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"I took [Sociology] as a gen ed class... I liked my professor, so that's how I got hooked. I think it's important to take gen eds because sometimes you don't know what things are and you don't know that you might be interested in them until you actually take them and experience them. [Gen eds] give ways to get students into topics that complement what they are doing."
Dr. Jill Doerner teaches for the Sociology and Anthropology department at URI.


"[Music] has an emotional quality and impact on people so they can be free and relaxed to do anything else in their lives. Music is organized sound, so you listen better and interpret your listening. When you study music you start to actually listen to the detail and your short term and long term auditory momory develps better . . . [Music] is complementing to other majors. Think of some of the great STEM people. Einstein was a violinist, Galileo was a musician, but he was also a philosopher, artist, and scientist. You cannot separate the arts from STEM."
Joseph Parillo, Professor of Music and Department Chair
, has been teaching at URI since 1985.

"Africana Studies and African-American history is actually American history. . . I feel that it's very important for not only African-American students to know about themselves, but also for non-African-Americans to know about themselves and how their ancestors and their friends' ancestors contributed to the fabric of this country and the building of this country."

Barry O'Connor has been teaching for the Africana Studies Program since 2007.

"Sociology really isn't the study of any one thing in particular. Sociology instead is a particular way of seeing and understanding the world. So what makes something sociological is not the topic being studied, so much as the framework that we use to study it... I'm really excited to be teaching a Grand Challenge course in the spring on maternal mortality. Maternal mortality is obviously a global problem, but what many people don't know is that the United States; maternal mortality rates are actually the worst of any developed nation in the world. We're going to talk in that class about some of the structural things in place in the United States' maternity care system... we're the only nation where the rate went up last year."
Dr. Alana Bibeau teaches Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies courses at URI.


"The thing I have always found most interesting about journalism as work is that you don't do the same thing every day. You get out in the world and see what's going on, and you meet a lot of different people. You share stories with people about things that are important in society. That's what makes it fun."
Professor John Pantalone has been teaching journalism at URI since 2000.


"I was originally a Marine Biologist. That is what I did for a long time with my life. Then I started to become interested in how people related to the environment, the coastal and marine environment. So then I discovered cultural anthropology. Cultural anthropology is useful for anybody to learn about because it is the study of people. How people organize socially, how people communicate and create culture together. So any walk of life knowing cultural anthropology is going to be helpful. It gives you the skills to understand social dynamics. If you want to understand what it means to be human, anthropology is a four-field discipline that includes biological, linguistic, cultural, and archaeology. Understanding what it means to be human is a holistic matter." Dr. Carlos Garcia-Quijano has been teaching anthropology at URI for five years.


"I think economics is fascinating because it's hard to find an issue that economists cannot provide some insight into." Dr. Art Mead has been teaching economics at URI since 1976.

"What I love most about teaching at URI are the incredible, optimistic, and excitable faculty who are committed to student success, and the students who work harder than I've seen at any other university. They work as hard as they possibly can and are committed to achieving as much as they possible can in their personal and professional lives."

Dr. Adam David Roth is the Interim Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media.


"The world's social systems are organized around economics. Virtually all of us are going to work for an employer at some point in our lives. How we're doing as a country economically is critically important to people's everyday lives. Students should understand how that works in a global context. Anything that students are going to want to do, not only in their career, but also as citizens, as participants of the political process, is going to relate in some way to the understanding of the gobal economy."

Professor Matt Bodah has been teaching at URI since 1992.


news and notes

Check out the video about the Harrington School of Communication and Media, created by URI alum Dan Riordan's Gnarly Bay Productions:

URI students receive excellence awards from history department

URI English professor wins prestigious fellowship from American Academy in Berlin

URI dean, film professor Thomas Zorabedian to be honored by film festival, Feb. 22

URI economist says third quarter economic acceleration slowing in fourth quarter

URI chemistry student earns national research prize for nano-scale work with gold plating

URI chemistry professor and crime lab director named to federal group to assess forensic standards

New Warwick library director has ‘passion’ for information


URI Theatre 2014/2015 Season:


by Theresa Rebeck

"Avenue Q

by Jeff Whitty

"All My Sons

by Arthur Miller

"As You Like It"

by William Shakespeare

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For a copy of the Season Flyer click Here

Audition information for "Seminar" and "Avenue Q" Here

URI’s Medical Physics Program, one of two in New England, wins full accreditation by national group

KINGSTON, R.I., Nov. 17, 2014 – For several years, the University of Rhode Island, partnering with Rhode Island Hospital, has offered a program for students with a passion for physics and medicine – and now it’s reached a milestone...



Using a 50-year-old technology that’s been reinvented as an archaeological tool, Kate Johnson ’06 digs up the lost farms of New England

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Big Thinkers in the College of Arts and Sciences:


2014 graduate Sylvia Bogusz

Major: Communication studies, Italian

Look at Sylvia Bogusz’s resume, and you might think—just another college over-achiever. Think again. Nowhere does she list her triumphs over near-fatal injuries she suffered when a drunken driver hit her in 2007, nor does she let that define her. Read more

Former URI Soccer player participating in the 2014 World Cup for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team

Geoff Cameron

If former Rhody soccer player Geoff Cameron’s big idea was to play in the World Cup, then he’s going to need a new big idea. That’s because he is now on the U.S. men’s national team roster for the 2014 World Cup this summer in Brazil, and he’s already competed with the team in a win against Ghana and a tied match with Portugal in the competition’s opening round. Read more

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