Brown University

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244 Thayer Street at Angell Street
Providence, RI
(401) 863-3168

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Available exclusively at the Brown Bookstore
from Friday, April 4th to Monday, May 19th
The "Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill"

The Brown Reader will be available exclusively from the Brown Bookstore starting on Friday, April 4th to Monday, May 19th.   Order today to get your copy and read how 50 Brown University alumni remember Brown University and College Hill.

"In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary, fifty remarkable, prizewinning writers and artists who went to Brown provide unique stories--many published for the first time--about their adventures on College Hill. Funny, poignant, subversive, and nostalgic, the essays, comics, and poems in this collection paint a vivid picture of college life, from the 1950s to the present, at one of America's most interesting universities…Exploring the Brown aesthetic, these writers shed light on universal truths about young adulthood and that magical time in all of our lives—our tumultuous and inspiring college days."--publisher description

Edited by Judy Sternlight '82, contributors include Jeffrey Eugenides '83, Rick Moody '83, Lois Lowry '58, and Marilynne Robinson '66.

Available in the bookstore or order online.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Book Giver Kickoff Party - Thurs., 4/17, 4:30-6pm
Are you a book giver for World Book Night?

Book Givers, join us on Thursday, April 17th for a World Book Night kickoff celebration.  Come in anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to pick up your books.  Want to learn how World Book Night works?  Stop in and we'll be glad to tell you about it.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Brown Bookstore is proud to be a book pickup location for World Book Night 2014 again this year.  Book givers can choose us as the location to pick up their books to give away to light and non-readers on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014.

World Book Night 2014

Celebrating Brown 250+
Imagine Brown 250+ apparel and merchandise

Come visit our Imagine Brown 250+ shop at the front of the bookstore.  Show your school pride by getting a piece of apparel or merchandise to remember Brown's 250th!

Shop Brown 250+ online

The Imagine Brown 250+ blanket can be personalized with up to 35 characters, including spaces.  A special gift to present to your favorite alum!

Wednesday, April 23rd at 12:00pm
The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies presents
Book presentation and panel discussion for "Crecer a Golpes"

Join the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies for a book presentation and panel discusion of Crecer a Golpes: Crónicas y ensayos de América Latina a 40 años de Allende y Pinochet, edited by Diego Fonseca with an introduction by Brown University Professor at Large Ricardo Lagos.  Panel discussion will also include Jon Lee Anderson, Marín Caparrós, and Enric González, contributors to the book.

Presentation and panel discussion will be in English and Spanish.

"On September 11, 1973 one of the bloodiest dictatorships was installed in Chile that changed the face of a nation and the history of a continent...Crecer a golpes gathers thirteen renowned storytellers and journalists to showcase the unresolved conflicts that cut the flesh to the bone in Latin America…These stories embark on a journey from south to north with large and small defeats and victories, and the decisive conflicts that mark the lives of millions of people. In this book, discover the reason for Latin America today."--publisher description

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Events

Thursday, April 24th at 4:00pm
Growing Up Under a Microscope, a talk by Danah Boyd '00

Danah Boyd '00, author of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, will give a talk on "Growing Up Under a Microscope: How Today's Youth Achieve Privacy in Social Media" on Thursday, April 24th at 4:00 p.m.  This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services, the Office of the Dean of the College, and Computer Science.

Reception and book signing immediately following.  Event is free and open to the public.

"Painstakingly researched through interviews and close study for more than a decade, [It's Complicated] is the most important analysis of networked culture I've yet to read."--Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Danah Boyd '00 is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center.  She is an academic and a scholar and her research examines social media, youth practices, tensions between public and private, social network sites, and other intersections between technology and society.

Thursday, April 24th at 5:30pm
The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice presents
Craig Steven Wilder: The Matriculating Indian and the Uneducable Negro: Race, Slavery, and American Colleges

Author and historian Craig Steven Wilder returns to campus for this rescheduled lecture from February.  A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country.  But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique.  In Ebony and Ivy, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.

More information on this event

Thursday, April 24th at 7:00pm
The Third World Center presents
Sarah Kay '10, author and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E.

Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression) is an international movement that celebrates and inspires youth self-expression through Spoken Word Poetry.  Conceived in 2004, Project V.O.I.C.E. encourages young people to engage with the world around them and use Spoken Word Poetry as an instrument through which they can explore and better understand their culture, their society, and ultimately themselves.  Project V.O.I.C.E. brings together performance, writing, and a supportive environment to inspire youth to recognize that their views are significant, valid, and necessary.

More on Project V.O.I.C.E.

On No Matter the Wreckage
"Following the success of her breakout poem, "B", Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay's talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects ("The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire"). Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows readers to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection."--publisher description

Sarah Kay '10 is a Spoken Word Poet who grew up in New York City and began performing her poetry when she was only fourteen years old.  In 2004, Sarah founded Project V.O.I.C.E. and has since taught Spoken Word Poetry in classrooms and workshops all over the world, to students of all ages.  Sarah was a featured speaker at the 2011 TED conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design) on "The Rediscovery of Wonder" in Long Beach, California. 

Monday, April 28th at 5:00pm
The Watson Institute presents
"Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon"

The Watson Institute presents  a book panel with Melani Cammett, Associate Professor of Political Science, for a discussion of her book, Compassionate Communalism.

In Lebanon, religious parties such as Hezbollah play a critical role in providing health care, food, poverty relief, and other social welfare services alongside or in the absence of government efforts.  Some parties distribute goods and services broadly, even to members of other parties or other faiths, while others allocate services more narrowly to their own base.  In Compassionate Communalism, Melani Cammett analyzes the political logics of sectarianism through the lens of social welfare.  On the basis of years of research into the varying welfare distribution strategies of Christian, Shia Muslim, and Sunni Muslim political parties in Lebanon, Cammett shows how and why sectarian groups deploy welfare benefits for such varied goals as attracting marginal voters, solidifying intraconfessional support, mobilizing mass support, and supporting militia fighters.

Watson Institute event information

Thursday, May 1st at 4:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Carole Marshall, MA '92 discusses "Stubborn Hope: Memoir of an Urban Teacher"

"Stubborn Hope: Memoir of an Urban Teacher is a unique portrait of two decades of teaching in an urban high school, and an inside look at the effects of the new reforms on urban education.  Sometimes humorously, sometimes painfully, the author describes the struggles and achievements of some exceptional young people. Interspersed with the portraits are lessons learned about teaching in an urban environment...What worked in the past is being replaced by a system that punishes and betrays students.  It's happening across the country.  The book concludes with a warning: before any more damage is done, we need to return to the values that created public education."--publisher description

"Lots of people send me books to read.  Usually I toss them.  I read yours and loved it."--Diane Ravitch

Carole Marshall is a writer, a journalist, and a teacher.  She taught high school English in an urban school in Providence, Rhode Island for two decades.  Prior to that, she worked for a number of leading newspapers in the United States and Europe and co-wrote two books on women’s health.  She has a Masters in Teaching from Brown University and a Masters in Communication from the City University of New York.

Friday, May 2nd at 4:00pm
The Brown Library presents
Ray Rhinehart '62, author of "Brown University: The Campus Guide"

"Founded in 1764 as the College of Rhode Island in the town of Warren, Brown University was the seventh in a series of Colonial higher learning institutions that now comprise the Ivy League. The university moved to its current spot overlooking Providence on College Hill in 1770 and was renamed in 1804 in recognition of a $5,000 gift from prominent businessman and alum Nicholas Brown. Today the Brown campus, consisting of 235 buildings on 143 acres is a tapestry of American architectural styles from pre-Colonial to modern. In Brown University, the newest volume in our acclaimed Campus Guide series, Class of '62 alumnus Raymond P. Rhinehart takes readers on nine architectural walks to more than one hundred campus landmarks—from the red-bricked University Hall (1770) to the new state-of-the-art Warren Alpert Medical School (2001). With students, alumni, and visitors in mind, the guide showcases the role that Brown has played in the history of campus architecture and the developing urban fabric of Providence."--publisher description