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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.
Stay tuned for the Fall 2015 schedule.
January 19, 2015
Special MLK Day edition: The Problem of Poverty
- Owning It: The Complicity of Christianity in U.S. Poverty – Dr. Diana Swancutt, School of Theology
- Strength to Love: Global Justice for the Poor – Dr. Keith Magee, School of Theology
- Some Consequences of Poverty in our Wealthy Nation – Dr. Deborah Belle, College of Arts and Sciences
September 8, 2014
- Yes, Watching Baseball Can Be Science! – Andy Andres, College of General Studies
- Letters to Your Soul – Will Waters, College of Arts & Sciences
- Billions and Billions of Planets: The Ubiquity of Extrasolar Planets and the Red Dwarfs that (Mostly) Host Them – Andrew West, College of Arts & Sciences
September 16, 2014
- Labour in a Single Shot – Roy Grundmann, College of Communication
- Is There a Bible at All? – Jennifer Knust, School of Theology/College of Arts & Sciences
- Gone but Not Forgotten: Forensic Anthropology and the Identification of Missing People – Jonathon Bethard, School of Medicine/College of Arts & Sciences
September 22, 2014
- What Learning to Kneel Before My Japanese Teacher Taught Me About Teaching – Carrie Preston, College of Arts & Sciences
- The Great War and T.S. Eliot – Christopher Ricks, College of Arts & Sciences
- Don’t Let Your Career Cause Regrets in Your Personal Life – Dean Kenneth Freeman, School of Management
September 30, 2014
- Current Concepts in CTE – Ann McKee, School of Medicine
- Changing the Game: Redesigning Football to Minimize Concussions – John McCarthy, School of Education
- Football Greatness: a Blessing or a Curse? – Chris Nowinski, Co-Director for BU’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (BU CSTE)
November 20, 2014
- Bringing viruses in from the cold and heating them up! – Paul Duprex, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Institute (NEIDL), School of Medicine
- Is news contagious? The media, fear, and ebola – Jim Shanahan, College of Communication
- Global Politics (and human rights) in the Time of Ebola – George Annas, School of Public Health, School of Medicine, and School of Law
Further reading about each topic is available from the Boston University Libraries.
What They’re Saying About Rhett Talks
BU Today, September 8, 2014