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Top Speakers And Lectures Coming To Philadelphia This Fall

August 6, 2012 4:00 AM

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Are you looking for a night out that’s more than the same old bowling or movie? Looking for an event that is entertaining and enlightening? Or an event that’s free or low cost? If so, you should check out one of the following speakers or lectures coming to Philadelphia this fall. From former presidents to scientists to authors, Philly’s got something for everyone.

Joe Posnanski – Author of “Paterno”
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-4341
freelibrary.org

Date: September 6
Cost: Free

Joe Posnanski is an acclaimed sportswriter who’s been named National Sportswriter of the Year. His book, “Paterno,” chronicles Joe Paterno’s career and sports legacy. Written with the full cooperation of “Joe Pa” and his family, this book is as insider as it gets. See what Posnanski has to say about his experience constructing such a read–especially in light of the recent sex abuse scandal.

Paul Tough – New York Times Magazine Editor 
Penn Book Store
3601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-7595
upenn.bncollege.com

Date: September 7
Cost: Free

In his latest book “How Children Succeed,” Paul Tough argues that we need a different definition for what makes a successful child. This discussion will be moderated by top developmental psychology professor Angela Duckworth. Come get your book signed and see what Tough has to say to readers.

President Bill Clinton
Kimmel Center
260 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 893-1955
philadelphiaspeakersseries.org

Date: October 1
Cost: Starting at $315 for the entire series which includes former presidents, authors, journalists and more

President William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democrat in 60 years to be elected twice. During his presidency, the country had a strong economy, including the longest economic expansion in United States history. Today, President Clinton heads up the William J. Clinton Foundation, which engages in charity initiatives all over the world including The Clinton Global Initiative, The Clinton Health Access Initiative and The Clinton Climate Initiative. He visits the Kimmel Center this fall to enlighten audiences.

Theology of the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Franklin Institute—Franklin Theater
220 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 448-1200
fi.edu/scrolls

Date: October 11
Cost: $5

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most important archeological discoveries of the last century. At this event, Dr. Lawrence Schiffman, a professor of Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University, and Dr. John Collins, a Holmes professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School, will discuss how the scrolls have changed our understanding of the Bible and ancient Judaism as well as the significance of the scrolls to the Christian and Jewish faiths.

Matthew Inman – The Oatmeal Creator 
Penn Book Store
3601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-7595
upenn.bncollege.com

Date: October 16
Cost: Free

The Oatmeal is a popular website created by Matthew Inman, a native of Seattle, Washington. The website features humorous and offbeat comics drawn by Inman and others and gets more than four million unique visitors per month. In 2012, its annual revenue was approximately $500,000. If Inman is as funny in person as he is on his website, this event is sure to please.

Jeannette Walls – Bestselling Author of “The Glass Castle”
Kimmel Center
260 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 893-1955
philadelphiaspeakersseries.org

Date: October 29
Cost: Starting at $315 for the entire series which includes former presidents, authors, journalists and more

It’s difficult to overstate the success of Jeannette Walls’ book “The Glass Castle.” It has sold more than 3.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, it has been a New York Times best-seller for more than four years and it’s currently being made into a movie by Paramount. An inspirational story about Walls’ unconventional upbringing, Rosie O’Donnell has called it “the best book I’ve read in years.” See what Walls has to say about it by attending this event.

Lisa Ling – Journalist and Host on NatGeo and the Oprah Winfrey Network
Kimmel Center
260 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 893-1955
philadelphiaspeakersseries.org

Date: November 26
Cost: Starting at $315 for the entire series which includes former presidents, authors, journalists and more

Lisa Ling got her start as a correspondent for “Channel One News,” but came to the attention of a wider audience when she co-hosted the daytime show “The View.” Today, she is the executive producer and host of “Our America with Lisa Ling” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She will be coming to the Kimmel Center in November as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series.

Katherine Ernst is a full-time novelist and freelance writer in Montgomery County. Follow her activity on her blog at katherineernstwrites.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

 

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