Civil Rights Icon Andrew Young Headlines RWU Inaugural Week

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


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Civil rights legend Andrew J. Young comes to Bristol and headlines a week's worth of events to celebrate the inauguration of Roger Williams University's new president, Donald J. Farish.

Many of the week’s events from October 10-14, including a presentation by the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations the evening before the University inaugurates its 10th president, will be free and open to the public.

“In celebration of our enduring relationship with the Town of Bristol and each of its residents, we planned the Inauguration Week events with the greater community in mind,” says Richard L. Bready, Chairman of the RWU Board of Trustees. “Beyond simply welcoming our new president, we will commemorate the extraordinary accomplishments in teaching and learning at this University and the community support that plays such a key role in the success of our institution.”

Andrew Young

The presentation by Ambassador Young, part of the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series at Roger Williams University, will highlight the public events. An accomplished public servant, civil rights activist and ordained minister, Ambassador Young has served as U.S. Congressman, Mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, among other posts in a distinguished career.

Ambassador Young’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the RWU Campus Recreation Center. A reception with the ambassador will immediately follow. Both the presentation and reception are free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

More public events for Inauguration Week 2011

Film screening and discussion on the documentary “One Water,” which focuses on the global water challenge – Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 in the School of Law Appellate Courtroom.

Performing Arts Revue in which students and faculty will present a music, theatre and dance production – Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Barn Performing Arts Center Dance Studio.

Academic Roundtable discussion with students, faculty and staff in the spirit of the University’s namesake, Roger Williams – Friday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. in the University Library.

“Putting Equity into Action,” a keynote presentation by renowned educator Pedro Noguera to kick off the Roger Williams University School of Education’s two-day Urban Education Conference – Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the RWU School of Law Appellate Court Room.

Fireworks display over Mount Hope Bay – Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. with public viewing from the North Athletic Field.

Three weeklong exhibits, open all day every day from Monday, Oct. 10, to Friday, Oct. 14:

  • Academic Showcase featuring recent student and faculty projects in the Marine and Natural Sciences Lobby;
  • Art on Campus displays and installations showcasing student and faculty artwork in common areas across campus;
  • Faculty Scholarship and Research Celebration highlighting projects from the University Library Author’s Collection (in the University Library).

All of the events listed here are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. At the few events for which space is limited, seats will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Campus signage will direct community members to the best parking locations.

For more information on Inauguration Week 2011, visit


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