Events: Lectures

The general problem of deriving information (intelligence, actionable data, orienting indices) from “objects” has long preoccupied scientists, philosophers, and members of the clandestine services. New documentation has recently come to light that bears on this important subject, and a full airing of these striking sources is urgently wanted. In brief, there are now reasons to believe that individuals apparently associated with the CIA may well have embarked, in the early 1960s, on a notably non-traditional program of interrogatory investigations into the secret life of brute matter.

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The Power of Visual Storytelling in the Networked World: A Conversation with National Geographic's Keith Jenkins

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium

What does it mean to be a storyteller in 2014? How do stories remain relevant in an ever-evolving and expanding world? Join us for a conversation on visual storytelling with Keith Jenkins, a leader at National Geographic overseeing its transformation into a digital organization. In the short time he has been at National Geographic, Jenkins and his team launched Proof, NGS’s photo blog, and helped grow Your Shot, NGS’s online photo site, into a thriving community.

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Public Humanities Program Open House 2014

Nightingale-Brown House

Meet and Mingle with current and former students in the Master's in Public Humanities Program. The Center for Public Humanities will host a reception including a brief presentation about the Public Humanities Masters Program at Brown. Learn more about the degree, ask questions, and stay for the screening of a documentary produced by program alumna, Amanda Murray, '08 who will be on site to talk informally about how the Public Humanities program informed her career trajectory.

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Public Humanities Fellows Lucheon with Dietrich Neumann

Nightingale-Brown House, First Floor Lecture Room

Dietrich Neumann, Professor, Departments of History of Art and Architecture, Urban Studies and Italian Studies; Director of Urban Studies will deliver the first Public Humanities Fellows Luncheon Lecture. Working with his students, Professor Neumann developed an Iphone App, called “Brown Facades” which provides a mobile tour of Brown architecture. Currently, a new group of students is working on a major upgrade of the App with much additional contents and new features.

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Panel Discussion - Who is a Refugee? What makes a Refuge? RI Stories of Immigrants and Refugees

>> OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details

Join us for a public forum and discussion on the stories, struggles, and successes of immigrant and refugee populations in Rhode Island.

The panel concludes a month of programming organized the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, which explores the history of the United States’ use of GTMO to house immigrants and refugees, as well as its post-9/11 use as a prison for suspected terrorists.

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Photographing GTMO and the Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan

Nightingale-Brown House

Artist's Lecture: Since 2005, Christopher Sims has been making photographs within fictitious Iraqi and Afghan villages on the training grounds of U.S. military bases as well as photographing daily life at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. A former photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, he is the Undergraduate Education Director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Jihad Lamp, Fort Polk, Louisiana. 2006. Photograph by Christopher Sims

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Digital Exhibit & Artist Lecture with Ian Alan Paul

Rockefeller Library - Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab

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Mark Dion: Archaeology, Architectural Follies, Field Stations and Scientific Collections

RISD Museum, Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center 20 North Main Street

Mark Dion uses scientific and archaeological methodologies to challenge perception and convention in museums and universities. His art examines the line between objective reality and subjective experience while holding a lens to the authoritative forces that shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world.

Professor and Mapping Arts Project Founder, Dr. Lara Stein Pardo, Beverly Ledbetter, President of the Edward Bannister Society, and Keila Davis, Project Manager of the Mapping Arts Project will lead an insightful discussion on the importance of space, history, and the arts. Following the discussion there will be a brief walking tour to nearby sites associated with Mapping Arts Project- Providence.

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6th Annual Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture On Arts + Humanities with Arlene Goldbard

RISD Museum, Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium

Arlene Goldbard, activist and author of books including The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future and The Wave, imagines the possibilities for Providence in 20 years if its citizens understand how art and culture are essential to a sustainable future, and if they have the foresight to weave art's transformative power into every aspect of public and private life.

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Meeting of Curators on International Slavery

Lecture Room, Nightingale Brown House

The Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Hertiage, the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and the John Carter Brown Library welcome public attendance at the following meeting of Curators on International Slavery.  RSVP to morning and evening sessions is required.  Please see the schedule and speakers below.

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Artist's Talk: Edouard Duval Carrie

Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106 Brown University

Edouard Duval-Carrié, noted Haitian artist, will talk about his work in conjunction with the John Carter Brown Library's spring 2014 exhibition, The Other Revolution, Haiti 1789-1804.

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Presenting the History of Slavery: Three Approaches

Nightingale-Brown House

Join the leaders of three historical organizations for a discussion of the representation of slavery in recent exhibits and public programs and the impact of those initiatives on visitors, staff, and mission.

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Dan Cohen: The Emerging Research Environment and the Digital Public Library of America

Nightingale-Brown House

A new environment for scholarly research is emerging out of the steady accumulation of digitized sources over the last two decades, contemporary models for accessing those sources, and novel methods for searching, sorting, and mining them in ways that forge new connections and enhance serendipity. With a look at the Digital Public Library of America's approach to research and discovery, Executive Director, Dan Cohen will survey today's and tomorrow's electronic landscape. 

American art museums flourished in the late twentieth century, and the impresario leading much of this growth was J. Carter Brown, director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, from 1969 to 1992.  Along with S. Dillon Ripley, who served as Smithsonian secretary for much of this time, Brown reinvented the museum experience in ways that had important consequences for the cultural life of Washington and its visitors as well as for American museums in general.

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Mark Dion: "An Account of Travels and Extraordinary Endeavors"

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Mark Dion’s art makes us think about how museums and universities shape our understandings of history and the natural world. His re-collections and re-creations question the lines between objective reality and subjective experience, using the forms of scientific and cultural institutions to reconsider those institutions. They subvert easy understanding of the past and the world around us, forcing us to look at the old in new ways.

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Peter Richards: Urbanature - Looking for Edges

Nightingale-Brown House

Peter Richards is a senior artist emeritus at the Exploratorium. He worked with its’ founder Frank Oppenheimer to set up the art programs and served as arts program director through 1998. He is best known for creating Wave Organ, (pictured) a wave-activated sound sculpture located on the San Francisco waterfront.  Peter has permanent outdoor installations at Artpark in Lewiston, New York, and in several sites in California, Arizona and Washington.

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5th Annual Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanities

>> OFF CAMPUS LOCATION: see description for details

Location: Veterans Memorial Auditorium: 1 Avenue of the Arts Providence, RI 02903

Reception: 5-6pm, Presentation: 6-7:30pm

Join the conversation about how Providence can leverage our deep bench of arts organizations, cultural plan, arts educators in and out of the schools and after school infrastructure to provide more opportunities for arts learning for our public school children?

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Kerosene Lamp Church, the mission of Manuel Ricardo Martin and Central Congregational Church

Nightingale-Brown House

(a Lecture/Photo Presentation with Sylvia Ann Soares:)

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Public Humanities Alumni Panel

Nightingale-Brown House

The Public Humanities Alumni Panel welcomes back graduates to reflect on the role of the public humanities program in their career trajectories. This year, panelists include:

Elizabeth Manekin, '09 (Museum Educator at the Yale University Art Gallery),

Meg Rotzel, '10 (Producer of Artists in Residence and Public Programs at MIT),

Reina Shibata, '10, Deputy Director, Percent for Art at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and

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