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Spring 2014 Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Event Calendar

Monday, January 27, 6:30-9:00, AAC Wilder Pavilion. International Film Series, The Secret in
their Eyes. Co-sponsored with Global Studies, English and Media Studies, and the Media and Culture Labs & Studio.

Thursday, January 30, 2:10-3:25, AAC 254. Working Seminar  with Graham Nessler, Valente
Center post-doctoral fellow, "Seventy Years before Lincoln: The Dominican Republic in the Hemisphere's First Great Slave Emancipation."

Monday, February 3, 2:10-3:25, AAC 254. Working Seminar with Ranjoo Herr, Philosophy, "Agency of Women Who Defend their Nonliberal Culture.”
Respondent: Jane Tchaicha,
Modern Languages.

Wednesday, February 19, 3:35-4:50, La Cava 325 ABC. Kristin Lieb, associate professor, Marketing, Emerson College and author of Gender, Branding, and the Modern Music Industry (Routledge). Public lecture, “‘It's Hard Out Here For A Bitch’: Branding This Year's Girl in the Modern Music Industry.”

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30-9:00, AAC Wilder Pavilion. International Film Series, Eyes Wide Open. Co-sponsored with Global Studies, English and Media Studies, and the Media and Culture Labs & Studio.

Wednesday, February 26, 3:35-4:50, La Cava 325 AB. Tarleton Gillespie, associate professor, Department of Communication, Cornell University; Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research New England. Public lecture, “Algorithms, and the Automated Censorship of Social Media.”

Thursday, February 27, 6:00-8:00, La Cava Executive Dining Room. Susan Reed, “Frenemies Who Changed the Workplace for Everyone,” a Black History Month Event. Co-sponsored by the Forum for Creative Writing, the Multicultural Center, the Arts & Lectures Series, and the Gender Studies Program.

Wednesday, March 5, 2:10-3:25, La Cava 305AB. Panel on the Affordable Care Act. Confirmed participants include Dhaval Dave, Economics; Lynn Arenella, Natural and Applied Sciences; Robert DeLeo,Global Studies; Kevin Donnelly, Assistant Professor of Political Sciences, Bridgewater State University; Williams Gribbons, Director, Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design.

Monday, March 17, 2:10-3:25, AAC Wilder Pavilion. Mario Livio, author of Brilliant Blunders. Co-sponsored with the Bentley Certified Leader Program.

Tuesday, March 18, 6:30-9:00, AAC Wilder Pavilion. International Film Series, The Sapphires. Co-sponsored with Global Studies, English and Media Studies, and the Media and Culture Labs & Studio.

Wednesday, March 19, 12:45-2:00, Smith 307. Marcus Johnson Smith, Sneaker Museum. Co-sponsored with the Bentley Arts and Lectures Series.

Wednesday, March 26, 3:35-4:50, La Cava 298A. Working Seminar with Bruce Herzberg, English and Media Studies, “Miracles in Biblical Legal Discourse.”

Wednesday, April 2, 2:10-3:25, MOR 300, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant Showcase.  Meet Student Research Assistants and learn about their projects.

Monday, April 7– Friday, April 11. Valente Visiting Scholar, Sigridur Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, Member of Parliament, Iceland. Bentley host, Joni Seager, Global Studies.

  • Wednesday, April 9, 3:35-4:50, La Cava 325 ABC. Public Lecture, “Lessons From Iceland About the Making and Unmaking of the Financial Crisis.”
  • Thursday, April 10, Thursday 12:45-2:00, Morison 300. Faculty Seminar, “Bringing Feminist Analysis to Understanding the Global Financial Crisis: Icelandic Perspectives.”   

Monday, April 7, 6:00-9:00, Wilder Pavilion. International Film Series, Black Maria Film Festival. Co-sponsored with Global Studies, English and Media Studies, and the Media and Culture Labs & Studio.

Wednesday, April 16, 12:45-2:00, MOR 330. Working Seminar with Barbara Paul-Emile, English and Media Studies.

Thursday, April 24, 11:20-12:35, AAC 254. Working Seminar with Traci Abbott, English and Media Studies, and Gender Studies minor coordinator, “Beyond Beatie: Documenting the Pregnant Man.” 

Tuesday, April 29, 3:00-5:00, La Cava Faculty Dining Room. Annual Valente Center Book Party. Co-sponsored with the Offices of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of Business.


Fall 2013 Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Event Calendar

December 5, 2:10 pm – 3:35 pm, MOR 300.  Working Seminar with David Szymanski, Natural and Applied Sciences, "A Proposal for Broad Integration of Earth and Environmental Science into Business Curricula.” Respondent: Dr. Cathy Summa, Director, Wellesley College Science Center.

December 2, 2:10pm - 3:30 pm, Morison 330, Working Seminar with James Shaw, Valente Center Short-Term Visitor, "A Liberal-Republican Conception of Liberty: Benjamin Constant and James Madison on Interference and Domination".  Respondent, Dr. Chris BenekeHistory Department.

November 21, 2:00 pm – 3:25 pm, LaCava 325AB,  Dr. Dan Bouk, History, Colgate University. "How Our Days Became Numbered: Practices of Risk in Modern American Life."  Dr. Bouk’s research explores the impact of life insurers' risk practices on American culture and society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He blogs at American Science (

November 14, 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm, MOR 330.  Working Seminar with Bonnie Field, Global Studies, and “The Anchors of Minority Parliamentary Government.”  Internal Respondent: Juliet Gainsborough, Global Studies.

November 11, Daniel MericaCNN, Bentley Alumnus

  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Lower Café, Open lunch for students: Meet Daniel MericaCNN, and learn about the world of broadcast journalism and new media.
  • 3:35 pm – 4:50 pm, La Cava 305A/B/C Daniel MericaCNN, “From Business School to Journalism.”

November 7, Robert DeLeoMassachusetts Speaker of the House of Representatives.

  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, MOR 300, Discussion with Robert DeLeo and Valente Undergraduate Fellows and Faculty, Seminar topic:  “Democracy in America.”
  • 3:35 – 5:30 pm, Wilder Pavilion, Public Lecture by Robert DeLeoMA Speaker of the House

November 6, 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm, Smith 307: Andrew DeVriesSculptorCo-sponsored by the Arts and Lecture series.

October 31, 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm, MOR 330.  Working Seminar with Catherine Fung, English and Media Studies, “ The Complicit Refugee: Memory, Citizenship, and the Vietnam War.”  Internal Respondent: Kristin Sorensen, Global Studies.  External Respondent: Min Hyoung Song, Associate Professor of English at Boston College and editor, Journal of Asian American Studies.

October 28, 2:10 pm – 3:25 pm, Wilder Pavilion, AAC:  Benjamin Zander, Conductor and Music Director of Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Renowned Speaker on the Arts & Leadership.  Co-sponsored by the Arts and Lecture series.

October 21st – October 24: Valente Visiting Scholar, Dr. Kristin J. Anderson, Associate professor of psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown.

  • October 22, 3:35 pm – 4:50 pm, Wilder Pavilion, AAC: Public lecture by Dr. Kristin Anderson. "The Business of Bigotry: Subtle Prejudice in Today's Workplace."
  • October 23, 2:10 pm – 3:25 pm, AAC 254: Faculty Seminar with Dr. Kristin Anderson, "Modern Misogyny: Post-Feminism and Subtle Sexism in the 21st Century."

October 18, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, La Cava Executive Dining Room:  First Annual Bentley University Research Colloquium, “Responsible Innovation,” a showcase of Bentley faculty research.  Keynote by Dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, Moral Philosopher, Delft University, and Bentley Trustee; Reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the Research Council and the Office of the Provost.

October 10, 3:35 pm – 4:50 pm, MOR 300: Working Seminar with Clifford Putney, History, “From Night School to University:  Reflections on the History of Bentley.”  Putney will share his research on writing the official Bentley history for the upcoming centennial celebration in 2017.

October 2, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, FDR, La Cava 372 A/B/C:  Book Launch for George Ellenbogen, poet and creative writer, Bentley Professor Emeritus, and author of a recent memoir set in Montreal, Stone In My Shoe: In Search Of Neighborhood, and for the late Evelyn Shakir, creative writer, Arab American scholar, former Bentley professor, and author of Teaching Arab/Writing Self, a collection of personal essays.  Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Forum.  Event support by the Canadian Consulate General of Boston.

September 19, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Faculty Dining Room, La Cava:  New Faculty Reception & Pub Night, immediately following the book panel. 

September 19, 2013, 2:10 pm – 4:00 pm, LAC 325 A/B/C, Book Panel DiscussionShaping the Future of Business Education:  Relevance, Rigor, and Life Preparation, edited by Gordon Hardy and Dan Everett.  Introduction and facilitator, Dan Everett. Contributors: Samir Dayal, Joan Atlas, Jay Thibodeau, Andy Aylesworth, Greg Hall, Chris Beneke, Rick Oches, Fred Ledley, Mark Davis, and Heikki Topi.

September 18, 2:10 pm – 3:35 pm, Smith 122, Working Seminar with Lynn Arenella, Natural and Applied Sciences, "Innovation in Biopharmaceutical Development.”  Respondent:  Richard Knapp, Ph.D., Sanofi Genzyme.

August 29, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.  MBA Studio, AAC 341, Dr. Andy Boynton, author of the Idea Hunter and Dean of Carroll School of Management, Boston College, speaking about his work on creativity and innovation. He blogs at Forbes, Co-sponsored by the Bentley MBA program.

August 29, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm, AAC 262. First Week Session:  “Explore Bentley Valente Center for the Arts & Sciences.”  Learn about Research Assistantships, Albano self-directed seminar, and Valente Fellows seminar.

Valente Calendar Spring 2013 - Sponsored and Co-sponsored Events

April 30, 4:00-6:00pm, Book Party for Bentley Authors with book publications in 2012, with Special Musical Performance by Adam Payne, Faculty Dining Room, LaCava 3rd Floor

April 18, 2:10 pm-3:25 pm, Working Seminar with Leonid Trofimov, History Department, "Mission Impossible? The First Postwar Soviet Propaganda Campaign, April-June 1946," Adamian 254
April 17, 6:30pm, The Black Maria Film Festival with Festival Director John Columbus, April 17th, at 6:30pm in Wilder Pavilion, Adamian 165

April 8 – April 11: Valente Visiting Scholar Dr. James Phelan, Ohio State University:

April 3, 12:45 pm- 2:00 pm, Discussion with Bill Roseman, Editor of Marvel Comics, Smith 305

April 3, EVENT CANCELLED 2:10 pm-3:25 pm, Working Seminar with Lynn Arenella, Natural and Applied Sciences, "Innovation in Biopharmaceutical Development,"

April 1, 2:10 pm-3:25 pm, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant Showcase, Morison 300

March 28, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Inauguration of VALSAC (Virtual Analytics Living Standards Analytics Community) with Dominique Haughton, Mathematical Sciences Department, and Phong Nguyen,  T&C Consulting, Hanoi, Smith 122. 

March 27, 12:45 pm-2 pm, Albano Student Seminar Showcase, Smith 305.  Watch the Lecture

March 20, 2:10 pm- 3:25 pm, Working Seminar with Jane Griffin, Modern Languages Department, "Fake It 'Till You Make It: Digital Matter and Literary Cultures Online," Morison 330

March 6, 2:10 pm - 3:25 pm, Humanities Funding Panel, Morison Board Room, Mor. 300.   Watch the Lecture

February 20, Chilean Author Pía Barros

  • 12:45 pm-2:00 pm:  Conversation with Pía Barros, "Literature and Political Activism in Latin America,” Smith 305
  • 3:35 pm-4:50 pm: Book Launch and Bilingual Reading of The Place of the Other, with Pía Barros and her translators, Jane Griffin and Resha Cardone, Adamian Lobby

Watch the Lecture  - Watch the Book Launch

February 11, 2:10 pm-3:25 pm, Valente Center Fellow Bjoern Machalett, “Reconstructing Past Atmospheric Intensity Using Wind-blown Sediments,” LaCava 325A 

February 6, 3:35 pm-4:50 pm, Kewku Anno and Lydia Anno, Ghanaian Innovators and Entrepreneurs, The Biofil Toilet System and Closing the Nutrient Gap,” Wilder Pavilion, Adamian 165.  Watch the Lecture

February 4, 2:10 pm-3:25 pm, Faculty Workshop on the National Science Foundation Grant Funding with Thom Davis, Natural and Applied Sciences; Dominique Haughton, Mathematical Sciences; Rick Oches, Natural and Applied Sciences; Nathan Carter, Mathematical Sciences; Pat Flynn, Economics; M. Lynne Marcus, Information and Process Management; Tamara Babaian, Computer Information Systems, Morison 300.  Watch the workshop

February 1, 5:00 pm, “Welcome Back & Meet Valente Fellow Bjoern Machalett,” Happy Hour at the Mad Raven, 841 Main Street, Waltham

January 30, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm, Exhibit Opening and Reception on South African Activist and Freedom Fighter Helen Suzman, Baker Library Gallery

January 29, Dr. Neal A. Lester, Associate Vice President for Humanities and Arts, Arizona State University

  • 8 am-10 am: MLK Breakfast Keynote, Executive Dining Room, La Cava 2nd Floor

Past Events 

December 6, 2012,

Working Seminar with Dominique Haughton, Professor of Global Studies 
Global Analytics: Four Illustrative Stories and a Virtual Academic Community (VALSAC), 5:00PM in Smith 122

enter the event:
November 28, 2012
Working Seminar with Bridie Andrews, Department of History
2:10PM in AAC 254

November 6, 2012
Simon Keller, "Empathizing with Skepticism about Climate Change"
11:30 AM, Wilder Pavilion

October 31, 2012
"2012 Election Crystal Ball: What's Going to Happen and Why"
Panel with Traci Abbott, English and Media Studies; Rob DeLeo, Global Studies;  Jeff Gulati, Global Studies; Scott Sumner, Economics and Cyrus Veeser, History
2:10 PM, Adamian Lobby

October 30, 2012 
Working Seminar with Visiting Research Fellow Andrei Korbut
"'Order' Followed by and Asterisk: The Ordinary Methodologies of Social Action"
12:45 PM, AAC 254

October 22, 2012
Visiting Scholar, Dr. Khedija Arfaoui, Tunisian activist and feminist researcher

  • 10/22, 11:30 AM Wilder Pavilion: Public Lecture, "The Arab Spring: Tunisia Two Years After the Jasmine Revolution" Watch The Arab Spring
  • 10/23, 7:00 PM Wilder Pavilion: Introduction, international film series screening, No More Fear
  • 10/25, 2:10 PM Adamian Lobby: Open Forum Discussion on the Arab Spring. Watch the discussion

October 19, 2012
Scholarship of Engagement Workshop
Co-Sponsored with Service-learning Center and the Wilder Teaching Professors
11:30 am LaCava 325 A/B 

October 17, 2012 Co-Sponsored Events

  • Writer James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, "History Revisited," 12:45 pm, Smith 305
  • Civic Awareness Panel with Carolyn Magid, Linda McJannet, Skip Hachey, Gesa Kirsch, and Donna Fletcher at 5:00 pm, LaCava 305 A/B
  • Writer Sapphire, author of Push, at 6:15 p.m., Wilder Pavilion

October 11, 2012

Valente Center and Honors Program Open House
2:00 PM Valente Center, AAC 247

September 27, 2012  

Ambasador Fernando De Mello Barreto: The Brazilian Economy Today
Ambassador Fernando De Mello Barreto was introduced by Eliani Benaion
2:10pm in the Wilder Pavilion, AAC 165. Watch The Brazilian Economy Today

September 24, 2012
Presentation by Gesa Kirsch, Professor of English and Media Studies, and Maureen Goldman, Professor Emerita of English and Media Studies, on September 24th, at 5pm in AAC 254: “Sustainability, the Professional Woman, and the American City”

September 12, 2012

New Faculty Reception
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Faculty Dining Room


LSM Speaker Series 

The LSM series aims to impress upon students the value of the liberal arts in professional life, especially the business world.    

"Confessions of a Lapsed Historian"

April 1, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. (Adamian Commons) The Jeanne and Dan ValenteCenter for Arts and Sciences continues its LSM Speaker Series with a talk by Eric Schultz, PhD, President of Sensitech.

Schultz is an experienced entrepreneur and senior executive who currently serves as President of Sensitech, a former "Inc. 500" company acquired by Carrier Corporation/United Technologies in 2006, and as a Partner in the Ascent Venture Partners program. His non-profit work includes a current stint as Chairman of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and as Director Emeritus of Brown Broadcasting Service (WBRU-FM). He is co-author of "King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict."

Academic Conferences

In keeping with our fundamental mission, the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences strives to offer rigorous, multidisciplinary academic conferences. 

Bentley faculty and staff work with our co-sponsors to develop conference agendas that are both innovative and relevant to scholars in the liberal arts, as well as the larger public. Conference proposals with a humanities focus are especially welcome.

Conferences are held on the beautiful Bentley University campus in Waltham, Mass., just minutes from downtown Boston. 

2010 Conferences

Mirror Neurons and Social Cognition — April 8, 2010

2009 Conferences

Assessing the Effectiveness of Life Sciences Innovation Interventions 
Networking Summit — May 28 and 29, 2009

We welcome ideas, and co-sponsors, for future conferences. To share thoughts or ideas with us; or, to submit a proposal for a future conference, please contact us.