This summer RISD has joined colleges and universities across the country in assigning a selected book to all incoming freshmen, a kind of book club bonding experience that hastaken off in higher education in the last decade.
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.
Visiting artist Lynda Barry is a strange combination of artist/author/teacher/cartoonist/comedian – and probably most importantly, a source of total inspiration.
My cobblestone dead-end driveway is not along RISD’s fashionable Benefit Street.
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.
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.
Each spring the English Department organizes a show featuring outstanding student work completed in and/or inspired by classes taught in the department.
“There are so many potential conversations that could grow out of this incredibly rich text,” says Associate Professor Patricia Barbeito, head of RISD’s Literary Arts + Studies department.
“Everyone has an interesting story deep down within themselves,” says Professor of Graphic DesignJan Baker.
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