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.
Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories
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.
Friends Speaker Series: Tom Ashbrook, NPR, WBUR-Boston Radio Host
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.
Photo of Tom Ashbrook (c) Mike Ritter, www.ritterbin.com
Poems in Progress
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.
Student Discovery Seminar: Stars of Television
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.Click here to download event flyer
HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2016 Deadline - EXTENDED
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.Click here for a list of past winners
Capturing Her Story In History (A GAP Week Event)
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.
In Conversation with Christopher Ricks: Mighty Opposites - Robert Frost (with T. S. Eliot)
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.
Friends Speaker Series: Boston Globe, Spotlight Journalist Mike Rezendes
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center invites you to a reception and talk by Boston Globe investigative journalist Mike Rezendes, as part of our Friends Speaker Series. Mike is the senior member of the Globe's Spotlight team, and in 2003 shared a Pulitzer Prize for revealing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Mike is played by Mark Ruffalo in the movie "Spotlight", which chronicles the Globe's investigation.
In more than two decades at the Globe, Mike has played a key role in many of its most significant investigations, including those probing the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, financial corruption in the nation's charitable foundations, and abuses in the debt collection industry. More recently, Mike exposed the deaths of three mental health patients at the state prison known as Bridgewater State Hospital due to the illegal use of four-point restraints. His stories resulted in immediate reforms, the appointment of a new commissioner at the Department of Correction, and manslaughter indictments against three guards.
Student Discovery Seminar: Ad-Men & Women
Student Discovery Seminar: Boston University's Influence on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Student Discovery Seminar: Cloak and Dagger: Records of Intelligence and Espionage
Friends Speaker Series: Actress Mary-Louise Parker
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, in conjunction with the Algonquin Club of Boston, imvite you to join us for an evening with Emmy, Tony and Golden-Globe-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, who will be discussing her new book in conversation with producer, screeenwriter and journalist Eli Attie. Ms. Parker makes her literary debut with the publication of Dear Mr. You, which chronicles her life through letters she composes to the men, real and hypotehetical, who have shaped who she is today.
Ms. Parker will be signing copies following the talk. Books will be available for purchase on-site.
Student Discovery Seminar: Political Cartooning and Political Satire
Student Discovery Seminar: Tales From The Crypt: Horror and Science Fiction
Student Discovery Seminar: Farm to (Research) Table: Food, Cuisine and Agriculture
Friends Speaker Series: Opera Star Deborah Voigt
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center invites you to join us for the inaugural event in our 2015-2016 Friends Speaker Series: an evening with renowned American dramatic soprano, Deborah Voigt. Celebrated internationally for her interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Puccini and others, Ms. Voigt is also a popular host of the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series of movie theater transmissions from Lincoln Center. She will speak on her life, career and her newly-published memoir, Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva. Books will be available for purchase on-site by Barnes & Noble. Ms. Voigt will be greeting the public and signing copies of her book following the talk.
Public Masterclass with Opera Star Deborah Voigt
The School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center present a public masterclass with internationally-acclaimed dramatic soprano, Deborah Voigt, featuring students from the BU School of Music and Opera Institute. There will be a Q&A with Ms. Voigt following her remarks.
Champion For Human Rights: The Life and Work of Elie Wiesel - Exhibition Opening
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center welcomes you to a reception and exhibition opening celebrating the life and work of author, activist, and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, whose papers are housed at Boston University. Internationally known for Night, his 1960 work detailing his experiences as an inmate of Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War II, Wiesel has devoted a lifetime to raising awareness of the Holocaust and championing human rights causes across the globe. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, and soon thereafter established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, an organization devoted to fostering international dialogue in service of humanitarian causes. Elie Wiesel is Professor Emeritus at Boston University, where he has held the Andrew W. Mellon Professorship in Humanities since 1976. For more information on Prof. Wiesel and his archive, please see www.bu.edu/eliewieselarchive
Student Discovery Seminar: Paddington Goes to College: Childrenâs and Young Adult Literature
Join the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center as we explore the literature of your childhood. Get a look at the creation of some of literature's most long-lasting characters, such as Paddington Bear and Cruella de Vil from The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Hold and examine manuscript drafts, notebooks, journals and artwork from such children's literature luminaries as Michael Bond, Ezra Jack Keats, Dodie Smith and Joan Walsh Anglund.