Rhett Talks

Some of the best learning can take place outside of a lecture.

Rhett Talks is BU’s version of the popular TEDx talks. Listen to some of our University’s best faculty give brief, innovative, and engaging presentations outside of the classroom.

Three 15 minute presentations will occur at each event, all surrounding a particular topic: football, Ebola, religion and more. Attendees will have a brief opportunity to ask questions on each presentation. And yes, refreshments are included.

The Faculty-in-Residence program sponsors Rhett Talks, with assistance from the Dean of Students Office and Residence Life.

Upcoming Talks
Previous Talks
What They’re Saying About Rhett Talks

Upcoming Talks

Our Fall 2015 dates have been announced!

Monday, September 7, 2015, 7-8 p.m., Rich Hall Cinema Room

  • Prof. Binyomin Abrams, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
    Ninety Years of Quantum Mechanics: Why Are We Still Teaching the Bohr Atom?
  • Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Research Assistant Professor, College of Engineering
    Sustainability, Challenged: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus
  • Prof. Teddy Hickman-Maynard, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Theology
    On Babies and Black Choirs: A reflection on racism and hope

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7-8 p.m.,  Warren Towers

  • Dean Hardin Coleman, Dean, School of Education
    Cultural Identity and Minority Student Achievement
  • Prof. Andrew Shenton, Associate Professor, Musicology, College of Fine Arts
    Music and transcendence: or how to be happy and healthy for free (and with very little effort)
  • Prof. Deborah Jaramillo, Associate Professor, Film & Television, College of Communication
    Why are we (still) ashamed of TV?

Monday, September 21, 2015, 7-8 p.m., Kilachand Hall

  • Prof. Laurence Kotlikoff, A William Fairfield Warren Professor, Economics, College of Arts & Sciences
    Is the United States Bankrupt?
  • Prof. Bayla Ostrach, Assistant Professor, Medical Anthropology, School of Medicine
    Syndemics – An Interdisciplinary Concept in BioSocial Health
  • Prof. Pamela Lightsey, Associate Dean for Community Life & Lifelong Learning, School of Theology
    Talk title to be announced

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7-8 p.m., 10 Buick Street

  • Prof. Muhammad Zaman, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
    Saving lives through safer drugs
  • Prof. Paul Lipton, Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program/Research Associate Professor, Neuroscience, College of Arts & Sciences
    To Pond Scum: Thanks for the Memories
  • Prof. Phillipe Copeland, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
    BlackMindsMatter: Mass Incarceration and Mental Health

Previous Talks

2014-15 Talks

September 8, 2014

September 16, 2014

September 22, 2014

September 30, 2014

November 20, 2014

January 19, 2015

Special MLK Day edition: The Problem of Poverty

Further reading about each topic is available from the Boston University Libraries.

2013 Talks

What They’re Saying About Rhett Talks


BU Today, September 8, 2014


BU Today, September 9, 2013
Daily Free Press, September 10, 2013
Daily Free Press , September 17, 2013
BU Quad, September 25, 2013
BU Quad, October 2, 2013