Rhett Talks

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!

Rhett Talks explores the great intellectual breadth that is found across our University’s many schools and colleges. It also allows faculty members of all levels to experience student life in a new way.

Three 15 minute presentations will occur at each event. You will have a brief opportunity to ask questions on each presentation. And yes, refreshments are included. Watch 2013′s slate of Rhett Talks to get ready for this year.

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

What They’re Saying About Rhett Talks

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The Talks

Monday, 9/8
Rich Hall Cinema Room, 277 Babcock Street
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Faculty and students mix and mingle over refreshments and hear provocative TED Talk-style presentations from CGS’s Andy Andres (Yes, Watching Baseball can be Science!), CAS’s Will Waters (Letters to Your Soul), and CAS’s Andrew West (Billions and Billions of Planets: The Ubiquity of Extrasolar Planets and the Red Dwards that (Mostly) Host Them).

Tuesday, 9/16
Warren Towers Cinema Room, 700 Commonwealth Avenue
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Faculty and students mix and mingle over refreshments and hear provocative TED Talk-style presentations from COM’s Roy Grundmann (Labour in a Single Shot), STH/CAS’s Jennifer Knust (Is There a Bible at All?), and CAS’s Margaret Litvin.

Monday, 9/22
Kilachand Hall Commons, 91 Bay State Road
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Faculty and students mix and mingle over refreshments and hear provocative TED Talk-style presentations from SMG Dean Kenn Freeman (Don’t Let Your Career Cause Regrets in Your Personal Life), CAS’s Carrie Preston (What learning to kneel before my Japanese teacher taught me about teaching), and CAS’s Christopher Ricks (The Great War and T.S. Eliot).

Tuesday, 9/30
“The End of Football?”
GSU Large Ballroom
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Faculty and students mix and mingle over refreshments and hear provocative TED Talk-style presentations from BU faculty and retired football players on the implications of recent concussion research on America’s big game. This session is still tentative and being planned.