Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Watson Institute Commencement Events and Activities

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Friday, May 25, 2018:

Master of Public Affairs Commencement Weekend Mixer

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, 111 Thayer Street, Lobby
Join the MPA program directors and staff before Campus Dance for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. All MPA and MPP alumni, current MPA students and their guests are invited. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018:

Commencement Forum ─ America’s Mass Incarceration Problem: How did we get here, and where do we go from here?

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Joukowsky Forum - Watson Institute - 111 Thayer Street
Watson postdoctoral fellow Adaner Usmani will join Glenn Loury, Professor of Economics, in a discussion, ​"​America’s Mass Incarceration Problem: How did we get here, and where do we go from here?” Loury, author of the American Book Award winner One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America and Race, Incarceration and American Values, was recently named a Distinguished Fellow by the American Economic Association.

Alumni Forum ─ Improvisation & Innovation: Responding to Global Disasters and Crises

11:00 a.m.
MacMillan Hall Room 115, Brown University
This forum, moderated by Dr. Adam Levine, Director of the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative at Brown University, features a panel of Brown alumni that are working to address the critical needs of populations affected by disasters and crises. Join us to hear more about their work and ambitions to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations around the world.

Alumni Reunion Forum ─ Our Politics, Our Future

11:00 a.m.
MacMillan Hall, Room 117, 167 Thayer Street
This forum features a panel of Brown alumni whose careers have been deeply involved in American politics. Join an intriguing discussion on what it means to be a citizen in today’s American democracy, the impact of social media and other technologies on democracies and why education and participation are more important than ever to the democratic process.


11:00 a.m.
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Room 130, 85 Waterman Street
The work of 2018 Heimark Artist in Residence Jess Hil examines black womanhood in our modern reality as well as the conjuring of folk tales born during middle passage and grown throughout slavery. After the forum, please visit the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice to see the exhibition “Herstory,” currently on display.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Opportunity in America: Improving Intergenerational Mobility with Big Data

11:00 a.m.
Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium, 154 Angell Street
Children’s opportunities to climb the income ladder vary substantially depending upon where they grow up. But the question remains: What can we do about it? Associate Professor Friedman will discuss how we can use big data to take this next step, using both higher education and place-based policies as examples. He will demonstrate how big data offers new opportunities for scholars to diagnose problems and develop policies specific to each setting — in effect, precision medicine for social science.

Sunday, May 27, 2018:

Graduate School Master's Ceremony

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. Associate Dean of Master's Education Shayna Kessel presides. Public Policy Program Director Eric Patashnik will announce the Master of Public Affairs class of 2018.

Watson Undergraduate Concentration Diploma Ceremonies

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Development Studies
Engineering Research Center, Giancarlo Plaza
345 Brook Street

International Relations
Tent, Ittleson Quad

Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Engineering Research Center, Giancarlo Plaza
345 Brook Street

Middle East Studies
Watson Institute, Joukowsky Forum
111 Thayer Street

Public Policy
Tent, Front Green In front of Manning Chapel

MES Graduation Reception

4 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street
Invitation only. Graduating seniors and families/friends, MES concentrators, MES alumni, and MES faculty.