intermediation

  • David Mamet's inspiration
    Keith Brown | June 6th, 2016
    (This text was published in The Brown University Faculty Bulletin Volume XVI/Number 2, in May 2016, pp. 16-20) Enthusiasts of David Mamet’s work may wonder why I have borrowed the title of one of the essays, “Things I have Learned Playing Poker on...
  • "Reading Global"
    Keith Brown | February 23rd, 2016
    I have, I realize, been treating this blog with altogether too much gravitas: the comment log makes clear I should worry less about what some virtual readers--a truly imaginary audience--might think.  So here, less polished, is some ongoing...
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    Keith Brown | June 24th, 2015
     A Commentary on Guo Xiaolu’s We Went to Wonderland (2008) and Once Upon a Time Proletarian (2009), October 3, 2014   This essay’s title is inspired by Guo Xiaolu’s novel, recently published in the United States, I am China. I’m always...
  • Keith Brown | February 27th, 2013
    After two weeks of storm-generated church closures in Providence, services resumed this past Sunday. In keeping with their practice since 2006, as in churches around the country, the worship leaders at the First Unitarian Church of Providence read...
  • Leonidas at Thermopylae. Jacques-Louis David, 1814.
    Keith Brown | September 23rd, 2012
    The film 300 turns five this year and to mark the occasion, Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute will screen the film and host a discussion among faculty and students about the film—as it did in 2008. Back then I contributed in person to the...
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    Keith Brown | August 15th, 2012
    In The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, his 2007 critique of top-down international development strategy, former World Bank economist William Easterly relates an anecdote about...
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    Keith Brown | July 17th, 2012
    Civil Society has become a key concept for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in its efforts to promote democracy.  This was especially the case in programming in Eastern Europe in the 1990s, where the agency...
  • Keith Brown | June 28th, 2012
    Since the mid-1990s, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has made substantial investments in democracy promotion around the world.  Alongside programs on party development, the rule of law and media reform--all...
  • Keith Brown | May 29th, 2012
    In Spring 2012, 13 Brown undergraduates took INTL1300, The Good Fight: Documentary Work, Social Change and Human Security. The class was designed around weekly screenings and discussions of diverse documentaries that addressed key themes in...
  • Keith Brown | September 12th, 2011
            The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimetersand the diameter of its effective range about seven meters,with four dead and eleven wounded.And around these, in a larger circleof pain and time, two hospitals are...
  • Keith Brown | April 21st, 2011
    Tim Hetherington, combat photographer and co-director of the documentary film Restrepo, was killed by a mortar bomb in Libya yesterday. His partner on that compelling project, Sebastian Junger, wrote that working with Tim was like climbing into a...
  • VMRO-DPMNE campaign poster 2008: original photograph by Hans Poldoja
    Keith Brown | March 26th, 2011
      VMRO-DPMNE election poster featuring Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Ohrid, 2008. Original photograph by Hans Poldoja. For several months, opposition parties in Macedonia have been calling for parliamentary elections. Now, following a mid-...
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    Keith Brown | September 10th, 2010
    Google French film-maker Thomas Balmès these days, and it will be all about babies. Distributed in the United States by Focus Features, Balmès’ most recent documentary tracks four children on four different continents from birth to their first...
  • Keith Brown | May 25th, 2010
    One of the projects I'm working on now, with a colleague who has been visiting from Macedonia as a Fulbright fellow, is a paper on the political use of antiquity, especially via media.  There's a quick summary, with some of the videos we...