For a firsthand experience of the University’s distinctive academic, extracurricular and social offerings, parents, siblings and other family members will join students on campus for Family Weekend 2017.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — From as far away as the Philippines and Namibia and as near to College Hill as Providence and Newport, members of 1,783 families will converge on the Brown campus from Oct. 13 to 15 to celebrate Family Weekend 2017.

Three days of panels, speakers, performances, athletic events, campus tours and other gatherings will offer family members a taste of the undergraduate experience at Brown.

Highlights include everything from a keynote address by bestselling author James Patterson (a Class of 2020 parent) and a welcome by University President Christina Paxson and Undergraduate Council of Students President Chelse-Amoy Steele to faculty and alumni panels on entrepreneurship, the opioid crisis, populism, the aftermath of Charlottesville and much more.

“The weekend is full of great opportunities for parents and families to get a sense of the dynamic intellectual and community life experienced by their students,” said Eric Estes, vice president for campus life and student services. “We are excited to welcome them to Brown.”

As families trek to campus from nearly every U.S. state and more than 25 nations across the globe, we’ll be on site to capture highlights. Check back for our slideshow of activites as the weekend progresses.

For more details and the complete schedule of events, visit the Family Weekend 2017 website.

Brown undergraduate Shivam Agarwal in Shakespeare on the Green's production of Macbeth during Family Weekend.
Miriam Rothenberg talks with students and their family members during the weekend's Archaeology of College Hill dig.
Bestselling author and Brown parent James Patterson presented to a packed house in the Salomon Center for Teaching.
Students and famiy members posed for photos with TEN31 Production's living sculptures on the College Green.
Professors Tricia Rose and Shannon Sullivan spoke during a Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in American forum titled “Good White People After Charlottesville.”
Amit Chakrabarti, a first-year Brown student and a tenor in the Brown Derbies, offers tickets to the group's acapella show to students and family members.
Isabelle Belles and Sam Ornstein display their jump rope skills near Faunce Arch as they look to drum up interest in their new competitive jump rope club, the Bouncing Bears.
On Friday morning, campus was ready for the impending arrivals of Brown families from across the globe.
Families arrive and check in the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center as Family Weekend kicks off.