By Deborah Bernhard
On July 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Boston University’s Office of Technology Development will host its third annual Tech, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll networking conference at the George Sherman Union. This evening of entertainment and innovation encourages interaction between the science and business communities and serves to help foster relationships that lead to collaboration. As part of the conference’s agenda, Provost Jean Morrison will present the award for Innovator of the Year to one of Boston University’s entrepreneurial faculty members whose invention is recognized as having potential for commercialization or wide adoption. Providing the musical entertainment for this evening will be Jennah Bell, a California native who is honing her eclectic sound at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
On Thursday, May 10th, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) will host its annual spring gala at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston from 6:30-9:30 p.m. This year’s event will feature an intimate performance of Mozart’s Eine Kleine NachtMuzik (A Little Night Music) by young musicians from BYSO’s premier orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony, conducted by Music Director Federico Cortese. This evening will also include a casual spread of food and cocktails as well as both a live and silent auction. Items include an autographed John Williams Star Wars score, a Red Sox package with 4 box seats, Bruins box seats, and a Stowe, VT vacation package. Tickets for this event are $150, available for purchase here. All proceeds will go towards financial aid awards for BYSO students.
For more information, contact Martha Robinson at 617-358-0280.
This Friday, May 4th, Boston University Academy will hold its annual Spring Concert followed by a financial aid benefit. The Spring Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Chapel. This show will feature the Chamber Orchestra and Choral Ensemble performing a new completion of Mozart’s Requiem, including 15 instrumentals and 25 vocalists. This event is free but an RSVP is requested. Following the concert at 8:30 p.m., the Academy community will be invited to a dessert reception with live jazz music at the George Sherman Union Back Court. At this reception the drawing for the highly anticipated cash raffle will take place. Tickets for the reception are $20 for adults, while BUA students and siblings are welcome free of charge. This reception and the cash raffle directly support fundraising efforts for the BUA financial aid program.
For tickets to the concert, reception, and raffle, click here.
At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1st, literary magazine AGNI will host a party to launch its 75th issue and 40th anniversary at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. This celebration will start with a Robert Lowell “extravaganza” that includes a slideshow of never-before-released photos of the Boston native. Fanny Howe, Tom Sleigh, Lloyd Schwartz and many others will offer their reflections on the man and his poems. The release party, which is free and open to the public, will follow.
Boston University’s School of Education is partnering with Up2Us and Edgework Consulting to host the Change the Game Conference on April 27th and 28th. With Dean Conway as the conference mentor, Change the Game is an unorthodox conference that encourages participation and creativity by its attendees. Participants include individuals who run youth sports programs and leagues with an interest in using new techniques to enhance youth development on and off the field. Conference hosts and mentors will introduce the concept of Sports System (re-) Design, an approach that implements simple changes in youth sports to amplify the impact of sports leagues and programs. The registration fee is $150.00 with a discounted student rate of $75.00. The conference will take place at the Boston University Photonics Center.
To register, click here.
On Wednesday, April 18th, award-winning journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator Pete Hamill will be hosted by the The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University to give the nineteenth Abraham S. Burack Lecture. Mr. Hamill, who has won several journalism and literary awards and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, will give a lecture reflecting on his life and career and will also be available to sign books. Mr. Hamill’s papers are part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. Prizes for the Lawrence G. Blackmon Student Book Collecting Contest will be awarded preceding the lecture. This event is free to students with a BU ID and $25 for non-members and guests. The talk begins at 6:00 p.m. in Metcalf Hall. A cocktail reception will follow.
On Thursday April 5th, Dr. Maxwell McCombs will give a lecture as part of the College of Communication‘s Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. McCombs, who is Professor and Jesse H. Jones Chair in Communications at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, will present “Do the Media Tell Us What to Think About? The Psychology of Agenda Setting.” His lecture will address the contemporary communication landscape in which an unprecedented amount of information is available for consumption and navigation and the role the media plays in shaping how we perceive it. His talk will take place in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Communication Research Center: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of National Whole Grain Sampling Day, Sargent College nutrition professor Joan Salge Blake and her class will welcome the Oldways Duck Boat on April 4. National Whole Grain Sampling Day is a national event taking place at restaurants, supermarkets, and food service outlets throughout the county where samples of whole grain options will be promoted and made available. In Boston, Oldways and the Whole Grains Council have partnered with the Duck Tours to give out delicious samples and spread the good word about the benefits of whole grains.
The Duck Boat will make its stop at Boston University Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Granby Parking Lot, 635 Commonwealth Avenue
Hosted by the School of Social Work, “Sick” is coming to Boston University for one night only. On Tuesday, April 3rd, writer and performer Elizabeth Kenny will give one performance of her one-woman show and host a special live Q&A session immediately following the show. Kenny and “Sick” come to Boston after a successful 3-month run in Seattle. The performance, collaboratively created with New City Theater Artistic Director John Kazanjian, explores a patient’s two-year odyssey inside the most advanced healthcare system in the world – an odyssey that almost killed her.
This event is free for BU students, faculty, and alumni. Tickets for the general public are available at the door for $25.00. The performance and following discussion will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the George Sherman Union in the GSU Conference Auditorium on the second floor.
For additional information or questions, contact Cecilia Hughes at 617-353-3750.
On Wednesday, April 4th, Boston University’s Sargent College is hosting the fourth annual Meredith E. Drench Lecture. This year’s lecture is presented by Travis Roy (COM’00), motivational speaker, activist and author. His book, Eleven Seconds, chronicles his 1995 accident (which left him paralyzed from the neck down), rehabilitation, and perseverance. He is also founder of the Travis Roy Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries and helping spinal cord injury survivors.
Established in 2009, the Drench Lecture Series is Sargent College’s first endowed lecture series. This series focuses on the psychosocial aspects of rehabilitation and aims to share Dr. Drench’s passion and belief in “compassionate rehabilitation” of the whole person.
This event will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Sargent College in Room 101, 635 Commonwealth Avenue. A reception will be held in the Setterberg Lounge following the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on the event, click here.