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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

Birss Memorial Library Exhibition: Richard Wright's "Native Son"

The 15th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lecture Series celebrates the 75th anniversary of Richard Wright's Native Son, one of the first major works of literature by an African-American writer about African- Americans. As part of the lecture series, a special library exhibition, “Richard Wright’s Native Son: Then and Now,” will be open daily during library hours from February 1 through March 31.

Featured in the library exhibition will be first edition of Native Son, along with photographs of Richard Wright and a controversial unpublished essay by Wright entitled “I Chose Paris.” The exhibition also juxtaposes photographs of South Side Chicago in the 1930s, which is the novel’s setting, and contemporary photographs of protests in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.

RWU Night at the Providence Bruins

The Roger Williams Alumni Association and the RI Alumni Chapter invite you to join us on Friday, February 6, 2015, in downtown Providence to watch the Providence Bruins take on the Manchester Monarchs. The game time is 7:05 pm and tickets can be picked up in the Dunkin' Donuts Center lobby at the RWU table. Be sure to look for the Roger Williams Alumni Association banner and be sure to wear your RWU gear!

The event is open to all alumni, students, and staff. Tickets cost is $18 per/person. Please register here: http://onlinecommunity.rwu.edu/pbruin2014 

Information for Game Day: Tickets may be picked up in the Dunkin Donuts Center Lobby at the RWU Alumni Table. Look for the RWU banner! Wear your RWU gear or anything Blue & Gold to show your school spirit! Free RWU Giveaway for all participants! RSVP by Monday, January 19, 2015, as tickets are limited.

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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For Elders, Designing for Life and Living

November 21, 2014

 

PORTLAND, MAINE -- It’s an age-old question that has no easy answer: where should elders live when they can no longer live on their own?

While an array of options from assisted living to nursing homes to retirement communities are available to the aging population in the U.S., elder housing is hardly one-size-fits-all. And Evan Carroll ’06 is dedicating his architecture expertise to the concept of “life-long design” and together with his partner, Sasha Salzberg, launched Bild Architecture – a design firm focused on housing that meets the social needs of community members.

On the Front Lines of the Yogurt Wars: Peter McGuinness '91

November 20, 2014

NORWICH, N.Y. -- Hot company – cool job. That’s pretty much the way it is for Peter McGuinness ’91 these days.

As chief marketing officer at Chobani – the Greek yogurt titan that set the standard for America’s new breakfast staple – McGuinness, formerly an ad executive as profiled in RWU Magazine Issue #5, has made the leap to the client side. And though he helped direct the creative for Chobani’s ad campaigns during his days at Gotham, he quickly learned that it’s a whole new world.

Slideshow: The Wind Detectives at Work at Tweed Airport

November 12, 2013

EAST HAVEN, C.T. – Hunkered down alongside the runway at Tweed New Haven Regional Airport in April, enveloped by the droning whirr of propeller planes and scream of corporate jet engines, a team of engineering students tinkered with final adjustments for the first test of their invention: a wind shear detection device that would warn small-aircraft pilots of a dangerous change in the wind.

A radical shift in wind velocity or direction, wind shear can cause costly accidents and fatal crash landings. And for general aviation airports like Tweed, and the small-aircraft pilots that fly out of them, there was no solution for detecting this under-the-radar meteorological hazard. Until, that is, Roger Williams’ student engineers identified that as a serious aviation problem and arrived at an idea to make safer landings.

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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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Homecoming & Family Weekend to Feature Fun, Friends

October 21, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Whether you’re a dedicated Hawk who never leaves campus or an alumnus/a seeking to reconnect with old friends, get ready to turn up your blue and gold at Homecoming and Family Weekend! The celebration that conjures RWU pride in students, alumni, families and faculty/staff alike will take place from October 24 to 26. 

Finding something fun to do this weekend won’t be hard – with a jam-packed schedule of lively events, there’s something for everyone. Get in the Hawk frame of mind by supporting winter sports teams at the Midnight Madness pep rally, or by attending any number of games and matches happening on campus. Alumni can revisit their college sports days by playing in the Alumni Softball Game or registering for the Homecoming 5K Race, which is also open to all students, families, and faculty. Families can get to know the area better with tours of campus and of scenic Bristol, and by noshing on candy apples at Autumn Fest on the Commons Quad. Special musical and comedic performances will also be an option for entertainment.

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