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How to Talk About Race in 2017: A Reading List

The 2017 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, October 25th when Ray Rickman holds a conversation about race in 2017. Mr. Rickman will discuss how to talk about race with peers and people outside your own cultural group.

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This Reading List will provide resources on the Brown Family, focusing around two brothers, John and Moses Brown, who as time progressed developed differing thoughts on the slave trade. These publications, which include Ms. Brown's new book, Grappling with Legacy, can augment readers knowledge of the Brown family, and their important history here in Rhode Island.

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The Claiborne Pell Bridge was completed in 1969, after three years of construction. For several years before that however, there was conflict and difficulty in the development of the bridge. From the initial discussion of the bridge in 1945, until plans were approved in 1965, there was discussion and unsurity whether the bridge would ever be made.

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We are kicking off Banned Books Week with a list of our favorite classic banned books. Celebrate your freedom to read this week!

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This reading list will delve in to the impact of Quakerism in America, and how its influence was felt here in the New World. Important Quakers such as Mary Almy, and Nathanael Greene are important figures whose names are cemented in Rhode Island History. The Society of Friends were, and are still today, proponents of abolition, peace, and equality; all major issues that affect the world today.

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The third John Tschirch lecture of his series here at Redwood Library will focus on Vaux-le-Vitcomte; the building that sparked a king’s jealousy and the downfall of its owner. Vaux-le-Vicomte is a superb example of French Classical design. This reading list will provide resources to learn more about the characters involved in the history of this beautiful chateau, and its unique history.

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In conjunction with the latest lecture series by John Tschirch, this reading list will focus around the Chateau Chenonceaux, completed in the early 16th Century. The books featured for this list will touch upon the lives of some of the owners of the famous estate, as well as the architect of Chenonceaux, Philibert de l'Orme.

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The Irish in America, Rhode Island and Beyond Reading List

The Irish in Rhode Island, and America overall, has had a long standing history. Irish-American roots grow deep throughout our country's history, and have established themselves, in stories, traditions and displays. This reading list will examine Irish-Americans and their impact on both local and national history. From the Kennedys to Paddy Wilson, we can see the importance of Irish Americans on our culture today. 

 

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Ernest Hemingway was one of the most prolific, and at times controversial, writers of the early twentieth century. His works often focused on such themes as love, loss, and war; topics that stimulated thought and deep feelings from readers. This reading list will hopefully evoke those emotions again, sampling a taste of Hemingway's body of fiction as well as outside perspectives of his life.

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Newport is best known as a summer resort destination and for its collection of ornate Gilded Age homes. Historians agree that the Gilded Age began at the end of the American Civil War when do to the construction of railroads and industrialization, the U.S. economy expanded considerably, allowing not only for these lavish summer "cottages" to be built but also for their owners to entertain in a grand scale.

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