Upcoming Talking in the Library Speakers
John Hazen White, Jr.
September 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center at Roger Williams University Library
Mr. John Hazen White, Jr. (son of Mary Tefft “Happy” White), will provide the first Talking in the Library program of the academic year, reflecting and reinforcing the legacy of his mother. Mr. White will talk about the value of working, taking risks and inviting initiative. He will also consider how each of us answers the call to community service.
Jim Shepard, author and professor of creative writing and film at Williams College
October 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Rogers Free Library
In collaboration with the Rogers Free Library, Bristol
Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, and four story collections. His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, DoubleTake, the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Playboy, and he was a columnist on film for the magazine The Believer. Four of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College.
Erin X. Smithers, Freelance Photographer
Jazz Photography, Blogging and the Family
October 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center at Roger Williams University Library
Moderated by Robert Eisinger, Dean of the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences
Erin X. Smithers is a freelance photographer and blogger. Born and raised in China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Erin’s first introduction to jazz was from both her father and John Coltrane’s song Alabama, along with stories about the Civil Rights Movement in America. These opened the door and started a lifelong love of jazz for her, along with helping to form her strong beliefs in non-violence. From her father, Erin learned to be of service to others and to the world, and to empower herself with endless curiosity and learning.
Semahagn Gashu Abebe, Visiting Ethiopian scholar
From the Ethiopian Classroom to Exile in America: a Rescued Scholar in Connecticut.
November 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center at Roger Williams University Library
Co-sponsored by the School of Justice Studies
Dr. Semahagn Gashu Abebe, a rescued scholar from Ethiopia, currently is a visiting fellow at University of Connecticut. Prior to leaving Ethiopia, Dr. Abebe worked for several years as a university lecturer, a public prosecutor and an attorney. His primary focus is in human rights law, conflict studies, governance and development in Africa, federalism, traditional institutions and the law and African studies. Dr. Abebe received his PhD from the University of Goettingen in Germany. He also holds two LLMs from universities in the Netherlands and Germany, and has published extensively in European, African, and American academic journals on international economic law, constitutional theory, and traditional institutions and human rights in Africa.
NOTE: These programs are part of the Talking-in-the-Library series (sponsored by the Mary Tefft White endowment). They occur in the Library’s Mary Tefft White Cultural Center at 4:30 PM unless otherwise noted.