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Two Lectures by World-Renowned Film Scholar David Bordwell – Oct. 23

On Thursday, Oct. 23, from 1-1:50 p.m. in Horace Mann 193, American film theorist and historian David Bordwell will discuss his books “Film Art” (1979) and “Film History” (1994). And from 3-3:50 p.m., he will lecture on the transition in movie theaters from film to digital projection. All are invited. This event is made possible through the generous support of the Committee on College Lectures and The Ocean State Film Society.

Vincent Bohlinger

Film Screening: “Awakenings” – Oct. 23

The film “Awakenings,” directed by Penny Marshall and based on the book by Oliver Sacks, will be screened in the Fortes Room of Adams Library on Thursday, Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m., with discussion to follow.

Zubeda Jalalzai

Dissertation Defense by Patricia Gablinske – Oct. 23

Patricia Gablinske will defend her dissertation, “A Case Study of Student and Teacher Relationships and the Effect on Student Learning,” on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2-4 p.m. in Horace Mann 203. Professor of Elementary Education Patricia Cordeiro is the major professor, and serving on the committee is Professor of Elementary Education James Barton, URI Professor of Education Pete Adamy and URI Director of the School of Education David Byrd. All are welcome.

Janet Johnson

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Getting Students’ Feedback – Oct. 23

On Thursday, Oct. 23, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (Adams Library 405), a workshop titled “Getting Students’ Feedback” will explore the uses and abuses of student feedback on their instructors’ teaching and identify the ways in which faculty can elicit feedback. Faculty have the opportunity to share experiences and learn from one another. This workshop will be facilitated by Deborah Siegel, professor of social work, and Bethany Lewis associate professor of psychology.

Veronica Bruscini

Strategic Plan Open Meeting – Oct. 24

REMINDER: The second RIC Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Open Meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Committee invites the campus community to open meetings about RIC’s future. What are RIC’s current strengths and weaknesses? How can we better meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff and the state of Rhode Island? If you cannot attend these meetings but would like to have your thoughts and suggestions included, please email them to

Physical Sciences Colloquium-Bioinorganic Chemistry – Oct. 24

On Friday, Oct. 24, at noon in CS 210, Professor Dean Wilcox from the Department of Chemistry at Dartmouth College will present a seminar titled "Nature’s Safety Pin: Thermodynamics of Zn2+ Binding and Stabilizing Zinc Fingers and the Hexamer of Insulin.” All are invited. Discussion and refreshments to follow the talk. 

Annual Halloween Collage Concert – Oct. 24

The Annual Halloween Collage Concert, featuring music students and faculty, will be held Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door or free if you are in costume.

Denise Guilbault

Out of Darkness Community Walk – Oct. 26

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has organized an Out of Darkness Community Walk at the URI Campus on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. Visit:

Prachi Kene

Laurel Canyon Folkies – Oct. 27

The folk music of Joni Mitchell, The Mamas & the Papas, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, The Byrds, the Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash, just to name a few, is brought to life by award-winning cabaret artist Lauren Fox and company on Monday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center. For tickets, call 456-8144 or visit

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: So, You Want to Submit a Curriculum Proposal!?! – Oct. 28

There is much to consider when preparing a curriculum proposal. Bring your information to this session for advice and recommendations. Facilitated by Sue Abbotson, English professor and chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, this workshop will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (Adams Library 405).

Veronica Bruscini

Diva Triple Play – Oct. 29

Metropolitan Opera stars Lori Phillips ’86 and Mary Phillips ’86 will perform at the Wednesday Masterworks Concert in Sapinsley Hall on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. This concert features the world premiere of “Dueling Double Divas: A Micro Comic Opera” written by pianist/composer Judith Lynn Stillman for the Phillips twins. Admission is free and open to the public. Suggested donation is $10.

RIC’s American Democracy Project – Oct. 30 and Nov. 19

RIC’s ADP will once again bring national and statewide experts to the RIC campus to discuss political and public policy issues of interest to faculty, staff, students and the greater Rhode Island community. All events are free. If faculty would like to bring their students, contact Valerie Endress at or ext. 4781, so that we can guarantee sufficient seating. We also offer a staffed sign-in table for faculty who would like a record of student attendance. Hope to see you there! 

Thursday, Oct. 30

2 p.m. Providence Mayoral Debate 
7 p.m. Gubernatorial Debate
Roberts Hall Auditorium
ADP/NBC10 Debates

Bill Rappleye of NBC10 will serve as moderator, ADP will conduct instant polling with TV viewing audience via the NBC10 website at the 7 p.m. debate and an analysis will be reported. ADP will also conduct focus groups with the live audience following the 7 p.m. debates.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2-3:30 p.m.
Alger Hall (with the possibility of being moved to Sapinsley Hall)
Forum: Health Care Reform in Context: A Civil Discussion (co-sponsored by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor)

Keynote: Ira Magaziner, vice chair and chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative

Panel Moderator: Felice Freyer, health care reporter, Boston Globe

Panelists: Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island lieutenant governor; Jean Sullivan, director of the Center for Health Law and Economics at Commonwealth Medicine; Anya Rader Wallack, president of Arrowhead Health Analytics; and Michael Fine, director of Rhode Island Department of Health

Health care reform has been a dominant issue on both statewide and national levels, yet poll after poll indicates that most citizens do not understand how health care policy in the U.S. has evolved. This panel seeks to shed light on the origins of health reform and to place the Affordable Health Care Act in proper context. Each of these speakers are extraordinarily qualified to set the context and engage in a civil, intellectual discussion on health policy on a national level, as well as in Massachusetts (the birthplace of health reform) and in Rhode Island.

Valerie Endress

Biology Research Colloquium – Oct. 30

On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050, Kerri Warren of Roger Williams University will discuss her research on the effects of exotoxins on development, using zebra fish as a model organism. Her talk is titled “Developmental Toxicity of Cadmium.” These seminars are offered through the support of the College Lectures Committee.

Sarah Spinette

2014 Promising Practices Multicultural Conference – Nov. 1

The Promising Practices conference “Culturally Responsive Curricula in STEM” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The keynote will be given by nationally acclaimed urban science educator Christopher Emdin of Columbia University’s Teachers College. Registration and workshop abstracts are available on the conference webpage. For more information, contact conference coordinators Stefan Battle at 456-8753 or Antoinette Gomes at 456-8255.

Antoinette Gomes

Tomáš Kubínek Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible – Nov. 5

The one and only Professor Tomáš Kubínek is a comic genius and all-around charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they'll remember for a lifetime. This impossible-to-categorize show encompasses comedy, clowning, mime, magic, acrobatics, music and vaudeville. The show will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Auditorium. For tickets, call 456-8144 or visit

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: SafeAssign – Nov. 6

Blackboard claims that SafeAssign can be used “to prevent plagiarism” and that it can be “effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool.” Is it effective and educational? Join a well-rounded conversation with English/Writing Board Chair Michael Michaud and Assistant Professor of Communication Mike Parsons as they discuss the pros and cons of using this tool. Senior Programmer Consultant Stephanie Hijazi will address any technical questions. This workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (Adams Library 405). Live-Tweet @TheFCTL/#FCTLCoOp

Veronica Bruscini

The Muir String Quartet – Nov. 17

The Performing Arts Series is proud to participate in commissioning a new clarinet quintet by composer/musician Chris Brubeck, son of late jazz great Dave Brubeck. This New England premiere features special guest clarinetist Alexander Feuerstein. The program also includes Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Claude Debussy’s String Quartet. This concert will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center. For tickets, call 456-8144 or visit

FCTL Series: The “How To” of Teaching Peer Review – Nov. 18

Peer review is one of the most effective ways to help students produce better writing. What do you do when you put students into small groups to discuss their writing? Attend a three-part series on the “how to” of teaching peer review. You may attend one, two or all three sessions. This series, held in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (Adams Library 405), will be facilitated by Mike Michaud, associate professor of English and chair of the Writing Board. The last session date is Nov. 18, 12:30-2 p.m.

Marie Beardwood

College Lectures Funding Application Deadline – Nov. 21

The College Lectures Committee is pleased to announce the availability of funding for the Spring 2015 semester. We invite applications to bring speakers and organizations to RIC for lectures, workshops, exhibits and other events during the spring 2015 semester. Applications were sent to all RIC faculty and staff by email. For additional applications or questions, or to submit completed applications, please contact the committee at The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m.

College Lectures Committee

A Seraphic Fire Christmas: Carols by Candlelight – Dec. 3

Two-time Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire, a national “All Star” vocal ensemble of professional singers chosen for their exceptional talent, is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the U.S. today. Don’t miss this glorious a cappella holiday concert featuring carols, chants, modern and Renaissance motets as well as traditional Christmas pieces on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., in Roberts Auditorium. For tickets, call 456-8144 or visit

New Resource for Students Seeking Volunteer Opportunities

This fall the Feinstein School of Education’s Office of Community Service Learning launched a cross-institutional pilot project called the RIC Opportunity Exchange. The exchange is an informal monthly, in-person forum for departments, divisions and individual faculty and staff to exchange volunteer requests as a step to ensure that service opportunities are being circulated and promoted across campus. Opportunities shared at the first two exchanges are recorded on the RIC Opportunity Exchange list. Please feel free to copy and share the hyperlink with your students.

Liz Garofalo

Purchase Shinn Study Abroad Raffle Tickets

Help send RIC students abroad by purchasing raffle tickets for the Shinn Study Abroad Fund “Taste the World” fundraiser. Prizes include tickets to Trinity Rep, Performing Arts Series, PPAC and the Red Sox game as well as beach weekend getaways. Five tickets may be purchased for $20 and a single ticket for $5. Contact Roland de Gouvenain (, Kathy Sasso (, Gale Goodwin Gomez ( or David Filipek ( Raffle tickets may also be purchased at the fundraise held on Friday, Nov. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. You do not need to be present to win.

How to Access the Adobe Creative Suite Cloud for Faculty/Staff

Rhode Island College is pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2014, RIC faculty and staff became eligible to lease Adobe Creative Cloud for $9.75 per year (requires a free Adobe ID). In order to take advantage of this discount, you must first create an account at the RIC OnTheHub web store, followed by creating an Adobe ID. This software discount is available to any Rhode Island College faculty or staff member.

Scott Badger

RIC Opportunity Exchange – First Tuesday of Each Month

All staff and faculty are welcome to participate in the RIC Opportunity Exchange: A “Pay it Forward” Conceptual Forum the first Tuesday of each month, 12:15-12:50 p.m., in Horace Mann 063. This is a pilot initiative for departments, divisions and individual faculty and staff to exchange volunteer requests to ensure that service opportunities are being circulated and promoted across the campus. Contact Liz Garofalo for more information.

Liz Garofalo

Quieting the Mind Meditation Sessions – Each Thursday

How often do you feel overwhelmed or like you are spinning your wheels? In mindfulness meditation we strive to take time out from the constant doing of our outer world and the constant thinking of our inner world to create a space where we can practice simply being. Like a still lake that perfectly reflects everything within and around it, a quiet mind reduces unnecessary anxiety, enhances learning and teaching and enables us to be more present to ourselves and others. Offered Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., CL130. Open to all.

Tom Lavin