The Fall 2018 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 3

Life in the Twilight ZoneDana Yoerger, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, explores the realm known as the ocean's “twilight zone.” At 200 to 1000 meters below the surface, sunlight is barely a glimmer, yet flashes of bioluminescence give us a clue that these waters teem with life.

Thursday, October 4

The Pope Who Would Be King, Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Kertzer sheds fascinating new light on the end of rule by divine right in the West and the emergence of modern Europe.


Wednesday, October 10

Sexual Violence and War in AfricaIain Guest, adjunct professor at Georgetown University and founder of The Advocacy Project, reviews eight years of working with survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) resulting from conflict in the Congo and Mali. He will conclude that local communities provide the first line of defense against GBV, but that sympathizers and agencies in other countries can provide essential support.

Wednesday, October 17

God, War, and Providence, James Warren tells the remarkable and little-known story of the alliance between Roger Williams’ Rhode Island and the Narragansett Indians, and how they joined forces to retain their autonomy and their distinctive ways of life against Puritan encroachment.

Thursday, October 18

Hack Your Anxiety, in this revolutionary new book, Dr. Alicia Clark recognizes anxiety as an unsung hero in the path to success and well-being. Anxiety is a powerful motivating force that can be harnessed to create a better you, if you've got the right tools. Weaving together modern neuroscience, case studies, interviews, and personal anecdotes, Hack Your Anxiety demonstrates how anxiety can be reclaimed as a potent force for living our best lives.

Wednesday, October 24

Creating Beauty, acclaimed interior designer Kathryn Scott discusses her new book, Creating Beauty: Interiors. From a Parisian-inspired neoclassical town house, to an elegant Central Park West penthouse, to a modern retreat in the Hudson Valley, the houses profiled showcase the architectural detailing, the classical rules of proportion, and the importance of integrating beautiful materials and finishes in uncommon ways.

Wednesday, October 31

General Ambrose Burnside, Joseph Rusnak explores the military career of Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. Considered by historians as the worst commander in military history, Burnside rose to prominence in a time when a military career involved more than just military knowledge but also alliances and political connections.