Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Build more significantly on the strengths of existing centers and programs, such as the Watson Institute, and other ongoing initiatives to develop world-class centers devoted to important global issues. Undertake needed structural, curricular, and governance changes to improve these programs

Action Taken

  • Built on discussion of humanities faculty chairs to develop a new “Towards a Global Humanities” initiative in collaboration with the Cogut Center, Pembroke Center, and Africana Studies
  • Developed a strategic plan for the Watson Institute to strengthen and improve the Institute
  • Provided support for the International Writers Program (IWP)
  • Collaborated with Cogut, Science and Technology Studies, and Watson to plan three parallel speaker series in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences
  • Convened task force to explore a summer workshop at Cogut studying international themes in the humanities
  • Established a fund to support innovative student initiatives that internationalize institutional culture at Brown
  • Tasked a Research Advisory Board faculty working group to consider issues surrounding research and the internationalization initiative
  • Appointed and convened an International Affairs Advisory Board comprised of faculty leaders from across the University, including major centers and institutes with a focus on international work
  • Regularly collaborate with the Watson Institute, and other centers and institutes, on signature international events, activities and task forces
  • Launched the Global Health Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to link existing programs across campus in the area of health inequalities worldwide
  • Launched calls for targeted seed funds program in selected areas to stimulate, among Brown centers and departments, major new interdisciplinary initiatives with global peers
  • Provided regular support to key interdisciplinary initiatives such as the Nanjing-Brown Joint Program in Gender Studies and the Humanities
  • Provided money for several seed projects in India
  • Received funding from Parsa Foundation to support three visiting professorships in Persian Studies
  • Formed the International Coordinating Council as a committee of Brown University administrators responsible for internationally-related issues across campus, with task forces focused on issues such as international student services, faculty travel, and international visitor protocol
  • Continued to offer targeted seed funding to encourage more interdisciplinary initiatives with global peers

Action Needed

  • Continue to support “Towards a Global Humanities” initiative and other Cogut plans for internationalization of humanities
  • Work with Science Advisory Committee to develop a strategic plan for supporting international research in the sciences
  • Continue seed funding of new collaborations in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, and facilitate ability of faculty to further international collaborations
  • Recommend additional faculty hires to fill gaps in the humanities and social sciences where international emphasis may be needed
  • Explore potential collaborations with the Pembroke and Taubman Centers to support and enhance international dimensions
  • Continue to offer targeted seed funding to encourage more interdisciplinary initiatives with global peers
  • Continue to work, through the Task Force on International Area Studies, to make recommendations on how to further develop leading scholarship and teaching on specific world regions in the next ten years
  • Expand the Global Health Initiative to a Global Health Center


  • Provost
  • Dean of the Faculty
  • Vice President for International Affairs
  • Vice President for Research

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