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Brown Bag Webinar Lectures

Brown Bag Lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Suggestions, comments, and questions for the speaker(s) can be emailed to Jane Adler, Lecture Organizer/Moderator at (Unfortunately, due to time constrictions, not all questions can be answered.)

Friday, April 7, 2023 | 4-5 PM


Amanda Quay Blount, Author

"Meet Me At The Biltmore: 100 Years at Providence's Most Storied Hotel"

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Join author Amanda Quay Blount to learn about the iconic Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence. If you’ve lived in Rhode Island, you many have gotten married there or even had your senior prom there. Ms. Blount will tell us about the extensive research that went into writing Meet Me At The Biltmore: 100 Years at Providence's Most Storied Hotel. Her presentation will also include a chronological history of the hotel and will introduce you to some of Rhode Island's most interesting, and in some cases, long forgotten characters from bootleggers to Buddy Cianci and everyone in between. Discover the incredible tales, drama, scandal and secrets that make the landmark Biltmore Hotel what it is today.

Amanda Quay Blount hails from New Jersey but came to Rhode Island in 2018 and was instantly enthralled by the historic allure of the city. Amanda holds a degree in History from Rutgers University and a Master's in Social Work and Community Development from Washington University in St. Louis.

Friday, April 14, 2023 | 4-5 PM


Renowned Jazz Musician Kenny Werner, Author of Becoming the Instrument

"TALK and PLAY: The philosophy behind the joy of music"

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Renowned Jazz Musician Kenny Werner will talk about lessons in self-mastery from music – and will present a live piano performance for us to enjoy.

Kenny Werner is a renowned pianist and composer and a Grammy-nominated artist who has won multiple other awards. Werner has put out over 30 CDs as a leader and has composed for many of the major Jazz and Symphony Orchestras around the world, including the BBC Orchestra. His album of original compositions, No Beginning No End – a meditation on loss, death, and renewal – was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2010.

Throughout his career Werner has performed with numerous jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Mel Lewis, Eddie Gomez, Ron Carter, Bobby McFerrin, Lee Konitz, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Toots Thielemans, and Charlie Haden. His working quintets in the 21st Century have featured David Sanchez, Randy Brecker, Antonio Sanchez, Brian Blade, Scott Colley, and John Patitucci, among others.

Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 4-5 PM


Larry Sullivan, Director of Technical and Consulting Services at Net Compliance Solutions (NCS)

"Cyber Scams Targeting Seniors: How to Avoid Being Scammed"

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Everyone, especially seniors, must be aware of cybersecurity and scams to protect their own personal information, their friends and family, and their data from a constant barrage of threats. And there are new ones coming every day!

Larry Sullivan, Security Expert, will tell us about some of them including Medicare scams, Funeral, Counterfeit prescription drugs, Phone scams, Anti-aging products scams, Internet scams, Mortgages and Investment scams. He’ll also tell us about an “insane virus trick that is so clever, I would have fallen for it in a second.”

Please attend and bring all your scary questions!

Larry Sullivan is the Director of Technical and Consulting Services at Net Compliance Solutions (NCS). He joined NCS from Raytheon, where he served as an arms inspector in Ukraine, Russia and several other countries. Prior to his role as arms inspector, he was a member of the logistical operations component of the U. S. Department of Defense, where he was awarded "Contractor of the Year" for designing and implementing a succession of cost saving programs.

Monday, May 15, 2023 | 4-5 PM


William Fried, Concert Pianist and Artist Associate in Piano at Davidson College

"Debussy and the Music of La Belle Époque: The sounds of prewar Paris through the music of Debussy and his circle"

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Talented Concert Pianist, William Fried, will talk about Debussy and the Music of La Belle Époque – the sounds of prewar Paris through the music of Debussy and his circle – and will offer a live piano performance of selected works.

William Fried is a pianist based in Charlotte, NC. His work focuses on French music, the postwar Avant Garde, the incorporation of technology, collaboration with dance, and realization of unconventional notation. His many concert highlights include performances at the LA Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, Vancouver New Music Festival, Roerich Museum (NY), UC San Diego Wed@7 Series, and La Giralda de l’Arboç. Critics have described his playing as “poised and remarkably dexterous… hypnotic” (The Boston Globe), “in possession of an incredible technique” (Vancouver Classical Music), “subtly shaded and delicately phrased” (, and “awe inspiring” (Beacon Sound).


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Sheldon Whitehouse, U. S. Senator from Rhode Island

"The intersection of dark money, climate change, and the corporate capture of the Supreme Court"

Representing the Ocean State since 2007, Senator Whitehouse plays a key role in crafting policies addressing climate change and environmental protection. The senator has worked to enact bipartisan measures to reduce carbon pollution and boost America’s clean energy economy. He shaped major climate components of Senate Democrats’ historic Inflation Reduction Act.