Grappling With All Our Legacies: An Evening With Sylvia Brown

What: Free talk and book signing

When: Tuesday, June 27, 5:30pm

Where: Aldrich House (110 Benevolent St., Providence)

Admission: Free; please register here

How did philanthropy become such an intrinsic part of the American ethos?  In Grappling With Legacy: Rhode Island’s Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse, Sylvia Brown has delved into one of the country’s largest family archives to understand what fuels a multigenerational compulsion to giving: Self-interest? A feeling of guilt? A sense of genuine altruism?  Set against the distinctive backdrop of Rhode Island, the Brown family mirrors America’s evolving urge to do good while grappling with society’s toughest issues – slavery, immigration, child labor, the dispossessed – and their own internal family tensions.

Eldest of the 11th generation of Browns in Rhode Island, Sylvia Brown will explain why and how the modern notion of a university as a force for good was pioneered in Rhode Island, well before the famous philanthropists of the Gilded Age.

Space for this free event is limited – reserve your seats here.