One Response to ““Searching for Democracy” Library Events Kick Off April 24 With Author Visit”
April 18th, 2012
Should be called "Searching for our Republic". Democracy is mob rule.
The Newport Beach Library is participating in a statewide Searching For Democracy program, beginning with an author’s visit at 7 p.m. April 24.
The Searching For Democracy initiative was developed by Cal Humanities and aims to “animate public conversation on the nature and needs of democracy,” according to a library statement. Newport Beach library was one of 51 public libraries to get a state grant to fund the program.
“A Conversation with Author Richard Beeman” is the first event and will be held in the Central Library’s Friends Room. Beeman wrote “The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution: A Fully Annotated Declaration of Independence,” “U.S. Constitution and Amendments” and “Selections from The Federalist Papers.” An historian specializing the the American Revolution, Beeman is the John Walsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mary Menzel, director of the California Center for the Book, will moderate the discussion.
Other Searching For Democracy events include The Imagination Celebration’s “Imagination Rocks Our World” on May 19 at Mariners Branch Library, and a May 22 screening of “Stories from an Undeclared War” at the Central Library, presented by the Newport Beach Film Festival. The documentary was written by local author and teacher, Erin Gruwell, and directed by Dennis Rice.