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After terrorizing the NRA, a URI professor looks for his next victim

Shortly after the Newtown shootings, University of Rhode Island history professor Erik Loomis took to Twitter with this little jibe at the National Rifle Association's head honcho: "I was heartbroken in the first 20 mass murders. Now I want Wayne LaPier
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2013

Preppies and mozzarella sticks: polo comes to URI

It's a beautiful day for polo at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. The sky is clear. The sun is bright. The grass is green and fragrant.
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 21, 2012

Maxey’s sprawling landscapes; Blackburn’s altered spaces

After years of visiting her second home in her husband's native United Kingdom, Providence artist Madolin Maxey says it finally occurred to her to paint the hedgerows, rolling hills, giant boulders, and ancient stone crosses in Devon in southwestern Eng
Exteriors and interiors
By GREG COOK  |  March 23, 2012

URI’s marvelous take on Tartuffe

"The more things change, the more they stay the same" — that phrase may not have found widespread popularity until the 19th century, but French playwright and satirist Molière understood it well.
Hilarity and hypocrisy
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 02, 2012

URI’s Marat/Sade finds pleasure in pain

To compare a crazed society to a madhouse is a trite observation. But it became an astute metaphor and powerful theatrical experience when playwright Peter Weiss created Marat/Sade , as URI Theatre is robustly demonstrating (through October 23).
Musical madness
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 21, 2011

URI’s ''Are You Ready For the Future?'' colloquium in brief

The future is about more than the singularity, of course. It's about robots, lab-grown organs, and watching hopelessly as the Chinese pilfer our military secrets.
Robots and lab-grown bladders
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011


Dark side of the future

When the University of Rhode Island kicked off its invigorating "Are You Ready For the Future?" speakers series a few weeks back, there was only one man for the job: inventor and provocateur Ray Kurzweil.
Utopia or the end of humankind? A URI forum explores “the Singularity”
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011

Review: The 15th Annual Rhode Island Film Festival

The Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival is holding its 15th annual presentation August 9-14.
Super shorts and more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 05, 2011

Ghouls on parade

The tale of local businessman Joseph A. Caramadre, who paid the terminally ill a fraction of the face value for the right to buy variable annuities in their names — annuities that paid out in full, plus interest, upon their deaths — is enough to make yo
Profiting from the dead; more on ‘Buttercup’; and the latest in Pawtucket
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 19, 2010

Take a look

A year ago the future looked bright as the RISD Museum debuted its shiny new Chace Center.
New spaces and fresh faces
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009

Public colleges get the shaft

When it came time to pick a college, Thomas Ahrens just couldn't pass up the relative affordability of a University of Rhode Island education.
Fewer teachers. Bigger classes. More applicants. Huge tuition hikes. the outlook for Rhode island higher ed is bleak .
By MEAGHAN WIMS  |  February 25, 2009