Family Weekend Forums

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Session One
10:00 A.M.


The Brown Design Workshop and Introduction to Engineering
Clyde Briant, Professor of Engineering
Chris Bull, Director of Brown Design Workshop/Senior Lecturer

 This presentation will describe the newly opened Brown Design Workshop, which is open to all students at Brown. In particular we will discuss how we have used this space to revamp the Introduction to Engineering course at Brown, which is usually taken during the freshmen year and required of all engineering concentrators at Brown.
Prince Lab, Room 222, 355 Brook Street

From Apple to Nike: Making Globalization Work for All
Richard M. Locke, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and Professor of Political Science

Richard M. Locke is the author, most recently, of The Promise and Limits of Private Power: Promoting Labor Standards in a Global Economy. Based on five years of research that included the analysis of thousands of audit reports of factories working for Nike, Hewlett Packard, Coca Cola, and other leading global companies, field research 14 countries, and over 700 interviews, Locke's book examines both the potential and the limits of different approaches to improving working conditions, wages, and working hours for the millions of people employed in today's global supply chains -- those who make most of the products we consume every day. He currently chairs the Apple Academic Advisory Board, a group of independent academics who are working with Apple to improve labor conditions among the company's suppliers. At Brown, Locke teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the political economy of labor and development as well as on global entrepreneurship.
Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001, The College Green

The Evolving Roles of Libraries in Teaching, Learning, and Research
Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian
Andries van Dam, Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science

Come and join us for a discussion about the ways in which the roles and relationships of academic libraries are changing to meet the university's academic mission in the 21st century. This forum focuses on a highly productive and successful relationship between the Brown University Library and the teaching and research of Computer Science Professor, Andries van Dam. Hemmasi and van Dam provide compelling examples that demonstrate the evolving nature of teaching, learning, and research at Brown.
Smith-Buonnano Hall, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street

The Brown Difference: 250 years in twelve minutes
Moderator - Neil Safier, Director of the John Carter Brown Library
Oren Jacoby '77, P'17
Betsy West '73, P'14

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.
Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium, 154 Angell Street 


Saturday, October 25, 2014
Session Two
11:00 A.M.


Fit at 50, Sexy at 70: The Fundamentals of Healthy Aging
Richard Besdine, Professor of Medicine 

This lecture is a geriatrician's perspective on aging and how to minimize its impact on physical and cognitive function. Richard Besdine, M.D., is the director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine of the Warren Alpert Medical School as well as the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research of the School of Public Health. He also serves as chief medical officer for Healthcentric Advisors of Rhode Island.
MacMillan Hall, C.V. Starr Auditorium, Room 117, 167 Thayer Street
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(Im)Partial Press: Partisanship, Subjectivity, and the Rise of New Media
Moderator - Tracy Breton, Brown professor and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist
Richard Tofel, President of ProPublica
David Corn, Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones

Kevin Merida, Managing Editor of the Washington Post
Katherine Mangu-Ward, Managing Editor at Reason Magazine
Erica Grieder, Senior Editor at Texas Monthly

Come and discuss media bias and polarization with prominent political journalists at Brown Political Review's annual media panel. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Brown professor Tracy Breton, this year's guests include Richard Tofel, President of ProPublica; David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief of Mother Jones; Kevin Merida, managing editor at the Washington Post; Katherine Mangu-Ward, managing editor at Reason Magazine; and Erica Grieder, senior editor at Texas Monthly. There will be an extensive Q&A session following the panel. Co-sponsored by the Political Theory Project. 
Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium, The College Green

Practicing the Humanities
Moderator - Kevin McLaughlin, Dean of the Faculty, George Hazard Crooker Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and German Studies
Amanda Anderson, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English and Humanities

Leela Gandhi, John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English

A panel discussion addressing the distinctive questions posed by the humanities, with special emphasis on approaches that draw on the methods and concepts of more than one discipline.
Building for Environmental Research & Teaching, Carmichael Auditorium, 85 Waterman Street 


Reading Camus during the West African Ebola Outbreak: an Anthropological Reflection
Adia Benton '99, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

This presentation addresses the questions: How bad is the Ebola crisis in West Africa? And how did we get to this point? What is being done? What can be done? Benton argues that an explicit engagement among public health, the humanities and social sciences offer many answers and provoke new questions for understanding this epidemic and the best ways to respond to it. Adia Benton is a social anthropologist who is trained in public health and has worked in Sierra Leone on issues of post-conflict development, HIV/AIDS treatment, and gender violence.
Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001, The College Green