Top 'News from Watson' stories of 2022

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the midterm elections, 2022 was indeed newsworthy. This year’s top 10 news stories from the Watson Institute appear below.

Here are the top 10 'News from Watson' stories of 2022:

10. Breaking Out: Immigrant Art from Stewart Detention Center

Kristen Kolenz, postdoctoral fellow at Watson’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, curated “Breaking Out,” which depicts the first-person accounts of undocumented immigrants in detention.  

9. Visualizing Algeria, from Revolution to Independence

The Center for Middle East Studies hosted events recognizing 60 years of Algerian independence, with rarely seen photographs, films, and culminating in a symposium. 

8. Watson Experts Weigh in on the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Five Watson professors shared their insights on the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v. Wade, which had protected access to abortion care.  

7. $10 Million Gift from Saxena Family Will Expand the Study of South Asia

Formerly known as the Center for Contemporary South Asia, the Saxena Center, housed at the Watson Institute, promotes interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public engagement on key issues of India and the region. A recent gift of $10 million from Parag Saxena and Usha Saxena P’13, P’14, P’15 will enable the Center to rise to the next level by expanding its footprint in research, teaching, public policy, and programming.

6. Central Falls’ Voces Con Poder Sparks Civic Engagement 

The Central Falls’ school district leadership recruited Jonathan Collins, assistant professor of Education and International and Public Affairs, and his team of research assistants to develop and administer surveys, to observe and engage with participants, and to create a longitudinal study for tracking long-term civic participation.

5. Climate Opportunity Map demonstrates economic, health benefits of pursuing a net-zero energy policy

The Climate Solutions Lab launched  a new  interactive website that identifies near-term health, environment, and employment benefits, should the United States actively pursue a net-zero energy policy.

4. MPA Alumnae and Current Students Are Named Presidential Management Fellow Finalists

The prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program named an MPA alumnae and two MPA students as finalists. A mere five percent of applicants are chosen as finalists for this highly competitive public policy fellowship opportunity. 

3. Senior Fellows Share Their Insights and Expertise in Diverse Study Groups

Watson’s Senior Fellows program invites Brown students to learn from and study with the nation’s leading public policy experts.

2. The Ambassadors

Enlightening research, classes, seminars and public forums engage Watson’s Military Fellows to learn from and share their perspectives with the Brown community.

1.  Tracking–and Understanding–the Situation in Ukraine

In mid-February, Watson introduced its first Crisis Seminar on the Invasion of Ukraine, which evolved into weekly events featuring faculty and visiting experts who led group discussions open to all students, faculty, and staff.