JWU College of Arts & Sciences

Making an Impact: Changing the Economy, One Wildcat at a Time

How much of an impact can JWU students have on the local economy? Can they really affect change when it comes to policy-making? According to Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee, JWU students can and do hold the power — and all it takes to improve the economy is a little grassroots involvement.

Topics: Arts & Sciences Political Science Economics

Politics, Race + Gender in Media Before, Between and Beyond Election 2016

 

Television journalists Steph Machado, from WPRI, and Michelle San Miguel, from NBC10 Providence, were on campus to discuss the role of politics, race and gender in media as part of the Media & Politics Café series, a joint initiative to engage students in the Political Science, Media & Communication Studies, Psychology and Sociology programs. The event focused on the pair’s experiences in a world of growing media distrust, and highlighted the best ways for students to report news and consume media.

Topics: Providence Political Science

A World Awash With Hate: Alex Neve Talks Human Rights with Students



Today’s global politics seem tense when it comes to just about any subject. But, perhaps the biggest issues of late have centered around immigration, refugees and human rights. Last week, Assistant Professor Kevin Dejesus's Introduction to Global Politics and International Relations class got the chance to talk about these difficult topics with Alex Neve, the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada.

Topics: Providence Arts & Sciences Political Science

Talking Diplomacy and Politics with Former Ambassador Joseph Paolino Jr.

JWU students interested in hearing about the day-to-day life of an ambassador got a firsthand account during a wide-ranging talk by the former U.S. Ambassador to Malta, Joseph Paolino Jr. The talk was organized as part of Assistant Professor Kevin DeJesus’ Political Science course, “Contemporary Dynamics of Diplomacy and Statecraft.”

Paolino had an established career in politics at the time of his appointment to Malta. In 1978, he was elected to the Providence City Council. He was serving as City Council Chairman when Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci was removed from office on felony charges. As a result, Paolino became acting mayor at age 29. He ran in the special election to succeed Cianci and served as Mayor until 1991. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed him to the Maltese post.

Topics: Criminal Justice Political Science

Political Science Students Present Real Solutions to City's Issues

Students in assistant professor Kevin DeJesus' Political Science 1001 recently presented Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and City Council President Robert Ferri with solutions to real challenges the city is facing. As Diossa and Ferri listened intently from the front row of the oak-paneled City Hall chambers, student groups addressed issues such as domestic violence, community building, education and abandoned buildings.

Topics: Arts & Sciences Political Science

Rebuilding Public Trust with Mayor James Diossa

If you ask the mayor of Central Falls James Diossa what advice he’d give to a young person considering going into politics, his answer would be two words: do it.

Topics: Providence Political Science

Law, Politics & Public Trust in the Digital Age

Bringing a cop, a politician, and a journalist together to talk about public trust might sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but that is exactly what happened at the most recent Media & Politics Café at JWU Providence.

Topics: Political Science

Political Science Students Tackle  Major Issues with Warwick Mayor

Students in Emily Lynch's Introduction to Political Science class travelled to Warwick City Hall at the end of the fall term to present Mayor Scott Avedisian with potential solutions to real-life problems the city is currently facing. 

Topics: Political Science

What is the Gender Agenda? Millennials and Gen Z in Media & Politics

The most recent Media and Politics Café brought together three diverse panelists and over 120 students and faculty to discuss a myriad of topics, including: how the media and society defines the Millennial generation and Generation Z, how social media has affected our culture, the use of social media by elected officials, gender in politics, and more.

Topics: Providence Political Science

The State of RI Media & Politics: Fung, Diossa & McGowan at JWU

This is an academic year of firsts for the College of Arts & Sciences on Johnson & Wales University's Providence Campus: September marked the launch of JWU's Political Science program, this coming May, the first class of Media & Communications Studies students will graduate, and on October 27 JWU hosted its first Media & Politics Café, featuring Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, and WPRI reporter Dan McGowan. 

Topics: Media Studies Providence Political Science