Library Hosts Writer/Radio Host Marc Levitt for a Special “This I Believe” Community Dialogue

Celebrate Providence’s 375 Years at Providence Public Library

In participation with ongoing Celebrate Providence 375 Years city-wide activities and the Inspired Providence public lecture series, Providence Public Library is pleased to host writer/radio host Marc Levitt for a special “This I Believe” Community Dialogue -- What Do the Ideas of Roger Williams Mean to Us Today? on Thursday, October 20, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, 150  Empire Street, Providence (Barnard Room - 3rd Floor).

Are the ideas of Roger Williams still relevant today? Are Williams’ beliefs threatened by the contemporary political climate? Is there practical basis for his ideals or are they simply philosophical expression, without a firm foundation?  

Join radio host Marc Levitt for a night of discussion and debate on the ways that Roger Williams’ ideas and beliefs have shaped Providence, as well as how they inform and influence our lives today!

Marc Levitt is a writer/storyteller and the host and co-executive producer of Action Speaks, a multi formatted radio show/panel discussion heard on over 250 stations nationwide and hosted by WGBH Boston. The author of the Corwin Press Book, Putting Everyday Life on the Page Works, Levitt has been the recipient of RISCA’s New Genre Award and RICH’s Tom Roberts Award. He has been invited to speak and perform in over 50 countries and is currently working on Audio Winds #2, an audio installation project for Narragansett Beach. For information: .

Roger Williams National Memorial presents Inspired Providence—a fall lecture series celebrating Providence’s rich cultural heritage from Roger Williams’ “lively experiment” in 1636 to the rise of a “Creative Capital.”  Seven evenings of civic discourse and lively debate will take place between September 29 and November 10 at cultural institutions across the city.  Each free lecture will begin at 6 pm and is open to the public. The series, part of the larger Celebrate Providence 375 Years commemoration.

Inspired Providence was made possible through a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities-an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the series, including a full list of venues and event descriptions, please visit