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URI Coastal Institute exhibit and lecture address
aesthetics of Narragansett Bay

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 27, 2000 -- The Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island is sponsoring a photographic exhibit and lecture about Narragansett Bay in the University Library's Galanti Lounge on the Kingston Campus.

The lecture will be held on Monday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display Nov. 1-20. Both are free and open to the public.

The photographic exhibit, entitled "The Bay that Binds Us: the History and Environment of Narragansett Bay," is the work of noted Rhode Island photographer Salvatore Mancini, whose black and white images focus on the recreational, industrial, transportation and other uses for Narragansett Bay. His work is supported by grants from the R.I. Committee for the Humanities, the R.I. Council on the Arts, the R.I. Foundation, and others.

The lecture by Cheryl Foster, associate professor of philosophy at URI, is entitled "Same Scene, Different Lens: Reflection, Our Values, the Bay." Foster's interest is in coastal aesthetics and ethics, and her presentation will use her reaction to the photographs as a jumping off point to discuss ways Rhode Islanders think about Narragansett Bay and the coast.

"This is the first in a series of public events to focus on Narragansett Bay that will introduce the many different facets of the Coastal Institute to the local community," said Judith Swift, professor of both communication studies and theatre and associate director of the Coastal Institute. "We've brought together this photographer and speaker because their presentations are reflective of each other and will assist us to gain a deeper appreciation of our coastal areas."

For those who are unable to attend the lecture or visit the exhibit, the Coastal Institute website ( will display several of the photographs and the text of the lecture.

For additional information, call 874-6513, Todd McLeish 874-7892


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