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Evan Sweren: Loved and lost

Peel away the brick, take away the railings and there’s a story well worth sharing. Brown has owned 93 Benevolent St., the former home of Edward Mitchell Bannister, the preeminent black painter of the 19th century, since 1986. This summer, as a result of an op-ed I wrote in The Herald in February ...

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Sweren '15: For sale: the Bannister House

It’s hard to know a first for anything. When he started loving poetry; when he first saw a boat; when he started scribbling on surfaces; or when, for the first time, he stayed up late at night so that those walking beneath his room could see the light from his tallow candle through the attic chamber ...

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Sweren '15: Talking in turn

There have been a number of headlining slips of tongue in recent months, from Brian Williams’ mismemory turned into a flat-out lie to Justine Sacco’s AIDS joke morphed into a career-ending punch line. And then there have been more deliberate utterances made with the intent to remove the speech of ...

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Sweren '15: Hungry, hungry students

I didn’t make my college decision based on potential dining experiences. Sure, it might have helped to consider how each school feeds its students — just another barometer of an institution’s financial resources and dedication to student life — but in the multivariable game of college roulette, ...

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Sweren ’15: The reverse art heist

These days, I’m not surprised when someone gets away with stealing millions of dollars of art. Just the other day, three men posing as volunteers walked out of a gallery in London with thousands of dollars tucked beneath their arms. Some incidents have fairy-tale endings in which the work and the ...

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Sweren ’15: Growing, growing, gone

The second in a series of columns on Brown’s libraries and academic spaces.   Here are some highlights from President Christina Paxson’s letter to the Corporation on plans for the new applied mathematics and engineering buildings, as quoted in a recent Herald article: “ongoing engagement ...

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Sweren ’15: What money can’t buy — time

This is the first in a series on Brown’s libraries and study spaces.  If you haven’t been to the newly renovated Rockefeller Library, don’t bother. If you haven’t been to the newly renovated John Hay Library, hurry quick or its doors might close. When Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library reopened ...

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Sweren ’15: Cross-registration, one-sided

Imagine a school called FRISB with a long-standing relationship with another school called Frown — dating to, say, 1902. And say FRISB offers courses in something Frown has never taught — say, astrophysics. Would Frown limit the number of courses its students could take at FRISB? Or would Frown ...

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Sweren ’15: The lesson of the poplar

Once upon a time, there was a poplar. It was a Lombardy poplar. And everyone loved it very much. People would come and take cuttings and plant it and play botanist. And in 1784, one man took a cutting, packed it for America and sailed. Then one day, in 1803, a man from Rhode Island came to Brown University ...

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Sweren '15: Birthday blues

This weekend, the University began the 250th celebration of the College’s founding. At the center of the celebration, a 3 percent replica of University Hall stood poised to feed 1,400 attendees. There were speakers, pyrotechnics, buttons, bands and little spigots that filled cups with hot chocolate. ...

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