Tagged Politics

Our Spring 2018 Author Events Series Is Full of Fire and Fury!

Updated January, 16, 2018 Watch our interview with Michael Wolff tonight LIVE starting @ 7:30 p.m. A week from today, in what is sure to be one of our more interesting Author Events to ever take place at the Free Library, we welcome…

Rally to Save Net Neutrality and Open Internet for All!

Welp, here we go again... This is what could happen if there are no Net Neutrality laws. Remember Net Neutrality ? If not, here's a refresher : In its simplest terms, Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet…

November 7th is Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th throughout the state of Pennsylvania. During this general election, Philadelphians will elect both a new District Attorney and City Controller, as well as: Nine new judges on Philadelphia…

Looking Beyond the Headlines: What You Should Know About Russia, North Korea, and Turkey

Relatively few Americans have ever visited or know much about Russia, North Korea, and Turkey. Yet, each passing day seems to bring additional evidence that these nations are working to thwart U.S. foreign policy goals from Eastern…

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…

Robert Kuttner | Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

Robert Kuttner is the cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect , one of the country’s most popular progressive political and public-policy quarterlies. His many books include Everything for Sale , The Squandering of America…

Richard Powers | The Overstory with William T. Vollmann | No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies

A “genuine artist … who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications” ( Esquire ), Richard Powers explores a remarkable range of subject matters in his novels.…

Madeleine Albright | Fascism: A Warning | University of Pennsylvania

EVENT COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. Due to the overwhelming response to our event with Madeleine Albright, we are moving the evening to the Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania. The date and time remain the same. All ticket…

Lorrie Moore | See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

In conversation with Jayne Anne Phillips , author of Black Tickets, Lark & Termite, Machine Dreams, and director of Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing Program “Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial” (…

Timothy Snyder | The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Perhaps America’s most esteemed Central and Eastern European historian and academic, Timothy Snyder is the author of the no. 1 bestseller On Tyranny , Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning , Wall Around the West , and…

Explore the Issues of Mass Incarceration

Come to a three-part workshop series on mass incarceration.  Youth will learn, explore, and respond to issues of mass incarceration through art and civic engagement.  Participants will be part of building a community exhibit…

Mitch Landrieu | In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made waves in 2017 with a “stunningly eloquent” speech about race in America (CNN) in which he explained his decision to remove four Confederate statues from his city, arguing that…

Anna Badkhen | Fisherman’s Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

With an artist’s eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer  Anna Badkhen offers “rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs” (…

Explore the Issues of Mass Incarceration

Come to a three-part workshop series on mass incarceration.  Youth will learn, explore, and respond to issues of mass incarceration through art and civic engagement.  Participants will be part of building a community exhibit…

Explore the Issues of Mass Incarceration

Come to a three-part workshop series on mass incarceration.  Youth will learn, explore, and respond to issues of mass incarceration through art and civic engagement.  Participants will be part of building a community exhibit…

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Emily Bazelon on Federalist Paper No. 83

Federalist Paper No. 83 and Trial by Jury The Framers loved juries. They put the right to trial by jury into the Constitution because “they were unwilling to trust the government” to mark it out, Justice Antonin Scalia…

Steve Coll | Directorate S.: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

A staff writer for The New Yorker , Steve Coll is the author of  The Bin Ladens , a history of the eponymous clan and its most infamous member; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars ; and Private Empire , an examination of the…

Jorge Ramos | Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era

In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak. The anchorman for Noticiero Univision for more than 30 years, eight-time Emmy-winning broadcaster and columnist Jorge Ramos is one of America’s most popular…

Postcard Writing Campaign

Join us to write postcards encouraging Mayor Kenney, and City Council to grant more government funding to our libraries! We will have everything you need, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.  All ages are welcome to participate. This…

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Kermit Roosevelt on Federalist Paper No. 46

Federalist Paper No. 46 and the Relationship Between the States and the Nation Kermit Roosevelt will focus on Federalist Paper No. 46 as a means of addressing the failure of the authors of The Federalist…

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…

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…