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Energy (and Other) Events - November 4, 2018

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Monday, November 5

11:30am  U.S.- China Relations on the Eve of the U.S. Midterm Elections
12pm  Securing our Elections from Moscow to Main Street: What We've Learned Since 2016
12pm  Corruption, Governance, and Human Rights: The Case of Brazil with Justice Luis Roberto Barroso
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  Solving Problems Outdoors: The Affordances of Adversity
3pm  Eat. Drink. Think. at EVOO featuring Chef Peter McCarthy
4pm  Special Seminar:  Contrasting Particulate Organic Carbon Regeneration Dynamics in Oxic and Suboxic Waters of the South Pacific
4pm  The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany - A Lecture by Cynthia Miller-Idriss
4pm  Democracy’s Crisis:  On the Political Contradictions of Financialized Capitalism
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  Broadband and Digital Equity at Cambridge City Council
5:30pm  Disruptive Business Model Innovation
6pm  Virginia Valian: An Inclusive Academy
6pm  Science Policy Initiative November Discussion: Climate Change
6pm  Power To The People
6pm  Fletcher Ideas Exchange 4 | Migration in 2030: Imagining the Possibilities
6:15pm  Mapping the Extragalactic Sky
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

11am  Special Talk:  Greenhouse gas removal: a European perspective, and thoughts on weathering and oceanic options
11:15am  Doing for our robots what evolution did for us
12pm  The Trump Administration and the Middle East: A Midterm Assessment
12:30pm  Maximizing Carbon Storage and Climate Resiliency in Wetland Restoration and Creation: An Innovative Approach, and Why it Matters
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  Electoral Power: The Predictable Future or an Aspirational One?
4:30pm  The Networked Digital Earth for Climate Adaptation and Resilient Engineering
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?
5pm  MIT-Africa Forum Presents Prof. Danielle Wood
6pm  Discover NASA's Tech Transfer Program: Reception Nov. 6
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

Wednesday, November 7

8am  Passive House Massachusetts 2018 Symposium
11:30am  Speaker Series on Misinformation: Kathleen Hall Jamieson
11:45am  Special Lunch: The Latam Winners of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge
12pm  Neighborhood Matters: Roxbury Defenders
12pm  Digital Resistance: How The Internet Facilitates Responses to Racial Microaggressions
12pm  Martha S. Jones: “Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America”
12pm  Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History
1pm  Cannabis and Opioids: Prevention or Treatment? (Gonson Lecture)
1pm  Let's Disagree -- Call for Participants!
3:30pm  Solar Energy Business Association of New England
4pm  Political Geometry: The Mathematics of Redistricting
4pm  Understanding and Forecasting Change in Our Natural World
4:15pm  The Environmental Bias of Trade Policy
4:30pm  Engineering the Future We Want, Eric Schmidt
5:15pm  A Public Conversation: Identity, Faith, and Public Responsibility
5:30pm  Now that the Americans and Brazilians Have Voted, Who Won? Do the Winners Take All?
5:30pm  Responsible Investing: Aligning your financial goals with your values
5:30pm  Trial & Error: The Strategic Failures of America's War in Afghanistan
7pm  Modern HERstory:  Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History
7pm  Fighting Back Against Climate Change: Altering Earth’s Atmosphere
7:15pm  Food Literacy Project: Intro to Fermentation Panel

Thursday, November 8

8am  2018 Conference: Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development
8:30am  2018 Social Innovator Encore
8:30am  Emerging Trends Series: Where Artificial Intelligence and Cleantech Converge
12pm  Bringing the Ocean Ashore: Ichthyology and Infrastructure in Pacific Waters
12pm  The Future of Tech Policy: Perspectives from the U.S. and Europe
12pm  Beyond the Headlines: The Brazilian Elections
12:15pm  Jihadism Constrained: The Limits of Transnational Jihadism and What It Means for Counterterrorism
1pm  What’s Environment Got to Do with It? –Agency, Accountability & the People’s Health
3pm  Bold Science, Brilliant Minds:  Whitehead Institute's New Generation
3pm  Energy & Cleantech Mini-Conference
4:30pm  Starr Forum: The Rise of Populism
4:30pm  Dudleian Lecture: Kristallnacht 1938: Crescendo and Overture
5pm  Faster Than Normal
5:30pm  Brian Michael Bendis: The 2018 Julius Schwartz Lecture
6pm  Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
6pm  Why Religion?:  A Personal Story
6pm  Uber Advanced Technologies - Company Presentation
6pm  Boston Climate Action Network Meeting
6pm  The Consequences of America’s Miracle Machine
6pm  Why aren't we moving? An inside look at the MBTA
6pm  Fall BINJ Get Together & Fundraiser
6:30pm  Threatened Landscapes: Designed Countermeasures of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
7pm  Diplomacy and Intrigue in the Arctic
7pm  Urban Planning Film Series: Flag Wars
7:30pm  Shade:  A Tale of Two Presidents

Friday, November 9

8am  Violence Against Women Conference
9am  Disability and Citizenship: Global and Local Perspectives
12pm  Problem Solving: The Foundation of Innovative Leadership
12pm  The Health and Economic Concerns of Rural Americans
12pm  Fires, Smoke, and Urban Air Quality in the Western U.S.
12pm  Annual Health Law Lecture 
1:30pm  IACS Seminar: Bottlenecks, Representations, and Fairness: Information-Theoretic Tools for Machine Learning
3pm  Extracting Energy from Water: Electricity Generation from Wastewaters, Using Microbial Fuel Cells, and from Natural or Engineered Salinity Gradients
3pm  Threshold:  Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border
7pm  Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places
7pm  In My Father's House:  A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family
7pm  No Sanctuary: Teachers and the School Reform That Brought Gay Rights to the Masses
7pm  Escape Velocity Party

Saturday, November 10  – Sunday, November 11

Sourcing Boston: A Food Security and Resilience Hackathon

Saturday, November 10

9am  Careers in Conservation Fall 2018
10:30am  TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet
2pm  IMILONJI KaNtu Workshop
7:30pm  IMILONJI KaNtu's Concert @ Arlington Town Hall with Sharing A New Song and Boston City Singers

Monday, November 12 - Tuesday, November 13

Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure Workshop: Innovations for a Sustainable Infrastructure

Monday, November 12

12pm  Digital Resistance: How the Internet Facilitates Responses to Racial Microaggression
12pm  Digital Resistance: How The Internet Facilitates Responses to Racial Microaggressions
12:10pm  The Mystery of Smith’s Aspen: Uncovering the genetic identity and climate change vulnerability of a hybrid Pleistocene relic
12:15pm  Cultures of Nuclear Security: How Different Countries Decide How to Protect their Nuclear Facilities
7pm  Lessons from the Past: From Kristallnacht to the Modern Refugee Crisis
7pm  Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic

Tuesday, November 13

12pm  Bad Apples: A new disease and its impacts, farm to fork
12pm  Re-Engineering Humanity:  ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE OF AI
5pm  In Real Life: Will My Idea Work?
5pm  Radically Happy: Meditation and Mindfulness Based in Ancient Wisdom
5:15pm  Hurricane of the New South: ‘Mud Work’ and Transformations in Black Labor on the  South Carolina Sea Islands at the Dawn of Jim Crow
5:30pm  Community Choice Energy Progress Party
5:30pm  The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center presents Writing the Ineffable: Michael Pollan in Conversation with Elaine Scarry
5:30pm  What's Next? A Conversation with MA's Up-and-Coming Political Leaders
5:30pm  Beantown Throwdown 2018
6pm  Richard Sennett: The Good Craftsman
6:30pm  Aga Khan Program Lecture: Anna Heringer, "Architecture is a Tool to Improve Lives”
7pm  The End of the End of the Earth:  Essays
7pm  Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel’s Classroom
7pm  Mushrooms on Martha's Vineyard
7pm  A Crisis of Beliefs
7pm  The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918


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


Monday, November 5

U.S.- China Relations on the Eve of the U.S. Midterm Elections
Monday, November 5,
11:30am to 1:00pm
MIT, Building E40-496, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Please join us as MIT Professors Yasheng Huang and Taylor Fravel informally discuss U.S.-China Relations on the Eve of the Midterm Elections. Cosponsored by MIT-China Program, Center for International Studies 


Securing our Elections from Moscow to Main Street: What We've Learned Since 2016
WHEN  Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, LIttauer Building, L-166, the IOP Conference Room, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Trey Grayson, former Secretary of State of Kentucky
DETAILS  Join us for a conversation with former Kentucky Secretary of State and past Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson about election security and what we've learned since 2016. From hackers to misinformation campaigns, security threats aimed at our elections received considerable attention in 2016. What have we learned in the intervening two years, and what steps have election officials taken to protect the security of ballot boxes across the nation?
Lunch will be provided.
This event is cosponsored by the Institute of Politics and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.


Corruption, Governance, and Human Rights: The Case of Brazil with Justice Luis Roberto Barroso
WHEN  Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Taubman 401, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Luis Roberto Barroso
Carr Center Senior Fellow and Justice, Supreme Federal Court of Brazil
DETAILS  The talk will focus on Brazil's work to combat structural and systemic corruption within the framework of the rule of law and how this impacts the protection and promotion of human rights.


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.

Contact Name:


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


Solving Problems Outdoors: The Affordances of Adversity
Monday, November 5
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
180 Riverway, Boston
Cost:  $25

Led by Karen First, Jill Canelli & Staff from Mass Audubon's Nature Preschools
Mass Audubon’s Nature Preschools share stories of how encountering outdoor challenges provide the perfect provocations for short and long term projects that incorporate, science, math, art and social learning. If time allows, participants will also take a short guided nature walk along the muddy river path across Wheelock Family Theatre to uncover questions and ideas for further nature study.


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.


Special Seminar:  Contrasting Particulate Organic Carbon Regeneration Dynamics in Oxic and Suboxic Waters of the South Pacific
Monday, November 5
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 54-1623, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Frank Pavia (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)
The flux of particulate organic carbon (POC) from the sea surface and the regeneration of that POC to inorganic nutrients at depth are critical processes for the storage of atmospheric CO2 in the deep ocean and the supply of organic matter to OMZs. However, understanding of this POC flux and its subsurface attenuation remains coarse. I will present high-resolution depth profiles of POC fluxes on a zonal transect crossing from the Peruvian Oxygen Minimum Zone (OMZ) to oxygenated offshore waters using a new method based on measurements of particulate thorium-230, whose downward flux balances its well-known production rate from uranium decay. This method integrates POC fluxes on roughly annual time scales. At stations in the OMZ, POC flux attenuates rapidly through the upper oxycline, then remains constant through the OMZ, suggesting little net POC regeneration within suboxic waters. A power law does not reproduce the structure of the POC flux profiles at OMZ stations; we instead use an exponential-plus-constant function to fit our profiles. POC regeneration length scale and flux preserved to 1000m in suboxic and oxic stations are distinct with suboxic stations having shallower regeneration, but a factor of 4 greater POC flux at 1000m compared to oxic stations. The transfer efficiency of POC from the subsurface to 1000m is a factor of 2 higher in the OMZ. We discuss the implications of our findings for feedbacks in the global carbon cycle due to climate warming, particle dynamics, and nitrogen loss processes in OMZs.


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.


The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany - A Lecture by Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Monday, November 5
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm 
BU, Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, 1st floor, Boston

Cynthia Miller-Idriss explores how extremist ideologies have entered mainstream German culture through commercialized products and clothing laced with extremist, anti-Semitic, racist, and nationalist coded symbols and references. Drawing on a unique digital archive of thousands of historical and contemporary images, as well as scores of interviews with young people and their teachers in two German vocational schools with histories of extremist youth presence, Miller-Idriss shows how this commercialization is part of a radical transformation happening today in German far right youth subculture. She describes how these youths have gravitated away from the singular, hard-edged skinhead style in favor of sophisticated and fashionable commercial brands that deploy coded extremist symbols. Virtually indistinguishable in style from other clothing popular with youth, the new brands desensitize far right consumers to extremist ideas and dehumanize victims.

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a cultural sociologist who studies the cultural and aesthetic dimensions of radical and extreme youth culture, with a particular focus on how clothing, style and symbols act as a gateway into extremist scenes and subcultures. She also studies how universities organize their teaching and research about the world outside the nation's borders.

Moderated by John Sone, Professor of Sociology at Boston University
Contact Name Elizabeth Amrien
Phone  617-358-0919


Democracy’s Crisis:  On the Political Contradictions of Financialized Capitalism
WHEN  Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
SPEAKER(S)  Nancy Fraser, Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research
Moderator:  Michèle Lamont, Center Director; Faculty Associate; Chair, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Departments of Sociology and African and African American Studies, Harvard University.
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS   This event will also be streamed live through the WCFIA Facebook page
Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor at the New School for Social Research, Visiting Research Professor at Dartmouth College, and holder of an international research chair at the Collège d’études mondiales, Paris. Trained as a philosopher, she specializes in critical social theory and political philosophy. Her newest book, "Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory," co-authored with Rahel Jaeggi, was published by Polity Press in 2018. She has theorized capitalism’s relation to democracy, racial oppression, social reproduction, ecological crisis, and feminist movements in a series of linked essays in New Left Review and Critical Historical Studies and in her previous book, "Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis" (2013). Other books include "Transnationalizing the Public Sphere" (2014); "Scales of Justice" (2008); "Adding Insult to Injury: Nancy Fraser Debates her Critics" (2008); "Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange, with Axel Honneth" (2003); "Justice Interruptus" (1997); and "Unruly Practices" (1989).

Nancy Fraser’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages and was cited twice by the Brazilian Supreme Court (in decisions upholding marriage equality and affirmative action). A “Chevalier” of the French Legion of Honor, she has received six honorary degrees, the Nessim Habif World Prize from the University of Geneva, the Havens Center Lifetime Award for Contribution to Critical Scholarship from the University of Wisconsin, and the Alfred Schutz Prize in Social Philosophy from the American Philosophical Association. A past President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Nancy Fraser has delivered many endowed lectures, including the Tanner Lectures in Human Values (Stanford), the Storrs Lectures (Yale Law School), the Miliband Lecture (LSE), W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture (Humboldt University), the Humanitas Lectures in Women’s Rights (Cambridge University), the Marc Bloch Lecture (École des hautes études en sciences sociales), the Spinoza Lecture (University of Amsterdam), the Leibniz Lecture (Austrian Academy of Sciences), the Messenger Lectures (Cornell), Jin Yuelin Lectures (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), the Gilbert Ryle Lectures (Trent University), the Nicos Poulantzas Memorial Lecture (Athens), and the Mary Wollstonecraft Lecture (University of Hull).


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.


Broadband and Digital Equity at Cambridge City Council
Monday, November 5
5:30 PM
Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

We have an opportunity to have our voices heard at City Council Meeting this Monday, November 5th.  Please come and speak on this issue before the City Council so we can get the city back on track to implementing municipal broadband.

The City Council will consider an appropriation request from City Manager Louis DePasquale to fund a study of digital equity issues in Cambridge. For a City administration that, some months ago, was denying the existence of a digital equity problem, this is an important step forward. But it’s not enough.

With this request, the Manager is also disbanding the City’s Broadband Task Force and implicitly rejecting its recommendation to launch a detailed economic feasibility study. Instead of performing this study, the Manager has substituted his own unilateral judgement without providing actual analysis.  Upgrade Cambridge believes a feasibility study would show that a community owned broadband system would pay for its own construction, operating, and maintenance costs as well as provide funding for the digital equity work Cambridge needs to do.

We offer the following suggestions to guide your comments to the Council:
Digital equity is a key component in achieving economic justice in Cambridge and that Cambridge should reclaim its role as a national digital equity leader
Urge the Council to approve this appropriation, acknowledging that it’s a significant outlay of resources
Remind the Council of the Policy Order offered by Councilor Zondervan they passed on May 7th, that set a goal of universal access to broadband for all high school students by 2020 and to all of Cambridge by 2025
Tell the Council that the Manager’s unilateral decision that municipal broadband is not economically feasible is contradicted by the many city and towns in Massachusetts and across the country that built their own broadband systems with great success
Remind the Council that municipal broadband is not only good for Cambridge’s residents and economy, but is necessary for net neutrality and to protect residents from having their internet usage monetized

What you can do to help:
Attend the City Council on Monday, 5:30 PM at Cambridge City Hall. Members of the public may use up to three minutes to address the city council on any agenda item


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. 


Science Policy Initiative November Discussion: Climate Change
Monday, November 5
6:00pm to 7:30am
MIT, Building 56-162, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

A recent UN Report has highlighted the imminent consequences of climate change. With record-breaking temperatures and extreme weather events becoming more and more common, decisive action seems more necessary than ever. However, the United States has largely abandoned global efforts to reign in the effects of climate change. At this point, what should be done to mitigate the effects of climate change? Should solutions rely on policy or new technology? Join the Science Policy Initiative for our monthly meeting at 6 pm on Monday, 11/5 in Room 56-162 as we discuss these and other questions over dinner.


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.


Fletcher Ideas Exchange 4 | Migration in 2030: Imagining the Possibilities
Monday, November 5
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Tufts, ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Intercultural Center, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

The Fletcher Ideas Exchange (FIE) is an annual forum for public speaking held at the Fletcher School. Modeled as a “TED-type” event, the FIE features engaging speeches by students, faculty, and alumni around a theme that is relevant and thought provoking. The theme for this 4th Fletcher Ideas Exchange is Migration in 2030: Imagining the Possibilities. The event is sponsored by the Henry J. Leir Institute.

The line-up of speakers includes:
Alfred Babo - Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Fairfield University 
Katrina Burgess - Associate Professor of Political Economy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Sasha Chanoff - founder and executive director of RefugePoint
Kudrat Dutta Chaudhary - L.L.M in International Laws candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 
Anita Hausermann Fabos - Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University 
Karen Jacobsen - Henry J. Leir Professor in Global Migration at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 
Maria Teresa Nagel - MALD in Migration Policy and Development Economics candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Graeme Rodgers - Technical Advisor at International Rescue Committee
Kim Wilson - Lecturer in International Business and Human Security at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the future of migration!
Visit the Fletcher Ideas Exchange Facebook page for full information and updates at


Mapping the Extragalactic Sky
Monday, November 5
6:15 PM to 8:00 PM
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Dr. Daniel Eisenstein, Ph.D.
Galaxies aren’t scattered randomly in the Universe, but instead display clustered patterns that reveal aspects of cosmic history. At this Science by the Pint featured event, we’ll discuss how scientists make maps of the positions of millions, even billions, of galaxies from the data we collect from telescopes around the world, and some of what we can learn from studying the statistical properties of those maps. In particular, Dr. Eisenstein will discuss his own work on how we can use the distinct spatial patterns of galaxies in these maps to measure the rate of expansion of the universe and study dark energy. Please join us for what promises to be a highly enlightening discussion!


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. 
Follow her on instagram:


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

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

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

Special Talk:  Greenhouse gas removal: a European perspective, and thoughts on weathering and oceanic options
Tuesday, November 6
11:00am to 12:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

Gideon Henderson, Oxford


Doing for our robots what evolution did for us
Tuesday November 6
MIT, Building 32-G449, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Food will arrive right after the seminar

Leslie Kaelbling, MIT
We, as robot engineers, have to think hard about our role in the design of robots and how it interacts with learning, both in “the factory" (that is, at engineering time) and in "the wild" (that is, when the robot is delivered to a customer). I will share some general thoughts about the strategies for robot design and then talk in detail about some work I have been involved in, both in the design of an overall architecture for an intelligent robot and in strategies for learning to integrate new skills into the repertoire of an already competent robot.

Joint work with: Tomas Lozano-Perez, Zi Wang, Caelan Garrett and a fearless group of summer robot students

Leslie is a Professor at MIT. She has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford, and was previously on the faculty at Brown University. She was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Machine Learning Research. Her research agenda is to make intelligent robots using methods including estimation, learning, planning, and reasoning. She is not a robot.


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.


The Trump Administration and the Middle East: A Midterm Assessment
Tuesday, November 6
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Northeastern, Behrakis Health Center, 310 30 Leon Street, Boston

Join Professors Denis Sullivan, Dov Waxman, Max Abrahms and visiting scholar Rami Khouri for a panel discussion on the Trump Administration’s policies toward the Middle East 


Maximizing Carbon Storage and Climate Resiliency in Wetland Restoration and Creation: An Innovative Approach, and Why it Matters
Tuesday, November 6
12:30PM TO 1:30PM
Tufts, The Fletcher School, Cabot 206, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

The Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University in collaboration with Tufts University Institute of the Environment and the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy presents a lecture by Gillian Davies, a GDAE Visiting Scholar and a Senior Ecological Scientist at BSC Group, Inc. Davies recently completed a 3-year term on the Executive Board of the International Society of Wetland Scientists, where she served as the 2016-2017 President. A focus of her work is the intersection of wetlands and climate change.

Wetlands occupy 5–8 % of the earth’s land surface yet store 30% of the world’s soil carbon. What is all this talk about “Drain the Swamp!”? Find out why that is exactly what we don’t want to do if we want to reverse climate change, promote resiliency to climate impacts and develop innovative approaches to wetland restoration and creation that conserve soil carbon, promote climate resiliency, improve ecological function, and save money.

Contact Name:  Sara Rosales


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.


Electoral Power: The Predictable Future or an Aspirational One?
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wexner 436, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Brittany Packnett
IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow 
Kim Foxx (via Skype)
First black woman elected Cook County State's Attorney
DETAILS  As we await the critically important election night returns of the 2018 midterm elections, we'll embrace the hope in the air and name the possibilities. If movements are truly intersectional, equitable, and diverse, they do they have the power to change power and place new voices at decision-making tables? We will hear from unlikely candidates, elected officials and campaign leads who charted new territory in 2018, to open up our imaginations about what lawmaking can look like.
This event is closed to media and not for attribution.


The Networked Digital Earth for Climate Adaptation and Resilient Engineering
Tuesday, November 6
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Northeastern, Renaissance_Park, 909, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Please join us for a presentation by Auroop Ganguly, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director, Sustainability & Data Sciences Laboratory (SDS Lab) at Northeastern University, for the third Fall semester event in the Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies speaker series.


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!


MIT-Africa Forum Presents Prof. Danielle Wood
Tuesday, November 6
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Whitehead Institute Auditorium, Main Auditorium, First Floor, 455 Main Street, Cambridge

Professor Danielle Wood ('05, SM '08, PhD '12) will discuss space-enabled technologies in Africa. 

Event will also feature student research presentations.


Discover NASA's Tech Transfer Program: Reception Nov. 6
Tuesday, November 6
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 40 Court Street, Boston

Do you know that NASA innovators produce more than a thousand new technologies every year? And today, NASA technology has never been more easily accessible thanks to the NASA's Technology Transfer Program. It helps bring NASA technology down to Earth. 

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program pursues the widest possible applications of Agency technology to benefit the public and move these innovation toward commercialization. Through partnerships and licensing agreements with industry, the program ensures that NASA’s investments in pioneering research find secondary uses that strengthen the economy, create jobs, and improve quality of life.

NASA's Technology Transfer Strategist Steven Gonzalez is headed to Boston to discuss NASA’s innovation plans and how its technology can be applied to today's commercial industry. 

Come discover how you can partner and leverage NASA technology for your ideas on November 6!


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.

Wednesday, November 7

Passive House Massachusetts 2018 Symposium
Wednesday, November 7
8am - 5pm
BSA Space, 2nd Floor Gallery and Rooms, Atlantic Wharf Building, 290 Congress Street, Boston
Cost:  $53.74 - $159.24 

The opening keynote event will feature a showcase of projects representing the future of Passive House in Massachusetts: a multi-family building in Cambridge, a college residence hall in Williamstown, and the largest Passive House office yet built, right in the heart of Boston.
Multi-track sessions will then feature case studies, data presentations, policy updates, and in-depth discussions on the design, engineering, financing, and construction of state-of-the-art high performance buildings, including lessons learned from other states.


Speaker Series on Misinformation: Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Wednesday, November 7
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Harvard, David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Rubenstein Building, Room 414AB, Cambridge

Speaker Series on Misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the Walter and Leonore Director of the university’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Program Director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.

Five of the 15 books that Jamieson has authored or co-authored have received a total of eight political science or communication book awards (Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in an Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism, Presidents Creating the Presidency, and The Obama Victory.) She recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook on the Science of Science Communication and The Oxford Handbook on Political Communication. Jamieson has won university-wide teaching awards at each of the three universities at which she has taught and has delivered the American Political Science Association’s Ithiel de Sola Poole Lecture, the National Communication Association’s Arnold Lecture, and the NASEM Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Henry and Bryna David Lecture. Her paper “Implications of the Demise of ‘Fact’ in Political Discourse” received the American Philosophical Society’s 2016 Henry Allen Moe Prize. Jamieson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association, and a past president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Editorial Comment:  Kathleen Hall Jamieson has been a scholar of American political media throughout her career.  She is rigorously brilliant and has a new book out of the evidence for the how possible Russian misinformation affected the 2016 Presidential election.  If anyone has the data on this, Dr Jamieson does.


Special Lunch: The Latam Winners of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge
Wednesday, November 7
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM EST
MIT, Building E62 – 262, 30 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

The MIT IIC 2018 ( ) awarded four amazing Inclusive innovators from Latin American, and they will be here at Sloan to share their Experience with the Sloan Community.
They are traveling to Cambridge to participate in the 2018 Grand Prize Gala, where they will have the opportunity to each win the $250,000 USD Global Grand Prize in their Award Category.

Three Companies from Brazil and one from Mexico, these four entrepreneurs developed business to foster income growth and job creation, financial inclusion, skills development, opportunity matching, and provide technology access.
Lunch will be provided

Opening Address: Maria Alice Frontini (President MIT and MIT Sloan Alumni Brazil)
For 20 years, Maria Alice Frontini promotes business development and growth on large companies and startups, throughout her methodological support, large experience in strategy and technology & innovation management. She is foreseen as a visionary, someone that challenges the status quo in business and technology. Moreover, she is an angel investor, board member of startup companies and an advisor on open innovation digital transformation and future of work.
In addition, Frontini is president of MIT & MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Brazil, which mission is to strengthen the links between Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the local community to evolve entrepreneurship, innovation, and education in the region. She holds MSc and Ph.D. from MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and USP – Escola Politécnica (Brazil).
Speakers – The LATAM winners:
Alexandre Leripio - Founder of Sumá – 
Sumá is a fair marketing platform of family agriculture that directly connects producers with food buyers.
Jacob Rosenbloom – Founder of Leeve -
One billion people are currently seeking work in emerging capital markets without modern technology. LEVEE uses machine learning, geolocation, and mobile messaging to connect those people with better jobs.
Kuki Bailly – Founder of RedeDots -
RedeDots is an exponential social network of over 220k people engaged in fair trade and sustainable business, built upon trust among users.
Vera Makarov – Co-Founder of Apli -
Apli is an AI-enabled jobs marketplace where candidates can start working on the same day instead of waiting for weeks to be hired.
Moderator: Laís Fonseca (MBA Fellows 2019 and Legatum Fellows)
Lais Fonseca is an MIT MBA Sloan Fellow Candidate Class of 2019 and a fellow of Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, a community hub for students, alumni, and faculty who seek to accelerate social and economic progress through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. She is a leadership coach/mentor at Success Lab and social impact entrepreneur in the healthcare sector in Brazil with an extensive experience in transforming the healthcare opportunities for hundreds of thousands of low-income patients. She is also part of as an Aspiring Coach of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches cohort, compose by CEOs and leaders of Fortune 500 companies, NGO Lideres, Thought leaders, internal and external executive coaches. She is also part of the organization of Brazil Conference 2019 in the Hack Brazil team coordinating the mentorship program for the selected start-ups.


Neighborhood Matters: Roxbury Defenders
Wednesday, November 7
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Northeastern, Snell Library 90, Room 90, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

The Roxbury Defenders Committee was founded in 1971 by Black attorneys in Boston who wanted to provide legal services to Roxbury residents who were not adequately represented. In February of 2018, the Roxbury Historical Society convened a panel of past and present members of the Roxbury Defenders to share their experiences and reflect on criminal justice. As a part of Neighborhood Matters’ goal to bridge campus and community activities members of the panel will reconvene again in a moderated session to discuss the Roxbury Defenders Committee on Northeastern’s Campus at Snell Library.

We are honored to welcome these panelists: Professor Margaret Burnham, Honorable Leslie Harris, Honorable Geraldine Hines, Honorable Roderick Ireland, Honorable Milton Wright, Yolanda Acevedo (Attorney in Charge of the Roxbury Defenders)

Free and open to the public, lunch will be served.

Co-sponsored by Northeastern City and Community Affairs, Northeastern Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry and the Roxbury Historical Society.


Digital Resistance: How The Internet Facilitates Responses to Racial Microaggressions
Wednesday, November 7
BU, 96 Cummington Mall, Room SOC241, Boston

Rob Eschmann


Martha S. Jones: “Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America”
WHEN  Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Lewis Hall, Room 214A, 1557 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Martha S. Jones
Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
COST  Free
DETAILS  Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African-American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still, Martha S. Jones explains, no single case defined their status. Former slaves studied law, secured allies, and conducted themselves like citizens, establishing their status through local, everyday claims. All along they argued that birth guaranteed their rights. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious reframing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, and black Americans’ aspirations were realized. "Birthright Citizens" tells how African-American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans.
Cosponsored by the Harvard Law School Program on Law & History.
RSVP at link.


Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History
Wednesday, November 7
MIT, Building E40-496, Pye Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Max Abrahms, Northeastern University
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? Abrahms' forthcoming book shows that militant group behavior depends on the strategic 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. Although counterintuitive, 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.

Bio:  Max Abrahms is assistant professor of political science and public policy at Northeaster University. His new book, Rules for Rebels (Oxford University Press), explains why the conventional wisdom about Islamic State was incorrect.


Cannabis and Opioids: Prevention or Treatment? (Gonson Lecture)
Wednesday, November 7
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5 Admission.

Marion McNabb | MPH, DrPH; CEO, Cannabis Community Care and Research Network
While cannabis has been recreationally legal in Massachusetts for some time, researchers and public health officials have long been researching and developing medicinal uses of the substance. With opiod addiction reaching crisis levels, many continue to investigate marijuana’s effect on such addiction. Join Marion McNabb, CEO of Cannabis community Care and Research Network (C3RN), as they discuss how researchers and health professionals are addressing the opioid epidemic using cannabis as a tool locally in Massachusetts.

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, Nov. 7, 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:


Solar Energy Business Association of New England
Wednesday, November 7
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Foley & Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard #1600, Boston

Please join us to reflect on 2018 and look forward to SEBANE's 2019 membership, programming, and policy goals. 
Light refreshments will be served.


Political Geometry: The Mathematics of Redistricting
WHEN  Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Research study, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Moon Duchin, 2018–19 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; mathematician, and senior fellow, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
COST  Free
DETAILS  In this lecture, Duchin will explain her long-term project on the geometry of gerrymandering, an application of mathematics to civil rights. She has worked to build a national network of collaborators doing wide-ranging work on mathematical and computational interventions in electoral redistricting.


Understanding and Forecasting Change in Our Natural World
Wednesday, November 7
4:00 pm to 6:00 pmBU, LAW Barristers Hall, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Hosted by Michael Dietze, Associate Professor, Earth & Environment, CAS
As society increasingly faces unprecedented environmental challenges, ecologists are being asked to provide the best available scientific information about future events. The field of ecological forecasting connects data and models to project our current understanding of ecological processes into new places and times. Attend this Research on Tap to find out how BU researchers are working to build a forecast capacity and leverage existing ecological data to understand and manage the world around us.


The Environmental Bias of Trade Policy
Wednesday, November 7
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Joseph Shapiro, University of California, Berkeley

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy 

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


Engineering the Future We Want, Eric Schmidt
Wednesday, November 7
4:30pm to 5:30pm
MIT,  Stata Center, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Eric Schmidt is Technical Advisor to Alphabet Inc., where he advises its leaders on technology, business and policy issues. Eric joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2011, and as chairman from 2011-2018. Prior to Google, Eric held leadership roles at Novell and Sun Microsystems, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Eric is Chairman of the Department of Defense’s Innovation Board and was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Public Service by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Eric is a member of NASA’s National Space Council User Advisory Group which is chaired by the Vice President.

He is the co-author of The New Digital Age and How Google Works, and serves on the boards of the Mayo Clinic and the Broad Institute. He’s a Gulfstream pilot, and his philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation focus on climate change, including support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education, specifically cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering.


A Public Conversation: Identity, Faith, and Public Responsibility
WHEN  Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, 5:15 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Milstein East B, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University and the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Jack Lew, Former Secretary of the Treasury and Chief of Staff under President Obama
Noah Feldman, Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law; Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows; and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law
DIRECTED BY  Center for Jewish Studies
WRITTEN BY  Sandy Cantave
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO 617-495-4326
DETAILS  The Center for Jewish Studies' Annual Doft lecture.


Now that the Americans and Brazilians Have Voted, Who Won? Do the Winners Take All?
Wednesday, November 7
Tufts, Fletcher School, Cabot 703

How are political leaders winning elections? Should businesses and philanthropists fix the world’s biggest problems when governments are in a nativist crouch? Should we turn this job back to governments?

Light refreshments will be served.
Alnoor Ebrahim, Professor of Management
Nathalie Hudson, MIB’16, Project Manager, Dalberg Advisors
Kelly Liu, MIB’16, Sustainability Manager, Cisco
Patrick Schena, Adjunct Professor of International Business
Jesse Simmons, MIB’16, Senior Investment Analyst, Align Impact
Kim Wilson, Lecturer in International Business and Human Security
Moderated by:  Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business

Join us on Wednesday, November 7 at 5:30pm for the next “Fletcher Reads the Newspaper” event where we bring into focus Anand Giridharadas’ provocative new book, “Winners Take All”and examine it in the context of the current political climate. We have faculty who are experts on these issues as well as alums who are out there working on these issues. We pose the questions:
 Does the private or philanthropic sector use “doing good” for the world to “do even better” for itself?
Does a company or philanthropy have to do worse to be able to “do good”?
Should we turn this job over to governments?
Are governments ready to do the job in the current political climate?
Come and be prepared to join the conversation! 

We Have to Save the Planet So I’m Donating $1 Billion| The New York Times
Beware thought leaders and the wealthy purveying answers to our social ills| The Washington Post
Meet the ‘Change Agents’ Who Are Enabling Inequality| The New York Times
Light refreshments will be served!


Responsible Investing: Aligning your financial goals with your values
Wednesday, November 7,
5:30pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building E32, Stata Center, Room 144, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

The world is changing faster than ever, with environment and social pressures growing more acute. Climate change, shifting demographics and the technology revolution are reshaping our planet. For investors, this rapidly changing landscape creates opportunities to potentially reduce risk and improve returns all while staying consistent with their values.

So what is Responsible Investing? It's an approach to investing that aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions, to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns.

In this seminar, Mark Porter, CFP®, CFA®, will discuss:
How Responsible Investing has evolved
Major trends in Responsible Investing
How to get started with Responsible Investing
and more!


Trial & Error: The Strategic Failures of America's War in Afghanistan
Wednesday, November 7
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
BU, Metcalf Trustee Ballroom 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations are please to announce the second annual lecture on Afghanistan. Please join us for a thought-provoking discussion with journalist and award-winning author, Steve Coll, as he lays out a compelling case for the long-term costs of America's war in Afghanistan. What does the United States have to show for its 17-year long occupation lasting through three presidential administrations? Coll draws on material from his most recent work, Directorate S: The CIA and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to protray in vivid detail key factors that have rendered futile America's search for effective policies to bring the conflict to a close.


Modern HERstory:  Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History
Wednesday, November 7
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed writer and activist BLAIR IMANI—founder and executive director of Equality for HER—for a discussion of her debut book, Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History.

About Modern HERstory
With a radical and inclusive approach to history, Modern HERstory profiles and celebrates seventy women and nonbinary champions of progressive social change in a bold, colorful, illustrated format for all ages. Despite making huge contributions to the liberation movements of the last century and today, all of these trailblazers come from backgrounds and communities that are traditionally overlooked and under-celebrated: not just women, but people of color, queer people, trans people, disabled people, young people, and people of faith. Authored by rising star activist Blair Imani, Modern HERstory tells the important stories of the leaders and movements that are changing the world right here and right now—and will inspire you to do the same.


Fighting Back Against Climate Change: Altering Earth’s Atmosphere
Wednesday, November 7
7 to 9:00 p.m. 
Harvard Medical School, Armenise Auditorium (in Goldenson Hall), 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston


Food Literacy Project: Intro to Fermentation Panel
Wednesday, November 7
7:15 PM – 8:45 PM EST
Harvard, CGIS Knafel K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Have you ever wondered what turns tea into kombucha? How milk becomes cheese? How grape juice becomes wine? How coffee or chocolate is made? It's all about fermentation! Come learn about fermentation from three fermentation experts: Pia Sorensen (professor of Science and Cooking and Flavor Molecules of Food Fermentation), Zachary Nowak (history professor with expertise in Italian food history), and James Pollack (JD/MPP candidate and enthusiastic fermentation hobbyist). The panel discussion will be followed by a delicious kombucha tasting.

Thursday, November 8

2018 Conference: Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development
Thursday, November 8
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
University of Massachusetts Boston, Campus Center Ballroom

An event of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD), McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston). Co-sponsored by the College of Advancing and Professional Studies.


2018 Social Innovator Encore
Thursday, November 8
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM EST
Brown Rudnick LLP, 1 Financial Center, Boston

Did you miss the May Showcase? Join us for our “Encore” event on Thursday, November 8, 8:30 - 10:00 am. This free event will begin with breakfast and networking and then our 2018 Social Innovators will take to the stage to pitch their solutions to our community’s most challenging social issues.

ACT Lawrence
Establishing Financial Education as a Building Block for Success
Track Partner: MassMutual Foundation

Community Boating Center
Advancing Education in New Bedford
Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust

Fathers' Uplift
Anything Goes: Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to Our Region's Toughest Social Issues
Track Partner: Boston Open Impact

Improving Access to Healthy Living
Track Partner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

PAIR (Political Asylum / Immigration Representation) Project
Promoting the Successful Advancement and Integration for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
Track Partner: Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative

Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Supporting Accessibility and Opportunities for Young People with Disabilities
Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance

The Renew Collaborative
Addresssing Homelessness in Massachusetts
Track Partner: Highland Street Foundation

Strategies for Youth
Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration
Track Partner: Stifler Family Foundation


Emerging Trends Series: Where Artificial Intelligence and Cleantech Converge
Thursday, November 8
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EST
Google Cambridge Campus, 355 Main Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 – $50

NECEC and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center have partnered to produce a series of discussions as part of NECEC’s Emerging Trends Series exploring where cleantech converges with other segments of the innovation economy. Over the next year, several Emerging Trends Series panels will include speakers that probe topics and trends in cleantech that converge with industries such as IoT, cloud computing, consumer and mobile electronics, artificial intelligence, biotech and more. This new series explores the intersection of clean energy and other industries and sectors as they increasingly overlap, feeding innovation and creating new opportunities for residents, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Together, NECEC and MassCEC hope to educate and foster collaboration and cross pollination between innovation technology sectors in the Northeast.
The series will kick off on November 8 at the Google Cambridge Campus with a panel discussion about the convergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and cleantech. As AI and machine learning trends have grown over the last several decades, they have impacted industries from healthcare to financial services. AI is in the early-stages of use in cleantech, utilities and energy, where companies are seeing increasing opportunities to use AI to improve reliability, safety, cyber security, efficiency, and to reduce costs. Emerging Trends Series: Where Artificial Intelligence and Cleantech Converge will bring together innovators and technology leaders from companies and organizations who are using AI to drive better management, safety and deployment of clean energy. 

Uriah Mariash, Field Sales Executive, Google
Liz Schwab, Head of External Affairs, New England & PS, Google
Uri and Liz will share ho wGoogle is using AI in many industries, including cleantech.  They’ll also explore how AI is helping their customers transform their businesses, such as with dat mining at Iron Mountain.
Nikhil Vadhavkar, CEO, Raptor Maps
NIkhil will introduct how Raptor Maps is using a comvination of drones, thermal imaging, to machine learning, and AI driven software to increase power production and help solar farms owners manage their assets.
Pavel Ozhogin, Director of Data Science, National Grid
Pavel will explain how National Grid is using AI on a daily basis to support the transormational changes currently facing the utility industry.

Following the panel discussion, we will hear from four startups using AI in cleantech. This is an exciting opportunity for attendees to meet and get to know these promising companies.

By registering for and attending this event you agree to event-related photographs being taken on this specific event day by NECEC approved photographers being used in future NECEC-related printed, published and/or broadcasted material. NECEC may exercise any of these rights itself or through any successors, transferees, licensees, distributors or other parties, commercial or nonprofit.


Thursday, November 8
8:30 – 10:30 am EST
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston

In 2018 diversity and inclusion is a hot topic for discussion, but how do we identify the key why's and how's of cultural diversity? In this panel discussion, we bring together key influencers in the Boston business scene who are at the forefront of cultural inclusion. We will discuss on why diversity in cultural backgrounds has such an impact on a company, and ultimately is a beneficial contributor to our economy.


Bringing the Ocean Ashore: Ichthyology and Infrastructure in Pacific Waters
Thursday, November 8
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Anthony Medrano, Ziff Environmental Fellow, Department of History, Harvard University
On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100. The very next day, President Obama made history by signing a proclamation expanding the size of the Hawaiian Archipelago's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, making it the largest marine protected area in the world. And yet, while we know how this protected geography came to be—it was established by President Bush in 2006 and enlarged by President Obama in 2016—we know far less about the ways in which the U.S. came to understand and value the Pacific’s biological diversity. This presentation uses the career of Alvin Seale (1871-1958) to show how the overlooked study of fish was central to bringing the ocean ashore and knowing the wealth and wonders of the Pacific environment. Through Seale’s currents in and around this great ocean, the talk suggests that today’s national marine monuments not only stem from the historical interplay between fish, science, and infrastructure but that the legacy of these interactions is at the heart of knowing these Pacific waters and the threats they face in the age of climate change.

Dr. Anthony Medrano is a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University, where he looks at the history and legacy of human-ocean interactions in the Indo-Pacific region. His current book project, Modern Fish: Science, Industry, and the Rise of Urban Southeast Asia, tells the story of how regional waters fueled the rapid growth of cities, infrastructures, plantations, and mines in the decades from the late nineteenth century to the end of the interwar period. Broadly, Dr. Medrano's research examines how the marine environmental past shapes, and is shaped by, our global environmental present. Prior to receiving his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017, he studied at Humboldt and Hawaii as well as the University of Indonesia and the National University of Malaysia.


The Future of Tech Policy: Perspectives from the U.S. and Europe
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200N, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Henri Piffaut 
A senior advisor with the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission
DETAILS  The Ash Center and DigitalHKS invite you to a discussion on European and American approaches to tech policy. Joining us will be Henri Piffaut, a senior advisor with the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. At the European Commission, Piffaut served as a member of Margrethe Vestager’s technical team and has a unique insight into the Commission’s policy aims and anti-competition actions against such tech giants as Alphabet, Apple, and Facebook.
Piffaut will discuss the European approach to technology regulation and how it differs from the more hands-off approach of American policymakers. He will be joined by Muriel Rouyer and David Eaves from HKS. Lunch will be provided.


Beyond the Headlines: The Brazilian Elections
Thursday, November 8
12:00 pm
BU, 121 Bay State Road, Boston

The Beyond the Headlines series continues with a conversation entitled "The Brazilian Elections: What are the Implications?" Panelists include Prof. Carlos Gustavo Poggio Teixeira, Researcher and Professor of International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University (São Paulo, Brazil), BU Professor of Political Science Taylor Boas, and Pardee School Professor Julie Klinger.
Lunch will be served.

Jihadism Constrained: The Limits of Transnational Jihadism and What It Means for Counterterrorism
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Barak Mendelsohn
Associate Professor of Political Science, Haverford College
DETAILS  Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.


What’s Environment Got to Do with It? –Agency, Accountability & the People’s Health
Thursday, November 8
1:00PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, Room 1302, Building 1, HSPH, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology, American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Krieger is Professor of Social Epidemiology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the HSPH Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health. She has been a member of the School’s faculty since 1995. Dr. Krieger is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist (PhD, Epidemiology, UC Berkeley, 1989), with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and history of public health, plus 30+ years of activism involving social justice, science, and health. In 2004, she became an ISI highly cited scientist, a group comprising “less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers, with her ranking reaffirmed in the 2015 update.” In 2013, she received the Wade Hampton Frost Award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association, and in 2015, she was awarded the American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship.

Contact Name:  Monica Russell


Bold Science, Brilliant Minds:  Whitehead Institute's New Generation
Thursday, November 8
3:00 pm - Scientific Forum  6:30 pm - Reception
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, 455 Main Street, Cambridge

Uncovering New Insights into Human Disease from Genetic Risk Factors
Olivia Corradin, Scott Cook and Signe Ostby Fellow
Liquids, Gels, and Neurodegeneration
Ankur Jain, Member, Whitehead Institute
Innovation in Regenerative Medicine
Kristin Knouse, Scott Cook and Signe Ostby Fellow
A New Future for Defeating Neglected Parasitic Infections
Sebastian Lourido, Member, Whitehead Institute
Transforming Our View of the HIV Genome
Silvia Rouskin, Andria and Paul Heafy Whitehead Fellow
moderated by Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, former dean of Duke University School of Medicin


Energy & Cleantech Mini-Conference
Thursday, November 8
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Venture Cafe, 1 Broadway, Cambridge

Venture Cafe’s Energy & Cleantech mini-conference takes place on November 8th, 2018.

This special ‘conference night’ event seeks to bring together the brightest minds who are building, funding, and innovating in the Greater Boston area’s Energy & CleanTech communities. Come prepared to not only hear the best ideas and see the latest technologies but also to participate in building Boston’s CleanTech Industry.

3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING
3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS

1) Office Hours, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.
2) Funding Energy and CleanTech Ventures, 4:15 - 5:15 PM
Details Coming Soon.
3) Entrepreneur Panel: How I Built It, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Details Coming Soon.
4) Energy and CleanTech Demos & Info Tables 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Hear from several experts on what they look for when investing in Robotics/AI startups. This panel will address popular methods of funding, as well as personal experiences from the investors featured. Moderated by Fady Saad of MassRobotics.
Sign up to demo your startup:
5) Energy and CleanTech Flash Talks, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
These sessions will be community-generated, lightning sessions comprised of 30 minutes of content and 15 minutes of networking for each session.
Sign up to present a flash talk:
(Dealine to apply is October 25th, 2018)
6) Energy and CleanTech Shark Tank, 6:45 - 8:00 PM
These sessions will be community-generated, lightning sessions comprised of 30 minutes of content and 15 minutes of networking for each session.
Sign up to present a flash talk:
(Dealine to apply is October 25th, 2018)


Starr Forum: The Rise of Populism
Thursday, November 8
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT,  Building E15-070, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Experts discuss the growing political trend in US, Turkey, and India

Sana Aiyar on India
Sana Aiyar is associate professor and the Class of 1948 Career Development Chair of history at MIT. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2009 and held an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in 2009-10.  From 2010 to 2013 she was Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her broad research and teaching interests lie in the regional and transnational history of South Asia and South Asian diasporas, with a particular focus on colonial and postcolonial politics and society in the Indian Ocean.

Pippa Norris on the US 
Pippa Norris is a comparative political scientist who has taught at Harvard for more than a quarter century. She is ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project. Her research compares public opinion and elections, political institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communications in many countries worldwide.  She is ranked the 5th most cited political scientist worldwide, according to Google scholar. Major honors include, amongst others, the Skytte prize, the Karl Deutsch award, and the Sir Isaiah Berlin award. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recent publications include a new edited book, on Electoral Integrity in America with OUP, and a book with Ronald Inglehart on "Cultural Backlash" forthcoming with CUP.

Aysen Candas on Turkey
Ayşen Candaş (PhD 2005, Columbia University Political Science) is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Bogazici University, Istanbul.  Interests in democratization and de-democratization processes, constitutionalism, basic rights of women, of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities in Turkey and Muslim majority countries, seculars of Turkey, social policies associated with regime types, freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, liberal and democratic rights, indivisibility of basic civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights

Elizabeth Leeds
Elizabeth Leeds is a senior fellow at WOLA where she advises work on citizen security and human rights in Brazil. She is a leading expert on police reform and other issues of citizen security in Brazil, having conducted extensive research and field work on the topics over the last four decades. From 1989-1997 she was the Executive Director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT). As a Ford Foundation Program Officer for Governance and Civil Society in the Foundation’s Brazil Office, 1997-2003, she developed the Democratic Policing Initiative. She is the co-founder and Honorary President of the Brazilian Forum for Public Safety, begun in 2005, which is a leading independent voice on public safety policies and law enforcement in Brazil, facilitating regular dialogue with relevant actors. Currently, she serves as a Research Affiliate at the Center for International Studies at MIT. She received her PhD in political science from MIT.


Dudleian Lecture: Kristallnacht 1938: Crescendo and Overture
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Harvard Divinity School
CONTACT HDS Dean's Office
DETAILS  Peter Hayes (Ph.D., Yale, 1982) specializes in the histories of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and, in particular, in the conduct of the nation’s largest corporations during the Third Reich. He will give this year's Dudleian Lecture on "Kristallnacht 1938: Crescendo and Overture."
Prof. Hayes is the author or editor of 12 books. They include the prize-winning Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era (1987, 2001) and Lessons and Legacies: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World (1991). From 2006 to 2010, he served as the only American member of the Independent Historians Commission on the History of the German Foreign Office in the Third Reich and the Federal Republic, which resulted in the publication of a bestseller in Germany entitled Das Amt und die Vergangenheit. Most recently, he has produced three major works on the Holocaust: The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (co-edited with John K. Roth, 2010), an extensive anthology called How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader (2015), and a compact analytical synthesis, Why? Explaining the Holocaust, that W. W. Norton & Company released in 2017. He is currently writing (with Stephan Lindner of Munich) Profits and Persecution: German Big Business in the Third Reich, which is under contract in English with Cambridge University Press and in German with Beck Verlag.


Faster Than Normal
Thursday, November 8
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
BU, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Author, CEO, and media entrepreneur Peter Shankman (CGS’92, COM’94) is a busy guy—traveling and speaking around the world, hosting a podcast, running marathons, starting companies, and dabbling in angel investing. How does he do it? He credits his ADHD with making him “faster than normal” and he says people just like him—the new neuroatypical generation– will change the workplace and the world for good. Get ready!
The New York Times has called Peter Shankman "a rockstar who knows everything about social media and then some." He is a 5x best selling author, entrepreneur and corporate keynote speaker, focusing on customer service and the new and emerging customer economy. He is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about the customer experience, social media, PR, marketing, advertising, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.)
This event is part of the Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Stanley P. Stone (CGS’64, Questrom’66).

Contact Name:  Alisa Harris


Brian Michael Bendis: The 2018 Julius Schwartz Lecture
Thursday, November 8
5:30pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing is thrilled to welcome award-winning comics creator Brian Michael Bendis, a New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics, for the 2018 Julius Schwartz lecture.

For the last eighteen years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. Now with DC Comics, he is the co-creator and consulting producer of the Peabody Award-winning Jessica Jones on Netflix from Marvel TV. For Marvel entertainment, Bendis was the monthly writer of the bestselling Defenders, Jessica Jones, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy series.

The introduction of the multiracial Spider-Man, Miles Morales, made the front page of USA Today and went on to become an international hotbed political topic featured on Fox News, CNN, The Daily Show, Conan O’Brien, Howard Stern and many others.

The news of a new ‘Iron man’ character in the form of 15-year-old Riri Williams made massive international headlines when the story broke in Time magazine. Her solo debut as Invincible Iron man debuted in the top five nationwide.

Before that, Brian completed a 100 issue run on the X-Men franchise with the debut of ALL NEW X-MEN and UNCANNY X-MEN and 9 years helming Marvel’s popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books AVENGERS, MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful ‘event’ projects AVENGERS VERSUS X-MEN, HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SPIDER-MEN, SECRET INVASION, AGE OF ULTRON, SIEGE and CIVIL WAR 2.

In delivering the 2018 Julius Schwartz Lecture, Brian follows comics and science fiction legends Neil Gaiman (video) and J. Michael Straczynski (video).

The Julius Schwartz Lecture is hosted by the Comparative Media Studies/Writing program at MIT and was founded to honor the memory of longtime DC Comics editor Julius “Julie” Schwartz, whose contributions to our culture include co-founding the first science fiction fanzine in 1932, the first science fiction literary agency in 1934, and the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. Schwartz went on to launch a career in comics that would last for 42 years, during which time he helped launch the Silver Age of Comics, introduced the idea of parallel universes, and had a hand in the reinvention of such characters as Batman, Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and the Atom.


Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
WHEN  Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Allen Discovery Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, funded through The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group
SPEAKER(S)  David Reich, Professor, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  David Reich, Professor, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Sweeping technological innovations in the field of genomics are enabling scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA — genetic material from human remains dating back up to hundreds of thousands of years — as never before. This research is revealing new insights into our lineage as modern humans and has become as important as archaeology, linguistics, and the written word in understanding our past. David Reich, author of "Who We Are and How We Got Here," will discuss the potential of ancient DNA for revealing the history of our species.
Evolution Matters Lecture Series
Lecture & Book Signing. Free and open to the public.


Why Religion?:  A Personal Story
Thursday, November 8
6:00 PM (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $6 - $29.75 (book included)
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome preeminent academic ELAINE PAGELS for a discussion of her latest book, Why Religion?: A Personal Story.

About Why Religion?
Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? Elaine Pagels looks to her own life to help address these questions.
These questions took on a new urgency for Pagels when dealing with unimaginable loss—the death of her young son, followed a year later by the shocking loss of her husband. Here she interweaves a personal story with the work that she loves, illuminating how, for better and worse, religious traditions have shaped how we understand ourselves; how we relate to one another; and, most importantly, how to get through the most difficult challenges we face.

Drawing upon the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians, as well as her own research, Pagels opens unexpected ways of understanding persistent religious aspects of our culture.

A provocative and deeply moving account from one of the most compelling religious thinkers at work today, Why Religion? explores the spiritual dimension of human experience.


Uber Advanced Technologies - Company Presentation
Thursday, November 8
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge


Boston Climate Action Network Meeting
Thursday, December 27
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

We're working towards fighting climate change through improved energy policy and education at the local level in Boston. The BCAN Action Team meeting is a great way to get directly involved in the effort to combat climate change in the era of Trump. We gather twice per month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6-8pm at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.
Come meet the Communications Team, the Arts Team, and other dedicated climate campaigners to learn how you can help us plan outreach for the Community Choice Energy campaign.


The Consequences of America’s Miracle Machine
Thursday, November 8
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 3-270, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In the twentieth century, America led the world in scientific and technological innovation, with federally funded basic research leading to breakthroughs ranging from the Internet to the Human Genome Project. Over the last several decades, everything from the rise of autonomous weapons to the potential eugenics applications of genetic editing tools has made clear that the rate of discoveries outpaced our ability to predict their moral and ethical consequences. How the scientific community addresses these essential questions could mean the difference between a dystopian and a manageable future.

Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute and a principal leader of the Human Genome Project, and Maria Zuber, MIT Vice President for Research and the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, will be joined by Communications Forum director Seth Mnookin for a wide-ranging discussion on the ethical issues entangled in innovation and the real, and sometimes devastating, effects of invention without culpability.

Dr. Eric Lander is the president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. A geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician, he has played a pioneering role in the reading, understanding, and biomedical application of the human genome and was a principal leader of the Human Genome Project.
Dr. Maria Zuber is the MIT Vice President for Research and the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics. Dr. Zuber was principal investigator for the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), the first woman to lead a NASA spacecraft mission, and the first woman to lead a science department at MIT. In her role as Vice President for Research, Dr. Zuber oversees research administration and policy for more than a dozen interdisciplinary research laboratories and centers.
Moderator: Seth Mnookin is the director of the MIT Communications Forum and director of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, won the “Science in Society” award from the National Association of Science Writers.


Why aren't we moving? An inside look at the MBTA
Thursday, November 8
6:00p - 8:30p
Alley powered by Verizon, 10 Ware Street, Cambridge

You are on your way to work when the train comes to a screeching halt. Or maybe your train has been replaced by shuttle service once again. Perhaps, the board says your train is one minute away and ten minutes later you're still standing on the platform. Public transportation can drive us crazy while also being a significantly better option than braving Boston traffic. We longingly admire European cities transit and wonder why can't Boston do the same?! 

At our next Civic Series event, join us to learn what is going on behind the scenes in our transit system, dispel some of our favorite transit myths, and get your lingering questions answered such as: 

What is a cascading delay? 
Why can't transit fund itself? 
How is the money flowing and being allocated? 
What is all the fuss about the green line extension? 
What exactly is happening underground? 

The event will be presented by transportation expert, Matthew Ciborowski, Senior Planner at Arup and lifelong transportation devotee. The presentation will be followed by an extensive Q&A, beer, and snacks!


Fall BINJ Get Together & Fundraiser
Thursday, November 8
6 PM – 9 PM
Good Life Boston, 28 Kingston Street, Boston

Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism party and fundraiser


Threatened Landscapes: Designed Countermeasures of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Thursday, November 8
Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Public parks are a source of civic identity for the communities they serve – inclusivity and authenticity are crucial. Similarly, memorials are bastions of democratic exchange and act as repositories of our cultural past and evolution. Thomas Woltz will present projects from the portfolio of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) that demonstrate the power of the firm’s research-based design to reframe our relationship with civic, ecological, and cultural systems within the public realm. Lastly, Thomas will present NBW projects that prioritize the ecological health and resilience in agriculturally productive landscapes and reveal surprising connections between these typologies.

Over the past two decades of practice, landscape architect Thomas Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology. As principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), a 45-person firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia and New York City, Woltz has infused narratives of the land into the places where people live, work and play, deepening the public’s enjoyment of the natural world and inspiring environmental stewardship. NBW projects create models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture within areas of damaged ecological infrastructure and working farmland, yielding hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, and flourishing wildlife habitat.

Presently, Thomas and NBW are entrusted with the design of major public parks across the United States, Canada and New Zealand, they include Memorial Park in Houston, Hudson Yards in New York City, NoMA Green in Washington DC, Cornwall Park in Auckland, the Aga Khan Garden in Alberta, Canada, and three parks in Nashville, including Centennial Park.

In 2013 was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal magazine and in 2017 Fast Company named Woltz one of the most creative people in business.


Diplomacy and Intrigue in the Arctic
Thursday, November 8
NE Aquarium, Simons IMAX

David Balton, Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Former Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries, U.S. Department of State
The Arctic region is undergoing profound changes, driven primarily by a warming climate. The nations and peoples of the Arctic are struggling to adapt to these changes. Over the past decade–and despite all manner of friction in the relationship between the United States and Russia–a new international architecture for governing the Arctic is beginning to emerge. Ambassador David Balton, who has played a key role in building this architecture, will review the state of play and consider what may lie ahead in the coming years.


Urban Planning Film Series: Flag Wars
Thursday, November 8
7:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building 3-133, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

FLAG WARS (2003): Shot over a four-year period, Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras' Flag Wars is a poignant and very personal look at a community in Columbus, Ohio, undergoing gentrification. What happens when gay white homebuyers move into a working-class black neighborhood? As the new residents restore the beautiful but run-down homes, black homeowners must fight to hold onto their community and heritage. The inevitable clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own. Winner of the Jury Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Flag Wars is a candid, unvarnished portrait of privilege, poverty and local politics taking place across America. An Independent Television Service (ITVS) and National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) co-presentation. A Diverse Voices Project (DVP) Selection.

"One of the things we reveal in Flag Wars is how privilege and prejudice operate simultaneously.  As a lesbian, I am aware that I can be a target for violence and discrimination, however, I am also aware that my class and race privilege open doors for me every day of my life. My sexuality does not erase these privileges....  I especially want Flag Wars to be seen by queer audiences and to raise debate around class and race in the queer community." ---Laura Poitras, Director


Shade:  A Tale of Two Presidents
Thursday, November 8
7:30 PM (Doors at 6:30)
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Sttrry, Boston
Cost:  $50.00 (book + signed bookplate included) 

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome back PETE SOUZA—Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and author of the #1 New York Times best seller Obama: An Intimate Portrait—for a presentation of his highly anticipated new book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.

Please Note
This event does not include a book signing. All tickets include a copy of Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents and a bookplate pre-signed by the author.

About Shade
As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency—and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it.
Now, as a concerned citizen observing the Trump administration, he is standing up and speaking out.

Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first 500 days of the Trump White House.

What began with Souza's Instagram posts soon after President Trump's inauguration in January 2017 has become a potent commentary on the state of the Presidency and our country. Some call this "throwing shade." Souza calls it telling the truth.
In Shade, Souza's photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation's highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.

Friday, November 9

Violence Against Women Conference
Friday, November 9
8:00am to 8:00pm
Lesley University, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Violence Against Women Conference is an interdisciplinary conference that will provide a platform for scholars, artists and community activists to explore the interplay between global representations of violence against women and historical and contemporary discourses.


Disability and Citizenship: Global and Local Perspectives
WHEN  Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
COST   Free
DETAILS  This conference will explore ways in which contemporary notions of disability are linked to concepts of citizenship and belonging. Leaders in advocacy, education, medicine, and politics will consider how ideas of community at the local, national, and international levels affect the understanding of and policies related to disability — and how this has manifested itself, in particular, in higher education. Register online.


Problem Solving: The Foundation of Innovative Leadership
Friday, November 9
12:00pm to 1:00pm

What separates innovative leaders from their non-innovative counterparts? According to MIT's Dr. David Niño, it takes a creative mind and top-notch problem-solving skills. The better you can see and define problems, the more effective you can be as a leader who inspires creativity within your organization.

Join us online this November 9, 2018 at 12:00pm EST for a free 60-minute webinar that explores the critical connection between leadership and innovation, and the role problem-solving plays in creating opportunities to innovate. You'll gain a better understanding of:
A leader's role in the innovation process
What types of leaders succeed and why
The importance of identifying and solving problems
How leaders can inspire creative work environments


The Health and Economic Concerns of Rural Americans
WHEN  Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Leadership Studio, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S) Katrina Badger, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robert Blendon, Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School
Ted Strickland, Former Governor of Ohio
David Terrell, Executive Director, Indiana Communities Institute and RUPRI Center for State Policy, Rural Policy Research Institute
Joe Neel, Deputy Senior Supervising Editor and a Correspondent on the Science Desk, NPR
DETAILS  What do rural Americans say are the biggest problems in their local communities? A new poll finds that drug/opioid abuse and economic concerns are the top challenges. When it comes to drug addiction and abuse, a majority of rural Americans say opioid addiction is a serious problem in their community. On economic issues, rural Americans largely hold negative views of their local economy, but nearly one-third have seen economic progress in recent years. What may help? A majority of rural Americans believe outside help will be necessary to solve major community problems in the future, and many believe government will play an important role.
Convened shortly before National Rural Health Day and after the nation’s midterm elections, a panel of experts will explore the public health and policy implications of these findings within the broader context of life in rural America. Read the poll, conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, here


Fires, Smoke, and Urban Air Quality in the Western U.S.
Friday, November 9
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Professor Dan Jaffe, University of Washington
In the past two decades, the area of wildland fires has approximately doubled from what it was in the preceding two decades, with most of that increase occurring in the Western U.S.   This has given rise to many days in the west with the worst air quality every measured in America. As a result of research on air quality impacts from smoke over the past few years we have made great progress in understanding some key aspects of the atmospheric chemistry.   For example:

Over the last 3 decades PM2.5 has increased at the 98th percentile due to wildfires over a large portion of the western U.S. (McClure and Jaffe 2018, PNAS).

Analysis of a large number of smoke events from 18 monitoring locations in the Western  U.S. shows that average O3production rates are enhanced by ~1-2 ppb/hour during the daytime, compared to non-smoke days.   This is due to a large enhancement from VOCs and a smaller enhancement from NOx. During days with smoke influence, maximum daily 8-hour averaged O3 (MDA8) generally increases with the daily mean PM2.5 with an average slope of ~0.5-1 ppb per ug/m3 up to approximately 60 ug/m3, but with a large degree of variability.   Above this level, O3 production appears to be suppressed, most likely due to photolysis effects.

Because O3 is difficult to predict from Eulerian photochemical models, we have developed a statistical approach using Generalized Additive Modeling (GAM) that can be used to estimate the smoke influence on O3.    This approach shows that fire emissions can result in enhancements in the O3 max daily 8-hour average (MDA8) of up to 30 ppb, but again with a large degree of variability.   The GAMs also show that the strongest influence from fires is on photochemically active days, with much lower influence on other days.

The question of climate change influence on the increasing area burned is complex.  The general pattern of forests in America has changed dramatically over the past 100 years due to fire suppression, while average and extreme temperatures have increased, as has lightning.  Throw in the effects from human ignitions, predators like Pine Bark Beetle and Spruce Bark Beetle, which damage forests and leave them more susceptible to fires, and the problem gets even more complex.  Given the millions of people that were exposed to very unhealthy air quality over the past few years, and the many more who will be exposed in the future, it is important to review our advice for reducing personal exposure.  Based on my observations and data in 2018, this advice needs significant rethinking.

Contact Name:  Kelvin Bates


Annual Health Law Lecture 
Friday, November 9
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Northeastern University School of Law, 240 Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston

Brigitte Amiri '99, Deputy Director, Reproductive Freedom Project, American Civil Liberties Union
Brigitte Amiri is a deputy director at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project. Over the past year, she’s been at the center of a national, high-profile lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s policy of preventing young immigrant women from having abortions. Last fall, Amiri successfully argued on behalf of a 17-year-old woman, Jane Doe, who was able to get abortion care after an appeals court in Washington, DC, issued a decision that cleared the way. The fight continues with a class action case against the Department of Health and Human Services so that all Jane Does would have this same right.

In addition, Amiri went to trial in Kentucky last fall to keep the state’s last clinic open after the governor threatened to shut it down over deficiencies in its hospital transfer agreement. Amiri is also litigating other cases, including a challenge to a South Dakota law that requires women seeking abortion to first visit a crisis pregnancy center before obtaining an abortion, a restriction on Medicaid funding for abortion in Alaska, and a novel case against one of the largest Catholic hospital systems over its ban on tubal sterilizations. She is also challenging the Trump administration’s roll back of the contraception coverage benefit of the ACA. She was heavily involved in helping to defend the benefit during the last administration, including co-cordinating the amicus briefs in both of the related Supreme Court cases. Before joining the ACLU, she worked as an attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services in the Foreclosure Prevention Project and at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Lunch will be served. 


IACS Seminar: Bottlenecks, Representations, and Fairness: Information-Theoretic Tools for Machine Learning
WHEN  Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin Building G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, 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)  Flavio P. Calmon, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Phone: 617-496-2623
DETAILS  Information theory can shed light on the algorithm-independent limits of learning from data and serve as a design driver for new machine learning algorithms. In this talk, Dr. Calmon will discuss a set of flexible information-theoretic tools that can be used to (i) understand fairness and discrimination by machine learning models and (ii) characterize data representations learned by complex learning models. He will illustrate these techniques in both synthetic and real-world datasets, and discuss future research directions.


Extracting Energy from Water: Electricity Generation from Wastewaters, Using Microbial Fuel Cells, and from Natural or Engineered Salinity Gradients
Friday, November 9
3:00pm (Reception at 2:45pm) 
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Bruce E. Logan, Ph.D., Evan Pugh Professor, The Stan and Flora Kappe Professor Director, Engineering, Energy & Environmental Institute
Penn State University
Abstract: To reduce CO2 emissions, new methods are needed to reduce energy consumption and also to exploit additional carbon-neutral energy sources for electricity generation. In the US, our water infrastructure consumes ~30 gigawatts of electrical power, which is clearly unsustainable for a world where 1-2 billion people still lack adequate access to potable water supplies or sanitation. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are being examined as a new method of wastewater treatment. In an MFC, certain bacteria can degrade organic matter and directly produce electricity, making it possible to both treat wastewater and produce power. At many locations in the US and around the world, treated wastewater is often discharged into the ocean, but salinity differences between this water and seawater could provide an additional source of power. I will summarize recent advances in MFCs and SGE technologies, and present research on how these processes have inspired new, low- energy methods for brackish water desalination.


Threshold:  Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border
Friday, November 9
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard assistant professor IEVA JUSIONYTE for a discussion of her latest book, Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border.

About Threshold
Emergency responders on the US-Mexico border operate at the edges of two states. They rush patients to hospitals across country lines, tend to the broken bones of migrants who jump over the wall, and put out fires that know no national boundaries. Paramedics and firefighters on both sides of the border are tasked with saving lives and preventing disasters in the harsh terrain at the center of divisive national debates.

Ieva Jusionyte’s firsthand experience as an emergency responder provides the background for her gripping examination of the politics of injury and rescue in the militarized region surrounding the US-Mexico border. Operating in this area, firefighters and paramedics are torn between their mandate as frontline state actors and their responsibility as professional rescuers, between the limits of law and pull of ethics. From this vantage they witness what unfolds when territorial sovereignty, tactical infrastructure, and the natural environment collide. Jusionyte reveals the binational brotherhood that forms in this crucible to stand in the way of catastrophe. Through beautiful ethnography and a uniquely personal perspective, Threshold provides a new way to understand politicized issues ranging from border security and undocumented migration to public access to healthcare today.


Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places
Friday,  November 9
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Nearly every US city would like to be more walkable—for reasons of health, wealth, and the environment—yet few are taking the proper steps to get there. The goals are often clear, but the path is seldom easy. Jeff Speck’s follow-up to his bestselling Walkable City is the resource that cities and citizens need to usher in an era of renewed street life. Walkable City Rules is a doer’s guide to making change in cities, and making it now.

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. He is author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time and the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual.


In My Father's House:  A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family
Friday, November 9
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and National Book Award–winning author FOX BUTTERFIELD for a discussion of his latest book, In My Father's House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family.

About In My Father's House
The United States currently holds the distinction of housing nearly one-quarter of the world's prison population. But our reliance on mass incarceration, Fox Butterfield argues, misses the intractable reality: As few as 5 percent of families account for half of all crime, and only 10 percent account for two-thirds. In introducing us to the Bogle family, the author invites us to understand crime in this eye-opening new light. He chronicles the malignant legacy of criminality passed from parents to children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. Examining the long history of the Bogles, a white family, Butterfield offers a revelatory look at criminality that forces us to disentangle race from our ideas about crime and, in doing so, strikes at the heart of our deepest stereotypes. And he makes clear how these new insights are leading to fundamentally different efforts at reform. With his empathic insight and profound knowledge of criminology, Butterfield offers us both the indelible tale of one family's transgressions and tribulations, and an entirely new way to understand crime in America.


No Sanctuary: Teachers and the School Reform That Brought Gay Rights to the Masses
Friday, November 9
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

School can be a special sort of nightmare for LGBTQ youth, who are sometimes targets of verbal or physical harassment with nowhere to turn for support. No Sanctuary tells the inspiring story of a mostly unseen rescue attempt by a small group of teachers who led the push to make schools safer for these at-risk students. Their efforts became the blueprint for Massachusetts’s education policy and a nationwide movement, resulting in one of the most successful and far-reaching school reform efforts in recent times. Stephen Lane sheds light on this largely overlooked but critical series of reforms, placing the Safe Schools movement within the context of the larger gay rights movement and highlighting its key role in fostering greater acceptance of LGBTQ individuals throughout society.

Stephen Lane is a high school teacher. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his wife and son.


Escape Velocity Party
Friday, November 9
7 PM-9:30 PM
Brookline Teen Center, 40 Aspinwall Avenue, Brookline

On November 9th, join us at the Brookline Teen Center—a 1930s-era auto body garage—to kick off our season 7 of TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet and TEDxBeaconStreet. In addition to our party to kick-off the weekend, we’ll also be screening the film “High School 911” (trailer HERE) followed by a youth activism panel and Q&A about how to start your own movement of change.

Saturday, November 10  – Sunday, November 11

Sourcing Boston: A Food Security and Resilience Hackathon
Saturday, November 10, 9:30 AM – Sunday, November 11, 2:00 PM EST
Northeastern, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Visualizing the impact of climate change and other shocks to Boston's food system
How stable and just is Boston's food system? What does it look like, in size and complexity?
On the weekend of November 10th and 11, Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design and the Global Resilience Institute will host “Sourcing Boston,” a hackathon where participants will explore data – from economic to environmental science to urban planning – to tell compelling stories and draw insights about food insecurity, economic disruption and resilience. 

In partnership with Thomson Reuters Labs and RStudio, this event will challenge participants to leverage data, analytics and visualization to find new ways of telling stories and deriving insights about how climate change and other shocks can disrupt food systems, supply chains and basic infrastructure in Boston.
Who can sign up and who will be there?

The event is open to both students from Northeastern and greater Boston, as well as professionals from any field. It will be kicked off with lightning talks on resilience data, and visualizing and communicating risk.
Who will be giving lightning talks?
Tim Reardon, MAPC
Brian Romer, Thomson Reuters Labs
Liz Allen, Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute, Feeding Cities in an Era of Climate Change: A Case Study of Seattle’s Food-Energy-Water Nexus
What kind of stories are we looking for?
Identify current food deserts and predict where new ones might be emerging in Boston
Visualize the web of food imports by land, sea or air into New England
Design a contingency plan for food and other supplies in a post-disaster Boston
Integrate social media and government data to paint a picture of food insecurity in the region
Analyze Boston’s food infrastructure to predict where it might fail first in the event of a disaster
What kind of datasets will be available?
Massachusetts agricultural census data
NASA Earth Observatory data
Boston food access data
Curated food riot data 2007-2016*
NOAA sea level rise data, FEMA flood risk data, NASA historic sea levels data
U.S. Census food security questionnaire data
Media coverage of food security stories
Many more!
*Data provided exclusively by Thomson Reuters Labs
What tools will be at your disposal?
Whatever you’re comfortable working with
RStudio and RShiny for data analysis and visualization
Knight Lab digital storytelling tools
LeafletJS, Datawrapper and for mapping
How will projects be judged?
A panel of Northeastern professors and industry experts will judge projects on the following criteria:
Clarity: Does the project make sense and communicate well? Is it easy to understand, use and gain insight from?
Accuracy: Are the data correctly sourced, well-curated and well cleaned? Can we trace the sources back to verify the results?
Interesting Research Question and Analytic Value: Can you provide data-driven answers which are hard to get elsewhere?
Aesthetics: Is it beautiful and a joy to use?
Extensibility: Could this be extended and/or incorporated into a larger system?
What are the prizes?
$1,000 in prizes.

Saturday, November 10

Careers in Conservation Fall 2018
Saturday, November 10
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Harvard, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Careers in Conservation (CiC) is an annual event, hosted by the Harvard College Conservation Society, which provides inspiration, career advice, and connections for students from Harvard and nearby Boston area universities who are interested in pursuing careers in any of many disciplines within the field of conservation. CiC includes renowned speakers from the field, various workshops for students to gain more information on various subfields within conservation, and an interdisciplinary panel. We are also expanding our networking opportunities this year, inviting more alumni and representatives from various organizations in the hopes of connecting with students with potential job/internship opportunities and mentors. Lunch will be provided free to attendees.
This year's event line-up includes:
A keynote address by Rand Wentworth, Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and President Emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance
5 engaging workshops: Conservation Law & Policy with Steve Small, Conservation Biology with Onja Razafindratsima, Conservation Government with Paul Phifer, Conservation Communications with Clarisse Hart, and Conservation Finance with Nathalie Woolworth
An interdisciplinary panel with Dr. Kelly Kryc (Director of Marine Conservation Policy and Leadership at Anderson Cabot Center of Ocean Life), Dr. Richard Wrangham (Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University), and Charles Tracy (Landscape Architect at the National Park Service)

This event is made possible by our generous sponsors: Harvard Forest, Harvard Office for Sustainability, Harvard Office of Careers Services, Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE), and Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPiNE).

Please reach out to with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there! 
*Note, the exact timing of the event is likely to be around 9am-4pm, but is subject to change.


Saturday, November 10
10:30 AM- 3:30 PM
Lincoln School, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline

On November 10th, TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet will return to the Graham Gund designed Lincoln School in Brookline! Some of the most inspiring minds and youth speakers in the world will converging in Brookline to kick off our 7th season of Youth Talks. TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet is one of the most celebrated independently organized TED events in the world, providing free access to thousands in person and featuring talks that have been viewed hundreds of millions of times.


IMILONJI KaNtu Workshop
Saturday, November 10
2:00 PM  4:00 PM
Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington
Cost:  $40 online or at the door, $50 for workshop and concert

Participate in this amazing afternoon showcasing songs, dances, costumes and the different cultures of many tribes of South Africa.  You will have an opportunity to learn some songs and dance moves if you choose!

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. 


IMILONJI KaNtu's Concert @ Arlington Town Hall with Sharing A New Song and Boston City Singers
Saturday, November 10
7:30 PM  9:30 PM
Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington
Cost:  $20 online or at the door

Experience the songs of the people of South Africa shared by IMILONJI KaNtu Choral Society from Soweto, South Africa. We are 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. It became the serenading voice of hope for the many families that felt isolated by the system.They were 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.  

Monday, November 12 - Tuesday, November 13

Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure Workshop: Innovations for a Sustainable Infrastructure
Monday, November 12 - Tuesday, November 13
Day 1: HBS, Cumnock Hall 102, 33 Harvard Way, Boston
Day 2: GSD, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Innovations for sustainable and resilient infrastructure are disrupting the business as usual approach to infrastructure. The focus of the ZPH Workshop is to discuss what are the key innovations addressing environmental challenges and driving sustainable projects on all phases of infrastructure development: planning & financing, construction, and operation & maintenance. The different panels explore the role of stakeholders in disruptive projects, and how are these innovative solutions financed and developed.

The workshop is structured into the following panels: 1) Synergies and Integration for Sustainable Infrastructure; CS)  HBS Case Study on Sustainability; 2)  Disruptive Technologies towards Sustainability; 3) Sustainable Development Goals and Innovation; 4)  What types of Procurement lead to Sustainable Projects?; 5)  A Case Study: Rebuilding Water Systems in Puerto Rico after Maria: thinking out of the box?

Contact Name:  Judith Rodríguez

Monday, November 12

Digital Resistance: How the Internet Facilitates Responses to Racial Microaggression
Monday, November 12
BU, 96 Cummington Hall, Room SOC241, 96 -100 Cummington Street, Boston

Robert Eschmann


Digital Resistance: How The Internet Facilitates Responses to Racial Microaggressions
Monday, November 12
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
BU, 96 Cummington Mall, Room 241, Boston

Rob Eschmann, assistant professor in the Human Behavior department at the BU School of Social Work will present his research on "Digital Resistance: How The Internet Facilitates Responses to Racial Microaggressions."
Contact Name Deborah Carr
(732) 309-1807


The Mystery of Smith’s Aspen: Uncovering the genetic identity and climate change vulnerability of a hybrid Pleistocene relic
Monday, November 12
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 300 Centre Street, Boston

Jake Grossman, Arboretum Putnam Fellow

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

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk

Contact Name:


Cultures of Nuclear Security: How Different Countries Decide How to Protect their Nuclear Facilities
Monday, November 12
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Matthew Bunn (Harvard Kennedy School).
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


Lessons from the Past: From Kristallnacht to the Modern Refugee Crisis
Monday, November 12
7:00 pm
BU, LAW Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Part of the Fall 2018 Elie Wiesel Memorial Lectures: "Kristallnacht 1938: What happened? What have we learned?" Presented by Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the oldest refugee organization in the US, who will address the resonances between the events of 1938 and the refugee crisis of our time.

Editorial Comment:  HIAS’ name has been dragged into the conspiracy theories about the immigrant caravan and the recent mass murder of 11 people in Pittsburgh.


Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic
Monday, November 12
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

The award-winning genetic researcher who helped tame the Ebola epidemic pairs up with a prize-winning journalist to tell the story of what happened and what would have to change to prevent the next outbreak from spiraling out of control.

About the Authors
Pardis Sabeti is Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard University. A member of the Broad Institute and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Sabeti was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer, and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015. She is also the recipient of an NIH New Innovator Award and a Richard Lounsbery Award from the National Academy of Sciences.

Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist and author, and assistant professor of Broadcast and Digital Journalism at Endicott College.

Tuesday, November 13

Bad Apples: A new disease and its impacts, farm to fork
Tuesday, November 13
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, HUH Seminar Room 125, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

Megan Biango-Daniels, Postdoctoral Scholar, Wolfe Lab, Dept. of Biology, Tufts University
Abstract: The United States is the world’s second-largest apple producer. Before this economically important crop makes it to grocery shelves, it faces numerous fungal pathogens, a problem compounded by its long postharvest storage. Fungal rots contribute to the 10-15% of apples that are lost between the farm and the grocery store. Paecilomyces niveus (Byssochlamys nivea) is an important heat-resistant food spoilage mold of fruit products that produces patulin, a mycotoxin often associated with moldy apples. This understudied ascomycete was found in a third of New York orchard soils sampled. My work demonstrated for the first time that the fungus is a plant pathogen, capable of infecting fruit through wounds in the orchard and postharvest. When infected apples are used for apple juice concentrate, they harbor hard-to-kill ascospores that can survive the extended thermal processing used. This work suggests P. niveus may be introduced to wounded fruit from orchard soils and go on to cause spoilage and mycotoxin problems in processed products. Due to its superficial similarity to other diseases, Paecilomyces rot may be overlooked. In proposing a novel explanation for the episodic nature of P. niveus contamination, this research links an apple disease with food spoilage.

Herbaria Seminar

Contact Name:  Claire Gallagher


Re-Engineering Humanity:  ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE OF AI
Tuesday, November 13
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (room 2036, second floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Brett Frischmann
Event will be live webcast and recorded at 12:00 pm on day of event at

Every day, new warnings emerge about artificial intelligence rebelling against us. All the while, a more immediate dilemma flies under the radar. Have forces been unleashed that are thrusting humanity down an ill-advised path, one that’s increasingly making us behave like simple machines? Brett Frischmann will discuss what’s happening to our lives as society embraces big data, predictive analytics, and supposedly smart environments. He will explain how the goal of designing programmable worlds goes hand in hand with engineering predictable and programmable people. If you're interested in understanding exactly how technology threatens the future of our society and what we can do now to build something better, join us! 

Are supposedly smart digital technologies re-engineering humanity? Don't worry about the rise of super-intelligent, sentient machines. Instead, worry about the tyranny of digital tech utopianism.


In Real Life: Will My Idea Work?
Tuesday, November 13
BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline 

Have a great idea? How do you know it's great? Don't miss this opportunity to learn tips and tricks for validating your idea before you pour tons of money or time into it.
You'll become familiar with the Lean Startup process and the Lean Canvas- both tools are all about working smarter and faster to get your idea into the hands of customers and validating its value.
Facilitator: Rachel Spekman, Innovate@BU, Program Director of Business Innovation
Attendees will be able to: 
Understand and explain the Lean Canvas tool 
Understand how other companies and/or startups have utilized the Lean Canvas to improve their business overall
Utilize the Lean Canvas to uncover areas of development and strength opportunities for their idea/business
Each workshop follows a similar format:
Overview of workshop goals
Overview and lesson on the topic
Hands-on activity and exercise
Share learnings and activity results
Wrap up and questions


Radically Happy: Meditation and Mindfulness Based in Ancient Wisdom
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE   Harvard, Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Buddhist Ministry Initiative
CONTACT Julie Gillette
DETAILS  Please join us for this conversation with Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon, authors of the recently released Radically Happy: A User’s Guide to the Mind. These two meditation experts—a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a traditionally trained Tibetan Rinpoche—will discuss their efforts to make meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist thought accessible to a secular and modern audience. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Free and open to the public.


Hurricane of the New South: ‘Mud Work’ and Transformations in Black Labor on the  South Carolina Sea Islands at the Dawn of Jim Crow
Tuesday, November 13
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston

Caroline Grego, University of Colorado Boulder. Comment by Chad Montrie, University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture.

Boston Seminar on Environmental History
Contact Name:  Alex Buckley


Community Choice Energy Progress Party
Tuesday, November 13
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST
Democracy Brewing, 35 Temple Place, Boston

In 2017, Boston City Council passed Community Choice Energy and Mayor Walsh signed it! In 2018, Boston's Environment Dept issued a Request for Information and then a Request for Qualifications. As Mayor Walsh said, these are "big steps toward rolling out Community Choice Aggregation." We're throwing an party to celebrate this progress with our fellow green justice and climate activist coalition groups. All are welcome!

There will be food provided, good company and drinks available. All ages welcome. We'll socialize and talk a little about what's next in the CCE process.

Questions can be directed to Andy Wells-Bean 617-971-8568


The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center presents Writing the Ineffable: Michael Pollan in Conversation with Elaine Scarry
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Research study, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Michael Pollan, Professor of the Practice of Non-Fiction and Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer
Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value, Harvard College Professor
Robin Kelsey, Dean of Arts and Humanities
CONTACT INFO; 617-495-0738
The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center is convened by Robin Kelsey (Dean of Arts and Humanities, Harvard University) and Ian Jared Miller (Professor of History, Harvard University).


What's Next? A Conversation with MA's Up-and-Coming Political Leaders
Tuesday November 13
5:30 - 7:30PM
Boston Public Library, Copley Branch, Rabb Auditorium, 700 Boylston Street, Boston 

Join the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, State Representative Joan Meschino, Author of POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook Stephanie Murray, and three up-and-coming political leaders to reflect on the fall 2018 midterm elections and discuss the future of Massachusetts politics. In the Year of the Woman, we're asking the important questions -  What did we learn? How do we build on this year's progress to reach gender parity in Massachusetts politics? How can we support even more women to run for office in the future? Panelists include: Nika Elugardo (D) - 15th Suffolk/Norfolk, Tram Nguyen (D) - 18th Essex, and Allison Werder (R) - 2nd Hampden.
Come meet the candidates and ask your burning questions!


Beantown Throwdown 2018
November 13 
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
LogMeIn, 333 Summer Street, Boston
Cost:  $10 - $45 

Home to over 60 colleges and universities, Boston has launched some of the most creative and inventive student-founded startups in the world. The Beantown Throwdown is all about celebrating and showcasing them!

Hosted at LogMeIn's Boston Headquarters, the #BeantownThrowdown will feature student teams representing a cross-section of local colleges and universities who will pitch their startups for recognition, as voted by the audience, as the winner of this annual event.

In a fun, collaborative environment, this program will also include a panel with unbridled insights from area entrepreneurs and investors.

Kelly O'Brien, Technology Reporter, Boston Business Journal
Wafaa Arbash, Co-Founder and CEO, WorkAround
Kelsey Alpaio, Assistant Editor & Designer,  Innovation Leader
Nick Meyer, Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship


Richard Sennett: The Good Craftsman
Tuesday, November 13
6:00pm to 7:30pm
MIT, ACT Cube, E15-001 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Richard Sennett will be giving a lecture based on his book The Craftsman. “Good craftsmanship” stands for work of good quality.  What sort of work is this in the digital era?  The lecture explores this question in three domains:  the acquisition of craft skills, learning from others in workshops, and technical supports and barriers to doing good work. 

Richard Sennett is an analyst of cities and the work people do in them.  He has just completed the “homo faber” trilogy, a three volume study of the relation of work and place.  Over the course of his career, he has served as a consultant for the United Nations, most recently creating the policy guidelines for Habitat III.  In an alternative universe, he has pursued a career in music as a cellist; he currently chairs Theatrum Mundi, a research center bringing together young artists and urbanists.

Tobias Putrih, ACT Lecturer, engages 20th century avant-gardes, particularly utopian and visionary concepts of architecture and design, through a range of conceptual and materially ephemeral projects. He designs makeshift architectural modifications of public spaces—cinemas, a library, galleries, and a university commons—constructing temporary environments out of paper, cardboard, plywood, monofilament, and light.

Part of the Fall 2018 Lecture Series: Vibrant Signs and Indeterminant Matter(s)


Aga Khan Program Lecture: Anna Heringer, "Architecture is a Tool to Improve Lives”
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Anna Heringer
CONTACT INFO Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or
DETAILS  The vision behind, and motivation for my work is to explore and use architecture as a medium to strengthen cultural and individual confidence, to support local economies and to foster the ecological balance. Joyful living is a creative and active process and I am deeply interested in the sustainable develo p.m.ent of our society and our built environment. For me, sustainability is a synonym for beauty: a building that is harmonious in its design, structure, technique and use of materials, as well as with the location, the environment, the user, the socio-cultural context. This, for me, is what defines its sustainable and aesthetic value.
For Anna Heringer, architecture is a tool to improve lives. As an architect and honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures, and Sustainable Develo p.m.ent she is focusing on the use of natural building materials. Her diploma work, the METI School in Rudrapur got realized in 2005 and won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007. Over the years, Anna has realized further projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Together with Martin Rauch she has developed the method of Clay Storming that she teaches at various universities, including ETH Zurich, UP Madrid, TU Munich. She received numerous honors: the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the AR Emerging Architecture Awards in 2006 and 2008, the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s GSD and a RIBA International Fellowship. Her work was widely published and exhibited in the MoMA New York, the V&A Museum in London and at the Venice Biennale among other places. In 2013 with Andres Lepik and Hubert Klumpner she initiated the Laufenmanifesto where practitioners and academics from around the world contributed to define guidelines for a humane design culture. She is currently appointed as Aga Khan Design Critic in Architecture at the GSD.
This event is supported by the Aga Khan Program at the GSD.


The End of the End of the Earth:  Essays
Tuesday, November 13
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 - $28.00 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes renowned novelist and essayist JONATHAN FRANZEN—author of The Corrections and Freedom—for a discussion of his latest collection of essays, The End of the End of the Earth.

About The End of the End of the Earth
In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes―both human and literary―that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we’ve come to expect from Franzen.
Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. The End of the End of the Earth is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.


Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel’s Classroom
Tuesday, November 13
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

In the vein of Tuesdays with Morrie, a devoted protégé and friend of one of the world’s great thinkers takes us into the sacred space of the classroom, showing Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel not only as an extraordinary human being, but as a master teacher.

Ariel Burger is a writer, artist, teacher, and rabbi whose work combines spirituality, creativity, and strategies for social change. A lifelong student of Elie Wiesel, he spent years studying the great wisdom traditions, and now applies those teachings to urgent contemporary questions. When Ariel’s not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family.


Mushrooms on Martha's Vineyard
Tuesday, November 13
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harvard, CGIS Knafel- K354, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Tucker Pforzheimer, ’13 and Truman French, ’13, have a passion for shiitakes, which led them to start a mushroom farm on Martha’s Vineyard. Maybe shiitakes aren’t the first food that comes to mind when you think of New England cuisine, but what foods do come to mind? What does the food we eat every day tell us about where we come from? Tucker will share what it takes to start a mushroom farm and how success in the industry impacts the greater food system.


A Crisis of Beliefs
Tuesday, November 13
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
The Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

The collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 caught markets and regulators by surprise. Although the government rushed to rescue other financial institutions from a similar fate after Lehman, it could not prevent the deepest recession in postwar history. A Crisis of Beliefs makes us rethink the financial crisis and the nature of economic risk. In this authoritative and comprehensive book, two of today’s most insightful economists reveal how our beliefs shape financial markets, lead to expansions of credit and leverage, and expose the economy to major risks.

Nicola Gennaioli and Andrei Shleifer carefully walk readers through the unraveling of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing meltdown of the US financial system, and then present new evidence to illustrate the destabilizing role played by the beliefs of home buyers, investors, and regulators. Using the latest research in psychology and behavioral economics, they present a new theory of belief formation that explains why the financial crisis came as such a shock to so many people—and how financial and economic instability persist.

A must-read for anyone seeking insights into financial markets, A Crisis of Beliefs shows how even the smartest market participants and regulators did not fully appreciate the extent of economic risk, and offers a new framework for understanding today’s unpredictable financial waters.

About The Author:
Andrei Shleifer is John L. Loeb Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from MIT. Before coming to Harvard in 1991, he has taught at Princeton and the Chicago Business School. Shleifer has worked in the areas of comparative corporate governance, law and finance, behavioral finance, as well as institutional economics. He has published seven books, including The Grabbing Hand (with Robert Vishny), Inefficient Markets: An Introduction to Behavioral Finance, and A Crisis of Beliefs: Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility (with Nicola Gennaioli), as well as over a hundred articles. Shleifer is an Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and a fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Finance Association. In 1999, Shleifer won the John Bates Clark medal of the American Economic Association. According to RePEc, Shleifer is the most cited economist in the world.


The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918
Tuesday, November 13
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street, Boston
Cost:  $5 – $10

This fall marks the 100 th anniversary of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 when a plague swept across the world virtually without warning. No disease the world has ever known remotely resembles this flu pandemic. Victims bled from the ears and nose, turned blue from lack of oxygen, suffered aches that felt like bones being broken, and died. IIn the United States, where bodies were stacked, without coffins, on trucks. Nearly seven times as many people died of influenza as in the First World War.

In this talk Judith Chevarley will discuss the disease and what people experienced in the United States, especially in Boston and Philadelphia. Judith has a master of arts degree in American history from the University of New Hampshire and an master of public health degree from the University of Hawaii School of Public Health.

Judith worked for 13 years for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a public health educator. Since retiring in 2014, Judith has been pursuing her lifelong interest in history and historic preservation. She is a member of the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club and a docent at the Loring Greenough House. This talk on the Great Influenza Pandemic combines her love of history with her expertise in public health.


Announcing Destination 2040: The next long-range transportation plan for the Boston region

How would you improve the Boston region’s transportation system? That’s the question at the heart of the MPO’s preparations for Destination 2040, which the MPO expects to adopt in the spring of 2019.

Every four years, the MPO identifies the system’s strengths and weaknesses; forecasts changes in population, employment, and land use; and creates a plan to address existing and future mobility needs. The resulting long-range transportation plan (LRTP) allocates funding for major projects in the Boston region and guides the MPO’s funding of capital investment programs and studies.

Use the new Destination 2040 website at to explore the state of the system; learn how the MPO will identify needs, revisit its vision and goals, and prioritize its investments; and share your own interests, concerns, and ideas.


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

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Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA


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


Boston Food System
"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."
The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.
Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.
It's easy to subscribe right now at


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


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


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

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