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Grand Opening of WTBU

Grand Opening of WTBU

Please join us for a reception and reunion with former "WTBUers" in the new studio. The evening will include live radio programming, musical performances, on-air guest interviews to tell "my WTBU moments" and more. RSVP at comalum@bu.edu

6:00pm on Thursday, November 30th 2017

640 Commonwealth Ave




Confucianism, Gapponshugi and the Spirit of Japanese Capitalism

Confucianism, Gapponshugi and the Spirit of Japanese Capitalism

CURA Colloquium An inability to discover a solid social mechanism transmitting Confucian ideas into capitalistic activities makes scholars disagree on the causal relationship between Confucianism and the rising industrial Asia, which is assumed by the so-called post-Confucian hypothesis. A study of the decisive role of Shibusawa Eicchi, as an independent Confucian businessperson, in the formation of Japanese capitalism sheds light upon our understanding of both the causal relationship and the features of Confucian religiousness. Through the study, Max Weber’s methodology of sociology of religion and the meaning of the study of business history on today’s business education can also be reexamined. Please email CURA@bu.edu for a copy of this working paper in advance of the session.

1:00pm on Friday, December 1st 2017

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




The Protestant Origins of Wilsonianism

The Protestant Origins of Wilsonianism

Contemporary international relations theorists agree that President Woodrow Wilson gave birth to the American liberal internationalist project. While Wilson’s efforts to create the League of Nations failed, subsequent liberal visions for international order inevitably drew from the Wilsonian vision. Insufficiently acknowledged, however, is how much Wilson’s vision was rooted in his religion. What was the role of religion in Wilson’s worldview, and in Wilsonianism? What does that mean for the place of religion in U.S. foreign policy? Drawing on primary source material from Wilson and his contemporaries, this paper demonstrates that Wilson’s views were grounded in a liberal Protestant and Southern Presbyterian vision of democracy, American-led progress, international cooperation, economic openness, and the struggle of good against evil as a military march of slow progress with many casualties. Against the common portrayal of Wilsonianism as rooted in secular, liberal values derived from Immanuel Kant, this paper unearths the Protestant origins of Wilsonianism. By doing so, the paper sheds light on a latent theological aspect of liberal internationalism that helps to explain its missionary fervor. Additionally, by highlighting liberal internationalists’ systematic elision of religion from the history of Wilsonianism, the paper affirms the constructivist view that international relations continues to be motivated by normative political theory.

1:00pm on Tuesday, December 5th 2017

http://www.bu.edu/cura/protestant-origins-of-wilsonianism/




The Narrative of Islamophobia in European Media

The Narrative of Islamophobia in European Media

CURA Colloquium The first half of the session will include feedback on Sana's paper, and the second half will be her response. Sana Haque's paper aims to analyze the rhetoric on Islamophobia in Europe in traditional and new media. It also considers the counter-narrative developed by the Muslim community to undermine negative stereotypes. The paper argues against the idea that Muslims are passive in the face of Islamist terror and Islamophobia. This counter-narrative not only subverts stereotype but also builds understanding and allows Muslims to actively reshape their own identities. Email cura@bu.edu for a copy of this working paper to review in advance.

1:00pm on Friday, December 8th 2017

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




Are You Man Enough: Performing Contemporary Masculinities

Are You Man Enough: Performing Contemporary Masculinities

How do we define masculinity today–is there only one masculinity, or are there many American masculinities contingent upon ethnicity, race, sexuality, ability, age, and even the region in which one is raised? This talk will explore a short history of American masculinities; where notions of masculinity come from; whether or not “masculinity” is confined to those with biologically male bodies; and what it means to be a “real man” and the pressures of / resistances to rigidly policed expectations of masculine performance.

7:30pm on Thursday, February 1st 2018

Sheraton Commander, 16 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

http://bostonu.imodules.com/s/1759/2-bu/2col.aspx?sid=1759&gid=2&pgid=3870&cid=7202&ecid=7202&crid=0&calpgid=1050&calcid=2086




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