Brown Political Review

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Brown Political Review
Brown Political Review Vol. II Issue 4, "How to Save the City".jpg
Winter 2013 issue
Categories Politics, policy, culture
Frequency Quarterly
Total circulation 2,000[1]
Year founded 2012
Based in Providence, Rhode Island
Language English

The Brown Political Review (BPR) is a quarterly, nonpartisan politics magazine and website at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. It covers the politics of regional, domestic and international affairs, the political culture and dialogue at Brown and the ongoing state of political journalism in the United States. BPR is managed and edited by undergraduate and graduate students of Brown University, and features writing from staff contributors and submissions from the Brown community. The magazine also features original interviews and media productions, as well as student artwork from Brown and the nearby Rhode Island School of Design. It is sponsored by Brown University’s Political Theory Project.



The magazine was founded in 2012 by Brown undergraduates Alexandros Diplas, Todd Harris, Oliver Hudson, Haakim Nainar and Ben Wofford. It receives financial sponsorship from the Political Theory Project, where its office is also located.[2] The magazine was conceived as a destination for political news analysis, emphasizing strength of argument and well crafted reporting over partisan status or ideology.[3]


The magazine features the original writing and reporting of students at Brown. Staff writers and columnists contribute daily to, while a quarterly print edition features articles developed through student pitches selected anonymously by BPR’s editorial board.[4] The magazine is also known for its extensive interviews section featuring notable political luminaries such as World Bank President Jim Yong Kim; Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform; former governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean; Tom Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and numerous senators and governors. The magazine has also interviewed prominent journalists, including Arianna Huffington, Ezra Klein, Tucker Carlson, David Frum, Sebastian Junger and Josh Marshall.[5][6] BPR's filmed feature interviews include Governor Lincoln Chafee and MSNBC's Chris Hayes.[7][8] In October 2013, BPR hosted its first alumni panel in conjunction with Brown University, titled "Investigative Journalism in the Age of Polarization."[9] The panel featured journalists Chris Hayes of MSNBC, Pulitzer Prize winner David Rohde, and Dana Goldstein.[10]

Writers have had commentary featured and included on Fox News,[11] MSNBC,[12] Huffington Post[13] and Slate.[14] BPR staff number 103, making it one of the largest student publications at Brown.[15]


Jesse Watters[edit]

On October 3, 2013, Jesse Watters, a correspondent of FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor, visited Brown to showcase a student event titled “Nudity in the Upsace” for his television segment, “Watters World.”[16] The student event was intended to “confront stigmas about the naked body.”[17] Watters stood outside the event and questioned exiting students on camera about their participation. During the same week, BPR Media featured a series of interviews with some of the students confronted by Watters, which was later replayed on “The O’Reilly Factor” where Watters and O’Reilly debated the footage. During one exchange, Watters told host Bill O'Reilly that campus wide coverage helped bring about a change of heart, saying, “They persuaded me,” adding, “I think there is some value in it.”[18]

Ray Kelly[edit]

On October 29, then New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited Brown University to deliver a lecture titled, “Proactive Policing in America's Biggest City.”[19] Student demonstrators convened outside the event location to protest what they perceived as racial disparities among law enforcement in New York City, including the controversial "stop-and-frisk" practice used among police officers.[20] Students and community members inside the auditorium then mounted a protest that prevented Commissioner Kelly from speaking, leading to the cancellation of the event and briefly sparking a national news story.[21] BPR Media featured a documentary account of the events inside the auditorium, "The Kelly Protest From the Inside", footage that was later featured and debated on FOX News and MSNBC.[11][12] BPR later obtained an exclusive leak of Kelly’s undelivered remarks, publishing the speech alongside an explanatory note titled, “Why The Editors Published Ray Kelly.”[22]


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  2. ^ Hernandez, Marina. "New political publications aim to fill void on campus". 
  3. ^ Goodman, Lawrence. "Real Politics". Brown Alumni Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Write for BPR". 
  5. ^ "BPR Interviews". 
  6. ^ "Magazine Archives". 
  7. ^ "BPR Talks With Gov. Lincoln Chafee". 
  8. ^ "BPR Talks With Chris Hayes". 
  9. ^ "Watch the Brown Alumni Media Panel". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Brown University. "Family Weekend Schedule". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Fox News (30 October 2013). [url= "Rudy Giuliani on how stop-and-frisk policy saves lives"]. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Brown Univ. students shout down NYPD commish". 10 November 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Wofford, Ben (16 Feb 2014). "How One Brown Student Shut Down The NRA". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Jaschik, Scott (8 Nov 2013). "The Right to Remain Silent: Does Brown University have a problem with free speech?". Slate. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Masthead". 
  16. ^ Kingkade, Tyler (4 October 2013). "Brown Students Turn Camera On Fox News Correspondent Jesse Waters (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  17. ^ Kingkade, Tyler (25 September 2013). "Brown University To Host 'Nudity In The Upspace' Week". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  18. ^ The O'Reilly Factor (5 October 2013). "Jesse Watters Responds to Brown University Students Critical of His Nude Week Coverage". Fox News. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Raymond Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner: "Proactive Policing in America's Biggest City"". Brown University. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Emma G. Fitzsimmons (29 October 2013). "Protests Halt Kelly’s Speech at Brown University". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  21. ^ Pervaiz Shallwani (29 October 2013). "Kelly Booed Off Stage During Talk". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Transcript of Ray Kelly's Never-Delivered Brown University Speech Leaked". The Village Voice. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 

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