News and Events Archive

Palimpsest Recognizes Outstanding Undergraduate Writing

February 8th, 2019 in Faculty, News and Events, Students.

The word palimpsest has a double meaning-- a document where the writing has been erased so the paper can be reused, and also something with “diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface.” Palimpsest-- an online publication that highlights outstanding College of General Studies undergraduate writing-- has its own many... More

Boston-London Students Share #My100Days Adventures

January 30th, 2019 in Boston-London Program, News and Events, Students, Study Abroad.

This semester, Boston University College of General Studies asked Boston-London Program students to share their gap semester experiences with the hashtag #My100Days. The Boston-London program program allows students the opportunity to study abroad during their freshman year. After taking a gap semester in the fall, students arrive at BU in... More

A Q&A with June Grasso: Japanese Propaganda Aimed at Americans Before World War II

January 25th, 2019 in Faculty, News and Events, Publications, Research.

Associate Professor June Grasso's new book, Japan's 'New Deal' for China: Propaganda Aimed at Americans Before Pearl Harbor (Routledge, 2019) examines how Japan tried to influence American opinion in the years leading up to World War II. In the decade before Pearl Harbor, Japan was expanding its influence in Asia and sought to sway... More

#My100Days: Mountaineering in Patagonia

January 10th, 2019 in Boston-London Program, News and Events, Students.

An Interview with Miles Jones (CGS'19) What did you do during your gap semester? During my gap semester I went on a trip with a program called National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). There were 16 of us on the trip, and it was 85 days in southern Chile in the Patagonia region. More

Seeing Possibility and Hope in America’s Past

December 6th, 2018 in Faculty, News and Events, Publications.

Christopher Coffman’s New Book Examines Postmodern Engagement with Prenational America In Thomas Pynchon’s novel Against the Day, the character Frank Traverse experiences a vision after stumbling onto the ruins of a pre-Columbian site in Mexico. He sees the ways white men and corporations have destroyed native peoples and sacred land. But... More

A Look at Undergraduate Research: The Robot Revolution

December 4th, 2018 in Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, News and Events, Research, Students.

When a woman took a nap on her floor and her robot vacuum cleaner sucked up her hair, the media response was predictably sensational: “A robot vacuum cleaner has fired the opening salvo in the impending war between man and machine” and “Woman is attacked as she sleeps by her... More

Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture: Peter Shankman (CGS’92, COM’94)

November 9th, 2018 in Alumni, News and Events.

Channeling the Power of  a "Faster Than Normal" Brain Before Peter Shankman (CGS'92, COM'94) started his lecture, he took a moment to remember the last time he was in the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium at Boston University College of General Studies--- as a college student who was failing, on academic probation, and... More

#My100Days: Scuba Diving in Roatan

November 1st, 2018 in Boston-London Program, News and Events, Spotlight, Students.

An interview with Rilie Curd (CGS'19) What did you do during your gap semester? I went to Roatan, Honduras and spent three months there scuba diving every day to get my Master Scuba Diver certification. There was a stretch when there was rainy weather but we pretty much dove two to three... More

2018 Capstone Award Winners

October 26th, 2018 in Alumni, News and Events, Of Special Interest, Research, Students.

On October 19, Boston University College of General Studies celebrated the outstanding students who received awards for the Capstone projects they completed last May. The Capstone project is a 50-page research term paper that CGS students complete in their sophomore year. Students draw on two years of interdisciplinary studies, working together as... More

From Cinderella to Kafka: The Scholarly Musings of Sidney Fein

October 26th, 2018 in Faculty, News and Events, Publications.

The character of Sidney Fein came to Professor of Humanities Robert Wexelblatt after he read a book of French critical theory that left him with “an impression of parasitism and arrogance” on the part of the scholars. He processed his reaction to the book in the form of a satirical essay... More