BRISTOL, R.I. – In April 2008, journalist and filmmaker David Wilson reignited a national dialog on today’s race issues by releasing a groundbreaking documentary film, “Meeting David Wilson.” The film followed his journey to North Carolina where he not only discovered the plantation where his relatives were enslaved, but also a descendent of the slave master: a 62-year-old white man also named David Wilson.
On Tuesday, April 1, members of the public are invited to spend an evening with Wilson, learn more about his transformative journey and discuss America’s racial divide as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series.
A prolific writer, Richard Blanco’s poetry explores the intersections of his identity as a Cuban-American and openly gay poet and engineer whose journey has taken him from the shores of Miami to the foothills of rural Maine to the White House, where he became the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant and gay writer in U.S. history to serve as the inaugural poet at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. His poem, “One Today,” was written specifically for the occasion and reflects Blanco’s understanding of what it means to be an American and together.
History lauds the men who fought to forge America’s identity as a democratic society, but little is written about the bold and brilliant women who worked beside them under dire circumstances. From the hearthside to the front lines, the wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of the Founding Fathers were enterprising and unyielding in their efforts to support the Revolution – from running farms and businesses to raising money for troops and fighting alongside them in battle. Why, then, do the Founding Fathers get all the credit?
When acclaimed journalist David Wilson traced his genealogy to North Carolina, he not only discovered the plantation where his relatives were enslaved, but also a descendent of the slave master: a 62-year-old white man named David Wilson.
Join FIRMC and the Dance Team in our 2nd Annual So You Think Your Professor Can Dance event. You will see the following professors dance with a member of the Dance Team: Adria Updike (Physics), Autumn Quesada-Grant (History), Kerri Warren (Biology), Charlotte Carrington (History), Paul Bender (Writing Studies), Margret Case (English Literature), Michael Wright (Philosophy), Paola Prado (Journalism), John Zajicek (Assistant Director of Student Programs) and Danny DiCamillo (Assistant Director of Residence Life) Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Well into the second year of Affordable Excellence, what began as an engaging dialog about the issues of cost, debt and jobs in higher education has taken root at Roger Williams. Ideas have been put into action via Community Partnerships Center projects, University-wide efforts to best prepare students for careers and competitive job markets and strategic initiatives to both freeze and guarantee tuition for as long as fiscally possible.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Discover that an accidental gulp of seawater contains about 100,000 marine viruses, or how the hit show Breaking Bad undermines the family defense theory – and much more – in the recap of all the stories reported in the inaugural semester of the “10 on Tuesday” feature series.
Kicking off this semester, the “10 on Tuesday” series provided a fresh take on university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more. Via faculty members, students and visiting lecturers (to name just a few sources), the series leverages the expertise on campus to examine new research, ideas and visions for tackling issues big and small.
Missed any of the weekly stories? Here’s another chance to read through the maiden series line-up:
BRISTOL, R.I. – Would you like homefries with that is not a question students often hear uttered by the Roger Williams University President or the Dean of the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, but it’s all part of the fun and tradition of Late Night Breakfast.
The night before finals begin at the end of each semester, the University provides a nighttime buffet of breakfast favorites to fuel students for the challenging week of exams ahead (as well as an entertaining diversion from cramming) by having faculty and staff dish up the meals. Sponsored by the Inter-Residence Hall Association and supported by the Dining staff, this campus tradition is a favorite among students.
From students in wacky costumes (part of the night’s excitement) to lots of shared laughs, view a photo slideshow below of Wednesday’s Late Night Breakfast:
Editor's note: This story is part of the10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.
BRISTOL, R.I. – It’s a rite of passage for college students across the U.S., and with a semester’s success on the line final exams can pack a mental punch that even the savviest students dread. Between writing research papers and cramming for exams, late nights become all-nighters, often compromising students’ health and wellness. And while everyone has their own tricks and strategies to conquer the finals challenge, one tip is particularly well-proven: adequate preparation.
The College and University Research Collaborative – a statewide public/private partnership that connects public policy and academic research via Rhode Island’s 11 higher education institutions – has awarded research grants to RWU faculty members Gilbert Brunnhoeffer, Matthew Gregg, Rupayan Gupta and Linda Riley.
Each of these faculty members has formed cross-institutional research teams with scholars from other academic institutions to complete projects related to the Collaborative’s current research areas.
Gregg and Gupta – economics faculty members at Roger Williams – are working with Michelle Bach-Coulibaly of Brown University on a project titled “Measuring Successful Arts and Culture Strategies.” The effort will comparatively analyze a set of successful arts initiatives in the U.S. and will provide a series of criteria to measure arts and culture policy success in Rhode Island.