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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.

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

Google chairman Eric Schmidt to deliver commencement address

May 3rd, 2012 in All-University Events.

Eric_Schmidt (2)Eric E. Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 139th graduation ceremonies at BU’s Nickerson Field at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.

Mr. Schmidt will speak before more than 5,000 graduates and 20,000 guests at New England’s largest graduation ceremony. Schmidt will receive an honorary Doctor of Science.

BU President Robert A. Brown announced the commencement, baccalaureate speakers and honorary degree recipients to the members of the Class of 2012 this morning at the annual Senior Breakfast, held at the George Sherman Union.

Brown also revealed that The Honorable Sandra Lynch, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals First Circuit, will deliver the Commencement Day baccalaureate address at 11:00 a.m. at Marsh Chapel. Lynch will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

The prestigious list of honorary degree recipients also includes former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Norman Augustine (Doctor of Science); Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient, Thomas G. Kelley (Doctor of Laws); and noted actor, Leonard Nimoy (Doctor of Humane Letters).

Also announced today are the recipients of BU’s Metcalf Cup and Prize and Metcalf Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Receiving the esteemed Metcalf Cup is Andrew Duffy, master lecturer of physics at the College of Arts and Sciences. This year’s Metcalf Award winners are Marisa Milanese, lecturer in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program; and Robert Lowe, associate professor of medicine at the School of Medicine. The Metcalf Cup carries with it a prize of $10,000 and the Metcalf Award winners receive $5,000. Students, faculty and alumni nominate candidates for the awards established in 1973 by a gift from the late Boston University Board of Trustees chairman emeritus Arthur G.B. Metcalf.

National Whole Grain Sampling Day comes to Boston University

April 3rd, 2012 in All-University Events.

As part of National Whole Grain Sampling DaySargent College nutrition professor Joan Salge Blake and her class will welcome the Oldways Duck Boat on April 4.  National Whole Grain Sampling Day is a national event taking place at restaurants, supermarkets, and food service outlets throughout the county where samples of whole grain options will be promoted and made available.  In Boston, Oldways and the Whole Grains Council have partnered with the Duck Tours to give out delicious samples and spread the good word about the benefits of whole grains.

The Duck Boat will make its stop at Boston University Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Granby Parking Lot, 635 Commonwealth Avenue

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Gotlieb Archival Research Center invites students to participate in the Blackmon Book Collecting Contest

March 5th, 2012 in All-University Events, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

Blackmon Book Collecting Contest 2012 The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center invites all current full-time University students to participate in the Lawrence G. Blackmon Book Collecting Contest.  This contest awards students for themed book collections of 50 titles or fewer.  Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st-4th place, Emerging Collectors title, and Best Essay.  This contest is sponsored by The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University and was endowed by Lawrence Blackmon in 1984.  Entries must be delivered to the HGARC office by 5 p.m. on March 26, 2012.

Contact Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696; archives@bu.edu

Gotlieb Center hosts “Time Bandits” film screening and Discovery Seminar

February 27th, 2012 in All-University Events, Film, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

JoinTIME BANDITS the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center (HGARC) on Wednesday, February 29 and Thursday, March 1 for a two-night Student Collaborative Series event.  On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., head to CAS Room 725 for a screening of Terry Gilliam‘s 1981 film “Time Bandits.”  Then, for the second part of this two-night experience, take part in a Discovery Seminar on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the HGARC reading room.  Here participants will get the chance to hold and review original scripts, notes, drawings, photographs, promotional material and memorabilia about this groundbreaking film.  Both events are free to students with BU IDs.

Contact Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696; archives@bu.edu

Cinematheque Series: An Evening With Peggy Ahwesh

February 22nd, 2012 in All-University Events, Arts, Film.

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Join the College of Communication on Friday, February 24 for an evening with renowned and experimental filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh.  Ahwesh’s captivating and unique shorts are influenced by such contrasting factors as feminist and gender theory, Bataille, Jack Smith, virtual realities, pornography, and Peewee’s Playhouse. The College’s  Cinematheque Series will show a range of her astounding, intricate works covering twenty years of film and video. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and go until 9 p.m.  It will take place in COM Room 101, and is free to BU students and their friends or guests.

Contact the Film & Television department at filmtv@bu.edu

BU College of Communication presents Redstone Film Festival

February 15th, 2012 in All-University Events, College of Communication, Film, Uncategorized.

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Join fellow film enthusiasts at 7 p.m. tonight in the Tsai Performance Center for the 32nd annual Redstone Film Festival. Sponsored by Sumner Redstone, Chairman of VIACOM, the Redstone Film Festival is recognized as one of New England’s premier film and television venues. Projects are written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from Boston University’s College of Communication.

Winners will be announced at tonight’s screening event. The event is open to the public and admission is free based on a first-come basis.

Contact the Film & Television department at filmtv@bu.edu

Gotlieb Center presents a Student Discovery Seminar: Explore the Treasures – Discover the Secrets

February 15th, 2012 in All-University Events, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

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Tonight, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center (HGARC)  presents a Student Discovery Seminar entitled 1862: The American Civil War.  Join College of General Studies Assistant Professor Cheryl Boots and Alex Rankin, Assistant Director of the HGARC as they discover the frustrations of Abraham Lincoln, the logistics of creating a modern military, and the sad realities and sacrifices of our nation. This event is free to students with a BU ID. It will take place at 6 p.m. in the HGARC Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Mugar Library.

Contact Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696; archives@bu.edu

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Cinematheque Series: An Evening With Joe Swanberg

February 10th, 2012 in All-University Events, Arts, Film.

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Join the College of Communication tonight for an evening with Chicago-based filmmaker Joe Swanberg.  Known as one of the founding fathers of the “mumble core” movement, Swanberg is a young, prolific, and innovative filmmaker. The College’s Cinematheque Series will screen “Silver Bullet,” one of his seven feature films from 2011.  After the screening, Swanberg will participate in a conversation with the audience.  This event will begin at 7 p.m. and go until around 9 p.m.  It will take place in COM Room 101, and is free to BU students and their friends or guests.

Contact the Film & Television department at filmtv@bu.edu

Gotlieb Center presents In Conversation with Christopher Ricks: Samuel Beckett Going to Confessions

February 2nd, 2012 in All-University Events, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Presentations, Prose & Poetry.

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Today, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will host “In Conversation with Christopher Ricks – Samuel Beckett: Going to Confessions, Part 3” as part of the Student Enrichment Series.

Join Professor Christopher Ricks as he presents and discusses the play, “Eh Joe” preceded by the chance to experience the art of Samuel Beckett in performance. Professor Ricks is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University and is the co-director of the Editorial Institute.

“In Conversation with Christopher Ricks” will be hosted February 7, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Richards-Roosevelt Room on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library. The event is open to students as well as the general public and admission is free based on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit the Gotlieb website.

Contact Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 617-353-3696; archives@bu.edu