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This recording is presented by Princeton Public Library in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

The author and Princeton University professor of genomics and molecular biology is joined by her Princeton colleague Sam Wang to discuss her recent book "How We Age: The Science of Longevity."

From the Publisher:  All of us would like to live longer, or to slow the debilitating effects of age. In "How We Age," Coleen Murphy shows how recent research on longevity and aging may be bringing us closer to this goal. Murphy, a leading scholar of aging, explains that the study of model systems, particularly simple invertebrate animals, combined with breakthroughs in genomic methods, have allowed scientists to probe the molecular mechanisms of longevity and aging. Understanding the fundamental biological rules that govern aging in model systems provides clues about how we might slow human aging, which could lead in turn to new therapeutics and treatments for age-related disease.

Coleen T. Murphy is professor of genomics and molecular biology at Princeton University. She is director of Princeton’s Glenn Foundation for Research on Aging and director of the Simons Collaboration on Plasticity in the Aging Brain. Her research lab is focused on the process of aging, which remains one of the fundamental mysteries of biology.

Sam Wang is professor of molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton University. His laboratory research focuses on learning from birth to adulthood, at levels ranging from single synapses to the whole brain. He is the author of two books about the brain: "Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life" and "Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College."

This event was recorded on February 1, 2024.
Author: Coleen T. Murphy in Conversation with Sam Wang

This recording is presented by Princeton Public Library in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

The author and Princeton University professor of genomics and molecular biology is joined by her Princeton colleague Sam Wang to discuss her recent book "How We Age: The Science of Longevity."

From the Publisher: All of us would like to live longer, or to slow the debilitating effects of age. In "How We Age," Coleen Murphy shows how recent research on longevity and aging may be bringing us closer to this goal. Murphy, a leading scholar of aging, explains that the study of model systems, particularly simple invertebrate animals, combined with breakthroughs in genomic methods, have allowed scientists to probe the molecular mechanisms of longevity and aging. Understanding the fundamental biological rules that govern aging in model systems provides clues about how we might slow human aging, which could lead in turn to new therapeutics and treatments for age-related disease.

Coleen T. Murphy is professor of genomics and molecular biology at Princeton University. She is director of Princeton’s Glenn Foundation for Research on Aging and director of the Simons Collaboration on Plasticity in the Aging Brain. Her research lab is focused on the process of aging, which remains one of the fundamental mysteries of biology.

Sam Wang is professor of molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton University. His laboratory research focuses on learning from birth to adulthood, at levels ranging from single synapses to the whole brain. He is the author of two books about the brain: "Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life" and "Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College."

This event was recorded on February 1, 2024.

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This recording is presented by Princeton Public Library in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

Activist and author Sam Daley-Harris discusses the revised and updated version of his book "Reclaiming Our Democracy."

Democracy only works through people's involvement, whether it's civil rights, or climate, or improving elections and government itself. In Sam Daley-Harris's completely revised and updated 2024 edition of "Reclaiming our Democracy: Every Citizen’s Guide to Transformational Advocacy," he is focused less on the "broken federal government” than about what he calls  “a broken citizenry.” Daley-Harris's book lays out a proven replicable way to make a difference and heal our democracy in the process. It’s not the only solution needed, but it is one essential, missing piece: citizens awakening to their power. 

A book signing will follow the talk with our partners from Labyrinth Books being on site for book sales. 

An action fair that will allow participants a chance to interact with a variety of groups that are working at the grassroots level to enact change will take place from 4-5 p.m. on the library's first floor. The local chapters of the national groups Citizens' Climate Lobby, RESULTS, American Promise, RepresentUs, Coalition for Peace Action, Not In Our Town Princeton, League of Women Voters of the Greater Princeton Area, and EveryLibrary will be on hand with more to be confirmed. 

About the Author:

Starting with a career in music, Sam Daley-Harris founded the anti-poverty lobby RESULTS in 1980, co-found the Microcredit Summit Campaign in 1995, and found Civic Courage in 2012. The 2024 edition of his book "Reclaiming Our Democracy: Every Citizen’s Guide to Transformational Advocacy" was named an editor’s pick by Publisher’s Weekly BookLife. Kirkus Reviews called it “a handbook for aspiring activists that readers will find to be both inspiring and practical.

This event was recorded on January 28, 2024.
Author: Sam Daley Harris

This recording is presented by Princeton Public Library in partnership with Labyrinth Books.

Activist and author Sam Daley-Harris discusses the revised and updated version of his book "Reclaiming Our Democracy."

Democracy only works through people's involvement, whether it's civil rights, or climate, or improving elections and government itself. In Sam Daley-Harris's completely revised and updated 2024 edition of "Reclaiming our Democracy: Every Citizen’s Guide to Transformational Advocacy," he is focused less on the "broken federal government” than about what he calls “a broken citizenry.” Daley-Harris's book lays out a proven replicable way to make a difference and heal our democracy in the process. It’s not the only solution needed, but it is one essential, missing piece: citizens awakening to their power.

A book signing will follow the talk with our partners from Labyrinth Books being on site for book sales.

An action fair that will allow participants a chance to interact with a variety of groups that are working at the grassroots level to enact change will take place from 4-5 p.m. on the library's first floor. The local chapters of the national groups Citizens' Climate Lobby, RESULTS, American Promise, RepresentUs, Coalition for Peace Action, Not In Our Town Princeton, League of Women Voters of the Greater Princeton Area, and EveryLibrary will be on hand with more to be confirmed.

About the Author:

Starting with a career in music, Sam Daley-Harris founded the anti-poverty lobby RESULTS in 1980, co-found the Microcredit Summit Campaign in 1995, and found Civic Courage in 2012. The 2024 edition of his book "Reclaiming Our Democracy: Every Citizen’s Guide to Transformational Advocacy" was named an editor’s pick by Publisher’s Weekly BookLife. Kirkus Reviews called it “a handbook for aspiring activists that readers will find to be both inspiring and practical.

This event was recorded on January 28, 2024.

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This recording is presented by Princeton Public Library. The author and educator discusses his new book, "Clifford Case and the Challenge of Liberal Republicanism," with policy analyst Ingrid Reed.

"Clifford Case and the Challenge of Liberal Republicanism," examines the life and career of U.S. Senator Clifford Case, who served from 1955-1979.

About the book (from the publisher)
Clifford P. Case was an exemplary “liberal Republican” during his 33 years in Congress, including four terms in the U.S. Senate. A strong advocate of civil and human rights, environmental protection, high ethical standards for public officials, and U.S. global leadership, Case was a highly respected member of the GOP from 1945-1979. Even so, GOP conservatives repeatedly sought to oust Case, finally succeeding as the Republican party moved inexorably to the right. This book tells Case’s life story, his ascendancy in GOP politics, his achievements and disappointments in Congress, and his unexpected loss in the 1978 NJ GOP primary to Reagan protégé Jeffrey Bell. Case emerges as a courageous politician of principle who valued country over party and regularly formed coalitions with Democrats concerning major foreign and domestic policy issues: ending the Vietnam War, passing landmark civil rights legislation, and reasserting the Senate’s role in foreign policy oversight. The biography also analyzes the gradual decline of liberal Republican influence in the GOP, culminating in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 election and the triumph of movement conservatism. For readers who decry America’s political polarization, Case’s career demonstrates that electoral and legislative achievements need not rely on appeals to political extremes.

About the Author
William R. Fernekes has authored numerous articles, essays and book reviews. His additional books are "Children's Rights: A Reference Handbook" (with Beverly C. Edmonds), "The Oryx Holocaust Sourcebook" and "The Human Rights Imperative in Teacher Education." co-edited with Gloria T. Alter.

This event was recorded on January 23, 2024.
Author: William R. Fernekes in Conversation with Ingrid Reed

The author and educator discusses his new book, "Clifford Case and the Challenge of Liberal Republicanism," with policy analyst Ingrid Reed.

"Clifford Case and the Challenge of Liberal Republicanism," examines the life and career of U.S. Senator Clifford Case, who served from 1955-1979.

About the book (from the publisher)

Clifford P. Case was an exemplary “liberal Republican” during his 33 years in Congress, including four terms in the U.S. Senate. A strong advocate of civil and human rights, environmental protection, high ethical standards for public officials, and U.S. global leadership, Case was a highly respected member of the GOP from 1945-1979. Even so, GOP conservatives repeatedly sought to oust Case, finally succeeding as the Republican party moved inexorably to the right. This book tells Case’s life story, his ascendancy in GOP politics, his achievements and disappointments in Congress, and his unexpected loss in the 1978 NJ GOP primary to Reagan protégé Jeffrey Bell. Case emerges as a courageous politician of principle who valued country over party and regularly formed coalitions with Democrats concerning major foreign and domestic policy issues: ending the Vietnam War, passing landmark civil rights legislation, and reasserting the Senate’s role in foreign policy oversight. The biography also analyzes the gradual decline of liberal Republican influence in the GOP, culminating in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 election and the triumph of movement conservatism. For readers who decry America’s political polarization, Case’s career demonstrates that electoral and legislative achievements need not rely on appeals to political extremes.

About the Author

William R. Fernekes has authored numerous articles, essays and book reviews. His additional books are "Children's Rights: A Reference Handbook" (with Beverly C. Edmonds), "The Oryx Holocaust Sourcebook" and "The Human Rights Imperative in Teacher Education." co-edited with Gloria T. Alter.

This event was recorded on January 23, 2024.

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