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About the Book

Grappling with LegacyWhen Sylvia Brown’s father handed much of his inheritance to Brown University in 1995, the gesture maintained a 300-year family philanthropic tradition.  Less than a decade later, at the inaugural symposium of the University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, one speaker declared “there were no good Browns.” Grappling With Legacy was born of the juxtaposition between these starkly opposed perspectives.

Against Rhode Island’s distinctive backdrop, this family saga mirrors America’s evolving urge to do good, providing fresh perspectives on times surprisingly akin to the present.

Praise for Grappling With Legacy

“This is a fascinating and intellectually honest work about a remarkable family that has played a major role in the history of Providence and Rhode Island. Sylvia Brown has made a tremendous contribution in writing this wonderful book.”

Vartan Gregorian

President of Carnegie Corporation of New York,
Former President of Brown University

“A splendid work of history—an honest, clearly written, and solidly based account of the private and public lives through four centuries of one of America’s most important and fascinating families.”

Gordon Wood

Pulitzer Prize for History,
Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus – Brown University

Kirkus Review

October 2017

 

At each step of the way, connections are made between family bonds, philanthropic choices, and changing perceptions of social good and its impact. The result is a powerful survey not just of the Brown Family’s choices, but of the evolution of philanthropy in the country as a whole. Grappling with Legacy should be on the reading lists of any American history class regardless of their proximity to Rhode Island. Read full review here.

 Sample Amazon review: 5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent

on June 22, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Meet Sylvia Brown

Author, Sylvia Brown, is the eldest of the 11th generation of the Browns of Rhode Island. Learn more about Sylvia, and meet her at an upcoming event.

Events

November 13, 11:00
BizTalk Radio Network– The Frankie Boyer Show, nationally syndicated


November 7, 2018
WPHM-AM/Port Huron MI, the Paul Miller Show
Listen to the interview here


November 2, 5:30-8:00
The Colonial Dames – Rhode Island Chapter
In the Nightingale-Brown House


November 2, 7:10 am
WTBQ-AM/FM/Warwick NY, the Frank Truatt Show
Listen to the interview here


October 26, 10:00
WGTD-FM/Wisconsin– Public Radio affiliate – Greg Berg’s morning show


October 22, 7:00 am
WIP-AM/FM/Philadelphia PA, Conversations with Peter Solomon
Listen to the interview here


October 20, 5:30-7:30
“Why We Give” – The John Carter Brown Library
See photos of the event here


October 19 – Washington, DC
National Center for Family Philanthropy – 20th anniversary conference
See photos of my stand in the “Authors’ Corner”


October 18, 5:30-7:00
The Redwood Library & Atheneaum, Newport, RI
See photos of event here


October 18, 1:30
KQV-AM/Pittsburgh PA, Afternoon News with Paul Guggenheimer


October 10, 1:00
School for Startups Radio– taped with Jim Beach, nationally syndicated


October 5-8, Boston
The Renaissance Weekend


October 2, 6:30-8:300
Book signing, Buck’s Club, London See photos of the event


October 2, 4:00
Pacifica radio -WPFW-FM/Washington DC with Gloria Minott, “Community Watch and Comment”  Listen to the interview


September 19, noon
Purposeful Planning Institute Webinar “High-Engagement Philanthropy: Lessons from an Eleven Generation Philanthropic Family”


September 12, 5:30-7:00
Rhode Island Chapter of the National Italian American Women’s Organization – at the Providence Atheneaum


August 25, 5:30-7:00
Fisher’s Island Public Library
See photos of the event


August 1, 2017
Rhode Island NPR– live interview
http://ripr.org/post/view-ri-history-through-one-prominent-family-grappling-legacy


July 6, 3:30
GoLocalProv LIVE! – Live interview
(watch on www.golocalprov.com)


June 27, 5:30-7:00
Lecture: “Grappling With All Our Legacies”
The Rhode Island Historical Society – Aldrich House
110 Benevolent Street  Providence, RI 02906


May 27 & 28
Book Signing at Brown University
The Brown University Bookstore
Providence, RI

August 1, 2017
Rhode Island NPR– live interview
http://ripr.org/post/view-ri-history-through-one-prominent-family-grappling-legacy


July 6, 3:30
GoLocalProv LIVE! – Live interview
(watch on www.golocalprov.com)


June 27, 5:30-7:00
Lecture: “Grappling With All Our Legacies”
The Rhode Island Historical Society – Aldrich House
110 Benevolent Street  Providence, RI 02906


May 27 & 28
Book Signing at Brown University
The Brown University Bookstore
Providence, RI

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