Faculty Spotlight: Fruchtman and Franklin
While most students know Jack Fruchtman as a professor in political science and law, outside of the classroom he is an author of several books.
Most recently, one of his works is being highlighted by the Towson Public Library.
“Atlantic Cousins: Benjamin Franklin and His Visionary Friends” is the latest entry in Towson’s History Book Group reading list.
A talk on Fruchtman’s book is taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Library, which Fruchtman will lead.
“‘Atlantic Cousins’ focuses on Ben Franklin’s larger circle of friends and acquaintances, something that is typically passed over in biographies and studies of his work,” Fruchtman said in an email. “I don’t mean that authors ignore this factor in his life, but that the detail is often missing.”
Fruchtman published the book in 2006, and said that working on this discussion is very similar to the classes he teaches.
“The group’s president, Bradley Alston, told me that the members are well-read and will have read my book, kind of like asking students to read the assignments,” he said.
Learn more about the Towson Branch of the Baltimore Public Library at http://www.bcplonline.org/branches/branch_to.html.