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Noam Chomsky: The Role of Innovation in International Peace and Security

When: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Tufts University, Cohen Auditorium • 40 Talbot Ave • Medford

Canopy Social Impact Series: Kickoff Event

Jan. 28: Join us at the Canopy Social Impact Series kickoff event!

Every month, our unique social impact organization will be hosting a vibrant discussion that focuses on the most pressing local, national and international issues facing us today.

By bringing together local, national and internationally-renowned experts who are working towards solutions to the same problems, in distinctly different realms–such as government, academia and the tech sector–we can galvanize our efforts. By sparking these untapped collaborations and this cross-pollination of ideas, we can tackle our most complex challenges more efficiently and more effectively.

Creating diverse panels that are open to the public will serve as a catalyst for reaching equally diverse audiences. Canopy’s outreach efforts extend into the public schools, churches, technology companies, non-profits, startups, coffeeshops, college campuses, community centers and are further enhanced by taking our message to the streets in grassroots fashion.

What also makes Canopy gatherings different is our event format. Our keynote speakers illuminate the framework for the following moderated panel discussion. What is truly unique is the addition of a “Canopy Featured Non-Profit” at every event. At the end of the moderated panel discussion, we introduce our featured non-profit, who is hitting the respective challenge head on. Attendees are then encouraged to visit that non-profit’s information table to sign petitions and volunteer forms, receive informative pamplets and purchase items.

The Canopy Social Impact Series event model strives to:
(1) Connect people and cross-pollinate ideas (2) Educate attendees and panelists (3) Provide opportunities to get involved by supporting a local non-profit and direct involvment.

Cross-pollinate – Educate – Activate 

All funds raised through the cost of admission and individual event donations are split 50/50 with the Canopy Featured Non-Profit. This is intended to empower their work and to keep the event series sustainable.
We encourage you to make a contribution of any size to help us continue this mission.

This month’s Canopy Social Impact Series event theme is:

The Role of Innovation in International Peace and Security

This month’s Canopy Featured Non-Profit is:

Massachusetts Peace Action


5:30 – Doors open and an informal 30-minute networking session begins
6:00 – An overview of the Canopy mission & community services provided
6:05 – A City of Somerville official offers a few words & introduces keynote – TBA
6:10 – Noam Chomsky’s keynote talk begins
6:40 – Chomsky Q&A begins
7:00 – Brief intermission
7:15 – Panel discussion begins
8:15 – Panel Q&A begins
8:30 – Massachusetts Peace Action is introduced and a 30-minute networking session begins
9:00 – Our first Canopy Social Impact Series event concludes

Keynote Speaker

Professor Noam Chomsky – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Matthew Hoey – Managing Director and Co-founder of Canopy
Matthew is the former Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies, where he served as a ballistic missile defense, nuclear forces and space weaponization. He also has served as a consultant to the Central Intelligence Agency where he forecasted emerging military technologies. Additionally Matthew served as a technology forecasting consultant to Dr. Raymond Kurzweil, was the Director of Partnerships for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and most recently the Cleint Relations Manager at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where he managed a portfolio of 56 world-class companies such as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Samsung, Google and many others. Lastly, he was the founder of the International Campaign to Save Jeju Island. He is currently a cybersecurity contributor to Homeland Security Today magazine.


Panelist 1 – Kade Crockford, Director, Technology for Liberty Program
American Civil Liberities Union of Massachusetts (ACLU) where she serves as the Director of the Technology for Liberty Program of the ACLU of Massachusetts. Kade works to protect and expand the First and Fouth Amendment rights and civil liberties in the digital 21st century focusing on how systems of surveillance and control impact not just for the society in general but their primary targets – people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and dissidents. Find Kade’s blog, Privacy Matter, at, the ACLU’s dedicated privacy anbd technology website.

Panelist 2 – Nandini (Dini) Merz, Program Director at the Proteus Fund where she guides the work of the Columbe Foundation. Dini recommends and evaluates Foundation strategies based on it’s vision an goals, identifies grants and activities to advance these strategies, designs governance structures to facilitate the work of the foundation. facilitates grant review meetings and represents the foundation in the progressive community. Dini also serves on the Steering Committee of the Peace and Security Funders Group. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from The National Law Center, George Washington University in 1993, and graduated cum laude in international relations from Cornell University.

Panelist 3 – Coming soon

Panelist 4 – Coming soon

Free parking is available on campus

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