Office of Media Relations
Featured Events at Brown University through April 10
Featured Events is a listing of University lectures, performances and exhibitions of interest to the general public. Unless otherwise indicated, all events are open to the public without charge. For additional information, contact the Featured Events editor at (401) 863-2478.
Monday 3 April
ZEITGENOSSEN: Media Art and Interactive Cultural Studies
Austrian new media artists Ursula Hentschlaeger and Zelko Wiener will discuss their work at 6 p.m. in the New Media Studio, located at 135 Thayer St., Room 102. The artists founded ZEITGENOSSEN (which means “contemporaries”) and the award-winning site http://www.zeitgenossen.com in 1999 to generate art and knowledge for the World Wide Web. For more information about this event, please contact Mark Tribe at (401) 863-7886 or [email protected].
Monday 3 April
Documenting American Music: The Films of Les Blank
Join internationally acclaimed filmmaker Les Blank for screenings of three of his signature films: The Blues Accordin' to Lightin' Hopkins (1969), Sprout Wings and Fly (1983), and The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1994). Blank will take part in a Q&A session following the films. The event begins at 6 p.m. in RISD Auditorium, located on Canal Street on Market Square in downtown Providence. For more information, visit
Tuesday 4 April
Enjoy an evening of Afro Pop mixed with traditional Mozambican rhythms, featuring internationally celebrated guitarist Stewart Sukuma and keyboardist Samito Matsinhe. The event begins at 8 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall, located behind the Orwig Music Building on the corner of Hope Street and Young Orchard Avenue.
Tuesday 4 April
The Navajo World Today: A Personal Account
Benjamin Barney, professor at Diné (Navajo) College in Tsaile, Arizona, will discuss The Navajo World Today: A Personal Account, beginning at 8 p.m. in MacMillan Hall, Room 117. Barney is a Navajo and director of the Center for Diné Teacher Education. His career has focused on education in the Navajo Nation. For more information contact Gail Tetrault at [email protected].
Wednesday 5 April to Sunday 9 April
2006 Ivy Film Festival
The Ivy Film Festival, the largest student film festival on the East Coast, will showcase the 36 best original student films from around the world. In addition, the festival includes screenings of seven soon-to-be released feature films and a series of workshops and panels with award-winning directors and film industry professionals. Tickets to feature films are $1 for students and $5 for general public. For an updated schedule of events, ticket, and venue information, visit
Wednesday 5 April
Fritz Pollard Award Ceremony for NCAA Basketball Coaches
Men’s NCAA basketball coaches Paul Hewitt of Georgia Tech and Lorenzo Romar of the University of Washington will receive the Fritz Pollard Award, presented by the Black Coaches Association to its Male Coach of the Year. The coaches will take audience questions during an open forum, hosted by Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Sayles Hall, located on The College Green. For more information, call (401) 863-1095.
Thursday 6 April
Observations of Lewis Lapham, Editor of Harper’s Magazine
Editor of Harper’s Magazine since 1983, Lewis Lapham has had a distinguished career in journalism. He will share his Observations on 40 Years in the Literary Trade at 4 p.m. in Starr Auditorium, located in MacMillan Hall. The event is a John Hazen White lecture, sponsored by the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions. For more information, call (401) 863-2201 or visit
Thursday 6 April
M*E*M*E Installations and Performances
The M*E*M*E program at Brown presents Graduate thesis installations and performances, featuring works by Joseph Grimm, Damon Baker, Pauline Hall, and Greg Thompson. M*E*M*E (Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments) is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the creative use of emerging technology for real-time interactive performance and installation. The event begins at 8 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall, located behind the Orwig Music Building on the corner of Hope Street and Young Orchard Avenue.
Thursday 6 April
Ira Berkow: Full Swing: Hits, Runs and Errors in a Writer’s Life
The New York Times sports columnist Ira Berkow will talk about his upcoming autobiography, Full Swing: Hits, Runs and Errors in a Writer’s Life. Berkow will discuss his career as one of the country’s most prominent sports columnists, as well as the role of Judaism in his life, and the Jewish influence on American sports. A book signing will follow his talk. The event begins at 8 p.m. in Brown Hillel Social Hall, located at 80 Brown St.
Friday 7 April to Sunday 9 April
“Odd Appetite” Residency: Concert, Lecture & Workshops
Enjoy a performance of new music by Odd Appetite, the duo of performers/composers Ha Yang Kim and Nathan Davis, on Friday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall. On April 8 and 9, the artists will lead a series of workshops and readings of new works by Brown student composers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall. Odd Appetite will also discuss their work during a lecture on Sunday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall. For more information about these events, visit
Sunday 9 April to Friday 14 April
Puerto Rican Cultural Week
Carmen Dolores Hernández, literary critic for San Juan's largest newspaper El Nuevo Dia, will open Puerto Rican Cultural Week with a lecture on Sunday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in Smith-Buonanno Hall, room 106. He will address issues related to island and mainland Puerto Rican literature. Other Puerto Rican Cultural Week events include a discussion about Latino identity and an informal talk between Puerto Rican mainlanders and islanders. For more information, contact (401) 867-6785 or email [email protected].
28 March through 31 March
Lydia Maria Child: The First Woman of the Republic
The John Hay Library at Brown University presents a special exhibit and lecture honoring America’s first feminist Lydia Maria Child - a novelist, historian, religious writer and outspoken champion of human rights. The lecture by local historian and bibliophile Ray Rickman will be held during a public reception on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. at the John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street. The exhibit, featuring books, letters, and photographs, runs through March 31. For more information, contact Ray Rickman at (401) 861-7244 or [email protected].
Through 31 March
“Soap Fat” by Lori Larusso
"Soap Fat," a show of work by artist Lori Larusso, opens in the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center Gallery, located at 26 Benevolent St. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Through 2 April
David Winton Bell Gallery Hosts 26th Annual Student Exhibition
This year’s best student artwork is on display in the 26th annual Student Exhibition at the David Winton Bell Gallery through Sunday, April 2, 2006. The Bell Gallery is located on the first floor of the List Art Center, 64 College St. It is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (401) 863-2932.
Through 5 May
Now on Display at the John Carter Brown Library
In commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of John Russell Bartlett’s death, the John Carter Brown Library is hosting an exhibition on the life of this once-prominent figure in the Rhode Island community. The John Carter Brown Library, located on the corner of Brown and George streets, is open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.
The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Ongoing exhibits at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology include Packrats for Posterity? Relevance in the Anthropology Museum; Hopi Katsina Dolls: Ancestor Spirit Carvings; Kayak, Umiak Canoe; Dragon Bridge: Taoist Paintings of the Mien; and Death, Defense, Distinction: Weapons and Power. The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is located at 300 Tower Street in Bristol. Warp Speeds, the inaugural exhibit at the Museum’s satellite gallery in Brown University’s Manning Hall, closes at noon on March 15th. Call (401) 253-8388 or visit