JWU College of Arts & Sciences

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

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: Providence Cultural Life Series

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

Meet the New Chair of the Criminal Justice Department: Paul Sylvestre

After serving for over 20 years on the Pawtucket Police department, Paul Sylvestre realized it was time for a change and academia was the perfect avenue for him to combine his passion for law enforcement and his desire to help influence the future of criminal justice education. In his new roll as the department chair of the Criminal Justice department at Johnson & Wales University, he has the opportunity to do just that.

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

Author Grace Talusan Shares Stories with JWU Students

As a child, Grace Talusan assumed her only career option was to become a doctor. It wasn't until the end of her undergraduate career that her eyes were opened to different and much wider horizon. 

Topics: Cultural Life Series

Liberian at Heart: A JWU Professor's Trip to Africa

“I'm Liberian at heart, for sure.”  

Assistant Professor Carla White Ellis, PhD returned recently from the small West African country with an even more profound appreciation for its culture and population.

Topics: Providence Faculty