The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World hosts a conference that aims to address the many issues surrounding the development and uses of ancient DNA research methods around the world. The conference kicks off with three public talks on the human settlement of the Pacific, plant domestication and the archaeology of microbes. Rhode Island Hall, 60 George Street.
In this moving portrait, filmmaker Kimi Takesue finds an unlikely collaborator while visiting her resilient Japanese-American grandfather in Hawaii. A recent widower in his 90s, Grandpa Tom immerses himself in his daily routines until he shows unexpected interest in his granddaughter’s stalled romantic screenplay and offers advice both shrewd and surprising. A Q&A with the director will follow. Room 120, List Art, 64 College Street.
Celebrate Anthropology Day at Brown’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. Try your hand at games from around the world, learn new board games with the Providence Gaming Guild, or bring your own game to share. Snacks and #AnthroDay swag are available while supplies last. Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Manning Hall, 21 Prospect Street.
Brown’s Contemplative Studies Initiative welcomes Rev. Takafumi Kawakami, international affairs coordinator at Japan’s largest Rinzai Zen Buddhist school, for a talk on mindfulness and self-actualization. Room 106, Smith-Buonanno Hall, 95 Cushing Street.
As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of, and erase the stigma associated with, the opioid epidemic, Brown’s School of Public Health has teamed up with ABC 6 News for a televised panel discussion. The event brings together mental health and addiction experts, first responders and Southern New Englanders directly impacted by the epidemic. De Ciccio Family Auditorium, Salomon Center for Teaching, 79 Waterman Street.
The Brazil Initiative and Brown’s Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department present an evening of Portuguese-language short films focusing on themes of indigeneity. Among the shorts is is Manu Campos’ 2016 film “A Middle Look,” part of an interactive documentary project that seeks to understand today’s indigenous people. Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, 111 Thayer Street.
Assistant Professor of Music Eric Nathan speaks about the creative process of composing his dramatic song cycle “Some Favored Nook,” which incorporates the correspondence and creative writing of poet Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, colonel of the first black regiment in the Civil War. Historical materials relevant to Nathan’s lecture, including pages written by Dickinson and original sheet music by famed composer Amy Beach, will be on view. A reception will follow. John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street.
Celebrate 30 years of jazz in the University’s curriculum with a concert by the Brown Jazz Band. The performance features Puerto Rican woodwind player and composer Ricardo Pons. Best known as the music director of Viento de Agua, Pons fuses Puerto Rican and Caribbean sounds with jazz and classical in his music. De Ciccio Family Auditorium, Salomon Center for Teaching, 79 Waterman Street.