Faculty Seminars

BOLLI offers seminars led by distinguished faculty members in the summer and winter months.

Seminar registration will open on Monday, November 6 at 9 a.m. ET. Members will receive a personalized registration link in their inbox.

All Winter 23/24 seminars will take place on Zoom. All times are Eastern Time.

Winter 2023-2024 Faculty Seminars

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Macbeth Noir

Jo Nesbø's award-winning novel, "Macbeth," a contemporary retelling of the play by the same name, updates the grim semi-Scandinavian Scotland of the eleventh century to a grim noirish urban setting in the underworld of a 20th century Scottish city.

Billy Flesch
Professor of English

Monday, Dec. 18- Friday, Dec. 22

9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET

Location: Zoom

The book is available for purchase online

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From Bach to Beethoven: Music in the 18th Century

The Evolution of form, harmony, melody, and instrumentation from Bach to Beethoven

Gil Harel
Professor of Musicology 

Monday, Jan. 15 - Friday, Jan. 19

9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET

Please note Monday, January 15 is Martin Luther King, Jr Day. No BOLLI activities will take place except for this seminar.

Location: Zoom

Past Seminars

Winter 2021

"Hag-seed: Shakespeare's The Tempest Retold"
Billy Flesch
Professor of English

"Beethoven's Shadow"
Gil Harel
Professor of Musicology

Summer 2021

"Hamnet:" A Novel of the Plague
Billy Flesch
Professor of English

"A Night at the Opera"
Gil Harel
Professor of Musicology

"Mozart: Man, Myth, Legacy"
Gil Harel
Professor of Musicology

Winter 2020

"A Midsummer's Night Dream"
Billy Flesch
Professor of English

"The Rise of the Virtuoso"
Gil Harel
Professor of Musicology

Summer 2020

"The Great Gatsby"
Billy Flesch
Professor of English

"The Plot Against America"
Billy Flesch
Professor of English

"Music in the Theater: From 'Madama Butterfly' to 'Wicked'"
Gil Harel
Professor of Musicology

"The Birth of the Musical Baroque: From Vivaldi and Corelli to Handel and Bach"
Gil Harel
Professor of Musicology

Winter 2019/2020

"Shakespeare's Coriolanus and Political Tragedy" 
Billy Flesch
Professor of English

"The Music and the Nations: European Legacies"
Gil Harel
Professor of Musicology

Summer 2019

"To Kill a Mockingbird: After 60 Years"
Billy Flesch
Professor of English

"Mighty and Immeasurable Beethoven"
Gil Harel
Professor of Musicology

Winter 2019

"Sex, Lies and Literature: Measure for Measure"
Billy Flesch
Professor of English

"Barber and Beyond: The Poetic Muse in 20th Century American Music"
Georgia Luikens
Brandeis Lecturer