Welcome to Brown Commons, where students draw on a tradition of learning and service as exemplified by our namesakes, former religion and philosophy professor and campus chaplain Coleman Brown, and his wife, community advocate Irene Brown.
Explore our Community
Students from all commons are welcome to join Brown Commons events and follow on social media:
Located at 110 Broad Street is a larger residence that serves as the social house for Brown Commons. As the social house for Brown Residential Commons, the shared areas of this residence are often used for programs and gatherings sponsored by the commons. The house also serves as a residential facility for upper class students who remain involved in the commons throughout their time at Colgate.
Living and Learning
Brown Commons hosts a variety of programs designed to help members build community, enrich education, and have fun.
Each year, the four commons compete for the glory of winning the Commons Cup. Each commons accumulates points by having commons members participate in events within five categories: Intellectual Curiosity, Arts & Culture, Environment & Sustainability, Recreation & Wellness, and Community Engagement.
First Year Seminars (FSEM)
As part of the project of integrating students' living and learning experiences, each year, the Commons plays host to a number of FSEM classes in its residential buildings.
- 130 Energy and Sustainability - Professor Crotty
- 137 Molecules that Rock Your World - Professor Keith
- 143 Natural Disasters: Science, Media, and Movies - Professor Adams
- 150 Literature and Exile - Professor P. Rios
- 158 The World’s Religions - Professor Sullivan
- 163 Intro to Architecture - Professor McVaugh
- 167 Alexander the Great: Fact and Fiction - Professor Tober
- 168 Masters of the Short Story - Professor Luciani
- 183 Archaeology of Death & Burial - Professor DeLucia
- 195 Foundations of Political Thought - Professor Kraynak
- 197 Economics for Non-Economists - Professor Sparber
- 199 Challenges - Professor Barreto
2020-2021 will be posted in the end of August / September
The following faculty and staff direct the commons and support its living and learning goals. Feel free to contact them with any questions.
About the Namesakes
Brown Commons is named after Coleman Brown, who joined the Colgate faculty in 1970 as a philosophy and religion instructor, and his wife, Irene Brown, a tireless community advocate awarded an honorary doctorate in 2011.