International Writers Project

<div>“Under the Tongue”: African Writers Converge at Brown</div>

<p>The International Writers Project at Brown University presents <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: italic">Under the Tongue: A Festival of Literature from Africa</span>, on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16, 2008. This series of readings and discussions will feature award-winning African novelists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), Nuruddin Farah (Somalia), and IWP fellow Chenjerai Hove (Zimbabwe); poet Jack Mapanje (Malawi); and playwrights Pierre Mumbere Mujomba (Congo) and Charles Mulekwa (Uganda). All events are free and open to the public.</p>

<p>Bolivian President Evo Morales to Deliver Ogden Lecture</p>

<p>Bolivian President Evo Morales will deliver a Stephen A. Ogden ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on April 22, 2008, at 4 p.m. in Sayles Hall. Morales is the first indigenous head of state in Bolivia’s history. His talk comes as part of a University-wide focus on Latin American issues.</p>

Network News Legend Tom Brokaw to Speak, Sign Books

Author and former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw will speak on Monday, April 21, 2008 at 6 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. The lecture, sponsored by the Office of the President, is free and open to the public. At 5 p.m., prior to the lecture, Brokaw will sign copies of his books Boom! and The Greatest Generation in Sayles Hall.

Two Brown Faculty Receive 2008 Guggenheim Fellowships

<div>Brown faculty members Deborah Cohen and Forrest Gander have received Guggenheim Fellowships for 2008. They are among 190 scholars and artists selected from more than 2,600 applicants for this honor.<br /></div>
Brown Graduate School

Mellon Foundation Grant to Fund Dissertation Workshops

The Brown University Graduate School has received a $571,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue a program that supports graduate students during the writing of their dissertations.
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Barnes Jr. Lecture

Tommy Thompson Discusses Uninsured at Annual Barnes Lecture

<p>Tommy Thompson, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Wisconsin governor, delivers the Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Barnes Jr. Lecture in Public Health on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. at Andrews Hall and is free and open to the public.</p>
The Pen and Politics

Latin American Independence Celebrated at Brown

Writer Carlos Fuentes and former heads of state from Chile and Spain join dozens of historians, literary scholars, and writers from Europe and the Americas at Brown University April 9-12, 2008 for a conference to celebrate the bicentenary of Latin American independence.

International Study Awards for Undergraduates Announced<br />

Eight international study awards, which go to 14 Brown undergraduates, have been announced by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Office of International Affairs. This marks the first year that the Office of International Affairs has funded the program.

Brown Hosts Regional Bioengineering Conference

Brown University for the first time hosts the 34th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference on April 4-6, 2008. The gathering includes talks on the latest advances in bioengineering research and nanotechnology, such as the “printing” of human organs from ink jets and a new, injectable method for relieving lower back pain.

Background: Brown University Division of Biology and Medicine

Created in 1965, Brown University’s Division of Biology and Medicine is the center of Rhode Island’s biomedical research and education enterprise and has experienced rapid growth in recent years. The Division includes The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; five biological science departments; and the Program in Public Health.

<p>Wing named dean of medicine and biological sciences</p>

<p>Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons has announced the appointment of Edward J. Wing, M.D., as dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University. Wing begins his new position July 1, 2008. (See additional background on the Division of Biology and Medicine.)</p>

New Research Provides Genetic Clue to Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and at Rhode Island Hospital have discovered a gene that appears to be directly linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease in people with a family history of the disease. The gene is one of only a handful linked to Parkinson’s and one of just two genes known to be a common contributor to this degenerative disease, which has no known cause or cure.
David Winton Bell Gallery

Beirut Bombings, 9/11 Inspire Artist Walid Raad

Lebanese artist Walid Raad juxtaposes video and still images, truth and fiction in his solo show at Brown University’s Bell Gallery. Raad, who focuses on the history of Beirut bombings and the post-9/11 political landscape, will give a presentation at the show’s opening on April 9, 2008.