JWU College of Arts & Sciences

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

The Natural Observer: Exploring Sociology with Jessica Sherwood

Jessica Sherwood, Ph.D., an associate professor in social sciences, came to JWU in 2012 and helped launch JWU’s Sociology bachelor’s degree program in 2017. A former executive officer of Sociologists for Women in Society, she wrote the book “Wealth, Whiteness, and the Matrix of Privilege: The View from the Country Club,” which Oxford Journals describes as “valuable insight into some of the ways that privilege is maintained and protected at both social and structural levels.”

Topics: Arts & Sciences sociology

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

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

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Jeffrey Scott Hornoff Story

It takes a lot to share the most difficult parts of your life to a room full of strangers — but last week Jeffrey Scott Hornoff stood on stage in front of a packed audience at JWU’s Providence Campus and told the story of how he was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder.


Topics: Providence Arts & Sciences Criminal Justice

The World as Your Lab: Science Writing with Avory Brookins

When you picture a career in science, you may think of people in lab coats hovering over Bunsen burners and microscopes. But science careers are so much more varied than that.

This was the message of Avory Brookins, an environmental reporter with The Public’s Radio (formerly Rhode Island Public Radio). She spoke recently to students majoring in Biology, Health Science, and Media & Communication Studies about “Life Outside the Lab: Where Science Meets Journalism.”

Topics: Media Studies Providence Biology

Immigration, Storytelling and Self-Discovery: Grace Talusan Shares Her Memoir

The power of storytelling is often underestimated, and no one knows that better than Grace Talusan. For the second year in a row, Talusan visited JWU’s Providence Campus to speak to students about her life, her travels and her writing.

Topics: Arts & Sciences First Year Reads

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