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~ Archive for 18-24 October 2009 ~

Sat Oct 24, 2009; Benefit Concert for Climate Change


Description Six different Boston-based performers of international music and dance will join together to draw attention to the global climate crisis.

Featured artists include: Balkan and European music by members of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Libana; contemporary Indian classical dance with the Aparna Sindhoor Dance Theater; Japanese classical music for koto and shakuhachi with Ayakano Cathleen Read & Elizabeth Reian Bennett; Hindustani classical music with Warren Senders and The Raga Ensemble; middle-Eastern music with Beth Bahia Cohen, and traditional drumming and dance of Ghana with the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society.

Tickets are $20; $15 students/seniors. All proceeds will go to the environmental organization
Contact phone: 781-396-0734

Sat Oct 24, 2009;Boston Under Water 350 Festival


A regional tongue-in-cheek creative event
Gather en masse in downtown Boston’s Christopher Columbus Park, on the waterfront (Aquarium T stop) to participate in positive attention-getting and imagination-catching activities. The focus will be on the iconic image of sea level rise to draw attention to the threat of global climate change.

Travel from community events to the downtown location will be an important part of the day. Costumes, floats and theatrical events will draw attention to 350 and increase attendance. Participants in many morning 350 events will make their way independently (by foot, T, bicycle, roller-blades, canoe, and decorated vehicles) to downtown Boston.

Thur Oct 22, 2009; Massachusetts Government Deval Patrick at the Forum


A Public Address by: The Honorable Deval Patrick
Event Speakers: A special welcome from: President Drew Faust, Harvard University
Event CoSponsors: Office of the Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Thur Oct 22, 2009; Influencing Policy and Politics – Gina Glantz, former senior Advisor to Service Employees International


Wes Metheny — Senior Vice President for Alliances, Access and Affordability, PhRMA.
PhRMA is the advocacy arm of the pharmaceutical industry.   Mr. Metheny leads its government affairs, policy and external strategies.  He will address specifically and generally the business perspective on gaining access to the new leadership in Washington, including what changes have been made to adapt from the Bush administration to the style of the new administration and Congress.

Wed Oct 21, 2009; The First Year of the Obama White House– A conversation with: David Axelrod


By ticket only:

David Axelrod
Senior Advisor to President Obama;
Chief Strategist, Obama Presidential Campaign
Enter the lottery by Monday, October 19 @ noon

John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009; Facing the Complexity of Health Care – Public Service Week at HKS: Real Reform


Atul Gawande, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health
Research Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Real Reform — Facing the Complexity of Health Care

Space is limited – RSVP to if you plan to attend.

A surgeon and a writer, Atul Gawande is a staff member of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the New Yorker magazine. He received his B.A.S. from Stanford University, M.A. (in politics, philosophy, and economics) from Oxford University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He served as a senior health policy advisor in the Clinton presidential campaign and White House from 1992 to 1993. Since 1998, he has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. In 2003, he completed his surgical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and joined the faculty as a general and endocrine surgeon.

He is also Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Research Director for the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health. He has published research studies in areas ranging from surgical technique, to US military care for the wounded, to error and performance in medicine. He is the director of the World Health Organization’s Global Challenge for Safer Surgical Care.

In 2006, he received the MacArthur Award for his research and writing. His book COMPLICATIONS: A SURGEON’S NOTES ON AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002 and is published in more than a hundred countries. He was editor of THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2006. His most recent book, BETTER: A SURGEON’S NOTES ON PERFORMANCE is a New York Times bestseller and one of’s ten best books of 2007. He and his wife, Kathleen Hobson, live outside Boston and have three children: Walker, Hattie, and Hunter.

Wed Oct 21, 2009: Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy


Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009, 6-7PM
MIT, building 56, room 154

Rachel Cleetus and John Rogers of the Union of Concerned Scientists
will speak about a new report they released on a clean energy economy.
The Union of Concerned Scientists was originally founded as a student
and faculty group at MIT but now is a nationwide organization that

advocates for a healthy environment and a safer world. Sponsored by
the MIT Energy Club. Open to the public.


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