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Energy (and Other) Events - September 9, 2019

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Monday, September 9

9am  Broad Institute Next Generation in Biomedicine Symposium
10am  The Next Evolution Of LEED: V4.1
12pm  Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Speaker: Clara Deser
12:30pm  Rising Power Alliances/Coalitions and U.S. Global Leadership 
12:30pm  Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellows Talks
4pm  The Confessional Community: Narratives of Violence and Survival in Mexico City’s Anexos
4pm  HubWeek Open Doors: Dudley Square
4:30pm  Rally at Cambridge City Hall for Municipal Broadband
4:30pm  Herbert C. Kelman Seminar: How to Bridge the Military-Civilian Divide
5:30pm  Towards Life 3.0 - Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century: Technological Revolution, Democratic Recession & Climate Change | Limits of Law in a Changing World
6:30pm  Mindfulness and Meditation Research Update 
7pm  Extinction Rebellion Sharing Circle
7pm  The Education of an Idealist:  A Memoir
7pm  Nationalism: a Short History
7pm  Long-term Loonshots: The Science of Phase Transitions and World History
7pm  Science and Cooking Public Lecture: 10 Year Anniversary Lecture

Tuesday, September 10

9:45am  Soundwalk
12pm  Building a Better City: A Conversation with Mayor Steve Benjamin
12pm  Technology, the First Amendment and Resisting Government Regulation
12pm  The Sounds of Boston & Beyond: Hearing the Sonic Dimension of Cities
12pm  Tuesday Seminar Series: Strategies of Redistribution. The Left and the Popular Sectors in Latin America
12:30pm  Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellows Talks
4pm  Book Talk: Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law
5pm  Northern Ireland and Globalism: What does Brexit mean for the future of Northern Ireland
5pm  Human Rights in Hard Places Speaker Series: The Dismantling of Democracy - Brazil, India, and Turkey
5:30pm  Into a Daybreak: Eve Ewing and Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot on thinking and writing through black feminism
5:30pm  Stone Social Impact Forum with Geoffrey Canada
6pm  Authors@MIT | Leah Plunkett: Sharenthood Book Launch
6pm  Brexit: What's Next?
6pm  Beyond ROI: Ways to Measure Impact on Society
6pm  Commercializing your Idea: Tales from the Front Lines
6pm  Be Heard! Great Ways to Take Effective Action
6:30pm  Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Meeting
6:30pm  Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation
6:30pm  Wheelwright Prize Lecture: Samuel Bravo, "“PROJECTLESS: on the emergence of a dwell”
6:30pm  BostonCHI Hosts Amy Bucher - The Psychology of Engagement: How to Design for Behavior Change
7pm  Inconspicuous Consumption:  The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have
7pm  Tim Desmond - "How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World”
7pm  Diversity is not Just the Differences You Like, A Talk by Eboo Patel
7pm  Food Literacy Project OPEN MEETING: Intro to HUDS with Crista Martin & David Davidson

Wednesday, September 11

9:30am  Meeting: Solar + Storage; DC-Coupled Standalone Facilities
10am  The Neurobiology of Trauma with Dr. Jim Hopper, PhD
10am  Individual freedom versus the hidden persuaders
11am  Sustainability/Bike/Light Fair
12pm  It's Coming from Inside the House: The Greatest Challenges to America's National Security is Happening at Home, Not Over There
12pm  Climate Change and Cities
12:15pm  Greenland in a Changing Arctic
1:30pm  Meeting: Solar + Storage; AC-Coupled Facilities
2pm  How increasing equity in the science classroom drives social change
3pm  xTalk: Taylor Freeman on "Platform Shifts: From the Internet, to Mobile, to Immersive”
4pm  Panel Discussion: The Future of Computational Materials Science and Engineering
4pm  Henry L. Pierce Laboratory Seminar Series - Prof. Otto Nielsen on Future Transport
4:30pm  Work of the Future Book Series: Mary Gray, Author of "Ghost Work”
5:15pm  More or less than zero: Can electricity markets survive deep decarbonization? 
6pm  Inaugural Meeting to UnKoch MIT 
6pm  Climate in International Relations Theory and Practice 
6pm  The Puritans: Who They Were, Who They Are
6pm  A Better Cambridge Candidate Forum
6:30pm  Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation Meeting
7pm  CHINESE DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS: the new Long March
7pm  Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed-Reading Worked

Thursday, September 12 – Friday, September 13


Thursday, September 12 – Saturday, September 14

Urban Activism 2019 Graduate Conference

Thursday, September 12

12pm  Offshore Wind and the Transition to Renewables
12  THE MEASLES OUTBREAK: Why Vaccines Matter
12pm  Law, Technology, and China's AI Dream
12pm  Focus: Environmental, Social Corporate Governance (ESG)
1pm  Transform climate talk into climate roadmaps
3pm  Solopreneur Kick-Start Clinic
3:30pm  OEB Seminar Series: Robotics as a comparative method to understand the functional and evolutionary diversity of fishes
4:30pm  Starr Forum: The Global Rise of Populism
5pm  "Modernizing Saudi Arabia: The politics of gender" Dr. Hala Aldosari
5pm  Christopher Weaver, “Amplius Ludo, Beyond the Horizon”
5:30pm  Arts as Refuge: The Power of Art to Unify and Heal
5:30pm  Discussion of The Uninhabitable Earth
5:30pm  September EnergyBar: Cyclotron Road @ Greentown Labs
6pm  White Privilege: Can You Explain that to Me?
6pm  Ashley Fure | Where the Worldviews Are
6pm  Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting
6pm  ICA Watershed East Boston Climate Conversation
6pm  Candidate Forum on Energy & the Environment: Boston District 9
6pm  Culture & Sustainable Growth In Upham's Corner
6pm  The 29th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony 
7pm  How the Brain Lost Its Mind
7pm  Rebooting AI
7pm  Carrots Don't Grow on Trees
7pm  The Center Cannot Hold: Addressing Mental Health Stigma through Opera
7:30pm  Talking to Strangers:  What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know 

Friday, September 13

9am  Localization Unconference Boston 2019
12pm  Air Quality, Heterogeneous Chemistry and Odd Oxygen: New Insights into Urban Winter from Recent Aircraft Campaigns
12pm  Playing Games in the Prescription Drug Market: Cost Implications and Legal Solutions: A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium
12pm  Denver, Houston and New Orleans
12pm  The Symbolism of Race in Cuba Today
2pm  Eco-climatic legacies of a century of Eastern US reforestation
3pm  Our Non-Christian Nation:  How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others Are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life
3pm  Sunrise Beach Day
7pm  Fentanyl, Inc.
7pm  Meat Planet:  Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food

Saturday, September 14 - Sunday, September 15

Oxford Global Hackathon

Saturday, September 14

8:30am  Boston Area Gleaners Service Workday
9am  Extinction Rebellion NVDA training
9:30am  Tufts Women in Tech Conference
1pm  The MIT Press Bookstore Presents: the Ig Nobel Informal Lectures at MIT
1pm  Nature Inspired Design (Bio-mimicry) Workshop
2pm  Plastic Sea, Changing Earth RECEPTION
4pm  Climapalooza at Herter Park
4pm  SUMMER SOL:  a global-local journey to benefit the launch of the UFI Community Land Trust

Sunday, September 15

11am  10th Annual Boston Local Food Festival
2pm  Local Martial Arts Masters Perform
6pm  Detox your yard

Monday, September 16

8:15am  Bangladesh Rising Conference
12pm  Book Launch: Transparency in Health and Health Care in the United States
12pm  Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Speaker: Marianna Linz
12pm  The Time for Talk is Over: Climate Justice for Future Generations
3pm  Ocean Futures: Conversations with Jim McCarthy
3pm  A Conversation with Don Eigler: Moving Atoms One by One
5pm  Boston Cannabis Week Presents: Conscious Community
6pm  Preparing for & Competing with the ‘Tech Titans of China’
6pm  Fight Like a Mother: Shannon Watts Book Talk & Signing
6pm  Boston New Technology FinTech & Blockchain Startup Showcase #BNT105 (21+)
7pm  Death to Fascism: Louis Adamic's Fight for Democracy Reclaiming the life of a progressive visionary
7pm  Mental Health and Africa

Tuesday, September 17

7:30am & 4:30pm  BlackRock Demonstration
12pm  Speaker Series: Adam Moss
12pm  Humor & Geoengineering
12pm  Women’s Political Empowerment A Century After the 19th Amendment: Reflections by Women Mayors
12pm  Greentown Learn Manufacturing Initiative Supplier & Innovation Showcase 
3:30pm  "Sensing Human Behavior with Smart Garments", Prof. Trisha Andrew, University of Massachusetts
5:15pm  Reducing the cost of decarbonization through cutting-edge carbon capture innovation
5:30pm  American Democracy: Creators, Gatekeepers & Disruptors
5:30pm  Gutman Library Book Talk: Broader, Bolder, Better: How Schools and Communities Help Students Overcome the Disadvantages of Poverty
5:30pm  Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice
5:30pm  Environmental Voter Project BUILDING THE ELECTORATE FUNDRAISER
6pm  Sway: How to Persuade and Influence Others
6pm  Growing Up Puritan: The Family in 17th-century New England
6pm  Ben Franklin Circles: Tranquility
7pm  Poisoner in Chief
7pm  Protest Health and Safety Training
7pm  You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most
7pm  Producers in Crisis! Presenting a Study on Costs of Production in Latin America
7pm  JP Solar Professionals Happy Hour


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

City Agriculture - September 6, 2019


Monday, September 9

Broad Institute Next Generation in Biomedicine Symposium
Monday, September 9
9:00am - 5:00pm
Broad Institute Auditorium, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

The Broad Institute Next Generation in Biomedicine is a unique effort to bring together emerging talent at the intersection of biomedical disciplines. Eighteen early-career investigators from around the world will share their research and discuss exciting new directions.

8:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:10- 9:20 AM Opening Remarks
9:20 – 11:20 AM First Session
11:20-12:30 PM Lunch Break
12:30-2:30 PM Second Session
2:30-3:00 PM Afternoon Break
3:00-5:00 PM Third Session
5:00-5:10 PM Closing Remarks | Aviv Regev

2019 Symposium Presenters:
Steven M. Banik, PhD; Burroughs Wellcome Fund CASI Postdoctoral Fellow, Carolyn Bertozzi lab, Stanford University
Hijacking the lysosome for targeted degradation of extracellular and membrane proteins
John F. Brooks II, PhD; HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lora Hooper lab, University of Texas Southwestern
The microbiota programs diurnal oscillations in intestinal antimicrobial protein expression
Pau Castel, PhD; Jane Coffin Childs Fund Postdoctoral Fellow, Frank McCormick lab, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California San Francisco
Studying human oncoproteins beyond cancer
Yvette Fisher, PhD; HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow, Rachel Wilson lab, Harvard Medical School
How visual landmarks update a heading direction circuit in Drosophila
Viktória Lázár, PhD; Postdoctoral Researcher, Roy Kishony lab, Israel Institute of Technology
Antibiotic persistence in multi-drug treatment 
Ben Lengerich; PhD candidate, Eric Xing lab, Carnegie Mellon University
Personalized Machine Learning for Precision Medicine 
Cécile Mathieu, PhD; Research Associate, J. Paul Taylor lab, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
A conformational switch regulates G3BP-RNA phase separation and biological condensate formation in cells
Alexander Meeske, PhD; Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow, Luciano Marraffini lab, Rockefeller University
CRISPR-Cas13 cleaves host and phage RNA to suppress evolution of escape mutants
Eugene Oh, PhD; Postdoctoral Fellow, Michael Rape lab, University of California Berkeley
Anaphase-promoting complex-dependent control of cell identity
John Salogiannis, PhD; Postdoctoral Fellow, Samara Reck-Peterson lab, University of California San Diego
A structural and mechanistic model for LRRK2’s association with microtubules
Francisco J. Sánchez-Rivera, PhD; HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow, Scott Lowe lab, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Dissecting the biological impact of mutational heterogeneity using mouse models and genome engineering
Olga T. Schubert, PhD; Postdoctoral Scholar, Leonid Kruglyak lab, University of California Los Angeles
High-resolution CRISPR screening for the genetic regulation of protein abundance
Manoshi Sen Datta, PhD; Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellow, Roy Kishony lab, Israel Institute of Technology 
Towards “ecology guided” treatments for infectious disease 
Matthew Shurtleff, PhD; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Jonathan Weissman lab, University of California San Francisco
Unraveling host-microbiome interactions using phenotype-rich screening approaches
Ekaterina (Katya) Vinogradova, PhD; Research Associate, Benjamin Cravatt lab, The Scripps Research Institute
A function-guided map of electrophile-cysteine interactions in primary human immune cells
Haohan Wang; PhD candidate, Research Assistant, Eric Xing lab, Carnegie Mellon University
Dealing with confounding factors in deep neural networks
Autumn York, PhD; HHMI Hanna H. Gray Postdoctoral Fellow, Richard Flavell lab, Yale University 
Decoding the Immunological Lipidome
Xiaoyu Zhang, PhD; Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Benjamin Cravatt lab, The Scripps Research Institute
Discovery of small molecule-mediated protein degradation pathways


The Next Evolution Of LEED: V4.1
Monday, September 9
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, 2ND Floor Fort Point Room, Boston
Cost:  $69 – $99

This workshop will provide participants with a look into LEED v4.1 BD+C, ID+C, O+M and the information needed to pursue certification. The focus will be on understanding the goals and outcomes of the LEED v4.1 beta. The newest update to the LEED rating systems, LEED v4.1, addresses lessons learned from LEED v4 project teams, updates performance thresholds and reference standards to ensure LEED remains a global leadership standard, and expands the marketplace for LEED.

In a world that is constantly evolving, one of the hallmarks of LEED is “continuous improvement.” With each new version, LEED raises the bar on the green building industry. The latest version of LEED, LEED v4.1 is the next generation standard for green building design, construction, operations and performance.

During this half-day workshop, USGBC’s technical staff will walk participants through LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C credits including a restructured Materials and Resources section, the addition of a greenhouse gas emissions metric and updated thresholds. The workshop will also touch on the full life cycle of the building, by reviewing LEED Operations and Maintenance and recertification options available to projects and how BD+C and ID+C credits are structured to support ongoing performance.
Course Objectives:
Articulate the main goals of LEED v4.1 technical development
List the requirements of key LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C prerequisites and credits for success
Identify how LEED v4.1 for BD+C and ID+C increases accessibility throughout the rating system and positions LEED to continue to drive market transformation
Identify opportunities for continued building performance through LEED for Operations + Maintenance
Learn about LEED Recertification

Presenter:  Kat Wagenschutz, Director Technical Solutions, U.S. Green Building Council

Credential Maintenance:  This workshop qualifies for 3 LEED Specific BD+C, ID+C, and O+M GBCI Continuing Education Credits.
Registration:  USGBC Individual Members: $69
Non-Members: $99
Note: Non-individual members or non-current individual members who select the member ticket will be invoiced.


Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Speaker: Clara Deser
Monday, September 9
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54, Room 915 (Ida Green Lounge) 21 Ames Street, (the tallest building on campus), Cambridge

Editorial Comment:  The PAOC Colloquium runs throughout the academic year and has some of the best people in the world sharing their work on atmospheres, oceans, and climates.


Rising Power Alliances/Coalitions and U.S. Global Leadership 
Monday, September 9,
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Tuft, Crowe Room (Goddard 310), 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Dr. Mihaela Papa and Dr. Zhen Han
Co-Investigator, Rising Power Alliances project and Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Fletcher School & Postdoctoral Scholar, Rising Power Alliances project
Are rising powers engaging in alliances/coalitions that challenge the U.S. role in global governance and if so, how? While some argue that China and Russia’s policies are converging and that a new Cold War is on the horizon, others assert that rising power coalitions such as the BRICS group are a temporary fad. During this talk, we will discuss rising powers’ own understanding of alliances/coalitions and introduce empirical approaches to assessing their collaboration on foreign, environmental, defense, and economic policies across multiple international arrangements. This research is a part of the 3-year Minerva Research Initiative-funded project on Rising Power Alliances. We are now hiring four research assistants so please come if you are interested in working with us. 

Light refreshments will be served.  Please contact Sara Rosales ( if you have any questions. 

Mihaela Papa is a Co-Investigator on the Rising Power Alliances project and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sustainable Development and Global Governance at Fletcher. She specializes in actor strategies, coalitional behavior and complex negotiations, especially in the context of environmental regulation and rising power diplomacy. As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School, she examined India, China and Brazil in international dispute settlement, spent six months in China as a visiting researcher at Fudan’s Center for BRICS Studies and embarked on a BRICS-focused research agenda. Mihaela has published on rising powers and sustainable development diplomacy in Global Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Change, Chinese Journal of International Politics and many other journals. She is an active practitioner with a lot of experience advising institutions on global strategies and managing international collaborations. In this capacity she has worked at MIT and at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as consulted for the U.S. government, the European Commission, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Originally a trade economist, she completed her MALD and PhD at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Zhen (Arc) Han is a Postdoctoral Scholar at CIERP at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. His research interests focus on international economic cooperation, state behaviours of rising powers and the links between international economy and security. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Political Science Department of McGill University. His dissertation “Interdependence, State Decentralization and International Relations: The China Case” uses subnational unit of analysis from the contemporary China case and argues the pacifying effects of economic interdependence are conditioned on the domestic structure of state decentralization. He received his M.A. degree from the University of British Columbia, where he wrote a thesis on “Capitalist Peace Revisited: Can Financial Openness Lead to Peace in the Post-Cold War Era”. He published this article in China’s World Economy and Politics Journal. He also coauthored a book chapter on China-India relations. He also holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering. 


Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellows Talks
Monday, September 9
12:30 - 2pm
Harvard, Gund Hall-112, Stubbins Room, 42-48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Editorial Comment:  The Loeb Fellows are always a great collection of practitioners doing interesting things around the world.  These talks are short introductions each gives about their work and what they intend to do with their fellowships.


The Confessional Community: Narratives of Violence and Survival in Mexico City’s Anexos
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 9, 2019, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Tozzer Library, Room 203, 21 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Angela Garcia, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
Moderator: Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  In the past decade, drug treatment centers called anexos (annexes) have proliferated throughout Mexico. Run and utilized by the informal working poor, anexos’ therapeutic practices blend violence and religiosity, and are widely condemned as aberrant, ineffective and unethical. Based on several years of ethnographic research in Mexico City, this talk situates anexos within a sociohistorical frame, and explores how they conjure up and rework contemporary forms of affliction. It focuses especially on the role of narrative production (e.g. confession, testimony, bodily discipline), which simultaneously reproduce pervasive images of violence and unnatural death, and disclose projects of communitarian survival that are ethically affirmative. In doing so, this talk suggests that anexos constitute an aesthetics and politics of recovery that calls for a rethinking of the therapeutic.


HubWeek Open Doors: Dudley Square
Monday, September 9
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Dudley Square, Roxbury

Home to shops, restaurants, and the newly revamped Hibernian Hall, Dudley Square is at the heart of the city and the commercial hub of Roxbury. Join us as we celebrate this economic and cultural hotspot and learn about how its community members are working to revitalize the neighborhood while staying true to its roots.

Open Doors, presented by BNY Mellon, is a monthly event series that allows you to experience the innovation happening in different corners of Boston. It’s an opportunity for you to learn and find inspiration in neighborhoods across this vibrant, buzzing city that can sometimes be tricky to navigate.

Connect with other curious, passionate, and creative people – learn about what they’re pursuing and share what you’re working on, too — and leave with solid takeaways to help you pursue your passion. And maybe most importantly, help us strengthen and nurture this unique community so we can build a better future – together.

Building a Culturally Conscious Innovation Economy
4:00 - 5:30 PM | Panel | Black Market, Dudley Square, 2136 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA
What does it mean to innovate consciously? How can we foster economic development while preserving what’s unique and special about a community? What are some ways to create a competitive future for businesses and entrepreneurs while keeping an eye on the past and present? Join panelists and a moderator in a tough discussion that’s relevant to many of Boston’s neighborhoods and communities. There will also be some newly-created recipes from the soon-to-be reopened Haley House for you to try out.
Dan Vidaña, Acting Director, Roxbury Innovation Center
Joelle Jean-Fontaine, Co-Owner & Designer, I am Kreyol, Asst. Director, Fairmount Innovation Lab
Kim Napoli, Director of Diversity, New England Treatment Access, LLC
Nia Evans, Director, Boston Ujima Project
Cierra Peters, Arts & Cultural Organizing Fellow, Boston Ujima Project
Moderated by:  Natalia Urturbey, Director of Small Business, Executive Director, Imagine Boston 2030, City of Boston

Time to Read
4:00 - 6:00 PM | Frugal Bookstore | 57 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA
Head on over to the Frugal Bookstore on your way to our reception and pickup a free copy of Boston Book Festival's One City, One Story for you to pick up while you shop and explore locally owned bookshop. 

Speed Mentoring
6:15 - 7:15 PM | Mentoring | Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, 3rd Floor, Roxbury, MA
Got questions? Speed Mentoring is back and our mentors have the answers! During one-on-one lightning chats, let top entrepreneurs answer you burning questions about innovative and creative business ideas. Space is limited. Registrants will sign up for individual slots upon arrival.
Brigette Wallace, Founder, G|CODE House
Kaidi Grant, Co-Founder, Black Market
Chris Grant, Co-Founder, Black Market
Leonard Egerton, Co-Owner, Frugal Bookstore
Clarrissa Cropper, Co-Owner, Frugal Bookstore
More mentors to be announced soon!

Eat, Drink, & Get Connected
6:00 - 7:30 PM | Gathering | Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, 3rd Floor, Roxbury, MA
Get a special chance to enjoy the newly revamped historic dance hall. Once an Irish-American cultural center, now a gorgeous event space revitalized by the Madison Park Development Corporation, Hibernian Hall is a hip spot for our evening’s entertainment. 
Enjoy complimentary snacks (including empanadas from Fresh Food Generation!), refreshments, and performances curated by Olawumi Akinwumi including Dashawn Borden and theatrical star Lovely Hoffman.


Rally at Cambridge City Hall for Municipal Broadband
Monday, September 9
Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

For years, the Cambridge City Manager has been exercising a one-man veto over moving forward on Municipal Broadband -- claiming that it is not a priority for the residents of Cambridge. We're not going to take it anymore.

On September 9th, at 4:30PM we will gather on the lawn of City Hall and deliver our message to the City Manager and the City Council: Cambridge is tired of the Comcast monopoly; tired of unreliable access; tired of high costs; and tired of living in a city where 50% of low-income families don't have access to the internet.
We must do better.

We're going to bring a show of force to City Hall and show the City that Cambridge residents do consider broadband a priority. We want every person who has ever had a Comcast complaint; every person who thinks that we deserve better; every person who knows the digital divide is real and Cambridge has the chance to improve it for everyone who lives here.

At the rally, we will be delivering our petition -- signed by more than 1000 Cambridge residents -- demanding the City Manager move forward with Municipal Broadband in Cambridge.  You can sign the petition at

Together, we can Upgrade Cambridge to a Better Internet for All.

More information at


Herbert C. Kelman Seminar: How to Bridge the Military-Civilian Divide
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 9, 2019, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Film, Humanities, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution
SPEAKER(S)  Susan Hackley, Co-producer, "Veteran Children: When Parents Go To War;" Managing Director, Program on Negotiation
Martha Jackson, Co-producer, "Veteran Children: When Parents Go To War"
Bonnie Ohye, Director, Family Programs at Home Base; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Producers Susan Hackley and Martha Jackson will show their new half hour documentary film, "Veteran Children: When Parents Go To War," and discuss with the audience why they made the film, what they have learned about bridging the military-civilian divide, and how America’s military families and children are significantly affected by war. The film uniquely highlights the voices of children who describe their loneliness, fears, and struggles as well as how they cope and demonstrate remarkable strengths. While recognizing that the impact of war is profound and often devastating on the children of war-torn Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, the filmmakers chose to focus on Americans to promote understanding of the impacts of war on Americans who serve and their families, and to help connect our military and civilian communities.


Towards Life 3.0 - Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century: Technological Revolution, Democratic Recession & Climate Change | Limits of Law in a Changing World
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 9, 2019, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Rubenstein 414AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Law, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Luís Roberto Barroso, Carr Center Senior Fellow & Current Justice of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil
DETAILS  Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a new talk series organized and facilitated by Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.
A light dinner will be served.


Mindfulness and Meditation Research Update 
Monday, September 9
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
CHA Central Street Care Center, 26 Central Street, 2nd floor Community Room, Somerville
Cost:  $0 - $30

with Sara Lazar, PhD
Mindfulness is often defined as an open acceptance of current moment experience. We hypothesized that mindful attention creates an optimal condition for exposure to fearful or anxiety provoking stimuli. To test this hypothesis, we randomized people to MBSR or and exercise based stress reduction program and tested how these programs altered people's brain activity during a fear conditioning and extinction protocol. In this talk I will describe how mindfulness training changed the way participants processed the fear stimuli, and how these changes were related to changes in self reported stress and emotion regulation. I will also discuss these finding in relation to anxiety and psychotherapy.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the neural mechanisms underlying successful fear extinction and recall.
2. Describe how mindfulness training alters these neural processes.
3. Describe how mindfulness training alters pain processing.

Sara W. Lazar, PhD is an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She is a contributing author to Meditation and Psychotherapy (Guilford Press). She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD, and her work has been featured in a display at the Boston Museum of Science.

More information can be found at

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Extinction Rebellion Sharing Circle
Monday, September 9
7 p.m.
Online through Zoom

All are welcome as we sit with each other's feelings on the ecological crisis and this huge adventure we're on together. On Zoom from 7:00-8:00pm.


The Education of an Idealist:  A Memoir
Monday, September 9
7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $8.00  - $32.00 (book included) 

Harvard Book Store welcomes SAMANTHA POWER—Harvard professor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations—for a discussion of her new memoir, The Education of an Idealist.

About The Education of an Idealist
What can one person do? At a time of upheaval and division, Samantha Power offers an urgent response to this question—and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives.

The Education of an Idealist brings a unique blend of suspenseful storytelling, vivid character portraits, and shrewd political insight. It traces Power’s distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. In 2005, her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of newly elected senator Barack Obama, who invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign.

After Obama was elected president, Power went from being an activist outsider to a government insider, navigating the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice. She served for four years as Obama’s human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role.

A Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, Power transports us from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room and the world of high-stakes diplomacy. Humorous and deeply honest, The Education of an Idealist lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life and shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with the challenge of raising two young children. Along the way, she illuminates the intricacies of politics and geopolitics, reminding us how the United States can lead in the world, and why we each have the opportunity to advance the cause of human dignity.

Power’s memoir is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism—and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.


Nationalism: a Short History
Monday, September 9
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

“We need a nation,” declared a certain Grouvelle in the revolutionary year of 1789, “and the Nation will be born.”-from Nationalism

Nationalism, often the scourge, always the basis of modern world politics, is spreading. In a way, all nations are willed into being. But a simple declaration, such as Grouvelle’s, is not enough. As historian Liah Greenfeld shows in her new book, a sense of nation—nationalism—is the product of the complex distillation of ideas and beliefs, and the struggles over them. Greenfeld takes the reader on an intellectual journey through the origins of the concept “nation” and how national consciousness has changed over the centuries. From its emergence in sixteenth century England, nationalism has been behind nearly every significant development in world affairs over succeeding centuries, including the American and French revolutions of the late eighteenth centuries and the authoritarian communism and fascism of the twentieth century. Now it has arrived as a mass phenomenon in China as well as gaining new life in the United States and much of Europe in the guise of populism.

About the Author:  Called "one of the most original thinkers of the current period" and "the great historian of Nationalism," Liah Greenfeld is University Professor and Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology at Boston University, and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She is the author of "Mind, Modernity, Madness: The Impact of Culture on Human Experience" (Harvard University Press, 2013) and other books about modern society and culture, including the ground-breaking "Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity" (Harvard University Press, 1992) and "The Spirit of Capitalism: Nationalism and Economic Growth" (Harvard University Press, 2001; Donald Kagan Best Book in European History Prize). Greenfeld has been a recipient of the UAB Ireland Distinguished Visiting Scholar Award, fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C., the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, Israel, and grants from Mellon, Olin, Earhart, The National Council for Soviet & East European Research, and The German Marshall Fund of the United States. In 2004, she delivered the Gellner Lecture at the London School of Economics on the subject of "Nationalism and the Mind," launching the research connecting her previous work on modern culture to a new perspective on mental illness.


Long-term Loonshots: The Science of Phase Transitions and World History
Monday, September 9
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Venture Cafe at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Kendall Square, Cambridge
Cost: $15.00

Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers
Presentations start @ 7pm

A Long Now Boston Conversation with Safi Bahcall, Author of Loonshots (2019).

Cool a fluid the right amount and very interesting things begin happening in the phase transition between liquid and solid. Structures begin to proliferate yet energy and information continues to flow, sometimes with far greater efficiency. The same concept applies to human institutions. In the best, creative inspiration flows quickly and innovations proliferate, unimpeded by rigid hierarchies and processes. Yet when a winning innovation appears, the institution draws on those strengths and quickly drives innovations to scale.

Safi refers to these two phases as Loonshot and Franchise, and he argues that both are essential, yet the tension between them is remarkably difficult to sustain. The most momentous transformations in history were loonshots that almost failed.

The most advanced global empires coming into the second millennium - China, Islam, and India - were well positioned for, but completely missed, the scientific revolution that swept through post-feudal Europe. Why? Because Europe was in a liquid phase and served as home to a succession of loonshot nurseries that would never have survived under imperial hegemony.

So what do our institutions, including governments, businesses, non-profits --- even our nascent Long Now organizations --- need to do to sustain this loonshot capacity? Are the hugely successful capitalist franchises and dominant global superpowers still fluid enough to continue promoting loonshot nurseries?

Come join the conversation with Safi Bahcall, author of Loonshots, and other Long Now Boston enthusiasts. Be a part of the solution.

NOTE: Loonshots will be available for sale before and after the presentation and Safi will be happy to sign them.

Among the questions the speaker will address:
Why did modern science ignite in 17th-century Western Europe when China, Islam, and India had been so much more advanced for 1,000 years?
How does understanding the behavior we see in a glass of water help us understand the fate of companies and empires?
How can we use these insights to help our institutions shape the next 1,000 or 10,000 years?

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.

Audience participation is encouraged.

If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will unlikely be available due to room size.

About the speaker:
Safi Bahcall is a second-generation physicist (the son of two astrophysicists) and a biotech entrepreneur. He received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard and his PhD in physics from Stanford. After working for three years as a consultant for McKinsey, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years. In 2008, he was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research. He lives with his wife and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Safi to the Long Now Boston community.

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


Science and Cooking Public Lecture: 10 Year Anniversary Lecture
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 9, 2019, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Dave Arnold, Author of "Liquid Intelligence," host of "Cooking Issues," and founder of the Museum of Food and Drink
Harold McGee, Author of "On Food and Cooking" and "Curious Cook”
COST  Free
DETAILS  This presentation is part of the 2019 Science and Cooking Public Lecture Series, which pairs Harvard professors with celebrated food experts and renowned chefs to showcase the science behind different culinary techniques.

Tuesday, September 10

Tuesday, September 10
9:45 am-11:45 am
BU, 75 Bay State Road, Boston

A bonus event! Daniel Steele will host a soundwalk on the morning of the seminar, September 10. It will depart from Symphony Hall and end at the Initiative on Cities in time for the seminar. The soundwalk is primarily an active listening activity. During our sound walk, we will use the NoiseScore Research App*, which will allow you to measure sound levels, rate your perception of them, and visualize your results in real-time.

No expertise in sound is required to participate in this event. The walk will be approximately 2 miles outdoors. Please wear appropriate attire. Please make sure to inform us of any special accommodations you may require

Lunch provided


Building a Better City: A Conversation with Mayor Steve Benjamin
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  The Leadership Studio, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Voices in Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  Steve Benjamin, Mayor, Columbia, South Carolina
Jeffrey Sanchez, Former Massachusetts state representative; former Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
COST  Free
DETAILS  Live webcast will be streamed on this page on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at 12 p.m. ET.
No registration is required to watch the live stream online. An on-demand video will be posted here after the event.
Members of the Harvard community may attend in person. If you wish to attend, RSVP to the lottery. Harvard ID or Harvard-affiliate ID required to attend.


WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C, Room 2036, Second Floor, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Information Technology, Law, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
SPEAKER(S)  Johnathan Zittrain
COST  Free - RSVP Required
DETAILS  The 20-odd year mainstream digital revolution has transformed in the public eye from one of promise to threat. This pessimism is reflected in assessments of the latest pervasive technology: AI generally, and machine learning specifically. How different is this technology from what preceded it, and do we need new ways to govern it? If so, how would they come about?
LINK (also URL for the livestream of the event)


Technology, the First Amendment and Resisting Government Regulation
Tuesday, September 10
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Northeastern, 120 Knowles Conference Room, 416 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Featuring Alan Rozenshtein, Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Professor Alan Rozenshtein joined University of Minnesota Law School in 2017 as a visiting professor and in summer 2019 continued as an Associate Professor of Law. He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and from 2018-2019 was an affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. From October 2014 to April 2017, he served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Law and Policy in the National Security Division of the US Department of Justice, where his work focused on operational, legal and policy issues relating to cybersecurity and foreign intelligence. From October 2016 to April 2017, he served as a special assistant United States attorney for the District of Maryland. During this time he taught cybersecurity at Georgetown Law.

Light refreshments will be served


The Sounds of Boston & Beyond: Hearing the Sonic Dimension of Cities
Tuesday, September 10 
12 pm-1:30 pm
BU, 75 Bay State Road, Boston 

How does the urban sound environment influence how we use and understand cities? Noise can negatively impact our mental and physical health, but can sound also promote our sense of well-being? And what efforts have been done to shape and manage the future of urban sound?

Erica Walker, Boston University
Edda Bild, University of Amsterdam
Daniel Steele, McGill University

Lunch provided


Tuesday Seminar Series: Strategies of Redistribution. The Left and the Popular Sectors in Latin America
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, Room S216, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Andrés Schipani, Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, Ph.D. student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  The study analyzes the different redistributive strategies adopted by presidents during Latin America’s Left turn in the 2000s. Through a comparative analysis of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, it looks at the amount of control leftist presidents had over the left movement to explain different strategies of redistribution of both income and power to the popular sectors. Counter-intuitively, the less control presidents have over the Left movement, the greater the redistribution.
The Tuesday Seminar Series is a bring your own brown bag lunch series. Please feel free to enjoy your lunch at the lecture, drinks will be provided.


Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellows Talks
Tuesday, September 10
12:30 - 2pm
Harvard, Gund Hall-112, Stubbins Room, 42-48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Editorial Comment:  The Loeb Fellows are always a great collection of practitioners doing interesting things around the world.  These talks are short introductions each gives about their work and what they intend to do with their fellowships.


Book Talk: Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Dov Fox, Herzog Endowed Scholar; Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law; Director of the Center for Health Law Policy & Bioethics, University of San Diego School of Law
I. Glenn Cohen, James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School
Louise P. King, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
Katherine L. Kraschel, Lecturer in Law, Clinical Lecturer in Law, Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School; executive director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO Kaitlyn Dowling
DETAILS  Join author Dov Fox and an expert panel as they discuss his new book "Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law" (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Panelists will explore the ways in which the book seeks to lift the curtain on reproductive negligence, give voice to the lives it upends, and vindicate the interests that advances in medicine and technology bring to full expression. They will also examine the book's effort to force citizens and courts to rethink the reproductive controversies of our time, and to equip us to meet the new challenges — from womb transplants to gene editing — that lie just over the horizon.


Human Rights in Hard Places Speaker Series: The Dismantling of Democracy - Brazil, India, and Turkey
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019, 5 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Wexner 434AB79, John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, Carr Center Senior Fellow & Justice of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil
Ayşe Kadıoğlu, Carr Center Fellow & Professor of Political Science at Sabancı University
Salil Shetty, Carr Center Senior Fellow & Former Secretary General of Amnesty International
DETAILS  The Carr Center’s Human Rights in Hard Places talk series offers unparalleled insights and analysis from the frontlines by human rights practitioners, policy makers, and innovators. Moderated by Sushma Raman, the series highlights current day human rights and humanitarian concerns such as human rights in North Korea, migration on the US-Mexico border, and the dismantling of democracy.
Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, Ayşe Kadıoğlu, and Salil Shetty will serve on a panel titled, "The Dismantling of Democracy: Brazil, India, and Turkey"
Please note this event is off-the-record.


Northern Ireland and Globalism: What does Brexit mean for the future of Northern Ireland
Tuesday, September 10
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
2125 Commonwealth Avenue, Creagh Library, Boston

Join us as we host a fireside chat with Dr. Andrew McCormick, Director General, International Relations, Northern Ireland Civil Service, and a small delegation from the Northern Ireland Bureau. 

Dr. McCormick has worked in the Northern Ireland Civil Service since 1980. Having served in the Departments of Education, Finance, Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Dr. McCormick was appointed in February 2018 to led the Northern Ireland Civil Service contributions to the Brexit negotiations.

Reception begins at 5:00pm with light refreshments prior to the fireside chat from 5:30-6:30.


Into a Daybreak: Eve Ewing and Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot on thinking and writing through black feminism
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
CONTACT NAME  Donor and Alumni Relations
ADMISSION FEE This event is free and open to the public.
FEATURED EVENT  Askwith Forums
DETAILS Speaker: Eve Ewing, Ed.M. '13, Ed.D. '16, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. 
Discussant: Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Ed.D.’72, Emily Hargroves Fisher Research Professor of Education, HGSE 
Writer and sociologist Eve L. Ewing creates work in multiple genres and forms: academic writing and scholarship, teaching, cultural organizing, poetry, comic books, and fiction. But one thing that unites all of her works is the underlying thread of black feminism. In this forum, Ewing and her former doctoral advisor, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, discuss the influence of black feminist ideas on Ewing’s work in multiple arenas and consider the ways all of us might learn, grow, care for ourselves and each other, and challenge systems of power through the radical potential of these ideas.
We invite you to attend the Ed School’s signature public lecture series which highlights leaders in the field, shares new knowledge, generates spirited conversation, and offers insight into the highest priority challenges facing education.
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Stone Social Impact Forum with Geoffrey Canada
Tuesday, September 10
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point, Boston

Innovative education leader Geoffrey Canada, president and founder of Harlem Children’s Zone, is the inaugural speaker for the Stone Social Impact Forum, a new signature series highlighting civic change agents who advance social change and innovatively address areas of inequality in our society.
Geoffrey Canada will share the journey of Harlem Children’s Zone and discuss how equal access to a quality education is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Canada will also participate in a conversation around his theory of change, the importance of youth engagement, and his vision for how each person can positively contribute to their communities and civic life.

Geoffrey Canada is the President and Founder of Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. Under his visionary leadership and 20+ years with the organization, Harlem Children’s Zone has become a national model that The New York Times called “one of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our time.” Canada was driven to help children who, like himself, were disadvantaged by their neighborhoods and felt that helping them find inspiration in education would make all the difference in their lives. His work has received significant media attention and he is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees. He is also the author of two books, including Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in Americaand Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America.


Authors@MIT | Leah Plunkett: Sharenthood Book Launch
Tuesday, September 10
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join the MIT Press Bookstore in celebrating author Leah Plunkett's book launch for Sharenthood: Why We Should Think before We Talk about Our Kids Online.

Our children's first digital footprints are made before they can walk—even before they are born—as parents use fertility apps to aid conception, post ultrasound images, and share their baby's hospital mug shot. Then, in rapid succession come terabytes of baby pictures stored in the cloud, digital baby monitors with built-in artificial intelligence, and real-time updates from daycare. When school starts, there are cafeteria cards that catalog food purchases, bus passes that track when kids are on and off the bus, electronic health records in the nurse's office, and a school surveillance system that has eyes everywhere. Unwittingly, parents, teachers, and other trusted adults are compiling digital dossiers for children that could be available to everyone—friends, employers, law enforcement—forever. In this incisive book, Leah Plunkett examines the implications of “sharenthood”—adults' excessive digital sharing of children's data. She outlines the mistakes adults make with kids' private information, the risks that result, and the legal system that enables “sharenting.”

Plunkett describes various modes of sharenting—including “commercial sharenting,” efforts by parents to use their families' private experiences to make money—and unpacks the faulty assumptions made by our legal system about children, parents, and privacy. She proposes a “thought compass” to guide adults in their decision making about children's digital data: play, forget, connect, and respect. Enshrining every false step and bad choice, Plunkett argues, can rob children of their chance to explore and learn lessons. The Internet needs to forget. We need to remember.

Leah Plunkett is Associate Dean for Administration, Associate Professor of Legal Skills, and Director of Academic Success at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She is Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.


Brexit: What's Next?
Tuesday, September 10
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston

Panelists including Gerard Baker, editor at large at The Wall Street Journal, Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns, Harvard professor of diplomacy and international relations, and Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, discuss current developments in the Brexit process. 


Beyond ROI: Ways to Measure Impact on Society
Tuesday, September 10
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston

What exactly is your business investing in?

Beyond just measuring impact, this panel will explore different ways to measure the consequences of business initiatives - both the intentional and the unintentional, the intended, good contributions to society and the negative, adverse consequences that one should be aware of. We'll focus on narratives from panelists with actual tangible ideas for how to look beyond just ROI and value more diverse metrics and ethics.
Located in Meridian, on Floor Five of CIC Boston

Sponsored by Impact Hub Boston
Learn more about us at


Commercializing your Idea: Tales from the Front Lines
Tuesday, September 10
6:00 pm –  8:30 pm
Pepper Hamilton, 125 High Street, 19th Floor, Boston

Start; pivot; stop; re-start… exit? Sound familiar? The path from idea to commercialization and beyond is rarely a straight one.

You will come away from this event with a greater understanding of the following:
Strategies for making your business idea a reality
Expecting the unexpected obstacles
Factors that drive decisions for technology licensing, raising capital and exit events
Timing considerations for partnering and patenting
Please join us for a panel discussion featuring three remarkable entrepreneurs who will share some of the lessons that they learned as they took their ideas from concept to market.

Dan Sieck, Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Dr. Jill S. Becker, CEO, Kebotix
Manish Bhardwaj, CEO, Innovators In Health
Andrew Gordon, CEO, DealerScience (acquired by TrueCar)

6:00-6:30pm Registration
6:30-7:30pm Panel Discussion
7:30-8:30pm Networking with refreshments


Be Heard! Great Ways to Take Effective Action
Tuesday, September 10
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Venture Cafe - Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 – $12

At our May BASG event, we came together as a community to group brainstorm shovel-ready ideas for Massachusetts to implement the Green New Deal. Now it's time to tap into your inner activist and find your way toward taking action. In September, we bring together several organizations that are very effective at getting things done to share different ways to get heard - to champion forward your ideas or the great work of others.

EXTINCTION REBELLION Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is a socio-political movement with the stated aim of using civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. In his book Falter, Bill McKibben calls non-violent resistent one of the two key technologies critical in addressing the climate crisis. We welcome the Boston chapter to tell us how we can engage in civil disobedience. 

MOTHERS OUT FRONT has made great headway on many fronts. For this event they'll focus on "Reaching Beyond the Choir - Engaging Neighbors and Friends in Climate Advocacy". One of the things they take pride in -- and the reason for their existence -- is to build an ever-widening constituency of "regular moms" who are willing to take action and hold our decision makers accountable. They do this by knocking on doors, holding house parties, discussion circles, one-to-one meetings over coffee, movie screenings, Green Living Tours and more. 

BETTER FUTURE PROJECT and 350 MASSACHUSETTS are active on many fronts. Joining us will be Larry Rosenberg, active in 350 MA and Elders Climate Action. He helps coordinate a letters-to-the-editor team. Larry will tell us how to write effective letters to the editor and why they matter. 

Claire Mueller of TOXICS ACTION CENTER will talk about how to be active in our local communities to drive policy change. Claire is the Lead Community Organizer and Climate Justice Director at Toxics Action Center. In that role, Claire provides organizing support, facilitation and training to more than thirty grassroots groups teaching community leaders to plan winning campaigns, hone their message and materials, build their group, fundraise, garner media attention and more. Claire is a founder and co-coordinator of the statewide coalition of more than 150 groups working to further climate justice policy and foster local clean energy campaigns.

We've invited others to talk to us about how to run for office, how to get the attention of policy-makers, and what highly-effective protesting tactics look like.

Join us for another great BASG line-up! Carol, Holly, Tilly, Eric & Amy


Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Meeting
Tuesday, September 10
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Join us to take action to prevent gun violence! Learn about what you can do to make a difference and help end gun violence.


Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation
Tuesday, September 10
6:30 p.m.
Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place, Boston

If you are new to XR or would just like to learn more about how it works, please come to our next new member orientation session. We will cover the following:
Where did XR come from? What is civil disobedience & direct action?
What is the extinction rebellion about? What do we want?
What are our principles and values? What brings us together?
How are we organized? What are working groups & affinity groups?
Come out and meet some of our local XRebels and learn how you can get involved!

The session will run for around 90 minutes.


Wheelwright Prize Lecture: Samuel Bravo, "“PROJECTLESS: on the emergence of a dwell”
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard University Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Samuel Bravo
CONTACT INFO Harvard University Graduate School of Design
DETAILS  This journey focuses on a portion of the human environment that has been shaped in the absence of project.
We will revisit the track record of a journey that consisted of excursions, visits and short residencies. The construction of the communal house of the matsés people poses the question of dwelling and being and the emergence of the human environment in relation with language.
The symbiotic and contradictory relation observed in several informal areas, from the flooded slum of Belén Bajo in Iquitos, to Korail in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with a larger formal urban setup raises questions about the nature of informality, while revealing the belonging to larger cultural and territorial systems. Bravo traced back this relation from Lima to Andamarca in the Andes where the ancient agricultural terraces and irrigation system are still sustained by the traditional andean cooperative organization. Bravo followed this territorial engagement up to the floating communities of the Mekong delta and the tidal flooded city of Afuá in the mouth of the Amazon river.
Informality, otherwise understood as the people’s shared ability of creating the city, is harnessed by ‘community architects’ as a tool for creating and improving the built environment. Bravo observed these working methods and toolsets in both the Cerros of Lima and the city of Jhennaidah in Bangladesh.
Based on these experiences, Bravo will propose an interpretation on how the emergence of a dwell comes to life out of nature and in front of us. Through different cases we will observe the persistence of this primeval emanation of the human environment as a contemporary everyday experience.


BostonCHI Hosts Amy Bucher - The Psychology of Engagement: How to Design for Behavior Change
Tuesday, September 10
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Audible, 101 Main Street, Cambridge

Digital health has so much promise for scalable, affordable, and personalized interventions that improve people’s lives. But so far, digital health designers have struggled with getting people to use-and keep using-the interventions they build. What’s missing? The marriage of behavior change science and the design process. In this presentation, we’ll talk about how to make a digital health experience “sticky” by infusing it with support for people’s basic psychological needs. Research on motivation can guide the design of effective and engaging interventions that finally live up to the promise of digital health.

Amy Bucher, Ph.D., is the Behavior Change Design Director at Mad*Pow in Boston. Amy focuses on crafting engaging and motivating solutions that help people change behavior, especially related to health, wellness, learning, and financial well-being. Previously she worked with CVS Health as a Senior Strategist for their Digital Specialty Pharmacy, and with Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions Group as Associate Director of Behavior Science. Amy spent many years designing and product managing digital health coaching programs such as health risk assessments, chronic health management programs, behavioral health interventions, medication/therapy adherence, and wellness programs. Amy received her A.B. magna cum laude in psychology from Harvard University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Amy is the author of the upcoming Rosenfeld Media book Engaged: Psychology for Digital Product Design.

6:30 – 7:00 Networking over food and beverages 
7:00 – 8:30 Meeting 
8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!


Inconspicuous Consumption:  The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have
Tuesday, September 10
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes journalist and former New York Times Science Writer TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG for a discussion of her debut book, Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have.

About Inconspicuous Consumption
With urgency and wit, Tatiana Schlossberg explains that far from being only a distant problem of the natural world created by the fossil fuel industry, climate change is all around us, all the time, lurking everywhere in our convenience-driven society, all without our realizing it.

By examining the unseen and unconscious environmental impacts in four areas—the Internet and technology, food, fashion, and fuel—Schlossberg helps readers better understand why climate change is such a complicated issue, and how it connects all of us: how streaming a movie on Netflix in New York burns coal in Virginia; how eating a hamburger in California might contribute to pollution in the Gulf of Mexico; how buying an inexpensive cashmere sweater in Chicago expands the Mongolian desert; how destroying forests from North Carolina is necessary to generate electricity in England.

Cataloging the complexities and frustrations of our carbon-intensive society with a dry sense of humor, Schlossberg makes the climate crisis and its solutions interesting and relevant to everyone who cares, even a little, about the planet. She empowers readers to think about their stuff and the environment in a new way, helping them make more informed choices when it comes to the future of our world.

Most importantly, this is a book about the power we have as voters and consumers to make sure that the fight against climate change includes all of us and all of our stuff, not just industry groups and politicians. If we have any hope of solving the problem, we all have to do it together.


Tim Desmond - "How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World"
Tuesday, September 10
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge


Tim Desmond--an esteemed Buddhist philosopher who has lectured on psychology at Yale and leads a mental health project at Google--offers a path to self-growth, connection, and joy like we've never seen before.

Despite an absent father, childhood homelessness, and losing a wife to cancer, Desmond has emerged with not only inner strength and joyful resilience, but also a deep understanding of human suffering necessary to advocate for those hurting all over the world. Through his work, Desmond realized the truth: we don't need a mindfulness practice for productivity or sleep, and it shouldn't come from religion, philosophy, or hypothetical situations. Instead, mindfulness should be rooted in the pain, sadness, loneliness, and trauma of the here and now, because it is the only true antidote for this sometimes-miserable world we call home. 

About the Author:  TIMOTHY AMBROSE DESMOND is a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Antioch University, teaching professional psychology rooted in self-compassion. He currently co-leads a team at Google working to offer affordable, accessible emotional support to individuals around the world. After a troubled youth, Desmond was exposed to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and eventually studied at Plum Village. Desmond was also a co-organizer of Occupy Wall Street.


Diversity is not Just the Differences You Like, A Talk by Eboo Patel
Tuesday, September 10
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
40 Leon Street, Cabral Center, Boston

All are welcome for this Keynote Address and Book Signing, followed by Refreshments.
Diversity is not Just the Differences You Like: Multicultural Leadership in a Global Age

We live in an era where people choose sides and prepare for battle. What would it look like to be a leader who sought the well-being of the whole – both people you identify with, and people you don’t; people you agree with, and people you don’t; people on this side of the line, and people on the other side. What would it mean to engage in multicultural and interfaith work with the recognition that diversity is not just the differences you like? In this talk, Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, will draw on inspiring examples from American history and religious traditions to show how we can build a country where all people thrive. The best symbol for this is not a melting pot, but a potluck dinner. After all, a diverse democracy does not benefit from endless sameness, but upon the various gifts that its diverse people bring. If people don’t contribute, the nation doesn’t feast. The task of the leader is to inspire participation.


Food Literacy Project OPEN MEETING: Intro to HUDS with Crista Martin & David Davidson
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Smith Campus Center, Isaacson Room, Collaborative Commons, 2nd Floor, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Special Events, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S)  David Davidson, Managing Director
Crista Martin, Director for Strategic Initiatives & Communications
COST  Free
DETAILS  Looking to learn more about food systems? Want to hear from local food business owners, farmers, activists, chefs, writers, professors, historians? The Food Literacy Project is a great way to engage in food education on Harvard's campus, whether it's through a guest speaker presentation, a field trip or a cooking class. FLP is HUDS' food education initiative, and we're thrilled to kick off the new school year with an introduction to HUDS with Managing Director, David Davidson, and Director for Strategic Initiatives & Communications, Crista Martin. Find out what it takes to provide students with 22,000 meals day!

Wednesday, September 11

Meeting: Solar + Storage; DC-Coupled Standalone Facilities
Wednesday, September 11
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Boston


The Neurobiology of Trauma with Dr. Jim Hopper, PhD
Wednesday, September 11
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Police Department, Academy Classroom, 125 6th Street, Cambridge

Join us for a lecture on The Neurobiology of Trauma with nationally-recognized lecturer Dr. Jim Hopper

Why don't many people fight or yell when they're being raped?
Why are memories of sexual assault so often fragmentary and confusing?
Is the brain’s response to attack essentially the same – controlled by the defense/fear circuitry, running on reflexes and habits – during sexual assault, physical assault, and military combat?

The answers have big implications for people who've been sexually assaulted, for those who investigate and prosecute such crimes, and for everyone else who knows or works with someone who's been sexually assaulted.

Please join the Cambridge Police Department, in partnership with the Cambridge Sexual Assault Response team, for a lecture on the neurobiology of trauma with Dr. Jim Hopper, PhD. Dr. Hopper will discuss how brain responses to sexual assault shape victims’ experiences, behaviors and memories, and the implications for eliciting accurate memories and testimony. More about Dr. Hopper:

Registration is required for all attendees. Please bring photo ID.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Arlen Weiner (


Individual freedom versus the hidden persuaders
Wednesday, September 11
10AM – 6PM
BU, Hillel Center, 213 Bay State Road, Boston

Many policy experts support socially engineered nudging, that is, have governments use a set subtle behavior reward algorithms to control people’s behavior for socially desirable outcomes. Yet the utilitarian attractiveness of such an undertaking obscures the implications for individual freedom and human choice. Cultivated among others by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, the idea of nudging is often seen as a way to produce positive social outcomes without the reliance on formal regulations and policing. Yet the fact that the process is often below the level of clear observability by the people being nudged raises important questions about the role of manipulation and, even more, potentially morally compromised governmental authority. Beyond the immediate philosophical and free will implications are the questions concerning what would happen when these techniques are taken to an extreme. There are many questions about the cost of dissent in today’s society as measured in ruined lives of those who fell out with social media activists. We must ask what it means to allow oneself to be “nudged” “for one’s own good”, i.e., how one is allowing oneself to be shaped by “soft” governmental and other programs. The implications for democratic practices, not to mention individual choices, are obvious.

We don’t necessarily need to speculate about this question as the government of the People’s Republic of China is already going about implementing such a program, with few limits. If practically all dimensions of one’s life becomes a universal Skinner Box, which seems to be the ambition of elements within China’s government and their “visionary” counterparts the US and elsewhere, what can we say about free choice and individualism (and even personal character and a sense of community) under these circumstances?

The intersection of these practices, increasingly on a global scale, is an algorithmically guided experiment in human behavior and social control without precedent in human history. It places us squarely at a crossroad. The direction that we as a civilization take has grave implications for intellectual inquiry across the humanities and beyond, reaching into the realms of computer science, political equality, privacy, ecology, and individual rights and autonomy.


Sustainability/Bike/Light Fair
Wednesday, September 11 
11:00am to 2:00pm
Northeastern, Snell Library Quad, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

10th annual Sustainability/Bike/Light Fair event! Please join us! Did you know Northeastern has a Sustainability Office and full program underway? Stop by for sustainability/bike safety/energy efficient lamp giveaways. Bring up to 10 old incandescent or halogen lamps and get a FREE LED! Minor bike repairs and registration, bike safety giveaways, multiple campus offices and student groups will provide sustainability-related information. Bring your own bottle! Grab some delicious snacks. 

RAIN DATE: SEPT. 26, 2019. 


It's Coming from Inside the House: The Greatest Challenges to America's National Security is Happening at Home, Not Over There
Wednesday, September 11
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496 (Pye Room), 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Michael Cohen (Boston Globe)
Today, the world is safer, freer, wealthier, better educated, and healthier than any point in human history. Meanwhile, the greatest threat to Americans, to our our quality of life, and to the nation's long-term economic competitiveness is coming from issues that rarely figure into national security debates: access to health care, crumbling infrastructure, gun violence, the opioid epidemic, and political paralysis. On September 11th, Michael Cohen will discuss his new book Clear and Present Safety, which highlights America's misplaced attention on improbable foreign threats and calls for a re-orientiaton of U.S. grand strategy to focus on the actual and preventable domestic challenges that are not only harming Americans at home but eroding U.S power from the inside.

Security Studies Program Wednesday Seminar


Climate Change and Cities
Wednesday, September 11
12:00pm to 2:00pm
MIT,  Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A presentation by Professor Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), and Co-Director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). Professor Rosenzweig will present the UCCRN’s Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities, examining the implications of changing climatic conditions on critical urban physical and social infrastructure sectors and intersectional concerns — in the context of other recent climate change reports.

The presentation will be followed by a response from Prof. John Fernandez (Director of the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative & The MIT Urban Metabolism Lab) — and a moderated discussion by Prof. Janelle Knox-Hayes (Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, and Head of the Environmental Policy and Planning Group) & Juan Camilo Osorio, (Co-Investigator at MIT-ESI and PhD Candidate at DUSP).

Please RSVP


Greenland in a Changing Arctic
WHEN  Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S)  Ane Lone Bagger, Minister of Education, Culture, Church, and Foreign Affairs, Greenland
DETAILS Lunch provided.
RSVP to by 4 p.m. Sept. 6. 
Open to Harvard faculty, fellows, staff, and students

Greenland, the world's biggest island, has long held a strategic geographic and political position in global affairs. It has made headlines recently, after President Donald Trump stated he wanted to buy the island, because of its strategic location in the Arctic and its wealth of natural resources. Greenland's foreign minister, Ane Lone Bagger, had told Reuters: "We are open for business, but we’re not for sale."

Join the Arctic Initiative for an insightful lunch with Greenland's Minister of Education, Culture, Church and Foreign Affairs, Ane Lone Bagger, about how Greenland is responding to the shifting dynamics in the Arctic as climate change is transforming the island and the waters surrounding it, opening up the region to the outside world.


Meeting: Solar + Storage; AC-Coupled Facilities
Wednesday, September 11
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, Boston


How increasing equity in the science classroom drives social change
Wednesday, September 11
2:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Building 6-104 The Chipman Room, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Dr. Cissy Ballen will describe large-scale experimental and observational efforts across institution types and geographic regions that show how certain features of the introductory science classroom create barriers for historically underserved students. This explanation for observed performance disparities, the “course deficit model”, considers the negative impact of environmental conditions on student learning and participation. Dr. Ballen will demonstrate how some of these barriers can be mitigated by instructional and institutional choices that promote the academic excellence for all students across science disciplines. 


xTalk: Taylor Freeman on "Platform Shifts: From the Internet, to Mobile, to Immersive"
Wednesday, September 11
3:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 3-133 33 Massachusetts Avenue (rear), Cambridge

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation about the coming wave of immersive learning. Like the internet, personal computing and mobile, immersive devices like virtual and augmented reality are poised to yet again transform the way our world learns. Imagine being able to teleport to the colosseum in Rome to learn history, to the scale of an atom to learn chemistry, or simply to a virtual theater to watch a presentation from the best professors at MIT... all from anywhere in the world. With virtual reality, this becomes possible.

In this xTalk we will cover a brief history of the technology platform shifts that have driven the evolution of distance learning, review the current state of immersive technology, explore some ideas around where things might head in the future and ponder some of the philosophical and practical questions we will need to ask on the journey to get there.

Taylor Freeman is the Founder & CEO of Axon Park, a virtual campus where students from around the world can learn together in VR. He has been working at the intersection of VR and education over the last five years during which time he established two incubation spaces in LA and San Francisco housing over 150 AR and AI startups, hosted over 500 events focused around VR and AR, oversaw the training of nearly 1,000 students in-person on VR development, consulted with companies like NASA, Stanford Medical, Google, and IDEO and built a news media platform focused on VR that reaches millions of people per month. Taylor was awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2017 for his work building the industry and he taught the first remote in-VR class with the MIT media lab in October 2018. He is deeply passionate about using VR to unlock new levels of human cognition and overcome the challenges many students face in the classroom around geographical limitations, student and teacher bias, and overall accessibility.


Panel Discussion: The Future of Computational Materials Science and Engineering
Wednesday, September 11
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 1-190, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This discussion is part of a 3-day mini-summit through DMSE. Please join us on Sept. 10 and 12 for more events! 

Computational research has been an established component of science and engineering fields for decades now, and with computing technology in a constant state of evolution it’s important to take a step back to gain perspective. Where is computation taking our research, our innovation, our technology, and our materials? What might the future of computational materials research look like?

This panel discussion will create an open dialogue between leading computational materials scientists to identify current and future trends and provide a broad view of the vast possibilities computation presents materials researchers. 

The Panel: Professor David Srolovitz from University of Pennsylvania, Professor Alain Karma from Northeastern Universit, Professor Adrian Sutton from Imperial College London

Moderated by DMSE’s Professor W. Craig Carter.


Henry L. Pierce Laboratory Seminar Series - Prof. Otto Nielsen on Future Transport
Wednesday, September 11
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 1-131, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Abstract: The talk will be based upon my work in two recent government commissions investigating the challenges of future transport.
The first commission advised the government on the potential impact of emerging self-driving vehicles in combination with new shared mobility concepts and new business models. This may – or may not – revolutionize the transport sector with new transport concepts in-between traditional individual car transport and public transportation, with alternative use of time when travelling, and with automated empty vehicles driving for parking or repositioning for collecting new customers. These trends may lead to hyper congestion in urban areas, if no new means of regulation are enforced. When the transport sector will be automated, we thus need to modify forecasts based upon existing revealed preferences of behavior, since they do not incorporate the emerging transport concepts. And we need to prepare policies considering different scenarios of the technology development.

The talk will also discuss the ongoing work in the Green Transport Commission on how to meet the ambitious Danish Targets on replacing the car fleet to electric cars. To achieve this will require massive changes of the taxation of cars, with derived socio-economic and equity impacts. The underlying premise is to achieve these targets, and still maintaining the same government income from the transport sector. Forecasts of the impacts require insight into market adaptation, prediction of car sale and transport forecasts beyond traditional transport models.

Bio:  Otto Anker Nielsen is a professor in transport modelling at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Dept. of Technology, Management and Economics. He is head of the Transport Division. He has 27 years of research experience and applied work experience within the field of transport modelling and transport behaviour research. He has been leading several large-scale transports modelling projects in Denmark and at EU level over the period from 1994 until now, including the the IPTOP project on Integrated Public Transport Planning and Optimisation, and has been a member of several Government Commissions in the transport domain. He has been/is supervisor for 27 PhD-students, 10 visiting PhD-students and more than 100 MSc thesis projects and about 70 BSc-theses.


Work of the Future Book Series: Mary Gray, Author of "Ghost Work"
Wednesday, September 11
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

In the first event in the Work of the Future Book Series, Mary Gray (Microsoft Research, Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society) will talk with David Autor (Ford Professor of Economics Associate Head, Department of Economics Co-chair, MIT Work of the Future Task Force) about her book Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass.

In Ghost Work, Gray and co-author Siddharth Suri examine how services delivered by major companies such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Uber can only function smoothly thanks to the judgment and experience of a vast, "invisible" human labor force—comprising people doing "ghost work." An estimated 8% of Americans have worked at least once in this “ghost economy,” and that number is growing. Gray and Suri look at how ghost workers, employers, and society at large can ensure that this new kind of work creates opportunity for those who do it.


More or less than zero: Can electricity markets survive deep decarbonization? 
Wednesday, September 11
5:15pm to 6:15pm
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

James Bushnell, Professor, UC Davis; and Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
As parts of the U.S. pursue increasingly aggressive policies for decarbonizing their electricity sectors, fault lines have continued to grow over the proper design and organization of electricity markets. While renewable generation continues to expand rapidly, operators of legacy power plants—particularly those fueled by coal and nuclear energy—are experiencing increasing financial distress. Across the U.S., a range of policy proposals and ad-hoc arrangements have been floated to maintain the economic viability of conventional generation. This talk draws upon research at the wholesale and retail level to contrast differing regional approaches to the economic challenges to integrating renewable electricity into electric systems.

About the speaker:
James Bushnell is a professor of economics at the University of California, Davis and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining UC Davis, he was the research director at the UC Energy Institute and Cargill Chair in Energy Economics at Iowa State University. He holds a PhD in operations research from UC Berkeley.

Since 2002, Bushnell has served as a member of the Market Surveillance Committee (MSC) of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). He has also advised the California Air Resources Board in several capacities, and has consulted on the design and performance of electricity markets around the U.S. and Internationally.

Please note that we will open our doors to unregistered participants 15 minutes before the event start time. To guarantee your seat, we recommend you register and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

If you are not able to attend, note there will be a high-quality recording of this seminar made available on our YouTube channel ( about a week following the event.


Inaugural Meeting to UnKoch MIT 
Wednesday September 11
6 p.m.
MIT, Building 2-131, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

We will work towards holding MIT accountable  for its relationship with the Koch brothers and push for more oversight over donor influence.

David  Koch may have passed away recently, but his insidious legacy lives on  (as does older brother Charles Koch). However, MIT has proved unwilling to  be honest about his legacy, much less their own role in legitimizing  him by emblazoning his name on campus buildings and giving him a  lifetime seat on the MIT Corporation. A recent obituary in the MIT News  referred to Koch as "brilliant" and "visionary"; "a prominent supporter  of cancer research" and "a model philanthropist". No mention is given to his and his brother's record on climate change, labor rights,  undermining academic freedom, attacks on social programs, etc.

MIT's  close relationship with morally dubious actors has become something of a  pattern by now, from fossil fuel companies to the Saudi monarchy to the  military. It's about time that MIT views its relationship with these  groups and with the Koch brothers the same way it views its relationship  with Jeffrey Epstein. The first step is for MIT to acknowledge the Koch  brothers' harmful legacy and issue an apology similar to the one given  with regards to Jeffrey Epstein's ties to the Media Lab. The next step  would be to cut ties with Charles Koch and his foundations, which gave  half a million dollars to MIT in 2017. From there, we can push to  increase community oversight over gift-giving to MIT to ensure that the  Institute is not lending its prestige to legitimize bad actors and to  further the agenda of entities that are destroying lives and our planet.


Climate in International Relations Theory and Practice 
Wednesday, September 11
6:00pm - 7:30pm 
Tufts, Mugar 200, 160R Packard Avenue, Medford

No matter whether you join the world of diplomacy, the public sector, business or academia after you graduate from Fletcher, you will be facing growing demands and requests to face and deal with difficult questions and emergencies stemming from the climate and environmental challenges. 

You will represent and/or serve communities that will face climate emergencies or contentious and divisive dilemmas on how to approach climate change and the consequences of it.

 Join us for this series of conversations where we will address some of the contentious topics, points of view and different stances that students from all around the world will bring in to this conversation about how to mainstream climate in anything we do.

 The sessions have an informal conversational format, each one starts with insights from a panel of your PhDs in residence across the various fields at Fletcher, occasionally accompanied by a faculty or a staff member. The key part is your voice, opinion, insight.

 No prior knowledge of any of the topics needed. All community is welcome!


The Puritans: Who They Were, Who They Are
Wed, September 11
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Rabb Auditorium, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

Join Lori Rogers-Stokes for a discussion of the Puritans, their humble beginnings, and their lasting influence in American history.
The Puritans who founded New England were, in their own day, a small group with no political power, easily driven from their own land into an America dominated by other powers, both native and European. Yet they are our most famous Founders, whose out sized standing in U.S. history has made them a lightning rod for later generations, representing all that is good and bad in the American story. How did this happen? What did the Puritans want New England to be? What ideas did they bring with them, and what ideas did they develop as a result of their experiences here? 

Lori Rogers-Stokes received her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. She studies the founding decades of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, focusing on the period from 1630-80 when the forms of church and state were put in place that would shape Massachusetts and American history for centuries to come. Dr. Stokes is an editor for New England’s Hidden Histories, a digital history project of the Congregational Library and Archives in Boston led by respected Puritan scholar Dr. James F. Cooper and dedicated to transcribing and studying newly discovered 17th-19th-century New England church records.


A Better Cambridge Candidate Forum
Wednesday, September 11
6 PM – 8 PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Our housing crisis is the most important issue facing Cambridge this election. City Council candidates differ on how to tackle the high cost of housing, displacement, and the challenges associated with development. 

Please join us at ABC's 2019 Candidate Forum. Former five-term Cambridge city councilor David Sullivan will moderate a discussion about what candidates would do to tackle this crisis if elected.


Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation Meeting
Tuesday, September 11
6:30 p.m.
First Church Cambridge, Harter Room, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge

If you are new to XR or would just like to learn more about how it works, please come to our next new member orientation session. We will cover the following:
Where did XR come from? What is civil disobedience & direct action?
What is the extinction rebellion about? What do we want?
What are our principles and values? What brings us together?
How are we organized? What are working groups & affinity groups?
Come out and meet some of our local XRebels and learn how you can get involved!

The session will run for around 90 minutes.


Wednesday, September 11
7 pm
Meeting House First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In light of the escalating developments in Hong Kong with Pro-Democracy demonstrators becoming increasingly galvanized in response to the Chinese government's crackdown, we examine the current situation both inside and outside mainland China with regard to human rights.

Teng Biao, is a human rights lawyer currently attached to the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, at NYU and he will be joined by Uyghur-American Salih Hudayar and activist Kyle Olbert, who will discuss the challenges facing both the Chinese Communist party and the ethnic minorities who resist the Chinese policy of oppression which they say is being carried out under the guise of "counter-terrorism".

Come join us for the exchange.
Free and welcoming to all who want to participate in civil and respectful discussion.


Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed-Reading Worked
Wednesday, September 11
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

The best-known educator of the 20th century was a scammer in cashmere. “The most famous reading teacher in the world,” as television hosts introduced her, Evelyn Wood had little classroom experience, no degrees in reading instruction, and a background that included cooperation with the Third Reich. Nevertheless, a nation spooked by Sputnik and panicked by paperwork eagerly embraced her promises of a speed-reading revolution. Journalists, lawmakers, and two US presidents lent credibility to Wood’s claims of turbocharging reading speeds. A royal-born Wood grad said she’d polished off Moby Dick in three hours; a senator swore he finished one book per lunchtime. Fudging test results and squelching critics, Wood maintained her popularity even as science proved that her system taught only skimming, with disastrous effects on comprehension. As apps and online courses attempt to spark a speed-reading revival, this engaging look at Wood’s rise from missionary to marketer exposes the pitfalls of wishful thinking.

About the author:  Marcia Biederman has contributed more than 150 articles to the New York Times. She was a staff reporter for Crain’s New York Business and her work has appeared in New York magazine, the New York Observer, and Newsday. She is also the author of Popovers and Candlelight: Patricia Murphy and the Rise and Fall of a Restaurant Empire. She lives in New York.

Thursday, September 12 – Friday, September 13

Thursday, September 12, 8:00 AM – Friday, September 13, 5:00 PM EDT
Harvard Law School, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 – $350

The Harvard Law & Technology Society is hosting the 2019 Harvard Legal Technology Symposium from September 12-13, 2019. We are bringing together a large interdisciplinary and international community to think deeply about how technology can improve and shape the law at the largest student organized legal technology event in the world.

Thursday, September 12 – Saturday, September 14

Urban Activism 2019 Graduate Conference
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 12 – Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019
WHERE  Harvard, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History; Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard; Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Harvard University Center for African Studies; Harvard History Department; Harvard Department of Anthropology
COST  Free
DETAILS  This conference emerges from the shared need to create a collective discourse on how critical urban research and urban political activism are increasingly converging and creating a common field of inquiry and action. It connects scholars in various fields such as planners, geographers, historians, and critical urbanists with activists working on housing rights and the right to urban identity and the city more generally.
Together, we will discuss a number of theoretical, methodological, and practical questions, including: How shall communities and activists be involved in the production of knowledge? What constitutes the archive and evidence? What possibilities are there to disseminate the knowledge produced? Can scholarship suggest political solutions? Who are the agents of this story? What is the relationship between the state and the market in displacement processes? Can we think beyond the framework of structure and agency? How does ideology make its way into research and action? What is the appropriate scale of analysis?
A consideration of cities as different as Beirut, Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona, Johannesburg, São Paulo, and Boston sheds light on commonalities that point to a single dynamic operating on a global scale, which is at play in the various distinctive manifestations apprehended at the local level in very different contexts. While a consideration of global, structural transformation can contribute to an understanding of the specificities of every case, the global phenomenon itself cannot be fully captured without a serious engagement on the local scale with the social, cultural, economic and political processes in which each specific case is embedded. A global understanding can only contribute to local struggles if it remains attentive to the subjectivity of local communities within their particular context as they experience and think it.

Thursday, September 12

Offshore Wind and the Transition to Renewables
Thursday, September 12
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Multi-Purpose, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Eric Hines
Over the next 30 years, the US must expand and modernize its power grid while retiring half of its existing power plants and transitioning to a low-carbon energy system. Along the nation’s coastlines, offshore wind will play a major role in this transition. The U.S. offshore wind energy resource offers capacity that exceeds our nation’s demand several times over. Currently, things are moving so fast that drastic shifts can be observed on the timescale of just one or two years. This introduction to and update on U.S. offshore wind energy will help attendees navigate and interpret what they are hearing in the popular press related to energy in New England, the U.S. and abroad.

Eric M. Hines, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI has over 20 years of experience as a structural engineer designing innovative infrastructure and large-scale testing programs. Dr. Hines designed the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, MA and advised the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on the development of the New Bedford Marine
Commerce Terminal. As a Professor of Practice at Tufts University, he has led the POWER-US convening initiative and directs the Tufts University Offshore Wind Engineering Graduate Program. Formerly a partner of LeMessurier Consultants in Boston, Dr. Hines has over 70 publications and numerous awards related to systems design, industry-driven research and higher education. Dr. Hines completed
his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego after studying the relationship between engineering and public policy as an undergraduate at Princeton University and as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany.


WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  The Leadership Studio, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  Barry Bloom, Research professor of public health and former dean, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Jesse Hackell, Practicing pediatrician and founding member, Pomona Pediatrics
Howard Koh, Professor of the practice of public health leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and 14th assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gillian Steel Fisher, Senior research scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and deputy director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program
Moderator: Elana Gordon
Health care journalist and Producer at PRI’s The World
COST  Free webcast
DETAILS  The U.S. officially eliminated measles nearly 20 years ago. Yet, this year, more than 1,100 cases have been reported, despite being preventable by vaccine. The CDC says the majority of cases are among those who were not vaccinated.
This Forum looks at the drivers of the 2019 outbreaks and, more generally, the challenges of vaccine acceptance. Why do some parents delay or decline vaccinating their children? How might their concerns be addressed? What about exemptions? Why does the global picture matter? And what can be done once an outbreak begins? New polling data will frame this discussion, providing a uniquely current picture of vaccine acceptance in the U.S.


Law, Technology, and China's AI Dream
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Pound Hall 100, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Jeffrey Ding, D. Phil. Researcher, Center for Governance of AI, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford and Creator of AI Newsletter
COST  Free
East Asian Legal Studies Lunchtime Talk


Focus: Environmental, Social Corporate Governance (ESG)
Thursday, September 12
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Northeastern, 120 Knowles Conference Room, 416 Huntington Avenue, Boston
RSVP to Gianina Chua at

Andrew Droste ’15, Board Advisory Specialist, Russell Reynolds Associates (Seattle, Washington)
Andrew Droste ’15 is a board advisory specialist at Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) within the firm's Board and CEO Advisory Partners practice. Prior to RRA, Andrew led Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) engagement, research and risk analyses for BNY Mellon’s Proxy Voting and Governance Committee. Andrew began his career as an ESG analyst at Nuveen on their Responsible Investing Team. He is also treasurer and member of the board at Speak For The Trees, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the size and health of the urban tree canopy in the greater Boston area.

Lunch provided 

Lunch & Learn Speaker Series featuring Andrew Droste ’15


Transform climate talk into climate roadmaps
Thursday, September 12

You are invited to Climate Action News September 12!

Solving the climate crisis means a radical transformation on all levels of society. Which requires a clear overview of how to reduce emissions.  Meet the people who transform climate talk into roadmaps for the climate. Special guests Paul Dickinson (CDP), Kate Garvey (Project everyone), Tomer Shalit (Climate View) and Nuria Albet (Renovable in La Palma island, Canary Islands) show how to enable all stakeholders to collaborate towards ambitious emission targets.

Also in the show: The Amazonas on fire, the upcoming climate summit in New York and the massive climate manifestations planned by the youth climate movement. Meet Nick Nuttall (Director Strategic Communications Earth Day Network), Jill Kubit (Co-Founder of Our kids' Climate), Alexandria Villaseñor co-founder of US Youth Climate Strike and founder of Earth Uprising and Ingmar Rentzhog (CEO We Don't Have Time).

We invite you to tune in, watch, listen and participate actively by commenting live during and after the broadcast. Register and we will send you instructions how to participate and a reminder before the event begins.


Solopreneur Kick-Start Clinic
Thursday, September 12
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
CIC Cambridge, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Santa Clara room, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 – $10

Come learn the most important things to focus on when you're building your business
Whether you’re building a new business or rebooting an existing one, it’s important to know the most important areas to focus on so you don’t wind up trying to do #allthethings, spinning your wheels and burning out.
Many solopreneurs struggle with overwhelm, anxiety and isolation, and having clear, manageable priorities creates focus so you can grow your business, and generate meaningful revenue as quickly as possible.
If you’re a service-based entrepreneur looking to get clear on your strategy and master your To-Do list, this one-hour workshop is for you. You’ll learn the top three vital areas to focus on in the first year, and come away with actionable insights and tactics to help you see results in your business – fast!
In this one-hour workshop you will:
Learn how to calm the overwhelm of trying to do #allthethings 
Discover the most critical activities to focus on that will accelerate your growth.
Gain clarity on what and how your offering can truly connect with your target market and generate revenue quickly.
Get support from a solopreneur business coaching expert.
Connect with other solopreneurs who are in the same boat!

You should attend this event if you are:
Feeling stuck, frustrated and a overwhelmed in building and growing your business. 
Know you need to start generating revenue soon, and aren't quite sure how to do that.
Needing a little head space to actually work ON your business and not just IN it.
Looking for inspiration to re-focus, revitalize, re-invigorate your business

About the Presenter
Victoria Dew, SCMP -- Dewpoint Communications
Victoria knows first-hand how challenging being a solopreneur can be, and is an expert at helping others to navigate their way through the highs and lows of building a business. She is a certified business coach with 20+ years of business experience, and helps purpose-driven entrepreneurs build profitable companies that are aligned with their values and life goals.


OEB Seminar Series: Robotics as a comparative method to understand the functional and evolutionary diversity of fishes
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Biological Labs Lecture Hall (1080), 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. George Lauder, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public


Starr Forum: The Global Rise of Populism
Thursday, September 12
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MI,  Building E15-070 Bartos, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speakers: Suzanne Berger is MIT’s inaugural John M Deutch Institute Professor. Her current research focuses on politics and globalization. She recently co-chaired the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy project and is author most recently of Making in America: From Innovation to Market.

Jan-Werner Mueller is professor of politics at Princeton University, where he also directs the Project in the History of Political Thought. He is author of several books including What is populism? He contributes regularly to London Review of Books, the Guardian, and the New York Review of Books.

Moderator:  Richard Samuels is Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Center for International Studies. He is author of multiple books, including: Special Duty: A History of Japan’s Intelligence Community, which is forthcoming this fall from Cornell University Press.

Jan-Werner Mueller’s book What is populism? will be signed and sold at the event. 


"Modernizing Saudi Arabia: The politics of gender" Dr. Hala Aldosari
Thursday, September 12
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 3-133, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Fall 2019 Biannual McMillan-Stewart Lecture on Women in the Developing World:

Dr. Hala Aldosari Robert E. Wilhelm fellow at MIT Center for International Studies, former Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi Fellow
Dr. Hala Aldosari is a scholar-activist from Saudi Arabia, now based in the United States. Her PhD research, writings and research explore social determinants of women’s health, violence against women, legal restrictions and reforms of women’s rights and human rights across the Arab Gulf States. She is currently a fellow at MIT Center for International Studies. She serves as an advisory board member for Human Rights Watch for the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf Center for Human Rights and “Every Woman” global initiative to prevent violence against women and girls. She has previously worked as a scientist, consultant for health administration in Saudi Arabia and a visiting scholar in different think tanks and universities. She is the recipient of several awards for her activism, the 2018 Alison Des Forge award from human rights watch and the 2016 Freedom award from Freedom House. She is also an op-ed writer and her writings were featured in prominent media outlets. In 2019, she became the inaugural fellow for the Washington Post Khashoggi fellowship.


Christopher Weaver, “Amplius Ludo, Beyond the Horizon”
Thursday, September 12
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building 56-114, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge

While the appeal of games may be universal and satisfy our innate desire to play, the powerful dynamics that govern our behavior within games is even more interesting than the play itself. Can we broaden our understanding of play mechanisms by applying the subliminal mechanics of play beyond games? Join Christopher Weaver, Founder of Bethesda Softworks, who teaches engineering and computational media respectively at MIT and Wesleyan, as he explores these important issues in a lecture entitled “Amplius Ludo, Beyond the Horizon”. Prof. Weaver will discuss how games work and why they are such potent tools in areas as disparate as military simulation, childhood education, and medicine.

Christopher Weaver is Research Scientist and Lecturer, MIT Comparative Media Studies, Visiting Scientist and Lecturer, MIT Microphotonics Center and Distinguished Professor of Computational Media at Wesleyan University.

Weaver received his SM from MIT and was the initial Daltry Scholar at Wesleyan University, where he earned dual Masters Degrees in Japanese and Computer Science and a CAS Doctoral Degree in Japanese and Physics. The former Director of Technology Forecasting for ABC and Chief Engineer to the Subcommittee on Communications for the US Congress, Weaver founded Bethesda Softworks, and developed a physics-based, realtime sports engine used to create the original John Madden Football for Electronic Arts. Bethesda is well known for The Elder Scrolls role-playing series of which Skyrim was the latest major installment. An adviser to both government and industry, Weaver holds patents in interactive media, security, and telecommunications engineering.


Arts as Refuge: The Power of Art to Unify and Heal
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Taubman 5th floor, Nye A, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
Center for Public Leadership
SPEAKER(S)  Emily Kernan Rafferty, President Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2005-2015)
COST  FREE, RSVP required
DETAILS  Join Emily Kernan Rafferty, President Emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for this special event exploring art's power to provide refuge. With more than four decades of experience in the art world, Rafferty will delve into historical and current cases of art’s ability to heal those who’ve experienced trauma, and unify those whose divisions are otherwise intractable.
This event is free and open to the public. Light dinner will be served. Questions? Email


Discussion of The Uninhabitable Earth
Thursday, September 12
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
245 Main Street, Cambridge
Take the elevator to CIC located on the 2nd floor of 245 Main Street. Please bring a government issued photo ID to present to concierge upon your arrival. If you arrive early you will be able to relax in the lounge adjacent to the concierge.

A discussion of "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" by David Wallace-Wells. The room opens at 5:30pm and discussion starts at 5:45pm.


September EnergyBar: Cyclotron Road @ Greentown Labs
Thursday, September 12
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville

Cyclotron Road is our co-host for this early-fall edition of the monthly EnergyBar networking event, free and open to the public!
Cyclotron Road, co-managed by the non-profit Activate and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, supports entrepreneurial scientists as they launch startups in the energy sector. Join us on Thursday, September 12 to meet science-entrepreneurs from both the Greentown Labs and Cyclotron Road communities.

Panelists Christina Chang, Shreya Dave, and Kevin Kung are all at different stages of their startup journeys. They’ll discuss their experiences and why support organizations like Cyclotron Road and Greentown Labs play key roles in supporting cleantech startups. Plus, Activate CEO Ilan Gur will announce how his organization is scaling up the Cyclotron Road model to support more early-stage founders—it will begin accepting applications for its next cohort on October 1.

Harvard Ph.D. candidate Christina Chang has devoted her research career to sustainable technologies, including thin-film photovoltaics and energy-efficient windows, and she is just starting to pursue a sustainable metallurgy startup.

Shreya Dave’s startup Via Separations, a Greentown Labs member company, creates filtration systems aimed at slashing energy requirements for industrial separation processes. Via is at the production scale-up stage, running on-site pilot demonstrations.

Through Takachar, Kevin Kung has launched a system for transforming crops and forest residue into marketable products while reducing pollution and carbon emissions made by burning the material. It’s his second startup.

Moderator: Andrew Takacs, Greentown Labs Director of Corporate Partnerships

5:30-6:15pm — Arrival, networking
6:30-7:30pm — Panel discussion
7:30-8:30pm — Networking

About Cyclotron Road:
Cyclotron Road is a fellowship program, co-managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Activate, an independent nonprofit. As Cyclotron Road Fellows, leading technology innovators spend two years advancing a project with the potential for global impact. Since 2015, Cyclotron Road has awarded nearly $18 million directly to 55 fellows who have gone on to generate more than $100 million in early-stage funding to support their projects. Learn more here.

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

Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems.

Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation.
Hope to see you there!


White Privilege: Can You Explain that to Me?
Thursday, September 12
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM EDT
30 South Street, Boston

Are you uncertain what people mean when they refer to “white privilege?” Have you ever wondered where the idea that white people have certain privileges, just because of the color of their skin, came from? Are you interested in digging in a little deeper and broadening your understanding about what actions you could take once you do understand more? 

This is the second of two 2-hour conversations exploring the topic of ‘white privilege,’ its origins, and what it means today. Previously, the group read the articles “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack” by Peggy Macintosh, “What is White Privilege, Really?” by Cory Collin. The Septmenber meeting we will discuss the first three episodes of the podcast “Seeing White” from Scene on the Radio. We will contiue to investigate these ideas, their meanings in relation to our own experiences, and next steps individuals can take to further their understanding.

It is recommended that participants read the two articles prior to joining in, and listen to first three episodes “Seeing White” podcast series before the second meeting.

Justine Egan has both participated in and co-facilitated workshops on racial equity in community and professional settings. She is especially interested in the role white people can play in promoting racial and social justice at institutional levels. Justine is the parent of a child in Boston Public Schools and is involved in BPS parent-led initiatives. She has an MPH in public health and a BA in political science and philosophy. 
Jen Parks holds an MSW and a BA in English Literature. Her interest in social justice grew out of a love for reading poetry, fiction and biography. More recently she has been studying racial justice and black history through audiobooks and podcasts. Jen works at the MA Department of Public Health and participates in various Racial Equity workplace efforts. She has two children in BPS, is a member of the RISE Criminal Justice Reform Group with Sharon, and she and Justine co-facilitated a discussion group on the Seeing White podcast last summer.
Sharon Sabin, MFA, MSW. Sharon began observing human behavior through the lens of her camera over 30 years ago. She started facilitating discussions about race and class when her daughter was attending a Boston Public School. Since earning her MSW, Sharon has facilitated and supported community groups, political candidates, and individuals as they explore and deepen their connections to equity and justice. Sharon is on a journey to become anti-racist.


Ashley Fure | Where the Worldviews Are
Thursday, September 12
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Ashley Fure’s sound art practice stems from a fundamental belief that the sonic is social and the aesthetic is political. Blurring false binaries between formalism and conceptualism, abstraction and identity, onto-aesthetics and social mediation, her work pursues a micropolitical materialism that manifests on multiple scales: from the casting of bodies, to the movement of audiences, to the internal structure of anarchic noise. This talk will track her interest in ritual acoustics, post-human kink, and the politics of abstraction through a range of projects and media. Linking practice and pedagogy, broader questions will be posed about disciplinary inheritance, educational ethics, and the problematic canons of the West. In times such as these, on an earth such as this, with these very resources in our hands, what do we do with our forebears – their babies and their bathwater?

Ashley Fure (b.1982) is an American composer and sound artist. Called “raw, elemental,” and “richly satisfying” by The New York Times, her concert music and performance installations explore ritual acoustics, posthuman kink, and the micropolitics of noise. A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Fure also won a Lincoln Center Emerging Artists Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rome Prize in Music Composition, a DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Prize, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for Artists, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship from Columbia University. Her work has been commissioned by major ensembles throughout Europe and the United States including The New York Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Diotima Quartet, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Notable recent projects include Filament: for Trio, Orchestra, and Moving Voices (2018), called “captivating” and “ravishing” by The New York Times, The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects (2017), an immersive installation opera called “staggeringly original” and “the most purely visceral music-theatre outing of the year” in The New Yorker; and Bound to the Bow: for Orchestra and Electronics, called “boldly individual” by the New York Times and “the most arresting of the world premieres” at the 2016 New York Phil Biennial in The New Yorker. Fure is an Associate Professor of Music (Sonic Arts) at Dartmouth College.


Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting
Thursday, September 12
6:00 PM  - 8:00 PM
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 6:00-8pm 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.


ICA Watershed East Boston Climate Conversation
Thursday, September 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal Street, Boston

Dear East Boston residents, 
Please join us to celebrate another great season at the ICA watershed! In keeping with the theme of this year's exhibition by John Akomfrah focused on climate change, we are taking this occasion to talk with officials and community leaders about how East Boston is preparing to address the impacts of climate change on our community. 

The panel will include: 
Magdalena Ayed, Executive Director, Harborkeepers
Joe Christo, Senior Resilience and Waterfront Planner, Climate Change and Environmental Planning, Boston Planning and Development Agency
Chris Cook, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston,
Steve Holt, East Boston Flood Plain resident
Other speakers to be announced 

Come with your questions about Climate Ready Boston, Flood Resiliency Overlay Zoning, PLAN: East Boston, the Local Wetlands Ordinance, or other relevant topics. 
Light refreshments will be served. 
RSVP not required - but please let us know if you plan to be there!


Candidate Forum on Energy & the Environment: Boston District 9
Thursday, September 12
6:00 PM  - 8:00 PM  (Local Time)
Brighton Allston Congregational Church UCC, 404 Washington Street, Boston

Event Organizers:  Jacob Stern  (617) 423-5775


Thursday, September 12
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
ABCD'S THELMA D. BURNS BUILDING, 565 Warren Street, Boston

Join us for a discussion with the candidates running for Boston City Council At-Large on their vision for prosperity and economic mobility for communities of color. Childcare and interpretation are available upon request in the registration form. 


Culture & Sustainable Growth In Upham's Corner
Thursday, September 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Fairmount Innovation Lab, 594 Columbia Road, Boston

Upham’s Corner in Dorchester is slated for new investments in housing, small businesses, and transportation, according to Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide plan in more than 50 years. The plan also calls to develop the neighborhood into the City’s first Arts Innovation District. Expecting an influx of activity into this diverse community, the City of Boston has assembled an interdisciplinary task force across all sectors dedicated to the mission of “developing without displacing” Upham’s Corner.

Join SPARK Boston to hear firsthand how the City of Boston and its local partners intend to develop Upham’s Corner while maintaining the culture of the existing community.


The 29th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony 
Thursday, September 12
Harvard, Sanders Theater,
Ticket Prices: Ig Glorious: $150*; Full Price: $75, $65, $55, $35; Discounts: $5 off for students.
*Ig Glorious tickets include TBD.

The 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will introduce ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners. Each has done something that makes people laugh then think. Winners travel to the ceremony, at their own expense, from around the world to receive their prize from a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates, in Harvard's historic and largest theater. Additional info will appear in the Improbable Research blog.

Pre-ceremony concert and ceremony webcast begin at 5:35pm (US Eastern Time). The ceremony proper begins at 6:00pm.


How the Brain Lost Its Mind
Thursday September 12
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline 

A noted neurologist challenges the widespread misunderstanding of brain disease and mental illness. How the Brain Lost Its Mind tells the rich and compelling story of two confounding ailments, syphilis and hysteria, and the extraordinary efforts to confront their effects on mental life. How does the mind work? Where does madness lie, in the brain or in the mind? How should it be treated?

Allan H. Ropper, M.D., is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Raymond D. Adams Master Clinician of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Ropper is an author of the most widely consulted textbook of neurology, Principles of Neurology, currently in its eleventh edition, and co-author with Brian David Burrell of Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole.

Brian Burrell is a member of the mathematics faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A teacher and writer, he is the author is several books, including Postcards from the Brain Museum, The Words We Live By, and, jointly with Dr. Allan H. Ropper, Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole. He is an authority on brain collections worldwide, and has discussed his work on NBC’s Today Show, C-SPAN’s Booknotes, and NPR’s Morning Edition.


Rebooting AI
Thursday, September 12
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Join Gary Marcus, a leader in the field, to hear is compelling analysis of the current state of the art and reveal the steps we must take to achieve a truly robust artificial intelligence.

Despite the hype surrounding AI, creating an intelligence that rivals or exceeds human levels is far more complicated than we have been led to believe. Professors Gary Marcus and Ernest Davis have spent their careers at the forefront of AI research and have witnessed some of the greatest milestones in the field, but they argue that a computer beating a human in Jeopardy! does not signal that we are on the doorstep of fully autonomous cars or superintelligent machines. The achievements in the field thus far have occurred in closed systems with fixed sets of rules, and these approaches are too narrow to achieve genuine intelligence. 

The real world, in contrast, is wildly complex and open-ended. How can we bridge this gap? What will the consequences be when we do? Taking inspiration from the human mind, Marcus and Davis explain what we need to advance AI to the next level, and suggest that if we are wise along the way, we won't need to worry about a future of machine overlords. If we focus on endowing machines with common sense and deep understanding, rather than simply focusing on statistical analysis and gatherine ever larger collections of data, we will be able to create an AI we can trust—in our homes, our cars, and our doctors' offices. Rebooting AI provides a lucid, clear-eyed assessment of the current science and offers an inspiring vision of how a new generation of AI can make our lives better.

Gary Marcus is a scientist, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Robust.AI and was founder and CEO of Geometric Intelligence, a machine-learning company acquired by Uber in 2016. He is the author of five books, including Kluge, The Birth of the Minday, and the New York Times best seller Guitar Zero.


Carrots Don't Grow on Trees
Thursday, September 12
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Twelve years after Michael Pollan first opened our eyes to the modern problems of the industrial food complex, organic farmer and successful businessman Robert Turner explores what has changed in our food culture and how the current ‘grow local' and ‘farm to table' movement is now determining where and how we live. In Carrots Don't Grow on Trees an organic farm takes center stage in a new kind of agriculturally-based community where residents gain closer connections healthy food and the farmers who grow it. Turner wasn't trying to build Utopia; the community he envisions is the next logical step for the ‘eat your view' movement that has already changed restaurant menus around the world. Turner takes a no-nonsense business approach to saving small farms and protecting our local farming capacity while preserving the important knowledge of growing food for future generations.

About the Author
Robert Turner is a writer for regional food and lifestyle magazines, an entrepreneur, and the founder of multiple businesses in such diverse industries as manufacturing, licensing, publishing and real estate development. Now owner of an organic farm and the Executive Director of the Creekside Farm Education Center, Turner is a dedicated advocate for small, local farmers and sustainable food production. Mr. Turner is a graduate from Illinois State University with a bachelor's degree in English Literature.


The Center Cannot Hold: Addressing Mental Health Stigma through Opera
WHEN  Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Hilles P-02 Performance Hall, 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Concerts, Health Sciences, Law, Music, Opera, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability
SPEAKER(S)  Kenneth Wells, Psychiatrist/Composer, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at David Geffen School of Medicine and Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Elyn Saks, Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, and Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at University of Southern California Gould Scool of Law
DETAILS  Celebrating the use of opera and art to address mental health stigma, this event will include a talk by opera composer Kenneth Wells (psychiatrist/composer) and live concert excerpts from the opera "The Center Cannot Hold," based on the memoir by Elyn Saks.The singers accompanying Wells will include Maggie Finnegan, Ryne Cherry, and Wes Hunter.

Saks is the Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, and Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at University of Southern California Gould Scool of Law; Director of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics.

She began having schizophrenic episodes in high school and spiraled into the depths of the illness when she was a student at Yale Law School. Based on her 2007 memoir of the same name, the "Center Cannot Hold" opera follows Saks during a pivotal time at Yale as she ultimately faces her demons and resolves to live her life as fully as she can, whatever it takes.

Saks, who serves as a co-librettist to the opera, will also be present at the event and will speak about the opera and her experience. 


Talking to Strangers:  What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know 
Thursday, September 12
7:30 PM (Doors at 6:30)
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston
Cost:  $32.00 (book bundled) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer MALCOLM GLADWELL for a discussion of his latest book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know. He will be joined in conversation by acclaimed writer and Harvard Law professor NOAH FELDMAN.
Please Note:  This event does not include a public book signing.

About Talking to Strangers
How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

Friday, September 13

Localization Unconference Boston 2019
Friday, September 13
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
PTC, 121 Seaport Boulevard, Boston

Join us for the Free 1st Annual Boston Localization Unconference! No agendas, no sales, no pressure. Your topics in RoundTable discussions

Please join us for this year's unconference in Boston, hosted at PTC new Global Headquarters. Other Localization Unconferences have been held all over the world from San Francisco to Berlin, Toronto to San Diego. The recent Silicon Valley Unconference sold out. 

Unconference - the format
An unconference is a participant-driven meeting day, decidedly without the conventional format of a conference. 
There are no power-point presentations and no sales pitches! There are only topics the group votes on. There is no agenda... until the participants create one on the spot, at the beginning of the meeting. 

The localization unconference continues to be a FREE event but please register so we have an accurate number of participants for room size, breakfast and lunch (free of charge).

For more information, please check out our Localization unconference website at


Air Quality, Heterogeneous Chemistry and Odd Oxygen: New Insights into Urban Winter from Recent Aircraft Campaigns
Friday, September 13
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Steven S. Brown, NOAA/University of Colorado.
Abstract: Air quality across much of the U.S. has improved dramatically in recent decades in response to emissions reductions.  Summer photochemical ozone, for example, has shown strong decreasing trends in most regions.  Winter particulate matter, by contrast, has responded less robustly despite reductions in many of the precursors responsible for both summer and winter air pollution.  In the eastern U.S., winter air quality generally no longer exceeds regulatory standards but has not responded linearly to emissions reductions.  In the western U.S., winter particulate matter exceeds standards in a number of mountain basins subject to stagnant winter meteorology, such as California’s San Joaquin Valley and Salt Lake City, Utah.  Winter particulate matter arises from a complex interaction between emissions, boundary layer meteorology and atmospheric chemistry.  Aircraft measurements provide detailed understanding of these interactions by probing the vertical structure and composition of shallow, stratified boundary layers that are common in winter.  Coupled to this winter meteorology are chemical cycles involving heterogeneous and multiphase reactions that are prevalent during cold and dark conditions and that regulate the source of oxidants responsible for chemical transformation and production of secondary pollutants.  The 2015 WINTER campaign (Wintertime INvestigation of Transport, Emissions and Reactivity) surveyed the eastern U.S. with the NSF C-130 aircraft.  The 2017 UWFPS campaign (Utah Winter Fine Particulate Matter Study) focused on the mountain basins of Northern Utah using the NOAA Twin Otter aircraft.  Results from these studies serve to define the rates and variability of key heterogenous chemical processes and may point to new control strategies for wintertime air pollution based on insights into wintertime oxidants.  These results have broad significance to areas impacted by winter air pollution in Asia, Europe and North America.

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar


Playing Games in the Prescription Drug Market: Cost Implications and Legal Solutions: A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium
WHEN  Friday, Sep. 13, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Medical School, Countway Library, Minot Room, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Health Sciences, Law, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Support provided by the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.
SPEAKER(S)  Scott Hemphill, Professor of Law, New York University of Law School
Stacie Dusetzina, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Michael Sinha, Affiliated Researcher, Program on Regulation, Therapeutics and Law, Brigham & Women's Hospital
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO Kaitlyn Dowling
DETAILS  There is substantial debate over whether and how we should screen the general population to detect cancers such as breast, prostate, and colon cancer.
The principle of early detection is attractive and for some patients can be life-saving. Some effective screening programs, like that for cervical cancer, remain under-utilized, particularly in lower-income countries. By contrast, other screening tests (like PSA or thyroid exams) are used despite questionable evidence of benefit, leading to unnecessary procedures and patient stress and morbidity.
We will review the cancer screening quandary, including the roles of regulatory authorities and guideline committees like the USPSTF, and consider policies that could help resolve these debates and enhance implementation of effective cancer screening programs in the U.S. and around the world.
A light lunch will be provided.
Please note that attendees will need to show ID in order to enter the venue. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. 


Denver, Houston and New Orleans
WHEN  Friday, Sep. 13, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Ash Center Foyer, Floor 2, Suite 200N, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
SPEAKER(S)  Hannah Cheever, MPP 2020
Michaela Gaziano, MPP 2020
Chris Geary, MPP 2020
Moderator: Michael Holland
Project Manager, Mayoral Leadership in Education Network
COST  Free
DETAILS  Join Harvard Kennedy School students Hannah Cheever, Michaela Gaziano, and Chris Geary for the first Ash Community Speaker Series event of the Fall 2019 semester. Cheever, Gaziano, and Geary will discuss their experiences working to advance innovative mayoral initiatives in education policy in Denver, Houston and New Orleans. All three students were recipients of Ash Center Fellowships which enabled them to work on strategic projects together with mayors and their senior staff over the course of the summer. Michael Holland, Project Manager, Mayoral Leadership in Education Network, will moderate.


The Symbolism of Race in Cuba Today
WHEN  Friday, Sep. 13, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Pedro Pérez Sarduy, Independent Cuban poet, writer, and journalist
Moderator: Alejandro de la Fuente
Chair, Cuba Studies Program
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  Multimedia presentation that will use documentary films that examine the Afro-Cuban experience and explore Afro-Cuban culture based on the contemporary realities of black Cubans. The presentation will also analyze current Cuba-USA relations and the effects of the bloqueo/embargo on Cuban entrepreneurs, activists, artists and writers.
Pedro Pérez-Sarduy (Santa Clara, Cuba 1943) is a distinguished award winner poet, writer, journalist, broadcaster and cultural critic residing in London and Havana. He is co-editor of two seminal books AFROCUBA: An Anthology of Cuban Writing on Race, Politics and Culture (bilingual 1993, 1998) and Afro-Cuban Voices: On Race and Identity in Contemporary Cuba, 2000.
Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies and of History at Harvard University. He is also Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.


Eco-climatic legacies of a century of Eastern US reforestation
Friday, September 13
2:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory, Building 48-316, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Kimberly A. Novick, Associate Professor, Director, Ph.D. Program in Environmental Science

Environmental Science Seminar Series

Editorial Comment:  By the Civil War, MA was about 70% farmland (and towns) and 30% forests.  By the 1970s, MA was about 30% farmland (and towns) and 70% forests.


Our Non-Christian Nation:  How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others Are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life
Friday, September 13
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes JAY WEXLER—author, humorist, and professor at the Boston University School of Law—for a discussion of his latest book, Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others Are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life.

About Our Non-Christian Nation
Less and less Christian demographically, America is now home to an ever-larger number of people who say they identify with no religion at all. These non-Christians have increasingly been demanding their full participation in public life, bringing their arguments all the way to the Supreme Court. The law is on their side, but that doesn't mean that their attempts are not met with suspicion or outright hostility.
In Our Non-Christian Nation, Jay Wexler travels the country to engage the non-Christians who have called on us to maintain our ideals of inclusivity and diversity. With his characteristic sympathy and humor, he introduces us to the Summum and their Seven Aphorisms, a Wiccan priestess who would deck her City Hall with a pagan holiday wreath, and other determined champions of free religious expression. As Wexler reminds us, anyone who cares about pluralism, equality, and fairness should support a public square filled with a variety of religious and nonreligious voices. The stakes are nothing short of long-term social peace.


Sunrise Beach Day
Friday, September 13
3 PM – 8 PM
Revere Beach, Revere

Come have fun in the sun with your fellow Sunrisers! We will be hanging out from 3 to 8 pm - feel free to stay for a little or a while, and bring snacks to share and drinks to stay hydrated. Bringing frisbees/beach games would also be great!

When we arrive at the beach, we'll make a post with our exact location, which should be fairly close to the Revere Beach T station.


Fentanyl, Inc.
Friday September 13
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Ben Westhoff in conversation with John Happel
A deeply human story, Fentanyl, Inc. is the first deep-dive investigation of a hazardous and illicit industry that has created a worldwide epidemic, ravaging communities and confounding government agencies. Poignantly, Westhoff chronicles the lives of addicted users and dealers, families of victims, law enforcement officers, and underground drug awareness organizers in the U.S. and Europe. Together they represent the shocking and riveting full anatomy of a calamity we are just beginning to understand.

Ben Westhoff is an award-winning investigative reporter who has covered stories ranging from Los Angeles gangsta rap to Native American tribal disputes to government corruption. He is the author of two previous books: Original Gangstas about the birth of West Coast rap, and Dirty South about the southern rappers who re-invented hip-hop. He has written at length about culture, drugs, and corruption in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Village Voice, Vice, Oxford American, and elsewhere.

John Happel is a documentary photographer and photographic essayist. He received his B.A. degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 2005 and an M.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 2017. His work has been honored by College Photographer of the Year, Photographer’s Forum, The Missouri Press Association, and The Society for Professional Journalists.


Meat Planet:  Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food
Friday, September 13
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes writer and historian BENJAMIN ALDES WURGAFT for a discussion of his latest book, Meat Planet: Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food.

About Meat Planet
In 2013, a Dutch scientist unveiled the world’s first laboratory-created hamburger. Since then, the idea of producing meat, not from live animals but from carefully cultured tissues, has spread like wildfire through the media. Meanwhile, cultured meat researchers race against population growth and climate change in an effort to make sustainable protein. Meat Planet explores the quest to generate meat in the lab—a substance sometimes called “cultured meat”—and asks what it means to imagine that this is the future of food.

Neither an advocate nor a critic of cultured meat, Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft spent five years researching the phenomenon. In Meat Planet, he reveals how debates about lab-grown meat reach beyond debates about food, examining the links between appetite, growth, and capitalism. Could satiating the growing appetite for meat actually lead to our undoing? Are we simply using one technology to undo the damage caused by another? Like all problems in our food system, the meat problem is not merely a problem of production. It is intrinsically social and political, and it demands that we examine questions of justice and desirable modes of living in a shared and finite world.

Wurgaft tells a story that could utterly transform the way we think of animals, the way we relate to farmland, the way we use water, and the way we think about population and our fragile ecosystem’s capacity to sustain life. He argues that even if cultured meat does not “succeed,” it functions—much like science fiction—as a crucial mirror that we can hold up to our contemporary fleshy dysfunctions.

Saturday, September 14 - Sunday, September 15

Oxford Global Hackathon
Saturday, September 14
8:00 AM to Sunday, September 15, 2019, 5:00 PM
The Foundation, 225 Franklin Street, Boston

Oxford Properties Group presents the first ever Oxford Global Hackathon.

An international initiative that seeks to innovate the building construction, structural engineering and architecture industries, this event will bring together a total of 500 people across 5 global cities.

Participants will collaborate over a single weekend and compete for a $5,000 USD prize package. Various experts will share insights through keynote talks, and attendees will present their final solution to a judging panel of industry leaders.

Join us in Boston for an unforgettable innovation experience!

Day 1
8:00AM Registration & Breakfast
9:00AM Kickoff & Opening Remarks
10:00AM Hacking Begins
12:00PM Lunch
1:00PM Hacking Continues
6:00PM Dinner
7:00PM Hacking Continues
12:00AM Venue Closes

Day 2
7:00AM Venue Opens & Breakfast
8:00AM Hacking
12:00PM Lunch
1:00PM Expo
3:00PM Top 5 Pitches
4:30PM Awards & Celebrations
5:00PM Event End


Saturday, September 14

Boston Area Gleaners Service Workday
Saturday, September 14
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Harvard Square, 18 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $10

Join Net Impact for a service workday with Boston Area Gleaners. We will collect surplus crops from a local farm so they can be donated.

Come join Net Impact Boston for a service workday with Boston Area Gleaners at a local farm in the Greater Boston area. 
Never gleaned before? Now's your chance! Gleaning is the act of collecting surplus crops from farmers' fields. In ancient times, landowners invited peasants onto their fields after the main harvest to take what was left over. Gleaning was a method of improving food security for the poor.

Boston Area Gleaners harvests high-quality fruits and vegetable that would otherwise go to waste, and distributes the nutritious produce to agencies serving families facing food insecurity. Together, we can build a sustainable supply chain of healthy produce from local farms to people in need.

**PLEASE NOTE** The exact location is dependent on crop availability, and will be determined closer to the event date. Carpool will be used to get to the farm- please let us know if you have a vehicle to use or require a ride.


Extinction Rebellion NVDA training
Saturday, September 14
9 a.m.
First Church Somerville, 89 College Avenue, Somerville

Learn how to take part in XR actions at this NVDA training series! You will be empowered to engage in non-violent civil disobedience and have the opportunity to form an affinity group, which is your creative team and support system for Extinction Rebellion actions. Bring friends who you would like to form an affinity group with, or make one with fellow rebels that you meet while you're here!

We recommend that you attend an XR orientation meeting before you attend our NVDA training. You can find the next orientation on our calendar.

Event logistics
Time: Saturday September 14, 9am until 2pm. Please arrive at 8:50pm to give yourself time to settle before the training begins, and please plan to stay the entire time.

Location: First Church Somerville

What to bring
wear comfortable clothes
your own plate, cup, and cutlery to minimize waste. We will provide snacks and drinks during a short break -- no disposable plastic water bottles please!
this training is free. If you would like to and can bring a contribution, we will collect cash donations for our trainer at the end of the session.

Preparation for Civil Disobedience. Honoring the movements we stand on. Building community for action.

This training session will provide engagement on non-violence and the dynamics of civil disobedience, offer scenarios and practical information for taking collective action, and look at movement messages that convey powerful impact. Time to connect, get energized, and deepen readiness for being and acting together.

Contact with questions.


Tufts Women in Tech Conference
Saturday, September 14
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM EDT
Tufts, 574 Boston Avenue, Medford

Join us at WiT 2019 for workshops, talks, networking opportunities and more with amazing women in the field of Computer Science!

Women in Tech 2019 is Tufts University's third annual conference celebrating women and non-binary individuals in technology. The conference strives to foster a community that empowers women and non-binary people, expose attendees to new and exciting Computer Science concepts, and prepare them to launch careers in the tech field. There will be plenty of amazing speakers, demonstrations, and opportunities to network. The conference is open to all college and high school students, and there will be registration online closer to the date of the conference. It is free to attend and will be located at 574 Boston Ave at Tufts University

More information at


The MIT Press Bookstore Presents: the Ig Nobel Informal Lectures at MIT
Saturday, September 14
1:00pm to 3:00pm
MIT, Building 10-250, Huntington Hall, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join us for some improbably funny, informative, and high-spirited public lectures, in which the new Ig Nobel Prize winners will attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it.

On Thursday, September 12, The Ig Nobel Prize Committee will award ten prizes to people who have done remarkable things, some of them admirable, some perhaps otherwise. On the following Saturday, September 14, we invite the winners to MIT and give them five minutes to describe and/or defend their work, then respond to insightful and amusing questions from the audience. Here's your chance to chat with an Ig Nobel Laureate!

All Ig Nobel Prize activities are organized by the Annals of Improbable Research.

The Ig Improbable Lectures are hosted by The MIT Press Bookstore.

For more information about the Lectures, call the MIT Press Bookstore at (617) 253-5249, email, or visit the Annals of Improbable Research website here.


Nature Inspired Design (Bio-mimicry) Workshop
Saturday, September 14
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
DCR's Revere Beach Reservation, Coastal District Office, One Eliot circle, Revere

Suitable for adults and teenagers accompanied by an adult. Free. Join us as we look to nature for lessons and inspiration for designing a visitor center or other park structure that is resilient to climate change. Our method for investigating nature for this workshop will be reading summaries of biological literature. Our next workshop in this series on Sept 21 will rely heavily on direct observation of nature outside.

Meet at: DCR’s North Region Coastal District Office at One Eliot Circle Revere, MA (The tan DCR building at the corner of Dolphin Avenue). Limited Free Parking available along Revere Beach Boulevard. MBTA Blue line, Revere Beach or Beachmont Station. 

For more information contact Matthew Nash at Matthew.Nash@mass.govor 781-656-1485
For the program calendar of the DCR state parks visit
All Programs are FREE and open to the public. 
Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time.
Bring Water. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses as we may have time for some outside work.


Plastic Sea, Changing Earth RECEPTION
Saturday, September 14
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont

The BGA at the Belmont Library
PLASTIC SEA/Changing Earth
The Quilts of Agusta Augustsson
(Sept. 7-Oct. 23)
Open during library hours:
Reception, Sat., Sept. 14, 2-4PM Assembly Room

Melrose artist Agusta Agustsson presents a series of quilts about Climate Change.

"My fiber work is influenced by my work as a landscape artist. Almost every day when I take the time to look there is something poignantly beautiful to see. It might be the sun striking a cloud formation or the texture of leafless trees climbing a mountain. I don’t want to express a vista in my work, but rather those clear, almost painful moments of sight. I want to evoke the natural world, not render it."

This show is held in conjuction with the show at the Belmont Gallery of Art
IMPACT: Climate Change
(Sept. 8-Oct. 13)
Opening Reception, Sunday, Sept. 15, 1-3PM
This timely and powerful juried exhibit features contemporary tapestries by over two dozen tapestry artists from Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWINE) and Tapestry Weavers West (TWW) who use their work to address Climate Change and the destruction happening to our planet. The exhibit moves on to San Francisco after being showcased in Belmont.

IMPACT: Climate Change - Special Events at the Gallery (Free)
Sun., Oct. 6: Film Screenings of two Climate Change Documentaries: the Academy Award nominated Chasing Coral together with Chasing Ice
Sun., Sept. 29: Environmental Panel Discussion. More details to follow.

Questions?Please contact Rebecca Richards at:

BGA Regular Staffed Hours: Thurs., 10-4; Fri., 10-12; and Sat./Sun. 1-4.
*Visitors also welcome to stop by during Homer Bldg. business hours: Mon.-Weds. 10-4


Climapalooza at Herter Park
Saturday, September 14
4 p.m.
Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton

Climate themed music and performance, part of the Herter Park series that’s going all summer. Coral Reef affinity group will flyer and chat with people about XR and climate anxiety. We are also looking into how we can participate in the performance. Happy for any and all XR folks to join us. Performance starts at 6 but we’ll be there at 4 to chat with people while they wait. Sign up to get meeting info.


SUMMER SOL:  a global-local journey to benefit the launch of the UFI Community Land Trust
Saturday, September 14
Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, 487 Norfolk Street, Mattapan
Cost:  $60 

You are invited to the launch party of the new Urban Farming Community Land Trust, an organization founded to develop and protect growing spaces which regenerate urban lands and livelihoods. 

The party -- SUMMER SOL -- is an abundant evening of catered delicacies and stirring cocktails, inspired by our local partner farms & vendors. It's one of Boston'smost beautiful parties of the year, at the city’s oldest and newest urban farm, originally built in 1786 and now immaculately restored into an incredible center for community innovation. All guests will be asked to make a heartfelt contribution -- $60 at a minimum, though we’ll ask that you contribute to the extent you are able.  

Enjoy an evening of catered delicacies and stirring cocktails, inspired by diverse international cuisines, and prepared with the freshest produce from our local partner farms + vendors, hosted at the incredible Fowler Clark Epstein Farm

Sunday, September 15

Sunday, September 15
Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston

Enjoy a ride down CAR-FREE Storrow Drive and across the Emerald Necklace, exploring Boston’s vibrant neighborhoods by bike!  This year’s ride, presented by Mayor Walsh and EF Education First, will take place on  2019 and will be capped at 5,000 entries.  Register today to guarantee your spot!


10th Annual Boston Local Food Festival
Sunday, September 15
11:00am to 5:00pm
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston

For one spectacular day each year, SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation's largest local & sustain

Boston Local Food Festival is a FREE outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local
restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively chef & DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more.

RSVP is not required but allows us to send you important updates about the Boston Local Food Festival! For a list of vendors, sponsors and activities, please visit or contact us at 1-617-395-0250.


Local Martial Arts Masters Perform
WHEN  Sunday, Sep. 15, 2019, 2 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Harvard Wushu Club
Harvard Taekwondo Club & Bu Kung Fu Club
SPEAKER(S)  Yon Lee, Harvard's Tai Chi Master
Winchel P.C. Woo, Grandmaster
COST  From $10
As a fourth generation disciple of the Tiger Crane style, Yon Lee, has for decades devoted to lectures, exhibitions, conferences on Tai Chi, Tiger Crane, and Chi Kung. This year, local Martial Arts Masters are kindly invited to give splendid performances for audiences who are interested in health and martial arts.
This event is a fundraiser for BOSTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.


Detox your yard
Sunday, September 15
6 to 9
1 Fayette Park, Cambridge

Laura Stabell is a master gardener, arborist, horticulturist and naturalist whose work has been featured in magazines and on the Garden Conservancy open garden tour.

Laura will discuss general toxicology issues, what toxic substances may be found in your back yard, how they came to be there, and the role plants can play in cleaning the soil. She will talk about how to remove toxins from the garden and the food supply using bio-remediation, and what you can do to prevent toxic yard syndrome.

Questions can be texted beforehand to Laura at 203-313-2828

What to bring
An item of food or drink to share, tending to the healthy and organic.
Important to know
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested.

Monday, September 16

Bangladesh Rising Conference
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 16, 2019, 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Gutman Conference Center, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Education, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Kaushik Basu, C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics, Cornell University; Former Chief Economist, World Bank
Abdur Rouf Talukder, Secretary of Finance, Government of Bangladesh
Reshmaan Hussam, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Iqbal Quadir, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Kazi Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority
Gary Bass, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
Shamsul Alam, Senior Secretary, General Economics Division, Bangladesh Planning Commission
Hossain Taufiq Imam, Political Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Abul Kalam Azad, Principal SDG Coordinator, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Former Principal Secretary, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
COST  Free
DETAILS  Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with the third fastest GDP growth rate. Despite its small geographical size, Bangladesh is on its way to becoming an economic and cultural giant. In our upcoming Bangladesh Rising Conference, experts from Harvard and peer institutions, as well as governing bodies and organizations across Bangladesh, will discuss the nation’s economy, history, art and heritage, entrepreneurship, public health, and its actions to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Keynote speakers include Kaushik Basu, former Chief Economist of the World Bank, who will lead a panel on the Bangladesh economy and the nation’s economic resurgence through foreign investment. Abul Kalam Azad, Principal SDG Coordinator with the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, will discuss the current efforts toward meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.


Book Launch: Transparency in Health and Health Care in the United States
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 16, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East (2036), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Health Sciences, Law
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.
SPEAKER(S)  I. Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center
Holly Fernandez Lynch, John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Assistant Faculty Director of Online Education, and Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Jennifer Miller, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine: General Internal Medicine and Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine
Moderator: Elena Fagotto, Co-investigator, Project on Transparency and Technology for Better Health and former Director of Research, Transparency Policy Project, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO Kaitlyn Dowling
DETAILS  In June 2019, Cambridge University Press published "Transparency in Health and Health Care in the United States." This volume, edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Carmel Shachar, and Barbara J. Evans, stems from the Petrie-Flom Center’s 2017 annual conference, which brought together leading experts to reach better understandings of this health policy buzzword, recognizing its true limitations, so that transparency can be utilized as a solution to pressing health policy issues.


Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Speaker: Marianna Linz
Monday, September 16
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54, Room 915 (Ida Green Lounge), 21 Ames Street, Cambridge


The Time for Talk is Over: Climate Justice for Future Generations
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 16, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Morgan Courtroom, Austin 308, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Antonio Oposa, Environmental activist in the Philippines and Founder, The Law of Nature Foundation
COST  Free
DETAILS  Lunchtime talks begin promptly at 12 p.m. You are invited to bring your own lunch.


Ocean Futures: Conversations with Jim McCarthy
Monday, September 16
3:00PM TO 5:00PM
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Throughout his career, Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography Jim McCarthy has blended his scientific curiosity about life in the oceans with his commitment to a broader public understanding of human impacts on the Earth system. In honor of his 75th year, and in recognition of his many contributions to science, to education, and to the assessment of climate change as a global challenge, HUCE invites you to join Jim along with five visionary leaders in science and policy for a discussion of the future of the oceans and the Earth. 

OCEAN FUTURES: Conversations with JIM McCARTHY
With panelists:
SALLIE (Penny) CHISHOLM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
JEREMY JACKSON, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Smithsonian Institution
JANE LUBCHENCO, Oregon State University; former Administrator, NOAA
WILLIAM MOOMAW, Tufts University
BUD RIS, Boston Green Ribbon Commission; former President, New England Aquarium

Contact Name:  Erin Harleman


A Conversation with Don Eigler: Moving Atoms One by One
Monday, September 16
3:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 34-401 (Grier), 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

For the final event in the Perspectives in Nanotechnology seminar series, MIT.nano is delighted to host Don Eigler. Rather than present from behind a podium, Mr. Eigler will sit with a former student and colleague for a wide ranging conversation about his accomplishments and career.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration details to come.

Don Eigler is a physicist, Kavli Laureate and former IBM Fellow. Don was the founding leader of the Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Project at IBM’s Almaden Research Center.  While he is most often noted for his 1989 demonstration of the ability to manipulate individual atoms, it was his seminal efforts to take tunneling microscopes to low temperatures that have had the greatest impact.  While at IBM, his research was aimed at understanding the physics of nanometer-scale structures and exploring their applications to computation. In 2011 Don left IBM to found The Wetnose Institute for Advanced Pelagic Studies, a private institute devoted to creating opportunities for scientists to conduct studies free from the administrative responsibilities, financial demands and diversionary cacophony that accompany more traditional positions. 

Don received both his bachelors and doctorate degrees from the University of California San Diego and was named its Outstanding Alumnus of the year in 1999. He has been recognized for his accomplishments with the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience, the Davisson-Germer Prize, the Dannie Heineman Prize, the Newcomb-Cleveland Prize, the Grand Award for Science and Technology, the Nanoscience Prize, and numerous honorary lectureships. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Max Planck Society and the United States National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from the Technical University of Delft and the University of Warwick. 


Boston Cannabis Week Presents: Conscious Community
Monday, September 16
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Panel discussions featuring industry leaders, legal experts, executives , regulatory labs, and entrepreneurs.

The Educated Consumer: (Starting at 6:15PM)
Consumer Rights & Laws
Mapping of resources
Next steps in Prohibition
Recreational vs. Medicinal Markets
State & Federal
The Massachusetts Hemp Market
Social Equity & Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurs: (Starting at 7:30PM)
Navigating a Start-Up in the Cannabis Industry
The Application Process
Marketing Challenges
Labs & Testing (Starting at 8:45PM)
Quality Control


Preparing for & Competing with the ‘Tech Titans of China’
Monday, September 16
6:00pm to 8:00pm
MIT Stata Center, 32-123 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $10 - $58

Last August, the Economist argued that there is a new geography of innovation in a cover story titled, “Peak Valley.” Looming large in this new geography is China. They’ve transformed their economy from that of a low-cost manufacturer to a cutting-edge innovator. With their “9-9-6” de facto weekly work schedule, China’s tech companies are relentless in their pursuit of success, and it shows.

China has now achieved near parity with the US in venture capital investments, something inconceivable even 5 years ago. It’s been reported that the race to lead the future of technology comes down to just $6 billion dollars with China’s venture investments rising to $105 billion in 2018, nearly matching the U.S. at $111 billion.

Google China’s former President, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee now heads China’s largest VC Fund and is aggressively leading their efforts to be the world leader in AI. Further signaling their global ambitions, Chinese technology companies such as Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, and other titans have very active Corporate VC offices in both the US and Israel. They are no longer content to compete in their domestic market.

Spearheaded by Huawei, China’s increasingly dominant presence in the tech sector, especially in the highly strategic 5G wireless market, has spurred endless headlines as the most visible flashpoint in the escalating U.S.-China trade war. Rising tariffs – and tensions- have spooked the capital markets from Wall Street to the City of London to Hong Kong. Investors are prepared for a long period of tension.

It’s clear that the rise of China's tech companies and intense competition from the sector is just beginning and it’s presenting challenges for US companies now and will present increasing challenges well into the future.

In this fireside chat, Rebecca Fannin, an expert on China, journalist, speaker and author of the new book  “Tech Titans of China: How China's Tech Sector is challenging the world by innovating faster, working harder, and going global,“ will sit down with serial entrepreneur, professor, innovation consultant, angel investor, board member and startup mentor Mike Grandinetti for a fireside chat to discuss:

The US-China tech race
Which Chinese tech companies are making waves
The Tech sectors that matter most in China's grab for superpower status
What US startup founders can learn from Chinese founders
Join us on September 16th and come ready with your questions for Rebecca, who has the inside scoop on the ammunition venture capitalists, startup founders, and others impacted by -- or interested in -- cashing in on the Chinese tech industry need to prepare and compete.


Fight Like a Mother: Shannon Watts Book Talk & Signing
Monday, September 16 
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore, 242 East Berkley Street, Boston

Meet Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and author of Fight Like a Mother.

Hear the inspiring story of how Shannon Watts went from stay-at-home mom to “the NRA’s worst nightmare.” What started as a simple Facebook group to connect with other frustrated parents in the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, grew into Moms Demand Action, a national movement with millions of supporters and a powerful grassroots network of local chapters in all fifty states.

This incredible account of how one mother’s cry for change became the driving force behind gun safety progress will inspire everyone—mothers and fathers, students and teachers, lawmakers, and anyone motivated to enact change—to get to work transforming hearts and minds and passing laws that save lives.

Ticketing Ticket proceeds support More Than Words, empowering system involved youth through job training and mentorship. Set your own ticket price and receive a copy of the book when you give over $26.


Boston New Technology FinTech & Blockchain Startup Showcase #BNT105 (21+)
Monday, September 16
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Foley Hoag, LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Cost:  $0 – $99

See 6 innovative and exciting local FinTech & Blockchain tech demos, presented by startup founders

Network with attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free headshot photo (non-intrusively watermarked) from The Boston Headshot!
Enjoy dinner with beer, wine and more

Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience.


Death to Fascism: Louis Adamic's Fight for Democracy Reclaiming the life of a progressive visionary
Monday, September 16
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Born to Slovenian peasants, Louis Adamic commanded crowds, met with FDR and Truman, and built a prolific career as an author and journalist. Behind the scenes, he played a leading role in a coalition of black intellectuals and writers, working-class militants, ethnic activists, and others that worked for a multi ethnic America and against fascism.
About the Author: John P. Enyeart is professor and chair of the Department of History at Bucknell University. He is the author of The Quest for “Just and Pure Law”: Rocky Mountain Workers and American Social Democracy, 1870–1924.


Mental Health and Africa
WHEN  Monday, Sep. 16, 2019, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, WCC-1015, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Law School Project on Disability
SPEAKER(S)  Elizabeth Kamundia, Kenya Human Rights Commission
Emmanuel K. Akyeampong, Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies
Vikram Harshad Pate, The Pershing Square, Professor of Global Health
Moderator: Michael Stein, Harvard Law School Project on Disability
DETAILS  Join HPOD, GMHI, and the Department of Africa and African American Studies for a discussion on mental health and Africa
Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, September 17

BlackRock Demonstration
Tuesday, September 17
Meet at Carmen Park, corner of Congress and North Street, at 7:30 am and again at 4:30 pm. We will then proceed as a group to our location in front of BlackRock’s offices at 60 State Street where “school will be in session” and we’ll be “giving lessons” from 8 to 9 am and again from 5 to 6 pm. 

BlackRock’s report card is out and it’s time to school BlackRock on responsible corporate behavior.

On August 30th, BlackRock and other top asset managers filed with the SEC, as required by law, their 2018–2019 shareholder votes, revealing that both asset managers wielded their considerable shareholder power to block the boards of directors of ExxonMobil, Duke Energy, General Motors, Ford, and Dominion Energy from facing accountability on climate change, prioritizing short-termism over the creation of long-term shareholder value. BlackRock, one of the two largest asset managers in the world, was also a top shareholder at each of those companies at the time of their shareholder meetings.  Instead of using their power to promote leadership on climate change, BlackRock is using it to shield industries driving the climate crisis from accountability (

Why September 17th? This is the date when the Majority Actions/Climate Majority Project releases its 2019 Asset Manager Climate Scorecard (based on what asset managers filed with the SEC) This scorecard is the impetus and inspiration for this action.

We’ll meet at Carmen Park, corner of Congress and North St, at 7:30 am and again at 4:30 pm. We will then proceed as a group to our location in front of BlackRock’s offices at 60 State St. where “school will be in session” and we’ll be “giving lessons” from 8 to 9 am and again from 5 to 6 pm. 

We'll be handing out report cards on the terrible voting record BlackRock has among other big problems and "schooling" BlackRock employees on their way in and out as well as the public passing by. Please note the two different times we will be gathering. You are welcome to join either or both.
Please sign up so we can send you any updates or changes!
4:30 session:

This action is being led by our friends, Mothers Out Front, with support from Extinction Rebellion. Using the Climate Scorecard as a jumping off point, Mothers Out Front are designing a “report card/school” theme that promises to be impactful, engaging, and educational!


Speaker Series: Adam Moss
Tuesday, September 17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Rubenstein Building, Room 414AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Adam Moss was the editor-in-chief of New York Magazine from 2004–2019. During his 15-year tenure he oversaw an ambitious digital expansion of parent company New York Media, which included five digital publications in addition to New York: Vulture, The Cut, Intelligencer, The Strategist, and Grub Street, each of which were created from scratch and collectively reach an audience of 50 million visitors each month. Under Moss’s leadership New York and won 41 National Magazine Awards. Before joining New York Magazine, Moss was the editor of the New York Times Magazine, as well as assistant managing editor of the paper, overseeing the magazine, Book Review, culture and style. Moss was founding editor of 7 Days, a New York weekly magazine, and before that, he worked at Esquire magazine in a variety of positions.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Oberlin College, his alma mater, and is a member of the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. While at the Shorenstein Center, Moss will lead a group project that focuses on building a better political media landscape.


Humor & Geoengineering
Tuesday, September 17
Harvard, HUCE 429, 26 Oxford Street, 4th floor, Cambridge

We are joined by Pablo Suarez and Bob Mankoff
Humor, like geoengineering, is about the clash between what is and what could be. In this unconventional, interactive session, researcher-turned-humanitarian Pablo Suarez and illustrious cartoonist Bob Mankoff will engage participants in exploring how the power of intelligent humor can be harnessed to support learning and dialogue about difficult issues. Focusing on climate risks and the prospects of geoengineering, we will share an experience of how humor works, how it can be used and misused, and what it can do to enable fruitful discussions about tough issues.

It will be a departure from the format of our regular talks with some interactive tasks for the audience. Lunch will be provided with an RSVP here.


Women’s Political Empowerment A Century After the 19th Amendment: Reflections by Women Mayors
Tuesday, September 17
12:00pm to 1:30pm
BU, Rajen Kilachand Center Eichenbaum Colloquium Room (101), 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

One hundred years ago, Congress launched the process that was completed in 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, stating the right to vote could not be denied or abridged on the basis of sex. One hundred years have passed, and we still have not achieved gender equality in politics. For example, only 21% of the mayors of cities with a population over 30,000 people are women. How much has really changed since then? What experiences are women in political leadership having today?Join the Initiative on Cities to welcome three Massachusetts women mayors who will reflect on these questions in light of their experiences as candidates and political leaders. Our panelists are Mayors Ruthanne Fuller of Newton, Donna Holaday of Newburyport (BU alumna ’79), and Yvonne Spicer of Framingham. Moderated by Virginia Sapiro, Professor of Political Science and Dean Emerita of Arts & Sciences.Lunch served.Co-sponsored by the Howard Thurman Center, Political Science Department, and BU College Democrats.


Greentown Learn Manufacturing Initiative Supplier & Innovation Showcase 
Tuesday, September 17
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville

Please join us for The Manufacturing Initiative’s largest event of the year, bringing together our communities of suppliers, startups, and supporters to showcase, pitch, and connect!

The Manufacturing Initiative connects startups with physical product to regional manufacturers, engineering firms, and other companies essential to their supply chain, as well as product development education and resources. To date we have worked with over 170 startups, 270 suppliers, and made connections resulting in 120+ contracts and purchase orders, millions of dollars in economic value.
At this event, suppliers will showcase and hardware startups will pitch to a panel of manufacturers and engineers for an award of $10,000 to solve specific engineering or prototyping challenges. We will also be joined by our ecosystem partners and legislative supporters, share exciting news about the future of the Manufacturing Initiative. Lunch will be provided!

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch and supplier showcase 
1:00pm - 1:10pm: Opening Remarks from Greentown Learn and House Leader, Representative Joseph Wagner
1:10pm - 1:45pm: Startups pitch engineering challenges 
1:45pm - 2:20pm: Supplier panel deliberates and selects grant winner 
2:30pm - 3:00pm: Closing remarks


"Sensing Human Behavior with Smart Garments", Prof. Trisha Andrew, University of Massachusetts
Tuesday, September 17
3:30pm to 4:30pm
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

The Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series presents Prof. Trisha Andrew from the University of Massachusetts, who will present her talk "Sensing Human Behavior with Smart Garments". Refreshments will be served. Please join us!

Sensing Human Behavior with Smart Garments
Apparel with embedded self-powered sensors can revolutionize human behavior monitoring by leveraging everyday clothing as the sensing substrate. The key is to inconspicuously integrate sensing elements and portable power sources into garments while maintaining the weight, feel, comfort, function and ruggedness of familiar clothes and fabrics. Prof. Andrew's lab uses reactive vapor coating to transform commonly-available, mass-produced fabrics, threads or premade garments into comfortably-wearable electronic devices by directly coating them with uniform and conformal films of electronically-active conjugated polymers. By carefully choosing the repeat unit structure of the polymer coating, Prof. Andrew's group accesses a number of fiber- or fabric-based circuit components, including resistors, depletion-mode transistors, diodes, thermistors, and pseudocapacitors. Further, vapor-deposited electronic polymer films are notably wash- and wear-stable and withstand mechanically-demanding textile manufacturing routines, enabling us to use sewing, weaving, knitting or embroidery procedures to create self-powered garment sensors. She will describe her efforts in monitoring heartrate, breathing, joint motion/flexibility, gait and sleep posture using loose-fitting garments.


Reducing the cost of decarbonization through cutting-edge carbon capture innovation
Tuesday, September 17
5:15pm to 6:20pm
MIT,  Building E51, Wong Auditorium, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Brian Anderson, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
This talk will highlight state-of-the-art carbon capture R&D and discuss crosscutting scientific and technological initiatives underway at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to meet some of the nation’s most important energy challenges—delivering reliable, clean, low-cost, and low-carbon energy.

About the speaker:
Brian J. Anderson SM ’04 PhD ’05, is director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In 2011, he was awarded an Honor Achievement Award from the DOE for his role on a team that responded to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is a recipient of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at West Virginia University and his master's and doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Please note that we will open our doors to unregistered participants 15 minutes before the event start time. To guarantee your seat, we recommend you register and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

If you are not able to attend, note there will be a high-quality recording of this seminar made available on our YouTube channel ( about a week following the event.


American Democracy: Creators, Gatekeepers & Disruptors
Tuesday, September 17
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Harvard, Askwith Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge

HGSE's Office of Student Affairs and the HKS Center for Public Leadership is hosting an event called "American Democracy: Creators, Gatekeepers, & Disruptors" which is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2019 from 5:30pm-7:00pm in Askwith Hall at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This event is intended to be a conversation with Maria Hinojosa, Edna Chavez, and Beth Fukumoto to discuss what American Democracy means in 2019 as we gear up for the upcoming presidential election. We hope to educate and mobilize the Harvard and extended Boston communities on numerous social justice issues.

Join us for what is set to be a powerful conversation with three powerful women!


Gutman Library Book Talk: Broader, Bolder, Better: How Schools and Communities Help Students Overcome the Disadvantages of Poverty
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Gutman Conference Center, E4 & E5, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Paul Reville, Former Massachusetts secretary of education and Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at HGSE
DETAILS  In "Broader, Bolder, Better," authors Elaine Weiss, of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education campaign, and Paul Reville, former Massachusetts secretary of education, make a compelling case for a fundamental change in the way we view education. The authors argue for a large-scale expansion of community-school partnerships in order to provide holistic, integrated student supports (ISS) from cradle to career, including traditional wraparound services like health, mental health, nutrition, and family supports, as well as expanded access to opportunities such as early childhood education, after school activities, and summer enrichment programs.


Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice
WHEN  Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
SPONSOR Center for the Study of World Religions
CONTACT CSWR, 617.495.4476
DETAILS  Soul Fire Farm, cofounded by author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Penniman’s new, James Beard award-winning book, Farming While Black, offers the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim their rightful place of dignified agency in our food system. Join us to learn how you too can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.
Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York. She has been farming since 1996, and co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to end racism in our food system. She holds an MA in Science Education and a BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University, and is a Manye (Queen Mother) in Vodun.

Tuesday, September 17
5:30 - 7:30pm 
The Bostonian Hotel, 26 North Street, Boston (near Faneuil Hall)
Cost:  $50 - ?

RSVP for the Environmental Voter Project's 'Building the Electorate' Fundraiser on September 17th! 


Sway: How to Persuade and Influence Others
Tuesday, September 17
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Rabb Hall , Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

In order to achieve our goals, we need the ability to sell our ideas to others. Without the skills of persuasion and influence, we put our relationships and our credibility in jeopardy. In this program, you’ll learn immediately-applicable techniques to positively influence others. You’ll leave energized and ready to go out and put your newly-enhanced skills to good use.
Presented by Barabara Roche

Barbara is an organizational development and communication specialist with over 20 years helping organizations thrive. She is also a lecturer in the Management Communications program at the Wharton School of Business. She is best known for blending her theatrical experience, Irish Catholic humor, and hard-won leadership skills to help professionals become more effective leaders and communicators. She is the author of Commit to Confidence: 30 Strategies to Help Women Step Up and Stand Out. A native Bostonian and proud member of Red Sox Nation, Barbara holds a master's degree in psychology from Northeastern University. In 2005 and 2008 respectively, she founded two consulting companies: Barbara Roche & Associates (leadership development and team-building) and SpeakWell Partners (public speaking and leadership communication).
This program is sponsored by Bank of America.


Growing Up Puritan: The Family in 17th-century New England
Tuesday, September 17
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston

Judith Graham will examine the challenges of rearing children in the New World.
An examination of childhood in seventeenth and early eighteenth century Massachusetts, with an emphasis on the family life of the diarist, councilor, and judge Samuel Sewall (1652–1729) and his wife Hannah (Hull) Sewall, and of their contemporaries. How did they approach birth, the illness and death of children, discipline, religious and secular education, preparation for a religious calling, courtship and marriage, and intergenerational relationships? What evidence have historians gathered to illuminate Puritan family life?

Judith Graham earned a BA in history from Brandeis University and a PhD in history at Boston College. She is the author of Puritan Family Life: The Diary of Samuel Sewall (2000) and the editor of Out Here at the Front: The World War I Letters of Nora Saltonstall (2004). 
She was an editor at the Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, working on the papers of John Adams and the family correspondence, and she served as series editor of the two-volume Diaries and Autobiographical Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams(2013). She is a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Image: A Little Pretty Pocket-book: Intended for the Instruction and Amusement of Little Master Tommy, and Pretty Miss Polly… Being a New Attempt to Teach Children the Use of the English Alphabet, by way of Diversion. Printed at Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1787


Ben Franklin Circles: Tranquility
Tuesday, September 17
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Impact Hub Boston, 50 Milk Street, 15th Floor, "Socrates” Room, Boston

Ben Franklin Circles meet monthly to discuss one of Franklin's classic virtues and how they relate to our own experiences, goals and perspectives on life, and how they apply to the world today. We end the evenings with setting individual commitments: what we each want to work on around the discussed virtue until the following meeting for self-improvement. See the list of 13 virtues below. So far we have discussed Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, and Cleanliness.
Ben Franklin’s 13 Core Virtues: 
Tranquility - 9/17
Join us at our upcoming discussion on September 17th focused on Tranquility.

When, Where & Other Logistics:
Please note that when you get to the 15th floor, the glass door is locked. Please call 617-548-8061 to get buzzed in (# is also listed on the glass door on the left hand side.)

We are in the Socrates room on the 15th floor inside Impact Hub Boston (once past the glass doors, take a right and another right, and just before walking into a huge open space, the room is on your left.) If you get turned around, you can ask the nice the Impact Hub Boston hosts at the desk or reach them at 617-548-8061 and they'll help guide you to the right place. 

We know our meeting time may overlap with dinner time for some, and warmly invite you to bring your meal or snacks. We will have water available. 


Poisoner in Chief
Tuesday, September 17
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

The bestselling author of All the Shah’s Men and The Brothers tells the astonishing story of the man who oversaw the CIA’s secret drug and mind-control experiments of the 1950s and ’60s.

The visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the CIA’s master magician and gentlehearted torturer—the agency’s “poisoner in chief.” As head of the MK-ULTRA mind control project, he directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents. He made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace—including some intended for Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders. He paid prostitutes to lure clients to CIA-run bordellos, where they were secretly dosed with mind-altering drugs. His experiments spread LSD across the United States, making him a hidden godfather of the 1960s counterculture. For years he was the chief supplier of spy tools used by CIA officers around the world.

Stephen Kinzer, author of groundbreaking books about U.S. clandestine operations, draws on new documentary research and original interviews to bring to life one of the most powerful unknown Americans of the twentieth century. Gottlieb’s reckless experiments on “expendable” human subjects destroyed many lives, yet he considered himself deeply spiritual. He lived in a remote cabin without running water, meditated, and rose before dawn to milk his goats.

During his twenty-two years at the CIA, Gottlieb worked in the deepest secrecy. Only since his death has it become possible to piece together his astonishing career at the intersection of extreme science and covert action. Poisoner in Chief reveals him as a clandestine conjurer on an epic scale.

Stephen Kinzer is the author of over ten books, including The True Flag, The Brothers, Overthrow, and All the Shah’s Men. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as the New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and writes a world affairs column for the Boston Globe. He lives in Boston.


Protest Health and Safety Training
Tuesday, September 17
7 p.m.
First Church Somerville, 89 College Avenue, Somerville

Local street medics are offering a two hour training on how to keep yourself and your friends safer at protests, ahead of the Global Climate Strikes on September 20 and September 27. We'll be teaching about:
getting ready for a protest: self care, dressing for success, and the importance of buddies
being safe during a protest: a taxonomy of protest attendees, practicing situational awareness, staying & spreading calm, preventing & recognizing heat illnesses
just in case: being safer in the event of police or fascist violence, specifically chemical weapons and handcuffs (this training does NOT include how to do an eye flush)
after the action: coping/unwinding/transforming tough events
This event is co-hosted by Extinction Rebellion. It is a general protest health and safety training for anyone participating in the Global Climate Strikes. The training is from 7-9pm.


You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most
Tuesday, September 17
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Today, in an instant, leaders can find themselves face-to-face with crisis. An active shooter. A media controversy. A data breach. In You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most, directors and researchers at Harvard’s innovative National Preparedness Leadership Initiative take you to the front lines of some of the toughest decisions facing our nation’s leaders-from how to mobilize during a hurricane or in the aftermath of a bombing to halting a raging pandemic. They also take readers through the tough decision-making inside the world’s largest companies, hottest startups, and leading nonprofits.

About the Authors:  Eric J. McNulty holds an appointment as Associate Director of Research and for the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His work centers on leadership in high-stakes, high-stress situations. He is currently working on a book based on meta-leadership, the core leadership framework of the group’s curriculum. He teaches in graduate-level courses on public health leadership, conflict resolution, and negotiation as well as serving as Program Co-director for the Leading in Health Systems executive education program. He holds a similar appointment at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of the Harvard Chan School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Leonard J. Marcus, Ph.D. is the founding co-director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard and an internationally recognized authority on leadership during times of crisis and change.

Dr. Barry Dorn, M.D., M.H.C.M. is Senior Advisor of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health and faculty member of The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He is a retired orthopedic surgeon


Producers in Crisis! Presenting a Study on Costs of Production in Latin America
Tuesday, September 17
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
George Howell Coffee, 505 Washington Street, Boston

Coffee is currently being traded at the lowest prices in more than 15 years. Specialty coffee demands fairer prices for better-quality coffee. But without knowing how much farmers need to spend to produce a pound of coffee, and how this varies across countries and production methods, it’s hard to know what “sustainable prices” really are.

This presentation will uncover how much it costs to produce coffee in 7 Latin American countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The majority of coffee producers are not aware of exactly how much it costs to produce a pound of coffee, leaving them unable to effectively budget and allocate resources throughout the year, keeping them in a continually vulnerable situation. By breaking down the cost structure for the average coffee farmer in each origin, we can begin to uncover what it takes for producers to operate sustainably.


JP Solar Professionals Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 17
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
Brassica Kitchen + Cafe, 3710 Washington Street, Boston

Join neighbors friends and solar indistry professionals for drinks, friendly arguments, and the occasional war-story. This month we meet at Brassica Kitchen in Forest Hills. Note that we are meetin on a Tuesday this month.

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