The Week Ahead: May 1 to 7
Relax before the throes of finals week with a free Alvin Ailey dance workshop, a stress relief workshop, and a food festival
BU Today’s weekly feature, The Week Ahead, aims 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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Monday, May 1
Celebrate Boston University’s 2022 Innovator of the Year, Ji-Xin Cheng, the Theodore Moustakas Chair Professor in Photonics and Optoelectronics and a BU College of Engineering professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and materials science and engineering. In a talk titled “The Innovation Ecosystem: Don’t Go It Alone,” Cheng will be joined by past winners of BU’s Ignition Award—a program that aims to help researchers jump start projects with commercial potential. Learn about their innovation journeys as they discuss the power of teamwork and mentorship.
The Innovation Ecosystem: Don’t Go It Alone, 3 to 5 pm, Photonics Center, Colloquium Room. Register here.
Listen to the BU Symphony Orchestra perform the orchestral suites May Night (Mayskaya noch): Overture by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Symphonic Dances, op.45 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The concert will be conducted by James Burton, director of orchestral activities and a master lecturer of music at the College of Fine Arts School of Music. Admission is free for the general public.
BU Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 pm, Tsai Performance Center.
Tuesday, May 2
Tune into this Educational Resource Center virtual workshop to learn the necessary tools to navigate finals with ease. You’ll learn effective test-taking skills and self-care methods to help prepare for the big exam , whether you’re an experienced test-taker or a newbie.
Get Ready for Finals virtual workshop, 3:30 to 4:30 pm, virtual on Zoom. Register here.
Explore the connection between neuroscience and data science at the latest Research on Tap event. Hosts are Jerry Chen, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of biology, and Bobak Nazer, an ENG associate professor of information & data sciences. Discover how the human brain’s remarkable data analysis abilities are leading to new AI technologies, and learn about the latest research from BU faculty in these evolving fields.
Research on Tap: Neuroscience to Data Science and Back, 4 to 6 pm, Kilachand Center, Howard Eichenbaum Colloquium Room.
Wednesday, May 3
Stay fueled up for finals with the Finals Food Festival, hosted by BU Student Government. Enjoy a variety of small plates by local vendors to help you relax during the busy lead-up to finals week.
Finals Food Festival, noon to 3 pm, BU Central in the George Sherman Union.
Join COM faculty members and moderator Anne Bailey Berman, co-founder and former CEO of market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey, for a thought-provoking discussion on the impact of disinformation and misinformation on American society. Listen to the unique perspectives and insights of experts and explore potential solutions to limit the influence of disinformation.
Disinformation and Misinformation: How are these affecting society?, 3 to 4 pm, virtual on Zoom. Register here.
Want to get your body moving in a fun way? The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company dancers are leading a free all-ages dance workshop. The event will be led by Ailey company dancer Yannick Lebrun who will teach excerpts from Revelations and Night Creature, two of the group’s most famous works. No experience is required, although yoga mats are recommended.
“Revelations” for Everyone, 7 pm, the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St., Boston. Register here.
Thursday, May 4
As the pressure of final exams, papers, and projects builds up, find a moment of calm at Marsh Chapel’s Global Stress Relief Day. Carve out a few minutes or the whole day to de-stress and enjoy various relaxation techniques from around the world, including massage, tea, meditation, and crafts—all free for BU students.
Global Stress Relief Day at Marsh Chapel, 10 am to 5 pm, Marsh Chapel.
Visiting Artists Marcia Reifman and Andres de Verona will present their individual and collaborative work exploring time, the landscape, and the nature of illness. Stick around for the reception after the talk. The event is sponsored by the BU Arts Initiative.
Art & Care: Living with & Beyond Cancer Artist Talk, 4 to 5:30 pm, Howard Thurman Center Commons Room.
Friday, May 5
Join us for an immersive and interactive experience at BU’s Experiential Learning Expo. Presented by Boston University’s Undergraduate Affairs, the expo will showcase dozens of student projects produced in the Cross-College Challenge (XCC), the Learning Assistant Program, and BU Spark! Explore the first and second floors of the Center for Computing & Data Sciences building to view final projects and presentations.
Experiential Learning Expo, 5 to 7:30 pm, Center for Computing & Data Sciences.
Sunday, May 7
Boston Playwrights’ Theater presents the full-day Boston Theater Marathon XXV. Showcasing 50 plays, 10 minutes each, written by local playwrights, the event will support the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, aiding area artists Participating theater companies include Company One Theatre, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the American Repertory Theater. A live stream is available.
Experience the passion and intensity of Flamenco dance in Conexiones at the BU Dance Theater. This event features Flamenco Dance Project and Yuling Spanish Dance, with live music by special guests Alfonso Cid and Adrián Alvarado from New York as well as Antonio Tri Tran Tran from Flamenco Boston.
Conexiones, 6 to 7:30 pm, BU Dance Theater, FitRec.