[Summit] Fw: Featured Events at Brown Univ. through Sunday, September 30

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  Wednesday 19 September 4:30pm   Signs of Satan in Iran: Hollywood, Cosmopolitanism, Paranoia    Hollywood productions play a complex role in Iran: They’re by turns contemplated as vehicles of spiritual meaning and criticized as agents of Western cultural influence. This talk by University of Chicago scholar Alireza Doostdar, part of a year-long series aimed at sophisticated discussion about contemporary Iranian society and culture, reflects on the manifest and occult ways in which cinema configures people’s lives, in Iran and worldwide. Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.  Learn more
   Wednesday 19 September 5:00pm   Africana’s Fall Open House: Celebrating 50 Years Since ’68    In 1968, black students and their allies walked out of classes to protest the absence of a black studies curriculum at Brown. The University’s response led to the formation of the Rites and Reason Theatre in 1969 and later to the Afro-American studies program. The Department of Africana Studies kicks off a year of special events in honor of that momentous occasion with an open house, where students, faculty and the public can meet, mingle and share stories. BassPas, Churchill House, 155 Angell Street.  Learn more
   Wednesday 19 September 6:00pm   Film Screening: “Melancholia”    Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland, Lars von Trier’s 2011 film “Melancholia” tells the story of two sisters who find their already-strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. Peter Szendy, professor of humanities and comparative literature, gives a short introduction. Marcuvitz Auditorium, Sidney E. Frank Hall, 185 Meeting Street.  Learn more
   Thursday 20 September 5:30pm   Reading: Poets Rosmarie Waldrop and Kate Colby    Distinguished poets Rosmarie Waldrop, author of “Gap Gardening: Selected Poems,” and Kate Colby, author of “The Arrangements,” will read from their work in the first installment of the Writers On Writing Reading Series, sponsored by the Department of Literary Arts. McCormack Family Theatre, 70 Brown Street.  Learn more
   Thursday 20 September 6:00pm   Breakthrough Lab Venture Showcase    Brown’s Breakthrough Lab is a unique, intensive 8-week accelerator program that supports student entrepreneurs developing high-impact ventures in a wide range of disciplines, from sustainable food and fashion to bioengineering and software. The Venture Showcase presentations are a significant milestone for the students who spent their summer in Providence and in the local community exploring and advancing their ventures. Registration is required. Starr Auditorium, MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer Street.  Learn more
   Friday 21 September 12:30pm   Concert: Pianist Benjamin Nacar Plays J.S. Bach    Benjamin Nacar, a 2012 Brown graduate, plays the best of Bach’s keyboard works in an intimate afternoon concert. On the program are Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Italian Concerto. Room 305, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, 172 Meeting Street.  Learn more
   Saturday 22 September 10:30am   A Conversation with Chris Hayes    New York Times bestselling author, Emmy Award winner and Brown alumnus Chris Hayes upended the conversation on policing and democracy with his book “A Colony in a Nation.” In a talk moderated by Professor of Africana Studies Tricia Rose, Hayes examines our ties to racial inequality, the omnipresent threat of guns, and the dangerous and unfortunate results of choices made by fear. A book signing and reception will follow. Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.  Learn more
   Saturday 22 September 3:00pm   Big Bang Science Fair at Providence WaterFire    Brown’s department of physics teams up with WaterFire for a thrilling evening of science and discovery. The Big Bang Science Fair celebrates the intersections between science and the arts with talks, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family, from stargazing to robot design to cooking. Musician Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will also be on hand to discuss his lifelong passion for science. RISD Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk.  Learn more
   Tuesday 25 September 5:30pm   Galileo and the Gray Sister: Copernicanism, Copies, Contagion    Historian Eileen Reeves, whose work has been hailed by fellow scholars as “magisterial” and “impressively erudite,” gives a talk exploring the intersection of art, science and health in Renaissance Europe. A professor of comparative literature at Princeton University, Reeves has long researched Galileo Galilei and his relationship with astronomy, religion, optics, art and a range of literary forms. A small reception will follow the lecture. Room 108, Annmary Brown Memorial, 21 Brown Street.  Learn more
   Wednesday 26 September 6:30pm   1984: On Surveillance, FOMO and the Pleasure of the Screen    In this talk, media and cultural studies scholar Roberto Simanowksi will discuss the symbolic value of “1984” and its links to the ongoing turn from verbal to visual communication. He argues forcefully that the television screen is the sibling of the surveillance camera, demonstrating why the dystopian future we fear will look more like “Brave New World” and less like “1984.” Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street.  Learn more
   Thursday 27 September 5:30pm   Reading: Novelist Chris Kraus    Chris Kraus, author of “I Love Dick,” “Aliens and Anorexia” and other novels, reads from her work as part of the Department of Literary Arts’ Writers On Writing Reading Series. Kraus is often considered “one of the most subversive voices in American fiction” (Index). McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street.  Learn more
   Thursday 27 September 5:30pm   Vision & Justice: Race, Citizenship and America    Can art today bring about the catalytic social change that it has in the past? Gathering in various threads — art history, technical innovation, race, photography, the story of America and a deeply personal narrative — cultural academic and author Sarah Lewis celebrates individual artists and makes a case for art as a lever to social justice and cultural transformation. Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street.  Learn more
   Thursday 27 September 6:30pm   How to be Human in the Age of Algorithms    For decades, human activities and decisions have been supported by algorithms — but in recent years, those algorithms have moved from supporting characters to stars of the show, often put in control of potentially life-changing decisions. In a talk, Hannah Fry explores our relationships with algorithms, the responsibilities we give them and the impact they could have on our societies — from the good to the bad to the downright ugly. Starr Auditorium, MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer Street.  Learn more
   Thursday 27 September 7:00pm to Saturday 29 September 7:00pm   Performance: Everett Company    The intergenerational, multicultural performance company Everett debuts its new work, “Good Grief,” featuring composer and Brown music professor Todd Winkler. The multimedia performance was inspired by the stories of Providence middle school students suffering from trauma. RSVP required. Studio 1, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.  Learn more
    Saturday 12 May 10:00am to Wednesday 1 May 4:00pm   Drone Warriors: The Art of Surveillance and Resistance at Standing Rock    From April 2016 through February 2017, thousands of Native and non-Native people made the North Dakota Plains their home to stand in opposition of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. As the protesters faced police, roadblocks and heavy surveillance, a group of photographic drone operators emerged within their ranks, sending their flying cameras up and over barricades to illuminate spaces hidden from the public, unmask the face of force and show the world the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Their images motivated countless Americans to join the resistance, whether in person, on social media or through donations — and kickstarted a new movement of aesthetic protest. Haffenreffer Museum, Manning Hall, 21 Prospect Street.  Learn more
   Saturday 12 May 10:00am to Wednesday 1 May 2:00pm   Sacred is Sacred: The Art of Protecting Bears Ears    For centuries, Southern Utah’s Bears Ears region was home to Indigenous people who used its plants, animals and other natural materials to make their food, homes and culture. But while the area is rich in history, it’s also rich in oil and gas, and renewed calls for resource extraction threaten its natural and cultural landscape. This moving exhibition of contemporary and past art explores the beauty of Bears Ears and the ways in which Indigenous peoples have learned and healed through their fight to protect it. Haffenreffer Museum, Manning Hall, 21 Prospect Street.  Learn more
   Thursday 3 May 9:00am to Wednesday 31 October 4:00pm   Herstory: Works by Jessica Hill    Black women’s experiences are often left out of histories of slavery, and their contributions at the forefront of social movements are often forgotten. In “Herstory,” Heimark Artist in Residence Jessica Hill explores the ways in which slavery in the U.S. created ideas about race and racial difference that continue to divide our society, with a particular emphasis on women. Through references to folk tales created in the Middle Passage, the rich African American quilting tradition and symbols of slavery, Hill’s work seeks to examine the resilience of black womanhood today. Gallery, Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, 94 Waterman Street.  Learn more
   Saturday 8 September 9:00am to Sunday 21 October 4:00pm   Walter Feldman: A Memorial Exhibition    In his 54 years of teaching at Brown, Walter Feldman left a lasting legacy of sustained artistic experimentation. This memorial exhibition celebrates Feldman’s life through a retrospective selection of his artworks, from 1946 to today, from egg tempera to stained glass. David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art, 64 College Street.  Learn more
   Monday 20 August 9:00am to Saturday 22 September 6:00pm   Observers and Creators    David Bowen’s sculpture and installations explore the intersections and relationships between natural and mechanical systems. Playing parallel roles of observer and creator, his constructed devices offer perspectives on dynamic situations and living systems – what he considers a collaboration among the natural form, the mechanism and the artist. Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.  Learn more
   Monday 27 August 9:00am to Sunday 23 September 6:00pm   Sea of Troubles: Rising Seas and Sinking Cities    Artist, architect and environmental activist Lisa Reindorf focuses her painterly lens on climate change. In "Sea of Troubles," she examines the tension between natural patterning and architectural infrastructure, reflecting the fragility of the world’s ecosystems. Atrium Gallery, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street. Learn more
  Tuesday 28 August 9:00am to Friday 5 October 5:00pm   Sembrando Semillas    “Sembrando Semillas,” or “Sowing Seeds,” is an exhibition of quilts by Rhode Island textile artist Priscilla Carrion. A sample maker, quilter and sewer for actors, artists and dress makers in the theater world, Carrion also develops her own designs in a collective textile studio space in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood. Gallery, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, 26 Benevolent Street.  Learn more
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