The 250th Steering Committee has chosen “Imagine Brown 250+” as the anniversary theme and solicits proposals for academic forums, events, performances and exhibitions, physical or virtual, from departments, programs and centers that will both celebrate Brown’s past and its history, and showcase its present and future contributions to the production of knowledge. We encourage proposals that feature speakers, researchers, writers, artists and performers with Brown ties, and that reflect on Brown’s past, its present, and on its future in shaping the 21st century. Both substantive academic programs and events fostering public engagement are encouraged. We welcome proposals that represent a board spectrum of ideas.
The Brown 250th Steering Committee seeks proposals from the Brown community that vary in scope from large-scale undertakings to single speaker events. Project funding is expected to range from $10,000 to $25,000, although larger-scale proposals will also be considered. Proposals will be vetted and selected for funding by the Academic Forums and Events Sub-Committee chaired by Steven Lubar ADE’05 hon., Professor of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture; Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and Karen Newman, Owen Walker Professor of Humanities; Professor of Comparative Literature and English.
Proposals (2 pgs.) should:
- indicate at least one faculty member of any rank, dean or director in charge of overseeing the proposed program. Please note, any member of the Brown faculty is eligible to lead a proposal. Emeritus, adjunct, visiting, and other visiting voluntary and clinician educator faculty, and post doctoral appointments, staff and undergraduate or graduate students are not eligible to lead projects, but are welcome as collaborators;
- indicate the expected audience to which it is addressed, the planned date or dates for the program, and its planned location;
- include a preliminary budget that clearly outlines expenses and costs;
- consider representing more than a single department, institute or center; and,
- indicate proposed speakers both within and outside of Brown and highlight Brown’s intellectual mission and impact locally, nationally and globally.
Strong proposals will engage a range of stakeholders both as participants and audience (alumni, faculty, staff, students, the Providence and Rhode Island communities). They will indicate how the proceedings of the event will be made available through video, online or print publication. Proposers are encouraged to identify matching funds and/or additional fundraising to be undertaken.
Dates and deadlines:
There will be two cycles of grant funding:
- May 1, 2013* and May 1, 2014. Proposals received by May 1, 2013* will be decided upon by and proposers notified of outcome by May 31, 2013. Proposals received by May 1, 2014 will be decided upon by and proposers notified of outcome by May 31, 2014.
- Please note, proposals made in 2013 may be for programs offered throughout the duration of the 250th Anniversary (March 2014 — May 2015).
- Following selection, the proposal teams will meet with the 250th planning team to review the planning process, budgets, marketing and communications, etc., to ensure the program is well supported, executed and attended.
* Proposals received after the May 1 deadlines will be supported contingent on available funding.
Questions and Contacts:
Proposers are welcome to discuss ideas for possible proposers with co-chairs Steven Lubar ADE’05 hon., Professor of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture; Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage or Karen Newman, Owen Walker Professor of Humanities; Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Proposers are welcome to discuss process questions with Eve Ornstedt, Executive Director, Brown's 250th Anniversary.