Potpourri of Professors


Boston University’s professors are renowned for their breadth of knowledge and academic expertise. This three-week lecture series provides a unique opportunity to listen in on the intellectual exploration occurring throughout the University’s schools and colleges.

March 5: “The Two Swords: Sacred and Secular Power in Christianity and Islam.”

Phillip Haberkern is Assistant Professor of History in Boston University’s history department. His research interests lay in the history of late medieval and early modern Christianity, with particular attention to the Bohemian and German reformations and the development of dissident and heretical religious movements.

March 12: “The Last Days of the Great Labrador Cod Fishery.”

Bart Higgins is a scholar affiliated with Boston University’s Department of History. Salt cod production was the first business engaged in by Europeans in North America. This fishery, which used many highly traditional methods that can be dated back centuries, persisted in some out-of-the-way locations such as the coast of Labrador until the late twentieth century, when the underlying cod stock—known as the “Northern Cod”—collapsed and the Canadian government banned all further fishing. This presentation explains who was in the Labrador fishery during its final years, the strategies the fishers used, and how they coped with the challenges of operating under the “wilderness” conditions that still characterized the area.

March 19: ”It’s a Mod, Mod World: Pop Culture in Britain 1964–1974.”

In this music-and video-illustrated lecture, Professor of Music Victor Coelho examines the critical role of England in the creation of a new popular culture, focusing on three aspects of music: the British blues revival: the early career of the Rolling Stones; and the influence of the Who. Music is discussed within the themes of the course, particularly as it relates to tradition, fashion, and America.


  • General Public: $30.00



Meets at Boston University: George Sherman Union (GSU) from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesdays from March 5, 2013 to March 19, 2013 (3 meetings)