Sunday, September 30, 2018

Energy (and Other) Events - September 30, 2018

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Monday, October 1

11:30am  Jeff Flake and John Kasich address the Forbes Under 30 Summit
12pm  PAOC Colloquium - Robin Wordsworth (Harvard)
12pm  Experiencing and Reporting on Rural America
12pm  Using Big Data to Quantify the Economic Impacts of Climate Change
12pm  The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World
12:15pm  Animals as Patients, Models, and Infrastructure in Precision Bioscience
1pm  Materials Innovation for Better Living
1:35pm  Why Immigration Restrictions are Unjust and Why It Matters
4pm  Compton Lecture by Thomas L. Friedman:  Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
4pm  Surviving the Century
5pm  CEE C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series:  Fear, Greed and Financial Crisis 10 Years Later
5pm  ComMIT and Harvard Science in the News Mixer
5pm  Atelier Ten: Global Perspectives on Sustainability
5:30pm  The Science and Side Effects of Geoengineering
5:30pm  Your Vote Counts: Education, Voting, and the Midterms
6pm  Science Policy Initiative October Discussion: Open Access Research
6pm  Amazon Robotics - Company Presentation
6:30pm  Blazing Your Own Trail in Food: A Conversation with Women Who Know How
7pm  Harvard 2018 Science and Cooking Lecture Series with Clover founder/CEO Ayr Muir
7pm  Heartland:  A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
7pm  The Fame of C.S. Lewis: A Controversialist's Reception in Britain and America
7pm  Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life
7pm  Killing Cancer with Cannabis
7pm  The Knife Edge of Value Alignment in AI: Utopia or Extinction
7pm  Gubernatorial Candidates Environmental Town Hall
7pm  "Generation Wealth" Screening and Discussion with Award-Winning Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, on the Ethics of Wealth

Tuesday, October 2

11am  Fix It Clinic
12pm  Reporting on the Borderlands
12pm  How to Increase Bipartisan Leadership on Climate Change
12pm  Software for the Social Good 
12:30pm  PICS Seminar:  Impact Chemistry and the Origin of Life
12:30pm  Animation in Medical Communication
4:30pm  Current State of U.S. Immigration: Trends, Policy Issues, and Public Opinion
5pm  Tara Oceans: Cells, Embryos, and the Origins of Complexity in Life
5pm  Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup: A Special Evening with Author John Carreyrou
5:30pm  Tech Tour: Fireside Chat with Max Levchin, CEO and Cofounder of Affirm
5:30pm  Careers in Sustainability: The Evolution of the Sustainability Professional
6pm  The Politics of Dignity: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
6pm  Farsighted:  How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most
6pm  AI and Human Augmentation in Healthcare
6pm  Tarun Khanna book talk on Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
6pm  The Future of (Sustainable) Work
6:30pm  Saskia Sassen: Intellectual Commons 
6:30pm  National Trails 50th Anniversary Celebration
6:30pm  Professor Michael Meltsner in Conversation With Daniel Medwed
9pm  People who are changing the world & those who want to help them [video call]

Wednesday, October 3

9am  Symposium: Microbiome in Human Disease
10am  Technology and the Assault on Empathy in Adolescents and Young Adults
10am  Cheater's Dilemma: Iraqi Signals, Reputation, and WMD Disarmament
11am  Massachusetts Farm to School Awareness Day
12pm  Can We Ever Get It Right? Voting Technology in 2018
12pm  Agricultural residue for community cooking in Rural India
12pm  Decoding the Ballot Box: Do You Have Questions About Voting in the U.S.?
12pm  Geostructural Realism and the Return of Bipolarity in International Politics
1pm  Our History with Honeybees (Gonson Lecture)
3pm   In Our Own Voice: Stories of Living with Mental Illness
4pm  Finding Fairness in Computer Science
4pm  Social Order in the Age of Big Data: Exploring the Knowledge Problem and the Freedom Problem
4pm  Is the classroom lecture becoming extinct or simply evolving?
4:15pm  Pass-Through as a Test for Market Power: An Application to Solar Subsidies
5pm  Trade Wars: Much More Than Just Tariffs
5:15pm  Molecular approaches to solar energy conversion
5:30pm  Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World
5:30pm  Screening and Filmmaker Discussion Featuring David Heilbroner '84 on "Traffic Stop”
5:30pm  Digital Health Evening 2018
6pm  Future Forward:  Leadership Lessons from Patrick McGovern, the Visionary Who Circled the Globe and Built a Technology Media Empire
6pm  How the Other Half Lives: Researching Occupations in Early New England
6:30pm  Venezuela Today:  Challenges from Within and Abroad
7pm  How Birds Migrate
7pm  Young Benjamin Franklin:  The Birth of Ingenuity
7pm  Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir 
7pm  The Past and Future of Viral Outbreaks
7pm  What's At Stake -- Separation of Religion and State Today

Thursday, October 4

8:30am  LAUNCH.NANO: AT THE DAWN OF THE NANO AGE - Grand Opening Celebration
11am  Rethinking Malaria: The Role of Faith & Community in Saving Lives
12pm  Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design
12pm  20th-Century Plague: The Spanish Flu of 1918 & How It Changed The World
2:30pm  Social Inequality in a Cross-National Perspective: The Case of the Working Homeless
3:30pm  What Glows Below: New Insights on Biodiversity and Biooptics of Deep-Sea Plankton
3:30pm  A Fossil-Fuel-Free Economy is Entirely Possible
4pm  Following Nature’s Lead – Designing Biomaterials for Nerve Injury
4pm  Flint Mayor Karen Weaver & New Haven Mayor Toni Harp
4pm  International Development: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
4:15pm  Democracy When You Least Expect It: Strong State Democratization in Authoritarian Asia
4:30pm  Starr Forum: Citizenship Under Attack
5pm  new media and civic arts series: daniel bacchieri
5pm  Let's Talk About Water
6pm  Conserving Biodiversity: A Global Priority
6pm  authors@MIT: Leonardo Journal 50th Anniversary
6pm  How to Fight a Nazi
7pm  The Field of Blood:  Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
7pm  Climate Solutions: Drawdown's Chad Frischmann
7pm  Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed The World 
7pm  History VS. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You to Know
8pm  The Climate Mobilization:  Daniel Pinchbeck “How Soon is Now”: Psychedelics, Initiation, and the Climate Crisis

Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 6

BU Global Music Festival

AT&T Entertainment Hackathon - Boston

Friday, October 5 - Sunday, October 7


Friday, October 5

12pm  A Tale of Two Satellites: Estimating carbon dioxide and methane fluxes from OCO-2 and GOSAT
3pm  Bumblebees and Vehicular Networking: Intelligent Connectivity on the Road
3pm  The Increasingly United States:  How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized
5:30pm  Chelsea Democracy School In Action
6:30pm  David Ireland, "Designing for sustainable change”
7pm  Can Democracy Work?:  A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World

Saturday, October 6

8am  MASSdestruction: Maker Faire Boston 2018 (Plastic's Only) 
10am  Go Green!: Sustainability & the Environment
10am  Let’s Talk About Food:  Feeding the Future
1pm  Kip Tiernan Memorial Dedication
4pm  Whither India 01 (WI01):  Rural Distress and Agrarian Crisis in India: Policy Failure or Failure by Policy?
8pm  Dance as if the Earth depended on it!

Sunday, October 7

9:30am  Faith & Life Forum: Dori Hale - Poet on Disorientation and the Weather
4pm  Music for Atmosphere and Ground
7pm  Mothers Out Front National Webinar

Monday, October 8 - Sunday, October 14


Monday, October 8 - Tuesday, October 9

Aerial Futures: The Drone Frontier @ HUBweek - Public Exhibit Hall

Monday, October 8

9:30am  MIT Policy Hackathon: We the Future 
3pm  SnotBot: Drones Democratizing Science
6pm  Drone Solutions to Real World Problems
6:30pm  The Notion of Vision: Dreaming and Seeing
7pm  The Forgotten:  How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America

Tuesday, October 9

7:30am  Technology and the Movement of Food
9:30am  Landing in the Drone Valley:  Entering Switzerland’s Drone Innovation Ecosystem
12pm  Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship:  UNIVERSITIES AT THE PRIVACY FRONTIER
12:30pm  Political Origins of Cybersecurity Capacity: Lessons from Japan and East Asia
1pm  Garage @ NERD 
1pm  Learning Environments & Technology Showcase
4pm  The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
4pm  HILR Convocation 2018 with Samantha Power
4pm  "Travels in Trumpland" with Ed Balls
4:30pm  Leonid Volkov: What is the Future of Russia's Opposition?
5pm  Technology Innovation & Public Purpose - A Hubweek Event
5pm  Film Screening and Q&A: Dark Money
5pm  Decentralizing Power Production with Solar and Blockchain Technology
5:30pm  CHINA Town Hall - Hosted by Suffolk University & WorldBoston
5:30pm  Horizon18 Conference Kick-off @ Greentown Labs
5:30pm  Greenovate Boston Leaders Program Training 1
6pm  Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created
6pm  Distinguished Speaker Series: Terry McAuliffe
6pm  Hammer and Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy
6pm  Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow 
6pm  Demystifying Lobbying
6:30pm  Christopher Hawthorne Lecture
7pm  Success Through Diversity:  Why the Most Inclusive Companies Will Win
7pm  Seaweed Chronicles
7pm  The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating A Life of Sustainable Abundance


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

Personal Power Set

Szenasy, Design Advocate: Writings and Talks by Metropolis Magazine Editor Susan S Szenasy


Monday, October 1

Jeff Flake and John Kasich address the Forbes Under 30 Summit
Monday October 1 
Under 30 Village at City Hall Plaza, Boston

They will talk on "The Future of the Republican Party." Local pro-choice organizations plan to protest. 


PAOC Colloquium - Robin Wordsworth (Harvard)
Monday, October 1
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT,  Building 54-915/923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Robin Wordsworth (Harvard)

About this Series
The PAOC Colloquium is a weekly interdisciplinary seminar series that brings together the whole PAOC community. Seminar topics include all research concerning the physics, chemistry, and biology of the atmospheres, oceans and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars generally take place on Monday from 12-1pm. Lunch is provided to encourage students and post-docs to meet with the speaker. Besides the seminar and lunch, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged.


Experiencing and Reporting on Rural America
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Sarah Smarsh
DETAILS  Sarah Smarsh is the author of "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard" and "Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth" (Scribner, September 2018). A freelance journalist and former professor of nonfiction writing, Smarsh covers politics and economic inequality for The Guardian, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and others from her home state of Kansas. She contributed to the 2017 book "Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation" and is a frequent speaker on socioeconomic class and related media narratives.


Using Big Data to Quantify the Economic Impacts of Climate Change
Monday, October 1
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Trevor Houser, Partner, Rhodium Group, and Co-Director, Climate Impact Lab

Lunch will be served.

HKS Energy Policy Seminar


The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World
Monday, October 1
12:00 - 1:30 PM 
Northeastern University School of Law, 250 Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston

On Monday, October 1, 2018, Jennifer Rothman, Professor of Law and the Joseph Scott Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, will visit campus to talk about her new book, The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World.

Who controls how one’s identity is used by others? This legal question, centuries old, demands greater scrutiny in the Internet age. Jennifer Rothman uses the right of publicity—a little-known law, often wielded by celebrities—to answer that question, not just for the famous but for everyone. In challenging the conventional story of the right of publicity’s emergence, development, and justifications, Rothman shows how it transformed people into intellectual property, leading to a bizarre world in which you can lose ownership of your own identity. This shift and the right’s subsequent expansion undermine individual liberty and privacy, restrict free speech and suppress artistic works.

The Right of Publicity traces the right’s origins back to the emergence of the right of privacy in the late 1800s. The central impetus for the adoption of privacy laws was to protect people from “wrongful publicity.” This privacy-based protection was not limited to anonymous private citizens but applied to famous actors, athletes, and politicians. Beginning in the 1950s, the right transformed into a fully transferable intellectual property right, generating a host of legal disputes, from control of dead celebrities like Prince, to the use of student athletes’ images by the NCAA, to lawsuits by users of Facebook and victims of revenge porn.

The right of publicity has lost its way. Rothman proposes returning the right to its origins and in the process reclaiming privacy for a public world.

Sponsored by the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC)
and the faculty colloquium committee at Northeastern University School of Law 


Animals as Patients, Models, and Infrastructure in Precision Bioscience
Monday, October 1
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

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

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

Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to via the online form by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

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

STS Circle at Harvard


Materials Innovation for Better Living by Dr. Jiaxing Huang
Monday, October 1
1:00pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Wiesner Building, Bartos Theater (Lower Level E15, 070) 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Curious observations can often inspire people to come up with new hypotheses and define new problems in research. I will share a few such discoveries from my research and teaching, connecting materials innovations to problems observed in ordinary people’s life. (1) Crumpled paper balls in a wastebasket inspired a new form of ultrafine particles that becomes aggregation-resistant and can disperse in arbitrary solvents. This represents a new strategy to achieve colloidal processability without the need for tuning surface chemistry. (2) Nanopatterns in Blu-ray movie discs are found to be suitable for improving the performance of solar cells through light trapping. This suggests a materials/information duality, where the properties of materials are determined by how information is stored in the materials. (3) A problem encountered in water marbling art inspired a new technique of Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of colloidal particles. (4) A recent discovery of using graphene materials for hair dyes. Finally, I will use a few examples from my classroom to illustrate how curiosity-driven enquiry enhances learning experience and empowers students to innovate. These teacher-student interactions in return inspires us to discover and identify new research problems, and provide material-based solutions for better living.

Keywords: Crumpled graphene balls, aggregation-resistant nanoparticles, universal solution processability, lubrication, quasi-random nanopatterns, Langmuir-Blodgett assembly, water-marbling, graphene based pigments

Jiaxing Huang is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Physics from USTC, Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCLA, and became a Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley before joining Northwestern in 2007. In research, his group uses chemical principles and tools to discover new materials, advance materials processing, and make materials innovations for better living. Some recent examples include carbon based nanomaterials, clay minerals, and novel colloidal particles for energy storage, water treatments and even safer cosmetics. Through teaching, they aim to develop intuition, inspire creativity and bring the best out of students and themselves. His work has been recognized by awards from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Vacuum Society, and the International Aerosol Research Assembly. He is included in the lists of Highly Cited Researchers (Thompson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics) and Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering (Elsevier). He is also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the JSPS Fellowship from Japan and the Humboldt Research Award from Germany.


Why Immigration Restrictions are Unjust and Why It Matters
Monday, October 1 
1:35pm to 2:40pm
Northeastern, 909 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Dr. Javier Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
States heavily restrict immigration. Are these immigration restrictions morally acceptable? This paper will give an argument against immigration restrictions. My argument is that states systematically balance the reasons for and against immigration restrictions in the wrong way. They ignore or discount the moral reasons to allow immigration and exaggerate the reasons in favor of restrictions. Because of this bias, states restrict immigration more than they should. We can infer from these claims that actual immigration restrictions are unjust. I’ll also explore some implications of this conclusion for the individual ethics of immigration—how individual actors should respond to the injustice of immigration restrictions.


Compton Lecture by Thomas L. Friedman:  Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
Monday, October 1
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building W16: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Lecture title TBA
Thomas L. Friedman, an internationally known author and journalist, has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity, and energy.

For his coverage of the Middle East, Mr. Friedman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and 1988 for international reporting. He was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary for “his clarity of vision…in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.” In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title, Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Queen Elizabeth II.

Mr. Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won both the National Book and the Overseas Press Club Awards in 1989, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree, winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best non-fiction book on foreign policy. Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, issued in 2002, consists of columns Mr.  Friedman published about September 11. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, issued in April 2005 and updated in 2006 and 2007, received the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. In 2008 he brought out Hot, Flat, and Crowded, which was published in a revised edition a year later. His sixth book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, was released in 2011. Mr. Friedman’s new book, Thank you For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations 2.0, was updated and released 2017.


Surviving the Century
Monday, October 1
Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall D, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

HUCE and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics present a lecture and book signing with:
Martin Rees, Former President, The Royal Society; Emeritus Professor of Cosmology & Astrophysics, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Trinity College 

Followed by a discussion with: 
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, HKS
Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, SEAS; Director, HUCE

Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and cosmologist, and the UK's Astronomer Royal. His research interests have included galaxy formation, active galactic nuclei, black holes, gamma-ray bursts -- as well as more speculative aspects of cosmology such as the multiverse. He is based in Cambridge, UK, where he has been Director of the Institute of Astronomy, a Research Professor, and Master of Trinity College. He was President of the Royal Society during 2005-2010, and in 2006 was nominated to the House of Lords. He has received many international awards for his research, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy, the Japan  Academy and the Pontifical Academy. He has served on many bodies connected with education, space research, arms control and international collaboration in science. He lectures, writes, and broadcasts widely for general audiences. He has long has been concerned with the threats stemming from humanity's ever-heavier 'footprint' on the global environment, and with the runaway consequences of ever more powerful technologies. These concerns feature in his new book On the Future: Prospects for Humanity. 

Sheila Jasanoff is the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 120 articles and chapters and is author or editor of more than 15 books, including The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, Designs on Nature, and The Ethics of Invention. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies. She founded and directs the STS Program at Harvard; previously, she was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell. She has held distinguished visiting appointments at leading universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. Jasanoff served on the AAAS Board of Directors and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the University of Ghent Sarton Chair, an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria, and membership in the Royal Danish Academy. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente.

Daniel P. Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology at Harvard University, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. He is particularly interested in how information on climate change from the geologic past can lead to better understanding of anthropogenic climate change in the future. In addition to his work on geochemistry and climatology, Schrag studies energy technology and policy, including carbon capture and storage and low-carbon synthetic fuels. Schrag served on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Among various honors, he is the recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union and a MacArthur Fellowship. Schrag earned a B.S. in geology and geophysics and political science from Yale University and his Ph.D. in geology from the University of California at Berkeley. He came to Harvard in 1997 after teaching at Princeton.

Event is free and open to the public. Rees' new book "On the Future: Prospects for Humanity" will be available for purchase and signing after the event. 

Contact Name: 
Erin Harleman


CEE C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series:  Fear, Greed and Financial Crisis 10 Years Later
Monday, October 1
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 1-190, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Prof. Andrew Lo 
Abstract:  2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the worst financial crisis that we have experienced in our lifetimes. What have we learned? How likely are we to see another crisis? And what can we do to prevent it from happening again? To answer these questions, we need to develop a deeper understanding of the origin of financial crises and this can best be done through the perspective of evolutionary models of human behavior. This perspective points to a critical mismatch between the increasing speed of technological innovation and the much slower pace of human adaptation to such innovation, leading to oscillations between states of financial excess and regulatory over-reach. By recognizing this dynamic and measuring its drivers, we might one day be able to break free from its never-ending cycles to reach a more stable equilibrium.

Bio: Andrew W. Lo is the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the director of MIT’s Laboratory for Financial Engineering, a principal investigator at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, a research associate of the NBER, and an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute.  He received a B.A. in economics from Yale University and an A.M. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.  His most recent research focuses on systemic risk in the financial system, evolutionary models of investor behavior, and applying financial engineering to develop new funding models for biomedical innovation. He has published extensively in academic journals (see and his most recent book is Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought.  His awards include Sloan and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Paul A. Samuelson Award, the Harry M. Markowitz Award, the Eugene F. Fama Prize, teaching awards from Wharton and MIT, and election to Academia Sinica, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the Society for Financial Econometrics.


ComMIT and Harvard Science in the News Mixer
Monday, October 1
5:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 56-154
Please RSVP here to help with the food order

Join us for the first-ever joint meeting of Science in the News and Communicating Science at MIT. Dinner will be provided!

Co-sponsored by the MIT Graduate Student Council Funding Board and Science in the News. The MIT and Harvard communities are welcome to attend. 


Atelier Ten: Global Perspectives on Sustainability
Monday, October 1
5:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Nico Kienzl 
As a director of Atelier Ten and leader of its global energy analysis practice, Nico consults on a wide variety of large scale residential, commercial and institutional buildings, as well as on masterplan and renovation work in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Nico has particular experience with the application of advanced building analysis including facade optimization, daylight and shading analysis, and optimization of building systems. Recent work includes the first LEED Platinum condominium high rise in New York City, the sustainability framework for Columbia’s new Manhattanville Campus, and the adaptive reuse of the Horno3 blast furnace for the Museum of Steel in Monterrey, Mexico.

Nico teaches building systems integration at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture Program and the core building systems class at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. He is a LEED Fellow, and serves as a representative member of the U.S. General Services Administrations (GSA) Green Building Advisory Committee. Nico holds a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University in Munich, an M.S. in Building Technology from MIT and a Doctor of Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

MIT Department of Architecture
Fall 2018 Lecture Series / Organized by the Building Technology Group


The Science and Side Effects of Geoengineering
Monday, October 1
5:30 - 6:30 PM
MIT, Building  E19-202, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Professor Daniel Cziczo
The purpose of this forum discussion is to explore the science behind different ideas to deliberately manipulate the Earth’s climate to offset the warming due to the anthropogenic addition of greenhouse gases. The basis for this discussion will be the recent National Research Council reports “Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration” and “Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth”. We will begin with the history of intentional climate manipulation and lessons that have been learned from attempts at weather modification

Presenter Bio 
Daniel J. Cziczo is a professor of atmospheric chemistry in the Departments of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a bachelors in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois and a masters and doctorate in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago. His group develops and deploys instrumentation to determine aerosol phase change (deliquescence and efflorescence) and the chemical composition of particles that nucleate liquid water and ice. 

Dinner will be served. 
Bi-monthly Speaker Series

e4Dev: Energy for Human Development
E4Dev is a student group and discussion forum exploring energy and human development challenges in the developing world. We seek to bring together students, faculty, and practitioners, at MIT and beyond, who are devoted to working on these critical challenges. 


Your Vote Counts: Education, Voting, and the Midterms
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Education, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT Community Programming, Forum, Question & Answer Session
PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT  Askwith Forum, Students and Alumni
CONTACT NAME  Roger Falcon
CONTACT PHONE  617-384-9968
ADMISSION FEE This event is free and open to the public.
FEATURED EVENT  Askwith Forums
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
DETAILS  Panelists include:
Meira Levinson, professor of education, HGSE 
Archon Fung, member of the faculty of education, HGSE; Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, HKS 
Moderator: Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE
The panelists will discuss how education may factor in the upcoming midterm election. Topics will include voting rights, civic participation, and how we might use education to help strengthen democracy in these challenging times. 
HGSE is participating in the Harvard Votes Challenge, a university-wide effort that is challenging Harvard schools to do their part to increase voter registration and participation among eligible students.


Science Policy Initiative October Discussion: Open Access Research
Monday, October 1
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT, Building 56-162, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Recently, Open Access has become an increasingly high-profile issue in the global scientific community. Most notably, a group of European research funding organizations announced a plan to require all work funded by public grants to be published in open access journals. Closer to home, MIT has convened an Open Access Task Force, which has just released a white paper with their findings. In light of these calls for more open access, questions emerge about what a better system would actually look like. SPI will be addressing some of these questions at our October meeting with the help of two guest experts. Join us on Monday, 10/1 at 6 pm in Room 56-162 for free dinner and lively discussion.


Amazon Robotics - Company Presentation
Monday, October 1
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT, Building  3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge


Blazing Your Own Trail in Food: A Conversation with Women Who Know How
Monday, October 1
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Alley Powered by Verizon, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $30

We Are The Fresh Collective: A Community of Women Food Entrepreneurs in Boston. Join us at our very first event! 

Blazing Your Own Trail in Food:  A Conversation with Women Who Know How
Cookbook author and New York Times contributor Colu Henry
James Beard Award-Winning chef and cookbook author Karen Akunowicz
America's Test Kitchen cast member and food stylist Elle Simone Scott

Fresh Collective founders Maggie Battista and Leigh Belanger will moderate the discussion on women building careers and business in the food industry. Each ticket comes with a free drink from our cash bar--you can buy additional beer and wine, too. There will be plenty of time for mingling, sipping, and chatting both before and after the talk. We will also have Colu Henry's and Karen Akunowicz's cookbooks for sale so you can have them signed.
NEW UPDATE: In addition to a cash bar, several food makers will set up a small makers market and sample their goods just for you. Check out the list of participating makers down below. See you there! 
Monday October 1, 6:30-9:30 pm. The panel begins at 7pm sharp.
Alley Powered by Verizon, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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The Fresh Collective is a community of women food entrepreneurs. If that sounds like something you'd be into, come connect at an event or find us online:


Harvard 2018 Science and Cooking Lecture Series with Clover founder/CEO Ayr Muir
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Conferences, Education, Health Sciences, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
SPEAKER(S)  Ayr Muir, founder/CEO of Clover Food Lab
DETAILS  Clover Food Lab founder/CEO Ayr Muir joins famed chefs like Massimo Bottura and Wylie Dufresne as part of the 2018 Science and Cooking public lecture series at Harvard University. His focus? Using material science to build more flavorful bread.
Muir, who received degrees in Material Sciences and Engineering from MIT, and went on to found the cult-favorite Clover Food Lab restaurant chain, will speak about innovative approaches to baking more flavorful bread.
Muir's lecture, "Gluten vs Fiber: Innovative Approaches to Baking More Flavorful Bread" will happen Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Science Center.
Muir will follow the lecture by co-hosting a roundtable for local chefs and bakers on Oct. 15, 4 p.m. at CloverFIN (160 Federal St., Boston) with Maine Grains. The purpose of the roundtable will be to educate local chefs about the flavor benefits of local grains. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to


Heartland:  A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
Monday, October 1
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridg

Harvard Book Store welcomes journalist SARAH SMARSH—a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government—for a discussion of her debut book, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

About Heartland
During Sarah Smarsh’s turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country and examine the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities, and she explores this idea as lived experience, metaphor, and level of consciousness.

Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experiences growing up as the daughter of a dissatisfied young mother and raised predominantly by her grandmother on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor and working-class Americans living in the heartland. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess.


The Fame of C.S. Lewis: A Controversialist's Reception in Britain and America
Monday, October 1
Trident Booksellers, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

C. S. Lewis, long renowned for his children's books as well as his Christian apologetics, has been the subject of wide interest since he first stepped-up to the BBC's microphone during the Second World War. Until now, however, the reasons why this medievalist began writing books for a popular audience, and why these books have continued to be so popular, had not been fully explored. In fact Lewis, who once described himself as by nature an 'extreme anarchist', was a critical controversialist in his time-and not to everyone's liking. Yet, somehow, Lewis's books directed at children and middlebrow Christians have continued to resonate in the decades since his death in 1963. Stephanie L. Derrick considers why this is the case, and why it is more true in America than in Lewis's home-country of Britain.

The story of C. S. Lewis's fame is one that takes us from his childhood in Edwardian Belfast, to the height of international conflict during the 1940s, to the rapid expansion of the paperback market, and on to readers' experiences in the 1980s and 1990s, and, finally, to London in November 2013, where Lewis was honoured with a stone in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. Derrick shows that, in fact, the author himself was only one actor among many shaping a multi-faceted image. The Fame of C. S. Lewis is the most comprehensive account of Lewis's popularity to date, drawing on a wealth of fresh material and with much to interest scholars and C. S. Lewis admirers alike.

About the author:  Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick is a historian of religion in the modern era, with a special interest in the intellectual and print cultures of British and American Christianity.  She also investigates the ways in which technology and globalization are shaping religious experience in the twenty-first century.  She did her PhD in History at the University of Stirling (Scotland) and now lives in Los Angeles, California.


Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life
Monday, October 1
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge 

Andrew Yarrow, HKS MPA '94
Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life examines the millions of men who are on the periphery of American society. Many of them have been “pushed out” of the mainstream because of an economy and society in which the odds are stacked against them; others have chosen to be on the outskirts of 21st-century America. These men are disconnected from work, personal relationships, family and children, and civic and community life. They may be angry at government, employers, women, and the “the system” in general. Many are unsure what it means to a man today. Many wives or partners reject them; children are estranged from them; and family, friends, and neighbors are embarrassed by them. Many have disappeared into a netherworld of drugs, alcohol, poor health, loneliness, misogyny, economic insecurity, online gaming and pornography, and other off-the-grid corners of the Internet. These men are hurting, and hurting women, children, and our nation. They are not only less educated white working class men, but also are Millennial men, formerly incarcerated men, and over-50 men higher up the socioeconomic ladder.
About The Author: Andrew L. Yarrow, HKS MPA ’94, has been a reporter with The New York Times, a professor of 20th-century American history at American University, and worked in public policy as a speechwriter in the Clinton Administration and with organizations such as the Brookings Institution, Public Agenda, and Oxfam. Yarrow, who has published four prior books, has published in most major U.S. media and consulted to organizations ranging from the World Bank and UNICEF to the U.S. Department of Education and the Aspen Institute.


Killing Cancer with Cannabis
Monday, October 1 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Museum of Science, Cahners Theatre, 1 Museum of Science Driveway, Boston

Success stories of cannabis curing cancer are not new, but they’ve often been anecdotal. The precise cannabinoids that kill specific cancer cells have not been identified – until now. David (Dedi) Meiri, PhD, is discovering which combinations of the cannabis compounds are able to destroy which specific cancer types. Find out about Meiri’s game-changing research and the promise that medical marijuana may hold in the battle against cancer. Reception to follow.

In conversation with Kara Miller, host and executive editor of WGBH’s Innovation Hub

This program is for audiences 18+.


The Knife Edge of Value Alignment in AI: Utopia or Extinction
Monday, October 1
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Cafe ArtScience, 650 E Kendall Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 – $15

Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers -- Presentations start @ 7pm
If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will be unlikely to be available due to room size. 
A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Richard Mallah and Lucas Perry, The Future of Life Institute [FLi]
AI: Artificial Intelligence is one of this century’s most misunderstood buzzwords. In Kurzweil's “Singularity”, it represents a glorious future where human toil and suffering is ended. In The Matrix, it conjures a future dominated by malevolent supermachines feeding on the energies of human slaves. In reality, AI is fast becoming the ubiquitous hand-maiden of human invention and ingenuity for much of what we relish in our day to day. From search engines to the energy grid; autonomous vehicles to life support systems; food production to weather forecasting; data security to anti-ballistic missile guidance. The list of AI processes we can no longer get by without grows daily.
AI programming ultimately relies on simple, digital decision chains, but they are at the point where machines can teach themselves. The Intelligence may be artificial and “inhuman”, but is increasingly more capable than our own. In the world of zeroes and ones, a near perfection of logical functioning can be achieved, with AI systems that are free of human foibles and the slowness of biological systems, free of human attributes like emotion, intuition, love, or a sense of right and wrong. Or are they?
What happens when we ask the algorithms to make decisions for us - decisions that may have life and death consequences? And what happens if, or when, their intelligence begins to match or exceed our own - the level of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) where we can no longer tell if an agent is human or machine? Autonomous decision-making and human level agency will require moral and ethical guidance. Do our AI programmers have the perspective — historical, philosophical, moral — to be the arbiters of that guidance? Or do we let the algorithms themselves learn human morality by emulating humans? How do we properly align the values of our inventions, to achieve the goal of a beneficent future for all?
The Long Now Boston Conversation Series hosts the Future of Life Institute's Robert Mallah and Lucas Perry to share their research on the frontiers of Value Alignment and the implications for the future of AI and AGI. 
Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged. 
The Future of Life Institute [FLI] is one of the world’s leading organizations exploring the potential existential challenges and solutions of technology in the fields of AI, Biotech, Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change.
Richard Mallah is the Director of AI Projects, Future of Life Institute. Richard has over fifteen years of experience leading AI research and AI product teams in industry, lending an appreciation for tradeoffs at all AI product lifecycle stages. As Director of AI Projects at the Future of Life Institute, Richard does meta-research, analysis, advocacy, research organization, community building, and technical direction of projects related to the safety, ethics, robustness, and beneficence of future AI systems in order to minimize their risks and maximize their benefits globally. Richard was the lead author of FLI's landmark Landscape of Technical AI Safety Research, and he has given dozens of invited talks on safety, ethics, robustness, and beneficence of advanced AI. Within IEEE's Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Richard is a former chair of the committee on autonomous weapons, a current co-chair of the committee on AGI safety and beneficence, and a member of the executive committee. Richard holds a degree in computer science, AI, and machine learning from Columbia University, and is well read in natural philosophy.
Lucas Perry works as Project Coordinator for the Future of Life Institute. He focuses on enabling and delivering existential risk mitigation efforts ranging from direct interventions, to advocacy, and enabling research. Lucas was an organizer of the Beneficial AI 2017 conference, worked on a nuclear weapons divestment campaign, and has spoken at a number of universities and EA events. His AI activities have included grant making in the field of AI safety, a podcast on AI safety and value alignment, and work on the conceptual landscape of the value alignment problem. He studied philosophy at Boston College and has been working in AI safety and existential risk ever since.
We’re proud and excited to welcome Richard and Lucas to the Long Now Boston community.


Gubernatorial Candidates Environmental Town Hall
Monday, October 1
First Church in Jamaica Plain UU, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

A people’s assembly of several environmental organizations and concerned community memebers are gathering to speak directly to our Gubernatorial Candidates about our state’s crucial environmental issues and the importance of sustainable legislation. Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic candidate, Jay Gonzalez have received invitations to join us.
Hope to see all of my Massachusetts friends there!
Please help spread the word on FB, Instagram Twitter etc to fill the 350+\- seats in the Sanctuary as this is only a week away! 
We need to finally dispel the myth that the environment doesn’t matter to the electorate. 
We can prove them wrong this time at the polls !


"Generation Wealth" Screening and Discussion with Award-Winning Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, on the Ethics of Wealth
Monday, October 1
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
MIT, Building E15, 20 Ames Street, Bartos Theater (Basement), Cambridge

How much money is enough? Why do so many of us want so badly to be "rich" -- whatever that means? And what should an outstanding education, such as one can receive at MIT or Harvard, teach us about the ethics of wealth?

The Humanist Hub at Harvard and MIT presents a screening and discussion of the provocative and powerful 2018 film, "Generation Wealth," on the second day of a 2-day MIT/Harvard humanist forum, “Capitalism Redefined: A Discussion of Wealth, Inequality & Ethics.”

Lauren Greenfield’s “Generation Wealth” is an extraordinary visual history of our growing obsession with wealth. Weaving two and a half decades of work into an epic narrative, Greenfield has created a revelatory cultural documentation of wealth for viewers to explore through a retrospective film, book and exhibition.

Provoking serious reflection, “Generation Wealth” is not about the rich, but about the desire to be wealthy, at any cost.

Tuesday, October 2

Fix It Clinic
Tuesday, October 2
Cabot Science Library, Harvard University, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

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

Celebrating repair by conveying basic troubleshooting skills, Fixit Clinics are do-it-together hands-on fix-n-learn community-based exploration and discovery workshops staffed by volunteer Fixit Coaches who generously share their time, tools and expertise to consult with you on the disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair of items.

So bring your broken, non-functioning things -- electronic gadgets, appliances, computers, toys, sewing machines, bicycles, fabric items, etc.-- for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. Fixit Coaches (and helpful neighbors) will be available for consultation on broken items: we'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether you fix it or not, you'll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked, ready to share your new-found confidence and insight with your friends, neighbors, and the community at large.


Reporting on the Borderlands
Tuesday, October 2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner Building, Room 434AB, Wexner Conference Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Jazmine Ulloa covers California state politics and policy for the Los Angeles Times and is based in Sacramento. A native of El Paso, she covered state and federal courts for the Austin American-Statesman in the Texas capital. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, the Texas Observer and the Boston Globe. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.


How to Increase Bipartisan Leadership on Climate Change
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Online
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Voices in Leadership webcast program
SPEAKER(S)  Representative Bob Inglis and moderator Gina McCarthy, Director of Harvard C-CHANGE
COST  free
CONTACT INFO Alison Barron -
DETAILS  Join us for the next “Voices in Leadership” event of the fall semester, featuring Rep. Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative for South Carolina. Rep. Inglis was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012. In the fall of 2014, E&EI rebranded to become republicEn is a growing grassroots community of over 5,000 Americans educating the country about free-enterprise solutions to climate change. Gina McCarthy, Director of Harvard C-CHANGE, will moderate. For lottery and live webcast details, visit or contact Alison Barron.


Tuesday, October 2 
Harvard, BioLabs Building, Room 1080, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Adam Hantman 
Dexterous movements serve the major functions of the brain, perception and manipulation of the world. Considering the range of possible actions and the complexity of musculoskeletal arrangements, control of the hand is an amazing achievement of the nervous system. Dexterous behavior involves understanding objects in the world, developing appropriate plans, converting those plans into appropriate motor commands, and adaptively reacting to feedback. The myriad of these underlying operations is likely performed by a diverse set of neural circuits. By combining anatomy, physiology, and specific (genetic and temporal) manipulations, my lab hopes to identify and understand the neural elements responsible for dexterous motor control. Currently, we focus on the role of the cortico-cerebellar loop in a skilled reach-grab-eat task in the rodent.


Software for the Social Good 
Tuesday, October 2
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall Milstein East C (Room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Sebastian Diaz
Hal Roberts
The Berkman Klein Center geeks primarily engage in specific project support, software development and data science, and other ad-hoc technology activities at the Center. They also build amazing tools to support projects and center wide goals. Join us to learn more about the types of tools we produce.


PICS Seminar:  Impact Chemistry and the Origin of Life
Tuesday, October 2
12:30pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building 54- 517, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

H. J. Melosh (Purdue)
Abstract: Most discussions of global environmental effects of large impacts focus on changes deleterious to extant life. However, impacts may also produce changes that enhance or even create conditions beneficial to the origin of life. Many other authors have discussed impact delivery of organic molecules, and some have shown the shock synthesis of prebiotic molecules such as amino acids during impact. My former student Abby Sheffer's and my past work on the chemistry of impacts demonstrated that strong chemical reduction occurs in impact melt ejecta (spherules and melt droplets; tektites). Here I focus on the element phosphorus (P), whose role is crucial in biology as the backbone of DNA and RNA, and in metabolic biochemical energy transfer. Matt Pasek previously showed that reduced P readily enters into interesting biological compounds with organic molecules in aqueous solution, and that these reduced P compounds may generate structures similar to sugar phosphates, which are critical to life as we know it. In this talk I argue that impact reduction of P transforms terrestrial and meteoritic phosphates bearing an oxidation state of +5 to the lower redox states of +3 (phosphites) and 0 as an alloy with metal (phosphides). I base this argument on studies of fulgurites—glasses formed by cloud- to-ground lightning—that bear phosphides and phosphites as major carriers of P. Fulgurite chemistry frequently parallels that of impact glasses. Additionally, thermodynamic calculations show that separation of an O-rich vapor from a melt readily results in the transformation of phosphate to phosphites and metal phosphides. These results are confirmed by the presence of metal phosphides within tektites. The impact reduction of phosphates followed by global dispersal of reduced P in the form of glassy droplets likely played a major role in the origin of life on Earth and perhaps on other young planets. 

About the Speaker: H. J. Melosh is a Distinguished Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.  He also holds appointments in the departments of Physics and Astronomy and Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering at Purdue. 

He received an AB degree in Physics from Princeton University in 1969 and a PhD in Physics and Geology from Caltech in 1973.  His principal research interests are impact cratering, planetary tectonics, and the physics of earthquakes and landslides.  His recent research includes studies of the giant impact origin of the moon, the K/T impact that extinguished the dinosaurs, the ejection of rocks from their parent bodies and the origin and transfer of life between the planets.  He was a science team member of NASA’s Deep Impact mission that successfully cratered comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005 and flew by comet Hartley 2 on November 9, 2010. He was also a Co-Investigator of the GRAIL mission that returned detailed data on the Moon’s gravity field.

Professor Melosh is a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society, the Geological Society of America the American Geophysical Union and American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He was awarded the Barringer Medal of the Meteoritical Society in 1999, the Gilbert prize of the Geological Society of America in 2001 and the Hess Medal of the American Geophysical Union in 2008.  He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1996-1997 and a Humboldt Fellow at the Bavarian Geological Institute in Bayreuth, Germany, in 2005-2006. Asteroid #8216 was named “Melosh” in his honor.  He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2003 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.  In 2014 he received the McCoy award of Purdue University, Purdue’s highest science award.

He has published approximately 200 technical papers, edited two books and is the author of a major monograph, Impact Cratering:  A Geologic Process and a text “Planetary Surface Processes” with Cambridge University Press.


Animation in Medical Communication
Tuesday, October 2
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
CIC Cambridge, 1 Broadway, Havana, 5th Floor, Cambridge
Whether presenting an idea to stakeholders or selling a finished product to customers, a picture can convey a message in ways that no amount of words ever could. Medical Animation speaks volumes, to convey your message or data in an easily understood visual medium. The process makes your products come alive, in ways reading manuals cannot.

Reading about anatomy is one thing, but seeing it presented graphically is quite another. Traditionally, these concepts would be presented in examination rooms and operating theatres where they would come to life. Now, it can safely be presented via a computer, as 3D data visualizations, minimizing risk and helping the student meet the challenge of learning and retaining complex subjects. Regardless of the course or product, Animation will bring your message across in a way books alone cannot accomplish as easily or painlessly.

In addition, 3D animations are an excellent way to present your ideas to the important and influential people needed for your success. Visualized concepts are far easier to understand and are more persuasive than reading reams of technical/scientific jargon.


Current State of U.S. Immigration: Trends, Policy Issues, and Public Opinion
Tuesday, October 2
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Neil G. Ruiz is associate director of global migration and demography at Pew Research Center. He studies the international movement of people across borders, the impact of migration on sending and receiving countries, high-skilled immigration to the U.S., and comparative immigrant visa systems. Prior to joining the Center, Ruiz was the executive director of the Center for Law, Economics & Finance at George Washington University, and he has also worked as a migration expert at the Brookings Institution, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He received his doctorate in political science with a specialization in political economy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in economic history from Oxford University. Ruiz regularly speaks about U.S. immigration and international migration research with major print and broadcast media.

Free and open to the public | Refreshments will be served
Sponsored by the Inter-University Committee on International Migration

The Inter-University Committee on International Migration
Since its establishment in 1974, the Inter-University Committee on International Migration has been a focal point for migration and refugee studies at member institutions, which include Boston University, Brandeis University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, and Wellesley College. The committee is chaired by MIT as a program of the Center for International Studies (CIS).

Migration Seminar Series
During each academic year, the Committee sponsors a seminar series on international migration, The Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration, held at MIT's Center for International Studies. The seminars explore factors affecting international population movements and their impact upon sending and receiving countries and relations among them. 


Tara Oceans: Cells, Embryos, and the Origins of Complexity in Life
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 5 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Eric Karsenti, scientific director of the Tara Oceans expedition and codirector of the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition, Tara Expeditions; visiting group leader, European Molecular Biological Laboratory
COST  Free
DETAILS  How do complex living systems arise? Are there self-organizing principles that can explain the evolution from single-celled marine organisms to embryos and beyond? Drawing upon a vast database of plankton collected from the world’s seas by the research vessel "Tara," Eric Karsenti will show how these newly discovered life forms are offering clues about how complex marine organisms emerged over the past 4 billion years. Register online.
This talk coincides with the visit of the research vessel "Tara" to Boston Harbor and is cosponsored by the Consulate General of France in Boston.


Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup: A Special Evening with Author John Carreyrou
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC (2036), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Ethics, Information Technology, Law, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Please join us for a conversation with John Carreyrou, investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of the New York Times bestseller "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup."
I. Glenn Cohen, James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and faculty director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College; Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Harvard Business School; Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; and faculty dean of Cabot House
Akiko Mikumo - Fellow Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, Retired M & A Partner Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Moderator: Douglas Eby, Senior Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School and CEO, Cambridge Science
Complimentary copies of "Bad Blood" will be available for audience members.
Please join us for a conversation with John Carreyrou, investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of the New York Times bestseller "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.”


Tech Tour: Fireside Chat with Max Levchin, CEO and Cofounder of Affirm
Tuesday, October 2
5:30pm to 6:30pm
MIT Building 2-190, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Join MIT for a fireside chat with Max Levchin, CEO and Cofounder of Affirm. The conversation will be moderated by Andrew McAfee, Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Co-sponsored by MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.


Careers in Sustainability: The Evolution of the Sustainability Professional
Tuesday, October 2
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, 2nd Floor, Cascieri Hall, 2nd Floor, Cascieri Hall, Boston
Cost:  $0 – $10

The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts are excited to share our next Careers in Sustainability panel discussion at the Boston Architectural College, covering the Evolution of the Sustainability Professional. We will cover the places where young professionals are entering into the sustainability industry today (degree programs and start-ups) and where we see opportunities for the future (entrepreneurial ventures, non-profits, public service). From 10 years ago, we had a rise in CSR professionals and we will discuss what has changed since then and where the future of green jobs are for upcoming graduates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Careers in Sustainability Series: 
The Careers in Sustainability Series began in 2017 by the USGBC MA Chapter’s Emerging Professionals of MA Committee, during the ramp up to GreenBuild in Boston. The goal of the series is to bring professionals of various stages of their careers in sustainability and help provide guidance and insight to students planning on entering a sustainability-related industry. Our series is structured as a panel discussion that we take to a new college every year to broaden our impact across Massachusetts colleges.


The Politics of Dignity: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Humanities, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Seminar on Cultural Politics, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Chair: Prof. Panagiotis Roilos
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Rosen, Senator Joseph S. Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government, Department of Government, Harvard University.


Farsighted:  How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most
Tuesday, October 2
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $6 - $29.75 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author STEVEN JOHNSON—host and co-creator of How We Got to Now—for a discussion of his latest book, Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most.
About Farsighted

Plenty of books offer useful advice on how to get better at making quick-thinking, intuitive choices. But what about more consequential decisions, the ones that affect our lives for years, or centuries, to come? Our most powerful stories revolve around these kinds of decisions: where to live, whom to marry, what to believe, whether to start a company, how to end a war.

Full of the beautifully crafted storytelling and novel insights that Steven Johnson's fans know to expect, Farsighted draws lessons from cognitive science, social psychology, military strategy, environmental planning, and great works of literature. Everyone thinks we are living in an age of short attention spans, but we've actually learned a lot about making long-term decisions over the past few decades. Johnson makes a compelling case for a smarter and more deliberative decision-making approach. He argues that we choose better when we break out of the myopia of single-scale thinking and develop methods for considering all the factors involved.

There's no one-size-fits-all model for the important decisions that can alter the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. But Farsighted explains how we can approach these choices more effectively, and how we can appreciate the subtle intelligence of choices that shaped our broader social history.


AI and Human Augmentation in Healthcare
Tuesday, October 2
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
EPAM Continuum, 21 Drydock Avenue, #410w, Boston

There is a lot of debate around whether machines will take human jobs. While some people believe that machines will replace human jobs, others are of the opinion that the application of machines will create more jobs than it will replace.
Come and learn with us whether technology and humans can together create robust healthcare solutions. 

Check-in and Networking: 6:00- 6:20 pm
Opening Remarks: 6:20- 6:25 pm
[NEW] Open mic: 6:25- 6:30 pm
Speaker session: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Networking: After 7:30 pm


Tarun Khanna book talk on Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Barker Center 110, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Caroline Elkins, Professor of History and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO, 617-495-0739
DETAILS  Tarun Khanna on his new book, Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries, and in conversation with Caroline Elkins.
Free and open to the public; seating is limited.


The Future of (Sustainable) Work
Tuesday, October 2
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Venture Cafe Kendall, One Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 – $12

Our next event is just ahead of the MA Green Careers Conference, so we thought we would take a look at the future of work and the place of sustainability in it. To do this, we have invited three inspiring guest speakers to inform and envision with us what the jobs of the future will be, what skills the future workforce will need, and which companies will attract the best talent with their sustainable concepts and environments. 
Come learn about the evolving job economy from Fernando Montejo of MIT - Solve

Fernando Montejo is the Community Relations Officer for Solve’s Economic Prosperity pillar. In this role, Fernando engages leaders from the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors to identify and support solutions to economic prosperity challenges in cities and regions worldwide. He is passionate about advancing community and economic development through civic innovation, place-based initiatives, and impactful partnerships. He is currently working on the Work of the Future Challenge, the winners of which will be announced in late September.
Prior to joining Solve, Fernando worked with the executive team of the New York City Housing Authority, where he helped implement a portfolio of rigorous initiatives to improve quality of life for more than 400,000 working and low-income New Yorkers. He has also served as a researcher at the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, and was a Global Policy Fellow at the Institute of Technology & Society in Rio de Janeiro, where he investigated the social challenges and innovation opportunities of staging the 2016 Olympic Games. 
Fernando is of Peruvian descent, born and raised in Queens, New York City. He holds a Master in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Studies from Cornell University.
Come hear about the workforce of the future, preparing this and the next generation of leaders, from Drew Bonfiglio, Co-founder of Emzingo

Drew is the co-founder of Emzingo, a social enterprise and Certified B Corp focused on creating the next generation of responsible leaders. He and his colleagues work with businesses, universities, and professionals to design and deliver experiential learning that instills a mindset of Responsible Leadership, drives purpose at work, promotes social innovation and environmental awareness, and creates a culture of collaboration. 
Drew is also co-founder and co-chair of the B Local Boston board (a professional working group of certified B Corps) where he is helping Greater Boston to use "Business as a Force for Good". Drew holds an M.S. in Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from IE Business School. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife, two kids and puppy. 
Come hear about B Corps and designing job places of the future with Anne Sherman of STAACH

Anne is a designer and Director of Sustainability & Operations at STAACH, a multidisciplinary design and manufacturing company with a specialty in creating inspired interiors and furniture for commercial spaces. She brings a passion for design, systems thinking, social impact, and management to her work re-imagine the ways in which businesses operate and interact with society. Her mission is to inform businesses how to build lasting value by demonstrating authenticity, integrity, and accountability to all stakeholders while supporting a sustainable future by employing a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis tools with co-operative learning processes. 

Anne is also a champion for the community of Certified B Corps and an advocate for policies supporting sustainable business practices. 
Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Carol, Holly, Tilly and Eric


Saskia Sassen: Intellectual Commons 
Tuesday, October 2
MIT, Building 10-250, Huntington Hall, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Intellectual Commons
At a time when digital communications are growing, the need for direct interaction is all the more vital. At a time when MIT is building bridges across schools and disciplines, we can no longer operate primarily at the scale of micro-units. This reflects neither the interests of the new generation nor the nature of the problems that the world is leaving at our doorstep. 

I invite you to come up with ideas that reflect the values that we hold in common. The vitality of the School—a community invested in shaping better commons for the world, from the environment to cities to public spaces and public art—is the extent in which we can exercise our collective imaginary. —Hashim Sarkis

This fall, SA+P Dean Hashim Sarkis and Architecture's Mark Jarzombek invite you to participate in a series of talks and workshops organized under the theme Intellectual Commons. The series begins on October 2 with a keynote lecture from Saskia Sassen, followed by workshops on October 9 and November 15 with faculty from the School, moderated by Sassen and Jarzombek.

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired until 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering, and digitization three key variables running though her work. Sassen has authored eight books and is the editor or co-editor of three books.

*Free and open to the public. All are welcome.*


National Trails 50th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, October 2
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Appalachian Mountain Club, 10 City Square, Boston

Ben Cosgrove, NE Trail Artist-in-Residence
Join AMC in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System! AMC is proud to help manage two of America's eleven National Scenic Trails; the Appalachian Trail and the New England Trail. We'll be honoring the occasion at our Boston Headquarters with a special performance by New England Trail Artist-in-Residence Ben Cosgrove. Composer-performer Ben Cosgrove writes music about place, landscape and environment, and for the last year, he has been serving as the Artist-in-Residence for the New England National Scenic Trail. 
Light refreshments will be served.

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Professor Michael Meltsner in Conversation With Daniel Medwed
Tuesday, October 2
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Growing up in a depression battered family, one tangled by a mortal secret, With Passion tells the improbable story of an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who thought of himself as a “miscast” lawyer but ended up defending peaceful protesters, representing Mohammad Ali, suing Robert Moses, counseling Lenny Bruce, bringing the case that integrated hundreds of southern hospitals, and named “the principal architect of the death penalty abolition movement in the United States.” More than a meditation on often frustrating legal efforts to fight inequality and racism, Michael Meltsner—also a novelist and playwright—vividly recounts the life of a New York kid, struggling to make sense of coming of age amid the tumult of vast demographic and cultural changes in the city.

Professor Meltsners will be in conversation with Daniel Medwed. Professor Medwed teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Advanced Criminal Procedure: Wrongful Convictions and Post-Conviction Remedies. His research and pro bono activities revolve around the topic of wrongful convictions. His book, Prosecution Complex: America’s Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent (New York University Press, 2012), explores how even well-meaning prosecutors may contribute to wrongful convictions because of cognitive biases and an overly-deferential regime of legal and ethical rules. His recently published Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent (Cambridge University Press, 2017), discusses the lessons learned from a quarter century of DNA exonerations. Professor Medwed is the legal analyst for WGBH News, Boston’s local NPR and PBS affiliate.


People who are changing the world & those who want to help them [video call]
Tuesday, October 2
9:00 PM

This is your opportunity to connect over video with people who are working relentlessly to change the world and those who want to chip in and help.

No matter whether you're working 100's of hours or week or simply have an extra hour or two a week you want to contribute to a worthy cause, this is your chance to connect. After all, as Margaret Mead surmised: 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.'

We're running this event as a Meetaway. For anyone new to the Meetaway format, Meetaways are online events where you can choose who meet for a series of 1:1 video conversations. So, skip the commute and meet people from the comfort of your own home or office!

Don't forget, you'll want to join the event on a laptop or desktop with Chrome or Firefox because having everyone on a laptop or desktop results in a better overall experience for everyone.

If you want to help change the world, then RSVP today.

Wednesday, October 3

Symposium: Microbiome in Human Disease
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE  Joseph B Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Education, Health Sciences, Lecture, Research study, Science
SPEAKER(S)  Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MBBS, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital
Emily Balskus, PhD, Harvard University
C. Ronald Kahn, MD, Joslin Diabetes Center
Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Hera Vlamakis, PhD, Broad Institute
Howard L. Weiner, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
COST  Free
TICKET INFO  Reservation Required
DETAILS  Human microbiota, the collection of microorganisms living inside and on the surface of our bodies, have been associated with various aspects of numerous diseases. These associations include susceptibility, causation, complications, and even prevention. While the impact of translational microbiological research, most dramatically in the cure and prophylaxis of infectious diseases, has been extraordinary, the relationship of the microbiome to other disease states remains under-investigated, as does the import of microbial ecology in normal and pathological states.
The Microbiome in Human Disease Symposium, sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst Reactor Program, will provide researchers with the opportunity to learn about current human microbiome research and promote a greater understanding of the role(s) microbiomes play in the manifestation and treatment of human disease in its broadest sense. Information about many of the microbiome-related cores and services from across the university and hospitals will be highlighted.
Confirmed Speakers
Ashwin Ananthakrishnan, MBBS, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital
Emily Balskus, PhD, Harvard University
C. Ronald Kahn, MD, Joslin Diabetes Center
Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Hera Vlamakis, PhD, Broad Institute
Howard L. Weiner, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Pilot Funding
An announcement will be made during the symposium about an upcoming funding opportunity that focuses on the role(s) microbiomes play in the manifestation and treatment of human disease in its broadest sense.


Technology and the Assault on Empathy in Adolescents and Young Adults
Wednesday, October 3
10 AM- 11:15 AM 
Judge Baker Children’s Center, 53 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston

Sherry Turkle, PhD, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Editorial Comment:  I’m wondering if too many techies are on the autistic spectrum and unconsciously designing autism into our social media.


Cheater's Dilemma: Iraqi Signals, Reputation, and WMD Disarmament
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer Building, Fainsod Room (324), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S)  Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo.
CONTACT INFO Jacob Carozza
DETAILS  In March 2003 the United States led a coalition to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime believing Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). We now know that the regime secretly destroyed their WMD in the summer of 1991 and disbanded these programs shortly thereafter. Surprisingly, Iraqi officials acted as if they had something to hide, even after Saddam’s August 1995 orders to fully cooperate with the inspectors. This led the United States and other countries to believe Iraq was hiding weapons or programs. Why did the Iraqi regime behave in such an incriminating manner at the risk of their own survival? This seminar examines new primary sources to explain Iraqi signals and behavior between 1991 and 2003.

Editorial Comment:  Of course the more pertinent question remains why the USA was so ready to believe, up to and including lying, that Iraq was an imminent threat to the world after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.


Massachusetts Farm to School Awareness Day
Grand Staircase, Massachusetts State House

We hope you will join Massachusetts Farm to School and other farm to school advocates for the second annual Farm to School Awareness Day. On October 3, 2018 partners from around the Commonwealth will come together at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate Massachusetts Farm to School Month, and all things farm to school! This day will be a great opportunity to meet with your legislators to share the exciting farm to school activities happening in your community, as well as visit with other farm to school organizations and congratulate this year's Kale Blazer Award recipient.

Schedule a meeting with your legislators that day! Check out our website for more information including opportunities to participate even if you can't make it to the event in person. The event is FREE & open to all, but please RSVP here if you plan to attend and let us know if you have any questions.  

Hope to see you there & please share this email widely!          

The Massachusetts Farm to School Team


Can We Ever Get It Right? Voting Technology in 2018
Wednesday, October 3 
12:00 pm-1:00 pm 
MIT, Building 66-168, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Suzanne Mello-Stark, of the University of Rhode Island will address the vulnerabilities of voting technology.  


Agricultural residue for community cooking in Rural India
Wednesday, October 3
MIT, Building 1-242, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Prof. Sanjay Mahajani, Professor-in-Charge Tata Centre for Technology and Design and Professor of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay

The dry garden/agriculture/forest waste may be used for community cooking in rural India. It has a potential to replace wood/LPG, partially or fully. The approach suggested here is pelletization of waste followed by gasification. The waste has relatively high ash content and hence the gasifier to be used for cooking, should be cleverly designed to meet user's expectations. It is also necessary to build an ecosystem that takes care of biomass supply and pelletization facility. The talk would cover the work done by the project team on several such aspects. 


Decoding the Ballot Box: Do You Have Questions About Voting in the U.S.?
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Caitlin Donnelly, Education Director, Nonprofit VOTE; and Pam Wilmot, Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts
COST  Free
DETAILS  Join Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Caitlin Donnelly, Education Director, Nonprofit VOTE; and Pam Wilmot, Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts, for a discussion about the nuances of casting a ballot in the U.S. This talk is for everyone from first-time voters to seasoned political professionals and will cover the voting process from voter registration to election day results.


Geostructural Realism and the Return of Bipolarity in International Politics
Wednesday, October 3
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Øystein Tunsjø, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College
This presentation first demonstrates that the current international system has returned to bipolarity by pointing to the narrowing power gap between China and the US, the widening power gap between China and any third ranking power, and the similar distribution of capabilities between the contemporary international system and the previous bipolar system. Second, it argues that Waltz's neorealist theory remains unfinished since he did not compare bipolar systems. Since no studies have compared states balancing behavior or examined the relative stability between two bipolar systems, the third objective is to refine Waltz's structural realist theory and present a new geostructural realist theory. 

Bio:  Øystein Tunsjø is Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies at the Norwegian Defence University College. Tunsjø is author of The Return of Bipolarity in World Politics: China, the United States and Geostructural Realism (Columbia University Press, 2018); Security and Profits in China's Energy Policy: Hedging Against Risk (Columbia University Press, 2013), and US Taiwan Policy: Constructing the Triangle (London: Routledge, 2008). Tunsjø holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA from Griffith University, Australia. Tunsjø was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, during spring term of 2010.


Our History with Honeybees (Gonson Lecture)
Wednesday, October 3
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5 

Mark Lewis, Apiculturist
When did our history with honeybees begin? 10,000 years ago? One hundred times that, or more? It is probably most accurate to say our relationship with honeybees was always there and some recent anthropological studies suggest that honeybees may have played a crucial role in some key aspects of human evolution. This talk will endeavor to begin at the beginning and move forward to the present in an effort to understand how it could be that, despite so many advances in both science and beekeeping, we have arrived at a place where honeybees are struggling.


In Our Own Voice: Stories of Living with Mental Illness
Wednesday, October 3
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Monadnock (2001), Cambridge

BroadLife and The Stanley Center present an event from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) called In Our Own Voice.  The presentation provides a personal perspective of mental illness, as presenters with lived experience talk openly about what it's like to live with a mental health condition.
In Our Own Voice changes attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes about people with mental health conditions as trained presenters humanize the misunderstood, highly stigmatized topic of mental illness by showing that it's possible—and common—to live well with a mental health condition. This presentation also provides:
A chance to ask presenters questions, allowing for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispelling of stereotypes and misconceptions.
The understanding that every person with a mental health condition can hope for a brighter future.
Information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community.
Refreshments will be served.


Finding Fairness in Computer Science
Wednesday, October 3
4:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Lecture by Cynthia Dwork RI '19
Free and open to the public.
Cynthia Dwork’s research focuses on applying computer science theory to societal problems. Examples include developing a theory of and algorithmic tools for privacy-preserving data analysis, developing universal techniques for ensuring statistical validity in exploratory data analysis, and defining and ensuring fairness in classification algorithms.

The three problems of privacy-preserving data analysis, resilience to exploratory data analysis, and fairness in classification are deeply related, but placing fairness on a rigorous foundation is exceptionally challenging. This is due, in part, to the existence of many competing—and mutually exclusive—notions and measures of fairness, ensuring that any model of fairness will fail on some reasonable measures. The task is further complicated by a lack of access to “ground truth.”


Social Order in the Age of Big Data: Exploring the Knowledge Problem and the Freedom Problem
Wednesday, October 3
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Microsoft Research New England, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Nick Couldry
The Microsoft Research Colloquium at Microsoft Research New England focuses on research in the foundational aspects of computer science, mathematics, economics, anthropology and sociology. With an interdisciplinary flavor, this colloquium series features some of the foremost researchers in their fields talking about their research, breakthroughs and advances.

The agenda typically consists of approximately 50 minutes of prepared presentation and brief Q&A, followed immediately by a brief reception* to meet the speaker and address detailed questions. We welcome members of the local academic community to attend.


Is the classroom lecture becoming extinct or simply evolving?
Wednesday, October 3
Harvard, Pfizer Lecture Room B23, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab,12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Cathy Drennan, Professor of Biology and Chemistry and MacVicar Fellow at MIT, Professor and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Abstract:  In the age of online learning, what is the future of the college classroom? Will students be watching taped lectures from their dorm room beds? Will residential campuses even exist in the future? Professor Cathy Drennan has been creating and assessing resources for the large classroom lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the past seven years, and her findings suggest that many of the cons of the big lecture can be addressed through small innovations. In this talk, she will present data that show that the big classroom lecture format retains value in this online world; that the traditional lecture can be evolved to create a positive learning environment for a diverse group of students. These data will be presented in person – come join us for a lively discussion of the future of education.


Pass-Through as a Test for Market Power: An Application to Solar Subsidies
Wednesday, October 3
4:15pm - 5:30pm
Harvard, Room L-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Jacquelyn Pless, University of Oxford, and Arthur van Benthem, University of Pennsylvania.

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged.

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy


Trade Wars: Much More Than Just Tariffs
Wednesday, October 3
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT,  Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Tariffs are the tip of a conflict spiral: Actions that trigger powerful  disturbances, and dislocations in culture and society, politics and economics, currencies and exchange, national security and foreign policy, military action, and even war of “last resort” – to note the most obvious.   Forum 1 provides an overall context for the challenges at hand and presents different perspectives on past, present, and alternative futures. Questions that will be considered: Why Trade Wars? What matter most in trade wars and to whom? Who gains? Who loses? 

Join us for a fascinating and substantive discussion on the current trade crisis between China and the United States. Trade Wars: Much More Than Just Tariffs is the first in a series of programs, TRADE WARS AND YOU.

Dr. Nazli Choucri: Chair, Professor of Political Science, MIT
Dr. Min Chen: Speaker on 'Trade Wars – Causes and Consequences’,Professor of Physics, MIT
Dr. Wennie Wu: Speaker on 'War and Peace of World Trade’, Visiting Scientist at MIT, Fall 2017; Director of International Innovative Institute
Dr. Daron Acemoglu: Speaker on 'Trade Wars and the Political Order' and Chair of Q/A, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, MIT
Dr. John Tirman: Panel Chair, The executive director and a principal research scientist at MIT's Center for International Studies. 


Molecular approaches to solar energy conversion
Wednesday, October 3
5:15pm to 6:15pm
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

This presentation will describe several projects that look to understand how to capture solar photons to generate charges and then use those charges to carry out energy-demanding reactions. This research includes new approaches to increasing light harvesting efficiency in molecular solids using singlet exciton fission to generate two triplet excitons, which in turn will produce two electron-hole pairs; self-assembled nanostructures that independently transport electrons and holes over long distances; and new super-redox agents that use radical ion excited states to provide the high redox potentials needed to power catalysts that drive energy-demanding chemical reactions.

About the speaker:  Michael R. Wasielewski is currently the Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, executive director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, and director of the Center for Light Energy Activated Redox Processes, a US-DOE Energy Frontier Research Center. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. His research has resulted in over 620 publications and focuses on light-driven processes in molecules and materials, artificial photosynthesis, molecular electronics, molecular spintronics, ultrafast optical spectroscopy, and time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.


Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World
Wednesday, October 3
Lesley University, Marran Theater, 34 Mellen Street, Cambridge

Author Suzy Hansen will discuss her book "Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World" — the CLAS Reads selection for this year.

In a time where events seem to spin us too fast to regain our footing, many around the world are seeking firmer ground and rethinking what belonging to a community means. As an American-born journalist who reported in and from Turkey, Hansen’s own experience as an outsider gave her a unique perspective to tackle this issue.

Hansen will be available to sign her book following the lecture.

Suzy Hansen is a journalist and editor living in Istanbul. Her first book, Notes on a Foreign Country, was published in 2017 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. It was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction and the winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award for Best Nonfiction Book on International Affairs.

Hansen is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and has written for the Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, Vogue, The Baffler, The New York Times Book Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New Republic, GQ, Bookforum, Bidoun, and other publications. For several years, she was a senior editor at the New York Observer, and before that, an editor in the books section at Salon. In 2007, Hansen was awarded a two year fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs to live in and write about Turkey.


Screening and Filmmaker Discussion Featuring David Heilbroner '84 on "Traffic Stop"
Wednesday, October 3 
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Northeastern University School of Law, 250 Dockser Hall, 66 Forsyth Street, Boston

Join NUSL's Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) for a special screening of Traffic Stop, an Oscar-nominated short film produced by David Heilbroner '84.

Traffic Stop tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American school teacher from Austin, Texas, who is stopped for a routine traffic violation that escalates into a dramatic arrest. Nominated for an Academy Award for Docllllentary Short Subject, Traffic Stop illuminates timely, resonant issues of race and law enforcement while offering an intimate portrait of one woman in the wake of her traumatic arrest. 

Presented by the Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) & the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Northeastern University School of Law


Digital Health Evening 2018
Wednesday, October 3
5:30 – 9:00pm EDT
Glass House, 450 Kendall Street, Cambridge

Across biopharma and healthcare industries, digital health technologies could be the key to unlocking better treatments, patient engagement, real world data collection and improved healthcare overall. However, the big question on everyone’s mind is how?

Don’t miss this market-defining event focusing on the successful development and implementation of digital strategies.

Join us to hear from four industry experts at the forefront of digital health who will be giving their insights into:
The latest and next-gen technologies driving change in the industry
Personalized medicine and improving treatment efficacy
Patient centricity and digital engagement
How to develop your digital strategy and take it from proof of concept to full implementation
These talks will be followed by a panel discussion and open forum for a Q&A session. 
Space is limited so register in advance to secure a spot!

We are pleased to have the following four expert speakers from the worlds of drug development, digital health and patient engagement confirmed to speak at this event.
Please take a look at our website for full speaker bios.
Corey Fowler, PhD – Associate Director, Global Clinical Development in CNS and Digital Medicine, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
Shwen Gwee, PhD – General Manager, Digital Accelerator, Novartis
Sylvain Piquet – Chief Operating Officer, Peak Labs
Jenny Barnett, PhD – Chief Scientific Officer, Cambridge Cognition 

Why you should attend
If you work in the in the biopharmaceutical, health or MedTech industries or have a vested interest in digital health, this event will help you to become a digital leader.
Discover emerging best-practices
Hear from industry experts 
See the latest technologies
Network with peers in the arena
Future-proof your organization 
Our industry is evolving. Don’t get left behind. Get your tickets today!

Who is this event for?
Professionals from biotech, pharmaceutical, CRO, healthcare and technology industries, particularly those working in:
Drug development
Medical affairs
Patient engagement
Digital health

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Future Forward:  Leadership Lessons from Patrick McGovern, the Visionary Who Circled the Globe and Built a Technology Media Empire
Wednesday, October 3
6:00 PM
Singleton Auditorium at MIT Building 46, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and Harvard Book Store welcome journalist and author GLENN RIFKIN for a discussion of Future Forward, his new biography of Patrick McGovern.
About Future Forward

Like Steve Jobs, Patrick McGovern built a worldwide multibillion-dollar industry by thinking differently, disrupting old business models, and embracing new technology trends. He drove the future forward and never looked back. With magazines such as Computerworld, PCWorld, and Macworld, his company, International Data Group (IDG), quickly became a global powerhouse with information technology publications in nearly 100 countries.
The story of IDG’s astonishing success has been a source of inspiration for entrepreneurs all around the world. No matter what industry you work in―whether you’re heading up a small startup, expanding a mid-sized company, or running a major global corporation―McGovern’s people-first principles, insights, and integrity will help you lead the way.
Learn how to:
Define a clear mission early in the game―for long-term success.
Identify new markets and stay ahead of the curve.
Expand your business globally but have it managed locally.
Listen to your customers and empower your people.
Hire the best and challenge them to do their best work.
Never stop learning and always remain curious.
Foster a let’s-try-it attitude throughout the company.
Lead with optimism and stay true to your values and vision.

In addition to these timeless lessons, you’ll learn how this future-forward leader broke new ground in the 1980s by opening offices in China, the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and other markets deemed off-limits. You’ll discover how his company thrived in spite of major industry shifts―from mainframe computers to minicomputers to personal computers, from print to digital to smartphones―that upended many rivals. Living at the intersection of these classic disruptions, McGovern never missed a beat. He understood well before most that a revolution in information technology was underway and not only was there money to be made but that this would soon become the world’s largest industry. Most important, he never forgot the human element that is so crucial to any company’s success. His leadership in the creation of one of the world’s leading brain research institutes at MIT only served to cement his legacy.


How the Other Half Lives: Researching Occupations in Early New England
Wednesday, October 3
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston

How did laborers and tradespeople fit into Puritan society? What did people do for a living and how much respect was accorded to farmers, artisans, blacksmiths and others who did essential work without being in positions of prominence? David Lambert, Chief Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, will discuss the variety of occupations in 17th-century New England, how they were integral to a thriving Puritan society, and how documentary evidence can shed light on their daily lives.

Mr. Lambert’s talk will be followed by refreshments from 7:30-8:00 PM.
An RSVP for this event is required due to limited space at the venue.

About the speaker
David Lambert has been on the staff of NEHGS since 1993 and is the organization’s Chief Genealogist. David is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history. His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England. Lambert has published many articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Rhode Island Roots, The Mayflower Descendant, and American Ancestors magazine. He has also published A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (NEHGS, 2009). David is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass., and a life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He is also the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts.

About the event series
Every fall, in honor of the naming of Boston, the Partnership of Historic Bostons hosts a series of free events exploring an intriguing aspect of Puritan life. This year’s theme is From Theology to Commerce: the First Three Generations of 17th-century Boston.
To see a list of the entire series of FREE events, please visit


Venezuela Today:  Challenges from Within and Abroad
Wednesday, October 3
6:30 to 8:00pm
BU, College of Arts and Sciences, Room B 12, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Steve Ellner, author of numerous books and professor at Universidad De Oriente in Venezuela from 1977 to 2003, is touring the US to give a presentation on the recent events in Venezuela and how people there are coping with hyper-inflation as well as food and medicine shortages.

The Bolivarian Revolution, initiated by Hugo Chavez in 1999 and now led by President Nicolas Maduro, has been in the bullseye of attacks by the Trump administration and the European Union. The US and European sanctions have been an economic stranglehold that has caused the Venezuelan economy to crumble. Economic sanctions prevent the normal flow of payments for goods, causing shortages and hyper-inflation that has reached over 1,000%. Venezuelans have resorted to migration to neighboring countries to look for a better life. The exodus has created a shortage of human talent in Venezuela impairing infrastructure (water, electricity, gas). The main Venezuelan industry, oil, has also suffered due to lack of talented resources and disinvestments, leading to a production decline of over 50%.

The Venezuelan Solidarity Committee is organizing a delegation to Venezuela in November. Information on the delegation will be available at this event.

Steve Ellner earned his Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of New Mexico in 1980. Since 1977 he has taught economic history and political science at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University (2004), Duke University (2005), Universidad de Buenos Aires (2010), Australian National University (2013), and Tulane University (2015) and has taught at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins, all in the field of Latin American history and political science. Among his book publications are:  Venezuela's Movimiento al Socialismo: From Guerrilla Defeat to 
Electoral Politics (Duke University Press, 1988);  Organized Labor in Venezuela, l958-l991: Behavior and Concerns in a Democratic Setting (Scholarly Resources, l993); /Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Polarization and the Ch?vez Phenomenon/. (Lynne Rienner, 2008).

Sponsored by: BU Center for Latin American Studies, Pardee School of Global Studies and US-Venezuelan Solidarity Committee


How Birds Migrate
Wednesday, October 3
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain

Lorna Gibson, PhD, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Young Benjamin Franklin:  The Birth of Ingenuity
Wednesday, October 3
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome author and historian NICK BUNKER—whose book An Empire on the Edge was a Pulitzer Prize finalist—for a discussion of his latest book, Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity.

About Young Benjamin Franklin
From his early career as a printer and journalist to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles: with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of forty-one, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge.

Always trying to balance virtue against ambition, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being, made from the conflicts of an age of slavery as well as reason. With archival material from both sides of the Atlantic, we see Franklin in Boston, London, and Philadelphia, as he develops his formula for greatness. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, this is also a story about Franklin's forebears: the talented family of English craftsmen who produced America's favorite genius.


Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir 
Wednesday, October 3
Trident Books Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston

Reading & Signing w/ Sarah Fawn Montgomery
About the Book:  Diagnosed with severe anxiety, PTSD, and OCD in her early twenties, Sarah Fawn Montgomery spent the next ten years seeking treatment and the language with which to describe the indescribable consequences of her mental illness. Faced with disbelief, intolerable side effects, and unexpected changes in her mental health as a result of treatment, Montgomery turned to American history and her own personal history—including her turbulent childhood and the violence she faced as a young woman to make sense of the experience.

Blending memoir with literary journalism, Montgomery’s Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir examines America’s history of mental illness treatment—lobotomies to sterilization, the rest cure to Prozac—to challenge contemporary narratives about mental health. Questioning what it means to be a woman with highly stigmatized disorders, Montgomery also asks why mental illness continues to escalate in the United States despite so many “cures.” Investigating the construction of mental illness as a “female” malady, Montgomery exposes the ways current attitudes towards women and their bodies influence madness as well as the ways madness has transformed to a chronic illness in our cultural imagination. Montgomery’s Quite Mad is one woman’s story, but it offers a beacon of hope and truth for the millions of individuals living with mental illness and issues a warning about the danger of diagnosis and the complex definition of sanity.


The Past and Future of Viral Outbreaks
Wednesday, October 3
7 to 9:00 p.m. 
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Auditorium (in Goldenson Hall), 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston


What's At Stake -- Separation of Religion and State Today
Wednesday, October 3
7:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building 2-190, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

From efforts to drop the Johnson Amendment, to FEMA policy changes benefiting houses of worship, to SCOTUS drift jeopardizing women's bodily autonomy, the past few years have presented numerous challenges to American secular governance, threatening to stall or reverse much of the progress made by the historical struggle for separation of religion and state in the US. We at the Secular Society of MIT have brought together representatives from three organizations that have long been standing guard over and advancing secular civil liberties and rights for Americans, to take stock of the situation, and to discuss the question of where to go from here.

Members of the panel:
Ronal Madnick, President, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Massachusetts Chapter
Carol Rose, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts Chapter
Zachary Bos, Co-Chair, Secular Coalition for America, Massachusetts Chapter

Free entry. Free light refreshments.
The event will be photographed and recorded.

Thursday, October 4

LAUNCH.NANO: AT THE DAWN OF THE NANO AGE - Grand Opening Celebration
Thursday, October 4
8:30am - 7pm
MIT, Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

To harness the power of nanotechnology in service to humanity’s greatest challenges, MIT has spent the past six years constructing, at the heart of the campus, a new center for nanoscience and nanotechnology. MIT.nano is now ready to launch as an advanced facility open to the entire community of faculty, researchers, partners, and students. A convening space to spark collaboration and cross-pollination. A hive for tinkering with atoms, one by one—and for constructing, from these fantastically small building blocks, a future of infinite possibility.  

Join us on October 4, 2018, for a series of celebration events:
8:30AM – 4:00PM  LAUNCH.nano Symposium at Kresge Auditorium 
4:00PM – 7:00PM  Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at MIT.nano. Grand Opening Celebration at MIT.nano, with a ribbon cutting, reception, tours, exhibitions, a poster session, and more.

This event is free and open to the public

Poster Session
Prizes for the top two posters who are able to present the most memorable posters conveying the personality of the researcher as well as the research. More

MIT.nano Grand Opening Agenda
8:30am  WELCOME  MIT President L. Rafael Reif 
9:00am  Session 1 – ENERGY
SESSION CHAIR  Robert Armstrong, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering
SESSION KEYNOTE  John Deutch, Institute Professor and Professor of Chemistry
SPEAKERS  Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering 
Karen Gleason, Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering
9:45am  Break
10:00am  Session 2 – HEALTH AND MEDICINE
SESSION CHAIR  Tyler Jacks, David H. Koch Professor of Biology, Director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
SESSION KEYNOTE  Elazer Edelman, Director of Institute of Medical Engineering and Science, Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Science MIT; Professor of Medicine and Senior Attending Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
SPEAKERS  Katharina Ribbeck, Hyman Career Development Professor of Biological Engineering
Thomas Schwartz, Boris Magasanik Professor of Biology
10:40am  Session 3 – QUANTUM COMPUTING
SESSION CHAIR  Michael Sipser, Dean of Science and Donner Professor of Mathematics
SPEAKER  William Oliver, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Physics and Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT; and Laboratory Fellow, MIT Lincoln Laboratory 
ROUNDTABLE –Quantum Information Science: Nano & Macro
Moderated by:  Isaac Chuang, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning
11:45am   Lunch 
Anantha Chandrakasan, Dean of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE  Eric Evans, Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory
1:20pm   Session 4 – MATERIALS
SESSION CHAIR  Carl Thompson, Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Laboratory
SESSION KEYNOTE  Krystyn Van Vliet, Associate Provost and Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Biological Engineering
SPEAKERS  Markus Buehler, Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering and McAfee Professor of Engineering
Frances Ross, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
2:00pm   Break
2:15pm   Session 5 – THE NEW FRONTIERS OF DESIGN
SESSION CHAIR  Robert Millard, Chairman of the MIT Corporation
SPEAKER  Admir Masic, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
ROUNDTABLE  Moderated by Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning
PANELISTS  Craig Carter, POSCO Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Paul Ha, Director of the List Visual Arts Center
Anette (Peko) Hosoi, Associate Dean of Engineering, Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Carlo Ratti, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Director of SENSEable City Lab
Vladimir Bulović, Director of MIT.nano, Professor of Engineering, MacVicar Fellow, Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Chair in Emerging Technology
3:45pm  Program ends


Rethinking Malaria: The Role of Faith & Community in Saving Lives
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Religion
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Divinity School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Center for the Study of World Religions (HDS), Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe Initiative (HSPH), J.C. Flowers Foundation
SPEAKER(S)  The Right Rev. Andre Soares, bishop of the Diocese of Angola and vice-president of the Council of Christian Churches in Angola; the Right Rev. David Njovu, bishop of the Diocese of Lusaka (Zambia); the Right Rev. Cleophas Lunga, bishop of the Diocese of Matebeleland (Zimbabwe).
CONTACT INFO Carmen Mejia,
DETAILS  Anglican church leaders in sub-Saharan Africa have a vision of a malaria-free world. Join us for a panel discussion with church leaders from sub-Saharan Africa about the role of faith in the eradication of malaria and learn how religious leaders and communities are working to end the disease for good. HDS Professor of African Religious Traditions Jacob Olupona and HSPH Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases Dyann Wirth will moderate the panel.


Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design
Thursday, October 4
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

David Buckley Borden, Artist/Designer
Aaron Ellison, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest
Hemlock Hospice is an immersive site-specific science-communication project that tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock wooly adelgid. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests. The talk includes an overview of the Hemlock Hospice project from the complementary perspectives of science, art, and design, and also addresses the practical challenges of realizing such interdisciplinary projects. The authors will share their research-driven creative process, including challenges, and highlight the team’s collaborative approach to science communication at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.

David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge-based interdisciplinary artist and designer known for his creative practice of making ecological issues culturally relevant to the general public by means of accessible art and design. David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked with Sasaki Associates and Ground before focusing his practice at theintersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event. David’s work now manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-specific landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery. David’s place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena and have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Art Lab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and MASS MoCA. David is an Associate Fellow at the Harvard Forest where he works with scientists to answer the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around
environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making.”

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Senior Ecologist at the Harvard Forest, and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He studies the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances; thinks about the relationship between the Dao and the intermediate disturbance hypothesis; reflects on the critical and reactionary stance of Ecology relative to Modernism, blogs as The Unbalanced Ecologist, and tweets as @AMaxEll17. He is the author
of A Primer of Ecological Statistics (2004), A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (2012; recipient of the 2013 USA Book News International Book Award in General Science, and the 2013 award for Specialty Title in Science and Nature from The New England Society in New York City), and Vanishing Point (2017), a collection of photographs and poetry from the Pacific Northwest). On weekends, he works wood.


20th-Century Plague: The Spanish Flu of 1918 & How It Changed The World
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Global Health Institute
Harvard Library
SPEAKER(S)  Laura Spinney, science journalist novelist, & author
Dr. Jonathan Quick, Harvard alum & author
TICKET INFO  Registration is free but required!
DETAILS  Science journalist, novelist, and author of the new book, "Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 & How It Changed The World," Laura Spinney, will talk with Harvard alum and author of "The End of Epidemics," Dr. Jonathan Quick, about the mysteries and lessons of the great 1918 influenza pandemic - and why they matter to all of us today.


Social Inequality in a Cross-National Perspective: The Case of the Working Homeless
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB Berlin);
Chair - Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, Harvard University; Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Harvard University; Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Seminar on Social Exclusion and Inclusion, CES, Harvard University
CONTACT INFO Stefan Beljean
DETAILS  In Germany as in the U.S., homeless people are usually perceived either as lazy, sick, or victims of the social welfare system. By focusing on the working homeless – a severe form of the working poor Allmendinger's work circumvents conventional stereotypes of homelessness and instead brings structural determinants of homelessness to the fore: income determination, housing markets and social security transfers. In the first part of her talk, she will discuss how these factors compare cross-nationally. The second part will then turn to cross-national differences that have not received much attention so far. Focusing on Los Angeles and its sister city Berlin, Allmendinger will look at the visibility of the homeless in inner cities, their sources of financial support, and people’s perceived own likelihood of downward mobility. In all three areas the research reveals differences between the two cities that raise important questions. First, while in Los Angeles the homeless, including the working homeless, are part of the inner city, they are much less visible than in Berlin. Does visibility matter for the self-perception of the homeless and the perception of homelessness by society-at-large? Second, homeless people in Los Angeles receive financial resources through civil society organizations while in Berlin transfer payments are provided by the state. This poses many questions: a) does the source of financial support matter? b) if so, what is its effect? Third, homelessness in Los Angeles is considered just ‘a paycheck away’ by the majority of society, in Berlin this is not the case. Does the perceived risk of downward mobility increase or decrease the compassion for homeless people?


OEB Seminar Series - "What Glows Below: New Insights on Biodiversity and Biooptics of Deep-Sea Plankton"
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE Biological Labs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
SPEAKER(S) Dr. Steven Haddock, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
TICKET INFO  Free and Open to the Public


A Fossil-Fuel-Free Economy is Entirely Possible
Thursday, October 4
3:30PM TO 4:45PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment and Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute host a seminar by Prem Shankar Jha, journalist and author; former editor at the Times of India and the Hindustan Times; former information advisor to the Prime Minister of India, V.P.Singh; former member of the energy panel of the World Commission for Environment and Development.

Contact Name:  Tiffany Chan


Following Nature’s Lead – Designing Biomaterials for Nerve Injury
Thursday, October 4
4:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker:   Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert (UT Austin)


Flint Mayor Karen Weaver & New Haven Mayor Toni Harp
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein 2036 East C, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, African American Mayors Association, Harvard Law School Urbanists
SPEAKER(S)  Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, CT
Mayor Karen Weaver of Flint, MI
COST  Free
DETAILS  We have all seen the headlines about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and the K2 overdose crisis in New Haven, Connecticut.
What is it like to lead a city already facing major ongoing challenges through such a crisis?
Hear from two dynamic mayors about how they have responded.


International Development: An Interdisciplinary Conversation
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Melani Cammett, Chair, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Faculty Associate. Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
David Engerman, Professor of History, Department of History, Yale University.
Stephen Macekura, Assistant Professor of History, Department of International Studies, Indiana University.
Erez Manela, Director, Graduate Student Programs; Faculty Associate. Professor of History, Department of History, Harvard University.
Dani Rodrik, Faculty Associate. Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School.
TICKET INFO  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  This event will bring together leading experts on the politics, economics, and history of international development to share the most exciting developments in their respective fields and to discuss how scholars of development in different disciplines can better talk to each other, and why they should. It will mark the publication of the new book, "The Development Century: A Global History." Edited by Stephen J. Macekura and Erez Manela, this volume offers a cutting-edge perspective on how development has shaped the history of the modern world.
Panel will be streamed on Facebook Live (…). If you cannot attend or watch it live, it will be available in the video section of our Facebook page afterward.


Democracy When You Least Expect It: Strong State Democratization in Authoritarian Asia
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
This event is co-sponsored by the Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs at the Harvard Korea Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Joseph Wong, Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs
COST  Free
DETAILS  The conventional wisdom is that democracy emerges from the ashes of a collapsed authoritarian regime. In other words, democratic prospects look most enticing when dictatorships become weak, unstable or fall. Counterintuitively, democracy in Asia has tended to emerge when authoritarian regimes have been relatively strong. We call this democracy-through-strength, and illuminate this model through historical examples in Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia, and assess the prospects of democracy in authoritarian stalwarts like China.
Join Joseph Wong, Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs, a Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, in discussion. Scott Mainwaring, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies, will moderate.


Starr Forum: Citizenship Under Attack
Thursday, October 4
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building 3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A conversation with Peter Spiro, Charles R. Weiner Professor of Law at Temple University, on citizenship issues. Justin Steil joins the conversation as a discussant.

Peter J. Spiro is currently the William & Patricia Kleh Visiting Professor of Law at Boston University and holds the Charles Weiner Chair in international law. Before joining Temple’s faculty in 2006, Professor Spiro was Rusk Professor of Law at the University of Georgia Law School. A former law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, Spiro specializes in international, immigration, and constitutional law. Spiro is the author of Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization (Oxford University Press 2008) and At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship (NYU Press 2016). He has contributed commentary to such publications as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic, and is frequently quoted in the media on international and immigration law issues.

Justin Steil is an assistant professor of law and urban planning at MIT and a steering group member of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration at the MIT Center for International Studies. His research examines the intersection of urban policy with property, land use, and civil rights law.

Co-sponsors: MIT Center for International Studies, the Inter-University Committee on International Migration
Free & open to the public | Refreshments served
Can't attend in person? Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube.
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new media and civic arts series: daniel bacchieri
Thursday, October 4
5:00pm – 6:00pm
MIT, ACT Cube (Building E15-001), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Daniel Bacchieri is an award-winning Brazilian journalist, documentary film maker and collaborative web developer/curator, whose visually inspiring StreetMusicMap platform has been widely praised for its curation of street performers from across the globe. Combining a documentarian vision with a trans-cultural appreciation of the public art of vernacular musicians, the StreetMusicMap collaborators are exploring the creative possibilities of collective story-telling through performance. The StreetMusicMap Instagram channel has more than 41,000 followers and 1,300 artists documented on videos in 97 countries, all filmed by more than 700 collaborators.

The Civic Arts Series, which is part of the CMS graduate program Colloquium, features talks by four artists and activists who are making innovative uses of media to reshape the possibilities of art as a source of civic imagination, experience and advocacy. Using a variety of contemporary media technologies–film, web platforms, game engines, drones–the series presenters have opened up new pathways to artistic expression that broaden public awareness around compelling civic issues and aspirations of our time.

Part of the New Media and Civic Arts Series, hosted with Comparative Media Studies


Let's Talk About Water
Thursday, October 4
East Boston Library, 365 Bremen Streetm East Boston

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), the Office of State Representative Adrian Madaro, and the University of Massachusetts Boston present a free film screening:
A documentary film highlighting the economic, political, and geographical difficulties that stand between Mexico City’s 22 million residents and a safe, reliable water supply.
Followed by a panel discussion exploring climate change and the storm-water management affecting all East Boston residents.

Jerad Bales, Executive Director, CUAHSI
Adrian Madaro, State Representative, 1st Suffolk
Magdalena Ayed, Founder and Director, The Harborkeepers
Gabriela Boscio, Climate Program Manager, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc. (NOAH)
Lydia Edwards, City Councilor, District 1
Paul Kirshen, Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Sponsored by:
The Office of State Representative Adrian Madaro
City of Boston
The Office of Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards


Conserving Biodiversity: A Global Priority
Thursday, October 4
Harvard, Geo Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

The Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in collaboration with the Indianapolis Prize welcome Russell A. Mittermeier, Chief Conservation Officer, Global Wildlife Conservation; Chair, Primate Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, who will examine strategies for setting conservation priorities, highlight successful initiatives from around the world, and demonstrate why biodiversity is so critical to human survival.

Biodiversity is the sum total of life on Earth and a living legacy to future generations. Sadly, it is declining almost everywhere on the planet. Russell A. Mittermeier, recipient of the 2018 Indianapolis Prize, is a biologist and lifelong conservationist who has traveled across 169 countries and discovered more than 20 species in his quest to save biodiversity hotspots. Focusing on nonhuman primates—our closest living relatives—Mittermeier will examine strategies for setting conservation priorities, highlight successful initiatives from around the world, and demonstrate why biodiversity is so critical to human survival. 

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authors@MIT: Leonardo Journal 50th Anniversary
Thursday, October 4
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50,  301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

You're invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leonardo/ISAST at the MIT Press Bookstore in Cambridge. Join us for a festive evening of conversation about the journal’s history and its long-standing relationship with MIT.

The event features: Roger Malina, Executive Editor of Leonardo; Danielle Siembieda, Managing Director of Leonardo; Nick Lindsay, Director of Journals and Open Access at the MIT Press; and Leonardo authors Elizabeth Goldring and Joan Brigham.

About Leonardo/ISAST
50 Years of Celebrating the Community
Almost half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time—offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision—to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The result was Leonardo, an academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics.


How to Fight a Nazi
Thursday, October 4
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, 4-270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Christian Picciolini was 14 when he became a Neo-Nazi skinhead. He denounced eight years later and dedicated himself to helping others disengage from extremist groups. Picciolini has done peace advocacy work for more than a decade and in 2018, he founded the Free Radicals Project, a nonprofit dedicated to transitioning former extremists. He has conducted more than 200 interventions with white supremacists, as well as with ISIS members and other types of violent extremists. Now an internationally-renowned speaker, author, and MSNBC contributor, Picciolini joins the MIT Communications Forum to discuss the state of extremism in America and how to combat it.

Christian Picciolini is a peace advocate and the author of White American Youth: My Descent Into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement — and How I Got Out. In 2009, he co-founded Life After Hate, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities and organizations implement long-term solutions that counter racism and violent extremism. Christian currently leads the Free Radicals Project, a global network of extremism preventionists who help people disengage from hate movements and other violent ideologies around the world.

All Communications Forum events are free and open to the general public.


Thursday, 4 October
6:15 – 8:30 pm EDT
Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, Lower Level, Johnson Building, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Michelle Parsons , Product Owner, Recommendations and Personalization, Spotify
Nicole Barsalona , Artist Management & Entertainment Consultant, 525 Entertainment Group
Matt Brooks, Boston Director, Sofar Sounds
Laura Davidson, Eastern Retail Market Development Specialist, Shure Incorporated

About This Event
For this event, GA & the Boston Public Library will welcome Sofar Sounds, Spotify, Shure, and 525 Entertainment Group to speak about the Future of Listening: Data & Music.
Everyday, we enjoy innovation in music through personalised playlists, streaming and live videos accessible at the tap of a screen, and it has all been driven by an unlikely friend - data.
Join us for a series of lightning talks as we explore the intersection of big data with the music industry in a race to the future of musical entertainment. We’ll be featuring speakers from the music industry who have mastered the art of using data and technology to deliver an exciting and unique experience of music en masse. 

We'll learn more about:
The science behind data-driven music services
The challenge posed by big data to the traditional music industry
How data is empowering artists as well as listeners
Where data is taking the future of music
By signing up for this event, you’re giving our partners and sponsors for this event permission to contact you about upcoming events and promotions. Please note seating is on a first come first serve basis.

About the Instructors
Michelle Parsons, Product Owner, Recommendations and Personalization, Spotify
Michelle currently works at Spotify as the Product Owner of the Recommendations and Personalization Platform. She leads a cross-functional team of back-end and machine learning engineers focused on improving the recommendations that power many of the surfaces of Spotify; these include the popular playlists such as “Discover Weekly” and “Daily Mix” as well as features such as Search and Home. Prior to joining Spotify, Michelle spent 2.5 years at KAYAK as the Head of Product for Hotels, where she owned cross-platform product development for the end-to-end user journey from Search to Purchase. She has a passion for design, user experience, and machine learning, specifically as they relate to improving search, discovery and personalization.

Nicole Barsalona, Artist Management & Entertainment Consultant, 525 Entertainment Group
Nicole Barsalona is Director of Everyday Rebellion Entertainment, artist management firm and indie label specializing in North American market development for international artists, including Prateek Kuhad (India), Mark Wilkinson (Australia), and music-tech company Parlour Gigs (Melbourne). Born and raised in the music industry, Nicole graduated from BU's College of Communication and began her career at Steven Van Zandt's media company Renegade Nation, where she eventually became Chief of Staff, Director of Communications & Operations, and Road Manager to Van Zandt on tours with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Highlights of her work include the CBGB Forever campaign, stakeholder development for the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, Super Bowl XLIII, and international affiliate acquisition for the Underground Garage. Nicole has been a featured speaker at SXSW, Grammy Pro, Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University, Boston University, and G-Rock events, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and Mashable. Passionate about non-profit work, she serves on the Board of Directors for Women In Music where she leads Global Chapter Development. Instagram: @nicolebarsalona // Email:

Matt Brooks, Boston Director, Sofar Sounds

Laura Davidson, Eastern Retail Market Development Specialist, Shure Incorporated
Laura Clapp Davidson is the eastern retail market development specialist for legendary Shure Incorporated. After initially forging her path as a singer/songwriter, Laura’s voice took her all over the world and eventually led her to a career in the MI industry. For the past twelve years she has worked with various manufacturers in product demonstration, global event coordination and marketing management. Since joining Shure last year, Laura has designed and created new initiatives to drive business and awareness in the retail segment and has been tasked with creating regular social media content for the brand. Her expertise is in fostering connections with customers through a focus on solution-based knowledge.


The Field of Blood:  Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Thursday, October 4
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome Yale professor of history and American studies JOANNE B. FREEMAN for a discussion of her latest book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War.
About The Field of Blood

Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress in The Field of Blood. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, canings, flipped desks, and all-out slugfests. When debate broke down, congressmen drew pistols and waved Bowie knives. One representative even killed another in a duel. Many were beaten and bullied in an attempt to intimidate them into compliance, particularly on the issue of slavery.
These fights didn’t happen in a vacuum. Freeman’s dramatic accounts of brawls and thrashings tell a larger story of how fisticuffs and journalism, and the powerful emotions they elicited, raised tensions between North and South and led toward war. In the process, she brings the antebellum Congress to life, revealing its rough realities―the feel, sense, and sound of it―as well as its nation-shaping import. Funny, tragic, and rivetingly told, The Field of Blood offers a front-row view of congressional mayhem and sheds new light on the careers of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and other luminaries, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known but no less fascinating men. The result is a fresh understanding of the workings of American democracy and the bonds of Union on the eve of their greatest peril.


Climate Solutions: Drawdown's Chad Frischmann
Thursday, October 4
7:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Chad Frischmann is the VP of Research of the #1 Best Selling Environmental Book of 2017 and New York Times Best Seller, Drawdown. Join MIT Climate Action Team and the Environmental Solutions Initiative to hear about the most comprehensive list of climate change solutions through the perspective of policy issues relevant to keeping our world clean and above sea level.

Come to meet other climate activists and community members to listen, mingle, and enjoy FREE Bertucci's dinner! The talk will be followed by a brief Q&A session.


Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed The World 
Thursday, October 4
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Laura Spinney
'Both a saga of tragedies and a detective story... Pale Rider is not just an excavation but a reimagining of the past’ Guardian

With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918–1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War I.

In Pale Rider, Laura Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. She shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test.

Laura Spinney demonstrates that the Spanish flu was as significant – if not more so – as two world wars in shaping the modern world; in disrupting, and often permanently altering, global politics, race relations, family structures, and thinking across medicine, religion and the arts.

About The Author: Laura Spinney is a science journalist and a literary novelist. She is the author of two novels and her writing on science has appeared in National Geographic, Nature, The Economist and The Telegraph, among others. Born in the UK, she has also lived in France and Switzerland.


History VS. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You to Know
Thursday, October 4
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PHD, have reclaimed the stories of twenty-five remarkable women who dared to defy history and change the world around them. From Mongolian wrestlers to Chinese pirates, Native American ballerinas to Egyptian scientists, Japanese novelists to British Prime Ministers, History vs Women will reframe the history that you thought you knew.

Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Best known as the creator and host of Feminist Frequency’s highly influential series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Anita lectures at universities, conferences and game development studios around the world. Anita dreams of owning a life-size replica of Buffy’s scythe.

Ebony Adams, PhD, is an author, activist, and former college educator whose work highlights the lives and work of black women in the diaspora. She lives in Los Angeles with a steadily increasing collection of Doctor Who memorabilia. She writes widely on film criticism, social justice, and pop culture.

This event is in conversation with author Jaclyn Friedman.


The Climate Mobilization:  Daniel Pinchbeck “How Soon is Now”: Psychedelics, Initiation, and the Climate Crisis
Thursday, October 4

Please join me NEXT Thursday (10/4) from 8pm-9pm Eastern Time, I will be hosting a live conversation with pioneering author Daniel Pinchbeck. We’ll be talking about his fascinating book How Soon is Now (2017) and discussing the ecological crisis from the angle of consciousness and spirituality. Daniel is an out of the box thinker and brings thought provoking, refreshing insights to the crisis we’re facing. I hope you join us!

Daniel and I will meet in person for this one, so we will be broadcasting straight to Facebook, where you can watch and ask questions. Please RSVP for call in info.