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Boston University to Honor Academy Award Winner & Humanitarian Forest Whitaker Investing Him as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2013
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(Boston) – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host award winning actor, director and producer Forest Whitaker for their fourth Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture. Whitaker will also be invested as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. Mr. Whitaker is well known for winning an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland and also for his charity work and social activism. In 2011, Mr. Whitaker was inducted as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. The Gotlieb Center is the repository of Mr. Whitaker’s personal papers and an exhibition of his archive will be on display. The event is free and open to the public.
Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture featuring Actor, Director and Humanitarian Forest Whitaker
Date: Monday, January 21, 2013
Time: 4:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation. Past Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows include Christine King Farris, Paul Rusesabagina, and Congressman John Lewis.
Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. Whitaker is also a talented, versatile performer and one of Hollywood’s most accomplished figures. He has received prestigious artistic distinctions including the 2007 Academy Award® for Best Actor for his performance in The Last King of Scotland as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. He has also received the BAFTA Award, SAG Award, and Golden Globe® for Best Actor. In addition, Mr. Whitaker received the Best Actor for Bird at the Cannes Film Festival.
Forest has dedicated most of his time to extensive humanitarian work over the past decade. Mr. Whitaker’s social awareness has compelled him to seek ways of using the film medium as a means to raise peoples’ consciousness. He produced the award-winning documentary Kassim the Dream, which tells the poignant story of a Ugandan child soldier turned world championship boxer, Rising From Ashes, which profiles Genocide survivors of the Rwandan war who have risen from wooden bicycles to competing in the Olympics, Serving Life, which focuses on hospice care for prisoners at Louisiana’s Angola Prison, and the Emmy nominated and Peabody Award-winning Brick City, which takes a look at inner-city life in Newark, New Jersey.
In 2007, Whitaker received the Cinema for Peace Award for his selfless and ongoing advocacy for child soldiers, as well as his work with inner-city youth. He was also awarded the Humanitas Prize in 2001. In 2008, he served as a member of the Urban Policy Committee and currently sits on the board of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). Whitaker serves as a Senior Research Scholar at Rutgers University, and a Visiting Professor at Ringling College of Art and Design. In 2011, Whitaker was sworn in as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. In this role, he works towards global peace building through anti-violent education, research, training and community building.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.
Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and BBC Radio 4 make “Letter from America” broadcasts available online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 26, 2012
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(Boston) – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center (HGARC) at Boston University is working in collaboration with the British Broadcasting Corporation Radio 4 (BBC Radio 4) to make the manuscripts and audio broadcasts of Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America available online.
With the launch of HGARC’s new Alistair Cooke website, researchers can now study the details of Cooke’s typescripts with his edits, additions and corrections. One can also link instantly to the pages of BBC Radio 4 to hear the voice that, for nearly six decades, provided the United Kingdom insight into American life. BBC Radio 4 has digitized the original audio of more than 900 LFA broadcasts as part of this effort to preserve the work of the broadcasting giant.
HGARC is home to the Alistair Cooke Collection, featuring notebooks, printed material, correspondence, audio, photographs, scrapbooks, film and awards from Cooke’s career. Included in the collection are nearly 2,500 of the manuscripts read by Cooke during his Letter from America broadcasts, which covered such topics as civil rights, presidential elections, movies and popular culture, and the weekly events of the United States over nearly six decades. The combination of audio and original manuscripts will serve as a resource for scholars and fans and the collaboration will enhance Cooke’s legacy.
“Cooke’s work helped millions of British people understand why Americans vote the way they do, talk the way they do, and think the way they do,” says Vita Paladino, Director of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. “The collection of his work is a rich resource for understanding American life, politics and culture. It’s a moving experience to see someone from another country capture the essence of America and present it to the world.”
As host of Omnibus and Masterpiece Theatre, Alistair Cooke (1908 – 2004) came to be seen as an arbiter of arts and entertainment for many Americans and, as such, he became a television icon. Over a long and distinguished career, he proved to be a consummate journalist and an insightful social historian. For more than a quarter century, Cooke was the United States correspondent for the British newspaper the Guardian. In addition, he filed a weekly “Letter from America” on BBC Radio, a 15-minute broadcast. Between 1946 and 2004, Cooke broadcast nearly 3,000 Letters from America segments. He received numerous accolades and honors in his lifetime, including three Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award for International Reporting, and several honorary degrees. In 1973, Cooke was made a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
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 preserves the documents and makes 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. www.bu.edu/archives
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. www.bu.edu
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