If you didn’t already know, Brown is celebrating its 250th birthday this year – and you’re all invited! This past Tuesday, President Paxson sent a school-wide email outlining the March launch of 15 months of events and activities in honor of Brown’s semiquincentenary (say that five times fast). The festivities will begin on March 7-8 with the Opening Celebration on College Hill, which will include “distinguished alumni speakers and panels, gallery openings and performances and a very large birthday cake.” A VERY LARGE BIRTHDAY CAKE.
Friday’s event will give 250 middle school students from all over Rhode Island an opportunity to participate in an academic exploration and dine at our finest eating establishment, the Sharpe Refectory. Friday’s and Saturday’s keynote speakers will be World Bank President and 1982 grad, Dr. Jim Yong Kim M.D., Ph.D., who served as president of Dartmouth from 2009-2012, and US Secretary of Labor and ’83 grad, Thomas Perez, respectively. Registration is required for all Opening Celebration events, so do that here.
If you’re interested in more details about the Opening Celebration or Brown’s semiquincentenary in general, you can find an anniversary events calendar on this beautiful site. You’re also encouraged to tag your Facebook, Twitter, You-Tube, or Instagram content with #brown250, so that your posts, photos, and videos may be reposted on the website.
Again, Brown’s birthday bash begins on March 7th, and I repeat: there will be a very large birthday cake. Show your school some love and don’t miss out!