Seminar Series

Evergreen seminars provide an excellent opportunity to hear Boston University faculty and noted experts in arts, politics, communications and the sciences share their interests, expertise, and research on a wide variety of subjects. Whether you attend a single seminar or a themed series of talks, you’ll find yourself engaged and inspired by insightful, entertaining, and provocative discussions with some of the best.

Upcoming Seminars

Below are the upcoming seminars to be  offered by Evergreen this Summer. Advanced registration is required.


Pre-registration is required for all events.
A One-Day Affair – sold out
Tuesday, June 19, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
GSU Conference Auditorium
775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA
$40, includes lunch

  • Leadership and War: Churchill, Roosevelt, and Truman
    9:30–10:45 a.m.
    The need for leadership is never more apparent than during times of war. Examine World War II leadership through the eyes and actions of U.S. Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, as well as those of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whose roles as national and international leaders were crucial not only to defeating Hitler but also to the reorganization of the international order. By comparing the postwar visions of these three leaders, this talk from College of General Studies lecturer and historian, Michael Holm, explores why the world turned out as it did after 1945, and why that world order is worth preserving.
  • Maeve Brennan: Literary Maven
    11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    Before becoming the chronicler of Greenwich Village from the 1940s–1970s for The New Yorker magazine’s “Talk of the Town” column, Maeve Brennan was born in Dublin, just after the Easter Rising. When her father took a post as the first Irish representative to the United States, she and her family moved to Washington, D.C., but when her family returned home to Ireland, Maeve Brennan remained behind, going on to become a celebrated New Yorker columnist, a fiction writer, and even a homeless woman. Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, Megan Sullivan, will discuss Brennan and why she should be counted among the foremost 20th century Irish writers.
  • The Nature of Cult: Exploring the Religious Topography of Greece During the Bronze Age and Beyond
    1:15–2:30 p.m.
    For the Greeks, natural features like mountains, caves, and springs were visible landmarks upon a landscape which was entirely visible to their deities. This seminar will explore the development of Greek cultic architecture from the Bronze Age to Hellenistic periods (2800–146 BCE), with a specific focus on the topography of worship structures. College of Arts and Sciences doctoral student, Natalie Susmann, leads an exploration of multiple types of data—ancient texts, excavation, and survey materials. By understanding the early practices of the Minoans and Mycenaeans, we better comprehend why later temples were often situated in their deity’s “ideal landscape,” and also the circumstances which would force the use of alternative topographies.

MFA Collection Tour: How Did This Get Here?

Takes place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is limited to 15 people each day.

To register, choose one of two dates:

$10, includes tour and admission.

Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts originate from all around the world, from archaeological digs and personal collections to artists’ studios. But how do they arrive at the museum? In this talk, archaeologist and BU doctoral student lecturer, Laura Heath-Stout, shares the provenance of a variety of the MFA’s pieces, from Egyptian statuary and Maya vases to Impressionist paintings and contemporary installations.

Meet Ms. Heath-Stout at the MFA for a one-hour tour covering pieces in the collection. Attendees are welcome to spend more time exploring the collection following the tour.