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College of Communication to host conference on emerging media studies

April 25th, 2013 in College of Communication, Conferences & Workshops 0 comments

Mobile and social technology: they are, thus far, the defining feature of the 21st century.  Emerging technologies such as Google’s “Project Glass” reveal that the future will be all about offering mobile people convenient heads-up displays of relevant data on an individualized basis. In an instant, users will be able to access location of friends, commercial offers, tourist information, news and sports updates, and even running scans of personal characteristics of passers-by on the street. When chatting with friends, voice stress analysis and other psychological state indications could be detected and displayed to users.


This new world promises change, but it is not a world we must enter into blindly. In preparation, the Boston University College of Communication hosts “Living Inside Mobile Social Information,” an academic workshop that will draw upon existing evidence to aid in understanding these likely changes. Taking place on April 29-30, the workshop will bring together scholars in hopes of moving past casual speculation and instead drawing on systematic social-science based analyses.

In addition, there will be a free forum open to the public on Monday, April 29 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road. Titled “Small Wonder: An Exploration of Knowing Something about Anything,” the public session will feature Peppino Ortoleva, a professor at the Università di Torino, who will present “Homo ludicus on the move: The ubiquity of play and the fragmentation of time.” Professors from the University of Michigan Scott W. Campbell and Joseph Bayer as well as Rich Ling from the IT University of Copenhagen will present on “The case of the missing phone: Implications of Google Glass for the embeddedness of mobile communication.” Though no advanced registration is necessary, a sign-in will begin at 4:15 pm. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

The event is sponsored by the Division of Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication, Boston University and co-sponsored by Microsoft Research and Motorola Mobility.

More information available here.

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The Crossroads Project: Exploring Climate Change Through Art, Music, and Science

April 10th, 2013 in All-University Events, Arts, Musical Performances, Presentations, Science & Research 0 comments

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.

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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 tyf@bu.edu

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College of Communication to host 13th Annual Narrative Journalism Conference

April 3rd, 2013 in College of Communication, Conferences & Workshops 0 comments

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Members of the  journalism community have gathered at Boston University 12 times before to strengthen their craft and learn from peers about the “power of narrative.” Despite changes in technology since its 1998 inception, the mission of the conference has remained the same: “to impart the down-to-earth humanity that characterizes the genre of narrative journalism.”  This year’s conference, titled “The Power of Narrative: Storytelling Journalism Goes Digital,” celebrates and explores the genre as it expands into digital media.  Hosted by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), the conference will span three days, April 5-7, complete with keynote talks, breakout sessions, skills workshops and café sessions with speakers.

This year’s conference will celebrate the rich 40-year history of the craft of narrative journalism, tracing its evolution to the digital age. Masters of the craft, including Pulitzer, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, Peabody, and National Book Award winners, and leading broadcasters and documentary filmmakers, will share their know-how alongside many of the innovators in digital narrative journalism.

Keynote speakers for the 2013 conference include Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and author of nine non-fiction books including The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains.  Additional keynote speakers include veteran magazine editor Richard Todd, NPR Middle-East correspondent Kelly McEvers, and columnist Ann Friedman along with COM faculty members Dick Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff. The conference will also feature more than 25 different breakout sessions that will cover a variety of topics, including narrative in the digital age, multimedia publishing, audience engagement, the role of photojournalism and the full spectrum of journalism (see full schedule).

The 2013 Narrative Conference will be held at the Boston University School of Management at 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. The conference is intended for practitioners, teachers, and early and mid-career writers and editors interested in narrative journalism. The conference covers print, radio, podcasts, web-based multi-media, slide/sound productions, dedicated apps, and documentary film.

Registration ends at midnight on April 2 or until sold out. Contact Lisa Bassett in the journalism department with any questions at 617-353-3484.

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The “Best of the Best” of American Poetry

March 21st, 2013 in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center 0 comments

25 years ago, poet David Lehman began a quest to document the best of the best of American poetry by creating an anthology that captured the state of the industry in the moment. Featuring veteran and amateur poets, whose work covers a breadth of topics, the “Best of American Poetry” Series has become an annual bestseller. This year, poet-laureates, Guggenheim Fellows, Pulitzer Prize Winners, novices and poetry lovers will unite on Thursday, April 4 at 6:00 PM for the “Best of the Best” of American Poetry, hosted by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

This event will fill the halls of the Metcalf Ballroom with award-winning poetry readings hosted by Boston University Best Poetry Flyer 2013 JPGProfessor and three time Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, the series’ 2013 guest editor.

This year’s featured speakers are several contributing poets to the current anthology, including Carl Phillips, an award-winning poet and current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; Pulitzer Prize winner Lloyd Schwartz; and Charles Simic, a fellow poet laureate and co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. Boston University Professor and Metcalf Award winner, Rosanna Warren will also be among the speakers.

Copies of the 25th anniversary anthology will be on sale and a book signing with the poets will precede the reading.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Metcalf Ballroom is located on the second floor of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue.

For more information, contact the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696 or at archives@bu.edu

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The Civil War 150 Years Later: Treasures from the Vault

March 4th, 2013 in Arts, Galleries & Exhibits, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center 0 comments

150 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, in the midst of various civil war anniversaries and commemorative films such as the Oscar-nominated Lincoln, the Howard-Gotlieb Archival Research Center is proud to reveal a new exhibition: “The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault.”

Via original manuscript pieces such as letters, journals, maps, official documents and publications, the exhibition will explore the causes, reactions, and responses of the American Civil War.

LincolnTreasures from the Vault” uses various perspectives and categories to achieve a broader understanding of the conflict that divided the fledgling Unites States. Artifacts illuminating slavery, emancipation, Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet, and his assassination, the armies of both sides, the Union navy, and the difficulties faced post-war are on display.

All materials are selected from collections held in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Among the collections involved, the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts and the First Corps of Cadets present a close view of the part Massachusetts played in the conflict.

“The American Civil War: Treasures from the Vault” will be on display through August 2013 in the Richards-Frost Room on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library at 771 Commonwealth Avenue. The room is open Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Gotlieb Center at (617) 353-3696 or archives@bu.edu.

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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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Creative Writing Department Hosts Poetry Reading at The Castle

December 3rd, 2012 in Prose & Poetry 0 comments

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.

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

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International Survivors of Suicide Day

November 14th, 2012 in Conferences & Workshops, sargent college 0 comments

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.

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

October 22nd, 2012 in College of Communication, Lectures 0 comments

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.

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