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Freedom Journey 1965: A Photographic Journey into Civil Rights History

November 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Featuring a series of striking images captured inside the heart of the action during the harrowing Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama in 1965, an extraordinary exhibition of photographs documenting the pivotal demonstration for freedom will launch its national tour in Rhode Island.

Roger Williams University and the Providence Public Library have partnered to bring Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March to the library for public exhibition beginning on Thursday, Nov. 12. The historic and riveting photographs included in the New-York Historical Society exhibition were captured by Stephen Somerstein, a City College of New York student in 1965 who traveled to Alabama to document the march.

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'WikiLeaks Lawyer' David Coombs Joins RWU Law Faculty

August 26, 2014


BRISTOL, R.I. – As its Fall 2014 semester begins, Roger Williams University School of Law has welcomed renowned WikiLeaks defense lawyer David Coombs to its faculty as Visiting Associate Professor of Law.

Coombs, who has previously taught at RWU Law as an adjunct faculty member, will be coaching the school’s trial team  and teaching “Criminal Procedure: Investigation,” a required second-year course, during the Spring 2015 semester.

In recent years, Coombs – whose Providence-based law practice focuses on defense work in military courts-martial proceedings – won national media attention as the lead defense counsel for Chelsea Manning f/k/a PFC Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted last summer in the largest leak of documents in United States history.

Sea Vegetables – For Dessert!

June 25, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- In the latest issue of RWU, we shared with you a delectable recipe for Miso Seaweed Soup, courtesy of Chef Jonathan Cambra – assistant director of culinary operations and head catering chef for the University’s food services provider, Bon Appetit Management. But what’s dinner without dessert? Carrageenan – a common stabilizing agent derived from Chondrus crispus (a.k.a. Irish moss) – serves a sustainable substitute for gelatin to give the panna cotta its smooth and creamy texture.

Panna Cotta with Seaweed and Grape Compote Garnish

Serves: 6

1/3 C Irish Moss Seaweed
4 C whole milk
3/5 C granulated sugar
1.5 tsp. vanilla

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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A Plea for Peace: R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee Keynote Address to the Class of 2014

May 17, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- There’s nothing quite like a Commencement Day. Those of us in politics talk about the future all the time, but today I feel that it’s really right in front of us. What an honor it is to wish such a promising group of graduates well today. On behalf of the state, I am delighted to welcome you into the company of educated men and women. And I’m quite happy to say that the days when commencements were conducted in Latin have fallen by the wayside.

In the spirit of history, I’d like to quote the poet Horace, written in 23 B.C., and urge you to carpe diem, or seize this day. It belongs to you. You have dreamed of it. You have worked hard to make it happen and now it is here.

Roger Williams has been mentioned previously. The namesake of this exceptional university was himself a Latin speaker, and one of the most learned men in all of Colonial New England. Indeed his education formed him. It helped him become the person he was destined to be.

For 169 New Law Graduates, 'Welcome to a Great Profession'

May 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I., May 16, 2014 – Under moody skies, with glimpses of sunshine alternating with a mid-ceremony rain squall, the Honorable Judith S. Kaye – retired Chief Judge for the State of New York – addressed the 169 graduates of the Class of 2014 during Commencement exercises Friday.

“Welcome to a great profession,” Judge Kaye told the assembled graduates, "one that has helped assure – over the past two-plus centuries – that this remains a land of justice and equal opportunity, dedicated to the values of our founders. Do you know that more than half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were lawyers, as were many of the delegates to the Philadelphia convention, leaders in the revolutionary movement, and drafters and signers of the Constitution? Throughout history, our most pressing social, economic and political issues have rested in the hands of lawyers and judges.”

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Seniors and Alumni Honored as Advocates for Diversity, Inclusion

May 15, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With smiles on their faces beaming as bright as the sun shining through the Global Heritage Hall atrium, student leaders who have dedicated their pursuits to promoting inclusivity and social justice across the campus community were honored this morning for their unrelenting advocacy.

In a poignant ceremony that united seniors, alumni, administrators and staff to celebrate the accomplishments of both the graduating students and departing Associate Dean Ande Diaz – who for seven years has served as director of the Intercultural Center – Vice President of Student Affairs John King presented stoles to 22 seniors who were recognized for their commitment to intercultural learning, collaborative spirit and ethics of campus inclusivity.

The Final Word: Jesse Ramos ’14

May 13, 2014


BRISTOL, R.I. – As the reigning poetry slam emcee whose rhymes are beloved by classmates across campus, it seems only fitting that English and secondary education major Jesse Ramos gets the last word as a student at Commencement. For three years, Ramos – born and raised in Bristol just five minutes from RWU – has captivated the campus community with his verse and enthusiastic presence. After enduring four rounds of auditions to be selected as student commencement speaker, but before he takes the stage on Saturday for one final performance (of sorts), Ramos sat down with PDQ@RWU for a quick Q&A between rehearsals.

Why did you choose to audition for student commencement speaker?

It was a combination of things, I think. I felt like I really had a lot left that I wanted to say to everyone this year. A lot of people I became close to in my class, a lot of professors I had a really deep connection with. So I figured if I had a chance to have all of their attention one last time, I would just want to tell them how much I appreciate them.

Commencement 2014: Full Coverage Available Here

May 17, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – In a time-honored tradition, students at Roger Williams University crossed the Commencement stage and officially became college graduates on Saturday, May 17. Joining the celebration were the 74th Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln D. Chafee, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who each received an honorary degree; Chafee delivered the keynote address. A day earlier, David A. Logan presided over his final Commencement at RWU Law before departing the deanship this summer to return to the faculty this fall. The Honorable Judith S. Kaye, chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals (Ret.), served as keynote speaker.

In the days before and after Commencement, this page will be updated to direct PDQ@RWU readers to stories, slideshows and other coverage related to this year’s exercises. Check back regularly for information updates and new content.

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Students Examine Wasteful Water Habits

April 29, 2014

Editor's note: This story is part of the 10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more

BRISTOL, R.I. – As the weather warms up, many of us are likely to reach for an extra bottle of water – or more – to keep cool. But beware and drink responsibly – that’s the message of a recent Students for a Sustainable Future exhibit showcased at RWU’s Earth Day celebration on April 22, which demonstrated just how wasteful many of our H20 habits may be.  

Comprised of hundreds of empty plastic drinking bottles strung together between three wooden frames – creating the impression of a house – students were welcomed to walk inside and exit with a sense of just how quickly wasted plastic bottles can add up. The whole project was about getting students involved, sophomore visual arts major Jon Pearlstein says.