Monthly Archives: April 2010

Ratings agencies taken to task

A Senate panel concluded that the credit-rating agencies had conflicts of interest and ignored signs that fraud and lax lending had infected the housing market which triggered the economic crash.  Risk-management expert Mark Williams, a former Federal Reserve Bank examiner who teaches finance in the School of Management and is author of the just-published book […]

A Taste of BUA tonight at 808

Boston University Academy (BUA) will hold its 11th annual benefit auction A Taste of BUA tonight at 6:30 PM at 808 Gallery. The event will be hosted by NECN’s TV Diner personality Billy Costa and will include both live and silent auctions. Guests will enjoy food samples from area restaurants including Catering on the Charles, […]

The Power of Narrative: Timeless Art in an Urgent Age

The College of Communication is hosting The Power of Narrative: Timeless Art in an Urgent Age today from 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM at the Photonics Center. The conference will explore the power of narrative in today’s media landscape and the timeless techniques of story-telling. Prize-winning writers and editors will discuss narrative in its many […]

Obama pushes Wall Street on reform

President Obama returned to Manhattan to lay out his vision for Wall Street reform now inching its way through Congress.  Former deputy Comptroller of the Currency Robert Bench, now a senior fellow at the BU Law School’s Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says the proposed reforms don’t go far enough at reining in […]

A new UN climate chief

The United Nations secretary-general soon will name a new UN climate chief on the heels of the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen negotiations.  International Relations Professor Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and lead author of the UN’s climate change panel that shared the 2007 Nobel Prize, […]

Obama dealing with Democrats

History Professor Bruce Schulman, author of “Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism,” asks in a Politico commentary: Will the White House punish Democrats who defected on the monumental health care overhaul?  After tracing both Franklin Roosevelt’s and LBJ’s successes and failures in dealing with their own political party, Schulman suggests that President Obama is learning […]

BU archaeologist elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Kathryn Bard, a Boston University Associate Professor of Archaeology, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Bard, who has conducted pathbreaking excavations in Egypt, is among 229 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs to become members of the Academy — one of the nation’s […]

GOP changing tone on financial reform

On the heels of the SEC suing Goldman Sachs for fraud, key Senate Republicans are easing up on earlier harsh criticism of financial regulatory reform bills offered by the Democrats.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,” says the shift makes political sense. “The political costs of […]

New antitrust guidelines for mergers

U.S. antitrust regulators from the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have proposed new guidelines for how they scrutinize mergers for possible antitrust violations.  Law Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust law authority, and School of Management finance Professor Michael Salinger, a former FTC director, agree the proposed guidelines more accurately reflect current practice […]

Lehman ex-CEO has “no recollection”

Lehman Brothers ex-CEO Richard Flud told Congress he has “no recollection” of hearing anything about how the now-bankrupt Wall Street investment bank used controversial accounting techniques to hide toxic assets from the balance sheet.  Former Fed bank examiner Mark Williams, who teaches finance at the School of Management and just had a book published on the fall […]