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Raisin' Hell: Narrative Constructions of a Useful Enemy in Religious Right Fundraising Matters

Raisin' Hell: Narrative Constructions of a Useful Enemy in Religious Right Fundraising Matters

CURA Colloquium with Chad Moore, Graduate Division of Religious Studies

1:00pm on Friday, February 23rd 2018

http://www.bu.edu/cura/colloquium-schedule/




Let's Talk: Brand Management with Lisa Tanzer, Life is Good

Let's Talk: Brand Management with Lisa Tanzer, Life is Good

How is a brand built from scratch? How is a brand maintained? When is it time to change? Join Innovate@BU for a fireside chat on brand management with Lisa Tanzer, President, Life is Good. Moderated by Greg Stoller Senior Lecturer, Questrom School of Business.

4:00pm on Monday, February 26th 2018

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-brand-management-with-lisa-tanzer-president-life-is-good-tickets-42161907400




Silas Peirce Lecture: Black Liberation & White Supremacy

Silas Peirce Lecture: Black Liberation & White Supremacy

Since the 1980s, Southern localities have erected increasing numbers of monuments that commemorate the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the longer black freedom struggle more generally. However, the forms, locations, and sometimes even the existence of these memorials have been affected and deflected by assumptions about the nature of civic space and public commemoration. As a result Southern civic spaces often present an odd juxtaposition of monuments celebrating opposite sides of the black freedom struggle. Periodic incidents such as those in Charleston in 2015 and in Charlottesville in 2017 provoke public debate about the appropriate fate of monuments celebrating the Confederacy and the longer white supremacist tradition more generally. This talk will explore some of these constraints and paradoxes of the Southern civic landscape. Presenter: Dell Upton, Professor of Architectural History & Chair, Department of Art History, UCLA

6:00pm on Tuesday, February 27th 2018

Photonics 206, 8 St. Mary's Street




Story-telling and Place-making in the Zongo Religious Imagination: Negotiating Belonging in Nima-Accra, Ghana

Story-telling and Place-making in the Zongo Religious Imagination: Negotiating Belonging in Nima-Accra, Ghana

with Emily A. Williamson, PhD Student in Anthropology, Boston University Email cura@bu.edu for a copy of Emily's paper in advance

1:00pm on Friday, March 2nd 2018

http://www.bu.edu/cura/colloquium-schedule/




Bridging Privacy Definitions: Differential Privacy and Privacy Concepts from Law and Policy

Bridging Privacy Definitions: Differential Privacy and Privacy Concepts from Law and Policy

Interest in differential privacy is growing among policymakers and privacy practitioners as an approach to satisfying legal and policy requirements for privacy protection when using and sharing personal information. However, demonstrating that formal privacy models such as differential privacy satisfy legal requirements for privacy protection is a significant challenge due to conceptual gaps between the legal and technical definitions.

This presentation, given by Harvard Berkman Center fellow Alexandra Wood, will discuss how the use of differential privacy can be understood to be sufficient to satisfy a wide range of legal and policy requirements, despite these definitional gaps. It will draw from specific examples of privacy requirements from a selection of laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, Title 13 of the U.S. Code (governing the US Census Bureau), and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA). Key concepts from these legal requirements that are found to be relevant to privacy in computation include personally identifiable information, de-identification, linkage, inference, identification risk, expert determination, consent and opting out, and purpose and access limitations.

While none of these legal and policy concepts refer directly to differential privacy, the differential privacy guarantee can be interpreted to address these concepts while accommodating differences in how they are defined and interpreted. A series of examples will be provided to show how policymakers and privacy practitioners can interpret the differential privacy guarantee as sufficient to satisfy legal and policy requirements that rely on these concepts. This approach can, in turn, guide practitioners in the future as they make decisions when analyzing and sharing statistical data about individuals, informing individuals about the privacy protection they will be afforded, and designing policies and regulations for robust privacy protection.

Please send your RSVP for this talk to tgabs@bu.edu. Refreshments provided.

12:30pm on Monday, March 12th 2018

BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue

http://www.bu.edu/law/faculty-and-staff/colloquia-workshops/intellectual-property-speaker-series/




Pulling Apart: Universalism and Particularism in Modern Jewish Ethics

Pulling Apart: Universalism and Particularism in Modern Jewish Ethics

CURA Colloquium with Michael Zank, Professor of Religious Studies

1:00pm on Friday, March 23rd 2018

http://www.bu.edu/cura/colloquium-schedule/




Zadie Smith: "On Writing"

Zadie Smith: "On Writing"

Zadie Smith, essayist and renowned author of White Teeth, On Beauty, and Swing Time, will engage in a conversation led by Christopher Lydon, host of WBUR's Open Source, followed by questions from the audience. The event is sponsored by the Boston University Provost's Office, the Dean of Students' Office, the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Kilachand Honors College, the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the CAS Core Curriculum, and the BU Alumni Association. The event is free and open to the public, but a reservation will ensure a ticket. Registration opens March 1st at http:www.zadie.eventbrite.com

7:00pm on Monday, March 26th 2018




STH Lowell Event Featuring Traci Blackmon

STH Lowell Event Featuring Traci Blackmon

Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. April 3, 2018 5pm-6:30pm STH Community Center, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, basement Reception Following in Room 325 Registration on the website is encouraged but not required. www.bu.edu/sth/blackmon This event is free and open to the public due to generous support from the Lowell Institute. For more Lowell Lectures, please visit www.lowellinstitute.org.

5:00pm on Tuesday, April 3rd 2018

http://www.bu.edu/sth/blackmon




Regulating Digital Intermediaries

Regulating Digital Intermediaries

Online platforms such as Amazon and Facebook have presented a host of potential societal challenges, touching on independent elections, free speech, monopoly power, and consumer protection. These issues raise questions about how government agencies can best use their existing authority, and how the current regulatory architecture should be updated. This Cyber Alliance discussion will consider existing regulatory efforts with a goal of exploring structural reforms to improve digital intermediary oversight.

Please RSVP to Tyler Gabrielski at tgabs@bu.edu.

3:15pm on Wednesday, April 4th 2018

Hariri Seminar Room at the Hariri Institute for Computing, 111 Cummington Mall

http://www.bu.edu/law/faculty-and-staff/colloquia-workshops/intellectual-property-speaker-series/




Blessing America First: Religion, Foreign Policy, and the Trump Transition

Blessing America First: Religion, Foreign Policy, and the Trump Transition

with David Buckley, Department of Political Science, University of Louisville Email Cura@bu.edu for a copy of this paper in advance.

1:00pm on Friday, April 6th 2018

http://www.bu.edu/cura/colloquium-schedule/




The Role of Religion and Women Leadership in Peace Building: A Study of war Torn Liberia

The Role of Religion and Women Leadership in Peace Building: A Study of war Torn Liberia

with Suegatha Kai-Rennie Pardee School Email cura@bu.edu for a copy of Suegatha's paper in advance.

1:00pm on Friday, April 13th 2018

http://www.bu.edu/cura/colloquium-schedule/




Digital Advertising: A View from the Inside

Digital Advertising: A View from the Inside

BU Law’s IP & Innovation Speaker Series is an important element of BU Law’s comprehensive IP Program. In partnership with BU’s Hariri Institute for Computing & Computational Science & Engineering, the Speaker Series gives students and faculty the opportunity to interact with leading thinkers from around the world in an exciting workshop setting.

This talk on digital advertising will be given by BU Computer Science's Prof. John Byers. Please RSVP to Tyler Gabrielski at tgabs@bu.edu.

12:30pm on Monday, April 30th 2018

BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge (1503)

http://www.bu.edu/law/faculty-and-staff/colloquia-workshops/intellectual-property-speaker-series/




The Thrill of the Race: The Spectacle of Chariots in Rome

The Thrill of the Race: The Spectacle of Chariots in Rome

Chariot-racing attracted massive crowds throughout Roman history, and spectators were captivated by its speed and danger. It was also big business: it was an organized sports industry with four popular teams (or ‘factions’), and fanatical fans who were willing to fight, gamble, start riots, or even cast magical spells to help their favorite team. In this talk, you will learn about the race, the Circus, the drivers, and the horses, and discover a fascinating and exciting part of ancient society.

12:30pm on Friday, May 4th 2018




Religious Anthropocentrism as Violent Impulse

Religious Anthropocentrism as Violent Impulse

with Barbod Salimi, Assistant Professor, School of Theology Email cura@bu.edu for a copy of this paper in advance.

1:00pm on Friday, May 4th 2018

http://www.bu.edu/cura/colloquium-schedule/




Robot Lawyers: Automating Legal Compliance for Transferring Private Data

Robot Lawyers: Automating Legal Compliance for Transferring Private Data

Legal and regulatory requirements governing the collection, use, and sharing of personal data are complex and often not very well understood by the stakeholders who interact with a data repository. The vast majority of data contributors, users, and curators have little expertise in the laws and best practices of data privacy and security. Determining what data a repository may accept, under what conditions data may be retained, how a recipient may use released data, and how these restrictions should be reflected in a data sharing license typically requires lengthy negotiation and advice from legal counsel.

There is no common set of licensing agreements shared across institutions and regulatory regimes, and agreements are not easily tailored to a specific data transfer. Current approaches to drafting data use agreements typically require significant investments of time and effort by legal counsel for each individual data transfer. As a consequence, institutions tend to duplicate effort by developing variations of agreements for identical uses, or they draft licenses that are too generic and fail to accurately capture all of the specific requirements that are applicable to a data transfer.

In this talk, Harvard Prof. Stephen Chong and Harvard Berkman Center's Alexandra Wood will present work-in-progress on expert system support to automate data deposit and release decisions within a repository, and generate custom license agreements for those data transfers. They formalize the privacy-relevant aspects of selected statutes, regulations, and best practices, supported by an analysis documented in legal memoranda. They then use this formalization to automate actions within repository systems including automatic generation of data licenses. This enables appropriate decisions and accurate licenses, while removing the bottleneck of human effort per data transfer. Their system will enable legal professionals to evaluate the legal reasoning and interpretation embodied in the formalization, and the specific rationale underlying a decision to accept or release a particular dataset or generate a particular license.

Refreshments provided. Please RSVP to tgabs@bu.edu.

12:30pm on Monday, May 14th 2018

BU School of Law (Room 203), 765 Commonwealth Avenue

http://www.bu.edu/law/faculty-and-staff/colloquia-workshops/intellectual-property-speaker-series/




13th Annual McCahan Education Day

13th Annual McCahan Education Day

Dr.John McCahan served as the Associate Dean or Academic Affairs at BUSM 1976-2006. His commitment to medical education over his many years of service was exceptional. BUMC faculty, fellows, residents, students and staff who are interested in educational innovations and scholarship are cordially invited to this interactive event. Please visit bumc.bu.edu/jmedday for additional information and event updates.

12:00am on Wednesday, May 30th 2018

Hiebert Lounge

bumc.bu.edu/jmedday