Gordon Wood, emeritus professor of history, will deliver the final lecture in a year-long series about Brown's Founding in a Global Context, as part of a Commencement Forum titled "Brown University: 250 Years in a Strange Place." His talk will focus on the origins of the University and the nature of the Rhode Island colony in which it was created and thrived. The last lecture in the series is co-sponsored by John Carter Brown Library, the Department of History, and the Watson Institute for International Studies. The event begins at 11 a.m. in the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, Carmichael Auditorium, 85 Waterman St.