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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 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.

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.

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

Roving Eye Film Festival: The Jewish Experience

Hosted by RWU Adjunct Professor Alice Cross and RWU Multifaith Chaplain Rev. Nancy Soukup, join us for a night of programming that focuses on the Jewish experience through film and guest speaker, Yonathan Friesem. Yonathan is an award winning producer and media educator from Isreal. His has been awarded for “best short film,” for his co-production of the film “Mur’alim,” and contributed as a co-producer on the award winning film, “Yeladim Tovim.”

Our 2015 Film/Speaker Series on The Jewish Experience was generously sponsored by The Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation.

Films will include:

"Paratiisin Avaimet," directed by Hamy Ramezan | 28 Min. | 2014, Finland & Turkey Iran, 1984.
Homeless brothers Majid (15) and Adel (11) try to survive their daily lives in a war-torn country. They attend school and work in their spare time, but life gets harder day-by-day.

Roving Eye Film Festival: Documentary Showcase

New documentaries from around the world offering portals of discovery. 

"Joanna," directed by Aneta Kopacz | 40 Min. | 2013, Poland
Joanna is an attractive and intelligent woman, who is told that she will die within the next three months. She promises her 5-year old son, Jas, that she will do her best to survive as long as possible. The documentary follows the life of Joanna, and her everyday existence.

"Stink!" Directed by Jon J. Whelan | 90 Min. | 2015, USA
"Stink!" is a first-person story about one fathers absurd journey to find out what kinds of chemicals are hidden in a pair of his kid’s pajamas. Director Jon Whelan confronts the secret culture of cheap and toxic chemicals that permeate our everyday products.