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Energy (and Other) Events - March 19, 2017

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Details of all these events are available when you scroll past the Index.

Monday, March 20

12pm  PAOC Colloquium - Brian Rose (U Albany)
12pm  Coupling between the land and atmosphere: new insights from models and observations
12pm  Limits of Bioenergy for Carbon Mitigation
3pm  IMES Special Seminar: Bioelectronic Devices for Personalized and Precision Medicine: From Wearable Biosensors to Medical Nanorobots
4pm  xTalks/DUET "Evaluating Learning with Evidence - Not Just Course Evaluation Forms
4pm  Kelman Seminar: “Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence”
4:30pm  Experiences in open government: how civic technology and cross-sector dialogue can contribute to knowledge societies
6:30pm  John T. Dunlop Lecture in Housing and Urbanization: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
7pm  Thirty Seconds to Midnight movie 

Tuesday, March 21 

8:30am  Get Smaaht: Grid Modernization in Mass
12pm  Water Club Lunch and Learn:  Over-extraction of ground-water and the role in triggering earthquake
12pm  The Things of the Internet
12:30pm  Japan, South Korea, and the Nuclear Umbrella
1pm  5th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum:  Waste Not, Want Not:   Water & Wastewater in Our Commonwealth
4pm  Third Annual William F. Brace Lecture with David Grinspoon:  Earth in Human Hands: A Cosmic View of Our Planet’s Past, Present and Future
4pm  User Heuristics: Clinical Decision Support Systems for Advocacy
4:15pm  Moving EPA Forward in an “Unhealthy” Climate
5:30pm  Learning, Adaptation, and Climate Uncertainty: Evidence from Indian Agriculture
5:30pm  Driving Change: Autonomous & Electric Vehicles
6pm  Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing
7pm  The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution:  Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic
7pm  Organs-on-Chips:  Creating a Living System to Emulate Human Biology and Disease\
7pm  Connecting with Inner Peace in an Agitated World

Wednesday, March 22

11am  Materials Science in the Information Age
11:30am  Drones for Delivery: Distributing Critical Medical Supplies in Rwanda
1pm  Climate Change and Global Health Seminar featuring Joel Schwartz, PhD
4pm  The First Decade of Sea Ice Seasonal Prediction
5pm  MIT Water Night
6pm  20 Questions on Shock Events with Heather Cox Richardson
6pm  A Colony in a Nation
6:30pm  Civil Liberties and Privacy in the Digital Age

Thursday, March 23

8:30am  Emerging Trends Series: Cybersecurity & the 21st Century Electricity System
11:30am  Strangers in Their Own Land: A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild
11:45am  On the Tenth Anniversary of the Great Financial Crisis: What Financial Stability Reforms Must Be Preserved?
12pm  Fake News, Concrete Responses: At the Nexus of Law, Technology, and Social Narratives
12pm  Environmental Public Interest Litigation in China: Cases and Reform
12pm  The Future of EU Security Policy and Transatlantic Relations
3:30pm  Building Energy Efficiency Regulations in China: Policies and Trends
4pm  The Affordable Care Act: Past, Present and Future: A lecture by William B. Schultz, General Counsel of HHS, 2011-2016
4pm  @POTUS/@Candidate – Social Media from the Campaign Trail to the White House
4:30pm  Clean Energy – A View from “The Swamp”
5pm  Starr Forum: Racing to the Precipice: Global Climate, Political Climate
5pm  The Networked Sensory Landscape Meets the Future of Documentary
6pm  Using Social Media for Activism
6pm  A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild
6pm  Networking the Ocean: Using Technology to Study Real-Time, In Situ Marine Processes
6pm  Let's Get Local: Attracting Capital to Local Energy Projects
6pm  RPP Colloquium: Islam, Tradition, and Resources for Nonviolent Conflict Transformation
6pm  Exploring the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Demos & Drinks
7pm  The Imagineers of War:  The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World
7pm  We the People: Local Voices Ask ‘What’s Next?

Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26

iV: The Ivy League Vegan Conference

Friday, March 24

9am  The Future of Renewable Energy In New England
10:30am  Algorithmic Accountability
11am  Teaching Climate, Inspiring Action
12pm  Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund Info Session
12:10am  Natural history and the nature of ecological communities
12:30pm  Marijuana: The Latest Scientific Findings and Legalization
2pm  DataRescue Boston at Northeastern
3pm  Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment
3:30pm  Living with Water Seminar
4:30pm  Future of Autonomous Driving
7pm  A Meeting of Land and Sea:  Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard

Saturday, March 25

10am  Violence In Boston Community Town Hall
10am  Careers in Conservation 2017
11am  Music Summit 2017: The Future of Music - Sounds of Disruption

Sunday March 26

12pm  6th annual Boston Jewish Food Conference
6pm  Michal Kravčík on Reversing Floods, Droughts and Global Warming

Monday, March 27

12pm  Which Social Cost of Carbon?
12:10pm  Leaf-out in northern hemisphere woody plants — insights from experiments and herbaria
12:15pm  Eco Swaraj: Can India’s Model of the Micro Transform Development for the 21st Century?
12:30pm  Race and Policing: State and Local Perspectives
4:15  Progressive Federalism: How State Attorneys General Are Fighting Travel Bans, Protecting Rights and Defending Democratic Institutions
5:15pm   Poverty and Inequality: Societal and Psychological Costs
6pm  Resisting Tyranny: Lessons from the European 20th Century
6pm  Artist Talk @ Le Lab: Daniel Faust
7pm  Connecting with the Enemy

Tuesday, March 28

9am  Arts Matter Advocacy Day
11:30am  Building Resilience: Economic Displacement & Climate Justice Symposium
12pm  Speaker Series: Masha Gessen
12pm  Virtual Competition: The Promise and Perils of the Algorithm-Driven Economy
2:15pm  GERMANYforYou: Social Media Translates "Germany" for Refugees
4pm  Connectography: Parag Khanna Talk
4:15pm  Health and Urban Resilience: Understanding Health Equity in the City
5pm  How To End Floods and Drought: Soaking Up the Rain, Cooling the Earth – a general introduction to The New Water Paradigm
5pm  Biology and Climate Change
5:30pm  The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy
5:30pm  Reimagining Refugee Solutions: An open house event with RefugePoint
6pm  Boston Green Drinks March Happy Hour with Environment Massachusetts
6:30pm  Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth & Populism in America’s First Gilded Age
7pm  The Grapes of Wrath


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

[Homeric Hymn] To Earth [also known as Gaia], Mother of All


Monday, March 20

PAOC Colloquium - Brian Rose (U Albany)
Monday, March 20
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

About the Speaker
I am broadly interested in the behavior of the climate system at the global scale. My research is oriented toward fundamental questions such as: What factors control the global mean temperature and its equator-to-pole gradient? Why has Earth's climate been more variable during some periods of the deep geological past than others? Is the climate unique, or does the Earth system possess multiple equilibria? By studying the fundamental underlying rules governing the climate system, we build a deeper understanding of the past and future evolution of climate on Earth, and other planets as well.

Attempting to answer these questions inevitably involves studying the often-surprising interactions among different components of the climate system: atmosphere, ocean, ice, etc. I have broad training in both atmospheric science and oceanography, and I am particularly interested in coupled atmosphere-ocean climate dynamics over long time scales. I also have a special interest in polar climate and ocean-sea ice interaction.

My work typically takes a building blocks approach, trying to build understanding of the complex climate system through judicious simplication. I explore ideas using hierarchies of idealized atmosphere-ocean models, ranging from simple mathematical descriptions to complex coupled numerical calculations.

Some specific ongoing research interests and projects include:
Modeling the effects of ocean heat transport and heat uptake on surface temperature and climate sensitivity
The dynamics of past warm climates
Multiple equilibria in the climate system
Ocean - sea ice interaction in cold climates
Oceanography of Snowball Earth
The observed vertical structure of heat fluxes into the Arctic

About the Series
The PAOC Colloquium is a weekly interdisciplinary seminar series that brings together the whole PAOC community. Seminar topics include all research concerning the physics, chemistry, and biology of the atmospheres, oceans and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars take place on Monday from 12-1pm in 54-923. Lunch is provided after the seminars to encourage students and post-docs to meet with the speaker. Besides the seminar and lunch, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. 2016/2017 co-ordinators: Tom Beucler (, Deepa Rao (, Madeleine Youngs ( and Catherine Wilka (


Coupling between the land and atmosphere: new insights from models and observations
Monday, March 20
Harvard, Geological Museum Haller Hall (102), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Kaighin McColl, Ziff Environmental Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard

Strong coupling exists between the land surface and atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). Therefore, modeling and prediction of state variables at or near the land surface, such as temperature, humidity, or vegetation biomass, requires a full understanding of the state of the ABL. However, modeling the ABL is difficult because it is turbulent, and because surface fluxes are heterogeneous. Due to these difficulties, models often exhibit substantial biases at the land surface, precisely where predictions are most relevant to humanity. In this talk, I will present results from high-resolution simulations of an idealized ABL, which demonstrate that large-scale turbulent motions contribute significantly to turbulent fluxes at the land surface, contrary to existing theory used in climate model parameterizations. This demonstrates that the land surface and the ABL are more tightly coupled than previously thought. I will also present results using new soil moisture observations from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission. I use these observations to globally map regions in which soil moisture-precipitation feedbacks can occur; and to estimate a key land-atmosphere coupling parameter used in climate models, related to water-limited evapotranspiration. I will discuss these results in the context of future challenges and opportunities for understanding land-atmosphere interactions.


Limits of Bioenergy for Carbon Mitigation
Monday, March 20
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge 

with Alexandre Strapasson, Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science/Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS. Lunch is provided.

Energy Policy Seminar 

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


IMES Special Seminar: Bioelectronic Devices for Personalized and Precision Medicine: From Wearable Biosensors to Medical Nanorobots
Monday, March 20
MIT, Building 34-401A, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Wei Gao
The rising clinical and basic research interest in personalized and precision medicine promises to revolutionize traditional medical practices. This presents a tremendous opportunity 
for developing bio-electronic devices toward predictive analytics and treatment. In this talk, I will introduce fully integrated biosensors for multiplexed in-situ perspiration analysis and then I will discuss the propulsion and applications of the synthetic nanorobot.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): IMES
For more information, contact:  IMES


xTalks/DUET "Evaluating Learning with Evidence - Not Just Course Evaluation Forms"
Monday, March 20
MIT, Building 10-105, Bush Room, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof David Pritchard

The xTalks series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

"Evaluating Learning with Evidence - Not Just Course Evaluation Forms"

Sponsor(s): Office of Digital Learning, xTalks: Digital Discourses, Teaching and Learning Laboratory
For more information, contact:  Molly Ruggles


Kelman Seminar: “Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence”
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 20, 2017, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room, S-020, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Religion
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
SPEAKER(S)  Sheila Katz
Professor of Middle East History and Contemplative Studies
Berklee College of Music, Boston
DETAILS  Sheila Katz is author of "Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence" (University of Texas Press, 2016), the first comprehensive history of grassroots efforts to forge nonviolent alternatives to the lethal collision of these two national movements. Her first book, "Women and Gender in Early Palestinian and Jewish Nationalism" (University Press of Florida, 2003), investigates the origins of this conflict through the transformation of gender and national identities during the first half of the 20th century. Before coming to Berklee, she taught at Harvard for eight years where she organized programs on Middle Eastern women. She has published numerous articles and reviews in places such as Kandiyoti’s, Gendering the Middle East, the Arab Studies Journal, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Lilith Magazine, among others. Katz holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University in fine arts (studio and history) and both a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard University in Middle East studies.


Experiences in open government: how civic technology and cross-sector dialogue can contribute to knowledge societies
Monday, March 20
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Emilie Reiser (MIT) and Gisele Craveiro (USP), moderator: Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar
Part of the MIT-Brazil Exchange Series. 
We will hear from MIT and Brazilian researchers, recipients of an MIT-Brazil program's Lemann Seed Fund grant for early stage collaboration. In this conversation they will share experiences from two projects in Brazil that bring together different sectors to address problems through the use of citizen data collection tools and innovative ways to access public information. The collaborators will also share some of the key findings from Promise Tracker and Caring for my Neighborhood. 
We will recruit MIT students interested in going to Brazil this summer as part of this project. 

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MIT Brazil
For more information, contact:  Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar


John T. Dunlop Lecture in Housing and Urbanization: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 20, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 48 Quincy Street, Piper Auditorium, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
DETAILS  Since taking office in 2014, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has made his mark in Boston and, increasingly, on the national stage as well. A former leader of Boston's construction trade unions who also served as a state representative, Walsh has made housing and community development central to his efforts to ensure that Boston is a "thriving, healthy, and innovative" city with "equality and opportunity for all."
In 2014, the new administration released "Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030," which stated that Boston needed to create 53,000 housing units to accommodate the city's growing population. The city is expected to soon top 700,000 people for the first time since the 1950s and, in keeping with this plan, had permitted almost 20,000 new units by 2016 and was reviewing plans for about 20,000 more.
The city, which built a state-of- the-art shelter for homeless people, is also developing strategies to effectively end chronic homelessness and has launched Imagine Boston 2030, which will produce Boston's first comprehensive plan in over 50 years.
In addition, the Walsh administration has undertaken notable efforts to keep Boston at the forefront of the global innovation economy, to strengthen its schools, expand opportunities for historically disadvantaged communities, improve police-community relations, and address Boston's troubled history of race relations.
In recent months, Mayor Walsh has also emerged as an important voice in national debates about immigration and other key federal policies and programs that could greatly affect residents, neighborhoods and communities in Boston and other cities.


Thirty Seconds to Midnight movie 
Monday, March 20
The Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston near Copley Square.  

Thirty Seconds to Midnight by Regis Tremblay, covers three threats to all life on this planet: nuclear weapons, nuclear war, and the
ongoing climate catastrophe. It features interviews with such impressive activists and authors as Dr. Helen Caldicott; Ray McGovern; Chris Hedges; Ann Wright; Peter Kuznick (co-author and producer of Oliver Stone’s “Untold History of the United States); and David Vine.  

Regis Tremblay will be at the showing and it should be an interesting discussion.

Tuesday, March 21 

Get Smaaht: Grid Modernization in Mass
Tuesday, March 21
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
50 Milk Street, 18th Floor "Hemingway Room,” Boston
Cost:  $45 – $65

Join us for a trip into the future. Learn about the electric grid that we see today and opportunities for investment on both the wires’ side and buildings’ side. Where is development is needed, planned, and in process? How do grid modernization technologies stack up against each other? How do smart buildings (green buildings) fit into the grid of the future and what opportunities might there be with time of use metering, energy storage financing, and data management?
Let's talk about electric vehicles and the demand / support that they can provide with a smart grid. How is this energy industry transforming? Is analytics as a service going to be a communication with office managers and facility staff or will a cloud-based service possibly control our building? Will batteries be used to level loads on stressed electricity feeders?

How does what we do in Massachusetts compare to progress in other states? California, Texas and Illinois have the lead but what might happen in MA to make our grid the pacesetter?

This is part of our Market Leadership Series where we encourage the professional in the room to drive the conversation and share their questions and perspective for a robust session.

Advisement: This conversation will be led by Chapter member Ben Pignatelli from the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). Ben's presentation will not reflect the views of the DPU nor will he be able to speak on behalf of the Department. His presentation will outline publically available information and the science supporting it.

About the Speaker - Ben Pignatelli:
As a technical staff member in the Electric Power Division at the DPU Ben works on regulatory and market issues associated with energy efficiency, grid modernization, and competitive electricity supply. He has evaluated the MassSave program, is reviewing public utility grid modernization plans, and reviews municipal electricity aggregation plans. Ben also manages regulatory relations with electricity supply companies through investigations, licensing, and market animation initiatives. He has held previous roles with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the City of Boston. Ben is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and holds an MBA from Boston University and a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in Political Science.


Water Club Lunch and Learn:  Over-extraction of ground-water and the role in triggering earthquake
Tuesday, March 21
MIT, Building 1-150, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Anna Rogers
Come join the MIT water club for an informative lecture from Anna Rogers on "Over-extraction of ground-water and the role in triggering earthquake." Free lunch will be served!

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Water Club
For more information, contact:  Brendan Smith


The Things of the Internet
Tuesday, March 21
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Event will be live webcast at at 12:00 pm

As the internet connects makers, manufacturers and shippers across supply chains, a new form of producing and distributing global objects is arising, one that relies more on bottom up networks than top down oversight. When you look carefully, you see the signs of them: in the US, they might be t-shirts with hashtags on them, pussyhats at marches, and creative protest signs, and in Shenzhen, China, we see a plethora of hardware objects, such as selfie sticks, hoverboards and e-cigarettes, that rapidly reach global markets. What sorts of objects do new forms of hardware culture enable, and what role does the internet now play in all steps along the way, from ideation to sales to manufacturing to shipping? How might we now incorporate physical objects into our notions of internet memes? And what does this suggest about the future of object culture more generally?

About An
An Xiao” Mina is a technologist and writer who looks at issues of the global internet and networked creativity. As a Berkman Klein Fellow, she will study the impact of language barriers in our technology stack as the internet extends into diverse communities around the world, and she will continue her ongoing research on global internet meme culture.

Mina leads the product team at Meedan, where they are building digital tools for journalists and translators, and she is co-founder of The Civic Beat, a research collective focused on the creative side of civic technology. She serves as a contributing editor to Civicist, an advisory editor to Hyperallergic, and a governing board member at China Residencies.

She has spoken at venues like the Personal Democracy Forum, ACM SIGCHI, Creative Mornings, the Aspen Institute, RightsCon and the Institute for the Future, and she has contributed writing to publications like the Los Angeles Review of Books, Fusion, the New Inquiry, Nieman Journalism Lab, Places Journal and others.

Recently a 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow, where she studied online language barriers and their impact on journalism, Mina is currently working on a book about internet memes and global social movements (working title: "Memes to Movements"), to be published by Beacon Press.


Japan, South Korea, and the Nuclear Umbrella
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Terence Roehrig, Professor of National Security Affairs and Director, Asia-Pacific Studies Group, U.S. Naval War College
COST  Free and open to the public


5th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum:  Waste Not, Want Not:   Water & Wastewater in Our Commonwealth
Tuesday, March 21
1:00 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

The 5th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum, hosted by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. in honor of World Water Day, will carry through on this year's theme of water and wastewater as the Commonwealth prepares for numerous challenges ahead.
The forum will encourage all participants to pose questions, add their insights, and think about new designs, systems and resource uses. 
Participants may join us for one or more segment of this program.

5th Annual Massachusetts Water Forum Program
1:00 pm Opening Remarks
Fred Laskey, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
1:15 pm Keynote Speaker, Kate Kennen, ASLA. Founder/Owner of Offshoots, Inc.
Kate Kennen, ASLA, is a dynamic speaker, thinker and doer. She will bring a host of innovative ideas about solving wastewater issues along with beautiful images to inspire. Founder of award-winning design practice focused on productive planting techniques and phytotechnology consulting, Offshoots, Inc. and coauthor of acclaimed book, PHYTO: Principles of Site Remediation & Landscape Design, Ms. Kennen brings a fresh perspective to the world of water and wastewater.
1:50 pm Panel Discussion Begins
Austin Blackmon, City of Boston, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space
Dr. Wafa Koelbel, Geo-Technical Engineer
Kate England, Boston Water & Sewer Commission
Prof. Joseph Hunt, Harvard University Extension School
3:00 pm Networking Break
3:15 pm Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 1: Wastewater Innovation
Ben Myers, Sustainabilty Manager, Boston Properties
Jeremy Lacey, CEO, Phoenix Revolution,Inc.
Maureen Albright, Director of Engineering, TAJ Hotel
Chitra Dwarka, Biomimicry Roraima of Guyana
Breakout Session 2: Design and Legislation
Scott Bishop, Northeastern University/Bishop Land Design 
Breakout Session 3: Resilient Water Systems: Keep Wastewater out of Our Groundwater
Kate Kennen, ASLA, CEO and Founder, Offshoots,Inc.
Dr. Wafa Koelbel, Geo-Technical Engineer
Breakout Session 4: Wastewater for Food & Energy
Bruce Fulford, Principal, City Soil
Franziska Amacher,FAIA, Amacher & Associates, Architect
5:00 pm Networking Reception


Third Annual William F. Brace Lecture with David Grinspoon:  Earth in Human Hands: A Cosmic View of Our Planet’s Past, Present and Future
Tuesday, March 21
MIT, Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: David Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute

The newly established "William F. Brace Lecture Series" honors the legacy of "legend in rock physics" and former Department Head Bill Brace, who passed away in 2012. 

What are we doing here on this planet? Can a deep-time and deep-space viewpoint help us gain the perspective to create a sustainable civilization? In this talk, David Grinspoon will illuminate the unusual nature of the “Anthropocene,” our current time of human-driven planetary changes, in order to reframe our environmental predicaments as part of a larger narrative of planetary evolution. 

This saga has now reached the pivotal moment when humans have become a major agent of global change, and geological and human history are becoming irreversibly conjoined. Is this a likely or even inevitable challenge facing other complex life in the universe? Possible implications for SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) will be considered, as well as the choices our civilization faces in seeking to foster a wisely managed Earth. 

If you plan to attend this lecture REGISTRATION is encouraged. 

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Brandon Milardo


User Heuristics: Clinical Decision Support Systems for Advocacy
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Harvard, Ash Center, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Room 226, Cambridge

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellows to develop your digital toolkit.

Led by Trevor Davis, Chief Technical Officer, People's Action and CEO/Founder, ToSomeone

Ash Center Technology and Democracy Workshop Series


Moving EPA Forward in an “Unhealthy” Climate
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer 166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  Can you get good things done in government these days?
We will discuss what it takes to make progress as a public servant working at the local, state and federal levels in today’s “unhealthy” climate. What skills, temperament and background are necessary to survive as a political appointee in the hot seat in an era of charged political rhetoric, fake news and alternative facts.


Learning, Adaptation, and Climate Uncertainty: Evidence from Indian Agriculture
Tuesday, March 21
5:30 PM 
MIT, Building E19-319

Namrata Kala is the 2015 Prize Fellow in Economics at Harvard University. Her research interests are environmental and development economics. Her current research projects include studying how firms and households learn about and adapt to environmental change, private sector returns to environmental technologies, and the returns to worker training and incentives.
She received her PhD in environmental economics from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale. She also holds a BA (Honors) in Economics from Delhi University, and an MA International and Development Economics from Yale University.

Abstract: The profitability of many agricultural decisions made in the developing world depends on farmers' abilities to predict the weather. In this paper, I study how farmers learn about a weather-dependent decision, the optimal planting time, using rainfall signals. To capture the potential uncertainty caused by climate change, I develop an empirical framework to estimate, and find support for, a general robust learning model in which farmers believe that the rainfall signals they observe are drawn from an unknown member of a set of (unspecified) stochastic processes near an approximating model. My estimates show that the learning behavior described by the model allows farmers to adapt more optimally (form better forecasts) relative to standard Bayesian learning which does not account for model misspecification.


Driving Change: Autonomous & Electric Vehicles
Tuesday, March 21 
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
MIT, Building 32, Room 123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 - $30 

Warning: The Future of Transportation is Closer Than it Appears

A CleanTech event
‘A transportation revolution is underway and the main question about autonomous vehicle (AV) technology is “how fast are they coming?” The forecast is that AVs are expected to constitute around 50% of vehicle sales, 30% of vehicles, and 40% of all vehicle travel by 2040’ - Journal of Modern Transportation, Dec 2016

There has been much discussion of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and the potential benefits to our everyday transportation lives, but what about the impact of AVs on our infrastructure?  What are the implications on the built environment, and energy?  How will we prepare and what are the opportunities for innovation?

This panel will explore how rapidly evolving technological advances in the transportation sector will impact mobility and energy consumption in urban centers. Specifically, the benefits of vehicle autonomy, vehicle electrification, sharing and scenarios where unintended consequences may bring new challenges.

Moreover, autonomous vehicles may increase safety and provide mobility to those who cannot drive, but that may increase the number of vehicles on the streets, worsening traffic in urban centers and increasing energy consumption.

Join our discussion to learn about the following issues and pose your own questions:

How will the grid adapt to enable electric vehicles?
Will electric vehicles (EV’s) become an extension of the grid, providing power and battery support? Will this enable new revenue streams and financing models?
Are advanced transportation solutions likely to increase or decrease CO2?
What can cities do to set a firm foundation for autonomous vehicles, how long might that take in a city like Boston, what steps are involved?
Will AV’s involve new ownership models: shared, public, private?

Jane Lappin, Director, Public Policy and Government, Toyota Research
Ryan Chin, CEO, Optimus Ride
Josh Westerhold, Renault-Nissan Alliance Future Lab
Nikolaus Lang, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Jascha Franklin-Hodge, CIO, City of Boston
A companion MITEF event to be held on April 6, 2017 will delve deeper into Wireless Charging which could be a key enabling infrastructure technology for electric vehicles. More info coming soon!


Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing
Tuesday, March 21
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
BU Hillel Foundation, 213 Bay State Road, Boston

While the macro-level mechanics and structures of genocide are most often our focus of study, at its heart, genocide happens because individual humans choose to kill other individual humans in large numbers and over an extended period of time. Who are the killers on the frontlines of genocide and how are do they come to do such extraordinary evil? Based on interviews with over 200 rank-and-file perpetrators, this presentation will focus on the ordinary origins of these killers and the processes by which they become capable of such atrocities. Understanding these processes can be vital to resolving current conflicts as well as preventing the future occurrence of genocide. 
Dr. James Waller is Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, home to the nation’s only undergraduate major in Holocaust and genocide studies. He also serves as Director of Academic Programs for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. His most recent books include Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing (2007) andConfronting Evil: Engaging Our Responsibility to Prevent Genocide (2016), both published by Oxford University Press.


The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution:  Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic
Tuesdday, March 21
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Vanderbilt Law School's GANESH SITARAMAN, author of The Counterinsurgent's Constitution, for a discussion of his latest book, The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic. 
About The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution

In this original, provocative contribution to the debate over economic inequality, Ganesh Sitaraman argues that a strong and sizable middle class is a prerequisite for America’s constitutional system. 
For most of Western history, Sitaraman argues, constitutional thinkers assumed economic inequality was inevitable and inescapable—and they designed governments to prevent class divisions from spilling over into class warfare. The American Constitution is different. Compared to Europe and the ancient world, America was a society of almost unprecedented economic equality, and the founding generation saw this equality as essential for the preservation of America’s republic. Over the next two centuries, generations of Americans fought to sustain the economic preconditions for our constitutional system. But today, with economic and political inequality on the rise, Sitaraman says Americans face a choice: Will we accept rising economic inequality and risk oligarchy or will we rebuild the middle class and reclaim our republic? 
The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution is a tour de force of history, philosophy, law, and politics. It makes a compelling case that inequality is more than just a moral or economic problem; it threatens the very core of our constitutional system.


Organs-on-Chips:  Creating a Living System to Emulate Human Biology and Disease
Tuesday, March 21
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Le Laboratorie Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge

Human “Organs-on-Chips” use microscale engineering technologies that when combined with cultured living human cells create microengineered systems that recapitulate the physiological and mechanical microenvironment of whole living organs. These microengineered systems enable the study of complex human biology and disease in a more predictive human-relevant system. Each Organ-on-Chip is composed of a clear flexible polymer about the size of a USB memory stick that contains hollow channels lined by living human cells. The cells are cultured under continuous flow and mechanical forces thereby recreating key factors known to influence cell function in vivo. Cells cultured under continuously perfused, engineered 3D microenvironments go beyond conventional 3D in vitromodels by recapitulating in vivo intercellular interactions, spatiotemporal gradients, vascular perfusion, and mechanical microenvironments. Integrating cells within Organ-on-Chips, enables the study of normal physiology and pathophysiology in an organ-specific context. Cellular/molecular level resolution is enhanced and demonstrates key insights into the mechanisms of action of drug induced toxicity. In this presentation we will highlight studies from collaborative efforts across our Human Emulation System with various academic and industry partners to demonstrate the utility of the system as a more predictive human-relevant alternative for efficacy and safety testing of new chemical entities in humans. We will also explore the future, one in which Organ-Chips personalized with your own living cells has the potential to transform your medical care and how you manage your health. Let’s imagine You-on-a-Chip.

Speaker Bio:  Geraldine A. Hamilton, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer, Emulate, Inc.
Dr. Hamilton works at the intersection of design, biology and engineering. She led development of the human “Organs-on-Chips” technology during her residency within the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Organs-on-Chips has been published in leading scientific journals, curated into New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and awarded Product Design of the Year 2015 by London’s Design Museum.
Today, Hamilton is the President and Chief Scientific Officer at Emulate, Inc. The company’s new living system emulates human biology and predicts human response with greater precision and detail than today’s cell culture or animal-based testing approaches. Emulate’s system is being used by industry, government and academia to understand how different diseases, medicines, chemicals and foods affect human health.
Hamilton is also leading a bold new precision medicine and personal health initiative with Emulate’s clinical partners - named “Patient-on-a-Chip”. The program is developing unique human-chips personalized with an individual’s own living cells - to help transform the way each of us can understand our own body, and manage our own health.
Hamilton has co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and numerous patents.


Connecting with Inner Peace in an Agitated World
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Andover Chapel, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Buddhist Ministry Initiative
CONTACT Julie Barker Gillette: 617.496.5586
DETAILS   H.E. Dza Kilung Jigme Rinpoche is a Tibetan meditation master known for his depth, sincerity, and delightful warmth.  His 2015 book The Relaxed Mind: A Seven-Step Method for Deepening Meditation Practice is the fruit of 17 years' teaching in the West.

Wednesday, March 22

Materials Science in the Information Age
Wednesday, March 22
11:00am to 12:00pm
Harvard, Pierce Hall 209, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Dogus Cubuk
The study and design of new materials have always benefited from previous measurements and calculations available in literature. With the recent availability of large databases and ever-increasing computational resources, incorporating all relevant data is becoming impossible with traditional tools. I will talk about my recent work on utilizing machine learning to study complex materials phenomena and design new energy materials. I will mainly focus on data-driven, unified models for kinetic and mechanical properties of disordered solids, which span over 7 orders of magnitude in constituent size and have vastly different inter-particle interactions, from atoms to grains. 


Drones for Delivery: Distributing Critical Medical Supplies in Rwanda
Wednesday, March 22
11:30 - 12:45 PM
MIT,  Building 66-154, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Kevin Etter, Director of the UPS Foundation Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program
Please join the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Working Group at MIT for a lunch seminar with Kevin Etter, Director of the UPS Foundation Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program. Mr. Etter will be speaking about UPS' partnership with Californian start-up, Zipline, and non-profit, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance — using drones to deliver critical medical supplies in Rwanda. Lunch will be provided.

Through a partnership between UPS, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Zipline, drones are being used to deliver critical medical supplies, such as blood for transfusions, from cities to rural or remote locations in Rwanda where the lack of transportation infrastructure causes millions of preventable deaths each year. Mr. Etter will highlight the innovative and operational aspects of the initiative as well as provide background on a unique public private partnership funding strategy. 

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Working Group 


Climate Change and Global Health Seminar featuring Joel Schwartz, PhD
Wednesday, March 22
1 pm
Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church Street, Cambridge

Lunch provided.


The First Decade of Sea Ice Seasonal Prediction
Wednesday, March 22,
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Speaker: Cecilia Bitz, University of Washington
Within the last decade, extremely low Arctic summer sea ice cover in some years has prompted new research on predicting sea ice conditions a season or more in advance. There are several promising sources of predictability associated with aspects of the sea ice that vary relatively slowly and the integral of coupled interactions with the atmospheric and ocean over many months. The sea ice circulates in large-scale gyres, which transport anomalies with some regularity. However, like most short-term prediction problem, good initialization and post processing are essential, yet remain challenging. I will review the rapid advances on this important topic that have evolved since The Sea Ice Outlook began collecting and reporting predictions in 2008.

About the Speaker
I am a Professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Department and part of theProgram on Climate Change and the Future of Ice Initiative, all at University of Washington.

My research interests include:
The role of sea ice in the climate system and high-latitude climate and climate change.
The predictability of Arctic sea ice. I co-lead the Sea Ice Prediction Network 
Global coupled climate modeling. Including integrations at very high resolution. Check out our animations of a century long control at 1/10 degree sea ice and ocean at


MIT Water Night
Wednesday, March 22
MIT, Walker Memorial, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Register and Submit an Abstract for posters by March 12th! We have six poster presentation categories. All graduates, undergraduates and professionals are welcome to present their water work or just attend the event. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best posters in each category! 
The Water Night brings together faculty, industrialists and students, both within and outside MIT and provides them with a chance to present their latest achievements and research in water-related fields though a research showcase and poster session.


20 Questions on Shock Events with Heather Cox Richardson
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Emerson Hall 210, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Featuring:  Heather Cox Richardson, Professor of History, Boston College
Steven Biel, Executive Director, Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
Bart Bonikowski, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Claudine Gay, Dean of Social Science, Harvard University
James Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University
Richard Tuck, Frank G. Thomas Professor of Government, Harvard University
Homi Bhabha, Director, Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
CONTACT INFO, 617-495-0738


A Colony in a Nation
Wednesday, March 22
6:00 PM
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston
Cost:  $5 - $28.00

Chris Hayes in conversation with JABARI ASIM and FRANK RUDY COOPER moderated by ANTHONY BROOKS
Harvard Book Store welcomes Emmy Award–winning MSNBC news anchor CHRIS HAYES, author of the New York Times bestselling book Twilight of the Elites, for a panel discussion on inequality in America and his latest book, A Colony in a Nation. Hayes will be joined in conversation by Emerson College's JABARI ASIM and Suffolk University Law School's FRANK RUDY COOPER. WBUR's ANTHONY BROOKS will moderate the evening's conversation.

Please Note
This event does not include a book signing. Books available for purchase and pickup at the event are pre-signed editions of A Colony in a Nation, specially bound by the publisher.

All pre-sales tickets include a copy of A Colony in a Nation, admission into the event, and a $5 coupon for use in the bookstore. Pre-sales tickets (online only) are available for two weeks, after which a $5 ticket option will also go on sale. Books bundled with pre-sale tickets may only be picked up at the venue the night of the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand.

$5 tickets will also be available at Harvard Book Store and over the phone at 617-661-1515. Unless the event is sold out, any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door of the venue when doors open.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.


Civil Liberties and Privacy in the Digital Age
Wednesday, March 22
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont Street, first floor function room, Boston

Join the ACS Boston Lawyer Chapter and the Suffolk Law School Student Chapter for a panel discussion followed by Q&A. 

Matt Segal, Legal Director, ACLU, Massachusetts
Matthew Segal has been legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts since 2012, and has litigated cases on wrongful convictions, privacy, the criminalization of poverty, the First Amendment, and immigrants’ rights. His key cases at the ACLU include Louhghalam v. Trump, which yielded a groundbreaking order temporarily halting President Trump’s Travel Ban, Commonwealth v. Augustine, which made Massachusetts the second state to recognize constitutional protections for cell phone location data, and Bridgeman v. District Attorney, which challenges convictions in roughly 24,000 cases implicated by the Annie Dookhan drug lab scandal. Previously, as an assistant federal defender in Asheville, North Carolina, Matt argued federal criminal appeals. One of those appeals led to hundreds of exonerations and resentencing and was profiled in the USA Today investigation Locked up but Innocent?
Matt was named a 2015 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and in December 2016 he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A., in mathematics and sociology, from Brandeis University.

Vivek Krishnamurthy, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic
Vivek Krishnamurthy is the Assistant Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. A public international lawyer by training and background, Vivek’s clinical teaching focuses on the regulation of the internet as a cross-border phenomenon and on the human rights impacts of internet-based technologies. He advises activists, journalists, governments, and technology companies on these questions and has spoken about the intersection between the internet and human rights at conferences and symposia around the world.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Vivek holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He clerked for the Hon. Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada and currently serves on the board of directors of the Global Network Initiative. Prior to joining the Cyberlaw Clinic, Vivek was an associate in the Corporate Social Responsibility and International Litigation practice groups at Foley Hoag LLP.

Caitriona Fitzgerald, CTO and Policy Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Caitriona Fitzgerald is Chief Technology Officer and Policy Director for EPIC. In her capacity as EPIC Policy Director she provides expertise to shape strong privacy and open government laws at both the state and federal level. Her work as CTO focuses on improving EPIC's web presence. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Caitriona is building a Boston-area presence for EPIC. She recently co-authored The Secret Ballot at Risk: Recommendations for Protecting Democracy, a report highlighting the right to a secret ballot and how Internet voting threatens voter privacy.

Prior to joining EPIC, she served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Massachusetts State Senator Barry R. Finegold. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, and earned her bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Caitriona is a member of the Massachusetts bar. 
Moderated by: 
Christopher Hart,  Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP
Chris Hart’s practice centers on three areas: civil commercial and business litigation, data privacy and cybersecurity, and representation of foreign sovereigns in U.S. courts and international tribunals. Chris has represented Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, individuals, and sovereign nations in a wide variety of contexts for over a decade. As a civil litigator in U.S. courts, Chris has helped obtain successful outcomes for clients both before, at, and after trial. He has, for example, defended national law firms against allegations of legal malpractice and employment discrimination; represented sovereign nations against private litigants; defended large corporations in patent infringement suits; and defended against large and complex claims arising out of lengthy construction contracts. Chris has represented sovereign nations in international tribunals, private companies in state and federal administrative proceedings, individuals and companies involved in law enforcement investigations, and defendants in criminal courts. He is also an experienced appellate litigator, having briefed and argued cases in state and federal appeals courts throughout the country, including arguing before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. 

Chris has significant experience in data privacy and cyber security issues, having advised companies - from Fortune 500 to start-ups - on a broad array of topics, such as regulatory compliance, data breach planning and response, and risk management (including cyber insurance). He has also counseled several companies in their responses to data breaches. Chris is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity issues, especially those concerning litigation liability and general risk exposure, and is a co-editor of and frequent contributor to Foley Hoag’s blog, Security, Privacy and the Law. He is a member of the firm’s Cyber incident Response Team.  

Thursday, March 23

Emerging Trends Series: Cybersecurity & the 21st Century Electricity System
Thursday, March 23
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
Mintz Levin, 1 Financial Center, Boston
Cost:  $0 – $50

While not new, cybersecurity is an evolving threat to energy security, reliability and the shift to a 21st century electricity system. As the electricity sector has evolved in recent decades, both the influx of distributed energy resources on the grid and recent attacks on electric grids around the world (e.g., Ukraine in 2015) make this expanding threat more relevant than ever.
How can energy innovation help address this threat, how can clean energy businesses manage the risk of a cyber attack to the grid, and how does public policy play a role in the effort to enhance the cybersecurity of a 21st century grid?
Our panel will include...
John Doernberg, Boston Cyber Practice Leader, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Scott DePasquale, CEO, Utilidata. Chairman of the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission and Board Member of the Washington DC-based Internet Security Alliance (ISA)
Tom Getz, Counsel Administrative Law Department, McLane Middleton, former New Hampshire PUC Chair
Cynthia Larose, Chair, Privacy & Security Practice, Mintz Levin. Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) (moderator)
A. Stewart Rose, President, ThreatReady Resources
NECEC’s Emerging Trends Series are networking and educational events that discuss hot topics, growing markets and emerging trends in the clean energy industry. Forums are hosted at NECEC Sponsor offices and free to NECEC Members and Sponsors.


Strangers in Their Own Land: A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild
Thursday, March 23
MIT, Building E15-070, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Arlie Hochschild
Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss her new book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. Audience discussion will follow and a light lunch will be served. Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, and The Outsourced Self.

Mens et Manus America 
An initiative to address social, political, and economic challenges

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: n/a 
Sponsor(s): MIT Sloan MBA Student Affairs, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sloan School of Management
For more information, contact:  Catherine Gamon


On the Tenth Anniversary of the Great Financial Crisis: What Financial Stability Reforms Must Be Preserved?
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Paul Tucker, Chair of the Systemic Risk Council and Deputy Governor, Bank of England (2009-2013)
CONTACT INFO Lunch will be served, please RSVP to


Fake News, Concrete Responses: At the Nexus of Law, Technology, and Social Narratives
Thursday, March 2
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West (Room 2019, second floor)
Lunch will be served. RSVP not required.

This event is being cohosted by Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Join panelists Sandra Cortesi, Nathan Matias, An Xiao Mina, and Jonathan Zittrain with moderation by Martha Minow.
The propagation of misinformation, “fake news,” or propaganda has sparked much investigation into its causes and a thorough mapping of the surrounding problem space. Solutions, however, have been in short supply. The human predilection towards conspiratorial thinking, the “stickiness” of rumors, and the largely ineffective efforts to educate or debunk due to the fact that repetition engenders familiarity and confidence in accuracy, which ultimately foment more extreme views, indicate that a purely technological “silver bullet” solution is unlikely.

Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to convene a lunch panel that draws from our interdisciplinary ecosystem of experts to discuss the ways in which we might craft tools and solutions at the nexus of law, technology, and the social sciences. Panelists will explore issues such as the normative roles of platforms in the dissemination of “fake news,” the role of law in regulating or influencing policies and practices to mitigate this phenomenon, and tools that may chip away at certain challenges within the broader context of problems within the media ecosystem and broader trends in digital media.

About Dean Minow
Martha Minow, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, where her courses include civil procedure, constitutional law, family law, international criminal justice, jurisprudence, law and education, nonprofit organizations, and the public law workshop. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict.

Besides her many scholarly articles published in journals of law, history, and philosophy, her books include The First Global Prosecutor: Promise and Constraints (co-edited, 2015); In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Constitutional Landmark(2010); Government by Contract (co-edited, 2009); Just Schools: Pursuing Equality in Societies of Difference (co-edited, 2008); Breaking the Cycles of Hatred: Memory, Law and Repair (edited by Nancy Rosenblum with commentary by other authors, 2003); Partners, Not Rivals: Privatization and the Public Good (2002); Engaging Cultural Differences: The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracies (co-edited 2002); Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence(1998); Not Only for Myself: Identity, Politics and Law (1997); Law Stories (co-edited 1996); Narrative, Violence and the Law: The Essays of Robert M. Cover (co-edited 1992); and Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law (1990). She is the co-editor of two law school casebooks, Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice and Context (3rd. edition 2008) and Women and the Law (4th edition 2007), and a reader, Family Matters: Readings in Family Lives and the Law (1993).

Minow serves on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Countering Violent Extremism.  She served on the Independent International Commission Kosovo and helped to launch Imagine Co-existence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies. Her five-year partnership with the federal Department of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology worked to increase access to the curriculum for students with disabilities and resulted in both legislative initiatives and a voluntary national standard opening access to curricular materials for individuals with disabilities.   Her honors include: the Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award (2016), Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, Brandeis University (2016); nine honorary degrees (in law, education, and humane letters) from schools on three continents; the Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse, awarded by the College Historical Society of Trinity College, Dublin, in recognition of efforts to promote discourse and intellectualism on a world stage; the Holocaust Center Award; and the Sacks-Freund Teaching Award, awarded by the Harvard Law School graduating class.

In August 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Minow to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, a bi-partisan, government-sponsored organization that provides civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. The U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment on March 19, 2010 and she now serves as Vice-Chair. She co-chaired its Pro Bono Task Force. She also served as the inaugural chair of the Deans Steering Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and as a member of the American Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission.  She previously chaired the board of directors for the Revson Foundation (New York) and now serves on the boards of the MacArthur Foundation and other nonprofit organizations. She is a former member of the board of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Iranian Human Rights Documentation Center, and former chair of the Scholar’s Board of Facing History and Ourselves. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences since 1992, Minow has also been a senior fellow of Harvard’s Society of Fellows, a member of Harvard University Press Board of Syndics, a senior fellow and twice acting director of what is now Harvard’s Safra Foundation Center on Ethics, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society. She has delivered more than 70 named or endowed lectures and keynote addresses, including most recently the 2016 George W. Gay Lecture at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics.

Minow co-chaired the Law School’s curricular reform committee from 2003 to 2006, an effort that led to significant innovation in the first-year curriculum as well as new programs of study for second- and third-year J.D. students.

After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Minow received a master’s degree in education from Harvard and her law degree from Yale. She clerked for Judge David Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States. She joined the Harvard Law faculty as an assistant professor in 1981, was promoted to professor in 1986, was named the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Law in 2003, became the Jeremiah Smith Jr., Professor of Law in 2005, and became the inaugural Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor in 2013. She is also a lecturer in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her husband, Joseph W. Singer, is the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and their daughter, Mira Singer, is a writer and artist.  Minow enjoys watching and discussing movies and keeping in touch with current and former students.

About Sandra Cortesi 
Sandra Cortesi is a Fellow at the Berkman Center and the Director of Youth and Media. She is responsible for coordinating the Youth and Media’s policy, research, and educational initiatives, and is leading the collaboration between the Berkman Center and UNICEF. At Youth and Media Sandra works closely with talented young people and lead researchers in the field as they look into innovative ways to approach social challenges in the digital world. Together with Berkman Center’s Executive Director Urs Gasser and the Youth and Media team, she focuses on topics such as inequitable access, information quality, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, and spaces for participation, civic engagement, and innovation.

Sandra supports the following Berkman projects and initiatives: Youth and Media, Student Privacy Initiative, Digital Problem-Solving Initiative, and Coding for All.

About Nathan Matias 
Nathan Matias, a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab, designs and researches civic technologies for cooperation across diversity. At the Berkman Center, he will be applying data analysis and design to the topics of peer-based social technologies, creative learning, civic engagement, journalism, gender diversity, and creative learning.

Nathan's current projects include Open Gender Tracker,, NewsPad, and Sambyuki Watts. A full project list is at

At Texperts, Nathan was on the startup team that scaled microwork systems to reach customers and workers on four continents. At SwiftKey, he helped develop one of the premier text entry systems for mobile, currently used by millions of people. At Microsoft Fuse Labs, he developed novel systems for collaborative neighborhood journalism. Nathan was also the founding Chief Technical Advisor of the Ministry of Stories, a creative writing center in London.

Nathan regularly liveblogs talks and events. He also publishes data journalism with the Guardian Datablog and PBS IdeaLab. He also facilitates #1book140, The Atlantic's Twitter book club, and frequently hosts live Twitter Q&As with prominent writers. He coordinated the Media Lab Festival of Learning in 2012 and 2013.

Before MIT, Nathan completed an MA in English literature at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Davies Jackson scholar and wrote two theses on African literature and the psychology of interactive fiction. In earlier years, he was Riddick Scholar and Hugh Cannon Memorial Scholar at the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He won the Ted Nelson award at ACM Hypertext 2005 with a work of tangible scholarly hypermedia. He was made a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Manufacturing in 2013.

About An Xiao Mina 
An Xiao” Mina is a technologist and writer who looks at issues of the global internet and networked creativity. As a Berkman Klein Fellow, she will study the impact of language barriers in our technology stack as the internet extends into diverse communities around the world, and she will continue her ongoing research on global internet meme culture.

Mina leads the product team at Meedan, where they are building digital tools for journalists and translators, and she is co-founder of The Civic Beat, a research collective focused on the creative side of civic technology. She serves as a contributing editor to Civicist, an advisory editor to Hyperallergic, and a governing board member at China Residencies.

She has spoken at venues like the Personal Democracy Forum, ACM SIGCHI, Creative Mornings, the Aspen Institute, RightsCon and the Institute for the Future, and she has contributed writing to publications like the Los Angeles Review of Books, Fusion, the New Inquiry, Nieman Journalism Lab, Places Journal and others.

Recently a 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow, where she studied online language barriers and their impact on journalism, Mina is currently working on a book about internet memes and global social movements (working title: "Memes to Movements"), to be published by Beacon Press.

About Jonathan Zittrain
Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia, and as part of the OpenNet Initiative co-edited a series of studies of Internet filtering by national governments: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering; Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace; and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American.  He has served as a Trustee of the Internet Society and as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader. He was a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, and previously chaired the FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee. His book The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It predicted the end of general purpose client computing and the corresponding rise of new gatekeepers.  That and other works may be found at <>.


Environmental Public Interest Litigation in China: Cases and Reform
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Morgan Courtroom, Austin 318, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR East Asian Legal Studies (HLS), the Environmental Law Program and the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy, and Environment
SPEAKER(S)  Barbara Finamore ’80, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
DETAILS  EALS lunchtime talk


The Future of EU Security Policy and Transatlantic Relations
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CES, 27 Kirkland Street, Harvard University, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Goldman Room
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR European Union Study Group
SPEAKER(S)  Ludwig Blaurock, Counselor for Political and Military Affairs, Security & Development Section in the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America
CONTACT INFO  Jessica Barnard,
DETAILS  Ludwig Blaurock joined the EU Delegation to the USA in September 2015 as counsellor for political and military affairs after having served in various positions in the German Foreign Service. Most recently (2012-2015), Ludwig was Consul at the German Embassy in Tel Aviv, where he led the Consulate and additionally was responsible for Human Rights and other occupation-related issues in the Israeli-Palestinian context.
A light lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.


Building Energy Efficiency Regulations in China: Policies and Trends
Thursday, March 23
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, China Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

China Project Research Seminar

Co-sponsored by the China Project, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Contact Name: Tiffany Chan


The Affordable Care Act: Past, Present and Future: A lecture by William B. Schultz, General Counsel of HHS, 2011-2016
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  William B. Schultz is a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where he represents healthcare consumers, payers and providers with complex regulatory issues before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), other federal agencies, and the courts. He also assists generic drug companies, nonprofit organizations and other clients with matters before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the courts. From March 2011 to June 2016, Schultz served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he was legal counsel to two HHS secretaries on all legal matters and managed an office of 500 lawyers across 8 offices, covering 10 regions across the country. HHS administers $1 trillion per year in federal programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. The office of general counsel is responsible for all litigation where HHS is a party, ensuring regulations and policy decisions are consistent with the law, reviewing legal issues involving appropriations, and ensuring ethical rules are followed.

Previously, Schultz has also been deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice; deputy commissioner for policy for the FDA; the counsel to the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment (Rep. Henry A. Waxman, chairman), Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives; and an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group. Schultz holds a BA from Yale University and a JD from the University of Virginia.
COST  Free
DETAILS  Enacting universal healthcare was a 65 year project, which cost two Presidents control of Congress and jeopardized their chance for reelection. From the time the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010 to the end of President Obama’s second term, its repeal was the number one priority of the Republicans in Washington, and it was deeply unpopular across the nation. Now that the Republicans have control of all branches of government, the repeal agenda is complicated by the new support for the law by voters and some Republican governors. This lecture will discuss the complicated politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act and the policy options for the future.


@POTUS/@Candidate – Social Media from the Campaign Trail to the White House
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Institute of Politics, 79 JFK Street, Littauer 166, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Sarah Hurwitz
COST Free and Open to the Public
Social media was a driving force behind Barack Obama's successful campaign in 2008, and since then it has been an increasingly important part of both campaign and White House communications. How can presidents and presidential candidates best use social media to reach the American people and people around the world?
Guest Speaker
Katie Dowd – Senior Digital Advisor, Hillary Campaign
Tanya Somanader (via Skype) – Director of Rapid Response & International Engagement, White House Digital Strategy Office


Clean Energy – A View from “The Swamp”
Thursday, March 23 
Harvard, Littauer 275, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

It should be an interesting session with Kevin Knobloch, former President of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the U.S. DOE


Starr Forum: Racing to the Precipice: Global Climate, Political Climate
Thursday, March 23
MIT, Building 26-100, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Noam Chomsky

Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube.

CIS Starr Forum 
A public events series on pressing issues in international affairs, sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies.

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served 
Can't attend in person? Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube. 
For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact:


The Networked Sensory Landscape Meets the Future of Documentary
Thursday, March 23
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

At its heart, documentary cinema has always been an experimental medium. Its evolution has been driven on the one hand by the creativity and interests of the media maker and on the other by technological invention and the evolution of particular sensing, imaging and display technologies. 

Today, the arrival of expanded sensing technologies is reshaping the documentary opportunity. In a new work-in-progress, DoppelMarsh, developed in the Responsive Environment Group at the Media Lab, data from a dense network of diverse environmental sensors are mapped to deliver "a sense of being there" in a re-synthesized, ever-changing landscape. 

Speaker Glorianna Davenport is a co-founder of the Media Lab where she directed the Interactive Cinema Group (1987-2004) and the Media Fabrics Group (2004-2008). In 2008, she turned her attention to transitioning a 600 acre cranberry farm in Plymouth Massachusetts into restored wetlands and conservation property. In 2011 she founded Living Observatory, a collaborative of research partners including the Responsive Environments Group at the Media Lab to develop a long-term study of this property and create experiences that invite the public to witness ecological change across this landscape in transition. Davenport is a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre


Using Social Media for Activism
Thursday, March 23
Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at (617) 661-6900
Cost: $20 - $30

Learn how to use the power of social media to raise awareness and funding for social causes.

Activists are increasingly using the power of social media to raise awareness about particular issues and to raise funding for their cause. In this workshop, you will explore several case studies of effective social media campaigns employed by activists and will discuss the future trends in social media activism. Instructor: Patricia Egessa

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of or involvement with social media platforms is strongly recommended.


A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
Harvard Institute of Politics
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Arlie Hochschild
Author, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Archon Fung (Moderator)
Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School


Networking the Ocean: Using Technology to Study Real-Time, In Situ Marine Processes
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit
SPEAKER(S)  John Delaney, Professor of Oceanography and Jerome M. Paros Endowed Chair in Sensor Networks; Principal Investigator and Director, Regional Scale Nodes Program, University of Washington
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO 617-496-1027,
DETAILS  Studying complex deep-sea processes is a challenging task, but a new network of robotic sensors installed in some of the most remote ocean areas promises to revolutionize ocean science and education. John Delaney will discuss the development of this network and how it enables real-time interdisciplinary research on once-inaccessible natural phenomena in the world's oceans, such as migration patterns, erupting volcanoes, undersea earthquakes, and storms. Understanding these environmental phenomena makes it possible to analyze their impact on the evolution of marine organisms.


Let's Get Local: Attracting Capital to Local Energy Projects
Thursday, March  23
131 Cambridge Street, Boston

Encouraging and empowering people to act locally binds together the local fabric of a community. People build thriving communities when they invest locally. The entire community benefits when small businesses and investors recirculate their dollars in the local economy.

This is something we all hear too often – “shop local”, “think global, act local”. But how often do we apply this framework to our energy use? How often do we turn on our light switch without thinking about where it comes from? Local energy empowers communities to work together to make effective investments, leveraging the support and incentives offered by utilities and the state and federal governments. Come learn about moving capital to local energy projects and building up value in the local economy.

Join Climate Action Business Association for a panel discussion featuring:
Charlie Lord of Renew Energy Partners, Principle
Isaac Baker, Founder of Resonant Energy
Richard Andre, President of  Vineyard Power Cooperative
Kevin Dutt, Managing Director of Boston Impact Initiative
Moderator: Eric Grunebaum, clean energy consulting via Cambridge Energy Advisors and co-founder of toggle

6:00-6:30 Networking
6:30-7:00 Panel Introductions
7:00-7:30 Panel Q&A
7:30-8:00 Networking


RPP Colloquium: Islam, Tradition, and Resources for Nonviolent Conflict Transformation
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Religions and the Practice of Peace; The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University
DETAILS  Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium Dinner Series
Space is limited. RSVP is required.
The Islamic tradition and Muslim communities have rich and long legacies of teachings, practices, and precedents for prioritizing nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation.  Join us as two leading scholar-practitioners discuss theological, spiritual, and practical resources for peace in Islamic scripture and tradition, historical cases, and implications for our contemporary world. 
 Dr. A. Rashied Omar, Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame; MA, Kroc Institute; MA, PhD, University of Cape Town, will speak on “Justice and Compassion: Embodying the Core Values of Peacebuilding in Islam”
Afra Jalabi, vicechair, Board of the Day After Association; PhD student, Concordia University; MA, Carleton University; BA, McGill University, will speak on “In Search of the Lost Hero: The ‘Muslim’ as a Peace-Maker: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Islamic Nonviolence and its New Possibilities”
Prof. Jocelyne Cesari, Professor of Religion and Politics, director of research, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, Birmingham University; Senior Fellow, Berkley Center, Georgetown University; lecturer, Harvard Divinity School 

A. Rashied Omar earned an MA and PhD in religious studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an MA in peace studies from Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, where he is now a core faculty member. Omar’s research and teaching focus on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religion for constructive social engagement and interreligious peacebuilding. He is coauthor with David Chidester et al. of Religion in Public Education: Options for a New South Africa (UCT Press, 1994), a contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2015), and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Macmillan Reference USA, 2016). During Notre Dame’s spring semester, Omar teaches a popular course on the Islamic ethics of war and peace as well as peace studies courses. For the remainder of the year, he serves as field research advisor to Kroc Institute’s master’s students in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to being a university-based researcher and teacher, Omar serves as Imam (religious minister) at the Claremont Main Road Mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, a trustee of the Healing of Memories Institute in South Africa, a member of the Interfaith Council for Ethics Education, Arigatou International in Japan, and an advisory board member for Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa.
Afra Jalabi is a member of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement. She is the vice-chair of the Board of the Day After Association—a Syrian NGO that created a transitional plan with a group of Syrian academics and human rights activists for a post-regime Syria.She is currently doing her Ph.D at Concordia University in the Department of Religion, writing her dissertation on Quranic hermeneutics and nonviolence in Islam. She has been working closely with her uncle, Jawdat Said, a prominent Islamic scholar who has been writing on peace and nonviolence from a Muslim perspective since the 60s. She is a frequent lecturer on issues related to Islam, nonviolence and gender, and was the first woman of an Arab background to lead public prayers and give Jum'a and Eid sermons. She has participated in many international conferences and appeared in Arab, American and Canadian media. Jalabi is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Religion at Hamline University, and has worked as a columnist in the Arab Press for the last 16 years. Before the Syrian revolution she was a signatory in the Damascus Declaration and was one of the founding members of the Syrian National Council. She has a master's degree in journalism from Carleton University and a B.A in Anthropology and Political Science from McGill University.
Jocelyne Cesari holds the Chair of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is senior research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center on Religion, Peace and World Affairs. She teaches on contemporary Islam at the Harvard Divinity School and directs the Harvard interfaculty program “Islam in the West”. Her most recent books are:  The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Islam in Western Liberal Democracies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Her book When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) is a reference in the study of European Islam and integration of Muslim minorities in secular democracies. She edited the 2015 Oxford Handbook of European Islam. She coordinates a major web resource on Islam in Europe:


Exploring the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Demos & Drinks
Thursday, March 23
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
WeWork South Station, 745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, though still in their infancy, are poised for rapid growth this year. From virtual assistants to fraud protection, this cutting edge technology has tremendous potential to transform our day-to-day lives in 2017.
Tech in Motion Boston is excited to showcase those companies on the verge of bringing this growing technology to the next level! 
Join us on Thursday, March 23rd at WeWork South Station for our classic Demos & Drinks event - AI edition! There is no formal agenda for this event - attendees arrive, grab a bite to eat, a drink, and interact with the various companies showcasing their products and technology. 

Demo Companies
Confirm makes authenticating a drivers license or ID fast, easy and secure. Our software integrates in minutes to confirm a person’s identity for any transaction that benefits from proof of identity.
DataRobot offers an enterprise machine learning platform that empowers users of all skill levels to make better predictions faster. Incorporating a library of hundreds of the most powerful open source machine learning algorithms, the DataRobot platform automates, trains and evaluates predictive models in parallel, delivering more accurate predictions at scale. DataRobot provides the fastest path to data science success for organizations of all sizes. 
Evolv Technology is the creator of the world’s most advanced threat detection system, Evolv Mosaiq™. This system is an adaptable, open architecture, security platform that combines artificial intelligence (AI) and human IQ to provide unprecedented protection against today’s threats and tomorrow’s uncertainties.
NAO is an educational tool unlike any other- daring young minds to dream about the future of robotics. NAO is portable and approachable, inviting people to interact with it in a way that allows STEM and research topics to come to life. Standing at 58 cm, NAO uses a number of sensors, sonars and interactive applications to spark the minds of students of all ages.
Neurala puts deep learning neural networks into the hands of developers with The Neurala Brain and an easy-to-use Software Developers Kit. Originally developed for NASA, our artificial intelligence software makes robots, drones, toys, consumer electronics, self-driving cars and smart devices (IoT) more autonomous, engaging and useful. Products developed with Neurala and an ordinary camera can learn people and objects, recognize them in a video stream, find them in the video, and track them as they move.


The Imagineers of War:  The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World
Thursday, March 23
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes The Intercept's national security editor and Radcliffe Institute fellow SHARON WEINBERGER for a discussion of her latest book, The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World—an authoritative account of the Pentagon agency that has quietly shaped war and technology for nearly sixty years.
About The Imagineers of War

Founded in 1958 in response to the launch of Sputnik, DARPA has been responsible for countless inventions and technologies that have evolved from the agency's mission: forward-thinking solutions to the Pentagon's challenges. Sharon Weinberger gives us a riveting account of DARPA's successes and failures, useful innovations and wild-eyed schemes: we see how the nuclear threat sparked investment in computer networking, which led to the Internet, as well as plans to power a missile-seeking particle beam by draining the Great Lakes . . . how, in Vietnam, DARPA developed technology for the world's first armed drones and was also responsible for Agent Orange . . . how DARPA's recent success with self-driving cars is counterbalanced with its disappointing contributions to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Weinberger has spoken to dozens of former DARPA and Pentagon officials—many of whom had never been interviewed before about their work with the agency—and synthesized countless documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The result is a riveting history of a meeting point of science, technology, and politics.


We the People: Local Voices Ask ‘What’s Next?
March 23
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Note: Please Register for Priority Seating. First come, first serve. Please claim your seat by 6:45 PM.

The Cambridge Public Library and TheEditorial present, We the People: Local Voices Ask What’s Next 

This event is the first in an Our Path Forward series presented by the Library to affirm its commitment to public discourse and democracy during a period of change and uncertainty. Structured as a panel of leading voices and experts from the community, conversation will touch on topics such as immigration, civil rights, journalism and mass incarceration.

The program will consist of a panel discussion, as well as opportunities for comments and questions from the audience. Confirmed speakers include:

Claire Messud, American novelist and literature and creative writing professor, currently a Senior Lecturer at Harvard. Best known as the author of the novels The Emperor’s Children and The Woman Upstairs.

Ron Sullivan, Jr., a leading theorist in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, trial practice and techniques, legal ethics, and race theory. He is the faculty director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute and the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Miguel de Icaza, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft focusing on mobile developer tools. He co-founded Xamarin in 2011 and Ximian in 1999, both with Nat Friedman. Miguel co-founded the GNOME project in 1997, and has directed the Mono project since its creation in 2001, including multiple Mono releases at Novell. Miguel has received the Free Software Foundation 1999 Free Software Award, the MIT Technology Review Innovator of the Year Award in 1999, and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 innovators for the new century in September 2000. In 1997, he was interviewed by Microsoft for a position but lacked the university degree to obtain a work H1-B Visa. Today he is one of the most respected voices in Open Source. Born in Mexico, de Icaza became a US Citizen in 2015.

Susan Church, chair of the American Immigration Lawyers of New England and a partner at the law firm of Demissie & Church. She is a trial and appellate attorney focusing on the intersection of criminal defense and immigration. With the assistance of the ACLU and Mintz Levin law firm, she recently successfully sued President Donald Trump over his travel ban directed against Muslims. Church was one of the early lawyers at Logan Airport the day of the EO by POTUS Trump.

Peter Kadzis, @Kadzis WGBH News, Senior Editor, contributes political analysis, and is part of the trio that produces the Scrum Podcast. He has spent years inside daily newspapers and national magazines before joining the now-defunct Boston Phoenix, where he worked for 25 years—primarily as editor or executive editor. A thoughtful voice on journalism and this political moment in time.

We the People is jointly presented by the Cambridge Public Library and TheEditorial, an independent online interview series with visionaries in the Cambridge/Boston area. The discussion will be moderated by the founder and editor of TheEditorial, Heidi Legg.

Find out more about the Cambridge Public Library’s Our Path Forward series at

Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26

iV: The Ivy League Vegan Conference
Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26
Tickets: Free for Harvard students, faculty, and staff; $20 for other students with valid ID; $50 for Boston community. 

iV: The Ivy League Vegan Conference is an annual professional conference on plant-based diets and bioethics featuring renowned leaders from across the disciplines. Our presenters and invited guests represent a variety of fields including medicine, climatology, policy, industry, finance, and consulting. The iV sessions emphasize innovation, self-critique, and re-examination of veganism as an elegant solution to a host of pressing issues in an increasingly global community.

Attendees can expect an atmosphere of productivity and dialogue as we examine scholarship and industry through a critical lens and endeavor to forge new, ambitious techniques to improve the world around us. With a focus on common goals and a commitment to powerful solutions, we seek to strengthen a professional network to directly and indirectly wield influence in academia, industry, and beyond to shift the paradigm for addressing global issues.

For more information and to register, please visit

Friday, March 24

The Future of Renewable Energy In New England
Friday, March 24
9am - 12:30pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
Cost:  $40 - $80

Renewable Energy Policies, Programs, & Initiatives
Our first panel includes leaders from three New England states:
Secretary Matthew Beaton, MA Energy and Environmental Affairs
Commissioner Carol Grant, RI State Energy Office
Deputy Commissioner for Energy (soon-to-be-named), CT DEEP

They will be discussing major renewable energy related policies, programs, and initiatives in the region and their respective states:
Results of the recent three-state RFP; and design of the forthcoming RFPs for hydro/wind and for off-shore wind
Renewable portfolio standards developments across the states
Massachusetts' emerging new solar framework and Clean Energy Standards
Connecticut's emerging Clean Energy Strategy and unique Green Bank
Rhode Island's innovative Renewable Growth Program

New Renewable Energy-Related Studies 
Our second panel covers major new energy-related studies that look at the potential role of renewables in New England's energy future and consider how they might impact our environment, our electricity markets, and our economy. 

Leading off the panel, Michael Henderson, Director of Regional Planning & Coordination at ISO New England, will discuss ISO's economic study for NEPOOL on renewables. Next up, Bob Grace, President of Sustainable Energy Advantage, will discuss the findings of SEA's ongoing studies on the projected supply and demand of renewables in New England.  Finally, Jamie Howland, Director of Climate and Energy Analysis at the Acadia Center, will present the Center's Energy Vision 2030 study. 


Algorithmic Accountability
Friday, March 24
Harvard, CGIS Knafel K354, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Julia Angwin 
Machines are making a lot of decisions that used to be made by humans. Machines now help us make individual decisions, such as which news we read and the ads we see. They also make societal decisions, such as which neighborhoods get a heavier police presence and which receive more attention from political candidates. Journalist Julia Angwin talks about the challenges of holding machines accountable for their decisions. Read

Speaker: Julia Angwin is a senior reporter at ProPublica. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010. Her book "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," was published by Times Books in 2014, and was shortlisted for Best Business Book of the Year by the Financial Times. Also in 2014, Julia was named reporter of the year by the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. She is also the author of “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America” (Random House, March 2009). She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.


Teaching Climate, Inspiring Action
Friday, March 24
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Northeastern, Alumni Center at Columbus Place, 716 Columbus Avenue, Boston

Organized with Sara Wylie and Sharon Harlan of Northeastern University's Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI)*
Learn from experts and share your ideas and experiences on approaches for teaching students to communicate and take action on climate change. We will discuss methods ranging from community-based education to artistic interventions to policy advocacy. Through a series of lightning talks and brainstorming collaboration, we will explore climate change in a global and local Boston context, including how we can partner locally across academic, non-profit, technology, arts, and policy stakeholders.This event welcomes academics, students, non-profit leaders, community organizations, and government.
Complimentary lunch will be served!
11am - 11:15am: Welcoming Remarks and Game
11:15am - 12:15pm: Lightning Talks and Panel Q & A, moderated by: Sharon Harlan (Northeastern University). Speakers Include:
Dr. Atiya Martin (Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston)
Jane Marsching (Artist, Professor and Sustainability Fellow at Massachusetts College of Art and Design)
David Abel (Journalist, The Boston Globe)
Roseann Bongiovanni (Associate Executive Director, Chelsea Collaborative)
James DeCunzo (Organizer, All Campus Divestment Collaborative)

Paula Garcia (Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists)
More speakers are forthcoming, stay tuned!
12:15pm - 12:45pm: Lunch
12:45-1:30pm: Thematic Breakout Groups
1:30-2pm: Share-backs and Reflections
Contact the Boston Civic Media* Community Manager with any questions ( and spread the word using #bostoncivicmedia.
*What is Boston Civic Media?
Boston Civic Media is a faculty-led network that aims to advance the transdisciplinary domain of civic media research and pedagogy in the Greater Boston Area. This initiative shares knowledge, promotes engaged research, and builds relationships among academics, non-profits, community-based organizations, government leaders, practitioners, and students. Our faculty steering members come from more than ten different institutions across Boston. Higher education institutions and numerous community partner organizations are linked through our syllabi directory and quarterly convenings. We offer support to this budding network through project as well as event coordination. This initiative is housed at the Emerson Engagement Lab and led by professors Catherine D’Ignazio, Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis with coordination from Becky Michelson. It is made possible by the Teagle Foundation and Microsoft Civic Engagement.
*What is SSEHRI? 
The mission of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) is to conduct social science-oriented research, teaching, community engagement, and policy work in the area of environmental health. With 4 core faculty, affiliated faculty at Northeastern and other area universities, 3postdocs, 13 graduate students, and 5 undergraduates, SSEHRI is a hub for collaborative environmental health learning and interest at NU. The Institute trains graduate students and postdocs for community based participatory research aimed at transforming and improving environmental health. At the same time, it provides faculty with a resource to further their existing efforts in those approaches. Integrating environmental health science, sociology, science and technology studies, and community organizations, SSEHRI aims to develop novel approaches to studying environmental health questions, communication of environmental health data and conceptualization of environmental health socially, politically, and scientifically. SSEHRI has multiple grants from NIEHS, EPA, NIH, NSF, and the JPB Foundation.


Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund Info Session
Friday, March 24
MIT, Building 10-105, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come learn about the newly launched Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund in an information session. 

The fund seeks to enable MIT community members to use the MIT campus as a test bed for research in sustainable operations, management and design. The seed funds will enable students, faculty, and researchers to explore the physical facility and social context in which they are working, living and learning. 

Lunch will be provided.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Office of Sustainability
For more information, contact:  Rebecca Fowler


Natural history and the nature of ecological communities
Friday, March 24
12:10 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Robert Ricklefs, Curators’ Professor, University of Missouri at St. Louis


Marijuana: The Latest Scientific Findings and Legalization
WHEN  Friday, Mar. 24, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, The Leadership Studio, Kresge Building, 10th Flr, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health presented jointly with The Huffington Post
Andrew Freedman, Co-Founder and Partner, Freedman & Koski; former Director of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado
Staci Gruber, Director, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core; Director, Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery, McLean Hospital
Marie McCormick, Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Chair, Committee that published Health Effects of Marijuana: An Evidence Review and Research Agenda
Vaughan Rees, Lecturer on Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and addiction specialist
Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post, and an MSNBC contributor
TICKET INFO  Please email to RSVP to this event
CONTACT INFO Kristen Dweck
DETAILS  Legal marijuana is here: California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada became the latest states to legalize recreational marijuana, bringing to 28 the number of states that have okayed the drug for medicinal use, recreational use, or both. Even more states have rules that allow certain kinds of cannabis extracts to be used for medical purposes. At the same time that state legalization is increasing, the Trump administration is signaling that it may ramp up enforcement of federal drug laws, even when they come into conflict with state laws allowing recreational marijuana use. State and local governments may find themselves on uncertain legal ground. Meanwhile, policymakers navigating this new landscape are also working largely without the benefit of a solid foundation of scientific evidence on the drug’s risks and benefits. In fact, a new National Academies report describes notable gaps in scientific data on the short- and long-term health effects of marijuana. What do we know about the health impacts of marijuana, and what do we still need to learn? This Forum brings together researchers studying marijuana’s health impacts with policymakers who are working to implement new laws in ways that will benefit and protect public health.


DataRescue Boston at Northeastern
Friday March 24
Northeastern, Room 90 in the Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue

Contributing to and building on the national DataRescue movement, join Northeastern University Libraries, DataRescue Boston, Boston Civic Media and EDGI to work on projects ranging from archiving federal environment data, to making media campaigns for scientist marches. DataRescue Boston events are an opportunity for civic hackers, scientists, activists, and volunteers of all kinds to identify, back-up, and help preserve at-risk federal data resources in the public interest, in case they are suppressed from public view and use. At this event we will also be developing web-monitoring and data visualization tools as well as media campaigns for science marches.
The current administration has demonstrated an attitude of climate change denial and antagonism toward the scientists, researchers, and civil servants who study and communicate it. We seek to protect vital scientific resources from suppression—archiving them in multiple, redundant repositories so they may be accessed and reused in case they are removed from federal government websites.

Attendees will receive details and information packets via email prior to the event, which will also be accessible on our website.
RSVP and up-to-date information: Please note that due to capacity issues, RSVPs are required.
Bring: Laptops. Food and drinks provided
Folks of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to join. We’re calling on all scientists, data nerds, artists, journalists, librarian, programmers, engineers, advocates, educators, policy-makers and more to imagine alternative forms of climate governance.
Track Overviews:
Surveying: Surveyors research federal departments and affiliated agencies and programs to map the departments. Participants will be supported by volunteer coordinators to write agency primers.
Seeding: Seeders build off of primers written by the Surveys to systematically explore through all websites associated with a federal department.
Harvesting: In partnership with domain and technical experts,harvesters will take the web pages classified by seeders as needing special attention, and figure out ways to download and compile that data.
Bagging: In this track, participants will ensure that the datasets are reasonably complete with appropriate metadata and context. The reviewed datasets will be uploaded to the appropriate live destination repositories.
Storytelling: In addition to documenting the event and communicating stories of it, the storytelling and sign-making tracks, will be addressing some of these additional questions:
What are the best ways to safeguard environmental data?
What art and messaging compels the public to care about environmental stewardship and unifies climate protectors?
How do government priorities impact data’s accessibility?
How might we enable new forms of participatory storytelling on the impact of the environment?
Which projects and research fields depend on federal data?
Which data sets are of value to research and local communities, and why?

2pm - Doors open for pre-orientation for breakout leaders
2:30pm - Opening Remarks
3:00pm - Breakouts
5:00pm - Closing Remarks and Sharebacks


Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment
Friday, March 24
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Carol Steiker, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School
Professor Steiker specializes in the broad field of criminal justice, where her work ranges from substantive criminal law to criminal procedure to institutional design, with a special focus on issues related to capital punishment. Recent publications address topics such as the relationship of criminal justice scholarship to law reform, the role of mercy in the institutions of criminal justice, and the likelihood of nationwide abolition of capital punishment.


Living with Water Seminar
Friday, March 24
3:30PM TO 5:00PM
Harvard, Darman Room, Center for Public Leadership, Taubman Building, First Floor, HKS, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Climate Governance Initiative hosts the next installment of the Living with Water seminar series, a panel discussion focused on coastal infrastructure and climate change adaptation with:
Malcolm Bowman, Stonybrook University
Bill Golden, National Institute for Coastal & Harbor Infrastructure
Jerold Kayden (Moderator), Harvard Graduate School of Design
Kemal Taruc, Tarumenagara University, Jakarta 
Robert Yaro, Regional Plan Association
Many of the world's largest and most productive cities are along the coastline. Due to climate change, many coastal cities like New York, Boston, and Jakarta will have to adapt to rising seas, stronger storms, and harsher rains. As these cities adapt, they have tough choices ahead. And the answers aren't always clear. Join us for a discussion of the difficult choices facing coastal cities today. 

Contact Name:   Sanjay Seth


Future of Autonomous Driving
Friday, March 24
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof. Amnon Shashua, HUJI, Mobileye
Prof. Amnon Shashua holds the Sachs chair in computer science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His field of expertise is computer vision and machine learning. For his academic achievements he received the MARR prize Honorable Mention in 2001, the Kaye innovation award in 2004, and the Landau award in exact sciences in 2005. 

In 1999 Prof. Shashua co-founded Mobileye, an Israeli company developing a system-on-chip and computer vision algorithms for a driving assistance system, providing a full range of active safety features using a single camera. Today, approximately 10 million cars from 23 automobile manufacturers rely on Mobileye technology to make their vehicles safer to drive. 
In 2010 Prof. Shashua co-founded OrCam which harnesses the power of artificial vision to assist people who are visually impaired or blind. The OrCam MyEye device is unique in its ability to provide visual aid to hundreds of millions of people, through a discreet wearable platform. Within its wide-ranging scope of capabilities, OrCam???s device can read most texts (both indoors and outdoors) and learn to recognize thousands of new items and faces.

Brains, Minds & Machines Seminar Series 
(This seminar series was formerly known as "Brains & Machines Seminar Series.")This seminar series is organized by the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) which is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), under a Science and Technology Centers (STCs): Integrative Partnerships award, Grant No. CCF-1231216.Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Tickets: N/A 
Sponsor(s): Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM), McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
For more information, contact:  Kathleen D. Sullivan


A Meeting of Land and Sea:  Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard
Friday, March 24
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Harvard Forest director DAVID R. FOSTER for a discussion of his book, A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard.
About A Meeting of Land and Sea

An eminent ecologist shows how an iconic New England island has been shaped by nature and human history, and how its beloved landscape can be protected.

Full of surprises, bedecked with gorgeous photographs and maps, and supported by unprecedented historical and ecological research, this book awakens a new perspective on the renowned New England island Martha’s Vineyard. David Foster explores the powerful natural and cultural forces that have shaped the storied island to arrive at a new interpretation of the land today and a well-informed guide to its conservation in the future.

Two decades of research by Foster and his colleagues at the Harvard Forest encompass the native people and prehistory of the Vineyard, climate change and coastal dynamics, colonial farming and modern tourism, as well as land planning and conservation efforts. Each of these has helped shape the island of today, and each also illuminates possibilities for future caretakers of the island’s ecology. Foster affirms that Martha’s Vineyard is far more than just a haven for celebrities, presidents, and moguls; it is a special place with a remarkable history and a population with a proud legacy of caring for the land and its future.

Saturday, March 25

Violence In Boston Community Town Hall
Saturday, March 25
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan

Finally after seeking a location we will be having our Community Town Hall for the Mattapan/ Hyde Park Community.

There have been at least 24 Shootings in Mattapan and 3 in Hyde Park between 2016-2017.
7 have been Homicides.

The Crime plaguing the City of Boston is everyone’s issue. Crime affects: Immigrants, Elderly, Youth and our Communities collectively. When a Hatian Immigrant mother who came to this country for a better life is walking down the street and is murdered, that is a Community problem!

So please show up to support our most vulnerable communities and receive solution based information while we hold those that represent us and ourselves accountable.

MAMLEO (Mass Assoc. Minority Law Enforcement Officers L.O.C Local Organizing Committee 


Careers in Conservation 2017
Saturday, March 25
10:00AM TO 6:00PM
Harvard College Student Organization Center at Hilles, 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge

The second annual conference sponsored by the Harvard College Conservation Society (HCCS). The focus of this conference is to provide career advice and connections for undergraduate students in the Boston area who are interested in pursuing careers in conservation. Our event will feature accomplished conservationists as keynote speakers, provide the opportunity for students to learn about different career paths within conservation through various workshops, and conclude with an Interdisciplinary Panel on Conservation which features experienced professionals from different conservation perspectives. Networking opportunities and lunch will be provided.


Music Summit 2017: The Future of Music - Sounds of Disruption
Saturday, March 25
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM EDT
Harvard Business School, Allston
Cost:  $25 – $65

On March 25th thought and business leaders who are shaping the future of music will come together for a day of keynote speeches, panel discussions, performances, product demonstrations, and networking at the first ever HBS Music Summit: “The Future of Music: Sounds of Disruption!”
The aim of our Summit is to bring together the Boston community for a conference festival celebrating the intersection of business, creativity, and technology. Panel topics include: A&R Management 2.0, Building Brands Through Music, and Data & Technology.
We have an amazing line up of speakers already including Neil Jacobson - President of Geffen Records, Ty Stiklorius - Founder & CEO of Friends at Work / Manager to John Legend, Dave Allen - Former Artist Relations at Apple Music, Jeremy Erlich - CFO of Interscope Geffen A&M, and Julia Heiser - EVP Digital Media Live Nation. Companies represented include:
Live Nation
Warner Music Group
Universal Music Group
Interscope Geffen A&M
Paradise Studio
Geffen Records 
Spotify / The Echo Nest
Mac Presents
Th3rd Brain
SONGS Publishing
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Columbia Records
Music Audience Exchange

More details to come! 

Sunday March 26

6th annual Boston Jewish Food Conference
Sunday March 26
Gann Academy, Waltham

This annual springtime event fosters new dynamics and connections within the Jewish community by utilizing food and agriculture to discuss the intersections of justice, sustainability, and culture against a background of Jewish traditions and contemporary life. Our conference location changes every year, as we’re building a wide constituent base in the community.

The day includes multiple workshops (in the kitchen and classroom), and culminates in a community Shuk (marketplace), featuring do-it-yourself activities, advocacy opportunities, tabling by community organizations, our silent auction, and features a kosher, vegetarian meal prepared by conference participants.
We are looking for workshop presenters to provide insight into topics and trends in our local and regional food and Jewish communities, through practical tips, best practices and strategies at our annual conference.

This year our focus is Community Networks: From our prayer to our gardens, community is essential to our faith and our practice. We’ll explore the web of food sourcing, distribution, and consumption, as well as the role of culture, institutions and our homes.

Where does our food come from? Who are the people in our networks? How can we align our Jewish values with our food values? We encourage you to approach any or all of these questions from a global to local perspective. If you would like to be part of this effort to educate and inform please submit your workshop proposal for consideration by December 21, 2017 at:
Please share with your networks, and let me know if you have any questions,

Leora Mallach, Director
Ganei Beantown
Office phone: 617-877-2036


Michal Kravčík on Reversing Floods, Droughts and Global Warming
Sunday, March 26
6:00 PM
One Fayette Park, Cambridge
Biodiversity for a LIvable Climate is a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away based on ability to pay. 

Come join us for a potluck/discussion with innovative hydrologist Michal Kravčík, author of Water for the Recovery of the Climate - A New Water Paradigm. He received the Goldman Prize in 1999 for eco-restoration work in his native Slovakia, and has since promoted managing water cycles to bring life back to desertified land, rehydrate the continents and cool the biosphere. 

A "new water paradigm" is necessary to address heat waves, drought, floods, and severe storms that are increasingly wreaking havoc in the US. Michal Kravčík argues that the "old water paradigm" of conventional rainwater management calls for wastefully draining precipitation from rural and urban lands directly to streams, thus disrupting nature's small, local water cycles.  

The urgent task now is to retain as much rainwater as possible in cities, agricultural lands, forests and deserts — indeed in all of the world's landscape ecosystems — so that life-giving moisture can permeate soil, replenish groundwater, and rise into the atmosphere to regulate temperature and rainfall, instead of ultimately draining into the oceans and contributing to sea level rise. Plants influence the climate greatly by regulating the water cycle and the huge solar energy flows linked to it. 

Potuck 6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Helen Snively's place near Central Square.  

Monday, March 27

Which Social Cost of Carbon?
Monday, March 27
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Matthew Kotchen, Professor of Economics, Yale University
Lunch is provided. 

Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


Leaf-out in northern hemisphere woody plants — insights from experiments and herbaria
Monday, March 27
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Boston

Susanne Renner, Professor and Chair, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, will give a talk on "."

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk


Eco Swaraj: Can India’s Model of the Micro Transform Development for the 21st Century?
Monday, March 27
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge

with Meera Subramanian (MIT, Knight Science Journalism Fellow).
The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.

There has been growing interest among graduate students and postdocs at Harvard in more systematic discussions related to STS. More and more dissertation writers and recent graduates find themselves working on exciting topics that intersect with STS at the edges of their respective home disciplines, and they are asking questions that often require new analytic tools that the conventional disciplines don’t necessarily offer. They would also like wider exposure to emerging STS scholarship that is not well-represented or organized at most universities, including Harvard. Our aim is to try to serve those interests through a series of activities throughout the academic year.
Sandwich lunch is provided. RSVP required. 

The Harvard STS Circle is co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

STS Circle at Harvard

Contact Name:  Shana Ashar


Race and Policing: State and Local Perspectives
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 27, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Leadership Studio, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Brian Corr, President, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
Tracey Meares, Professor of Law, Yale Law School, and Senior Research Advisor, National Network for Safe Communities, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
John Shanks, Director, Police Training Institute
David Williams, Professor of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Phillip Martin, Senior Investigative Reporter, WGBH News
DETAILS  Building on two previous Forums about race, criminal justice and health [link to…], this event will examine specific approaches and models to address the complexities of race and policing. Experts in law enforcement, public health, community relations and the law will speak. Subjects will include safeguarding law enforcement and communities, promoting more effective communication and de-escalation techniques, and narrowing the social, economic and health gaps that persist between underserved and middle-class America. The emphasis will be on local and state approaches.


Progressive Federalism: How State Attorneys General Are Fighting Travel Bans, Protecting Rights and Defending Democratic Institutions
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 27, 2017, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  George Jepsen, Connecticut Attorney General; James Tierney, Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School, Former Maine Attorney General; Sarah Wald, Moderator, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Former Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts; and Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Academic Dean, HKS.
COST  Free


Poverty and Inequality: Societal and Psychological Costs
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 27, 2017, 5:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Austin Hall 100, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Ethics, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative
SPEAKER(S)  Panelists: Orlando Patterson, Charles Nelson, Dana McCoy, Todd Grindal.
Moderator: Ronald Ferguson
DETAILS  Poverty, we often hear it discussed as a societal concern, but how well do we really understand the implications. Is all poverty the same or are there subcultures of which we should be aware? What are the effects of poverty on brain development and long-term outcomes? Where is our best hope for intervention? Join us as we take a deep dive into the cultural and psychological impacts of poverty.


Resisting Tyranny: Lessons from the European 20th Century
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 27, 2017, 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building 4th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale.
DETAILS  Join Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale, as he discusses the historical lessons learned from anti-authoritarian movements in 20th century Europe. Moshik Temkin, Associate Professor of History and Public Policy, HKS, will moderate the event.
About the Speaker
Timothy Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of central and eastern Europe. Born in 1969 in southwestern Ohio and a graduate of Centerville High School, he received his B.A. from Brown University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a British Marshall Scholar at Balliol College. He has also held fellowships in Paris, Warsaw, and at Harvard, where he was an Academy Scholar. A frequent guest at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, he has spent about ten years in Europe. He speaks five and reads ten European languages.
Among his publications are five award-winning books, all of which have been translated: Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles- Krauz (1998); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (2008); and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010). Bloodlands has won ten awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding. It has been translated into twenty-five languages, was named to twelve book-of-the-year lists, and was a bestseller in four countries. Most recently Snyder helped the late Tony Judt compose a thematic intellectual history, entitled Thinking the Twentieth Century (2012), which is appearing in fourteen translations. Snyder is also the coeditor of two volumes: Wall Around the West: State Borders and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America (2000) and Stalinism and Europe: Terror, War, Domination, (2014). He is at work on four books: a study of the Holocaust, a biography of Marx, a global history of eastern Europe, and a family history of nationalism. His scholarly articles have appeared in Past and Present, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and a number of other journals; he has also written for The New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, and The New Republic as well as for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and other newspapers. He takes regular part in conferences on Holocaust education and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern European History and East European Politics and Societies. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and other organizations.


Artist Talk @ Le Lab: Daniel Faust
Monday, March 27
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge

Artist Talk > Life in Picoseconds
Doors/Talk > 6:00pm/6:30pm
Cost > FREE


Connecting with the Enemy
Monday, March 27
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Thousands of ordinary people in Israel and Palestine have engaged in a dazzling array of daring and visionary joint nonviolent initiatives for more than a century. They have endured despite condemnation by their own societies, repetitive failures of diplomacy, harsh inequalities, and endemic cycles of violence.

Connecting with the Enemy presents the first comprehensive history of unprecedented grassroots efforts to forge nonviolent alternatives to the lethal collision of the two national movements. Bringing to light the work of over five hundred groups, Sheila H. Katz describes how Arabs and Jews, children and elders, artists and activists, educators and students, garage mechanics and physicists, and lawyers and prisoners have spoken truth to power, protected the environment, demonstrated peacefully, mourned together, stood in resistance and solidarity, and advocated for justice and security. She also critiques and assesses the significance of their work and explores why these good-will efforts have not yet managed to end the conflict or occupation. This previously untold story of Palestinian-Israeli joint nonviolence will challenge the mainstream narratives of terror and despair, monsters and heroes, that help to perpetuate the conflict. It will also inspire and encourage anyone grappling with social change, peace and war, oppression and inequality, and grassroots activism anywhere in the world.

Sheila H. Katz, Ph.D, is the author of Connecting with the Enemy: a Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence. She received a doctorate in Middle East History from Harvard University where she specialized in Palestinian-Israeli relations, organized programs on Middle Eastern women, and taught for eight years.

Tuesday, March 28

Arts Matter Advocacy Day
Tuesday, March 28
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Paramount Center Boston and the State House, 559 Washington Street, Boston

On March 28, MASSCreative will bring together the creative community for Arts Matter Advocacy Day to show our state political leaders that arts matter in Massachusetts.

Join us for a morning at the Paramount Center in downtown Boston and an early afternoon at the State House. After a morning of mingling, celebrating arts & culture, and sharpening our advocacy skills at the Paramount, we will travel together in an ‘Arts Matter March’ to the State House. When we arrive, we will meet with our legislators about arts and cultural issues, including the state budget. Together, let’s send the message: arts matter in Massachusetts.

Check back soon for the full agenda, including speakers and performers.

Help make sure Arts Matter Advocacy Day is representative of the broad arts and cultural community. Become a Arts Matter Advocacy Partner and check out our Arts Matter Advocacy Day Toolkit for outreach materials.

Mass Creatives


Building Resilience: Economic Displacement & Climate Justice Symposium
Tuesday, March 28
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
UMass Boston. 100 Morrissey Boulevard. Boston

Join UMass Boston's Sustainable Solutions Lab, CANALA Institutes and Office of Community Partnerships for a symposium on economic and climate displacement.
Climate change will increase the pressures on Boston residents, especially those struggling to make ends meet. The current housing crisis in Boston is one glaring example of this challenge. Already Boston residents are being forced out of their homes.

What will happen when parts of the city begin to flood regularly and are no longer inhabitable? How will new requirements to purchase flood insurance impact family budgets? Can initiatives like community land trusts and just cause eviction protections stabilize neighborhoods in the face of these pressures?


Speaker Series: Masha Gessen
Tuesday, March 28
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Masha Gessen is the author of six books, including, most recently, “Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot.”
Born in Moscow, Ms. Gessen emigrated to the United States as a teenager. She took her first journalism job at the age of 17, at a biweekly Boston newspaper devoted to gay issues. From 1984 until 1992 she covered the AIDS crisis for gay news publications.

In 1991, a magazine assignment brought Ms. Gessen back to the Soviet Union for the first time since her emigration. Throughout the 1990s she covered the transition in the former Soviet Union and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. She was a special correspondent for The New Republic and wrote for many other magazines.

From 1994 Ms. Gessen was based out of Moscow, and later began writing in both Russian and English. She helped to found Itogi, the first weekly magazine in post-Soviet Russia. She served as its chief correspondent until 2001, when she became head of U.S. News & World Report’s Moscow bureau. Three years later she returned to the Russian-language press. She has edited several Russian magazines, including the popular-science monthly Vokrug Sveta, from which she was fired for refusing to send a reporter to cover President Vladimir V. Putin’s piloting, with a hang glider, of Siberian cranes.

Ms. Gessen has reported on a range of topics, including the Russian intelligentsia, medical genetics and mathematics. Her 2011 biography of Mr. Putin, “The Man Without Without a Face,” was an international bestseller.


Virtual Competition: The Promise and Perils of the Algorithm-Driven Economy
Tuesday, March 28
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Event will be live webcast at at 12:00 pm

Please join Maurice Stucke for a discussion of their book, Virtual Competition: The Promise and Perils of the Algorithm-Driven Economy.

Shoppers with Internet access and a bargain-hunting impulse can find a universe of products at their fingertips. In this thought-provoking exposé, Maurice Stucke and Ariel Ezrachi invite us to take a harder look at today’s app-assisted paradise of digital shopping. While consumers reap many benefits from online purchasing, the sophisticated algorithms and data-crunching that make browsing so convenient are also changing the nature of market competition, and not always for the better.

Computers colluding is one danger. Although long-standing laws prevent companies from fixing prices, data-driven algorithms can now quickly monitor competitors’ prices and adjust their own prices accordingly. So what is seemingly beneficial—increased price transparency—ironically can end up harming consumers. A second danger is behavioral discrimination. Here, companies track and profile consumers to get them to buy goods at the highest price they are willing to pay. The rise of super-platforms and their “frenemy” relationship with independent app developers raises a third danger. By controlling key platforms (such as the operating system of smartphones), data-driven monopolies dictate the flow of personal data and determine who gets to exploit potential buyers.

Virtual Competition raises timely questions. To what extent does the “invisible hand” still hold sway? In markets continually manipulated by bots and algorithms, is competitive pricing an illusion? Can our current laws protect consumers? The changing market reality is already shifting power into the hands of the few. Ezrachi and Stucke explore the resulting risks to competition, our democratic ideals, and our economic and overall well-being.

About Maurice
Professor Stucke brought 13 years of litigation experience when he joined the UT College of Law faculty in 2007. As a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, he successfully challenged anticompetitive mergers and restraints in numerous industries, and focused on policy issues involving antitrust and the media. As a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted a variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including running a weekly docket before the Honorable Thomas Rawles Jones, Jr. As an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, Professor Stucke assisted in defending Goldman Sachs, CS First Boston, and Microsoft in civil antitrust litigation. The Legal Aid Society presented him two awards for his criminal appellate and defense work.

Since coming to UT, Professor Stucke has been a prolific legal scholar. His scholarship re-examines much of the conventional wisdom in competition policy in light of the empirical findings from behavioral economics and psychology. In re-evaluating the goals and assumptions of competition law, he seeks to provide policymakers with a more empirical approach to competition policy. Professor Stucke’s scholarship, which has been cited by the U.S. federal courts, the OECD, the United Nations, competition agencies and policymakers, is already impacting competition policy. He was invited by the OECD and competition authorities from the European Union, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, United States, and United Kingdom to discuss his research, and has been invited to present his research at over 60 conferences in Australia, Belgium, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States.

Professor Stucke serves as a Senior Fellow at the American Antitrust Institute, an independent Washington, D.C.-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization devoted to competition policy.  Professor Stucke chaired a committee on the media industry that drafted a transition report for the incoming Obama administration.  In 2009, Professor Stucke was elected as a member to the Academic Society for Competition Law, appointed to the advisory board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, and was asked to serve as one of the United States’ non-governmental advisors to the International Competition Network, the only international body devoted exclusively to competition law enforcement and whose members represent national and multinational governmental competition authorities in over 100 jurisdictions.

He has co-authored two books, Big Data and Competition Policy (Oxford University Press 2016) and Virtual Competition (Harvard University Press 2016), which has been featured in The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, New York Review of Books, Harvard Business Review, and Wired.

Professor Stucke received a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture in 2010-2011 in the People’s Republic of China.  He also received several awards for his scholarship, including the Carden Award for Outstanding Scholarship, the 2016 Antitrust Writing Award by Concurrences Review and George Washington University, the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Award, presented annually for the best antitrust scholarship, the College’s W. Allen Separk Faculty Scholarship Award, the Marilyn V. Yarbrough Award for Writing Excellence, and the Chancellor’s Honors Award for Research and Creative Achievement—Professional Promise.


GERMANYforYou: Social Media Translates "Germany" for Refugees
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017, 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Lower Level Conference Room, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Contemporary Europe Study Group co-sponsored by Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Isabel Schayani, Project Leader, WDRforyou, Moderated by: Georg Diez, Reporter and Columnist, Politics and Culture, Der Speigel
DETAILS   Isabel Schayani will describe her experiences founding, organizing and editing WDRforyou, a social media- and web-based platform to bring news about Germany to new refugees and other recent arrivals. The network, which provides news in German, English, Arabic and Farsi/Dari, also helps create context about Germany so that refugees and asylum seekers have a better chance of understanding the country and people around them. Schayani will explore what WDRforyou and other social media channels tell us about the future of refugee and immigrant integration, as well as what the refugee crisis has taught us about the potential of new media platforms.


Connectography: Parag Khanna Talk
Tuesday, March 28
4:00pm — 5:00pm
MIT, Building E14 - 633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Abstract:  "Governing a Connected World" 
We’re accelerating into a future shaped less by countries than by connectivity. Mankind has a new maxim – Connectivity is destiny – and the most connected powers, and people, will win. Drawing on his 2016 book Connectography, Dr. Khanna will trace the infrastructures and supply chains that form the backbone of our emerging global network civilization and explain how 21st century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and Internet cables, advanced technologies and market access. What kind of government is best suited to governing such a complex world? Sharing insights from his latest book Technocracy in America, Dr. Khanna will sketch out administrative structures that are best suited to blending democracy and data to deliver better governance. 

Bio:  Parag Khanna is a is a senior research fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Parag's latest book is Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.


Health and Urban Resilience: Understanding Health Equity in the City
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Jason Corburn, a Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and School of Public Health at UC Berkeley
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS   You are invited to a discussion with Jason Corburn, a Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He directs the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the Center for Global Healthy Cities.
Cities can be the ‘start-up’s for a new urban politics in America that transforms entrenched divisions based on race, immigration status and economic inequalities. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the City of Richmond, CA, passed the first Health in All Policies (HiAP) Ordinance in the US. By making health equity a priority, community activists and government innovators transformed the city from one of the most violent and unequal in the Bay Area, to one of the region’s healthiest cities. This talk will explore the factors, social movements and government innovations that enabled this transformation and the important role of health equity, racial justice and place-based experiments.


How To End Floods and Drought: Soaking Up the Rain, Cooling the Earth – a general introduction to The New Water Paradigm
Tuesday, March 28
Harvard, Haller Hall (100), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate welcomes Michal Kravčík, a hydrologist and climate expert from Slovakia and recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize. Kravčík has an urgent message for America as well as the rest of the globe: All of us, not just the “experts,” must take action by soaking up the rain in soil and plants, which releases cooling cloud-forming vapor to fall again as rain and restores critical land-based water cycles. Otherwise, we will experience worsening drought, heat waves and other climate woes, including floods and severe storms. Dr. Kravčík is a seasoned world lecturer who will be touring North America in March and April 2017, presenting natural, inexpensive solutions for restoring more livable landscapes and weather patterns. For anyone, lay or professional, concerned about water supplies, land use, or climate, this will be time well spent.

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate was founded in 2013 by Jim Laurie, Karl Thidemann, Helen D. Silver, Jane Hammer and Adam Sacks. We saw an urgent need to expand the climate conversation to include the seriously underestimated positive impacts of the biosphere on the climate and physical world. We see how appropriate human approaches to nature may be able to reverse the effects of global warming despite our inability to date to reduce emissions in a timely manner. Our goal is to contribute to planetary regeneration through research, education, collaboration and action to restore essential global biodiversity.

Contact Name:  Paula Phipps


Biology and Climate Change
Tuesday, March 28
5:00 – 6:30 pm (reception to follow) 
BU, Metcalf Trustee Center,1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston

Prof. Thomas E. Lovejoy is an innovative and accomplished conservation biologist who coined the term “biological diversity”. He serves as Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation. In 2010 he was elected University Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. He served as President of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment from 2002-2008 and was the Biodiversity Chair of the Center from 2008-2013. Before assuming this position, Lovejoy was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation.

Spanning the political spectrum, Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. At the core of these many influential positions are Lovejoy’s seminal ideas, which have formed and strengthened the field of conservation biology. He was the first to use the term “biological diversity” in 1980. In the 1980s, he brought international attention to the world’s tropical rainforests, and in particular, the Brazilian Amazon, where he has worked since 1965. In 1980, he produced the first projection of global extinctions for the Global 2000 Report to the President. Lovejoy also developed the now ubiquitous “debt-for-nature” swap programs and led the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project.

With two co-edited books (1992 and 2005), he is credited with founding the field of climate change biology. He and Lee Hannah are working on the Second Edition of Climate Change and Biodiversity. He also founded the series Nature, the popular long-term series on public television. In 2001, Lovejoy was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. In 2009 he was the winner of BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Category. In 2009 he was appointed Conservation Fellow by the National Geographic. In 2012 he was recognized by the Blue Planet Prize. Lovejoy holds B.S. and Ph.D (biology) degrees from Yale University.


The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy
Tuesday, March 28
MIT, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Peter Temin
The MIT Press Bookstore presents Peter Temin, Professor of Economics Emeritus at MIT and author of The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy (MIT Press) at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, February 28, at the Bookstore. 

In "The Vanishing Middle Class," Peter Temin argues that American history and politics, particularly slavery and its aftermath, play an important part in the widening gap between rich and poor and outlines ways to work toward greater equality so that America will no longer have one economy for the rich and one for the poor. 

This event includes a book signing. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): The MIT Press Bookstore
For more information, contact:  The MIT Press Bookstore


Reimagining Refugee Solutions: An open house event with RefugePoint
Tuesday, March 28
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
RefugePoint HQ, 689 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cambridge

Every day, we read in the news troubling stories of refugees and wonder what we can do to help. Even in the midst of refugee bans and dangerous journeys, we can all do something to help refugees resume normal lives.
During this unprecedented global refugee crisis, we know that more than 23 million refugees are living in limbo waiting for a chance to resume normal lives. Most refugees will wait a very long time for this; the average time someone stays a refugee is 17 years. There is a clear need to shift the public perception of refugees and provide better futures for many whose lives are on hold and in danger.
Come visit us at RefugePoint for a casual open house and a short presentation about the emerging needs of refugees. Join us (and invite a friend!) to learn about the refugee crisis and about how we can help refugees improve their own lives. We will discuss new solutions in humanitarian response that help refugees build self-reliance. We will also share stories of refugees who are facing urgent dangers with suspension of refugee resettlement to the US.

About RefugePoint: RefugePoint is a local Cambridge based nonprofit recognized widely for our innovative efforts in refugee work. We provide lasting solutions for the world’s most at-risk refugees. We have referred over 37,000 refugees for resettlement to new countries since 2005. We identify and protect refugees who have fallen through the cracks of humanitarian assistance and have no other options for survival.


Boston Green Drinks March Happy Hour with Environment Massachusetts
Tuesday, March 28
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston

All sustainability enthusiasts are welcome but this month we will feature Environment Massachusetts, which will connect solar energy professionals with activists working for a clean energy future. Join the conversation with solar and sustainability professionals and hobbyists and pick the brains of the area's solar policy-makers.  Enjoy a drink, take action to help solar grow, and build your connection with our green community.

Boston Green Drinks  builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.
Environment Massachusetts is a statewide, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organization working for a cleaner, greener, healthier future.   


Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth & Populism in America’s First Gilded Age
Tuesday, March 28
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Boston Public Library, Central Library, Commonwealth Saloon, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Noam Maggor, author of Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth and Populism in America’s First Gilded Age
Noam Maggor’s history of the Gilded Age explores how the moneyed elite in Boston―the quintessential East Coast establishment―leveraged their wealth to forge transcontinental networks of commodities, labor, and transportation. With the decline of cotton-based textile manufacturing in New England and the abolition of slavery, these gentlemen bankers traveled far and wide in search of new business opportunities and found them in the mines, railroads, and industries of the Great West.

Maggor is currently a postdoctoral associate and visiting lecturer in the Department of History at Cornell University. He was previously a Charles Warren Center Fellow at Harvard University, Thomas Arthur Arnold Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University, and a senior lecturer in the Department of History at Vanderbilt University.


The Grapes of Wrath
Tuesday, March 28
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline 

Presented as part of the National Evening of Science on Screen. 

John Ford's (Stagecoach, The Searchers) Oscar-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck's groundbreaking novel is the tale of American determination in the face panic, poverty, and desolation. With nuanced performances from Henry Fonda (The Lady Eve, 12 Angry Men) and Jane Darwell (Gone with the Wind, Mary Poppins), The Grapes of Wrath is a stunning portrait of one family's hopeful journey across the ruined landscapes of depression-era America. 

During an introduction and post-screening Q&A, Bill McKibben, award-winning author and environmentalist, will use the 1940 film as a springboard to discuss the science of climate change and the global implications of our warming world. 

About the Speaker
Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. 

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and The Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.” 

A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors. In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat — Megophthalmidia mckibbeni — in his honor.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 29

Networks and the Unintended Consequences of Communication
Wednesday, March 29
10:00 am
Northeastern, 177 Huntington Avenue, 11th floor, Boston

SANDRA GONZÁLEZ-BAILÓN, Assistant Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, UPenn
Why does human action trigger unintended effects? This question has intrigued social scientists for decades – and only now, with the help of network science, have we began to unravel the forces that set those chain reactions in motion. The unintended consequences of human action take many forms and are captured by many metaphors: from self-fulfilling prophecies to cumulative effects; from negative feedback loops to virtuous circles. Communication networks pulsate at the heart of all these processes of change. Digital technologies, with their trove of data and tools, allow us to tap into those networks, and solve the puzzle of why our actions generate outcomes that we did not intend or envision. This talk will offer an account of the progress made in recent decades, and dive into the details of my own research, which aims to illuminate how networks facilitate large-scale coordination -- and dynamics of change that lay beyond the control of any one individual involved.

Sandra González-Bailón is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, and affiliated faculty at the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences. Prior to joining Penn, she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (2008-2013), where she is now a Research Associate. She completed her doctoral degree in Nuffield College (University of Oxford) and her undergraduate studies at the University of Barcelona. Her research lies at the intersection of network science, data mining, computational tools, and political communication. She leads the research group DiMeNet –acronym for Digital Media, Networks, and Political Communication.


Why Clean Energy Will Win: Technologies That Will Determine The Future
Wednesday, March 29
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Cost:  $0 - $30

Despite a tough policy landscape at the federal level, clean energy will fuel the next wave of the global economy, beating traditional fossil fuels in cost, investment dollars, and jobs. The companies represented on this panel -- 7AC Technologies, Pika Energy and Digital Lumens -- will likely play a significant role in the clean energy revolution.  Please join E2, our distinguished panel and moderator Daniel Goldman, E2 co-founder, to learn more about these remarkable companies and their technologies.


Leadership: Daring to Fail - A Conversation with Steven Beshear, former Governor of Kentucky
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health, Leadership Studio, 10th Floor Kresge Building,  677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Voices in Leadership Program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  Steven Beshear, former Governor of Kentucky
COST  Free to attend, with valid Harvard ID
TICKET INFO  RSVP to the lottery for this event at
CONTACT INFO Please email with any questions.
DETAILS  The Voices in Leadership Program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health invites you to watch online or attend the second webcast discussion of the semester, featuring Steven Beshear, former Governor of Kentucky and current Menschel Senior Fellow at HSPH. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. To enter the lottery to attend the talk, "Leadership: Daring to Fail," please visit Please join us for this exciting event!


Learning from the Past to Understand the Future of Ocean Ecosystems
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Chris Bowler, 2016–2017 Grass Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; CNRS Director of Research, Institut de l’Ecole Normale Superieure (France)
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS   Bowler is exploring ancient DNA from diatoms in sediments accumulated over the millennia on the seafloor. In this lecture, he will explain how past environments affected diatoms, thus helping to understand how diatoms will be affected by climate change in the future.

Accelerator or Brake? Cash for Clunkers, Household Liquidity, and Aggregate Demand (Jonathan Parker)
WHEN  Wednesday, Wed, March 29, 2017, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Harvard Environmental Economics Program
SPEAKER(S)  Jonathan Parker


Farm Share Fair 2017
Wednesday, March 29
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville

Farm Share Fair 2017 is the Boston area’s direct-to-consumer marketing event for food producers across Massachusetts.  Consumers want to meet their farmers and have the opportunity to compare options. Vendors - get to know your target market one-on-one, and have the opportunity to sell your CSA, Farm Share or Home Delivery programs.  On-site sampling, and food or product sales welcome! This annual event draws over 500 participants, and will be held at THE ARMORY on March 29, 2017.   Sign up now – vendor space is limited!   Sponsorship visibility opportunities available.

Questions? This event is produced by Mindy Harris Communications.  Email

Last Year’s Vendors and Sponsors Included (2016):
Boston Organics
Buckle Farm
Cambridge Energy Alliance
Chestnut Farms
Del Sur
Edible Boston
EH Chocolatier
Enterprise Farm
Farmer Dave’s
Farmers to You
The Farm School
The Food Project
General Assembly
Henrietta’s Table
Hosta Hill Farm
Land’s Sake Farm
Lilac Hedge Farm
Mei Mei Street Kitchen
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
Picadilly Farm
Pioneer Valley Heritage Grains
Red Fire Farm
Revision Urban Farm
Shamrock Hives Farm
Shared Harvest CSA
Soluna Garden Farm
Somerville Chocolate CSA
Spindler Confections
Stone Soup Farm
Sun Moon Farm
World Peas CSA


Science Research Public Lecture: The Scientist as Sentinel
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017, 7 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Science Center, Hall B, One Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Education, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science, Special Events, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Division of Science
SPEAKER(S)  Naomi Oreskes
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Korin Watras
DETAILS   Scientists are often reluctant to speak in public on contested issues, for fear that this will “politicize” their science and have a negative impact on their credibility.  In this talk, I examine these concerns, by exploring historical examples of scientists who have spoken up on scientific issues of broad importance, including nuclear weaponry, ozone depletion and climate change.  These examples suggest that, while becoming a public figure does entail risks, there is little basis in history for the concern that it undermines the credibility of one’s scientific work. Moreover, these examples suggest that society needs scientists to speak up to alert society to challenges that, without science, we would not understand and might not even recognize. Yet they also do point to certain limits to what scientists can and should do as public figures.


The City Talks: Coexistence
Wednesday,March 29
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

How do we unlearn differences within communities? Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a free discussion inspired by themes in the exhibition “Political Intent,” on view now.

Our moderator will be Laura Weinstein, the MFA’s Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art. Panelists include:
Michael Dwan Singh, co-organizer, SubDrift Boston
Maryam Eskandari, principal, MIIM Designs
Robb Johnson, associate vice president, Fenway Health

Thursday, March 30 - Saturday, April 1

NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Cost:  $49

Exploring innovative uses of 3D Printing, lasers, CNC machining, robotics, CAD design and other digital fabrication tools to change the world!

To open the DigiFab Conference on Day 1, Sherry Lassiter, President of the Fab Foundation, and Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media, will give an overview of the life-changing projects happening today in the Fab Lab and Maker world.  From inner cities in the USA to rural areas of Africa, from formal schools and colleges to community centers, tools like laser cutters, CNC machines, 3D Printers and CAD design are empowering people to enhance their lives and those of their fellow man.

Day 2 begins with a keynote from Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms and creater of the Fab Lab Network, taking us on a journey to see the future of digital fabrication machines including Machines that Make Machines.

Featured Presentations
Tomas Diez, Fab Cities
Fab City and the mass distribution of everything
Rachel Ignotofsky, author 
Inspiring Women in Science
David Ott, Humanitarian Lab
Humanitarian Innovation Kit
Matthew Borgatti, Super-Releaser
Using digital fabrication to drive emerging technology
DigiFabCon's 2017 program features:
interactive design events
panels on successful programs for fab cities, mobile labs and workforce training
education programming ideas
discussion of prototyping and distributed manufacturing
marketing strategies for sustainability 
hands-on demos at the Fab Festival
book signings by Dale Dougherty & Rachel Ignotofsky

New This Year!
Saturday April 1, choose from 2 hands-on workshops!  Get your hands dirty in the Quadcopter Challenge, designing and building a remote-controlled drone, or Creating Fab Toys.  Many more workshop titles will be posted soon!

Hosted by Boston area labs, it's also a chance to visit other centers of innovation!

At just $49 for the conference and $29 for the workshops, we've worked hard to keep DigiFabCon affordable.  But space is very limited at the Microsoft NERD Center so we encourage you to register today!

Thursday, March 30

Measurements and Advertising under Internet Censorship
Thursday, March 30
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
MIT, Building 32-G882, Hewlet Room, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ihan Ayyub Qazi , LUMS 
Internet censorship is prevalent, with as many as 70 countries restricting Internet access to their citizens. Internet censorship has a marked impact on various stakeholders in the Internet ecosystem (e.g., users, content providers, and advertisers). In this talk, I will discuss two projects that my research group has recently pursued. 

In the first half of my talk, I will describe C-Saw, a platform for measuring Internet censorship at scale. Collecting continuous and reliable censorship measurements requires diverse and globally distributed monitors. Measurement systems that rely on volunteers to act as probe points have seen limited deployment as users often have little incentive to help gather continuous measurements. C-Saw addresses this challenge by offering data-driven circumvention to users and thus incentivizing them to opt-in. As more and more users crowd-source, the censorship data gets richer. This helps in adapting the circumvention approach based on the deployed censorship mechanism for improved page load times. (A preliminary version of this work appeared in ACM HotNets 2015) 
In the second half of my talk, I will describe C-Adverts, a system for serving relevant ads, while allowing users to receive the benefits of circumvention/anonymity tools (e.g., Tor and Lantern). Advertising systems play a key role in online digital marketing by channelizing relevant ads from advertisers to users, via the publishers. When users in a censorship regime attempt to access blocked content through a proxy relay, they often observe a decrease in the relevance of ads. This not only frustrates users but also adversely impacts the advertising campaign. C-Adverts addresses this challenge by leveraging the insight that the ads served by advertising systems are usually hosted on domains that are different from the publisher domains and are almost always uncensored. 

Ihsan Ayyub Qazi is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the SBA School of Science and Engineering at LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, PA USA in 2010 and his BSc. (Hons) degree from LUMS with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2005. Previously, he has held positions at BBN Technologies and the Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures. His research interests are in computer networks and distributed systems and span cloud computing and datacenters, Internet censorship, and wireless networks. His research has appeared in venues such as ACM SIGCOMM and IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.

Contact: Sheila M. Marian, 617-253-1996,


Just sustainabilities?: Social innovation and climate adaptation in Australia
Thursday, March 30
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Jason Byrne, Urban & Environmental Planning, Griffith University
Across the world, adaptation to climate change is increasingly occurring at the city scale. Yet much of the literature has a tendency to treat cities uniformly. This can mask critical social, environmental, economic and even political differences that configure the efficacy of adaptation and mitigation responses, and can reproduce and entrench social and environmental disparities (an environmental injustice). This talk will examine social innovation and climate change adaptation in four metropolitan regions in Australia - Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane (South East Queensland). Combining critical discourse analysis of climate change adaptation plans with interviews with local government and non-profit stakeholders, Dr. Byrne offers new insights into how different forms of social innovation are configuring adaptation responses in these cities.

Dr. Jason Byrne (@CityByrne) is Associate Professor of Urban & Environmental Planning with Griffith University's School of Environment, Gold Coast, Australia - where he has taught since 2006. A geographer and planner, Jason's research interests address climate change, environmental justice and political ecologies of green-space. He is a member of Griffith's Environmental Futures Research Institute, and sits on the editorial board of Local Environment and the Journal of Political Ecology. He has more than 100 scholarly publications, including an award-winning co-edited book Australian Environmental Planning: Challenges and Future Prospects. Jason completed his PhD in Geography at the University of Southern California, researching national parks as radicalised landscapes. Jason previously worked with the Western Australian government as a town planner and policy officer.

Watch it live from your computer or smart phone:


State of Advanced Energy:  Markets, Trends, Jobs
Thursday, March 30
1pm eastern 

This webinar presents highlights from the fifth edition of AEE's annual report of market size, by revenue, of the advanced energy industry, worldwide and in the United States, as well as the latest numbers of advanced energy jobs from the second national survey of energy employment by the Dept. of Energy. Also, learn about emerging trends in advanced energy markets and hear the perspectives of company executives.


The Science of Human Collective Behavior Using Twitter
Thursday, March 30
5:00 to 7:30 PM
NE Complex Systems Institute, 277 Broadway, Cambridge

On Thursday, March 30 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, the New England Complex Systems Institute will host an open house for our new offices located at 277 Broadway in Cambridge, MA.

At 5:30 PM there will be a special presentation by senior postdoctoral researcher Alfredo J. Morales. Titled "The Science of Human Collective Behavior Using Twitter," this presentation will cover structural and dynamical patterns of social systems revealed through the analysis of data from social media like Twitter.

Morales uses complex systems science to retrieve important information from Big Data produced by a globally-tweeting civilization. Tweets can reveal unstructured patterns of social behavior across multiple scales, ranging from the daily routines of individuals up to the collective pulse of activities within cities and global networks of communication and synchronicities that can span hemispheres.

The presentation will feature insights into human collective behaviors and visualizations of Twitter activity on local, national, and global scales. To see some of these visualizations and for further reading, check out our recently published paper in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface:

This presentations will also be streamed live on Google Hangouts.


Beyond The Battery: The Software Side of Energy Storage
Thursday, March 30
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville

As energy storage becomes a critical element of the modern grid, the software behind it will ensure it can operate, integrate and manage complex electricity demands on ever complex systems.  Join us for an evening of exploration on this subject focused on how some of the largest players in energy storage innovation are thinking about software and integrating it into their businesses.  

(Moderator) Richard Stuebi, President, Future Energy Advisors
Ravi Manghani, Director of Energy Storage at Greentech Media Research
Michael Hess, Vice President, Smart & Sustainable Buildings at Panosonic
Sander Cohan, Director of Innovation at Enel Green Power
Dana Guernsey, Director of Corporate Development at Ambri
Michael Berlinski, Director at Customized Energy Solutions

6:00pm - 6:30pm - Open Networking 
6:30pm - 6:35pm - Welcome from Greentown Labs 
6:35pm - 6:40pm - Welcome from our Sponsor 
6:40pm - 7:40pm - Panel 
7:40pm - 8:00pm - Q&A 
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Open Networking 


Science by the Pint:  What brain connectivity reveals about music, language, and creativity
Thursday, March 30
6:30 PM
Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somervill

Dr Psyche Loui

More information at 


Demo+Discuss Tech/Science to Expand Consciousness via Contemplative Practice
Thursday, March 30
6:30 PM
Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

Consciousness Hacking is a growing community interested in expanding the focus area of local design, science and tech talent to include contemplative frameworks (emotional, psychological, spiritual benefits and costs of tech). This event will bring together experts in Mindfulness, Transcendental Meditation, Neuro-engineering, Psychiatry, Self-Reflection Technology and more.

It's an awesome space to learn from and connect with people creating new tools for self-exploration! Our demos and speakers this time around are crazy cool :) Bring along project ideas or come to talk!

Dr. Jeffrey Rediger is a professor at Harvard Medical School and Medical Director at McLean Hospital, an expert in the power of mind over the body, holding both an MD and Master's of Divinity. Check out his TEDx.
Dr. Andreas Mershin is a multidisciplinary "no labels" Research Scientist at MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. Trained as a physicist, his current work involves using EEG to quantify subjective states of mind during sensory deprivation tank experiences. Hear him talk on the Quantum Brain.
Baruti KMT-Sisouvong is a PhD Candidate in Vedic Science from Maharishi University of Management and Director of Cambridge's Transcendental Meditation Program. For a sense of his interests and expertise see here.
Chris Berlin is an instructor in pastoral counseling at Harvard Divinity School. He teaches clinical training for Buddhists in care-giving roles and interfaith chaplaincy, and served as an interfaith chaplain at Dana-Farer Cancer Institute where he taught meditation and mindfulness to patients in treatment and end of life care, as well as to staff and clinicians. See him speak on Buddhism here.

Rébecca Kleinberger is a PhD candidate in Tod Machover's the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab. Her Master's thesis focused on creating tools and experiences to help people discover themselves through the uniqueness and expressivity of their voice. For her PhD she focuses on creating self-reflection technologies; experiences to connect people with themselves and with others using techniques such as VR, lasers, wearable tech or robotics. See her amazing work.
Marie-Therese Png is currently studying for her Masters in Mind, Brain and Education at the Harvard GSE. Her current project out of the MIT Media Lab is using neurotechnology to increase awareness of fear responses to decrease implicit racial bias. She is co-heading the AI, Brain and Cognition Initiative out of the Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School. Learn more here!
Chi is a Virtual Reality experience that integrates tactile feedback and visual cues to teach Tai Chi (First Runner Up, MIT Hacking Arts 2016!)

John Ruelas is CTO of Martian Wearables, specializing in affordable, research grade-EEG systems, allowing everyone the opportunity for continuous self-monitoring and neurofeedback training. 

When We Die  is a two-part Virtual Reality experience that guides users through the process of contemplating their own mortality and presents expert points of view that may not have previously been considered. Death and Dying in VR.


Invasive Species and Carbon Cycling in Coastal Dunes of Cape Cod
Thursday, March 30
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre, Aquarium Wharf, Boston

Robert Vincent, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sea Grant College Program

Rose M. Martin, Ph.D., Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Postdoctoral Researcher at EPA Atlantic Ecology Division (pictured)

The MIT Sea Grant College Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been working with the National Park Service to study carbon cycling in coastal dune habitats, as well as the effects of historic peat deposits on the establishment and persistence of invasive plants (Phragmites australis). With the increased risk of erosion from coastal storms exposing the once-buried peat deposits, and the challenge of controlling an aggressive invasive species, this dynamic system faces an uncertain future. The research findings from this study will inform future conservation efforts in the region as well as provide a deeper understanding of carbon cycling in coastal dunes.

Friday, March 31

Experimental Evolution with Pesticides on Host-Microbiome Phenotypes
Friday, March 31
8:30AM TO 9:30AM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge

with Robert Brucker (Rowland Institute, Rowland Junior Fellow)

Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served. 
MSI Chalktalk

Contact Name:  Michelle Goldberg


Babson Energy & Environment Conference: Zero Waste Challenge
Friday, March 31
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
Olin Auditorium, Olin Hall, Babson College, 231 Forest Street, Wellesley
Cost:  $10 – $50 

Babson is hosting the 11th Energy & Environment Conference. This year’s theme is Babson Challenge: Zero Waste. Our esteemed thought leader panelists will discuss the opportunity and challenges associated with attaining a zero waste existence to promote sustainable living.
We believe that it’s our collective responsibility to manage our environmental resources in a more sustainable manner.
Our goal is to engage and empower students by connecting with sustainable companies and industries in Massachusetts and beyond! We work to improve Babson College’s commitment to sustainability and push towards a Zero Waste campus.
This conference is in its 11th year and we are proud to carry on the tradition of engaging thought leaders in the sustainability space and generating the conversations that will help shape the future.
The day will consist of a keynote and two panels of esteemed professionals.
Registration (9:00am - 9:15 am)
Keynote: Gwen Ruta, SVP Climate and Energy at EDF (9:15am - 10:15am)
Challenges in Waste Management (10:30am - 12:00pm)
Remi Trudel, Professor, Boston University
Phil Goddard,Town of Bourne, MA and SNE Chapter, SWANA
Edward Hsieh, Executive Director, MASSRecycle
Jacob Vaillancourt, Founder & CEO, Wastehub
Lunch (12:15pm - 1:45pm)
Innovations in Climate Finance (2:00pm - 3:30pm)
Barbara Finer, Founder & CEO, Tech Sandbox
Udi Meirav, Founder & CEO, enVerid
David Adamian, CEO, GreenerU
Networking Session (3:30pm - 5:00pm)
*Lunch included with paid tickets

More information can be found at our website :
For questions please contact:


Conversations: new frameworks for public discourse
Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Northeastern, Egan Engineering/Science Research Center and Raytheon Amphitheater
120 Forsyth Street, Boston

Exploring the role of media innovation, emerging modes of communication and digital storytelling in an era of fragmented communities

Join us for a conference featuring a broad range of award-winning journalists, innovative scholars and practitioners.  

The day will focus on the role of media in times of fragmentation and the creation of new tools & frameworks to promote civil discourse. 

Information is being consumed by the public in increasingly diverse ways, and as the definition of news continues to evolve, communication itself is being reshaped by developing cultural trends and emerging technology. 

Within this ever-changing environment, the media has a unique capacity to drive fact-based storytelling by leveraging the art and the science of communication. 

This conference will explore the tools, contexts and constituencies that the media can use to promote civil discussion about the pressing issues facing our fragmented society. 

We will explore methods of effectively bridging technology, data analytics, information visualization and public engagement to present the news to multifaceted audiences and investigate the obstacles to communicating across the divide. 

Organized by Matt Carroll, Professor of the Practice, Northeastern School of Journalism. Previously Carroll ran the Knight Foundation-funded Future of News initiative at the MIT Media Lab, where he organized conferences on thorny issues confronting journalism and worked with students to help create tools for newsrooms.


Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
WHEN  Friday, Mar. 31, 2017, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Parag Khanna, Geo-Strategist, best selling author & Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore.
DETAILS   Parag Khanna will present his latest book, "Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization". In this book Khanna guides us through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities compete over connectivity more than borders. His journeys take us from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Panama City to Dubai, and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea—all to show how 21st century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and Internet cables, advanced technologies and market access.


Incorporating climate projections in health impact studies
Friday, March 31
BU School of Medicine, L210, 715 Albany Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Pat Kinney
Summary: To inform adaptation and mitigation strategies, policy makers need information on the health effects of future climate change under different scenarios of policy action and climate change. Scientists engaged in climate and health research are increasingly working with climate modelers to incorporate projections of climate in future decades as inputs to health impact assessments. This seminar will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with this work, and review recent applications via case studies.


Getting to the Point with Senator Bernie Sanders
Friday, March 31
2:00 pm
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point, Boston

Join Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate for a conversation on the future of American democracy. In 2017, the Institute is engaging visitors and event attendees in a conversation around how to activate change at the local, state, and federal levels. Senator Sanders will discuss the importance of active citizen participation in the path towards progress and change.

A moderated conversation with James Pindell, Political Reporter at The Boston Globe will follow. The program will also include a Q&A with questions submitted by audience members.

The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. Tickets will be in high demand and we expect all seats in the Chamber to be filled. Overflow seating will be available.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) @SenSanders
James Pindell, Political Reporter, The Boston Globe @JamesPindell

Registration opens no earlier than 1:00 p.m. and seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. Seats in the chamber are available on a first come, first served basis. Some seats have obstructed views. If needed, an overflow room will provide guests with a live stream of the program. Guests who arrive after the program begins at 2 p.m. will be seated in the overflow space. Registration and doors close 15 minutes after the start of the program.


Mexico City at a Crossroads: Designing an Urban Future in the Era of Climate Change
WHEN  Friday, Mar. 31, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
DETAILS   Mexico City’s Mayor Miguel Mancera will discuss current challenges for the nation’s capital city, which was recently named the World Design Capital for 2018 by ICSID. The mayor will share lessons learned so far and engage in a dialogue about the built environmental future of CDMX (Ciudad de México) going forward. Mexico City has emerged out of a complex history to take a role as a leading global metropolis but is now in flux. Renowned for its architecture and design aesthetics, the city also faces major infrastructural scarcities in transportation, water supply, and affordable housing. Its enormous scale poses environmental, energy, and public health problems associated with pollution, carbon emissions, and urban sprawl. Recent efforts to write a new city constitution have amplified conflicts over how to build, govern, and finance its future. This keynote lecture—which launches a day-long conference on Harvard’s campus sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies that will include participation by governing officials and activists as well as leading researchers on CDMX—will highlight Mexico City’s tripartite identity as global leader, national powerhouse, and sovereign urban authority confronting the multi-scalar territorial and environmental challenges of the twenty-first century.
Co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Interdisciplinary Urbanism Initiative, Department of Urban Planning and Design
Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or


Tides:  The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
Friday, March 31
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes marine conservationist JONATHAN WHITE, author of Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, for a discussion of his latest book, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean.

About Tides
In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture—the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.

Saturday, April 1

Just Food? Forum on Labor Across the Food System
Saturday, April 1
8:30 am–5 pm
Harvard, Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $10 = $50

This year’s Just Food? Conference will focus on labor in the food system, exploring the issues most relevant to those who grow, harvest, prepare, and serve our food. Participants will learn from a diverse group of food system workers, advocates, scholars, practitioners and other authorities, who will speak about their work on topics including agricultural worker rights, worker compensation in the restaurant industry, regulatory responses, and alternative ownership and operating models. Through the conference, we hope to shift attention toward a critical, but often overlooked, component of our food system: the  workers. By amplifying the voices of those most embedded in our food system, we hope to educate participants, empower them to make positive change, and ultimately, work together to create a more just food system.

Keynotes speakers include:
Sheila R. Maddali on discriminatory labor practices in the restaurant industry.
Steve Hitov and Fabiola Mieres on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food Program.
Panels topics will include:

Fair compensation in the restaurant industry
Migrant labor in the dairy industry
Laws and regulations impacting labor across the food system
Labor issues in the fishing industry
Immigrants contribution to the US agriculture industry
And more!
We do not want the cost of registration to prohibit anyone from attending. We have a limited number of registration scholarships available. If you feel the registration fee is a financial burden that would prevent you from attending, please email with the subject "Conference Scholarship." Please include a short paragraph about why you would like to attend the conference.

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM to Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

Harvard Business School (Monday) Cumnock Hall Room 102, Allston
Harvard Graduate School of Design (Tuesday), 48 Quincy street, Stubbins Room 112, Cambridge

The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure is would like to invite you to the Zofnass Program Workshop: The Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructure on April 3-4, 2017 at the Harvard Business School, and Harvard Graduate School of Design.

This Zofnass Workshop is dedicated to the discussion of the Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructure through various stakeholder-focused panels and working sessions. The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure considers critical to focus on the economic benefits of sustainable infrastructure. It is widely known that sustainable projects avoid impacts, costs and negative externalities, but these are rarely measured and shared with public officials and taxpayers.The workshop is designed to identify the challenges that each stakeholder face when integrating sustainable solutions, as well as identify opportunities for collaboration between the different parties involved. 

This event will convene leaders in infrastructure development, financiers, investors, policy makers, regulators, engineers, designers, planners, infrastructure operators, and academics to share and discuss perspectives on the Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructure. 

Monday, April 3

U.S. Natural Gas Market Evolution
Monday, April 3
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Richard O’Neill, Chief Economic Adviser, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Lunch is provided.

Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


The Future of Food: Climate, Crops, and Consequences
Monday, April 3
Geological Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Michael K. Stern, Chief Executive Officer, President, The Climate Corporation and Vice President, Monsanto Company.
The series, organized by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, highlights the interactions between agriculture and climate and their consequences for health and stability in an ongoing series of discussions with speakers from government, academia, and industry. 

Learn more about the series and full schedule of speakers. 

Contact Name:   Laura Hanrahan


Joi Ito in discussion with Robert Langer, Whiplash
Monday, April 3
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $10 – $22.40

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Joi Ito, Director of MIT’s Media Lab, in conversation with Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor in MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering, discussing Ito’s new book, Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, at 5:30 pm on Monday, April 3, at the Bookstore. Canan Dagderiven of the Media Lab will moderate the discussion and question-and-answer session.

The future will run on an entirely new operating system. It’s a major upgrade, but it comes with a steep learning curve. The logic of a faster future oversets the received wisdom of the past, and the people who succeed will be the ones who learn to think differently. In Whiplash, Joi Ito and Jeff Howe distill that logic into nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving this tumultuous period. 

This event includes a book signing. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.


Conversations on Civic Innovation: Impact of New Media on Civic Initiatives
Monday, April 3
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Social Media and new approaches to journalism have had broad impact on how civic initiatives are organized and executed. Community and political movements have new tools to attract interested parties and launch campaigns. The last Federal election cycle is just one of several examples where various parties worked with and around the traditional journalism channels to get their message out using these new media options. These approaches certainly impact how governments connect with their constituencies, nonprofits engage with their communities, neighborhood movements organize, and civic / political leaders communicate. 
This conversation will review the fast changing world of journalism and social media and how it impacts civic initiatives. 
 Moderator - Asma Khalid, Political Reporter at WBUR
Eric Gordon – Associate Professor in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College
Robert McClure – Co-founder and Executive Director at InvestigateWest
Additional speakers TBD
5:30-6:00 PM - Registration and networking
6:00-7:00 PM - Panel Discussion
7:00-7:30 PM - Q&A
7:30-8:30 PM - Post event networking
The Conversations on Civic Innovation is a regular series, co-convened by the Venture Café Foundation and the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center New England.


The Age of Reason Got it Wrong:  Understanding Social Conflict Through a Brain Science Lens 
Monday, April 3
6:00 PM
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville
Meet us in the Back Room 
Cost: $15.00 /per person includes free drink*
*Students free with school ID (no free drink)*
Doors open at 6pm. Program starts at 6:45pm.

Most approaches to solving the most pressing social challenges we face are wrong because they are rooted in the deeply flawed assumption that human behaviors and decisions are purely rational. Brain science and hard-won experience demonstrate just the opposite, revealing the primary role unconscious processes play in shaping our behaviors and decision-making, especially in the aftermath of violence and trauma. To thrive in the 21st century, what is needed is a profound reshaping of our approaches to human conflict and division, one that is rooted in a nuanced, empirical understanding of human behavior. 

Timothy Phillips is a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation and co-founder of Beyond Conflict, a global initiative that is internationally recognized for contributions to the field of transitional justice in post-communist Europe. Using the unique approach of shared experience, Beyond Conflict has helped catalyze the peace and reconciliation processes in several nations, including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, and South Africa. Under Mr. Phillips’ leadership, Beyond Conflict launched a partnership with MIT to conduct cutting-edge research on the relationship between neuroscience and social conflict. Mr. Phillips has advised the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and the Council of Europe and has been a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Congress. He helped launch and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid, a forum for about 90 former democratic heads of state and government.

Tuesday, April 4

Algorithmic Consumers
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Hate shopping? The next generation of e-commerce will be conducted by digital agents, based on algorithms that will not only make purchase recommendations, but will also predict what we want, make purchase decisions, negotiate and execute the transaction for the consumers, and even automatically form coalitions of buyers to enjoy better terms, thereby replacing human decision-making. Algorithmic consumers have the potential to change dramatically the way we conduct business, raising new conceptual and regulatory challenges. 

This game-changing technological development has significant implications for regulation, which should be adjusted to a reality of consumers making their purchase decisions via algorithms. Despite this challenge, scholarship addressing commercial algorithms focused primarily on the use of algorithms by suppliers. In this presentation we explore the technological advances which are shaping algorithmic consumers, and analyze how these advances affect the competitive dynamic in the market. We analyze the implications of such technological advances on regulation, identifying three main challenges. We further discuss some of the challenges to human autonomous choice that arise from these developments, and examine whether the existing legal framework is adequate to address them.

Forthcoming Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, 2017

About Michal
Michal Gal (LL.B., LL.M., S.J.D.) is Professor and Director of the Forum on Law and Markets at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, Israel. She was a Visiting Professor at NYU, Columbia, Georgetown, Melbourne and Lisbon. Prof. Gal is the author of  several books, including  Competition Policy for Small Market Economies  (Harvard University Press, 2003). She also published scholarly articles on competition law issues and has won prizes for her research and for her teaching. Inter alia, she was chosen as one of the ten most promising young legal scholars in Israel (Globes, 2007) and as one of the leading women in competition law around the world (Global Competition Review). Her paper, "Merger Policy for Small and Micro Economies", won the Antitrust Writings Award for best paper on merger policy in 2013, and her paper on "Access to Big Data" (with Daniel Rubinfeld) is short-listed for this year's prize. Prof. Gal is the President of the International Academic Society for Competition Law Scholars (ASCOLA). She served as a consultant to several international organizations (including OECD, UNCTAD) on issues of competition law and was a non-governmental advisor of the International Competition Network (ICN). She also advised several small economies and regiional organizations on the framing of their competition laws. She is a board member of several international antitrust organizations, including the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), The Antitrust Consumer Institute, the Asian Competition Law and Economics Center (ACLEC). She clerked at the Israeli Supreme Court, and her work is often cited in the decisions of the Court on competition matters.

About Niva
Niva Elkin-Koren is a Visiting Professor of Law at HLS, where she teaches Digital Copyright, and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center .  She is the founding director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT) and the former dean of the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. Her research focuses on the legal institutions that facilitate private and public control over the production and dissemination of knowledge. She has written and spoken extensively about digital governance, legal oversight of algorithmic decision-making, liability of online intermediaries, the privatization of information policy, private ordering, the economic analysis of intellectual property, and legal strategies for enhancing the public domain. She is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council, of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, a member of the Executive Committee of Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), and an Advisory Board Member in the Information Program of the Open Society Foundation. She is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the Copyright Society (since 2009) the Journal of Information Policy (since 2010) and the Internet Policy Review (since 2016). Prof. Elkin-Koren received her LL.B from Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law in 1989, her LL.M from Harvard Law School in 1991, and her S.J.D from Stanford Law School in 1995.


CDD Forum: Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism 
Tuesday, April 4
MIT, Building 10-485

This half-day symposium will bring together leading scholars, policy experts and practitioners speaking to the opportunities and risks for urban planning and adaptation of an evolving climate security agenda. The security implications of climate change have become an increasingly dominant framing of the issue both inside and outside of the defense apparatus. As the history of the intersection between defense and urban planning has shown, this could have significant impacts on forms of adaptation in the built environment. In three panels on April 4th from 12:30 - 6:00, the symposium will offer a critical exploration of these issues, pointing to directions for future research and practice. 

Featured speakers: 
Simin Davoudi, Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Newcastle University 
Damian F. White, Professor of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences, RISD 
Sarah E. Light, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School 
Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Environmental Change and Security Program, Wilson Center 

More info TBA

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): City Design and Development, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Sonny Oram


Can technology unlock 'unburnable carbon'?
Tuesday, April 4
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Sara Budinis
To stay within the 2 degree C carbon budget, a very significant reduction in fossil fuel consumption is required. If we are to meet our carbon budget, the majority of global fossil fuel reserves cannot be combusted. The role of technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) may be critical in enabling a greater quantity of fossil fuel to be combusted within a low-carbon framework; however, a number of studies are currently reaching different conclusions. During this talk, Dr. Budinis will assess the current state of knowledge regarding the 'unburnable carbon' issue and attempt to provide clarity by quantitatively defining the potential role of CCS in unlocking the unburnable carbon over the next 85 years. 

Sponsored by the MITEI Low-Carbon Energy Center for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:  MITEI Events


Consumerism Meets Minimalism: Can We Live More with Less?
Tuesday, April 4
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, One Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 – $12

The arrival of the sharing economy, the tiny house boom, the joy of liberating worldly possessions, and celebrating not buying the latest gadget tell us the tide of consumerism is shifting again. In the last several months alone, we have seen example after example of how modern information platforms and increased transparency can be used to give people the power to vote with their wallets. In addition to exercising economic and political influence through our purchasing behavior, though, there is also a broad trend toward divesting of the consumption cycle altogether. Modern minamilism proposes to reunite us with meaningful living and greater connectedness with ourselves and others rather than with objects. Juliet Schor, renowned researcher, author and expert on our connected consumption and economy, joins us to unpack the promise of living with less and its impact on the planet. 

Guest Speaker
When we announced upcoming speaker Juliet Schor at the March BASG event, people literally danced with joy. Juliet Schoris Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Schor is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network and scientific advisor to the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI). Schor’sresearch focuses on consumption, time use, and environmental sustainability. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies. In 2014 Schor received the American Sociological Association’s award for Public Understanding of Sociology.
Schor has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan to a variety of civic, business, labor and academic groups. She appears frequently on national and international media, and profiles on her and her work have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and People magazine. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the The Early Show on CBS. She is the author of the bestseller The Overworked American and several other books that explore consumer culture. She is a contributor to the recent film Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. We cannot wait! Join us. - Carol, Holly, and Tilly
More about Juliet Schor and the film Minimalism


ProfDev: Advocacy in the Time of Trump - Moving Beyond Tactics
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston
Fee: $15 advance/$30 door - split with trainer 
Limited space - register ahead of time 
Credit cards accepted online and at the door. 
Newcomers always welcomed!

There are many, many reasons to be resisting right now. This training will help you become more strategic and effective.  

Join Socializing for Justice for a ProfDev (professional development) training Advocacy in the Time of Trump: Moving Beyond Tactics on Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 - 8:30 PM. 

Advocacy in the Time of Trump: Moving Beyond Tactics 
Political activism is trending in the U.S. and there’s no shortage of tips and tactics out there. The problem with diving straight into tactics - without understanding the rules of the political engagement - is that new activists can sabotage their own efforts. It’s like building a house starting with the roof or the sidewalls instead of the foundation.

The solution is training activists to understand the unstated foundational rules. By learning The Advocacy Framework, activists will be able to identify goals, pick a winning strategy, and employ the appropriate techniques naturally. Activists can then dramatically improve their effectiveness.

Participants learn: 
Why credibility is critical 
How to build political relationships & political capital 
The keys to a successful ask

Stefanie Coxe has over 15 years experience in politics and in the non-profit world. During that time she met a lot of people who couldn’t afford a lobbyist but still had a need and passion for advocacy. She formed her training and e-learning company, Nexus Werx LLC to teach non-profit leaders and small businesses how to lobby; individuals how to be effective activists; and first time candidates how to run for office. Stefanie is a 14th generation Cape Codder currently residing in Cambridge, MA. Learn more about her and her work at

6:00-6:30 Socializing -  bring your own dinner 
6:30-8:30 Training and Q&A


The Reality of CO2’s Influence on Sea-Level and Weather Events - GBTP Boston
Tuesday, April 4
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Lir Irish Pub & Restaurant, 903 Boylston Street, Boston, MA (map)

Tom Wysmuller will be discussing The Reality of CO2’s Influence on Sea-Level and Weather Events.
Thomas Wysmuller trained as a meteorologist at New York University and at the Royal Dutch Weather Bureau in Amsterdam. He then worked for five years at NASA before, during, and after the moon landings. A fuller biography can be found here at Heartland's International Conferences on Climate Change website (ICCC 12 being held March 23-24 in Washington DC).

Climate changes. Yes. But is it driven by human activity - is it "man made global warming?" This debate has been going on for decades, and it manifests itself in our governments (in)sincere attempt to "never let a [fabricated] crisis go to waste."

Mayor Marty Walsh and former Secretary of State John Kerry announced last June that Boston would host a climate summit between the US and China. (Mayor Walsh, Secretary Kerry Announce Boston Will Host 2017 US-China Climate Leaders Summit, City of Boston).

Boston has its own "Climate-Ready Boston" initiative to deal with the effects of Climate Change. In particular, they have Climate Projections (link) prepared by their own working group.

Tom Wysmuller will attempt to bring some sanity to the hyperbole which is commonplace in the political discussion and media today. With a change in administrations, President Trump has already removed references to Climate Change from the White House web site. That is a good start, but the debate (and most likely protest) will continue unabated.

This is a first in a series of discussions we will be hosting. Stay Tuned!!


Seed: The Untold Story
Tuesday, April 4
7:00PM TO 9:00PM
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Barry Logan, Visiting Scientist, Arnold Arboretum, and Professor of Biology, Bowdoin College.

Free, registration requested 


Discounted Solar for Somerville

As part of the State’s Solarize Mass program, local volunteers and the City of Somerville recently launched the Solarize Somerville campaign to make it easier and cheaper for residents and small businesses to install solar panels.

The program, which is offering information and guidance, free site consultations, and solar panel discounts through November, has set an ambitious goal to inspire at least 200 property owners to sign up for solar —and each of those private solar installations will also benefit the community directly. For every 400 kW in signed private contracts through the program, the program’s solar vendor SolarFlair will donate a system of up to 5 kW for a public or community purpose. All are invited to the program kickoff at a Meet the Installer event on Tuesday, July 26 at 6-7:30 p.m., 167 Holland St. Additional events on topics such as solar basics, financing, and solar for multifamily homes will be announced.

Unique to the program is its neighbor-to-neighbor approach: trained resident volunteers and a designated volunteer Solar Coach are available essentially as mentors. They can, for example, walk anyone through the process, provide general loan program and tax incentive information, and share their own solar experiences. The campaign’s webpage and blog offers useful information, tips, and a link to websites where you can estimate the solar potential of your home and roughly calculate how much solar could save you on your energy bills at

Somerville is one of the most urban communities ever to participate in Solarize Mass, which makes the neighbor-to-neighbor approach especially helpful due to some of the unique challenges here such as multi-family houses with more than one owner. Winter Hill resident Mary Mangan, the program’s volunteer Solar Coach, went through that process and is ready to share helpful tips.

"I'm excited to work with our eager volunteers to help our neighbors understand the benefits of solar power. As a co-owner of a two-family home with solar, I can also offer some insights about how that process went for us," said Mangan.

Also key to the program is the selection of a designated vendor, which allows the program to offer reduced cost installation through bulk purchasing. Through a competitive process, SolarFlair, based in Ashland, MA, was selected. They were also the selected installer for the communities of Arlington, Hopkinton, Mendon, Brookline, Carlisle-Chelmsford, Newton, and Quincy.

"We're excited to be the selected installer for Solarize Somerville, and look forward to speaking with any home or business owners that are interested in reducing their electric bills while also making a great investment," said Matt Arner, the owner and President of SolarFlair.

Quick facts:
Solar systems can be purchased outright (with a payback of about 4-5 years). The Mass Solar Loan program offers rates of 3.25% or less. 
Or, for no money down owners can choose a power purchase agreement (PPA), where the system is owned and maintained by a third party, and residents buy back the electricity at a discounted price.   
More on-site renewable energy is critical to reducing carbon emissions.  It also saves money for residents.

Tax incentives for solar installations include:
Federal Tax Credit: A 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is available for qualified residential and commercial projects
Massachusetts Personal Income Tax Credit: The lesser of 15% of the total cost of the solar electric system or $1,000, for qualified clean energy projects
Five-year Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS): Business owners can depreciate solar electric systems over a five-year schedule

For more information or to sign up for a free site consultation:

Visit the Solarize Somerville webpage at for
Helpful information and FAQs
To contact a volunteer or Solar Coach Mary Mangan to discuss solar options and incentives
To set up an appointment for a free site consultation directly with SolarFlair
To find out about events
To volunteer for Solarize Somerville


Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!
Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images
Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?  With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.
HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.
Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.
Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.
The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.
Go to  Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here" to request the report.
That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.
With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


Hey Cambridge residents!

Did you know the City of Cambridge is trying to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize? It was created to develop a cleaner and more efficient energy future. Energy efficiency and conservation are the best ways to save energy and minimize environmental impact. In that effort, Cambridge is hoping all residents will get a no-cost energy assessment in order to make their homes more efficient and comfortable. Let us know you're interested here:

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:
Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap

Again, let us know you're interested here: and someone will be in contact with you shortly to give you personally tailored contact information on how you can get your no-cost home energy assessment. Renters are also eligible!

Any action to save energy in the home will help Cambridge win this competition while protecting the environment. For additional ideas on how to save energy, please see the Cambridge Energy Alliance website at

Please share with your Cambridge friends and family and ask them to get a free energy assessment!

Want to be more involved? Become a neighborhood Block Captain! Block Captains help their community members sign up for and complete no-cost home energy assessments through the MassSave program. Our team will give you the tools and guidance needed to recruit neighbors to get an assessment and improve the efficiency of their homes. Participation is welcome at whatever level you are able to commit to.
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain, please fill out the form at and someone from the Cambridge Energy Alliance will be in contact with you shortly. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity!

Questions? Contact

Cambridge Energy Alliance


Sunny Cambridge has just launched! Sunny Cambridge is the city-wide initiative that makes it easy for all types of residents to get solar power for their homes. Cambridge has lined up local solar installers through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, which helps you request, receive, and compare solar quotes 100% online with support available every step of the way.

The City of Cambridge is working on many levels to reduce energy use and GHG emissions to make the city more sustainable. As a semifinalist in the nationwide competition for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, Cambridge Energy Alliance is encouraging residents to take actions to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Get involved by signing up for a no-cost home energy assessment at the Cambridge Energy Alliance home page (
and going solar at 


Cambridge Coalition Solar Access Campaign is part of the DOE SunShot Solar in Your Community Challenge with a goal of 40 new solar electric systems installed in Cambridge, with a focus on serving low-to-moderate income communities.

Coalition partners include Green Cambridge, which works to create a more sustainable city and to protect the environment for the health and safety of all, Resonant Energy, a community-based solar developer, Solstice, helping every single household in America go solar, and Sunwealth, a solar investment firm.

hat tip Cambridge Civic Journal 


Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide
SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!
To view the directory please visit:
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at


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


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website ( that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.
The website contains:
A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development -
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily -
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations -
Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities
The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.
Please feel free to email our organization at if you have any questions!


Boston Maker Spaces - 41 (up from 27 in 2016) and counting:
Solidarity Network Economy:'s Guide to Boston:


Links to events at over 50 colleges and universities at Hubevents:

Thanks to
Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:
MIT Events:
MIT Energy Club:
Sustainability at Harvard:
Microsoft NERD Center:
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:
Cambridge Civic Journal:
Cambridge Happenings:
Cambridge Community Calendar:
Take Action MA:

If you have an event you would like to see here, the submission deadline is 12 PM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.

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