The history of the Crown is embedded in the gilded walls of Fontainbleau. From the hunting lodge of Francois I, who included Leonardo da Vinci in his court, to Napoleon Bonaparte, the sprawling chateau has been home to every French king, who engaged leading architects and decorators to make it ever more magnificent.
A Renaissance jewel set on the River Cher, Chenonceaux appears as if from a fairy tale. It is a superb example of 16th century French architecture with a history as a “chateau aux dames,” or ladies chateau, due to its ownership by a royal mistress and two queens. The ghosts of courtly intrigue, rivalry and magnificence fill every gallery and garden of this legendary place.
Join us at the Casino Theater on 10 Freebody Street on Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 pm when the Redwood hosts a debate on the legalization of marijuana. Advocates with differing views, Jared Moffat, Director of Regulate Rhode Island and Michael C. Cerullo, Jr., LMHC, a substance abuse Adjunct Scholar with the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, will examine the issue in depth.
Join us on Wednesday, June 7 when former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue Joan Juliet Buckdiscusses her new memoir, The Price of Illusion. Joan’s memoir tells the story of a life lived in the best places at the most interesting times: London and New York in the swinging 1960s, Rome and Milan in the dangerous 1970s, Paris in the heady 1980s and 1990s.
Join us on Saturday, July 1 at 11:00 am when Dodie Kazanjian leads a discussion with Flora Miller Biddle and Fiona Donovan about their recently republished book, The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made. From its founding by sculptor and patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1930, the Whitney Museum of American Art has been fostered by Whitney women.
The 2017 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, May 3, with Joan Johnson-Freese, Ph.D., who will discuss gender equality within a society and how it impacts state conflict situations. The first political order is the sexual political order. The character of that first order molds society, its governance and its behavior.
This event is at capacity, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call our circulation desk at 401.847.0292.
The 2017 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series concludes on Wednesday, May 17 with the return of renowned author and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Bing West, analyzes the state of America's war on terror.