Joyce S. Ahern Speaker Series

Joyce was a longtime member of the Literacy Volunteers of Washington County Board of Directors.
She was passionate about LVWC and could always be counted on to help students, raise funds, and recruit volunteers.

Summer Speaker Series with Nathaniel Philbrick
in Conversation with Ted Widmer

Friday, June 3, 2022, 5:00 pm
United Theatre
5 Canal Street, Westerly, RI
Reception to follow at the United

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Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of many historical books, including Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy; In the Heart of the Sea; Mayflower; and In the Hurricane’s Eye. He is a longtime resident of Nantucket, MA, and is a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. 

Ted Widmer is the author of Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington, and a Distinguished Lecturer at the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York.

$75 per ticket. Includes reception afterwards at The United Theatre.

The Beginning

It all started in 2012 with a Stonington fisherman! James Arruda Henry was in his mid-nineties when he began learning to read and write. Despite living a successful life without literacy, James began studying and went on to write his first book, In a Fisherman’s Language. His life showed how the power of commitment, hard work, and determination can redefine a person at any age—truly the mission of LVWC! 

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Events in 2021

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Our latest Speaker Series event was held on June 24, 2021, at the Ocean House in Watch Hill and featured Deborah Goodrich Royce in conversation with Luanne Rice. It was a lively exchange as the two well-known authors spoke about writing and what it takes to create a thriller. 

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On January 14, 2021, we held a virtual event with Ted Widmer, the author of Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington, and former Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank J. Williams about Abraham Lincoln’s grueling and dangerous odyssey to Washington prior to his inauguration.