On March 7–8, 2014, Brown kicked off its 250th anniversary with a spectacular cake, fireworks lighting up the College Green, lectures, lab tours, concerts, museum exhibitions and more!
Here are all of the events videotaped over those exciting two days.
Jim Yong Kim, M.D. ’82, Ogden Lecture
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and 1982 graduate of Brown delivered the 87th Stephen A. Ogden, Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture and 250th Opening Celebration keynote address.
Toasts & Tributes: 250th Cake
President Christina Paxson delivered Opening Celebration remarks and cut the first slice of the cake, created in the shape of University Hall.
Toasts & Tributes: 250th Fireworks
Fireworks, synchronized to a compilation created from Brown Band recordings, illuminated University Hall and the College Green.
Performance Showcase - Dance
Brown student groups took the stage at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts to showcase their eclectic skills in dance.
Performance Showcase - Song
At the Metcalf Research Building, Brown's singing/musical groups demonstrated the range of creative and artistic talent at Brown.
250th Anniversary Wind Symphony Concert
The Brown University Wind Symphony 250th Anniversary Concert featured the world premiere of Patrick Zimmerli's “Brownian Motion.”
Keynote: Thomas Perez ’83, US Secretary of Labor
Watson Center director Richard Locke moderated the Keynote & Watson Distinguished Lecture featuring US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez ’83.
Bridging the Great Divide: Politics, Polarization & Progress in the 21st Century America
Wendy Schiller, professor of political science and public policy, RI Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75, P’14 ’17; NH Governor Maggie Hassan ’80, P’15; Delaware Governor Jack Markell ’82; and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin P’14 participated in the President's Colloquium session called “Bridging the Great Divide: Politics, Polarization & Progress in 21st Century America.”
Social Justice, Social Change: The Role of the Documentary
Journalist and author Alison Stewart ’88 led the colloquium entitled “Social Justice, Social Change: The Role of the Documentary,” with Director, Producer, and Writer Yoruba Richen ’94 and Filmmaker Betsy West ’73 P ’17.
ABCs, Bits, Bytes and MP3s: Technology and Its Impact on a Liberal Education
The President's Colloquium called “ABCs, Bits, Bytes and MP3s: Technology and Its Impact on a Liberal Education” included Lynn Pasquerella Ph.D. ’85, President, Mount Holyoke College; Peter Norvig, Ph.D. ’78, P’16, Director of Research, Google, Inc.; Norman Atkins ’84, AM’10, P’10, P’14, Co-Founder and President, Relay Graduate School of Education; and Jose Estabil ‘84, ScM’88, Director, E&I, Skolkovo Tech /MIT Initiative and MIT Portugal Program.
Disagreement and Dissent: The Role of Revolution in Shaping Our World
Melani Cammett ’91, Associate Professor of Political Science, moderated a discussion with Author Nathaniel Philbrick ’78, P’08; Professor of History Gordon Wood ADE’70 hon., LTD’10 hon., P’86, GP’11; and US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson ’81, P’14 about “Disagreement and Dissent: The Role of Revolution in Shaping Our World.”
Brown 250+ and Me
In Fall 2013, Brown invited the campus and global community to submit short videos of wishes to the University on the occasion of its 250th Anniversary. Hundreds of submissions were received from all over the world and this is the result.
President’s Remarks to Close Brown’s 250th Anniversary
President Christina Paxson delivered brief remarks at the end of the 2015 University Commencement Ceremony to mark the conclusion of Brown’s 250th Anniversary.
Brown: The History of an Idea with Ted Widmer
Author Ted Widmer, former director of the John Carter Brown Library, shared insights and surprises gathered while researching and writing a compelling and engaging new history of the country’s seventh oldest institution of higher education.
Alma Mater 250
Graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Programs joined legendary Rhode Island band Roomful of Blues to perform the premiere of Alma Mater 250 in recognition of the end of Brown's semiquincentenary. The new arrangement was composed by Joseph (Butch) Rovan, professor and chair of the Department of Music, and included a rap by Sebastián Otero ’18. Curt Columbus, Artistic Director of the Trinity Repertory Company, provided the Stage Direction.