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: Jill Lepore
In this lecture, co-sponsored by the Boston University College of General Studies (CGS), historian Jill Lepore will join us to present her talk entitled "Before Facebook: Algorithms in the Archives." Dr. Lepore is the author of These Truths: A History of the United States and This America: The Case of a Nation. The talk will begin at 6PM in the Metcalf Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, followed by a reception and book signing. Doors open at 5:30PM.
Students with a valid BU ID and members of the Friends of Boston University Libraries HGARC will need to register on Eventbrite using their BU/membership credentials. Guests unable to use Eventbrite may call (617) 353-3697.
Writing Black Lives- Symposium
Keynote speaker: Pulitzer prize-winning author, Dr. Jeffrey C. Stewart
Presenters: Dr. Carole Boyce-Davies and Dr. Kerri Greenidge
Sponsors: African American Studies Program, BU Libraries Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, BU Center for the Humanities.
Join a panel of renowned scholars as they discuss the history and impact of Black narratives in the United States. The panel discussion will be mediated by Hafzat Akanni, Boston University student body President, and will be followed by a short reception afterwards.
The Writing Black Lives discussion will be accompanied by an exhibition opening by the same name, opening in the Richards-Frost Room on the 1st floor of Mugar Library, 771 Commonwealth Ave. This exhibition will be the Gotlieb Center's first-ever collaborative exhibit, as HGARC staff worked in tandem with BU professors and students to curate and assemble this display.
Writing Black Lives- Exhibition Opening
Writing Black Lives Exhibit at the BU Libraries Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.
This exhibit features first editions from 18th century black writers, Phillis Wheatley, and Harriet Jacobs; correspondence and writings from journalists, scholar-activists, and poets, including William Monroe Trotter, Martin Luther King Jr., Adelaide Cromwell, Sonia Sanchez, and Afaa Michael Weaver; as well as artifacts from the collections of theologian and former Dean of Marsh Chapel Howard Thurman and many others.
This exhibition will be the Gotlieb Center's first-ever collaborative exhibit, as HGARC staff worked in tandem with BU professors and students to curate and assemble this display. The Writing Black Lives exhibition opening will be on Friday, March 27 and attendees of the Writing Black Lives symposium will receive free tours of the exhibition throughout the day.
Beginning March 30, 2020, the exhibit will be open to the public Mon.-Fri. 10:00 am-4:30 pm.
Favorite Poem Project- Lowell Poetry Reading
The featured poet will be Natasha Trethewey, along with BU alumna poet Megan Fernandes.
This event starts at 7:30 PM in the Alan and Sherry Leventhal Center on the 2nd floor, immediately followed by a reception and book signing in the Dahod Family Alumni Center at the Castle. It will be free and open to the public. For any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about the Favorite Poem Project HERE.
An Evening with Florence Nightingale
Boston University Libraries Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, the History of Nursing Archives, and the Board of the Nursing Archives Associates invite you to the Nursing Archival Associates Annual Event featuring "An Evening With Florence Nightingale," a live dramatic performance presented by Kathy Duckett, a nurse and professional actress. The program will run from 5:30pm-7pm, followed by a reception and small exhibition of digital materials. Doors will open at 5:00 pm.
The evening, based on Kathy Duckett and playwright Paul Langford's "Florence Nightingale: A Medical Revolutionary," is told in a series of flashbacks as related by Florence as an old woman (of 41) to her nurse. In these flashbacks, we see her as a young girl first becoming a nurse, in the Crimea and upon her return to England. Through these events, the audience sees how she became one of the most powerful women of her time and how she changed the course of medicine for the 19th and 20th centuries. The impact of her work is still felt today, although many people are no longer aware of all she has done.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required through our Eventbrite.
See more information about this event here.
Florence Nightingale 2020 Symposium
A Symposium about Florence Nightingale's influence on the evolution of nursing, both historical and contemporary.
This is an all-day event, but tickets are available for individual time slots throughout the day. To view more information about tickets and registration fees, please visit our Registration Website.
The Nightingale 2020 Keynote will be given by special guest speaker David Green, Museum Director, Florence Nightingale Museum in London.
The mission of the Nursing Archives Associates is to support the History of Nursing Archives in the preservation of the working papers, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and histories of prominent individuals, associations, and organizations, both historical and contemporary, who are important in the nursing field, and in making these valuable, unique primary resources available to researchers. These manuscripts and books document the evolution of the profession and its contribution to the fields of public health, women's rights, and military history. The History of Nursing Archives are a valuable part of the holdings of the Boston University Libraries Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. To learn more about becoming a member, click here.