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National Exhibition on Lincoln's Legacy Kicks Off at RWU Next Week

September 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With a country divided over the issue of slavery and torn apart by civil war in the 1860s, Abraham Lincoln faced an extraordinary test as President of the United States. A national traveling exhibition coming to Roger Williams University will examine the difficult decisions that confronted President Lincoln – whether to adhere to executive constraints within the Constitution or flex his powers as Commander-in-Chief to ensure that America continued to live up to the ideals of liberty and equality for all.

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Congress to Campus: Social Issues Discussion

The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress created the Congress to Campus Program in an effort to improve college students' understanding of Congress and American government, and to encourage them to consider careers in public service. The Student Senate is hosting former U.S. Congressmen Sam Coppersmith and Jim Kolbe (both of Arizona) on campus; both congressmen will be visiting and participating in various classes. On Monday, Sept. 22, the Congressmen will be featured in a discussion of social issues, moderated by Professor Autumn Quezada-Grant. All are welcome to attend, and students will receive a partial merit point.

Global Music Café: Ribab Fusion Acoustic Open Jam

A feverishly funky sign of a new era, Ribab Fusion celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh culture as it flies from '70s-style funk to Afropop vibes, from slow jams to high-energy call-and-response. The one-stringed bowed ribab weaves legacies of music past and present, sometimes gritty, sometimes soothing.

The Global Music Café Series is an opportunity to take a break from a busy week, and engage informally with musicians and music from around the world. This week, musicians are especially invited to join a musical dialogue with this great band. Anyone interested, musician or not, is welcome to drop by. 

The band is coming to Rhode Island thanks to FirstWorks, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. They'll be performing at FirstWorks’ Urban Carnavale on September 20 at 5:30 p.m., at Kennedy Plaza. For a taste of Ribab Fusion's work, watch this video of their song "Agadir Oufella" or their acoustic version of "Agadir Oufella."

Great Films Series: "A Face in the Crowd"

"A Face in the Crowd" (1957) is the story of an Arkansas who hobo becomes an overnight media sensation. But as he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? Directed by Elia Kazan. Starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, and Anthony Franciosa.

Great Films Series: "The Graduate"

In "The Graduate" (1967), a recent college graduate (played by Dustin Hoffman) enters into an affair with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), who is the wife of his father's business partner. But then he finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine. Directed by Mike Nichols.

Tuesday’s ABC6 Gubernatorial Debate at RWU Postponed

September 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University learned today from WLNE-TV ABC6 that the Gubernatorial Debate scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Campus Recreation Center will be postponed until further notice due to a scheduling conflict.

While the hope is to find a new date in late September or early October that will allow the Roger Williams campus to serve as the venue for the debate and the live ABC6 broadcast, those details have not yet been confirmed. The university expects to share specifics on a potential rescheduled debate – along with complete details on the ticket reservation process – in the coming two weeks.

In summary: the Gubernatorial Debate will not take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16; more details on a possible rescheduled debate at Roger Williams will be provided soon.

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Student Showcase: "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War"

Student projects relating to the traveling exhibition "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" will be presented alongside the exhibition throughout the week.

This event is part of a series of Roger Williams University sponsored programs – from faculty lectures to performing arts productions to a student project showcase – held in conjunction with the traveling exhibition: “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” on display in the University Library from September 23 to October 31. The exhibition is sponsored by the American Library Association in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities and based on the original exhibition developed by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Check PDQ calendar for a schedule of events. For more information, please visit

Great Films Series: "Glory"

"Glory" (1989) is the heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. Denzel Washington stars in this Oscar-winning performance as the runaway slave who embodies the indomitable spirit of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts, along with Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Edward Zwick. Jennifer Stevens, a professor in the Department of History and American Studies, will provide a brief introduction. Sponsored by the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences.

Socrates Café: “Are We Living Up to the Proposition That All Men Are Created Equal?”

Socrates Café is a forum for a guided discussion of a philosophically significant question. In keeping with the theme of the traveling exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," on display in the library from September 23 to October 31, a moderated discussion will challenge students and faculty to explore whether the United States is truly “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Moderated by Professor David Logan from the RWU School of Law.

Abraham Lincoln and the Fourteenth Amendment

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, defining U.S. citizenship and guaranteeing all citizens “equal protection of the laws,” was enacted in 1868, three years after Lincoln’s death.  Dr. Tackach, RWU Department of English & Creative Writing, will explain how Lincoln, in the final two years of his life, paved the road for the passage of that amendment through his policies and writings.