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The Queens of Newport's Gilded Age

The Queens of Newport's Gilded Age In-Person

Join us for a lecture on the Queens of Newport's Gilded Age with Fred Zilian, Ph.D.

This talk focuses on the four woman leaders of Newport’s Gilded Age, roughly, 1880-1914: Caroline Astor, Ava Vanderbilt Belmont, Mamie Fish, and Tessie Oelrichs. We may call these the “Four Queens,” with Caroline Astor being the “Queen of queens”. These women — because of their pedigree, their personalities, or the plenty of their wealth — stood above the rest of society in their influence & impact. Q & A to follow.
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After a 21-year career as an infantry officer in the Army, Fred Zilian was an educator at Portsmouth Abbey School, 1992-2015, where he taught history, ethics, and German. He was an adjunct professor (history and politics) at Salve Regina University, 2016-2022. He now lectures on a wide variety of subjects and offers tours of Newport and of the Battle of Rhode Island (1778).

Zilian holds a Ph.D. in international relations/strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and book reviews on history, American society, Germany, religion, music, education, climate change, and globalization in numerous publications from the Wall Street Journal to the Newport Daily News. For ten years he was a columnist for the Newport Daily News.
He has also published a book: From Confrontation to Cooperation: The Takeover of the National People’s (East German) Army by the Bundeswehr. For 20 years he performed as Abraham Lincoln in his one-man play, “Honest Abe.”

He writes for The Hill (www.thehill.com ), the History News Network (www.historynewsnetwork.org ), and the Online Review of Rhode Island History (www.smallstatebighistory.com ). He offers Talks, Readings, Tours, and Dance Lessons  at www.pegasusenrichment.com and he blogs on a wide variety of subjects at www.zilianblog.com.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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