Mary Tefft White Cultural Center

In Fall 2004, Mary Tefft (Happy) White provided Roger Williams University with a generous gift to launch the annual program, Mary Tefft White Lecture Series.  Since that time, the series, now known as Talking in the Library, hosts noted authors, scholars, and thinkers form our regional community and beyond. All lectures are free and open to the public.

"Talking in the Library" Lecture Series - Spring Semester 2017 - 2018

Hayat Alvi – National Security Scholar

Hayat Alvi Dr. Alvi teaches the Theater Security and National Security Decision-Making courses: Security Strategies and Policy Analysis.  Dr. Alvi is also a scholar in the Greater Middle East Regional Studies Program at the Naval War College.  She has served as the Director of International Studies at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.  Dr. Alvi also taught Political Science at the American University in Cairo, Egypt (2001-2005), and she has been a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria (1993-1994).  Dr. Alvi's specializations include International Relations, Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Islamic Studies, and Middle East and South Asian Studies.  She is proficient in Arabic and Urdu. Her most recent lecture was titled “ Female illiteracy and Malala.”

Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center
Roger Williams University Library

 

Garth Greenwell – Novelist

Greenwell_web.jpgIn conjunction with Rogers Free Library and the Bermont Family endowment, novelist Garth Greenwell will read from and discuss his most recent book, What Belongs to You.  Greenwell‘s debut novel won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into eleven languages. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris ReviewA Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others.

Date: April 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Rogers Free Library, Bristol RI

Cosponsored with the Bermont Fellowship for Fiction and Nonfiction; The Rogers Free Library Jane Bodell Endowment; and the Anthony Quinn Foundation

Birss Lecture

Kathleen Cleaver – Law Professor and Activist

Kathleen_cleaver_jun16_0031_Web.jpgAs part of the 2017-2018 Birss selection, Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver, Kathleen Cleaver (widow of Eldridge Cleaver) will deliver the annual lecture. Kathleen Cleaver, has spent her life participating in the human rights struggle. She started alongside her parents in the 1950s civil rights protests in Alabama. By 1966, Kathleen Neal dropped out of Barnard College in New York to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) where she served in its Campus Program based in Atlanta. She then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and from 1967 to 1971, she was the first Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party. After sharing years of exile, in Algeria and France with former husband Eldridge Cleaver, she returned with her family to the United States in late 1975. She later earned her BA and JD at Yale University. Currently, she is on faculty at Emory University School of Law.

Date: March 8, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center
Roger Williams University Library

Cosponsored with the John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Program

"Talking in the Library" Lecture Series - Fall Semester 2017

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Tim White - JournalistTim White – Journalist/Investigative Reporter

Introduction by Arlene Violet

Tim White will discuss his recent book The Last Good Heist: The Inside Story Of The Biggest Single Payday In The Criminal History Of The Northeast. It tells the story of 1975’s infamous Bonded Vault Heist in Providence. The book tracks how Mob boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca approved the heist of a secret Mob bank in Providence. For more information visit our LibGuide

Date: September 19, 2017

Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, University Library

 

Tina Cane – Rhode Island Poet Laureate

Tina Cane - Poet
Photographer: Mike Salerno

In 2016, Tina Cane was selected to be Rhode Island’s Sixth Poet Laureate. She received a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA in French literature from Middlebury College. Tina is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008), a book-length poem. She is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. For more information please see our LibGuide.

Date: November 2, 2017

Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, University Library

 

Jennifer Haigh –  Acclaimed Novelisthaigh.jpg

In conjunction with Rogers Free Library and the Jane Bodell endowment, novelist Jennifer Haigh will read and discuss her recent work. Haigh is the author of five books, most recently Heat and Light, a novel about a dying coal town that’s offered a second chance when the natural gas industry comes to town.  It has been named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times,The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and NPR.  For more information please see our LibGuide.

Date: November 6, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: Rogers Free Library, Bristol RI

 

Seshadri Vijay - Pulitzer Price PoetVijay Seshadri – 2014 Pulitzer Prize Poet

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and moved to America at the age of five. He is the author of the poetry books "Wild Kingdom," "The Long Meadow," The Disappearances," and "3 Sections," as well as many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has been widely published and anthologized and recognized with many honors, most recently the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and, in 2015, the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was educated at Oberlin College and Columbia University, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, where he has held the Michele Tolela Myers Chair. For more information, see our LibGuide.

Date: November 16, 2017

Time: 4:30 PM

Place: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, University Library