Speaker Program


Dr. Stephen Salloway, MD, MS

Monday August 3rd, 2015 - 5:00 pm

– Director of Neurology and the Memory and Aging Program, Butler Hospital, and Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at The Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University. Dr. Salloway is recognized as a leading expert in aging, Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory disorders. He is supported by over $3.4 million in research grants, and has authored over 200 journal articles on a broad range of topics including early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. His topic will be "Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease."


Darrell M. West

Monday August 10th, 2015 - 5:00 pm

– Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC. Previously, he was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. His talk will be entitled, "Billionaires: Wealth, Politics and Democracy."


Francis J. ("Bing") West

Monday August 17th, 2015 - 5:00 pm

– Newport resident and bestselling author of nine books (most recently, One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War), a distinguished U. S. Marine Corps infantry officer and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs during the Reagan Administration. Mr. West writes about the military, warfighting and counterinsurgency. His topic will be, "Thirteen Years at War in the Middle East: What is this war all about and can it be won?"


Annie DeGroot

Monday August 24th, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Research Professor and Director, Institute for Immunology and Informatics (iCubed) at the University of Rhode Island and Founder & CEO of Epivax, Inc. She is also the founder of the GAIA Vaccine Foundation, a not-for-profit established to promote the prevention of infectious diseases affecting developing world nations. She was recognized as one of the 50 most influential people in vaccinology in 2014. Her topic will be "Vaccines of the Future: Personalized, and On Demand."


William Howard Taft IV

Monday August 31st, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Ambassador Taft has served the nation in a variety of capacities over five decades, including acting Secretary of Defense, Chief Legal Advisor to the State Department and United States Permanent Representative to NATO. He has served Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. He also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Freedom House. The title of his talk will be "Russia – How it has Changed and What Its Future May Be."


    Today the stewardship of the South Ferry Church has passed to the Friends of the South Ferry Church, a group of concerned citizens. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are dependent on our many donors for the annual costs of maintaining and improving our historic building and grounds.

    Recognizing the building's priceless and irreplaceable part of the architectural historic heritage of Rhode Island, the Friend's mission is to protect the South Ferry Church from alteration or deterioration.