NEWS from URI Harrington School of Communication & Media

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Lots of activity at the Harrington School

NEWS from URI Harrington School of Communication & Media

Lots of news coming out of URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media, with three new announcements.

$4Million Pledge

The school has received a $4 million pledge from Richard J. Harrington ’73, Hon. ’02 and Jean Harrington. This raises the Harringtons’ cumulative support for the Harrington School to more than $12 million, driving a decade of rapid growth.

The gift will further the renovation of the second, third and fourth floors of Ranger Hall, which is home to the Harrington School and a landmark on the Kingston Campus. The College of Arts and Sciences and the University will supplement the effort with an additional $2 million.

“Jean and I are committed to supporting the University of Rhode Island’s vision for the future and are pleased to invest in innovation and the expansion of the Harrington Hub,” Dick Harrington said. “We remain confident in the faculty and leadership in the Harrington School of Communication and Media and are honored that our commitment will support the future leaders and professionals in communication and media.”

According to Harrington School Director and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences Adam Roth, “This additional commitment from the Harringtons and the further renovation of Ranger Hall will support transformational experiences for our students and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for their classes. Combined with our exceptional faculty, we are on our way to becoming one of America’s leading schools of communication and media.”

Opening of Broadcast Center Grand Opening

A Grand Opening event is set for 11am on Friday, September 27th. The event is free and open to the public, and features remarks from URI President David M. Dooley, CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour '83, HON '95, Advisory Board Chairman Richard Harrington '73, HON '02, and the Harrington School of Communication and Media Director Adam Roth.

The event will include tours of the new broadcast facility. Tickets and registration are not required.

 

Amanpour Address

Christiane Amanpour, “Truthful, Not Neutral” will be presented on Thursdaym ,September 26t, at 7:30pm in Edwards Auditorium. Christiane Amanpour ’83, Hon. ’95 will share insight on how journalists can differentiate between coverage that is balanced, objective, neutral and, most importantly, truthful. A URI alumna and honorary degree recipient, Amanpour joined CNN in 1983 and is the network’s chief international anchor and host of its award-winning, flagship global affairs program Amanpour, as well as Amanpour & Co. which airs on PBS in the United States. Based in CNN’s London bureau, Amanpour rose through the organization becoming the network’s leading international correspondent. She covered the Gulf War and the war in Bosnia, and reported from some of the world’s most troubled spots including Afghanistan, North Korea, and the Palestinian territories. She is the recipient of an inaugural Television Academy Award, 11 Emmys, four Peabody Awards, and nine honorary degrees.

Tickets and $10 each with a two ticket limit per person.

Proceeds donated to the URI Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights, in memory of Christiane Amanpour’s First Mentor, RI Investigative Reporter, Jim Taricani.

About Amanpour

A URI alumna and honorary degree recipient, Amanpour joined CNN in 1983 and is the network’s chief international anchor and host of its award-winning, flagship global affairs program Amanpour, as well as Amanpour & Co. which airs on PBS in the United States. Based in CNN’s London bureau, Amanpour rose through the organization becoming the network’s leading international correspondent. She covered the Gulf War and the war in Bosnia, and reported from some of the world’s most troubled spots including Afghanistan, North Korea, and the Palestinian territories. She is the recipient of an inaugural Television Academy Award, 11 Emmys, four Peabody Awards, and nine honorary degrees.

About The Harrington School

The Harrington School was established in 2009, and comprises programs in digital media, communication studies, film/media, multimedia journalism, library and information studies, public relations, sports media and communication, and writing and rhetoric.

The School’s growing prominence is evident in rising enrollment numbers and through the support of such prominent media figures as Christiane Amanpour ’83 and John King ’85 of CNN, Vladimir Duthiers ’91 and Adam Wiener ’87 of CBS, and Meredith Vieira of NBC Universal. All are members of the School’s advisory board.

An information-media industry leader, Harrington is chairman emeritus of the Boston-based venture capital firm Cue Ball. He was formerly president and CEO of the Thomson Reuters Corporation, where he led the transformation of the company into the leading global provider of digital information—the tenth largest media company in the world. He serves on the boards of directors for several companies and holds two degrees from URI, a B.S. from the College of Business and an Honorary Doctor of Laws.


For more details, go to:  https://harrington.uri.edu/