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Tuesday, 2/21 & 2/28 at 5:30pm
The John Hay Library presents
Artemis Joukowsky III reads and discusses "Defying the Nazis"

Spend two evenings with author Artemis Joukowsky III P’14, P’16, who tells the incredible story of his grandparents, Martha Ingham Dickie (Brown 1926) and Rev. Waitstill Hastings Sharp in his new book, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War (Beacon Press, 2016), also a film by Ken Burns of the same name.

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Reading Room of the John Hay Library, Artemis Joukowsky and Holly Snyder, Ph.D., Curator of American Historical Collections and North American History Librarian, will discuss how Artemis researched this story, collaborated with Ken Burns and others to develop the film project, and ultimately published a companion book.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Special Collections Reading Room of the John Hay Library, we will officially close the exhibit related to the book and film, "A Hymn for the Brave: The Sharps and Humanitarian Work in World War II."  During the discussion, Artemis’ parents Martha Sharp Joukowsky, PhD ’58, PHB’82 hon., LHD’85 hon., P’87, GP’13, GP’14, GP’16, GP’17 and Artemis Joukowsky, Jr. ’55, LLD’85 hon., P87, GP’13, GP’14, GP’16, GP’17 will join in via WebEx.

A reception and book-signing will follow the discussions on both nights.  Books will be available for sale from the Brown Bookstore. These events are free and open to the public.

Brown Library Event Information

Thursday & Friday, February 23rd & 24th
Balfour 2-Day Ring Sale

Have you been thinking about getting a class ring?  The Balfour representative will be in the bookstore on Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Order your ring for graduation!

Thursday, March 2nd at 4:00pm
The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America presents
Julian Go discusses "Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory"

The CSREA presents Julian Go, author of Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory on Thursday, March 2nd at 4:00 p.m. at the Petteruti Lounge.  Book sale and signing to follow.

Social scientists have long resisted the radical ideas known as postcolonial thought, while postcolonial scholars have critiqued the social sciences for their Euro-centric focus.  However, in Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory, Julian Go attempts to reconcile the two seemingly contradictory fields by crafting a postcolonial social science.  Contrary to claims that social science is incompatible with postcolonial thought, this book argues that the two are mutually beneficial, drawing upon the works of thinkers such as Franz Fanon, Amilcar Cabral, Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Spivak.  Go concludes with a call for a "third wave" of postcolonial thought emerging from social science and surmounting the narrow confines of disciplinary boundaries.

Julian Go is Professor of Sociology at Boston University.  His previous books on the U.S. empire have won prizes from the American Sociological Association, the International Studies Association, and the American Political Science Association.

CSREA

Friday, March 3rd at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Salon: Gish Jen on her recent book "The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap"

The Providence Athenaeum presents Gish Jen for a Friday night salon on her recent book The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap on Friday, March 3rd at 5:oo p.m.

In her recent book The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap, author Gish Jen gathers stories and anecdotes in a provocative and important cultural study on the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society.  Jen reveals how this difference shapes what we perceive and remember and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business.  She questions the American Dream, the nature of communities within communities, and the formation of ethical identities.

Book signing to follow program.

Reservations are required.

Saturday, March 4th at 3:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Ann Hood on her recent novel directly inspired by the Athenæum

The Providence Athenaeum presents Ann Hood, author of The Book that Matters Most which was directly inspired by the Athenaeum on Saturday, March 4th at 3:00 p.m.

Ann Hood, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Knitting Circle and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, on her new book, The Book that Matters Most.  Hood will discuss the Providence-based novel and its unique setting inspired by the Providence Athenæum.  She speaks about the relevance of place in her writing and the allure of reading groups, with a book that reminds us what the power of the written word can mean to each of us.

Book signing to follow program.

Reservations required.

Tuesday, March 7th at 5:00pm
The Institute at Brown for Environment & Society presents
Book Launch for Sophie Purdom '16's "Sustainable Investing"

The Institute at Brown for Environment & Society invites you to join them on Tuesday, March 7th at 5:00 p.m. for the book launch of Sustainable Investing, edited by Cary Krosinsky, Adjunct Lecturer in Environment and Society, and Sophie Purdom '16.  Light refreshments will be served.  Book sale and signing to follow.

A seminal shift has taken place in the world of investing.  A clear and overarching reality has emerged which must be solved: financial considerations must factor in sustainability considerations for ongoing societal success, while sustainability issues equally need to be driven by a business case.  As a result, investment practices are evolving, especially towards more positive philosophies and frameworks. 

Sustainable Investing represents an essential overview of sustainable investment practices that will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of sustainable banking and finance, as well as professionals and policymakers with an interest in this fast-moving field.

IBES Event Information

Friday, March 10th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Salon: Sheldon Whitehouse on his new book "Captured"

The Providence Athenaeum presents Sheldon Whitehouse, author of Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy for a Friday night Salon on March 10th at 5:00 p.m.

The U.S. senator for Rhode Island and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate floor in his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.  Senator Whitehouse combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to provide a comprehensive explanation of what’s gone wrong, exposing multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers.

Book signing to follow.

Reservations required.

Monday, March 13th at 6:00pm
The Sarah Doyle Women's Center & the Science Center present
A Focus on Women in Science: Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures"

The Sarah Doyle Women's Center and the Science Center present Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, who will be giving a keynote address for Women's History Month on Monday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Sarah Doyle Women's Center and the Science Center with generous contributions from Office of the Provost, Jill Rose Presidential Lecture Fund, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Applied Math, University Library, Dean of the College, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), Department of Computer Science, Department of History, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Pembroke Center, and Department of American Studies.

Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Sophie Houser '19 and Andrea Gonzales, authors of "Girl Code"

The Brown Bookstore presents Sophie Houser '19 and Andrea Gonzales on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m. They will be reading and discussing their book Girl Code.

Sophie Houser '19 and Andrea "Andy" Gonzales were invited to give a moving TEDx talk about being young girls in the coding world, and were featured everywhere from TIME to Cosmopolitan to CNN.  Through the success of their video game, they got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, so get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding, and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world.  Now they want to tell their story to other teen girls who may be curious about coding but don’t know where to start, so they’ve written Girl Code to tell the true story behind "Tampon Run" and share what they’ve learned.

Thursday, March 16th at 5:30pm
The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice presents
Robert Geake and Lorén Spears discuss "From Slaves to Soldiers"

The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice presents Robert Geake, local historian, and Lorén Spears, the Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, who will be discussing his new book From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution on Thursday, March 16th at 5:30 p.m.

"Known as the 'black' regiment, the story of the first Continental army unit composed of African American and Native American enlisted men...In December 1777, the Continental army was encamped at Valley Forge and faced weeks of cold and hunger…Plans were made to enlist more men, but as the states struggled to fill quotas for enlistment, Rhode Island general James Mitchell Varnum proposed the historic plan that a regiment of slaves might be recruited from his own state, the smallest in the union, but holding the largest population of slaves in New England…In From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution, historian Robert A. Geake tells the important story of the 'black regiment' from the causes that led to its formation, its acts of heroism and misfortune, as well as the legacy left by those men who enlisted to earn their freedom."--publisher description