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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…

Thomas E. Ricks | Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

Military historian and journalist Thomas E. Ricks won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his Wall Street Journal series on U.S. defense spending in the post-Cold War era. His books include The Generals, The Gamble , and the…

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Signe Wilkinson

Readers may beg for relief (can’t you just draw cute animals?), but editorial cartoonists on both the left and right have fixed their pens on the new president.  Signe Wilkinson , editorial cartoonist for the …

China Miéville | October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Acclaimed for his “unparalleled inventiveness” ( Chicago Tribune ), China Miéville is the author of a score of fantasy novels, comics, novellas, short story collections, Marxist nonfiction, and essay collections.…

Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life*

PLEASE NOTE: THE EVENT HAS MOVED TO THE FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. In conversation with Buzz Bissinger , Pulitzer Prize-winning…

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…

In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Kermit Roosevelt

The Rosenbach is pleased to welcome constitutional scholar and author of  Allegiance: A Novel ,  Kermit Roosevelt . Based on actual events and real-life figures,  Allegiance  plunges readers into the political debate…

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

In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's Newsworks.org The President and CEO of the non-partisan public policy think tank New…

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…

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…

Camille Paglia | Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

“At once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant” ( The Washington Post ), Camille Paglia is the author of the 700-page seminal discourse on paganism, sex, and art, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily…

Mohsin Hamid | Exit West with Pankaj Mishra | Age of Anger: A History of the Present

“One of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers” ( New York Times ), Mohsin Hamid is the author of Moth Smoke , a  New York Times  Notable Book of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist; the novel  The Reluctant…

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own with Veronica Chambers with Benilde Little, Alicia Moran and Damon Young

Iconic First Lady Michelle Obama has redefined American ideas about beauty, strength, and poise under often-harsh public scrutiny. In the “powerful” ( Vogue ) essay collection The Meaning of Michelle , some of the country’s most…

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 | Foreign Press Panel | The Whole World Was Watching: Foreign Perspectives on the 2016 Election

A panel discussion on how the US election is portrayed to the world will reveal the views of foreign journalists and their post-election analyses. Chris Satullo, noted media figure, will moderate the conversation between Paul Koring of…

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…

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…