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♦ 2016 Featured Library Presentations

♦ 2015 Featured Library Presentations 

♦ 2014 Featured Library Presentations 

♦ 2013 Featured Library Presentations


►  2018 Featured Library Presentations

Carl Johnson on
"Providence's Native H.P. Lovecraft, 
a voice of Horror"

Date:  Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7pm
Place: Room S330, East Greenwich
Following the PowerPoint presentation: Q & A, Light Refreshments

Who better to speak about Lovecraft’s horror tales than Carl Johnson, one of the first investigators in 1973 of the Perron family in Harrisville, RI -- a story that later became the movie “The Conjuring.”  While researching a 50th anniversary of Lovecraft’s passing, Carl discovered in 1987 that he is cousin to Lovecraft.  Carl started a Commemoration that year that began at Lovecraft’s grave in Swan Point and continues 30 years later every year at the Ladd Observatory.

Since he was a teenager, Johnson has been fascinated with exploring unexplained phenomena. He was a member of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) and appeared on the SyFy Channel series Ghost Hunters, as well as other television programs such as The Haunted, Finding Bigfoot, Paranormal State: The New Class and Most Terrifying Places in America. He is also the author of Shadow Realms: Demonology Handbook (2017). 

Johnson is currently Director and Founder of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe Commemorative Activities Committee and Senior Interpreter of the Old Slater Mill Association. as well as author and paranormal investigator.

Lovecraft wrote haunting tales of horrific and eerily realistic and fantastic characters, mostly in stories published in pulp magazines.  As Johnson states:   “The very name of H.P. Lovecraft has become synonymous with gripping, supernatural suspense, and his disturbing themes continue to be a major influence on movies, television and horror literature.”


Poster (pdf)| Informational (pdf) |  Books (pdf)|  Library Link (pdf)



►  2017 Featured Library Presentations

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7pm

Thomas D'Agostino
Legends and Haunts of New England

Date:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7pm
Following: Q and A, Light Refreshments
Place: Media Presentation Theater, Room N106, East Greenwich


Tom D’Agostino is an educator and author of eleven published books on ghosts and legends of New England, and has been a paranormal researcher/investigator for 35 years with over 1200 investigations to his credit in both the public and private sector. His books have prompted several PBS series, documentaries and television shows in which he has appeared.  Tom and his wife Arlene Nicholson constantly travel the region in search of the countless mysteries and haunts that make New England so rich in legend and history.

At the presentation, meet author-investigator Tom D'Agostino as he takes you on a journey through some of New England's most haunted places. The powerpoint presentation comprises videos, EVPs and images of houses, farms and includes some amusing events.  Bara-Hack, The Victorian, John York House, Belcourt Castle in Newport, an 1801 farm in Thompson, Connecticut and The Tavern on Main in Chepachet, Rhode Island are some of the haunted places covered.

Poster (pdf)  Author Bio (pdf)

Books in the Library
Horror Genre, Seasonal


Tom D'Agostino Author Bio


♦  Legends, Lore and Secrets of New England
♦  Rhode Island's Haunted Ramtail Factory
♦  Haunted Rhode Island
♦  Abandoned Villages and Ghost Towns in New England
♦  Haunted New Hampshire

H.P. Lovecraft

♦  The Ancient Track: the complete poetical works of H. P. Lovecraft, edited by S.T. Joshi
♦  H. P. Lovecraft in Popular Culture: the works and their adaptations in film, television, comics, music and games by Don G. Smith
♦  H. P. Lovecraft Collected Fiction, edited by S. T. Joshi


♦  IT, a novel by Stephen King
♦  Celtic Mysteries in New England by Philip Imbrogno & Marianne Horrigan
♦  Nightwalkers: Gothic Horro Movies, the modern era by Bruce Lanier Wright
♦  The Super Natural: a new vision of the unexplained by Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal
♦  and more!

Monday, August 21, 2017, 1:28 - 4pm


The American Astronomical Society  has a comprehensive site on the 2017 eclipse.  Most important is "Eye Safety" for the East Coast, where we will only see a partial eclipse.   Expect to start viewing at 1:28 p.m., maximum is 2:47 p.m. with a duration of 2 hours and 33 minutes.  Also be sure to check out "How to Shoot Images."  [7/17]

►  The FREE glasses will be available on August 21st.

►  You must wear the special EYEGLASSES (ISO approved!) when looking at the partial eclipse. Just ask at the Circulation Desk or one of the Librarians on Monday, 21st, 7:30am on...

►  In our area, the eclipse will:

  • Begin at 1:28 p.m.
  • Maximum view at 2:47 p.m.
  • End at 4 p.m.
  • Duration: 2 hours and 33 minutes


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3pm

Making Precision Tools: Brown & Sharpe
Manufacturing Co.

Hall of Fame, POST ROAD [includes a tour of SAMI Lab]


Brown & Sharpe Mfg. Co. is one of the oldest and probably one of the most significant machine tool and precision tool builders. The firm was founded in 1833 by David Brown and his son Joseph R. Brown.  Brown and Sharpe is credited with many inventions including Standard Wire Gages, the B & S taper, 20 degree pressure angle gearing, The formed milling cutter, vernier caliper, and the universal milling machine. The firm also had a complete line of precision machinist tools.  From: [ -- accessed 2017.03.03]

And from the publisher:
The skilled men and women who worked for Brown & Sharpe, who produced and marketed a dazzling array of measuring devices, machine tools and precision machinery, truly helped shape Rhode Island, the nation and the modern world as we know it. The history of Brown & Sharpe contains the story of the Industrial Revolution in America, covering more than 150 years of technological development, labor history and public policy, culminating in history’s longest strike. []

The Book is:

Brown & Sharpe and the Measure of American Industry
Making the Precision Machine Tools That Enabled Manufacturing, 1833–2001

Gerald M. Carbone with the Rhode Island Historical Society
Foreword by Steven Lubar


We would appreciate if you would let us know you plan on attending!

Contact Cindy Pankiewicz @ x3474 or cpankiewicz@NEIT.EDU

Poster | Author Biography and Further information |

Postcard image of the factory in Providence, Rhode Island (now known as The Foundry)  is from the Providence Public Library (PPL) Image Collection. (Item ID: pc 6791) [3/17]


Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7pm



Meet Tim White

The Last Good Heist: the inside story of the biggest single payday in the criminal history of the Northeast
by Tim White, Randall Richard, and Wayne Worcester

On Aug. 14, 1975, eight daring thieves ransacked 148 massive safe-deposit boxes at a secret bank used by organized crime, La Cosa Nostra, and its associates in Providence, R.I. The crooks fled with duffle bags crammed full of cash, gold, silver, stamps, coins, jewels and high-end jewelry. The true value of the loot has always been kept secret, partly because it was ill-gotten to begin with, and partly because there was plenty of incentive to keep its true worth out of the limelight. It's one thing for authorities to admit they didn't find a trace of goods worth from $3 million to $4 million, and entirely another when what was at stake was more accurately valued at about $30 million, the equivalent of $120 million today. It was the biggest single payday in the criminal history of the Northeast. Nobody came close, not the infamous James "Whitey" Bulger, not John "The Dapper Don" Gotti, not even the Brinks or Wells Fargo robbers. The heist was bold enough and big enough to rock the underworld to its core, and it left La Cosa Nostra in the region awash in turmoil that still reverberates more than forty years later. Last Good Heist is the inside story of the robbery and its aftermath. (from Amazon, accessed 2017.01.23)

Tim White

Tim is the recipient of three New England Emmy Awards for investigative reporting. He was honored for a 2010 series of stories probing government waste in Rhode Island. He won his second Emmy for 2012 coverage of Providence’s troubled pension system. A 2014 probe into a lack of accountability at a local fire district led to his third Emmy honor.

Tim’s half-hour documentary on the 1975 Bonded Vault mob heist was also nominated for an Emmy. Tim and the Target 12 investigative team have also received several New England Associated Press Awards, including for their coverage of a drug ring in the Providence Police Department. (from Linkedin, accessed 2017.01.23)

Tim White on WPRI, CBS Affiliate, Channel 12, Eyewitness News

Tim White on Twitter


►  2016 Featured Library Presentations

Thursday, October 20, 2016

An Evening of Paranormal Realities?

Keith & Sandra Johnson, Malevolent Haunting Specialists

Thursday, October 20th at 7pm in the Hall of Fame Room 



Paranormal Poster


Keith and Sandra Johnson are Malevolent Haunting Specialists who conduct “professional evidence-based investigations” for people who think they may have a haunting in their home.  They offer assistance “with the understanding of the aspects of hauntings and the paranormal” and offer “assistance with identifying and removing spirits, both human and inhuman.”

Keith is also a published author of a 3 book series on Demonology entitled Paranormal Realities. He has appeared on episodes of Ghost Hunters & Paranormal State. Keith & Sandra also have their own Cable Access show called Ghosts R N.E.A.R., a TV talk show that deals with paranormal topics and features interviews with local guests (paranormal investigators, authors, etc.) and on-location projects of their investigative organization New England Anomalies Research (N.E.A.R.). Ghosts R N.E.A.R. is broadcast statewide in Rhode Island on Fridays at 8pm on channel 13 (Cox) & 32 (Verizon) and also (in Kent County, RI only) on Mondays at 7pm and Wednesdays at 8pm on channel 18 (Cox) & 31 (Verizon).

During the presentation, Keith and Sandra will discuss their investigations throughout the years with a power point presentation. They will also play EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena) or spirit recordings they have picked up over the years during their investigations of haunted locations.

Keith and Sandra will bring along as a special guest speaker one of New England Tech’s own instructors Lisa Dowaliby! Lisa is the co-chair for the Animal Business Management program at New England Tech.  Lisa has also appeared on Ghost Hunters and is currently part of Keith’s investigative team.

To find out more about Keith and Sandra Johnson and their work, check the N.E.A.R. website.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"How Hackers Attack a Web Site:  Step by Step"
Patrick Laverty
Media Presentation Theater

Security image



“How Hackers Attack a Web Site: Step by Step”

In this presentation, we will walk through the various vulnerabilities that exist in web sites and how hackers attack them. From some of the more technical vectors like SQL injection or shell compromises, to the softer side of trying to hack people. This discussion will show the audience many parts of a web site that need to stay secured and how to protect against the hacks. 

Bio: Patrick Laverty


Patrick Laverty is a Security Analyst for Rapid7, a cybersecurity company with its headquarters in Boston, MA. 
For the last five years, Patrick has been defending web sites, servers and applications from the various attackers of the Internet. Prior Rapid7, Patrick was a member of the Security Incident Response Team (SIRT) at Akamai Technologies and was a web application developer at Brown University. He founded the Rhode Island chapter of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) in 2011, and is on the organizing team for Security BSides Boston.


►  2015 Featured Library Presentations

November 4th, 12 noon

"The Company Man"
Media Presentation Theater

Carmine Nigro, Special Agent
Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator, FBI Boston

In April 2014 the FBI released a training video which deals specifically with the topic of Economic Espionage. 
The movie "The Company Man" is based on a recent FBI investigation (2012) in which a US company was the victim of the Theft of Trade Secrets.  The movie, which is about 30 minutes long, will be followed by a discussion with Special Agent Carmine Nigro of best practices for Intellectual Property protection, along with a 15 minute time for questions.

Carmine Nigro became a Special Agent for the FBI on December 6th, 1987.  In February, 2008 Mr. Nigro was designated as the Counterintelligence (CI) Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the FBI Boston Division.  In his current role, Mr. Nigro engages in collaborative efforts with private sector entities and stakeholders of targeted technologies.

For a complete
bio of Special Agent
Carmine Nigro click here.




Thursday, October 29th, 7pm

New England Ghosts and Good Spirits

Paul Eno & Ben Eno to speak @ NEIT, Hall of Fame Room

[Light refreshments to follow in the Library]

...sinister interest in the paranormal, and why?
What do your own paranormal experiences really mean?

These and other mind-expanding questions will be on the table as Paul & Ben Eno, co-hosts of CBS Radio’s and 1240 AM’s “Behind the Paranormal with Paul & Ben Eno” present famous cases from their combined 55 years of experience, at the East Greenwich campus of the New England Institute of Technology on Thursday, Oct, 29, 7 pm.

Their “What’s Really Behind the Paranormal” program will take listeners through Paul Eno’s first shocking investigations, including the chilling “Village of Voices” case of 1971, the world-famous Bridgeport Poltergeist of 1974 (with Ed & Lorraine Warren), up to the bizarre and ongoing Connecticut paranormal flap that started with ghosts in 2005 and now involves UFOs, the military and a secret base. Other Eno cases from America and Europe will be included.

After the program, there will be a “Meet and Greet” in the New England Tech library.

To save a seat or for more information on the presentation,
contact Librarian Anthony Loffredio @ 739-5000, x3578

For more information about the Enos, visit

“Behind the Paranormal with Paul & Ben Eno” is in its eighth season and has been compared in quality with shows on National Public Radio. It aired on CBS Radio in Boston, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Seattle from 2009-2014, and is now heard in a Boston/Providence drive-time edition on Mondays on WOON 1240 AM, streaming live at and in delayed broadcast on Dark Matters Radio. A regular on “Coast to Coast AM” with George Noory and a familiar face on the History and Travel Channels, Paul Eno is the author of six books on the paranormal. He and Ben starred in “The Devil’s Hour,” a Warner Brothers featurette that accompanied the 2013 release of “The Conjuring.”

Brief Biography of Paul Eno and his son, Ben Eno

Noted Author, Radio Personality, Journalist and Paranormal Investigator PAUL ENO will speak and present a powerpoint on his more than 45 years of paranormal investigations.  Paul has had "hair-raising adventures with famous hauntings, along with utterly unique, riveting theories about paranormal and its meaning for our understanding of the world and ourselves."

Paul & Ben Eno are best known as the father-son co-hosts of the CBS Radio and WOON 1240 Boston/Worcester/Providence drive-time show “Behind the Paranormal,” with an estimated 3 million listeners. But with a combined 55 years of experience as paranormal researchers, they are far more than talk-show hosts.

Paul was one of the first paranormal investigators of the early 1970s, beginning while he was studying for the priesthood. His early mentors included parapsychology pioneer Dr. Louisa Rhine, Fr. John J. Nicola S.J. (technical advisor for the film The Exorcist) and legendary, first-generation "ghost hunters" Ed & Lorraine Warren. He graduated from two seminaries, but was expelled from a third because of his paranormal work with less than two years to go before ordination. He ended up as an award-winning New England journalist and the author of five books on the paranormal and two books on history.

Early on, Paul found that many ghost cases, if thoroughly researched, turned into UFO cases. This led to theories and methods involving never-before-suspected connections between ghosts, cryptids and UFOs.

Ben Eno joined his dad’s adventures in 2005 at the age of 13, demonstrating some unique insights and, at 16, becoming the youngest syndicated broadcaster in America. Ben is a sound expert and is a recent graduate of Emerson College in Boston with a degree in audio engineering and sound design. [10/15]


September 2015
Occupational Therapy Display
in the Library

OTAs assist people of all ages, with varying abilities or handicaps, to gain independence in their day- to day activities. The primary focus of Occupational Therapy practice is to enhance participation in meaningful occupations for all people of all ages, regardless of the type of limitation which interferes with participation in life activities. Occupational Therapy is a hands-on career, which literally involves working to change people’s lives for the better. Because every client has a unique set of circumstances, OTAs help to develop and carry out an individualized plan of care for each client.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at NEIT allows certified occupational therapy assistants to expand on their academic and clinical experience to become leaders in their profession. This program is designed to be a bridge for professionals to move to the next level of responsibility as registered occupational therapists.

Occupational therapists assist people of all ages, with varying abilities or handicaps to become independent in their day -to-day activities. Every client has a unique set of circumstances, and need to be evaluated.  A program is developed to help carry out a unique treatment plan for each person.


July 29, 2015
Conversations about Composites
Eric Goetz

Goetz: Conversations about Composites

This summer, the NEIT Library is paying tribute to Marine Technology with a display from the Steamship Historical Society of America [SSHA] and a presentation by Eric Goetz.
"Conversations about Composites"
will be an informal slide presentation -- ask all the questions that you can think of.

Meet our Summer Guest Speaker:  Wednesday, July 29, 6PM

The NEIT Library presents Eric Goetz, Media Presentation Room.

Eric Goetz, is a leader in high tech composites construction worldwide. As Chief Technology Officer of Goetz Composites, Eric, a forward thinker, has expanded their customer base to include various high tech architectural, furniture and accessory, automotive and entertainment related projects.  While President of Goetz Custom Sailboats, Eric built some of the world’s most successful race boats, extreme powerboats and beautiful luxury yachts. His team built and delivered more than 100 boats including:

♦  Ten (10) America’s Cup Boats  ♦  Ten (10) TP52 Race Boats  ♦  150mph Speedboat
♦  Wally Class  ♦  Volvo 70 Round the World Race Boats  ♦  Military Drones  ♦  Submersibles
Get the Poster


Summer 2015

SSHSA: Steamship Historical Society of America

Marine Tech and Steamships!

To bring recognition to our acclaimed Marine Technology program, and summer, the display in the Library on the East Greenwich campus honors Marine Tech and maritime activities with a display from the Steamship Historical Society of America.  Also take a look at the display of books related to many aspects of maritime activity from the NEIT Library print collection.  SSHSA is located in the former NEIT library, 2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886. 

Meet our Summer Guest Speaker

The NEIT Library presents Eric Goetz, Wedneday, July 29, 6PM, Media Presentation Room.

Eric Goetz, is a leader in high tech composites construction worldwide. As Chief Technology Officer of Goetz Composites, Eric, a forward thinker, has expanded their customer base to include various high tech architectural, furniture and accessory, automotive and entertainment related projects. While President of Goetz Custom Sailboats, Eric built some of the world’s most successful race boats, extreme powerboats and beautiful luxury yachts. His team built and delivered more than 100 boats including:

♦  Ten (10) America’s Cup Boats  ♦  Ten (10) TP52 Race Boats  ♦  150mph Speedboat
♦  Wally Class  ♦  Volvo 70 Round the World Race Boats  ♦  Military Drones  ♦  Submersibles
Get the Poster

Steamship Historical Society of America [SSHSA] 

SSHSA website is:
and from the website About page:

In 1935 seven steamship historians and collectors formed the Steamship Historical Society of America as a means of bringing together amateur and professional historians interested in the history and development of steam navigation, past and present. 

Today SSHSA stewards a collection of hundreds of thousands of images, artifacts, periodicals, artwork, official records, memorabilia, and ephemera archived in more than 100 collections and devoted exclusively to the history of engine-powered vessels, their passengers and crew.  SSHSA also publishes the quarterly magazine PowerShips and has the role of conservationist through our digital conservation project, the Image Porthole.

SSHSA holds non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.  SSHSA is a vital source and authority of the nautical and maritime history of engine-powered vessels, from the earliest steam-powered ships to modern ocean liners.

The painting shown is from SSHSA's Maritime Virtual Art Museum, The Posner Online Maritime Collection.  The painting is the USS Nicholson by
A. F. Bishop (American 1855 - after 1927).  Oil on canvas, 27” x 36”.


Read the news from The TELEGRAPH, the newsletter of the Steamship Historical Society of America [SSHSA]  

June 2015, The TELEGRAPH [pdf]


FBI: Company Man

Thursday, March 5, 2015 
"The Dark Side of
Money Laundering"

Thursday, March 5th, 6 - 7:00pm - Media Presentation Theater
Q & A session, and light refreshments immediately following, in the Library

Guest speaker, Michael J. Messier

...a first hand account of the US Drug Enforcement Administration's [DEA] investigation of a Columbian drug trafficking organization

Michael Messier spent 15 years as a Special Agent with US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assigned to domestic and Latin American posts. Since his career with DEA, Mr. Messier has been a Managing Director for a global financial institution where he first led their Latin American Region with respect to Financial Crimes and Corruption and currently oversees bank investigations with law enforcement interest and involving high risk clients.

As a guest speaker in the NEIT Library, Michael Messier will give us a first-hand account during his time as a DEA Special Agent in Mexico City, Mexico when he led an investigation that targeted a significant Columbian drug trafficking organization.  This colorful and very real presentation will cover the 3-year timeline of this global investigation that involved drug distribution, the exploitation of financial institutions to launder drug proceeds and murder.  This presentation will also discuss the various investigative techniques employed by law enforcement to identify, infiltrate and dismantle this drug trafficking organization. 

ALL WELCOME!  Criminal Justice students take note!  [4/15]



 2014 Featured Library Presentations


October 2014 


"Vampirism in New England...
...the Dark Ages of Medical Science"


New England Institute of Technology's Library
presents the documentary "The Tillinghast Nightmare,"  directed by Alec Asten, Executive Director/Producer of 
Historical Haunts, followed by a discussion with Alec and 
guest speaker Christopher Rondina (author of Vampires of New England).

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6pm, Media Presentation Theater, NEIT. 
Admission is $10.00 at the door.
* Tickets are available in advance at the Library for $8.00 to faculty and students.
* Tickets will also be sold at the Blood Drive in the Food Court on Tuesday, October 28, 12 - 5pm.

* For questions and information, and to pre-purchase tickets, contact Anthony Loffredio at or call 401-739-5000, extension 3578.

Click here for more information about the presentation.

Check out the Book Display in the Library -- Horror, Lovecraft, vampires, Stephen King, ghosts, strange occurrences, and much more!



February 27, 2014

NEIT Library & Information Commons presents:

Dr. Michael Fine speaking on 
"Real Healthcare Reform"  

February 27, 2014 7:00pm- 8:00pm  in Media Presentation Theater

Dr. Michael Fine


Dr. Michael Fine is an author and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health since July 2011.  Fine is the coauthor, with James W. Peters, of The Nature of Health: a Study of Healthcare Services, Human Rights, Society, Technology, and Industry.  Dr.  Fine will read an excerpt titled, Demented and Contracted, from The Nature of Health and will then speak and show a Power Point presentation.  There will be a question and answer period.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Susan Warthman, Director of the Library & Information Commons, at or call 401-739-5000. 

Please save the date and mark your calendars for this event.

View the event
Dr. Fine poster


►  2013 Featured Library Presentations


October 24, 2013

Author Andrea Perron Shared Her Ghostly Story at New England Institute of Technology

The New England Institute of Technology Library hosted an evening with author Andrea Perron whose true life story was the basis of the recent suspense film, "The Conjuring".  This movie tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, were contacted to assist the Perron family terrorized by a dark presence in their secluded farmhouse in Harrisville, RI. James Wan, director of such movies as "Saw" and "Dead Silence", brought the Perron family's experience to the big screen.

Before Amityville there was Harrisville

One hundred-twenty five people from the school and general public attended the presentation held at New England Tech on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Presentation Theater at the college's East Greenwich campus.  Perron discussed her family's experience living in the Harrisville home for ten years during the 1970's, as well as her thoughts on the paranormal, the making of the Conjuring, and publication of her books.

Perron previously has written two books on the hauntings entitled, "House of Darkness House of Light" , Volume One and Two, with a third sequel scheduled to be released in Spring 2014.
While some folks enjoyed refreshments in the foyer, most of the audience stood in line to wait for Perron, who sold and signed many copies of her books.  The event was aired that night and the next morning on WJAR, channel 10.  (