By Christian Cho

Common Thread – Holiday Marketing

May 29th, 2014 0 comments

Howard, Greg, and Amanda discuss the effectiveness of early holiday advertising and whether it helps or taints consumers from buying products during the holiday season.

Be sure to check out Howard’s special holiday surprise at the end of the episode!

Common Thread – What’s Love Gotta Do With It

May 29th, 2014 0 comments

The Common Thread is joined by guests Wendy Jennings, Jennifer Tran and Jessica to talk about love, in the wake of Valentines day.

Common Thread – Gay in the Glass Room

May 29th, 2014 0 comments

Issa, Howard and Greg sit down with guests Skailer Qvistgaard and Zachary Kerr to discuss their lives, what it means to be transgender, and their work within the LGBTQ community.

Willis Wang

April 14th, 2014 0 comments


Lunch with Willis Wang

Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs
Deputy General Counsel

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Marciano Commons at 100 Bay State Rd.

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About Mr. Wang

Willis Wang was appointed in 2009 to create and oversee Boston University’s first Office of Global Programs.

As Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs, Willis plays a senior leadership role in the development, coordination, and implementation of Boston University’s global strategy.

Dr. Fallou Ngom

March 26th, 2014 0 comments


Lunch with Fallou Ngom

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Director, African Language Program

Friday, April 4, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Marciano Commons at 100 Bay State Rd.

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About Dr. Ngom

Dr. Fallou Ngom’s current research interests include the interactions between African languages and non-African languages, the Africanization of Islam, and Ajami literatures—records of West African languages written in Arabic script. He hopes to help train the first generation of American scholars to have direct access into the wealth of knowledge still buried in West African Ajami literatures, and the historical, cultural, and religious heritage that has found expression in this manner.

2/7 – Controversies of Olympic Proportions

February 7th, 2014 0 comments

On the schedule: the bobsled, speed skating, and stray dog culling? The 2014 Olympics at Sochi have not been without several controversies. Should the Olympics be an activist platform? Come discuss all of the problems leading into the 2014 Winter Olympics.

1/31 – Systems of Inequality

January 30th, 2014 0 comments

We’re not talking solving for x and y. We’re talking about violence protests in Brazil, the State of the Union address, and Pope Francis I. We’re talking about why income and wealth are concentrated and how we can solve the problem. Come join us at this week’s Agora.

Watch President Obama’s remarks about income inequality in the United States:

Dr. Andrew West

January 29th, 2014 0 comments


Lunch with Andrew West

Assistant Professor, Astronomy

Thursday, February 6, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Marciano Commons at 100 Bay State Rd.

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About Dr. West

Andrew West is an outstanding observational astrophysicist who joins us from a postdoctoral position at MIT. Dr. West earned his B.S. with honors at in Physics and Astronomy at Haverford College, and then his Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Washington in 2005. Dr. West is using the vast Sloan Digital Sky Survey to help assign ages to old stars by using measurements of their velocities. Older stars will have had more chance encounters with other stars, and because of these encounters are boosted to higher speeds. This technique is a novel approach that may solve a long-standing problem. Dr. West also is committed to increasing the diversity in the sciences. Although he is white, Dr. West is a member of the National Society of Black Physicists and routinely participates in mentoring programs for underrepresented high school students.

1/27 – The Extinction of Man

January 21st, 2014 0 comments

A recent viral story is about research on the decaying Y chromosome, even though this was known as far back as 2008.. It might take 5 million years, but what would our world be like today if men just…disappeared? Come talk about a world without men at this week’s Agora.


1/17 – Does Power Corrupt?

January 17th, 2014 0 comments

Kelly Thomas. Chris Christie. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Stanford prison experiments. Issues of power are ubiquitous. But how does power corrupt and what is actually happening when power does corrupt people? Come discuss today at Agora.