Monthly Archives: August 2011

10 years later: Islam today

In today’s installment of “10 Years Later,” Robert Hefner, an expert on Islamic culture and director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA), discusses the state of Islam and Muslim society in the U.S. since September 11th. Contact Hefner at 617-353-2194; Tomorrow, we take a look at the residual psychological impacts of the […]

10 years later: Are we safer?

This week and next Professor Voices will run a special video series called “10 Years Later” that highlights various angles of the upcoming anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  We start today with Andrew Bacevich, a foreign policy expert and professor of international relations, who discusses whether the U.S. is safer now from the threat of terrorism than it was prior […]

Warren Buffett to invest $5 billion in Bank of America

Shares of Bank of America immediately jumped 13 percent after the announcement that Berkshire Hathaway, owned by Warren Buffett, will invest $5 billion in BofA. Cornelius Hurley, director of BU’s Center for Finance, Policy & Law and Mark Williams, master lecturer in finance at BU’s School of Management, are available to offer commentary, analysis and […]

N. Korean nuclear moratorium

During a summit meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il announced that his country is ready to impose a moratorium on nuclear missile tests. William Keylor, an international relations professor and author of A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945, offers the following comment: “Once again, the North Korean […]

Campaign 2012: The Massachusetts Senate race

Fred Bayles, director of the State House Program, offers his early analysis on the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race. Contact Bayles at 617-353-7736;

Is Google+ the next Facebook?

Google+ has been gaining popularity as a new social network, but will it dethrone Facebook?  According to Mina Tsay, assistant professor of communication at Boston University, the potential is there.  Tsay’s research focuses on the psychological and social effects of mass media, and the psychology of new and social media.  Contact her at 617-353-3482;

Google to buy Motorola Mobile

Google recently announced that it will acquire Motorola Mobile for $12.5 billion. Boston University School of Law lecturer James Bessen is the co-author of Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk.  He offers the following comment on the impact of the deal: “This acquisition demonstrates that patents today are more about […]

Perry, Fed, & ‘treason’

Texas Governor Rick Perry, campaigning in Iowa on Monday, responded to a voter’s question on the Federal Reserve, saying “printing more money…is almost treasonous.” Boston University School of Law professor Cornelius Hurley is director of the Center for Finance, Law & Policy and a former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors. He offers the […]

Weekly roundup of quotes by BU experts on the S&P downgrade: August 8 – August 12

Below is a sampling of quotes by BU experts on the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt for the week August 8 – August 12: “You add it up, our bond rating shouldn’t be AA+, it should be CCC at this point. I’m not kidding…It’s a scary mix of ingredients…If the market drops any […]

Bank of America to sell Canadian, European credit card business

Bank of America has announced it plans to sell its Canadian credit card business to TD Bank Group, as well as its European credit card business. Boston University master lecturer Mark Williams is an expert on risk management and teaches finance at the BU School of Management. A former Federal Reserve Bank examiner, he’s the […]