Category: Lectures

Miriam Margolyes to portray “Dickens’ Women”

September 27th, 2012 in Arts, Lectures, Talk, Theatre 0 comments

BAFTA award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes will perform her one-woman show, Dickens’ Women, based on women from Dickens’s fiction on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (871 Commonwealth Ave.).

Since the show’s inception in 1989, Margolyes has performed Dickens’ Women around the world, winning accolades and awards along the way. In the show, Margolyes portrays 23 characters from Dickens’ writing, including characters from some of Dickens’ most renowned tales.

The event is free and open to the public. No tickets necessary. Slide1

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David Byrne and Steven Pinker at BU for “How Music Works: Are We Born Musical?”

September 11th, 2012 in Arts, Lectures, Music 0 comments

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:

David Byrne

David Byrne/Photo Credit Cataling Kulczar

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, Psychologist/Cognitive Scientist

Steven Pinker/Photo Credit Max S. Gerber

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 InstinctHow 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.

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School of Social Work Welcomes Dr. Paul Farmer

April 13th, 2012 in Lectures 0 comments

On Boston University’s annual Global Day of Service, Saturday, April 14, the University will welcome Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health (PIH), as the guest speaker for the Hubie Jones Lecture. Dr. Farmer and PIH provide health care and advocacy services for people living in poverty around the world. The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health is an annual symposium addressing vexing health issues distinct to the urban context. Prominent national and international leaders toiling at the intersection of health and social justice present on health-centric topics of importance. The lecture honors the vision of Hubie Jones, dean emeritus of Boston University’s School of Social Work, who inspired and shaped the School’s urban mission during his 16-year tenure and who continues to influence and define the social and civic landscape of Boston as a leader, bridge-builder and advocate.

Today is the final day to register.  The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. The lecture will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in the School of Law Auditorium. The event will also be streaming live at

Contact Caitlan Nee at 617.353.5261;

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Author Pete Hamill comes to Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

April 12th, 2012 in Arts, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Lectures 0 comments

HamillcoverphotoOn 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.

Contact Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696;

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Defying the Odds: Rehabilitation and Perseverance After Spinal Cord Injury

April 2nd, 2012 in Lectures 0 comments

TravisOn 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.

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Observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 13th, 2012 in All-University Events, Arts, Concerts, Lectures, Musical Performances, Prose & Poetry 0 comments

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Boston University will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59) on Monday with an event, Manifest Our Destiny, which will include talks and performances by the BU community. The celebration, one of the largest MLK Day events in Boston, is an annual event which began before the first observance of the national holiday in 1986. Manifest Our Destiny takes place Monday, January 16th at 1 p.m., in the Metcalf Ballroom in the George Sherman Union. The event is free and open to the public, and will also be broadcast live on UStream.

For all of the events scheduled the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, visit BU Today.

Related Resources: Martin Luther King, Jr. at Boston University

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Archive: Located at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University

MLK’s Mentor Revealed: Second volume of papers traces Howard Thurman’s thinking pre-BU. (BU Today)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Roommate Reminisces: John Bustamante recalls Coretta Scott at Myles Standish, and Dorchester digs. (BU Today)

Paul Farmer on Martin Luther King, Jr.: Keynote address from medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, the founder of the international aid organization Partners in Health, in 2009. (BUniverse video)

Pin His Ear to the Wisdom Post: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the School of Prophets: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s only living sibling, Christine King Farris, is honored at an exhibition of MLK’s archives at Boston University in 2009, hosted by Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. (BUniverse video)

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Notable 2011 lectures and events recap: Captain Charles Moore

January 3rd, 2012 in Best of 2011, Lectures, Science & Research 0 comments

With 2011 behind us, we’re looking back on some of the distinguished visitors to the Boston University campus.

Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation visited Boston University to present on his discovery of the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch in 1997. He also discussed his book, Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, on November 9:

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View more lectures and events from 2011 here.

Notable 2011 lectures and events recap: Jill Abramson

December 30th, 2011 in Best of 2011, Lectures, Prose & Poetry 0 comments

As 2011 winds to a close, we’re looking back on some of the distinguished visitors to the Boston University campus.

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson discussed the future of narrative journalism in her keynote at the Power of Narrative Conference, hosted by the College of Communication, on April 30:

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View more lectures and events from 2011 here.

Notable 2011 lectures and events recap: Henri Cole

December 23rd, 2011 in Arts, Best of 2011, Lectures, Prose & Poetry 0 comments

As 2011 winds to a close, we’re looking back on some of the distinguished visitors to the Boston University campus.

The Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture, which pairs a poet with a recent graduate of the Creative Writing Program, welcomed poet Henri Cole and alumna Sara Peters (GRS’08), introduced by three-time U.S. poet laureate and BU professor Robert Pinsky, on September 14:

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View more lectures and events from 2011 here.

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“Today: Reflections on Good and Evil” on Monday, November 21st

November 17th, 2011 in Lectures, Religious Services & Activities 0 comments

Elie Wiesel

The third installment of “The Fascination with Jewish Tales: Three Encounters with Elie Wiesel” will be held on Monday, November 21st at 7:00 P.M. in the George Sherman Union Metcalf Hall.  Author, activist, and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities Elie Wiesel will be introduced by Rabbi Joseph A. Polak, Director of the Hillel Foundation.  The event is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 6:00 P.M.

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