The Redwood Library & Athenæum Announces the Inaugural John J. Slocum Jr. Memorial Lecture with Christopher Buckley
Newport, Rhode Island…The Redwood Library & Athenæum is pleased to announce the first John J. Slocum Jr Memorial Lecture with humorist, Christopher Buckley. His presentation, "My Old Man and The Sea" is a son's memoir of sailing adventures with the late William F. Buckley, Jr. and will be held:
Friday, 25th October 2019 at 6.00 pm at Bazarsky Hall, O’Hare Academic Center at Salve Regina University, Newport
Christopher Buckley is renowned as a novelist, essayist, critic, magazine editor and memoirist. His books have been translated into sixteen foreign languages. He worked as a merchant seaman and White House speech writer. He has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers and has lectured in over 70 cities around the world. His awards include the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence.
The John J. Slocum Memorial Lecture is generously sponsored by an anonymous donor.
Tickets are $35 and available at redwoodlibrary.org/programs or by calling 401.847.0292 x 115.
About the Redwood Library and Athenæum: Chartered in 1747 by 46 prominent citizens of Newport with “nothing in view but the good of mankind,” the Redwood Library & Athenæum is a hybrid museum, rare book repository, and the oldest continuously operating lending library still in its original structure, the nation’s oldest public Neo-classical building. Designed by Peter Harrison, the Library is a registered National Historic Landmark.
The Redwood contains over 200,000 titles in its Circulating and Special Collections, with another 751 titles forming the Original Collection, purchased by the founders in 1750 and housed in the historic Harrison Room. Collections strengths include: colonial American history and material culture, early modern architecture and garden design, the history of Newport, Aquidneck Island and Rhode Island. The Redwood also possesses substantive holdings of historic printed materials, archives and private papers. Featured on permanent view is an exceptional collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century portraits by such artists as John Smibert, Robert Feke and Gilbert Stuart, in addition to a range of sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. Two gallery spaces feature temporary exhibitions, while the Redwood’s Reading Room, with its iconic green leather chairs and original Palladian windows, is a welcome sanctuary for visitors. Lectures, gallery talks, and musical events are scheduled throughout the year.
As an athenæum born of the American Enlightenment values of liberty, equality and democracy, and capitalizing on its unique position as a catalyst for intellectual pursuit across periods and disciplines, the Redwood is approaching its fourth century in the service of a rigorous and accessible humanities education for the benefit of the widest possible audience.