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.
Student Discovery Seminar – The Outdoors, Indoors…
Come explore the great outdoors, indoors in the archives! Ascend Mt. Denali, visit the Antarctic, photograph wildlife, forage for food, and explore early environmentalism, all through the eyes of some of America's great outdoor pioneers!
Conversations with Christopher Ricks - On Film: Frederick Wiseman's Institutions
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.
Student Discovery Seminar – Soviets, Secrets & Spies
Join us for an exploration of spy-related material the Center currently holds. We'll go deep into the operations of Soviet spies and their counterparts and uncover secrets and treasures along the way. Seminar held by History professor Alexis Peri and HGARC archivist Claudia Willett.
Friends Speaker Series: Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie & Casting Director and Producer Bonnie Timmermann
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.
Student Discovery Seminar: Farm to (Research) Table: Food, Cuisine and Agriculture
Interested in nutrition? Love poring over cookbooks? Would you call yourself a foodie? Then join us for our first Student Discovery Seminar of the Year! We'll take you on a culinary tour of the archive. Come explore (and even hold in your hands!) artifacts from famous chefs, food writers and more!
BOSTON REVISITED: Fifty Years of the Bay State Banner – Exhibition Opening
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University is proud to open "BOSTON REVISITED: Fifty Years of the Bay State Banner", a major exhibition that chronicles the journey and the evolution of challenges and successes within the black community in Boston and New England as seen through the photographs of the African American owned news weekly. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the publication of a new book, Boston's Banner Years: 1965 - 2015 - A Saga of Black Success. Banner publisher and editor, Melvin Miller will be present to sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase at the event.
The exhibition portrays these five decades of history in Boston in the areas of education, employment, banking and business, housing, community organizations, social movements, demonstrations, politics, law enforcement, civil rights, sports, music, and the arts.
The event is free and open to the public and the reception begins at 1:00 pm; R.S.V.P. 617-353-3697 by Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
"Remembering the 100th Anniversary of the Influenza Pandemic with a presentation: 10,000 Grip Cases in Lynn: Nurses Needed," featuring Dr. Barbara Poremba, EdH, MPH, MS, RNCS, ANP, CNE
Join the Nursing Archives Associates for their annual meeting, featuring BU School of Nursing Alumna Dr. Barbara Poremba. Dr. Poremba will speak on the influenza pandemic of 1918 from both an individual and institutional perspective.
Barbara Poremba, RN, MPH, MS, RNCS, ANP, CNE is an adult Nurse Practitioner and Visiting Lecturer at Salem State University's School of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts. She then proceeded to earn her Master of Nursing as a Community Health Clinical Specialist from Boston University before moving on to Harvard University, where she received her Master of Public Health specializing in Maternal and Child Health. She then returned to her undergrad alma mater, University of Massachusetts, to receive her Doctorate in Multicultural Public Health Education and Media Development. Finally, she received her Post-Master's Certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. As a lecturer at Salem State University's School of Nursing Dr. Poremba teaches courses in Public Health Nursing, and Population Health and Community Nursing. Dr. Poremba writes opinion pieces on Public Health issues for the Salem News and has also published a number of photo essays and audio pieces.
Following the talk there will be a reception.
Friends Speaker Series: Star of TV, Film & Broadway Christine Ebersole
For over 30 years, two-time Tony Award-winning actress Christine Ebersole has captivated audiences on the Broadway stage, and with television series and specials, films, concert appearances, and recordings.
Ebersole was raised in Winnetka, Illinois, and was the youngest of four children. At New Trier High School, Christine played violin in the school orchestra and discovered her singing ability in a summer drama class. After high school, she briefly attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, before graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in 1975.
One of Ebersole's first roles was as an understudy in the Broadway musical On the Twentieth Century, followed by her turn as Ado Annie in Oklahoma. She then went on to star with Richard Burton in the 1980 revival of Camelot.
From there, Ebersole launched her early television career, landing roles on Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live , and as part of the cast of the 1981-1982 season of Saturday Night Live. She would continue her small-screen success with roles on such hit television series as The Cavanaughs, Murphy Brown, Empty Nest, Rachel Gunn, R.N., Just Shoot Me, Will & Grace, Crossing Jordan, Boston Legal, Royal Pains, Ugly Betty, Sullivan and Son, American Horror Story: Coven, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Search Party. Ebersole also landed a number of roles in high-profile films such as Tootsie, Amadeus, Ghost Dad, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, True Crime, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Ebersole then shifted her focus back to Broadway, where she won her first Tony Award for her performance as Dorothy Brock in the 2001 revival, 42nd Street. She was also featured in The Best Man, Steel Magnolias, Blithe Spirit, War Paint, and Dinner at Eight, for which she received both Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations.
Ebersole would go on to the role of a lifetime, playing the dual roles of "Big Edie" Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and "Little Edie" Edith Bouvier Beale in the smash hit Grey Gardens, for which she won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, the show was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and its CD was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Christine continues to appear in numerous concert halls and cabaret venues throughout the country, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Feinstein's, and Cafe Carlyle. Ebersole, a highly awarded recording artist, has also released several CDs, including Christine Ebersole: Strings Attached in 2013.
Poems in Progress
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. Each student must bring an original 10-30 line poem which can be a translation.
Poetry Reading by Prize-Winning Poet Jane Hirshfield
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
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.
Tell Them About The Dream
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.
Student Discovery Seminar - Trailblazing Women
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.
HGARC Book Collecting Contest 2018 Deadline
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.
Conversations with Christopher Ricks- Bob Dylan: Trouble No More - Slow Trains Coming
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.
Friends Speaker Series: Academy Award Nominee Willem Dafoe
Appearing in over one hundred films during his remarkable career, Willem Dafoe is internationally respected for bringing versatility and boldness to some of the most iconic films of the past thirty years. Known for his artistic curiosity and daring, Dafoe has appeared in film projects around the world, becoming a fan favorite for roles in Hollywood blockbusters and independent cinema.
Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Dafoe studied drama briefly at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before joining the experimental theater company Theatre X in Milwaukee. He moved to New York in 1976, where he studied under Richard Schechner, director of the avant-garde theater troupe The Performance Group. Dafoe later became one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, an experimental theatre collective, and would continue to help create and perform in the group's work through 2005.
Dafoe's film career began as an uncredited extra in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate, but his role was cut from the film during editing. He then rebounded, taking roles in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless, Walter Hill's Streets of Fire, and William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A., before securing his star-making role of Sergeant Gordon Elias in Oliver Stone's Platoon. Since then, he has worked with some of film's greatest directors, including Wes Anderson, David Cronenberg, Abel Ferrara, Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Anthony Minghella, Alan Parker, Sam Raimi, Martin Scorsese, Lars Von Trier, Wim Wenders, and Zhang Yimou.
Dafoe is known for his leading and supporting roles in such Hollywood hits as The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning, Wild at Heart, Flight of the Intruder, Clear and Present Danger, The English Patient, American Psycho, Spider-Man, Finding Nemo, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Aviator, Inside Man, The Hunter, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Fault in Our Stars, John Wick, Finding Dory, and Murder on the Orient Express. He has also had roles in well-received independent films and European arthouse features, such as The Boondock Saints; Faraway, So Close!; Auto Focus; Manderlay; The Dust of Time; My Son, My Son; What Have Ye Done?; Antichrist; A Woman; and Nymphomaniac.
Dafoe has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with three Academy Award nominations: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 1986's Platoon, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 2000's Shadow of the Vampire, and most recently a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 2017's The Florida Project, for which he also received Golden Globe Award, Gotham Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his performance.
Willem Dafoe's papers are part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University and will be on exhibit during the event.
Photo by Brad Trent
Friends Speaker Series: Executive Producer and Author Lawrence O'Donnell
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.
Conversations with Christopher Ricks- Bob Dylan: Trouble No More - You Know Who He Is
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.
Student Discovery Seminar - Dynamic Duos of Stage & Screen
Come and explore the lives - both on and off set -- of legendary partners from the stage and screen. Material from the collections of Geena Davis, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Leonard Nimoy will be on display so we can explore these amazing real and fictional figures - Thelma and Louise, Aladdin and the Genie, Bogie and Bacall, Kirk and Spock - that while amazing on their own, came together and made history.
Report from the Archives Round Table
BU Center for the Humanities presents Report from the Archives, a round table discussion of archival work featuring the HistoryMakers, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, and BU faculty from across the university. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.