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Enron: We repeat the lessons not learned

November 30th, 2011 in Business 0 comments

Mark Williams, an expert in risk management, teaches finance at BU’s School of Management. A former Federal Reserve Bank examiner, he is the author of Uncontrolled Risk: The Lessons of Lehman Brothers. He offers the following comment on the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Enron. “It has been 10 years since the dramatic Enron… MORE

The Enron parade

November 29th, 2011 in Business 0 comments

On December 2, 2001, Enron Corporation, a Houston-based energy company with assets of $63.4 billion, declared bankruptcy making it the largest bankruptcy in the U.S. up to that time. The ensuing Enron scandal saw the jailing of several of its top executives including Kenneth Lay, Jeffrey Skilling, and Andrew Fastow. It also saw the demise… MORE

Barney Frank resigning

November 28th, 2011 in Politics 0 comments

US Representative Barney Frank will announce that he will not seek reelection next year. School of Law professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the BU Center for Finance, Law & Policy and former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, offers the following comment: “You won’t hear this from Frank today, or perhaps ever, but I… MORE

Public school budget increases can create success

November 22nd, 2011 in Education, Videos 0 comments

Last week, Hardin Coleman, Dean of the¬†School of Education, had the opportunity to visit the Orchard Gardens K – 8 School in Roxbury, MA. While there, he saw first-hand how a 15 percent increase in the school’s budget has helped take the school from one of the worst performing in the state and put it… MORE

CIA in Lebanon

November 21st, 2011 in International Relations, Opinion 0 comments

Several CIA operatives have been arrested in Beirut over the past year, forcing the CIA to curb spying in Lebanon. The following opinion piece was written by international relations professor Joseph Wippl, a 30-year CIA operations officer:       There is a never-ending tension between the tradecraft (communication, surveillance detection, safe houses) used in… MORE

Recent tweets by BU professors

November 18th, 2011 in Professor tweets 0 comments


Journalists’ arrests at Zuccotti Park

November 16th, 2011 in Communications, Opinion 0 comments

The following opinion piece was written by Tom Fiedler, Dean of the College of Communication and Pulitzer-winning former executive editor of the Miami Herald:     As a former journalist who has been pepper gassed, detained, shoved and screamed at (but never beaten) by law enforcement during my career, I can empathize with those reporters… MORE

US military boost in Australia

November 16th, 2011 in International Relations 0 comments

President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced at a joint news conference that their two countries have agreed to maintain U.S. military forces in Australia. International relations professor Michael Corgan is a specialist in international security with extensive government service in political and military planning, especially NATO. He offers the following comment… MORE

Democracy in crisis: From Arab Spring to EU Fall?

November 15th, 2011 in Finance, International Relations, Opinion 0 comments

The following opinion piece was written by international relations professor Vivien Schmidt, a long-time EU watcher, and director of both the Center for International Relations and the Center for the Study of Europe. She is also the author of Policy Change and Discourse in Europe.     The resignation of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou… MORE

Campaign 2012: Fred Bayles on Scott Brown

November 14th, 2011 in Campaign 2012, Politics, Videos 0 comments

Fred Bayles, associate professor of journalism and director of the State House Program, discusses upcoming Senate votes on national budget issues that Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) will face and how they could impact his potential for re-election in 2012. Contact Bayles at 617-353-7736;