Monthly Archives: March 2010

Food and Memory: Biography, Autobiography, and Film

Award-winning chef, television personality and author Jacques Pepin will host “Food and Memory: Biography, Autobiography, and Film”, a panel discussion, reception, and screening of Nora Ephron’s film Julie & Julia today at 6:00 PM at Metcalf Hall (2nd floor of the George Shurman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue). The panel discussion and film screening will explore […]

North Korean leader reportedly ill

Reports say North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is indeed ill, suffering from kidney failure requiring dialysis.  International Relations Professor William Keylor, an authority on U.S. foreign policy, says the absence of a system of succession could become a critical obstacle to the resumption of the six-party nuclear disarmament talks. “Reports of discontent within the […]

Obama cool to Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu got a cool reception from the Obama White House, as a dispute over new housing settlements in East Jerusalem continues to roil U.S.-Israeli relations.  International Relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, a Middle-East authority, says in his blog that Netanyahu operates within an ideology that basically rejects a two-state solution with the Palestinians […]

Boston Ballet Dance Spotlight Tonight

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will host a Dance Spotlight with the Boston Ballet tonight at 7:00 PM in the Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston). The event will include an advanced look at Boston Ballet’s upcoming production of Jiri Kylian’s Black and White including excerpts from the world’s foremost contemporary choreographer.  The […]

Pay Czar eyes TARP firms’ pay

U.S. “Pay Czar” Ken Feinberg is writing all 419 firms that took taxpayer bailout money — not just the big seven taking TARP bucks — seeking to review their executive compensation, and maybe asking for some bucks back.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says the deep review is appropriate and […]

China counters Google

After Internet search giant Google redirected millions of Chinese users too its uncensored Web site in Hong Kong, the Chinese government countered by blocking access to the alternate site.  Political science and international relations Professor Joseph Fewsmith, a China expert, says move by the government that insists on censorship wasn’t a surprise. “I’m surprised Google […]

Healthcare bill to Obama’s desk

President Obama said it was answering “the call to history” when the House passed the Senate’s version of healthcare reform and sent the bill to his desk for signing.  Political Science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,” says GOP unity in opposition shows how far right the party has moved on […]

Greenspan notes Fed’s flaws

Ex-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has acknowledged the Fed’s failure to grasp the magnitude of the housing bubble, but offered some policy prescriptions to avoid another crash.  Economics Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, whose new book “Jimmy Stewart is Dead” is about bankings’s future, applauds Greenspan for saying banks should have to hold bonds that automatically covert to equity […]

U.S. cyberattacks CIA Web site

The Washington Post reports the U.S. military cyberattacked and shut down a joint Saudi-CIA Web site which had been set up to uncover terror plots in Saudi Arabia.  The military said it was putting Americans at risk.  International relations Professor Joseph Wippl, a 30-year CIA operations officer, says the shutdown could have been more tactful […]

Small banks slow at bailout payack

While most of the huge banks which got taxpayer bailouts last year have paid back their TARP loans, hundreds of community banks haven’t.  Robert Bench, a former deputy Comptroller of the Currency and now a senior fellow at BU Law’s Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says it’s no surprise.  Too many real estate […]