Our co-curricular program illuminates the back story of creative activity in the arts, sciences, and professions by exposing students to nationally and internationally distinguished figures doing exciting work in different fields, including literature, the arts, science and technology, law, medicine, and business. Activities include performances, readings, talks, and site visits to leading Boston cultural institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, WGBH, the Huntington Theatre, and the Boston Ballet. The co-curricular program is an essential and required component of the Kilachand Honors College curriculum and is designed to allow students to interact with committed, stimulating, and accomplished faculty and thinkers inside and outside of Boston University.
Below are several past co-curricular events:
Dr. Monica Bertagnolli is the chief of the division of surgical oncology at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. She is also a member of the Gastrointestinal Cancer and Sarcoma Disease Centers at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, where she collaborates with colleagues in medical oncology, radiation oncology, and pathology to treat cancer patients in a tertiary care setting. She is also a professor of surgery at Harvard University Medical School and an associate surgeon at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Bob Metcalfe is professor of innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at University of Texas at Austin and a Polaris Venture Partner. He was an internet pioneer at MIT and Harvard, receiving a PhD in computer science. Bob invented Ethernet in 1973 at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and in 1979, he founded 3Com Corporation. For 10 years, Bob was a general partner of Polaris and currently serves on the boards of five start-ups: 1366, Ember, IPS, SiOnyx, and Sun Catalytix. For the 10 years before Polaris, he was a publisher-pundit at IDG. In 2005, Bob received the National Medal of Technology.
Boston Ballet Rehearsal
Students had the opportunity to visit the Boston Ballet’s studio and watch a working rehearsal of Play With Fire followed by a series of panels about the ballet—including a surprise visit by Jonathan McPhee, the Boston Ballet’s music director. Students will attend a performance of Play With Fire or Simply Sublime in winter 2012.
Brian Skerry is a photojournalist for National Geographic who covers marine wildlife and underwater environments. His award-winning images have also been featured in publications worldwide, including People, Sports Illustrated, and Men0’s Journal. Skerry has lectured on photography and marine conservation at Harvard University, the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and the Royal Geographical Society in London, among other venues. He is a regular guest on ABC’s 20/20, TODAY, CBS Sunday Morning, and Good Morning America. At the Kilachand Honors College event, he discussed his forthcoming book, Ocean Love, and the process behind his craft.
Using the camera as his tool of communication, Skerry has spent the past three decades telling the stories of the ocean. His images portray not only the aesthetic wonder of the ocean but display an intense journalistic drive for relevance. Skerry’s work brings to light the many pressing issues facing our oceans and its inhabitants. Typically spending eight months of the year in the field, he often faces extreme conditions to capture his subjects. He has lived on the bottom of the sea, has spent months aboard fishing boats, and has dived beneath the Arctic ice to get his shots. He has spent over 10,000 hours underwater.
Playwright Evan Wiener and Peter DuBois, the award-winning artistic director of the Huntington Theatre, led an informal panel for Kilachand Honors College students. The two men fielded questions from students on everything from tips for an aspiring writer to their opinions about their own personal favorite plays. The students were able to attend a performance of Captors at the Huntington Theatre.
Peter DuBois is the artistic director of the Huntington Theatre Company, where he has directed the world premieres of many plays, including Captors. He has directed shows all over the world, including at the Second Stage Theatre, London’s Almeida Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company, and at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Prior to arriving at the Huntington, he served for five years as associate producer and resident director at the Public Theater, preceded by five years as artistic director of the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. His directing credits include Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet, Bob Glaudini’s Vengeance is the Lord’s, David Grimm’s The Miracle at Naples, Craig Lucas’s Prelude to a Kiss, Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw, and Zach Braff’s All Good People. DuBois won the SSDF Callaway Award for Excellence in Direction and was nominated for the Drama League’s Award for Distinguished Production of a New Play for his direction of Measure for Pleasure. Prior to his work at Perseverance, DuBois lived and worked in the Czech Republic where he co-founded Asylum, a multinational squat theatre in Prague.
In addition to writing Captors, playwright Evan Wiener co-wrote the movie Savage Innocent with director Larry Clark, which stars Ray Liotta and Rory Culkin. He co-wrote Monogamy, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. He has also written for Sony Pictures, Lee Daniels Entertainment, and First Look Films, among others, and is currently writing projects for Constellation Films and TBD Productions.
Kilachand Honors College students had the opportunity to watch Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang, two of the world’s preeminent fortepianists (as well as husband and wife), practice Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major for the Boston Baroque event “Mozart & the Levins.” The students watched the Boston Baroque in action at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. BU Professor Victor Coelho gave the students a bit of history about the Boston Baroque, the concerto, as well as the musical style and instruments of Mozart’s time. Mozart was not much older than the Kilachand Honors College students when he wrote the concerto.