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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.

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:

March 28, 2017
Manjula Padmanabhan – Writer

Where: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center/RWU Library (5 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:


 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: