Christina Bevilacqua

Public Humanities FellowDirector of Programs and Exhibitions at Providence Public Library
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Christina serves as the Director of Programs and Exhibitions at the Providence Public Library and as the Conversationalist-in-Residence at Trinity Repertory Company, where she and Community Engagement Coordinator Rebecca Noon curate the "Context and Conversation" series, in which scholars and community practitioners from the worlds reflected in the plays of Trinity's season meet in a setting outside of the theater for public discussion of the plays' themes and ideas. In 2005 she​ founded the popular Salon Series at the Providence Athenaeum (a Benefit Street neighbor of the Center for Public Humanities), and curated the weekly presentations and conversations there​  until fall of 2016. During her tenure at the Athenaeum she also created Proustfest, an annual lecture series designed to bring the work of Marcel Proust to a larger audience, and co-created "Policy & Pinot," a current events discussion series with RI Public Radio. In 2013 Christina won the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities, given by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, in recognition of the creativity and culturally collaborative model of the Salon, and in 2014 she became a Community Fellow at the Center, enabling her to examine the potential role of "IRL" conversation in the digital age​. She is currently investigating methods for engaging scholars, artists, diverse practitioners, and the public in mutual inquiry.