The Week Ahead: February 21 to 26
Our new weekly feature delivers a curated list of what’s coming up around campus, Boston, the country, and the world, so you can plan ahead
This is BU Today’s weekly feature, The Week Ahead. Its aim is to help keep you informed of what’s coming up around campus, Boston, the country, and the world, with a curated list of interesting and notable happenings.
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Tuesday, February 21
Gabriela Lena Frank Residency: Keynote on Composing Earth
Gabriela Lena Frank, named one of the most significant women composers in history by the Washington Post, comes to BU for a three-day residency. On Tuesday, she will participate in a keynote, titled “Composing Earth,” followed by a panel discussion with faculty and staff from BU’s earth & environment department and BU Sustainability. This event is free and open to the public.
Create Space: DIY Mardi Gras Masks
Want to learn more about world cultures while also exercising your right brain? Create Space offers different weekly arts and crafts projects relating to a global event, religious holiday, or a country’s traditions. Drop in at any time.
Create Space: DIY Mardi Gras Masks, 3 to 5 pm, Marsh Chapel. Find more information here.
Wednesday, February 22
Belonging & Culture Survey Launch Party
All BU students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate the kickoff for the Belonging & Culture Survey, the first-ever University-wide assessment that will measure sense of belonging and culture. Stop by anytime to celebrate the opening of the survey with Victoria Sahani, associate provost for community and inclusion, and Jean Morrison, BU provost and chief academic officer. There will also be a sandwich buffet, ice cream sundaes, and performances by BU improv troupe Liquid Fun and the Inner Strength Gospel Choir.
Belonging & Culture Survey Launch Party, 9 am to 5 pm, George Sherman Union Metcalf Hall. Register for the event here.
This year, Lent—a 40-day period of prayer and fasting that Christians observe in the lead-up to Easter—begins on February 22, Ash Wednesday. Marsh Chapel will mark the occasion with several services throughout the day, and the BU community can also receive ashes on the Charles River and Medical Campuses.
Ash Wednesday celebration. See times, locations, and details here.
Insights@Questrom Live: Is Creativity in Advertising Dead in the Age of AI?
Join a stimulating talk on advertising and generative AI with Advertising Hall of Famer Jeff Goodby of Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Listen to how a formerly creative artform has evolved into computer-created copy (like ChatGPT) and images (like Dall-E 2).
Insights@Questrom Live: Is Creativity in Advertising Dead in the Age of AI? 3:30 to 4:30 pm, virtual. Register for the event here.
Thursday, February 23
Aromantic Awareness Week Celebration
Come celebrate Aromantic Awareness Week with the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff. Learn about aromanticism (an orientation characterized by a lack of romantic attraction), the aromantic community, and snack on delicious aro-themed treats. Reservations are encouraged.
Aromantic Awareness Week Celebration, noon to 1:30 pm, Howard Thurman Center. Reserve your spot here.
Stressing about your upcoming midterms? De-stress at Hillel with a hug from a puppy! Meet up with other students and staff and cuddle with new fluffy companions, and relax while preparing for exam season.
Petting Dogs, 4 to 6 pm, Hillel. Register here.
Friday, February 24
Liquid Fun February Show
Liquid Fun, which advertises itself as “BU’s tallest improv comedy troupe,” hosts a free monthly improv show for all who want to share a laugh or two. Join them in BU Central for top-tier comedy sure to knock your socks off.
Liquid Fun February Show, 8 pm, George Sherman Union. Find more information here.
Saturday, February 25
Unofficial Project: Friends & Family Showcase
BU dance troupe Unofficial Project invites the Boston community to attend their annual Friends & Family Showcase, filled with performances highlighting choreography by troupe members and creative visions.
Sunday, February 26
The School of Theatre presents El Nogalar, a story about the Galvan family’s journey to reclaim their orchard after matriarch Maité runs their money dry amidst a drug war, in this adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Watch this production, written by Tanya Saracho (CFA’98) and directed by Enzo Gonzales (CFA’24), in a classic black box theater.
El Nogalar, February 23 to 26, Studio ONE. Purchase tickets here.