Tagged: EnCore

Notes from the February EnCore Book Club: Persepolis

The EnCore book club met this month to discuss the popular graphic novel Persepolis, by Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi. It was an unusual choice for the group for a variety of reasons: the book is a memoir of a young girl growing up in revolutionary Iran, it was originally written in French, and it was published as a […]

Notes from the June EnCore Book Club

The EnCore Book Club met on June 6th to discuss the last book on its Ancient Greco-Roman cycle, Augustus, by John Williams. Thoughtfully munching on Chinese food while sipping beer and wine, attendees first pondered about the structure of the book. Augustus is a novel made up of the fictional letters and journal entries of […]

Notes from the May EnCore Book Club

An emphatic discussion was held last week Wednesday the 9th at the EnCore Book Club meeting. Professor Loren J. Samons kindly attended our discussion of his book What’s Wrong With Democracy? From Athenian Practice to American Worship (University of California Press, 2004). We discussed ancient and contemporary politics, the business of government, and the interconnectedness of social, economic, and other issues. To learn more, read on!

MFA Tag-Team Lectures

Who says you can’t take lectures on two, completely unrelated topics? No one from the Core. Our community has, after all, seen its fair share of rock star physicists and pre-med actors, to name just two odd combinations. So why not learn about food trucks and Machiavelli simultaneously? The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is […]

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 […]

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 […]

EnCore Book Club: Tonight!

Tonight is the perfect chance for Core alumni to come together at the EnCore book club and recapture the excitement of being a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Core student again with intellectually provocative discourse. Join the discussion at the BU Alumni Lounge, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, at 6:30 PM, whether you are a returning participant or are […]