Sunday, March 20, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - March 20, 2011

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Science Policy Lunch: Lars Friberg
Speaker: Lars Friberg
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: RSVP to Megan Brewster (

Lars Friberg, Office of Science and Innovation, Swedish Embassy, works as climate and energy attaché with the office of science and innovation at the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. a position he has held since February 2010. He has been engaged in climate and sustainable development issues on the international level for more than a decade.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Science Policy Initiative, GSC Funding Board
For more information, contact:
Scott Carlson

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Foods, Drugs and Neurotransmitters: Mapping Mechanisms in Brain Chemistry
Speaker: various
Time: 1:00p–5:30p
Location: 46-3002
After forty years of academic endeavor, Richard "Dick" Wurtman will be retiring from MIT this year. Please join the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences for an afternoon of special lectures honoring Dick's contributions to science and his many accomplishments throughout his career. For further details, please visit the event's web page. ***Please note that RSVP's to Kathleen Dickey ( are required for this event as space is limited.***

Web site:

Open to: RSVP's are required for this event, please RSVP to Kathleen Dickey.
Sponsor(s): McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
For more information, contact:
Kathleen V. Dickey

Online News: Public Sphere or Echo Chamber?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
5-7 p.m.

The digital age has been heralded but also pilloried for its impact on journalism. As newspapers continue their mutation into digital formats and as news and information are available from a seeming infinity of websites, what do we actually know about the dynamics of news-consumption online? What does the public do with online news? How influential are traditional news outlets in framing the news we get online?


Joshua Benton is director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. Before spending a year at Harvard as a 2008 Nieman Fellow, he spent 10 years in newspapers, most recently at the Dallas Morning News. He has reported from 10 foreign countries, been a Pew Fellow in International Journalism, and three times been a finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting.

Pablo Boczkowski is a Professor of Communications Studies at Northwestern University where he leads a research program that studies the transition from print to digital media. He is the author ofDigitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers (2004) and News at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance (2010).

Moderator: Jason Spingarn-Koff is a New York-based documentary filmmaker and journalist, whose work has appeared on PBS (NOVA, Frontline/World, History Detectives, LIFE360), the BBC, MSNBC,Time and Wired. Spingarn-Koff is a 2010-2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Co-sponsor: MIT Anthropology Program


Thursday, March 24, 2011
Cape Ann Fresh Catch Seafood Demonstration
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: 50-140
Guests from Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the Gloucester-based community supported fishery sponsored in part by MIT Sea Grant, will be demonstrating filleting and cooking techniques for the range of seafood caught locally and delivered to subsribers up and down the Massachusetts coast. Local fishermen will be on hand to discuss their work!

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Sea Grant
For more information, contact:
Nancy Adams




Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series
March 21, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS 79 JFK St Cambridge, MA
"Transforming U.S. Energy Technology Innovation." Laura Diaz Anadon, Matthew Bunn, and Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Harvard.


Tuesday, March 22, 12 p.m.
"Growing an Online Community." Donna Byrd, publisher of The Root, a daily online magazine that provides commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives.
Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street


decolonizing copyright: Jamaican street dances and globally networked technology
Larisa Mann of Berkeley Law School / Boalt Hall
Tuesday, March 22, 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 at

From Larisa:

My research is on culture, copyright law, technology and power, grounded in an ethnographic case study of Jamaican music-making practices. I situate a specific local culture of music-making within modern global colonial capitalism through examining music-making’s relationship to copyright law, in the context of increasingly pervasive globally networked technology. In this presentation I will show how the street dance, the explosively creative heart of Jamaican musical practice, suggests several ways that technology can serve as help or hindrance to people currently excluded from formal systems of power. I'm interested not only in "innovation" or "creativity" but innovation and creativity in the service of equality.


Japan in Crisis: Exploring the Consequences of a Cascading Disaster
WHEN Tue., Mar. 22, 2011, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Goodman Classroom, L-140, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Program on Crisis Leadership, HKS Crisis Management Student Group, HKS Japan Caucus
CONTACT INFO David Giles:, 617.496.4165
A Disaster Management in Asia Seminar Series Event
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, triggering massive tsunami waves that swept away whole towns and taking the lives of as many as 10,000 people. The earthquake also caused damage to several of Japan’s nuclear reactors, and authorities continue to struggle to bring that crisis under control.
In this panel discussion, faculty members, researchers, and guest panelists will explore the implications of this catastrophic chain of events and discuss the multifold challenges facing Japan as it struggles to respond and recover.


5:15pm - 6:45pm
Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge Through Ecological Waterscapes, Rainwater Harvesting and Participation
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein Building, Floor 2, Room 219) Harvard Kennedy School 79 JFK St Cambridge, MA
This World Water Day lecture will focus on how "Ecological Waterscapes" can be used in urban environments to capture rainwater and re-charge riversheds, thereby improving access to water.

Clean Energy & the Media Seminar
March 23, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Contact Name: Cristine Russell
Harvard Kennedy School, Bell Hall, Belfer Building, 5th floor 79 JFK St. Cambridge, MA
"The Seesaw Coverage of Nuclear Power: Promise or Peril?"

Join a conversation with distinguished journalists Matthew Wald, national energy and environment reporter, The New York Times, and Ned Potter, science correspondent, ABC News. Discussant is Matthew Bunn, co-principal investigator of the Belfer Center's Project on Managing the Atom. Last in a spring seminar series. Sponsors: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Open to the community.


Webcast: "Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security"
March 23, 2011 - 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Contact Name: Portia Gama
Hosted by the United Nations University Office at the United Nations as part of the UNU Worldwide in New York Series.

Speakers will present the recently published Global Environmental and Human Security Handbook for the Anthropocene (GEHSHA), which comprises 95 peer-reviewed chapters which were written by 164 authors, and analyzes concepts of military and political hard security and economic, social and environmental soft security. Regional focuses include the Near East, Asia, and North and Sub-Sahara Africa, as well as addressing hazards in urban centers.

The major focus of this conference will be on coping with global environmental change - climate change, desertification, water, food and health - and with hazards and strategies pertaining to social vulnerability and resilience-building. The speakers will also examine scientific and political strategies, policies and measures - such as early warning of conflicts and hazards - and discuss a political geo-ecology and a "Fourth Green Revolution."


• Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director of the United Nations University, Office at the United Nations in New York (UNU-ONY).
• H.E. Ambassador Professor Dr. Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, author of a foreword.
• H.E. Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations.
• Mr. Jorge Laguna-Celis, Delegate to the Second Committee, representing thePermanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations.
• Hans Günter Brauch, Adj. Professor, Free University of Berlin; senior CASA fellow, UNU-EHS (Bonn); chairman of AFES-PRESS, Germany; co-editor, author.
• Úrsula Oswald Spring, Professor, Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (CRIM-UNAM, Cuernavaca, Mexico); first MR Chair on Social Vulnerability, UNU-EHS; co-editor, author.

Free, registration requried.


Relational Urbanism: Models, Cities and Systemic Utopias
WHEN Wed., Mar. 23, 2011, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, MA 02138
SPEAKER(S) Eduardo Rico
Eduardo Rico studied civil engineering in Spain and graduated from the AA's Landscape Urbanism program. He is currently an AA Landscape urbanism studio master and has acted as consultant and performed research in the fields of infrastructure and landscape in Spain and the UK. Currently he is involved in the development of infrastructural strategies for large-scale urban projects within the Arup engineering team as well as being part of the collective GroundLab.


IOP Study Group
March 24, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Faculty Dining Room Harvard Kennedy School 79 JFK Street Cambridge, MA

Study with IOP fellow and Former U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 4th District Bob Inglis. discussing ENERGY and ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY.
Discuss the future of American energy and climate policy! Learn and exchange views on future energy legislation, conservation, and the economic possibilities of environmentalism.

Open to everyone! *No Homework**No Reading**No Requirements*


Biodiversity, Ecology, & Global Change: Jon Chase
March 24, 2011 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Contact Name: Lisa Matthews 617-495-8883
Biolabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge
Jon Chase
Professor of Biology; Director, Tyson Research Center
Washington University in St. Louis

Professor Chase works to address some of the most fundamental principles of community ecology. His specific research interests currently center around understanding patterns of biodiversity, relative species abundances, and variation in community composition from site-to-site (beta-diversity), and how spatial processes, biotic interactions, abiotic factors, habitat degradation and restoration, and biogeographic factors, influence those patterns. Although his research incorporates syntheses from a variety of theoretical and empirical resources, his primary focus is on both aquatic (e.g., pond) and terrestrial (e.g., forests and glades) ecosystems on and near the Tyson Research Center.


Staying on Track: Running — and Hopefully Improving — Public Transit in Tough Fiscal Times
WHEN Thu., Mar. 24, 2011, 5:30 – 7 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
SPEAKER(S) Richard A. Davey, general manager, MBTA and rail and transit administrator, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
CONTACT INFO Polly O'Brien: 617.495.5091
Since his appointment as general manager of the MBTA in March 2010, Richard Davey has had to address a variety of problems, including (but not limited to) a structural budget deficit, underfunding for important safety-related projects, challenging weather, contentious labor relations, and pressures to expand and improve service. How has the T addressed these issues and what will it take to sustain those efforts?


Obama's New Deal, Tea Party Reaction, and America's Political Future

WHEN Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 3 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE Tsai Auditorium (S-010), Concourse Level, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Alexis de Tocqueville Lecture on American Politics, sponsored by the Center for American Political Studies
3-5 p.m. lecture by Theda Skocpol (Harvard) with Q&A
5-6:30 p.m. buffet dinner (rsvp to
6:30-7:30 p.m. commentary from Larry Bartels (Princeton), Mickey Edwards (Aspen Institute), Suzanne Mettler (Cornell)
7:30-8 p.m. rejoinder by Skocpol
8:00-8:30 p.m. audience Q&A


AFRICAN DANCE DIASPORA: A Symposium on Embodied Knowledge

WHEN Fri., Mar. 25, 3 p.m. – Sun., Mar. 27, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE Lowell Lecture Hall
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Classes/Workshops, Conferences, Dance, Film, Humanities, Lecture, Music, Social Sciences, Special Events, Theater
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Committee on African Studies
Ronald. K. Brown (Evidence, A Dance Company), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Urban Bush Women), Zab Maboungou (Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata), Cynthia Oliver (COCo Dance Theatre), Elizabeth McAlister, Lovely Nicolas, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Alla Kovgan, Robb Moss, Joan Frosch, Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Yvonne Daniel, Nadine George Graves, John C. McCall, Carrie Noland, Corinna Campbell, Katherine Hagedorn, Carla Martin, Ingrid Monson, Patty Tang, Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Esailama Diouf, Habib Iddrisu, Mecca Zabriskie, Sharon Kivenko, Susan Manning, Lacina Coulibaly, Sidi Mohammed “Joh” Camara, Deborah Foster, De Ama Battle, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, Emily Coates, and Grete Viddal
COST Free and open to the public


The Criminalization of Conflict Resolution: The Impact of Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project on ADR and Human Rights Work

WHEN Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 3:15 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Austin North, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Ethics, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, with others
SPEAKER(S) Eileen Babbitt (Tufts), Ralph Fertig (Humanitarian Law Project), Martha Field (HLS), Philip Heymann (HLS), Robert Mnookin (HLS), Stephan Sonnenberg (HLS), Ervin Staub (UMass, Amherst), and Nathan Stock (The Carter Center)
COST Free and open to the public
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold broad restrictions against giving aid or training to groups identified as terrorist organizations by the State Department has significant ramifications for international conflict resolution and human rights work.
Come hear preeminent scholars and representatives from impacted organizations such as The Carter Center discuss the case and how such groups should move forward in the wake of the decision.
A reception in the Austin foyer will follow.
Sponsored by the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Fund.


BENEFIT CONCERT FOR JAPAN: Bach Society Orchestra Concert III
WHEN Fri., Mar. 25, 2011, 8 p.m.
WHERE Sanders Theatre
TICKET INFO 617.496.2222
The Bach Society Orchestra performs works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, with violin concerto by Ryu Goto '11. This concert will be a benefit for the victims of the disaster in Japan, with 50 percent of profits going to that cause, plus additional donations collected before, during, and after the concert.


Run or Walk for Solar Empowerment
March 26, 2011 - 9:30am
JFK Park - JFK and Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
Leveraging the power of emerging markets in Mali, Harvard Global Energy Initiative has teamed up with D.Light Design and the Rural Energy Foundation to enable villagers outside of Bamako to purchase affordable solar lanterns, mobile phone chargers, and energy efficient home improvements that will lead to economic savings, health benefits, and environmental responsibility. Help us make safe, affordable, clean energy an option for the rural poor of Mali.

Time: 9:30am registration 11:00 race start 11:15 walk start

Cost: $15 in Advance/$20 on site registration $100 team of 10 discount. All proceeds go to benefit Harvard Global Energy Initiative’s Village Project in Mali

Make $15.00 check payable to "Harvard Global Energy Initiative" with "Mali Village Project" in the memo line. Mail registration form, checks, and pledge sheet to Harvard Global Energy Initiative, c/o Emily Cunningham, 161 Leverett Mail Center, 28 DeWolfe Street, Cambridge MA, 02138. Contact Emily Cunningham with questions at 781-626-1016

For pledge sheets, registration forms, and more information, visit




In collaboration with The Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS)
Friday, March 25, 2011
Curry Student Center Ballroom

8:30 am -- 9:00 am

9:00 AM-- 9:10 AM
Miriam Leeser and Milica Stojanovic, Co CDSP Directors
Mel Bernstein, Vice Provost for Research

9:10 AM – 9:55 AM
Dave Cavalcanti
Sr. Research Scientist, Philips Research North America
“Intelligent Lighting Technologies and Networks for Smart Cities”

9:55 AM – 10:40 AM
Mark Rodgers
Communications Director, Cape Wind
“Cape Wind gives Massachusetts the 'First Mover' Advantage in Offshore Wind in U.S.”

10:40 AM – 11:25 AM
John Goodhue
Director of Holyoke High-performance Computing Center
“Design of an Energy-Efficient High Performance Computing Center”
11:25 AM- 12:10 PM
Skip Ashton
Sr.Vice President of Engineering, Ember and Chair for the ZigBee Architecture Review Committee (ZARC) in the ZigBee Alliance
“Smart Energy and Other Uses of Intelligent Devices in the Home”

12:10 PM -- 1:40 PM
1:40 PM –2:40 PM
Joshua Smith
University of Washington-Seattle
"Connecting Physical and Digital with Sensor Systems."
Short Bio
Joshua R. Smith is Associate Professor in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he leads the Sensor Systems research group. From 2004 to 2010, he was with Intel Labs Seattle, where he led Intel Labs' Physicality research theme, as well as research projects in wireless power and robotics. His research interests include all aspects of sensor systems, including: development of novel sensor systems; power and communication for sensor systems; and algorithms for interpreting signals from novel sensor systems. His research has application in the fields of ubiquitous computing, security, human-computer interaction, and robotics. Previously he co-invented an electric field-based passenger sensing system that is used to suppress unsafe airbag deployment in all Honda cars. He holds Ph.D. and S.M. degrees from the MIT Media Lab, an M.A. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, and B.A. degrees in Computer Science and in Philosophy from Williams College.

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM

CDSP Home Page:
Contact information: Joan Pratt, Administrative Coordinator
CDSP Research Center; Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering;; (617-373-2368
Location: Curry Student Center Ballroom, NU Main Campus, Boston
Admission: Open to the public




The single biggest untapped source of energy on the planet: You

The MIT Energy Club and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment are pleased to present the fourth annual installment of the Carbon Finance Speaker Series, Blueprint for Efficiency. This series of free, public webinars will feature the latest developments in energy efficiency policy, investment, technology, and community engagement.

Across the country, states are setting aggressive energy efficiency mandates -- from 10% to 25% reduction in the coming decade. Smart meters, retrofits, and more efficient appliances will help us achieve our goal, but only if we can get a large portion of households to buy in. Historically, efficiency program participation rates have been low (less than 5%), but emerging broad-scale, behavior based efficiency provides the potential to meet those goals through a combination of small changes in day to day consumption among more than 80% of households, and improving participation of traditional efficiency programs.

Progressive utilities, including United Illuminating on behalf of the CT Energy Efficiency Fund, are now incorporating behavior-based efficiency into their overall energy saving approach. OPOWER is a leading provider of behavioral efficiency, generating more than 400 GWh of savings in 2011 to 50+ clients across the US. Using a multi-channel approach, behavioral science, and leading UX, OPOWER helps households save energy by removing the black box of consumption, and motivating consumers to act.

Please join us for a live conversation with United Illuminating's Kirsten Brooks and OPOWER's Barry Fischer and Chris Corcoran to discuss the application and opportunity of behavioral efficiency in the US.

Title: The single biggest untapped source of energy on the planet: You

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

GotoWebinar URL:

Speakers: Kirsten Brooks, Program Administrator, eesmarts & The SmartLiving Center at United Illuminating, Barry Fischer, Engagement Management at OPOWER and Chris Corcoran, Marketing and Strategy at OPOWER.


Urban Gardening Book Club

We'll be discussing the book Farm City, by Novella Carpenter, and how it relates to community and urban food production at Roxbury Community College on 3/22 at 6:00 pm (Academic Bldg 3). All are welcome! We'll be selecting the next book at the meeting, but if you're interested and unable to make it, feel free to send me your suggestions in advance. Free to contact me with any additional questions.

The event is supported by the Boston Gardener's Council and The Roxbury Community College Service Learning Garden Project. In addition, event information is available on the page below:

Thank you very much!

Stephanie Bostic
MS in Agriculture, Food & the Environment 2010
Tufts University

Blogging about food and fiber:


Hands-on Census class: Finding stories & doing research with Census data
will happen on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
When: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 7:00 PM
Where: Boston Globe - 135 Morrissey Blvd. Dorchester MA

Arthur Bakis from the Boston office of the US Census Dept will conduct a hands-on class for reporters and others. He will show people how they can unearth important facts and trends being released by the Census for the nation and Massachusetts. The Census is in the middle of releasing decennial data, as well as information from the American Community Survey (and learn what the difference is). Arthur has been with the Census Bureau for 11 years. He serves as Information Services Specialist and is responsible for disseminating census data to the public and spreading awareness about available demographic and economic data and data products throughout New England.
Bring your own laptop


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.


Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk Univesity
“WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, and Our Right to Know”
with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (former WikiLeaks staffer) and Herbert Snorasson (former WikiLeaks staffer); moderator Wendy Ballinger (Ford Hall Forum Board member)
Thursday, March 24, 8-9:00 am [special breakfast forum]
Moot Court Room, Suffolk University Law School

Although Herbert Snorasson and Daniel Domscheit-Berg, both former staffers at WikiLeaks, cannot enter the United States for fear of arraignment, they join us live by video fromIceland and Germany to answer questions about the necessity of and danger in leaking state secrets. With Wendy Ballinger, Treasurer and former Executive Director of Ford Hall Forum, Snorasson and Domscheit-Berg discuss why their newest venture, OpenLeaks, is superior to Assange’s WikiLeaks model and other various “Leaks” sites launching around the world. The two will tell us how and why they became involved with WikiLeaks, particularly their idea on the public’s right to know versus global security. Signed copies of the book will be sold following the presentation.


*Compelling Conversation with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
Civil Rights Activist and Former Champion Boxer
Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.*

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a formidable boxer who had won the European Light Welterweight Championship for two years in a row and knocked out Emile Griffith in the first round when his promising career was cut short. In 1966, he was falsely arrested for the murder of three white people in a bar. Sentenced to a triple life-sentence, Carter always maintained his innocence. Subjected to a nineteen-year travesty of justice, he was finally set free in 1985 by a federal court. His story was immortalized in a Bob Dylan song and made into a Hollywood movie starring Denzel Washington.

Carter has chronicled his own life in two books, _The Sixteenth Round_, and 2011?s _Eye of_ _the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom_. He now devotes much of his time to speaking out on behalf of the wrongly convicted.

*Bunker Hill Community College**in A300 Auditorium*

250 New Rutherford Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2995
Free but you need to register for tickets at the website below*
Compelling Conversations Speaker Series



Think Global, Act Local:
A Community Climate Action Roundtable

Thursday, March 24, 6pm-7:30pm, Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St.

All politics are local but many problems are global. How do neighborhood-based groups form effective partnerships with larger organizations to bring global issues home and amplify grassroots voices? Join BostonCAN and representatives from other neighborhood-based and national sustainability organizations as we discuss stories of successful collaboration between community-based organizations and national groups that highlight best practices. Speakers will include Cindy Luppi from Clean Water Action discussing stopping coal power in eastern Mass and Mela Bush from Greater Four Corners Action Coalition onimproving mass transit in Dorchester.
Free and open to the public. Snacks provided. RSVP at on-line or by calling 857-544-6846.


The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
"e" inc. is proud to be the official Boston host of The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival -- the largest environmental film festival in the United States. Created eight years ago by a small group of riverkeepers in California, The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festivalis designed to inspire by showing actions and ideas from around the globe on a wide array of environmental issues.

Opening Night Reception:
Robin Young leads expert panel on energy's future
Friday Mar 25, 2011
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Come to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival's Opening Event as WBUR's Robin Young (host of "Here and Now") serves as moderator for a panel of experts on the future of energy. Panelists include: Howard Herzog (MIT), Namrita Kapur (Environmental Defense Fund), David Cash (Under Secretary - EOEEA) and Alexander Taft (National Grid Climate Officer). Wine and Hors D'oeuvres reception at 6PM. Panel at 7PM.

Afternoon FilmFest:
View shorts MC'd by PRI's Bruce Gellerman
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Come see shorts, documentaries, and animations from around the world. Learn about inspiring young leaders and about the lives of beings chronicled by the planet's greatest filmmakers. Walk away with a new sense of commitment to our Earth.

The Finale:
See Carbon Nation plus locavore tasting and silent auction
Saturday Mar 26, 2011
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
An evening of wonderful foods and wine from some of our area's great eateries, followed by a feature documentary just released “CarbonNation.” Our final Wild and Scenic Film Festival evening is rounded off with dessert and a silent auction.



Spring into Gardening
Sunday, March 27th, 10 am - 4 pm
Pierce Middle School, 50 School Street, Brookline, MA

Morning intensive workshops (container gardening, seed starting, home orcharding, and vermiculture) will run from 10am to noon.
Greg Watson will give the keynote address on Sustainable Food Systems at noon.
Afternoon workshops and panels will be at 1pm (Black Gold - It's all about the Dirt, Poultry Raising, Foraging, Local Food, Public Space/Community Gardening), 2pm (Gardening 101, Season Extension, Plant and Seed Varieties: Heirlooms, Food Preservation, Food Justice and Food Politics, Composting throughout Brookline), and 3pm (Garden Volunteering with Bountiful Brookline, Beekeeping, Permaculture, Garden Sharing, Schoolyard Gardening).
Demonstration Area open noon - 4 pm with Demonstration Leaders on hand at certain times to answer questions about Container Gardening, Vermiculture, Beekeeping, Composting
Children's Activities Scheduled activities 1 - 4 pm: Seed Starting, Storytelling, Garden Art
Resource Area open 11:15 am - 4 pm Community organizations and local businesses
General admission is $10/person, $20/family. An additional fee of $25 + materials costs applies to the 2-hour morning intensive workshops.

We need volunteers for the event. General Admission is Free if you volunteer for 2 hours. Interested volunteers please contact us at

Created in the spring of 2009, Bountiful Brookline promotes growing food and providing access to healthy fresh food throughout our community.

Bountiful Brookline




Forum on new state climate action plan
Cambridge residents can hear about the new, far-reaching Massachusetts clean energy and climate plan at a community meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 7:00-8:30 PM
Cambridge Senior Center

David Cash, Undersecretary for Policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will present the plan. State Rep. Will Brownsberger and Eugenia Gibbons of the Environmental League of Massachusetts will comment, and everyone will be able to ask questions and share ideas about how to help implement the plan and ensure that the state reaches its goal of 25% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels statewide by 2020. The event is cosponsored by the City and local and state environmental groups.


The Harvard Food Law Society and the Harvard Health Law and Policy Clinic Present
Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity

Wednesday March 30
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pound 101, Harvard Law School

Sign up at
Space is Limited

In his New York Times best seller, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes argued that our diet’s overemphasis on certain kinds of carbohydrates—not fats and not simply excess calories—has led directly to the obesity epidemic we face today. The result of thorough research, keen insight, and unassailable common sense, Good Calories, Bad Calories immediately stirred controversy and acclaim among academics, journalists, and writers alike. Michael Pollan heralded it as “a vitally important book, destined to change the way we think about food.”

In his lecture “Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity,” Taubes explains why he believes the nutritional science of the last century has been misguided and damaging, particularly the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat, and reveals the good science that has been ignored.

For more information visit or email Nate Rosenberg at nrosenberg at


Babson Energy and Environmental Conference

Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future

Register Now at

Register now to attend the 5th Annual Babson Energy and Environmental Conference on March 31st, 2011 at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

This year’s theme is “Entrepreneurship for a Sustainable Future”, and we will explore how innovation and entrepreneurship will play a pivotal role in shaping the new green economy in the years to come. We will hear severalexciting keynotes from high profile entrepreneurs:

• Dr. Bart Riley, Co-Founder, A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE)
• Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group
• Nancy Floyd, Founder & Managing Director, Nth Power
• Kathy Brown, Senior Vice President – Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility, Verizon
Other featured speakers

• Leonard Schlesinger, President, Babson College
• Mark Donohue, Clean Technology Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Babson College
• Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
• Cynthia Curtis, Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies
• Rob Pratt, Chairman & CEO, GreenerU
• Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge & Author, The Clean Tech Revolution
• Chuck McDermott, General Partner, Rockport Capital
• Jeramy Lemieux, Head of Climate Savers, Diversey, Inc.
• Greg Dixon, SVP of Marketing, EnerNOC
• Kathy Loftus, Global Leader for Sustainability Engineering, Maintenance & Energy Management, Whole Foods
• Michael Bakas, Senior Vice President – Renewable Energy, Ameresco
• Robert Gough, Founder, Port Meadow Tech
• Bob Reese, President/ Co-Founder, Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery
• Jonathan Nash, Director of Business Development, NewStream
• Patrick Cloney, Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
• David O’Connor, Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean Technology, ML Strategies, LLC
• Kim Stevenson, Manager of New Technologies, CT Clean Energy Fund
And Many More!

Our engaging panel sessions will focus on several main topics:

• Innovations in Cleantech and Renewable Energy
• Sustainable Business Practices
• Financing Strategies
• New Energy Policy & Implications
• Responsible Consumption and Disposal of Food, Water & Waste
Our Entrepreneurs Showcase will give a glimpse of some of the newest innovators in the industry. Further, you will have the opportunity to listen to panelists from Enernoc, WholeFoods, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, CA Technologies, Diversy and many more. Our goal is to show that sustainable business practices are not at odds with creating profit and growing a company.

The world needs more entrepreneurs and leaders focused on preserving the earth’s resources while building a more sustainable future. We hope that you will join us for this exciting event, and be inspired to become part of the next wave of change!

For additional information, please contact Jatin Ahuja (, Adam Ostaszewski ( and Joel Robbins (


Digital Media and Popular Uprisings

March 31, 2011
6-8 p.m.
Lesley University
University Hall Amphitheater
1815 Mass. Ave.
2nd Flr.
Cambridge, MA 02140

Google Map:

The importance of digital media in building the recent wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East has been widely heralded in the global press. But how are social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, and digital communication devices like texters, cell phones and PDAs really being used on the ground to help organize millions of people towards a common goal - democracy. And is it true that these movements for democracy in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and beyond are completely spontaneous and being organized on the fly with the help of modern technology? Or is there more to the story?

Lesley University and Open Media Boston have invited three experts on digital media and grassroots organizing to speak to these and related issues. Each brings a unique perspective to the discussion.

Ethan Zuckerman is co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices and senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Jillian York is a writer and freedom of expression activist who studies Internet controls and online activism, with a focus on the Arab world. She is a project coordinator at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Suren Moodliar is a coordinator of Massachusetts Global Action and an organizer of the Majority Agenda Project. He is deeply interested in networks and social change.

The panel will be chaired by Jason Pramas, Editor/Publisher of Open Media Boston,, and introduced by a representative of Lesley University.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. There will be light refreshments served in the Atrium just outside the Amphitheater. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, or press inquiries, please email


The Sociology Department at Northeastern University is hosting our 2nd annual globalization symposium on March 31, with a focus on global commodity chains, neoliberalism, and human rights. The evening session, in particular, will explore issues related to politics and activism surrounding global commodities such as coffee, coca cola, drugs, arms, as well as clothing and apparel.

What: Global Commodities, Chained and Unchained- 2nd Annual Conference on Globalization at Northeastern University

When: March 31, 2011

Panel 1- 2:45 to 4:30pm (Global Commodity Chains- a Critical Approach)

Panel 2- 6:00 to 8:00pm (Global Commodity Chains and Human Rights)

Where: Northeastern University, 20 West Village F

For more Information, see:

Conference Description:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University is pleased to host its 2nd annual conference on globalization. We are excited to bring together a group of prominent scholars to discuss their recent research on global commodity chains and to critically assess the political and cultural implications of neoliberal globalization.

Presenters at the evening session, including Carolyn Nordstrom (Notre Dame University), Robert Ross (Clark University), Edward Fischer (Vanderbilt University) and Robert Foster, will discuss the interconnections between commodity chains and human rights and the potential paths of resistance available to populations marginalized within the current neoliberal order.

Presenters at the afternoon session, including Catherine Dolan (Oxford University), Andrew Schrank (University of New Mexico), Robert Foster (University of Rochester) and Damla Isik (Western Connecticut State College), will draw on their ethnographic field work to discuss critical approaches to global commodity chain research and theory.

This event is free and open to the public. The Department of Sociology-Anthropology at Northeastern hopes you can join us for what promises to be an exciting, politically inspirational, and intellectually rich encounter. For more information on the conference, including times and location, please visit our blog at

Hope to see you there!

Jeffrey S. Juris
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Northeastern University


The MIT Food & Agriculture Collaborative is pleased to announce MITFAC Celebr-ATE: A celebration of innovations that are building a healthy food system!

April 1 | 5pm-8pm | MIT R&D Pub (4th Floor of Stata Center, 32 Vassar St., Cambridge)

Join MITFAC and Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts for a celebration of food! This inaugural MITFAC event will explore the problems with our current food system and showcase the solutions that are being developed within the MIT community. Hear sustainable food pioneer, chef, and author Michel Nishan discuss the role each of us can play in rebuilding our nation's food system, learn what the MIT community is doing to address some of the most pressing challenges to our food system, and watch chefs from Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts demonstrate the art of cooking with sustainable ingredients, and then taste their creations.

This event is open to everyone interested in improving our food system! We welcome attendees from both within the MIT community and beyond.

Space is limited, so reserve your ticket today! Tickets are free and can be reserved at


Weatherization Barnraising reset for April 3rd! 1230 to 5 pm

The Seventh Day Adventist group had to reschedule the event. They, and we, apologize. But this gives you all more time to sign up for the event. This is a building that had a heating bill in February of over $1,500. This is a great site where we can make a huge difference. The site is a home where over 20 members of the congregation want to learn how to steward the planet. Help out one of
the only all-vegetarian churches. We'll teach how to install programmable thermostats, use less water, reduce drafts and fix old replacement windows inexpensively. There will be music and food afterward.

Sign up here.

The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is a Cambridge-based co-op bringing neighbors together to weatherize our homes and take the energy future into our own hands.


Tufts Energy Conference
April 15


"Best Practices for Local Sustainability"
April 15, 2011 | Holiday Inn | Marlborough, MA
Full Conference Details at

Early registration till March 15 at $60, $75 after March 15


"Secret of the Dawn" - film screening, followed by a panel discussion about female genital mutilation (FGM) and efforts to stop it in Mali,
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Emerson Hall, Harvard U., 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge.

This documentary shows current attitudes of people in Mali toward FGM, and Malians struggling to end it, including Healthy Tomorrow's sister group, Sini Sanuman. Dancer and health educator Wyoma
will perform a dance of hope for a future without FGM. We will end with a music video that is shown on Malian TV, featuring 17 actual ex-excisers. This event is co-sponsored by Healthy Tomorrow and the Harvard Extension International Relations Club. For more info, call (617) 776-6524.

Feel free to call with any questions.

Susan McLucas, director, Healthy Tomorrow, (617) 776-6524,

Editorial Comment: Susan McLucas is another old friend who has been working in the US and Mali for many years on the issue of female genital mutilation.




Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while controlling for how cold the weather is). You get a short friendly email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.


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, contact


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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