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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.

Day of Silence and Breaking the Silence Ceremony

The Day of Silence is an event dedicated to honoring those whose voices were lost or unheard due to discrimination. Join SAFE at D'Angelo Commons (area in front of Roger's statue) for a "Breaking the Silence" ceremony.

Film Screening: "Beautiful Daughters"

"Beautiful Daughters" is a film about the first all transgender production of Eve Ensler’s "The Vagina Monologues." "This is the first gathering of the best and brightest of the transsexual community coming together to present a powerful message to change stereotypic views of transsexual women." - LOGO website. The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion.

University to Host Fourth Annual Tournées French Film Festival from April 4 to 9

April 1, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University and Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) are collaborating to bring a medley of acclaimed French films to campus with the fourth annual Tournées French Film Festival from April 4 to 9. The festival will present six new and classic French feature films starring seasoned players, new talent, and marquee American actors like Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz. It kicks off Monday with “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” an influential 1959 film that reinvented the concept of chronological narrative of storytelling.

All films – screened with English subtitles – will be free and open to the public. Festival screenings will be held in Global Heritage Hall, Room G01.

The full schedule of film screenings is available here:

1st Annual International Indigenous Peoples Cultural Conference

The 1st Annual International Indigenous Peoples Cultural Conference (2IP2C) will take place on Saturday, April 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Roger Williams University’s School of Continuing Studies, 150 Washington Street, Providence. The Providence Cultural Equity Initiative and the Community Development program in the School of Continuing Studies have partnered for this one day conference which will feature informative workshops, cultural performances and panel discussions with internationally recognized and respected American Aborigine leaders. Workshops will focus on topics related to Identity & Sovereignty, Economics Empowerment & Self-Sufficiency and Remedy & Advancement. There will also be a focus on highlighting the rich diversity that comprises the Pan-Indigenous Community.

Freedom Journey Finale to Focus on Civil Rights, Race, History and Social Justice

February 11, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – To celebrate the culmination of an extraordinary exhibition of photographs documenting the historic Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama in 1965, Roger Williams University and Providence Public Library will host a Freedom Journey 1965 finale event on Wednesday, Feb. 24, as the conclusion of Black History Month nears.

Providence Journal columnist Ed Fitzpatrick and NAACP Providence President James Vincent will lead an armchair discussion on the Civil Rights movement, the establishment of the NAACP and 21st-century issues of race, social justice and human rights. Local community members are invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by Bank of America.

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President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Spoken Word Artist Lemon Andersen

"Can any of us really escape the past?"

This is the question Lemon Andersen asks the audience to consider in his powerful presentation, "Breaking in the Door to Have Your Voice Heard."

Lemon Andersen is a performance artist, playwright, brand architect and Tony Award-winning poet who first garnered national attention in 2002, when he appeared in Russell Simmons's "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway. The show won a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and earned Andersen a Drama Desk nomination for his writing. He later appeared in eight episodes of "Def Poetry" on HBO.

Anderson has spent the last decade performing across the country, inspiring his audience to find their voice and let it be heard. He has appeared in four Spike Lee films, including Inside Man opposite Denzel Washington and The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, and he was the subject of the documentary Lemon, about his journey from three-time felon to bold-faced name -- and how leaving one's past behind just isn't that simple.

Freedom Journey 1965: Exhibition Finale and Armchair Discussion

Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma-to-Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein

Exhibition Finale and Armchair Discussion


Providence Journal Columnist Edward Fitzpatrick

NAACP Providence President James Vincent

In celebration of Black History Month, RWU is presenting a conversation on the Civil Rights movement, the establishment of the NAACP, and 21st-century issues of race, social justice and human rights. This discussion takes place in conjunction with the historic Freedom Journey photographs in adjacent galleries.

Sponsored by Bank of America

Providence Public Library, Auditorium, Third Floor
150 Empire Street, Providence, R.I.

Kindly RSVP by Friday, February 19:
Melanie Stone at (401) 254-3322 or

Screening of "Selma" at Freedom Journey Exhibit

One day before Martin Luther King Jr. day, screening of "Selma" will be presented at Providence Public Library as part of RWU/PPL Freedom Journey exhibit. Free and Open to the Public.

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street, Providence, RI
Auditorium - Level 3

A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.

Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

PG 13; 128 Minutes

Race in America, Then and Now: Reflections on the Impact of the Selma-to-Montgomery March

December 10, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Through the lens of an extraordinary exhibition documenting the historic Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama in 1965, the photographer and a fellow march participant joined a longtime social justice activist on Wednesday evening for a wide-ranging conversation on the history of the fight for equal voting rights, the impact of the continued lack of diversity in present-day positions of authority, and much more.

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