November/December 2017
Front Page
That Holiday Glow

GiftGuide_lead2.jpg Your friends and family will be over the moon when they open their presents made by Brown alums. We’ve gathered the best (often at a special discount) so you can sit back and do your seasonal shopping using our Eleventh Annual Gift Guide.

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Building a Better Way
Bhatia_family_thb.jpg Sangeeta Bhatia ’90 
runs her own MIT lab. She’s engineered human livers and a urine test for cancer. Can she live a balanced life?
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Its Not Just Charlottesville

Charlottesville_thb.jpg A panel of Brown professors led by President Paxson discusses white nationalism after the Charlottesville tragedy.

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Behind the Veil

Balakian_thb.jpg What can a single poem by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Peter Balakian ’80 PhD tell us about our troubled relationship with Iran?

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Mid-Semester Switch

PRStudents_thb.jpg After the devastating hurricane, Brown, through the Leadership Alliance, welcomes students from the University of Puerto Rico.

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Asbed Gets a MacArthur

Asbed_thb.jpg Greg Asbed ’85 earns a MacArthur genius grant for his work organizing farm workers and promoting fair treatment.

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Radio Silence

WBRU_thb.jpg After years of budget deficits, WBRU decides to stream its programming and sell its FM signal to a Christian rock station.

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Educational Conflicts

PritchettWendell_thb.jpg Penn’s new provost, Wendell Pritchett ’86, discusses access to Ivy schools and balancing order with lively campus debate.

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From the President

BrownPromise_thb.jpg The Brown Promise means all financial aid packages Brown offers students will be loan free. Can alumni help fund it?

 

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Myth Remaker

Khorana_thb.jpg A new young adult fantasy by Aditi Khorana ’01 bears a scary—and inadvertent—resemblance to reality.

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Own the Stage

RosanneCash_thb.jpg Grammy Award–winner Rosanne Cash holds a master class for songwriting students then performs her songs for them.

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Related to Everybody

AJJacobs_thb.jpg A.J. Jacobs ’90 is the king of what's been dubbed "immersion journalism." His latest immersion is genealogy.

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New Year, New Students
Convocation3_thb.jpg At Opening Convocation in September new students joyfully marched through the Van Wickle Gates.
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Making History

McCullyDiggs_thb.jpg The latest picture book by Emily Arnold McCully ’61 aims to "get girls to realize what their potential is."

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The Player

Makowsky_thb.jpg Screenwriter Mike Makowsky ’13 found success after reading the best scripts that were never produced.

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Letting in Nature

Duhaime_thb.jpg Pediatric neurosurgeon Ann-Christine Duhaime ’77 wants childen's hospitals to be friendlier to kids and the environment.

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Cosmic Letters
AdamVoiland_thb.jpg ABCs from Space: A Discovered Alphabet by Adam Volland ’05 proves you can find letters anywhere and everywhere.
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Never Question?

PoVCannabis_thb.jpg A mother with an autistic son reveals how her Brown education—and cannabis—saved him.

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Citizenship
Kareem_thb.jpg In his address on campus in October, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar focused on social change, not basketball.
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Pedal Pusher

Whelan_thb.jpg When Soulcycle CEO Melanie Whelan ’99 lost interest in her engineering concentration, she became an entrepreneur.

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Window Dressing

ManuSawkar_thb.jpg Manu Sawkar ’04 is taking Macy’s New York City Christmas window displays into the new millennium

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Slabs and Witches

Fishman_thb.jpg In a fall exhibit, longtime visual arts professor Richard Fishman showed an amazing range of art inspired by a single tree.

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Off the Grid
Kibbitznest_thb.jpg Chicago's kibbitznest: books, brews & blarney, founded by Lewis Kostiner ’72, is a place to get off your phone and talk. 
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Before Dels
CampusCaterer_thb.jpg Before Del’s lemonade carts and assorted food trucks popped up on campus streets there was only John Reeves.
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Fresh Ink
FreshInk_thb.jpg A young adult mystery, a history of public schools, the latest from Edwidge Danticat ’93 MFA, and more.
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Agreement
Convocation_thb.jpg Brown strikes a deal with the Pokanoket Tribe over land once occupied by the Haffenreffer Museum.
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A Satirical Spotlight

ColeBolton_thb.jpg A suprising number of alums staff the satirical website the Onion, which until this fall was edited by Cole Bolton ’04.

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What You Thought
hackers_winning_thb.jpg Readers comment on cybersecurity innovations and remember professors Walter Feldman and Wendell Dietrich.
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