Members, please join us for the following Webinar lectures and special presentations:

  • There are no charge for these lectures but you MUST be a member of LLC to register.
  • Please use the links below to register separately for each lecture.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
12:10-12:55 PM
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In Pursuit of Excellence: State of Education in Rhode Island
Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

Commissioner Infante-Green will discuss what is happening at the moment in the schools and answer your questions.

Please send any questions you have before the presentation to brownbaglearn@gmail.com. Unfortunately, due to time constrictions, not all questions can be answered.

Angélica M. Infante-Green is the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education for the State of Rhode Island. In this role, she oversees the activities and staff of the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), working to make the state’s schools the best in the nation. Prior to joining RIDE in April 2019, she served as the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Instructional Support.


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Friday, October 2, 2020
12:10-12:55 PM
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The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story
Barbara Roberts, MD, Cardiologist and Author of The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story

Dr. Barbara Roberts says, “There are people in the know who will tell you that I caused the downfall of the New England Mafia. I managed this not by killing anyone or putting someone behind bars, but by keeping a man alive and out of jail for about a year too long.” Dr. Roberts will recount the story of how and why she wrote this memoir, The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story.

Dr. Roberts was the first woman to practice adult cardiology in the state of Rhode Island. Other books include: How To Keep From Breaking Your Heart: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Cardiovascular Disease (2004); Treating and Beating Heart Disease: a consumer’s guide to cardiac medicines, (2009); The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (2012).


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020
12:10-12:55 PM
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What's Happening in Rhode Island Right Now
Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea will talk about what is happening right now, right at this time, with the election and mail-in ballots. Please try to attend this important discussion.  (All applications for a mail-in ballot for the general election must be received by October 13.) Please send any questions you have before the presentation to brownbaglearn@gmail.com. Unfortunately, due to time constrictions, not all questions can be answered.

Nellie M. Gorbea is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the Secretary of State of Rhode Island. Gorbea is the first Hispanic to win statewide office in New England.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
3:30-4:30 PM
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Congressman David Cicilline 

Congressman David N. Cicilline serves Rhode Island’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cicilline is a member of the House Democratic Leadership as Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC). He is also a leader in Congress on issues of core American values, serving as Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

As the Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, Cicilline oversees an expansive portfolio of ensuring access to affordable health care, keeping the courts open to consumers and workers, promoting innovation and economic opportunity through open and competitive markets, keeping the internet open and free through strong net neutrality rules, promoting access to high-speed broadband internet, and holding the Trump administration accountable through oversight.

Cicilline has worked to protect nation’s seniors and to honor our commitment to them by opposing every effort to privatize Social Security and cut Medicare. In 2014, Cicilline lead 116 of his House colleagues in convincing President Obama to abandon his plans to use a different formula that would have led to a reduction in Social Security benefits. In 2015, Cicilline led the fight for a Cost of Living Adjustment to Social Security benefits. Cicilline also voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which prevented a substantial increase in the cost of Medicare premiums.

Prior to his election to Congress, Cicilline served two terms as Mayor of Providence and four terms in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Georgetown University Law Center and resides today in Providence.


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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
3:15-4:15 PM
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What's Happening Now in Rhode Island
Patrick Anderson, Political Writer, Providence Journal

As it has been, everything in the political world changes every day. What’s going on?  Please join Patrick Anderson, the Political Writer for the Providence Journal – just a week away from Election Day - as he tries to make some sense of this.

Patrick Anderson is a member of the Providence Journal's Watchdog Team and half of the paper's State House team, covering state government. Before that he worked at the Providence Business News.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
3:15-4:15 PM
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Jazz History and Race in America (Lecture with piano and singing demonstration)
James Himmelmann, Educator, Composer, and Pianist

Throughout American history, music has been used as a form of social protest. For African Americans, their music has given a voice to the voiceless and their songs have cried out for racial justice. In this hour, join James Himmelmann as he sings and plays the piano while diving into the history of African American protest music, from spirituals to the present day. Through the lyrics and messages of these powerful songs, we will gain an understanding and appreciation of music's ability to make a difference, both in the past and in the future. Not to be missed!

James Himmelmann is an educator, composer, and pianist. He has taught classes at the University of Rhode Island in Jazz History and Music Theory and currently teaches at the Rocky Hill Country Day School as well as the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School.


Andrew Curran at Wesleyan University, 2017.
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LLC Special Presentation

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
4:00-5:00 PM
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Professor Andrew S. Curran, award-winning Historian and Author of Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely

In Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely, award-winning historian and Professor Andrew S. Curran offers an in-depth and entertaining account of one of the eighteenth-century’s major intellectual thinkers, Denis Diderot (1713-1784), a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. At a moment when we are once again confronting the major questions of freedom, global responsibility, and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven world, Professor Curran is primed to address just how Diderot’s teachings might be applied amidst our current pandemic and other timely topics.

This book follows the passionate, stubborn, and heretical philosopher from the Newton-influenced, politically changing world of his birth, through his contradictory roles as aspiring priest, hopeless romantic, unapologetic adulterer, author, and swindler, Denis Diderot conceived of natural selection almost a hundred years before Darwin, pondered genetic manipulation two hundred years before Dolly the Sheep, and inspired the likes of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Charles Pierre Baudelaire. After being arrested for his atheism and outspoken beliefs at age 35, Diderot decided his contemporaries would never be receptive to his ideas and was determined to write his life’s work for future generations; for us.

Andrew S. Curran is the William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan University. Author of many books, including Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely (Hardcover 2019;  Paperback on sale September 22, 2020). Elected a Fellow in the history of medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine in 2010, among his many achievements, Curran has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 

*Named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019*
*Named as a Best Book of the Month - January 2019, Amazon*
*Named one of Kirkus Reviews’ “11 Early 2019 Books We Love”*
*Named a Best History Book of January by Amazon Book Reviews*
*Finalist: 2019 American Library in Paris Book Award*
*Open Letters Review: The Best Books of 2019: Biography!*
*Shortlisted for the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography*

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
3:15-4:15 PM
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Fourth Annual “Celebrate Ourselves"
Presenters and Members of LLC: DJ Foley, Nondas Hurst Voll and Patricia Moriarty

We at LLC are extraordinary! We are seniors, and here we are – still growing, still learning. Some of us do extraordinary things. We sing, we dance, we do fancy knitting or arts and crafts, and MANY of us generously volunteer our knowledge and time to give to the community. And that’s why we are celebrating the Fourth Annual “Celebrate Ourselves.”

Here are just three of our LLC members who would like to tell you about the organization they are passionate about and why!

DJ Foley – The Center for the Book, “Reading Across Rhode Island.” DJ has been involved with this group since its inception 18 years ago. She’s coordinated several short stories classes.

Nondas Hurst Voll – Nonviolence Institute. Nondas is the former chair and current longtime board member of the Nonviolence Institute. She has coordinated many LLC courses including the theatre course and short stories and has served on LLC’s board.

Patricia Moriarty – The Manton Avenue Project. Pat has been a coordinator for many different courses including “Made in Rhode Island,” “The Wonderful World of Marc Chagall,” and “50 Years of Gay Theater.”


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LLC Special Presentation

Monday, December 7, 2020
3:15-4:15 PM
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Frederick Kaufman, author of The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate

Frequent media commentator, including MSNBC, Bloomberg,and CNN; Appearances on Bloomberg, Fox Business Network, and Democracy Now!, and invitations to lecture in both the United States and Europe, including an address to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Federal Reserve recently announced plans to inject $2 trillion into the economy amid the pandemic, money that seems to be appearing from nowhere. In his scintillating, controversial history  Frederick Kaufman, a journalist and Professor, delves into the past 65,000 years to demystify the concept of money, and see through the fog of modern finance to understand how the Federal Reserve creates those promised trillions – and the twisted path that led here.

A frequent media commentator, including MSNBC, Bloomberg,and CNN, Frederick Kaufman who also addressed the United Nations General Assembly, will discuss his new book, The Money Plot. Kaufman reminds us that whether its form is polished shells, bills or Bitcoin, every currency, even Federally mandated trillions, is all a fiction. Currency is simply a fairy tale, a metaphor that humans have believed in and worshipped more than anything else on Earth. Today, where most money exists in a complex yet poorly understood web of computer screen abstraction – but one that’s capable of causing a global meltdown (or two) – this metaphor is wearing thin.

Kaufman delightfully dives right into the politically incorrect and the absurd, examining the concept of the trophy wife and the broader, unfortunate history of women being used as bartering tools. He sees parallels between the history of Jesus and his followers and that of currency, concluding that people believe in both using the same structural elements of belief. Kaufman points out that during the Black Death, the biggest lender of the time was the Catholic Church, who intertwined money with God, encouraging worshippers to donate to the clergy to become closer to God.

Frederick Kaufman, an English professor by training and profession, has for the past decade focused his attention on the fiction that is money. Besides his many television appearances, his unorthodox insights into the ways of Wall Street have resulted in numerous magazine articles for publications ranging from Scientific American to Wired to Foreign Policy to Harper's. This is his fourth book. (You may want to read his book before his presentation.)

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