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The popular Wednesday evening "Soap Box" series at the MIT Museum, now in its second season, will focus on the future of energy for three successive weeks this month with talks from MIT's world-renowned experts in the field.
On Oct. 18, Ernest Moniz, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and co-director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, will speak along with Kerry Emanuel, professor of meteorology. Their talk is titled "The Challenge: Meeting Global Energy Demands Sustainably."
A week later, on Oct. 25, Daniel Nocera, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy and professor of chemistry, will speak along with Professor Angela Belcher of biological engineering and materials science and engineering. Their talk will focus on "The Role of New Technologies in a Sustainable Energy Economy."
Finally, the series will wrap up with a Nov. 1 talk featuring John Heywood, the Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the director of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory, together with Stephen Ansolabehere, professor of political science. Their talk will center around "Growing Pains: Transitioning to a Sustainable Energy Economy."
"Soap Box @ the MIT Museum is a series of salon-style, early-evening conversations with scientists and engineers who are making the news that really matters," according to the MIT Museum web site. "Soap Box is a public forum for debate about important ideas and issues in science and technology."
During its first season, hundreds of people came to the weekly meetings. The talks are held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the main gallery of the MIT Museum. Light food and drink are served.