Islam and the Humanities

Conference 2018


The conference is being held at the Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI, at Brown University. A map of the University can be found here.

BROWN UNIVERSITY is located in Providence, Rhode Island about one hour from Boston and three hours from New York.  The campus is located in the city’s historic district on picturesque College Hill, cleverly disguised by mossy brick and ancient trees.  Downtown is just a few blocks away from campus and boasts a scenic riverfront, concert venues, shopping and a diverse variety of restaurants all waiting to be explored.

Hampton Inn Downtown Providence
58 Weybossett Street
Providence, RI 02903
Tel.: 401.608.3500



Boston Logan Airport  is situated approximately 49 miles north of Providence.

Train: Amtrak / North East Service or Acela 
Amtrak offers many daily runs between South Station and Providence. South Station may be accessed from Logan Airport by either Silver Line Shuttle or Taxi. The Silver Line service takes approximately twenty minutes. An adult fare is $1.25. A taxi will cost about $15.00 an will take about 10 minutes.
North East Service from Boston South Station = approximately $22.00
Acela from Boston South Station = approximately $88.00 round-trip

Commuter Rail: MBTA – there is an excellent commuter rail service between Boston and Providence.

Bus: Peter Pan Bus Service 
Boston Logan to Providence Kennedy Plaza, located next to the Biltmore Hotel. Depending on time of day, the fare is approximately $46.00 round-trip

Taxi: Brown University does not reimburse expenses for a taxi service between Boston and Providence.

Providence TF Green Airport is situated approximately 8.5 miles south of Providence.

Providence Airport taxi:  Approximately $45 one-way from Providence TF Green Airport to Brown University

Providence shuttle departs T.F Green Airport every hour from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday. To ride the shuttle all you have to do is be at one of the stops at the pick-up/drop-off time. The airport shuttle to and from the Biltmore leaves at 22 minutes past, and to/from Brown at 27 minutes past

  • one-way tickets: $11.77
  • contact: 401-737-2868

Rental Cars:

Local Transit:
RIPTA  (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority)

Visitors may find parking on the streets in and around campus, or in Lot 68, also called the Power Street Parking Garage. Entrance to the garage is located at the intersection of Power and Thayer streets.

The lot contains two Pay and Display parking pay stations. One is located at the Power Street entrance and the second is in the far corner of the lot by Brook Street. The Pay Stations accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) and U.S. bills. (Note that the pay stations do not give change.)

Visitor Parking Lot Rates:

  • Mon – Fri 8 am – 6 pm $3.00/hour
  • All Day Rate until 6 pm (M-F) $15.00
  • Weekdays after 6 pm, weekends, holidays $2.00/hour

Workshop Shuttle Times for Speakers only
Event organizers are providing a bus service to bring invited participants from the Biltmore Hotel to the workshop venue at Brown University. The bus will run at the beginning and at the end of each day.

If you miss the bus provided by conference organizers, please ask the Biltmore to use its free shuttle services to Brown.

Average Temperatures in February/March:
February: Low 22F High 39F
March:  Low 30F High 47F

Electrical Voltage and Plug Type:
Plug type: A and B

Middle East Studies Contact Information:
Middle East Studies
Brown University
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
1111 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02912

Visiting Brown:

Things to do in Providence: