Distributed May 13, 2003
For Immediate Release

News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis

The 235th Commencement

Events planned for Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2003

In addition to reunion events and formal academic exercises, the University offers campus guests a variety of opportunities, from theater and music performances to forums and historical exhibitions, during Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2003. Most offer free admission and are open to the public.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A wide array of public events – from theater and music performances to forum discussions and historical exhibitions – will be offered for the thousands of visitors expected on the Brown campus during Commencement/Reunion Weekend 2003.

All events listed here are open to the public without charge except where otherwise noted. For additional information, call the Commencement information line at (401) 863-7000.

May 22, 23 and 25

  • Rites and Reason Theatre presents Profiles & Shadows
    Rites and Reason Theatre will present Profiles & Shadows, an original play with music, in Churchill House, 155 Angell St. Directed by Judith Swift and Marsha Z. West, Profiles & Shadows portrays the human phenomenon of bigotry and profiling. The book and lyrics are by Elmo Terry-Morgan, music by Clarice Laverne Thompson. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. For more information or reservations, call (401) 863-3558.

May 22-24

  • Alice’s Adventures
    Shakespeare on the Green will present an outdoor Commencement Weekend production of Alice’s Adventures, an original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novels, on Thursday, May 22, at 3 p.m., Friday, May 23, at noon, and Saturday, May 24, at 3 p.m. in Patriot’s Court on the Wriston Quadrangle. For more information, contact Alice’s_Adventures@brown.edu.

May 23-25

  • Solo Festival 2003
    Graduating theater students will present their original works in a series of performances beginning at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, May 23, and at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, in the Strasberg Acting Studio off the Leeds Courtyard. For a detailed schedule of performances, see the online departmental schedule, consult the printed events calendar in the Commencement Weekend George Street Journal or select “events calendar” at www.brown.edu/news.

May 23

  • Gregorian to sign memoir at Brown Bookstore
    Former Brown President Vartan Gregorian will be at the Brown University Bookstore, 244 Thayer St., at 2:30 p.m. to sign copies of his newly published book The Road to Home: My Life and Times. In this witty, learned memoir, Gregorian recounts his adventures and miraculous journey from Iran to become a citizen of the world. For more information, call (401) 863-3168.

May 24

  • Commencement Forums
    Eighteen hour-long forums – featuring leaders in the fields of science and medicine, the arts, international affairs and entertainment – will be offered throughout the day in sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For more information, call (401) 863-2474 or visit www.brown.edu/news.
  • LGBTA presents “We’re Not In Kansas Anymore” panel
    A panel of Brown alumni will present “Toto, I Think We’re not in Kansas Anymore: What It Means to be Out When You’ve Left Brown” at 10:15 a.m. in the Third World Center, 68 Brown St. The panel will share their experiences in careers and long-term partnerships that have been shaped by their sexual orientation and unwelcoming environments, both at and beyond Brown. For more information, call (401) 863-3800.
  • Former Brazil President Cardoso to give Ogden Memorial Lecture
    Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the former president of Brazil, will give a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. Memorial Lecture titled “Toward a New Order: The Influence of Globalization on Democratic Theory,” at 3:45 p.m. on Starr Plaza at the Watson Institute for International Studies, 111 Thayer St. Cardoso, who will be introduced by President Ruth J. Simmons, is one of Latin America’s most distinguished social scientists and was recently appointed to a five-year term as professor-at-large at Brown. For more information, call (401) 863-2474.
  • Annual Jagolinzer Memorial Concert
    The 22nd annual Dr. Carl and Dorothy O. Jagolinzer Memorial Concert recital, featuring Brown’s outstanding graduating seniors, will be presented at 4 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall, One Young Orchard Ave. For more information, call (401) 863-7552.
  • Commencement Dance Concert
    Brown University Theatre will present its annual commencement dance concert, featuring a program of all student-choreographed work, at 7:30 p.m. in Stuart Theatre, 77 Waterman St. Tickets are $14 for regular admission, $10 for senior citizens and Brown employees and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets are available at the box office; for more information, call (401) 863-2838.


  • Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
    Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, an interactive exhibit based on the oral histories of slaves collected by the Works Projects Administration in the 1930s, will be presented May 21-26 in the lobby of the Salomon Center for Teaching. The exhibit, which complements the HBO film of the same title, was organized by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center of Cincinnati. It is brought to Brown in conjunction with the May 24 Commencement Forum by alumnus Spencer Crew, executive director of the Center. Unchained Memories will be on display in the lobby of the Salomon Center Wednesday through Friday, May 21-23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Bell Gallery to exhibit work of Walter Feldman
    The David Winton Bell Gallery is presenting Walter Feldman: The Work of Five Decades through May 26 in the List Art Center, 64 College St. This multimedia exhibition celebrates the artistic and educational endeavors of a longtime faculty member. The Bell Gallery is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (401) 863-2932.
  • Paintings by Six Seniors
    The Sarah Doyle Women's Center, 26 Benevolent St., will host an exhibition of paintings by six graduating seniors in its gallery on Saturday, May 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (401) 863-2189.
  • Teaching the Arts of the Book
    The John Hay Library, 20 Prospect St., is hosting Teaching the Arts of the Book: Class projects by Students of Prof. Walter Feldman, 1980-2001 through May 26. The exhibit features more than 300 examples of student work in papermaking and pulp painting, box making, woodcutting and other illustrative techniques. The library is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information on additional events scheduled for May 22-26, consult the Brown University events calendar by selecting “events calendar” at www.brown.edu/news.