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Benjamin Franklin: American Democracy and Innovation
Benjamin Franklin House Robert H. Smith Lecture in American Democracy
Walter Isaacson
Wed, May 11th, 2016 | 6:30 pm
(Members $32)


How did one of America’s most inventive and dynamic founders influence the development of American democracy? Best-selling author Walter Isaacson discusses how in his pursuit of innovation Benjamin Franklin shaped American national character and left an enduring Enlightenment-era legacy.

Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, is the author of several best-selling biographies, including Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.

In partnership with London's Benjamin Franklin House and the British Library


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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