The seventh annual Silas Peirce Lecture will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The lecture, titled The Polar Garden of Eden: Voyages into Mythology and Ethnonationalism, will be presented by Michael Bravo from the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. You can register for this event at the Alumni & Friends page.

Event Information

  • Date: February 27, 2020
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Avenue

About the Speaker

Michael Bravo is the head of the Circumpolar History and Public Policy Research Group at the Scott Polar Research Institute, as well as a member of the University of Cambridge Geography Department’s Society and Environment Research Group. In January 2019, he published a groundbreaking history of the North Pole spanning five centuries from the Renaissance to the present, titled North Pole: Nature and Culture.

About the Silas Peirce Lecture

This special event is made possible by the Silas Peirce Fund, which was established by the heirs of Silas Peirce, treasurer of Boston University (1911-1922) and University Trustee (1899-1922), with the intention of providing for special lectures at the College of Liberal Arts. This lecture series was reintroduced at Boston University in 2014 as one of the signature events of the academic calendar. The annual Silas Peirce Lecture is open to all fields of inquiry covered in the College of Arts & Sciences and is designed to represent different fields across the years. These lectures bring our academic community together across multiple disciplines, including across colleges, and are of interest to faculty, students, and alumni.

Past Lectures

  • 2018 – Dell Upton (UCLA), “Black Liberation & White Supremacy: Commemorating the African-American Past in the Shadow of the Confederacy.”
  • 2017 – Bill James, “The Arts and Sciences of Baseball.”
  • 2016 – David Fischer (Brandeis University), “The Enduring Creativity of Afro-European Cultures in America.”
  • 2015 – Tali Mendelberg (Princeton University),“The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions.”
  • 2014 – Bethany Ehlmann (California Institute of Technology), “Following the Water on Mars: Roving with Curiosity.”