Category: alumni

Help a Friend of the Core

On Tuesday, BU Today reported the frightening story of Will Lautzenheiser, a former BU student who lost his limbs to a terrible infection and has come back to Boston for rehabilitation. During his time at BU, Will was a devoted student of English and the Core. As a teaching and research assistant and as a […]

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Notes from the March EnCore Book Club

The EnCore book club meeting had its March Wednesday meeting yesterday, a gathering well-fueled by Noodle Street ambrosia and unspilled libations. The work in question was Robert Louis Stevenson’s very popular novella, the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Here were some of the talking points that came up in the discussion: The […]

Core to see Pride & Prejudice on stage

On March 20th, the second-year Core Humanities students will hear a lecture on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by the novelist Allegra Goodman.  Dr. Goodman’s most recent book The Cookbook Collector has been described as a “Sense and Sensibility for the digital age.” We are fortunate that a theatrical version of Pride and Prejudice is […]

Bonobos Establishing Social Status

Fabiana Cabral (Core ‘08, CAS ‘10), a member of the EnCore steering committee, writes: Students of Core versed in the second semester of the Natural Sciences will no doubt remember the sharp comparisons in CC106 between the aggressive behavior of chimpanzees and the frisky alternative attitudes of their gentle bonobo cousins. The WEEK Magazine reports […]

Book-Based Libations

Fabiana Cabral (Core ‘08, CAS ‘10), a member of the EnCore steering committee, writes: Attending an EnCore Book Club meeting is a great way to witness how well-placed adult beverages can truly stoke the creative fires of literary debate. While we all come for the books and good talk (not to mention free Chinese food […]

Tonight: Theater of War pre-show talk, after-show reception

From Erin McDonagh (Core ’08, CAS ’10), member of the EnCore Steering Committee: As Core alums, we all know that no one understood war or tragedy like the ancient Greeks. In Theater of War, actors read excerpts from Sophocles’ tragedies Ajax and Philoctetes, with the aim of drawing attention to the challenges faced by veterans […]

How to prosper in Core, part two

More advice from Core alumni reaching out through the Core Facebook Wall and the EnCore online community to support first-year students in their first fall in Core. See the first batch here. Jennifer Formichelli, Core lecturer:: Read all the books in a quiet place in a nice chair with your cell phone and computer off. […]

How to Prosper in Core: advice from alumni to the 1st-years

This week, the Core asked Core alumni on Facebook whether they had advice for incoming students about how to succeed in the Core. Their advice — by turns sagacious, solemn, and uplifting — came in a veritable torrent of goodwill. Here is the first batch of responses, from the Core Facebook profile and the Wall […]

EnCore Boston Book Club in August

Join EnCore for the August gathering of our Boston book group. We will be discussing the collected letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo. As always, refreshments will be served. RSVP at the EnCore event page. The Van Gogh Gallery website describes all the collections of Van Gogh’s letters here. A good and […]