Did you catch Johnson & Wales University professor Marian Gagnon's acclaimed documentary trilogy on PBS?
Her films, which chronicle JWU’s colorful history, screened in February as part of “Rhode Island Stories,” RI PBS’s collection of independent films with a distinctly Rhode Island flavor.
HerStory: the Founding Mothers of JWUGagnon’s first film traces the university’s humble beginnings. In 1914, former schoolmates Gertrude Wales and Mary Johnson launched the Johnson & Wales School of Business from Gertude’s home.
They had just one typewriter, and one student. But the school grew rapidly, ultimately settling in to proper offices in downtown Providence.Johnson & Wales University’s Men of Vision The second film documents the inspired leadership of Morris Gaebe and Edward Triangolo, who bought the college when “the ladies” (as they were known) retired.
Jack Yena’s Legacy: Finding a Sense of PlaceGagnon's latest film traces the university’s astonishing growth in the 1990s and beyond.