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Saturday, May 24, 2014


This year, as we commemorate Brown's 250th anniversary, we present a wide range of academic and topical colloquia led by faculty, alumni, and distinguished guests. Come explore the breadth of knowledge and experience in the Brown community, and help celebrate Brown's many triumphs in education, research, and service. 

2014 forum listings will continue to be updated as new information is available. A full listing of forums will be available on campus in the brochure listing the weekend's schedule of events.


9 am

 Stewardship Strategies for Sustainability of a Rapidly Changing Planet
Maurice and Yetta Glicksman Forum
F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin III, professor emeritus of Ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
National and international efforts have been insufficient to constrain the increasingly unsustainable pathways of change in Earth's ecosystems and societies. Listen as Chapin explains a strategy by which individuals and other entities can shape changes to move us toward a more sustainable future. 
>Building for Environmental Research & Teaching, Carmichael Auditorium

Berklee College of Music, From the Music Teaching Studio to the College Boardroom
Lee Eliot Berk '64, president emeritus of Berklee College of Music with Joseph Butch Rovan, professor of Music and chairman of the music department, Brown University
Unique among the family of music colleges, Berklee almost uniquely has principally used the music of our time and focused on the development of sustainable skills for the contemporary music industry. The Berk family brought both strengths and limitations to the founding of one of the world's leading colleges of music, emerging as it did from a private teaching studio to a complex international organization. Its history demonstrates the power of consistent mission and purpose to achieve dramatic results. 
>Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium, Room 110

Stalking a killer disease and accidentally uncovering a remarkable cellular machine
Arthur L. Horwich '73, '75 M.D., Sterling Professor of Genetics and Professor of Pediatrics; and Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University and Kimberly Mowry PHD Robin Chemers Neustein Professor of Biomedicine Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, & Biochemistry, Brown UniversityProfessors Horwich and Mowry will discuss the serendipity of scientific discovery as experienced by Professor Horwich during his research of OTC deficiency, a lethal inborn error of metabolism and ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  
>Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101

The Launch of the BEO Senior Capstone
Moderator: Mary Fennell, professor of sociology
Panelists: Brendan McNally, Associate Director, BEO; Lisa DiCarlo, visiting assistant professsor; Eric Duboe '14; Elizabeth Weber '14

Business, Entrepreneurship & Organizations (BEO)launched an innovative, concentration-wide capstone course this year. The BEO capstone is a unique, team-based course designed to provide seniors with real-world projects where they can integrate and apply the skills they have learned in business economics, organizational studies, entrepreneurship and technology management. Sixteen projects launched in the fall with ten continuing through the spring semester. Reviews from students, faculty and sponsor organizations are outstanding. The panel will discuss lessons learned, opportunities for improvement and how this capstone can help BEO students in their life after Brown. 
>List Art Center, Room 120
Sponsored by the C.V. Starr Program in Business, Entrepreneureship and Organizations 

Partnership for the Next Generation of HIV/AIDS Social Science in Africa
Mark Lurie, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, The Brown University School of Public Health; Abigail Harrison, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences (Research), The Brown University School of Public Health; Caroline Kuo, DPhil, MPhil, Assistant Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences (Research), The Brown University School of Public Health; Omar Galarraga, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Services Policy & Practice, The Brown University School of Public Health; Don Operario, PhD, Associate Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences, The Brown University School of Public Health
The public health schools at Brown University and the University of Cape Town have launched a new research and training partnership to create "the next generation of HIV social science in South Africa" with the help of The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 
>MacMillan Hall, Starr Auditorium, Room 117 
Sponsored by the School of Public Health 

The Aging Brain: An Owner’s Manual
The Frank and Joan Rothman Lecture
Martin Allen Samuels, MD, chairman, department of neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Miriam Sydney Joseph. Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Samuels is an internationally recognized expert in clinical neurology and its relationship to other medical specialties and an expert on the aging brain. His research seeks to explain how the nervous system affects other organs in the body. Learn about the latest research on how to maintain cognitive health and delay the onset of diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. 
>Smith Buonanno 106
Sponsored by the Division of Biology and Medicine 


11 am

Continuity Amidst Transformation in the Humanities
James F. Egan, professor of english
The study of the humanities is undergoing transformation with the increased use of digital technologies and methodologies. Professor Egan will discuss the enduring value of the humanities to society even in this changing environment. Professor Egan’s presentation will reveal important synergies between research and teaching, with a focus on new approaches to analyzing canonical works and authors of American literature. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
>John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab
Sponsored by the University Library 

Curator's Tour of In Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University
William Simmons, curator of the exhibit and professor of anthropology
Take a tour of the Haffenreffer Museum’s latest exhibit celebrating Brown’s 250th anniversary.  This exhibit takes an anthropological look at The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University and features archives and objects that are not typically available for close viewing.
>Haffenreffer Museum, Manning Hall, Lower Level
Sponsored by the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology 

Is There an Education Crisis?
John H. Ewing '71 PhD,  2014 Horace Mann Medalist,  president of Math for America
We are told often that K-12 education is in a crisis, that we are spiraling downward, and that our nation is at grave risk. Politicians, pundits, and even educators themselves urge us to act immediately and radically. Are we in crisis? Are things worse now than 50 years ago? The evidence for a crisis is surprisingly ambiguous, and we may be making things worse by manufacturing one.  How did we get here? What drives this apocalyptic view of education? What are the real problems in education today?  And how do we return to a more rational and measured approach to solving those problems in order to make education work better for more?  
>Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101
Sponsored by the Graduate School 

Covering the Bases: Brown Women in Sports
Moderator: Jasmine Waddell ’99, trustee, Corporation of Brown University; member, Pembroke Center Associates Council; resident dean of freshmen, Harvard College
Panelists: Sharon Cohen ’89, founder and executive director, Figure Skating in Harlem, former competitive figure skater; Laura Johnson ’90, lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality and “Gender and Sports;” member, Faculty of Education, Harvard University; Sara Low ’83, fly-fishing guide and author.
Sports matter. Playing sports can improve health, earn college scholarships, and launch professional careers. What is being done to create a level playing field for student and professional athletes? What are the challenges and opportunities for women athletes competing at the student, amateur, and professional levels? Join Brown alumnae in a conversation about their personal and professional experiences as leaders, researchers, and competitors in sports.
>List Art Center, Room 120
Sponsored by the Pembroke Center Associates in association with the Women's Leadership Council 

Finding Brown’s Lost Museum
Panelists: Susan Alcock, director of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World; Debra Balken, Lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design; Lily Benedict, MA in Public Humanities, 2014; Lukas Rieppel, Assistant professor of history
Panelists from various disciplines will come together to discuss the history and contemporary relevance of the Jenks Museum of Zoology and Anthropology at Brown University (1871-1915). Following the conversation, guests will be invited to view the installation ‘The Lost Museum’, created by the Jenks Society for Lost Museums in collaboration with artist Mark Dion.
>Rhode Island Hall, First Floor Lecture Room
Sponsored by the Center for Public Humanities 

Conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross '94: Creative Opportunities for Women of Color in Entertainment
Tracee Ellis Ross '94, actress, performance artist, and motivational speaker;
Introduction: Professor Tricia Rose '93, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown University

In this conversation, actress, performance artist, and motivational speaker Tracee Ellis Ross '94 will share stories about her years on the hit TV series "Girlfriends" and discuss what she is up to now. Find out how her own vision and talents shape her career and how she responds to images and expectations of women of color in entertainment.
>Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium, Room 110
Sponsored by the Center for the Student of Race and Ethnicity in America 

Looking Back
Lois Lowry '58 Children's Author, Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.)
The author of more than 40 books for children and teens, Lowry has twice been the recipient of the Newbery Medal, given annually for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature by an American author (1990 for Number the Stars and 1994 for The Giver). Lowry's work has included humorous books as well, including nine books in her Anastasia series. "Train Rides," Lowry's account of her pathway to Brown as a member of the Class of 1958, is included in The Brown Reader, a 250th anniversary collection of writings about life at Brown by 50 authors who are Brown alumni. Lois Lowry will discuss her books, Brown University and its impact on her writing
>Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium

How to Conquer Metastasis: Truth Beyond Fiction
The Ruth B. Sauber Distinguished Medical Alumni Lecture
David Lyden, PhD MD’89, Stavros S. Niarchos Chair and Associate professor of Pediatrics and Cell and Developmental Biology at Weill Cornell Medical Center; Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and faculty member of the MD/PhD program at the Tri-Institute (Rockefeller University/Weill Cornell Medical College/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
Our expanding understanding of the genetics of tumor growth has enabled possible promising advances in cancer therapy, but the development of effective drugs that prevent cancer’s spread throughout the body continues to challenge both researchers and physicians. Therapies that block metastasis, the primary cause of cancer deaths, will only be possible with a true understanding of tumor growth and spread, especially in the early stages of the disease. Dr. Lyden will highlight new advances in our understanding of how cancer spreads, beginning at the microscopic level. Please join Ruth Sauber P’75, Dr. Lyden, and fellow alumni for an informal reception immediately following the lecture.
>Smith Buonanno 106 and lobby
Sponsored by the Brown Medical Alumni Association 

George Houston Bass and Rhett S. Jones: a FolkThought
Elmo Terry-Morgan '74, artistic director, Rites and Reason Theatre, associate professor, Africana studies; roundtable guests
As one of the oldest continuously producing Black theatres in the nation, the Department of Africana Studies' Rites and Reason Theatre is dedicated to giving voice to the diverse cultural expressions of the New World. Drawing upon the broad range of Africana intellectual and cultural traditions and its unique Research-to-Performance Method (RPM), Rites and Reason organizes teams of creative artists, scholars and researchers who engage in direct dialogue with the community as they develop new theatrical works.
Join the theatre's artistic director, along with several of Rites and Reason's many collaborating artists and scholars, in a roundtable discussion on the impact of the unique approach - pioneered by George Houston Bass with Rhett S. Jones - on their development as scholars, as creative artists, and as people. 
>Churchill House, George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space
Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies Rites and Reason Theatre 

Startups: Jumping into the Next Big Thing
Moderator: Darcy Travlos '84, founder, myFrontdoor 
Panelists: Brent Grinna '04, CEO and co-founder, EverTrue; Pamela Arya '84, P'18, CEO, Optensity; Jose Estabil '84, director of entrepreneurship, MIT; Max B. Winograd '09, CEO/co-founder, NuLabel Technologies, Inc.; Claire Hughes Johnson '94, vice president, Google [X] Self-Driving Cars
"The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself." The flashy technology start up still exists but the "next big thing" is more likely to be a the creator of a problem-solving business product. Dive into a discussion about the next wave of the successful start up -- helping everyone work better and smarter online.
>Macmillan Hall, Starr Auditorium, Room 117, 167 Thayer St.
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations 

Concussions and Your Brain: The Lingering Effects from Childhood to Adulthood
Moderator: Neha P. Paukar, MD, MS, FACEP, assistant professor and consulting physician, Brown University Athletics, Department of Emergency Medicine; director, Division of Sports Medicine and Center for Sports Medicine
Panelists: Sean Morey '99, Princeton sprint football head coach, former NFL player and Super Bowl champion; Charles Maddock '04, founder and president, Charles Maddock Foundation; Naline Lai '89, pediatrician, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network and Blogger: 
Two Peds in a Pod; Brendan Whittet '94, head coach, men's hockey
High impact sports, simple roughhousing with friends, and home accidents can all lead to traumatic brain injury. Discover how increases in funding for medical research, better understanding of the brain healing process, and increased rates of self-identified problems have led to great strides in the education about and treatment of traumatic brain injuries. 
>Building for Environmental Research & Teaching, Carmichael Auditorium, 85 Waterman St.
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations 



12:30 pm

The New American High School
Panelists: Nancy Faust Sizer, author, teacher, collaborator and wife of Ted Sizer, former professor at Brown. She has taught at Brown, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Phillips Academy, and the Wheeler School.Jed Lippard '95, student and colleague of Ted Sizer, Head of School at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, and current Harvard Graduate School of Education doctoral candidate.
Theodore R. Sizer was one of the nation’s most respected education reform advocates. He served as University Professor and professor of education at Brown from 1983 to 1996 and the chair of the education department from 1983 to 1993. He founded the Coalition of Essential Schools in 1984 and was instrumental in bringing the Annenberg Institute for School Reform to Brown in 1993, and served as its founding director. Sizer’s last book, The New American High School, reveals his vision for our secondary education system and takes on fifteen of the key issues facing our high schools today offering practical suggestions for positive change. Join Nancy Sizer and Jed Lippard as they share their insights and reflections, and challenge us to think about “What’s next and what can we do to change our education system?”
>List Art Center, Room 120
Sponsored by the Department of Education 

The Many Faces of Toussaint L' Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution: A Conversation with Haitian Artist Edouard Duval-Carrié and Professor Anthony Bogues
Panelists: Edouard Duval-Carrié, artist; Anthony Bogues, Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences & Critical Theory and director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice
The Haitian Revolution was an event of world significance which challenged the then dominant system of racial slavery. This conversation between one of Haiti's leading artists, Edouard Duval-Carrié and Anthony Bogues, director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, will explore the many different ways in which the leader of the Revolution, Toussaint L'Ouverture, was portrayed. An accompanying exhibition is currently on display in the lower lobby of the Granoff Center. 
>Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium, Room 110
Sponsored by the Center for Slavery and Justice 

A Fiction Reading
Jeffrey Eugenides '82 is the author of three novels. His first, The Virgin Suicides, published in 1993, is considered a modern classic. (The novel was also made into a film by Sofia Coppola.) Middlesex appeared in 2002 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the WELT- Literatur Preis, and the Santiago de Compostela Literary Prize from Spain. Middlesex was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Médicis. In 2011, Eugenides published The Marriage Plot, which became a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award and was named the best novel of that year by independent booksellers in the United States. The Marriage Plot also won the Prix Fitzgerald and the Madame Figaro Literary Prize in France. Eugenides is a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. His work has been translated into 35 languages.
>Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium, Room 101

Current Challenges and Future Directions in Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
The Charles O. Cooke, MD, Distinguished Visiting Lectureship
Monica R. Shah '89, MD'94, deputy branch chief of Heart Failure and Arrhythmias, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Dr. Shah will review the institute's landmark achievements in the arena of cardiovascular clinical trials. Learn more about the contemporary challenges in these trials and Dr. Shah's perspective on the future of the field.
>Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106, 85 Cushing St.
Sponsored by the Brown Medical Alumni Association 

From Apple to Nike: Making Globalization Work for All
Panelists: Richard M. Locke, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and Professor of Political Science
Richard M. Locke is the author, most recently, of The Promise and Limits of Private Power: Promoting Labor Standards in a Global Economy. Based on five years of research that included the analysis of thousands of audit reports of factories working for Nike, Hewlett Packard, Coca Cola, and other leading global companies, field research 14 countries, and over 700 interviews, Locke's book examines both the potential and the limits of different approaches to improving working conditions, wages, and working hours for the millions of people employed in today's global supply chains -- those who make most of the products we consume every day. He currently chairs the Apple Academic Advisory Board, a group of independent academics who are working with Apple to improve labor conditions among the company's suppliers. At Brown, Locke teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the political economy of labor and development as well as on global entrepreneurship.
>Watson Institute, Joukowsky Auditorium
Sponsored by  the Watson Institute for International Studies

A Conversation With Debra L. Lee
Introduction: Professor Tricia Rose '93, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown University
Moderator: Stephen Hill '84, Co-President of Programming at BET Networks

Debra L. Lee '76 Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.)
During an executive career of nearly 30 years, including almost 10 years as president and chief operating officer, Debra Lee has overseen BET Networks' growth into one of the world's most influential multiplatform media companies and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and global consumers of black culture. Ms. Lee will discuss her time at BET and the role Brown University has played in her life. 
>Salomon Center for Teaching, room 001

One Laptop per Child, 10 Years On
Mary Lou Jepsen '87 Electrical engineer, innovator, Doctor of Science (Sc.D.)
Jepsen is the co-founder of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit effort to bring computing and transformative educational opportunities to children around the world, particularly in developing countries. After 10 years, OLPC has shipped more than 5 million units, and the laptop is still in production. Jepson has authored more than 100 scientific papers and has more than 50 worldwide patents. She has been ranked among the top 50 female computer scientists of all time, and Time Magazine has included her in its "Time 100" list as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is currently head of the Display Division at Google [x].
>Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101

India's 2014 Elections: Analyzing Results, Speculating Possibilities
Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences, director, Brown-India Initiative; Patrick Heller, professor of sociology and international studies, steering committee member, Brown-India Initiative
What are the implications of the world's biggest elections for India and the world? This forum will analyze India's 16th national elections and examine what the results mean for the nation's economic development, foreign policy, and democracy.
>Building for Environmental Research & Teaching, Carmichael Auditorium
Sponsored by the Brown-India Initiative and the Watson Institute for International Studies 


3:30 pm

Thoughts on Creativity: Featuring The Brown Reader
Moderator: Judy Sternlight '82, editor, The Brown Reader
Panelists: Sean Kelly '84, illustrator, Sean Kelly Studio; Dawn Raffel '79, author, features editor, books, Readers Digest; John Hilty '89, editor-in-chief, Pageturner Graphic Novels; David Levithan, '94 executive editor, Push Books, novelists, Two Boys Kissing

Many fellow alumni shared their college experiences in The Brown Reader, a collection of essays, comics, and poems celebrating Brown's 250th anniversary. Join some of these contributors for a discussion about how the creative process can help you in a variety of ways, whether it's thinking of innovative ideas, flexing your mental muscle, or producing winning work.
>Building for Environmental Research & Teaching, Carmichael Auditorium
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations 

Emerging Trends in Media: Power to the People
Moderator: Richard Heller '74, P'11, P'13, partner & co-chairman, entertainment group, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC
Panelists: Bernadette Aulestia '94, senior vice president, Domestic Network Distribution, HBO; Carolyn Crawford '89, vice president, Dish Network; Lee Rolontz '84, executive vice president, music,VH1; Alexandra Shapiro '94, executive vice president, marketing and digital, USA Network 
What does the future hold for home entertainment? What is "social TV"? Who’s watching “transmedia” programming? Will we all be wearing Google Glasses or living in virtual worlds ten years from now? Hear different perspectives on how content creators, distributors, and marketers are all adapting to the demands of viewers and how digital technology continues to transform the media landscape. 
>Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer St.
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations