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The Freedom Project Showing | November 15, 2014  + -

Saturday, November 15, 2014 4:00 PM

 Everett Company has started the second year of a three-year research and creation process for the development of our new touring piece. Freedom Project will be a multi-disciplinary documentary theater production that shares the stories of people who have been marginalized by America’s criminal justice system. The project examines and critiques that system through the juxtapositions of personal stories with jarring statistics that reveal gross racial and socio-economic disparities in the way the law is applied, especially in regard to the War on Drugs.

Everett approaches this challenging topic with humor and humanity, and emphasizes the creativity and spirit of perseverance that can surface when people confront extreme adversity. The work utilizes the disciplines of theater, dance and filmmaking to draw out multiple perspectives on this complex topic. Visceral choreography and poetic visual imagery deepen the experience as Everett explores the effects of mass incarceration on some of our most vulnerable communities.

Brown University is a development and producing partner in the creation of Freedom Project. They join Everett in producing a series of public workshops, forums, street actions, and in-progress previews that will continue to be held at both Brown and Everett Stage. These events draw a wide segment of the community into an ongoing dialogue about incarceration and help shape the final performance. Freedom Project will premiere in the spring of 2015 at Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Arts and will then be available for touring through 2017.


My Name is Rachel Corrie | November 13, 2014  + -

Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:30 PM

 Ashley Malloy will perform a solo performance of My Name is Rachel Corrie. Ashley is using her performances as a vehicle to raise awareness of and support for The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, where young people living under occupation can transform their frustrations into creative energy. Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, acting students create dynamic, challenging and relevant pieces of theatre intended to engender critical thought and non-violent, purposeful action in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination.


My Name is Rachel Corrie is based on the diary entries and e-mails from Corrie herself, who was killed in March of 2003 while in the West Bank. She was an American Peace Activist, working with a group called the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). According to the accounts of her family and some witnesses, she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force armored bulldozer in Rafah, located in the southern Gaza strip. She was protesting the demolition of a family’s house by the IDF on the Gaza Strip, acting as a human shield.


Complementing this solo performance will be a performance of Wrestling Jerusalem by Aaron Davidson, taking place in February 2015.

Place Matters: Design for Population Health | November 11, 2014  + -

Place Matters: Design for Population Health

Tuesday, November 11th @ 4pm

Martinos Auditorium


Rhode Island School of Design Division of Graduate Studies and the Brown University School of Public Health present: Place Matters: Design for Population Health, Designing neighborhoods to reduce risk and build resilience in urban communities.


Join us for a public forum challenging community members, public health researchers and practitioners, artists, designers and policy makers to build new frameworks for lasting change in the health of individuals and the quality of urban neighborhoods. Lecture by Richard J Jackson, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA followed by a panel discussion.

Lava Fossil | November 3, 2014  + -

Monday, November 3, 2014 7:30 PM


LAVA FOSSIL is Beth Nixon’s solo suitcase theater show about a dad, a crab, a dentist and where things go when they are gone. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian ’02

The Brown Difference - 250th Years in 12 Minutes | October 25, 2014  + -

The Brown Difference - 250th Years in 12 Minutes

Saturday, October 25th @ 10am 

Martinos Auditorium 

'The Brown Difference: 250 Years in Twelve Minutes' will feature: 

Oren Jacoby ’77, P'17

Betsy West ’73, P’14

Moderator - Neil Safier, Director of the John Carter Brown Library

A screening of the short film celebrating Brown’s big anniversary, followed by a discussion with alumni filmmakers Jacoby and West.   Behind the scenes stories, memorable outtakes, and the challenge of capturing and condensing Brown’s illustrious history on film.

Global Health Colloquium – Innovation in Tackling Global Health Care Challenges: The Role of Brown University and its Partners | October 24, 2014  + -

Global Health Colloquium – Innovation in Tackling Global Health Care Challenges: The Role of Brown University and its Partners

Friday, October 24th @ 9am 

Martinos Auditorium 

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Brown University, a global health colloquium will take place, featuring the contributions of the Brown University community and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in addressing global health challenges over the years. Consistent with the 250th celebration goals, this colloquium will highlight Brown’s impact and service to a global community, honor alumni of Brown who have made significant contributions to decreasing health disparities, and showcase the scholarship and innovation of the next generation of Brown scholars and future leaders in global health.

Freedom Project - Brain Cafe | October 23, 2014  + -

Freedom Project - Brain Cafe

Thursday, October 23rd @ 7pm

Studio 1

Everett Company’s Freedom Project continues the dialogue taking place at Brown and around the country on race, equity and incarceration; presented through the lens of local stories.

Join Everett in conversations with students and faculty including Erik Ehn and Tricia Rose, as they research and create their new piece premiering in March at Brown. Additional performances and workshops continue November 14 and March 8-15 (residency and premiere).

BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB VS. GRAVITY Screening and Q&A | October 20, 2014  + -

Monday, October 20th at 6:30pm, Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium

Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. BORN TO FLY traces the evolution of Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, to the sky. Guided by Streb’s theory of movement—to walk on walls, dive through glass, move so fast you disappear The film asks: Can adrenaline be a form of medicine? When does movement become art? Why be a part of it? How do race, gender, sexuality, and class appear on the dancers’ performances, on their bodies? Wrestling these questions, BORN TO FLY offers an exhilarating tale of the necessity of art, inspiring a broad audience, hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence in the world.

Anthology | October 10, 2014  + -


Friday, October 10th @ 7pm, Studio 1

Join us for the first Anthology event of the 2014 - 2015 academic year!  Anthology is an eclectic evening of readings, performances and visual works featuring the graduate students of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. The only existing platform of it’s kind, it provides a polished yet laid-back environment for graduate students to present and exhibit their creative work, fostering opportunities for conversation and collaboration between the two schools. The work presented at Anthology greatly varies, from painting, photography, and video to sound, fiction and poetry.  

Live Performance by Descemer Bueno and Kelvis Ochoa with the Brown University Jazz Band | October 9, 2014  + -

Live Performance by Descemer Bueno and Kelvis Ochoa with the Brown University Jazz Band

Thursday, October 9th @ 7pm, Martinos Auditorium

Award-winning Cuban performer Descemer Bueno returns to campus with singer-songwriter Kelvis Ochoa to perform with the Brown University Jazz Band at the Granoff Center for the Performing Arts. Descemer wrote the hit "Bailando" and has been on tour all summer with Enrique Iglesias, who brought it to the top of the charts internationally. This performance is not to be missed!

Visit the Brown CLACS Website to reserve your free ticket! (Reservations are required through the Event Brite Website.)

Creative Mind Lecture: Women in Social Business | October 8, 2014  + -

Spend next Wednesday night (October 8th at 6pm) at this semester's Creative Mind Lecture, featuring an electric lineup of three superwomen at the top of their game in social entrepreneurship and business! This event features three 20-minute lectures and an audience Q and A.


Deb Mills-Scofield
consultant and founder, Mills-Scofield LLC; partner, Glengary LLC, an early stage venture capital firm

After she graduated from Brown in 1982, Deb went on to build a career that has included designing top revenue generating patents for the AT&T Bell Labs and founding her own socially conscious consultancy. She has over 25 years of experience advising tech, service, and manufacturing companies. Deb is best known among the Brown community by her indefatigable desire to mentor students.

Liza Donnelly
contract cartoonist and writer, The New Yorker Magazine

Liza's cartoons specializes in politics, culture, and human rights. In addition to her contract work with the New Yorker Magazine, she has also been featured in Forbes, Politico, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, and Salon.

Susan McPherson
angel investor, consultant, and founder, McPherson Strategies

Susan's consultancy, McPherson Strategies, is a communications company focused on the intersection between brands and social good. Susan is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Triple Pundit, and Forbes and has over 25 years of experience in storytelling, partnership creation, and sustainability communications. 


The Creative Mind Lecture Series is Brown's leading inter-disciplinary lecture series. We are devoted to the celebration of creative thought and entrepreneurship across many disciplines, including art, science, and technology. We are funded through the generous sponsorship of the Creative Mind Initiative.

Public Lecture by Brad Troemel | October 7, 2014  + -

Public Lecture by Brad Troemel 

Tuesday, October 7th @ 6pm

Martinos Auditorium


The Student Creative Arts Council presents a lecture by Brad Troemel: conceptual artist, writer, critic, professor. The lecture will begin at 6PM in Martinos Auditorium to be followed by an intimate conversation with refreshments.

Tickets can be reserved here:

Brad Troemel makes work concerned with visual culture, the internet, and our experience of it. His writing has been featured on The New Inquiry and DIS Magazine. Brad teaches at the Pratt Institute, The School of Visual Arts in New York, and the Bruce High Quality Foundation.

'The Judge' Public Screening | October 1, 2014  + -

We're screening 'The Judge' on October 1st!

October 1st, Martinos Auditorium, 7pm

Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. and Oscar winner Robert Duvall are teamed for the first time in the drama “The Judge.” Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Registration required at Doors open at 6:30pm. Any unclaimed tickets will be released to the wait list at 6:45pm. Sponsored by the Ivy Film Festival and Brown Motion Pictures.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: Techstyle Haus and the Solar Decathlon: Designing for the Future of Efficient Living | September 27, 2014  + -

Saturday, September 27th, 10am - 4pm, Studio 1

Having just returned from the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe in Versailles, France, students from team Techstyle Haus will showcase the culmination of a two-year collaboration between Brown, Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany. The exhibition will catalogue the process of designing and constructing a radically innovative, net-zero, solar-powered home and the students' journey from the classroom to an international stage.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: From T-Square to Techstyle Haus: A Presentation and Panel Discussion on Design at Brown | September 27, 2014  + -

Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Martinos Auditorium

For a University without a ‘Design School', a great number of influential designers have come out of Brown - from Raymond Hood to the current generation of “design-thinking” entrepreneurs. Barrett Hazeltine, Professor of Engineering Emeritus will offer welcoming remarks, followed by a presentation from student team leaders from the Brown/RISD Techstyle Haus Solar Decathlon Team followed by a panel discussion about the past, present and future of Design at Brown with alumni architects, designers, academics and entrepreneurs, and current Brown faculty members who are furthering the cause of the design discipline at Brown. Participants will include Gareth Rose '16 and Isabelle Lubin '16 (Solar Decathlon); Steve Glenn '87, CEO, LivingHomes; Susan Yelavich '72, Associate Professor of Art and Design Studies and Director, MA Design Studies, School of Art and Design History and Theory; Parsons The New School for Design. The discussion will be moderated by Barbara Laskey Weinreich '80; Principal, MNA, LLC.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: Research Matters! A Graduate School Symposium | September 27, 2014  + -

Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Martinos Auditorium 

The Graduate School is hosting "Research Matters! Celebrating New Ideas and Discoveries" as part of the 250th Anniversary Fall Celebration. Celebrating 125 years of graduate study at Brown, this symposium with feature short talks by graduate students and alumni on “why my research matters.” 


With short compelling talks aimed at a general audience, "Research Matters!" will showcase exceptional graduate student scholarship taking place at Brown. Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

Sonic.focus.3.5 - Electronic Multimedia Discussion and Performances | September 22, 2014 - September 23, 2014  + -

Following last week’s sonic.focus.3 conference, we are happy to welcome renowned German electronic musician Atom™ (Uwe Schmidt) to Brown for a conversation and performance. On Monday, September 22, he will discuss his recent work, including his album “HD” (Raster-Noton, 2013) and the unique live performances, entitled “HD/AV,” that draw from it, as well as his “Winterreise” album (Raster-Noton, 2011) and the photo series of the same name in a conversation with Tony Cokes and Andrew Lison. The following evening, he will perform a version of “HD/AV” alongside students and alumni from Brown’s MEME department presenting their own works.


Bio: Atom™ (also known as Atom Heart and often confused with Señor Coconut, real name Uwe Schmidt) is a German composer, musician and record producer of electronic music. He is often regarded as the father of electrolatino, electrogospel and aciton (acid-reggaeton) music. (Full bio here: )


sonic.focus.3.5 is sponsored by the Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University. Funding was generously provided by the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Research in Culture and Media Studies; Creative Arts Council - Arts Initiative Funds; MEME Electronic Music Department; the Visual Art Department, and Prof. John Cayley, Literary Arts Dept., Brown University. The organizers would also like to gratefully acknowledge crucial assistance from ON! Agency, Berlin / Krakow, Artists Space, New York, NY, and The David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University. Last, but very far from least we wish to thank Liza Hebert, Ruth Clark, Gregory Picard, Asha Tamirisa, Bianca Eleisse Eyales, and Susan McNeil for their essential contributions.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: The Way to Strategy Exhibition | September 15, 2014 - October 7, 2014  + -

The Way to Strategy: Cuban artists Alexander Beatón and Pedro Gutiérrez will develop new works for their ongoing multimedia project, "The Way to Strategy." The project is a conceptual exploration of the relationship between the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and the Cuban community of Caimanera, situated at the border of the base but prohibited, by the lack of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, from any form of contact with it. This will be its first showing outside Cuba.


Granoff Center Lower Lobby

Audible Spaces: Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdlian, and [The User] | August 30, 2014 - October 12, 2014  + -

The David Winton Bell Gallery is pleased to announce Audible Spaces: Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdlian, and [The User], an exhibition of contemporary sound art, on view at the Bell Gallery, August 30 to October 12, and the Cohen Gallery at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for Creative Arts, August 23 to October 12, 2014. Audible Spaces presents three sound installations that encourage participants to explore the subtleties of listening. Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdalian, and [The User] have each created immersive environments using seemingly uniform sounds that dissolve into tonal, tactile, and temporal variations as participants engage with them. Please join us for an artist conversation moderated by Ed Osborn, sound artist and Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Brown University, and a cocktail reception. 
Artist Talks September 5, 2014, 5:30-6:30pm. List Auditorium
ReceptionSeptember 5, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm. 
List Lobby and Cohen Gallery All are welcome. 


Audible Spaces presents three sound installations that encourage participants to explore the subtleties of listening.Tristan PerichZarouhie Abdalian, and [The User] have each created immersive environments using seemingly uniform sounds that dissolve into tonal, tactile, and temporal variations as participants engage with them. Perich'sMicrotonal Wall (2011), on view in the Cohen Gallery at the Granoff Center, demonstrates the extraordinary complexity that can be generated using the most basic electronic tools. Drone like from a distance, this twenty-five foot long sound field of 1-bit noise dissolves into 1500 unique frequencies. Abdalian's In Unison (2014) draws attention to each individual's singularly embodied experience of listening. Parametric speakers embedded in the Bell Gallery's ceiling project sonic avenues of equal frequencies that disrupt binaural hearing as they reverberate throughout. [The User]'s Coincidence Engine One: Universal People's Republic Time (2008) makes the entropy of time audible. This amphitheater-like space filled with more than one thousand ticking clocks provokes questions about homogeny, loss, and the spaces of public address. Unified by a shared economy of means, all three projects prompt participants to consider the dynamic relationship between sound, space, and personal subjectivity, while addressing a distinct set of historical, social, and sonic concerns.


Sound artist and theorist Brandon Labelle argues that "sound is intrinsically and unignorably relational: it emanates, propagates, communicates, vibrates, and agitates; it leaves a body and enters others; it binds and unhinges, harmonizes and traumatizes; it sends the body moving, the mind dreaming, the air oscillating."[1] This notion has permeated sound art since its inception and has driven artists to continually explore both the formal properties of singular sounds and the conditional nature of listening. In the 1960s, minimalist musicians in particular took up this cause. They developed radically simplified compositional structures to experiment with the spatial and temporal apperception of sound, in the hopes of expanding the horizons of aesthetic experience. Drawing on the critical strategies of minimalism, the artists in Audible Spaces use monotony, seriality and repetition-both visually and sonically-as they consider both what and how we hear.


CineBrasil 2014: A Brazilian Film Festival | October 16, 2014 - October 17, 2014  + -

CineBrasil 2014: A Brazilian Film Festival

CineBrasil is an annual film festival showcasing the best in recent Brazilian cinema. CineBrasil this year will encompass a broad range of genres from animated film to drama to comedy, and many subjects including disability, inequality, regional differences, sexuality and security in urban neighborhoods.  Details on screenings available on the Watson Institute website.