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SALON: Stephen Greenblatt | May 17, 2019
In partnership with The Modern Language Association (MLA)
Harvard University professor Stephen Greenblatt will speak on “Survival Strategies: Shakespeare on Power” as part of the MLA Public Conversations Series.
Making Their Debut | May 3, 2019
Presented with Goat Hill Writers
Three debut writers – Catharine Murray (Now You See the Sky), Nisha Sharma (My So-Called Bollywood Life), and A. K Small (Bright Burning Stars) – join Ann Hood to share their journeys to becoming first-time published authors.
While Benefit Street was Young | April 23, 2019
Presented with the Mile of History Association
The Mile of History Association and the Providence Athenæum proudly present dramatic readings from Margaret Bingham Stillwell’s 1943 While Benefit Street was Young by master storyteller Robb Dimmick.
SALON: Solid Seasons | April 18, 2019
Scholar Jeffrey Cramer joins Brown Professor Carol Deboer-Langworthy in conversation about his recent book, Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, a dual-biography of two iconic American writers, each trying to find the ideal friend with whom they could share their journey through our imperfect world.
Sponsored by Starkweather & Shepley
SALON: House of Secrets | April 12, 2019
Historian Allison Levy’s House of Secrets tells the remarkable story of Florence’s Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated facade.
SALON: Gorham Silver | April 5, 2019
Presented with the RISD Museum
Commissioned to create everything from public presentation pieces to one-of-a-kind showstoppers for use in the private dining rooms of America, Gorham Silver put uniquely American design on the world stage. Join curator Elizabeth Williams for a preview of the RISD Museum’s upcoming Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970 exhibition.
Sponsored by Mullen Scorpio Cerilli
SALON: The Road Ahead | March 29, 2019
Curator Julie Pastor discusses the The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
SALON: Dan Barry | March 1, 2019
Called “the closest thing we have to a contemporary Steinbeck” by Colum McCann, award-winning journalist Dan Barry – formerly of the Providence Journal and now with The New York Times – has crisscrossed the nation in pursuit of stories large and small. Whether he is recreating baseball’s longest game (played at McCoy Stadium!), covering the aftermath of 9/11, or interviewing the coroner from The Wizard of Oz, his work explores and celebrates our shared experience.
Sponsored by the Providence Journal
SALON: From Day to Day with scholar Timothy Boyce | February 22, 2019
Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” From Day to Day is a World War II concentration camp diary secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian. This inspiring diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity. Timothy Boyce learned about the out-of-print diary while reading a memoir written by Thomas Buergenthal, a 10 year-old Jewish boy whose life was saved by Nansen while both were prisoners in Sachsenhausen.
Sponsored by the Pearl W. and Martin M. Silverstein Foundation
SALON: Mrs. Poe with author Lynn Cullen | February 15, 2019
Inspired by one of literature’s most haunting figures, award-winning author Lynn Cullen crafts a tale about Edgar Allan Poe, his poet mistress, and his obsessive young wife, featuring many historical characters well known to the Athenæum.
Sponsored by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
SALON: Egyptian Obelisks of Rome with Vincent Buonanno | November 16, 2018
Thirty years ago, Vincent Buonanno began collecting illustrated books, travel guides, and maps, all on the single theme of Rome in its Renaissance and Baroque periods of urban development from 1500 to 1750, including the phenomenon of ancient Egyptian obelisks relocated throughout the cities as focal points of urban monuments, churches, and piazzas. Buonanno discusses these celebrated images as the European development of engraving and etching copper plates, beginning as a simple means of producing multiple illustrations and developing into a high art form.
SALON: Arnold Weinstein | October 5, 2018
Many of our greatest works of literature and art are studded with wreckage and reversals, challenging our so-called ‘knowledge,’ as well as our assumptions, by prioritizing sentience and subjectivity. Today’s information-culture, with its algorithms and electronic immediacy, is locked out of the actual reaches and texture of lived experience. Acclaimed Brown University professor Arnold Weinstein argues that the Humanities show us who we are.
SALON: Jane Goodrich | September 28, 2018
Jane Goodrich, author of The House on Lobster Cove, recounts her fascinating journey writing the fictional depiction of Boston philanthropist George Nixon Black and reconstructing Kragsyde, a late-19th century mansion on the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea. Book signing to follow.
Sponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
A Night in Crimetown | July 12, 2017
Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, creators of the hit podcast Crimetown, spend an evening at the Ath for their first appearance in Providence.
Sponsored by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
The Art of the Memoir | May 20, 2017
Authors Andre Dubus III, Dani Shapiro, and Ann Hood discuss their works and the art and power of memoir.
In partnership with Goat Hill Writers