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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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud 2023

April 28, 2023

Nicole Eustace

Covered with Night

April 21, 2023

Ethan Lasser

Hear Me Now

March 30, 2023

Melissa Tedone

The Poison Book Project

March 24, 2023

Joanna Scutts


March 17, 2023

Kerri Greenidge

The Grimkes

March 10, 2023

Providence Clemente Veterans' Initiative (PCVI)

Women Warriors, Women’s Voices

March 3, 2023

Arnold Weinstein

The Lives of Literature

February 24, 2023

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib

February 10, 2023


Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

February 3, 2023


Crystal Williams

Crystal Williams

December 8, 2022

Sheldon Whitehouse

Sheldon Whitehouse

December 2, 2022

Roosevelt Montás

Rescuing Socrates

November 17, 2022

David K. Randall

The Monster’s Bones

October 27, 2022

Peter Lacovara

Jewels of the Nile

October 20, 2022