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In Conversation on Poetry and Social Justice

April 20, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Arriving at the table with widely different experiences in performing their art, two-time RWU slam poetry champ Jared Clough and Tony-nominated spoken-word poet Staceyann Chin sat down together last week for a conversation that explored the universal truths of expressing the human condition through poetry.

In the midst of a day filled with events, all part of a month-long celebration of poetry, diversity and inclusion at RWU, Clough – a sophomore creative writing major and burgeoning slam poet – and Chin shared their approaches to writing and performing poetry in a dialogue for PDQ@RWU.

A First for RWU, Ashley Barton ’15 Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

April 16, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – For her advocacy work to free imprisoned scholars around the world, graduating senior Ashley Barton has been honored as a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow, a prestigious award recognizing a select group of student leaders who create lasting change in communities throughout the country and around the globe.

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University to Host Roving Eye Film Festival from April 12 to 19

April 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – FLICKERS: The Rhode Island International Film Festival and Roger Williams University are collaborating to present the 10th annual Roving Eye International Film Festival from April 12 to April 19. The festival will feature more than 50 international films, including numerous world and United States premieres, as well as workshops with visiting filmmakers and a celebration of legendary film actor Anthony Quinn.

All films will be free and open to the public. Festival screenings will be held in Global Heritage Hall, Room G01, and the University Library’s Mary Tefft White Cultural Center. International films will be screened with English subtitles.

The full schedule of film screenings is available here:

Celebration of Writing

The Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition invites you to the Spring 2015 Celebration of Writing. Students and instructors from all WTNG course levels will be on hand to discuss writing in process and showcase some of their products.  We invite everyone to be a part of the celebration of academic, public, and professional writing. Please contact Nancy Nester, Chair of the Celebration of Writing Committee, at for more information.

Religion and the State Colloquium

Conference on issues related to religion, state and politics with student panels and keynote speakers.

The full schedule is availble here: 

Religion and the State Colloquium

Conference on issues related to religion, state and politics with student panels and keynote speakers.

The full schedule is availble here: 

President's Report: Shining a Light on University's Past, Future

April 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- When most folks think of a searchlight, those immense, unwieldy apparatus that project unmistakable beams of light, often dancing across the nighttime sky. Whether via a traditional carbon arc lamp or powerful Xenon bulbs, searchlights start with a high-intensity source of energy, collected in a parabola-shaped reflector and channeled into a common source -- that powerful beam of light. In many ways, our campus community is a reflective surface in its own right, collecting the energy and lumosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners, returning it to a common source -- Roger Williams University -- and projecting a powerful beam of knowledge, expertise and talent beyond our campus, called upon to solve problems and to serve society. 

Gagliardi Distinguished Seminar Series: Donna Nelson, University of Oklahoma

Gagliardi Distinguished Seminar Series distinguished speaker: Dr. Donna Nelson, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Oklahoma, will deliver a lecture titled "From 'Breaking Bad' to the President of ACS: My Experiences as Science Advisor to 'Breaking Bad' on the Way to Becoming President of one of the World's Premier Scientific Communities."

RWU Commencement

National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick – whose scholarship has made New England’s early history, from the Mayflower landing to the Battle of Bunker Hill, accessible to audiences both on the page and onscreen in the upcoming Ron Howard film In the Heart of the Sea – will address the Class of 2015 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises. University Trustee and President of Samsung Electronics America Tim Baxter ’83 will also be awarded an honorary degree.

This event is not open to the public; tickets are required.

Roving Eye Film Festival: Closing Night Reception

Join us as we conclude our celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Roving Eye International Film Festival, a unique collaboration between Roger Williams University and Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. All programming for the festival has been produced by students in the Curation and Film Production Class.

For more information and a complete schedule of events and locations, please visit