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Starting in May and continuing through August, the Lewes Public Library and Topical Seminars are co-hosting “Taking A Stand” a series of free public lectures and interviews featuring prominent thinkers, authors, and leaders, many of whom have taken a stance regarding important issues of our time. All the lectures begin at 6:00 PM at the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Avenue in Lewes and are free of charge and open to the public. 

Friday, May 3: Steven Pressman will be interviewed about his HBO documentary, 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany.

Wednesday, June 26: Judge Thomas Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will participate in a conversation on “The Life and Legacy of Justice Holmes.”

Saturday June 29: Georgetown University law professor and author Shon Hopwood, whose incredible transformation from convicted bank robber to prominent attorney was highlighted on CBS’ 60 Minutes, will speak of his experiences and criminal justice.

Saturday, July 13: prominent First-Amendment attorney Robert Corn-Revere will discuss his successful defense of Lenny Bruce and how it led New York state to posthumously pardon Bruce.

Saturday, July 20: Susan Cohen, who served as Vice President for Public Policy for the Guttmacher Institute for 38 years, will speak on “Reproductive Rights: Past, Present, and Future.”

Saturday July 27: Dr. Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the Federal Drug Administration’s Oncology Center of Excellence, will discuss “Treating Cancer: What We Do and Do Not Know.”

Saturday, August 3: Author and NYT reporter John Leland will be interviewed about his book Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Amongst the Oldest Old.

Saturday, August 10: A conversation between Ronald Collins and David Skover, co-authors of The People v. Ferlinghetti: The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL

Saturday, August 17: Paul M. Smith, the lawyer who in 2003 successfully argued the landmark gay-rights case, will discuss the state of LGBTQ rights in America


This lecture series is co-hosted by the Lewes Public Library and Topical Seminars. Topical Seminars is a bi-monthly meeting of members of our community interested in participating in sessions of informed discourse on a variety of topics. The goal is to have a shared learning experience that will improve the social capital of our community.  A special thanks to Dr. Ron Collins for obtaining each of the speakers and for working out each of the topics.

Registration is requested. Sign up online, call the library at 302-645-2733, or stop by the Circulation Desk. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information about this series or to learn more about the Library, call the library at 302-645-2733 during business hours or visit the website (lewes.lib.de.us). For more information about the film, visit its website (http://imaginevideo.org/alices-ordinary-people).