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President’s Distinguished Speakers Series

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.

Upcoming Events

Cokie Roberts

Acclaimed broadcast journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies (2014)

March 24, 2014


 

David Wilson

Renowned journalist and filmmaker of groundbreaking documentary film Meeting David Wilson (2008)

April 1, 2014


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Blanco

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Past Events

Joseph Cirincione

Global security expert and president of Ploughshares Fund

November 5, 2013


 

Sylvia Earle

Renowned marine biologist and Time magazine's first Hero for the Planet

September 25, 2013


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian Bonder

Architect, educator and co-designer of the award-winning Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France

April 11, 2013


 

 

 

 

 

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author of Before I Forget (2009) and Freeman (2012)

November 28, 2012


 

Dava Sobel

Science writer, storyteller and author of the acclaimed bestsellers Longitude (1995), Galileo’s Daughter (1999) and A More Perfect Heaven (2011)

March 27, 2012


 

Andrew Young

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