April 25, 2016
The Free Library of Philadelphia will launch a new 10-month series beginning April 27 that focuses on the American presidency. The monthly lecture series will begin immediately after the Pennsylvania primary and run through Inauguration Day in January 2017.
For those fascinated with the presidency, the election or politics, this lecture series aims to please. Untold past presidential stories will be shared, current political concerns will be discussed and more throughout the program.
The program will also include a book club inspired by this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, with a focus on 1948, the year the city hosted three presidential conventions. In addition, an educational children’s component in the fall months leading up to November’s general election will include mock elections and debates, teen-issue discussions, media education and other programming aimed at fostering the next generation of informed voters.
Each lecture will take place at the Parkway Central Library at 7:30 p.m. These are the lectures currently scheduled:
To The Worst of My Ability: Lessons in Presidential Failure by Richard Norton Smith
Americans celebrate great presidents. Failures are often forgotten. Smith, a noted historian and commentator, will discuss leaders who faced the toughest test — and failed.
The Best Man May Be a Woman: Challenges and Opportunities for Female Candidates by Shenna Bellows with Erin Souza-Rezendes
Shenna Bellows lost her first U.S. Senate race but continues to knock on doors and knock down barriers. Erin Souza-Rezendes is the author of Keys to Elected Office: The Essential Guide for Women.
Follow the Money: Citizens United and the 2016 Election by Matea Gold
Washington Post reporter Matea Gold follows the activities of heavyweight donors, from George Soros on the left to David Koch on the right.
Fighting for the Future: The Battle for the Hispanic Vote by Doyle McManus
Could Hispanic voters decide the 2016 election? McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, separates fact from fiction.
Free Library of Philadelphia: Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street