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Monday, February 25, 201312:00 pm Financial Reform: The View from East Asia
Since 2008, there have been enormous changes in financial regulation and supervision in the United States and Europe, as well as significant new standard-setting and rulemaking at the global level through the G-20, Financial Stability Board, Basel Committee, International Association of Insurance Supervisors, etc. Much of this has been focused on increasing restrictions on financial institutions, in the form of capital adequacy, liquidity coverage, and limitations on business conduct. The actions of East Asian authorities have contrasted with the angst-driven policymaking of the United States and Europe. In Japan, regulation and supervision have seen few substantive changes, while Chinese authorities have by and large continued to pursue a path of measured liberalization. This presentation will provide an overview and tentative explanations of regulatory trends in the two countries. This presentation will be led by William W. Grimes, Department Chair of International Relations and Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University. Please RSVP on the following link.
Monday, February 25, 201312:00 pm Hot and Haute: African Fashion, FIMA, and Globalization
Presentation given by Professor Amanda Gilvin (Mt. Holyoke)
Monday, February 25, 20136:00 pm Reading by Catherine Barnett and Steven Cramer
Catherine Barnett has received the 2012 James Laughlin Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and a Pushcart. The author of The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012) and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004), she has been the visiting poet at Barnard College and currently teaches at the New School and NYU. She is the poet-in-residence at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, where she runs writing workshops for young mothers in the shelter system. She also works as an independent editor. Steven Cramer is the author of five poetry collections: Clangings (Sarabande Books, 2012), The Eye that Desires to Look Upward (1987), The World Book (1992), Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand (1997), and Goodbye to the Orchard (Sarabande, 2004), which won the 2005 Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club and was named a 2005 Honor Book in Poetry by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he directs the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, named by Poets & Writers as one of the top ten low-residency MFA programs in the country.
Tuesday, February 26, 20133:30 pm Physics Colloquium
"Superconductivity: the Gift that Keeps on Giving" Peter Johnson BNL Refreshments served at 3 PM in 1st floor lounge
Tuesday, February 26, 20135:00 pm Talk by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor, The Atlantic and author, “The Beautiful Struggle”
Wednesday, February 27, 201312:00 pm Understanding and Improving Memory in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease
Join the ADC and Dr. Rebecca Deason for this exciting presentation. This lecture is part of the BU ADC's Bi-Monthly Lecture Series; basic and clinical scientists provide lectures on key topics in Alzheimer's research. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.
Wednesday, February 27, 20135:30 pm Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians
Lecture and film screening with Benjamin Harbert of Georgetown University.
Wednesday, February 27, 20136:30 pm Film Screen: Departures. A Film By YOJIRO TAKITA
The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, The Center for Study of Asia, the Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese House presents Departures - Yojiro Takita's film portraying Daigo Kobyashi decision to start over and moves back to his small hometown when his orchestra disbands. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job as a “Nokanshi,” a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. But while working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living.
Wednesday, February 27, 20136:30 pm Iraq + 10 Film Series: The Dreams of Sparrows
The Iraq+10 project presents a series of Middle Eastern and Western films recognizing the decennial anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. <br /><br /> <i> The Dreams of Sparrows </i> is a documentary film shot in post-war Iraq which presents conflicting points of view among Iraqis regarding the war, Saddam Hussein and the occupation.<br /><br />Please RSVP Mikaela at firstname.lastname@example.org for refreshments. <br /><br /> <i>* Films being held in conjunction with CAS course IR503/PO570. Sponsored by the BU Institute for Iraqi Studies. Public welcome to attend. <i/>
Thursday, February 28, 20139:00 am Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond
This two-day international conference brings together scholars in literature, theology, law, art history, history, and musicology, to examine the practices and values attached to the human voice in medieval cultures. The topic of voice and voicelessness engages with issues of law and representation; theology and embodiment; historicist models of subjectivity; the poetics and esthetics of marginality; and the linguistic dynamics of intercultural encounter. The conference seeks a common ground for interdisciplinary dialogue by examining how distinct areas of scholarly endeavor approach a problem of universal resonance but elusive definition. To support the project's commitment to fostering dialogue, paper abstracts and selected passages from works to be discussed will be available online shortly in advance of the conference event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Thursday, February 28, 20133:30 pm Particle and Fields Seminar
"Learning How to Count" Anson Hook Institute of Advanced Studies
Thursday, February 28, 20135:00 pm The Politics of Halal in Not-So-Halal Malaysian Politics: A Commentary
The Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs presents Shamsul A.B., Founding Director, Institute of Ethnic Studies Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The lecture will discuss the politics of halal in not-so-halal Malaysian politics. Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture.
Thursday, February 28, 20136:00 pm Irish Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín, celebrated Irish novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and, most recently, poet in conversation with Christopher Ricks, William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University. This event takes place as part of our “European Voices” series – an ongoing series of conversations with artists and writers, activists and intellectuals exploring questions at the intersection of politics and culture. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Boston University, and the literary journal AGNI. Funded in part by the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC. Free and open to the public. Reception and book-signing to follow.
Thursday, February 28, 20136:00 pm Film Screening: Rafting to Bombay
The Center for the Study of Asia presents Rafting to Bombay – Irez Laufer’s moving film about his father’s return to his childhood home in India, where his family found refuge after escaping from Nazi-occupied Poland. The screening takes place as part of Boston’s South Asian Film Festival with sponsorship from the South Asian Arts Council and the Consul General of Israel in Boston. Introductions by Amit Dixit, South Asian Arts Council, and Abhisheka, Head of the Hindi-Urdu Language Program at Boston University.