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URI history professor describes similarities between Pope Francis and St. Francis of Assisi

Pope Francis strives to lead a simple life so it’s no surprise, says history professor Joëlle Rollo Koster, that he chose to be named Francis after St. Francis of Assisi, who lived in poverty.


Rachel DiCioccio believes in the Power of Humor

This year’s URI Honors Colloquium, The Power of Humor, is coordinated by Associate Professor of Communication Studies Rachel DiCioccio and Pharmacy Professor Brian Quilliam. “Brian and I love humor,’’ says DiCioccio. “We can’t wait to show others how fulfilling humor can be—and how it can change people in a positive way.’’ The Colloquium series runs from Sept. 22–Dec.8.


Georgia Dunn ’04, URI Big Thinker

Fne arts alumna Georgia Dunn is making news with her successful online comic strip Breaking Cat News, which has been picked up by GoComics, the largest online home of comic strips and the owner of the online rights to Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Dilbert, and 250 more properties


URI to offer new study abroad program in Cuba

The doors to Cuba will open to URI students next spring with a new study abroad program at the Institute of Philosophy in Havana, thanks to two professors from the College of Arts and Sciences.


URI Big Band takes the stage at Newport Jazz Festival

For the third year in a row, the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival included a performance by the University of Rhode Island’s 17-member Big Band.

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