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Energy (and Other) Events - February 25, 2018

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Monday, February 26

12pm  PAOC Colloquium:  Using imaginary worlds to understand the tropical cyclone
12pm  Behind the Headlines: Rohingya: Ethnic Cleansing? Genocide?
12pm  Creating Markets for Wind Electricity in China: An Analysis of Grid and Institutional Causes of Curtailment
12pm  Hurricane Variability and Change
12pm  Ecological and Evolutionary Drivers of Biodiversity and Extinction Risks across Amphibians and Squamates
12:15pm   Vaccine Criticism in France: Scientific Credibility and the Fragmentation of Social Movements
12:30pm  Energy for Africa, Prioritizing Investments Under Climate Change
12:30pm  Alex Dolinskiy: Russian Public Diplomacy
1:15pm  How to Talk Politics and Policy to the Press: 10 Things You Need to Know
2:30pm  Machine Learning from Schools about Energy Efficiency
4pm  Norton Lecture III, 'The 7th Art and Me' by Agnès Varda
5:30pm  Crafting Usable Knowledge for Sustainable Development
5:30pm  The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Danielle Allen - The War on Drugs and Human Rights
5:30pm  F.E.W. Seminar: Unpacking Popular Trends in Food & Finance
6pm  #BUcityplanning Lecture: The Development of Boston’s Metropolitan Park System
6pm  Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi | Learning from Dadaab: An Architectural History of Forced Migration
6:30pm  Starr Forum: Is Democracy Dying? Panel discussion on the current state of democracy
6:30pm  Solutions to Address Race and Economic Inequality in the Commonwealth
6:30pm  Fifty Years Since MLK
7pm  #metoo: Truths and Consequences

Tuesday, February 27

11:45am  From Polar Bears to People: Getting the Arctic Climate Change Story Right
12pm  Speaker Series: Tom Wheeler
12pm  The Global Lives Project: Meet the makers
2pm  The Internet Possessed: The Programs Optimizing Our Communication from the Arpanet to the Internet
3pm  BOEM Offshore drilling hearing and rally
4pm  Negotiating with New Technology: Shaping the Third Digital Revolution
4pm  Pardee Center Special Lecture: “Why Forests? Why Now?” Featuring Frances Seymour
4pm  The Future of Everything
4pm  Norton Lecture IV, 'Crossing the Borders' by Agnès Varda
4:15pm  Let’s Talk Millennials
5:30pm  Housing in Boston - Civic Innovation Conversation Series
6pm  As the Seas Rise, Can We Restore Our Coastal Habitats?
6pm  Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Phillip Sharp on Convergence in Biomedicine
6pm  Silas Peirce Lecture: Black Liberation & White Supremacy
6pm  Talking about capitalism: Making sense of our economy
6pm  authors@MIT: Marie Hicks, Programmed Inequality
6pm  Cristina Goberna Pesudo | Epic Architecture: The Book of Sins
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - February 2018 Happy Hour
6pm  Greentown Talks
6:30pm  On Monuments: Place, Time, and Memory
7pm  Big Chicken:  The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats
7pm  Lost Kingdom

Wednesday, February 28

9am  MAPC Winter Council Meeting and New Mayors Forum!
12pm  SLS Seminar:  The Dynamics of the Southern Ocean
12pm  Technological Frontiers of Solar Geoengineering
12pm  Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
12pm  Digital Disobedience
12pm  How Democracies Die - A Book Discussion
1pm  The Marginalization of Experience: African American Women in STEM
4pm  “Memories from Resistance”: Women, War, and the Forgotten Work of Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, 1919–1989
4pm  Political Ideology, Partisanship, and the Way Forward
4:15pm  Evaluating a Discretionary Safety Valve: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Waiving Fuel Content Regulations in Response to Supply Shocks
4:15pm  America’s Urban/Rural Divide: Are We Still in This Together?
4:30pm  Initiative on Cities Guest Lecture: Bruce Katz and The New Localism
5:15pm  Addiction, Neuroscience, and the Criminal Law: Commonwealth vs. Julie Eldred
5:30pm  "Cocktain Party" screening of film followed by discussion
6pm  The Drama of Celebrity
6pm  MA Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) Listening Session
6pm  Voting Rights and the Rule of Law
6pm  Boston VR and Boston Ed Tech Present: VR in Education
7pm  Enlightenment Now:  The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
7pm  The Space Between Us

Thursday, March 1

9am  2018 MIT Startup Workshop - The Future of Energy Innovation
11:30am  Fake News and Misinformation Series: Kate Starbird
12pm  Standing Rock:  Indigenous Futures in an Age of Apocalyptic Climate Change
12pm  Combating Wall Street Lawlessness: Jesse Eisinger at The Harvard Law Forum
12pm  Breaking the Cycle of Youth Incarceration by Increasing Equitable and Appropriate Policing
12:15pm  Reagan's Retreat: Lebanon and the Limits of U.S. Power, 1981–1985
1pm  Promising Solar PV Financing Strategies for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers
3:30pm  Film Screening of “The Last Mountain” & Post-screening Discussion with Producer Eric Grunebaum
4pm  How to Study War? Insights from Syria
4:15pm  Learning from Oceania
4:15pm  Allyship, Uncomfortable Conversations, and Talking Across Difference: A Conversation with Ana Marie Cox
5pm  The (Non)Americans: Tracking and Analyzing Russian Influence Operations on Twitter
5pm  EnergyBar March 2018: Cleantech Intern Fair
6pm  Patton Oswalt in conversation with Robin Young - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
6pm  Perspectives from the Front Lines of Massachusetts’ Opioid Battle
6pm  Designing for a Neurodiverse World
6pm  Vittoria Di Palma | Architecture and the Climatic Imaginary
6pm  Big Chicken, with Maryn McKenna
6pm  RPP Colloquium: Ministry to the Marginal: The Power of Partnerships
6pm  The Future of Robots - Changing what it means to be disabled
6:30pm  Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture: Aaron Sachs, “A Common Treasury for All”: Toward a Deeper History of Environmental Justice”
6:30pm  Science by the Pint: Viruses to the rescue: How gene therapy with viruses can preserve vision
8pm  The future of clean energy jobs in America

Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3

MIT Energy Conference:  Transformational Technologies

Friday, March 2

7:30am  Mass. Marijuana Summit II: New regs, federal threat, financial hurdles
12pm  Nitrate radical initiated atmospheric particulate matter formation in forests: Anthropogenically-triggered biogenic aerosol production
12pm  Legal Strategies for Fighting Back: A Conversation with Top Immigration Lawyers
12pm  Mark Joseph and Amy Khare, "Succeeding Where Mixed-Income Transformation Falls Short: A Path to Equity and Inclusion in Our Cities”
1pm  IACS Seminar: "Data Science Toward Understanding Human Learning and Improving Educational Practice”
1:30pm  Roundtable on Food and the Farm Bill
4pm  Graduate Lecture Series: "The Trans-Amazon Drilling Project”

Saturday, March 3

Local Environmental Action 2018
9am  2018 MIT Latin American Conference
4pm  authors@MIT: Martin Erwig, Once Upon an Algorithm

Sunday, March 4

1:30pm  Steven Pinker: Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism

Monday, March 5

10am  A Day of Hope and Resistance
12pm  PAOC Colloquium: Elizabeth Barnes (Colorado State)
12pm  Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
12:10pm  Improving the drought tolerance of crop and timber species:  physiological and evolutionary perspectives
12:15pm  Governing the Future: Cancer Viruses and the Growth of American Biomedicine
5pm  Bridging the US Political Divide Online: What we Learned from using big data, bots and volunteers to challenge polarization
5:30pm  The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Jacqueline Bhabha - The Human Rights of Non-Citizens under Trump
5:30pm  Sustainability impact assessment for startups
6pm  What Will It Take to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment?
6:30pm  Building Radical Products: How you can pivot less and build more
7pm  Public Program | Catalyst Conversations | Immersed: Video. Art. Technology
7pm  Asteroid Futures: Decades, Centuries, Millennia

Tuesday, March 6

11am  Artificial Intelligence and National Security Law: A Dangerous Nonchalance
12pm  The Accuracy, Fairness, and Limits of Predicting Recidivism
12pm  Investing in the Grassroots to Achieve Environmental and Social Justice
3:30pm  Investigative Reporting: Making an Impact on Policy and Governance
5pm  Innovating for the clean energy economy
5:15pm  Panel Discussion: Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Study of Early America
5:30pm  Gutman Library Distinguished Author Series Event: Research in Mind, Brain, and Education
5:30pm  Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism—Author Discussion
5:30pm  Launch Smart Clinic – Internet of Things (IoT)
5:30pm  metaLAB + friends openLAB
6pm  Goldsmith Awards Ceremony 2018 with Martha Raddatz of ABC News
6pm  Beyond the Gates: The Past and Future of Prison Education at Harvard
6pm  Greenovate Boston’s Second Climate Ready South Boston Open House
6pm  Brownfields: Rewriting Industrial Legacy from Brown to Green
7pm  There Is More Than Enough Renewable Energy


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


Monday, February 26

PAOC Colloquium: Using imaginary worlds to understand the tropical cyclone
Monday, February 26
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Dan Chavas (Purdue University)
This talk will discuss the use of planetary climate simulation experiments to understand tropical cyclones on Earth. First, a hierarchy of models spanning theory, idealized aquaplanet and Earth-like climate simulations, and observations are employed to understand the physical relationship between the two widely-used measures of tropical cyclone intensity: the central pressure deficit and the peak near-surface wind speed. Second, simulations of idealized aquaplanets of different sizes and planetary rotation rates are employed to probe the underlying theoretical dependence of tropical cyclone genesis and size on the dynamical forcing imparted by an Earth-like planet. The application of these results and their limitations for explaining the rich heterogeneity of real storms on Earth will be discussed.

About the Speaker
Dr. Chavas' research areas include natural hazard physics, tropical cyclones, weather and climate variability, climate change, risk analysis, and societal impacts.


Behind the Headlines: Rohingya: Ethnic Cleansing? Genocide?
Monday, February 26
12:00 pm
BU, 121 Bay State Road, Boston
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Join us as the Beyond the Headlines series continues with a discussion on the Rohingya, a stateless people from Rakhine State, Myanmar.Panelists include Professor Robert Sloanefrom the BU School of Law; Kate Cronin-Furman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School Belfer Center; and Pardee School Dean Adil Najam. The discussion will be moderated by Pardee School Assistant Professor of International Relations Noora Lori.Lunch will be served. 


Creating Markets for Wind Electricity in China: An Analysis of Grid and Institutional Causes of Curtailment
Monday, February 26
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Michael Davidson, Environment and Natural Resources Program Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS. Lunch is provided.

Energy Policy Research

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


Hurricane Variability and Change
Monday, February 26
Harvard, Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Gabriel Vecchi, Professor, Princeton University.
Speaker Bio: Gabriel Vecchi is Professor at the Princeton University Department of Geosciences and at the Princeton Environmental Institute. Prior to coming to Princeton University in 2017, he was a Research Oceanographer and the Head of the Climate Variations and Predictability Group at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was since 2003. The focus of his research is the interactions between the atmosphere and oceans on timescales from weeks to centuries, including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation phenomenon, tropical cyclones and the Asian-Australian monsoon. Gabriel’s recent efforts concentrate on understanding short- and long-term changes to tropical circulation and variability, including characterizing the impact of climate change on tropical cyclones and hurricanes, and global patterns of rainfall and drought.

Gabriel is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the American Meteorological Society’s Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, the Ascent Award from the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union, the Daniel L. Albritton Outstanding Science Communicator Award, the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal (twice), the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal, the NOAA-OAR Outstanding Paper of the Year Award, the NOAA Administrator’s Award, the American Geophysical Union’s Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters (twice), and the Cook College, Rutgers University Marine Sciences Student of the Year. He was listed in Thompson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers” List, in recognition for ranking among the top 1% of researchers for most cited documents in the area of geosciences. Gabriel earned a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington, as well as M.S. degrees in Oceanography and Applied Mathematics. His undergraduate degree in Mathematics is from Rutgers University.

EPS Colloquium

Contact Name:  Summer Smith


Ecological and Evolutionary Drivers of Biodiversity and Extinction Risks across Amphibians and Squamates
Monday, Feruary 26
Harvard, Agassiz Room (101a), MCZ, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Joao Filipe Riva Tonini, Edwards/Pierce Labs, Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

Feel free to bring lunch. Coffee and snacks provided. 

MCZ Lunchtime Seminar 

Contact Name:  Melissa Aja


Vaccine Criticism in France: Scientific Credibility and the Fragmentation of Social Movements
Monday, February 26
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Jeremy Ward (Université Paris-Sorbonne, Sociology)

STS Circle at Harvard


Energy for Africa, Prioritizing Investments Under Climate Change
Monday, February 26
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Tufts, Cabot 702, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford

Dr. Richard Swanson (GLS Group) is a strategy consultant, focusing on energy sector assets and project development. He helps his clients prioritize their infrastructure investments, and with project design. His clients include private developers, multilateral agencies, and infrastructure investment banks. He has degrees from the Fletcher School (’08) and the University of Colorado (’88 and ’17), and he lives near Boston, MA.


Alex Dolinskiy: Russian Public Diplomacy
Monday, February 26
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Tufts, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Crowe Room, Goddard 310, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program for a lunch and roundtable discussion on Russian public diplomacy with Alex Dolinskiy, one of the pioneers in developing the concept of public diplomacy in Russia. We will discuss Russian soft power, cultural and educational exchange programs, international aid, and propaganda around the world. Attendance is by registration only.

Alex, MALD 2009, is a founder of, an online marketplace for executive education that aims to expand cross-border learning opportunities for senior executives in government and private sector. Alex has private & public sector communications, consulting and academic experience and holds key research leadership positions at two international consulting companies. He is a Member of the Expert Council with the Government of the Russian Federation and an expert of the Russian Council for International Affairs. He spent several years working in Russian public diplomacy and taught a class on public diplomacy at Moscow State University. His research experience includes contributing to Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society and United Nations Peacekeeping Situation Centre. Alex has successfully completed large-scale corporate diplomacy projects in the Asia Pacific region and in Europe. He graduated with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree from The Fletcher School and later defended his PhD thesis in political science at MGIMO University. He also holds a BA and MA magna cum laude degree from the St. Petersburg State University and MGIMO University.


How to Talk Politics and Policy to the Press: 10 Things You Need to Know
WHEN  Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Rubenstein Building, Room 414A, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Communications Program
SPEAKER(S)  Eugene Scott, Political Reporter, The Washington Post
CONTACT INFO Alison Kommer,
This workshop will focus on how to get your issue and cause before a journalist.


Machine Learning from Schools about Energy Efficiency
Monday, February 26
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Harvard, Littauer M-16, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge


Norton Lecture III, 'The 7th Art and Me' by Agnès Varda
WHEN  Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Film, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Agnès Varda
COST  Free
TICKET INFO  Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available in person at Sanders Theatre or online (handling fees apply). Limit of two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45pm.
CONTACT INFO, 617-495-0738
DETAILS  Wide Angle: The Norton Lectures on Cinema
The Norton Professors in 2018 are Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Frederick Wiseman
Monday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27: Agnès Varda
The 7th Art and Me and Crossing the Borders
Monday, April 2 and Monday, April 9: Wim Wenders
Poetry in Motion and The Visible and the Invisible


Crafting Usable Knowledge for Sustainable Development
Monday, February 26
5:30 - 6:30 PM
MIT, Building E19-319, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Professor William Clark
This talk will distill core lessons about how researchers (scientists, engineers, planners, etc.) interested in promoting sustainable development can increase the likelihood of producing usable knowledge. I will draw the lessons from both practical experience in diverse contexts around the world and from scholarly advances in understanding the relationships between science and society. Many of these lessons will be familiar to those with experience in crafting knowledge to support action for sustainable development. However, few are included in the formal training of researchers. As a result, when scientists and engineers first venture out of the laboratory or library with the goal of linking their knowledge with action, the outcome has often been ineffectiveness and disillusionment. I will therefore articulate a core set of lessons that I believe should become part of the basic training for researchers interested in crafting usable knowledge for sustainable development. These lessons entail at least four things researchers should know, and four things they should do. The knowing lessons involve understanding the coproduction relationships through which knowledge making and decision making shape one another in social–environmental systems. I will highlight the lessons that emerge from examining those coproduction relationships through the ICAP lens, viewing them from the perspectives of Innovation systems, Complex systems, Adaptive systems, and Political systems. The doing lessons involve improving the capacity of the research community to put its understanding of coproduction into practice. I will highlight steps through which researchers can help build capacities for stakeholder collaboration, social learning, knowledge governance, and researcher training.

Presenter Bio 
William Clark is the Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development at Harvard Kennedy School.  His research focuses on sustainability science: understanding the interactions of human and environmental systems with a view toward advancing the goals of sustainable development. He is particularly interested in how institutional arrangements affect the linkage between knowledge and action in the sustainability arena.

At Harvard, he serves as Area Chair for the program in International and Global Affairs and co-directs the Sustainable Science Program. He is co-author of Pursuing sustainability: A guide to the science and practice.

Clark received a Bachelor of Science in Ecology with training in political economics and government from Yale University and a PhD in Ecology from the University of British Columbia. 


The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Danielle Allen - The War on Drugs and Human Rights
Monday, February 26
5:30pm to 6:45pm
Location: Wexner 434AB, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge


F.E.W. Seminar: Unpacking Popular Trends in Food & Finance
Monday, February 26
5:30pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building NE48, MIT Federal Credit Union Branch, 700 Technology Square, Cambridge

Popular Food Trends - Are They Worth the Investment?

To kick off the 2018 Financially Empowered Women Series, we’re welcoming back Catherine Smart of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street to talk about the 5 most popular food trends we’re seeing now (think: meal service plans and the instant pot) and to discuss – is it worth the investment? What are the pros and cons?

Rachel and Tyler of Society of Grownups will also join us for a discussion on the personal finance side of these trends. We’ll talk about how to build them into your budget along with your other financial goals such as buying a home, planning for a major expense, or adding to your emergency fund. We'll also touch on some of the major financial trends to keep an eye on for 2018 such as budgeting apps, energy efficient loans and more.

As always, our events are open to all, members, non-members, men, women, and anyone else interested in joining the conversation!


#BUcityplanning Lecture: The Development of Boston’s Metropolitan Park System
Monday, February 26
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
BU, PSY B53, 64 Cummington Mall, Boston

City Planning and Urban Affairs’ course UA 510: Special Topics: The Planning and History of Metropolitan Boston will host guest speaker Karl Haglund, Planner, Massachusetts Department of Conversation & Recreation (DCR) and author of Inventing the Charles. Mr. Haglund lecture will focus on The Development of Boston’s Metropolitan Park System. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.


Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi | Learning from Dadaab: An Architectural History of Forced Migration
Monday, February 26
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MITm Building 3-133, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

What do we see, when we see a refugee camp? States providing asylum are often unwilling to integrate refugees into the economy or social structure, and maintain them in remote camps in undeveloped areas, served by parallel systems or foreign aid. Refugees in camps inhabit edge conditions, surviving between competing entities and interests. The casual images of precarity that ensue form the dominant visual archive.

Yet, a narrative of refugees as superfluous humanity and theorization of camps as extraterritorial may be dispelled by an exercise in close looking at architecture and history. Thinking with the Somali refugees in the camp complex at Dadaab, Kenya, offers purchase on a set of questions: of the relationship between the camp and the city, of shared humanitarian, colonial, and territorial histories, and of architecture as spatial politics. As the largest ever field site administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in operation since 1991, Dadaab offers an anchor point for many histories—of Africa, Islam, migration, urbanism, humanitarianism, development, war, heritage—and also offers a historiographic model: for architectural history in a refugee camp.

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is an architectural historian and postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University Mahindra Humanities Center, and joins Barnard College, Columbia University in 2018. Her research stems from two book projects, Architecture of Humanitarianism: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Emergency Urbanism in History and Vocal Instruments: Minnette De Silva and an Asian Modern Architecture, with articles in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, The Journal of Architecture, Architectural Theory Review, Grey Room, and the volume Spatial Violence (Routledge, 2016, special issue co-editor). She received a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and practiced architecture in Bangalore and New York.

MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series
Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture


Starr Forum: Is Democracy Dying? Panel discussion on the current state of democracy
Monday, February 26
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
MIT Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speakers:  Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, MIT.  His most recent book is Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Politics (Crown Business, 2012).
Maria Ramirez a 2018 Nieman Fellow, is a reporter and entrepreneur from Spain who covers U.S. politics for Univision. She is the co-founder of Politibot.
Yascha Mounk Lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University's Government Department, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund, and a Nonresident Fellow at New America's Political Reform Program.  Mounk’s most recent book - The People Versus Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It (Harvard University Press, 2018) - will be available for purchase at the event.
Moderator:  Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, MIT
Nobles is the author of Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics (Stanford University Press, 2000) and The Politics of Official Apologies (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served

Can't attend in person? Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube.
For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact


Solutions to Address Race and Economic Inequality in the Commonwealth
Monday, February 26
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Federal Reserve Bank Building, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

In December 2017, the Boston Globe ran a weeklong series describing the racial and economic climate in the city. The facts showed what many in communities of color already knew to be true: that Boston has not yet shrugged off its racist treatment and policies towards Black Americans.
As a response to the series, BECMA is hosting an event that will include several interactive presentations from groups who are working to solve these age-old problems, followed by a robust question and answer period with audience members where all will learn how they can address the racial and economic inequality issues facing communities of color in their own fields of work.


Fifty Years Since MLK
Monday, February 26
6:30 PM (Doors at 6:00)
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store, Boston Review, Mass Humanities, and the Cambridge Public Library welcome acclaimed educators BRANDON M. TERRY, TOMMIE SHELBY, ELIZABETH HINTON, and CORNEL WEST for a panel discussion on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This discussion will feature Fifty Years Since MLK, the latest Boston Review issue, edited by Brandon M. Terry; and To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. from Harvard University Press, edited by Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry.
Please Note:
Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Seating will begin at 6pm.

About Fifty Years Since MLK
Martin Luther King's legacy for today's activists, fifty years after his death.
Since his death on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King's legacy has influenced generations of activism. Edited and with a lead essay by Brandon Terry, this volume explores what this legacy can and cannot do for activism in the present.
King spent the months leading up to his death organizing demonstrations against the Vietnam War and planning the Poor People's Campaign, a "multiracial army of the poor" that would march on Washington in pursuit of economic justice. Thus the spring of 1968 represented a hopeful albeit chaotic set of possibilities; King, along with countless other activists, offered both ethical and strategic solutions to the multifaceted problems of war, racism, and economic inequality. With a critical eye on both the past and present, this collection of essays explores that moment of promise, and how, in the fifty years since King's death, historical forces have shaped what we claim as a usable past in fighting the injustices of our time.
About To Shape a New World

Martin Luther King, Jr., may be America’s most revered political figure, commemorated in statues, celebrations, and street names around the world. On the fiftieth anniversary of King’s assassination, the man and his activism are as close to public consciousness as ever. But despite his stature, the significance of King’s writings and political thought remains underappreciated.

In To Shape a New World, Tommie Shelby and Brandon Terry write that the marginalization of King’s ideas reflects a romantic, consensus history that renders the civil rights movement inherently conservative―an effort not at radical reform but at “living up to” enduring ideals laid down by the nation’s founders. On this view, King marshaled lofty rhetoric to help redeem the ideas of universal (white) heroes but produced little original thought. This failure to engage deeply and honestly with King’s writings allows him to be conscripted into political projects he would not endorse, including the pernicious form of “color blindness” that insists, amid glaring race-based injustice, that racism has been overcome.
Cornel West, Danielle Allen, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Gooding-Williams, and other authors join Shelby and Terry in careful, critical engagement with King’s understudied writings on labor and welfare rights, voting rights, racism, civil disobedience, nonviolence, economic inequality, poverty, love, just-war theory, virtue ethics, political theology, imperialism, nationalism, reparations, and social justice. In King’s exciting and learned work, the authors find an array of compelling challenges to some of the most pressing political dilemmas of our present and rethink the legacy of this towering figure.


#metoo: Truths and Consequences
WHEN  Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
WHERE   Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Jeannie Suk Gersen, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, professor of African and African American studies, and chair of the department of the history of science, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
David Laibson, Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics and chairman of the department of economics, Harvard Faculty of  Arts and Sciences
Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Harvard College Professor, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and staff writer, the “New Yorker”
Moderated by Ann Marie Lipinski, curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University
COST  Free
DETAILS  Is #metoo radical or reactionary, a watershed or merely a flood? How can employers, campuses, and courts fully and fairly respond to the court of public opinion?
Coined in 2007 by the activist Tarana Burke, the hashtag #metoo became a global media tsunami in late 2017. As what some scholars are calling the “first wave” of the #metoo movement crests, Harvard faculty experts will explore the movement’s causes and project its consequences—intended and unintended. Reflecting from vantage points of history, African American studies, economics, and law, this event will deepen difficult interdisciplinary and intergenerational conversation around a topic that often generates more heat than light. Register online.

Tuesday, February 27

From Polar Bears to People: Getting the Arctic Climate Change Story Right
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wexner 332, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HKS Arctic Initiative & HKS Belfer Center Environment & Natural Resources Program
SPEAKER(S)  Speaker: Journalist Elizabeth Arnold, former NPR Correspondent & 2018 HKS Shorenstein Fellow. Discussant: Alice Rogoff, Publisher,
COST  Free. Open to the Public.
CONTACT INFO Julie Gardella:
DETAILS  While the plight of the polar bears gets global attention, there also needs to be more coverage of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic and the impact of climate change on their lives. Arnold and Rogoff, who both live in Alaska, will provide first-hand journalistic and personal perspectives.


Speaker Series: Tom Wheeler
Tuesday, February 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Taubman 275, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Tom Wheeler served as the Chairman of the FCC from 2013 to 2017 under President Obama. For more than three decades, Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications as a policy expert, advocate, and businessman. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering cable, wireless, and video communications services. He is currently the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year. While at the Shorenstein Center, Wheeler will conduct research and teach study groups on the intersection of public policy and transformational technology.


The Global Lives Project: Meet the makers
Tuesday, February 27
12:00 pm
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A, (Room 2019, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

featuring founder and Executive Director, David Harris 
The Global Lives Project's latest exhibit, Lives in Transit, is featured this month at the Harvard Science Center. The exhibit showcases unedited footage of the daily lives of transportation workers from around the world, including Vietnam, Nepal, Turkey, China, India, South Korea, Colombia, Spain and Canada. This exhibit is the latest fruit of a 15-year online and real-world collaboration between thousands of filmmakers, photographers, translators and everyday people from around the world.

The Global Lives Project presents 24-hour-long videos of daily lives of individuals from around the world both online at and in exhibits. Lives in Transit premiered at Lincoln Center for the New York Film Festival, and previously showed at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the CITRIS Tech Museum, and will show later this year at the Smithsonian.

David Evan Harris, Global Lives Project Founder, and Daniel Dennis Jones, Producer/Director of the first Global Lives shoot (2004) and Digital Media Producer at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, will speak about the evolution of their effort over the past 15 years.  David is also Chancellor’s Public Scholar at UC Berkeley and Research Director at the Institute for the Future.

About David
David Evan Harris is Founder and Executive Director of the Global Lives Project and Research Director at the Institute for the Future. David is a cross-disciplinary mediamaker, working at the intersection of art, activism and academic inquiry on the politically charged questions surrounding globalization and social justice.

A cross-disciplinary mediamaker, David wrote and directed newscasts for CurrentTV; and penned articles and shot photos for the BBC, the Guardian, Adbusters, Focus on the Global South, AlterNet, and Grist. He has spoken publicly about his work to audiences at the Smithsonian, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, United Nations University, Apple, Google, Adobe, and numerous other venues around the world. He speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. David founded the Global Lives Project in 2004 and holds a BA in the political economy of development and environment, with a minor in forest science, from UC Berkeley and an MS in sociology from the University of São Paulo.


The Internet Possessed: The Programs Optimizing Our Communication from the Arpanet to the Internet
Tuesday, February 27
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Northeastern, 346 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Join us on February 27th for a talk by visiting speaker Fenwick McKelvey, Concordia University.
At the end of 2017, the US Federal Communications Commission passed its repeal order, “Restoring Internet Freedom,” ending a brief period of Network Neutrality. The order opened a pandora’s box by allowing Internet Service Providers to install new programs—or what I call daemons—to manage their customers’ communication. Drawing on my forthcoming book, my presentation critically analyzes the evolution of these Internet daemons to optimize packet-switched communications and questions their potential uses in a post Network Neutrality Internet. I conclude by drawing a connection between the work of daemons and the broader phenomenon of optimization. Daemons are one example of a much longer history in optimization and social engineering that requires greater political and regulatory scrutiny.

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 RSVP.


BOEM Offshore drilling hearing and rally
Tuesday, February 27
3 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Sheraton Boston Hotel 39 Dalton Street, Boston

We've never seen anything like this. In January, Trump unveiled a plan to hand 90% of America's coasts over to Big Oil -- that means offshore drilling from Maine to Louisiana, and from Alaska down through California.

Massachusetts' beaches and ocean waters are home to an incredible variety of birds, fish, marine mammals, and other wildlife, including the endangered North Atlantic right whale. The population of North Atlantic right whales has declined in recent years, and scientists estimate there are now fewer than 500 left.

Our oceans are also critical to Massachusetts' economy. Two of the state's most important industries -- fishing and tourism -- rely on healthy, clean oceans.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding a hearing in Boston on Tuesday, February 27. This is our chance to show them how deeply unpopular and destructive this plan is.

RSVP to join us in Boston on February 27th!
Questions? Contact Emily at

We'll also be holding a rally at 3 pm in one of the hotel ballrooms (just follow the signs when you enter). Come wearing a light blue top or your favorite ocean gear -- think snorkels, wetsuits and life jackets!


Negotiating with New Technology: Shaping the Third Digital Revolution
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Pound Hall, Room 102, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Editor, Negotiation Journal
Neil Gershenfeld, Professor and Director, Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO Julie Barrett,
DETAILS  The first two digital revolutions — in communication and computation — began a half-century ago and have transformed markets and society. The third digital revolution — in fabrication — is still in its early stages, when things are still negotiable. The technology road map points to individuals and communities being increasingly self-sufficient and generative in new ways — literally owning the means of production.
This talk builds on the newly published book, "Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution" (Basic Books, 2017), co-authored by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Neil Gershenfeld and Alan Gershenfeld.
Realizing the full potential of the technology depends on choices we make now — tacit and explicit negotiations at the individual, community, and societal levels. Come learn about the technology and join the conversation as we shape our shared future.


Pardee Center Special Lecture: “Why Forests? Why Now?” Featuring Frances Seymour
Tuesday, February 27
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
BU Hillel House, 4th Floor, 213 Bay State Road, Boston

Special lecture featuring Frances Seymour, lead author of "Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change."


The Future of Everything
Tuesday, February 27
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Tech? Healthcare? Arts? At this speaking event, get inspired by insights on the future of everything.

Contact Name Ahlea Isabella
Phone  66173538702
Contact Email
Contact Organization Innovate@BU


Norton Lecture IV, 'Crossing the Borders' by Agnès Varda
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Film, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Agnès Varda
COST  Free
TICKET INFO  Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available in person at Sanders Theatre or online (handling fees apply). Limit of two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45pm.
CONTACT INFO, 617-495-0738
DETAILS  Wide Angle: The Norton Lectures on Cinema
The Norton Professors in 2018 are Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Frederick Wiseman
Monday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27: Agnès Varda
The 7th Art and Me and Crossing the Borders
Monday, April 2 and Monday, April 9: Wim Wenders
Poetry in Motion and The Visible and the Invisible


Let’s Talk Millennials
Tuesday, February 27
4:15pm to 5:45pm
Harvard,  IOP Conference Room, Littauer-166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

IOP Spring 2018 Resident Fellow Symone D. Sanders
We will examine recent polling on millennials demographic from Harvard, Priorities USA and Next Gen. Who is the millennial generation? What are the barriers to engaging them electorally? What are some of the challenges both political parties face in trying to communicate with this demographic?


Housing in Boston - Civic Innovation Conversation Series
Tuesday, February 27
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

In Boston, we are experiencing tremendous growth in our economy.  Whether it is big companies like GE and Reebok moving to Boston, or startups emerging from our entrepreneurial ecosystem, all of these businesses are creating jobs.  This growth also results in secondary businesses and jobs that support industry like delivery and food services.  But where do all of these people live? 

As a relatively small city, housing is limited.  Many people commute great distances to work in Boston.  There is a growing need for diverse housing options in Boston. Please join us for a discussion about Housing in Boston where we will explore:
How is Boston doing on the MA housing report card?
When does the cost of commute outweigh the benefit of lower cost housing?
Can we use data and technology to inform and plan?
What housing innovations could be relevant for Boston?
How do we begin to address equity in housing in Boston?

Jen Corcoran, Corcoran Jennison, One Charlestown
Anda French, Principal of French 2D
Karina Milchman, Chief Housing Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Marcy Ostberg, Director, Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab, City of Boston
Moderator: Bianca Sigh Ward, ACLU
More speakers to be announced shortly.  #civictechbos

5:30 – 6 PM – Registration and networking
6:00 – 7:00 – Panel Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 – Q&A
7:30 – 8:30 – Post event networking


As the Seas Rise, Can We Restore Our Coastal Habitats?
Tuesday February 27
6 pm
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

As sea levels rise, the potential loss of coastal habitats is a threat across the globe. This is of particular concern in the eastern United States, where coastlines are largely developed and offer few open spaces for habitats to move inland if present natural lands are lost. Considering the current conditions of coastlines, as well as future development scenarios, Steven Handel will discuss strategies to help maintain our coastal character and the ecological services of coastal habitats that are critical to the social, cultural, and environmental well-being of our region.

Steven Handel, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Lecture. Free and open to the public.


Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Phillip Sharp on Convergence in Biomedicine
Tuesday, February 27
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building E51-335, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

This lecture series, which includes imminent researchers and innovators from a wide variety of fields across MIT, will showcase the numerous forms that innovation takes and the pathways it can take from ideation to implementation. 

Title: Convergence in Biomedicine
Recent professionalization and expansion of the sciences has isolated investigators in different fields such as physics, mathematics, biology and engineering. There is no longer a set of renaissance individuals who have mastered the important frontiers of these diverse fields and can creatively find connections—the heart of new transformative breakthroughs. Our societal structures, such as departments of science and engineering, and our governmental agencies, such as National Institute of Health and the Departments of Energy and Defense, each have specific sciences they nurture and different scientific cultures that re-inforce the silo nature of science in the United States. Introduction of the term “Convergence” over ten years ago highlighted this fragmentation and the benefits for society of more integration of different sciences into biomedical research. Convergence arises when multi-disciplinary teams are supported, collaborations rewarded, and environments made available for training.

Modern biological sciences originated with the discovery of the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in 1953. This discovery was a convergent event as Crick as a physicist and Watson a biologist. From this discovery, molecular biology arose leading to the amazing development of genetic engineering in the mid 70s and the sequencing of the human genome around the end of the century. These revolutions in biological sciences gave rise to the biotechnology industry, a re-design of medical education, and advances in healthcare. However, these successes in effect isolated much of biomedical science from other areas of sciences such as computational mathematics, engineering, and physical sciences. In 2010, conversations with faculty and officials at MIT led to a public policy initiative to increase the visibility of the promise of an increased convergence of biomedical sciences with computational, physical, and engineering sciences, for meeting society’s challenges. This began with a report from the National Academy of Science, “A New Biology for the 21st Century” in 2010; a MIT White Paper on Convergence in 2011, and an article in Science in 2011 authored with Robert Langer “Promoting Convergence in Biomedical Science” Science 333:527. MIT’s leadership encouraged this public policy initiative and embraced convergence, with the most obvious example being the founding of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Convergence in biomedical science is reality at MIT and becoming a reality across the country, but more slowly than many had hoped. One of its major promises is the integration of large data with other technologies and advances, thereby creating new opportunities for increasing the quality of healthcare at a sustainable cost.

About the Speaker
Phillip A. Sharp is an Institute Professor (highest academic rank) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and member of the Department of Biology and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. He joined the Center for Cancer Research (now the Koch Institute) in 1974 and served as its director for six years, from 1985 to 1991, before taking over as head of the Department of Biology, a position he held for the next eight years. He was founding director of the McGovern Institute, a position he held from 2000 to 2004. His research interests have centered on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing. His landmark work in 1977 provided the first indications of “discontinuous genes” in mammalian cells. The discovery fundamentally changed scientists’ understanding of gene structure and earned Dr. Sharp the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Sharp has authored over 410 papers. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Royal Society, UK. Among his many awards are the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, and the National Medal of Science. His long list of service includes the presidency of the AAAS (2013) and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the SU2C Project, AACR. A native of Kentucky, Dr. Sharp earned a B.A. degree from Union College, Barbourville, KY, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Sharp is a co-founder of Biogen and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.


Silas Peirce Lecture: Black Liberation & White Supremacy
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 
BU, Photonics 206, 8 St. Mary's Street, Boston

Since the 1980s, Southern localities have erected increasing numbers of monuments that commemorate the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the longer black freedom struggle more generally. However, the forms, locations, and sometimes even the existence of these memorials have been affected and deflected by assumptions about the nature of civic space and public commemoration. As a result Southern civic spaces often present an odd juxtaposition of monuments celebrating opposite sides of the black freedom struggle. Periodic incidents such as those in Charleston in 2015 and in Charlottesville in 2017 provoke public debate about the appropriate fate of monuments celebrating the Confederacy and the longer white supremacist tradition more generally. This talk will explore some of these constraints and paradoxes of the Southern civic landscape. Presenter: Dell Upton, Professor of Architectural History & Chair, Department of Art History, UCLA


Talking about capitalism: Making sense of our economy
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Room: Commonwealth Salon, Boston

Since the global economic crisis of 2007-2008, people have debated the reasons for this collapse. Many economists have dismissed these views as ill-informed due to a lack of economic literacy, and some have implied that this ‘illiteracy’ is a major factor in people’s own misfortunes. Dr. Chun in his important new book, “The Discourses of Capitalism” discusses how everyday people view and make sense of capitalism and its role in their work and personal lives.


authors@MIT: Marie Hicks, Programmed Inequality
Tuesday, February 27
The MIT Press Bookstore, MIT Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us as we welcome Marie Hicks to the MIT Press Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of Programmed Inequality. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.

About Programmed Inequality:
In 1944, Britain led the world in electronic computing. By 1974, the British computer industry was all but extinct. What happened in the intervening thirty years holds lessons for all postindustrial superpowers. As Britain struggled to use technology to retain its global power, the nation’s inability to manage its technical labor force hobbled its transition into the information age. 

In Programmed Inequality, Marie Hicks explores the story of labor feminization and gendered technocracy that undercut British efforts to computerize. That failure sprang from the government’s systematic neglect of its largest trained technical workforce simply because they were women. Women were a hidden engine of growth in high technology from World War II to the 1960s. As computing experienced a gender flip, becoming male-identified in the 1960s and 1970s, labor problems grew into structural ones and gender discrimination caused the nation’s largest computer user—the civil service and sprawling public sector—to make decisions that were disastrous for the British computer industry and the nation as a whole.


Cristina Goberna Pesudo | Epic Architecture: The Book of Sins
Tuesday, February 27
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Masschusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Cristina Goberna Pesudo is a practitioner architect, educator and critic. She is founder partner of Fake Industries, Architectural Agonism (FKAA), an architectural practice of horizontal structure and colaborative nature based in Barcelona, New York and Sydney. Cristina completed a 7 years Bachelor Degree in Architecture at the University of Seville, Spain. As a Fulbright Fellow she was awarded an MS. in Advance Architectural Design (AAD) and an Advance Architectural Research (AAR) certificate by GSAPP in Columbia University. In 2010 she was a visiting scholar at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts thanks to a Caja Madrid Fellowship. She is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture of Barcelona where she develops her dissertation about the construction of the EU Urban Imaginary though the PAN and Europan competitions. After five years being an Adjunct Professor in GSAPP at Columbia University in New York, she is currently also a Senior Lecturer Professor at Sydney UTS and recent juror in EUROPAN 13 Norway. Cristina’s work has been exhibited internationally and her projects and writings have been published widely. 

Fake Industries Architectural Agonism was awarded with the 2009 Young Architects Forum Prize by the Architectural League of New York and the 2014-15 American Institute of Architects New Practices Prize. FKAA won the EUROPAN competition in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2012 and the international competition to build the New Velodrome for Medellin, currently under construction. In 2014 they were finalist in the Design Basel/Miami Pavilion contest and in MOMA PS1 Young Architects Program. FKAA was one of the 6 shortlisted teams in the Guggenheim Helsinky Museum competition. In 2015 the Chicago Art Institute acquired models and images from FKAA+MAIO’s PS1 Young Architects Program finalist entry for its Architecture permanent collection and The Pompidou Center in Paris acquired models and drawings of the Velodrome for the City of Medellin for its permanent collection. In 2015 FKAA was invited to participate in the Chicago Architecture Art Biennial and in 2016 it was invited to particiateat the Spanish pavilion in the Venice Biennial (recipient of the Golden Lion Prize), in the Oslo Architectural Triennial and the Istanbul design Biennial.
MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series


Boston Green Drinks - February 2018 Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
The Ginger Man, 148 State Street, Boston

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists. Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!

Boston Green Drinks builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues. We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


Greentown Talks
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville
Cost:  $5 – $35

Come join ISA Boston at Greentown Labs, a business incubation site for green technology companies, to enjoy a night of learning about and networking with creators and engineers of some of New England’s latest innovations! Presenters will be giving short speeches about their products/systems explaining how they work. Refreshments will be served, and there will be plenty of opportunity to mingle with ISA members, as well as local students, scientists, and entrepreneurs. All are welcome to come see how green technology is changing the world!
Program Agenda: 
6:00pm - 6:50pm: Registration & Networking Reception
6:50pm - 7:00pm: Opening Remarks 
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Showcase Presentations (see speakers below)
8:30pm - 9:00pm: Networking
Speakers Include:
Ravijit Paintal (Autonomous Marine Systems)
Arron Acosta (Rise Robotics)
Troy Billett (OffGridBox)


On Monuments: Place, Time, and Memory
WHEN  Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium Room 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  President Drew Faust, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Robin Kelsey, Sarah Lewis, Jennifer Roberts, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Homi K. Bhabha, Erika Naginski
COST  Free and open to the public.
TICKET INFO  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or
DETAILS  This event is co-organized by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Opening Remarks by:
Drew Faust - President of Harvard University, Lincoln Professor of History
Introduction by:
Mohsen Mostafavi - Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design
Presentations by:
Robin Kelsey - Dean of Arts and Humanities Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, Harvard University
Sarah Lewis - Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Jennifer Roberts - Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
Krzysztof Wodiczko - Professor in Residence, Art, Design & the Public Domain, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Following their presentations, participants will engage in a panel discussion and will be joined by:
Homi K. Bhabha - Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English, the Director of the Humanities Center and the Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost at Harvard University
Erika Naginski - Professor of Architectural History and Director of Doctoral Programs, Harvard University Graduate School of Design


Big Chicken:  The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats
Tuesday, February 27
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed health and food policy journalist and Brandeis University Senior Fellow MARYN MCKENNA for a discussion of her latest book, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. She will be joined in conversation by UMass Lowell philosophy professor NICHOLAS EVANS.
About Big Chicken

This eye-opening exposé documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity—and human health threat—uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again. 

What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: from the farm where it's raised directly to your dinner table. Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today's mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. Tracing its meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, McKenna reveals the astounding role of antibiotics in industrial farming, documenting how and why "wonder drugs" revolutionized the way the world eats—and not necessarily for the better. Rich with scientific, historical, and cultural insights, this spellbinding cautionary tale shines a light on one of America's favorite foods—and shows us the way to safer, healthier eating for ourselves and our children.


Lost Kingdom
Tuesday, February 27
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Serhii Plokhy
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.
About the Author

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. An award-winning author, Plokhy lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, February 28

MAPC Winter Council Meeting and New Mayors Forum!
Wednesday, February 28
9:00AM - 11:30AM
Metro Meeting Centers Boston, Lincoln & Concord Rooms, 75 - 101 Federal Street, 4th Floor, Boston

We hope that you will be able to attend our upcoming Winter Council Meeting!

Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell will provide opening remarks before we launch into a New Mayors Forum! Newly-elected mayors have agreed to speak:
Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor of Newton
Gail Infurna, Mayor of Melrose
Thomas M. McGee, Mayor of Lynn
Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, Mayor of Framingham (invited)


SLS Seminar:  The Dynamics of the Southern Ocean
Wednesday, February 28
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Edward Dorridge (MIT)
Edward Doddridge is a Postdoctoral Associate working in the Marshall Group. His research focuses on improving our understanding of the fundamental dynamics of the ocean, and the ocean’s role in the climate system. He is currently working on the Southern Ocean, examining the interactions between the atmosphere, sea ice, and the ocean.


Technological Frontiers of Solar Geoengineering
Wednesday, February 28
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

David Keith, Faculty Associate and Chair, Weatherhead Initiative on Climate Engineering; Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, SEAS; Professor of Public Policy, HKS.

Lunch provided. RSVP to contact listed.

Solar Geoengineering Research Reading Group
A weekly reading group, interspersed with more formal seminars, to deepen members' understanding of solar geoengineering research.

Contact Name:  Lizzie Burns


Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide
Wednesday, February 28
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Drawing on unheard White House tapes and declassified documents, Gary Bass uncovers the first full account of Nixon and Kissinger’s secret support for Pakistan as it committed shocking atrocities in Bangladesh. This led to war between India and Pakistan and had major strategic consequences for Asia—as well as implications for today’s debates about the role of human rights in international relations.

Short Bio
Gary Bass, a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton, is the author of The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (Knopf); Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention (Knopf); and Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals (Princeton University Press). The Blood Telegram was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in general nonfiction and won the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bernard Schwartz Book Award from the Asia Society, the Lionel Gelber Prize, the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, and the Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. It was a New York Times and Washington Post notable book of the year and a best book of the year in The Economist, Financial Times, and The New Republic.

SSP Wednesday Seminar
All Welcome.


Digital Disobedience
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Zelalem Kibret Beza, Scholar, Activist
COST  Free & open to the public
DETAILS  A Q+A session will follow the talk.


How Democracies Die - A Book Discussion
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS Knafel K262, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Weatherhead Cluster on Global Populism, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Daniel Ziblatt, Professor of Government and CES Resident Faculty, Harvard University;  Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Bart Bonikowski, Professor of Sociology and CES Resident Faculty, Harvard University; Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
CONTACT INFO Bart Bonikowski
DETAILS  Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky will discuss their new book How Democracies Die.


The Marginalization of Experience: African American Women in STEM
Wednesday, February 28
1:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Building 36-428, RLE Haus and Allen Conference Room, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Evelynn Hammonds - Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Chair, Department of the History of Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

THE GENDER/RACE IMPERATIVE—A Series of Presentations and Workshops moderated by Anita Hill

Hosted by:  Muriel Medard - Cecil H. Green Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT, amd Anita Hill - MIT Martin Luther King Fellow, University Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies, Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management, Brandeis University

The Gender/Race Imperative aims to revive awareness of the broad capacity of Title IX, the crucial law mandating equal education opportunities for women. We hope it will kick start inquiry to foster legal, policy, and social reforms that enable success in schools and workplaces for girls and women of all races and economic backgrounds. To engage and educate MIT and the broader Boston area community on the role of Title IX in education, particularly for STEM, MIT brings engineers and other scientists together in conversation with lawyers and social scientists to develop multidimensional strategies for promoting equity in STEM.


“Memories from Resistance”: Women, War, and the Forgotten Work of Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, 1919–1989
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Sophie Hochhäusl, 2017–2018 Frieda L. Miller Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; Assistant Professor of Modern Architecture, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University
COST  Free
DETAILS  While at the Radcliffe Institute, Sophie Hochhäusl is working on an interdisciplinary architectural history that will make architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky’s 1980s German-language book “Erinnerungen aus dem Widerstand” available to English-speaking audiences. Alongside an in-depth discussion of the architect’s design work, the project explores Schütte-Lihotzky’s engagement in the resistance movement against the Nazi regime and her postwar activism in the Austrian women’s and peace movements. By charting an inclusive history of Schütte-Lihotzky’s work, including her political activism, the project highlights new networks of exchange and expertise among women, along with the agency of social movements in design histories.


Political Ideology, Partisanship, and the Way Forward
Wednesday, February 28
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST
Suffolk, Sargent Hall, 1st Floor Function Room, 120 Tremont Street, Boston

Former members of the United States House of Representatives Steven T. Kuykendall (R-CA, 1999 to 2001) and Joe Hoeffel (D-PA, 1999-2005) are joined by moderator, Renée M. Landers, Professor of Law and Director Health Law Concentration, for a dynamic panel discussion of how to still get things done even in a polarized environment.
February 28 – 4:00 – 5:30 PM, 1st Floor Function Room, Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont Street, Boston
Refreshments will be served.


Evaluating a Discretionary Safety Valve: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Waiving Fuel Content Regulations in Response to Supply Shocks
Wednesday, February 28
Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Joseph Aldy, Harvard University

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Contact Name:  Casey Billings


America’s Urban/Rural Divide: Are We Still in This Together?
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Institute of Politics Conference Room, L166, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Scott Jennings, Spring 2018 IOP Resident Fellow
Dave Wasserman, House Editor and Political Analyst, Cook Political Report
Ryan Enos, Associate Professor, Harvard University
DETAILS  Look at the 2016 map of presidential election results: Hillary Clinton’s support was confined to urban areas, government centers, and college towns…and Trump won everything else. Was this a last gasp for rural America, or does it portend something for our future? What are citizens in “fly-over country” thinking in the age of Trump. What impact will Trump-era political conditions have on the midterms, which are historically bad for the party in power?


Initiative on Cities Guest Lecture: Bruce Katz and The New Localism
Wednesday, February 28
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
BU, Trustee Ballroom, 9th floor, 1 Silber Way, Boston

Join City Planning and Urban Affairs and the Initiative on Cities to welcome to campus Bruce Katz, inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, for a lecture on his most recent book, The New Localism, which focuses on the shift of power from national governments and states to cities and metropolitan communities.A light reception will follow the lecture.


Addiction, Neuroscience, and the Criminal Law: Commonwealth vs. Julie Eldred
WHEN  Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 5:15 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Room 1023, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.
DETAILS  Is addiction a disease? And does it matter for the criminal law? The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court now faces these questions in the potentially landmark case, Commonwealth vs. Julie Eldred. The Court must decide if it is constitutional for the criminal justice system to require addicted offenders to remain drug free. Is this requirement like asking a patient in cancer remission not to get cancer again? Or is it simply requiring someone to make better decisions? As the country faces an opioid epidemic, the case has drawn national attention.
Join us at Harvard Law School for a conversation with key legal and scientific experts involved in the case. Confirmed participants include: defense attorney Lisa Newman-Polk, and psychologist Dr. Gene Heyman, scientific expert in support of the Commonwealth.
Learn more here:…


"Cocktain Party" screening of film followed by discussion
Wednesday, February 28
5:30pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Come join the screening of "Cocktail Party," a film by Regge Life based on the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel by Tatsuhiro Oshiro. Discussion following the screening with Director Regge Life and Duane De Four from VPR.

Cocktail Party:  When the daughter of a Japanese businessman in Okinawa charges that a U.S. serviceman assaulted her, the serviceman claims the encounter was entirely consensual. The ensuing civil and military investigations bring to light persistent resentment going back many years on both sides about the human toil of accommodating long term military occupation. We'll have snacks and pizza.

WARNING: sensitive topic: sexual assault. 


The Drama of Celebrity
Wednesday, February 28
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
BU, 213 Bay State Road, Bay State Room, Boston

Please join us on February 28, 2018, for a lecture by Prof. Sharon Marcus (Columbia University): “The Drama of Celebrity.”The talk will be held at 6pm at Boston University Hillel, 213 Bay State Road (the Bay State Room, on the 4th floor). All are welcome.Sharon Marcus is Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute. The event is sponsored by Boston University’s Department of English, the Center for the Study of Europe, the American & New England Studies Program, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Department of World Languages and Literatures.


MA Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) Listening Session
Wednesday, February 28
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Great Hall @ Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington Street, Dorchester

MA EEAC will receive Public Comments on Energy Efficiency  Plans for 2019-2021 at Listening Session @ Great Hall at Codman Square Health Center, Boston


Voting Rights and the Rule of Law
Wednesday, February 28
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Northeastern, West Village F, 20, 40A Leon Street, Boston

Larry Schwartztol, Counsel, United to Protect Democracy
Michael Morley, Assistant Professor of Law, Barry University
The Spring 2018 Open Classroom will explore the definition of the Rule of Law, what it requires, what happens in its absence, and how it has declined and emerged globally. We will also explore some of the tensions between the Rule of Law and Democratic Governance, focusing on the Rule of Law in time of polarization and technological upheaval (as in the United States but also abroad).

The Spring 2018 Myra Kraft Open Classroom is co-sponsored by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Northeastern’s School of Law.


Boston VR and Boston Ed Tech Present: VR in Education
Wednesday, February 28
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Alley, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge

Join us at this free event co-hosted by the Boston EdTech Meetup Group and BostonVR!

This month, we'll feature a panel of industry experts discussing new virtual and augmented reality technology and its impact on education. Guests panelists for this event include:

Kathy Trogolo (

Chris Dede is currently conducting funded studies at Harvard University to develop and assess learning environments based on virtual worlds, augmented realities, transformed social interaction, and online teacher professional development. Dede is a leader in mobile learning initiatives and has developed a widely used framework for scaling up educational innovations. From 2001 to 2004, he served as chair of the Learning & Teaching area at HGSE.

Kathy Trogolo was a founding board member and subsequently Assistant Head of the Tremont School in Weston, MA, collaborating with professionals and families to establish a new progressive school focused on student ownership of learning through an engaging individualized curriculum in an environment that celebrates academic, social and emotional growth. She brings her startup experience, marketing and technical backgrounds, strategic planning skills, and love of teaching and co-creating to the Fasility team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University.

Scott Greenwald is a research scientist working on learning and education in virtual reality. He is investigating how spatial knowledge and intuition in areas of science such as physics, biology, and chemistry can be acquired through room-scale, motion-tracked virtual interaction. Scott's work has been featured by Games for Change at the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Times and the Augmented World Expo. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and German from Northwestern University, a master's in Scientific Computing from the Free University of Berlin, and a master's in Media Arts and Sciences from the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT.

6:00 - Networking with Dinner
7:00 - Announcements and Introductions
7:05 - Panel Discussion
7:30 - Audience Q&A
7:55 - Closing Remarks and Networking
8:00 - AfterParty


Enlightenment Now:  The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Wednesday, February 28
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:00)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $5 - $34.75 (online only, book included)

Harvard Book Store, WBUR, and Mass Humanities welcome acclaimed linguist, cognitive scientist, and award-winning author STEVEN PINKER for a discussion of his latest book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. He will be joined in conversation by Radio Open Source's CHRISTOPHER LYDON.

About Enlightenment Now
The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.
Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature—tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking—which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation. 

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.


The Space Between Us
Wednesday, February 28
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Ryan Enos
By going into the neighborhoods of real cities, Enos shows how our perceptions of racial, ethnic, and religious groups are intuitively shaped by where these groups live and interact daily. Through the lens of numerous examples across the globe and drawing on a compelling combination of research techniques including field and laboratory experiments, big data analysis, and small-scale interactions, this timely book provides a new understanding of how geography shapes politics and how members of groups think about each other.

About the Author

Ryan Enos is Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is a leading expert on the intersection of geography, psychology, and politics. His research has appeared in top scholarly publications, such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Political Science Review,and in worldwide news outlets, such as the New York Times. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he was a high school teacher on the South Side of Chicago, an urban space which inspired much of his research. This is his first book.

Thursday, March 1

2018 MIT Startup Workshop - The Future of Energy Innovation
Thursday, March 1
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

As part of MIT Energy Innovation Days, MIT Startup Exchange is convening the 3rd annual Energy Innovation event to discuss the latest advances in energy innovation from the perspective of industry, academia, venture and startups in the MIT ecosystem. The workshop will cover innovation models, technologies, collaboration patterns, and partnerships and trends in energy tech, policy, commercialization, innovation and startups.

Join MIT Startup Exchange, the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, MIT faculty, MIT-connected startups, investors, and corporate innovators on Thursday, March 1, 2018, to explore how synthetic technology is shaping society, business, and life as we know it. The target audience is the MIT innovation ecosystem, including faculty, students, startups, and ILP member companies. Registration links can be found below.

The workshop will feature discussions from local, innovative speakers such as Alex Gruzen, CEO of EV wireless charging company, WiTricity, an MIT spin-out and STEX 25 member. Alex will discuss wireless power and the impact it will have on the shared, electric and autonomous future of mobility. In addition, WiTricity is also seeking top Electrical Engineering and Physics talent at the MIT Energy Career Fair (more on that here:

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Learn more about WiTricity at


Fake News and Misinformation Series: Kate Starbird
Thursday, March 1
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner 434, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker series on fake news and misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University. 

Kate Starbird is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington, and Director of the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) Laboratory. Her research sits at the intersection of computer science and social science and falls within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). One major focus of her work examines the use of social media during crisis events, specifically looking at how the converging audience (aka, the “crowd”) can contribute—and is already contributing—to crisis response efforts.

Using a combination of empirical methods, including qualitative, computational and network analysis, Starbird examines both small group and large scale interaction online within the context of disasters and other mass disruption events, studying how digital volunteers and other members of the crowd work to filter and shape the information space.

The emCOMP Lab examines the dynamics of and applications for massive interaction facilitated by social media and other online platforms. The lab also considers how connected, collective intelligence manifests and can be supported within contexts of emergency and humanitarian response, political disruption, and other events of large-scale interest (e.g. major news, sporting, and entertainment events).

Dr. Starbird received her PhD in Technology, Media and Society from the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado in 2012, where she examined both large-scale and small group online interaction during crisis events, studying how digital volunteers and other members of the connected crowd work to filter and shape the information space. As part of that research, she co-created and developed the infrastructure to support the “Tweak the Tweet” project, an innovation for using Twitter more effectively as a channel for reporting actionable information during crisis. She was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her PhD studies.


Standing Rock:  Indigenous Futures in an Age of Apocalyptic Climate Change
Thursday, March 1
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Nick Estes, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University
In our past era of irreversible climate change, visions for a socially just and sustainable future look bleak. Yet, those most affected by environmental catastrophe and resource extraction, Indigenous peoples, enacted a vision of the future embodied in the months-long encampment at Standing Rock to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This talk explores the historical and political context of the camps and their visions of a future that drew from centuries of what I call traditions of Indigenous resistance.

Dr. Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and holds a doctorate in American studies from the University of New Mexico. He is currently the American Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. His forthcoming book, Our History is the Future: Mni Wiconi and the Struggle for Native Liberation, which places the Indigeneous-led resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline in historical context, will be published by Verso in 2019.


Combating Wall Street Lawlessness: Jesse Eisinger at The Harvard Law Forum
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Campus Center, Room 1019, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Jesse Eisinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives."
CONTACT INFO Pete Davis,, 347-453-3135
DETAILS  Jesse Eisinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior investigative reporter for ProPublica. He is the author of "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives," a widely praised book that takes its name from what insiders call the group of prosecutors "who were too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments" to do their jobs well.
He is coming to Harvard Law School to tell students the real story of the legal response to the financial crisis — and point the way toward the restoration of the rule of law on America's most crime-ridden Street.
Free and open to the public, with lunch provided.
Contact Pete Davis at 347-453-3135 or for more information.


Breaking the Cycle of Youth Incarceration by Increasing Equitable and Appropriate Policing
Thursday, March 1
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Panel: Leonard DiPietro, Deputy Superintendent, Cambridge Police Department, and Dr. Richard Dudley, MD, private practice psychiatrist
Facilitated by: Representative James Cantwell, MA State Legislature
Featured Innovator: Strategies for Youth


Reagan's Retreat: Lebanon and the Limits of U.S. Power, 1981–1985
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Alexandra Tejblum Evans, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program
DETAILS  An International Security Program Brown Bag Seminar. Coffee & Tea Provided.


Promising Solar PV Financing Strategies for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers
Thursday, March 1
1-2pm ET

Some states have adopted financing programs to help provide low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents with access to solar photovoltaics (PV), but the applicability and effectiveness of financing strategies can vary, depending on the type of housing, the customer’s homeownership status, and whether the resident receives federal housing assistance.

This webinar will provide an overview of a 2018 NREL report exploring the effectiveness of different financing strategies for LMI solar customers under different housing scenarios. Report authors Jeff Cook and Lori Bird will discuss the most promising strategies state policymakers might consider using to finance solar PV for LMI customers across three housing types: single family, multi-family, and manufactured housing.


Film Screening of “The Last Mountain” & Post-screening Discussion with Producer Eric Grunebaum
Thursday, March 1
Northeastern, Behrakis, 220, 30 Leon Street, Boston

WHAT: Film Screening of The Last Mountain, a documentary focusing on coal mining and burning in the U.S. which highlights a West Virginia community proposing a utility-scale (328MW) wind farm on a nearby mountain range which is slated for dismantling via mountaintop removal strip-mining. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and features environmental attorney Bobby Kennedy, Jr. It was theatrically released nationwide and won the International Documentary Association's Pare Lorentz award which recognizes films that demonstrate exemplary filmmaking while focusing on the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all and the illumination of pressing social problems.

WHO: Eric Grunebaum, produced The Last Mountain, and is a business development consultant to clean energy and resource efficiency companies, projects and incubators. Prior to his work in clean energy and impact investment, Mr. Grunebaum wrote, produced and directed documentary films and multimedia for museums for 25 years. 

This event is in conjunction with the course PPUA 5264 - Renewable Energy Transitions: Technology, Policy and Social Change.

Questions? Contact professor Jennie Stephens at


How to Study War? Insights from Syria
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Jennifer Leaning, MD, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
DETAILS  Unless otherwise noted in the event description, CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES for record-keeping and for use on the CMES website and publications.


Learning from Oceania
Thursday, March 1
4:15pm to 5:15pm
MIT, Building E51-345, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Bill Lovejoy, Raymond T. J. Perring Family Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business 
Abstract: This talk is motivated by work in some economically challenged urban neighborhoods, and whether one can design a self-generated and self-sustained social safety net. How would one organize a small scale (in population and geographic footprint), self-sufficient society for the basics of food and housing? What happens when you embed such a society into the global economy with all of its temptations and constraints? There are natural models for answering some of these questions in the political-economic history of Oceanic island nations. Many of the islands were the last places settled on earth outside Antarctica, evolved in relative isolation, were self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable for millennia, and were largely undisturbed by western influences until the 19th century. While traditional memories are still strong, Oceanic societies are now facing serious challenges being embedded in a global economy, with many of their issues (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, teen pregnancy) similar to those facing many marginalized communities. This talk will outline some organizational lessons that we can take from the Oceanic experience for potential transplantation into modern urban neighborhoods.

Bio:  Professor William S. Lovejoy is the Raymond T. Perring Family Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Technology and Operations in the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and holds a joint appointment in the School of Art and Design. Professor Lovejoy received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.E. in Nuclear Engineering from Cornell University, and a Ph.D in Operations Research from the University of Delaware. He has worked in the private and public sectors (for General Electric and the National Marine Fisheries Service), and since starting his academic career he has been on the business school faculties at Georgia Tech, Stanford University and now the University of Michigan. Professor Lovejoy has worked with companies on new product development, the management of innovation, and process assessment and improvement; and with hospitals and clinics on health care operations. He has taught courses at all levels from bachelors to Ph.D. and Executives, and his new product development course (which he teaches jointly with the College of Engineering and the School of Art and Design) has enjoyed coverage by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Businessweek. He is currently the faculty co-director for the University of Michigan’s Master of Entrepreneurship degree.


Allyship, Uncomfortable Conversations, and Talking Across Difference: A Conversation with Ana Marie Cox
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Institute of Politics, Faculty Dining Room (FDR), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Betsy Hodges, Spring 2018 IOP Resident Fellow
Ana Marie Cox, Political Columnist and Culture Critic, Host "With Friends Like These" Podcast, Crooked Media
DETAILS  How do we come together to have the difficult conversations necessary to make change? What does it mean to be a committed ally? In her Crooked Media podcast “With Friends Like These,” Ana Marie Cox explores questions of allyship and uncomfortable conversations, especially in the current political climate. Ana Marie Cox is a distinguished journalist, podcaster, and media all-star. Founder of Wonkette, she has written for a variety of news outlets and is currently a writer for Syfy.


The (Non)Americans: Tracking and Analyzing Russian Influence Operations on Twitter
Thursday, March 1
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

In late 2017, Twitter and Facebook revealed that agents backed by the Russian government had infiltrated American political conversations for years. Posing as concerned citizens from across the ideological spectrum, these agents surreptitiously spread propaganda disguised as home-grown political chatter. Two challenges, one theoretical and the other methodological, confront researchers interested in studying this campaign of information warfare. First, the fields of communication and political science offer little theoretical guidance about how to study such tactics, which are known as influence operations in military studies and dezinformatsiya in Russian and Slavic studies. Second, Twitter and Facebook removed all such propagandistic content from public view upon confirming their existence, which makes obtaining the data difficult (but not impossible). In this talk, the University of North Carolina’s Deen Freelon will explain how he and his collaborators are addressing these challenges and present key preliminary findings from their ongoing project focused on this campaign.

Deen Freelon is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism. His research covers two major areas of scholarship: 1) political expression through digital media and 2) data science and computational methods for analyzing large digital datasets. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 journal articles, book chapters and public reports, in addition to co-editing one scholarly book. He has served as principal investigator on grants from the Knight Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has written research-grade software to calculate intercoder reliability for content analysis (ReCal), analyze large-scale network data from social media (TSM), and collect data from Facebook (fb_scrape_public). He formerly taught at American University in Washington, D.C.


EnergyBar March 2018: Cleantech Intern Fair
Thursday, March 1
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville

Please join us for a special edition of our recurring EnergyBar networking event with a special focus on helping rockstar interns and innovative cleantech startups find each other!
Our annual Cleantech Intern Fair is a great resource for connecting with bright and eager talent from the Boston-area colleges and universities. HERE are some of the companies you will meet!
Reminder to students: be sure to bring your resume to EnergyBar!
Event Agenda:
5:00-6:30pm -- Sign-in / Intern Fair 
6:30-7:00pm -- Welcoming Remarks from Greentown Labs 
7:00-8:30pm -- Networking & Celebrating the Cleantech Ecosystem! 

About EnergyBar!
EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' recurring networking event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community. 
Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems. 
Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. 
Hope to see you there! 


Patton Oswalt in conversation with Robin Young - I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Thursday, March 1
6:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline
Cost:  $27.99

From Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case, comes I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. The masterful account reopens the case of an elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade. Michelle’s husband Patton Oswalt discusses his late wife’s work as a true crime pioneer with Here & Now host Robin Young.


Perspectives from the Front Lines of Massachusetts’ Opioid Battle
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Alex Hogan, Dr. Mark Eisenberg, Sheila Burke
CONTACT INFO IOP Forum Office  617-495-1380
DETAILS  Alex Hogan, Multimedia Journalist, STAT News, Documentary Filmmaker, “Runnin”
Dr. Mark Eisenberg, M.D. ’80, Primary Care Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital, Advocate for Safe Injection Facilities
Sheila Burke (Moderator), Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS, Executive Dean, HKS (1996-2000), Chief of Staff, Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (1985-1996)


Designing for a Neurodiverse World
Thursday, March 1
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The world is a neurologically diverse place, but the resources, workspaces and technologies we use often don’t reflect that. Sometimes simple changes can significantly expand accessibility to people who have neurological differences like autism, dyslexia, ADHD, or epilepsy, but designers and policymakers frequently aren’t aware of issues affecting this neurodiverse community. Rosalind Picard, director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, joins neuroscientist Ned Sahin, Empowered Brain Institute CEO Rafiq Abdus-Sabur and disability advocate Finn Gardiner to explore what it means to be non-neurotypical, barriers to inclusion, and how creators can make their work more accessible.

Dr. Ned Sahin is a neuroscientist and CEO of Brain Power LLC, a company that makes wearable artificial intelligence systems to aid people with brain-related challenges. He is also a founding board member of The Empowered Brain Institute.
Rafiq Abdus-Sabur is president and CEO of The Empowered Brain Institute, a nonprofit disability advocacy and support organization for individuals with autism and their families. Rafiq is a board member for Brain Power LLC, a company that builds wearable technologies for individuals with autism, and founder of the education technology firm, Edgewise Education.
Finn Gardiner is a disability advocate and policy analyst specializing in intersectional disability justice and accessible technology. He is a research assistant at The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University where his work focuses on public policies for autistic individuals.
Moderator: Rosalind Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at MIT, co-director of the Media Lab’s Advancing Wellbeing Initiative, and faculty chair of MIT’s MindHandHeart Initiative. She co-founded the technology companies Empatica, Inc., which creates wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, Inc., which delivers technology to help measure and communicate emotion.


Vittoria Di Palma | Architecture and the Climatic Imaginary
Thursday, March 1
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT,  Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

In recent years, an increasing interest in systems, processes, and performance has challenged the status of the architectural object, dissolving distinctions between figure and ground, object and field.  This talk investigates an earlier moment of challenge by exploring connections between weather and architecture in eighteenth-century England. Focusing on intersections between medicine, weather observation, and aesthetics, this talk will explore how changing notions of climate gave rise to a new conception of the architectural object as contingent and changeable rather than determined and fixed.

Vittoria Di Palma is Associate Professor of Architectural History and Theory and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Architecture of the University of Southern California. Before joining USC in 2012, she taught in the Department of Art History at Columbia University, in the Department of Art History at Rice University, and in the Histories and Theories of Architecture graduate program of the Architectural Association in London.   She is a co-editor of Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City (Routledge: 2009), and the author of Wasteland, A History (Yale: 2014), which was awarded the AHA Herbert Baxter Adams Prize, the SAH Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award, the ASECS Louis Gottschalk Prize, and a Foundation for Landscape Studies J. B. Jackson Book Prize.

MIT Department of Architecture / Spring 2018 Lecture Series
History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art (HTC) Forum, organized by PhD students Caroline Murphy and Sarah Rifky


Big Chicken, with Maryn McKenna
Thursday, March 1
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
BU, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 224, Boston

In her new book, Big Chicken, acclaimed journalist Maryn McKenna reveals the fascinating history of chicken and how the common backyard bird became an industrial commodity that impacts human health all around the world. During this event, McKenna will highlight the crucial elements to the fowl’s meteoric rise, including the routine use of antibiotics—a practice that would transform agriculture, change the world's eating habits, and contribute to the deadly rise of drug-resistant infections around the globe. Food writer Mark Bittman calls Big Chicken “A mustread for anyone who cares about the quality of food and the welfare of animals,” and this discussion will offer a healthy portion of its lessons.

Contact Name Ashlyn
Phone  617-353-9852
Contact Email 


RPP Colloquium: Ministry to the Marginal: The Power of Partnerships
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Religions and the Practice of Peace and the Office of Ministry Studies at HDS
CONTACT Laura Krueger
DETAILS  Space is limited. RSVP is required at
Violence is not inevitable in stressed and oppressed communities and the building of peace in those communities requires the building of bridges between unlikely collaborators. That's the lesson learned in Boston over three decades of trying to change the trajectory of proven-risk youth and their families.
Featuring  Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, MD '75, MA '82, AB '71, pastor and founder, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church; chairman and co-founder, Ten Point Coalition; executive committee member, Black Ministerial Alliance, Boston. 
Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, the eldest son of a Baptist preacher and a schoolteacher. He was educated in the public schools of Philadelphia and went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical residency at the New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston, MA) and joined the Emergency Medicine staff at the Cape Cod Hospital (Hyannis, MA).
Pastor Hammond accepted the call to the preaching ministry in 1976 and completed his master of arts degree in the study of religion (Christian and Medical Ethics) at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1982. In 1988 he was called to be the founder and pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston.
Pastor Hammond is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Ten Point Coalition—an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders working to mobilize the greater Boston community around issues affecting proven-risk youth; Chair of Bethel’s Generation Excel program; Executive Committee Member, Black Ministerial Alliance; Chair of the Boston Opportunity Agenda; a member of the Strategy Team for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization; a member of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission; and a trustee of the Yawkey Foundation, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and the Math and Technology Public Charter High (MATCH) School. He is a former chairman of the Boston Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is also the recipient of numerous honors including honorary doctorates.
He is the proud husband of the Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond (a pediatrician and co-pastor to whom he has been happily married since 1973); the blessed father of two daughters, Mariama and Adiya, and a son-in-law, Turahn Dorsey; and the proud grandfather of Ella. He counts as his greatest blessing the love of a God who has made it possible for him to accomplish and receive more than he could have ever thought or asked.
This event will be moderated by Stephanie Paulsell, PhD, Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies; formerly associate dean for ministry studies and Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School. With generous support from the Rev. Karen Vickers Budney, MDiv ’91, and Mr. Albert J. Budney, Jr., MBA ’74, as well as Farley Urmston and Karl Bandtel.
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.


The Future of Robots - Changing what it means to be disabled
Thursday, March 1
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Spaces, in Davis Square, 240 Elm Street, 2nd Floor, Somerville

Robots have an enormous potential to enhance our quality of life and offer us an alternative view of what it means to be disabled. This event takes on a ‘futurist’s view’ of how robots are shattering barriers, creating opportunities and enabling individuals with disabilities. We invite you to join us for an evening of discussion, interactive exhibits and demos. We are featuring:
Ned Semonite - VP of Business and Product Management at Ohmni Labs
Ned is a veteran of the robotics industry. Ohmni Lab is building a capable and affordable robotics platform called Ohmni Telepresence. Ohmni’s robot is designed to provide instant independently operated mobility and real time communications for the home, schools, healthcare, business and robotic developers.

Holly Simione - Holly’s drive to improve healthcare through the use of technology, started long before it became a personal mission and career. Working as a Consultant at TriNet, she provides a full-service HR solution for growing startups. She volunteers at The Perkins School for the Blind, as well as The Carroll School, where technology enables children with different abilities to thrive. In 2017 Governor Baker appointed her to the state council for Developmental Disabilities, which supports the needs of adults and children in our commonwealth.
Fernando Albertorio - Fernando is legally blind entrepreneur and technologist. He is the co-founder of Sunu, a Boston-based startup that's creating wearable technology that enhances awareness and navigation for the visually impaired. Sunu is a Y-Combinator alum and Mass Challenge 2014 award winner.


Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture: Aaron Sachs, “A Common Treasury for All”: Toward a Deeper History of Environmental Justice”
Thursday, March 1
6:30PM – 8:00PM
Harvard, GSD, Gund Hall Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

In recent years, environmental justice scholarship has exploded.  But virtually every relevant piece of work has understood the history of environmental justice as dating only to the late 20th century.  This talk goes back to the 17th century, seeking to trace and analyze the evolution of a positive environmental rights discourse in European and American history.  Having established our opposition to environmental injustice, we might want to ask: what exactly are we aiming for, in positive terms?  What are the components of environmental justice?  Is there any common ground left to stand on?  And how might a deeper historical perspective help us answer these questions?

Free and open to the public


Science by the Pint: Viruses to the rescue: How gene therapy with viruses can preserve vision
Thursday, March 1
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

This Science by the Pint event features Dr. Constance L. Cepko. Dr. Cepko is a Bullard Professor of Genetics & Neuroscience and a Professor of Opthamology at Harvard Medical School. Check back later for a more detailed description of the topic covered!

Science by the Pint is a free science café in which we invite a Boston-area research lab out to a pub or brewery to chat science over a cold one. The events are geared toward a general audience – all are welcome and no experience is necessary! To learn more about our Science by the Pint series, visit:


The future of clean energy jobs in America
Thursday, March 1
8:00 p.m. ET

Ellen Shenette, EDF Climate Corps manager
Ben Metcalf, former EDF Climate Corps fellow

I hope you'll be able to attend this exciting member event offering a close-up look at the work your donations make possible. The event has limited capacity, so please 

Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3

MIT Energy Conference:  Transformational Technologies
March 2 & 3
Boston Marriott, 50 Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $60 - $500

As the largest student-led energy conference in the U.S., the MIT Energy Conference has become a premier event to connect professionals, policymakers, academics, and students in the energy industry.

More changes have occurred in the global energy sector in the past decade than in the 100 years prior. In its 13th edition, the MIT Energy Conference will be exploring enabling technologies for the future of clean energy, energy digitization, and existing energy infrastructure.

We will bring together leaders and visionaries from industry, government, the scientific community, and the private sector that are looking at the entire value chain in a holistic way and can speak about and debate the development of these complex changes, which are redefining the future of energy worldwide.

Friday, March 2

Mass. Marijuana Summit II: New regs, federal threat, financial hurdles
Friday, March 2
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Center, 10 Winter Place, Boston
Cost:  $20

Join us for a keynote address by Cannabis Control Commissioner Shaleen Title, followed by expert panel discussions on the future of the Marijuana Business in Massachusetts:

A dynamic and controversial industry is only months from launching in the Bay State. The regulations are complex and the barriers to entry formidable. How can we make sense of the arrival of recreational marijuana, an industry that may soon exceed $1 billion annually? 

The State House News Forum will hold its second Massachusetts Marijuana Summit on March 2, bringing together entrepreneurs, thought leaders and regulators to explain the opportunities and challenges of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. Once again, we're assembling expert panel discussions on the nuances of this soon-to-bloom industry. The Summit will provide an in-depth examination of the core issues of emerging regulations, the potential consequences of a new federal enforcement posture, and the divergent approach of various municipalities as they weigh the pros and cons of legalization.

We’ll also explore the operational difficulties faced by cannabis business professionals, including accessing capital, banking, accounting and acquiring and training talent.

Keynote Address:  Shaleen Title, Commissioner, MA Cannabis Control Commission
Panel 1 
State Regulations and Federal Threats: Pushing Forward Locally in Uncertain Times
Moderator:  Jim Borghesani
Panelists:  Aaron Bluse, Altitude Organic
Jim Smith, Smith, Costello & Crawford
Joe Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville
Meg Sanders, Revolution Clinics

Panel 2 
Financial Hurdles: Cash, Credit and the Obstacles for Business Creation
Moderator:   Adam Fine, Vicente Sederburgh
Panelists:  Mitzi Hollenbeck, Citrin Cooperman 
Kim Napoli, NETA 
Andrew Thut, Mission Partners
Mike Dundas, Sira Naturals

Entrepreneurs face many challenges as they look to enter the industry, including finding credit and operating within an ambiguous regulatory landscape. How are entrepreneurs navigating the new complexities of the law – cash management, accounting, and leasing – all while finding the necessary personnel?

Over 250 people attended our first Massachusetts Marijuana Summit in November, and we expect a larger turnout as recreational legalization nears. The Massachusetts Marijuana Summit 2.0 will once again bring together leaders in the cannabis industry to provide critical detail and perspective on this exciting new era.

The State House News Forum, the events division of the State House News Service, is the state’s leading event series on public policy and politics. For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact Alex Dalsey at


Nitrate radical initiated atmospheric particulate matter formation in forests: Anthropogenically-triggered biogenic aerosol production
Friday, March 2
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Vegetation supplies the majority of global non-methane volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions to the troposphere, which upon oxidation can yield secondary organic aerosol (SOA), a major component of fine particulate matter. This oxidation chemistry produces highly variable mass yields in the case of the anthropogenically controlled nitrate (NO3) radical oxidant for different BVOC precursors, raising questions about underlying structural mechanisms. This talk will provide an overview of the complex NOx-driven anthropogenic/biogenic interactions in aerosol formation, and will then describe two recent studies that provide insight into mechanisms for NO3-initiated SOA formation: (1) Using aircraft power plant plume transects from the SENEX 2013 campaign to provide a field-based constraint on NO3 + isoprene SOA yield, and (2) Using chemical structure and transition state calculations to understand the anomalously low SOA yield from NO3 + α-pinene.

Contact: Kelvin Bates
Phone: 206-909-3412


Legal Strategies for Fighting Back: A Conversation with Top Immigration Lawyers
WHEN  Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall (WCC) 1019, 1585 Mass. Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard DACA Seminar (Co-sponsored by Harvard Graduate School of Education, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Inequality in America Initiative, Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and Act On A Dream)
SPEAKER(S)  Deborah Anker (Harvard Law)
Sabrineh Ardalan (Harvard Law)
Dan Kanstroom (Boston College Law)
Michael Wishnie (Yale Law)
Moderated by Christine Desan (Harvard Law)
COST  Free
DETAILS  In this open discussion, top legal scholars Deborah Anker (Harvard), Sabrineh Ardalan (Harvard), Dan Kanstroom (Boston College), and Michael Wishnie (Yale University) share experiences, debate, and brainstorm innovative legal strategies for defending immigrants with contingent residency status.
Moderated by Christine Desan
All DACA Seminar events are Free and Open to the Public, No registration is required


Mark Joseph and Amy Khare, "Succeeding Where Mixed-Income Transformation Falls Short: A Path to Equity and Inclusion in Our Cities”
WHEN  Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Ethics, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112
SPEAKER(S)  Mark Joseph and Amy Khare
COST  Free and open to the public.
TICKET INFO  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or
DETAILS  Co-presented by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Office of Communications.
Drawing on their work examining the costs and consequences of racial segregation and the concentration of poverty and affluence as well as the promise and pitfalls of past efforts at mixed-income development in Chicago, San Francisco, and other markets, Drs. Joseph and Khare will introduce the next frontier of efforts to promote inclusionary housing.
Mark Joseph (LLB '63) is the Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor in Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University; the Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC); and a Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His general research interests are urban poverty and community development. His current research focuses on mixed-income development as a strategy for addressing urban poverty, with particular attention to transforming public housing developments. He is the co-author of “Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation”.
Amy T. Khare, Ph.D. is a Research Affiliate with NIMC. Her general research interests aim to shape solutions to urban poverty, with a focus on affordable housing and community development. Her dissertation project investigates how Chicago’s public housing reforms shifted after the 2008 economic recession and suggests implications for market- oriented housing policies. She currently consults for Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council on a project to address racial and economic segregation in the region. Most recently, Khare worked at the Urban Institute on the national evaluation of HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. In 2015, she received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association. Khare has ten years of non-profit practice experience in the field of housing development and community change. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.


IACS Seminar: "Data Science Toward Understanding Human Learning and Improving Educational Practice”
WHEN  Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, 1 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin Building G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Information Technology, Lecture, Research study, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute for Applied Computational Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Ken Koedinger, Professor of Human–Computer Interaction and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
COST  Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Phone: 617-496-2623
DETAILS  Big data and machine learning appear to be revolutionizing many fields. Is education one of them? Unlike our universe or the quantum structure of particles, how people learn is a question that seems much closer to our direct observation. So close, one might wonder why data is needed and whether self-reflection is sufficient to understand learning. Koedinger’s first goal is to convince you that self-reflection is not sufficient. His second is to provide you with examples of educational data mining and how it has provided insights into how people learn (e.g., slowly and incrementally) and fostered improvements in human learning outcomes (e.g., 2x more effective learning). Koedinger will emphasize that explanatory models of data are critical for such insights and outcomes and that disciplinary expertise, but not just data science, must be brought to bear. He will illustrate the role of disciplinary expertise in the psychology of learning and in the educational subject-matter domain, and the role of explanatory models in the form of symbolic computational models of learning that can be taught competencies like algebra, grammar, and chemistry.


Roundtable on Food and the Farm Bill
Friday, March 2
1:30PM – 2:30PM
The Kitchen at the Boston Public Market is 100 Hanover Street, Boston
Please RSVP to Louise Kasdon at

Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Event Description: Every 5 years, Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill, an omnibus piece of legislation consisting of farm subsidies, conservation measures, and funding for nutrition programs. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) recently introduced the Food and Farm Act, an alternative Farm Bill that focuses on distributing more resources towards low income communities, small and medium-sized farms, and reducing the environmental impact of farming. The bill was lauded by food policy experts like Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, Marion Nestle, and Dan Barber.

Following a lecture at the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic, the Congressman will be hosting a roundtable discussion in Boston to learn more about New England agriculture and how the farm bill impacts Massachusetts and the greater New England area and how it can be approved. Anyone who has a stake in the Farm Bill, whether its nutrition advocates, farmers, environmentalists, chefs, or others are welcome to join the conversation.

Growing Opportunities (, Congressman Blumenauer’s Report on the Farm Bill


Graduate Lecture Series: "The Trans-Amazon Drilling Project"
Friday, March 2
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speakers: Paul A. Baker (Duke) & Sherilyn C. Fritz (University of Nebraska—Lincoln)
The Amazon/Andes of tropical South America is a key region on Earth, and its rainforests host over half of all terrestrial plant species. The forests and their biota have evolved together with the physical landscape, closely linking processes in the Earth's interior with surface climate and landscapes, ecosystems, and biodiversity.

The proposed Trans-Amazon Drilling Project will address fundamental questions about the geologic and biotic evolution of the Amazon, focusing on (1) how Cenozoic climate and geologic history, including uplift of the Andes and development of the Amazon fluvial system, influenced the origins of the Amazon rainforest and its incomparable biodiversity; and (2) the origin of the Amazonian “Pentecaua” diabase sills, one of Earth’s largest intrusive complexes, and the impacts of this intrusion on the atmospheric gas composition and mass extinction at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary. These goals require long sedimentary records, which, in most of the Amazon region, can only be obtained by drilling.

We propose ICDP drilling of the entire Cenozoic sequence and where they occur, the underlying CAMP mafic sill/sediment comples in five continental sites in four different ancient sedimentary basins that are aligned along the modern Amazon River and that transect the entire near-equatorial Amazon region of Brazil, from the Andean foreland to the Atlantic Ocean. This transect, coupled with proposed IODP sites on the Amazon continental margin, will span 40˚W to 73˚W, thus encircling nearly 10% of Earth’s equatorial circumference. We believe that this work will provide transformative understanding of Amazonian geological and biotic evolution that addresses important and long-standing questions about the linkages between the geophysical environment and its biotic history.

About the Speakers
Paul A. Baker, Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
I am interested in how the physical environment (mountains, climate, river, etc) has evolved through time and how that history has affected the biogeographic origins of tropical biota. I am also interested in how the DNA of extant organisms encodes this environmental history and how we can use genetic sequencing to reconstruct environmental history. Ultimately, I am interested in the biotic and geologic history of the neotropical forest.

Sherilyn Fritz, George Holmes Professor Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Biological Sciences
My interests lie at the interface of geological, ecological, and atmospheric sciences and focus specifically on the interaction of lakes with the atmosphere and the land surface, both in contemporary times and during the Quaternary. I specialize in the application of diatom analysis to questions of environmental change, although my current projects complement diatom-based reconstructions with geochemical and geomorphic approaches. My research also combines studies of lacustrine stratigraphic records with descriptive and experimental studies of modern lakes as models for interpretation of fossil sequences. My current research projects focus on long-term hydrologic variability in tropical South America and in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions of North America.

Saturday, March 3

Local Environmental Action 2018
Saturday, March 3
Northeastern University

Registration is open for Local Environmental Action 2018!
Register today and get the early-bird discount.

Join community leaders, environmental justice advocates and activists from across the region to build skills, discuss new ideas, and be inspired for the work ahead. 

This is a fragrance free event.
Thanks for bringing your own water bottle and coffee mug.

Have questions about the event? Email us at


2018 MIT Latin American Conference
Saturday, March 3
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
MIT, Building E15, Atrium level,   Bartos Theater (Wiesner Building), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $30 – $40

Our goal is to showcase some of the most notable and inspiring stories of success that have contributed to enhance development and generate value in Latin America. We want to share leadership stories from a variety of fields including business, politics, sports, entertainment, and all kinds of life experiences to inspire members of our community to pursue business opportunities in the region.
Visit our website for agenda and speaker information:


authors@MIT: Martin Erwig, Once Upon an Algorithm
Saturday, March 3
The MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Martin Erwig to discuss and sign copies of Once Upon an Algorithm on Saturday, March 3, 4:00 p.m. Copies of the book will be on sale for a 20% discount.

About Once Upon an Algorithm:
Picture a computer scientist, staring at a screen and clicking away frantically on a keyboard, hacking into a system, or perhaps developing an app. Now delete that picture. In Once Upon an Algorithm, Martin Erwig explains computation as something that takes place beyond electronic computers, and computer science as the study of systematic problem solving. Erwig points out that many daily activities involve problem solving. Getting up in the morning, for example: You get up, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast. This simple daily routine solves a recurring problem through a series of well-defined steps. In computer science, such a routine is called an algorithm.

Erwig illustrates a series of concepts in computing with examples from daily life and familiar stories. Hansel and Gretel, for example, execute an algorithm to get home from the forest. The movie Groundhog Day illustrates the problem of unsolvability; Sherlock Holmes manipulates data structures when solving a crime; the magic in Harry Potter’s world is understood through types and abstraction; and Indiana Jones demonstrates the complexity of searching. Along the way, Erwig also discusses representations and different ways to organize data; “intractable” problems; language, syntax, and ambiguity; control structures, loops, and the halting problem; different forms of recursion; and rules for finding errors in algorithms.

This engaging book explains computation accessibly and shows its relevance to daily life. Something to think about next time we execute the algorithm of getting up in the morning.

Sunday, March 4

Steven Pinker: Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism
Sunday, March 4
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Harvard Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Hall B, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 - $5

The Humanist Hub, in partnership with HCHAA (the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics) is delighted to present our 2018 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism to Steven Pinker. Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications. His tenth book, to be published in February 2018, is called Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

Pinker is a longtime friend of the Humanist Hub and the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, and sits on its advisory board. ***
The Humanist Hub, the US’s first “Center for Humanist Life” serving atheists and agnostics on and around a campus, has hosted similar award ceremonies with physicist Lisa Randall (2017) actress Carrie Fisher (2016) comedian Eddie Izzard (2013) author Mary Roach (2012) Seth MacFarlane (Fall 2011) Stephen Fry (Spring 2011) Discovery Chanel’s MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (2010) director Joss Whedon (2009) Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin (2008) and Sir Salman Rushdie (2007).

Monday, March 5

A Day of Hope and Resistance
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 5, 2018, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Classes/Workshops, Concerts, Conferences, Dance, Education, Ethics, Exhibitions, Humanities, Lecture, Music, Poetry/Prose, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard DACA Seminar (Co-sponsored by Harvard Graduate School of Education, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Inequality in America Initiative, Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and Act On A Dream)
SPEAKER(S)  Rebel Diaz
Audry Funk with Dj Loup and Bestia bx
Vijay Iyer
Quetzal Flores and Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal
Esperanza Spalding
Yosimar Reyes
Julio Salgado
Sonia Guiñansaca
Claire Chase
...and more!
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  A day-long celebration of community and solidarity, featuring workshops, musical performances, artwork, and spoken word.
Free and Open to the Public. No registration required.


PAOC Colloquium: Elizabeth Barnes (Colorado State)
Monday, March 5
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
My primary research objective is to understand the variability of the atmosphere to better interpret and predict its behavior over a range of timescales and climates. My research focuses include large-scale atmospheric dynamics, subseasonal-to-seasonal prediction of extreme events, atmospheric mixing/transport, and the influence of atmospheric circulations on air quality and human health.


Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
Monday, March 5 
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Varun Sivaram, Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology, Counil on Foreign Relations. Lunch will be provided.

Energy Policy Seminar
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund


Improving the drought tolerance of crop and timber species:  physiological and evolutionary perspectives
Monday, March 5
12:10 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Sean Gleason, Research Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS Water Management Research Unit


Governing the Future: Cancer Viruses and the Growth of American Biomedicine
Monday, March 5
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Robin Scheffler (MIT, HASTS)

STS Circle at Harvard


Bridging the US Political Divide Online: What we Learned from using big data, bots and volunteers to challenge polarization
Monday, March 5
5:00 - 7:00P
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP: (dinner included)

Current political events in the USA reveal social cohesion is fragmented and increasingly polarized. This limits the opportunity and desire for people to engage across political lines. Well-established models of conflict escalation signal that these constitute warning flags for future violent confrontations. 

Social media is both a vehicle for perpetuating political polarization and also, for challenging it. Over the last six months, Build Up ran a pilot to address polarization on social media. The Commons identifies polarising filter bubbles on Facebook and Twitter, then uses social media bots to engage with relevant people, and finally organises a network of trained volunteers to move identified users towards constructive engagement with each other and with the phenomenon of polarisation.


The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Jacqueline Bhabha - The Human Rights of Non-Citizens under Trump
Monday, March 5
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge


Sustainability impact assessment for startups
Monday, March 5
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Measuring sustainability impact (social, environmental and economic value creation) is extremely difficult. Measuring it for startups with limited time and financial resources and fast changing business models makes this challenge even more difficult. But not measuring impact means taking decisions today, without a clear understanding what exactly their impact will be in future. And this during a time, when the biggest (business model) decisions are being made. Not at last, more and more (impact) investors and donors ask you to provide information about the impact you have.
In this workshop you will:
Learn how to measure your startups/projects sustainability impact
Pitch your sustainability impact (theory of change) to peers
Understand what difference your startup/project makes, i.e. "what is your added value"?
Learn how to identify ways to increase your sustainability impact
Learn to use an excel based tool that helps you to measure, communicate, report and improve your impact
The workshop consists of:
Explanation of the impact measurement method and tools: 20%
Applying the tools and methods learned to your own venture/project: 40%
Presenting your impact to peers & providing and receiving feedback from peers: 20%
Group discussion and reflections: 20%
Who should attend?
Startups/projects from idea to growth and acceleration stage.
Anyone interested in the topic is welcome. Please note: Participants will apply the methods and tools to their own startups/projects. Participants without a clear idea of an own project/startup or those with a very early stage idea may find some parts of the workshop more difficult/less valuable.
What exactly is the measurement method?
The method applied in the workshop has been developed as part of a larger research project on impact measurement for startups. The approach has won a research conference award and receives continuous positive feedback from startups and relevant stakeholders. The approach is not yet published and thus not yet scientifically validated in a peer reviewed, academic journal. Further information about the workshop format and the measurement approach can be found here:


What Will It Take to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment?
WHEN  Monday, Mar. 5, 2018, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Katie Packer Beeson, Lina Esco, Jane Mansbridge, Johanna Maska, Victoria A. Budson
CONTACT INFO IOP Forum Office, 617-495-1380
DETAILS Katie Packer Beeson, Founding Partner, Burning Glass Consulting, Deputy Campaign Manager, Romney for President Campaign (2012)
Lina Esco, Activist and Actress, S.W.A.T., Cane
Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School, Author, Why We Lost the ERA
Johanna Maska, CEO, Global Situation Room, Director of Press Advance, President Barack Obama Administration (2009-2017)
Victoria A. Budson (Moderator), Founder & Executive Director, Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), Harvard Kennedy School, Chairperson, Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (2011-2016)


Building Radical Products: How you can pivot less and build more
Monday, March 5
6:30day PM – 9:00 PM EST
Hubspot HQ, 2 Canal Park, Cambridge

As a startup you pivot till you can find product-market fit, right? The reality is that very few startups survive a series of pivots. Both Agile and Lean Startup are great for smart, feedback-driven execution — but they can't replace the foundation of product vision and strategy. How do you reduce the number of iterations and increase your runway by building your product in a more capital efficient way? Join the creators of the Radical Product Toolkit to learn how to create a powerful, far-reaching vision for your product, develop a clear product strategy, and prioritize product decision making. You’ll also learn how to balance long-term strategic considerations with the day-to-day needs of your company. Join us for this event hosted by HubSpot and Founder Institute.

Bios of speakers: 
Kim Walsh
Kim Walsh serves as Vice President of HubSpot for Startups, a program designed to help startups grow and scale. She was formally the Head of Enterprise Sales, where she launched the GTM strategy, built the operating model and expanded the team from 3 to 28 employees and increased revenue by 200%. Prior to joining HubSpot, Kim led global sales for a technology-based footwear company, SpringBoost. Kim has an MBA from Babson College and was a finalist in the MIT 100K business challenge. 

Nidhi Aggarwal
Nidhi is an entrepreneur who co-founded cloud configuration management startup qwikLABS (acquired by Google and used by AWS worldwide). Previously, Nidhi led Product, Strategy, Marketing and Finance at Tamr and worked at McKinsey & Company on Big Data and Cloud Strategy. Nidhi holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and holds 6 US patents. Follow Nidhi on the Medium publication, Radical Product and on Twitter @aggarwalnidhi.

Radhika Dutt
Radhika has started companies and built products in several different industries. Her first startup, Lobby7 (acquired by Scansoft/Nuance), created an early version of Siri in 2000, while Likelii (acquired by Drync), offered consumers “Pandora for wine”. Previously she worked at Avid, growing their broadcast product suite and led strategy at the telecom startup, Starent Networks (acquired by Cisco). Recently she led Product Management at Allant to build a SaaS product for TV advertising (acquired by Acxiom). Radhika holds an SB and M.Eng in EE, and speaks 9 languages. You can follow her on the Medium publication, Radical Product and on Twitter @radhikadutt.

Geordie Kaytes
Geordie is a digital product design leader who has designed 15 SaaS products across verticals including healthcare, IT, education, and finance. After receiving his BA from Yale in Political Science, he did his obligatory tour of duty in management consulting before joining Boston-area UI/UX studio Fresh Tilled Soil in 2012. He is now a partner at Heroic, a design leadership coaching firm that helps growing companies scale their digital product capabilities. Follow Geordie on the Medium publication, Radical Product and on Twitter @didgeoridoo.


Public Program | Catalyst Conversations | Immersed: Video. Art. Technology
Monday, March 5
7:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building E15, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

New media, multi-faceted artist Judith Barry and Cyberarts founder George Fifield  will look at how the arc of new media changed the visual landscape from the 1960s forward. Their conversation will mirror the exhibit Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974 – 1995  which is presented as part of a citywide partnership of arts and educational institutions organized to recognize the outsized role greater Boston has played in the history and development of technology.

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston initiated this partnership to link concurrent exhibitions and programs related to the themes of the ICA exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. Visit for more information on the partnership and all of the area exhibitions and programs being offered.

To learn more and to attend this event RSVP at

For more information, contact:
Emily Garner


Asteroid Futures: Decades, Centuries, Millennia
Monday, March 5
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Café ArtScience, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.

Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers -- Presentations start @ 7pm
Presenter: Dr. Martin Elvis, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Space exploration in the 21st century has begun a transition towards commercial exploration and development. What factors will be critical to the success of these efforts in the long term? According to Dr. Martin Elvis, asteroids are the key that will unlock a future extraterrestrial economy. Asteroids are plentiful, accessible and resource rich. They will serve as convenient platforms for deep space exploration, industrial fabrication and solar system expeditions. 
For example, the resources contained in asteroids are huge. The accessible iron in asteroids is estimated to be a million times greater than proven iron reserves in the Earth’s crust. Technologies being researched and tested today are likely to make asteroid mining a practical industry within two decades. The industry will require new professional labor categories: applied astronomers and extraterrestrial engineers.
Looking one century out, this industry will be able to bring huge amounts - a million tons or more - of iron and other industrial materials from their native orbits to an orbit high above Earth. This will enable massive-scale industrial development using economical space-based solar power and space cities constructed according to designs such as the O’Neill cylinders on the drawing boards today. Enormous telescopes will be built, probing the universe for life as well as insights on the origins of the universe. Sufficient industrial capacity will also be in place to redirect potential killer asteroids, such as the one that caused the massive Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event 66 million years ago.
As we approach a millennium in the future history of the space economy, we may begin to reach the limits of solar system resources. Will depletion of solar system resources trigger existential questions for humanity, in the same way the depletion of terrestrial eco-system resources is challenging us today? Should we begin now to ask ourselves: how much of the solar system should we leave as wilderness?
Dr. Martin Elvis is an Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In addition to his significant contributions to the science of deep space objects, Dr. Elvis has a passion for near earth objects and the opportunities they offer for future space exploration and development. He is convinced that the commercial potential of asteroids will transform our space endeavors to a truly large-scale, and will, in the process, make access to space cheap and routine. Dr. Elvis has published over 400 journal papers and is one of the 250 most highly cited researchers in astronomy and space physics, with more than 28,000 citations.

Tuesday, March 6

Artificial Intelligence and National Security Law: A Dangerous Nonchalance
Tuesday, March 6
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
MIT, Building E25-401, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

A conversation with James E Baker, former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and a national security law expert. Judge Baker is currently in residence at the MIT Center for International Studies as a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow. Judge Baker retired from the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces after fifteen years of service, the last four as chief judge. He currently chairs the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Law and National Security and is a presidential appointee to the Public Interest Declassification Board. 

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served


The Accuracy, Fairness, and Limits of Predicting Recidivism
Tuesday, March 6
12:00 pm
Harvard, Pound Hall, Ballantine Classroom, Room 101
Event will be live webcast at 12:00 pm at

featuring Julia Dressel 
Algorithms for predicting recidivism are commonly used to assess a criminal defendant’s likelihood of committing a crime. Proponents of these systems argue that big data and advanced machine learning make these analyses more accurate and less biased than humans. However, our study shows that the widely used commercial risk assessment software COMPAS is no more accurate or fair than predictions made by people with little or no criminal justice expertise.

This event is supported by the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. In conjunction with the MIT Media Lab, the Initiative is developing activities, research, and tools to ensure that fast-advancing AI serves the public good. Learn more at

About Julia
Julia Dressel recently graduated from Dartmouth College, where she majored in both Computer Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is currently a software engineer in Silicon Valley. Her interests are in the intersection of technology and bias. 


Investing in the Grassroots to Achieve Environmental and Social Justice
Tuesday, March 6
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Foley & Lardner LLP, 111 Huntington Ave Suite 2600, Boston 

Guest Speaker: Mariella Puerto, Co-Director of Climate, Barr Foundation
Featured Innovator: GreenRoots
Track Partner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts


Investigative Reporting: Making an Impact on Policy and Governance
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Malkin Penthouse, Littauer Building, 4th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Award Ceremonies, Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Shannon Mullen, Staff Writer, Asbury Park Press; Melissa Segura, Investigative Reporter, BuzzFeed News; Carol Marbin Miller, Investigative Reporter, Miami Herald;  Emily Steel, Reporter, The New York Times;   Nina Martin, Reporter, ProPublica;  David Armstrong, Senior Writer, STAT;  Rosalind Helderman, Staff Writer, The Washington Post
COST  Free
DETAILS  A panel discussion with the finalists and special citation awardees for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Panelists will discuss the making of their stories, which include coverage of the Russia investigation, injustice in the Chicago legal system, opioid addiction, sexual harassment and assault, and other pressing issues. Open to the public.
Shannon Mullen, Staff Writer, Asbury Park Press
Melissa Segura, Investigative Reporter, BuzzFeed News
Carol Marbin Miller, Investigative Reporter, Miami Herald
Emily Steel, Reporter, The New York Times
Nina Martin, Reporter, ProPublica
David Armstrong, Senior Writer, STAT
Rosalind Helderman, Staff Writer, The Washington Post
The winner will be announced at the Goldsmith Awards Ceremony on March 6, 6pm, in JFK Jr. Forum.


Innovating for the clean energy economy
Tuesday, March 6
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Professor Daniel Kammen, University of California, Berkeley
This talk will examine the current state of clean energy innovation and implementation. Through explorations of household, city, and regional clean energy innovations and implementation efforts, Kammen will both analyze successful innovation processes and identify the areas that need urgent action and targeted programs. A mixture of analytic and empirical studies will be used to explore what steps have worked and where dramatic new approaches are needed.

Speaker Bio:
Daniel Kammen is a professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (which he chairs), the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory and former director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. His research focuses on energy supply; transmission; the smart grid and low-carbon energy systems; the life-cycle impacts of transportation options; and energy for community development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has published extensively on these topics and testified numerous times in U.S. state and federal congressional briefings. In 2010, Kammen was appointed the first energy fellow of the Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas; he has also served the state of California and the U.S. federal government in several other expert and advisory capacities.


Panel Discussion: Common Spaces: Environmental History and the Study of Early America
Tuesday, March 6
5:15PM - 7:30PM
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston
RSVP required at or (617) 646-0579

Christopher Pastore, State University of New York at Albany; Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut at Storrs; Conevery Valencius, Boston College
Moderator: Matthew McKenzie, University of Connecticut at Avery Point
This panel takes the opportunity to bring the fields of environmental and early American history into closer conversation. Environmental historians are concerned with concepts such as ecological imperialism and non-anthropocentric empires, built and natural environments, controlling and organizing space, and the relationship between borders and frontiers. How does or might this influence scholarship on early America? How can work on early American history enrich environmental historians’ understanding of empire, metropoles and borderlands, movement and colonization?
To RSVP: email or call (617) 646-0579.


Gutman Library Distinguished Author Series Event: Research in Mind, Brain, and Education
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Askwith Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Gutman Library, Alumni Relations, and MBE
SPEAKER(S)  Marc S. Schwartz, Ed.D.'00 Professor and Director, SW Center for Mind, Brain and Education, University of Texas at Arlington
E. Juliana Paré-Blagoev, Ed.D.'06 Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins
Michael W. Connell, M.Ed.'98, Ed.D.'05 CEO, Native Brain, Inc.
DETAILS  This event will be followed up by a reception in Eliot Lyman Room from 7-8 p.m.


Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism—Author Discussion
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CSWR Common Room, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT CSWR: 617.495.4495
DETAILS  Please join us as Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity (HDS), discusses his recent publication, Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism.
Terry Tempest Williams (HDS) and Rebecca Kneale Gould (Middlebury College) will serve as respondents.


Launch Smart Clinic – Internet of Things (IoT)
Tuesday, March 6
5:30pm to 8:30pm
MIT Tang Center, Building E51-145, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Cost:   $10 - $30

At the Internet of Things (IoT) Themed Launch Smart Clinic, startups present a 20-minute pitch for feedback from our panel of experts + the audience.
Presenting Companies
Steam IQ, Peter Owens, CEO
Steam is an awesome source of energy, it’s used to power cities like Paris and New York, run refineries, brew beer, sterilize instruments and heat colleges.  Testing steam traps that regulate the flow of steam is a labor-intensive process, done manually once per year.  There are millions of steam traps in the United States and very few are monitored due to cost. SteamIQ provides an IoT based ultrasonic steam trap monitor that installs easily for a fraction of the cost, addressing an underserved $500MM market. 
Vata Verks,  Alex Cheimets, CEO
Vata Verks has developed a cheap and simple non-invasive water usage Smart Sensor for buildings which leverages the fluctuating magnetic fields inside a building’s utility meters. The sensor installs without skill, tools or plumbers and without cutting pipes or dripping a drop.  Simply straps on, detects anomalies and leaks, tracks usage and costs, and analyzes and optimizes building performance. Vata Verks is targeting an aggregate North American market valued at $2B and made up of 3rd party building service providers such as security, building automation, building analytics & optimization all in support of building owners, as well as other niche sectors. 
Expert Panelists
Scott Miller, CEO / Co-Founder, Dragon Innovation
Chris Rezendes, Executive Staff, Context Labs BV
Mitch Tyson, Principal at Tyson Associates
Nadia Shalaby, CEO, ITE Fund


metaLAB + friends openLAB
Tuesday, March 6
29 Garden Street, Cambridge

Please join us for metaLAB’s 2018 openLAB, showcasing work by metaLAB and friends.

March 6, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Arts @ 29 Garden, 29 Garden St. in Cambridge. Refreshments will be served!

For more information, get in touch at


Goldsmith Awards Ceremony 2018 with Martha Raddatz of ABC News
Tuesday, March 6
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambrid

The winner of the 2018 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting will be announced, followed by a keynote speech by Goldsmith Career Award winner Martha Raddatz. This event is open to the public, and will also be streamed online. The ceremony will be preceded by a panel discussion, from 3:30-5:00 p.m., in which finalists and special citation awardees will discuss the reporting behind the stories.

Martha Raddatz is ABC News chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She has covered national security, foreign policy, and politics for decades – reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and conflict zones around the world, including Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, and numerous countries in Africa and Asia. In 2012, Raddatz moderated the Vice Presidential debate, and received the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political journalism with a special commendation for debate moderation. During the 2016 election, Raddatz co-moderated the Democratic and Republican primary presidential debates on ABC, as well a presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. From 1993-1998, Raddatz was the Pentagon correspondent for NPR. Prior to joining NPR, she was the chief correspondent at the ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. Raddatz has received four Emmys and numerous other awards. She is the author of The Long Road Home—A Story of War and Family, which made both The New York Times and The Washington Post bestseller lists and was made into a mini-series for TV.

The six finalists for the 2018 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting are:
Asbury Park Press
Shannon Mullen and Payton Guion
Renter Hell
This investigation exposed the hazardous living conditions of thousands of tenants in New Jersey’s government-supported housing. As a result, the state issued more than 1,800 violations, and two state senators introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at fixing many of the issues brought to light in the series.
BuzzFeed News
Melissa Segura
Broken Justice In Chicago
BuzzFeed News investigated a Chicago detective accused by the community of framing more than 50 people for murder. The findings from the series led to the freeing of an innocent man from prison after 23 years, and authorities reviewed the cases of other prisoners.
Miami Herald
Carol Marbin Miller, Audra D.S. Burch, Emily Michot, and the Miami Herald digital team
Fight Club: An Investigation into Florida Juvenile Justice
This investigation found widespread beatings and brutality, sexual exploitation, and medical neglect in Florida’s juvenile detention centers. As a result, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice overhauled its hiring practices and created an Office of Youth and Family Advocacy to investigate complaints.
NPR and ProPublica
Nina Martin and Renee Montagne
Lost Mothers
The United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths in the developed world; NPR and ProPublica found at least half could be prevented with better care. This series tracked maternal deaths, saved lives by raising public awareness of complications, and prompted legislation in New Jersey and Texas.
STAT and The Boston Globe 
David Armstrong and Evan Allen
The Addiction Trade
STAT and The Boston Globe exposed treatment centers, middlemen, and consultants that exploited people seeking addiction treatment, and has led to criminal and congressional probes. Stories ranged from insurance fraud schemes, to poor care at Recovery Centers of America, to patient health put at risk on the TV program Dr. Phil.
The Washington Post
The Washington Post staff
The Washington Post examined Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible links between the Trump campaign and Kremlin agents, and the United States’ response throughout 2017. The Post’s reporting contributed to the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Special citation:
The New York Times
Emily Steel, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Michael S. Schmidt, and New York Times staff
The Harassment Files: Enough Is Enough
By revealing secret settlements, persuading victims to speak, and bringing powerful men across industries to account, such as Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, and Louis C.K, New York Times reporters spurred a worldwide reckoning about sexual harassment and abuse.


Beyond the Gates: The Past and Future of Prison Education at Harvard
WHEN  Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
COST   dmission is free. Tickets required. Limit of 4 tickets per person. Tickets valid until 5:45PM. Tickets available by phone and online (for a fee) and in person at the Harvard Box Office – Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St., Cambridge.
TICKET INFO  The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222
DETAILS  This capstone event will bring together representatives from the most innovative and dynamic programs in the country to testify to the range, scope, and depth of prison education. It will also consider the work that has been done at Harvard, what we can draw inspiration from, and where we can go from here.


Greenovate Boston’s Second Climate Ready South Boston Open House
Tuesday, March 6
6 pm - 8 pm
5th Floor Conference Room, Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston

Climate Ready Boston is the Mayor's ongoing initiative to help the City grow and prosper in the face of climate change. Protecting South Boston from sea level rise and coastal flooding is a priority. On March 6th, join us for a community open house, where we will update you on our work and discuss options for ensuring a Climate Ready South Boston.

We are working to better understand current and future flood risks in South Boston and develop strategies that protect Boston’s neighborhoods. Your input is an important part of the process.

The event will have a presentation at 6:15 pm. We recommend you plan to attend the presentation, and spend about 30 minutes afterwards for the open house. 

Climate resiliency planning is happening in Boston’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. Whether you are a resident of South Boston or not, your participation will help inform our ongoing efforts to develop climate resilient solutions that improve our neighborhoods.


Brownfields: Rewriting Industrial Legacy from Brown to Green
Tuesday, March 6
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 – $12

New England has an important industrial legacy, but one that has left behind the bad with the good. Many former bustling commercial centers bear a burden of manufacturing pollution and contaminated land parcels and water resources, or brownfields, that impede their ability to grow and prosper as healthy communities.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. In Massachusetts alone there are more than 1,000 registered brownfield sites and over 40,000 reported releases of oil or hazardous material.

The successful clean up and reinvestment in a brownfield site promises to increase the local tax base, spur economic growth, reactivate existing infrastructure, remove pressure from undeveloped, open land, and both improve and protect the environment.
Through presentation and conversation with guest subject matter experts, we will explore:
The current state of brownfields in Massachusetts and beyond
How communities can get educated about brownfields
Where to find funding and technical assistance to support redevelopment initiatives
The correlation between brownfields and racial inequity
The public health, environmental and economic benefits of brownfields revitalization
Lessons learned and success stories from community brownfield projects

Kate O’Brien, Director of Capacity Building, Groundwork USA
Kate leads Groundwork USA's EPA-funded brownfields and equitable development technical assistance program as well as efforts to strengthen the organizational sustainability of Groundwork Trusts.
Kate has been part of the Groundwork USA network for over 15 years, starting as a program coordinator for Groundwork Lawrence in Massachusetts before transitioning to deputy director in 2004, and then executive director in 2007. Under her leadership, the organization leveraged $1.5 million to support design and construction of two riverfront brownfield-to-park projects and pre-development of the now complete $2.6 million Spicket River Greenway. More recently in her own community, Kate secured grant funds for a citywide open space planning process she then designed and led in partnership with a coalition of nonprofits, local government leaders, and stakeholders.
Kate holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA from Kalamazoo College. She lives and works in Portland, Maine with her husband and two young sons.
André Leroux, Executive Director, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance
André has been the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance since 2007, where he established the Great Neighborhoods program to help local residents transform their communities through smart growth projects. He helped found Transportation for Massachusetts, which is a statewide coalition that advocates for increasing funding for walking, biking, and public transportation.
Prior to that, André was the Director of Planning and Policy at Lawrence CommunityWorks, where he coordinated the Reviviendo Gateway Initiative (RGI), an award-winning community revitalization effort in Lawrence, MA. He also led the creation of two smart growth zoning districts in the city, helped to found a cultural economic development initiative, and coordinated a community-university partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology called MIT@Lawrence.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Andre completed two years of graduate studies at El Colegio de México in Mexico City studying urban development and environmental impact assessment. He has worked at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts State Senate. André co-authored a PolicyLink report in 2007 with MIT Professor Lorlene Hoyt called Voices from Forgotten Cities: Innovative Revitalization Coalitions in America’s Older Small Cities. He is fluent in Spanish.
Paul Locke, Assistant Commissioner, MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
Paul directs the MassDEP site cleanup programs, including emergency response activities, marine oil spills, natural resource damage assessment & restoration and the Brownfields Program.
Paul started working as a risk assessor with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Research and Standards in 1987, where he participated in environmental policy development, review of site-specific reports, and provided technical assistance to DEP staff and the regulated community. In 1993 he helped develop the state’s semi-privatized cleanup program – including the rules that determine “how clean is clean enough?” – that facilitates the redevelopment of Brownfields sites.
Since 2004, Paul has worked in the Waste Site Cleanup Program as Director of Policy Development, Director of Response & Remediation and as Assistant Commissioner. Recent initiatives include the development of a comprehensive soil management strategy, updating and streamlining the cleanup regulations, and the implementation of DEP’s vapor intrusion initiatives.
A former chemist (Harvard College) and fairly civil engineer (Tufts University), Paul has also taught (West Africa), developed photos (Cambridge), cross-matched blood (Boston) and scooped ice cream (Brighams).

We hope you’ll join us in learning more about our shared industrial legacy and efforts to turn brown to green. – Carol, Holly & Tilly


There Is More Than Enough Renewable Energy
Tuesday, March 6
7:00 PM
Belmont Library (Assembly Room), 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont

Mara Prentiss, Ph.D., Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Harvard University. Prentiss Research Lab Dr. Prentiss is author of Energy Revolution: The Physics and the Promise of Efficient Technology  

On average renewable energy can supply more than 100% total current and future US energy consumption, but at each moment we need the actual supply to meet the actual demand. Moving toward an all electrical energy economy can make this dream a reality.

The Citizen Literacy Series: science-media-civic literacy for an informed, engaged public 
Science for the Public, Belmont Media Center, and Belmont Public Library

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 7 - Friday, March 9

Dissolve Music @ MIT, March 7-9, 2018
Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Somerville

Before you can solve, you have to dissolve...

Join us for a music / sound conference and festival near MIT, featuring scholars, musicians, activists and organizers.  Dissolve the structures of power that produce inequality. Explore alternative approaches to listening, dialogue and mix.

More information at

Wednesday, March 7

Paul Butler Book Talk on Chokehold: Policing Black Men
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Pound Hall 102, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Criminal Justice Policy Program, Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Paul Butler
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Paul Butler, author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men, is the Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown Law.
Co-sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice and the Criminal Justice Institute.


The Revolutionary Power of Cooperatives: Nathan Schneider & Jason Wiener at The Harvard Law Forum
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Campus Center, Room 1019, 1585 Mass. Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability, Working@Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Nathan Schneider, America's leading writer on the revolutionary potential of worker-owned web platforms.
Jason Wiener, America's leading worker cooperative lawyer.
CONTACT INFO Pete Davis,, 347-453-3135
DETAILS  Nathan Schneider is America's leading writer on the revolutionary potential of worker-owned web platforms.
Jason Wiener is America's leading worker cooperative lawyer.
They are coming to Harvard Law School to share their insights and experience in building a revolutionary economic alternative.
Free and open to the public, with pizza served.
Contact Pete Davis at for more information.


SLS Seminar: Rei Chemke (Columbia University)
Wednesday, March 7
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
I am a NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University, working with Lorenzo Polvani on the response of the Hadley circulation to global warming, using hierarchy of configurations of the Community Earth System Model


The Race for Votes: How Candidates Use Negative Racial Appeals About Blacks to Win White Votes
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Lafleur Stephens-Dougan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University
COST  Free & open to the public
DETAILS  A Q+A session will follow the talk.


Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
Wednesday, March 7
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT Building E400496 (Pye Room), 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Today, an irresistible rising China is on course to collide with an immovable America. The likely result of this competition was identified by the great historian Thucydides, who wrote: "It was the rise of Athens and the fearthat this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable." But the point of Destined for War is not to predict the future but to prevent it. Escaping Thucydides' Trap is not just a theoretical possibility. In four of the 16 cases, including three from the 20th century, imaginative statecraft averted war. Can Washington and Beijing steer their ships of state through today's treacherous shoals? Only if they learn and apply the lessons of history.

Short Bio
Graham Allison was Director of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 1995 until July 2017. Allison is a leading analyst of U.S. national security and defense policy with a special interest in nuclear weapons, terrorism, and decision-making. As Assistant Secretary of Defense in the first Clinton Administration, Dr. Allison received the Defense Department's highest civilian award, the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, for "reshaping relations with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan to reduce the former Soviet nuclear arsenal." This resulted in the safe return of more than 12,000 tactical nuclear weapons from the former Soviet republics and the complete elimination of more than 4,000 strategic nuclear warheads previously targeted at the United States and left in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus when the Soviet Union disappeared. Allison was educated at Davidson College, Harvard College, and Oxford University before receiving a Ph.D in Political Science from Harvard University.

SSP Wednesday Seminar
All Welcome


Total History: Time, Empire, and Resistance from Alexander the Great to the End of the World
WHEN  Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Paul J. Kosmin, 2017–2018 Joy Foundation Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
COST  Free
DETAILS  During his fellowship year at the Radcliffe Institute, Paul J. Kosmin is completing his second book, “Time and Resistance in the Seleucid Empire.” It explores the relationship between the kingdom’s invention and institutionalization of continuous, irreversible, and accumulating year numbers—the very chronological system we use today—and the emergence among the empire’s subject communities of apocalyptic eschatology.


Digital Transformation Summit 2018
Wednesday, March 7
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Harvard, Spangler Auditorium, 117 Western Avenue, Boston

At the Digital Transformation Summit, we expose and explore the newest and greatest challenges related to the application of emerging technologies today. The Summit will include: 
Keynote speeches from leaders like:
Hanna Halaburda; Senior Economist, Bank of Canada: blockchain
Bill Ruh; Chief Executive Officer, GE Digital and SVP & Chief Digital Officer, GE: Industrial Internet
Rikard Steiber; President, Viveport & SVP of Product, HTC: AR/VR
Amy Yu; Senior Director, Product Strategy & Data Science at Viacom: AI
A panel on platform investments, featuring: Kavita Gupta, founding managing partner of ConsenSys; Walter Delph, partner and managing director at BCG Digital Ventures; and Professor Chiara Farronato. 
A diverse crowd of over 400 engineers, scholars, entrepreneurs, and students from Harvard and beyond.

The Digital Transformation Summit is organized by the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative and Professors Karim Lakhani and Feng Zhu. For questions, contact


Why Prices or Quantities Dominate Banking and Borrowing
Wednesday, March 7
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Martin Weitzman, Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Environmental Economics and Policy Seminar
Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics and the Department of Economics is gratefully acknowledged.

Contact Name:  Casey Billings


Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: Making in America
Wednesday, March 7
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building E51-372, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Topic Summary
My talk will focus on two MIT initiatives on production and innovation: Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge (1989) and Making in America:  From Innovation to Market (2013). Over the thirty years that separate the two projects, globalization, the rise of new rival economies, and transformative technological changes have created huge new opportunities and painful challenges of adjustment for society.  On each of the two projects researchers fanned out into companies across the United States and to Japan, China, Germany, and France to try to understand from the bottom up how innovation moves into production and into the market; how and where new good jobs are created; how and where new industries come to life.    Even after thirty years of profound technological, political, and social change, some of the problems we identified in the first study still remain basically unresolved—how, for example, to educate people for a lifetime of changes in the workplace; how to move innovation from the lab into society more rapidly.    At MIT where we have a track record of carrying out research that brings together faculty and students from departments across the Institute to study complex problems that spill over disciplinary boundaries, we have the resources to make headway on these big questions. 

About the Speaker
Suzanne Berger is Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science. Her current research focuses on politics and globalization. She recently co-chaired the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy project, and in September 2013 published Making in America: From Innovation to Market. She created the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, and participated in the 1989 Made in America project at MIT. She wrote Made By Hong Kong and Global Taiwan (with Richard K. Lester). She is the author of Notre Première Mondialisation and How We Compete. Her earlier work focused on political development (Peasants Against Politics) and the organization of interests (Dualism and Discontinuity in Industrial Societies and Organizing Interests in Western Europe.)

Suzanne Berger served as Head of the MIT Department of Political Science, founding chair of the SSRC Committee on West Europe, and Vice President of the American Political Science Association. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The French government has awarded her the Palmes Academiques, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite and the Légion d’Honneur.

This lecture series, which includes imminent researchers and innovators from a wide variety of fields across MIT, will showcase the numerous forms that innovation takes and the pathways it can take from ideation to implementation. 


Book Talk: Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo Memoir
Wednesday, March 7
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Get a glimpse into a complex story never before told from a NASA insider. Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo Memoir is a complex insider's story about the development of the onboard software for the Apollo spacecraft, as told by a junior engineer just getting his feet wet in the new field of flight software. Meet author and MIT alumnus, Don Eyles, and enjoy an evening of space exploration.


Tour of John Hancock Tower
Wednesday, March 7
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
120 St James Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $15

Jacobs Engineering is hosting the USGBC for a tour of their office at 120 St. James Ave, Boston (John Hancock Tower). The office is pursuing certification for WELL, FitWel and LEED ID+C. Jacobs engineers will lead us on the tour and give us a presentation about the specific features of the design.
Following the tour and presentation, join us for a networking session with food and drinks provided by Jacobs in their Café.


Boston New Technology Startup Showcase #BNT87 21+
Wednesday, March 7
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Cost: $12.00 /per person

21+. Join Boston New Technology at law firm Foley Hoag on March 7th to:

See 7 innovative and exciting local technology product demos, presented by startup founders
Network with 150 attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free professional headshot photo from Kubica & Nguyen
Enjoy dinner with beer and other beverages & more!

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Each startup presents an overview & demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and spends another 5 minutes on questions and answers with the audience. Please follow @BostonNewTech ( and support our startups by posting on social media using our #BNT87 hashtag. We'll retweet you!

To save on tickets and enjoy exclusive benefits, purchase a BNT VIP Membership. Learn more:


Harvard Extension School Lowell Lecture 2018 - Ambassador Swanee Hunt
Wednesday, March 7
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Harvard, Emerson Hall 105, 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Every spring we invite a world-renowned speaker to deliver the annual Lowell Lecture. We are excited to announce that this year’s lecture will be presented by Ambassador Swanee Hunt, and we encourage everyone to come hear her on Wednesday, March 7th, at 7 pm in Emerson Hall. Dean Lambert will be introducing Ambassador Hunt, who will be discussing her work with refugees and survivors of catastrophic world events. Her work in this area began when, as the US Ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997, she hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states.

As part of her Lowell Lecture presentation, Women Rising, Here and Abroad, Ambassador Hunt has invited Chantal Kayitesi to participate in the discussion. Chantal is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. She lost her husband, both her parents, two siblings, and many members of her extended family. In 1999, Ms. Kayitesi immigrated to the US with her son, and in 2006 she co-founded a New England-based organization, FORGES-Inshuti, that raises awareness and educates the public about genocide.

Ambassador Hunt and Ms. Kayitesi will be sharing the powerful and positive message of how Rwandan women came together to help rescue their country after the genocide, and created a model for sustainable peace and security for the rest of the world. Rwanda today ranks highest in the world in terms of women parliamentarians (more than 60 percent); almost half the judges and president’s cabinet are female. In a mere two-decade span, Rwanda has forged progressive health, education, gender equity, and environmental policies along an extraordinary path. Along with survivor and women’s organization leader Kayitesi, Ambassador Hunt will discuss Rwanda’s lessons for other nations—including the US.

Please join us for what promises to be a profound and engaging Lowell Lecture!
The Lowell Lecture is free and open to the public – please feel free to invite friends and colleagues as well as coming yourself.

Thursday, March 8

Red, White and New Tour: Solectria 1000 Inverter Roadshow - Boston, MA
Thursday, March 8
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST
CivicSolar, Inc, 123 Lewis Wharf, Boston

Join Yaskawa Solectria Solar on the Red, White and New Tour and earn NABCEP credits!
We will be featuring the BAA (Buy American Act) compliant XGI 1000 string inverter for commercial design. Stay after lunch for additional CEUs by Ecolibrium Solar! 
Special thank you to our partner CivicSolar for hosting us!
By attending this class you will receive 4 NABCEP CEUs.

8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 11:30 am Solectria Presents: Commercial Design Considerations Featuring the XGI 1000
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm -1:30 pm Ecolibrium Presents: EcoX Rail-Less Mounting Course 201

Breakfast and Lunch to be provided.

Yaskawa Solectria Solar Course Description:
As the industry moves more towards string inverters for commercial applications, more and more manufacturers are supplying higher power inverters. This training will walk you through commercial design considerations when using high-power string inverters and the different applications for ground mount, rooftop and carport systems. This training will feature the XGI 1000 inverter and include installation details, string sizing, AC/DC connections, wiring needs, string combiners and monitoring.

Ecolibrium Course Description: 
In this 1.5-hour course, learn the differences between rail-less and traditional racking systems and how to install the EcoX Rail-less Racking System, the No. 1 Universal Rail-less Racking System per GTM Research. Areas covered include speed, simplicity, elimination of rough inspections, integrated grounding, optimizing layout, wire management, steep pitch installations, and validation requirements. Participants earn 2 CE credit hours.
Following the NABCEP presentation, discover the benefits of industry-preferred EcoFoot Flat-Roof Racking Systems and how EcoMount Racking supports Yaskawa Solectria’s new 65kW XGI 1000. See the new EcoFoot5D, our new high-density racking for flat roofs. 

For more information contact:
Danielle Kershner
Marketing Manager


The Ancient West and America’s Westward Expansion
Thursday, March 8
Tufts, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 10 Upper Campus Road, Medford

Daniel Zizzamia, Ziff Environmental Fellow, Harvard University’s Center for the Environment
Historians have long understood the American West as a region shaped by aridity. Yet, by analyzing the novel imaginaries that emerged from the scientific and commercial interaction with fossils and coal in the late nineteenth century, this talk reveals that the discovery of lush and lively paleo-environments from the Cretaceous and Tertiary Periods equally influenced the history of this region.

Dr. Daniel Zizzamia is an environmental historian and historian of science. He is interested in the intersection of history and the earth sciences in environmental politics and natural resource policy. In particular, he is fascinated by how restoration, reclamation, geoengineering, and terraforming projects are conceived and executed. His research, from which his talk is drawn, focuses on the settlement of the American West as it was influenced by the fossils and coal unearthed and used by scientists, settlers, capitalists, the railroads, and Native Americans. His book in progress is entitled Beneath the Frontier: Fossils, Coal and Remaking the American West, 1800-1920.


Empowering Girls, Transforming Communities: The Power of Grassroots Leadership
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE   Harvard School of Public Health, Leadership Studio, 10th Floor, Kresge Building, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston or online at
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Voices in Leadership webcast program, HSPH
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, Founder and President of the Kakenya Center for Excellence
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO Alison Barron -
DETAILS  Join us for the next "Voices in Leadership" event of the Spring semester, featuring Kakenya Ntaiya, Founder of the Kakenya Center for Excellence. Dr. Ntaiya's life was supposed to follow a traditional path. Engaged at age 5, the expectation was that she would then leave school and marry, but Kakenya had a different plan. She negotiated with the village elders to do what no girl had ever done: leave her Maasai village to go to college in the United States, promising to use her education to benefit the community. She went on to earn her PhD in education. Dr. Adams will be interviewed by Dr. Ana Langer. Please join us online or in-person for this dynamic event! For lottery and live webcast details, please visit


DSL Speaker Series: Professor Daniel Jackson, Portraits of Resilience 
Thursday, March 8
2:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT,  Building 26-100, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The Division of Student Life and Institute Community & Equity Office are hosting a talk by Prof. Daniel Jackson, who will discuss his recently published Portraits of Resilience. Prof. Jackson's work is a compilation of personal stories of MIT students, faculty, and staff who have grappled with daunting challenges, and found ways to overcome them and succeed, even in the fast-paced, demanding environment of MIT. There are some remarkable lessons for each of us in these stories, all of which have been published in the MIT newspaper The Tech over the past few years.

This event is free and open to the MIT Community and friends. Immediately after the talk, there will be an informal reception with Daniel, as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of the book from the MIT Press.


Probing the Limits of Speculation: Counterfactualism and the Holocaust
WHEN  Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Hoffmann Room, 27 Kirkland Street, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Gavriel Rosenfeld, Professor of History, Fairfield University
CONTACT INFO Derek Penslar
DETAILS  While historians have traditionally dismissed the use of counterfactual reasoning in the writing of history, recent scholars have increasingly invoked “what if” scenarios in writing about the origins, course, and legacy of the Nazi genocide. This paper surveys the diverse ways in which counterfactuals have been employed in Holocaust historiography. It historicizes the evolution of this speculative mode of reasoning, tracing it back to the early scholarly debate about Hannah Arendt’s controversial book, Eichmann in Jerusalem.
It goes on to show how other topics have featured “what if” reasoning,including: the debate over Hitler’s role in the Holocaust; debates over whether the Western Allies could have done more to save the Jews; how a Nazi victory in World War II might have affected views of the Holocaust’s uniqueness; how the Holocaust might have been averted had the Allies stayed neutral in World War II; and, finally, whether the Holocaust’s non-occurrence would have prevented the creation of the State of Israel. In showing how scholars have been motivated by a range of analytical, moral, and political agendas, I conclude that the readiness to ask “what if” questions confirms Saul Friedlander’s hypotheses about the absence of limits for representing the Holocaust.


Environmental Science Seminar Series
Microbes as sentinels of changing ecosystems
Thursday, March 8
5:00pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Building 48-316, Parsons Laboratory, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Prof. Dana Hunt , Duke University Marine Lab


Alaskan Palms, Antarctic Dinosaurs and Arctic Crocodiles: The Implications of Past Warm Worlds
Thursday, March 8
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)
MIT, Building 54-100, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Join us for the Fourth Annual Brace Lecture featuring Dr. Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
With little more than picks and shovels, paleontologists can access ancient organisms, ecosystems, and biomes. This “time travel with a shovel” is a surprisingly effective tool to document and visualize ancient worlds. Forests first appeared on Earth around 380 million years ago and since then their distribution has responded to changing climates and continental configurations. The distribution of extant biomes is controlled by a steep latitudinal temperature gradient that ranges from frigid poles to a hot equatorial zone. One of the most surprising aspects of Earth’s history is the fact that the polar regions, which are the realm of ice and tundra today, have been extensively forested in the past. As today’s climate warms, these past polar ecosystems are becoming increasingly relevant as indicators of future conditions.

Reception to follow in the Ida Green Lounge, Room 54-923

About the Speaker
Dr. Kirk Johnson is the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He oversees more than 440 employees and a collection of more than 145 million objects—the largest natural history collection in the world. The Museum hosts more than 7 million visitors annually and, in 2017, its scientists published over 760 scientific research papers and described more than 300 new species.

As a paleontologist who has led expeditions that have resulted in the discovery of more than 1,400 fossil sites, his research focuses on fossil plants and the extinction of the dinosaurs. He is known for his scientific articles, popular books, museum exhibitions, documentaries, and collaborations with artists. In 2010-11, he led the excavation of an ice age site near Snowmass Village, Colorado, that recovered more than 5,400 bones of mammoths, mastodons and other ice age animals. This dig was featured in the NOVA documentary, Ice Age Death Trap, and in Johnson’s book, Digging Snowmastodon, Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies. His recent documentaries include the three-part NOVA series Making North America, which aired on PBS networks in November 2015, and The Great Yellowstone Thaw which premiered on PBS in June 2017. His latest book, Ancient Wyoming, explores the prehistory and geology of the Bighorn Basin.

About the Series
The Brace Lecture is a free, annual event which honors the legacy of "legend in rock physics" and former EAPS Department Head Bill Brace, who passed away in 2012. The William F Brace Lecture is an annual all-department event at which a distinguished visitor from outside MIT is invited to speak on a subject of contemporary interest in earth, atmospheric or planetary science.

For more information please contact: Brandon Milardo,


Resource Anxieties
Thursday, March 8
5:00PM TO 6:30PM
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 429, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Victor Seow, Assistant Professor, Harvard Department of the History of Science.

The Environmental History Working Group at Harvard University convenes once or twice a month to discuss the many ways in which humans have shared their history with non-human entities and forces. We welcome participants studying all regions and time periods at any stage of their career and from any relevant branch of history or allied fields. 

Environmental History Working Group

Contact Name:  Daniel Zizzamia


The Tip of the Iceberg: Sound Studies and the Future of Afrofuturism
Thursday, March 8
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Iconic developments in the artistic and intellectual ethos known as Afrofuturism are closely linked to music: Sun Ra’s experimental jazz, Parliament Funkadelic’s Mothership, John Akomfrah’s film Last Angel of History. What else is on the soundtrack to a livable future? How do we pursue further innovation in the human sensorium without reproducing an “audiovisual litany” that conflates rationality with the colonial gaze and isolates Black creativity to moments of sonic disruption? andré carrington’s present research on the cultural politics of race in science fiction radio drama aims to expand the repertoire of literary adaptation studies by reintegrating critical perspectives from marginal and popular sectors of the media landscape into the advancing agendas of Afrofuturism and decolonization.

andré carrington is a scholar of race, gender, and genre in Black and American cultural production. He is currently Assistant Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction texts.


AI, Machine Learning and the Future of the Digital Experience
Thursday, March 8
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
SessionM Office, 2 Seaport Lane, 11th Floor, Boston

If you are a software engineer, data scientist, solutions engineer or otherwise technically curious ‘Big Data’ professional looking for inspiration, you don’t want to miss this! Only 30 spots available!
Join SessionM's CTO Scott Weller and his team of engineers to learn how the organization is helping the world's biggest brands deliver real-time customer interactions by developing machine learning and AI-backed systems using Golang, Spark and Scala.

Drinks and food will be provided.


SCIENCE with/in/sight: 2018 Koch Institute Image Awards
Thursday, March 8
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, 500 Main Street, Cambridge

Join us on Thursday, March 8 for the opening of the eighth annual Image Awards exhibition in the Koch Institute Public Galleries. This year's visuals combine art and science to make visible the processes and progress of biomedical research at MIT. From origami to organoids, diabetes to dendrites, ten dynamic images reveal how MIT researchers fight cancer, advance human health, and uncover truth in the biological world. The evening's festivities will include a networking reception and lightning talks by the images' creators. Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate the stories and innovation behind the 2018 winning images!

Reception at 6:00 p.m., Presentations at 7:00 p.m., Coffee and dessert follow.


Boston Area Solar Energy Association Monthly Forum: The Utility Business Model IS the Problem
Thursday, March 8     
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

with Mark Durrenberger of New England Clean Energy
Why are incentives changing and going down in a solar-friendly state like Massachusetts?
At the March BASEA Forum, Mark Durrenberger will explain the basics of the investor-owned utility business model and why & how it potently resists the growth of solar energy. Understanding the underlying motivations of utility businesses is important for those who would advocate for renewable energy. Utilities market themselves as progressive and green-friendly, but their real actions align with the profit motive and guaranteed return-on-investment for building more infrastructure that keeps solar growth in check. Can their business model be reformed to coexist with a renewable energy future? 

Boston Area Solar Energy Association at

Friday, March 9

MIT Sustainability Summit: Good Jobs for a Thriving Economy
Friday, March 9
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston Street, Boston
Cost:  $45 – $170

Good Jobs for a Thriving Economy
Inspiring Business from the Inside; Mobilizing from the Outside
Mainstream discussions about the future of work, widening inequality, and the rise of contract labor have proliferated in recent years. Despite the uncertainty of the times, there are many rich examples of businesses rethinking the role of workers – and the nature of work – as a source of differentiation and an opportunity to outperform. The evidence is clear: when it comes to good jobs, businesses have a significant role to play; whether focusing on internal culture and operations, or partnering with external groups to advance a broader good jobs agenda.

Join the discussion! Learn more about how businesses and other stakeholders are working toward a new normal, reimagining standards of work, and collectively mobilizing to build a thriving economy.


Boston Data Portal Training
Friday, March 9
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Northeastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont Street, Boston

The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) and Northeastern Crossing are partnering to offer a community-based training on the Boston Data Portal. The training will cover the Boston Data Portal, an online platform where visitors of all experience levels can browse, map, analyze, and download a variety of data describing the people, places, and neighborhoods of Boston.

This training will help participants:
Learn more about the communities you serve;
Support the goals of the communities you serve; and
Promote informed advocacy centered on your particular goals.

Breakfast will be served.

This training is intended for members of community-based organizations serving the Boston area. Please limit three people per organization.*

*Space is limited, so depending on RSVPs we will open it up to a wider audience. This training is one in a series that we will host throughout the year, so if you are unable to attend on March 9th, please stay tuned for future training announcements!

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions.


Jerusalem after Trump: Consequences and Implications
WHEN  Friday, Mar. 9, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall 2012, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Law, Lecture, Religion, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law & The Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program.
SPEAKER(S)  Aaron David Miller, Noura Erakat, Noah Feldman (moderator)
DETAILS  President Trump’s Dec. 6 declaration of the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked wide international condemnation and protest — and widespread approval in Israel. A highly sensitive issue with profound legal, geopolitical, spiritual, and humanitarian consequences, the status of Jerusalem has serious implications for the elusive goal of Middle East peace. Aaron David Miller and Noura Erakat will engage in a conversation on the consequences and implications of Trump’s decision from a number of different angles, taking into consideration questions of international law, regional stability and security, prospects for sustainable peace, and the status and rights of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Noah Feldman will moderate.


MLTalks: Neal Stephenson
Friday, March 9
2:00pm — 3:30pm
MIT Media Lab, Building E14, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Neal Stephenson is a novelist with a science background. He worked part-time at Blue Operations and its successor company Blue Origin from their inception in 1999 until 2006. Between 2007 and 2010 he worked at Intellectual Ventures Labs. Since 2014 he has been Chief Futurist at Magic Leap.

All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public. 
This talk will be webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter: #MLTalks


2018 MacVicar Day Symposium:  Inclusive Pedagogies: Building a Vibrant Community of Learners at MIT
Friday, March 9
2:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge,

In addition to honoring the 2018 MacVicar Faculty Fellows, we will be hosting a public symposium.

The panel will be hosted by Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz and speakers will include Catherine Drennan, Eric Klopfer, Katrina LaCurts, Christine Ortiz, and Meredith Thompson.

Saturday, March 10

Beyond the Cradle: Envisioning a New Space Age
Saturday, March 10
8:00am — 6:00pm


Maple Syrup Community Boil Down!
Saturday, March 10
10 AM - 1 PM
The Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville

Did you know that every year, Groundwork Somerville makes maple syrup in a wood-fired boiler (made by Somerville High School students), and you can come watch?

Join us for our annual maple syrup boil down festival! 

We will be boiling all the sap collected this year from sugar maples at Tufts and serving up pancakes from Cuisine en Locale. There will be live music, games, and Groundwork Somerville gear for sale!

Rain date: Saturday, March 17th. 

The Maple Boil Down is the culminating public event for our annual Maple Syrup Project, in which we tap trees at Tufts, teach a series of lessons to Somerville 2nd graders with volunteer teachers from the community, and host field trips at the Somerville Growing Center. 

Come by and bring friends, family, and other maple syrup enthusiasts! Share this event and help spread the word!


Documentary screening "Sustainable"
Saturday, March 10
8:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Sidney pacific seminar room, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge

This is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for the future
A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system
Dinner will be served, bring your own utensils
Event limited to 30 attendees, RVSP here

Sunday, March 11

MIT New Space Age Conference
Sunday, March 11
8:00am to 6:00pm
MIT, Samberg Conference Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Cost:  $30 - $100

The MIT New Space Age Conference brings together astronauts, CEOs, students, entrepreneurs, and other leaders of the emerging space industry to discuss its next directions.  Registration open to the public.

Monday, March 12

PAOC Colloquium: Brent Minchew (MIT)
Monday, March 12
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

About the Speaker
Brent Minchew is a geophysicist working to understand the interactions between climate, the cryosphere, and the solid Earth. He uses a combination of geodetic observations—primarily interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR)—and physical models to study dynamical systems and their various responses to environmental forcing.

The bulk of Minchew’s research focuses on the dynamics of extant glaciers, with an emphasis on the mechanics of glacier beds, ice-ocean interactions, and ice rheology. By modulating ice flow and directly influencing glacier erosion rates, these factors play critical roles in glacier and ice sheet evolution, the dynamic response of glaciers to climate change, and the impact of glaciers on landform evolution and the global carbon cycle over human to geological timescales.

Minchew’s preferred approach to understanding complex systems is to focus on short-timescale (hourly to sub-decadal) variations in the dynamics of large-scale systems in response to known forcings. Examples of this work include spatiotemporal observations and models of the dynamic response of glaciers to surface meltwater flux, ocean tidal forcing, and ice shelf thinning.


Bridging Privacy Definitions: Differential Privacy and Privacy Concepts from Law and Policy
Monday, March 12
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
BU, BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Please send your RSVP for this talk to

Interest in differential privacy is growing among policymakers and privacy practitioners as an approach to satisfying legal and policy requirements for privacy protection when using and sharing personal information. However, demonstrating that formal privacy models such as differential privacy satisfy legal requirements for privacy protection is a significant challenge due to conceptual gaps between the legal and technical definitions.

This presentation, given by Harvard Berkman Center fellow Alexandra Wood, will discuss how the use of differential privacy can be understood to be sufficient to satisfy a wide range of legal and policy requirements, despite these definitional gaps. It will draw from specific examples of privacy requirements from a selection of laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, Title 13 of the U.S. Code (governing the US Census Bureau), and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA). Key concepts from these legal requirements that are found to be relevant to privacy in computation include personally identifiable information, de-identification, linkage, inference, identification risk, expert determination, consent and opting out, and purpose and access limitations.

While none of these legal and policy concepts refer directly to differential privacy, the differential privacy guarantee can be interpreted to address these concepts while accommodating differences in how they are defined and interpreted. A series of examples will be provided to show how policymakers and privacy practitioners can interpret the differential privacy guarantee as sufficient to satisfy legal and policy requirements that rely on these concepts. This approach can, in turn, guide practitioners in the future as they make decisions when analyzing and sharing statistical data about individuals, informing individuals about the privacy protection they will be afforded, and designing policies and regulations for robust privacy protection.

Refreshments provided.


NULab: Geometries of Thought: What the history of network visualizations reveals about how we think
Monday, March 12
RSVP at RSVP to Sarah Connell: sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu

Title: Geometries of Thought: What the history of network visualizations reveals about how we thinkSpeaker: Scott Weingart, Program Director of Digital Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University LibrariesLocation: Curry Student Center, Room 346, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115Join us on March 12th for a talk by visiting speaker Scott Weingart, Carnegie Mellon University.“Everything is connected”, a generation of magazine covers shouted, proclaiming the dawn of an age of cybernetics, of information, of big data. The history of that connectivity reflects deep-seated philosophical positions which influence what and how we think. Trees and networks offer particularly compelling models through which to organize the world, and looking at their illustrations over the last thousand years provides a unique purchase into Western Europe’s changing philosophical landscape. Through these illustrations, we can trace everything from the changing role of God, to the underpinning of early gravitational theories, to the values implicit in force-directed network layouts.This event is free and open to the public, but guests from outside the Northeastern community should RSVP to Sarah Connell: sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu.


MIT STS Program presents the 2018 Morison Prize & Lecture with guest speaker, Sheri Fink, PhD, MD
Monday, March 12
4:00pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Building E15, Bartos Theater, Lower Atrium 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Sheri Fink is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown, 2013) about choices made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is a correspondent at the New York Times, where her and her colleagues’ stories on the West Africa Ebola crisis were recognized with the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for health reporting, and the Overseas Press Club Hal Boyle Award. Her story “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” co-published by ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine, received a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award for reporting. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, Fink received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival (PublicAffairs), is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Five Days at Memorial was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for nonfiction, the Ridenhour Book Prize, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award, the American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award, and the NASW Science in Society Journalism Book Award.


MIT Screening of THE NEW FIRE
Monday, March 12
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
MIT, Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join us for this special, free screening of THE NEW FIRE and meet director David Schumacher and Kerry Emanuel! The screening will be held at the Stata Center in Kirsch Auditorium (32-123). A panel Q&A session will follow.

What can we do to mitigate climate change?
Nuclear power has been vilified in popular culture and among much of the environmental community. Yet the next-generation reactors currently in development may actually be key to avoiding global catastrophe. The young entrepreneurs heading this energy revolution realize they’re up against more than the climate clock – they need to convince all of us that the new nuclear is safe and achievable.

Filmed across four continents over the course of 22 months, Emmy-winning director David Schumacher’s film focuses on how the generation facing the most severe impact of climate change is fighting back with ingenuity and hope. THE NEW FIRE tells a provocative and startlingly positive story about a planet in crisis and the young heroes 
who are trying to save it.


Science by the Pint: Small Stars with Small Planets
Monday, March 12
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

This Science by the Pint event features Dr. Phillip Muirhead. Dr. Muirhead is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Boston University. Check back later for a more detailed description of the topic covered!

Science by the Pint is a free science café in which we invite a Boston-area research lab out to a pub or brewery to chat science over a cold one. The events are geared toward a general audience – all are welcome and no experience is necessary! To learn more about our Science by the Pint series, visit:


Blockchain For Good - Boston
Monday, March 12
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

In 2009 Blockchain was born, a technology that has already changed the world and has the ability to help us solve some of the most prevalent problems of humanity. Blockchain is the technology that makes possible its most well-known use, bitcoin cryptocurrencies. But the underlying technology allows infinite possibilities far beyond the well-known virtual currency. Unfortunately, the Blockchain discussion is too often focused on very cryptic technological issues for the majority, which only alienates many potential users of the most powerful tool we have seen since the World Wide Web was invented. In this session, we will understand what Blockchain can do, leaving aside the technical jargon and we will know concrete examples of uses of this technology

About The Speaker
Concepción Galdón is IE University’s Social Innovation Director/Academic Lead. At IE she has the mandate to promote Social Innovation academic content across Schools and Programs, encourage more research in Social Innovation and reach out to organizations and partners interested in Social Innovation. IE focuses on three main drivers for Social Innovation, consistent with the identity and values of our University: Entrepreneurship (also Social Entrepreneurship but not exclusively), Technology applied to Social Innovation and Conscious Leadership. Concepción is a professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at IE. Concepción is also President of the social Venture Puentes Global, which she co-founded in 2009. She´s a member of Ashoka Spain’s Venture Board and of the board of Harvard Kennedy School Spain Alumni Network.

Concepción is an Economist by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She holds a Master in Public Administration and International Development by Harvard Kennedy School. Concepción holds a PhD in International Economy and Development by Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her PhD research focuses on the use of technology in social entrepreneurship. She has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books. She writes contributions for mass media regularly and is a speaker at international conferences.
Her past professional experience includes the foundation of an NGO, UN’s Procurement Service, Santander Bank’s Latin America Division and Liberia’s Government under Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize 2011.

Tuesday, March 13

Emerging Trends Series: Solar + Storage
Tuesday, March 13
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston and 1540 Broadway 8th Floor, New York

The energy storage market has taken off in the Northeast. In late 2017, Massachusetts announced $20 million in grants for 26 projects through the Baker-Polito Administration’s Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage program, while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently commitment to deploy 1,500 megawatts of storage by 2025. With storage finally here, communities and consumers are looking to marry solar with storage as a solution to reducing electricity costs, increasing grid resiliency and better-utilizing energy resources. Numerous NECEC Members are leading in this space in Massachusetts, New York and other states that have jump-started their energy storage markets.
Join NECEC— the premier voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast—and Foley Hoag’s Energy and Cleantech practice for a not-to-be-missed discussion with developers and thought leaders at the cutting edge of the Northeast’s solar and storage markets.
This event will be co-located in Boston and New York City with panelists connected by video together for a lively discussion.
Boston speakers:
Mark Barnett, Co-Chair, Energy & Cleantech Group, Foley Hoag (moderator)
Ben Downing, Vice President of New Market Development, Nexamp
New York speakers:
Janet Gail BEsser, Executive Vice President, NECEC (moderator)
Dan Berwick, General Manager - Energy Storage Division, Borrego Solar
Gracie Walovich, Manager of Public Policy, Sunrun


Countering Fake News with Jakub Janda, Deputy Director, European Values Think-Tank
Tuesday, March 13
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
BU, Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road (1st floor), Boston

Join us for a panel discussion on countering fake news and Russian disinformation with Jakub Janda and Igor Lukes.

Jakub Janda is Head of the Kremlin Watch Program and Deputy Director at the European Values Think-Tank based in Prague. He specializes in the response of democratic states to hostile disinformation and influence operations. In 2016, he was tasked by Czech security and intelligence institutions to consult on an “Influence of Foreign Powers” chapter within an Audit of National Security conducted by the Czech government.

Igor Lukes is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. He writes about Europe between the world wars and about 

Contact Name Elizabeth Amrien
Phone 617-358-0919


Vannevar Bush Lecture Series on Science and Technology Innovation: The 21st Century’s Technology Story: The Convergence of Biology and Engineering
Tuesday, March 13
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building E51-335, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Topic Summary
With an anticipated world population of over 9.5 billion by 2050, we face an unprecedented challenge to sustainably provide sufficient food, water, energy and healthcare.  Convergence, the merging of previously distinct disciplines, has emerged as a powerful model with untold potential to drive a new cycle of innovation-based economic growth.  Bringing together insights and discoveries from the life, engineering, computation and physical sciences holds the promise of accelerating discovery and the development of new technologies to meet the 21st century’s needs.  MIT has been a world leader in promoting Convergence approaches in education and research, paving the way to the discoveries and technologies that will transform our world

About the Speaker
Susan Hockfield served from 2004 to 2012 as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the first life scientist and first woman in that role.  She is now President Emerita, Professor of Neuroscience and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.  As president, Hockfield strengthened the foundations of MIT’s finances and campus planning while advancing Institute-wide programs in sustainable energy and the convergence of the life, physical and engineering sciences.  She helped shape national policy for energy and next-generation manufacturing, appointed by President Obama in 2011 to co-chair the steering committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and by serving as a member of a Congressional Commission evaluating the Department of Energy laboratories in 2015.  As a biologist, she pioneered the use of monoclonal antibody technology in brain research, identifying proteins through which neural activity early in life affect brain development.  She discovered a gene implicated in the spread of cancer in the brain, providing a link between her research and human health.  Prior to MIT, she was the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1998-2002), and Provost (2003-2004) at Yale University.  She studied at the University of Rochester and Georgetown University and carried out research at the NIH and UCSF before joining the faculty at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and then Yale.  She has published extensively, in scientific and public media.  She is chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and currently serves as a director of General Electric, Partners HealthCare System, and the Council on Foreign Relations, is a life member of the MIT Corporation, a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a board member of the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School.  She has received many academic and civic awards, as well as numerous honorary degrees from national and international universities.

This lecture series, which includes imminent researchers and innovators from a wide variety of fields across MIT, will showcase the numerous forms that innovation takes and the pathways it can take from ideation to implementation. 


Projecting Climate Change into the Future: What We Know and How Well We Know It
The Science for the Public 2018 Science Lectures at MIT 
Tuesday, March 13
6:00 PM
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Daniel Cziczo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry; Secondary Appointment - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Since the early part of last century it has been known that greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, can lead to a warmer climate. Less well known was the effect that humans could have on clouds and how they might affect the Earth’s temperature. Historically, the study of the particles on which clouds form relied on the collection of precipitation (rain or snow). For example, particles at the center of snowflakes were assumed to have been responsible for the nucleation of ice. Studies showed the dominance of clay minerals with lesser abundances of combustion aerosols and micro-organisms. More recently, new inlets have allowed for more measurements from both ground sites and aircraft. The results have often been puzzling and at odds with previous work. We’ll discuss how measurement issues – such as technological limitations and artifacts – can impact that certainty with which we understand our climate and how it might change in the future. We will conclude with how this technology can be used to better understand climate and precipitation not only on Earth, but also for nearby and exoplanets. 

It has been known for over a century that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane warm the planet by trapping heat. What is not as well known is that particles can cool the planet by reflecting sunlight into space and by acting as the seeds on which clouds form. Particles and clouds are also of contemporary interest because it has been suggested they might affect climate by interacting with cosmic rays or be used to manipulate the Earth’s temperature.

Cziczo's research group is interested in the interrelationship of particulate matter and cloud formation. His team utilizes laboratory and field studies to elucidate how small particles interact with water vapor to form droplets and ice crystals, which are important players in the Earth’s climate system. Experiments include using small cloud chambers in the laboratory to mimic atmospheric conditions that lead to cloud formation and observing clouds in situ from remote mountaintop sites or through the use of research aircraft.

Current specific research interests include chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols with an emphasis on their effect on cloud formation mechanisms, Earth's radiative budget, and meteoritic debris and launch vehicle emissions in the atmosphere.


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.

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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 


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:
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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.