A Historian’s View of American Politics, Circa 2016

Well-paid consultants, anti-party candidates, mass media–driven campaigns—they all go back to the turn of the last century The tumultuous 2016 Presidential campaign, shaped by unorthodox candidates, relentless media coverage, and hugely divided political parties, is often characterized by pundits as unprecedented. But according to Boston University historian Bruce J. Schulman, Americans experienced similar cultural and […]

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Elie Wiesel (Hon. ’74), Spokesman for Peace and Human Rights, Dies at 87

Auschwitz survivor, Nobel laureate, taught at BU since 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel (Hon.’74), BU’s Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, 1928–2016. AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky. Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, a Nobel laureate, and the most powerful witness for the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, died Saturday at […]

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Speaking, Cooking, and Singing in Zulu

Innovative African language program boosted by federal By: Susan Seligson Xhosa, the most common of the official languages of South Africa, is among the languages taught in BU’s African Studies Center language program, which recently received major funding from the US Department of Education. Photo by Flickr Contributor Meredith Nutting. The daughter of missionaries, Beth […]

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