At the 258th Opening Convocation, keynote speaker Noliwe Rooks told students to look to Brown’s history for lessons on how to center truth and advance knowledge amid a challenging global moment.

On Monday, September 6, 2021 President Christina H. Paxson and Chair and Professor of Africana Studies Noliwe Rooks officially proclaimed the opening of Brown’s 258th academic year.

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With remarks from President Christina H. Paxson and the keynote address “Finding Joy in the Journey: Memory Laws and The Battle to Remember” by Noliwe Rooks