What fuels a family’s compulsion for philanthropy? Charitable giving is an intrinsic part of our culture and its story can be told through a colorful, multifaceted family whose actions mirror America’s attitudes towards giving. Between 1638 and today, the Browns of Rhode Island have provided community leaders, endowed academic institutions, and transformed communities through art and architecture. However, they also have wrestled with society’s toughest issues— slavery, immigration, child labor, inequality— and with their own internal tensions. Sylvia Brown, of the family’s 11th generation, and Edward Widmer
will explore this story.