Tuesday, December 28, 2004

January Music

There are performances of live music all throughout the year at the NE Conversatory, the Boston Conservatory, Berklee School of Music, and Longy as well as many of the other colleges and universities in town. Here are a few examples for January 2005.


Tuesday, January 18
Early Evenings with the Borromeo String Quartet
Williams Hall, 6pm.

Monday, January 24
Gabriel Chodos, piano
NEC's Jordan Hall, 8pm.

Saturday, January 29
Piano Department Festival
Preludes by Chopin, Scriabin and Messiaen
Williams Hall, 8pm.

Monday, January 31
Richard Goode, piano
Morse Masterclass
Williams Hall, 3pm.

Saturday, January 15, 2005
8:00 PM
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Pro Musicis: Helena Winkelman, violin + Anton Kernjak, piano
By popular demand, Swiss violinist Helena Winkelman and Austrian pianist Anton Kernjak return to perform BARTÓK, BRAHMS, WEBERN and a new work by WINKELMAN.
Admission: $20 general; $15 students/seniors
Info: 617+566-5218; promusicis@aol.com ;www.promusicis.org

Wednesday, January 19, 2005
7:30 PM
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Continuing Studies Event
Open Sing: Longy Chamber Singers
Lorna Cooke deVaron, conductor
Join the Longy Chamber Singers in an open sing of Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, K. 626.

Sunday, January 30, 2005
3:00 PM
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Faculty Artist Recital
Tom Kraines, cello, and Wayman Chin, piano
Music for cello and piano.
DEBUSSY: Sonata for cello and piano
BRUST: Lament
KRAINES: Fantasy on a theme by W. H. Squire
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2


FEB 1 Tuesday 8 p.m.
MUSIC: Piano Masters— Gilbert Kalish
Gilbert Kalish leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the musical community as educator—and as pianist in myriad performances and over 100 recordings—has established him as a major figure in American music-making. Honored by Chamber Music America for his lifetime contributions to that genre, he is famous for solo repertoire including Ives and Haydn sonatas, contemporary composers Carter, Shapey, and Crumb, and vocal collaborations with Jan DeGaetani and Dawn Upshaw. His program includes new works on the theme of Bach's Goldberg Variations by composers including Bolcom, C.Curtis-Smith, Fred Lerdahl, Stanley Walden, Fred Hersh, Derek Bermel and Michael Zupko.
Seully Hall, FREE

FEB 3–5 Thursday–Saturday 8 p.m.
OPERA: Akhnaten
Philip Glass explores the relationships between Akhnaten (King Amenhotep IV) and his family and subjects in ancient Egypt. Akhnaten abolishes Egyptian tradition by turning to monotheistic religion and refuses to practice polygamy in order to remain true to his wife, Nefertiti. The embittered priests incite the people to overthrow Akhnaten, leaving the royal family to wander the temple built in honor of their god. In typical Philip Glass style, there is nothing “traditional” about Akhnaten.
The Boston Conservatory Theater, $16/$14/$5


Thursday, January 27, 2005

8:15 pm
Great American Songbook (NCAI )
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.
Category: Faculty Concert
Tickets $20, Seniors $15

Wednesday, December 15, 2004


In January, MIT has Independent Activities Periodwhen anybody can hold a class, from professor emeritus to janitor. It's a remnant from the 60s that still works, somewhat. Non-MIT people can attend these events as well. It's a great resource.

IDEAS Design Challenge Kick-Off
Alison Hynd, Amy Smith, Amy Banzaert, Sally Susnowitz
Thu Jan 6, 11am-02:00pm, 4-402
Fri Jan 7, 06-08:00pm, 4-402

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session

IDEAS Design Challenge Kick-Off be a manioc maniac!

Invent a new gizmo to process manioc/cassava and win a $250 prize.

The manioc (also called cassava) is a staple food crop of Haiti, Ghana, and many other countries. It is also a significant element of an MIT project to reduce deforestation and produce a clean-burning cooking fuel that could improve the health of millions of people. In both Haiti and Ghana, the current methods of processing cassava are dangerous, hard work, and extremely time-consuming. This IAP, can you invent a device to help?

We will provide basic materials, expert advice, and fun events. You bring the ideas and enthusiasm.
Web: http://web.mit.edu
Contact: Alison Hynd, 7-133, x8-0691, hynd@mit.edu
Sponsor: Edgerton Center
Cosponsor: Public Service Center

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
Anna Jaffe
Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 10, 12, 14, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 12:30-02:00pm, 24-619

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 02-Jan-2005
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: a passion for clairvoyance and common sense

We will examine how our own mental models limit our capacity to see problems as the opportunity they may be. We will begin by examining a series of questons believed to stand without answer, and then work our way through the four principles of natural capitalism. We will then discuss recent application of similar ideas. The series will end with a vision of where and how we hope to inspire change and how this passion can be passed on to others. Class structure is designed to integrate everyone interested in this topic from those deeply engrossed to those taking a look for the first time. Meeting times may be adjusted if necessary to accommodate participant needs.
Web: http://www.natcap.org
Contact: Anna Jaffe, EC Wat 412, (609) 273-5914, ajaffe@mit.edu
Sponsor: Experimental Study Group
Latest update: 23-Nov-2004

Randy Winchester
Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 45 participants.
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: A PC and TV tuner card are required to build a MythTV box.

MythTV is an open-source personal video recorder (PVR) that runs under Linux. The name MythTV comes from the concept of a mythical convergence box — a networked set-top box that displays many types of multimedia assets on an ordinary television. If you are familiar with TiVo, you already know about basic PVR features. MythTV adds support for HDTV, DVD-RW drives, playback of music files and photo albums, and video editing.

Go to http://web.mit.edu/mitcable to register.
Contact: Randy Winchester, 9-050, (617) 253-7431, randy@mit.edu
Sponsor: Academic Media Production Services

MythTV demonstration
Randy Winchester
This session demonstrates the basic functions of MythTV — viewing live television, using the integrated program guide and database to schedule recordings, editing recordings, and using the integrated web server and remote client.

Go to http://web.mit.edu/mitcable to register.
Tue Jan 11, 02-03:00pm, 9-057

MythTV: Build your own personal video recorder
Randy Winchester
This session is a Q & A for those who are building or have built a MythTV box. We will share information and pointers on getting the system up and running and tweaking it for the best performance.

Go to http://web.mit.edu/mitcable to register.
Tue Jan 18, 02-03:00pm, 9-057
Latest update: 09-Nov-2004

The Future of the Global War on Terror: A Discussion
Stephen Van Evera
Tue Jan 11, 03-05:00pm, 1-190

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Does the United States have a plausible strategy for victory in the global war on terror? If not, what should it be? Martin Rees and other scientists warn that the progress of science, especially biological science, is democratizing the power to destroy. (See Martin Rees, "Our Final Hour", 2003). What implications follow for the future of terrorism and counter-terror? A talk will be presented, followed by discussion. Ree's book, chapters 1, 4 and 6 will be discussed.
Contact: Tobie Weiner, E53-484, x3-3649, iguanatw@mit.edu
Sponsor: Political Science
Cosponsor: Center for International Studies
Latest update: 18-Nov-2004

Lego Robotics Competition
Colin Dillard
Thu Jan 13, 02-05:30pm, 24-618

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Missed out on the 2.70 lottery? Want to prepare for next year? Come to ESG's intensive one-time Lego Robotics Competition. Participants will be given three hours to build a Lego robot to complete a simple challenge. Experienced builders and beginners equally welcome.
Web: http://web.mit.edu/esg
Contact: Colin Dillard, 24-612, dillard@mit.edu
Sponsor: Experimental Study Group
Latest update: 16-Nov-2004

Crisis Action Planning
Lt. Col. D.H. Wilkinson, USMC
Wed Jan 26, Thu Jan 27, Fri Jan 28, 09am-04:00pm, E38-714, will meet for two days total

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

This course looks at how the US Marine Corps plans its operations in a changing strategic and operational environment. Topics include the Marine Corps Planning System and crisis action procedures. We end with a practical application that allows students to assume key leadership roles as they work through Mission Analysis and preparation of Courses of Action.

The course is designed for students of strategic studies, international relations, political science, and those associated with the military. However, it has easy transportability to the business community.

Participation in "Organization and Capabilities of the Nation's Military Forces" is highly encouraged.

Presented by CIS's Security Studies Program.
Contact: Lt. Col. D.H. Wilkinson, USMC, E38-670, 258-9440, dhwilk@mit.edu
Sponsor: Center for International Studies
Cosponsor: Political Science
Latest update: 01-Nov-2004

Digital Media Theory and Practice: How to use cost-effective digital multimedia in your professional work and the classroom
Doug Bolin , Digital Video Specialist/Producer, and Joanna Proulx, Web Designer
Thu Jan 27, 01-02:00pm, 9-057

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Most “multimedia” in academic settings is simply static “paper under glass.” Yet you can do vastly more with this medium to achieve your communication goals. This session will present the key principles of designing and writing effectively for presentations, PDFs, CD/DVDs, websites, and videos. You will learn how designing for digital screens differs from writing text pages, how to combine your digital assets for greatest impact, and what resources are available at MIT to help you craft compelling and affordable digital content.
Contact: Doug Bolin, 9-413, (617) 253-3590, dbolin@mit.edu
Sponsor: Academic Media Production Services
Latest update: 17-Nov-2004

What Works in Development? Evaluating the Impact of Anti-Poverty Programs
Esther Duflo
Thu Jan 27, 01-04:00pm, E51-376

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

We discuss the work of MIT's Poverty Action Lab--a center devoted to providing rigorous evidence on the effectiveness of different approaches to poverty reduction. We discuss the surprising lack of evidence and the flaws in many evaluations of social programs . We willl present ways to measure more accurately the impact of these programs. In particular, with example drawn from all over the world, we discuss the role of randomized evaluations estimate the effectiveness of a program by comparing outcomes of randomly assigned treatment and comparison groups.
Contact: Theresa Benevento, E52-274, x3-8883, theresa@mit.edu
Sponsor: Economics
Latest update: 27-Oct-2004

Duct Tape Delusions
Amy Fitzgerald, Amy Smith, Amy Banzaert
Thu Jan 27, Fri Jan 28, Sat Jan 29, 02-04:00pm, 4-402, Final session at MIT Museum

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Who can make the coolest stuff out of duct tape? Come to the Edgerton Center and make your duct tape dreams come true. We'll provide the duct tape, you provide everything else. Entries will be judged in a variety of categories. The kickoff will be Thursday, at 2:00 p.m. in 4-402. The rolls of tape will be given out at the kick-off but will also be available to latecomers on Friday from 2:00-4:00 (4-402). Final entries will be due between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the MIT Museum at 2:45 on Saturday, but come ahead of time and we'll have extra duct tape to play with!
Web: http://web.mit.edu/edgerton/outreach/duct_tape/
Contact: Amy Fitzgerald, 4-406, x3-7931, amyfitz@mit.edu
Sponsor: Edgerton Center
Cosponsor: MIT Museum
Latest update: 05-Oct-2004

The Generation Gap at Work
Marilee Jones, Dean of Admissions, Lorelle Espinosa, Director of Recruitment
Fri Jan 28, 12-01:00pm, 4-145

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

For the first time in history, four generations are active in the work force and misunderstandings can arise from our different generational values. These same misunderstandings play out between young staff and Baby Boomer faculty and administrators. Join a Boomer and a Gen-Xer to discuss what these misunderstandings are and why they occur between the generations. You will learn the typical characteristics of the Matures, Boomers, Gen-Xers and Millennials, see how they differ and learn how to effectively negotiate interactions between them. This is a fun session for all generations. You will never see the world the same way again.
Contact: Ellen Stordy, 3-108, x8-5514, estordy@mit.edu
Sponsor: Admissions
Latest update: 08-Dec-2004