By Kira Jastive
Renowned musician, artist and author David Byrne and noted cognitive scientist Steven Pinker will come together on Monday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m. at BU’s Tsai Performance Center for David Byrne and Steven Pinker in Conversation, “How Music Works: Are We Born Musical?” The discussion will center on Mr. Byrne’s latest book, How Music Works, which looks at how music is shaped by time and space.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the event is presented in partnership with DialogProjects and kicks-off the Boston University Arts Initiative. Created by the Office of the Provost, the BU Arts Initiative is a campus-wide effort to improve visibility for the University’s broad array of existing arts-related activities.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets must be picked-up at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the discussion or they will be re-issued. For more information, call the Tsai Center box office at 617-353-8725 or visit: http://go.bu.edu/byrne-pinker.
How Music Works, which will be released this month, is David Byrne’s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he’s spent a lifetime thinking about. He explains how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and how the advent of recording technology forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music. Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns—and tells us how they have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators. Touching on the joy, physics, and the business of making music, he also shows how it is inextricably linked to its cultural and physical context.
David Byrne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The author of Bicycle Diaries and The New Sins, Byrne lives in New York City.
Steven Pinker is a cognitive scientist at Harvard who conducts research on how people learn, use, and change language, and he is also one of the world’s foremost writers on the human mind and human nature. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received seven honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and The New Republic.
Mr. Schmidt will speak before more than 5,000 graduates and 20,000 guests at New England’s largest graduation ceremony. Schmidt will receive an honorary Doctor of Science.
BU President Robert A. Brown announced the commencement, baccalaureate speakers and honorary degree recipients to the members of the Class of 2012 this morning at the annual Senior Breakfast, held at the George Sherman Union.
Brown also revealed that The Honorable Sandra Lynch, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals First Circuit, will deliver the Commencement Day baccalaureate address at 11:00 a.m. at Marsh Chapel. Lynch will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
The prestigious list of honorary degree recipients also includes former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Norman Augustine (Doctor of Science); Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient, Thomas G. Kelley (Doctor of Laws); and noted actor, Leonard Nimoy (Doctor of Humane Letters).
Also announced today are the recipients of BU’s Metcalf Cup and Prize and Metcalf Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Receiving the esteemed Metcalf Cup is Andrew Duffy, master lecturer of physics at the College of Arts and Sciences. This year’s Metcalf Award winners are Marisa Milanese, lecturer in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program; and Robert Lowe, associate professor of medicine at the School of Medicine. The Metcalf Cup carries with it a prize of $10,000 and the Metcalf Award winners receive $5,000. Students, faculty and alumni nominate candidates for the awards established in 1973 by a gift from the late Boston University Board of Trustees chairman emeritus Arthur G.B. Metcalf.
“Side Streets” is a partnership between The Quad and BU Now, in which Quad writers will profile things to see and do along different streets that intersect Commonwealth Avenue. This week’s street of choice is Harvard Avenue, which lies just past Packard’s Corner, west of West Campus.
Places to see:
Soul Fire— 182 Harvard Avenue (at corner of Comm. Ave).
Refuge Cafe— 155 Brighton Avenue (between Harvard Avenue and Linden Street).
Anna’s Taqueria— 446 Harvard Street.
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“Side Streets” is a partnership between BU Now and The Quad, in which Quad writers will profile things to see and do along different streets that intersect Commonwealth Avenue. This week’s street of choice, Massachusetts Avenue, is otherwise affectionately referred to as “Mass Ave” by Bostonians. Mass Ave is 16 miles of history and culture. The street runs from Dorchester to Lunenberg. On a journey down Mass Ave, you’ll encounter bars, restaurants, historic landmarks, shops, and even colleges.
Should you find yourself in far eastern BU territory, make moves to Mass Ave and stop in any of the following highlights of the legendary street.
On Friday, October 28th, the BU Physics Department held their seventh annual Pumpkin Drop. The ceremonies were led by Physics professor, Rob Carey. Forty-two pumpkins of all sizes were dropped from the roof of the Metcalf Science Center. Some were filled with vibrant paints, which splattered on to a canvas, while others contained flour, dry ice and more.
Halfway through the Pumpkin Drop, Carey announced the winners of the costume contest, with top prize going to a gorilla. One student also won a prize for guessing the weight of the largest (and last) pumpkin to be dropped, at 89 pounds. Despite the chilly weather, a big crowd came out to support this festive event and reaffirm its belief in the laws of gravity.