Boston Area Public Lectures and Forums,
the founding of Harvard College in 1636, 16 years after the arrival of
the first Pilgrims at Plymouth, Boston has been a hub of scholarship,
and the life of the mind. 100 years ago the intellectually curious
could have witnessed public addresses by William James, Theodore
W. E. B. DuBois, Jane Addams, or Charles and Mary Beard. Indeed,
little has changed. Today one can hear talks by any number of
and public figures—ranging from Clifford Geertz, Eric Foner, John
Cornell West, Bill Clinton, or John Milbank—at the dozens of colleges,
libraries, and other venues in the area. Every day there are
opportunities to attend public lectures in the Boston area. Many
of these lectures are free, delivered by the most renown thinkers and
of our day. The events listed below are a sampling of some of the
hundreds presented in the Boston vicinity in 2006-07. ENC history
majors are strongly encouraged to attend some of these provocative and
enriching lectures and public forums.
SPRING 2008 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
THE BOSTON AREA
* credit for United States from
the 1920s to the Present (HI226); # credit for History of the Civil
Rights Movement (HI353)
Wed, Feb 20, 7:00 PM, Ted Conover, one of the finest participatory
journalists of his generation, talks about what it is like to
completely emerge himself in various subcultures and translate those
experiences into writing. Conover will discuss his most recent book,
Newjack. Boston College, Gasson 305.
# Thur, Feb 21, 4:30 PM, Walter Rucker “Only Draw in Your Countrymen:
Akan Community and Culture in Colonial New York City.” A native of
Atlanta, Georgia, Professor Walter Rucker has authored a number of book
reviews and journal articles appearing in the Journal of Black
Studies… Boston College, Devlin 101
Thur, Feb. 21, 7:00 PM, US Holocaust Memorial Museum film. The Baker
Film Footage Collection features footage shot by an American family,
the Bakers, who were living in Vienna when Hitler entered Austria in
March 1938 in the momentous historical event known as the Anschluss.
Equipped with a 16-millimeter camera, the Baker family captured on film
the tense days leading up to the German takeover, Hitler’s entry into
Vienna, the jubilant Austrian crowds who greeted him, and the
persecution of the Jews that began immediately upon the
annexation. Boston Public Library.
*# Thur, Feb 21, 7:00 PM, The African American Experience - Faculty
Panel Discussion. February is Black History Month. To celebrate, Barnes
and Noble at BU is honored to host a panel discussion. Allison Blakely,
Gene Jarrett, Linda Heywood, and John Thornton, of Boston University’s
African American Studies Program, will take part in a round table about
the past, present, and future of African Americans. Speaker(s): Allison
Blakely, Gene Jarrett, Linda Heywood, and John Thornton. Barnes and
Noble at BU, 660 Beacon Street.
Thur, Feb 21, 6:30 PM, Screening of For the Bible Tells Me So. This
documentary film, nominee of the Grand Jury Prize for the 2007 Sundance
Film Festival, explores the lives of five American Christian families
as they come to terms with the sexual identity of their children. The
movie screening will begin at 6:30pm, followed by a panel discussion
with Prof. John... Boston College, Cushing 001.
# Fri, Feb 22, 3:30 PM, Richard T. Ford, “The Race Card: How Bluffing
About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse.” Harvard Book Store
# Mon, Feb 25, 4:00 PM, David Brundage, “The United Irishmen and the
Fight to End Slavery.” Boston College, Connolly House.
Mon, Feb 25, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Anthony Lewis, "Freedom for the Thoughts
We Hate." Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Lewis discusses his new
book, Freedom for the Thoughts We Hate, with Harvard Law Professor
Martha Minow. The Kennedy Library. Registration
# Tues, Feb 26, 4:30 PM, Alexander Byrd, "The Atlantic World: A View
from the Cane Fields of Eighteenth-Century Jamaica." Boston College,
# Wed, Feb 27, 12:00 PM, Martha Minow, “Just Schools.” Martha Minow,
the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, has taught at Harvard since
1981. She writes about human rights and advocacy for members of racial
and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with
disabilities. Reservations required; please email Susan Richard at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Boston College, Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road.
Wed, Feb 27, 5:30 PM, Farhad Khosrokhavar, "Jihadism Between the East
and the West." Farhad Khosrokhavar is Professor of Sociology and
Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en
Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He has published fourteen books on
topics including the Iranian Revolution and the radicalization of
Muslim minorities in Europe. His most recent book on jihadism is
forthcoming with Paradigm Publishers. Tufts University, Cabot 702.
# Mon, March 3, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Boston Globe reporter Neil Swidey will
join University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor Keith Motley and
other educators in a discussion about the plight of our inner-city
schools. Swidey’s book, The Assist: Hoops, Hope and the Game of
Their Lives, examines this issue through the lives of the Charlestown
High School basketball team. Bill Littlefield, host of WBUR's
Only A Game, moderates. The Kennedy Library. Registration
Mon, March 3, 11:00 AM, Michael Brenner, "The Science of Judaism and
the Politics of Emancipation." Michael Brenner is Chair of Jewish
History and Culture at the University of Munich. He is the author and
co-author of numerous publications, including Prophets of the Past:
Jewish Historiography in the 19th and 20th Centuries (in German) and
The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany.
University, Lown 315.
Wed, March 5, 7:00 PM, Susan Jacoby, “The Age of American Unreason.”
Harvard Book Store.
*# Wed, March 5, 6:00 PM, Dr. Terrence Roberts and Elizabeth Eckford
“Choices in Little Rock: Choosing to Participate.” Dr. Terrence Roberts
and Elizabeth Eckford will speak about their experiences as two of the
nine students who set off for Central High School in Little Rock ,
Arkansas to continue the federal mandate of integration in 1957.
Excerpts of short films created by Boston Public School students
profiling some of Boston ’s civil right activists will be shown. This
event is related to the stories featured in the Choosing to Participate
exhibit and study guide and the Choices in Little Rock teaching unit.
Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall.
Wed, March 5, 12:00 PM, Colin Kahl, Georgetown University, "The Law of
War and The Evolution of Counterinsurgency in Iraq." MIT, E38-615.
Thurs, March 6, 5:00 PM, Susan S. Lanser, "The Sexuality of History."
Lanser's talk will ask not only what history can tell us about
sexuality and gender, but what sexuality and gender can tell us about
history. Brandeis University, Goldfarb Treasure Hall.
Thur, March 6, 6:00 PM, Charles Capper, Boston University, “Margaret
Fuller: An American Romantic Life.” Sponsored by the Massachusetts
Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street.
* Wed, March 12, 6:30 PM, “Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Dissent.”
The first in the "Revolutionary Ideals, Modern Debate" series
co-presented with the American Civil Liberties Union. Old South Meeting
*# Sun, March 16, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, "Robert Kennedy and the 1968
Campaign." March 16, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of Robert F.
Kennedy's announcement to run for President of the United States.
Join Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Peter Edelman, Dolores Huerta, Frank
Mankiewicz, William vanden Heuvel, Jules Witcover, John Seigenthaler,
Mark Shields and others as they share memories of the campaign and
reflect on the legacy of RFK. The Kennedy Library. Registration
Tues, March 18, 7:00 PM, Dany Cohn-Bendit on the Legacy of 1968.
European parliamentarian and green party leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit
speaks on The Legacy of 1968: A European Perspective. He was a leader
of the student protesters during the May 1968 riots in France when he
was known as Dany le Rouge (Dany the Red) both for his politics and
color of his hair. Boston University, SMG 105.
Tues, March 18, 5:00 PM, “What Do We Owe the Iraqis?” What is America's
moral responsibility to the Iraqi people? The fifth anniversary of
American military action in Iraq is rapidly approaching, and discussion
of troop withdrawal dominates presidential primary debates. But what do
American citizens owe the Iraqis?... Andrew J. Bacevich, professor of
history and international relations at Boston University, Rev. J. Bryan
Hehir, the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of
Religion and Public Life at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University, and Rev. Paul W. McNellis, S.J., a member of the Philosophy
Department at Boston College will discuss the religious and moral
implications of the American presence in Iraq. Boston College, Gasson
Fri, March 21, Friday, 3:00 PM, Michael I. Meyerson, “Liberty’s
Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist Papers,
Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World.”
Harvard Book Store.
Wed, March 26, 3:30 PM, Randall Balmer
(Barnard College, Columbia
University), "God in the White House: Faith and the
Modern Presidency." Lecture sponsored by the De Freitas
Eastern Nazarene College, Shrader 15.
Thur, March 27, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Daniel Pipes & Amy Dockser Marcus,
"The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Peace Process or War Process?" Ford Hall
Forum, Old South Meeting House.
Tues, April 1, 4:30 PM, Dr. Bernard Avishai, "Globalized Israel: Why
Olmert’s Center Government is the Last and Best Chance for a Peace
Deal." MIT, E51-095.
Thur, April 3, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Strobe Talbot, President of the
Brookings Institution, “The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient
Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation.” Ford Hall
Forum, Boston Public Library, Abbey Room
Fri, April 4, 12:00 PM, Donatella della Porta, “Europeanization from
Below: Social Movements and Multilevel Governance.” Donatella della
Porta is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political and
Social Sciences at the European University Institute, where she teaches
courses on political sociology, transformations in democracy, social
movements and civil society as well as qualitative methods and
research... Boston College, Devlin 101.
Mon, April 14, 6:00 PM, A conversation with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich,
Harvard University, The Power of Objects to Evoke Memories.”
Facilitated by Steve Marini, Wellesley College. This program is part of
the Massachusetts Historical Society’s History and Memory series. 1154
Tues, April 15, 7:30 PM, Kevin Phillips, “Bad Money.” Best-selling
author and political commentator Kevin Phillips exposes the crisis of
American capitalism. How has the interaction among reckless financial
dealings, excessive debt, worn-out politics and global over-reach
creates an Achilles heel for U.S. national security? What challenges
does the threat of “bad money” pose for the 2008 presidential
candidates? And for the new administration in 2009? Cambridge
Forum, Harvard Square.
April 16, 7:00 PM, Donald
Yerxa (ENC), "That Embarrassing Dream:
Big Questions and the Limits of History," with a response from Jon
Roberts (Boston University), lecture sponsored by ENC's Scholar's
and the History Department. Eastern Nazarene College, Munro Parlor.
Tues, April 22, 7:00 PM, Grant
Wacker (Duke University), "Billy Graham's America,"
lecture sponsored by the De Freitas Foundation. Eastern Nazarene
College, room TBA.
*# Wed, April 23, 6:00 PM. Joseph M. Cronin will speak on his book
Reforming Boston Schools, 1930-2006: Overcoming Corruption and Racial
Segregation. Joe Cronin was a Harvard professor and dean, State
Secretary of Education, Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of
Commerce Education Committee, and has studied and written about Boston
schools for more than fifty years. Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture
# Mon, April 28, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, "A Conversation with Barney Frank."
Congressman Barney Frank discusses the federal government's role in
addressing economic and social problems, particularly growing
inequality in our society. The Kennedy Library. Registration
* Thur, May 1, 6:30 - 8:30, Cecile Richards, President of Planned
Parenthood, “Banned in Boston: The Silent Speech of Margaret
Sanger. Ford Hall Forum, Old South Meeting House.
Tues, May 13, “The Flash Press.” American Antiquarian Society, 185
Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
Tues, May 20, Ginger Strand, “Niagara Falls.” American Antiquarian
Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634.
Wed, May 28, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, "An Evening with Ted Sorensen." Former
Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant moderates a discussion with Mr.
Sorensen's former colleagues in the Kennedy administration -- Robert
McNamara, Secretary of Defense; Carl Kaysen, Deputy Special Assistant
for National Security Affairs; and, Lee C. White, Assistant Special
Counsel to the President and a law school classmate of Mr. Sorensen's
-- along with Adam Frankel, who assisted Mr. Sorensen in research on
his autobiography, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, which is
being published in May. The Kennedy Library. Registration
Mon, June 16, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, "The Centennial of Thurgood Marshall."
July 2, 2008 marks the centennial of Thurgood Marshall's birth.
Join Juan Williams, NPR Senior Correspondent and author of Thurgood
Marshall: American Revolutionary; U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner;
and, Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier as they honor the first African
American appointed to the United State Supreme Court. Georgetown
Law Professor Sheryl Cashin moderates. The Kennedy Library. Registration
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