Category: Entertainment

Boston University Professor to Toss First Pitch Against Yankees

April 8th, 2011 in BU In the Community, Entertainment, Metropolitan College, News Releases 0 comments

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

(Boston) – Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) part-time faculty member Bruce Berman was named “Most Valuable Teacher” by JetBlue Airways and will throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park on Saturday, April 9, 2011, as the Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees.

Through his MET course “Politics, Public Relations, and Public Policy: The Boston Harbor Clean-Up,” Berman has introduced hundreds of Boston University students to the ecology, politics, conservation, business, and history of Boston Harbor. He is one of the region’s foremost experts on the restoration as well as the flora and fauna of the Harbor area. Berman also teaches management and business communications in the Department of Administrative Sciences.

Berman is also communication director and spokesman for the non-profit group Save the Harbor / Bay, where he extends his role as an educator as the lead architect of free youth environmental education programs that have connected 50,000 youth and teens to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands since 2002.

He and his wife, Save the Harbor / Bay’s President Patricia Foley, are avid Red Sox fans and live for most of the year on their boat “Verandah” at Constitution Marina on Boston Harbor.

“Actually, it is quite an honor – and a big responsibility” said Berman, 55, who watches nearly every Red Sox game but acknowledges that he hasn’t played much baseball since 1971. “I have much more experience casting for big striped bass on Boston Harbor than I do pitching at Fenway Park. But I have been practicing since I got the news last week, and promise to try to do my best for my team.”

“Maybe they will play ‘Love That Cleaner Water,’” quipped Berman, who has been the spokesman for Save the Harbor/Bay for 20 years.

About Metropolitan College and Boston University
As one of the 17 degree-granting bodies that comprise Boston University, Metropolitan College (MET) offers part-time, full-time and international students a remarkable range of choices for study to enrich their lives and advance their careers. MET offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs. For more information about Metropolitan College visit www.bu.edu/met.

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.

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.

Transactional Law expert Tina L. Stark to head new program at BU Law

March 28th, 2011 in Entertainment, News Releases, School of Law 0 comments

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 | rtaffe@bu.edu
Contact: Mary Gallagher, 617/353-3097 | marykg@bu.edu

(Boston) — Veteran attorney, banker and educator Tina L. Stark will head a new transactional law program at Boston University School of Law, effective July 1. It will supplement and further enhance the school’s Business Organizations and Finance Law concentration program.

“BU Law recognizes that employers need law graduates who both understand the theory of law and have specialized training that prepares them to make significant contributions from the day they join a legal organization,” said Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke. “Tina Stark was one of the first people to teach transactional skills. Her understanding of business and transactions, honed by years of experience as a banker, practitioner, trainer, and professor, will greatly enhance our ability to prepare students for practice. She will be a tremendous asset to BU Law and our students.”

Stark is currently a professor at Emory University School of Law and the Executive Director of Emory’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice. She recently was selected as one of 24 teachers for a study, “What the Best Law Teachers Do,” by Washburn University School of Law. Her teaching emphasizes the relationship between law and business, drawing on her experience as a corporate law partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP and as a banker at Irving Trust Company.

“Tina has been on the cutting edge of teaching lawyers and law students professional, practical and translatable transactional skills, an area where innovations are gaining traction in U.S. law schools,” said Jane Eiselein, director of professional development at Ropes & Gray. “Her knowledge has been important in addressing the gap between law school and law practice, and she will be a significant contributor to developing talent at BU Law School and in the Boston community.”

Previously, Stark was an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School for 14 years, teaching drafting, transactional skills and business. She also has served as a consultant to an English law school in creating their transactional law curriculum. At Chadbourne, she had a broad-based transactional practice, including acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations and financings, and developed and implemented the firm’s corporate training program.

“I am delighted to be joining BU,” said Stark. “I am looking forward to working with the faculty to create a first-rate program for teaching BU students transactional law and skills. BU has a long-standing commitment to the teaching of transactional law, and I am excited to join them in their efforts to provide students with a strong foundation in the law and practice-ready skills.”

Stark is a published author, including numerous articles and the widely used text book, “Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do” (Aspen Publishers Inc., 2007). She is also editor-in-chief and co-author of “Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate” (ALM Publishing, 2003). In 2012, American Lawyer Media will publish her treatise “A Handbook for Contract Drafting.”

Stark received her A.B., with honors, from Brown University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a contributing editor to the Journal of International Law & Politics. After law school, she clerked for Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg of the New York State Court of Appeals and was an associate with Barrett Smith Schapiro Simon & Armstrong.

Stark is a former co-chair of the Committee on Business Law Education, a committee of the ABA Section of Business Law. From 1994 to 1996, she served as a member, by appointment of New York Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, of The Professional Education Project which studied the legal education continuum in New York State and recommended, among other things, mandatory continuing legal education.

“Law schools have long struggled with the challenge of teaching effective transactional law,” said Prof. William D. Henderson of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. “For the last twenty years, many of the nation’s leading firms have turned to Tina Stark to fill this large skills gap. The reason is simple: Her innovative workshops and teaching materials create powerful, intuitive frameworks for understanding complex transaction, plus these concepts are made immediately concrete through realistic problems and simulations that develop hands-on skills. It is a huge coup for Boston University to hire Tina Stark. Her pedagogy sets the standard for legal transactional training, both in practice and in law schools.”

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.

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 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.

2011 Boston Redstone Film Festival Finalists Named

February 3rd, 2011 in College of Communication, Entertainment, News Releases, Student News 0 comments

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 | kjastive@bu.edu

(Boston) – The Boston University (BU) College of Communication (COM) today announced the finalists for the 2011 Redstone Film Festival. Finalists will complete for first, second and third place and winners will be announced at the screening event, Wednesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. at BU’s Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston). Open to the public, admission for the popular event is free and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Sponsored by Sumner Redstone, founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Viacom, and recognized as one of New England’s premier film venues, the Redstone Festival showcases the best short films written and directed by COM’s undergraduate and graduate students. The short subject films range from entertaining and whimsical vignettes to touching and powerful dramatic episodes.
This year’s finalists are:

The Life Smugglers – directed by David Wells

¿Que? – directed by Stephen Ohl, Dimitri Kouri, Zack McGeehan & Michael Nusbaum

Salty Dogs – directed by Dimitri Kouri& Zack McGeehan

Your Way Home – directed by Pietro Nigro

Seashells – directed by Álvaro Congosto

September – directed by Maya Tanaka

“The Redstone Festival screenings in Boston, Los Angeles and New York, are the most anticipated events of the year for BU Film and TV and we are excited to showcase the best films that our department produces,” said Paul Schneider, Chairman of the Department of Film & Television at COM. “And, this year we are adding a new competitive category to our Los Angeles Redstone event. We will be screening a winning short by one of our alumni to be selected by a faculty panel.”

On April 1, 2011, the Redstone Festival travels to Los Angeles where student films compete again for a West Coast-based panel of judges. In addition, COM has announced a new “Best Alumni Short” category for the Los Angeles competition. To qualify, films must have been produced or directed by a BU Alum post-graduation. The running length must be no longer than 30 minutes and must be on DVD format (Blu-Ray preferred). The deadline for entry into the Alumni category is February 25, 2011.

More information about the Redstone Festival and Alumni Film Competition can be found here.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. 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.

“Race to Nowhere” Screening at Boston University

January 26th, 2011 in Boston University Academy, BU In the Community, College of Communication, Education, Entertainment, News Releases, School of Education, Student News 0 comments

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

(Boston) – The Boston University School of Education, College of Communication and on-campus high school, Boston University Academy, are hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture.” The film examines the high stakes, high pressure environment of the current education system by interviewing parents, students and teachers about their experiences with standardized testing, college admissions and expectations of high achievement. The screening is free and open to the public.

Event Details
Event:
“Race to Nowhere” Screening
Hosts: Boston University School of Education, College of Communication and Academy
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Tsai Center (685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free and open to the public; tickets are first come, first served at the door
Contact: Kelly Proulx (617-353-3177, proulxk@bu.edu)
Lauren Glaser (617-353-5015, leglaser@bu.edu)

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.

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.

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan to Perform and Speak at Boston University

October 25th, 2010 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 Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host an evening with Tenor Ronan Tynan. Tynan is an accomplished athlete, winning multiple medals while competing at the Paralympics, a physician specializing in orthopedic sports injuries and most well-known for his accomplishments as an opera singer. The event will include a lecture, Q+A and a performance. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Details
Event:
The Gotlieb Lecture Featuring Ronan Tynan
Hosts: The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM; event begins at 7:00 PM
Location: Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Admission: Free and open to the public; please call to reserve ticket prior to event.
Contact: For tickets, call 617-353-8725 or email tsaictr@bu.edu
For more information, call 617-353-3696 or email archives@bu.edu

Tynan was introduced to international audiences in 1998 as a member of the Irish Tenors. In May 2004, he left the group to embark on a solo career. Later that summer, Tynan sang at the state funeral of President Ronald Reagan, thrilling an international audience with Amazing Grace and Schubert’s Ave Maria. Tynan released his self-titled debut album in the spring of 2005, which began a new era in his career.

Tynan won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show Go For It less than one year after beginning the study of voice. The following year, he won the International Operatic Singing Competition in Maumarde, France. He made his operatic debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and broadened his concert repertoire in performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. He has performed in venues from the White House to Yankee Stadium, where his popular performances of God Bless America became a standard seventh-inning stretch hallmark. Tynan has also lent his voice to the men and women of the New York Police and Fire Departments in the wake of 9/11, performing at benefits and memorial services.

There are several recently released CDs available. A documentary on Dr. Tynan: Doctor Courageous/Living Life to the Fullest was released in 2007.

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.

The Centennial of the Metropolitan Opera’s First World Premiere

October 22nd, 2010 in Arts, College of Fine Arts, Entertainment, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases 0 comments

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(New York) – Puccini and Toscanini return to the Metropolitan Opera! Simonetta Puccini, Giacomo Puccini’s granddaughter, and Walfredo Toscanini, Arturo Toscanini’s grandson, are expected to be in attendance at a Met performance 100 years to the day after the premiere of La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), now starring Deborah Voigt and Marcello Giordani, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Toscanini conducted the Metropolitan Opera’s first-ever world premiere in 1910, whose cast included Enrico Caruso, Emmy Destinn, and Pasquale Amato. Deemed the most spectacular event in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, the star-studded performance had no less than thirty-three curtain calls, and made the front page of the New York Times.

The celebration of the 100th anniversary features an e-conference at www.fanciulla100.org loaded with historical information in the form of video interviews with stellar performers, archival images and film, and scholarly essays. The site will be launched at a press event at the Italian Cultural Institute on December 3rd, which will also feature special guests. A symposium will be held at Boston University in collaboration with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center on December 6, and papers will be delivered to assembled scholars and guests. The symposium will feature an exhibition of original archival material around the theme of Puccini and Fanciulla, showcasing material from collections held at the Center including the papers of Sarah Caldwell, Tito Gobbi, Dorothy Kirsten, Rise Stevens, Deborah Voigt and others.

Puccini’s Fanciulla takes place during the California Gold Rush and was based on the hit Broadway play by American dramatist David Belasco, The Girl of the Golden West. After the successes of La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, Puccini found in Belasco’s Girl of the Golden West just the “modern” melodrama he was looking for. And the “modern” format of the free educational e-conference will provide a treasure trove of vintage and contemporary materials. For more information, visit www.fanciulla100.org. For more information on the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, please visit www.bu.edu/archives.

Contact: Deborah Burton
(978) 448-0643
burtond@bu.edu