Sunday, October 28, 2018

Energy (and Other) Events - October 28, 2018

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Monday, October 29

12pm  PAOC Colloquium - Brian Arbic (University of Michigan)
12pm  How do rainforests and biomass burning aerosols affect rainy season onsets over tropical continents?
12pm  The Political Economy of Pricing Carbon in a 2°C World
12pm  Criminals or Enemies? 21st Century Legal Systems: The International Criminal Court and Its Relation with the War on Terror
12:10pm  Ecology and evolution of species range limits
12:15pm  Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonisation in the Dutch East Indies
12:30pm  Navigating the new energy landscape – What’s ahead, why it’s important and how we get there
12:30pm  Architectural Robotics-Embodied Computation 
4:30pm  Carpooling and the Economics of Self-Driving Cars
5pm  The Great Barrier Reef Initiative
5:15pm  Why DNA Has So Far Failed to Provide Clear Insights About Distinctively Human Traits
5:30pm  Bringing in the Big Guns: How Voters Can Disarm America’s Gun Lobby
6pm  Women and the Halls of Power:  A Conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco
6pm  Introduction to Regenerative Development and the LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social and Economic Systems) Framework
6:30pm  Why 21st Century Children Need Nature 
6:30pm  Before They End Us: The global movement to end nuclear weapons and protect planetary health
6:30pm  Why Nations Fail: Venezuela
7pm  Writers Under Surveillance:  The FBI Files
7pm  The Suffragists:  “The Young Are at the Gates”

Tuesday, October 30

7:30am  EBC Energy Resources Program:  Efficiency as a Grid Resource
9am  Mass ECAN Conference 2018
12pm  Guns in America
12:30pm  Rethinking the "American Century" through the Prism of Modern Japan
1pm  Human-Centered Autonomous Vehicles
1:15pm  Communications for Policy Impact: Leaders as Change-Makers
4pm  Why White Liberals Fail: Southern Politicians and Race, 1933-2018
4pm  Film Screening | Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
4:30pm  Personal Power: Your Role in Collective Freedom
4:30pm  Starr Forum: Pachinko
5pm  Toward Energy Transition Innovations: Experiences from European Cities 
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - October 2018 Happy Hour
5:30pm  Slow Money Boston Fall Entrepreneur Showcase
6pm  BostInno's State of Innovation: Autonomous Vehicles 
6:15pm  Distinguished Speaker Series: Bill McKibben
7pm  High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row 
7pm  First Annual Meeting for Magazine Beach Partners
7pm  Science for the People

Wednesday, October 31

12pm  The Internet We Want:  How Do We Turn the "Techlash" into a Political Movement?
12pm  Climate Extremes at 1.5°C vs 2°C Global Warming: The IPCC SR15 report and underlying evidence
12pm  Politics, Potholes, and Public Service: Good Mayors Borrow, Great Mayors Steal: Leveraging Mayoral Networks for National Change
12pm  Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World's Sole Superpower
1pm  Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War (Gonson Lecture)
1pm  Let's Disagree -- Call for Participants!
2:30pm  Toward sustainable seafood: The limits and possibilities of aquaculture certification
3:45pm  Implausible Deniability: The Great Campaign to Manufacture Consent in Cold War America
4:15pm  Are Residential Electricity Prices Too High, Too Low, or Both?
4:15pm  The Legal System in the Age of Trump
4:30pm  The Future of Cities: Arup & C40
7pm  Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood
7pm  Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood

Thursday, November 1

11:45am  Sustainability Lunch Series: Supply Chain Management
11:45am  Expecting the Unexpected: Emissions Uncertainty and Environmental Market Design
12pm  How to Have Fun and Make a Difference in Environmental Protection
12pm  Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations
12pm  The 2018 Midterm Elections: Key Issues for Healthcare
1pm  Critical Questions Live: Is it up to business to save the planet?
3:30pm  Beyond Bureaucracy, More than Coercion: Rethinking State Power in U.S. History
4pm  Empowering Life on Earth Through Engineering Quantitative Controls & Sustainable Water Production in a Plant Chassis
4pm  Learning Through the Grapevine:  The Impact of Message Mutation, Transmission Failure, and Deliberate Bias
4:15pm  How to Manage Your Message in a Crisis
4:15pm  Money and Politics: How Inequality and Wealth Concentration are Shaping American Democracy
4:30pm  Focus on Russia: Russia's Place in the New World Order
4:30pm  MIT Elections and Technology Colloquium
4:30pm  Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood
5pm  The Limits of Ethical A.I.
5:30pm  Askwith Forums – Michael Sandel: Civic Education Goes Global
5:30pm  Healing Justice: Film Screening and Public Dialogue 
5:30pm  Cleantech Friendsgiving: EnergyBar Style @ Greentown Labs
6pm  What’s the Next Big Economic Idea? Evaluating UBI, Job Guarantees & Others
6pm  Presidents of War:  The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times
6pm  Sankofa Lecture: Pathways of Transformation
7pm  The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down:  Our Belief in Property and the Cost of That Belief
7pm  The Women's Atlas

Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4

MIT Energy Hack

Friday, November 2

12pm  Aerosol trends in the United States: Fires in the West and Sulfate in the East
12pm  Performance tradeoffs and eco-evolutionary interplay at high diversity
1:30pm  IACS Seminar: Machine Learning in the Healthcare Enterprise
3pm  Rules for Rebels:  The Science of Victory in Militant History
4pm  Unconventional Materials and Paradigms for Water Purification and Quality Control in the 21st Century
6pm  How to Read
7pm  Slouching Toward Utopia:  Essays & Reviews

Saturday, November 3

8am  2018 HBS Energy & Environment Club Symposium
11am  Free Breakfast and Facility Tour at Greentown Labs
12pm  Transportation Transformation: A Conference about the New Urban Mobility
3pm  Biophilia & Biodiversity: A Celebration of EO Wilson’s Influence
8pm  OCCURENCE: Everyone Knows the Disaster is Coming

Sunday, November 4

2pm  Shaping the Social Contract: Insights from the Women of Brook Farm
2pm  TEDxHarvardCollege "What If I'm Wrong”
4pm  IMILONJI KaNtu in Concert

Monday, November 5

12pm  California's Cap-and-trade Program and Emission Leakage: An Empirical Analysis
12pm  #OurWaterOurFood: Environmental justice and Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada's Arctic Offshore
12:10pm  Thoreau’s Place On (and Off) the Map of Natural History
12:15pm  Perfect Woman: Female Robots, Alluring Androids, and Electronic Eves
12:30pm  Addressing Climate Change in Haiti: Are Current Actions Matching National Priorities?
12:30pm  Can we heat our buildings with renewable electricity cheaper than natural gas?
3pm  xTalk with Vasilis Kostakis:  New Technologies Won’t Reduce Scarcity, but Here’s Something That Might
3pm  Scabs: The Social Suppression of Labor Supply
3pm  Eat. Drink. Think. at EVOO featuring Chef Peter McCarthy
5pm  Picturing Science and Engineering by Felice Frankel
5pm  Cities on the Edge: Climate Adaptation, Resilience & Social Justice
5pm  Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural
5:30pm  Disruptive Business Model Innovation
6pm  Virginia Valian: An Inclusive Academy
6pm  Power To The People
7pm  Climate Change and the Future of the Boston Coastline
7:30pm  The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

Tuesday, November 6

12:30pm  Robert Legvold: U.S.-Russia Relations and the Threats of the New Nuclear Age
12:30pm  "Gentrifier" with Jason Patch
3:30pm  Reflections on the Symposium on Global Health & the Social Sciences: One Year Later
4:30pm  Emile Bustani Seminar: "Confederation: The Only Possible Two-State Solution for Israel and Palestine”
5pm  Panel Discussion: Is deep-sea mining worth it?
6pm  Enchanting Technology
6:30pm  The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success
6:30pm  Media Mixer & Networking Event: Open to the Public!
7pm  Food in Culture & Community with EChO & Eureka Ensemble


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

Every Man Dies Alone

What Happens the Day After Election Day


Monday, October 29

PAOC Colloquium - Brian Arbic (University of Michigan)
Monday, October 29
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915/923, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Brian Arbic (University of Michigan)

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.


How do rainforests and biomass burning aerosols affect rainy season onsets over tropical continents?
Monday, October 29
Harvard, Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
EPS Colloquium

Rong Fu, UCLA 

Contact Name:  Summer Smith


The Political Economy of Pricing Carbon in a 2°C World
Monday, October 29
12:00pm to 1:30pm 
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Joe Aldy, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Lunch will be served.

HKS Energy Policy Seminar


Criminals or Enemies? 21st Century Legal Systems: The International Criminal Court and Its Relation with the War on Terror
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Rubenstein 229 Carr Conference Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Humanities, Law


ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Luis Moreno-Ocampo was the first Prosecutor (June 2003- June 2012) of the new and permanent International Criminal Court.
DETAILS  On Oct. 29, 2018, Senior Fellow Luis Moreno Ocampo will run a Study Group open to students and faculty members interested in discussing the latest version of the Preface and the Introduction to his upcoming publication with Oxford University Press:  Criminals or Enemies? 21st Century legal systems: The International Criminal Court and its relation with the War on Terror
Registrants will receive the reading in advance.


Ecology and evolution of species range limits
Monday, October 29
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Monica Geber, Professor, Cornell University


Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonisation in the Dutch East Indies
Monday, October 29
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Hans Pols (Sydney, History and Philosophy of Science)

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.

STS Circle at Harvard

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.


Navigating the new energy landscape – What’s ahead, why it’s important and how we get there
Monday, October 29
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Tufts, Mugar 200, 89-91 Curtis Street, Somerville

Marcy Reed, President of National Grid MA and Executive Vice President of U.S. Policy & Social Impact
Join us for a conversation with National Grid’s Marcy Reed as she discusses the rapidly evolving energy industry, the transitions already underway, and the technology and talent critical to long-term industry success.

Marcy L. Reed is President of National Grid’s Massachusetts business and Executive Vice President of US Policy & Social Impact. She is responsible for the gas and electricity businesses in Massachusetts, including their operational, customer service, financial, and reputational outcomes. In addition, she leads energy policy development for the US business and the effective implementation of National Grid’s new social mobility platform. Marcy joined National Grid in 1988 and has held various positions in finance, merger integration, corporate affairs, and business operations. She also spent three years in London as the head of Investor Relations for National Grid.

Marcy sits on the boards of Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Partnership, and the New England Council. She is the global executive sponsor for National Grid’s Women in Networks employee resource group.
Marcy is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a master’s degree from Northeastern University. Married with two children, she lives in Concord, MA.


Architectural Robotics-Embodied Computation 
Monday, October 29
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Axel Kilian
When architecture becomes robotic, its autonomy means that the design process must extend beyond schematics, design development, and construction, and into the lifespan of the building, becoming a learning process in the context of its environment. Design is therefore not to be understood as an isolated process at the beginning of a sequence that entails fabrication and inhabitation, but rather treated as one continuous process, linking the design process with the process of use. The term “embodied computation” stands for the expansion of computation as an abstract, predominantly computational process into a hybrid physical-computational construct. Computation needs to break out of the limitations of simply describing the object and reach into the realm of lived-in architecture, thus enabling autonomous architectural robotics.


Carpooling and the Economics of Self-Driving Cars
Monday, October 29
4:30pm to 5:45pm
Harvard, Littauer Center of Public Administration, Hansen-Mason Room (3rd floor), 1805 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Michael Ostrovsky, Stanford Graduate School of Business


The Great Barrier Reef Initiative
Monday, October 29
MIT Sea Grant, Building NW98, 12 Emily Street, Cambridge

Announcing the Great Barrier Reef Initiative! Join @MITSeaGrant and MISTI’s MIT-Australia & New Zealand Program on Monday 10/29 5pm at 12 Emily Street, NW98 and hear from our students who interned at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in the Great Barrier Reef.


Why DNA Has So Far Failed to Provide Clear Insights About Distinctively Human Traits
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall 1019, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  David Reich
COST  Free
DETAILS  The Genomic Revolution has always held promise in two areas: to provide insights into biological change over time, and to provide insights about population migrations and mixtures. But while ancient DNA studies over the last eight years have been a runaway success with regard to revealing human demographic history, they have so far revealed little in terms of clear insights about the nature of natural selection and the origin of distinctively modern human traits. In this talk I will discuss why we find ourselves in this situation, describe what we have already managed to learn, and make suggestions for how to move forward.


Bringing in the Big Guns: How Voters Can Disarm America’s Gun Lobby
Monday, October 29 
5:30 Networking + 6:00 Talk 
Tufts, 50 Milk Street, 20th floor, Boston

Gun control is one of the most divisive issues in America, and many are understandably pessimistic about achieving change. Enter two individuals with unique approaches to this issue: Steve Israel, former U.S. Congressman (D-NY3) and author of Big Guns, a biting satire of America’s gun lobby and the political system in which it operates; and Sarah Ullman, A10, filmmaker and co-founder of One Vote at a Time, a SuperPAC devoted to supporting progressive candidates committed to ending gun violence in their communities. Come hear from these two leading political figures whose perspectives on gun control—and the medium in which they voice those perspectives—are equally refreshing and inspiring.

Steve Israel served as a Congressman for 16 years before stepping down in 2017. He is a Writer-In-Residence at Long Island University, a novelist, and Visiting Fellow at Tisch College. Sarah Ullman’s grassroots SuperPAC, One Vote at a Time, worked with 10 out of the 15 Virginia Democrats who flipped state legislature seats from red to blue in a "blue wave" election in 2017, and will support another 250 progressive pro gun safety candidates for state legislatures in 2018. She is a Tufts alumnus, a successful film director and activist, and runs her own production company called Master Plan. 

Cosponsored by the Tufts Lawyers Association, the Tufts Social Impact Network, Tufts Alumni Boston and Tisch College. A short book signing will follow the talk.


Women and the Halls of Power:  A Conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco
Monday, October 29
Harvard, JFK Jr Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Alyssa Mastromonaco, Co-Host of Crooked Media Podcast Hysteria, Author of Who Thought This was a Good Idea?, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (2011 -2014)

Amy Dacey (Moderator), Fall 2018 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics, Former Chief Executive Officer, Democratic National Committee


Introduction to Regenerative Development and the LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social and Economic Systems) Framework
Monday October 29
6-9pm EST
Cost:   $90

Details:   3-hour workshop, led via webinar by a LENSES Faculty Member with in-person viewing opportunities hosted by local LENSES Facilitators. Group activities and Q&A.


Why 21st Century Children Need Nature 
Monday, October 29
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Cambridge-Ellis School, 80 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge

Lecture with David Sobel
David Sobel, author of Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning, will talk about the new movement of nature-based early childhood education.


Before They End Us: The global movement to end nuclear weapons and protect planetary health
Monday, October 29
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Professor Tilman Ruff, University of Melbourne, keynote

Panel:  David Wright, Union of Concerned Scientists; Jonathan King, Massachusetts Peace Action; Kea Van der Ziel, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Aron Bernstein, Nuclear Weapons Education Project

Join us at the Cambridge Public Library for a stimulating presentation from Australian physician Tilman Ruff, founding chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War on the exciting global movement in support of the new United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

A distinguished local panel will discuss actions being taken in the United States to lead our national conversation back to arms control and a discussion of what it will take to abolish nuclear weapons once and for all.

Dr. Ruff will be bringing with him a replica of the Nobel Peace Prize medal, which will be available for photographs after the event.

Sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library, Massachusetts Peace Action, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility


Why Nations Fail: Venezuela
Monday, October 29
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
BU, College of Arts and Sciences, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, B18, Boston

"Why Nations Fail: Venezuela" is an upcoming talk by Dr. Angel Fernandez (Ph.D), coordinator and editor of the book "Salvemos Venezuela” (Let’s Save Venezuela), on the Venezuelan crisis. The conference will be hosted by LATAM, and will deal with the issues of economic mismanagement under the Chavez and Maduro administrations; the country’s history of institutional involution; the resulting poverty, hunger, misery, torture and violence; and the possible solutions for the current political, social, economic and humanitarian catastrophe in Venezuela. RSVP here! LIMITED amount of tickets; all free. 

The event will take place at Boston University on Monday October 29th from 6:30 until 8:00pm in CAS B18. (685 Commonwealth Avenue. Boston, MA)


Writers Under Surveillance:  The FBI Files
Monday, October 29
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes editors JPAT BROWN, B. C. D. LIPTON, and MICHAEL MORISY for a discussion of Writers Under Surveillance: The FBI Files.
About Writers Under Surveillance

Writers are dangerous. They have ideas. The proclivity of writers for ideas drove the FBI to investigate many of them―to watch them, follow them, start files on them. Writers under Surveillance gathers some of these files, giving readers a surveillance-state perspective on writers including Hannah Arendt, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Susan Sontag, and Hunter S. Thompson.

Obtained with Freedom of Information Act requests by MuckRock, a nonprofit dedicated to freeing American history from the locked filing cabinets of government agencies, the files on these authors are surprisingly wide-ranging; the investigations were as broad and varied as the authors' own works. James Baldwin, for example, was so openly antagonistic to the state's security apparatus that investigators followed his every move. Ray Bradbury, on the other hand, was likely unaware that the Bureau had any interest in his work. (Bradbury was a target because an informant warned that science fiction was a Soviet plot to weaken American resolve.) Ernest Hemingway, true to form, drunkenly called the FBI Nazis and sissies. The files have been edited for length and clarity, but beyond that everything in the book is pulled directly from investigatory files. Some investigations lasted for years, others just a few days. Some are thrilling narratives. Others never really go anywhere. Some are funny, others quite harrowing. Despite the federal government's periodic admission of past wrongdoing, investigations like these will probably continue to happen. Like all that seems best forgotten, the Bureau's investigation of writers should be remembered. We owe it to ourselves.

Writers include Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Ray Bradbury, Truman Capote, Tom Clancy, W. E. B. Du Bois, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Aldous Huxley, Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer, Ayn Rand, Susan Sontag, Terry Southern, Hunter S. Thompson, and Gore Vidal.


The Suffragists:  “The Young Are at the Gates”
Monday, October 29
7:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

A Schlesinger Library 75th Anniversary Event

The Suffragists captures the power and passion of American women’s fight for the vote through song. Created by the acclaimed singer-songwriter Shaina Taub, the musical tells the story of the last decade of the struggle through the rivalry between Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul. Fighting opposition from elected officials and indifference—if not outright hostility—from the general public, suffragists were also driven by internal conflicts over strategy and priorities. Not willing to wait any longer, militant suffragists took to the streets to make their demands known. Taub’s musical gives voice to these women in ways that powerfully resonate in today’s political landscape.
The concert will be followed by a multidisciplinary panel discussion.
Please register and join us.
Free and open to the public. 
Shaina Taub, composer and performer
Performers, TBA
Moderator: Jane Kamensky, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Rabia Belt, assistant professor of law, Stanford Law School
Corinne T. Field, 2018–2019 Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and associate professor of women, gender & sexuality, University of Virginia
Carol Oja RI '17, William Powell Mason Professor of Music, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Susan Ware, Honorary Women's Suffrage Centennial Historian, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Tuesday, October 30

EBC Energy Resources Program:  Efficiency as a Grid Resource
Tuesday, October 30
Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Brown Rudnick LLP, One Financial Center, Boston
Cost:  $50 - $185

It has long been recognized that the nega-watt, energy no longer needed due to efficiency improvements, holds similar value to the mega-watt, energy produced to feed the need of the electric grid. Grid stability relies on the fact that energy produced must match the energy load at all times necessitating a complex, dynamic and expensive dance between energy production and use. More so than ever before, energy efficiency plays a central, lowest-cost, role as a grid resource.

With presentations from industry experts, this EBC program will dig into the details of this dynamic from the regulatory frameworks that value efficiency, to the impact on utility business models, to the newer technologies, like in-home batteries, home energy management systems, and demand-response programs that will enhance the grid-value of efficiency even further.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Co-Chairs:
Matthew Christie, Director – Energy Efficiency, TRC
Tom Rooney, Vice President, Programs, TRC
Noel Chambers, Consultant, Energy Efficiency, Eversource
Galen Nelson, Senior Director, Innovation and Industry Support, MassCEC
Erik Winkler, Principal, Winkler Energy Consulting, LLC
Additional Speakers to be announced. 
Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion.


Mass ECAN Conference 2018
Tuesday, October 30
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Framingham State University, McCarthy Center Forum, 93 State Street, Framingham
Cost:  $18.35

We look forward to seeing you at the second annual Mass ECAN Conference! 

This is a one-day conference to help shape adaptation action in Massachusetts.
Meet new colleagues and mingle with existing partners
Learn about others’ adaptation work in Massachusetts
Showcase your adaptation projects
Advance your adaptation practice

The day includes sessions on:
Expert Work Groups on Climate Communications, Coldwater Streams, Saltmarsh, and Mainstreaming Nature Based Solutions
State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan
Municipal Climate Adaptation
Monitoring & Evaluation
Regional Organizations Leading Climate Adaptation
Exploring next steps for Mass ECAN
Networking Reception
Check back here for additional conference details and the final agenda.

Space is limited, so please register early. 


Guns in America
Tuesday, October 30
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner Building, Room 434AB, Wexner Conference Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

German Lopez has written for Vox since it launched in 2014, with a focus on criminal justice, guns, and drugs. Previously, he worked at CityBeat, a local newspaper in Cincinnati, covering politics and policy at the local and state level.


Tuesday, October 30
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Tarleton Gillespie
Event will be live webcast and recorded at 12:00 pm on day of event.
Social media platforms face an irreconcilable contradiction: while platforms promise an open space for participation and community, every one of them imposes rules of some kind. In his book, Tarleton Gillespie discusses how social media platforms police what we post online – and the societal impact of these decisions. In this talk he will flip the story, to argue that content moderation is not ancillary to what platforms do, it is essential, definitional, constitutional. And given that, the very fact of moderation should change how we understand what platforms are.


Rethinking the "American Century" through the Prism of Modern Japan
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Program on U.S.-Japan Relations
SPEAKER(S)  Frederick Dickinson, Professor of Japanese History, University of Pennsylvania
Moderated by Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public


Human-Centered Autonomous Vehicles
Tuesday, October 30
1pm - 2pm 
MIT, Building 32G-449, Kiva Seminar Room, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Lex Fridman, MIT
Abstract:  I will present a human-centered paradigm for building autonomous vehicle systems, contrasting it with how the problem is currently formulated and approached in academia and industry. The talk will include discussion and video demonstration of new work on driver state sensing, voice-based transfer of control, annotation of large-scale naturalistic driving data, and the challenges of building and testing a human-centered autonomous vehicle at MIT.

Bio:  Lex Fridman is a research scientist at MIT, working on deep learning approaches to perception, control, and planning in the context of semi-autonomous vehicles and more generally human-centered artificial intelligence systems. His work focuses on learning-based methods that leverage large-scale, real-world data. Lex received his BS, MS, and PhD from Drexel University where he worked on applications of machine learning, computer vision, and decision fusion techniques in a number of fields including robotics, active authentication, and activity recognition. Before joining MIT, Lex was at Google leading deep learning efforts for large-scale behavior-based authentication. Lex is a recipient of a CHI-17 best paper award and a CHI-18 best paper honorable mention award.


Communications for Policy Impact: Leaders as Change-Makers
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall, Belfer Building, 5th floor, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Andrew Burness, HKS Adjunct Lecturer; Founder and President, Burness Communications
COST  free
DETAILS  This interactive workshop will explore practical strategies for message development, message discipline, and message delivery as critical components leading to social change.


Why White Liberals Fail: Southern Politicians and Race, 1933-2018
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Hiphop Archive & Research Institute, Hutchins Center, 104 Mount Auburn Street, 3R, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
SPEAKER(S)  Tony Badger, Professor in American History at Northumbria University
COST   ree
Why White Liberals Fail: Southern Politicians and Race, 1933-2018
Tuesday, 4 p.m.: 'New Deal: The Economic Solution'
Location: Hiphop Archive & Research Institute, Hutchins Center, 104 Mount Auburn St., 3R, Cambridge
Wednesday, 4 p.m.: 'Brown: Silent Acquiescence'
Location: Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge
Thursday, 4 p.m.: 'Voting Rights and After: Long-term Conservative Hegemony'
Location: Hiphop Archive & Research Institute, Hutchins Center, 104 Mount Auburn St., 3R, Cambridge
Tony Badger is Professor in American History at Northumbria University. From 1992-2014 he was Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University and Master of Clare College 2003-2014.

A leading historian of the New Deal, his books include "Prosperity Road: The New Deal, Tobacco, and North Carolina" (Chapel Hill, 1980), "The New Deal: The Depression Years 1933-1940" (London and New York, 1990) and "FDR The First Hundred Days" (Hill and Wang: New York, 2008). The latter was described by then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as “a classic example of how a work of history can illuminate the issues we’re dealing with today”. As a historian of the post-1933 South, Badger collected many of his essays in "New Deal/New South: The Anthony J Badger Reader" (University of Arkansas Press: Fayetteville, 2007). He has just completed a biography of Albert Gore Sr. which is to be published by Penn in November.

From 2009 to 2016, Badger was chair of the Kennedy Memorial Trust. Since 2011 he has been the independent reviewer for the British Foreign Office monitoring the release of documents whose existence the Foreign Office had previously denied. In 2017, he was elected president of the Historical Association for a three-year term.


Film Screening | Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
Tuesday, October 30
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Northeastern, ISEC Auditorium, 805 Columbus Avenue, Boston

Please join us for a screening of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a documentary directed by Tracy Heather Strain, Northeastern Professor of Media and Screen Studies and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with the film’s director and Margaret A. Burnham, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and Nicole N. Aljoe, Director of African American Studies & Associate Professor of English.

4:00 – 6:00 PM Film Screening 
6:00 – 7:00 PM Panel Discussion

About the film: On March 11, 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway and changed the face of American theater forever. As the first-ever black woman to author a play performed on Broadway, she did not shy away from richly drawn characters and unprecedented subject matter. The play attracted record crowds and earned the coveted top prize from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle. While the play is seen as a groundbreaking work of art, the story of Hansberry’s life is far less known.

Part of PBS’s American Masters series, the new documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart is the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry’s complex life, using her personal papers and archives, including home movies and rare photos, as source material. The film explores the influences that shaped Hansberry’s childhood, art, and activism. Filmmaker and Peabody Award-winner Tracy Heather Strain (Unnatural Causes, I’ll Make Me a World, American Experience: Building the Alaska Highway) crafts the story of one woman who believed, like many of her generation, that words could change society. Family, friends, and colleagues, including Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, her sister Mamie Hansberry, Lloyd Richards, Amiri Baraka, and Louis Gossett Jr., share their personal memories of Hansberry, offering an intimate look at a woman who was, as Poitier says in the film, “reaching into the essence of who we were, who we are, and where we came from.” 

This evening is co-presented by the Northeastern’s African & African American Studies Program; Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Center for the Arts; John D. O’Bryant African American Institute and Northeastern School of Law. 


Personal Power: Your Role in Collective Freedom
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer 150, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Brittany Packnett (IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow), Chikesia Clemons (activist and police assault survivor), and Cleo Wade (poet, author, and advocate)
DETAILS  Rarely do we get to hear the stories and pathways of those who’ve chosen many forms of activism and advocacy. Some, like Chikesia Clemons, were forced to this place. Her assault by police at a Waffle House in Saraland, Ala., was caught on film and went viral. Afterward, she chose to take a stand and has used protest, media, and art to tell her story. Others choose this work. Poet Cleo Wade is known worldwide for her positive and compelling messages. She has taken her work to women’s prisons and the New York Times Bestseller list, encouraging people to stay strong in long battles for freedom. How does one choose to exhibit their personal power in the collective work of shifting societal power? And how does one remain brave, courageous, and consistent in that fight, no matter how they choose to engage?
Guests: Chikesia Clemons, Activist and police assault survivor, and Cleo Wade, Poet, Author and Advocate.
This event is closed to the press and not for attribution.


Starr Forum: Pachinko
Tuesday, October 30
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 10-250, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A book talk with Min Jin Lee
Pachinko, a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction, “chronicles four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself from the years before World War II to the late 1980s”—New York Times. 

The room has a maximum occupancy of 425 people, once we reach capacity attendees will be directed to an overflow room where they can watch the professional live-stream of the event.  The event is general admission, first-come first-serve with no reserved seating and your Eventbrite ticket does not guarantee you a seat.  Everyone is welcome to come back to the event space after the talk for the book signing with Min Jin Lee.

About the speakers:
Min Jin Lee, a novelist, is a 2018-2019 recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She has received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction; the Peden Prize from The Missouri Review for Best Story; The Narrative Prize for New and Emerging Writer; and, while at Yale, the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction.

Amy Carleton, joins the talk as a discussant. She holds a PhD in English literature and is a lecturer in MIT's Comparative Media Studies division. Her writing has appeared in various publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and New York Magazine. She is an active contributor to WBUR’s Cognoscenti, including a recent piece: How fiction makes real the suffering of immigrants, in which she explores the impact of Pachinko.


Toward Energy Transition Innovations: Experiences from European Cities 
Tuesday October 30, 2018
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
MIT Wong Auditorium 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Energy Allies Forum with Guest speakers:
Laurent Comeliau, Director of Energy Transition Roadmap Development, Nantes Metropolis
Sabine Lachenicht, Head of Environmental Office, City of Heidelberg
Susanne Rasmussen, Director of Environmental and Transportation Planning, City of Cambridge
There is no doubt that cities can and will be at the frontline of climate actions and innovations. The event speakers will showcase their cities' best practices in partnering and collaborating with civil society groups to accelerate energy transition. For a full description of the event, click here. To register for the event, click here.

This event is presented in conjunction with the Energy Allies, a program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Energy Cities, funded by the European Union to foster strategic partnerships and collaboration between local civil society and government leaders. Learn more about Energy Allies. 

Contact Seth Federspiel


Slow Money Boston Fall Entrepreneur Showcase
Tuesday, October 30
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center), 1 Broadway, Cambridge
Price: $25.00 /per person

Koin us on Tuesday, October 30th for the Slow Money Boston Entrepreneur Showcase at the CIC, Cambridge. We will provide a light supper, wine, beer, and water.

We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn about investment opportunities and how you can participate in rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility, sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and biological diversity.

The Entrepreneur Showcase offers all the advantages of a traditional venture fair and many more. Because of the shared vision that brings us all together, it is an unparalleled opportunity for you to build relationships with investors and entrepreneurs from all over the region. Even if you are not an investor or presenting entrepreneur, we welcome and encourage your participation in the event!

For Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurs operating at all stages of business development, from start-­up to expansion, are welcome and encouraged to apply. Selected entrepreneurs will get the chance to tell their story to interested investors, engage in discussion with Showcase attendees, distribute collateral and promote themselves via event marketing. Applications due October 12th. Follow this link to apply:

For investors: The Entrepreneur Showcase will provide access to sustainable food and farming businesses at different stages of development from start-up to expansion of existing businesses. The businesses and initiatives are also seeking different levels of financing — from small loans to major capital, as well as donations. Slow Money Boston encourages investors of all resource levels to attend including institutional, individual, accredited, and unaccredited investors.

Thank you to our sponsors!
Generate Democracy LLC

This showcase event is not an offer to sell securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

For questions, email


Boston Green Drinks - October 2018 Happy Hour
Tuesday, October 30
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Warehouse Bar & Grille, 40 Broad Street, Boston

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists. Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community! Boston Green Drinks builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues. We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


BostInno's State of Innovation: Autonomous Vehicles 
Tuesday, October 30
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Analog Garage, 125 Summer Street, Floor 21, Boston
Cost:  $25 – $45

Few tech innovations have the futuristic vibe of autonomous vehicles—remarkably complex cars combining radar, lidar, GPS and vision to revolutionize transportation. As a global talent hub, Boston is on the frontline in the autonomous vehicle space, with two local startups (nuTonomy and Optimus Ride) testing this visionary technology in the city’s very own Waterfront and Southie.

Before you hop on your very first driverless trip, stop by BostInno’s SOI event to learn more about the tech you’ve seen only in movies. From potential safety concerns to their impact on the sharing economy, from a look to a brand-new legal framework to the moves of Tesla and Google in the space, our panel of experts will take you for a ride you'll never forget.
Plus, mix and mingle with local innovators over food and drink

Sanjay Aggarwal, Partner at F-Prime Capital
Chris Jacobs, VP of Autonomous Transportation and Safety at Analog Garage
Anita Kim, Technology Policy Analyst at Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Eryk Nice, VP of Autonomous Systems at nuTonomy


Distinguished Speaker Series: Bill McKibben
Tuesday, October 30
6:15 PM
Tufts, ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Center, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Join Tisch College for an engaging conversation with author, activist, and environmentalist Bill McKibben. Currently serving as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, McKibben is the founder of, the first global grassroots climate change movement, which has organized 20,000 rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. A prolific author, McKibben’s seminal 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as one of the first written for a general audience on the realities of climate change. McKibben has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work—including being named to Foreign Policy’s inaugural list of 100 most important global thinkers and the Boston Globe citing him as “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

Cosponsored by the Tufts Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Studies Program, the Tufts Institute for the Environment, the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. Follow the conversation live at #McKibbenAtTufts


High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row 
Tuesday, October 30
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Damien Echols discusses his new book with David Stoupakis.
At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit. "I spent my years in prison training to be a true magician," he writes. "I used magick--the practice of reshaping reality through our intention and will--to stave off incredible pain, despair, and isolation. But the most amazing feat of all that practice and study was to manifest my freedom." With High Magick, this bestselling author shares his first teaching book on the powerful spiritual techniques that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row.

What is High Magick? Most people either think of magic as stage illusions or an occult practice involving dark rituals. "Magick is an incredibly deep, meaningful, spiritual tradition that equals the Eastern practices of Buddhism and Taoism in beauty," says Echols. "It's an ancient discipline that lets you literally change reality by working with the divine energies of creation." Join this extraordinary teacher as he shares key meditations, insights, and step-by-step instruction to awaken the power of magick in your own life.

Damien Echols is the author of The New York Times bestseller Life After Death, and coauthor of Yours for Eternity with his wife, Lorri Davis. The story of his wrongful murder conviction has been the subject of the documentaries Paradise Lost and West of Memphis. He and Lorri live in Harlem.


First Annual Meeting for Magazine Beach Partners
Tuesday, October 30
LBJ apartments, 150 Erie Street, Cambridge

Please join us for our first MBP annual meeting Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7pm at LBJ apartments (150 Erie St.). Look for our first-ever annual report that day at At the meeting, we’ll share our plans for the park, as well as our progress, programs, and finances. You’ll also learn about the many entities, organizations, and individuals who have made critical park improvements possible. See you there!


Science for the People
Tuesday, October 30
7-9 p.m.
MIT, Building E53-218, 30 Wadsworth Street, Cambridge 

Topics will include upcoming events we are sponsoring and possible alliances to make with community organizations; your suggestions for the agenda are welcome. 

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Wednesday, October 31

The Internet We Want:  How Do We Turn the "Techlash" into a Political Movement?
Wednesday, October 31 
12:00 pm-1:00 pm 
MIT, Building 66-168, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Ben Tarnoff is a tech worker, Guardian columnist, and founding editor of Logic magazine. Moira Weigel is the author of Labor of Love and co-founder of Logic magazine. 


Climate Extremes at 1.5°C vs 2°C Global Warming: The IPCC SR15 report and underlying evidence
Wednesday, October 31
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, 4th floor, Cambridge

Sonia Seneviratne, Professor, ETH Zurich.
Abstract: In this presentation, I will provide an overview on changes in climate extremes at 1.5°C vs 2°C global warming, as assessed in the recent IPCC special report on 1.5°C global warming ( In particular, I will address the differences in climate extremes that can be distinguished at these two warming levels, as well as associated impacts. Some impacts are irreversible when reaching a 2°C global warming, highlighting the importance of avoiding a possible overshoot in emissions trajectories towards this limit. I will also highlight how changes in extremes can be related to mean global warming, why regional hot extremes warm more than the global mean temperature and the role of land processes and land use changes in these projections.

Harvard Climate Seminar 

Contact Name:  Sabinna Cappo


Politics, Potholes, and Public Service: Good Mayors Borrow, Great Mayors Steal: Leveraging Mayoral Networks for National Change
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer 166, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Former Mayor of Albuquerque RJ Berry
Former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu 
Former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa
DETAILS  A lunch and study group with three former mayors who will reflect on their time in public service and the role mayoral networks played in their time in office.


Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World's Sole Superpower
Wednesday, October 31
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Michael Beckley, Tufts University
In his new book, Michael Beckley shows that the United States has unique advantages over other nations that, if used wisely, will allow it to remain the world's sole superpower throughout this century.

Bio:  Michael Beckley is an assistant professor of political science at Tufts University and an associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.


Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War (Gonson Lecture)
Wednesday, October 31
Wednesday, October 31,
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5

Matt Bivens, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician; Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
There are 15,000 nuclear weapons around the world. An armed conflict that used even 100 nuclear weapons could crash civilization and kill hundreds of millions. Experts say we are closer to accidental or intentional nuclear war than at any time since the 1950s – and yet, at the same time, also closer than ever to an international ban to dismantle all of these immoral weapons. Come hear about the race for human survival, and what citizens can do to help.

This talk is part of the Gonson Daytime Lecture Series at Cambridge Center for Adult Education. To view the full series lineup, go to 


Let's Disagree -- Call for Participants!
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Education, Law, Special Events, Volunteer Opportunities
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
DETAILS  Are you dismayed by the growing partisan divide and worried that we can no longer talk to each other across differences? Be a participant in Let's Disagree! For more info and to apply, go to….
Instructors and students of Harvard Law School’s “The Lawyer as Facilitator” course will host Let’s Disagree—a series of three small-group discussions, led by student facilitators as the capstone event of a semester-long workshop. We aim to convene people with diverse personal backgrounds and political views across the conservative to liberal spectrum to address polarizing civic issues. Let’s Disagree is designed to explore deep differences of opinion in a facilitated setting that encourages participants to embrace and learn from conflict—to learn to disagree passionately on matters of vital civic importance, and still maintain a strong, vital community. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and members of the greater Boston community. Let’s Disagree will meet from 1–2:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, Nov. 7, and Nov. 14, on the Harvard Law School campus. Participants are asked to commit to attending all three of the scheduled conversations and to bring a willingness to engage with respect and curiosity in a civil discussion of challenging issues. An optional 30-minute debrief with co-participants and facilitators will follow each session.
For more info and to apply, go to:


Toward sustainable seafood: The limits and possibilities of aquaculture certification 
Wednesday, October 31
2:30pm to 3:30pm
MIT, Building 66-360, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Join visiting scholar Md. Saidul Islam from Nanyang Technological University Singapore for the first event in his guest lecture series. Save the date to learn about the sustainable seafood, the “blue revolution” and it’s numerous environmental and social implications.


Implausible Deniability: The Great Campaign to Manufacture Consent in Cold War America
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvad, Robinson Hall, Lower Library (1st floor), 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR U.S. Power in the Global Arena Workshop and the Charles Warren Center
SPEAKER(S)  Kenneth Osgood (Colorado School of Mines)


Are Residential Electricity Prices Too High, Too Low, or Both?
Wednesday, October 31
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer 382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Severin Borenstein, University of California, Berkeley, and James Bushnell, University of California, Davis.

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy


The Legal System in the Age of Trump
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Littauer 166, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Margaret Talev, IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow
Ty Cobb, Former White House Counsel under President Trump
DETAILS  President Trump has carried out the majority of his presidency under the cloud of Robert Mueller’s investigation. He’s openly challenged the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities, fired his FBI director, threatened his attorney general, hired private attorneys to represent him, and set up a structure inside the White House counsel’s office to deal with Russia requests. And he’s broken the mold for presidents by talking and tweeting about all of this.
Guest: Ty Cobb, former White House Counsel under President Trump
This event is closed to press and not for attribution.


The Future of Cities: Arup & C40
Wednesday, October 31
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
BU, Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road, 4th floor, Castle Room, Boston

Join the Initiative on Cities to welcome to campus David Miller and Tom Bridges for a lecture on the future of cities, climate change, and resiliency.

David Miller is the North American Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group, and Global Ambassador of inclusive climate action. He served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010. Prior to joining the C40, Mr. Miller served as President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. Mr. Miller served as Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and has also held a variety of public and private positions, including the Future of Cities Global Fellowship at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014. 

Tom Bridges is the Leeds (UK) Office Leader at Arup, a global design and planning firm. He is also the Director of Arup’s City Advisory practice, advising on city and regional strategies for economic development, inclusive growth, infrastructure, and skills and innovation. Mr. Bridges previously served as the Chief Officer Economy and Regeneration of Leeds City Council, responsible for Leeds City Council’s economic development, property, and regeneration functions.

Light refreshments will be served.


Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood
Wednesday,  October 31
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

What is a country? While certain basic criteria—borders, a government, and recognition from other countries—seem obvious, journalist Joshua Keating’s book explores exceptions to these rules, including self-proclaimed countries such as Abkhazia, Kurdistan, and Somaliland, a Mohawk reservation straddling the U.S.-Canada border, and an island nation whose very existence is threatened by climate change. Through stories about these would-be countries’ efforts at self-determination, as well as their respective challenges, Keating shows that there is no universal legal authority determining what a country is. He argues that although our current world map appears fairly static, economic, cultural, and environmental forces in the places he describes may spark change. Keating ably ties history to incisive and sympathetic observations drawn from his travels and personal interviews with residents, political leaders, and scholars in each of these “invisible countries.”

Joshua Keating is a foreign policy analyst, staff writer, and editor at Slate. Previously he was an editor at Foreign Policy.
Tom Stackpole is a senior editor at Boston Magazine. Previously, he was an editor at Smithsonian Magazine and Foreign Policy.


Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood
Wednesday, October 31
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Joshua Keating in conversation with Thomas Stackpole 
What is a country? While certain basic criteria—borders, a government, and recognition from other countries—seem obvious, journalist Joshua Keating’s book explores exceptions to these rules, including self-proclaimed countries such as Abkhazia, Kurdistan, and Somaliland, a Mohawk reservation straddling the U.S.-Canada border, and an island nation whose very existence is threatened by climate change. Through stories about these would-be countries’ efforts at self-determination, as well as their respective challenges, Keating shows that there is no universal legal authority determining what a country is. He argues that although our current world map appears fairly static, economic, cultural, and environmental forces in the places he describes may spark change. Keating ably ties history to incisive and sympathetic observations drawn from his travels and personal interviews with residents, political leaders, and scholars in each of these “invisible countries.”

Joshua Keating is a foreign policy analyst, staff writer, and editor at Slate. Previously he was an editor at Foreign Policy.

Thursday, November 1

Sustainability Lunch Series: Supply Chain Management
Thursday, November 1
11:45am to 12:45pm
MIT, Building E62-276, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Join the Sustainability Initiative’s Bethany Patten and MIT Sloan Alum Meredith Thurston (MBA '18) who serves as a Labor Innovation Manager at Nike, in a discussion about her journey from Sloan to a career in sustainable supply chains.


Expecting the Unexpected: Emissions Uncertainty and Environmental Market Design
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Regulatory Policy Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Severin Borenstein, Professor and Faculty Director, Energy Institute at Haas, UC Berkeley
CONTACT INFO Lunch will be served. RSVP to


How to Have Fun and Make a Difference in Environmental Protection
Thursday, November 1
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Arleen O’Donnell, Vice President, Eastern Research Group
Eastern Research Group Vice President, Arleen O’Donnell, will discuss the evolution of water resources management in Massachusetts, based on her experience shaping water policy in this state, and her current work in California where climate extremes are forcing innovative water resources management practices to better plan for and adapt to those extremes. She will talk about her work with the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, which is conducting groundbreaking research on atmospheric rivers and is applying that research to two water supplies in California. Called forecast informed reservoir operations, this approach has the potential for transferability throughout the western U.S.

Arleen O’Donnell is Vice President of Natural Resources Management at Eastern Research Group, Inc. (located in Lexington MA) where she provides technical and strategic support for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US EPA, the National Weather Service, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Pisces Foundation, and a number of other governmental and non- profit environmental organizations. She was previously Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, where she rose through the ranks after 18 years of state service, focusing primarily on water resources. She came to the State from the Massachusetts Audubon Society, where she was a lobbyist for environmental protection legislation. She holds a BS in Biology (UMass/Amherst) and an M.S. in Civil Engineering and Urban/Environmental Planning from Tufts University.


Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall 1023, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Law, Social Sciences, Special Events
SPEAKER(S)  Jeffrey Clements
DETAILS  Jeff Clements will talk on his recent book “Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations.” In it, he describes how the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC and related cases has fabricated unprecedented rights and power for corporations and money, at the expense of human beings and democracy itself. Lunch will be served.


The 2018 Midterm Elections: Key Issues for Healthcare
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Chan School, The Leadership Studio, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at Harvard Chan
Robert Blendon
John McDonough
Gail Wilensky
Avik Roy
MODERATOR  Yasmeen Abutaleb
DETAILS  This Forum panel will explore what’s at stake in the 2018 midterm elections for Americans and their healthcare future.
Healthcare has again emerged as a pivotal issue for American voters. Conversations around preexisting conditions protections, short-term health plans, drug costs, and premium rates are as contentious as ever. Debates around Medicare and Medicaid have grabbed headlines, while the Affordable Care Act has remained divisive, despite helping millions become insured. Against this backdrop, state governments have forged ahead with their own health policy decisions, adding to the complex tangle of healthcare policies in the country. 


Critical Questions Live: Is it up to business to save the planet?
Thursday, November 1
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
MIT, Killian Hall, 474-160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

How much can we expect business to lead on sustainability? What should be a company’s biggest priority: Serving its shareholders, providing jobs, or addressing the health of our planet? Often, these goals are at odds. We’re bringing together two leading voices in the sustainability debate to wrestle with the issues in what is sure be a lively conversation. MIT’s Yossi Sheffi and sustainability expert and author Andrew Winston will debate and discuss the role of for-profits in supporting—and investing in—sustainability goals. Come hear the point-counterpoint, moderated by Paul Michelman, editor in chief of MIT Sloan Management Review. Admission is FREE. Register now as we expect this event to fill quickly.


Beyond Bureaucracy, More than Coercion: Rethinking State Power in U.S. History
Thursday, November 1
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Northeastern, 909 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Cameron Blevins, Assistant Professor, Department of History

CSSH Faculty Works-in-Progress Colloquium Series
Presented by the CSSH Dean’s Office and the Northeastern Humanities Center

For more information, please contact Gaby Fiorenza at


Empowering Life on Earth Through Engineering Quantitative Controls & Sustainable Water Production in a Plant Chassis
Thursday, November 1
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

June Medford, Colorado State University  

For more information about this event, please contact:
617-253-1712 or


Learning Through the Grapevine:  The Impact of Message Mutation, Transmission Failure, and Deliberate Bias
Thursday, November 1
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Harvard, Littauer Center of Public Administration, M-16, 1805 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Matt Jackson, Stanford University

Contact Name:  Lauren LaRosa
Contact Email:
Contact Phone:  617-496-1488


How to Manage Your Message in a Crisis
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Fainsod Room, Littauer Building, Room 324, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  John Guilfoil, Principal, John Guilfoil, Public Relations; Adjunct Professor of Journalism, Northeastern University
DIRECTED BY  Harvard Kennedy School
WRITTEN BY  Alison Kommer
COST  free
DETAILS  Learn how to turn a crisis into an opportunity for your organization to show leadership, grace, and competency in the face of the unexpected.
Learn time-tested strategies for crisis management that could make the difference between coming out on top or permanent harm.


Money and Politics: How Inequality and Wealth Concentration are Shaping American Democracy
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard,  Taubman Building, Room 520, Nye ABC, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Raymond Fisman, Slater Family Professor in Behavioral Economics, Boston University
Jacob Hacker, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Benjamin I. Page, Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making, Northwestern University
Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University


Focus on Russia: Russia's Place in the New World Order
Thursday, November 1
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Ambassador Hill will analyze Western efforts to integrate Russia into the post-Cold War European Security Architecture and why they failed.

Each semester the MIT Security Studies Program, together with the MISTI MIT-Russia Program, and the MIT Center for International Studies, presents a speaker series entitled “Focus on Russia,” which considers a number of current issues in Russian domestic and foreign policies. The public is welcome to attend.


MIT Elections and Technology Colloquium
Thursday, November 1
4:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
MIT, Building E15-070, Bartos Theatre, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Contemporary democratic elections are increasingly technology intensive. With anxieties about the technological integrity of both American and foreign elections at an all-time high, how can researchers, policymakers, and publics better understand how technological systems are implicated in election planning, infrastructure, security, and maintenance? 

The MIT programs in Anthropology, History, and Science, Technology, and Society invites the MIT and broader Boston-Cambridge communities to the second event of our Democracy, Citizenship, and Technology Colloquium Series titled Elections and Technology. This panel of multidisciplinary experts will seek to lift the curtains on three technologically mediated features of contemporary elections: the security of the electoral apparatus and infrastructure (e.g. voting machines), the intensifying role of new media technologies for influencing, mobilizing, and segmenting the electorate (e.g. social media), as well as mathematical and other means of both producing and contesting electoral gerrymandering. One week before the highly anticipated November 6th American Midterm Elections, join us for a lively panel discussion and audience Q/A session about the social and political implications of a technologically mediated electoral process.
This colloquium is part of the Arthur Miller Lecture Series in Science and Ethics hosted annually by the MIT program in Science, Technology, and Society, and is the second event of MIT’s new Computational Cultures Initiative. Following a dinner reception and time for socializing, the speakers will return for a smaller seminar session offered to graduate students for a more intimate and roundtable-style discussion.
4:30PM - 6:30PM Panel Discussion
6:30PM - 7:30PM Arthur Miller Dinner Reception
7:30PM - 8:30PM Graduate Student Led Seminar 

Dan Wallach, Rice University
Professor in the systems group at Rice University’s Department of Computer Science where he manages the computer security lab. Dan's research interests include mobile code, wireless and smartphone security, and the security of electronic voting systems. He has recently provided expert testimony on election security to the Texas Senate and U.S. Congress.
Daniel Kreiss, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Associate Professor and Director of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Daniel’s research broadly explores the impact of technological change on the public sphere and political practice. His most recent book, Prototype Politics: The Making and Unmaking of Technological Innovation in the Republican and Democratic Parties, 2000-2014, explores the role of digital media, data, and analytics in contemporary campaigning, and provides a framework for understanding the differences between the two parties’ technological capacities.
Moon Duchin, Tufts University
Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University where she directs the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG). Moon's mathematical research is in geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and dynamics. She has broad interests in the history, philosophy, and cultural studies of science. In this work, she investigates the applications of geometry and computing to U.S. redistricting, and she has facilitated workshops that train PhDs to become expert witnesses to testify in gerrymandering cases. 
Alex Reiss-Sorokin, Moderator, MIT
As a doctoral student in the HASTS program at MIT, Alex is developing a dissertation project that focuses on the social, political, and legal aspects of digital platforms. Specifically, her research explores the rules and policies developed by private entities and their regulatory effects, including the development and implementation of material internet infrastructure in the Global South.


Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood
Thursday, November 1
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
Tufts, Murrow Room, Fletcher School,Goddard 210, Murrow Room, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School for a talk by journalist Joshua Keating on his new book Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood (2018), an exploration of border changes, the creation of new countries, and the future of the world map. Refreshments will be provided. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite.
What is a country? While certain basic criteria such as borders, a government, and recognition from other countries seem obvious, Keating’s book explores exceptions to these rules, including self-proclaimed countries such as Abkhazia, Kurdistan, and Somaliland, a Mohawk reservation straddling the U.S.-Canada border, and an island nation whose very existence is threatened by climate change. Through stories about these would-be countries’ efforts at self-determination, as well as their respective challenges, Keating shows that there is no universal legal authority determining what a country is. He argues that although our current world map appears fairly static, economic, cultural, and environmental forces in the places he describes may spark change. Keating ably ties history to incisive and sympathetic observations drawn from his travels and personal interviews with residents, political leaders, and scholars in each of these “invisible countries.”

Joshua Keating is a staff writer and senior editor at Slate focusing on international news, U.S. foreign policy, and the intersection of politics and social science. Previously he was an editor and writer for six years at Foreign Policy. He has reported from countries including Iraq, Somalia, Russia, China, and Haiti. His work has also been published by the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Smithsonian Magazine, and Roads and Kingdoms, and he has been featured as a commentator on international affairs on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the BBC, and Al-Jazeera. A native of New York City and a graduate of Oberlin College, he now lives in Washington, D.C.


The Limits of Ethical A.I.
Thursday, November 1
5:00PM TO 7:00PM
Harvard, Emerson Hall, Room 105, 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Science & Democracy: Joichi Ito, Director, MIT Media Laboratory, as part of the Science & Democracy Lecture Series.
With Panelists:
Joshua D. Greene, Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Nicco Mele, Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University; Former Dean, Harvard Law School
Moderated by:
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School

Public discourse on the ethics and governance of AI is increasingly dominated by a particular vision of the solutions: the promotion of voluntary "responsible practices" over enforceable regulations; the reduction of complex epistemological concerns to questions of "bias"; the attempt to settle political disputes with algorithmic formalisms of "fairness." The talk will examine the limits and implications of this vision, and offer an alternative formulation of the key challenges.

JOICHI “JOI” ITO is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is also Professor of the Practice at MIT, a Visiting Professor of Law from the Practice at the Harvard Law School, chairman of the board of PureTech Health, and serves as a board member for various organizations including The New York Times Company, the MacArthur Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and Digital Garage. He is the former chairman and CEO of Creative Commons and a former board member of ICANN, The Open Source Initiative, and The Mozilla Foundation, as well as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an Independent Senior Advisor to the Minister for Financial Services of Japan and a member of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Center of Innovation STREAM governance committee. He is a Distinguished Researcher of Keio Research Institute and the Internet & Society Lab at Shonan Fujisawa Campus in Japan, and a faculty associate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He was also the author in 2016, with Jeff Howe, of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future. Ito received a Ph.D. from The Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance in 2018 for his thesis, “The Practice of Change.”

Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

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Askwith Forums – Michael Sandel: Civic Education Goes Global
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
TYPE OF EVENT Community Programming, Forum, Question & Answer Session
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 Ethics, Lecture, Special Events
DETAILS  Speaker: Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Discussant: Bridget Terry Long, dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, HGSE
Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel has been reinventing civic education for a global age. Described as a “rock-star moralist” (Newsweek) and “the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world” (New Republic), Sandel has pioneered the use of new technologies to create platforms for global public discourse. His legendary course “Justice” was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and has been viewed by tens of millions around the world. His BBC series The Global Philosopher convenes video-linked discussions with participants from over 40 countries on issues such as immigration and climate change. Sandel will join HGSE dean Bridget Terry Long for a conversation about his efforts to reimagine civic education and public discourse in fractious times.


Healing Justice: Film Screening and Public Dialogue 
Thursday, November 1
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
The NonProfit Center, 1st Floor Community Room, 89 South Street, Boston

Co-Presented by TSNE MissionWorks and the Mel King Institute
Dr. Shakti Butler’s newest film, Healing Justice, explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma — on a personal, interpersonal, community, and generational level. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices.
Food will be served.

About Dr. Shakti Butler, PhD
Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker and Founder & President of World Trust, is a dynamic educator in the field of diversity and racial equity. Dr. Butler engages audiences with participatory keynotes and workshops, often using clips from her films. Known as a catalyst for change, she is hired by organizations seeking broader support for their diversity & inclusion goals.

World Trust Educational Services is a nonprofit social justice organization that provides deep learning, tools and resources for people interested in tackling unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity in their workplace, community and in their lives.


Cleantech Friendsgiving: EnergyBar Style @ Greentown Labs
Thursday, November 1
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville 

Partners, friends, and cleantech champions, please join us for a late fall edition of our EnergyBar networking event, free and open to the public. Stay warm inside of Greentown Labs and meet new cleantech friends over hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Canned/Non-Perishables Food Drive:
In the spirit of giving, please bring canned or non-perishable food items to the event to help in our efforts. Those who bring at least 5 items will receive some great Greentown swag! For a list of accepted items, please click here!
All proceeds go to the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Thank you for your help!

Are you a startup interested in touring Greentown Labs before the event?
Please contact Cayman Somerville, Recruitment Manager, at to learn more about our community and membership opportunities.

About EnergyBar!
EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' networking event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community. 

Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems. 
Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. Hope to see you there!


What’s the Next Big Economic Idea? Evaluating UBI, Job Guarantees & Others
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO IOP Forum Office 617-495-1380
Oren Cass, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Darrick Hamilton, Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and the Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research, The New School in New York
Annie Lowrey, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic Magazine
Will Wilkinson, Vice President of Policy, Niskanen Center
Jason Furman (Moderator), Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers (2013-2017)


Presidents of War:  The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times
Thursday, November 1
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $6 - $37.25 (book included) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed presidential historian MICHAEL BESCHLOSS—New York Times bestselling author of Presidential Courage—for a discussion of his latest book, Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times.

About Presidents of War
Ten years in the research and writing, Presidents of War is a fresh, magisterial, intimate look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths. 

From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, we see them struggling with Congress, the courts, the press, their own advisors and antiwar protesters; seeking comfort from their spouses, families and friends; and dropping to their knees in prayer. We come to understand how these Presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war—both physically and emotionally—or were broken by them.

Beschloss’s interviews with surviving participants in the drama and his findings in original letters, diaries, once-classified national security documents, and other sources help him to tell this story in a way it has not been told before. Presidents of War combines the sense of being there with the overarching context of two centuries of American history. This important book shows how far we have traveled from the time of our Founders, who tried to constrain presidential power, to our modern day, when a single leader has the potential to launch nuclear weapons that can destroy much of the human race.


Sankofa Lecture: Pathways of Transformation
Thursday, November 1
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Lesley’s Marran Theater, 34 Mellen Street, Cambridge

An exploration of skillful methods within our heart minds that are ready to be applied in the transformation of ignorance. 

Lesley University will welcome Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, founder and spiritual director of the Vermont-based Sunray Meditation Society and Sunray Peace Village Land Trust, as the guest speaker of the university’s Sankofa Lecture Series.

The lecture is free and open to all.

Venerable Dhyani is chief of the Green Mountain band of Ani Yun Wiwa, including descendants of Tsalagi (Cherokee) background. She has designed and taught programs for training peacemakers, mediators and CEOs. The programs are infused with Ani Yun Wiwa and Tibetan wisdom.


The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down:  Our Belief in Property and the Cost of That Belief
Thursday, November 1
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author HOWARD MANSFIELD for a discussion of his latest book, The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down: Our Belief in Property and the Cost of That Belief.

About The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down
While reporting on citizens fighting natural gas pipelines and transmission lines planned to cut right across their homes, Howard Mansfield saw the emotional toll of these projects. "They got under the skin," writes Mansfield. "This was about more than kilowatts, powerlines, and pipelines. Something in this upheaval felt familiar. I began to realize that I was witnessing an essential American experience: the world turned upside down. And it all turned on one word: property.”

In The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down, we meet a dairy farmer in far northern New Hampshire who refuses $4 million from Hydro-Quebec for his land, and we meet a Massachusetts family whose two acres may be subsumed by a gas pipeline. We see property in its many guises. We walk with the Tohono O'odham in the Sonoran Desert. We visit a small Maine island and stand where the water will be rising in just a few years as the planet warms. There are historic moments, too: a stubby granite monument in the woods of New Hampshire that tells of the death of feudalism in the New World; the buried history of a Vermont farmer who suicides as his life is bulldozed under for the new interstate; and there's great reform push that gave us the glorious and precarious Weeks Act which saved the White Mountains and gave us national forests east of the Mississippi.

The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down tells the stories of Americans living in a time in which everything is in motion, in which the world will be turned upside down, again and again. The book's title comes from an observation by Alexis de Tocqueville on his visit to America in 1831, which is the book's epigraph: "It would seem that the habit of changing place, of turning things upside down, of cutting, of destroying, has become a necessity of  [the American's] existence.”


The Women's Atlas
Thursday, November 1
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

The most up-to-date global perspective on how women are living today across continents and cultures.

In this completely revised and updated fifth edition of her groundbreaking atlas, Joni Seager provides comprehensive and accessible analysis of up-to-the-minute global data on the key issues facing women today: equality, motherhood, feminism, the culture of beauty, women at work, women in the global economy, changing households, domestic violence, lesbian rights, women in government, and more. The result is an invaluable resource on the status of women around the world today.

Joni Seager is an activist and scholar of feminist geography, gender and the environment, and global environmental policy. She is professor and former chair of the Global Studies Department at Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts, and was dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She has consulted on several global gender and environmental policies with UNESCO and the United Nations Environment Programme. Her publications include The State of Women in the World Atlas, The Real State of America Atlas, and Carson's Silent Spring.

Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4

MIT Energy Hack
Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4

More information at

Editorial Comment:  Last year, I proposed a project on Rebuilding Energy Infrastructure in the Caribbean After the Hurricanes (  The project was accepted, three groups took it up, and two of the nine finalists from among over 40 projects dealt with my project.  That project was the only non-corporate suggested project.  This year, the MIT Energy Club did not contact me nor did I know of this year’s Energy Hack until going to MIT Energy Night on October 19.  I would have suggested another practical project, probably about working from the personal power scale of Solar IS Civil Defense up to local microgrids but I never got the chance.—————————— 
Friday, November 2

Aerosol trends in the United States: Fires in the West and Sulfate in the East
Friday, November 2
Harvard, Pierce 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Dr. Rebecca Washenfelder, NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division
Aerosol scattering and absorption are still among the largest uncertainties in Earth’s radiative budget.  In the United States, two large trends are affecting aerosol emissions and optical properties.

One major aerosol trend is increased forest fires in the western U.S.  The NOAA Chemical Sciences Division is in the middle of the five year Fire Influence and Regional and Global Environments Experiment for Air Quality FIREX-AQ study.  Biomass burning is a major source of light-absorbing carbonaceous aerosol.   These aerosol are generally classified into two categories: black carbon (graphitic-like aerosol) and brown carbon (organic aerosol that absorbs strongly in the ultraviolet and near-visible spectral regions).  I will discuss the sources and magnitude of brown carbon absorption, and present results from the southeastern U.S. and Fire Sciences Laboratory examining its lifetime and volatility.

The second major aerosol trend is the rapid decrease in SO2 emissions in the eastern U.S.  Between 1995 and 2013, SO2emissions in the U.S. declined by over 70%, leading to reduced sulfate aerosol mass loading.  This has caused a decrease in both sulfate aerosol mass and aerosol hygroscopicity, with large improvements in aerosol mass loading and visibility in the eastern U.S.  This rapid change has many consequences.  Plant photosynthesis is more efficient using scattered light than direct light, because more leaf surfaces are illuminated, and anthropogenic aerosol trends have had a small impact on carbon uptake in temperate forests due to reduced scattered light.

Contact: Kelvin Bates


Performance tradeoffs and eco-evolutionary interplay at high diversity
Friday, November 2
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Parsons Laboratory 48-316, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Prof. Mikhail Tikhonov, Physics Department, Washington University in St Louis
Much of our understanding of ecological and evolutionary mechanisms derives from analysis of low-dimensional models: with few interacting species, or few axes defining fitness. It is not always clear to what extent such low-dimensional intuition applies to the complex, high-dimensional reality. This becomes especially relevant in the microbial context, because most naturally occurring communities harbor a strikingly large number of coexisting species. In the first part of the talk, I will describe how extending Tilman's geometric intuition into high dimensions offers insights into eco-evolutionary interplay in high-diversity ecosystems, revealing the existence of multiple qualitatively distinct dynamical regimes. Which of these regimes is realized is determined by the structure of performance tradeoffs constraining the system. Importantly, such tradeoffs, which most models simply postulate as part of a "fitness landscape", are known to themselves evolve. In the second part of the talk, I will briefly describe how an ecologically-inspired model provides a promising theoretical context for patching this gap in evolutionary theory.


IACS Seminar: Machine Learning in the Healthcare Enterprise
WHEN  Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin Building G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Information Technology, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute for Applied Computational Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Mark H. Michalski, Executive Director of the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS)
COST  Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Phone: 617-496-2623
DETAILS  Machine learning is an emerging technology with promise to impact a wide variety of areas throughout the healthcare enterprise. In this discussion, Dr. Michalski will review advances in machine learning and their potential impact on several areas of healthcare, with special focus in diagnostic areas. In addition, he’ll discuss some of the challenges and approaches that have been taken to translate this technology at the Partners organization.


Rules for Rebels:  The Science of Victory in Militant History
Friday, November 2
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes professor MAX ABRAHMS—one of the world's leading experts on the subject of terrorism—for a discussion of his new book, Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History.

About Rules for Rebels
Ever wonder why militant groups behave as they do? For instance, why did Al Qaeda attack the World Trade Center whereas the African National Congress tried to avoid civilian bloodshed? Why does Islamic State brag over social media about its gory attacks, while Hezbollah denies responsibility or even apologizes for its carnage?

This book shows that militant group behavior depends on the tactical intelligence of the leaders. The author has extensively studied the political plights of hundreds of militant groups throughout world history and reveals that successful militant leaders have followed three rules. These rules are based on original insights from the fields of political science, psychology, criminology, economics, management, marketing, communication, and sociology. It turns out there's a science to victory in militant history. But even rebels must follow rules.


Unconventional Materials and Paradigms for Water Purification and Quality Control in the 21st Century
Friday, November 2
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (rear), Cambridge

Innovations across the entire spectrum of technology, policy, business, and society are needed to address the challenge of providing an adequate amount of clean water in the 21st century. In this talk, I will present our work on exploring unconventional materials and paradigms for water purification and quality control to address this challenge. At the smallest scale, we present the development of atomically thin membranes made from a single atom-thick layer of graphene, where water can rapidly flow through engineered angstrom-sized pores that reject contaminant molecules and salt ions. I will discuss advances in pore creation, fabrication, and scale-up that illustrate the feasibility of realizing this new class of membrane that could lead to more energy-efficient, compact, and versatile water purification systems. At a larger scale, we show that the sapwood of conifers can be used as natural, chemical-free, low-cost, and easily manufactured filters to remove microbes and turbidity from drinking water. These filters exploit the naturally-occurring membranes in the xylem tissue of plants to remove microbes and present opportunities to create unique pay-as-you-go business models for household water filters with replacement costs of only a few cents. We present human-centric filter device design and field studies that illustrate the potential of xylem filters to provide clean water to people without access to existing water purification technologies. At the systems scale, we present our findings through field studies in India and technology development to address the gap in monitoring trace contaminants in water by ‘dry sampling’ – a paradigm that repurposes materials developed to easily preserve and convey water samples from the water source to a central laboratory, thereby enabling the measurement of trace contaminants that is not possible with local infrastructure. These studies illustrate the opportunities and challenges involved in fundamental research and development and its translation to ground reality to provide clean water in the coming decades.

Rohit Karnik, Associate Professor & Associate Department Head for Education, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


How to Read
Friday, November 2
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7- 429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Luke Bulman
Apprehension and comprehension of both images and text isn’t what it used to be. How? This illustrated lecture will address how we might have arrived at today's global image/text economy and how we adjust our inputs and outputs to remain responsive on a contemporary media diet.

Luke Bulman is a graphic designer who was trained as an architect. He directs Luke Bulman Office, a design practice where projects most often take the form of the book. He teaches at Yale School of Architecture and Parsons School of Design.


Slouching Toward Utopia:  Essays & Reviews
Friday, November 2
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer and critic GEORGE SCIALABBA for a discussion of his latest book, Slouching Toward Utopia. He will be joined in conversation by ARTHUR GOLDHAMMER—writer, translator, and affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies.

About Slouching Toward Utopia
Slouching Toward Utopia is George Scialabba's fifth collection from Pressed Wafer, following What Are Intellectuals Good For? (2009), The Modern Predicament (2011), For The Republic (2013), and Low Dishonest Decades (2016). Like the others, Slouching Toward Utopia features trenchant commentary on contemporary politics and culture, couched in graceful and limpid prose. In addition to reviews of Samuel Huntington, Ivan Illich, Alexander Cockburn, and Mark Lilla, along with a dozen others, there is a symposium contribution on identity politics, two long interviews about intellectuals and American politics, and the title essay, a lecture offering an original meditation on how to get past the conventional wisdom about political morality and begin to at least stumble toward utopia.

Saturday, November 3

2018 HBS Energy & Environment Club Symposium
Saturday, November 3
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
Harvard Business School, Spangler Center, 117 Western Avenue, Allston
Cost:  $25 – $90

Come join students, industry leaders and energy thought leaders at the 2018 Energy Symposium. This year’s theme is “Competing for Energy Capital” and will focus on how companies across the energy ecosystem are responding to increased investor pressure to provide a purpose larger than profits. Come hear oil giants, renewable start-ups and every company in between give their pitch for why they deserve to win the fight for capital.
Our 2018 Keynote speakers:
Helge Hove Haldorson – VP Investor Relations, Equinor
Basil Abul-Hamayel – CEO + President, Aramco Services Company
Bryan Martin – CEO, D.E. Shaw Renewables
The Conference will also feature:
5 panels covering topics such as energy in emerging economies, energy storage, and digitizing oil & gas operations
Career lunches with targeted recruiting companies
A start-up competition worth over $10,000 in grants
A case discussion on Enel’s transforming strategy


Free Breakfast and Facility Tour at Greentown Labs
Saturday November 3
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville

MIT MechE alumnus Arron Acosta, CEO at RISE Robotics, is hosting an open house for MIT MechE students at Greentown Labs, the largest clean-tech incubator in the U.S., located in Somerville. 

Enjoy a free breakfast and a tour of the facilities at Greentown Labs. Join Arron and other MechE alumni from companies including:

RISE – Provides Motor-to-Movement Solutions from Subsea to Space
Via Separations – Provides Molecular Filtration for Industrial Processes
Form Energy – Developing a New Class of Ultra-Low Cost, Long Duration Energy Storage Systems
Spyce – Provides Culinary Excellence, Elevated by Technology

Please Register by November 1


Saturday, November 3
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM EDT
WGBH, 1 Guest Street, Boston
Cost:  $20 – $30

Mass Media Expo is a daylong conference and exhibition attended by over 500 film and media industry members including producers, filmmakers, craft professionals, creative agencies and production houses; and related business and creative sectors including education and innovation communities.

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Transportation Transformation: A Conference about the New Urban Mobility
Saturday, November 3
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
MIT Stratton Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 306 (Twenty Chimneys), Cambridge

In the emerging world of 'micro rentals' and shared asset ownership, the access economy pioneered by Uber, Lyft and AirBnB is expanding to local transporation options, often called Micromobility or BTW (Better Than Walking). The melding of simple existing technology like traditional bicycles and skateboards with Lithium Ion batteries and powerful computing programs has created a whole new way for people to travel relatively short distatnces.
The policy and design issues surrounding this new and growing type of personal mobility, be it personally owned electric skateboards, dockless bikes or shared electric scooters, are challenges which governments, businesses, advocacy groups and regular citizens are all struggling to address.
This conference brings together thought leaders from goverment, industry and user groups to explore the technological, policy and physical infrastructure complications we must address as we jointly move into this New Urban Mobilty future.

12:00-12:20: Welcome
12:20-12:50: Keynote Speaker
12:50-1:00 Coffee Break
1:00-2:15: Panel Discussion
Potential and current impact of emerging and existing technology-based micromobility such as scooters, micro-electric vehicles (MEVs) ebikes and onewheels.
2:15-2:30 Coffee Break
2:30-3:45: Panel Discussion
Regional infrastructure and regulatory challenges such as speed limits, licenses for users, zoning and permitting.
4:00-4:30: Q & A of All Speakers
4:30-5:00: Closing & Showroom Exhibit

Speakers, showroom exhibitors, and attendees will include many of the following:
Assaf Biderman, Founder & CEO @ Superpedestrian, Associate Director, Senseable City Lab @ MIT
Ivan Li Huang, Founder & CEO @ Bonzer
Eric Bourassa, Director of Transportation @ MAPC
Joe Barr, Director of Traffic, Parking, & Transportation @ City of Cambridge
Scott Mullen, Director of Northeast Expansion @ Lime
Mckinsey & Co.
US DOT Volpe Center
MIT Mobility Lab/Media Lab
Other municipality and regional leaders (Boston, Somerville, Brookline, MBTA, MassDOT)
Other transportation industry leaders (possibly Nissan, Toyota, Arcimoto)
Others (Boston Area Research Institute, T4MA, WalkBoston, Motivate, Livable Streets, Cambridge Systematics)


Biophilia & Biodiversity: A Celebration of EO Wilson’s Influence
Saturday, November 3
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Avenue, 580 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge

“… the rich, natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.” - EO Wilson “Biophilia”

Join us for a lively storytelling event. David Morimoto, Director of Natural Science and Mathematics within CLAS at Lesley University will lead our kickoff meeting. David will be joined by speakers from our local academic and research community, as they share stories of time spent with Dr. Wilson, his influence, and their thoughts on Biophilia.

Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends of Mount Auburn. Our robust roster of programs each year is made possible through your generous support.


OCCURENCE: Everyone Knows the Disaster is Coming
Saturday, November 3
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building W97-160, 345 Vassar Street, Cambridge

“If Gregg Araki were to direct a lost John Hughes script about sullen teenagers and hired Matmos to create a new wave-inspired score, the result would probably sound a lot like the darkly beautiful music of Occurrence.” – Michael Tedder

In collaboration with the students in Josh Higgason’s Lighting Design (21M.734) course, Occurrence will play a set featuring songs from their latest release Everyone Knows the Disaster is Coming.

Led by Senior Lecturer Ken Urban, Occurrence is a darkwave electro-pop trio comprised of Urban and vocalists Cat Hollyer and Johnny Hager. Urban started Occurrence as an outlet for the experimental and mostly instrumental music he was making in private. In 2013, Ken reached out to his college friend Cat Hollyer, whom he hadn’t seen in almost twenty years.Now living in Lawrence, Kansas and writing for Hallmark, Cat confessed she was looking for a creative outlet when Ken reached out, and the pair began writing songs, trading demos online. The duo eventually completed their album The Past Will Last Forever. Released in October 2016, it featured appearances from a number of actors (Henry Fool star Thomas Jay Ryan and Polly Lee from TV’s The Americans) as well as other musicians (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kip Berman and Worshipper’s Alejandro Necochea). One particularly notable contributor to The Past Will Last Forever was Johnny Hager, Ken’s boyfriend. A native of Mexico City, Johnny grew up singing opera and pop. When it was time for Occurrence to play its first-ever live show, Ken asked Johnny to join Cat on vocals. “It became clear the three of us had something special,” Ken recalls. Following that show, the trio began writing and recording new music in their Washington Heights studio. Occurrence released their latest album Everyone Knows the Disaster is Coming in June. The Southern Sounding called the album “a wiry brew of warbling electronics, fiery post-punk swagger and subtly mutated pop arrangements.”

Sunday, November 4

Shaping the Social Contract: Insights from the Women of Brook Farm
Sunday, November 4
2:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Performance and Community Discussion presented by New Brook Farm and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail

Women played an important role in the Brook Farm transcendentalist utopian community in the 1840s, where they enjoyed rights and privileges equal to the male members of the community. After the demise of Brook Farm, many went on to become active in the suffrage and abolitionist movements.

In this ‘living history’ presentation, you will meet Margaret Fuller, Sophia Ripley, and other remarkable women who joined and visited this short-lived but influential community.  How did they understand and live the “social contract” at Brook Farm and afterward?

Then, join a discussion of the social contract in the 21st century. What are the threads that connect women’s suffrage to #MeToo? Abolitionism to Black Lives Matter? What are our rights and responsibilities as members of a diverse community?

Dr. Kerri Greenidge, interim Director of American Studies at Tufts University and co-director of the African American Trail Project at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, will set the stage for the presentation and guide the discussion.

Admission is free. Refreshments provided.


TEDxHarvardCollege "What If I'm Wrong”
Sunday, November 4
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Harvard, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $11 – $40

TEDxHarvardCollege is Harvard University's premier university-wide TEDx event. Staffed by undergraduates, advised by graduate students and faculty, and featuring alumni and fellows from all around the university, TEDxHarvardCollege aims to showcase the biggest ideas in the University on the world's biggest platform!

For the Fall 2018 TEDxHarvardCollege event the official theme will be about critical thinking in the broadest sense of that phrase. This includes thinking about different ways to approach tasks – common or uncommon indiscriminately – innovative thinking, life improvement, motivational speaking, management of time, money, people, or things, popularity, human nature, implications of advancement, and many other topics. Our tagline is What if I’m Wrong? This simple, yet powerful, phrase represents the first step of critical thinking– openness to change and different perspectives. Just by saying these four words, you unlock endless possibilities of growth.


IMILONJI KaNtu in Concert
Sunday, November 4
Twelfth Baptist Church, 160 Warren Street Roxbury
$10 suggested donation online or at the door

Experience the songs of the people of South Africa shared by IMILONJI KaNtu Choral Society from Soweto, South Africa. Sharing A New Song is so fortunate to be hosting this award winning choir! 
Founded in 1988 in Soweto, the choir was the first to express the struggle of the people in Apartheid South Africa in an organized musical context. The choir was there at the site of the struggle – at protest rallies, at funerals of victims of Apartheid and at commemoration services. 

IMILONJI KaNtu was honored to sing at the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela and the elevation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. When South Africa gained independence the choir spread a message of reconciliation to the new nation of South Africa and was a messenger of good news to the countries it visited. It continues with that mission today on its 2018 Boston Tour. 
Monday, November 5

California's Cap-and-trade Program and Emission Leakage: An Empirical Analysis
Monday, November 5
12:00pm to 1:30pm 
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Chiara Lo Prete, Assistant Professor of Energy Economics, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Lunch will be served.

HKS Energy Policy Seminar


#OurWaterOurFood: Environmental justice and Indigenous Sovereignty in Canada's Arctic Offshore
Monday, November 5
12:00PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, Bowie Vernon Room (room K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Noor Johnson, Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder. 
Noor Johnson is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the politics and practices of environmental knowledge in the Arctic. Her work has examined movements for Indigenous sovereignty through activism and bureaucratic governance. She holds a Research Scientist appointment with National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she works on projects related to food sovereignty, community-based monitoring, and Indigenous data management. She is also affiliated with the Center for Science Diplomacy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. From 2015 – 2016, she was an inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar researching offshore development and renewable energy. In addition to her academic research, Noor has served as a science policy and strategy advisor to non-profit and Indigenous organizations, including the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Inuit Circumpolar Council.

A light lunch will be served. Please register for this event.

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Thoreau’s Place On (and Off) the Map of Natural History
Monday, November 5
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Watch live on the Arboretum’s YouTube channel if you are unable to attend in person.

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk

(617) 524-1718


Perfect Woman: Female Robots, Alluring Androids, and Electronic Eves
Monday, November 5,
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Julie Wosk (SUNY Maritime College).
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


Addressing Climate Change in Haiti: Are Current Actions Matching National Priorities?
Monday, November 5
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Crowe Room, Goddard 310, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford

CIERP Research Seminar with Keston Perry
Keston K. Perry is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Climate Policy Lab at CIERP. He will speak about the Haiti Readiness Project he is currently working on, a UNDP-funded project to assist Haiti’s Ministry of Environment in developing the institutional capacity to engage with the Green Climate Fund.


Can we heat our buildings with renewable electricity cheaper than natural gas?
Monday, November 5
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT,  Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

K. Max Zhang, Associate Professor, Cornell University
Dr. Zhang's research interests focus on energy and the environment. He studies the effects of airborne particulate matters (PM) and gaseous pollutants on air quality, climate change and ecosystem, using numerical models and experimental techniques. One particular area he is working on is environmental nanoparticles. Nanoparticle pollution affects public health by depositing deeper in our lungs and moving into the blood circulation. These nanoparticles can also grow into cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). Changes in CCN concentration may affect cloud reflectivity and lifetime, thus perturbing the energy balance of the planet. His research in this area focuses on characterizing various emission sources and their transformation in the atmosphere, especially the rapid changes in the first few minutes after emission. One important goal is to establish a source-to-receptor relationship for airborne nanoparticles. The "receptor" refers to either humans or the climate system. Dr. Zhang's group has developed CTAG(which stands for Comprehensive Turbulent Aerosol dynamics and Gas chemistry), an environmental turbulent reacting flow model, to simulate the transport and transformation of multiple pollutants in complex environments. In particular, he aims to develop a mechanistic understanding on 1) near-road air pollution and its potential mitigation strategies, 2) the effects of turbulent mixing on particulate emission measurements, and 3) the impacts of plume processing on regional air quality and climate simulations.

Another major area of Dr. Zhang's research interests is sustainable energy systems. In a low-carbon economy, the production of energy will be much less centralized and most energy services will be delivered to customers via the electric grid, and electric power systems, transportation systems and building systems are seamlessly integrated. However, the transition to such a low-carbon economy will face technological, institutional, financial and environmental challenges. Dr. Zhang is working with colleagues as an interdisciplinary team addressing those challenges. His research in this area focuses on aggregating a large number of distributed and controllable energy resources such as electric vehicles to provide a wide range of cost-effective systems services. These technologies will greatly facilitate the transition to a reliable, secure, efficient and clean power system.


xTalk with Vasilis Kostakis:  New Technologies Won’t Reduce Scarcity, but Here’s Something That Might
Monday, November 5
3:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 1-390, 77 Massachusetts Avenue

In a book titled Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?, MIT scientists Henry Lieberman and Christopher Fry discuss why we have wars, mass poverty, and other social ills. They argue that we cannot cooperate with each other to solve our major problems because our institutions are saturated with a competitive spirit. But Lieberman and Fry have some good news: technology can address the root of the problem. They believe that we compete when there is scarcity, and that recent technological advances, such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence, will end widespread scarcity. Thus, a post-scarcity world, premised on cooperation, would emerge. But can we really end scarcity? And if we cannot, is there any new socio-technical alternative that would allow us to build a more free, fair and sustainable economy and society?

Vasilis Kostakis is Professor of P2P Governance at TalTech and Faculty Associate at Harvard Law School. He is the founder of the P2P Lab and core member of the P2P Foundation. In 2018, Vasilis was awarded a $1.1 grant from the European Research Council, to study the convergence of the digital commons with local manufacturing technologies. Along with an interdisciplinary team of scholars, activists, and social entrepreneurs, he focuses on how to create an economy based on locally sustainable communities that are digitally interconnected.


Scabs: The Social Suppression of Labor Supply
Monday, November 5
3:00pm to 4:15pm
Harvard, Harvard Hall 104, 1465-1483 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Supreet Kaur, University of California, Berkeley


Eat. Drink. Think. at EVOO featuring Chef Peter McCarthy
Monday, November 5
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
EVOO Restaurant, 350 Third Street, Cambridge

What:  The Good Food Media Network is proud to present Eat. Drink. Think., a food and drink educational experience featuring local thought leaders, experts and chefs dedicated to building a more sustainable food system for all. 
The second event in the Eat. Drink. Think. series will take place at EVOO Restaurant, which was recently recognized for its role in promoting sustainable food systems with the highest rating of 6 links on the 2018 Good Food 100 Restaurants™ list. Culinary and industry leaders will discuss the 2018 Good Food 100 Restaurants list and economic report—which measures restaurants’ impact on good food economies—while offering an enlightening discussion about the power of chefs, eaters and farmers to change our food system for good.

Sara Brito, Co-Founder and President, Good Food Media Network
Peter McCarthy, Owner and Executive Chef, EVOO Restaurant
Danielle Andrews, Dudley Farm Manager, The Food Project
Andy Carbone, Owner, Carne Locale

Why: Food is THE issue of our lifetime. How can we, as eaters, make a fundamental impact for a sustainable future? What if restaurants focused on food that was not only filling, but also fulfilling? It’s time to go beyond just food taste, service and ambience and explore the power of our choices and good food.
RSVP:  Seating is limited. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, November 1.


Monday, November 5
MIT,  Building E14-648, Silverman Skyline Room, Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Veronica Coptis is the Executive Director of the Center for Coalfield Justice in Pennsylvania. CCJ pushes for economic and environmental justice with coalfield communities through advocacy, education, and organizing.

The Environmental Solutions Initiative People & the Planet Lecture Series presents individuals and organizations working to advance understanding and action toward a humane and sustainable future.


Picturing Science and Engineering by Felice Frankel
Monday, November 5
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

MechE & ChemE Communication Labs are co-hosting a talk by Felice Frankel on visual design in science communication, where she will pre-view examples and recipes from her upcoming book "Picturing Science and Engineering." She will discuss various techniques in photography and graphics, with the focus on combining visual appeal with scientific impact.


Cities on the Edge: Climate Adaptation, Resilience & Social Justice
Monday, November 5
5:00PM TO 6:30PM
Harvard, Nye A, B, & C, 5th floor, Taubman Bldg, HKS, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

The Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) is at Harvard Kennedy School hosts a conversation about the challenges facing coastal cities due to the effects of climate change. Panelists: 
Chris Cook, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston and Boston Parks Commissioner;
Dawn Henning, Project Manager, City of New Haven Engineering Department;
Gina McCarthy, Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment;
and Colleen Murphy-Dunning, Program Director, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Urban Resources Initiative (URI), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies,
will discuss adaptation strategies and resilience efforts across sectors and opportunities for community engagement.

This event honors the recipients of the 2018 Roy Award, the Advancing Green Infrastructure Program, a public-private partnership consisting of the Urban Resources Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, EMERGE Connecticut, Inc., the City of New Haven Department of Engineering, the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, and Common Ground High School. The program address the issues of urban flooding and the pollution of waterways surrounding New Haven during increasingly frequent heavy rainfall events, by building and monitoring bioswales - landscaped areas adjacent to the roadway designed to capture and infiltrate stormwater runoff from the street before it can enter a piped sewer system. The program's inclusive, community-driven, science-based approach simultaneously addresses environmental and social challenges facing New Haven, a model that could be replicated in other cities and communities around the world.

More information about the Roy Award for Environmental Partnership at!the-roy-award

Contact Name:   Amanda Sardonis 


Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural
WHEN  Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT Shawn Higgins
DETAILS  Strange Frequencies takes readers on an extraordinary narrative and historical journey to discover how people have used technology in an effort to search for our own immortality. Author Peter Bebergal builds his own ghostly gadgets to reach the other side, too, and follows the path of famous inventors, engineers, seekers, and seers who attempted to answer life’s ultimate mysteries. He finds that not only are technological innovations potent metaphors keeping our spiritual explorations alive, but literal tools through which to experiment the boundaries of the physical world and our own psyches. Join Bebergal on a journey through the attempts artists, scientists, and tinkerers have made to imagine and communicate with the otherworldly using various technologies, from cameras to radiowaves.


Disruptive Business Model Innovation
Monday, November 5
5:30 pm –  9:00 pm
MIT Tang Center, Building E51-151, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 - $20

Speaker  Mike Grandinetti, Chief Marketing & Corporate Strategy Officer - Reduxio Systems, Global Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Marketing, Hult International Business School
Disrupt or be disrupted. There is no middle ground. Yet, the pace of disruption is relentless, and many formerly iconic companies have become extinct. The average lifespan of companies has collapsed by 80% since 1960. There is no issue that creates more fear and anxiety for executive team and boards of directors.

Increasingly, well –designed and executed innovative business models are the key basis of sustainable competitive advantage. Yet, business model design remains poorly understood. All too often, companies attempt to compete and bring new products and services to market with outdated business models, a certain recipe for failure. The pace of technological change requires companies to constantly monitor and refine their business model, lest they be rendered irrelevant. Superior business models do not arrive by accident; rather they are the result of a highly disciplined and systematic process of build-learn-adapt.

This workshop focuses on innovative business model design. Its aim is to enable participants to understand how to assess and create optimally innovative new business models for their high potential ideas.

The course provides a comprehensive foundation for additional learning in the context of innovative business model design

Course topics include:
Business Model Deep Dive
Multi-Sided Markets
Open Innovation, Open Source & Crowd-Source Models
The Innovators Dilemma & Defending Against Disruption
Learning Objectives
On completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
Critically evaluate how new business models are designed and implemented and how “old” business models can be analyzed and refined
Apply simple yet powerful tools, frameworks and concepts such as the 9 component Business Model Canvas, visual thinking, freemium and touch-less models, the long tail, multi-sided platforms, open innovation and open business models in understanding and designing business models
Design, develop and present a new business model to disrupt an industry


Virginia Valian: An Inclusive Academy
Monday, November 5
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Virginia Valian to discuss her book An Inclusive Academy.

Most colleges and universities embrace the ideals of diversity and inclusion, but many fall short, especially in the hiring, retention, and advancement of faculty who would more fully represent our diverse world—in particular women and people of color. In this book, Virginia Valian and co-author Abigail Stewart argue that diversity and excellence go hand in hand and provide guidance for achieving both.

Virginia Valian is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Why So Slow: The Advancement of Women and coauthor of An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence. 


Power To The People
Monday, November 5
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Avenue, Boston

Join us as we use music to celebrate our right to vote in the coming election. There will also be an open discussion on how far we've come, current issues and why voting matters to us all. No judgment; just learning and connecting.


Monday, November 5
6:30 – 8:30 pm EST
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston

Kira Maclean, Founder and Editor-in-Chief,
About This Event
General Assembly presents a panel discussion with some of Boston's most influential movers and shakers. 
At this event, you’ll get a glimpse into the ever-changing blogger / influencer industry, and learn the inside scoop on how to adapt to the changes in today’s dynamic landscape. 
Join us for: 
A candid conversation on the world of social influence
Industry experts will share tips & tricks on how they got to where they are today
Open audience Q&A with panelists
A fun, informative evening, where you can meet fellow influencers, learn something new and potentially turn your blogging dreams into a reality!
About the Panelist

Kira Maclean, Founder and Editor-in-Chief,
23-year-old Kira Maclean is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, a travel, fashion, and lifestyle website. She had the opportunity to travel extensively with her family when she was younger, and quickly discovered an insatiable desire to explore. Her desire to cultivate beautiful experiences can be seen across her social media networks, with lnstagram serving as her primary platform.
Kira was a oncology researcher at Harvard Medical School before she launched into her current career as a UX Designer. She has been immersed in the world of blogging and social media marketing for 4 years, and is based in Boston. 
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Climate Change and the Future of the Boston Coastline
Monday, November 5
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Doors open @ 6pm --Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers-- Presentations start @ 7pm)
Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $15 in advance;  $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.

Obtain tickets here at Meetup, or use our Eventbrite option: [CIC members use your discount at Eventbrite; Students must use Eventbrite because we can't set up student tickets here]

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Kirk Bosma, P.E. Woods Hole Group and Paul Kirshen, Ph.D., UMass Boston

“Well I love that dirty water...Oh, Boston, you're my home”

Boston’s always had a special connection with its harbor, extending from its beginnings as a colonial port in 01630, through centuries of industrial activity, to its fairly recent cultural and economic reawakening. Land reclamation and waterfront construction projects have dramatically changed the region’s coastal landscape. Yet, still, the harbor protects. In the geologic scheme of things, not much has changed in 400 years.

The looming impact of global climate change paints a different picture. In a world of increasingly intense storms and melting ice packs, the tides and the storm surges are rising. This year Florence (13’ storm surge) and Mangkut (25’ storm surge) put the world on notice, while Boston had its own awakening with two record-breaking high water events, including the 15’ high water crest from the “bomb cyclone” of January 4. The need for long term thinking along our harbor and coastline has never been more urgent.

Join the Long Now Boston conversation with Paul Kirshen and Kirk Bosma, two of the region’s leading experts on climate change and coastal mitigation as they discuss looming risks to coastal communities. Poster Child projects like hurricane walls get lots of visibility, but the major study released in May concluded shore-based climate adaptation solutions are more effective than harbor-wide strategies for Boston. Radically decreasing greenhouse gas emissions could reduce the risks, but political willpower for that to happen soon is not forthcoming.

Among the topics we'll explore through a Long Now lens:
Climate change forecasts and the implications for coastal communities.
Key ways to assist coastal communities' planning for the future.
Forecasts of what Boston and the New England coastline might look like in a century
Anticipated civic + political affects: demographics, economics and social conditions

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Audience participation is encouraged.

The Long Now Boston Conversation Series hosts Paul Kirshen and Kirk F. Bosma to share their research on the effects of climate change on the region's coastline, and proposed risk mitigation measures.

Paul Kirshen, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School for the Environment at the UMass Boston and serves as the Academic Director of its Sustainable Solutions Lab. Paul has 30 years of experience in complex, interdisciplinary research related to water resources management, and climate variability and change. He holds Sc.B., MS, and PhD degrees in civil engineering with an emphasis on systems applications. His interest in climate change is focused on the integrated vulnerabilities of built, natural, social, and economic systems to climate change and sea level rise (SLR) and the development of adaptation strategies to these stresses.

Kirk F. Bosma, PE, is a Senior Coastal Engineer and Team Leader of the Coastal Sciences, Engineering & Planning team at Woods Hole Group.His expertise includes habitat restoration, shoreline protection, and climate change planning projects and specializes in applying numerical models to optimize engineering designs and reduce overall project life cycle costs. He also developed gray, green, and hybrid coastal engineering adaptations for fostering urban and rural resiliency in a cost-effective approach.

Cambridge Innovation Center is an in-kind sponsor of this Long Now Boston conversation. We are very grateful for their support.


The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age
Monday, October 29
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world’s powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict.

About the Author
DAVID E. SANGER is national security correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting. A regular contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Tuesday, November 6

Tuesday, November 6
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Alvand Salehi
Kathy Pham
Christopher Bavitz
Event will be live webcast and recorded at 12:00 pm on day of event at

On this US election day, we are pleased to take a close look at the inner workings of government, with a particular focus on the ways in which federal, state, and local government institutions leverage technology and technical resources to best serve citizens.   

Our speakers—Alvin Salehi and Kathy Pham—bring deep expertise in federal and state government deployment of technology and in establishing policies within government to foster and promote responsible tech development initiatives. They share stories from their time in government and offer thoughts on best practices for government institutions developing approaches to technology development and procurement that enhance the provision of government services. 
The event will be moderated by Berkman Klein Center co-director, Chris Bavitz.


Robert Legvold: U.S.-Russia Relations and the Threats of the New Nuclear Age
Tuesday, November 6
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM EST
Tufts, The Fletcher School, Mugar 231, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford 

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School for a lunch talk by Professor Robert Legvold (F67) of Columbia University. He will discuss the current state of U.S.-Russia relations and the threats of the new nuclear age. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite.
Robert Legvold is Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he specialized in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. He was director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace-sponsored “Euro-Atlantic Security Initiatives” (2009-2012) and project director for “Rethinking U.S. Policy toward Russia” at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008-2010). He also served as Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University (1986-1992). Before that, he served on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Tufts University and as Senior Fellow and Director of the Soviet Studies Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences. Legvold's areas of particular interest are the foreign policies of former Soviet Union states and U.S. relations with them. His most recent book is Return to Cold War (2016). His work has been published by Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution, Routledge, The National Interest, and Foreign Affairs. He received his Ph.D. from The Fletcher School in 1967.


"Gentrifier" with Jason Patch
Tuesday, November 6
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT,  Building 9-217, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the Department of Urban Studies & Planning's Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group for a conversation with Jason Patch, professor of sociology and urban studies and co-author of the book Gentrifier.

The book (co-written with John Joe Schlichtman and Marc Lamont Hill; University of Toronto Press, 2017) opens up a new conversation about gentrification that goes beyond the statistics and the clichés to examine different sides of this controversial, deeply personal issue. The book takes a close look at the socioeconomic factors and individual decisions behind gentrification and their implications for the displacement of low-income residents. Drawing on a variety of perspectives, the authors present interviews, case studies, and analysis in the context of recent scholarship in such areas as urban sociology, geography, planning, and public policy, sharing accounts of their first-hand experience as academics, parents, and spouses living in New York City, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Providence. With unique insight and rare candor, Gentrifier challenges readers' current understandings of gentrification and their own roles within their neighborhoods.  [Lunch  provided.]

Jason Patch is a professor of sociology and urban studies at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. His research interests focus on gentrification, cities, and qualitative methodology. For the past twelve years he has lived with his family in the great city of Providence. Once, long ago, he spent a year living in Allston.


Reflections on the Symposium on Global Health & the Social Sciences: One Year Later
Tuesday, November 6 
3:30 - 5:00 pm
BU, Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road, Boston

Occurring almost one year ago to the day, the Symposium on Global Health & the Social Sciences marked an important occasion that brought together nearly 30 leading anthropologists, political scientists, and sociologists from around the country to contribute to evolving discussions related to the role of the social sciences in global health. The symposium resulted in a report published in June 2018 exploring the social sciences in light of five themes: global health governance, reproductive health and human rights, universalism, infectious disease response, and access to pharmaceuticals. This seminar will provide an opportunity to share what took place at the symposium, the participants' respective roles in the event, and important developments that have occurred since then.


Emile Bustani Seminar: "Confederation: The Only Possible Two-State Solution for Israel and Palestine"
Tuesday, November 6
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT,  Building E51-376, 70 Memorial Avenue, Cambridge

Bernard Avishai, Visiting Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, Adjunct Professor of Business, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
A two-state solution can be preempted by catastrophe, inertia, demagogy, venal leaders, weak leaders—or it can be pushed off to another generation. It cannot just be “over.” Neither can you splice the word “solution” onto the words “one-state,” and promise resolution of the conflict—not unless you expect that state to be as grotesque as the continuing occupation. Yet “two states” always portended a reciprocal structure of independence and interdependence: in effect, a confederation. No other arrangement could ever have worked.  Israel and Palestine must share a collective security regime, a common urban infrastructure and common business ecosystem.  Talk on the Israeli center-left of “divorce” was a mirage, especially in view of Israel’s large Arab minority.

Bernard Avishai teaches political economy at Dartmouth and is the author of The Tragedy of Zionism and The Hebrew Republic, among other books. He writes regularly for the New Yorker. He is a past technology editor of Harvard Business Review, and International Director of Intellectual Capital at KPMG. He was selected as a Guggenheim fellow in 1987. 


Panel Discussion: Is deep-sea mining worth it?
Tuesday, November 6
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT,  Samberg Conference Center, 6th Floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Join the world’s leading experts in deep-sea mining as they discuss and debate whether or not we should mine resources in the deep ocean.

Panelists Include:
Chris Brown, International Seabed Authority
Thomas Peacock, MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kris Van Nijen, Global Sea Mineral Resources
Cindy Van Dover, Duke University
Samantha Smith, Blue Globe Solutions
Moderated by Conn Nugent, Pew Charitable Trusts

Reception with refreshments to follow!


Enchanting Technology
Tuesday, November 6
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Museum Studio, Building 10-150, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Peter Bebergal will present a multi-media presentation based on the material from his new book Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural, followed by a discussion with Professor Graham Jones from MIT Anthropology and Seth Riskin,  manager of the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery. Light refreshments will be served. Books will be on hand for sale by the MIT Press Bookstore.


Tuesday, November 6
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
The Venture Cafe - Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 – $12

Plastics are vital and problematic. Not all plastics are alike of course, and how we use them responsibly, how we eliminate unnecessary use, and how we clean up after ourselves are topics most of us need more schooling in. This evening, BASG's Amy Perlmutter helps us host the evening:

Amy Perlmutter is an independent consultant whose practice includes strategy, stakeholder engagement, communications, and facilitation to build the green economy. She was an early pioneer in the recycling field and continues to be fascinated by trash. She was the Director of Solid Waste for Passaic County, New Jersey; Recycling Director of the City and County of San Francisco; and founding director of the Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic Development, where she worked with businesses, researchers, and government to increase the use of recycled materials in manufacturing processes in Massachusetts.  She is the lead consultant for the City of Boston’s Zero Waste Plan development, on the advisory board of Zero Waste USA, an advisor to the startup, Magnomer, and a Clean Tech Open mentor. 

Amy has invited Bob Malloy to teach us about plastics:
Robert Malloy is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the Plastics Engineering Department. He has been a faculty member at UMass Lowell since 1987. Prior to joining the faculty at Lowell, he was a faculty member at the Algerian Petroleum Institute in Annaba, Algeria. He has taught courses on the subjects of Plastics Materials, Physical Property Testing, Plastics Processing and Plastic Product and Mold Design, and is an active researcher and consultant in the areas of thermoplastic processing, plastic part design, mold design and plastics recycling. He is the author of many patents and publications including a book on the subject of “Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding”. He is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), past chairman of SPE’s Injection Molding Division, a recipient of SPE’s International Education Award and is a Fellow of the SPE. He was also inducted as a member of the Plastics Academy Plastics Hall of Fame in 2012.

And Amy has invited Janet Domenitz of MASSPIRG to talk about what's being done and can be done:
Janet Domenitz has been the executive director of MASSPIRG since 1990 and directs programs on consumer protection, solid waste reduction and recycling, health and safety, public transportation, and voter participation. Janet has co-founded or led coalitions, including Earth Day Greater Boston, Campaign to Update the Bottle Bill and the Election Modernization Coalition. Janet serves as president for the Consumer Federation of America; was a founding member of the Transportation for Massachusetts coalition and the Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition; and serves on the Common Cause Massachusetts executive committee, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow board of directors, and Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Advisory Committee. For her work, Janet has received Common Cause’s John Gardner Award and Salem State University’s Friend of the Earth Award. Janet lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband and two sons and every Wednesday morning she slow-runs the steps at Harvard Stadium with the November Project. Janet began working on MASSPIRG’s staff in 1980. She holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Brandeis University.
We're looking forward to welcoming them all here with you on Tuesday evening November 6th.



The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success
Tuesday, November 6
6:30 pm
Brookline Village Library, 361 Washington Street, Brookline

Too often, accomplishment does not equate to success. We did the work but didn’t get the promotion; we played hard but weren’t recognized; we had the idea but didn’t get the credit. We’ve always been told that talent and a strong work ethic are the key to getting ahead, but in today’s world these efforts rarely translate into tangible results. Recognizing this disconnect, Laszlo Barabási, one of the world’s leading experts on the science of networks, uncovers what success really is: a collective phenomenon based on the thoughts and praise of those around you.

Albert-László Barabási is the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and a Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, where he directs the Center for Complex Network Research, and holds appointments in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and at the Central European University in Budapest. A native of Transylvania, Romania, he received his Masters in Theoretical Physics at the Eötvös University in Budapest and his Ph.D. at Boston University. His work has led to many breakthroughs, including the discovery of scale-free networks in 1999, which continues to make him one of the most cited scientists today.


Media Mixer & Networking Event: Open to the Public!
Tuesday, November 6
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville

Let's celebrate creativity by throwing another Media Mixer event! Come to our next Media Mixer hosted by Somerville Media Center & Artisan's Asylum on Tuesday, November 6 from from 6:30pm - 8:00pm held at Artisan's Asylum.

Get to meet other media makers and aspiring creatives and more at this event! 

You will also get to learn more about two great Somerville resources-- the Somerville Media Center and Artisan's Asylum! 

You will get information on SMC's upcoming classes, film screenings, special workshops, youth media, networking opportunities, crew calls, membership & more! You will also get to learn more about Artisan's Asylum, their many classes, space & equipment rentals, membership and tour their 40,000 square foot warehouse in the old Ames Safety Envelope facility at 10 Tyler Street.

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Food in Culture & Community with EChO & Eureka Ensemble
Tuesday, November 6
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building- K354, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

This fall, Eradicate Childhood Obesity (EChO) Foundation is premiering an opera called A Sweet Fairy Tale in collaboration with Eureka Ensemble, the Codman Square Health Center and Daily Table. Intended to increase awareness on the negative effects of excessive added sugar, this food opera will also help promote good nutrition in a new way for young audiences and their parents. Find out how Laurent Adamowicz and Kristo Kondakçi are engaging the community in this creative project, as well as past projects.