On Sunday, Feb. 23, starting at 10 a.m., journalism students throughout Boston will have the unique opportunity to connect with online, print, radio and broadcast news organizations and hear advice from accomplished media professionals on how to take that first step into the industry.
The conference will consist of several panels and workshops throughout the day, listed below.
9:30am: Registration
10-10:45am: Morning Keynote
11am-Noon: Real Talk: How Young Journalists Navigate Their Careers
12-12:30pm: Lunch
12:45-1:45pm: Deep Dive: Investigating Stories On Every Beat
1:50-2:50pm: Freelancing 101
3-4pm: Workshops
Shoot Your Shot: Multimedia Storytelling in the Digital Age
Journalism IRL: Tips For Reporting in the Field
Nailing the First Impression: Cover Letters and More
4-4:30pm: Networking Reception

For more information, visit our website at https://dailyfreepress.com/nextedition
Got questions? Reach out to board@dailyfreepress.com.

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W. E. B. Du Bois Address
Sunday, February 23 
11:00 am
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston

with Tony Menelik Van Der Meer
This presentation will focus on the leadership qualities and contemporary importance of W. E. B. Du Bois and Malcolm X. Why are their ideas relevant to todays social, cultural, political and economic realities?

Tony Menelik Van Der Meer, PhD, is community activist, organizer, and teacher. He has served as president of the Boston Black Political Task Force (BPTF), and the Boston Pan African Forum (BPAF). He has been teaching for the past 25 years at the UMass Boston where he is a Senior Lecturer in the Africana Studies Department. He received his MS in Community Economic Development from the Graduate School of Business at New Hampshire College; and received his MA, and PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University and Co-Editor, “State of the Race, Creating Our 21st Century: Where Do We Go From Here?”

music by Eziah Blake, The Theater Offensive

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Extinction Rebellion People's Assembly - Input on National Structure
3 p.m.
Online (zoom link will be sent to attending participants)

As XR US seeks input on how to best support local and regional XR chapters, the MA Assembly Working Group is hosting our first (online) People's Assembly to gather collective input on two proposals. This format allows for all voices to be heard, and we look forward to practicing deliberative democracy with you all. 

All XR MA members are welcome to participate. Please indicate if you are interested in being a participant or facilitator.

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

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

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


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

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

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Monday, February 24
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Wearable Tech & Healthcare: What's Next?
The Future of Biosensing in Wearables and the Point of Care: The Inaugural Precision Diagnostics Center Symposium
Monday, February 24
9:00 am to 5:30 pm
BU, Photonics Center, Room 906, 8 Saint Marys Street, Boston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Impact of AI and Digitalization on Social Cohesion
Monday, February 24
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Northeastern, Renaissance Park, Room 909, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

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

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

“The Impact of AI and Digitalization on Social Cohesion”
Dr. Gesche Joost is a Professor of Design Research at the Berlin University of the Arts and has headed the Design Research Lab since 2005. She conducts research and development projects with international partners in the areas of human-computer interaction, wearable computing, as well as user-centered design and participation. Dr. Joost is Germany’s Digital Champion on the European Commission’s Digital Agenda initiative. She advises the Commission on implementing the Digital Agenda for Europe, focusing on digital skills, the digitalization of work, and support for startups.
Up until 2010, she was a junior professor for Interaction Design & Media at the Technical University of Berlin in cooperation with Telekom Innovation Laboratories. As a visiting professor, she taught Gender and Design at the HAWK Hildesheim. In 2009, she received the Young Talent Award for Science from the Mayor of Berlin. She is the Chairwoman of DGTF e.V. (German Society for Design Theory and Research) and a Board member of the Technologiestiftung Berlin. She is also a Board member of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), an appointed member of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), as well as a full member of the Goethe Institute.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SPACE10: An Introduction to IKEA's Independent Innovation Lab
Monday, February 24
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

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

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

Please RSVP

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

SPEAKER(S)  Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration
DETAILS  The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation welcomes Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, as part of the Towards Life 3.0 talk series. Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series organized and facilitated by Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.
In this conversation, Professor Zuboff will offer insights from her latest book, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.”
A light dinner will be served.

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Solutions 2020: Third Annual Series
Monday, February 24
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Center, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury

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

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

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

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Sustainability in Design
Monday, February 24
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
HI Boston Hostel, 19 Stuart Street, Boston
Cost:  $7 – $12

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

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

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

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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Jirga:  A film about searching for peace in Afganistan
Monday, February 24
7PM
Community Church of Boston, Lothrop Auditorium, 565 Boylston Street, Boston

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

Please forward to others who you feel may be interested.

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

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Tuesday, February 25
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Emerging Trends Series: Interconnection Challenges and Solutions 
Tuesday, February 25
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST
Greenberg Traurig, One International Place Suite 2000, Boston
Cost:  $0 – $50

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

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

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An Open Dialogue with Amb. Samantha Power
Tuesday, February 25
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Kresge G1, 655 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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

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Opportunity Zones: Changing the Community Resilience Landscape
Tuesday, February 25
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Northeastern, Egan Research Center Room #440, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston

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

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

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

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

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

SPEAKER(S)  Joshua Walker, President and CEO, Japan Society
Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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

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

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

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

2020 Alvin F. Poussaint, MD Visiting Lecture

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

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

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


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

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

Free and open to the public | Refreshments will be served

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The Future of the Republican Party
Tuesday, February 25
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST
Northeastern, Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex, 805 Columbus Avenue, First floor auditorium, Boston

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

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

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AgConnect: Science and Society - February Gathering
Tuesday, February 25
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Bayer LifeHub Boston, 610 Main Street (Entrance near 10 Portland Street), Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

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Humanizing Drug Discovery
Tuesday, February 25
5:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

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

Free and open to the public.

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Economy-wide Deep Decarbonization – Beyond Electricity!
Tuesday, February 25
5:00–8:00 pm
MIT, Building E51, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street Cambridge

2019-2020 MIT Climate Action Symposia Series

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

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

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

Can't attend in person? Watch the livestream. 

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

Interactive discussion with audience questions

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

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Stopping Sex Trafficking: The Role for Health and Social Services
Tuesday, February 25
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
BU, Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

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

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

**1.5 free Social Work CEUs available**

Space is limited; please register

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An Evening of Offshore Wind
Tuesday, February 25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
MIT Sloan School of Management, Building E62-233, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

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

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

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

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Zero Plastic: Creating a Zero Waste Boston
Tuesday, February 25
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Hostelling International (HI) Boston, 19 Stuart Street, Boston

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

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

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Cambridge Mothers Out Front Community Meeting
Tuesday, February 25
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

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

All are welcome. Child care available.

Mothers Out Front Cambridge

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Founding Martyr: Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero
Tuesday, February 25
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston
Cost:  $0 - $18.88 with book, “Pay what you will” donation

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

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

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

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A Culinary Chemistry Celebration For Your Community: The Future of Food!
Tuesday, February 25
6:45-8:00PM
Northeastern, ChemCentral-Hurtig 115, 334 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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

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

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

Questions? Contact: annasromek@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Un-Trumping America:  A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again
Tuesday, February 25
7:00 PM EST
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 - $29.75

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

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

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

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Heading for Extinction (And What to Do About It)
Tuesday, February 25
7:30 p.m.
Mass College of Art, 621 Huntington Avenue, The Sustainability Lab, Room D110

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

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We Were There Too: African American Women who Advocated for Suffrage
Tuesday, February 25
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street, Boston
Cost:  $5 – $10

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Next Frontier of Neuroscience and Juvenile Justice
Wednesday, February 26
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West (2019), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

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

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

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Speaker Series on Misinformation with Yochai Benkler
Wednesday, February 26
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST 
Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Listening to Singapore:  Harvesting Urban Noise for Space, Water, and Geohazard
Wednesday, February 26
4:00pm

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

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

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Geopolitical Implications of a Rapidly Accelerating Energy Transition
Wednesday, February 26
4:00PM TO 6:00PM
Tufts, The Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall, 1 The Green, Medford

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

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

RSVP required. Reception to follow. 

Contact Name: cierp@tufts.edu

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

Wolfram Schlenker and Charles Taylor, Columbia University

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Contact Name:  Casey Billings

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Distinguished Speaker Series - Global Trade & Security
Wednesday, February 26
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51, Wong Auditorium, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

SPEAKER(S)  Darryl Li, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences in the College, and Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago
DETAILS  Darryl Li is an anthropologist and attorney working at the intersection of war, law, migration, empire, and race with a focus on transregional linkages between the Middle East, South Asia, and the Balkans.
Li is the author of "The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity" (Stanford University Press 2019), which develops an ethnographic approach to the comparative study of universalism using the example of transnational "jihadists" -- specifically, Arabs and other foreigners who fought in the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia Herzegovina. Drawing on ethnographic and archival research conducted in Bosnia and a half-dozen other countries, the monograph situates transnational jihads in relation to more powerful universalisms, including socialist Non-Alignment, United Nations peacekeeping, and the U.S.-led "Global War on Terror." He is at work on a second project on migrant military labor (frequently called "mercenaries" or "military contractors") across the Indian Ocean.
Li has participated in litigation arising from the "War on Terror" as party counsel, amicus, or expert witness, including in Guantánamo habeas, Alien Tort, material support, denaturalization, immigration detention, and asylum proceedings. He is a member of the New York and Illinois bars.
Note: CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES.

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

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

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

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

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

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Olfaction in Science and Society
Wednesday, February 26
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

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

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

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How did the Globe do it? The backstory behind "At the Edge of a Warming World"
Wednesday, February 26
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Boston Globe, Exchange Place, Boston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TECH AND DIVERSITY 
Wednesday, February 26
6:30 – 8:30 pm EST
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston

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

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

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

SPEAKER(S)  Chris Farina, Director
Kelsey Bowman, LCSW and Film Subject
Samantha Lakin, PON Graduate Research Fellow
DETAILS  "Seats at the Table" is a feature documentary film by Chris Farina (Rosalia Films) portraying a remarkable college class that connects university students with prisoners of a maximum security juvenile facility as they discuss classic works of Russian Literature.
University of Virginia Lecturer Andrew Kaufman created the course, Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature and Leadership, and has been teaching it since 2010. The literature provides a point of reference whereby they can discuss their lives openly and honestly and learn from each other. Each group’s stereotypical views are replaced by a much more nuanced understanding of the other set of students as they form strong relationships which belie their original preconceptions. Both sets of students come away transformed by this singular educational experience, empowered to pursue lives of greater purpose and inspired by the discovery of their shared humanity. Through the power of film this seminal classroom experience has become an inspiration for educators, policy-makers and general audiences.
CONTACT INFO Diane Long
Ph: 617-496-5541
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Thursday, February 27
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CSHub Public Webinar: Lowering the Embodied Environmental Impacts of Cement and Concrete
Thursday, February 27
11:00am
Webinar

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

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

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

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

CONTACT EMAIL:  alogan@mit.edu

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MINE: A Family History of Carbon, Race, Place, and Planetary Health 
Thursday, February 27
12:00-1:00pm 
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

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

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

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

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

Speaker: Peter Andreas, John Hay Professor of International Studies, Brown University; Author, Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs

There is growing alarm over how drugs empower terrorists, insurgents, militias, and gangs. But by looking back not just years and decades but centuries, Peter Andreas reveals that the drugs-conflict nexus is actually an old story, and that powerful states have been its biggest beneficiaries.

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

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The New Geopolitical Order:  2019–2020 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Social Sciences
Thursday, February 27
4:15 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

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

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

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

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

SPEAKER(S)  Michael Sandel
Michael Rosen

DETAILS  Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 27 for an event featuring political philosophers Michael Sandel and Michael Rosen, as part of a series in which Professor Rosen interviews other prominent philosophers. This far-ranging conversation will cover Sandel's life and work, touching on matters of philosophical and practical importance.

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

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

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State of Cybersecurity: Current Landscape & 2020 Forecasting
Thursday, February 27
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Industrious Boston Seaport, 22 Boston Wharf Road F7, Boston

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

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

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

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

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

More speakers coming soon!!

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The Ancient Maya Response to Climate Change: A Cautionary Tale
Thursday, February 27
6–8 pm
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT INFO Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or events@gsd.harvard.edu

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Sunrise Boston Men's Caucus Gathering
Thursday, February 27
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

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

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

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

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From the Border to Boston - Making Sense of Immigration Today with Sr. Norma Pimentel and Mohamad Ali 
Thursday, February 27
7pm
WBUR City Space, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Cost;  $5 - $15

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Prof. James O'Dwyer, University of Illinois

Environmental Science Seminar Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, February 29
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Clean Energy and Transportation in Massachusetts
Saturday, February 29
9:00AM TO 4:00PM
MIT Building 4, 182 Memorial Dr. (Rear), Cambridge

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

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

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

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

Contact Name:  (617) 547-5552

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Planning the Green New Deal
Saturday, February 29
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

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

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

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

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Climate Swarm
Saturday, February 29
11 a.m.
Central Square - meet in front of city hall (795 Massachusetts Avenue), Cambridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Drivers of Adaptation and Diversity in Plant Populations
Monday, March 2
12:10PM
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Rebecca Y. Kartzinel, Director, Brown University Herbarium

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk
617-524-1718

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The Pursuit of Happiness
Monday, March 2
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall, Soldiers Field Road, Allston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation
Monday, March 2
6:30 p.m.
Central Square, Cambridge

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

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Long-Term Thinking—a Short-Term Priority
Monday, March 2
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Venture Cafe at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Kendall Square, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 - $15

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

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

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

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

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

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

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

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

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

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

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

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Talking Trash to Save Money:  A Guide on Planning Efficient Waste Streams
Tuesday, March 3r
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT) 
50 Milk Street, Room Edison on the 16th floor, Boston
Cost:  $35

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

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

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

SPEAKER(S)  Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
DETAILS  The Carr Center’s Human Rights in Hard Places talk series offers unparalleled insights and analysis from the frontlines by human rights practitioners, policy makers, and innovators. Moderated by Sushma Raman, the series highlights current day human rights and humanitarian concerns such as human rights in North Korea, migration on the US-Mexico border, Myanmar, and the dismantling of democracy.
Kerry Kennedy:  Kerry Kennedy is the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. She is the author of New York Times best-seller, Being Catholic Now ( Random House 2005), Speak Truth to Power ( Random House 2000) and Robert F. Kennedy; Ripples of Hope ( Hachette 2018). For more than thirty years, Ms. Kennedy has devoted herself to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She has worked on a range of issues, including children’s rights, child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, and the environment. She has concentrated specifically on women’s rights, exposing injustices and educating audiences about women’s issues, particularly honor killings, sexual slavery, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, sexual assault, abuse of prisoners, and more. She has led hundreds of human rights delegations.

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

SPEAKER(S)  Tomoki Kuniyoshi, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Associate Professor, Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
Claudia Junghyun Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University. PhD, Political Science, Boston University
Tatsuki Onda, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Associate Director and Economist, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC
Discussant: Jennifer Lind, Dartmouth College
Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPEAKER(S)  Amitabh Chandra, HKS and HBS faculty member 
FScott Gottliebormer, FDA Commissioner and American Enterprise Institute Fellow 
DETAILS  A fireside chat between HKS and HBS faculty member, Amitabh Chandra, and former FDA Commissioner and American Enterprise Institute Fellow, Scott Gottlieb on the state of healthcare in the United States, including the Affordable Care Act, access to Medicare, drug pricing, the opioid epidemic, and more.
The discussion will occur from 4-5 p.m., immediately followed by a reception.

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

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

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

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

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Wicked High Tides
Tuesday, March 3
6:30PM TO 9:00PM
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

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

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

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

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

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

Due to limited space, RSVP is required. 

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

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

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

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

All interested parties are encouraged to apply.

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

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

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Solar bills on Beacon Hill: The Climate Minute Podcast

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Envision Cambridge citywide plan

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Climate Resilience Workbook

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

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

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The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website (BNID.org) that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.
The website contains:
A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development - http://www.bnid.org/events
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily - http://www.bnid.org/jobs
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations - http://www.bnid.org/organizations
Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities -www.bnid.org/sign-up
The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.
Please feel free to email our organization at info@bnid.org if you have any questions!

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Boston Maker Spaces - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zGHnt9r2pQx8.kfw9evrHsKjA&hl=en
Solidarity Network Economy:  https://ussolidarityeconomy.wordpress.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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Links to events at over 50 colleges and universities at Hubevents:  http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:  http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/
Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com
Cambridge Happenings:   http://cambridgehappenings.org
Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar
Adam Gaffin’s Universal Hub:  https://www.universalhub.com/
Extinction Rebellion:  https://xrmass.org/action/

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

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.