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Alumni Weekend 2011

The King Legacy: A Personal Journey
Thursday, October 27, 4:30–6 p.m.
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Third Floor, 771 Commonwealth Ave.

Join Dr. Walter E. Fluker (GRS’88), the School of Theology’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor of Ethical Leadership, in exploring King’s iconic role in the Civil Rights Movement. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Archive at BU’s Howard Gotlieb Archive Research Center features 83,000 artifacts from King’s student years at BU, his 1959 trip to India, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Ethics of Leadership Seminar: Howard Thurman Center and MLK Leadership Event
Friday, October 28, 12:30–3 p.m.
Howard Thurman Center, 775 Commonwealth Ave.

Walter Earl Fluker (GRS’88), in collaboration with Katherine Kennedy, Director of the Howard Thurman Center, will lead a seminar for alumni seeking to learn more about upholding the highest ethical standards as leaders.

Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture featuring Bob Herbert, former New York Times columnist
Friday, October 28, 7–8:30 p.m.
George Sherman Union, Metcalf Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Ave.

Now in its third year, the Zinn lecture promises to be one of the most popular and talked-about events of the weekend. Made possible by a generous gift from Alex MacDonald, Esq. (CAS'72), and Maureen A. Strafford, MD (MED'76).

Back to Class: Stirring the Pot: A History of African Cuisine
Saturday, October 29, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
808 Commonwealth Ave., Room 117

Enjoy a specially prepared dish relating to African culture in this eye-opening and stomach-satisfying Back to Class session. Jim McCann’s book, Stirring the Pot, offers a chronology of African cuisine, beginning in the sixteenth century and continuing from Africa’s original edible endowments to its globalization. McCann, CAS professor of history, breaks new ground and makes clear the relationship between food, culture, history, and national identity of Africans.

Sustainable Neighborhood Lab Showcase
Saturday, October 29, 1–3 p.m.
Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s St., First Floor

Drop in for a hands-on tour of projects and labs, including a demonstration by CAS professor and director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Studies Nathan Phillips. Come for refreshments, networking, and innovative explorations.

A World in Flux: A Hot Topics Panel Discussion with CAS International Relations Faculty
Saturday, October 29, 2–3 p.m.
Location: TBD

Join CAS International Relations chair Bill Grimes and other department faculty for a timely discussion of hot topics around the globe.

CAS Dean’s Hosts Alumni Gathering
Saturday, October 29, 2:30–4 p.m.
Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Colloquium Room

This event is open to all alumni who served as CAS Dean’s Hosts. Remember and celebrate your days as a Host by joining your fellow alumni and current CAS Dean’s Hosts for an alumni panel, followed by a light reception. You’ll be able to socialize and reconnect with your peers while volunteering as a networking ambassador with current students.

Back to Class: The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop
Saturday, October 29, 3–4 p.m.
Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street

Remember when they said rap music was just a fad? Dan Charnas (CAS’89, COM’89), author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, offers a 40-year narrative of the executives, entrepreneurs, hustlers, and handlers who turned rap music into the world’s predominant pop culture.

To learn more or to register for any of these events, visit the Alumni Weekend 2011 website today.

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

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