Open Books Open Minds releases schedule of fall events

This year's Open Books Open Minds selection.
Every year since 2006, incoming freshman and faculty have been encouraged to read a book selected by the Open Books Open Minds committee at RIC. The program is designed to get the RIC campus talking, and helps bring new and transfer students into the RIC family. This year’s book is “Fast Food Nation,” an intrepid journalist's inquiry into the fast food industry, from farm to factory to the food itself. The book raises interesting questions about ethics, American culture and consumerism.

Upcoming events:

Open Books Open Minds Book Discussions and Health Mini-Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 12:30 p.m. in Gaige Hall
The event features discussions, with a healthy dose of information from Carol Meier, RIC’s nutritionist, the Counseling Center, Health Promotions, and the Recreation Center.

Ocean State Film Society Screening of “American Graffiti”
Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in Horace Mann 193
For more information, contact Ocean State Film Society at

Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion for Faculty
Thursday, Sept. 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Fortes Room in Adams Library
Eileen Sullivan and Janet Johnson of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development will be facilitating a discussion on “Fast Food Nation” and providing some fun hands-on learning activities.

Farmer’s Market
Every Friday until Oct. 15, from 3-6 p.m. in parking lot Y, just off Fruit Hill Avenue
The market will offer the season’s fresh and local produce, jams, jellies, baked goods, pet treats, kettle corn, herbal soaps, lotions and honey. For more information, contact Patricia Nolin at or at (401) 456-9854.

RIC Trip: Casey Farm
Friday, Sept. 10, from 1-5 p.m.
Tour an organic farm, pet the animals, learn about local food production and have some snacks. Tickets are on sale at the Student Union Welcome & Information Center. For more information, contact Student Activities at

“Fast Food Nation: Truth, Justice and the American Way?” A Panel Discussion to be hosted by the School of Management
Scheduled for late October (date and time to be announced).

Political Science Department program on law and the fast food industry
Scheduled for Nov. 17 during the free period