Category: Events

MET Faculty and Leaders Host Global Gathering on Computer Science Education

June 9th, 2015 in Computer Science and Information Technology, Conferences, Events, MET News, Programs

 MET Faculty and Leaders Host Global Gathering on Computer Science Education

The Charles River Campus was the site for the eleventh annual International Conference on Computer Science and Education in Computer Science, which ran from June 4 to 7 and was co-sponsored by BU. Metropolitan College’s deans and Computer Science faculty were well-represented on the program and in the planning.

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Source: CSECS.org 06.15

Art Management and Fundraising in the Age of Economic Crises and Social Networks

March 30th, 2015 in Academic Events, Arts Administration, Featured News Post, MET News

Art Management and Fundraising in the Age of Economic Crises and Social Networks

by Lanfranco Aceti

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 2:00-3:00 p.m.
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

The complexity of the contemporary social and economic crises has created a new scenario in which networks, audiences and their behaviors become assets to be cultivated, harvested and sold. What are the challenges that artists, curators, producers and institutions face in a cultural climate in which obstacles increasingly appear as insurmountable and in which international branding is paramount to success? What is there to be done when traditional methodologies and practices no longer produce the desired outcomes? How do we respond to challenges when in the current globalized practices no one is an island and we all have become intertwined in the blurred boundaries of ‘virtual’ social lives that affect and shape our ‘real’ lives? In this context in flux, where challenges and opportunities abound, it becomes imperative to understand and engage with change by experimenting, testing and leading in order to develop the best management and fundraising practices that will enable a new generation of artists, curators, producers and institutions in the creative industries to thrive.

Lanfranco Aceti works as an academic, artist and curator and is the founder of The Studium: Lanfranco Aceti Inc. He is the founder and Director of OCR (Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology) and founder and Director of MoCC (Museum of Contemporary Cuts). He is Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, department of Art and Computing, London; teaches Contemporary Art and Digital Culture at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul; and is Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (The MIT Press, Leonardo journal and ISAST). He has lectured internationally including Harvard University, MIT and the Royal College of Art and exhibited widely as a curator and as an artist. Recently he has exhibited Who the People? at the Chetams’ Library and Museum. His artworks are in private and public collections.

View BU’s Seminar on Policing the City

March 12th, 2015 in Criminal Justice, Discussions, Faculty News, Featured News Post, MET News, Programs, Shea Cronin

ciminal justice public safety

On February 23, BU’s Initiative on Cities hosted Policing the City, “a conversation on race, municipal leadership, and public safety,” as part of its monthly Urban Seminar Series. The panel discussion featured experts on law enforcement and community issues, including Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, also a MET lecturer in criminal justice; the Rev. Jeffrey Brown, pastor of Boston’s Union Baptist Church and former executive director of the Boston Tenpoint Coalition; and MET’s Shea Cronin, associate professor of criminal justice. Kenneth Elmore, the University’s dean of students, was moderator. Initiative on Cities was co-founded and initially directed by the late Thomas Menino, former mayor of Boston.

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Planning for Urban Resilience: Housing and Education for Vulnerable Communities

February 25th, 2015 in Academic Events, City Planning & Urban Affairs, MET News

affordable-housing

With Dr. Shomon Shamsuddin

Thursday, February 26 at 2:30 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 264 (Lab 1)

Shomon Shamsuddin is a National Poverty Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His research explores how institutions define social problems and develop policies to address urban inequality. His work focuses on: 1) the socioeconomic effects of affordable housing programs, and 2) barriers to educational attainment for underserved communities. He has designed and built affordable housing with community development corporations; managed housing programs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development; and analyzed policy and legislation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Policy and Planning from MIT, M. Arch. from Yale University, and Sc.B. in Neuroscience from Brown University.

Middle Eastern Food and the Making of an Israeli National Cuisine

February 20th, 2015 in Academic Events, Events, Gastronomy, MET News, Programs

Israeli Cuisine

By Dr. Ari Ariel

Tuesday, March 3 at 1:00 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Ari Ariel is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Iowa. He has a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern studies from Columbia University and a diploma in Classical Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center). He is the author of Jewish-Muslim Relations and Migration from Yemen to Palestine in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Brill, 2014). His interests include culinary history, foodways, ethnic and national identity, and migration.

The Rise of a “New Style Cuisine” in 19th Century Istanbul: A Historical Analysis of Ottoman Cookbooks

February 20th, 2015 in Academic Events, Events, Gastronomy, MET News, Programs

Gastronomy, culinary arts

By Dr. Özge Samancı

Friday, February 27 at 10:30 AM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 121

Dr. Özge Samancı is Assistant Professor of food History in the Gastronomy and Culinary Arts Bachelor Degree program in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a PhD in history and Civilizations from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Her research interests include Ottoman Food Culture of the Early Modern Era; modernization of food habits and manners; food historiography; and comparative studies in food history. Among her publications are Turkish Cuisine (2008, with Arif Bilgin) and Flavours of Istanbul: A selection from original 19th Century Ottoman recipes (2007, co-author with Sharon Crosford).

Advocacy in Action: Understanding the influence of advocacy organizations on local affordable housing policy in the U.S.

February 20th, 2015 in Academic Events, Events, MET News

affordable housing policy in the U.S.

By Anaid Yerena

Monday February 23, 2015 at 2:30pm
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Anaid is an architect, planner, and researcher who investigates public participation processes and activities related to housing and community development. Her research has a strong community-based component that provides knowledge to advocate for and empower disenfranchised groups. As an undergraduate at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico, she coordinated the development of the first Master Plan for the City of Montemorelos. She worked on the technical aspects of the Plan and set up a forum and interviews with local residents, these activities were crucial to building support for the Plan’s approval and implementation (received UDEM’s Excellence Award). While completing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UC Irvine, she completed research for the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation assessing potential housing sites for extremely low-income households in Long Beach, California. The report resulting from this research was named Planning, Policy, and Design’s Best Professional Report in 2009. As a Ph.D. student she has received numerous accolades for her research (Haynes Dissertation Award; Dean’s Community Engagement Award), teaching (UC Irvine Pedagogical Fellow), mentoring (Planning, Policy, and Design Mentor Award, 2011 and 2012), and service (Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Student Representative 2012-14). These honors are a testament to the impact and quality of her work.

Cultural “Other” in Colonial New England: The Duality of Maize

February 20th, 2015 in Academic Events, Events, Gastronomy, MET News

Maize, Corn field

By Dr. Karen Bescherer Metheny

Tuesday, February 24 at 2:00 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Karen Bescherer Metheny, PhD, is a Lecturer for the Gastronomy Program, Metropolitan College, Boston University and Visiting Researcher in the Department of Archaeology at Boston University. She is senior editor of Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia (July 2015, with Mary C. Beaudry) and author of “Modeling Communities through Food and Commensality: Connecting the Daily Meal to the Construction of Place and Identity” (2014) and From the Miners’ Doublehouse: Archaeology and Landscape in a Pennsylvania Coal Company Town (2007). Dr. Metheny teaches courses in the anthropology and archaeology of food, food history and foodways of New England, and method and theory in food studies. In this presentation, she will discuss her research into the cultural significance of maize in colonial New England, and what its consumption reveals about cultural identity and encounters with “cultural other.”

Policy Networks, Urban Economic Development, and the Arts

February 17th, 2015 in Academic Events, Arts Administration, MET News, Richard Maloney

gloucester-artPhoto: flickr/Harvey Barrison

By Richard Maloney

Thursday, February 19, 2015
1:30–2:30 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Rich is Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Director ad interim of the Arts Administration program where he teaches classes in performing arts management, fundraising, internship, the art world and comparative cultural policy.  As a professional musician, he  has played lute, lavta, guitar, and hand percussion with several Boston area early music ensembles. As an administrator, he served as General Manager of the Boston Camerata and worked for the Boston Early Music Festival and New England Conservatory.  He holds a B.A. from Bates College, a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, a Graduate Diploma from the Longy School of Music, an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.  His scholarship examines how and why smaller municipalities pursue cultural economic development as an urban regeneration strategy.  From 2008-2014, he served on the board of directors of the Association of Arts Administration Educators.  He currently serves on the board of directors of European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers, the world’s largest association of arts administration faculty members, and MassCreative, the leading arts advocacy organization in Massachusetts.

Cooking as Cultural Security: Change and Continuity in Indigenous Foodways

February 12th, 2015 in Academic Events, Gastronomy, MET News, Shea Cronin

indigenous-foods

With Dr. Ariela Zycherman

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
1–2 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Introduced by Shea Cronin

Ariela Zycherman is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas Christian University, and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She graduated from the PhD program in Applied Anthropology at Columbia University in 2013. Her research focuses broadly on cultural constructions related to food practices. More specifically she looks at the role food plays in the formulation of modernity, the production of livelihoods, environmental politics in the Amazon, and contemporary forms of identity in Latin America. She has conducted research in Bolivia, Argentina and Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, her paper “Shocdye as World: localizing modernity among the Tsimané of Lowand Bolivia” won the Alex McIntosh paper award presented by the Association for the Study of Food and Society.