Interdisciplinary Institutes

“Victorian Boston” July 11 & 12, 2014

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Visit Boston urban open space. Experience the “Electric Edwardians” movie with music. Examine how Victorian reformers changed our world.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning (CITL) institutes are designed for alumni, parents and members of the general public who enjoy exploring a subject of common interest from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. These institutes draw on the expertise of professors at BU’s College of General Studies. Victorian Boston presenters include the following: Millard Baublitz, Associate Professor in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, will present “Victorian Era Demonstrations in Electricity and Magnetism: Real-time Recreations of Experiments by Victorian Scottish and English Scientists”; Cheryl Boots, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Humanities and author of Singing for Equality: Hymns in the American Indian Rights and Antislavery Movements, 1640-1855, will present on “British Hymns and American Abolitionists, the Mid-century Sounds of Social Protest in Boston”; a Mount Auburn Cemetery guide will lead a field trip at Mount Auburn Cemetery to discuss how 19th century Boston created urban open spaces; and Kathleen Martin, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Social Sciences and author of Hard and Unreal Advice: Mothers, Social Science, and the Victorian Poverty Experts, will present “A Science of Society: Victorian Reformers and the Quest for Scientific Validity.” Victorian Boston will also include the “Electric Edwardians” movie with music.

Victorian Boston will explore how 19th century reformers challenged conventional wisdom about their world and the people who inhabited it. In Boston political, environmental and scientific landscapes changed radically. Open spaces, increasingly rare in the growing urban environment, were designed to preserve nature and enhance public welfare (images 1 & 2). At the same time, abolitionists were signing about equality (image 3). How did these environmental and social changes forever alter Boston?

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In London the post-industrial population boom, immigration and other factors increased the number of people living in poverty (image 4). Social scientists were determined to use scientific methods to study and ameliorate poverty, but did their quest for “objective” knowledge make the problem worse (image 5)? British scientists were making great strides, especially in the area of physics. How would this alter our understanding of the world (image 6)?

The “Electric Edwardians” film is footage of early 20th century Londoners going about their daily business is fascinating and will be accompanied by music.

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With regard to lodging for the “BU Victorian Boston Institute,” you can stay in a dorm room in the Student Village OR you can stay in one of the two hotels below.  Blocks of rooms have been reserved until June 11, 2014.

Boston University Dorm Room has single rooms available in suites of four that share two baths and a common area for $79.00 per person per night.  We will make those reservations for you.

Hotel Commonwealth has rooms available for $259.00 per night not including taxes.  You are responsible for making your own reservation. The phone number to make your reservation is 866-784-4000 or 617-532-5019.  In order to get the above rate, you will need to mention “BU College of General Studies.”

Hotel Buckminster has Deluxe Queen rooms available for $176.00 per night not including taxes and Standard Double Twin rooms available for $186.00 per night not including taxes.  You are responsible for making your own reservation. The phone number to make your reservation is 800-727-2825.  In order to get the above rate, you will need to mention the “BU College of General Studies.”

Experience Victorian Boston in all its interdisciplinary wonder! Join us for a memorable weekend of fun, friends and exploration of America’s Victorian background. Please see the full schedule below.  Also note there is walking involved at the cemetery. If you have any questions, please contact msullvan@bu.edu.

 

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VICTORIAN BOSTON:  AN INTERDISCIPLINARY INSTITUTE

July 11 & 12, 2014

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.          Registration and coffee/cookies (CGS lobby, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.         Cheryl Boots presents “British Hymns and American Abolitionists, the Mid-century Sounds of

Social Protest in Boston.” (Lecture & performance in the CGS Katzenberg Center)

6:00 – 6:15 p.m.          Break

6:15 – 7:15 p.m.          ”Electric Edwardians” movie with music (Movie in the CGS Katzenberg Center.)

Dinner                          On your own

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.           Continental breakfast (CGS lobby, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.       Millard Baublitz presents “Victorian Era Demonstrations in Electricity and Magnetism: Real-time

Recreations of Experiments by Victorian Scottish and English Scientists.” (Experiments in the CGS Katzenberg Center)

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.        Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.        Kathleen Martin presents “A Science of Society: Victorian Reformers and the Quest for

Scientific Validity.” (Lecture/discussion in the CGS Katzenberg Center)

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.         Box lunch (CGS lobby)

1:00 p.m.                        Leave for Mount Auburn Cemetery

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.            Mount Auburn Cemetery guide will lead a field trip at Mount Auburn Cemetery to discuss how

19th century Boston created urban open spaces. (Bus transportation will be provided.  There will be walking involved at the cemetery.)

3:15 p.m.                        Leave Mount Auburn Cemetery for CGS

3:30 p.m.                        Closing remarks (CGS Katzenberg Center)