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A Must-Have Collection of Horror Classics

February 5th, 2018 in Faculty, News and Events, Publications.

CGS Associate Professor of Rhetoric Aaron Worth has edited a new critical edition of horror classics by Arthur Machen: The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories (Oxford University Press, 2018). Machen, a  nineteenth century horror writer, has influenced storytellers like H. P. Lovecraft and Oscar-nominated director Guillermo Del Toro.  Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review and deemed... More

January Boston-London Students Share #My100Days Adventures

January 31st, 2018 in January Boston-London Program, News and Events, Students, Study Abroad.

This semester, Boston University College of General Studies asked January Boston-London program students to share their gap semester experiences with the hashtag #My100Days. The January 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... More

The “Gritty Levity” of Justice League

December 19th, 2017 in Faculty, News and Events, Publications.

Justice League—the latest star-studded adaption of the DC superhero franchise—is closing out its time in the box office this December. Although the film underwhelmed both critics and audiences, one critic called it “a good balance of light and dark”—an assessment that fits with the spirit of the comic’s 1980s iteration. This year, More

Janet Lewin (CGS’90, COM’92): Star Wars Effects Jedi

December 7th, 2017 in Alumni, News and Events.

As the 2016 Star Wars spinoff Rogue One drew to a close, audiences were left with the image of a young Princess Leia, one of the most important characters of the franchise. When Carrie Fisher, the actress who portrayed Princess Leia, saw herself on the screen, she thought she was... More

Do Probiotics Work?

November 28th, 2017 in Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, Faculty, Natural Sciences, News and Events, Research.

Manufacturers are always promoting their newest probiotic by promising it will get rid of the bad bacteria in your body by bringing in the good bacteria. But are these probiotics doing what they are supposed to be doing? Professor Sandra Buerger,  a lecturer in natural science and mathematics at the... More

Looking at Trauma From a Multidisciplinary Perspective

November 23rd, 2017 in Faculty, News and Events.

A theologian, a social worker, and a literature professor all lend their scholarly perspectives to the topic of trauma in a class designed by CGS Assistant Professor of Humanities Joshua Pederson. Pederson came up with the multidisciplinary course idea as he saw the study of trauma expand across academic disciplines. “You can... More

Joelle Renstrom Battles Digital Distraction in the Classroom

November 20th, 2017 in Faculty, News and Events.

Joelle Renstrom, a lecturer of rhetoric  at Boston University College of General Studies, had an idea last semester that was at first a tough sell for her students. Renstrom required the 30 students in her two classes to place their phones within a locked pouch that can be opened only... More

Paolo Moreno (CGS’18), Fashion Brand Founder

November 17th, 2017 in News and Events, Spotlight, Students.

CGS student Paolo Moreno (CGS’18) recently released the latest collection for his fashion brand, Chemical X. Moreno created Chemical X  two years ago with friends Pedro Monestier, who designs the clothing along with Moreno, and photographer Matias Vasquez, who is in charge of the company’s branding and promotion. When asked by... More

Lynda Barry Speaks on Creativity and Silencing Your Inner Critic

November 10th, 2017 in News and Events.

Any lecture that opens with an autobiographical song is sure to be a different kind of talk. On November 9, legendary artist Lynda Barry delivered a lecture that was funny, profound and touching by turns—filled with songs, art from Barry and her students, dog and baby videos, and closed out... More

2017 Capstone Award Winners

October 17th, 2017 in News and Events, Research, Students.

Winning Capstone Projects Investigate GMOs, Gene Editing, Making Boston Green On October 13, 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. More