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Silenced on campus

The college Muzzles
As this list drawn from campuses around New England demonstrates, liberty — as defined by the American constitutional tradition — is under constant assault.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 26, 2013
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Robert Ballard on discovering – and preserving – the Titanic

Under the Sea
Robert Ballard, the charismatic professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, has had an illustrious career as a marine explorer. But he is best known for discovering the Titanic on September 1, 1985.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 11, 2012
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Maxey’s sprawling landscapes; Blackburn’s altered spaces

Exteriors and interiors
After years of visiting her second home in her husband's native United Kingdom, Providence artist Madolin Maxey says it finally occurred to her to paint the hedgerows, rolling hills, giant boulders, and ancient stone crosses in Devon in southwestern England, where their house overlooks the River Dart as it winds northwest from the English Channel.
By GREG COOK  |  March 21, 2012
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URI’s marvelous take on Tartuffe

Hilarity and hypocrisy
"The more things change, the more they stay the same" — that phrase may not have found widespread popularity until the 19th century, but French playwright and satirist Molière understood it well.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 29, 2012
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An evangelical chemist on faith and science

Q+A
Chemistry professor Troy van Voorhis is a bit of an anomaly, an evangelical Christian — by definition, though not necessarily by social or political affiliation, as he is quick to note — working at that high church of science, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
By RHEMA THOMPSON  |  February 22, 2012
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URI’s Marat/Sade finds pleasure in pain

Musical madness
To compare a crazed society to a madhouse is a trite observation. But it became an astute metaphor and powerful theatrical experience when playwright Peter Weiss created Marat/Sade , as URI Theatre is robustly demonstrating (through October 23).
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2011
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A few great places to go when you want to look great

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You're new to town and you want to get all dolled up for that lecture on cognitive linguistics. What to do?
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  September 27, 2011
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Dark side of the future

Utopia or the end of humankind? A URI forum explores “the Singularity”
When the University of Rhode Island kicked off its invigorating "Are You Ready For the Future?" speakers series a few weeks back, there was only one man for the job: inventor and provocateur Ray Kurzweil.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 28, 2011
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URI’s ''Are You Ready For the Future?'' colloquium in brief

Robots and lab-grown bladders
The future is about more than the singularity, of course. It's about robots, lab-grown organs, and watching hopelessly as the Chinese pilfer our military secrets.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 28, 2011

You don’t need an education to spell ‘hate’

More misplaced outrage; Monstrous behavior; viva literacy!
OK, Phillipe and Jorge are going to need a little help on this one.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 28, 2011
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Sexy Period's panty raid

Department of Defense
Stepping into Sexy Period's one-room office, I leave the imposing bricks of One Davol Square behind and enter a world of whimsy.
By NICOLE FRIEDMAN  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: 'Crossing Currents: Feminism Now' at URI

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One of the cool developments of the past decade has been the reassessment and historical embrace of the founding feminist art of the 1960s and '70s.
By GREG COOK  |  March 09, 2011
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Chafee makes his mark on education reform

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The State House was mostly empty Tuesday afternoon, as the snow dropped cold and wet outside. So the crowd was rather modest as Governor Lincoln Chafee walked into the ornate State Room, just outside his office, to announce four new picks for the nine-member Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 02, 2011
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Providence's mapmaker goes digital

Geography Dept.
Eddie Grant, veteran mapmaker for the city of Providence, sits at the back of an otherwise colorless planning department office, a large cardboard cutout of the Three Stooges looking over his shoulder.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 08, 2010



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At URI, Booker challenges a generation

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"Gun shots rang out," said Cory Booker, Newark's charismatic mayor, during a talk at the University of Rhode Island's Edwards Hall this week.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 10, 2010
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URI's Spinning Into Butter looks at racism


Interracial harmony, good. Racism, bad. One-to-one, honest communication between people with differences is healthy and necessary.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 27, 2010

Learning lost

Letters to the Portland Editor, September 10, 2010
I read Deirdre Fulton's recent article in the Phoenix about the impact of technology and "learner-centered" education on the college experience with a mixture of admiration, because I think she got most things correct, and dread, because I think she got most things correct.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 09, 2010
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An angry electorate? Eh, whatever

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Whither the rage? Rhode Island's Great Recession — greater, even, than the national model — was supposed to conjure a once-in-a-generation anti-incumbent fever. But so far, it's looking more like a modest headache.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 18, 2010



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The horror

‘The Armenian Genocide: 95 Years Later’
In April 1915, Turks of the Ottoman Empire began killing the Armenians in their midst.
By GREG COOK  |  April 22, 2010

A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Choice
Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 24, 2010

Amid the gloom, a one-man optimism offense

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Seven or eight years ago, with the state's economy aflutter and Providence in ascendance, Scott Wolf thought Rhode Island was finally starting to shed its inferiority complex.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 24, 2010



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Chafee and the hazards of a bold politics

 Tax Dept.
By the time a candidate for major office steps up to the microphone to officially declare for the seat, everyone already knows his intentions.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 06, 2010



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Worth the gamble?

A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 16, 2009
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Spelling-bound

URI’s makes Putnam County worth visiting
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a harmless enough little confection for, say, when you've had enough high-protein Shakespeare.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 08, 2009

Paging Queequeg

Patrick and the Bishop go another round. Plus, farewell to Mary and Art.
Like Captain Ahab with Moby-Dick, it appears Providence Bishop Tommy Tobin has his own obsession with Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 25, 2009

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