Press ReleaseWASHINGTON TRUST BANCORP, INC. (NASDAQ - WASH)

Washington Trust Offers Free Lecture Series

Company Release - 03/04/2002 00:00
WESTERLY, R.I., March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

The Washington Trust Company will present a series of free lectures: The Spirit of America in a New World. Hosted by NBC10 news anchor, Gene Valicenti, the Freedom Lecture Series will focus on issues currently facing our country and examine why the American spirit prevails, even in the face of the greatest adversities. The lectures will be presented by local experts at the Varnum Memorial Armory, 6 Main Street, East Greenwich, R.I., on Wednesday evenings, March 6 - April 3, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

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Seating for each seminar is limited and reservations are suggested. To reserve your space, please call 401-348-1200 or toll-free at 1-800-475-2265. Free parking is available on Division Street. Refreshments will be served.

The Washington Trust Company is a state-chartered bank founded in 1800. The Bank offers a full range of financial services, including trust and investment management, through its branch offices in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. The Bank is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. whose common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market(sm) under the symbol WASH. For more information is available on the Corporation's web site at www.washtrust.com.

                          The Freedom Lecture Series
                     The Spirit of America in a New World
                          Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm
                           March 6 - April 3, 2002
                            Varnum Memorial Armory
                                6 Main Street
                              East Greenwich, RI

March 6

"Finding the Hero Within"

When America was struck on 9/11, Americans everywhere rose up to help the victims. Hear the stories of several "Ground Zero" volunteers as they share how they came to help in the relief efforts.

March 13

"Understanding Diversity"

As the melting pot, America brings together many different people and beliefs. How can we better understand the principles and experiences of the 4.5 million Muslims living among us? Lectures by Imam Farid Ansari, Muslim American Dawah Center of RI and NCCJ, and Robert M. Laffey, professor at Bryant College, Providence College, RISD, and URI.

March 20

"Thinking Globally: Diplomacy and War"

Is there a new consensus about how and why Americans should care about the rest of the world? Lecture by Richard Nuccio, Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University.

March 27

"Teaching Our Children About Freedom"

What can our children learn from the unprovoked attack on America? A lot, according to Julia Steiny, EdWatch columnist for the Providence Journal and the Director of Communications for the National Center on Public Education at URI.

April 3

"Learning from Our Past"

Hear how one descendant of African-American "plantation pioneers" transforms the nightmare of 9/11 into a lesson in liberty. Lecture by ZSun- nee Kimball Matema whose ancestors were Mount Vernon slaves.

Media Contact: 
Elizabeth B. Eckel 
Sr. Vice President, Marketing 
Telephone: (401) 348-1309 

SOURCE The Washington Trust Company

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