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 email@example.com
Aided by Boston University Sustainability, more than 1.5 million pounds of surplus furniture and equipment have been provided to charities since 2002 from BU. Last month, as part of its Earth Week observances, BU hosted IRN – The Institutional Recycling Network and Food For The Poor (FFTP), who have been partners with Boston University.
Through its partnerships, Boston University has recovered more than 525,000 pounds of surplus in 2011 alone and distributed among relief projects in more than a dozen countries including Africa, Asia and the Caribbean Basin. The University’s surplus program has kept more than 400,000 pounds of BU surplus out of the trash including furniture and equipment. Given the success of the program since its inception nearly twelve years ago, BU is now recognized as a leader nationwide in surplus property reuse. In addition to IRN and FFTP, BU works with Boston area nonprofits as much as it can to keep surplus local.
Image courtesy andyarthur on Flickr/Creative Commons
sustainability@BU is teaming up with Goodwill Industries to supply the BU community with 16 donation bins across the Charles River Campus taking clothes, shoes, linens, towels, kitchen ware and small appliances (full list). In 2009, BU saved 6.75 tons of reusable items during move-out. In 2010, after partnering with Goodwill Industries, BU diverted 35.24 tons of clothing and household items from landfills. This year, the goal is 70 tons of donations between April 25th and May 26th. Contact sustainability@BU with questions.