Sunday, October 27, 2019

Energy (and Other) Events - October 27, 2019

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Monday, October 28 –  Friday, November 8

Confronting Climate Change: From Business as Usual to Business as Vital

Monday, October 28

9am  Discussion: Aligning Leaders and Solutions Across Sectors
9am  2019 Summit on the Future of Europe at Harvard
11:45am  Reflections on the Future of Climate Change Policy
12pm  Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Kristen Schild
12pm  Erdoğan’s Capture of Turkey’s Media: Paving the Road from Gezi Park to War in Syria
12pm  Trajectories of Hate: Mapping the Development of Racism and Misogyny On Social Media
12pm  Erika Angle on STEM & Entrepreneurship
12pm  Teresa Galí-Izard, "PRODUCTIVE RESURGENCES : the  garden of the XXI century”
12:10pm  Interactions Above and Below Ground Affect Plants and Their Pollinators
12:15pm  Climate Change from the Streets
12:30pm  The Migration Crisis: Human Rights Violations & the UN's Response
1pm  400 Years of Inequality
3pm  The Great Hack
4pm  Northeastern University's Civic Experience series: Investigative Journalism
4pm  Top Wealth in the United States: New Estimates and Implications for Taxing the Rich 
4pm  The Case Against Humane War
4:30pm  Scaling Up Agricultural Policy Interventions: Theory and Evidence from Uganda
4:30pm  2019 Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality: Emmanuel Saez
5:30pm  Robotics and Energy Efficiency Workshop
5:30pm  Domestic Violence Hearing
6pm  AKPIA@MIT Lecture by D. Fairchild Ruggles: Water and Community in Islamic Granada
6pm  How We Win: How Cutting Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat
6pm  The Joy of Search: A Google Insider's Guide to Going Beyond the Basics
6pm  First: Sandra Day O’Connor
6pm  Tools for Urban Conservation in Lucknow: Advocacy, Politics, and Civic Engagement
6pm  Conversations on the Edge: Climate Change in Cambridge
6:30pm  Bridging the Academic-Industry Divide in Infectious Disease Research
6:30pm  Sunrise Boston Action Team Meeting
7pm  Women's National Book Association Boston Chapter at Porter Square Books to celebrate National Reading Group Month with Adrienne Brodeur and Tova Mirvis!

Tuesday, October 29

7:30am  EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Program: Municipal Vulnerability Assessments for Coastal Communities
8am  Sustainable AgTech Investment Forum
9am  Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network Conference
10am  The Social Determinants of Health and Educational Success: And What We Can Do About Them
11am  Toxic Tour of Agencies Involved in Weymouth Compressor Station
11:45am  The Mis-Use of Social Media in Myanmar
12pm  On the Trail of Xi Jinping: A New York Times correspondent talks about her time in China
12pm  BERKMAN KLEIN LUNCHEON SERIES: North of Havana: A Lawyer's Truth
12pm  Downwind, Downhill, Downstream: Binational Security on the U.S.-Mexico Border
3:30pm  What's So Special About Ukraine? Why Ukraine Is in the Middle of US Politics
4pm  MIT Climate Symposium: Challenges of Climate Policy
4:15pm  The Perils of Populist Nationalism: Japan and Korea in a New Era
4:30pm  Our Hidden Borders: Guantanamo, Interdiction, and the Rise of Offshore Migration Policing
5pm  Driving Government Innovation: City and Philanthropic Leaders Partnering to Improve Child Well-being: Eat Up Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion
5:30pm  Climate Change Risks and Resiliency for the Energy Industry in New England
5:30pm  Boston Common Master Plan - Public Open House #1
6pm  The Changing Face of Poverty: Can Africa Surprise the World?
6pm  FORUM: Trade Tensions and the Future of the Global Economy
6pm  Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation Between the Granddaughter of a Holocaust Survivor, and the Granddaughter of an SS Officer
6pm  Climate and Gender from the Climate Puzzles for Diplomats series
6pm  The Technical Revolution of Esports, Gaming, Gambling, and Blockchain
6pm  Food Routes: Growing Bananas In Iceland And Other Tales From The Logistics Of Eating, With Robyn Metcalfe
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - October 2019 Happy Hour
6pm  DREAM BIG: Protecting Democracy by Defending the Vote
6:30pm  Women in Sports, Leadership and Empowerment
7pm  The First Cell:  And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last
7pm  Atlas Obscura, Second Edition
7pm  Energy Democracy 101
7pm  North Korea:  Peace?  Nuclear War?
7pm  Sunrise Boston Karaoke Night

Wednesday, October 30

7:30am  2019 National Community Leadership Summit
11:40am  Campus Sustainability Month Film Screening: Bag It!
12pm  “Leadership in our Times” with Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman – Voices in Leadership
12pm  How to Enlarge NATO: The Debate Inside the Clinton Administration, 25 Years On
12pm  Free Lunch & Workshop: Optimize Your Experience Working At Home
12:30pm  Planning, policy and politics for a rapid low-carbon energy transition in the US
4pm  Crafty Crows, Tropical Islands, and the Mystery of Human Technological Evolution
4:15pm  Temporal Reliability of Welfare Estimates from Revealed Preferences
5:30pm  Artisan's Futures: Allston Visioning
5:30pm  The Hunting Club: The Science Behind Improving Our Creativity
6pm  Climate Justice and Carbon Pricing
6pm  Harvard Science Book Talk: S. James Gates & Cathie Pelletier, "Proving Einstein Right”
6pm  The Peril and Promise of Solar Geoengineering
6pm  Transportation & Climate Community Engagement Workshop - Roxbury
6pm  Lightning Talks and Networking with New England Aquarium's Global Fellows
6:30pm  "The Transatlantic Partnership at Crossroads”
6:30pm  GAZA Documentary Film Screening
7pm  Extinction Rebellion Listening Circle (in person)
7pm  The Atlas of Boston History
7:30pm  Eat Joy:  Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers
7:30pm  Tough Love:  My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For

Thursday, October 31

11am  The Future of U.S.-Ukraine Relations: A Conversation with Ukrainian Students
11am  Interview with Erling Norrby, 1 of 5 on the Noble Prize Selection Committee
11:30am  Affordable Housing: Keeping Our Community
11:45am  Sustainability Lunch Series
11:45am  Hong Kong: The Rise and Fall of One Country, Two Systems
12pm  Problems and Possibilities in Agroecology:  an Historical Perspective from Lesotho, Southern Africa
12pm  Understanding Grassroots Activism in Russia
12pm  Book Talk- Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing
12:15pm  Free World: The Creation of a U.S. Global Order
12:45pm  The European Culture Wars and the Decay of European Democracy – A Lecture by Joseph Weiler
3pm  How to Change the World with Doug Rauch Founder of Daily Table + Former President of Trader Joe’s
5pm  Eric Klopfer, “Design Based Research on Participatory Simulations”
6pm  "We The People!: Building a More Equitable, Just and Inclusive America’'

Friday, November 1 – Saturday, November 2

Entrepreneurship in Science and Tech Symposium 2.0

Friday, November 1

7:30am  Driving Impact in Public Education: From the Classroom to the Boardroom
9am  The Future is Collaborative: An Introduction to Collective Leadership
10am  Ethics of the Digital Transformation (Webcast):  ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE OF AI
10am  Humans of the Polygon: The Victims of the Soviet Nuclear Testing
12pm  Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation Interactions: Findings from Recent Field Campaigns and Introduction to the NASA ACTIVATE Mission
12pm  CEE Seminar: Structural, geotechnical, and infrastructure issues in offshore wind energy development
12pm  The Scientific Bone Trade and Colonial Genocide
12pm  Inequality as a Multidimensional Process
1pm  Tuft Lyme Disease Challenge
1:30pm  Prof. Catherine Dulac, Annual Khodadad Lecture - Peering into the Social Brain
3pm  The Ethical Algorithm:  The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design
3:30pm  Funeral for the 6th Mass Extinction
6pm  Authors@MIT | Ramesh Srinivasan: Beyond the Valley
7pm  Fungipedia

Saturday, November 2

8am  2019 HBS Energy & Environment Club Symposium
8:30am  Faith, Conflict, and Environmental Justice Conference
9am  Building Community in Conservation:  Stories of Hope from Boston and Across the Globe
10:30am  Mass Media Expo: Future Forward
4pm  Green Strategy: Path to Fundamental Transformation

Sunday, November 3

9am  HBS Food and Agriculture Conference 2019
1pm  Climate Matters: Be empowered - Be the change
2pm  Special Screening of "The Bit Player - Claude Shannon:  Prophet of Information”
2pm  Bending Toward Justice
4pm  An Intergenerational Conversation Circle on Environmental Justice and Creation Care

Monday, November 4 – Tuesday, November 5

ZPH Workshop: Sustainable Infrastructure for Preventing Climate Change

Monday, November 4

10am  Millennial Nuclear Caucus - New England
11:45am  Diary of a Wimpy Carbon Tax: Carbon Taxes as Federal Climate Policy
12pm  Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Daniele Bianchi
12:15pm  'To Enter the Territory': Mosquitoes, Health, and Science in the Streets of Rio de Janeiro
12:30pm  Andrey Baklitskiy: Is There a Future for Russia-U.S. Nuclear Arms Control?
1pm  Starr Forum: America’s Immigration Dilemma
2pm  MIT Waste Forum
4pm  The Diffusion and Adoption of Welfare-Enhancing Innovations
4:30pm  HubWeek Open Doors: Allston
5pm  The Once and Future Heart: A Converging of Art and Science
5pm  Responses of Coral Reefs to Global Warming by Terry Hughes
5pm  Flush: the documentary - directed by Karina Mangu-Ward
5:30pm  Fletcher Reads the Newspaper: CEOs Serving Stakeholders: Will this Redeem Capitalism or Ruin it?
6pm  Adapting to the Changing Local Foods Market
6pm  Swiss Science Jam: Student Biology Talks
6:30pm  Uncovering the Effects of Maternal Diet on Fetal Brain Development and Childhood Behavior
7pm  The Years That Matter Most:  How College Makes or Breaks Us
7pm  Climate Justice/Climate Equity and Judaism
An Open Circles Jewish Learning Program sponsored by JCAN-MA and Hebrew College

Tuesday, November 5

12pm  Regulating the Digital Platforms: Where will the antitrust investigations of Facebook and Google lead?
12pm  “Medicine, Academia, and the Syrian Refugee Crisis” with Dr. Fadlo Khuri – Voices in Leadership
12pm  Lessons from Bolivia’s “Left Turn” (and Post-Electoral Scenarios)
1pm  How Bad is Fake News? Motivations for Sharing Misinformation Online
4pm  2019 Annual Robert and Florence Dreben lecture: How Intellectuals Can Create Political Change
5:30pm  “Broken Nature” and Other Design Exhibitions for the Real World
5:30pm  The Psychology of Compassion
6pm  They Don't Represent Us:  Reclaiming Our Democracy
6pm  AUTHORS@MIT | Arthur I. Miller on The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity
6pm  A Conversation with Barbara Lee
6pm  Gutman Library Book Talk: Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism
6pm  Spotlight on UN Sustainable Development Goals & Plastics
6pm  Changing Places: Community Strategies for Sustainable Economic Development
6:30pm  Saving Biodiversity in India
7pm  The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier – a Conversation with Living on Earth
7pm  November Actions: Special Screening on the 50th Anniversary of MIT's Historical Protests


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

Geometry Links - October 21, 2019


Monday, October 28 –  Friday, November 8

Confronting Climate Change: From Business as Usual to Business as Vital
Monday, October 28 –  Friday, November 8
8 am–8 pm
HBS Spangler Lounge, 117 Western Avenue, Allston

Join us for an interactive exhibit addressing the climate crisis. Our goal: to expose MBAs to the role that climate change will play in their professional and personal lives; engage members of the community on these issues; and highlight HBS alumni, student, and faculty innovation. All are welcome to attend and consider the current and future realities of climate change and learn how business is and can be stepping up to this global challenge. The exhibit will feature ~50 alumni, students, and faculty using their careers to confront climate change.   

Developed by the HBS Business and Environment Initiative in partnership with HBS Sustainability.

Monday, October 28

Monday, October 28
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
BU, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline

The GeoMicroDistrict Approach for a Utility-Scale Transition to Clean Energy
Spend a day diving into the possibilities of HEET’s GeoMicroDistrict as a utility-scale solution to heating and cooling in Massachusetts. Together with some of the world's preeminent experts on shared-loop geothermal systems, including Cary Smith, Garen Ewbank and Garry Sexton. 

Following BuroHappold’s statewide feasibility study on the potential of the GeoMicroDistrict, some possible pilot sites in MA will be evaluated and discussed. There will be opportunities to dive into both the engineering and the economic details as well as plenty of time to ask questions and share experiences. 
Lunch, snacks, and coffee provided

Editorial Comment:  This event may have been postponed but I haven’t received confirmation of that possibility.


Discussion: Aligning Leaders and Solutions Across Sectors
Monday, October 28
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Fort Point Room (2nd Floor), Boston

Join us for a Next Level Housing Solutions Discussion: Aligning Leaders and Solutions Across Sectors*

How can we bring civic leaders, employers, educators, public health professionals, media and community leaders together as leaders, funders, advocates and solutionmakers? Can the evolving partnerships between housing and healthcare leaders pave the way and set the pace? How will we seed the alignment of transit and housing policy? What other sectors are crucial, and how will we engage them?

For information on all of the sessions, meeting notes, and materials from earlier discussions, visit the Next Level Housing Solutions webpage.


2019 Summit on the Future of Europe at Harvard
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES)
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Vassilis Coutifaris
DETAILS  The Summit on the Future of Europe is an initiative of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University. Since 2014, this annual conference convenes scholars and public leaders to debate critical challenges facing Europe.


Reflections on the Future of Climate Change Policy
Monday, October 28
11:45AM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
Energy Policy Seminar

Carol Browner, HKS Hauser Leader and former White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy.

Open to the public; lunch will be served. 

Contact Name:  Amanda Sardonois


Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Kristen Schild
Monday, October 28
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge


Erdoğan’s Capture of Turkey’s Media: Paving the Road from Gezi Park to War in Syria
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Shorenstein Center, 2nd Floor 124 Mount Auburn (South Wing), Kalb Seminar Room, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
SPEAKER(S)   Yavuz Baydar, Journalist and former Shorenstein Center Fellow
DETAILS  What began six years ago as an environmentalist youth resistance in the heart of Istanbul marked a sharp autocratic turn for Turkey’s strongman, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Ever since then, his moves resulted in subordinating journalism and the judiciary; driving wedges into the opposition; brutally crushing dissent; profiting from one crisis to another; and, currently, war. Turkey’s story shifted from hope to nightmare, with the consolidation of a one-man rule – setting oppressive patterns for other neo-populist leaders of countries worldwide, including the USA.
Yavuz Baydar, exiled Editor-in-Chief of trilingual Ahval News Online, whose discussion paper, titled ‘The Newsroom as an Open Air Prison: Corruption and Self-Censorship in Turkish Journalism‘ as a Shorenstein Fellow 2014, foresaw the path as Erdoğan’s choice, brings us up to date on his current moves and what is the next for Turkey and its media.


Trajectories of Hate: Mapping the Development of Racism and Misogyny On Social Media
Monday, October 28
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Northeastern, 909 Renaissance Park 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Nicholas Beauchamp, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Presented by the CSSH Dean’s Office and the Northeastern Humanities Center
For more information, please contact Gaby Fiorenza at 


Erika Angle on STEM & Entrepreneurship
Monday, October 28
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
Mezzanine in the Student Center (W20-307), 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Erika Angle, CEO of Ixcela joins GW@MIT to talk about her career in STEM as both a scientist and entrepreneur. Lunch is served!

Erika Ebbel Angle received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2012 from Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2002 Erika founded Science from Scientists, an award-winning National nonprofit focused on improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) attitudes and aptitudes for children aged 9-13. She is also the co-founder and Director of Education for Robots In Service of the Environment (RSE), a non-profit organization whose mission is to apply robotic solutions to help solve environmental challenges.

She is a member of the MIT visiting committee for the Dean of Undergraduate Education and is an Advisory Board member for the Ron Burton Training Village. She is also a STEM speaker for the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State.

In 2018 she was awarded the Young Alumni award by Boston University. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University School of Medicine Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. In 2014 the Boston Business Journal selected her as one of the 40 Under 40 business and civic leaders who are making a major impact in their respective fields in the Boston area. Her accomplishments have also been recognized by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Awards for Emerging Executive. In 2013 the Boston Chamber of Commerce selected her as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders in Boston. Selected by L’Oreal Paris as a 2007 Woman of Worth for her work with Science from Scientists, Erika has been featured on Lifetime TV and Nova Science Now on The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers. She is the host of The Dr. Erika Show, an educational science TV show for children.

Erika served as a Commissioner for the MA Commission on the Status of Women. Erika was Miss Massachusetts 2004 in the Miss America Scholarship program.


Teresa Galí-Izard, "PRODUCTIVE RESURGENCES : the  garden of the XXI century"
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Stubbins Room, Gund Hall 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Teresa Galí-Izard
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or
DETAILS  Teresa Galí-Izard is a landscape architect that translates the hidden potential of places, exploring new languages that integrate living systems into design. She seeks to find a contemporary answer that includes non-humans and their life forms through exploring climate, geology, natural processes, dynamics and management.


Interactions Above and Below Ground Affect Plants and Their Pollinators
Monday, October 28
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Alison Brody, Professor, University of Vermont

All talks are free and open to everyone. Watch live on the Arboretum’s YouTube channel if you are unable to attend in person. The streaming video is entitled “AA Research Talks Live” and is visible only when a live stream is scheduled or in progress.

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk



Climate Change from the Streets
Monday, October 28
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
STS Circle at Harvard

Michael Mendez, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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


The Migration Crisis: Human Rights Violations & the UN's Response
Monday, October 28
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
BU School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Charles River Room, 5th Floor, Boston

Join us for a discussion on human rights violations committed against migrants and the growing crisis of enforced disappearances.

Join us for a discussion on human rights violations committed against migrants and the growing crisis of enforced disappearances.
Sponsored by BU Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Latin American Law Student Association, International Law Society, Immigration Law and Policy Society, and The Public Interest Project.
Bernard Duhaime, Chairman of the United Nation’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances
Jacqueline Bhaba, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
Karina Burgess, Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University 
Susan Akram, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Boston University School of Law


400 Years of Inequality
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, 1 – 3 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Kresge Building, First Floor, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  Evelynn M. Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, Chair, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
Linda Villarosa, Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine, Journalism Program Director, The City College of New York
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO Meaghan Agnew,
DETAILS  This past August marked 400 years since the first documented arrival of enslaved Africans on North American shores. At a crucial juncture in our national and global history, this anniversary is a chance not only to consider the central role that slavery played in our foundation, but also to contextualize discussions around contemporary race issues in the US.
This event is part of a broader movement across schools of public health to observe “400 Years of Inequality,” acknowledging the systemic and persistent inequalities and injustices perpetuated by the slave trade.
Photo Illustration by Ben S. Wallace / Harvard Chan / Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University / Creative Commons Public Domain


The Great Hack
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, 3 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Film, Humanities, Social Sciences, Special Events, Sustainability
SPONSOR Harvard Divinity School gratefully acknowledges the support of the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies for this event. Partners for the event are the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School; Harvard University Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies; and the Constellation Project.
CONTACT Gretchen Legler,
DETAILS   Monday Matinees, "The Politics of the Unseen: Exploring the Moral Imagination," presents The Great Hack, a 2019 documentary film about the Facebook–Cambridge analytica data scandal, produced and directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer. Following the film, Geralyn Dreyfous, executive producer, and Carole Cadwalladr, journalist from The Guardian will discuss the film. Dialogue with the audience will be encouraged. This is the first of a special film series that focuses on issues of social and racial justice; ethics of data collection and its impact on free elections; moral leadership; gun violence; and dreams of farming and caring for the land. Discussions will center around what role the moral imagination plays in addressing societal concerns, how each film contributes to our understanding of social change, and how we as community might engage more fully in movement building rooted in creativity and compassion. This event is free and open to the public.  To register for the film series, please contact Gretchen Legler. Priority seating will be given to registered participants. Doors close promptly at 3 pm.


Northeastern University's Civic Experience series: Investigative Journalism
Monday, October 28
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Northeastern, Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex, 805 Columbus Avenue, First floor auditorium, Boston

Join us to hear from top investigative reporters on how they dig deep to expose the untold stories that drive the national dialogue.

Special guests:
Natasha Bertrand, senior national security correspondent, POLITICO
Renee Dudley, technology reporter, ProPublica
David Fahrenthold, reporter, The Washington Post
Joe Palazzolo, legal affairs reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Walter V. Robinson, editor-at-large, The Boston Globe


Top Wealth in the United States: New Estimates and Implications for Taxing the Rich 
Monday, October 28
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
MIT, Building E51-151, 2 Ames Street, Cambridge

Owen Zidar (Princeton) and Eric Zwick (Chicago Booth)


The Case Against Humane War
Monday, October 28 
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Northeastern, Renaissance Park 909, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Samuel Moyn, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History at Yale University


Scaling Up Agricultural Policy Interventions: Theory and Evidence from Uganda
Monday, October 28
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Harvard, Littauer M-16, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge


2019 Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality: Emmanuel Saez
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Nye ABC, Taubman Building 5th floor, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy: Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Equitable Growth, University of California, Berkeley
Stefanie Stantcheva, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
DETAILS  The 2019 James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality by Emmanuel Saez: “The Triumph of Injustice.” America's runaway inequality has an engine, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman argue: our unjust tax system. The ultra-rich have had their taxes collapse to levels last seen in the 1920s. Meanwhile, working-class Americans have been asked to pay more. The Triumph of Injustice presents a forensic investigation into this dramatic transformation, written by two economists who revolutionized the study of inequality. "[A]bove all, they propose bold solutions to help America reconnect with its tradition of tax justice, from the taxation of extreme wealth and giant corporations to the funding of health care for all. This is a brilliantly argued book that is an essential contribution to the global economic and political debate of the twenty-first century.”— Thomas Piketty.


Robotics and Energy Efficiency Workshop
Monday, October 28
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
MassRobotics, 12 Channel Street, Boston

In collaboration with MassCEC, MassRobotics is organizing this workshop to discuss related topics around energy-efficient robotics systems.

With the growing markets for mobile robots and drones in different industry verticals, designing and developing these products to be energy efficient is becoming increasingly important.

Presentations and discussion include:
Aaron Birt, CEO of Kinetic Batteries, 3D Printed Lithium-Ion Batteries for Advanced Energy Storage Needs
Omar Eleryan, CEO of Cleo, Energy Efficiency for Drones
Analog Devices, Monitoring Energy consumption


Domestic Violence Hearing
Monday, October 28
5:30pm to 8:00pm
Northeastern University School of Law, 250 Dockser Hall, 65 Forsyth Street, Boston

Please join Boston City Councillors Andrea Campbell and Ed Flynn in partnership with Northeastern University School of Law's Domestic Violence Clinic and Center for Health Policy and Law for a hearing regarding domestic violence and sexual assault in the city of Boston. 


AKPIA@MIT Lecture by D. Fairchild Ruggles: Water and Community in Islamic Granada
Monday, October 28
MIT, Buidling 3-133 77 Massachusetts Avenue

D. Fairchild Ruggles, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


How We Win: How Cutting Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat
Monday, October 28
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

How We Win’s message is urgent: America and its allies can defeat extremism, but not until we significantly shift our approach. We must counter extremism intellectually. Extremists are preying on a rising generation of nearly one billion Muslim millennials and Gen Z who are in the midst of an identity crisis, vulnerable to extremists’ seductive, intolerant, “us” versus “them” ideology, delivered using the latest technologies and real-life peer-suasion. Drones and special forces operations won’t destroy extremism at its root like a grassroots war of ideas will. In How We Win, Farah Pandith reveals emerging data, on-the-ground stories, and proven solutions.

How We Win offers hope. Farah Pandith explains how government, the private sector, and civil society can help Muslim youth solve their identity crisis and in turn build a safer, more stable world. Her perspective and insights are rare, bold, and important. By focusing on human behavior and cultural influence, she convincingly explains how companies must play a role that has—so far—been absent. She demands more from the governments and multinational organizations. Her positive message is a hopeful chapter for Muslim youth, and the world at large. Pandith’s prescription drowns out the voices of extremists by supporting new concepts, causes, and charismatic leaders for young people.

Farah Pandith is an author, foreign policy strategist, and former diplomat. A world-leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, she is a frequent media commentator and public speaker. She served as a political appointee under Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, and most recently she was the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities, serving both Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. She has served on the National Security Council, at the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in various senior roles.

She has also served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, chairing its task force on countering violent extremism. She is a senior fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School as well as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Pandith divides her time between Washington, D.C.; London; and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The Joy of Search: A Google Insider's Guide to Going Beyond the Basics
Monday, October 28
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

AUTHORS@MIT | Daniel M. Russell
Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness at Google Daniel M. Russell, author of The Joy of Search: A Google Insider's Guide to Going Beyond the Basics. Daniel will be joined in conversation by MIT Press Executive Editor, Marie Lufkin Lee.

We all know how to look up something online by typing words into a search engine. We do this so often that we have made the most famous search engine a verb: we Google it—“Japan population” or “Nobel Peace Prize” or “poison ivy” or whatever we want to know. But knowing how to Google something doesn't make us search experts; there's much more we can do to access the massive collective knowledge available online. In The Joy of Search, Daniel Russell shows us how to be great online researchers. We don't have to be computer geeks or a scholar searching out obscure facts; we just need to know some basic methods. Russell demonstrates these methods with step-by-step searches for answers to a series of intriguing questions—from “what is the wrong side of a towel?” to “what is the most likely way you will die?” Along the way, readers will discover essential tools for effective online searches—and learn some fascinating facts and interesting stories.

Russell explains how to frame search queries so they will yield information and describes the best ways to use such resources as Google Earth, Google Scholar, Wikipedia, and Wikimedia. He shows when to put search terms in double quotes, how to use the operator (*), why metadata is important, and how to triangulate information from multiple sources. By the end of this engaging journey of discovering, readers will have the definitive answer to why the best online searches involve more than typing a few words into Google.

Daniel M. Russell is Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness at Google. He has taught many classes on search methods, and more than four million students have taken his online power searching course.


First: Sandra Day O’Connor
Monday, October 28
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston

Award-winning author Evan Thomas and his wife Oscie Thomas, an attorney and frequent collaborator on his books, discuss his new bookFirst: Sandra Day O’Connor, drawn from exclusive interviews and first-time access to the archives of America’s first female Supreme Court justice. Barbara Perry, professor and director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, moderates.


Tools for Urban Conservation in Lucknow: Advocacy, Politics, and Civic Engagement
WHEN  Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, S153, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute
SPEAKER(S)  Ashima Krishna, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Buffalo
COST  Free
DETAILS  Urban conservation is often a pressing challenge in historic Indian cities experiencing the pressures of development. Many cities, often lacking any viable local-level policy and enforcement, have resorted to alternative tools, often citizen-led, to accomplish the goal of conservation. This seminar will explore the tools of advocacy, politics, and civic engagement through recent examples from the city of Lucknow in northern India.


Conversations on the Edge: Climate Change in Cambridge
Monday, October 28
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Main Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall, Cambridge

Join the Cambridge Center for Adult Education for a critical discussion on climate change in Cambridge. An October 2018 report suggested we have only 12 years left to significantly reduce worldwide carbon emissions to have any chance of decelerating global warming. The climate crisis predictions include sea-level rise, increased natural disasters, economic disruption, public health emergencies, an exacerbated refugee crisis, and worsened conditions for all—but especially for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Cambridge gets no pass—how will “our fair city” be transformed by climate change? What is the Greater Boston Area doing to prepare for the crises that are now inevitable and to prevent the worst outcomes for this city? How can we hold individuals, corporations, and governments responsible for ensuring a sustainable and environmentally-just future?


Bridging the Academic-Industry Divide in Infectious Disease Research
Monday, October 28
Aeronaut, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville


Sunrise Boston Action Team Meeting
Monday, October 28
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Old South Church in Boston, 645 Boylston Street, Boston

The action team is having an in person meeting at the Crawford library in Old South Church!

Questions? Email: or message our facebook page.


Women's National Book Association Boston Chapter at Porter Square Books to celebrate National Reading Group Month with Adrienne Brodeur and Tova Mirvis!
Monday, October 28
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Please join the Women's National Book Association Boston Chapter at Porter Square Books to celebrate National Reading Group Month with Adrienne Brodeur and Tova Mirvis!

Adrienne Brodeur's new memoir Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me is a daughter’s tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It’s a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.

Adrienne Brodeur began her career in publishing as the co-founder, along with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, of the fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story, which won the National Magazine Award for Best Fiction three times and launched the careers of many writers. She was a book editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for many years and, currently, she is the Executive Director of Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute. She has published essays in the New York Times. She splits her time between New York City and Cape Cod with her husband and children.     

In The Book of Separation, a moving memoir about leaving the only life she’s ever known, Tova Mirvis chronicles her courageous journey of walking away from her marriage and her faith. Born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family, Mirvis committed herself to observing the rules and rituals prescribed by this way of life, including marrying a man from within the fold and quickly beginning a family. But over the years, her doubts became noisier than her faith, and a month shy of her 40th birthday—after almost 17 years of marriage and three children—she upends the foundations of her life. Even though it would mean the loss of her friends, her community, and possibly even her family, Mirvis decides to leave her husband and her religion. Mirvis takes us through the first year of this new life, as she learns to move forward in a newly mapless world, balancing the rewards and costs of her choices.

Tova Mirvis is the author of three novels: Visible City, The Outside World, and The Ladies Auxiliary, a national bestseller. Her essays have appeared in various publications including the New York Times, the Boston Globe Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Poets and Writers, and her fiction has been broadcast on NPR. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

This event is being organized in partnership with the Women's National Book Association, in honor of National Reading Group Month. Founded in 2007, NRGM releases an annual "Great Group Reads" list and hosts author events every October throughout the nation, aiming to foster the values reading groups encourage: camaraderie, enjoyment of shared reading, and appreciation of literature and reading as conduits for transmitting culture and advancing civic engagement.

RSVP with the WBNA here: - If you're a WNBA member, your RSVP will enter you to our raffle for free books, plus a limited number of Porter Square Books gift cards for the first few who sign up!

About the Women's National Book Association Boston Chapter: Since its organization in 1954, the Boston Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association has worked to bring together women and men from all different segments of the book world – publishing professionals, writers, librarians, and anyone who loves books – by providing a range of events that aim to educate, entertain, and inspire. WNBA Boston also seeks to promote equality in the world of arts and letters by raising awareness of the professional challenges still extant for women in the publishing industry. To learn more or join today:

Tuesday, October 29

EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Program: Municipal Vulnerability Assessments for Coastal Communities
Tuesday, October 29
Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Fuss & O'Neill, Inc., 108 Myrtle Street, First Floor Conference Room, Quincy
Cost:  $25 - $100

The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. Communities who complete the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action Grant funding and other opportunities.

Specifically, the MVP Action Grant offers financial resources to municipalities that are seeking to advance priority adaptation actions to address climate change impacts resulting from extreme weather, sea level rise, inland and coastal flooding, and severe heat, for example. Projects that may be awarded funding through the MVP Action Grant program include, for instance, detailed vulnerability and risk assessments; public education and communication efforts; revisions to or creation of local bylaws, ordinances, or plans; infrastructure and facility redesigns or retrofits; and ecological restoration and habitat management in order to increase resiliency, among others.

This EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources program will focus on MVP Action Grant opportunities in coastal communities. Presenters will detail their experiences and thoughts regarding the MVP program and Action Grant process, including how their communities determined which projects to advance through this program and how they achieved the required matching fund.

The program will conclude with a robust panel discussion between attendees and the speakers.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this meeting (2.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Chair:
Stacy Minihane, Senior Associate, Beals and Thomas, Inc.
Speaker Agenda:
Update from the Town of Scituate, MA
Brad Washburn, Director of Planning and Development, Town of Scituate, MA
NB Resilient: New Bedford’s Climate Adaptation and Resilience Action Plan
Michele Paul, Director of Environmental Stewardship, City of New Bedford, MA
Using MVP to “Make Things Happen”
Mary Monahan, Associate | Director of Business Development, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.
Panel Moderator:
Mary Kate Schneeweis, Environmental Specialist, Beals and Thomas, Inc.


Sustainable AgTech Investment Forum
Tuesday, October 29
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
BU Questrom School of Business, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $195

This forum will bring together major organizations to discuss leading strategies that are creating more sustainable Food and Ag systems.
About this Event
This forum will bring together 150 senior executives including food industry corporates, institutional investors, PE/VC firms, AgTech startups, academics and policy makers to discuss the most promising AgTech innovations, investment strategies, new business models and industry partnerships that are creating more sustainable food and agriculture systems around the globe. 
Please contacts us at for more information. 
8:30am Venture Capital Investing in AgTech – Top Themes & Strategies
Leading corporate and PE investors will discuss where they are investing at the intersection of precision Ag and biologicals to solve major sustainability challenges in the food & ag industry. 
Andrew Ziolkowski, Managing Director, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures 
Brett Wong, Principal, Anterra Capital
Jacob E. Grose, Ph.D., Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital
9:15am Implementing Sustainable Ag Strategies to Increase Yield & Profits
A panel of farmland investors and operators and will discuss how they are leveraging AgTech innovations to create sustainable value across the supply chain and returns for shareholders. 
Hunt Stookey, Director of Research & Investment Strategy, Ceres Partners
David Gould, Head of Capital Markets & Investor Relations, AMERRA Capital
Dave Muth, PhD, Managing Partner, Alternative Equity Advisors & V.P., Peoples Company
Claire Kinlaw, PhD, Director, Innovation Commercialization, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (moderator)
10:00 Coffee Break
10:20am How Food Corporates Are Creating Sustainable Supply Chains 
Food corporates will address how innovation and new partnerships are creating more sustainable food & ag supply chains and increasing food safety and traceability.
Matthew Carstens, S.V.P., Land O’Lakes 
James Murphy, Vice President, Global Venturing and Emerging Growth Platforms, The Coca-Cola Company
Sara Olson, PhD, Research Director, Lux Research (moderator)
11:00am How AgTech Innovation Creates Healthier Food Systems
Leading Agtech innovators will discuss the role that biotech is playing in addressing the agriculture industry’s more pressing challenges in a series of 1-on-1 fireside chats.
Jim Blome, CEO, Calyxt (an Agbiotech company focused on developing crops with healthier characteristics.)
Andrey Zarur, CEO, GreenLight Biosciences (a biotechnology company focused on sustainable production of chemicals and fuels.
Adam Behrens, CEO, Cambridge Crops (edible and natural biomaterial coating that extends shelf life of perishable foods.)
Scott Uknes, Co-founder & Co-CEO, AgBiome (develops innovative, cutting-edge solutions using new knowledge of the plant-associated microbiome to create novel products.)
Mohammed Ashour, Co-Founder and CEO, Aspire Food Group (raises food-grade crickets on a commercial scale, and are actively working to normalize the consumption of insects in the western world.)
Keith Driver, Executive Vice President, Growth, Enterra Feed (TBC)
Ingrid Fung, Investment Associate, Finistere Ventures (moderator)
12:00pm Institutional Investor Engagement in the Food & Ag Sector
Institutional investors will uncover how they invest in companies taking concrete steps to make food and ag more sustainable and managing long-term industry risks in their portfolios. 
Kristine Pelletier, Partner, Co-Head, Impact Investing Committee, NEPC
12:35pm Networking Lunch
2pm Forum Concludes


Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network Conference
Tuesday, October 29
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, Shaw Conference Center, 777 Dedham Street, Newton
Cost:  $17.31

Registration for the 3rd annual Mass ECAN (Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network) conference is now open! Mass ECAN is a Massachusetts-based community of practice that works at the intersection of climate adaptation, ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation.
Our annual conference is a chance to connect and collaborate with peers working across the state to advance adaptation actions.
Join us on Oct. 29th to:
Learn about current climate adaptation work in Massachusetts 
Connect to new colleagues and mingle with network members and partners
Showcase your adaptation projects by sharing your organization's publications and joining our Poster Session

Additional details, along with the full agenda, will be available on our conference website:
Space is limited, so please rsvp.
Contact Mass ECAN with any questions. We'll be in touch with additional information as the event approaches. 
If you are unable to accomodate for the fee, but would still like to attend, please email
If you're not already signed up, join the Mass ECAN community here.
We look forward to seeing you in October!


The Social Determinants of Health and Educational Success: And What We Can Do About Them
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gutman Conference Center, (ground floor of Gutman Library), 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Health Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Education Redesign Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
SPEAKER(S)  Keynote: Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President, Healthy Communities, The California Endowment
Josephine Kim, Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Natalia Linos, Executive Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Moderator:  Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration; Director, Education Redesign Lab, HGSE
COST  Free & open to the Harvard community
CONTACT INFO  Marina Jokic, Sr. Communications Manager, Education Redesign Lab, HGSE
DETAILS  How and when do zip codes become more important than genetic codes when it comes to people’s health and educational outcomes? Join us for a talk and panel discussion with Dr. Anthony Iton, senior vice president for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, who will be presenting his work to advance policies and forge partnerships to build healthy communities. He will discuss how to design intensive, place-conscious interventions that draw on existing assets to socially, politically, and economically empower disadvantaged communities. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Josephine Kim, Lecturer on Education, HGSE and Natalia Linos, Executive Director, Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, HSPH. Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE; Director of the EdRedesign Lab will serve as moderator. The event is co-sponsored by the Education Redesign Lab, HGSE and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Toxic Tour of Agencies Involved in Weymouth Compressor Station
Tuesday, October 29
11:00 AM  1:00 PM
MA State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

Enbridge wants to dump a toxic, methane-emitting compressor station in Weymouth, but they aren't the only agency involved in this proposal. Join us on a tour of some of the agencies that have played a part in this toxic proposal. We'll be visiting Gov. Baker's office, DPH, TRC, MAPC, and others, to call on them to do the right thing by opposing Enbridge's dangerous compressor station proposal.

We'll meet at the front steps of the MA State House (24 Beacon St.) at 11AM on Tuesday, October 29. From there, we will march to other agencies in Downtown Boston. Come march with us!


Tuesday, October 29,
11:45am - 1pm (11:15 at the park on the corner of Congress and North streets if you can. We’ll walk together to BlackRock’s office.)
BlackRock Office, 60 State Street, Boston

Moms assign homework!
Join us on October 29
Boston, New York, and Beyond


WHAT: We’ll hand out homework, showing Larry how he can use his outsized power to lead the transition to renewable energy and create a healthy climate. We’ll also have big school bus artwork with Larry at the wheel. We’ll tell him to TURN THIS BUS AROUND AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.

Recommended Dress:  If you can swing it, business casual gets the attention of financial types going in and out of the building. Consider wearing a tie.


The Mis-Use of Social Media in Myanmar
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, S020, Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series, Harvard University Asia Center.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation 
SPEAKER(S)  Tyler Giannini, Clinical Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School
Yee Htun, Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law, International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School
Esther Htusan, Former Nieman Fellow, Harvard University; Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from Myanmar
Matthew Smith, Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School; CEO & Co-Founder of Fortify Rights


On the Trail of Xi Jinping: A New York Times correspondent talks about her time in China
Tuesday, October 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Jane Perlez is the bureau chief for The New York Times in Beijing. She has been a long time foreign correspondent for The Times, serving in East Africa, Central Europe, Southeast Asia, and Pakistan. She was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for coverage of Pakistan and Afghanistan. She is married to Raymond Bonner, former foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and author. While at the Shorenstein Center, Perlez will write about how the Chinese and American governments treat each other’s reporters as each side strives to describe, in very different ways, the world’s most important strategic relationship.


BERKMAN KLEIN LUNCHEON SERIES: North of Havana: A Lawyer's Truth
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C (Room 2036, Second Floor), 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
SPEAKER(S)  Martin Garbus, Author 
COST  Free - RSVP Required
DETAILS  During his distinguished career, Martin Garbus has established himself as a well-known trial lawyer representing the likes of Daniel Ellsberg and Leonard Peltier. But there is no story Garbus wants to tell more than that of his most challenging case: representing five Cuban spies marooned in the U.S. prison system and his efforts to get them out.
"North of Havana" tells the story of a spy ring sent by Cuba in the early 1990s to infiltrate anti-Communist extremists in Miami. Erroneously charged by the U.S. government in connection with the 1996 shootdown of two planes circulating anti-Castro leaflets over Havana, the spies — in the absence of evidence — were convicted in 2000 of conspiracy to commit espionage and murder. Caught up in the sweep of history, the Cuban Five, as they became known, played a central role over the next decade in the recent thaw in Cuban-American relations.


Downwind, Downhill, Downstream: Binational Security on the U.S.-Mexico Border
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  In the U.S.-Mexico border region, environmental emergencies — from wildfires to floods to toxic spills — are not circumscribed by jurisdictional boundaries and rescue operations unfold on the binational scale. Therefore, government policies aimed at fortifying and militarizing the border (including the construction of walls) undermine old partnerships between Mexican and American emergency services and thus threaten the safety and wellbeing of residents on both sides of the international divide. Based on ethnographic research in northern Mexico and southern U.S., this talk examines what happens when two security paradigms with very different approaches to space become misaligned.


What's So Special About Ukraine? Why Ukraine Is in the Middle of US Politics
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, 3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South Building, Room S-030, Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard; Director, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard
Emily Channell-Justice,Director, Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard
George Soroka, Lecturer on Government, Harvard
Margarita Balmaceda, Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
COST  Free
DETAILS  In recent weeks, Ukraine has found itself at the center of major events in US politics. Find out from Harvard experts and guest speaker(s) what makes this country geopolitically important, how it got caught up in the impeachment inquiry, and what's going on in its own government.
Geared toward a public audience, experts will offer some insights and be ready to answer questions.


MIT Climate Symposium: Challenges of Climate Policy
Tuesday, October 29
4:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT, Building E51: Wong Auditorium 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Chair: Richard Schmalensee, Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management and Professor of Economics Emeritus, Sloan School of Management and Department of Economics

Reception to follow

The second of MIT's six Climate Action Symposia, Challenges of Climate Policy, will be held on Tuesday, October 29. Topics will include:
societal impacts and policy challenges of climate change;
adaptations that could limit economic damages and national security risks; and
potential solutions to overcome domestic and international political hurdles for addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Climate Action Symposia series aims to advance our community’s understanding and expand our capacity to generate solutions for the urgent global challenge of climate change. Over the 2019-2020 academic year, the six symposia examine the current state of climate science and policy, as well as pathways for decarbonization of the global economy. We will also look at how universities can and should contribute solutions, including MIT’s efforts under our Plan for Action on Climate Change.

Schedule, speaker bios, livestream, and more:
Can't attend in person? Watch the livestream.

Stephen Ansolabehere, Harvard University
Max Auffhammer, UC Berkeley
Kathleen Hicks, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Henry Jacoby, MIT
Susanne Moser, Social Science for Climate Change
Andrew Steer, World Resources Institute
Leah Stokes, UC Santa Barbara


The Perils of Populist Nationalism: Japan and Korea in a New Era
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 4:15 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, S010, Tsai Auditorium, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the Kim Koo Forum at the Korea Institute, the Program on U.S Japan Relations, and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Gi-Wook Shin, William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea, Department of Sociology, Stanford University; Director, The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC); Director, Korea Program, Shorenstein APARC; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Harvard University; Director, Program on U.S. Japan Relations
Carter Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, Harvard University
Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University


Our Hidden Borders: Guantanamo, Interdiction, and the Rise of Offshore Migration Policing
Tuesday, October 29
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-095, 095 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge 

Jeffrey Kahn is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on issues of migration, mobility, border policing, and sovereignty. Prior to joining the Anthropology Department at UC Davis, Professor Kahn was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, a Robina Foundation International Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School, and a law clerk to the Hon. Judith W. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his JD from Yale Law School. Professor Kahn’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright program, and the American Society for Legal History. He is the author of Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire (University of Chicago Press 2019).Jeffrey Kahn is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on issues of migration, mobility, border policing, and sovereignty. Prior to joining the Anthropology Department at UC Davis, Professor Kahn was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, a Robina Foundation International Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School, and a law clerk to the Hon. Judith W. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his JD from Yale Law School. Professor Kahn’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright program, and the American Society for Legal History. He is the author of Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire (University of Chicago Press 2019).

Synopsis:  Where exactly are the United States' immigration borders? Are they simply at the edge of US sovereign territory as the fixation on walls, fences, and domestic enforcement programs would suggest? In this talk, I offer a different perspective by tracing the rise of a mobile US border regime and its extension out into ocean spaces hundreds and thousands of miles beyond US soil. Along the way, we'll examine the reimagining of Guantánamo as a model for flexible, extraterritorial migration control and the intensive litigation battles over the treatment of Haitian asylum seekers that both gave birth to the US asylum system and partially drove it into a space of oceanic exceptionalism. As we'll see, the emergence of offshore interdiction and detention reveals not only hidden features of our contemporary borderscape but the roots of a respatialization of the nation-state itself.


Driving Government Innovation: City and Philanthropic Leaders Partnering to Improve Child Well-being: Eat Up Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Education, Askwith Hall, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Education, Film
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Education Redesign Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education
SPEAKER(S)   Panelists will include community leaders, educators, and philanthropists such as Jill Shah of the Shah Family Foundation.
COST  Free & open to the Harvard community
CONTACT INFO  Marina Jokic, Sr. Communications Manager, EdRedesign Lab, HGSE
DETAILS  To address the urgent needs of children in many communities across the U.S., mayors and superintendents are experimenting with new ways to improve student achievement, expand programs and opportunities--including early childhood education, health and mental health services and college access--and improve government operations. This session will begin with the screening of Eat Up which describes the transformation Boston Public Schools' healthy program (to locally prepared meals that students like!) through a partnership with the Shah Family Foundation. Following the 30-minute film, a panel will discuss examples of innovations in their communities and nationally that have resulted in positive outcomes for children and families.


Climate Change Risks and Resiliency for the Energy Industry in New England
Tuesday, October 29
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
BlueWave Solar, 111 Huntington Avenue, Suite 650, Boston

Join us for the upcoming New England Women in Energy and the Environment [NEWIEE] Boston Chapter upcoming a panel discussion on the risks associated with a changing climate.

The threat of extreme weather and related events pose numerous challenges to energy production and distribution facilities. Increasingly frequent, intense, and costly events arising from hurricanes, wildfires, and sea level rise affect legal liabilities, insurance coverage, risks of adverse community and environmental impacts, industrial design, and financial disclosures. These extreme events may result in dramatic impacts to business operations, chemical releases, environmental harm, and a wide range of legal liabilities. This panel explores a number of these pressing issues that the energy and utilities industries are facing today, such as facility adaptation, litigation related to climate change, and increasing pressure to disclose the potential physical and resulting financial impacts of climate change/extreme weather events. This panel will also discuss risk assessment approaches to facility operations and infrastructure, communities, and the environment.


Boston Common Master Plan - Public Open House #1
Tuesday, October 29
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Bill Bordy Theater at Emerson College, 216 Tremont Street, Boston

Come learn more about the Boston Common Master Plan!

As "America’s First Public Park" and an oasis in downtown Boston, Boston Common is one of the most treasured green spaces in the world. The goal of the Master Plan is to create a Common that will serve the people of Boston and visitors alike while protecting this special place for decades to come.
Over the past several months, we have been deeply engaged in a conversation about the future of Boston Common. The level of engagement was significant:
4,000 people completed the online survey
We held eight "Mini Common" pop up events on the Common and out in the neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Beacon Hill, Roxbury, Chinatown, Back Bay, and East Boston.
Nearly 1,200 people engaged in the “Mini Common” pop up events.
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of the Public Garden invite you to the first Boston Common Master Plan Open House on October 29th between 5:30 and 8pm at the Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street. The formal presentation will begin at 6:30 pm (see schedule below). During this "town hall" style meeting, the public will have the opportunity to:
Hear an overview of the Boston Common Master Plan project
Provide general feedback
Preview the initial survey results
Comment on specific topics drawn from community responses, such as security, programming & events, accessibility, and more
Learn about next steps
How can you participate? The Open House format will include opportunities for active participation as well as a slideshow presentation. The presentation will be made available on the project website at, where you can also take the survey. This is the first in a series of open houses, so please check the website for updates.
We are deeply grateful for your continued commitment to providing meaningful feedback for the Boston Common Master Plan, which is so incredibly important in shaping the future of the Common. We look forward to seeing you at this and future open houses and outreach events!
Sign-in / Open Gallery / Topical Stations: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 
Formal Presentation: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Q&A: 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Open Gallery/Topical Stations: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM


The Changing Face of Poverty: Can Africa Surprise the World?
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Politics, JFK Jr. Forum
Cosponsored by the Belfer Center
SPEAKER(S)  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Board, Gavi, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Former Managing Director of Operations, World Bank, Nigeria’s Finance Minister (2003-2006, 2011-2015)
Moderator: Zoe Marks
COST  Free
DETAILS  Join us for the 2019 Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on solutions to global poverty, moderated by Professor Zoe Marks.


FORUM: Trade Tensions and the Future of the Global Economy
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, JFK Jr. Forum, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Douglas Elmendorf, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School; Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy
Gita Gopinath, 2019 Malcolm H. Wiener Lecture in International Political Economy; Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund; John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics, Harvard University
Moderator: Jason Furman , Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
COST  Free
DETAILS  The 2019 Malcolm H. Wiener Lecture in International Political Economy with IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath and Professor Jason Furman on trade tensions and the future of the global economy.


Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation Between the Granddaughter of a Holocaust Survivor, and the Granddaughter of an SS Officer
Tuesday, October 29
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Northeastern,  Snell 121, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

On October 29, novelist Rachel Kadish and memoirist Julie Lindahl will join us for “Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation between the Granddaughter of a Holocaust Survivor, and the Granddaughter of an SS Officer.” 

The event is part of the series of podcasts and speaking engagements Kadish and Lindahl cofounded, called “Voices Between: Stories Against Extremism,” in which they pair up creative artists whose families come from different sides of communities riven by extremism. 

Kadish is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, who were rescued by a Japanese diplomat. Lindahl was born in Brazil to a German family. It wasn’t until early adulthood that she unearthed the truth about her grandfather, whom she’d been told was a farmer during the war. In fact her grandfather was in the SS, and her grandmother was an enthusiastic SS wife. 


Climate and Gender from the Climate Puzzles for Diplomats series
Tuesday, October 29
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
TUFTS, The Fletcher School, Crowe Room, Mugar 200, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

During this session, our PhDs will gather to introduce key topics in the climate field and how they intersect with topics in gender studies. What does adopting gender lenses involve in the context of addressing climate change? How do we account for the slow violence of environmental damage? Whose burden is it to advocate for change? 
We will start the conversation with perspectives from our guests who are pursuing their PhD in different fields of gender studies, and together will discuss how climate can be mainstreamed.

The whole community is welcome!


The Technical Revolution of Esports, Gaming, Gambling, and Blockchain
Tuesday, October 29
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
MIT Stata Center, Building 32- 123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Pre-registration is required – livestream or in person

This event will be live streamed. Select the live stream ticket option if you would like to watch the event on-line.

If you registered for the live stream, you'll be emailed a link & password between 5:30 PM & 6:00 PM on the day of the event.

6:00 - 6:30 pm Registration with snacks
6:30 - 8:00 pm Panel Discussion
8:00 - 9:00 pm Networks with drinks in the 4th floor R&D Pub

In recent years, esports, gambling, and gaming companies have embraced technological advances in broadcasting, content distribution, and blockchain technologies. The technological expansion opportunities in tournaments, gameplay, merchandise sales, sponsorship, patent protection, and even skin trading have accelerated the esports and gaming industry’s expansion. The fusion of esports, gambling, and gaming with emerging blockchain technologies allows for unprecedented access to the management of electronic assets in a secure environment and long-term monetization.

Take a deep dive with our panel of gaming, gambling, esports, and software experts, legal experts, and entrepreneurs into the technological revolution driven by esports, gaming, and online gambling.

At this panel discussion, attendees will learn about:

Future of technology, business, and marketing in esports, gaming, and online gambling
Successful entrepreneurial trends and launch strategies – pitfalls and key wins
Funding experiences
Protecting innovation
Blockchain’s role in augmenting these industries
Khalid Jones, Managing Partner, Source Rock Partners, LLP
Jonathan Baha’i, Founder and President, Peerplays Blockchain Standards Association
Soham Chowdhury, Director of Data Science and CS:GO Head Coach, Cloud9 Esports
Jon Fallon, General Counsel & SVP of Legal Affairs, High 5 Games
Giovanna Fessenden, Of Counsel, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Marco Mereu, Senior Vice President of Content Marketing/Distribution & GM of Framerate, Super League Gaming
Kevin Mitchell, Director of Business Development at National Amusements Inc., Adjunct Professor for eSports, Emerson College


Food Routes: Growing Bananas In Iceland And Other Tales From The Logistics Of Eating, With Robyn Metcalfe
Tuesday, October 29
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
BU, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Even if we think we know a lot about good and healthy food—buying organic, subscribing to slow food, reading Eater—we likely don't know much about how our food gets to the table. What happens between the farm and the kitchen? Why are all avocados from Mexico? Why does a restaurant in Maine order lamb from New Zealand? In Food Routes, food historian and food futurist Robyn Metcalfe explores an oftenoverlooked aspect of the global food system: how food moves from producer to consumer. A lecturer and research scholar at the University of Texas at Austin and director of Food+City, who earned her PhD in history at Boston University, Metcalfe finds that the food supply chain is adapting to our increasingly complex demands for both personalization and convenience—but, she says, it won't be an easy ride.


Boston Green Drinks - October 2019 Happy Hour
Tuesday, October 29
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Warehouse Bar & Grille, 40 Broad Street, Boston

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


DREAM BIG: Protecting Democracy by Defending the Vote
Tuesday, October 29
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT  96PM - Reception | 7PM - Public Program0
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Join Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries, and the Cambridge Public Library Foundation Board of Directors for a special conversation about how voter suppression is impacting democracy and next steps to take with the following luminaries:
Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of One Person, No Vote, White Rage, Bourgeois Radicals and Eyes off the Prize;
Lawrence Lessig, the the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. His current work addresses “institutional corruption”—relationships which, while legal, weaken public trust in an institution—especially as that affects democracy. His books include: They Don’t Represent Us (forthcoming in 2019) and Fidelity & Constraint: How the Supreme Court Has Read the American Constitution (2019);
and Rachael V. Cobb, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science & Legal Studies at Suffolk University, who will moderate the conversation. She specializes in U.S. elections, election administration and political participation, and serves on the board of MassVOTE and the Boston Election Advisory Committee.


Women in Sports, Leadership and Empowerment
WHEN  Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall, Soldiers Field Rd, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Business School
SPEAKER(S)  Maura Healey, Attorney General of Massachusetts
Kathy Delaney-Smith, Harvard Women’s Basketball Coach
Katey Stone, Harvard Women’s Hockey Coach
Allison Feaster, Boston Celtic’s Director of Player Development
Jessica Gelman, CEO of Kraft Analytics Group
COST  Free
DETAILS  Sports provide women with an amazing opportunity to learn how to navigate and overcome the persistent barriers to achieving gender equity. Join us for an engaging discussion, which will cover strategies to handle adversity and touch on topics such as leadership, confidence, and taking initiative to make positive changes in your career and beyond.


The First Cell:  And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last
Tuesday, October 29
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes oncologist and author AZRA RAZA—Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director, MDS Center at Columbia University—for a discussion of her new book, The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last. She will be joined in conversation by DR. PETER D. KRAMER, psychiatrist, writer, and Brown Medical School professor. 

About The First Cell
We have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet—a few innovations notwithstanding—a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one was fifty years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one's life at agonizing physical and financial cost.
In The First Cell, Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal. Indeed, Raza describes how she bore the terrible burden of being her own husband's oncologist as he succumbed to leukemia. Like When Breath Becomes Air, The First Cell is no ordinary book of medicine, but a book of wisdom and grace by an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.


Atlas Obscura, Second Edition
Tuesday, October 29
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Joshua Foer in conversation with Jack Lepiarz
This revised and updated second edition includes 120 new entries and a fold-out road trip map (with a dream itinerary) to offer readers even more of the most unusual, curious, bizarre, and mysterious places on earth. Oversized, beautifully packaged, compellingly written, scrupulously researched, and filled with photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, and more, this is the book that inspires equal parts wonder and wanderlust.

Joshua Foer is the co-founder and chairman of Atlas Obscura. He is also the author of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, a bestseller published in 33 languages, and a forthcoming book about the world’s last hunter-gatherers.

The son of a circus performer and an anthropology professor, Jack Lepiarz received his broadcasting degree from Emerson College, where he worked as an anchor, producer and news director for WERS 88.9 FM. He joined WBUR in the spring of 2010, and maintains a healthy love for performing and the circus.


Energy Democracy 101
Tuesday, October 29
Central Square Library, Lewis Room, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge

Why a Green New Deal needs public ownership of utilities


North Korea:  Peace?  Nuclear War?
Tuesday, October 29
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Fresh views by leading experts of the Korean nuclear crisis.

William Overholt, a senior research fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government (M-RCBG) at the Harvard Kennedy School, has announced a forthcoming book, North Korea: Peace? Nuclear War?, that provides fresh views by leading experts of the Korean nuclear crisis, how it might be solved, and the exceptional difficulties of any solution. The experts represent all viewpoints, parties, and countries involved (except North Korea itself) and have conflicting viewpoints on many issues. They agree that instant denuclearization of North Korea is impossible. The book does, however, show that there is a path to peace.
North Korea: Peace? Nuclear War? is sponsored by three research centers at Harvard, including M-RCBG, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and the Korea Institute. Overholt was involved in the earliest non-proliferation efforts in Asia, including curtailing the South Korea nuclear program. He published the first book on nuclear proliferation and nuclear strategy in Asia, titled Asia’s Nuclear Future (1976). The co-authors’ views are diverse and some contradict aspects of the Editor’s overview. Hard copies of the book will become available in April. It is endorsed by leading national security experts, including William Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Gregory Treverton, former Chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. The book’s sponsorship does not imply endorsement of any opinions.


Sunrise Boston Karaoke Night
Tuesday, October 29
7 PM – 10 PM
Democracy Brewing, 35 Temple Place, Boston

Come one come all to the second ever Sunrise Boston karaoke and open mic fundraiser event at Democracy Brewing! Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. The Boston hub is raising money to support our work.

Donate $5 to sing or perform ($10 for 2 or more people), OR donate $10 to sign your friend up to sing!! We all have one of those friends who needs some encouragement. A $3 suggested donation to entry will also enter you into a raffle with additional raffle tickets available. 

Democracy Brewing has generously allowed us to use their back room, and has agreed to donate $1 per beer sold. Open Mic will be from 7-8, and karaoke after. Sunrise swag will be available for sale. Bring all your friends, we’re trying to pack the place! If you plan to be there, please put yourself down as 'going' to this event. See you there!!

Wednesday, October 30

2019 National Community Leadership Summit
Wednesday, October 30
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
BU, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $0 – $150

Join us for the 6th Annual Leadership Summit, hosted by Boston Medical Center’s Vital Village Network! This one-day summit, unlike any other, will bring together change makers from across the country who are dedicated to ensuring that children and families have equitable access to the tools and resources they need to thrive.

This summit is an opportunity for personal and professional development and networking for community leaders, municipal and state policymakers, educators, practitioners, community-based organizations, researchers, funders, and families to work together to focus on community capacity building and engagement strategies to promote child wellbeing.
Event Information/Summit Website:


Campus Sustainability Month Film Screening: Bag It!
Wednesday, October 30 
11:40am to 1:15pm
Northeastern, Curry Student Center 346, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Please join us for the screening of "Bag It", a film about plastic pollution which is a timely topic during campus sustainability month. Light snacks will be provided. Coffee will be available - bring your own mug! 


“Leadership in our Times” with Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman – Voices in Leadership
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Kresge 10th floor or online, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Health Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Division of Policy Translation & Leadership
SPEAKER(S)  Wendy R. Sherman, Ambassador and professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School
Meredith Rosenthal, C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy. 
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO Shaina Martis ( 
DETAILS  Join us for the next Voices in Leadership event on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 12-1 p.m., featuring Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman. Sherman is a professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, she is a Senior Fellow at the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Ambassador Sherman is Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Moderated by Meredith Rosenthal, C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy.


How to Enlarge NATO: The Debate Inside the Clinton Administration, 25 Years On
Wednesday, October 30
MIT, Building E40-496 (Pye Room), 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Mary Sarotte, Johns Hopkins University
Newly available sources, declassified because of Prof. Sarotte’s appeals, show how the 1993-95 debate over the best means of expanding NATO unfolded inside the Clinton administration.  These sources make apparent that, during a critical decision-making period twenty-five years ago, supporters of a relatively swift conferral of full membership to a narrow range of countries outmaneuvered proponents of a slower, phased conferral of limited membership to a wide range of states.  In this seminar, Prof. Sarotte will draw on both her previous publications and her current work-in-progress to examine these events and their legacy.

Mary Elise Sarotte is the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC.  Her five books include The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall and 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe, both of which were named Financial Times Books of the Year, along with receiving other awards and commendations. Sarotte earned her AB in History and Science at Harvard University and her PhD in History at Yale University.  After graduate school, she served as a White House Fellow and subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Cambridge.  Sarotte received tenure at Cambridge in 2004 and returned to the United States to teach at University of Southern California as the Dean's Professor of History before moving to Hopkins.  Sarotte is a former Humboldt Scholar, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a research associate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She is currently writing a book on the history of NATO enlargement; it is based (among other sources) on formerly secret Defense Department, State Department, and White House documents which she has declassified though Freedom of Information appeals.


Free Lunch & Workshop: Optimize Your Experience Working At Home 
Wednesday, October 30
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Community TV (CCTV), 438 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

In this workshop, you will be introduced to a tool that can illuminate your own priorities in new ways. We will co-create a space and framework where we can share strategies and suggestions with others dealing with similar experiences.

A light lunch will be served. We'll have vegetarian and chicken-based options; if you have other dietary needs, please consider bringing your own food along with you.

Lastly – this is a small workshop. If it turns out that you cannot attend, please let me know ASAP so another at-home worker can join the group.
Thanks for getting together for lunch, connection, and insight!


Planning, policy and politics for a rapid low-carbon energy transition in the US
Wednesday, October 30
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Given denial campaigns funded by the fossil fuel industry for four decades, the US has stalled on climate policy. We now have very little time to dramatically transform our energy system. What are some of the policies, politics and planning challenges on the way to a low carbon energy system in the US? Leah will present a variety of research papers she is working on, as well as some of her applied policy work, to explain where we are in this moment on US climate policy.


Crafty Crows, Tropical Islands, and the Mystery of Human Technological Evolution
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Research study, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Christian Rutz, 2019–2020 Grass Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; professor of biology, University of St Andrews (United Kingdom)
COST  Free
DETAILS  In this lecture, Rutz will explain how New Caledonian and Hawaiian crows can shed light on the biological processes that allow rudimentary technologies to arise, advance, and diversify.


Temporal Reliability of Welfare Estimates from Revealed Preferences
Wednesday, October 30
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Littauer, Room L-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Yongjie Ji, Iowa State University, David Keiser, University of Massachusetts, and Catherine Kling, Cornell University

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Contact Name:  Jason Chapman


Artisan's Futures: Allston Visioning
Wednesday, October 30
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, Somerville

Our first pass as a community to share programming ideas and identify priorities for a new home.

Over the last several months, Artisan's has been exploring a number of options for a potential relocation. One of the options is the redevelopment of a site in Allston in partnership with a developer and a university.
You are invited to come learn about this site and envision ways that Artisan's can use it to launch our next chapter of growth and service to the arts and fabrication communities in our second decade.
Please join the conversation next Wednesday, October 30 from 5:30 to 7:30PM in the social area. 
Program is:
Introduce the Analogue team
Introduce the Allston property
Guided programming exercise 
Next Steps


The Hunting Club: The Science Behind Improving Our Creativity
Wednesday, October 30
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
33 Harrison Avenue, Boston

The Hunting Club's Q4 event features the one and only Will Burns, Forbes Contributor and Founder of Ideasicle.

Will Burns, Forbes Contributor and Founder of Ideasicle, has been studying creativity for as long as he can remember. Watching it happen at agencies like Wieden & Kennedy, Goodby and Arnold. Always curious about the properties of creativity and the conditions under which creativity is more likely. Not surprising then that his company, Ideasicle, does nothing but come up with ideas. But on October X, Will is going to share his research findings into creativity. The sometimes head-scratching scientific studies that show how we can improve our own creativity and that of our companies (e.g. did you know walking increases creativity by 40%). Then, if things work out as planned between now and then, he’s going to give us a super secret, behind the scenes look at the evolved software platform he’s developing called “Ideasicle X” that promises to become an indispensable tool for anyone depending on great ideas.


Climate Justice and Carbon Pricing
Wednesday, October 30
6:00PM TO 7:00PM

Join the Harvard Extension Student Environmental Club for a webinar with Cindy Luppi, New England Director at Clean Water Action. Learn how Cindy is helping to coordinate a number of coalitions and community-based efforts to reduce pollution and promote a cleaner, more sustainable economy. Please register for the webinar on Eventbrite and join us a few minutes before the webinar begins.


Harvard Science Book Talk: S. James Gates & Cathie Pelletier, "Proving Einstein Right”
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR FAS Division of Science;  Cabot Science Library; Harvard Book Store
SPEAKER(S)  S. James Gates
Cathie Pelletier
DETAILS  In this talk, theoretical physicist Sylvester James “Jim” Gates, Jr., and critically acclaimed author Cathie Pelletier will discuss their new book, "Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe," which tells the incredible true story of seven determined astronomers, who traveled the world during five eclipses to determine if the stars’ light waves would follow Newton’s law of gravitation, or Einstein’s new theory of relativity.


The Peril and Promise of Solar Geoengineering
Wednesday, October 30
Harvard, Geo Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

David Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, SEAS; Professor of Public Policy, HKS.
Solar geoengineering research aims to reduce the impacts of global climate change. One possibility is to put aerosols into the stratosphere to alter Earth’s energy budget. This emerging technology entails risks and uncertainties, along with serious challenges to global governance. The greatest threat, perhaps, is that it will be used as a technical fix and encourage people to avoid the emissions cuts that are fundamental to curbing long-term climate risks. David Keith will describe the simple physics underlying the climate’s response to stratospheric aerosols, the risks, and the trade-offs among solar geoengineering, carbon removal, and emissions reductions.


Transportation & Climate Community Engagement Workshop - Roxbury
Wednesday, October 30
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Roxbury Community College - Reggie Lewis Center, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing

Together, we have an opportunity to address two of the greatest challenges we face: transportation and climate change.

Opportunity - Equity - Investment
Massachusetts is part of the multi-state Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), which is working to build a regional program that would cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and invest the proceeds in a cleaner, more resilient, and more equitable low-carbon transportation system. 
Over the summer, state agencies held six regional workshops to ask you what you hoped to see in the TCI proposal. At this session, we will ask for your thoughts and suggestions on the newly-released draft framework for this regional program.
While the overall goal is to reduce the far-reaching climate impacts of vehicles and fuels, Massachusetts is particularly focused on delivering benefits to communities that are under-served by current transportation options and disproportionately burdened by pollution.
Notes: Park in any Lot #1 or #2 space that is not designated as employee parking. Electric vehicle spaces in Lot #1 are for EV charging only and should not be used for general parking. A light evening meal will be served during check-in, which starts at 5:30 p.m.


Lightning Talks and Networking with New England Aquarium's Global Fellows
Wednesday, October 30
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Connect and network with Fellows from the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) program.

Join us for lightning talks and networking with Fellows from the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF). Among the eleven MCAF Fellows you will meet are three National Geographic Explorers, a Rolex Award for Enterprise winner, a Fulbright Scholar and a scientist who brought about Costa Rica's first ever shark sanctuary. Fellows will be joining us from nine different countries, including Argentina, the Philippines, Senegal and Sri Lanka. 

Through microgrants and enduring professional support, the MCAF program accelerates the impact of international changemakers, who through science, social entrepreneurship and innovation are taking on the most challenging problems facing the ocean.
Featuring remarks by Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of the New England Aquarium and Mark Huang, Co-Founder and Managing Director of SeaAhead. Drinks and appetizers will be served. 

To learn more about the New England Aquarium's Marine Conservation Action Fund, including the Fellows program, visit the program webpage at


"The Transatlantic Partnership at Crossroads”
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Weatherhead Center for International Affiars, Seminar on Cultural Politics; co-chair: Professor Panagiotis Roilos
SPEAKER(S)  Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies. Fletcher, Tufts University


GAZA Documentary Film Screening
WHEN  Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Langdell South, 1545 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative of Harvard Divinity School
SPEAKER(S)  Garry Keane, Co-Director
Andrew McConnell, Co-Director
Yousef Alzaeem, Master of Public Administration candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Soledad Rueda, Former Deputy Head, Sub-delegation in Gaza, International Red Cross
Moderator: Alain Lempereur, Brandeis University
COST  Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
DETAILS  The documentary film GAZA takes audiences to a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports, to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters. TV director/producer Garry Keane and photographer Andrew McConnell wanted to address the disparity between perception and reality of a land that is so much more than its portrayal in the media.
Their Gaza is a place where smiles, joy and even brief moments of hope are woven with threads of despair, frustration and fatigue, where life moves in cycles, with the weight of the past bearing down on any hope for the future.
See the trailer here:


Extinction Rebellion Listening Circle (in person)
Wednesday, October 30
7 p.m.
Small Planet Institute, 12 Elliot Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Gather with fellow human beings to share and connect about the changing climate and its emotional toll. In our fast-paced, responsibility-driven lives, there is often little space to reflect and process the impact of this profound loss of our shared home and future embedded in this unfolding ecological crisis. 

Join with others and fight the temptation to dissociate and wallow in isolation. Together let us find our voice, our power and our common nature. All all welcome.

RSVP welcome but not required: to your co-host, Mac Loftin,, (713) 294-6955


The Atlas of Boston History
Wednesday, October 30
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Local historian and volume editor Nancy Seasholes presents The Atlas of Boston History: The Making of a City, a unique addition to works about Boston history. 

Few American cities possess a history as long, rich, and fascinating as Boston’s. A site of momentous national political events from the Revolutionary War through the civil rights movement, Boston has also been an influential literary and cultural capital. From ancient glaciers to landmaking schemes and modern infrastructure projects, the city’s terrain has been transformed almost constantly over the centuries. The Atlas of Boston History traces the city’s history and geography from the last ice age to the present with beautifully rendered maps.

Edited by historian Nancy S. Seasholes, this landmark volume captures all aspects of Boston’s past in a series of fifty-seven stunning full-color spreads. Each section features newly created thematic maps that focus on moments and topics in that history. These maps are accompanied by hundreds of historical and contemporary illustrations and explanatory text from historians and other expert contributors. They illuminate a wide range of topics including Boston’s physical and economic development, changing demography, and social and cultural life. In lavishly produced detail, The Atlas of Boston History offers a vivid, refreshing perspective on the development of this iconic American city.

Nancy S. Seasholes is a historian and historical archaeologist who works as an independent scholar. Her books include Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston and Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land. 


Eat Joy:  Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers
Wednesday, October 30
7:30 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes celebrated local authors and contributors LAURA VAN DEN BERG and CLAIRE MESSUD for a discussion of Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers. They will be joined in conversation by artist and writer NATALIE EVE GARRETT, the editor of Eat Joy.

About Eat Joy
This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America’s most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times―be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, or the pain of heartache.
Lev Grossman explains how he survived on “sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey” General Tso’s tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties. Claire Messud tries to understand how her mother gave up dreams of being a lawyer to make “a dressed salad of tiny shrimp and avocado, followed by prune-stuffed pork tenderloin.” What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.


Tough Love:  My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
Wednesday, October 30
7:30 PM (Doors at 7:00)
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Cost:  $8 - $32.00 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes SUSAN RICE—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations—for a discussion of her new memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For. She will be joined in conversation by renowned scholar, literary critic, and filmmaker HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR.

About Tough Love
Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Susan Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. Taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few, Susan now shares the wisdom she learned along the way. Laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life in Washington, D.C., she also examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. 

Rice provides an insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades, ranging from “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda and the East Africa embassy bombings in the late 1990s, and from conflicts in Libya and Syria to the Ebola epidemic, a secret channel to Iran, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. With unmatched insight and characteristic bluntness, she reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the struggle to contain the fallout from Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration.

Although you might think you know Susan Rice—whose name became synonymous with Benghazi following her Sunday news show appearances after the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya—now, through these pages, you truly will know her for the first time. Often mischaracterized by both political opponents and champions, Rice emerges as neither a villain nor a victim, but a strong, resilient, compassionate leader.

Intimate, sometimes humorous, but always candid, Tough Love makes an urgent appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership.

Thursday, October 31

The Future of U.S.-Ukraine Relations: A Conversation with Ukrainian Students
Thursday, October 31
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Tufts, Isobe Room, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Please join the Fletcher Eurasia Club for a conversation with the students from the Kyiv-Mohyla School of Diplomacy (KMSD) of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA). Via a videoconference, the students will exchange their views and perspectives on the current state and future of the U.S.-Ukraine relations as well as discuss potential areas of cooperation between the two countries. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite. Please only register if you know you will be able to attend, as spaces are limited.

Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, NaUKMA is an internationally-recognized leader in educational innovation that actively works to influence the future of Ukraine. The aim of KMSD is to investigate current issues in the field of international relations and diplomacy as well as to develop and implement effective practices for the preparation of international affairs experts. In accordance with this goal, KMSD activities combine analytical research and training components.


Interview with Erling Norrby, 1 of 5 on the Noble Prize Selection Committee
Thursday, October 31
11 am
Cogo Labs, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge (behind Cambridge Brewery)

Erling Norrby was a professor of Virology for 25 years at the Karolinska Institute, the School of Medicine in Stockholm, and during these years he was heavily involved in the selection process for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He then served as Permanent Secretary at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for six years. In this position he had an overriding role for the prizes in physics and chemistry and was a member of the Board of the Nobel Foundation. Currently, Norrby researches the Nobel Archives, which are opened for scholarly research 50 years after a prize is awarded. He has written three books about his research: Nobel Prizes and Life Sciences, and Nobel Prizes and Nature’s Surprises.


Affordable Housing: Keeping Our Community
Thursday, October 31
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Harvard Square, Cambridge
Cost:  $15 pay more if you can afford it, less if you need to. $5 full-time student. 

You are invited to join us on this week discussion topic on AFFORDABLE HOUSING: KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY
11:00 Registration opens
11:30 Focus talk: A panel of WomenExplore participants
12:15 Main lecture: LARRY FIELD, deputy director Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, promoting equitable, sustainable communities
1:00 Open discussion 

Please feel free to bring and enjoy your own lunch during the lecture. Complimentary tea and coffee are available during registration.

617 926 1126


Sustainability Lunch Series
Thursday, October 31
11:45am to 12:45pm
MIT, Building E62-262, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Join MIT Sloan Professor David Keith and Nick Pudar (Sr Lecturer, formerly of GM) for a conversation on how System Dynamics can be used to map the future of EVs, car sharing, and a more sustainable mobility sector.


Hong Kong: The Rise and Fall of One Country, Two Systems
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Rubenstein 414AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.
SPEAKER(S)  William Overholt, M-RCBG Senior Research Fellow, former President, Fung Global Institute, Hong Kong
DETAILS  This seminar, part of M-RCBG's weekly Business & Government Seminar Series, will be given by William Overholt, M-RCBG Senior Research Fellow and former President, Fung Global Institute, Hong Kong.
Lunch will be served. RSVPs are helpful:


Problems and Possibilities in Agroecology:  an Historical Perspective from Lesotho, Southern Africa
Thursday, October 31
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Multi-Purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Chris Conz, Department of History, Tufts University
James Machobane was a visionary farmer who sought environmental justice by promoting intensive, ecologically sustainable agriculture to improve food systems in Lesotho. Taking an historical approach, this presentation explores Machobane’s motivations, innovations, and objectives to show the possibilities and problems of combating, through agricultural reform, the systemic injustices created by dispossession, colonialism, and the political-economy of migrant labor in the 1950s and 60s. This story, and the various social tensions within it, offers comment on development discourses and on other agroecological systems now being advocated in our era of industrial agriculture, climate change, and intensifying drought in southern Africa.

Dr. Chris Conz teaches African History at Tufts University. He completed his Ph.D. in history at Boston University in 2017, where he developed his research interests in environmental history in southern Africa, especially the intersections of knowledge, agriculture, health, and development in Lesotho. His current book project is titled Environmental History in a Small Place: Ecological Change, Development, and the Politics of Science in Lesotho. He has published articles in Agricultural History, Environment & History, and the Journal of Southern African Studies.


Understanding Grassroots Activism in Russia
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South Building, Room S354, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Yevgeniya Chirikova, Environmental Activist
Elizabeth Plantan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Moderator: Aurélie Bros, Senior Fellow, Energy Project, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies; Lecturer on Government, Harvard University
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO  dDavis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Phone: 617-495-4037
Fax: 617-495-8319
DETAILS  Despite a lull after the Soviet collapse, grassroots activism in Russia is growing. The protests for free elections that swept across Russia this summer may have captured international headlines, but many other grassroots groups have been organizing over the last decade. What types of civic movements exist in today’s Russia? What risks do activists face? How do they interact with the state or state-protected interest groups? Finally, what role could grassroots groups play in democratizing Russia? Yevgeniya Chirikova sheds light on these questions through her experience as an environmental activist and creator of, a website covering Russian grassroots activism.
Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.


Book Talk- Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, S050- CGIS South, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Classes/Workshops, Education, Law, Lecture
SPEAKER(S)  Stuart Schrader, Johns Hopkins University


Free World: The Creation of a U.S. Global Order
WHEN  Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S)  Peter Slezkine, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program
DETAILS  Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


The European Culture Wars and the Decay of European Democracy – A Lecture by Joseph Weiler
Thursday, October 31
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm 
Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Barristers' Hall, Boston

It has become clear to most that the major challenge Europe faces is not primarily Economic but one of shared or unshared values and sense of identity, national and European. It remains clear to some but not to most that the Union continues to suffer from a profound democracy deficit fueling the battle cry "Take Back Control." In his lecture Professor Weiler, will try and disentangle these various somber threads.

J.H.H. Weiler is University Professor at NYU Law School and Senior Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard. He served previously as President of the European University Institute, Florence. Prof. Weiler is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law (EJIL) and the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON).

Co-sponsored by the Boston University Law School.


How to Change the World with Doug Rauch Founder of Daily Table + Former President of Trader Joe's
Thursday, October 31
3:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 4-265, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear), Cambridge

Each week MIT Solve is inviting social impact leaders to speak in our First Year Discovery class, "How to Change the World: Experiences from Social Entrepreneurs." But it is so much more than a class! Join us for this free event with free refreshments open to the public to be inspired by incredible leaders. No RSVP needed!

This week, we'll have Doug Rauch, Co-CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Founder of the Daily Table, and Retired President of Trader Joe's. 

Doug spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, the last 14 years as a President, helping grow the business from a  small, nine-store chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story. He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and wrote and executed the Business Plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally. He graduated from Trader Joe’s in 2008.

Doug is also the Founder/President of Daily Table, an innovative non-profit retail solution tackling the issue of hunger/obesity by utilizing the excess, high quality, nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted. Daily Table offers tasty, nutritious grab-n-go meals and groceries at affordable prices to the food insecure (49 million Americans) in our inner cities in a manner that delivers dignity and economic sustainability.

He received his Executive M.B.A. from the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont University, where he won several honorary awards including the Early Career Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from Peter Drucker.

Doug is also a Trustee at Olin College of Engineering; Board of Overseers at WBUR; and serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies.

Class description:
Every week, we’ll meet role models who will provide a taste of what it means to change the world through social innovation. We’ll span from micro to macro: interviewing individual entrepreneurs, and exploring the broader ecosystem that supports change-makers, both around MIT and globally. Each session will cover an aspect of making an impact, from identifying opportunities for change, to market fit, and planning for scale. We will feature conversations with social entrepreneurs from MIT Solve’s portfolio. Each student will get hands-on mentoring from established leaders within the Solve, MIT and, Kendall Square ecosystem. This includes visits to MIT labs and offices in the Cambridge innovation community. Through these speakers and field trips, students will gain a greater understanding of how technology-based, impactful solutions can address global challenges. 

At the end of the semester, students will be confident in their ability to identify and address social and environmental problems. They will understand the relevance of this work for their time at MIT. They will see how to bring their ideas to fruition and extend their ties with the Solve community.


Eric Klopfer, “Design Based Research on Participatory Simulations”
Thursday, October 31
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building E15, Tables opposite room 320, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

An important part of the work done at the The Education Arcade is based on a process of Design Based Research (DBR). In DBR, we design products that are meant to fill real classroom needs and then iteratively test and refine them. Eric Klopfer and The Education Arcade are currently working on a set of “Participatory Simulations”: mobile collaborative systems-based games.

During this talk, attendees will have a chance to play a couple of these games and participate in a design discussion with one of the games that is currently in progress.

Professor Klopfer, currently Head of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, is Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT. He is also a co-faculty director for MIT’s J-WEL World Education Lab.


"We The People!: Building a More Equitable, Just and Inclusive America'' by LaTosha Brown
Thursday, October 31
6:00pm to 8:30pm
MIT, Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence, Multipurpose Room, 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge

The MIT Sidney Pacific Presidential Fellows Distinguished Lecture is happy to host "We The People!: Building a More Equitable, Just and Inclusive America'' by LaTosha Brown!

America’s political landscape is shifting in ways that threaten democracy. We are currently witnessing: the shifting of the perception and function of the Executive Branch, the increasing over-reach of Presidential powers, the politicization of the Supreme Court, the intentional reduction of the role of federal agencies in state oversight, an increased polarized Congress based along party lines, and the stacking of the federal courts with conservative ring-wing judges. What is the role of citizens in protecting and creating democracy during this political moment? We are bearing witness to the passage and implementation of deeply troubling policies, state-sanctioned acts, and legislation that impact the civil and human rights of immigrant groups, women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. In light of these political changes, we must ask ourselves several critical questions: 1.) How do we implement innovative practices and new political organizing models to reverse this trend? 2.) How do we reinforce and expand America’s commitment to democracy? 3.) How does the lack of civil discourse between people from various backgrounds and different political ideologies impact the future of democracy in America? And most importantly, 4.) what is our individual responsibility to protect democracy during this political era?

LaTosha Brown is an award-winning organizer, philanthropic consultant, political strategist and jazz singer with over twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on a wide variety of issues related to political empowerment, social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation, and civil rights. She is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, a power building southern-based civic engagement organization that played an instrumental role in the 2017 Alabama U.S. Senate race. Ms. Brown is the principal owner of TruthSpeaks Consulting, Inc., a philanthropy advisory consulting firm in Atlanta, GA. For more than 25 years, she has served as a consultant and advisor for individual donors, government, public foundations, and private donors. Throughout her career, Ms. Brown has distinguished herself as a trusted expert and resource in political strategy, rural development and special programming for a number of national and regional philanthropies. She is the founding project director of Grantmakers for Southern Progress.

Friday, November 1 – Saturday, November 2

Entrepreneurship in Science and Tech Symposium 2.0
Friday, November 1, 5:00 PM – Saturday, November 2, 5:00 PM EDT
Harvard University, Room TBD, Cambridge

In the context of a highly globalized and competitive world, countries cannot strengthen their global competitiveness and achieve sustainable long-run growth without an economic strategy centered around science, technology, and innovation. The main aim of this symposium is to open a discussion about the potential implications of such strategies on the economic growth for the LATAM region by studying real examples of science and technology innovation strategies.

This two-day symposium will feature selected presentations by renowned scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers from LATAM countries that are currently associated with the innovation and entrepreneurship hub in Boston.

The symposium will be divided into the following core sessions:

Friday, November 1

Driving Impact in Public Education: From the Classroom to the Boardroom
Friday, November 1
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM EDT
More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore, 242 East Berkeley Street, Boston

Join us for a panel discussion about school turnaround with UP Education Network

UP Education Network transforms under-performing district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain achievement over time. Hear from UP leaders  as they discuss how transformation occurs from all angles, from the classroom to the boardroom. Visit for more information about our work. 

7:30 - 8: 00 AM Arrival and Breakfast 
8:00- 9 AM Panel and discussion 
Featured Panelists: 
Hillary Casson, Managing Director of Academic Learning of Boston schools with UP Education Network 
Beth Clymer, Chief Financial Officer, Jobcase and Board Chair, UP Academy Boston/Dorchester Board 
Veronica Conforme, Chief Executive Officer with UP Education Network
Chris Graham, Director of Operations, UP Academy Oliver 
Moderated by: Phil Kantor, Consultant at Bain & Company and UP Advisory Board member


The Future is Collaborative: An Introduction to Collective Leadership
Friday, November 1
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
Rootwise Leadership, 298 Massachusetts Avenue, #2nd Floor, Arlington
Cost:  $15 – $25

Come explore how to lead from a place of self-awareness, collaboration, and collective impact, alongside like-minded social impact leaders.

The complexity of the world’s current challenges will not be met by an individual heroic leader, but rather by groups of people working together in pursuit of change. With rises in technology, globalization, culture shifts, and complex economies, the demands on leadership have fundamentally changed. The world needs more people who are equipped to co-create the collective leadership structures that will meet the needs of our time. We invite you to become one of those leaders!

Join us in this introductory workshop to understand the emerging field of collective leadership. In the time together, you will learn and practice one of the key elements of collective leadership, and leave with tools you can apply to your context right away. You will meet and mingle with like-minded leaders in social impact and social justice. We hope you will leave inspired, more connected, and more motivated to incorporate collective leadership into your work for social impact.

8:30-9am: Arrival (a light breakfast will be served)
9-10:30am: Workshop
This workshop is an introduction to the 4-day transformative Collective Leadership Certificate Program. Learn more at
Questions/comments about this event? Email
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email for financial assistance discount code.


Ethics of the Digital Transformation (Webcast):  ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE OF AI
Friday, November 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East, Cambridge

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is delighted to welcome the President of Germany, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to campus for a special event on November 1 to discuss the Ethics of the Digital Transformation.
President Steinmeier will participate in an interactive panel session on the ethical, legal, and societal implications of digital technologies across geographies and as viewed from different disciplines. The discussion is moderated by Urs Gasser, Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center and Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School, and will include a Q&A.
In addition to the German President, the following experts will join the open dialogue:
Jeanette Hofmann, Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Professor of Internet Politics, Free University of Berlin
Matthew Liao, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics, New York University
Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, MIT
Wolfgang Schulz, Director of the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research, Professor for Media Law and Public Law, University of Hamburg
Eva Weber-Guskar, Guest Professor for Philosophy, Humboldt University of Berlin
Crystal S. Yang, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
This special event, which will be webcast on this page on November 1 at 10:00am, is part of the Berkman Klein Center’s Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative.


Humans of the Polygon: The Victims of the Soviet Nuclear Testing
WHEN  Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, 10 – 11 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South Building, Room S354, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Research study, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Dr. Togzhan Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES), Center for Policy Research, SUNY-Albany
COST  Free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Phone: 617-495-4037
Fax: 617-495-8319
DETAILS  It has been thirty year since the last Soviet nuclear test rocked the Kazakh steppe at the Semipalatinsk Polygon. However, locals living in the vicinity of the former nuclear testing site, now in their fourth generation, still continue to suffer from devastating health consequences caused by radiation. In this talk, Dr. Togzhan Kassenova, a native of Kazakhstan, will explain why the Soviet military chose Kazakhstan to conduct their nuclear tests, what they did or did not do to protect the local population, and what life looks like today for the victims of nuclear testing. Her talk is based on extensive archival research and fieldwork.


Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation Interactions: Findings from Recent Field Campaigns and Introduction to the NASA ACTIVATE Mission
Friday, November 1
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Armin Sorooshian, University of Arizona

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar
Contact Name:  Maryann Sargent


CEE Seminar: Structural, geotechnical, and infrastructure issues in offshore wind energy development
Friday, November 1
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Robinson Hall Room 253, 200 College Avenue, Medford

Sanjay Arwade, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


The Scientific Bone Trade and Colonial Genocide
Friday, November 1
12 – 1:15PM
Tufts, Sophia Gordon Hall, 15 Talbot Avenue, Somerville

Kris Manjapra, Chair, Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, Associate Professor, Department of History, Tufts University

STS Lunch Seminar is open to all, and lunch is provided!

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Inequality as a Multidimensional Process
WHEN  Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room (S030), CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, CIFAR, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies; Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Paul Pierson, John Gross Professor of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley
Chuck Collins, Director, Program on Inequality and the Common Good, Institute for Policy Studies
Katherine S. Newman, Interim Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs & International Relations, University of Massachusetts; Torrey Little Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Moderator: Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government; Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  This launch event celebrates the release of the summer 2019 Daedalus issue "Inequality as a Multidimensional Process," a collective volume by CIFAR’s Successful Societies program.
This issue, edited by Michèle Lamont and Paul Pierson, explores the cultural and social frameworks that can put societies on a path toward greater and more equitable prosperity in the face of increasingly persistent inequality. Through an intimate and interactive panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Hochschild, the launch event will explore key insights for why many forms of social inequalities appear so intractable and self-reinforcing and their implications on current and emerging policies.
This event will be streamed live on the WCFIA Facebook page:


12:00PM - 2:00PM

As a follow-up to a panel discussion held by A Better City in November 2015, this event will bring together some of the Boston area’s key infrastructure providers to discuss progress made in climate-resilient planning, design, and implementation—and the work that still lies ahead.

The panel will aim to explore strategies for supporting coordinated, regional efforts to improve resiliency in the face of growing climate impacts. 

Dr. Valerie Roberson, President of Roxbury Community College, will kick off the event and deliver introductory remarks. Kate Dineen, Executive Vice President of A Better City, will moderate the panel, which will include:
Andrew Brennan, Senior Director of Energy & Environment, MBTA
Andis Kalnins, Senior Manager, Verizon
Fred Laskey, Executive Director, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Mike Meyran, Acting Port Director, Massachusetts Port Authority
National Grid representative

For more information, please contact: Yve Torrie, Director of Climate, Energy & Resilience,, 617-502-6247 Event is free of charge—lunch will be provided.


Tuft Lyme Disease Challenge
Friday, November 1
1 – 5:30PM
Tufts, Remis Sculpture Court, 15 Lower Campus Road, Medford

Join us for a day of panel discussions, breakout sessions, team competition, food and prizes – as Tufts meets the challenge to end Lyme disease by 2030!

All students, post-docs and faculty are welcome! No prior experience with Lyme needed, and winning teams will be awarded $1,000–$5,000 to bring their vision to life!

Event Contact Thuy Nguyen


Prof. Catherine Dulac, Annual Khodadad Lecture - Peering into the Social Brain
Friday, November 1
1:30 – 2:30PM
Cabot Intercultural Center, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford

Interested in the neuroscience of social behavior? Join Professor Catherine Dulac from Harvard University for the annual Khodadad Lecture on the Neurobiology of Aggression. The Dulac Laboratory examines neural, molecular and genetic bases of sex-specific social behaviors.


The Ethical Algorithm:  The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design
Friday, November 1
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed professors and authors MICHAEL KEARNS and AARON ROTH for a discussion of their new co-authored book, The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design.

About The Ethical Algorithm
Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. Algorithms have made our lives more efficient, more entertaining, and, sometimes, better informed. At the same time, complex algorithms are increasingly violating the basic rights of individual citizens. Allegedly anonymized datasets routinely leak our most sensitive personal information; statistical models for everything from mortgages to college admissions reflect racial and gender bias. Meanwhile, users manipulate algorithms to "game" search engines, spam filters, online reviewing services, and navigation apps.

Understanding and improving the science behind the algorithms that run our lives is rapidly becoming one of the most pressing issues of this century. Traditional fixes, such as laws, regulations and watchdog groups, have proven woefully inadequate. Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific research, The Ethical Algorithm offers a new approach: a set of principled solutions based on the emerging and exciting science of socially aware algorithm design. Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth explain how we can better embed human principles into machine code—without halting the advance of data-driven scientific exploration.

Weaving together innovative research with stories of citizens, scientists, and activists on the front lines, The Ethical Algorithm offers a compelling vision for a future, one in which we can better protect humans from the unintended impacts of algorithms while continuing to inspire wondrous advances in technology.


Funeral for the 6th Mass Extinction
Friday, November 1
Park Street Station, Boston

Please join our (rescheduled) funeral procession with the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, to mourn the Sixth Mass Extinction and the inevitable flooding of downtown Boston. We will take a tour around the financial district and introduce you to the folks who are the proud funders of this horror show.

We will convene at Park St T station at 3:30pm and will finish nearby by 6pm.
Please RSVP to receive complete information and updates.
Wear your best funeral finery; you do not need to bring signs, we will have many.


Authors@MIT | Ramesh Srinivasan: Beyond the Valley
Friday, November 1
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Ramesh Srinivasan to discuss his book, Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow.

In this provocative book, Srinivasan describes the internet as both an enabler of frictionless efficiency and a dirty tangle of politics, economics, and other inefficient, inharmonious human activities. We may love the immediacy of Google search results, the convenience of buying from Amazon, and the elegance and power of our Apple devices, but it's a one-way, top-down process. We're not asked for our input, or our opinions—only for our data. The internet is brought to us by wealthy technologists in Silicon Valley and China. It's time, Srinivasan argues, that we think in terms beyond the Valley.

Ramesh Srinivasan is Professor of Information Studies and Design Media Arts at UCLA. He makes regular appearances on NPR, The Young Turks, MSNBC, and Public Radio International, and his writings have been published in the Washington Post, Quartz, Huffington Post, CNN, and elsewhere.


Friday, November 1
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

Local author Larry Millman presents his latest: an illustrated mini-encyclopedia of fungal lore, from John Cage and Terrence McKenna to mushroom sex and fairy rings.

Fungipedia presents a delightful A-Z treasury of mushroom lore. With more than 180 entries--on topics as varied as Alice in Wonderland, chestnut blight, medicinal mushrooms, poisonings, Santa Claus, and waxy caps--this collection will transport both general readers and specialists into the remarkable universe of fungi.

Combining ecological, ethnographic, historical, and contemporary knowledge, author and mycologist Lawrence Millman discusses how mushrooms are much more closely related to humans than to plants, how they engage in sex, how insects farm them, and how certain species happily dine on leftover radiation, cockroach antennae, and dung. He explores the lives of individuals like African American scientist George Washington Carver, who specialized in crop diseases caused by fungi; Beatrix Potter, creator of Peter Rabbit, who was prevented from becoming a professional mycologist because she was a woman; and Gordon Wasson, a J. P. Morgan vice-president who almost single-handedly introduced the world to magic mushrooms. Millman considers why fungi are among the most significant organisms on our planet and how they are currently being affected by destructive human behavior, including climate change.

With charming drawings by artist and illustrator Amy Jean Porter, Fungipedia offers a treasure trove of scientific and cultural information. The world of mushrooms lies right at your door--be amazed.

Lawrence Millman is a mycologist and author of numerous books, including Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Last Places, Fascinating Fungi of New England, and At the End of the World. He has done mycological work in places as diverse as Greenland, Honduras, Iceland, Panama, the Canadian Arctic, Bermuda, and Fresh Pond in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has documented 321 different species. Amy Jean Porter is an artist, illustrator, and naturalist. Her illustrated books include Of Lamb and The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook, and her artwork has appeared in such publications as McSweeney's and The Awl.

Saturday, November 2

2019 HBS Energy & Environment Club Symposium
Saturday, November 2
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM EDT
Harvard Business School, 117 Western Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $25 – $110

The Power of Business in the Energy Transition

The symposium will gather students, interested community members, and energy industry leaders on the HBS campus to examine the role of business in the energy transition to a low-carbon future. We will consider renewables, low-carbon tech, traditional energy sources, energy storage, utility grids, and transportation businesses and their approach to the transition in the short and long term. Although technology and policy elements are relevant and will be included, the focus will be on the role of businesses and their stakeholders. The symposium brings together industry experts, executives, innovators, investors and students from across the energy and sustainability industry and will feature several keynotes, panels, career lunches, a start-up pitch competition, and networking events.

For more information: Symposium Website at


Faith, Conflict, and Environmental Justice Conference
Saturday, November 2
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM EDT
BU School of Theology, STH Community Room, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

This full-day retreat, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday, November 2nd, will feature inspiring speakers, presentations and interactive work on Faith and Ecological Justice, the Environmental Justice movement, Religion and Conflict Transformation, International Negotiation for Ecological Justice, and Transformative Conflict in Local Ecological Justice Work. 

We are excited to be hosting the following speakers: 
International Environmental Conflict:
Dr. Lawrence Susskind, Professor of Environmental & Urban Planning, MIT; 
Dr. Adil Najam, Dean of Pardee School of Global Studies, Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment; 
Local Environmental Responses:
Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, Massacusetts Conference, United Church of Christ; 
Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Fellow, Green Justice Coalition, Pastor, New Roots AME Church.

This retreat is required for students seeking the RCT certificate and open to the entire STH community. Lunch will be provided. 


Building Community in Conservation:  Stories of Hope from Boston and Across the Globe
Saturday, November 2
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Join us for a celebration of stories and an exploration of ideas from global conservation initiatives, this day-long symposium will feature leaders from local communities in Boston, as well as the Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellows, a group of international change-makers in ocean conservation. 

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, New England Aquarium
Global Fellows of NEAq’s Marine Conservation Action Fund
Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Pastor, New Roots AME Church Boston
Kalani Quiocho, Native Hawaiian Program Specialist, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Dr. Alex Dehgan, CEO and Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs
Dr. Donna Hicks, Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Magdalena Ayed, Founder and Director of the Harborkeepers, Boston
Kannan Thiruvengadam, Director of Eastie Farm, Boston

Light breakfast and lunch are included as part of your registration for this event. 
To learn more about the New England Aquarium's Marine Conservation Action Fund, including the Fellows program, visit the program webpage at


Mass Media Expo: Future Forward
Saturday, November 2
10:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT
WGBH, 1 Guest Street, Boston
Cost:  $23 – $28

Mass Media Expo is Boston's premier annual film and media conference held at WGBH Studios in Boston. It features keynote panels and talks with industry leaders in film and series production, digital content and marketing.

The Expo conference & talks are held alongside over 4,000 sq ft of industry exhibitions – from the latest camera and lighting technology; to media startups and educational resources; VR and immersive media experiences. The Expo also showcases local short film programs curated by Independent Film Festival Boston. 

The event is attended by over 500 industry members throughout the day and provides a unique opportunity for industry professionals to connect and experience the latest trends and movements in the industry. 
Visit the Expo website for info!


Green Strategy: Path to Fundamental Transformation
Saturday, November 2
4 PM
The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge 

Marc Brodine 
Green Strategy advocates a worldwide movement to create fundamental change as the only way to solve environmental crises. Linking environmental issues to allied social and political movements can transform our politics, economy, and protect our species from devastation. . It explores such topics as the interlocking environmental problems caused by the imbalance between humanity and the natural world; the roots of our environmental crises in capitalism; the lessons of past struggles such as the Civil Rights Movement.

Sunday, November 3

HBS Food and Agriculture Conference 2019
Sunday, November 3
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST
Harvard Business School, Hawes Hall, 37 Harvard Way, Allston
Cost:  $25 – $50

Creating the Sustainable Food System of the Future

By 2050, we will need to make enough food to feed 9 billion people. At the same time, according to the latest UN report, our current food system is one of the major causes of the world's most pressing environmental problems - including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. The IPCC estimates that making changes to how we use forests, grow crops, and raise livestock could yield upward of 9 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions reductions per year by 2050.
This year our conference will be highlighting the latest innovations and opportunities for change that will allow us to feed our growing population, while ensuring we preserve the environment and our most precious resources for generations to come.

For more information, visit:
The conference will include 4 panels:
Panel 1: AgTech- Growing Innovation (Vertical Farming, Robotics, Regenerative Agriculture)
Panel 2: Future of Protein (Plant-Based, Cultivated , Sustainably raised meat)
Panel 3: Food Waste Reduction (Upcycling, Preservation, Supply Chain Optimization)
Panel 4: Increasing Food Access and Equity (Redistribution, meal kits, prepared meals, non profit vs. for profit modes)


Climate Matters: Be empowered - Be the change
Sunday November 3
1:00 to 2:30
Fellowship Hall, Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre Street, West Roxbury

What will be covered?
The current state of our planet
We are all aware of the most dramatic weather events but they get isolated attention making it hard to connect the dots and see how much climate change is impacting the world we know and love. This presentation provides a poignant overview of the scientific predictions unfolding before our eyes. 
 Advances in clean energy production
Unfortunately, the advances in clean energy production and battery technology rarely get media coverage; this makes the climate crisis seem like an unsolvable problem. Knowing about the advances in wind and solar energy production and their economic benefits is the best way to counter the false choice of short term economic survival versus long term environmental survival. 
 Actions to support the health of our planet 
Constructive change starts with how we understand things and expands as we make choices that bring a higher vision for the world into form. There are many good plans surfacing to be reviewed; knowing how to talk about them supports collective action. Participants will also receive a page of tips for lowering their carbon footprint and a resource sheet for supporting community action.
The presentation is enriched by impactful slides available  to Climate Reality Leaders, all supported by current  science and economic research.

This event is hosted by a Climate Reality Leader, one of thousands of volunteers in 135 countries around the globe who have been personally trained by former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to educate the public about climate change. 


Special Screening of "The Bit Player - Claude Shannon:  Prophet of Information"
Sunday, November 3
MIT, Building 26-100, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Movie trailer at


Bending Toward Justice
Sunday, November 3
2:00pm to 3:30pm
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Columbia Point, Dorchester

Senator Doug Jones, author of Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights, and William Baxley, former Attorney General of Alabama, will discuss the decades-long efforts to prosecute the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers. 

Moderated by Professor Margaret Burnham, founder and director of Northeastern Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project


An Intergenerational Conversation Circle on Environmental Justice and Creation Care
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 4 - 7pm
First Baptist Church of JP, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Join us for an interfaith, intercultural, and interracial conversation circle. We will be engaging in group interactive exercises, facilitated dialogue, and a community meal.

First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain, Pastor Darrell, and the Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) team hope this space will provide an opportunity for Greater Boston youth and all ages to experience and practice healthy and constructive dialogue with people across various differences. The Interfaith Youth Initiative exists to create such spaces and learn in community about important topics such as these that require our attention for change.
We look forward to this unique night of partnership, highlighting youth perspectives, critical reflection, conversation, active listening, dinner and sacred curiosity!

For all youth, leaders or educators of youth, parents, and anyone interested in empowering the voices of young people on issues of justice. A special invite to 2019 IFYI Fellows, Alumni, Staff Mentors. BRING FRIENDS! This is an open, inclusive and welcoming space.
No cost, but please RSVP!
Please let us know if you have any dietary needs.
For more info on IFYI, please visit:

Monday, November 4 – Tuesday, November 5

ZPH Workshop: Sustainable Infrastructure for Preventing Climate Change
Monday, November 4, 12:30 PM – Tuesday, November 5, 4:00 PM EST
Harvard, 48 Quincy Street, Gund Hall, Room 112 (Stubbins), Cambridge

Workshop dedicated to discuss the potential of sustainable infrastructure for preventing climate change.

ZPH Workshop: Sustainable Infrastructure for Preventing Climate Change
The world is facing a climate crisis that requires a response of planetary scale to limit global emissions below 1.5º C. Sustainable infrastructure is a pathway to prevent climate change. The November 2019 Zofnass Workshop is dedicated to discussing the potential of sustainable infrastructure for preventing climate change and making the case for the investments necessary to roll out at the pace needed.
Monday, November 4

Millennial Nuclear Caucus - New England
Monday, November 4
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM EST
MIT - Morss Hall in Walker Memorial (Building 50), 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Please join the U.S. Department of Energy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a Millennial Nuclear Caucus.
Hear from leaders in the nuclear field as we explore the merits of joining or creating a nuclear startup company. We will also exchange thoughts and best practices on how to be more effective in communicating the importance of nuclear as a vital source of clean energy. Network with thought leaders, industry, national labs, and government representatives. 
Draft Agenda 
10:00 am Doors open 
10:45 am  Kick-off
11:00 am Panel Discussion 1 Advocacy in Nuclear: How to become an effective voice for nuclear energy 
Moderator: Isaac Meyer, MIT
Sam Brinton, Director of Legislative Affairs, Deep Isolation
Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT; Advocacy Council Member, Nuclear Matters
Natalia Saraeva, Co-chair, Millennials for Nuclear 
Tay Stevenson, Partner, Envoy Public Labs 
12:00 pm  Lunch and Networking
1:30 pm  Panel Discussion 2 Trial by Fire: Are energy startups worth starting and how to make them work
Moderator: Gavin Ridley, MIT
Temple Fennell, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Clean Energy Ventures 
Ho Nieh, Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
Carl Perez, Co-Founder and CEO, Elysium Industries Ltd 
Billy Valderrama, Technical Advisor, Idaho National Laboratory 
2:45 pm Transfer to the tour (for those attending) 
3:00 pm Tour of the MIT research reactor (space is limited, advanced registration is required)*
4:30 pm Networking Social (Meadhall, 4 Cambridge Center, 90 Broadway)**
7:00 pm Adjourn
* Closed toe shoes and government-issued photo ID are required for the tour. The tour involves two flights of stairs. Mobility restrictions can be accommodated with 48-hour advance notice. 
** One free beverage ticket will be provided at the check in; hearty snacks will be provided.


Diary of a Wimpy Carbon Tax: Carbon Taxes as Federal Climate Policy
Monday, November 4
11:45AM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Christopher R. Knittel, MIT. Lunch is provided.

HKS Energy Policy Seminar
Contact Name:  Julie Gardella


Program on Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate [PAOC] Colloquium - Daniele Bianchi
Monday, November 4
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge


'To Enter the Territory': Mosquitoes, Health, and Science in the Streets of Rio de Janeiro
Monday, November 4
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Luisa Reis Castro, HASTS, MIT.

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

STS Circle at Harvard


Andrey Baklitskiy: Is There a Future for Russia-U.S. Nuclear Arms Control?
Monday, November 4
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Tufts, The Fletcher School, Crowe Room, Goddard 310, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School for a lunch conversation with Andrey Baklitskiy about the future of Russia-U.S. nuclear arms control. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite. Lunch will be provided.

Andrey Baklitskiy is a Consultant at PIR Center in Moscow. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at CSIS in Washington, D.C. and a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Baklitskiy is a columnist for the Russian newspapers RBC and Kommersantand the website of the Carnegie Moscow Center. Baklitskiy has previously served as the "Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation" Program Program at PIR Center. He was the Editor-in-Chief of monthly e-bulletin “Yaderny Kontrol” (“Nuclear Control”). He took part in the sessions of the Nonproliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee in 2013-2014 and the Review Conference in 2015. Baklitskiy holds a specialist degree in regional studies from the Ural Federal University. His research interests include international security, arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, U.S.-Russian relations, and the Middle East.


Starr Forum: America’s Immigration Dilemma
Monday, November 4
1:00pm to 2:30pm
MIT, Building E15-070, Bartos 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Cristina Rodríguez is the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her research interests include constitutional law and theory; immigration law and policy; administrative law and process; language rights and policy; and citizenship theory.

Discussant:  Justin Steil is assistant professor of law and urban planning. Broadly interested in social stratification and spatial dimensions of inequality, his research examines the intersection of urban policy with property, land use, and civil rights law.

Co-sponsors:  MIT Center for International Studies (CIS), The Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served
Can't attend in person? Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube.
For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact


MIT Waste Forum
Monday, November 4
2:00pm to 3:30pm
MIT, Building 1-390, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for the MIT Waste Forum: Redesigning at MIT for a zero waste future

The Waste Forum is designed to catalyze a campus-wide conversation to engage and embolden the MIT community to individually and collectively “design out waste.”

Hear from faculty, students, and staff who bring their disciplinary expertise to design out waste at MIT. Join the conversation to share your unique ideas and insight.

Editorial Comment:  MIT (and all other local colleges and universities) should have been thinking about how to become net zero emissions institutions for the last 20 or 30 years.


The Diffusion and Adoption of Welfare-Enhancing Innovations
WHEN  Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, 4 – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Research study, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Todd Rogers, 2019–2020 Lillian Gollay Knafel Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; professor of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School; behavioral scientist
COST  Free
DETAILS  In this lecture, Rogers will discuss what leads to the diffusion and widespread adoption of welfare-enhancing innovations and practices, especially those leveraging behavioral insights. Rogers’ research is an extension from his work over the past two decades in the area of behavioral policy.


HubWeek Open Doors: Allston
Monday, November 4
4:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Allston, Barry's Corner, Boston

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.
Historically one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston, Allston is undergoing a lot of change to expand and redevelop the community. Named for American painter and poet Washington Allston, this long-standing creative district is home to a cross-section of students, immigrants, and young professionals in a mix that’s constantly evolving. 

Beyond scoring secondhand delights during Allston Christmas, there’s more to be found in this dynamic and buzzing neighborhood than you may have heard. On November 4, we’re offering just a glimpse at the possibilities waiting in Allston. Connect with other curious and creative go-getters intent on changing the world and take away the inspiration you’re seeking to pursue your passion.

Train Adventurously 
4:30 - 5:30 PM | Interactive | BKBX Fitness, 211 Western Avenue, Allston, MA
At BKBX, fitness, technology, and recovery come together for an experience inspired by adventure. Brooklyn Boulders’ new training concept, BKBX blends outdoor adventure with scientifically-backed and monitored programming. Join us for a HubWeek only recovery session in their specialty recovery studio (think: a cryotherapy and compression sleeves) while we hear from the Director of Sports Science about what makes these gadgets work and learn, too, about their proprietary Adventure Quotient algorithm. 

Grab a Drink, a Bite, or Your Next Connection
5:00 - 6:00 PM | Gathering | Location: TBD
Modern Jewish Cuisine meets extensive gin selection. Sounds like the perfect collaboration to us! Come on by and try a fun cocktail and a nosh. You may even meet your next employer, investor, or partner (business or otherwise).

Change Makers: Live
6:00 - 7:00 PM | Listening In | Zone 3, 267 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02134
The history of a neighborhood lives through the stories that are told about and within it. Listen in as we interview and record three Allston Change Makers at Zone 3 to learn about the past, present and possible futures for this diverse community.
Speakers to be announced soon.

The Music of Strangers Screening
7:00 PM | Film | Zone 3, 267 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02134
Since the beginning of the new millennium, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Silkroad Ensemble exemplifies the ability of music to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures, and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.
Blending performance footage, personal interviews, and archival film, the film focuses on the personal journeys of a small group Silkroad Ensemble mainstays — Kinan Azmeh (Syria), Kayhan Kalhor (Iran), Yo-Yo Ma (France/United States), Wu Man (China), and Cristina Pato (Spain) — to chronicle passion, talent, and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the film paints a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.

Director: Morgan Neville
Cast/subjects: Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh, Wu Man, Kayhan Kalhor, Cristina Pato, Silkroad artists, crew, staff, and friends
Producers: Caitrin Rogers, Morgan Neville
Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Laura Freid, Julie Goldman 
Running length: 96 minutes
Rating: PG-13 

The Intersection of Music, Medicine, and Innovation 
7:00 - 8:30 PM | Panel and Concert | Klarman Hall, Harvard Business School, Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA
Ah, the sweet sound of music, medicine, and innovation colliding. End your evening on a high note with a concert by the Longwood Symphony, a nationally recognized orchestra made up of primarily healthcare professionals from Boston's leading hospitals and universities, including doctors, medical students, research scientists, nurses, therapists, and caregivers. Following the performance, conducted by Ronald Feldman, some of the musical-medical stars will participate in a panel discussion.
Panelists include: 
Lisa Wong, MD (violin); Milton Pediatric Associates, HMS, CHB, MGH, BWH; Assistant Co-Director, Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School
Leonard Zon, MD (trumpet); Director, Stem Cell Program, Boston Children’s Hospital; Grousbeck Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Psyche Loui, PhD (violin); Assistant Professor of Creativity and Creative Practice, Departments of Music and Psychology, Northeastern University
Thomas Sheldon, MD (oboe and English horn); Director, Radiation Oncology Concord Hospital / President, Radiation Oncology Associates


The Once and Future Heart: A Converging of Art and Science
WHEN  Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, 5 – 6:15 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Exhibitions, Health Sciences, Humanities, Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Dario Robleto, Exhibition Artist and Visiting Scholar, Radcliffe Institute
Doris. A Taylor, Director of Regenerative Medicine Research and Director of the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, Texas Heart Institute
Moderated by Jennifer L. Roberts, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
COST  Free
DETAILS  For centuries, in both the arts and the sciences, the human heart has been a source of reverence and marvel. Recent advances in both fields provide surprising opportunities for art and science to converge around new insights and questions.
Join us for a conversation between the artist Dario Robleto, whose exhibition at the Radcliffe Institute rethinks the deep history of cardiological recording, and Doris A. Taylor, a doctor whose work toward regenerative transplantation is reshaping the metaphorical — as well as the medical — prospects of the human heart. Register online.


Responses of Coral Reefs to Global Warming by Terry Hughes
Monday, November 4
5:00 - 6:30 pm
BU, 24 Cummington Mall, LSE B01, Boston

Join the BU Marine Program, the Department of Biology, and the Pardee Center for a special lecture titled "Responses of Coral Reefs to Global Warming," featuring Prof. Terry Hughes, Director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. 


Flush: the documentary - directed by Karina Mangu-Ward
Monday, November 4
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
MIT D-Lab, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, MIT N51-310, Cambridge

Screening of FLUSH with introduction by MIT D-Lab Academic Program Manager Libby Hsu and Q&A with Shawn Shafner of The Poop Project.

FLUSH, directed by Karina Mangu-Ward, examines how our "out of sight, out of mind" attitude toward shit is harming our health and environment. More information at

Despite being stated as one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, 5.3 billion people still lacked access to safe, adequate sanitation services in 2017 - a number that can and must decrease in the coming years through collaborative action.
MIT D-Lab is presenting FLUSH because we care about access sanitation and because its absence affects billions of people around the world.

Refreshments will be served!


Fletcher Reads the Newspaper: CEOs Serving Stakeholders: Will this Redeem Capitalism or Ruin it?
The Fletcher School
Monday, November 4
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
Tufts, Cabot 703, 160 

We are pleased to announce this semester’s Fletcher Reads the Newspaper, which convenes a group of interdisciplinary Fletcher experts around a current news topic. This is a platform for integrating the skills and contextual knowledge that are central to a Fletcher education, where panelists and audience members participate in examining the problem – and the solutions – through multiple disciplinary lenses. 
This November, we bring into focus the Business Roundtable’s recent announcement about the shift towards stakeholders, which generated a lot of debate. We will examine it through a uniquely Fletcher lens and ask the question:

Light refreshments will be served.
Eileen Babbitt, Professor of Practice of International Conflict Management
Laurent Jacque, Walter B. Wriston Professor of International Finance & Banking
Jeswald Salacuse, Henry J. Braker Professor of Law
Moderated by:
Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business
Come and be prepared to join the conversation! 
Martin Wolf: why rigged capitalism is damaging liberal democracy| Financial Times
The Business Roundtable’s Recipe for Confusion | The Wall Street Journal
Marc Benioff: We Need a New Capitalism | The New York Times


Adapting to the Changing Local Foods Market
Monday, November 4
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
HI Boston Hostel, 19 Stuart Street, Boston

FREE food producer marketing workshop exploring the latest market trends and how to adapt your local food business to the changing market.

Are you a local food business?
Attend SBN's FREE marketing workshop for locally-owned food businesses.
Myrna Greenfield, from Good Egg Marketing, will share the latest market trends and how you can adapt your local food business to the changing market. The event is co-sponsored by Foundation Kitchen.

Read more about the workshop below:
Meal kits, delivery services, demographic changes, and other trends are changing consumer habits. New food products and services that look like they’re made by small local businesses are appearing every day, but many of these are backed by venture capital or the big consumer product companies with big budgets.

As the local foods market matures and competition increases, it’s becoming harder for experienced food producers and farmers to maintain market share and for newcomers to break in. This workshop will showcase current trends and show you tools and techniques to help your farm or local food business adapt to the changing market, differentiate yourself, and stay relevant.
Myrna Greenfield is the “Top Egg” at Good Egg Marketing, a Boston-based marketing agency specializing in local food and local businesses. She’s a frequent speaker at conferences, events, and workshops. Greenfield holds an MBA from Simmons School of Management. Learn more at
About Foundation Kitchen:
Foundation Kitchen strives to provide a space that is inspiring and motivating to small owner-operators and start-ups, offering networking opportunities between members and within the local community. Foundation is equally passionate about food and human connection, and they work hard to provide unique options for hosting classes, events, and pop-ups. Learn more at


Swiss Science Jam: Student Biology Talks
Monday, November 4
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge

Join student teams from EPFL, ETH, UNIGE and UZH as they recap their 2019 iGEM projects - all revolving around advancements in synthetic biology. From helping wineries prevent grapevine disease to reducing drug testing on animals learn how students are pioneering innovative biological solutions! An audience Q&A will follow the presentations and we will close with a networking reception & refreshments.
Presentation Topics
EPFL | VITest - A rapid field-based diagnostic tool to detect grapevine diseases
ETH | T007 License to Lyse
UNIGE | Fluosphera
UZH | Pseudonuclus 
The iGEM competition is an annual, worldwide competition in the field of synthetic biology. Each year undergraduate and postgraduate students gather in multidisciplinary teams and work all summer long to build genetically engineered systems. These systems will have applications in different fields, including therapeutics, diagnostics, food and nutrition, energy, and environment.

6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Student Presentations
7:30 pm Audience Q&A
8:00 pm Networking and refreshments


Uncovering the Effects of Maternal Diet on Fetal Brain Development and Childhood Behavior
Monday, November 4
Foundry, 222 Third Street, Suite 0300, Cambridge


The Years That Matter Most:  How College Makes or Breaks Us
Monday, November 4
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes PAUL TOUGH, the bestselling author of How Children Succeed, for a discussion of his latest book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us. He will be joined in conversation by professor ANTHONY ABRAHAM JACK, author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. This event is co-sponsored by OneGoal Massachusetts.

About The Years That Matter Most
Does college still work? Is the system designed just to protect the privileged and leave everyone else behind? Or can a college education today provide real opportunity to young Americans seeking to improve their station in life?
The Years That Matter Most tells the stories of students trying to find their way, with hope, joy, and frustration, through the application process and into college. Drawing on new research, the book reveals how the landscape of higher education has shifted in recent decades and exposes the hidden truths of how the system works and whom it works for. And it introduces us to the people who really make higher education go: admissions directors trying to balance the class and balance the budget, College Board officials scrambling to defend the SAT in the face of mounting evidence that it favors the wealthy, researchers working to unlock the mysteries of the college-student brain, and educators trying to transform potential dropouts into successful graduates.

With insight, humor, and passion, Paul Tough takes readers on a journey from Ivy League seminar rooms to community college welding shops, from giant public flagship universities to tiny experimental storefront colleges. Whether you are facing your own decision about college or simply care about the American promise of social mobility, The Years That Matter Most will change the way you think—not just about higher education, but about the nation itself.


Climate Justice/Climate Equity and Judaism
An Open Circles Jewish Learning Program sponsored by JCAN-MA and Hebrew College
Mondays November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16
7:00-9:00 Eastern Time
Hebrew College, 43 Herrick Road, Newton
Cost: $120

This series of six classes will explore the issues of climate justice and climate equity in the context of Jewish tradition. Rabbi Katy Allen, Jewish Climate Action Network – MA, will facilitate and provide a Jewish lens for consideration of issues raised by guest leaders of frontline communities, who will share their stories and the work they are doing.

Guest speakers will be:
Leilani Mroczkowski, Food Justice Organizer - Youth Coordinator, Chelsea Green Roots
Andrea Nyamekye, Campaign and Policy Director, Neighbor to Neighbor
Dwaign Tyndal, Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)
Rev. Vernon K. Walker, Program Manager, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW)
The program will culminate with an action decided upon by the members of the class.
For information on scholarships or other questions, contact JCAN at

https://hebrewcollege.ed u/open-circles-registration/# register

Tuesday, November 5

Regulating the Digital Platforms: Where will the antitrust investigations of Facebook and Google lead?
Tuesday, November 5
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harvard, Wexner 434AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Join us for a seminar with the Shorenstein Center’s Digital Platforms & Democracy Senior Fellows: Tom Wheeler, Dipayan Ghosh, Philip Verveer, and Gene Kimmelman. The spread of hate speech and violent conduct. The disinformation problem and foreign election interference. Alleged suppression of political speech. Persistent breaches of public trust. These and countless other incidents have led competition policy regulators the world over to set their sights on the digital behemoths of Silicon Valley — and particularly, Facebook and Google. In the United States, state attorneys general, the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, and the House Judiciary Committee have all launched serious inquiries into potential anti-competitive aspects of internet firms’ commercial practices. While there are legitimate antitrust concerns to drive these probes, some are wondering if other political motives may be fueling some of this activity. And whether earnest or not, where will these inquiries lead in the end, and what impact will they have on broader policy concerns pertaining to the internet in the United States and around the world?

Tom Wheeler is a businessman, author, and was Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) from 2013 to 2017. Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. For over four decades, Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services. At the FCC he led the efforts that resulted in the adoption of Net Neutrality, privacy protections for consumers, and increased cybersecurity, among other policies. His chairmanship has been described as, “The most productive Commission in the history of the agency.” During the Obama-Biden Transition of 2008/09 Mr. Wheeler led activities overseeing the agencies of government dealing with science, technology, space and the arts. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him “the Bo Jackson of telecom.” Prior to being appointed Chairman of the FCC by President Obama, Wheeler was Managing Director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage Internet Protocol (IP)-based companies. He is CEO of the Shiloh Group, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services. He co-founded SmartBrief, the Internet’s largest curated information service for vertical markets. From 1976 to 1984, Wheeler was associated with the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) where he was President and CEO from 1979 to 1984. Following NCTA Wheeler was CEO of several high-tech companies, including the first company to offer high-speed delivery to home computers and the first digital video satellite service. From 1992 to 2004, Wheeler served as President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).

Mr. Wheeler’s newest book is From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future (Brookings Press, 2019). He is also the author of Take Command: Leadership Lessons from the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000), and Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006). His commentaries on current events have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other leading publications. Mr. Wheeler served on President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board prior to being named to the FCC. Presidents Clinton and Bush each appointed him a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is the former Chairman and President of the National Archives Foundation, and a former board member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and a recipient of Ohio State’s Alumni Medal. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Wheeler resides in Washington, D.C.

Dipayan Ghosh is Co-Director of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project and Shorenstein Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he works on digital privacy, artificial intelligence, and civil rights. Ghosh previously worked on global privacy and public policy issues at Facebook, where he led strategic efforts to address privacy and security. Prior, Ghosh was a technology and economic policy advisor in the Obama White House. He served across the Office of Science & Technology Policy and the National Economic Council, where he worked on issues concerning big data’s impact on consumer privacy and the digital economy. Ghosh has served as a Public Interest Technology fellow at New America, the Washington-based public policy think tank. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering & computer science at Cornell University and completed postdoctoral study in the same field at the University of California, Berkeley.

Philip Verveer has practiced antitrust and communications law as a private attorney and government official for 50 years. He twice served as an official at the FCC and was the U.S. ambassador for international communications and information policy during the first Obama Administration. He also served as the Justice Department’s first lead counsel in the investigation and early part of the litigation that eventuated in the breakup of AT&T.

Gene Kimmelman is a senior fellow for the Shorenstein Center’s Digital Platforms & Democracy Project, a non-resident senior fellow for the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund and a Senior Advisor for Public Knowledge. Previously, Gene served as President and CEO of Public Knowledge, Director of the Internet Freedom and Human Rights project at the New America Foundation, and as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Gene served as Vice President for Federal and International Affairs at Consumers Union. Gene has also served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Legislative Director for the Consumer Federation of America. Gene began his career as a consumer advocate and Staff Attorney for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. Regarding his education, Gene is a graduate of Brown University and holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia where he received the Fortsman Fellowship and was able to become a Fulbright Fellow as well. Presently, he serves as Adjunct Law Professor at George Washington University School of Law, a Senior Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado and is on the Board of International Media Support


“Medicine, Academia, and the Syrian Refugee Crisis” with Dr. Fadlo Khuri – Voices in Leadership
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Leadership Studio (Kresge Building, 10th floor), 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Health Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Division of Policy Translation & Leadership Development
SPEAKER(S)  Fadlo Khuri, 16th president of the American University of Beirut (AUB)
Howard Koh, Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO Shaina Martis (
DETAILS  Leadership Studio or Online
Join us for the next Voices in Leadership event, featuring Dr. Fadlo Khuri. Khuri is the 16th president of the American University of Beirut and professor of medicine (hematology and medical oncology) at the Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center. Prior, he was professor and chairman of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine where he held the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research. Moderated by Howard Koh, Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership.


Lessons from Bolivia’s “Left Turn” (and Post-Electoral Scenarios)
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Santiago Anria, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies, Dickinson College
COST  Free and Open to the Public
DETAILS  What has gone right and what has gone wrong with the region’s so-called “left turn” that started in the early 21st century and that is arguably receding today? This presentation will examine the lessons from the left turn. It will focus on Bolivia, where the left in power remains popular, vibrant, and electorally competitive. It will discuss the major trend lines in the past decade, through the October 2019 presidential elections, in order to assess the direction of current trajectories in the country.

Editorial Comment:  The recent demonstrations in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile have all been tied to climate, in my opinion.  It is going to be in the background in politics from now on.


How Bad is Fake News? Motivations for Sharing Misinformation Online
Tuesday, November 5
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Northeastern, 177 Huntington Avenue, 11th floor, Boston

Please join us for a talk by Miriam Metzger, Professor, Comm & Info Technologies, Department of Communication, UCSB.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Communication Studies and the Shorenstein Center. 

This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. 


2019 Annual Robert and Florence Dreben lecture: How Intellectuals Can Create Political Change
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Austin Hall 200, Ames Courtroom, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Center for Jewish Studies, Robert and Florence Dreben Lecture and Publication Fund
Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Ruth Calderon, Caroline Zelaznik Gruss and Joseph S. Gruss Visiting Professor in Talmudic Civil Law, Harvard Law School
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO Center for Jewish Studies
DETAILS  Dr. Ruth Calderon is one of Israel’s leading figures in the effort to revive Hebrew culture and sustain a pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity and was elected to the Israeli Knesset in January 2013. She became a national celebrity when she taught a page of Talmud in the Israeli parliament, arguing that the text was the heritage of the entire Jewish people. She is founder and former director of the Elul Beit Midrash in Jerusalem (the first secular yeshiva in the world) and founder and chair of Alma: Home for Hebrew Culture in Tel Aviv. After eighteen years as director of Alma, Ruth was appointed head of the culture and education department at the National Library of Israel. She also hosted a TV program, Ha-Heder, on which she invited guests to study Jewish texts with her.


“Broken Nature” and Other Design Exhibitions for the Real World
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Menschel Hall, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Presented by the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums
SPEAKER(S)  Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture and Design; Director, Research & Development at The Museum of Modern Art
COST  Free and open to the public.
DETAILS  The XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, highlighted the concept of restorative design, plotting its role in surveying our species’ bonds with the complex systems in the world, and in designing reparations when necessary, through objects, concepts, and new systems. Antonelli will take stock of the experience, casting the exhibition against the turbulent geopolitical background of the past year, describing which among its ambitions were met, and which were not.


The Psychology of Compassion
Tuesday, November 5
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST
MIT, Building 3-270, 33 Massachusetts Avenue (Rear), Cambridge

Prof. Sara Byers of Boston College's philosophy department will give a lecture on "The Psychology of Compassion: Stoicism in the City of God", focusing on how St. Augustine's thinking about the Stoic critique of compassion in City of God 9.5 helps us understand some things about politics today.  Prof Byers discusses how St. Augustine's thinking about the Stoic critique of compassion helps us understand aspects of politics today.

This event is free and open to all. 


They Don't Represent Us:  Reclaiming Our Democracy
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6:00 PM  (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $6 - $28.75 (book included)

Harvard Book Store and Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics welcome renowned author and Harvard law professor LAWRENCE LESSIG for a discussion of his latest book, They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy.

About They Don't Represent Us
America’s democracy is in crisis. Along many dimensions, a single flaw—unrepresentativeness—has detached our government from the people. And as a people, our fractured partisanship and ignorance on critical issues drives our leaders to stake out ever more extreme positions.
In They Don’t Represent Us, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig charts the way in which the fundamental institutions of our democracy, including our media, respond to narrow interests rather than to the needs and wishes of the nation’s citizenry. But the blame does not only lie with “them”—Washington’s politicians and power brokers, Lessig argues. The problem is also “us.” “We the people” are increasingly uninformed about the issues, while ubiquitous political polling exacerbates the problem, reflecting and normalizing our ignorance and feeding it back into the system as representative of our will.
What we need, Lessig contends, is a series of reforms, from governmental institutions to the public itself, including:
A move immediately to public campaign funding, leading to more representative candidates
A reformed Electoral College, that gives the President a reason to represent America as a whole
A federal standard to end partisan gerrymandering in the states A radically reformed Senate
A federal penalty on states that don’t secure to their people an equal freedom to vote
Institutions that empower the people to speak in an informed and deliberative way
A soul-searching and incisive examination of our failing political culture, this nonpartisan call to arms speaks to every citizen, offering a far-reaching platform for reform that could save our democracy and make it work for all of us.


AUTHORS@MIT | Arthur I. Miller on The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity
Tuesday, November 5
6:00pm to 7:00pm
MIT Press Bookstore, Building N50, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Arthur I. Miller in Conversation with Mauro Martino discussing Miller's latest book The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity at the MIT Press Bookstore.

Today's computers are composing music that sounds “more Bach than Bach,” turning photographs into paintings in the style of Van Gogh's Starry Night, and even writing screenplays. But are computers truly creative—or are they merely tools to be used by musicians, artists, and writers? In this book, Arthur I. Miller takes us on a tour of creativity in the age of machines. 

Miller, an authority on creativity, identifies the key factors essential to the creative process, from “the need for introspection” to “the ability to discover the key problem.” He talks to people on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence, encountering computers that mimic the brain and machines that have defeated champions in chess, Jeopardy!, and Go. 

But, Miller writes, in order to be truly creative, machines will need to step into the world. He probes the nature of consciousness and speaks to researchers trying to develop emotions and consciousness in computers. Miller argues that computers can already be as creative as humans—and someday will surpass us. But this is not a dystopian account; Miller celebrates the creative possibilities of artificial intelligence in art, music, and literature.

Arthur I. Miller is Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London. He is the author of Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art and other books including Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time, and the Beauty That Causes Havoc.

Mauro Martino, PhD, is a scientist and artist who focuses on information technology related to exploration, dissemination and sharing of knowledge. He uses artificial intelligence to explore and enhance understanding of the world, transforming any type of information, whether it is visual, acoustic, or semantic, into interactive tools that are beautiful and simple to use. He is the founder and director of the Visual AI Lab at IBM Research.


A Conversation with Barbara Lee
Tuesday, November 5
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Dorchester

Kennedy Library Forum | A Conversation with Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee discusses her distinguished career and contemporary civil rights issues. Kenneth Mack, professor of law and history at Harvard University, moderates.


Gutman Library Book Talk: Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism
WHEN  Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Askwith Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S)  Presented by authors Tracey A. Benson, Ed.D.'16 and Sarah E. Fiarman, Ed.D.’09
DETAILS  In Unconscious Bias in Schools, two seasoned educators describe the phenomenon of unconscious racial bias and how it negatively affects the work of educators and students in schools.


Spotlight on UN Sustainable Development Goals & Plastics
Tuesday, November 5
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Hostelling International in Boston, 19 Stuart Street, Boston

The second event in a series dedicated to exploring and advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this event focuses on plastic pollution. Join us to hear about solutions being developed and implemented by global communities – organization program highlights by Unicef.


Changing Places: Community Strategies for Sustainable Economic Development
Tuesday, November 5
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
CiC Venture Cafe (Kendall Square), One Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $8 – $12

Communities, large and small, urban and rural, across the U.S. are designing for their version of sustainable economic development.

Art, events, food, public health, affordable housing, human-centric streetscapes, greenspace, parking, recreation, signage, main street beautification, small and new business support, nature tourism -- are any of these your community's theory of change? 
Our Boston Area Sustainability Group (BASG) evening on November 5th considers how cities and neighborhoods approach sustainable economic development, how they build cross-stakeholder support, and how they fund plan implementation. 
Join us to learn from a dozen communities from Maine to Alaska, including those closest to Boston, about their designs for thriving long into the future.
Our Speakers
Carlos Matos, Transformative Development Initiative Fellow, MassDevelopment
Carlos is MassDevelopment's TDI Fellow in Chelsea, Massachusetts helping to create a vibrant shopping district with a mix of affordable and market-rate housing that will engage the community, redevelop key sites, and improve the impact of a cluster of small businesses. 
He previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Conexion, Associate General Manager at Hexaware, and Assistant Vice President in State Street Corporation’s Investment Management Services’ PMO/GCS business unit. Prior to joining State Street, Carlos worked at MassBay Community College as the school’s Senior Government Services Consultant and Vice President/CIO. He also managed a number of projects at Northern Essex Community College, including one in which he analyzed and researched strategies to foster economic improvement in majority Latino cities. Carlos has a bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm College and has taken master’s level classes in regional economic and social development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has also served as a Lawrence City Councilor, an assistant to the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, and a legislative aide in the Massachusetts State House.
Danelle Marable, MA, Senior Director of Evaluation, Assessments & Coalitions MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)
Danelle will represent the Healthy Chelsea coalition and share how its members collaborate to advance community empowerment and economic development.
Danelle Marable has been involved with nonprofit program evaluations and strategic planning for more than 16 years. In her current position, she is responsible for directing the evaluation activities at the Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement, which includes a team of 4 internal evaluators, as well as overseeing 4 multi-sector community coalitions. This involves working with over 50 staff to help shape initiatives and monitor progress in community activation and partnerships, increasing access to care and addressing the social determinants of health, and supporting the educational attainment of youth. Danelle also manages the Community Health Needs Assessment for Mass General, covering Revere, Chelsea, Boston, Winthrop and Everett. Previously, Danelle worked as the data and research coordinator at the American Academy of Physician Assistants where she was responsible for survey development, implementation, and reporting. Danelle received her B.A in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida and her M.A in Applied Social Research from West Virginia University. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and is the President of the Greater Boston Evaluation Network.
Holly Fowler, Co-founder & CEO, Northbound Ventures
In addition to her role co-organizing BASG, Holly is a sustainable communities and food systems consultant. Since 2016, she has been a technical assistance provider for the U.S. EPA's Local Foods, Local Places program, working with almost 20 communities to help them vision and plan out economic development strategies focused around place-making and food systems. Holly will share project profiles from the communities she has supported and a number of federal resources available to community changemakers.
Additional speakers invited: 
Chelsea Collaborative / Chelsea Community Fund (how communities fund themselves)


Saving Biodiversity in India
Tuesday, November 5
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington Street, Belmont

Kamaljit Bawa, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts-Boston Founder and President of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE).  website. One of the most prominent conservationists and natural scientists in the world. Professor Bawa is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Elected Member of AAAS and American Philosophical Society. He has received many prestigious awards, most recently the Linnean Medal. 

Dr. Bawa discusses the urgent effort to document India’s amazing biodiversity, and the unique character of ATREE, the unique conservation organization he founded. He also describes some of the scientific discoveries which have established him as an international leader in biology. His studies of of unusual breeding systems, novel pollination mechanisms, and long-distance gene flow in tropical forest trees changed the prevailing notions about population biology and evolution of these trees. Dr. Bawa eventually extended his work from population biology to sustainable use of forest resources, conservation of large tropical landscapes, and climate change. And now he is developing a program for documenting and preserving the biodiversity of India.


The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier – a Conversation with Living on Earth
Tuesday, November 5
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Simons Theatre New England Aquarium, Aquarium Wharf, Boston

Ian Urbina, Investigative Reporter for The New York Times and author of The Outlaw Ocean
This event is part of Good Reads on Earth, a series of events where public radio program Living on Earth holds live radio interviews with authors of the latest environmental books. To learn more about Living on Earth, please visit 

Join investigative reporter Ian Urbina and nationally syndicated environmental radio show Living on Earth for a discussion for Urbina’s new book, “The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier.” Urbina’s book tours a lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the untamed ocean, one of the last frontiers on our planet. The high seas are too big to police, and under no clear international authority, so these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and there will be a cash bar from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.


November Actions: Special Screening on the 50th Anniversary of MIT's Historical Protests
Tuesday, November 5
7:00pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building 6-120, 182 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for this exciting screening of the fully restored film by pioneering filmmaker Richard Leacock on the 50th anniversary of one of MIT's most significant campus protests in its history occuring between November 3rd and 5th, 1969. The screening will be followed by Q&A with participants of the protests and Leacock's associates, reflecting on the significance of the events and of Leacock's groundbreaking film making. 

Richard Leacock was a prolific filmmaker who pioneered documentary styles known as Cinéma Vérité and Direct Camera by using small, mobile, hand-held cameras to capture moments of immediacy and spontaneity. He was a seminal figure in developing innovative approaches to nonfictional filmmaking, co-founding and teaching at MIT’s film school from 1968 through 1989.