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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.

Students’ Verses Tug at Hearts in Competitive Poetry Slam

November 13, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On a typically quiet Thursday evening on campus, one classroom broke the stillness last week with a raucous display of artistic creation. One of the most well-attended student events, the 9th biannual Poetry Slam reverberated the auditorium-style classroom with a thunder of poetry, cheering, and music.

For a moment, imagine yourself seated inside the room, the anticipation palpable among audience members and “slammers” alike. Every seat and aisle in the room is filled, with the overspill of spectators poured out through the hallway, raptly listening to slammers they cannot even see for two hours. For the slammers, the energy in the room reflects their minds’ feverish frenzy as they prepare to perform, a feeling of electricity surging through their veins, testing their fight-or-flight response.

Election Day Upshot: Individuals from RWU, RWU Law Earn Key Offices

November 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Election Day 2014 was cause for pride at Roger Williams University, which saw five of its own capture (or recapture) key statewide offices and mayoral appointments, along with 10 seats in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Among the more visible election victories:

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Science and the R.I. Gubernatorial Election

On the eve of mid-term elections, a panel of science experts will discuss how political party platforms relate to the health of Rhode Islanders, STEM education, energy policies, and sustainability.

Panelists include:

  • Avelina Espinosa, RWU Biology & NESP (speaking on health, science education)
  • June Speakman, RWU Political Science (speaking on women’s rights)
  • Max Greene, Staff Attorney CLF (speaking on sustainability)
  • Abigail Anthony Director, Rhode Island Office Environment Northeast ENE (speaking on energy alternatives)

Audience Q&A to follow panel presentation. The event is open to the community and free of charge. This event will be live streamed on

This event is sponsored by New England Science Public (NESP), Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and the RWU Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (RWU SPJ).

Gagliardi Distinguished Seminar Series: "The New Biorganometallic Chemistry Found in Nature’s Hydrogen Processors"

Professor Marcetta Y. Darensbourg is a native of Kentucky, with a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Following academic posts at Vassar College and Tulane University, she joined the faculty at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 1982. She holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Trained as an organometallic chemist and with earlier research programs in low valent transition metal hydrides, the possibility of metal hydrides in nature, specifically as intermediates in hydrogenase metalloenzymes, lured her into the new field of bioorganometallic chemistry. She has been a leader in the development of synthetic analogues of the diiron hydrogenase active site and the insight they bring to the catalytic mechanism of these natural fuel cell catalysts.

HUD Secretary Visits RWU for Discussion on LPI, HousingWorks Affordability Data

October 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Representatives David Cicilline and James Langevin, R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee and others today for a roundtable discussion focused on housing affordability and Latinos in Rhode Island, convened by the University’s Latino Policy Institute and HousingWorksRI at Roger Williams University.

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Transferring Skills and Meeting Needs in Chaos and Insecurity: Life in NGOs in 2014

Jeff Ratcliffe has more than 18 years of experience as a grants manager, country director, and programs manager in post-conflict and international development. He has spent almost his entire career working abroad throughout Africa (including Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Zambia). He has also worked in the Philippines, Haiti, and Honduras.

Ratcliffe has managed grants for work funded by USAID, USDOL, CDC, and private donations. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and speaks Hausa and French. He holds a Master of Public Administration (Utah) and a Master of Humanitarian Services Administration (Connecticut).

Ebola, Sacred Rituals, and 75 Cents: What Needs to Change to Stop the Disease

Jeff Ratcliffe has more than 18 years of experience in post-conflict and international development as grants manager, country director and programs manager. Mr. Ratcliffe has worked in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ratcliffe has managed grants for work funded by USAID, USDOL, CDC and private donations in Haiti, the Philippines, Honduras, Ethiopia, Zambia, Guinea, and the Gambia. Ratcliffe has worked with many organizations including ACDI/VOCA, ChildFund International and the American Refugee Committee. Ratcliffe was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and speaks Hausa and French. Mr. Ratcliffe holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Services Administration.

Social Justice Week: Panel Discussion on Elder Justice

Elder abuse is a growing, and growing-old, concern. Elders, vulnerable and in need of care, are having their lives and life savings compromised by perpetrators—at times by the very people in whom they have placed their trust. But great advances are being made in addressing elders’ capacity and needs; surveying the extent, implication and cost of elder abuse; developing awareness and prevention programs; and conducting coordinated detection, response and mitigation efforts—all in the name of elder justice. Panelists, informed by hard-learned lessons and united by capacity and compassion, represent some of the diverse skills and approaches required to meet the challenges of elder abuse—a complex, multifaceted condition that is being transformed by a collaborative and coordinated response.

This event is part of Social Justice Week 2014. This is a merit point program.


New England American Studies Association Conference

Featuring this year's conference theme, "Emancipations: Lineages, Legacies, and Limits," the NEASA conference will be held at Roger Williams University, a suitable geographic site for dialogues about the complexity of both the meaning and experience of emancipation. Bristol is situated on historically Wampanoag land, and is the site of one of the early battles of King Philip’s War in 1675. During the 18th century, the DeWolfs of Bristol were the leading slave traders in the nation. The town of Bristol was built upon the land of indigenous people and by the wealth of the slave trade.

During this conference, Roger Williams University will host a national exhibition "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, on display in the Unviersity Library. Lincoln declared freedom for slaves, but the legacy of emancipation is more ambiguous.