Brown-in-Berlin Program

About Brown-in-Berlin

(l - r) Kevin McLaughlin, Dean of the Faculty; Carsten Siebert, Managing Director, Daniel Barenboim Stiftung; and Thomas Rommel, Rector and Provost, ECLA/Bard College on site in Berlin(l - r) Kevin McLaughlin, Dean of the Faculty; Carsten Siebert, Managing Director, Daniel Barenboim Stiftung; and Thomas Rommel, Rector and Provost, ECLA/Bard College on site in Berlin

An initiative of the Cogut Center in conjunction with "Brown in the World/the World at Brown" grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the George and Joan Hornig Undergraduate Travel Grants, Brown-in-Berlin is building a program of one-semester residencies in Berlin for faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate as well as undergraduate students, with a projected start date of Fall 2015.

A faculty steering committee meets once a semester to build the program. In Spring 2013, then Cogut Center Director, and now Vice-Provost for the Arts, Michael Steinberg traveled to Berlin on assignment from Brown to investigate possibilities for this program, including the role of key institutional partners such as the European College of Liberal Arts (EC LA)/Bard College and the Barenboim-Said Academy.


"Comparative Modernisms"

March 23-30, 2014

During Brown University spring break, March 23-30, 2014, the Cogut Center for the Humanities hosted the Brown-in-Berlin initiative's third curricular pilot program in Berlin. The program took place in partnership with Bard College in Berlin, the Barenboim-Said Academy, the Berlin State Opera, the Europe -Middle East Program (EUME) of the Forum for Transregional Studies, and the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Jewish Studies. The program theme was "Comparative Modernisms," and involved dialogues across disciplinary, academic, cultural, and aesthetic boundaries. One focus was Richard Wagner's opera Tannhaeuser, whose second version ignited Parisian audiences, including Charles Baudelaire, in 1861. A new production was in rehearsal at the State Opera while the group was in Berlin, and they were invited to attend a couple of rehearsals during the week. They also engaged with leading faculty members and scholars from both Brown and Berlin.