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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.

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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Seniors and Alumni Honored as Advocates for Diversity, Inclusion

May 15, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With smiles on their faces beaming as bright as the sun shining through the Global Heritage Hall atrium, student leaders who have dedicated their pursuits to promoting inclusivity and social justice across the campus community were honored this morning for their unrelenting advocacy.

In a poignant ceremony that united seniors, alumni, administrators and staff to celebrate the accomplishments of both the graduating students and departing Associate Dean Ande Diaz – who for seven years has served as director of the Intercultural Center – Vice President of Student Affairs John King presented stoles to 22 seniors who were recognized for their commitment to intercultural learning, collaborative spirit and ethics of campus inclusivity.

A Passionate Advocate for Social Justice

May 12, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – As the last day of classes drew to a close, Willie Borkai ’14 received the call each soon-to-be graduate hopes to get. Offered a position as case worker with the Key Program in Providence – an agency that provides outreach and advocacy for troubled youth – Borkai was thrilled to learn he would launch his professional career with work that’s aligned with his passion for social justice.

“I love working within the community,” said Borkai, a psychology major and anthropology + sociology minor who has interned in the children’s unit and psychology research department at Bradley Hospital in Providence, and has volunteered at both an orphanage and an ex-convict reintegration program while in South Africa studying abroad at the University of Cape Town.

“I’ve learned through education the importance of having positive role models and how positive people can change the social environment,” he added.

A Celebration of Student Projects for Local Communities

May 1, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – From creating a historic preservation-based rehabilitation plan for Portsmouth’s historic St. Mary’s Church parish house to law students’ collaboration with Bradley Hospital in assisting parents with guardianship decisions for their developmentally disabled children, students from across the academic disciplines showcased their efforts within local communities at yesterday’s Community Engagement Celebration.

A gala event held inside the Campus Recreation Center Fieldhouse demonstrated the collaborative projects executed by students and faculty with community partners from across Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts, as well as global service projects. Via student-led conversations and poster presentations, community partners and University leaders had the opportunity to discuss how students are applying their academic knowledge to address community needs.

View the slideshow below of the event:

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Sailor's Valentine Unveiling and Reception

Gregg Roberts is an artist from Cotuit, Massachusetts. He was commissioned by RWU during the final stages of construction of the Global Heritage Hall to design a Sailor's Valentine that replicates the shape of the window of the Linden House in Bristol. The 48" by 48" Sailor's Valentine represents 1500 hours of work and depicts eight areas and sites from old Bristol. He used local shells and materials, and it was framed using wood from ale vats from the Narragansett Brewery. He will officially unveil his artwork -- currently displayed in the Bristol Heritage Classroom -- and provide the backstory for the commissioned piece.

RWU Earth Fest 2014

Join the RWU Eco-Reps and Bon Appetit for Earth Fest 2014 to celebrate Earth Day. Festivities include live music from Musicians’ Guild and Drastic Measures, food, crafts and games, preparing seedlings for transplant in public parks in Providence, and an electric car on view. Additionally, there will be petitions available to sign to make RI the first state to ban plastic bags. 

An Hour With Haiti

Join members of the community in the School of Engineering Room 124 to hear all about the traditions and customs of Haiti. Light snacks 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 RWU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

East Asian Studies Program: Shuping Yao, "My Witness of the Fall Communism"

Born during the brutal Japanese occupation of China, Shuping Yao has had deep links to history and a fondness of literature since a young age. These interests have driven her research and writing about China’s modern history through fictional format, in particular. In this presentation, Ms. Yao will share her unusual perspectives on the evolution of communism in China. A 1963 graduate of the University of Science & Technology of China, where she majored in Modern Physics, Ms. Yao’s writing includes a number of screenplays about China’s scientists in the 1970s and ‘80s, several novelettes and short stories, as well as a long novel about China’s Cultural Revolution, "Sorrowful Land." The award-winning "He Came from the East," follows the stories of twin brothers who were accidentally separated during the conscription of Chinese laborers during World War One — one was recruited to the French Army and the other ended up in Russia. Parted by that brutal war, they never saw each other again, continuing their separate lives as combatants in World War Two in France and Russia. Ms.