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The Artful Career: Building Your Creative Professional Path @ Busboys & Poets
Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Nontraditional careers have captured widespread media attention and watercooler talk time, but truly valuable information about what it means to work in arts and culture fields, how to get there, and why it matters can be hard to find. And what is a “creative,” anyway?!

Join the Brown Club of DC on Thursday, April 11 for a free evening of professional insights and alumni networking that will address this gapand have fun doing it. A moderated panel will answer career-building questions for people working in creative fields, as well as share creative leadership techniques for people in more traditional careers. The evening’s discussion will also engage the vital question of how the creative work we do (or can do) impacts matters of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. The panel will be followed by lightly-structured mingling time (snacks will be provided). Attendance for this event is free but is capped at 50 to ensure an engaging experience, so RSVP soon!


Marcia Chatelain MA ‘03 PhD ‘08 (Moderator) is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University and creator of the #FergusonSyllabus.

Richard Willis ‘90 (Panelist) is an award-winning Theatrical Producer, whose work has appeared on Broadway, London’s West End, and throughout the United States and Canada over the past eighteen years.

Kate McMahon (Panelist) is a Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, which the co-organizer along with the CSSJ of the Global Curatorial Project.

Victoria Sams ‘90 (Panelist) is a Program Officer in the Division of Education at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rob Montz ‘05 (Panelist) is a self-taught documentary filmmaker, thought leader, and founder of Good Kid Productions.

Read their full bios here.


This event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ), which is a core group of Brown alumni and donors who help to support, inform, and expand the Center’s mission and work. Learn more here about the Center’s engagement with projects around the world related to the ongoing legacy of slavery in both scholarly and public humanities arenas.

Brown Book Club: “The Gift of Rain” @ TBD
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, April 14 to discuss The Gift of Rain by Tan Tan Eng (fiction, 430 pp, 2008). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, April 12 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

We previously read Eng’s The Garden of the Evening Mists. 

“The recipient of extraordinary acclaim from critics and the bookselling community – it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007 – Tan Twan Eng’s debut novel casts a powerful spell and has garnered comparisons to celebrated wartime storytellers Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene. Set during the tumult of World War II, on the lush Malayan island of Penang, The Gift of Rain tells a riveting and poignant tale about a young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and deceits.

In 1939, sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton-the half-Chinese, half-English youngest child of the head of one of Penang’s great trading families-feels alienated from both the Chinese and British communities. He at last discovers a sense of belonging in his unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip proudly shows his new friend around his adored island, and in return Endo teaches him about Japanese language and culture and trains him in the art and discipline of aikido. But such knowledge comes at a terrible price. When the Japanese savagely invade Malaya, Philip realizes that his mentor and sensei-to whom he owes absolute loyalty-is a Japanese spy. Young Philip has been an unwitting traitor, and must now work in secret to save as many lives as possible, even as his own family is brought to its knees.” — Amazon Book Reviews

Brown Club of DC Board Meeting @ TBA
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open to all alumni.  Please contact Corey Lipow (clipow@gmail.com) with questions.

Welcome to the Brown Community in DC!

Dear DC area Brunonians,

We are excited to be stepping into the leadership of the Brown Club of DC (BCDC). It is a privilege to be able to build upon the great legacy left to us by our predecessors and we look forward to continuing the legacy of service to this community and to Brown.

This organization exists to serve your needs and we take that responsibility seriously. We are hitting the ground running, with a variety of social, networking and service events planned for the summer. We hope that you will make time in your busy lives to participate in the activities that interest you.

We also recognize and appreciate the loyalty and enthusiasm of Brown alums all over the DC Metro area, and we want to provide opportunities for all of you to share your talents and interests with us. Many of our best events started as suggestions from alums just like you. Please connect with us at any of these activities, or contact us directly by email or social media if you have ideas or comments that you’d like to share regarding future events and initiatives.

We look forward to a year of fellowship, learning and fun!

Kevin O’Brien ’13

Michael Santos ’07

Co-Presidents | Brown Club of DC

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