Brown 250

Rhode Island Artscape: Finding Brown's Lost Museum

Aug 28, 2014
John Bender / RIPR

In the 1800s, Brown University boasted an impressive natural history museum, curated by one John Whipple Potter Jenks. But 100 years later, the museum had vanished.  Now a group of students from Brown and RISD have done their best to piece it back together.

For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went to find out more about the rebuilding of Brown’s lost museum.

The Carnegie Corporation

We’ve been speaking with leaders and graduates of Brown University as Brown celebrates its 250th anniversary, in a series we call Brown 250.

Today, we delve into Brown’s impact on Rhode Island in the past, and its potential for the future, with former Brown President Vartan Gregorian.

He spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison from his office at the Carnegie Corporation in New York.

Brown 250: Campus Culture Today

Mar 10, 2014
Karen Mellor

  As Brown University celebrates its 250th anniversary, four current students offer a peek into their lives and a sense of Brown culture.

  • Chiemeka Onwuanaegbule tells why the Brown Band is as Brown as it gets.
  •  Aida Palma is still in the library studying at  2 a.m.
  • Gina Roberti says being a native Rhode Islander lets her see Brown differently.
  • Emma Murray wanted to study happiness and now there's a whole class devoted to just that topic.

Brown 250: University President Christina Paxson

Mar 7, 2014
RIPR FILE

Brown celebrates its 250th Birthday this week, and Rhode Island Public Radio has been speaking with some of the best minds at Brown about the university’s history and what makes it unique. Current Brown President Christina Paxson stopped by our studio to talk about her view of Brown. She came to the university from Princeton just last year, so I asked her what makes Brown different from Princeton.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

All this week we're marking Brown University's 250th with a series of conversations with graduates, leaders and historians. Thursday we're focusing on the arts. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale sat down with alum and playwright Lynn Nottage about her work and the future of the theater.

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