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DAVID TUDOR’S - RAINFOREST IV | December 10, 2014 - December 11, 2014  + -


The pioneering electronic music group Composers Inside Electronics (CIE) presents the famed collaborative work Rainforest IV conceived by David Tudor in 1973. This electro-acoustic environment integrates over twenty resonating sound sculptures into an evolving sonic and visual experience.  Each composer designs and constructs sculptures which function as instrumental loudspeakers under his or her control, and each independently produces sound material to display the sculptures’ resonant characteristics. The work has been performed over 150 times and installed in over 40 sites throughout the U.S. and Europe, including museums, universities, TV studios, and other venues.  Performances are continuous without intermission, and the appreciation of Rainforest IV depends upon individual exploration.  The audience is invited to move freely among the sculptures. The performers are: Steve Bull, Peter Bussigel, John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Thom Holmes, Jed Miner, Stephan Moore, Caroline Park, and Matt Rogalsky.  


In addition to performances on December 10th and 11th  (Studio 1, 3pm - 9pm), there will be a public lecture: Composers Inside Electronics Talk with John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein and Matt Rogalsky on Wednesday, December 10th at 10:30am in Studio 2.  

Control Voltage | December 8, 2014  + -

Control Voltage

Martinos Auditorium


New works by students in Seminar in Electronic Music: Advanced Studio Composition

Benjamin Barsky
Lukas Bentel
Peter Bowden
Samantha Dallas
Nicholas DeMarco
Ryan Glassman
Nathaniel Harris
Akiko Hatakeyama
Congyuan Luo
Henry MacConnel
Grant Meyer
Luke Moldof
Daniel Putnam
Benjamin Shack Sackler

Caroline Park, "CONSTRUCTION" dissertation performance | December 4, 2014  + -

Thursday, December 4, 5th and 6th, 2014 @ 6:00pm - 6:30pm, Studio 1


Caroline Park, "CONSTRUCTION" dissertation performance

 If we could create architecture from a slice of time-stretched sound, how would we navigate such a space? How might we interpret the constraints of a blueprint to make such architecture, and what would our constructions reflect? 

 CONSTRUCTION is the real-time creation and observation/probing of space-time via sound, light, movement, and emptiness. Each CONSTRUCTION is a temporal, architectural iteration from the same blueprint — each one similar to the others, yet each unique in its own organic variability. Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable stated: “Space is meaningless without scale, containment, boundaries and direction.” How do we reflect on meaning if scale, containment, boundaries and direction continue to shift; how do we reflect on permanence if architecture is ever-changing?

 Free but ticket required.  Limited to 30 people per performance.

 NOTE: Seating is on cushions/floor; no shoe policy (there will be a shoe area near the doorway).


Caroline Park is a composer, musician, and artist working within the minimum in experimental electronic music. Her 2013 digital release "field" was described as music existing "in an abstract zone, where space bends and algorithms are allowed bountiful time to work their fractal, generative beauty" (Disquiet). As a composer-performer, Caroline regularly performs in a duo with Asha Tamirisa, and also in a quartet, BUMPR, with Stephan Moore, Peter Bussigel, and Timothy Rovinelli.  Performances have occurred at AS220, Machines With Magnets, RISD Museum, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Middle Oak Parking Garage, Jordan Hall, Goethe-Institut Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, Cafe Fixe, Third Life Studio, Studio Soto, Spectrum, Silent Barn, New Museum, The Invisible Dog, the Stone, 295 Douglass, 16 Beaver, ISSUE Project Room, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and the Central Conservatory of Music, in concerts presented/curated by OPENSIGNAL, SEAMUS, CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, R.K. Projects, Non-Event, SICPP, Opensound, Boston CyberArts, Pauline Oliveros, ((audience)), Saint Louis Symphony, and Musicacoustica Beijing. Her solo discography can be found on Private Chronology, Bathetic Records, Visceral Media Records, Pure Potentiality Records, and Absence of Wax. Caroline is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, an artist collective focusing on the representation of gender and race within experimental electronic music. More info at

 Collaborators: Peter Bussigel, Derek Fukumori, Jessie LaFargue, Luke Moldof, Stephan Moore, Tim Rovinelli, Nina Ruelle, Cecilia Salama, Asha Tamirisa, Allie Trionfetti, Kimberly Young

 Sponsored by the Department of Music and the Creative Arts Council.

Glenn Ligon, Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture | November 25, 2014  + -

GLENN LIGON: 2014 Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture
Tuesday, November 25, 5pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium


American conceptual artist Glenn Ligon will be in conversation with Huey Copeland for the 2014 Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture, which brings contemporary artists to campus to discuss their work. 

Reserve a seat at: 
Doors open at 4:30pm. Any reservations unclaimed by 4:45pm will be released to the wait list. 

The 2014 Gund Lecture is presented in conjunction with "Cut/Throat Creativity: Structuring the New" a symposium presented by The "NEW" Group. Monday, November 24 at 6pm in the Granoff Center, featuring Rashida Bumbray, Simone Leigh, Doug Jones, and Lauren Wittels. For information:


THE “NEW GROUP” invites artists, scholars, students and faculty to participate in CUT/THROAT CREATIVITY: STRUCTURING THE NEW, a symposium designed to stimulate multidisciplinary conversation and consideration of how cultural identity and artistic practice converge to produce innovative work. What constitutes innovative work in today’s age of immanent reproducibility? How does innovation cross or differ across disciplinary boundaries or require multi/interdisciplinary methodological approaches? What makes the pursuit of innovation or newness a worthwhile one? We hope to bring the Brown community into discussion with several contemporary artists and critics in order to get at questions such as these (and more)!


The first half of CUT/THROAT CREATIVITY, on Monday, November 24th, will involve a panel discussion with SIMONE LEIGH(sculptor and multimedia artist), RASHIDA BUMBRAY (curator and choreographer), DOUG JONES (Assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University), and LAUREN WITTELS (Senior Director, Luhring Augustine Gallery).


The second half of CUT/THROAT CREATIVITY, on Tuesday, November 25th, will be hosted in conjunction with the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts and the 2014 Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture. This year’s lecture will feature a conversation between the iconic artist GLENN LIGON and HUEY COPELAND (Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University).


Both events will be held free of charge, in the Granoff Center’s Martinos Auditorium at 6pm and 5pm, respectively.

Youth Arts Summit | November 22, 2014  + -

On Saturday November 22, 2014, a group of teen and young adult artists who participate in our community’s rich youth arts programs will bring their work, ideas and energy up the hill and into the Granoff Center. Though performances, exhibitions and conversation the youth will imagine how Brown and Providence might look in 2034 – when they are the creative leaders in our community.

The Youth Arts Summit is sponsored by the Brown 250, the Creative Arts Council and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies as a way to celebrate Providence-based youth arts organizations that have been formed by or led by Brown graduates.

Coordinating among Brown’s Granoff Creative Arts Center (CAC) The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS), and Brown/Trinity MFA programs, the daylong public arts event is a celebration of Brown's distinctive group of creative alumni, faculty and students who work in Providence, have contributed to the vibrant art and culture of our city, and have dedicated themselves to social change through arts and education.

Youth will come from the following organizations: Community MusicWorks, founded by Sebastian Ruth (‘97), New Urban Arts, founded by Tyler Denmead (‘97), Youth in Action, until just recently directed by Adeola Orreola (‘02) and AS220 Youth, founded by Sam Seidel (’02) and now directed by Anne Kugler (’90). Besides these organizations, we will also feature dancers from Central Falls who work with Professor Julie Strandberg, actors from Trinity Rep’s Young actors programs, performers in the Tenderloin Opera Company, directed by Professor Erik Ehn, and young artists from Everett Company who are creating a new piece with Brown University this fall. Jori Ketten ('02) will facilitate the Summit. She is founder of 186 Carpenter and directs the Media Lab at Community MusicWorks,  where she helps young people reflect on their learning through photography and video projects.

The Freedom Project Showing | November 15, 2014  + -

Saturday, November 15, 2014 4:00 PM

 Everett Company has started the second year of a three-year research and creation process for the development of our new touring piece. Freedom Project will be a multi-disciplinary documentary theater production that shares the stories of people who have been marginalized by America’s criminal justice system. The project examines and critiques that system through the juxtapositions of personal stories with jarring statistics that reveal gross racial and socio-economic disparities in the way the law is applied, especially in regard to the War on Drugs.

Everett approaches this challenging topic with humor and humanity, and emphasizes the creativity and spirit of perseverance that can surface when people confront extreme adversity. The work utilizes the disciplines of theater, dance and filmmaking to draw out multiple perspectives on this complex topic. Visceral choreography and poetic visual imagery deepen the experience as Everett explores the effects of mass incarceration on some of our most vulnerable communities.

Brown University is a development and producing partner in the creation of Freedom Project. They join Everett in producing a series of public workshops, forums, street actions, and in-progress previews that will continue to be held at both Brown and Everett Stage. These events draw a wide segment of the community into an ongoing dialogue about incarceration and help shape the final performance. Freedom Project will premiere in the spring of 2015 at Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Arts and will then be available for touring through 2017.


My Name is Rachel Corrie | November 13, 2014  + -

Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:30 PM

 Ashley Malloy will perform a solo performance of My Name is Rachel Corrie. Ashley is using her performances as a vehicle to raise awareness of and support for The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, where young people living under occupation can transform their frustrations into creative energy. Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, acting students create dynamic, challenging and relevant pieces of theatre intended to engender critical thought and non-violent, purposeful action in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination.


My Name is Rachel Corrie is based on the diary entries and e-mails from Corrie herself, who was killed in March of 2003 while in the West Bank. She was an American Peace Activist, working with a group called the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). According to the accounts of her family and some witnesses, she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force armored bulldozer in Rafah, located in the southern Gaza strip. She was protesting the demolition of a family’s house by the IDF on the Gaza Strip, acting as a human shield.


Complementing this solo performance will be a performance of Wrestling Jerusalem by Aaron Davidson, taking place in February 2015.

Place Matters: Design for Population Health | November 11, 2014  + -

Place Matters: Design for Population Health

Tuesday, November 11th @ 4pm

Martinos Auditorium


Rhode Island School of Design Division of Graduate Studies and the Brown University School of Public Health present: Place Matters: Design for Population Health, Designing neighborhoods to reduce risk and build resilience in urban communities.


Join us for a public forum challenging community members, public health researchers and practitioners, artists, designers and policy makers to build new frameworks for lasting change in the health of individuals and the quality of urban neighborhoods. Lecture by Richard J Jackson, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA followed by a panel discussion.

Lava Fossil | November 3, 2014  + -

Monday, November 3, 2014 7:30 PM


LAVA FOSSIL is Beth Nixon’s solo suitcase theater show about a dad, a crab, a dentist and where things go when they are gone. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian ’02

The Brown Difference - 250th Years in 12 Minutes | October 25, 2014  + -

The Brown Difference - 250th Years in 12 Minutes

Saturday, October 25th @ 10am 

Martinos Auditorium 

'The Brown Difference: 250 Years in Twelve Minutes' will feature: 

Oren Jacoby ’77, P'17

Betsy West ’73, P’14

Moderator - Neil Safier, Director of the John Carter Brown Library

A screening of the short film celebrating Brown’s big anniversary, followed by a discussion with alumni filmmakers Jacoby and West.   Behind the scenes stories, memorable outtakes, and the challenge of capturing and condensing Brown’s illustrious history on film.

Global Health Colloquium – Innovation in Tackling Global Health Care Challenges: The Role of Brown University and its Partners | October 24, 2014  + -

Global Health Colloquium – Innovation in Tackling Global Health Care Challenges: The Role of Brown University and its Partners

Friday, October 24th @ 9am 

Martinos Auditorium 

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Brown University, a global health colloquium will take place, featuring the contributions of the Brown University community and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in addressing global health challenges over the years. Consistent with the 250th celebration goals, this colloquium will highlight Brown’s impact and service to a global community, honor alumni of Brown who have made significant contributions to decreasing health disparities, and showcase the scholarship and innovation of the next generation of Brown scholars and future leaders in global health.

Freedom Project - Brain Cafe | October 23, 2014  + -

Freedom Project - Brain Cafe

Thursday, October 23rd @ 7pm

Studio 1

Everett Company’s Freedom Project continues the dialogue taking place at Brown and around the country on race, equity and incarceration; presented through the lens of local stories.

Join Everett in conversations with students and faculty including Erik Ehn and Tricia Rose, as they research and create their new piece premiering in March at Brown. Additional performances and workshops continue November 14 and March 8-15 (residency and premiere).

BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB VS. GRAVITY Screening and Q&A | October 20, 2014  + -

Monday, October 20th at 6:30pm, Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium

Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. BORN TO FLY traces the evolution of Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, to the sky. Guided by Streb’s theory of movement—to walk on walls, dive through glass, move so fast you disappear The film asks: Can adrenaline be a form of medicine? When does movement become art? Why be a part of it? How do race, gender, sexuality, and class appear on the dancers’ performances, on their bodies? Wrestling these questions, BORN TO FLY offers an exhilarating tale of the necessity of art, inspiring a broad audience, hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence in the world.

CineBrasil 2014: A Brazilian Film Festival | October 16, 2014 - October 17, 2014  + -

CineBrasil 2014: A Brazilian Film Festival

CineBrasil is an annual film festival showcasing the best in recent Brazilian cinema. CineBrasil this year will encompass a broad range of genres from animated film to drama to comedy, and many subjects including disability, inequality, regional differences, sexuality and security in urban neighborhoods.  Details on screenings available on the Watson Institute website.

Anthology | October 10, 2014  + -


Friday, October 10th @ 7pm, Studio 1

Join us for the first Anthology event of the 2014 - 2015 academic year!  Anthology is an eclectic evening of readings, performances and visual works featuring the graduate students of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. The only existing platform of it’s kind, it provides a polished yet laid-back environment for graduate students to present and exhibit their creative work, fostering opportunities for conversation and collaboration between the two schools. The work presented at Anthology greatly varies, from painting, photography, and video to sound, fiction and poetry.  

Live Performance by Descemer Bueno and Kelvis Ochoa with the Brown University Jazz Band | October 9, 2014  + -

Live Performance by Descemer Bueno and Kelvis Ochoa with the Brown University Jazz Band

Thursday, October 9th @ 7pm, Martinos Auditorium

Award-winning Cuban performer Descemer Bueno returns to campus with singer-songwriter Kelvis Ochoa to perform with the Brown University Jazz Band at the Granoff Center for the Performing Arts. Descemer wrote the hit "Bailando" and has been on tour all summer with Enrique Iglesias, who brought it to the top of the charts internationally. This performance is not to be missed!

Visit the Brown CLACS Website to reserve your free ticket! (Reservations are required through the Event Brite Website.)

Creative Mind Lecture: Women in Social Business | October 8, 2014  + -

Spend next Wednesday night (October 8th at 6pm) at this semester's Creative Mind Lecture, featuring an electric lineup of three superwomen at the top of their game in social entrepreneurship and business! This event features three 20-minute lectures and an audience Q and A.


Deb Mills-Scofield
consultant and founder, Mills-Scofield LLC; partner, Glengary LLC, an early stage venture capital firm

After she graduated from Brown in 1982, Deb went on to build a career that has included designing top revenue generating patents for the AT&T Bell Labs and founding her own socially conscious consultancy. She has over 25 years of experience advising tech, service, and manufacturing companies. Deb is best known among the Brown community by her indefatigable desire to mentor students.

Liza Donnelly
contract cartoonist and writer, The New Yorker Magazine

Liza's cartoons specializes in politics, culture, and human rights. In addition to her contract work with the New Yorker Magazine, she has also been featured in Forbes, Politico, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, and Salon.

Susan McPherson
angel investor, consultant, and founder, McPherson Strategies

Susan's consultancy, McPherson Strategies, is a communications company focused on the intersection between brands and social good. Susan is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Triple Pundit, and Forbes and has over 25 years of experience in storytelling, partnership creation, and sustainability communications. 


The Creative Mind Lecture Series is Brown's leading inter-disciplinary lecture series. We are devoted to the celebration of creative thought and entrepreneurship across many disciplines, including art, science, and technology. We are funded through the generous sponsorship of the Creative Mind Initiative.

Public Lecture by Brad Troemel | October 7, 2014  + -

Public Lecture by Brad Troemel 

Tuesday, October 7th @ 6pm

Martinos Auditorium


The Student Creative Arts Council presents a lecture by Brad Troemel: conceptual artist, writer, critic, professor. The lecture will begin at 6PM in Martinos Auditorium to be followed by an intimate conversation with refreshments.

Tickets can be reserved here:

Brad Troemel makes work concerned with visual culture, the internet, and our experience of it. His writing has been featured on The New Inquiry and DIS Magazine. Brad teaches at the Pratt Institute, The School of Visual Arts in New York, and the Bruce High Quality Foundation.

'The Judge' Public Screening | October 1, 2014  + -

We're screening 'The Judge' on October 1st!

October 1st, Martinos Auditorium, 7pm

Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. and Oscar winner Robert Duvall are teamed for the first time in the drama “The Judge.” Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Registration required at Doors open at 6:30pm. Any unclaimed tickets will be released to the wait list at 6:45pm. Sponsored by the Ivy Film Festival and Brown Motion Pictures.