Seminar Series

Evergreen seminars provide an excellent opportunity to hear Boston University faculty and noted experts in arts, politics, communications and the sciences share their interests, expertise, and research on a wide variety of subjects. Whether you attend a single seminar or a themed series of talks, you’ll find yourself engaged and inspired by insightful, entertaining, and provocative discussions with some of the best.

Upcoming Seminars

Below are the upcoming seminars to be offered by Evergreen this fall. Advanced registration is required.


Investigative Journalism, with Mike Rezendes
Friday, September 14
12–1:30 p.m.
GSU Conference Auditorium 775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor

Evergreen will host a lunch featuring Mike Rezendes, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and senior member of the Boston Globe Spotlight team, offering insight into his decades-long career reporting on corruption and abuse of power. As part of the Spotlight team, Mike played a key role in many of its most significant investigations, and in 2003 he shared a Pulitzer Prize for revealing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. A BU alum, he is played by Mark Ruffalo in the movie Spotlight, which chronicles the Globe’s investigation. This event is complimentary, but registration is required—no registrations will be accepted after September 11.
Only a Game, Except When It Isn’t, with Bill Littlefield
Tuesdays, October 9, 16 & 30
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
GSU Conference Auditorium 775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor

Join Only a Game’s award-winning and newly retired host Bill Littlefield for a series that will explore the impact of sports on three areas in the U.S.: literature, politics, and business/entertainment. As host of this NPR sports show, which has been on the air since 1993, Mr. Littlefield gave his listeners a compelling weekly hour of the human side of sports and competition. Only a Game goes beyond the box score to tell stories about athletes that come in every shape, size, and ability.
America and Americans in World War I, with Matthew McCoy
Tuesdays, October 9, 16 & 30, November 6 & 13
1:30–3 p.m.
GSU Conference Auditorium775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor

The Great War in Europe raged for several years before the United States was finally forced to abandon neutrality and join the effort against the Central Powers. Join historian Matthew McCoy as he examines American volunteers in foreign service, the Selective Service System and draft registration, the wartime role of the U.S. Navy, the establishment of the American Expeditionary Force, and the role of women and minorities during the war—as well as their expectations resulting from their service. Information will also be provided to assist those researching World War I veterans in their family trees.
What Is Jazz, How Is It Made? with Virginia Eskin
Wednesdays, October 24, November 14 & 28
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
GSU Conference Auditorium 775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor

World-renowned pianist and lecturer (and longtime Evergreen program contributor) Virginia Eskin will educate and elucidate on the trajectory of spirituals and juba jazz—music that was created by slaves. An authority on ragtime as well as famous black jazz composers, Eskin’s lectures will draw focus on music created by black women. She will teach students through musical demonstrations that include cakewalks, Dixieland, and her transcription of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. She will also discuss jazz created by Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.