Current 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: Tony & Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Michael Cristofer

Friends Speaker Series
Wednesday November 14, 2018 - 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

Michael Cristofer is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. Cristofer started his career as an actor and then became a playwright. In 1977, his play The Shadow Box opened on Broadway to rave reviews. The play would be nominated for multiple Drama Desk and Tony Awards, and would go on to win the 1977 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Cristofer later adapted the The Shadow Box into a television movie directed by film legend Paul Newman. It was nominated for three Emmy Awards and won the 1980 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Made for Television.

Cristofer would continue his illustrious theatrical run directing Candida on Broadway in 1981, as well as writing numerous plays, such as Breaking Up, Black Angel, The Lady and the Clarinet, Amazing Grace, and Man in the Ring, which received the 2017 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. As a stage actor, Cristofer has appeared on Broadway in A View from the Bridge (2010), Hamlet (1992), and The Cherry Orchard (1977) with Irene Worth, Raul Julia, and Meryl Streep. He has also appeared in Don't Go Gentle (2012), The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (2010), A Body of Water (2008), Trumpery (2007), and Romeo and Juliet (2007).

Cristofer worked as artistic advisor for eight years and then co-artistic director of River Arts Repertory in Woodstock, New York, a company which produced new plays by writers such as Richard Nelson, Mac Wellman, Eric Overmyer, and others.

An accomplished screenwriter. Cristofer has written the screenplays for such films as Falling in Love (1984), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Breaking Up (1997), Casanova (2005), and Georgia O'Keeffe (2009). His directorial credits include Body Shots (1999), Original Sins (2001), and the HBO Pictures film Gia (1998) starring Angelina Jolie, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won Cristofer the 1999 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television. Cristofer will also be directing the upcoming crime drama The Night Clerk, starring Tye Sheridan and Helen Hunt.

Cristofer is also known for his roles on hit television shows, such as The Magician, Gunsmoke, The Rookies, Kojak, Rubicon, Suits, Smash, Ray Donovan, Elementary, and American Horror Story: Coven. He is currently on the main cast of the USA Network's hit thriller Mr. Robot as E Corp CEO Phillip Price.

Mr. Cristofer's papers are held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

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

Student Enrichment Series
Thursday, November 15, 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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Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas to visit Boston University To receive Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award

Bette Davis Awards
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM
George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Metcalf Ballroom, Second Floor
Admission: Free to Members of the Friends of HGARC, as well as Faculty, Staff and Students with a BU ID; General Public $25.

BU Students, Faculty & Staff should reserve their FREE tickets on EVENTBRITE.
Members of the public from the local community can order tickets for $25 each on EVENTBRITE.
Members of the Friends of HGARC should RSVP by calling: 617-353-3697

On November 28, acclaimed actor Michael Douglas will be honored by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University and the Bette Davis Foundation with the Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award. HGARC will also open a new exhibition featuring items from Mr. Douglas' archive titled Michael Douglas: Actor, Producer, Humanitarian.

The event will feature a reception, awards ceremony, and opportunity to hear Mr. Douglas speak on his life and career.

An actor celebrating 50 years of experience in theatre, film and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature film production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns. Over the years, he has been involved in such controversial and politically influential motion pictures as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The China Syndrome (1979) and Traffic (2000), as well as such popular films as Romancing the Stone (1984) and Fatal Attraction (1987).  Mr. Douglas' papers are held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.