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Our spring 2015 program season is made possible in part by the generous support of Campus Fine Wines, The Felicia Fund, RI State Council on the Arts, The Susan Jaffe Tane Foundation, and Taco/The White Family Foundation. 

Programs 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.


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Athenaeum Programs and Events

The Providence Athenaeum is committed to cultural programming and events for adults and children that accentuate and expand the strengths of the collections and mission of the institution. Exhibits are open to the public. Programs are free unless otherwise noted.

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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

For a day-by-day listing of Athenaeum programs, events, and special hours, click on the calendar picture.

MAY 2015 Salons and Programs

Our spring program season is made possible in part by the generous support of Campus Fine Wines, The Felicia Fund, The Susan Jaffe Tane Foundation, and Taco/The White Family Foundation.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

Fri 5/1, 5-7pm: SALON, co-presented with Southside Community Land Trust: David Buchanan, author of Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter, in conversation with SCLT Executive Director Margaret DeVos. Buchanan oversees production for Old Ocean House Farms in Cape Elizabeth, ME, where he grows more than 250 varieties of fruit, herbs, and heirloom vegetables. Join us for a conversation on the questions he explores in Taste, Memory: How can we strike a balance between preserving the past, maintaining valuable agricultural and culinary traditions, and looking ahead to breed new plants? What place does a cantankerous old pear or too-delicate strawberry deserve in our gardens, farms, and markets? To what extent should growers value efficiency and uniformity over matters of taste, ecology, or regional identity? Books available for sale and signing, thanks to the Brown Bookstore.

Sun 5/3, 2:30-4:30: The HiFi (Historical Fiction) Collaborative presents Material Witnesses: Objects and Their Spaces in Historical Storytellling. Panelists include Taylor Polites (moderator), Historical Fiction Author; Carrie Taylor, Director, Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum; Kate Irvin, Curator Costume and Textiles, RISD Museum; Kate Wells, Rhode Island Collection librarian, Providence Public Library; Pieter Roos, Executive Director, Newport Restoration Foundation. Co-sponsored with the Providence Public Library. The HiFi Collaborative, a local writing group, presents a panel of writers and historians in a public conversation for both writers and readers on space, place, and storytelling. The event is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tues 5/5, 6:30 pm reception, 7pm program, co-presented with the Brown University Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies: Novelist João de Melo in conversation with Brown Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Onésimo Almeida on the new translation of de Melo's novel Happy People in Tears (Gente Feliz Com Lagrimas). Using shifting narratives, Happy People in Tears tells the diasporic tale of an impoverished Azorean family’s obsessive search for happiness, from the island home of São Miguel through mainland Portugal, California, New England, and Canada. Addressing loss, family separation and alienation, the anxiety of displacement, and alterity in an increasingly complex and interdependent world, the world offers a fascinating vision of Portugal during the Salazar dictatorship and its colonial wars in Africa, when the political collusion of church and state fomented a patriarchal society that became mirrored in the violence of the family ruled by an abusive father. Books available for sale and signing, thanks to the Brown Bookstore

Thurs 5/7, 6:30 pm reception, 7pm program: Historian Ted Widmer on his new book Brown, the History of an Idea. Brown marks the concluding month of the 250th Anniversary with the launch of Brown: The History of an Idea. Join historian Ted Widmer, Assistant to the President for Special Projects and former Director of the John Carter Brown Library, for insights and surprises from researching and writing this new history of the country's seventh oldest institution of higher education. Books available for sale and signing, thanks to the Brown Bookstore.