The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America celebrates the 25th anniversary of Professor Tricia Rose’s book “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America,” with a series of talks. The final talk features Brown alumnus Austin Martin, founder and CEO of Rhymes with Reason, a digital tool that teaches vocabulary through hip hop. Carmichael Auditorium, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, 85 Waterman Street.
Why is Rhode Island’s housing stock out of reach for many of the state’s low- and moderate-income residents? A moderated discussion explores the barriers to the creation of more affordable housing in the state and addresses issues related to housing finance, development, municipal governance and inequities. Carmichael Auditorium, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, 85 Waterman Street.
Artists and experts come together in a two-part program that examines the history and structure of American philanthropy, how this manifests in modern-day society and the ethical considerations of contributed income. Registration required. Reception to follow. Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.
The Brown Wind Symphony honors graduating seniors in a special concert of music by John Philip Sousa, Percy Grainger and Leonard Bernstein. The concert also includes two percussion ensemble pieces and a saxophone quartet. Reception to follow. Grant Recital Hall, 105 Benevolent Street.
Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, speaks about the shared struggle to expand constitutional liberties for everyone in the U.S. Tickets required; doors open at 4:30 p.m.; backpacks and large bags are not allowed. Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.
The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Slater Technology Fund and Venture Cafe Providence host a sushi networking event to celebrate state entrepreneurship. Members of the public and the Brown community are invited to mingle with the state’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and investors, including recent Brown graduates who are building startups in the state. Turbine Hall, South Street Landing, 350 Eddy Street.
The Brown Bookstore joins 500 other independent bookstores across the country in an annual celebration of books, authors and readers. There will be giveaways and raffles all day, including a gift card raffle every hour from noon to 3 p.m.; free temporary tattoos; and snacks and sweets. Brown Bookstore, 244 Thayer Street.
Speaker and multimedia artist Kelly Milukas builds a bridge between two branches of academia by exploring the mysteries of art and science through photography and three-dimensional artwork. Her work is aimed at advancing the translation, education and communication on regenerative medicine, stem-cell research and biotech therapies. Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street.
A two-day symposium features performances, lectures, roundtable discussions and workshops exploring the emerging concepts of neurodiversity and neurodivergence -- terms originally developed by autistic activists and mental health self-advocates seeking to destigmatize mental, neurological and cognitive difference. Leeds Theater, Lyman Hall, 83 Waterman Street.
The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities hosts a two-day collaborative walk through Providence. Rather than using guidebooks, participants will create a make-as-they-go experience through every single one of the city’s 25 neighborhoods. Registration, and attendance at a May 1 meeting in which all participants will create a rough route together, is required.
“The Providence Album, Vol. 1” explores the life, look and history of Providence in the 1960s through the photography of Carmel Vitullo and Harry Callahan. Photos show a city in an era of tremendous change, as residents began moving out of the city and into the surrounding suburbs at a rate faster than any American city except Detroit. Carriage House Gallery, Nightingale-Brown House, 357 Benefit Street.