URI Honors Colloquium to present panel discussion on building
community in Rhode Island
KINGSTON, R.I. -- November 9, 2000 -- A panel discussion on "Bridges
to the Future: Building Community in Rhode Island" will be held Tuesday,
Nov. 14, as part of the University of Rhode Island's fall Honors Colloquium
series, "Nonviolence: Legacies of the Past, Bridges to the Future."
The panelists will speak about their recent experiences in developing programs
that address poverty and violence, and provide educational and vocational
opportunities for disadvantaged people.
The panel, composed of Rhode Islanders taking part in distinguished work
in education, mediation, and improving community-police relations, will
speak in the Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271 of the Chafee Social Science
Center on URI's Kingston Campus from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The panel will be moderated by Joel Rawson, senior vice president and
executive editor of The Providence Journal, who has strong personal
and professional interests in issues of community concern. Panelists include
Dr. Al Killilea, Lt. Richard Tarlaian, Sgt. Tonya Harris, and Victor Capellan.
Dr. Alfred Killilea is a professor of political science at URI and co-director
of the John Hazen White Center for Ethics and Public Policy. Along with
community co-worker Cherie Aiello, Killilea has instituted an innovative
mentoring program in South Kingstown High School for disenfranchised youth.
The program is now being used in other school districts as well.
Lt. Richard Tarlaian and Sgt. Tonya Harris are certified trainers in
Kingian nonviolence with the Providence Police Department. As trainers,
they offer workshops within and outside the department to help improve community-police
relations. They are also key staff members of Kids, Inc., an educational
program for Providence children excluded from school for behavioral issues.
Tarlaian is also co-director of Camp Anytown, which provides summer recreational
activities in a rural setting for economically-deprived city children.
Victor Capellan has a wide involvement in multicultural and community
issues. Formerly the director of the Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy,
he is currently working with the Providence School Department. Capellan
earned his master's degree at URI.
URI's Colloquium series runs Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and
is free and open to the public.
For Information: Lynne Derbyshire, 401-874-4732, Arthur
Stein, 401-874-4059, Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116, Jennifer Smith, 401-874-2116