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.


COVID-19 UPDATE ON HGARC EVENTS

Center Events
Tuesday September 22, 2020
771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Boston University Libraries' Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center has cancelled or postponed all planned public events until further notice. Please see the March 11, 2020 Updated Letter to the Community on Coronavirus from BU President Robert A. Brown for additional information.

 



[CANCELLED] Friends Speaker Series: Jill Lepore

Friends Speaker Series
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:00 PM
George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Metcalf Ballroom, Second Floor
Admission: Free to Members of the Friends of Boston University Libraries HGARC & Students with a BU ID. R.S.V.P. on Eventbrite

 

CANCELLED - The Friends Speaker Series event featuring historian Jill Lepore scheduled for Tuesday March 24, 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 public health emergency in Massachusetts.

 

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.

Click Here to download the Jill Lepore flyer.



[POSTPONED] An Evening with Florence Nightingale

NAA Annual Meeting
Nursing Archives Associates
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 5:30 PM
Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Admission: Free and open to the Public with Registration

 

DUE TO THE CURRENT GLOBAL STATUS OF COVID-19, ALL NIGHTINGALE 2020 BICENTENNIAL EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

 

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.



[POSTPONED] Florence Nightingale 2020 Symposium

Nursing Archives Associates
Friday, May 1, 2020 - 10 AM-8 PM
Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way
Admission: Ticketed Registration Required

 

DUE TO THE CURRENT GLOBAL STATUS OF COVID-19, ALL NIGHTINGALE 2020 BICENTENNIAL EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

 

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.



Friends Speaker Series: Dan Rather

Friends Speaker Series
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 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. R.S.V.P. on Eventbrite or call (617) 353-3697

Journalist Dan Rather will join us to speak on the themes of his recent book What Unites Us. 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.

Members of the Friends of HGARC will need to register on Eventbrite using their membership credentials, or may call (617) 353-3697, and Students with a valid BU ID can register on our BU ID holder Eventbrite.

Click HERE to download the Dan Rather flyer.


Friends Speaker Series: DAVE ITZKOFF: Author of the new Robin Williams biography

Friends Speaker Series
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 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 New York Times culture reporter and author Dave Itzkoff will speak on the research and writing of his books, including Robin, a biography of Robin Williams, along with his other works. Itzkoff writes frequently about film, television and comedy. The evening will also feature the announcement of the winners of the HGARC Student Book Collecting Contest.

The evening will also feature an exhibition of items from the Robin Williams' archive, held by the Gotlieb Center.

Event starts at 6 PM in the Metcalf Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave. It will be free to Members of the Friends of HGARC and Students with a BU ID. General Public tickets are $25, please call (617) 353-3697 to R.S.V.P.!

Click HERE to download the DAVE ITZKOFF flyer.


2019 Annual Nursing Meeting: Featuring Guest Speaker Roberta Gately, RN, BA

Nursing Archives Associates
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 5:30 PM
Trustee Ballroom - One Silber Way - Ninth Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public. RSVP required: 617-353-3698

Roberta Gately, a nurse, novelist, and former humanitarian aid worker, has provided nursing care from Africa to Afghanistan. She has written extensively on the subject of refugees for The Journal of Emergency Nursing as well as a series of articles for the BBC World News Online and the Huffington Post. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world's refugees and displaced. She has appeared both locally and nationally on TV and radio programs to discuss her novels and refugee issues. Her work has been honored with the Frances Slanger Lifetime Achievement Award (2017) by the Boston City Hospital Nurses Alumni Association and the Human Services Award (2007) by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Gately lives in Boston where she works as a nurse at The Boston Medical Center. Her two previous novels, Lipstick in Afghanistan and The Bracelet, were based upon her experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Ms. Gately will sign copies of her latest book, Footprints in the Dust, which will be available for sale at the event.

This event is free and Open to the Public. RSVP required: 617-353-3698.

Click here to download the event flyer



Poems in Progress 2019

Student Enrichment Series
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 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

Do you write poetry? Join Professor Christopher Ricks for a unique opportunity to discuss your poem with other writers. Students will each present a poem of his or her making, for discussion by others in the room. Each student must bring an original 10-30 line poem, which can be a translation. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will be notified which session they are registered for no later than Thursday, April 4, 2019. The event takes place in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's MLK, Jr. Reading Room, 3rd floor, Mugar Library.

Click here to download the event flyer

Click here to download an application



Friends Speaker Series: Justice & Espionage

Friends Speaker Series
Tuesday, March 26, 2019- 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 and Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies present a panel discussion including Professors Erik Goldstein, Igor Lukes, Joe Wippl and John Woodward; sons of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Michael and Robert Meeropol; and Cold War specialist Phillip Deery as they discuss justice and espionage in the United States. The panel will explore these issues in their historical context, and consider how their legacy may inform present-day world affairs. Come enjoy a complementary reception and the unveiling of the new exhibition Quest For Justice: A Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Author and Social Activist David Alman, in which Alman explores the case of the Rosenbergs. This event will start at 6 PM in the Metcalf Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave. It will be free to Members of the Friends of HGARC and Students with a BU ID. General Public tickets are $25, please call (617) 353-3697 to R.S.V.P.!

Click HERE to download the Justice & Espionage flyer.


HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2019 Deadline

Student Enrichment Series
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 5PM 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.

Click here to download the contest flyer

Click here to download the contest rules

Click here for a list of past winners



Conversations - Walt Whitman: the year of his birth, 1819

Student Enrichment Series
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 1st Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Join Professor of English Anita Patterson and William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities Christopher Ricks for the first of two conversations commemorating 200 years of poetry.  The first event in this series is titled Walt Whitman: the year of his birth, 1819 and will be held on February 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm. The second conversation with Doctoral candidate Emily Kramer and Professor Ricks is titled John Keats: the Great Year of his poems, 1819 will be held on March 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Click HERE to download the Whitman 1819 flyer.
Click HERE to download the Keats 1819 flyer.


Friends Speaker Series: Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie & Casting Director and Producer Bonnie Timmermann

Friends Speaker Series
Thursday, October 4, 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

Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie's career, which stretches over a decade, has brought him in over 36 countries, covered 13 conflict zones, mostly in East Africa, the South Caucasus, the Middle East and central Asia. On April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Alpeyrie was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels. For eighty one days he was bound, blindfolded, and beaten. He chronicles his ordeal in the book The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer's True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria. After gaining his freedom, Alpeyrie met Bonnie Timmermann, one of Hollywood's most successful and prolific producers and casting directors. Intrigued and moved by his story, Bonnie helped Alpeyrie land the book deal for The Shattered Lens which he dedicated to her. The two are now collaborating on a film based on the book and on other projects as well. Join us for an on-stage discussion about the creation of the book, and their ongoing collaboration.

Click here to download the event flyer



Poetry Reading by Prize-Winning Poet Jane Hirshfield

Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading, in Collaboration with the Favorite Poems Project
Center Events
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Richards-Roosevelt Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

In collaboration with the Gotlieb Center, BU's Creative Writing Program is proud to present a Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading by Prize-Winning Poet Jane Hirshfield and recent BU alum Natasha Hakimi, with an introduction by Robert Pinsky.

Reading followed by book signing and dessert reception. Free and open to the public.



Student Discovery Seminar - Jazz in the Archives

Student Enrichment Series
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BUID

Join us for a very special seminar presented by the HGARC Student Advisory Council and Professor Victor Coelho in an exploration of Jazz. This seminar gives students a chance to touch, hold and read original letters, manuscripts, journals and photographs from noted musicians, critics and historians, including Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Sylvia Dee and Henry Pleasants. The seminar takes place Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the main reading room of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

Click here to download the event flyer



Tell Them About The Dream

Center Events
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 6:00 PM
George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Metcalf Ballroom, Second Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

In collaboration with The HistoryMakers, The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center presents a program dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the week of remembrance of the 50th Anniversary of his assassination. Come hear Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Khalil Muhammad interview renowned Poet Nikki Giovanni on Dr. King's dream and discuss what the dream is today. The program will also include an exhibition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s archive.

Click here to download the event flyer

 



HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2018 Deadline

Student Enrichment Series
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 5PM 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.

Click here to download the contest flyer

Click here to download the contest rules

Click here for a list of past winners



Student Discovery Seminar - Trailblazing Women

Student Enrichment Series
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:00 PM
HGARC Reading Room, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to Students with BUID

Join archivist Claudia Willett and Professor Alexis Peri in an exploration of the lives and work of some remarkable women who challenged gender stereotypes and impacted history. Trailblazing Women is a Student Discovery Seminar where students can touch, hold and read original letters, manuscripts, journals and photographs from noted activists, journalists and world travelers, including Emma Goldman, Florence Nightingale, and Martha Gellhorn. The seminar takes place Thursday March 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the main reading room of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.   

Click here to download the event flyer

 



Conversations with Christopher Ricks- Bob Dylan: Trouble No More - Slow Trains Coming

Student Enrichment Series
Tuesday, March 20, 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 and celebrated Bob Dylan expert Christopher Ricks for the second conversation about Bob Dylans The Bootleg Series, Trouble No More 1979-1981, the eleven disk set released in 2017.  Part I on February 27 is entitled You Know Who He Is, and Part II on Tuesday March 20 is entitled Slow Trains Coming.   

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Friends Speaker Series: Executive Producer and Author Lawrence O'Donnell

Friends Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 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

Lawrence O'Donnell hosts The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC.  Each night, O'Donnell relies on his extraordinary background in politics, entertainment and news, to provide the last word on the biggest issues and most compelling stories of the day. O'Donnell joined MSNBC as a political analyst in 1996.  O'Donnell has also appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Nightline, Charlie Rose, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Morning Joe and several other programs.

Born in Boston, O'Donnell is a graduate of Harvard College, where he wrote for The Harvard Lampoon. His first foray into politics was as Director of Communications in Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's 1988 re-election campaign. From 1989 - 1992, O'Donnell served as Senior Advisor to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and then was Chief of Staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works.  He was later the Chief of Staff of the Senate Finance Committee from 1993 - 1995.  A writer prior to entering politics and government, O'Donnell published the 1983 book Deadly Force, which was adapted as a CBS movie in 1986. He has written essays and articles for several publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, People, Spy, and Boston Magazine. In 2017, O'Donnell published the book, Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics.

O'Donnell was also an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for the NBC series The West Wing and creator and executive producer of the NBC series, Mister Sterling.

Mr. O'Donnell will sign copies of his latest book, Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, which will be available for purchase. 

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Conversations with Christopher Ricks- Bob Dylan: Trouble No More - You Know Who He Is

Student Enrichment Series
Tuesday, February 27, 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 and celebrated Bob Dylan expert Christopher Ricks for the first of two conversations about Bob Dylans The Bootleg Series, Trouble No More 1979-1981, the eleven disk set released in 2017.  Part I on February 27 is entitled You Know Who He Is, and Part II on Tuesday March 20 is entitled Slow Trains Coming.   

Click here to download the event flyer