Upcoming events

    • Thursday, June 17, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Event

    Venetians Invented Everything 

    Meredith F. Small will speak to us about her latest book, Inventing the World: Venice and the Transformation of Western Civilization. (Pegasus Books, 2000).


    Meredith F. Small is a writer, Professor Emerita at Cornell University, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Small trained as a primate behaviorist and went on to write several books on the intersection of biology and culture, including the best seller Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent. Besides numerous publications in academic journals, Dr. Small is also a science journalist. Her work has appeared in Discover, Natural History, Scientific American, and New Scientist, among many other magazines and newspapers.

    Copies of her book can be purchased at the Barnes & Noble at 1350 Bald Hill, Warwick R.I.


    Books purchased at the Warwick store will come with a signed postcard from Meredith.

    (If you are a member of the Barnes & Noble Club you'll get free shipping.)

    Read more of Meredith's work here

Past events

Sunday, June 13, 2021 Salon/Cooking Webinar: Venetian Chef Anna Santini
Thursday, May 20, 2021 U.S.–Mexico Relations: Trade, Culture, Immigration, and Border Security. Ambassador (former) Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández presenting.
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Climate Change and Corporate Law: An Unexpected Opportunity?
Thursday, March 25, 2021 Member's Salon: A Celebration of Women's History Month: Women Leaders and Women's Leadership/Locally and Globally–Presented by Dr. Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Kitty Block, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International will present "Global Animal Conservation Efforts and Big Game Hunting"
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Member's Salon: In Recognition of Black History Month–Mapping the Slave Trade: A Cartographic History of Slavery–Presented by Dr. Richard Lobban
Thursday, February 18, 2021 "The 75th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials: Assessing the Global Path Between Vengeance and Forgiveness." –Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary Professor, Harvard Law School
Thursday, January 21, 2021 What Makes a Great Healthcare System: Assessing Healthcare in Other Democratic Countries–With Dr. Michael Fine MD
Thursday, December 17, 2020 Holiday Webinar: An interactive cooking demonstration with Chef Brian of Los Andes
Thursday, November 19, 2020 The NATO Alliance & America's Transatlantic Relationships.
Thursday, October 22, 2020 U.S. Relations with Pakistan and the South Asia Region with Dr. Asad Majeed Khan –Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States
Thursday, September 17, 2020 The Art of Communication in Domestic and Global Affairs with Dr. Winifred Brownell.
Thursday, August 06, 2020 Covid-19 in Africa
Thursday, June 18, 2020 A Caribbean Evening (Postponed)
Sunday, May 31, 2020 Literary Salon with Katherine Vaz (Postponed)
Thursday, May 21, 2020 NATO Panel (Cancelled)
Thursday, April 23, 2020 The Art of Communication in Domestic and Global Affairs with Dr. Winifred Brownell.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 Women Making History
Thursday, February 20, 2020 A Celebration of Black History Month with Marcus P. Nevius
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Understanding Asia: Taiwan, China, and U.S. Foreign Policy
Thursday, December 12, 2019 Emerging Global Issues Affecting the Honey Bee Population
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Developments in the political economics of Cuba
Thursday, October 24, 2019 Refugees and the Global Immigration Crisis
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Stephen Kinzer "Poisoner in Chief"
Sunday, June 23, 2019 Member Literary Salon with Global Writer Xu Xi
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Cyberspace and International Relations
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey
Thursday, April 11, 2019 The Rise of China and the South China Sea
Thursday, March 14, 2019 WACRI Celebrates Women's History Month
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Flash Discussion - "Trump's National Emergency"
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 The Tragedy of the Ukraine
Thursday, January 17, 2019 U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era
Thursday, December 13, 2018 The Hidden Famines - Combating Global Malnutrition
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 The Decline of U.S. Global Dominance
Thursday, November 01, 2018 Election Flash Discussions at Red Stripe
Thursday, October 18, 2018 Digital World War
Friday, October 05, 2018 Uzbekistan Visitors Member Lunch and Learn
Thursday, September 20, 2018 “Fact-Checking in an Era of Fake News: Perspectives from a Professional Fact-checker"
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 "Foreign Policy in Transition" With Christopher Curran
Thursday, June 14, 2018 The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Poetry Reading Salon with Dr. Jarita Davis
Thursday, May 17, 2018 In Search of An African Foreign Policy
Thursday, April 19, 2018 "How Global Conspiracies Are Born" with Author Phil Shenon
Thursday, March 15, 2018 2018 Middle East Forum
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Privacy and our Democracy
Thursday, December 07, 2017 WaterFire Across the Globe with Barnaby Evans
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Europe: America's Problem or America's Partner Constanze Stelzenmueller, The Brookings Institution
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Special film Salon: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Robotic Warfare
Thursday, September 28, 2017 An Evening with Peter Kornbluh: Cuba, Trump, and Secret Negotiations
Saturday, August 26, 2017 Special Salon: Is ISIS On the Way Out?
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Peace Through Entrepreneurship
Thursday, May 11, 2017 War By Other Means: Geo-Economics and Statecraft in US/China Relations
Thursday, April 20, 2017 American Wars in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Should Americans Try to Shape the World?
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Global Efforts to Cool a Warming Earth
Thursday, January 12, 2017 North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions and US Policy
Thursday, December 08, 2016 The Pope and Mussolini: An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author David Kertzer
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Forum on Nigerian Security and Stability
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Foreign Policy Forum on Issues Facing a Trump or Clinton Administration
Thursday, September 22, 2016 Human Trafficking
Saturday, September 10, 2016 New Year Member Reception
Thursday, June 02, 2016 FISA Courts and Their Role in Ensuring National Security
Thursday, May 05, 2016 Women, Peace and Security
Thursday, April 07, 2016 "Seeking Refuge, Immigration: The Political and Personal"
Thursday, March 03, 2016 The Future of US - Cuba Relations: One Perspective
Thursday, February 18, 2016 "A Forum on Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora in Rhode Island"
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Global Energy in the 21st Century
Thursday, December 03, 2015 The World After Paris, Beirut, and Bamako: The Rise of ISIS and the Situation in Iraq and Syria
Thursday, November 12, 2015 The Middle East in 10 Years
Thursday, October 08, 2015 Future of World Energy - Producers and Alternatives
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 Pell Center Event -State Department Director Policy Planning David McKean
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Fall "Welcome Back" Member/Guest Reception!
Thursday, September 10, 2015 U.S. and Russia: Competitors, Collaborators, or Enemies?
Thursday, June 04, 2015 Special Dinner Event "Building a Nation of Makers"
Thursday, May 07, 2015 Australia's Place In An Unstable World

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