Know your Lecture Board candidates: Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York blog, with his camera February 22, 2013 across the street from Union Square in New York. Some like New York's skyscrapers, bridges, his energy, taxis or lights. But Brandon Stanton has set himself another challenge: photograph of 10,000 inhabitants for a blog now famous "Humans of New York." In two years, he has photographed 5,000 New Yorkers, children leaving school, tramps, fashionistas, New York with a bouquet of tulips, old lady with a cane, municipal employees, etc. And nearly 560,000 fans now follow his Facebook page.AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your photo circulate to millions of people on social media, this could be your chance (well, realistically, probably not, but still get excited). The Lecture Board has offered up Brandon Stanton as a candidate for Spring 2016, and this could be your chance to make it big. Stanton is the creator of Humans of New York, a blog that features photos of New Yorkers Stanton runs into on the streets, Started in 2010, the blog catapulted to success through the rise in social media use, and the HONY Facebook page now has over 16 million likes. In addition to running the uber popular blog, Stanton is the author of three books, one of which spent 45 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list.

“I’m trying really, really hard to be authentic. Sometimes I’m successful, but other times I overthink it and a lot of bullshit comes out.”

Posted by Humans of New York on Sunday, November 30, 2014

 

For those looking for an inspiration to follow a dream, Stanton is a classic example of someone who pursues their passion. Taking photos was not a viable source of income for a long time in New York, but he spent hours every day doing just that in an effort to share stories and connect New York. Stanton has become a type expert on interaction with strangers, with the ability to pull out intimate details of peoples’ lives in a comparatively short period of time. His ability to connect with strangers would create an interesting dialogue in a lecture setting, and Stanton could offer insight for finding commonalities among strangers within the Brown Community. Stanton has also closely interacted with Syrian refugees through a recent trip to Greece, Hungary, Croatia, and Austria. Given the current refugee crisis, Stanton might speak about the situation and offer insight on what it is like for Syrians to have to flee their country, often losing loved ones along the way.

“My husband and I sold everything we had to afford the journey. We worked 15 hours a day in Turkey until we had enough…

Posted by Humans of New York on Monday, September 28, 2015

Don’t forget to vote for Stanton or any of the other Lecture Board candidates here!

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Vote for your next Lecture Board speaker preference!

Brown Lecture Board has given us a very fun responsibility: to present our campus with their amazing options of speakers for them to bring next to Brown. For the next week, we’ll be profiling one of the six options every day, in case you need a little help in deciding who to cast your vote for. Lecture Board will pursue speakers in the order of the results from this poll, which will be open via Google Form until November 29th. You need @brown.edu email to vote, and can only do so once, so pick carefully!

The options are:

  • Viola Davis, actress
  • Toni Morrison, writer
  • Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York creator
  • Skype Conversation with Edward Snowden
  • Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Fred Armisen, comedian/actor

You can access the poll here, and find our first profile on the site tomorrow!

Note: Lecture Board may not be able to host the speakers on this poll, given potential scheduling conflicts and availability issues.

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Life lessons from Dr. Jane Goodall: An overview and interview

On Monday, October 19, the Brown Lecture Board hosted Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned primatologist and activist. Goodall, who began her work in Gombe Valley in Tanzania 50 years ago, has contributed immensely to the study of chimpanzees and the scientific understanding of animal behavior. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 with the aim of inciting individual action to create global change.

Goodall imparted her wisdom and stories to a packed Salomon auditorium; we also had the opportunity to interview her, which appears below.

Goodall began the lecture by walking on stage with two companions—a stuffed cow and gorilla—and greeted the crowd in a language foreign to most: chimpanzee speak. After uttering her guttural sounds, she translated it for the audience: “This is me. This is Jane.”

She took the audience through her life, one story at a time. Throughout the talk, Goodall radiated with the same exuberance and fascination with the world that she described in many of her childhood stories. From hiding in a hen coup for four hours to find out where hen eggs came from, to leaving her family, friends, and country at the age of 23 to venture to a distant, then-less-known land, Goodall always followed her curiosity. She stressed the importance of her mother in her life, who always supported her endeavors and even traveled with Goodall to Tanzania so that she could pursue her dream.

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What to do this week: October 19 – 25

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Monday, October 19

Event: Vitor Izecksohn–War and Slavery in the Rio de La Plata Basin: The Triple Alliance against Paraguay (1864-1870)
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Izecksohn will discuss the emancipation of slaves to fight as soldiers in the Triple Alliance War of South America.

Event: Brown Lecture Board Presents: Jane Goodall
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Salomon

Goodall is a world-famous primatologist and expert on chimpanzee behavior.

Tuesday, October 20

Event: Marriage Rights≠Queer Strife: An MPC Workshop on Heterosexism
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: Petteruti Lounge

A workshop aiming to dismantle the idea of marriage as the central LGBTQ issue of today.

Event: Ecological Debt
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Salomon 203

The Brown Political Forum is hosting a discussion on ecological debt. Topics covered include the debt of colonial powers to developing countries, the role of the United States and its ecological debt, among others. There’ll be free pizza.

Wednesday, October 21

Event: SUPER Heavy Petting!
Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Wriston Quad

The 2018 Class Board invites you to cuddle little animals and relieve stress.

Thursday, October 22

Event: Storytelling for the Next Generation: Harnessing the Power of Video Games to Share and Celebrate Cultures
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Learn how a tribal nonprofit organization from Alaska created a new genre of video games and set a new standard for indigenous story telling.

Event: 95.5 WBRU Birthday Bash fea. Cold War Kids at Lupo’s!
Time: 6:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Location: Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

Special guests include BØRNS, Coleman Hell, and Public Alley Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Get tickets here.

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Brown Lecture Board announces Jane Goodall as speaker

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World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall will be speaking at Brown on October 19th as Brown Lecture Board’s fall speaker, as reported by the Herald this morning. Tickets will be available via an online lottery, which will be held at 12 p.m. October 13–15.

Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of the chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania. When beginning her work in 1960, Goodall had no formal training or education in the sciences. Her work studying chimpanzee daily life and relationships disproved many previously commonly-held beliefs, as she discovered the strong similarities between human relations and those between chimpanzees, as well as the latter’s ability to make and use tools.

Goodall, now 81, is also the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, which works on wildlife preservation. She has achieved celebrity status as the foremost primatologist in the world (can you name another?). She also guest starred on The Wild Thornberrys, which inspired this New York Times article about how great The Wild Thornberrys was. Relive your Nickelodeon-inspired dreams of talking to animals below – Goodall appears at about 2:36.

Past Lecture board speakers have included George Takei, Nick Offerman, Julie Bowen, and Bill Nye.

 

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Brown Lecture Board Presents: George Takei  

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This week, the Brown Lecture Board hosted Mr. George Takei, renowned actor and activist, for a speaking event on campus. Most famously known for his role as Hikaro Sulu in the series Star Trek, Mr. Takei has recently emerged as one of the most prominent advocates for LGBT rights in the country and has garnered a massive following on social media.

The event was hosted in Solomon and began at around 7:00 pm. I arrived a few minutes before they opened the doors, so I was able to watch the slowly filling the lecture hall turn into a buzzing audience before Mr. Takei took the stage. Just a few minutes after the hour, Mr. Takei walked out to a big round of applause, bouncing as he walked up to the podium with a huge grin on his face, brandishing the trademark Vulcan salute.

Mr. Takei’s skills as an orator and an entertainer were clear from the beginning. He moved around, spoke eloquently and clearly, and held the audience at attention through his storytelling. Starting contextually, Mr. Takei began the lecture by saying that he had lived through a harrowing part of American history: the forced internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. The son of Japanese-American immigrants, at the age of 5, Mr. Takei was forced to leave his California home and relocate to a camp in Arkansas. Due to his young age, living in the camps became a normal part of life, and he even said he had fond memories of living in Arkansas. Having to take communal showers, line up for meals, and go through the routines of life in an internment camp became standard living practices. However, he would not be in Arkansas for long. Because of his parent’s principles, they refused to admit a former allegiance to the emperor of Japan, and he was forced to move yet again, this time to a much harsher internment camp.

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