U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse to address College of Business class on climate change

WHAT: U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., will address a College of Business class of about 560 first-year students on climate change. Re-envisioned for the College’s 100th anniversary, the class, “Developing Brand ‘You’ for the Future of Work,” gives first-year students who intend to major in a business discipline the opportunity to consider their place in the work world of the future, exploring such topics as artificial intelligence and sustainability. Whitehouse’s talk will be preceded by a presentation by Alex Couture, head of technical operations at Google, on human bias in artificial intelligence and its impact on innovation in the field. (Whitehouse’s talk is open to the media, but the event is not open to the public.)

WHO:  Whitehouse, Rhode Island’s junior senator since 2007, and previously the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island (1993-98) and Rhode Island Attorney General (1998-2003), has been a leader in the U.S. Senate on such issues as climate change, rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, overhauling federal education policy, addressing ocean plastic waste, and rooting out “dark money” from the country’s elections.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Edwards Hall, 64 Upper College Road, Kingston, Rhode Island; parking is available in the Briar Lane Lot (Lot 1) behind the Higgins Welcome Center. 

TO COVER THE EVENT: Members of the media who plan to attend should contact Tony LaRoche, URI Communications and Marketing, no later than Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. Reach him at 401-874-4894; cell, 401-837-8275; or anthony_laroche@uri.edu.

The College of Business has been a leader in business, research and outreach in Rhode Island since being established in 1923 by Howard Edwards, president of the then-Rhode Island State College. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the College today has more than 2,300 undergraduate and about 350 graduate students across 10 undergraduate majors, nine graduate programs and three Ph.D. specializations. Throughout this academic year, the College is celebrating its centennial.