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Apr
11
Thu
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!

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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.

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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.

Apr
14
Sun
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

Apr
15
Mon
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.

May
19
Sun
Brown Book Club: “Kitchen Confidential” @ TBD
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 19 to discuss Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain (nonfiction, 312 pp, 2000). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, May 17 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

“Utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and precise ear for kitchen patois.” (New York magazine)

“The kind of book you read in one sitting, then rush about annoying your coworkers by declaiming whole passages.” (USA Today)

“Bourdain captures the world of restaurants and professionally cooked food in all its theatrical, demented glory.” (USA Today)

“A gonzo memoir of whats really going on behind those swinging doors…. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain is unique.” (Newsweek)

“Bourdain’s prose is utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and a precise ear for kitchen patois.” (New York Magazine)

May
20
Mon
Brown Club of DC Board Meeting @ TBA
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Jun
17
Mon
Brown Club of DC Board Meeting @ TBA
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Jul
14
Sun
Brown Book Club: “Less” @ TBD
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, July 14 to discuss Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Less (fiction, 272 pp, 2017). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, July 12 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

“Who says you can’t run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?

ANSWER: You accept them all.

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired, lyrical,” “elegiac,” “ingenious,” as well as “too sappy by half,” Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.” — Amazon Book Review

Sep
8
Sun
Brown Book Club: “Abide with Me” @ Reston, VA
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, September 8 in Reston, VA to discuss Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout (fiction, 294 pp, 2007). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, September 6 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

“Strout, author of the Pultizer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, welcomes readers back to the archetypal, lovely landscape of northern New England. In the late 1950s, in the small town of West Annett, Maine, a minister, Tyler, struggles to regain his calling, his family, and his happiness in the wake of profound loss. At the same time, the community he has served so charismatically must come to terms with its own strengths and failings, faith and hypocrisy, loyalty and abandonment, when a dark secret is revealed. In prose incandescent and artful, Strout draws readers into the details of ordinary life in a way that makes it extraordinary. All is considered: life, love, God, and community within these pages, and all is made new by this writer’s boundless compassion and graceful prose.” A New York Times bestseller.

Oct
13
Sun
Brown Book Club: “The Headmaster’s Wager” @ TBD
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 13 to discuss The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam (fiction, 400 pp, 2012). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, October 11 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

“Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English academy in 1960s Saigon and is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of his school. Fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, he is quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country, though he also harbors a weakness for gambling haunts and the women who frequent them. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, choosing instead to read the faces of his opponents at high-stakes mahjong tables. But when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and is forced to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival finds solace in Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and Vietnamese heritage whom he is able to confide in. But as the complexities of war encroach further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see.

[A] sumptuously plotted first novel…Lam goes for the jugular, combining an operatic love story…with evocations of Vietnam’s occupation by the Japanese and the later horrors of the Vietcong’s persecution of the city of Hue…His most provocative character is the shadowy Teacher Mak, Chen’s longtime aide-de-camp, whose shifting masks of comrade and adversary potently embody the intricate survival tactics required of aliens afloat in a country of fractured allegiances.” — New York Times Book Review

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