Judge Napolitano and Admiral Sestak to talk politics from opposite viewpoints

They will join 'Life, Liberty and Other Pursuits' panel at Milford Readers and Writers Festival

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  • Judge Andrew Napolitano (Photo provided)

  • Admiral Joe Sestak (Photo provided)

— Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst and commentator, will talk with Admiral Joe Sestak, former congressman and retired two-star admiral, on the stage of The Milford Readers and Writers Festival on Sept. 30 in a panel titled “Life, Liberty and Other Pursuits.”

These accomplished speakers, from the extreme opposite ends of the political spectrum, will dialog about national politics, the Constitution, and what comes next.

Napolitano, who retired from the bench in 1995, has written nine books on law and politics and for years has been a regular commentator on legal and political subjects for Fox News. Sestak, who ran for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania as a progressive Democrat, was on the National Security staff under President Clinton.

The conversation, which with be moderated by activist and author Sean Strub, the mayor of Milford, will be open to questions and comments from audience members.

The festival runs throughout the weekend of Sept. 28-30, opening on Friday evening, Sept. 28, with a screening of the film “To Kill a Mockingbird” and a conversation with Mary Badham, who played the role of Scout as a child actor in the 1962 film.

The Saturday Mainstage events feature author and actor Alan Alda of M*A*S*H* fame in conversation with Suzanne Braun Levine, author and first editor of Ms. Magazine; feminist writer and activist Susan Faludi in conversation with Carol Jenkins, an Emmy-winning anchor and correspondent for NBC-TV; “Writing About War” with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frances FitzGerald in conversation with Phil Klay, moderated by Lucian Truscott IV; and a panel on “The Brave New World of Publishing,” all of which will take place on the main stage of the Milford Theatre throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 29. The audience will be invited to join in these conversations.

The Mainstage events this year continue Sunday with New Yorker cartoonists Bob Eckstein, Christopher Weyant, and David Borchart and the afternoon will wrap up with the popular Women Authors Panel, “Women of Our Words.”

In addition to the ticketed events, the festival also offers a host of free programming and events open to the public, including storytelling, children’s and young adults’ events and a panel for parents, “The Changing Landscape of Parenting,” an Artificial Intelligence-themed Science Fiction Panel, and “Peek into the Paranormal,” all at the Pike County Public Library. Other panels around town include “Recovery from Trauma,” poetry, comic books, romance, an open-mic event: “RAW After Dark,” the “Fauchere Series” authors, a pop-up bookstore, conversations and book-signings with local writers and more.

More information about the festival can be found at milfordreadersandwriters.com.

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