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Published on Jul 18, 2012
College Breaks Ground on Ruane Center for the Humanities Providence College community members donned hard hats and wielded golden shovels on June 7 to break ground for the Ruane Center for the Humanities.
The 63,000-square-foot, three-level building will become the College's signature academic building — home to the Development of Western Civilization (DWC) and Liberal Arts Honors programs — when it opens in September 2013.
The center is named in recognition of a leadership gift from Board of Trustees' chair Michael A. Ruane '71 and his wife, Elizabeth.
"This is the dawning of a bright new era for Providence College," said College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. '80.
"We are, in a sense, going against the grain of higher education, in reaffirming the centrality and importance of the humanities and a liberal arts education," Father Shanley said.
To be constructed between the Phillips Memorial Library and the Albertus Magnus science complex, the Ruane Center fulfills a goal of the Strategic Plan. The building was designed to accommodate the College's new Core Curriculum, especially changes to the DWC Program, which is the focus of an undergraduate student's education for the first two years.
The revised DWC Program is built around seminar discussions with a team-taught colloquium in the fourth semester. To support these smaller-size courses, the Ruane building will feature a dozen seminar classrooms, each with moveable tables and chairs for up to 20 students.
Other features will include a 50-seat classroom, a 60-seat classroom, a 120-seat lecture hall, a 150-seat lecture hall, a Great Room, a café, and a terrace intended to serve as space for conversation and informal study.