Theories in Action: The Senior Exchange (TiA)

Theories in Action (TiA): April 30 - May 4, 2018

What is Theories in Action (TiA)?


The Theories in Action (TiA) Conference is Brown's kick-off event for graduation, sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Curricular Resource Center. It is an annual tradition, and a unique and cross-disciplinary learning experience to gather graduating seniors together to showcase culminating experiences. It's a time for senior presenters to reflect upon, share with, and connect to members of the Brown community, greater Providence community, families, and friends.

Throughout TiA, seniors have the opportunity to present on their student leadership roles, community service, student organization involvement, fellowship activities, research, thesis work, capstone projects, final performances, artwork, ventures, and other formative experiences while being a Brown undergraduate. The theme of the 2018 TiA Conference is: “How has your time at Brown helped you to connect the dots?”

What are the objectives of TiA?


  • Provide the intentional time and space for graduating seniors and faculty speakers coming from diverse backgrounds and unique experiences amidst Brown’s liberal education.
  • Cultivate a shared community through the various opportunities and means in which seniors may present their work.
  • Celebrate the unique pathways seniors have crafted through the Open Curriculum.

When and where does TiA occur?

  • TiA 2018 took place Monday, April 30th through Friday, May 4th in Faunce House. Each day, there will be one or two- two-hour roundtable sessions with about 4-5 senior presenters, whose projects/experiences center around a common theme. TiA will conclude with a poster session, where seniors create and share their work through a poster they create.

Who is TiA open to?


  • Seniors may apply to present their work at the TiA Conference. The Brown community - undergraduates, faculty, staff, administration, greater Providence community members, families, and friends are invited to attend any TiA session.

Where to get more information on TiA?


  • Please visit the website to learn more about TiA
  • Please reach out to Yuna Hur ‘18 and Meg Mori ‘17 Sc.M ‘18 at with any questions and comments.
  • For the application and more information, visit the official TiA website.



Funding for TiA is made possible by a gift to the Engaged Life Partnership Endowment from the Island Fund of the New York Community Trust.


TiA Learning Goals:
  • Facilitate building relationships among prospective concentrators, current concentrators, and faculty within an academic community across campus.
  • Highlight undergraduate interdisciplinary and personal academic experiences through diverse and innovative student-centered means.