Category: Lectures

School of Theology Event to Feature Internationally Recognized Attorney, Daniel Sheehan

April 4th, 2014 in Lectures, School of Law, School of Theology, Talk 0 comments

Daniel Sheehan is a Harvard educated lawyer that has participated in many of the country’s most significant court cases since the early 1970’s. Sheehan has influenced the social justice landscape by helping to find the truth and expose wrongdoings. Cases that Sheehan has participated in include The Pentagon Papers case, Eisenstadt v. Baird, the Black Panther 21 Trial, the Watergate burglary case, the Wounded Knee Trials, the Silkwood case, the Three Mile Island case, the Greensboro Massacre case, and the Iran-Contra Affair. Sheehan also co-founded the Christic Institute, a public interest law firm, in 1980. Now known as the Romero Institute, Sheehan’s firm was instrumental in American social reform throughout the 1980’s. sheehan

The School of Theology will be hosting Sheehan on Friday, April 11th for a talk entitled, “The Interface of Social Ethics and the Practice of American Constitutional Law.” Sheehan will discuss his experience in the field and how social ethics can influence legal decisions. Sheehan will also be present on Wednesday April 9th, when he will join Dr. John Hart (Professor of Theology) during his book signing from 4-6PM at the Barnes and Noble in Kenmore Square. Sheehan will be signing his memoirs, The People’s Advocate, and Dr. Hart will be reading and signing his book Cosmic Commons: Spirit, Science, and Space. 

“The Interface of Social Ethics and the Practice of American Constitutional Law” takes place on Friday, April 11th from 4-6PM in the Sargent College Curtis Auditorium at 635 Commonwealth Avenue. The event is free and open to the general public.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Glenn Frankel to Speak at CGS

January 24th, 2014 in Arts, Lectures, Talk 0 comments

The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning presents Glenn Frankel. He will be doing a lecture, discussion, and book-signing on his most recent book, “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend” on Thursday, February 6th from 4 to 6PM.

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Frankel is director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a longtime Washington Post reporter, editor and bureau chief in Jerusalem, London and Southern Africa, and he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the first Palestinian uprising.

He also served as editor of the Washington Post Magazine, deputy national news editor and Richmond, Va., bureau chief. His first book, Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel, won the National Jewish Book Award. His second, Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa, was a finalist for the Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize. (

CGS Humanities professor Kevin Stoehr will kick off the event with some words on his book “Ride, Boldly Ride: History of the American Western Movie” which features a preface by Clint Eastwood.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in CGS room 511.


Technology and Psychology: What’s the Connection?

October 7th, 2013 in Lectures, Talk 0 comments

Do you find yourself scrolling aimlessly down your newsfeed multiple times a day? Keep refreshing your Twitter feed? You’re not the only one.defleur_evite-Shyam-Sundar

Shyam Sundar PhD, a distinguished professor and the founder of the Media Effects Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University, is the guest speaker for the biannual Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture. This talk will reveal the reasons why online interactivity is so alluring, and discuss the various ways in which specific features of media technology shape our psychology.

Dr. Sundar will present empirical research demonstrating that structural aspects of the interface not only engage us and persuade us, but also provide autonomy, control, identity, self-expression, sense of community and external validation, leading to psychological empowerment and motivation to act.

The talk will be held on Thursday, October 10th in the Photonics Center from 4PM – 6PM. The event is free and open to the public.


Ford’s Scott Monty to Discuss Company’s Social Media Journey

October 7th, 2013 in College of Communication, Lectures, Talk, Uncategorized 0 comments

With social media becoming a staple in the corporate world, there’s no better time to learn the ins and outs of a successful social media campaign, especially firsthand from an expert in the field.


Keeping in step with this trend, COM’s Doers Makers Innovators returns with Scott Monty, global head of social media for Ford Motor Company. The talk is titled Social Wheels in Motion: Ford’s Social Media Journey.

Ranked by Forbes as one of the top 10 most influential people in social media, he has been called “the best corporate social media lead on the planet.” The Triple Terrier will share his lessons and experiences leading the auto giant into the world of real time social interaction.

Doers Makers Innovators is underwritten by Mullen. Previous guests have included Google Creative Lab’s Ben Malbon, and Goodby Silverstein and Partner’s Gareth Kay. The speaker series concentrates on bringing to COM leaders who are reshaping the communication industry.

This event is scheduled for Friday, October 11 in COM 209 from 11AM – 12:30PM. The series is free and open to the public.

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Gotlieb Center to host author Tina Sutton

September 13th, 2013 in Arts, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Lectures, Talk 0 comments

The Friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host Boston Globe fashion columnist and culture and arts writer Tina Sutton for a reception, book signing and talk on Thursday, September 19th at 6:00 PM.

Tina_Sutton_smMs. Sutton will talk about her new book The Making of Markova, a biography of acclaimed ballet choreographer and prima ballerina Alicia Markova. An exhibition of selections from Markova’s archive will be on display.

Alicia Markova (1910 – 2004) was one of the finest classical ballerinas of the 20th century and an innovator throughout her six-decade career. Born Lillian Alicia Marks in London, England, on December 1, 1910, the child dance prodigy made her professional stage debut at age 10. By 14, she was the youngest-ever soloist with Sergei Diaghilev’s famed Ballets Russes, where she worked with many of the greatest creative artists of her time, including George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky, and Henri Matisse.

Tina Sutton is a culture, arts, and fashion writer for newspapers and magazines, currently The Boston Globe. She has been a writer, researcher, and journalist for over 30 years. She is co-author of The Complete Color Harmony: Expert Color Information for Professional Color Results (2008); and her Color Harmony Compendium: A Complete Color Reference for Designers of All Types recently saw the publication of its 25th anniversary edition (2009).

The book signing, reception, and lecture will be held  in the Metcalf Ballroom of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue. Admission is free to members of the Friends of HGARC and students with a BU ID, admission for the general public is $25.

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

March 21st, 2013 in Lectures, sargent college 0 comments

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.

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Alumni Association Invites Guests to Revisit The Feminine Mystique, 50 Years Later

January 22nd, 2013 in Alumni, Lectures, Panels, Talk 0 comments

When Betty Friedan identified “the problem that has no name” – the widespread unhappiness that afflicted well-educated homemakers in the 1950s and 1960s– she touched a nerve among women across America whose lives stood in starch contrast to the rosy picture presented by contemporaneous television sitcoms like Leave it to Beaver. Friedan’s work set off a firestorm of debate that was crucial to the rise of the feminist movement.

The Boston University Alumni Association invites you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking work The Feminine Mystique on February 12 at 7 p.m. in the School of Management Auditorium.

A panel of experts from across the country including three BU alumnae, led by Virginia Sapiro, dean of the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences, will offer a critical exploration of the book and its legacy. Panelists will include Roberta Salper (CAS’59), Caryl Rivers, Eileen Boris (CAS’70) and Susan Riverby (GRS’82).

The School of Management Auditorium is on the first floor of 595 Commonwealth Aveunue. The event is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

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Honoring Alumnus Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15th, 2013 in Alumni, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Lectures, Talk 0 comments

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Boston University will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., who became “Dr. King” by earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology at BU in 1955. The University’s annual ceremony is one of the largest and oldest in the City of Boston, routinely drawing over 1,000 attendees from throughout the community.


On January 21, the University will hold several events in honor of Dr.King.

Lyrics: Boston University’s Annual Commemoration of MLK Day

The Dean of Students and Howard Thurman Center present Lyrics. This year’s event will reflect on the power of words in many forms. University faculty, staff and students will present spoken word, short talks and dramatic pieces on how words in all of their forms have touched civil rights and how Dr. King’s words have left a legacy that touches our everyday lives. The cast of the Underground Railway Theatre’s staging of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop will present a scene from the play, and Herbert Jones will provide dramatic performances and music.

Location: Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue
Time: 1:00 p.m.

For more information about this event, contact Kat Hasenauer Cornetta in the Dean of Students Office at 617-353-4126 or

Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture: Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will host director, producer and Academy Award Winning-actor Forest Whitaker as the speaker for its fourth Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture. Whitaker will be invested as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. The Gotlieb Center is the repository of Mr. Whitaker’s personal archive and an exhibition of his material will be on display.

Location: Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue
Time: 4:00 p.m.

For more information about this event, contact the Gotlieb Center at 617-353-3696 or

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14th Annual Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture Presented by Dr. Alan M. Jette

October 26th, 2012 in Lectures, sargent college 0 comments

As America experiences a major demographic shift because of increasing longevity, declining fertility and aging of the baby boomers, health care is changing fundamentally.

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On November 7th, Professor Alan M. Jette will deliver the 14th annual Dudley Allen Sargent Distinguished Lecture, which honors Sargent College founder Dudley Allen Sargent, M.D. whose mission was to provide students with comprehensive health care training.  In his lecture, “Face Into the Storm,” Dr. Jette will focus on the fundamental changes occurring within healthcare, including challenges of limited access to services and unsustainable cost escalation.

Jette, an expert on health policy and disability research, serves as director of the Health & Disability Research Institute and professor of Health Policy & Management at Boston University School of Public Health. His work focuses on the development of measurement instruments to evaluate the quality of health care.

The event will begin at 4pm at Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101. The event is free and open to the public. All attendees are invited to attend a reception following the lecture in the Setterberg Lounge.

For more information, contact Kat Tokarz; 617-353- 2705,

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In Your Face Politics: Television and the Intensification of Political Emotions

October 22nd, 2012 in College of Communication, Lectures 0 comments

Is the way Americans experience politicians and political conflict different now from how it was in the past?

On October 25 at 4pm, Dr. Diana C. Mutz will deliver the 3rd Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture entitled, “In Your Face Politics: Television and the Intensification of Political Emotions.” During her presentation, Dr. Mutz will draw on a series of experimental and survey studies to illuminate the consequences of incivility and the unique visual perspective of televised politics. Dr. Mutz’s findings have implications for understanding the strong emotions tied to contemporary politics.

Dr. Mutz is a Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Communication and Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in research on public opinion, political psychology and mass political behavior with an emphasis on political communication.

The event, hosted by the Communication Research Center, will take place in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center (8 St. Mary’s Street). The lecture is free and open to the public.

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