Where can we discuss the election?

Looking to discuss the recent Presidential Election? BU has several varied venues where all students can come together with faculty and staff over the next few days. If you have a on-campus discussion, panel, lecture or event to add to this list, email us at dos@bu.edu.


2017 Perspective – Participatory Expression
Sponsored by the BU Arts Initiative
Students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by to share their perspective on 2017 on sheets of paper up in our windows with the categories: “I am hopeful for”, “I worry about”, and “I plan to”.
Starting Tuesday, November 15, 2016
9am-5pm Monday through Friday
George Sherman Union, Arts Initiative office, second floor

Events by date

Election Debrief
Sponsored by the Howard Thurman Center
Discuss the election with your fellow students.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
3:30pm – 5:30pm
George Sherman Union, Howard Thurman Center

Open Discussion and SupportĀ 
Discuss how to manage your feelings related to the election.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
10:30am – 11:30am
George Sherman Union, Room 322

Open Space
Discuss your thoughts on the election with the CGS community. Open to all.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
4:00pm – 6:00pm
College of General Studies Lobby, 871 Commonwealth Ave.

Election Discussion
Sponsored by the Dean of Students, the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground and BU Today
Faculty and staff who have written about the Election for BU Today gather to talk about what’s next. Participants: Virginia Sapiro (Political Science), Cutler Cleveland (Earth & Environment), Ashley Farmer (History and African American Studies), Tom Fiedler (College of Communications), Adil Najam (Pardee School), Graham Wilson, Political Science & Initiative on Cities
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6pm – 8pm
College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Ave.

Open Discussion and Support
Discuss how to manage your feelings related to the election.
Friday, November 11, 2016
3pm – 4pm
George Sherman Union, Room 322

After the Votes are Counted, What’s Next for America’s Cities?
Sponsored by Boston University Initiative on Cities
How will mayors’ relationship with the White House change with the start of a new administration? And what do mayors want most from the incoming President? Join us to discuss these questions and more.
Monday, November 14, 2016
6pm – 7:30pm
Boston University in Washington, DC, 1776 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 650
Registration is required

Beyond the Headlines: U.S. Election: The World Reacts (Discussion)
Sponsored by the Pardee School
The Beyond the Headlines (BtH) series continues with a discussion on the global reaction to the U.S. presidential election.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
4:30pm – 6pm
121 Bay State Road

Election Reflection

Sponsored by the School of Education Graduate Student Association
Join us for some conversation about the election results. Dr. Christina Dobbs will be in attendance.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
School of Education, Room 423, 2 Silber Way

Get Out the Energy
Sponsored by the Dean of Students
A free-your-mind-and-your-behind-will-follow free-flow jam. Bring your ax, poem, spoken word project, or song. Live one-night house band. Gam, nosh, commiserate, and celebrate.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Bill’s Bar, 5 Lansdowne Street

The U.S. Presidential Election: Perspectives from Abroad
Sponsored by Study Abroad
Veteran, Emmy-award winning news anchor and BU journalism professor R.D. Sahl will conduct live, virtual interviews with BU students currently living around the world about the ways in which their host country is responding to the result of the U.S. presidential election.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
5pm – 6:30pm
Hariri Building (Questrom), Room 419, 595 Commonwealth Avenue

Teaching in Decisive Times
Sponsored by Center for the Humanities
Come join a serious discussion of recent political events and how they affect our classrooms. This is also an opportunity to clarify your thinking before you head home for the holidays to discuss politics with relatives over Thanksgiving Dinner.
Monday, November 21, 2016
College of Arts and Sciences, Room 200


  1. The SED GSA is hosting an Election Reflection on Tuesday November 15th at 7pm in SED room 423. Students will come together in a safe space to bring forth their own thoughts and emotions in discussing the implications of the election results. All students are welcome, no RSVP is needed. It would be great if this event could be added to the list of events/conversations be hosted across the BU campus.

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