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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.

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.

Perils, Pitfalls and Joys: Visual Art and the Communication of Complex Data | September 18, 2014 - November 20, 2014  + -

A lecture series featuring Dr. Peter Snyder (Professor of Neurology, Alpert Medical School), Dr James Head (Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences), and artist/illustrator David Macaulay (How Things Work).  All lectures will begin at 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Snyder, Head, Macaulay, and other members of the Brown community.

September 18, 6pm 
presented by Dr. Peter Snyder 
The inherent risks of communication complex scientific information through visual means that are also unquestionably artistic.  The blur of roles between scientist and artist and the risks of crossing these boundaries.

October 28, 6pm 
  presented by Dr. James Head
The difficulty of communicating intensely complex information in meaningful ways, and the role of scientist as storyteller.  The responsibility of science to translate new knowledge in ways that are both informative and also engaging to the educated lay public. 

November 20, 6pm  
JOYS presented by David Macaulay
The artist as partner with scientists and engineers to convey intricate and difficult systems and ideas.  Synergy between art and science.  Sources of inspiration for artists and scientists alike, and the explosion of knowledge and invention in our lifetime.

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.


Modern Culture and Media Department Commencement Ceremony | May 25, 2014  + -

Modern Culture and Media Department Commencement Ceremony 

Sunday, May 25th @ 2pm

Martinos Auditorium



The commencement diploma ceremony for the Modern Culture and Media Department at Brown.  Modern Culture and Media is committed to the study of media in the context of the broader examination of modern cultural and social formations.  MCM combines the analysis of diverse texts — visual and verbal, literary and historical, theoretical and popular, imaginative and archival — with the study of contemporary theories of representation and cultural production and creative practice in a range of media.

Commencement Forum: Berklee College of Music, From the Music Teaching Studio to the College Boardroom | May 24, 2014  + -

Commencement Forum: Berklee College of Music, From the Music Teaching Studio to the College Boardroom

Saturday, May 24th @ 9am

Martinos Auditorium 


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. 

Commencement Forum with Tracee Ellis Ross '94: Creative Opportunities for Women of Color in Entertainment | May 24, 2014  + -

Commencement Forum with Tracee Ellis Ross '94: Creative Opportunities for Women of Color in Entertainment

Saturday, May 24th @ 11am

Martinos Auditorium 


Tracee Ellis Ross '94, actress, performance artist, and motivational speaker Professor Tricia Rose '93, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown University


In this conversation, 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.

Dance Master Class | May 24, 2014  + -

Dance Master Class

Saturday, May 24th @ 4pm

Studio 2


Join fellow alumni, students, and guests who share your love for dance. The class will be led by Julie Adams Strandberg, founding director of Brown’s dance program, along with former faculty and alumni.   The class is free of charge, but contributions are welcome and will go toward The Fund for Dance @ Brown -  established in 2012 to honor Julie's 70th birthday - which supports a variety of dance-related programs, initiatives, activities, and resources for students and faculty.

The Joslin Awards | May 23, 2014  + -

The Joslin Awards

Friday, May 23rd @ 3pm

Martinos Auditorium 


The Joslin Awards recognize a small group of seniors who have contributed in a very significant way to the quality of student life at Brown. Award winners generally demonstrate a wide breadth of involvement during their campus years as well as substantial depth in one or more areas. Through their leadership and involvement they have not only enhanced their own liberal education, they have also provided services, programs and other opportunities for involvement to their peers, thus enhancing the learning environment for all students.

Dispersion, an Installation by Daniel Clayman Opening Reception | May 22, 2014  + -

Dispersion, an Installation by Daniel Clayman

Friday, May 16th - Friday, June 27th, 2014

Cohen Gallery


Light passing through any transparent material is assigned an Abbe Value, a mathematical number expressing how much light is dispersed upon passing through a material with a particular refractive index. Working with the Abbe Value and the ensuing quality of light, Dispersion becomes three things at once: a lens projecting and bending light, a filter changing the color and pattern and an object that redefines the space through its towering presence. As the light shines through the antique glass a stage set is born.


Dappled light, projected by the object, becomes a device to capture a moment, in particular, summer sun filtering through trees.


Opening Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5-7pm

The Many Faces of Toussaint L' Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution | May 22, 2014  + -

The Many Faces of Toussaint L' Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution

Thursday, May 22nd @ 6pm

Lower Lobby


The Haitian Revolution was an event of world significance which challenged the then dominant system of racial slavery. This exhibition by one of Haiti's leading artists, Edouard Duval-Carrié, will pay attention to the many different ways in which the leader of the Revolution, Toussaint L'Ouverture, was portrayed. Exhibition opening reception, Thursday May 22nd at 5:30 PM, all are welcome.