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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.

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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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September 2015 Programs


Fri 9/18, 5-7pm: SALON: “Live from the Archive: Doggedness and Discomfort.” Join participants from our spring 2015 “Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive” pilot project for a candid conversation about their experiences in researching in the Athenaeum’s collections, discussing ideas with one another, presenting findings at the Athenaeum Salon, and now imagining the collaborative possibilities ahead for their own group, as well as for participants in future iterations of our collections-based programming. The conversation will include Erick Armbrust (AS220), Jason Curzake (AS220), Tony Estrella (Gamm Theatre), Elizabeth Francis (RI Council for the Humanities), Carolyn Gennari (AS220), Kelly Reed (Community MusicWorks), Shey Rivera (AS220), Sebastian Ruth (Community MusicWorks), Emily Steffian (Cable Car Cinema), and others.

Mon 9/21, 7-9pm Book Launch (7pm reception, 7:30 program, followed by book sale and signing), co-presented by Frequency Writers: Writer Colin Channer reads from his new, debut collection of poetry, Providential, published by Akashic Books. Born in Jamaica to a pharmacist and a policeman, Channer has been called “one of the Caribbean Diaspora’s finest writers” by Junot Diaz. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Harvard Review, The Common, and Renaissance Noire, among other places. His many books of prose include the novella The Girl with the Golden Shoes, “a very moving and mesmerizing journey” in the words of Edwidge Danticat. He has taught at Wellesley College and Brandeis University, and won the Silver Musgrave Medal in Literature in 2010. 

*Please note: Fri 9/25: NO SALON

Tues 9/29, 5-7pm Book Launch (5pm reception, 5:30 program, followed by book sale and signing): public scholar Robb Dimmick on his new book, Disappearing Ink: A Bibliography of Books by & about Rhode Island African Americans. The outcome of year of research by Dimmick, supported by a grant from the RI Council for the Humanities, Disappearing Ink assembles an extraordinary history of African Americans’ contributions to the literature of our state. With nearly 900 entries, the bibliography evidences the surprising amount of material on the subject of Black life in RI, a state whose geographic smallness belies its enormous accomplishments.