Tagged Politics

Presidential Inaugural Stories and Anecdotes

The peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to the next is a hallmark of our democracy—and something that Americans take great pride in. The occasion is particularly bittersweet when one of our two major…

Bernie Sanders: Progressivism, Social Democracy, and Political Revolution

2016 will be remembered for many things in the history books and one of those top historical moments will be the 2016 Presidential Election. No matter which candidate you voted for or what political beliefs you may hold, there is no…

Click, Engage, and Involve at Technology Learning Collaborative's Conference

The Technology Learning Collaborative (TLC) , an association of service organizations from throughout Philadelphia committed to leveraging technology resources to reduce poverty, improve public health, decrease homelessness,…

Celebrate International Literacy Day with the Free Library

Happy International Literacy Day ! While everyone knows libraries are literacy hubs, many might not know the different types of literacy the Free Library of Philadelphia helps to promote! Not sure what we're talking about? Here…

Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life*

EVENT LOCATION: Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology | 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Ticket holders please use 33rd St. entrance. Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission…

David Callahan | The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age

Blending liberalism with old values, David Callahan’s many nonfiction books include Fortunes of Change , The Moral Center , and The Cheating Culture , a “meticulously researched, thoughtful and damning look at our broken…

Dr. Willie Parker | Life’s Work: From the Trenches, a Moral Argument for Choice

An outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who is one of the few abortion providers to women in Mississippi and Alabama. Chair-elect of the board of…

Anne-Marie Slaughter | The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

The President and CEO of the non-partisan public policy think tank New America, Anne-Marie Slaughter is the author of the bestselling Unfinished Business , a “mother of a manifesto for working women” ( Financial Times ) that…

Chris Hayes | A Colony in a Nation

Chris Hayes is the titular host of MSNBC’s news and opinion show All In with Chris Hayes . Formerly a frequent fill-in for Rachel Maddow and the host of the weekend morning show Up with Chris Hayes , in 2013 he became the youngest…

Remixing Colorblind

Join us to embark on an examination of how the educational system today shapes our understanding of race and, by extension, the nuances of race relations – including notions of implicit bias, individual racism, institutional…

Zen's Approach To Overcoming Racism

A panel discussion led by members of the Soji Zen Center on how Buddhism has helped them understand and confront racism. This will be followed by a workshop to introduce attendees to aspects of Zen Buddhism that will help attendees…

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin | Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

On an otherwise unremarkable, rainy Florida evening just over five years ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with a snack and talking on the phone with a friend. The fatal confrontation that happened next would polarize the…

Melissa Fleming | A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her TED talk on the subject of refugees has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, and her advocacy has helped…

American Presidency

The 2016 American Presidency Series will blend education and entertainment for the whole family, offering lectures and analysis about the presidency and leadership along with enriching programs for children in our neighborhood libraries.…

Presidents of the United States

Under the United States Constitution, the President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States. As chief of the executive branch and face of the federal government as a whole, the presidency is…

U.S. Elections and Politics.

The United States presidential election of 2016, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election. Read on for U.S. Election and Political resources relating to the upcoming Presidential…

Wesley Lowery | They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

The Washington Post’s lead journalist in Ferguson, Missouri during the tempestuous aftermath of the death of African American teenager Mike Brown, Wesley Lowery, together with his team, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting…

Bernie Sanders | Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

In conversation with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! Perhaps America’s greatest standard-bearer for progressivism, Bernie Sanders inspired hope and a fervent following with his 2016 Democratic Presidential campaign. Currently…

Trevor Noah | Born a Crime

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Known mainly to American audiences as the “charming and composed” ( Los Angeles Times ) host of the Emmy and Peabody-award winning The Daily Show , Trevor…

The American Presidency | Neil Oxman | The Spot: How Political Spots Are Made and Their History

President and Co-Founder of the Campaign Group, Neil Oxman, will show political spots beginning with the Eisenhower/Stevenson race in 1952 up through the present and share examples of his own work. He will also discuss the history of…

Jeremy Scahill | The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative journalist and the author of the bestselling books  Blackwater , an exposé of the powerful and controversial private army, and Dirty Wars , in which he revealed the grim consequences of the clandestine…

Jeffrey Toobin | American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst

“A reliable and astute guide” ( The Miami Herald ) through America’s most compelling court cases, Jeffrey Toobin is CNN’s senior legal analyst and a longtime  New Yorker  staff writer. His bestselling books include The Run of His Life:…

Jean Trounstine | Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner's Fight for Justice

Nearly a quarter of a million youth are tried, sentenced, or imprisoned as adults every year across the United States. On any given day, ten thousand youth are detained or incarcerated in adult jails and prisons. Putting a human face to…

The American Presidency | Larry Tye | Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

RFK started his career working under Senator Joseph McCarthy. He died a liberal hero. Author and journalist Larry Tye shows us how the remarkable journey occurred, sharing pieces of history revealed in his newly released book. …

Juvenile In Justice | Panel discussion moderated by Solomon Jones with Marsha Levick, Richard Ross, Naomi Goldstein and Johnny Perez

In the United States, solitary confinement of youth is routinely employed in a majority of states, despite a recent ban on the practice in federal prisons. Over the past several months, the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Regional…

The American Presidency | Richard Levinson | The Hidden History of Presidential Health

Parkway Central librarian and presidential history buff Dick Levinson sheds light on desperately ill and dying presidents who deceived the public to remain in power. Join us to hear tales so wild they could only be true.  Introduced by…

The American Presidency | Doyle McManus | Fighting for the Future: The Battle for the Hispanic Vote

According to the Pew Research Center, the Hispanic population in the U.S. grew to 53 million in 2012, a 50% increase since 2000 and nearly six times the population in 1970. Could Hispanic voters decide the 2016 election? Doyle McManus,…

David Daley | Ratf**ked: How the Democrats Won the Presidency but Lost America

Longtime newspaper and magazine reporter David Daley is the editor-in-chief of Salon and the Digital Media Fellow at the University of Georgia’s Wilson Center for the Humanities. His new book tells the explosive true story of the…

The American Presidency | Matea Gold | Follow the Money: Citizens United and the 2016 Election

What affect is the historic Supreme Court decision having on the way we experience political campaigns?  Washington Post reporter Matea Gold follows the activities of heavyweight donors, from George Soros on the left to David Koch on…

Barbara Boxer | The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life

The junior United States senator from California for more than two decades, a lifelong Democrat, former Congresswoman, and seasoned scrapper, Barbara Boxer has devoted her tenure in public service to compassionate advocacy for women,…

Amy Goodman and David Goodman | Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America

In 1996 Amy Goodman started a radio show called Democracy Now! to focus on issues that are underreported by mainstream news coverage. Today the award-winning program airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,000…

The American Presidency | Shenna Bellows and Erin Souza-Rezendes | The Best Man May Be a Woman: Challenges and Opportunities for Female Candidates

Shenna Bellows lost her first U.S. Senate race but will likely continue to knock on doors and knock down barriers. Erin Souza-Rezendes is the author of Keys to Elected Office: The Essential Guide for Women . Join us for this panel…

LEADING VOICES: Daniel Shapiro | Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts

Daniel Shapiro is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and conflict resolution. The founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, he is also a psychology professor at Harvard Medical and Law…

Seymour M. Hersh | The Killing of Osama Bin Laden

Establishing a reputation as one of America’s toughest investigative reporters with his Pulitzer Prize-winning exposé of the massacre in My Lai during the Vietnam War, Seymour Hersh has since uncovered a slew of scandals, secrets, and…

The American Presidency | Richard Norton Smith | "To The Worst of My Ability: Lessons in Presidential Failure"

On the day he entered the White House, James Buchanan had one ambition: He wanted to be the greatest president since George Washington. Things did not go according to plan. Instead, the Pennsylvanian joined the sad roster of chief…

Ellen R. Malcolm | When Women Win: EMILY’s List and the Rise of Women in American Politics

Ellen R. Malcolm is the founder and chair of the Board of EMILY’s List, the largest resource for women in politics. Dedicated to helping women candidates win election to every level of political office, its over 3 million members…

American Presidency Series

Join the Free Library for a series of compelling provocative programs that examine the untold stories of, unconventional approaches to, and contemporary concerns about the world's most difficult job. The 2016 American Presidency Series…