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Reviving the Legacy of World War I

February 13, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – When reflecting upon World War I, it’s most common for Americans to recall soldiers bogged down in muddy trenches for weeks or months at a time and to picture the gas masks worn by troops and civilians in the advent of fighting with deadly gases.

In fact, there was far more to the war than endless trench battles and chemical warfare.

That’s according to Tori Bodozian and Kellie Dean, students at Roger Williams who, as part of a collaborative Honors Program project, researched the legacy of the century-old Great War. This generic recollection seemed to plague Europeans as well, the sophomores noted while studying abroad last summer in London and Paris.

The Battle of the Masurian Lakes is a great example – a fast-paced campaign fought over 70 miles of Russian soil, the victory for the Allies served as a major turning point in the Eastern Front.

Meet the Learning Commons: A One-Stop Shop for Academic, Technology Needs

February 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Been to the Library lately? Then you’ve noticed the new look. But as part of a longer-term transition from traditional library to The Learning Commons, the first-floor facelift is far more than a mere cosmetic upgrade.

Upon entering the Library, glowing blue signs greet visitors and advertise the new Media Tech Center and Library Information Center, an integration of academic and technology resources in a single location on campus. The previous lobby space has been removed to create more study areas and workstations on the first floor.

On Wednesday, the Learning Commons played host to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Library’s new Media Tech Center – created in partnership with the Information Technology department – and to anticipate further developments in other parts of the building.

Over the last decade, the Library has surveyed students, faculty and staff about the resources, services and facilities they would find most valuable, says Dean of University Library Services Peter Deekle.

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Students’ Free Speech Campaign Reaches Around the World

February 5, 2015

BRISTOL. R.I. – The energetic bustle of a group of students snapping photos drew Josh Avila’s gaze as he climbed the steps to the Dining Commons one day last December. Holding up a sign upon which was written “#Free2Think about our constitutional rights,” the student struck a contemplative pose for the picture, then wiped the slate clean and handed it to the next student.

This was different from how students typically use the landing in the Commons – stumping for club membership or bringing attention to a cause – and Avila was intrigued. Recognizing the sign-maker as his friend Ashley Barton, Avila asked what they were doing.

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

On March 2, Best-Selling Author Nicholas Carr to Explore the Ubiquity of Technology

February 26, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – In a world in which documenting everyday life in snapshots and status updates posted for public view on the web is the norm, while corporations freely collect and share information culled from online identities, the debate remains open: Does the ubiquitous digitization of society helps us or harm us?

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On Money, Politics & Corruption: Scholar, Activist Lawrence Lessig to visit RWU on Feb. 23

February 12, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I., –  Author, attorney and activist Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is an expert on intellectual property and Internet policy, and a watchdog on government corruption. He’s also an acclaimed free thinker and visionary, and one of the more captivating voices in America today.

On Monday, Feb. 23, members of the public are invited to spend an evening with Lessig as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University. In a presentation titled “Equal Citizens,” Lessig will explore political campaign funding in America, which he says has fundamentally distorted the commitment to equality instilled by our country’s framers more than two centuries ago.

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Study Abroad Info Session: RWU Architecture Abroad in Barcelona

Information on our new architecture-based program abroad in Barcelona.

Study Abroad Info Session: Ireland

Check out our programs located in Ireland at the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and National University of Ireland, Galway.

How to Talk About Race Without Starting a Riot: David Wilson Returns to RWU

February 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Drawing on history, current events and his own experience as a young black man growing up in Newark, N.J., journalist and filmmaker David A. Wilson has emerged as a leading voice in encouraging an open dialogue and national conversation on race relations in America.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Wilson will make his second visit to Roger Williams University as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series for an event titled “How to Talk About Race Without Starting a Riot.” Wilson’s groundbreaking documentary, “Meeting David Wilson,” will be screened in its entirety, and a question and answer session will follow.

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Study Abroad Info Session: Perugia, Italy

Information about a one-month study abroad program in Perugia, Italy, during summer 2015. Earn 6 Credits (including Senior Seminar). Includes major trips to Florence and Rome, and weekend trips to Venice and Naples. Faculty members leading the program are Dr. Anthony Hollingsworth and Dr. Lynn Ruggieri.