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Alumna Theresa Agonia ’13 Captures Miss Rhode Island USA 2016

August 31, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University alumna Theresa Agonia ’13 captured the Miss Rhode Island USA 2016 crown during yesterday’s pageant at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, marking the second year running in which a young woman with RWU roots has triumphed in the statewide competition.

No stranger to pageantry – Agonia was the fourth runner up for Miss Rhode Island USA 2013 – the 23-year-old Central Falls native succeeds Miss Rhode Island 2015 Anea Garcia, an RWU junior from Cranston who proceeded to earn second runner up honors in the Miss USA national pageant in July.

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Acclaimed Pianist, Composer Justin Kauflin to Perform Live@RWU Series on Sept. 10

August 31, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Hailed by the legendary Quincy Jones as a “simply beautiful cat,” 29-year-old Justin Kauflin is an emerging jazz pianist whose critical acclaim continues to rise exponentially. With a singular style, melodic and soulful bursts on the piano, Kauflin’s impassioned performances make his a show that can’t be missed.

Fresh on the heels of the 2015 album Dedication, Kauflin and his trio will take the stage at Roger Williams University on Thursday, Sept. 10, for an intimate performance. Part of the Live@RWU series – which has hosted jazz luminaries Freddy Cole, Aaron Diehl, Johnny O’Neal and Joe Locke to date – the concert is free and open to the public.

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Live@RWU Film Screening: "Keep on Keepin' On"

One night before the Justin Kauflin Trio's Live@RWU performance, come to the Cable Car Cinema in Providence for a special screening of the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary...

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON

The film depicts the friendship of the late jazz legend Clark Terry – age 89 in the film – and Live@RWU guest Justin Kauflin, a 29-year-old blind piano prodigy who has suffered from crippling stage fright.

Cable Car Cinema & Cafe
204 South Main Street, Providence

Limited tickets available at $7 each. Reserve your ticket now at:

http://www.cablecarcinema.com/movie/Keep_On_Keepin_On

Live@RWU: Quincy Jones Presents the Justin Kauflin Trio

Hailed by the legendary Quincy Jones as a “simply beautiful cat,” 29-year-old Justin Kauflin is an emerging jazz pianist whose critical acclaim continues to rise exponentially. Fresh on the heels of their 2015 album “Dedication,” Kauflin and his trio take the stage at Roger Williams University for an intimate Live@RWU performance.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (401) 254-3384.

Also, one night earlier, come to the Cable Car Cinema in Providence for a special screening of the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary Keep on Keepin' On, which depicts the friendship of Kauflin and the late jazz legend Clark Terry. Complete details available here.

Multicultural Film Series: "Farewell My Concubine"

"Farewell My Concubine" (China, 1993) will be screened in collaboration with the Asian Studies Minor, as part of the Asian Studies Conference on November 7, 2015. The film spans 53 years, presenting the lives of two men against the historical backdrop of a country in upheaval. It is about the story of Dieyi and Xiaolou and how their lives are affected by the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s and the victory of the Communists in 1949.

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHwZr6X3Og

Multicultural Film Series: "Women Without Men"

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, "Women Without Men" (E.U., 2009) features the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSG_pEgdI0A

Multicultural Film Series: "Selma"

"Selma" (U.S., 2014) will be screened in collaboration with the American Studies Department. The film is a chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6t7vVTxaic

Talking in the Library Series with Dr. Semahagn Gashu Abebe

Dr. Semahagn Gashu Abebe, a rescued scholar from Ethiopia, will join a conversation titled “From the Ethiopian Classroom to Exile in America: A Rescued Scholar in Connecticut.” He is a visiting fellow at University of Connecticut. Prior to leaving Ethiopia, Dr. Abebe worked for several years as a university lecturer, a public prosecutor and an attorney. His primary focus is in human rights law, conflict studies, governance and development in Africa, federalism, traditional institutions and the law and African studies. Dr. Abebe received his Ph.D. from the University of Goettingen in Germany. He also holds two LLMs from universities in the Netherlands and Germany, and has published extensively in European, African, and American academic journals on international economic law, constitutional theory, and traditional institutions and human rights in Africa. 

Talking in the Library Series with Erin X. Smithers

Freelance photographer and blogger Erin X. Smithers will join a conversation titled, “Jazz Photography, Blogging and the Family,” moderated by Robert Eisinger, Dean of the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences. Born and raised in China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, her first introduction to jazz was from her father’s and John Coltrane’s song Alabama, along with stories about the Civil Rights Movement in America. These opened the door and started a lifelong love of jazz for her, along with helping to form her strong beliefs in non-violence. From her father, Smithers learned to be of service to others and to the world, and to empower herself with endless curiosity and learning.

Great Films Series: "Rosemary's Baby"

Just in time for Halloween, this classic 1968 Roman Polanski film will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you watch Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) become more and more concerned that the baby growing in her womb might not be of this world. As she and her aspiring actor husband (John Cassavetes) meet the odd neighbors in their ominous New York City apartment building, questions and suspense mount about the baby that Rosemary will deliver. Open to the public.