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241st Opening Convocation
Anthropologist Kay Warren To Address New Students Sept. 7
Political anthropologist and Latin Americanist Kay Warren will deliver the Opening Convocation address Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at noon on The College Green. Brown welcomes 1,434 first-year students, 420 graduate students, 77 medical students, 112 transfer students and eight Resumed Undergraduate Education students to the 241st academic year.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Political anthropologist and Latin Americanist Kay Warren will deliver the keynote address at Brown’s 241st Opening Convocation, Sept. 7, 2004, at noon on The College Green. The ceremony will begin with a procession of faculty, administrators and students through the Van Wickle Gates.
Warren, the Charles B. Tillinghast Jr. Professor in International Studies, professor of anthropology, and director of the Politics, Culture and Identity Program at the Watson Institute for International Studies, will deliver a speech titled “Creative Minds.” Warren will examine Brown’s unique qualities: its rich educational environment, its mix of interdisciplinary programs, its diversity of students, and its strong leadership.
Brown President Ruth J. Simmons will declare the academic year officially open and will welcome 1,434 first-year students, 420 new graduate students, 77 medical students, 112 transfer students, and eight students in the Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) program.
Warren researches cultural and political dimensions of Japanese foreign aid; counterinsurgency wars and community responses to violence and peace processes in Latin America; activist intellectuals in social movements; and the anthropology of multicultural democracies. As one who studies culture and violence, inequality, economic and social development, she has a deliberately global scope to her work.
After earning her doctorate in cultural anthropology at Princeton in 1974, Warren rose through the ranks at Mt. Holyoke College and in 1982 returned to Princeton, where she served as the founding director of the Women’s Studies Program and chair of the Anthropology Department. After 16 years on the Princeton faculty, Warren left her alma mater to join the Harvard faculty and, five years later in the fall of 2003, joined Brown.
“Since I am a cultural anthropologist who joined the faculty just last year, consider this a participant-observer report from another pair of fresh eyes,” she said of her talk.
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