Brown’s department of Africana studies hosts four nights of forums focused on listening to, appreciating and reflecting critically on the music of 1968. Each night touches on a different musical genre and is hosted by a different distinguished guest, from reggae with keyboardist, composer and producer Ibo Cooper to jazz with WGBH host Eric Jackson. George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House, 155 Angell Street.
The work of 2018 Heimark Artist in Residence Jess Hill, “Herstory” will highlight black women’s resilience and historical incarceration. At the opening reception, Hill will discuss the ties between black womanhood in our modern reality and the folk tales that were born during the Middle Passage and grown throughout the history of slavery. Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, 94 Waterman Street.
In a discussion moderated by Edward Steinfeld, director of Brown’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, panelists will explore the origins of mass incarceration in the U.S., how it became a problem and where we go from here. On the panel are Professor of Economics Glenn Loury, author of “One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America,” and Watson postdoctoral fellow Adaner Usmani. Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.
The fluidity of sculpture is the understanding of reality through the perception, the suggestion and the emotion of the material revealing its forms and expressivity. Giuseppe Penone, who will receive an honorary degree from Brown, is one of the foremost figures of Arte Povera, a 1960s Italian avant-garde movement whose proponents employed common materials to protest the commercialization of art. Through his personal conception of sculpture, he developed a personal artistic language that positions the human being in an equal relationship with nature and environment, which he addresses in his talk. Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.
Physicist and mountaineer J. Michael Kosterlitz, who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics and will receive an honorary degree from Brown, shares the story of his crooked path through life, from Oxbridge to Turin to Birmingham to Brown, and discusses the basics of his prize-winning work. De Ciccio Family Auditorium, Salomon Center for Teaching, 79 Waterman Street.
Across the world, innovative women are campaigning for change on fundamental human rights issues, including gender and racial equality and government accountability. In this forum, three visionary Brown alumnae share the ways in which they’re taking on systemic injustices with creativity, courage and a passion for social change. Panelists include author, curator and filmmaker Johanna Fernandez; activist, author, organizer and trainer Rinku Sen; and co-founder of the Pussy Hat Project Jayna Zweiman. Auditorium, List Arts Center, 64 College Street.
For nearly a decade, Lonnie Bunch worked to help conceive, build and launch the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. A leading scholar in American and African American history, Bunch, in conversation with Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Director Anthony Bogues, will discuss the experience of building a national museum that examines American history through an African American lens. Room 130, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, 85 Waterman Street.
In 1989, Trudie Styler co-founded the Rainforest Fund with her husband, Sting, to protect the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people there. Alongside a creative career both behind and in front of the camera, Styler has continued a life’s work in protecting the environment, supporting human rights and speaking up for those whose voices have gone unheard. Styler is a 2018 recipient of a Brown honorary degree in recognition of her work. In a talk, she explores connections between her artistic passions and her activism and reflects on the importance of protecting the Earth and its people. Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.
From new wave and punk to jazz, rock, reggae and even classical lute albums, Sting has become one of the world’s most prolific and versatile musicians, but the constant throughout his career has been his hunger to challenge himself and evolve. One of Sting’s most recent creative projects was “The Last Ship,” a musical homage to his hometown of Wallsend in Northeast England. Sting talks and sings about growing up in the shadow of the shipyards, reflecting on how his home community gave him imaginative access to a whole new cast of characters whose stories he wanted to tell. Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center, 233 Hope Street.
The Department of Music’s annual Jagolinzer Recital features a varied program of performances by outstanding graduating seniors. The recital honors the memory of Carl and Dorothy Jagolinzer, proud parents of two Brown alumni who played and enjoyed music their whole lives. A reception will be held at 4:15 p.m. on the Grant Recital Hall lawn. Grant Recital Hall, 105 Benevolent Street.
Together with Cable Car Cinema and the Providence Center for Media Culture, Brown’s Ladd Observatory co-hosts an outdoor screening of “The Martian,” the award-winning movie about a stranded astronaut on the red planet. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. with a discussion on humans inhabiting other planets, from the possibilities that exist to the obstacles standing in our way. Then, at sunset, the screening begins. Throughout the evening, attendees are invited to gaze at the stars through the observatory’s 1891 telescope. Ladd Observatory, 210 Doyle Avenue.