Slavery and Justice

Brown Creates Commission to Commemorate History of R.I. Slavery

A 10-member Commission to Commemorate the History of Slavery in Rhode Island established by Brown University in cooperation with the City of Providence and State of Rhode Island, is charged with developing ideas for how best to acknowledge the University and community’s historical relationship to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

New agreement nurtures and sustains Brown’s relationship with city

On Thursday, June 5, 2003, Mayor David Cicilline and the presidents of Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, Providence College, and the Rhode Island School of Design announced an unprecedented financial agreement that will provide Providence with nearly $50 million in voluntary contributions over 20 years. The text of President Ruth J. Simmons’s announcement to the campus community follows here.

Ruth J. Simmons named 18th president of Brown University

Ruth J. Simmons, currently president of Smith College, has been named 18th president of Brown University. Her appointment was approved unanimously by the Corporation of Brown University during a special session at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000). Simmons will begin her duties July 1, 2001.

Lamphere Consent Decree is vacated; Brown cited as a national leader

Chief Judge Francis J. Boyle of the U.S. District Court in Providence has granted a petition to terminate the Lamphere Consent Decree. The University and members of a class representing all current and future female professors at Brown had jointly petitioned the court to terminate the decree, which had governed faculty hiring and promotion at Brown for 14 years.
Brown’s Second Annual Hunger Report

Hunger is an ‘anachronism’ in world of plenty

The Hunger Report: Update 1989, compiled by researchers at the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Program at Brown University, notes the that incidence of famine decreased somewhat and food production increased in many countries in 1988, but household food poverty is increasing in countries burdened by debt repayment, drastic reductions in health and nutrition expenditures, and rampaging inflation.

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