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The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery, and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. Providence, Rhode Island — Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries — is a vibrant place to live, work, and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity.