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September 26, 2017
Dean's Corner | Civic Activism and Liberal Education
One of the most important things that a liberal education offers students is training in the habits and capacities needed to be informed and engaged citizens, which may mean engaging in direct political action. It seems likely that opportunities for direct engagement in protest will soon come to BU's campus. These will be teachable moments and we should embrace them, for both their political and educational value. Read more.

Tipper Gore (CAS '70) Discusses Her Path and Activism Through the Lens of Her Camera

Mary Elizabeth “Tipper” Gore visited the College of Arts & Science over Alumni Weekend where she recounted the story of her early activism and her career through a photographic retrospective. As part of her visit, Gore donated and signed a collection of her photographs to CAS, which now stand across from the CAS Think Tank.


BU Center for the Humanities Hosts Inaugural Public Forum

The BU Center for the Humanities is proud to announce its first public forum: Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age, which will take place October 5-7th. The role of libraries and archives is important to societies around the world, helping to determine what information we keep and how we present it. Recording Lives will bring together specialists from academia, public libraries, and government agencies to explore this important topic. Learn more.

Celebrating CAS Lecturer Promotions

Each year brings the opportunity for faculty and lecturers to earn promotions to a higher rank. In our last edition of CAS News we focused on faculty. This week, we congratulate and recognize the hard work and dedication of the 19 CAS lecturers who received promotions to senior lecturer. Learn more.

Fellowships Available for Students Who Study African Languages

Foreign language area fellowships are available for current CAS students who are interested in studying African languages. These awards cover $10,000 in tuition and a $2,500 stipend per semester. If you have students who may be interested in this opportunity, please direct them here for more information.

Lectures & Events

September 27

Works in Progress Meeting: A Presentation by Professor Cathie Jo Martin

September 28

Comparative Persianate Aesthetics Symposium

Economic Expansions, Past and Present: How America’s Experience Connects to Modern-Day China

October 2

Modern Mediterranean Identities: Jewish Futures in the Mediterranean World
Biogeosciences Seminar: “Determining Molybdenum Speciation in Modern and Ancient Aquatic Systems
Favorite Poem Reading, Anniversary Celebration: BU Arts Initiative and The Favorite Poem Project

October 3

Linked Fates, Forming Ranks: How Can Solidarities Make Us Stronger?

October 4

Operational Response to Climate Change
Boston UniverCity NSF Research Traineeship Program Kick-Off
The Archaeology Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture: “What Good are Ancient Cities? Archaeology and Comparative Urbanism”

October 5

National Identity, Multiculturalism in Contemporary Italy: Film Screening and Discussion with Fred Kudjo Kuwornu
Public Forum, Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age, Opening Lecture & Reception

October 6

Public Forum, Recording Lives: Libraries & Archives in the Digital Age, Day 1
First Conference on Albert Hirschman’s Legacy: Theory & Practice

October 7

Public Forum, Recording Lives: Libraries & Archives in the Digital Age, Day 2

Events Calendar

Department/Program News


Assistant Professor of Anthropology Christopher Schmitt spent the summer studying vervet monkeys in South Africa, where he also presented research at the Primate Evolution and Genetics Group conference in Blyde Canyon. He also had two papers recently accepted for publication in the journal Nature Genetics.


Assistant Professor Xi Ling recently received the University Provost’s Career Development Professorship. This award is given to a junior faculty member who shows exceptional promise and is particularly focused on advancing the participation and success of women in the life sciences.
Creative Writing

Lecturer Sigrid Nunez has an excerpt titled “The Blind” from her new novel, The Friend (February 2018) published in the fall issue of The Paris Review.
Earth & Environment
Assistant Professor Diane Thompson recently published two papers in the journal Paleoceanography: “Tropical Pacific climate variability over the last 6000 years as recorded in Bainbridge Crater Lake, Galápagos,” and “Spatiotemporal variability in the δ18O-salinity relationship of seawater across the tropical Pacific Ocean.”

Michael Dietze, associate professor, has co-authored “Vegetation Demographics in Earth System Models: a review of progress and priorities” in the journal Global Change Biology.

Romance Studies

Assistant professors Charles Chang and Sudha Arunachalam and Associate Professor Paul Hagstrom were awarded five years of renewed funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the annual BU Conference on Language Development (BUCLD). The grant funding will enable enhancement of accessibility and diversity at the conference by supporting graduate and undergraduate student organizers and researchers, including underrepresented minorities and women.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professor Linda McClain was a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton’s Center for Human Values in 2016, and she has an upcoming book titled Bigotry, Conscience, and Marriage: Past and Present Controversies. 
Catherine Connell, associate professor of sociology, published two articles about her current research on gender and sexuality policy change in the US military: one in the journal Sexualities titled "Different Than An Infantry Unit Down In Georgia: Metronormativity in the Homophobia Narratives of Boston Area ROTC Cadets” and another in Sociology Compass called "Now That We Can Ask and Tell: The Social Movement Legacy of the DADT Repeal.”

From BU Today

BU Doubles Number of Posse Scholars
University’s 10-year partnership with program adds Bay Area cohort
Designing Science
Newest BU research center is built for collaboration
Remembering Elie Wiesel (Hon.’74)
Students, academics, and scholars recall the man and his enduring legacy
Swimming with Sharks (and Stingrays)
CAS student chronicles internship Down Under
University Climbs in US News Rankings
Rating continues BU’s decade-long upward trend

From Bostonia

A Call to Action from Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
Alumni Weekend 2017: conversation with Tipper Gore, celebration of Elie Wiesel
Caitlin Doyle: Following in Robert Frost’s Footsteps
Creative Writing alum wins Frost Farm Prize for metric poetry
Princess Diana Remembered, 20 Years after Her Death
CAS historian on how she influenced the modern monarchy

From Research

New Kilachand Center Links Key Research Disciplines
Discoveries will be fueled by collaboration and a record $115 million gift

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