Events & Activities

There is never a dull moment at Brown

French Film: Brown's French Film festival screens annually on the big screen at a local cinema.French Film: Brown's French Film festival screens annually on the big screen at a local cinema.

On any given week, Brown hosts an extraordinary variety of events—lectures, performances, exhibitions, concerts, readings, film screenings, and more—many of which are student planned and run.

The university events calendar keeps track of all daily happenings on and around campus. For a more selective display of offerings, check out the Featured Events calendar, which highlights lectures, performances, and exhibits open to the public.

In addition to these educational and cultural opportunities, the community looks forward to a number of important annual rituals.

Future of the United Nations: In 2008, former Republican U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton debated former Democratic U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke about their different views on that institution.Future of the United Nations: In 2008, former Republican U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton debated former Democratic U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke about their different views on that institution.

The academic year is bookended by Orientation and Convocation for new students in the fall, and Commencement in the spring. These celebrations of welcome and farewell are steeped in tradition.

Many parents, siblings, and extended relatives visit campus during the fun and busy Family Weekend—a chance for loved ones to experience student life at Brown.

The university supports student efforts to take the lead in shaping the learning and living environment. Many student organizations work with the Student Activities Office and other university groups to plan events and bring exciting guests, artists, and speakers to campus.

Perhaps one of the largest student-directed events is the anxiously awaited Spring Weekend, an opportunity to break from studies and enjoy the weather and great music from major touring artists.

See these additional calendars for more information:

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