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June 5, 2011

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The Boston Globe    2 June 2012
Brown grants $50,237 to Providence schools
Four Providence schools will receive grants totaling $50,237 in the latest round of awards from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence. That fund, inspired by the Report of the University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, is an initiative to aid local public schools by raising a $10-million permanent endowment to be managed by the Corporation of Brown University. The new grants will be made to Charles Fortes Elementary School, Asa Messer Elementary School, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, and Urban Collective Accelerated Program.   5 June 2012
Brazil looks to come to terms with its past
Brazil is undertaking a series of public acknowledgments of abuses during 21 years of military rule from 1964 to 1985, including the formation of a truth commission that will have two years to investigate abuses between 1946 and 1988. "The commission will be very important in helping to restore the mental health and political balance of Brazilians," says Thomas Skidmore, professor emeritus of history.

The Providence Journal   3 June 2012
Loury: Time to rethink marijuana oversight
Glenn Loury, professor of economics, pens an op-ed urging Rhode Island to move away from a law-enforcement approach to drug policy and toward one that recognizes the public-health issues inherent in drug policy. He argues that criminal convictions carry long-term consequences including difficulty finding employment, housing and obtaining financial aid for education. He also points out disparities in the arrest rates and sentencing for marijuana possession between white and black Rhode Islanders.

The Providence Journal   3 June 2012
Rhode Island’s political odd couple
Over the past year and a half, Governor Chafee and General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, the state’s two most prominent politicians, have emerged as Rhode Island’s odd couple, clashing on big issues while facing a possible future as campaign rivals in the 2014 governor’s race. Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, says that it’s crucial for the two to work together in order to be successful individually, while Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center, says that in order to obtain higher office, Raimondo must remain visible in the public eye.

Providence Business News   1 June 2012
College Advising Corps awarded AmeriCorps grant
The College Advising Corps at Brown has been awarded a federal AmeriCorps grant of $187,727 as a result of the 2012 AmeriCorps State and National funding competition to advance the priorities of the Edward M. Kennedy Service America Act and the Corporation for National and Community Service.The grants will be administered through Serve Rhode Island, the state’s commission for national service and will go toward funding AmeriCorps positions at the organization.

The Providence Journal   4 June 2012
Transit of Venus makes history in the sky
On the evening of June 5, the tiny black disk of Venus will slide across the face of the sun, giving the appearance of a mini-eclipse, visible from Earth where the weather is clear. The phenomenon won’t happen again for another 105 years. Jane Lancaster, visiting assistant professor of history, recounts some of the events that took place in Providence leading up to the 1769 transit. David Targan, associate dean of the college for science education, says that while data from past transits may have been off by as much as several million miles, radar makes today’s measurements extremely accurate.

Back Bay Patch   4 June 2012
Wood honored by Massachusetts Historical Society
Gordon Wood, the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor emeritus of history, was awarded the John F. Kennedy Medal by the Massachusetts Historical Society, the highest honor given to someone who’s rendered distinguished service to the cause of history. Wood was presented the medal as part of the Society’s Annual Meeting. In remarks to MHS fellows and members, he spoke about the way in which history writing was divided between academics who write for one another and the growing number of popular non-academic historians who write for the general reading public.

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