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In the Name of Autism Awareness... On Your Mark, Get Set, Decorate!

March 27, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Get your aprons ready, folks! The 5th Annual Cake Off, hosted by the Roger Williams University Inter-Class Council, is only weeks away.

With sheet cakes, basic decorating supplies and 30 minutes on the clock, as many as 50 teams will compete on Saturday, April 11, in the annual cake sculpture competition. The event is part of a fundraising and awareness campaign in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month.

RWU students, faculty, staff and members of the local community are invited to participate in the competition, which allows teams of three to six members to compete head-to-head for a variety of awards, including “Most Spirited,” in which teams can to wear matching costumes, and “Best Theme Design,” in which teams are encouraged to create a cake that reflects the puzzle piece symbol often used to signify autism awareness. Teams will also have the opportunity to capture honors based on the creativity and design of their cakes.

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Film Screening: "Facing Fear"

Brought to you in collaboration with Sustained Dialogue and SAFE's "Pride Week" celebration, we are honored to present a screening of a short documentary titled "Facing Fear," which highlights LGBTQ issues, forgiveness, and social justice.

The film tells the story of 13-year-old Matthew Boger, who was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living on the streets of Hollywood, he was savagely beaten in a back alley by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. Boger managed to survive the attack and escape life on the streets. Twenty-five years later, Boger found himself in a chance meeting with a former neo-Nazi skinhead, Tim Zaal. The two men soon realized that they had met before -- Zaal was one of the attackers who had beat Boger and left him for dead. 

Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Amish Trivedi

Amish Trivedi, an adjunct faculty member of writing studies at RWU, will read from his recently published book, "Sound/Chest." He will also be available for book signings! There will be a Q&A and book signing after the reading. Books will be for sale at the event in GHH G01.

Roger After Dark: Trivia Crack Night

Roger After Dark and Add Nothing present Trivia Crack Night. Come join us to play Trivia Crack in teams. There will be multiple rounds of trivia, so you can show up anytime and jump in on the next round.

Bilingual Poetry Translation with Santiago Vizcaíno and Alexis Levitin

Ecuadoran poet Santiago Vizcaíno, along with translator Alexis Levitin, will be conducting a bilingual poetry translation performance to celebrate the publication of his new book, "Destruction in the Afternoon," with publisher Lavender Ink.  

Grand Poetry Slam

Grace Ahl returns to host the first Grand Poetry Slam! Eleven RWU student slammers face off against six returning alumni! The Spring slam is part of National Poetry Month, in support of Pride Week, and in memory of Perry Maltese. Special guest judge will be renowned slam poet Staceyann Chin.

Global Fest 2015

The Intercultural Center is proud to present this year's Global Fest, a celebration of cultural diversity at RWU!
This year, attendees can sample delicious culturally-themed food provided by our own Bon Appetit Dining Services and "travel" to over 30 countries represented with food, music, and cultural activities.
Global Fest will open with the Central Falls High School Dance Team performing a mix of West African and Latin American dance and drumming, followed by the Goza Latin Jazz Band performing Brazilian/Latin American music from 12:30 to 1:15. RWU students will share more about cultures from around the world with an international fashion show and student performances showcasing traditional dances and songs.
All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Hawkward Takes the PPAC Stage on Saturday as 'Special Guest' Performers for Jay Leno

March 18, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – When Ali Isham ’13, Perry Cyr ’13 and Katie Marino ’13 formed the a cappella group Hawkward in 2010, the singers never imagined the group would perform for a crowd of 3,000 at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Yet this weekend -- on Saturday, March 21, at approximately 7:30 p.m. -- Hawkward, now 20 members strong, will perform front and center for some of Rhode Island’s biggest champions for the arts at PPAC’s Annual Gala fundraiser as the opening act for late-night television show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno.

An avid fan of a cappella, Leno ultimately selected Hawkward as the “special guest” performers after conducting a search for a local group that began last fall. Five other collegiate, regional and semi-professional groups were considered for the opening role, but Hawkward emerged as the first choice early in the process.

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Film Screening: "Fed Up"

Join us for dinner and a screening of the documentary "Fed Up," an examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

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Guests will be able to bring dinner from the Upper Commons. Seating is limited to 25 guests, so make your RSVP soon.

CEN March Meltdown Daytime Program

Today's program is "Stuff Your Own Jungle Animal."