Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

BIARI opens its fifth session

June 11, 2013

More than 150 scholars from around the world take up residency at Watson this week to participate in the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI). Participants, who are professionals and young faculty from varying disciplines, come from more than 50 countries, including India, China, Iran, Angola, and Turkmenistan.

Last year, BIARI featured a performance of "Rosa Cuchillo" by Ana Correa, from the Peruvian theater collective Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani. In the piece, Correa inhabits the character of Rosa Cuchillo, a mother searching for a son disappeared in Peru's civil conflict.

Watch the performance:
click "cc" for English subtitles

Now in its fifth year, BIARI is centered around four two-week intensive institutes, convened concurrently by Brown faculty, in which participants and leading scholars in their fields share their research and develop new collaborative projects through sustained, high-level dialogue spanning disciplines and continents. This year's institutes will touch on population and development; theater and civil society; women and HIV/AIDS; and water, energy, and digital information in the Global South. Participants will take part in lectures, seminars, and workshops and engage in high-level intellectual collaborations across traditional academic boundaries.