Brown College hosts two programs for guest speakers. The Brown College Visiting Resident Fellows come to Brown for one week per semester, during which they give a reading or performance, offer a lecture or talk on their area of expertise, eat meals with students in the dining hall, and attend unstructured social events with students in the portals and Monroe Hill House.
The Speakers Series brings visitors for a lecture or reading. Speakers have included journalist and essayist Jeff Sharlet, poet Dave Lucas, essayist Erica Cavanagh, editor Allison Wright of Virginia Quarterly Review, and many more.
Each spring, Brown College students give a series of Friday afternoon lectures and discussions, called Brown Talks, on topics of their own interest and expertise. Presentations have addressed topics including plastics, synesthesia in music, communal living, chess, neural networks, gluten-free living, and the history of Brown College.
Below are example posters from previous speakers: