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Join us on Nov 2nd for Talking in the Library – Archer Mayor

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November 2, 2016

Archer Mayor –Crime Novelist

Where: Where: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center/RWU Library (4:30 PM)

in association with the School of Justice Studies

 

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” He is a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction—the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. In 2011, Mayor’s 22nd Joe Gunther novel, TAG MAN, earned a place on The New York Times bestseller list for hardback fiction. For more on Archer: http://archermayor.com/about/

Dawn Tripp speaks at The Rogers Free Library in partnership with the RWU Talking in the Library Series

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Joan Prescott, Director of Rogers Free Library, welcomes the audience.

 

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Adam Braver introduces novelist Dawn Tripp.

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 Dawn Tripp takes the podium.

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Discussing why she chose Georgia O’Keefe as her subject for GEORGIA

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 Answering a question on fact versus fiction

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Dawn shares an insight to one of her favorite O’Keefe paintings

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Talking about her writing process

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Dawn shares how she researched the book

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Dawn talks about portraying the love between Georgia and Stieglitz

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Sharing her six year journey toward writing GEORGIA

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Photos by: Megan Lessard/Roger Williams University Library

Upcoming Talking in the Library looks at the Intersection of Art and Relationships

by Alexis den Boggende, Connections Intern

 

This fall’s second Talking in the Library event (held at Rogers Free Library in Bristol) will feature novelist Dawn Tripp. Tripp is an award-winning author of novels such as Moon Tide and Game of Secrets, which became a Boston Globe bestseller. Her writing has been dubbed “thrilling” and “haunting” by multiple critics and reviews nationally. A graduate of Harvard University, the Massachusetts native is a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. Her essays have been published in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and many other esteemed literary publications.

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In February of 2016, Tripp published her most recent novel, Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe. The novel went on to become a national bestseller. This historical novel chronicles the rise of Georgia O’Keeffe into prominence as an established artist, as well as her affair with Alfred Stieglitz, a fellow artist and photographer. O’Keeffe is best known for her canvases depicting flowers and the desert landscapes of New Mexico.

 

In the novel, Tripp analyzes the relationship between O’Keeffe and Stieglitz–who controversially–is credited with giving her inspiration and guiding her throughout her career. When they met, O’Keeffe was quite young, and Stieglitz a married man. The relationship between the two has always been shrouded in mystery.

 

Tripp conveys O’Keeffe in Georgia in a way few have before: what was Georgia O’Keeffe really like? Who, and what, helped configure her art? What inspired her, and what was she really like as a person? As the New York Times noted in its review of Georgia, “Tripp’s O’Keeffe is complex and original.”

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All of this, as well as many of O’Keeffe’s experiences, are documented in an interesting, compelling narrative by Tripp, who allows her readers to go into the world of the artist and understand what such an adventurous life was like for her.

 

This Talking in the Library lecture is presented in collaboration with Rogers Free Library and the Rogers Free Friends of the Library Jane Bowdell Endowment.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

 

WHERE: Rogers Free Library (Bristol, RI)

 

TIME: 7:00 PM

Sana Mustafa visits RWU as the first Talking in the Library speaker of the semester

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Photos by: Megan Lessard/Roger Williams University Library

Syrian Refugee, Sana Mustafa, Kicks Off the Fall Talking in the Library Series

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In the summer of 2013, Sana Mustafa, an undergraduate business student in Damascus, came to attend the State Department sponsored Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) at Roger Williams University. During those several weeks, she would be learning about democratic systems of government, seeing them in practice, and developing leadership skills. The understanding was that she would bring what she learned back to Syria. As part of a generation determined to see change in her country, Sana looked forward to using her new skills to help the movement to transform Syria into a more stable nation; one with greater equality, opportunity, and safety after so many years of authoritarian rule.

But midway through the first weeks, while sitting in a classroom on the RWU campus, Sana’s phone buzzed. The message said her father had been detained. No one knew where he was, or if he even was alive.

Already arrangements were in motion for her mother and her sisters to flee the country for Turkey. Sana was advised not to come back. It was that unsafe.

With only a suitcase packed for the six week MEPI program, and barely any money, Sana found herself an unexpected refugee in the United States. And thus began a three-year saga that found Sana sleeping on couches, going from small job to small job, resource to resource, as she negotiated a complicated bureaucracy, trying to make a life for herself in the US, as well as be an advocate for her family and her country.

Eventually, through the efforts of many in the NGO community, Sana was granted political asylum, and allowed to finish her education with a full scholarship at Bard College.

All the while, her family struggles to make a life among the thousands of refugees in Turkey, and with no word about the state or fate of her father.

As part of the Talking in the Library series, we look forward to welcoming Sana back to RWU, where this chapter in her ever-written story began.

 

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Time: 4:30 PM

Where: Mary Tefft White Center, University Library

From the Archives: The Fulton Dedication and Exhibition

By Heidi Benedict, University Archives
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, following Convocation Exercises, the University dedicated the RWU Bristol campus as the newly renamed Fulton Campus. In 1965, Dr. Marshall N. Fulton and his wife Mary Howe sold over 60 acres of Ferrycliffe Farm, founded by her grandfather, to Roger Williams College. To commemorate their gift, the University unveiled an historic marker and named the main road on campus to Fulton Way.

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The current Fulton family members donated their family papers to the University five years ago. The collection documents the history of the Farm and of the family. With correspondence making up the bulk of the collection, it is particularly strong in representing the family members’ personal and professional activities and interests, and demonstrates their affection for learning, travel, and each other. The Library has prepared an exhibit featuring family photographs and selected letters from the collection. The Archives hopes to have the collection completely processed by July 2017, marking the 100th anniversary of Mary Howe Fulton’s birth.

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Save the Date for Talking in the Library Fall Semester Speakers

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September 22, 2016

Sana Mustafa –Syrian Student and Activist

Where: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center/RWU Library (4:30 PM)

in association with the School of Justice Studies

Sana Mustafa is a young Syrian woman, who a few years ago had been active in democratic politics and protests as a college student in Damascus. As coincidence would have it, she was at the MEPI program at RWU during that period when she learned her father had disappeared, and she’d been told not to return to Syria. In the meanwhile, her remaining family escaped to Turkey. Thus began quite an odyssey for her. Currently, she is a student at Bard, but has worked at the UN, given talks worldwide about her experiences, etc.

 

For more on Sana: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/syrian-student-i-knew-i-could-never-move-forward-without-he

 

October 5, 2016

Dawn Tripp – Novelist

Where: Rogers Free Library, Bristol RI (7:00 PM)

in collaboration with Rogers Free Library and the Jane Bodell Endowment

Dawn Tripp’s fourth novel Georgia is a national bestseller, described as “magical and provocative” by USA Today. Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, Tripp is the author of three previous novels: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, and NPR. She graduated from Harvard and lives in Massachusetts with her family. For more about Dawn: http://www.dawntripp.com

 

 

November 2, 2016

Archer Mayor –Crime Novelist

Where: Where: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center/RWU Library (4:30 PM)

in association with the School of Justice Studies

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” He is a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction—the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. In 2011, Mayor’s 22nd Joe Gunther novel, TAG MAN, earned a place on The New York Times bestseller list for hardback fiction. For more on Archer: http://archermayor.com/about/

University Archives Annual Commencement Exhibit

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The University Archives Annual Commencement Exhibit for 2016 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of Roger Williams College. A visual timeline highlights events from 1956-2016, and includes facsimiles of founding documents and newspaper articles, as well as commencement photos from 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006. The exhibit will open Friday, May 13.

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Roger Williams College awarded its first four-year degrees on June 4, 1970. Commencement exercises were held on the campus green in front of the library (now the Gabelli School of Business). James Payson Dixon, President of Antioch College, delivered the Commencement Address.

 

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Marshall and Mary Howe Fulton received the Roger Williams College Award  in 1972 for their service to the College.  The award was first introduced in 1970.

Rhode Island Red Cross Visual Timeline Collaboration with RWU

The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. The chapter was chartered September 16, 1916 on Aquidneck Island in Newport. As part of the year-long celebration, the Red Cross has partnered with Roger Williams University to create a visual timeline highlighting milestones and achievements of the organization in Rhode Island over the last century.Faculty member John Farmer and graphic design students worked together on the 12-panel “A Century of Service Traveling Exhibit.”

The University Library is hosting the display from May 2 – 14. The exhibit will be touring various venues throughout the state, culminating in a special evening event in Newport at Tennis Hall of Fame on September 17, 2016.
For more information about the travelling exhibit, visit http://www.redcross.org/news/event/local/ri/Century-of-Service-Traveling-Exhibit

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Student Partners:
Nick Corey
Augustina Dickinson
Ryan Cripps
Frank Tobitsch
Ryan Henriksen
Brianna Hardy
Kevin Cameron
Wakidi Hala