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Becoming Whitman

Fri, October 25, 5:00pm- 7pm

How did a carpenter’s son, grammar school dropout, and sometime hack writer become America’s poet? Scholar Karen Karbiener traces the extraordinary transformation of Walter Whitman…

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Monuments & Memory

Fri, November 1, 5:00pm- 7pm

After roughly 150 years, Americans are still fighting the Civil War – at least perceptions of the Civil War. The Confederacy cast a long shadow…

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Pfaff’s Saloon Tasting

Thu, November 7, 6:00pm- 8pm

Drink wine-drink beer-raise your voice./Behold! your friend-as he arrives-Welcome him, when, from the upper/step, he looks down upon you with cheerful look – Walt Whitman,…

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The Athenæum presents Karen Armstrong

Fri, November 15, 6:00pm- 8pm

The Providence Athenæum is thrilled to welcome Karen Armstrong to Providence! At a time of intolerance and mutual incomprehension, renowned scholar and TED Prize-winner Karen…

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How to Think About War

Fri, November 22, 5:00pm- 7pm

Why do nations go to war? What are citizens willing to die for? What justifies foreign invasion? And does might always make right? For nearly…

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Annual Meeting

Thu, December 5, 5:00pm- 7pm

All are welcome to join us at the Athenæum’s Annual Meeting for an overview of last year’s landmark successes and to learn about some of…

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Nathaniel Philbrick

Thu, December 12, 5:00pm- 7pm

“Masterly storyteller” (New York Times) Nathaniel Philbrick has consistently topped bestseller lists with prize-winning works such as In the Heart of the Sea, Sea of…

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