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Student Research Shines at SASH [Video]

April 25, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Nearly 650 students turned out over two days to present their research at the 2016 Student Academic Showcase and Honors (SASH) at Roger Williams University. Topics ranged from Intelligent Ground Vehicles -- designing an autonomous robot that navigates an obstacle course -- to Haitian Refugees and even the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Bed-In. A weeklong exhibit of student work bookended the two-day SASH programming, including a keynote speech, "Face Values: The Illusions of First Impressions," by Princeton University Professor of Psychology Alexander Todorov

Video by: Justin Wilder 

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Freedom Journey Finale to Focus on Civil Rights, Race, History and Social Justice

February 11, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – To celebrate the culmination of an extraordinary exhibition of photographs documenting the historic Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama in 1965, Roger Williams University and Providence Public Library will host a Freedom Journey 1965 finale event on Wednesday, Feb. 24, as the conclusion of Black History Month nears.

Providence Journal columnist Ed Fitzpatrick and NAACP Providence President James Vincent will lead an armchair discussion on the Civil Rights movement, the establishment of the NAACP and 21st-century issues of race, social justice and human rights. Local community members are invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by Bank of America.

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Race in America, Then and Now: Reflections on the Impact of the Selma-to-Montgomery March

December 10, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Through the lens of an extraordinary exhibition documenting the historic Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama in 1965, the photographer and a fellow march participant joined a longtime social justice activist on Wednesday evening for a wide-ranging conversation on the history of the fight for equal voting rights, the impact of the continued lack of diversity in present-day positions of authority, and much more.

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Photographer’s Reflections on Dec. 9 to Highlight Freedom Journey 1965 Exhibit

December 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An extraordinary exhibition of photographs documenting the historic Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama in 1965 launched its national tour in Rhode Island in November – and next week, local community members will get the chance to hear directly from the photographer.

Roger Williams University and Providence Public Library have collaborated to bring Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma-to-Montgomery March to the Library for public exhibition through February 28. The striking images included in the New-York Historical Society exhibition were captured by Stephen Somerstein, a college student in 1965 who traveled to Alabama to document the march.

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Freedom Journey 1965: A Photographic Journey into Civil Rights History

November 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Featuring a series of striking images captured inside the heart of the action during the harrowing Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama in 1965, an extraordinary exhibition of photographs documenting the pivotal demonstration for freedom will launch its national tour in Rhode Island.

Roger Williams University and the Providence Public Library have partnered to bring Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March to the library for public exhibition beginning on Thursday, Nov. 12. The historic and riveting photographs included in the New-York Historical Society exhibition were captured by Stephen Somerstein, a City College of New York student in 1965 who traveled to Alabama to document the march.

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'WikiLeaks Lawyer' David Coombs Joins RWU Law Faculty

August 26, 2014


BRISTOL, R.I. – As its Fall 2014 semester begins, Roger Williams University School of Law has welcomed renowned WikiLeaks defense lawyer David Coombs to its faculty as Visiting Associate Professor of Law.

Coombs, who has previously taught at RWU Law as an adjunct faculty member, will be coaching the school’s trial team  and teaching “Criminal Procedure: Investigation,” a required second-year course, during the Spring 2015 semester.

In recent years, Coombs – whose Providence-based law practice focuses on defense work in military courts-martial proceedings – won national media attention as the lead defense counsel for Chelsea Manning f/k/a PFC Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted last summer in the largest leak of documents in United States history.

Sea Vegetables – For Dessert!

June 25, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- In the latest issue of RWU, we shared with you a delectable recipe for Miso Seaweed Soup, courtesy of Chef Jonathan Cambra – assistant director of culinary operations and head catering chef for the University’s food services provider, Bon Appetit Management. But what’s dinner without dessert? Carrageenan – a common stabilizing agent derived from Chondrus crispus (a.k.a. Irish moss) – serves a sustainable substitute for gelatin to give the panna cotta its smooth and creamy texture.

Panna Cotta with Seaweed and Grape Compote Garnish

Serves: 6

1/3 C Irish Moss Seaweed
4 C whole milk
3/5 C granulated sugar
1.5 tsp. vanilla

From Seaweed to Secret Passageways: Beyond the Pages of RWU Magazine Issue 10

June 24, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Wanted more between the pages of RWU Magazine's spring issue? Us, too! Whether you're enjoying your issue of RWU poolside, lakeside or surfside, here is some extra content to sink your teeth into -- from seaweed recipes to misunderstood zombies. 

And, while you revel in the relaxation of summer break, we'll be hard at work creating the next issue. As always, we want to hear from you, our readers. Let us know how you like the current magazine and send us your story ideas at Happy reading!

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A Plea for Peace: R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee Keynote Address to the Class of 2014

May 17, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- There’s nothing quite like a Commencement Day. Those of us in politics talk about the future all the time, but today I feel that it’s really right in front of us. What an honor it is to wish such a promising group of graduates well today. On behalf of the state, I am delighted to welcome you into the company of educated men and women. And I’m quite happy to say that the days when commencements were conducted in Latin have fallen by the wayside.

In the spirit of history, I’d like to quote the poet Horace, written in 23 B.C., and urge you to carpe diem, or seize this day. It belongs to you. You have dreamed of it. You have worked hard to make it happen and now it is here.

Roger Williams has been mentioned previously. The namesake of this exceptional university was himself a Latin speaker, and one of the most learned men in all of Colonial New England. Indeed his education formed him. It helped him become the person he was destined to be.

For 169 New Law Graduates, 'Welcome to a Great Profession'

May 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I., May 16, 2014 – Under moody skies, with glimpses of sunshine alternating with a mid-ceremony rain squall, the Honorable Judith S. Kaye – retired Chief Judge for the State of New York – addressed the 169 graduates of the Class of 2014 during Commencement exercises Friday.

“Welcome to a great profession,” Judge Kaye told the assembled graduates, "one that has helped assure – over the past two-plus centuries – that this remains a land of justice and equal opportunity, dedicated to the values of our founders. Do you know that more than half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were lawyers, as were many of the delegates to the Philadelphia convention, leaders in the revolutionary movement, and drafters and signers of the Constitution? Throughout history, our most pressing social, economic and political issues have rested in the hands of lawyers and judges.”

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