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 of the videos on this page are recordings on these lectures and talks. Also featured are interviews with some of our notable collectees.
Poet Yusef Komunyakaa talks about the journey of African-American poetry from Phillis Wheatley to the present. Running Time: 5:41.
Poet Nikki Giovanni talks about the healing effect of poetry after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, and the role of rap in poetry. Running Time: 3:18.
Poet Sonia Sanchez discusses the status of poetry after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and the influences on her poetry. Running Time: 2:49.
Poet Elizabeth Alexander talks about her time at Boston University and the recent renaissance in African-American poetry.
Poet Major Jackson talks about documentary poetry in African-American poetry. Running Time: 1:18.
HGARC explores the role of media in politics in the 2008 presidential election. With Jonathan Alter, Newsweek; Tom Ashbrook, WBUR; David S. Bernstein, Boston Phoenix; Ida Lewis, Encore: American and Worldwide News; Renee Loth, Boston Globe; Debra Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle; and Ernie Suggs, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Running Time: 1:58:05.
Internationally-recognized and award-winning director of opera and theatre, Francesca Zambello, talks about her career as an opera director and the challenges of her transition to Broadway for the 2008 opening of The Little Mermaid. Running Time: 1:00:31.
HGARC presents a special night to raise awareness of the current situation of Afghanistan, featuring a special student reading of playwright William Mastrosimone's play Afghan Women and a panel discussion about the current state of Afghanistan. Running Time: 3:02:05.
Excerpt from author and Opera News editor Brian Kellow talk about his new book, Ethel Merman: A Life. Running Time: 12:16.
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