Facilities

We host more than 600 meetings and events each year, ranging from lectures and discussions to dinners, receptions and movie nights. We have spaces that can be reserved by student groups and campus departments for events related to the HTC’s mission.

All events held in the Howard Thurman Center must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be relevant to the mission of the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
  2. Be open to all members of the Boston University community
  3. All microphone/projector/facilities requests beyond what the HTC can offer must be submitted separately to Media Support Services
  4. Must use Catering on the Charles OR a licensed food vendor
  5. The sponsoring organization or department must pay for all custodial services, including cleaning and furniture arrangement, if applicable
  6. All requests are tentative until the requestor meets with a member of the Howard Thurman Center professional staff and a final confirmation is sent from the HTC

NOTICE: Thank you so much for your interest in hosting your program at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground. Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are not making any decisions regarding space reservations at this time. Additionally, our spaces have been converted into classrooms. As a mission-driven center, we reserve the right to prioritize our programs and events prior to confirming any bookings.

When we are able to resume normal activities, we will take the following into consideration:

  1. Booking our own programs first
  2. Reviewing programs that were scheduled before the pandemic to see if they have a new date

We appreciate your request and will consider it with the many we are receiving.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Event Space (FLR 104)

“But when knowledge comes, the whole world is turned upside down. The meaning of things begins to emerge. And more importantly, the relations between things are seen for the first time. Questions are asked and answers are sought.”

The Inward Journey, 17.

What is a university without an auditorium to host lectures, panels and presentations? This multipurpose space takes that concept one step further with its three projection screens and in-house microphones, serving as a home to discourse, live performances, film screenings and banquets.

Please note: the acoustical treatment in the Event Space will not be completed until July 2020. Echos are commonplace until the renovation is complete.

Capacity:
160 (seated auditorium-style)
200 (standing reception)

Tech Specs:

  • Ceiling-mounted projection screen at the front of the room
  • Ceiling-mounted video projector
  • Wall-mounted flat-panel displays mounted at the front of the room
  • Audio and microphone input plates
  • (2) Wireless and (2) wired microphones
  • Wall-mounted touch panel for system controls
  • Loudspeakers mounted on columns at the front of the room

The Gathering Space (FLR 105)

“Community is the native climate of the human spirit. It is for this reason that we seem most our true selves when we are deeply involved in relations with other selves.”

​Meditations of the Heart,​ 122.

Whether you are looking to break bread or prepare a warm pot of tea, our kitchen-esque nook allows for groups to gather for nourishment of a body, a mind, or even a soul. For example, Tea Time and Book Club, two of the HTC’s longest-running programs, have a home in the Gathering Space. In the spirit of Sue Bailey Thurman’s advocacy for intercultural and international understanding, Culinary programs highlighting different cultures, religions and countries are a staple of the Gathering Space.

Capacity:
18 total (15 around the large table + 3 bar stools)

Tech Specs:
No A/V offered


Commons (FLR 205)

“Contact without fellowship tends to be unsympathetic, cold, and impersonal, expressing itself often in sick or limited forms of ill will; ill will easily becomes the grounds for suspicion and hatred. The reverse is also true. Contact with fellowship is apt to be sympathetic; sympathetic understanding often leads to the exercise of goodwill.”

  With Head and Heart: The Autobiography of Howard Thurman

With an inspiring view of Commonwealth Avenue and available video-conferencing system, this shape-shifting room is the perfect place to engage in dynamic conversation. From “Coffee & Conversation” to “Late Night Listens,” the Commons invites students to break down the issues of the day and connect over popular culture. Student clubs and organizations make this room their second home as they host their weekly, monthly and annual programs and events.

Capacity:
90 (town hall style a la “Coffee & Conversation”)
90 (lecture style)

Tech Specs:

  • (2) Ceiling-mounted projection screens at the front of the room
  • (2) Ceiling-mounted video projectors
  • Audio and microphone input plates
  • Wall-mounted touch panel for system controls
  • Wall-mounted loudspeakers mounted at the front of the room
  • Wall-mounted AV rack

Course and Meeting Rooms (FLR 206, 207, 209)

“It takes time to cultivate the mind. It takes time to grow in wisdom.”

The Inward Journey, 61

At the HTC, we prepare students to enter the professional world to do well and good. Our classrooms may be used for classes, programs, or workshops that effectively promote curiosity, intellect and character. Courses that satisfy the BU Hub area of Diversity, Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship will have a natural fit in the HTC. In the evenings, student clubs and organizations  use these rooms for their meetings and conversations.

Capacity:
24 (classroom style) Please note we have 24 total chairs per classroom.

Tech Specs:

  • Ceiling-mounted projection screen at the front of the room
  • Ceiling-mounted video projector
  • Wall-mounted touch panel for system controls
  • Wall-mounted loudspeakers mounted at the front of the room
  • Wall-mounted AV rack

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Meeting Room (FLR 211)

Capacity:
14 (boardroom style)

Tech Specs:

  • Wall-mounted flat-panel display at the front of the room
  • Wall-mounted soundbar loudspeaker
  • Wall-mounted button panel for system controls

Dean George K. Makechnie Meeting Room (FLR 218)

Capacity:
14 (boardroom style)

Tech Specs:

  • Wall-mounted flat-panel display at the front of the room
  • Wall-mounted soundbar loudspeaker
  • Wall-mounted button panel for system controls