Events 2016-2017

Spring 2017

February 14, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
An evening with Roxane Gay
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Lecture)
 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM (Book signing)
Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
CONTACT:  Africana Studies

February 16, 2017
Transnational Gender and Media Lecture Series
A Lecture by Jane M. Gaines 
What Did Hollywood Export to the Rest of the World?
4:00 PM 
Pembroke Hall, Room 305
172 Meeting Street 

Sponsored by The Nanjing-Brown Joint Program in Gender Studies and the Humanities, Malcom S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies, The Department of Modern Culture and Media, The Cogut Center for the Humanities, The Pembroke Center, and the Department of East Asian Studies.  

February 16-19, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
The 22nd Annual Black Solidartiy Conference
Yale University 
CONTACT: Afro-American Cultural Center, Yale University 

February 23, 2017
Magic Lantern Cinema presents: Anti-Fascist Cinemas: A Gloal Perspective
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main Street, Providence, RI 
Admission $10

February 23 - 26, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
The Rhythm of Change Festival RoC ’17, 
DANCING DIFFERENCE: Moving Across our Divides
Creating Brave Spaces through African and African Diasporic Performance
Complete information is available online here.
CONTACT: Theatre and Persomance Studies

February 25, 2017
Emerging Perspectives In Modern Culture And Media: 
MCM Graduate Student Symposium 

12:00 PM
Smith-Buonanno 201
Coffe and Light snacks provided 

February 25 through March 4, 2017
Providence French Film Festival
Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main Street
Providence, Rhode Island

$9 general admission
$7 student admission
$26 for 4 general admissions
$20 for 4 student admissions

Tickets and passes may be purchased at the Cable Car Cinema beginning February 11. Online ticketing is available at the Cable Car website (no passes/full price only). Please note that a pass does not guarantee admission to the theatre. Pass holders must obtain tickets at the box office prior to each screening. Limit 2 tickets per screening.

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February 28, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Displacement and Creative Activism
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum
CONTACT: Middle East Studies 

March 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Write Now! Providence
A literary event organized by The Round Magazine and other student publications and departmental undergraduate groups that aims to engage young writers in the Providence community and connect them to students from the Brown University literary community. The festival, tentatively scheduled to take place in March 2017, seeks to invite 40 high school students from approximately 4 high schools in Rhode Island to Brown’s campus for a day of student-run writing workshops, panels, and discussions meant to evoke a long-term interest in literature, to promote Brown University’s student publications and literary community, to inform students of post-high school writing opportunities and offer insight into college life and writing, and to create an opportunity for students to network with each other and with students engaged in Brown’s literary community.
CONTACT:  The Round Magazine

March 3, 2017
Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views, Palestine, 1900
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM—Exhibit opening reception
ON VIEW for 2 weeks: 8:30am-5pm, Monday - Friday
Pembroke Hall (ground floor lobby)
172 Meeting Street

March 3, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Asian Arts Festival 2017 - Free Food and Entry
7:00 PM
Salomon Auditorium, Room 101

March 3 & 4, 2017
BAI (Brown Arts Initiative) presents:
re|ACT: symposium on arts and environment 
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Click here to register for the symposium 

March 8-11, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour, 2017
March 8-10, 7 PM; March 11, 4 PM
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
154 Angell Street,
Free and open to the public . Free artisana gelato tasting before each screning.
More info at: 
CONTACT: Italian Studies Department 

March 9, 2017
Magic Lantern Cinema presents: Anti-Fascist Cinemas: A Gloal Perspective
Screning starts at 7:30 PM
Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main Street, Providence, RI 
Admission $10

March 16, 2017
"Quiet and Quotidian Images: family photography, race and violence in African-Canadian-owned newspapers"
A lecture by Fullbright Visiting Scholar Gabrille Moser
4:00 PM
Pembroke 305
172 Meeting Street 

March 16, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Better World By Design and KnowHER Design Talks featuring Naz Arandi
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Doors Open at 6:00 PM
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
CONTACT:  BetterWorld by design

4pm – 6pm Joukowsky Forum
CONTACT: Middle East Studies
Tuesday, April 4 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
4pm – 6pm Joukowsky Forum
CONTACT: Middle East Studies 


April 4, 2017
Roger B. Henkle Memorial Lecture (Co-Sposnored by the Department of English)
A Lecture by Okwui Enwezor
"The Judgement of Art: Postwar and Artistic Worldliness"
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
154 Angell Street
Martinos Auditorium, Room 110
Reception to Follow 

April 4, 2017  (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Free pizza @ 6pm - film screening 6:30 PM
Petterutti Lounge
Documentary Film by Fred Kuwornu: Pizza at 6pm, screening 6:30pm, followed by Q& A with Fred Kuwornu. Fred "Kudjo” Kudjo is an activist-producer-writer-director, was born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. 
CONTACT: Italian Studies 

Wednesday, April 5 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
5pm – 8pm Joukowsky Forum
CONTACT: Middle East Studies 


April 7, 2017
Symposium: Imperial Origins of Racialized Lives: From Enslavement to Black Lives Matter? 
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
​Joukowsky Forum​,​ Room 155
Watson Institute
111 Thayer Street​
Sponsored by the Department of Modern Culture and Media, The Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies, Middle East Studies, and the Photographic Archives Research Group (PARG)

April 7-8, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Brown University Comedy Conference
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Martinos Auditoriu, Room 110
154 Angell Street

April 8, 2017  (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
TEDxBrownU: Breaking Barriers
5:0o PM - 8:00 PM
Grant Recital Hall
More information:

April 10 - 16, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Ivy Film Fesetival
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
154 Angell Street

April 12, 2017
Of Brown Girls: And Brujos: Performing Intersectionality in Web TV
A Lecture by Aymar Jean Christian
5:30 PM
McCormack Family Theater
70 Brown Street 

April 14, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Radical Joy and Politicized Art
4:00 Pm - 5:00 PM
A conversation with StaceyAnn Chin and Waren Harding, A graduate student in Africana Studies
Churchill House Basspass, 155 Angell Street

April 21-22, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
French Studies Graduate Conference Equinoxes:  Memory/Rupture
CONTACT: French Studies 

April 21-22, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Brown China Summit 2017
190 Thayer Street
CONTACT: Brown China Summit (BCS)

April 22-23, 2017 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference
"Law and Democracy"
CONTACT: History 

Spring 2017 (Date TBD) (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Mellon Graduate Student Workshop “Research Poetics, Poetics of Research” 
In Spring 2017, Prof. Lytle Shaw (NYU, English) will give a presentation at the workshop. In conjunction with the workshop, he will also present a public lecture. 
CONTACT: Comparative Literature 



Fall 2016

September 23, 2016 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Simone Giertz "Hilarity Centered Robotics"
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts,
Martinos Auditorium, Room 110 
CONTACT: Computer Science 

September 23-25, 2016 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Better World by Design Conference 
Conference schedule

October 14-15, 2016
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
154 Angell Street

"" is a symposium to celebrate the long and illustrious history of media/arts at Brown. 

The central focus of “moving media@brown” are “unconferences”: informal workshops/discussions focused on alumi interests. Please post your ideas to this site and register here.

This one and a half day symposium will also feature three panels that explore: Art as World-Making, Art/Activism, and transformations to “Big Media.” 


October 27-28, 2016
Captive Genders: A Conference on Prison Abolition, Trans Resistance, and Queer Liberation
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts 
Martinos Auditorium 
154 Angell Street 

Film Screening at Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main Street 

Captive Genders is a conference that traces the impact of the prison industrial complex on trans and gender nonconforming people. By addressing the politically urgent topic of mass incarceration in tandem with trans precarity and trans women of color activism, this event will examine intersections between queer and racial justice.

This two-day event will include a keynote panel, a student-oriented workshop, and a film screening, bringing together chief contributors to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press), the first publication of its scale to align trans studies with abolitionist critique. The event will feature a keynote panel with Reina Gossett, filmmaker and former membership director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Chris Vargas, executive director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art, and Eric Stanley, co-editor for Captive Genders and Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UC Riverside. Cherise Morris, an MA student in Public Humanities, will serve as moderator. This event will also feature a screening of Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas' film, Criminal Queers (2015), which visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex.

Copies of Captive Genders will be available for purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow the panel. All profits from sales go toward providing free books to people inside prisons and jails.


Schedule of Events:

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Cable Car Cinema (204 S Main St)
8:00 PM: Screening of Criminal Queers (dir. Chris Vargas & Eric Stanley, 2015)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University
11:00AM-12:30PM: Queer Art as Prison Abolition Workshop

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University
Martinos Auditorium
6:00-8:00 PM: Keynote Panel with Reina Gossett, Eric Stanley, and Chris Vargas. Moderated by Cherise Morris.

Reception and book signing to follow event.

October 29, 2016 (MCM Co-Sponsored event) 
Black Power 50th: Affirming Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party and the call for Black Power—Presented by Hassani R. Schott '17
List Art Building, Room 120
64 College Street

November 2, 2016  (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Writing Diversity, Nonfiction Writing Program Lecture Series 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
John Nicholas Brown Center, 357 Benefit Street
CONTACT: English Department 

November 9, 2016
A lecture by Laliv Melamed
"State of Intimacy: Israeli Amateur Commemorative Videos and the Militarization of Mourning"  
Seminar Room 190
Barus & Holley
184 Hope Street

November 10, 2016 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Brown Asian Sisters Empowered—Dis/Orient/ed Comedy: Jenny Yang
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
BERT Auditorium, 85 Waterman St.  
CONTACT:  Brown Asian Sisters Empowered

November 10, 2016  (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Killer Images:
Screenings of: "The Act of Killing: and "The Look of Silence" 
2:00-4:45 (The Act of Killing) / 5:30-7:15 (The Look of Silence) / 7:15-8:30 Conversation with director Joshua Oppenheimber
Granoff Center for the Creaitive Arts
Martinos Audtiorium, Room 110
154 Angell Street
CONTACT: Watson Institute for International and Public Affaris, The Cogut Center for the Humanities 

Novemer 11, 2016  (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Killer Images: Master class for faculty/grad students with Joshua Oppenheimber
12:00 PM -1:30 PM
Pembroke Hall 205
CONTACT: Watson Institute for International and Public Affaris, The Cogut Center for the Humanities 

November 11, 2016
Department of Modern Cutlrue and Media Graduate Student Lecture presents
A lecture by Karen Redrobe
"The Risk of Tolerance: Feminist Killjoys, The Creative Humanities, and the Belligerent University"
Barus & Holley, room 190
Reception to Follow 

November 15, 2016  (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Film Screening of Driivng with Selvi 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Isenberg Auditorium, Glider Center for the ARts
Wheeler School, 216 Hope Street
Free and Open to the Public
CONTACT: Center for Contemporary South Asia

November 17, 2016
Magic Lantern Cinema Presents

An evening of experimental videos by Tony Cokes & James N. Kienitz Wilkins,
remediating race, technology, and time through aesthetics of the avant-garde
$5 Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main Street 
Providence, RI
Curated by Cassandra Guan

Conversation with filmmakers after the screening
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December 1, 2016
7:00 PM
Magic Lantern Presents
Transitional Belongings: Films by Jennifer Montgomery
Introduction by Professor Lynne Joyrich
Post screening Q&A with filmmaker
Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main St.
Providence, RI
Admission $5

December 7, 2016 (MCM Co-Sponsored event)
Awareness/Analysis/Action: A Post Election Fishbowl Conversation
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Leung Gallery
Stephen Robert '62 Center
Food will be provided
CONTACT: SUGSE (Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees)