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.


Author Jefferson Morley on "The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton"

Center Events
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 1st Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Jefferson Morley is a journalist and editor who has worked in Washington journalism for over thirty years, fifteen of which were spent as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post. The author of Our Man in Mexico, a biography of the CIA's Mexico City station chief Winston Scott, Morley has written about intelligence, military, and political subjects for Salon, The Atlantic, and The Intercept, among other publications. He is the editor of the blog JFK Facts.

Morley will discuss his latest book, The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton. Philip Shenon, author of A Cruel and Shocking Act, says of the book, "The Ghost is the compulsively readable, often bizarre true-life story of American spymaster James Jesus Angleton. Capturing the extent of Angleton's eccentricity, duplicity and alcohol-fueled paranoia would have challenged the writing skills of a Le Carre or Ludlum, and Jeff Morley has done it with flair." Stephen Kinzer, author of The Brothers, remarks, "Americans are finally coming to know the Cold War spymasters and other hidden figures who lived their lives in secrecy while shaping our national destiny. The Ghost reveals a fascinating chapter of this hidden history. It is a chilling look at the global power that is wielded in Washington by people who are never known--until a book comes out to spill their secrets." 

Mr. Morley will sign copies of his book following the talk. Books will be available for purchase.

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Friends Speaker Series: Chef Mary Ann Esposito, Host of TV's "Ciao Italia"

Friends Speaker Series
Tuesday, November 28, 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

Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito. Through her program and her books, she has brought Italian cuisine, history and tradition to millions of Americans. This year, the series celebrates its milestone 26th season, making it the longest running cooking series in television history. Esposito has worked beside world-renowned chefs such as Julia Child, Todd English, Daisy Martinez, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pepin, Martin Yan, and many others who share the same passion for cooking.

Countless organizations have recognized Esposito for her efforts to preserve the traditions surrounding Italian food and culture. In 2013 she received the Order of the Star of Italy Cavaliere award from the President of the Italian Republic as well as the Premio Artusi award for her work in promoting Italian food. Johnson and Wales University presented Esposito with their Distinguished Author Award. St. Anselm College conferred an honorary doctorate for her dedication to teaching and preserving authentic Italian cuisine. The Italian Trade Commission further distinguished Esposito by naming her a 2010 Hall of Fame honoree.

Her most recent cookbook is Ciao Italia: Family Classics. Fellow celebrity chef Mario Batali praised the book, saying "Like her award-winning TV series, this book will live on for years with all of those who cook her delicious recipes."

Chef Esposito will be signing copies of her books following her talk. Books will be available for purchase.

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Acclaimed Actor Harry Lennix, Star of NBC's "The Blacklist"

Center Events
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:00 pm
George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Metcalf Ballroom, Second Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Acclaimed actor Harry Lennix will give the Howard Gotlieb Lecture at Boston University on November 16, 2017. He will discuss his life, work, and his experiences in and outside the entertainment industry.

Harry Lennix currently stars as Harold Cooper on NBC's primetime series The Blacklist. A native of Chicago, Lennix attended Northwestern University, where he majored in acting and directing, and was awarded the Sandra Singer Scholarship for talented theater students. After graduation, Lennix performed in prominent Chicago theaters, including the Goodman and Steppenwolf, while teaching in the city's public school system.

Lennix's first film role was in 1989's The Package, filmed on location in Chicago. Lennix continued working in theater, and the following year, won an Obie award for his portrayal of Malcolm X in The Meeting. After relocating to New York City, Lennix performed in the a production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, a play that would help cement his screen reputation when he was cast in Julie Taymor's film version (Titus) in 1999. For his performance as Aaron, Lennix received both a Tree of Life Award from the NAACP and a Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy. Lennix went on to accrue an array of 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 extensive television credits include the Golden Globe-nominated ABC television show Commander-in-Chief, as well as the FOX series 24, ER, Diagnosis Murder, Dollhouse.

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Student Discovery Seminar - Children's Literature

With Prof. Anna Henchman, CAS, and Jane Parr, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID
Experience the worlds of Paddington Bear, 101 Dalmatians, The Indian in the Cupboard, Little Orphan Annie and others through the eyes of the remarkable people who created them! Join us for a hands-on exploration of the archives of Michael Bond, Dodie Smith, Lynne Reid Banks, Harold Gray and others whose indelible characters have brought magic to generations of children all over the world.

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"Thanks to Shakespeare" with Christopher Ricks (Part II)

Student Enrichment Series
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities Christopher Ricks presents a new series of talks on how Boston University poets, past and present, further the art of Shakespeare. Featuring poems by David Ferry, Louise Glueck, Geoffrey Hill, George Kalogeris, Alberto de Lacerda, Robert Lowell, Jill McDonough, Elise Partridge, Robert Pinsky, Anne Sexton, Derek Walcott, and Rosanna Warren. Part II in a two-part series.

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Friends Speaker Series: Legendary Casting Director Bonnie Timmermann

Friends Speaker Series
Wednesday, November 8, 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

Bonnie Timmermann, one of Hollywood's most successful and prolific producers and casting directors, will discuss her life and remarkable career on November 8th as part of our Friends Speaker Series. 

Timmermann's casting credits include Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and Marion Cotillard; The Insider with Russell Crowe and Al Pacino, which was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe; Heat with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino; The Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day-Lewis; and Manhunter.  For director Tony Scott, Timmermann cast Man on Fire with Denzel Washington and Spy Game with Brad Pitt and Robert Redford.  She worked with Ivan Reitman on Dave with Kevin Kline and Sir Ben Kingsley; Father's Day starring Billy Crystal and Robin Williams; and Six Days and Seven Nights starring Harrison Ford. Timmermann cast Academy Award nominated films Black Hawk Down for Ridley Scott and Quiz Show for Robert Redford.  For Roman Polanski, she cast Frantic with Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner and Bitter Moon with Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas. She also cast classic films such as Carlito's Way, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dirty Dancing, Bull Durham, Trading Places and Fast Times at Ridgemont High with Sean Penn. Timmermann also did casting on Milos Forman's Academy Award winning film Amadeus.

In 1995 Premiere Magazine gave Timmermann one of its own special "Oscars" for casting, and Elle Magazine honored her as an icon in its Women in Hollywood issue for 2009. Her casting and producing files are housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

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"Thanks to Shakespeare" with Christopher Ricks (Part I)

Student Enrichment Series
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities Christopher Ricks presents a new series of talks on how Boston University poets, past and present, further the art of Shakespeare. Featuring poems by David Ferry, Louise Glueck, Geoffrey Hill, George Kalogeris, Alberto de Lacerda, Robert Lowell, Jill McDonough, Elise Partridge, Robert Pinsky, Anne Sexton, Derek Walcott, and Rosanna Warren. Part I in a two-part series.

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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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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 - 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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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 - 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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"Nursing Organizational and Individual Credentialing: Impact on Clinical, Workforce and Organizational Outcomes" featuring Patricia Reid Ponte, RN, DNSc, FAAN, NEA-BC

Nursing Archives Associates
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 5:30 PM
Metcalf Hall - George Sherman Union, Second Floor - 775 Commonwealth Ave
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Join the Nursing Archives Associates for their annual meeting, featuring BU School of Nursing Alumna Dr. Patricia Reid Ponte.  Dr. Reid Ponte will speak on credentialing in nursing, both individually and on the institutional level, and its impact on professional outcomes.

Patricia Reid Ponte, RN, DNSc, FAAN, NEA-BC is the Nurse-Scholar-in-Residence within the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Nursing and Patient Care Services Research, President of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors (2016 - present), and past Chair of ANCC Magnet Commission.  She is a co-founder of the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development (WORLD) Institute, a practice collaborative initiated by DCFI, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation.  Dr. Reid Ponte was named an American Academy of Nursing Fellow in 2004, and currently serves on the Finance Committee.   She served on the Board of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives, and was the recipient of the Mary B. Conceison Award in 2004.  Dr. Reid Ponte is also an instructor of health care quality, teaching courses at the Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences, the University of Massachusetts, Boston College of Nursing & Health, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst School of Nursing.

Reception preceding and following the talk.

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For The Love Of Spock: Film Screening and Exhibition

Curated and hosted by the HGARC Student Advisory Council
Center Events
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Conference Auditorium, George Sherman Union, 2nd Floor, 775 Commonwealth Ave.
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

The HGARC Student Advisory Council invites you to a very special screening of For The Love Of Spock, Adam Nimoy's award-winning documentary film about the life and work of his father, Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy. 

Come enjoy free popcorn and an exhibition of materials from HGARC's Leonard Nimoy Collection, including costume pieces, photos and memorabilia from Nimoy's celebrated career.

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Max Ascoli Symposium: The History of Italian Exile and Anti-Fascism

Center Events
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 5:00 pm
Metcalf Ballroom, 2nd Floor, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave.
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Join us as our panel of experts considers how the influence of Fascism, anti-Fascist resistance movements and anti-Semitism shaped Italian and Italian-American 20th century history. Respondents will explore these issues in their historical context, and consider how their legacy may inform present-day world affairs. Come enjoy a reception and an exhibition of papers from prominent 20th century Italian activists including Max Ascoli, Danilo Dolci, and Oriana Fallaci.

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Friends Speaker Series: NY Times-Bestselling Thriller/Mystery Author John Lescroart

Friends Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 19, 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

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center invites you to a reception and talk by New York Times-bestselling author, John Lescroart, who will give the Abraham Burack Lecture as 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.

Lescroart (pronounced "less-kwah") is a prolific author of thrillers and mystery novels whose books have been translated into 16 languages in more than 75 countries. Larry King has called him "one of the best thriller writers to come down the pike." The Huffington Post says "The writing skills of John Lescroart are a national treasure." Lescroart has created a pantheon of beloved characters in a number of different series, including the Dismas Hardy novels, books starring Abe Glitsky and Wes Farrell, and the Auguste Lupa series. His latest novel, Fatal, is a standalone work about the unexpected, shattering, and lethal consequences of a one-night stand on a seemingly happily married couple. Suspense Magazine says, "After reading this one, you'll wonder why author Lescroart's picture is not printed beside the definition of 'spellbinding' in the dictionary."

Mr. Lescroart will sign copies of his books following the talk.

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Fighting Doughboys: Massachusetts Called to Arms in WWI

Presented in collaboration with the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts
Center Events
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Howard Gotlieb Memorial Gallery, 771 Commonwealth Ave, First Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center is pleased to host the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts for this special event commemorating the centennial of the US entry into World War I. Cosponsored by the Massachusetts World War I Centennial Commission and WorldBoston, "Fighting Doughboys" will feature a panel discussion with remarks by Valery Freland, Consul General of France in Boston, and Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser. This event will also feature an exhibition of WWI archival material from the holdings of the Gotlieb Center. Reception to follow.

Guests are asked to RSVP by leaving a message at (617) 353-3697.

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Poems in Progress

Student Enrichment Series
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 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 - 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 Ryan Hendrickson, HGARC Assistant Director for Manuscripts.

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HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2017 Deadline - EXTENDED

Student Enrichment Series
Monday, April 3, 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