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Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Sunday, September 28, 2 to 5 pm

Maynard Ecology Center, Basement of Neville Place, 650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Join mycologist Lawrence Millman for a mushroom foray at Fresh Pond. You will learn diagnostic techniques for mushroom identification as well as unlearn everything you've ever been told about how to tell a poisonous from a non-poisonous species. Bring a handlens (if you have one) and a sense of adventure. You may even find a species that's new to the Fresh Pond list, which now includes over 100 different species!

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These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Share your vision of the world through your own photography. Enter to win and you could find your photograph published in the pages of National Geographic Magazine. Submit with the themes: PEOPLE, PLACES, NATURE. Open to legal residents of the US.



(Cambridge, MA) On Oct. 1, 2008, the MIT/Harvard Cool Japan research project hosts the Boston-area premiere of an award-winning animated feature film from Japan, Tekkon Kinkreet (2006, Dir. Arias, Rated R). The screening will be preceded by a panel discussion with leading anime and film scholars from Harvard, Tufts, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as with the screenwriter of the film.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held from 6:00-9:30pm, Oct. 1 (Wed.) at the Tsai Auditorium at Harvard University, which is located at the CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138. Seating limited (max. 150). Web:

Tekkon Kinkreet, which won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Feature Film in 2008, is remarkable for its breathtaking visuals and fast-paced storytelling. Also intriguing as an example of the international collaborations that increasingly characterize Japanese animation production, the film is the first feature-length anime to be directed by an American, namely, Michael Arias, who lives and works in Tokyo. The screenwriter, who will participate in the event, is an American as well. They worked with a Japanese animation studio to adapt a Japanese comic book for the big screen. The R-rated film (for violence) will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles. Film preview is here:

Produced by Tokyo-based cutting-edge Studio 4°C, whose work appeared on the Animatrix shorts, the film offers a stunning portrait of youth violence and urban disarray in the context of corrupt developers, self-serving gangsters, and ineffectual police. The film is based on the 1996 manga (Japanese comic book) by Taiyo Matsumoto. It depicts the fantastical adventures of two orphans whose unusual abilities are mysteriously linked to a city undergoing rapid change. The panel discussion prior to the screening will address the ways this virtual world speaks to very real politics. The academic panelists and the screenwriter of Tekkon, Anthony Weintraub, will also participate in a discussion and Q/A following the screening.

Event details (continued on next page):

6:00 – 7:00pm Panel: “Virtual Worlds, Real Politics: Youth, Violence and Capitalism”
· Ian Condry (MIT), author of Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization

· Susan Napier (Tufts), author of Anime: From “Akira” to “Howl’s Moving Castle”

· Markus Nornes (Harvard / U Michigan), author of Japanese Documentary Film

· Anthony Weintraub, screenwriter, Tekkon Kinkreet

7:00 – 8:45pm Film screening Tekkon Kinkreet (in Japanese with English subtitles, Rated R)

8:45 – 9:30pm Q/A and discussion with the panelists

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