Thank you to Campus Fine Wines, 2013-14 season sponsor of Athenaeum programs!
Programs are made possible in part by a grant from the RI State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the RI General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Programs are made possible in part through major funding support from the RI Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
Fri 10/4, 5-7pm, SALON: Historian Thom Bassett on "The Flawed Emancipator: Lincoln, Race, and Narratives of Freedom."
In 1922 W.E.B. Du Bois wrote that Abraham Lincoln was to be admired "not because he was perfect but because he was not and yet he triumphed. . . . Out of his contradictions and inconsistencies he fought his way to the pinnacles of the earth and his fight was within as well without." Many recent depictions of Lincoln's legacy, such as the 2012 film by Steven Spielberg, have understandably lauded Lincoln's triumphs. Bassett will explore some of Lincoln's contradictions, inconsistencies, and even failures regarding race during the Civil War and in his truncated plans for reconstruction. Looking at where Lincoln fell short in his efforts to address the legacies of slavery and racial discrimination leads, perhaps paradoxically, to a fuller appreciation of his humanity and capacity for political and moral leadership. It also creates an opportunity for us to consider the extent to which Lincoln’s vision for a post-slavery America, which is in some respects deeply problematic, shapes contemporary society. Read Bassett's posts on "Disunion," the New York Times's blog on the Civil War: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com.
Sponsor: M&S Rare Books, msrarebooks.com
Tues 10/8, 12-1:30pm: Spotlight on Members series: Adventure travel journalist and author Peter Mandel on "Going to Extremes."
A journalist for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, Peter Mandel hunts his stories and photos in the world's far corners - including Antarctica, India, the Amazon rainforest, and the African bush. The author of eleven books, he'll talk about how adventure travel turns to prose on today's newspaper page. Members are welcome to bring brown bag lunches. Please RSVP to Danielle Kemsley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 421-6970 x15.
Fri 10/11, 5-7pm, SALON: RISD Assistant Professor of History of Art + Visual Culture Daniel Harkett on "Learning to Talk in Nineteenth-Century French Salons,” part 1 of "The Cosmology of Conversation,” a series on the history of the salon.
Although spontaneous wit was highly valued in historical salons, hosts and guests worked hard to create the conditions for good conversation. Salonnières selected appropriate meeting times, manipulated seating arrangements, and proposed activities for their assembled groups; visitors learned conventions of rhetoric and comportment in order to participate effectively. Daniel Harkett will share some examples of salon arrangements from nineteenth-century France and consider how conversation was staged productively in that time and place. He will ask: What did salonnieres and salon participants consider to be ideal salon conversation? How did they try to achieve this ideal? What cultural needs did conversation meet?
The Cosmology of Conversation series is sponsored by Yankee Travel (yankeetravel.com) and made possible with the support of Vincent J. Buonanno
Wed 10/16, 6-7pm: Annual Financial Meeting.
A review of fiscal year 2012-2013 activities and audited financials. All are welcome!
Thur 10/17, 2pm (performance start time): Member excursion to see the National Theatre Live’s simulcast of Macbeth at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport.
Join a group of your fellow members to watch Macbeth (starring Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston), broadcast live from the London stage. Please RSVP to Danielle Kemsley at email@example.com or 421-6970 x15, at which point you will receive instructions for purchasing tickets, and discuss carpooling arrangements (if needed).
Fri 10/18, 5-7pm, SALON: Partnership for Providence Parks Director (P3) Wendy Nilsson along with P3 partners, on Strengthening and Connecting Communities through Parks and Play, presented in connection with the 2013 Providence Preservation Society Symposium, "Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience."
In 1903, inspired by Olmsted's Emerald Necklace in Boston, the Providence Parks Department proposed a linear system of interconnected parks and boulevards. One year ago the Partnership for Providence Parks was formed to help realize this vision. In collaboration with the Parks Department, the Partnership cultivates volunteer groups and provides resources to them so that Providence's parks become vibrant, healthy, playful spaces that reflect the spirit of each neighborhood. Across the city over 30 volunteer groups and countless community partners are working to transform over 95 parks into community hubs, nature conservancies and places for children and families to play and explore. While each of these parks represents the needs and identity of the surrounding neighborhoods, they are also part of a city-wide effort to physically and socially connect communities through 1100 acres of green space and develop a coherent, cohesive message about how Providence values civic engagement, public/private partnerships, and the importance of green space to our quality of life. More on PPP: providenceparks.org; more on PPS: ppsri.org.
Sponsor: James Brayton Hall
Tues 10/22, 5:15-7pm: Members' Reception, Orientation and Tour (reception 5:15-5:45pm; presentation 5:45-6; building & collections tours 6-7).
Whether you're new to the Athenaeum or a longstanding member who is keen to learn more, join us to ensure you make the most of your experience as a member. You'll learn about the library's history, take a tour of the building, and view some of the treasures of the rare book collection. It's a wonderful opportunity to meet the staff and your fellow members, too! Please RSVP to Danielle Kemsley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 421-6970 x15.
Wed 10/23, 5:30-7pm: AS220 and RI Council for the Humanities (RICH) present a special edition of Action Speaks: Underappreciated Days that Changed America: "September 1965: DEMOCRACY DEMANDS WISDOM; 89th Congress establishes Arts and Humanities as essential to global leadership."
In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, Actions Speaks host and co-executive producer Marc Levitt will moderate a panel discussion examining the state of the humanities in America today with panelists Lincoln Chafee, Governor of RI; Alexander Bloom, Professor of History, Wheaton College; Nancy Carrioulo, President, RI College; and Kipp Bradford, educator, technology consultant and entrepreneur. Are the humanities "in peril" as many sources suggest? Join us to unpack the historical moment when the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts were formed in order to examine the context today. What is the future of the humanities for knowledge, for leadership, for society, and for progress and prosperity? How are the public humanities a source of innovation in the 21st Century economy? How do we move the dial? More on ActionSpeaks: actionspeaksradio.org; more on AS220: as220.org; more on RICH: rihumanities.org; more on the future of the humanities: humanitiescommission.org.
Fri 10/25, 5-7pm, SALON: Tomaquag Museum Director, Lorén Spears, Narragansett/Niantic, on "Native Arts: Healing Communities," presented as part of Tomaquag's The Big Read project, a series of events and programs dedicated to Louise Erdrich's novel Love Medicine, presented fall 2013 through spring 2014 throughout RI.
Spears will discuss themes in the novel such as family, community, historical trauma, and intergenerational trauma, and will reflect on how Native communities are addressing these issues today by using traditional arts to build a vibrant future. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American Culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Tomaquag Museum is one of 77 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2013 and June 2014. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. More on NEA/The Big Read: neabigread.org; More information including other events in the The Big Read: tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.
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