Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
College Green (Rain site: Pizzitola Sports Center)

Procession Line-Up - 3:40pm at College St. & Prospect St.

The Opening Convocation ceremony begins with the traditional procession of incoming students through the Van Wickle Gates onto the College Green. This year, Brown welcomes 1,553 first-year students, 72 transfer students, 9 RUE students, 620 graduate students, and 120 medical students.

Faculty are encouraged to participate in the procession, and University staff and returning students are warmly invited to join in welcoming new students to campus and ushering in the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Convocation ceremony includes live music and welcoming remarks from university faculty and senior administrators. This year's Convocation Address, entitled "Education, Power, and Conformism," will be delivered by Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of History and Professor of German Studies.

Born in Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University and St. Antony's College, Oxford, Omer Bartov began his scholarly work with research on the Nazi indoctrination of the German Wehrmacht under the Third Reich and the crimes it committed during the war in the Soviet Union. This was the main concern of his first two books, The Eastern Front, 1941-1945, and Hitler's Army. He then went on study the links between World War I and the genocidal policies of World War II, as well as the complex relationship between violence, representation, and identity in the twentieth century. His books Murder in Our MidstMirrors of Destruction, and Germany's War and the Holocaust, have all been preoccupied with various aspects of these questions. Bartov's interest in representation also culminated in his monograph, The "Jew" in Cinema, which examines the recycling of antisemitic stereotypes in European, American, and Israeli films. His most recent book, Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine, indicates the new direction of his research on interethnic relations in the borderlands of Eastern Europe. The framework for this research was created in the multi-year collaborative project on the borderlands of Eastern Europe led by Bartov at the Watson Institute for International Studies. Selected papers from the project, co-edited with Eric D. Weitz, have recently been published in the volume Shatterzone of Empires. Bartov is currently completing a major monograph titled The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: Buczacz, Biography of a Town.


Bartov is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Berlin, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Davis Center at Princeton, and others. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books have been translated into many languages. Bartov has also written for such magazines asThe New RepublicThe NationThe Times Literary SupplementThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington Post, and other European and Israeli journals.