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Professor Neumann’s walls are plastered with prestigious teaching awards, yet he remains an approachable educator whose engaging and informative lectures are consistently cited as student’s favorites during their time at Brown.

We’re delighted that the good professor will be in San DIego speaking about “Light and Architecture: Louis Kahn and Richard Kelly.” Kahn, the great mid-century architect, is known for designing the modern masterpiece — the Salk Institute in La Jolla. Kelly, a pioneer in architectural illumination, collaborated with Kahn on projects to enhance the impact of the built environment.Salk

This Back to Class 250th Anniversary event is hosted by Patti & Alon Garay ’79, P’16 and Gini & David Meyer P’16. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided.

Sunday, February 22nd
La Jolla Country Club
$10 per person*

*Free for current dues-paying members
of the Brown Alumni Club of San Diego

Register Here

Brown Club of San Diego’s Community Service Event

It was the ides of November when an intrepid crew of Brown alums and pre-alums (children) joined forces at Sherman Elementary School to mulch, plant and paint. Over the course of the morning, these heroes transferred and truckload of soil into several planting beds and covered the entire garden area with several truckloads of mulch. Karen Wei ’04 worked with school children to plant the beds with organic seeds. Lisa Rothstein ’82 painted a mural on the garden shed.

The timing could not have been more perfect; Right after the community service event, the winter rains started and the garden was saved from being engulfed by a jungle of weeds.

A big thanks to our tireless volunteers!

Brown Derbies Concert – January 16th

Brown Derbies
Ivy intonations!
Witty warblers!
Sassy Serenaders!
A Cappella Awesomeness!

Thanks to Wikipedia, we know that the term “a cappella” is Italian for “in the manner of the church/chapel.” But for many of us, it brings us back to our college days, to a night when we stumbled out of the library (the Rock for liberal arts majors, SciLi for sciences concentrators) after an eternal study session, and came upon a group of singers huddled under an arch, crooning in the crisp autumn air. Suddenly, we are transported by the impromptu performance of memorable melodies past and present.

On Friday, January 16th the magic is coming to San Diego! The Brown Derbies bring a fun-filled show, performing a repertoire of songs that span a variety of different genres, ranging from Rock to Barbershop to R&B and folk. Join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a show at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Dr. Paul Chen, Ivy alum and booster for the choral arts. To help close out the evening, we will have an alma mater sing along with piano accompaniment for each Ivy-Plus University in attendance.

Register here:


Fabulous Fall Events

A Season of Service

Celebrating Brown University’s 250th Year

On Saturday, November 15 the Brown Club of San Diego commemorated Brown University’s mission to serve the community, the nation, and the world by sprucing up an elementary school g250th Logoarden right here in America’s Finest City.

Sherman Elementary School has a 98% poverty level and 15% of the students are considered transient, with many coming from nearby homeless shelters. The school garden is one of the few after-school enrichment activities for the kids.

The event was family friendly. Volunteers participated in painting, mulching, weeding and planting from 9:30-11:30am.



Ivy Plus San Diego Fall Mixer

Ivy Plus Logo 2014On the evening of November 5, 2014, over one hundred alums attended the annual Ivy Plus mixer at Hess Brewing Company. Hess is one of the premier craft breweries in San Diego. Attendees could bring their own food or order a delivery from Wang’s nearby.

Barrio Star Autumn Social

 On October 16th, the Brown UnivBarrio Star Black and Whiteersity Club of San Diego celebrated its 3rd annual Autumn in Barrio Star’s Pink Room. Barrio Star, helmed by celebrated chef and author Isabel Cruz, offers a fresh, creative take on traditional Mexican dishes made with wholesome ingredients. Alums in attendance enjoyed tasty appetizers and some of Barrio Star’s many innovative beverages in a friendly, whimsical atmosphere.

Young Alum Toast to Brown at Stone Brewing, Point Loma

Young Alumni Mixer & 
Toast to Brown’s 250th Anniversary
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 24th
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Liberty Station Location
2816 Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106

All ages welcome!

Kick off spring and celebrate Brown’s 250th Anniversary with a local brew in the company of other local alums at this casual mixer.

Your fearless hosts Jess Kondrick ’07 and Sean Gosselin ’06 will stake out a table at the expansive, handsome Point Loma venue of SoCal’s largest brewery. Please RSVP to by noon on April 24th to coordinate communication about the group’s precise location.

Mapping the Brain – Kicking Off Brown’s 250th Anniversary

Kickoff Brown’s 250th Anniversary

with keynote speaker

Professor Steven Rasmussen
Sunday, March 23rd
3pm – 5pm
UCSD International House Grand Asante Hall

-Keynote speaker Professor Steven Rasmussen will give a talk entitled “Brain Mapping at Brown”

-Greet and meet the Brown Women’s Golf Team & their Head Coach Danielle Griffiths

-Appetizers, refreshments and a special 250th anniversary cake
-Battle of the Classes Trivia Contest
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Unraveling how the human brain works and understanding what goes wrong in disorders like epilepsy, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease will revolutionize how they are treated, prevented and cured.  A bold research effort called the Brain Research through AdvancingInnovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative will be “transformative,” a grand challenge akin to the Human Genome Project. Scientists from the Brown Institute for Brain Science, including Dr. Steve Rasmussen, are on the cutting edge of this research at Brown’s new Neurotechnology Center and at the Providence VA Medical Center. For more information on Dr. Rasmussen, click here.

Register for the March 23rd event.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar at La Jolla Playhouse

2013 Pulitzer Winner
Ayad Akhtar ’93
February 12, 2014
6 pm: Reception
7:30 pm: Play
La Jolla Playhouse

On February 12th, the Brown University Club of San Diego welcomes novelist, screenwriter and playwright Ayad Akhtar for an artist’s reception at the world premiere of his play The Who and the What at La Jolla Playhouse.

At Brown, Mr. Akhtar concentrated in theatre. After college, he studied acting in Italy and earned his M.A. from Columbia University. Last spring, he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his Disgraced, which New York Times critic Charles Isherwood said was “a continuously engaging, vitally engaged play” that “bristles with wit and intelligence.”

Earlier this month, Time Magazine cited Mr. Akhtar’s new play, The Who & the What,about a Muslim family in Atlanta, as one of the 10 Reasons for Theatre Lovers to Leave New York in 2014. After its world premier at La Jolla Playhouse, The Who & the What will be staged at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Reserve your discounted tickets by tonight here.

Aaron Belkin ’88, September 26th

How We Won

Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

a presentation by
Dr. Aaron C. Belkin, Brown Class of 1988
Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University &
Founder and Director of the Palm Center

Thursday, September 26, 2013
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm:  Reception with refreshments and light fare
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Aaron’s presentation followed by Q & A

UC San Diego
International House, Grand Hall Asante 123AD
9500 Gilman Drive, 0550, La Jolla, CA  92093
For directions and parking in Pangea Parking Structure: Click here

No charge to attend but please RSVP by September 23 online here so we can plan for seating and refreshments.
(If you don’t have an account, you can register as a “non-registered user.”)

Please contact Kristen Greider ’08 at or
Ginny McQueen ’81 at or at 401.863.9598

About the Program and the Speaker
In his talk, Dr. Aaron C. Belkin ’88 will discuss the 17-year struggle to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation, which banned lesbians and gays from serving openly in the military.  Belkin, a scholar with more than a decade of hands-on experience in the repeal campaign, shares an insider’s perspective on the strategies that he and others used to encourage a change of mind – and change of heart — in the American people and its Congress.

Dr. Belkin founded the Palm Center, an institute that produces scholarship designed to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial public policy issues. He has been one of the nation’s leading advocates on the gays-in-the-military issue for more than a decade. For more information on Dr. Belkin, click here .

We will also be joined at this event by Todd Andrews ’83, VP of Alumni Relations and Ginny McQueen ’81, Associate Director of Regional and Faculty Programs. They will be traveling from Providence and are looking forward to meeting the Brown Community in San Diego!