Saturday, December 16, 2017

Wendy Schiller and The State of American Democracy - January 16th in Newport Beach

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Brown Club Orange County proudly invites you to join
Professor Wendy Schiller for a discussion of 
how the U.S. presidency, the courts, Congress and the media 
are challenging American democracy today.

Wendy Schiller, Chair of the Brown Political Science department, has made studying the American political process her life’s work. 
She is a well-known media commentator, author and lecturer on the topic.

The 2016 presidential election highlighted growing cracks in the consensus on which U.S. democracy relies. We will explore such questions as: 
  • “Can the U.S. efficiently adjust to rapid economic and social change,” 
  • “Are we as free as we were 30 years ago,” and 
  • “What does freedom mean in the America of 2018.”

Come join us for refreshments 
and a riveting and relevant discussion.

Ticket prices:
  • Students, Young Alumni (Class of 2013 forward) &
    Emeritus Alumni (80 yrs young) - FREE
  • Individual "College Green" BCOC members - ticket is $10 if you renew now for 2018*
  • Family "College Hill" BCOC members - ticket is $10 if you renew now for 2018**
  • General Admission - $15
*Standard, annual “College Green” individual club membership is $25. 
You receive a $5 discount off the ticket price if you renew your annual membership dues with purchase.
** New, annual family “College Hill” memberships covering all family members are $40. 
You receive a $5 discount off each ticket price for any member of your family attending the event.
To renew membership and buy tickets, 

Event date: Tuesday, January 16th 
     Location: OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave.,
Corona del Mar 92625
     Map: click here
Reception 6:30 p.m.Presentation 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
Questions? Contact or Scott at 949-636-1975

Friday, December 15, 2017

Wendy Schiller speaks on NPR about Social Media and Propaganda

Wendy Schiller Speaks on NPR's Marketplace about how social media brought political propaganda into the 21st century click here: Wendy Schiller on Social Media and Propaganda in the 21st Century

Wendy is coming to Orange County Tuesday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Hold the Date!

Details to follow...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wendy Schiller is Coming to Orange County Tuesday, Jan. 16th. Hold The Date!

Wendy Schiller, Chair of the Brown Political Science department, has made studying the American political process her life’s work. Wendy is a well-known media commentator, author and lecturer on the topic appearing on MSNBC, NPR,, and Bloomberg News.

Brown Club Orange County is honored to host Professor Schiller for our 2018 Kick-Off event on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of how the U.S. presidency, the courts, Congress and the media  are causing both division and unity in the American democracy of today. 

Hold the date! You won't want to miss this riveting and timely discussion! More details to follow...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Calling all alumni, parents and friends of Brown.
Our goal is to raise $1 million on Giving Tuesday.

The three annual fund co-chairs are sponsoring a 1:1 match,
so every dollar you give is doubled.

If Brown alumni raise $500,000 on 11/28, we reach our $1 million goal!
You can give to the Brown Promise or any Brown fund, and it will count - as long as it's today.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

David Sedaris at the Irvine Barclay - ONE NIGHT ONLY - Nov. 15th. Don't miss it!


Join Brown Club Orange County as we enjoy the “sardonic wit and incisive social critiques” of humorist David Sedaris.
Sedaris, “discovered” by This American Life host Ira Glass ’82 and author of such books as Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Denim and Corduroy, appears for one night only at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

BCOC has purchased a block of tickets for this event and has 15 seats remaining available on a first-come, first-served basis at $41.50 each.

If interested, contact Chiyo Rowe at for tickets.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

US News & World Report Top Colleges Mixer 2017 co-hosted by Brown Club OC

& OC IVY PLUS present

: Wed., 10/11/2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: AC Hotel Irvine, 3309 Michelson Drive, Irvine
Cost: FREE
Come celebrate with your fellow alumni and alumni from the Top 25 schools in US News &World Report’s 2018 National University Rankings.
  •  No cover. Cash Bar with Happy Hour Drink Specials.
  • Space is limited, so if you would like to attend, please RSVP by Friday, 10/6 to:
o   Victoria Wu ’15

A special thank you to the AC Hotel Irvine for hosting this event and providing special accommodations.

  • Limited parking is available in the hotel parking lot. 
  •  Additional parking in the adjacent parking structure (directly behind LA Fitness).
  • If you park in the structure the first 2 hours are free. The rate is $1.25 per 15 minutes after 2 hours.
Questions? Please contact Victoria C. Wu at

Friday, July 28, 2017

Enjoy Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew at the beautiful, outdoor New Swan Shakespeare Festival at UC Irvine Sunday, August 13th

Get your tickets while they last for Taming of the Shrew. Sunday, August 13th. 

Enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting at the UCI New Swan Shakespeare Festival. 

Complimentary pre-show lecture at 7:00 p.m. followed by presentation at 8:00.

Club members $32, Seniors $27, Non-members $35.

Contact for more information.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

BCOC Hosts An Evening (to remember) With Christina Paxson!

Brown Club Orange County achieved another milestone Friday, July 21st when we were honored to host An Evening With Christina Paxson at the beautiful Newport Coast Community Center.

Guests munched on hors d'oeuvres then listened while President Paxson shared the challenges, goals and aspirations of leading Brown University into the 21st Century, and inspired many questions from the audience.

The OC Brunonians in attendance ended the evening with a renewed sense of community and determination to do our part in ensuring the success of our beloved alma mater now and in the future.

If you want to be more involved in the Orange County Brown community, contact us to learn how!
See Past Events tab for more event photos.  Video excerpts to come!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Last Call for An Evening With Christina Paxson


For An Evening With
Brown President
Christina Paxson


Friday, July 21, 2017
Newport Coast Community Center
Newport Coast and Willinger Rooms
6401 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657
7:00 p.m.
Complimentary wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres
7:30 p.m.
Remarks by President Paxson

RSVP via email to Scott Westerfield '79

or phone at 949-636-1975

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Seats Are Almost Gone for An Evening With Christina Paxson - Reserve Yours Now

Join us for an evening with

President Christina Paxson

Friday, July 21, 2017
Newport Coast Community Center
Newport Coast and Willinger Rooms
6401 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657

7:00 p.m.
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

7:30 p.m.
Remarks by President Paxson

RSVP by July 17th to Scott Westerfield '79

or phone at 949-636-1975

Friday, June 23, 2017

Brown Club Orange County Invites You to an Evening with Christina Paxson!

Join us for an evening with
President Christina Paxson

Friday, July 21, 2017

Newport Coast Community Center
Newport Coast and Willinger Rooms
6401 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657

7:00 p.m.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

7:30 p.m.

Remarks by President Paxson

RSVP by July 17th to Scott Westerfield '79
or phone at 949-636-1975

Friday, June 2, 2017

LAST CALL - Jabberwocks Family Concert at Albakri Residence Saturday, June 3

Jabberwocks Family concert at the Albakri Residence Saturday June 3

Home of Amina and Hassan Albakri,
(rsvp for address)

: Free

The Jabberwocks played to a capacity crowd at the historic Blue Beet in Newport Wednesday night. Their last concert here was 2013 so don’t miss their final performance in OC on the first leg of their 2017 West Coast tour.

TIME: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
including a concert  from 3:00-3:45 followed by a kids' music workshop.

For more information contact: Hassan Albakri '00 at 917-608-7700 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Science in the Age of Trump with former NY Times Science Editor Cornelia Dean '69

Join us Wednesday, June 7th for a forum
“Talking About Science in the Age of Trump,”

featuring Cornelia Dean ’69, long time science writer and former Science Editor of the New York Times, affiliate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Brown, discussing her new book Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin(Harvard U. Press)

Ms. Dean will be joined by two UCI scientist/activists, Kevork Abazajian and Kathleen Treseder, to discuss the timely topic of how to help non-scientists deal with and evaluate scientific controversies and scientific "fake news.” 

Location: University Hills Community Center
on the UCI campus,
1083 California Ave., Irvine, CA 92617,
hosted by Judy Kaufman ’69.

Admission: FREE but please rsvp to ensure adequate seating.
Click Here to Register
 Questions? Call Scott at 949-636-1975 or
Judy at 949-929-5919

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Jabberwocks Are Coming to Orange County May 31st and June 3rd only

Come see the world-famous Jabberwocks, Brown's oldest a capella singing group, two dates only.

Wednesday, May 31st, at The Blue Beet, OC's oldest restaurant bar at 107 21st Place, Newport Beach, CA 92663; from 7:00-8:20 p.m. Free admission - no cover charge. Registration requested.


Saturday, June 3rd, at the beautiful residence of Amina and Hassan Albakri '00, 1789 Port Tiffin Circle, Newport Beach, CA 92660; for an afternoon, family party from 3:00-5:00 (concert ~3:00-3:45 with kids' music workshop following). Free admission, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

To RSVP for The Blue Beet concert on Wednesday, May 31st, click here: Blue Beet registration
To RSVP for the Family Concert and kid's music workshop at the Albakri residence on Saturday, June 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 click here: Family Concert and workshop registration

Questions? Contact Hassan Albakri 917-608-7700 or Scott Westerfield 949-636-1975

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alumni Career Panel at Corona del Mar High School

 Corona del Mar High School
 Present a Panel Discussion on:
 Choosing the Right College Curriculum 
to find the Perfect Job
Network with local Brown alumni and learn how their curricular choices impacted their professional lives.  Our panelists include Orange County-based Brown alumni from a wide cross-section of careers, from fresh graduates to seasoned professionals in the medical, legal, media and business fields.

Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Corona Del Mar High School - Student Resource Center
2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach

Members of this prestigious Brown Alumni panel include: 
o    Shane Criqui '00, partner, Stuart Kane law firm
o    Geof Garth '­­75, president, Aspen Medical Products
o    Karen Shapiro '­­80, independent media producer
o    Jamie Temko '15, medical student, UCI
o    Suzanne Waggoner '­­84, personal stylist, J. Hilburn Menswear

Admission and parking are free and pre-registration is requested.
For more information contact:

·         Scott Westerfield,  
949-636-1975 or

·         Hassan Albakri, 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Back Bay Kayak Cleanup Day Saturday May 6

Brown Club Orange County Day of Service 

Join us for some fresh air, exercise and good karma while you help keep the OC "Green"!

Back Bay Kayak Cleanup Day 2017

Kayaks/paddles/flotation vests will be provided free to participants. These kayaks are the very stable "sit on top" type used for rentals to novices - or you may use your own.
Bring a shade hat, drinking water, a trash collection bag and any sort of lightweight stick or pole for use in snagging things while sitting in the kayak.

Aquatic Center, 1 Whitecliffs Dr, Newport Beach
Date: Saturday, May 6th, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
RSVP to Marc McReynolds:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring Ahead with Brown Club Orange County!

Hold the Dates for these BCOC Spring Events

As we “spring forward” into Daylight Savings Time, Brown Club Orange County is gearing up for a busy spring 2017 calendar. You will want to “hold the date” for these upcoming events:

Thursday, April 27th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. BCOC hosts our 2nd Career Panel at Corona del Mar High School. Accomplished local Brown alumni from the worlds of healthcare, law, business and media production share their experiences about how Brown prepared them for their current careers. Alumni, students, parents and friends of Brown will all enjoy hearing their stories and networking with each other.

Wednesday, May 31 to Sunday, June 4th. The famous Brown Jabberwocks a capella singers return to Orange County for two command performances. We are working on an appearance at the Blue Beet in Newport Wednesday, May 31 and a private venue concert the following weekend. The Jabberwocks haven’t toured the west coast since 2013, so you won’t want to miss this rare appearance!

Wednesday, June 7th. 6:30-8:30 p.m. BCOC presents Cornelia Dean ’69, former Science Editor of the New York Times and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Brown, discussing her new book Making Sense of Science:  Separating Substance from Spin. says “Cornelia Dean draws on thirty years of experience as a science journalist with the New York Times to expose the flawed reasoning and knowledge gaps that handicap readers with little background in science." 
Publisher’s Weekly finds “Dean’s excellent primer will be welcomed by those who find themselves lost in the fog of rival claims about scientific issues that affect us all.”

Join us for a fascinating and timely discussion of the intersection between evidence-based science, public perception and government policy-making.

More details and registration links to follow…
Ever true,
-Scott Westerfield/Pres. BCOC
C: 949-636-1975