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Pete Buttigieg | Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future

Tue, February 19, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Tamala Edwards , anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition The multifaceted, 36-year-old progressive mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and Harvard graduate. Nearly a decade ago he left a successful career in business to return to his…

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The Wagner Free Institute of Science presents Stimulating Molecules: The Biochemistry of Euphoria

Wed, February 20, 2019 6:15 P.M.
Independence Library

Every day, many of us mess with our brains. We drink coffee to wake up, we smoke cigarettes as a break, we eat spicy food to please our palates, and we have a drink to unwind at the end of the day. This course will be  biochemist Professor  Joseph B. Rucker’s  view of how…

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Deborah Lipstadt | Event Cancelled

Wed, February 20, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Irvine Auditorium | University of Pennsylvania | 3401 Spruce St. | Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $40 Orchestra, $35 Mezzanine, $30 Balcony

This event has been cancelled. A refund will be issued for the ticket purchase and handling fees.

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Steve Luxenberg | Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Thu, February 21, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A 30-year writer and senior editor at The Washington Post , Steve Luxenberg has overseen reportage that has won a host of awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for explanatory journalism. He is the author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey in a Family Secret , the tale of his eponymous aunt who…

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The Wagner Free Institute of Science presents Stimulating Molecules: The Biochemistry of Euphoria

Wed, February 27, 2019 6:15 P.M.
Independence Library

Every day, many of us mess with our brains. We drink coffee to wake up, we smoke cigarettes as a break, we eat spicy food to please our palates, and we have a drink to unwind at the end of the day. This course will be  biochemist Professor  Joseph B. Rucker’s  view of how…

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First Friday Genealogy

Fri, March 1, 2019 12:00 P.M.
Independence Library

Our genealogy roundtable is held the first Friday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome regardless of experience from beginners to advanced. Bring your questions, brick walls, and successes and share with an enthusiastic group of amateur genealogists.    

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Frans de Waal | Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves

Thu, March 14, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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Esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal is the author of The Bonobo and the Atheist , a “tour de force” ( Nature ) exploration of the biological roots of human morality found in primate social emotions, including empathy, reciprocity, and fairness. One of Time ’s 100 Most…

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Adam Rutherford | Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature A New Evolutionary History

Thu, March 21, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

“A heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling” ( The New York Times Book Review ), Adam Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived delves into the ages-spanning story of our species through the…

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Albert Woodfox | Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope

Tue, March 26, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak. Falsely accused and convicted of a 1972 robbery in which a white guard was killed, Albert Woodfox served more than four decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s notoriously brutal Angola prison. Finding solidarity and…

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Valerie Jarrett | Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

Wed, April 3, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $50/$35 couple + book/single + book
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT. IN-HOUSE SIMULCAST TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE. Couples Ticket “The ultimate Obama insider” ( New York Times ), Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving advisor in the 44th President’s administration. Born in Iran and raised in 1960s Chicago, Jarrett originally…

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Michael Dobbs | The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between

Thu, April 4, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

A longtime foreign correspondent for The Washington Post , Michael Dobbs reported on some of the most important events of our time. His many books include Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire , Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America , and One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev,…

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First Friday Genealogy

Fri, April 5, 2019 12:00 P.M.
Independence Library

Our genealogy roundtable is held the first Friday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome regardless of experience from beginners to advanced. Bring your questions, brick walls, and successes and share with an enthusiastic group of amateur genealogists.    

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Robert A. Caro | Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing

Mon, April 8, 2019 12:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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In conversation with Dick Polman , "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Standing at “the summit of American historical writing” ( Washington Post ), Robert Caro is the author of…

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Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions

Thu, April 11, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $43/$28 couple + book/single + book
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Couples Ticket A 30-year contributor to The New Yorker , Patricia Marx is the author of several books including Starting From Happy and Him Her Him Again the End of Him , both of which were Thurber Prize finalists. A former writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats , she has taught…

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Mary Norris | Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Mon, April 15, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00
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“A rollicking adventure into the origins of the apostrophe, the proliferation of profanity in American culture, and everything in between” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Mary Norris’s bestselling Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen was a raucous, cheery memoir about…

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Emily Bazelon | Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration

Thu, April 18, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones , “a humane and closely reported exploration” ( Wall Street Journal ) of school bullying and the empathetic steps students, parents, and teachers can take to mitigate this cruel phenomenon. A staff writer at The New York Times Magazine…

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Janny Scott | The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

Mon, April 22, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Janny Scott, a 15-year reporter for The New York Times , was part of a team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She is also the author of the “meticulous” ( Washington Post ) biography A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother . She is the…

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Melinda Gates | The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

Thu, April 25, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $47/$32 couple + book/single + book; $30/$24 simulcast—couple + book/single + book
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AUDITORIUM SOLD OUT; SIMULCAST SEATS AVAILABLE Couples Ticket Ranked by  Forbes  as the third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates has been on a 20-year mission to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through her work as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda…

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First Friday Genealogy

Fri, May 3, 2019 12:00 P.M.
Independence Library

Our genealogy roundtable is held the first Friday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome regardless of experience from beginners to advanced. Bring your questions, brick walls, and successes and share with an enthusiastic group of amateur genealogists.    

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Susan Hockfield | The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

Wed, May 8, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

The first woman and the first life scientist to head the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Susan Hockfield now serves as the esteemed institution’s President Emerita. A pioneering neuroscientist whose work included the discovery of a gene linked to the spread of brain cancer, she…

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