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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 Philosophy Department Receives Major Gifts

The estate of John A. Gerda, MD (GRS'51) contributed $81,000 in late September for the Peter A. Bertocci Scholarship Fund. In addition to his estate's $90,000 donation in May to the same scholarship, this gift provides support for PhD students in philosophy.

Learn More CAS Welcomes Parents to Campus

On Friday, October 22, parents began arriving on the Charles River Campus to visit their sons and daughters for Boston University's Parents Weekend. The College of Arts & Sciences welcomed the visiting families with a reception in the Tsai Lobby to mingle with other visiting families while taking the opportunity to meet faculty and staff. A number of College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Hosts and Peer Advisors were also on hand to speak with parents and students. Dean Virginia Sapiro made a short speech thanking the parents for attending and praising the students for their constant hard work. The afternoon was a great celebration and a perfect start to an event-filled Parents Weekend.

Horowitz Foundation to Underwrite BU Dissertation Fellowships for 2011–12

The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. has given funds to the Department of History of Art & Architecture at BU for fellowships on dissertations on 19th- and 20th-century American art. One fellowship each year will be granted, in the amount of $25,000, for a stipend and $2,500 for reimbursement of research and travel expenses.

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Learn a New Language at CAS

Think it’s too late to learn a new language? Come learn one of four crucial languages that will be showcased in the 2010 Language Series!

Monday, Nov. 1: Hindi
Tuesday, Nov. 2: Chinese
Wednesday, Nov. 3: Portuguese
Thursday, Nov. 4: Arabic

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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).


Newsletter Archives
Faculty Meetings and Deadlines

OCTOBER 29
Alumni Weekend begins

NOVEMBER 3
Council of Chairs and Directors Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 313

NOVEMBER 10
Arts & Sciences Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 522
Agenda and materials here
5:30 Sherry Hour, CAS 106

NOVEMBER 17
Natural & Computational Sciences CCD Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 132

NOVEMBER 17
Academic Policy Committee Meeting
4 p.m., Location TBD

NOVEMBER 17
Humanities CCD Meeting
4 p.m., Location TBD

DECEMBER 1
Council of Chairs & Directors Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 313

DECEMBER 8 (tentative)
Academic Policy Committee Meeting
4 p.m., Location TBD

DECEMBER 8 (tentative)
Arts & Sciences Faculty Meeting
4 p.m., CAS 522
Agenda and materials here
5:30 Sherry Hour, CAS 106

DECEMBER 10
Last Day of Classes

Chairs' Calendar

Lectures and Events

OCTOBER 29
Howard Zinn Lecture Series Featuring Bill Moyers
7 p.m., GSU Metcalf Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Learn more

NOVEMBER 1
Health Care Disparities for Persons with Disabilities
12th Annual Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture
Harvard Medical School Professor Lisa I. Iezzoni presents
4 p.m. SAR Room 101, reception at 5 p.m. in the Setterberg Lounge, 2nd floor
Learn more

NOVEMBER 1
Lessons from Pakistan and Haiti about Philanthropy and Disasters
Speakers: Dr. Nadeem Afridi, Dr. Alix Cantave, Faris Islam, and James F. Smith
5:30-7:30 p.m., CAS 522
Pardee House Event: RSVP to pardee@bu.edu
Learn more

NOVEMBER 2
Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects
4 p.m., 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline
Learn more

NOVEMBER 4
"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)

NOVEMBER 4
The Alloy Orchestra presents
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
7:30 p.m., Tsai Auditorium
Learn more

NOVEMBER 8
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

NOVEMBER 8
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

NOVEMBER 9–12
First annual Boston University Asia Film Week
"Becoming Asia: Asians talking about Asians"
Screenings in the afternoons and evenings
Sponsored by the BU Center for the Study of Asia
For more information, contact Catherine Yeh (yeh@bu.edu)

NOVEMBER 10
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

NOVEMBER 15
How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity
12 p.m., LSEB B01
Learn more

DECEMBER 6
Being There: Habitation and Photography in Works by Wright Morris
Alan Trachtenberg, Neil Grey Professor Emeritus of English & American Studies, Yale University
5:30 p.m., CAS 200
This series is supported by the BU Humanities Foundation and CAS.
Please direct any questions to Jessica Roscio, jlroscio@bu.edu.
Learn more

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Accolades

William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language & Literature at Boston University JEFFREY HENDERSON has been elected President of the American Philological Association (APA), North America's chief professional society for the study of classical languages, literature, and society. He will take office in January 2012. He served as dean of CAS from 2002 to 2007 and as chairman of the Department of Classical Studies from 1991 to 2002. He is also the general editor of the Loeb Classical Library, the world's largest collection of classical texts and translations, and is the author of numerous publications on ancient Greek literature.


The UK-based Arcadia Fund, through its Endangered Archives Programme, has offered BU a grant of up to £20,630 over seven months for the project entitled: ”Digital Preservation of Wolof Ajami Manuscripts of Senegal,” under the direction of Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program at the African Studies Center FALLOU NGOM.


Associate Professor of Psychology MICHELE RUCCI , recent Cognitive & Neural Systems PhD recipient HEE-KYOUNG KO (GRS'09), and Department of Psychology post-doctoral associate MARTINA POLETTI authored an article published in Nature Neuroscience on October 31. The paper is titled ”Microsaccades precisely relocate gaze in a high visual acuity task,” and it explores the role of microscopic relocations of gaze in helping humans perform fine visual tasks. Read more.

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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