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Our spring 2015 program season is made possible in part by the generous support of Campus Fine Wines, The Felicia Fund, RI State Council on the Arts, The Susan Jaffe Tane Foundation, and Taco/The White Family Foundation.

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.

April 2015 Salons and Programs

Our spring program season is made possible in part by the generous support of Campus Fine Wines, The Felicia Fund, The Susan Jaffe Tane Foundation, and Taco/The White Family Foundation.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Friday, 4/3, 5-7pm: SALON: Adam Begley on his heralded 2014 biography Updike.  Begley illuminates the life and work of John Updike, acclaimed novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic, who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, dedicated to the task of transcribing "middleness with all its grits, bumps and anonymities," and  explores how Updike's fiction was shaped by his tumultuous personal life—including his enduring religious faith, his two marriages, and his first-hand experience of the "adulterous society" he was credited with exposing. Books available for sale and signing thanks to the Brown Bookstore.

Tues 4/7, 5-7:30pm: (5 to 5:30 for refreshments, activities begin at 5:30), co-presented with Not About The Buildings: Micro-Memoir! Writer/editor/publisher and leading literary light Matthew Lawrence guides the writing of 200-word personal memoirs, followed by a read-aloud. All ages welcome!

Friday, 4/10, 5-7pm: SALON:  Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive, part 5 – Gamm Theatre Artistic Director Tony Estrella on his research-in-progress into radical 18th century secular humanism; Enlightenment era salons; atheism, agnosticism, and the revolutionary publication of Denis Diderot's Encyclopedie. The Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive project invites cultural practitioners to engage in research on self-selected topics within the Athenaeum’s collections, meet collaboratively with one another throughout the course of their research, and then share their experiences and findings at a series of works-in-progress presentations as part of the Athenaeum Salon.

Friday, 4/17, 5-7pm: SALON: Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive, part 6 – RI Council for the Humanities Director Elizabeth Francis on "The Cultural Cold War: The Athenaeum at Mid-20th Century and the Origins of the National Endowment for the Humanities". The Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive project invites cultural practitioners to engage in research on self-selected topics within the Athenaeum's collections, meet collaboratively with one another throughout the course of their research, and then share their experiences and findings at a series of works-in-progress presentations as part of the Athenaeum Salon.

PLEASE NOTE: The Philbrick Poetry Project Celebration originally scheduled for Friday, April 24, is on a one-year hiatus, so will not take place as scheduled. Please join us for an evening of poetry events at the Athenaeum - stop in for any portion of the evening:

Fri 4/24, 5-6:30pm: An Evening of Poetry at the Athenaeum. 5 to 5:30pm  -  Enjoy a reception with refreshments; 5:30 to 6pm - Poets Tina Cane, Colin Channer, Michael Crowley, Amy Pickworth, and Sarah Tourjee will read from their work; 6 to 6:30pm - Poets Tina Cane, Amy Pickworth, Kate Schapira, and Sarah Tourjee will compose automatic poems on-site and on demand, on typewriters; 6:30 to 7:30pm - Poets Mary-Kim Arnold and Kate Schapira will read from their work.

Please note that the entire evening of poetry now takes place at the Athenaeum. There is no longer a reading at The Aurora, all events now take place at the Athenaeum. 

Wednesday 4/29: 5:15-7pm: Library Orientation, Tour, and Reception (reception 5:15-5:45pm; presentation 5:45-6; building & special collections tours 6-7). All welcome, whether potential, new, or longstanding members; join us for any portion of the evening you can. Please RSVP to Kirsty Dain at kdain@provath.org or 421-6970 x14.

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