Exhibit Inspired by PhD Alum Research Opens

Emerging onto the first floor of Quinn Hall out of the wind and rain on Monday, April 22, I entered into a lobby full of graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and community members chatting over refreshments. The majority of guests, however, were volleying for entrance into the TMD Department’s gallery space, where the famed quilts of “An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery” were displayed.

The exhibit was inspired by Rachel May, author of the book by the same name and PhD alum who graduated from URI in 2015. While she was earning her PhD in English at URI, May happened to take a Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design class and became fascinated by a pair of quilts made in the 19th century and donated to URI by Franklin Cushman, great-nephew of Susan and Hasell Williams. The Williamses were a slave-owning couple who met in Providence while Hassel was attending medical school at Brown University. Shortly after they were married, they moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where they owned four slaves by the names of Minerva, Eliza, Jane, and Juba.

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Vikki Warner Returns to URI for a Special Read/Write

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, the English department hosted a very special Read/Write session. Vikki Warner, editor, memoirist and nonfiction writer, is an alumna of the English department at URI and was back to share excerpts from her memoir Tenemental: Adventures of a Reluctant Landlady.

Join us on March 7th to hear memoirist, editor, nonfiction writer and URI English alum Vikki Warner!

Posted by URI Department of English on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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