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John Aiso ’31, Brown’s first Asian American graduate, lived a life of public service in the military and judicial system.

News, University News

Admitted on a ‘stroke of serendipity’: John Aiso, Brown’s first Asian American graduate

May 20, 2021 0 comments

While on a trip to Washington D.C. for a national oratorical contest, John Aiso ’31 visited the Japanese Ambassador. It was there that the Ambassador referred Aiso to his friend, Brown University President William Faunce, in what Visiting Scholar John Eng-Wong called a “stroke of serendipity.”

When Peck “set her mind on something, she just didn’t stop, and if someone told her no, that was just a signal to push harder," her biographer Hannah Kimberley said.

News, University News

Annie Smith Peck: the Brown student who should have been, but never was

March 18, 2021 0 comments

When Annie Smith Peck submitted her application to the University in 1874 — the first woman to do so — she received a curt response from President Ezekiel Robinson.  “Women are not encouraged to seek higher education,” he wrote, according to Peck’s biographer Hannah Kimberley.

Brown University leveled 51 buildings in 1950 to clear the way for Wriston Quad.

Columns, Opinions

Wrenn GS: College Hill’s Grim Reaper

March 18, 2021 3 comments

Since January, Brown has sought to exclude five University buildings — the Orwig Music Hall (c. 1850), Grant-Fulton Recital Hall (c. 1845), King House (c. 1895), 137 Waterman St. (c. 1910) and 190 Hope St. (c. 1865) — from a historic district proposed by the Providence Preservation Society.

Lawyer Louis Redding, a member of Brown’s class of 1923, is remembered for his important role in the landmark 1954  Supreme Court Case Brown v. Board of Education.

News, University News

Louis Redding: the life and legacy of a trailblazing lawyer, champion against school segregation

February 25, 2021 0 comments
This article is part of the series Celebrating Black history at Brown

May 17, 1954 marked a landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education: From that day forward, it was unconstitutional to establish racially segregated schools.

Wrenn GS: Sex, Smut and Streakers

Columns, Opinions

Wrenn GS: Sex, Smut and Streakers

January 27, 2021 0 comments

“Brown University, by everyone’s definition is the Ivy League brothel,” once reported the Dartmouth Review in 1986. But does Brown really stack up to this lofty reputation? And, are our hallowed, time-honored traditions safe from the puritanical tyranny of University Hall? Respectively: yes and no.

Halloween is a long-standing tradition in Providence, whose goulish history is rooted in horror stories and ghostly tales.

Arts & Culture

The phantoms of Providence past, present, future

October 29, 2020 0 comments

Providence might just be the locus of hocus pocus; the spooky city boasts bounteous emblems of the ghastly and supernatural. These have served as the inspiration for many storytellers — from H.P. Lovecraft to Providence Ghost Tours.

David Kertzer ’69 uncovered previously unknown documents detailing conversations between Pope Pius XII and other Vatican officials during his visit to the archives this spring.

News, Science & Research

From within the Vatican walls: Brown professor unveils insights into the history of the pope during the Holocaust

October 22, 2020 0 comments

On the morning of March 2, a group of researchers gathered outside of a gate in Vatican City. They were waiting to view the archives of Pope Pius XII, a collection of documents that had been sealed since the end of his pontificate in 1958 and have only now been opened to scholars under the current Pope Francis.

Images show the presence of armed guards stationed at the campus gates, preventing anyone without a note from the administration from entering campus as part of the University’s 1918 quarantine policy.

Metro, News

Armed guards and campus lockdown: Brown’s 1918 pandemic experience

October 8, 2020 0 comments

When Brown University students woke up on the morning of Oct. 8, 1918, they learned they had two choices: pack up and return home or remain on campus indefinitely. A campus-wide quarantine was being imposed, due to the growing threat of a raging strain of influenza.

Researchers at the University are archiving memes from the Facebook page “Brown Dank Stash of Memes for S/NC Teens."

News, University News

Dispersed across globe, Brown community finds connection through ‘Dank Stash of Memes’

May 29, 2020 Comments are Disabled
This article is part of the series Commencement Magazine 2020

Richard Bungiro PhD’99, senior lecturer in molecular microbiology and immunology, structures his course BIOL 0530: “Principles of Immunology” around pop culture themes. He challenges students to untangle the hypothetical immunological functions of a Terminator or a dragon.

The first “Earth Week” was celebrated on campus in 1970, featuring events such as panels on air and water pollution and lectures by prominent ecologists.

News, Science & Research

Fifty years of Earth Days, environmental movements on campus

April 21, 2020 1 comment

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which was originally celebrated on April 22, 1970. In 1970, Earth Day involved a week-long festival of activities on campus.