Tuesday 2 December 2:30pm
Poet Sandra Doller will read from her work as part of the Department of Literary Arts' Writers On Writing Reading Series. Doller is the author of four books including Oriflamme (2005), Chora (2010), Man Years (2011), and Leave Your Body Behind (2014). She is the recipient of the Paul Engle-James Michener Fellowship, the Iowa Arts Fellowship, and two individual state artist awards. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. in the McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.
Tuesday 2 December 7:00pm
The Department of Music presents a Javanese Gamelan concert performance by the Sekar Setaman ensemble, featuring Anne Stebinger, Barry Drummond, Aji Harjito and Jen Shyu. The Javanese Gamelan is an orchestra consisting of gongs, bronze metallophones, xylophones, drums, a flute, singers and a bowed string instrument. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall, located behind the Orwig Music Building on the corner of Hope Street and Young Orchard Avenue.
Wednesday 3 December 4:00pm
The Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences presents a lecture by Alexandra Freund titled "On Gains and Losses, Means and Ends: Motivational Changes Across Adulthood," as part of the Michael S. Goodman '74 Memorial Lecture Series. Freund, of the University of Zurich, will discuss the shift in goals across three different age groups. The talk will lead into a discussion about the consequences of different goal orientations. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer St.
Wednesday 3 December 6:00pm
Gustavo Azenha will deliver a lecture titled "Media, Social Movements, and Citizenship in Brazil" as part of the Watson Institute for International Studies' Brazil Lecture Series. In the wake of protests that spread throughout Brazil in 2013, Azenha will discuss the use of media and new technologies in social movements. He will also shed light on the links between physical and virtual social-mobilization that center on pressing socioeconomic issues. Co-sponsored by the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, the event begins at 6 p.m. in the Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.
Wednesday 3 December 7:00pm
David Makovsky, former advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry, will deliver a lecture titled "Seeking Justice: Strengthening the Prospects for Middle East Peace." Makovsky will discuss what it's like to work on the front lines of "the most difficult diplomatic issues" of the 20th century. He worked with Kerry as part of a team to develop a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. The lecture is sponsored by Brown RISD Hillel, the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Brown Students for Israel and J Street U Brown student groups, and the Departmental Undergraduate Groups in Middle East Studies and International Relations. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, Room 130, 85 Waterman St.
Thursday 4 December 6:30pm
Kara Cooney will deliver a lecture on "How a Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt," as part of the second lecture in the Ancient Egypt/Future series. Cooney, an associate professor of near-eastern languages and cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been part of numerous archaeological archaeological excavations in Egypt and various elite Theban tombs. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Egyptology and Assyriology and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Rhode Island Hall, Room 108, 60 George St.
Thursday 4 December 8:00pm to Sunday 7 December 1:05pm
The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin present Heist Play, written and directed by Skylar Fox '15. The performance examines the lives, loves, and heartbreaks of the people involved with heist films. In this fictionalized performance, several actors will discuss what their lives were like after their appearances in top box-office heist films. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $7 for students. The show will run from December 4-7. Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, call 401-863-2838.
Friday 5 December 2:00pm
Professors Hilary Silver and Jo Guldi will take part in a Brown-India Initiative Seminar titled "The Penalty for Being Muslim and Participatory Maps, A Global History." Author of Social Exclusion, Silver has research interests in urban poverty and inequality, housing, welfare, and other social policies. Guldi, professor of history, teaches courses on capitalism, empire, land use, and computation. She is also the author of Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State. A reception will follow the seminar. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the Watson Institute for International Studies, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.
Sunday 7 December 4:00pm
The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life presents the 98th annual Service of Lessons and Carols, an afternoon of classical music during the Christmas season. An ancient form of worship hundreds of years ago, Lessons and Carols was modernized at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall and was popularized through broadcasts and recordings in the 20th century. University Organist Mark Steinbach will perform works by Heiller, Joubert, Bruckner, Rachmaninoff, Gabrieli and others. The Brown University Chorus, directed by Frederick Jodry, and the Brown Brass Quintet will join Steinbach. A reading of biblical texts by students, faculty and staff will coincide with the performances. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 4 p.m. in Sayles Hall, the College Green.