Category: Arts

Dentist, Poet to Inspire BU Dental Grads with Commencement Address

May 20th, 2011 in Arts, Commencement, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Jackie Rubin, 617/638-4892 | jackier@bu.edu

(Boston) – Dr. Daniel Thomas Moran will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) Convocation on Friday, May 20 at the Boston University Walter Brown Arena.

Clinical Assistant Professor of General Dentistry Dr. Daniel Thomas Moran joined Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) in 2008. Dr. Moran received his BS from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York and his DDS from Howard University, in Washington, D.C. In addition to being a licensed dentist in Massachusetts and New York, Dr. Moran is an accomplished poet.

Dr. Moran had a private practice in Shelter Island, New York for over 20 years, while he simultaneously pursued a career as a poet. He is the author of six volumes of poetry and is currently working on his seventh book. He has read widely at libraries, schools, and universities, as well as the Library of Congress and the United Nations. His work is recognized internationally and he is currently working on a translation of his love poems into Romanian. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize on three occasions. From 2005-2007 he served as the Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, New York.

Becoming a teacher has been a radical change for Moran. He was a volunteer faculty member at GSDM for over a year, beginning in 2008, splitting his time between his practice on Shelter Island, New York and Boston. He was then hired as a faculty member, upon which he sold his practice and moved to Boston and now splits his time between the South End and a home in rural New Hampshire.

“Dr. Moran is a superlative example of the successful and broad minded dentist we strive to graduate from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine,” says Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “It is indeed my pleasure to announce that he is the 2011 Commencement speaker and I know he will be an inspiration and example to all of our students.”

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Mission of Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine:

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will be the premier academic dental institution promoting excellence in dental education, research, oral health care, and community service to improve the overall health of the global population.

We will provide outstanding service to a diverse group of students, patients, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals within our facilities, our community, and the world.

We will shape the future of the profession through scholarship, creating and disseminating new knowledge, developing and using innovative technologies and educational methodologies, and by promoting critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We will do so in an ethical, supportive environment, consistent with our core values of respect, truth, responsibility, fairness, compassion; and our operational values of excellence, service and effective communication in synergy with the strategic plan of Boston University.

We will support this mission using responsible financial policies and philanthropy.

Celebrated Actor Leonard Nimoy to Speak at Boston University

March 30th, 2011 in Arts, BU In the Community, Entertainment, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University will host an evening with actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing Spock on the science fiction series Star Trek. A Boston native, Nimoy will lecture on his long career in Hollywood where he was nominated for three Emmy Awards for acting, has directorial credits on numerous feature films, became a successful recording artist and authored several volumes of poetry and two autobiographies: I Am Not Spock (1977) and I Am Spock (1995). Nimoy is also an accomplished photographer and the recipient of a Master’s Degree in Education, an Honorary Master of Fine Arts and four Honorary Doctorates.

Event Details
Event:
The Friends Speaker Series Featuring Leonard Nimoy
Hosts: The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
Date: Monday, May 9, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: $25 admission, free to members of the Friends of the Libraries and the BU Community
Contact: RSVP to 617-353-3697
For more information, please call 617-353-3696 or visit http://www.bu.edu/archives

Leonard Nimoy began his career with small roles in obscure films and series in the early 1950’s. After years of starring in Star Trek and directing films, Nimoy performed on stage in Camelot, The Man in the Glass Booth, Twelfth Night, Oliver and a record-setting tour in Fiddler on the Roof. Nimoy toured thirty five cities in Vincent, a one-man play he also produced and directed. Vincent was filmed at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and broadcasted on the A&E Network. Another hit was in the title role of Sherlock Holmes in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s National Tour. On Broadway, Nimoy has starred in Equus and Full Circle. Nimoy has long been interested in photography, and studied at UCLA with Robert Heineken in the early 1970s. Nimoy’s black and white art photography is represented in several galleries nationwide and is installed in numerous museums and private collections in the US and abroad. His photographic essay on the subject of the feminine presence of God is in publication under the title Shekhina. His second photography publication is titled The Full Body Project and is a commentary on the subject of female body image in American culture.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/archives.

Acclaimed Writer Walter Mosley to Speak at Boston University

March 15th, 2011 in Arts, BU In the Community, Entertainment, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University will host an evening with celebrated writer Walter Mosley. Mosley is the author of more than 34 critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins and Devil in the Blue Dress, which was adapted as a film starring Denzel Washington. Mosley has been the recipient of the O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Prizes for the prestigious Lawrence G. Blackmon Student Book Collecting Contest will be awarded before the lecture.

Event Details
Event:
The Friends Speaker Series Featuring Walter Mosley
Hosts: The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM reception, 6:00 PM lecture
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free to Friends of the Libraries members and BU students, $25 per person for the public
Contact: RSVP to 617-353-3697
For more information, please call 617-353-3696 or visit http://www.bu.edu/archives

Walter Mosley’s work has been translated into 21 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. Mosley’s most recent work includes The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, published in November 2010, and the third novel in his Leonid McGill series, When the Thrill Is Gone, published in March 2011.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/archives.

Boston University to Host 2011 Annual Meeting of the Nursing Archives Associates

March 14th, 2011 in Arts, BU In the Community, Health & Medicine, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the Nursing Archives Associates at Boston University will host their 2011 Annual Meeting on Monday, May 2. The guest speaker will be Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at the College of Dentistry at New York University. Dr. Fulmer will lecture on her response to The Institute of Medicine’s Report on “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”

EVENT DETAILS
Title:
2011 Annual Meeting of the Nursing Archives Associates: “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”
Date: Monday, May 2, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Metcalf Trustee Ballroom, John & Kathryn Silber Administrative Center
(One Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston)
Admission: Must RSVP by April 28th to (617) 353-3697
Contact: For more information please call (617) 353-3696

Dr. Fulmer is Co-Director for the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing and Co-Director of the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers (CNYGECs). She received her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, her master’s and doctoral degrees from Boston College and her Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from New York University. Dr. Fulmer’s program of research focuses on acute care of the elderly and elder abuse and neglect. Dr. Fulmer received the status of Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Gerontological Society of America and the New York Academy of Medicine. She is also a newly-elected member of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Science.

The Mission of the Nursing Archives Associates is to support the History of Nursing Archives in the preservation of the working papers, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs and histories of important individuals, associations and organizations, both historical and contemporary, who are important in the nursing field, and in making these valuable, unique primary resources available to researchers. The History of Nursing Archives are a valuable part of the holdings of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/archives.

Boston University Academy to Host Culinary Tasting Event & Auction, A Taste of BUA

March 9th, 2011 in Arts, Boston University Academy, BU In the Community, Entertainment, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA) will hold its 12th annual benefit auction A Taste of BUA at 6:30 PM on Friday, April 8, 2011. The event will be hosted by NECN’s TV Diner personality, Billy Costa, and will include both live and silent auctions. Guests will enjoy tastings from area restaurants including Fugakyu, Capital Grille, Eastern Standard, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, South End Buttery, West End Johnnies, Not Your Average Joe’s and Catering on the Charles. A Taste of BUA will be held in Boston University’s celebrated 808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston), which will feature a collaborative art show from local artists.

Silent and live auction items will include exotic vacation packages, tickets to sporting events and concerts, stays at luxurious hotels and gift cards for area merchants. Tickets for A Taste of BUA can be purchased for $75 per person (open bar) at http://atasteofbua.eventbrite.com/. All proceeds generated by the auction will directly benefit financial aid assistance for qualified students enrolling at Boston University Academy.

Boston University Academy is a small, day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University in their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.

The Boston University Art Gallery Appoints New Director and Chief Curator

February 28th, 2011 in Arts, BU In the Community, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases, University Affairs 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate McNamara to the role of Director and Chief Curator. McNamara comes to BUAG with an extensive background in curation and instruction both in New York and Western Massachusetts. She will fill the position currently being held ad interim by Exhibitions and Special Projects Coordinator of BU’s School of Visual Arts Lynne Cooney and will begin her tenure in mid-March.

“We are thrilled with the addition of Kate McNamara to the BUAG staff,” said Provost Jean Morrison. “Her extensive experience in curating and outreach make her a seamless fit for the role of Director and Chief Curator of the BU Art Gallery.”

McNamara has experience curating at MoMA PS1 (Long Island City, NY), Cleopatra’s (Brooklyn, NY), Ramapo College (Ramapo, NY), Participant, INC. (New York, NY) and fordProjects (New York, NY). She also worked at The Bronx Museum (New York, NY), Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, NY) and Artists Space Gallery (New York, NY). She co-founded and co-directed at Cleopatra’s (Brooklyn, NY) and held a position on the board of PopRally at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 (Long Island City, NY). McNamara held the positions of curator in residence at AIR Antwerpen (Antwerp, Belgium) and curatorial fellow at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency Program (New York, NY). She lectured as a visiting curator at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) and taught with Project Common Bond at Queens University of Belfast (Belfast, Ireland). McNamara received an MA in Curatorial Studies at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) and a BA in Curatorial Studies at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA), also studying at Studio Arts Center International (Florence, Italy).

Dedicated to serving the public of New England as well as the university community, Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is a non-profit art gallery geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Maintaining an ongoing exhibition schedule in its current location since 1958, now named the Stone Gallery, exhibitions focus on international, national, and regional art developments, chiefly in the twentieth century. BUAG has a particular commitment to offer a culturally inclusive view of art, one that expands the boundaries of museum exhibitions.

Boston University to Host Robert Pinsky for Poetry Reading

February 4th, 2011 in Arts, BU In the Community, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University’s Creative Writing Program, one of the oldest writing programs in the country, is hosting famed poet and Boston University Professor of Poetry Robert Pinsky for a reading from his newest book Selected Poems. Pinsky was formerly a United States Poet Laureate and has written nineteen books.

Event Details
Event:
Boston University Hosts Robert Pinsky
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Boston University Photonics Center, Room 206
Admission: This event is free and open to the public
Contact: Bekah Stout, bekahis@bu.edu or 617.353.2821

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

South Africa’s Caversham Press to be highlighted at Boston University

January 26th, 2011 in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 | jeanconn@bu.edu
Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts and the Boston University Art Gallery will exhibit 170 works by South African artists in two major exhibitions celebrating The Caversham Press. Running February 8 through March 27 at the 808 Gallery and BUAG at the Stone Gallery, the exhibitions speak to Caversham’s history as it reflects artists’ responses to the dramatic political and cultural shifts that have occurred in South Africa over the past two and half decades. Opening receptions for South Africa: Artists, Prints, Community / Twenty Five Years at The Caversham Press (808 Gallery) and Three Artists at the Caversham Press – Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge (BUAG at the Stone Gallery) will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 6-8pm. William Kentridge will also be this year’s featured artist in the seventh annual Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture, held Monday, February 28 at 6:30pm in Morse Auditorium. All exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

The Caversham Press was founded in 1985 as the first comprehensive, independent printmaking studio in South Africa. Today, The Caversham Press has contributed significantly to the history of printmaking in South Africa through its collaboration with a wide range of established and emergent South African and international artists. Lynne Allen, Director of the BU School of Visual Arts and former Artist-in-Residence at The Caversham Press, explains the importance of bringing these exhibitions to students: “The legacy of apartheid is, for some of our students, a distant memory or does not even register on their radar screens. The Caversham Press exhibition, which will display fine art prints produced during a tense time in South Africa’s history, also addresses community outreach and the Center’s ongoing efforts of HIV/AIDS education and personal empowerment. This is very foreign to most American youth, never having had the same obstacles in their lives to overcome.” She continues, “We feel the two parts of the exhibition – the incredible print work done by international artists, coupled with the work done by local youth in the rural areas of KwaZulu Natal – will be a meaningful experience for our students. In addition, it will bring some spectacular work to the Boston viewing public and showcase the legacy of this amazing print atelier.”

Featuring over 120 works by 70 emergent and established artists, the exhibition South Africa: Artists, Prints, Community, Twenty Five Years at The Caversham Press held in Boston University’s expansive 808 Gallery, celebrates Caversham’s multifaceted history. Through image, text, and public programming, the exhibition traces Caversham’s development in South Africa—from the founding of The Caversham Press in 1985 to the establishment of The Caversham Press Educational Trust in 1993 and finally to the formation of the Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers in 2000—while simultaneously illustrating the rich visual diversity of South African printmaking.

The Boston University Art Gallery’s concurrent exhibition, Three Artists at The Caversham Press: Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge, features the work of three South African artists who were central figures in the founding years of Caversham, and among the first artists to make prints there. Bell, Hodgins, and Kentridge forged long-term relationships with both Caversham and with each other that led to the creation of three collaborative print portfolios—“Hogarth in Johannesburg (1986),” “Little Morals (1990-91),” and “Ubu Tells the Truth (1996-97)” — as well as numerous individual prints. Together, the works reflect Caversham’s early history and articulate the artists’ personal perspectives of living and creating in South Africa in the years between late apartheid and the transition to a new democracy. The exhibition comprises over 65 works, presenting selections from the three collaborative portfolios, and individual prints, including the debut of three new William Kentridge prints created specifically for the exhibition.

BU Exhibitions Director Lynne Cooney curated the exhibitions with Malcolm Christian of The Caversham Press and explains, “It was critical that the exhibitions reflect Caversham’s voice, which was made possible through two years of collaborative planning, three trips to South Africa, and endless correspondence and dialog. It was only in this unique partnership that twenty five years of printmaking could be appropriately celebrated and represented.” Prints from both exhibitions will be available for sale.

This year’s Hamill lecturer is one of South Africa’s leading visual artists and best known for his remarkable films, works on paper, and theatre productions. Kentridge’s work touches on the atrocities of apartheid and social injustice, yet also reflects the exhilarating freedom of the new South Africa. In Allen’s words, “William Kentridge made some of his first prints at Caversham Press, working large scale in silkscreen, during the early years of the Press. He has continued to work there over the last twenty-five years, as well as at other print workshops worldwide, but his hold on South Africa and his connection to Caversham has never waned.” The lecture series, named in honor of BU School of Visual Arts alumnus Tim Hamill, was created in 2004 to present artists whose work crosses boundaries among artistic disciplines, and who connect to the art world in a variety of ways.

These exhibitions are supported by the Estate of Lindagrace Stephens, the Boston University Humanities Foundation, BU College of Fine Arts Dean Benjamín Juárez, and Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Andrei E. Ruckenstein.

PUBLIC PROGRAMMING AND RELATED EVENTS

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted:

South Africa: Artists, Prints, Community / Twenty Five Years at The Caversham Press
February 8 – March 27
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 9, 6-8pm
808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Three Artists at the Caversham Press – Deborah Bell, Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge

February 8 – March 27
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 9, 6-8pm
BUAG at the Stone Gallery (855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Lecture: Repositioning: White South African Artists in the ‘New’ South Africa
Pamela Allara, Professor emerita of Brandeis University
Presented by Boston University’s Graduate Student Art History Association
Monday, February 14, 5:30pm
BU College of Arts and Sciences (725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 200, Boston)

Lecture: Social Imprinting, Paper Evidence: Pre- and Post-Apartheid South African Printmaking
Dr. Marion Arnold, Art Historian and Postgraduate Research Degrees Coordinator, School of the Arts, Loughborough University
Tuesday, February 15, 12:30-2pm
BU College of Fine Arts (855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 500, Boston)

The Road to Mecca
, a play by Athol Fugard
February 16-March 5
BU Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210 (264 Huntington Avenue, Boston)
South Africa’s preeminent playwright explores the transformative power of art in this tale of an eccentric sculptor. A production from the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional extension of the BU School, of Theatre. Directed by Judy Braha.
Tickets: $20 general admission; additional details available at www.bu.edu/cfa/bcap

Gallery Talk with the staff of Caversham Center for Artists & Writers: Malcolm Christian, Founder & Director; Jabu Mtheku, Administrator; Sbusiso Mvalese, artist and intern; and Hlengiwe Dlamini, artist and intern
Thursday, February 17, 12:30-2pm
808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Gallery Talk with Malcolm Christian

Friday, February 25, 3-4pm
808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture: William Kentridge
Monday, February 28, 6:30pm
Morse Auditorium (602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)


MEDIA ONLY

To request high resolution photos or interviews with exhibition coordinators, please contact either:
Jean Connaughton at 617.353.7293 or jeanconn@bu.edu
Lauren Davalla at 617.358.1688 or davalla@bu.edu

Boston University to Host Academy Award Winner Geena Davis

November 5th, 2010 in Arts, BU In the Community, Education, Entertainment, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University will host Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis for a reception and lecture on Tuesday, November 30 at 6:00 PM in Metcalf Hall. Davis will reflect on her career and discuss the work of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The evening will be dedicated to the memory of Charles Edward “Ted” Murphy, Project Manager of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Archival Collaboration and respected film critic.

Event Details
Event:
The Friends Speaker Series featuring Academy Award Winner Geena Davis
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union (775 Commonwealth Ave, Second Floor)
Admission: Free to Friends of the Libraries and BU Students; $25 per person for public
Contact: Call 617-353-3696 or visit http://www.bu.edu/archives

Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”

In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s “The Accidental Tourist.” She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon.

Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon Dottie Hinson in “A League of Their Own.”

A long-time advocate for women, Davis is recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of girls and women nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder of the non-profit The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.

Davis was appointed to the California Commission on the Status of Women and is a partner with UNIFEM in the effort to change the way media represents women and girls globally, to encourage media to present and investigate issues of grave importance to women and to use a “gender” lens when reporting.

Boston University to Honor Georgia Congressman John Lewis and Civil Rights Activist Diane Nash

November 1st, 2010 in Arts, BU In the Community, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host Congressman John Lewis (Fifth District, Georgia) for their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture. Congressman Lewis is best known for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960’s and his work as a politician and social activist. Lewis will be installed as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow and will speak on his professional experiences and offer insight into his life as “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced.” The event will also feature Civil Rights Activist Diane Nash, the 2010 Coretta Scott King Fellow. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Details
Title:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture featuring Congressman John Lewis, 5th District, Georgia
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM; lecture beginning at 7:00 PM
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contact: For more information, call 617-353-3696 or email archives@bu.edu

In 1961, Congressman Lewis volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. Lewis risked his life on those Rides many times by simply sitting in seats reserved for white patrons. He was also beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police for challenging the injustice of Jim Crow segregation in the South. During the height of the Movement, from 1963 to 1966, Lewis was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which he helped form. A devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence, John Lewis became a nationally recognized leader. By 1963, he was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. He was also an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963. Lewis was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since then.

Diane Nash was a key force in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. She was a leader and Chairman of the 1960s Nashville Student Movement, founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and a major participant in the Southern Christian Leadership Conferences’ Birmingham campaign and Selma Voting Rights Movement.

The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture is to bring speakers to the Boston University community who serve as leaders in the quest for maintaining social justice and human rights. We seek mentors for our students who exemplify the highest standards of Dr. King’s legacy.