Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo is the prime minister of Timor-Leste, a position he has held since 2015. A physician by training, he served as both the Minister of Health from 2001-2006 and the Deputy Prime Minister from 2006-2007. What is something most people do not know or are surprised to learn about Timor-Leste? People are surprised […]
Dr. Joyce Banda served as the first female president of Malawi from 2012 to 2014 and founded the People’s Party in 2011. Prior to serving as president, Dr. Banda was the first female vice president of Malawi. She is the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, the National Association of Business Women, and the Young […]
Joel Berg is the executive director of Hunger Free America, formerly known as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Before joining Hunger Free America, Berg worked under President Bill Clinton’s Administration in senior executive positions at the US Department of Agriculture. How has the landscape for hunger and homelessness changed in recent years?It depends […]
Mei Fong, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has reported on the societal impacts of China’s burgeoning economy. Her most recent book, One-Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, explores the conditions and effects of China’s one-child policy.BPR: Do you think that, ultimately, the one-child policy was successful? Did it achieve what it set out to […]
Davis Guggenheim ‘86 is a documentary filmmaker. He is best known for “An Inconvenient Truth,” “It Might Get Loud,” and “Waiting for ‘Superman.’” Guggenheim’s latest film, “He Named Me Malala,” was released this year and chronicles the life of Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Prize. Why film? Why documentaries? When I was graduating Brown in 1986, I remember thinking that there was no future in documentaries. […]
Junot Díaz, the 2008 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” is a professor of writing at the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology. A fiction editor at Boston Review and a 2012 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic, and his most recent […]
BPR’s Madeleine Matsui sat down with Cornelia Dean ’69, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies and a science writer for The New York Times, to discuss climate change politics.
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