In reaction to President Obama’s announcement late last night of the death of Osama bin Laden, the Dean of Students (DOS) office is hosting a special Coffee & Conversation today from 3-5 PM ET in the Howard Thurman Center (George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Lower Level). Can’t make it? DOS will be live-streaming it via UStream on their Coffee & Conversation channel.
This weekend, Pulitzer Prize winners and best-selling authors will convene here at BU for the Journalism Department‘s annual conference, The Power of Narrative: The Rebirth of Storytelling. There, some of the nation’s most celebrated writers will discuss the art and future of narrative nonfiction.
2011 speakers include:
- Jill Abramson, Managing Editor, The New York Times
- Kate Medina, Executive Editor, Random House
- Susan Orlean, Author, The Orchid Thief
- Hampton Sides, Author, Hellhound on His Trail
- Douglas Starr, Author, The Killer of Little Shepherds; Professor, College of Communication
- Gay Talese, Journalist & Author
- Isabel Wilkerson, Author, The Warmth of Other Suns; Professor, College of Communication
- And many more…
The Creative Writing Program will host its annual Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture featuring former Poet Laureate and 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Kay Ryan and program alumna Katherine Hollander tonight at 7:00 PM in the Photonics Center, Room 206. The Lecture was established to bring distinguished writers to campus to read alongside recent graduates of the program. It is funded by Nancy Livingston and Fred M. Levin through The Shenson Foundation, in memory of Drs. Ben & A. Jess Shenson. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Everyone is familiar with the classic story of “Romeo and Juliet,” but this weekend CFA is spicing it up with an all-French opera rendition of the Shakespeare classic with English supertitles by Allison Voth. The performance is a collaboration between CFA’s School of Music Opera Institute and the School of Theatre and is hosted by CFA graduate students. The music is by Charles Gounod and the Libretto by Jules Barber and Michel Carré.
The performance will run from April 21-24, beginning at 7:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 pm on Sunday at the Boston University Theatre. Tickets are free with a BU ID, so don’t miss out. Tickets for BU alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, students and senior citizens are $15, and $20 to the general public.
The Huntington Theatre is located at 264 Huntington Avenue. To buy your tickets online, visit the Boston Theatre Scene or call the Box Office at (617) 933-8600.
The Friends of the Libraries will host celebrated writer Walter Mosley tonight at 5:30 PM in Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of George Sherman Union, 775 Comm Ave). Mosley is the author of more than 34 critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins and Devil in the Blue Dress, which was adapted as a film starring Denzel Washington. Mosley has been the recipient of the O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Prizes for the prestigious Lawrence G. Blackmon Student Book Collecting Contest will be awarded before the lecture. The event is free to Friends of the Libraries members and BU students, $25 per person for the public.
This year the Peace Corps commemorates 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Today, Boston University celebrates its long-standing relationship with the Peace Corps and the agency’s mission and legacy of service by honoring the past, demonstrating effectiveness and inspiring the next generation of volunteers.
Boston University’s Center for Global Health & Development along with the Peace Corps New England Regional Office and the Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are pleased to sponsor an event at the Boston University’s Trustee Center (One Silber Way, 9th floor) from 4 to 7 PM. The event will feature:
- Original art commemorating the Peace Corps by Boston University’s College of Fine Arts
- Sights and Sounds of Service video by Peace Corps at 50
- World music performances by local musicians
- Pictures from the front—2011 winners in the Boston Area Peace Corps Volunteers photo contest
- Discussions with leaders and volunteers
Our discussions, Future Dreams and Fond Memories by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will feature Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, (SPH’03), Jeffery M. Collins, and Steven B. Bloomfield. To attend, register here.
As part of MTV’s “Staying Alive” campaign, “Ignite” addresses the stigmas of an HIV or AIDS diagnosis — as well as virus education and attitudes about safe sex — against the backdrop of youth culture in various locales, including Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine. On April 21st and 22nd, the campaign is coming to Boston University with a screening of Shuga: An HIV/AIDS Soap Opera in Kenya.
In addition to two screenings — one on the Medical Campus and another on the Charles River Campus — a post-screening discussion will be held at COM, featuring Georgia Arnold, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at MTV and Director of Staying Alive. Dean of Students Kenn Elmore will continue the discussion as part of his weekly Coffee & Conversation on Friday, April 22nd.
Visit the Center for Global Health & Development’s Ignite landing page for the most updated information.
Last Thursday, I was lucky enough to attend Radian6‘s first user conference Social 2011 located at the gorgeous Marriott Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. For those of you who do not know, Radian 6 is a media monitoring and engagement company that effectively “helps businesses listen, discover, measure and engage in conversations across the social web.” In other words, they manage social media for companies including Twitter, Facebook, blogs, news sites, discussion boards, video and image sharing sites. Their software gives a comprehensive breakdown of everything the internet ever had to say about a company, and offers an platform to effectively engage with their individual audiences.
Social 2011 was the first user conference thrown by Radian6, inviting some of the biggest names in social media to mingle with those who use the Radian6 platform: essentially combining theory and practice. As a PR student with a interest in social media, this conference was right up my alley. Not only did I get to listen to compelling speakers who are defining the social media industry, but I also got the chance to meet business professionals who work with social media oh behalf of organizations.
Radian6 CEO Marcel LeBrun opened the conference and announced Radian6’s new Insights platform, a web platform that is knowledge-aware and discerns the underlying meaning of conversations, making social media monitoring even easier. It combines over 75 different platforms including Open Calais and Open Amplify and combines them to make Insights more intuitive.
Next the two keynote speakers from Dell were introduced: Chief Marketing Officer, Karen Quintos and Adam Brown, Executive Director of Social Media. Quintos offered Dell’s perspective on social media, showing us footage from their impressive Listening Command Center which is their home base of social media monitoring. Quintos drove home her point by giving us some stats about people who initially were antagonistic towards Dell, became some of their most avid advocates through social media monitoring and good customer service. Brown then continued the discussion, speaking about how social media can be used for what he called “edu-tainment” or using highly-produced content to tell stories. He also went on to stress how social media has to demonstrate it’s value to organizations with demonstrable ROI’s.
After the keynote it was time for some breakout sessions. I first attended one with Radian6’s Amber Naslund, about the highlights from the book she co-authored The Now Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Business Faster, Smarter and More Social. Naslund dicussed, among other things, how to measure soical media statistics and the right type of person to hire to do social media for your company (hint: it’s not an intern).
Next came some more Radian6 announcements. Executive Vice President Chris Ramsey announced the Summary Dashboard, a new feature of the Radian6 platform that enables a more user-friendly experience. He also announced that Summary Dashboard is formatted to accommodate tablets and mobile devices, prompting the Radian6 Mobile announcement.
After that I attended two of the “unconferences.” The first was a case study in crisis management from Intel. Rick Reed and Ali Ardalan shared with us some of the slip-ups that Intel experienced, one with a print ad and one with a grassroots campaign. There The second part of the “Unconference” was a briefing from Mike Proulx of Hill Holiday about the resonance of social media in television.
The last keynote speaker of the day was President of Twist Image, New York Times Best Seller and Canadian marketing guru Mitch Joel. Joel gave an engaging speech about the future of new commerce and the next steps for social media marketing. He stressed the importance of targeted landing pages and quicker reaction times to match the pace of the 24 hour news cycle.
Overall the conference was an overwhelming success. Although I was only able to go to the first day, it was a great opportunity to network and expand my knowledge on the ever-changing social media industry. As a student about to graduate, one of the things that I found most interesting was speaking with people about what they majored in in college, and how they ended up in social media. To my surprise, not many of them studied PR or even communications. Many of them were business, history or english majors that sort of fell into the industry. One thing that many of the speakers stressed, however, is that those who grew up with social media as an integral part of our communications repertoire are the most capable of adapting at the quick pace that social media demands. So here’s to hoping that my increasing dependence on social media eventually leads to a job.
Samantha is a senior in COM, majoring in Public Relations. Follow her @skops
When Disaster Strikes: Reporting and Responding is an international conference that will explore the collaboration and tension between journalists and public health workers at times of crisis. The event, featuring a keynote speech by NBC’s Kerry Sanders, will mark the first annual collaboration of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Boston University’s Center for Global Health and Development, School of Public Health and College of Communication. A wide range of experts from the fields of global health, NGOs and journalism, as well as citizens and volunteers, will focus on the many layers of crisis in post-earthquake Haiti, to establish strategies for journalists and aid workers to function collaboratively.
The Creative Writing Program, one of the oldest writing programs in the country, is hosting their annual faculty reading tonight at 6:00 PM in the SMG Auditorium (595 Comm. Ave). Faculty participating include:
Leslie Epstein (Program Director)
Louise Glück (United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner)
Allegra Goodman (National Book Award finalist)
Ha Jin (Awardee of National Book Award, PEN/Hemingway, twice PEN/Faulkner)
Robert Pinsky (United States Poet Laureate)
Tonight’s event is free and open to the public.