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So You Want to Start an Oyster Farm?

December 14, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I., – The Roger Williams University Center for Economic and Environmental Development is now enrolling students for Applied Shellfish Farming, a non-credit course offered during the winter/spring semester that teaches both aspiring shellfish farmers and aquaculture professionals the ins and outs of growing oysters, quahogs and other shellfish species commercially.

The 14-week program, led by Dale Leavitt, aquaculture extension specialist and associate professor of biology at Roger Williams University, is designed to aid new and experienced shellfish farmers in growing shellfish farming enterprises in Rhode Island and Southeast New England.

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Remembering the Holocaust with Rosalie Franks

December 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Seventy years have passed since the Holocaust ended with liberation of the concentration camps, but people like Rosalie Franks work to ensure its legacy is never forgotten.

In the 1990s, she devoted five years to interviewing 92 Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (now the USC Shoah Foundation), a web archive of 51,000 video testimonials from survivors around the world.  Since that experience, Franks – a longtime adjunct professor of critical writing, literature and philosophy at Roger Williams – has brought back lessons on human rights and social justice to her classroom.

What preparation did the Shoah Foundation give you?

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Birss Memorial Library Exhibition: "In Cold Blood" and Truman Capote

As part of the 16th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Exhibition, the “'In Cold Blood' and Truman Capote” exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of this major work of literature, hailed as the first major "non-fiction novel." The exhibition is open daily through March 31 during the library's operating hours. 

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"We Shall Remain — America Through Native Eyes: After the Mayflower"

The Department of History and American Studies and the Intercultural Center present a film screening of "We Shall Remain — America Through Native Eyes: After the Mayflower."

In Central Falls, a Bold Design Signals a Bright Future

December 21, 2015

CENTRALL FALLS, R.I. – It may be the smallest city in Rhode Island, but Central Falls – newly nicknamed the “Comeback City” for its recent success stabilizing its finances following Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2011 – has big ideas for growing its economy, creating jobs and improving the city’s business climate.

To add to the city’s resurgence, officials in the Central Falls Office of Planning and Economic Development joined forces with graphic design students and faculty from Roger Williams University as part of a Community Partnerships Center project aimed at creating a new brand identity, including a city logo, that communicates the city’s prosperous and bright future. 

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Inside Scoop: More from RWU Magazine Issue 12

December 14, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – After digging into stories of alumni finding love over pizza, students devising on-the-fly disaster aid in Peru, the impact of the growing Latino population in Rhode Island and so much more within the pages of RWU Magazine Issue 12, we’re prepared to satisfy your hunger for more content.

From extended interviews to photo slideshows and recipes to sear a perfect scup dish, sink your teeth into these extra morsels below from beyond the pages.

Want to see yourself in the next issue of RWU Magazine? Send us your story ideas at

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Celebration of Writing

The Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition will host The Celebration of Writing, an exciting venue for students to showcase their work for a public audience. Students currently enrolled in any WTNG course, regardless of level, are eligible to participate. All genres (posters, papers, presentations, multi-modal projects, etc.) are welcome. While the event runs from 9-1, students and faculty can join in for as much or as little of the day as they would like.

Panel Discussion: "Bristol: Past & Present"

A panel discussion at the museum will provide an open forum to examine the physical changes that have taken place in Bristol and consider the concept of historic preservation against the backdrop of an exhibition featuring old and new images of Bristol’s historic properties and iconic celebrations. Presenters include Adjunct Professor Stephan Brigidi, Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation Kevin Jordan, Visiting Associate Professor of Historic Preservation Catherine Zipf, and the student photographers. 

The panel discussion will be free and open to the public. Donations to the museum are welcome.

Bristol: Past & Present is a student-curated exhibition. The exhibition will be on display from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20, on Thursday to Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

CPC & Newport Restoration Foundation Presentation

Using eighteen of the Newport Restoration Foundation's historic properties as their starting point, students at Roger Williams University have completed extensive archival research at organizations across the state to document the history of these buildings, and the lives of the people who called them home.
Please join them at Doris Duke's Rough Point Mansion as they share their findings. Rough Point is located at 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport, R.I. 02840.
Please visit the NRF website for more details:

Joshua B. Stein Works in Progress Lecture: "Society, Singing, and Sex for the Catholic Woman"

Pleas join the Department of History and American Studies for the second Joshua B. Stein Works in Progress Lecture this semester. Kathryn Lamontagne (Boston University) will discuss her research titled, "Society, Singing, and Sex for the Catholic Woman: Mabel Batten."