The 2017 Fall Life of Mind Salon Series

The evening starts with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the lecture at 6:00 pm. Complimentary for Members and $10 for Non-members. Call 401-847-0292 for reservations or register online

Wednesday, October 4

For generations Porthault has been synonymous with exquisite fine linens. Their fascinating history is revealed in Brian Coleman’s, D. Porthault: The Art of Luxury Linens. He will be on hand to trace its early years as a Parisian family-owned business over a century ago to the introduction of the first floral linens inspired by the Gardens at Giverny to its present day collections. 


Wednesday, October 11

A Monument to Perseverance: The Struggle to Build the Newport Pell Bridge, James Ricci presents a history of the Newport Pell Bridge from its conception in the mid-40’s to its opening in 1969, becoming New England’s longest suspension bridge.


Wednesday, October 18

Grappling with Legacy: Rhode Island's Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse, author, Sylvia Brown delves into one of the country’s largest family archives to understand what fuels a multi-generational compulsion to giving. The Brown family mirrors America’s evolving urge to do good — from colonial era charity, to reformist initiatives in the Early Republic, to the philanthropy of the Gilded Age, to social impact investing today.


Wednesday, October 25

In How to Talk About Race in 2017, 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. 

Wednesday, November 1

Pulitzer-winning historian Gordon S. Wood discusses his new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.  Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. Their profound differences would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and in the nation writ large, as they became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, the first American political parties. But late in life, something remarkable happened: these two men were nudged into reconciliation. What started as a grudging trickle of correspondence became a great flood, and a friendship was rekindled, over the course of hundreds of letters. 

Wednesday, November 8

Life on Aquidneck Island during the British-Hessian Occupation, 1776-1779, Fred Zilian, adjunct professor at Salve Regina University, examines how daily life greatly differed between citizens who were loyalists and those that were patriots.


This fall’s Salon Series is generously sponsored by MICHAEL HAYES.