−“Pina” screened in Tiverton @ The Meeting House7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Four Corners Arts Center shows the 2011 film as part of its Fall Film Series. The feature-length dance film, directed by Wim Wenders, focuses on the inspiring art of the German choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009.+7:30 pm“Pina” screened in Tiverton @ The Meeting House
−Lecture by Leonard Pitts Jr. @ Roger Williams University’s Campus Recreation Center7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Leonard Pitts Jr., the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, will discuss the history — and the future — of race in America in a presentation titled “After Race.” It’s being presented as part of Roger Williams University’s Presidents Distinguished Speakers Series.+7:30 pmLecture by Leonard Pitts Jr. @ Roger Williams University’s Campus Recreation Center
−Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. to Speak at Roger Williams University @ Roger Williams University7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Twice each week, millions of newspaper readers seek out the rich, uncommonly resonant voice of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. And countless others have devoured his critically acclaimed books, including his most recent, the 2012 novel titled “Freeman.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, members of the public are invited to spend an evening with Pitts as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University.
In a presentation titled “After Race,” Pitts will share his ideas on the history, and the future, of race in America. Race is a concept ephemeral in nature, he says, yet one that has formed the basis for this country’s history, so much of it awful. The conversation at Roger Williams will examine what that portends in an America that is now undergoing profound demographic change.
“I have followed Mr. Pitts’ columns for many years and have always been impressed not only with his writing, but also with his perspectives and how he frames them,” says RWU President Donald J. Farish. “Speaking for our students and faculty in journalism and creative writing, and for all of us on campus, we are grateful for the opportunity to welcome a Pulitzer Prize winner and exceptional author to Roger Williams.”
Pitts is a Miami Herald columnist who has worked for more than 36 years as a writer, college professor, radio producer and a lecturer. Nowhere was his connection with readers demonstrated more forcefully than in the reaction to his column, “We’ll Go Forward From This Moment,” on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks – an angry, defiant response to the terrorists still widely quoted more than a decade later.
In 2009, he published two books that propelled him into a career as a novelist. After the debut of his collection of newspaper columns, “Forward From This Moment,” Tavis Smiley of PBS called Pitts “the most insightful and inspiring columnist of his generation.” Later that year, Pitts published his first novel, “Before I Forget,” which Publisher’s Weekly called a “a rare, memorable debut.”
Race is a topic that Pitts has explored freely, both through his newspaper commentary and in “Freeman,” which tells the tale of a runaway slave in the months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Like much of Pitts’ work, the book was widely praised – PBS journalist Gwen Ifill called it “a story of love and redemption which challenges everything we thought we knew about how our nation dealt with its most stubborn stain,” and author and journalist Herb Boyd described it as “a beguiling, cinematic love story.”
Pitts’ lifelong devotion to writing has yielded critical acclaim and stellar results, chief among them the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He is a three-time recipient of the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists and a seven-time recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award, among other accolades.
The Nov. 28 presentation will take place in the Campus Recreation Center on the University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. A book signing with the author will immediately follow the presentation.
The event is free and open to the public; no advance tickets are required. For more information, call (401) 254-3154.
The President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University launched in October 2011 and to date has welcomed two guests – ambassador, activist and public servant Andrew Young and science writer and bestselling author Dava Sobel – to campus. The series invites thought leaders from a wide range of disciplines to share perspectives, inspire conversations and enrich the intellectual lives of students, faculty and staff at Roger Williams as well as members of the local community.
As part of the series, each guest is invited to devote much of the daylong visit to direct engagement with students in classroom sessions, offering RWU students unique opportunities for one-on-one interactions with some of the world’s leading authors, scholars, artists and public servants.+7:30 pmPulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. to Speak at Roger Williams University @ Roger Williams University
−ART Night @ Catch the trolley from one of 20 stops in Warren and Bristol.5:00 am – 9:00 am
This month’s ART Night features two artists opening their studios for open tours: David Ferro, a designer who crafts weathervanes, is located at studio #225 at 30 Cutler St., Warren. Visit ceramic sculptor Ellen Blomgren, who specializes in animal creations for the garden, at studio #129 in the same complex. Ride the free trolley, visit more than 20 galleries and take a rare peek inside artists’ studios to see how creative works come to life. ART Night is a partnership between the Warren Arts Initiative and Bristol Independent Galleries and runs on the last Thursday of every month from March through November.+5:00 amART Night @ Catch the trolley from one of 20 stops in Warren and Bristol.
−ALTA LUNA GALLERY ~ ART Night Reception and Live Music @ ALTA LUNA GALLERY5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6 to 9 pm: Open to the Public. Refreshments will be served.
OPENING RECEPTION FOR “Harvest ~ Light ~ Celebration”, a juried exhibit of regional artists (all media); Live Music by Blues Guitarist, Ross Robinson. Contact information: Jane Dever, 401-688-0396; email firstname.lastname@example.org; www.AltaLunaGallery.com; www.facebook.com/AltaLunaGallery+5:00 pmALTA LUNA GALLERY ~ ART Night Reception and Live Music @ ALTA LUNA GALLERY
−Portsmouth 375th Steering Committee Meeting @ Portsmouth Free Library5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Bi-weekly meeting of the Portsmouth 375th anniversary celebration planning group.+5:00 pmPortsmouth 375th Steering Committee Meeting @ Portsmouth Free Library
−Paranormal Research Program @ Sakonnet Bay Manor6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tiverton Library Services will host a visit from Andrew Laird, founder of The R.I. Paranormal Research Group and Society, the oldest, continuously operating paranormal research group in New England. Learn about paranormal phenomena and the origins of the group. Hear about ghostly investigations and bring your questions and pictures — if you dare.+6:30 pmParanormal Research Program @ Sakonnet Bay Manor
−Carlton Pinheiro Lecture @ The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
John Palmieri will present “The Herreshoff Torpedo Boats: Innovation at the Beginning of the Modern U.S. Navy.” New team research reveals the influence of a strong Narragansett Bay connection and the Herreshoff brothers’ 20-year effort to dominate the torpedo boat business with innovative designs and a business plan to nullify the influence of the Navy bureaucracy and their specifications.+7:00 pmCarlton Pinheiro Lecture @ The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame
−Screening of “Winter’s Bone” @ Barrington Public Library7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jennifer Lawrence earned an Oscar nomination for her work in this gritty, dark drama that was released in 2010. It’s been shown as part of the library’s “Indie Flicks You Never Saw But Wished You Did (Or Just Want to See Again!)” film series.+7:00 pmScreening of “Winter’s Bone” @ Barrington Public Library
−RWU Theatre Main Season Series II: “Antigone” @ Roger Williams University7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Robin Stone directs this classic Greek tragedy about Antigone, daughter of the deceased King Oedipus, who defies the new ruler of Thebes by attempting to have a respectable burial of her slain brother, though it may mean her death. This play explores issues of war, law, morality and class struggle. The performance takes place in the Roger Williams University Performing Arts Center, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for students and seniors.+7:30 pmRWU Theatre Main Season Series II: “Antigone” @ Roger Williams University