Family Weekend Schedule - Friday, October 19

  • 9:00am - 5:00pm

    John Carter Brown Library Open Hours and Exhibition

    John Carter Brown Library

    The world’s most preeminent collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts pertaining to the colonial period in the Americas is right here on Brown’s campus. The JCB- a true laboratory for the humanities- attracts 60 researchers per year from around the globe and serves scholars worldwide through its growing digital initiatives. On view for family weekend in the MacMillan Reading Room is Taming Nature: Gardens and the American Wilderness, an exhibition that captures the spectacular range of early American gardens and highlights shifting theories about the meaning and use of American nature. 

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Ungerleider Collection Symposium

    Rockefeller Library

    Whether artistically elegant or plainly made, the Passover haggadah encapsulates much more than the simple retelling of the Biblical story of the exodus from Egypt. In this symposium, moderated by Brown faculty member Adam Teller, three renowned scholars of Judaism and material culture will discuss aspects of the haggadah and how it was shaped to respond to the varied needs of ritual life across time and the Jewish diaspora.  Free and open to the public.  A kosher reception will follow the discussion.

    More information can be found by visiting Brown University Library News .

  • For many students, finding your passion often feels like an aspiration. For others, like serial entrepreneur Chuck Davis ’82, P’13, P’16, it’s a way of life, that started back in his days on College Hill. Join the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship for a discussion with Chuck as he shares how passion guided him through Professor Barrett Hazeltine’s class, to interning at the NFL, to leading four major digital startups, like Fandango and Shopzilla. Learn how he navigated through his career, to his current position as CEO of Prodege, the parent company of consumer rewards sites Swagbucks and MyPoints. Chuck will impart tips for students and parents on how to enjoy and have fruitful careers once they walk through the Van Wickle Gates. Pick up a bagged lunch after the talk.

  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm

    The Sarah Doyle Center Open House

    Sarah Doyle Women’s Center

    The Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender seeks to engage the campus community in conversations and programs around gender, especially as it intersects with other markers of identity. 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 learn about our many resources and events.

  • 12:00pm - 2:30pm

    Family Weekend: Student-guided Medical School Tours

    Brown University Medical Education Building (Alpert Medical School)

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

  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

    Medical School Family Weekend Registration

    Brown University Medical Education Building (Alpert Medical School)

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

  • 12:00pm - 6:00pm

    Family Weekend Welcome Center

    Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center

    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.

  • 1:15pm - 2:00pm

    Muslim Friday Prayers (Salat al-Jumu’ah)

    Champlin Hall: Pembroke Quad
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    You saw it on Antiques Roadshow

    John Hay Library

    Are you a fan of Antiques Roadshow? View a display of the Library’s comparable books and images, such as a daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe, an early hymnal from the Church of Latter Day Saints, and books signed by Harry Houdini.

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Health and Wellness Away from Home

    Andrews House

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

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Open House with the Office of International Programs (OIP)

    J. Walter Wilson Building

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

  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm

    Brown Center for Students of Color Open House

    Brown Center for Students of Color

    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.

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Making Connections: Student Research in the Brown Community

    Brown University Medical Education Building (Alpert Medical School)

    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.

    This event is part of the Medical School’s Family Weekend programming. 

  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    East Asian Studies Collection Open House

    Rockefeller Library

    Join Dr. Li Wang, East Asian Collection Curator, and Toshiyuki Minami, Senior Library Specialist for a tour of the Gardner Room, a special space constructed to hold traditionally styled Chinese bookcases, which is a traditional styled book room outside of China. The engraved cabinets house about 9000 volumes of Chinese rare books, most of them published between the 17th and 19th centuries. Dr. Wang will give a presentation and tour of the collection.

  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    LGBTQ Center Open House

    Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center

    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 resources available and student groups affiliated with the center.

  • All community members are invited to attend this Family Weekend Panel. We’ll be joined by four healthcare entrepreneurs and policy leaders for a discussion of the convergence between business and health for improved population health. After the panel, we invite you to enjoy a light reception and an opportunity to network with our panelists, students, and faculty and learn more about pathways towards careers for the greater good. 


    • Reggie Williams ’02, Senior Vice President of Avalere Health, LLC 
    • Richard Barasch P’20, CEO of RAB Ventures, LLC, Senior Advisor at Vestar Capital Partners, Former CEO of Universal American Corp. 
    • Alex Casdin ’91, Founder and CEO, Reneo Capital Management, LP 
    • Elizabeth Roberts ’78, Former Secretary of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services
    Biology, Medicine, Public Health
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Inside Perspective on the Online Course Experience

    Rockefeller Library

    Did you know that Brown offers online courses during the traditional semester, as well as Summer Session and Winter Session?  Join us for a discussion with faculty teaching in Brown’s virtual classroom and students who have participated in these courses to discover and learn how being “online” impacts and enhances faculty instruction and the student learning experience.

  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    The Bias Within: False Beliefs about Bodies and Minds

    Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

    We do not have direct access to others’ mental lives, to their thoughts, feelings, or beliefs. And yet, daily, social interactions proceed according to guesses about what others think, feel, and believe. Sometimes, such inferences about others’ personal subjective experiences are the basis of formal and consequential judgment processes. For example, doctors decide how to treat their patients based in part on guesses about what those patients are feeling; judges and juries decide how to rule on cases based in part on guesses about what the accused was thinking.

    This panel will discuss original psychological research, as well as broader conclusions and open questions, about how such mental-state inferences occur in institutionalized contexts, in some cases with life or death consequences.

    First, Professor Sophie Trawalter will discuss how patient race affects medical treatment for pain. Offering a partial explanation for the established observation that Black Americans are systematically undertreated for pain relative to White Americans, Trawalter’s research demonstrates that the bias in treatment recommendations is related to false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites (e.g., “black people’s skin is thicker”) and the faulty conclusion that blacks therefore feel less pain in response to the same physical injury than whites. The discussion will then shift to a courtroom context and norms or rules related to how evidence is presented. Professor Benjamin Converse will discuss research documenting a “slow-motion bias,” whereby slowed (vs. regular-speed) replays systematically increase judgments of intent, potentially changing the likelihood of convicting someone of second- versus first-degree murder.


    Benjamin Converse , Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virgina.

    Sophie Trawalter , Associate Professor of Public Policy and Psychology, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virgina.

    Joachim Krueger , Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University.

    Moderator: Eric Patashnik , Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science, and Director of Brown’s Master of Public Affairs program.


    Benjamin Converse is an assistant professor of public policy and psychology, with appointments in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the Department of Psychology. He studies social psychology and the psychology of judgment and decision making. He investigates basic psychological processes – such as motivation, social judgment, and inferences about others’ mental states – that have critical implications for management, leadership, and policy.

    Much of his work focuses on the question of how people achieve personal and group goals in a social world. With his lab group, the Social Behavior and Decisions Lab, and other collaborators, he is investigating questions such as: How do social judgments and evaluations change when people view collaborative efforts as a means to achievement versus as goals in themselves? How do the achievements of individuals’ groups affect their personal goal pursuit? How do people get beyond their own psychological perspectives to infer others’ thoughts, feelings, and opinions about the world? When and how can social exchange occur effectively and efficiently?

    They are particularly concerned with how individual thought processes lead to decisions and behaviors that promote or undermine stable social systems. Research areas: social judgment, motivation and self-regulation, social exchange, perspective taking, and decision making.

    Sophie Trawalter is an associate professor of public policy and psychology. She studies phenomena related to social diversity. Specifically, she examines how people navigate intergroup contact and intergroup contexts. She is especially interested in how people develop competencies and learn to thrive in diverse spaces.

    In one line of research, she investigates stress and coping responses to interracial contact. Within this line of research, she examines people’s short-term behavioral and physiological responses to interracial contact as well as longer-term, health-relevant physiological changes in response to diversity experiences. Other lines of research explore people’s ability to detect discrimination accurately and the social ecology of privilege. Ultimately, the aim of this work is to develop constructive strategies to cope with the challenges of diversity in organizations, public arenas, and private spaces. In time, such strategies may reduce intergroup tensions and improve outcomes for both traditionally stigmatized and non-stigmatized group members.

    Joachim Krueger is a Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences. He came to Brown in 1991 after attending graduate school at the University of Oregon (a glorious experience; PhD, 1988) and postdoctoral years at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin. His research covers a variety of topics in social judgment and decision-making, such as self-perception, strategic interpersonal behavior, and intergroup relations. He is intrigued by the intersections of cognitive-social psychology with behavioral economics and organizational behavior. Trust, power, and leadership are recurring themes in his research and teaching. When in a post-humanistic frame of mind, he extends his explorations to questions of creativity and happiness.

    Eric M. Patashnik is Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy, professor of political science, and director of Brown’s Master of Public Affairs program.

    Patashnik is the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. He is also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Before coming to Brown, Patashnik held faculty positions at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, and the department of political science at Yale University. During his time at UVA, he served as associate dean and acting dean at the Batten School. Patashnik is the author and editor of several books including Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine (with Alan Gerber and Conor Dowling, Princeton University Press, 2017), which received the Don K. Price Book Award and Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted (Princeton University Press, 2008), which received the Louis Brownlow Book Award.

    Patashnik received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Family Weekend
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Kate Bornstein ’69 Breaks Down the Binary

    Pembroke Hall

    In April 2018, legendary trans activist Kate Bornstein ’69 contributed archival papers to the Pembroke Center’s Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive. Sharing the possibilities of what trans means today, the author, performance artist and gender theorist boldly goes beyond the gender divide, reconsidering gender identity with contemporary theories and personal experiences. A reception will follow.
    Sponsored by the Pembroke Center Associates, Shauna M. Stark ’76 Out of the Archive Lecture Series, the Sarah Doyle Center and the Women’s Leadership Council.

  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Anthropocene Exhibit Opening

    Sciences Library

    Join us for the Anthropocene Exhibit Opening! 

    How do we experience our relationship with nature? The Science Center presents an exhibition exploring the Anthropocene — the current geological time period defined by significant human impact on the Earth. The pieces featured here reflect perspectives from across the sciences, arts, and humanities on the complex relationships between humans and nature: from prints, drawings, and musical performances that explore cultural and personal identities in the Anthropocene, to photo transfers that express the spirituality of nature, to digital collages and photographs that trace histories and dissonances between the natural and built environment. As an interdisciplinary space, the Science Center seeks to bring these forms in conversation with one another, exploring how we interpret the meaningful and destructive interactions between humans and nature. What does your coexistence with the Earth 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 Anthropocene Exhibit will be on display at the Science Center through the 2018-2019 academic year. The Science Center follows the Sciences Library’s hours of operations

  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    Unfinished Business: The Long Civil Rights Movement Exhibition and Reception

    John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, 357 Benefit St, Providece, RI

    The Civil Rights Movement (The Southern Freedom Movement) was a catalyst for social change in America disrupting the legal system of Jim Crow and racial segregation. It was composed of ordinary Black women, men and children, many of whom placed their lives on the line to fight the laws of racial segregation.  In this exhibition we tell the story of the relationship  between the Black organizing tradition and the movement.  We trace the tradition from the moment of emancipation until the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson. It is a story not often told, yet it is a necessary one for our times.  Please join us Friday afternoon for a special gallery reception.

  • 4:15pm - 5:15pm

    Support Network: Guiding students through the medical school experience

    Brown University Medical Education Building (Alpert Medical School)

    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.

    This event is part of the Medical School’s Family Weekend programming. 

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Brown RISD Hillel Welcome Reception for Family Weekend

    Weiner Center (Hillel)

    Meet other parents as well as Hillel student leaders, trustees, and staff, while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres in the Commons and Gallery of Hillel.

  • 5:30pm

    Harmonic Motion and Brown’sTones

    MacMillan Hall

    Billed as College Hill’s hottest all-gender a cappella group,  Harmonic Motion presents their Family Weekend concert  alongside the Brown’stones – Brown’s fiercest, freshest and  flyest a cappella group.

  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Family Weekend: Medical Families Community Reception

    Brown University Medical Education Building (Alpert Medical School)

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

  • 6:00pm

    Family Weekend Welcome Reception

    Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle

    The Dean of the College and the Division of Campus Life invite students and their families to a reception to kick off Family Weekend.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy casual conversation with campus administrators, meet other families and enjoy light refreshments.

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Multiple Shabbat Service Options

    Weiner Center (Hillel)

    Welcome Shabbat in song with the Brown RISD Hillel community.

  • 7:15pm - 8:00pm

    Hillel Community Kiddush and Shabbat Dinner

    Weiner Center (Hillel)

    Please join us for a delicious Shabbat dinner dinner in the Hillel social hall (catered by Catering by Andrew). Reservations requested. Call 401-863-2805 or e-mail [email protected] Adults $25, children $10. Brown students are free.

  • 8:00pm

    $ Brown Derbies A Cappella Concert

    Salomon Center for Teaching

    Some will ask, “Who are those good-looking, pasta-cooking, dancing, singing, rhythm-bringing young men on stage?” We are 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  (look for the hats!)

  • 8:00pm

    Disney A Cappella

    Institute at Brown for Environment & Society (IBES)

    Join Brown’s most magical, 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.

  • Join the Ursas and the Bears for a half-suspendered, 100% stellar Family Weekend concert and catch the debut of our newest members! As mostly freshmen, some might still be MINORS–but just BEARly! All friends, families, and fans are welcome. Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. 

  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm

    Shakespeare on the Green presents: “Antony & Cleopatra”

    Goddard House: Wriston Quad

    Shakespeare on the Green is proud to present its fall show, Antony + Cleopatra. Reimagined as a contemporary house party, this whirlwind play stays up all night with the two most powerful people on the planet, as they toast victories, ignore obligations and “give a kingdom for a mirth.” Francesca Sabel ’21 directs. Tickets are free, but donations are highly encouraged. Tickets will be available either at the door or on the group’s Facebook page.

  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm

    Family Weekend Dance Concert

    Ashamu Dance Studio

    The Family Weekend Dance Concert celebrates the beginning of the dance season, provides an outlet for collaborators in the community, and welcomes new students and their families to Brown, as the dance program kicks off a year of art making and community engagement. This year’s concert features new work by producer, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly entitled Perfect Danger and dances by alumni choreographers in performances by Brown Dance Extension, New Works/World Traditions and more. Learn more at and purchase tickets at $15 (adults), $12 (seniors), $7 (students)

  • 8:15pm - 9:30pm

    Dessert Talk with Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum

    Weiner Center (Hillel)

    Enjoy dessert while listening to a talk by beloved Brown Professor Barbara Tannenbaum, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. 

  • 9:00pm - 11:00pm

    Family Weekend Jazz Band Concert

    Grant Recital Hall

    The Brown Jazz Band, directed by Matthew McGarrell, will perform in its annual Family Weekend Concert on Friday, October 19 at 9pm in Grant Recital Hall. Tickets ($5) will be available online in advance of concert.