July/August 2016
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Beach Reads

summerreads_lead.jpg What are you reading this summer? Is it a “beach read”? What is a beach read, anyway? We asked some acclaimed Brown authors—including Jeffrey Eugenides ’82, Rick Moody ’83, Lois Lowry ’58, and Meg Wolitzer ’81—what they're reading this summer. And being Brown alums, a few even deconstructed the whole idea of a beach read.

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Too Big a Heart

Harper_thb.jpg For 51 years Michael Harper did all he could to help his students while quietly becoming one of America’s great poets.

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Out Through the Gates!

commencement41_thb.jpg This year's Commencement weekend—which created 2,630 new alums—put every facet of Brown's character on display. 

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What a Weekend!
BigWeekend_thb.jpg Couldn't make it to Commencement? We put together a slide show to make you feel as if you were there.
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Honorary Roundup

honoraries2016_thb.jpg An artist, a Nobel economist, a doctor, and a Native American leader were among this year's honorary degree recipients.

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From the President
Paxson_letter.jpg President Paxson began her time at Brown with the arrival of the class of 2016. In May, she bid them adieu.
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Same Old, Same Old

BigMoneyInElections_thb.jpg Think this year's presidential race is the most polarized in U.S. history? Think again, says political science prof. Wendy Schiller.

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Welcome Home

Veterans_thb.jpg Thanks to a new library archive and a dogged Brown writer, alumni Vietnam vets told their 
stories on campus after 50 years.

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A Revolution in Stroke Care

panel_thb.jpg Med school professor Karen Furie ’87, ’90 MD explains the latest on how to prevent a stroke and how to treat it once it happens.

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Our Newest Officers
militaryceremony_thb.jpg Among the graduating seniors in the class of 2016, four received military commissions from ROTC.
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Key Security
panel_02_thb.jpg A Commencement forum debate over whether the FBI or Apple is the bad guy when it comes to iPhone privacy.
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Student Orators
orators_thb.jpg Commencement orators Jamelle Watson-Daniels and Sabrina Imbler spoke about identity and change.
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Out of the Spotlight
Tisch_reception_thb.jpg Unveiling a portrat in Sayles Hall, Thomas J. Tisch ’76, Brown's biggest benefactor, steps down after 9 years as its chancellor.
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History Lessons

baccalaureate_thb.jpg Baccalaureate speaker Kevin Gover challenged graduates not to let their ideas cloud their view of the past.

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Med School
MedSchool_thb.jpg Sara Rhoads was one of 116 new medical doctors to emerge from the Alpert Medical School Commencement ceremony.
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Getting Even Better
YaYaDaCosta_thb.jpg Model and actor Yaya DaCosta ’04 is ER nurse April Sexton on NBC's Chicago Med, from legendary producer Dick Wolf.
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Before Orlando

Finally_thb.jpg A 1988 campus publication demonstrated that for Brown the struggle for LGBT acceptance begins at home.

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The Quest for Truth

Andrew_Case_thb.jpg Fomer New York City police investiagor Andrew Case ’94 has written a novel about corruption in the NYPD.

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Urban Art
Umberto_Crenca_thb.jpg Honorary degree recipient and AS220 founder Umberto Crenca on how to welcome artists to the inner city.
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Brown, Time and Again
POV_thb.jpg A photo in the room of an undergraduate reminds her of the connection between her parents, their friends, Brown, and her.
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Camera Person

Cameraperson_thb.jpg Cameraperson, a new documentary by Kirsten Johnson ’87, reflects on her 25-year career filming human suffering.

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Unheroic Hero

ValiantAmbition_thb.jpg A new history from Nathaniel Philbrick ’78 asks: is Benedict Arnold’s treason behind the success of the American Revolution?

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Our Bodies, Our Selves

Mona_Awad_thb.jpg A debut novel by Mona Awad ’14 MFA argues that sometimes losing weight can mean losing your self.

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Fashion Forward
Oldham_thb.jpg As curator of costume and textiles at the RISD Museum, Kate Irvin ’93 showcases innovations in fashion.
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Summer Food
SmokeFire_thb.jpg Holly Peterson ’87 asks chefs from around the country for recipes you can cook up on the grill.
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Fresh Ink
FreshInk_thb.jpg A literary thriller, tips for improving your home, and why Republicans turned from green to mean.
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What You Thought
Mailrm_thb.jpg Readers weigh in on diversity, Barrett Hazeltine, Brown's rescued herbarium, and more.
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