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The pandemic moved COM classes online, and naturally the college’s public events have followed.

Beginning today, the College of Communication will offer a free series of live and recorded lectures, conversations and gatherings — all online.

The following list will be updated as new events are added:


Wednesday, May 6 at 3:00 pm (EDT)

Amy Shanler and Justin Joseph

Crisis Communication in the Wake of COVID-19

This unprecedented time is challenging organizations and their crisis communication plans. Some are rising to the challenge, and others are succumbing. PR professors Amy Shanler and Justin Joseph will review brand responses and teach us how organizations, especially during times of crisis, can strengthen stakeholder relationships and manage reputations for the future. Watch the recording on YouTube.

Tuesday, May 19 at 11 am (EDT)

Composite shot of Mary Jane Doherty, Greg Marinovich, Jay Atkinson and Pegeen Ryan.

The Art of Freelance: A Conversation on How to Launch Your Brand

Thinking about a career as a storyteller? Learn from COM’s expert faculty how to launch a freelance career in writing, photography, film making, advertising, design, and other disciplines. In a conversation moderated by Jay Atkinson, panelists Pegeen Ryan, Mary Jane Doherty, and Greg Marinovich will explain how to formulate and pitch ideas, develop a list of clients, and create a brand that will help you thrive in the gig economy. Watch the recording on YouTube.

Wednesday, May 27 at 4 pm (EDT)

Young woman looking left wearing mortarboard.

How to Navigate the Job Search During the Time of COVID-19: Advice from Alums to Recent Grads

We all know that Covid-19 has caused a great deal of uncertainty for seniors and graduate students entering the job market this summer. Luckily, one of the strongest resources our students have to utilize is our incredible alumni network. Please join alums Rachel Alembakis (COM ’99), Managing Editor at The Sustainability Report, Taryana Gilbeau (COM ’14), Inclusion Coordinator at United Talent Agency, and Colleen McCreary (COM ’95), Chief People Officer at Credit Karma. Register for this event.


Wednesday, June 3 at 3:30 pm (EDT)

Stephen Boulton-Wallace

Making Binge-Worthy Programs: How Research and Analytics Are Shaping Today’s Content

“Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” “Deadwood,” “Watchmen,” and more: Behind the gripping programming we enjoy so much today is strategic planning informed by research and analytics that help predict what will please us most. As Senior Vice President at HBO, Stephen Boulton-Wallace oversaw strategy, research, and analytics in support of HBO’s global businesses, covering programming, scheduling, distribution, and marketing development. Join COM Dean Mariette DiChristina for a conversation about how content creators are thinking about the shows of tomorrow. Register for this event.

Wednesday, June 17 at 3 pm (EDT)

Agathoklis Schlock, Gary Sheffer and Jane Carpenter composite.

In a quarantined world, personal and business are now inextricably linked. Expectations are changing rapidly for business internally and externally, and chief communication officers are leading big changes at companies and other enterprises. Join us for a conversation with Gary Sheffer, Sandra R. Frazier Professor of Public Relations; Jane Carpenter (COM’97), Head of Global Communications, Wayfair; and Mariana Agathoklis (COM’03), Vice President of Corporate Communications for Verizon and Head of Communications for Verizon Business. Dean Mariette DiChristina (COM’86) will moderate. Register for this event.

Past Events

Thursday, March 26 at 3:30 pm (EDT)

Kate Mays portrait with eye glasses

Toward Robot Humanization: Exploring Relational Dynamics & Perceptions of Robots & Artificial Intelligence

Kate Mays, doctoral candidate in COM’s Division of Emerging Media Studies, will review her research on the social and relational perceptions of robots and AI. Based on a series of surveys (conducted with Dr. James Katz), she draws on multiple models and theories­—uncanny valley, media equation, apparatgeist, social distance, and social identity—to develop a framework for exploring the social implications of these technologies. Attend via Zoom.

Friday, April 3 at 11:00 am (EDT):

The 9:30 Problem: Structuring the Complex Nonfiction Narrative

Mitchell Zuckoff, the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at COM, will host a Q&A session as a follow up to his pre-recorded virtual talk, “The 9:30 Problem: Structuring the Complex Nonfiction Narrative, given as part of the 2020 Power of Narrative Conference.”

Watch the recorded talk. | Attend live Q&A via Zoom.

Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 am (EDT):

Data Visualization for Action: Community-Based Physicalization of Environmental Challenges in Context

Laura Perovich, PhD candidate and MIT media lab research assistant, will host a webinar, “Data Visualization for Action: Community-Based Physicalization of Environmental Challenges in Context.” Watch the recording on YouTube.

Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00 noon (EDT):

What Does Sports Journalism Look Like With No Sports?

Missing your favorite sports pastime? Do you wonder what sports journalists do when there are no sports to cover? Expert journalists including Michael Holley, BU College of Communication Associate Professor of the Practice in Journalism, Michael Felger (COM’92), and Marisa Ingemi (COM’17) will discuss the future of the sports industry and the ins and outs of television, radio, and print media. Watch the recording on YouTube.

Friday, April 17 – Thursday, April 23

Redstones Film Festival Goes Virtual

The Redstones Film Festival moves online, streaming trailers for award nominees, daily digital interviews and social media takeovers with filmmakers, cast and crew on Boston University College of Communication Instagram, Facebook Live and YouTube. Get the details.

Tuesday, April 21 at 2:00 pm (EDT):

Media Manipulation in an Age of Quarantine

Joan Donovan, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Director of the Technology and Social Change (TaSC) Research Project. Donovan will provide an overview of the issues surrounding “Media Manipulation in an Age of Quarantine,” in a conversation and discussion with COM Dean Mariette DiChristina. Bring your questions! Watch the recording on YouTube.

Friday, April 24 at 8:30 pm (EDT):

Redstones Film Festival

The Redstones Film Festival moves online, live streaming awards ceremony and (make-your-own) cocktail reception with a special toast to the Redstones 40th anniversary.

Thursday, April 30 at 1:00 pm (EDT)

Bonnie Hammer and Jay Roewe composite

The Show Must Go On: How Studios Are Adapting for a Quarantine Era

Hosts like John Oliver and Samantha Bee are broadcasting from their apartments or over iPhone. Scripted shows are also adapting in surprising ways to feed our need for video content despite the need for social distancing. Join us for a lively conversation with Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios, and Jay Roewe, Senior Vice President of West Coast Production at Home Box Office (HBO) about how studios are answering the challenge of producing great shows in a quarantine era. COM Dean Mariette DiChristina will host and moderate. Watch the recording on YouTube.

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