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Articles by Anne Wootton (97)

Taubman Center founder dies at 71

July 16, 2006 0 comments

Internationally recognized political scientist Thomas Anton, the founding director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy and a professor of public policy, passed away June 6 from pneumonia. Anton, who served as director of the Taubman Center from 1984 to 2000, had been battling cancer in recent months.

Research enables paralyzed to perform motor skills using thought

July 16, 2006 0 comments

Professor of Neuroscience John Donoghue and his colleagues have bridged the gap between computers and the human brain, enabling paralyzed patients to use the power of thought to complete tasks like directing a computer mouse across a screen and even closing and unclosing the fingers of a prosthetic arm.

Behind the “Scenes”

May 24, 2006 0 comments

Brown lacks many of the social apparatuses that other Ivy League schools provide for students. At Cornell and Dartmouth, fraternities and sororities dominate the social scene.Harvard and Yale have residential “houses” where their students live, eat and play. And Princeton, of course, has its eating clubs. Besides housing all first-year students in “units,” Brown does not provide students with the community structures that other Ivy League schools do.

Inclusionary zoning could soon come to Providence

April 27, 2006 0 comments

Members of the Providence City Council and the Department of Planning and Development will meet Friday to discuss a potential inclusionary zoning ordinance for the city – the last step before the ordinance is formally introduced to the council. The meeting follows months of consultation with a number of Providence’s affordable housing advocacy groups.

University Hall construction records show U.’s nuanced ties to slavery

April 19, 2006 0 comments

Framed documents line the hallway just north of President Ruth Simmons’ office in University Hall. They are reproductions of pages from the account book of Nicholas Brown and Company, which oversaw the construction of the first building on College Hill to house the University.

Former slave tells story of modern-day bondage

April 18, 2006 0 comments

Beatrice Fernando – who spent part of her life as a domestic slave in Beirut, Lebanon – told her story Monday night as part of ongoing programming organized by the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice.

In colonial Rhode Island, slavery played pivotal role

April 18, 2006 0 comments

Though North American ships represented a relatively small portion of the global slave trade, Rhode Island was the epicenter of the North American slave trade.

History hiding in plain sight

April 17, 2006 0 comments

Though the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice was expected to submit its report to President Ruth Simmons this spring, it is unclear when the report will be submitted or whether it will be released publicly before summer.

City receives Brown’s master plan

April 11, 2006 0 comments

After receiving a final draft of the University’s Institutional Master Plan last week, the City Plan Commission will hold a public meeting about the plan on April 25 to hear comments from neighborhood residents.

U. ends bid to use RISD dorms

April 7, 2006 0 comments

The possibility of using Rhode Island School of Design residence halls for Brown housing evaporated after RISD’s housing lottery for the fall semester, ending hopes that the halls could be used to alleviate the University’s current housing shortage.