JWU College of Arts & Sciences

Exploring the Search for Identity with Andrew Solomon

 The love for your children is unlike any other love in the world, and until you have a child, you have no idea what that feels like, Andrew Solomon said, sharing a quote from his mother that would prove to be a recurring theme throughout his lecture on JWU's Providence Campus

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Author Laila Lalami Kicks Off JWU Goes Global 2017

"Whenever I open the newspaper, or listen to the radio, I read or hear about Muslims around the world and those things seem almost alien to me, in that I don't see myself reflected in anything I see or hear," award-winning author Laila Lalami said. "So there is a sense of invisibility. I see everything reflected back to me in the generic. Muslims are viewed as an undifferentiated mass instead of as particulars."

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Uncovering the Underground Girls of Kabul with Jenny Nordberg

 

Investigative reporter Jenny Nordberg never suspected a casual conversation she had with the children of an Afghan parliamentarian would lead to a groundbreaking story, let alone an award-winning book that would eventually be translated into more than 10 languages.

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‘Reclaiming Conversation’ with Author Sherry Turkle

“I think it's particularly important to write a love letter to conversation at this point in time,” founder and director of MIT's Initiative of Technology and Self, Sherry Turkle told the students assembled in Schneider Auditorium earlier this month. In addition to being the author of this year's freshman summer reads book, “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in the Digital Age”, Turkle was the second Cultural Life Series speaker to visit JWU's Providence Campus.

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Cultural Life Series Kicks Off with Pollster John Zogby

“Let's start where all good things start—with a Zogby poll,” John Zogby joked as he took the stage in Schneider Auditorium on JWU Providence's campus on September 28. 

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National Book Award Winner Jesmyn Ward Visits JWU Providence

2011 National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward visited our Providence campus as this academic year's final Cultural Life Series speaker. Ward's latest work, The Men We Reaped, and the effort it took to put together such a personal piece of work, were the focus of her lecture.

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Sut Jhally Discusses Advertising's Social and Cultural Impact

The title of Professor Sut Jhally's Cultural Life Series lecture was a bit ominous—“Advertising & the End of the Worldbut the closing message that he delivered to the students assembled in the Pepsi Forum on JWU's Providence Campus was anything but. 

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Author Helene Wecker Speaks at JWU

“I can honestly say, this is the best smelling university I’ve ever spoken at,” said Helene Wecker as she greeted the packed HAC Amphitheater on October 28 for the second installment of JWU Providence’s 2015-16 Cultural Life Series. During a tour of the Harborside Academic Building before her presentation, Wecker found herself “pressing [her] nose against the windows of the classrooms,” watching the culinary students and recalling her own childhood culinary arts aspirations. 

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The Glass Castle Author Jeannette Walls Speaks at JWU

 

Author and former journalist Jeannette Walls visited JWU’s Providence campus last week to kick off the College of Arts & Sciences 2015-16 Cultural Life Series. Walls spoke to a packed Schneider Auditorium and received a standing ovation from the audience.

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