Junot Diaz http://ripr.org en Brown Holds 245th Commencement http://ripr.org/post/brown-holds-245th-commencement <p>A bacteriologist, a Hollywood star and a celebrated writer were among the six people receiving honorary degrees at Brown University commencement this weekend. The ceremony, during which more than 2,400 students received degrees, was the first presided over by Brown’s new president Christina Paxson.</p><p>The graduating class weathered some rain and wind during this year's festivities, forcing the university to cancel the traditional Baccalaureate procession on Saturday. Sunday's commencement exercises went forward as scheduled.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 14:03:03 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 15883 at http://ripr.org ‘Genius’ heads to RISD http://ripr.org/post/genius-heads-risd <p>MacArthur genius grant recipient and author Junot Diaz is slated to speak at RISD on November 5th. The talk will be open to the public.</p><p>Diaz, who teaches writing at MIT, also won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel <em>The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao</em>.</p><p>The book was assigned reading over the summer for all incoming RISD students. School officials say it will be part of this year’s curriculum in both fine arts and liberal arts courses.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:04:38 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8374 at http://ripr.org