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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.

University Partnership to Aid in Cultivating Diverse Pool of Vendors for National Grid, CVS

April 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – At a one-of-a-kind “Power of Connections” event hosted today by National Grid Rhode Island and CVS Caremark, leaders from the two organizations joined in unveiling a sponsorship program for local diverse business owners, created in partnership with the Professional Education Center at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies.

The program will send selected candidates – all of whom will be potential vendors in the supply chains for National Grid or CVS Caremark who run diverse businesses (primarily women-, minority- or veteran-owned) – to a two-part “CEO Master Series” curriculum designed and offered by the Professional Education Center. The goal is that the skills and knowledge acquired will enhance the participating firms’ résumés and better position them to win contracts.

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A Journey into America’s Racial Divide

April 3, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – While the original “doll test” was conducted 64 years ago – illuminating the heart-wrenching fact that young children of color regarded themselves as having no value, particularly compared to a white child – that same experiment performed only four years ago in the groundbreaking documentary film, “Meeting David Wilson,” demonstrates how little has changed about the black community’s self-perception since the Jim Crow era.

Again and again in the film, the young black children chose the black doll as “bad,” while the white doll was “good” and the representation of who they preferred to be.

Roving Eye Film Festival: Working in the Film Industry and Living in New England

Why would anyone want to become a filmmaker? Does it make for a sustainable career? In a freeform discussion, learn from two filmmakers who will share their journey and inspiration and have made New England, and specifically, Rhode Island, their base.

Roving Eye Film Festival: World Short Film Showcase

"Chamomile": Directed by Neritan Zinxhiria, Greece, 2012. Running Time: 15 min. An old woman who lives in a remote rural location in northern Greece is faced with the burial of her husband under extreme winter conditions.

"My Mother Will Say": Directed by Andrew Gillingham, Canada, 2013. Running Time: 10 min. Jimmy, a child-minded young man is confused about his sexual attraction toward men. His mother and best friend Jade are unaware of this. When his mother finds magazine cut outs of half-naked men stuffed in Jimmy's bed her image of him is smashed and broken, as it is not what she expected or wanted.

"Tough Guy": Directed by Mike Maguire, USA, 2012. Running Time: 14 min. Three high school teenagers are terrorized by an older bully during what was supposed to be a night of fun. Hell-bent on making them suffer, there may be more to the bully's motivations than he lets on to.

Roving Eye Film Festival: East Meets West

Our official partner the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, one of the largest Oscar qualifying short film festival in Asia, presents a collection of Japanese short films from their 2013 festival.

"Full Swing": Directed by Saito Yu-ki, Japan, 2012. Running Time: 7 min. Midnight at a batting center. A group of strangers are listlessly wasting time there. Suddenly, a man appears. His all out, single-minded swing draws the interest and lights up the hearts of the people bored up until then. Who is this man…an angel?

"Empty House": Directed by Kei Chikaura, Japan, 2012. Running Time: 11 min. Tatsuya Fuji, an actor who’s carved out his name in the history of Japanese cinema, stars alongside the young Takarazuka born singer Koko Isuzu. Depicting the awkward pains of a father-daughter separation, this gem of a human drama is set in Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture.

"Sacrifice": Directed by Ikuma Hori, Japan, 2012. Running Time: 10 min. Life after 3.11. What have we sacrificed, what have we learned since that day? Seen through the eyes of a young boy, this is a story about life.

A Celebration of Global Cinema

April 1, 2014

Editor's note: This story is part of the 10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.

BRISTOL, R.I. – Would you leave your family behind and risk your life violating the laws of a foreign country to help others in desperate need? In the culminating event of the Roving Eye International Film Festival – held at Roger Williams University from Sunday, April 6, to Sunday, April 13 – this complicated question is explored in a new documentary with Rhode Island ties that tells the story of two Americans who braved death from the Nazi regime to help save Jews and refugees during World War II.