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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Game Night at URI

In writing about things to check out in Southern New England, it’s easy to overlook URI as a fascinating place to visit, even if your student days are long behind you. A case in point: everything that’s happening on campus on a single day, and a weekday at that: Thursday, November 14.


Get to campus at 4 pm, and you’ll find a one-hour lecture on the Social Role of Board Games in Bronze Age Nubia. Board games go back a long way, and Assistant Professor of Art History Lisa Tom discusses the roles of these games in the ancient African kingdom of Kerma (located in modern day Sudan) and how these games were part of a wider phenomenon of social stratification, elite identity construction, may have acted as lubricants between social groups – and may have been a connection to their more famous Egyptian neighbors. It’s free, with light refreshments served.


If you’re looking to add something more to the day, get to the Fine Arts Center  a little early and you’re likely to find a concert in the auditorium, where faculty, students and special guests will be gathering between 12:30 and 1:45 pm. (Programs are subject to change so check with the Music Department office at 401 874 2431 for current info.) Rather make a night of it? Take time out for dinner after the Board Games talk, and you can catch a show at the Fine Arts Center’s Robert E. Will Theatre – She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. It’s a show about a woman who investigates the death of her teenage sister, and stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in her sister’s Dungeon and Dragons notebook. Tickets are $20; 7:30-9:30 pm.