Mass incarceration in the United States disproportionately affects people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ, which results in profound and negative effects on community health. Faculty from Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health lead a discussion on the experiences and health of those who are involved in justice work, kicking off a series exploring the ways in which incarceration impacts our society. Room 108, Friedman Hall, 90 George Street.
Kate Bornstein, a 1969 Brown graduate and legendary transgender activist, gives a talk on what “trans” means today as part of Brown’s Family Weekend. Bornstein, who recently contributed her paper and digital records to Brown to create the first-ever personal archive from an openly transgender or gender-nonbinary Brunonian, talks about how contemporary theories and personal experiences caused her to reconsider gender identity. Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street.
Brown’s Science Center presents an exhibition exploring the Anthropocene -- the current geological time period defined by significant human impact on the Earth. Prints, drawings and musical performances reflect perspectives from across the sciences, arts and humanities on the complex relationships between humans and nature. Sciences Library, Science Center, 201 Thayer Street.
Fifty years ago, Apollo 8 became the first spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit, reach the Moon and return safely to Earth. But before that momentous event, a decade of unmanned American and Soviet missions to the Moon laid the groundwork for the explorations to come. The Northeast Planetary Data Center showcases discoveries from those early lunar missions that helped make possible future discoveries of the final frontier. Northeast Planetary Data Center, Lincoln Field Building, 180 Thayer Street.
The Joukowsky Institute invites families and members of the community to be part of an active archaeological excavation for the day. Brown students will be digging on the grounds of Moses Brown School, uncovering the foundations of a 19th-century home and processing any artifacts they find. Stop by to see what students have discovered and to try your hand at digging. Moses Brown School, 250 Lloyd Avenue.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Brown University host a panel discussion on innovative science-based solutions to the opioid crisis. The panel will be moderated by Michael Botticelli, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Registration required. Room 101, Salomon Center for Teaching, 79 Waterman Street.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, American doctors believed that the imagination was directly connected to health, intimately involved in healing and central to medical discovery. Today’s checklists and clinical algorithms, by contrast, leave little room for imagination. In a talk, humanities and health scholar Sari Altschuler argues for more imagination in modern medicine. It is, after all, what has led us to diagnose unusual conditions, innovate treatment and make groundbreaking discoveries. Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street.
In South Asian art, the distinction between the “secular” and the “religious,” further complicated by the “spiritual,” has been fraught with contestations. In this symposium, art historians, historians and philosophers examine the entanglement of art history’s categories and practices with the politics of the present. Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street.
Take in the pulsating rhythms of steel drumming, a musical tradition born in part from Trinidad and Tobago’s petroleum industry, in a performance by the Toronto-based Pan Fantasy Steelband. De Ciccio Family Auditorium, Salomon Hall, 79 Waterman Street.