Monday 27 November 4:00pm
Yann LeCun, the director of AI Research at Facebook, will give a talk entitled “How Could Machines Learn as Efficiently as Animals and Humans?” as part of the Charles K. Colver Lectureship. LeCun will review some of the principles and methods for predictive learning. Co-sponsored by Brown's Center for Statistical Sciences, the Department of Biostatistics, and the New England Statistical Society. The 4 PM lecture will follow a "Meet and Greet" social with light refreshments beginning at 3:30. List Art Building, 64 College Street; Lecture in Room 120, Meet & Greet in 100A.
Monday 27 November 5:00pm
Micheline Aharonian Marcom has published six novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century. Her latest book, The Brick House, an illuminated book about a house where people go to dream, was published this fall. Her seventh novel, The New American—about a DREAMer who is deported to Guatemala and who makes his way back home to California—will be published next year by Verso Books. Marcom is also the founder and co-director of a digital public arts storytelling project, The New American Story Project, that documents the stories of Central American refugees in Oakland. McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.
Tuesday 28 November 4:00pm
In the new documentary Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS from National Geographic Documentary Films, filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested meticulously identify the forces that led to the deadly conflict in Syria and facilitated the rise of the radical Islamists who are now organizing and inspiring terrorist operations around the world. Rose McDermott, David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations, will lead a discussion with Sebastian Junger following the screening. Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.
Tuesday 28 November 5:00pm
Phil Klay is a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War and the author of the short story collection Redeployment, which won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. A graduate of the Hunter College MFA program, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and the Brookings Institution’s Brookings Essay series. Family Theater, 70 Brown St.
Wednesday 29 November 4:00pm
Anita Shapira, the former dean of the faculty of Humanities and Ruben Merenfeld Professor in the Study of Zionism at Tel Aviv University, will discuss the reputation and legacy of David Ben-Gurion. Shapira argues that Ben-Gurion’s bitter political rivals on the Israeli Right retrospectively embrace him as the greatest of Israel’s leaders, and as the nation’s founding father from whom they seek to learn statesmanship. She explores how historians and the media represent him, contending that they use him as a convenient punching bag for all the malaises of Israeli society. Shapira’s talk is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series on Israel-Palestine, which brings to campus some of the most influential scholars writing on the history and contemporary reality of Zionism, Palestinian nationalism, and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.
Wednesday 29 November 5:30pm
The Department of Emergency Medicine and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities host a panel discussion focusing on Rhode Island’s statewide Arts and Health Advisory Group, which represents an innovative approach to understanding and improving the health of our communities in Rhode Island, with artists as essential members of the healthcare team. Speakers include Rachel Balaban, Artists and Scientists as Partners (ASaP); Steven Boudreau, State of Rhode Island Department of Health; Sherilyn Brown, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA); and Stacey Springs, Brown University School of Public Health. Pembroke Hall 305, 172 Meeting Street.
Thursday 30 November 5:30pm
Mónica de la Torre, the author of two poetry collections in Spanish and three books in English: Public Domain, Talk Shows, and, most recently, The Happy End/All Welcome, will read from her work in Brown University’s Writers on Writing Reading Series. McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St., Providence.
Thursday 30 November 6:00pm
The Arabic Language Studies Program hosts an evening of traditional and contemporary music and dance from the Arab world, as well as discussions on how cultural familiarity can bridge the divide between diverse groups. Featuring musical performances on traditional Arab instruments, recreation of classic ‘tarab’ listening session, and translation of Arabic vocal performances interspersed with news clips and supporting data, this interactive lecture and concert seeks to highlight how shared cultural expressions can lay the groundwork for more harmonious interactions between people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Salomon Center 101, De Ciccio Auditorium, Main Green.