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 spring. Advanced registration is required.


The History of America in Three Meals, with Megan Elias
Thursdays March 21, 28 & April 4
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
GSU Conference Auditorium 775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor

If we are what we eat, then our history must be what we have eaten. Food history is a fascinating way to get a new perspective on the collective past and helps illuminate connections between the local and the global. Join historian and director of Boston University’s Gastronomy program, Megan J. Elias, for a three-part series that explores the history of the United States—in all its culinary diversity—through three historically important meals. (Please note that food will be discussed, not served.)

Booming Boston: How the Metropolitan Area Has Developed, with James O’Connell
Wednesdays April 3, 10 & 24
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
GSU Conference Auditorium 775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor

In recent years, Boston has experienced an unprecedented structural boom. Examine how Boston has evolved from a declining post-World War II city plagued by urban decay and suburban flight into one of the world’s foremost centers for technological innovation through this series of illustrated presentations by urban planner Jim O’Connell, who teaches in the City Planning & Urban Affairs program at Boston University and has authored six books and many articles on planning and urban history.

Best Short Stories, with Taline Voskeritchian
Wednesdays, March 27, April 3, 10, 24 & May 1 from 1–2:20 p.m.
64-86 Cummington Mall

Taline Voskeritchian, lecturer in BU’s College of Communication and longtime contributor to the Evergreen Seminar Series, discusses work from Best American Short Stories 2018, edited by Roxane Gay. In preparation for the first class, students are asked to purchase their own copy of the collection and to read “The Baptism,” by Don Rash and “The Art of Losing,” by Yoon Choi.