Sunday, November 13, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - November 13, 2011

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My national level proposal to slow climate change is a finalist in the Climate CoLab contest. You can learn more (and find out how to vote for it if you want to until November 15) here:

Clean Cookstoves in Tanzania


Monday, November 14, 2011
SDM Systems Thinking Webinar
"Power System Balancing with High Renewable Penetration: The Potential of Demand Response in Hawai'i"
Karl Critz, SDM '10, Clean Energy Innovator and SDM Student
Time: 12-1pm
More information at
Register at


Monday, November 14
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Fainsod Room, Room 324, Littauer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
Energy Policy Seminar:
"Meeting the Energy Needs of Tomorrow: Opportunities and Challenges,” featuring Jason Bordoff, Associate Director for Energy and Climate Change, Council on Environmental Quality, and Senior Advisor for Energy and Environmental Policy, National Economic Council.
Lunch will be provided.
Contact Name: Louisa Lund


Monday, November 14
12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford
The Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar Series
"Renewable Energy and Climate Change: The IPCC Report" with Professor William Moomaw, Lead Author, IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (2011), and Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy
Contact Name: Miranda Fasulo


"Education Under Fire" Screening and Discussion
WHEN Mon., Nov. 14, 2011, 2 – 4 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Graduate School of Education, Askwith Hall
TYPE OF EVENT Discussion, Film, Panel
CONTACT PHONE 617-384-7490

NOTE The 30-minute documentary profiles the growth, struggle, and inspiring spirit of the Baha´i Institute for Higher Education.
In 1987, the semi-underground Baha´i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) was formed to give young Baha´is their only chance for a university-level education. Despite repeated raids and arrests, volunteer teachers and administrators created an independent, decentralized university system that has lifted the lives of thousands of Baha´i students across Iran. In May, 2011, an organized assault was launched by the Iranian government in an attempt to shut down the BIHE. Over 30 homes were raided and over a dozen BIHE professors and administrators were detained. Several are still in prison for doing nothing more than trying to teach. The film connects a diverse audience to a grave human rights issue, a powerful story of resilience against oppression, and the need to respect human rights everywhere.

Following the screening will be a panel and discussion featuring Executive Producer David Hoffman, Director Jeff Kaufman, Rainn Wilson and members of the Harvard Community.



Monday, November 14, 2011
Harvard, Haller Hall (Geo Museum 102), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

"The Nitrogen Cycle in a Changing Ocean"
Dr. David Hutchins, University of Southern California. Hosted by Ann Pearson.
Contact Name: Sabinna Cappo


Monday, November 14
MIT Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge
"Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System,"
Richard Lester, Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering


Monday, November 14, 2011
Gasoline Prices, Household Location and Urban Sprawl
MIT Building 7-431, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Raven Molloy, Senior Economist, Macroeconomic Analysis Section, Division of Research and Statistics, U.S. Federal Reserve, Board of Governors
Reinventing the City @ MIT

During 2011-2012, the Department of Urban Studies & Planning will host a series of high-profile speakers and panels on a wide-range of topics related to the future of cities, planning, participation, economies, technology, design, and development. This series is part of a multi-year initiative in the department to raise cutting-edge questions about the field in an era of rapid change.

See for more in this series.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:
Ezra Glenn


Monday, November 14
7:00 PM
Bartos Theater at MIT, Wiesner Building (E15), Lower Level, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative
Keynote: James Wescoat, Aga Khan Professor, MIT (USA)
Shun Kanda, Senior Lecturer, MIT (USA)
Respondent: Jegan Vincent de Paul, ACT Lecturer, MIT (USA)

In the aftermath of the disaster suffered in Japan, MIT launched the MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative, a multi-year collaborative project focused on disaster-resilient planning, design and reconstruction. Back from the first MIT Japan 3/11 workshop which took place this summer, Shun Kanda and Jim Wescoat will discuss the process and challenges in planning and implementing alternative strategies for disaster-preparedness. Shun Kanda is a Tokyo native and the Director of Architectural Studies for the MIT-Japan Program. James L. Wescoat, Jr. is Aga Khan Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative:

Free and open to the public.

For more information:


The Harvard Food Law Society Presents
Mark Winne

“Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture”

Discussion & Book Signing

Tuesday, November 15th from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Pound 102, Harvard Law School

*The Coop will be on site with Mr. Winne’s book

Mark Winne’s second book, “Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture” takes on the universal struggle between human freedom and authority in its relationship to food. From urban gardening heroes in Cleveland, to feisty farmers in New England, to lower income mothers in Texas, Winne shows how people are reclaiming their connection to their food, health, land, and governments.

Mark is the former Executive Director of the Hartford Food System and a co-founder of a number of food and agriculture policy groups including the City of Hartford Food Policy Commission, the Connecticut Food Policy Council, End Hunger Connecticut!, and the national Community Food Security Coalition. He was an organizer and chairman of the Working Lands Alliance, a statewide coalition working to preserve Connecticut’s farmland, and is a founder of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. Mark was a member of the United States delegation to the 2000 World Conference on Food Security in Rome and is a 2001 recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Plow Honor Award. From 2002 until 2004, Mark was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a position supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Hartford Courant, the Boston Globe, The Nation, In These Times, Sierra Magazine, Orion Magazine, Successful Farming, Yes! Magazine, and numerous organizational and professional journals.

Mark now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he serves on the Santa Fe Food Policy Council and the Southwest Grass-fed Livestock Alliance.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011
MIT Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Transportation@MIT and the MIT Transportation Club present:
David Burwell, Director of Energy and Climate for The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
"Road to Recovery: Transforming America's Transportation"


Tuesday, November 15, 12 p.m.
"Gaddafi's Last Guests: Witness to the Final Days of the Gaddafi Regime."
Speaker Series with Missy Ryan, Military Affairs and Afghanistan-Pakistan correspondent, Reuters.
Harvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge


Covering Japan and Asia in the New York Times
WHEN Tue., Nov. 15, 2011, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
LOCATION: HARVARD, Weatherhead Center, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S) Susan Chira, assistant managing editor, News, The New York Times

Moderator: Ezra F. Vogel, Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University


Program Your City: Legal and Governance Issues of an Urban Integrated Open Data API
Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology
Tuesday, November 15, 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 at and archived on our site shortly after.

The physical city is covered with an increasing number of layers of digital information. At the same time, there is a significant trend towards incorporating location data into web and mobile applications: The urbanisation of the internet, and the digitisation of the city.

Recent ‘Government 2.0’ initiatives have led to the creation of public data catalogues such as (U.S.), (U.K.), (Australia) on federal government levels, and (San Francisco) and (London) on municipal levels. In most cases, these initiatives produce mere collections of data repositories. However, proprietary database formats and the lack of an open application programming interface (API) often limit the full potential that could be achieved by allowing these data sets to be cross-queried.

This talk presents the proposal for an information substrate with an integrated open data API – in a way, an operating system for cities that integrates three types of data sources:

Public government data (traffic, public transport, health, population, etc.)
Social media data (eg., Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)
Sensor network data (domestic energy monitoring, river gauges, weather, etc.)
The primary goal is to put intuitively accessible real-time data into the hands of citizens and residents and unleash the creative capacity of programmers and end-users who will be able to create, share (or sell) their own custom-made web and mobile based decision-support tools and applications that take advantage of data mash-ups comprising all three types of data sources and tailored to specific needs. The talk will present a number of potential demonstrator applications that illustrate the capabilities of the proposed infrastructure with a view to specifically discuss the legal, policy, copyright and goverance issues and implications that may arise.

About Marcus
Associate Professor Marcus Foth is the founder and director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, and Principal Research Fellow with the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology.
Professor Foth’s research explores human-computer interaction design and development at the intersection of people, place and technology with a focus on urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing and mobile applications.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Inventions to Innovations: Opportunities and challenges for Nanomanufacturing Technology
Speaker: Omkaram Nalamasu, Applied Materials
MIT Building 34-101
MTL Seminar Series
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.

Nanomanufacturing technology, the cost-effective and practical manufacturing solutions based on equipment and process solution platforms have been translating the promise of nanotechnology to reality in advancing the electronics and display technology and product roadmaps. Advances in nanomanufacturing technology are also fundamental to solving the energy and environment challenges. In this presentation, I will detail the challenges and opportunities facing the electronics, display and energy industries and how advances in nanomanufacturing are fundamental to resolving these challenges.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories
For more information, contact:
Valerie Dinardo


Tuesday, November 15
MIT Building E51-395, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
The Second Arab Awakening: Challenges and Promise
Dr. Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Tuesday, November 15
Biodiversity, Ecology & Global Change Lecture
Biolabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge
"Individuals, Ecosystems, and the Land Carbon Sink”
Lars O. Hedin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director of Program in Environmental Studies, Princeton University.
Contact Name: Lisa Matthews


Tuesday, November 15, 2011
MIT Building 4-231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Intelligence by Design for an Entropic Grid
Matias Negrete-Pincetic. Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MIT Energy Club Lecture Series
The Smart Grid vision has been sparked by the need for a more reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy network. However, new technologies and new policies intended to realize this vision may increase significantly the complexity of the power network. In particular, with greater consumer and supplier choice, and with the introduction of renewable energy resources that are often unpredictable, the range of possible system behaviors - that is, its entropy - may increase dramatically.

The success of the new paradigm created by the Smart Grid vision will require not only the creation and integration of new technologies into the grid, but also the redesign of its coupled market structures. Economic models able to capture the new physical reality are a first requirement for the design of a reliable, and "smart" electrical grid.

To begin to address these issues, we survey elements of today's electricity markets. While there are many success stories, the failures can be dramatic. We investigate why these disasters occur, and conclude that they are a consequence of design: The static models used in competitive equilibrium analyses capture none of the key issues in real time markets.

Several research questions are presented - their solution will require collaboration among researchers in economics, power and energy systems, and decision and control.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club


PechaKucha Boston
Doors 6:00pm, Talk at 7:00pm
OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, keeping things moving at a rapid pace.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Entrepreneurship in Clean Tech
MIT Building E51-315
Come hear successful women entrepreneurs and venture capitalists talk about their experiences in the clean tech startup space. The discussion will touch upon industry-specific issues such as funding, market research, technology development, and regulatory constraints.

Marcie Black '94, MNG '95, PhD'03 - CTO & Co-founder at BandGap Engineering
Vanessa Green MNG '08, MBA '11 - CEO at OnChipPower
Christine Marcus MBA '12 - former Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Energy
Laura Angotti '86 - Manager of Commercial Development & Engineering at Qteros
Mina Hsiang '03, MNG '05, MBA - Senior Associate at General Catalyst Partners (Moderator)

6:30-7:00 p.m. Reception sponsored by Goodwin Proctor LLP
7:00-9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

Web site:

Open to: the general public
Cost: AMITA members & MIT10: $15 MIT; non-member alumni: $18; Students: $10; Guests: $20; $5 extra at the door
Sponsor(s): AMITA, Goodwind Procter LLP
For more information, contact:
Natasha Us


November 15, 2011
07:00PM to 09:00PM
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge

GreenPort Forum
the documentary "Downstream"; updates on Tar Sands Action

GreenPort's monthly forum: "Campaign to Stop the Tar Sands Pipeline". Screening and discussion of "Downstream" -- a documentary on the Aboriginal community of Fort Chipewyan located downstream from one of the most polluting operations in the world -- the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, where crude oil is extracted for export to refineries in Canada and the US. Obama has the power to approve or deny the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline from the tar sands to the Gulf. Also, arrestees from last August's Tar Sands Action of civil-disobedience at the White House will lead a discussion about the campaign to stop the pipeline. We will also have a report back from Tar Sands Action's November 6th encirclement of the White House.

Please read website to learn how you can join this campaign to stand up to big oil:


The True Cost of Coal:
The Beehive Design Collective's Depiction of a Complex Socio-Technical Issue
November 15
Interactive Workshop
The Beehive Design Collective, based in Machais, Maine, are touring the country presenting their collaboratively designed large-scale posters which weave together narratives and sharply examined social consequences of technological change. This exciting event will be interactive with discussion of the process of creating such a work followed with an interactive workshop.

The True Cost of Coal is dense with metaphors drawn from the natural world. It is rooted in history, grounded in the grinding urgency of Mountain Top Removal, fueled by the looming threat of climate change, and guided by the robust, grassroots resistance of everyday Appalachians. It is about communities envisioning, building, and defending a better world every day, in a million ways.

Art supplies will be provided, as will refreshments.


Good Government. Good Ideas. Six Reasons Why These Words Go Together.
WHEN Wed., Nov. 16, 2011, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building; Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO Kara O'Sullivan: kara_o', 617.496.1714
NOTE Innovations in American Government Award Finalists Presentations:
Representatives from the government finalists in competition for the Innovations in American Government Award will present their initiatives before the National Selection Committee. These six government initiatives demonstrate creative problem solving to some of our nation’s most pressing issues ranging from education, economic development, and poverty to civic services and health care. The winner of the competition will be announced in early 2012.


Wednesday, November 16
4:10pm - 5:30pm
Harvard, Littauer Building, Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy: “Externalizing the Internality”
Contact Name: Jason Chapman 617-496-8054


Wednesday, November 16, 2011
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Asian Community Development Corporation - Community Room at the Metropolitan, 38 Oak Street, Boston, MA, 02111
(near the Tufts Medical Center Orange Line station, head west down Washington to Oak Street)

Book Release Event: Cultivating Food Justice
Cultivating Food Justice highlights the ways race and class inequalities permeate the food system, from production to distribution to consumption. By bringing together insights from studies of environmental justice, sustainable agriculture, critical race theory, and food studies, these diverse accounts of the relationships among food, environmentalism, justice, race, and identity will help guide efforts to achieve a just and sustainable food system.
The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, November 11 at

Refreshments provided.
The book will be available for purchase at the event.
Visit the book website:

“Race, class, and history aren’t foodie strong points. Yet to turn the food movement into one that fully embraces justice, some difficult discussions lie ahead. The chapters in this splendid and rigorously researched book will help those conversations be better informed, and their outcomes wiser.”
Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing


Wednesday, November 16, 2011
MIT Building E62-262

The Meaning of Market Efficiency
Speaker: Robert Jarrow (Cornell)

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


Wednesday, November 16, 2011
MIT Building E14-633

Mimi Ito: "Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World"
Speaker: Mimi Ito

Civic Media Sessions
In recent years, otaku culture has emerged as one of Japan's major cultural exports and as a genuinely transnational phenomenon. In this talk, Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist at UC Irvine, discusses how this once marginalized popular culture has come to play a major role in Japan's identity at home and abroad. In the American context, the word otaku is best translated as "geek," an ardent fan with highly specialized knowledge and interests. But it is associated especially with fans of specific Japan-based cultural genres, including anime, manga, and video games. Most important of all is the way otaku culture represents a newly participatory fan culture in which fans not only organize around niche interests but produce and distribute their own media content. How did this once stigmatized Japanese youth culture create its own alternative markets and cultural products such as fan fiction, comics, costumes, and remixes, becoming a major international force that can challenge the dominance of commercial media? By exploring the rich variety of otaku culture from multiple perspectives, Prof. Ito will provide fascinating insights into the present and future of cultural production and distribution in the digital age.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Civic Media, MIT Cool Japan Research Project, MIT Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre


"Inspiring Students Locally to Act Globally"
Lecture by Civil Rights Movement Activist, Minister, and Educator Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (ET)
Wheelock College--Brookline Campus
Ladd Multipurpose Room, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960. He was also a leader in the 1960 Nashville Movement as well as the 1961 Freedom Rides and the 1965 Selma Movement.

Dr. LaFayette is a former Scholar-in-Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia appointed by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Currently, Dr. LaFayette is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Rhode Island Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, Kingston, R.I.
This outstanding activist, scholar, and author has published widely and traveled extensively to many countries as a lecturer and consultant on peace and nonviolence.

Wheelock College is honored to welcome him to campus for this one-time lecture event.


Thursday, November 17, 2011
MIT Building E51-372, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Climate Change Policy in the US: How it Impacts the Development of Electric Generating Facilities
Speaker: Aladdine Joroff, attorney at Beveridge & Diamond

In the absence of comprehensive federal legislation in the climate change arena, state governments are continuing to implement an array of regulations to fill that space. From regional greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade programs to renewable portfolio standards, many of these state initiatives, along with proposals for stricter clean air rules, will require significant utility investments and impact the siting and operation of electric generation facilities.
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club

For more information, contact:
MIT Energy Club


Thursday, November 17, 2011
12:30 - 1:30 pm
HSPH Building 1, Room 1302, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
“The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be: Climate Change, Health, and the Federal Response”
John Balbus, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


Thursday, November 17, 2011
MIT Building E40-496, Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

American Anthrax: Fear, Crime, and the Investigation of the Nation's Deadliest Bioterror Attack
Book Talk with Jeanne Guillemin.
Here's a quote about the book:
"[An] intriguing and insightful real-life medical mystery. . . Extensively documented and sprightly written, Guillemin's medical detective story is a valuable addition to understanding the apocalyptic world of biological weapons."
-Publishers Weekly

"A compelling and marvelously researched history. Guillemin delivers an expert account of the shock, fear, challenges and twists resulting from the 2001 anthrax attacks on America and its psyche."
-The Honorable Tom Ridge, first secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

More details to come

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, Security Studies Program

For more information, contact:


Information Retrieval for the Human Web
Sepandar Kamvar , Consulting Professor of Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Stanford University

Nov 17, 2011
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin G125, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

In the past few years, we have seen a tremendous growth in public human communication and self-expression, through blogs, microblogs, and social networks. In addition, we are beginning to see the emergence of a social technology stack on the web, where profile and relationship information gathered by some applications can be used by other applications. This technology shift, and the cultural shift that has accompanied it, offers a great opportunity for computer scientists, artists, and sociologists to study (and organize) people at scale.
In this talk, I will discuss how the changing web suggests new paradigms for search and discovery. I'll show recent projects that use web search to study human nature, and use human nature to improve web search. I'll describe the underlying principles behind these projects and suggest how they might inform future work in search, data mining, and social computing.

Speaker Biography:
Sep Kamvar is a consulting professor of computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on social computing and information management. From 2003 to 2007, he was the head of personalization at Google. Prior to Google, he was founder and CEO of Kaltix, a personalized search company that was acquired by Google in 2003. Kamvar is the author of two books and over 40 technical publications and patents in the fields of search and social computing. His artwork is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and has been exhibited in a number of other museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. He holds a PhD in scientific computing and computational mathematics from Stanford University, and an AB in chemistry from Princeton University.

Host: Krzysztof Gajos
Contact: Gioia Sweetland 617-495-2919


Thursday, November 17
HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street 3rd Floor, Cambridge
Energy History Workshop: Units, Ideas, and Images in the History of Energy
A Keynote Lecture with Paul Warde (University of East Anglia): "Life, Land and Limits in the 'Organic Economy’, c. 1670-1840”
Contact Name: Philipp Lehmann


Thursday, November 17, 2011
MIT Building E62-233, Sloan School, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Legatum Lecture Series: Chocolate Symposium with Kopali Organics
Speaker: Jacqui Holmes and Zak Zaidman
Join us for a chocolate tasting, to learn about the bittersweet challenges and rewards of creating a company focused on a triple bottom line, and to hear about brand/product messaging combining sensory appeal and positive impact.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: none
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship

For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker


Thursday, November 17
6 p.m.
"Conservatism And Its Discontents."
Theodore H. White Lecture on the Press and Politics by Andrew Sullivan, political commentator withNewsweek/The Daily Beast.
Harvard, Kennedy School, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge


MIT Transportation Showcase
November 17, 2011, 6:00pm-9:30pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA

The MIT Transportation Showcase will connect students, faculty, alumni, and employers through an evening featuring:
Cutting-edge research posters;
Employer recruitment booths;
Networking over food and drinks.

For more information visit or contact


Thursday, November 17
7 pm
Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA

Brookwood Community Farm will present Toward Food Security for All: Building a Local and Just Food System on

At a time of rising levels of hunger, food insecurity, and nutrition-related health problems such as obesity and diabetes, many leaders are pointing to the benefits of eating fresh and locally produced food. But not all communities have good access to fresh food, and many low-income families cannot afford to buy fresh and organically grown food. Toward Food Security For All brings together a panel of experts – farmers, nutritionists, food policy advocates and activists – to highlight some of the urgent food security challenges in our community and creative and effective ways to address them.

Judy Lieberman & Simca Horwitz, Brookwood Community Farm
Vivien Morris, Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
Ellen Parker, Project Bread
Jim Buckle, Allandale Farm
Ashley Stanley, Lovin’ Spoonfuls

Moderator: Louisa Kasdon, Food Editor of Stuff@Night & Founder, Lets Talk About Food, a collaboration with Museum of Science Boston

A simple meal of homemade soup, bread and cider will be served at 6:30pm prior to panel discussion. Suggested donation $5. This program is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Contact or call 617-967-4578


Friday, November 18
9–11 a.m.
Theodore H. White Seminar on the Press and Politics with
Tad Devine, Democratic media consultant for presidential campaigns; founder, Devine Mulvey; IOP Fellow;
Thomas Frank, 2011 Nyhan Prize recipient; author and columnist, Harper's magazine;
Nia-Malika Henderson, national political reporter, The Washington Post;
Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History, Harvard University; staff writer,The New Yorker;
Mark McKinnon, Republican communications strategist; columnist, The Daily Beast;
Reidy Fellow, Shorenstein Center;
Andrew Sullivan, blogger and political commentator; The Daily Beast; 2011 Theodore H. White Lecturer;
Alex S. Jones, moderator, Shorenstein Center Director.
Harvard, Nye ABC, Taubman Building, 5th Floor, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge


Energy History Workshop: Units, Ideas, and Images in the History of Energy
Friday, November 18, 2011
9:15am - 4:30pm
Center for History and Economics, CGIS, 61 Kirkland Street, Room 24, Cambridge
The workshop seeks to explore changes in the depiction, understanding, and measurement of energy in the early modern and modern periods. How did people think about energy in relation to natural forces and economic processes? What were the competing ideas about the nature of energy and its relation to work? Why do we use the units we do today when quantifying energy and why were alternative units discarded? In considering these questions, the workshop also aims to examine how new ideas about society and political economy have, in turn, influenced the history of energy production and consumption as well as larger social and environmental processes. This workshop is part of an ongoing series of events on the global and comparative history of energy, with the support of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Contact Name: Philipp Lehmann
Panel 1: 9.15am - 10.30am

Power of the State: The Political Economy of Energy Projects

Discussant: Alison Frank (Harvard University)

Lisa J. Powell (University of Texas at Austin)
Coal Mining and Corn Farming: Evolution of Energy Landscapes in Western Kentucky

Marc Landry (Georgetown University)
'White Coal': Alpine Water and Power at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Casey P. Cater (Georgia State University)
Regenerating Mastery: Depictions of Electric Power in the Early Twentieth-Century American South

Panel 2: 10.45am - 12.00pm

Coping with Crises: Scarcity, Meltdowns, and the Promise of Renewable Energy

Discussant: Ian Miller (Harvard University)

Finis Dunaway (Trent University)
Power Struggles: Energy Crises, Environmentalism, and the Limits of Visual Democracy in 1970s America

Daniel A. Barber (Columbia University)
Visualizing Renewable Resources: Architecture and Alternative Energy at Mid-Century

Victor Seow (Harvard University)
Fuel Famine: The Spectre of Scarcity in Interwar Japan

12.00pm -1.30pm Lunch at CGIS S-422

Panel 3: 2.00pm - 3.15pm

Measuring the Immeasurable?: Units and the Quantification of Energy

Discussant: Paul Warde (University of East Anglia)

David Zylberberg (York University)
Dozens or Chaldrons: Units of Sale and Fuel Relationships in England, 1750-1830

Joe Lawson (Academica Sinica, Taiwan)
The Man-Equivalent Day in China: An Intercultural History of a Unit in Agricultural Economics

Jeffrey Womack (University of Houston)
Measuring Uncertainty: Radiation Terminology in the 20th Century

3.30pm -4.30pm Roundtable


Friday, November 18
12:30pm - 1:20pm
HSPH Kresge Building, Room 502, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Environmental Health Special Seminar: "Greenland as an Environmental Health Laboratory"
Philippe Grandjean, MD, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health, HSPH and Professor, Environmental Medicine, University of Southern Denmark; and Henning Pedersen, MD, PhD, District Medical Officer at the Primary Health Care Clinic in Nuuk, Greenland


Japan Roundtable 2011 The Great East Japan Earthquake - Innovating for the Future
Friday, November 18, 2011
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)
Tufts, ASEAN Auditorium, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Ave, Medford

Moderator Kelly Sims Gallagher, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy, The Fletcher School
Opening Remarks Takeshi Hikihara, Consul-General of Japan in Boston
Key Note Speech Partha Ghosh, Visiting Professor of Strategic & Innovation Management, The Fletcher School
Presentations Hirotaka Takeuchi, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School
Taiji Furusawa, Professor of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Associate of Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
John Yoshinari, Chief Operating Officer, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
Bruce Everett, Associate Professor of International Business, The Fletcher School
James Platte, Ph.D. Candidate, The Fletcher School, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, The Harvard Kennedy School

Panel Discussion
Facilitator:Partha Ghosh
Panelists: Taiji Furusawa, John Yoshinari, Bruce Everett

Light refreshments will be served (SUSHI)

Event Concept
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, March 11, 2011, devastated East Japan and its economy. We lost more than 15 thousands people due to the disaster and still many people are missing. Even worse, the accident of nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daiichi, hit its energy supply and the economy, damaging people’s livelihood and the environment of the region. Since Japan’s natural resources is very scarce, nuclear energy has been important pillar for energy supply as well as its economy. After the earthquake, Japan has tackled big challenges, including responses to the accident of the nuclear power plant, energy supply shortage issue and reconstruction of the economy. Now Japan has to design mid and long-term strategy of energy and the economy for shaping the future of the country. In this round table, we will review the nuclear accident and past nuclear policy and discuss challenges of the future energy and the economy of Japan and how it can realize reconstruction and further development under many constraints.

Japanese policy on nuclear energy before the disaster and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident
Impact of the accident on nuclear power policy in Japan and countries that have nuclear power plants
Future energy structure in Japan under constraints caused by the disaster
Recovery and development of the Japaense economy and Business

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A Conversation with Gay Talese
WHEN Fri., Nov. 18, 2011, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, The Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series
SPEAKER(S) Author and journalist Gay Talese in conversation with Chris Jones, writer-at-large for Esquire magazine
CONTACT INFO Paige Williams:
NOTE Join the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series for an afternoon with narrative journalism icon Gay Talese. Talese will join in conversation with Esquire magazine writer-at-large Chris Jones, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award. Talese, who has inspired and influenced countless journalists, is author of "Frank Sinatra Has A Cold," named the best Esquire story of all time. A book signing will follow the talk.


Friday, November 18, 2011
MIT Building E51-095

Plant Transfers, Bio-invasions, and Biodiversity: An African Historical Perspective
Speaker: William Beinart, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History

Web site:

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): History Office
For more information, contact:
Margo Collett


Saturday, November 19, 2011
OrigaMIT - Origami Mini Convention
MIT, Many Rooms
Many origami organizations host origami conventions. At conventions, many models are taught to attendees at an array of classes. Additionally, there is an exhibition for people to show their works, and a place to purchase origami paper and books. OrigaMIT will be hosting a mini, one day convention on MIT's campus this Fall. More details to come!

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Origamit
For more information, contact:


Saturday, Nov. 19
9 am to 1 pm
1 Holton & Bower, West Medford, MA 021551

Medford, MA Weatherization Barnraising

We're working primarily in houses of worship this year because:
They tend to be such energy hogs (no insulation, 1,000 watt bulbs, etc.) that we can save a lot of energy in them with just a few hours work.
In this economic meltdown they deliver so many critical services to the community like food pantries, preschools and AA meeting space.
Lowering their energy bills helps the whole community, while helping the environment.

In this case, our next barnraising is at Shiloh Baptist Church (, serving a predominantly low-income congregation, in Medford on Saturday, November 19th at 9 am.

Sign up now at
Help out, both Medford and the planet. It's a great way to start the weekend.


Saturday, November 19
12:30 - 5pm
Boston College, Robsham Theater Arts Center

Cyberspace and Civic Space." The Impact of the Internet on Our Democracy. A symposium.
A more transformative and far-reaching technology has never been invented. And yet the Internet's unparalleled potential to educate and empower citizens is being thwarted by other interests. How does the Internet influence our politics, society and culture? How can we ensure that cyberspace allows room for a safe and robust civic space? How might we minimize its potential harms? Join a distinguished group of scholars and journalists, activists and innovators for an examination of these increasingly important questions.

Each session is 75 minutes which includes 25 minutes for Q&A. Books by our panelists will be available for purchase, and a book signing will take place at the end.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011
MIT McCormick Private Dinning Room

Lecture Series: Empowering the Teachers
Speaker: Deborah Ebem, Olumide Babatope Longe, Osemekhian Innocent Omoifo, Jayeola Opadiji
Informal discussion with Nigerian professors from MISTI: Empowering the Teachers. Discussion about education and where Nigeria is, are we behind? if so, how can we catch up?

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Nigerian Students Association

For more information, contact:
Ugboh, Chika


How Finance Went Wrong, and How to Fix it: Some Worthwhile Canadian Initiatives — A Special Seminar To Celebrate the Publication of "Re-Creating Canada: Essays in Honor of Paul Weiler"
WHEN Mon., Nov. 21, 2011, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE East Dining Room, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
SPEAKER(S) Randall Morck, Stephen Jarislowsky Distinguished Chair in Finance, University of Alberta
COST Free and open to the public and off the record
NOTE This is a special seminar to celebrate the new publication of "Re-Creating Canada: Essays in Honor of Paul C. Weiler."


Population Aging and Its Macroeconomic Consequences Around the World
WHEN Mon., Nov. 21, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
SPEAKER(S) Ronald Lee, Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Family Professor of Economics, professor of demography, director, Center on Economics and Demography of Aging, University of California, Berkeley


Monday, November 21, 2011


MIT Building 26-100


GWAMIT and WGS are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a screening of the documentary Miss Representation at MIT! The film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average women to feel powerful herself.

The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and has been showing at sold-out screenings around the country. There will be a screening and short moderated discussion afterwards about the film.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, Graduate Women @ MIT

For more information, contact:




Harvard Fall Freecycle

Wednesday, Nov.30th, 2011
9am-10:30am: drop off items
11am-2pm: browse, take and celebrate

Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin, 1st Fl. Lobby, 33 Oxford St.

Freecycle is back! Don’t trash your office leftovers, freecycle them! File folders, cabinets, printers/cartridges, books, lamps and other office supplies. Please, NO: TVs, computers, large electronics, or large furniture. Save big items for Craigslist, the ReuseList or Harvie.

Please bring items to donate on the day of the event (9-10.30am). All leftover items will be donated to local charities.


“Winning the Clean Energy Race”: Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy
Wednesday, November 30, 12:00-1:00pm
Morss Hall, Walker Memorial
Lunch will be served following Secretary Chu's remarks.

The MIT Energy Club and MIT Energy Initiative are pleased to welcome U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to MIT who will be giving an address on November 30, 2011 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST on "Winning the Clean Energy Race."

Registration is now open at and we highly encourage you register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot. The event is open to all MIT personnel, student and faculty from other neighboring universities, professionals, and other members of the community.

Speaker Biography

As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu is charged with helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to invest in clean energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, address the global climate crisis, and create millions of new jobs.

Dr. Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997). He has devoted his recent scientific career to the search for new solutions to our energy challenges and stopping global climate change - a mission he continues with even greater urgency as Secretary of Energy.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Chu was the Director of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he led the lab in pursuit of alternative and renewable energy technologies. He also taught at the University of California as a Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology. Previously, he held positions at Stanford University and AT&T Bell Laboratories.




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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