Kick off the New Year with Sophia, Trinity Rep, Providence Public Library

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophia Academy, along with Trinity Rep and the Providence Public Library will be hosting the popular community series, Context and Conversation on Thursday, January 17, 2019.


This free event will feature a panel discussion about how war, migration, escape, alliance, family, memory, myth, erasure, fate, and faith shape our lives as it relates to Trinity’s production of black odyssey by Marcus Gardley.

Providence Public Library Program & Exhibitions Director/Trinity Rep Conversationalist-in-Residence Christina Bevilacqua with moderate a discussion with:

  • Marco McWilliams, Program Coordinator, Swearer Center, Brown University, educator and public scholar of African American history

  • Maiya Gamble Rivers, Manager of Programs and Outreach for the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University

  • Nada Samih-Rotondo, ELL Teacher, Paul Cuffee Charter School, and writer

  • Lt. Col. Mathies J. Santos, USAF, Ret, Associate Chief, Patient Services, Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center

  • Chanda Womack, Founding Executive Director of ARISE (Alliance of RI Southeast Asians for Education)

  • Josephine Cook and Idowu Demola, Sophia Academy students

This is the second year Sophia Academy is opening its doors to this lively community discussion. In February, 2018, the school hosted a Context and Conversation discussion about power and gender as it related to the Trinity production of Into the Breeches.

Trinity Rep’s black odyssey Context and Conversation at Sophia Academy

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019
5:30 p.m. Doors open for snacks and mingling
6 p.m. Program begins

WHERE: Sophia Academy
582 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907

RSVP: Ana Ceballos at Sophia Academy
(401) 784-0021

For more information about Trinity Rep Context and Conversation, click here

Context & Conversation is a public conversation series co-produced by Trinity Repertory Company and Providence Public Library in collaboration with community partners.