President Paxson hosting community forum tonight

UPDATE: We’ll be live-blogging tonight’s forum starting at 8:30 p.m. Check back for our coverage of the event.

This afternoon, President Paxson sent out a campus-wide email informing Brown students and staff of a forum, to be held at 8:30 pm tonight in Alumnae Hall, for a discussion of the “exposed divisions in the Brown community.” After a week of multiple issues regarding free speech on campus, the community is invited to have what is hoped to be a uniting and organized dialogue.

This is the second email the University president has sent regarding Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s unsuccessful attempt to lecture on campus about New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the message:

Did you really read those mass emails from President Paxson?


This weekend, the Brown Corporation (which functions as the board of directors for the University) met for one of its tri-annual meetings to discuss policy and the state of Brown, including capital projects, acceptance of gifts, Paxson’s strategic plan, and the decision to divest endowment funds from companies that either use or mine coal.

Brown students are wont to skim these sorts of emails—especially when two lengthy ones enter their inboxes simultaneously. Didn’t catch all the details in President Paxson’s emails? We’re here to break down the news from the Corporation meeting.

Brown will not divest from coal. The issue of divestiture from coal has been promoted by Brown Divest Coal for several semesters and considered by an ad hoc committee of the University’s Corporation, appointed by Paxson, since May. In a separate email to the University community entitled “On the Matter of Divestment from Coal,” Paxson explains that the Corporation made the decision not to divest from coal in its weekend meeting. In this email, Paxson explains that the Corporation approached the topic through “serious, thoughtful and robust discussion” that “covered the full range of perspectives.” Read more about the specific perspectives covered in the email here. Continue Reading