Working to Confront Racism

Recently I shared a statement with the Arts & Sciences community condemning the recent needless and dehumanising murders of African Americans and other brutal actions of law enforcement. These events have generated a powerful energy and renewed urgency to address structural racism in our country and around the world. There is no more important time… More

We Must Confront Systemic Racism and Inequality

The latest horrific incidents of violence against African Americans by law enforcement have reminded us, once more, of the brutal truth of deep-seated inequality in our society, and its consequences for African Americans and Americans of African descent. Along with healthcare and socioeconomic disparities as starkly exposed by the current pandemic, the cradle to prison… More

Announcement of Humanities Taskforce

I am pleased to announce the formation of the CAS Taskforce on the Humanities, convened for the first time in early May. Similar to the Social Sciences Taskforce convened earlier this semester, the taskforce has been charged to look towards a vision for the “next generation” of the humanities broadly across the College and University… More

A New CAS Taskforce on the Social Sciences

I am pleased to announce the formation of the CAS Taskforce on the Social Sciences, which has convened for the first time this week. The taskforce has been charged to look towards a vision for the “next generation” of the social sciences broadly across the College. Specifically, the taskforce will aim 1) to develop four… More

Back-to-School Message from the Dean

As interim dean over the past year, I have come to appreciate much more fully the impact our work has on the broader world. Now that I have been given the privilege to lead the college and graduate school on a longer-term basis, I look forward to working with my colleagues to fulfill our mission to expand human knowledge, solve pressing problems, and educate future generations of leaders and citizens.… More

April 3 Is Giving Day 2019

April 3 is BU Giving Day, which is your chance to further contribute to BU’s forward momentum as a global university. It’s also your chance to support the department or program that matters most to you.… More

The Formation of the CAS Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Advisory Committee

Happy New Year! I am pleased to announce the formation of the CAS Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Advisory Committee (DIFAC) for the current academic year. Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences, Professor Nazli Kibria, will serve as the chair of the committee, along with seven other faculty members.… More

Congratulations to the New Department of Linguistics

It’s with great excitement that I announce the formation of the Department of Linguistics. The study of linguistics has been part of CAS in various forms since the early 1980s. The Department of Linguistics is a leader in the field, with faculty dedicated to theoretically based, empirically oriented linguistic research and teachings.… More

Greetings from the Interim Dean

Welcome to both new and returning faculty and students. On August 1, I began service as the interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  I’m excited for the start of my first semester as interim dean, and I feel optimistic about—and energized by—the opportunities ahead of us this coming year.… More

Farewell

In my final dean’s note, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to the Boston University community for your contributions to and passion for our noble mission. When I came to Boston University three years ago I knew that I was coming to a university with a progressive history of education to enable social… More