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(Boston) – Steven Chu, the 1997 Nobel laureate in Physics and director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 134th graduation ceremonies at BU’s Nickerson Field at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20. Chu, who is leading a multidisciplinary initiative to create sustainable, carbon-neutral sources of energy, will speak before more than 5,000 graduates and 20,000 guests at New England’s largest graduation ceremony.
BU President Robert A. Brown announced the commencement and baccalaureate speakers and honorary degree recipients to the members of the Class of 2007 this morning at the annual Senior Breakfast, held at the George Sherman Union.
A professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Chu has overseen the Department of Energy national laboratory since 2004, focused on scientific efforts to solve the nation’s energy problem with sustainable sources of power that in their creation and use will result in no net carbon dioxide emissions.
While a professor in the Physics and Applied Physics Departments at Stanford University, his groundbreaking work in cooling and trapping atoms by using laser light led to the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997, an honor he shared with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji of France and U.S. colleague William D. Phillips.
Chu, who will receive a Doctor of Science degree from BU, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1970 from the University of Rochester and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics in 1976 from the UC Berkeley.
Brown also announced that Bill Kovach, senior counselor to the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) and the former New York Times Washington Bureau Chief, will deliver the Commencement day baccalaureate address at 9:00 a.m. at Marsh Chapel, and will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Kovach, a journalist and writer for 50 years, also served as editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, curator of the Nieman Fellowships at Harvard University and the founding chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. PEJ is a non-partisan, non- ideological and non-political research organization that specializes in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press.
Also receiving honorary degrees are: renowned artist Brice Marden; Judy Norsigian, executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves and a co-author of the groundbreaking book by the same name; Samuel O. Thier, M.D., former chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare System and president of Massachusetts General Hospital; and former Alliance Capital CEO, Citicorp Chief Investment Officer, and current BU Trustee Peter H. Vermilye.
Marden, who will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts, has exhibited his work at over 100 solo shows and even more at group exhibitions in major museums and galleries throughout the world. A 1961 graduate of BU’s College of Fine Arts who earned an M.F.A. from the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University, Marden is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Norsigian joined a group of women who produced a newsprint booklet entitled “Our Bodies that helped launch the Women’s Health Movement. She contributed a chapter for the first Simon & Schuster edition published in 1973, and she was among the 12 women who officially incorporated the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and is a co-author of all editions. During the following years she became more centrally involved with the organization’s groundbreaking work educating women and others about core health and sexuality issues. The hallmark“Our Bodies, Ourselves” — the combination of well-researched medical information, accessible language, and the personal experiences of women — put women’s health and sexuality in a radically new political and social context. Now in its eighth edition, the book has sold more than four million copies and has been culturally adapted and translated into 24 languages. In 2001, Norsigian, who will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters from BU, became executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), a non-profit, public interest women’s health education, advocacy and consulting organization.
Dr. Thier, who earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from SUNY-Syracuse in 1960, began his career at Massachusetts General Hospital, then served as associate director of Medical Services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and then vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University’s School of Medicine. In 1975, he became chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and chief of Medical Service at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Thier, who will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters from BU, served as president of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, from 1985 to 1991, president of Brandeis University from 1991-94, and then president of Massachusetts General Hospital and president of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. until 1996. He became chief executive officer in 1996, stepping down in 2002. He continues to teach at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Thier has had many leadership positions, including membership on the Board of Trustees of Yale-New Haven Hospital, Johns Hopkins University and Cornell University. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of The Commonwealth Fund. He was named Honorary Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society.
Vermilye, who will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, began his career in 1940 at J. P. Morgan and Morgan Guaranty Trust. Ascending the ranks, he became vice president for Pension Investments in 1950 and held that post for 15 years. He served as vice chairman of State Street Research and Management from 1965-69, and then as chairman and president of Alliance Capital Management from 1970-77. From 1977-1984, he was the chief investment officer at Citicorp. For the next five years, he held the position of chairman of Baring America Asset Management, Inc., and, from 1986 to 1995, he was senior advisor and portfolio manager of Baring Asset Management, Ltd. In 1986, he became the strategic advisor to the Kuwait Investment Authority, stepping down in 1990. Since 1996, Mr. Vermilye has been senior advisor and portfolio manager at Fortis Investments, formerly Harbor Capital Management. As chairman of the Investment Committee of Boston University’s Board of Trustees, he helped increase the endowment of the University from $28 million in the early `70s to over $1 billion in 2006. Vermilye, who is chairman emeritus of The Huntington Theatre of Boston University, was honored by Mayor Menino for his service by declaring May 30, 1996, “Peter Vermilye Day.”
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.
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Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
Boston University 132nd Commencement
Such a great day to remember my own graduation.
On my graduation there was a party by the junior students, and I was given a hair brush as a gift — if I take off my hat, you know what I mean. (laughter)
President Chobanian, Senator Kerry and fellow honorees, distinguished guests and graduates. I am delighted to be sharing this special day with all of you.
Boston University has a well-earned global reputation, and it is my great privilege to be receiving an honorary degree from this fine institution.
For those of you who felt that four years was a long time to wait for your degree, well, it took me 47 years (laughter). But then, looking at our campus here and speaking with members of the faculty and the administration, I can say it was well worth the wait. I commend you all very warmly for your accomplishments today. Your commencement today is indeed the celebration of some of the best years of your lives. It is also your stepping stone to the future. With the knowledge you have gained today, you are ready to embark on a new journey; a journey that will not only shape your own lives but will also lead you to affect the lives of other people. You are going to become the future leaders of the United States, a country of unparalleled power and interest in the world today, and you are going to assume the responsibilities that come with that power.
Dear graduates, my own commencement some 23 years ago was also a stepping stone but to a different future. After my graduation, I had no home to return to because my home country had been invaded by the former Soviet Union. From the university, I was ushered into the life of a refugee in a neighboring country where I joined with my people in the struggle to liberate our country and to build a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.
A lot has changed in the world since I was your age, but, regrettably, the world is still beset by conflict, by poverty and human suffering, by injustice that violates the basic values of humanity. You are the class that began in September 2001 and as such you have been provoked perhaps more so than others to reflect on one of the gravest dangers facing our world today: terrorism. I believe for most of you, the dreadful memory of that ominous day will never fade, when thousands of innocent people in your country were indiscriminately attacked by the agents of hatred and doom. Indeed the events of 9/11 shocked the world as much as it shocked you here in America. However, terrorism in the world was not born on 9/11. In fact, for many years before September 2001, the terrorism that came to Afghanistan on the heels of invasion, interference, and violence, took the lives of thousands of our people. Regrettably the world, the United States and other countries that have the power — and hence the responsibility — did not see it compatible with their national interests to address the plight of the Afghan people then. Afghanistan was thus vulnerable to the interference of other countries in our region, who, in turn, saw their national interests in establishing control over Afghanistan at the cost of horrible suffering for the Afghan people.
Dear graduates, during your years here at Boston you have sought knowledge but you have also learned significant lessons for examining the events of the world around you. I expect that you will use your education and your values to question some of the established concepts of wisdom. In particular, I urge you to question the notion of national interest, especially when it is narrowly defined and pursued at the expense of other people — where it justifies the inflicting of pain on others and where it allows the neglect of human suffering.
I urge you to discover how moral imperative must also drive our actions even when there are no economic or political motives. (applause) I believe in a redefinition of the prevailing notion of national interest on the basis of fundamental moral premise is the way forward to our common future.
Of all, it is our humanity that ultimately brings us together while the pursuit of narrow interests divides us all. My appeal to you as the leaders of tomorrow, as people who will be in the position to make decisions of consequences, is to allow morality and the sense of fundamental concern for humanity guide your decisions.
When you see on the news or read in the newspaper that so many people were killed in places far away, do not let these numbers become mere abstractions to you. These are real people, like you and I. They are families, friends; they have pain, they have grief. We must not turn away when we hear the cries of the hungry. We must not stand by when we see the killing and terrorizing of the innocent. We should not wait until hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of our fellow human beings have died as occurred in Afghanistan, before we act. Every time we ignore the suffering of others or stand by and watch, we do not only act against our own interests but we violate a part of our humanity. And we do not have to wait for our governments to save people from misery because it will be just too late for many. As individuals, we can make a difference as well.
Not too long ago I watched a documentary filmed by the BBC of the British artist, Bob Geldof, which told the story of the famine in Ethiopia two decades ago, and that day, I really felt ashamed of myself as a human being. I watched on that documentary helpers — humanitarian workers — picking up children of two years of age or three years of age or four or five years of age who had the chance to survive, to feed them, leaving the others to die because there was no food.
Is that the world we want to leave for our future? No. I urge you to stop and work against that kind of a world.
One can feel but a sense of utter despair as a human being when one sees human misery at an appalling scale. Bob Geldorf was one individual whose concern for humanity saved thousands of children in Ethiopia. His benevolence was not simply an act of charity but a fundamental step to draw people from corners of the world for the common cause of humanity. In a different context, the coming together of the world is demonstrated in Afghanistan today where people from more than 50 countries with different cultures and faiths, different religions, are working together to build our country and uproot terrorism. This remarkable convergence of civilizations in Afghanistan has rekindled our hopes as the people of Afghanistan, secured our lives, and unleashed our energies to rebuild our war-shattered country. Thanks to that help, and our people’s determination, today, Afghanistan is a free country. (applause)
Taking steady steps toward a stable, prosperous, and progressive society, after decades of trouble, we have an enlightened and progressive constitution. We have an elected government and are looking forward to electing our parliament in September. After decades of stagnation our civil society is once again vibrant; our economy is growing fast, and we are becoming a hub of trade in the region.
Of course, challenges like the drug economy, remnants of terrorism, and crime threaten to reverse our successes. However, these will not surmount our resolve and the international commitment to succeed.
Over the past three years, through our experiences in what has been a truly global effort to rebuild Afghanistan, we have demonstrated what the future of the world can hold. Afghanistan today represents a moral accomplishment in the world, a cooperation of civilizations, in fact.
Dear graduates, I say again, that your values must continue to guide you, as you embark on your new journey and assume greater responsibility. Our world will remain stratified and divided by exclusively narrowly defined interests unless you seek to build bridges of understanding and cooperation. Suffering in other parts of the world will continue to undermine your security and prosperity unless you seek to address it. Moral obligations to others will continue to be an afterthought unless you decide to reinvigorate our common humanity across our divisions.
And finally, your generation will also be judged on indifference to hunger, to poverty, and misery in the world unless you seize opportunities to make a difference. As you commence a new beginning today, take with you my warmest congratulations. ,I urge you to fight poverty, to build bridges, in other words to uphold our common humanity.
Good luck to you. (applause)
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(Boston) — Challenging graduates to “discover how moral imperative must also drive our actions, even when there are no economic or political motives,” Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai addressed the more than 25,000 graduates and guests assembled at Boston University’s 132nd commencement exercises, which begin at 11 a.m. today.
At the ceremony, Karzai, the first democratically elected president in the history of Afghanistan, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, conferred by Boston University President ad interim Aram Chobanian. The Boston University Commencement, the largest graduation ceremony in New England, was held on the university’s Nickerson Field.
In his address, Karzai urged the graduates, as the leaders of tomorrow, to “make decisions of consequence that allow morality and the sense of fundamental concern for humanity guide [them].
“Every time we ignore the suffering of others or stand by and watch, we do not only act against our own interests but we violate a part of our humanity. We do not have to wait for our governments to save people from misery because it will be just too late for many. As individuals, we can make a difference as well.”
Karzai’s ties to Boston University go back to 1987, when he helped the university launch the Afghan Media Project in Peshawar, Pakistan, an effort to provide print, broadcast and photojournalism skills to Afghans involved in the resistance to Soviet occupation. The success of that program helped bring to the world news and images of the Afghans’ struggle to defeat and drive out the Soviet army, marshalling support around the world for the beleaguered Afghan nation.
Commencement activities began today with a 9 a.m. baccalaureate service at Marsh Chapel. In the sermon she delivered, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, a theoretical physicist and, for the past six years, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, explored the issue of achieving an ethical balance in life (http://www.rpi.edu/president/speeches/ps052205-bu.html). Jackson, who is the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate from MIT and one of the first two African-American women in the United States to earn a doctorate in physics, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the all-campus ceremony at 11 a.m.
Also receiving honorary degrees today were: artist and Boston University Professor Emeritus David Aronson, a leader of the Boston Expressionist art movement of the 1940s who helped form the university’s School of Visual Arts in its College of Fine Arts; John W. Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and pioneering businessman who developed sophisticated management tools for the commodities and investing fields; Sen. John F. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat who has served on Capitol Hill since 1984; Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, currently president of The Whitman Strategy Group, a management consulting partnership serving government and business clients; and Edward J. Zander, CEO and chairman of the board of Motorola.
Chobanian conferred the honorary degrees on behalf of Boston University. Chobanian, a world-renowned cardiologist, became president ad interim in October 2003. He served as dean of the Boston University School of Medicine from 1988 to 2003 and provost of the university’s medical campus from 1996 to 2003. He has been a faculty member at the School of Medicine for 41 years.
Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the nation.
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(Boston) — Boston University at Commencement today bestowed its highest teaching award to Dr. John Carroll McManama, a professor of general dentistry for nearly three decades in the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. McManama, one of nearly 3,500 faculty members at the university, was named the 32nd recipient of the Metcalf Cup and Prize.
The university also recognized two faculty members as recipients of Metcalf Awards for Teaching Excellence: Akihiro Kanamori, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and John E. Straub, a professor in its Department of Chemistry.
“Based on recommendations of alumni, faculty, and students, the Metcalf Awards symbolize the university community’s gratitude and admiration for meritorious teaching by our most exemplary educators,” said Boston University President ad interim Aram Chobanian.
The Metcalf Cup carries with it a prize of $10,000. Each Metcalf Award winner receives a prize of $5,000. Students, faculty and alumni nominate candidates for the Metcalf Cup and Prize, as well as the Metcalf Awards.
John Carroll McManama
In his 29 years at Boston University, Dr. John Carroll McManama — “Carl” to all — has come to embody excellence in teaching at the Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Fondly referred to as a “workhorse” by his department chair, McManama has taught 31 courses to more than 4,300 aspiring dentists and dental medicine teachers since 1976. He still directs 17 percent of the predoctoral curriculum, teaches in the school’s clinic, mentors countless students and junior faculty, lectures regularly around the world to professional organizations, and maintains a private practice.
Accolades abound on campus for McManama from those who learn from him — students, junior faculty mentees, and peers — for his precise teaching style that blends real-world experience into lectures, a model chair-side manner of calm reassurance, and his innovative curriculum development. “By teaching alongside Dr. McManama, I have not only become a better clinician, but also a better educator,” said a young faculty member. “New graduates looking for teaching positions clamor to be assigned to his preclinical lab courses because of his dynamic teaching style and his innovative methods in a profession which tends to make changes very slowly,” said a long-time colleague. “He should be nominated for ‘Lifetime Best Teacher’ award,” said a student in his faculty evaluation.
McManama joined the Boston University faculty after earning a Boston College undergraduate degree in 1970, a doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago in 1975, and serving his residency in family dentistry at Boston’s Forsyth Dental Center. A Boston native who still lives in the city’s Jamaica Plain section, he has been bestowed every major teaching award from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and has served as its grand marshal at graduation ceremonies the past 18 years.
Learning and understanding concepts of higher mathematics can be frustrating. With his knowledge, patience, passion, and wit, Prof. Akihiro Kanamori can make it enchanting. A brilliant mathematician and an authority on the history of set theory, the science of the infinite numbers, he elegantly conveys to students both the array of complex mathematical concepts on which science is built and the personalities of the scientists who formulated them. Meantime, his courses in the philosophy of logic and of mathematics also are listed for graduate credit in the Philosophy Department.
It is Kanamori’s methodical teaching method that draws consistent praise from his students. “Professor Kanamori presents difficult concepts in a patient, careful manner, sure to follow the most succinct notation and precise path toward the final solution,” said one. He added, “If he senses confusion, he will reiterate his method, or modify it so slightly that it becomes clear to perplexed students while reinforcing the idea to the already understanding students.” In appreciation of this scholar’s pragmatism, another student said, “Professor Kanamori understands that if people do not understand the material being covered then it is essentially useless to them.” And in a more personal sense, still another student described him as “a wise grandfather; one who can make the simplest things sound profound and the most elaborate things seem crystal clear.”
Author of countless professional journal articles and the book “The Higher Infinite, Perspectives in Mathematical Logic,” Kanamori joined the Boston University faculty in 1982 after holding positions at the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, and Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has twice held visiting professorships at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1970 and a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, King’s College, in 1975.
John E. Straub
A childhood passion about rockets led Prof. John E. Straub on a career path to becoming a pre-eminent research scientist recognized internationally for studies in theoretical and computational chemistry and biophysics. But while the Chemistry Department professor focuses on teaching undergraduates at all levels and guiding doctoral students in research, he keeps that passion alive by teaching rocketry to local elementary school students and mentoring high school interns. His gift is the ability to simplify complex scientific principles for students at any level and to tap their enthusiasm for learning.
At each level of teaching, compliments on Straub’s “enthusiasm” abound. In a typical accolade, one undergraduate said, “Although I personally am not too fond of chemistry, Straub’s enthusiasm for the subject was infectious.” According to a former doctoral student, “John’s lecturing style embodies a contagious enthusiasm that reinforces the clarity with which he presents ideas.” And his department chairman said, “John’s philosophy is that 80 percent of good teaching is the work of generating enthusiasm for the subject matter in his students, so that they are motivated to do the hard work of mastering the subject.” Beyond the style and the science, however, is a personal manner that Straub presents as a model. As a former Ph.D. student, now a university professor, explained it: “I owe to him the entirety of my outlook toward my profession in general, since Professor Straub is also teaching his students deontological values such as collegial respect, correctness and, to put it in his own words, properly ‘giving credit where credit is due.’”
An innovative educator, Straub has helped shape the general chemistry curriculum at Boston University and developed graduate courses, including a summer writing course for doctoral students to hone proper composition skills while considering ethical issues such as plagiarism and academic conduct. He joined the Boston University faculty in 1990 after earning a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland in 1982, two masters degrees and a doctorate in chemical physics from Columbia University, and completing a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship in biophysics at Harvard University. He was the 2003 recipient of the Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences.
Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges.
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Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow, a university professor emeritus, passed away at his Brookline, Mass. home on April 5, 2005. He also was a professor emeritus of English at the university’s College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Bellow joined the Boston University faculty in 1993 and was named professor emeritus in 2000. Following please find the thoughts of BU President Ad Interim Aram Chobanian, President Emeritus John Silber and colleagues of Professor Bellow on his life. In addition, Boston University will hold a memorial service for Professor Bellow, with details announced when plans are complete.
Boston University President Ad Interim
“Saul Bellow was one of the most distinguished writers in the history of American letters. He illuminated the human condition and grappled with ultimate questions about life through memorable characters in prize-winning books. Boston University was honored by his presence on the faculty. We all mourn his passing.”
Boston University President Emeritus
“Saul Bellow was not only a great writer, he was also a superb teacher and friend—a whole and marvelous man. He could lift our spirits, for he reminded us in The Adventures of Augie March that we were not born at the dwarf end of time, but that we too could aspire to greatness.”
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program
“What pleasure he gave us! What joy! Even reading his words, hearing that voice, in the newspaper this morning was inspiriting, inspiring, invigorating. It was a voice like no other. And though his death is a loss to our students and our university and the entire world of literature, such a voice—as we see this morning—is never lost forever.”
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Writing Program Instructor and former student of Professor Bellow
“He was my hero long before I met him, and he remained my hero after meeting him, and I don’t think that’s the usual case. I didn’t discover that his feet were made of clay. I assumed that he would be this incredibly erudite, professorial type, and he wasn’t. He had a great sense of humor and he didn’t put on airs.
“I met him first as a student, and then I worked with him for five years. He was unfailingly generous—a real ‘small d’ democrat. As a teacher, he paid respect to students by not talking down to them, in part because he was suspicious of fancy ways of looking at literature. He encouraged students to read as if the writer were a fellow human being who had something to say to them—to look at the craft of the writing. He was suspicious of the giant apparatus of critical theory that often came between writers and readers that did not bridge them together.
“He’s been cast in the culture wars as an archconservative white European male, but he was much more anarchical than such labels could ever fully reflect.
“After college, I was in the Peace Corps in western Africa, and someone handed me ‘Henderson the Rain King.’ I read the part in which Henderson says, ‘Perhaps I am not the one to make a prediction, Sungo, but I think the noble will have its turn in the world.’ And I remember, sitting in a mud hut, and thrusting my fist into the air after I read that, because, I had this notion, from being a college English major, that literature was supposed to be sort of somber and disaffected. But he took that very idea on and threw it off.”
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(Boston) — The University Professors Program at Boston University hosts a lecture on Tuesday, November 23, by Prince Zeid Raad Al-Hussein, Jordan’s permanent representative to the United Nations. His topic, “Perspectives on the Middle East,” is timely in light of the death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and the U.S. presidential election.
The event is not open to the public but media are invited to attend the lecture portion of the Boston University Conversazioni on Culture and Society. (Following the lecture is an invitation-only dinner.)
An author and diplomat, Prince Zeid has been posted at the UN since 1996. He currently chairs the Consultative Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). He also is serving a 3-year term as first president of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Reactor to the lecture will be BU international relations Professor Charles Dunbar, who served as U.S. ambassador to Qatar (1983-85) and to Yemen (1988-91).
Event: Boston University “Conversazioni” lecture,
“Perspectives on the Middle East”
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Place: Place: Boston University School of Management, auditorium
595 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
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(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University professor Geoffrey Hill, a prolific poet and essayist in the British tradition of moral and historical awareness, will receive the T.S. Eliot Award for Creative Writing. The Ingersoll Foundation will present the $25,000 award during a symposium September 23 at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.
The Ingersoll Foundation instituted the Ingersoll Awards, including the T.S. Eliot Award, in 1983 to honors writers who have extolled in their work the values of truth, faith, integrity, reason, conscience and tradition.
Hill, a professor of literature and religion in the University Professors program, has written widely on the virtues of conscientiousness and morality; he is the author of numerous books and essays. His new book, Speech! Speech! will be released on November 1 by Counterpoint Press.
Since 1999, the Bradley Institute for the Study of Christian Culture at Belmont Abbey College has administered the Ingersoll Awards.
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(Boston, Mass.) — Birmingham native Roye E. Wates, professor of music at Boston University, recently received the 1999/2000 University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award. This award is given each year to the University by the United Methodist Church’s Division of Higher Education to recognize distinguished scholars who are also devoted, effective and inspiring teachers.
“Professor Wates’ music appreciation classes crackle with her knowledge and quick wit,” says John R. Silber, chancellor of Boston University. “Professor Wates knows that the value of music is enhanced by live performance and by creative musicians.”
Wates received a bachelor’s degree in English from Birmingham-Southern College in 1954, and later received a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University in 1965. She began her teaching career at Boston University in 1962, where she has held many academic positions in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the University Professors program.
As a scholar of classical music, Wates’ primary area of interest is in the work of Mozart. Her major work in progress, a book entitled The Mozart of the Romantics, is a narrative tracing the changing image of Mozart as a man and composer from the time of his death to the present day. Wates currently teaches courses in music appreciation, Mozart, masterpieces of opera, and atonality and abstraction.
She is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Mozart Society of America, and the National Conference of Women Historians. Her professional honors include Outstanding Young Women of America (1965), Who’s Who in American Scholars (1968), and two nominations for the Metcalf Award, Boston University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching (1990, 1998).
Her mother, Mrs. Roy Wates, still resides in Birmingham.
Boston University is the third-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students in its 15 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.