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 offered by the Evergreen Program this fall:

  • Understanding Election 2016:
    Getting Beyond Punditry and Partisanship with Virginia Sapiro
    Tuesday, October 4, 18, November 1 & 15
    10:30 a.m.–Noon
    GSU Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor
    $50
    This critical and unusual presidential election year has led to heaps of news and information regarding the race, but much of the media coverage is either speculative commentary or point-of-view-pushing advocacy. To cut through the noise, join BU’s Professor of Political Science Virginia Sapiro—a former dean of CAS and a nationally recognized expert on elections with 40 years of experience in elections, public opinion, and political behavior—for a seminar series that brings the findings of high-quality social science research to bear on the most interesting and important questions and issues as they arise throughout the 2016 election campaigns.
  • News Media in Crisis:
    Ethics, Economics, Survival with Michael Berlin
    Tuesday, October 4, 18, November 1 & 15
    1:30–3 p.m.
    GSU Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor
    $50
    New technological and economic forces threaten the scope and sustainability of our newspapers, magazines, and TV newscasts, pushing the modern news media to a crisis point. Discuss the issues of news media ethics generated by this impasse, including political bias in reporting, flawed sourcing, and sensationalism in the news. Join BU Associate Professor of Journalism Emeritus Michael Berlin—former instructor at the Columbia Journalism School and longtime United Nations correspondent for the Washington Post and the New York Post—in discussing the state of news media today.
  • Master Thieves, the Story of the Gardner Heist with Stephen Kurkjian
    Wednesday, October 19, 26 & November 16
    1:30–3 p.m.
    GSU Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor
    $40
    Stephen Kurkjian (CAS ’66), author of Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist, will discuss the famed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft, which saw two men, disguised as Boston Police, make off with an estimated $500M worth of artwork—including three works by Rembrandt—in the dead of night. Acclaimed investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian—Pulitzer Prize winner and a forty-year veteran of the Boston Globe and founding member of its investigative Spotlight Team—will explore the still-unsolved case, which now carries the world’s largest reward offer.