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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.

Shared Voices 2013

Hal Abelson, a leader in the global movement to democratize intellectual resources, will visit RISD on Wednesday, February 20, launching the second season of Shared Voices: The RISD Presidential Speaker Series.

Working with Rwandans

Fourteen artists who met at RISD have teamed up with a print shop, a design firm and a women's association in Rwanda to raise funds through their artwork for a very tangible goal: to build community housing in a rural Rwandan village.

Documenting Truth

Faculty member Jo Sittenfeld MFA 08 PH exposes a diverse set of students to the world of documentary photography.

Decorating the Capitol

Students involved with RISD’s Project Open Door (POD) – a remarkable program that provides arts education for urban teens from underserved communities – recently received a bit of stately recognition.

Inventive Tools Spark Innovative Designs

Every fall, as RISD’s newest students begin the creative rite of passage known asFoundation Studies, they tackle a series of three-dimensional design challenges in theirSpatial Dynamics studios.