Darrell West Newport Art Museum

Newport Art Museum Welcomes First Winter Speaker Darrell West on January

Darrell West, a former Brown University Professor and author of 20 books, will kick off the Newport Art Museum‘s 88th annual Winter Speaker Series on Saturday, January 9 at 2pm in the Museum’s Griswold House at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

In keeping with tradition, West, current Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, will kick off the series. This year, he will speak on the upcoming presidential race with a lecture entitled “How to Watch the 2016 Elections”.

He will discuss the candidates, the issues and the strategies involved in the upcoming election cycle. What should voters watch for, and how should voters evaluate the complicated nominating processes in the Republican and Democratic primaries? With major challenges in domestic and foreign policy, the 2016 campaign is shaping up to be one of the most important in recent years. Mr. West will endeavor to provide a roadmap to make sense of this important election.
Individual Lecture Tickets and Series Subscriptions:
Individual tickets for the lecture, as well as subscriptions to the entire Winter Speaker Series, are available for purchase at NewportArtMuseum.org or by calling 401-848-2787.

Individual tickets: $15 ($10 members, $6 students)
Series Subscriptions: $90 ($75 members)
*Reservations highly recommended*

Winter Speaker Series 2016: Innovation
Saturdays at 2pm, January 9 – February 20

Individual tickets: $15 ($10 members, $6 students)
Series Subscriptions: $90 ($60 members)
Tickets available at: NewportArtMuseum.org
or 401-848-8200
Reservations highly recommended.


  • January 9 – Darrell West
    How to Watch the 2016 Elections
  • January 16 – Onne van der Wal
    Magical Seas Through Inspired Lens
  • January 23 – Peter Zwack
    Here’s Looking at US: A Russian Perspective
  • January 30 – Kenneth Miller
    Art, Music and Literature: Does Evolution Really Explain Everything?
  • February 6 – Elliot Bostwick Davis
    Jamie Wyeth, and Family Too
  • February 13 – Ed Shea
    An Unscripted Encore
  • February 20 – Elizabeth Williams
    Reflections on an American Innovator: Gorham Silver

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