Sunday, March 08, 2020

Energy (and Other) Events - March 8, 2020

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Because of Covid-19, coronavirus, events of 100-150 people have been cancelled at both Harvard and MIT.  Please check with the events contacts listed to see whether the event you are interested in is still going on.

These are scary times we are living through.  Be well, be safe, and wash your hands.


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Monday, March 9 – Tuesday, March 10

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

Monday, March 9

9:15am  The European Green Deal: Priorities, Cooperation and Challenges
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  Drafted into the Meme Wars: Disinformation in US Elections
6pm  Forum: Media in a Polarized World
6pm  Dorchester Food Co-op Celebration & Member Challenge!
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  Open Doc Lab Talk: The Experiential Dynamics of Capturing Reality
12pm  Electoral Management, Partisan Strategic Interaction, and Civic Engagement: Lessons from Latin America and Africa
12pm  Associates' Panel: Challenges of Democracy in the U.S. and Japan
12:30pm  Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation with Don Baer, Board Chair, PBS
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
4pm  Space Night at Harvard, 2nd Ed.
4:30pm  Study Group with Mark Harvey: Defending Democracy
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  Forum: International Women's Day
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  Examining CRISPR: The Power and Promise of a Gene Editing Tool
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

Wednesday, March 11 - Sunday, March 15

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Wednesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12

Conference on Forced Displacement and Inclusion of Refugees Conference

Wednesday, March 11

7:30am  Agenda for a Carbon-Free Greater Boston
8am  Climate Advocacy Breakfast
12pm  Understanding Hurricane Maria: Disaster Response as Transition Management
12pm  The Peculiar Ethics of Solar Geoengineering
12pm  Adapting to the Changing Local Foods Market 
12pm  A Burgherly Life on the Banda Islands: Land, Labor, and Ecology in the 1621 Genocide
12pm  The Strategic Challenge of Society-centric Warfare
12pm  Data Feminism
12pm  Follow the Ad: Uncovering Election Interference behind Data-Driven Digital Platforms
12:15pm  China's Air Quality and Climate Change: The Known and the Unknown
12:30pm  Climate ******* Design | CDD Forum 2020
4pm  Wicked Human-Water Problems: Can We Solve One Problem without Creating New Ones
4pm  Hot Topics-Ron Rivest: Election Integrity
4pm  MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab networking and poster reception
4:15pm  Advantageous Selection as a Policy Instrument: Unraveling Climate Change
5:30pm  The Nobody Movement: g0v and Civic Hacking in Taiwan
6pm  Discussion Panel: Community Conversations
6pm  FORUM: There and Back Again: Leadership Lessons from the Farm to Silicon Valley
6pm  Greater Boston Roxbury CC Public Meeting on 2050 Roadmap
6pm  Designing for Equity and Engaging Diverse Communities
6pm  Climate Change: A Course for Everyone
7pm  Solar for Nonprofits Webinar
7pm  The Smartphone Society:  Technology, Power, and Resistance in the New Gilded Age
7pm  Welcome to Wherever We Are
7pm  Encuentro Comunitario! Community Meeting!
7pm  William Belden Noble Lecture 3: Poverty
7:30pm  Inside Stories: NiemanLive @ Oberon

Thursday, March 12

11:45am  Where Energy and Climate Meet: Key Issues that will Shape Energy Policy in the New Decade
12pm  How Fracking was Banned in New York
12pm  Overcoming Digital Distraction: How to Improve Focus and Decrease Stress Using Mindfulness
12pm  The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court
12pm  DUSP Town Hall: Climate Action Implementation Plan
12pm  Legitimacy: The Right to Rule in a Wanton World
12pm  Marielle Franco and the Struggle for Brazilian Democracy
12:15pm  From Revolution to Recognition: Assessing the Effect of Proslavery Ideology on British and U.S. Isolation of Haiti, 1804–1862
2:45pm  The Work of the Future: Shaping Technology and Institutions
3pm  How City Innovation is Curbing Climate Change and Growing the Clean Energy Economy
3pm  Japan’s Future is Female 
3:30pm  Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting 2020 Panel Discussion
4:30pm  Starr Forum: Russia's Putin: From Silent Coup to Legal Dictatorship 
4:30pm  What Do We Know? What Do We Not Know? What Should We Be Doing?  (COVID-19)
5:30pm  Greenovate Boston Gender Equity & Climate Roundtable 2
6pm  FORUM: 2020 Goldsmith Awards
6pm  Listening Circle (Climate Grief)
6pm  Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting
6pm  GPS to Net-Zero Emissions
6:30pm  The New Urban Mobility
6:30pm  50th Anniversary of Urban Design Lecture: Former Mayor Anthony A. Williams
6:30pm  Future of Food
6:30pm  Women Take the Reel film: "Warrior Women”
7pm  The Firsts:  The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Friday, March 13

9am  Tech and Innovation Community #unConference
10am  xTalk: Xu Wang on Harnessing Examples for Learning at Scale
12pm  The Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report (TOAR): Accomplishments, Open Questions and New Frontiers
12pm  EU-Russia Energy Relations in a Green Deal Context
12:30pm  Social and Ethical Considerations of Gene Editing
12:30pm  Private Funding of Drug Discovery: Ethical Issues, Practical Alternatives
1pm  Climate Change and Cities: Mitigation and Adaptation
1:30pm  What Are Useful Uncertainties in Deep Learning and How Do We Get Them?  
2pm  Inferring the Mechanisms of Complex Social Phenomena with Explainable Artificial Intelligence
2pm  Yevgenia Albats on Russian Media: 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall
2:30pm  2020 MacVicar Day Symposium "Learning through Experience: Education for a Fulfilling and Engaged Life”
3pm  Who’s the Bigot?:  Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law
6pm  Climate Change, Survival, and Deepening Our Humanity
6pm  Boston New Technology CleanTech, GreenTech & Energy Startup Showcase #BNT112
7pm  Facebook:  The Inside Story
7pm  "Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn” Screening

Saturday, March 14

8am  MIT Lunar Hackathon, “To the Moon to Stay”
10am  Is U.S. capitalism compatible with a Christian vision of human flourishing?
3pm  Seaport Mops and Buckets
5pm  Sunrise Boston Political Team Kickoff

Sunday, March 15

2pm  Transparency Science Fair (Cambridge)

Monday, March 16

12pm  Emerging Powers in International Economic Law - Cooperation, Competition and Transformation
1pm  Global challenges, local struggles: Worker organizing in the seafood industry to improve human rights and labor rights
3pm  MIT.nano March Seminar—Magic angle graphene: The twist and shout of quantum materials
4pm  Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: Hypernetworks and a New Feedback Model 
4:30pm  Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves with George Galster
5:30pm  Movie Night with Speak for the Trees, Boston: City of Trees
6pm  Black Boston: Transforming the Arts
6:30pm  Landlord Energy Assessment Public Workshop
7pm  Franci's War

Tuesday, March 17

7:30am  EBC Energy Resources Briefing from Massachusetts DOER Commissioner Patrick Woodcock and the DOER Division Directors
10:30am  Creating Conscious Cultures of Peace
1pm  Bird Safe Design: Strategies for Designing Bird-Friendly Buildings
6pm  American Dunkirk: Improvising Disaster Response
6pm  SCIENCE with/in/sight: 2020 Koch Institute Image Awards
6:30pm  Speaking With The Enemy 101
6:30pm  How to Become a Digital Nomad
7pm  High Risk
7pm  Extinction Resilience: Gathering for Strength


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

Notes on How Music Works by David Byrne

Simple Solar Education


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

The European Green Deal: Priorities, Cooperation and Challenges
Monday, March 9
9:15AM TO 10:30AM
Harvard, Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

When Ursula von der Leyen assumed the presidency of the European Commission, she outlined the Commission’s top policy priorities. These political priorities build the framework for the Commission over the next five years and can be summarized under five broad themes: “A European Green Deal;” “A Europe fit for the digital age;” “An economy that works for people;” “A new push for European democracy;” and “Promoting the European way of life.”

This presentation will focus on the proposed European Green Deal and examine how this proposal in conjunction with the American Green New Deal, which was endorsed and adopted by several prominent US policymakers, offers opportunities to avert a global climate crisis. Panelists will discuss the goals and approaches of each proposal, what they can learn from one another, and what the agenda for collaboration should be moving forward.

Speakers: Daniel Calleja Crespo. Director General for the Environment, European Commission; Daniel Schrag. Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology; Co-Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University; Joe Aldy, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Chair: José Manuel Martinez Sierra. Jean Monnet ad Personam Professor in EU Law and Government, Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard University; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University.


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.


Drafted into the Meme Wars: Disinformation in US Elections
Monday, March 9
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Harvard, Rubenstein-414AB, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Joan Donovan, Director and Lead Researcher of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public 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.


Forum: Media in a Polarized World
Monday, March 9
6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
DETAILS Join Linda Henry, Managing Director of The Boston Globe, Kasie Hunt, NBC's Capitol Hill Correspondent, and Ashley Parker, White House Reporter, The Washington Post, moderated by Rick Berke for a conversation on how today's polarized world impacts the media landscape.


Dorchester Food Co-op Celebration & Member Challenge!
Monday, March 9 
6 - 8pm
Pollo Lounge and Grill, 225 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester

Our developer is moving forward with construction on their building.  
This calls for a CELEBRATION!!

All DFC member-owners and supporters are invited to re-connect and re-envision our journey ahead. 
Come find out what the 2020-2021 timeline will look like and what we can do to keep the DFC momentum growing. 

MEMBER CHALLENGE & WIN: Bring a friend, neighbor or co-worker to the CELEBRATION and encourage them to join. For each person you bring, you (and they) receive a raffle ticket for a door prize!

If they join the co-op that night (pay-by-installment available), they (and you) will be entered in an additional raffle! 

Complimentary Appetizers while supplies last. 
Cash bar & cash meals. 
DFC t-shirts and bags for sale. 

Please RSVP here on EventBrite so we can order enough appetizers:

The Dorchester Food Co-op is a grassroots initiative to build a community-owned grocery store that addresses health, racial and economic equity. We are committed to bringing healthy, local food to our neighborhood at reasonable prices. DFC’s member-owners envision an equitable food system that reinvests in our neighborhoods, increases community wealth through ownership, keeps profit and jobs in the community, for the community. 

We are 780 member-owners strong, with a goal to reach 800 by March 2020 to stay on track for the store opening in 2021! Learn more @


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.


Open Doc Lab Talk: The Experiential Dynamics of Capturing Reality
Tuesday, March 10
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E15-318, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

John Fitzgerald and Matthew Niederhauser
This talk will survey the creative possibilities of emerging XR technologies and how they are shaping projects produced by Sensorium, an experiential studio based in New York. Sensorium draws from a diverse background of influences, including journalism, cinema, theater, and game design, to work with an expanded sense of experimentation that integrates concepts across both digital and physical spaces. Such a combined focus is now needed to to take immersive storytelling to new imaginative and communicative potentials.

John Fitzgerald is an artist, filmmaker, and cofounder of the experiential studio, Sensorium. Recent credits include: Co-creator, Metamorphic (Sundance ’20), Co-creator, Zikr: A Sufi Revival (Sundance ’18 & IDFA ‘18), Co-creator, objects in mirror AR closer than they appear (Tribeca ’18) and Producer, The Sky Is A Gap (Sundance ’17). John holds an honors degree from Brown University’s Department of Modern Culture and Media Studies. He was a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Advanced Urbanism, a Visiting Artist at the MIT CAST, and an inaugural member of NEW INC.

Matthew Niederhauser is an artist, photojournalist, and educator. He studied anthropology at Columbia University before earning his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from SVA. He was then a Visiting Artist at MIT CAST and an inaugural member of NEW INC, where he cofounded Sensorium, an experiential studio working at the forefront of immersive storytelling. When not focusing on studio projects that have premiered at Sundance New Frontier, Tribeca Storyscapes, and IDFA DocLab, he also teaches at NYU Tisch’s ITP and Johns Hopkins' ISET.


Electoral Management, Partisan Strategic Interaction, and Civic Engagement: Lessons from Latin America and Africa
Tuesday, March 10
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Alejandro Trelles, Assistant Professor of Politics, Brandeis University
DETAILS  This talk focuses on the formal and informal aspects of electoral autonomy in Latin America and Africa, how political parties interact within electoral management boards, and mechanisms that facilitate the civic engagement and transparency. Drawing on examples from Venezuela, Mexico, Ghana, and Kenya, the talk centres around the concepts of autonomy, the adoption of internal consultation mechanisms, and mapping technology for electoral boundary delimitation (redistricting).


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


Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation with Don Baer, Board Chair, PBS
Tuesday, March 10
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard, Taubman Building, First Floor, Room 135 (Darman Room), 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Don Baer, Board Chair, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Amb. Wendy R. Sherman, Director, Center for Public Leadership
DETAILS  Join us for a discussion of Don Baer's lauded career in public relations, media, and communications. In conversation with Amb. Wendy R. Sherman, Baer will share lessons gleaned from his storied leadership journey, along with commentary on the current state of the media and its role in shaping public discourse.

Baer is on campus this spring as a Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership, and a Walter Shorenstein Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Learn more about Mr. Baer by visiting
Questions? E-mail


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


Space Night at Harvard, 2nd Ed.
Tuesday, March 10
4 – 10:30 p.m.
Harvard Commons, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S) Professor Dimitar Sasselov, CfA;  Julie Jiru, SpaceX;  Dr. Alissa J. Haddaji, CfA;  Dr. Gerhard Sonnert, CfA;  Dr. Keith Karasek, SEAS;  Elaine Kristant, SEAS;  Professor Matthew Weinzierl, HBS;  Professor Matthew Hersch, FAS;  Dr. Jonathan McDowell, CfA;  Dr. Martin Elvis, CfA;  Kristin Pollard Kiel, NASA;  Jessica Deihl, NASA
DETAILS Space Night at Harvard, 2nd Ed. will kick off with a Space Career Fair, followed by a first round of lightning talks presented by a variety of space sector professionals. The panel will be followed by two 20 minute state-of-the-art talks on “The Origins of Life Initiative” by Harvard Professor Dimitar Sasselov and on “10 years as a Space Lawyer at SpaceX” by Space Lawyer Julie Jiru.
Next, there will be two rounds of lightning talks dedicated to Harvard’s exciting new space research and curriculum and to all Harvard space student groups. Each panelist will have two minutes to explain their role and work, which will be followed by a 10-minute Q/A with the audience. After the lighting rounds, there will be a free screening of The Martian, which will be followed by a panel of experts reviewing the legal and scientific aspects of the movie.


Study Group with Mark Harvey: Defending Democracy
Tuesday, March 10
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School, 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
DETAILS  Topic: What Happens When It All Goes Wrong? Responding to Election Interference
Description: Since the 2016 elections, nearly $1 Billion has been spent on new equipment to administer elections. From voting machines to electronic poll books, the first generation of election equipment with cybersecurity in mind is now being used in the 2020 elections. Just how secure are these systems and what are election officials doing to learn from problematic technology rollouts to maintain trust and confidence in US elections? Mark Harvey will lead a group activity to examine election systems in light of cybersecurity standards. Come evaluate how the variety of new systems that have been deployed across the country are configured and used to heighten election security.
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.


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.


Forum: International Women's Day
Tuesday, March 10
 6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Aditi Kumar, Farah Pandith
DETAILS  In celebration of International Women's Day, the Institute of Politics convenes a conversation with Farah Pandith, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center and IOP Resident Fellow, S’14, and Aditi Kumar, Executive Director of the Belfer Center on the role of diplomacy in advancing women's issue on a global scale.


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.


Examining CRISPR: The Power and Promise of a Gene Editing Tool
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital, 2 North Grove Street, Boston

The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital invites you to its next evening lecture. Examining CRISPR: The Power and Promise of a Gene Editing Tool will be presented by J. Keith Joung, MD, PhD, MGH Department of Pathology, from 6 to 8 pm in the museum's third floor Putnam Gallery. 
Light refreshments will be available


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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Boston New Technology
Boston New Technology is a tech and startup community whose mission is to help local startups succeed through free publicity, education, business connections, resources and live presentation opportunities at monthly events.


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

Wednesday, March 11 - Sunday, March 15

Boston Flower & Garden Show
Wednesday , March 11, 10:00 AM – Sunday, March 15, 6:00 PM
200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Cost:  $12 – $200

Spring comes to Boston early at the Boston Flower & Garden Show!

This March, as winter wanes, the Boston Flower & Garden Show’s designers, exhibitors and marketplace vendors will whet your appetite for the sumptuous joys of the season ahead. Colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and exciting special events will incorporate elements of the popular food gardening trend. Learn about organics, small-space gardens, homesteading hobbies, edibles as ornamentals and family-friendly spaces for outdoor dining and entertaining. Enjoy the first taste of Spring while gathering the recipes and ingredients you’ll need for this year’s successful garden. Buy your tickets today!

Wednesday, March 11: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Thursday, March 12: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Friday, March 13: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Saturday, March 14: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Sunday, March 15: 10:00AM-6:00PM

Wednesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12

Conference on Forced Displacement and Inclusion of Refugees Conference
Wednesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12

Forced Displacement and Inclusion of Refugees Opening Event for the Conference on Forced Displacement and Inclusion of Refugees
Migration, Refugees and Human Rights in the Mediterranean Sea
Wednesday, March 1
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Northeastern, Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston

Erasmo Palazzotto, Member of Parliament, Italian Chamber of Deputies
Alessandra Sciurba, Spokeswoman for Mediterranea Saving Humans 

Conference with Panel Discussions
Thursday, March 12
8:30am – 5pm
Northeastern, Raytheon Amphitheatre, Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston

The conference is bringing together scholars and practitioners who are working on refugee issues locally, nationally and internationally to discuss best practices relating to refugee needs. The conference has three panel discussions. The first panel will address legal issues and constraints, the second panel will discuss successful strategies to meet economic, housing, health and education needs of refugees, and the third panel will address policies and activities that foster social integration and inclusion.

The event will feature presenters from local, national, and international scholars and practitioners who are known for their work on the inclusion of refugees into host societies. RSVP required.
Open to the Northeastern community and the public.

Schedule of Panel Discussions:
Panel 1: Local Government and Inclusion
9:30am – 11:30am
Presider: Berna Turam, Northeastern University
Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo, Italy
Lefteris Papagiannakis, Former Deputy Mayor, Athens, Greece
An Le, Senior Policy Advisor, Immigrant Advancement, Boston, MA
Rachel Rosenblatt, Northeastern University
Panel 2: The Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Providing Services to Refugees
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Presider: Rebecca Riccio, Northeastern University
Aysen Ustubici, Koc University, Instanbul, Turkey
Ronnie Millar, International Irish Immigration Center, Boston, MA
Rouba Mhaissen, Sawa for Development and Aid, Siria, Lebanon
Panel 3: Social, Political, and Economic Inclusion
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Presider: Gordana Rabrenovic, Northeastern University
Monique Denkelaar, Fryshuset Global, Stockholm, Sweden
Safiya Khalid, Member of the City Council, Lewiston, Maine
Faculty TBA, Northeastern University
Wednesday, March 11 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Northeastern, Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Place, 6th Floor, Boston

Wednesday, March 11

Agenda for a Carbon-Free Greater Boston
Wednesday, March 11
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT
MCLE New England, 10 Winter Place, Boston
Cost:  $10

A gathering of key leaders in the region focusing on the effort to promote new policies to address climate change

Agenda for a Carbon-Free Greater Boston
The urgency of climate change poses pressing challenges for government and business. The City of Boston has targeted 2050 as the year to become carbon neutral, a goal that would require shifting to new energy sources and procurement practices and setting new efficiency standards. In order to reach the carbon-free goal in 30 years, policies need to be implemented in the short-term, particularly expanding the generation and procurement of renewable energy.

Other municipalities and institutions in the Boston area also have ambitious energy goals and are envisioning bold measures to meet them. They realize, despite some progress, the carbon-free goal will not be met without significant policy changes. How can the region move forward rapidly? Join leaders in government and industry for a State House News Forum on the opportunities and obstacles for a carbon-free Greater Boston.

Registration and networking: 8-8:30 am
Overview on the policy challenges ahead: John Cleveland, Executive Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission.
Panel 1: Expanding Access to Direct Renewable Energy Sources
Offshore wind and solar energy sources offer potential to drastically reduce fossil fuel dependence. Opportunities for the city and region to tap directly into wind and expand solar generation beckon, but require policy action. How can the Boston area expand its access to renewable sources? Panelists include Theodore Paradise, Senior Vice President of Transmission Strategy and Counsel, Anbaric; Eric Graber-Lopez, president, BlueWave Solar. (Additional panelists to be announced soon.)
Panel 2: New Municipal and Institutional Practices and Policies
The Town of Brookline recently sent a powerful message with its ban on installing oil and gas heating systems in new construction, and municipalities and large institutions (including universities and hospitals) are taking steps to promote carbon-free activity, both in terms of energy efficiency and renewable procurement. How can cities and towns and other large energy users implement more policies toward decarbonization? Panelists, Rebecca Davis, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council; David Musselman, Director of the Municipal Energy Unit, City of Boston; Oliver Sellers-Garcia, Director of Sustainability & Environment, City of Somerville.

The State House News Forum is the events division of the State House News Service. For more information about the program, contact George Donnelly at


Climate Advocacy Breakfast
Wednesday, March 11
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM EDT
Conservation Law Foundation, 62 Summer Street, Boston

Free event but registration required. Sponsored by Downtown Boston Mothers Out Front and Conservation Law Foundation.

Downtown Mothers Out Front and Conservation Law Foundation Climate Advocacy Breakfast 
Learn how you can help make Massachusetts a leader in Climate Change and Clean Energy Legislation. Topics covered include the Future Act, the Roadmap Bill, and the Environmental Justice Bill.


Understanding Hurricane Maria: Disaster Response as Transition Management
Wednesday, March 11
12 – 1PM
Tufts, Sophia Gordon Hall, 15 Talbot Avenue, Somerville

Dr. Cecilio Ortiz García and Dr. Marla Pérez Lugo, Senior RISE Fellows, National Council for Science and the Environment

Light lunch provided.
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) Spring 2020 Colloquium Series


The Peculiar Ethics of Solar Geoengineering
Wednesday, March 11
Harvard, HUCE Seminar Room 440, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Stephen M. Gardner, Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle
There is widespread agreement that ethical concerns are central to decision-making about, and governance of, geoengineering. This is especially true of the most prominent and paradigm example of climate engineering, the spraying of sulfate particles into the stratosphere in order to block incoming sunlight and so limit global warming (hereafter, ‘stratospheric sulfate injection’ (SSI). Geoengineering ethics, like geoengineering science, is still in its early, exploratory days. This talk offers an introductory overview of the emerging discussion and some of the challenges moving forward, taking SSI as its key example. It identifies a range of values relevant to geoengineering, exposes some misleading early framings, argues that questions of justification and context are both important, and summarizes my recent Tollgate principles for geoengineering governance.

Solar Geoengineering Seminar

Contact Name:  Selena Wallace


Adapting to the Changing Local Foods Market 
Wednesday, March 11
12pm EST

Meal kits, delivery, demographics, and other trends are changing consumer habits. Many of the new food products coming to market look like they’re made by small local businesses, but are backed by venture capital or giant consumer product companies with big budgets. As the local foods market matures and competition increases, it’s harder for farmers and food producers to break in and stay viable. This workshop will showcase current trends and offer tools and techniques to help your farm or local food business adapt to the changing market, differentiate yourself, and stay relevant.

Workshop presenter Myrna Greenfield is the “Top Egg” at Good Egg Marketing, a Boston-based marketing agency specializing in food and farms. She’s a frequent speaker at conferences, events, and workshops. Greenfield holds an MBA from Simmons School of Management and lives in Jamaica Plain.

Register Here for Adapting to the Changing Local Foods Market!


A Burgherly Life on the Banda Islands: Land, Labor, and Ecology in the 1621 Genocide
Wednesday, March 11
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, History Department Conference Room, Robinson Hall 125, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Pepijn Brandon, VU Amsteram, will discuss "The World as a Garden: War, Land and Dispossession in 17th-century Dutch Expansion" as part two of three 2020 Erasmus Lectures on the History and Civilization of the Netherlands and Flanders. 

In 1621, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) under the leadership of its Governor General Jan Pieterszoon Coen conquered the Banda Islands, securing the highly coveted nutmeg-monopoly for the Company. In the process, Coen’s soldiers killed, expelled or enslaved almost all of the islands’ 15,000 inhabitants. Often treated as an excess driven by the individual character of Coen as a military leader, this lecture will show how a decade of debates over the best ways to control land, labor and ecology prepared the ground for genocide. It will thus continue the lecture series’ theme of the relationship between the Dutch Republic’s highly urbanized commercial capitalism and the global countryside.

Contact Name:  Jessica Barnard


The Strategic Challenge of Society-centric Warfare
Wednesday, March 11
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, Building E40-496, Lucian Pye Conference Room, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

SSP Wednesday Seminar with speaker Jonathan (Yoni) Shimshoni, Visiting Fellow and Research Affiliate, MIT Security Studies Program

The presentation will explore the centrality of the social dimension in historical and contemporary conflict, its pivotal role in the strategies of all rivals of the West, from ISIS, Hezbollah and Hamas to China and Russia, and the shortfall of Western responses to this challenge. It will discuss dynamics of strategic interaction in such conflict and their implications, and thoughts on how Western states might conceptualize and formulate strategy in this society-centric environment.


Data Feminism
Wednesday, March 11
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Northeastern, 90 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Please join us on Wednesday, March 11th at 12–1:30pm in 90 Snell Library for an exciting discussion with NULab visiting speakers, Lauren Klein (Emory University) and Catherine D’Ignazio (MIT). Klein and D’Ignazio will be discussing their forthcoming book, Data Feminism (2020).

Lauren Klein is an Associate Professor in the English and Quantitative Theory and Methods Departments at Emory University and the Director of the Digital Humanities Lab. Her research explores the intersections of history, race, and data science. Her two current projects include Data by Design, an interactive history of data visualization and Vectors of Freedom, a project exploring quantitative methods in the archive of the abolitionist movement in the US.

Catherine D’Ignazio is the Director of the Data + Feminism Lab and an Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning at MIT. Her research explores creative ways to democratize data science for social justice, including public art and design projects, feminist hackathons, and data storytelling workshops.

Book Description
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.


Follow the Ad: Uncovering Election Interference behind Data-Driven Digital Platforms
Wednesday, March 11
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard, Wexner 434, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Young Mie Kim, Andrew Carnegie Fellow; Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Faculty Affiliate, Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
DETAILS  Election interference raises grave normative concerns. Due to conceptual and methodological challenges, little scientific knowledge has been generated about election interference. This talk discusses the mechanisms by which election interference occurred and the extent to which it influenced the electorate, presenting Kim’s research on covert digital campaigns by unidentifiable, unattributable groups ahead of the 2016 US elections. Kim’s analysis is based on large-scale political ad data that her team, Project DATA (Digital Ad Tracking & Analysis), collected independently from tech platforms by utilizing a user-based, real-time, ad-tracking tool and “reverse engineering” techniques. Kim’s research uncovers the prevalence of foreign and domestic “suspicious” groups (i.e., unidentifiable, unattributable, untraceable groups that do not leave any public footprint) and their targeting, messaging, and organizational strategies and tactics (e.g., voter suppression and asymmetric [de]mobilization). Furthermore, it reveals the structure of covert coordination that facilitated the deep penetration of election interference campaigns into the electorate.


China's Air Quality and Climate Change: The Known and the Unknown
Wednesday, March 11
12:15PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Chris Nielsen is the executive director of the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy, and Environment. Working with faculty at collaborating Chinese universities and across the schools of Harvard, he has managed and developed the interdisciplinary China Project from its inception.

A Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies "Critical Issues Confronting China" talk featuring Chris Nielsen, Executive Director, Harvard China Project.

Contact Name:  Mark Grady


Climate ******* Design | CDD Forum 2020
Wednesday, March 11
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT, Building 9-255, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Urban design tools and methods can contribute meaningfully to climate action, both in promoting decarbonization and in adapting cities to shifting landscape hazards. However, climate change is also challenging some underlying assumptions and practices of urban design and raising crucial questions, including: 
How can design interventions accommodate the deep uncertainty of climate change? 
How can designers address the enormously uneven impacts of climate change when dominant models of practice are limited by their dependence on state actors and private clients? 
How can urban designers simultaneously respond to demands for urgent action and enable the pluralistic deliberations necessary for equitable climate action?

The CDD Forum will address these and other questions through five public lectures by contemporary practitioners and scholars. Except where otherwise noted, the sessions will take place 12:30-2pm in the City Arena (9-255).

*This series is linked to this semester's Urban Design Seminar (11.333/4.244). If you are interested in enrolling in the seminar, please email zlamb@mit.eduand/or come to the first meeting Wednesday, 9am-11am in 10-401.


Wicked Human-Water Problems: Can We Solve One Problem without Creating New Ones
Wednesday, March 11
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building  1-131, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Abstract:  Coupled human-water systems are characterized by uncertainty, limited predictability, bounded rationality, indeterminate causality, and evolutionary change. To determine the impact of a specific policy intervention, an integrated analysis approach is needed that provides a holistic view of complex interactions within such systems. In this talk, Kaveh Madani highlights some of the major challenges of modeling and managing complex human-water systems to argue why we often fail to develop comprehensive technological and policy solutions that can solve one problem without creating new ones.

Bio:  Kaveh Madani is an environmental scientist, educator, and activist with expertise in modeling and analysing complex human-nature systems. He has previously served as the Deputy Vice President of Iran in his position as the Deputy Head of Iran’s Department of Environment, the Vice President of the UN Environment Assembly Bureau, and the Chief of Iran’s Department of Environment’s International Affairs and Conventions Center. He is currently a Henry Hart Rice Senior Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies of Yale University and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) of Imperial College London. He has received a number of awards for his research, teaching, as well as outreach and humanitarian activities, including the New Face of Civil Engineering recognition (ASCE), the Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Scientist Award (AGU), the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists (EGU), and the Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (ASCE).


Hot Topics-Ron Rivest: Election Integrity
Wednesday, March 11
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
MIT, Building 32-D463, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Ron Rivest
Bio:  Ron Rivest is an MIT Institute Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He’s an authority on algorithms and an inventor of the RSA public-key cryptosystem, one of the most widely used algorithms to securely transmit data. Since the 1980s, he’s taught students how to use cryptography to help secure voting systems. Then, in 2000, an historic recount in Florida determined the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, and the Caltech / MIT Voting Technology Project was founded with the mission to secure future elections, pulling in Rivest, who has been involved since, as well as other MIT faculty from the Department of Political Science and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Abstract:  For five years, Rivest advised the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, where he helped set standards for voting system certification. In that time, he became an advocate for keeping paper ballots and auditing election outcomes based on a statistical analysis of a random sample of ballots, recommended steps to verify the reported outcome. In his research, he’s also developed technologies to use cryptography for voting, helping to secure elections in novel ways.

As election security becomes a top concern in the United States, Rivest continues applying his expertise to help improve voting systems. Here, he discusses the major issues with securing all-electronic voting systems and explains why he prefers the use of paper ballots to allow voters to verify that their preferences have been accurately recorded — and then using statistics and/or cryptography to verify that the election outcome isn’t based on a computer bug.

Light refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior to the talk

Contact: Lauralyn M. Smith,


MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab networking and poster reception
Wednesday, March 11
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, 75 Binney Street, Cambridge

We invite you to join us for an MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab networking and poster reception at IBM Research - Cambridge.

Who: MIT and IBM team members from accepted projects, and MIT and IBM PIs who are interested in submitting future proposals.
3:30 pm – Poster set-up begins (if you would like to present a poster, please sign up here: Poster Sign-Up
3:45 pm – On-site registration opens
4:00 pm – Opening remarks
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Networking reception
Poster Submission: We encourage PIs with accepted projects, and PIs who are seeking collaborators for future proposals, to create an A1 (24x36) poster. You can use this template or create your own.
RSVP: we have limited space, please RSVP by March 6


Advantageous Selection as a Policy Instrument: Unraveling Climate Change
Wednesday, March 11
4:15PM TO 5:30PM
Harvard, Room L-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Steve Cicala, University of Chicago, David Hemous, University of Zurich, and Morten Olsen, University of Copenhagen

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Contact Name:  Casey Billings


The Nobody Movement: g0v and Civic Hacking in Taiwan
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
101 Main Street, Room 9.400, Cambridge

Mei-chun will talk about g0v, the civic hacker community that originated in Taiwan. The group came to prominence via high-profile hacking feats such as the digitization of campaign finance documents in Taiwan in 2014 and since then has had significant cultural impact and political influence, including via a direct lineage to the current and first Digital Minister of Taiwan, Audrey Tang. Mei-chun will discuss the movement, its genesis, achievements, ramifications, and why we should pay attention.

Mei-chun Lee is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at UC Davis. She's held different positions in the IT and media industries over the years. She holds an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Anthropology from the National Taiwan University. Learn more about Mei-chun here:


Discussion Panel: Community Conversations
Wednesday, March 11
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Boston Athenæum, 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston
To register for this event, visit:

What is the impact of religion and faith traditions on culture and society? Join the discussion with the Athenæum's community partners.

Panelists from the King's Chapel, Twelfth Baptist Church, and the Museum of African American History will discuss the preceding question and open the floor for community members to share their thoughts, moderated by King's Chapel's David Waters.

This series is part of our ongoing exhibition, "Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonical Library," open through March 14, 2020. To demonstrate the variety and richness of “essential knowledge” and the ways it can be defined, the cabinet in our exhibition is filled with titles selected by ten community partners.


FORUM: There and Back Again: Leadership Lessons from the Farm to Silicon Valley
Wednesday, March 11
6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  David Gergen, Douglas Elmendorf, John Hennessy
DETAILS  The 2020 Edwin L. Godkin lecture featuring John Hennessy, Chairman of Alphabet, in conversation with Harvard Kennedy School’s David Gergen on the state of higher education, challenges for universities, and the role of technology in higher education with a welcome by Dean Douglas Elmendorf.


Greater Boston Roxbury CC Public Meeting on 2050 Roadmap
Wednesday, March 11
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Boston

2050 Roadmap: Building Solutions to Address Climate Change in the Commonwealth

Please join the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for a series of public meetings on the Commonwealth’s planning efforts to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Meeting held at Roxbury Community College.

This event is part of a series of Public Meetings throughout the state in March, 2020. Please check out the full line-up here:


Designing for Equity and Engaging Diverse Communities
Wednesday, March 11
6-8:00 p.m.
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

This first event in our speaker series will examine real-world examples of practical, effective, and thoughtful community engagement during open space development and programming. 

Our panelists are renowned thought leaders in equity and social justice: Dr. S. Atyia Martin, former Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston, and CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc., a professional development consultancy helping to advance diversity, equity and inclusion; and April De Simone, Co-Founder and Partner of designing the WE, a for-benefit design studio positioned within the fields of social innovation and community driven social, cultural and economic development. 

This event is free and open to all, though advance registration (link below) is required.

Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEO & Founder, All Aces, Inc.
April De Simone, Co-Founder & Partner, designing the WE


Climate Change: A Course for Everyone
Wednesday, March 11 (More dates through April 8)
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Northeastern, West Village F, 20 40 Leon Street, Boston

This free and open course is intended to promote climate change education, resilience, and action. We will examine the basic science of climate change, its local and global impacts on the natural world, the built environment, and humankind, and strategies for preventing its worst outcomes while preparing for those we can no longer avoid. Our panels will include faculty experts, community practitioners, and youth leaders. Throughout the course, we will center the experiences of vulnerable communities already threatened by climate change and issues related to the ethical and equitable distribution of resources to address it. 


Solar for Nonprofits Webinar
Wednesday, March 11
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Innovative solutions to installation and financing that bring solar tax benefits.
Presented by Resonant Energy and CollectiveSun


The Smartphone Society:  Technology, Power, and Resistance in the New Gilded Age
Wednesday, March 11
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Jacobin editor-at-large NICOLE ASCHOFF for a discussion of her latest book, The Smartphone Society: Technology, Power, and Resistance in the New Gilded Age. She will be joined in conversation by DigBoston editor and co-publisher CHRIS FARAONE.

About The Smartphone Society
Our smartphones have brought digital technology into the most intimate spheres of life. It's time to take control of them, repurposing them as pathways to a democratically designed and maintained digital commons that prioritizes people over profit.

Smartphones have appeared everywhere seemingly overnight: since the first iPhone was released, in 2007, the number of smartphone users has skyrocketed to over two billion. Smartphones have allowed users to connect worldwide in a way that was previously impossible, created communities across continents, and provided platforms for global justice movements. However, the rise of smartphones has led to corporations using consumers' personal data for profit, unmonitored surveillance, and digital monopolies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon that have garnered control over our social, political, and economic landscapes.

But people are using their smartphones to fight back. New modes of resistance are emerging, signaling the possibility that our pocket computers could be harnessed for the benefit of people, not profit. From helping to organize protests against the US-Mexico border wall through Twitter to being used to report police brutality through Facebook Live, smartphones open a door for collective change.


Welcome to Wherever We Are
Wednesday March 11
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline 

Deborah J. Cohan
In this gripping memoir, Cohan tells her unique personal story while also weaving in her expertise as a sociologist and domestic abuse counselor to address broader questions related to marriage, violence, divorce, only children, intimacy and loss. A story most of us can relate to as we reckon with past and future choices against the backdrop of complicated family dynamics, Welcome to Wherever We Are is about how we might come to live our own lives better amidst unpredictable changes through grief and healing.

Deborah J. Cohan is an associate professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. Alongside her many academic publications, she is the author of the popular blog “Social Lights” for Psychology Today.


Encuentro Comunitario! Community Meeting!
Wednesday March 11
7 p.m.
ZUMIX, 260 Sumner Street, East Boston

You’re invited to XR’s Community Meeting!

Join us as all of Boston Area Rebels - newbies and vets, young and old, at all levels of engagement - come together to share a meal, learn skills, get updated on what’s happening across the movement, and create community.

Whether you’re new to XR or have been actively involved, this is an opportunity to come together to learn more about the self-organizing system (SOS), hear updates from the working groups, and find out more about how to get involved and support the Rebellion! Then, we'll have a different skills share, mini trainings, speaker, or other activity to continue learning and growing together.

We are delighted to be joined by members of the ZUMIX Community, and in particular welcome all our friends and neighbors from East Boston.


William Belden Noble Lecture 3: Poverty
Wednesday, March 11
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  “Poverty: An Affront to our Covenant with One Another,” 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 Oct. 16, March 10 & 11, and April 22. All lectures will take place at 7pm in the Memorial Church Sanctuary and are free and open to the public.
CONTACT INFO 617-495-5508


Inside Stories: NiemanLive @ Oberon
Wednesday, March11
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Oberon Theater, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $20

SPEAKER(S)  Robert Chaney, Staff writer and photographer at the Missoulian in Montana;  Matthew Dolan, Investigative reporter for the Detroit Free Press;  Natalia Guerrero, Colombian journalist and BBC contributor based in New York;  Carrie Johnson, NPR’s national justice correspondent;  Chastity Pratt, Education and urban affairs reporter in Detroit;  Alexander Trowbridge, Journalist; producer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”;  Tennessee Watson, Education reporter for Wyoming Public Radio
Moderator: Jeneé Osterheldt, Culture writer at The Boston Globe
DETAILS  Around the corner and around the world, journalists are under assault — from autocratic leaders, failing business models, and accusations of fake news. But journalism itself — the stories that expose wrongdoing, explain the world, change lives, and sometimes also change the reporters themselves — is thriving. In this intimate evening of live storytelling, seven Nieman fellows take us inside their work to explore how journalists do what they do and why it makes a difference, to them and to their audiences.

CONTACT INFO Oberon ticket information: 617-547-8300

Thursday, March 12

Where Energy and Climate Meet: Key Issues that will Shape Energy Policy in the New Decade
Thursday, March 12
11:45AM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, Taubman-520, Allison Dining Room, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Cheryl LaFleur, former Chair and Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will give a talk. Hosted by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at HKS.


How Fracking was Banned in New York
Thursday, March 12
Tufts, Multi-purpose Room, Curtis Hall, 474 Boston Avenue, Medford

Richard Schrader, NY Political Director, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, NRDC

In 2014, after years of pitched political battle around the state, New York became the first state in the nation with known gas reserves to ban fracking. How did this happen? Richard Schrader from The Natural Resources Defense Council will discuss the role played by different stake-holders and the factors that ultimately led to this decision.

Richard Schrader is A veteran environmental and political strategist who represents The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Albany, New York. He has led campaigns and legislative efforts that have collectively expanded clean energy programs, expanded green jobs, and increased ocean conservation. He has been a leader in the successful efforts to bring about a fracking ban in New York state, institute a ban on fossil fuel drilling in the Atlantic, pass a food waste recycling bill, create the nation's first comprehensive congestion pricing system, and pass New York State's comprehensive climate law that codifies the state's goal of 100% clean energy by 2040. Prior to joining NRDC, he served as New York City's commissioner of consumer affairs, where he led one of the nation's first law-enforcement actions prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors. He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a master's in journalism from Boston University.


Overcoming Digital Distraction: How to Improve Focus and Decrease Stress Using Mindfulness
Thursday, March 12
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 66-168, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Do you feel like your smartphone is controlling you?  That you are constantly reacting to your devices and apps?  Do you dream of having hours of calm and focused time during your day to be productive and creative? 

Join MIT Alum Robert Plotkin for this one-hour interactive presentation, where he will share his own struggle with digital distraction and lead you through exercises that he has created to help you develop new habits for being more in control of how you use your devices—and be less controlled by them.  These exercises are inspired by traditional mindfulness meditation and martial arts training techniques but do not require any prior experience in meditation or martial arts.


The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court
Thursday, March 12
12:00PM TO 1:15PM
Harvard, Milstein West A/B, Wasserstein Center, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard University, will discuss his new book The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court. Hosted by the Harvard Law School Library and co-sponsored by HUCE.

“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.

In October 1999, Mendelson hand-delivered a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency asking it to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from new cars. The Clean Air Act had authorized the EPA to regulate “any air pollutant” that could reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health. But could something as ordinary as carbon dioxide really be considered a harmful pollutant? And even if the EPA had the authority to regulate emissions, could it be forced to do so?

Environmentalists urged Mendelson to stand down. Thinking of his young daughters and determined to fight climate change, he pressed on—and brought Sierra Club, Greenpeace, NRDC, and twelve state attorneys general led by Massachusetts to his side. This unlikely group—they called themselves the Carbon Dioxide Warriors—challenged the Bush administration and took the EPA to court.

The Rule of Five tells the story of their 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.” — Harvard University Press

Richard J. Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on environmental law and Supreme Court decision-making. He has represented the government and environmental groups in forty Supreme Court cases and has presented oral argument in fourteen. For ten years he has been co-teaching, with Chief Justice John Roberts, a course on the history of the Supreme Court. Lazarus was the founding director of the Supreme Court Institute, which prepares attorneys for oral argument in over 90 percent of the cases brought before the Supreme Court.

Harvard Law School Library Book Talk
Contact Name:  June Casey


DUSP Town Hall: Climate Action Implementation Plan
Thursday, March 12
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
MIT, Building 9-255, City Arena, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

As in the rest of the world, climate change has become a major issue of concern for DUSP students and faculty, as indicated by student organizing and petitions in 2019, and the faculty’s strategic planning processes in 2017. A fall 2019 class produced a DUSP Climate Action Plan that identified a number of roles that DUSP could play, including educating students and faculty to make changes; modeling change effectively for the Institute and other universities; and becoming an agent and advocate to develop new solutions.
With support from the Dean, School Council of SA+P, and the MIT Office of Sustainability, DUSP is starting implementation of parts of the climate action plan. The town hall on March 12 is designed for you to give your feedback on the planned implementation steps, as well as your suggestions on how DUSP can take action and demonstrate leadership on campus and in the field of urban planning.
12:30 -12:35: Get lunch
12:40 -12:55: Present climate action plan
12:55 -1:10: Present options for a departmental flying policy
1:15-2:00: Breakout into four groups for ideas and feedback on implementation steps 
For more information, please read the DUSP Climate Action Plan at


Legitimacy: The Right to Rule in a Wanton World
Thursday, March 12
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard, Littauer Building, Li-324, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Arthur Applbaum, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at the Harvard Kennedy School
DETAILS  Join Arthur Applbaum, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at the Harvard Kennedy School, for a discussion of his latest book, Legitimacy: The Right to Rule in a Wanton World.

What makes a government legitimate? The dominant view is that public officials have the right to rule us, even if they are unfair or unfit, as long as they gain power through procedures traceable to the consent of the governed. In this rigorous and timely study, Arthur Isak Applbaum argues that adherence to procedure is not enough: even a properly chosen government does not rule legitimately if it fails to protect basic rights, to treat its citizens as political equals, or to act coherently.

How are we to reconcile every person’s entitlement to freedom with the necessity of coercive law? Applbaum’s answer is that a government legitimately governs its citizens only if the government is a free group agent constituted by free citizens. To be a such a group agent, a government must uphold three principles. The liberty principle, requiring that the basic rights of citizens be secured, is necessary to protect against inhumanity, a tyranny in practice. The equality principle, requiring that citizens have equal say in selecting who governs, is necessary to protect against despotism, a tyranny in title. The agency principle, requiring that a government’s actions reflect its decisions and its decisions reflect its reasons, is necessary to protect against wantonism, a tyranny of unreason.

Today, Applbaum writes, the greatest threat to the established democracies is neither inhumanity nor despotism but wantonism, the domination of citizens by incoherent, inconstant, and incontinent rulers. A government that cannot govern itself cannot legitimately govern others.


Marielle Franco and the Struggle for Brazilian Democracy
Thursday, March 12
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS South - S020, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Ana Flávia Magalhães Pinto, Professor of History, Universidade de Brasília
Mario Magalhães, Journalist and writer
DETAILS  Rio de Janeiro´s City Council member Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes were assassinated on the night of March 14, 2018. The following day, protestors in Rio de Janeiro tagged the words “Marielle Presente!”, which in English means Marielle is present. The message was erased a few days later. Since Marielle´s death, many attempts have been made to erase her memory as well as to defraud her legacy and omit the values she committed her life to. Journalist and writer Mario Magalhães will discuss the importance of the preservation of memory in contemporary Brazil as an action of civic importance. In his words, “Forgetfulness is a friend of barbarism.”
From a more historic vantage point, the execution of Marielle Franco appears as an echo of Brazil´s racist legacy. After all, the country that exploited the largest contingent of enslaved Africans and their descendants for the longest period in the Americas did not become a racial paradise after abolition in 1888. The formation of the Brazilian nation had a structural dependence on racism as an organizational element, engendering the normalization of profound inequalities and hostilities. Brazilian historian Ana Flávia Magalhães Pinto will engage Marielle´s assassination – and everyday constraints on freedom and citizenship in Brazil – by focusing on the experiences of free, literate black men who were active in the political and cultural struggles of the 19th century.


From Revolution to Recognition: Assessing the Effect of Proslavery Ideology on British and U.S. Isolation of Haiti, 1804–1862
Thursday, March 12
12:15 – 2 p.m.
Harvard, One Brattle Square, Room 350, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Lindsay Hundley, 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.


The Work of the Future: Shaping Technology and Institutions
Thursday, March 12
2:45pm to 4:15pm
Northeastern, John D. O'Bryant African American Institute, Cabral Center Auditorium 1st floor, 40 Leon Street, Boston

Join us as we hear from David Autor present on the past and future of work at the Spring 2020 Economic Policy Forum.

David Autor, one of the leading labor economists in the world and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is Ford Professor of Economics and associate department head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics.   Autor's work focuses on earnings inequality, employment and feedback between labor market opportunities, household structure and the social/intellectual development of children.


How City Innovation is Curbing Climate Change and Growing the Clean Energy Economy
Thursday, March 12
3 - 4 PM Eastern
Dial-in information will be provided immediately upon registration. If you have any questions, please contact Marcus Rodriguez at

Cities have always been at the forefront of creating good jobs and opportunities for businesses and good places to live for their residents. With the challenges of the climate crisis upon us, cities are now helping lead America with innovative policies to reduce carbon emissions, make buildings and transportation networks more efficient and expand opportunities for local businesses in the clean economy.

Please join E2’s March national webinar to hear from leaders on the front lines of climate action in our cities and learn how you and your business can help engage in this critical work in your city or town.

We’ll be joined by Columbus, Ohio Mayor Andrew Ginther, who is leading his city’s innovative and ambitious climate action plans to reduce air pollution and city-wide emissions with projects aimed at reforming their transit and buildings sectors.

We will also explore the work of the American Cities Climate Challenge, a major nationwide effort to expedite progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while growing local economies during a time of inaction from the federal government.

And we’ll hear also hear from a business at the forefront of building efficiency, Radiant Labs, on how climate action at the city level is helping expand the clean energy economy.

Speakers:  Mayor Andrew J. Gintherm City of Columbus
Chris Wheatm Director, Strategy and City Engagement, American Cities Climate Challenge
Adam Stenftenagelm CEO and Co-Founder, Radiant Labs
Moderated by Gail Parson, E2 Director of Membership and State Engagement


Japan’s Future is Female 
March 12
3:00 – 8:30 PM
Venture Café Cambridge, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge

Venture Café will host an evening of talks on the expanding needs of professional women in Japan. Faced with the most rapidly aging population in the world, Japan’s workforce needs more women to meet future demand. However, 40% of Japanese women cut their careers short after childbirth and the work culture has lead to an increase in mental health issues. The solution lies in offering women more affordable, easy-to-access services designed to ensure their safety, health, and wellbeing throughout their careers. SOMPO Digital Lab, the innovation group of Tokyo-based insurance and health conglomerate SOMPO Holdings, is looking to partner with digital health startups focused on women’s health.
This event will offer innovators a glimpse into the challenges that working women face in Japan as well as the opportunity to propose solutions at a follow-up event later this year. The evening will also feature a panel of Sompo’s current digital health partners as well as Japan experts who will offer valuable insights on entering the Japanese market.


Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting 2020 Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 12
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Harvard, Malkin Penthouse, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Finalists for the 2020 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting
DETAILS  A panel discussion with the finalists for the 2020 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
Finalists include: The Arizona Republic, USA TODAY, and the Center for Public Integrity; Anchorage Daily News; The Oregonian/OregonLive; The Washington Post; Kaiser Health News; and NBC News.
The winner will be announced at the Goldsmith Awards Ceremony on March 12th at 6pm in the JFK Jr. Forum.


Starr Forum: Russia's Putin: From Silent Coup to Legal Dictatorship 
Thursday, March 12
4:30pm to 6:00pm
MIT, Building 1-190, 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A session of the Focus on Russia Lecture Series co-chaired by Carol Saivetz and Elizabeth Wood

Main speaker: TBA
Elizabeth Wood is professor of history at MIT and faculty director of the MIT Russia Program She is the  author of three books, Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine; Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia; and The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia. She has also written numerous scholarly articles on gender and performance as well as blogs and other publications about Russian history and current events.

Carol Saivetz is a senior advisor in the MIT Security Studies Program. She is also a research associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. She is currently teaching Russian foreign policy in the political science department at MIT. Dr. Saivetz is the author and contributing co-editor of five books and numerous articles on Soviet and now Russian foreign policy issues, including current US-Russian relations.


What Do We Know? What Do We Not Know? What Should We Be Doing?  (COVID-19)
Thursday, March 12
4:30 to 6:00 PM. Doors open at 4:00 PM
BU, Bakst Auditorium, BU Medical Campus, 72 E Concord Street, Boston

We are currently in the middle of a worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The disease was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China and has since spread over the world. More than 80,000 cases have been identified worldwide, including up to 3,000 deaths, surpassing the 2003 SARS epidemic. Facts are changing daily about the outbreak. This panel brings together experts in infectious disease as well as in ethics and human rights to discuss what we know, and perhaps as importantly what we do not know, while keeping an eye on what we should be doing as the outbreak evolves.

Panelists include:
Rita Nieves, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
Davidson Hamer, Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Boston University
Nahid Bhadelia, Medical Director, Special Pathogens Unit, and Associate Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston University School of Medicine and National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL)
Ronald Corley, Professor of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine, and Director, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL)
Wendy Mariner, Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health

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Greenovate Boston Gender Equity & Climate Roundtable 2
Thursday, March 12
5:30 PM
BCYF Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Boston

Join us in a conversation around the connection between climate change and the most vulnerable populations.

The Gender Equity & Climate Roundtable is meant to encourage conversation around the connection between climate change and gender equity. Though climate change will affect all Bostonians, many Bostonians are more vulnerable to climate change. Climate change will have a greater negative effect on these groups. The Equity Dialogues focus on the most climate vulnerable populations to encourage greater dialogue on the importance of social equity in addressing climate change. This is with the goal of utilizing the conversations to foster greater social resilience among Boston communities.
These populations include:
Older Adults,
People of Color,
People with Disabilities (Mobility, Cognitive, Sensory), and
Citizens experiencing Homelessness.
The conversation will go over the impacts the city is expecting, connect how existing social structures disparately impact women, and how that will impact preparation against climate change. We will then end with a roundtable conversation having communal dialogue around the connection and what we can all do to address the disparities. 
The Gender Equity and Climate Roundtable will take place:

If you are interested in participating in this conversation, please fill out the form below. If you are interested in hosting an Equity Dialogue conversation for your community members, please indicate below. There is an Equity Dialogue for each of the most vulnerable groups to climate change. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email David Corbie at David.Corbie@Boston.Gov.


FORUM: 2020 Goldsmith Awards
Thursday, March 12
6 – 7 p.m.
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)Kathleen Carroll
Nancy Gibbs
DETAILS  Join us in the JFK Jr. Forum for the 2020 Goldsmith Awards Ceremony. Kathleen Carroll, winner of the 2020 Goldsmith Career Award and former AP Executive Editor, will give a keynote speech. Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy Director Nancy Gibbs will moderate the ceremony and present the 2020 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.


Listening Circle (Climate Grief)
Thursday, March 12
6 p.m.
Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Rockefeller Hall, Room 117, Cambridge 

Explore with others the effects of the climate crisis on our hearts and lives.

Generally 4-12 participants and one or two facilitators attend. The facilitator(s) will offer guiding questions to the group. We'll take turns responding, listening to each other without interrupting, advising, or criticizing. Together we’ll share our emotional relationship to this evolving emergency, rather than to intellectualize it or brainstorm solutions. In a culture that often prefers to ignore or minimize our current predicament, speaking from our heart and being openly heard can bring relief and new insights.

This event repeats on the 2nd Thurs. of each month, same time and place.


Boston Climate Action Network - Action Team Meeting
Thursday, March 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain 

We're working towards fighting climate change through improved energy policy and education at the local level in Boston. The BCAN Action Team meeting is a great way to get directly involved in the effort to combat climate change in the era of Trump. We gather twice per month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00-8pm at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.

Come meet the Communications Team, the Arts Team, and other dedicated climate campaigners to learn how you can help us plan outreach for the Community Choice Energy campaign.


GPS to Net-Zero Emissions
Thursday, March 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Partnership Loft, 678 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A conversation about the most active response to climate change, the 2050 Roadmap Bill.

Our communities and country will undergo a lot of change over the next 30 years. Climate change and steps to address it will challenge us all, including low- and moderate-income households, elders, and people of color. Science tells us what we must do. And we have many of the technologies needed to help us all adapt to a changing climate.

Join us at Partnership Loft for a conversation with Larry Rosenberg about a method to make our economy, communities, and families safely through these changes. Larry Rosenberg is an activist with Elders Climate Action and 350 Massachusetts. His work on energy issues began in the 1980s when he was an engineer at the largest utility-scale wind turbine company in the United States.

The state legislature can take an important step by passing the 2050 Roadmap bill, currently pending in the House of Representatives. This bill requires the State to develop and commit to a plan to reach the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This goal is aligned with the global scientific consensus about what we need to do to confront the climate crisis.


The New Urban Mobility
Thursday, March 12
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
The West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Suite 7, Boston
Cost:  $10

A talk by former Cambridge City Councilor Craig Kelley on the potential for new mobility platforms to transform how cities function.
Kelley’s household has been car-free for over a decade, and his whole family are avid bicyclists. During his 14 years on the Cambridge City Council, he chaired the Traffic, Parking & Transportation and Public Safety Committees.

Kelley will address the promise of micromobility devices like shared bikes and electric scooters, including his belief that those devices — combined with car-share applications — will allow cities to reduce congestion, devote less public space to parking, and lower housing costs by eliminating parking requirements. He’ll also speak about overcoming the challenges those new technologies pose, and specific steps municipal, state, and federal governments will have to take to maximize positive impact.  

Kelley served as a platoon leader in the Marine Corps before earning a law degree from Boston College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard, where he served as a Research Fellow in Municipal Resiliency. Last year, he founded Urban Core Strategies, a consulting firm focused on bridging the gap between government and the governed, and specializing in city-level solutions for emerging urban challenges.


50th Anniversary of Urban Design Lecture: Former Mayor Anthony A. Williams
Thursday, March 12
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Harvard, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Anthony A. Williams
DETAILS  Please join us for the 50th Anniversary of Urban Design Lecture delivered by former Mayor of Washington, D.C. Anthony A. Williams. Williams will discuss the role of political leaders in shaping the many facets–physical, programmatic, and philosophical–of the public realm.
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities facing the District.
CONTACT INFO Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office at (617) 496-2414 or


Future of Food
Thursday, March 12
6:30 – 8:30 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston

Our food system is rapidly changing and these innovators are staying ahead of the game.

Join us for lightning talks exploring the future of the food industry as it intersects with technology and changing consumer behaviors. We'll delve into the rising trends around food tech as it applies to on demand delivery, access to healthy meal plans, culinary media, food waste management, and consumer experiences. Hear straight from experts in the space to small business food entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the industry in Boston.

Please note that seats are available on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to arrive on time. Thank you for understanding! By signing up for this event, you're giving our sponsors/partners permission to contact you about upcoming events and promotions.


Women Take the Reel film: "Warrior Women"
Thursday, March 12
6:30pm to 9:00pm
MIT, Building E15, Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation and survival as a community of extended families.

Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who shaped a kindred group of activists' children - including her daughter Marcy - into the "We Will Remember" Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education.

Through a circular Indigenous style of storytelling, this film explores what it means to navigate a movement and motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down and transformed from generation to generation in the context of colonizing government that meets Native resistance with violence.

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


The Firsts:  The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress
Thursday, March 12
7:00 PM
Harvard, Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes New York Times reporter JENNIFER STEINHAUER for a discussion of her latest book, The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress. She will be joined in conversation by New York Times' New England bureau chief KATHARINE SEELYE.

About The Firsts
In November 2018, the greatest number of women in American history entered Congress. From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and “the Squad” to “the Badasses” with national security backgrounds, from the first two Native Americans in Congress to the first two Muslim women, all were swept into office on a wave of grassroots support, diverse in background, age, professional experience, and ideology.

In The Firsts, New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer follows these women’s first year in the 116th Congress, chronicling their transition from running trailblazing campaigns to the daily work of governance. In committee rooms, offices, and conversations on the run through the halls of the Capitol, she probed the question: Would Washington, with its hidebound traditions, change the changemakers, or would this Congress, which looked a little more like today’s America, truly be the start of something new?

Vivid and smart, The Firsts delivers fresh details, inside access, historical perspective, and expert analysis as these women—inspiring, controversial, talented, and rebellious—do something truly surprising: make Congress essential again.

Friday, March 13

Tech and Innovation Community #unConference
Friday, March 13
Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Cost:  $51.73 - $92.73

About the Event:  This program is a morning of sharing ideas, processes, and strategies. It’s a forum for asking questions and providing answers. Designed by the audience for the audience.

How it Works:  Attendees can participate and share as much or as little as they are comfortable with centered around three tracks: Cloud, Automation, and Operations.

We’ll spend the first hour creating an agenda from ideas within each track pitched by you – the audience. From there, democracy reigns as we vote on the top sessions for the morning.

There are no formal speakers, instead each person attending the session will have the opportunity to give help and get help on the topic.

Who Should Attend:  Engineers, Developers, Architects, Operators and anyone with a thirst for technology.


xTalk: Xu Wang on Harnessing Examples for Learning at Scale
Friday, March 13
10:00am to 11:00am
MIT, Building 2-136, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Xu Wang will describe two computational methods to support learning at scale:
a learner sourcing technique, UpGrade, that takes past students’ open-ended solutions as input and quickly creates high quality multiple-choice questions. 
a hierarchical approach that models workflows in existing online demonstration videos and software logs and repurposes such videos as targeted tutorials for end users.  
In addition, Ms. Wang will discuss future pathways for harnessing existing resources for scalable content creation and ways to leverage the complementary strengths of peers, experts, and machine intelligence. Learn more.

Xu Wang is a PhD candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.


The Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report (TOAR): Accomplishments, Open Questions and New Frontiers
Friday, March 13
12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Harvard, 100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Owen Cooper, CIRES/NOAA.
Tropospheric ozone is a greenhouse gas and pollutant detrimental to human health and crop and ecosystem productivity.  However, it is difficult to observe and quantify on the global scale, due to its acute spatial variability, resulting from its variable lifetime and its range of sources (injection from the stratosphere, or photochemical production from natural and anthropogenic precursor gases) and sinks (surface deposition and chemical destruction).  To improve our understanding of ozone, the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project (IGAC) initiated the Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report (TOAR) in 2014.  With over 220 member scientists and air quality specialists from 36 nations, TOAR’s mission is to provide the research community with an up-to-date scientific assessment of tropospheric ozone’s global distribution and trends from the surface to the tropopause.  TOAR built the world’s largest database of surface ozone observations and generated ozone exposure metrics at thousands of measurement sites around the world.  The open-access database is facilitating new research on the global-scale impact of ozone on climate, human health and crop/ecosystem productivity.  This presentation will highlight key results from the first phase of TOAR (2014-2019), focusing on the regions of the world where ozone air quality has improved or degraded.  While TOAR has shed new light on ozone’s global distribution and trends, the effort has also established the limits of our knowledge.  For example data limitations prevent us from determining if the global tropospheric ozone burden has increased or decreased over the past decade.  The presentation will highlight these knowledge gaps as well as outstanding questions pertaining to tropospheric ozone, and will conclude with an overview of TOAR-II (2020-2024). 

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EU-Russia Energy Relations in a Green Deal Context
Friday, March 13
12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Harvard, Room K450, CGIS Knafel Bldg, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

The European Union (EU) will implement new climate-related policies to unleash its Green Deal. At a time of climate emergency, the political project aim is to fast track the EU towards a net zero carbon economy. The EU Green Deal should therefore be far reaching and progressively impact most EU trading partners. As one of the biggest hydrocarbon producers, the Russian economy still relies heavily on the export of fossil fuels towards the EU. Hence, both the Russian government and the major Russian companies such as Gazprom, Novatek and Rosneft will have to redefine their strategy to take on-board the EU Green Deal. This conference will shed lights on the impact of the new EU's decisions and the Russian adaptation.

From 2010 to 2016, Thierry Bros was Senior European Gas and LNG Analyst for Société Générale. He joined Société Générale in 2007 as a Senior Financial Analyst to provide recommendations on listed pan-European gas stocks and in-depth research on gas issues. From 2002 to 2007, Thierry was a Senior Oil & Gas expert at the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, where he represented France on oil markets and advised on emergency issues at the International Energy Agency, the European Commission and the Energy Charter. His responsibilities included providing global oil and gas industry reviews to senior French officials and negotiating European directives. As a gas specialist, he reviewed the regulations governing the liberalisation of the French gas market and supervised the Contingency Gas Plan. Prior to that, Thierry worked for eight years at IFPEN, an oil & gas research institute. Thierry Bros holds a Master of chemical engineering from ESPCI ParisTech and a PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris. Thierry is the author of the book “After the US Shale Gas Revolution” (2012) and a co-author of the books “The European Gas Markets: Challenges and Opportunities” (2017), “Géopolitique du gaz russe” (2017) and “The Oxford Handbook of International Security” (2018). Thierry is also Vice President of Research for Tellurian, a company building a global integrated low-cost LNG from the US. He is also a Senior Expert at Energy Delta Institute, a visiting Professor at SciencesPo Paris, a member of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council and an advisory board member to Natural Gas World, an independent specialized website dedicated to global gas matters.

Aurélie Bros, Postdoctoral Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Thierry Bros, Vice President Research, Tellurian; Associate, Energy Project, Davis Center
Chair: Rawi Abdelal, Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management, Harvard Business School; Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies


Social and Ethical Considerations of Gene Editing
Friday, March 13
12:30 PM
TMEC 209, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston

A lecture by Dr. William Hurlbut

This lecture is free and open to the public.

About the speaker: William B. Hurlbut, MD, is Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Scholar in Neurobiology at the Stanford Medical School. After receiving his undergraduate and medical training at Stanford University, he completed postdoctoral studies in theology and medical ethics, studying with Robert Hamerton-Kelly, the Dean of the Chapel at Stanford, and subsequently with the Rev. Louis Bouyer of the Institut Catholique de Paris.

His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology with the philosophy of biology. He is the author of numerous publications on science and ethics including the co-edited volume Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue (2002, Oxford University Press), and “Science, Religion and the Human Spirit” in the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (2008). He was also co-chair of two interdisciplinary faculty projects at Stanford University, “Becoming Human: The Evolutionary Origins of Spiritual, Religious, and Moral Awareness” and “Brain, Mind, and Emergence.”

In addition to teaching at Stanford, he has also worked with NASA on projects in astrobiology and was a member of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Working group at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. From 2002-2009 Dr. Hurlbut served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is the author of “Altered Nuclear Transfer” (2005, Stem Cell Reviews) a proposed technological solution to the moral controversy over embryonic stem cell research. Dr. Hurlbut serves as a Steering Committee Member of the Templeton Religion Trust.


Private Funding of Drug Discovery: Ethical Issues, Practical Alternatives
Friday, March 13
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Harvard, Minot Room, Countway Library (5th Floor), 10 Shattuck St #3, Boston

SPEAKER(S)  Rachel Cohen, Regional Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases
Sergio Sismondo, Professor of Philosophy and Sociology, Queen's University
Ameet Sarpatwari, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
DETAILS  The traditional model for drug development begins with publicly-funded science based in academic or government laboratories before private investors and for-profit pharmaceutical manufacturers become involved with their substantial expertise and resources. This for-profit drug development model has also been criticized for leaving certain public health issues unaddressed, particularly diseases prevalent in low-resource settings. What is the viability of other alternatives for funding drug discovery and development?


Climate Change and Cities: Mitigation and Adaptation
Friday, March 6
1:00pm to 2:00pm (More dates through April 24)
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. 


What Are Useful Uncertainties in Deep Learning and How Do We Get Them?  
Friday, March 13
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin, G115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Weiwei Pan
DETAILS  In this talk, we examine deep (Bayesian) models that promise to capture complex forms for predictive uncertainties, we also examine metrics commonly used to such uncertainties. We aim to highlight strengths and limitations of the models as well as the metrics; we also discuss potential ways to improve both in meaningful ways for downstream tasks.


Inferring the Mechanisms of Complex Social Phenomena with Explainable Artificial Intelligence
Friday, March 13
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
MIT, Building E32-D507, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Chathika Gunaratne , Complex Adaptive Systems Lab, University of Central Florida 
Abstract:  The plethora of data available through social media and the internet of things has led to many recent successes in predictive modeling of societal outcomes. Yet, these models often fail to provide human-interpretable explanations of the mechanisms of human decision-making that generate these statistical relationships. Demystifying the nature of these mechanisms is fundamental to our understanding of human behavior and for the design of effective policies and interventions that may benefit society.

In this talk, I discuss the challenges associated with extracting human-interpretable, individual-scale explanations of complex social phenomena and introduce a novel, explainable artificial intelligence framework, Evolutionary Model Discovery, which automates the inference of mechanistic explanations through artificial societies. This framework quantifies the importance of hypothesized factors of human-decision making on populations of genetically-programmed agent-based models through random forest feature importance evaluation. Evolutionary Model Discovery assisted in the successful causal inference of three very different cases of complex human social behavior: 1) previously unconsidered factors driving the socio-agricultural behavior of an ancient, ancestral Pueblo civilization are discovered, constructing a more robust and accurate version of the Artificial Anasazi model; 2) factors leading to the coexistence of mixed patterns of segregation and integration are discovered on a recent extension of Schelling's Segregation model; 3) factors determining response prioritization by social media users under information overload are discovered on an ensemble of a model of information overload and the Multi-Action Cascade Model of conversation.

Bio:  Chathika Gunaratne received his Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida in 2019. He holds a M.S. in Modeling and Simulation also from UCF and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University Of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Chathika’s research involves the development of data-driven modeling and simulation techniques for the investigation of complex social behavior. In his dissertation work, he developed an explainable artificial intelligence framework, Evolutionary Model Discovery, and its open-source software toolkit for factor importance analysis of genetically programmed agent-based models. Evolutionary Model Discovery has been successfully applied to infer the generating mechanisms of a variety of complex social systems, from the socio-agricultural behavior of an ancient society to response prioritization under information overload on online social media. He is also currently engaged in investigating information dynamics and narrative evolution through at-scale, GPU-based models of information diffusion. Chathika’s research has been supported by DARPA, AWS, and Microsoft Azure grants. He has also worked in the simulation industry both as a serious-games developer, developing crowd pattern-of-life for SimCentric Technologies, and as a modeling and simulation specialist for Universal Studios, using agent-based modeling to optimize guest movement at the Orlando theme park.

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Yevgenia Albats on Russian Media: 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Friday, March 13
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Harvard, CGIS South Building, Room S354, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Yevgenia Albats, Investigative Journalist, Political Scientist, Writer and Radio Host; Editor-in-Chief & CEO of The New Times Magazine
DETAILS  Yevgenia Albats, a renowned independent journalist with 44 years of experience in Soviet, Russian, and international media, will tell the story of the Russia media from her personal experience. The current Russian media landscape emerged out of Soviet censorship and tight communist party control, lived through the 10 years of freedom in 1990s, and has ended up facing a new-old style of censorship under Putin's autocracy. This is a story of courage and complicity, honest journalism, and big money used to subvert the former. It is a story that should serve as a warning to others.
CONTACT INFO For more information, please call 617-495-4037. Email for general inquiries.


2020 MacVicar Day Symposium "Learning through Experience: Education for a Fulfilling and Engaged Life"
Friday, March 13
2:30pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Through a series of lightning talks, faculty and students will examine how MIT — through its many opportunities for experiential learning — supports students’ aspirations and encourages them to become engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders. Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz will host and introduce the 2020 MacVicar Faculty Fellows.


Who’s the Bigot?:  Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law
Friday, March 13
3:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics welcome LINDA MCCLAIN—Robert B. Kent Professor at Boston University School of Law—for a discussion of her latest book, Who’s the Bigot?: Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law. She will be joined in conversation by renowned legal scholar AZIZA AHMED.

About Who's the Bigot?
Historically, critics of interracial, interfaith, and most recently same-sex marriage have invoked conscience and religious liberty to defend their objections, and often they have been accused of bigotry. Although denouncing and preventing bigotry is a shared political value with a long history, people disagree over who is a bigot and what makes a belief, attitude, or action bigoted. This is evident from the rejoinder that calling out bigotry is intolerant political correctness, even bigotry itself.
In Who's the Bigot?, the eminent legal scholar Linda C. McClain traces the rhetoric of bigotry and conscience across a range of debates relating to marriage and antidiscrimination law. Is "bigotry" simply the term society gives to repudiated beliefs that now are beyond the pale? She argues that the differing views people hold about bigotry reflect competing understandings of what it means to be "on the wrong side of history" and the ways present forms of discrimination resemble or differ from past forms. Furthermore, McClain shows that bigotry has both a backward- and forward-looking dimension. We not only learn the meaning of bigotry by looking to the past, but we also use examples of bigotry, on which there is now consensus, as the basis for making new judgments about what does or does not constitute bigotry and coming to new understandings of both injustice and justice.

By examining charges of bigotry and defenses based on conscience and religious belief in these debates, Who's the Bigot? makes a novel and timely contribution to our understanding of the relationship between religious liberty and discrimination in American life.


Climate Change, Survival, and Deepening Our Humanity
Friday, March 13
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston

Award-winning musician and Emerson College artist-in-residence Toshi Reagon appears in conversation with the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, founding pastor of the New Roots AME Church. Join us for this discussion on how the belief systems that define and maintain our societies impact the planet and influence our survival. Co-presented in conjunction with the citywide read of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower and in association with ArtsEmerson, New Roots Church and the Boston Public Library.   


Boston New Technology CleanTech, GreenTech & Energy Startup Showcase #BNT112
Monday, April 13
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Dassault Systemes / Solidworks, 185 Wyman Street, Waltham
Cost:  $0 – $99

21+. Join us to:
See innovative and exciting local CleanTech, GreenTech and Energy tech demos, presented by startup founders
Network with attendees from the Boston-area startup/tech community
Get your free headshot photo (non-intrusively watermarked) from The Boston Headshot!
Enjoy a variety of sandwiches, chips, veggies, 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 Startup Investment Firms and local C-Level Founders!
Register at least 2 days prior to save 50%. Only $15!


Facebook:  The Inside Story
Friday, March 13
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Wired editor-at-large STEVEN LEVY for a discussion of his latest book, Facebook: The Inside Story. He will be joined in conversation by author and Harvard Law professor LAWRENCE LESSIG.

About Facebook: The Inside Story
In his sophomore year of college, Mark Zuckerberg created a simple website to serve as a campus social network. The site caught on like wildfire, and soon students nationwide were on Facebook.

Today, Facebook is nearly unrecognizable from Zuckerberg’s first, modest iteration. It has grown into a tech giant, the largest social media platform and one of the most gargantuan companies in the world, with a valuation of more than $576 billion and almost 3 billion users, including those on its fully owned subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp. There is no denying the power and omnipresence of Facebook in American daily life. And in light of recent controversies surrounding election-influencing “fake news” accounts, the handling of its users’ personal data, and growing discontent with the actions of its founder and CEO, never has the company been more central to the national conversation.

Based on hundreds of interviews inside and outside the company, Levy’s sweeping narrative digs deep into the whole story of the company that has changed the world and reaped the consequences.


"Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn" Screening
Friday, March 13
7:00 pm to 8:40 pm
WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Join WBUR and Salem Film Fest for a screening of the documentary "Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn," directed by Ivy Meeropol, which offers an unflinching look at the infamous attorney who prosecuted Meeropol’s grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and later argued persuasively for their execution in what became known as the “atomic spies” case.

The film examines Cohn’s life as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the late 1950s – when the young Cohn first experimented in the process of wielding of political power – through the 1980s, when he became a darling of the Reagan White House, a rabid anti-homosexuality activist and political mentor to Donald J. Trump before meeting his death from AIDS in 1986.
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Saturday, March 14

MIT Lunar Hackathon, “To the Moon to Stay”
Saturday, March 14
8:00am to 8:00pm
MIT, Building E15, Wiesner Building - Lower Level, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

This March, as part of MIT’s Space Week, we will be hosting the first-ever MIT Lunar Hackathon, “To the Moon to Stay” - a partnership between MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative. Building on the momentum of the MoU signed between MIT and Blue Origin to include an MIT payload onboard Blue Origin’s first mission to the Moon, this hackathon will galvanize the MIT community to reimagine our collective return to the moon. 

This one-day hackathon will bring together individuals across disciplines at MIT to contribute to determining the nature of the experiment and imagining future lunar activities.

Check out our website for details on getting involved and participating in the hack!


Is U.S. capitalism compatible with a Christian vision of human flourishing?
Saturday, March 14
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
Park Street Church, 1 Park Street, Boston
Cost:  $15

A debate between Anne Rathbone Bradley and Ron Sider

How should Christians view our current economic system?
Does it empower the disadvantaged, or favor the privileged?
What outcome is likely from growing inequality? 

Boston Fellows will host a unique, extended exchange between two notable Christian voices on these crucial issues, in what promises to be a model of civil discourse.

Suggested reading: Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider. PP 147-168 and 231-256 at


Seaport Mops and Buckets
Saturday, March 14
3 p.m.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston

According to Washington Post, the sea surrounding Boston is expected to rise 8 inches by 2030. We can’t keep pretending that the Boston seaport district will be usable forever! While general awareness of climate change is increasing, Boston continues to develop more and more waterfront properties. 

We will be holding a playful demonstration near the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday, March 14th, from 3-5 pm to draw attention to this vulnerable area, and highlight the inadequacy of current plans to protect it. We will have a banner made of the Trump quote, “Sorry, you’ll just have to get your mops & buckets ready!” Bring your own mops and buckets! We will provide bubbles, flyers, songs, and a great big banner.


Sunrise Boston Political Team Kickoff
Saturday, March 14
5 PM – 7 PM 
Sierra Club Office, through 145 Congress Street, Boston

Sunrise Boston is creating a new political team! We're aiming to expand our political capacity in the hub to advocate for local and state policies that match Sunrise's values and help elect leaders at every level of government who will fight for these policies. 

Interested in joining the team (whether you're super new to Sunrise or are already doing political work for the hub)? Don't completely have time to join the team but have ideas to contribute? Come to the Political Team Kickoff! We'll be finalizing the mission and scope of the team, plus we'll brainstorm campaigns and resources for the hub that we'll work on over the next few months!

Sunday, March 15

Transparency Science Fair (Cambridge)
Sunday, March 15
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Kensho Technologies, 44 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 – $500

MuckRock’s Tenth Birthday + Transparency Science Fair
Join us in celebrating Sunshine Week and MuckRock’s tenth anniversary at our transparency-themed science fair on Sunday, March 15th! We’ll have booths, exhibits, prizes, swag, and snacks.

It's an open house from 2pm to 5pm, so you can come spend the afternoon meeting local journalists, activists, non-profits, and researchers all from organizations fighting for transparency, public records access, and government accountability.

We also have a VIP preview cocktail reception (21+) at 1pm where you can get an early peak at the exhibits while enjoying FOIA-inspired beverages. You can find this option when you reserve your ticket.

Thank you to our community of supporters, friends and fellow FOIA fanatics who have made the last decade possible. We can't wait to see you on the 15th.

Monday, March 16

Emerging Powers in International Economic Law - Cooperation, Competition and Transformation
Monday, March 16
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Northeastern University School of Law, 416 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Professor Sonia Rolland, will speak about her new co-authored book, Emerging Powers in International Economic Law - Cooperation, Competition and Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

The post-war liberal economic order seems to be crumbling, placing the world at an inflection point. China has emerged as a major force, and other emerging economies seek to play a role in shaping world trade and investment law. Might they band together to mount a wholesale challenge to current rules and institutions? Emerging Powers in the International Economic Order argues that resistance from the Global South and the creation of China-led alternative spaces will have some impact, but no robust alternative vision will emerge. Significant legal innovations from the South depart from the mainstream neoliberal model, but these countries are driven by pragmatism and strategic self-interest and not a common ideological orientation, nor do they intend to fully dismantle the current ordering. In this book, Sonia E. Rolland and David M. Trubek predict a more pluralistic world, which is neither the continued hegemony of neoliberalism nor a full blown alternative to it.


Global challenges, local struggles: Worker organizing in the seafood industry to improve human rights and labor rights
Monday, March 16
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
The Westin Boston Waterfront, Douglas Room, Mezzanine Level, 425 Summer Street, Boston

Join us and hear from organizers on the front lines of addressing labor rights issues in the global seafood industry, as well as journalists and human rights experts working to document and expose violations. Workers around the world are undertaking bold efforts to organize and improve working conditions, address health and safety concerns, and end labor abuses in workplaces in the global seafood industry. This panel will highlight both the successes achieved and the challenges faced in these local struggles and foster dialogue on the need for solutions that put enforceability and worker-led approaches front and center.

Esther Htusan, Pulitzer-Prize Winning journalist will discuss her groundbreaking investigation that uncovered human trafficking in the fishing sector in Southeast Asia – “Seafood from Slaves” – and the changes on the ground from the reporting. 
Kimberly Rogovin, ILRF’s Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator, author of “Time for a Sea Change”, will present on the need for the right to organize as the key driver of change in the seafood industry. 
Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch’s Deputy Asia Director, will moderate a dialogue with frontline organizers: 
Allison Lee, Secretary General, Yilan Migrant Fishermen’s Union, Taiwan
Ussama Kaewpradap, Organizing Operation Coordinator, ITF-Fishers’ Rights Network, Thailand
Seafood Workers' Alliance, Louisiana (Panelist, TBC)


MIT.nano March Seminar—Magic angle graphene: The twist and shout of quantum materials
Monday, March 16
3:00pm to 4:00pm
MIT, Building 36-428, Allen & Haus Rooms, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

About the Lecture
Prof. Jarillo-Herrero will present a new platform to investigate strongly correlated physics, based on graphene moiré superlattices. In particular, he will show that when two graphene sheets are twisted by an angle close to the theoretically predicted ‘magic angle,’ the resulting flat band structure near the Dirac point gives rise to a strongly-correlated electronic system.

These flat bands exhibit half-filling insulating phases at zero magnetic field, which we show to be a correlated insulator arising from electrons localized in the moiré superlattice. Moreover, upon doping, we find electrically tunable superconductivity in this system, with many characteristics similar to high-temperature cuprates superconductivity.

These unique properties of magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene open up a new playground for exotic many-body quantum phases in a 2D platform made of pure carbon and without magnetic field. The easy accessibility of the flat bands, the electrical tunability, and the bandwidth tunability though twist angle may pave the way towards more exotic correlated systems, such as quantum spin liquids or correlated topological insulators.

About Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
Prof. Jarillo-Herrero directs the Quantum Nanoelectronics group at MIT. His research interests lie in the area of experimental condensed matter physics, in particular quantum electronic transport and optoelectronics in novel two-dimensional materials, with special emphasis on investigating their superconducting, magnetic, and topological properties. Among numerous awards, Jarillo-Herrero most recently received the APS 2020 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize and the 2020 Wolf Prize in Physics.


Brains, Minds + Machines Seminar Series: Hypernetworks and a New Feedback Model 
Monday, March 16
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 46-3002, Singleton Auditorium, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Prof. Lior Wolf, Tel Aviv University and Facebook AI Research.
Abstract: Hypernetworks, also known as dynamic networks, are neural networks in which the weights of at least some of the layers vary dynamically based on the input. Such networks have composite architectures in which one network predicts the weights of another network. I will briefly describe the early days of dynamic layers and present recent results from diverse domains: 3D reconstruction from a single image, image retouching, electrical circuit design, decoding block codes, graph hypernetworks for bioinformatics, and action recognition in video. Finally, I will present a new hypernetwork-based model for the role of feedback in neural computations.


Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves with George Galster
Monday, March 16
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Northeastern, 909 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Join us for a book talk by George Galster, PhD who will delve deep into the question of whether American neighborhoods are as efficient and equitable as they could be—socially, financially, and emotionally—and, if not, what we can do to change that. Galster aims to redefine the relationship between places and people, promoting specific policies that reduce inequalities in housing markets and beyond in his new book Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves. Drawing on economics, sociology, geography, and psychology, this volume explores what neighborhoods are, how they come to be, and how to make them productive and fair for their residents.

A book signing will immediately follow the talk.

About the Speaker: George Galster is the Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs, emeritus at Wayne State University, Detroit.  He has published 164 peer-reviewed articles, 9 books and 43 book chapters on a wide range of topics.  He has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U. S. Department of Justice, numerous municipalities, community organizations, civil rights groups, and organizations


Movie Night with Speak for the Trees, Boston: City of Trees
Monday, March 16
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Central Library, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Commonwealth Salon, 1st floor of McKim, Boston

This film provides a critical view into issues of urban forestry & social equity. Join us in learning more about why urban trees matter.

Since 1990, nonprofit Washington Parks & People has tried to reduce poverty and violence in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods by improving parks. At the height of the recession, the organization received a stimulus grant to create a "green" job-training program in communities hardest hit. They had two years to help unemployed people find jobs and care for parks in their neighborhoods.
Steve Coleman, a grassroots environmental activist who directs the organization, must hire 150 unemployed residents to plant several thousand trees and provide training in the soft skills required to get a job. For Charles Holcomb, the paycheck offers a chance to give his newborn daughter the life he never had. For Michael Samuels, the job training is a first step forward after a drug conviction marred his employment record. For James Magruder, the program offers a chance to prove that his neighborhood roots position him as an unsung leader. 
What sounds like a simple goal — putting people back to work by planting trees — becomes complicated by community tensions and a fast-approaching deadline before the grant money runs out. Filmed in an unflinching and compelling verité approach over the course of more than two years, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities everyday.


Black Boston: Transforming the Arts
Monday, March 16
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Boston is renowned for its arts and theater institutions, which historically have made space for certain kinds of artists and conceptions of art. How is Boston elevating and amplifying new voices and new approaches to the Arts? How are we transforming who gets to make and consume art? Where does bias persist and how do we rectify it?

Join the Boston University Initiative on Cities, the Boston University Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and WBUR CitySpace for Black Boston: Transforming the Arts, the first in a four-part discussion series featuring transformative Black leaders from across Greater Boston.

Makeeba McCreary, Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement, Museum of Fine Arts
Catherine T. Morris, Founder & Executive Director, BAMS Fest
Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Executive Director, Front Porch Arts Collective; Lecturer of Music Theatre, Boston University; and Professor of the Practice, Tufts University
Crystal Williams, Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Boston University; Professor of English & award-winning poet

The Black Boston Series was created to provide a forum in which to examine our city’s progress toward inclusive access, equity, and opportunity—and where we still fall short. The sessions will focus, respectively, on Arts & Culture, Community Health, Technology, and Politics and take place between March and June, 2020. We believe these four themes represent areas where Boston is a national leader, but are also where critical gaps endure.


Landlord Energy Assessment Public Workshop
Monday, March 16
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Cambridge Public Library Main Branch - Community Room, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

This workshop supports landlords interested in learning about no-cost assessments to identify cost-effective energy efficiency improvements.

The City of Cambridge and All In Energy have partnered to connect Cambridge landlords in 1-3 story buildings to state and utility incentive programs, starting with a no-cost home energy assessment. This program will help you save money and avoid maintenance issues by identifying cost-effective energy efficiency improvements and providing free and discounted upgrades.
These assessments provide services like air sealing, water reduction through free shower heads and faucets, LED lighting upgrades, programmable thermostats, insulation discounts, a confidential home health and safety check, and more. The benefits and incentives we provide are funded by Mass Save and not only save you and your tenants money on energy and water costs, but also help Cambridge decrease its overall carbon footprint, benefiting your neighbors and our city. 
At this workshop, you'll have a chance to learn more about these services and get your questions answered!
If you'd like to visit the program website in advance of the meeting, go to

To learn about other energy and money saving opportunities in Cambridge to


Franci's War
Monday March 16
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Helen Epstein (Franci Rabinek Epstein)
The engrossing memoir of a spirited and glamorous young fashion designer who survived World War ll, with an afterword by her daughter, Helen Epstein, who joins us for this event. Franci’s War is the powerful testimony of one incredibly strong young woman who endured the horrors of the Holocaust and survived.

Franci Rabinek Epstein was born into a privileged family in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1920 and educated at the Ecole Francaise, Lycee de Prague, and the Deutsches Staatsrealgymnasium before dropping out to apprentice in her mother’s haute-couture Salon. At 18, Franci became the owner of the Salon and in 1940 she married Joe Solar. She regarded the Nazi concentration camps as her university. After liberation, she returned to Prague and married Kurt Epstein in 1946. In 1948, after the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, she emigrated to New York City and established a new fashion salon on the Upper West Side. She lectured at universities on her experience during the war before dying of a brain aneurysm in 1989.

Helen Epstein is a veteran arts journalist and author or translator of ten books of non-fiction including the trilogy Children of the Holocaust, Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History; and The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma. Born in Prague, she grew up in New York City. Her reviews and articles have appeared in many newspapers, magazines, and websites.

Tuesday, March 17

EBC Energy Resources Briefing from Massachusetts DOER Commissioner Patrick Woodcock and the DOER Division Directors
Tuesday, March 17
7:30 am – 10:30 am
Prince Lobel Tye LLP, One International Place, Boston
Cost:  Government/Non-Profit: $25 - $120

This popular EBC Energy Resources Program is back for 2020, featuring Patrick Woodcock, newly appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The Commissioner will provide an update on the innovative programs and ongoing challenges facing DOER. Joining the Commissioner will be several DOER Division Directors who will dive into the details of the various Division programs.

Join EBC for an informative and lively discussion with key DOER policy makers as they discuss ongoing and future programs, including pilot programs on storage and metering, technical assistance, and financial support.

About DOER: The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is the Commonwealth’s energy office, responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s energy supply to create a clean, affordable and resilient energy future. DOER is an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).

Program Chair:  Julie Barry, Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Speaker Agenda:
Keynote Presentation
Patrick Woodcock, Commissioner, Department of Energy Resources, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Presentations and Panel Discussion from the DOER Directors
Eric Friedman, Leading By Example Director
Maggie McCarey, Energy Efficiency Division Director
Eric Steltzer, Renewable Energy Division Director
Brian Sullivan, Green Communities Division Director
Program Details
Registration, Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



Creating Conscious Cultures of Peace
Tuesday, March 17
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Northeastern, Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $0 -$35

The secret to creating a culture peace is easier than you think! Come listen to Sri Sri talk about creating conscious cultures of peace.

The secret to creating a culture peace is easier than you think!
Come listen to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar talk about creating conscious cultures of peace. He has been instrumental in the peace negotiations in many countries including Colombia, Venezuela and India.

Sri Sri says, “Peace begins with the individual. The only way to create a peaceful society is for each one of us to take responsibility for our own peace of mind and wellbeing. If we all did this, the world could be a place of peace, wellbeing and success for all.”

In this talk you'll discover proven solutions for peace that all of humanity needs.
This will be a sold out event. Claim your spot today!
Note: This is a ticketed event ($35) with FREE tickets available for students, staff, and faculty of ALL universities and colleges. Please present a valid university ID at the door if you buy the free ticket.

Event notes: The event is from 10:30 am - noon, and the doors will open at 9:45 am. If you are a university student, staff or faculty please carry a valid university ID to the event.

Please email or text 339-224-2787 for further details.


Bird Safe Design: Strategies for Designing Bird-Friendly Buildings
Tuesday, March 17
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Room Edison, 16th Floor, 50 Milk Street, Boston
Cost:  $35

This course will explore strategies for designing bird-friendly buildings through the use of case studies and current regulations.

This class reviews the science that explains bird collisions, how to recognize hazards present in the built environment, and a range of building designs that illustrate solutions. These case studies will explore many of the available strategies for reducing bird mortality; these bird-friendly strategies oftentimes bring additional value to design decisions for heat, light, and security. We will review regulations connected to bird-friendly design, including the use of the LEED credit as well as current legislation that mandates safer design for birds. Techniques now in use for evaluating the relative threat level to birds of different materials are also described in this course, along with typical results.

Course objectives:
Identify and apply current best practices in reducing bird collisions in new design 
Integrate bird-friendly architecture with other aspects of green design 
Understand existing and potential legislation mandating bird-friendly design 
Use LEED Pilot Credit #55: Reducing Bird Collisions 

Editorial Comment:  Up to nearly a billion birds a year in the USA die from hitting buildings and windows it is estimated, the second largest killer of birds after cats.  About a third of a billion birds are killed by wind turbines.  We should learn how to reduce that damage.


American Dunkirk: Improvising Disaster Response
Tuesday, March 17
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Northeastern, Renaissance_Park, 909, 9th floor, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston

Talk by Tricia Wachtendorf,  Director, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
Each academic year, the Northeastern University’s Center for International Affairs and World Cultures, the Northeastern Humanities Center, and the Department of Political Science host a lecture series focused on “Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience” (formerly “Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience”).


SCIENCE with/in/sight: 2020 Koch Institute Image Awards
Tuesday, March 17
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Building76-156, Auditorium, 500 Main Street, Cambridge 

Join us for the opening of 2020 Visions, the tenth annual Image Awards exhibition in the Koch Institute Public Galleries. Celebrating biological beauty and transformative technologies, this year’s winning images embrace a variety of visualization techniques to examine the inner workings of microscopic communities and human health. Dive into natural and engineered systems to discover how scientific exploration and technological innovation are reshaping our vision of the world around us ... and the future that is yet to come.

6:00 p.m. - Image viewing and light refreshments in the Koch Institute Public Galleries
6:30 p.m. - Lightning talks by the researchers behind the 2020 Image Awards exhibition

Editorial Comment:  Yes, that Koch family.


Speaking With The Enemy 101
Tuesday, March 17
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $5 - $10

At this moment when our country is divided across partisan and cultural lines, how can universities equip students to communicate across difference –politics, race, economic class – and connect with one another?

Meghna Chakrabarti, host of WBUR and NPR's On Point, moderates this discussion with Wellesley College president Paula Johnson, Harvard University professor Danielle Allen and MacArthur Foundation president John Palfrey.

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How to Become a Digital Nomad
Tuesday, March 17
6:30 – 8:30 pm EDT
GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor, Boston

Keen to dip your toe into the increasingly attractive Digital Nomad lifestyle? Join us for a panel that will teach you how to work anywhere, all while earning a solid income. If you're dreaming about a different lifestyle from the 9-5, unlimited annual leave or being your own boss, you'll definitely need to attend this session!
You'll walk away with vital information, key insights, tips, tricks, and strategies that will help you work on what you’re passionate about and live wherever you want, all while earning money and building wealth as you go.

Learn how to get started, hear from Fiverr doers working for themselves
Hear about the different types of opportunities available and how you can translate your skills into one that you can take anywhere
Leave with inspiration and an idea on how to get started for yourself

Fiverr's mission is to change how the world works together. The Fiverr platform connects businesses of all sizes with freelancers offering digital services in more than 250 categories, across 8 verticals including graphic design, digital marketing, programming, video and animation. Since inception, the platform has served over 5.5 million businesses and has facilitated over 50 million transactions. Fiverr's global community of freelancers spans across more than 160 countries.


High Risk
Tuesday, March 17
7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline

Chavi Karkowsky
A doctor’s revelatory account of pregnancy and the complexity of reproductive life—and everything we lose when we don’t speak honestly about women’s health.

Chavi Eve Karkowsky, MD, is a maternal-fetal medicine physician working in New York City. Her writing has been published in Slate, the Daily Beast, the Atlantic, and the Washington Post.


Extinction Resilience: Gathering for Strength
Tuesday, March 17
7 p.m.
Cambridge YWCA (Central Sq.) - library room, 7 Temple Street, Cambridge

How do we transform our despair into hope and our anger into compassion? How do we co-create a new world while witnessing systemic collapse? Can we write a new narrative by asking ourselves: what is truly life-giving and sustaining? 

The climate crisis is a collective trauma on a scale never before seen. To experience grief, confusion, rage, and despair is not only normal, it is also a sign of our capacity to love. Unfortunately, in a culture that so often denies our humanity, we are often left to feel our pain in isolation. Or, we are urged to jump into relentless action, often bypassing the opportunity to tap into the joys and pleasures of being alive - the very things that will help us stay nourished, grounded, and connected for the long haul.

Whether you’re already a climate activist or just getting introduced to the movement, Extinction Resilience is a monthly space to be present with the reality of our times. Through listening, reflective discussion, and dynamic and thought-provoking exercises, we will discover how to cultivate radical hope in the face of uncertainty, together. 

Please note that this is a time to put aside the organizing tasks and to simply be with each other in this tumultuous time. 

Interested but can't attend? See other events listed on

Facilitated by Chelsea MacMillan from XR-NYC. Chelsea is a spiritual director, writer, facilitator, and co-coordinator of the XR NYC regenerative culture working group, where she co-leads monthly Extinction Resilience sessions. She’s cofounder of Brooklyn Center for Sacred Activism, cohost of The Rising: Spirituality for Revolution podcast, and her writing has appeared previously in Anchor Magazine, Anatomy of Silence, and Matthew Fox’s Order of the Sacred Earth.

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