Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

A panel of scholars discussed Benjamin Franklin’s relevance in the 21st Century. The occasion was the launch of the book Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better… read more

A panel of scholars discussed Benjamin Franklin’s relevance in the 21st Century. The occasion was the launch of the book Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, published by Yale University Press. It is a companion book to the traveling exhibition of the same name, and is the first extensively illustrated book documenting Franklin’s life and work. The book is a collection of ten new essays by that address many aspects of Franklin’s life, including: domestic life, science, international politics, and social and political reform. The panel consisted of Ms. Talbott, the book’s editor and chief curator of the exhibit, and contributors to the book. Following their discussion, the panelists responded to questions and comments from members of the audience. James Srodes moderated the panel.

James Srodes is the author of Franklin: The Essential Founding Father, published by Regnery Publishing, Inc. Ms. Cohn is the editor-in-chief of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, a series published by the Yale University Press. Professor Lapsansky-Werner also serves as chief curator of special collections at Haverford College and is the co-editor of Quaker Aesthetics: Reflections on a Quaker Ethic in American Design and Consumption, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Professor LeMay, the H.F. du Pont Winterthur Professor of English at the University of Delaware, is the author of The Life of Benjamin Franklin, a series published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Professor Smith, the Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, is the author of Down and Out in Early America, published by the Pennsylvania State University Press.

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary represents a consortium created in 2000 by the American Philosophical Society, The Franklin Institute, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania to plan the official national celebration for America’s first Founding Father to reach 300. close

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Program ID:
190532-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
First Aired:
Jan 01, 2006 | 10:46pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Aug 24, 2009 | 4:53am EDT | C-SPAN 3

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  • Jan 01, 2006 | 10:46pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 07, 2006 | 4:58pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 15, 2006 | 1:14pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • May 17, 2009 | 11:34am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 17, 2009 | 5:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 17, 2009 | 11:33pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 18, 2009 | 5:33am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 23, 2009 | 10:53am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 23, 2009 | 4:53pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 23, 2009 | 10:53pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 24, 2009 | 4:53am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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