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Watson Institute Commencement Events and Activites

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Public Policy Commencement Weekend Mixer

Friday, May 26, 2017 7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m.
59 Charlesfield Street

All current and former public policy undergraduate and graduate students and their guests are invited.


Commencement Forum ─ The Constitution, Conflicts of Interest, and the Presidency
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Joukowsky Forum - Watson Institute - 111 Thayer Street

A conversation with Ambassador (ret.) Norman Eisen '85, former Special Counsel for Ethics and Government Reform in the Obama White House, on current threats to ethics, transparency and the rule of law in U.S. government, and how they relate to global trends. Moderated by Ed Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.


The Impact of Social Media on Politics, Culture, and Scholarly Communication

Saturday, May 28, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
85 Waterman Street, Room 130

David Corn '81, American political journalist, author, Washington bureau chief, Mother Jones
Alissa Quart '94, executive editor, Economic Hardship Reporting Project; author, Branded, Republic of Outsiders
Elias Muhanna, Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature; contributing writer, The New Yorker online 

Social media and other rapidly evolving digital technologies have changed the way we communicate in all realms of our lives. Learn more about the role of social media on political, cultural, and scholarly communication. 
List Art Center, Auditorium, 64 College St.
Sponsored by the Brown University Library


CLACS End of the Year Reception

Saturday, May 27, 2017 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
North Common Room, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Invitation only. CLACS faculty affiliates, graduate students, concentrators and CLACS Fellows.


Graduate School Master's Ceremony

Sunday, May 27, 2017 10:30 a.m.
Pembroke Field

This Graduate School ceremony for Master’s and Executive Master’s students, their families, and friends features the awarding of degrees and honors acknowledging outstanding achievements. Associate Dean of Master’s Education Shayna Kessel presides. Public Policy Program Director Eric Patashnik will announce the Master of Public Affairs class of 2017.


Watson Undergraduate Concentration Diploma Ceremonies

Sunday, May 27, 2017 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Development Studies
Tent, Starr Plaza
111 Thayer Street

International Relations
Tent, Ittleson Quad

Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Tent, Starr Plaza
111 Thayer Street

Middle East Studies
Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum
111 Thayer Street

Public Policy & Masters of Public Affairs
Tent, Front Green (in front of Manning Hall) 


MES Graduation Reception

Sunday, May 28, 2017 4 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Invitation only. Graduating seniors and families/friends, MES concentrators, and MES faculty.