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Tuesday, February 21st at 4:30pm
The Annenberg Institute presents
Keith Catone, author of "The Pedagogy of Teacher Activism

The Annenberg Institute of School Reform at Brown University presents Keith Catone, author of The Pedagogy of Teacher Activism on Tuesday, February 21st at 4:30 p.m.  The location is to be determined.  Book sale and signing to follow.

Through the artful science of portraiture, The Pedagogy of Teacher Activism presents the stories of four teacher activists—how they are and have become social change agents—to uncover important pedagogical underpinnings of teacher activism. Embedded in their stories are moments of political clarity and consciousness, giving rise to their purpose as teacher activists...Like many pre-service educators or undergraduates contemplating teaching as a vocation, these teacher activists were not born ready for the work that they do. Yet by mining their biographical histories and trajectories of political development, this book illuminates the pedagogy of teacher activism that guides their work. 

Keith Catone is a Principal Associate for Community Organizing and Engagement at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. He received the 2015 American Educational Research Association Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) Outstanding Dissertation Award and earned his Ed.D. from Harvard University.

The Annenberg Institute of School Reform

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

Tuesday, February 21st at 7:30pm
Third Tuesday of the Month
Robin Kall's Point Street Reading Series

**February's event is back at Point Street Dueling Pianos at 3 Davol Square in Providence**

Author lineup for Tuesday, February 21st:
Rob Spillman, author of All Tomorrow's Parties
Abby Fabiaschi, author of I Liked My Life
Anna Pitoniak, author of The Futures
Eric Bennett, author of A Big Enough Lie
Kerry Egan, author of On Living
Laurie Albanese, author of Stolen Beauty 

Pre-order signed copies, especially if you cannot attent the event. Personalization is available.

Next month's event will be held on Tuesday, March 21st - Save the date!
--Author Lineup: Garrard Conley, Gloria Norris, Annabel Monaghan, Katie Bayerl, and Emily Miller

Reading with Robin's Robin Kall's Point Street Reading Series meets on the third Tuesday of the month.  It will be held at Point Street Dueling Pianos at 3 Davol Square from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (times may vary).
--There will be at least four authors a month and the Brown Bookstore will be the official bookseller for this series.

Please RSVP to robin(at)  or message Robin on Facebook to let her know that you will be attending.

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Reading with Robin

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, February 23rd at 6:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Lawrence Millman reads and discusses "At the End of the World"

“Millman’s a genius.” —Annie Dillard

At the End of the World is the heartbreaking account of a series of obscure murders in the remote Belcher Islands and the ludicrous trial that followed.  It is also an elegiac and unsentimental lamentation for a now-dying way of life on the northern perimeter of our planet where the Inuit people have always resided. 

In addition, it is a prophetic admonition of the dehumanization, and imminent destruction of what’s left of our own culture’s humanity, not to mention the natural world.  At the End of the World is a brilliant and original book by one of the boldest and most visionary writers of our era, or any other.

Lawrence Millman is the author of 16 books, including such titles as Last Places, Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Lost in the Arctic, Hero Jesse, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Northern Latitudes, Hiking to Siberia, and Fascinating Fungi of New England.  His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, Atlantic Monthly, and Sports Illustrated.  When not hanging out in some northern place or looking for mushrooms, he lives in Cambridge, MA.

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.


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.