The 2017 Spring Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, April 26, with Catherine Moran, who will discuss Alva Vanderbilt and how her accomplishments, both personal and public, stand testament to the steel beneath the gilding and shed a different kind of light on the transformative era as experienced by one woman. The historian Charles Peguy observed that the world changed more in the thirty years surrounding the turn of the century (1900) than it had since the time of Jesus Christ. Alva Vanderbilt’s life was lived seemingly as an agent of that change. Born to a wealthy Southern family impoverished following the Civil War, Alva rewrote the rules and redefined success as a woman, first for herself, then for her daughter, and finally as a suffragist for all women.
Catherine Moran is an art and cultural historian whose research explores the intersection between material culture, architecture, and identity, as an expression of the human experience. She is a graduate of the Sotheby’s American Arts Course, New York, holds an MA from Salve Regina University, and is currently a PhD candidate completing her dissertation focusing on a cultural history of selected objects as witness to WWII . She is the former Gallery Director for Bernard and S. Dean Levy, New York, and served as the Director of New Bedford Open Studios. She also has lectured at cultural institutions including the Portsmouth Arts Guild and New Bedford Art Museum as well as several local universities
A wine and cheese reception is held at 5:30 pm, followed by the salon at 6:00 pm. Free for members; $10 for non-members. Seating is limited; call 401-847-0295, ext. 112 for reservations or register online below.
This spring’s Salon Series is generously sponsored by our Community Partner, MICHAEL HAYES.