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April 25, 2016

Free Library launches American presidency series

Ten-month series dives into past and present politics

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:

Wednesday, April 27

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.

Wednesday, May 18

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.

Wednesday, June 15

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.

Wednesday, July 13

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.

American Presidency Series