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Rubin-Frankel Gallery at Hillel to Showcase Salvador Dali’s “Aliyah, the Rebirth of Israel”

February 21st, 2013 in Arts, Galleries & Exhibits, Hillel.

Often remembered for his eccentricity, surrealist perspective and 1930’s prominence, artist Salvador Dali is now taking on a new identity as a creator of Jewish art with a focus on the Jewish post-war experience. Boston University Hillel’s Rubin-Frankel Gallery is proud to further the effort to explore Dali’s later career through a gallery of one of his most visually appealing works, “Aliyah, the Rebirth of Israel.”

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Originally commissioned in 1968 for Israel’s 20th anniversary, “Aliyah”  takes guests on a historical journey of the Jewish people’s return to their homeland. The Rubin-Frankel Gallery is honored to host a complete collection of the 25 signed, colored lithographic reproductions of Dali’s original mixed-media paintings through July 31, 2013.

The opening reception for this prolific work will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Further commentary on the collection’s historical, cultural and artistic significance will be highlighted by David Blumenthal, a professor of Judaic studies at Emory University, as well as Noit Banoi, a lecturer of modern and contemporary art from the School of Museum of Fine Arts. Professor Blumenthal also narrates a podcast to accompany guests to the gallery, explaining the context of the work and the Zionist background of each lithograph.

This event is free and open to the public. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will follow the presentation. Please RSVP  to rubinfrankelgallery@gmail.com.

After opening night, the gallery will also be hosting a reception for Boston University students and faculty on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. Guests will be participate in a one-on-one discussion with the owner of the collection and viewing of the work complete with a provided lunch in the Hillel dining area. Space is limited, so please RSVP to rubinfrankelgallery@gmail.com.

The Rubin-Frankel Gallery is located in the Boston University Hillel at 213 Bay State Road and is open the following hours:

Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00pm
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Holland Dieringer at 617-353-7634 or visit the Rubin-Frankel Gallery’s website.

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

January 22nd, 2013 in Alumni, Lectures, Panels, Talk.

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.

Honoring Alumnus Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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 katcorn@bu.edu.

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 archives@bu.edu.

Creative Writing Department Hosts Poetry Reading at The Castle

December 3rd, 2012 in Prose & Poetry.

Join poetry lovers at The Castle at 7:30 p.m. December 6 to listen to the graceful words of Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams and BU alumna Eleanor Goodman.

A book signing will follow the reading, hosted by the Creative Writing Department as part of the Robert Lowell Memorial Reading Series.

C. K. Williams has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors. A book of poems, Writers Writing Dying, was published this autumn, as was a book of essays, In Time: Poets, Poems, and the Rest.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

Eleanor Goodman writes poetry, fiction, and criticism, and translates from Chinese. Her work appears in journals such as Pathlight, PN Review, Los Angeles Review, Chutzpah 天南, Pleiades, The Guardian, Cha, and The Best American Poetry website. She has held residencies at the American Academy in Rome and the Vermont Studio Center, and is currently a Research Associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Chef Jacques Pepin to speak at BU

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

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 archives@bu.edu or (617) 353-3696.

International Survivors of Suicide Day

November 14th, 2012 in Conferences & Workshops, sargent college.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention someone commits suicide every 14 minutes in the U.S.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have been affected by suicide, join counseling professionals and survivors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 14th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, November 17.

In addition to sharing their stories, attendees will hear experts from the BU community discuss what they know about suicide and grief. Speakers include Brother Larry Whitney, LC+, University Chaplain for Community Life; Margaret Ross, Director of Behavioral Medicine, Student Health Services; and Larry Kohn, Director of Development, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street.

The cost is $5 for students, $15 for the general public.

For more information, contact Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D., at dorih@bu.edu.

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

October 26th, 2012 in Lectures, sargent college.

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, ktokarz@bu.edu.

National Physical Therapy Month Events on Campus

October 22nd, 2012 in sargent college.

Interested in health, wellness and fitness? College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is hosting several upcoming events to promote National Physical Therapy Month, which seeks to help educate the public about the benefits of physical therapy each October.

Balance: Under the Influence of Physical Therapy: A challenge course will give participants insight into the many systems involved in maintaining balance. Candy and raffle tickets will be distributed to all participants.

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, October 24, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Marsh Plaza

Proper Stretching Techniques: This event will show participants the proper way to stretch 4 major muscle groups, while teaching participants the different scopes of PT practice.

Trick or Trot: This 5k Fun Run will kick off at the BU beach, travel 1.5 miles eastbound then turn around to finish at the starting point. Free registration begins at 11 a.m. and the race starts at 12 p.m. Participants will receive free t-shirts (while supplies last) and a prize will be given for best costume. Participants have a chance to win raffle prizes including gift certificates to Marathon Sports, Get In Shape for Women and Chi Bang Bodies.

  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location:  BU Beach

Pro-Motion Fitness Challenge: Participants will have the opportunity to test their strength and see how they measure up in a series of fitness challenges. Participants will receive free prizes.

  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct 26, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Marsh Plaza

The Great Debate: Has President Obama Earned a Second Term?

October 22nd, 2012 in College of Communication.

On Thursday, November 1, just days before Election Day, the College of Communication‘s Department of Journalism will host “The Great Debate: Has President Obama Earned a Second Term?”

During this formal debate, two teams, each consisting of two guest speakers and one Boston University student, will go head-to-head to present arguments and rebuttals on issues of great importance in the November 6th election.

Participants include:

  • Mary Anne Marsh, Democratic political analyst on the FOX News Channel
  • William R. Keylor, professor of international relations and author of A World of Nations: The International Order since 1945
  • Bing West, co-author of the recently published Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
  • John Podhoretz, columnist, editor and former speechwriter for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. H. Bush
  • Aaron Heller (CAS ’14)
  • Michael Neminski (CAS ’15)

Audience members will play an active role in the conversation and, after hearing from both sides, will ultimately choose the winning team.

The Great Debate will take place at the Tsai Performance Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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

October 22nd, 2012 in College of Communication, Lectures.

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.