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University Awards $12,200 in Civic Grants to Community Organizations in Bristol

January 12, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – As part of the Fund for Civic Activities (FCA) established in 2007 when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol agreed to a 20-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) accord, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee awarded $12,200 in grant funds to nine nonprofits and local organizations in December.

The awards concludes the 12th cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend RWU’s commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. The University pledged $25,000 annually in FCA grants and to date has distributed $170,101 to support more than 110 projects and initiatives.

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University Named to President's Honor Roll for Community Service

January 5, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. — In the same year in which the University's signature Community Connections program celebrated its 10th anniversary, Roger Williams University has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its community service and volunteer projects in 2014, which ranged from cleaning local parks to running bingo at senior centers, and creating art projects with developmentally disabled adults.

“At RWU, we’ve established a core value of commitment to community through service, and we’re honored to be nationally recognized among our peers that also place such a high value on community work as part of the education we provide to our students,” says KC Ferrara, director of the University’s Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

University to Lease One Empire Plaza, Double Its Providence Footprint

December 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a move that will nearly double its footprint in downtown Providence and allow more students – law students, adult learners and undergraduates – access to enhanced learning and community engagement opportunities in the capital city, Roger Williams University has agreed to lease 76,566 square feet of space at One Empire Plaza from property owner Berkeley Investments, Inc.

RWU President Donald J. Farish, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Berkeley Investments Vice President Barbara Smith-Bacon joined other city, state and community officials for an event today at One Empire Plaza to announce the University’s expansion in Providence.

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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.

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 Lecture Series: Reading "Native Son" in the 21 Century

The 15th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lecture Series celebrates the 75th anniversary of Richard Wright's Native Son (1940), one of the first major works of literature by an African-American writer about African-Americans. 

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.

Study Abroad Info Session: London Theatre Program

Learn about the RWU in London (Theatre) Program available in the fall. This program is available to theatre students, dance students and any student interested in doing a Core Concentration in British Studies.

Study Abroad Info Session: Australia

Information on our programs at the Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Study Abroad Application Workshop

Information session on how to complete the necessary application materials to go abroad