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Live@RWU Presents the Johnny O'Neal Trio

After an early career playing gospel piano in churches near his native Detroit, Johnny O’Neal began a lifelong exploration of jazz in 1976. In the early 1980s, he burst onto New York City’s jazz scene with such touch, unparalleled command of tunes and love of performing that he’s still the hottest ticket today.

As a pianist and vocalist, O’Neal’s credits have included Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson and Milt Jackson, among others. In 2004, he landed the role of the illustrious Art Tatum in the blockbuster movie Ray. Fresh on the heels of “Live at Smalls,” his most recent album, O’Neal takes the stage at Roger Williams University in an intimate performance not to miss.

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ABC6, Cox and RWU Join Forces on Sept. 16 Gubernatorial Debate

August 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One week after Rhode Island’s primary elections, WLNE-TV/ ABC 6 will broadcast the first gubernatorial debate featuring the final candidates on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 pm live from the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol. The hour-long debate is made possible through the generous support of Cox Communications.

ABC6 News Anchor John DeLuca will moderate the program. Panelists will include ABC6 News Anchor and Chief Political Analyst Mark Curtis, WHJJ Radio talk show host Ron St. Pierre, and Robert Eisinger, dean of the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences at Roger Williams.

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The Secret Life of Seaweed: Intersecting Science and Art

In her recent book “An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed,” artist and avid beachcomber Josie Iselin reveals the unexpected beauty of seaweed, an often overlooked but fundamental aspect of ocean life that has great value for human health and well-being. Produced on a flatbed scanner, Iselin’s vibrant portraits of ocean flora reveal the exquisite color and extraordinary forms of more than 200 specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts, bringing the traditional pressed seaweed specimen into a contemporary format. Her engaging text takes the reader into the world of seaweed, observing its habits and describing its natural history.

Iselin – a photographer, writer, and book designer with six previous books to her credit – will discuss using art and design to enhance an appreciation and understanding of science and the environment. Sponsored by RWU Division of Marine and Natural Sciences, with support from R.I. Science & Technology Advisory Council and the National Science Foundation.

Talking in the Library: How Research Tells the Stories from History

“From the Stacks to the Pages: How Research Tells the Stories from History” features a panel discussion with a historical author and a historical re-enactor. Taylor M. Polites is the author of The Rebel Wife and other works appearing in the anthologies, Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, and the upcoming, Providence Noir. He teaches in the Wilkes University Creative Writing MFA program, at Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Jeffrey Meriwether is an Associate Professor of History at RWU and a U.S. Navy Reservist. Since 2003, Meriwether has taken full advantage of the region’s colonial roots by signing on as a Revolutionary War re-enactor with His Majesty’s Tenth Regiment of Foot, one of several British regiments stationed in the Boston area during the Revolution.

Talking in the Library: Lincoln in Fiction

In conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” RWU Writer-in-Residence Adam Braver revisits his debut novel, “Mr. Lincoln's Wars.” Braver is the author of five novels. His books have been translated and published in France, Italy, Japan, Turkey and Russia. They have been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Program, the Book Sense 76 list, and the Indie Next list. 

Talking in the Library: From Oceanographer to Young Adult Author

In this lecture on writing for young adults, Padma Venkatraman chronicles her journey from oceanographer to young adult author. Venkatraman is the author of the acclaimed young adult novels Climbing the Stairs, A Time to Dance, and Island’s End. As a young child she developed a keen interest in math, science and literature. As a result of the tug-of-war between her passion for the world of numbers and the world of words, she moved to the United States from India at the age of 19 to pursue a graduate degree in oceanography. Currently she teaches at URI.

Grow, Eat Your Own Oysters: Dockside Aquaculture Program Returns

July 29, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Rhode Island coastal homeowners can now grow, eat and enjoy their own oysters as Roger Williams University kicks off registration for its dockside aquaculture program, a summer course offering that provides local residents with the knowledge, tools and official license to safely farm oysters on their waterfront property.

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RWU Joins Planet Forward University Consortium

July 7, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University is one of 10 universities internationally to join the Planet Forward University Consortium, a newly launched multimedia, digital storytelling collaborative aimed at providing an added voice for those working on sustainability challenges such as food security, water, energy and climate change.

Based at the Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Planet Forward engages young people, opinion leaders, and innovators in finding solutions for the biggest challenges facing the planet. It provides a forum for experts and engaged citizens to come together to find solutions to shared challenges, specifically in the areas of energy, climate and sustainability.

From Seaweed to Secret Passageways: Beyond the Pages of RWU Magazine Issue 10

June 24, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Wanted more between the pages of RWU Magazine's spring issue? Us, too! Whether you're enjoying your issue of RWU poolside, lakeside or surfside, here is some extra content to sink your teeth into -- from seaweed recipes to misunderstood zombies. 

And, while you revel in the relaxation of summer break, we'll be hard at work creating the next issue. As always, we want to hear from you, our readers. Let us know how you like the current magazine and send us your story ideas at Happy reading!

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Slideshow: Friends Reunite at Alumni Weekend

June 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Friends and families reunited at the 4th Annual Alumni Weekend over golfing, lobster and a glimpse of the work of faculty and students taking place around Roger Williams University.

Highlights of the weekend, held on campus from June 6 to June 8, included the Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic, a casino night and lobster clambake, a Mount Hope Bay tour on the Rum Runner II, the SAAHP Women’s Leadership Network, and much more.

The annual Alumni Association awards ceremony honored the following distinguished alumni:

  • Contessa Brown ’06, ’13M, Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Ashley Gingerella O’Shea ’ 07, Alumni Service Award
  • Peter Kilmartin ’88, ’98L, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award