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School of Theology Event to Feature Internationally Recognized Attorney, Daniel Sheehan

April 4th, 2014 in Lectures, School of Law, School of Theology, Talk.

Daniel Sheehan is a Harvard educated lawyer that has participated in many of the country's most significant court cases since the early 1970's. Sheehan has influenced the social justice landscape by helping to find the truth and expose wrongdoings. Cases that Sheehan has participated in include The Pentagon Papers case, Eisenstadt v. Baird, the Black Panther 21 Trial, the Watergate burglary case, the Wounded Knee Trials, the Silkwood case, the Three Mile Island case, the Greensboro Massacre case, and the Iran-Contra Affair. Sheehan also co-founded the Christic Institute, a public interest law firm, in 1980. Now known as the Romero Institute, Sheehan's firm was instrumental in American social reform throughout the 1980's. sheehan

The School of Theology will be hosting Sheehan on Friday, April 11th for a talk entitled, "The Interface of Social Ethics and the Practice of American Constitutional Law." Sheehan will discuss his experience in the field and how social ethics can influence legal decisions. Sheehan will also be present on Wednesday April 9th, when he will join Dr. John Hart (Professor of Theology) during his book signing from 4-6PM at the Barnes and Noble in Kenmore Square. Sheehan will be signing his memoirs, The People's Advocate, and Dr. Hart will be reading and signing his book Cosmic Commons: Spirit, Science, and Space. 

"The Interface of Social Ethics and the Practice of American Constitutional Law" takes place on Friday, April 11th from 4-6PM in the Sargent College Curtis Auditorium at 635 Commonwealth Avenue. The event is free and open to the general public.

2014 Redstone Film Festival Premieres Feb. 19

January 31st, 2014 in Arts, College of Communication, Film, school of communication.


Sponsored by Sumner Redstone, Chairman of VIACOM, the College of Communication's (COM) annual Redstone Film Festival is recognized as one of New England’s premiere film and television venues. Featuring film projects written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from COM, this year's Redstones premiere at BU Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm at the Tsai Performace Center.

Following the Boston event, the festival moves on to audiences in New York and Los Angeles. In New York City, BU alumni in the area have the opportunity to view the finalists and winners from Boston. Hosted at the Viacom Theatre in Times Square on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm, it provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their films to other members of the BU network.

Concluding in Los Angeles on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at the Director's Guild of America,  the finalist films from Boston compete again, judged by a West Coast panel of industry experts. Alumni filmmakers are also invited to enter the alumni short competition.

Over the years, Redstone winners and finalists have turned out to be some of America’s most successful directors, screenwriters and producers. Many films screened at the Redstone festival have been nominated and won in film festivals all around the world. Two have even earned Academy Award nominations. Prizes for this year's winners will include Canon cameras and accessories, Avid and ProTools software, and MacBook Pro computers for the screenplay winners.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Glenn Frankel to Speak at CGS

January 24th, 2014 in Arts, Lectures, Talk.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning presents Glenn Frankel. He will be doing a lecture, discussion, and book-signing on his most recent book, "The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend" on Thursday, February 6th from 4 to 6PM.

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Frankel is director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a longtime Washington Post reporter, editor and bureau chief in Jerusalem, London and Southern Africa, and he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for “balanced and sensitive reporting” of Israel and the first Palestinian uprising.

He also served as editor of the Washington Post Magazine, deputy national news editor and Richmond, Va., bureau chief. His first book, Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel, won the National Jewish Book Award. His second, Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa, was a finalist for the Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize. (www.glennfrankel.com)

CGS Humanities professor Kevin Stoehr will kick off the event with some words on his book "Ride, Boldly Ride: History of the American Western Movie" which features a preface by Clint Eastwood.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in CGS room 511.

Fall Cinemathèque Series Features HBO Execs and Zombie Flick Expert

October 23rd, 2013 in Arts, College of Communication, Talk, Uncategorized.

The Department of Film & Television's Cinemathèque series has been bringing greats in the film and television industries to COM since its inception and this Fall proves to be no exception.  The Cinemathèque series consists of meetings and conversations with filmmakers and televison-makers and free screenings of important, innovative films and television programs.


Two highlights this semester are An Evening with Jay Roewe and Michael Gunn and An Evening with Gregory Waller. BU Film & TV alum, Jay Roewe is Senior Vice President for West Coast Productions of Home Box Office (HBO). He is responsible for overseeing the physical production of television series for HBO. Michael Gunn, also a COM alum, worked for Roewe at HBO before he was hired onto Aaron Sorkin’s prestigious HBO series, The Newsroom, working his way upward, from production assistant to story editor to credited writer. Roewe and Gunn will discuss their experiences with The Newsroom and will show episodes of this provocative behind-the-scenes of a nightly cable news program, starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, and Sam Waterston. This screening will be held Friday, October 25.

On Friday, November 22, Dr. Gregory Waller, a professor at Indiana University, will theorize why zombie stores are everywhere in film and TV, and will screen clips from a rich history of zombie movies, some made long before The Walking Dead. Professor Waller is the author of American Horrors: Essays on the Modern American Horror Film and the classic work, The Living and the Undead: From Stoker’s Dracula to Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

Cinemathèque is generally held Fridays at 7:00 PM in COM 101 and the complete schedule can be found here. Admission is free and the screenings are open to the public.

Gotlieb Center Welcomes Broadway Legend Ben Vereen

October 11th, 2013 in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Talk.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host Broadway legend and civil rights activist Ben Vereen for a reception and talk on his life and career on Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 PM.

Vereen, a Tony Award-winner is most often remembered for his performance in Bob Fosse's Pippin. He has gone on to solidify his place among Broadway royalty with starring roles in such productions as Wicked, Fosse, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, and I'm Not Rappaport. He has shown great versatility and creativity, performing countless one-man shows in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.Ben Vereen Flyer 2013

A legend not only on stage but also on screen, Vereen is best known for his iconic role as Chicken George in the groundbreaking television miniseries Roots. Recently, he guest-starred on Grey's Anatomy, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. He had a recurring role on the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and has appeared on Webster, OZ, Touched by an Angel, The Nanny, Star Trek - The Next Generation, The Jamie Fox Show, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and many others. Vereen has been in several films including Sweet Charity, All That Jazz, Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Idlewild.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Metcalf Ballroom of the George Sherman Union.

Technology and Psychology: What’s the Connection?

October 7th, 2013 in Lectures, Talk.

Do you find yourself scrolling aimlessly down your newsfeed multiple times a day? Keep refreshing your Twitter feed? You're not the only one.defleur_evite-Shyam-Sundar

Shyam Sundar PhD, a distinguished professor and the founder of the Media Effects Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University, is the guest speaker for the biannual Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture. This talk will reveal the reasons why online interactivity is so alluring, and discuss the various ways in which specific features of media technology shape our psychology.

Dr. Sundar will present empirical research demonstrating that structural aspects of the interface not only engage us and persuade us, but also provide autonomy, control, identity, self-expression, sense of community and external validation, leading to psychological empowerment and motivation to act.

The talk will be held on Thursday, October 10th in the Photonics Center from 4PM - 6PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Ford’s Scott Monty to Discuss Company’s Social Media Journey

October 7th, 2013 in College of Communication, Lectures, Talk, Uncategorized.

With social media becoming a staple in the corporate world, there's no better time to learn the ins and outs of a successful social media campaign, especially firsthand from an expert in the field.


Keeping in step with this trend, COM's Doers Makers Innovators returns with Scott Monty, global head of social media for Ford Motor Company. The talk is titled Social Wheels in Motion: Ford's Social Media Journey.

Ranked by Forbes as one of the top 10 most influential people in social media, he has been called "the best corporate social media lead on the planet." The Triple Terrier will share his lessons and experiences leading the auto giant into the world of real time social interaction.

Doers Makers Innovators is underwritten by Mullen. Previous guests have included Google Creative Lab’s Ben Malbon, and Goodby Silverstein and Partner’s Gareth Kay. The speaker series concentrates on bringing to COM leaders who are reshaping the communication industry.

This event is scheduled for Friday, October 11 in COM 209 from 11AM - 12:30PM. The series is free and open to the public.

Exhibition of TV Legend Aaron Spelling’s Archive at BU

September 27th, 2013 in Arts, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Talk.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will open a new major exhibition, Aaron Spelling: A Retrospective of Prime Time Success, honoring the life and career of legendary television producer Aaron Spelling on Friday, October 4th.  The opening reception will feature remarks from his wife, producer and author Candy Spelling, as well as actor and SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard.  The Gotlieb Center is the repository of Mr. Spelling’s personal archive.

Aaron Spelling is one of television's most prolific producers, with a record of more than 4,300 hours of television programming, including over 266 hours of movies for television. After forming Thomas-Spelling Productions with Danny Thomas, Mr. Spelling produced several successful television shows, including The Mod Squad and The Rookies. In 1976, he released the hit ABC movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, starring a young John Travolta. Under the banner of Spelling Entertainment, Mr. Spelling produced such iconic television series as Charlie's Angels, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Starsky and Hutch, The Love Boat, Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, Charmed,Twin Peaks and 7th Heaven. He also produced the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries And the Band Played On and the television movie Day One.SPELLINGflyerEVENTvitaCAPS

Candy Spelling is a television star, Broadway producer, New York Times best-selling author, wife, mother, designer and blogger. Mrs. Spelling met producer and screenwriter Aaron Spelling when she was eighteen years old and they married in 1968. They had two children who would go on to be actors: daughter Victoria "Tori" Davey and son Randy Gene Spelling.

Ken Howard was first elected national president of Screen Actors Guild in 2009. Re-elected in 2011, Mr. Howard was named co-president of SAG-AFTRA when the two unions merged. Mr. Howard's has an extensive acting career spanning four decades that includes work on television, movies and the stage in both dramatic and comedic roles. An Emmy and Tony Award winner, he helped create and starred in the television series The White Shadow from 1978 - 1982, and has had recurring television roles on Dynasty, The Colbys, Melrose Place, Crossing Jordan, Murder, She Wrote, The Manhunter and 30 Rock. He has recently appeared as Tip O'Neill in a one-man show According to Tip, at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts.

The exhibition opening reception will be held at the Gotlieb Memorial Gallery (771 Commonwealth Ave.) from 5:30PM to 7:30PM on October 4th  and is free and open to the public. On Monday, October 7th, the exhibit will open for a limited run. The exhibition can be viewed during normal library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM – 2:00 AM, Friday 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM – midnight.

SED to host Kevin Ryan Symposium on Character Strengthening

September 17th, 2013 in Conferences & Workshops, Panels, Talk.

SED's Center for Character and Social Responsibility will be holding its Kevin Ryan Symposium on Thursday, September 26th at 5:00PM. The topic for this year's seminar is "Service Learning Strengthening Character Across Cultures: Japan and the United States."

This event will feature presentations by university leaders and faculty from BU and Japan's Reitaku University on diverse ways of strengthening character and moral decisions. Presentations will be followed by a cross-cultural dialogue with the audience.


Reitaku University leaders and faculty participating include University President Osamu Nakayama, Professor Shujiro Mizuno, Professor Peter Luff Albert, and alumnus Mr. Norikazu Furukama.

SED Dean Hardin Coleman, and BU professors Stephan Ellenwood, Philip Tate, Scott Seider, and Merry White will also be on hand.

Registration begins at 4:30PM in the SED lobby and the seminar will run from 5:00 - 7:00 PM in the auditorium (room 130.) Online registration also available here.

Gotlieb Center to host author Tina Sutton

September 13th, 2013 in Arts, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Lectures, Talk.

The Friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host Boston Globe fashion columnist and culture and arts writer Tina Sutton for a reception, book signing and talk on Thursday, September 19th at 6:00 PM.

Tina_Sutton_smMs. Sutton will talk about her new book The Making of Markova, a biography of acclaimed ballet choreographer and prima ballerina Alicia Markova. An exhibition of selections from Markova's archive will be on display.

Alicia Markova (1910 - 2004) was one of the finest classical ballerinas of the 20th century and an innovator throughout her six-decade career. Born Lillian Alicia Marks in London, England, on December 1, 1910, the child dance prodigy made her professional stage debut at age 10. By 14, she was the youngest-ever soloist with Sergei Diaghilev's famed Ballets Russes, where she worked with many of the greatest creative artists of her time, including George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky, and Henri Matisse.

Tina Sutton is a culture, arts, and fashion writer for newspapers and magazines, currently The Boston Globe. She has been a writer, researcher, and journalist for over 30 years. She is co-author of The Complete Color Harmony: Expert Color Information for Professional Color Results (2008); and her Color Harmony Compendium: A Complete Color Reference for Designers of All Types recently saw the publication of its 25th anniversary edition (2009).

The book signing, reception, and lecture will be held  in the Metcalf Ballroom of the George Sherman Union at 775 Commonwealth Avenue. Admission is free to members of the Friends of HGARC and students with a BU ID, admission for the general public is $25.