Tagged Humanities

Bibliophiles Reading Group

The Oak Lane Bibliophiles is an adult book club that meets at the library every other month.  For April we will be discussing Diane McKinney-Whetstone's locally-set novel  "Our Gen ".  If you need a…

Falls Book Group

The book selection for this month will be Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman who Saved the Appalachian Trail  by Ben Montgomery. The Falls Book Group is one of the Free Library's longest running…

Falls Book Group

The book selection for this month will be Cannery Row  by John Steinbeck. The Falls Book Group is one of the Free Library's longest running programs and is open to all.  Interested in joining?  For reading…

Dystopian Film Festival

Join us for a different version of reality.  Stop in and see which film it will be today. We'll be showing: The Russians Are Coming, The Russians are Coming (1966) Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and…

Dystopian Film Festival

Join us for a different version of reality.  Stop in and see which film it will be today. We'll be showing: The Russians Are Coming, The Russians are Coming (1966) Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and…

Dystopian Film Festival

Join us for a different version of reality.  Stop in and see which film it will be today. We'll be showing: The Russians Are Coming, The Russians are Coming (1966) Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and…

Democracy, Democratic Values, and the Recent US Experience

From the works of Plato to those of the Founding Fathers, certain traits of a political system are critical to sustaining democracy. By examining instances where democracies have succumbed to authoritarian government, the course…

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an authoritative, comprehensive Web-based reference work about philosophy, useful to scholars of all levels as well as the general public. Published through Stanford University’s Center for the…

Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis)

Cross-search all of Gale’s literature databases from a single digital space to find biographies, primary sources, contextual reference, and criticism. Includes Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author, LitFinder,…

Anna Badkhen | Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays

In conversation with Airea D. Matthews, Philadelphia Poet Laureate and Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr With an artist’s perspective and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer Anna…

Saidiya Hartman and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor| Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America

One of academia’s leading authorities on African American literature, enslavement, gender studies, and the ways in which marginalized people are excluded in historical narratives, Saidiya Hartman is a University Professor at Columbia…

Howard Gardner and Wendy Fischman | The Real World of College: What Higher Education Is and What It Can Be

The Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education,  Howard Gardner  is the author of 30 books, including  A Synthesizing Mind ,  The App Generation , and  Responsibility at Work . He is…

Laura Raicovich | Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic , author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit , and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize. The interim…

Barry Lopez | Horizon

Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams , a “rich, abundant, vigorously composed” ( Boston Globe ) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men , Crow and…

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

“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…

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” ( The New York Times Book…

Junot Díaz | Islandborn

Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , the “unruly, manic, seductive” ( Esquire ) multigenerational tale of a cursed Dominican family. He is also the…

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” ( Christian Science…

Michio Kaku | The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

“Erudite and compelling” ( Chicago Tribune ), theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku is a renowned popularizer of science and co-founder of String Field Theory, continuing Einstein’s quest to discover a unified field theory.…

Robert Darnton | A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution

Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History . His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment , Berlin Journal , The Case for Books , and The Devil in…

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Watch the video here . Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned…

Adam Gopnik | At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York

Watch the video here . In conversation with Meg Wolitzer , bestselling author of The Interestings among many novels. A writer for The New Yorker for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon, Angels and…

Colum McCann | Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

Watch the video here . In conversation with Jason Freeman, program associate, author events Colum McCann won the 2009 National Book Award for  Let the Great World Spin , a tale of 1970s New Yorkers marveling at a tightrope walker’s…

Kory Stamper | Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Watch the video here . A lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Kory Stamper discusses the subtleties of the English language in the venerable volume’s popular “Ask the Editor” video series. Her writing has appeared in The…

David Salle | How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

One of the principal definers of postmodern art, painter David Salle is one of the last four decades’ most celebrated artists. Known for paintings and prints of what seem to be indiscriminately overlaid found images from a variety of…

Bryan Cranston | A Life in Parts

In conversation with Jason Freeman Bryan Cranston won four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critics’ Choice Award for his role as milquetoast-chemistry-teacher-turned-Scarface-of-meth Walter White in Breaking Bad . His other…

Ruth Scurr | John Aubrey: My Own Life

Esteemed Cambridge literary critic and historian Ruth Scurr is the author of 2006’s Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution , named by The Times of London as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade. Her reviews regularly…

Fitzgerald at 120: A Panel on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Life and Legacy

On the eve of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 120th birthday, join us as we’re “ceaselessly borne into the past” in a celebration of the Lost Generation author of The Great Gatsby , The Last Tycoon , and Tender Is the Night . Panelists include…

A Conversation with Jerry Pinkney

Join us for a celebration of Jerry Pinkney Day! One of the most beloved artists in children’s literature, Jerry Pinkney has illustrated more than 100 books over the course of his five-decade career. The recipient of the 2010 Caldecott…