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Year in Review: Top 10 News from Watson Stories of 2020

Indisputably, it was a year unlike any other. Here’s your chance to take another look at some of our most notable stories of 2020.

10. Virtual Art Exhibition Revisits American Flag as a Protest Symbol

 Curated by Judith Tolnick Champa ’79 MA, Out of the Fray features the works of 12 contemporary artists and as well as single iconic works Robert Frank, Jasper Johns, and Faith Ringgold.                                                                                         

9. Course Spotlight: Broadening the Study of War

Catherine Lutz, director of the Costs of War Project, discussed the new course she developed with undergraduate student Amsel Saleem for Watson's new International and Public Affairs concentration.                                                                                             

8. How to Cover China, with CNBC’s Beijing Bureau Chief

Watson’s director Ed Steinfeld spoke with CNBC’s Beijing Bureau Chief Eunice Yoon ’95.                 

7. Watson Establishes Climate Solutions Lab

Directed by Jeff Colgan, the lab is part of Brown’s new Climate Solutions Initiative.                                                 

6. Watson Welcomes New Cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows

The five young scholars will spend two years researching, writing, and teaching at Brown.                 

5. Let’s Rethink This

Director of Development Studies Geri Augusto and Jamila Beesley ’22 created an independent study project that deconstructs the concept of development.

4. New Faculty Leadership Roles

Starting July 1, 2020, new directors stepped into their roles throughout the Watson Institute.                                                     

3. Teaming Up to Provide Covid-19 Training for Health Workers

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies worked with Project HOPE to develop and implement a program to expand Covid-19 response efforts in high-risk countries.                                                                                                                       

2. MPA Program Climbs in U.S. News Graduate School Rankings

Just five years old, the program was ranked 23 in the nation in the public policy analysis specialty area.

1. Watson Announces New Senior Fellows

The four new fellows who joined Watson for the spring 2020 semester brought a wide range of expertise and experience.