​​​​Hamilton House​   

Please register by calling (401) 831-1800 or email hamiltonhouse276@gmail.com 

Discussion Groups

​​​​​Readings & Discussion Group

Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. 

Discussions focus on a variety of non-fiction readings, which are distributed at least a week in advance.  Discussions are led by the group member who selects the reading and is responsible for having copies made. 
Leadership of the discussion rotates weekly and, while encouraged, leading a session is not essential for participating in the group.  Selected readings of a piece of non-fiction prose should be 1) interesting to discuss, 2) thought-provoking, and 3) not too long  (typically under 15 pages).  Anyone is welcome to join this group on an occasional or regular basis.
The titles of the readings are listed in the weekly E-bulletin, and copies are available to members online (whenever possible) and in a folder by the front desk a week prior to their being discussed.
Readings recently discussed covered a wide range of topics--cabbage strudel, American exceptionalism, burkinis, healthcare, the history of prohibition, coffee, and much more--humorous, serious, and informative.

Great Decisions: China - Moderator, Michael Lee

China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation

 Tuesday, July 10th at Noon

​In the last 15 years, China has implemented a wide-rangingstrategy of economic outreach and expansion of all its national capacities, including military and diplomatic capacities. Where the United States has taken a step back from multilateral trade agreements and discarded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), China has made inroads through efforts like the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). What are Beijing's geopolitical objectives? What leadership and political conditions in each society underlie growing Sino_American tensions? What policies might Washington adopt to address this circumstance? Mike Lee returns yet again to moderate. Mike travels extensively to international destinations. This class is not a lecture. 

​Please register: 831-1800 

What Is Vulnerability?

​Ted Talk- Brene Brown

Friday, July 20 at Noon

​Brene Brown is research professor at Houston University, also known as a storyteller and author. The Ted Talk on "The Power of Vulnerability" is one of the top five most-viewed

Ted Talks in the world with 30 million viewers.

The 20 minute Ted Talk will be shown, following a discussion to share responses and comments. John Berenson, Ph.D. and Backgammon enthusiast, will lead the discussion.

This is not a lecture.                                                                    Please register: 831-1800