Archive for the ‘Prof Visit’ Category

“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

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

rodriguez event

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 and lecture: A Geologist’s Look at Climate Change

What can the earth’s climate 100 or 1,000 years ago teach us about what is happening today? What can geological studies tell us about how much of today’s climate change may be natural, and how much due to human activity?

Come hear from one of the country’s leading scientists in the field, Brown’s Professor of Geological Sciences, Tim Herbert, on a topic called, “A Geologist’s Look at Climate Change.”

This event is being underwritten by the Brown Club of Oregon and the Brown Alumni Association to keep the cost at $10 per person, including hearty seafood appetizers and drinks. Space is limited to 25 participants on a first-come basis. Please see details below.

“A Geologist’s Look at Climate Change”
Featuring Brown University’s Chair and Professor of Geological Sciences Tim Herbert

Wednesday, January 12
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Newport Seafood Grill at Riverplace, Portland (map)
Lecture, appetizers, beer or wine
$10 per person

>> Register Here* by December 20, 2010


Join us for Middle-Eastern dinner and discussion

Please come and join Sunday, October 17th for a stimulating and convivial Middle-Eastern lecture and dinner. This event is being underwritten by the Brown Club of Oregon and the Brown Alumni Association to keep the cost at $15 per person, including an authentic 8-course Middle-Eastern dinner and drinks.

Space is limited to 20 participants on a first-come basis. Please see details below.


Archaeology at a Wonder of the World: Brown at Petra 2010

Brown archaeologists have been working for decades at the ‘rose-red’ city of Petra in southern Jordan, a site recently voted a modern ‘Wonder of the World’. But many questions still remain about just how this place came to be, and how people lived and worked within it. In 2010, the Brown team dug, walked, mapped, and analyzed everything from Paleolithic stone tools to present-day garbage, in a new attempt to understand the mystery that is Petra.

Sunday, October 17
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Nicholas Restaurant – Arabian Breeze Banquet Room
3223 NE Broadway Portland
8-course Middle-Easter dinner with beer and wine
Only $15 per person
Register Here by Sunday October 10

Featuring Professor Susan Alcock
Director, Artemis A.W. and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Joukowsky Family Professor in Archaeology Professor of Classics

Sue Alcock is a classical archaeologist, with interests in the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, particularly in Hellenistic and Roman times. Much of her research to date has revolved around themes of landscape, imperialism, sacred space, and memory. Her fieldwork has, until recently, taken the form of regional investigations in Greece, but she is now involved with the Vorotan Project, an international collaborative effort in southern Armenia.

Sue Alcock was trained, at Yale and at the University of Cambridge, in the field of classical archaeology — that is the archaeology of the circum-Mediterranean world. Her research interests chiefly target the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, particularly in Hellenistic and Roman times. She has also worked on the long-term history of Messenia (southern Greece), the homeland of the famed ‘helots’ of antiquity. Much of her research to date has revolved around themes of landscape, imperialism, sacred space, and memory. Her work attempts to straddle the usual divide of ‘historian’ and ‘archaeologist.’

Professor Chudacoff Lecture: “Children At Play: An American History”

Are organized activities, overscheduling and excessive amounts of homework crowding out free time and constricting children’s imaginations and social skills? Howard P. Chudacoff’s new book, “Children at Play: An American History” (New York University Press), explores the tension between how children spend their free time and how adults want them to spend it.

Join us for an exciting evening with Brown professor Howard Chudacoff, a member of the Brown history faculty since 1970, as he shares the fascinating history of playgrounds, the advent of commercial toys and toy advertising, and the evolution of our cultural intolerance for the risks and freedoms of children at play.

George L. Littlefield Professor of American History and Professor of Urban Studies, Professor Chudacoff is known for being an engaging speaker, and is a favorite of many students past and present. Read a New York Times review of his recently published book, Children at Play: An American History

What: An evening with Brown Professor Chudacoff
When: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Time: Reception with light snacks from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Lecture from 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Vey Conference Center, 11th floor Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)
Cost: Free