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Common Reading: Nathaniel Philbrick

October 3, 2013
7:00 PM
Location: Campus Recreation Center Gymnasium
  • Open to the Public
  • Registration Required

Author and historian Nathaniel Philbrick visits RWU for this year’s Common Reading presentation.

Open to the entire RWU community with limited seats available to the greater community. Local community members should call 401-254-3210 to reserve one -- depending on attendance, some attendees may be seated in an overflow location.

In addition to discussing the events detailed in Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War (this year's Common Reading selection), the author will speak about Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution, published this summer.

Mayflower chronicles the first half-century of the Pilgrim settlement in New England, from the religious refugees’ arrival in Plymouth Harbor, to the fragile working relationship they established with the Native Americans, to the eruption of King Philip’s War, a conflict that nearly decimated the English colonists and the natives alike. The majority of the events depicted in Philbrick’s book took place in the immediate geographic vicinity of where Roger Williams University is located today – nearby Mount Hope, just a mile northeast of campus, served as headquarters for Metacomet (better known as King Philip), who led the Wampanoag against the settlers in the war that bears his name.

Given the book’s focus on the historic events that did so much to shape the subsequent four centuries of New England’s history, the Common Reading Committee anticipates the engagement of the entire incoming class in exploring our local history. The book is particularly relevant this year, as Roger Williams University joins with the entire State to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the 1663 Rhode Island Colonial Charter.

For more information on the author, please visit