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Self, Home and Belonging

April 17, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – The discovery of oneself and a place in the world – a community to belong to and call home – is a universal quest many pursue throughout a lifetime.

For Richard Blanco, his constant exploration of self and country has taken him from Cuba to Miami to the presidential inauguration podium in Washington, D.C., where his lifelong hunt was finally transmuted into a sense of belonging – an embracing of experiences that he expressed in his acclaimed poem “One Today,” written for and shared with Americans across the country as the fifth U.S. inaugural poet at President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration.

Reflections from the Other Side of the World

April 7, 2014

KOCHI, JAPAN – I had never really been to another country before. I technically went to Canada once—to see Niagara Falls—but I’m not totally convinced that counts. This was all before about two months ago when I was offered the opportunity to travel to Japan during the final week of March with Robert Eisinger, dean of Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences. Kochi University – in the southern city of Kochi, Japan – was running a pilot study abroad program and was looking for students and faculty from several universities to become involved. I was psyched because, as an East Asian studies minor, I had studied and read a lot about the country, but I still had never actually been there. Fourteen hours, two flights and several cups of airplane coffee later that changed and, for the first time, I was on the other side of the world.

Tuesday // March 25, 2014

SASH: Community Engagement Celebration

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Student Academic Showcase and Honors

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Click here to read the full program schedule. The Honors Program, the Office of the Provost, and Alpha Chi, in consultation with the SASH Steering Committee, are the primary sponsors of the week-long event. Open to the public.

Student Academic Showcase and Honors

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Click here to read the full program schedule. The Honors Program, the Office of the Provost, and Alpha Chi, in consultation with the SASH Steering Committee, are the primary sponsors of the week-long event. Open to the public.

Student Academic Showcase and Honors

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Click here to read the full program schedule. The Honors Program, the Office of the Provost, and Alpha Chi, in consultation with the SASH Steering Committee, are the primary sponsors of the week-long event. Open to the public.

Jennifer Hochschild: "The Politics of Truthiness"

Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will visit Roger Williams University to speak about "The Politics of Truthiness: Implications for Democratic Governance."

This lecture is sponsored by the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences and the FCAS Social Sciences Division. 

A Journey into America’s Racial Divide

April 3, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – While the original “doll test” was conducted 64 years ago – illuminating the heart-wrenching fact that young children of color regarded themselves as having no value, particularly compared to a white child – that same experiment performed only four years ago in the groundbreaking documentary film, “Meeting David Wilson,” demonstrates how little has changed about the black community’s self-perception since the Jim Crow era.

Again and again in the film, the young black children chose the black doll as “bad,” while the white doll was “good” and the representation of who they preferred to be.

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to Share His Works at RWU on April 15

March 30, 2014

 

BRISTOL, R.I. – Upon reading “One Today” for the millions of attendees and viewers at the second Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama in 2013, acclaimed poet Richard Blanco created a movement that inspired the country to think differently about how poetry can create a new understanding of our communities and our selves.

On Tuesday, April 15, members of the public are invited to enjoy an evening of poetry with Blanco as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

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Student Academic Showcase and Honors

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Click here to read the full program schedule. The Honors Program, the Office of the Provost, and Alpha Chi, in consultation with the SASH Steering Committee, are the primary sponsors of the week-long event. Open to the public.