Summer Institute

Our summer institutes extend the unique CGS learning experience to alumni, parents, and the general public. Exploring a new topic each year, the summer institute draws on the expertise of CGS faculty, while also taking advantage of the rich history and culture of Boston. Participants learn through a series of interdisciplinary lectures, which are complemented by an experiential learning component—two hallmarks of the CGS teaching model. In recent years, we’ve explored the Irish in Boston, baseball, and Victorian Boston.

2018 Summer Institute

Writing, the State, and the Rise of Neo-Nationalism: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Concerns 

June 30, 2018 at 43 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4JU
Co-sponsored by Boston University College of General Studies, the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, and Boston University–London.

In January 1868, John William De Forest took to the pages of The Nation with a call that would resound over the next century and a half: the writing of the “Great American Novel.” In so doing, he asserted both the shaping force of the nation on the arts, and the importance of the arts for the national imaginary. On the sesquicentennial of De Forest’s essay, the College of General Studies at Boston University will host an interdisciplinary conference to explore the broader intersection of writing and the nation.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Daniel Karlin, Winterstoke Professor of English at the University of Bristol. Information on registration and call for papers here.