Brown University

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Karen Sibley, dean of the School of Professional Studies at Brown University to discuss the joint executive MBA degree program and the IE Business School of Madrid, Spain.

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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Emma Watson graduated from Brown University last week, taking a selfie that quickly made the rounds of various social media.

The actress started at Brown in 2009 but later left, returning to England and pursing her film career.

It can't have been easy for the actress who famously portrayed Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise to find herself smack in the middle of an entire campus raised on Harry Potter.

Somehow, Brown managed to keep her return to campus under wraps until her appearance at graduation.

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Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island  for granted.

The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.

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Colleges all across Rhode Island hold graduation ceremonies this month, and many of their students will receive diplomas and then face thousands of dollars in student loans.  

As we continue our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison looked at how mounting student loans are impacting students and the decisions they make about their future.

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Many Rhode Islanders are paying off student loans that average more than $31,000, one of the highest student debt burdens in the nation. As we continue our series Paying for It: Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt, we look at what happens when those loans are too much to handle.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison met Allison Dean at her house on a quiet street in Warwick, sandwiched between the airport and Narragansett Bay.

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Rhode Island has the fifth highest rate of student loan debt in the country and experts say part of the reason is the large number of expensive, private colleges, like Bryant University, Providence College and Salve Regina in Newport. One of the most expensive is the Rhode Island School of Design.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, met one graduate now staring down hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.

George Borts, a prominent Brown University economics professor and researcher, has died.

Borts was a teacher and mentor for generations of Brown economics students. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1950 after studying under Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago. Borts retired last year after teaching and researching economic issues for 63 years.

One of his students was Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve. She was a 1967 Brown graduate.

Despite calls at Brown University for changes in the policy on sexual assault, Brown is not facing any investigation by the federal government.

The Federal Department of Education has released the names of 55 colleges and universities currently under investigation because of complaints about the way they handle sexual assault.

Brown University President Christina Paxson, in a statement,  says the male student who was sanctioned for a sexual assault on a 22-year old female student will not be returning to the university.

The case became public after the woman involved, 22-year old Lena Sclove, held a press conference on the Brown campus last week to speak out about the university’s handling of an assault and rape that she said was committed on her by a fellow male student.

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Earlier this month dozens of musicians from across New England and beyond gathered in Providence for the eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’ If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a clue: it doesn’t involve any harps.  It's the subject of this month's Rhode Island Artscape.

That’s the sound of about one hundred people, gathered at the Quaker Meeting House on the East Side of Providence.  They’re taking part in the state’s largest gathering of Sacred Harp singers.  The eleventh annual ‘Rhode Island All-Day Sacred Harp Singing.’

This year, Brown University plans to honor acclaimed authors Jeffrey Eugenides and Lois Lowry, both Brown alums, along with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and seven other Brown graduates.

At the Rhode Island School of Design, commencement festivities will include an honorary degree for designer Todd Oldham and a keynote speech from designer Bruce Mau.

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Rhode Island College announced a new graduate certificate program in nursing care management today. In a statement, the college explained what nurse care managers do and why they decided to offer this program now:

"Nurse care managers provide patient assessment, treatment planning, health care facilitation and advocacy within all health care settings, including private practices and hospitals.


Brown University is taking steps to establish itself as the premier center in the US for the study of Brazil, and it’s starting things off by making a trove of once-classified documents accessible to the public.

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Artist Ed Osborn works in audio and video to create installations, sculptures and performance pieces. Osborn is an assistant professor in the Visual Art Department at Brown University.

On his website, his work is described as “testing the patience of audiences.”  His next performance is a preview of a new sound installation that takes place on Saturday April 26th at Machines With Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket at 4:30 pm.

Brown's former Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron became the 11th president of Connecticut College on Friday, following an official inauguration ceremony.

Former Brown President Ruth Simmons gave the keynote speech, calling Bergeron "a scholar who loves teaching, an administrator who eschews rigidity, and a musician without an elitist esthetic."