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"Intimacies"R.E.A.D. Reading And Engagement Across Disciplines

The Intimacies of Four Continents by Lisa Lowe

August 30th, 2022, 10 - 12pm

Virtual meeting

Past Events


Should the Wind Drop

Join us on zoom meeting ID 957 4462 8852 for a screening and discussion with Director Nora Martirosyan and Producer Julie Paratian.

Location LIN 30


"Border"Bentley's Spring 2022 International Film Series

Bentley's International Film Series is made possible with support from the Global Studies Department, the English and Media Studies Department, the Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences, the Bentley Library, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Media and Culture Labs and Studio.



19th Annual Undergraduate Research Day

April 22, 2022, 2 - 5:30pm, Lacava 3rd Floor

Join us for the 19th Annual Research Day as we showcase independent undergraduate research at Bentley University. Students will present a collection of original research which includes scientific discoveries, economic analysis of pressing business and societal issues, and mechanisms for harnessing business for the benefit of people, the planet, and profit.
This is an opportunity to recognize outstanding undergraduate students who are providing solutions to challenges that we face in society and acknowledge the faculty that have guided them through their research journey. Engaging in research has proven to develop strong critical thinking and communications skills -- traits that are admired by employers across industries. This year's program and abstracts will be available on the website by April 10th.
Students who engage in undergraduate research have the unique opportunity to work with faculty on important academic projects to develop and strengthen these and other critical career readiness competencies in an academically impactful setting.
Sponsored by: Honors Program, Liberal Studies Major, Valente Center for Arts and Sciences

Please visit the Research Day website to review last year's conference schedule and abstracts.

"Climate"Translating Climate Change Research Into Sustainable And Equitable Solutions

April 19th, 2022


6th Annual TEDxBentleyU Conference: REBIRTH
Saturday, April 16th, 2022
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wilder Pavilion

As TEDxBentleyU, we challenge you to interpret 'rebirth' for yourself and come up with your own definition of what it means to you. Do you see the concept as some of our organization members or do you see it totally differently? Come join us and network with entrepreneurs, professors, advocates to learn their thought!

At our annual conference, a line-up of unique speakers makes the stage come alive with their though-provoking and diverse "ideas worth spreading" through talks and performances (of less than 18 minutes) to an audience of Bentley University students, alumni, and faculty. Our goal is for every TEDxBentleyU talk to inspire ingenuity, imagination, and vibrant discussion through the Bentley University community and the global TEDx community online.


"Violence against Women in Politics", Mona Lena Krook, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Women & Politics Ph.D. Program, Rutgers University, April 4, 2022


Engaging students and faculty in undergraduate research internships as a best practice for teaching and learning

March. 31, 2022


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"algorithms"'How Algorithms Create And Prevent Fake News' with Assistant Professor, Noah Giansiracusa, Bentley University and Dr. Anya Schiffrin, Senior Lecturer, Columbia University, March 29, 2022

"Contagion"'The Contagion Next Time' by Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean and Prof. Robert A. Knox, Boston University School of Public Health March 2, 2022

"Ukraine"War in Ukraine Panel Discussion

March 1, 2022

"Elephant""The Elephant in the Waiting Room: Healthcare's Imperative to Address the Climate Crisis" A talk by Gary Cohen - Environmental Health Expert and MacArthur AwardeeGary Cohen 

Feb 1st, 2022


R.E.A.D. Reading and Engagement Across Disciplines   

January, 20th, 10am-12pm.





A talk with Dr. Kristin Anderson on 'Enraged, Rattled and Wronged: Entitlement's Response to Social Progress'

November 9th, 2021

Bentley's Fall 2021 International Film Series.  

This semester's theme is Global Comedies.
Attached is the schedule with descriptions.  Stay tuned for the flyer.  Here is the line-up:
Mon., Oct. 4      6:30pm EST in Wilder Pavilion and on Zoom; Meeting ID to be announced
Toni Erdmann  (Germany, Austria, Monaco, Romania, France, Switzerland, 2016, 163 min.)
Wed., Oct. 27     6:30pm EST in Wilder Pavilion and on Zoom; Meeting ID to be announced
I'm So Excited!  (Spain, 2013, 90 min.)
Tue., Nov. 16     6:30pm EST in Wilder Pavilion and on Zoom; Meeting ID to be announced
Handsome Devil  (Ireland, 2016, 95 min.)
Bentley's International Film Series is made possible with support from the Global Studies Department, the English and Media Studies Department, the Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences, the Bentley Library, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Media and Culture Labs and Studio.

"Shared"Panel Discussion on 'Shared Legacies'

October 14, 2021

"food"An Evening With Mark Bittman and Panel Discussion on 'What is Food For?'

October 5th, 2021


Reading & Engagement Across Disciplines (READ)
September, 10th, 3:00-5:00 P.M. Hybrid format.

Bruno Latour, Donna Haraway, Hannah Arendt, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Stanley Fish, Martin Heidegger, Jean Baudillard, Michael Foucault, Clifford Geertz, Margaret Mead... what do these authors all have in common?  They may be authors we read as a part of a new group at Bentley.  

READ--Reading & Engagement Across Disciplines-- is a reading group aimed at fostering our understanding of theorists by reading core texts. Through discussions others from across the disciplines at Bentley, we hope to foster new insights that we can leverage in our academic writings and our pedagogy. 



 "Annual"18th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

 Friday, April 16th and Friday, April 23rd 2021

 Visit the conference website 


"AMA""Ask Me Anything" (AMA) - First Months of the Biden Administration 

See here for the AMA chat

Moving away from rhetoric and hyperbole, a multidisciplinary team of Bentley University faculty provides straightforward answers to your questions about the first months of the Biden Administration's policies, proposals, and legislative agenda during this 'live' online chat. We welcomed questions on trade policy, human rights, social policies, environmental policy, economic policy, immigration, foreign policy, the strength of the American democracy, judicial matters, and the role of media in our current reality. 

Faculty Participants: David Gulley (Economics), Marianne DelPo Kulow (Law and Taxation), Juliet Gainsborough (Global Studies), Pon Souvanasseng (Global Studies), Michael Quinn (Economics), Dave Szymanski (Natural and Applied Sciences), Chris Skipwith (Natural and Applied Sciences),  Jonathan White (Sociology), Johannes (Hans) Eijmberts (Global Studies), Noah Giansircusa (Mathematics), Liz Brown (Law and Taxation)


25 Hours

Saturday, April 3, 1-3pm
Register for this amazing event organized by TEDx BentleyU with the QR code found in the flyer OR via this link

Learn More About TEDx BentleyU

"Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data", A talk by author Julie J. Park, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
April 1, 2021


"undead"Spring 2021 International Film Series
Is National Identity Undead? The Global Vampire Film
Wednesday, March 3rd: on Zoom - Meeting ID 948 3580 5651
What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Jemaine Clement

An opening shot of a pale hand reaching out of a coffin to switch off an alarm clock signals that [this film] is not your average vampire movie.  Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are Vladislav and Viago, two of a group of vampires who share a house in modern day New Zealand.  Like their flat mates, Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) and the Nosferatu look-alike Petyr (Ben Fransham), they're having trouble adapting to undead life with roommates.  "When you get four vampires living in a flat, obviously there's going to be a lot of tension."  They have the same arguments all roomies have--the splitting up of chores, forgetting to put newspaper down before killing someone in the living room--and things don't get much better when some new blood in the form of Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) decides that being a vampire really sucks.  



Blackness and Anti-Blackness in American Public Life

Thursday, Feb 18th, 6:30-8pm

Register for webinar here


 "At The End Of The Day"

 Film Screening on Feb 21st, 4pm

Meet the Filmmakers Kevin & Teresa O'Brien

Feb 23rd, 6:30pm



Confronting the Pandemic with Research: Bentley University's Contribution - A Bentley University Research Conference 
Friday, Feb 26th, 9:30 - 11:30am

Bentley University's Research Conference on Covid-19 which will take place on Friday, February 26 between 9:30-11:30 via Zoom.  The conference is organized by the Bentley Research Council in collaboration with the Health Thought Leadership Network and the Center for Integration of Science & Industry. The conference will showcase the multi-faceted and cross-disciplinary contributions of Bentley University scholars. The theme of the conference is Confronting the Pandemic with Research: Bentley University's Contribution. Research presented at the conference will cover broad topics such as the causes and consequences of the pandemic, providing scholarly insights and actionable managerial and public policy recommendations.
Eighteen Bentley scholars will present their COVID-related research projects in three concurrent tracks: Cost and Consequences, Mitigation and Resilience, and Policies and Politics. You will have the opportunity to switch from track to track to attend the presentation of papers of interest. We are planning for lively sessions, with opportunities for interaction and discussions around the session themes. 

"Democracy"Attack on the Capital, Challenges for U.S. Democracy

January 28th, 3:30pm




R.E.A.D. Reading And Engagement Across Disciplines

Science and Social Inequality - Feminist and Postcolonial Issues by Sandra Harding

Recording from the seminar January 14, 2021

Political and Policy Outcomes of the US 2020 Election

Recording from the talk, December 1, 2020

The panel on the political and policy outcomes of the 2020 US election reflected on the consequences of the recent US elections for various policy fields. Bentley University faculty members from various departments shared their insights through brief remarks. Moderated by Rick Oches, Dean of Arts and Sciences. Co-Sponsored by the Deans of Arts & Sciences and Business, and the Valente Center for Arts & Sciences

"Environmental"A Conversation with Rev. Lennox Yearwood

Nov 10th, 2pm 

Recording of the talk


"workshop"Undergraduate Research Workshop

Friday, Oct 9th, 2020

See our student opportunities page for the recording and slides from the workshop. 



"Tacit Racism: a Clear and Present Danger", A conversation with Anne Rawls, Prof. of Sociology at Bentley U., and Waverly Duck, Associate Prof. University of Pittsburgh

October 13th, 2020

See our racial justice page for the recording and slides from this presentation. 

"Racial"Nick Noel, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company on "Unlocking Economic Growth: Investing in Racial Equity" 

September 29th, 2020

Sponsored by the Racial Justice Task Force, Bentley Trading Room and the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences

"films"Fall 2020 International Film Series

Monday, Sept. 21; 6:30pm; on Zoom – Meeting ID 977 1320 5873

The Divine Order (2017-Switzerland-96 min.) directed by Petra Volpe

In the early 1970s as Black power, women's liberation and the sexual revolution are overtaking America, Nora Ruckstuhl is a housewife living in a small Swiss farming village where she lives with her family. When Nora suggests that she might like to go back to work as, her husband reminds her that, by law, she needs his permission to work and suggests that they have another child.  Nora publicly declares that she is for women's suffrage at a meeting at her women's club.  Her statement draws the attention of Vroni, an older woman who claims that she was always for women's suffrage.  Vroni insists that the two of them hold an event to show their support for women's suffrage.  Ultimately, the women of the village go on strike in support of the 1971 referendum in which they must rely on men to vote for women’s right to vote.


Tue., Oct. 27; 6:30pm; on Zoom – Meeting ID 932 8590 5442

13th (2016-U.S.-100 min.) directed by Ava DuVernay

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." –Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution

When the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition.  That clause, which converts slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals, is the subject of this documentary.  DuVernay takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color.  So begins a cycle that DuVernay examines in each of its evolving iterations; when one method of subservience-based terror falls out of favor, another takes its place.  13th covers a lot of ground as it works its way to the current days of Black Lives Matter.



R.E.A.D Seminar - August 27th, 2020, 4 - 6pm, Virtual meeting  (invitation only)

R.E.A.D (Reading & Engagement Across Disciplines) is a reading group aimed at fostering our understanding of theorists by reading core texts. In this seminar, we will be exploring Donna J. Haraway's 'Simians, Cyborgs, and Women. This fall seminar is led by Prof. Laurel Steinfield. 

" "April 14 & 15, 2020 - Spencer West

The Valente Center is proud to be a co-sponsor for BUIILD (Bentley Unites to Improve International Livelihood and Development) which is an annual fundraiser organized by a group of students in the BSLCE. This year, we are excited to fundraise for education initiatives in Kenya.

" "Spring Semester 2020 Undergraduate Roundtable: Pursuits of Capital

Send in brief applications for a for-credit roundtable spring 2020 seminar on how we measure success: 'Pursuits of Capital'. See full details

" "Feb 26, 2020 - Talk by Julia Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science, Uni. of Pennsylvania

"Regimes of Inequality: The Political Economy of Health and Wealth"


" "Feb 19, 2020 - Talk by Kara Murphy, Managing Director & CIO, United Capital

"Investing Wisely, Living Richly: A Female Business Leader's Experience, from Liberal Arts to Finance"

Watch Kara's talk here

" "Spring 2020 International Film Series

Feb 5 - I am not a witch 2017 Outstanding Debut & 2017 Golden Camera Nominee, Cannes Film Festival

Feb 25 - Happy as Lazzaro 2017 Best Screenplay/Palme d'Or Nominee, Cannes Film Festival

March 19 - Border  2018 Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival

                                          April 13 - Black Maria*

" "Feb 20, 2020 - "Spoken Word Night" 

Performances by 3-4 students, guest performers Ashley Rose and Kofi Dadzie followed by the open forum conversation where anyone can take the mic and speak about performances that moved them.

" "Feb 5, 2020 - Alexander Zevin, CUNY Staten Island 

"Liberalism at Large: The World According to  the Economist"  A Joint History and Economics Seminar 

" "Jan 17, 2020 - READ Seminar

R.E.A.D. - Reading & Engagement Across Disciplines. This term we are delving into Burno Latour (1993) We have Never Been Modern. 


SperlingNov 2019 - Valerie Sperling talks on 'Toxic Masculinity'. Her visit is co-sponsored by the Valente Center, Global Studies, Equity Center and SAGE.

Masculinity, Misogyny and Political Image-Crafting in Russian and the US, 

Are Women's Rights Human Rights? Russia, Turkey, And The European Court Of Human  Rights, 

Toxic Masculinity in Politics: A Discussion

"Fall"Fall 2019 International Film Series 

Global Pride: 50 Years after Stonewall - Sept. 5, 23, Oct 21, Nov 5, 2019

***Co-sponsored with Bentley’s Sustainability Film Series***


Kissing Doesn’t Kill, They Are Lost to Vision Altogether, Screaming Queens, BPM (Beats per Minute), Pride, Dirty Laundry, Call Me Kuchu 


Throughout the semester, the Valente Center is hosting #STONEWALL50, a series of events that are designed for the Bentley community to contemplate the past, present, and future of LGBTQ rights, identities, and politics. Our events celebrate the legacies of Stonewall while situating the struggles for LGBTQ equality beyond New York City and the United States. Screenings, talks, and discussions address current and past fights for access, inclusion, participation, and engagement.”

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Valente Center is proud to co-sponsor this panel discussion honoring french filmmaker Agnes Varda



ImpeachOct 2019 - "5 Things You Need To Know About Impeachment"

  View and listen to the panel discussion

Erica ChenowethOctober 2019 - Talk by Erica Chenoweth on "Making Change Through Civil Resistance"            

A panel on LGBTQ Activism and talk by Erica Chenoweth on "Making Change through Civil Resistance".  What civil resistance is, trends in the use of civil resistance around the world, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it.



View and listen to Erica's talk's here

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Toni MorrisonOct 2019  -Toni Morrison, "The Pieces I am"  

To learn more about the film, please visit:


Oct 2019 - Stonewall#50 events

Rainbow Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Wesley Combs

 Oct 2019 - "The Hub of the Gay Universe", Russ Lopez (2019)

Dr. Karen StephensonOct 2019
Dr. Karen Stephenson, a visiting scholar will give a talk on ' The Malady Of The Infinite: Discussing the issue of social isolationism despite how connect we are in today's digital society. This event is proudly co-sponsored by the Valente Center and English and Media Studies Department.

Valente Center Humanities Research Seminar Series 2019-2020: “How Taxes Shape Lives”

Taxation offers a lens through which to examine economic and social change from new angles, and to reflect on how taxes shape our lived and natural environments. This topic, presented in an eight-part seminar series by the Valente Center, will explore the intersection of business studies with the arts and sciences.