Note:  Be advised that these programs are being conducted in-person and seating will be limited to allow for social distancing.  With the exception of the outdoor offerings, participants  must provide proof of vaccination or expect to wear a mask for the entire time they are in the building.  There will be no exceptions.  Fees are non-refundable.

Prisons: A Reflection of Our Society 

Date: December 2 and December 9

Time: 1pm

Cost: $10 For Members/$20 For Non-Members

This interactive, in-person course will go “behind the bars” and offer an intimate and humane look at the U.S. prison system from the instructor’s perspective and professional experience. Participants will gain an understanding of the different types of prisons according to security, hear reflections from the author’s book, “Finding Light in the Darkness”, and discuss programs that are successful in keeping people out of prison and not returning.

Bio: Dot Walsh is a peace chaplain, author, educator, and prison chaplain for 15 years.


What Happens When We Die? An exploration of how human consciousness exists outside of the body.

Dates: Thursday, November 18th

Time: 5:00pm- 6:30pm

Fee: $5 General Admission

Format: In Person at EKH

Description: This program began in March 2016, and is conducted as the Rhode Island Chapter of the International Association for Near Death Studies (“IANDS”at The aim of the group is to explore and deepen our understanding of what has been learned about human consciousness from people who have had near-death experiences (“NDEs”) and have reported an amazing journey after they have been revived, along with the lessons they learned.  We will review and discuss actual documented experiences along with the findings of various researchers and scientists, all of whom have various theories about how this happens and what it can tell us about the transition from life as we know it, and what lies beyond. Some videos and guest speakers are utilized. This is not connected with any organized religion or religious belief. Some of the group’s current members include persons who have had NDEs, “after death” communications with loved ones, and related experiences of their own.

Presenter:  Ben Riggs is a retired Naval Aviator and later business executive who has served as chief executive of several manufacturing companies. His knowledge and interest in NDEs evolved from the experiences of friends and family and subsequent participation with IANDS, which has included numerous national conferences, workshops, extensive study, and close collaboration with leading experts in the field.

Current International Events in Review

Dates: Wednesdays September 22, October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Fee: $40 Members/$80 Non Members

Format: In Person at the EKH

Description: Currently in its 16th year, we begin with country, region and political organization reviews, mostly by guest lecturers from the Naval War College and other sources, with Q&A after. This is followed by a workshop-style survey and discussion of current international events of the week by class members who want to participate.  Winter 2021 topics will add to an understanding of the current events being discussed.

Presenters: Ron Becker, a graduate of Reed College, is a retired actuary with over 35 years of technical and administrative experience in the life insurance industry and a life-long interest in history and politics.  Ben Riggs, is a retired Naval Aviator and business executive who has served as chief executive for U.S. divisions of several foreign-owned conglomerates.  His knowledge and interest in international affairs arose from both his military career as well as numerous business dealings in Europe, Japan and the Middle East. John Del Negro is a retired attorney who is a graduate of George Washington University and the Cornell Law School.  He is a frequent traveler to Europe and has taught several NCOS courses on the Italian Renaissance. 


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