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Brown's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice confronts the university's — and America's — shame
Brown isn't the first university to establish a center examining forms of slavery. But few schools have had a more personal or public tussle with their history than Brown, an Ivy League institution named for a family whose fortune came partially from the traffic and trade of human beings.
| May 01, 2013
At Brown, torture in watercolor
Stroll down College Street from Brown University during the next few weeks and you'll find Providence's iconic spires and skyscrapers slightly obscured by a banner hanging from a streetlight outside Brown's List Art Building.
| April 03, 2013
The Cost of War
When assessing the cost to America of the war in Iraq, a blue-ribbon panel says President Obama is all wet
With the tenth anniversary of the war upon us, a team of economists, lawyers, humanitarian personnel, and political scientists has developed a comprehensive, by-the-numbers look at the human, financial, and social impacts of the Iraq conflict.
| March 20, 2013
West on the new political landscape
Darrell West, former political science professor at Brown University, moved to the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington a few years back. But he never quite left Rhode Island behind.
| January 02, 2013
These 10 exhibits will open your eyes
Strange and wondrous
In March, the RISD Museum dusts off its two millennia-old mummy of a priest named Nesmin as part of "Made for Eternity" (March 15 to November 17), a small showcase of the institution's Egyptian treasures.
| December 26, 2012
Fantasy, reality, and the in-between
The fall brought bad news — R.K. Projects closed as founding duo Sam Keller and Tabitha Piseno decamped for new adventures in New York (though they've since announced plans to do additional projects here).
| December 18, 2012
Brown/Trinity Rep MFA’s Machinal
A tragic trajectory
Staging period plays might be an effective way of presenting a history course, if the inaccuracies in choices like Saint Joan and The Lion In Winter were corrected.
| December 12, 2012
Providence becomes a new crossroads for the thriller
There is a scene in Jon Land's forthcoming thriller novel Strong Rain Falling — set for release next summer — where Caitlin Strong finally arrives in her author's hometown: Providence, Rhode Island.
| November 07, 2012
Brown’s Kiss of the Spider Woman
As novels ripe for musical adaptation go, Kiss of the Spider Woman is no Les Misérables .
| November 07, 2012
Breaking a 330-year-old code
Last Saturday morning, a small crowd gathered inside the entrance to Brown University's John Carter Brown Library.
| October 18, 2012
Theresa Ganz at Brown; plus, Ed Osborn’s soundscapes
Another green world
Theresa Ganz, who teaches photography at Brown University, grew up in New York City.
| October 02, 2012
Will race tip the balance?
Research from a Brown University professor points to an intriguing answer
Any hope that Barack Obama's election would usher in a "post-racial" politics was, of course, naïve. Race is the great American problem. The great American obsession.
| September 21, 2012
Jin Shan’s space station at Brown
Jin Shan's "My dad is Li Gang!" presents a common bike and a spectacular spacecraft that seem to float in Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery (64 College St, Providence, through November 4).
| September 04, 2012
Tea, tin men, and Tomasi’s tome
Libertarians have been labeled many things, but compassionate isn't one of them.
| August 15, 2012
Brown’s trio of tepid new plays
Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep's annual trio of new plays has been on the boards at Leeds Theatre since July 11.
| July 31, 2012
| January 01, 0001
Brown’s Weinstein on what literature says about our morning, noon, and night
Earlier this week, National Public Radio's "On Point with Tom Ashbrook" spent an hour picking the brain of Brown University's Arnold Weinstein, professor of comparative literature and author of Morning, Noon, and Night: Finding the Meaning of Life's Stages Through Books .
| July 11, 2012
‘Rolemodelplaytime’ at Brown’s Bell Gallery
Randy Regier's Dime Star is a story about disappointment. A traveling salesman's sample cases are stacked up, displaying vintage '60s (looking) toys — a "Dime Star" space cowboy policeman and his human-headed space horse, wristwatches ("Shows exact time twice a day — anywhere in the world"), a clock.
| June 19, 2012
‘Homecoming’ at Brown’s List Art Center
A sign of a thriving art community is its influence, the way other artists adopt and adapt its looks and methods and thinking.
| June 13, 2012
Lucas Foglia’s ‘A Natural Order’ looks at self-sufficiency
Of humans and nature
In 2006, after finishing undergraduate studies at Brown University and photographing a series on community gardens managed by Providence's Southside Community Land Trust, Lucas Foglia bought a minivan, put a bed in the back, and drove south "to photograph people who had responded to current day events ..."
| April 10, 2012
Local heroes of 2012
In this 15th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix 's Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work — local heroes who often labor behind the scenes, but are changing their communities for the better.
| April 11, 2012
Coffee with Brown University’s Puzzlemaster
In September of 2010, the New York Times published a week's worth of crossword puzzles created by Brown University students
| April 11, 2012
| January 01, 0001
‘Taoist Gods’ and ‘Immortals’ at Brown and RISD
The language of aesthetics
As China marked the beginning of the Year of the Dragon with lion and dragon dances and fireworks last week, Brown University's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology was debuting "Taoist Gods from China: Ceremonial Paintings from the Mien".
| January 31, 2012
The Providence Postcard Project: Love letters to a city
The Big Blue Bug is here.
| February 01, 2012
Smell and the evolution of disgust
"Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will," Peter Süskind writes in his psychological thriller, Perfume (1985).
| January 18, 2012
Shows worth seeing in the new year
Eyes wide open
From centuries-old Taoist visions to the ways technology can channel emotions, local exhibits this winter prompt comparisons between then and now.
| December 28, 2011
Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium’s Parade
An unfortunate man
Parade might be the best musical, as well as the most unlikely one, that you've never seen. Its one-line plot description isn't exactly alluring.
| December 07, 2011
“Nostalgia Machines” at Brown’s Bell Gallery
Reconsidering the future
Jonathan Schipper's Measuring Angst (2009) might be a complicated machine built to help you ponder whether your life would be better if you could take back the stupid thing you did last night.
| November 21, 2011
A feisty Lady Windermere’s Fan at Brown
Late 19th-century England may have imprisoned, ostracized, and fatally broke the health of Oscar Wilde, but not before he took up his pen and successfully dueled with British hypocrisy in several successful social satires.
| November 08, 2011
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