Celebrating 40 years of student engagement:  1976-2016

In 1976 a group of students convinced the administration of the need to establish a center where students could advise their peers on how best to engage with the New Curriculum, established seven years prior through Brown’s first student-led Group Independent Study Project (GISP).  The mission of the Resource Center, now known as the Curricular Resource Center for Peer Advising, is to help students engage with the different possibilities offered by Brown’s curriculum.  In celebrating the center’s 40th anniversary during the 2016-2017 year, we take stock of the evolving significance of the Open Curriculum as well as how our role as peer advisors has changed over time.

The Curriculum Past, Present and Future:  Open for Whom?

Friday, September 23, 2016 | 3:30-5pm | Petteruti Lounge & Leung Gallery



Carlos Aizenman-Stern ‘93, Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Anthony Alfieri ‘81 P’15 P’18, Visiting Professor, Brown Department of Africana Studies; Director, Center for Ethics & Public Service, University of Miami Law School

Victor Bramble ‘17, Modern Culture & Media and Ethnic Studies concentrator; CRC Coordinator

Matthew Guterl, Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies

Kenneth McDaniel ‘69 P’13, former EEO manager, Naval Underwater Warfare College Division

Dolma Ombadykow ‘17, Independent concentrator, Medical Humanities; CRC Coordinator


Maud S. Mandel, Professor of History & Judaic Studies and Dean of the College

In light of the current campus conversations about diversity and inclusion--which have brought to bear the challenges we still face as educators, advisors, and student scholars in making Brown truly accessible to all undergraduates--at this event we will raise a series of questions about teaching and learning, scholarship, and the student experience.

 The panel discussion will be followed by conversations in small groups facilitated by faculty, deans, alumni and the CRC peer advisors.  Join us as we reflect together on the enduring import of the Open Curriculum as well as the possibilities for its future.