President's Speaker Series
This series brings thought leaders to campus to discuss current issues facing the university and greater society.
Launched in October 2011 with a visit from ambassador, activist and public servant Andrew Young, the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University invites thought leaders from a wide range of disciplines to share perspectives, inspire conversations and enrich the intellectual lives of students, faculty and staff at Roger Williams as well as members of the local community.
As part of the series, each guest is invited to devote much of the daylong visit to direct engagement with students in classroom sessions, offering RWU students unique opportunities for one-on-one interactions with some of the world’s leading authors, scholars, artists and public servants.
Renowned attorney, scholar and author with expertise in government, constitutional, race relations and anti-discrimination law
February 5, 2018
Founder of the "Me Too" movement to empower survivors of sexual assault and longtime social justice activist
February 13, 2018
Author of landmark book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
November 8, 2017
Internationally award-winning architect team and designers of the Obama Presidential Center
October 25, 2017
Irish feminist and activist retraces journey of suffragette grandmother
October 11, 2017
New York Times columnist presents “Moral Obligations and National Interest: Refugees in the 21st Century.”
April 20, 2017
Renowned political scientist presents "Why Do Elections Produce Unresponsive Government?"
October 26, 2016
Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist presents "What the %@&*!
September 7, 2016
Tony Award-winning spoken word poet and playwright presents "Breaking in the Door to Have Your Voice Heard"
March 22, 2016
Science Historian discusses "Why We Should Trust Science (Most of the Time)"
April 13, 2016
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
December 3, 2015
Esteemed teacher, presenter and diversity trainer who devised the controversial "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise
March 30, 2015
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer leads a panel discussion on "The Modern Legacy of the 13th Amendment and Race Relations in the U.S."
March 23, 2015
Preeminent scholar, attorney and activist with expertise in intellectual property and Internet policy, and a watchdog on government corruption
February 23, 2015
Acclaimed filmmaker and journalist whose documentary film, Meeting David Wilson (2008), ignited a national conversation on race relations in America
February 17, 2015
Cuban-American who was the first Latino and openly gay poet to serve as inaugural poet at a President's inauguration, and author of One Today (2013) and Boston Strong (2013)
April 15, 2014
Renowned journalist and filmmaker of groundbreaking documentary film Meeting David Wilson (2008)
April 1, 2014
Acclaimed broadcast journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies (2014)
March 24, 2014
Global security expert and president of Ploughshares Fund
November 5, 2013
Renowned marine biologist and Time magazine's first Hero for the Planet
September 25, 2013
Architect, educator and co-designer of the award-winning Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France
April 11, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author of Before I Forget (2009) and Freeman (2012)
November 28, 2012
Science writer, storyteller and author of the acclaimed bestsellers Longitude (1995), Galileo’s Daughter (1999) and A More Perfect Heaven (2011)
March 27, 2012
Accomplished public servant, civil rights activist and ordained minister who served as U.S. Congressman, Mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
October 12, 2011