Friday Afternoon

Noon to 5 pm

Welcome Center Open

Stop by the Family Weekend Welcome Center to pick up your Family Weekend materials, which will include a comprehensive schedule of events with locations and descriptions of all planned activities. University Event & Conference Services staff will be available to answer any questions regarding the weekend’s activities.

Student-guided Alpert Medical School Tours

Take a stroll around the Alpert Medical School building and see firsthand where medical students spend their days—and nights!

Warren Alpert Medical School Event

Founder Fridays: Featuring Aliza Knox '81, entrepreneur and Chief Operating Officer of Unlockd

Join the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship for our Founder Friday’s series, featuring Brown alumna Aliza Knox '81, COO of Unlockd. Knox will share her extensive entrepreneurial journey where she built and operated business units in Singapore and San Francisco covering Asia, Latin America and Europe in companies from Google to Twitter.

Medical School Registration

Stop by to pick up your brochure, schedule of events and some refreshments!

Warren Alpert Medical School Event

Muslim Friday Prayers (Salat al-Jumu’ah)

Brown Muslim Student Center

Open House with the Office of International Programs (OIP)

Stop by the OIP to meet the staff and discover the numerous overseas opportunities for studying abroad through Brown. Light refreshments will be served.

Health and Wellness Away from Home

Health Services will hold an open house and provide tours of the department and ambulance. Bring your questions and curiosity. Come meet staff from Emergency Medical Services, Health Promotion, Administration, Insurance, Nursing, Pharmacy, Primary Medical Care, Counseling and Psychological Services and X-ray.

Making Connections: Student Research in the Brown Community

What opportunities for research and mentorship await medical students beyond the classroom walls? Find out from a panel of outstanding students as they discuss their paths to gain knowledge and experience and the meaningful connections they’ve built along the way.

Warren Alpert Medical School Event

It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen: 1984 the Manuscript

Selected pages from the manuscript of Orwell’s "1984" will be on display in the John Hay Library. This is the only substantial Orwell manuscript that was not destroyed by the author. The surviving manuscript contains about 44 percent of the published text and represents four stages of composition from the summer of 1946 to 1948; 197 pages survive, of which 183 are handwritten and 14 are typewritten.

Brown Center for Students of Color Open House

The Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC) serves as a gathering place for communities of color. The center works to empower students, cultivate leadership, facilitate critical reflection, foster informed action and promote social justice. Stop by to learn about the center's programming, meet the BCSC staff and explore the various community spaces housed in the center.

Open Houses: Academic Tutoring, the Writing Center, English Language Learning and the First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center

Students and families are invited to explore these newly expanded academic support and student community centers – including Brown’s newest center for students, the First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center. Enjoy refreshments and talk with students and staff about the Brown experience and strategies for success.

LGBTQ Center Open House

The LGBTQ Center is an affirming and comfortable environment for students to relax, study and meet other students from around campus. Come by to see the space, meet the staff and learn more about available resources and student groups affiliated with the center.

The Sarah Doyle Women’s Center Open House

Please join us for tea and cookies. While you are here you can also take a tour of the building, meet some of the SDWC staff and view the art in the gallery. Currently on display is a show of work by Rosemary Engstrom and Sakura Kelley entitled 'Object Q: New Works By Two Queerdos Obsessed With Images.'

Support Network: Guiding students through the medical school experience

Parents and families are an integral part of the Brown medical community, but busy students may not always have time to fill family members in on everything that's happening. Join us to hear from medical school leadership and have your questions answered.

Warren Alpert Medical School Event

Victorious Secret

Meet artist Angela Lorenz '87 to learn about her art project. The nearly 2,000-year-old “bikini girls” mosaics from Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily are really images of female athletes from prestigious Roman families. Brown is the 10th venue for this traveling suite of triptychs, which sets the record straight on women in sports.

Entropy Exhibit Opening at the Science Center

Join us for the Entropy Exhibit Opening!

How do we understand entropy — the degree of disorder in a system? The Brown University Science Center presents an exhibition investigating what it means to be ordered and chaotic, rational and irrational, planned and random, across various media, disciplines and belief systems. The pieces featured in this exhibit represent the diverse forms ir/rationality and chaos take across the sciences, arts, and humanities: from sculptures that question the intersection of gender with memory and labor, to digital visualizations of mathematical operations, to drawings, poems, and paintings that express mental, emotional, and physical deterioration and resilience. As an interdisciplinary space, the Science Center seeks to bring these forms in conversation with one another, exploring how we interpret entropy, chaos and order in our world. What does entropy mean to you?

This event will begin with introductions by the curators, artist talks, and workshops, followed by a reception. Free food and refreshments. All are welcome!

The Entropy Exhibit will be on display at the Science Center through the 2017-2018 academic year. The Science Center follows the Sciences Library’s hours of operations.

A Discussion with Anna Aizer, Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Join the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women for a conversation with Professor Anna Aizer and Pembroke Center Associate Director and Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies Drew Walker about Professor Aizer’s research and how gender and other issues of difference may influence labor, health and the intergenerational transmission of poverty. A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Pembroke Center Associates.

Medical Families Community Reception

Meet leadership, faculty, and administrators of the medical school at this lively reception and enjoy refreshments and a musical performance by medical students.

Warren Alpert Medical School Event

Brown RISD Hillel Welcome Reception

Meet other parents while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres in the commons and gallery of Hillel.

Friday Evening

After 5 pm

James Patterson

President’s Welcome featuring Keynote Address by James Patterson P’20

President Christina Paxson and Undergraduate Council of Students President Chelse-Amoy Steele '18 will welcome family members to campus and highlight the many ways the University supports students — in their lives on campus and in their collaboration with faculty — in reaching across disciplines to advance knowledge and tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. President Paxson will then introduce our 2017 keynote speaker, James Patterson P'20.

James Patterson P'20 is the world’s best-selling author, known for his many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, I Funny and Jacky Ha-Ha. He received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. His other awards include two Emmys, the Edgar Award and the Children’s Choice Award for Author of the Year.

Brown Women’s Hockey vs. Kunlun Red Star (CWHL)

Brown Women’s Hockey will host Kunlun Red Star (CWHL) in an exhibition game at Meehan Auditorium. Admission is free.

Multiple Shabbat Service Options

Welcome Shabbat in song with the Brown RISD Hillel community.

Shakespeare on the Green presents: "Macbeth"

Shakespeare on the Green is proud to present its fall show, "Macbeth." Directed by junior Grant MacFaddin, the production interprets Shakespeare’s classic tragedy for the modern audience, drawing upon the text’s themes as well as modern anxieties in this production of the timeless work. Tickets are free, but donations are highly encouraged. Tickets will be available at both at the door and online.

Family Weekend Welcome Reception

Meet and mingle with other families following the President’s Welcome and Keynote Address at our Family Weekend Reception.

Madrigal Singers A Cappella Concert

Brown’s only classical a cappella group is delighted to present an evening of vocal music! Come to hear old pieces, new works, monophony, homophony, polyphony, hymns, chants, folk songs, chansons and - of course - madrigals.

Hillel Community Kiddush and Shabbat Dinner

Please join us for a delicious Shabbat dinner (catered by Catering by Andrew). Reservations requested. Call 401-863-2805 or e-mail Adults $25, children $10. Brown students are free.

Additional Fee to Attend

Ursa Minors and Bear Necessities A Cappella Concert

Avoid the misfortune of Friday the 13th by enjoying some great tunes instead! Come see the Ursa Minors and Bear Necessities at 8 pm in a dual Family Weekend concert to check out the pitch perfect music scene at Brown! Come one, come all, come relatives! $2 for students, $5 for everyone else!

Additional Fee to Attend

Family Weekend Dance Concert

This year’s concert features the Brown Dance Extension in works from the repertory including Flow Form, by Ruth Adrien and Limon Repertory Etude by Carla Maxwell, based on the works of Jose Limon. The concert will also include The Dununba: Suspending Together presented by FamilyWeekend producer, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly and New Works/World Traditions. To close the concert, choreographer Sarah Wilbur (TAPS postdoctoral fellow in dance studies) will present Disclosure Tactics, a 45-minute dance theater piece about what the body hides and reveals, by dancing. General admission $15, senior citizens $12 and students $7. Purchase tickets online at Visit for more information.

Additional Fee to Attend

Dessert Talk

Enjoy dessert and a talk by a member of the Brown community. Visit for details on the speaker beforehand or just stop by that night for schmoozing and sweets.

Disney A Cappella

Join Brown’s only all-Disney a cappella group for a family-friendly concert filled with music and Mickey Mouse ears! No tickets necessary; bring only yourself and a smile.

Brown Derbies A Cappella Concert

Some will ask, “Who are those good-looking, pasta-cooking, dancing, singing, rhythm-bringing young men on stage?” Meet the Brown Derbies, Brown’s most PG-13 a cappella group. Presale tickets will be $5 ($3 students) on the Main Green from 12-5 p.m. Look for the hats!

Additional Fee to Attend

$ The Brown Jazz Band Family Weekend Concert

This concert will include works by Duke Ellington, Willie Maiden, Dave Pietro, Sonny Rollins and Bill Holman as well as original compositions by Brown undergraduates Harry Pershing ’20 and Sam Levine ’18. Vocalists Galen Tiong ’20 and Marky Pertsemlidi ’18 also will perform with the Jazz Band. $5 Admission.

Additional Fee to Attend