The Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights

The Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights features courageous journalists and thought leaders who have powerful stories to share.

The inaugural lecture for the in-person series is scheduled for Spring 2021. In the interim, the University of Rhode Island is proud to present a three-part summer virtual series on the First Amendment with veteran news journalists and authors. The first event was held on June 16. This event was timely as we neared the one-year passing of Jim Taricani. Lively and informative, the session featured the award-winning journalists and authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The program was moderated by Sree Sreenivasan, academic and journalist.

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About the Lecture Series

Jim Taricani H’18, the husband of Laurie White ’81, was a veteran Rhode Island journalist and nationally respected investigative reporter for nearly four decades with WJAR-TV and a valued member of the URI family. URI honored Jim in 2018 by awarding him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Shortly after he passed away in 2019, Jim’s family announced the creation of the Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights at the University of Rhode Island to honor his memory and his work. As a champion of the news media’s First Amendment Rights, Jim was dedicated to protecting those rights, which he saw as critically important to society.

“I am so pleased that the Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights will begin this summer at the University of Rhode Island with three virtual events addressing the importance and impact of the First Amendment on our democracy.
Laurie White ’81

The Taricani Lecture Series is presented by the Harrington School of Communication and Media, with the cooperation of the Journalism department and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Journalism has been the subject of so much debate over the past few years. This dialogue has intensified with issues relating to freedom of speech in our current environment. Through the Taricani Lecture series and the efforts of the Journalism department, the University of Rhode Island is poised to foster steadfast values, ethics and sense of purpose for the next generation of journalists.


Jim Taricani

Jim Taricani, H’18, the husband of Laurie White, ’81, was a veteran Rhode Island journalist and nationally respected investigative reporter for nearly four decades with WJAR-TV and a valued member of the URI family. Shortly after he passed away in 2019, Jim’s family announced the creation of the Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights to honor his memory and his work. As a champion of the news media’s First Amendment rights, Jim was dedicated to protecting those rights, which he saw as critically important to society.

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