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Friday, February 5th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Philosophers and Education with Matt Burriesci and Damion Searls

This event has been canceled due to the snow storm.  Please check back for any rescheduling.

The Providence Athenaeum's continuing Salon Series presents Athenaeum Executive Director/writer Matt Burriesci and writer/translator Damion Searls in a conversation about ideas and education, via their recent works.

Burriesci’s Dead White Guys: A Father, His Daughter, and the Great Books of the Western World and Searls’s new translation of Nietzsche’s 1872 Anti-Education were both published in 2015.  Join us for a discussion of how great humanists and philosophers have considered and challenged the way society “educates” the next generation, and how we can still learn from them today.

Book sale and signing to follow.

Providence Athenaeum Events

Saturday, February 6th at 6:00pm
The BCSC Black Heritage Series presents
Lawrence Ross, author of "Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses

The BCSC Black Heritage Series in collaboration with the Black Student Union group present Lawrence Ross, author of Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses, on Saturday, February 6th.

6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. - Reading and discussion with a Q&A
7:30 p.m. - Book signing

Lawrence C. Ross, Jr. is a bestselling author, lecturer, writer, filmmaker, social media and consumer trends expert.  His groundbreaking book, The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, has become the preeminent book on African American fraternities and sororities.  He's written regular pieces for, The Grio, The Root,, and USA Today.  He lives in Westchester, CA. 

Monday, February 8th at 5:30pm
The John Carter Brown Library presents
Michael Blanding, author of "The Map Thief"

“Michael Blanding not only tells the spell-binding tale of a clever and obsessed thief, but he also adds to the field of research into people who commit crimes involving rare and precious items.  All the while, Blanding examines the crimes with the acumen of a seasoned investigator and the skill of a talented writer.”--Anthony M. Amore, co-author of Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists

Michael Blanding is an author and journalist with more than fifteen years of experience writing long-form narrative and investigative journalism and has written for The Nation, The New Republic, Consumers Digest, and The Boston Globe Magazine.  He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Tuesday, February 9th at 4:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Reading and discussion with Jon Birger '90, author of "Date-onomics"

“A fascinating look at romance and what’s going on with the mating rituals of homo sapiens today.  This book will surprise and enlighten you.”-—A.J. Jacobs '90, "New York Times" bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy

Jon Birger '90 is a contributor to Fortune magazine.  A former senior writer at Fortune and Money, he's an award-winning freelance journalist who has written for Time, Barron's, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.  He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, National Public Radio, and Fox News, sharing his expertise on topics ranging from the stock market to oil prices.  A graduate of Brown University, Mr. Birger lives with his family in Larchmont, New York.

Friday, February 12th at 5:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Jean Kristeller, PhD reads and discusses "The Joy of Half a Cookie"

“If you take it to heart, which means if you incorporate its various practices into your daily life, you will find that this book is an ever-giving gold mine.  As its valuable and freeing recommendations are internalized, eating in a happy and healthy way for you and mindfulness will become synonymous.  This approach can transform your relationship to food, to your body, to your mind, and to life.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction), and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners

Jean Kristeller, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of psychology at Indiana State University and the creator of the NIH-funded Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT).  Self, Redbook, NPR’s “The Salt,” The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, and many other outlets interview her regularly and cover her research.

Wednesday, February 24th at 12:00pm
The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice presents
Book Launch for "The Slave's Cause" by Professor Manisha Sinha

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice are holding a book launch for The Slave's Cause: A HIstory of Abolition by Professor Manisha Sinha.  

Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism.  Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor. 

Manisha Sinha is Professor of Afro-American Studies and History at theUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She was born in India and receivedher doctorate from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize.

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Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00pm
The Brown Center for Students of Color presents
Margo Jefferson, author of "Negroland"

The Brown Center for Students of Color presents Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland, part of the Black Heritage Series, Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m.

“Powerful and complicated…power dwells in the restraint of Negroland.  Ms. Jefferson gets a lot said about her life, the insults she has weathered, her insecurities, even her suicidal impulses.  There’s sinew and grace in the way she plays with memory, dodging here and burning there, like a photographer in a darkroom…. Ms. Jefferson will not be denied…. With luck, there will be a sequel to this book.”--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson was for years a theater and book critic for Newsweek and The New York Times.  Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York magazine, and The New Republic.  She is the author of On Michael Jackson and is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Thursday, February 25th at 6:00pm
The Brown Bookstore presents
Patrick Dacey reading and book signing of "We've Already Gone This Far"

"Patrick Dacey is one of my favorite young American writers.  The stories in We've Already Gone This Far are dangerous, funny, sometimes savage (the phrase 'lyrical hammers' comes to mind), but underneath it all beats a strangely kind and hopeful heart...Fast, poetic, edgy, and full of tremendous affection for the things of the world."-George Saunders, Dacey's mentor

"The stories in We’ve Already Gone this Far reflect Dacey’s impressions of the Post-9/11 middle-America that was rocked by the recession. Based in the fictional Cape Cod town of Wequaquet, the interconnected cast of characters and their universal struggles could easily be based in any town in America." --publisher description

Patrick Dacey holds an MFA from Syracuse University.  He has taught English at several universities in the U.S. and Mexico, and has worked as a reporter, landscaper, door-to-door salesman, and most recently on the overnight staff at a homeless shelter and detox center.  His stories have been featured in Zoetrope All-Story, Guernica, Bomb magazine, and Salt Hill among other publications.  Originally from Cape Cod, he currently lives in Virginia.

Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:30p.m.
The Brown Bookstore presents
Mona Awad '14 MFA reads and discusses "13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl"

“This book sparkles with wit and at the same time comes across as so transparent and genuine--Awad knows how to talk about the raw struggles of female friendships, sex, contact, humanness, and her voice is a wry celebration of all of this at once.”--Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Mona Awad received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University, where she was awarded the Feldman and John Hawkes prizes for her short stories.  Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Walrus, Joyland, Post Road, St. Petersburg Review, and elsewhere.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English literature at the University of Denver.

Friday, March 4th at 5:00pm
The Providence Athenaeum presents
Salon Series featuring Poet Dwayne Reginald Betts

The Providence Athenaeum's continuing Salon Series presents poet Dwayne Reginald Betts on Friday, March 4th at 5:00 p.m.  The poems in his newest collection describe the experiences of the men he got to know during his eight years of incarceration, and trace his arduous path from a living in prison to graduating from Prince George’s Community College, the University of Maryland, and the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College, and finally to Yale Law School, where he is now a student.

Dwayne Reginald Betts is the author of two collections of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm (2010) and Bastards of the Reagan Era (2015), as well as an award-winning memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (2009), which detailed how a poetry anthology given to him in prison, The Black Poets, changed his life by empowering him to begin to write poetry himself.

Book sale and signing to follow.

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