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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.

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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How to Talk About Race Without Starting a Riot: David Wilson Returns to RWU

February 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Drawing on history, current events and his own experience as a young black man growing up in Newark, N.J., journalist and filmmaker David A. Wilson has emerged as a leading voice in encouraging an open dialogue and national conversation on race relations in America.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Wilson will make his second visit to Roger Williams University as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series for an event titled “How to Talk About Race Without Starting a Riot.” Wilson’s groundbreaking documentary, “Meeting David Wilson,” will be screened in its entirety, and a question and answer session will follow.

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President's Distinguished Speakers Series: David A. Wilson

Drawing on history, current events and his own personal experience, journalist and documentary filmmaker David A. Wilson has emerged as a leading voice in encouraging an open dialogue and national conversation on race relations in America.

In Wilson’s second visit to Roger Williams University, his groundbreaking film – “Meeting David Wilson” – will be screened in its entirety, and a Q&A session with the acclaimed filmmaker will follow.

The event is part of a yearlong series at RWU titled 150 Years Later: The 13th Amendment & Race in America, which calls upon us to both celebrate the monumental legislation to abolish slavery, but also to reflect critically on the current state of race relations in the U.S.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call 401-254-3166.

Power Player: LPI Director Named One of State’s 30 Most Powerful Women

December 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Picked up a copy of this December’s edition of Rhode Island Monthly? Then you likely noticed an RWU connection. The University’s own Anna Cano Morales – a Central Falls native, longtime leader in social services and policy in Rhode Island, volunteer for causes impacting local communities and director of RWU’s Latino Policy Institute – earned honors as one of the 30 most powerful women in the state.

Tonight, she will be honored in person at a celebration, organized by Rhode Island Monthly to serve as a fundraiser for Day One, a nonprofit that helps victims of sexual abuse and violence. As tonight’s event approaches, Morales shared a few thoughts on what the award means to her.

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Audio Slideshow: Third Annual GospelFest Electrifies Sold-Out Crowd

November 12, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Even a wintry mix of snow and rain couldn’t keep gospel-music enthusiasts from packing the Global Heritage Hall Atrium on Sunday for the third annual GospelFest.

Growing in reputation each year as an inspiring concert of traditional and contemporary spirituals, more than 200 guests sold out the show from center-stage seats to standing-room-only looking down from the second and third-floor balconies. It took only a few rousing renditions before all of the spectators were on their feet, clapping and swaying to the soulful songs.

Roving Eye International Film Festival: The Jewish Experience on Transcending Boundaries

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival has partnered with Roger Williams University to present its fall edition of the annual Roving Eye International Film Festival. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrating global cinema and artists will focus this fall's program on the Jewish Experience through short films, documentary, media and guest speakers.

This year’s series explores representations of the Jewish experience in Israel and across the globe, from the 20th century to present, with a focus on the Holocaust. The series includes a talk by the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, RWU University Multifaith Chaplain; and a screening of the award-winning film, “Emigration, N.Y.: The Story of an Expulsion.” 

"Through film and scholarship, this series tells the stories of the Jewish experience globally — stories of joy, sorrow, faith, a rich culture, diasporas, fear and ultimately, hope,” said the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, a co-organizer of the series.

All programming will take place on the Bristol campus. The series is free and open to the public.  

Roving Eye International Film Festival: The Jewish Experience and the Holocaust

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival has partnered with Roger Williams University to present its fall edition of the annual Roving Eye International Film Festival. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrating global cinema and artists will focus this fall's program on the Jewish Experience through short films, documentary, media and guest speakers with events on Nov. 11, 12 and 16.

This year’s series explores representations of the Jewish experience in Israel and across the globe, from the 20th century to present, with a focus on the Holocaust. The series includes a talk by the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, RWU University Multifaith Chaplain; and a screening of the award-winning film, “Emigration, N.Y.: The Story of an Expulsion.” 

"Through film and scholarship, this series tells the stories of the Jewish experience globally — stories of joy, sorrow, faith, a rich culture, diasporas, fear and ultimately, hope,” said the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, a co-organizer of the series.

All programming will take place on the Bristol campus. The series is free and open to the public.  

Roving Eye International Film Festival: The Jewish Experience Today

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival has partnered with Roger Williams University to present its fall edition of the annual Roving Eye International Film Festival. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrating global cinema and artists will focus this fall's program on the Jewish Experience through short films, documentary, media and guest speakers with events on Nov. 11, 12 and 16.

This year’s series explores representations of the Jewish experience in Israel and across the globe, from the 20th century to present, with a focus on the Holocaust. The series includes a talk by the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, RWU University Multifaith Chaplain; and a screening of the award-winning film, “Emigration, N.Y.: The Story of an Expulsion.” 

"Through film and scholarship, this series tells the stories of the Jewish experience globally — stories of joy, sorrow, faith, a rich culture, diasporas, fear and ultimately, hope,” said the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, a co-organizer of the series.

All programming will take place on the Bristol campus. The series is free and open to the public.