Sunday, February 27, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - February 27, 2011

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Monday, February 28, 2011
Joint With IO - Do Building Codes Save Energy? Evidence from Residential Billing Data in Florida
Speaker: Matthew Kotchen (Yale)
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: E51-376
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Public Economics Seminar
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Monday, February 28, 2011
Growing Innovations - Improving Agricultural Productivity among Small-Acreage Farmers
Speaker: Calestous Juma Ag Innovation in Africa Project, Harvard; David Funkhouser, Fair Trade USA; Sarah Kalloch, Oxfam America; Kelsey Jack, J-PAL and the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: 6 -120
Come hear 4 speakers who are working at the forefront of agricultural innovations and poverty alleviation. The moderated panel will engage the audience in the issues. A description of how to get involved will also be provided.

THE PROBLEM: Around the world, 550 million smallholder farmers lack access to mechanized agricultural technology. Many important food staples like maize and grains are harvested and processed by hand, which is both labor intensive and time consuming. This year's Yunus Challenge calls for locally and environmentally sustainable innovations to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): International Development Initiative, 2011 Muhammad Yunus Challenge
For more information, contact:
Laura Sampath


Monday, February 28, 2011
Collision 2 Lecture Series: Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolas Goldberg
Speaker: Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolas Goldberg
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E15-070, Bartos Theater
Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet

The ACT Monday night lecture series Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet draws together artists and scientists from different disciplines to discuss artistic methodologies and forms of inquiry at the intersection of art, architecture, science and technology.

This series is part of AR - Artistic Research, a yearlong collaboration between the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and Siemens Stiftung, Munich, co‑curated by ACT Director Ute Meta Bauer and Siemens Stiftung Curator of Visual Arts Thomas D. Trummer. The lecture series is also part of the related ACT course 4.365/4.366 From Bauhaus to Our House.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.


MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology presents its Monday night lecture series, Collision 2: When Artistic and Scientific Research Meet

A Guide to Campo del Cielo
Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolas Goldberg, artists, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Respondent: Richard P. Binzel, MIT Professor of Planetary Science

In 2006, Guillermo Faivovich and Nicol?s Goldberg began working on A Guide to Campo del Cielo, a project that revolves around researching the cultural impact of the Campo del Cielo meteorites by studying, reconstructing, and reinterpreting their visual, oral, and written history, aiming to identify their historical and contemporary impact. In 2010, their exhibition Meteorit El Taco, held at Portikus, Frankfurt, brought together the two halves of the El Taco meteorite after almost 45 years of being apart. Their project is documented in The Campo del Cielo Meteorites ? Vol 1: El Taco published bydOCUMENTA (13) and will also be featured at the 2012 dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition.Their artistic research methods involve bibliographical inquiry, archival research, oral history and scientific investigations.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:
Laura Chichisan Pallone


Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Sustainability@Sloan: Bart Houlahan - B Corporations
Speaker: Bart Houlahan
Time: 12:00p
Location: E62-262
B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to highlight the difference between ?good companies? and good marketing 2) accelerating the growth of the impact investing 3) Promoting legislation creating a new corporate form: the Benefit Corporation.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Sustainability@MIT, Sustainability@Sloan Speaker Series, Net Impact
For more information, contact:
Jason Jay


March 1, 2011

MIT E51-315

Developing Supply Chain Capacity for Emergency Response

Martijn Blansjaar, Head of Logistics and Supply, International Division, Oxfam Great Britain


Tuesday, March 01, 2011
The Role of FBAR in Future Telecommunication Devices
Speaker: Richard Ruby
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: 34-101
MTL Seminar Series
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.

In 2001, the first cell phone (the Sanyo 'Slim phone') had our FBAR duplexer. Ten years later, the number of FBAR filters sold surpassed 3 billion. FBAR (thin film bulk acoustic resonator) combines the high f*Q product of quartz with a coupling coefficient that is 30 to 70X higher than quartz. With coupling coefficients of 5 to 7%, FBAR can be inserted into communication bands where the required bandwidth is 4% or less. This covers all of the GSM, CDMA and LTE bands used for today's mobile phones. With Q's measured as high as 5000 at 2 GHz (f*Q ~10E13 Hz), one can make filters with low insertion loss, excellent rejection/isolation and extremely fast roll-off. Using AlN as the piezo electric, the power handling of these devices is superb. The next challenge for FBAR is to take advantage of the size and nature of the device and apply FBAR to new fields and disciplines. I will cover the unique properties of FBAR, as well as the ability to integrate into a hermetic, all-silicon chip scale package, and the ability to integrate circuits into that package. This opens up the possibility for sensors, time & frequency standards and other applications.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories

For more information, contact:

Mara Elena Karapetian


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Research on Combustion and Pollutants Emission Control at the Group for Low-Carbon Clean Energy

Speaker: Professor Changsui Zhao, Southeast University, China

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: 1-379

Center for Energy and Propulsion Research Seminar Series

I will briefly introduce our research activities in the areas of coal combustion/gasification and pollutants emission control. They cover projects on CO2 capture, fluidized bed combustion and gasification, dense phase pulverized coal/biomass pneumatic convey at high pressure, incineration and energy recovery of solid waste and high concentration organic effluent, emission and control of SO2, NOx, Hg, trace element, heavy metal and PM2.5 from coal combustion, coal/petcoke water slurry transportation and atomization etc.. I will describe in more detail our projects as follows:
-Experimental study and numerical simulation on pyrolysis/combustion characteristic and formation/control characteristic of different coals under O2/CO2 atmosphere on TGA coupled with FTIR spectrometer, drop tube furnace and 50 kWth comprehensive circulating fluidized bed facility;
-Calcium-based sorbents calcination/carbonation reaction looping including sorbent modification with ethanol, acetic acid; doped with solid waste: rice husk ash and alkaline salts: K, Na, KMnO4; condition optimization including pressurized carbonation, optimized temperature, hydration with calcium Lignosulfonate and sorbent synthesization by coprecipitation;
-Development of CO2 capture technology using solid potassium-based sorbent including choose proper active component (K2CO3 calcined from KHCO3 ) and proper supports (a special y-Al2O3); optimization of carbonation/regeneration conditions of K2CO3/Al2O3 for CO2 capture.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): RGD Lab

For more information, contact:
Patrick Kirchen


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Andrew Bacevich - U.S. & Israeli Interests: Aligned or Diverging?

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Bacevich, Boston University

Time: 4:30p–6:30p

Location: E51-335

Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar
Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins.

Bacevich is the author of "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War" (2010). His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers.

In 2004, Dr. Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Bustani Middle East Seminar
The Bustani Middle East Seminar is organized under the auspices of the MIT Center for International Studies, which conducts research on contemporary international issues and provides an opportunity for faculty and students to share perspectives and exchange views. Each year the Bustani Seminar invites scholars, journalists, consultants, and other experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to MIT to present recent research findings on contemporary politics, society and culture, and economic and technological development in the Middle East.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: No cost
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:
Pardis Parsa


Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Military Small-Arms Distribution and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
Speaker: Christopher Chivers, New York Time
Time: 12:00p–1:30p
Location: E40-496
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Making Sense of Poverty Management

Speaker: Ananya Roy Professor of City and Regional Planning Carmel Friesen Chair in Urban Studies University of California, Berkeley

Time: 12:30p–2:00p

Location: 9-450

Urban Studies and Planning Departmental Speaker Series
Weekly Lecture Series of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Ananya Roy is Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches in the fields of urban studies and international development. She also serves as Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies and as co-Director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Center. From 2005 to 2009 Roy served as Associate Dean of International and Area Studies.
The Spring 2011 DUSP Speaker Series explores how each invited scholar-practitioner (or practitioner-scholar) has ?made sense? out of a complex socio-spatial phenomenon. In addition to conveying the substance of their work, the speakers have been asked to reflect on how they do what they do, bringing to life the ways that planners and designers use qualitative methods in their scholarship and/or practice. The subject matter ranges across all of the intellectual domains of the Department, and each topic engages the terrain of more than one DUSP program group. Please join us as we collectively make sense of contending efforts to plan post-Katrina New Orleans, the multiple rationales for community gardens and urban greening, the institutional management of poverty by the microfinance industry, the complex evolution of American suburbia, and the challenges of designing 21st century communities to serve low-income households.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning

For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Unintended Consequences of Arsenic Testing in Bangladesh

Speaker: Rachel Glennerster (MIT)

Time: 2:30p–4:00p

Location: E51-376

Web site:

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Development & Environment Seminar
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Monetary Policy and Corporate Default
Speaker: Lars-Alexander Kuehn (Carnegie Mellon)
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: E62-276

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT/Sloan Finance Seminar
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Democratic Uprising in the Middle East
Time: 5:00p–6:30p
Location: 4-159
Panel discussion about the current revolutions and protests in the Middle East, and what Arab students at MIT can do for their countries. The panel will be preceded by a brief presentation from Egyptian students about their experience in the protests of late January in Egypt. Everyone is welcomed!

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): International Students Association
For more information, contact:
Lina Garcia


Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Legatum Lecture: The Long Tail of Expertise
Speaker: Alpheus Bingham of InnoCentive, Inc.
Time: 5:00p–6:00p
Location: 32-155, Dessert Reception to follow
Dr.Bingham is a pioneer in the field of crowdsourcing. Increasingly, organizations are turning to this collaborative approach to harness the collective thinking of innovative problem-solvers. Attend this lecture to learn more about how you can benefit from this new business paradigm.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: none
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker


Thursday, March 03, 2011
Electronic Power Interface and Distributed Intelligence for Electricity Grids
Speaker: Dr. Madhav Manjrekar, Siemens
Time: 1:00p–2:30p
Location: E51-315
The talk will start with discussing the driving factors behind transforming the power grid. After presenting a cause-effect scenario, speaker will highlight salient differences between the "grid of the past" and the "grid of the future". It will be noted that power grid of the future is expected to undergo transformation in predominantly two areas: "introducing flexible power flow" and "adding distributed intelligence".

Dr. Madhav D. Manjrekar received his B.E., M.Tech, M.S. and Ph.D. from Government College of Engineering (Pune), Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), Montana State University (Bozeman), and University of Wisconsin (Madison). His industrial experience includes positions at ABB, Eaton, Danaher and Siemens, participating and leading teams in the areas of research and innovation, new product development, sustaining and application engineering, and field services.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:
Jennifer DiMase


Thursday, March 03, 2011
The Afghan Politics of Surge and Counter-Surge in Afghanistan
Speaker: Michael Semple
Time: 4:00p–6:00p
Location: E40-496
Central Asia in Global Affairs Seminar Series

Open to: the general public

Cost: free

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:
Harlene Miller


Friday, March 04, 2011
MIT Energy Conference: Workshops and Showcase

Time: 12:00p–8:00p

Location: on campus, Westin Copley Place

The MIT Energy Conference brings together influential technology, policy, and business leaders to create a shared vision of our energy future. It seeks to frame conversations and inform debate on the most pressing energy issues and opportunities. It is a chance to foster the relationships necessary in pursuit of sustainable energy systems.

This year marks the 6th annual conference. Over the last six years, the MIT Energy Conference has developed into one of the premier energy events in the country and we welcome current and future leaders in energy technology, policy and business to contribute to the stimulating discussions this year.

The engaging ensemble of events will commence on March 4th with the free, in-depth and interactive Friday Workshops at the MIT campus. The discussions will carry forward to the Friday Night Energy Showcase - a free exhibit of innovative and breakthrough energy technologies from industry and academia - at the Westin Copley Place.

Web site:

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
Shreya Dave


Friday, March 4, 2011
NECSI and ESD Seminar
Speaker: Sandy Pentland (MIT Media Lab): “How Social Networks Shape Human Behavior”
Time: 12:30-1:00pm
Location: E51-376




February 28 |ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

"Quantifying Land Use Impacts of Energy Extractions"

Sarah Jordaan
HUCE Fellow

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12 - 1:30PM


Rama S. Mehta Lecture: “Economic Empowerment as a Tool for Social and Political Empowerment of Women in Africa”
WHEN Mon., Feb. 28, 2011, 4 p.m.
WHERE Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S) Joyce Banda, vice president of Malawi
CONTACT INFO 617.495.8600


The Good, the Bad, and Occasionally the Dead: Humanity's Relationship with Earth's Nitrogen

WHEN Mon., Feb. 28, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway, Boston 02130
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
SPEAKER(S) Alan Townsend
NOTE Part of the new Director's Lecture Series


Theater of War
WHEN Mon., Feb. 28, 2011, 7 p.m.
WHERE Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR American Repertory Theater
COST Free; reservations required
TICKET INFO 617.547.8300
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is pleased to partner with Theater of War Productions, a social impact company that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to military communities as a catalyst for town hall discussions, to present Theater of War on February 28 and March 7. Scenes from Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes directed by Ellen McLaughlin, translated and facilitated by Theater of War founder, Bryan Doerries, and produced by Theater of War producing director, Phyllis Kaufman, will be followed by panel discussions with active-duty military and veterans, their family members, and mental health professionals, concluding with a town hall discussion with the audience.


Tuesday, March 1, 12 p.m.
"Tools for Democracy: Information for the Body Politic."

Ellen Miller, co-founder and executive director, Sunlight Foundation.

Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot St, Cambridge


What Happened to Toyota?
WHEN Tue., Mar. 1, 2011, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
(Co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School)
SPEAKER(S) Robert E. Cole, professor emeritus, Haas School of Business and Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Mary C. Brinton, Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of Sociology, Harvard University


Transmedia Mobilization
Sasha Costanza-Chock, Berkman Fellow
Tuesday, March 1, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET ( and archived on our site shortly after.

This talk, based on five years of research within the immigrant rights movement in Los Angeles, introduces the theory of transmedia mobilization and invites us to rethink the relationship between social movements and the media opportunity structure. Rather than ask 'is the internet good or bad for social movements,' we will discuss tools and practices used by movement actors to spread their ideas. In addition, we'll look at the increasing importance of participatory media production to social movement formation. Transmedia mobilization involves engaging the social base of the movement in participatory media making practices across multiple platforms. In a transmedia mobilization strategy, rich media texts produced through participatory practices can be pushed into wider circulation to produce multimodal movement narratives that reach and involve diverse audiences, thus strengthening movement identity formation and outcomes. Yet vertical organizations continue to find transmedia mobilization risky, because it requires opening movement communication practices up to diverse voices rather than relying only on experienced movement leaders to frame the movement’s narrative. Transmedia mobilization thus marks a transition in the role of social movement communicators from one of primarily content creation to aggregation, curation, remix, and recirculation of rich media texts through networked movement formations.

About Sasha
Dr. Sasha Costanza-Chock has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Civic Media and will begin teaching at MIT in the fall of 2011.

Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar and media maker who works in the interrelated areas of social movements and information and communication technologies; participatory technology design and community based participatory research; and the transnational movement for media justice and communication rights, including comunicación populár.

His work has involved the use of mobile phones for social change; digital literacies and digital inclusion; and race, class, and gender in digital space. He has done research on the transformation of public media systems; the political economy of communication; and information and communications policy.

Dr. Costanza-Chock holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate; he is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he has worked on a variety of civic media projects with community-based organizations, including the award-winning platform . More information about Sasha's work can be found at


Addressing Climate Change: Korea's Green-Growth Policy

WHEN Tue., Mar. 1, 2011, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE Pound Hall 213 (John Chipman Gray Assembly Room), Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Co-Sponsored by Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School; Harvard Project on Climate Agreements; and Korea Institute, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S) Suh-Yong Chung, associate professor of law and international relations, Division of International Studies, Korea University


The Long Tail of Global Health Equity: Tackling the Endemic Non-Communicable Diseases of the Bottom Billion
WHEN Wed., Mar. 2 – Thu., Mar. 3, 2011
WHERE Joseph P. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Health Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Partners In Health, Harvard School of Public Health, NCD Alliance, Task Force on Expanding Access to Cancer Care & Control in Developing Countries
SPEAKER(S) Harvard: Paul Farmer, Julio Frenk, Arthur Kleinman, K. Srinath Reddy; Dean Jamison, Univ. of Washington; Jeff Struchio, Global Health Council; Peter Hotez, George Washington University and Sabin Vaccine Institute
DIRECTED BY Gene Bukhman, MD, Partners In Health and Harvard Medical School
NOTE Conference will be streamed live. Those who want to view the proceedings via webcast should register at website as well. A link will be provided on the home page on the first day of the meeting.


Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century
WHEN Wed., Mar. 2, 2011, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
WHERE Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
TYPE OF EVENT Discussion, Forum, Lecture, Panel, Presentation, Question & Answer Session
CONTACT NAME Victoria Groves
CONTACT PHONE 617.495.5971
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
Education Secretary Arne Duncan helped release this major new report from the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in early February. Since then, the report has ignited a national conversation about why we are failing to equip so many young adults to succeed – and whether we are overemphasizing a 4-year college degree as the primary pathway to success. The report advocates systemic changes in the US approach to education and youth development, including a much greater effort to engage employers in the education and training of young adults; a new “social compact” with our youth; and the development of “multiple pathways” to success, including more emphasis on career education and career counseling. This seminar will include presentations by two of the report’s authors -- Ron Ferguson and Bill Symonds – and include ample time for discussion. For additional information on the Pathways to Prosperity Project, click here.
Lunch will be served.


Managing Through Crisis: Public Transit in New York
WHEN Wed., Mar. 2, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Allison Dining Room, 5th floor Taubman Building
15 Eliot Street
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Mossavar-Rahmini Center for Business and Government
SPEAKER(S) Jay H. Walder, chairman and CEO, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Harvard Kennedy School, M.P.P. '83
CONTACT INFO Polly O'Brien: 617.495.5091
Confronted with significant budget problems not long after he became head of the MTA in late 2009, Jay Walder has overseen the most aggressive cost-cutting initiative in the history of the organization, with cumulative savings expected to reach nearly $4 billion by 2014. At the same time, he has pursued long-overdue service improvements and maintained focus on critical capital investments.
Despite these efforts, the MTA's long-term operating and capital budgets remain fragile with significant out-year deficits. Achieving fiscal stability for New York's vital transit system - without dramatic increases in government aid - may require fundamental changes in the agency's cost structure. Issues to be addressed include spiraling pension and health care costs, as well as the need to tie wage increases to productivity gains. How this issue is resolved not only will have significant implications for the nation’s other transit agencies but also for other parts of the public sector as well.


Future of Energy: "Energy for the War Fighter"

WHEN Wed., Mar. 2, 2011, 5 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Science Center D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Center for the Environment
SPEAKER(S) Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, U.S. Department of Defense
CONTACT INFO Brenda Hugot:
Today's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have reminded us of an age-old lesson: An assured, reliable supply of energy is critical to prevailing in conflict. While the military services are taking actions to address the complex energy questions that affect our current wars, opportunities exist to improve our Armed Forces' capability through better use of operational energy in theater.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Sharon Burke will discuss the steps the U.S. military is taking to improve our energy posture, from innovative efforts to reduce demand using current technologies to cutting edge approaches using tomorrow's innovations to increase supply.
Burke will discuss the strategic imperatives for the nation, the underlying challenges for Defense Department and will conclude with her thoughts about how energy will transform the way we fight.


Matter, Material, Materiality: Thoughts on the Social Life of Design
WHEN Wed., Mar. 2, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S) Arjun Appadurai
Arjun Appadurai is a Senior Loeb Fellow at Harvard GSD during the spring 2011 semester and is the Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. Appadurai is a prominent contemporary social-cultural anthropologist, having formerly served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at The New School in NYC. He has held various professorial chairs and visiting appointments at some of top institutions in the United States and Europe. In addition, he has served on several scholarly and advisory bodies in the United States, Latin America, Europe and India. Appadurai is a prolific writer having authored numerous books and scholarly articles. The nature and significance of his contributions throughout his academic career have earned him the reputation as a leading figure in his field.
This event is free and open to the public.


Top-Down Peacemaking: Why Regional Peacemaking Begins with States, Rather than Societies
WHENThu., Mar. 3, 2011, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S) Norrin Ripsman, research fellow, International Security Program


Ideas of Terror and Terrorism in 20th-century Europe
WHEN Thu., Mar. 3, 2011, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Guido Goldman Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History and the Harvard Government Department
SPEAKER(S) Julian Bourg, professor of history, Boston College
CONTACT INFO Peter Gordon:


In the Life of Cities...: Parallel Narratives of the Urban

WHEN Fri., Mar. 4 – Sat., Mar. 5, 2011
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, MA 02138
This colloquium will address the complex relations between urban artifacts and urban life. Architects, planners, and urban designers describe and give shape to the city, while novelists, humanists, and other scholars examine its operations and performances. What are the reciprocities between these two activities? How does the physical character of an urban environment influence or enable the events that take place within a specific setting?

Note: All panel discussions will take place in the Stubbins room; the keynote presentation will take place in Piper Auditorium.

Friday, March 4
3:00 PM
Paris / Antoine Picon
Baku / Eve Blau
Moderated by Svetlana Boym

4:30 PM
Jakarta / AbdouMaliq Simone
Beirut / Hashim Sarkis
Moderated by P. Scott Cohen

6:30 PM - Piper Auditorium
Keynote lecture: Arjun Appadurai, "Architecture and Amnesia"
*The keynote presentation is co-sponsored by the GSD and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.

Saturday, March 5
9:00 AM
Buenos Aires / Jorge Silvetti
Quito / Felipe Correa
Moderated by Diana Sorensen

10:30 AM
Cairo / Nasser Rabbat
Johannesburg / Lindsay Bremner
Moderated by Rafi Segal

12:30 PM
Detroit / Jana Cephas
Toronto / Charles Waldheim
Moderated by Lizabeth Cohen

3:00 PM
Rahul Mehrotra, Suketu Mehta, Gyan Prakash, Liza Weinstein, with Arjun Appadurai
Moderated by Homi K. Bhabha

For event details contact: Brooke King (


Comparing the Middle East in 2011 and Europe in 1989: Nonviolence and Democratic Strategy

WHEN Fri., Mar. 4, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Room S050, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Jointly sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S) Chibli Mallat, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; former candidate for the presidency of Lebanon
CONTACT INFO Elizabeth Lawler:
NOTE This is a session of the Middle East Seminar




Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30pm at MIT's Sloan School of Business:

"Has the Climate Change Debate Become Intractable?
Climate Skeptics, the Sciences, and the Public Debate."
Lecture and discussion
Led by MIT Sloan / Ross School of Business Professor Andy Hoffman
Cocktail reception before and after

$10-$30 for lecture, open bar, and hors d'oeuvres

Details at
Register at

Editorial Comment: I try to stick to free offerings only but this event was sent to me by two subscribers and is on a vital topic so it makes the cut.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011
6:30 - 8:30pm
Kotzen Meeting Room
Lefavour Hall
Simmons College
300 The Fenway, Boston

Please join us for a panel discussion on social justice librarianship. This discussion seeks to define progressive librarianship, explore how social justice values fit in the library, and highlight potential career paths. The panel will be moderated by Susie Husted (Boston Radical Reference & CUNY Queens College MLS '02) and will work within a format that incorporates story telling as well as audience participation.
We are fortunate to welcome the following panelists:
Clayton Cheever, Metro Boston Library Network Administrator; Boston Public Library Project Manager; Massachusetts Library Association Youth Services Section Chair; Boston Workmen's Circle
Heather McCann, Urban Studies & Planning and GIS Librarian, MIT Libraries; Boston Radical Reference Collective; Special Libraries Association (SLA)
Tom Blake, Digital Projects Manager, Boston Public Library

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For questions regarding the event, contact the PLG at Simmons College via email
at or through our website:

A map of the Simmons College campus can be found here:


Wednesday, March 2nd @ 7:00pm

3 Church Srteet, Harvard Square

Rogue States and Suitcase Bombs: Coping with the New Nuclear Threat

Harvard Kennedy School expert in nuclear security Matthew Bunn discusses the nuclear threats of the 21st century: nuclear theft and terrorism, proliferation, and the nuclear energy fuel cycle. How serious are the new nuclear threats? What methods for handling them are effective?


*Boston Commons Rising: Reclaim Our Commons and Communities*
*Friday, March 4 at 7PM*
First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
This month's JP Forum features Jay Walljasper, author and editor with On the Commons of the new book, *All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons*along with community speakers profiling commons based solutions. Despite the dire ecological and economic conditions in today's world, a remarkable phenomenon is emerging. We can see a multitude of kindred efforts that explore new or renewed modes of human connection and collaboration as a basis for survival and sustainability. Many of these efforts involve reclaiming our commons "those things that belong to all of us" as a means to shape a just and hopeful future for our communities and planet.


The Very First Annual
Jamaica Plain Home Energy fair


10:30am-1pm (Registration starts at 10)
at Bella Luna Restaurant in the Brewery Complex
284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain

KNOW which home improvements will save the most energy
Talk with experts on weatherization, insulation and air sealing, and
introducing the DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT, for homeowners who are ready to get serious about reducing their energy footprint.

LEARN where to find energy efficiency rebates
Representatives from Utility rebate programs will explain how to leverage rebates for energy efficiency work, including up to $42,000 for Deep Energy Retrofit work!

HEAR about actions you can take to work for climate justice and a sustainable future
Local community initiatives will explain how you can work together with your neighbors on a healthy planet for everyone.

WIN prizes for the lowest home energy consumption!
Be sure to bring your 2010 home energy bills to compete in our very first
Home Energy Throwdown.

Energy Savings scavenger hunt just for kids!


Prudential Unlimited Realty
Living Structures Home Remodeling for Sustainability
Bella Luna/Milky Way
Cool JP, a project of Boston Climate Action Network
Boston Building Materials Co-op




***1st Monday of every month - mark your calendar!***
*Skillshare: Fundraising - Getting Past the Fear of Asking*
*Monday, March 7 from 6PM-8:30PM*
The NonProfit Center by South Station
*Do you want to raise money to support the causes and organizations you care about?* **This engaging coaching session, presented by Robbie Samuels (SoJust Co-Founder), focuses on getting past the fear of asking and how to avoid some common mistakes. Learn an easy way to sort through contact lists and build a strong prospect list based on the 3 Cs of fundraising: capacity, connection and commitment. Learn specific language for how to make a strong ask, based on the relationship-building tips shared in *Art of the Schmooze*, and ten tips that will make your next fundraising plan a success. "If you are afraid to ask for money, kick yourself out of the way and let the cause talk."

*Take Our Survey*
Help guide the planning of SoJust in 2011 as we move toward our 5th anniversary in September - take our survey.

**If you are receiving this you are qualified to respond - prior event attendance not a requirement**


NESEA's Building Energy Conference
March 8-10, 2011, in Boston, MA.
BuildingEnergy is the only conference where architects, designers, planners, builders, policymakers, manufacturers, and installers work together to determine what's possible. Conference sessions range from emerging trends in renewable energy to deep energy retrofits of commercial and residential buildings. The Trade Show features 160 exhibitors with the latest sustainable technologies and products.


Gragger/Noisemaker! The Workmen's Circle's 4th Annual Radical Purim Party Celebrating Economic Justice!

Saturday, March 19th, 8pm - midnight
At Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain
Sliding scale $10-20

*Bloco AfroBrazil*
*DJ Annie R U Ok*
*And a unique, never-before-seen Purim shpiel (play)*

We will honor work that is being done locally to protect workers' rights and fight back against bad employers. The Gragger, the Jewish noisemaker, is traditionally used to drown out the name of our foes - join us to make some serious noise in a rowdy call for justice and joy!

Live music! Costume contest! Cash bar! Performance!

Contact Leah for more info:

Leah Madsen
Program and Membership Organizer
Boston Workmen's Circle

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy for Multifamily Residential Buildings Workshop – Saturday, March 19, Cambridge City Hall Annex
A morning workshop for owners of multifamily residential buildings on energy efficiency and renewable energy options and opportunities
Sponsored by the Cambridge Energy Alliance, Massachusetts Rental Housing Association, and City of Cambridge
For more info, contact John Bolduc,, 617-349-4628


Eco-Municipalities Talk - Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 pm, Cambridge Main Library Auditorium

Speakers: Peter Britt, Sustainability Coordinator, Portsmouth, NH John Bohenko, City Manager, Portsmouth, NH; Sarah James from the Institute for Eco-Municipality Education & Assistance will give a brief introduction about eco-municipalities.

In November, 2007, Portsmouth, New Hampshire formally decided to become an Eco-Municipality, when its City Council passed a resolution declaring that the following four sustainability objectives would guide its municipal operations:

1. Reduce dependence on fossil fuels, underground metals, and minerals
2. Reduce dependence upon synthetic chemicals and other unnatural substances.
3. Reduce encroachment upon nature.
4. Meet human needs fairly and efficiently

An Eco-Municipality uses a comprehensive, integrated approach to creating a sustainable city.

Find out how Portsmouth became an Eco-Municipality and how the city takes the systems approach to sustainability now.

Sponsored by the office of Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis, the Cambridge Renewable Energy Team (CREATe), and the Cambridge Energy Alliance.




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


Artisan Asylum

Sprout & Co: Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the
Boston Area

Boston Area Computer User Groups


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