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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.

Venezuelan Migration Panel

Monday, 7 October 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Hulsizer Room

Join us for a panel on Venezuelan migration from the perspective of five South Americans from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Our panelists are Humphrey Fellows from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT, including our own Residential Scholar, André Urgiles!
As always, dinner will be served (with a vegetarian option) so, to attend this event, you must sign up here and you must bring your own plate and utensils!
For a more detailed description, see below:
Although local data sources differ, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has reported more than 4 million Venezuelan emigrants between 2000 and 2019. They come from increasingly diverse demographic backgrounds. They travel by land, regardless of income, educational level or profession, seeking refuge in neighboring countries, where the impact has been enormous. Most go to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile.
For example, in Ecuador, the Constitution consecrates universal citizenship as a principle of the Ecuadorian State, guaranteeing the free movement of all foreigners in the country. However, on August 2018, Ecuador declared an immigration crisis and decided to close its borders. This was after more than a month of 4,000 Venezuelans per day entering Ecuador. The same happened in Colombia, where the migrant population is over 1 million Venezuelans. Since then, Peru, Argentina and Chile have declared an immigration crisis.
With this panel, we do not intend to analyze the political situation in Venezuela, nor criticize the decisions of its government. Instead, we are coming together as Latin American people, recently arrived at MIT, to tell you about the impact of the Venezuelan migration in our countries, from our experience as neighboring citizens.
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars

Residential Scholars: "Intro to Ecuador: A documentary and discussion"

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Hulsizer Room

Join us for our second Ashdown Residential Scholars event of the semester!
You will get to meet André Urgiles, our scholar from Ecuador who will show us a short documentary about her country followed by a discussion! The documentary illustrates Ecuador from the perspective of Swedish explorer Rolf Blumberg and his travels there in the early and mid 20th century.
Dinner will be served so, to attend this event, you must sign up here.
Also, please don't forget to bring your own plate and utensils!
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars

Ashdown Orientation Potluck

Saturday, 21 September 2019 | 13:00 - 00:00 | Hulsizer Room

Ashdown is hosting its orientation potluck lunch next Saturday, 21 September at 1PM at the Hulsizer! What's a Potluck? It is a meal or party where each of the guests contribute a homemade dish! We are a diverse group of grad students and this is a great place to share what you like to cook or eat with the rest of the community and what more, we will reimburse up to $15 of your expense towards the making of your dish upon submitting the receipt of your purchase. Only limited spots available, so sign up fast -

Residential Scholars: "Whose City?"

Monday, 16 September 2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | Hulsizer Room

Join us next week for our first Ashdown Residential Scholars event of the semester!

Every year Ashdown hosts two SPURS/Humphrey Fellows from the Department for Urban Studies and Planning. Together, we organize cultural and social events to give you a glimpse into their home countries. Dinner is always served!

Our first event, titled "Whose City?", will be a presentation and discussion on urban movements in Central and Eastern Europe. A description follows below:

There is an uproar in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). You can hear it on the streets of the big cities and you can feel it in the air. The young are angry and they want their cities back. All over CEE, urban movements are springing up. Their causes are different: from protests against the corruption of local officials, to the anger against the unconstrained rule of developers, to the fight for cleaner air. But their goal is one and the same: establishing people's authority in the heart of the new urban decision-making.

What is happening and could it have the potential to become a driver for change for a whole region? Ognyan Georgiev, a long-time journalist from Bulgaria, a current SPURS/Humphrey Fellow in the Department for Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and one of Ashdown's Residential Scholars will shed some light on this.

To attend this event, you must sign up here:
Sponsored by Ashdown Residental Scholars

Orientation Dance Party

Saturday, 7 September 2019 | 21:00 - 00:00 | West Courtyard

Come eat free food, listen to fun music and dance with your fellow grad students, new and old!


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