Sunday, March 01, 2020

Energy (and Other) Events - March 1, 2020

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Monday, March 2

11:45am  Four Strategies to Address Climate Change and Reduce Damage: A Conceptual Model
12pm  Bowling Together: Crenshaw and the Rise of Polycultural Los Angeles
12pm  The Coronavirus Outbreak: Tracking COVID-19
12pm  Elizabeth Hoover, “Seed Sovereignty and ‘Our Living Relatives’ in Native American Community Farming and Gardening”
12pm  Resonance: Keizo Myochin
12:10pm  Drivers of Adaptation and Diversity in Plant Populations
12:15pm  Critical Technical Practice Revisited: Towards 'Analytic Actors' in Data Science
3:30pm  The Pursuit of Happiness
4pm  Brave Women of Color in Academics
5:30pm  Can AI Solve Gun Violence or Is It a Part of the Problem?
6pm  Nuclear Energy: Climate and the Bomb
6:30pm  Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation
7pm  Upending American Politics:  Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance
7pm  Marching Toward Coverage
7pm  Long-Term Thinking—a Short-Term Priority

Tuesday, March 3

7am  TEDMED Live Stream
9am  Talking Trash to Save Money:  A Guide on Planning Efficient Waste Streams
9am  A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps - Boston
9am  DOER/MassCEC Offshore Wind Transmission Technical Conference
11am  Water Accounting and Decision Support Tools for Water Management
11:45am  Human Rights Challenges & the Heroes Who Are Creating Change
12pm  Surviving an Enemy of the Press: Lessons from Russia
12pm  On the Origins of Polarization in Venezuela
12pm  Associates' Panel: Japan in the World Order: Power Shifts and Domestic Contestation
1pm  The Commons:  Engaging fellow Americans in constructive conversations on social media (and in person)
4pm  IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar: Does Revolution Work? Evidence from Nepal (Rohini Pande, Yale University)
4pm  Healthcare in the US: A Conversation with Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD
4pm  Out of Bounds: A Transatlantic Conversation about Racism and Sports
4:30pm  Study Group with Mark Harvey: Defending Democracy
5:30pm  Conflict Resolution Colloquium: Nir Eisikovits, PhD
6pm  Who Discovered Evolution?
6:30pm  International Womxn’s Day Lecture: Dr. Vandana Shiva
6:30pm  Wicked High Tides
7pm  Spirit Run:  A 6,000 Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Lands
7pm  Preview Screening and Discussion of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story

Wednesday, March 4

8:30am  SBN's Local Food & Specialty Crop Trade Show
10pm  A Nuclear Solution? Reflections of a Former Regulator on the Future of Nuclear Energy
12pm  Housing, Health Care, and Homelessness in Boston
12pm  The Revolution That Failed: Nuclear Competition, Arms Control, and the Cold War
12:30pm  Mikhail Minakov - Post-Soviet Eastern Europe: A Comparative Analysis of the Six Eastern Neighborhood Nations
1pm  Powering the Workforce of the Future
4pm  Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown: What Does It Tell Us About Authoritarian Populism Today
4:30pm  Study Group with Tara Setmayer: Principle vs. Party
4:30pm  WOMEN'S WEEK 2020: A Talk with Model and Philanthropist Emina Cunmulaj
5pm  The Fierce Urgency of HOW: A Talk by Dov Seidman
6pm  The Decadent Society:  How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success
6pm  How to Stop America From Being Rigged Against Workers
6pm  Authors@MIT | Benjamin J. Pauli presents Flint Fights Back
6pm  The Communal Mind and the Language of the Internet
7pm  The Power Worshippers:  Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism
7pm  Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)
7pm  Climate Change, Conservation, and the Role of Native Plant Horticulture
8pm  Beers and Climate Change

Thursday, March 5

11:45am  The Future of Regulatory Deference
12pm  How Science Diplomacy Can Result in Effective Climate Policy: Lessons From State and Local Climate Policy Initiatives
12pm  China’s Belt and Road: A New Colonialism? -- a Discussion with Lucy Hornby
12pm  Allies’ Contributions to America’s Wars: Free Rides or Shared Burdens?
12pm  Lunch & Learn: Explore Online Courses with HarvardX
12:15pm  Diplomats, Elites, and Hegemony: Failures of Global Governance in Historical and Contemporary Perspective
4pm  Embodied Brains, Social Minds, Cultural Meaning: The Role of Emotion in Learning, Well-Being, and Civic Engagement
4pm  Women in Terrorism: Visibility, Legitimacy, and Responsibility in Modern War with Meredith Loken
4:15pm  Superhuman AI for Multiplayer Poker
4:30pm  Heaven or Hell? Urban Transportation is in Full-On Disruption
4:30pm  The Islam Question: Why Religious Freedom is the Answer
5pm  The Infrastructure of the U.S. Comic Book Industry and the Long History of Superheroes in Hollywood
5:30pm  Gods and Robots: Myths and Ancient Dreams of Technology
5:30pm  EnergyBar March 2020: Cleantech Intern Fair
6pm  Super Tuesday - What Just Happened?
6pm  The Khufu Boat
6pm  The Second Kind of Impossible:  The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter
6pm  Humanitarian Predicaments: Protracted Displacement and Palestinian Refugee Politics
6pm  PKG 2020 Community Conversations: Climate Change
6pm  Climate Justice Dinner
6pm  Chief Chat with John Barros, Chief of Economic Development
6pm  The Pollinators Screening
6:30pm  Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)
6:30pm  Women Take the Reel film: "Fear No Gumbo”
7pm  Lurking:  How a Person Became a User
7pm  The Velvet Rope Economy
7pm  Wilding (March Eco Book Club)

Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7

2020 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy

Friday, March 6

7:45am  Where's winter?
8am  Women in Data Science, Cambridge (WiDS) Conference
9am  Circular Economy Symposium
12pm  Managing the drinking water microbiome:  challenges and opportunities
12pm  Satellite-based Constraints on Aerosol, Aerosol Precursor, and Greenhouse-gas Emissions: Applications and New Inverse Modeling Techniques
12pm  Working Session with Adrienne Mayor on "Tyrants and Robots" for Ancient Modern AI: Interfaith Working Group on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
12:30pm  Growing the World’s Largest NGO: BRAC, Bangladesh, and Beyond
1pm  Climate Change and Cities: Mitigation and Adaptation
3pm  Bird Love:  The Family Life of Birds
7pm  The Boston Massacre:  A Family History
7pm  Rebel Cinderella
7pm  Weather

Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8

2020 Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard

Saturday, March 7

8am  MIT Robo-AI Exchange 2020
9am  Local Environmental Action 2020
2pm  Sunrise Boston Accessibility Training
4pm  Harvard, Sustainability & Development Practice Program Faculty-Student Panels & Social Mixer

Sunday, March 8

12pm  WSAYO State House Training
1:30pm  Teaching Humanist Values with "The Ten Commitments”

Monday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 10

Biotechnology and the Future of Medicine: Harvard Medical School Annual Bioethics Conference

Monday, March 9

11:45am  Geopolitical Implications of the Rapidly Changing Arctic
12pm  Big Steps Toward Small Worlds: Exoplanet Atmosphere Characterization in the Next Decade and Beyond
12pm  TDM Artist Talk with Jay Stull, EllaRose Chary, and Erato A. Kremmyda
12pm  CSSH Faculty Works-in-Progress Colloquium Series Fellows “Authority and Subversion” 2019-2020
12pm  Wearable Tech Talk with WearWorks
12pm  Indigenous Peoples and the Oil and Gas Industry: Comparing Russia and the United States
12:10pm  Water Limitation and Vegetated Ecosystem Responses
12:15pm  Code Work: Hacking Across the Techno-Borderlands
12:30pm  An Environmental History of the Late Ottoman Frontier
1pm  The Stories We Tell and the Objects We Keep:  Asian American Women and the Archives
4pm  Total Costs of Domestic Violence
4:30pm  Kelman Seminar: The Fog of Victory | Gabriella Blum
5pm  The Gift: An Evening with Lewis Hyde
5:15pm  Humane Warfare: An Ancient Perspective on Ethics in War
5:15pm  Sunrise Boston Full Hub Meeting & New Member Meetup!
5:30pm  Reimagining Reality: Human Rights & Immersive (AR/VR) Technology
6pm  Film Screening & Discussion - Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement
6pm  Boston New Technology AI & Data Startup Showcase #BNT111 (21+)
7pm  The Tyranny of Virtue:  Identity, the Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies
7pm  Originalism or Ancestor Worship:  Interpreting the Constitution Today with Professor Mark Tushnet

Tuesday, March 10

11:45am  Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Aging World - A conversation with author Camilla Cavendish and Harvard Professor Lawrence H. Summers
12pm  Brown Bag Lunch Series: Transportation Revenue
12pm  Systems Thinking Webinar: Jayraj Nair, “Realizing Business Outcomes & Scaling Industrial IoT”
12pm  You Won’t Believe How the Chinese Government Uses Clickbait!
12pm  Associates' Panel: Challenges of Democracy in the U.S. and Japan
12:30pm  The US-Iran Crisis: A Reporter’s Firsthand Perspective
1pm  Co-Designing Assistive Technology Around the Globe
1:30pm  Extra Time: 10 Lessons For An Ageing World
3pm  Energy for All & the Transition to Zero-Carbon: The Private-Sector Role
3pm  A Screening of ‘Dark Waters’: The Business and Societal Impacts of Drinking Water Contamination
4pm  Biology Colloquium Series:  Underground Networks
4:30pm  Emile Bustani Seminar: "Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Forty-year Rivalry that Undid the Middle East”
5:30pm  Advocacy Summit: Passive House as the Platform for Net-Zero, Electrification, and Carbon-Free Buildings
6pm  Data Feminism
6pm  Race and the Unruly Delights of 1960s American Film
6pm  Strategic Competence: Building the Skills to Compete and Thrive in Today's Security Environment
6pm  Living in Extra Time: The Meaning of Lifespan in the 21st Century
6pm  Closing The Environmental Voting Gap in 2020!
6pm  'The Need to Grow' Film + Conversation
6:30pm  Augmented & Virtual Reality Expo
7pm  A Very Stable Genius
7pm  Artists & Archives: Robert Dell on Environmental Alchemy
7pm  The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court w/ LOE
7pm  William Belden Noble Lecture 2: Voter Suppression


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

The First Man by Albert Camus


Monday, March 2

Four Strategies to Address Climate Change and Reduce Damage: A Conceptual Model
Monday, March 2
11:45am - 1:00pm
Harvard, Belfer Building,  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Join us to hear from John Deutch, Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT's Department of Chemistry, and former U.S. Director of Central Intelligence (1995-1996). Professor Deutch will discuss "Four Strategies to Address Climate Change and Reduce Damage: A Conceptual Model."

It is very unlikely that climate damages can be reduced to an acceptable level by the end of the century relying only on emissions reduction. A conceptual model is presented that includes four climate change control strategies: emissions reduction, carbon dioxide (CO2) removal from the atmosphere, adaptation to climate change, and geoengineering to optimally reduce climate damage subject to a control budget constraint.

As always, this event is free and open to the public; no RSVPs required. Buffet-style lunch will be served.


Bowling Together: Crenshaw and the Rise of Polycultural Los Angeles
Monday, March 2
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard, 124 Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Scott Kurashige, Professor of American & Ethnic Studies, University of Washington Bothell
DETAILS  Scott Kurashige, professor of American & Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, will give the second lecture in the 2020 Critical Conservation Colloquium. His topic “Bowling Together: Crenshaw and the Rise of Polycultural Los Angeles,” supports issues raised by the Graduate School of Design’s “Power & Place” course which is looking at exclusionary practices and multi-ethnic histories that are evident along LA’s Crenshaw Boulevard. Professor Kurashige’s work has been shaped by his own experiences as a Japanese American in Los Angeles and by his encounters, first with Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014) political activist and colleague in Harlem of Malcolm X and then with Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015), a philosopher/activist based in Detroit. His books include The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (2008) and most recently The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit (2017).


The Coronavirus Outbreak: Tracking COVID-19
Monday, March 2
12 – 1 p.m.
Leadership Studio, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston

SPEAKER(S)  Paul Biddinger, Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice Program, Harvard Chan
Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard Chan
Winnie Chi-Man Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics, Harvard Chan, and Faculty Director, Harvard China Health Partnership
Moderator: Elana Gordon, Reporter and Producer, The World
DETAILS  With more than 75,000 cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 now confirmed, policymakers and researchers continue to grapple with the outbreak’s impact. In this Forum, experts will take on pressing questions about COVID-19. What do we know about the virus itself? How likely is a future vaccine? How is China’s stressed health system coping, and how are U.S. hospital systems preparing for cases? What happens if COVID-19 emerges forcefully in areas of the world lacking infrastructure, and what does an effective global response look like? These and other key issues will be unpacked during this dynamic discussion, which will include timely insights from the Harvard China Health Partnership.


Elizabeth Hoover, “Seed Sovereignty and ‘Our Living Relatives’ in Native American Community Farming and Gardening”
Monday, March 2
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Stubbins Room 112, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Elizabeth Hoover
DETAILS  Native heirloom seed varieties, many of which have been passed down through generations of Indigenous gardeners or re-acquired from seed banks or ally seed savers, are often discussed by Indigenous farmers as the foundation of the food sovereignty movement, and as helpful tools for education and reclaiming health. This presentation explores how Native American community-based farming and gardening projects are defining heirloom or heritage seeds; why maintaining and growing out these seeds is seen as so important, and how terms like seed sovereignty should be defined and enacted. Many of the definitions seed keepers provided highlight the importance of heritage seeds for connecting them to previous generations of seed keepers; as a symbol of how tribal governments and citizens needed to better protect their cultural property; and as a token of the “relationality” that many Indigenous people feel towards aspects of their food systems. Seeds are described almost as intergenerational relatives– both as children that need nurturing and protecting, and as grandparents who contain cultural wisdom that needs guarding. For these reasons, a growing network of Indigenous seed keepers is coalescing to not only provide education to tribal people around seed planting and saving, but also to push for the “rematriation” of Indigenous seeds from institutions who have collected or inherited them, back to their communities of origin.
CONTACT INFO Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or


Resonance: Keizo Myochin
Monday, March 2
12:00am to 12:00am
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

DMSE Metal Arts Lecture Series 
The Myochin family is an unbroken line of master armorers and blacksmiths who have produced forged works since the late Heian Period (784–1185 CE) in Japan.

Ever adapting to the changing needs of society,  the Myochin family continues to hone their traditional forging skills while incorporating new materials in their forge. The results of their focused labor are both aesthetically harmonious and functional. 52nd‑generation master blacksmith Keizo Myochin will discuss the traditional smelting of tamahagane (jewel steel). He will also explain the forging process behind the Myochin hibashi and the unique acoustical properties of the hibashi, which Sony, Seiko, and composer Isao Tomita have utilized.


Drivers of Adaptation and Diversity in Plant Populations
Monday, March 2
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Rebecca Y. Kartzinel, Director, Brown University Herbarium

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk


Critical Technical Practice Revisited: Towards 'Analytic Actors' in Data Science
Monday, March 2
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge 

Momin M. Malik, Berkman Klein Center (Harvard)

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

STS Circle


The Pursuit of Happiness
Monday, March 2
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Harvard Business School, Klarman Hall, Soldiers Field Road, Allston

SPEAKER(S)  Arthur C. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson 
DETAILS  Are there any real secrets to happiness? Can we control our own happiness? Social scientist Arthur Brooks will weave together ancient wisdom and recent research to answer these questions and explain how we can make ourselves, and our society, happier.
This talk's opening act features the Harvard Business School Faculty Band playing Indie folk rock.


Brave Women of Color in Academics
Monday, March 2
4:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 4-370, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

The new co-edited anthology, Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance contains essays and creative works by 28 women of color academics who redefine what it means to be successful in academia, who stand up against injustice in academia despite the risks, and who leverage their positions in university to advance diversity and inclusion in higher education. 

Academic bravery challenges the status quo, crosses boundaries and breaks new ground. In essence, being a brave academic entails refusing to prioritize self-serving interests at the expense of knowledge production and social justice. Rather than avoiding risky endeavors to protect one’s position and status, a brave academic uses her position, status and expertise to effectively advance knowledge and equity, despite the risks.

The anthology, and this panel, seeks to counter the discourse that women of color are solely tokens and victims of marginalization in academe. Women of color academics have leveraged their professional positions to challenge the status quo in their scholarship, teaching, service, activism, and leadership. By presenting reflexive work from various vantage points within and outside of the academy, contributors document the cultivation of mentoring relationships, the use of administrative roles to challenge institutional leadership, and more.

This panel will feature the co-editors of the anthology: Eric Grollman (University of Richmond) and Manya Whitaker (Colorado College) in addition to two contributors: Alessandra Bazo Vienrich (Davidson College) and Robbin Chapman (Harvard University). 

For additional information on this anthology, please see the press release and recent blog post.

Cosponsored by: Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development; MIT Women's and Gender Studies; Tufts Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Boston University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; UMass Boston Africana Studies Department; UMass Boston Department of Anthropology; UMass Boston Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Alessandra Bazo Vienrich, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Davidson College
Eric Grollman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Richmond
Manya Whitaker, Associate Professor and Chair of Education, Colorado College
Robbin Chapman, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Harvard Kennedy School
Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University


Can AI Solve Gun Violence or Is It a Part of the Problem?
Monday, March 2
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School, Rubenstein-414AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Desmond Patton, Former Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
DETAILS  Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series organized and facilitated by Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.
Desmond Patton, Former Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, will give a talk titled, "Can AI Solve Gun Violence or Is It a Part of the Problem?"
A light dinner will be served.


Nuclear Energy: Climate and the Bomb
Monday, March 2
6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Join Professor Ernest Moniz, former Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Professor Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School for a discussion on whether it is possible to expand the use of carbon-free nuclear power to combat global warming without unleashing the terrors of nuclear weapons proliferation. Hosted by the Institute of Politics.

Ernest J. Moniz, Former Secretary of Energy; Dan Poneman, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy; Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.


Extinction Rebellion New Member Orientation
Monday, March 2
6:30 p.m.
Central Square, Cambridge

If you are new to Extinction Rebellion or would just like to learn more about how it works, please join us! We will cover the following:
What is XR? What is civil disobedience & direct action?
What do we want?
What are our principles and values?
How are we organized? 
Come out and learn how you can get involved!
The session will run for around 90 minutes. Exact address will be provided to those who sign up.


Upending American Politics:  Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance
Monday, March 2
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes THEDA SKOCPOL—Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University—and Harvard research coordinator CAROLINE TERVO for a discussion of their co-edited book, Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance.

About Upending American Politics
The election of Barack Obama in 2008 was startling, as was the victory of Donald Trump eight years later. Because both presidents were unusual and gained office backed by Congresses controlled by their own parties, their elections kick-started massive counter-movements. The Tea Party starting in 2009 and the "resistance" after November 2016 transformed America's political landscape.

Upending American Politics offers a fresh perspective on recent upheavals, tracking the emergence and spread of local voluntary citizens' groups, the ongoing activities of elite advocacy organizations and consortia of wealthy donors, and the impact of popular and elite efforts on the two major political parties and candidate-led political campaigns. Going well beyond national surveys, Theda Skocpol, Caroline Tervo, and their contributors use organizational documents, interviews, and local visits to probe changing organizational configurations at the national level and in swing states. This volume analyzes conservative politics in the first section and progressive responses in the second to provide a clear overview of US politics as a whole. By highlighting evidence from the state level, it also reveals the important interplay of local and national trends.


Marching Toward Coverage
Monday, March 2
7:00 PM
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

A lively, clear explanation of the American healthcare reform movement from a noted expert--giving women the tools they need to demand fair and affordable coverage for all people

Healthcare is one of America's most dysfunctional and confusing industries, and women bear the brunt of the problem when it comes to both access and treatment. Women, who make 80 percent of healthcare decisions for their families, are disproportionately impacted by the complex nature of our healthcare system--but are also uniquely poised to fix it.

Founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies Rosemarie Day wants women to recognize their trouble with accessing affordable care as part of a national emergency. Day encourages women throughout the country to share their stories and get involved, and she illustrates how a groundswell of activism, led by everyday women, could create the incentives our political leaders need to change course.

Marching Toward Coverage gives women the clear information they need to move this agenda forward by breaking down complicated topics in an accessible manner, like the ACA (Affordable Care Act), preexisting conditions, and employer-sponsored plans. With more than 25 years working in healthcare strategy and related fields, Day helps the average American understand the business of national health reform and lays out a pragmatic path forward, one that recognizes healthcare as a fundamental human right.

Rosemarie Day is the founder and CEO of Day Health Strategies, which helps to implement national health reform. She's been working in healthcare and related fields for more than 25 years, including as the founding deputy director and chief operating officer of the Health Connector in Massachusetts, where she helped launch the award-winning organization that established the first state-run health insurance exchange in the state. She also served as the chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Medicaid program. Rosemarie lives in Somerville, MA; this is her first book. Connect with her @Rosemarie_Day1 or at


Long-Term Thinking—a Short-Term Priority
Monday, March 2
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Venture Cafe at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Kendall Square, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 - $15

“If no one else seems to care about the future, why should I?”

Short-term thinking can lead to disillusionment and cynicism. Author and Boston Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkatarman provides a refreshing counterpoint to negative thinking in her 2019 book, The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, named a top business book by The Financial Times and one of the year’s best books by Amazon, Science Friday, and National Public Radio.

Through research, anecdotes, and case studies drawn from her background in public policy, climate change strategy, and journalism, Bina builds the case for long-term thinking, and shares practical tactics for employing it. Bina will lead a Long Now Boston conversation, moderated by author and scholar William Powers, on March 2 on topics such as:
How can we sharpen our own long-term thinking?
What are some key ways to build a culture of long-term thinking?
How can we encourage long-term thinking in business, media, and government?

Join Bina, William, and other Long Now thinkers at the Cambridge Innovation Center and be part of the solution.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; conversation begins at 7 p.m.

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.

[Obtain tickets here at Meetup, or click to Eventbrite for more options:
Long Now Boston Charter members use your discount code at Eventbrite
CIC members use your discount at Eventbrite
If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will likely be unavailable due to room size.

About the speakers:
Bina Venkataraman is a journalist, author, and policy expert, and editorial page editor of The Boston Globe. Bina served as senior advisor for climate change innovation in the Obama White House and was director of global policy initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. A frequent public speaker, she has appeared at the TED mainstage and Aspen Ideas, on NPR and MSNBC, and at university campuses around the world. Bina is an alumna of Brown University and the Harvard Kennedy School and has received a Fulbright scholarship, a Princeton in Asia fellowship, a Metcalf fellowship, and a James Reston fellowship. Bina’s book, The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, was published in September 02019.

William Powers is a technologist, a journalist, and author of the New York Times’s 2010 bestseller Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age. He is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. William has served as a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab and as a staff writer for the Washington Post. A frequent speaker and award-winning journalist, he has held fellowships at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Japan Society.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Bina Venkataraman and William Powers to the podium at this Long Now Boston community conversation.

Tuesday, March 3

TEDMED Live Stream
Tuesday, March 3
7:00 AM – 7:30 PM EST
District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

TEDMED is coming to Seaport, so we're bringing it to you.

Ever want to be close to the TED Talk action? Here's your chance. 
Seaport is live streaming TEDMED Tuesday, March 3rd, from District Hall. Join us for the day or stop by on your lunch break, when you need a spark of innovation, or want to learn about the future of medicine. Complimentary streaming is available all day, along with coffee, refreshments, and surprises, for you to join the community and conversation.

9:00am-11:00am | Wonders of the Mind
The wonders of the human mind are intimately connected with its frailties. The same imagination that can lead us to scientific breakthroughs, can also haunt us with needless anxieties -- or even push us toward addiction, mental illness or suicidality. In this session, TEDMED welcomes a series of speakers who have confronted the most disturbing, dangerous and tragic tendencies of the mind, and who have found effective coping strategies.
2:00pm-4:00pm | Nature's Wonders
Nature perpetually surprises us – especially if we aren’t paying attention. From the complexities of climate change to the seeming simplicity of water, we take nature for granted at our peril. In this session, TEDMED speakers will demonstrate the power of paying attention as the vital first step toward restoring the harmony of the natural order, and restoring the balance of healthy bodies in a healthy world. 
5:15pm-7:15pm | Wonderlust
If wanderlust is the romantic impulse to keep on the move, constantly exploring new horizons, then “wonder”-lust must be the scientific impulse to keep pushing into new frontiers of exploration, discovery, innovation and knowledge. Speakers in this session will conduct a tour of cutting-edge technologies of health and medicine, from the promise of gene editing and datachip implants, to the excitement of new views inside the human body.

Full schedule at


Talking Trash to Save Money:  A Guide on Planning Efficient Waste Streams
Tuesday, March 3r
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT) 
50 Milk Street, Room Edison on the 16th floor, Boston
Cost:  $35

When architects fail to plan for several waste streams, that building manager can expect to pay up to three times as much in sorting, disposal, and hauling fees, as well as workers’ compensation. In this course, Gretchen Carey, the Recycling and Organics Coordinator of New England for Republic Services, will walk participants through a variety of planning strategies to ensure that they understand the space and electrical requirements necessary for dock space, and the internal storage of trash, recycling, organic food waste, and special materials.

Meet Our Speaker
Gretchen Carey is the Recycling and Organics Coordinator of New England for Republic Services. She is also a LEED Green Associate and Zero Waste TRUE advisor, and has been in the solid waste field for 13 years. Gretchen is also the President of the statewide non-profit, MassRecycle.


A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps - Boston
Tuesday, March 3
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Boston Society for Architecture, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Cost:  $20

Onsite Check-in:  8:30 am 
Workshop begins:  9:00 am 
Workshop concludes:  12:00 pm
Lunch:  Included in the price
Parking: Self parking located at the Atlantic Wharf Parking Garage, 280 Congress Street, and is $42 per day so we encourage you to ride share or use public transportation.  Click here for more information.

We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. Concurrently, mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber have opened the door to many new opportunities for construction, one of which is tall wood. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). This presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth. Starting with a review of the technical research and testing that supported their adoption, it will then take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include fire-resistance ratings and allowances for exposed timber, penetrations, sprinklers, connections, exterior walls and much more. Designers can expect to take away the knowledge they need to start exploring tall wood designs on their projects.

Speaker: Marc Rivard, WoodWorks

Questions? Contact: Courtney Rouse: Email:


DOER/MassCEC Offshore Wind Transmission Technical Conference
Tuesday, March 3
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST
Federal Reserve Plaza, 600 Atlantic Avenue, New England Room, Boston

This event is at full capacity. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket to allow those on the waitlist to attend. Livestreaming of conference audio and slides will be made available as a courtesy using GoToWebinar. To register for the livestream, please use the following links:

In 2018, Massachusetts passed An Act to Advance Clean Energy, Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2018 (the “Act”), which required the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to 1) investigate the necessity, benefits and costs of requiring the electricity distribution companies (EDC) to conduct solicitations and procurements for up to 1,600 MW of additional offshore wind and 2) evaluate previous solicitation and procurement processes and make recommendations for any improvements.

Additionally, the Act allows DOER to require the EDCs to jointly and competitively solicit and procure proposals for offshore wind energy transmission sufficient to deliver energy generation procured under the Act.

DOER has solicited written comment and will hold a technical conference to gather data on whether and/or how a solicitation for independent transmission should occur and, if warranted, issue a separate contingent solicitation for independent transmission prior to additional solicitations for offshore wind. This effort will be undertaken in partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

Further information on offshore wind is available on DOER's Offshore Wind Study page.
If you have any questions, please email DOER at


Water Accounting and Decision Support Tools for Water Management
Tuesday, March 3
11:00am to 12:30pm
MIT, Building E51-275, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Dr. Joanne Tingey-Holyoak is J-WAFS’ visiting scholar and a senior lecturer and researcher in the Sustainable Engineering, Accounting and Law Group at the University of Southern Australia (UniSA) Business School. On Tuesday March 3rd she will be discussing the integration of regulatory, institutions and financial elements into the design of a support tool for dam safety and management.


Human Rights Challenges & the Heroes Who Are Creating Change
Tuesday, March 3
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Allison Dining Room, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
DETAILS  The Carr Center’s Human Rights in Hard Places talk series offers unparalleled insights and analysis from the frontlines by human rights practitioners, policy makers, and innovators. Moderated by Sushma Raman, the series highlights current day human rights and humanitarian concerns such as human rights in North Korea, migration on the US-Mexico border, Myanmar, and the dismantling of democracy.
Kerry Kennedy:  Kerry Kennedy is the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. She is the author of New York Times best-seller, Being Catholic Now ( Random House 2005), Speak Truth to Power ( Random House 2000) and Robert F. Kennedy; Ripples of Hope ( Hachette 2018). For more than thirty years, Ms. Kennedy has devoted herself to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She has worked on a range of issues, including children’s rights, child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, and the environment. She has concentrated specifically on women’s rights, exposing injustices and educating audiences about women’s issues, particularly honor killings, sexual slavery, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, sexual assault, abuse of prisoners, and more. She has led hundreds of human rights delegations.


Surviving an Enemy of the Press: Lessons from Russia
Tuesday, March 3
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Wexner 434, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Ann Cooper, Spring 2020 Joan Shorenstein Fellow
DETAILS  Ann Cooper is a Spring 2020 Joan Shorenstein Fellow, she has more than 25 years of radio and print reporting experience. She also worked as executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists prior to joining the Columbia Journalism School faculty, where she retired in 2019 as CBS Professor Emerita of Professional Practice. Cooper’s voice was well known to National Public Radio listeners as NPR’s first Moscow bureau chief, covering the tumultuous events of the final five years of Soviet communism. She has continued to write about the glasnost era, the subsequent decline of press freedom in Russia, and Russia’s global media strategy. Cooper worked as NPR’s bureau chief in Johannesburg 1992-1995, where her coverage of South Africa’s first all-race elections helped NPR win a duPont-Columbia silver baton for excellence in broadcast journalism. While at the Shorenstein Center, Cooper is writing a paper on “Russian Media and the Legacy of Glasnost.”


On the Origins of Polarization in Venezuela
Tuesday, March 3
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS South - S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
DETAILS  While the literature on urban Latin America has examined the relationship between politics and space, the particular impact of political polarization on urban space and vice versa has received scant attention. In this sense, Caracas is an exemplary case. On one hand, it is marked by long standing spatial segregation, considerably deepened in the 1990s era of neoliberal reforms. On the other hand, the 1998 election of Hugo Chávez as President, promising a popular revolution, ushered in intense political polarization that closely followed pre existing patterns of spatial segregation, marked by race and class differences. This paper traces how the development and deepening of this segregation in the 1990s created the conditions for the emergence under Chavez of a distinct and under examined phenomenon: not segregated cities, but parallel cities.


Associates' Panel: Japan in the World Order: Power Shifts and Domestic Contestation
Tuesday, March 3
12 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Tomoki Kuniyoshi, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Associate Professor, Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
Claudia Junghyun Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University. PhD, Political Science, Boston University
Tatsuki Onda, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Associate Director and Economist, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC
Discussant: Jennifer Lind, Dartmouth College
Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


The Commons:  Engaging fellow Americans in constructive conversations on social media (and in person)
Tuesday, March 3
1:00p EST 

In 2019, the Build Up team engaged over 2000 random Americans on Facebook and Twitter in conversations around some of the most charged political topics within the United States discussed on Twitter and Facebook. Topics like impeachment, immigration, and gun control. Our team of eight facilitators engaged in conversations designed to help people understand and make different choices in their interactions, online and offline, particularly around political differences, and offer skills and resources to promote constructive conversations, listening and respect.

We see this as a model for supporting constructive conversations between people in the United States. Join us for a one-hour reflection about the methodology applied, implementation process and lessons learned. In addition, we’d like to brainstorm with you ideas on how you can use this approach within your networks. 


IDSS Distinguished Speaker Seminar: Does Revolution Work? Evidence from Nepal (Rohini Pande, Yale University)
Tuesday, March 3
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building E18-304, 50 Ames Street, Cambridge

The last half century has seen the adoption of  democratic institutions in much of the developing world. However, the conditions under which de jure democratization leads to the representation of historically disadvantaged groups remains debated as do the implications of descriptive representation for policy inclusion. Using detailed administrative and survey data from Nepal, we examine political selection in a new democracy, the implications for policy inclusion and the role of conflict in affecting political transformation. I situate these findings in the context of the political economy literature mapping institutional choice to power and inequality. 

About the speaker: Rohini Pande is the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center, Yale University. She is a co-editor of American Economic Review: Insights.

Pande’s research is largely focused on how formal and informal institutions shape power relationships and patterns of economic and political advantage in society, particularly in developing countries. She is interested the role of public policy in providing the poor and disadvantaged political and economic power, and how notions of economic justice and human rights can help justify and enable such change. Her most recent work focuses on testing innovative ways to make the state more accountable to its citizens, such as strengthening women’s economic and political opportunities, ensuring that environmental regulations reduce harmful emissions, and providing citizens effective means to voice their demand for state services. In 2018, Pande received the Carolyn Bell Shaw Award from the American Economic Association for promoting the success of women in the economics profession. She is the co-chair of the Political Economy and Government Group at Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a Board member of Bureau of Research on Economic Development (BREAD) and a former co-editor of The Review of Economics and Statistics. Before coming to Yale, Pande was the Rafik Harriri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, where she co-founded Evidence for Policy Design.

Pande received a PhD in economics from London School of Economics, a BA/MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a BA in Economics from Delhi University.


Healthcare in the US: A Conversation with Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD
Tuesday, March 3
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Harvard, Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Amitabh Chandra, HKS and HBS faculty member 
FScott Gottliebormer, FDA Commissioner and American Enterprise Institute Fellow 
DETAILS  A fireside chat between HKS and HBS faculty member, Amitabh Chandra, and former FDA Commissioner and American Enterprise Institute Fellow, Scott Gottlieb on the state of healthcare in the United States, including the Affordable Care Act, access to Medicare, drug pricing, the opioid epidemic, and more.
The discussion will occur from 4-5 p.m., immediately followed by a reception.


Out of Bounds: A Transatlantic Conversation about Racism and Sports
Tuesday, March 3
4 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Lillian Thuram, French World Cup-winning defender; Founder, Fondation Lilian Thuram
Allison Feaster, Retired WNBA player; Boston Celtics Director of Player Development
Moderator: Theresa Moore, President and Founder, T-Time Productions
Join us for a conversation between two former athletes, one from Europe and one from the US, on racism in sports.


Study Group with Mark Harvey: Defending Democracy
Tuesday, March 3
4:30 – 5:45 pm
Harvard, Institute of Politics, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Mark P. Harvey, IOP Resident Fellow; former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council Staff
Guest: Bob Kolasky, Assistant Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DETAILS  Topic: Securing the System of Systems: The Landscape of U.S. Election Infrastructure
Guest: Bob Kolasky (Assistant Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Description: As Super Tuesday unfolds, our election systems and processes face their biggest test before November’s election. Our democracy depends on a complex and vast network of people, equipment, systems, and processes that are spread across more than 8,000 election jurisdictions. As the people who administer elections are on the front lines of great power competition in the 21st Century what do they need to do to ensure that voter rolls and votes are accurate? Mark Harvey is joined by Bob Kolasky, Assistant Director of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to discuss the combined effort to #protect2020.
IOP Resident Fellow Mark P. Harvey is the former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council Staff, and over the past 15 years, has helped author a wide variety of plans, policies, and doctrine to foster resilience through effective risk management. 


Conflict Resolution Colloquium: Nir Eisikovits, PhD
Tuesday, March 3
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST
UMass, Campus Center, Floor 3, Room 3545, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston

The idea of military glory is both more and less relevant than ever...

On the one hand, Wilfred Owen’s sense that it’s grotesque to speak of a glorious, patriotic death after the industrial slaughter of the Great War has become so commonplace that it’s almost a cliché about modern war. On the other hand, military glory is not going anywhere: from Marine Corps recruitment videos, to the throngs mourning Iranian General Qaseimi, from ISIS war poems extolling the restoration of the Caliphate to alt right discussion boards offering praise to those who protect America’s whiteness, the rhetoric of military glory is everywhere. How are we to make sense of this tension? This talk offers a way of explaining it.

Nir Eisikovits is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he serves as Founding Director of the Applied Ethics Center. His research focuses on the ethics and culture of war.

Editorial Comment:  I’ve spent about half my life studying strategy and practicing martial arts.  This is one reason why I refuse to use war metaphors.  We need to think about war and conflict in fundamentally different ways.


Who Discovered Evolution?
Tuesday, March 3
6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  William Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
DETAILS  Charles Darwin is commonly cited as the person who “discovered” evolution. But, the historical record shows that roughly seventy different individuals published work on the topic of evolution between 1748 and 1859, the year that Darwin published On the Origin of Species. William Friedman will discuss the ideas of these pre-Darwinian evolutionists, place Darwin in a broader historical context, and examine the nature of scientific discovery and attribution.


International Womxn’s Day Lecture: Dr. Vandana Shiva
Tuesday, March 3
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Vandana Shiva
DETAILS  Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. In 1982, she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. In 2004 she started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.Dr. Shiva combines the sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia.Forbes magazine in November 2010 has identified Dr. Vandana Shiva as one of the top Seven most Powerful Women on the Globe. Dr. Shiva has received honorary Doctorates from University of Paris, University of Western Ontario, University of Oslo and Connecticut College, University of Guelph.Among her many awards are the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award, 1993), Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of UN and Earth Day International Award. Lennon ONO grant for peace award by Yoko Ono in 2009, Sydney Peace Prize in 2010, Doshi Bridgebuilder Award, Calgary Peace Prize and Thomas Merton Award in the year 2011,the Fukuoka Award and The Prism of Reason Award in 2012, the Grifone d’Argento prize 2016 and The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016, Veerangana Award 2018, The Sanctuary Wildlife Award 2018 and International Environment Summit & Award 2018.
This event is co-sponsored by Womxn in Design and is organized as part of the 2020 International Womxn's Day activities taking place from March 2 – 6, 2020 at the GSD.
CONTACT INFO Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or


Wicked High Tides
Tuesday, March 3
6:30PM TO 9:00PM
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Join the Museum of Science for an evening devoted to the social, economic, and environmental effects of sea level rise in Boston.

In this forum event, you'll explore the social, economic, and environmental impacts of sea level rise, work with others to recommend resilience strategies, and learn about how participating in community science can help inform scientists about how communities are at risk for flooding. Light refreshments will be provided.

How should communities build resilience for dealing with sea level rise in the coming decades? Nuisance flooding, or sunny day flooding, is increasing in the US. This is caused by sea level rise, which increases the risk to coastal communities with regular tidal flooding and higher storm surges during coastal storms.

In this program you will explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of sea level rise, work with others to recommend resilience strategies, and learn about how participating in community science can help inform scientists about which communities are at risk for flooding. Join us for a fun and interactive evening where you can discover how communities around Boston can be more resilient to sea level rise!

Featured Speaker:
Julie Wormser – Deputy Director of Mystic River Watershed Association
Table event of local organizations working to mitigate and educate the public about sea level rise:
Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)
New England Aquarium
Northeastern University Marine Science Center
And more!
Want to get involved in community science now? Go to to get started.

Due to limited space, RSVP is required. 

(617) 723-2500


Spirit Run:  A 6,000 Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Lands
Tuesday March 3
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

An electrifying debut memoir from the son of working-class Mexican immigrants, Noé Álvarez fled a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in an Indigenous marathon from Canada to Guatemala. Running through mountains, deserts, cities, and the territory his parents left behind, Álvarez forges a new relationship with the land, and with the act of running, carrying with him the knowledge of his parents’ migration, and–against all odds, in a society that exploits his body and rejects his spirit–the dream of a liberated future.

Noé Álvarez was born to Mexican immigrant parents and raised working-class in Yakima, Washington. He holds degrees in philosophy and creative writing from Whitman College and Emerson College, respectively. He studied conflict analysis, peacemaking, and conflict resolution at American University and in Northern Ireland, received a fellowship at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and researched U.S. drug policy, military aid, and human rights issues in Colombia’s Putumayo jungles. He lives in Boston, where, until recently, he worked as a security officer at the Boston Athenæum.


Preview Screening and Discussion of East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story
Tuesday, March 3
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
MIT Kresge Little Theater, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, w16, Cambridge

WGBH invites you to a special preview and discussion of the new PBS documentary from Executive Producer Ken Burns, East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story, with filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon. 

East Lake Meadows chronicles a public housing community in 1970s Atlanta, giving voice to some of the most marginalized people in our society and raising critical questions about how we have created concentrated poverty and limited housing opportunity for African Americans, and what can be done to address it. 

This is free and open to the public, but we appreciate you letting us know if you plan to attend. Please RSVP.

Wednesday, March 4

SBN's Local Food & Specialty Crop Trade Show
Wednesday, March 4
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Northeastern, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $0 - $30

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is offering our 9th Local Food Trade Show. The 2020 Local Food Trade Show is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts.

This event is intended for commercial buyers, not individual consumers.


A Nuclear Solution? Reflections of a Former Regulator on the Future of Nuclear Energy
Wednesday, March 4
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Harvard, Fainsod Room, Littauer-324, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Allison Macfarlane, Former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and Professor of Science Policy and International Affairs at the George Washington University
DETAILS  Nuclear energy provides 19% of electricity in the United States—carbon-free. But the existing nuclear power plants are under economic pressure due in part to competition from cheaper wind and natural gas-based electricity. Can nuclear power be relied upon to be a major factor in mitigating climate change? Is there a bright future for nuclear power? The views presented in this seminar will in part be based on Dr. Allison Macfarlane's experiences while Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
CONTACT INFO Jacob Carozza


Housing, Health Care, and Homelessness in Boston
Wednesday, March 4
12 – 1 p.m.
Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, 122 Boylston Street, Boston

SPEAKER(S)  James O’Connel, President, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
DETAILS  LSC welcomes Dr. James O’Connell, a leader in health care and an expert on housing and homelessness, to our spring speaker series. Dr. O’Connell is President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He will speak about the challenges the Boston community faces in dealing with homelessness and access to health care services and discuss how the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program is addressing gaps in our health care system, the opioid crisis, and the unmet needs of homeless individuals and families. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP at


The Revolution That Failed: Nuclear Competition, Arms Control, and the Cold War
Wednesday, March 4
12:00pm to 1:30am
MIT, Building E40-496, Lucian Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

SSP Wednesday Seminar Series with speaker Brendan Green
Brendan Green is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. His most recent writing is on the dynamics of nuclear weapons and arms races during the Cold War and today, especially in his book The Revolution that Failed: Nuclear Competition, Arms Control, and the Cold War(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). Brendan has been published at The Journal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, International Security, and other outlets for international affairs research and commentary.


Mikhail Minakov - Post-Soviet Eastern Europe: A Comparative Analysis of the Six Eastern Neighborhood Nations
Wednesday, March 4
12:30 – 2PM
Tufts, Cabot 108B160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Please join the Fletcher Eurasia Club for a lunch conversation with Mikhail Minakov about the Eastern Partnership initiative and the political environment of Eastern European countries after the fall of the Soviet Union. Attendance is by registration only on Eventbrite. Lunch will be provided.

Event Contact Lisa May


Powering the Workforce of the Future
Wednesday, March 4
1 pm ET

Join us for a webinar featuring our esteemed customer, Black & Veatch.
Hear firsthand from Dave Simmons, Sr. Director Technology & Innovation, Telecom, who will discuss some of the challenges facing field service teams, and why they chose Zinier to transform their workforce. 

Technology is changing the way we work, with AI and automation supercharging the traditional workforce. Given the pace of innovation, what will that workforce look like in 10 years – and how should organizations start preparing today?

During this webinar you will learn how your organization can get started on the path from reactive to proactive field service automation.


Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown: What Does It Tell Us About Authoritarian Populism Today
Wednesday, March 4
4 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Adolphus Busch Hall at Cabot Way, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Wojciech Sadurski, Challis Professor in Jurisprudence, University of Sydney
Jacek Zakowski, Director, Department of Journalism, Collegium Civitas; Journalist and Author
Vlad Perju, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College
Chair: Grzegorz Ekiert, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; CES Director, Harvard University
DETAILS  Since 2015, Poland’s populist Law and Justice Party (PiS), has been dismantling the major checks and balances of the Polish state and subordinating the courts, the civil service, and the media, to the will of the executive. Political rights have been radically restricted, and the Party has captured the entire state apparatus. The speed and depth of these antidemocratic movements took many observers by surprise. Until recently, Poland was widely regarded as an example of a successful transitional democracy. Poland’s anti-constitutional breakdown poses three questions that this book sets out to answer: What exactly has happened since 2015? Why did it happen? And what are the prospects for a return to liberal democracy?
Professor Wojciech Sadurski will discuss his new book: "Poland's Constitutional Breakdown," Oxford University Press, 2019


Study Group with Tara Setmayer: Principle vs. Party
Wednesday, March 4
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Harvard, Institute of Politics, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Tara Setmayer, IOP Resident Fellow; CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor, former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill
Guest: Rick Wilson, GOP Media Strategist and Author, “Everything Trump Touches Dies” and “Running Against the Devil”
DETAILS  Topic: No, None of This is Normal
Guest: Rick Wilson (GOP Media Strategist and Author, “Everything Trump Touches Dies” and “Running Against the Devil”)
Description: Is lack of character, integrity and common decency in our leadership the new normal? Is sustained outrage self-defeating? What role has scorched earth politics played on both sides of the aisle? What happens if we do not defend our democratic norms, institutions and ideals?
IOP Resident Fellow Tara Setmayer is a CNN Political Commentator, ABC News Political Contributor and former GOP communications director on Capitol Hill.


WOMEN'S WEEK 2020: A Talk with Model and Philanthropist Emina Cunmulaj
Tuesday, March 3
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Emina Cunmulaj, Model and Philanthropist
Albana Shehaj, CES Scholar
Deni Hoxha, Founder and President of the Albanian Students Association
DETAILS  Join us for a talk by model and philanthropist Emina Cunmulaj at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
About this Event
Event Schedule:
Emina Cunmulaj's Lecture
Talk with CES Scholar Albana Shehaj
Q&A with the Audience
Meet & Greet with Emina
Note: Registering does not guarantee a seat. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

About Emina Cunmulaj: Emina Cunmulaj Nazarian was born in Michigan to Albanian parents from Montenegro. At 15, she was selected to represent Yugoslavia in a global modeling competition, leading to a successful modeling career that included appearances in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and work for fashion houses Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Valentino, Gucci, D&G, Armani, and Roberto Cavalli. From a young age, she witnessed her mother’s generosity as the family harbored, fed, and dressed fugitives of Balkan conflicts. As a result, Emina constantly seeks to promote humanitarian endeavors, empower women and help those in need. Since 2017, Emina has been engaged with Fundjavë Ndryshe and currently serves as Vice President of the organization. As the leading volunteer-based charity organization in Albania, Fundjavë Ndryshe helps families living in extreme poverty by providing financial assistance, food, clothing and supplies.

About Albana Shehaj: Albana Shehaj is a Visiting Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. Her research interests span the scope of comparative and international political economy with a particular emphasis on the interactions between political elites and voters, as well as the distributive policy-making processes within international organizations. Her recent research examines the impact that fiscal policies of International Organizations - including the EU, IMF, and the World Bank - have on patterns of corruption, migration, democratic performance, and authoritarian relapsing in recipient states


The Fierce Urgency of HOW: A Talk by Dov Seidman
Wednesday, March 4
5 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Rubenstein 306, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Dov Seidman, Founder and Chairman of LRN and The HOW Institute for Society and author of "HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything"
DETAILS  Unprecedented and unfamiliar forces are reshaping our world, our institutions and our leadership faster than we seem able to reshape ourselves. With one click, the dreams, frustrations, plights, and behaviors of others are experienced viscerally and directly on our screens. With just one swipe, we can summon strangers into our intimate proximity. Simultaneously, any one of us can see into the innermost workings of once opaque organizations and importantly, into the attitudes and behaviors of their leaders. These very forces of connection have, in many remarkable ways, afforded us richer experiences and enabled human progress. But they are also fracturing us and presenting us with unprecedented moral choices.
In this conversation, Dov Seidman, Founder and Chairman of LRN and The HOW Institute for Society and author of HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, will discuss the implications of our reshaped world and the imperatives it creates for leaders.


The Decadent Society:  How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success
Wednesday, March 4
6:00 PM  (Doors at 5:30)
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $6 - $28.75 (book included)

Harvard Book Store welcomes ROSS DOUTHAT—New York Times op-ed columnist and author of Bad Religion—for a discussion of his latest book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success.

About The Decadent Society
Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational languor that could endure for longer than we think.

Ranging from our grounded space shuttles to our Silicon Valley villains, from our blandly recycled film and television—a new Star Wars saga, another Star Trek series, the fifth Terminator sequel—to the escapism we’re furiously chasing through drug use and virtual reality, Ross Douthat argues that many of today’s discontents and derangements reflect a sense of futility and disappointment—a feeling that the future was not what was promised, that the frontiers have all been closed, and that the paths forward lead only to the grave.

In this environment we fear catastrophe, but in a certain way we also pine for it—because the alternative is to accept that we are permanently decadent: aging, comfortable and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer confident in the future, spurning both memory and ambition while we wait for some saving innovation or revelations, growing old unhappily together in the glowing light of tiny screens.

Correcting both optimists who insist that we’re just growing richer and happier with every passing year and pessimists who expect collapse any moment, Douthat provides an enlightening diagnosis of the modern condition—how we got here, how long our age of frustration might last, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, our decadence might ultimately end.


How to Stop America From Being Rigged Against Workers
Wednesday, March 4
6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Steven Greenhouse, Former labor reporter, The New York Times; Author, "Beaten Down, Worked Up"
Sara Nelson, International President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
Moderator: Katie Johnston, Reporter, The Boston Globe
DETAILS  A discussion on the past, present, and future of America's labor unions and workers with author and journalist Steven Greenhouse, President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Sara Nelson, and moderator Katie Johnston of the Boston Globe.
Speaker(s):  Steven Greenhouse, Sara Nelson, Katie Johnston


Authors@MIT | Benjamin J. Pauli presents Flint Fights Back
Wednesday, March 4
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 – $28 (Pre-order the book thru Eventbrite for 20% off)

MIT Press author Benjamin J. Pauli discusses his new book Flint Fights Back. 
An account of the Flint water crisis shows that Flint's struggle for safe and affordable water is part of a broader struggle for democracy. 
When Flint, Michigan, changed its source of municipal water from Lake Huron to the Flint River, Flint residents were repeatedly assured that the water was of the highest quality. At the switchover ceremony, the mayor and other officials performed a celebratory toast, declaring “Here's to Flint!” and downing glasses of freshly treated water. But as we now know, the water coming out of residents' taps harbored a variety of contaminants, including high levels of lead. In Flint Fights Back, Benjamin Pauli examines the water crisis and the political activism that it inspired, arguing that Flint's struggle for safe and affordable water was part of a broader struggle for democracy. Pauli connects Flint's water activism with the ongoing movement protesting the state of Michigan's policy of replacing elected officials in financially troubled cities like Flint and Detroit with appointed “emergency managers.”

Pauli distinguishes the political narrative of the water crisis from the historical and technical narratives, showing that Flint activists' emphasis on democracy helped them to overcome some of the limitations of standard environmental justice frameworks. He discusses the pro-democracy (anti–emergency manager) movement and traces the rise of the “water warriors”; describes the uncompromising activist culture that developed out of the experience of being dismissed and disparaged by officials; and examines the interplay of activism and scientific expertise. Finally, he explores efforts by activists to expand the struggle for water justice and to organize newly mobilized residents into a movement for a radically democratic Flint.


The Communal Mind and the Language of the Internet
Tuesday, March 3
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Harvard, Barker Center, Thompson Room (Room 110), 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Patricia Lockwood
DETAILS  Patricia Lockwood is an American poet and essayist. Her memoir Priestdaddy was named one of the 10 best books of 2017 by The New York Times. Her poetry collections include Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, a 2014 New York Times Notable Book. Since 2019, she has been a contributing editor for The London Review of Books. Her first work of fiction is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in 2021. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.


The Power Worshippers:  Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism
Wednesday March 4
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Katherine Stewart shows that the real power of the American religious right lies in a dense network of think tanks, policy and legal advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations, embedded in a growing network of international alliances with like-minded religious nationalists around the world. The Power Worshippers is a brilliantly reported book of warning and a wake-up call.

Katherine Stewart is one of the leading authorities on the political aspects of the Religious Right. The author of The Good News Club, she contributes to the New York Times, the American Prospect, the Washington Post, the Nation, the Guardian, the Advocate, Slate, and the Atlantic. In 2014, she was named Person of the Year by the national civil liberties group Americans United for Separation of Church and State.


Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)
Wednesday March 4
7 p.m.
Presentation School Foundation Community Center, 640 Washington Street, Oak Square, Brighton

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it: record atmospheric carbon levels, global temperature rise, deforestation, plastic pollution, mass extinction of species. Join us to hear the latest information on the state of our planet, and learn how to become part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future.

The Canaries are Dead The canaries are dead. You know, those small songbirds brought into mines to detect levels of toxicity in the air. When poisonous gases accumulate, killing the canary, the miners know they are in trouble and have to act fast.

Today our “canaries” take many forms, from the billion (yes, billion) animals killed by Australian wildfires, to the crops dying from African droughts and floods in the Midwest, to the 23 million (yes, million) human beings forcibly displaced from their homes in 2017 by extreme weather events (the Brookings Institute.) Make no mistake: the climate crisis is under way and we ignore it at our peril.

Our situation is dire, but is it hopeless? No, say the articles and letters this paper runs each week that describe our neighbors’ efforts to get out the word and to do something about the climate emergency. We are not alone in our concern; from this we can take heart. Together we might just be able to “pull it off” and bequeath a habitable planet to our children.

What this will take is courage (from the Latin word for “heart”), the courage first to face our situation and the courage to then take effective action. We invite you to begin or continue this journey by attending “Heading for Extinction (and What to Do about It”), an Extinction Rebellion presentation at the Presentation School Foundation Community Center, Oak Square, Brighton. Together we will examine the science behind the urgent warnings and explore the kinds of action that may yet divert us from our current, catastrophic course.

May we hearten one another with our care for our one and only Planet Earth.


Climate Change, Conservation, and the Role of Native Plant Horticulture
Wednesday, March 4
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

A free lecture by Jesse Bellemare on Mar 4 at 7:00pm, presented by Grow Native Massachusetts at the Cambridge Public Library.

Grow Native Massachusetts is proud to present our 2020 Evenings with Experts lecture series! These talks are free and open to all.

Join us for this talk with Jesse Bellemare, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Smith College.

As our world warms, the distributions of many native plant species are shifting with the climate. But not all species will keep pace with modern climate change, and some could face extinction. This poses a dilemma— what role should we take in helping native plant populations migrate? How do we balance our instinct for preservation with the risk of a relocated plant species disrupting the ecology of its new region? Jesse Bellemare will explore these questions in the context of the constant evolution of plant ranges over time, and the current insights we can gain from native plant horticulture.

Jesse Bellemare’s research focuses on the ecology and biogeography of forest plants in the eastern United States. He has authored numerous scientific articles about the impacts of climate change, invasive insects, and land-use history on plant populations. He is currently the president of the New England Botanical Club.

Thank you to our community partners— the Cambridge Public Library, Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects— for their support of this series.

Continuing education credits will be available.

More information is available on our website:


Beers and Climate Change
Wednesday, March 4
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Come join us for a drink and learn about Extinction Rebellion. This will be a casual meeting to discuss climate change and upcoming actions. Come, have a drink, have a laugh, and join the movement.

You don't need to bring anything, just a rebellious spirit.

Thursday, March 5

The Future of Regulatory Deference
Thursday, March 5
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building), 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
DETAILS  This seminar will be given by Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School as part of the Regulatory Policy Program's weekly seminar series. Lunch will be served.


How Science Diplomacy Can Result in Effective Climate Policy: Lessons From State and Local Climate Policy Initiatives
Thursday, March 5
Tufts, Room 745B, Dowling Hall, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment

Environmental challenges are transboundary issues that affect all institutions and levels of government. Science diplomacy is a practice that makes science accessible to local and state governments, taking into account placed-based issues and challenges. Universities and the scientific community understand that environmental issues know no boundaries and therefore must be addressed through informed policymaking. Effectively managing impacts on ecosystem services including the effects of climate change presents an increasingly urgent imperative for state and local governments to keep their communities safe, resilient and informed. The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) works with universities, to facilitate access to, and use of, science by state and local policymakers. Through science diplomacy, policies are more durable and resilient to political changes and the sways of politics.

Michelle Wyman is currently the Executive Director at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), a nonprofit organization to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. For over 20 years, Ms. Wyman has worked with government at all levels domestically and internationally, and decision-makers on energy, sustainability, and environmental policy development and implementation. She previously served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In that role, she worked directly with the Energy Secretary and led the Department's engagement activities with state, regional, and local governments on issues across the DOE complex, including renewable energy, science, fossil energy, and environmental clean-up. Ms. Wyman's experience includes founding Applied Solutions - Local Governments Building a Clean Economy, an organization that provides resources and connects local governments and decision-makers to a national network of leading scientists and academics engaged in research and scholarship. She also led ICLEI USA, a nonprofit that works directly with cities and counties to advance climate mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development. She has also served in a wide variety of leadership capacities at the World Bank, United Nations, and other multilateral institutions. She has served as the Natural Resources Director for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, and established a public-sector law practice focused on the environment and sustainable development working with states, local governments, and related national nonprofits based in Washington, D.C.


China’s Belt and Road: A New Colonialism? -- a Discussion with Lucy Hornby
Thursday, March 5
12 – 1:15 p.m.
Harvard, Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Lucy Hornby
Tony Saich
DETAILS  You are invited to a discussion with Lucy Hornby on "China’s Belt and Road: A New Colonialism?" Ash Center Director Tony Saich will moderate. Lunch will be served. Hornby, a 2020 Nieman Fellow, has lived in China for 20 years and most recently served as deputy bureau chief in Beijing for the Financial Times.


Allies’ Contributions to America’s Wars: Free Rides or Shared Burdens?
Thursday, March 5
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch will be available beginning at 11:30 am)
BU, Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road, Boston

Critics of the United States’ allies—including President Donald Trump—argue that they underspend on defense, free-riding off of the United States’ relatively large defense budget. What the critics miss is that alliance burden-sharing is about more than just defense spending. America’s allies have made significant contributions of troops and materiel to U.S.-led wars from the Persian Gulf War onward. Jason Davidson, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington, will provide a detailed look at the contribution major U.S. allies have made to U.S.-led military operations in the post-Cold War era, and the significant costs they have incurred. He will also discuss varying motives that lead allies to contribute, noting that allies sometimes contribute primarily because the U.S. has asked them to. Other motives include the allies’ national interest, prestige, or social norms. Finally, Prof. Davidson will discuss explanations for why allies vary in the level of contribution they make to a particular conflict.


Lunch & Learn: Explore Online Courses with HarvardX
Thursday, March 5
12 – 2 p.m.
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston

DETAILS  With online learning, you can access limitless opportunities for exploring your interests. This workshop will guide you through the process of using HarvardX and edX to sign up for online courses, find courses that you would enjoy, and interact with course materials. This workshop is free and open to any and all lifelong learners! Lunch will be included.


Diplomats, Elites, and Hegemony: Failures of Global Governance in Historical and Contemporary Perspective
Thursday, March 5
12:15 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Jonah Stuart Brundage, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 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.


Embodied Brains, Social Minds, Cultural Meaning: The Role of Emotion in Learning, Well-Being, and Civic Engagement
Thursday, March 5
4 – 5:30PM
Tufts, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Welcome remarks by Provost Aubry
Presentation by Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Immordino-Yang studies the psychological and neurobiological development of emotion and self-awareness, and connections to social, cognitive and moral development in educational settings.


Women in Terrorism: Visibility, Legitimacy, and Responsibility in Modern War with Meredith Loken
Thursday, March 5
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
BU, KHC, 91 Bay State Road, Common Room, Boston

This talk is the third public lecture in the Seeing and Not Seeing series. Women in Terrorism: Visibility, Legitimacy, and Responsibility in Modern War by Meredith Loken (Political Science, UMass Amherst). This event is free and open to the public. No registration necessary.


Superhuman AI for Multiplayer Poker
Thursday, March 5
MIT, Building  E51-325, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Tuomas Sandholm, Professor, Carnegie Mellon
Abstract: In recent years there have been great strides in AI, with games often serving as challenge problems, benchmarks, and milestones for progress. Since the 1950s, poker has served as such a challenge problem in AI, game theory, and OR. Past successes in such benchmarks, including poker, have been limited to two-player games. However, poker in particular is traditionally played with more than two players. Multiplayer games present fundamental additional issues beyond those in two-player games, and multiplayer poker is a recognized AI milestone. In this paper we present Pluribus, an AI that we show is stronger than top human professionals in six-player no-limit Texas hold’em poker, the most popular form of poker played by humans. To our knowledge, this is the first superhuman AI for a multiplayer game. It is based on our new techniques such as depth-limited lookahead for imperfect-information games and equilibrium-finding algorithms that are significantly more scalable than prior approaches. This is joint work with my PhD student Noam Brown.

Bio:  Tuomas is Angel Jordan Professor of Computer Science at CMU and Co-Director of CMU AI. He holds appointments in the Computer Science Department, Machine Learning Department, Ph.D. Program in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO), and CMU/UPitt Joint Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology. He is the Founder and Director of the Electronic Marketplaces Laboratory. In parallel with his academic career, he was Founder, Chairman, and CTO/Chief Scientist of CombineNet, Inc. from 1997 until its acquisition in 2010. During this period the company commercialized over 800 of the world's largest-scale combinatorial multi-attribute sourcing auctions with $60 billion in volume and over $6 billion in generated savings. His CMU algorithms run the UNOS national kidney exchange, which includes 173 transplant centers, that is, 73% of the transplant centers in the US. Since the founding of the exchange in 2010, his algorithms make the life-and-death kidney exchange decisions autonomously for those centers together each week. He is Founder and CEO of Optimized Markets, which is bringing a new optimization-powered expressive market paradigm to advertising campaign sales, scheduling, and pricing—in linear and nonlinear TV, Internet display, video and audio streaming, mobile, game, radio, and cross-media advertising. He is Founder and CEO of Strategic Machine, which is fielding his game-solving techniques to business, recreational gaming, and finance applications. He is Founder and CEO of Strategy Robot, which is fielding his game-solving techniques to defense and intelligence applications. Among his honors are the IJCAI Minsky Medal, Computers and Thought Award, inaugural ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award, Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence, Edelman Laureateship, Sloan Fellowship, Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence, and NSF Career Award. He is Fellow of INFORMS, ACM, and AAAI. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich.


Heaven or Hell? Urban Transportation is in Full-On Disruption
Thursday, March 5
4:30 – 6PM
Tufts, Barnum Hall, 163 Packard Avenue, Medford

Please join Cities@Tufts for a lecture with Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world's leading carsharing network. We have a once-a-century opportunity to completely reshape our cities to make them more livable, sustainable, equitable, and thriving. Will we actively rise to the challenge or passively let the status quo guide us deeper into the expensive, congested, unhealthy, and frustrating reality cars-in-cities have given us so far?


The Islam Question: Why Religious Freedom is the Answer
Thursday, March 5
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Fainsod Room (Room 324, 3rd Floor), Littauer Building, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science, Notre Dame University
DETAILS  Professor Daniel Philpott will speak on his new book, "Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today.”


The Infrastructure of the U.S. Comic Book Industry and the Long History of Superheroes in Hollywood
Thursday, March 5
5:00pm to 6:30pm
MIT, Building E15-318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

This talk will discuss the history of the American comic book industry during the 20th century. This medium has dominated the film and television landscape in recent years, and has come to define contemporary corporate transmedia production. But before moving to the center of mainstream popular culture, comic books spent half a century wielding their influence from the margins and in-between spaces of the entertainment business. Dr. Kidman will argue that the best way to understand the immense influence of this relatively small business is through a political economic analysis. Specifically, she will discuss industrial infrastructure—the aspects of our media environment that often lack public visibility, including distribution, copyright and contract law, and financing. These systems channeled the industry’s growth and ultimately gave the medium its shape. Accordingly, a closer look at the everyday intricacies of the business yields a very different kind of narrative about what comic books are and how they came to be. It also helps explain why comic books and comic book strategies became so central to media production in the 21st century, and why these trends are likely to persist well into the future.

Shawna Kidman is an Assistant Professor of Communication at UC San Diego where she teaches courses in media studies. Her research on the media industries has been published in Velvet Light Trap, the International Journal of Learning and Media, and the International Journal of Communication. She is the author of Comic Books Incorporated: How the Business of Comics Became the Business of Hollywood (UC Press, 2019), a history of the U.S. comic book industry’s convergence with the film and television business. Before earning her PhD in Critical Media Studies at USC, Shawna worked in the media business, including as a creative executive at DC Comics.


Gods and Robots: Myths and Ancient Dreams of Technology
Thursday, March 5
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, Common Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

DETAILS  Who first imagined robots? As early as Homer, Greek myths envisioned automated servants, self-moving devices, and AI—and grappled with ethical concerns about technology. This talk explores how some of today’s most advanced innovations in robotics and AI were foreshadowed in classical antiquity.
Adrienne Mayor is a research scholar in the Classics Department and the History and Philosophy of Science Program, Stanford University. Her most recent book is Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology. Other books include The First Fossil Hunters; Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World; The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women; and a biography of Mithradates, The Poison King (National Book Award finalist).
CONTACT CSWR, 617.495.4476


EnergyBar March 2020: Cleantech Intern Fair
Thursday, March 5
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville

Calling all students and soon-to-be graduates! Please join us for a special edition of our recurring EnergyBar networking event with a special focus on connecting rockstar interns with innovative cleantech startups!

Our annual Cleantech Intern Fair is a great resource for connecting with bright and eager talent from the Boston-area colleges and universities. HERE are some of the companies you will meet:
American Battery Metals Corporation
Heila Technologies
JURA Bio, Inc.
Raise Green, Inc.
Raptor Maps
Singularity Energy
SolarKal, LLC
...and more!
Reminder to students: be sure to bring your resume to EnergyBar!

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

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

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


Super Tuesday - What Just Happened?
Thursday, March 5
6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Mike Allen, Co-Founder, Axios
Tiffany Cross, IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellow; Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Beat DC
Galen Druke, Podcast Producer and Reporter, FiveThirtyEight
Margaret Talev, Politics and White House Editor, Axios; IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow

DETAILS  Join the Institute of Politics for reflections on Super Tuesday results and where the 2020 campaign goes from here with Mike Allen Co-Founder, Axios, Tiffany Cross, IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellow, Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Beat DC, Galen Druke, Podcast Producer and Reporter, FiveThirtyEight moderated by Margaret Talev, Politics and White House Editor, Axios, IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow.


The Khufu Boat
Thursday, March 5
6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Bob Brier, Senior Research Fellow, Long Island University
DETAILS  In 1954, Egyptian archaeologist Kamal el-Mallakh discovered a 144-foot ship buried next to the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Khufu boat — one of the oldest-known planked vessels from antiquity — was interred in honor of Khufu, the pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid. Bob Brier will discuss what is known about the design, propulsion, and function of this 4,600-year-old ship and the plans to build a full-scale replica of the vessel to place on the Nile.


The Second Kind of Impossible:  The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter
Thursday, March 5
6:00 PM
Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Cabot Science Library welcome PAUL J. STEINHARDT—renowned physicist and the Albert Einstein Professor of Science at Princeton University—for a discussion of his latest book, The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest for a New Form of Matter.

About The Second Kind of Impossible
When leading Princeton physicist Paul Steinhardt began working in the 1980s, scientists thought they knew all the conceivable forms of matter. The Second Kind of Impossible is the story of Steinhardt’s thirty-five-year-long quest to challenge conventional wisdom. It begins with a curious geometric pattern that inspires two theoretical physicists to propose a radically new type of matter—one that raises the possibility of new materials with never before seen properties, but that violates laws set in stone for centuries. Steinhardt dubs this new form of matter “quasicrystal.” The rest of the scientific community calls it simply impossible.

The Second Kind of Impossiblecaptures Steinhardt’s scientific odyssey as it unfolds over decades, first to prove viability, and then to pursue his wildest conjecture—that nature made quasicrystals long before humans discovered them. Along the way, his team encounters clandestine collectors, corrupt scientists, secret diaries, international smugglers, and KGB agents. Their quest culminates in a daring expedition to a distant corner of the Earth, in pursuit of tiny fragments of a meteorite forged at the birth of the solar system.

Steinhardt’s discoveries chart a new direction in science. They not only change our ideas about patterns and matter, but also reveal new truths about the processes that shaped our solar system. The underlying science is important, simple, and beautiful—and Steinhardt’s firsthand account is an engaging scientific thriller.


Humanitarian Predicaments: Protracted Displacement and Palestinian Refugee Politics
Thursday, March 5
6 – 7:30PM
Tufts, Cabot 205, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

Ilana Feldman, Vice Dean, Elliot School of International Affairs, Professor of Anthropology, History, & International Affairs, George Washington University
Palestinian refugees have lived in displacement, and with humanitarian assistance, for seventy years. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, this talk considers refugee lives and politics across the length and much of the breadth of Palestinian exile, tracking both the politics of humanitarianism and the politics in humanitarianism.

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PKG 2020 Community Conversations: Climate Change
Thursday, March 5
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
MIT Stratton Student Center (W20-307), 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join the conversation! Meet fellow MIT students, local green organizations, and like-minded MIT faculty and staff who are interested in tackling climate change. 
Community organizations and social entrepreneurs can sign-up for 90-second "pitches" to share their goals and opportunities. Though this is not a requirement, pitching is a great way to quickly share your message or needs with everyone in the room. Presenters may send one slide in advance to serve as a visual aid. 
Join us and enjoy good food in good company!
6:00 pm Mingle with other climate-conscious attendees 
6:45 pm Climate change organizations share 90-second overviews of their foci and needs
End-of-pitches to 8:00pm Additional time to network

Generously sponsored by Arrow Five Years Out and presented by the MIT PKG Center.
“Contributing to climate solutions is one of our most important priorities at MIT. Through research, education, and convening, our goal is to help advance strategies for rapidly and dramatically decarbonizing the global energy system and reducing greenhouse gas concentrations.” - Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research.


Climate Justice Dinner
Thursday, March 5
Talbot Bernard Senior Community Room, 193 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester

Join the Codman Square Climate Justice Alliance for a gathering to discuss climate change and how it will impact your community!

Do you want to protect your community from extreme weather and pollution? Do you want to promote the health and wellness of your community now and in the future? Then join us! We are looking for leaders from Codman Square to share their ideas and perspectives on the climate crisis, health, and equity. With increasing heat waves, flooding events, and the toxically polluted Neponset River and feeder brooks running through our neighborhoods, climate change threatens to make existing health and economic/social disparities worse. In order to address this challenge, Codman Square is partnering with the Fairmount-Indigo CDC Collaborative and Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition on a climate justice initiative. We are making a plan of action, and need input and leadership from residents of Codman Square to ensure your needs and ideas are included in policies for sustainable improvements in transit equity, green infrastructure, green construction practices, and pollution control for Boston and our neighborhoods. With this initiative we aim to develop leaders and strengthen a grassroots base. We will take bold action and effectively advocate from the streets to the State House for systems change policies to promote health & equity. 

*Únase a nosotros para analizar cómo el cambio climático está afectando a su vecindario y qué podemos hacer para al respecto. Habrá comida gratis, bebidas y oportunidades para establecer contactos.
Join us on Thursday, March 5th for a climate justice roundtable, where you can be a part of this movement and share your thoughts, ideas, opinions, and concerns. Anyone who wants to better our community is highly encouraged to attend! Free pizza and refreshments will be provided. 

For more information and to get involved contact Dave Queeley
(617) 825-4224 x 131


Chief Chat with John Barros, Chief of Economic Development
Thursday, March 5
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
General Assembly Boston, 125 Summer Street, Boston

In partnership with Untapped Potential Boston, SPARK Boston hosts a fireside chat with John Barros, Boston's Chief of Economic Development

In partnership with Untapped Potential Boston, SPARK Boston will be having a fireside chat with John Barros, Boston's Chief of Economic Development, on Thursday, March 5 at General Assembly (125 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110) to discuss how the City of Boston is working towards and has plans for increasing access to opportunity and driving inclusive economic growth; Boston’s vision around workforce readiness; and how millennials can play a role in it all. 
The Chief Chat series brings together city officials and young adult residents in dialogue about improving Boston. The goal is to help:
Inform millennials of various initiatives happening in the city
Understand the context that spurred on those initiatives and their future direction 
Learn about how millennials can become civically involved
If you have questions for Chief Barros, please feel free to submit them by February 22 at


The Pollinators Screening
Thursday, March 5
6 – 9PM
6:00 pm, SEC Atrium
Pre-screening pizza, honey tasting, and door prizes!
7:00 pm, SEC Room 253
Tufts, Robinson Hall, Room 253, 200 College Avenue, Medford

Screening of The Pollinators, a cinematic journey following migratory beekeepers and their honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the crops we eat.


Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)
Thursday, March 5
6:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library, South Boston Branch, 646 East Broadway, Boston

We are in the midst of an unprecedented climate crisis and ecological breakdown that threatens the continuation of life as we know it: record atmospheric carbon levels, global temperature rise, deforestation, plastic pollution, mass extinction of species. Join us to hear the latest information on the state of our planet, and learn how to become part of a global movement of social transformation for a livable future.


Women Take the Reel film: "Fear No Gumbo"
Thursday, March 5
6:30pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building E15, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Kimberly Rivers-Roberts, known from the Academy Award nominated documentary Trouble the Water (2008) turns her video camera on herself and her community years after Hurricane Katrina (which she calls "America's worst man-made disaster"), giving her viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at how some of the residents of New Orleans recovered and are still trying to recover from the storm.

co-sponsored by the LIST Visual Arts Center
6:30pm Pizza
7pm Screening
Followed by Q&A with Director Kimberly-Rivers-Roberts
Part of the Women Take the Reel film festival.


Lurking:  How a Person Became a User
Thursday, March 5
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes debut author JOANNE MCNEIL for a discussion of her book, Lurking: How a Person Became a User. She will be joined in conversation by KENDRA ALBERT, clinical instructor and lecturer at Harvard Law School.

About Lurking
In a shockingly short amount of time, the internet has bound people around the world together and torn us apart and changed not just the way we communicate but who we are and who we can be. It has created a new, unprecedented cultural space that we are all a part of—even if we don’t participate, that is how we participate—but by which we’re continually surprised, betrayed, enriched, befuddled. We have churned through platforms and technologies and in turn been churned by them. And yet, the internet is us and always has been.

In Lurking, Joanne McNeil digs deep and identifies the primary (if sometimes contradictory) concerns of people online: searching, safety, privacy, identity, community, anonymity, and visibility. She charts what it is that brought people online and what keeps us here even as the social equations of digital life—what we’re made to trade, knowingly or otherwise, for the benefits of the internet—have shifted radically beneath us. It is a story we are accustomed to hearing as tales of entrepreneurs and visionaries and dynamic and powerful corporations, but there is a more profound, intimate story that hasn’t yet been told.

Long one of the most incisive, ferociously intelligent, and widely respected cultural critics online, McNeil here establishes a singular vision of who we are now, tells the stories of how we became us, and helps us start to figure out what we do now.


The Velvet Rope Economy
Thursday, March 5
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge

From New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz comes a gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in every arena of life, creating a friction-free existence for those with money on one side and a Darwinian struggle for the middle class on the other side.

In nearly every realm of daily life--from health care to education, highways to home security--there is an invisible velvet rope that divides how Americans live. On one side of the rope, for a price, red tape is cut, lines are jumped, appointments are secured, and doors are opened. On the other side, middle- and working-class Americans fight to find an empty seat on the plane, a place in line with their kids at the amusement park, a college acceptance, or a hospital bed.

We are all aware of the gap between the rich and everyone else, but when we weren't looking, business innovators stepped in to exploit it, shifting services away from the masses and finding new ways to profit by serving the privileged. And as decision-makers and corporate leaders increasingly live on the friction-free side of the velvet rope, they are less inclined to change--or even notice--the obstacles everyone else must contend with. Schwartz's "must read" book takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this new reality and shows the toll the velvet rope divide takes on society.

NELSON SCHWARTZ has worked as a business reporter at The New York Times since 2007 and currently covers economics.


Wilding (March Eco Book Club)
Thursday, March 5
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Cambridge Eco Book Club reads books (both fiction and non-fiction) about eco and sustainability related topics.

Book Club Guidelines
First and foremost: please read the book! Book clubs work best when we're all on the same page (eh? eh?) and have done the reading.

Discussion questions will be sent out 48 hours before the event to help stimulate your thoughts. Feel free to ignore them if you've already got plenty you want to talk about!

Everyone is welcome. Enthusiastic discussion, debate, and disagreement is welcome, but respect for other participants is required.

If we are meeting at a cafe or other local business, please try to purchase something to support the venue that has been gracious enough to host us.

Meetups are limited to 12 people. As such, an accurate RSVP is much appreciated.

Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7

2020 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy
Friday, March 6, 2020, 1:00 PM – Saturday, March 7, 4:30 PM EST
Tufts, Ballou Hall, Coolidge Room, 1 The Green, Medford

On March 5 & 6, 2020 Tufts University will hold the second annual Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy.

On March 5 & 6, 2020 Tufts University will hold the second annual Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy. The Symposium aims to share research as well as help create a community of young scholars in this new and highly interdisciplinary research area.
The 2020 symposium will feature a keynote address by Avril Haines, Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects, a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Member of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, co-chairs the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide’s Advisory Group, and serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Bio Advisory Group, the Board of Trustees for the Vodafone Foundation, and the Refugees International Policy Advisory Council. Prior to joining Columbia University, Avril served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. 

Registration is open to members of the Tufts Community until February 15, at which point the event will be open to the public. However, all attendees must RSVP as space is limited.

Friday, March 6

Where's winter?
Friday, March 6
7:45 a.m.
Porter Square T Station, Cambridge

Where’s winter? Swarming with the Buffleheads affinity group

Worldwide, it has been the warmest January and February on record. Where is winter? While awareness of the climate emergency is increasing, most people don't think about it regularly. The recent record warmth provides the perfect opportunity to cause (a small) disruption and raise awareness about earth’s dire situation.

We will meet at 7:45am at the Porter Square MBTA red line street level entrance. The action will start at 8am and end at 9am.

Our swarms will stick to pedestrian crosswalks where we have right of way and we'll only be holding them for a couple minutes at a time. We will not risk arrest. 

Please join us. Bring flags and signs if you would like :)


Women in Data Science, Cambridge (WiDS) Conference
Friday, March 6
8:00 a.m. —5:00 p.m.
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Cost:  $30

This one-day technical conference will feature an all-female line up of speakers from academia and industry to talk about the latest data science-related research in a number of domains, to learn how leading-edge companies are leveraging data science for success, and to connect with potential mentors, collaborators, and others in the field. 


Circular Economy Symposium
Friday, March 6
9:00AM TO 5:00PM
Harvard, Tsai Auditorium (S-010), Center for Government and International Studies, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Environmental concerns are rising on the global agenda, with pressure growing on both governments and businesses to accelerate progress to achieve a sustainable economy. The inaugural Circular Economy Symposium at Harvard will unite at a key location the top leaders, innovators, and practitioners that are exploring the benefits and challenges of a circular economy.

By convening experts across four panels, the inaugural Harvard Circular Economy Symposium will introduce participants to key circular economy concepts and case studies, explore linkages to finance, policy and business processes, and help forge connections across sectors to jump start the transition to a more sustainable system.

Please register here to secure your spot. For those who are interested but unable to attend in person, the symposium will be livestreamed via Zoom.

Harvard Circular Economy Symposium


Managing the drinking water microbiome:  challenges and opportunities
Friday, March 6
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Ralph M Parsons Laboratory, 15 Vassar Street, Room 316, Cambridge 

Prof. Ameet Pinto, Northeastern University

Environmental Science Seminar Series


Satellite-based Constraints on Aerosol, Aerosol Precursor, and Greenhouse-gas Emissions: Applications and New Inverse Modeling Techniques
Friday, March 6
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Daven Henze, University of Colorado Boulder
In this talk, I will present findings from several recent and current studies applying chemical transport modeling and satellite-based remote sensing to improve our understanding of the origins and fates of atmospheric constituents.  I will present top-down constraints on NH3, an important aerosol precursor, based on 4D-Var inversions using new retrievals from the CrIS instrument aboard the Suomi-NPP satellite. We find that NH3 emission estimates are broadly underestimated, and that CrIS data allows us to improve our model estimates of surface NH3 concentrations and NHx deposition. Time and interest permitting, I may also present top-down analysis of NO2 and NOx emission trends, touching on recent studies in the literature that offer differing explanations for notable discrepancies between trends in NO2 concentrations, surface NO2 measurements, and bottom-up NOx emissions estimates. Lastly, I will discuss some critical challenges in inverse modeling and assimilation techniques commonly used for large-dimensional systems in atmospheric chemistry and meteorology.  In particular, I will discuss methods developed in our group to estimate the uncertainty of 4D-Var inverse modeling estimates, a long-standing challenge with this approach. This encompasses new techniques for optimal dimension reductions of these inherently large-scale inverse problems, using randomization methods and singular value decomposition, which opens up new dimensions for computational parallelization within operational chemical data assimilation and numerical weather prediction systems. 

Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar
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Working Session with Adrienne Mayor on "Tyrants and Robots" for Ancient Modern AI: Interfaith Working Group on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Friday, March 6
12 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, Conference Room, CSWR, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

DETAILS  Facilitated by Andre Uhl (G-5, Art, Film, and Visual Studies)
Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence research have evoked great hopes and fears in anticipation of a new era in human history. While the industry has been invested in the acceleration of statistical machine learning to optimize autonomous operating systems, a rising number of ethicists have responded with questions and concerns about the role of human agency within these systems. Some expect that we are going to merge with machines and upgrade ourselves into god-like beings with divine abilities of creation and destruction. Others fear that machines will overpower their human creators and take control of our world.
In spring 2020, the Center for the Study of World Religions will host a working group to explore the different cultural and religious assumptions that shape our thinking about Artificial Intelligence, and that limit or enable our ethical reflection on it. Do different religious imaginaries offer different options for thinking about AI, and the ethical questions contemporary research raises? For example, might Christian, Buddhist, or indigenous belief systems offer different models for understanding the emergence of AI? Are there models we wish to avoid, or models we wish to embrace? And how do we reconcile competing models, and work together across differences for ethical AI?
Set in a peer-to-peer co-learning environment, the working group will offer a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners of world religions to leverage their expertise in an interdisciplinary setting, and to collectively raise awareness for the significant role that world religions play in today’s cultures, economies, and political structures.
Schedule:  Introductory Session: Friday, January 31, 2-5 pm, CSWR Conference Room
Working Session with Peter Hershock (East West Center Hawaii): Friday, February 14, noon-2pm, CSWR Conference Room
Working Session with Adrienne Mayor (Stanford University) on "Tyrants and Robots": Friday, March 6, noon-2pm, CSWR Conference Room
Wrap-up Session: Friday, April 3, 2-5 pm, CSWR Conference Room
Please RSVP to Andre Uhl.


Growing the World’s Largest NGO: BRAC, Bangladesh, and Beyond
Friday, March 6
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC International
Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Faculty Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute
DETAILS  Founded in 1972, BRAC has become one of the largest and most successful NGOs in the world. Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director of BRAC International, will discuss the efforts that go into making BRAC a success, and explore the organization’s vision to continue expanding in Bangladesh and around the world.


Climate Change and Cities: Mitigation and Adaptation
Friday, March 6
1:00pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

'Climate Change and Cities' is an Environmental Policy and Planning Group lunch series in the Spring 2020 term. 


Bird Love:  The Family Life of Birds
Friday, March 6
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes WENFEI TONG—research associate in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University—for a discussion of her book Bird Love: The Family Life of Birds.

About Bird Love
Bird Love looks at the extraordinary range of mating systems in the avian world, exploring all the stages from courtship and nest-building to protecting eggs and raising chicks. It delves into the reasons why some species, such as the wattled jacana, rely on males to do all the childcare, while others, such as cuckoos and honeyguides, dump their eggs in the nests of others to raise. For some birds, reciprocal promiscuity pays off: both male and female dunnocks will rear the most chicks by mating with as many partners as possible. For others, long-term monogamy is the only way to ensure their offspring survive.

The book explores the wide variety of ways birds make sure they find a mate in the first place, including how many male birds employ elaborate tactics to show how sexy they are. Gathering in leks to display to females, they dance, pose, or parade to sell their suitability as a mate. Other birds attract a partner with their building skills: female bowerbirds rate brains above beauty, so males construct elaborate bowers with twig avenues and cleared courtyards to impress them.

Looking at the differing levels of parenting skills across species around the world, we see why a tenth of bird species, including the fairy-wrens of Australia, have helpers at the nest who forgo their own reproduction to assist the breeding pair; how brood parasites and their hosts have engaged in evolutionary arms races; and how monogamous pairs share—or relinquish—their responsibilities.

Illustrated throughout with beautiful photographs, Bird Love is a celebration of the global diversity of avian reproductive strategies.


The Boston Massacre:  A Family History
Friday, March 6
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes SERENA ZABIN—professor of history at Carleton College and author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York—for a discussion of her latest book, The Boston Massacre: A Family History.

About The Boston Massacre
The story of the Boston Massacre—when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political.

Professor Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. And she reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these armies. We see these families jostling with Bostonians for living space, finding common cause in the search for a lost child, trading barbs and and sharing baptisms. Becoming, in other words, neighbors. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human, now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution.

Serena Zabin’s The Boston Massacre delivers an indelible new slant on iconic American Revolutionary history.


Rebel Cinderella
Friday, March 6
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge 

From the best-selling author of King Leopold's Ghost and Spain in Our Hearts comes the astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who married an heir to a great American fortune and became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time.

Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Jack London, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Rose stirred audiences to tears and led strikes of restaurant waiters and garment workers. She campaigned alongside the country’s earliest feminists to publicly defy laws against distributing information about birth control, earning her notoriety as “one of the dangerous influences of the country” from President Woodrow Wilson. But in a way no one foresaw, her too-short life would end in the same abject poverty with which it began.

By a master of narrative nonfiction, Rebel Cinderella unearths the rich, overlooked life of a social justice campaigner who was truly ahead of her time.

ADAM HOCHSCHILD is the author of ten books. King Leopold’s Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.


Friday March 6 
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Jenny Offill
For years Lizzie Benson has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She’s become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls.

Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Last Things (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award), and Dept. of Speculation, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Pen Faulkner Award and the International Dublin Award. She lives in upstate New York and teaches at Syracuse University and in the low residency program at Queens University.

Editorial Comment:  A novel about climate change that is getting some buzz.

Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8

2020 Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard
Saturday, March 7, 9:00 AM – Sunday, March 8, 5:00 PM EST
Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, 100 Western Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $50 – $215

The 21st annual Social Enterprise Conference (SECON) at Harvard will bring together leaders, practitioners and students on March 7-8, 2020 to engage in rigorous dialogue and debate around social enterprise.

"Defining and Redefining Power" is this year's SECON theme. We will explore the space between the people whom social enterprise is meant to serve and the decision makers who influence their lives. In a time defined by climate change, political uncertainty, rapid technological advancement, and growing wealth inequality, what role should social enterprise play in shaping the future?

Our mission is to educate participants about the potential and limitations of social enterprise in solving the world’s most pressing problems and to inspire meaningful discussion around the key challenges within the field. 

SECON gathers attendees from across the private, public, social, and academic sectors for two days of dialogue, sharing and networking. Through a variety of programming, SECON provides a unique forum to engage participants.

Throughout its history, SECON has been highly recognized and was ranked by Forbes Magazine, alongside international events like the World Economic Forum at Davos and the Clinton Global Initiative, as one of the Top 12 Executive Gatherings in the World.

Keynote speakers and panelis will be announced soon! More information can be found at

Saturday, March 7

MIT Robo-AI Exchange 2020
Saturday, March 7
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
MIT Samberg Conference Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Join us for the MIT Robo-AI Exchange ( ) at the Samberg Conference Center on March 7! Boston Robotics Meetup Group members should use code "MIT_Boston_Robotics" for 10% off professional tickets (

This exciting conference was established to foster discussion around successful strategies for adopting robotics and AI in commercial organizations. The subject matter will include automation in operations, enterprise analytics, emerging solutions, and ethics/regulation.

Hear from 15+ senior leaders from companies including BMW, iRobot, 3M, John Deere, Fortive, Eckhart, Manifold, Brainrobotics, and more. This is a phenomenal opportunity to network with over 250 industry professionals, students, and faculty that you do not want to miss!

Please visit for more information. This is a student-led event at MIT Sloan School of Management.


Local Environmental Action 2020
Saturday, March 7
9 a.m.
Northeastern, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $15 - $45

Extinction Rebellion is cosponsoring this event by Toxics Action Center, MCAN, and 350 Mass! It is the 33rd annual!

From their event listing: We believe that change happens when people come together, form a plan, and take action. That’s why we bring together hundreds of activists from across the region to share the skills you need to make change, learn more about the problems facing our world today, and be inspired to keep up the fight.

For the past 33 years, we’ve brought together hundreds of community leaders for the biggest gathering of environmental and public health activists in our region.


Sunrise Boston Accessibility Training
Saturday, March 7
2 PM – 4:30 PM

Sunrise Boston's JEDI Accessibility working group is hosting an Accessibility Training! Steve Slowinksi of Partners for Youth with Disabilities will be leading the training, followed by a facilitated debrief led by the Accessibility working group and Training team. Everyone is welcome!


Harvard, Sustainability & Development Practice Program Faculty-Student Panels & Social Mixer
Saturday, March 7
4–9 pm
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin Lobby & G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge
To help us get an estimated headcount, please RSVP by filling out the survey form below:

You are cordially invited to attend our Sustainability and Development Practice programs' spring semester faculty-student panel presentations and mixer to be held Saturday, March 7th from 4:00-9:00pm on campus in the Maxwell-Dworkin building room G115 (33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA). The faculty and student panels from 4:00-6:00 p.m. will feature several students and alumni of the sustainability program who will briefly discuss how their coursework or degree enabled them to transition to new careers, as well as a selection of sustainability and development practice program faculty who will present their courses and professional work and careers in their specialties.  We’ll reserve time at the end of the panels for Q&A.  The mixer from 6:00-9:00 p.m. will be held in the Maxwell-Dworkin lobby with plenty of food and beverages served. There is no charge for attending - just bring yourself! 

Sunday, March 8

WSAYO State House Training
Sunday, March 8
12 PM – 3:30 PM

There has not been a vote on the climate crisis in Massachusetts in over 10 years. The WSAYO (Which Side Are You On) team is having a second State House training to find out from our reps Which Side Are You On and force a vote by the end of April, right around the Earth Day Strike. If you want to push MA representatives to compel a vote on the climate crisis, join this training. At this training you will learn what needs to be done, meet your fellow Sunrisers and activists and have some fun! 


Teaching Humanist Values with "The Ten Commitments"
Sunday, March 8
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Harvard, Phillips Brooks House, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

Our March meeting will take place on Sunday March 8 and will take the form of a discussion. Our President, Stuart Wamsley, will lead introduce "The Ten Commitments", a values teaching tool developed by AHA's Center for Education. We'll aim to provide feedback to the national organization about this statement of humanist values for young people. What are 'our' shared values?

American Humanist Associations' Center for Education came up with a set of proposed humanist values to impart to young people, calling them "The Ten Commitments". There are many ways to enumerate, and elaborate, our shared secular values. This proposed list allows a relatively simple graphic to serve as a starting point for discussion. Is it too rigid, limiting or open-ended?

We'll take a look at each item: Altruism, Critical Thinking, Empathy, Environmentalism, Ethical Development, Global Awareness, Humility, Peace & Social Justice, Responsibility, Service & Participation. Each has an "I..." statement that helps students envision what it means. What do you think is missing? Is this a useful exercise? What are the best ways to promote values in American society today? We'll make a start on these questions and report any conclusions back to the national organization.

In the meantime, we'll enjoy each other's company together and spare a moment to celebrate International Women's Day as well!

Monday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 10

Biotechnology and the Future of Medicine: Harvard Medical School Annual Bioethics Conference
Monday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 10
Harvard, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

COST  $50, includes two days programming and refreshments.
CONTACT INFO Center for Bioethics
DETAILS  The 2020 Annual Bioethics Conference will explore the potential of biotechnology to drive and shape the future of clinical care and research.
The practice of medicine over the course of the last fifty years has changed dramatically. Novel technological developments will continue to generate new discoveries, therapies, and patient outcomes. Recent advances in intertwined areas, such as stem cell-based bioengineering, organoid technology, low-cost personal genome sequencing, machine learning, and human genome editing have the potential to create more effective, personalized medical treatments. But as we progress toward this biotechnologically-driven medical future, we must consider how ethical values can shape these advancements and vice versa. This conference will examine how ethics interacts with biotechnology in medicine, and consider multiple approaches to how we might ensure that biotechnology continues to evolve ethically.

Monday, March 9

Geopolitical Implications of the Rapidly Changing Arctic
Monday, March 9
11:45am - 1:00pm
Harvard, Rubenstein Building, David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Fran Ulmer, HKS Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow

Please note that this week's seminar will take place in the David Ellwood Democracy Lab, not Bell Hall.

As always, this event is free and open to the public; no RSVPs required. Buffet-style lunch will be served.


Big Steps Toward Small Worlds: Exoplanet Atmosphere Characterization in the Next Decade and Beyond
Monday, March 9
Harvard, Geo Museum 102, Haller Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Laura Kreidberg, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Lunch will be served. 

EPS Colloquium 
Contact Name:  Katrina Blanch


TDM Artist Talk with Jay Stull, EllaRose Chary, and Erato A. Kremmyda
Monday, March 9
12 – 1 p.m.
Harvard, ArtLab Annex, 1st floor, 485 Broadway, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Jay Stull
EllaRose Chary
Erato A. Kremmyda
DETAILS  The Untitled New Hampshire Project is a documentary theater piece inspired by the rise of the Free State Project in New Hampshire, its anarcho-capitalist mission, and the controversies and heartbreak that accompany participation in ideological politics. Jay Stull, EllaRose Chary, and Erato A. Kremmyda will discuss how they identified and embedded in the Free State community, the process of creating the script, lyrics, and music from a body of interviews, and detail where they currently are in the creation of this project, including how they spent our residency. In this investigation, they are asking: How does this fringe movement reflect both the rot and the power of politics in America? And if we've been raised by systems we seek to overturn, is it possible to avoid recapitulating systemic oppression?


CSSH Faculty Works-in-Progress Colloquium Series Fellows “Authority and Subversion” 2019-2020
Monday, March 9
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Northeastern, 909 Renaissance Park 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Risa Kitagawa, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Affairs Program
“Recasting National Narratives A Text Analysis of Truth Commission Testimonies”
Summer Marion, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science
“Purchasing Power? Philanthropy and Policy Influence in Global Governance”

Presented by the CSSH Dean’s Office and the Northeastern Humanities Center

For more information, please contact Gaby Fiorenza at 


Wearable Tech Talk with WearWorks
Monday, March 9
12 – 1:30PM
Tufts, Robinson Hall, SEC, Room 253, 200 College Avenue, Medford

Come see user-centric design and wearable tech applied in a revolutionary way. Come hear WearWorks, a wearable tech company based in New York City, as they speak about how they connect technology with their users as they talk through their innovation process and their products. They will also be doing a demonstration of the Wayband!

Event Contact Janna Sokolow,


Indigenous Peoples and the Oil and Gas Industry: Comparing Russia and the United States
Monday, March 9
12:00PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, Room S250, CGIS South Bldg, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

This panel brings together experts on energy, the environment, Russian indigenous rights, Native American economic development, and political campaigns in Russia and the United States for a dynamics discussion of how indigenous peoples and the oil and gas industry intersect. In addition to speakers, a larger delegation of Russian indigenous activists and members of the non-profit organization Cultural Survival will be in attendance in the audience. As such, the event will strive for short presentations from the panelists followed by a broader discussion between the panelists and the audience.

Dr. Pavel Sulyandziga (PhD in Economics) is Chairperson of the Board of the International Development Fund of Indigenous Peoples in Russia (BATANI) and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College (US). He was a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation (2006 - 2014) and advisor to the president of RAIPON (Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East). From 2005 to 2010 he was a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Dr. Vitali Shkliarov is an expert in U.S.-Russia relations, an award-winning political strategist, and multinational campaign manager. He has over a decade of experience in designing, managing, evaluating, and developing strategies for American, Russian, and European organizations and public campaigns. He was the senior adviser to several oppositional presidential candidates in Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine, and has a unique knowledge of international elections, local governance, and grassroots activism. He lives in Washington, D.C., is a regular contributor to several American and European media outlets, and has worked on both President Obama's and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns. He earned his Ph.D. in political science and sociology from the University of Vechta in Germany and speaks Russian, German, Portuguese, Ukrainian, and Belorussian.

Eric Henson is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and has been a research fellow/affiliate with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development ("Harvard Project") since 1998.  Mr. Henson has taught the Native Americans in the Twenty-First Century course and serves as a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Harvard University Native American Program.  In his role at the Harvard Project, Mr. Henson has continuously served as an evaluator for an awards program that identifies, evaluates, and honors best practices in tribal governance all across the United States.  He is also an Executive Vice President with the economics consulting firm Compass Lexecon.  Mr. Henson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an MA in Economics from Southern Methodist University, and a BBA in business economics from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  At Harvard, Mr. Henson’s Master’s thesis project examined the importance of a uniform commercial code for economic development on the Crow Reservation, and he attended Harvard as the Kennedy School’s Christian Johnson Native American Fellow.  Mr. Henson is a primary author of The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination, which was published by Oxford University Press.  He has provided testimony to the US Congress on several occasions on issues relating to tribal governance and economic development.

Elizabeth Plantan is a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center. Dr. Plantan researches comparative authoritarian politics and state-society relations in China and Russia, with a focus on environmental activism. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. In addition, Dr. Plantan holds a master’s degree in Russian & East European Studies from Indiana University – Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Russian & East European Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Aurélie Bros is an energy expert with ten years’ experience in the development of Eurasian and global energy markets, she has worked in international public service, academia, think tanks, and the private sector. She provides ad-hoc research, consultancy, and strategic advice on energy security, the geopolitics of energy, and energy-related economic and financial issues. Over the last several years, she has worked extensively with Thierry Bros, whom she considers a longstanding mentor. In addition to her research and policy work, Aurélie is actively engaged in European affairs, including the Franco-German dialogue. She is deeply committed to climate and environmental preservation, a passion that led her to found the EcoKidsProject educational outreach initiative for children in 2017. Aurélie holds a master’s degree in geopolitics from the École Normale Supérieure (France), and a joint Ph.D. from the University Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her Ph.D. thesis, titled “Good-bye Ukraine,” is an in-depth analysis of Gazprom’s investment strategy in Europe.

Contact Name:


Water Limitation and Vegetated Ecosystem Responses
Monday, March 9
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Lecture Hall, 1300 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Daniel Short Gianotti, MIT

Arnold Arboretum Research Talk


Code Work: Hacking Across the Techno-Borderlands
Monday, March 9
12:15PM TO 2:00PM
Harvard, CGIS S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge 

Héctor Beltrán, MIT

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

STS Circle


An Environmental History of the Late Ottoman Frontier
Monday, March 9
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Chris Gratien, Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia
DETAILS  Chris Gratien is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, as well as Assistant Professor of History at University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on environmental history and the modern Middle East. He is also co-creator of Ottoman History Podcast, an internet radio program about history and society in the Ottoman Empire and the broader Islamic world.
CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES.


The Stories We Tell and the Objects We Keep:  Asian American Women and the Archives
Monday, March 9
1:00 pm
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

The stories of Asian American women extend far beyond the geographic borders of the United States. Inspired by tales and objects from family history, their narratives often reflect the transnational nature of Asian American women’s lives.

Despite the importance of these narratives to expanding and complicating our understanding of war, migration, inequity, and difference, the accounts and perspectives of Asian American women have often been overlooked in formal records, and the tangible objects providing critical evidence of their histories have been ignored.
This half-day program will bring together Asian American activists and artists, including novelists, filmmakers, playwrights, and photographers, to share the stories that inspire their craft and the objects they retain as part of their personal histories.

“The Stories We Tell and the Objects We Keep” reflects the Radcliffe Institute’s commitment to revealing complete, balanced, and diverse histories of women in America.
Free and open to the public.

Please register and join us in person.
This event will be webcast live at on March 9. Registration is not required to view the webcast.


Total Costs of Domestic Violence
Monday, March 9
4:00pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-151, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Katrine Vellesen Løken, University of Bergen


Kelman Seminar: The Fog of Victory | Gabriella Blum
Monday, March 9
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Harvard, Pound Hall 100, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Gabriella Blum, Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School
DETAILS  Though much progress has been made in recent decades to flesh out the rules on how we fight, much less progress has been made in answering the question, what we fight for. Liberal democracies who wage war today often fail to articulate a coherent vision of what they aim to achieve or how their interests would be satisfied through war. In other words, while the means of war have become more constrained and subject to strict regulation, the goals of war are as malleable and varied as they ever were. Exacerbating matters are substantial financial and business interests in political decision-making about armed conflicts. These observations help explain the phenomenon of ‘forever wars,’ as well as illuminate the challenges for conflict resolution.


The Gift: An Evening with Lewis Hyde
Monday, March 9
5 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, Room 119, 60 Oxford Street, Cambridge

DETAILS  Join The Constellation Project for a special screening of the film, GIFT, based on the book by Lewis Hyde, chronicling gift-based cultures from around the world. A tribute to the values of creativity, sustainability, and generosity in a culture increasingly governed by money and the view of art as commodity.
Lewis Hyde will be discussing both his book and the film, followed by a panel discussion on the social, spiritual, and environmental implications of embracing a gift-giving culture moderated by HDS writer-in-residence Terry Tempest Williams with Joan Naviyuk Kane and Samuel S. Myers. An audience Q & A will conclude the evening.
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of artistic practice. Margaret Atwood called it “A masterpiece.” David Foster Wallace said, “No one who is invested in any kind of art can read The Giftand remain unchanged.” Hyde’s most recent book, A Primer for Forgetting, explores the many situations in which forgetfulness is more useful than memory—in myth, personal psychology, politics, art & spiritual life. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde taught creative writing and American literature for many years at Kenyon College.
Joan Naviyuk Kane is a 2019-2020 Radcliffe Institute Fellow. She is the author of seven books of poetry, Milk Black Carbon (2017) among them. A graduate of Harvard, she is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska.
Samuel S. Myers is the director of the Planetary Health Alliance. A graduate from Harvard College, he received his MD from Yale Medical School, and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Principle Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Terry Tempest Williams is writer-in-residence at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of 16 books, most recently, Erosion - Essays of Undoing (2019).
CONTACT CSWR, 617.496.1154


Humane Warfare: An Ancient Perspective on Ethics in War
Monday, March 9
MIT, Building E51-275, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Presented by Linda R. Rabieh, Concourse and Political Science, MIT
What are the ethics that should guide our soldiers in war?  Although this is an old question, it must be revisited in light of the peculiar situations in which our soldiers are called to act in the 21st century.  Do the same  principles apply when we engage in war through automated drones or cyber warfare?  How is it possible to maintain ethical principles when confronted with the brutality of those who refuse to distinguish between combatants and civilians?  For guidance, this talk returns to ancient political thought, which grappled with questions both of war and of character, and in particular to Plato’s Republic, where Socrates outlines an education for warriors and the nature of a healthy soul that suggests different grounds for ethical actions, grounds that may provide a superior model for our complex times.


Sunrise Boston Full Hub Meeting & New Member Meetup!
Monday, March 9
5:15 PM – 8 PM
Old South Church in Boston, 645 Boylston Street, Boston

Join us to learn more about Sunrise, get involved in one of our teams, and work towards stopping climate change! Come get to know the Boston Hub and hear what's next for Sunrise Boston! All are welcome! Full agenda coming soon!

New member meeting 5:15 - 6pm
Hub meeting 6-8pm

Questions? Email: or message our facebook page.


Reimagining Reality: Human Rights & Immersive (AR/VR) Technology
Monday, March 9
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School, Rubenstein-414AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Brittan Heller, Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
DETAILS  Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a talk series organized and facilitated by Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.
A light dinner will be served.


Film Screening & Discussion - Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement
Monday, March 9
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Northestern, 135 Shillman Hall, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Join us for a discussion about the morals of human enhancement and disability. The award-winning documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement explores the social impact of human biotechnologies. Haunting and humorous, poignant and political, Fixed rethinks "disability" and "normalcy" by exploring technologies that promise to change out bodies and minds forever.


Boston New Technology AI & Data Startup Showcase #BNT111 (21+)
Monday, March 9
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Foley Hoag, LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
RSVP at 
$0 – $99

Join us to:s
See 6 innovative and exciting local Artificial Intelligence and Data product demos, presented by startup founders
Network with attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free headshot photo (non-intrusively watermarked) from The Boston Headshot!
Enjoy dinner with beer, wine and more
Each company presents an overview and demonstration of their product within 5 minutes and discusses questions with the audience for 5 minutes.
Limited free tickets for Investment Firms and local C-Level Founders!
Register at least 2 days prior to save 50%. Only $15!


The Tyranny of Virtue:  Identity, the Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies
Monday, March 9
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes ROBERT BOYERS—professor of Arts and Letters at Skidmore College—for a discussion of his latest book, The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, the Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies.

About The Tyranny of Virtue
Written from the perspective of a liberal intellectual who has spent a lifetime as a writer, editor, and college professor, The Tyranny of Virtue is a precise and nuanced insider’s look at shifts in American culture—most especially in the American academy—that so many people find alarming. Part memoir and part polemic, an anatomy of important and dangerous ideas, and a cri de coeur lamenting the erosion of standard liberal values, Boyers’s collection of essays is devoted to such subjects as tolerance, identity, privilege, appropriation, diversity, and ableism that have turned academic life into a minefield. Why, Robert Boyers asks, are a great many liberals, people who should know better, invested in the drawing up of enemies lists and driven by the conviction that on critical issues no dispute may be tolerated? In stories, anecdotes, and character profiles, a public intellectual and longtime professor takes on those in his own progressive cohort who labor in the grip of a poisonous and illiberal fundamentalism. The end result is a finely tuned work of cultural intervention from the front lines.


Originalism or Ancestor Worship:  Interpreting the Constitution Today with Professor Mark Tushnet
Monday, March 9
7PM - 9PM
Harvard, Milstein West AB in Wasserstein Hall, Floor 2, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

When Congress members want to explore new ways to interpret Constitutional clauses, they typically turn to lawyers, even though historians, political scientists, philosophers, and theologians might offer different, and perhaps better, insights. Using our nation’s current events as a case study, Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet explores Thomas Jefferson’s reflections on the decline of popular constitutionalism, a model in which all citizens were encouraged to voice and offer their interpretations of the Constitution. 

About Mark Tushnet
Professor Mark Tushnet is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, who graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall and specializes in constitutional law and theory, including comparative constitutional law. His research includes studies examining (skeptically) the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal and particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States and currently a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s.

About the 1776 Salon Series
In anticipation of the A.R.T.’s upcoming revival of 1776 in May 2020 and the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026, we have invited various Harvard scholars to participate in a series of lectures and discussions around the history of our nation.

Hosted at various locations throughout Greater Boston, the 1776 Salon series dives deep into the stories of eighteenth-century historical figures left out of textbooks, explores new narratives leading up to and following the American Revolution, and closely examines the voices represented and absent within the Declaration of Independence.

Tuesday, March 10

Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Aging World - A conversation with author Camilla Cavendish and Harvard Professor Lawrence H. Summers
Tuesday, March 10
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harvard, Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman Building), 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Camilla Cavendish, M-RCBG senior fellow; independent peer, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice in the U.K. House of Lords
Lawrence H. Summers, M-RCBG Director
DETAILS   A discussion between author Camilla Cavendish and M-RCBG Director Lawrence H. Summers on Cavendish's new book Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Aging World.
"Demographic change is the most neglected shaper of our future. Camilla Cavendish has written the most interesting, perceptive and iconoclastic guide to its many implications. This is a truly important book." – Lawrence H. Summers
Lunch will be served.


Brown Bag Lunch Series: Transportation Revenue
Tuesday, March 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
WeWork, 1 Beacon Street, Boston

State Representative Michelle Ciccolo will discuss her legislation to fund transportation infrastructure.

Join the Alliance for Business Leadership for the launch of our 2020 Brown Bag Lunch Series with a discussion about transportation revenue featuring State Representative Michelle Ciccolo.

Representative Ciccolo will discuss her legislation to fund transportation infrastructure with a progressive fee on large corporations in Massachusetts, which would raise about $300M per year.

Please bring a lunch to this discussion on transportation revenue, one of the biggest policy challenges facing Massachusetts.
Michelle Ciccolo, State Representative (15th Middlesex District)

Michelle Ciccolo has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2019, representing the towns of Lexington, and Woburn. Ciccolo serves on the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Joint Committee on Financial Services, and the Joint Committee on Public Health.

She recently filed in innovative transportation revenue bill that would establish a progressive fee on large corporations in Massachusetts and raise $300M per year.


Systems Thinking Webinar: Jayraj Nair, “Realizing Business Outcomes & Scaling Industrial IoT”
Tuesday, March 10
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us on March 10, 2020 for a free webinar with Jayraj Nair, SDM alum and advisor to VMWare. 

About the Talk: “Learn how billions of Smart, Connected things at the edge are changing the way we live & work. It is enabling every industry to transform, reinvent products, services & business processes. Application of systems engineering principle is essential to enabling scale. Learn & Lead with a new approach, realize business outcomes by operating at the intersection of Strategy, Design & Technology.”

About the Speaker: Jayraj Nair is an avid technologist, global leader, andadvisor with over three decades of industry experience based in the Silicon Valley. Over the last five years he incubated new industrial IoT services business for leading global system integrators Infosys & Wipro. Jay advocates for the end user and spent much of his career in leadership roles building products at companies like Intel & EMC. He is well known for his expertise in digital transformation, design, dev & integration of enterprise quality technology solutions. Jayraj is a computer engineer by profession with an MBA from ISU and an MS in Engineering & Management from MIT System Design and Management. 


You Won’t Believe How the Chinese Government Uses Clickbait!
Tuesday, March 10
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Northeastern, 177 Huntington Avenue, 11th floor, Boston

Visiting Speaker: Jennifer Pan
Abstract:  There is a growing consensus that political propaganda in the age of mass media worked, shaping attitudes and behaviors in favor of governments by suppressing alternative media sources and dominating public attention. What happens to political propaganda in the age of digital media? In the digital context, political actors do not automatically dominate systems of information transmission even when they successfully deploy online censorship. Online censorship can reshape the contours of what information is available on social media, but censorship does not decrease the overall volume of information. The constraints and opportunities provided by modern social media platforms, which are generally built on an ad-revenue model and therefore aim to maximize clicks, are transforming the ways which governments engage in propaganda online. In this paper, we use ethnographic fieldwork to show how producers of propaganda in China face incentives to capture clicks. We then collect and analyze posts made by over 200 Chinese city-government WeChat accounts to show how “clickbait”—the process of providing just enough information in a headline so as to grab the reader’s attention by creating an information gap—features prominently in governments’ propaganda strategies. While governments’ use of clickbait is associated with more views, it does not predict more positive assessments of content.

This paper is co-authored with Yingdan Lu, a PhD student in Communication at Stanford.

Jennifer Pan is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Stanford University. Her research explores the politics of authoritarian regimes in the digital age, including censorship, responsiveness, and redistribution with large-scale data from digital media and media platforms. Pan’s work has appeared in publications such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, and Science.


Associates' Panel: Challenges of Democracy in the U.S. and Japan
Tuesday, March 10
12 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard, Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Masahito Watanabe, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Associate Professor, Political Science, Hokkaido University
Yuji Endo, Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Staff Writer, Asahi Shimbun
Taishi Muraoka, Postdoctoral Fellow, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University. PhD, Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis
Discussant: Mary Alice Haddad, Professor of Government, East Asian Studies, and Environmental Studies; Wesleyan University
Moderator: Christina L. Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


The US-Iran Crisis: A Reporter’s Firsthand Perspective
Tuesday, March 10
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Reese Erlich, Freelance Foreign Correspondent, Peabody Award winner
DETAILS  CMES events are open to the public (no registration required), and off the record. Please note that events may be filmed and photographed by CMES.


Co-Designing Assistive Technology Around the Globe
Tuesday, March 10
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

In January of 2020, MIT piloted a new subject, 3.008 Humanistic Co-design of Assistive Technology Around the Globe. This subject brought 8 undergraduate students to India and Saudi Arabia for the month of January. During the course, students worked with international students, engineers, designers, NGO’s and persons with disabilities to create low-fidelity prototypes and project plans of assistive technologies.

Come learn about these projects and hear from the teaching staff and students about their educational, cultural, and personal experiences during the trip.  Register here


Extra Time: 10 Lessons For An Ageing World
Tuesday, March 10
1:30 PM – 2 PM
Harvard Coop, Harvard Square, Two Brattle Square, Mezzanine, Cambridge

Risa Mednick
In Extra Time, Camilla Cavendish embarks on a journey to understand how different countries are responding to
these unprecedented challenges. Travelling across the world in a carefully researched and deeply human
investigation, Cavendish contests many of the taboos around ageing.

Interviewing leading scientists about breakthroughs that could soon transform the quality and extent of life, she
sparks a debate about how governments, businesses, doctors, the media and each one of us should handle the
second half of life. She argues that if we take a more positive approach, we should be able to reap the benefits of a
prolonged life. But that will mean changing our attitudes and using technology, community, even anti-ageing pills, to
bring about a revolution.

About the Author:  Camilla Cavendish is an award-winning columnist and broadcaster, whose campaigns have changed the law. She was the head of the Downing Street Policy Unit and now sits in the House of Lords. She writes the high-profile weekly Saturday op-ed column in the Financial Times, is a contributor to the Sunday Times, appears regularly on programmes like Today and Question Time, and is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Extra Time is her first book.


Energy for All & the Transition to Zero-Carbon: The Private-Sector Role
Tuesday, March 10
3:00PM TO 4:00PM
Harvard, Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Bldg, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Join the Environment and Natural Resources Program to hear from Shankar Krishnamoorthy, Executive Vice President at ENGIE. Shankar will be discussing the private sector's role in decarbonizing our global energy system with ENRP Senior Fellow Nicola de Blasio.

Shankar Krishnamoorthy, 59, is the Executive Vice President of ENGIE, in charge of Strategy & Innovation, Industrial Development, Research & Technology, and Procurement. He also supervises the Africa Business Unit.

Mr. Krishnamoorthy’s journey at ENGIE began in 1997 when he served as CEO of ENGIE South Asia. Since then, he has served in a number of senior positions at ENGIE in Europe and Asia focused on business development, centralized generation, and management. His most notable achievement has been the growth and transformation of ENGIE’s Middle East and Africa business into a mature and successful business entity.

Mr. Krishnamoorthy has also served as the Chairman of Solairedirect and, prior to ENGIE, he worked at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) in India.

He graduated from the Delhi College of Engineering with a degree in engineering.

Contact Name:  Isabel Feinstein


A Screening of ‘Dark Waters’: The Business and Societal Impacts of Drinking Water Contamination
Tuesday, March 10
3–6:30 pm
Harvard, Spangler Auditorium, 117 Western Avenue, Boston

Harvard Business School’s Student Sustainability Associates and the Harvard Office for Sustainability are co-hosting the event: “A Screening of ‘Dark Waters’: The Business and Societal Impacts of Drinking Water Contamination”. The event aims to make the Harvard community aware of the impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in our drinking water and how organizations can move away from the use of PFAS as a part of their operations. 

The first hour will include a panel discussion featuring Dr. Joseph Allen from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Heather Henriksen from Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, and Jason Jewherst from Bruner/Cott Architects. After the panel, we will be screening the movie Dark Waters to highlight ways in which industry may be impacted and why they should be proactive in removing PFAS from their operations.

The panel will highlight the following:
The latest science on the health & environmental impacts of PFAS;
Examples of what different organizations are doing to remove PFAS from their operations and why they have made this switch;
Recommendations for what leaders could do to make a meaningful impact in the reduction of PFAS in our waterways;
Other chemicals that are contaminating our drinking water; and
What you can do to make proactive changes in your personal life.
The event will be held on March 10th in the Spangler Auditorium. The panel will run from 3-4 pm followed by the screening of the movie. If you’re planning to attend, please register for the event. Questions? Please email


Biology Colloquium Series:  Underground Networks
Tuesday, March 10
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dr. Philip Benfey, Duke University, "Underground Networks."  Hosted by Mary Gehring. The Biology Colloquium is a weekly seminar held throughout the academic year, featuring distinguished speakers in many areas of the biological sciences, from universities and institutions worldwide. More information on speakers, their affiliations, and titles of their talks will be added as available. 

The Colloquium takes place at the Stata Center's Kirsch Auditorium, 32-123, at 4:00PM on most Tuesdays during the school year. Contact: Linda Earle


Emile Bustani Seminar: "Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Forty-year Rivalry that Undid the Middle East"
Tuesday, March 10
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building E51-325, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Kim Ghattas, Senior Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
“What happened to us?” For decades, the question has haunted the Arab and Muslim world, heard across Iran and Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Was it always so? When did the extremism, intolerance and bloodletting of today displace the region’s cultural promise and diversity? Drawing on her recent book, BLACK WAVE (Henry Holt and Company, 2020) Ghattas identifies the year 1979 as the turning point for the wider Middle East with the confluence of three events that year: the Iranian revolution, the siege of the Holy Mosque in Mecca and the invasion of Afghanistan. Nothing was ever the same again—not for the region and not for the rest of the world, as the dynamics unleased that year had far reaching consequences for the US and the West, paving the way for 9-11, the birth of groups like Hezbollah and ISIS. Before 1979, Saudi Arabia and Iran had been working allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region – but the radical legacy of these events made them mortal enemies, competing for leadership of the Muslim world, a dynamic that transformed culture, society, religion and geopolitics across the region. This lecture explores key moments and trends from the last four decades to help shatter accepted truths about the Arab and Muslim world, sectarianism and the role that Saudi Arabia and Iran each played in shaping the Middle East we know it today.

Kim Ghattas is an Emmy-award winning journalist and a New York Times best-selling author who covered the Middle East for twenty years for the BBC and the Financial Times.  She has also reported on the U.S State Department and American politics, and is the author of The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power. She has been published in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy and is currently a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.  She sits on the board of trustees of the American University of Beirut. Born and raised in Lebanon, she now lives between Beirut and Washington.


Advocacy Summit: Passive House as the Platform for Net-Zero, Electrification, and Carbon-Free Buildings
Tuesday, March 10,
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, 2nd Floor, Boston

Citizen groups across Massachusetts are pushing for local bans on new fossil fuel infrastructure, policies to encourage building electrification, and create a Net Zero Stretch Code in an effort to dramatically reduce the climate impact of buildings. 

With a little over 2 million existing buildings and 500,000 new buildings anticipated before 2050, (with most of those in the next 10 years) Massachusetts has a difficult task ahead to address the ~40% of state greenhouse gases from our buildings.  

To get to net zero by 2050, we need to ensure new buildings are built to the highest energy efficiency standard, use all efficient electric heat pumps for heating, and add as much renewable energy on site as possible. We will also need to dramatically improve insulation and air sealing in existing buildings, get fossil fuels out of heating in existing homes, get the electric grid to 100% renewables and on-site solar added to suitable sites.

So how do we get there, and how does Passive House- the most energy efficient standard in the world- play into the transformation we need to make in Massachusetts buildings? Passive House is the foundation for net zero buildings. 

Passive House Massachusetts (PHMA), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) are co-sponsoring a meeting at the next PHMA monthly meeting on March 10th at 5:30 at the Boston Society of Architects Space. 

Come learn what is different about Passive House buildings, how local and state policies can be used to promote Passive House, how Passive House complements electrification efforts, and how Passive House fits into a concept of net zero stretch code. Gather with other community groups to explore the synergies and potential partnerships between groups when focusing on dramatic reduction in climate impacts of new construction and existing buildings.


Data Feminism
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 - $23.96 (Pre-Order the book thru Eventbrite for 20% off)

MIT Press authors Catherine D'Ignazio & Lauren Klein present their book Data Feminism. 

A new way of thinking about data science and data ethics that is informed by the ideas of intersectional feminism.
Today, data science is a form of power. It has been used to expose injustice, improve health outcomes, and topple governments. But it has also been used to discriminate, police, and surveil. This potential for good, on the one hand, and harm, on the other, makes it essential to ask: Data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind? The narratives around big data and data science are overwhelmingly white, male, and techno-heroic. In Data Feminism, Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein present a new way of thinking about data science and data ethics—one that is informed by intersectional feminist thought.

Illustrating data feminism in action, D'Ignazio and Klein show how challenges to the male/female binary can help challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems. They explain how, for example, an understanding of emotion can expand our ideas about effective data visualization, and how the concept of invisible labor can expose the significant human efforts required by our automated systems. And they show why the data never, ever “speak for themselves.”

Data Feminism offers strategies for data scientists seeking to learn how feminism can help them work toward justice, and for feminists who want to focus their efforts on the growing field of data science. But Data Feminism is about much more than gender. It is about power, about who has it and who doesn't, and about how those differentials of power can be challenged and changed.


Race and the Unruly Delights of 1960s American Film
Tuesday, March 10,
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Harvard, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Wendy Allison Lee, Skidmore College
Scott Poulson-Bryant, Fordham University


Strategic Competence: Building the Skills to Compete and Thrive in Today's Security Environment
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Defense Innovation Unit, 1 Charles Park, Suite #1000, Cambridge

Since the end of the Cold War, prominent academics, policy practitioners, and think tank reports have lamented the decline of American strategic competence. How does one define strategic competence in the 21st century security environment? Is U.S. strategic competence on the decline? Join us at the March Gathering of The Strategy Bridge Boston (TSB2), where we'll hear from Professor of Practice and US Army Colonel (retired) Abigail Linnington from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for a conversation tracing the strategic competence of several U.S. leaders and how to educate ourselves for strategic leadership in the future. 

Retiring at the rank of Colonel, Professor Linnington served for 24 years in the U.S. Army as a military strategist and aviator. From 2016 to 2018, she was a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of the Chairman’s Action Group. In that position, she supported the Chairman in his role as senior military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, National Security Council, and Congress. She worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy for two years as an advisor on war plans related to European security and U.S. special operations. She was also the lead speechwriter for the Army Chief of Staff from 2014 to 2016. Prior to her work as a strategist, Professor Linnington taught International Relations at West Point and commanded units in the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 3rd Infantry Division (Savannah, Georgia), and Eighth U.S. Army (Republic of Korea).

If you want to hear more, please join us at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) for a few drinks, socializing, networking, and a bit of talk on strategy and military affairs as part of The Strategy Bridge Boston (TSB2). Invite your friends and join us for great evening of discussion. DIU is located at 1 Charles Park, Suite #1000 in Cambridge. 

The Strategy Bridge was founded in 2013 and has become a leading national security journal focused on policy, strategy, national security, and military affairs. The Strategy Bridge is widely read in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and carries tens of thousands of followers across its online platforms - Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Additionally, The Strategy Bridge is featured on both the 2016 and 2017 U.S. Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s reading lists, and numerous other professional reading lists as well.


Living in Extra Time: The Meaning of Lifespan in the 21st Century
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

A presentation and book signing for best selling authors and famous academics David Sinclair and Camilla Cavendish

On March 10th from 6-8 PM Xapiens will be hosting a discussion and book signing to promote the writing of David Sinclair ("Why We Age- and Why We Dont Have To") and Camilla Cavendish ("Extra Time")! Both are excellent speakers as well as being distinctive in their fields. We are honored to be hosting them!

David A. Sinclair, Ph.D. is one of the world’s most famous scientists and entrepreneurs, best known for understanding why we age and how to reverse it. He is a New York Times bestselling author and a tenured Professor of Genetics, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School, co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging Research at Harvard, Professor and Head of the Aging Labs at UNSW, Sydney, and an honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. He is best known for his work on genes and small molecules that delay aging, including the Sirtuin genes, resveratrol and NAD precursors. He has published over 190 scientific papers, is a co-inventor on over 50 patents, and has co-founded a dozen biotechnology companies in the areas of aging, vaccines, diabetes, fertility, cancer, and biodefense. He serves as co-chief editor of the scientific journal Aging, works with national defense agencies and with NASA and has received 35 honors including being one of Australia's leading scientists under 45, the Australian Medical Research Medal, the NIH Director’s Pioneer award, TIME magazine’s list of the “100 most influential people in the world” (2014) and the “Top 50 people in Healthcare.” (2018). In 2018, he became an Officer of the Order of Australia for his work in medicine and national security. His work is regularly featured in print, podcasts, TV, and books, including 60 Minutes, a Barbara Walters special, NOVA, Morgan Freeman’s Though the Wormhole. His book Lifespan was published in September 2019.

Camilla Cavendish is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, former head of the Downing Street Policy Unit under Prime Minister David Cameron, and Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School where she researches demographic challenges. She writes the big weekly oped Saturday column in the Financial Times, where she is Contributing Editor. She sits in the UK House of Lords as a crossbench peer, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice.

She is also author of “Extra Time: Ten Lessons for an Ageing World” which has been translated into 4 languages since it was published by Harper Collins in the UK in May 2019 - and is now launching in the US on March 3, 2020. 
The book deals with the many implications of two profound demographic changes: increasing life expectancy and falling birth rates outside sub-Saharan Africa - what Cavendish calls “The Death of Birth”. By 2020, for the first time in history, the world will have more people aged 65 and over, than children aged five and under. Cavendish argues this means we must change our approach to welfare, retirement, work, healthcare systems, and even the very notion of family itself: we will need new support networks based on neighbourhoods and friends, not blood relatives. She also argues that narrowing the gap in healthy life expectancy is now a financial and moral imperative. Only in Japan has the government made strenuous efforts to turn the tide. 

Larry Summers, President Emeritus of Harvard University, has said of the book: ‘Demographic change is the most neglected shaper of our future. Camilla Cavendish has written the most interesting, perceptive and iconoclastic guide to its many implications. This is a truly important book’. 

A graduate of Oxford and Harvard, Baroness Cavendish is a member of the steering group of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Longevity and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Longevity.


Closing The Environmental Voting Gap in 2020!
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
The Venture Cafe - Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge
Cost:  $8

2020 is here and the Environmental Vote will matter more than ever. Tonight is about a massive effort to get it done, and how you can help.

Primary elections are happening now and the presidential election is less than 10 months away. This is a particularly important time for us, as a sustainability community, to step up and help ensure that the environment is front and center in political discussions, locally and nationally. For that to happen, people that care about the environment need to show up at the polls and, well, many of them unfortunately don’t. The current administration’s abysmal track record in addressing climate change and protecting the environment magnifies that issue many times over.

To teach and also inspire how to fix this, we invited the expert on this topic back to BASG for an update and are super excited to hand the floor and mike to Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project (EVP).

According to the EVP, polls show that while tens of millions of Americans strongly prioritize progressive environmental policies, these people do not vote. It is fact that over 15 million individually identifiable environmentalists stayed at home on Election Day during recent nationwide elections.

Since Nathaniel presented at BASG three years ago, his team has been working hard right here in Massachusetts and across many other states to get more environmentalists to vote in every election.

Here's what you can expect from Nathaniel:
A quick general refresher of EVP’s mission and work
A data-driven explanation of why the environmental vote is key
An updated view of environmental voters and non-voters
Reminder of what is at stake in state and federal elections
Perspectives why 2020 is especially critical for the next 10 years
Thoughts on the chances of a green wave happening
Nathaniel is a data-driven, passionate, knowledgeable, impactful speaker, and has thankfully accepted the environmental vote as his calling. We are so lucky that he did.

About Nathaniel Stinnett
Nathaniel founded the Environmental Voter Project in 2015 after over a decade of experience as a senior advisor, consultant, and trainer for political campaigns and issue-advocacy nonprofits. Hailed as a "visionary" by The New York Times, and dubbed "The Voting Guru" by Grist magazine, Nathaniel is a frequent expert speaker on cutting-edge campaign techniques and the behavioral science behind getting people to vote. He has held a variety of senior leadership and campaign manager positions on U.S. Senate, Congressional, state, and mayoral campaigns, and he sits on the Board of Advisors for MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Formerly an attorney at the international law firm DLA Piper LLP, Nathaniel holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two daughters.

About the Environmental Voter Project
The Environmental Voter Project is a new, powerful concept that (1) uses big-data analytics to identify inactive environmentalists and then (2) applies cutting-edge behavioral science to turn them into more consistent voters. Using a new generation of Get-Out-The-Vote techniques, the EVP is dramatically increasing voter turnout while precisely measuring its impact.

EVP is a non-partisan nonprofit organization and does not endorse candidates or tell people how to vote. Their goal is much bigger: instead of trying to influence particular elections, EVP aims to fundamentally change the electorate so that policy makers respond accordingly. This steady, movement-building approach is using proven techniques to bring environmental voter turnout to a tipping point of overwhelming demand for progressive environmental policies.


'The Need to Grow' Film + Conversation
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville
Cost:  $10

Join Mothers Out Front/Healthy Soils and Farmers To You for the first local screening of The Need To Grow - an award-winning documentary. The film offers an intimate look into the pioneering work of climate activists and innovators in the regenerative soil and healthy food movements.

The Need To Grow presents evidence about the importance of healthy soil. It also reveals the potential of localized food production - without the use of chemicals - to enhance the health of a community. It shows how we can improve the nutrition of our food and increase the capacity of the soil to drawdown carbon from the atmosphere.

Doors open at 6:00, movie starts at 6:30. A conversation with urban/organic farmers and green roofers will follow.
Bring your questions for Boston's Eastie Farm, Farmers To You and Somerville's Recover green roofs.


Augmented & Virtual Reality Expo
Tuesday, March 10
6:30 – 8:30 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston

Join us at GA to see innovative and exciting local AR & VR technology demos, presented by startup founders and industry experts. Network with 100+ attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community.

If you would like to showcase your products or company at this event, please contact
Please note that entry will be available based on a first come, first served basis and that registration for this event does not ensure you a seat. We encourage you to arrive on time to ensure your entry.

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A Very Stable Genius
Tuesday, March 10
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Please join Porter Square Books at First Parish Church in Cambridge to hear from Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, authors of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America! This event begins at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm. This is a ticketed event, and tickets are valid for $10 towards your book purchase at the event itself. Your ticket can be purchased at the bottom of this page.

“This taut and terrifying book is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date." - Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, both Pulitzer Prize winners, provide the definitive insider narrative of Donald Trump's unique presidency with shocking new reporting and insight into its implications.

“I alone can fix it.” So went Donald J. Trump’s march to the presidency on July 21, 2016, when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, promising to restore what he described as a fallen nation. Yet over the subsequent years, as he has undertaken the actual work of the commander in chief, it has been hard to see beyond the daily chaos of scandal, investigation, and constant bluster. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump’s first term for one of pure and uninhibited chaos, but there were patterns to his behavior and that of his associates. The universal value of the Trump administration is loyalty - not to the country, but to the president himself - and Trump’s North Star has been the perpetuation of his own power, even when it meant imperiling our shaky and mistrustful democracy.

Leonnig and Rucker, with deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., tell of rages and frenzies but also moments of courage and perseverance. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with some of the most senior members of the Trump administration and other firsthand witnesses, the authors reveal the forty-fifth president up close, taking readers inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as well as the president’s own haphazard but ultimately successful legal defense. Here for the first time certain officials who have felt honor-bound not to publicly criticize a sitting president or to divulge what they witnessed in a position of trust tell the truth for the benefit of history.

This peerless and gripping narrative reveals President Trump at his most unvarnished and exposes how decision making in his administration has been driven by a reflexive logic of self-preservation and self-aggrandizement - but a logic nonetheless. This is the story of how an unparalleled president has scrambled to survive and tested the strength of America’s democracy and its common heart as a nation.

Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000 and covers Donald Trump's presidency and other subjects. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service. She also was part of the Post teams awarded Pulitzers in 2017, for reporting on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, and in 2014, for revealing the U.S. government's secret, broad surveillance of Americans. Leonnig is also an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of President Trump and his administration. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rucker joined the Post in 2005 and previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.


Artists & Archives: Robert Dell on Environmental Alchemy
Tuesday, March 10
MIT, Building E15, The Cube (E15-001), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

The Artists & Archives series presents Environmental Alchemy, a talk by Robert Dell. A geothermal engineer, progenitor of sustainable art, and 1993-97 CAVS Fellow Dell will speak about aesthetics and engineering and his work in geothermal sculpture and energy reclamation. Dell is the founding director of the Center for Innovation and Applied Technology and the Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation and professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Artists & Archives brings guests from the art community to explore MIT’s collections as a living resource that inspires creative work as well as traditional research.


The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court w/ LOE
Tuesday, March 10
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
A live interview about the most important environmental case ever brought before the Supreme Court (w/ Richard Lazarus & Living on Earth)

Join the nationally-syndicated radio show & podcast Living on Earth and Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus for a live interview about his new book, The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court.

When the Supreme Court announced its ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA, the decision was immediately hailed as a landmark. But this was the farthest thing from anyone’s mind when Joe Mendelson, an idealistic lawyer working on a shoestring budget for an environmental organization no one had heard of, decided to press his quixotic case.

The Rule of Five tells the story of an unexpected triumph. We see how accidents, infighting, luck, superb lawyering, and the arcane practices of the Supreme Court collided to produce a legal miracle. An acclaimed advocate, Richard Lazarus reveals the personal dynamics of the justices and dramatizes the workings of the Court. The final ruling, by a razor-thin 5–4 margin, made possible important environmental safeguards which the Trump administration now seeks to unravel.

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

This event is sponsored by Living on Earth, The Cambridge Public Library, the UMass Boston School for the Environment, & the UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School.
This is a free event open to the public. Please register.
Books will be available for sale and signing
Contact for questions.


William Belden Noble Lecture 2: Voter Suppression
Tuesday, March 10
7 – 9 p.m.
Harvard, The Memorial Church Sanctuary, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
DETAILS  “Voter Suppression: An Assault on the Soul of our Democracy,” presented by the 2019-2020 William Belden Noble Lecturer in Residence, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock. Dr. Warnock is Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A national voice on social justice issues such as voting rights and criminal justice, Dr. Warnock will deliver four lectures over the course of the academic year on March 10 & 11, and April 22.
CONTACT INFO 617-495-5508

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