Category: Talk

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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Chef Jacques Pepin to speak at BU

November 28th, 2012 in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Talk 0 comments

JacquesPepinLearn about the fascinating life and career of world-renowned culinary master Jacques Pépin when the chef visits BU on December 5 for a reception, book signing and talk. During the event, part of the Friends Speaker Series hosted by The Friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Pépin will reflect on his career as a famed chef and will sign copies of his newly published book, Jacques Pépin’s New Complete Techniques. Guests are also welcome to browse an exhibition of selections from the chef’s archive.

In addition to being an internationally recognized chef, Pépin has also worked as the host of acclaimed and popular cooking programs on public television and as a respected instructor, prolific author and gifted artist. Pépin currently hosts public television series, “Essential Pépin,” and has previously hosted “Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way” and  “Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way.” A close friend to Julia Child, Pépin co-starred in the 1999 PBS series “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home,” which won a Daytime Emmy in 2001. A former columnist for The New York Times, Pépin writes a quarterly column for Food & Wine and is a faculty member here at Boston University.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Metcalf Ballroom, located on the second floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue. The event is $25 for the public and free for BU students.

For more information, contact Christopher Gately at or (617) 353-3696.

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A night with Italian opera musicologist Philip Gossett

October 15th, 2012 in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Opera, Talk 0 comments

Verdi Gossett Flyer

Join Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, in collaboration with the School of Music and College of Fine Arts, for a memorable night with Philip Gossett, one of the world’s foremost experts on Italian opera.

The Spirit of Verdi will take place on Thursday, October 25 at 6PM in the Metcalf Ballroom of The George Sherman Union. This event is free and open to the public.

Boston radio icon Ron Della Chiesa will moderate the evening which is part of a yearlong exploration and celebration of the work of Giuseppe Verdi in anticipation of the bicentennial of the composer’s birth.

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

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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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Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center to host Distinguished Journalist Hedrick Smith

September 26th, 2012 in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Talk 0 comments

Hedrick SmithThe Friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, producer, correspondent and author Hedrick Smith for a reception and book signing on Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 PM in Metcalf Hall.

Mr. Smith will discuss his latest book Who Stole the American Dream? (September, 2012), an account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and how it might be restored.

Mr. Smith also has been recognized for producing a number of award-winning documentaries for PBS and is a best-selling author, best known for 1976’s The Russians.

This event is free for BU students. Tickets for the general public are available at the door for $25.00.

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

Photo Credit-Foster Wiley

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Judy Smith on Campus for “Inside a Scandal: Sex, Politics and Drama”

September 14th, 2012 in Alumni, College of Communication, Talk 0 comments

Judy A. Smith, the nation’s top crisis manager, attorney, author, BU alumna, and co-executive producer and inspiration behind ABC’s hot new television drama, Scandal, will be on campus Monday, September 24 for Inside a Scandal: Sex, Politics and Drama. The discussion with Smith will occur in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad.

The talk  will be moderated by BU alumna and WCVB-TVs Karen Holmes Ward and  will include exclusive screenings of scenes from Season 2 of Scandal.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.  RSVP by September 19th to reserve a seat.

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Cinema, Opera, Art: The Passon of Werner Schroeter

September 12th, 2012 in Arts, College of Communication, Film, Off Campus, Presentations, Talk 0 comments

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.

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The Nursing Archives Associates presents their annual meeting with talk by Dr. Jeanette Ives Erickson

May 14th, 2012 in Alumni, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Talk 0 comments

Tonight The Nursing Archives Associates at Boston University and the Boston University Alumni Association will host their annual meeting with guest speaker Dr. Jeanette Ives Erickson, (RN, DNP, FAAN) for her talk The Evolution and Revolution in Patient Care. A graduate of Boston University Graduate School of Nursing, Dr. Erickson is Senior Vice President for Patient Care and Chief Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The event will also feature the inaugural presentation of the Nursing Archives Associates Mary Ann Garrigan Award to honor outstanding professional achievement in nursing. The meeting will take place in the first floor auditorium of the School of Management at 5:30 p.m.

The History of Nursing Archives contains an extensive book collection, as well as the personal and professional papers of nursing leaders; records of educational institutions, public health groups, and nursing organizations; and histories of various American and foreign schools of nursing. The books and manuscripts in the History of nursing Archives document the evolution and contribution of the nursing profession in the fields of public health and military history.

To become a member or for more information please contact Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696;

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