Spend Saturday afternoons with seven inspiring, enlightening and entertaining speakers this winter. From the 2016 election to global oceans, ISIS to the synergy between technology and fashion, the Newport Art Museum's Winter Speaker Series reveals new creative communities in some of today's most exciting fields. 



What to Expect from the New President

Saturday, January 7, 2017. 2:00 PM. 

DARRELL M. WEST, Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. Mr. West will present the priorities of the next administration, what the campaign taught us about that individual, and likelihood of success on various domestic and foreign policy fronts.


A Look at Contemporary Glass from an Historical Perspective

Saturday, January 14. 2:00 PM. 

WILLIAM GUDENRATH, glassblower, scholar, author, lecturer, teacher and resident advisor of The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Mr. Gudenrath will discuss the stunning emergence of contemporary art glass as he compares today's interpretations to historical techniques. Pieces from Newport Art Museum's permanent collection will be noted.

ISIS destroyed History: What do we do about it?

Saturday, January 21, 2017. 2:00 PM. 

TESS DAVISlawyer, archaeologist and Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition, overseeing the organization’s work to fight cultural racketeering and also manages the day-to-day operations of the institute’s staff in Washington, DC and New York, as well as programs in the Middle East and Asia. Ms. Davis will discuss ISIS destruction of important historical artifacts and what needs to be done to combat this. 


The Synergy Between Technology and Fashion

Saturday, January 28, 2017. 2:00 PM.

PAMELA PARMAL, Department Head and David & Roberta Logie Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts at the MFA, Boston will discuss the synergy between fashion and technology. 


Kilimanjaro Like Never Before

Saturday, February 4, 2017. 2:00 PM.

CHRIS WADDELL, the most decorated male monoskier in histor, the first nearly unassisted paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and founder of the One Revolution Foundation. As a ski racer at Middlebury College in 1988, he had no idea how profoundly one moment could change and paradoxically enhance that conviction. On December 20th his ski popped off in the middle of a turn. He fell, broke two vertebrae, and damaged the spinal cord. Paralyzed from the waist down, he learned and achieved more than he could have imagined. Mr. Waddell will share his belief that, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”


Albert Bierstadt - The Accidental Artist of Manifest Destiny

Saturday, February 11, 2017. 2:00 PM.

JANICE HODSON, Curator at the New Bedford Free Library. During the second half of the nineteenth century painter Albert Bierstadt gave audiences some of the most stirring images yet seen of the expansive American West. His vision of the wilderness - one of grandeur, vastness and monumentally uniquely representative of the New World - would hold different meanings for different generations of viewers.  At the height of his career in the 1860s audiences saw his landscapes as testaments to the inevitability of territorial expansion and development.  Later, his paintings were seen as poignant reminders of what industrialization threatened.  "Bierstadt: The Accidental Artist of Manifest Destiny - How a School of Art Opened the West" will trace the ways Bierstadt and his contemporaries exploited the public's fascination with western regions and ultimately helped shift popular opinion regarding their fate.


Challenges, Opportunities and Environmental Issues Facing the Global Ocean

Saturday, February 25, 2017. 2:00 PM.

BRUCE CORLISS, Dean of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Mr. Corliss will discuss challenges, opportunities and environmental issues facing the Global oceans.