Past Events

2012-13

 Susan Cheever '65, Adjunct Professor in English 

Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:30 pm

Biography vs. Memoir:  The Dangerous Liaison

Brown/RISD Hillel, Meeting Room, 2nd floor,
80 Brown Street
(Book signing to follow)

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

 

Michael Stewart, Lecturer in English
Nonfiction Writing Program

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
5:30 pm

Digital Nonfiction: Exploring the Possibilities

Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street

 

Andrew Losowsky, journalist, editor,
and public artist

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
6:30 pm

Appily Ever After:  How digital platforms are affecting real-world experiences and the stories we tell


Brown/RISD Hillel, Meeting Room, 80 Brown Street

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

 

Mitchell Zuckoff, Boston University

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
5:00 pm


Hiding in Plain Sight:  Finding and Telling True Stories that Other Writers Overlook

NEW LOCATION: Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 201
95 Cushing Street, Pembroke Campus

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

 

Roxane Gay, Eastern Illinois University

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
6:30 pm

Bad Feminist

New Location: Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 201


This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.  Co-Sponsored by ✥ The Department of Literary Arts


Jon Mukand, M.D., Ph.D., M.F.A.

Thursday, March 21, 2013
NEW TIME 4:00 pm

Renovating the Brain: Reflections on Disability, Culture & Society

Brown/RISD Hillel, Winnick Chapel, 80 Brown Street

 

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English. 

 

Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture

An Evening with Jeff Zimbalist

Friday, April 5, 2013, 7:00 pm

Salomon Center for Teaching, DeCiccio Auditorium, Room 101, Main Green





Readings by Nonfiction Writing Program Award Winners

Monday, May 6, 2013, 5:30 pm

Brown University Bookstore, 244 Thayer Street




Nonfiction Writing Program Faculty Reading

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 6:30 pm

Location:  Wilson Hall, Room 102

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund.

 

Great Brown Nonfiction Writers' Lecture Series 2011-12

Series PosterSeries Poster

Series Organizer: Elizabeth Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Nonfiction Writing Program

A. J. Jacobs ’90

(Personal Journalism) 
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 p.m.
My Life as an Experiment:  I came, I saw, I became part of the story.

 Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street, 2nd floor

 

Brown Emerging Writers' panel 

Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.
Kevin Roose '09 (Cultural Analysis)
Lindsay Harrison '08 (Memoir)
Brian Christian '06 (Science/Culture)

Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street, 2nd floor

 

David Rohde ’90 

(Investigative Journalism) 
Monday, February 13, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
The Art of Reporting:  From investigative stories to columns, the irreplaceable value of 'ground truth.' 

Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street, 2nd floor

 

Pico Iyer

Monday, May 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture
Writing--and Rewriting--Our New Global Swirl
Location: Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium, 154 Angell Street 

Andre Dubus, III

New Lecture Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 4:00 p.m
'Townie': A Memoir

Location: Barker Room 315, 70 Brown Street

This event is made possible by the Center for Race and Ethnicity. Co-sponsored by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.


2010-11

Reading With Your Eyes Closed: Audiences, Stories, and Where They Come Together

Monday, October 18, 6:00 p.m.

Andrew Losowsky

John Nicholas Brown Center Library, 357 Benefit Street

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English. Co-sponsored by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Making Public Radio More Public

Thursday, November 4, 4:00 p.m.

Jake Shapiro, Executive Director, Public Radio Exchange

Salomon 203, Main Green

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

The Past Is Not Dead. It Isn't Even Past: The Power of Creative Nonfiction

Monday, November 22, 6:30 p.m.

Marion Winik, '78, lecturer

Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

Telling Personal Stories: Memior as More than Self-Journalism

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Ariel Sabar, '93

Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

Brown Degree Days: Science Writers' Panel

 Monday, February 28, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Rachel Aviv, '04
Molly Birnbaum, '05
Casey Schwartz, '04

Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English. Co-sponsored by the Dean of the College, Committee on Science and Technology Studies, and the Public Health Program.

Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture

Friday, April 8, 2011, 6:30 p.m. 

Curt Ellis 
Film documentarian on environmental economic issues 

Stuart Theatre, Waterman St.

2009-10

Great Brown Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series 2009-10

Series PosterSeries Organizer: Elizabeth Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Nonfiction Writing Program

The Art of Literary Memoir and Biography

Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 p.m.

Susan Cheever '65, Writer and Teacher
Smith-Buonanno 106, 95 Cushing Street, Pembroke Campus

Literary Investigative Journalism

Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.

David Shenk '88
Smith-Buonanno 106, 95 Cushing Street, Pembroke Campus

Literary Nonfiction: Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

Wednesday, March 17, 6:30 p.m.

David Shields '78 
Salomon 001, main green

NPR National Political Reporting 

Thursday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.

Mara Liasson '77 
Salomon 101

The Rise of the New Taliban

Monday, November 16, 4:00 p.m.

David Rohde '90, Reporter, The New York TimesList Art Center, Room 120, 64 College St.

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

Author Meet & Greet

Wednesday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.

Susan Jane Gilman '86, author
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven 
70 Brown St. Lounge, Rm. 219

Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Challenging the Conventional Wisdom 

Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.

Walt Bogdanich, Assistant Editor for Investigations, The New York Times
Smith-Buonanno Hall 106

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

Narrative for Complex Social Issues

Thursday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.

Susan Eaton, Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St., 2nd floor

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

2008-09

True Stories

Tuesday, November 11, 4:00 p.m.

Caroline Dworin, Writer, The New York Times
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.

This event is funded by a Salomon Grant (Dean of the College) and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

Turning the Seams Inside Out: Fun with Conspicuous Editing

Thursday, December 4, 4:00 p.m.

Nick van der Kolk, Creator and Senior Producer for alt.NPR's Love and Radio podcast
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.
This event is funded by a Salomon Grant (Dean of the College) and the Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English.

At the End of the Road: Reporting in the Seams

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.

C.J. Chivers, Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English.

Narrative Journalism: Reporting, Organizing, Writing and Ethics

Tuesday, April 7, 4:00 p.m.

David Finkel, Reporter, The Washington Post
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English.

Readings by Nonfiction Writing Program Award Winners 2008-2009

Tuesday, April 28, 4:00 p.m.
Brown Bookstore

Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction:

1st Place: Kevin B. Roose, The Workers are Few, from The Unlikely Disciple
2nd Place: Noam Dorr, Wouldn't It
Honorable Mention: Sandra E. Allen, The Problem With the Writer
Honorable Mention: Rachel Z. Arndt, So Much Can Happen When You Don't Speak the Language

Barbara Banks Brodsky Prize for Excellence in Real World Writing: 

Sandra E. Allen, A Story About Bobby

David Rome Prize for Best Lyric Essay: 

Emily A. Silverman, 120/80

Nonfiction Writing Program Faculty Reading

Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.

Nonfiction Writing Faculty will read from their most recent books. Book signing to follow.
Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English.

2007-08

Great Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series 2007-08

Series Poster

Series Organizer: Elizabeth Taylor, Director, Nonfiction Writing Program

Historical Memoir: "My Confederate Kinfolk"

Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.

Thulani Davis, New York University
MacMillan 117

Personal Nonfiction: The Paradise of Bombs, a Private History of Awe

Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.

Scott Russell Sanders '67, Indiana University
Salomon 001

Science Narrative: Galileo's Daughter, Longitude

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.

Dava Sobel
Salomon 001
Book signing to follow

Film Documentary: An Inconvenient Truth 

Monday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.

Davis Guggenheim '86
Salomon 101

Covering the Legacy of War

Tuesday, December 4, 4:00 p.m.

Jimmie Briggs
Barker Presentation Room 315
English Department 
70 Brown St.

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund, and is co-sponsored by: Africana Studies Department and Rites and Reason Theatre, the Watson Institute for International Studies, and the Third World Center

A Life of Investigative Journalism

Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.

Tracy Breton, Brown University and The Providence Journal
Brown/RISD Hillel
80 Brown St.

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English.

Writing About Science and Nature

Wednesday, April 9, 6:00 p.m.

Chet Raymo, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Stonehill College
Brown/RISD Hillel
80 Brown St.

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English.

Writing About People and Place

Tuesday, April 22, 4:00 p.m.

Dan Barry, New York Times Columnist, memoir writer, and formerProvidence Journal reporter
Barker Presentation Room 315, 70 Brown St.
Book signing to follow

This event is made possible by the Shane Family Program Fund and is sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English.

Readings by 2007-2008 Nonfiction Award Winners 

Tuesday, May 6, 4 p.m.

Nonfiction Award Winners
Flynn Berry, Winner, Barbara Banks Brodsky Prize for Excellence in Real World Writing
Robert Moor, First Prize Winner, Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction
Brittany Harwood, Second Prize Winner, Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction

Brown Bookstore

2006-07

2007 Casey Shearer Memorial Awards for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction

 Winners Read at the Brown Bookstore
Wednesday, May 2, 4 pm

1st Place
Alexander Eichler '08
"Silent Night"

2nd place
Molly Young '08
"Pages from the Goncourt Journals"

Honorable Mention
Lindsay Harrison '08
"Apnea"

Lecture Series

Date & Time Lecture Title Lecturer Location
Monday
November 20
7:00 p.m.
This I Believe and the Art of Citizen Storytelling Jay Allison, National Public Radio Smith Buonanno, Room 106
Tuesday
March 13
4:00 p.m.
The Journalism of Empathy Isabel Wilkerson, journalist and author 70 Brown Street, Barker Presentation Room 315
Wednesday
March 21
6:30 p.m.
The Penny and the Well: A Quarter Mile Along -- 20 Years As a Book Reviewer Richard EderBoston Globe and The Times Glenn & Darcy Weiner Center, 80 Brown St.

Brown Writers' Symposium

July 23-26, 2006

Note: Prior to Fall 2006, the Nonfiction Writing Program was called the Expository Writing Program.

2005-06

Great Writers Lecture Series

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Writers Lecture Series presents four of the most celebrated nonfiction writers of our time, brought to Brown by the Expository Writing Program in the Department of English. The program uniquely links academic writing with all forms of nonfiction: literary journalism, memoir, lyric essay, and the narrative of science, history, and travel.

Date & Time Lecture Title Lecturer Location
Wednesday
October 5
6:30 p.m.
Writing the Bi-cultural Memoir Judith Ortiz Cofer, Department of English, University of Georgia Salomon 001
Wednesday
November 16
6:30 p.m.
Writing the Science Narrative 
Einstein Lecture
Alan Lightman, Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Salomon 001
Wednesday
February 15
6:30 p.m.
Writing the Lyric Essay John D'Agata, Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English, University of Iowa MacMillan Hall 117
Tuesday
April 11
6:30 p.m.
Writing the Political Memoir
Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture
Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children's Defense Fund Salomon 101

The Great Writers Lecture Series is made possible through generous contributions from the Charles K. Colver Lectureship and Publication Fund, the Zucker Family Endowment, the Goldway/Shearer family, the Dean of the College, the Department of Physics, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Literary Arts Program, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research, the Department of Modern Culture and Media, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Africana Studies Department, and the Department of Hispanic Studies.

Brown Writers' Symposium, July, 2005 

Events prior to 2005

Alumni Symposium, Writing Beyond Brown, November 20, 2004. Sponsored by the Writing|Rhetoric Fellows Program; Co-sponsored by the English Department's Expository Writing Program and the Career Development Center.

Conference, Creative Nonfiction: Revitalizing Expository Writing, October 3, 2003

Open Lecture, Thomas Mallon, "A Narrative on Narrative," April 8, 2003. Mallon is an author of historical fiction and creative nonfiction. His latest book is Mrs Paine's garage: and the murder of John F. Kennedy

Open Lecture, Joe Richman and Jay Allison, "Radio Documentaries," November 21, 2002. Co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Culture & Media. Richman is an independent radio documentary producer. Allison is an independent broadcast producer and journalist.

Open Lecture, Jill Ker Conway, "Writing Your Life," March 4, 2002. Co-sponsored by Sarah Doyle Women's Center. Ker Conway is an historian, memoirist, and scholar of women's autobiography. A former president of Smith College, she now is a Visiting Professor in the Science, Technololgy and Society Program of MIT.

Reading, Joan L. Richards, "Angles of Reflection," March 15, 2001. Co-sponsored by Department of History and The Chaplain's Office. Richards is a professor in the Department of History, Brown University

Reading and Discussion, Susanna Kaysen. Nov. 17, 2000. Co-sponsored by Sarah Doyle Women's Center. Kaysen is author ofGirl, Interrupted and a lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Boston University.