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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.

Fulbright Scholar Anthony Salazar ’15 to Teach in Germany

May 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With his eyes on the prize of a Fulbright award at the culmination of his undergraduate career at Roger Williams University, Anthony Salazar ’15 learned just six days before Commencement that his hard work and dedication have in fact earned him the distinction of Fulbright Scholar.

An international relations and German major, Salazar was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to teach English to primary or secondary schoolchildren in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, a mountainous region in the southwestern part of the country that borders France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Salazar is the fourth Roger Williams student in the past decade to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. A highly competitive and prestigious honor, the Fulbright Program awarded only 20 percent of nearly 5,000 applicants an English Teaching Assistant grant this year.

“I’ve been working hard with a Fulbright Scholarship in mind for the past four years; it’s been a lot of motivation to perform exceptionally well academically,” says Salazar, who leaves in late August to spend a year in Germany.

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RWU Grad Translates Research into Japan Teaching Appointment

May 8, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Ryan Monahan ’15 is just days away from graduating, but has a lot more on his plate than final exams – and a lot more on his résumé than the average student’s work study job. An English major and educational studies minor, Monahan has already established a professional portfolio of research and literature even before receiving his bachelor’s degree. With his eye on improving the future of the American public school system, he’ll first detour to Japan where he will teach English to Japanese schoolchildren.

“In the education program we talk about how to teach students, as well as the idea that teachers are also learning from their students through their interactions,” says Monahan. “I believe that I’ll learn a lot by teaching in public schools and even more by teaching in a new country – being exposed to a totally new culture and completely new area of the world to me.”

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An Hour With Dominican Republic

Join members of the community to hear all about the traditions and customs of the Dominican Republic from two RWU students. Traditional, light snacks from the Dominican Republic will be provided for you to enjoy. This will be the last 'An Hour With' series of the year, so don't miss it! This is a merit point program for students living on campus. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

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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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. 

Roving Eye Film Festival: The Jewish Experience

Hosted by RWU Multifaith Chaplain Rev. Nancy Soukup, join us for programming that focuses on the Jewish experience through a series of short films. Our 2015 Film/Speaker Series on The Jewish Experience was generously sponsored by The Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation.

Films will include:

"HaDerech Shel Ben," directed by Noam Oz-Setter | 55 min. | 2014, Israel, Mongolia
On August 9, 2006, a platoon of Israeli paratroopers operating in Dabel Miri, a Lebanese village, was hit by a Cornet missile fired by Hezbollah. Nine soldiers were killed. Ben Sela was one of them. He planned to devour the world but managed only a small taste. One of the formative journeys in his short life was to Mongolia, a year before the war in Lebanon. Ben and Avsha, riding horses, crossed the challenging Mongolian wilderness. Six years after his death his parents, joined by Avsha, are planning to follow his journey. They will go to the end of the world to get closer, as much as possible, to their beautiful child that is no longer with them.

Roving Eye Film Festival: The Jewish Experience

Hosted by RWU Multifaith Chaplain Rev. Nancy Soukup, join us for programming that focuses on the Jewish experience through a series of short films. Our 2015 Film/Speaker Series on The Jewish Experience was generously sponsored by The Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation.

Films will include:

"Pastrami," directed by Richard Böhringer | 7 min. | 2014, Germany, Israel
Hearing the rocket sirens, an Israeli family stops their car at the site of the road and ducks for cover. The father realizes, that he has to find an explaining for this unusual event to his scared son.

"Josef et Aimee," directed by Ben Shirinian | 14 min. | 2014, Canada
Josef and Aimee is a magical childhood love story about two children orphaned in the south of France during WWII. In this story of childhood love, loss and struggle, a young boy's quest to reunite with a cherished friend takes him on a journey where he finds so much more.

Roving Eye Film Festival: Short Film Showcase

"Sweet Cornn" directed by Joo Hyun Lee | 19 min. | 2013, South Korea, USA
Bong-Moo, an old stubborn farmer, takes extraordinary measures to save his cornfield and ends up receiving some surprising results in the end.

Roving Eye Film Festival: Director's Showcase

Learn about the art and craft of making a short film, from the selection of the subject matter to undertaking an international shoot with guest director Anya Leta. During the showcase, Anya’s film, “Points of Origin,” will be screened. Anya is a writer and film director who has spent the last five years making films in Asia, but is now the Director/Co-Producer at In The Flicker of Los Angeles. In the past, Anya has won “Best Short Screenplay,” at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

"Points of Origin," directed by Anya Leta | 19 Min. | 2014, India
Will the relationship between an American radio host and his wife survive the ethical dilemmas of outsourced pregnancy in India? The film’s director, Anya Leta, and lead actor, Ankar Vikal, will be in attendance. Vikal is currently appearing in NYC performing in "NIRBHAYA."

For more information and a complete schedule of events and locations, please visit http://www.film-festival.org/RovingEye.php