Tagged politics

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…

Bill McKibben | Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance

Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book  The End of Nature . His myriad other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy, Eaarth , and Oil and Honey , a call to arms…

Lawrence O’Donnell | Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word , one of cable television’s most watched news and political commentary programs. In addition to writing for a…

Tucker Carlson | The Last Liberal: How the Modern Left Abandoned Principle, Humor, Common Sense—and Liberalism

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Tucker Carlson is the host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight , one of cable’s most watched primetime news and commentary programs. The former co-host of…

Reza Aslan | God: A Human History

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. “Wise and passionate” ( The New York Times Book Review ), religion scholar…

Dan Rather | What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Auditorium ticket includes a book. Couple ticket includes one book and admission for two people. In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak One of the most…

Chris Matthews | Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

The host of MSNBC’s popular news and commentary program Hardball , Chris Matthews is one of America’s most familiar media faces. A former longtime syndicated print media columnist, staffer for several Democratic members of…

Ta-Nehisi Coates | We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy*

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Ta-Nehisi Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for Between the World and Me , a “searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today” ( New York Times ).…

Juan González | Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities

In conversation with Nermeen Shaikh , co-Host and Producer at Democracy Now! Ms. Shaikh is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power and has an M.Phil. in politics from Cambridge University. Juan…

Going Beyond The Headlines: What You Should Know About North Korea

We're hosting experts from the University of Pennsylvania to help you to understand three nations vital to the future of the United States. In the third and final lecture of the series, Dr. Eugene Park , Korea Foundation Associate…

Going Beyond The Headlines: What You Should Know About Russia

We're hosting experts from the University of Pennsylvania to help you to understand three nations vital to the future of the United States. In the second of the series, Dr. Benjamin Nathans , Associate Professor of History,…

Van Jones | Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! A CNN political contributor and host of a popular recurring primetime special bearing his name, Van Jones was a green-jobs advisor to the Obama administration, overseeing billions in…

E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Norman J. Ornstein | One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! In conversation with Dick Polman , "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's Newsworks.org E.J. Dionne Jr. is a…

Mervyn King | Brexit and the Future of the Global Economy

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! The governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2013, Lord Mervyn King steered the U.K.’s central banking institution through the…

William Taubman | Gorbachev with Yuri Slezkine | House of Government

William Taubman won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Khrushchev: The Man and His Era , a portrait of the Soviet leader “unlikely to be surpassed any time soon in either richness or…

Edward Snowden in Conversation with Jeremy Scahill | The Surveillance State Then and Now

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! Edward Snowden will appear via a live closed-circuit link. In 2013 NSA contractor Edward Snowden shook the pillars of the worldwide intelligence community when he revealed a trove of…

Going Beyond The Headlines: What You Should Know About Turkey

We're hosting experts from the University of Pennsylvania to help you to understand three nations vital to the future of the United States. In the first of the series James Ryan , PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania will…

Fair Districts of PA monthly meeting

League of Women Voters of PA and Fair Districts of PA will meet to discuss gerrymandering, voter registration, and voters rights.

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…

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…

William Hogeland | Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West

Blending dramatic historical narrative with critical interpretation in order to make surprising connections to contemporary political and cultural struggles, William Hogeland's three books on founding American history include The…

China Miéville | October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

In conversation with Joel Nichols, Data Strategy & Evaluation Administrator, Strategic Initiatives Acclaimed for his “unparalleled inventiveness” ( Chicago Tribune ), China Miéville is the author of a score of fantasy novels, comics,…

Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America

After more than 20 years of bringing attention to progressive issues underreported by the mainstream media, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! program now airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,400 radio stations…

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

In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor An outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker is a…

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 America,…

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…

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…