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Monday 11 May
An Evening with Samuel Bak
Artist and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak will be the speaker at the annual Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series lecture. Bak’s talk will focus on the story of his life, including his time in Paris and what it has brought to his existence, and the successive phases of his development as an artist. He will show digital images and speak about the nature and themes of his art. This lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St.

Tuesday 12 May
MEME Ensemble: On Site
The MEME Ensemble will perform site-specific improvised works utilizing a network system throughout campus. Audience members will be invited to walk from location to location, guided by maps, which will be provided at the starting location of Grant Recital Hall, where a multi-media live feed of the performers will converge. This event begins at 8 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall.



 

Thursday 14 May to Saturday 23 May
Saviour Self at Rites and Reasons Theatre
Jonathan ‘Jbro’ Mahone and Ghislaine ‘Tiger Lily’ Jean-Mahone are two performance artists that have worked in the Providence community for nearly 10 years. Their relationship was formed in the midst of community struggles for police accountability and educational reform; their love for each other was nurtured by a common interest in youth, arts, and education. Both have dedicated their lives to using arts as a tool for social change. Saviour Self is a one-act fusion of spoken-word poetry, hip hop, video installation, theatric performance, and dance that will give audience members a brief glimpse into an autobiographical ‘love story,’ chronicling the journey of Jbro and Tiger Lily from friends to lovers, warrior-artists to artist-warriors. Shows run May 14-16 at 7 p.m., May 17 at 3 p.m., May 21-22 at 7 p.m. and May 23 at 11 a.m. at Rites and Reason Theatre, Churchill House, 155 Angell St.
 
Thursday 14 May
Seminar in Electronic Music Concert
Students from MUSC1200 (Seminar in Electronic Music: The Recording Studio as Compositional Tool) will perform a final class concert at 8 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Rethinking the Rotting Y Chromosome
The Frank and Joan Rothman Lecture presents David C. Page, director of the Whitehead Institute, professor of biology at MIT, and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. For many decades, the male-specific chromosome was understood to be a genetic wasteland of little import. This presentation will describe how recent genomic studies have revealed the Y chromosome’s architectural beauty, evolutionary dynamism, and critical role in male infertility. This Forum begins at 9:30 a.m. in Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, Nathan Marcuvitz Auditorium, Room 220. The annual Commencement Forums offer a window on the intellectual world of Brown, drawing upon the knowledge, talent and expertise of the Brown community to consider timely social, political and personal issues.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Equity and Excellence in Urban Education: Alumni Innovation and Leadership
Decades after A Nation at Risk, our country struggles with continuing gaps in educational opportunity and achievement. President Obama recently challenged the nation to double its college completion rate by 2025. Brown alumni play leadership roles in defining innovative approaches and taking action on this critical issue. Join a lively discussion of the issues and the alums’ work. Sponsored by the Swearer Center for Public Service, this Forum features Ellen Alberding ’79, P’12, president, Joyce Foundation; Richard Gray ’85, director, community organizing and engagement, Annenberg Institute for School Reform; Aleta Margolis ’89, founder and executive director, Center for Inspired Teaching; and Adeola Oredola ’02, Executive Director, Youth in Action, moderated by Warren Simmons, executive director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The annual Commencement Forums offer a window on the intellectual world of Brown, drawing upon the knowledge, talent and expertise of the Brown community to consider timely social, political and personal issues. This Forum begins at 9:30 in List Art Center, Room 120.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Film Screening: Cultural Warriors
Cultural Warriors, a new documentary film by the Global Media Project and Udris Productions, began as a road trip into the heart of the U.S. war machine; it ended up a long journey into the remarkable life and tragic death of Michael Bhatia ’99, a collaborator on the film and the first casualty of the U.S. Army’s controversial Human Terrain Teams. James Der Derian, professor, Watson Institute for International Studies, will lead the screening and discussion. This Forum begins at 9:30 a.m. in Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001. The annual Commencement Forums offer a window on the intellectual world of Brown, drawing upon the knowledge, talent and expertise of the Brown community to consider timely social, political and personal issues.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Water is Life
Mary Elmendorf, anthropologist and Brown honorary degree candidate, will present an overview of the growing recognition of water as a basic need and increasingly scarce resource, using a documentary film of a 1957 pilot project as the focus for discussion. This Forum begins at 9:30 a.m. in MacMillan Hall, Room 117. The annual Commencement Forums offer a window on the intellectual world of Brown, drawing upon the knowledge, talent and expertise of the Brown community to consider timely social, political and personal issues.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Crisis: Policies to Strengthen a Troubled Economy
The Obama administration is implementing new policies to address the nationwide economic crisis and stabilize consumer confidence. Where is it all heading? Are we entering an era of more regulation and government intervention? What policy options remain in the toolbox? This panel, sponsored by the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, will discuss the current state of the U.S. economy and the prospects for recovery. Participants are Randall S. Kroszner ’84, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board; Annette Nazareth ’78, trustee; partner, Davis, Polk & Wardwell; former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Jill Schlesinger ’87, editor-at-large, CBS MoneyWatch.com. It begins at 11 a.m. in List Art Building, room 120.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Obesity: A Different National Energy Problem
The 14th Annual Ruth B. Sauber Distinguished Medical Alumni Lecture presents Griffin Platt Rodgers ’76,’79 MMS,’79 MD, director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and biomedical research has opened new avenues for prevention and treatment. We are learning more about the interrelationship of metabolic, social, and disease networks and how they contribute to obesity. These research advances will add to physicians’ therapeutic arsenals in helping their patients maintain a healthy weight. This Forum begins at 11 a.m. in MacMillan Hall, Starr Auditorium, Room 117. The annual Commencement Forums offer a window on the intellectual world of Brown, drawing upon the knowledge, talent and expertise of the Brown community to consider timely social, political and personal issues.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Responsibility to Imagine: Literature on the Front Lines
Writers work at the intersection of the ideas, emotions, and politics of their times. Sometimes, in some places, they are viewed as if they are wielding weapons, not words; they are threatened, imprisoned, and even killed. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, AM ’74, vice president, International PEN, will talk about how the community of writers works in more than 102 countries to keep the corridors for writing and free expression open. Sponsored by the Graduate School, this Forum begins at 11 a.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium. The annual Commencement Forums offer a window on the intellectual world of Brown, drawing upon the knowledge, talent and expertise of the Brown community to consider timely social, political and personal issues.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Riding the Rapids: Career Management in Today’s Economy
The crisis in the global economy has affected thousands around the world, including members of the Brown alumni family. Join us for a panel featuring seasoned alumni recruiters, journalists, and bloggers to hear their thoughts, insights, and suggestions for effective career management in these challenging times. Panelists include Scott Harris ’74, DHR International; Rahsan Lindsay ’94, MTV Networks; and journalist and author Hannah Seligson ’04, moderated by author Vicky Oliver. This Forum begins at 11 a.m. in MacMillan Hall, Room 115. The annual Commencement Forums offer a window on the intellectual world of Brown, drawing upon the knowledge, talent and expertise of the Brown community to consider timely social, political and personal issues.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
The 1968 Walkout: A Turning Point in Brown’s History
On December 5, 1968, African American students at Brown and Pembroke colleges left campus to protest what they saw as a lack of University support for black students. Forty years later, Brown is a changed institution. Alumni who participated in the five-day demonstration will be joined by alumni parents of current students to reflect on their Brown experience during the Civil Rights Movement and discuss how far we’ve come. Panelists include Kenneth McDaniel ’69, Dean Dent ’74, and Theodore Sherrod ’69, moderated by Spencer Crew ’71, Robinson Professor of Humanities, George Mason University. This Forum begins at 11 a.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
AfterShock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You or Someone You Love A Devastating Diagnosis
Advances in health care technology and delivery promise increases in the length and quality of life – but we will only realize those benefits if we are able to knowledgeably, actively participate in our care. Jessie Gruman, president, the Center for Advancing Health and honorary degree candidate will discuss what this means for us as patients and patients-to-be. This Forum begins at 1 p.m. in W. Duncan Macmillan Hall, Room 117. The annual Commencement Forums offer a window on the intellectual world of Brown, drawing upon the knowledge, talent and expertise of the Brown community to consider timely social, political and personal issues.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Darwin, God, and Design – America’s Continuing Problem with Evolution
Are the critics of evolution right? Is it time to replace “Darwinism” with ideas like “intelligent design” or, at the very least, to introduce criticisms of evolution into our educational system? These arguments were at the heart of the landmark Kitzmiller v. Dover trial on the teaching of intelligent design. As the lead witness for the victorious plaintiffs in that trial, Kenneth Miller ’70, professor of biology, will assess the state of this conflict in America today and suggest ways in which the scientific and educational communities can respond. This Forum begins at 1 p.m. in
Salomon Center, De Ciccio Family Auditorium.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
This Miniature Life – Anticipating a Future Shaped by Nanotechnology
Two decades of scientific research on tiny objects has brought the field of nanotechnology to the brink of widespread commercialization. What can we expect from a future world saturated with nanoparticle-based products? Robert Hurt, Director of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation at Brown will use examples of research from Brown and elsewhere to illustrate both the promise and peril of nanotechnology for the 21st century. Sponsored by Maurice and Yetta Glicksman, this Forum begins at 1 p.m. in W. Duncan Macmillan Hall, Room 115.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
When Kids Drop Out of School: Why Should We Care?
Rob DeBlois ’82 AM, founder and director of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (UCAP) in Providence, will discuss one of the major problems facing our nation today: kids dropping out of school. He will show clips from Accelerating America, an award-winning documentary by Timothy Hotchner ’96 that follows three UCAP students struggling to overcome the challenges of poverty, abandonment, and previous school failure. This Forum begins at 1 p.m. in List Art Center, Room 120. The annual Commencement Forums offer a window on the intellectual world of Brown, drawing upon the knowledge, talent and expertise of the Brown community to consider timely social, political and personal issues.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
How to Stay Up When the Economy Is Down: Natural Ways to Reduce Stress, Boost Energy, and Maintain Health
When chronic stress depletes energy and cellular repair mechanisms fail, medical illnesses are more likely to progress. This presentation by Patricia L. Gerbarg ’71, P’01 ’03 ’07, assistant clinical professor in psychiatry, New York Medical College and co-author or How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health, will cover safe, effective methods to improve energy, mood, productivity, and stress resilience, focusing on an ancient medicinal herb, Rhodiola rosea, and on Breath-Body-Mind practices that rapidly reduce anxiety and bring the stress-response system into balance. Presented by the Charles O. Cooke, MD, Distinguished Visiting Lectureship. Patricia Gerbarg’s book will be available for purchase and signing immediately following this lecture. This Forum begins at 3:30 p.m. in Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, Nathan Marcuvitz Auditorium, Room 220.

Saturday 23 May
COMMENCEMENT FORUM
Cue the Music: The Role of Music in Film and Television
Whether a commercial or soundtrack, headline concert or movie, music video or television series, music plays a significant role in many film and television productions. Seasoned alumni share their professional experiences within the music and entertainment industry and discuss their perspectives on the importance of music in various types of productions. Panelists include Matt Hauser ’89, Composer, Big Foote Music; Stephen Hill ’84, Co-President of Programming, Black Entertainment Television; Clara Markowicz ’94, Co-Founder, Original Media; Lee Rolontz ’84, Senior Vice President, Original Music Production, VH1. This Forum begins at 3:30 p.m. in MacMillan Hall, Room 117.

Saturday 23 May
Jagolinzer Commencement Recital
The 28th Annual Dr. Carl and Dorothy O. Jagolinzer Commencement Recital features outstanding graduating seniors. The performance begins at 5:30 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall. A pre-concert reception takes place on the lawn at 4:45 p.m.



 

Saturday 23 May
Brown University Orchestra Alumni Reunion Concert
The Brown University Orchestra Alumni Reunion Concert will celebrate Paul Phillips’ 20th year as Music Director. If you are an orchestra alumni and would like to participate, please contact Paul Phillips, orchestra@brown.edu or 401-863-1472. The concert begins at 9:30 p.m. in Meehan Auditorium, 235 Hope St.



 

Ongoing Exhibitions

Through 25 May
Evolutionary Landscape Art Exhibit
Artist Eve Stockton exhibits her woodblock prints, collectively called Evolutionary Landscape, as part of Brown’s year-long events celebrating the impact of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution on science and the humanities, hosted by the Cogut Center and the Committee on Science and Technology Studies. With figures and colors taken directly from nature, Stockton’s art celebrates life on earth from the cellular level up to the familiar. The exhibit is on view in Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



 

Through 29 May
Bell Gallery Presents Inappropriate Covers
The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University presents Inappropriate Covers, an exhibition of multimedia works by 11 established and emerging artists chosen for the aesthetic tensions they generate through acts of appropriation, reconfiguration, and erasure. The David Winton Bell Gallery, located on the first floor of List Art Center, 64 College St., is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (401) 863-2932.



 

Ongoing
Art + History at the John Nicholas Brown Center
Art+History is an exhibition and community programming series about the processes of interpreting history. The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage commissioned Carla Herrera-Prats and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman to make new artworks influenced by the physical and historical parameters of the Nightingale-Brown House. Built in 1792 and boasting gardens designed by the Olmstead landscape design firm, it was home to five generations of the Brown family and now houses the JNBC. Art+History is a catalyst for conversation about how historical narrative is crafted and a different model for engaging audiences in historical sites and museums through contemporary artwork. The exhibition at the JNBC, 375 Benefit St., is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.



 

Ongoing
Remember the Old Days: Cape Verdean Community in Fox Point
The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage presents Remember the Old Days: Cape Verdean Community in Fox Point. This student-curated exhibition tells the story of the history and culture of the Cape Verdean community that lived in the Fox Point neighborhood. An opening reception will be held on Saturday May 9, 2009, at 1 p.m. Regular exhibit hours are Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 401-863-1777.

Ongoing
Believing Africa
Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology presents Believing Africa in its satellite gallery at Manning Hall. The exhibition focuses on the diversity of African spiritual beliefs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.



 

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