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: Tom Ashbrook, NPR, WBUR-Boston Radio Host

Friends Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 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 Tom Ashbrook, award-winning journalist and NPR and WBUR-Boston radio host, for the Abraham Burack Lecture, 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.

Ashbrook is an award-winning journalist brought to public radio following the attacks of September 11, 2001, when he was enlisted by NPR and WBUR-Boston for special coverage, after a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing. His career in journalism spans twenty years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, and author. Ashbrook studied American history at Yale and Gandhi's independence movement at Andhra University, India. He spent ten years in Asia--based in India, Hong Kong, and Japan--starting at the South China Morning Post, then as a correspondent for The Boston Globe.

Ashbrook began his reporting career covering the refugee exodus from Vietnam and the post-Mao opening of China, and has covered turmoil and shifting cultural and economic trends in the United States and around the world, from Somalia and Rwanda to Russia and the Balkans. At the Globe, where he served as deputy managing editor until 1996, he directed coverage of the first Gulf War and the end of the Cold War. He received the Livingston Prize for National Reporting, and was a 1996 fellow at Harvard's Nieman Foundation before taking a four-year plunge into Internet entrepreneurship, chronicled in his book The Leap: A Memoir of Love and Madness in the Internet Gold Rush.

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Photo of Tom Ashbrook (c) Mike Ritter, www.ritterbin.com



Poems in Progress

Student Enrichment Series
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 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: Stars of Television

with Professor Deborah Jaramillo, COM, & Adriana Flores, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID

All your favorite stars from all your favorite shows, all in the same room! Well, nearly. Join as we dive into our treasure trove of artifacts from such programs as Downton Abbey, Gilmore Girls, Murder She Wrote and more! Plus discover the archives of Robin Williams, Mary-Louise Parker, Leonard Nimoy and others! Don't miss one our highest-rated student events.

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HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2016 Deadline - EXTENDED

Student Enrichment Series
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 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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Capturing Her Story In History (A GAP Week Event)

with Professor Alexis Peri, CAS - History and Sarah Pratt, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Arthur Fiedler Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor
Admission: Free and Open To The Public

Celebrate BU Student Government's Gender Advocacy and Progress (GAP) Week with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Come peruse, hold and be inspired by documents, photographs, memorabilia and other archival materials from the collections of some of the many women of achivement whose papers are collected by the Gotlieb Center. Join the discussion as we consider these materials, the importance of restoring women's experiences to the historical narrative, and seek new ways to refocus the lens, bringing "her story" back into perspective.

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In Conversation with Christopher Ricks: Mighty Opposites - Robert Frost (with T. S. Eliot)

Student Enrichment Series
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free & Open to the Public

Different principles, different practices, with the opportunity to hear the poems spoken not only by the poets themselves but by others, in the company of manuscripts and letters by Frost and Eliot. Join William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities Christopher Ricks in a lively discussion of these poets and their works.

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Friends Speaker Series: Boston Globe, Spotlight Journalist Mike Rezendes

Friends Speaker Series
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 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 Boston Globe investigative journalist Mike Rezendes, as part of our Friends Speaker Series. Mike is the senior member of the Globe's Spotlight team, and in 2003 shared a Pulitzer Prize for revealing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Mike is played by Mark Ruffalo in the movie "Spotlight", which chronicles the Globe's investigation.

In more than two decades at the Globe, Mike has played a key role in many of its most significant investigations, including those probing the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, financial corruption in the nation's charitable foundations, and abuses in the debt collection industry. More recently, Mike exposed the deaths of three mental health patients at the state prison known as Bridgewater State Hospital due to the illegal use of four-point restraints. His stories resulted in immediate reforms, the appointment of a new commissioner at the Department of Correction, and manslaughter indictments against three guards.

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Student Discovery Seminar: Ad-Men & Women

with Professor Cheryl Ann Lambert, COM, & Ryan Hendrickson, HGARC
Student Discovery Seminars
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 6:00 pm
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Fifth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BU ID


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


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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