Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gallery Talk: Mothers Expressing: Sharing the Work, October 24 & 27

Mothers Expressing: A conversation over tea
Saturday, October 24th, 2009 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm

AXIOM Gallery for New and Experimental Media
141 Green Street (in the Green Street T station)
Boston, MA 02130 

As part of the Mothers Expressing exhibition, Nita Sturiale and Amber Davis Tourlentes have invited two experts, Ana Villalobos, Brandeis sociologist, and Jenny Weaver, lactation consultant, to bring together knowledge around the work and physiology of caretaking. Come ask questions, propose ideas, and share anecdotes about care-taking in our current economic culture. How can we shape a new economic model that is informed by gift economy ideals?

Ana Villalobos received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently a visiting research associate at Brandeis University. Ana's research and teaching focus on motherhood, and attempt to bring to light the often hidden connections between large-scale social forces and personal experience.

Jenny Weaver has been an OB/GYN RN for more than 20 years. She has worked at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Please RSVP

Nita and Amber will also give an Artists Talk on their ongoing collaboration and work in the current exhibition on Tuesday, October 27th at 7 pm.


Talk: 20 Years After the Fall of the Wall, October 28

***Wednesday, October 28 ***

Panel Discussion

20 Years after the Fall of the Wall: Revealing the Truth
Wolf Biermann
Poet, songwriter, essayist and former East German dissident.

Marianne Birthler
Head of the state-funded body which manages the archives of the former East German secret police (Stasi).
Moderator: Karl Kaiser
Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School and Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
7:00 PM
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary's Street, 9th floor
Free and open to the public | Reception to follow
Co-sponsored by the Goethe Institut Boston, the Center for International Relations at Boston University and the literary journal AGNI | In cooperation with the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) and Zephyr Press
Funded by the European Commission Delegation in Washington, DC and the Goethe Institut Boston

Event: Boston Under Water Festival, October 24 (this weekend!)

Boston Under Water 350 Festival 
A regional tongue-in-cheek creative event about climate crisis

Time: 3:00 - 5:30 pm, Saturday, October 24, 2009
Photo at 3:50 pm
RAIN OR SHINE! (Water would just make it that much more realistic & we’ve got to be ready!)

Location: Christopher Columbus Park downtown Boston (Aquarium T stop or Walk from Park Street on Red Line)

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.
-- A race to build a wall of sandbags to protect Boston from rising sea levels and stronger storms!
-- A massive group photo in front of the sandbag wall with a banner calling on world leaders to get us back to 350 and to pass a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty this year.
-- Beach and water games!
-- Participatory Climate Theater!!
-- Relay racing!!
-- Flooding Station: learn about what sea level rise and higher storm surges will mean for Boston
-- Plus blue face-painting, bike-flag making, and more!

Mission Hill Energy Fair and Healthy Community Rally/Ride -- Come to the Mission Hill Energy Fair from 10am till 2pm to learn how to save money by saving energy and join with neighbors who want a healthier community, here and around the globe. The Energy Fair from will close with a climate justice rally at 1:30pm and kick off a Stop Asthma - Stop Global Warming, Healthy Community Ride by bike or T to the Boston Under Water 350 Festival downtown.
Contact: Loie Hayes, c-857-544-6846; h-617-278-1885

MassBike Spins Festival Bike Ride
Begin assembling at 1:00pm at the Cambridge Common. Rally will begin at 1:15pm with
DEPARTURE time at 1:30pm. Bring your umbrella and Charlie Card in the event of rain.
For more info. or to RSVP: or

Assemble at the Cambridge Common starting at 1:00pm. Rally begins at 1:15pm. Take
the T from Harvard Square.
Freedom Riders Unite for the International Day of Climate Action Bike Ride!
1:30pm. Prospect Hill Park, Munroe Street in Union Sq. Somerville
Dress in water gear or blue for a bike ride along the Freedom Trail from Somerville to
Boston. Depart at 2pm and ride to the Under Water Festival at Christopher Columbus
Park in Boston's Water Front. Be prepared to make some noise for Climate Justice! (ride
not suitable for inexperienced bikers)

T-RIDE from Davis Square
Don"t want to bike but still want to stand up for climate on the way to the Boston Under Water Festival? (And go with a bunch of fun people!)
Begin assembling at 2:00pm at Seven Hills Park, Davis Square, Somerville. Dress in water gear or blue for a T ride. Depart at 2:30pm sharp! Families encouraged to join!

Greenpeace USA, JP Green House, Massachusetts Council of Churches, Massachusetts Power Shift, Somerville Climate Action
Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston, The Williams Agency
Boston Climate Action Network, Cambridge Green Decade,
Greenport, Home Energy Efficiency Team, Living Structures, Inc., Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities, Massachusetts Sierra Club, Medford Climate Action, Mystic River Watershed Association

Christopher Columbus Park Aquarium T Station (Blue line)
Boston, MA
United States
Event Organizer
Vanessa R

Talk/Event: National Debate Series, Boston, November 10

National Debate Series: Boston
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 6:30PM-10:00PM
Alfred L. Morse Auditorium
602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 

Feeling like political talk these days is filled with hyperbole and hatred, rather than genuine discussion and debate?

Here's something refreshing... an evening of engaging discussion in the spirit of Adams, Jefferson and Lincoln. Join us as we tackle some of the nation’s most controversial issues, featuring some of the country's best collegiate debate teams - from Harvard, MIT, Boston College, and Boston University.

The topics to be discussed include:
Health care reform
Don't ask don't tell
Escalation in Afghanistan
Nuclear energy

Stay informed -- Get the background on each topic BEFORE the event

Debatepedia's comprehensive pro/con articles on each topic will put you in-the-know at a time when information is power. This will make for a much deeper and informed debate, and will allow you, our registered guests, to follow with a higher degree of scrutiny. In addition, new arguments will be introduced into Debatepedia's articles during and after the event, allowing our guests to examine new arguments that might affect their final position.

The National Debate Series will consist of a mini tournament - British Parliamentary style - between Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and MIT. There are only two rounds - a semi-finals and finals - and three debates, each on a separate topic of importance to US foreign and domestic policy. Following this mini-tournament, NDBS will host a single debate between two high profile political leaders. The event will last three hours in total from 7 to 10pm.
  • 6:30 - Doors open.
  • 7:00-7:10 - Introduction by the hosts of the National Debate Series, from Debatepedia and Politalk.
  • 7:10-7:40 - First debate between MIT and Boston University.
  • 7:45-8:15 - Second debate between Harvard and Boston College.
  • 8:30-9:00 - Third debate between the winners of the first two.
  • 9:05-9:35 - Debate between two political figures.
  • 9:35-9:55 - Questions from the audience.
  • 9:55-10:00 - Closing remarks
  • 10:00 - ? - Informal after party to be announced at the event
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If you are a member of the media or have questions regarding the National Debate Series news and media activities, please contact the person listed below:

Jeff Kimball
Co-Chair & Media Relations, National Debate Series
Phone: 203.257.2578

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Food/Event: Barista Jam at Espresso Royale, November 13

Friday, November 13, 7 pm
Espresso Royale, BU
763 Commonwealth Ave.

The goal of the jam is to bring all of the local coffee communities together for a celebration of Boston's giant leaps and bounds in the coffee industry over the last few years. (And, of course, to entertain some friendly barista competitions). While the event is free to attend, the entrance fee for each competition is 5$. All proceeds are being donated to Coffee Kids, a charity based organization that helps coffee-growing families improve their quality of living.

Here's the breakdown of the event:

Coffee Tasting Competition
- A triangulation-based tasting hosted by Atomic Cafe Coffee Roasters, this event requires competitors to separate one "odd" brewed coffee from two similar coffees. The event has three rounds and is judged on your correct choice and competition time. Descriptions of the coffees will be given before-hand and does not require that you have already tasted them before.

Espresso Throwdown
This is a sensory-based competition hosted by Barismo, with competitors pulling up to three shots and serving one to the judges. Competitors will be given a description of the espresso blend's taste profile, as well as the recommended dose and other factors.You will be judged on your ability to duplicate the profile based on your adjustments and evaluation.
Latte Pour Competition
- This event is hosted by ERC and is not judged on taste or espresso technique. Competitors are allowed one attempt to pour into any size cup they choose, with up to two shots (one basket) of espresso. Judging is based on the latte art's color, definition and creativity. Etching, or any manipulation to the drink beyond pour technique is not allowed.
As well as the competitions, there will be food and drink available to all who attend!
Winners of each competition will be presented with prizes sponsored by Hario, MEM Tea Imports, and several more.

Remember, this is free and open to the public so don't be shy...