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Creative energy at Commencement 2011

The first sign that RISD Commencement might be a little different was the group of Landscape Architecture graduates covered head to toe in a shaggy mass of unkempt fiber.

Students Read, Write and Teach Poetry

Given the notorious time commitment of Poetry in Service to Schools and the Community, you might imagine that few students would register for the English seminar taught by Rick Benjamin.

Lynda Barry

Visiting artist Lynda Barry is a strange combination of artist/author/teacher/cartoonist/comedian – and probably most importantly, a source of total inspiration.

Running Away with the Gypsies

My cobblestone dead-end driveway is not along RISD’s fashionable Benefit Street.

Poetry for Life

In her latest book, Mairéad Byrne parcels her poems into tidy little subsets she succinctly summarizes with words like calendar, everyday lunacy, war, family, instructions.

50 Years in RISD’s English Department

The late RISD President John Frazier welcomed me to his office in the late summer of 1957, saying, “Why don’t you help us with the formation of the English Department? Come aboard while you pursue graduate courses uphill at Brown.

PARACRAFT Reveals Surprising Connections

Each spring the English Department organizes a show featuring outstanding student work completed in and/or inspired by classes taught in the department.

DC STEAM caucus

RISD brought its uplifting STEAM message to Washington, DC on February 14, when President John Maeda and other representatives from campus co-hosted a Capitol Hill briefing to launch the new Congressional STEAM Caucus (view a video of the proceedings here).

A Better Place to Learn

How does an architect with no experience designing schools end up transforming a city’s first new school in 25 years? And changing the national conversation about design for education in the process? ForJo Ann Secor 73 AE, it all started at a trade expo in 2008, when a stranger from Wyoming wandered into the Lee H.