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Events and Programs


A Critical Community Conversation: Black Panther – March 7 at 4pm

Please join us for a conversation about the cultural significance of Black Panther, the movie. This event will be held on March 7, 2018 from 4 to 6pm in Hardge Forum, Multicultural Student Services Center. Please register for this event: web.uri.edu/diversity/event-registration/

Congratulations to Yulyana Torres on Scholarly Book Review

Congratulations to Yulyana Torres on her recently published review “The Dark Past of Rhode Island in New Light” in Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence. Yulyana wrote on this review while working with Dr. Marcus Nevius, History and Africana Studies, with additional guidance from Dr. Donna Hughes, Gender and Women’s Studies. Read the full article. 

Professor Barry O’Connor talks on the Civil Rights Movement at CCRI for Black History Month

A lecture was given by Professor Barry O’Connor about the Civil Rights Movement at CCRI, Liston Campus View more photos.

Let’s Take a Coffee Break and Talk about Research! Feb. 28 at 10:30am and 12:30pm

Coming up on Feb. 28, Let’s Take a Coffee Break and Talk about Research! Join Renée Neely at 10:30 am or 12:30 pm in the Galanti Lounge on the 3rd floor of the library. Be sure to register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-take-a-coffee-break-and-talk-about-research-tickets-42711358824   The event will focus on Archives Surround Us, Institutional Intimidations, and Protocols are not Personal. […]

Professor Marcus Nevius at the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists

This past weekend, Professor Marcus Nevius traveled to the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists at the University of Richmond to present on free black laborers at work in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1790-1860. He is featured in the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture blog, “Uncommon Sense.” To read more about the meeting, read the post […]

“Visible Cloth, Invisible Bodies” Exhibit at URI Providence

Opening Reception – Saturday, Feb. 3 1pm to 5pm Panel Discussion – Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6:30pm

Giving Voice: Immigration and Campus Experience, Mon., 10/23

Please join Africana Studies Monday, 10/23 from 2-4 p.m. in the Hardge Forum in the Multicultural Student Services Center for this event focused on immigration and campus experience featuring the walking tour “Giving Voice: A URI Experience” and a faculty panel with Dr. Norman Barber, Dr. John McCray, and Dr. Marcus Nevius. The panel wii […]

Congratulations to the The Providence Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project Research Committee on Grant!

Please join us in congratulating the Providence Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project Research Committee on receiving a grant to bring awareness of slavery in Rhode Island to the public. Watch for news of upcoming events in the next academic year! From the group’s proposal: “Visualizing and Memorializing the Middle Passage Cogut Center Humanities […]

Congratulations to Dr. Nevius for grant!

Dr. Marcus Nevius has been awarded a grant for his project “‘city of refuge’: Petit Marronage and Slave Economy in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1790-1860”  by the URI Center for Humanities. His research is a history of whites and blacks in Southside Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. It is designed for an audience interested in the latest knowledge […]

Google Doodle celebrates Esther Afua Ocloo

Did you see today’s Google Doodle celebrating Esther Afua Ocloo? Learn more about this Ghanian Business Woman here!

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