Events | Pembroke Center Explores Feminism in Academia


The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women has a series of exciting events coming up this spring, which the Library, especially the University Archives, has been supporting. All these events are free and open to the public and are part of the Pembroke Center’s offerings for Brown’s 250th anniversary.

Exhibit Opening: The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Case that Changed Brown
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 3:30 PM  – 5:00 PM
Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street

The exhibit explores in detail the Lamphere case and its consequences for Brown. Based on extensive archival research and oral histories with key participants, the exhibit paints a vivid picture of how and why Brown changed during a key moment in its history and of the feminist activism that drove that change.

The exhibit will be on view in Pembroke Hall from March 5 through May 24.  Building hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

Public Roundtable: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 5:30 PM
Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium
Brown University, Main Green

A discussion of feminism and the challenges women leaders still face in the world of higher education featuring:

Christina Paxson, President of Brown University
Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University
Nan Keohane, former President of Wellesley College and Duke University
Shirley Tilghman, former President of Princeton University

Symposium: Feminist Change and the University
Friday, March 6, 2015, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Pembroke Hall 305, 172 Meeting Street


Linking past and present feminist concerns, the symposium will open with a conversation between Louise Lamphere and Amy Goldstein ’79, a reporter for The Washington Post, about the Lamphere case and its aftermath.

A panel of Brown faculty will discuss the way feminist scholarship continues to change what students study, how knowledge is made in the contemporary university, and the challenges and possibilities facing current and future generations of women at Brown.

A keynote lecture by Wendy Brown (University of California, Berkeley) will explore the naming debate in reproductive freedom. A keynote lecture by Evelynn Hammonds (Harvard University) will examine feminism and the STEM fields.

RSVP required for lunch.

Exhibit | The Battle of New Orleans – The “Other” Battle of 1815


Battle of New Orleans and death of Major General Packenham on the 8th of January 1815, West and Joseph Yeager, Hand colored engraving by Yeager after West

January 8, 2015 is the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans. Fought between an American force of around 5,000 men under Andrew Jackson and 7,500 British troops commanded by Sir Edward Pakenham, the outcome forced the British to leave Louisiana, thus ending the War of 1812. Five months later, the British and their Prussian allies defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

As with any battle, much information has been lost and eyewitness accounts provide only a snapshot of the fighting. Consequently, myths and legends emerge and these often influence the iconography of the battle. In the ten images featured in this exhibit, the American artists propagandize the battle by depicting the Americans as mighty victors over a weaker British force. The hero of the day, Jackson, is given prominence throughout; however, the death of his counterpart, Pakenham, has not been overlooked, as is the case in the engraving featured here. Of particular note is the fact that few if any of the artists were present at the battle. Though not based on first person observation, these images exerted great influence over perception of the events in 1815.

Dates: January 20 – March 31, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Location: Bopp Seminar Room, Second Floor, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Mellon-Funded Digital Scholarship Initiative


Brown will launch a new digital scholarship initiative this spring with a $1.3 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The initiative, to be administered jointly by the University Library and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, will support the development, publication, and preservation of digital publications, with an emphasis on long-form digital publications by Brown faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. For more information, see:

Two temporary, grant-funded positions will be added to the Library: a Digital Scholarly Editor to partner with faculty on developing projects selected under this initiative and also to Mellserve as a liaison to publishers, and also an Information Designer to assist faculty in the layout of their scholarly content and the integration of dynamic multimedia and data applications as part of the online publications.

Other campus initiatives that are part of the grant include (1) creating guidelines for the evaluation of digital scholarship and incorporating these guidelines into departmental standards and criteria documents for faculty performance, tenure, and promotion; (2) establishing systems for internal and external review of digital scholarly works to compensate for the lack of regular reviewing of digital scholarship in the main disciplinary journals; (3) providing opportunities for the next generation of scholars, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, to gain significant experiences and skills in the conception and realization of digital scholarship in the humanities.

Exhibit | The Great Britain Smiler Sheets

SmilersStampsSixteen sheets of the Smiler stamps are on exhibit in the Anne S.K. Brown Military Gallery of the John Hay Library from January 7 – March 4, 2015. The Smilers are part of the Brown University Library’s extensive stamp collections.

The “Smilers” are a series of stamps first issued by Great Britain for the 2000 International Stamp Exhibition, London. During the Exhibition, attendees could go to special photo booths and have their picture taken and placed on the stamps. The service was popular at the Exhibition, but its novelty eventually wore off with the public sometime after, possibly due to the higher price for the customized stamps. These early, customizable Smiler sheets are now fairly scarce.

As an alternative to the customized Smiler sheets, the Royal Mail also produced pre-designed Smilers, such as the sheet featured here and those in the Exhibit at the John Hay Library.

The Smilers stamps were created to inspire people to return to traditional correspondence through the post, as opposed to using electronic forms of communication. Will they inspire you?

The Brown University Library is home to several stamp collections, including the Knight Collection, the Peltz and Morriss Collections of Special Delivery stamps, the George S. Champlin Memorial Stamp Collection of international issues, and the Robert T. Galkin Collection of First Day Covers.

Click here for more information about Special Collections at Brown, including the stamp collections.

Dates: January 7 – March 4, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Location: Anne S.K. Brown Military Gallery, Third Floor, Room 303, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Special Collections Hours during Intersession 2015

The Special Collections Reading Room of the John Hay Library will be closed from December 24, 2014, thru January 9, 2015. From January 12 to January 20, 2015, the Special Collections Reading Room will be available by appointment only from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. To request an appointment, please e-mail prior to 12 noon on Friday, January 9. Please specify the date(s) and time(s) you plan to arrive at the reading room to work with Special Collections materials.

Please note that the John Hay Library will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015, for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

Movie with a Curator | The Name of the Rose


Need a study break?

Sunday, December 7 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library, enjoy a couple of hours immersed in the world of medieval manuscripts, both on film and in the original vellum, as we watch feature film The Name of the Rose, based on the novel of the same name by Umberto Eco.

Medievalist Bill Monroe, Curator of Humanities and the Ancient World at the John Hay Library, will be your guide for this tour of the manuscript tradition and early printing. Some choice works from the Annmary Brown Collection will be shown.

This event is sponsored by the John Russell Bartlett Society, a group of Rhode Island book collectors, book crafts-people, and book readers who meet periodically for the purpose of engaging in good talk about books as objects.

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Library Extends Hours through Exam Period


In response to students’ requests and the Library’s desire to provide students with safe, comfortable, and functional study spaces, three of the Brown University libraries will be open for extended hours during the upcoming reading and exam period at the end of fall semester.

Beginning Saturday, December 6, the Rockefeller Library will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 3 a.m. everyday through Friday, December 19. On Saturday, December 20 (the last day of exams), the Rock will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Similarly, the John Hay Library will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m. everyday from Saturday, December 6 through Friday, December 19. On Saturday, December 20, the Hay will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Friedman Study Center at the Sciences Library (as well as the 4th floor study area) will be open 24 hours everyday beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 6 and will close on Saturday, December 20 at 5 p.m.

The hours for the Orwig Music Library will remain the same during this period, closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and closing at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

A complete list of hours during the reading/exam period is available at:

The hours for all libraries are available at:

Don’t forget PIZZA NIGHTS!

Take a break and eat some pizza at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9 at the SciLi and Wednesday, December 10 at the Rock. Sponsored by an ever true Brown family, the Library, and Campus Life.

Lecture | Wayland and Magaziner and (Much) More: The Brown Curriculum through the Years | Luther Spoehr


On Thursday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library, Luther Spoehr, Senior Lecturer in Education, will give a talk, “Wayland and Magaziner and (Much) More: The Brown Curriculum through the Years.”

Has Brown always been a place of curricular innovation? Did Francis Wayland’s mid-19th century reforms foreshadow the New Curriculum of 1969? For 250 years, Brown’s undergraduate curriculum has sometimes stayed in step with its peers and sometimes struck out on its own. Spoehr’s talk will track the trajectory of this complex story of tradition and innovation.

This lecture is part of a series at the John Hay Library celebrating the University’s 250-year history. All lectures in the series highlight the University Archives’ “Elements of Tradition and Change” exhibit.

Please note, this lecture was originally planned for November 18. 

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Wilmeth Lecture | Oskar Eustis, “The Non-Profit Theatre in a Market Society”

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On Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in Stuart Theatre, Oskar Eustis will deliver the 11th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theatre, entitled, “The Non-Profit Theatre in a Market Society.” A reception will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Artistic Director of The Public Theater since 2005, Oskar Eustis has enjoyed a distinguished career in the arts in Rhode Island and beyond. Prior to his work at The Public, Eustis served as Artistic Director at Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company from 1994 – 2005, Associate Artistic Director at Los Angeles’s Mark Taper Forum, and Resident Director and Dramaturg at San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre Company.

Eustis is currently a Professor of Dramatic Writing, Arts, and Public Policy at New York University, and he has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theatre training.

Throughout his career, Eustis has been dedicated to the development and production of new plays. At The Public, Eustis directed the New York premieres of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion and The Ruby Sunrise and Larry Wright’s The Human Scale. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, both recipients of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production.

His production of Julius Caesar won a Bay Area Critics Circle Award in 1988, and in the quarter century since then he has directed and produced Shakespeare across the United States, in venues ranging from prisons to Broadway.

Eustis has received honorary doctorates from Rhode Island College and Brown University.

The Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship was established in honor of Professor Don Wilmeth and his monumental contribution to the study of theatre at Brown. The lectureship supports an annual lecture series on American theatre. Past visiting lecturers have included Laurence Maslon (2005), Jim Steinmeyer (2007), Christopher Bigsby (2008), Laura Linney (2008), Lynn Nottage (2010), and Bill Irwin (2011).

This event is supported by Brown University Library and Friends.

Date: Monday, December 8, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Stuart Theatre, 75 Waterman Street, Providence (Within Faunce House)