Sunday, October 02, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - October 2, 2011

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Report from the Conference for a Constitutional Convention

Why Occupy Boston Might Have National Significance

"The University of Massachusetts will offer a new online course during our January term called:
Urban Agriculture: Innovative Farming Systems for the 21st Century
For information on the course, please see:
Please share this with anyone who might be interested.


HONK! Pedagogy Symposium
WHEN Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE Gutman Conference Center Lower Level, Appian Way – Cambridge, MA
TYPE OF EVENT Conference/Symposium
CONTACT NAME HGSE Arts in Education
CONTACT PHONE 617-495-9068
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Concerts, Education, Music
More than 350 musicians will converge in Davis Square, Somerville, from Friday, September 30, at sundown, through Monday, October 3, for the sixth annual HONK! Festival, a grassroots, non-profit, volunteer-supported street spectacle. (See for more information.) Several of the musicians behind the planning of the spectacle will participate in this symposium by leading interactive workshops and panel discussions. Sponsored by the HGSE Arts in Education program. Free of charge. No rsvp necessary. Musical instruments welcome. See schedule below--and call 617-495-9068 with questions.
10:00-11:30am: Learning, HONK!-Style: An Alternative Model for Music Education?
(BYOI: bring your own instruments)
11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch Break (BYOL: bring your own lunch)
12:30-2:00pm: The Roots and Routes of HONK!: A History of HONK! Through Music
12:30-2:00pm: HONK! Activism: Experiential Education in Action


October 3, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Contact Name: Louisa Lund,
Fainsod Room, Room 324, Littauer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
Energy Technology Innovation Policy/ Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Energy Policy Seminar Series: "Renewable energy on the coast of Maine and beyond" with George Baker, Harvard Business School.

NB: George Baker helped establish the community wind project serving the island of Vinalhaven in ME. He's very informative.


The Harvard Food Law Society Presents
Larry Soler
“Partnering with Industry to Help Solve the Childhood Obesity Crisis”

Monday, October 3rd
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Pound 101, Harvard Law School, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Larry Soler heads The Partnership for a Healthier America, an organization devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation's youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. Just over a year old and created in conjunction with – but independent from – Let's Move!, PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that is led by some of the nation's most respected health and childhood obesity advocates.

Prior to joining PHA, Mr. Soler was Chief Operating Officer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a $200 million voluntary health organization. During his tenure leading JDRF Government Relations, the program was recognized by the National Journal as one of the most powerful interest groups in Washington, D.C. The Wall Street Journal said, "not since AIDS activists stormed scientific meetings in the 1980s has a patient group done more to set the agenda of medical research." Time magazine called JDRF “one of the nation's most forceful disease advocacy groups."

Mr. Soler received his J.D. from George Washington University and is a member of the Maryland and D.C. Bar Associations.


Oct. 3
12:15–2 pm
Harvard, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 100, Room 106
Please RSVP to by Thursday noon the week before (should be OK to attend if you don't eat lunch)

Daniel Barber (Barnard College)
Phase-Change: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Solar Energy, 1946-



Monday, October 03, 2011
BUILDING TECHNOLOGY LECTURE SERIES: Low-Tech Design for Sustainable Architecture
Speaker: Anna Heringer, Architect, Austria
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: MIT, Building 7-431, The Long Lounge (AVT), 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
This lecture presents recent work at the intersection of architectural design, sustainable development, and building technology, with a particular emphasis on low-cost school construction in developing countries.

Austrian architect Anna Heringer has won several international design awards, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the AR Emerging Architecture Award (2006 and 2008). She is currently a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, Building Technology Program

For more information, contact:
Kathleen Ross


Monday, October 03, 2011

Nuclear Power after Fukushima: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

Speaker: Jacopo Buongiorno, MIT

Time: 3:45p–5:00p

Location: MIT, Building 26-414, Kolker Room

Nuclear is a high-intensity energy source with a practically unlimited fuel availability and a long record of excellent safety. However, the 3/11/11 accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has changed the perception of nuclear as a safe energy source. In this presentation we will (a) provide a brief description of the accident, (b) review the lessons learned from the accident, and (c) discuss their regulatory/design implications on the current reactor fleet as well as the next generation of Light Water Reactors. We will also discuss the future prospects of nuclear power, in particular a new paradigm in which nuclear energy can be used to displace large amounts of fossil fuels (and their related CO2 emissions) from the transportation sector, thus helping to combat climate change and curb the growth of energy product imports.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Laboratory for Nuclear Science Colloquia and Seminars
For more information, contact:
Randyn Miller

When Do Americans Vote for Tax Increases? The Politics of Tax Initiatives Since 1970
WHEN Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Room K-354, CGIS Knafel Building, 3rd floor, 1737 Cambridge Street
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Boston Area Research Workshop on History, Institutions, and Politics (HIP) co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S) Vanessa Williamson, Ph.D candidate, Government Department, Harvard
NOTE Please note that because we will move immediately to discussion, those interested in participating should read the paper in advance. It is available at as is the schedule for this workshop for the rest of the semester.


The Three Waves of Political Messianism: From Colonialism to Communism to Humanitarianism
WHEN Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Seminar on French Politics and Society , Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S) Tzvetan Todorov, directeur de recherche honoraire, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
CONTACT INFO Mary Lewis:; Arthur Goldhammer:


Economics, Culture, and Attitudes Towards Immigration: New Evidence from a Survey Experiment
WHEN Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
SPEAKER(S) Michael Hiscox, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University


"Islam and Peace-Building in West Africa"
WHEN Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Sackler Museum Lecture Hall, 485 Broadway
SPONSOR The Center for the Study of World Religions and the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Committee on African Studies at Harvard University
CONTACT Megan Countey
NOTE His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, delivers the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture. Introduced by Beth Simmons, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University, and director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.


Monday, October 03, 2011
Starr Forum: "Hidden Battles"
Speaker: Victoria Mills
Time: 4:30p–6:00p
Location: MIT, Building 6-120
"Hidden Battles"
Film screening and Q&A with Director
"Hidden Battles," a documentary about the psychological impact that killing has on soldiers cross-culturally and globally, offers a humanistic perspective on how soldiers make a life for themselves after war. Following the film there will be a Q & A with the film's director, Victoria Mills.

Victoria Mills is a full-time practicing psychoanalyst with more than twenty-five years of experience. The award-winning documentary, MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS: MIRRORS THAT BIND was her first film.
For more information and to see a trailer, visit

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies

For more information, contact:


Monday, October 3 at 7:00 PM
Jack Persekian
In the Meantime
Bartos Theater at MIT, Wiesner Building (E15), Lower Level, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Keynote: Jack Persekian, Curator (Jerusalem)
Respondent: Nitin Sawhney, Assistant Professor, The New School (USA)

In 1992 Jack Persekian founded Anadiel Gallery, the first and only independent gallery for Palestinian artists in Jerusalem. Persekian later founded the Al-Ma’mal Foundation to continue the gallery’s mission and to further promote, instigate, and disseminate the production of art in Palestine. In his talk, Persekian will share his experience – the challenges and the outcomes – of creating a space for Palestinian artists in Jerusalem. Have the methods for working in contested spaces, such as Israel, changed over the years? Does art have the potential to engage a zone of conflict in a different way than politics? Persekian was Head Curator of the Sharjah Biennial (2004–2007), Artistic Director of the Sharjah Biennial (2007–2011), and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation (2009–2011). Al-Ma’mal Foundation:

MIT Bartos Theater, Wiesner Building (E15)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Free and open to the public.

For more information:


Science and Cooking Lectures: Food Texture and Mouth Feel
WHEN Mon., Oct. 3, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Science Center C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S) Grant Achatz (Alinea)
COST Free. All are welcome to attend.


Nuclear 101: Uranium Enrichment and Plutonium Production
WHEN Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S) R. Scott Kemp, associate research scholar, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; and David Nusbaum, research fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program


The Harvard Food Law Society Presents
Baylen J. Linnekin, J.D.
“Defending Culinary Freedom: Why Keep Food Legal and the Bill of Rights Protect Your Right to Make Your Own Food Choices”

Tuesday, October 4th
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Pound 100, Harvard Law School, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Baylen J. Linnekin, a lawyer and food writer who holds an LL.M. in agricultural and food law, is the founder and executive director of Keep Food Legal, a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan grassroots nonprofit. Baylen’s talk will address food bans and food’s fundamental influence on the language and spirit of both the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. In addition, he will discuss Keep Food Legal, the first nationwide membership organization devoted to culinary freedom—the right of every American to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, cook, and eat the foods of their own choosing.

Baylen's writing on food regulation has appeared in the Chapman Law Review, the Journal of Wine Economics, Reason magazine, and elsewhere. He is co-author of a chapter on food and the law in the Routledge International Handbook to Food Studies, a forthcoming academic textbook; author of the entry on “food bans” in the forthcoming second edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America; and author of a forthcoming Northeastern University Law Journal article on the efficacy of various food safety regulations.

Baylen's current research interests include the interplay of social media, street food, and regulation; the foodie origins of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, including the fundamental link between the First Amendment's Assembly Clause and colonial American taverns; and regulation of local foods.

To learn more about the Harvard Food Law Society, please visit

Cosponsored by the Food Law Society, the Federalist Society, HLS Republicans, and the Harvard Health Law and Policy Clinic.


Tuesday, October 4, 12 p.m.
"HuffPost, the Web and the Campaign of 2012."
Speaker Series with Howard Fineman, senior politics editor at the Huffington Post and an NBC News analyst, contributing reports to the network and its cable affiliate MSNBC.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge


Nonproliferation Strategy in the Centrifuge Age
WHEN Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School, 708 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S) R. Scott Kemp, associate research scholar, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, Princeton University


islawmix: content and context for Islamic law in the news
Intisar Rabb, Berkman Center Fellow / Boston College Law School & Umbreen Bhatti, islawmix Co-Founder
Tuesday, October 4, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live ( at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Recent years have seen an uptick in coverage of Islamic law (sharīʿa) in American news media, policy, and academic circles—typically producing more questions than answers. What are the rules that dictate how Muslims in America conduct themselves? How do or should our legal institutions respond? When reporting on issues involving Muslims, how can journalists or academics distinguish individual preference or culture from Islamic law? What available, authoritative resources can best inform interested readers, from the casual to the scholarly? In short, Islamic law now seems to matter for issues of American law and policy; and it has long been a subject ripe for comparative law. But there is no reliable source of information on just what Islamic law is. Depending on the source, definitions of it can be vague, confusing, and even contradictory.

islawmix aims to fill the information gap in this important area. In this talk, we will walk through “why islawmix” and explore how islawmix aims to accomplish the rather ambitious task of providing accessible resources for parsing such complex information and developing resources for the aggregation and contextualization of significant trends in Islamic law.

About Intisar
Intisar A. Rabb is on the law faculty at Boston College Law School—where she teaches comparative Islamic law and legal history, advanced constitutional law, and criminal law—and is a faculty affiliate in research at Harvard Law School in the Islamic Legal Studies Program. As a Berkman Fellow, she is working with a team to develop islawmix, a project aimed at connecting news readers, media producers, and legal scholars with credible, authoritative information about trends in Islamic law.

Her research in comparative law and legal history combines an assessment of public values with analyses of methods of legal interpretation in different systems of law. Her articles include studies of legal maxims and interpretive methods in Islamic law, Islamic constitutionalism and the role of the jurists in Muslim-majority countries, and the early history of the Qur'anic text. She is also a 2010 Carnegie Scholar, awarded a grant for her research on "Islamic Law and Legal Change: The Internal Critique," which examines criminal law reform in the Muslim world.

Rabb received a BA with honors from Georgetown University, a JD from Yale Law School, an MA and a PhD from Princeton University, where her dissertation on Islamic law won the Princeton NES Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Thesis Prize for Best PhD Dissertation. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and subsequently worked with members of the bench and bar in the U.K. as a Temple Bar Scholar through the American Inns of Court. Rabb has traveled for research to Egypt, Iran, Syria, and elsewhere. She speaks Arabic and Persian and has reading proficiency in French, German, and Spanish.

About Umbreen
Umbreen Bhatti is a co-founder of islawmix and a lawyer with experience in civil rights and constitutional law. Ms. Bhatti is a Staff Attorney in the Civil Rights Litigation Program at the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to joining DRLC, Ms. Bhatti practiced at the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, where she engaged in litigation and non-litigation advocacy on a broad range of civil liberties issues, including free speech, religious liberty, racial justice, prisoners' rights, and police misconduct. To support her work, Ms. Bhatti received the Roxana C. Arsht Fellowship from the Delaware State Bar Association. Ms. Bhatti has also been an associate in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins, LLP, an adjunct faculty member at Widener University School of Law, and the co-director of the Drexel Social Theory Institute. Ms. Bhatti is a graduate of Barnard College and the University of Michigan Law School.



Tuesday, October 04, 2011
*Tuesday* Lunch: "Empowering Culture and Context"
Speaker: Featuring guest Ramesh Srinivasan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: MIT, Building E15-344
Civic Media Lunch
The Civic Media Thursday (although in this case Tuesday) lunch series welcomes those working in the civic media field, who share food and company with staff, researchers, and visitors at the Center's headquarters in the MIT Media Lab.


The power of culture and context dramatically shape technology's influence on networks and power worldwide. Having just spent a month in the field in and around Egypt, and building on earlier work in Kyrgyzstan, I will describe how 'social media' shapes and impacts but one limited set of networks within the many that characterize everyday life. I will discuss in both cases how social movements are fueled by layers of networks, and that digital networks tend to directly speak to those of higher economic and educational class, indirectly influencing poorer masses though not unproblematically. From these critical perspectives, I will try to tell a story how technologies can be re-envisioned and sociotechnically deisgned to better empower diverse cultural ontologies and value systems by presenting fieldwork done in India and with a group of Native Americans.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Civic Media
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre


Tuesday, October 04, 2011
The Control of Politicians in Normal Times and Times of Crisis: Wealth Accumulation by U.S. Congressmen, 1850-1880
Speaker: Pablo Querubin (MIT Ph.D.)
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: MIT, Building E62-650
The Control of Politicians in Normal Times and Times of Crisis: Wealth Accumulation by U.S. Congressmen, 1850-1880

Web site:

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

NB: 261 of the 535 members of the House and Senate today are millionaires. Might be good to have some historical perspective on the issue.


The Ethical Responsibility of Scientists
Speaker: Dr. Charles D. Ferguson, Federation of American Scientists, President
When: October 4, 2011 (Tue), 03:30PM to 04:30PM
Location: Boston University, Metcalf Science Building, SCI 109, 590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series. Refreshments will be served at 3:15 in the 1st Floor Lounge.
I will argue that scientists, as subject matter experts and citizens, have the ethical obligation to understand the potential for misuse of science and technology and to educate the public and decision makers. But unfortunately, scientists have usually not been trained to consider the societal consequences of the applications of science and technology. I will thus also argue that there is an urgent need for ethics and policy education for scientists and for science education for policy makers. To illustrate the necessity for these actions, I will discuss relevant examples from the science of climate change, energy policy, nuclear weapons, and missile defense.

Charles D. Ferguson is the President of the Federation of American Scientists and the author of Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2011). He has worked on nuclear policy issues for the past two decades for non-governmental organizations and government agencies. Trained as a nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy, he graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Physics at Boston University.


Tuesday, October 04, 2011
A Climate for Change? Science, values, and politics in the run-up to the Durban and Rio+20
Speaker: Cynthia Scharf serves on the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team and also works for the Secretariat of the UN's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: MIT, Building E62-450
The 2010 UN climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico, were a modest but much-needed step forward in addressing what the UN Secretary-General has called the "defining challenge of our time." Unfortunately, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, with extreme weather and other climate impacts affecting millions of people. Nearly twenty years after the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was established in Rio, there remains a yawning gap between what the science tells us is needed to minimize climate risks, and the political response to that challenge.

How can we move beyond the current stalemate as we approach the next UNFCCC meeting at Durban in 2011 and the Rio+20 summit in 2012? What are the underlying values and principles that shape the climate discourse? If science alone fails to persuade, what other arguments and allies are needed to help strengthen a consensus for action? What do young people bring to the discussion?

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Campus Events

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club


Tuesday, October 04, 2011
The Federal Budget Deficit: Causes, Consequences and Potential Remedies - A Panel Discussion
Speaker: Moderator: James M. Poterba: Panel: Peter A. Diamond (MIT), Jeffrey B. Liebman (Harvard), Deborah J. Lucas (MIT), N. Gregory Mankiw (Harvard), Robert M. Solow (MIT)
Time: 4:00p–5:30p
Location: MIT, Building 10-250
The Federal Budget Deficit: Causes, Consequences and Potential Remedies - A Panel Discussion

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Economics Special Events
For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence
WHEN Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Boston University Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02215
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Award Ceremonies, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
SPEAKER(S) A.C. Thompson, staff reporter for ProPublica; Ann Marie Lipinski, Nieman Foundation curator; Tom Fiedler, dean of BU's College of Communication
CONTACT INFO RSVP:; 617.496.0998
NOTE Join the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and Boston University in honoring reporter A.C. Thompson with the 2011 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. Thompson is being recognized for his courage, resourcefulness and reporting that frequently exposes social injustice and the abuse of power. Thompson will deliver a keynote address during which he will discuss his work.


Opening Reception for "With Hiroshima Eyes: The Hibakusha Art of Junko Kayashige"
WHEN Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Graduate School of Education, Monroe C. Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Exhibitions, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Graduate School of Education Monroe C. Gutman Library
CONTACT INFO Jennifer Marsh:, 617.495.4225
NOTE Exhibit on view Oct. 1-31
Opening reception: Tuesday, Oct., 4, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery talk with the artist: Oct. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
When the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima City on August 6, 1945, Junko Kayashige had just entered elementary school. A Hiroshima City native, she was in a home one mile from where the A-bomb hit. Kayashige survived, badly injured, but lost several close members of her family.
Throughout and beyond a 38-year career as a public junior high school art teacher in Hiroshima City, Kayashige has created haunting paintings of her experience and memories as a Hibakusha – an A-bomb survivor. She writes, “I wanted to depict the foolishness of humans who attempt to solve problems with war and destruction. It is hard for me to revisit and recount my experience, but nuclear weapons are still threatening our lives.”
With support from the American Friends Committee, Junko Kayashige has shipped her paintings from Japan for display at the Monroe C. Gutman Library.


Could crowdsourced news replace professionals?
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA

Andy Oram, a top editor at editor at O'Reilly Media, will go through a "thought experiment" designed to design a social networking and rating system that tries to reproduce the benefits of professional news sources, benefits that he divides into the categories of reach, authority, and filtering.
After identifying where crowdsourcing falls short, he will suggest ways journalists could incorporate more crowdsourcing into their work. Audience interaction will be encouraged throughout.

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider.
An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source, networking, and software engineering, but his editorial output has ranged from a legal guide covering intellectual property to a graphic novel about teenage hackers.
His work for O'Reilly includes the influential 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, the 2005 ground-breaking book Running Linux, and the 2007 best-seller Beautiful Code.
Andy also writes often for O'Reilly's Radar site ( and other publications on policy issues related to the Internet and on trends affecting technical innovation and its effects on society.

Print publications where his work has appeared include The Economist, Communications of the ACM, Copyright World, the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, and Internet Law and Business. His web site is



Wednesday, October 05, 2011
The Shifting Balance of Power and U.S. Grand Strategy in Asia
Speaker: Mike Green, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Time: 12:00p–1:30p
Location: MIT, Building E40-496
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:


Morocco: The Path to Democracy?
WHEN Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Middle East Initiative
SPEAKER(S) Aboubakr Jamaï, publisher of Le Journal Hebdomadaire and Assahifa al-Ousbouiya
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO 617.495.7548,
NOTE Has Morocco found the magic formula? The right path to democracy, that is a reformist path without the vagaries of revolutionary upheaval? On July 1, 98 percent of Moroccans approved a new constitution said to give more prerogatives to elected institutions at the expense of the monarchy. The regime and its allies have hailed the process as a model of consensual and peaceful change. This idyllic depiction does not withstand the check of reality. The constitutional process was hurried and no serious monitoring took place during the voting period. More fundamentally, the monarchy reluctantly initiated the constitutional reform process.


Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Time: 2:00p–3:00p
Location: MIT, Building 35-225, 127 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Greg Chamitoff, NASA Astronaut and MIT Alum

Completing Assembly of the International Space Station: the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): AeroAstro, Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium
For more information, contact:
Bill Litant


Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
WHEN Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Kennedy School Room Littauer-382
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Environmental Sciences
SPEAKER(S) Kenneth Gillingham: How Do Consumers Respond to Gasoline Price Changes? Heterogeneity in Vehicle Choice and Driving Behavior


Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Energy 101 : Japan's Energy Policy after Fukushima
Speaker: Tsuyoshi Segawa
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: MIT, Building 3-133
Energy 101 session on Japan's Energy Policy after Fukushima

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Aziz Abdellahi


Wednesday, October 05, 2011
The International Energy Outlook
Speaker: Howard Gruenspecht, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Time: 4:00p–5:15p
Location: MIT, Building E15-070
The International Energy Outlook 2011 (IEO2011) recently issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides projections of world energy demand and supply by region and primary energy source through 2035; electricity generation by fuel type; and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Unlike many other long-term outlooks, which usually incorporate at least the expected value of policy changes that can significantly influence energy outcomes, IEO2011 is based on existing laws and regulations. Among other topics, Dr. Gruenspecht will discuss EIA's view on long-term petroleum and other liquids fuel supplies, prospects for global natural gas markets, and energy demand growth in developing nations. He will also address recent developments that have compounded the uncertainty associated with the long-term energy outlook.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:
Jameson Twomey


Collaboration Paradox with John Abele, Founder of Boston Scientific
We often claim to work collaboratively—but do our collaborative initiatives realize their potential and drive innovation?
OCTOBER 5, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Boston Scientific Founder John Abele—drawing from his 30+ years experience at the intersection of science and industry—will discuss what it takes to facilitate successful collaborations and why the most productive collaborations often arise unexpectedly. Citing Whitehead Institute’s Founder Jack Whitehead as an example, Abele will discuss the key ingredients for accelerating the development of new technologies and ideas through collaborative behavior, including leadership, community building and harnessing the “wisdom of crowds.”


Thursday, October 6, 12 p.m.
"The Divided States of America: What the Voters Think."
Speaker Series with Peter Hart, chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates. Co-sponsored with the Institute of Politics.
Harvard, Littauer 166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge


Compellence and Accommodation in Counterinsurgency Warfare
WHEN Thu., Oct. 6, 2011, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S) Jacqueline L. Hazelton, former research fellow, International Security Program, 2009–11, visiting assistant professor, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester


Thursday, October 06, 2011
The Message Against The Medium: Oliviero Toscani, 45 Years of Image Making
Speaker: Oliviero Toscani
Time: 5:30p–7:30p
Location: MIT, Building 26-100
MIT-Italy Program Artist in Residence Series
Once or twice a year lectures and talks by oustanding Italian writers or artists organized by the MIT-Italy Program in order to showcase Italian culture

Oliviero Toscani is a world renowned photographer whose portfolio spans from fashion photos for Vogue to controversial ads for Benetton and other famous brands centered on controversial subjects--from diversity, death penalty and AIDS to anorexia.
Toscani will discuss the relationship between creativity and power drawing from his extensive experiences.

Open to: the general public

Cost: none

Sponsor(s): MISTI, MIT-Italy Program, Center for International Studies

For more information, contact:


Thursday, October 06, 2011
Energy Discussions : Policy Changes after Fukushima
Speaker: Lara Pierpoint
Time: 6:00p–7:00p
Location: MIT, Building 4-149
Six months ago, an earthquake and tsunami caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Now we need to figure out what will and what should change about our relationship to nuclear power here in the U.S. We also need to better understand how that is the same or different from what will/should happen elsewhere. Join members of the MIT Energy Club for a round-table discussion in which we will try to compile a set of policy and technology recommendations for the path forward, and to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of different options.

You can prepare for the discussion by attending the Energy 101 on the aftermath of Fukushima on Wednesday, 5 Oct.
A light dinner will be served

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:
Rebecca Dell


Harvesting the Wind: Interactions Between Wind Energy Deployment and Atmospheric Dynamics
Julie K. Lundquist , Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder
When: Oct 07, 2011 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Where: Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Speaker Biography:
Host: Xi Lu
Contact: Brenda Mathieu, 617-495-5745


Friday, October 07, 2011
Architecture Lecture Series - Design and Computation
Speaker: Jeff Lieberman
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: MIT, Building 7-431
Title: It's Not What You Think: An Evolutionary Theory of Spiritual Enlightenment

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Computation Group Events

For more information, contact:
Daniela Stoudenkova


Friday, October 07, 2011
After Fukushima, Nuclear Energy 2.0: Environmental Benefits and Risks
Speaker: Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno, Dr. Charles Forsberg, Dr. Jacquelyn Yanch
Time: 3:00p–5:00p
Location: MIT, Building 4-163
Energy & Environment Community Lecture Series

Can nuclear energy mitigate global warming and prevent fearful energy wars threatening the future of humanity? What about the limits of our ability to build plants robust to natural disasters? Come and hear what the experts tell us and engage in a lively debate.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
Energy & Environment Community @ MIT Energy Club


Thursday, October 6, 2011
5:30 pm
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology presents the free lecture, "Garbage: The Archaeologist's View of Trash."
The lecture will be followed by a public reception at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Ave.).

The speaker is Richard H. Meadow, Director of the Peabody Museum's Zooarchaeology Laboratory and Senior Lecturer on Anthropology, Harvard University.
This illustrated lecture will look at ancient trash through an archaeological lens, discussing trash generation, deposition, and preservation, and how recycling and redeposition can cause problems for the study of the past. Dr. Meadow will use examples from his own fieldwork at the urban site of Harappa in Pakistan (3600-1500 BC) and other projects that have involved Harvard faculty and students to show how the trash of the past can be the treasure of today.


Friday, October 07, 2011
Considering Cities: Time, Size, Environment
Speaker: Javier Quintana da Una, Jose Ma Churtichaga, Ricard Frigola, Nader Tehrani, Yung Ho Chang, Alexander D'Hooghe
Time: 4:00p–9:00p
Location: MIT, Building 7-431
Architecture Lecture Series

IE-MIT Symposium: In a collaborative symposium, designers from both sides of the Atlantic take on emerging questions of Urbanism by way of three categories: Time, Size, Environment.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:




The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future public hearing

October 12, 2011
Harvard Medical School Conference Center, 77 Louis Pasteur, Longwood, Boston, MA

BRC Draft Report to the Secretary of Energy

The Blue Ribbon Commission On America’s Nuclear Future is a Presidentially-mandated group composed of 16 people to make recommendations for national radioactive waste policy. The record of the work the Commission has done over the last year--available on-line in video form, transcript, written testimony, and public comments all posted at

These additional meetings in September and October are to collect public comments on the Commission's draft recommendations. The full draft report is available here:

The Commission website states: All public are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required. Information about registration will be available in the near future. The meetings will not be video webcast. Transcripts of the meetings will be available on the website, along with all written comments anyone chooses to offer. Comments can either be made directly to the website at or by email via US postal mail:

Mr. Timothy A. Frazier
Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585

Comment deadline is October 31, 2011. NIRS will share a more complete set of comments for sign-on in October.


Zero Net Energy Housing Workshop
Thursday, October 13
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
33 Andrews Parkway
Devens, MA

A review of building techniques for high energy-efficient homes that produce as much energy as they consume. Enjoy a tour of Zero Net Energy homes already under construction in Devens and engage in a question and answer period with Carter Scott, one of the state's pre-eminent sustainable developers.

There is no cost to attend but space is limited. To register, contact

Editorial Comment: Carter Scott does great work and is well worth hearing.


October 13th
BASEA Forum: Ken Ward, Apeiron Institute/
A reception begins at 7:00 p.m., with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m.
1st Parish Unitarian Church, #3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge


Hands-on work to weatherize a great organization!
Save the date: Oct 15th
BostonCAN is partnering with HEET again to organize a "barnraising." We won't be raising any barns at this neighborhood weatherization work day, but we will be helping a Jamaica Plain community anchor, Spontaneous Celebrations, to lighten its ecological footprint and save much needed funds for its wonderful programming, such as the Lantern Festival and Wake Up the Earth.

Barnraisings are great opportunities to get hands-on experience making old windows more weather-tight, air sealing in a basement, and weather-stripping doors. Both skilled and untrained volunteers are needed.

Contact Information
Boston Climate Action Network


Oct 21-23, 2011: Social Movements/Digital Revolutions - Conference for Organizers & Activists

SM/DR is being called to look at new developments in technology, social media, journalism and the creative world* from the perspective of grassroots movements for social justice. *We?re also interested to discuss and debate some of the key issues facing creators and progressive organizers today.

The conference will kick off on Friday Oct. 21st at MIT Room 10-250 with a Town Hall Meeting on Media and Democracy. The event will feature an expert panel - including New York Times' Brian Stelter and Free Press' Craig Aaron - that will reflect on the future of journalism, media and democracy through the lens of the new documentary Page One.

With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, Page One chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. A number of clips from the film will be shown, each will be discussed by the panel in turn, then the floor will be turned over to the audience to help determine what this development means for our democracy - and for grassroots social movements working to revive it.

The conference proper will begin on Saturday Oct. 22nd at Lesley University's Doble Campus, and will feature panels focusing on our Social Movements/Digital Revolutions theme. The rest of the weekend will be filled out with a number of workshops on related topics and practical tutorials on social media and digital media.

From activists looking for an introduction to our crucial technologies to experience electronic campaigners, the conference will have many opportunities to learn and grow. It will also feature plenaries involving activists from Madison, WI, from England's student movement and Egypt's democracy movement; among our workshops will be sessions on Wikileaks and its local implementations, the use of Facebook to challenge deportations, hands-on privacy exercises, and the like.

Join in on October 21, 22 and 23!

Conference website:
Download conference flyers here:


TEDxCambridge Presents: Thrive
November 19, 2011, Harvard University
You have to apply to attend at




Free Solar Panels for Houses of Worship

From a recent Mass Interfaith Power & Light ( email
"We've recently been talking with DCS Energy ( who has an unbeatable offer: if your site qualifies, they design and install the panels at no cost, don't charge you for any electricity, and donate the system to your house of worship after five years. Your only costs will be for a building permit, possibly a structural engineer to verify that your roof can support their weight, and any preparatory work such as roof work or tree removal. If solar panels are so expensive how can anyone give them away for free? First, there is a federal grant program that is only available until November that pays for 30% of the cost of the system. Then there is an accelerated depreciation option that gives certain kinds of investors another tax advantage. Finally, the state awards a special allowance called a "Solar Renewal Energy Credit" (SRECs) to owners of solar electricity systems which are sold at auctions to utilities who buy them to meet their requirements under the Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard. DCS is betting that the price of these SRECs will remain high. Jim Nail, president of MA IP&L, has talked to DCS Energy and is currently having them prepare a proposal for his church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal in Dover. Jim says, "The references I've talked to have been quite positive about the program and the company has been very responsive. "If you think your site might qualify, contact Peter Carli,, with the address of your house of worship and your contact information. He'll take a preliminary look at your site and advise you if it meets their criteria."


Young World Inventors Success!

Young World Inventors ( finished their Kickstarter campaign ( to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in collaboration successfully.

New contributions, however, will be accepted.




Massachusetts Attitudes About Climate Change – An opinion survey of Massachusetts residents conducted by MassINC and sponsored by the Barr Foundation found that 77% of respondents believe that global warming has “probably been happening” and 59% of all respondents see see it as being at least partially caused by human pollution. Only 42% of the state’s residents say global warming will have very serious consequences for Massachusetts if left unaddressed. The 18 to 29 age group is more likely to believe global warming is appearing and caused by humans compared to the 60+ age group. African-American (56%) and Latino residents (69%) are more likely than white residents (40%) to believe global warming will be a very serious problem if left unaddressed. The MassINC report, titled The 80 Percent Challenge: What Massachusetts must do to meet targets and make headway on climate change (, contains many other findings.


The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home Performance Conference are available online at

Lots of good information from what some call the best energy conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering, ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics. If you are a practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.


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

------------------------'s Guide to Boston


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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