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Mary Tefft White Cultural Center

In Fall 2004, Mary Tefft (Happy) White provided Roger Williams University with a generous gift to launch the annual program, Mary Tefft White Lecture Series.  The following lectures are free and open to the public.

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September 22, 2016
Sana Mustafa –Syrian Student and Activist

Where: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center/RWU Library (4:30 PM)
in association with the School of Justice Studies

Sana Mustafa is a young Syrian woman, who a few years ago had been active in democratic politics and protests as a college student in Damascus. As coincidence would have it, she was at the MEPI program at RWU during that period when she learned her father had been disappeared, and she'd been told not to return to Syria. In the meanwhile, her remaining family escaped to Turkey. Thus began quite an odyssey for her. Currently, she is a student at Bard, but has worked at the UN, given talks worldwide about her experiences, etc. For more on Sana: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/syrian-student-i-knew-i-could-never-move-forward-without-he

 

October 5, 2016
Dawn Tripp – Novelist

Where: Rogers Free Library, Bristol RI (7:00 PM)
in collaboration with Rogers Free Library and the Jane Bodell Endowment

Dawn Tripp’s fourth novel Georgia is a national bestseller, described as “magical and provocative” by USA Today. Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, Tripp is the author of three previous novels: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, and NPR. She graduated from Harvard and lives in Massachusetts with her family. For more about Dawn: http://www.dawntripp.com

 

November 2, 2016
Archer Mayor –Crime Novelist

Where: Where: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center/RWU Library (4:30 PM)
in association with the School of Justice Studies

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” He is a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction—the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. In 2011, Mayor’s 22nd Joe Gunther novel, TAG MAN, earned a place on The New York Times bestseller list for hardback fiction. For more on Archer: http://archermayor.com/about/

 

 

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February 15, 2017
Tom Shea – Journalist & Author

Where: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center/RWU Library (4:30 PM)

Tommy Shea was a reporter for the Springfield Republican for forty years, including six years covering the Boston Red Sox. In 1991, he was among the first reporters writing about the priest sexual abuse scandal in New England. His work has appeared in Baseball America, New England Monthly, and USA Today. In 2003, Shea received the New England Associated Press News Executive Award for best local New England column. His most recent book is Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History. For more about Tommy: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/the_republicans_columnist_tom.html

 

March 7, 2017
Manjula Padmanabhan – Writer

Where: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center/RWU Library (4:30 PM)
in association with the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation

Manjula Padmanabhan is a playwright, journalist, comic strip artist, and children's book author. She won the Greek Onassis Award for her play Harvest, followed by award-winning film Deham based on the play. In addition, also to writing novels and short stories, Manjula created Suki, an Indian comic character, which was serialized as a strip in the Sunday Observer. She lives in India. For more about Manjula: http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/books/and-still-i-rise-why-manjula-padmanabhan-never-came-to-terms-being-the-second-sex/

 

 April 3, 2017
 Rick Moody –Bermont Fellow Distinguished Visiting Writer

Where: Rogers Free Library, Bristol RI (7:00 PM)
in collaboration with Rogers Free Library and the Jane Bodell Endowment, The Bermont Family Fellowship, and the Creative Writing program.

Rick Moody is an American novelist and short story writer best known for the 1994 novel The Ice Storm, which brought him widespread acclaim, became a bestseller, and was made into a feature film. Many of his works have been praised by fellow writers and critics alike, and in 1999 The New Yorker chose him as one of America's most talented young writers, listing him on their "20 Writers for the 21st Century" list. His most recent novel is Hotels of North of America. For more about Rick: http://www.rickmoodybooks.com