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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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

Jonathan Bell

Behind the Scenes: Ath Architecture 101

March 25, 2021

Sean Sherman

Chef Sean Sherman

March 19, 2021

Holly Brewer

John Locke

March 12, 2021

Keith Stokes

Creative Survival

March 5, 2021

Nancy Austin

Behind the Scenes: Malbone’s Miniature

February 25, 2021

Joseph A. Chazan, Erminio Pinque, & Lenny Schwartz

Chazan! Unfiltered

February 19, 2021

Margalit Fox

Conan Doyle for the Defense

February 12, 2021

Ann Patchett & Patrick Ryan

Ann Patchett

February 5, 2021


Freeman Freeman

Frederick Douglass’s Immortal Memory Toast

January 25, 2021

Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee

December 4, 2020

Nathaniel Silver

Boston’s Apollo

November 24, 2020