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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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For Mixed-Status Latino Families, Family-Based Strengths Counter Major Challenges

June 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Facing poverty and discrimination to a scarcity of jobs, food and childcare assistance, mixed-immigration-status Latino families in Rhode Island encounter major challenges – yet in the face of that adversity, they build strong family relationships, hold high educational expectations and benefit from bilingual communication skills of children in those households.

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President's Report: Shining a Light on University's Past, Future

April 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- When most folks think of a searchlight, those immense, unwieldy apparatus that project unmistakable beams of light, often dancing across the nighttime sky. Whether via a traditional carbon arc lamp or powerful Xenon bulbs, searchlights start with a high-intensity source of energy, collected in a parabola-shaped reflector and channeled into a common source -- that powerful beam of light. In many ways, our campus community is a reflective surface in its own right, collecting the energy and lumosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners, returning it to a common source -- Roger Williams University -- and projecting a powerful beam of knowledge, expertise and talent beyond our campus, called upon to solve problems and to serve society. 

The Center for Justice: For Rhode Islanders in Need, a New Voice for Access to Justice

April 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – To help address the growing volume of unmet legal needs among vulnerable individuals, families and communities in Rhode Island, representatives from the Rhode Island Center for Justice and the Roger Williams University School of Law gathered with elected officials, members of the bench and bar, and allied community organizations today to formally launch the Center for Justice, a new nonprofit public interest law center.

The Center for Justice’s Board of Directors, led by Chair Miriam Weizenbaum and Vice-Chair Amato DeLuca, joined University President Donald J. Farish, RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky and other speakers in describing the need for increased access to justice in Rhode Island, along with the potential to offer new attorneys hands-on experience serving community members struggling with housing, employment, immigration and other critical issues.

Roving Eye Film Festival: The Jewish Experience

Hosted by RWU Multifaith Chaplain Rev. Nancy Soukup, join us for programming that focuses on the Jewish experience through a series of short films. Our 2015 Film/Speaker Series on The Jewish Experience was generously sponsored by The Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation.

Films will include:

"HaDerech Shel Ben," directed by Noam Oz-Setter | 55 min. | 2014, Israel, Mongolia
On August 9, 2006, a platoon of Israeli paratroopers operating in Dabel Miri, a Lebanese village, was hit by a Cornet missile fired by Hezbollah. Nine soldiers were killed. Ben Sela was one of them. He planned to devour the world but managed only a small taste. One of the formative journeys in his short life was to Mongolia, a year before the war in Lebanon. Ben and Avsha, riding horses, crossed the challenging Mongolian wilderness. Six years after his death his parents, joined by Avsha, are planning to follow his journey. They will go to the end of the world to get closer, as much as possible, to their beautiful child that is no longer with them.

Roving Eye Film Festival: The Jewish Experience

Hosted by RWU Multifaith Chaplain Rev. Nancy Soukup, join us for programming that focuses on the Jewish experience through a series of short films. Our 2015 Film/Speaker Series on The Jewish Experience was generously sponsored by The Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation.

Films will include:

"Pastrami," directed by Richard Böhringer | 7 min. | 2014, Germany, Israel
Hearing the rocket sirens, an Israeli family stops their car at the site of the road and ducks for cover. The father realizes, that he has to find an explaining for this unusual event to his scared son.

"Josef et Aimee," directed by Ben Shirinian | 14 min. | 2014, Canada
Josef and Aimee is a magical childhood love story about two children orphaned in the south of France during WWII. In this story of childhood love, loss and struggle, a young boy's quest to reunite with a cherished friend takes him on a journey where he finds so much more.