Providence Committee

on Foreign Relations


    • 5 Dec 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,

    Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, who directs the Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy, and is visiting associate professor of conflict resolution, at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She titles her talk "God, Soft Power, and Geopolitics: Religion as a Tool for Conflict Prevention/Generation".

    Dr. Prodromou is also a non-resident senior fellow and co-chair of the Working Group on Christians and Religious Pluralism, at the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, and is also non-resident fellow at The Hedayah International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, based in Abu Dhabi.

    Prodromou is former vice chair and commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and was a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group. Her research focuses on geopolitics and religion, with particular focus on the intersection of religion, democracy, and security in the Middle East and Southeastern Europe. Her current research project focus on Orthodox Christianity and geopolitics, as well as on religion and migration in Greece.

    Guests are welcome.


    6:00 - 6:30 PM: Cocktails

    6:30 - 7:30: Dinner (salad, entree, dessert/coffee)

    7:30 - 8:30: Speaker Presentation

    8:30 - 9:00: Q&A with Speaker.

    Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

    Men: Jackets required.

    • 8 Jan 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,

    Michael Fine, M.D., will talk about his novel Abundance, set in West Africa, and the challenges of providing health care in the developing world.

    Michael Fine, MD has been an advocate for communities, healthcare reform and the care of under-served populations worldwide for 40 years.

    His career as a community organizer and family physician has led him to some of the poorest places in the United States, as well as dangerous, war-ravaged communities in third-world countries.


    Liberia, a nation of four to four and a half million people in West Africa, is about the same size as the US state of Tennessee. It is a place of many languages and many communities.

    In 1989, Liberia entered a long period of brutal civil wars, which lasted until 2003. The years between 1989 and 2003 were years of unimaginable cruelty in Liberia, years of murder, rape, dismemberment, and chaos.

    Two young Americans go to Liberia in 2003, looking to find something missing in themselves. They find one another, are separated by war, and then struggle to find one another again. Abundance is the story of that struggle, but also about what’s missing in America, about starvation in the midst of plenty and about our struggle to be one people despite the many temptations that pull us apart.

    • 5 Feb 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,

    Cornelia Dean, book author, science writer and former science editor of The New York Times and internationally known expert on coastal conditions. She’ll talk how rising seas threaten coastal cities around the world and what they can do about it.

    Cornelia Dean is a science writer and former science editor of The New York Times and a distinguished visiting lecturer at Brown University.

    From January 1997 until June 2003, she was science editor of The Times, where she was responsible for coverage of science, engineering, health and medical news in the daily paper and in the weekly Science Times section. Previously she held other editing positions in the department. In her editing tenure of the science section members of its staff have won the Pulitzer Prize twice and were finalists three times. Previously, she was deputy Washington editor.

    She is the author of “Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches” (1999), a Times notable book of the year. A book about the misuse of scientific information in American public life is in press (Harvard University Press).

    Before her appointment by Brown, she taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on the public’s understanding of science, environmental policy and other issues at Harvard, where she was twice honored for distinction in teaching.

    She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and lives on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass.

    • 18 Mar 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,
    Stephen Wellmeier, managing director of Poseidon Expeditions. He’ll talk about the future of adventure travel and especially about Antarctica, and its strange legal status.
    • 6 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street,

    , a political scientist and co-director of the program on Italy at MIT’s Center for International Studies, who will talk about the rise of right-wing populism and other developments in her home of Italy.

    She has taught at several US and European universities, and published numerous articles on European politics. Serenella's an affiliate at the Harvard De Gunzburg Center for European Studies and holds the title of Cavaliere of the Ordine della Stella d'Italia conferred by decree of the President of the Republic for the preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad.

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