In ancient Greece, the agora was a central location for people to come together and discuss important topics including politics, art, and spirituality. The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground invites all members of the BU community to come and join in on provocative conversations. Agora happens every Friday from 3 PM to 5 PM and the topic is announced on this page only the day before. Conversation topics are always timely and interesting, so make sure to check our page here. Additionally, we invite people from Boston to Buenos Aires to Bangkok to join us on Twitter using #HTCAgora.
With the recent news of the Gap responding to racist vandalism over its ad, we’re wondering about what role advertising plays. Do advertising and media overall reflect social values or do they impact them? For Agora this week, we’ll talk about media’s influence and whether corporations have some moral responsibility to wield their power for social change.
Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and spend some quality time. In this special Agora, participants from the HTC’s Family History Project will join us to share what they found as they went digging into their families’ pasts.
What if someone told you that everything you know about the world is wrong? Well, not everything, but a few important things. Come discuss the impact of maps on our lives and how they shape our worldview.
Every Halloween, it seems that people are shocked that someone would dress in as a racial stereotype. Where’s the line between homage and appropriation? Come discuss where that line might be and give your two cents.
Eighteen year-old Americans can smoke, vote, drive, serve in the army, and, in some states, gamble. But should they be able to drink alcohol, too? Garrett Oliver, a brewmaster from Brooklyn, NY, thinks so. Come discuss your stance on what the legal drinking age should be at Agora!
There is a lot of controversy around the celebration of Christopher Columbus with a national holiday. Should we continue to celebrate Christopher Columbus for his voyages to the Americas or is it time we gave the holiday a rest given revelations about his actions in the New World? Come discuss!
In a recent CBS Poll, it has been shown that the vast majority of Americans disapprove of the government shutdown. So what has brought us to this point? How can we get out of it and who is affected? Come discuss at Agora!
Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has recently released political prisoners and has corresponded with President Barack Obama with the hope of re-establishing diplomatic relations. Could this be the dawn of a new Iran-US relationship? Come discuss!