Collegian Winter 2020

Winter 2020

Feature Stories

Historical Cures

A study of ancient remedies could uncover a new class of antibiotics

Peter Busher in his office. Photo by Cydney Scott

Beavers, Biology, and the Beauty of Teaching Science

Peter Busher prepares for retirement after 38 years of teaching at BU

Elissa Altman

Layers of Love, Loathing, and Longing

In Motherland Elissa Altman gets candid about her complicated relationship with her mother


Alumni Updates: Check Out the Latest Class Notes

From promotions to first novels to weddings… See what’s happening in the lives of CGS alums


CGS News Briefs

CGS faculty accept the AGLS Award. From left to right: John Regan, master lecturer, Department of Rhetoric; Megan Sullivan, associate dean for faculty research and development and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning; Karen Guendel, lecturer, Department of Rhetoric; Beth Kramer, senior lecturer, Department of Rhetoric. [credit Joyce Lucke, AGLS]

CGS Wins Exemplary Program Award

Award recognizes the college’s Boston-London Experience for its focus on outstanding cocurricular general education

The Boston University Archaeology class does a walking tour of the Black Heritage Trail on Beacon Hill. Photo by: Vernon Doucette

Boston-New England Experience Debuts

Program takes advantage of the wealth of historically significant locations around the region

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CGS to Host Democracy Conference

Democracy Beyond the Nation State will be held at BU from October 28 to October 30, 2020


From Our Community

This serves no purpose

Introducing Young Readers to Great Works of Literature

From BU Today

In Who’s Hiding In This Book, CGS’ Sheila Cordner invites children to meet 10 famous authors from around the globe


CGS Alum Prioritizes Investing in Good

From Bostonia

CastleOak Securities’ David R. Jones (CGS’84, Questrom’86) is showing investment banks can take the higher road


Ayanna Pressley Opens Up about Hair Loss

From The Brink

BU dermatologist explains how the unpredictable lifelong disease runs its course


Latest CGS News

News & Announcements

Upcoming Alumni Events

Lessons from the Holocaust

3/18/20 | 6:30 pm | College of General Studies, Room 511; 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

In “The Nowy Dwor Project: Lessons from the Holocaust,” David Wluka (’66, CAS’68, GRS’70) will share the powerful story of his journey to Poland with his father, who survived Auschwitz, and reclaiming his family’s past. Wluka will be introduced by Hana Kraus (’20). This event is cosponsored by the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.

A Talk with Jill Lepore

3/24/20 | 6 pm | Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union; 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

The College of General Studies and the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will be hosting author, historian, and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore for a conversation on election politics. Lepore is the author of These Truths: A History of the United States (W. W. Norton & Company, 2018), The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Knopf, 2014), and many other titles. She writes about American history, law, literature, and politics.

Poetry Reading

3/30/20 | 6 pm | College of General Studies, Katzenberg Center; 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Join the Poetry Reading Series for a night of poetry with Alan Gillis and David Wheatley. Alan Gillis teaches English literature at the University of Edinburgh and is the coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2012). David Wheatley is the author of Contemporary British Poetry (Red Globe Press, 2014) and four poetry collections with Gallery Press, including A Nest on the Waves (2010).