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.


Friends Speaker Series featuring Conductor and Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Marin Alsop

Friends Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6:00 PM
Metcalf Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Admission: Free to members of the Friends of HGARC, please RSVP to 617-353-3697. Free to Local Students & Faculty with a Valid School ID, please RSVP to 617-353-1226. General Public $25.

The Friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will host Conductor and Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop for a reception and talk on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Ms. Alsop will reflect on her life and career. The event will also include the opening of a new exhibition featuring Ms. Alsop's archive, entitled Marin Alsop: A Life in Music.

Marin Alsop's insightful artistry, fearless perseverance, and irrepressible spirit have earned her acclaim and recognition from around the globe.  Her celebrated musical brilliance coupled with her innovative efforts to educate and captivate the public have made her a pillar of the classical music world.

Marin Alsop was born in New York City to parents who were both professional musicians with the New York City Ballet Orchestra.  At the age of 9, she heard Leonard Bernstein conduct the New York Philharmonic and decided that she wanted to become a conductor.  After earning a master's degree in violin performance from the Julliard School, Alsop moved towards conducting; she won the 1989 Koussevitzky Conducting Prize for outstanding student conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center, where Bernstein became one of her mentors.

From 1993 to 2005, Alsop served as the principal conductor, then music director, of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, where she remains conductor laureate.  From 2002 to 2003, she was principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where, in 2003, she became the first artist to win both Gramophone's Artist of the Year Award and the Royal Philharmonic Society's Conductor Award in one year.  In 2007, Alsop was appointed musical director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, making her the first woman to conduct a major American orchestra.  In 2012, she was appointed principal conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, whom she has led on several major tours throughout Europe and Brazil as well as the first appearance by a Brazilian orchestra at the BBC Proms.  In addition, Alsop continues to lead several distinguished orchestras as a guest conductor.

Alsop is known not only for her musical accomplishments but also for her enthusiastic commitment to music education and engagement with the public.  In 2002 she started a fellowship for women conductors, the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, which selects one woman each year to work directly with Alsop.  Working with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she launched several initiatives, including a web-based documentary film series, a popular podcast about classical music, and the OrchKids program, which provides free musical instruction to over 750 young people from West Baltimore.  Programs for adults include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy, which gives local performers, educators and administrators the opportunity to perform and work closely with the professionals in the orchestra.

Alsop has won numerous awards over the course of her long and varied career.  In 2005, she became the first conductor ever to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.  In 2009, she was chosen as Musical America's conductor of the year.   Her 2010 recording of Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. She received Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2012.  In 2014, she was presented with Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of her outstanding services to music, and that same year was presented with the "Champion of New Music Award" from the American Composers Forum. 

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Portrait of an Artist: The Life and Work of Edward Sorel - Exhibition Opening

Center Events
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Howard Gotlieb Memorial Gallery, 771 Commonwealth Ave, First Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University is proud to open "Portrait of an Artist: the Life and Work of Edward Sorel", a retrospective exhibition devoted to the career of the celebrated cartoonist, satirist, author and illustrator. In addition to his more than 40 covers for the The New Yorker, Sorel's art has appeared on the covers of The AtlanticHarper'sFortuneForbesThe NationEsquireAmerican Heritage, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. He has illustrated numerous children's books, three of which he also wrote. Unauthorized Portraits (Knopf 1997) is the most recent of several collections of his work. His latest book, Mary Astor's Purple Diary: the Great American Sex Scandal of 1936, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. In 2001, the Art Directors Club of New York elected Sorel to their Hall of Fame; he is first cartoonist since John Held, Jr., to be so honored. Sorel's papers are part of the holdings of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

The opening will feature remarks by Sorel's colleague, the satirist, cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer, best known for his 42 year career as an editorial cartoonist for The Village Voice. Sorel will sign copies of his books at the event; selected titles, including Mary Astor's Purple Diary, will be available for purchase.

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Student Discovery Seminar: Boston University's Influence on Martin Luther King, Jr.

with Professor Walter Fluker, STH, & Ryan Hendrickson, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID


Public Masterclass with Opera Star Deborah Voigt

Center Events
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 7:00 pm
Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave
Admission: Free & Open To The Public

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.

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The Nightingale of Mosul featuring Author and Retired U.S. Army Colonel Susan Luz, BSN, MPH, RN

Nursing Archives Associates
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 5:30 PM
Trustee Ballroom, One Silber Way, 9th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Join the Nursing Archives Associates for their annual meeting, featuring nursing professional, author, returned Peace Corps volunteer, retired US Army Colonel and BU School of Nursing Alumna Susan Luz. Luz will speak on her life, career and her book The Nightingale of Mosul: A Nurse's Journey of Service, Struggle and War.

Susan Luz graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1972 with a degree in Nursing. After a clinical rotation at Rhode Island's Institute of Mental Health and public health experiences, Luz realized she did not want to work as a medical-surgical nurse and joined the Peace Corps, with her first assignment in Brazil.

After leaving the Peace Corps, Luz returned home to Rhode Island and earned her master's degree in public health nursing from Boston University in 1976. She returned to Brazil with Project Hope and then took a job as a nurse-teacher at Central High School in Providence and ran its school-based clinic from 1978 to 2006. While working at Central, she also worked nights at the state Institute of Mental Health and then Gateway Healthcare's Acute Residential Treatment Center in Johnston. Luz joined the Army Reserves in 1983. Her unit was later deployed to Iraq in 2006, at the height of the U.S. surge and the bloodiest point of the war.

Luz was the highest-ranking woman in the 399th Combat Support Hospital, a Massachusetts based Army Reserve unit. As a public health nurse with certification as a psychiatric nurse, Luz's mission in Iraq included helping soldiers with emotional trauma, and providing comfort to dying soldiers. Luz formed her own "Band of Sisters," a group of nurses who were not only dedicated to treating wounded soldiers, but also maintaining morale among the troops, especially during the unit's time in the middle of the desert in Al Asad. Luz was awarded the Bronze Star in 2007.

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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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Christopher Ricks: Conversations about Bob Dylan - The Christian Songs: "Sign On The Cross"

Student Enrichment Series
Thursday, March 23, 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 II in a two-part discussion of Dylan's work. In this installment, we'll consider Dylan's explorations of Christianity, focusing on 1995's "Sign on the Cross".

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Friends Speaker Series: Actress Mary-Louise Parker

Friends Speaker Series
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 6:30 pm
The Algonquin Club of Boston, 217 Commonwealth Avenue
Admission: Free to Members of the Friends of HGARC. General Public $30. RSVP (617) 353-3697

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.



Friends Speaker Series: Opera Star Deborah Voigt

Friends Speaker Series
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 5:30 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 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.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture: The Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds on "My Life, My Love, My Legacy", the Autobiography of Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Lecture
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:00 pm
George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Metcalf Ballroom, Second Floor

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds is an ordained minister, a columnist, and the author of several books, including Out of Hell & Living Well: Healing from the Inside Out and No! I Won't Shut Up: 30 Years of Telling It Like It Is. She has written for many major magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Playboy, Ebony, Essence, and USA Today, where she was a columnist and editorial board member for 13 years. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and hosted her own satellite radio show for almost a decade. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, a Master's degree in Religious Studies, and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling.

She has received numerous civic, religious, and academic awards and accolades including the 1987 Southern Christian Leadership Conference Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, and the HistoryMakers Award for Outstanding Leadership. In 2014, she was inducted into the Board of Preachers at the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. International College of Ministers and Laity at Morehouse College in 2014. She serves on the board of advisors for major gun violence reform with Black Women for Positive Change. She also founded Harriet's Ministry, a weekly healing conversation for women addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Dr. Reynolds first met Coretta Scott King while on assignment to write a cover story featuring Mrs. King for the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine. A thirty-year friendship developed, during which time Mrs. King chose Dr. Reynolds as her official memoirist. USA Today describes My Life, My Love, My Legacy as "Eloquent... inspirational... King's life's work relayed in this rich retelling, provides a possible blueprint... and a beacon."

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Student Discovery Seminar: Paddington Goes to College: Children’s and Young Adult Literature

With Professor William Loizeaux, CAS - English, and Jane Silva, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with a BU ID

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.

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Student Discovery Seminar: Paddington Goes to College: Children’s and Young Adult Literature

With Professor William Loizeaux, CAS - English, and Jane Silva, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with a BU ID

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.

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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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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


Poems in Progress

Student Enrichment Series
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 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: Farm to (Research) Table: Food, Cuisine and Agriculture

With Professor Karen Jacobs, SAR, and Sarah Pratt, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID


Student Discovery Seminar – The Outdoors, Indoors…

Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BUID

Come explore the great outdoors, indoors in the archives! Ascend Mt. Denali, visit the Antarctic, photograph wildlife, forage for food, and explore early environmentalism, all through the eyes of some of America's great outdoor pioneers!

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

Student Enrichment Series
Thursday, October 18, 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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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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