Athenaeum programs are made possible through major funding support from the RI Council for Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Athenaeum activities are made possible in part by a grant from the RI State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the RI General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Our thanks to season sponsor Campus Fine Wines.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thur 11/5, 5:15-7pm: Library Orientation, Tour, and Reception (reception 5:15-5:45pm; presentation 5:45-6; building & Special Collections tours 6-7). All welcome, whether potential, new, or longstanding members; join us for any portion of the evening you can. Please RSVP to Danielle Kemsley at email@example.com or 421-6970 x15.
Fri 11/6, 5-7pm: SALON: Designers Jane Androski and Emily Rye of Design Agency on “Freeing Athena.” Over 100 years after the Athenaeum's official seal was introduced, Athena's status at the Providence Athenaeum remains unassailable. During a year-long investigation into history of the Athenaeum's visual identity, Androski and Rye pulled open drawers both literal and metaphorical to reveal just how Athena, and all of her compatriots (her Owls, the Raven, and even the building itself) have shaped our impressions of, and engagement with, this place we know so well. Join us for a visual scavenger hunt through the clues that informed Androski’s and Rye’s redesign of the Athenaeum's visual identity—from the adaptation of the seal to the forthcoming website—and towards an understanding of just what “Freeing Athena” represents for the Athenaeum’s next 100 years.
Thur 11/12, 5-7pm: PROUSTFEST, Part 1: Presenter and topic to be announced.
Fri 11/13, 5-7pm: PROUSTFEST, Part 2: Harvard University Professor of Philosophy Richard Moran on “Proust and the Limits of the Will.” ‘Involuntary memory’ is the most well-known theme of all in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. In this talk, Moran, who has written on and taught Proust for many years, teases out what the importance of its being ‘involuntary’ could be in the context of the novel.
Sat 11/14, 4pm talk, 5:30pm cocktail reception: Goat Hill Writers presents Title: “The Publishing World,” a conversation between author and publisher Kaylie Jones and novelist Taylor Polites. Jones has had a 25-year career as a novelist and writer of memoir. Two years ago, she began her own imprint, Kaylie Jones Books, with Brooklyn-based publisher Akashic Books. Jones will talk with Polites about the publishing world as she sees it from both sides of the table. Ample time will be allowed for questions and a cocktail reception will take place immediately after the talk.
Fri 11/20, 5-7pm: SALON, co-presented with FirstWorks and ecoRI News: Brown University Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences Terry E. Tullis, Chair of the National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council, on “Fracking, Earthquakes, and Carbon Disposal.” While fracking has lowered current gas prices and made us less dependent on foreign oil, it has some negative consequences. Ground water can be contaminated, and a dramatic incidence of small earthquakes has resulted from the injection of waste fluids produced by fracking. For example, Oklahoma now has a rapid acceleration of earthquake occurrences and more earthquakes than California. We understand why these earthquakes are occurring from laboratory and field experiments. The potential for more, even larger man-induced earthquakes looms as the Department of Energy begins “carbon sequestration” - pumping carbon dioxide down disposal wells to attempt to reduce future climate change. Join us to discuss the potential effect of our present practices on our future. We encourage Salon-goers to attend the FirstWorks presentation at the Columbus Theatre the following evening, Sat 11/21, of Half-Life, a multi-media event by L.A. performance group Cloud Eye Control, examining the psychological fallout of global disaster and exploring themes of human adaptation in a technological world (tickets available at first-works.org). Attendees are also encouraged to attend the Salon presentation on Fri 11/27 for a conversation building on the experience of these two evenings.
Fri 11/27, 5-7pm: SALON, co-presented with FirstWorks and ecoRI News: RI Artists on Environmental Practice. As demonstrated in the Cloud Eye Control performance on 11/21, artists have always engaged with, responded to, and reflected their environment in their artwork, whether inspired by pristine wilderness or the densely built city. Join us for a conversation with RI artists whose work addresses a variety of environmental issues and instigations, and learn how they use their work to calibrate, celebrate, test, and protest the evolving consequences of human interaction on the physical environment.
Our thanks to the Brown Bookstore for making books available for sale and signing.