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Distributed February 26, 2005
Contact Mark Nickel

Meeting of the Corporation
Corporation Establishes Cogut Humanities Center

The Corporation of Brown University has formally accepted a gift from Craig and Deborah Cogut that will renovate and expand Pembroke Hall to create a permanent campus home for the new Cogut Humanities Center.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Corporation of Brown University has formally accepted a gift from Craig and Deborah Cogut that will establish the Cogut Humanities Center in new quarters at Pembroke Hall. Craig Cogut is a 1975 graduate of Brown and a University trustee.


Habitat for Humanities
Plans to restore and expand Pembroke Hall as a home for the Cogut Humanities Center would add to the building on the north side and orient it toward Alumnae Hall, Smith-Buonanno Hall and the Pembroke Green.
[Image: Facilities Management]

The gift, together with other funds allocated by the University, will allow work to move forward on the renovation and expansion of Pembroke Hall to house both the Cogut Humanities Center and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. The $10-million project will completely rework the exterior and interior of Pembroke Hall and will add multistory space to the north side, reorienting the building toward the Pembroke Campus.

Since the fall of 2003, the Humanities Center has been working to support collaborative research among scholars in the humanities, focusing on interdisciplinary and comparative work across cultural and linguistic boundaries.

“Conceptually, and now with bricks and mortar, the Cogut Humanities Center is providing a place where humanities scholars with interest and expertise in different disciplines, historical eras and national cultures can work collaboratively in new ways and from new perspectives,” said Brown President Ruth J. Simmons. “It will be an important source of support for the work of our faculty and a significant contributor to the intellectual life of the Brown campus.”

The Corporation also appointed noted historian Michael Steinberg, currently professor of modern European history at Cornell University, as the first director of the Cogut Humanities Center and professor of history and music.


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