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.


Student Discovery Seminar: Cloak and Dagger: Records of Intelligence and Espionage

with Professor Joseph Wippl, CAS, & J.C. Johnson, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID


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.



Student Discovery Seminar: Political Cartooning and Political Satire

with Professor William McKeen, COM - Chair, Department of Journalism and Alex Rankin, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID


Student Discovery Seminar: Tales From The Crypt: Horror and Science Fiction

with Professor Joelle Renstrom, CGS, and Jane Silva, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID


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


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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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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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
R.S.V.P. (617) 353-3697

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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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 featuring Award-Winning Author & Boston Globe Columnist James Carroll

Friends Speaker Series
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:00 PM
Metcalf Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Admission: Free to Members of the Friends of HGARC, BU Alumni, & Students with a BU ID. General Public $25


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: 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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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Editor and Biographer Victoria Wilson

Friends Speaker Series
Tuesday April 8, 2014 - 6:00 PM
Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor

The Friends of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will host biographer and vice president and senior editor at Alfred Knopf, Victoria Wilson, for a reception and lecture on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM in Metcalf Hall. Ms. Wilson will talk on her new book A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel - True 1907 - 1940. Prizes for the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center Student Book Collecting Contest will be awarded preceding the lecture.       

Ms. Wilson has worked at Alfred Knopf Publishers since 1972 and has edited the works of Lorrie Moore, Alice Adams, William Gass, Meryle Secrest and Anne Rice. She also held several positions at the PEN American Center, including the Executive board member and Treasurer from 1997 to 1999. She also served as Vice President of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. She taught in the writing program at Columbia University from 1992 to 1993.

Ms. Wilson was appointed by Bill Clinton to the Unites States Commission on Civil Rights vacancy left by the 1998 death of A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. and served until 2001. Wilson voted in support of a USCCR report which found voting irregularities in Florida during the United States presidential election, 2000.

Ms. Wilson's first book A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel - True 1907 - 1940 has been met with near universal praise with shining reviews from The New York Times, USA Today, New York Times Book Review, and Slate Magazine. Actor Robert Wagner writes "Barbara Stanwyck was one of the very great loves of my life and Victoria Wilson's book told me so much more than Barbara herself could tell anybody. She has captured her loyalty-her professionalism-her anger and her undeniable will to stay in the game of life and, perhaps most importantly-her loneliness. Victoria has been 'steel true' to her."

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