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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.

Annual Summer Picnic

The time for our 5th annual summer picnic is almost here! Come spend a leisurely day at local alum Peter & Jill McDonald’s (’63) idyllic farm in Wilsonville — approximately 360 acres of working hazelnut and timber farm right on the west bank of the Willamette River.


What: The Brown Club of Oregon Summer Picnic, a family-friendly afternoon of BBQ, Ultimate Frisbee, swimming and more!

When: Sunday, July 24, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Wilsonville, OR
(address available upon registration)


  • Adult: $15 at the door / $10 if you pre-register online
  • Children ages 5 – 16 (under 5 are free): $10 at the door / $5 if you pre-register online
  • Current student & Recent Grads: $10 at the door / $5 if you pre-register online
  • Family pack (up to 5 adults and children): $35 at the door / $25 if you pre-register online
Register online by Friday July 22 to secure your pre-registration discount (cutoff is midnight EST, 9pm PST)

Even more details:
Thanks to the McDonald’s generosity, we will soak up the sun while enjoying a barbeque feast, great company, and a range of activities including: swimming, tennis (please bring white shoes and your own equipment if you want to play), and frisbee. Families and kids of all ages are invited and encouraged!

There will be plenty of food and entertainment; please feel free to bring whatever games and amenities you’d bring with you to a picnic, such as blankets or your favorite camping chair. (No pets please)
We look forward to seeing you!

The Brown Club of Oregon

Larry’s Kidney: Daniel Asa Rose ’71

Author Daniel Asa Rose ’71 will be speaking about his new book “Larry’s Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant–and Save His Life“.

Please join us for a reading and discussion:

Date: Wednesday Dec 2, 2009
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00pm
Place: SOUK, 322 nw 6th avenue, suite 200, Portland (map)
Cost: Donation of $5 suggested (to pay for the room rental)

The Washington Post’s Andrew Ervin described the book this way:

“A stranger-than-fiction memoir by Daniel Asa Rose, serves as an enjoyable testament to the lengths to which we sometimes go to help family, even when doing so is a terrible, terrible idea. The absurdly long subtitle — “Being the Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant — and Save His Life” — should come with a spoiler alert. It’s not giving too much away to reveal that the plot involves a guy named Larry, who somehow persuaded his long-lost cousin, Daniel Rose, editor of the literary magazine the Reading Room, to leave his wife and kids behind and accompany him to China. There Larry hoped to get an illegal kidney transplant and meet his bride-to-be. The ensuing adventure is the stuff of slapstick comedy, as Rose and Larry navigate the Chinese black market, the dodgy medical establishment and their own relationship. It’s curious and occasionally tense, especially when after all that trouble Larry threatens to call off the operation if it’s going to be too expensive. Though their odyssey was a success in the end, Rose makes the moral of the story clear: “Don’t try to go to China for a kidney. We got the last one.”   Copyright 2009, The Washington Post.

You can also watch a short video of Daniel talking about the book on his website: