12-1 PM @ Temple Beth-El (70 Orchard Ave, Providence)

Free and open to all; registration is not required. Pack a brown bag lunch (kosher, please)* and join us for this interesting presentation:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Cyber Security: Election 2018 - Ensuring Integrity, Securing Access
Nellie M. Gorbea, Secretary of State

Voter fraud in Rhode Island? "Not on my watch," says Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea.

Secretary Gorbea will discuss the steps Rhode Island has taken to improve access and the security of our voting systems so that Rhode Island voters can trust the integrity of every vote.

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea made history when she was sworn in on January 6, 2015, becoming the first Hispanic person elected to statewide office in New England. She has emerged as a national leader in ensuring the integrity of our elections and securing access for voters, taking on some of the toughest issues.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018


An Overview of Italian Wines and the Regions of Italy
Natalie D'Alessandro Volpe
Wine Broker of fine Italian wines for NDV Wine Agents, LLC

To know Italian wines, it's nice to know about where they came from. Natalie will tell us about the Tre Monti Vineyard in Emilia Romagna, Italy, a region known for world class cuisine. She will also offer an overview of the regions of Italy, discuss the Emilia Romagna region (the geography, history, climate, terroir, food, culture and wine) and talk about Tre Monti, a prolific vineyard including discussion of native grape varietals. We will then be treated to tastings of Pignoletto Frizzante, Albana di Romagna, Sangiovese, and Albana Passito, a dessert wine.

Natalie D’Alessandro Volpe is a Wine Broker of fine Italian wines for NDV Wine Agents, LLC. She currently represents a portfolio of wine varietals from regions throughout Italy, including Emilia Romagna, Piedmont, Tuscany, Veneto and Puglia. In addition, Natalie is certified as an Italian Wine Specialist through the North American Sommelier Association and conducts staff training, wine dinners and educational talks and seminars. NDV Wine Agents' wines are distributed throughout Rhode Island and the Northeast.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018


China’s Education System and What It Means for the U.S.
Kongli Liu, Associate Director of the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

Kongli Liu will share his research and his growing-up experience through the education system in China. More importantly, he will discuss what the current trends in Chinese education mean to American education institutions and society.

Kongli Liu is Associate Director of the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University. Mr. Liu has been working at Bryant since 2007, in charge of Bryant’s China exchange programs for students and faculty. Most recently, Bryant opened a new campus in China and Mr. Liu played a key role in this initiative. Mr. Liu holds a Master's degree in education from Harvard University, and MA and BA degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of International Relations in Beijing.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Dr. Frederic Reamer

Crime in America - and Rhode Island: Lessons Learned During My Career in the Trenches
Fredrick Reamer, Professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College

Few people experience life inside a prison. Even fewer are charged with the formidable responsibility of deciding whether inmates should be released. In his 24 years on the Rhode Island parole board, Frederick Reamer has judged the fates of thousands of inmates, deciding which are ready to reenter society and which are not. It is a complicated choice that balances injury to victims and their families against an offenders capacity for transformation. Dr. Reamer will share the many lessons he has learned about the causes of crime and reasonable responses to these crimes.

Frederic Reamer is a professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, since 1983. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1978) and has worked in a variety of prison and mental health treatment settings. In addition, Dr. Reamer has conducted research on crime and professional ethics, has published 21 books and serves frequently as an expert witness in licensing board and court cases throughout the United States.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
Rick Beyer, Writer/Filmmaker

It is the most famous duel in American history. But what prompted the sitting Vice President of the United States and the former Treasury Secretary to settle their differences with guns blazing? Rick Beyer, author of Rivals Unto Death, explores their intricate thirty-year rivalry that led to their deadly encounter, following them through battlefields, courtrooms, bedrooms (!) and arguably the wildest presidential election in history – all the way to their day of destiny in Weekhawken, New Jersey.

Rick Beyer is a New York Times bestselling author and an award winning documentary filmmaker. His most recent book, Rivals Unto Death, is a compelling new account of the Hamilton-Burr rivalry. Beyer co-authored (with Elizabeth Sayles) The Ghost Army of World War II, a New York Times bestseller, and produced the companion PBS documentary. He has also made films for The History Channel, A&E, and National Geographic and penned the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series of history books. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he lives in Salem, Massachusetts, but originally hails from East Providence.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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Pictured: Ira Schaeffer, Sheila K Lawrence, Bill Carpenter, Steve Starger

Our Second Annual “Celebrate Ourselves!” Presents Our Talented LLC Writers

Please join us as we celebrate our talented group of LLC student writers and listen to works-in-progress produced in the three writing classes offered this semester. Each class will have approximately 15 minutes for presentations, with time for questions and answers.  All this and cookies, too.

Class coordinators:
Shelia K Lawrence: On Writing The Memoir
Steve Starger: Journalism, Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir - Oh My!
Ira Schaeffer and Bill Carpenter: Poetry Workshop

*Please keep in mind the Temple’s kosher dietary restrictions: No pork or shellfish products (fish with fins and scales are permitted); meat and cheese should not be together in a meal.