Harold Ramis

By Barbara Rea on October 1, 2015 in Humanities, Luminaries from the past / No Comments

The screenwriter, director, actor and producer returned to his alma mater several times, and delivered three Assembly Series addresses (most recently in 2009). He also served two terms on the Board of Trustees, and handled Homecoming’s master of ceremonies duties in 1984.

Meghan Daum

By Barbara Rea on September 19, 2015 in Fall 2015, Humanities

Meghan Daum writes about serious matters, but that doesn’t mean her novels, essays and columns are depressing. Rather, they show the heartbreak and the humor of real life in all its complicated glory. For example, in her newest collection, “The Unspeakable,” she writes about her feelings of kinship with lesbians, how it feels to live […]

Jay Winter

By Barbara Rea on September 19, 2015 in Fall 2015, Humanities

“In many ways, (the Armenian genocide) shows that the old idea that war is politics by other means is outdated in the 20th century. War is hatred by other means. And in this case, hatred means extermination. The First World War was the biggest war ever to date. The Second World War was bigger still. […]

Ronald Simpson-Bey & John Chisholm “Redefining Justice in America”

By Barbara Rea on September 19, 2015 in Fall 2015, Humanities

The keynote event for the Brown School’s Smart Decarceration Initiative will feature two individuals who are making a positive impact on prison reform. In 1986, Ronald Simpson-Bey was convicted of assault with intent to murder and was locked away to serve a life sentence. Twenty-four years later, thanks in part to his own legal research, […]

Anca Parvulescu

By Barbara Rea on September 18, 2015 in Fall 2015, Humanities

Anca Parvulescu, professor of English with a joint appointment with the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities (IPH), used Hermann Hesse’s novel, Der Steppenwolf, as well as a contemporary video installation, to consider the role of laughter in modernity. In her talk, she raised the question of whether Hesse’s faith in the promise of laughter is a […]