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URI offers ‘A Night With Steve Perry’
Talk is sponsored by URI Chapter of
National Society of Black Engineers

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 13, 2002 -- University of Rhode Island alumnus, Steve Perry, will speak about community activism and civil liberties post September 11 on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Hardge Forum of the Multicultural Center, URI’s Kingston campus. The URI Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers is sponsoring the talk, which is one of the University’s events for Black History Month. The talk is free and open to the public.

Perry is a community activist living in Middletown, Conn. where he directs an organization that prepares low-income high school students for college. Perry, the son of a teen mother, grew up in public housing.

As an undergraduate at URI, he worked for a U.S. Senator, a mayor, and a presidential candidate and later served as director of a homeless shelter. He graduated from URI in 1992 and earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Perry is the author of The Window Pain, a coming of age novel that deals with domestic violence. It is published by Renegade Books.

The URI alumnus has received several state and regional awards for causes ranging from promoting educational access to low-income students to fighting all forms of sexual violence. He has been a candidate for state representative and an adjunct professor, while at the same time serving on a number of local boards.

For Information: Jan Wenzel, 401-874-2116

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