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URI Honors Colloquium concludes Dec. 6 with students sharing perspectives on future

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I.- November 29, 2011- The University of Rhode Island’s annual fall Honors Colloquium concludes on Dec. 6 with a presentation by honors students enrolled in the colloquium course sharing their vision for the future, informed by the course and the previous 11 lectures. The colloquium examined the question “Are you ready for the future?”

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on the URI Kingston Campus, and posters and exhibits of student projects will be on display in the lobby beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Free pizza, cookies and drinks will be available while viewing the exhibits in the lobby.

“The students are going to present their view of how technology will impact their future,” explained Peter Cornillon, URI oceanography professor and one of the coordinators of the colloquium. “Each of eleven groups of students examined issues that they found important and interesting in the colloquium lectures.”

Some of the student groups will discuss their perspectives in the auditorium, while others will be exhibited in poster, video or exhibit format in the lobby.

Among the topics they will share are a vision for an environmentally sustainable New York City, the role technology will play in family dynamics, how robots and computers may replace doctors and nurses, and the use of 3-dimensional printing to manufacture almost any product on demand. One group will present a mock presidential debate from the year 2032.

“I think many of us resist change because we are afraid of the future,” said student Mecca Smith. “We need to have confidence in the abilities of others, specifically our children and our children’s children, to handle what is to come. There will always be change, but it will just be a matter of whether people are prepared for it or not.”

The presentation will be streamed live at www.uri.edu/hc. For additional information about the URI Honors Colloquium, contact Deborah Gardiner at debg@uri.edu or 401-874-2382.

Major sponsors of the Honors Colloquium are the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation, the URI Honors Program, and the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, with sustaining sponsors including The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment and the URI Office of the Provost and Office of the President. Additional support is provided by URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Classroom Media Services, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, College of Human Science and Services, College of Business Administration, College of Pharmacy, Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, University College, Coastal Institute, Division of University Advancement, College of Nursing and Department of Communication Studies.

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