Category: Lecture

BU Arab-Russian Workshop February 17-18, 2017

February 3rd, 2017 in Cultural Event, Lecture, Workshop

Russia and the Arab World: History, Literature, Arts
Pardee School, Boston University
121 Bay State Rd., Boston, MA 02215
Feb 17-18, 2017
Free and open to the public

Visit the website here to view details of the event.

Sponsored by the BU Center for the Humanities, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, BU Middle East & North Africa Studies Program, Provost’s Arts Initiative, and BU Department of World Languages and Literatures.


“Situating Lyric” conference June 7-11, 2017

January 12th, 2017 in Lecture, Workshop

A major international conference on lyric poetry will be co-hosted by WLL and the International Network for the Study of Lyric this June 7-11. BU with its rich traditions of literary study is an ideal place to inquire into the situation of both “lyric” and “poetry” in literary history, in world literature, and in other arenas of language use and art. Proposals for papers and panels are invited: deadline February 17, 2017.

2016-2017 Lectures in Criticism

October 5th, 2016 in Lecture, Uncategorized


TolstoyBresson, and the Ground of the Ethical” will be about the relation between the sight of death and ethical understanding in Leo Tolstoy’s writing and in Robert Bresson’s film L’argent, a filmic adaptation of Tolstoy’s late short story “The Forged Coupon.”

Sharon Cameron, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Johns Hopkins. Sharon Cameron teaches nineteenth-century American literature and twentieth-century American poetry. She is the author of Lyric Time: Dickinson and the Limits of Genre (1979); The Corporeal Self: Allegories of the Body in Melville and Hawthorne (1981); Writing Nature: Henry Thoreau’s Journal (1985); Thinking in Henry James (1989); Choosing Not Choosing: Emily Dickinson’s Fascicles (1995); Beautiful Work: A Meditation on Pain (2000); and Impersonality: Seven Essays (2007). Her current work in progress is called “But not for Us”: Essays on Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, and Robert Bresson. At Johns Hopkins Cameron teaches graduate seminars in American poetry; nineteenth-century American authors (Melville, Stowe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, James). She teaches undergraduate courses in these same subjects, and, in addition, a course on Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in translation.


Read Tolstoy’s, “The Forged Coupon” here.

Watch Bresson’s film “L’argent” here. (*Hulu subscription required)


The Lectures in Criticism series brings renowned scholars in the humanities to Boston University.  It has run continuously since 1983, hosting four external speakers every year in addition to one member of the BU faculty.

For more information, visit the Lectures in Criticism website.

Freedom for Ahmed Naji

May 11th, 2016 in Lecture

Worldwide Reading on May 12, 2016 from 12-1:30pm GSU Art Gallery

In February 2016, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison. The sentence, for “violating public modesty,” stems from the publication of an excerpt from his 2014 novel Istikhdam al-Hayah (Using Life) in Akhbar al-Adab magazine. This both violates Ahmed’s right to freedom of expression and has a chilling effect on creative writing in Egypt.

On Thursday, May 12, readings in solidarity with Ahmed are being held in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Beirut, Kampala, Turin, Amsterdam, Oslo, Frankfurt, Kuwait, NYC, the Bronx, and Boston.

The Boston reading will take place from 12:00 – 1:30 at the Sherman Art Gallery on the second floor of the George Sherman Union at Boston University. Light refreshments will be served and audience members are welcome to join in the collective reading of excerpts from Ahmed’s work (provided) in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Turkish.

The reading is co-sponsored by Boston University’s Department of World Languages and Literatures, the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program, the Creative Writing Program, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations & Societies, and the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program.

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Japan Under Abe: The End of Civil Discourse

April 8th, 2016 in Lecture

Join us on April 14th at 5pm in 745 Commonwealth Avenue room B19 for a lecture by  Yuji Kitamaru!2016 lecture 2Yuji Kitamaru lives in New York where he works as a Freelance Journalist, Columnist, and Radio Commentator for various Japanese Media. He is a former Tokyo Shimbun NY Bureau Chief (1996) and from 1981-1993 he served as a member of the writing staff for the Tokyo Shimbun Office and of the Mainichi Shimbun (Politics/Public Security/Special Reports/City News)

Sushi Reception to follow the talk.

‘No One Like Us Here’: A Century of Latin American Travel to India

April 6th, 2016 in Cultural Event, Lecture

Join us  on April 20th from 3-5pm in STH 636 for an exciting talk by Professor Roanne Kantor of Brandeis University’s Department of English

Kantor India talk

Lectures in Criticisim: W.J.T Mitchell “Salvaging Israel/Palestine: Art, Collaboration and the Binational State”

October 27th, 2015 in Lecture


Weijia Huang and Chi-Han Liang Present in the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association and the 4th Chinese Teaching International Annual Conference in Brown University of 2015

October 5th, 2015 in Lecture

On Oct 3rd, 2015, five language faculty from MLCL, Weijia Huang, Huiying Ma, Chi-Han Liang, Huimin Li and Ying Su went to Brown University to attend the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association and the 4th Chinese Teaching International Annual Conference. In this conference, Professor Weijia Huang acted as the Chair in the last section and presented his paper “The Problems of Cohesion between Paragraphs in Chinese Cultural Textbooks”. Besides, Ms Liang presented her research in the first section with the title “Error Analysis and Correction techniques in Chinese Language Acquisition”. And Ms Li served as the Board Member of Chinese Language Teachers Association.

Under the Algerian Sun Camus and Daoud

September 28th, 2015 in Lecture, Publication

It’s the rare writer who can pick up where Albert Camus — master of midcentury philosophy and fiction — left off in the modern classic, The Outsider (formerly translated as The Stranger). But Kamel Daoud, an Algerian journalist and writer, has done just that in his new novel, The Meursault Investigation, just released in English.

Daoud’s book renews L’Étranger as an Algerian story for everyone, an incandescent read already acclaimed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Nation.

Maybe you read Camus’s Outsider in college — or absorbed its frank fatalism through noir or New Wave cinema, in ‘80s rock, or in the televised angst of A. J. Soprano. The book’s antihero is Meursault, a disenchanted young clerk who murders a nameless Arab on the beach at Algiers, under the weight of heat and circumstance. Unable to defend himself or show remorse, Meursault is condemned to death — and confronts the essential absurdity of the universe.

Read the rest and listen to a discussion with MLCL’s Kheireddine Bekkai, here!

Conversation with the Mayor of Dusseldorf

September 18th, 2015 in Cultural Event, Lecture

Leading Cities From The Left

The Initiative on Cities (IOC) is partnering with the Center for the Study of Europe at the Pardee School of Global Studies to host Leading Cities From The Left, a conversation with Mayor Thomas Geisel of Dusseldorf, Germany, on the challenges of leading a city from the political left.

The event will be taking place on September 22nd at the Pardee School, First Floor, 121 Bay State Road, Boston, from 12:00pm-2:00pm. 

Leading Cities From The Left will also feature Dan Koh, Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, and Kaija Schilde, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies. Moderated by IOC Director Graham Wilson, the conversation will include a presentation on Dusseldorf as well as the Mayor’s goals for his thriving city.


Thomas Geisel was elected Mayor of Dusseldorf in June 2014. A lawyer by education (with an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School), Mayor Geisel worked in the energy sector prior to his position in City Hall. He is the first social democratic mayor in Dusseldorf after 15 years of conservative rule. 

Tasked with leading one of Europe’s business, financial, and cultural hubs, Mayor Geisel’s policy priorities include:

  • Transportation and bike infrastructure
  • Sustainable energy and the environment
  • Housing affordability
  • Effectively managing and serving a growing refugee population 
  • Curating a strong relationship between the city and it’s flagship university, Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf, which hosts over 20,000 students

What are the challenges associated with being an urban leader from the political left? How can a Mayor pursue a wide array of policy goals in the complicated environment of European politics? 

Join us September 22nd for lunch and an intimate talk with Mayor Geisel. 

Please register for the event here!