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

Support a small number of carefully selected new initiatives in order to carve out a special role for Brown in the ongoing process of teaching and research on global issues

Action Taken

  • Consulted across disciplines to identify Brown’s academic strengths and potential and to determine where special initiatives can have the greatest impact
  • Convened informal advisory group on Brown’s international outreach and media potential. Identified areas for further planning
  • Worked with Africana Studies and President’s Office to develop plans for year of “Focus on Africa”
  • Began planning and consultations with senior global governance scholars about the potential for building a global governance initiative, perhaps within the Watson Institute. Sponsored pilot conference and speakers, hosted visiting faculty, and launched a related summer institute
  • Collaborated with faculty committee on global health to explore plans for strengthening Brown’s activities in this field
  • Initiated the Open Brown working group to create a Web-based technical and programmatic framework around the delivery of media to a variety of internal and external audiences to enhance the pedagogical, research, and intellectual leadership missions of Brown University
  • Established a vision for the delivery of media through the Watson Institute-hosted “Global conversation”; and identified steps and resources required to achieve the vision in a report on “Foundational Services for Digital Audio and Video at Brown”
  • Established a partnership with Spain’s Instituto Empresa, one of Europe’s leading business schools, to further research and teaching opportunities in Brown’s Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship (COE) program and the Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME)
  • Launched four pilot summer institutes and laid the groundwork to establish the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), a major new faculty development initiative for promising young scholars from global south and emerging economies
  • Implemented “Year of Africa” in 2008-2009
  • Dedicated the academic year of 2009-2010 as the “Year of India”, with an exciting program of major public lectures, cultural events, academic conferences, multimedia, and other explorations of India and its dramatic rise on the world stage.  The Year of India aimed to advance the understanding of India’s people, culture, economy, and politics — and their growing impact around the world.  It also served as a catalyst for the future, deepening India’s enduring presence at Brown — and Brown’s in India — through increased scholarship and collaboration.
  • Hosted the 2009 Achebe Colloquium, an International Conference on the Nigerian Elections.  This international gathering of scholars, government officials, and civil society groups from Nigeria, Europe, and the United States gathered with host Professor Chinua Achebe to explore the problems and prospects of the 2010 Nigerian Elections
  • Launched the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a multidisciplinary effort to reduce health inequalities among underserved populations worldwide, and provide a coordinating vision and purpose to multiple existing programs across campus
  • Launched, as the only university represented on the steering committee, a major new initiative called Partners for a New Beginning, linking non-governmental organizations, industry, and government to improve relations between the United States and the Muslim world.  Brown is contributing to efforts in Turkey, West Bank, Egypt, and Indonesia
  • Planned for the Year of China in the academic year 2011-2012.  The integrated program of events will be led by Faculty Director Professor Chung-I Tan and an Executive Committee comprised of faculty and student leaders.
  • Worked on programming for the Year of Haiti initiative

Action Needed

  • Continue process of identifying key initiatives that can expand Brown’s global reach
  • Continue to play a catalytic role in providing intellectual leadership for flagship programming
  • Convene more advisory meetings with senior scholars across the world
  • Continue planning for international outreach initiative, placing Brown’s faculty on the global stage, initiating a Brown-branded global conversation about ideas
  • Host “Year of China” in 2011-12
  • Begin to plan for next set of year-long events focused on a particular country or geographical region


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

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