Past 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.


Hope, Despair and the Blues: An MLK Day Celebration Featuring Harry Lennix, Star of NBC's The Blacklist

Center Events
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 2:00 pm
George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Metcalf Ballroom, Second Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Boston University will welcome acclaimed stage and screen actor Harry Lennix as part of its annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the university's most distinguished alumnus. This year's event, titled Hope, Despair and the Blues, will focus on Dr. King's legacy and its impact on music and the performing arts. Lennix will share his experiences as actor of color working in the United States, and discuss how art may be used to create dialogue and ease racial tensions.

Currently starring as Harold Cooper on NBC's primetime series The Blacklist, Lennix's big-screen credits include leading roles in Ray, The Matrix: Reloaded, The Matrix: Revolutions, Barbershop 2, Love and Basketball, The Human Stain and State of Play. He was also featured in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Lennix's television career includes roles in the Golden Globe-nominated ABC television show Commander in Chief, the FOX hit series 24, ER, Diagnosis Murder and the FOX series Dollhouse.

Hope, Despair and the Blues will also feature musical performances including a performance of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts by Boston University's Big Band and Inner Strength Gospel Choir, as well as remarks by several esteemed Boston University faculty members, including College of Fine Arts professor and Baltimore playwright Kirsten Greenidge.

For more information, please contact Katherine Cornetta at katcorn@bu.edu.

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Student Discovery Seminar - Sports!

with Bill Littlefield, Host of WBUR's "Only A Game" and JC Johnson, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

For the first time ever, HGARC offers a student seminar exclusively geared toward the history of sports, covering ground from our very own Agganis Arena to the courts at Wimbeldon. In the company of radio sportscaster Bill Littlefield, come explore this veritable hall of fame of athletes in our archive.

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Student Discovery Seminar - Fascinatin' Rhythm: Dance & Musical Theatre

with Prof. McCaela Donovan, CFA and Adriana Flores, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

Grab your coat and get your hat, leave your worries on the doorstep... just direct your feet to the HGARC Reading Room, where we'll look at materials from some of the greatest "hoofers" and "triple-threats" of all time, including Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Angela Lansbury.

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Conversations with Christopher Ricks: What's The Difference Between Poetry and Prose?

Student Enrichment Series
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

Our "What's The Difference" series returns! Join William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities Christopher Ricks in a lively discussion of the ways prose and poetry differ.

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Friends Speaker Series: Legendary Cartoonist Edward Sorel on "Mary Astor's Purple Diary"

Friends Speaker Series
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 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

Edward Sorel is the foremost American illustrator, satirist and cartoonist of his generation. His art has appeared on the covers of The Atlantic, Harpers, Fortune, Forbes, The Nation, Esquire, American Heritage, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. He has written and illustrated several books, of which "Mary Astor's Purple Diary" is his newest. A hilarious send-up of sex, scandal, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, "Mary Astor's Purple Diary" brings us a story (literally) ripped from the headlines of a bygone era, intertwining elements of his own life story in the process.

In 1965, Sorel was living in a $97-a-month railroad flat on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Resolved to fix up the place, the young artist began pulling up the linoleum on his kitchen floor. While tearing away layer after layer until he discovered a hidden treasure: issues of the New York Daily News and Daily Mirror from 1936. Each issue ablaze with a scandalous child custody trial taking place in Hollywood and starring the actress Mary Astor. Sorel forgot about his kitchen and lost himself in the story that had pushed Hitler and Franco off the front pages. Featuring over sixty original illustrations, "Mary Astor's Purple Diary" narrates and illustrates the travails of the Oscar-winning actress, alongside Sorel's own personal story of discovering an unlikely muse.

Mr. Sorel 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 - I Approve This Message: Presidential Campaigns in the Archives

with Prof. Christopher Daly, COM and Alex Rankin, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

Just in time for Decision 2016! Join us as we rifle through documents and detritus from past election seasons, and discover that no matter the party or era, controversy is never far from the campaign trail.

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Poet & Sculptor: Readings by Pinsky, Dewart and Friends

Center Events
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:00 pm
Conference Auditorium, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave.
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Join Prof. Robert Pinsky and sculptor Murray Dewart in a special celebration of the relationship between the visual arts and the written word. Pinsky, Dewart and special guests will read from Poems About Sculpture, an anthology edited by Dewart with a foreward by Pinsky, as well as At The Foundling Hospital, Pinsky's first book since Selected Poems.

Reading will take place in the Conference Auditorium, George Sherman Union. Reception and book-signing to follow in the Terrace Lounge. Books will be available for purchase on-site.

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Conversations with Christopher Ricks: What's The Difference Between Poetry and Song?

Student Enrichment Series
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

Our "What's The Difference" series returns! Join William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities Christopher Ricks in a lively discussion of the subtles of verse: written, spoken and sung.

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Friends Speaker Series: Larry Tye, Journalist and Author of "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon"

Friends Speaker Series
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 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

Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book is a biography of Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate. Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon explores RFK's extraordinary transformation from cold warrior to fiery leftist. Tye will speak about his newest publication and sign copies following the talk. Books will be available for purchase on-site.

A widely acclaimed nonfiction writer and former journalist, Tye's books include The Father of Spin, Home LandsRising from the Rails. ShockSuperman and the award winning Satchel, a biography of two American icons--Satchel Paige and Jim Crow. In addition to his writing, Tye runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps the media do a better job reporting on critical issues like public health, mental health, and high-tech medicine. Launched in 2001 and supported by a series of foundations, the fellowship trains a dozen medical journalists a year from newspapers, radio stations, and TV outlets nationwide.

From 1986 to 2001, Tye was an award-winning reporter at The Boston Globe, where his primary beat was medicine. He also served as the Globe's environmental reporter, roving national writer, investigative reporter, and sports writer. Before that, he was the environmental reporter at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, and covered government and business at The Anniston Star in Alabama. Tye, who graduated from Brown University, was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993-94. He has taught journalism at Boston University, Northeastern, and Tufts.

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Poetry Reading by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Rita Dove

Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading, in Collaboration with the Favorite Poems Project
Center Events
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

In collaboration with the Gotlieb Center, BU's Creative Writing Program is proud to present a Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading by Pultizer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove and recent BU alum Duy Doan, with an introduction by Robert Pinsky.

Rita Dove is the author of numerous books, most recently Collected Poems 1974-2004 (W.W. Norton, 2016) and Sonata Mulattica (2009). In 2011 she published The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry. Recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, she served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993-95. Among her many honors are the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton and the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.

Duy Doan is the Director of the Favorite Poem Project. A Kundiman Fellow, he received an MFA in Poetry from Boston University. His poetry has appeared in Slate, The Cortland Review, and elsewhere.

Reading followed by book signing and dessert reception. Free and open to the public.

Photo by Fred Viebahn.



Remembering Phyllis Curtin: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy

Center Events
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 5:30 pm
Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

In conjunction with the School of Music and College of Fine Arts, HGARC invites you to join in a celebration of the life of our collectee, American opera icon and longtime CFA Dean Phyllis Curtin (12/03/1921-06/05/2016). The program will feature musical performances and spoken tributes from Ms. Curtin's friends, family, students and colleagues. Reception to follow.



Student Discovery Seminar - Boston's History: Revolution, Innovation and Crime

with Prof. Andrew Robichaud and Sarah Pratt, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Thursday, September 27, 2016 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

From the Boston Tea Party to the Great Molasses Flood, from the education of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the downfall of Whitey Bulger. Come peruse archival material and discover the remarkable facts and legendary fiction woven into the fabric of our hometown's history.

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50th Anniversary Celebration of the History of Nursing Archives and Nursing Archives Associates

Nursing Archives Associates
Sunday May 22, 2016 - 3:30 PM
Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union - Second Floor, Boston University, 775 Commonwealth Ave.

The Board of the Nursing Archives Associates announces the 50th Anniversary of the History of Nursing Archives and the Nursing Archives Associates. 

The public are invited to a reception and opening of a new exhibition, History of Nursing Through Fifty Years of Collecting. A special Anniversary Dinner with Keynote Speaker Dr. Kathleen A. Bower will follow, to include the presentation of the Mary Ann Garrigan Award honoring outstanding professional achievement in Nursing. Dinner tickets are $50 per person. 

Please call (617) 353-3696 for more information, to purchase dinner tickets and to inquire after sponsorship opportunities.



Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories

Center Events
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 7:00 pm
Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Admission: Free & Open To The Public

The William V. Shannon Memorial Fellowship, in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture, College of General Studies and The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University present Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories.

Synopsis: Twinsome Minds (a phrase from Finnegans Wake) is a multimedia performed talk with text by Richard Kearney and moving images by Sheila Gallagher. The performance re-imagines a series of micro-narratives surrounding 1916 in Dublin and the WWI battlefields of Belgium. The stories and images of eclipsed history concentrate on "twinned" pairs - family members, neighbors, school friends, lovers - who ended up on opposite sides during this time of great upheaval in British-Irish relations. The various scenes explore crossings of memory and imagination, anecdote and legend, history and myth - as well as loyalty and love. They are framed and retold by writer and philosopher Richard Kearney with screen projections by the artist Sheila Gallagher. Music score is by Dana Lyn, with Brian O'Donovan as Music Director. Creative consultants: Roy Foster, Fanny Howe, and Robert Savage.

Through an interplay of storytelling, animations, music and poetry, Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 mines what is often lost behind official historical accounts and acts of commemoration, and proposes a transformative work of interpreting The Rising for a new generation.

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Friends Speaker Series: Tom Ashbrook, NPR, WBUR-Boston Radio Host

Friends Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 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

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center invites you to a reception and talk by Tom Ashbrook, award-winning journalist and NPR and WBUR-Boston radio host, for the Abraham Burack Lecture, part of our Friends Speaker Series. Prizes for the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's Student Book Collecting Contest will be awarded preceding the lecture.

Ashbrook is an award-winning journalist brought to public radio following the attacks of September 11, 2001, when he was enlisted by NPR and WBUR-Boston for special coverage, after a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing. His career in journalism spans twenty years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, and author. Ashbrook studied American history at Yale and Gandhi's independence movement at Andhra University, India. He spent ten years in Asia--based in India, Hong Kong, and Japan--starting at the South China Morning Post, then as a correspondent for The Boston Globe.

Ashbrook began his reporting career covering the refugee exodus from Vietnam and the post-Mao opening of China, and has covered turmoil and shifting cultural and economic trends in the United States and around the world, from Somalia and Rwanda to Russia and the Balkans. At the Globe, where he served as deputy managing editor until 1996, he directed coverage of the first Gulf War and the end of the Cold War. He received the Livingston Prize for National Reporting, and was a 1996 fellow at Harvard's Nieman Foundation before taking a four-year plunge into Internet entrepreneurship, chronicled in his book The Leap: A Memoir of Love and Madness in the Internet Gold Rush.

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Photo of Tom Ashbrook (c) Mike Ritter, www.ritterbin.com



Poems in Progress

Student Enrichment Series
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with a BU ID

Join the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center for two occasions when students will each present a poem of his or her making, for discussion by others in the room. Conversation led by William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities Christopher Ricks and acclaimed poet and translator David Ferry. Each student must bring an original 10-30 line poem which can be a translation.

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Student Discovery Seminar: Stars of Television

with Professor Deborah Jaramillo, COM, & Adriana Flores, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

All your favorite stars from all your favorite shows, all in the same room! Well, nearly. Join as we dive into our treasure trove of artifacts from such programs as Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls, Murder She Wrote and more! Plus discover the archives of Robin Williams, Mary-Louise Parker, Leonard Nimoy and others! Don't miss one our highest-rated student events.

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HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2016 Deadline - EXTENDED

Student Enrichment Series
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 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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Capturing Her Story In History (A GAP Week Event)

with Professor Alexis Peri, CAS - History and Sarah Pratt, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Arthur Fiedler Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor
Admission: Free and Open To The Public

Celebrate BU Student Government's Gender Advocacy and Progress (GAP) Week with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Come peruse, hold and be inspired by documents, photographs, memorabilia and other archival materials from the collections of some of the many women of achivement whose papers are collected by the Gotlieb Center. Join the discussion as we consider these materials, the importance of restoring women's experiences to the historical narrative, and seek new ways to refocus the lens, bringing "her story" back into perspective.

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In Conversation with Christopher Ricks: Mighty Opposites - Robert Frost (with T. S. Eliot)

Student Enrichment Series
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

Different principles, different practices, with the opportunity to hear the poems spoken not only by the poets themselves but by others, in the company of manuscripts and letters by Frost and Eliot. Join William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities Christopher Ricks in a lively discussion of these poets and their works.

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