Current Events

In our role as cultural presenters, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center offers a variety of events that are open to the public and the Boston University community. Many event speakers come from our diverse holdings; past speakers have come from the fields of journalism, theater, politics, opera, dance and literature.




Friends Speaker Series: Acclaimed Author and Journalist Stephen Kinzer

Friends Speaker Series
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:00 pm
George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Metcalf Ballroom, Second Floor
Admission: Free to Members of the Friends of HGARC & Students with a BU ID. General Public $25. R.S.V.P. (617) 353-3697

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent whose articles and books have led The Washington Post to place him "among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling."

Kinzer spent more than 20 years working for The New York Times, most of it as a foreign correspondent. He was the Times' bureau chief in Nicaragua during the 1980s, and in Germany during the early 1990s. In 1996 he was named chief of the newly opened Times bureau in Istanbul. Later he was appointed national culture correspondent, based in Chicago. Since leaving the Times, Kinzer has taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University. He is a Visiting Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, where he teaches international relations. He has written books about Central America, Rwanda, Turkey, and Iran, as well as others that trace the history of American foreign policy. He writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe.

Kirkus Reviews sums up Kinzer's latest book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire as "A timely work on the vociferous sides taken over the Spanish-American War of 1898, and how that history relates to the ongoing debate regarding American imperialism." Prominent Americans including President Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst pushed for imperial expansion; their opposition included Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, and Andrew Carnegie. Their debate laid the groundwork for all future discussions of American intervention in foreign nations, and remains relevant in considering the United States' role in present-day geopolitical conflicts. Kirkus calls the book "A tremendously elucidating book that should be required reading for civics courses."

Mr. Kinzer will be signing copies of his book following the talk. Books will be available for purchase on-site, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

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Student Discovery Seminar - Old Hollywood

With Prof. Paul Schneider, COM, and Jane Silva, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

Join us for a celebration of the Silver Screen's Golden Age! Hold and examine materials from the archives of cinema legends including Lauren Bacall, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly and Kirk Douglas, to name a few. Remarks by Paul Schneider, Chair of the Department of Film & Television, COM. Seminar curated by Jane Silva, HGARC Archivist for Acquisitions.

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Portrait of an Artist: The Life and Work of Edward Sorel - Exhibition Opening

Center Events
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Howard Gotlieb Memorial Gallery, 771 Commonwealth Ave, First Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University is proud to open "Portrait of an Artist: the Life and Work of Edward Sorel", a retrospective exhibition devoted to the career of the celebrated cartoonist, satirist, author and illustrator. In addition to his more than 40 covers for the The New Yorker, Sorel's art has appeared on the covers of The AtlanticHarper'sFortuneForbesThe NationEsquireAmerican Heritage, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. He has illustrated numerous children's books, three of which he also wrote. Unauthorized Portraits (Knopf 1997) is the most recent of several collections of his work. His latest book, Mary Astor's Purple Diary: the Great American Sex Scandal of 1936, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. In 2001, the Art Directors Club of New York elected Sorel to their Hall of Fame; he is first cartoonist since John Held, Jr., to be so honored. Sorel's papers are part of the holdings of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

The opening will feature remarks by Sorel's colleague, the satirist, cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer, best known for his 42 year career as an editorial cartoonist for The Village Voice. Sorel will sign copies of his books at the event; selected titles, including Mary Astor's Purple Diary, will be available for purchase.

HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2017 Deadline

Student Enrichment Series
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 5:00 PM Deadline
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Open to full-time students regularly enrolled at Boston University

In 1967, the Friends of the Libraries of Boston University (now the Friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center) launched a book collecting contest to introduce students to the joys of creating their own libraries and to encourage them in this gratifying pursuit. The contest is held in March and April, with the winners announced at the Friends Annual Meeting. Awards range from $200 to $1,500, including a best essay category. The contest is open to all full-time students in the University's undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.

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Click here for a list of past winners

Christopher Ricks: Conversations about Bob Dylan - The Christian Songs: "Sign On The Cross"

Student Enrichment Series
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

Join William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities and celebrated Bob Dylan expert Christopher Ricks for Part II in a two-part discussion of Dylan's work. In this installment, we'll consider Dylan's explorations of Christianity, focusing on 1995's "Sign on the Cross".

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture: The Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds on "My Life, My Love, My Legacy", the Autobiography of Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:00 pm
George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Metcalf Ballroom, Second Floor

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds is an ordained minister, a columnist, and the author of several books, including Out of Hell & Living Well: Healing from the Inside Out and No! I Won't Shut Up: 30 Years of Telling It Like It Is. She has written for many major magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Playboy, Ebony, Essence, and USA Today, where she was a columnist and editorial board member for 13 years. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and hosted her own satellite radio show for almost a decade. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, a Master's degree in Religious Studies, and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling.

She has received numerous civic, religious, and academic awards and accolades including the 1987 S.C.L.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, Leadership Washington, and the History Makers Award for Outstanding Leadership. In 2014, she was inducted into the Board of Preachers at the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. International College of Ministers and Laity at Morehouse College in 2014. She serves on the board of advisors for major gun violence reform with Black Women for Positive Change. She also founded Harriet's Ministry, a weekly healing conversation for women addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Dr. Reynolds first met Coretta Scott King while on assignment to write a cover story featuring Mrs. King for the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine. A thirty-year friendship developed, during which time Mrs. King chose Dr. Reynolds as her official memoirist. My Life, My Love, My Legacy is the fruit of their shared labor, a book that aims to capture the story of Coretta Scott King not solely in the context of the life and work of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but also as a social justice icon in her own right, a complex and fully-realized woman of her times, a wife, mother and woman of extraordinary strength and wisdom. USA Today describes her memoir as "Eloquent... inspirational... King's life's work relayed in this rich retelling, provides a possible blueprint... and a beacon."

Student Discovery Seminar - Espionage: Double Agents & Defectors

With Prof. Joseph Wippl, Pardee School of Global Studies, and Ryan Hendrickson, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

Join us for a special showcase of the Gotlieb Center's extensive espionage holdings. We'll do some snooping into the activities of some of the most sinister spies ever to work both sides of the street. Featuring remarks by former CIA operative and Pardee School of Global Studies professor Joseph Wippl. Seminar curated by J.C. Johnson, HGARC Manager of Digital Archival Resources.

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