Educational Programs

As a Boston University alumni, you have access to world-renowned experts and state-of-the-art resources that can enrich your intellectual life. Recapture the student experience as you delve into new frontiers of knowledge with BU’s international thought leaders.


Discoveries, a series of dynamic learning opportunities for alumni and friends, features the best and brightest faculty brought to you by the College of Arts and Sciences and the BUAA. We’re working on our plans for 2017-2018—check back for more information!

May 11, 2017, at 6:30 PM
Tour BU’s Biology Natural History Museum
Location: Metcalf Science Center

Office After Hours

Office After Hours is our newest series for alumni. It features informal discussions with BU faculty members in a fun, social setting. Enjoy a drink with fellow Terriers and have a great conversation about a topic that means something to you. Recent events have taken this popular program off campus to Watertown and Andover, highlighting BU faculty authors and their latest books.

April 19, 2017, at 6:00 PM
Fallou Ngom, Associate Professor and Director of the African Language Program; Language Analysis in Asylum Cases and African Ajami Literature
Location: 871 Commonwealth Ave, 3rd Floor

Arts, Culture & Ideas

Arts, Culture & Ideas is a program that offers alumni an opportunity for discussion with BU’s faculty members through collaboration with the Center for Humanities. Stay tuned for information about our 2016-2017 events!

April 28, 2017, at 2:00 PM
Humanities Creative Showcase with Robert Pinsky, Stephen Prothero, Carrie Preston, and Melinda Lopez,
Location: 213 Bay State Road

May 9, 2017, at 2:00 PM
Sanjay Krishnan, Associate Professor of English; V.S. Naipaul’s Art and Thought
Location: Sheraton, Needham, MA

Other Upcoming Education Programs & Webinars

April 4, 2017, at 6:00 PM
The Arts and Sciences of Baseball, featuring acclaimed American baseball statistician Bill James
Location: Law Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Ave.

April 13, 2017, at 6:00 PM
An Evening with Casey Sherman (COM’93), author of “The Finest Hours”
Location: Downtown Harvard Club of Boston, One Federal Street

April 25, 2017, at 12:00 PM
Webinar: The Humanities Today, with Maurice Lee, Professor and Chair of English
Location: Online

Webinars On-Demand

Previously recorded webinar presentations are made available for you to watch on your own schedule.

The Arts & Sciences of Baseball

Presented by: Bill James, Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox
Recorded on April 4, 2017

Get What’s Yours: Social Security Tips for Retirement Planning

Presented by: Laurence Kotlikoff, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economics
Recorded on March 16, 2017

Beyond Bullying Basics: Understanding Complexities of Bullying

Presented by: Jennifer Greif Green, Associate Professor in Special Education & Melissa K. Holt, Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology
Recorded on February 15, 2017

Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports

Presented by: Mark Johnson, GRS’89, GRS ’95
Recorded on January 25, 2017

Tomb Raiders and Terrorist Financing: Cutting Off the Illicit Traffic in Blood Antiquities

Presented by Tess Davis, CAS’04
Recorded on November 9, 2016

Parent Advocacy through Special Education Team Collaboration

Presented by Donna Lehr, Associate Professor of Special Education
Recorded on October 26, 2016

Plan and Finance Your Family’s College Dreams

Presented by John Hupalo, CAS’82, co-founder of Invite Education
Recorded on October 18, 2016

Growing Up Brave

Strategies for Helping our Children Face Their Fears and Live Happier Healthier Lives
Presented by Donna Pincus, Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Recorded on September 12, 2016

Zika Virus: Updates and Q&A

Presented by Dr. Donald Thea, M.D., MSc.
Recorded on May 11, 2016

Campus Resources

The tradition of excellence at BU isn’t limited to campus events. Our Alumni Travel Program offers a unique way to see the world and continue learning. The program engages alumni and friends of the University in educational and cultural tours across the globe.

The BU libraries welcome alumni to make use of the rich resources and collections including more than two million books, journals, and electronic resources. With an alumni card, you may borrow books from the libraries and enjoy reading from your own homes, or along the BU Beach. Print your alumni card online.

Boston University’s Gotlieb Library is the repository for individuals in the fields of literature, criticism, journalism, drama, music, film, civil rights, diplomacy, and national affairs. The library features rotating exhibits and offers a variety of events that are open to alumni and friends.

Continue the lifelong adventure of learning through Evergreen—BU’s academic resource for students ages 58 and over. Evergreen enables you to tap the rich vein of knowledge at one of the world’s top-ranked universities through auditing a course or attending a lecture.

The Metropolitan College programs in Food, Wine & the Arts put you face-to-face with some of the most talented chefs, mixologists, wine experts, and food industry veterans from Boston and beyond. A variety of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and special events are offered for all ages.

The Frederick S. Pardee Center convenes symposia and conducts research that contributes to long-term improvements in the human condition. The Center’s work seeks to identify, anticipate, and enhance the long-term potential for human progress, in all its myriad dimensions. Many of the lectures, conferences, and events of the Center are available in audio or video format online through its multimedia library.

Alumni Weekend
Each fall, alumni return to campus to celebrate BU and its outstanding educational opportunities. Enjoy a lecture or take part in a panel discussion with BU’s brightest minds in a weekend filled with scarlet spirit. Visit our Alumni Weekend website for information on all events.

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