JWU College of Arts & Sciences

Charlotte Arts Visionary on the ‘Angels in America’ Crisis that Defined His Career

Controversy is the nightmare of every arts organization, especially ones that rely on public funding. Michael Marsicano, Ph.D., currently serves as the president and CEO of Foundation of the Carolinas. (In 2017, Charlotte Magazine named him their Visionary of the Year.) But in 1996, the then-president of the Arts & Science Council was thrust into the national spotlight over the Charlotte Repertory Theatre’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Angels in America.”

Topics: Charlotte Distinguished Visiting Professor

Building Bridges, Not Walls: NPR's Eric Deggans Shares Insights on Media & Race

“I have a pretty great job. I get paid to watch TV and talk to cool people,” Eric Deggans told a packed Schneider Auditorium after snapping a photo of the crowd during his Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture on Johnson & Wales' Providence Campus. “I don't think you heard me—I get paid to watch TV and tell people what I think about it. You guys do that for free!” 

Topics: Providence Distinguished Visiting Professor

RI Attorney General Encourages Students to Embrace Change

"Recognize opportunity. Pursue what you're passionate about, even if you don't know what that is today," Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin told the students assembled in Schneider Auditorium on Johnson & Wales' Providence campus. 

Topics: Providence Distinguished Visiting Professor Criminal Justice