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News and Notes


Imaging the Great Puerto Rican Family

In “Imaging The Great Puerto Rican Family: Framing Nation, Race and Gender during the American Century,” Hilda Lloréns offers a ground-breaking study of images—photographs, postcards, paintings, posters, and films—about Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans made by American and Puerto Rican image-makers between 1890 and 1990.

Inequality and the American Dream

The 2016 Honors Colloquium examines questions about the influence of inequality on social mobility, the ability to seek political and social change, and across gender, race and class. Professor Jill Doerner serves as one of the coordinators of the Colloquium.

Alex Reppe (’16) Featured in Quadangles

Recent Anthropology graduate and U.S. veteran, Alex Reppe, discusses his military experience and adjusting to college life.

Recent Graduate Becomes URI Police Officer

Cameron Schneck (BS 2015) returns to URI as one of the Campus Police Department’s newest officers.

Three URI Students Graduate from RI State Police Academy

Brendan Morgan (BS 2014), Bobby Fox, and Matthew Fox were among the 26 graduates of the RI State Police Academy, chosen out of more than 1,500 applicants.

Abbey Miklitsch ’16

Read the URI “Big Thinker” profile of our amazing recent Sociology graduate, Abbey Miklitsch! While at URI, Abbey conducted weekly research at the Rhode Island Training School-Juvenile Detention Center.

A Missing Piece in Environmental Rights

In a recent study published in the journal Science, Professor Carlos García-Quijano and his co-authors conclude that protecting our planet is indeed a vital human mission— but can’t succeed unless the burdens and benefits of sustainability are shared equally.

New faculty book! Peer Pressure, Peer Prevention

Professor Barbara Costello, and colleague Trina Hope, uncover the mechanisms of peer influence, including both peer influence toward deviance and “positive peer pressure.”

New Faculty Book! Ocean Tides: Roadmap to Rehabilitation

Professor Judy Van Wyk, along with Lawrence Grebstein, professor emeritus of psychology at URI, recently published a book about a residential school for boys in Narragansett.

Embrace slow food. Italian style.

During the summer of 2015, Professor Rosaria Pisa was back in her native Italy, guiding her students through the crowded streets of Naples—her hometown—where city dwellers grow produce on their balconies and outdoor market vendors sell live octopus that will be chopped into a salad for dinner that evening.

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