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Special Cherry Pie Society Event w/ Alumni (by invitation only)

Friday, 3 April 2020 | 17:00 - 22:00 | Hulsizer Room

This is a special cherry pie society event with MIT professors. Attendance is by invitation only. Food will be provided.

Residential Scholars Event

Monday, 16 March 2020 | 18:30 - 21:00 | Hulsizer Room

Please bring your own plates and utensils to help reduce waste.

Residential Scholars Event

Monday, 9 March 2020 | 18:30 - 21:00 | Hulsizer Room

Please bring your own plates and utensils to help reduce waste.

Residential Scholars: "The Optimists" on Monday, Feb. 24th @ 7:00pm in Hulsizer Room

Monday, 24 February 2020 | 19:00 - 21:00 | Hulsizer Room

On Monday, February 24th @ 7:00pm, come to the Hulsizer Room and be transported back in time!
It is 1940 and the Nazis are trampling over Europe. One by one the states fall and the ultimate price for defeat is paid by the Jews - this colorful part of the European population is sent to camps in Germany and Poland and exterminated. Yet there is one state that does not obey Berlin's orders, although it is an ally. Bulgaria is one of the two countries in Europe that saves its Jews. Tens of thousands of people are protected - not by chance, but by determination.
How and why did this happen? Come and see the film "The Optimists" (Winner of the Peace Prize of the Berlin Film Festival) to learn more about this untold story. After that, you will get the chance to hear a personal story from that era, as well as participate in a discussion about right and wrong and why it is not easy to take moral decisions amidst chaos.
As always, dinner will be served, so to attend this event you must RSVP here and you must bring your own plate and utensils.

Residential Scholars: "Poetry Reading Night" on Monday, Feb. 10th @ 7:00pm in Hulsizer Room

Monday, 10 February 2020 | 19:00 - 21:00 | Hulsizer Room

On Monday, February 10th @ 7:00pm, please join us in the Hulsizer Room for the first Residential Scholars Event of 2020!
On this occasion, Andre will lead a poetry night where we will experience some pieces by Jorgenrique Adoum. There will be audio and video in Spanish, but English printed translations will also be provided.
For this event, we will explore two (maybe three) poems translated in the book called "Disinterred Love" (2012) by Katherine M. Hedeen and Victor Rodriguez Nunez, from different periods of Adoum’s life and Ecuador’s history:
1. PROHIBIDO FIJAR CARTELES - IT IS FORBIDDEN TO FIX POSTERS, 1973 (From Curriculum Mortis) Read by contemporary writers from Ecuador (Video in Spanish), English printed translation available.
2. EL AMOR DESENTERRADO - DISINTERRED LOVE, 1993 (From Disinterred Love) Excerpt read by Jessy Valseca (Audio in Spanish), English printed translation available.
3. ¿SABE USTED, LUZ HELENA? - DO YOU KNOW, LUZ HELENA?, 1994 (From Personal Cemetery) Read by Jorgenrique Adoum (Video in Spanish), English printed translation available.
As always, dinner will be served, so to attend this event you must RSVP here and you must bring your own plate and utensils.

Learn about Tutoring & Mentorship Opportunities!

Friday, 22 November 2019 | 17:00 - 18:00 | Hulsizer Room

Come join us for a social event and learn about how you can tutor middle/high-school students and/or mentor students for the Science Olympiad/Robotics club and more! At this event, you can talk to and learn from residents who have tutored for Cambridge Public Schools in the past. You can also talk to a representative from CPS to learn more about different ways in which you can get involved! Refreshments will be served! Sign-up here: Please bring your own plates and utensils to help reduce waste.

Paint Night

Saturday, 16 November 2019 | 14:00 - 16:30 | Hulsizer Room

Come paint with us! We will have an instructor lead us through an acrylic painting. You are also welcome to come with your own ideas! All supplies will be provided, as well as plenty of snacks. Sign up at to reserve your spot. Please bring your own plates and utensils to help reduce waste.

Ashdown Cooking Series, Nov 9

Saturday, 9 November 2019 | 11:00 - 12:00 | Aerobics Room

This time we will be baking desserts! Specifically brown butter chocolate-chip cookies and apple crumble (it is, after all, that time of the year!). The ingredient list is attached with the email about this, so folks with allergies or restrictions can check and here is the sign-up list -

Residential Scholars: "A Future Without Oil" documentary

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 | 19:00 - 20:30 | Hulsizer Room

Join us for a "A Future Without Oil," a short documentary about the efforts to prevent oil drilling in Yasuni, an Ecuadorian National Park.
As always, dinner will be served, so to attend this event you must RSVP herem and you must bring your own plate and utensils.

About the documentary: Yasuní National Park in Ecuador Is one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world. Within one hectare of Yasuní, 644 different species of trees have been identified. This is as many different species of trees as there are in the entire North America. Yasuní also contains one third of the country’s oil reserves.
Ecuador once proposed to leave the oil in the ground in exchange for international compensation. This innovative global environmental governance mechanism proposal was closed on August 15, 2013 when President Rafael Correa announced that he was ending the Yasuní-Ishpingo Tambococha Tiputini (ITT) Initiative to leave nearly 900 million barrels of oil underground.
The Yasuní-ITT Initiative recognizes the impossibility of lowering carbon emissions without creating a post-petroleum future for our planet. While the initiative is grounded in indigenous concepts of living in harmony with nature ("sumak kawsay" in Quichua, one of Ecuador´s indigenous languages) and of creating a community dialogue about sustainability, it also extends beyond the national Ecuadorian border. The initiative seeks to create a policy of common, but differentiated, responsibilities for taking care of the planet through a multilateral trust fund within the United Nations.
In "A Future without Oil," French filmmaker Laetitia Moreau joins the Ecuadorian negotiators from the UN to Quito, Berlin, Madrid, Brussels, Copenhagen and beyond, retracing the desperate plight of the emissaries of Ecuador seeking to convince the world, as well as their own government, not to start drilling for oil in the Yasuni region.
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars

Ashdown Yoga and Smoothies

Saturday, 2 November 2019 | 09:00 - 10:00 | Hulsizer Room

Ashdown Events is hosting its first Fall Yoga and Smoothies session next Saturday, 2 November at 9 AM! As the semester begins to ramp up to a frenzy, you could use some time to destress and relax with Z-Center Yoga Instructor, Anna Grossman over at the Hulsizer - we will also have smoothie-making ingredients (frozen fruits, yogurt, nut-based milks, etc) and equipment set up so you can start your Saturday on a healthy note! Sign up here - and bring your yoga mats along if you have one!

Watch Party: 2001 A Space Odyssey

Saturday, 2 November 2019 | 07:30 - 10:00 | Hulsizer Room

Watch party of this hypnotic space movie by Stanley Kubrick that you won't believe was made in 1968. Free popcorn and food provided!

Halloween Dinner

Saturday, 26 October 2019 | 19:00 - 21:00 | Hulsizer Room

Come join us for this year's version of the Ashdown Halloween Dinner. Dress up and come prepared for tricks, treats and a prize for the best costume!
Sponsored by Graduate Students Council

Residential Scholars: "Whose Song Is It?"

Monday, 21 October 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Hulsizer Room

Songs don't respect borders. Neither do movie nights. Join in on an extraordinary journey around The Balkans, following a song's origins, and understand why history and living together was always so difficult here. This will be a movie night that will take you from Turkey through Greece, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria in search of a common past. And a better future.
Dinner will be served, so please sign up here.

Ashdown Cooking Series: Oct 12

Saturday, 12 October 2019 | 11:00 - 12:30 | Floor 5 Kitchen

We will be cooking a bunch a easy recipes together. The theme is - 'Saturday Morning Brunch-ish?' Take a look at the 3 recipes we plan to cook in groups, the ingredients are listed so folks with allergies or restrictions are not worried! Please sign up here: - there is only limited space, so if you change your mind, make sure to update the list so people in the waitlist can move up.


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