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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Get your 20 seconds of fame in Brown 250+ & Me

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Have you ever wanted to star in your own video? Do you love Brown? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should participate in Brown’s first ever crowdsourced video compilation project called Brown 250+ & Me! As part of Brown’s 250th Anniversary Opening Celebration, Brunonians around the world have been invited to make a 10-20 second video to be included in a video that will premiere March 7, 2014.

Here’s what you need to do to get involved:

  1. Choose a way of making the video. Vine, Instagram, your webcam are all acceptable forms of recording.
  2. Set the stage. Wear Brown swag, grab some friends, or smile big. Whatever you do, be creative.  Make sure to avoid excessive background noise and shakiness of the camera.
  3. Figure out what to say. You should mention your name, class year, and current location. After that, you can say pretty much whatever you want! If nothing else, shouting “In Deo Speramus” wouldn’t be a bad idea.
  4. Submit the video. You can either email the file to Brown250@brown.edu or upload on whichever platform you choose using #Brown250.
  5. Rejoice. You now have 10-20 seconds of fame that is available for viewing pleasure for forever starting March 7, 2014.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email Brown250@brown.edu.

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Paxson delivers State of Brown address

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This afternoon, President Christina Paxson gave her first “State of Brown” speech. Though, in her words, it was more of a “discussion” than a speech, it stuck largely to the stated agenda of reviewing the strategic planning process from the past year. Since there were only about 40 non-UCS, non-University administration members of the community in Salomon 101—I blame it on the beautiful weather—it’s safe to assume most of you need to know the highlights of the speech. Read it; it’s worth knowing what’s actually going on with your school.

1. “Brown… needs to be Brown.” Paxson said this while recounting how her undergraduate experience at Swarthmore (she dabbled in English and Philosophy before landing on Economics her junior year) gave her a deep appreciation of the liberal arts education. Any changes that come with evolutions in education, such as online classes (more on that later), will not come at the expense of what makes Brown special.

2. Priorities for Strategic Planning. The academic priorities were brain science, public health, engineering, humanities, the Watson Institute, and a building for environmental research and teaching. Student life priorities were housing and athletics. The access priority was financial aid.

3. The new School of Public Health will be “distinctive” in that it will have plenty of opportunities for undergraduate participation.

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