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“Urban Issues Facing China” lecture with Prof Logan

Join the Brown Club of Portland for a lecture on “Urban Issues Facing China” at Portland State University (PSU) with Brown Professor of Sociology John Logan.  China’s rapid urbanization process, along with ongoing social and economic transitions, has presented great challenges for those leading urbanization in China. Chinese urban planners and public policy makers are faced with urban sprawl, resource shortages, environmental pollution, economic restructuring and social inequity.  Join us on May 7th for a free lecture on this fascinating topic.


Date: Monday, May 7th2012
Lecture: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 236
1825 SW Broadway, Portland (map)
Cost: Free

Alumni are also invited to join us for a special reception with Professor Logan before the lecture:

Alumni Reception, 5:00 – 5:30pm, PSU College of Urban Affairs, Room 311, 506 SW Mill Street, Portland


Board Meeting and Happy Hour at Dig a Pony

Please join us for our next Board Meeting and Happy Hour:

Wednesday, March 7
5:30pm board meeting (all welcome)
6:30pm happy hour
Dig A Pony
: 736 SE Grand Avenue (map)

If you have never attended a Board Meeting please join us!  Your contribution of two or more hours PER YEAR would greatly enhance our organization’s ability to host events for everyone to enjoy.  Your help is needed to make our local alumni chapter successful!

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Dinner & Lecture with Prof Rodriguez: A Question of You and Me

We invite you to join us for a special evening with Brown University Prof Ralph E. Rodriguez for dinner and lecture featuring a “lyrical criticism on the relationship between culture and identities”. The evening is our first event this academic year in an ongoing series bringing Brown faculty to you, sponsored by the Brown Club of Oregon with support from the Brown Alumni Association.

Guests will enjoy drinks, appetizers and northwest cuisine while engaging in a conversation about the nature of our identity and the influence of race, gender, culture and sex. See below for menu details.

Friday, Dec 9 2011
Noble Rot / 1111 E. Burnside / Fourth Floor / Portland (map)
6:00 pm drinks & appetizers
7:00 dinner & lecture
$35 all inclu

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REGISTER by Sunday Dec 4:*
>> Attendance is strictly limited to 30 people, so reserve your space soon!
Dinner Menu
Appetizer: Goat cheese mousse with caramelized squash & escarole
First Course:Endive salad with hazelnuts, blue cheese & beets
Second Course(choose one):
Beef short rib with whipped potatoes;
Market selection fish with roasted white roots & shrimp sauce; or
Leek & chanterelle tart, roasted carrots & parsnips
Third Course: Chocolate torte with dulche du leche
Wine and non-alcoholic drinks

Lecture:Life in Fragments: Reflections on Culture, Society and the Self

A Question of You and Meis a manuscript of lyrical criticism that examines how we inhabit, enact, and represent our racialized, gendered, and sexualized identities. I analyze how culture not only represents our multi-form identities but also helps produce the very identities we inhabit or might be interested in inhabiting. Culture, that is, is as richly productive of our heterogeneous, protean selves as it is reflective of them. Since the project is historically interested in the postmodern notion that our lives have become increasingly fragmented, I pursue my argument in a series of associatively related fragments rather than in a traditional linear argument. Fragment as form is a style that has long interested writers and readers. Thus antecedents for my project can be found as far back as Pascal’sPensees, Nietzsche’sBeyond Good and Evil, and more recently in works such as Roland Barthes’sPleasure of the Text, Kathleen Stewart’sOrdinary Affects, and Jed Perl’sAntoine’s Alphabet, to name but a very few of the rich books written in fragment form. The topics engaged in my argument range from literature, to critical theory, to music, to film, and I have also written a few as micro-fiction.


Happy Hour at North 45

We invite you to join us for our quarterly Brown Club of Oregon happy hour at North 45 in NW Portland.

Wed, October 5th
5:30pm – 7:30pm
North 45 Pub

517 Northwest 21st Avenue, Portland (map)

* The Club will provide a limited supply of appetizers, no-host bar
* You are welcome to bring guests
* Dress is casual