PubliCalendar: WISE Drops Knowledge on Gender Equality in Solar Tech

Today's picks for civic nerds

By Atoosa Moinzadeh February 24, 2015

For Today

Women in Solar Energy Speak on Their Experiences

Not the first of women's groups known as "WISE" (see: Women in Science and Engineering), Women in Solar Energy is hosting a round table discussion at Fado Irish Pub in Pioneer Square at the tail end of happy hour (Feminism and beer? Ingenious!) The discussion, titled #NationWISE, is to be held in 15 cities on February 24 to discuss policies for recruiting and retaining women in solar and clean tech industry—which means that presumably tens of others around the nation will also be discussing the same thing, which is kind of neat. 

The discussion will feature WISE panelists, and towards the end attendees will be encouraged to participate. WISE cites that "according to The Solar Foundation's 2013 annual job census, the solar industry is generally diverse, but women and racial and ethnic minorities make up a smaller share of the solar workforce than in the overall U.S. economy." 

RSVP to get a spot at this great opportunity for Seattleites to merge progressive gender politics with green values.

Women in Solar Energy NationWISE Round Table, Tue, Feb 24, 6:30pm, Fado Irish Pub, 801 First Ave, Suggested donation $15 with RSVP

For Tomorrow

#BlackBlueBrown—Let's Talk About Structural Racism and Injustice

“Young people need to know that we didn’t always have the freedoms we use,” says Filipino American National Historical Society executive director and founder Dorothy Cordova. 

How do we still see race in America today? Why do black issues matter to others? What is the historical connection between black and brown peoples? (The blue in the equation is a reference to the police.) In observance of Black History Month, Wednesday's symposium, #BlackBlueBrown, aims to explore the answers to these questions and more.

Sponsored in part by Seattle University's United Filipino Club, the panel will tackle the history of race relations through inviting the perspectives of both panelists and audience members. Some hot topics include exploring the ways in which relations between black and brown folks can be harnessed to enact transformative change. Join in to offer your perspective, or to learn a new one. 

"What’s going on today is history repeating itself,” says Cordova. “We don’t always learn from the past. Racially motivated killings are happening all the time.... They just happen in different ways.”

To find out more about the panel and FANHS, visit the #BlackBlueBrown event page or check out the International Examiner's announcement

#BlackBlueBrown—Let's Talk About Structural Racism and Injustice, Wed, Feb 25, 5pm, Seattle University Bannan Auditorium, 901 12th Ave, Free

Advance Notice for March 9

Bruce Schneier on Ending the Surveillance State

Did you know that the government and big corporations collect information on us daily? I'm sure you knew, but did you know they monitor everything from your sexual orientation and employment status, to your personal text conversations and family relationships?

If you dare to find out how, Bruce Schneier, who has detailed all the intricacies of data collection in his book Data and Goliath, likely has the answers. In fact, Glenn Greenwald consulted Schneier during his Snowden reporting (which means this dude knows a lot). 

Whether or not this information is scary or useful to you (hopefully it's both), Schneier will also offer some tips on how to reclaim your privacy—and maybe topple the real-world version of Big Brother?

Toppling Our Surveillance-Based Society, Mon, Mar 9, 7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

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