Academic Events

Joining Ranks: City Networks on the Rise

Cities in the United States and around the world are ever more linked in networks that they join, but so little is known about which cities join and why.

Attend an exclusive briefing and Q&A with the authors of Joining Ranks: City Networks on the Rise, a research project led by the Boston University Initiative on Cities, supported by Citi Community Development and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Date: Monday, April 23, 2018
Time: 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: The Rockefeller Foundation, 420 Fifth Avenue, Trustees Dining Room, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10018


Urban Studies Capstone: Showcase + Presentations

Final presentations by students in the City Planning & Urban Affairs programs capstone course. Over two days, students will present on the following topics:

  • Impacts of the Somerville Green Line Extension
  • Urban Agriculture and Urban Climate Communication

Date 1: Monday, April 23, 2018 (Impacts of the Somerville Green Line Extension)
Date 2: Monday, April 30, 2018 (Urban Agriculture and Urban Climate Communication)
Time: 6:30 p.m. EDT
Location: The Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences Building610 Commonwealth Avenue, Colloquium Room 101

Open to the public. Light snacks will be served. Please bring your reusable cup for water. In the meantime,  browse through the project abstracts or the bios of the City Planning & Urban Affairs graduating class

If you have any questions, please contact Natalia Chavez at

Breaking the incarceration cycle: What can cities do to improve prisoner reentry outcomes?

Two thirds of those released from prison will be re-arrested within three years. What can city leaders do to reduce these high recidivism rates? Jennifer Doleac, assistant professor of public policy and economics at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and founding director of the Justice Tech Labwill discuss current evidence on which policies work, and which don’t, to productively reincorporate the formerly-incarcerated into their communities.

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 12–1 p.m.
Location: 75 Bay State Road, Boston, MA


Gun Violence and Police Shootings in U.S. Cities

A Conversation with Professor Michael Siegel and Mayor Betsy Hodges

Join us to welcome former Mayor of Minneapolis, Betsy Hodges, and BU School of Public Health Professor Michael Siegel to frame a discussion about firearm violence and police/community relations in our cities.

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 12–1:30 p.m.
Location: 75 Bay State Road Boston, MA


Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession

Jacques Pépin Lecture Series with Dr. Ken Albala, Professor of History, Pacific University

Every day, noodle shops around the globe ladle out quick meals that fuel our go-go lives. Ken Albala’s noodle primer offers the recipes and techniques for mastering quick-slurper staples and luxurious from-scratch feasts. Dr. Albala made a different noodle soup every day for two years, and his obsession yielded everything you need to know about making stock bases, using dried or fresh noodles, and choosing from a huge variety of garnishes, flavorings, and accompaniments.

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 6–8 p.m. EDT
Location: 725 Commonwealth Avenue, College of Arts & Sciences, Room 224

Lecture is free with limited seating. REGISTER HERE. 

How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities

Join Boston University Associate Professor of Sociology and close Initiative on Cities partner, Japonica Brown-Saracino, to discuss her most recent book, How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities, which explores how sexual identities shape and are responsive to city ecology.

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: 4–5:30 p.m.
Location: 75 Bay State Road Boston, MA


Emerging Challenges for Mayoral Leadership: Conflict and Cleavages Under Democratic One-Party Rule

With Harvard University PhD candidate Peter Bucchianeri.

How does conflict manifest itself within cities? When conflict occurs, where are lines drawn and how do they evolve over time? Harvard University PhD candidate Peter Bucchianeri discusses the context within which mayors need to lead, focusing specifically on the cleavages that underlie local politics in a handful of cities.

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Initiative on Cities, 75 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215 

Lunch will be served. REGISTER HERE.

The 21st Century Stock Pot: Upcycled Foods for Sustainability, Health, and Inclusive Dining

Jacques Pépin Lecture Series with Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, James Beard Foundation Impact Program Fellow

Dr. Deutsch, author of numerous food-related books, is a James Beard Foundation Impact Program fellow—a role which requires Deutsch oversee the development, piloting, and national roll-out of the foundation’s campaign to reduce food waste. Join Deustch for a discussion of the ingenious, responsible, and tasty ways he and his team have learned to reduce food waste. Deutsch’s research interests include social and cultural aspects of food, recipe and product development and culinary education. He received his doctorate in food studies and food management from New York University.

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 6–8 p.m. EDT
Location: 725 Commonwealth Avenue, College of Arts & Sciences, Room 224

Lecture is free with limited seating. REGISTER HERE. 

The Hidden Face of Power: Mayoral Leadership and Appointed Power in U.S. Cities

Presented by Mirya Holman, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tulane University

Although cities across the United States appoint representatives to a variety of boards and commissions, we know almost nothing about the composition of these boards. Guest lecturer, Mirya Holman, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, will explore how the mayoral power of appointment serves as a key mechanism for long-lasting policy change. In this discussion, she will focus on the gender representation of these boards and how mayoral, city, and board characteristics shape the levels of representation of women on these boards. Holman will evaluate the patterns of gender imbalances, discussing the ways that institutions provide roadblocks to women’s participation in local governance. In closing, she will discuss the ways that the invisibility of local representation facilitates women’s underrepresentation and distracts from attempts to address this imbalance. 

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 12–1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Initiative on Cities75 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215 

Lunch will be served. REGISTER HERE.

A Conversation with MP David Lammy

With MP David Lammy, Labour Member of Parliament, Tottenham, London, England

With Initiative on Cities Director and Professor of Political Science, Graham Wilson, the Right Honorable David Lammy will discuss the major issues facing his constituency, the impact of Brexit, and future of the Labour Party.

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Initiative on Cities, 75 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

Lunch will be provided. REGISTER HERE.

Big Chicken, with Maryn McKenna

Jacques Pépin Lecture Series with acclaimed journalist Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. In her new book, Big Chicken, McKenna reveals the fascinating history of chicken and how the common backyard bird became an industrial commodity that impacts human health all around the world. During this event, McKenna will highlight the crucial elements to the fowl’s meteoric rise, including the routine use of antibiotics—a practice that would transform agriculture, change the world’s eating habits, and contribute to the deadly rise of drug-resistant infections around the globe. Food writer Mark Bittman calls Big Chicken “A mustread for anyone who cares about the quality of food and the welfare of animals,” and this discussion will offer a healthy portion of its lessons.

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 6–8 p.m. EST
Location: 725 Commonwealth Avenue, College of Arts & Sciences, Room 224

Lecture is free with limited seating. REGISTER HERE. 

Guest Lecture: Bruce Katz and The New Localism

With inaugural Centennial Scholar Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution

Join Bruce Katz for a lecture on his new book, The New Localism, which focuses on the shift of power from national governments and states to cities and metropolitan communities. Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: 4:30–6 p.m. EST

Location: Initiative on Cities, 75 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215


BU MET Research Colloquium Series—Spring 2018

Carbon Tax Effects on the Big Three Fossil Fuels
Research Presentation by Dr. James Stodder, PhD, Visiting Professor, MET Department of Administrative Sciences

Moderator: Dr. Lou Chitkushev, Associate Dean

Carbon pricing will make natural gas the “last” important fossil fuel, for three reasons:  First, as is well known, coal’s carbon footprint is twice as large, and oil’s half-again as large, as that of gas. Second, price sensitivities mean that gas producers bear relatively little of their tax burden, one that is already lighter, while coal and oil producers bear most of theirs—one that is already heavier. Third, as a result of a smaller price rise on gas, vector auto-regression (VAR) simulations show demand for coal plummeting, oil demand stable, and a rush for natural gas.  Shell Oil, with the world’s largest private reserves of natural gas, has figured this out—and it is aggressively promoting new carbon taxes.  Russia, with the world’s largest gas reserves, should do the same.

This event is open to the public.

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 3:15–4:45 p.m. ET
Location: 808 Commonwealth Avenue, FLR/MET-IT-Lab 1 (Room 264) or join online at

For those unable to join with a computer the telephone # is: 1-888-512-3146 (PIN: 92558624)

About the Speaker: Jim Stodder received his BA cum laude from Harvard in 1981, his MS with distinction from the University of Essex (UK) in 1983, and his PhD from Yale in 1990, all in Economics.  Before completing his BA, he worked for several years in the offshore oil industry. Stodder has many refereed articles, but his current research is on carbon taxes and natural gas.  In June 2017, he presented preliminary findings to a conference at the Higher School for Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia and in December 2017 at the Far Eastern Federal University, in Vladivostok Russia.  

The American Pension Crisis: It’s Not the Actuaries’ Fault (Well, Maybe a Little)

Department of Actuarial Sciences faculty member Hal Tepfer, a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary, will speak about pension plans in the U.S. These plans have been fighting (and losing) a “funding battle” in which the value of pensions that have been earned far exceeds the assets put aside for them by corporations, unions, and municipalities. The sponsors of pension plans are struggling with ways to balance out the assets of the pension and its liabilities; the government agencies involved are concerned about “bailing out” more and more pension plans; retirees are worried that their promised pensions might not be what they thought.

Tepfer will provide background about what his profession’s role in the current funding situation is, explain the basic elements of the metrics that are used by sponsors of pension plans and the general public, and discuss the actual funding situation.

Date: Thursday, November 30
Time: 10:15–11:15 a.m.
Location: 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109, or online at

For those unable to join with a computer the telephone # is: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 672 331 919.

The CyberArk Story: From Startup to IPO and Beyond

A Boston University Metropolitan College Distinguished Lecture with Udi Mokady, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, CyberArk

Since 1999, CyberArk has focused on protecting organizations from cyber threats and attacks that can jeopardize valuable information and cripple business. As founder, chairman, and CEO, Mr. Mokady has ensured CyberArk’s position as the market leader in privileged account security. In The CyberArk Story: From Startup to IPO and Beyond, he will chart the course of the venture from startup to cybersecurity partner of choice for 3,300+ global businesses, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies and more than a quarter of the Global 2000. Named one of the most successful tech IPOs of 2014, CyberArk has its U.S. headquarters in Newton, Massachusetts.

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
5–7 p.m.
Location: Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Room 101


Teaching and Learning Workshop

Madhu C Dutta-Koehler, PhD is the Associate Professor of Practice and Program Coordinator for the Urban Affairs and City Planning Program and will be leading the workshop. The presentations will cover some of the current theories and practices for effective teaching, student learning, intended learning outcomes, course design, assessment, and digital technologies.

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Time: 3-6 pm
Location: 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Rm 109 (Fuller Building)

Limited seating is available, please contact Dr. Dutta-Koehler to RSVP.

The 11th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security

March 17-18, 2016
Information security has become a principal strategic concern of governments around the world, and with leading graduate programs in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity offered at MET, BU has been selected to host the 11th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. The conference, which unites academics, specialists, and officials from around the globe, will be held March 17-18, and chaired by MET Dean Tanya Zlateva, with Professor Virginia Greiman of the Department of Administrative Sciences serving as program chair.

For more on the event, including details on keynote speakers, read the full press release.

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

March 31, 2015
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.

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Middle Eastern Food and the Making of an Israeli National Cuisine by Dr. Ari Ariel

March 3, 2015
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).

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

February 27, 2015
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).

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Planning for Urban Resilience: Housing and Education for Vulnerable Communities with Dr. Shomon Shamsuddin

February 26, 2015
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.

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

February 23, 2015
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.

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Cultural “Other” in Colonial New England: The Duality of Maize by Dr. Karen Bescherer Metheny

Tuesday, February 24
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.

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Policy Networks, Urban Economic Development, and the Arts by Richard Maloney

February 19, 2015
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.

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Cooking as Cultural Security: Change and Continuity in Indigenous Foodways with Dr. Ariela Zycherman

February 17, 2015
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.

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Performing Arts for Everyone: A Portrait of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with Dr. Susan Erenrich

January 30, 2015
Introduced by Eric Braude

Dr. Erenrich is a social movement history documentarian. She uses the arts for social change to tell stories about transformational leadership, resilience and societal shifts as a result of mobilization efforts by ordinary citizens.

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Dr. Hervé This Lecture

October 24, 2014
On Friday, October 24, at 6 p.m., Dr. Hervé This addressed a rapt audience attending Boston University’s Jacques Pépin Lecture Series, part of BU’s Programs in Food, Wine & the Arts. The eminent French author and physical chemist was demonstrating his provocative vision in culinary innovation using principles from his new book Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food (Columbia University Press, 2014). His BU presentation was referred to in a Boston Globe article, “‘Father of molecular gastronomy’ explores solution to world hunger.” According to the article, “He has in mind feeding the growing world population with ingredients that are not perishable. This also believes that cooking with pure compounds will reduce environmental damage and energy costs tied to traditional cooking.”

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Security: Changing the Game with Jennifer Lesser Henley

On September 4, 2014, the Director of Security Operations at Facebook, Jennifer Lesser Henley, spoke at Boston University to discuss the state of cybersecurity.

In her talk, Lesser Henley discussed the delicate balance of maintaining a high level of security without impeding Facebook’s usability. She offered helpful tips for Facebook users, such as activating login notifications and approvals, one-time passwords for public computers, and 2-factor authentication. Henley also discussed events like “Hacktober,” where Facebook employees are encouraged to test the company’s security systems.

See all of our photos from the event on Facebook.

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MET Colloquium
Project Management in Practice Conference

May 16, 2014
This year, the popular project management conference focused on women in the field. Feature addresses were made by Roberta Chinsky Matuson, Dean Tanya Zlateva, Professor Virginia A. Greiman, and Gina Abudi—all accomplished presenters, researchers and practitioners.

Visit conference site

Author’s Reception

May 2, 2014
In May, MET faculty members who have recently published books were honored at a reception in the Fuller Building. Works and authors listed below were recognized.

  • Marketing Database Analytics: Transforming Data for Competitive Advantage; Andrew Banasiewicz
  • Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass; Rachel Black (co-authored with Robert C. Ulin)
  • Megaproject Management: Lessons on Risk and Project Management From the Big Dig; Virginia Greiman
  • Security Management of Next Generation Telecommunications Networks and Services; Stuart Jacobs
  • Green Project Management; Rich Maltzman and David Shirley (Winner of the PMI’s Cleland Award for Literature in 2011.)
  • Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach; Rich Maltzman (co-authored with Dan Epstein)
  • The World of Sicilian Wine; William Nesto (co-authored with Frances Di Savino)
  • Managing Social Media and Consumerism; Rajagopal
  • Architecting Enterprise: Managing Innovation, Technology, and Global Competitiveness; Rajagopal
  • Project Management Art and Science; Roger Warburton and Vijay Kanabar

View photos from the event

MET Colloquium
Data Analytics Symposium

April 30, 2014
Co-sponsored by IBM and Boston University’s Metropolitan College, the Data Analytics Symposium, drew a panel of experts from IBM and MET to speak on trending topics in data analytics. Leading minds from Boston University presented, such as: Dr. Lou Chitkushev; Dr. Tanya Zlateva; Dr. Irena Vodenska; Dr. Andrew Banasiewicz; Dr. Suresh Kalathur, Dr. Vladimir Zlatev; Dr. Robert Schudy; Dr. Anatoly Temkin; Dr. Jae-Young Lee; Guanglan Zhang; Dr. Georgios Zervas; and Dr. Vladimir Brusic.

Subjects included big data in health care, finance, and applied social sciences, in addition to in-depth discussions on the future direction of data analytics, education, industrial needs, and career paths.

Visit symposium site

MET Colloquium
MET’s Enrique Silva Helps Organize BU Pardee Event

April 29th, 2014

Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Latin American Studies Program, and Initiative on Cities co-sponsored the event “Latin American Urban Experiences: Crisis, Creativity, and Renewal.” Held on April 19, 2014, and organized by Pardee Faculty Fellows Susan Eckstein and Enrique Silva—who is also assistant professor of city planning and urban affairs at MET—the event featured faculty and student panel presentations on life in Latin American cities. Using highway development in Chile as an example, Silva spoke about the ways strategic city planning impacts life in large urban areas. The event concluded with comments from former Boston mayor Thomas Menino, co-director of BU’s Initiative on Cities.

MET Research Colloquium—Spring 2014:
Analytics at BU MET

April 17, 2014
The Spring 2014 MET Research Colloquium focused on MET progress and plans in analytics. MET faculty Dr. Tanya Zlateva, Dr. Andrew Banasiewicz, Dr. Suresh Kalathur, Dr. Vladimir Zlatev, and Dr. Robert Schudy made brief presentations on analytics in web, marketing, risk, and business, followed by thought-provoking discussions. The college administration also reiterated the importance of analytics as an academic initiative at MET.

MET Colloquium
Gastronomy @ BU Lecture Series:
“Cultivating Whiteness: Gentleman Farming as Settler Colonialism in Los Angeles”

January 30, 2014

Location: Boston University College of General Studies, Room 505
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA (map)
Speaker: Laura Barraclough, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race and Migration, Yale University

This lecture was presented in conjunction with MET ML 712, Sociology of Food and Labor.

2013 Boston Urban Symposium Final Presentation

May 13, 2013
Metropolitan College graduate students in city planning and urban affairs led the 2013 Boston Urban Symposium, a milestone event for students and the MCP/MUA programs—which represents the culmination of years of studies in planning and urban affairs.

The graduating class of 2013 took on the development of an Advisory Plan to the General Management Plan (GMP) of the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership (BHIP). The Symposium class consulted for the BHIP, which was about to celebrate a series of milestones and needs to update and reinvigorate its constitutional planning document, the GMP.

The class analyzed the GMP through the lens of key social, economic and technological changes and trends that have emerged over the first ten years of the Plan’s existence. The Advisory Plan was a unique planning document that provides valuable assessments of the BHI, policy recommendations and strategic action items for consideration.

Monday, May 13, 2013 6–8 PM
School of Hospitality Administration, Room 110
928 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA

MET Colloquium
Gastronomy @ BU Lecture Series

April 2, 2013

“Universal Free School Meals: An idea whose time has come”

Janet Poppendieck, Professor of Sociology Emerita, Hunter College, City University of New York, the author of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America and Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement.
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 2 at 6 PM
Location: Boston University College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), Room 211
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA

MET Colloquium
Gastronomy @ BU Lecture Series

March 21, 2013
“A Fine Linea: How Italian Food Advertisements Reflected and Affected Gender Division”

Diana Garvin, PhD candidate, Italian Studies, Cornell University
Date & Time: Thursday, March 21, 6 PM
Location: Boston University College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), Room 211
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA

MET Colloquium
The Tor Project’s Hack Day Event

March 20, 2013

Hosted by Boston University’s RISCS Center
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: BU Computer Science Dept, 111 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA – ROOM 148

A unique hack day event presented an opportunity to the public to work in a highly collaborative and interactive environment side by side with Tor’s team of technology and research experts. Topics were determined by the attendees. Continental breakfast was be provided.

Our Mission:
The Tor Project aims to be the global resource for technology, advocacy, research and education in the ongoing pursuit of freedom of speech, privacy rights online, and censorship circumvention.

MET Colloquium
Gastronomy @ BU Lecture Series

February 25, 2013

“To Feed the Revolution: The Black Panther Party and the Politics of Food”

Mary Potorti, PhD candidate, American and New England Studies Program, Boston University
Date & Time: Monday, February 25, 6 PM
Location: Boston University School of Theology (STH), Room B19
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

MET Colloquium
Gastronomy @ BU Lecture Series

February 13, 2013

“Understanding and Enhancing the Flavor of Food”

Guy Crosby, Science Editor for America’s Test Kitchen, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health.
Date & Time:
Wednesday, February 13, 6 PM
Boston University College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), Room B12
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA

MET Colloquium

MLA in Gastronomy Lecture Series in Food Studies

Around the Italian Table – a roundtable discussion of Contemporary Food Ethnography in Italy

Carole Counihan, Visiting Professor of Gastronomy, Rachel Black, Assistant Professor of Gastronomy and Valeria Siniscalchi, Associate Professor of Anthropology, EHESS
Monday, November 12, 6 PM, SHA Auditorium

MET Colloquium

MLA in Gastronomy Lecture Series in Food Studies

Writing Food History – A Conversation

Kyri Claflin, Lecturer in Gastronomy, and co-author of Writing Food History: A Global Perspective
Monday, November 5, 5 PM, Fuller 109

MET Colloquium

MLA in Gastronomy Lecture Series in Food Studies

Neurogastronomy: What is it, and why does it matter?

Gordon Shepard, Professor of Neurobiology, Yale University and author of Neurogastronomy
Wednesday, October 24, 6 PM, SHA Auditorium

MET Colloquium

MLA in Gastronomy Lecture Series in Food Studies

Can Food Save Washington? Inventing Terroir for the Nation’s Capital

Warren Belasco, Visiting Professor of Gastronomy
Monday, September 17, 6 PM, SHA Auditorium

MET Colloquium

BU MET Research Colloquium on Innovative Teaching
Hosted by the Department of Administrative Sciences

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 1-2 pm

808 Commonwealth Ave, Room 109 or online at

Topics:  Innovative Teaching – business simulations and team/group learning
Panelists:  Dr. Kanabar (team/group learning: Project Management), Dr. Zlatev (business simulations and team/group learning)

Colloquium Format:

  • Discussion rules: 10 minutes introduction to a topic by a panelist; 10 minutes discussion to each of the topics; discussions will be moderated by the panelists.
  • All research colloquiums will be recorded; archives will be available for review through links from the home page of BU MET Department of Administrative Sciences
  • The colloquiums are open to the public and can be joined via an internet connection provided from the home page of BU MET Department of Administrative Sciences
  • Extensive documentation for selected topics will be posted in advance on the shared server of the Department of Administrative Sciences (name & password protected)

BU & MET Colloquium

Stop: Think: Connect
Cyber Citizen Forum – University Focus

November 16, 2011
8 St. Mary’s Street, Photonics Building, Room 206


  • Rear Admiral Michael A. Brown, Director, Cybersecurity Coordination
  • Leading cyber security researchers and educators from New England
  • Representatives from the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense

for presentations and discussions on

  • Careers in Cyber Security
  • Cyber Risks, Cyber Protection & Living in an Interconnected World

Hosted by Boston University’s Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS at ) and the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering (HIC at )

MET Authors’ Reception

Honoring Joseph Boskin, John Day and Stuart Jacobs
Thursday, October 27th, 4:30-6:30 pm
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 109

Corporal Boskin’s Cold Cold War: A Comical Journey
By Joseph Boskin
Syracuse University Press, September, 2011

Patterns in Network Architecture: A Return to Fundamentals
By John Day
Pearson Education, January, 2008

Engineering Information Security: The Application of Systems Engineering Concepts to Achieve Information Assurance
By Stuart Jacobs
Wiley-IEEE Press, July, 2011

MET Colloquium

City Planning/Urban Affairs Lecture Series: Boston Symposium

“Broadband Infrastructure: Connecting Cities Around the World and Alleviating the ‘Digital Divide'”
Monday, April 5, 6pm
928 Commonwealth Avenue (SHA Building), Room 110


  • Judith Dumont, Director, Massachusetts Broadband Institute
  • William Oates, Chief Information Officer, City Of Boston
  • Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
  • Filippo Dal Fiore, Research Affiliate, M.I.T. Senseable City Lab


The third panel will discuss the Federal Communications Commission proposed 10-year plan that will re-imagine the nation’s media and technology priorities by establishing high-speed Internet as the country’s dominant communication network. The panel will compare the many parallels between the lack of high-speed internet activity to those who went without electricity during the Industrial Revolution. Discussions will involve the importance of high-speed internet and its role in the competitive global market.

Ms. Judith Dumont is a Boston University Alumni and the Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), an agency working to bridge the digital divide and deliver affordable, reliable, high speed Internet service to every community in the Commonwealth by 2011. Mrs. Dumont has over 20 years of management experience, including more than 17 years in the wireless telecommunications industry.

Mr. William Oates has been Boston’s Chief Information Officer since his appointment in 2006 by Mayor Thomas Menino. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Oates was the Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Worldwide, Inc. and brought over 20 years of information technology experience to the city of Boston. In his capacity at Starwood, he had global responsibility for the performance of the company’s information technology systems and led dramatic change and improvements in IT services.

Mr. Nigel Jacob is the Co-Chair of Mayor Menino’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and the mayor’s senior adviser on emerging technologies. Rooted in Mayor Menino’s belief that citizens are the best civic entrepreneurs, Mr. Jacob has continuously integrated emerging technologies to streamline the municipal processes and enhance the connection between the city’s residents and City Hall. Most recently, Mr. Jacob has assisted in the creation of the iPhone application that allows residents to alert City Hall of potholes, graffiti, broken street lights and other public problems through the use of global positioning function on their cell phones.

Mr. Filippo Dal Fiore is a Research Affiliate at M.I.T.’s Senseable City Lab. Mr. Dal Fiore assisted in the creation of ‘The Charter of Florence’, a best practice document which contains guidelines for the implementation of wireless infrastructure in digitally disadvantaged areas. The Charter is the product of the evaluation of current practices worldwide, and leverages the proceedings of the international conference “The Wireless City” held in Florence, Italy, in May 2006. The Charter of Florence was also presented to the Italian Minister for Technology and Innovation on 11 September 2006.

MET Colloquium

City Planning/Urban Affairs Lecture Series: Boston Symposium

“Waterfront Place-Making Through Infrastructure”
Monday, March 22 6pm
928 Commonwealth Avenue (SHA Building), Room 110


  • Cliff Gayley, Principal, William Rawn Associates (WRA), Architects, Inc.
  • Warren F. Schwartz, FAIA, founding partner of Schwartz/Silver Architects
  • Christina Lanzl, Project Manager of the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design


The theme of the 2010 Symposium is “Infrastructure: the 21st Century Challenge for Cities and Citizens,” an in-depth and pro-active exploration into the issues, challenges and opportunities generated by the relationship between infrastructure networks, urbanization, economics, development, and politics.

This capstone course will feature four weekly panels of guest lecturers chosen by students based on their research topic, all culminating in presentations of UA/CP student research.

The first panel will discuss the critical nature of infrastructure as it relates to the success of waterfront development areas such as Boston’s Seaport District. The lecture will include presentations by authorities in disciplines including, but not limited to, place-making and the connective importance of public spaces, the role of civic architecture and street and pedestrian grids as community infrastructure and the importance of reworking existing infrastructure to make key linkages.

To this end, we are proud to host three practitioners that are advancing the planning field:

Warren F. Schwartz, FAIA, A founding partner of Schwartz/Silver Architects, was the project designer for the firm’s most honored projects including MIT’s Rotch Library and the Shaw Center for the Arts. He is actively involved in professional and civic organizations

Christina Lanzl, Project Manager of the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Extensive experience with place-making through the use of public art.

Clifford V. Gayley, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal of William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc., of Boston since 1989. The company has developed a national reputation for the design of a range of major public buildings, cultural facilities, and college and university projects.

MET Colloquium

City Planning/Urban Affairs Lecture Series

“Politics in Boston: Reflections on the 2009 City of Boston Mayoral and Council Elections”
Wednesday, December 2, 6 p.m.
928 Commonwealth Avenue (SHA Building), Room 110


  • Tomás González, At-Large Candidate for City Council
  • Andrew Kenneally, At-Large Candidate for City Council


The 2009 City of Boston mayoral and council elections were touted as historic–an unprecedented run for a fifth mayoral term and the most diverse list of candidates for the Boston City Council. Another reason this 2009 election made history: two of the candidates for the At-Large Council seats have direct ties to the Boston University Programs in City Planning and Urban Affairs.

The final session of The Edge will be a “fireside chat”-style discussion with BU MUA student, Tómas González, and BU MUA Alum, Andrew Kenneally. González and Kenneally will discuss their personal journey and thoughts on running for City Council, as well as provide us with their insights into Boston politics in retrospect and as we look to the future.

This is an opportunity to learn first-hand the reasons that inspire people to run for public office, how campaigns are run, and what it means to jump into the political game in Boston. The candidates’ campaign staff will also be present to discuss the race from their perspective

MET Colloquium

City Planning/Urban Affairs Lecture Series

Live video conference with Michael Reynolds, founder of Earthship Biotecture and subject of the movie Garbage Warriors
Tuesday, November 19, 6 p.m.
928 Commonwealth Avenue (SHA Building), Room 110

MET Colloquium

MLA in Gastronomy Lecture Series in Food Studies

“Feast or Pharmacy? Meeting Micronutrient Needs with Local Foods”
Ellen Messer, Visiting Professor of Gastronomy, Boston University
Tuesday, November 3, 6 p.m.
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117

MET Colloquium

City Planning/Urban Affairs Lecture Series

“Panel on Coastal Management, Disaster Planning and the Environment”
Enrique Silva, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning, Boston University
Tuesday, October 20, 6 p.m.
928 Commonwealth Avenue (SHA Building), Room 110

MET Colloquium

MLA in Gastronomy Lecture Series in Food Studies

“Chinese Cuisine and Banqueting from Antiquity through the Eighteenth-Century: Qianlong Emperor to the Present”
Joanna Waley-Cohen, Professor of History at New York University, and Merry White, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University
Monday, October 5, 6–8 p.m.
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117

MET Colloquium

MLA in Gastronomy Lecture Series in Food Studies

“Give Because It Multiplies: Mexicanas, Food, and Power in the San Luis Valley of Colorado”
Carole M. Counihan, Professor of Anthropology, Millersville University; co-editor-in-chief, Food and Foodways
Friday, October 2, 6 p.m.
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117

MET Colloquium

MLA in Gastronomy Lecture Series in Food Studies

“The Ethics of Eating: Can a Clean Plate Save the Planet?”
Warren Belasco, Visiting Professor of Gastronomy, Boston University
Friday, September 25, 6 p.m.
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117

MET Conference

Project Management in Practice Conference
May 18, 2009

Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street

International Conference

International Conference on Food Styling and Photography
June 13–15, 2009

MET and CAS Computer Science Department Colloquium

Louis Pouzin
‘The Internet—Coming of Age”
Thursday May 7, 2009, at 5 p.m.
BU School of Management

595 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 304

Louis Pouzin is one of the pioneers of computer communications. He invented the concept of datagrams—connectionless communication—as the foundation for modern networking. As the director of the Cyclades project at the Institut de Recherche d’Informatique et d’Automatique (IRIA) in France in the 1970s, he designed and directed the development of the Cyclades network, the first to use datagrams and the concept of end-to-end protocols, later adopted by the Internet.

The lecture will present an overview of the current state of the Internet and the critical issues that may affect its future, such as Internet governance, control of critical resources, addressing issues, and business applicability of the current Internet platform. It will also address the effectiveness of the network, which was primarily developed based on technical expertise, in a multi-polar world, where politics, language, culture, and religion have to be integrated, and will also provide some hints about the possible future of the Internet.

MET Colloquium

Educational Technology Research Series
Thursday, April 30, 2009, Noon
808 Commonwealth Avenue, PC Lab 3

At our fourth seminar, we will continue to explore how different tools and technologies can be used in different course-delivery formats, with a particular emphasis on eLive/blended program support. Dr. Swapna Kumar from BU’s School of Education accepted our invitation to present her research on online discussions—strategies, learning objectives, formats, etc.—as well as effective methods of combining both online and classroom discussions in blended courses.

To continue with our webcasting pilot, we will be webcasting this presentation on, and providing our remote attendees with the opportunity to submit their questions during the presentation, so these questions can be answered together with questions from faculty attending in person. If you are unable to attend in person, please send a request to to reserve your virtual seat.

After the presentation, we will share with you our progress in developing a mobile automated appliance that simplifies creation of online multimedia content from the convenience of your office/home. As you know, MET IT currently offers a fully automated and fully supported video recording service in MET PC Labs. Responding to faculty requests, we are designing the new, easy-to-use appliance to provide you with a mobile option that offers similar levels of automation and “hides” all complexities related to processing, loading, and hosting your content. We are looking forward to your continuous feedback on this project.

MET Colloquium

Educational Technology Research Series
Thursday, January 22, 2009, Noon
808 Commonwealth Avenue, PC Lab 3

At the third MET Technology Research seminar, Dr. David Whittier from BU’s School of Education will present his latest research and discuss results of a survey he recently conducted on various teaching methods used both in classrooms and online environments, and faculty satisfaction and enthusiasm in using these methods. The objective of this presentation and the follow-up work is to figure out the right blending strategy for the MET eLive initiative.

The “technology menu” for this seminar will include webcasting. To respond to several requests received by the Educational Technology Research office, a lightweight webcasting capability will be piloted for everybody who cannot attend the seminar in person.

MET Colloquium

Educational Technology Research Series
Thursday, November 13, 2008, Noon
808 Commonwealth Avenue, PC Lab 3

Making Sense of Synchronous and Asynchronous Video Collaboration Options

At the second MET Technology Research seminar we will continue exploring various video collaboration technologies, discuss their value in meeting educational objectives, as well as best practices and support requirements to ensure effective use of technology. In the first hour, Dr. Carla Romney will use our Echo 360 station to record a short fragment, which will be followed by a discussion of how this technology can be used to record lectures or short discussions (e.g. discussions of homework assignments to be included in online course materials). We will continue with a synchronous video bridge with University of Washington to learn about their experience with several collaboration technologies and how these technologies help to support their teaching and research efforts, both nationally and internationally. As always, our seminars are planned as very interactive sessions, so have your questions ready.

MET Authors’ Reception

Honoring Vijay Kanabar and Roger Warburton
Friday, October 10, 2008
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117

MBA Fundamentals: Project Management
By Vijay Kanabar and Roger Warburton
Kaplan Publishing, September, 2008

MET Colloquium

Educational Technology Research Series
Thursday, October 2, 2008
808 Commonwealth Avenue, PC Lab 3

MET Colloquium

How Can the Study of Gastronomy Influence Public Food Policy?
Dr. Warren Belasco
September 12, 2008
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117
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MET Colloquium

Meals and Manners in Black and White: Race and Etiquette at Table
Talk by Alice Julier
July 30, 2008
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117
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International Conference

The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education
June 2–4, 2008
Dallas, Texas
CISSE Website

Meet leading experts from government, academia, and industry to discuss the latest trends in information assurance research, education, and funding. Share program ideas with representatives from the national centers of academic excellence in information assurance.

MET Conference

Project Management in Practice Conference
May 22–23, 2008

MET Colloquium

Educational Technologies Research at MET: Emerging Technologies and Pilot Programs
Leo Burstein, Kip Becker, and Tanya Zlateva
March 21, 2008
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117
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MET Colloquium

Innovation at MET
Dean Jay Halfond
October 11, 2007

Dean Halfond examined the evolution of some newer MET programs—usually developed in response to specific needs, but occasionally arising from an off-hand comment or indirectly related issue. Ultimately, several successful programs have been serendipitous by-products of other planned endeavors. Reflecting on lessons learned, the dean discussed principles that have allowed MET to remain agile and that will support continued innovation. Download the presentation.

International Conference

International Conference on Food Styling and Photography
June 1–3, 2007

MET & CET Colloquium

Podcasting for Departments and Courses Using Boston University on iTunes U
Vijay Kanabar and Kip Becker
April 26, 2007

This workshop provided an overview of the Apple iPod iTunes U experience and how Boston University is organizing to be an iTunes U member. We discussed the efforts of the Administrative Sciences Department to set up courses in iTunes U that can be downloaded to iPods. We also provided a short tutorial on how departments and individual faculty members can use iPod technology, and demonstrate related software products.

MET Colloquium

Offering Intensive International Courses in MET
Dan Ranalli
February 22, 2007
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Dan Ranalli, director of the Arts Administration program, discussed how his department has developed intensive courses and curricula that are offered abroad. The Arts Administration program has offered courses in Cuba, London, and Barcelona over the past several years.

MET Inaugural Symposium

Technology Course Enhancement
October 30, 2006

International Conference

Joint Association for the Study of Food in Society (ASFS) &
Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) Conference
June 7–11, 2006