Special Events & Lectures
Rhode Island Architecture Lecture and Tour
Lecture on Wed. October 4th at 1 p.m.; Tour on Wed. October 11 at 1 p.m.
Lost Providence is a history of architectural change in Rhode Island’s capital city. An editor at History Press read a column by Mr. Brussat for the Journal in 2014 called “Providence’s 10 best lost buildings”; the editor asked its author to expand it into a book. The description of buildings lost takes many detours to visit buildings that still exist, offering lessons in preservation.
Mr. Brussat is a member of the Providence Preservation Society, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Providence Athenaeum and the Royal Society of the Arts, and is on the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The ICAA gave him an Arthur Ross Award in 2002 for his writing about classical architecture.
Must register for either lecture, tour or both ~ Tour registration is limited
Mr. Brussat’s book will be available for purchase.
Lunch & Learn: The Arts and Culture of the 1980s
Tuesdays at 12 p.m. October 3, 10, 17, 24
The eighties. The Reagan Years; yuppies; the “rust-belt” and the “sunbelt;” the VCR and MTV. This 4-week series will follow the format of last year’s popular Lunch & Learn program, on the 1960s. Each week, while you enjoy lunch prepared in our own kitchen, a different speaker will discuss an important aspect of this period. We’ll begin with an overview of the era and a look at its visual arts. In the following sessions we will revisit the popular music scene; hear what some notable poets had to say; and what was happening on the stage— in the plays of the 1980s.
Hamilton House members are welcome to bring guests. You must pre-register so we may plan for lunch.
Fee: $35 for the series, or $10 per session.
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Going with the Flow: Taoist Wisdom for Living
Tuesdays September 12, 19, 26 at 1 p.m.
Instructor: Lee Clasper-Torch
This 3-session presentation/discussion circle will explore the ancient—yet ever timely and practical—wisdom of the Chinese philosophy of Taoism (pronounced “Dow-ism”). The history and context of this Eastern philosophical practice will be briefly framed to offer us a background to then dive more deeply into its immediate insights for life and living. The sessions will be primarily discussion and reflection based—responding to excerpted readings from the Tao-Te-Ching, Taoist Tales, and creatively thoughtful books like Benjamin Hoff's The Tao of Pooh.
A Conversation with Deborah Salem Smith, Playwright
Friday October 27 at 1 p.m.
Join us as Trinity Rep's Playwright-in-Residence Deborah Salem Smith talks about her recent local project, Faithful Cheaters, a madcap comedy that premiered at Trinity. What goes into creating a new play? What does it mean to be a resident playwright? Deborah will talk about her plays and life in the theater.
Deborah Salem Smith is Trinity Rep's playwright-in-residence, as well as a faculty member for Brown/Trinity's M.F.A. program. She is also a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow in Boston. She was awarded an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honorable Mention; and was a finalist for the National Lambda Literary Award in Drama and the IRNE Award for Best New Play. Her plays have been developed at Trinity Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, Women’s Project Theater, and PlayMakers Repertory Company. Smith received an Emerging American Artist Fulbright for playwriting at the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theater. She is the author of Anna K., Faithful Cheaters, Love Alone, Some Things Are Private, and Boots on the Ground.
Deborah is the daughter of Hamilton House members, Dave and Barbara Smith. Hope to see you there!
History of Mathematics, Mathematical Practice, and Math Education
Mondays at 11 a.m. starting October 2
Instructor: Dr. Joel Silverberg
The class is relaxed and casual. Hamilton House members from all sorts of math backgrounds, or lack thereof, have found it rewarding and enjoyable. The only prerequisites are a curious interest, and the ability and desire to come to most of the meetings since we often take three or four successive sessions to develop and explore a topic. The topics are open ended and explore how different cultures and different eras have approached problems that arise when counting, measuring or reasoning.
A retired college professor, Dr. Silverberg focused on research into the history of mathematical development, mathematical practice, and mathematics education. He has published scholarly articles on mathematics teaching in the American Colonial and early Federal periods, on advances in celestial navigation from the time of Columbus to the development of the airplane, and on the interaction between the mathematics of the academy (scholars of the universities) and that of practitioners in such fields as cartography, surveying, navigation, commercial mathematics and bookkeeping, astronomy, astrology, timekeeping, and the design of fortifications and artillery.
Wednesdays starting September 20 at 10 a.m. (four weeks)
How do we define forgiveness? What does it mean to forgive? Who do we forgive and how do we do it? It can be a very complex topic to understand. In these four sessions, Thia Lord will bring you through the process of understanding the gift of forgiveness and how you get to the place to let go of shame, anger and resentment. Learn the importance and benefits of forgiving yourself and others.
This class will be led by Thia Lord, a clinical therapist, MSW, LICSW with 30 years of practice with adults, couples, children and families.
Class size is limited.
Please register by calling (401) 831-1800 or email email@example.com