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: Star of TV, Film & Broadway Christine Ebersole
For over 30 years, two-time Tony Award-winning actress Christine Ebersole has captivated audiences on the Broadway stage, and with television series and specials, films, concert appearances, and recordings.
Ebersole was raised in Winnetka, Illinois, and was the youngest of four children. At New Trier High School, Christine played violin in the school orchestra and discovered her singing ability in a summer drama class. After high school, she briefly attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, before graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1975.
One of Ebersole's first roles was as an understudy in the Broadway musical On the Twentieth Century, followed by her turn as Ado Annie in Oklahoma. She then went on to star with Richard Burton in the 1980 revival of Camelot.
From there, Ebersole launched her early television career, landing roles on Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live , and as part of the cast of the 1981-1982 season of Saturday Night Live. She would continue her small-screen success with roles on such hit television series as The Cavanaughs, Murphy Brown, Empty Nest, Rachel Gunn, R.N., Just Shoot Me, Will & Grace, Crossing Jordan, Boston Legal, Royal Pains, Ugly Betty, Sullivan and Son, American Horror Story: Coven, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Search Party. Ebersole also landed a number of roles in high-profile films such as Tootsie, Amadeus, Ghost Dad, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, True Crime, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Ebersole then shifted her focus back to Broadway, where she won her first Tony Award for her performance as Dorothy Brock in the 2001 revival, 42nd Street. She was also featured in The Best Man, Steel Magnolias, Blithe Spirit, War Paint, and Dinner at Eight, for which she received both Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations.
Ebersole would go on to the role of a lifetime, playing the dual roles of "Big Edie" Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and "Little Edie" Edith Bouvier Beale in the smash hit Grey Gardens, for which she won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, the show was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and its CD was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Christine continues to appear in numerous concert halls and cabaret venues throughout the country, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Feinstein's, and Cafe Carlyle. Ebersole, a highly awarded recording artist, has also released several CDs, including Christine Ebersole: Strings Attached in 2013.
Poetry Reading by Prize-Winning Poet Jane Hirshfield
In collaboration with the Gotlieb Center, BU's Creative Writing Program is proud to present a Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading by Prize-Winning Poet Jane Hirshfield and recent BU alum Natasha Hakimi, with an introduction by Robert Pinsky.
Reading followed by book signing and dessert reception. Free and open to the public.
Student Discovery Seminar - Jazz in the Archives
Join us for a very special seminar presented by the HGARC Student Advisory Council and Professor Victor Coelho in an exploration of Jazz. This seminar gives students a chance to touch, hold and read original letters, manuscripts, journals and photographs from noted musicians, critics and historians, including Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Sylvia Dee and Henry Pleasants. The seminar takes place Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the main reading room of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
Tell Them About The Dream
In collaboration with The HistoryMakers, The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center presents a program dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the week of remembrance of the 50th Anniversary of his assassination. Come hear Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Khalil Muhammad interview renowned Poet Nikki Giovanni on Dr. King's dream and discuss what the dream is today. The program will also include an exhibition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s archive.
HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2018 Deadline
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.
Student Discovery Seminar - Trailblazing Women
Join archivist Claudia Willett and Professor Alexis Peri in an exploration of the lives and work of some remarkable women who challenged gender stereotypes and impacted history. Trailblazing Women is a Student Discovery Seminar where students can touch, hold and read original letters, manuscripts, journals and photographs from noted activists, journalists and world travelers, including Emma Goldman, Florence Nightingale, and Martha Gellhorn. The seminar takes place Thursday March 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the main reading room of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
Conversations with Christopher Ricks- Bob Dylan: Trouble No More - Slow Trains Coming
Join William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities and celebrated Bob Dylan expert Christopher Ricks for the second conversation about Bob Dylans The Bootleg Series, Trouble No More 1979-1981, the eleven disk set released in 2017. Part I on February 27 is entitled You Know Who He Is, and Part II on Tuesday March 20 is entitled Slow Trains Coming.
Friends Speaker Series: Executive Producer and Author Lawrence O'Donnell
Lawrence O'Donnell hosts The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC. Each night, O'Donnell relies on his extraordinary background in politics, entertainment and news, to provide the last word on the biggest issues and most compelling stories of the day. O'Donnell joined MSNBC as a political analyst in 1996. O'Donnell has also appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Nightline, Charlie Rose, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Morning Joe and several other programs.
Born in Boston, O'Donnell is a graduate of Harvard College, where he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon. His first foray into politics was as Director of Communications in Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's 1988 re-election campaign. From 1989 - 1992, O'Donnell served as Senior Advisor to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and then was Chief of Staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. He was later the Chief of Staff of the Senate Finance Committee from 1993 - 1995. A writer prior to entering politics and government, O'Donnell published the 1983 book Deadly Force, which was adapted as a CBS movie in 1986. He has written essays and articles for several publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, People, Spy, and Boston Magazine. In 2017, O'Donnell published the book, Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics.
O'Donnell was also an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for the NBC series The West Wing and creator and executive producer of the NBC series, Mister Sterling.
Mr. O'Donnell will sign copies of his latest book, Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, which will be available for purchase.
Conversations with Christopher Ricks- Bob Dylan: Trouble No More - You Know Who He Is
Join William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities and celebrated Bob Dylan expert Christopher Ricks for the first of two conversations about Bob Dylans The Bootleg Series, Trouble No More 1979-1981, the eleven disk set released in 2017. Part I on February 27 is entitled You Know Who He Is, and Part II on Tuesday March 20 is entitled Slow Trains Coming.
Student Discovery Seminar - Dynamic Duos of Stage & Screen
Come and explore the lives - both on and off set -- of legendary partners from the stage and screen. Material from the collections of Geena Davis, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Leonard Nimoy will be on display so we can explore these amazing real and fictional figures - Thelma and Louise, Aladdin and the Genie, Bogie and Bacall, Kirk and Spock - that while amazing on their own, came together and made history.
Report from the Archives Round Table
BU Center for the Humanities presents Report from the Archives, a round table discussion of archival work featuring the HistoryMakers, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, and BU faculty from across the university. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
Author Jefferson Morley on "The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton"
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.
Friends Speaker Series: Chef Mary Ann Esposito, Host of TV's "Ciao Italia"
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.
Acclaimed Actor Harry Lennix, Star of NBC's "The Blacklist"
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.
Student Discovery Seminar - Children's Literature
"Thanks to Shakespeare" with Christopher Ricks (Part II)
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.
Friends Speaker Series: Legendary Casting Director Bonnie Timmermann
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.
"Thanks to Shakespeare" with Christopher Ricks (Part I)
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.
A Conversation with Leonardo Padura: Cuba's Preeminent Novelist and Journalist
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.