Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Use Brown’s convening power, focused on the rising generation of the world’s leading scholars, writers, scientists, and politicians, to make Brown the place for sustained dialogue among the world’s leading thinkers

Action Taken

  • Held four pilot workshops and raised $500,000 for the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) to convene a rising generation of scholars for networking and scholarly exchange on different topics and made preparations for the first full session of BIARI in the summer of 2009
  • Launched discussions with members of international task force on specific tasks that will need to be addressed by a comprehensive international student and scholar office
  • Launched discussion with Office of Continuing Education to expand its capacity to support faculty, departments, and programs in exercising Brown’s global convening power
  • Sponsored various campus events featuring distinguished Brown and international scholars such as Fernando Henrique Cardoso (former president of Brazil), Lincoln Chafee ’75 (former U.S. Senator R-R.I.), Ricardo Lagos Escobar (former president of Chile), Carlos Fuentes (scholar in Latin American literature), Shirley Brice Heath (expert in international education and arts), Richard Holbrooke ’62 (former U.S. ambassador to the UN), Salman Rushdie (internationally acclaimed author), Ali Allawi (former Iraqi minister), Evo Morales (president of Bolivia), President Santos (President of Columbia), Valerie Jarrett (Senior Advisor to President Obama), and Congressman James Clyburn (Assistant Democrat Leader, U.S. House of Representatives)
  • In 2010 completed a second year of BIARI, with total applications growing to more than 1,000, resulting in a total of 141 young scholar participants along with 82 guest and convening faculty from 55 countries around the world
  • Established, with ATT funding and out of the Watson Institute, the “Global Conversation,” an initiative to create at Brown an online media portal of documentary films, podcast series, and other audio/video materials addressing social challenges
  • Consolidated in a single person the support for the arrangements made for international visitors to the University
  • The Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) 2011 completed four highly successful institutes (Global Inequalities and Development; Global Humanities; Global Health; Global Climate Change) with 138 young faculty participants from 38 countries.  Received another three years of funding from Santander Universities (through June 2014)
  • China and Asia Advisory Councils met for a second time in November 2010

Action Needed

  • Create more opportunities for promising young scholars from around the globe to work with Brown faculty, and for Brown faculty to work with a global pool of young academics in their fields through more co-supervisory relationships, reciprocal faculty and student exchange programs, etc.
  • Develop proposals for comprehensive international student and scholar office
  • Continue to work on protocol procedures for all foreign visitors and campus lectures by distinguished international visitors
  • Decide whether to expand convening role of Office of Continuing Education
  • Continue to ensure that Brown is an open scholarly environment that convenes international conferences and other events
  • Continue to coordinate with and advise offices across campus which are involved in planning for international visitors at various levels (graduate students, faculty, delegations, dignitaries)
  • Continue to work with the “Global Conversation” to highlight and strengthen Brown’s international footprint


  • Provost
  • Vice President for Public Affairs and University Relations
  • Dean of the Faculty
  • Vice President for International Affairs

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