Lectures

ZOOM French Chateaux: The Art of Living – Four week series – Mondays, January 4, 11, 25 and February 1 at 11 am

This illustrated history of the evolution of the French chateau from the Middle Ages through the 18th century examines the spirit of “l’art de vivre,” or the art of living, as expressed in architecture, interiors and gardens. From the enchanted castles of the Loire Valley to the glittering halls of Versailles, the art of living is an artistic, social and cultural feast. 

John Tschirch is an award-winning architectural historian and an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America for his achievements in the research and preservation of historic buildings and landscapes. His work has been featured in the Magazine Antiques, The New York Times and Martha Stewart Living. Among his publications are Newport: The Artful City (Giles, Ltd. 2020) and the forthcoming America’s Eden: Newport Landscapes Through the Ages (Giles, Ltd, 2021). He is also the author of historical fiction, such as Gods and Girls: Tales of Art, Seduction and Obsession (Amazon, 2019). His work and writings may be viewed at www.johnstories.com

ZOOM “Doing Philosophy” with Ian Stellar – Fridays at 1 pm – January 8, 15 (2pm), 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 19, 26

It has been said by some that thinking is the most important form of doing. In this discussion group, we will think – a lot. The guiding principle of our enterprise will be philia sophia, which from Greek can be taken to mean “the love of wisdom”. This curious attitude is fundamental to the nature of philosophical examination.

Philosophy is not like other disciplines. It is not a subject whose issues are sufficiently put to rest with some programmatic catalogue of “yeses” and “nos”. Instead, philosophy is an activity. It is elicited and practiced more than it is taught and learned. It is, in its most honest manifestation, a way of living. Aristotle would say that philosophy is a distinct kind of “science”, concerning itself with independent things, the study of “being as being”. The questions raised during this process are ostensibly simple; complication arises as we attempt to answer them.  The occasional murkiness conjured by this endeavor does not, however, prevent it from being edifying. And so, our goal will be to harness and fine-tune the philosophical disposition that exists within all of us. Our focus will involve two things: The work of past thinkers, and the open articulation of our own interpretations of the questions at hand.  Class limit: 10  Please email Hamilton House to register.

ZOOM Bruneau Auctioneers – Tuesday, January 12 at 1 pm

Come learn how Bruneau Auctioneers & Co. started, the roles played by our speaker and the team, how value is determined for items, what specifically to look for, etc. There may be a show and tell of a few items to demonstrate what you should look for. Hopefully this will blossom into an actual appraisal event in the New Year as a fundraiser for Hamilton House. So, starting looking at the items in your home to be appraised and potentially auctioned off.

ZOOM Bob Dilworth – Wednesday, February 3 at 1 pm

Nationally recognized and exhibited, Bob Dilworth’s works on canvas and paper, and assemblages, have won many awards including the 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Fellowship in painting, and grants from the Rhode Island Foundation, University of Rhode Island Center for the Humanities, the University of Rhode Island Council for Research, the National John Biggers Award in drawing, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  Bob earned a Masters of Fine Art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught art and design at colleges and universities throughout the country. Bob works as a full-time artist.

ZOOM Introduction to Genealogy with Lende McMullen – Wednesday, February 24 at 1 pm

This class will offer the basic steps toward charting your family ancestry.  A step approach will be offered through a PowerPoint presentation highlighting techniques and tips for researching and recording your ancestry.  The free website called FamilySearch will be introduced where you can record your ancestry and find sources of additional documents. Please register by emailing Hamilton House. Class limited to 15.

Lende McMullen is a 3rd generation family resident of Rehoboth and is employed part time as the Research Center Manager at the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth, MA.  There, she maintains a historical and genealogical library about the town and the surrounding area.  She also answers inquiries regarding its history or past residents and leads the Rehoboth Genealogy Group which meets every month to share research experiences or view and offer presentations.

ZOOM Great Decisions with Michael Mageau – Monday. February 8 at 1 pm – Global Supply Chains and National Security: by Jonathan Chanis 

The shutdown of global supply chains due to the Covid-19 pandemic brought to the fore an issue with the high level of global economic interdependence: what happens when one country is the main source for an item, say face masks, and then can no longer supply the item? Countries suddenly unable to meet the demand for certain supplies are faced with growing calls for economic nationalism. What are some of the lasting effects that the pandemic could have on global supply chains and trade? How would this affect national security?

ZOOM The Italian Villa: Rome Revived – Four week series – Mondays March 1, 8, 15, 22 at 11 am

Inspired by the rediscovery of ancient Roman villas, the merchant princes and popes of the Italian Renaissance embarked on the creation of fantastic and whimsical country houses. Architectural invention and landscape innovations resulted in an extraordinary artistic accomplishment known as the “villa.” 

John Tschirch is an award-winning architectural historian and an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America for his achievements in the research and preservation of historic buildings and landscapes. His work has been featured in the Magazine Antiques, The New York Times and Martha Stewart Living. Among his publications are Newport: The Artful City (Giles, Ltd. 2020) and the forthcoming America’s Eden: Newport Landscapes Through the Ages (Giles, Ltd, 2021). He is also the author of historical fiction, such as Gods and Girls: Tales of Art, Seduction and Obsession (Amazon, 2019). His work and writings may be viewed at www.johnstories.com

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