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.
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 www.bu.edu/arts/crossroads-registration/.
For more information, contact Ty Furman at 617-358-0489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholars of film and the performing arts will gather September 27th – 29th to debate the work of German director Werner Schroeter who, by the time of his death in 2010, was considered one of the key creative forces in film, theater and opera in Europe. Co-sponsored by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), Cinema, Opera, Art: The Passion of Werner Schroeter, will bring together scholars from Germany, Austria, Australia, and the U.S. for an international, interdisciplinary conference. The conference will examine different facets of Schroeter’s four decades-long career, including his late-60s and early-70s avant-garde films, his German and internationally-made art house features, his documentaries, and his passion for theater and opera.
Cinema, Opera, Art is free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Goethe-Institut, the German cultural center at 170 Beacon Street, Boston. The conference schedule is: Sept. 27th: 5:30 – 9:00 PM, Sept. 28th: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Sept. 29th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Speakers include: Stefan Drößler (Film Museum Munich); Gertrud Koch (Freie Universität Berlin); Christine Noll Brinckmann (Prof. Emeritus, University of Zurich, Switzerland); Michelle Langford (The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia); Charles Warren (Boston University and Harvard University); Edward Dimendberg (University of California, Irvine); Ken Eisenstein (Mount Holyoke College); Eric Rentschler (Harvard University); Gerd Gemünden (Dartmouth College); Fatima Naqvi (Rutgers University); Roy Grundmann (Boston University); and John Gianvito (Emerson College).
Cinema, Opera, Art will be held in conjunction with two other events: a retrospective of Schroeter’s films at the Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge; and a photo exhibition of the work of Schroeter’s long-time stage and costume designer, AlberteBarsacq, at the Goethe-Institut.
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.
Today, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will host “In Conversation with Christopher Ricks – Samuel Beckett: Going to Confessions, Part 3” as part of the Student Enrichment Series.
Join Professor Christopher Ricks as he presents and discusses the play, “Eh Joe” preceded by the chance to experience the art of Samuel Beckett in performance. Professor Ricks is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University and is the co-director of the Editorial Institute.
“In Conversation with Christopher Ricks” will be hosted February 7, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Richards-Roosevelt Room on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library. The event is open to students as well as the general public and admission is free based on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit the Gotlieb website.
On Tuesday, November 8th, Dr. Robert Post visited Sargent College to present the “USDA’s New MyPlate Initiative: Putting the Dietary Guidelines into Action” for the 13th Annual Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture. As Deputy Director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), Post oversees the MyPlate Initiative‘s design, website development and communications campaign.
Dr. Post described MyPlate’s collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama: “It really brings home the issue of improving our healthy choices, but because of the affiliation with Let’s Move!, it also shows that we’re not only talking about healthy choices. We’re really also talking about balancing those food choices with physical activity.”
Tonight, the Graduate Programs in City Planning and Urban Affairs and Metropolitan College’s Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy present “The Urban Farm,” a presentation by Farm Manager Jolie Olivetti of ReVision Urban Farm in Dorchester. Olivetti will focus on the history and importance of urban agriculture.
“The Urban Farm” is the first of three lectures in “The Edge: Urban and Regional Conversations at Boston University.” The series examines “the social, economic and environmental relevance of food to the city and its people.”
Tonight’s event will be held in Room 511 in the College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, beginning at 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the City Planning and Urban Affairs website, or contact Enrique R. Silva.
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