Full Brown 250+ Opening Weekend schedule announced

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The administration has announced the full lineup for the 250th anniversary opening weekend ceremonies, and it’s a doozy. The festivities will kick off Friday, March 7 (next week!) with a Keynote Lecture by World Bank president Dr. Jim Yong Kim ’82 at 2:30 p.m. A film called “The Brown Difference” (I wonder what it is?!) will premiere at 5 p.m. in Sayles before the party really gets started at 6:30 with the giant anniversary cake and fireworks on the Main Green. Friday night will also include a “performance showcase featuring 20+ student groups” at 7:30 in Granoff and a 250th Anniversary Wind Symphony Concert in Salomon.

Saturday will feature a campus-wide open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (full schedule here). Highlights include: a 10 a.m. panel on 21st century politics with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75, P ’14, ’17, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan ’80, P ’15, Delaware Governor Jack Markell ’82, and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin P ’14; an 11:15 a.m. Watson Keynote by US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez ’83; and a 3:30 p.m. panel on revolution with US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson ’81, P ’14 and Professor Emeritus Gordon S. Wood, among others. Registration is encouraged. Check out the celebration’s Facebook event for more information.

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  1. Brown faculty and administration have no idea how to lead Brown into the 21st Century, much less the next 250 years. From our San Francisco perspective, Brown has sunk to mediocrity–uncompetitive in many key areas.

    How can we make Brown truly relevant again? See our website: Brownnext250years.com.

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