Lecture Series: Reaffirming University Values

"Through a series of lectures and workshops, we will consider how to cultivate an environment in which we, as a community, can discuss conflicting values and controversial issues in constructive and engaging ways. " (Read letter from Richard M. Locke, Provost)


Supported in part through the Jill Rose Distinguished Presidential Lecture Fund.

Past Lectures

Anthony D. Romero

Executive Director of the ACLU

Injustice Anywhere: The Shared Struggle to Expand Constitutional Liberties for Everyone in America

Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:00 pm Lecture

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Martinos Auditorium
154 Angell Street

Supported in part through the Jill Rose Distinguished Presidential Lecture Fund.

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Martha S. Jones

Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University

Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America

Thursday, October 11, 2018
5 pm

Carmichael Auditorium
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society 
85 Waterman Street

Book signing and light reception to follow.

Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the 
Department of American Studies

Arthur C. Brooks

President, American Enterprise Institute

Bringing America Together

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
5:30 pm

Pembroke Room 305
Meeting Street
Providence, RI

John N. Friedman

Associate Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Opportunity in America: Improving Intergenerational Mobility with Big Data

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
5:00 pm
Reception to follow

Joukowsky Forum
Watson Institute 
111 Thayer Street

Mark Lilla

Professor of Humanities, Columbia University

After Identity Liberalism

September 28, 2017
5:00 pm
Smith Buonanno Hall, Room 106


Faculty Panel moderated by President Christina Paxson

Charlottesville: Perspectives on the Origins and Implications of White Nationalism in the U.S.

5:00 to 6:30 pm

Salomon Center for Teaching
Deciccio Auditorium

Reception to follow

*Brown University ID Required for Admission

Nancy Khalek

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Brown University

Islam, Islamophobia, and Teaching 'Difficult Subjects' in the Age of Trumpism

Monday, April 17, 2017
4:00 pm 
​Joukowsky Forum Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Panel Discussion

What is the History, and Possible Futures, of Immigration, Deportation, and Refugee Policy?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
4:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Kenneth R. Miller

Professor of Biology, Brown University

Science Denial: from Anti-Vaxers and Climate ‘Skeptics’ to the Ark Park -- Why it Continues and Why it Matters

February 16, 2017
5:00 pm

Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106

Read News from Brown Interview with Professor Ken Miller


Martha C. Nussbaum

Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Law School and Philosophy Department, University of Chicago

Free Speech and Civil Disobedience

February 6, 2017 4pm
IBES, Carmichael Auditorium
85 Waterman Street

Geoffrey Stone

Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

Free Speech on Campus

February 3, 2017, 3 pm
Joukowsky Forum
Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Read Insider Higher Education Coverage: Talking It Out

Robert C. Post

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale University

Freedom of Speech in the University

November 14, 2016,
Joukowsky Forum Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Marshall Ganz

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

One Day Workshop on Personal Narrative and Community Values

October 28, 2016
Alumnae Hall

Jelani Cobb

Professor of Journalism, Columbia University School of Journalism, and staff writer for The New Yorker

A Note from the Margin: The Unsafe Spaces of Democracy

October 11, 2016, 4:00 pm
Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium