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Apr 20 - Prof. Michael Golston has been chosen as 2016 Lenfest Award winner, an honor that recognizes excellence in teaching and mentorship

May 11 - At its 248th Commencement on the afternoon of Sunday, May 29, Brown University conferred honorary doctorates on eight candidates who have achieved great distinction in a variety of fields.
This fortieth anniversary edition, where a mature Spivak retranslates with greater awareness of Derrida’s legacy, also includes a new afterword by her which supplements her influential original preface.