Best of 2011

Metropolitan College to Host Conference on the Food & Wine Industry

August 16th, 2013 in Conferences & Workshops, Panels, Talk.

With a different type of cuisine trending every month and a new, fanatical, group of “foodies” sprouting up on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter, there has never been a better time to examine and discuss the in’s and out’s of the restaurant and hospitality business. Keeping in step with the current trend, Boston University’s Metropolitan College will host Tools of the Trade: Experiential Studies for the Food Industry.

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This two-day conference on Sept. 21 – 22 will showcase guest speakers and panelists who will share their expertise in subjects like sustainability; large-scale and boutique businesses; the restaurant and hospitality industries; communication; experiential academics; and wine, beer, and spirits. Noted guests include food historian, Ken Albala; Darra Goldstein, editor of Gastronomica; WBUR’s Jeremy Hobson; Jeff Tenner, vice president of Not Your Average Joe’s; Ihsan Gurdal, co-owner of Formaggio Kitchen; Garrett Harker, owner of Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar and The Hawthorne; Sheryl Julian, food editor for The Boston Globe; Mary Beaudry, Boston University professor of archaeology, anthropology, and gastronomy; and Sandy Block, Master of Wine and VP of beverage at Legal Sea Foods.

The menu for the conference highlights the flavor of Boston with local food trucks, a seafood and wine reception, and a lobster bake all on the schedule.

Tools of the Trade: Experiential Studies for the Food Industry will be held at Boston University’s Jacob Sleeper Hall, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. For more information or to register, call 617-353-9852 or visit the conference website.

College of Communication to host conference on emerging media studies

April 25th, 2013 in College of Communication, Conferences & Workshops.

Mobile and social technology: they are, thus far, the defining feature of the 21st century.  Emerging technologies such as Google’s “Project Glass” reveal that the future will be all about offering mobile people convenient heads-up displays of relevant data on an individualized basis. In an instant, users will be able to access location of friends, commercial offers, tourist information, news and sports updates, and even running scans of personal characteristics of passers-by on the street. When chatting with friends, voice stress analysis and other psychological state indications could be detected and displayed to users.


This new world promises change, but it is not a world we must enter into blindly. In preparation, the Boston University College of Communication hosts “Living Inside Mobile Social Information,” an academic workshop that will draw upon existing evidence to aid in understanding these likely changes. Taking place on April 29-30, the workshop will bring together scholars in hopes of moving past casual speculation and instead drawing on systematic social-science based analyses.

In addition, there will be a free forum open to the public on Monday, April 29 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road. Titled “Small Wonder: An Exploration of Knowing Something about Anything,” the public session will feature Peppino Ortoleva, a professor at the Università di Torino, who will present “Homo ludicus on the move: The ubiquity of play and the fragmentation of time.” Professors from the University of Michigan Scott W. Campbell and Joseph Bayer as well as Rich Ling from the IT University of Copenhagen will present on “The case of the missing phone: Implications of Google Glass for the embeddedness of mobile communication.” Though no advanced registration is necessary, a sign-in will begin at 4:15 pm. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

The event is sponsored by the Division of Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication, Boston University and co-sponsored by Microsoft Research and Motorola Mobility.

More information available here.

The Crossroads Project: Exploring Climate Change Through Art, Music, and Science

April 10th, 2013 in All-University Events, Arts, Musical Performances, Presentations, Science & Research.

How do you experience the world around you? Touch? Sight? Sounds? What if learning took place the same way? Rather than differentiate between these subjects, the Boston University Arts Initiative will present the phenomenon of climate change via a combination of science, art and music.  Appropriately titled, The Crossroads Project will be held Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 pm at the Tsai Performance Center at 685 Commonwealth Avenue.

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By combining compelling information and imagery, the Crossroads Project reinforces a theme, and then unleashes powerful music in an effort to inspire deep and personal contemplation of this theme — that is, the choices we are making and the scale of their consequences. Crossroads takes an audience from intellectual understanding, to emotional experience, to personal resolve.

The Crossroads Project showcases a unique and compelling presentation featuring stunning visuals and moving music by the Fry Street Quartet along with Physicist Robert Davies exploring the science of climate change.  The presentation includes a community conversation moderated by Boston University Dean of Students Kenn Elmore as well as distinguished guests Brian Swett, Chief of Environment & Energy for the City of Boston and Lynn Allen, Director of the School of Visual Arts at Boston University. Nathan Phillips and Cutler Cleveland, both professors of Earth and Environment at Boston University will also lead discussions on sustainability and the science behind climate change.

The Crossroads Project is co-sponsored by sustainability@bu and the Boston University Dean of Students. The event is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance, tickets are limited.  Registration is available online at

For more information, contact Ty Furman at 617-358-0489 or

College of Communication to host 13th Annual Narrative Journalism Conference

April 3rd, 2013 in College of Communication, Conferences & Workshops.

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Members of the  journalism community have gathered at Boston University 12 times before to strengthen their craft and learn from peers about the “power of narrative.” Despite changes in technology since its 1998 inception, the mission of the conference has remained the same: “to impart the down-to-earth humanity that characterizes the genre of narrative journalism.”  This year’s conference, titled “The Power of Narrative: Storytelling Journalism Goes Digital,” celebrates and explores the genre as it expands into digital media.  Hosted by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), the conference will span three days, April 5-7, complete with keynote talks, breakout sessions, skills workshops and café sessions with speakers.

This year’s conference will celebrate the rich 40-year history of the craft of narrative journalism, tracing its evolution to the digital age. Masters of the craft, including Pulitzer, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, Peabody, and National Book Award winners, and leading broadcasters and documentary filmmakers, will share their know-how alongside many of the innovators in digital narrative journalism.

Keynote speakers for the 2013 conference include Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and author of nine non-fiction books including The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains.  Additional keynote speakers include veteran magazine editor Richard Todd, NPR Middle-East correspondent Kelly McEvers, and columnist Ann Friedman along with COM faculty members Dick Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff. The conference will also feature more than 25 different breakout sessions that will cover a variety of topics, including narrative in the digital age, multimedia publishing, audience engagement, the role of photojournalism and the full spectrum of journalism (see full schedule).

The 2013 Narrative Conference will be held at the Boston University School of Management at 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. The conference is intended for practitioners, teachers, and early and mid-career writers and editors interested in narrative journalism. The conference covers print, radio, podcasts, web-based multi-media, slide/sound productions, dedicated apps, and documentary film.

Registration ends at midnight on April 2 or until sold out. Contact Lisa Bassett in the journalism department with any questions at 617-353-3484.

Lecture & Reception with Award-Winning Author Joseph Finder

April 3rd, 2013 in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

finder2Local Bostonian, New York Times espionage writer and award-winning author of thrillers, Joseph Finder lives and breathes the real-life and fiction world of spies. This fall, a movie will be released based on his book Paranoia starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. This spring, he’s coming to Boston University as part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center’s Friends Speaker Series.

On Tuesday, April 30 at 6:00 pm, Finder will be at the Metcalf Ballroom to lead a discussion on his life and career, beginning with his early childhood spent in Afghanistan and the Phillippines. Finder is the author of The Zero Hour, High Crimes, Killer Instinct, Company Man,Vanished, and Buried Secrets. His novel High Crimes was made into the film of the same name starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.

A reception will follow the lecture as well as an exhibition of his archive on display. This event is free to students with a BU ID.

The Metcalf Ballroom is located on the second floor of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue.

For more information, contact the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696 or at

Nursing Archives Association Annual Meeting Featuring State Representative Kay Khan

April 3rd, 2013 in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

Join the Nursing Archives Associates as they celebrate their annual meeting Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 pm with Massachusetts State Representative Kay Khan, who will give the talk “A Nurse’s Perspective from the Massachusetts Legislature.”

Kay KahnKay Khan is the member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the district of Newton and has served that role since 1995. Khan is the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Khan is also the founder and co-chair of the legislative Mental Health Caucus, the first of its kind in the country, and founder and co-chair of a task force on Women in the Criminal Justice System and their children, under the Caucus of Women Legislators, of which she was the co-chair in 1998. In recent years, Khan also served on the Commission to End Homelessness.

Khan received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University School of Nursing, and her first job as a nurse, was at Boston Children’s Hospital. She later became an instructor for Boston University School of Nursing undergraduate students on a pediatric rotation. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Boston University and worked in a group private practice in Newton for close to 20 years.

The  Nursing Archives Associates supports the History of Nursing Archives in the preservation of the working papers,correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and histories of important individuals, associations and organizations , both historical and contemporary, who are important in the nursing field, and in making these valuable, unique primary resources available to researchers.

Following Representative Kahn’s talk, complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres will be provided and there will be a cash bar. RSVP to 617-353-3697 by April 2nd.

The History of Nursing Archives are a valuable part of the holdings of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. For information about membership, call (617) 353-3696 or visit

Sargent College Drench Lecture to Feature Entrepreneur and Extreme Sports Enthusiast, Jothy Rosenberg

March 21st, 2013 in Lectures, sargent college.

As a teenager, Jothy Rosenberg was told he had zero chance of survival. Two bouts with cancer, an amputation, and a lung removal crippled the avid athlete. Forty years later, Rosenberg is not only living, but thriving and using extreme sports as a path to recovery and to raise money for important causes. This year, in addition to his roles as entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker and extreme sports enthusiast, Rosenberg will deliver the 2013 Meredith E. Drench Lecture at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 PM.

His talk, “Who Says I Can’t”, titled after his book of the same name, will share Rosenberg’s perspective on the Jothy Rosenberg effect that suddenly becoming disabled and believing your life is over can have on one’s personality and ability to fight back, recover, and thrive. Rosenberg was selected as the ideal embodiment of the spirit of the Drench Lecture, which focuses on the connection between physical rehabilitation and psychosocial behavioral influences. The goal of the Lecture is to advocate both Sargent and Drench’s shared belief in the “compassionate rehabilitation” of the whole person. The annual Drench lecture was started in 2009 through an endowment from Sargent College alumna Meredith E. Drench, PhD, PT.

As evidence of his ability to thrive despite physical challenged, Rosenberg has been immeasurably successfully since his dismal diagnosis. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from Duke University where he was a professor for five years. He is the founder of eight high-tech startup companies and the author of three technical books. Today he helps startup companies navigate their perilous early days, runs several large government research programs in cybersecurity, and is a motivational speaker sharing his experiences from his book. He also created a new TV series called Who Says I Can’t, which focuses on the incredible people you will find everywhere who refuse to be knocked down by life and who have used sports to fight back and thrive.

The Drench Lecture will be held in room 101 of Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Avenue.

The event is free and open to the public. All attendees are invited to a reception following the lecture in the Setterberg Lounge.

The “Best of the Best” of American Poetry

March 21st, 2013 in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

25 years ago, poet David Lehman began a quest to document the best of the best of American poetry by creating an anthology that captured the state of the industry in the moment. Featuring veteran and amateur poets, whose work covers a breadth of topics, the “Best of American Poetry” Series has become an annual bestseller. This year, poet-laureates, Guggenheim Fellows, Pulitzer Prize Winners, novices and poetry lovers will unite on Thursday, April 4 at 6:00 PM for the “Best of the Best” of American Poetry, hosted by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

This event will fill the halls of the Metcalf Ballroom with award-winning poetry readings hosted by Boston University Best Poetry Flyer 2013 JPGProfessor and three time Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, the series’ 2013 guest editor.

This year’s featured speakers are several contributing poets to the current anthology, including Carl Phillips, an award-winning poet and current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; Pulitzer Prize winner Lloyd Schwartz; and Charles Simic, a fellow poet laureate and co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. Boston University Professor and Metcalf Award winner, Rosanna Warren will also be among the speakers.

Copies of the 25th anniversary anthology will be on sale and a book signing with the poets will precede the reading.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Metcalf Ballroom is located on the second floor of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue.

For more information, contact the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696 or at

Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart: Exhibition & Reception

March 21st, 2013 in Arts, Galleries & Exhibits, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

Keith Lockhart Flyer JPGPerhaps no Boston Pops orchestra conductor has brought as varied an array of compositions as Keith Lockhart. From Broadway’s Carousel to the self-produced Red Sox Album, Lockhart’s style, effervescence and ability to connect with audiences have kept him at the conductor’s stand for 17 years. Now, the friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center present an exploration of his archive and a discussion with the local legend.

On Wednesday, April 3 at 6:00 PM in the Metcalf Ballroom, Lockhart will discuss his life and career and his work with artists such as John Mayer, Steven Tyler and Sting. A reception will follow and guests will be treated to an exhibition of the Lockhart archive.

This event is free to students with a BU ID.

The Metcalf Ballroom is located on the second floor of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue.

For more information, contact the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696 or at

The Civil War 150 Years Later: Treasures from the Vault

March 4th, 2013 in Arts, Galleries & Exhibits, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

150 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, in the midst of various civil war anniversaries and commemorative films such as the Oscar-nominated Lincoln, the Howard-Gotlieb Archival Research Center is proud to reveal a new exhibition: “The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault.”

Via original manuscript pieces such as letters, journals, maps, official documents and publications, the exhibition will explore the causes, reactions, and responses of the American Civil War.

LincolnTreasures from the Vault” uses various perspectives and categories to achieve a broader understanding of the conflict that divided the fledgling Unites States. Artifacts illuminating slavery, emancipation, Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet, and his assassination, the armies of both sides, the Union navy, and the difficulties faced post-war are on display.

All materials are selected from collections held in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Among the collections involved, the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts and the First Corps of Cadets present a close view of the part Massachusetts played in the conflict.

“The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault” will be on display through August 2013 in the Richards-Frost Room on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library at 771 Commonwealth Avenue. The room is open Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Gotlieb Center at (617) 353-3696 or