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CAS News: September 2010
CAS Celebrates Alumni Weekend, Announces Alumni Awards

Alumni from across the globe will gather at CAS on Alumni Weekend (October 29–31). Faculty and staff are invited to join in the festivities by attending the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture featuring political commentator Bill Moyers on Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. All faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The 2010 recipients of the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award are Katherine French (GRS'81), Noreen Grice (CAS'85), and Carole Heilman (CAS'72).

Learn More French Expulsion of Gypsies Creates Controversy

To Eastern Europe scholars like Igor Lukes, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of international relations and history, the French and other European governments' treatment of Gypsies, a blatantly persecuted minority for centuries, is far more complicated and historically fraught than many contemporary human rights activists understand it to be.

Learn More Join Dialogues in Biological Anthropology, Online and In-Person

On October 20–21, BU will host five internationally famed experts on the evolution of social behavior in the second in a series of conferences on human biology, using a novel format designed to show students what scientific discourse is supposed to be like. These Boston University Dialogues in Biological Anthropology will spotlight exciting current issues through public exchanges of ideas between people who are susceptible to reason and interested in listening to each other.

Learn More Prothero a Lead Architect of PBS Mini-Series "God in America"

The PBS "God in America" mini-series, which Professor of Religion Stephen Prothero had been working on for the last five years as chief editorial consultant, aired October 11–13. The sweeping series, which probes the powerful role played by religion in U.S. life and history, received positive reviews in the New York Times, Variety, and other publications. View a video of Prothero speaking on the Ground Zero mosque controversy.

Sell-Out Crowd Enjoys Greek Music Ensemble

On September 22 in the Tsai Auditorium, the Boston University Department of Classical Studies–in cooperation with the BU Humanities Foundation, the Core Curriculum, the BU Hellenic Association, the Undergraduate Classics Association, and the Greek Institute of Boston–hosted "Echoi: Echoes of the Hellenic Musical Heritage." The Greek Music Ensemble of Boston performed for a sell-out crowd of over 500 students, faculty, and members of the local Greek community.

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Environmental Sustainability at CAS

CAS professors, students, and staff work in many ways to protect our planet's future, from using the hallway recycling containers to conducting cutting-edge research on alternative forms of energy.

You can join the College's "green team" by taking part in regular pollution-reduction challenges at Carbon Rally. Reduce your carbon footprint while helping CAS compete against other schools around the country. The October challenge is "Paper Cut." Sign up at Carbon Rally to make your pledge to reduce your paper consumption.
For more information on BU's sustainability initiatives, visit the Sustainability@BU website. Questions, comments, or suggestions on environmental sustainability in the College? Write to the CAS Sustainability Forum at casgreen@bu.edu. Liz Taylor (Business Office) and Jeremy Schwab (Communications Office) are the College's sustainability liaisons.

At Your Service: CAS Communications and Media Relations

The Communications Office provides comprehensive media relations services to all CAS faculty and staff members. We encourage you to tell us about research, grants, book publications, and any other news you have to share. If you're not sure how to move forward with a story idea, please feel free to contact us. We'll work with you to find the appropriate news channel, whether that involves drafting and distributing a media release or working with our colleagues at BU Public Relations and BU Today. To discuss a potential news item or to learn more about the media services available through the CAS Communications Office, please call or email Patrick Farrell (617-358-1185/ pmfarrel@bu.edu) or Jeremy Schwab (617-358-1056/ jschwab@bu.edu).

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Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

Junior Faculty Fellowship and Henderson Senior Research Fellowship Deadline
All applications should be sent as a single PDF file to the Humanities Foundation.

Social Sciences Chairs and Directors Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 132

Academic Planning Committee Meeting
4 p.m., Location TBD

Parents Weekend Begins
Parents Weekend Reception (faculty invited)
4 p.m., Tsai Lobby

Major Choices Week

College Scholars Reception
5 p.m., Trustee Ballroom, One Silber Way, 9th Floor

Faculty Assembly (all-BU)
3 p.m., Tsai Center Auditorium

Alumni Weekend begins

Council of Chairs and Directors Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 313

Arts & Sciences Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 522
Agenda and materials here
5:30 Sherry Hour, CAS 106

Natural & Computational Sciences CCD Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 132

Academic Planning Committee Meeting
4 p.m., Location TBD

Humanities CCD Meeting
4 p.m., Location TBD

Chairs' Calendar

Lectures and Events

African American Studies presents:
Remapping Resistance: Anti-Colonialism in the United States, 1945–1960
John Munro, Harvard University
4 p.m., 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline
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Policy Dilemmas for the United States in Africa
Talk by Eric Sila, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
4 p.m., African Studies Center, Room 505
Learn about additional African Studies Seminars

Maternal Effects and the Evolution of Cooperative Breeding
Lecture by Andy Russell, University of Sheffield
12 p.m., BRB 113 (5 Cummington St.)

Discussion on Ground Zero mosque
With Stephen Prothero and Andrew Bacevich
7 p.m., George Sherman Union, Conference Auditorium, 2nd Floor
Learn more

Howard Zinn Lecture Series Featuring Bill Moyers
7 p.m., GSU Metcalf Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Learn more

Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects
4 p.m., 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline
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"A Hut of His Own: Thoreau's Romantic Domesticity" with CAS Professor of History Charles Capper and
"Domestic Politics: At Home with Harriet Beecher Stowe" with Assistant Professor of English William Hunt Howell
5:30 p.m., 226 Bay State Road, Room 110
(presented by the American & New England Studies Program)

The Alloy Orchestra presents
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
7:30 p.m., Tsai Auditorium
Learn more

Energy and Development Seminar
BU Professor of History James McCann, Joan Martinez-Allier of Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and Paul Epstein of Harvard University Medical School
10 a.m., BU School of Management, Room 412

Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine
Author Tyler E. Boudreau will speak about his book
6 p.m., The Castle, 225 Bay State Road
Learn more

The Twenty-First-Century American Novel and the Fiction of Prestige
Gordon Hutner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
5:30 p.m., Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary's Street, Room 906

How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity
12 p.m., LSEB B01
Learn more

Full calendar


Professor and Acting Chair of Archaeology MARY BEAUDRY edited, along with Dan Hicks, The Oxford Handbook of Material Culture Studies, published in August. "Four years ago, we worked together on another editorial project–The Cambridge Companion to Historical Archaeology (Hicks and Beaudry 2006a)," writes Beaudry in the Introduction. "At the time, historical archaeology was emerging as an area of anthropological archaeology that was witnessing new discussion, energy, and innovation...In assembling that book, therefore, we started to think through why the archaeology of the modern and contemporary world–a long-standing backwater of anthropological theory and practice–might have been experiencing such resurgence."

Last month, President Obama nominated Professor of History and Chair of African American Studies ALLISON BLAKELY to serve on the National Humanities Council. The appointment is pending the consent of the U.S. Senate. Professor Blakely came to Boston University in 2001 after teaching for 30 years at Howard University. He is the author of Blacks in the Dutch World: Racial Imagery and Modernization (Indiana University Press, 1994); Russia and the Negro: Blacks in Russian History and Thought (Howard University Press, 1986; winner of an American Book Award in 1988); several articles on Russian populism; and others on various European aspects of the Black Diaspora.

History PhD candidate BRIAN CASADY recently received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for work on his dissertation, "An African City's Metabolism: A History of Energy, Environment, and Priority in Colonial and Post-Colonial Nairobi." The fellowship will support Casady's research in Kenya.

TINO VILLANUEVA , lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies, has had six poems published in the recently released Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.), edited by Ilán Stavans (Amherst College). Among Villanueva's poems included are "Catharsis," "Voice Over Time," "Scene from the Movie GIANT," and the three-part poem, "At the Holocaust Museum: Washington, D.C." Villanueva's book entitled Scene from the Movie GIANT (1993) won a 1994 American Book Award.

Professor of Music ROYE WATES recently published her new book on the life and music of Mozart. Mozart: An Introduction to the Music, the Man, and the Myths explores in detail 20 of the composer's major works in the context of his tragically brief life and the turbulent times in which he lived. Addressed to non-musicians seeking to deepen their technical appreciation for his music while learning more about Mozart the man than the caricature portrayed in the 1984 movie Amadeus, this book offers extensive biographical and historical background.

The cover of the August 28, 2010 issue of the Journal of Chemical Physics highlights a free-energy diagram calculated with a new enhanced sampling method developed by Assistant Professor of Chemistry FENG WANG and his group. Their method mimics features of a coarse-grained simulation at the atomic scale. Recent validations performed by the Wang Group indicate that this method can significantly accelerate the dynamics for peptide folding and lipid self-assembly without notably changing the free-energy landscape. Professor Wang received a Hewlett-Packard Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for presenting this work at the 240th ACS National Meeting. This prestigious award is given by the Division of Computers in Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, with financial sponsorship from Hewlett-Packard.

Keep Us in the Loop

Let us know about news or upcoming events. Please send news items to cascom@bu.edu, or call Patrick Farrell at 617-358-1185. Announcements about upcoming events can also be submitted online. Events geared toward students should be submitted to the Student Programs Office.

For all matters regarding your alumni, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Kirsten Lundeen at 617-358-5525 or Alumni Relations Coordinator Lauren Hall at 617-353-1060.

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