Category: alumni

A fine time had by all

The Core is pleased to report that it was a distinct pleasure to host so many pleasant Core and Classics persons at this past Saturday’s Core/Classics reception, part of BU’s alumni weekend. We hope to see more of you this spring, when we hold our gala 25th anniversary! — with Michael J. Maguire, Ashley McIntosh, […]

Community news: Javadov, Tabatabai, Gossen, Hamill

As you know, Core is more than a set of classes—it is also a community, whose members are the students, faculty, and alumni that have all shared experiences in and outside of those classrooms. One of the things that happens in a community is that people stay in touch. In keeping with this, we’re going […]

Alumnus Ben Howe & his Core-themed brewery

Ben Howe (CAS ’07), an entrepreneurial Core Curriculum alumnus, has opened a nano brewery and appropriately named it Enlightenment Ales! To our delight, the titles of his individual ales are, in our minds, very much Core-themed: Cosmos, Illumination, Enlightenment. As Ben describes on the company website, the nano brewery makes Bière de Champagne. For the laymen in brewery […]

Notes from the February 2014 EnCore Book Club: What is Life?

This month, EnCore book club attendees struggled with Erwin Schrodinger’s slim volume, What is Life?, a book that, as quoted in Goodreads, was “written for the layman, but proved to be one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of DNA.” Erwin Schrodinger is an inescapable figure in Core’s […]

Notes from the November 2013 EnCore Book Club: Frankenstein

Big turn-out this month: EnCore book club members met to discuss the much-beloved Gothic novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley. The discussion began with the novel’s framing device. The story begins with an exchange of letters between Captain Robert Walton and his sister. The captain, on an expedition to the North […]

Alumni Profiles: Danielle Isaacs

(Core ’07 CAS ’09) Years at Boston University: 4 years. Current location: Washington DC. Company and Title: Fine Art Specialist at Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers Recent activities: Danielle writes: I completed my MA in fine and decorative art at the Sotheby’s Institute in London in 2011. I organized a sale of vintage film posters at Weschler’s from […]

“Thank you all for the wonderful teachings!”

Alumna Kathy Pereda (Core ’06, CAS ’08) is currently a Clinical Research Assistant in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She is also an avid volleyball player and Zumba instructor. When we invited her to the Fall 2013 Core reception during Alumni Weekend, she wrote to let us […]

Have you ever lied about reading a book?

Even the most erudite and cultured Core students and faculty have at some point in their lives been placed in a sticky situation where lying about having read a book is the easiest way out. A useful post from The Guardian gives us a study of the top ten books that people have pretended to […]

Alum Advice: Prescription # 3

We asked our Core Alumni what succinct advice they could offer to new Core students as strategies for success in CC101. Here are some highlights: Beware the man whose trireme or codpiece is more impressive than yours. ~ Jonah Blustain (Core 2007, CAS 2009) [of course referring to Prof. Samons' infamous trireme lecture!] Speak your mind, and […]

Alum Advice: Prescription #2

We asked our Core Alumni what succinct advice they could offer to new Core students as strategies for success. Here are some highlights: For sophomores, Don’t give up, the benefits of Core will continue on and on in all your future classes, regardless of major. You will be so well prepared to draw comparisons and reference […]