President's Message

September / October 2018

To all faculty, students, and alumni:

Our Faculty Club is a wonderful place. The diversity of our members is what makes it superb. The members of the Club are extraordinarily accomplished.  One of the distinct benefits of belonging to the Club is to be in the presence of nothing short of greatness.   Our faculty membership includes several world class scholars. It occurs to me, that we should be acknowledging those individuals for their contributions to the Club, the University and the World.

In this letter I have highlighted a couple of our members that have recently received significant distinction for their extraordinary achievements.  In a way, it’s unfair to feature only two of our esteemed faculty in this letter; therefore, I would like to make applauding faculty accomplishments a recurring feature of the President’s letter.  If you are, or know of a Club member who has been recognized for their contributions, please email

Perhaps the most prestigious award in academia is the Nobel Prize.  We are very fortunate to have Dr. Michael Kosterlitz, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish academy of Sciences in October 2016, as a Club member. The award is for “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.” Dr. Kosterlitz is the Harrison E. Farnsworth Professor of Physics at Brown, where he joined the faculty in 1982.

Our membership includes numerous published authors that have received critical acclaim for their research.  Tricia Rose is the author of several books, including Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994), Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy (2003) and The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It Matters (2008). Black Noise won several awards including an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She has been awarded such prestigious fellowships as the Princeton University's Afro-American Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellowship and the American Association of University Women Fellowship.  She is Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

We invite you to join us at one of the Club’s many upcoming events. The Club’s first Orientation Weekend Street Food Fare is on September 1st from 11:00am-6:00pm; a perfect opportunity to mingle and perhaps meet a few outstanding scholars.  This event would be an ideal opportunity to get back in the swing of the school year, while taking advantage of a wide variety of food offerings that can be enjoyed at the Club, on the Patio or even take it to go.

-- Joseph DiMartino, President of the Brown Faculty Club