Tag Archives: brown university


Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

For a guy who builds global positioning systems, my dad’s not too great with Google Maps. Big thumbs, small iPhone screen — I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. We’re dropped off in Seekonk, Massachusetts, overstuffed bags in hand, with no idea how to hike to Brown University on...

Just a Spoonful of Gen Ed

I am the Open Curriculum’s biggest fan. I’ve taken courses in four departments every semester, and I would never double concentrate (too many restrictions). Even my single concentration, Comparative Literature, poses few limitations: it is in essence a mini open curriculum between the English, French, and Comparative Literature departments. All...

Accidentally Preserved

This past year, a group of graduate students led by artist Mark Dion and Professor Steven Lubar created “The Jenks Society for Lost Museums.” The society has put together an exhibition that provides useful approaches to unraveling the university’s past. It reveals the fragility of preservation and the importance of...

Here There Be Ghosts

People have died in University Hall. When the building was serving as a military hospital during the American Revolution, soldiers had their limbs sawed off in what are now offices and conference rooms. Many unfortunate young men never made it out alive. Though the bodies were taken away, many believe...

Buddy’s Back

You cannot talk about Providence without talking about Vincent Albert Cianci, Jr.  Twice the mayor of Providence, Buddy, as he is known, has spent a total of 22 years in office. Buddy has twice been removed from office by law—first for assault, then for racketeering—but he has never lost a...