JWU College of Arts & Sciences

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: Political Science 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

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: Criminal Justice Arts & Sciences Providence

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: Providence Biology Media Studies

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: Political Science Providence

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

Understanding Why We Do What We Do With Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky

Stanford neuroscientist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky is fascinated by the biology behind human behaviors — including his own best and worst impulses. He opened his recent talk at JWU’s Providence Campus by vividly describing an oft-recurring fantasy of arresting and torturing Adolf Hitler.

Topics: Cultural Life Series Providence

JWU Students Take a Closer Look at (De)Constructing Race and Color

From the Civil Rights Movement to #BlackLivesMatter, from Emmett Till to Mike Brown, and now from James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time to Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time, ILS4320 takes students around the world and back on a search for answers.

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