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National Exhibition on Lincoln's Legacy Kicks Off at RWU Next Week

September 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With a country divided over the issue of slavery and torn apart by civil war in the 1860s, Abraham Lincoln faced an extraordinary test as President of the United States. A national traveling exhibition coming to Roger Williams University will examine the difficult decisions that confronted President Lincoln – whether to adhere to executive constraints within the Constitution or flex his powers as Commander-in-Chief to ensure that America continued to live up to the ideals of liberty and equality for all.

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'WikiLeaks Lawyer' David Coombs Joins RWU Law Faculty

August 26, 2014


BRISTOL, R.I. – As its Fall 2014 semester begins, Roger Williams University School of Law has welcomed renowned WikiLeaks defense lawyer David Coombs to its faculty as Visiting Associate Professor of Law.

Coombs, who has previously taught at RWU Law as an adjunct faculty member, will be coaching the school’s trial team  and teaching “Criminal Procedure: Investigation,” a required second-year course, during the Spring 2015 semester.

In recent years, Coombs – whose Providence-based law practice focuses on defense work in military courts-martial proceedings – won national media attention as the lead defense counsel for Chelsea Manning f/k/a PFC Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted last summer in the largest leak of documents in United States history.

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.

Working in Global Health

"Working in Global Health: Public Health and Global-Service Learning," a presentation and discussion by Meredith Mick, CEO of FIMRC (Foundation for the Medical Relief of Children).

The Roger Williams University community is invited to a talk about global health works and opportunities in global service-learning. The RWU chapter of FIMRC is an active club who organizes fundraisers in support of FIMRC projects, collects donations for FIMRC sites, explores questions around global service-learning, and strives to educate and participate in local public health volunteerism. Join in the discussion! This social justice talk is sponsored by the RWU chapter of FIMRC, which can be contacted at

Ferguson: An Open Forum on Race, Privilege, Ethics, and the Law

Join us for a dialogue and open forum about recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and learn why it matters to us all. Are you mad about it? Don't know about it? Feel like it doesn't affect you? Do you think things are better in New England? Ferguson affects everyone. Come to learn, come to share, come to witness.

Info Session: 10 Days in Paris

Information Session about Summer 2015 trip to Paris with Professors D'Amore and Meriwether.

Tuesday’s ABC6 Gubernatorial Debate at RWU Postponed

September 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University learned today from WLNE-TV ABC6 that the Gubernatorial Debate scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Campus Recreation Center will be postponed until further notice due to a scheduling conflict.

While the hope is to find a new date in late September or early October that will allow the Roger Williams campus to serve as the venue for the debate and the live ABC6 broadcast, those details have not yet been confirmed. The university expects to share specifics on a potential rescheduled debate – along with complete details on the ticket reservation process – in the coming two weeks.

In summary: the Gubernatorial Debate will not take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16; more details on a possible rescheduled debate at Roger Williams will be provided soon.

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Student Showcase: "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War"

Student projects relating to the traveling exhibition "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" will be presented alongside the exhibition throughout the week.

This event is part of a series of Roger Williams University sponsored programs – from faculty lectures to performing arts productions to a student project showcase – held in conjunction with the traveling exhibition: “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” on display in the University Library from September 23 to October 31. The exhibition is sponsored by the American Library Association in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities and based on the original exhibition developed by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Check PDQ calendar for a schedule of events. For more information, please visit

Great Films Series: "Glory"

"Glory" (1989) is the heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. Denzel Washington stars in this Oscar-winning performance as the runaway slave who embodies the indomitable spirit of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts, along with Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Edward Zwick. Jennifer Stevens, a professor in the Department of History and American Studies, will provide a brief introduction. Sponsored by the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences.

Screening of "Lincoln"

In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience -- end slavery or end the war.

Director Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln" (2012) dramatizes President Abraham Lincoln’s attempt to gain congressional approval for the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States and its territories.

James Tackach, a professor in the Department of English & Creative Writing, will provide a brief introduction to the film.