We are inviting all our regulars and certain interested others to a series of talks and discussions led by Tom Fitzgerald, author of Poor Richard’s Lament: A most timely tale.
If you have a fascination for Ben Franklin, and you are concerned about the general course of current events (and just might have something to say on the matter), this program is for you!
“A re-imaging of Benjamin Franklin you will not soon forget." – Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Steve Jobs
“A grand and gorgeous book! The pleasures of prose, passion, and intelligence pervade these pages.” – Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania
The main part of the program features two lectures designed to provoke thought and discussion:
Do the troubling developments of our time represent an inevitability – a generalized decline dictated by some immutable law of history – or is something else going on? There are, predictably, an abundance of opinions on the matter, but there can be only one truth. In pursuit of this truth, this talk, based on Poor Richard’s Lament, conjectures an unexpected cause-and-effect chain, and thereby an unexpected course of redemption. Weighing in (so to say) is Ben Franklin himself.
Because of a woeful lack of examples today, we seem to have lost all sense of what an authentic leader is and what a pretender is not. This talk presupposes a single most-essential trait of authentic leadership, and holds up the example of this trait in Benjamin Franklin, specifically in Franklin’s deeds, as a model for emulation. Saving its punch until last, however, this talk challenges the audience in a most unexpected way. Included are readings from Poor Richard’s Lament.
The program also includes a brief lecture on the major milestone of Ben Franklin’s life, and an open discussion on topics and issues raised by the lectures.
All this and dinner too!
For details on Poor Richard’s Lament, please visit www.PoorRichardsLament.com. For reviews, please visit the PRL page on Amazon.com.
About Tom Fitzgerald:
In addition to publishing six books, Tom Fitzgerald has served as a door-to-door salesman of home study courses, a vocational counselor for adults and children with developmental disabilities, a stockbroker, the assistant to the president of a large health-care corporation, a lobbyist, a technical writer, and a corporate manager. During the Vietnam War, Tom served as a Navy UDT/SEAL. He and his wife of 45 years, a marriage and family therapist, live in New England. They have three grown sons and three grandsons.