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The Spring 2020 season is generously sponsored by the Providence Tourism Council & Bank of America.


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History of the Book

Fri, February 21, 5:00pm- 7:00pm

Reading literary texts allows us to explore what it means to be human, helping us make sense of our own historical moment and those of…

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ESU Shakespeare Recitation Competition

Sun, February 23, 2:30pm- 3:30pm

“Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.” William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida Each year the English Speaking Union of the United States…

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Citizen Reporters

Fri, February 28, 5:00pm- 7:00pm

Tracing McClure’s Magazine from its meteoric rise to its dramatic combustion, Stephanie Gorton’s Citizen Reporters is a thrillingly told biography of a powerhouse magazine that forever changed American life and…

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RISD Illustration Stars

Sat, February 29, 3:00pm- 4:00pm

Each year, RISD Illustration majors spend a semester in a remarkable course called Picture and Word. For their final project each student presents a picture…

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Gish Jen

Fri, March 6, 5:00pm- 7:00pm

A moving story of an America that seems ever more possible, The Resisters is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity. Award-winning author Gish…

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Bibliomania Exhibit Opening

Sat, March 7, 1:00pm- 3:00pm

Celebrate the opening of the Bibliomania exhibition at an open house for all ages. Curator-led tours will be offered. Drop-in for craft projects, nibbles, and printing demonstrations from DWRI…

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Hail Caesar

Fri, March 13, 5:00pm- 7:00pm

In The Gallic War, Julius Caesar’s clear and direct prose provides a riveting depiction of ancient warfare and a persuasive portrait of Caesar as a brilliant,…

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Irish Dance Performance with Tir Na Nog

Sat, March 14, 11:00am- 12:00pm

St. Patrick’s Day is around the next corner, and spring is not far behind, so we’re calling all elves, fairies, and leprechauns to join us…

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Secrets of Suspense

Thu, March 19, 5:00pm- 7:00pm

What makes a book a page-turner? Non-stop suspense and the age-old question of “what happens next?” are all part of the toolkit for thriller writers.…

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Sat, March 21, 11:00am- 12:00pm

Spring up and start dancing with our good friends the Rock-A-Baby crew! This beloved trio is famous for their classes and performances for infants and…

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Conan Doyle for the Defense

Fri, March 27, 5:00pm- 7:00pm

Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer takes us…

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Poetry Out Loud

Fri, April 3, 5:00pm- 7:00pm

Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud finalists read classic poems at the Athenæum’s annual poetry event dedicated to the memory of Charles and Deborah Philbrick and to fostering…

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