the BAM

The Brown Alumni Magazine was founded by a group of alumni in June 1900 “to bring the University and its graduates into closer touch and sympathy.” The magazine, in print and in its digital presence, seeks to sustain and strengthen the connection between the University and its alumni through thoughtful and powerful content that highlights the contributions of Brown students, faculty, and alumni to society, their industries, their communities and the world.


For its first three decades, the BAM was a subscription monthly (for a dollar a year) edited by Henry R. Palmer, class of 1890. In 1931, Brown offered to take ownership of the BAM; by 1945 the University was distributing it free to all male alumni. When Palmer, who had become the chief editorial writer at the Providence Journal, agreed to turn over the magazine to the University, he and his fellow staffers stipulated that the BAM remain editorially independent. This led to the establishment of an alumni board of editors to ensure the continuing quality and integrity of the BAM.


Today, the BAM is distributed for free to all alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as to parents of current students—more than 115,000 people. Donations, voluntary subscriptions, and advertising make up a large percentage of the BAM’s operating budget.


BAM's Bylaws (2021)

Cover of the Brown Alumni monthly issue from 1900

the BAM

Brown Alumni Magazine
Brown University
Box 1854
Providence, R.I. 02912

Phone: (401) 863-2873


Editor and Publisher
Pippa Jack


Deputy Editor
Louise Sloan '88


Art Director
Lisa A. Sergi


Digital Media Specialist
& Art Production Manager

Courtney Lewis Cheng


Assistant Editor
Classes & Obituaries

Sheila Dillon


Office Manager
Kerry Lachmann


Advertising/Print & Digital
Juli Anne Mahoney
(401) 863-9612


Contributing Editors
Jack Brook ’19, Stephanie Grace ’87, Tim Murphy ’91, Bob Schwartz ’70, Leslie Weeden


Lauren Campbell ’21, Alina Kulman ’21, David Onobanjo ’22, Peder Schaefer ’22, Ivy Scott ’21