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April 18, 2011

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The Boston Globe   17 April 2012
Brown to confer eight honorary doctorates
During its 244th Commencement, Brown University will confer eight honorary doctorates: Carolyn Bertozzi, biochemist; Viola Davis, actress; John Lewis, civil rights leader; Marilynne Robinson, writer; Sebastian Ruth, musician; Diane Sawyer, journalist; Gene Sharp, political theorist; and Wei Yang, engineer.

The Huffington Post   17 April 2012
M.F.A. grad Hudes wins Pulitzer for drama
Playwright Quiara AlegrÍa Hudes, who earned her M.F.A. at Brown in 2004, has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her play Water by the Spoonful, the second in a trilogy she is writing about the trials of an Iraq war veteran. Hudes, 34, has been a Pulitzer finalist twice before – in 2009 for the book for the Broadway show In the Heights, and in 2007 for the play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue.

The Providence Journal    17 April 2012
Performance honors Virginia Tech victims
On April 16, a performance of “What a Stranger May Know” took place on Brown’s Lincoln Field and 23 other college campuses around the country to remember the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting five years ago. The piece, a series of short plays, was written by Erik Ehn, professor of theatre arts and performance studies, who said he used information from news sources and social media to put it together.

The Chronicle of Higher Education   15 April 2012
Paul Guyer named inaugural Nelson Professor
Paul Guyer, one of the world’s leading scholars of Immanuel Kant, currently professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed as the inaugural Nelson Professor at Brown. It is also the first faculty appointment of the recently announced Humanities Initiative. Guyer will begin his position in July 2012.

Bloomberg   16 April 2012
Kim elected World Bank president
Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim has been elected to lead the World Bank, a 187-nation organization that focuses on fighting poverty and promoting development. A 1982 Brown graduate and 2009 recipient of honorary Doctor of Medical Science degree, Kim, a Korean-born physician, is widely recognized as a global health expert for his pioneering work in advancing treatment of HIV, AIDS, and tuberculosis.

RI NPR   16 April 2012
Commemorating Titanic’s 100th anniversary
The John Hay Library is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a display of Titanic-related objects on April 17. Objects include accounts of the event in the Providence Journal, as well as pieces of sheet music, poetry and plays inspired by the sinking. Library curators say they have amassed about 20 items.

Financial Times    16 April 2012
When liberal arts and business converge
Business schools around the country are beginning to integrate more liberal arts-based curricula in an attempt to round out their offerings. Brown’s current partnership with the IE Business School in Madrid brings together liberal arts and management classes to offer a one-of-a-kind executive M.B.A. Participants in the program take classes at both Brown and IE, supplemented with online coursework.

CNN Money   18 April 2012
Economists not hopeful for Congressional assistance
Many economists don’t expect Congress to pass any kind of economic assistance anytime in the foreseeable future, although they would like to see comprehensive tax reform, which would likely lower tax rates for both corporations and individuals but eliminate many deductions and loopholes. “Comprehensive tax reform would be great, but highly unlikely," says David Wyss, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute.

The Providence Journal    17 April 2012
A modern-day 17th century mystery
A group of Brown students is deciphering shorthand notes thought to be work of Roger Williams. The code is scrawled in the margins of a 17th-century book titled An Essay Towards the Reconciling of Differences Among Christians. “Roger Williams is writing all over this book in code –– it’s like something out of Harry Potter, but Harry Potter set in Rhode Island,” says Ted Widmer, director of the University’s John Carter Brown Library, where the book has been since 1817. “It was in a language no one could speak.”

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News   11 April 2012
Dementia hospitalizations cost Medicare
A new study by Brown researchers tracked what Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD) costs Medicare during three distinct stages of patient care. Findings suggest that the government insurer could realize substantial savings through efforts to reduce the hospitalizations that occur before patients became permanent nursing home residents.   15 April 2012
For the love of hip-hop
Greg Tate, visiting professor of Africana studies, talks about his love of hip-hop and the founding of musical group Burnt Sugar in this interview. Speaking about early life events that influenced his role as a founder of the Black Rock Coalition, he says, “My mother was the first DJ I ever paid attention to because she kept five radical recording orange artists in heavy rotation around our household: Malcolm X, Nina Simone, Lenny Bruce, Otis Redding, and Pete Seeger.”

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