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Last updated: 3/25/03

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Rhode Island Lotteries—Three Centuries of History: Panel Discussion, Exhibit, Publication

Students, staff, and faculty are urged to attend what promises to be a lively and topical program taking place on the evening of Tuesday, April 1, 2003.

Panel Discussion

Lotteries: A Public Good or a Social Scourge?
In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Rhode Island Lotteries—Three Centuries of History, the University Library, with support from the Rhode Island Lottery, will sponsor a panel discussion addressing the role of government-run lotteries in today’s society.

The panel discussion will take place on April 1, 2003 at 7:00 pm in Galanti Lounge, on the third floor of the University Library in Kingston.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Scott Molloy, Professor in the Labor Research Center and a scholar of labor history. Panel members are:
•  Mr. Gerald S. Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery
•  Dr. Timothy Hennessy, Professor of Political Science
•  Dr. Galen Johnson, Director of the URI Honors Center
•  Mr. Russell De Simone, Curator of the Exhibit, Adjunct
   Professor, Library
•  Mr. Bob Vincent, GTECH, Public Affairs

(Directions and a map of the Kingston campus, as well as a floor plan and directory of the Library are available for those wishing to attend.)


Rhode Island Lotteries—Three Centuries of History
Immediately following the panel discussion, Mr. De Simone will open an exhibit, which he curated, of printed historical artifacts related to the history of lotteries in Rhode Island. This exhibit will run for the month of April in the Library Gallery.


History of Lotteries and the Lottery System in Rhode Island
A companion publication to the exhibit will also be launched on the evening of April 1. The pamphlet is a reprint of John Russell Bartlett’s 1857 articles on lotteries in Rhode Island, with an introduction by Mr. De Simone.

More information

For more information, please contact Professor William T. O’Malley, University Libraries, at (401) 874-4799 or via email at

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