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Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

President’s Distinguished Speakers Series: "The Modern Legacy of the 13th Amendment and Race Relations in the U.S."

In the second visit to RWU by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Leonard Pitts Jr., he will join a panel of experts
and commentators from the University and beyond in discussing the 1865 amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery in America, and its impact over the 150 years since its passage. 

Other panelists include:

  • David Canton – Associate Professor of History, Connecticut College
  • Kamille Gentles-Peart – Associate Professor of Communication, Roger Williams University
  • Hume Johnson – Assistant Professor of Communication, Roger Williams University
  • Laurence Ralph – Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African and African American Studies, Harvard University

The event is also part of a yearlong series at RWU titled 150 Years Later: The 13th Amendment & Race in America, which calls upon us to both celebrate the monumental legislation to abolish slavery, but also to reflect critically on the current state of race relations in the U.S.

How to Talk About Race Without Starting a Riot: David Wilson Returns to RWU

February 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Drawing on history, current events and his own experience as a young black man growing up in Newark, N.J., journalist and filmmaker David A. Wilson has emerged as a leading voice in encouraging an open dialogue and national conversation on race relations in America.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Wilson will make his second visit to Roger Williams University as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series for an event titled “How to Talk About Race Without Starting a Riot.” Wilson’s groundbreaking documentary, “Meeting David Wilson,” will be screened in its entirety, and a question and answer session will follow.

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President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Lawrence Lessig

In a conversation titled "Equal Citizens," preeminent scholar, attorney and activist Lawrence Lessig will explore the issue of political funding and its effect on equality in America.  

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is an expert on intellectual property and Internet policy, and a watchdog on government corruption. He’s also an acclaimed free thinker and visionary, and one of the more captivating voices in America today.

In this presentation, Professor Lessig will discuss how political campaign funding has fundamentally distorted the commitment to equality instilled by our framers more than two centuries ago.

A book signing will immediately follow the event.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call 401-254-3166.

RWU students will receive a 1/3 merit lottery point for attending this event.

Photo credit: Yanai Yechiel

CPC Plan to Transform Abandoned Pawtucket / Central Falls Mill Earns APA-RI Award

December 11, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will award a group of 30 Roger Williams University students (some now recent alumni) and three faculty members for their success in creating a comprehensive redevelopment plan for an abandoned manufacturing property, the former site of The Conant Thread Company and Coats & Clark Mill Complex located on the border of Pawtucket and Central Falls. Through the Community Partnerships Center, business, architecture and historic preservation students worked together with Commerce RI, the Pawtucket Foundation and the two cities to produce a plan aimed at preserving and revitalizing the mill site, an area that has been vacant since 1964.

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Inspiration + Presentation: GSB Student Captures R.I. Elevator Pitch Contest

December 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An up-and-coming mode of sending out personal sentiments to friends and loved ones may cause you to discard altogether traditional notions of “greeting cards” – at least if Willem Delventhal, a senior management major in the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, gets his way.

Evidently it’s a convincing idea. So much so that Delventhal earned honors as top presenter at the ninth annual statewide Elevator Pitch Contest, sponsored by the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, for his proposal to create an online greeting card service that enables recipients to interactively engage in a one-minute game with senders.

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Gabelli School of Business Networking Reception

Networking opportunity for Business students, with a variety of employers. Statistics suggest that 80% of jobs are acquired through networking - making connections with people who may be able to assist you in your career, with the support of your classmates, faculty, deans, and Career Advisers in a relaxed, yet professional networking environment. Bring copies of your résumé and register on Hawks Hunt.

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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Slideshow: Friends Reunite at Alumni Weekend

June 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Friends and families reunited at the 4th Annual Alumni Weekend over golfing, lobster and a glimpse of the work of faculty and students taking place around Roger Williams University.

Highlights of the weekend, held on campus from June 6 to June 8, included the Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic, a casino night and lobster clambake, a Mount Hope Bay tour on the Rum Runner II, the SAAHP Women’s Leadership Network, and much more.

The annual Alumni Association awards ceremony honored the following distinguished alumni:

  • Contessa Brown ’06, ’13M, Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Ashley Gingerella O’Shea ’ 07, Alumni Service Award
  • Peter Kilmartin ’88, ’98L, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award


RWU Appoints Dean of Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

June 5, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has appointed accomplished scholar, educator and administrator Susan McTiernan, Ph.D., to lead the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. As dean, she will serve as the school’s academic and administrative leader.

McTiernan comes to Roger Williams from Quinnipiac University, where she served as associate dean and associate professor of management in the School of Business since 2010.

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Make Peace, Find Love and Don’t Settle – With Words of Advice, the Class of 2014 Graduates

May 17, 2014

Bristol, R.I. – The weather may have started wet, but the sun broke through and Commencement celebrations among more than 6,000 graduates and guests were hardly dampened, as the 1,035 members of the Roger Williams University Class of 2014 culminated their college careers on Saturday at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.

In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates, RWU President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to two special guests: the Honorable Lincoln D. Chafee, the 74th governor of the State of Rhode Island; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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