WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS
ANN THOMAS, UXBRIDGE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
"The Value of the Book" program was enjoyed by all in attendance. I shared our positive experience with the Director of the Newton Library.
CHARLES R., PORTSMOUTH LIBRARY PATRON
"I really enjoyed your lecture in Portsmouth because it skillfully exposed of the
Vernon family’s political use of African slavery to effect the economic development
of Rhode Island.
I also like the way you chose to weave that message into a
dialogue that examined the use of those types of political practices in R.I. today.
I tried to interject the term ‘institutional racism’ into the conversation to
help you expand on those points.
JOYCE MAY, EAST PROVIDENCE LIBRARY DIRECTOR
"Ray Rickman's Value of the Book program is a perfect program for libraries! Mr. Rickman conveys his expert knowledge to audiences with humor, patience, and kindness. Audiences can expect to learn what makes a book valuable. Mr. Rickman, however, always gives audiences more. Whatever his topic, he raises thoughtful questions and often provides a local context, especially in matters of race and racial justice. Audiences leave amazed, challenged, and grateful for the evening.
CAROLYN MAGNUS, PORTSMOUTH LIBRARY DIRECTOR
Ray was great and I heard many favorable comments from people as they left. He certainly gave everyone something to think about. It's hard to think inside someone else's skin and I believe that Ray accomplished that. Super program.
RANDY SANDERS, QVCC ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
The faculty and staff were delighted with the discussion and I especially appreciated your suggested modifications to how we can improve. The time and effort you put in were certainly worthwhile. It is a joy for me to work with such dedicated and talented professional. Your visit was a great support to the work needed in the area for our faculty, staff, and students.
Due to COVID-19, there are no upcoming speaking engagements at this time.
Please check back soon.
Stages of Freedom Program Director Robb Dimmick offers programs ranging from dramatic storytelling to engaging talks about the Black experience in the church in the kitchen and in literature. His talks, though RI-specific, have enormous regional and national import and include photographic images. Robb's Being Lincoln talk covers his 30 year career performing
as Abraham Lincoln throughout the country and is filled with humor and insight into creating and performing a one-man show.
Robb has performed at the Naval War College, Brown University, Trinity Rep, Providence Public Library, Museum of Our National Heritage, RI Historical Society, and hundreds of other sites.
In-state base fee for Robb's programming is $259; out-of-state (one hour or less travel) base fee is $299.
For out of state bookings beyond an hour's drive, consultation is required. Contact information may be found on our Contact Us page.