25th Anniversary Events & Activities: May 4-5

Boston University Academy will host anniversary weekend activities on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5. All current and past parents, alumni, and friends of BUA are welcome — and encouraged! — to attend. Please see below for the full schedule of events and all details. Pre-registration is not required.

All events take place on the BU Charles River Campus and are free and open to the entire BUA community unless otherwise indicated.

Complimentary parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Bridge Lot (Lot H) and Warren Towers parking garage (Lot K) for those planning to attend the 25th Anniversary activities on Friday, May 4. Complimentary parking for events on the morning of Saturday, May 5 will be available at the Bridge Lot (Lot H). Guests should reference BUA to the parking attendant. A parking map is available here.

Please contact Katie Kozin ‘00, Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement at kkozin@bu.edu or (617) 353-4951 with any questions.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Featuring performances by BUA’s Vox Caeli and Polytropos, a special 25th anniversary slideshow, Latin reading by Kristin Jewell, and the unveiling of a commemorative time capsule

Location: BU Law Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Ave.

Hear how these alumni are pursuing their lives beyond Commonwealth Avenue:
Samantha Cohen ‘08
Jessica Yao Conklin ‘04
Graham Healy-Day ’07
Jennifer Johnson ‘00
Sonja Page ‘09
Will Persampieri ‘12
Moderated by Alex Maloney ‘02

Location: BU Law Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Ave.

Seniors present their theses on a range of STEM and Humanities topics (choose one session to attend)

Session 1

Location: BU Stone Science Building (STO) Room B50, 675 Commonwealth Ave.

Mia Chung – “The Ma’arat al-Numan Museum: a Case Study of Archaeological Art Conservation During Conflict”
Julius Tabin – “Temperature Preference In Cave and River Variants of Astyanax Mexicanus”
Jessica Brown – “Discover and Illuminate Truth: Reception of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring”

Session 2

Location: BU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Room 522, 725 Commonwealth Ave.

Juliana Bongiorno – “Alternate Light Sources: An Exploration of NIGHTSEA DFP-1 in the Forensic Sciences”
Alex Bizanek – “Negative Interest Rates: A Duration and Convexity Analysis”
Viky Filippou – “Applications of tDCS to the ACC to Mediate Error-Related Negativity Responses in GAD/OCD Individuals”

Choose from the following options:

Hosted by BUA Classics Instructors

Dust off your Greek as you read aloud and/or listen to classical favorites such as Homer and Euripides! Experience in Greek is not necessary: we’ll explore texts in the original and in translation.
Location: BUA Room 204

With Gary Garber
Mr. Garber will present some of his greatest physics demonstrations, and will also show photos of BUA students doing physics over the years.
Location: BUA Room 215

With Jennifer Formichelli
Student and faculty leaders of this year’s social justice All-School Learning Experience on race and mass incarceration will discuss what it means to bring deliberative discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion to BUA. Optional pre-viewing:

  • 11-minute video interview with Michelle Alexander on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” this past year’s BUA summer reading
  • 24-minute video of “The future of race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus”

Location: BUA Room 113

With Nick Dent
What is number theory? Well, it’s about…you know…the theory…of numbers. It is one of the oldest, best known, and most beautiful branches of mathematics — but it can still be completely opaque. This will be a complete beginner’s introduction to what the big deal is including modular math, “orders,” and a few interesting questions. No previous knowledge required, though the ability to multiply and subtract will be helpful.
Location: BUA Room 115

With Rosemary White
Dr. White will share information on the Senior Thesis Working Group and its efforts to evaluate and improve BUA’s Senior Thesis program. Learn more about that process and give your thoughts and input on the Senior Thesis experience.
Location: BUA Room 210

Choose from the following options:

Hosted by BUA Classics Instructors
Dust off your Latin as you read aloud and/or listen to classical favorites such as Catullus and Vergil! Experience in Latin is not necessary: we’ll explore texts in the original and in translation.
Location: BUA Room 204


With Jim Davis
Dr. Davis will share reflections on teaching Nietzsche to students through the years, and will review both the positive and constructive side of Nietzsche’s thinking and his more controversial and dangerous ideas.
Location: BUA Room 210


With Gary Garber
Mr. Garber will present photos and videos he has collected from 18 years of coaching BUA’s Robotics Team, 246 Overclocked. Also on display will be memorabilia the BUA Robotics Program.
Location: BUA Room 215


With Travis Bain
Dr. Bain will present an overview of the history of experimental particle physics and some of the experiments being conducted with the world’s largest machine, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Located just outside Geneva, Switzerland, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) is one of the world’s largest scientific laboratories focusing on fundamental physics. Dr. Bain spent four years living and working at CERN and six years as a member of the ATLAS Collaboration, one of two general purpose physics experiments at the LHC.
Location: BUA Room 115

Toast Gary Garber’s 19 years of service to BUA 
Light refreshments will be served

Location: BU Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Featuring student, alumni, and faculty performers and the premiere of an original composition by Joy Blanchard ’16 in honor of BUA’s 25th anniversary

Location: BU Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Location: Sargent Gym

Dr. Horn will accompany BUA alumni for a guided tour of the John Adams Old House at Peace field site in Quincy. The tour will be given by a member of the National Park Service at noon. Upon conclusion of the guided tour, the group is welcome to walk the grounds and learn some lesser-known facts from Dr. Horn!

The tour is free of charge, however capacity is limited to 25 and you must reserve your spot by emailing Dave Stone by April 20. You may meet us on site, or, we will provide van transportation from BUA to the Adams Estate, leaving BUA at 11:15 AM. Return to BUA is estimated around 2:30 PM.

135 Adams St, Quincy, MA 02169