RWU kicks off 350th RI Colonial Charter Celebration

May 8, 2013

Roger Williams University kicks off the state celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Rhode Island Colonial Charter tomorrow with a panel discussion about the 1663 charter on campus.

Five members of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s Rhode Island 1663 Charter Commission will bring their perspectives to a discussion of the landmark document and how the ideas of Roger Williams influenced American constitutional development and indeed, resonate to the 21st century.

The panelists include Patrick Conley, a lawyer, emeritus history professor at Providence College and prolific researcher on Rhode Island history, politics and religion; Morgan Grefe, executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Society; Stanley Lemons, professor of history emeritus at Rhode Island College and an expert on Roger Williams; David Logan, dean of the RWU Law School; and Ray Rickman, a former Rhode Island state representative, historian and president of the Rickman Group consulting firm.

The panel will be moderated by Scott MacKay, political analyst for Rhode Island Public Radio.

The event will be held on Thursday, May 9th from 3 to 5 p.m. in Global Heritage Hall, Room G01, on the RWU Bristol campus at 1 Old Ferry Road. This discussion is free and open to the public.