Letters from the Corporation of Brown University: Lives of Usefulness and Reputation, 1764 - 2023

Letters from the Corporation of Brown University: Lives of Usefulness and Reputation, 1764 - 2023

by Lauren Zalaznick (Editor)
Letters from the Corporation of Brown University: Lives of Usefulness and Reputation, 1764 - 2023

Letters from the Corporation of Brown University: Lives of Usefulness and Reputation, 1764 - 2023

by Lauren Zalaznick (Editor)

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Overview

From the archives of Brown University, this collection of letters tells a story of progress and passion in American higher education from a never-before-seen perspective.
 
Since the school’s founding, the trustees and fellows of the Corporation of Brown University have written resignation letters as they complete their terms. From the quill-and-ink manuscripts of Brown’s founders to the emails of today, the letters are wise, witty, and heartfelt. Many also reflect the country’s social, cultural, and political transformations.
 
Presented as a curated collection for the first time, these letters from members of Brown’s highest governing body provide a unique glimpse into the evolution of the institution’s enduring traditions and help inform our perspectives on the range of issues with which the University still grapples. The Corporation members’ personal reflections yield insights into what it means to lead through societal changes, helping to build bridges to future generations.
 
This rich tapestry of accounts spans more than two and a half centuries from 1764 to 2023. It includes an entry from a trustee who was admitted as an undergraduate despite being unable to even afford the application fee; reflections from another who spearheaded the adoption of Brown’s groundbreaking Open Curriculum; and several letters from “firsts,” including the first woman to serve as an Alumnae Trustee.
 
This is a book designed to be looked at, as well as read. Many of the letters are textured reproductions, from original manuscripts to “modern” faxes. Others are accompanied by archival photos of the seminal events they describe from commencements to campus protests. All present a previously untold story about the leaders of one of the country’s oldest and most influential institutions.
 
These profound, human stories speak to the grand ambition of leading “lives of usefulness and reputation,” as set forth in the preamble to the University’s Charter of 1764. The ultimate power of the collection comes from recognizing that we cannot know each other’s stories until we take the time to listen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633310988
Publisher: Disruption Books
Publication date: 09/03/2024
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lauren Zalaznick has devoted her career in media to transforming the cultural landscape. Zalaznick has received many honors for her achievements, including two Peabody Awards and numerous Emmy Awards. TIME magazine named her one of the “TIME 100: World’s Most Influential People” and she was the subject of a New York Times Magazine cover story. Zalaznick’s interviews have been archived at the Television Academy Foundation and The Smithsonian. Her TED talk, “The Conscience of Television,” has been viewed and shared close to a million times. Zalaznick graduated with a degree in English from Brown University in 1984, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and is a trustee emerita. She currently lives and works in New York City.

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