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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.

New Research Shows Latino Households Face Challenges in Homebuyer Market

February 27, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I., – The Latino Policy Institute (LPI) and HousingWorks RI (HWRI) – two policy groups at Roger Williams University – released an infographic today that shows the challenges facing Latino homeowners and some of the conditions preventing Rhode Island’s Latino renters from entering the homebuyer market.

The analysis done by HWRI reviews median renter household incomes and single-family home prices from 2007 to 2013. During that time, the income needed to afford the median priced single-family home outpaced the household incomes of both Latino and non-Latino renters. However, the median renter household income for Latinos declined 16 percent from 2007 to 2013 while the median renter household income for non-Latinos remained the same.

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Common Reading: "From 'The Circle' to 'The Glass Cage': The Intersection of Technology & Humanity"

Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His latest work, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, challenges our conceptions of technology and demands that we rethink how computerization and digitization work to benefit us all.

Both The Shallows and The Glass Cage address themes identified in this year's Common Reading selection — The Circle by Dave Eggers.

Called an "exceedingly lucid" speaker and one of the "100 Most Influential People in IT," he speaks across the world on information technology, the culture of innovation and business strategy.

A book signing will follow the event.

Attendance is required for first-year students. The event is open to the entire RWU community, with limited seats available tot he greater community. Depending on attendance, some attendees may be seated in an overflow location.

Study Abroad Info Session: RWU Architecture Abroad in Barcelona

Information on our new architecture-based program abroad in Barcelona.

Study Abroad Info Session: Ireland

Check out our programs located in Ireland at the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and National University of Ireland, Galway.

Study Abroad Info Session: Perugia, Italy

Information about a one-month study abroad program in Perugia, Italy, during summer 2015. Earn 6 Credits (including Senior Seminar). Includes major trips to Florence and Rome, and weekend trips to Venice and Naples. Faculty members leading the program are Dr. Anthony Hollingsworth and Dr. Lynn Ruggieri.

Students’ Free Speech Campaign Reaches Around the World

February 5, 2015

BRISTOL. R.I. – The energetic bustle of a group of students snapping photos drew Josh Avila’s gaze as he climbed the steps to the Dining Commons one day last December. Holding up a sign upon which was written “#Free2Think about our constitutional rights,” the student struck a contemplative pose for the picture, then wiped the slate clean and handed it to the next student.

This was different from how students typically use the landing in the Commons – stumping for club membership or bringing attention to a cause – and Avila was intrigued. Recognizing the sign-maker as his friend Ashley Barton, Avila asked what they were doing.

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Study Abroad Info Session: Brazil

This faculty-led 4-credit program combines journalism and service learning to explore Brazil from the perspective of remote communities in the mountain region of Minas Gerais. In their studies of social justice, students will discover how social factors such as race/ethnicity, gender, class, and regional histories affect how communities gain access to or control over resources. Students will produce multimedia news reports about local communities, hear from local experts, visit key cultural and historical sites, and participate in fair trade service learning social justice projects.

Study Abroad Info Session: Italy

Overview of the RWU in Florence & Perugia Programs. Students interested in studying in Italy can get program details and application procedures.

Study Abroad Info Session: London Theatre Program

Learn about the RWU in London (Theatre) Program available in the fall. This program is available to theatre students, dance students and any student interested in doing a Core Concentration in British Studies.