Making Democracy Work


Date & TimePlaceDescription
Feb 13, 2020
6:30 pm
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave
Portland 04103
League and Portland Public Library Book Club, Riverton Branch

League members are invited to join participants of the Portland Public Library’s Riverton Book Group in a discussion of Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2018).  

Are leaders born or made?  In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others.”  Each overcame personal and professional challenges to “confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.  At their best, all were guided by a sense of moral purpose. Elizabeth Miller, League member, will lead the February discussion.

In case of inclement weather forcing the Library to close early, the discussion will be rescheduled for Thursday February 20.  For Library questions:  797-2915.

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