For nearly 200 years, the Providence Athenæum has been at the heart of cultural life in Providence, Rhode Island, and our mission is to enrich the mind, inspire the spirit, and elevate the public discourse. Our programs have been carefully curated to do just that.

Browse the library’s archive of past programs below.

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Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett

Barbara Kingsolver

December 3, 2021


Sasha Issenberg

The Engagement

November 19, 2021

R. Tripp Evans

Behind the Scenes: Joseph C. Ely

November 18, 2021

Betsy West

My Name is Pauli Murray

November 12, 2021

Russell Shorto

The Woman Who Made Van Gogh

November 5, 2021

Francis J. Leazes, Jr.

North Burial Ground

October 29, 2021

Stephanie Ovoian

Behind the Scenes: Edgar Allan Poe

October 28, 2021

Dan-el Padilla Peralta & Johanna Hanink

The Fire Right Now

October 22, 2021

Jeffrey C. Stewart

The Life of Alain Locke

October 15, 2021

The Public's Radio

The Public’s Voice

October 7, 2021

Dorothy Wickenden

The Agitators

October 1, 2021

Matt Burriesci, Robin Wetherill, Kate Wodehouse

Behind The Scenes: Welcome Back!

September 16, 2021

Daniel Mendelsohn & Johanna Hanink

Three Rings

May 14, 2021

John McWhorter

Nine Nasty Words

April 30, 2021


Rita Dove

Rita Dove

April 23, 2021


Peter Brooks

Balzac’s Lives

April 9, 2021