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 these interesting presentations:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Dr. Frederic Reamer

Crime in America - and Rhode Island: Lessons Learned During My Career in the Trenches
Frederic 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, Frederic 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.