Sunday, October 01, 2017

Energy (and Other) Events - October 1, 2017

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Monday, October 2

12pm  PAOC Colloquium: Why diatoms are so successful in the ocean, and how to represent their strategies in ecosystem models
12pm  Archaeology Meets Earth-Science in Modern Human Origins Research in Africa
12pm  ImpactFest Food For Thought: Advancing Change Through Public Narrative
12pm  Vehicle Electrification in China: Preferences, Policy, and Technology Trajectories
12:10pm  Remotely Sensing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes
12:15pm  Social Intelligence, Not Artificial Intelligence
12:30pm  Urban Design: How Well Do Ideas Travel?
12:30pm  How Governments Mobilize Domestic Finance for Innovation - The Case of the Domestic Clean Energy Sector
12:30pm  Future of Work: Building a Next-Generation Organization
4pm  Understanding Nature Holistically and Without Equations
5pm  SEMICONDUCTOR INNOVATION: Game Over or Next Level? A Fireside Chat with Vincent Roche
5:15pm  Social Media: Individual and Societal Impacts
5:30pm  Air quality and water implications of power sector decarbonization: Effects of strengthening environmental policies
6pm  Conversation 1 of Symposium, “Made in Cambridge: What’s Happening in Kendall Square?"
7pm  One Nation After Trump:  A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported

Tuesday, October 3

9am  Common Goals, Uncommon Partners: Seeking Solutions to Reduce Methane Emissions with The Gas Leak Allies
12pm  Gary Liu
12pm  Turbulence in the atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers
12pm  Design Discussion on Urbanization: Clare Lyster and Mason White
12:30pm  Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism
2pm  Community Choice Energy - Boston City Council Hearing
3pm  Media Manipulation & Disinformation Online
4:30pm  Starr Forum: Dealing with North Korea
5pm  Ikebana: Flower arrangement demo with Master Akihiro Nishi
5:30pm  Design for Good - Boston Book Launch
6pm  The Future of Happiness: How Communication Technologies Will Change Our World—Or Not
6pm  Empathy for Conflict Resolution 
6pm  Handle with Care: Fragility-proofing in an Age of Instability
6pm  "The Imagination Paradox: Participation or Performance of Visioning the City”
6pm  Sustainability & Careers - Boston Area Sustainability Group Meeting
6:30pm  Swiss Technologies Review with CSEM
7:30pm  DREAM BIG: Democracy Matters with author/historian Timothy Snyder

Wednesday, October 4 - Saturday, October 7

Draper Labs’ Engineering Possibilities 2017

Wednesday, October 4

9am  STEP Into the Sun: Solar Training for Design Professionals
10am  Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran: What Americans Really Think about Using Nuclear Weapons and Killing Noncombatants
11am  Green Transportation Celebration
12pm  Houghton Lecture:  Fundamentals of Turbulence and the Atmospheric Boundary Layer
12pm  Leadership in Effectively Communicating for Causes or Issues
12pm  The Cost of Medications: Current Realities and the Future of Pharmaceutical Pricing Regulations in the United States
12pm  Did fake news save Kenya from an Internet shutdown? Emerging trends on tech and elections in Africa  
12pm  America's Next War and How to Prevent It
12pm  An Unfinished Conversation with Lee Mun Wah
12:30pm  Planning with Robots: How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact Cities and Urban Labor Markets?
2pm  Electronics for All
3:30pm  China’s Anthropogenic Methane Emissions: A Review of Current Bottom-Up Inventories
4pm  Geometric Deep Learning
4:15pm  Navigating Market-Based Environmental Regulation: Lessons from the U.S. Acid Rain Program
4:15pm  A Conversation with Romano Prodi, 52nd Prime Minister of Italy and 10th President of the European Commission
5:30pm  Forecasting and Modeling in the Energy Arena (Oil, Gas, Wind, Solar)
5:30pm  Spiritual Blackout, Imperial Meltdown, Prophetic Fightback 
6pm  authors@mit - Thomas Mullaney: The Chinese Typewriter
6pm  The Future Is History:  How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
6pm  Hacking Visualization: A Talk by Alex Hogreffe
6pm  Scaling the Universe
6pm  Ideate for Impact: Cleantech Founders Evening 
6pm  Movies That Matter: "Soundtrack of a Revolution”
7pm  Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health
7pm  Tamed and Untamed:  Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
7pm  Facilitating Productive Dialogue about Climate Change
7pm  Politics and Prejudice: How diversity shapes scientific progress
7pm  FreeP Talks: Politics Meets Art, with New York Times Reporter Sopan Deb

Thursday, October 5

8am  Boston TechBreakfast: Robilis, DiabetIQ, JigTime, Plan Fate
8:30am  2017 MIT Startup Workshop - Robotics, Drones and Sensor Tech
11:30am  The Roots of Prejudice
12pm  Ten points of hope for progress on climate change
12pm  This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution and Evolving the Future
12pm  Data-Driven Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities
12:15pm  Targeting Noncombatants as a Strategy in War or Wartime Military Occupation: An Empirical Assessment
3:30pm  Just Energy Auctions: Creating Equitable Pathways for the Global Energy Transition 
4pm  Persistent instability of glacial climate and overturning circulation in the North Atlantic for the past 1.5 million years
4:30pm  Industrial Cyber Security in Germany
5pm  MIT-India Presents: Nuclear Hallucinations
5:30pm  Public Forum, Recording Lives: Libraries, Books and the Digital Future
6pm  An Evening with Sarah Vowell
6pm  Print is not dead. The Beauty of Analogue Media in the Digital World
6pm  RPP Colloquium Event: The Restorative Justice Approach: Wisdom and Spiritual Resources for Sustainable Peace in Our Communities
6:30pm  Sustainability Collaborative 
7pm  Learning Xchange: Driving Forces in American Government
7pm  MIT IDEAS Fall Generator Dinner
7pm  The Real Threats to American Democracy

Friday, October 6 - Saturday, October 7

Public Forum, Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age
ALS Assistive Technology Hackathon

Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 8


Friday, October 6

8:30am  Second Conference on Emerging Technologies and Global Development
12pm  Weather & Climate in Cities
12pm  CID Speaker Series: Paying for Success: Innovative Designs for Social Impact
3pm  Rebel Power:  Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win
6pm  Non-Violent Civil Disobedience (NVCD) and the Age of Antifa

Saturday, October 7

11am  Fixit Clinic CCXXVII (227) Cambridge Public Library
11am  Popular "National Popular Vote March for 2020" in Washington DC + all big Cities

Sunday, October 8 

10am  Workshops for Neurodiversity: Ecology, Evolution, and Engineering for Empowered Brains
2:30pm  Somerville Community Growing Center Annual Harvest Fair

Tuesday, October 10 - Sunday, October 15


Tuesday, October 10

11am  Join the Fossil Fuel Divestment Hearing and Lobby Day!
12pm  HUBweek 2017: Programming the Future of AI: Ethics, Governance, and Justice
12:45pm  The Human Face of AI
1pm  MADMEC Finals
1pm  Giza 3D: Visualizing the Pyramids
4pm  How AI Makes Us More Human
5pm  The Future of Robotics
5:15pm  Early American Environmental Histories
6pm  At the Strangers' Gate:  Arrivals in New York
6pm  Open House at The Engine; a HUBweek Event
6pm  Using Digital Tools to Explore American Political Divides
6pm  In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America
6:15pm  Guest Speaker: Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy Division at UN Economic Commission for Europe
6:30pm  Are Students Learning the Right Things for a Just, Sustainable, and Healthy World?
7pm  Bob Schieffer- Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News
7pm  National Bird 
8:30pm  Human Harvest: China’s Illegal Organ Trade


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

Crowd Funding an Emergency Solar Electric Grid for Puerto Rico and Other Islands


Monday, October 2

PAOC Colloquium:  Why diatoms are so successful in the ocean, and how to represent their strategies in ecosystem models
Monday, October 2
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923 , 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Bess Ward, Princeton
Diatoms are often the winners in the race to acquire nutrients and accumulate biomass in the highest productivity ecosystems of the world ocean.  This statement is almost a truism – everybody knows it’s true but it’s not always obvious why.  I will report on my investigations into the winning ways of diatoms using field experiments, model simulations and molecular analysis of phytoplankton community composition.  Accurate representation of phytoplankton functional groups in ecosystem models is improved by physiological knowledge of the species involved, but it turns out we still don’t know very much about the most abundant species – the unknown unknowns of the phytoplankton world.

About the Speaker
Research in the Ward laboratory concerns the marine and global nitrogen cycle, using molecular biological investigations of marine bacteria and bacterial processes (especially nitrification and denitrification), and measuring the rates of N transformation processes using various isotope approaches. We have ongoing research in the following areas:
Nitrogen cycling (nitrification, denitrification, anammox, etc.) in several suboxic zones of the world ocean (Arabian Sea, Eastern Tropical North and South Pacific) and in Chesapeake Bay, Great Sippewissett Salt Marsh, etc.
Nitrogen assimilation by phytoplankton and functional diversity of eukaryotic phytoplankton in the world ocean
Diversity of functional guilds of bacteria involved in the nitrogen cycle of aquatic systems


Archaeology Meets Earth-Science in Modern Human Origins Research in Africa
Monday, October 2
Harvard, Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Christian A. Tryon, Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University.
Abstract: Modern humans (Homo sapiens) first appeared in Africa, subsequently spreading across Africa and later to Eurasia, Australasia, and elsewhere during the Late Pleistocene. Understanding the evolutionary processes that led to the origins and dispersal of modern humans in Africa requires a multi-disciplinary approach, particularly to understand the complex relationships caused by a dynamic record of environmental and behavioral changes.  I outline a series of long-term collaborative projects in East Africa at archaeological sites that focus on reconstructing ancient biomes and constructing high-resolution data archives to explore spatial and temporal changes in ancient landscapes, drawing on data from paleolimnology, geochronology, tephrostratigraphy, biogeochemistry, ecology, geography, and allied fields.  The Late Pleistocene dispersal of modern humans from an East African source may have been largely facilitated by a series of environmental changes that altered connections between regions across the continent. [Background paper at]

EPS Colloquium


ImpactFest Food For Thought: Advancing Change Through Public Narrative
Monday, October 2
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Impact Hub Boston, 15th Floor, 50 Milk Street, Boston

Start off Impact Hub's week of social impact events at ImpactFest with an engaging "Food For Thought on Advancing Change through Public Narrative" with Abel Cano. We will discuss how to tell our own stories and better understand others to advance change through action while also exploring how to create unity from diversity. Food For Thoughts are casual brown bag lunch discussions around a particular social impact topic. 

About Public Narrative
Public narrative is a leadership practice designed to empower individuals to accept the responsibility and uncertainty that accompanies positions of leadership, and for enabling others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty. Through narrative, we learn how to make choices in response to challenges of an uncertain world – as individuals, as communities and as nations. Responding to urgent challenges adaptively requires drawing on sources of hope, empathy and confidence.

Public narrative is the art of translating values into action. It is a discursive process through which individuals, communities, and nations learn to make choices, construct identity, and inspire action. Because it engages the 'head' and the 'heart,' narrative can instruct and inspire - teaching us not only why we should act, but moving us to act. Together, we will sharpen our capacity to engage with others of diverse views and perspectives in potentially transformative ways.

About the Speaker:
Abel Cano is Founder and CEO of The Arc of Change, a Boston-based organization dedicated to creating brave learning spaces that deepen transformational leadership for social change at non-profits and universities. With a background in community organizing, Abel teaches to empower a rising generation of social movement leaders. 
Abel Cano served as the Boston Field Organizer and Statewide Constituency Lead for Massachusetts in President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Abel led the grassroots campaign to elect Boston’s first Asian-American woman to City Council At-Large as Field Director in 2013.
Abel is Co-Founder of the thriving non-profit arts and technology organization, EMW: Art | Technology | Community in Cambridge. Abel taught leadership courses with Professor Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government focused on Community Organizing and Public Narrative.

Abel Cano has trained leaders at the Harvard Kennedy School, Open Society Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health, National Health Service UK, Oxfam International, United Teen Empowerment Center, Brown University and among others.


Vehicle Electrification in China: Preferences, Policy, and Technology Trajectories
Monday, October 2
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

John Helveston, Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University. Lunch is provided.

Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:   Louisa Lund


Remotely Sensing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes
Monday, October 2
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Boston

Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Professor, University of Minnesota, will discuss her research on using remote sensing tools to link aboveground functional attributes of plants and their diversity to belowground processes as part of a large-scale effort to remotely sense biodiversity and ecosystem processes.

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk

Contact Name: 


Social Intelligence, Not Artificial Intelligence
Monday, October 2
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Please RSVP to by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

with Alex Pentland, MIT Media Lab

Sandwich lunch is provided. RSVP required. 


Urban Design: How Well Do Ideas Travel?
Monday, October 2
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, City Arena,9-255, 105 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

The SPURS/Humphrey program is delighted to invite you to our fall seminar series: North American Planning Experience: Is It Relevant for the Developing World?

Our goal is to explore to what extent, and under what conditions, planning ideas generated from practice in the U.S. can travel to cities in the developing world and be implemented effectively. We’ll also consider whether planning ideas, practices and programs are traveling from the rest of the world back to the United States. 

The third seminar is Monday, Oct 2, in City Arena, 12:30 to 2 pm, with lunch available at 12:15 pm: Urban Design: How Well Do Ideas Travel?, with Gary Hack and Brent Ryan, respondent.


How Governments Mobilize Domestic Finance for Innovation - The Case of the Domestic Clean Energy Sector 
Monday, October 2
12:30 – 2PM
Tufts, Cabot Intercultural Center,Cabot 703, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Government often plays a crucial and active role for funding innovative activity. Almost every major technical change in recent years on the world can trace most of its funding back to state funding. Financing is often a well-recognized barrier to the development of clean energy technologies. This research will explore how governments mobilize domestic finance for clean energy innovation based on four country cases, namely the United States, Germany, China, and India.

Event Contact Elayne Stecher


Future of Work: Building a Next-Generation Organization
Monday, October 2
12:30- 6pm
Catalant Office, 25 Thomson Place, Boston

The way we work is changing. The truth is, most great people, ideas, and capabilities lie outside the walls of an organization. Companies will simply not succeed in today’s rapidly changing business environment if they only rely on the relatively small number of people who happen to wear an employee badge. To win in the future, companies will need to work differently.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch 
Hosted by Rob Biederman and Pat Petitti, co-founders & co-CEOs of Catalant 
1:30 – 2:00 “Corporate Venturing – One Path to Innovation” 
Keynote with Paul Davies, Employee Experience Leader of GE 
2:00 – 3:00 “Age of Entrepreneurship” 
Panel with local Boston venture capitalists & investors 
3:00 – 4:00 “Life by Design” 
Panel with top independent experts moderated by Kylie Wright-Ford, CMO of Catalant 
4:00 – 6:00 "Future of Work: Building a Next-Generation Marketing Organization"
Featured panelists: 
Emily Culp, CMO, Keds
Tom Libretto, CMO, Pegasystems
Jon Potter, CMO, Boston Beer Co.
Naveen Rajdev, CMO, Wipro
Stephen Tisdalle, CMO, State Street Global Advisors

Moderated by:
Jenny Rooney, Editor of Forbes CMO Network

We hope you can join us!


Understanding Nature Holistically and Without Equations
Monday, October 2
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 1-190, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Professor George Sugihara
Since before the time of Aristotle and the natural philosophers, reductionism has played a foundational role in western scientific thought. The premise of reductionism is that systems can be broken down into constituent pieces and studied independently, then reassembled to understand the behavior of the system as a whole. It embodies the classical linear perspective. 

This approach has been successful in developing basic physical laws and especially in engineering where linear analysis dominates and systems are purposefully designed that way. However, reductionism is not universally applicable for natural complex systems found in biology and elsewhere where behavior is driven, not by a few factors acting independently, but by complex interactions between many components acting together in time nonlinear dynamic systems. 

Here we examine a minimalist paradigm, empirical dynamics, for studying non-linear systems and a method that can distinguish causality from correlation. It is a data-driven approach that uses time series information to study a system holistically by reconstructing its attractor-a geometric object that embodies the rules of a full set of equations for the system. Here the ideas are intuitive and will be illustrative of Aristotle and the natural philosophers and with examples from ecology, epidemiology and genetics.

CEE C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series


SEMICONDUCTOR INNOVATION: Game Over or Next Level?  A Fireside Chat with Vincent Roche
Monday, October 2
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join us for a fireside chat with Analog Devices, Inc. CEO Vincent Roche. Reception to follow immediately. This talk is open to the general public and is free of cost.


Social Media: Individual and Societal Impacts
Monday, October 2
5:15pm – 6:45pm
Harvard, William James Hall, B1, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

The proliferation of social media into our culture has had a profound impact on how we see ourselves and interact with one another. Come hear our panel of experts discuss and debate the impact of social media on our thoughts and behavior.

Moderator:  Jennifer Hochschild, PhD
Panelists;  Michael Rich, MD, MPH
Todd Rogers, PhD
Judith Donath, PhD
Yochai Benkler, JD


Air quality and water implications of power sector decarbonization: Effects of strengthening environmental policies
Monday, October 2
5:30 pm
MIT, Building E19-319, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Presentation Abstract:
Global climate change and local environmental issues are both heavily impacted by power sector decisions. Decarbonizing the power sector can bring air quality co-benefits, while its water implications depend on the choices of low-carbon technologies (e.g. nuclear generation can be water-intensive). Using China’s 2030 power system design as a test case, we demonstrate that strengthening the air quality or water policy in isolation (e.g. increasing air pollution or water price) can lead to a trade-off between air quality and water conservation benefits of decarbonization at the national level, as well as uneven regional impacts at the subnational level. This is because air-pollution-oriented and water-oriented transmission system designs can be different, due to the regional variations in low-carbon deployments, air pollution and water scarcity. Therefore, integrating both air pollution and water concerns into power sector strategies is critical to simultaneously address local and global sustainability challenges.

Presenter Bio: Wei Peng, Ph.D.
Wei is a Giorgio Ruffolo Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science in the Belfer Center for Science and International affairs at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her research utilizes modeling tools to inform energy policy in both emerging markets (e.g. China) and developed countries (e.g. U.S.) to align their decarbonization efforts with local environmental and socioeconomic concerns. She also connects local impacts of decarbonization with public opinion on carbon policies. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Peking University.


Conversation 1 of Symposium, “Made in Cambridge: What’s Happening in Kendall Square?"
Monday, October 2
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Conversation 1: “Why Here?” Monday, October 2nd, 6-8pm; at the Cambridge Public Library Main Branch Auditorium
We'll be talking about the key elements to establishing the biotech industry in Cambridge. Our speakers will be answering questions like- Why here and not somewhere else? What does innovation mean to us? In hindsight could things have happened differently here? 

Our moderator is Henrietta Davis, former Mayor of Cambridge.
Our speakers are Sam Lipson, Director of Environmental Health at Cambridge Public Health; Robin Wolfe Scheffler, Historian; and Dr. Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT.

Henrietta Davis is the former Mayor of Cambridge.
Sam Lipson is the Director of Environmental Health at Cambridge Public Health.
Robin Wolfe Scheffler is the Leo Marx Career Development Professor in the History and Culture of Science and Technology at the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. He studies the history of the biological and biomedical sciences in American society, and he currently focuses on the history of the biotechnology industry.
Dr. Phillip A. Sharp is an Institute Professor at MIT, and member of the Department of Biology and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. His research interests center on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing. Dr. Sharp is a co-founder of Biogen and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


One Nation After Trump:  A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported
Monday, October 2
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30 )
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $5.00 - $27.25 (online only, book-included)

Harvard Book Store and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School welcome Georgetown University professor and Washington Post contributor E. J. DIONNE, JR. for a discussion of his latest book, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported—coauthored by Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann. Dionne will be joined in conversation by Harvard's MICHAEL SANDEL, author of Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? and What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets.

in conversation with MICHAEL SANDEL

Tuesday, October 3

Common Goals, Uncommon Partners: Seeking Solutions to Reduce Methane Emissions with The Gas Leak Allies
Tuesday, October 3
9:00AM TO 12:00PM
MIT, Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

The Gas Leaks Allies unconventional, interdisciplinary coalition of activists, researchers, utility executives, municipal leaders, natural gas experts, inventors, and mothers is finding solutions for the gas-leaking pipelines buried in our neighborhoods. Join them on October 3rd to hear results and recommendations, see new technologies, and learn about their unique collaboration. 

There is no cost to attend, but venue seating is limited. 


Gary Liu
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard.Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building, 4th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Gary Liu is CEO of the South China Morning Post, an English-language media company covering China and Asia. Prior to joining SCMP, Liu was CEO of Digg, where he led the startup’s transformation from aggregator to news platform. Previously, he was head of Spotify Labs, where he managed emerging technologies and business strategies for Spotify’s global markets. Liu has also worked at AOL and Google, and has a B.A. in economics from Harvard College.


Turbulence in the atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers
Tuesday, October 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915/923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
Stephen Belcher is the Met Office Chief Scientist and provides leadership of our scientific research and development.

Professor Belcher obtained his PhD in fluid dynamics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and has subsequently published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on the fluid dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic turbulence. Having completed his PhD he became a research fellow at Stanford and Cambridge Universities. In 1994 he moved to the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where he served as Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences between 2007 and 2010.  In 2010 he became the Joint Met Office Chair in Weather Systems. This role gave him a taster of working closely with the Met Office, and in 2012 he joined the Met Office as Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre.

Stephen led the evolution of the Met Office Hadley Centre to focus on climate science and services: motivated by the need to provide governments, industry and society with actionable advice, i.e. ‘climate services’. He was a driving force behind the initiation of the Newton Fund Climate Science for Service Partnership China (CSSP China), in which scientists from both China and the UK are now working together to develop fundamental climate science and climate services.

Stephen is a member of the Government Chief Scientific Advisor’s network.
Stephen is a member of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme.
In 2002, Stephen received the Rosenstiel Award for Oceanography for outstanding research in oceanographic science.
In 2011 he presented the Scruton Lecture at the Institution of Civil Engineers.


Design Discussion on Urbanization: Clare Lyster and Mason White
Tuesday, October 3
12:00PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, Gund 112, Gund Hall, GSD, 42-48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Clare Lyster and Mason White join Charles Waldheim, Daniel Ibañez, and others to discuss the recently released volume, Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan.
Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan (Ibañez, Lyster, Waldheim, and White, eds.) describes the conditions for urbanization across the Great Lakes region. It assembles a multi-layered, empirical description of urbanization processes within the drainage basins of the five Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River. This thick description encompasses a range of representational forms including maps, plans, diagrams, timelines, and photographs, as well as speculative design research projects and critical texts. Postponing diagnosis, let alone treatment of these conditions, Third Coast Atlas aspires to simply describe. It proposes a new geographic gestalt for urban analysis. Superimposed upon the North American continent, and with easily recognizable yet divergent political and geological borders, this megaregion traverses portions of eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, as well as the world’s largest collection of surficial fresh water. Third Coast Atlas characterizes the littoral edge as a distinct field of urbanization, and constructs a reading of the region both specific and speculative.

In this event, Lyster and White will present a brief lecture, followed by a panel discussion with Pierre Bélanger, Rosetta Elkin, Daniel Ibañez, and Rania Ghosn. Charles Waldheim will host and moderate the discussion.

Free and open to the public.


Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism
Tuesday, October 3
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, City Arena, 105 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Early 2017 has not been a time of optimism. In a year of rising intolerance, inequality, and a deep distrust in the value of government, there has never been a better time to recognize and celebrate the under-reported individuals who work, quietly and tirelessly, to make cities into the proving grounds of a more equitable and sustainable future, a future that advances ideals of solidarity and resilience. In Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism, Cassim Shepard (MCP, '07) offers a cross-disciplinary approach to argue for a more expansive understanding of how, and by whom, cities are made today. The book focuses on emerging principles practiced by a diverse group of “citymakers,” including landscape designers, housing advocates, photographers, hackers, architects, ecologists, community organizers, activists, artists, and more. As founding editor of Urban Omnibus, an online publication that brings innovative projects in New York City to a wide, international audience, Shepard is uniquely situated to tell these stories and to place them in an intellectual and historical context. Shepard explores ideas that are tested in New York City but applicable to cities everywhere. In this talk, Shepard will discuss the ideas explored in the book and his vision of citymaking as a crucial arena of imagination, ethics, and action.


Community Choice Energy - Boston City Council Hearing
Tuesday, October 3
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston

Boston City Council is holding hearings to discuss Community Choice Energy (CCE) to increase renewable energy, add local jobs, clean up our air, and stabilize prices.
We'll be gathering in the council hearing hall to show our support CCE and let Boston city government know it's important.


Media Manipulation & Disinformation Online
Tuesday, October 3 
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Northeastern, 346 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Visiting Speaker Alice Marwick, UNC Chapel Hill
Alice E. Marwick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she researches the social, political, and cultural implications of popular social media technologies. Her current book project examines how the networked nature of online privacy disproportionately impacts marginalized individuals in terms of gender, race, and socio-economic status. Marwick is also an Advisor and Research Affiliate on the Media Manipulation project at the Data & Society Research Institute, which studies far-right online subcultures and their use of social media to spread misinformation. Her first book, Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Branding in the Social Media Age (Yale 2013), draws from ethnographic fieldwork in the San Francisco tech scene to examine how people seek social status through attention and visibility online. Marwick was formerly Director of the McGannon Communication Research Center and Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, and a postdoctoral researcher in the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England. She writes for popular publications such as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and The Guardian in addition to academic journals including New Media and Society, Public Culture, Social Media & Society, the International Journal of Communication and Television & New Media, among others. Her most recent article on the ethics of the celebrity nude photo leaks appears in Ethics and Information Technology. Alice has a PhD from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.

This event is free and open to the public, but if you are not a member of the Northeastern community, please email Sarah Connell (sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu) to register.


Starr Forum: Dealing with North Korea
Tuesday, October 3
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

MIT experts consider the options

Taylor Fravel, is associate professor of political science, member of the Security Studies Program at MIT, and acting director of the MIT Center for International Studies. His work focuses on international security, China, and East Asia.
Vipin Narang, is associate professor of political science at MIT and a member of the Security Studies Program at MIT. His work focuses on nuclear proliferation and South Asian security.
Jim Walsh, is senior research associate at the Security Studies Program at MIT. His work focuses on international security and nuclear weapons.

Co-sponsors:  MIT Center for International Studies and MIT Security Studies Program (SSP)

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served
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Ikebana: Flower arrangement demo with Master Akihiro Nishi
Tuesday, October 3
5:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 10-105 Bush Room, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Come and see the Master Akihiro Nishi demonstrate the Ohara School style of Ikebana--flower arrangement. Twenty lucky MIT students/affiliates will be selected to try their skills at Ikebana Flower Arrange after the demonstration by Professor Nishi.


Design for Good - Boston Book Launch
Tuesday, October 3
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Humanscale, 34 Farnsworth Street, 5th Floor, Boston

Join Humanscale + Bernhardt Design for the Boston launch of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone—author John Cary’s new book is focused on the dignifying power of design.

Design for Good is premised on the belief that everyone deserves good design. This isn’t just another book for and about designers; it’s a book about the lives we lead, inextricably shaped by the spaces and places we inhabit. 

With a foreword by Melinda Gates, the book showcases 20 diverse building projects from across the country and around the world. Brought to life with stunning photography, each project narrative is based on extensive interviews with clients, users, and designers, including Boston-based MASS Design Group.
Published by Island Press and designed by Pentagram, each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the book, thanks to the generosity of Bernhardt Design and Humanscale. 

5:30-6:30pm: Welcome and drinks
6:30-7pm: Author remarks
7-8:30pm: Book signing and reception

Humanscale believes that the best designs are based on purpose and function. Simplicity and ease of use are at the heart of functionality; a product's form should flow from its function, resulting in products that will feel and look as current and relevant in 20 years as they do today. Humanscale believes everything the company creates—from its factories to its products—must be self-sustaining and make a positive contribution. 

Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 128-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company and continues to be a leader and innovator in furniture design and production. During the past 15 years, President Jerry Helling has assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the premier international design companies with a focus on supporting future generations of designers.


The Future of Happiness: How Communication Technologies Will Change Our World—Or Not
Tuesday, October 3
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Laura Kubzansky, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Co-Director, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication; Co-Director, Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Jonathan L. Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law, John F. Kennedy School of Government; Professor, Computer Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Vice Dean, Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School; Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

What impact are information and communication technologies such as the Internet and social media having on our health, politics, and culture? While there is considerable controversy about this topic, informed analysis and empirical evidence to address it are lacking. In this panel discussion, an interdisciplinary group of experts and thinkers from across Harvard University will debate the impact of communication technologies on health, happiness, and well-being and discuss future implications for policy, practice, and culture. 

Panel Discussion. Free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology


Empathy for Conflict Resolution 
Tuesday, October 3
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join MIT professor Ceasar McDowell in a salon-style conversation on interpersonal conflicts, including how empathy can be used to overcome tribalism, and creating human connections across lines of ideological division. 

Free. No pre-registration necessary. 

This program is offered in conjunction with The Enemy, on view October 5, 2017. 


Handle with Care: Fragility-proofing in an Age of Instability
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 6 – 7:10 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, Institute of Politics, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
Institute of Politics
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
SPEAKER(S) 2017 Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace
Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer for the World Bank
Doug Elmendorf (Moderator), Dean, Harvard Kennedy School, Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


"The Imagination Paradox: Participation or Performance of Visioning the City”
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S250, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Weatherhead Center for International Affairs/Graduate-Student Papers in Cultural Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Katarzyna Balug, PhD Student, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
CONTACT INFO Professor Panagiotis Roilos
DETAILS  Models of urban planning after authoritarian modernism raise the question of democratic control over the city and the possibility of imagining as a collective act. The paper examines systemic hindrances to free-thinking, and thus free-acting, embedded in urban communities. Through the case study of recent work by the art collective Department of Play, it illustrates the rationale for engaging public imagination specifically via play as world-building; and it posits the potential implications and limits of such activity as an intervention into city planning processes. Interested in liminal spaces between territory, language and social affiliation, the collective advances an agenda of productive dissent in public space through play and performance. Department of Play begins from the position that we can only plan that which we imagine, and thus exists as an effort to free the public imagination from modes of thinking dictated by the capitalist context.


Sustainability & Careers - Boston Area Sustainability Group Meeting
Tuesday, October 3
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Hynes Convention Center, Room 202, Boston
Cost:  $8 – $12

For our October 3rd event, we invite you to a very special evening with BASG as we dive head first into a topic that is consistently near and dear to many who have attended BASG events over the years – how to bring sustainability into your work, career and life.

As the backdrop for this event, we are both excited and honored to be able to collaborate with SUSTAINATOPIA during its conference here in Boston October 1-4 at the Hynes Convention Center. This is a unique opportunity to take BASG out of the CIC Venture Cafe and into a different sustainability setting. Attendees will have the chance to meet and to network with a national audience of people, who share an interest and concern for a broad spectrum of sustainability topics.

Our format for the evening will mix perspectives from the three BASG co-organizers about what they have learned in their work, careers and lives with the experiences and successes of those in the room. What motivates and inspires each of us to do the work we do, including engaging with BASG? One thing we three share in common is the desire to see others achieve their professional and personal goals be it a job promotion, career transition, or just a way to increase individual connectivity to sustainability. 

Hosting this event within the SUSTAINATOPIA conference means some very special extras for BASG goers this month.
Option to register for the BASG event only: $8 Early Bird, $10 Student/Non-Profit, and $12 Regular
Complimentary drink ticket for post event networking with SUSTAINATOPIA and BASG attendees
Special 30% discount to all BASG members to attend the full SUSTAINATOPIA conference. Use discount code BASG30 when registering here. This discount applies to all ticket levels, but is not applicable in combination with other existing discounts.
We hope you'll join us for this unique evening. We can't wait to hear more about your sustainability aspirations! - Carol, Holly, and Tilly


Swiss Technologies Review with CSEM
Tuesday, October 3
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
swissnexBoston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge

First innovation event of the season – Meet executives and discover Swiss-made technologies from the CSEM, Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology : microsystems, sensors, printed electronics, photovoltaics, vision and wearable technologies, and many more.

Bridging with Switzerland’s leading edge innovation center 
Do you work in medtech, healthcare, energy, or aerospace? 

CSEM (Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology) is fostering collaborations in North America, specifically in these fields. Come meet some executives, learn about recent projects, and discover possible collaborative opportunities!

For our first innovation event of the season, swissnex Boston welcomes CSEM to promote and demonstrate some of its Swiss-made technologies. CSEM has an international reputation for the development of innovative technology platforms in microsystems, systems engineering, ultra-low-power integrated systems and surface technologies.

Introduction of CSEM and highlight of some of its technologies (focus on photovoltaics, MEMS, medtech)
Presentation on the reliability of “Swiss-made”
Devices demo
Networking reception
Dr. Bahaa Roustom, Business Development Senior Manager at CSEM
Michele Palmieri, Vice President and Division Head of Micro&Nano Systems at CSEM
Jens Krauss, Vice President of Systems at CSEM
Dr. Vincent Linder, CTO at OPKO Diagnostics
Brittany McDonough, Director of Global Partnerships at MassChallenge
Hallie Moran, Director of Global Operations at MassChallenge
Program starts at 6:30 ; doors open at 6:00.


DREAM BIG: Democracy Matters with author/historian Timothy Snyder
Tuesday, October 3
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

This special event will feature guest speaker Timothy Snyder, Levin Professor of History, Yale University and author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. A leading American historian and public intellectual, Professor Snyder advocates for active citizen participation as an essential safe guard for democracy.
Maria McCauley, Director of the Cambridge Public Library, will provide opening remarks for the evening.

Callie Crossley, Host/Executive Editor of WGBH Radio’s “Under the Radar” will guide the community discussion that will follow Snyder’s talk.

Wednesday, October 4 - Saturday, October 7

Draper Labs’ Engineering Possibilities 2017
Wednesday, October 4 - Saturday, October 7
9 AM - 4 PM
Draper Atrium, 555 Technology Square, Cambridge

Draper’s annual technology showcase offers attendees a look at the bold solutions our diverse team of engineers and scientists has developed to take on the world’s greatest challenges, from space travel to cancer. We invite you to explore interactive demonstrations and speak with experts at the vanguard of technology. Rethink what’s possible and realize that the future is closer than you thought. 

More information at

Wednesday, October 4

STEP Into the Sun: Solar Training for Design Professionals
Wednesday, October 4
9:00am – 4:00pm (includes half hour lunch)
Registration begins 8:30am
Boston Society of Architects Space for Architecture and Design, Pearl Street Room, 290 Congress Street Suite 200, Boston

This training is specially designed for architects and engineers by the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Sunshot Initiative.

Learning Objectives
Course participants will learn to…
Act in a leadership capacity to increase solar PV deployment in your community and in your practice
Use the applicable codes and standards required to design safe solar PV installations
Make an actionable connection between policy objectives for solar deployment and AIA sustainability and 2030 goals
Distinguish among and understand the appropriate application for different types of solar energy systems
6.5 AIA LU/HSW, 0.65 ICC Preferred Provider CEUs, and 6.5 GBCI CEUs
Regular price: $200.00
AIA and ASHRAE member discount: $150.00
NGO, veteran: $100.00 
Students now FREE!! (Students must present valid student ID)

Share the registration link with any friends or colleagues you think would also benefit from this resource, and be sure to tell them to use the discount code: FRIEND to receive their 50% discount, and include your name as the source of their referral on their registration form.  If anyone gives your name, you will receive a 50% refund on your original ticket price!
(Limit: only ONE discount permitted per person.)
Information about nearby parking, metro travel, and driving directions will emailed to all registrants.
Please email Sara Smith at


Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran: What Americans Really Think about Using Nuclear Weapons and Killing Noncombatants
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer Building, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Scott D. Sagan
DETAILS  Many scholars and political figures have cited the decline in American public opinion support for the dropping of the atomic bombs in 1945 as evidence that there is a widespread "nuclear taboo" or "noncombatant immunity norm." New survey experiments, however, demonstrate that a large majority of the U.S. public approves of the use of nuclear weapons today against Iran today in conditions that resemble the strategic situation the U.S. faced in 1945. These findings highlight the limited extent to which the U.S. public has accepted the principles of just war doctrine and suggest that the public is unlikely to be a serious constraint on any president contemplating the use of nuclear weapons in the crucible of war.


Green Transportation Celebration
Wednesday, October 4
11 am–1 pm
Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Join CommuterChoice on the Science Center Plaza for our annual event to celebrate and promote the many sustainable options for commuting to and around campus!

Practice using the Harvard shuttle bike racks, get a free bike safety check from Quad Bikes, register your bike with HUPD, get familiar with Hubway, learn about the great things happening with CommuterChoice, Transportation Services, Office for Sustainability, and the City of Cambridge.


Houghton Lecture:  Fundamentals of Turbulence and the Atmospheric Boundary Layer
Wednesday, October 4
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915/923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
Stephen Belcher is the Met Office Chief Scientist and provides leadership of our scientific research and development.
Professor Belcher obtained his PhD in fluid dynamics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and has subsequently published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on the fluid dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic turbulence. Having completed his PhD he became a research fellow at Stanford and Cambridge Universities. In 1994 he moved to the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where he served as Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences between 2007 and 2010.  In 2010 he became the Joint Met Office Chair in Weather Systems. This role gave him a taster of working closely with the Met Office, and in 2012 he joined the Met Office as Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre.

Stephen led the evolution of the Met Office Hadley Centre to focus on climate science and services: motivated by the need to provide governments, industry and society with actionable advice, i.e. ‘climate services’. He was a driving force behind the initiation of the Newton Fund Climate Science for Service Partnership China (CSSP China), in which scientists from both China and the UK are now working together to develop fundamental climate science and climate services.

Stephen is a member of the Government Chief Scientific Advisor’s network.
Stephen is a member of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme.
In 2002, Stephen received the Rosenstiel Award for Oceanography for outstanding research in oceanographic science.
In 2011 he presented the Scruton Lecture at the Institution of Civil Engineers.


Leadership in Effectively Communicating for Causes or Issues
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Online at or in The Leadership Studio, 10th floor Kresge Building
SPEAKER(S)  Karen Finney, Senior Advisor and Senior Spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and Douglas Heye, CNN Political Commentator and former Deputy Chief of Staff of Communications for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
COST  free
CONTACT INFO Alison Barron -
DETAILS  Karen Finney
Most recently Karen Finney was a Senior Advisor and Senior Spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She was also the Communications Director for Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Tim Kaine. Karen has a wide range of experience in media, politics and communications strategy, including hosting her own television show on MSNBC, “Disrupt with Karen Finney,” and serving as Communications Director at the Democratic National Committee. Finney also worked to improve public education working as Chief of Staff to the Chairman, CEO and President of Scholastic Inc. and Communications Director at the New York Board of Education.
Douglas Heye
A veteran of politics since 1990, Douglas Heye has served in leading communications positions in the House of Representatives, United States Senate, the Republican National Committee, as well as serving in the George W. Bush Administration. He is currently a CNN Political Commentator and contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where he provides analysis on domestic and international political events.

Heye has garnered on the record bi-partisan praise for his team-building, communications and strategic planning abilities. Roll Call named Heye one of their “Fabulous 50,” noting Heye’s ability to “set the tone and frame the debate” as someone “in the room when decisions are made” in the Capitol. He has been called a “pro’s pro” in POLITICO by his counterpart at the Democratic National Committee for his handling of what CNN labeled “one of the most demanding jobs in Washington.” Of his television appearances, POLITICO remarked, “when the red camera light turns on, Heye doesn’t disappoint.” In the fall of 2015, Heye served as a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.
Please join us for this exciting talk!


The Cost of Medications: Current Realities and the Future of Pharmaceutical Pricing Regulations in the United States
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 12 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B (2036), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
DETAILS  From “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli to huge price jumps for the EpiPen to the Hepatitis C treatment that costs $1000 per pill, pharmaceutical pricing is a major issue in the news and in Washington. The regular introduction of new, often expensive therapeutics as well as controversial price increases for familiar drugs attract bipartisan attention and ensure that drug costs will remain an important topic of public policy debate.
This panel of experts will discuss current laws and regulations governing pharmaceutical pricing in the United States, the impact of breakthrough therapeutics on drug pricing, and the future of drug pricing policy in the United States.


Did fake news save Kenya from an Internet shutdown? Emerging trends on tech and elections in Africa  
Wednesday, October 4
12:00 pm
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Conference Room, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at
Event will be live webcast at at 12:00 pm

featuring Berkman Klein Fellow Grace Mutung'u 
Kenya held general elections on August 8, 2017. The presidential election was nullified due to irregularities and is set for a repeat on October 26, 2017. Technology played a key role in the polls at two levels - there was use of tech in aspects such as results transmission and social media was employed massively in political campaigns with propaganda and fake news flowing freely. The talk will explore emerging trends in use of technology in elections and their effect on Internet freedom and what to expect as Kenya gears up for repeat elections.

About Grace
Grace is an Open Technology Fund Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center studying freedom online during election periods in East Africa. She will analyse freedom online in the Uganda elections of 2016 and monitor information controls in the Kenyan elections of 2017.

Grace is also an associate at the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) where she carries out ICT and legal policy analysis.


America's Next War and How to Prevent It
Wednesday, October 4
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496 Pye Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

The United States needs to do a better job at "looking and acting ahead" to shape an increasingly turbulent world and lessen the risk of it being drawn into new and potentially costly military commitments that over time drain its power and weaken its resolve to play global leadership role. In contrast to most prescriptoions that typically call on the United States to do either more or less militarily to defend its interests around the world -- what can be broadly termed supply-side approaches -- a comprehensive preventive strategy is proposed to reduce the demand for U.S. power over the long, medium, and short term.

Breif Bio
Paul B. Stares is the General John W. Vessey senior fellow for conflict prevention and director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Stares was the vice president and director of the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention at the United States Institute of Peace. He worked as an associate director and senior research scholar at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation from 2000 to 2002 and was a senior research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and then director of studies at the Japan Center for International Exchange from 1996 to 2000. From 1984 to 1996, he was a research associate and later a senior fellow in the foreign policy studies program at the Brookings Institution. He has also been a NATO fellow and a scholar-in-residence at the MacArthur Foundation's Moscow office. He has a BA from North Staffordshire Polytechnic and received both his MA and PhD from Lancaster University.


An Unfinished Conversation with Lee Mun Wah
Wednesday, October 4
12:00-1:30 PM
MIT, Building W20: Stratton Student Center, La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202), 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

What Stands Between Us (Open to public). Lunch will be served.
Someone once said that westerners are very good at honoring diversity, but not very good at practicing it. If we are ever going to learn about someone who is different from ourselves, we are going to have to leave the comfort of our familiar world and begin a relationship, not just by talking about ourselves, but by truly wanting to make a connection through honesty, curiosity and our willingness to be open to new ideas and relationships. That kind of relationship will require sharing stories, listening with a desire to learn, being moved, and wanting to establish a friendship of mutual understanding and respect. The world is not a plane flight away. It has always been close at hand. We can never become a community until we have first learned about those who are next to us, our next door neighbors, and those we have been taught to be afraid of. What we are talking about is breaking down the walls we have created out of fear and truly desiring to confront what stands between us.


Planning with Robots: How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact Cities and Urban Labor Markets?
Wednesday, October 4
12:30pm to 2:30am
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Part of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning's Planning Ideas that Matter: Urban Science: Regression to Technocracy or Pathway to Progressive Planning?


Electronics for All
Wednesday, October 4
2:00pm — 3:00pm
MIT Media Lab, E15 - Bartos (lower level E15), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

We explore new electronic applications to augment the quality of life. To do so, we are redesigning the state-of-the-art electronics to redefine their purpose to reconfigure life. By performing heterogeneous integration of traditional thin film and emerging materials, advanced CMOS technology and low-cost additive manufacturing processes, we explore, develop, study and optimize physically flexible, stretchable and reconfigurable high performance, multi-functional, energy efficient interactive miniaturized CMOS based electronic systems. Three specific kind of electronics we are interested in:
Biologically Aggravated Smart Electronics (BASE): Using CMOS technology, we are addressing basic human needs including clean air, quality food and water, and energy. Recently we have shown compliant sensory system for aqua environment and marine species; compliant transient sensory system for large area plant monitoring; CMOS technology enabled and 3D printed microbial fuel cells with enhanced performance for water purification and power generation; sustainable energy harvesters and bio safe energy storage.

Accessible Personalized Advanced CMOS Healthcare Electronics (APACHE): We are exploring wide range of affordable wearable and implantable CMOS electronic technologies which are multi-functional, low-power, seamlessly communicable, reliable, and physically compliant for more intimate contact with asymmetric soft surfaces of skins of many biological living beings.

Compliant Ocular Responsive Electronics (CORE): Here we explore integration strategies to interface with brain to enhance our understanding of brain activities and then to use the learning for developing compliant responsive electronics to enable enhanced artificial intelligence.
In my talk, I will be sharing my vision about future of electronics using some technologies which have been translated based on our lab’s work.

Speaker bio
Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain (PhD, ECE, UT Austin, Dec 2005), before joining KAUST was Program Manager in SEMATECH, Austin. His program was funded by DARPA NEMS, CERA and STEEP programs. A regular panelist of US NSF grants reviewing committees, Dr. Hussain is the Fellow of American Physical Society (APS), Institute of Physics, UK and Institute of Nanotechnology, UK, IEEE Electron Devices Society Distinguished Lecturer, Editor-in-Chief of Applied Nanoscience (Springer-Nature), Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, and an IEEE Senior Member. He has authored 250+ research papers, 50+ issued and pending US patents. His students are serving as faculty and researchers in MIT Media Lab, UC Berkeley, Harvard, UCLA, Yale, Purdue, TSMC, KACST, KFUPM, KAU, and DOW Chemicals. Scientific American has listed his research as one of the Top 10 World Changing Ideas of 2014. Applied Physics Letters selected his paper as one of the Top Feature Articles of 2015. He and his students have received 40 research awards including IEEE Outstanding Individual Achievement Award 2016, Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award 2015 DOW Chemical Sustainability Challenge Award 2012, etc. His research has been highlighted extensively in international media like in Washington Post, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), IEEE Spectrum, etc.


China’s Anthropogenic Methane Emissions: A Review of Current Bottom-Up Inventories
Wednesday, October 4
Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Zhang Bo, Visiting Scholar, Harvard-China Project; Associate Professor, State Key Laboratory of Coal Resources and Safe Mining, China University of Mining & Technology (Beijing)

Sponsored by China Project, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

China Project Research Seminar

Contact Name:   Tiffany Chan


Geometric Deep Learning
Wednesday, October 4
4:00 pm
Radcliffe, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Lecture by Michael Bronstein RI '18
Free and open to the public.
At Radcliffe, Michael Bronstein is working on developing formulations of deep learning for non-Euclidean structured data such as graphs and manifolds, which are becoming increasingly important in a variety of fields including computer vision, sensor networks, biomedicine, genomics, and computational social sciences. He hopes that new geometric deep learning paradigms will help achieve quantitatively and qualitatively better results in these fields.


Navigating Market-Based Environmental Regulation: Lessons from the U.S. Acid Rain Program
Wednesday, October 4
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer Building, Room L-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Cuicui Chen, Harvard University

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Co-hosted by HKS professors Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman. Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics and the Department of Economics is gratefully acknowledged.

Contact Name:  Bryan Galcik


A Conversation with Romano Prodi, 52nd Prime Minister of Italy and 10th President of the European Commission
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Cambridge
Lower Level Conference Room
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Romano Prodi
52nd Prime Minister of Italy; 10th President of the European Commission; Dante Roscini
Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School; Hans-Helmut Kotz
Visiting Professor of Economics, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO Roumiana Theunissen


Forecasting and Modeling in the Energy Arena (Oil, Gas, Wind, Solar)
Wednesday, October 4
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Quantrix/IDBS Office, 285 Summer Street, 5th Floor, Boston


Spiritual Blackout, Imperial Meltdown, Prophetic Fightback 
Wednesday, October 4
5:30 – 7 P.M. EDT
Speaker: Cornel R. West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard Divinity School

Introduction: Gretchen Brion-Meisels, Ed.M.'11, Ed.D.'13, lecturer on education, HGSE
Don't miss dynamic speaker Cornel West, a professor at the Harvard Divinity School and in the Harvard Department of African and African American Studies.

PLEASE NOTE:  Seating for this forum will be available on a first come, first seated basis. Askwith Hall is expected to fill up quickly and we encourage participants to arrive early in order to obtain a seat. Seats may not be saved for those pending arrival.

The queue for Askwith Hall seating will start at 4 p.m. Out of respect for the academic and classroom environment, we request that you do not arrive prior to 4 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Additional seating will be available in satellite spaces on campus once Askwith Hall fills to capacity.


authors@mit - Thomas Mullaney: The Chinese Typewriter
Wednesday, October 4
6:00pm to 7:00pm
The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Thomas S. Mullaney, Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, discussing his book The Chinese Typewriter on Wednesday, October 4, at 6:00 pm at the Bookstore. 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.

In The Chinese Typewriter, Mullaney describes a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures, and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter—how Chinese characters triumphed over the QWERTY keyboard and laid the foundation for China’s information technology successes today.

Editorial Comment:  I once had an idea for a Chinese character typewriter which was based upon the eight classic strokes of Chinese characters and a grid system to place them on the paper.  Never went farther with it than working it out in my head.


The Future Is History:  How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
Wednesday, October 4
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5.00 - $28.75 (online only, book-included)

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning journalist MASHA GESSEN—author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy—for a discussion of her latest book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia.

in conversation with ALEXANDRA VACROUX


Hacking Visualization: A Talk by Alex Hogreffe
Wednesday, October 4
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, Boston

Alex Hogreffe will discuss the evolution of images created for his website,, and how this work lead him to pursue architecture visualization professionally. Though his website and professional work vary greatly, the two play off of each other considerably and push the other to better and more provactive images. Ideas of light, composition, and texture will all be discussed through the lens of visualization, as well as a quick look behind the scenes of his website and his visualization studio.


Scaling the Universe
Wednesday, October 4
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Free Public Lecture and Book Signing

Dava Sobel, Writer; Former Science Reporter, The New York Times
In the 1880s, physicist and astronomer Edward Pickering invented a new system to photograph the sky that revolutionized our understanding of stars. His achievements in science relied on the work of more than 80 women–known as the Harvard Observatory “computers”–who analyzed and catalogued data from thousands of photographs. Dava Sobel will discuss the women’s significant contributions to astronomy as well as Pickering’s visionary initiative to establish an observatory in Peru that expanded scientists’ notions of scale and space.


Ideate for Impact: Cleantech Founders Evening 
Wednesday, October 4
6:00pm to 8:00pm
222 Third Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 3150, Cambridge

Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England (CENE) and the Québec Government Office in Boston would like to invite you to “Ideate for Impact: Cleantech Founders Evening” followed by a networking event where Québec’s cleantech companies will collide with Boston’s green innovation community and CENE members. The aim is to invite participants to engage with new ideas on sustainability and enrich their own point of view. The outcome we are looking for is not for individuals or companies to write cheques. We are aiming to have business leaders recognize the impact they can have by leveraging their core competencies.
Expect to be inspired by business leaders dedicated to having a meaningful, long-term impact

Drinks and light appetizers will be served.

Québec Cleantech Companies in Attendance
Berlie specializes in turnkey projects in water and sludge treatment (biosolids/ organic residuals), from design to manufacturing, and from installation to start-up.
The Ecofuel Accelerator is dedicated to help grow clean technology start-ups. In addition to seed financing of up to $75,000, Ecofuel offers a personalized and specialized training program of workshops, networking sessions, and an experienced mentor ecosystem.
Écotech Québec foster sustainable development, mobilizes actors in the green economy to create the most conducive conditions for business growth and development. It also supports end-users to adopt more clean technologies.
Lekla sells its own line of indoor and outdoor LED lighting products for the municipal, commercial, institutional, and industrial sectors. They also feature exclusive products developed by their experts and their research collaborators. 
With over 30 years of experience in the automotive OEM, aftermarket and renewable energy sectors, Renewz develops solar powered carports and electric mobility technologies. 
Solucycle collects food waste in multi-residential and commercial buildings and transforms all the organic matter into compost or biogas.
The ecofixe system increases the treatment capacity of existing aerated ponds with no infrastructure work necessary. It’s a modular, easy-to-install, and energy-efficient system that meets the optimization needs of municipal, industrial and community facilities.


Movies That Matter: "Soundtrack of a Revolution"
Wednesday, October 4
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 20th Floor, Boston

Please join us for the first in a series of Movies That Matter at Impact Hub Boston. We'll be screening our first film in this series as part of our week of events at ImpactFest; come to watch Soundtrack of a Revolution, a documentary featuring the powerful music from the American Civil Rights movement. This film testifies to the indispensable role that songs of rebellion and hope played in helping activists fight against brutality and injustice.
Film will start promptly at 6:10pm. We will start receiving people at 5:45pm.
Discussion will follow the film viewing. Popcorn provided. Other movie snacks welcomed.

This event is a part of ImpactFest, our first week-long celebration of our community’s impact, of the strength of our social impact ecosystem in Boston, and of our fourth birthday at Impact Hub Boston. Learn from current members, Impact Hub alum, and other local social entrepreneurs about their work on pressing social and environmental issues and lessons from their entrepreneurial journeys. Contribute your skills to projects making a better Boston at Open Project Night. Discuss pivotal cultural issues of our times and the roles we have in resolving them. Celebrate our fourth birthday as a community and home for social impact in Boston, and help imagine the local issues we might work together to tackle into the future. Build your network into a community.
Join us: October 1-6, 2017. See the full calendar of ImpactFest events at


Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 7 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain
SPEAKER(S)  Emily Monosson, Ph.D., Environmental Toxicologist, Writer, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
COST  $5, free for students and Arnold Arboretum members
CONTACT INFO or 617-384-5277
DETAILS   For more than a century, we have relied on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farms free from bugs and weeds. We rarely consider human and agricultural health together, but both are based on the same ecology, and both are being threatened by organisms that have evolved to resist our antibiotics and pesticides. Fortunately, scientists are finding new solutions that work with, rather than against, nature. Emily Monosson will speak about some of science’s most innovative strategies and the growing understanding of how to employ ecology for our own protection. Natural Defense, Monosson’s newest book, will be available for purchase and signing.


Tamed and Untamed:  Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
Wednesday, October 4
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

Harvard Book Store welcomes animal experts and renowned authors SY MONTGOMERY and ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS for a discussion of their book, Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind. The authors will be joined in conversation by WBUR's VICKI CONSTANTINE CROKE, author of the book's foreward.
About Tamed and Untamed

A collection of essays penned by two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Tamed and Untamed explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks, dogs, lions, and even octopuses.
Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the two authors, also best friends, created this book to put humans back into the animal world. The more we learn about what other animals think and do, they explain, the more we understand ourselves as animals, too. Writes Montgomery, “The list of attributes once thought to be unique to our species―from using tools to waging war―is not only rapidly shrinking, but starting to sound less and less impressive when we compare them with other animals’ powers.”
With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures―from man’s best friend to the great white shark―and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives to sharing the animal kingdom’s magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature.
The book contains a foreword by Vicki Constantine Croke, author of the bestseller Elephant Company.


Facilitating Productive Dialogue about Climate Change
Wednesday, October 4
Simons IMAX Theatre New England Aquarium, Aquarium Wharf, Boston

William Spitzer, Ph.D., Vice President, Programs, Exhibits, and Planning, New England Aquarium
We can all learn to start positive conversations about climate change. Educators and professional scientists affiliated with aquariums, zoos, and other museums from across the country are learning and helping to model the way with public audiences. We’ll share some key insights that you can use from social and cognitive sciences that are proving to be useful in shaping engaging, solutions-focused conversations.

Dr. William Spitzer, Ph.D., Vice President, Programs, Exhibits, and Planning at the New England Aquarium, will briefly review the history and evaluation that illustrates the positive impacts of the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI), a project led by New England Aquarium along with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues from several partner organizations. Dr. Spitzer will moderate a panel discussion with three educators from across the U.S. who participated in NNOCCI training programs. Panelists will share reflections from their experiences to illustrate how lessons about Strategic Framing have influenced their climate change communications. The program will offer some specific ideas as well as inspiration for people interested in talking about climate change in productive ways.


Politics and Prejudice: How diversity shapes scientific progress
Wednesday, October 4
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Auditorium, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston


FreeP Talks: Politics Meets Art, with New York Times Reporter Sopan Deb
Wednesday, October 4
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
BU, School of Theology, Classroom B19, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $3 – $5

As part of a new initiative to engage Boston University students with acclaimed professionals in all fields The Daily Free Press is proud to announce its inaugural, bi-weekly speaker series: “FreeP Talks.”

“FreeP Talks: Politics Meets Art with New York Times’ Sopan Deb” will dive in Deb’s journalist experiences following his graduation from BU's College of Communication in 2010. Since then, Deb has been praised as a “standout 2016 reporter” for his coverage of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump for CBS News, and he now works for The New York Times as a culture reporter, where he writes about the intersection of politics and art.

Deb will Skype into this “FreeP Talks” session, while BU journalism professor Chris Daly will moderate the event in BU’s School of Theology. Students of all majors and members of the public are welcome to attend, and will have the opportunity to submit questions for Deb to answer during the discussion.

This is a ticketed event, but seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $3 for FreeP staff members and $5 for all other attendees. (Note: proof of FreeP membership will be required at the time of the event.)

Thursday, October 5

Boston TechBreakfast: Robilis, DiabetIQ, JigTime, Plan Fate
Thursday, October 5
8:00 AM
Red Thread, 101 Seaport Boulevard, Boston

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.
And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them :)

Agenda for Boston TechBreakfast:
8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Food & Coffee and chit-chat 
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements 
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs! 
Robilis: StandX - Simon Hong
DiabetIQ - Patrick Richardson
JigTime: - Cayley Bell
Plan Fate - Neha Singh
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words Boston 


2017 MIT Startup Workshop - Robotics, Drones and Sensor Tech
Thursday, October 5
8:30am - 11:30am  
MIT/ILP, Building E90-1200, 1 Main Street, Cambridge

What are the killers app for robotics, drones and sensors? Which industries are ripe for transformation, for disruption? How will robots and humans work together to create the most value? What role will AI play in creating autonomous robots? What about government regulation of drones and robotics? What are the unexplored areas/territories when it comes to robotics, drones and sensors? Where might we have the biggest positive impact for the world?


The Roots of Prejudice
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge 02138, Democracy Center
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR WomenExplore Lecture and Discussion Forum of Cambridge, formerly Theological Opportunities Program, Harvard Divinity School
SPEAKER(S)  Tracey Hurd, Ph.D. Author, "Nurturing Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook”
COST  $15, Individual; Students, no charge
DETAILS  WomenExplore Lecture and Discussion Forum, formed in 1973 at Harvard Divinity Schoool, is a continuously run lecture series featuring cultural topics, from community to global issues, pertinent to women's lives. Lectures, offered every fall and spring semester, are presented by local academics, authors, and other experts in their fields.
Women and men welcome.


Ten points of hope for progress on climate change
Thursday, October 5
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Kate Troll, author and activist
Author and activist Kate Troll will share her stories, insights, and experience in dealing with the political difficulties of advancing conservation initiatives in a state dominated by extractive resource industries. In her new book “The Great Unconformity: Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World,” Ms. Troll uses the power of adventure storytelling to convey key policy insights and ‘hope spots’ in dealing with the challenges of sustainability and climate change. To inspire and empower others, her talk highlights ten points of hope for progress on climate change; leading to a robust discussion of the most practical ways to make a difference both personally and professionally.

Kate Troll, a long-time Alaskan, has more than 22 years'experience in climate and energy policy, coastal management and fisheries. She's been elected to local office twice and currently serves as an op-ed columnist for Alaska's only statewide paper, the Alaska Dispatch News. As Executive Director of the Alaska Conservation Voters, Kate helped draft the creation of the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund and lobbied for the Sustainable Energy Act, a comprehensive roadmap to generate 50% of Alaska’s electrical energy from renewable sources by 2025. She served as Executive Director for United Fishermen of Alaska (nation’s largest fishing organization). She also worked as a fisheries development specialist and policy analyst for the State of Alaska. Internationally, Kate was Regional Fisheries Director (North and South America) for the Marine Stewardship Council, a global eco-label program. She was also appointed by Governor Palin to serve on the Alaska Climate Mitigation Advisory Board, and was the only Alaskan invited to participate in Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2008 Global Climate Summit.


This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution and Evolving the Future
Thursday, October 5
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Haller Hall
(102), Geological Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

David Sloan Wilson, Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology, Binghamton University.
Abstract:  The study of evolution in relation to human affairs lags behind the study of evolution in relation to biology by about a century. The statement "Nothing about X makes sense except in the light of evolution" is already commonplace for X=biology, is becoming acceptable for X=the academic study of humans, and remains mystifying and/or threatening for X=public policy. I will provide an overview of these trends with a focus on public policy as the wise management of evolutionary processes.

Reception in MCZ 5th floor lounge from 5:00 – 6:00

Department of Human Evolutionary Biology's Julia Booms Memorial Lecture


Data-Driven Urban Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, October 5
Noon - 1:30pm 
Harvard, CGIS South Building, Room S354, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Presentation by Dr. Shan Jiang, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Abstract: Cities are growing at an unprecedented speed: by 2050 the urban population will grow to 6.4 billion, and over 60% of new urban areas will be built (United Nations, 2014). As a result, human beings are facing enormous challenges such as traffic congestion, environmental degradation, increased energy consumption, decreased quality of life, and climate change. Meanwhile, the explosion of urban sensors, mobile phone traces, social media and other windows into urban systems has generated much hype about the advent of a new urban science. However, translating big data into understandings of human activities and their interactions with the complex urban systems presents great obstacles and requires creative and robust interdisciplinary approaches. In this talk, Dr. Shan Jiang will present her research that bridges data science with urban sustainability issues, moving from data to information, knowledge, and action. By applying data-driven approaches (incorporating methods and tools from big data analytics, statistical learning and data mining, network science, spatial analysis, etc.), Dr. Jiang focuses on the interactions among human activities and mobility, the natural and built environment, and the society, with examples from global cities of Beijing, Bogota, Boston, Chicago, and Singapore. She will also discuss challenges and opportunities in the Information Age for responsive policies to plan, design and manage sustainable, equitable, smart and healthy cities.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Shan Jiang is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her research interests lie in the fields of Big Data Analytics, Spatial Analysis, Computational Social Science, and the use of Information and Communication Technology in Land Use, Transportation, and Urban Planning. Her research addresses social, economic, and environmental issues and their connections with public policy. She has worked for projects funded by the National Academies of Sciences, the Singapore National Research Foundation, the Portugal Foundation for Science and Technology, the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT, and consulted for the Chicago Transit Authority, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge Systematics, among others. She received her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning, Master in City Planning, and Master of Science in Transportation from MIT, and B.E. in Urban Planning and B.A. in Economics from Peking University.


Targeting Noncombatants as a Strategy in War or Wartime Military Occupation: An Empirical Assessment
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, I Brattle Sq., Room 350, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Ivan Arreguin-Toft, Senior Research Fellow, Cyber Security Project
DETAILS  An International Security Program Brown Bag Seminar


Just Energy Auctions: Creating Equitable Pathways for the Global Energy Transition 
Thursday, October 5
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Northeastern, 909 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Shalanda Baker, Professor, School of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs


Persistent instability of glacial climate and overturning circulation in the North Atlantic for the past 1.5 million years
Thursday, October 5
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 440, MCZ, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

David Hodell (University of Cambridge)
Nick Shackleton’s pioneering work on piston cores from the Iberian Margin demonstrated that the planktonic d18O signal resembles in great detail the temperature record of Greenland for the last glacial cycle. In the absence of a continuous ice core older than the last interglacial (~124 ka) in Greenland, a long sediment sequence from the Iberian Margin could serve as a surrogate for millennial climate variability (i.e., Dansgaard-Oeschger events) in the North Atlantic during the Quaternary. To this end, we drilled IODP Site U1385 (the “Shackleton site”) on the SW Iberian Margin and recovered a 166.5-m continuous section that extends back to ~1.5 million years BP. We measured stable isotopes of foraminifera continuously at 1- or 2-cm resolution corresponding to a temporal resolution of 100-200 years. The isotope record is used to evaluate how the magnitude, duration and pacing of millennial variability changed as glacial boundary conditions evolved across the Middle Pleistocene Transition (MPT)

Harvard Climate Seminar


Industrial Cyber Security in Germany
Thursday, October 5
4:30pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Building 3-133, 33 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Sandro Gayken is one of Germany’s premier experts on cybersecurity, Moving in high circles of German government and in NATO’s cybersecurity apparatus, he’s intimately familiar with his country’s – and Europe’s – policy apparatus and with conditions on the ground and will paint a rich picture of the current state of cybersecurity in Germany.

He authored the first cyber foreign policy strategy for Germany, introduced several cyber policy elements in the current grand coalition, directed a variety of cyber strategy sessions for the German Bundestag, moderated the closed interdepartmental cyber dialogues of the ministries of interior and defense, and was instrumental in the German-Chinese no-spy agreement of the German chancellery.

A 15-20 minute Q&A will follow this presentation. The event is open to the public – come and join! Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

Light refreshments will be served.


MIT-India Presents: Nuclear Hallucinations
Thursday, October 5
MIT,  Building E51-372 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Please join MIT-India for a screening of Nuclear Hallucinations, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Dr. Fathima Nizaraddin.

Nuclear Hallucinations is an experimental documentary centered around the anti-nuclear struggle against the Kudankulam Atomic Power Project in South India. Satirical impersonations, performance and ironic renderings of jingoistic rhetoric work together to form a narrative that interrogates the totalitarian nature of the Indian nuclear project. This narrative focuses on the juxtaposition of “scientific facts” about the “safe” nature of the nuclear project with the violence against anti-nuclear protesters and raises larger questions about how authoritarian knowledge claims are asserted.

Light refreshments will be served.  Open to the public. 


Public Forum, Recording Lives: Libraries, Books and the Digital Future
Thursday, October 5
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Rabb Hall, Boston

Public Forum, Recording Lives: Libraries and Archive in the Digital Age. Opening Lecture by Robert Darnton.BU Center for the Humanities cordially invites the entire community to join us at the Boston Public Library for the opening public lecture in our inaugural fall forum. Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Emeritus and Harvard University Librarian, Emeritus, will speak on Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future. David Leonard, President, Boston Public Library, will introduce the lecture and Christopher Ricks, Professor of the Humanities, Boston University, will provide commentary. The lecture is followed by a public reception. Both are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. Please go to the website to register.

Contact Name Tamzen Flanders
Phone  (617) 353-6250
Contact Email


An Evening with Sarah Vowell
Thursday, October 5
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 26-100, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Thursday, October 5th, from 6pm to 8pm, the MIT Communications Forum welcomes author and humorist Sarah Vowell!!! You probably know Sarah Vowell’s voice from her role as Violet in The Incredibles or from her radio essays on This American Life. She’s also the author of seven brilliant, best-selling nonfiction books, which have covered everything from cranky cartographers and religious zealots to overthrown Hawaiian queens and presidential assassins. 

Join Vowell at the MIT Communications Forum for a special conversation, audience Q&A, and book signing. Free -- but seating is limited! 


Print is not dead. The Beauty of Analogue Media in the Digital World
Thursday, October 5
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Tufts, Cohen Auditorium, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Avenue, Somerville

Gerhard Steidl shares his thoughts on the potential and limitations of the analogue and digital worlds. He explores the differences between printed and e-books; discusses his role model, Johannes Gutenberg; and, last but not least, reveals how Steidl books come to life.


RPP Colloquium Event: The Restorative Justice Approach: Wisdom and Spiritual Resources for Sustainable Peace in Our Communities
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Religion, Special Events
SPONSOR  Religions and the Practice of Peace
CONTACT Andreea Florescu D'Abramo
DETAILS   Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium Dinner Series

The first session of the fourth annual RPP Colloquium dinner series will explore restorative justice, its spiritual dimensions, and the potential contributions of its approach to advancing sustainable peace in our communities and our world. The session will feature presentations by:
Fania Davis, J.D., PhD, Co-Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), will address “The Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice: Resources for Cultivating Peace in Our Communities”
sujatha baliga, J.D., Director, Restorative Justice Project; Vice President, Impact Justice; Just Beginnings Fellow, will deliver a talk entitled “Have You Been Angry Long Enough? Faith, Forgiveness, and Restorative Justice”

Fania E. Davis, J.D., PhD, is the Co-founder and Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). A national thought leader in the field, Dr. Davis is a long-time social justice activist, a restorative justice scholar and professor, and a civil rights attorney with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge. She speaks and writes on the subjects of School-Based Restorative Justice, Race and Restorative Justice, the Indigenous Roots of Restorative Justice, Social Justice and Restorative Justice, Truth and Reconciliation, Youth-based Restorative Justice, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Mass Incarceration, and other topics. Numerous honors include the Ubuntu Service to Humanity award, the Maloney award recognizing exceptional contributions in youth-based restorative justice, World Trust's Healing Justice award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) Award, the Bioneer's Changemaker Award, and the LaFarge Social Justice Award. She is also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. The Los Angeles Times named Dr. Davis a “New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century.” She is a mother, grandmother, dancer, and yoga and qigong practitioner.

sujatha baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crimes. She speaks publicly and inside prisons about her own experiences as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her path to forgiveness. A former victim advocate and public defender in New York and New Mexico, baliga was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2008 which she used to launch a pre-charge restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County. Through the Restorative Justice Project baliga helps communities implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. She is also dedicated to using this approach to end child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. sujatha is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences; she’s been a guest on NPR and the Today Show; and The New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic have profiled her work. She earned her A.B. from Harvard College, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held two federal clerkships. A long-time Buddhist practitioner, she is a lay member of the Gyuto Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Richmond, CA, where she teaches meditation on Monday nights.

The RPP Colloquium series is presented with generous support from The Reverend Karen Vickers Budney, MDiv '91 and Mr. Albert J. Budney, Jr., MBA '74, as well as Farley Urmston and Karl Bandtel.

Recommended Readings
Short List
Pranis, Kay. 2012. The Restorative Impulse. Tikkun 27 (1): 33-34.
baliga, sujatha. 2012. “The Day the Jail Walls Cracked: A Restorative Plea Deal.” Tikkun 27 (1): 22-64. 
Zehr, Howard. 2015. The Little Book of Restorative Justice: Revised and Updated (Justice and Peacebuilding). Intercourse, PA: Good Books.
Further Reading
Wiesenthal, Simon. 1998. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness. New York, NY: Schocken Books.
Zehr, Howard. 2015. Changing Lenses: Restorative Justice for Our Times. 25th Anniversary Edition. Harrisonburg, VA: Herald Press.
Gyatso, Tenzin, the 14th Dalai Lama. 1999. Ethics for the New Millennium. New York, NY: Riverhead Books.
This monthly public series, convened by HDS Dean David N. Hempton, brings together a cross-disciplinary RPP Working Group of faculty, experts, graduate students, and alumni from across Harvard University and the local area to explore topics and cases in religions and the practice of peace. A diverse array of scholars, leaders, and religious peacebuilders are invited to present and engage with the RPP Working Group and general audience. A light dinner is served and a brief reception follows the program.


Sustainability Collaborative 
Thursday, October 5
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Venture Cafe at Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge

The Sustainability Collaborative was spurred as an outgrowth of the Sustainability unConference and aims to provide an ongoing platform for collaboration, connections, and solutions generation. Rotating sustainability advocates are given the chance to facilitate group discussion around central sustainability themes ranging from hunger alleviation to impact investing. The goal is to raise awareness within the innovation community while strengthening the social impact ecosystem.

Hosted monthly as part of The Venture Café Foundation’s Café Night at Kendall gathering.

Please reach out to Sierra Flanigan at


Learning Xchange: Driving Forces in American Government
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  The Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Lecture, Special Events
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  What drives American politics? Is it the citizens? Money? Lobbyists? The president? Congress? Join other community members at the Harvard Ed Portal for Learning Xchange: Driving Forces in American Government, focused on a HarvardX online course taught by Tom Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government & the Press at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Professor Patterson will lead the group in examining a case study on public opinion about gun control, discuss the Trump administration, and explore other aspects of the U.S. system including separation of powers, presidential power, media coverage, and voting behavior.


MIT IDEAS Fall Generator Dinner
Thursday, October 5
7:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building 50: Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Are you interested in innovation and social entrepreneurship opportunities at MIT?
Working on a project to help underserved communities? Want to recruit new team members? Looking for funding?
Want to get involved, but don't yet have an idea?
Join us for dinner. Pitch an idea. Find a team.

The IDEAS Generator Dinner is one of the best venues to find a team to join or pitch your idea to recruit teammates.
Learn more about the IDEAS Global Challenge at

Event Program
6:45 Doors Open - Dinner
7:05 IDEAS Program Updates & Overview
7:30 Sixty-second Pitches
8:00 Networking
9:00 Event Ends

During the event, we will have openings for 20-30 sixty-second pitches from attendees.You must sign up in advance to request a slot.

Sign up to pitch an idea or your skills when you register on Eventbrite. Those selected to pitch will be contacted before the event with instructions on the process.

Note: Pitching is optional! If you don’t want to pitch, just attend to mix and mingle, meet potential teammates, or hear about some of the exciting projects already underway.


The Real Threats to American Democracy
Thursday, October 5
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Matter & Light Fine Art, 63 Thayer Street, Boston

Join us to celebrate the launch of Ministry of Ideas, a new podcast about the ideas that shape our world. We will hear from Yale University Professor Samuel Moyn who will speak about what is really threatening American democracy (it's not Trump) and what we really should be resisting. This event is co-hosted by the Boston Globe Ideas Section. 

About the Speaker
Samuel Moyn is professor of law and professor of history at Yale University.
He received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2001. He spent thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History, and three at Harvard University, where he was Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor in the law school as well as professor in the department of history.

He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010), and edited or coedited a number of others. His most recent book, based on Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014, is Christian Human Rights(2015). His new book, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in April 2018.

Friday, October 6 - Saturday, October 7

Public Forum, Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age
Friday, October 6 - Saturday, October 7
BU Law School Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Cambridge

BU Center for the Humanities cordially invites the entire community to join us for the first full day of panels in our inaugural fall forum. 9:00-1:00 Panel I: Setting Directions for Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age. Introduced by Robert Hudson, University Librarian, Boston University and moderated by Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access, Boston University. Featured panelists: Jeannette Bastian, Simmons School of Library and Information Sciences; Dan Cohen, Northeastern University; David Ferriero, National Archives of the United States; Alberto Manguel, National Library of Argentina; Vita Paladino, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.2:00-5:30 Panel II: Digital Scholarship and Practice Introduced by Peter Schwartz, World Languages & Literatures, Boston University and moderated by Vika Zafrin, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Boston University. Featured panelists: Ellen Cushman, Northeastern University; Harriett Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Tom Mullaney, Stanford University; Fallou Ngom, Boston University.5:30-7:30 The panels are followed by a public reception at Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Panels and reception are free and open to the public; reservations are requested. Please go to the website to read more and register.

Contact Name Tamzen Flanders
Phone  (617) 353-6250
Contact Email


ALS Assistive Technology Hackathon
October 6-7, 2017
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Do you want to be one of the students that have left hackathons with a new motivation to learn and create? Will it excite you to engage with people who are building things that blow your mind, and get access to technology you would never interact with in day-to-day life?

The hackathon will bring students and makers, together with ALS patients, clinicians and technology experts to work towards designing novel, effective and accessible technological solutions that could have a transformative effect on the day-to-day lives of ALS patients, their families and care givers.

Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 8

October 6 through 8
a wide variety of events planned in Somerville, Cambridge, & Boston


Time to mark the calendar for the twelfth annual HONK! Festival (, based in Davis Sq. Somerville, with events happening from October 6-8 throughout the neighborhoods of Somerville, as well as in Cambridge and Boston. HONK! is a rousing socio-political music spectacle which features social activist street bands from all over the world, who come together to share their different approaches in merrily instigating positive changes in their communities.

The full list of participating bands, along with an overview of all activities taking place, will be available soon after Labor Day weekend.

Basic listings information:
HONK! Festival
Festival of activist street bands.
October 6-8, 2017
Various neighborhoods throughout Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston.
Rain or shine; free and open to all.
For further information:, 617-383-HONK (4665).

Friday, October 6

Second Conference on Emerging Technologies and Global Development
Friday, October 6, 2017
8:30 AM - 5:30pm
Harvard Kennedy School (Starr Auditorium), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Economic transformation, meeting human needs, and protecting the environment have emerged as global grand challenges. One way to address these challenges is to harness the world’s abundant scientific, technological, and engineering knowledge to meet specific human needs. While some of the technologies offer solutions to global challenges, they also threaten to disrupt incumbent industries and social organization. Technological anxiety and outright opposition to disruptive technologies, however, may undermine such efforts.

The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns. The conference builds on the findings of the newly published book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2016).

The conference will address emerging technologies in fields such agriculture, head, manufacturing and infrastructure. It will incorporate demonstrations from entrepreneurs who are using innovative technologies to address these challenges.

The keynote speaker is Professor Mark Zachary Taylor at the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He speaks on his highly-acclaimed book, The Politics of Innovation, which explores why some nations are better than others in harnessing emerging technologies for development.

Contact:  - TG Coordinator - 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Mailbox 53 Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Kennedy School - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


Weather & Climate in Cities
Friday, October 6
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT,  Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

2017 Houghton Lecture Series: Boundary Layers in the Ocean and Atmosphere
"Weather & Climate in Cities"

Cities strongly affect local meteorology, and are also where the majority of the world's population now live. These applications have driven a huge interest in identifying and quantifying the physical processes that drive the urban atmospheric boundary layer. In this lecture I shall present observations and theory that identify the key mechanisms, and then describe how cities are represented in contemporary weather and climate models.

About the Speaker
Stephen Belcher is the Met Office Chief Scientist and provides leadership of our scientific research and development.

Professor Belcher obtained his PhD in fluid dynamics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and has subsequently published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on the fluid dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic turbulence. Having completed his PhD he became a research fellow at Stanford and Cambridge Universities. In 1994 he moved to the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where he served as Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences between 2007 and 2010.  In 2010 he became the Joint Met Office Chair in Weather Systems. This role gave him a taster of working closely with the Met Office, and in 2012 he joined the Met Office as Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre.

Stephen led the evolution of the Met Office Hadley Centre to focus on climate science and services: motivated by the need to provide governments, industry and society with actionable advice, i.e. ‘climate services’. He was a driving force behind the initiation of the Newton Fund Climate Science for Service Partnership China (CSSP China), in which scientists from both China and the UK are now working together to develop fundamental climate science and climate services.


CID Speaker Series: Paying for Success: Innovative Designs for Social Impact
WHEN  Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Perkins Room - Rubenstein 4th floor (R-429), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Center for International Development at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Max Bode, Junior Partner at Instiglio
DETAILS  In the last decade, Results-Based Financing (RBF) has gained tremendous momentum in the international development space. Now, about $30 billion in funding have been disbursed through RBF mechanisms in 78 low and middle-income countries. The promise of RBF is simple: by tying the funding of social services to results, RBF drives results. It does so through aligning incentives, introducing accountability, encouraging prioritization, and allowing for learning and flexible adaptation in implementation. Anchored in Instiglio’s experience in designing impact bonds, outcomes markets, and national-to-local government transfers, Instiglio’s Junior Partner and HKS alumni Max Bode will discuss RBF’s track-record and potential to deliver on its promise of making social services more impactful. The talk will draw on a systematic review of trends in RBF, and case studies of education, workforce development, and poverty alleviation projects in India, Colombia, Morocco, and Kenya.


Rebel Power:  Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win
Friday, October 6
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Boston College assistant professor and MIT Security Studies Program research affiliate PETER KRAUSE for a discussion of his latest book, Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win.

About Rebel Power
Many of the world's states―from Algeria to Ireland to the United States―are the result of robust national movements that achieved independence. Many other national movements have failed in their attempts to achieve statehood, including the Basques, the Kurds, and the Palestinians. In Rebel Power, Peter Krause offers a powerful new theory to explain this variation focusing on the internal balance of power among nationalist groups, who cooperate with each other to establish a new state while simultaneously competing to lead it. The most powerful groups push to achieve states while they are in position to rule them, whereas weaker groups unlikely to gain the spoils of office are likely to become spoilers, employing risky, escalatory violence to forestall victory while they improve their position in the movement hierarchy. Hegemonic movements with one dominant group are therefore more likely to achieve statehood than internally competitive, fragmented movements due to their greater pursuit of victory and lesser use of counterproductive violence.

Krause conducted years of fieldwork in government and nationalist group archives in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, as well as more than 150 interviews with participants in the Palestinian, Zionist, Algerian, and Irish national movements. This research generated comparative longitudinal analyses of these four national movements involving 40 groups in 44 campaigns over a combined 140 years of struggle. Krause identifies new turning points in the history of these movements and provides fresh explanations for their use of violent and nonviolent strategies, as well as their numerous successes and failures. Rebel Power is essential reading for understanding not only the history of national movements but also the causes and consequences of contentious collective action today, from the Arab Spring to the civil wars and insurgencies in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.


Non-Violent Civil Disobedience (NVCD) and the Age of Antifa
Friday, October 6
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
First Parish in Brookline, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline

Presented by Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou from BLM Boston and North Shore Antifa
6 - 7 pm: Potluck dinner
7-9 pm: Forum
Please join us in a critical conversation regarding recent visibility of NVCD along with Antifa protests. From Charlottesville to Boston, peaceful protest strategies included alignment with the historical anti-fascism group known as Antifa.
We will discuss the following questions:
What is the legacy of Antifa?
What role does it play in the BLM Movement and beyond?
What role does it play in combating white supremacy?
How do we understand the spectrum of strategic resistance?
Join others in this courageous and critical conversation.
Help to debunk myths, deepen your own, and share in respectful conversation about this important topic.

Saturday, October 7

Fixit Clinic CCXXVII (227) Cambridge Public Library
Saturday, October 7 
Cambridge Public Library, Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Bring your broken item with all parts necessary to recreate the symptoms (carry-in only: no oversize items)
Bring any parts and tools you already own that might be helpful (e.g. hand tools, sewing supplies)
Come ready to describe what’s wrong and what you’ve tried (research the web for others with the same problem)
Come ready to learn and to share your knowledge with others
WHO: An all-ages family-friendly event: accompanied children are heartily invited!
COST: Free!
WHY: To make friends, learn and teach how to fix things, and have fun!

Want to learn how to repair broken stuff for your friends and neighbors? First-time Fixit Coaches are always welcome; sign up here:


Popular "National Popular Vote March for 2020" in Washington DC + all big Cities
Saturday, October 7
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Boston Common (outside the Park Street T Station at Park and Tremont streets)

MARCH GOAL: To help make the 2020 presidential election the first in which the majority of citizens elect the U.S. President and every vote in every state is equal. 

DETAILS: The National Popular Vote March for 2020 celebrates the commitment of grassroots movements and people from all walks of life to work toward the common good and supports the successful passing of the Constitutionally legal National Popular Vote bill in enough states for citizens to directly elect the U.S. President by way of an Interstate Compact in time for the next presidential election in 2020.

The National Popular Vote is possible. As of spring 2017, it's been enacted into law in 10 states plus the District of Columbia for a combined total of 165 out a needed 270 electoral votes, so we are more than halfway there!

The National Popular Vote is fundamental; it’s about the structure—the bones—of our democracy and impacts a vast array of common-good goals and priorities because they likely will find a much more conducive federal environment under a President elected by the majority of citizens.

NONPARTISAN: The current National Popular Vote effort began in 2005 and is not about the 2016 presidential election or partisan politics in general. Instead, the National Popular Vote bill simply commits the Electoral College to cast its votes in accordance with the popular votes from throughout the country rather than by state.

In doing so, the National Popular Vote bill automatically eliminates the outdated and problematic "winner-take-all" election scheme, which divides the country into "battleground" and "spectator" states and makes the spectator states’ votes (along with their concerns and financial interests) politically irrelevant.

As a result, the bill achieves three democracy-enhancing feats all at once:
1. Creating a direct and undistorted correlation between popular vote outcome and election result.
2. Making every vote equal nationwide.
3. Increasing the probability of higher voter turnouts because all votes count.

WHY NOW: If enough of us support the bill during the remaining states' 2017, 2018, and 2019 legislative sessions, it has a very real chance of being in place by 2020.

Sunday, October 8 

Workshops for Neurodiversity: Ecology, Evolution, and Engineering for Empowered Brains
Sunday, October 8
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Ecology, Evolution, and Engineering for Empowered Brains is an eight-week, universally-designed and sensory-friendly series of related educational workshops for neuro-divergent individuals which hones skills in understanding, interpreting, and protecting the natural environment. Through creative, hands-on teaching exercises and field visits, participants become comfortable with basic ecological principles, as well as emerging technologies used to sculpt ecological and evolutionary processes. We will discuss contemporary issues related to conservation and highlight engineering strategies with which to address these obstacles. Through project-based learning, students will have the opportunity to develop understanding by experimentation—or play—and workshops will emphasize immersion, rather than memorization. Wholly, we seek to foster a safe and creative learning space in which students are able to develop the necessary technical literacy to become future leaders in the myriad realms of environmental science.


Somerville Community Growing Center Annual Harvest Fair
Sunday, October 8 
2:30 to 4:30
The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville

The season finale for the 23-year-old center! Harvest games, cider demonstration, pumpkin decorating, contests, family friendly music, and more.  

More information at

Tuesday, October 10 - Sunday, October 15

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Tuesday, October 10

Join the Fossil Fuel Divestment Hearing and Lobby Day!
Tuesday, October 10
Lobbying - Start at 11:00 AM in 4th Floor Coffee Shop (Look for the orange buttons)
Hearing - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM in Room A2 before the Joint Committee on Public Service
Massachusetts State House, Boston

Join the Divestment Bill (H.3281) Hearing and Lobby Day on October 10. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Marjorie Decker and 54 legislative co-sponsors.

The MassDivest Coalition has organized a star studded cast of planned testifiers, including leaders of FIVE statewide public unions:
Barbara Madeloni, President, Mass Teachers Association 
Donna Kelly-Wiiliams, President, Mass Nurses Association
Peter McKinnon, President, SEIU Local 509
Johnny McInnis, Political Director, Boston Teachers Union
SEIU Local 888.

Also testifying will be Geoffrey Supran, one of the Harvard researchers who recently authored a comprehensive, study which confirmed that Exxon Mobil misled the public about what it knew about climate change and the risks posed by fossil fuel emissions; and financial, environmental, municial, health, faith and youth panels.

As we watched Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria pounding Texas, the Caribbean, Cuba, Florida and Puerto Rico , we were reminded to rededicate ourselves to minimizing the worst effects of climate change through our actions in Massachusetts.

We are calling for all hands on deck for this hearing - the most important divestment event of this legislative session. Whether you are an advocate for divestment, clean air, carbon pricing, pipeline resistance, plugging the gas leaks, 100% renewable energy or are simply concerned about climate change, this is your opportunity to ask the MA legislature to stop slowing down our transition to a fossil fuel free economy by divesting from fossil fuels. The bill will be heard by the Joint Committee on Public Service, with House Committee Chair Rep. Jerald Parisella and Senate Committee Chair Cindy Friedman presiding.

We will be coming out in force to ask the committee for a favorable report for the bill - and to lobby our legislators!

Please plan to come to the hearing/lobby day. 

If you want to testify, use this template ( to prepare your written testimony to the Chairs of the Public Service Committee. 

But you don't have to testify at the hearing. Just being in the hearing room sends an important message to the legislators that the public cares about this issue. 

Unions and others, help get the word out by sharing this event page with your unions or other groups and by tweeting it with the hashtags #divestma and #H3281.


HUBweek 2017: Programming the Future of AI: Ethics, Governance, and Justice
Tuesday, October 10
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C, Room 2036, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required to attend in person at
Event will be live webcast at starting at 12:00 pm

featuring Harvard's Cynthia Dwork, Christopher L. Griffin, Margo I. Seltzer, and Jonathan L. Zittrain in conversation with Professor Chris Bavitz 
How do we prepare court systems, judges, lawyers, and defendants to interact with autonomous systems? What are the potential societal costs to human autonomy, dignity, and due process from the use of these systems in our judicial systems?

Join us for a panel on the evolution of artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on ethics, governance, and criminal and social justice. Drawing from the research, community building, and educational efforts undertaken as part of our Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence initiative, leading experts in the field share and reflect on insights from ongoing activities related to the judiciary and fairness.

The discussion will be led by Harvard Law School Clinical Professor and Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic Chris Bavitz in conversation with Harvard's Cynthia Dwork, Christopher L. Griffin, Margo I. Seltzer, and Jonathan L. Zittrain. This event will be live-streamed and archived on this page.

Cynthia Dwork, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Law School
Cynthia Dwork uses theoretical computer science to place societal problems on a firm mathematical foundation. She was awarded the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in 2007 in recognition of some of her earliest work establishing the pillars on which every fault tolerant system has been built for a generation (Dwork, Lynch, and Stockmeyer, 1984). Her contributions to cryptography include the launching of non-malleable cryptography, the subfield of modern cryptography that studies -- and remedies -- the failures of cryptographic protocols to compose securely (Dolev, Dwork, and Naor, 1991). She is a co-inventor of the first public-key cryptosystem based on lattices, the current best bet for cryptographic constructions that will remain secure even against quantum computers (Ajtai and Dwork, 1997). More recently, Dwork spearheaded a successful effort to place privacy-preserving analysis of data on a firm mathematical foundation. A cornerstone of this effort is the invention of Differential Privacy (Dwork, McSherry, Nissim, and Smith, 2006, Dwork 2006), now the subject of intense activity in across many disciplines and recipient of the Theory of Cryptography Conference 2016 Test-of-Time award. With its introduction into Apple's iOS 10 (2016) and Google's Chrome browser (2014), differential privacy is just now beginning to be deployed on a global scale. Differentially private analyses enjoy a strong form of stability. One consequence is statistical validity under adaptive (aka exploratory) data analysis, which is of great value even when privacy is not itself a concern (Dwork, Feldman, Hardt, Pitassi, Reingold, and Roth 2014, 2015a, 2015b).

Data, algorithms, and systems have biases embedded within them reflecting designers' explicit and implicit choices, historical biases, and societal priorities. They form, literally and inexorably, a codification of values. Unfairness of algorithms -- for tasks ranging from advertising to recidivism prediction -- has recently attracted considerable attention in the popular press. Anticipating these concerns, Dwork initiated a formal study of fairness in classification (Dwork, Hardt, Pitassi, Reingold, and Zemel, 2012). Dwork is currently working in all of these last three areas (differential privacy, statistical validity in adaptive data analysis, and fairness in classification). Dwork was educated at Princeton and Cornell. She received her BSE (with honors) in electrical engineering and computer science at Princeton University, where she also received the Charles Ira Young Award for Excellence in Independent Research, the first woman ever to do so. She received her MSc and PhD degrees in computer science at Cornell University. Dwork is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering, and is a fellow of the ACM, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Christopher L. Griffin, Research Director, Access to Justice Lab, Harvard Law School
Christopher L. Griffin. Jr. is the Research Director at the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School. He earned his B.S. magna cum laude from Georgetown University, an MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an Editor for the Yale Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Prior to joining the A2J Lab, Chris taught at Duke Law School (2010-2012) and William & Mary Law School (2012-2016). In addition to court administration and procedure, his research interests include employment discrimination and judicial decision-making.

Margo I. Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Margo I. Seltzer is a Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science and the Faculty Director for the Center for Research on Computation and Society in Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research interests are in systems, construed quite broadly: systems for capturing and accessing provenance, file systems, databases, transaction processing systems, storage and analysis of graph-structured data, new architectures for parallelizing execution, and systems that apply technology to problems in healthcare.

She is the author of several widely-used software packages including database and transaction libraries and the 4.4BSD log-structured file system. Dr. Seltzer was a founder and CTO of Sleepycat Software, the makers of Berkeley DB, and is now an Architect at Oracle Corporation. She is a Sloan Foundation Fellow in Computer Science, an ACM Fellow, a Bunting Fellow, and was the recipient of the 1996 Radcliffe Junior Faculty Fellowship. She is recognized as an outstanding teacher and mentor, having received the Phi Beta Kappa teaching award in 1996, the Abrahmson Teaching Award in 1999, and the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising in 2010.

Professor Seltzer received an A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1983 and a Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992.

Jonathan L. Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School,Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School
Faculty Chair, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Professor of Computer Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Professor, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
Jonathan L. 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, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and Faculty Director of the Berkman 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, and as Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, where he previously chaired the Open Internet Advisory Committee. His book The Future of the Internet -- And How to Stop It is available from Yale University Press and Penguin UK -- and under a Creative Commons license. Papers may be found at

Moderator: Chris Bavitz
Christopher T. Bavitz is Managing Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. He is also a Clinical Professor of Law at HLS, where he co-teaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar and teaches the seminar, Music & Digital Media. Chris concentrates his practice on intellectual property and media law, particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology. He oversees many of the Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, and advising of startups, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to Harvard’s Innovation Lab. Prior to joining the Clinic, Chris served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs for EMI Music North America. From 1998-2002, Chris was a litigation associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and RubinBaum LLP / Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters. Chris received his B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University in 1995 and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1998.


The Human Face of AI
Tuesday, October 10
TechCode Boston, 301 Beacon St Suite 301, Somerville

Artificial intelligence started off as a purely prescriptive technology, driving decision making in a rigid, sternly quantitative manner. However, new companies are using artificial intelligence (A.I.) to add an even more human touch to technology. Learn how you can gain an edge in the technology market and help make A.I. a force for good by incorporating empathy, social sensitivity, and intuition into future A.I. technologies.


Tuesday, October 10
1:00pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 6-120, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Materials science can provide solutions for energy storage, building efficiency, transportation, and many other critical needs in today's society. MADMEC invites student teams to develop and build prototypes that address these and more challenges.

Come to 6-120 at 1:00pm to see the inventions and innovations concocted by DMSE students to improve sustainability! Join us afterward for the Awards Ceremony in 6-104, the Chipman Room.


Giza 3D: Visualizing the Pyramids
Tuesday, October 10
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Harvard, Cabot Science Library, 1 Oxford Street, The Science Center Harvard University, Cambridge

As part of the Giza Project at Harvard, a 3D, archaeologically accurate computer model of the pyramids, tombs, and temples at the famous Giza Pyramids, just west of modern Cairo, is being used for teaching and research. The work is largely based on the excavations of the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition (1905–1947). This talk will show the computer model, and present other experiments in new technologies for bringing the site back to life, for scholars, students, and the public worldwide.


How AI Makes Us More Human
Tuesday, October 10
4:00 – 5:00 PM
OpenView Venture Partners, 303 Congress St #701, Boston

Join a powerful panel of experts to learn more about how humans coexist with artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology. Learn how technology can help us better read the signals of others and adjust our behavior for better interactions. This panel of experts includes a leading behavioral scientist expert as well as creators of industry-leading machine learning applications.

Learn from these experts and participate in this debate.


The Future of Robotics
Tuesday, October 10
5:00 – 6:00 PM
MassRobotics, 12 Channel St Suite 502, Boston

MassRobotics Executive Director, Tom Ryden, will give a robotics overview and talk about how they will affect our lives in the future. You can also join a tour of the shared workspace with some robotics demos.


Early American Environmental Histories
Tuesday, October 10
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston

The Massachusetts Historical Society hosts James Rice, Tufts University with comment by Chris Parsons, Northeastern University. Free and open to the public. A light sandwich supper will follow.

Boston Environmental History Seminar

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At the Strangers' Gate:  Arrivals in New York
Tuesday, October 10
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5 - $28.00 (online only, book-included) 

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer ADAM GOPNIK presenting a one-man show of stories from his thirty years as a husband, father, and writer in New York City. Many of these stories are featured in his new book, At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York. He first performed this one-man show at last year’s New Yorker Festival. A book signing will follow.
About At the Strangers’ Gate

From The New York Times bestselling author of Paris to the Moon and beloved New Yorker writer, At the Strangers' Gate is a memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s.

When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life's consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. At the Strangers' Gate builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple's journey—from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Gopnik transports us to his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side, and later to SoHo, where he captures a unicorn: an affordable New York loft. He takes us through his professional meanderings, from graduate student-cum-library-clerk to the corridors of Condé Nast and the galleries of MoMA. Between tender and humorous reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now.


Open House at The Engine; a HUBweek Event
Tuesday, October 10
The Engine, 501 Massachusetts Avenue,  Floor 2 Cambridge

The Engine, built by MIT, is the newest venture set out to support founders innovating in the toughest areas of science and technology.  By empowering disruptive technologies with long-term capital, knowledge, and specialized equipment, The Engine is bridging a gap in traditional venture capital that exists between two phases, proof of concept and commercialization. 

Don’t miss the first public showing since our doors officially opened! Hear from the team, tour the space, and learn how they’re fueling the next generation of world-changing impact through scientific and technological breakthroughs in Boston.

Open House / Cost is FREE, please register:


Using Digital Tools to Explore American Political Divides
Tuesday, October 10
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT,  Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join MIT Professor Deb Roy, Director of the Laboratory for Social Machines, and Chief Media Scientist at Twitter for an exploration of ways to see past our differences and understand the humanity of the opposing side in an effort to bridge ideological gaps.

Free. No pre-registration necessary.

This program is offered in conjunction with The Enemy, on view October 5, 2017. 


In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America
Tuesday, October 10
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston

A screening of In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, a new documentary on the work of John Hume, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the peace building in Northern Ireland. A discussion follows with filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrickand Senator George Mitchell, who served as the chairman of the peace talks. The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen moderates. Senator Paul G. Kirk, Jr. introduces the program.
Please note: Registration guarantees a seat in the building, but not in the main hall.


Guest Speaker: Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy Division at UN Economic Commission for Europe
Tuesday, October 10
6:15 pm to 6:45 pm
BU, 685-725 Commonwealth Avenue (Room 315), Boston

Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy Division at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (one of 5 regional commissions in the UN; NECE includes 56 member States in Europe, North America, and Asia) will be guest lecturing in UA 510: Sustainable Energy Planning. Mr. Foster will be covering the topic Achieving Energy for Sustainable Development -- a Global Perspective.


Are Students Learning the Right Things for a Just, Sustainable, and Healthy World?
Tuesday, October 10
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Tufts, Barnum Hall 104, Packard Avenue, Medford

Are Students Learning the Right Things for a Just, Sustainable, and Healthy World?
Our world faces unprecedented threats, including climate change, mass species extinctions, economic and racial inequality, resource depletion, and overpopulation. These will lead to vast changes in virtually every aspect of the modern world—including manufacturing, transport, agriculture, politics, and finance.

Are colleges and universities preparing young people for this brave new world? And, if not, what are some innovative ways that higher educational and community institutions can support young people to become more successful active change agents, helping society adapt and evolve within a rapidly shifting environment?

Please join us for an engaging dialogue to explore these and related questions.
Tony Cortese, Principal of International Endowments Coalition and former Dean of Environmental Studies, Tufts University
Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute and former instructor, New College
Amirah Mitchell, Agroecology consultant and educator
William Throop,Former Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Green Mountain College


Bob Schieffer- Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News
Tuesday, October 10
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

From the explosion of fake news to the challenges of the 24 hour news cycle, legendary journalist Bob Schieffer examines political journalism today and those who practice it. Based on interviews with over 40 media leaders, Schieffer provides an inside look at the changing role of media and asks whether today’s citizens are more informed or just overwhelmed.

About the Author
Bob Schieffer, one of America’s pre-eminent television journalists and former host of CBS’s Face the Nation, is the author of This Just In: What I Couldn’t Tell You on TV (Penguin, 2003), Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast (Simon & Schuster, 2004), and Bob Schieffer’s America (Penguin, 2009). He is a member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and in 2009 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. He resides in Washington, DC.


National Bird 
Tuesday, October 10
7-9 pm 
Robbins Library Community Room, 700 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington Center ( on the 77 and 79 bus lines) 

A new documentary film about the secret United States Drone Assassination Program 
Why is our government killing thousands of people around the globe they can?t even identify? 

People interviewed in this film include drone operators turned whistleblowers suffering PTSD, and people on the ground in Afghanistan whose families and lives have been shattered by ongoing drone attacks. 
After the film there will be a short discussion with suggestions of things we can do to stop this immoral and indefensible form of warfare. 

Sponsored by Eastern Massachusetts Anti-Drones Network, a task force of United for Justice with Peace, Arlington UJP, co-sponsored by Mass Peace Action, Women?s International League for Peace and Freedom and Veterans For Peace-Smedley Butler Brigade.


Human Harvest: China’s Illegal Organ Trade
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 8:30 – 10 p.m.
WHERE  Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Ethics, Film, Humanities, Research study, Special Events, Support/Social
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR People against Organ Harvesting
SPEAKER(S)  Member from DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting)
DIRECTED BY  LEON LEE (award-winning journalist, director and producer)
COST  $11
DETAILS  When reports first emerged from China in 2006 that state-run hospitals were killing prisoners of conscience to sell their organs, it seemed too horrible to believe. But as researchers around the world—including human rights lawyer David Matas and former Canadian Member of Parliament David Kilgour—began to uncover the mystery, the true picture became all too clear. Their evidence suggests that tens of thousands of innocent people have been killed on demand to supply an ongoing illegal organ transplant industry. The story of how these two Nobel Peace Prize nominees pieced together the evidence and continue to fight against this industrial-scale crime against humanity is a riveting tale of both personal triumphs and unimaginable horror.

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Wednesday, October 11

Materials Day Registration
Wednesday, October 11
8am - 6pm
MIT, Little Kresge Auditorium, Building W16, 48 Massachusetts Ave (Rear, Cambridge

The Symposium and Poster Session are free and open to the public but registration is required.

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MAPC's 2017 Clean Energy Forum
Wednesday, October 11
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
District Hall, Boston

At a time when the nation is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, it is more important than ever for cities and towns to take the lead. Join us on October 11 to learn how your community can do its part.

This year, MAPC's Clean Energy Forum will focus on planning for net zero and highlight tools to help municipalities set and achieve ambitious climate goals. 

Light breakfast and beverages will be served.

Registration and event details to come!

Learn more about clean energy at MAPC


The Next Generation Enterprise: Four Business Models for Thriving in the Digital Era
Wednesday, October 11
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Speaker: MIT Sloan Research Scientist Stephanie Woerner
The business world is rapidly digitizing, breaking down industry barriers, creating new opportunities, and destroying long-successful business models. What will the next generation enterprise look like in five years? And how will your company profit in the digital era? 

Join us for a complimentary, live MIT Sloan Webinar.

Drawing from her study of 144 breakthrough initiatives in large organizations—as well as fascinating survey results from over 300 firms—Dr. Woerner will familiarize participants with the significant changes, risks, and opportunities enabled by digitization, including:
Four viable business models for the future—and the financial performances of firms currently pursuing each, across a range of industries
The disadvantages of focusing narrowly on value chains
Why one business model—Ecosystem Driver—outperforms all the others
How to guide the culture of your next generation enterprise

Stephanie Woerner is a Research Scientist at the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) at MIT Sloan. Her research centers on how companies manage organizational change caused by the digitization of the economy. In 2016, she was a subject matter expert on enterprise digitization for the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Conference. She has a passion for measuring hard-to-assess digital factors such as connectivity and customer experience, and linking them to firm performance. 

We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Woerner’s executive program, Revitalizing Your Digital Business Model, offered November 16–17, 2017, at MIT Sloan Executive Education.


The Ocean Surface Boundary Layer
Wednesday, October 11
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT,  Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

2017 Houghton Lecture Series: Boundary Layers in the Ocean and Atmosphere
The ocean surface boundary layer (OSBL) occupies the upper 100m or so of the oceans and is responsible for controlling the transport of heat and momentum from the atmosphere into the deeper ocean, and plays a major role in regulating plankton communities. Recent observations and simulations are revolutionizing our picture of the OSBL, and reveal that the surface waves on the ocean surface fundamentally change the physics of the OSBL. In this lecture I shall present new observations, theory and modelling and new ideas for representing the OSBL in models, which has the potential to correct long standing biases in the climate models.

About the Speaker
Stephen Belcher is the Met Office Chief Scientist and provides leadership of our scientific research and development.

Professor Belcher obtained his PhD in fluid dynamics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and has subsequently published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on the fluid dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic turbulence. Having completed his PhD he became a research fellow at Stanford and Cambridge Universities. In 1994 he moved to the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where he served as Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences between 2007 and 2010.  In 2010 he became the Joint Met Office Chair in Weather Systems. This role gave him a taster of working closely with the Met Office, and in 2012 he joined the Met Office as Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre.

Stephen led the evolution of the Met Office Hadley Centre to focus on climate science and services: motivated by the need to provide governments, industry and society with actionable advice, i.e. ‘climate services’. He was a driving force behind the initiation of the Newton Fund Climate Science for Service Partnership China (CSSP China), in which scientists from both China and the UK are now working together to develop fundamental climate science and climate services.


Sustainability For Health Leadership Series 2017 - Tedd Saunders
Wednesday, October 11
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM EDT
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, FXB G-13, Boston

This fall, the Center for Health and the Global Environment will be hosting a 4-part Sustainability for Health Leadership Series. Beginning on October 11th and running through November 1st, this speaker series will introduce attendees to pressing issues and opportunities faced by cutting-edge business leaders that navigate the intersection of industry, government, public health and sustainability. Join us to hear about the importance of making the connection between people, their health, and their surroundings.
Oct 11 - Tedd Saunders, CEO EcoLogical Solutions Inc., CSO The Saunders Hotel Group, Co-Owner The Lexon Hotel
Oct 18 - Liz York, Associate Director of Quality and Sustainability at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Oct 25 - Ory Zik, Co-founder & Executive Director, Greenometry
Nov 1 - Captain Sara Newman, Director, Office of Public Health, National Park Service


Harvard Innovation Labs Startup Stories and Showcase: The Power of Telling a Great Story
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, 4 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Innovation Labs, 125 Western Avenue, Allston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Innovation Labs
SPEAKER(S)  Kara Miller
DETAILS  A picture may be a worth a thousand words, but nothing has the impact of a good story.
Join the Harvard Innovation Labs and Kara Miller, host of WGBH Radio’s Innovation Hub, as part of HUBweek, for an exploration of the importance of storytelling in the context of innovation and entrepreneurship. The event will also include a startup showcase exhibiting the remarkable and diverse companies emerging from the Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem.
No matter what industry you’re in, story connects information to the emotions and imagination of the listener. Entrepreneurs need to be skilled at telling their personal stories, the story of their company, or the tale of a breakthrough experience, because doing so can make all the difference in landing investors, attracting employees, building a customer community, and ultimately achieving success.
Kara Miller knows what makes a great business story. Her insights are gleaned from scores of radio interviews with some of today’s most innovative and creative thinkers. In the radio world these great tales are called “driveway moments” — when the story is so good that you stay in your car in the driveway just to hear the ending.
The event will also feature a mini Story Slam with a group of select Harvard i-lab Venture Incubation Program (VIP) teams sharing their own best stories. That will be followed by a showcase of Harvard Innovation Labs teams demonstrating what their innovative and groundbreaking companies are up to.
Oh, and did we mention there’ll be free ice cream?
Event agenda:
4 p.m. – Event begins
4:05 p.m. – Kara Miller introduction by Managing Director Jodi Goldstein
4:10 p.m. – Kara Miller talk
4:35 p.m. – i-lab teams to tell their stories (5 min each)
5 p.m. – Team showcase and community ice cream social
6 p.m. – Event ends
Don’t miss it.


CIC Green Innovation Industry Night
Wednesday, October 11
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Venture Café, 5th floor, CIC Cambridge, One Broadway, Cambridge

An essential event for anyone involved or interested in Greater Boston sustainable business, Green Innovation Industry Night is an evening hosted by CIC to celebrate, invigorate, and connect sustainably-minded innovators bringing smart solutions to the private and public realms. Guests have the opportunity to learn from featured speakers, attend industry discussions, and network with fellow change-makers.
CIC Green Innovation Industry Night is the inaugural event of the series CIC Connects, and is part of HUBWeek 2017.

Who will be at CIC Green Innovation Industry Night?
CIC Green Innovation Industry Night will be attended by both CIC members and guests from around the Boston metropolitan area. The event is open to entrepreneurs and startups across industries, corporations with local presence, students in the area, government officials, and nonprofit organizations, bringing together a diversity of expertise and approaches.

What will take place at CIC Green Innovation Industry Night?
CIC Green Innovation Industry Night will include panels and breakout sessions, featuring innovations and possibilities for change across industries. There will also be food, drink, demo tables, and opportunities to mingle and connect.


The Effect of Fuel Economy Standards on Vehicle Weight Dispersion and Accident Fatalities
Wednesday, October 11
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer Building, Room L-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Antonio Bento, University of Southern California; Kenneth Gillingham, Yale University; and Kevin Roth, University of California, Irvine

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Co-hosted by HKS professors Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman. Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics and the Department of Economics is gratefully acknowledged.

Contact Name:  Bryan Galcik


What is a petroculture? Conjectures on energy and global culture
Wednesday, October 11
5:00pm to 6:15pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 

What is a petroculture? Conjectures on energy and global culture with Professor Imre Szeman, University of Alberta and University of Waterloo, Canada

Followed by a panel discussion with Rania Ghosn, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, MIT School of Architecture + Planning; Caroline A. Jones, Professor of Art History, MIT School of Architecture + Planning; and Rosalind Williams, Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology, MIT Program on Science, Technology, and Society

How can you use energy as a critical component of cultural and literary analysis? Does making a link between a specific energy system and a previously defined literary or cultural period, movement, or aesthetic form open up new ways of analyzing texts and cultural forms? While the energy humanities have insisted (correctly) that we imagine modernity as deeply shaped by fossil fuels, the outcome of this energy periodization is different than we might hope or imagine. This talk will outline the critical possibilities and limits that come with the introduction of energy into social and cultural analysis.

Speaker Bio
Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta and professor of communication and culture at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He conducts research and teaches in the areas of energy and environmental studies, critical and cultural theory, and social and political philosophy. His work focuses on the social and cultural changes necessary to enable energy transition, namely, the transition from oil to other energy systems.. Recent books he co-edited include Fueling Culture (Fordham UP, 2017), Energy Humanities(Johns Hopkins UP, 2017), and Petrocultures (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017).


District Hall's 4th Birthday Café Night
Wednesday, October 11
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Celebrate District Hall’s 4th birthday at our Fall Café Night! District Hall, a program of the Venture Café Foundation, is the world’s first freestanding public innovation center. Since 2013, we have operated a free, public workspace used by hundreds of people every week and hosted over 2,500 events. Join us and our partners to celebrate 4 years of creating connections, building community, and inspiring innovation!
District Hall’s Fall Café Night is a HUBweek Spoke Event.


Two Lenses: Communicating Science
Wednesday, October 11
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge

As part of HUBweek 2017 Catalyst Conversations is partnering with Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the third time to present a public conversation with artist Maria Peñil and microbiologist Mehmet Berkman of Bacterial Art, a Broad researcher, and photographer Felice Frankel. The conversation will focus on communicating science, visually and otherwise. Join us after the program for a reception and an engaging hands-on experience. The Broad Institute has generously offered to be the host venue for what promises to be a fascinating evening.


Wednesday, October 11
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $5 - $39.00 (online only, book-included)

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome bestselling and award-winning journalist, historian, and biographer RON CHERNOW—author of Alexander Hamilton, the inspiration for the Broadway musical—for a discussion of his latest biography, Grant.

About Grant
Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant’s military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members.

More important, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass, who called him “the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race.” After his presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre. 

With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic... and yet the greatest hero.” Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America's greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.


And the Band Played On?  The looming crises of the 21st century and what they mean for today’s young artists
Wednesday, October 11
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston

What does the rest of the 21st Century hold in store for us? If what we see all around us is any indication — growing climate-related disasters, economic inequality and stagnation, political divisiveness, and environmental stresses of all kinds — we are in for a bumpy ride. 

Please join award-winning author, educator, and avid musician Richard Heinberg for an exploration of the sustainability crises of the 21st century and what unique challenges and opportunities these present for young artists. 

Following the presentation and Q&A session, Richard Heinberg will be joined by New England Conservatory grad Christopher Schoelen for a violin-guitar duo. 

About Richard Heinberg
Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He has written for Nature, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Christian Science Monitor among other publications, and has delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences around the world


Should Humans Be Allowed to Drive?
Wednesday, October 11
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Museum of Science, Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston

How should we handle the rapid improvement in technology that enables self-driving cars? As companies like Tesla and Google are pushing this technology to become more sophisticated and capable, society will need to establish the rules for self-driving cars.

How can we set policies that will encourage responsible use? How can we make sure self-driving cars are not making traffic and pollution worse? Who will be impacted as self-driving cars become more prevalent?

At this interactive forum, learn about the development of self-driving cars and how we as a society might regulate them. Contribute to the conversation by considering the complexities and tradeoffs of potential policy solutions, sharing your perspective, and helping to shape the discussion for the City of Boston.


The Genetic Engineering Toolbox: A whirlwind tour of GMO technology
Wednesday, October 11
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Auditorium, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston

Thursday, October 12 

Beyond borders: Environmental cooperation in Israel and Palestine
Thursday, October 12
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Eve Tendler & Shadi Shiha, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
In a region historically fraught with conflict and divisiveness, environmental concerns throughout Israel, Palestine, and Jordan are universal. Issues like water resource management, air pollution, and renewable energy technology transcend political borders and bridge the divide between Israelis and Palestinians. Hear from Israeli Eve Tendler and Jordanian Shadi Shiha, alumni of the cross-border Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, on transboundary initiatives aimed at utilizing environmental issues to build peace in the region.

Eve Tendler was born in Tel Aviv to parents of Israeli and German citizenship. She studied at the Arava Institute while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at Ben Gurion University. Before that Eve lived in Nepal, teaching English and assisting in village rehabilitation after the Nepali earthquake of 2015. She completed her mandatory military service in the Education Unit of the Israel Defense Force, managing an after school program for at-risk children of different backgrounds. She is currently involved with Women Wage Peace, which promotes peace in the region.

Shadi Shiha graduated with a degree in Autotronics Engineering from Khawarizmi College in 2015. He was born to a Palestinian family in Amman -- his parents were born in Palestine under the British Mandate, but relocated in 1967 to Kuwait and ultimately traveled to Amman as refugees during the Gulf War. Shadi works as a dance instructor for children, including at a camp for orphans where he taught dance lessons from 2011-2014, and has also spent time working as an English translator.


An expanding and expansive view of computing 
Thursday, October 12
2:50pm - 4:00pm
Tufts, Halligan 102, 161 College Avenue, Medford
Speaker: Jim Kurose, National Science Foundation and UMass Amherst

Advances in computer and information science and engineering are providing unprecedented opportunities for research and education. My talk will begin with an overview of CISE activities and programs at the National Science Foundation and include a discussion of current trends that are shaping the future of our discipline. I will also discuss the opportunities as well as the challenges that lay ahead for our community and for CISE.

Dr. Jim Kurose is an Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he leads the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of more than $900 million, CISE’s mission is to uphold the nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Kurose is on leave from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences. 

His research interests include network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation. He has received a number of awards for his research and teaching, including several conference best paper awards, the IEEE Infocom Achievement Award, the ACM Sigcomm Lifetime Achievement Award, the ACM Sigcomm Test of Time Award, several outstanding teacher awards, and the IEEE/CS Taylor Booth Education Medal. With Keith Ross, he is the co-author of the textbook, Computer Networking, a top down approach (7th edition). 

Dr. Kurose received his Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University and a BA degree in physics from Wesleyan University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).


Foodbetter Harvard 2017
Thursday, October 12
3:30PM TO 6:00PM
Harvard, Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge

3:30-4:30 p.m.: Lightning Round: Great Ideas to Foodbetter

Foodbetter Harvard invites you to ask questions about the food system and how to improve it: how to grow better, eat better, shop better, conserve better . . . how to Foodbetter. Join this Lightning Round of 5-7 minute Foodbetter Ideas shared by a cross-section of the community.

4:30-5:45 p.m.: Keynote Panel: Foodies Who Foodbetter

Some of Boston's best chefs and restauranteurs are using their platform to change the food system as we know it. They are activists and entrepreneurs who aren't just content with winning rave reviews. (They also all happen to be women!) Join this discussion about how these industry leaders are reinventing the food system and their communities from their Boston-area restaurants.

Wearing her alumna hat, Joanne Chang, Chef Owner of Flour Bakery and Meyers & Chang, will moderate the conversation with:

Katrina Jazayeri, Co-Owner, Juliet– talking about social justice and its application and opportunity in the restaurant industry
Jody Adams, Chef Owner, Saloniki, Porto & Trade – talking about moving into the fast-casual space to make it healthier, as well as about advocacy on health issues
Irene Li, Chef Owner, Mei Mei Street Kitchen – talking about Mei Mei’s open-book and profit sharing approach
Tiffani Faison, Chef Owner, Sweet Cheeks & Tiger Mama – talking about using her platform for community advocacy, especially around LGBT issues

Event is free. Tickets Required. Limit of 5 tickets per person . Tickets valid until 3:15PM.

Sponsored by Harvard University Office of the Executive Vice President and Harvard University Dining Services.

Contact Name:  Crista Martin


Social Justice and the New Food Activism
Thursday, October 12
4:15 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

The alternative food movement has been tremendously successful at raising awareness of many of the public health and ecological consequences of the conventional food system. Yet, as many (friendly) critics have noted, market-based alternatives have done very little to undermine industrially produced food; nor have they resonated much with poor people and communities of color. In the last decade or so, a new food activism has emerged, one that is more contentious, more collective, and more inclusive.

In this talk, Julie Guthman will discuss the origins and development of the food movement in order to explain how it came to focus on market based alternatives and also to show how it has evolved in response to critique. She will then discuss three cases that reflect a new food activism, with particular focus on the battle against methyl iodide, a highly toxic chemical that was to replace methyl bromide in strawberry production.

Free and open to the public.


Innovating Green Financing: Green Banks in New England
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Allison Dining Room, Fifth Floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Bryan Garcia, Executive Director of the Connecticut Green Bank (winner of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards); Carter Wall, Managing Director, Franklin Beach Energy; Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director, Coalition for Green Capital; and the Honorable Paul Mark, Massachusetts State Representative, 2nd Berkshire District
COST  Free
DETAILS  Learn how New England is leading the way in innovative clean energy financing - and what more can be done throughout the region to increase access to low cost financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Join Bryan Garcia, Executive Director of the Connecticut Green Bank (winner of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards); Carter Wall, Managing Director, Franklin Beach Energy; Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director, Coalition for Green Capital; and the Honorable Paul Mark, Massachusetts State Representative, 2nd Berkshire District; as they discuss the promising future of green banks in New England. Ash Center faculty affiliate Edward Cunningham will moderate.
Reception to follow.
This event is a part of HUBweek 2017. Founded in December 2014 by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration and weeklong festival that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in art, science, and technology.
There is a unique concentration of brainpower, ingenuity, and creativity in the Greater Boston region; it draws people from around the world and from every industry. The unifying characteristic is a willingness to attack big problems, and a focus on making life better and improving the human condition at both a local and global level.
HUBweek exists to support and strengthen that innovation ecosystem – and to connect people to it from here and abroad.


Ecological Criticism in the Age of the Database
Thursday, October 12
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

The ecological principle that everything connects with everything else should be a perfect match for the network principle of contemporary digital communications. But there is a problem that comes with the arrival very large, proprietorial databases. This is partly to do with the sheer number of images and videos produced and circulated, partly to do with the form they are stored in, and partly because their dynamics share at least as much with contemporary capitalism as with the natural environment. New analytical tools for dealing with big data promise to reform classical humanities methods so we can conform our research to this new kind of object. In this paper Sean Cubitt asserts the value of anecdotal evidence against the rise of statistics, but at the same time wants to confront the difficulties in bringing about an encounter between readers (human or otherwise) and the mass image constructed by social media and search giants.

Sean Cubitt is Professor of Film and Television at Goldsmiths, University of London and Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne. His publications include The Cinema Effect, Ecomedia, The Practice of Light: Genealogies of Visual Media and Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technology. Series editor for Leonardo Books at MIT Press, his current research is on political aesthetics, media technologies, media art history and ecocriticism.


Justice, Justification and Monetary Policy
Thursday, October 12 

Martin O'Neill, Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy, University of York
Abstract: Since the great financial crisis of 2007-8, central banks have played an increasingly important and broad role in macroeconomic management in the UK, Europe, and US. Within democratic societies, the role of technocratic institutions in setting economic policy raises important normative questions of justice and justification. This lecture considers some of these issues relating to the role of central banks, paying special attention to forms of unconventional monetary policy such as 'quantitative easing'.


Boston Water Social
Thursday, October 12
Kings, 50 Dalton Street, Back Bay, Boston

Come join us for a social event to bring together graduate students from several universities (Tufts, Northeastern, MIT, BU, Harvard, etc.) that study water-related issues. Anyone interested in water is welcome to join in! 


Inclusive Innovation Challenge Celebration; a HUBweek Event
Thursday, October 12
6:00pm to 7:30pm
The HUB 1 City Hall Square, Boston

The Inclusive Innovation Challenge Celebration explores and honors the technology-driven solutions creating an economy that works for the many and not just the few in the digital age. 

During the IIC Celebration, an evening showcase and gala event, renowned leaders in the Inclusive Innovation movement will deliver talks, focused on how to ensure that the benefits of digital progress are shared by all.  Featured speakers include Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc.), Sheila Marcelo (Founder and CEO of, and Leila Janah (Founder and CEO of Sama Group and LXMI). 

The Grand Prize Winners in the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy’s $1 million prize program will be announced, providing specific examples of approaches that are working today.  This event will energize the audience, inspiring you to become catalysts of Inclusive Innovation and creators of economic opportunity for all.

Cost is FREE, please register.


A Moonless, Starless Sky:  Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa
Thursday, October 12
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed journalist and New Yorker staff writer ALEXIS OKEOWO for a discussion of her new book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa.
About A Moonless, Starless Sky

In the tradition of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, this is a masterful, humane work of literary journalism by New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo—a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent's wave of fundamentalism.

In A Moonless, Starless Sky Okeowo weaves together four narratives that form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa: a young couple, kidnap victims of Joseph Kony's LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; a women's basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia; and a vigilante who takes up arms against the extremist group Boko Haram. This debut book by one of America's most acclaimed young journalists illuminates the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary—lives that are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.


Thursday, October 12
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square


Thursday, October 12 
Boston Opera House, Boston
Cost:  $50 - $150

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Clinton Global Initiative University 
October 13-15
Northeastern University

The event brings together over 1,100 students to make a difference in five focus areas, including the environment and climate change.  The deadline to sign up is May 1.  For more information, click here.

Friday, October 13

4th Annual Harvard-UCLA Food Law and Policy Conference
Friday, October 13
8 am–6 pm
Harvard Law School, WCC 2019 Milstein West AB, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 

The Food Law Lab at Harvard Law School and the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law invite you to the 4th Annual Harvard-UCLA Food Law and Policy Conference, which this year will address food sector innovation and the law.

Innovation is rapidly shifting the landscape of food production and consumption in the United States and globally. Innovation covers a broad range of activity within the food sector. Technological advances have led to a range of new products—for example, plant-based meat and dairy, edible insects, GM foods, and cultured meat, among others—that the law does not yet know how to address. Technology has also changed how we grow food, how we procure food, and how we invest in food, from apps that can optimize soil quality for production, to fresh food home delivery, to barcode scanning to determine a product’s supply chain, to venture capital and impact investing in purpose-driven food companies.

At the same time, food has increasingly become a platform for both self-expression and political engagement. For the first time ever, millennials believe they can effect greater change with how they spend their money than with how they cast their votes. This generation, which now constitutes the bulk of the workforce and consumer base, increasingly values purchasing nutritious, sustainable, and socially just products that are also reasonably priced. Companies are under mounting pressure to innovate in response to meet these demands.

How we innovate now and the legal framework we adopt in response will profoundly shape our food system. This one-day conference will convene an interdisciplinary group of experts from law, politics, science, and industry to discuss issues in food innovation and consider the ramifications for navigating this next frontier in food. It will take a broad approach to innovation and explore the implications for a range of stakeholders, including the government, sustainability and the environment, corporate law, entrepreneurship, animal law, and non-profits, among other areas.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required.


Deep Dive: Climate Change, a HUBweek Event
Friday, October 13
9:00am to 12:00pm
Faneuil Hall 1 Faneuil Hall Square Boston

Open to all: Join regional experts, practitioners, students, entrepreneurs, and many others to brainstorm and advance promising, high-impact solutions to climate change.

Using an Open Space format, you’ll co-create the workshop agenda with other attendees, pitch your idea or interest, and form small working groups to dive deep into problem-solving. Get supportive input on your ideas, or collaborate to explore new ones. Breakouts will explore themes such as CO2 removal, the potential for blockchain carbon pricing, U.S. climate policymaking, and many more.

The interactive workshop will be run by MIT. Top ideas will be invited to submit to the Climate CoLab online platform to receive feedback from the global network of over 85,000 people, enter annual contests, and more. (Check out our contests, open until September 10, 2017, at

Please note: seating for this program is limited, and we ask that you stay for the duration of the event. Please tell us a bit about your interest in this program when applying so we can understand how you will benefit/contribute to this robust discussion and that we are able to work with our speakers and moderators in advance to effectively curate the program to make the best use of your time.

Cost is FREE; please register.


Foodbetter Harvard: Fair on the Plaza
Wednesday, October 13
11 am–2 pm
Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

A showcase of Harvard- and Cambridge-area innovators, programs or groups sharing current practices or ideas for improving the food system.

The fair will feature roughly 40 booths/tables from groups on campus and in the surrounding Cambridge community, showcasing food sustainability and innovation (as well as broader campus sustainability initiatives). There is no cost to participate, and we will provide tables and table covers for participants.

Want to present at the fair? Contact for more information. We simply ask you to create an engaging opportunity for our guests to learn more about you and your work, and how they can engage. Games, informational and educational materials, samples and prizes are welcome and encouraged.


Wetland restoration at Magazine Beach
Friday, October 13
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Magazine Beach Park, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

We will be digging invasive common reed and purple loosestrife out of the basins near the ballfields so that these areas can be planted with attractive grasses, flowers, and shrubs that will clean rainwater before it enters the Charles and provide bird habitat. Please dress for the weather. Please wear rain or work boots. We will provide gloves and tools, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. 
We will meet at Magazine Beach at the baseball diamond (near the exercise area and the parking lot).


Changes in Mind: Five Decades of Insights into Intelligence, Thinking, and Learning 
Friday, October 13
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Harvard Graduate School of Education, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge

This Askwith Forum will offer insights gleaned from a half-century of iconoclastic investigations into changing conceptions of the mind and the implications of these changes for today’s teachers, schools, and society.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to explore and reflect on how our perceptions of how our minds work have changed over the past fifty years,” said Daniel Wilson, director of Project Zero. “The role of education in today’s complex world requires us to take stock in what we know about the human mind and consider how to best cultivate citizens of tomorrow. We look forward to sharing views on major insights, and discussing implications for educators from current luminary thinkers in our field.”

Project Zero (PZ) is a Harvard Graduate School of Education research center that focuses on learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels. Project Zero will launch its year-long 50th anniversary by hosting this special Askwith Forum as part of HUBWeek in Boston.

PLEASE NOTE:  Seating for this forum will be available on a first come, first seated basis. Askwith Hall is expected to fill up quickly and we encourage participants to arrive early in order to obtain a seat. Seats may not be saved for those pending arrival. Additional seating will be available in satellite spaces on campus once Askwith Hall fills to capacity.

The queue for Askwith Hall seating will start at 4 p.m. Out of respect for the academic and classroom environment, we request that you do not arrive prior to 4 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.


MIT Energy Night
Friday, October 13
MIT Museum 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge


Environmental Film Festival presents Chasing Coral
Friday, October 13
6:30 pm
Questrom Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

ISE and BU Arts Initiative hosts the final day of the 3-day Environmental Film Festival sponsored by Bank of America.  A screening of the film Chasing Coral, winner of Sundance's Audience Award, will be followed by a panel discussion with the film producer Larissa Rhodes, key film subject and photographer Zach Rago, and Diane Thompson, BU Assistant Professor and head of BU's Tropical Climate and Coral Reefs Laboratory. The film viewing and panel discussion will be followed by a catered reception.  Free and open to all. 


getgeeked Boston 2017 (21+)
Friday, October 13
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont Street, Boston

Check out the full range of Lenovo’s newest consumer products, including Lenovo Explorer, their brand new AR/VR headset, and Star Wars: Jedi Challenge, a smartphone-powered augmented reality experience that allows you to experience Star Wars in ways never before possible.

You’ll also get the chance to win awesome new products by sharing your #getgeekedBoston experience on social media along with your free, official getgeeked T-shirt on the way in!


Lost Kingdom:  The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation
Friday, October 13
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning author and Harvard University professor SERHII PLOKHY for a discussion of his latest book, Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation.
About Lost Kingdom

In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea and attempted to seize a portion of Ukraine. While the world watched in outrage, this blatant violation of national sovereignty was only the latest iteration of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries and create a pan-Russian nation.

In Lost Kingdom, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues that we can only understand the confluence of Russian imperialism and nationalism today by delving into the nation's history. Spanning over 500 years, from the end of the Mongol rule to the present day, Plokhy shows how leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Joseph Stalin to Vladimir Putin exploited existing forms of identity, warfare, and territorial expansion to achieve imperial supremacy.

An authoritative and masterful account of Russian nationalism, Lost Kingdom chronicles the story behind Russia's belligerent empire-building quest.

Saturday, October 14

Nationwide Solidarity Peaceful March - Boston
Saturday, October 14
9 AM - 12 PM


Hull Wind Turbine Tour 
Saturday, October 14 
11am and 1pm
100 Main Street Hull map:
Tour is about 1 hour and students will be allowed inside the turbine.  There is no charge for this event.

Here's a recent event with MIT EI:
Students See Clean Energy in Action on IAP Wind Turbine Tour

Andy Stern ( can arrange tours for individuals and groups at other times.


Wind turbine tours @ Medford Harvest Your Energy Festival
Saturday, October 14
12PM to 3PM (EDT)
McGlynn Middle School, 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford

Join Mass Energy for a free wind turbine tour of "Windy," the city of Medford's wind turbine at McGlynn School! Mass Energy members support this turbine.

Tours will be given during Medford's annual HARVEST YOUR ENERGY FESTIVAL, where you can learn about all your sustainability options in one spot. Choose one of the tour slots and let us know if you're coming! Each formal tour will meet at the wind turbine and will take 15-30 minutes. The Festival runs from noon - 3pm so stop by anytime to enjoy it and see the turbine.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Anna at or 617-524-3950 x152.


TEDxHarvard College 2017: Stargazing
Saturday, October 14
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $15 – $40

Ensure your spot in our biggest event of the year with a viewership of thousands and one of the most anticipated events on campus!
5 world-renowned speakers and a competition-winning student speaker
Performances by the Harvard Undergraduate Drummers, the Harvard Modern Dance Company, and a sand-animation artist, all premiering stellar new performances
For the first time, a technology and art exhibition featuring virtual reality demonstrations by Harvard SEAS, robotics by the Harvard Undergraduate Robotics club, Engineers without Borders, and displays by various artists around Harvard.
Refreshments provided by some of our sponsors around the square; Sweetgreen, David’s Tea, JP Licks, and Insomnia Cookies.

Talks from (
Sarah Lewis - Curator and Harvard Assistant Professor of Art History, former TED main-stage speaker, bestselling author featured on NYT and WSJ
Avi Loeb - Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative, chair of the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, named one of the top 25 people most influential in space by TIME Magazine
David Edwards - Health science pioneer, founder of Le Laboratoire, an art and science collaborative, Chevalier at the French Ministry of Culture
Michael McCormick - Goelet Professor of Medieval History; chair of the Science of the Human Past at Harvard interdisciplinary research network of geneticist, archeologists, climatologists and humanists
Jay Edidin - Pop-culture writer, editor, and journalist at Wired and ComicsAllince; X-Men expert and podcaster
Floriane Kameni - Student Speaker Competition Winner speaking on the neurobiology of portrait drawing

Saturday, October 14

Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace - Boston, Massachusetts
Saturday, October 14
9 AM - 12 PM
Boston, Massachusetts

Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace will be a day for people to come together to share their love and compassion to call out the hatred and violence that is taking place in our society. This is a day for people of all political and religious affiliations, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, disabilities, ages and every other aspect of a human being.

This will be a day for everyone with a compassionate heart and open mind to come together and celebrate love and unity! This will be a non-violent march. Our hope is to give everyone a day to celebrate our differences all while uniting together. We encourage peace, no violence, and above all else: Love for one another.

Disclaimer: Nationwide Solidarity March for Peace is not the organizer of this event, and we are currently looking for organizers who share our vision. Please refer to our main page for more information, and if you or someone you know would be interested in organizing a march, please contact us on

To find a march near you, please see our main page, or check out the event page for Washington D.C. to see a list of all the events:


Home Events Renew Heating and Insulation Workshop - Dorchester
Saturday, October 14
10am - 11:30am
Lower Mills Branch - Boston Public Library, 27 Richmond Street, Dorchester

Renew Boston invites you to attend their Heating and Insulation workshops to help you prepare for the upcoming winter! Learn what you can get during a Mass Save home energy visit and check out the great rebates and incentives available for heating and insulation. You'll also have the chance to speak with a representative from Mass Save and ABCD Weatherization Assistance Program to answer any of your questions.


Solar 101
Saturday, October 14
The Morse School Media Café, 40 Granite Street, Cambridge

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Sunday, October 15 - Wednesday, October 18

International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories Annual Conference
October 15-18
Boston Marriott Copley Place
The annual conference of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories will be held in Boston this year.

Sunday, October 15

Robot Block Party; a HUBweek Event
Sunday, October 15
11:00am to 5:00pm
The Hub, 1 City Hall Square, Boston

From home to office, the warehouse floor to the streets, robots are becoming more prevalent in society. Boston is a leader in supporting the development, testing, and adoption of some of this game-changing technology. Robot Block Party will showcase the latest in robotics and provide exciting demos of products to come, highlighting the Massachusetts robotics ecosystem.

In the future, many people imagine the roads to be changed by self-driving cars, the skies to be peppered with drones, and our daily lives to be interconnected with robots. How will self-driving cars change your commute? Will robots make deliveries to your home? How are robots helping people by working in dangerous places? Join us to learn about how innovative technology and artificial intelligence are providing solutions in healthcare, agriculture, transportation, and the home.

Robot Block Party is free and open to the public with registration to The HUB. Come by to ask questions, interact with robots, and get inspired. 

Cost is FREE, please register.

Monday, October 16

PAOC Colloquium: Lynne Talley (Scripps)
Monday, October 16
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
Lynne Talley is a Distinguished Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Climate, Atmospheric Sciences, and Physical Oceanography division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

Talley’s research focuses on the general circulation of the ocean and the role of various oceanic and atmospheric conditions that affect ocean currents and property distributions, including salinity. Her work involves analysis of data from most of the world’s oceans, depicting the movement of heat, salinity, and water masses, and the formation of water masses, particularly in subpolar regions.


Can Wholesale Power Markets Survive Subsidies?
Monday, October 16
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Joseph Bowring, President, Monitoring Analytics, and Independent Market Monitor, PJM. Lunch is provided.

Energy Policy Seminar

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


Book Release and Discussion: Innovation Blind Spot 
Monday, October 16
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
LearnLaunch, 281 Summer Street, 2nd Floor, Boston
Cost:  $5 – $23

Please join LearnLaunch, as well as Ross Baird, the founder of Village Capital, to discuss Ross' new book: The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas--And What to Do About It. We'll have lunch and discussion with Ross, and talk about what's broken in our innovation economy, highlight how emerging solutions and organizations such as LearnLaunch are helping build the world we want to live in. 
About The Innovation Blind Spot

While big companies in the American economy have never been more successful, entrepreneurial activity is near a 30-year low. More businesses are dying than starting every day. Investors continue to dump billions of dollars into photo-sharing apps and food-delivery services, solving problems for only a wealthy sliver of the world’s population, while challenges in health, food security, and education grow more serious.
In The Innovation Blind Spot, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Ross Baird argues that the innovations that truly matter don’t see the light of day—for reasons entirely of our own making. A handful of people in a handful of cities are deciding, behind closed doors, which entrepreneurs get a shot to succeed. And most investors are what Baird calls “two-pocket thinkers”—artificially separating their charitable work from their day job of making a profit.

With a foreword from AOL co-founder Steve Case, Ross outlines what's wrong with our innovation economy--and how to fix it.


Darwin’s Damned Land, A.K.A. Patagonia: A paleo(neo)botanist’s paradise
Monday, October 16
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

M. Alejandra Gandolfo-Nixon, Senior Research Associate, Cornell University

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk

Contact Name:


Making American Biomedicine: Science, Health, and the 'Paradox of NIH
Monday, October 16 
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Buhm Soon Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

STS Circle at Harvard
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.


TEDx Boston:  Revolutionary Ideas: Advancing Our Machines
Monday, October 16
1pm - 5pm

Over the past eight years, we have shared ideas ranging from the ocean’s power, to the musical evolution of the Erhu, to urban beekeeping, and even the counterfeit drug trade. Last year, we honed our focus to artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the potential in this space captivated our collective imagination. We just weren’t ready to let it go yet.

So we are diving even deeper into AI and ML this year. And we couldn’t be more excited about what we’re learning. We’ll hear about filmmaking with a program that named itself Benjamin, machines that could fix themselves to adapt to their environment, emerging legal and ethical issues, and much, much more.

The entire event will be livestreamed right here on our website for free. We encourage you to get together with friends, family, and colleagues to watch as a group, or organize a meet-up. In-person attendance is by invitation only, but there is no limit on the livestream, so make an event out of it. And if you miss the livestream, we’ll be posting full videos of all of the talks shortly after the event.


Upending Evolution:  A Beginner’s Guide
Monday, October 16
Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Boadway, Fifth Floor, Cambridge

George Church, Professor, Harvard and MIT
From his PhD work on the first genome sequence methods to tools for hunting down dark matter, George Church’s innovations are numerous and foundational. More engineer than scientist, his lab brings together the brightest minds from physics, neuroscience, genetics, and engineering. Join us for a glimpse into his vision of a future shaped by the power of genetics to solve today’s challenges. 

Refreshments provided by Helbling (6pm-8pm).

Agenda: 6:00-6:30 Refreshments (Swiss Bakers) and Networking  
6:30-7:30 George Church, Intro and Q&A   
7:30-8:00 Networking Then join us for the after party at Firebrand Saints!


The Future We Leave Behind -- Hawley, Raymond, and Zuckerman
Monday, October 16
6:00 PM
Café ArtScience, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free. 

oin Michael Hawley, Nathaniel Raymond and Ethan Zuckermanfor a Long Now Boston Conversation on information gatekeepers, technology and your brain. 

History informs our future thinking and, with a deep time long term view, we need to consider the history subsequent generations will inherit. A looming challenge is the re-writing of history [yes, it’s happened for thousands of year] but the social sphere and raw processing power at hand to spoon-feed clickbait to the masses puts us all at risk. 

Algorithms…AI...Government Regulation. What can we do to mitigate the effects of an Orwellian approach? This is not about politics. It’s about the right to information; safeguarding identity; stewarding the humanities; protecting the right to choose. What impact is the technological revolution having on us and our planet for the next 10,000 years?  

Come early and schmooze with other attendees Each of our guests will speak for about 20 minutes. We'll follow all of that up with a Q&A open discussion. We expect to go 'til about 8:30pm with this conversation. You may even want to hang out longer and grab a drink at the Cafe ArtScience bar or group-up for a dinner table.

Michael Hawley is an educator, computer scientist, musician and photographer who serves as impresario of EG. Educated at Yale and MIT, he held industrial positions at Bell Labs, IRCAM in Paris, Lucasfilm in San Rafael, and NeXT in Palo Alto. For many years, Michael was the Alex Dreyfoos Professor of Media Technology at MIT. He plays the piano (won the Van Cliburn amateur competition in 2002) and has a passion for photography (produced a notable photographic book on Bhutan). Michael lives in an old church in Cambridge where his family includes a quirky HImalayan mastiff (Tashi), an adopted Bhutanese daughter (Choki) and his beloved bride Nina You.

Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and Associate Professor of the Pratice at MIT's Media Lab.  He is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, published by W.W. Norton in June 2013. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at … My heart’s in Accra and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. 

Nathaniel A. Raymond is Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Previous posts include Director of Operations of the Satellite Sentinel Project at HHI, Director of the Campaign Against Torture at Physicians for Human Rights and a variety of roles at Oxfam America. He has served in the field in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, the Gulf Coast, Jordan, and elsewhere.

He is a 2013 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a 2010 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Security and Human Rights Reform Fellow.  Raymond is a co-winner of the 2013 USAID and Humanity United Tech Challenge for Mass Atrocity Prevention.  He has co-written four major peer-reviewed articles on the use of information communication technologies in humanitarian response and human rights work.


Mass Innovation Nights 103
Monday, October 16
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
WeWork Boston, 745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

It's our October Mass Innovation Nights and you know what that means, all women founders! Our "4th Annual Women Founders" event, MIN #103 is happening on October 16th at 6pm at WeWork - South Station. We will again kick off WeBOS week so that means our event will be on a MONDAY! We are thrilled it is that time of year again to bring you ten innovative products from female founders that will showcase on October 16th at 6pm!

If you want to showcase your woman founded tech product, submit here.
Mass Innovation Nights are monthly startup networking and product launch events featuring local companies at various locations in the greater Boston area.

Tuesday, October 17

Jackie Calmes – The Rise of Right-Wing Media
Tuesday, October 17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Jackie Calmes is the White House editor for the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau. She was previously a New York Times national correspondent, covering politics and policy. Calmes also worked at The Wall Street Journal for 18 years, where she covered Congress, elections, the Clinton and Bush administrations, and often focused on fiscal policy. She was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow in spring 2015, and wrote a paper on conservative media, “They Don’t Give a Damn about Governing”: Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party.


The Border Wall: Life and Injury on the Frontlines
Tuesday, October 17
6:00 pm
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies, Department of Anthropology and Committee on Degrees in Social Studies; Faculty Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
The idea of building a wall on the U.S./Mexico border serves as a potent symbol across the political spectrum—a means of assuaging social and economic anxieties by placing them onto a remote frontier. Ieva Jusionyte will consider how an anthropological analysis of the state, borders, and security can help people understand the meaning and impact of such a wall. Drawing on ethnographic research with emergency responders who rescue those injured in government actions against drugs and unauthorized migration, she will discuss how deploying “tactical infrastructure” (of which the wall is but one piece) changes everyday life on both sides of the border.


Special Event: DC, Massachusetts, and the Future of a Clean Energy Economy
Tuesday, October 17
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
University of Massachusetts Club, 1 Beacon Street, Boston

Please join the Alliance and UMass Boston for a conversation about what the federal government's current approach to policies related to clean energy and the environment will have on the Massachusetts clean energy economy. Moderated by Heather Goldstone, science correspondent for WCAI and WGBH Radio, with David Cash, Dean of UMass Boston's McCormack Graduate School, Ruben Mencos, Founder and CEO of Proper Pipe, U.S.A., and Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs.


How Wall Street Tech Can Speed Up The World
Tuesday, October 17
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
WeWork South Station, 745 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $0 – $3

This will be explaining how Kx supports streaming analytics on extremely large data sets that would simply swamp traditional technologies. The talk is a perfect opportunity for members to learn about the power and scalability of Kx and how it can be applied to real-life business problems across a range of traditional industries from finance to manufacturing and the evolving challenges of IoT and everywhere connected. Speaker is Pending: Food and Drinks will be provided. We would like to thank our venue sponsor, WeWork. WeWork is a community of creators. We transform buildings into collaborative workspaces. Our mission is to help companies grow by providing them with not just beautiful space but benefits, amenities, and community they need to focus on their business, all on very flexible terms. We currently have over 100,000 Members working out of our communities worldwide, and over 5,000 members here in Boston.


Greenfest Looking for Volunteers

10th Annual Boston GreenFest will be at Boston City Hall Plaza, August 11-13, 2017.  It is the largest multicultural environmental music festival in the region featuring lots of local and international exhibits, performances, films, food, fashion and forums.  Our goal is to educate and empower people to create a more sustainable, healthier world. We are actively building an interconnected, ever expanding network throughout our neighborhoods, city and region.  From business to nonprofit, neighborhood association to academic institution, Boston GreenFest spans age, culture and industry.   Celebrating our 10th anniversary, Boston GreenFest is excited to bring this wonderful free three-day festival to Boston City Hall Plaza as it is transformed into a fun interactive community classroom.  

We are looking for volunteers to help throughout the weekend.


New Climate CoLab Contests:
Carbon Pricing
Energy Supply
Land Use Change
Shifting Attitudes & Behaviors

More information at


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.


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


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 


"Greening Our Grid" Report Released April 24, 2017

MAPC is excited to announce the release of “Greening Our Grid,” a fact sheet and a case study detailing MAPC’s strategy to use municipal aggregation to help build new renewable energy in New England. 

“Greening Our Grid” highlights MAPC's work with the City of Melrose as a case study for MAPC's innovative green municipal aggregation strategy. Melrose recently completed its first year of implementation. The city’s results demonstrate that economic and environmental goals can be met simultaneously, and provide a compelling example for others to follow. 

The case study and fact sheet further describe the renewable energy strategy overall, why it can have a real impact on our electricity grid, and MAPC’s program to help other municipalities follow Melrose's lead. Arlington, Brookline, Gloucester, Hamilton, Millis, Somerville, Sudbury, and Winchester are poised to roll out their green aggregations within the year. 

MAPC believes that municipal aggregation offers an opportunity for communities to leverage the collective buying power of their residents and businesses to transform our electric grid to cleaner sources of energy, while also providing cost savings and price stability for electricity. The fact sheet and case study will be useful tools for cities and towns that are exploring green municipal aggregation, as well as for those that already have active aggregation programs.

Check out “Greening Our Grid” today at, and contact Patrick Roche, MAPC Clean Energy Coordinator, at for more information about MAPC's program.


Cambridge Climate Change Game

Extending our work on face-to-face games, the MIT Science Impact Collaborative has developed a digital game on the health impacts of climate change that you can play alone on your computer or on your mobile phone. The game should take about 10-20 minutes. We would appreciate it if you could play the game at your convenience.

Any and all feedback on the game should be directed to Ella Kim at  

Thank you for your time and consideration!


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 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 11 AM on Sundays, as Energy (and Other) Events is sent out Sunday afternoons.

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