Lincoln City Libraries invites the community to a series of events celebrating the 2012 One Book - One Lincoln selection, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard. The book tells the story of President James Garfield, who rose from abject poverty to the nation's highest office. When he was shot four months after taking office, the nation was plunged into turmoil. Millard details the politics, medicine and science of the era in her best-selling narrative history.
The following programs are free and open to the public:
Is There a Doctor in the House?
Susan Lawrence, UNL Professor of History, will explore the time period in medical history when myth, misdiagnosis and misinformation proved fatal to a President.
Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 So. 14th Street
Sunday, October 28, 2 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 So. 56th Street
Criminal Insanity - What You Don't Know: Madness, Murder and Motivation
Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly leads a panel of experts in mental health law and clinical psychology in a discussion of the historical, social and psychological aspects of this legal defense.
Tuesday, November 27, 7 p.m.,Callen Conference Room, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Sunday, December 2, 2 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
Campaigns and Cartoons: The Role of Caricature in Political Persuasion
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site traveling exhibit features 36 original sketches and published political cartoons examining the evolution of the art form and the lives of noted artists who produced and popularized symbols such as Uncle Sam, Miss Columbia, the donkey and the elephant.
On display December and January, first floor, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 So. 14th Street
Friday, December 7, 6 to 8 p.m., opening reception
Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m, gallery talk with political cartoonist Neal Obermeyer
OLLI Radio Active Players will present dramatic readings from the book followed by discussion.
Monday, January 14, 1 and 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 So. 56th Street
Copies of Destiny of the Republic are available at Lincoln City Libraries and retailers in various formats. For more information or to schedule a discussion leader, call 402-441-8500 or visit lincolnlibraries.org.