Summer 2020


Art as Activism

What Connects US


Big Ideas. Bold Plans.

The Campaign for the University of Rhode Island

Let’s move the University forward together.


From the President

Opportunity for Change
  • Barbara Caron in her home office with her dog, Hammy From the Editor - Editor Barbara Caron offers her own in-kind note from quarantine after receiving numerous messages from alumni.
  • Watch, Listen, and Read Like a Professor - URI professors share their tips on books, podcasts, virtual exhibits, music, and streaming video.
  • Theresa Brown, editor-in-chief of the Good Five-Cent Cigar Adaptation - Theresa Brown ’21, editor-in-chief of URI’s student newspaper, The Good Five-Cent Cigar, reflects on lessons learned covering the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Cheryl Foster The Ambient Texture of Days - Professor of Philosophy Cheryl Foster explains how students and faculty were missing the sensory and aesthetic variety of living, working, and learning on campus.
  • Blue open quotation mark You Can Quote Me - Memorable quotes from researchers, administrators, and alumni in the URI community.
  • A cartoon of Rhody wearing a graduation cap and gown Phenomenal Grads - Meet four phenomenal members of the class of 2020, and help us celebrate our grads.


A chalk drawing of a heart

A Special Edition

The coronavirus pandemic has changed life for all of us. We invited our alumni to share how their lives have changed and how they’re adapting.

Read their stories


Browse the winning photos from the 2019 URI Research and Scholarship Photo Contest.

Winner’s circle
“Look to art and see what genius emerges in turbulent times.”
Emmett Goods, trombonist and URI music lecturer



Do you have a funny idea for a caption for this photo from the URI Archives?

Students propping themselves above the floor in a corridor using their hands and feet agains the walls

An old black and white photo showing a ballet class held in a gymnasium

Winning Caption, Spring 2020
Peter Pan auditions.
—Norm Campbell ’57

Read the story behind this photo.


URI lecturer and trombonist Emmett Goods shares his perspective on the cultural importance of music as a form of social protest and a way to build connection.