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.


Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas to visit Boston University To receive Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award

Bette Davis Awards
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM
George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Metcalf Ballroom, Second Floor
Admission: Free to Members of the Friends of HGARC, as well as Faculty, Staff and Students with a BU ID; General Public $25.

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Members of the Friends of HGARC should RSVP by calling: 617-353-3697

On November 28, acclaimed actor Michael Douglas will be honored by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University and the Bette Davis Foundation with the Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award. HGARC will also open a new exhibition featuring items from Mr. Douglas' archive titled Michael Douglas: A Life in Film.

The event will feature a reception, awards ceremony, and opportunity to hear Mr. Douglas speak on his life and career.

An actor celebrating 50 years of experience in theatre, film and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature film production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns. Over the years, he has been involved in such controversial and politically influential motion pictures as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The China Syndrome (1979) and Traffic (2000), as well as such popular films as Romancing the Stone (1984) and Fatal Attraction (1987).  Mr. Douglas' papers are held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.



Conversations with Christopher Ricks - On Film: Frederick Wiseman's Institutions

Student Enrichment Series
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 1st Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BUID

Join William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities Christopher Ricks on two occasions for the opportunity to view portions of Frederick Wiseman's documentaries and to discuss his work. The New York Times has called Wiseman "one of the important and original filmmakers working today." Part 1 is on October 18, and Part 2 is on November 15.

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Friends Speaker Series: Tony & Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Michael Cristofer

Friends Speaker Series
Wednesday November 14, 2018 - 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

Michael Cristofer is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. Cristofer started his career as an actor and then became a playwright. In 1977, his play The Shadow Box opened on Broadway to rave reviews. The play would be nominated for multiple Drama Desk and Tony Awards, and would go on to win the 1977 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Cristofer later adapted the The Shadow Box into a television movie directed by film legend Paul Newman. It was nominated for three Emmy Awards and won the 1980 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Made for Television.

Cristofer would continue his illustrious theatrical run directing Candida on Broadway in 1981, as well as writing numerous plays, such as Breaking Up, Black Angel, The Lady and the Clarinet, Amazing Grace, and Man in the Ring, which received the 2017 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. As a stage actor, Cristofer has appeared on Broadway in A View from the Bridge (2010), Hamlet (1992), and The Cherry Orchard (1977) with Irene Worth, Raul Julia, and Meryl Streep. He has also appeared in Don't Go Gentle (2012), The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (2010), A Body of Water (2008), Trumpery (2007), and Romeo and Juliet (2007).

Cristofer worked as artistic advisor for eight years and then co-artistic director of River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, New York, a company which produced new plays by writers such as Richard Nelson, Mac Wellman, Eric Overmyer, and others.

An accomplished screenwriter. Cristofer has written the screenplays for such films as Falling in Love (1984), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Breaking Up (1997), Casanova (2005), and Georgia O'Keeffe (2009). His directorial credits include Body Shots (1999), Original Sins (2001), and the HBO Pictures film Gia (1998) starring Angelina Jolie, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won Cristofer the 1999 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television. Cristofer will also be directing the upcoming crime drama The Night Clerk, starring Tye Sheridan and Helen Hunt.

Cristofer is also known for his roles on hit television shows, such as The Magician, Gunsmoke, The Rookies, Kojak, Rubicon, Suits, Smash, Ray Donovan, Elementary, and American Horror Story: Coven. He is currently on the main cast of the USA Network's hit thriller Mr. Robot as E Corp CEO Phillip Price.

Mr. Cristofer's papers are held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

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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 - Why We Can't Wait: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Call for Resistance

With Prof. Theodore Hickman-Maynard, STH and Ryan Hendrickson, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

Join us for our annual celebration of Dr. King's life and work. We'll hold and examine materials from King's archive, with a special focus on his commitment to nonviolent resistance in bringing about social change. In the company of Prof. Theodore Hickman-Maynard, STH, and Ryan Hendrickson, HGARC Assistant Director for Manuscripts, we'll consider the materials' historical context, and the different ways King's forms of peaceful protest may still be relevant today.

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Food For Thought: A Snack Break at the Archives

Center Events
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:00 PM
Howard Gotlieb Memorial Gallery, 1st Floor, 771 Commonwealth Ave
Admission: Free and Open to BU Students, Staff and Faculty
Join the HGARC Student Advisory Council for an evening of snacks, conversation and some seriously cool historical artifacts. We'll provide the food and beverages, you bring your curiosity and a desire to learn about all the amazing programs, events and research opportunities the Gotlieb Center has to offer. Bring friends, and make some new ones!


Student Discovery Seminar - Fashion Photography

With Boston Globe fashion columnist Tina Sutton and Sarah Pratt, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

Join Tina Sutton, Boston Globe style journalist and fashionista extraordinaire at HGARC's special celebration of New York's fashion week. We'll leaf through photo collections featuring some of the 20th and 21st centuries' Most Glamorous---Lauren Bacall, Bette Davis and many more--and survey the work of top photographers including Eugene Cook and Yale Joel. Seminar curated by HGARC archivist Sarah Pratt.

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Student Discovery Seminar - Inventions & Technology

With Prof. Greg Blonder, ENG, and J.C. Johnson, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID
If you thought archives were only full of dusty papers and books... prepare to be astonished and amazed! For the first time ever, HGARC presents a seminar devoted to the gadgets, contraptions, and discoveries that changed history. In the company of real-life inventor Prof. Greg Blonder, we'll take a look at some of the ingenious creations dreamed up by Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein and others.

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Christopher Ricks: Conversations about Bob Dylan - Dylan and Trains: "Can't You Hear That Duquesne Whistle Blowing?"

Student Enrichment Series
Wednesday, February 22, 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 I in a two-part discussion of Dylan's songs. In this installment, we'll explore trains as a metaphor running through the Nobel Prize-winning singer-songwriter's work, using the song "Duquesne Whistle" as a case in point..

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Conversations with Christopher Ricks: Bob Dylan: Half-Wracked Prejudice Leaped Forth, Part 1

Student Enrichment Series
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

"All Because of the Color of His Skin"

Join Christopher Ricks for an opportunity to experience and discuss Dylan's lyrical artistry and music. Be a part of the discussion, as Ricks and the group explores Dylan's lyrics, including those featured in the recently released book, The Lyrics: Since 1962.

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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: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., & Dr. Howard Thurman: Boycotts, Mystics & the Civil Rights Struggle

With Professor Walter Fluker, STH - Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, and Ryan Hendrickson, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
New Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

 

Rescheduled due to snowstorm: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Join the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center as we explore two of the most famous and influential members of the Boston University community: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Howard Thurman. Examine original letters, speeches, manuscripts, and journals from these two influential figures on the subjects of theology, civil rights, non-violence, education, mysticism and India.

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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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Conversations with Christopher Ricks: Bob Dylan: Half-Wracked Prejudice Leaped Forth, Part 2

Student Enrichment Series
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

"Just Like A Little Girl"

Join Christopher Ricks for an opportunity to experience and discuss Dylan's lyrical artistry and music. Be a part of the discussion, as Ricks and the group explores Dylan's lyrics, including those featured in the recently released book, The Lyrics: Since 1962.

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Student Discovery Seminar - Protest Movements

With Prof. Bruce Schulman, CAS, and Ryan Hendrickson, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID
From Emma Goldman to Martin Luther King, Jr., from the Puerto Rican Independence Movement to the Weather Underground Organization, we'll look at the ways in which resistance and civil disobedience shaped American history. Join us as we experience the tumult of the 20th Century through the archives of the people who shaped it, and consider how their legacy informs present-day political discourse.

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Friends Speaker Series: Biographer Susan Mizruchi on "Brando's Smile"

Friends Speaker Series
Thursday, October 12, 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
Join us for an evening of Hollywood reminiscence as Susan Mizruchi, William Arrowsmith Professor of the Humanities at BU, discusses her latest book, Brando's Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work. Now available in paperback, the book strips away the legend surrounding one of cinema's most beguiling stars, revealing the complex, thoughtful man beneath the surface. Booklist's Eloise Kinney writes, "Mizruchi writes frankly, smartly, and wittily and quotes others as well to 'explore the Brando that was not visible to the world in order to better understand the one that was.'"

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Student Discovery Seminar: Just Drawn That Way: Comic Strips, Cartoonists and Illustrators

With Professor Lynne Allen, CFA - Director of the School of Visual Arts, and Sean Noel, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

Join the staff of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center for a tour of an exhibition featuring a sampling of the Center's holdings in the fields of Illustration, comic strip art, and political cartoons. You will be able to examine original panels from America's most well-known comic strips, such as Little Orphan Annie, Dennis the Menace and Lil' Abner Yokum. Explore the collections of such well known illustrators as The New Yorker's Constantin Alajalov, Esquire's E. Simms Campell and Charles Dickens' illustrators George Cruikshank and John Leech, and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Paul Szep. Come explore a broad range of rare material and see the Sunday comic strip come to life in your own hands.

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HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2015 Deadline

Student Enrichment Series
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 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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A Conversation with Leonardo Padura: Cuba's Preeminent Novelist and Journalist

Center Events
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 1st Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

In association with BU's Department of Romance Studies' Voces Hispanicas/Hispanic Voices and the Center for Latin American Studies, HGARC is proud to present a conversation and reading with Leonardo Padura, Cuba's preeminent novelist and journalist. 

Born in Havana in 1955, Leonardo Padura is hailed as one of Cuba's foremost contemporary novelists and cultural critics. Raised in the Hidden Generation of Cuba, Padura is world renowned for his crime and historical novels, but is also active in the fields of literary criticism, music journalism, investigative journalism, screenplays and short stories. With his work, Padura says he wishes to engage "the biggest problems of society: corruption, repression, hypocrisy, ideological erosion, opportunism, and poverty."

Padura graduated from University of Havana with a degree in Latin American Literature, and is now the winner of prestigious awards such as the Cafe Gijon Prize, Cuba's National Literature Prize, and Spain's Premio Principe de Asturias de las Letras. His crime novels featuring detective Mario Conde are now the basis for Netflix's original miniseries, Four Seasons in Havana. Padura currently lives in his childhood home in Havana with his wife, journalist Lucia Lopez Cole.

Padura will be joined in conversation by special guest moderator Professor Katerina Gonzalez-Seligmann of Emerson College. Refreshments will be served following the talk.

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Champion For Human Rights: The Life and Work of Elie Wiesel - Exhibition Opening

Center Events
Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Howard Gotlieb Memorial Gallery, 771 Commonwealth Ave, First Floor
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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

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