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Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • Multi-Day Event
    May 1 to May 31
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    The Lost Museum (ongoing)The Lost Museum (ongoing)

    The Jenks Society for Lost Museums has given Brown’s nineteenth-century ...

    The Jenks Society for Lost Museums has given Brown’s nineteenth-century Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, a second life. Working with artist Mark Dion, the Society has re-collected scattered relics and remnants, transformed words into spaces, and fragments of curatorial description into spectral art. A three-part installation re-imagines the office of the museum’s founder, showcases the remaining fragments of the collection, and conjures the ghosts of artifacts once found in the museum back into existence – as reimagined by over 80 artists. The installation is on display through May 2015 in Rhode Island Hall, 60 George St. Summer hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://jenksmuseum.org/.

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  • Multi-Day Event
    Mar 5 to May 24
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    Exhibit - The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed BrownExhibit - The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown

    The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown is an ...

    The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown is an exhibit that explores the Lamphere case and its consequences for Brown. Based on extensive archival research and oral histories with key participants, the exhibit paints a vivid picture of how Brown changed during a key moment in its history and of the feminist activism that drove that change.

    The physical exhibit is installed on the first floor of Pembroke Hall from March 5, 2015 through Commencement weekend.

    Building Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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  • Multi-Day Event
    May 20 to May 23
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    Commencement Forum Performances: STRING THEORYCommencement Forum Performances: STRING THEORY

    George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House

    Drawn from real-life accounts, an explosive new drama gives living voice to ...

    Drawn from real-life accounts, an explosive new drama gives living voice to the first civil rights case in America, the epic saga of L'Amistad:

    STRING THEORY
    May 20th - 23rd 2015
    Brown University Commencement Forum Performances

    Written by Ifa Bayeza,
    Distinguished Artist in Residence

    Directed by Obie & Bessie Award Winner
    Carl Hancock Rux

    Music Performed by the Award Winning
    Marian Anderson String Quartet
    Inaugural 2015 Heimark Artists-in-Residence,
    Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice

    Presented by the Department of Africana Studies' Rites and Reason Theatre in collaboration with the Center of the Study of Slavery & Justice

    FIVE SHOWS - FREE & OPEN to EVERYONE

    Wednesday - Friday, May 20th - 22nd @ 7:00pm
    Saturday, May 23rd @ 11:00AM & 4:00PM

    George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space
    Churchill House - 155 Angell Street
    Providence, RI 02912

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  • May 23
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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    Exhibit - The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed BrownExhibit - The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown

    The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown is an ...

    The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown is an exhibit that explores the Lamphere case and its consequences for Brown. Based on extensive archival research and oral histories with key participants, the exhibit paints a vivid picture of how Brown changed during a key moment in its history and of the feminist activism that drove that change.

    The physical exhibit is installed on the first floor of Pembroke Hall from March 5, 2015 through Commencement weekend.

    Building Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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  • May 23
    9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
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    Sauber Lecture: Translating a Trillion Points of Data into Therapies, Diagnostics, and New Insights into DiseaseSauber Lecture: Translating a Trillion Points of Data into Therapies, Diagnostics, and New Insights into Disease

    Atul Butte, PhD ’91 MMS’95 MD’95, Director, Institute for Computational ...

    Atul Butte, PhD ’91 MMS’95 MD’95, Director, Institute for Computational Health Sciences and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco
    There is an urgent need to translate genome-era discoveries into clinical utility, but the difficulties in making bench-to-bedside translations have been well-described. The nascent field of translational bioinformatics may help. Dr. Butte's lab builds and applies tools that convert trillions of points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data—measured by researchers and clinicians over the past decade and now commonly termed “big data”—into diagnostics, therapeutics, and new insights into disease. Dr. Butte, a bioinformatician and pediatric endocrinologist, will highlight how publicly available molecular measurements can be applied to find new uses for drugs and how the next generation of biotech companies might even start in your garage.

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  • May 23
    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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    In Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown UniversityIn Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University

    The symbols and ceremonies of Brown University embody its unique history, ...

    The symbols and ceremonies of Brown University embody its unique history, values, and identity. Many of these symbols, such as the shield that rises above the Van Wickle Gate, are emblazoned in architecture. Others, including the Alma Mater, are made material in song. Brown’s mascot, the Bear, animates campus spirit on the athletic field and beyond. Formal academic processions during convocation and commencement display Brown’s social order and its changing human fabric. These symbols and ceremonies establish solidarity within Brown's community and transcend its campus to make connections to the wider social spheres of which Brown is a part. On the occasion of the University's 250th anniversary, this exhibit assembles Brown’s symbols so that we may see and hear what they have to say. This exhibit was made possible through funding from the Brown University 250th Anniversary.

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  • May 23
    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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    Curator's Tour of In Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown UniversityCurator's Tour of In Deo Speramus: The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University

    William Simmons, Professor of Anthropology and curator of this installation, ...

    William Simmons, Professor of Anthropology and curator of this installation, will lead a tour of the Haffenreffer Museum’s latest exhibit celebrating Brown’s 250th anniversary. The exhibit takes an anthropological look at The Symbols and Ceremonies of Brown University and features archives and objects, such as the President’s robe, cap, and chain, that are not typically available for close viewing.

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  • May 23
    11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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    Commencement Forum: A Conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross ’94Commencement Forum: A Conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross ’94

    Tracee Ellis Ross '94, an honorary degree recipient, is widely recognized for ...

    Tracee Ellis Ross '94, an honorary degree recipient, is widely recognized for her comedic roles as Joan Clayton in Girlfriends and more recently as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the series Black-ish. Ms. Ross graduated from Brown University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and will be awarded an honorary degree during this year’s Commencement. Professor Tricia Rose '93 PhD, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, will interview Ms. Ross and Vice Provost for the Arts Michael Steinberg will introduce the forum.

    Sponsored by the Theater Arts and Performance Studies Department, Brown Arts Initiative and CSREA

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  • May 23
    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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    Commencement Forum: "Brown University: 250 Years in a Strange Place" by Gordon WoodCommencement Forum: "Brown University: 250 Years in a Strange Place" by Gordon Wood

    The final lecture in the series, "1764: Brown's Founding in a Global Context" ...

    The final lecture in the series, "1764: Brown's Founding in a Global Context" brings Gordon Wood (Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University) to campus to talk about "Brown University: 250 Years in a Strange Place". The talk will deal with the origins of Brown University and the peculiar nature of the colony and state of Rhode Island in which it was created and thrived. Lecture is co-sponsored by the John Carter Brown Library, the Department of History, and the Watson Institute

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  • May 23
    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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    Commencement Forum - Tenure She Wrote: Women in the AcademyCommencement Forum - Tenure She Wrote: Women in the Academy

    In 1974-75, when Louise Lamphere filed a class action lawsuit against Brown ...

    In 1974-75, when Louise Lamphere filed a class action lawsuit against Brown University for sexual discrimination, women comprised less than eight percent of Brown's faculty. This academic year, women make up thirty percent of Brown's faculty, and only twenty-seven percent of its tenured faculty. The ranks of women faculty in higher education have grown across the nation, but challenges remain, particularly for women of color. Join Louise Lamphere and Brown alumnae who are tenured faculty at other institutions for a discussion about how the roles of women faculty have changed, how gender inequality has nonetheless persisted, and what they see as the challenges and opportunities for women in the Academy today.

    Panelists:

    Sangeeta N. Bhatia '90, M.D, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineer and Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Louise Lamphere, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, University of New Mexico; Brown University 2015 honorary degree recipient

    Mary A. Renda '81, Ph.D., Professor of History, Mount Holyoke College

    Judith Sims-Knight '65, Ph.D., Chancellor Professor of Psychology, UMASS Dartmouth

    Nancy L. Buc'65, '94 LL.D. will moderate.

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  • May 23
    12:30 p.m.
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    50 Years of Great Science in Barus and Holley50 Years of Great Science in Barus and Holley

    250th Anniversary Forums - 50 Years of Great Science in Barus and Holley • ...

    250th Anniversary Forums - 50 Years of Great Science in Barus and Holley

    • Leon Cooper, director, Institute for Brain and Neural Systems; Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science
    • Rod Clifton, University Professor emeritus; research professor, engineering
    • Meenakshi Narain, professor, physics

    Barus & Holley was dedicated in June of 1965. Over the past 50 years, it has been a home to great science and notable research accomplishments. Legendary professors, including Nobel Prize winners and National Academy members, have called it home for decades. Hear about the advances and changes in physics and engineering research over the past 50 years.
    Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101, 190 Thayer Street

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  • May 23
    3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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    Rothman Lecture: The Genome Engineering Revolution: Birth of a TechnologyRothman Lecture: The Genome Engineering Revolution: Birth of a Technology

    Jennifer Doudna, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural ...

    Jennifer Doudna, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
    Dr. Jennifer Doudna is co-inventor of a revolutionary tool that can cut and splice DNA, called CRISPR-Cas9. Scientists are calling this powerful new technology for editing genes the “holy grail” of genetic engineering and a breakthrough in the fight against genetic disease. Dr. Doudna has been proclaimed a “rock star in the science world” by NPR, and her work has been honored with numerous awards—most recently the 2014 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences from the National Institutes of Health and the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Learn about this groundbreaking discovery and the wide-ranging implications for the future of biology and medicine.

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