Muriel Pfaelzer Bodek Fund for Library Public Events

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Established in 2001, the Muriel Pfaelzer Bodek Lecture Series is funded through an endowed fund created by Gordon Bodek in honor of his wife Muriel. The Bodek Lecture Series includes talks, lectures and various other public programs of great merit which are hosted by the Penn Libraries and have a special focus on current issues and topics.

The most recent event supported in part by this fund was the symposium Creating Children's Books: Collaboration and Change, which took place in conjunction with two exhibitions - As the Ink Flows: Works from the Pen of William Steig and The School of Atha: Collaboration and Change honored the contributions of William Steig and Atha Tehon as two important figures to the world of children's literature during late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. It explored the creation of children's books from both the writer/illustrator and designer/publisher perspectives, looking at the role of collaboration in the process and considering the future of children's books from various perspectives, including that of diversity.

More lectures

The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them (2008)
Donald F. Kettl, Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor of the Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
PDF (Donald F. Kettl)

un-Spun: finding facts in a world of {disinformation} (2007)
Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
PDF (Kathleen Hall Jamieson)

An Agenda for Ethics in a Morally Divided America
Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law Anita Allen-Castellitto, University of Pennsylvania

Gun Barrel Democracy? Democratic Constitutionalism Following Military Occupation: Reflections on the US Experience in Japan, Germany, Afghanistan, and Iraq
Stanley N. Katz, Professor of Public and International Affairs & Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University

Enemy Aliens and American Freedoms: Liberty and Security After September 11
David Cole, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Let's Roll: America's Middle East Policy After 9.11
Robert Vitalis, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania

What's Wrong With Cloning Your Cat?
Arthur Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Chairman of the Department for Medical Ethics, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

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