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Reflections from the Other Side of the World

April 7, 2014

KOCHI, JAPAN – I had never really been to another country before. I technically went to Canada once—to see Niagara Falls—but I’m not totally convinced that counts. This was all before about two months ago when I was offered the opportunity to travel to Japan during the final week of March with Robert Eisinger, dean of Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences. Kochi University – in the southern city of Kochi, Japan – was running a pilot study abroad program and was looking for students and faculty from several universities to become involved. I was psyched because, as an East Asian studies minor, I had studied and read a lot about the country, but I still had never actually been there. Fourteen hours, two flights and several cups of airplane coffee later that changed and, for the first time, I was on the other side of the world.

Tuesday // March 25, 2014

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 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.