THE DEPARTMENT OF AFRICANA STUDIES’ RITES AND REASON THEATRE
RPM: Research to Performance
The Department of Africana Studies’ Rites and Reason is a research and developmental theatre dedicated to giving voice to the diverse history and cultures of the African Diaspora. Focusing on a research-to-performance methodology (RPM) from its inception, the theatre provides a critical space for student and visiting artists and scholars to develop their creative expression into theatrical forms.
THIRD WORLD CENTER [BROWN CENTER FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR as of 2014]
More than 30 years ago, a series of student-led demonstrations on campus and a nearly two-day occupation of University Hall resulted in the creation of the Third World Center as a space of support for students of color. Its mission of promoting racial, ethnic, social, and political consciousness continues today. The recently renamed Brown Center for Students of Color unites students of all backgrounds.
In 2014, the anniversary of the 50 year alliance between Brown and Tougaloo recognizes this partnership formed during the Southern Freedom Struggles of the 1960s. Over 500 students and faculty have participated in academic and cultural exchanges, research and administrative collaborations between institutions. This celebration marks the continuation of that historic enterprise.