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Meet the Learning Commons: A One-Stop Shop for Academic, Technology Needs

February 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Been to the Library lately? Then you’ve noticed the new look. But as part of a longer-term transition from traditional library to The Learning Commons, the first-floor facelift is far more than a mere cosmetic upgrade.

Upon entering the Library, glowing blue signs greet visitors and advertise the new Media Tech Center and Library Information Center, an integration of academic and technology resources in a single location on campus. The previous lobby space has been removed to create more study areas and workstations on the first floor.

On Wednesday, the Learning Commons played host to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Library’s new Media Tech Center – created in partnership with the Information Technology department – and to anticipate further developments in other parts of the building.

Over the last decade, the Library has surveyed students, faculty and staff about the resources, services and facilities they would find most valuable, says Dean of University Library Services Peter Deekle.

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New Research Shows Latino Households Face Challenges in Homebuyer Market

February 27, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I., – The Latino Policy Institute (LPI) and HousingWorks RI (HWRI) – two policy groups at Roger Williams University – released an infographic today that shows the challenges facing Latino homeowners and some of the conditions preventing Rhode Island’s Latino renters from entering the homebuyer market.

The analysis done by HWRI reviews median renter household incomes and single-family home prices from 2007 to 2013. During that time, the income needed to afford the median priced single-family home outpaced the household incomes of both Latino and non-Latino renters. However, the median renter household income for Latinos declined 16 percent from 2007 to 2013 while the median renter household income for non-Latinos remained the same.

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On March 2, Best-Selling Author Nicholas Carr to Explore the Ubiquity of Technology

February 26, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – In a world in which documenting everyday life in snapshots and status updates posted for public view on the web is the norm, while corporations freely collect and share information culled from online identities, the debate remains open: Does the ubiquitous digitization of society helps us or harm us?

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On Money, Politics & Corruption: Scholar, Activist Lawrence Lessig to visit RWU on Feb. 23

February 12, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I., –  Author, attorney and activist 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.

On Monday, Feb. 23, members of the public are invited to spend an evening with Lessig as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University. In a presentation titled “Equal Citizens,” Lessig will explore political campaign funding in America, which he says has fundamentally distorted the commitment to equality instilled by our country’s framers more than two centuries ago.

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Study Abroad Info Session: RWU Architecture Abroad in Barcelona

Information on our new architecture-based program abroad in Barcelona.

Study Abroad Info Session: Ireland

Check out our programs located in Ireland at the University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and National University of Ireland, Galway.

Study Abroad Info Session: Perugia, Italy

Information about a one-month study abroad program in Perugia, Italy, during summer 2015. Earn 6 Credits (including Senior Seminar). Includes major trips to Florence and Rome, and weekend trips to Venice and Naples. Faculty members leading the program are Dr. Anthony Hollingsworth and Dr. Lynn Ruggieri.

Study Abroad Info Session: Brazil

This faculty-led 4-credit program combines journalism and service learning to explore Brazil from the perspective of remote communities in the mountain region of Minas Gerais. In their studies of social justice, students will discover how social factors such as race/ethnicity, gender, class, and regional histories affect how communities gain access to or control over resources. Students will produce multimedia news reports about local communities, hear from local experts, visit key cultural and historical sites, and participate in fair trade service learning social justice projects.

Study Abroad Info Session: Italy

Overview of the RWU in Florence & Perugia Programs. Students interested in studying in Italy can get program details and application procedures.

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